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Issue:- 6 May / 5 May 2009


IT'S Quakers! Snapped this week and yes, your eyes are correct, they are ducks on the roof....

Keep your eyes out, your camera at the ready and send us your wildlife shots this Summer.... Lets see what strange things our native wildlife do...

Lord Mayor gets sporty in Fazakerley...

LIVERPOOL’S Lord Mayor on Tuesday, 5 May 2009, has formally open a new community sports facility in the city.

Adlam Park Sports Pavilion in Fazakerley has been built at a cost of £850,000, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The project, supported by the city council, Liverpool Active City, and Fazakerley Community Federation, includes two multi-use astroturf pitches together with changing and shower facilities.

It will be used for football, hockey and cricket training by local sports groups and young people, and there will be a programme of activities after school and during the holidays.

The city council’s executive member for leisure, Councillor Keith Turner, said:- “This is a much needed new facility which will be of great benefit to the local community. One of our key aims is to get children taking part in more physical activity and this excellent new pavilion and playing field will be the focal point for sport in the local area.”

Lord Mayor Steve Rotheram was joined by scores of youngsters from three local primary schools, who will take part in sports activities as part of the opening celebrations.

Councillor Rotheram said:- “I am delighted to be able to open this fantastic new pavilion and playing field. I know it will be well used by local people and become a much loved facility used by people young and old who live locally.”

John Marsden from Liverpool Active City - a city council and Liverpool PCT project aimed at getting people more active, more often - said:- “Top quality sport facilities are essential if we are to encourage more young people to keep fit and healthy. We have helped fund this new sports facility because we know it will have tremendous health benefits for many years to come.”

Bookings for the pavilion can be made by contacting 0151 523 5937 or online at:-

New 24/7 coach link for JLA to both Manchester and Liverpool City Centres

SPECIALIST operator, ‘Airport by Coach’, has started a new coach service between Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) and Liverpool and Manchester City Centres.

The service operates hourly throughout the day and night, seven days a week, giving passengers from throughout the North West the opportunity for the first time, to use public transport when departing on flights from the Airport either first thing in the morning or when returning back to the Airport last thing at night.

‘Airport by Coach’ operate modern, fast, comfortable, air-conditioned, stylish coaches with reclining seats, toilet and wi-fi. In addition to operating to Manchester and Liverpool, the service also calls at both Widnes and Warrington town centres as well as Manchester Airport.

Prices to Manchester start at £9.50 return with a journey time of 85 minutes, fares to Warrington start at £7.60 return with a 35 minute journey time and fares to Widnes start at £4.80 return and the journey takes just 12 minutes.

Andrew Dutton, Head of Environment for JLA owners, the Peel Airports Group commented:- “The Airport spends a lot of time promoting the use of public transport, but until now many passengers had to travel by car or taxi because public transport services do not operate at times when many need to travel to the Airport. This new coach service helps to tackle this problem and passengers from throughout the region now have a real alternative. Likewise for visitors flying in to visit the region, there’s no danger that they’ll miss the last public transport departure of the night - this hourly service brings much greater flexibility. This service provides another important public transport link to JLA, which already has the highest levels of public transport usage for an airport of its size.”

Graham Hayden, ‘Airport by Coach’ Managing Director added:- "We're delighted to be working in partnership with Liverpool John Lennon Airport on this new service and are extremely confident it will meet the demand for passengers travelling from areas such as Greater Manchester, Warrington and Liverpool. Passengers will enjoy high quality coaches that will serve the route; equipped with free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning, reclining seats, generous legroom, toilet facilities and spacious luggage hold. Passengers can also take advantage of an outstanding integrated travel option, with our revolutionary taxi add-on service, connecting them to the nearest coach stop, direct from their front door or use our bus link where passengers can use the massive Arriva bus network to join the coach.”

British Armed Forces and Veterans Day 2009 - Latest

THE Veterans Fund has just secured funding from the Community Foundation of Merseyside to help towards the cost of The British Armed Forces and Veterans Day 2009 on Victoria Park. The day is completely FREE to the public and is a fantastic family day out.

Set for the 28 June 2009 it is to bring awareness for our serving members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and Cadets. It is also a recruiting day and it is hoped it will attract much needed adults to help out at local cadet units.

There is also a Barbeque and Disco on the park for all the cadets on Friday the 26 June 2009. Sponsored by Dune FM who will provide the Disco. Local Scout troops and guides are also welcome.

The band for the British Armed Forces parade on the 27 June 2009 will be the Regimental Band of the Royal Air Force and it is hoped they will also lead The Southport Veterans Day carnival in the afternoon. For any information and a full list of events contact Steve Hawkshaw on 0791 491 8381.

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