Talks of Toxteth
learn more about one of Liverpool’s most diverse communities?
Liverpool City Council’s libraries team is working in partnership
with the University of Liverpool to provide a FREE local history
course focusing on the origins of Toxteth.
For 6 weeks from 22 February 2012, Liverpool University historian Paul
Booth will lead informal sessions at Toxteth Library, on Windsor
Street, covering the history of the area, from its medieval origins
to its development as the vibrant community we know today.
Paul will be sharing fascinating facts including:-
► Toxteth appears in the Doomsday book as Stochestede, meaning
Stockade, and is first recorded as Tokestat in 1207. The document
with the King’s signature is stored at Lancashire Record Office.
► Puritans settled in Toxteth in the 17th century, building Toxteth
chapel. It became knows as the ‘Holy Land’ – a phrase still used
► King Henry VIII ordered a deer to be sent from Toxteth to the Earl
► Parliament Street got its name
from an Act of Parliament granted to the Earl of Sefton.
► Alois Hitler Jr, Adolf Hitler’s
half-brother lived in Upper Stanhope Street.
► Jean Alexander, best known for
paying Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street, was born in Toxteth.
The informal sessions are open to anyone, and will run every
Wednesday up to and including 28 March, from 2pm to 4pm.
The city council’s cabinet member responsible for libraries,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "This is a fantastic
opportunity for people to learn more about the history of one of the
city’s fascinating communities.
It’s great that the city council is working in partnership with
Liverpool University to provide these free courses which will enable
residents to discover lots of things they never knew about their
community and this great city."
Anyone interested in taking part on the course can register by
calling:- 0151 233 5428 or by via
Alternatively, residents can register at the first session on the 22
Paul Booth said:- "Toxteth has a most unusual history,
beginning nearly a thousand years ago. This informal course will
explore the evidence for its uniqueness through maps and documents,
as well as Toxteth's present-day landscape."
There is the possibility of a field trip to see key documents in the
archives at Lancashire Record Office, and this may incur a small
The course forms part of Liverpool University’s Continuing Education
Have you voted
for your local NHS hero?
THERE is less than 2 weeks
left for people to vote for local NHS staff they think deserve
special recognition for their outstanding work.
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s annual Pride Awards will
be held on Friday, 18 May 2012, at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.
The Patients’ Award is an opportunity for patients and families to
show their individual appreciation to a particular member of staff
or team. The award is shortlisted only from members of staff
nominated by the public.
Any member of Trust staff working at Southport and Ormskirk
hospitals or delivering care in clinics, health centres and in
patients’ homes may be nominated. Nominations can be made
online and close at midnight
on 24 February 2012. They can also be made
in writing by calling:- 01704 704714 and requesting a nomination form.
Trust chief executive Jonathan Parry said:- "Our staff do
extraordinary things every day of the year for patients across
Sefton, West Lancashire and beyond in hospitals, health centres and
Pride Awards 2012 is the chance for patients and their families to
highlight someone who they think made their experience of care that
extra bit special."
Pride Awards will also be presented in the following categories from
nominations made by Trust staff:-
Team of the Year (sponsored by Hill Dickinson)
Unsung Hero – Staff
Unsung Hero – Volunteer
Service Transformation / Innovation
Inspirational Role Model
Infection Prevention Award
Improving Quality and Cost Efficiency (sponsored by Allocate
Beware of an email "help me" scam
IT has been brought to our
notice that there is a very clever email scam occurring again. It
has been reported to us before, but quite a few people are falling
for it again. Should you receive an email purporting to be from
somebody’s apparently familiar email address, often requesting
money, then before you do anything else, very carefully check to see
if it deviates in any way, however slightly; is there any letter and
or number different to the one you have for that person? Do not
reply to it, for if you respond they will have duped you into giving
them another address to use. Do however give a copy of it to the
Police via the UK's new Action Fraud
website. Help fight to stop
this type of scam... one way to stop scams and fake posts on the
web, we suggest you have a code that you and your friends know, that
you can hide within your electronic communications. Our newsroom
team often uses hidden tags within emails to verify each other in
correspondence. For example, "Hi, it is John. Can you help me
please..." then the message with some think like
"Thanks Max." followed on another line by "~>"
Now most people would not spot the "~>", but you
and your friends would. It can also be used on txt messages and
other formats of electronic communication.