Bill Esterson MP visits Formby pub
BILL Esterson MP has visited the
Pinewoods in Formby, a pub recently acquired and then invested with a ￡230,000
refurbishment. The pub opened, on 16 October 2017, by landlord David McCartan, who
promised to make the pub the cornerstone of the community.
Cask ales from local breweries, a high value menu offering Sunday Roast to
Premium Burgers; local bands and events that bring people together such as live
sports and bingo afternoons, have already been brought in.
New owner Stonegate Pub Company kept on the previous staff team of 16 and
recruited a further 9 to extend the team. In addition David appealed for local
sports teams to step forward for sponsorship by the pub. Formby Seahorses U9's
did just that, and have already been fully kitted out Courtesy of the pub.
Mr Esterson commended the pub on their efforts and contribution to the
community. David said:- "It's been a fantastic 1st few weeks. We've really
hit the ground running and Christmas looks like its going to be fantastic with
the Pinewoods fast becoming every ones local."
Healthy Homes holding Winter Survival
FREE help and advice about keeping warm
and staying healthy during the cold months will be available at a special Winter
Survival event, on Wednesday, 22 November 2017.
It takes place at the Holiday Inn Hotel on Lime Street in the City Centre from
10am to 1pm and brings together partners from across the Liverpool City Region.
It is part of the Winter Warmth campaign aimed at reducing the 150 excess deaths
which happen over the winter months, and is being coordinated by Liverpool City
Council's Healthy Homes Team.
They will be providing free help and advice for local people who are struggling
to pay their energy bills and heat their properties, as well as information
about how to keep warm and safe during the winter months and offering home
Around 40 exhibitors attending the event, including charities and community
groups, as well as Council services such as adult learning, road safety, Revenues
and Benefits and Lifestyles Fitness Centres.
They will provide information and advice on a number of issues including:-
► Fuel Poverty.
► Energy efficiency.
► Financial assistance.
► Healthy living.
► Keeping Active.
► Social inclusion.
The LECCY; the Council's not for profit
energy company; will be on hand to offer advice on switching which could
potentially save households hundreds of pounds a year.
There will be free tea / coffee available on arrival and a free bag of veg to take
home (while stocks last).
Those attending will be entered into a free prize draw to win £100 off their
gas/electricity bill, a microwave and a Christmas Hamper Courtesy of Morrison's
There will be free health checks, manicures, flower arranging taster sessions
and chair based exercise in the form of Active Bingo, with prizes on offer.
The event will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm
Kennedy, who said:- "We have a duty to make sure the most vulnerable are
given the best chanced of coping in the upcoming cold weather. It is important
that as many people as possible attend this event so they can get advice and
support on staying warm and healthy so that we can keep the number of excess
deaths as low as possible."
Councillor Gerard Woodhouse, Mayoral Lead for Older People, said:- "What
we are trying to do with this event is prevent avoidable deaths. All the
organisations taking part want to get messages out about how our older people
can stay warm, safe and active during the winter months. There will be a lot of
information, advice and support available and I hope as many people as possible
come along to the event and they will be able to cope much better with the cold
More information about the Healthy Homes programme can be found
online or by calling freephone:- 0800 012
Hospitals hold Baby and
Child Christmas Remembrance Service
ORMSKIRK Hospital will be offering
support for the 3rd year running to families remembering lost loved ones in the
weeks before Christmas. The 'Baby and Child Remembrance Service' will be held at
Ormskirk Hospital and led by the Trust chaplain, the Rev Martin Abrams.
Martin said:- "The run up to Christmas can be a very exciting and special
time but it can also heighten a sense of loss, grief and isolation. This was a
much appreciated and successful event last year with more than 60 people
attending; many of whom told us how helpful they found it. We hope the short,
informal service will be supportive to anyone who has suffered a child or baby
lost; not just recently, but at any time in the past. The Salvation Army band
will join us and we will be writing the names of loved ones on baubles to hang
from our Christmas tree. This year, our visitors will also have an opportunity
to take a bauble home with their loved ones name on, so they can hang it on
their own Christmas tree too."
The event will start with refreshments in the main Ormskirk Hospital's entrance,
at 6pm, on Wednesday, 6 December 2017, before moving to 1 of the Hospital's
gardens for the service. Tarleton's Sooty's Plants in Southport New Road is
providing an 8ft plus Christmas tree to mark the special occasion. In 2016,
approximately 200 names were registered across the 2 Hospital sites. Trees of
Remembrance will also be available in the prayer and quiet rooms, at both
Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals, during December. Visitors will be welcome to
write the name or names of loved ones on a decoration and hang it from the tree.
Lawyer calls for drink and drug courses
for learner drivers
LEARNER drink and drug driving
information courses should be incorporated into driving test requirements,
according to a leading motoring lawyer. Frank Rogers, head of Just Motor Law,
the motoring division of Kirwans law firm, which has offices, in Hoghton Street,
Southport, as well as in Liverpool and Wirral, is calling for an
awareness raising element to be introduced into learner courses to ensure that
drivers are completely clear of the law around driving, drink and drugs.
Speaking at the National Road Safety Conference, Frank spoke of his concerns
that despite the introduction of new drug driving legislation in 2015, many
drivers still appeared to be passing their test with little or no knowledge of
the effect that alcohol and drugs; including prescription drugs; could have on
their ability to drive.
Frank said:- "Drivers who have been disqualified for at least 12 months for a drink
drive offence can be referred to a drink drive rehabilitation (DDR) course, yet
as it stands there is very little in place to educate new drivers about the
dangers of driving while under the influence before they hit the roads. DDR
courses have had a remarkable effect on changing the behaviour of those
convicted of drink driving offences, and I firmly believe that by introducing
learner driver versions of these courses, incorporating additional information
on drug driving, new drivers will be far better prepared mentally to keep both
themselves and others safe on the roads."
More than 1,300 people were killed or seriously injured in drink driving
incidents in 2015, and the latest figures show that alcohol is to blame for 12%
of all road deaths.
Road safety charity Brake also report that impairment by illegal or medical
drugs was officially recorded as a contributory factor in 62 fatal road crashes
and 259 crashes resulting in serious injuries in 2015, in Britain; but that
experts believe that the true figure could be much higher.
Frank said:- "According to the Department for Transport, offenders who
attend a DDR course are 2.6 times less likely to re-offend. With that in mind, I
would urge the DfT to introduce learner drivers to their own version of such a
course before they even hit the roads, in the expectation that the information
retained would help drivers make informed choices when it comes to drink and
Road crash victims remembered
A special service to remember those who
have died or been injured on our roads will be held in Liverpool on Sunday, 19
Road Peace has organised the remembrance service in the concert room
of St George's Hall, part of the charity's World Day of Remembrance for Road
Traffic Victims. It takes place, at 2pm, within the St George's Hall, following which guests will be
invited to the memorial for crash victims in neighbouring St John's Gardens
where 5 doves will be released to mark the 5 people who are killed each
day on our country's roads.
Pauline Fielding, from Liverpool, organises the annual event for Road Peace,
where she turned to for support after her son Andrew was killed in 1994 at the
age of just 18, in a crash caused by a driver who did not stay at the scene and
who was never traced. She is now a trustee of the charity and says the service,
which will be led by the Rector of Liverpool, Crispin Pailing, is a poignant way
for people to pay tribute as well as raising awareness of how dangerous driving
Pauline said:- "We invite all those who have been bereaved or injured in
road crashes, together with those who support us, to join us for this event. In
every death there are so many people affected and this service offers the
families and friends of those who have died or been injured the opportunity to
come together and remember their loved ones. It is also a chance for us to give
thanks to the emergency services for their support and to highlight this
unacceptable death toll and reflect on what can be done to prevent further
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, will attend the event.
He said:- "I am honoured to be part of this service which highlights the
importance of road safety by remembering those who have lost their lives or been
injured as a result of a crash. It's a poignant ceremony with a strong message
of support for those family and friends affected by this issue."
Chief Inspector Tony Jones said:- "Merseyside Police takes road safety
extremely seriously and we are committed to working with the wider community to
improve the safety of our roads and reducing the numbers of people killed and
injured each year.
Whist we do undertake roads policing enforcement we would rather concentrate on
educating all road users to make our roads a safer place and prevent the
collisions happening in the 1st place. To this end we work closely with local
authority colleagues from across the region to engage with and educate as many
people as we can.
Ultimately we want to encourage people to drive safely so that everyone can stay
as safe as possible on the roads and this means basic things such as staying off
your mobile phone when you are driving, wearing seat belts, adhering to speed
limits and obeying traffic lights.
Sunday, 19 November 2017 is the annual Road Peace ceremony, which is held in Liverpool
as part of the charity's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, and
hopefully it will make people think about the way they drive. There are no
excuses for dangerous behaviour whilst driving; please think safety 1st and give
some thought as to what the cost could be to your or someone else's family
member if you don't."
Refreshments will be served in St George's Hall following the service, which has
been sponsored this year by serious injury specialists Slater and Gordon
Carol Hopwood, a lawyer at the Liverpool branch said:- "Road Peace works
tirelessly to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads,
which tragically still stands at thousands every year. The charity also provides
essential support to victims and their families, whose lives have been
devastated as a result of what are often completely avoidable incidents.
Slater and Gordon is proud to sponsor this service of remembrance, which is so
important to so many people, and to support the work of Road Peace in making our
roads safer for everyone."
The event in Liverpool is 1 of many taking place across the globe as part of
Road Peace's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It was 1st
introduced in 1993 and quickly spread to other European countries before being
adopted by the United Nations in 2005.