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Bars closed again in Southport, UK, due to Covid19 - Liverpool City Region Tier 3

DUE to a rising number of Coronavirus cases, the Liverpool City Region was the first Region in the UK to be placed under Tier Three, the “very high risk” category. Since Wednesday, 14 October 2020, under the new rules introduced by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, businesses have been forced to close and people's daily lives have been massively impacted, within the Region. The main businesses affected are:- pubs, bars, casinos, betting shops, gyms, and leisure centres, along with adult gaming centres, all have been forced to close for at...


Pop up self service library box in Formby

OVER the last few weeks, readers have spotted a very colourful converted postbox that has appeared in Formby, on Raven Meols Lane, Formby.  This box contains a self survive book lending scheme. We...


Public consultation into changes proposed for the Highway Code

THE current public consultation into changes proposed for the Highway Code to introduce a hierarchy of road users is closing at the end of October, but a new study by Admiral MultiCover has already revealed that 63% of road...


Southport Architecture Practice expand into new premises

A Southport architect practice has recently expanded into a new commercial premises to meet its growing order book, backed by financial support from Barclays. Clayton Architecture, based in...


TV presenter Matt Allwright joins Crimestoppers in helping the public in the North West to spot signs of Covid fraud

TV presenter Matt Allwright.

SUPPORT comes as charity launches the Crimestoppers COVID Fraud Hotline and appeals for public to report anonymously those illegally...


St Helens Theatre Royal have been successful with their Covid19 Culture Recovery Fund bid

ST Helens Theatre Royal have been successful in their bid for funds from the Government 's ₤1.57 billion Covid19 Culture Recovery Fund. he news was announced as part of the...


MP Damien Moore has sent his best wishes to St Teresa's Catholic Infant and Nursery School

SOUTHPORT MP Damien Moore has sent his best wishes to St Teresa's Catholic Infant and Nursery School, in Birkdale, after they welcomed in a new Headteacher. Mrs Morton has taken over the reins at 1 of the oldest...


Captain Sir Tom Moore presented with 1st Veterans' Railcard

Captain Sir Tom Moore presented with the very 1st new Veterans' Railcard, as new design unveiled...

MILITARY veterans of every generation will soon benefit from cut price rail travel, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced today, as he presented Captain Sir Tom Moore with the very 1st Veteran Railcard. Aimed at...


Southport rail campaigners upset by Councillors trying to claim credit disabled access at local railway Station

SOUTHPORT rail campaigners who have secured vital disabled access at one of the Town's Railway Stations say..


Batman filming in Liverpool City Centre

MORE and more big films are being shot in Liverpool, we are getting used to it. Even the Coronavirus Pandemic hasn't stopped the cameras rolling... On a side note, how many of you know that Ainsdale was regarded as the UK's Hollywood, before the Second World War... No, we are not talking about Sean Bean's TV series transforming the Ainsdale pinewoods into a Second World War army camp. Also, no, we are not talking about the BBC's!


Nutcrackers set to return to Southport this Christmas

THE iconic Nutcrackers will make a welcome return to Southport this Christmas with people urged to support local businesses over the festive...


MP Damien Moore is urging people to dispose of their face masks responsibly

THE Conservative MP for Southport said he has been contacted by dozens of local residents, appalled at seeing discarded masks lying on the floor across the area. Southport and the rest of the Liverpool City Region is today under new Tier Three restrictions, following a sharp rise in positive Covid-19...


Secure Empty Property join BSIA

SECURE Empty Property, in Lancashire, are delighted to announce that they have joined the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). The BSIA is the trade association for the professional security industry in the UK and underlines the company's commitment to quality and service delivery. The firm's membership...


54,800 customers claim tax relief for working from home

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has received more than 54,800 claims from customers using a new online portal which allows workers to claim tax relief for working at home. Launched on 1 October 2020, the online portal is simple to use and has been set up to process tax relief on additional expenses for employed workers who have been told to work from home by their employer to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. From 6 April 2020, employers have been able to pay...


Next steps announced to boost road safety and close mobile phone loophole

PEOPLE using a hand held mobile phone in all circumstances while driving will be breaking the law, under new Government plans unveiled by Roads Minister Baroness Vere on Saturday, 17 October 2020, to close a legislation loophole and improve road safety. It's already a criminal offence to use a hand held mobile phone to call or text while driving, but not for other actions such as taking photos. While still distracting, drivers have...


36% of North West businesses have a plan in place for a localised lockdown

A study reveals that only 36% of North West businesses have a plan in place for a localised lockdown, and 36% have plans in place to deal with the 2nd wave. Larger firms are slightly better prepared for localised lockdowns at 45% and a 2nd wave at 39% than SMEs, but the figures are still under ½ of businesses. The report, entitled:- 'Better Business Resilience,' was commissioned by Driving for Better Business (DfBB), the Government -backed Highways England...


Hate crimes against LGTBQ+ people up nearly 20%, new statistics reveal

THE Liberal Democrats have warned of a:- "systemic targeting of the LGBTQ+ community" as hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community are up nearly 20% this year, new statistics have uncovered. Statistics released by the Home Office, on 13 October 2020, reveals that hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation increased by the largest percentage of any group, 19% from 13,314 incidents to 15,800. Hate crimes against people who identify as transgender also...


MP blasts Government over handling of multi million pound PPE contracts

MP Bill Esterson has blasted the Government for giving a Merseyside based PPE provider "months of the run around" while handing a ₤122m contract to a firm with links to a Conservative peer and no history of producing PPE. The MP for Sefton Central demanded to know why the Government had handed the huge contract, which was not put out to public tender for the supply of 25 million gowns to PPE Medpro, which was set up in May this year by a former...


Showcase Cinemas in Liverpool are all set to screen their 1st Christmas film of 2020 in the UK

CHRISTMAS is coming early to the UK this month as Showcase Cinemas is set to bring some much needed seasonal magic to the nation with the Macaulay Culkin cult hit Home Alone. For 1 day only, on Sunday, 25 October 2020, Showcase Cinema de Lux Liverpool will be screening the UK's favourite Christmas blockbuster, giving film fans the chance to start the season of goodwill early and in style. Home Alone 1st hit the big...


New local testing sites opened in Liverpool

A new walk through Coronavirus testing facility is to open for those with symptoms to book appointments, at Walton Hall Park, Walton Hall Avenue, in Liverpool, as part of the Government 's UK wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of Coronavirus testing for local communities. Testing is available only for those with Coronavirus symptoms; a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste...


Animals meet amateur dramatics at Knowsley Safari

KNOWSLEY Safari is giving amateur dramatics the animal treatment with its new:- ‘Safari Guides’ activity sessions for children. The 1 day workshops draw on the strengths and attributes of a safari tour guide to help develop communication skills and inspire self confidence by bringing together learning about nature and drama. Children aged seven to ten years old will be able to find out more about wildlife and conservation, while also perfecting presentation and...


Care England comments on 'State of Care Report'

CARE England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed the publication of the Care Quality Commission's annual assessment of health care and social care in England.  Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "Although this year's State of Care Report makes a raft of important recommendations including a new deal for the adult social care workforce, it is disappointing to note that..."


 Black and Asian families can benefit from Barnardo’s new helpline

THE arrival of autumn has been a difficult time for children and families with the impact of Covid19 once again affecting all of our lives with new social restrictions and increased uncertainty. At Barnardo’s we know that families in Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities have been hit hardest by the virus. Official statistics show Black people are four times more likely to die of the virus compared to white people, while the pandemic and



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