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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 virtual pub social, the merry line up culminates with a special Christmas party, featuring Lancashire comedian Jimmy Cricket. Jimmy and his wife May Marion will deliver a 30 minute set during the Zoom party, on Friday, 18 December 2020. Also, Andrew Coleman, Assistive Technology Co-ordinator, at Galloway's, will perform some swinging Christmas songs.

May Marion preforming, dressed in red.

Natalie Walker​, the Communications Officer, at Galloways told us:- "The party is primarily aimed at blind and partially sighted people, their family members and Galloway's volunteers, but we thought it would be nice to give it a plug in the wider community to showcase what we are offering for our members."

Tickets are ₤10 and include a small festive food hamper, which will be delivered before the event. Guests can join using either their telephone, smart phone or tablet through the Zoom app. To take part in the fun, from 7pm until 8.30pm, call Galloway's on:- 01772 744148 or visit:- Galloways.Org.UK, before Monday, 7 December 2020.

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 3,500 tonnes of gritting salt ahead of any major temperature drops in the borough this coming winter. This is the 1st year Sefton Council and its partners will run winter operations from a brand new Council owned:- 'Winter Hub,' after it was deemed the previous depot was no longer fit for purpose. The new 'Winter Hub,' located in Netherton, has the capacity to store 3500 tonnes of salt, over 250% more storage space than what was available in the previous depot. In addition to the storage warehouse, the site also includes:- office space and accommodation, staff mess room, toilets, meeting and training rooms. This will allow the Council's dedicated and tireless staff and contractors access to a modern and functional base to work from during what is a critical time for keeping Sefton and its road network safe and moving.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Locality Services, welcomed the news, saying:- "We are absolutely delighted that we have this brand new facility open and operational ready for a potentially cold winter period. The 'Winter Hub' is a much needed addition to our Council assets and will help us to ensure, as we do every year, that residents in Sefton will be driving on safe roads this winter. We are also able to utilise the hub's facilities and services for other projects throughout the spring and summer months which will in turn make it even more cost effective to the Council."

During periods of low temperatures where ice can form on the road surface, Sefton Council and its contractors will begin carriageway surface treatment, more conventionally known as:- "gritting" just after midnight, at any time day or night and continue treatments, as long as necessary. Treatment encompasses over 470km of prioritised carriageway and heavily pedestrianised streets throughout the borough. While the gritting treatment programme is extensive, Sefton Council continues to encourage residents to take extra care when out and about, as some side roads and pathways are not treated and may be icy.

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