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Southport BID encourages people support local businesses safely in the run up to Christmas

PEOPLE are being encouraged to go out and support local shops, restaurants and other Southport businesses in the run up to Christmas, in a safe way. Southport BID is looking forward to seeing a number of local firms reopening their doors next week under the new Tier 2 restrictions after the national lockdown ends, on 2 December 2020. The BID has recently created...


Liverpool boxer supports NOVID sanitisation system to get his sport back in the ring


THE acclaimed Liverpool boxer, JJ Metcalf, who already has 21 professional wins from 21 fights, with 13 KOs to his name, is keen to get back in the ring once more whilst ensuring the safety of everyone involved in...


Galloway's has a jam packed programme of virtual festive events including a Christmas party with comedian Jimmy Cricket

SIGHT loss charity Galloway's has a jam packed programme of virtual festive events for blind and partially sighted people in December 2020. As well as a seasonal quiz, a pre-Christmas warm up and a...


Sefton launches brand new Winter Hub ahead of cold snap

SEFTON Council is fully prepared and ready to grit nearly 470 kms of road across the borough this winter to keep its communities safe. Launched from the Local Authority's brand new:- 'Gritting HQ,' Sefton Council's Highways team have quietly prepared a fleet of special vehicles and a staggering...


Milkround gifts hundreds of care packages to University of Liverpool students

THIS week, leading graduate careers website Milkround is delivering nearly 3,000 care packages to University students in 6 Cities across the UK, targeting Cities which have been most affected by ongoing lockdown measures over the last few months. Milkround is working in partnership with BAM, an experiential and digital youth marketing agency to deliver approximately 800



England introduces testing strategy for international arrivals

PASSENGERS arriving into England will be able to reduce mandatory self isolation by up to a week or more, as the Government launches its new strategy for testing international arrivals. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that from 15 December 2020, passengers arriving into...


Artisan Christmas Fayre sees traders from across the North West support the NSPCC

UNIQUE gifts from artists and traders from across the North West will go on sale in a very special craft fayre for a week. The NSPCC Artisan Christmas...


Merseyside Business woman announced as UK Ambassador of Global Beauty Brand MONAT

THE luxury vegan beauty brand, MONAT has announced Merseyside based business woman, Paola Bizzaroas, will become its new UK Gratitude Ambassador. The role will see her help spread awareness...


Santa and his sleigh is officially 'ON' and coming to a street near you!

IT'S been an unusual year, but not even a worldwide Pandemic will stop Santa from riding his sleigh around Southport this Christmas. The Southport Hesketh Round Table Santa and his festive elves WILL be carrying out their sleigh ride tours across Southport after the National Lockdown ends, on 2.12.2020...


Darth Vader Actor Dave Prowse has died aged 85

THE English actor Dave Prowse, who earned an MBE in his career died after a "short illness" and became 1 of the most famous icons of film. Bowington Management, who represented Dave broke the news of his death saying:- "It's with great regret and heart wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client Dave Prowse MBE has passed away at the age of 85..."


Southport BID is replacing names on 5 of Southport's 12 Nutcrackers have been targeted by vandals


THE 12 6ft tall Nutcrackers, which celebrate the magic of Christmas, are currently located at various positions around Southport Town Centre. They are being provided by Southport BID which is inviting local families to have fun...


Reminder to apply for the new Hospitality, Leisure and Retail Grants

A new ₤9.5 million fund to support small and micro businesses affected by Covid19 will open for applications on Monday, 30 November 2020. The Hospitality, Leisure and Retail Grants scheme is part of Liverpool City Region...


5 ways to keep your personal data safe from hackers this Cyber Monday

NEW research reveals that 49% of UK adults have not installed or didn't know whether their mobile phone has security software. So keeping personal data safe from hackers has never been more important. In the wrong hands, stolen data can be used by hackers for illegal activity such as applying for loans...


Cars are banned from a major road in the heart of Liverpool City Centre

A "bus gate" will come into force from 7am on Ranelagh Street to improve the flow of public transport for tens of thousands of passengers every day. Liverpool City Council, which declared a Climate Emergency in 2019, is implementing the Experimental Traffic Order in a bid to help



Local Butcher Tony Blackhurst is excited about seeing Christmas shoppers back in Town

AN established family butchers is looking forward to seeing Christmas shoppers back in Town, after Southport was placed in new Tier 2 restrictions. Blackhurst Butchers, based inside...


Sefton recognised for blooming marvellous commitment to gardening

BOOTLE, Crosby, Southport and Waterloo have all been recognised by the North West in Bloom despite the cancellation of this year's usual judging. Earlier this year it was confirmed that due to the ongoing restrictions with COVID-19, the Royal...


Hairy Bikers to cook up a storm at the 2021 Southport Flower Show

HAIRY Biker Dave Myers loved the show that much when he visited in 2019, he's encouraged his best friend and co-presenter Si King to join him next year! The celebrity chefs will be revving up some of their favourite summertime...


Cast to play live in Liverpool this December

AS Liverpool enter Tier 2 the Grand Central Hall Dome are happy to announce 2 Cast gigs, in the middle of December 2020. Seated and socially distanced. Originally formed in 1992, from the ashes of 2 of the most legendary and lauded Liverpool guitar bands of the time:- 'The La's' and 'Shack...'


A well known Southport restaurant to go under the hammer

THE well known Italian restaurant Ronnies Bistro, on Bold Street, Southport, is 1 of more than 100 properties and plots of land due to be auctioned off by auctioneer Pugh. The building covers 3,500 sq ft over 2 storeys and includes a large open plan dining area, commercial kitchen, walk in fridge, toilets and staff areas, as well as a...

Santa returns to Formby for December 2020 Tour

THE Rotary Club of Formby are delighted to announce that the famous Carol Wagon ready for Christmas and has been given the all clear. This means Santa will be touring Formby's streets again over December in his famous Carol Wagon. Unfortunately Santa will not be able to stop and talk to individual children as...

Liverpool City Council's Christmas Card Competition

LIVERPOOL'S School children are being invited to get creative and help spread festive cheer throughout the City. Budding young artists aged between 4 and 18 years old are invited to take part in Liverpool City Council's 1st ever Christmas card competition. The winning...

Southport University launches free 'life changing' taster course in health, social care and nursing

David Foster, Lecturer in Children's Nursing, explaining aspects of human anatomy to nursing students using one of UCLan's state-of-the-art anatomage tables.

A UCLan course tutor, from Southport, who swapped the shop floor for the Hospital Ward explains why it's a good time to make an early New Year's resolution. The former retail Manager who enrolled..

Matalan supports the NSPCC this Christmas with exclusive Pantosaurus plush toy

JUST in time for Christmas, Matalan has created a soft toy of the NSPCC's Talk PANTS campaign mascot, Pantosaurus. The friendly pants wearing dinosaur has helped over a million parents talk to their child about keeping safe from:- sexual...


Final City Centre Bus re-routing plans published in response to Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme

THE final plans for changes to Liverpool City Centre bus routes are now available with the majority of bus users will see no changes in where they get on or off their usual services. The plans were put together in response to Liverpool City Council's ₤45m City Centre Connectivity Scheme (LCCCS) and changes in road layout including on Lime Street and The Strand. The roll out of these changes to bus services was delayed due to Covid19, but they are...

Capital Gains Tax changes that Self Assessment customers need to know about

TIME is running out for anyone who sold a 2nd home during 2019 to 2020 to declare it on their Self Assessment Tax Return. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding customers that they have until 31 January 2021 to declare any profit made from selling a UK residential property, which was not their main home, during the 2019 to 2020 financial year, and pay the Capital Gains Tax that is due.  Since 6 April 2020 there have been changes to how customers declare and pay Capital Gains Tax. UK...

Chancellor commits an additional ₤100m to the NPIF as it surpasses ₤400m milestone

THE Chancellor has announced a further ₤100m allocation for the Bank's Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) within the latest Spending Review, bringing the total for investment to over ₤500m. NPIF was launched in February 2017 and has recently passed its ₤200m milestone, having directly invested ₤200m into over 700 Northern based SMEs in deals that have attracted an additional ₤232m of investment from the private sector. An early evaluation of NPIF found that funding...

Millions of drivers risk a ₤5,000 fine for splashing pedestrians

MILLIONS of motorists across the UK are at risk of a ₤5,000 fine for splashing pedestrians, according to a new study. The research, conducted by Confused.com earlier in 2020, found that 16% (equivalent to 6.5 million, UK drivers( have driven through a puddle, either accidentally or deliberately, and splashed a pedestrian. If taken to Court, drivers found guilty of this could be fined as much as ₤5,000. However, worryingly, 1 in 6 (16%) drivers didn't know this is a punishable offence. According to the research, this isn't...


With less than a month to go until Xmas, Lib Dems ramp up pressure on Royal Mail for free Care Homes postage

WITH exactly 1 month to go until Christmas, the Liberal Democrats have launched a national campaign to ramp up pressure on the Royal Mail in a bid to secure free postage to and from Care Homes in the UK. In October 2020, senior Liberal Democrat John Leech wrote to Royal Mail asking that they carry:- letters, large envelopes, packets and parcels up to 2Kg addressed to residents in Nursing Homes, residential accommodation within the mental health or...




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