Sefton Sporting Lights
THE hugely popular Sefton Sporting Lights is returning
later this month to give youngsters the chance to enjoy a host of free and fun
activities. Taking place at Coronation Park, Crosby, on Monday, 30 October 2017, from
6pm, the floodlit event aims to divert young people away from anti-social
activities usually associated with:- 'Mischief Night.' Throughout the night youngsters can take part in a raft of free activities
including go karting, water zorbing and football!
Sporting Lights is organised by Sefton Council as part of the Halloween and
Bonfire Night Plan in partnership with:- The Friends of Alexandra and Coronation
Parks, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, British Orienteering and
other community volunteers and sports coaches.
Other activities on offer include:-
► Halloween themed Xplorer orienteering sessions around the park on the evening
(compass for the winner and runner up).
► A Climbing Wall.
► Pumpkin Carving.
► Halloween Crafts.
► Face Painting.
Refreshments for participants will be provided by Domino's Pizza and the popular
Triviso Ice Cream catering firm will also be onsite.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Children, Schools, Families and
Leisure, said:- "I am delighted to see Sporting Lights return for another
year after huge successes in the past.
It promises to be a dazzling evening of fun and free activities thanks must go
in advance to all our partner agencies who have worked so hard to help us bring
this great event together."
Anyone attending is asked to bring a torch along on the evening as not all areas
of the park will be floodlit and they can also be used for the orienteering
All activities and refreshments will be on a 1st come 1st served basis. In
the event of poor weather, pedalos and zorbing will still go ahead with planned
refreshments, but other activities may be cancelled.
Liverpool author lands top
speaking spot at literary event
LIVERPOOL writer Jude Lennon has become
the first children's author to secure a top speaking slot at an annual literary
event. Miss Lennon, who has published 10 children's books including several
Amazon Bestsellers, delighted an audience of authors, magazine editors, TV
presenters and book bloggers, when she spoke about her journey from primary
teacher to storyteller at a Literary Lunch held, on Thursday, 12 October 2017, at the
Belle Epoque in Knutsford.
It's the 1st time in the event's 5 year history that a children's author has
been selected for one of the top speaking slots.
Miss Lennon, who read from her latest book Pirate Lamby, was joined centre stage
by 3 other guest speakers; Denise Chilton, author of:- 'Suddenly Single,' Phillipa Ashley, author of Amazon Bestseller:-
'Christmas on the Little Cornish
Isles' and book blogger Joanne Robertson from:- 'My Chestnut Reading Tree.'
Miss Lennon said:- "I was truly honoured to be asked by event organiser
Sue France to speak at this wonderful event. Since leaving my teaching
profession three years ago my storytelling business and writing has really taken
off. I've been on such a journey and to be welcomed with open arms by such an
inspirational group of authors was truly humbling."
Several other Merseyside authors also attended the event, which brings together
a network of creative's. They were Estelle Maher author of 'Grace and the
Ghost,' Lesley Rawlinson, who wrote:- 'Tales from the Woodpecker Tree,'
Imelda Summerton West, author of the soon to be published book:- 'Bloofus and
Snatcher, the Bad Dream Catcher' and Angela Preston, author of:- 'Opening
Businesswoman Jane Hawkes from Little Sutton, founder of Seashore No4 was also
in attendance and will be collaborating with Miss Lennon in the new year to
publish a new book for people with autism.
Mrs France started the Literary Lunch 5 years ago with a vision of helping
writers to become self-published authors. Over the years it has grown in
popularity and has helped many women kickstart their Careers as authors.
Miss Lennon's Editor Sue Miller, founder of Team Author UK, has been
instrumental in helping the event to grow and 30 of the invited guests at this
year's lunch were authors and professionals associated with Team Author UK.
As well as writing and storytelling Miss Lennon, a key member of Team Author UK,
continues to teach by hosting workshops for writers. Next month she is running a
writing retreat in Shropshire in collaboration with Team Author UK where she
will host a number of workshops for writers and published authors.
She said:- "Several authors attending the Literary Lunch have been on my
writing courses over the last 18 months or so. It's been incredible to watch
their journey and see them grow in confidence with many of them now published
authors in their own right."
For more information about Miss Lennon's books or storytelling business visit:-
More information on Team Author UK can be found at
Merseyside Parks compete for UK's Best
14 Merseyside Parks nominated for public vote, 360
nominated parks across the UK compete to be declared the nation's favourite park
and research shows how Parks and Green Spaces contribute to health and well
The Fields in Trust UK's Best Park, Award is now open for a public vote to
select the nation's favourite local park. A total of 14 cherished green spaces
in Merseyside are featured in the 360 UK wide nominations, each a much loved
part its local community.
Wirral has 5 nominations, those being Arrowe Park; Birkenhead Park; Harrison
Park; Thurstaston Common and Vale Park and there are 8 Liverpool parks:- Calderstones, Croxteth, Derby, Everton, Rimrose Valley, Sefton, Walton Hall and
Wavertree Playground. Southport's Botanical Gardens was also nominated. Now it
is time to choose the winners via an
online public vote.
Nominations include small community gardens and large nature reserves, sports
fields and playgrounds, each green space valued by its community and nominated
by the regular park users who love to:- walk, run, cycle, relax, picnic and play
with their children in the UK's parks.
'The UK's Best Park Award' will see the
park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern
Ireland shortlisted and nominators invited to attend the prestigious:- 'Fields in
Trust Awards,' at Lord's Cricket Ground, in November 2017, where the UK's Best Park, as
voted by YOU! 2017 will be named.
Fields in Trust is a national charity that operates throughout the UK to
safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for
all kinds of outdoor sites,
The latest research from Fields in Trust shows, for
the 1st time at national level, a direct and statistically significant link
between public parks and green spaces and health and wellbeing. There is an
established link between an individual's use of parks and an improvement in
their physical health, life satisfaction, sense of worth, happiness and anxiety
Minister for Local Government, Marcus Jones MP has convened a new Parks Action
Group to review how parks meet the needs of local communities.
Appointed to this
Government advisory group, Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths,
said:- "Despite their clear health benefits, parks and green spaces are
facing an uncertain future; across the UK outdoor spaces are under threat. The
UK's Best Park Award celebrates the parks and green spaces which are so vital to
the communities that use them.
Recognising the UK's Best Park is a way of revaluing our green spaces; not
viewing them just as a drain on resources for maintenance and upkeep; but
seeing what benefits they bring; access to good quality recreational space can
contribute to the physical and mental health of their local population and
provide places for people to get together for community events."
In 2016 Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire was named UK's Best Park out of a
field of 214 nominations this year a much bigger number of 360 cherished local
parks have been nominated and are available for public vote on the Fields in
Liverpool pilots empty homes matchmaker
THE Council is aiming to introduce buyers and sellers of
vacant properties in a bid to bring more empty homes back into use after
slashing long term vacancies by a quarter since 2014.
Liverpool can reveal its number of long term empty properties (empty for more
than 6 months) has dropped from 6,382 to 4,800. And to mark Empty Homes Week,
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has set a new target of bringing a further 3,000
new homes back into use over the next 3 years.
Key successes in this regeneration drive includes Liverpool Council's celebrated
homes for a pound scheme which has now seen 40 properties fully converted with
another 60 in the pipeline.
The City Council also works with private sector partners in the Liverpool
Housing Partnership, a scheme which aims to bring up to 1,000 vacant homes back
into use as part of a ₤205 million investment over a 5 year period which this
year saw the opening of the award winning regeneration of Marwood Towers in
Everton, North Liverpool.
Mayor Anderson said:- "Empty properties are wasted homes and can cause a
range of problems that impacts on the environment and value of neighbouring
properties. We've made huge strides in bringing down the number of long term
vacant properties in recent years and this matchmaking service is part of a new
approach to stimulate the market and create even more new affordable homes for
Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet Member for Housing, added:- "We are
regularly approached by investors enquiring about empty homes in the City so we
know the demand is there. A lot of effort will be going into making this pilot
scheme work, with an empty homes loan being looked into, because it has the
potential to make even more progress in breathing new life back into communities
blighted by this issue."
The free matchmaking service has been designed to be a
simple step by step service.
All empty home owners have to do is complete a property information form, the
details from which will be shared, via email, to more than 100 investors already
registered on the Council's database. Owners of an empty property wishing to register for the scheme, or if you are
interested in purchasing an empty property in the City, should