Are you going to the
Candlemas Coffee Afternoon, in aid of Clatterbridge?
A coffee afternoon has been
arranged in aid of Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. (Charity No. 1051727) This
will be held on:- Thursday, 4 February 2016, between 1 to 4 pm. The Venue is
St Luke's Church meeting room, adjacent to the Church in St Luke's Church Rd
. Formby, Merseyside L37 2DF. Admission price:- £2 on the door and includes
refreshments. There will also be a raffle with a variety of donated prizes
and other activities. Please do come along and help us aid a charity which
gives much needed help to those facing difficulties occasioned by cancer,
and to their families... If you can display a poster, please
here, print out and put it up, to help
spread the work. Also please visit our Facebook Event
Page and say you plan to attend!
Christmas drink and drug driving campaign
results now in
MERSEYSIDE Police are pleased to
announce that the majority of motorists in Merseyside drove responsibly over
the Christmas period. During the Christmas drink and drug driving campaign
that ran from 1 December 2016, until 31 December 2015, Officers carried out
a total of 7,925 breath tests and arrested 224 people for drink or drug
driving related offences. It is the 1st Christmas drink and drug drive
campaign since legislation was introduced in March 2015 to make it easier
for Police to tackle drug drivers. The law made it illegal to drive with
certain drugs above specified blood levels in the body whether driving is
impaired or not. These limits are set at very low levels for 8 illegal
drugs, including cannabis and cocaine, and 8 medicines that have been set at
a higher limit. Merseyside Police have been using roadside testing kits to
trace drugs in drivers. If the test result is positive, a blood or urine
sample is taken, with no need to call a doctor to confirm the presence of a
condition due to drugs. Sergeant Paul Mountford, from the Roads Policing
Unit said:- "I am really encouraged to see that 98% per cent of the
people we tested were driving responsibly. However, it is disappointing that
we have seen a slight increase in motorists drug driving or over the drink
drive limit. While they represent a small minority of drivers, I cannot
stress enough the danger that these people present, not just to themselves,
but to other road users too. We are committed to tackling drink and drug
driving throughout the year, not just during the Christmas period. Any
driver involved in a road traffic collision, or who commits a traffic
offence, can expect to be breathalysed at any time in the year, and may be
required to perform an impairment test. During the month long campaign, 66
people were arrested on drug driving offences. This was largely the result
of the new drug driving legislation and shows a significant increase
compared to last year when there were only 8 arrests. A total of 158
people were arrested for drink driving; a decrease on last year when 207
were arrested. Again, it's encouraging that people have listened to our
messages over the Christmas period. However, the overall figures for 2015 do
indicate an increase in drug driving. We made 325 arrests in 2015, compared
to 110 arrests in 2014. Drugs were found in 98% of the specimens that were
submitted to the forensic labs (between March to November 2015) and 73% of
those cases resulted in drivers being prosecuted. The current drug driving
legislation makes the process of prosecuting drug drivers much simpler. Our
message to those drivers would be don't risk it. The consequences of being
caught can be long lasting and life changing. We will remain vigilant
throughout 2016 to detect those drivers who present a risk to others."
St Luke's Church work
set to be completed faster
A half a million pound scheme to
repair the crumbling stonework of St Luke's 'bombed out'
Liverpool is set to be completed by the end of 2016.
The 1st Phase of the work, costing £150k and funded by Liverpool City
Council and Historic England, is already underway to safeguard the future of
the much loved landmark.
Now a report to the council's Cabinet on Friday, 22 January 2016, is recommending
that; subject to securing funding from Historic England; work on further
phases costing an addition £350k are completed by November 2016, rather than
being phased over the next 2 years as originally planned.
Speeding up the work will be more cost effective and mean that the new
operator that will be appointed to run events at the venue will not face
The majority of the 6,300 people who responded to a recent consultation over
the future of the Church were supportive of limited development and events
taking place at the site including the installation of toilets, food and
drink facilities, seating and a performance area.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Malcom Kennedy said:- "There is
a great love for St Luke's Church, demonstrated by the incredible response
we had to a consultation last year over its future use.
We really want to give the new operator that is appointed the best possible
chance to establish an events programme, and finishing the work before they
start will mean they can plan without being constrained by repair work going
This is a really exciting time for St Luke's Church as we are determined to
secure its future and make sure that future generations can continue to
visit it and enjoy it."
The next phase of work is expected to start in April and will include
repairs to the tower, lower level stonework and perimeter railings.
In February, the City Council will invite expressions of interest from
operators to run the site with the successful applicant having to
demonstrate that they can offer a viable future in line with the results of
the public consultation.
A new operator is expected to be appointed in the summer, with repair work
completed in November and the building reopening to the public by the end of
The cost of the work is being split between Liverpool City Council and