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Video interview with
Southport's MP Damien Moore
PLAY below our first interview with
Southport's MP Damien Moore, who became the first Conservative parliamentary
candidate for Southport Constituency, in 2 decades of Lib Dem rule, on 8 June
2017. This was our first chance to talk to him since he was sworn in as the
Member of Parliament for Southport.
Damien, off camera has expressed his passion
for Southport, crediting the many small businesses that are in the area. He said
he is shocked and upset at how little help they have had over the years and is
looking to make a real change for them over the next 5 years. He said that he
looks forward to working cross party in order to do this and will shout lowd and
hard for Southport on both a local level, within the Liverpool City Region and
nationally. Damien said:- "This is a great privilege to represent
such a wonderful part of the UK. I'm looking forward to its unique
challenges ahead. I will be putting a powerful message out to everyone,
that Southport must not be overlooked. Southport is a Town that is totally
different to the rest of the area, if not the UK. It's 1 of my key
areas to start looking at is Southport's visitor economy and seeing how I can
help it. I want to see how I can support the many businesses operating
around within it, from local gift shops to our fantastic hotels, bars and
restaurants, that not only give Southport its distinctive looks, but also
provide work for all ages. I look forward to delivering to the many small
businesses the support they require. I will be welcoming all businesses
owners and any local people who have view on how I can do this to contact me
along the way. I will be running regular meetings in the constituency to
meet anyone who has any issues, not just business related, so that I can try to
offer them a voice within parliament, fighting their corner."
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Southport teenager paves the way for
new generation of fundraisers
A teenager from Southport has raised
more than £400 for a local cancer research charity from a cake bake inspired by
her grandmother's fundraising ventures.
Isobel Cutts is the 13 year old granddaughter of Olive Cutts, the Chair of
Southport's fundraising group for North West Cancer Research. Following in
Olive's footstep's, Isobel turned her front drive into a cake stall selling
hundreds of cakes to raise money for the charity.
The Greenbank High pupil, supported by volunteers from her grandmother's
fundraising group, baked a selection of cakes. On the menu was a mouth watering
choice of chocolate fudge cakes, lemon drizzle, fruit cake and chocolate
Priced between 50p and £2, the sale held in Hillside, Southport, raised a total
of £470 which has been donated to North West Cancer Research.
Isobel is on track to becoming a member of the Southport fundraising group for
North West Cancer Research. This was the 2nd time she had joined forces with
her grandmother after they worked together over Easter to raise more than £100
for the charity from knitted, chocolate filled chicks.
As a 14th St. James' Birkdale Guide, Isobel was presented with the fundraiser
badge by her unit leader Lynn Deacon as recognition for her efforts. This now
brings the teenager more than ½ way to achieving the Baden Powell Challenge
Award which is the highest accolade a Guide can achieve.
Isobel said:- "Lots of people came down to the cake sale. Thanks to my
grandma and her friends who helped me by baking some of the cakes, I've managed
to raise money to help important research into cancer. After seeing how much fun
I had organising the stall, my friends seemed really impressed by it and want to
get involved in my next events. I understand how important cancer research is
and want to help my grandma and her team raise as much money as possible."
Olive, Isobel's grandmother, is part of the Southport based fundraising group
for North West Cancer Research. The group hold regular activities and events to
fundraise for the charity.
North West Cancer Research has committed to funding more than £13million worth
of research over the next 5 years.
Sara Cooper, Committee Engagement and Events Executive, North West Cancer
Research, said:- "Everyone at North West Cancer Research would like to
thank Isobel for her efforts in her cake bake. It's nice to see someone so young
get involved in fundraising and goes to show that anyone can do it. As an
independently funded charity we rely on the good-will of people like Isobel as
well as our army of fundraising groups all over the North West and Wales."
To find out more about the Southport-based fundraising events for North West
Cancer Research, contact Olive Cutts at:- email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed to Capture Heritage
of Forgotten WW1 Hospital on Merseyside
VOLUNTEERS are needed for a project to
capture memories of a military hospital on Merseyside which pioneered treatment
for soldiers with 'shell shock' during the 1st World War.
If you are interested in local or family history drop in to Meadows Library, in
Maghull, on 21 July 2017, from 11am to 4:30pm, where you can meet the team running a new
project celebrating this important, but little known heritage, and find out how
you can get involved.
Moss Side Military Hospital in Maghull treated over 3,600 patients between
opening in December 1914 and 1919, and became renowned in the developing field
of psychological medicine. Clinical staff at the time were described as:-
"the brilliant band of workers who…made Maghull the centre for the study of
The Moss Side site eventually closed in 1995 and the buildings were later
demolished, but it is now the subject of an exciting new Heritage Lottery Funded
project at The Atkinson in Southport to ensure the legacy of those who worked
and were treated there is not forgotten during the centenary commemorations of
the Great War.
As well as unearthing fascinating local heritage for people in Sefton and across
Merseyside, the project will also shine a light on how the ground breaking
treatment offered at Moss Side has influenced our modern understanding of
conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder.
In conjunction with academics from Manchester Metropolitan University, Sefton
Library Services, archives consultant Kevin Bolton and Sefton Library Services,
The Atkinson will launch:- 'Maghull and the Great War Remembered: Shell
Shock - the impact and aftermath on lives and minds' at Meadows Library in Maghull
on 21 July 2017, from 11am to 4:30pm.
Volunteers, or a new "brilliant band" are needed to help collect oral
histories, to add to existing archives, and help to run a series of exhibitions,
workshops and events between October 2017 and November 2018.
Archive consultant Kevin Bolton and academics and heritage experts from
Manchester Metropolitan University will provide free training, and volunteers
are welcome to commit as much or little time to the project as they like.
Please come along to the launch to find out more or get in touch via email.
Emma Anderson, Director of The Atkinson, said:- "We are delighted to be
working in partnership with a highly respected team of historians from
Manchester Metropolitan University, Amy Walling, Drs Ben Edwards and Sam
Edwards, plus archive consultant Kevin Bolton, who lead the development of
Archives + in Manchester, and with our colleagues at Sefton Library Services to
launch this exciting Heritage Lottery Funded project."
Dr Sam Edwards, Senior Lecturer in History at Manchester Metropolitan
University, said:- "The 1st World War saw the emergence of increasingly
destructive forms of mechanized warfare, especially along the trenches of the
Western Front. The result of all these deadly innovations was to make war
increasingly traumatic for those who experienced and endured it. For many
soldiers, prolonged exposure to these conditions broke nerves, and broke minds.
As a result, military doctors coined a new phrase: shell shock. In time,
hospitals were established back in Blighty to treat those struggling with this
condition. 1 famous such hospital was at Craiglockhart, near Edinburgh, where
war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon were at one point patients. But
another such hospital was at Moss Side in Maghull. Sadly, the remains of this
hospital have now gone. But many of the records survive, and so too do the
stories of those who lived nearby. This project seeks to recover the lost
history and heritage of Moss Side hospital; it seeks to reclaim the stories of
the patients, doctors, nurses and local residents who battled with the shell
shock of modern war. Today, public awareness of mental health concerns is
better than ever before. Even so, the challenges of post traumatic stress
disorder; as shell shock is now known to be a form of are still relatively
un-discussed and un-appreciated. As we reflect on the centennial of the
conflict, this project will revisit the forgotten stories of those traumatized
by the 1st World War, reminding us that war; in past and present maims bodies
LCB Boys Under 17s Progress
to Royal London County Cup Final
THE LCB Boys Under 17 progress through
to the National Final of the Royal London County Cup, where they will meet
Middlesex, at Kibworth CC, on Sunday, 9 July 2017, from 10:45am. Having
topped the North Regional group with wins against Durham, Yorkshire and
Derbyshire, and only one defeat against Cheshire, they qualified for the sem
final against Northamptonshire, at Ormskirk CC.
The semi final was a close encounter.
Northants elected to bat 1st and made a good start posting 55 for the 1st
wicket, but with excellent bowling from Lancashire's Lewis Dove (4-44), reduced
the opposition to 172 all out. In reply Lancashire lost 4 early wickets, but an
excellent fifth wicket partnership of 75 by captain Rehan Udwadia (57) and Sam
Dorsey 44* and a quick fire 41* by Lewis Dove led Lancashire to victory by 5
wickets with 2 overs to spare.
Full scorecard -> LCB Under 17 won by 5 wickets!
Bob Deardon, LCB Under 17s Manager, speaking about the semi-final performance
said:- "In a tense game on a challenging pitch I was delighted to see the
boys apply great application and determined batting particularly by the middle
order to clinch the win. We'd like to thank Ormskirk CC for hosting the game and
their continued support of staging numerous matches for our county age group
Gary Yates, LCB Under 17s Head Coach and LCCC Academy Director, is looking
forward to the final. He added:- "It's great to see our Under 17's perform
well to get to the national final on Sunday. This group of players have shown
some determination and fight with winning some close games along the way. If we
achieve our potential on Sunday we can hopefully win the final, and for the
team, this will be an excellent experience of competing on a big day."
Green Day at Sheffield Arena
and special guests Rancid
Photos and review by Jo
THE American band,
Day, has been hailed as 1 of the best live rock bands of the 21st
century and have been doing a quick tour of the UK in recent days. We got the
chance to see the band at the Sheffield Arena along with the support band
Rancid. The punk rock still show youthful exuberance when performing, despite
their careers spanning the over 3 decades! The event was not simply a night for
nostalgia, as they added tracks from their band's latest album:-
that seemed to go down very well with the audience. Also doing an amazing
performance was support band
Rancid who have a album out called:-
'Trouble Maker.' To celebrate the group being on tour in the UK
the had a very cool limited edition
shirt on sale at both Hyde Park and at
Sheffield. Interestingly it is worth noting that Green Day was the headline
British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London, on Saturday, 1 July 2017. Sadly this
year the band did not get a chance to head to Liverpool, but it will be worth
fans on Merseyside to keep an eye out on their next Tour of the UK. Sadly for
Scottish fans, this tour a few days later became a "wash out," as
the UK Tour promoters had to cancel a concert by Green Day in
Glasgow, only hours before it was due to
begin, because "adverse weather conditions" meant it was "no
longer safe" for the bands to perform. This decision left some fans
"very distraught." Luckily for fans in Sheffield, weather is never an
issue at the
Sheffield ever since the very large indoor music and
entertainment venue opened in 1991. Please let us know if you attened any of the
tour dates via emailing us to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.com. Also please do let us know if you would
like to see Green Day and/or Rancid visit our fantastic City, Liverpool, via
Tweeting:- "#Liverpool #UK would welcome @greenday & @Rancid in 2018... @SouthportReport"
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