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2019-07-27
 

Formby Festival 2019

THE Formby Festival was held from Friday, 19 July to Sunday, 21 July 2019, on Duke Street Park.  The event is based on the old Formby Show, that ran from the early 1970's until 2001, on the Park.  It's replacement, the Formby Festival started in 2013 and...

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Fun Open Day behind the scenes at Ormskirk Hospital

To coincide with the Annual General Meeting, you are invited to meet the teams, tour departments and watch demonstrations.

A job fair in the Education Centre will include interviews for live roles, and the chance to meet some of the people who work in the Hospital. Find out more about what it is like to be an F1 Doctor, an ODP or work SAU...

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Merseyside Police are asking for witnesses to incident on Albert Road, Southport to come forward

MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident in Albert Road, opposite Southport Police Station, in the early hours of Saturday, 27 July 2019. We are told that Ambulance Crews, at 4.25am, found an injured male lying in the road. It's believed the male came off the electric cycle he had been riding. The male was the...

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Lancashire Care celebrates achieving Phase 1 Triangle of Care

LANCASHIRE Care NHS Foundation Trust has received national accreditation from The Carers Trust in recognition for working collaboratively with service users and carers, and for its commitment to changing the culture of the organisation to 1 that is inclusive and supportive... Achieving phase 1, involved the Trust and its carers working in...

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Florence Melly Community Primary School is top of the class

Teachers, pupils and parents at a Walton School are celebrating this week after being rated top of the class by Ofsted.

FLORENCE Melly Community Primary School, on Bushey Road, has been rated:- "outstanding" in overall effectiveness in its new Ofsted report. The School was previously rated as:- "requires improvement" in 2018 and it has now leapfrogged:- "good" and gone straight to the highest rating. The School is rated as:- "outstanding" in 4 of the report's 5 areas as well as:- "good" for its early years provision...

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Holiday food and fun with the Mayor's Summer Lunch Club

Food for thought: Karl Sheeran, Laura Hankey and Leigh Sheridan from Can Cook get ready to deliver meals to Liverpool children during the summer break.

CHILDREN across Liverpool will enjoy a summer packed with fun thanks to a partnership between Liverpool City Council and voluntary groups and organisations throughout the City. Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson has committed ₤50,000 from his charity, The Mayor's Hope Fund, to create the Mayor's Summer Lunch Scheme. The move comes as...

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CLA reacts to Defra's response after consulting on water management

THE CLA submitted a response to the Defra consultation in early 2019, looking at improving the management of water within the environment. Defra has now published their own answers, indicating whether they intend to go ahead with the proposals. The CLA had hoped that the consultation would lead to a more holistic and collaborative approach to water management, where water for food production has equal...

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Have you spotted Helicopters landing just outside Hightown?
Photographs by Patrick Trollope.

NO, we are not talking about Altcar Training Camp, Buzz Flight have been running a few pleasure flights, that last around 5 minutes. The flights take off from a field near Ince Blundell, offering what operators Buzz Flight says is an:- "exhilarating, lifetime experience." The helicopter we photographed is a Bell 206L-1 Long Ranger II. Have you been on this 6 mile round trip? We would love to know what your...

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Initiative Launches to Match International Surgical Students with North West Training Posts

A MAJOR new initiative has been launched placing international surgical trainees into posts throughout the UK's NHS Trusts and Boards - with the North West set to benefit. Building on previous schemes that have now helped to match up more than 1000 international medical graduates (IMGs), The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)...

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LIMF 2019 - Part 1

THE Liverpool International Music Festival, or LIMF as it is best known as, along with Liverpool Gin, took place over 2 full days, 20 July to 21 July 2019, within the stunning surroundings of Sefton Park.  The event might have had a few wet spells, but all the rain did not spoil...

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Thunderstorms, Giant Hail and exceptionally high temperatures...

AS temperatures rocket in the UK, seeing the mercury rising to the 2nd highest temperature to ever be record for the country, Merseyside was hit by a string of thunderstorms and in some parts got battered by giant golf ball size hail! The exceptionally high temperatures gripping Merseyside have also been affecting large parts of Central and Western Europe.  This heat wave has seriously raised questions about...

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Local charities urged to apply for up to ₤20K of funding

LOCAL charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to ₤20,000 from a pot worth over ₤3 million that has been raised by players of People's Postcode Lottery. A wide range of community organisations, from registered charities, to community groups and social enterprises, can apply for grants of between ₤500 and ₤20,000. Applications are open from...

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Childhood obesity must stay high on political agenda

ON Wednesday, 3 July 2019, Damien Moore MP attended an event in Parliament to support calls for the new Prime Minister to push on with plans to reduce childhood obesity. The event was organised by the Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 40 leading charities, medical royal colleges and campaign groups, to mark the 1 year anniversary of chapter 2 of the Government's Childhood Obesity Plan. MP's in attendance heard from obesity experts about a scorecard detailing progress made in 2018, which sees the majority of vital policies stalled at the amber lights. The Government has held...

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Liverpool City Council's on the march…with Pride

Steps ahead: Liverpool City Council's rainbow steps at Clayton Square.

LIVERPOOL City Council has brought colour to the steps to show its support for this weekend's Pride march through the City Centre. Images of the steps have already been viewed more than a quarter of a million times on the Council's social media channels and are proving to be a popular talking point both in Liverpool...

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Liverpool FC legend and Match of the Day pundit to star in celebrity golf classic

MARK Lawrenson, the former Liverpool FC legend and now Match of the Day pundit, is to star in a charity golf tournament that will raise vital funds for disabled children. Lawrenson, who won 5 1st Division Championships, 1 European Cup, 1 FA Cup and 3 League Cups during his spell at Anfield, will take to the fairways at the La Manga Club, in Spain, as part of the prestigious Caudwell Children Celebrity Golf Classic. Caudwell Children is a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families. The event, the charity's flagship sports fundraiser, will take place, on...

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Siemens Mobility unveils diversity pedestrian traffic signals for Pride in Liverpool

TO help celebrate this year's Pride in Liverpool and the 50th Anniversary of the modern LGBT+ rights movement, Siemens Mobility has replaced some of the green traffic signals along the parade route with a range of diversity images. 4 special designs...

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Water Safety Forum warns of open water dangers

MERSEYSIDE Water Safety Forum (MWSF)is urging people to take extra care on the River Mersey, around the Mersey coastline and around inland water across the area such as:- canals, ponds, dams and quarries, as the warm temperatures begin...

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Roads are more dangerous now than 5 years ago

SAFETY campaigners are calling for an increased Police presence on the roads to deter people from breaking the law, as a report is launched revealing that drivers feel roads are more dangerous now than they were 5 years ago. The report, by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line, based on a survey of more than 1,000 drivers, revealed that 7 in 10 feel that the roads are more dangerous now...

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Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Set to Approve ₤6.6m for Eureka! Mersey

LIVERPOOL City Region Combined Authority, on Friday, 26 July 2019, has approved a grant for up to ₤6.6m from its Strategic Investment Fund, bringing plans for a Eureka! Mersey visitor attraction, at Seacombe Ferry Terminal, even closer to fruition. The original Eureka! based in West Yorkshire, is the UK's only national children's museum and has welcomed...

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New director appointed to strategic sports and physical activity organisation MSP

A NEW director has been appointed at the organisation charged with helping people across Merseyside get active. Tom Douglas, who has extensive background in retail and a passion for developing sport, has been appointed to MSP (formerly Merseyside Sports Partnership) following an extensive interview and assessment process involving ...

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Reader submitted photos:- "Thunderstorms"

THESE lightning photos where taken by reader Daniel Brookfield, near Kew Road, Southport, facing towards Christ King and Dobbies, on his dash cam, on Wednesday, 24 June 2019...

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Appeal after bike thefts at Stations on Merseyside

BRITISH Transport Police Officers have reported a number of bike thefts, on Wednesday, 10 July 2019, at Stations on Merseyside.  The 1st was at Seaforth and Litherland Station, at 12pm, the 2nd happened at Hall Road Station, at 2pm and the 3rd took place at Blundellsands and Crosby Station at 4pm. In total 6 bikes were taken; 2 from each Station. Investigators believe the 2 men they have captured on CCTV as part of their investigation. They would also like to speak to a 3rd man who is suspected to have been involved in the theft at Blundellsands and Crosby station. The 3rd is described as white, aged in his early 20's, with short ginger hair and of a very slim build. He was wearing a black tracks...

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The Great British Beach Clean seeks thousands of volunteers for its 26th annual clean up

Sign up to tackle the UK's beach litter in the biggest beach clean ever

THE UK's leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), is looking for thousands of volunteers to clean up the nation's beaches during its 2019 Great British Beach Clean, event (20 September to 23 September 2019. In 2018,15,000 volunteers took part, that was double the number in 2017. They removed an incredible 8,550 kilos of litter from beaches around the UK. 494 beaches around the UK coast were cleaned in 2018 (155 more than in 2017), making 2018's Great British Beach Clean the biggest MCS had...

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New online chat service for housing advice is launched

LIVERPOOL charity, The Whitechapel Centre, is now offering advice on housing and homelessness through online chat, via it's website. The free, confidential advice service is available to anyone who is a Merseyside resident and has concerns about their housing situation. Advisors are available during weekday afternoons and can be contacted by visiting:- WhiteChapelCentre.Co.UK. The online advice is in addition to daily drop in advice sessions it runs in a number of locations around the City. The charity is encouraging people to contact them as soon as an issue with their housing arises as they can often be addressed early and avoid...

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3 women from Merseyside have been named in Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling

3 women from Merseyside have been named in Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling. Annabel Killey and Louise Collins from Liverpool and Sylvia Briercliffe, from the Wirrel were all included for their work encouraging women to cycle. They join Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey, TV presenter Angellica Bell and triple Olympic medallist, Victoria Pendleton in the cycling charity's list recognition significant achievements in promoting women's cycling. The women have all been recognised in celebration of the amazing work they have done to inspire other women to cycle as part of:- 'Cycling Women's Festival of Cycling' which runs through...

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A new Manchester to Leeds rail route has been pledge announced by the Prime Minister

A new Trans-Pennine rail route between Manchester and Leeds has been confirmed, as the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, set out a domestic agenda to turbo charge regional growth and prosperity. In a speech in Manchester, Boris Johnson reaffirm that 1 of his top domestic priorities will be to level out opportunities, and unlock the potential not just of London and the South East; but of every corner of the UK. He is also expected to outline his major domestic agenda, including:- investment in education, tackling crime, boosting connectivity, and improving technology across the country. Pledging new intercity rail...

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4 tips on how to stay safe as temperatures soar if you're living with diabetes

AS temperatures in the UK soar, Diabetes UK is reminding people living with diabetes to be extra vigilant in the hot weather this summer. To help, the charity is sharing 4 top tips on how to stay safe and well when the weather gets warm:- Monitor blood glucose levels more often - Long periods of inactivity in the Sun can affect diabetes management, making blood glucose levels higher than usual. However, for those who use insulin to treat their diabetes, insulin will also be absorbed more quickly in hot weather, increasing the risk of low blood glucose levels episodes, otherwise known as hypos. This is why it is important for people with diabetes to...

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New parents are missing out on vital health visits

1 in 4 families across England are missing out on vital health visits as their baby reaches their 1st birthday, increasing the risk of mental health issues with the parents going undetected. Data from Public Health England for 2017/18 has also revealed that these 12 month visits drop to around 1 in 2 for families living in London.  In the North West, the number of families who receive a visit at this point is far higher (84.2%), than the England average (75.7%), but varies across the Region. Areas with the highest rates include Blackburn with Darwen (96.4%), Bolton (94.8%) and Lancashire (95.1%), while areas with lower rates include...

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Liverpool curator and cultural activist receives Honorary Doctorate from Edge Hill

A freelance curator and cultural activist whose work has had a huge positive impact on the profile of lesbian, gay, bi and trans artists has received an Honorary Doctor of Arts award from Edge Hill University.  Gary Everett has spent the last 20 years programming, commissioning and producing work by an extensive range of LGBT artists for Regional, national and international audiences. In his speech to Performing Arts, Biology and Graduate School students he said:- "In 2019 there are still over 70 countries where it is illegal to be LGBT, 34 of these countries are members of the British Commonwealth, a staggering..."

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New money must be provided to cover public sector pay rise

MERSEYSIDE Police Commissioner has welcomed the news that Police Officers will receive a:- 'long over due' pay rise, but has urged the new Prime Minister to ensure funding is provided to cover the increase; or risk leaving Merseyside Police's Budget short by more than ₤2m, in 2020.  An estimated ₤2bn public sector pay rise has been confirmed by the Treasury, on Monday, 22 July 2019, which will see 2 million public sector workers including Police Officers, Soldiers, Teachers and School staff receiving increases of between 2% and 2.9% to their salaries. It is understood that Police Forces, and other public sector organisations...

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