Reminder not to
drive on the beach!
DRIVERS are being reminded
not to drive on the beach after a car stuck on Thursday, 26
September 2013, in the dark, at around 9:30pm. The driver we had
been told had driven on to the beach and gone passed the very big
notices saying:- "do not drive past this sign", in a
car. Of course the predictable thing happened and the driver got his
car stuck. The occupants of the car called the Police for help.
Luckily for the chap, the Police spotted a chap parked up in a 4x4,
in the parking area, and asked him for assistance. The local driver
agreed to help and went out with the Police from Southport Station,
to try and get the car free. It took them around 30 minuets to get
the car free from the wet sand! One of the Merseyside Police
officers said:- "We would like to thank the driver of the 4x4
for his assistance in recovering this vehicle from the beach. We
would like to strongly remind people not to drive on the beach as
you might not be as lucky as this driver was. The signs are on the
beach for a reason... Do not risk driving your car out past the
warning signs. It is not just your car you are putting at risk!"
City cracks down on school bullies
A crackdown on cyber
bullies is to form the focus of Liverpool's new anti-bullying
strategy for schools. The new document; Challenging Bullying is
Everyone's Business; has been developed by the City Council in
partnership with schools and will run from 2013 to 1016. It is
being backed by hate crime campaigner Peter Tatchell, and being
launched on Monday, 3 October 2013, at the Town Hall by Mayor Joe
Peter Tatchell said:- "The
bullying that takes place in many school classrooms and playgrounds
would be a serious criminal offence if it was happening outside the
school environment. If unchallenged, bigoted, ill-informed attitudes
fester; often being the gateway to bullying and other hate crimes.
We have a responsibility to protect young people against
discrimination, harassment, threats and violence."
The launch follows the success of
the previous strategy which was launched in 2006. There has been a
12% drop in the number of pupils reporting bullying in the city's
annual survey. The fall, from 30% to 18%, represents almost 9,500
fewer children being victimised in 2012 compared to 2006. However,
more pupils have been reporting cyber bullying, with 11% being
abused online in 2012 (up 2% on 2011) and 12 percent being bullied
via mobile phone (up 3%).
In order to tackle this, schools
will be able to bid for grants for projects which highlight the
issue of cyber bullying.
Councillor Jane Corbett, Cabinet
member for education, said:- "We know that bullying can lead
to children missing school, failing exams, dropping out of sport,
staying away from extra-curricular activities and limiting their
life choices. Young people are communicating in so many different
ways now that bullying is no longer just taking place on the school
yard, but is also happening at home anonymously through computers or
on mobile phones. It is absolutely vital we provide the right level
of support and assistance to our young people who suffer bullying,
so they know where to turn for help."
At the launch, pupils from Hope
School in Woolton conducted talks about their work with the
Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme, run by the charity 'The
Diana Award' set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.
A video about their work can be
Also present where children from
Sandfield Park Special School in West Derby, who have made a DVD
about the issue. Successful initiatives supported by the City
Council over the last few years include:-
► The free phone confidential Bullybusters
► The 'It's Not OK'
education project aimed at tackling bullying and domestic violence.
► Safe Havens, where shopkeepers offer
sanctuary to young people who feel in danger.
SHARE MORE THAN A BREW
AFTER a period of working
hard a time at 'stand easy' has provided many a sailor
with a well earned break. Used to describe the most relaxed stance
when on parade, or a specific planned period of rest, sailors at HMS
Sultan are used to going down to 'The Haven', part of the
establishment's chaplaincy, for rest and recuperation, but for one
Southport born sailor the ritual currently holds an extra twist.
Leading Engineering Technician (MESM) John Conroy, 34, who is
currently on the Petty Officer Qualifying Course, is working in the
same establishment as his uncle, Royal Navy chaplain, the Rev Ernie
Grimshaw who is also from Southport.
Ernie, 56, joined the Royal Navy as a chaplain in the year 2000
following several successful appointments within parishes
ministering within the Methodist Church and has since served within
numerous ships and submarines, including 2 years aboard HMS ALBION
in the USA and Persian Gulf.
Inspired, it didn't take long for John to follow his uncle into the
Royal Navy. Initially joining HMS RALEIGH as a phase 1 trainee in
the summer of 2003, John has forged a healthy career serving around
the world as a submariner within the Marine Engineering branch.
When finding out they would be in the same Establishment Ernie
said:- "It's great to have John working alongside me in the
same establishment. This is the first time it's happened but sadly
this is my last draft of a really enjoyable career. I love that
despite the fact John is a grown man I am still able to tease him
and tell him that he needs to behave."
Both men are former pupils of Birkdale High School and although
Ernie now lives in London John still lives in Southport with his
wife, Sarah, and children Erynn 4 and Lily 1. John said:- "I
joined the Navy to see the World, but it's always good to go home to
Ernie is married to Nicky and the pair have 2 grown up children Sara
31 and Laura 27.
Vikings sign Liam Carberry
WIDNES Vikings are
delighted to announce the signing of Liam Carberry from Wigan
Warriors, on a 1 year contract. The strong-running hooker or
loose forward is a former Bold Miners ARLFC player and has also
represented England at U18's level. 20 year old Liam admits
that the opportunity to finally join forces with the Vikings was an
offer too good to refuse on this occasion, commenting:- "I'm
really pleased to have signed for Widnes. They are a club who have
always had a strong interest in me and to tell you the truth, I
almost signed for them 2 years ago. To finally get the chance to put
pen to paper and pay them back for their keenness, is something I
was delighted to do. I'm confident that settling in will be pretty
easy and I'm hoping to feel as comfortable as possible from day one.
I can't wait to get started and fortunately, I already know a few of
the lads at the club and they all talk really highly of the place.
The facilities at Widnes are fantastic, from the pitch that you can
play on and train on all year round, to the equipment they've got in
the gym. Everything is in one place and that can only benefit us and
bring out the best in us, as players. Denis Betts has done a lot for
the club over the past few years and I've no doubt that there is
still plenty more to come from him and the team. It's exciting to
realise that I am going to be a part of the set-up at Widnes and
because I've only signed a 1 year deal, I'll be looking to prove
myself from the very 1st day. If I can make a success of doing that,
everything will surely look after itself from there on."
Equally as pleased to have finally got his man, Vikings Head Coach
Denis Betts, added:- "Liam is a quality player who we first
tried to bring to the club a couple of years ago. He's a big,
strong, solid number nine who can also play in the loose forward
position. He was a highly sought after junior player with a great
pedigree and I genuinely believe that somebody else's loss is our
gain. Given the untimely and unfortunate injury to Grant Gore which
resulted in him sustaining a broken kneecap at the end of last
season, it is important that we head into next season with plenty of
depth in our squad. Liam is a player who wants to fight, wants to
work hard and is keen to prove himself. He comes to us with lots of
drive and plenty of desire and these are the type of attributes that
really excite me, as too is his willingness to learn and get better.
It's an absolute pleasure to work with young men like Liam, who are
looking for an opportunity to make a real fist of it, develop their
natural talents and go on to have an advanced career in the game."
Multi-lingual City has been
LANGUAGES and cultures from
all over the world have been celebrated in a special event in
Liverpool. Communities who have made their home in the City staged a
special community day at Broadgreen International School, on
Saturday, 28 September 2013, as part of the International Day of
Language. This was the 2nd year this day has been held in Liverpool
which highlighted the importance of language and staged by Liverpool
Supplementary Schools Network. It featured singing, dancing,
national dress and food from the various communities. Taking part
wherre representatives from the Arabic, Greek, Polish, Iranian,
Somali, Indian and Chinese communities, who where among others
represented at the community day. Just before the event, The Lord
Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar said:- "Liverpool is a very
diverse City which is home to many communities with more than 90
languages spoken in our schools. While these communities have
largely integrated into our society they also wish to retain their
identity and culture and one of the best ways of doing that is
through language. So, this day to mark the importance of language is
a great way of celebrating the diversity of our City and it will be
a very colorful and exciting event." Councillor Corbett also
added:- "This day will be a wonderful celebration of the rich
variety of languages spoken in our city. It will also demonstrate
the great contribution the various communities make to our city."