Army accolade for Southport
and Ormskirk NHS trust
A NHS trust has been recognised for the
outstanding support it gives to the British Army during times of conflict.
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust was named public sector winner at the
North West Armed Forces Business Awards.
Judges commended the Trust for its:- "outstanding support given to the
Reserve Forces." On top of their regular medical jobs, several Hospital staff give time as
reservists and have been deployed across the world from the Balkans to Sierra
Dr James Hammond is a Consultant Anaesthetist and since 2002 he has been
deployed to Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan (three times).
He said:- "The Trust has always been very supportive of my role as an army
reservist, supporting my training, and colleagues have also been very
understanding when I've been away on operations."
Kath Higgins, Head of Nursing for Planned Care, was deployed to Sierra Leone in
October last year to help in the fight against ebola. She worked as a nursing
officer in Kerrytown Ebola Treatment Centre.
Kath said:- "The Trust has been flexible in allowing me to go on
deployment sometimes at very short notice. Colleagues at the hospital have also
shown a positive interest in my army role."
Helen Mackay is a Consultant in Orthopaedics and Trauma. She has worked as a
reservist for 13 years and completed an operational tour of Afghanistan. She
said:- "It's fantastic that the Trust supports its staff in their work as
army reservists. The experience we get in operational roles around the globe
also has a positive impact on our day to day roles at the Hospital."
Major Davey Harvey, 42nd Infantry Brigade, said:- "Having time and energy
to support any Armed Forces Reserve needs special mention, and Southport and
Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust have it in spades.
Absolutely well done as we really do appreciate the full support you bring and
we wouldn't be able to field a Reserve Force if it wasn't for the backing of
businesses, local authorities and of course the great British public."
Popular pedalos return to park
PEDALOS are returning to Sefton Park again for the summer.
A fleet of pedalos and rowing boats will be available for hire at the park's
lake during the summer, starting from Thursday, 4 August 2016. Pedalos were introduced
to the park in 2012 and proved to be a very popular addition. "The pedalos and boats are a great attraction for all ages to come along,
enjoy their visit to the park and keep the children active and entertained over
the summer holidays. It is not everywhere that you can access a lake on pedalos throughout
summer, so we are excited to offer them in Sefton Park once again. They've been
so popular in previous years, there's no doubt they will be successful again
And, if we are lucky enough to have some hot weather, what better way will there
be of cooling off than taking a trip on the lake!
We want to make our parks and green spaces full of life and animation. The
Urban Beach at Calderstones and the pedalos here in Sefton Park are a great way
of doing that." said Councillor Peter Mitchell, Mayoral Lead for
Parks and Open Spaces.
The pedalos and rowing boats are operated by the charity Local Solutions and
they cost £5 per vessel to hire and will be available from Thursday's to Sunday's
between 11am and 4pm.
help trace next of kin of a Southport Man
THE Liverpool Coroner's Office have
issued an appeal for the public's help to trace the family of a man, from
Southport, who has recently died. Kenneth Charles Summers, 83 aged, was from
Southport and he sadly died at home, on Sunday, 24 July 2016. There are no
suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information that
could help the coroner trace Mr Summers' next of kin is asked to contact
Jeanette Lesbirel at Sefton Coroner's Office on:- 0151 777 3409 or email:-
Patron, Loyd Grossman says:-
'Treasure Your Treasures' in Merseyside
PATRON, Loyd Grossman has launched,
what he calls:- "the world's greatest heritage festival", rousing visitors to get
out and about and 'treasure your treasures' at 5000 free events taking
place across England during Heritage Open Days, between Thursday, 8 September
2016 and Sunday, 11
'Treasure Your Treasures' is the theme for this year's annual 4 day
festival, which calls on communities to champion their local heritage and show
their support for cultural and historic assets on their doorsteps. Visitors are
encouraged to capture themselves on camera with the objects, people or places
that they treasure and to share their stories online via social media using the hashtag
'#TreasureYourTreasures'. Specially made Heritage Open Days frames will be
positioned in each region at some of the free events for people to put
themselves in the picture together with or in front of their treasures.
The 'treasures' theme comes following the results of a straw poll by
Heritage Open Days, which showed that 95% of Heritage Open Days organisers had
fears about the future of places like museums, galleries, archives, theatres,
parks and historic sites in their own communities, which may be facing financial
uncertainty. 225 local organisers responded to the survey about their treasures
and their level of concern about the effects of funding cuts. They felt
overwhelmingly that Heritage Open Days had an important role to play in
supporting the future of their local treasures.
Loyd Grossman said the 5,000 free events held during the festival provided the
ideal platform to stand up and shout about local treasures. He encouraged people
to engage with heritage as visitors and volunteers, and to get behind campaigns
to retain access to places like museums, archives, libraries, galleries,
theatres, parks and historic sites.
In the last 22 years, Heritage Open Days has
grown from 701 events to over 4800 in 2015 with some 3.4 million visitors
enjoying free to access events and activities over four days in September. Over
40,000 volunteers help to run the festival making it the biggest grassroots
celebration of culture and heritage in the UK. It is coordinated centrally by
the National Trust with funding from Players of People's Postcode Lottery. The
festival provides an opportunity to showcase buildings and hidden histories in
The database for this year's festival is now
A selection of highlights in Merseyside:-
► Liverpool Medical Institution, Liverpool is 1 of the oldest medical societies in the world,
traces its origins to the founding of the Liverpool Medical Library in 1779. The
present Grade II* listed building dates from May 1837. The tour of the old
building includes the unique Lecture Theatre, Council Room and Library. The tour
lasts approximately 1 hour.
► Mersey Tunnels, Liverpool...
George's Dock Building is Grade II listed and was completed in 1934. It was
built as the headquarters and ventilation station for the Queensway Tunnel. The
building is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the country
and will be open to the public for the weekend. There will be a small display of
photographs and artefacts on the ground floor which tell the story of the
construction and also King George V opening the tunnel. Guests will also have a
chance to visit the original Control Room. Tours to a Fan Chamber and down to
the tunnel itself will be held at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 each day on a 1st
come 1st served basis. Please note that the Tunnel tour will only allow a max 24 per tour and children over 10yrs
► The Athenaeum, Liverpool... The Open Day will give members of the public a unique opportunity to view the
building and its treasures through a guided tour. The Athenaeum, founded in 1797,
is Liverpool's oldest social organisation. Its original purpose was to provide a
centre of information in the newsroom where a wide variety of newspapers and
periodicals were taken and a reference library which today contains over 60,000
volumes, many of which are rare if not unique. It also has an archive of
documents, pictures and artefacts on many aspects to Liverpool's history and
heritage. These are normally open only to the 500 Proprietors.