mobile fruit and veg service in the running for funding boost at
Aintree Shopping Park
A company who delivers
locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables to communities across
Liverpool has been short listed for a £1,000 boost.
U R What U Eat will be amongst other local organisations hoping to
get their green fingers on the Big Green Leaf Community Award at a
sustainable family fun day at Aintree Shopping Park.
The Underneath The Big Green Leaf event on Saturday, September 20,
will enlist the help of a cavalcade of characters including Bugella
Burrows and Walter Droplet, who will urge families to engage in fun
and interactive activities from beneath a giant inflatable leaf
Calls are being made for other local community groups to join U R
What U Eat in showcasing their work, and shoppers will be able to
vote with special tokens for the cause that they feel is most
deserving of the prize of up to £1,000 towards their environmental
project or initiative.
Catering Manager Denis Sheerin
said he was happy to put the community interest company forward.
Explaining more about the healthy-living scheme, he said:- "We
use mobile vans and buses to deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to
deprived communities at reasonable prices. At the moment, we cover
70% of Liverpool offering produce for 50% cheaper than what it costs
in supermarkets. It also stays fresher for 5 days longer
as we buy mainly from farmers within a 50 mile radius - therefore
keeping things local while reducing the carbon footprint. We operate
6 days a week covering a huge part of Liverpool from Speke right up
to Ormskirk. Our Big Apple Van is very iconic and instantly
recognisable across the City. It also allows people living on tight
budgets to eat more healthy food. Any profits we make are pumped
back into the company for the benefit of the community."
The initiative has flourished since it was set up in 2007 and is run
by dedicated members of staff and volunteers.
U R What U Eat also works with local charities and organisations to
promote healthy living. Denis, who runs training on healthy food
options and cooking on a budget, added:- "There are so many
different elements to our company and there are a number of
different projects that we are involved in. Our ultimate aim
is to benefit the local community in many ways, working alongside
the NHS, schools, social landlords, housing associations and
charities. If we were to win the Big Green Leaf Community Award, we
would use the funds to modernise the vehicles for our visits to
special needs schools and adult learning centres, such as Stanfield
Park and The Lime Project, which we also provide with fruit and
The Big Green Leaf event takes place at Aintree Shopping Park on
September 20 from 11am until 4pm, where there will be a wide range
of free family-friendly activities and giveaways.
Bugella Burrows - keeper of insects and lover of bugs - will
introduce children to a real Giant African snail called Slimon and a
giant millipede named Oozmelda.
Other characters include professional composter, Wormarie
Compostulaire who will teach youngsters about food waste and
recycling, and Litter Bug who patrols the area looking for rubbish.
Jo Francis, Head of Retail
Property Management for the Regional Portfolio at The Crown Estate,
which owns Aintree Shopping Park, said:- "We are really
looking forward to the Big Green Leaf event coming to Aintree
Shopping Park where there will be fun, interactive and educational
activities for the family - all from beneath a giant inflatable leaf
canopy. Aintree Shopping Park welcomes other local community groups
to come forward to showcase the green work they do in order to be in
with a chance of receiving the Big Green Leaf Community Award."
There will also be exclusive retailer offers and discounts for
shoppers to enjoy plus a chance to win shopping vouchers and prizes.
The Big Green Leaf Community Award will only be eligible to well
established registered charities and not for profit community
organisations or agencies.
Ideally these should be based within a 5 mile radius of Aintree
Shopping Park and whom who have put their green project forward to
the Aintree Shopping Park Big Green Leaf campaign. Full terms and
conditions will be supplied on application from Amy Hodges at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01132 616 250.
For more information about the event go to:-
or like the page on Facebook.
Arts held its highly anticipated Grand Opening
THE event started by Martin
Stamper, a member of Team GB and Olympic athlete. Martin conducted a
2 hour development workshop for over 50 students, giving special
attention to 7 individuals who are finishing their final
preparations for the National Championships in Manchester this
weekend (20-21 September 2014).
We welcomed special guests to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including
Master Adrian Tranter (President of British Taekwondo, National
governing body), Martin Stamper (Team GB), John Pugh (Southport MP),
Sue McGuire (Southport Councillor), Sandra Gee (Chamber of
Commerce), Rachel Power (Sefton Children's University).
During the day, raffle tickets were sold to raise money for Queens
Court Hospice based in Southport. Various raffle prizes were kindly
donated, some of which included a food hamper from Moisters of
Southport, (Funeral Directors), 2 full weeks at Unite's popular
Half Term Camp and one Laser Party at Unite. A fabulous £156.00 was
raised on the day.
The event was concluded by Unite's Display Team who energized
spectators with acrobatic somersaults, gravity defying kicks and not
forgetting our jaw dropping sword trick. Our Display Team has become
very popular in recent years and now, a must have, at any event. MAD
Taekwondo kicks have captivated the hearts of many of our younger
members, leading to more dynamic and daring kicks.
If you would like to try the exciting Martial Arts of Taekwondo and
learn self defence why not join the Unite Team this month and
receive a FREE SUIT, We have Programs for every age, Dragons 4+ ,
Cadets 7+ and Adults 10+. For more information call:- 01704 500 323 or
will pay the penalty
PEOPLE who drop litter on Liverpool's streets or do not clean up
after their dogs will now face a much greater chance of being
Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in the City have now
been given powers to issue £80 on the spot penalty notices to people
who litter, scrawl graffiti or allow their dogs to foul the streets.
This means an extra 40 Officers; in addition to the 16 Council
Officers who do this work; will be carrying out enforcement.
This move follows a summit convened earlier this year by the Mayor
of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, to discuss with businesses and other
organisations how Liverpool can be made cleaner and greener.
"At the summit I promised we would get tough on the
anti-social minority who drop litter, fly tip or let their dogs foul
our streets by having zero tolerance on this sort of activity and we would find ways in which we would
increase the numbers of enforcement Officers.
We have now reached an agreement with the Chief Constable that PCSOs
will have the power to hand out penalty notices and I am very
grateful for his support.
While the City Council and our contractors have a major role in
keeping the City clean we cannot do it all by ourselves. I want
everybody to show pride in their City and make it cleaner and a more
attractive place to live in, work in and visit. But it is not just
about making Liverpool look brighter. Every year we clear 14,000
tons of litter off the City's streets at a cost of
£6.5million. At a time when we are under enormous budgetary pressure
this is funding we can better use to protect other services.
Having the PCSOs carrying out enforcement will make people think
twice about dropping litter or they will pay the penalty; we are not
going to tolerate those who mess up the City any longer." said the Mayor,
Chief Superintendent Rowley Moore, Merseyside Police Head of
Community Engagement, said:- "The force works with a range of
partners, including Liverpool City Council, to make sure that the
City is a safe and enjoyable place for people to both live and work.
Police Community Support and Traffic Officers work hard in our
communities helping to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and
the new powers they have complement their existing role well. We
know that litter, graffiti and dog fouling are all issues which
people want to be tackled and the Officers' ability to issue fixed
penalty notices should help to achieve this."
Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and waste
services, said:- "The emphasis at the Mayoral summit was
working in partnership to make Liverpool cleaner and brighter and
the agreement on the PCSOs is a great example of this.
I hope that residents support the PCSOs by keeping the City clean
and free from litter and graffiti."
In the last 2 years £200,000 in fixed penalty notices have been
issued in Liverpool with more than 100 people prosecuted with the
courts fining them an average of £175.
The Mayoral summit on the environment was attended by over 80
delegates from more than 60 businesses, community organisations,
schools, housing associations, football cubs and other groups.
MSOC Matrix Schools Challenge
MERSEYSIDE Police Officers from the MSOC team
are challenging school kids to make the grade in a new initiative
aimed at improving leadership skills. MSOC Officers, working with
their partners in the NHS and Army, are running the initiative pilot
"Matrix Schools Challenge", that includes
presentations about the effects of crime, team building exercises
and talks about leadership skills, at the Hawthorne Free School,
Fernhill Road, Bootle. This Challenge is a 5 day residential course
with the army, that lead on to see the school children completing
further courses. Chief Inspector Jonathan Davies, said:- "We
have run a number of initiatives tackling the issues causing young
people to become involved in gangs and crime. The Matrix Schools
Challenge is a great way for us to interact with school children and
talk to them about the impact crime can have and at the same time
challenging them to improve their own leadership and team building
skills. We have had some really positive feedback from the school
kids so far and hope they get as much out of this course as possible
and we are hoping this initiative will be taken up by other schools