Main Headlines - Southport, Formby, Liverpool for week ending 2019-12-15

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Publication Date:-
2019-12-15
 

Liverpool City Region General Election 2019 Results

THIS year has been a very unusual year for our country's Politics. The Elections back in 2017 had Southport turning from a LibDem stronghold to Conservative, making it 1 of only Tory 2 seats within the Liverpool City Region, and the only Merseyside seat not won by Labour. We selected Southport as our base to watch as it was a direct 3 way race between the 3 main political parties, anything could have happened... Especially as Labour was fighting strongly to win the seat and it was billed in the national media as a major swing seat, but as the...

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Child arrests in Merseyside reduced by 79%

ARRESTS of children in Merseyside have been reduced by 79% in 8 years, research published by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveals. Merseyside Police made 2,151 arrests of boys and girls aged 17 and under in 2018. This compares to 2,336 in the previous year...

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Brits 3 times more likely to call "Mum" over "Dad" at Christmas!

"Mum'S" most definitely the word when it comes to Brits calling habits, with the nation 3 times more likely to pick up the phone to Mum, than Dad. Leaving Dad in the dark, Brits spend almost an hour on the phone to their Mum, whereas they dedicate only 34 minutes of talk time to Dad...

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Do not miss the late night shopping in Southport!

ON Thursday, 19 December 2019, it is late night shopping in Southport and the Southport BID have announced that the Town will have:- "live entertainment, great in- store events and much more on offer" when out shopping, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Please support your local high street and small...

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Keeping it local - Southport 92 Degrees

THE new café venture, 92 Degrees, will take over the recently vacated café space at 365 Lord Street in Southport. 92 Degrees have been successfully trading for the past 5 years at 3 locations in Liverpool, where they have established themselves as a firm favourite amongst Liverpool coffee drinkers thanks to their enthusiasm for roasting, brewing...

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TV presenter and naturalist David Bellamy dies aged 86

The photo is of Prof, Bellamy with ITV Coronation Street’s Alison King at the Southport Flower Show. 

THE former TV Nature Presenter, Professor David Bellamy OBE, from County Durham, has died, aged 86, on 11 December 2019. For many years he was an inspiration to a nation and later the World. In Southport, he was known for attending as a Patron of the Southport Flower Show, often using his TV coined catchphrase...

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₤10,000 raised for NSPCC and Childline thanks to Liverpool Carol Concert

1 of Liverpool's biggest festive events raised ₤10,000 and saw more than 1,600 people enjoy a festive concert in support of the NSPCC and Childline. Carols By Candlelight at Liverpool...

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Southport Hesketh Roundtable Table's Santa Sleigh Float is touring Southport

THIS years Southport Hesketh Round Table's Santa Sleigh Float has been doing the rounds, and we pictured him and the crew up on Oak Street to Churchtown, a few days back. Sadly, due to potential damage of Santa's sleigh, by....

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Formby Christmas Lights Frosty damaged again!

OVER the weekend, the Formby Christmas Light's Mascot:- 'Frosty' has been damaged again. It is suspected that the high winds damaged this much loved icon of the Village's Christmas Lights, but it has been the target of vandals over the last few years and some are saying it was vandals who damaged it. The damage...

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Queenscourt Hospice's Santa Sprint - Part 2

THIS is Part 2 of our photographic coverage of the Queenscourt Hospice's Santa Sprint which was held on Sunday, 8 December 2019. This event had over 350 adults, children, along with many 4 legged friends turning out and braving the strong, very cold winds, to raise vital funds for the Southport based charity, The Hospice, provides the best possible specialist end of life care to patients from Southport, Formby and also West Lancashire, but can only do so with help from fundraising events like this. Also, this year, it is worth adding that after Christmas, if you have a real...

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Live Christmas WebCam - Santa Watch 2019

ON Christmas Eve, we will again be running our live Santa Watch Webcam. The Camera is live and Child Friendly. This year we are again partnered with:- emailSanta.com and will be linked to other live webcams on Christmas Eve and the live Santa Tracker  to see our webcam...

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84 year old male has died following an RTC on Lord Street Southport

A 84 year old male was involved in a road traffic collision with a blue, Iveco Daily van, on Lord Street, Southport, at 8.45am, on Wednesday, 11 December 2019. The incident was attended by the North West Air Ambulance, NWAS and Merseyside Police. The male male pedestrian...

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Flu angels help vaccinate frontline staff

2 North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) 'flu angels' have been out and about across Cheshire and Merseyside, on a decommissioned Ambulance dubbed the:- 'Flu Bus' delivering vaccinations to busy Ambulance staff. Paramedic, Kelsey Morgan and Emergency...

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Hugh Baird 14 to 16 College and the Hugh Baird University Centre collaborate to launch young scholars initiative

STUDENTS and staff at the Hugh Baird 14 to 16 College and the Hugh Baird University Centre launched a new initiative aimed at helping young people realise their full potential. The 'Hugh Baird University Centre Young...'

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Baked with love

A Tarleton Mum has raised over ₤1600 for Cancer Research UK by holding a bake sale and coffee morning in support of her close friend who has recently been diagnosed with bile duct cancer.  The coffee morning organised by Rachel Ryding (34) of Gorse Lane, Tarleton was held at the Christian Fellowship Church, in...

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'Foolish' and 'negligent' landlord hit with substantial fine

The house painted yellow with a brown door, on Ruskin Street in Kirkdale, was among the 29 unlicensed properties

A company has been labelled:- 'foolish' and 'negligent' by a Judge and hit with costs totalling more than ₤11,000 for failing to license a huge portfolio of properties in Liverpool. Roach Estates and Property Management Limited, in Duke Street, Southport, was charged with failing to...

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Merseyrail's Ainsdale Station scoops top sustainability award

Ainsdale train station has been awarded a top sustainability award for community involvement in the lead up and during the refurbishment project last year. Merseyrail was crowned winner of the CEEQUAL Exceptional Achievement Award in the...

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Mum of 2 breaks through mental health

A mature student and Mum of two is helping improve not only her future career prospects, but also her mental wellbeing thanks to taking the bold step to enrol and successfully complete a course at Hugh Baird College. Samantha Williams, from Walton, recently completed an NVQ Level 3...

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Britain's Christmas dinner debate

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THE Nation is divided in its opinion on mashed potato at Christmas as stats reveal you're much more likely to want mash on your Christmas dinner plate if you...

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Firwood Waterloo Women v Richmond FC

ON Saturday, 7 December 2019, the boot of fly ½ Elz Isaac was the difference between 2 well matched sides as Firwood Waterloo took the spoils in a tense encounter, at The Memorial Ground Liverpool.  Under grey December skies, 2 of the longest established women's sides went head to head in the Tyrrells Premiership, Waterloo knowing that only a win would keep them in touch with the sides around them at the foot of the table. The early stages were error strewn as though both teams were aware of just how much was at stake. Both sides gave away early penalties and Elz Isaac...

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Firwood Waterloo Ladies lose momentum against Worcester Warriors Women

ON 14 December 2019, Firwood Waterloo were unable to build upon last week's breakthrough victory against a Worcester side also gaining momentum in this tough Premier 15's league. The Liverpool outfit still had the early morning trip in their legs when they took the field and they were stunned by an early, unconverted try for Worcester Warriors, at the Sixways Stadium. They regrouped and a smashing score from Irish Fullback Lauren Delaney saw them level again within the 1st 10 minutes. Unfortunately, that...

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Emergency food parcels to families in the North West up 28% since 2017

RISE of food banks shows Britain needs to change the economy to make it fairer, says TUC. New TUC analysis reveals that there has been a 28% increase in the number of emergency food parcels given to families in the North West since 2017. The analysis uses publicly available data from the Trussell Trust to compare the number of emergency food parcels issued in the North West between April and September 2017 (87,000) with the same 6 month period in 2019 (111,000)...

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Nativity Festival at Southport's St George's United Reformed Church

OVER 9 December to 14 December 2019, the Lord Street Church had a fantastic event, featuring Christmas carols and other activities. Many Churches and associated groups have created nativity scenes made out of different materials; like:- Lego, wool, paper to more traditional scenes. The story of Christmas, from the Angel Gabriel's visit to Mary, to the family's escape to Egypt, was told in a series of scenes that had been lovingly created by various groups including:- Local Schools, Beavers, Cubs, Rainbows and Brownies, from Southport and Formby. These...
 

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'Voices' is 5!

RETURN of 5th annual creative writing competition for children in care and young care leavers. Coram Voice is excited to announce the return of 'Voices,' the annual writing competition for children in care and young care leavers across the country. The competition, which is now in its 5th year, if you want to enter you have until 12 February 2020.  Coram Voice, a charity that ensures the voices of children and young people in and around the care system are heard, 1st launched the competition in 2016 as a platform for care experienced young people to express their...

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