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Issue: - 29 August 2013

Royal invitation for Lord Mayor

LIVERPOOL'S Lord Mayor has received a royal invitation to be a Vice President of the charity Seafarers UK, for his time as Lord Mayor.  The letter came after the City's hugely successful Battle of the Atlantic celebrations. Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson, sent the invitation on behalf of the President, HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.  Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar said:- "As Lord Mayor of a world famous maritime City working with a charity that looks after seafarers is hugely close to my heart. It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to take up the position of Vice President of Seafarers UK. I am absolutely delighted to be representing the City of Liverpool in such a prestigious post and would like to thank HRH Prince Edward, President of Seafarers UK and the General Council for offering me this wonderful role for my time as Lord Mayor. This is most definitely going to be a highlight of my year and I look forward to working with such a worthy charity."

Chairman of the General Council, Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson said:- "We look back with great affection on our recent liaison with Liverpool, its heritage and its people. We appreciate the support that the Lord Mayor, has given us in the days since his appointment and are delighted that he has accepted the role of Vice President."

Seafarers UK has been meeting the needs of the maritime community for nearly 100 years. Originally set up in 1917 as King
George's Fund for Sailors, Seafarers UK is the leading maritime charity that supports and promotes the many organisations that look after seafarers in need across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines, together with their families and dependents.

Park gets a star rating

A historic Liverpool park, which has retained its original design, has had its listing upgrade by English Heritage. Wavertree Botanic Garden and Park, which was listed as Grade11, has now been rated as Grade 11*. This follows a national review of registered municipal parks which has:- "identified it as an early botanic garden and park, with its original design relatively little altered." It is also described as:- "an important component of Liverpool's ambitious mid 19th century sequence of public parks."

The Botanic Garden and Park developed from a private botanic garden opened in 1802 by a number of botanists, including William Roscoe, near to Mount Pleasant. It was decided to move this to a bigger location and the new 4.5 hectare site in Wavertree was opened in 1836. It was designed by its curator John Shepherd. Liverpool Corporation took over the Botanic Garden in 1848 and in 1856 opened Wavertree Park adjoining the Botanic Garden. It is now owned by the City Council and is open to the public.   Councillor Peter Mitchell, Mayoral lead on Parks and open Spaces, said:- "Wavertree Park and Botanic Garden is one of the most attractive parks in the City and the upgrading of its listing recognises the fact that it has retained its historic design. We are very pleased that English Heritage have recognised the importance of this public open space."

'The Toys For Boys' update!

THE group Friends of Old Christ Church  are preparing for 'The Toys For Boys' and this week they say that it is "it is all systems go!"  Toys for Boys is now in its 4th year and one of our most popular events. So it is one not to be missed as it is North Liverpool's Top Model Event and a great day out for all the family. It will take place on Saturday, 31 August and Sunday 1 September 2013, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Entery to this event will cost adults:- £2.00, Under 16's:- 50p and Under 5's will be free! Also on Saturday Radio Merseyside's Billy Butler will be transmitting his show from Old Christ Church. "It is always a great day with indoor and outdoor displays see the attached poster for more information and if you would like to help us print a copy and post it in your local shop or clubhouse or even your front room window or post it on your 'facebook' page. We are a small group, continuing to bring events to your community and surrounding areas and so do appreciate your help in promoting in anyway you can. Also look forward to seeing you soon at Old Christ Church." said the group.

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