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Have you been to the oldest independent bookshop within the North West of England?

FOUNDED in 1920, by Charles Broadhurst, has become the oldest independent bookshop within the North West, of England. Broadhursts of Southport Ltd. is still in the same place and still sells new, 2nd hand and antiquarian books, including some very rare books. The books are displayed over 3 floors, that includes a dedicated children's book room. That's not forgetting 2 rare...


Hightown Pub to hold a Family Fun Day Easter Party 2022

THIS Easter Holidays take a look at Hightown Pub's Easter Party. This event runs from 12 noon to 6pm on Easter Saturday (16 April 2022), in Hightown Village, Merseyside. The event will have Live Music from 12 noon, a Quiz and also lots of other Family Fun Activities. Enjoy Easter 2022...

Liverpool Theatre Festival announces a fantastic program of fresh talent for 2022

THIS years Liverpool Theatre Festival has revealed the exciting line up of shows set to be premiered at Little LTF, its festival of new works when it returns to Liverpool City Centre next month. The 2nd Annual Little LTF will be staged at St Luke's Bombed Out Church...

Join in Wayfarers Mad Hatters' Tea Party This Easter!

WAYFARERS Arcade are presenting a special treat, on Easter Saturday, 16 April 2022, when children and parents can meet Alice, the Mad Hatter and their friends. They will be in the Town Centre arcade from 11am to 3pm. At 12.45pm and 2.15pm the theatre group will present a special Mad Hatter's tea party with all the fun and chaos that these...

It's a 10! Janette and Aljaž to dazzle at this year's show!

FORMER Strictly Come Dancing stars Janette Manrara and husband Aljaž Škorjanec will take a break from the dance floor to entertain the crowds at this year's Southport Flower Show. The famous couple will be making an appearance, on Friday, 19 August 2022, and will be doing 2 Q&As in the Garden...


In the pipeline - a ₤70m investment to upgrade gas mains in the next year

DETAILS of the 2022/23 programme to upgrade the North West's oldest gas mains; some of which were installed over 100 years ago; are published, as the Region's gas network continues at pace to prepare for a greener future. Every year, Cadent replaces around 1.5% its 34,000km...

Hooters Liverpool has sky high ambitions for its waterfront brand to reclaim the Royal Liver Building!

AS a recent announcement has shown that Liverpool's historic Royal Liver Building is up for sale, for only the second time in its 111 year history, with a 2022 price tag of ₤90m, the team behind the about to launch Hooters Liverpool have announced today that they are leading a consortium to...

Major Step Forward for Liverpool City Region Freeport

THE Liverpool City Region Freeport has cleared 1 of the final hurdles in its development with the announcement of Government approval for its outline business case. The final stage in development is now to submit a full business case later in April. Assuming that it is approved in the spring, the new Freeport will receive funding of ₤25 million and...

North West bus services decline by 38% in a decade

CAMPAIGN for Better Transport research has revealed that bus services in the North West have declined by 38% in the last decade, with the Pandemic having a devastating effect. The transport charity is calling for a national, Government led campaign to encourage people back on board and turn...


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Eggs pert advice on how to have a dog friendly Easter

WITH the Bank Holiday Easter weekend fast approaching, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, is reminding dog owners to keep chocolate out of reach of our 4 legged friends. As Easter eggs and other tasty cocoa treats find their way into homes, the charity hopes to raise awareness of the continued risk that the consumption...

Liverpool City Centre to welcome innovative new Asian inspired restaurant and bar

AS a new season arrives, the City is preparing itself for warmer weather and the launch of an all-new restaurant and bar in the hugely popular Victoria Street. Zenn Liverpool, which is currently planning its arrival on the City's bustling restaurant scene, has a team readying itself to reveal the venue's rooftop, restaurant, bar and garden in time for..

Council blasts DfT's claims that port road is linked to housing

LEADING Sefton Councillors have blasted claims, made by the Department for Transport (DfT) in a letter to Save Rimrose Valley, that its controversial Port of Liverpool Access Road is being driven partially by local housing developments. In its own letter to the DfT, Sefton councillors have refuted this claim and have demanded that the DfT...

Edge Hill University awarded for response to Primary School fire

LEADING Sefton Councillors have blasted claims, made by the Department for Transport (DfT) in a letter to Save Rimrose Valley, that its controversial Port of Liverpool Access Road is being driven partially by local housing developments. In its own letter to the DfT, Sefton councillors have refuted this claim and...


The family room at Tate Liverpool © Gareth Jones

Become a gallery explorer and get creative at Tate Liverpool this Easter
Photograph by Gareth Jones

A visit to Tate Liverpool is the perfect way for children and families to explore the Royal Albert Dock this Easter. New free collections display Journeys through the Tate Collection features artworks inspired by the gallery's surroundings on the Royal Albert Dock, the history of...

Birthday to remember for Formby's oldest resident

SHE may have celebrated her last birthday in lockdown, but last Friday was a day to remember for Formby's oldest resident Marjorie Hodnett who celebrated turning 108 on 1 April 2022. A resident at Formby Manor care centre on Liverpool Road, Marjorie, known fondly by all as Auntie...

Celebrating young people who #LiveLifeLoveLiverpool

LIVERPOOL City Council is launching a new campaign that will celebrate the children and young people across the City who are making a difference in their communities. #LiveLifeLoveLiverpool will shine a light on the incredible work that young people have committed to in their own time and will also mark their...

Digital signature pioneer Videosign secures ₤1.15m investment

PIONEERING electronic signature developer Videosign has secured new investment of ₤1.15m as it continues to develop its innovative online security platform. The company, with bases in Liverpool and Glasgow, has developed a unique electronic signature platform that uses...


Popular literary event set to return to Preston

A popular event celebrating the best of children's and young adult's literature is returning to Preston after a 3 year break. The Northern Young Adult Literary Festival (NYALitFest), organised and hosted by the University of Central Lancashire's (UCLan) award winning UCLan Publishing House, is returning for the 4th time. After...

North West homeowners' 'have a go' mentality could be putting home in danger

WHILST Brits may be known for their:- 'have a go' mentality, when it comes to safety in the home a can do attitude may be putting UK homes and families in danger. According to new research by NICEIC, the UK's leading electrical certification body, 34% of North West homeowners are more likely...

Liverpool City Region Schools join new Catholic Academy Trust

5 more Liverpool City Region Schools joined a new Catholic Multi Academy Trust set up to provide the very best educational opportunities for children and young people in the North West of England. Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School in Sefton, St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High...

Jahnaya Alexander hopes her story will encourage more young people to follow their career dreams.

Teenager's tale an inspiration for young people

A Lancashire teenager is encouraging more young people to explore life at University, after a careers advice programme helped her make steps towards her dream job. Jahnaya Alexander, 18, from Skelmersdale is set to start at Edge Hill University later this year, after support from Future U's mentoring...


Liverpool based fundraising group for children's Hospital in Yemen launches unique fashion sale

HABIBTI Liverpool are becoming well known in the City for their inclusive events, sales and fundraising which raise vital funds and resources which go directly to the...

Levelling Up with Hugh Baird
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HUGH Baird College and University Centre recently welcomed over 300 School pupils to their Bootle campus to experience a 'Level Up - Education to Industry' event. The 1 day marketplace style event offered pupils the chance to find out about the T-level courses provided at the College and Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) at the Hugh Baird University...

Letter to the editor:- "Community connections more vital than ever"

"DEAR Editor… Many of us are painfully aware of how isolated we've become over the past 2 years. The Pandemic affected 2 groups in particular; care home residents and School children. A wonderful new initiative now hopes to bring older and younger members of our communities together. The nationwide Become a Care Home Friend scheme invites Schools across the country to join a 10 week programme of activities that will build meaningful, much needed links with care homes and..."

New Levy not enough for social care

CARE England, the largest and most diverse representative body for social care providers, has stated that the Government's Health and Social Care Levy, due to come into effect, will not deliver the appropriate amount of additional funding to stabilise the adult social care sector. Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "This new Levy was billed as providing extra resources for social care, but in truth, it will not even touch the sides of the need in our sector, and the majority of the money will go to the NHS. The social care sector has been..."


Rise in:- 'Scarlet Fever' across North West

PARENTS in the North West are being reminded of the symptoms of scarlet fever, also known as scarlatina, following a rise in cases. The warning comes from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) who say that whilst infections are in line with what we expect to see at this time of year...

₤500 million to develop the Adult Social Care Workforce

PEOPLE working in adult social care, within England, will benefit from at least ₤500 million from the Health and Social Care Levy to:- improve recruitment, retention, progression, and staff wellbeing. In total the Levy will generate a record...

Fast tracked access to benefits extended to more people nearing end of life

MORE people nearing the end of their life will have fast track access to financial support through the benefits system thanks to new rules coming into force. The changes mean people who are thought to be in their final year of their...

New diagnostic centres have already delivered 750,000 tests

THE 1st ever dedicated Health and Social Care Levy will begin to raise billions to help tackle the Covid backlogs and reform services in the UK. Over the next 3 years, a record ₤36 billion will be invested in the health and social care system to ensure it has the long...


"Apprenticeships failing working class School leavers despite reforms" says Onward

A shortage of apprenticeships for young people is hindering the levelling up agenda. This is according to new Onward research warning that access to vocational alternatives to University has plummeted since the Government...

New report breaks stigma around autism and periods this Autism Awareness month

ALTHOUGH a discussion about neurotypical people's period cycles has started in recent years, the same can't be said for those on the autism spectrum. Many feel unheard and uninformed, with 49%...

Transport Secretary cracks down on drug driving to protect the public

DRUG drivers could be required to undertake rehabilitation courses before being allowed back behind the wheel, under new plans to address this underestimated social problem. Drink drive related deaths and injuries...

Biggest study of its kind implicates specific genes in schizophrenia

THE largest ever genetic study of schizophrenia has identified large numbers of specific genes that could play important roles in the psychiatric disorder. A group of hundreds of researchers across 45 countries analysed DNA...


Liverpool City Region makes landmark move to protect people from discrimination on grounds of social class

THE Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has published an ambitious Equality Strategy that seeks to ensure people are not discriminated against because of their social class. The move comes as evidence suggests...

New calorie labelling rules come into force to improve nation's health

NEW rules requiring calorie information to be displayed on menus and food labels came into force, on Wednesday, 6 April 2022. The changes; which were approved by Parliament in 2021; mean it is now a legal requirement for large businesses with more than...

Health and social care levy to raise billions for NHS and social care

SINCE Wednesday, 6 April 2022, the Health and Social Care Levy will come into effect and begin to raise billions to help tackle the Covid backlogs and reform the adult social care system. Over the next 3 years, a record ₤39 billion will be invested in the health and social care system to ensure...

87% of owner managed business fear that inflationary pressures will impede their growth in 2022

THE UK's Inflationary pressures pose a huge risk to the SME sector with 87% of owner managed businesses reporting these will impede their growth in 2022. That is 1 of the key findings of a survey of 335 of these businesses...


New review launched into Vitamin D intake to help tackle health disparities

A new review has been launched to promote the importance of Vitamin D and identify ways to improve intake across the population, including through dietary supplements and fortified food and drink. Around 1 in 6 adults and almost 20% of children...

70% of walkers have broken the Countryside Code - the 8 most common ways revealed

70% people in England and Wales are breaking the Countryside Code when they go out walking, but the vast majority are doing so without realising, a new report has revealed. Rohan has been inspiring people to...

Government invests in innovation with ₤30m for cutting edge highway decarbonisation projects

CUTTING edge, innovative ideas to decarbonise the country's Highways will be brought to life thanks to tens of millions of pounds in Government funding. The ₤30 million Live Labs 2...



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