way on cycling
CHILDREN, staff and parents
at Everton Nursery School and Family Centre are at the forefront of
the city's cycling revolution.
Members of staff have taken up the City Council's cycle to work
scheme with enthusiasm; children use bikes in the school grounds
throughout the week and are able to share experiences with staff,
parents and carers and bike rides have been organised through
As well as cycling to work staff members have also been getting on
their bikes for leisure taking part in sportives, criteriums and
even cycling at the velodrome in Manchester.
Bikeright, the cycle training organisation, have also been involved
at the centre through their Choose Freedom programme.
Headteacher, Dr Lesley Curtis and ICT Co-ordinator Matthew Farrell
were the first staff members at the Centre; which has recently been
judged by Ofsted to be outstanding for the fourth time since 2004; to take up the cycle to work offer.
To date, 9 members of staff from a team of 50 have accessed the
scheme. Staff cycle from all directions to Everton, with the longest
journeys being from Birkenhead and Crosby.
Matthew said:- "I have been using the Cycle to Work scheme for
over three years now, before I accessed the scheme I had not really
ridden a bike since childhood.
The scheme allowed me to purchase a road bike from Halfords which
turned a 1 hour bus journey into a 15 minute cycle. Not only was I
saving time and money, but I was also getting fitter and feeling
I started to cycle as a hobby during the summer months and slowly
increased the distances I would cycle for fun.
I could not imagine not cycling to work.
I now have the same waist size I had when I was 16, my diet has
improved and most of all I enjoy my commute to work, something I
feel not many drivers or bus passengers could say.
In the morning I feel refreshed and invigorated as I arrive at work
and in the evening when I leave work I'm always thinking about
taking a long way home to enjoy the sun!
I regularly now take part in long distance rides during the week of
40 plus miles and travel up to 100 miles a day at weekends. Cycling
really has helped me!"
Merseyside Fire and Emergency
Support Service - New Vehicle Appeal
IMAGINE, it is 3am and
you've just woken to the sound of your smoke alarm and the smell of
smoke; what would you do? The fire service takes care of the
fire, but who looks after the people? Many people's reality is that
they're stood in their nightwear, perhaps with children and pets and
any personal possessions they were able to save. Most are unable to
return to their homes. Even the most resourceful of us would be
shaken, upset and feeling emotional in this situation and if your
car keys, mobile phone and purse are in the house then a lot of us
are less resourceful than we think and that is how the British Red
Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service helps. For 25 years the
British Red Cross has provided a specially equipped vehicle and
trained volunteers to give practical and emotional support to
victims of fires, floods and other emergencies in Merseyside.
Unfortunately our current vehicle is 13 years old and is now really
showing its age and we ask for your support to raise enough money to
buy a new vehicle guaranteeing that we'll be able to help people in
crisis for many years to come.
A new vehicle costs £40,000 however we have £20,000
from sales of other vehicles. We've received an amazing opportunity
and we urgently need your help.... A very generous donor has
offered to MATCH FUND all donations (up to the value of £10,000)
received for this appeal by the end of August 2014. We have £10,000
to raise! Please can you make a donation today? No
matter how small or large, the value of your donation will be
doubled! Maybe you could organise an event, take on a
challenge or do something extravagant! Donate
online or Send a cheque to:-
Merseyside FESS Appeal, British Red Cross, Bradbury House, Tower
Street, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4BJ.
Letter to the Editor:- "EU-US
trade deal worry"
"FOLLOWING the food scandals
of recent years, people are becoming much more aware of what goes
into our food. The last thing we need is lower legal standards, but
a deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could result in
exactly that. The EU-US trade deal aims to 'harmonise' European and
American rules in food safety and many other areas, which in
practice may mean slashing European standards to match the much
lower US levels. So, products like hormone treated beef and pork,
and chicken washed in chlorine, sold by US companies but currently
banned here, could appear on supermarket shelves in the UK. Food is
just one area in which this deal would give multinational companies
much more influence in our lives. Health care and education are
among the others. The deal threatens our ability to run our society
in the way we choose, and it must be stopped." Sarah Morris,
Musicians Strike a Chord for North West Cancer Research
SINGERS from Lydiate
Primary School Concert Choir and musicians from the Sefton Music
Service Ensembles came together to put on a special concert to raise
£800 for North West Cancer Research (NWCR) last week.
The event, which took place at Ainsdale Methodist Church Hall on
Liverpool Road on Friday, was organised by Jan Holmes and Brenda
Pomfret from Ainsdale with the help of their husbands Peter and
Over 100 concert goers were treated to a performance from the choir
and four solo performances by Year 6 pupils from Lydiate Primary
School, as well as ensembles of genres including classical, jazz and
At the beginning of the concert, Dr Sarah Coupland, director of the
North West Cancer Research Centre at the University of Liverpool,
gave a special thanks to everyone involved in the concert,
highlighting how vital fundraising is to the support of cancer
research projects in the region.
She said:- "As well as raising money to support the charity,
events like this help to raise awareness about cancer and encourage
people to talk openly about it. All of the money raised from
fund raising activities, help support local research projects which
improve our understanding of diagnosis, treatment and prevention
here in the North West."
Tickets for the event cost £6 for adults and £3 for children;
including tea and coffee which was generously donated by staff at
the local Tesco store in Kew.
Jan Holmes, said:- "I'd like to say thank you to Dr Sarah Coupland for her wonderful insight into the work being done to help
combat cancer in our region. Also a big thanks to all those who came
along on the night and helped us to raise this money for North West
Cancer Research. It was a great night, fantastic atmosphere
and some brilliant performances from our talented musicians and
singers. The amount of positive feedback we've had from this year's
event has been overwhelming."
WITH summer holidays
approaching we would like to remind our readers of the dangers of
visiting the Seaside. Last year we had a few readers asking us why
the area did not warn about the dangers of tunnelling into the sand
dunes, but warning signs do indicate the dangers of the swimming in
the sea and also of quicksand. This week, we have send a letter to
Sefton Council, asking this question, having been contacted about
this issue again; but it got us thinking. In recent weeks we have
also had questions about having BBQ's on the beach. These might be
fun, but they are extremely dangerous and also it is against the law
to have open flames on the beach. Last year, a lady had to be air
lifted off Formby beach, after standing on a discarded BBQ, which
had become covered by sand. Fire can be extremely dangerous for the
Sefton coastal area, with fires being caused in different ways, from
BBQ's to arson and even from litter being dumped. In hot dry spells,
the glass bottles and other similar items can act as magnifying
glasses, setting fire to the plants or litter around it. That is
also an issue in cars, so never leave cameras or even glasses
exposed to the sun. These are a few simple rules to follow that
should keep you safe...
Safety at the beach
1. Environment - Check out the beach when you arrive and ask
lifeguards or rangers for information of any dangers. Some of the
coastline is affected by strong rip tides and currents beneath the
surface so, although it might look safe to swim, it could prove
fatal: look out for any danger signs, warning flags about for that
or many other issues. Take care only to swim within the red/yellow
flags and listen out for lifeguard patrol or ranger services issuing
warnings. Beware of getting too close to piers, groynes, breakwaters
and rocks. NEVER swim in RED flagged areas and so do not swim in
black and white flagged areas either! Check the tide times and keep
an eye out for it, but also be aware that the Sefton Coastline has
hidden channels, so you should not venture too far out or you may
2. Help - If you do not have lifeguards near you, keep a charged
phone on you! Call 999, ask for coastguard, should you or any of
your party get in to difficulties and also do this if you see anyone
else in distress!
3. Drinking - On Merseyside the beaches are Alcohol Free Zones, but
never go swimming anywhere if you have been drinking alcohol!
4. Boats - In some parts of the coastline you should also be aware
of the wash from passing vessels. Don't get to close to the edge, as
you might get swept off your feet, even if you think you are
standing somewhere safe!
5. Do not take your car or any vehicle on to the beach unless in a
designated area for parking.