welcome for MS Queen Elizabeth!
ON Tuesday, 6 August 2013, MS
Queen Elizabeth, the newest of Cunard's luxury liners, will be
visiting Liverpool as part of her "Around the British Isles"
tour and Mersey Ferries will be offering a right royal welcome!
River Explorer Cruises will operate between 10am and 3pm, and will
have a Blue Badge Guide on board, giving live commentary and
information. Morning and evening commuter services will run as
Queen Elizabeth is the newest Cunard luxury liner, named in 2010 by
Her Majesty the Queen. Recalling the rich heritage of the first
Cunarder to bear the name, her elegance and modern features have won
her many accolades and made her a firm favourite with her
passengers, she is sure to draw in the crowds.
Mersey Ferries will operate a Farewell Cruise to coincide with The
Queen Elizabeth's departure from Liverpool at 6.30pm. Lasting
approximately 1½ hours, the cruise will give passengers a great view
of The Queen Elizabeth as she sails away from port, with live on
board Blue Badge Guide commentary.
The Cruise leaves Seacombe at 5.45pm, Liverpool Pier Head at 6pm,
returning to Liverpool at 7.30pm and Seacombe at 7.45pm. Tickets
priced Adult £12, Child £6, Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £30 are
available in advance from all Mersey Ferries Terminals,
merseyferries.co.uk or by calling the booking
office on:- 0151 330 1444.
SPONSORS MAKE FREE HEALTHY EATING
WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE TO MERSEYSIDE CHILDREN
ON Monday, 29 July, Junior
Chefs' Academy launched the 1st in a 3 week series of free healthy
eating workshops for children in Merseyside, thanks to a new
sponsorship agreement with One Vision Housing and the building
repair and maintenance specialist, Sustainable Group (UK) Ltd.
The 2 organisations are jointly funding the fun packed food
education sessions, which enable children aged from 4 to 14 to
develop valuable food skills and to understand the links between
health, fitness and nutrition.
The workshops last 2 hours each and are being held on Mondays at
Caradoc Community Hall in Seaforth, and on Tuesdays at Ford Lane
Community Centre in Litherland. There will be one session each
morning, starting at 10am, and 1 each afternoon, starting at 2pm.
Based in Wirral, Junior Chefs' Academy is the country's leading
provider of practical food education workshops for community groups
and primary school children. Dedicated to promoting awareness about
the importance of eating well, it welcomes any opportunity to spread
the healthy eating message, as head chef Paul Cooper explains.
"We try to reach children at an early age in order to give
them a real enthusiasm for choosing and preparing properly
nutritious foods. If we can do that, then we can help them to live
much healthier lives and to gain skills that will be really valuable
to them in terms of both their daily lives and possibly their future
careers. We've got a real passion for getting this message across
and that's why we're so grateful and so delighted that two of the
region's major employers have decided to work together to make these
workshops free for local kids. It's a generous and forward looking
decision that I hope will have lasting benefits for the whole
community." says Paul.
Speaking on behalf of One Vision Housing, Louise Williams, Community
Development Manager said:- "The health and wellbeing of our
residents is very important to us and we are always looking for new
and innovative ways to work with them to enhance their knowledge and
offer them opportunities to learn new skills. This project is a
great way of educating our residents in how to prepare healthy
nutritious food whilst bringing families together and having fun!"
The other sponsor is Sustainable Group (UK), which is a long
standing supporter of Junior Chefs' Academy and which was pleased to
agree to the joint sponsorship deal.
"Like Junior Chefs' Academy and One Vision, Sustainable Group is
keenly committed to improving the quality of life for people in the
communities where we work. As ever, we're very happy and very proud
to be supporting Paul and his team, who are absolutely excellent at
what they do. In a very engaging and entertaining way, they give
children a real enthusiasm for healthy food and help them to
understand how to prepare it, where it comes from and how it can
help to keep them fit and well." said managing director Gary
At the beginning of the Autumn school term, One Vision Housing and
Sustainable Group (UK) will also be sponsoring 5 days of free food
education workshops for primary schools in the Sefton area.
More information about the Junior Chefs' Academy workshops can be
found by visiting the company's
nature's home this summer at RSPB Marshside
SUMMER is a fantastic time
to get closer to nature and this August will be no exception as RSPB
Marshside invites everyone to take part in a variety of exciting
From joining a Saltmarsh Safari to learning how to attract nature
into your own garden, people of all ages are encouraged to discover
the amazing wildlife on their doorstep.
Alex Pigott, Reserve Warden at RSPB Marshside, said:- "With
the launch of the RSPB's new campaign, Giving Nature a Home, these
events are a great way for people to find out what creatures live in
the area and how everyone can give nature a helping hand in their
own gardens or outdoor space."
The activities begin on Sunday, 4 August 2013, with Tidal Time Travel; a
free guided walk around the RSPB reserve at Marshside. Participants
can step back in time with the help of the North Meols Civic Society
to uncover the rich coastal history of the area. The walk starts at
10am, at the historic fog bell on Marshside Road.
A Saltmarsh Safari on 18 August 2013, is the perfect opportunity to
discover more about the amazing habitat and the fantastic creatures
that have made their home at the reserve, from prehistoric looking
bugs to wonderful waders. The event runs from 10 am-12 noon and is
priced at £2 for RSPB members, £4 for non-RSPB members. Under 18s
are free. Booking is essential.
Families can enjoy a day of activities from 10am to 3pm on Thursday,
22 August 2013, at a special Giving Nature a Home event. From building bug
boxes to carrying out mini beast hunts or getting creative with free
crafts, there will be plenty to do at this family fun day;
alongside the chance to pick up tips on how to give nature a home. Entrance to the reserve is free; however there will be a charge for
Anthony Carr, Volunteer Intern at RSPB Marshside, said:- "This
will be a great opportunity for families to come and take part in
activities to see how they can give nature a home, no matter where
they live. Even the smallest actions can make a big difference."
To help reserve staff to create homes for nature, a Make Hay if the
Sun Shines event will be held on Sunday, 25 August 2013, offering people
to chance to help build hay stacks for some of the reserve's smaller
residents. The event is free and will run from 10am to 3pm.
Alex added:- "Hay stacks, just like compost heaps, are a great
way to provide shelter and a home for many different mini beasts and
small mammals. This event is another great way to support the RSPB's
campaign and help to give nature a home."
All events are taking place at RSPB Marshside, Southport. For more
full details about these events and how to book, please visit:-
rspb.org.uk/marshside. For more information
on Giving Nature a Home please visit rspb.org.uk/homes.
PEDALOES are returning to
Sefton Park in time for the school summer holiday. A fleet of
6 pedaloes will be available for hire at the Park's lake throughout
the holidays. Pedaloes were
introduced to the park last year (2012), the 1st time boating had taken
place there for many years. "The pedaloes proved to be a very popular addition to Sefton
Park's attractions last summer so we were very pleased that we could
bring them back this summer. We want to make our parks and green spaces full of life and
animation and the pedaloes are a great way of doing that. And,
if we have the same hot weather we have enjoyed in the last few
weeks, what better way will there be of cooling off than taking a
pedaloe trip on the lake!" said Councillor Peter
Mitchell, Mayoral Lead on Parks and Open Spaces.
The pedaloes are operated by the charity Local Solutions and they
cost £5 per vessel to hire.
FREE Open Top Tour Service
every Sunday throughout the summer n
THE Merseyside Transport
Trust will be in Southport operating a FREE
Open Top Tour Service every Sunday throughout the summer until 25
August 2013, with an additional day on Bank Holiday Monday, 26
August 2013. The service will be
FREE and the traditional Southport
Open Top Buses now owned, preserved & restored by Merseyside
Transport Trust will be operating the service. The bus crews are all
volunteers. The MTT is an non-profit making organisation with the
sole aim of preserving Merseyside's Transport heritage for future
generations to enjoy. The hourly service will operate from the
usual Open Top Tour Bus Stop by the Carousel end of the Pier.
Please visit our website for details of our vehicle collection,
forthcoming events, membership & vehicle sponsorship at:-