All is ready for the
Southport Flower Show 2017
THE Southport Flower Show is the
largest independent garden in the UK and held every year on Victoria Park, in
Southport, since 1924. As well as flowers, the show includes other attractions
such as cookery demonstrations, gala dinners, music and horse riding displays.
This this year’s theme as:- "The Curious Garden" and set to be
bigger and better than ever before. The show attracts over 50,000 visitors
across the 4 days, this year starting on 14 August and running to 20 August
2017. For more in formation visit:-
SouthportFlowerShow.Co.UK and do not miss what will be a blooming
Reminder... Outdoor Cinema
ON 16 August 2017, the Friends of Kings
Gardens Southport will be hosting another Outdoor Cinema event, with a showing
of the classic film:- "Grease." Friends of Kings Gardens said:-
"We are doing it all over again! Make sure you arrive in plenty of time to get a
good spot in front of the screen and enjoy those Summer Nights. Fancy dress is a
must!" So pop on over and take a seat with you... Sit back and enjoy the
show... For more information please keep an eye on our Facebook
Free summer Holidays
activities for families
MERSEYSIDE Police, One Vision Housing
and Sefton Council's Active Sefton are joining forces this summer to provide
free activities for young people across South Sefton's parks and open spaces.
The Jamie Carragher 23
Foundation will be running football
training and tournaments and other activities on offer include:- Segway
sessions, basketball, go karting, fun days and day trips. 300 cinema tickets
have also been provided for families in the area. Youth workers will be in the
following areas until the end of the school holidays, with further activities to
be announced later in the year:-
► Litherland Boys Club and the Carragher Foundation
will be in Kirkstone Park and the 'Backy' between Bark Road and
Daley Road, Litherland.
► Caradoc Kids Club will be in Bowersdale Park,
► Brunswick Youth Club and the Carragher Foundation
North Park and Poets Park, Bootle.
► Christ Church Youth Club and the Carragher
Foundation will be in South Park and Derby Park in Bootle.
► Emmanuel Baptist Church and the Carragher Foundation
will be in Marian Square Gardens and Killen Green Park, Netherton.
Jed Pearson, Managing Director of One Vision Housing (OVH),
said:- "Working with key partners we are delighted to offer a range of
free activities for children and young people in our community during the summer
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing, said:-
"We are very lucky in Sefton to have so many wonderful parks and open spaces
and it is great to see these being used by all our communities over the school
Summer holidays. The Active Sefton Street Games initiative sees hundreds of
children get involved in free activities right on their doorstep. Along with
other partner agencies, collectively we provide a raft of activities for young
people to get involved in keeping them active and busy over the holiday period.
For more information about venues and activities available, please contact the
Active Sefton team on:- 0151 288 6278."
Sefton Local Policing Sergeant Kate Young said:- "Keeping children active
and occupied throughout the long summer holidays is a challenge for all
families, and hopefully people across South Sefton will take advantage of the
great variety of fun on offer over the next few weeks and beyond, and all of
which is completely free. There are so many great youth facilities in the area
and I hope this encourages even more families to get involved. The activities
and events are all about communities making best use of the many parks and open
spaces in South Sefton. Many people attend these places to enjoy walking,
exercising and having family time and we want to ensure that, along with our
partners, these areas remain amenable to all residents, families, and the wider
communities of Merseyside."
Regular Active Sefton activities are as below:-
► North –
Portland St. Playing Fields (Southport)
► South – South Park (Bootle)
► North –
Bedford Park (Birkdale)
► South – Bowersdale Park (Seaforth)
► North –
Kings Gardens (Southport) [Street Golf venue]
► North –
Russell Rd. Recreation Ground (High Park, Southport)
► South – Killen Green (Netherton)
► South –
Coronation Park (Crosby)
Thousands expected to enjoy a river
cruise adventure on the Mersey this summer
THE Mersey Ferries' popular 'River
Explorer Cruises' look set to welcome tens of thousands of visitors throughout a
busy summer. Families can enjoy exclusive adventures on the ferry, a visit to
the popular:- 'SciFi Icons' exhibition at Spaceport and a
fascinating time at:- 'The U-Boat Story.'
Mersey Ferries are expecting a busy summer season, as thousands take to the
river to enjoy a series of special adventures with their families, experiencing
3 of Liverpool's most popular attractions.
Operating throughout the summer holidays, Mersey Ferries are offering the
Explorer Cruise and Spaceport Family Ticket' from ₤35. Families can take to the
waves to enjoy views of the iconic Liverpool waterfront, before blasting off
into space and then soaking up a unique piece of history. Fun summer giveaways
to entertain the children are included and there are also a range of interactive
activities at the attractions to entertain the whole family, making this
ultimate day out.
The 'Family River Explorer Cruise' offers access to Spaceport's much anticipated:-
Icons' exhibition at Seacombe, showcasing a private collection of Stars Wars
memorabilia, from 1 of the UK's biggest collectors. A fascinating trip down
memory lane is also available by visiting the World War II heritage displays at
The U-Boat Story, Woodside.
Gary Evans, from Mersey Ferries said:- "This summer our family offering is
stronger than ever, with something to suit everyone, so we're expecting some of
our biggest visitor numbers in years.
We hope that our River Explorer Cruise and Spaceport ticket, offering access to
our new special 'SciFi Icons' exhibition, will be a particular highlight for
those looking to do something memorable during the summer holidays.
The River Explorer Cruises provide not only breath taking views of Liverpool and
the Wirral, but the journey also includes the popular U-Boat Story attraction,
which presents a truly fascinating insight into life underwater during WW2."
Mersey Ferries remain the most popular paid-for attraction in Merseyside.
Departing hourly, the 50-minute River Explorer Cruises sail between Pier Head,
Seacombe and Woodside. The full schedule is listed on the Mersey Ferry website.
Gary continued:- "The Ferries are a great way for local people and
visitors to get out and enjoy the beauty of the waterfront; whilst keeping the
little ones entertained with an exciting programme of activities."
Customers can book online and save with the combined ₤35 Family River Explorer
and Spaceport Ticket, available for 2 adults and up to 3 children (ages 5 to 15). The offer must be purchased
online, at least
1 day before a visit.
This family adventure package is part of Mersey Ferries biggest ever events
programme which includes special cruises for adults that offer everything from
Summer Evening Cruises to Who Dunnit thrills and themed music cruises.
For more information on Mersey Ferries' full programme of summer activities,
including the River Explorer Cruises and the 'SciFi Icons' exhibition at
Spaceport, visit the Ticket Offices within any of Mersey Ferry terminals, call:-
0151 3301003 for more information or visit:-
Health Secretary praises
Trust's 'exceptional improvement'
HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt has
congratulated staff for "exceptional improvement" made at Southport and
Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
The Trust was the most improved in England between January and March for getting
patients home from Hospital.
Shorter Hospital stays are an indicator of efficient care as well as releasing
beds to newly poorly patients who need them.
In a letter to the chair and chief executive, Mr Hunt said:- "The Trust is
a real example to others, demonstrating how to improve performance in a short
space of time and ensure that your patients get the care they deserve.
From visiting organisations throughout the country, I know that the immense
amount of work that will have been behind this outcome cannot be underestimated.
Improvement on such a scale is very impressive and testament to the hard work
and dedication of the Trust's staff."
Interim Chief Executive Karen Jackson said:- "I am delighted the enormous
efforts staff are making to give patients the very best care is now being
recognised at a national level. They are a fantastic team and a privilege to
Friends of Kings Gardens
Family Fun Day
THE Friends of Kings Gardens,
Southport, held a 'Family Fun Day' on 9 August 2017, in Kings
Gardens. The event was extremely well attended with music provided by Southport
and Ormskirk Hospital Radio, Heartbeat, also providing a host of activities
where the likes of Merseyside Police, Starkidz Entertainment, Oyster Events,
Sefton Parks, Linaker Children's Centre, the YMCA Sefton and the Bridge Inn