Local NHS Trusts sign the
Armed Forces Covenant in support of local veterans, reservists and their
AHEAD of Armed forces day on Saturday
24 June, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust and
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust alongside Liverpool Clinical
Laboratories signed the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) at the Royal Liverpool
The covenant recognises those individuals who have performed Military duty
uniting the country and demonstrates their valuable contribution. By signing the
covenant, organisations will pledge support to those who have Military service
in a move towards becoming a Military friendly employer.
Liverpool has 1 of the greatest concentrations of ex-service personnel in the
country, and is the national host of Armed Forces Day 2017.
To witness the signing of the AFC, representatives from the armed forces
community including the army, navy and air force attended alongside veterans and
reservists currently working in the NHS.
Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of Royal
Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust said:- "It gives
us great pride to sign the Armed Forces Covenant alongside our colleagues from
Aintree and Liverpool Clinical Laboratories today.
Having previously received the bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant
Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), we hope signing the AFC further demonstrates
our commitment and support from UK employers to defence personnel and their
families. We currently employ both veterans and reservist Doctors and Nurses
throughout the Trust in a number of different specialities. We also provide
honorary contracts and work placement opportunities to Military personnel, and
in order to support their personal development and help their transition to
civilian life when they are planning to leave the services. We recognise the
benefits of employing veterans as they possess great qualities such as teamwork,
leadership, flexibility, dependability, integrity, loyalty, and have experience
of working in culturally diverse environments, and that by having them work
within our team at the Royal enhances the care we deliver to our patients. From
a clinical point of view, we regularly see the ex-Military personnel as
patients, returning to our services, especially through our Emergency
Department. To help reduce these repeat attendances, staff have undergone
training in collaboration with Liverpool Veterans Association to help them to be
able to recognise veterans and signpost them to various support agencies."
Steve Warburton, chief executive of Aintree
University Hospital, added:- "Signing the Armed Forces Covenant today
builds on all of the support Aintree has already given to patients who are
veterans, and our staff who volunteer as reservists. Our ophthalmology team have
been recognised nationally for their pioneering work with veterans who have lost
their vision, while other services including our wheelchair and prosthetic limb
centre have received excellent feedback. We are proud to support our staff
reservists, who use the skills they have developed during their Military
training and overseas deployments to improve services back here at Aintree. For
example, some of our developments in the regional trauma centre have been
informed by lessons learned from our staff on deployment. Their time as
reservists is helping our patients back here in Liverpool."
Knowsley Flower Show and
Feelgood Festival return, attracting visitors from across the region
THE spirit of the 'Summer of Love' will
be captured this summer in 2 fantastic, free family events at Court Hey Park in Huyton, Knowsley, attracting visitors from across the North West.
Both the Knowsley Flower Show and Feelgood Festival will be harking back to the
Summer of '67 with a packed schedule of flower power inspired fun and
Taking place on the weekend of 5 August and 6 August 2017, visitors can expect the usual
blend of good food, music, activities and entertainment, at both events.
This year's Feelgood Festival, on Saturday, 5 August 2017, from 1pm to 5pm, is packed with
activities, performances and experiences to help improve your health and
wellbeing. It's a chance to try mindful yoga, various fitness and sporting
activities with Volair and complementary therapies. You can join in with drawing
and painting classes or a 'Feeling Funny' workshop with the Comedy Trust, and
browse a selection of wellbeing craft stalls.
Lush Spa Liverpool will be offering complementary taster treatments and Boots
Pharmacy will offer health advice and summer makeovers. Children will love
entertainment from Zippie and the Bubble Man!
In the main arena there'll be entertainment from Jan Williams Dance School, En
Chord singers and Charlie Reader singing summer hits from the last 50 decades,
including the Beatles. Plus you can browse the stalls at the Geraud Farmer's
Market in the clearing.
Then, on Sunday, 6 August 2017, you can expect even more flower power at the Knowsley
Flower Show, from 11am until 5pm.
As usual, at the show's heart will be the breathtaking floral marquee, bursting
with potentially prize winning fruit, vegetables and flowers. Get growing and
you could be entering your pride and joy into one of the 100 categories,
suitable for both novices and experienced growers alike. Download the schedule
of classes now,
online and view the special classes themed around 50
Summers of Love.
Certainly, keen gardeners will love the many plant and seed stalls offering
great value, and the chance to get expert tips at the Gardener's Question Time
Of course, there will also be the rich programme of family entertainment,
including dog displays in the main arena, Geraud's large farmers' market, circus
skills, glitter faces and a health and wellbeing zone plus lots of trade stands.
MATE Productions will be there on the day with free ˝ hour sessions of pop up
Romeo and Juliet. Music will be provided by some fantastic live musicians from
En Chord performing at 'Little Glasto', elsewhere you'll find the BoogieWondervan playing hits from the last 50 summers.
There'll also be a Health and Wellbeing Zone with plants, honey sellers and the
chance to make your own bat and bee boxes.
At both events, children are invited to dress up in 60's or 70's fashion and join
in the Summer of Love fancy dress parade around the site at 1pm to get the event
off to a fantastic start; and there'll be great prizes on offer for the best
costumes. Register now through Knowsley's Children's Centres or call:- 0151 443
5749 for an entry form.
Both events are completely free, and are part of a wider programme of more than
60 Summer of Love events taking place across the City Region this summer. You
can find out more about the other events at:-
Make sure you take a look at the Knowsley Flower Show
gives details of the free shuttle buses in and around Knowsley and 'like' the
show on Facebook for all the latest news.
Council lands control of
Birkenhead Park fisheries
WIRRAL Council is to take on the
management and patrolling of angling on Birkenhead Park's 2 fishing lakes this
summer for the 1st time.
The Council, which has previously worked for 30 years in partnership with the
Association of Wirral Angling Clubs (AWAC) over the running of the popular
fisheries in the park, will begin complete management of the lakes, on 1 July
This follows the decision by AWAC to hand over its formal responsibilities for
managing angling on the 2 lakes, back to the Council.
After liaising closely with both AWAC and the Environment Agency, the Council
will oversee the management and maintenance of the 2 lakes, as well the
issuing of permits and day tickets to anglers.
The Council will also look to introduce improvements to both the lakes and the
surrounding environment during the coming months.
Wirral Council's Birkenhead Park Manager Paul Davies said:- "All of the
income we receive from anglers for using the facilities will be re-invested into
the lakes and the surrounding environment to ensure it remains an outstanding
facility for local people to use. This includes the regular restocking of the
lakes, provision of good aeration facilities and increased maintenance of
facilities such as fishing pegs and improvements to the surrounding banks and
New permit prices will be introduced for using the
lakes from 1 July 2017, which will be as follows:-
Adult Seasonal ticket:- ₤25.00
OAP Seasonal Ticket:- ₤15.00
Disabled Seasonal Ticket:- ₤15.00
Junior Seasonal Ticket, under 17:- ₤14.00
Bankside day tickets will also be available to buy, priced at ₤3.50 for an adult
and ₤2.50 for a junior. These tickets and can also be used against the price of
a seasonal ticket if redeemed within 1 month.
All anglers using the facilities are required to hold an Environment Agency rod
licence which is available by visiting the government website.