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Charity training for struggling small charities in Liverpool

THE annual Walk of Witness and Passion Play was held again in Formby Village on Good Friday, outside the Formby Pool.  This is the 1st time this event has been able to be held in this location since Covid19. The event started with a parade from the Center of the Village, down to the Swimming Pool's Gardens, where the play was preformed. This years show was entitled:- "On the Road to Emmaus" and was preformed by members og Churches...


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GALLERY One is located in Southport Town Centre and sells unique original and 1 off pieces of art. Currently, the local, family, shop that specialises in contemporary art, with a wide range of colours, styles and artists, is...

Joshua earns place in National finals

NESTLE Professional has announced Hugh Baird College L20 Hotel School student Joshua McCafferty as1 of this year's Toque d'Or competition finalists. Competitors across the United Kingdom and Ireland took part in the National Heats for this year's...


ClayWorks Students' Exhibition at ArtHouse Southport

THERE is always an air of anticipation about the annual exhibition at the ArtHouse by the student potters from Southport Contemporary Arts' ClayWorks Studio. Southport's answer to Channel 4's:- "Great Pottery Thrown Down," ClayWorks is part of Southport Contemporary Arts well established portfolio of drop in classes. When ClayWorks 1st...

Mayor Steve Rotheram unveils radical levelling up plan to drive Liverpool City Region economy and improve lives

THE Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, has unveiled a radical plan to deliver real levelling up for the Region; creating thousands of new jobs and improving life chances for its 1.6m residents. Underpinned by more powers...


Frustration as Southport's heritage is rotting away

THE heritage of the Town Centre dates from the late 18th century, a time when Southport was promoting itself as a high class seaside resort. However in recent years, Southport has been in decline. According to the 2001 census, Southport had a population of 90,336, making it the 11th most populous settlement in...

Merseyside Strategic Policing and Partnership Board launched to make our Region safer

SENIOR figures from Policing and Community Safety have met for the first Merseyside Strategic Policing and Partnership Board today focused on making our Region even safer. Emily Spurrell has established the Board with the aim of bringing senior...

More struggling or falling victim to cyber crime through lack of digital skills

FOR most people, the decision by Lloyds Banking Group to close 60 UK branches this summer passed without undue concern, but for millions in the UK who don't go online, it's a devastating blow to their independence. But as with many other services; from...

Liverpool City Council Governance consultation letters being delivered

HOUSEHOLDS in Liverpool are starting to receive letters outlining how they can take part in a consultation over how the City should be governed. The letter has a secure link to an online portal, to answer the question:- "How would you like Liverpool City Council to be run?" City Solicitor, Dan Fenwick, said:- "The..."


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People will get a chance to live though the 60's era this April, by watching the show 'Twist and Shout' at the Atkinson

AN all star cast from the West End deliver a musical powerhouse of a show that starts with the explosion of Brit Pop in 1962 through to the era of Flower Power and Free Love of the late sixties. People can enjoy the all star West End cast perform to the music of:- The Beatles, Hermans Hermits, Gerry and The Pacemakers...

Bond, James Bond back at Vue - watch every bond ever at Vue

THIS Spring, James Bond fans can relive the story of MI6's most iconic agent, as 007 returns to the big screen in each and every one of his films at Vue; starting from where it all began. From Friday, 15 April 2022, Bond fanatics and film-lovers alike can begin their journey through the secret agent's missions to save the...

Trained croupier's gamble on becoming a professional artist is a success

A former croupier's gamble to fulfil a childhood dream has led to that dream becoming reality. Samantha Greenhill has been working as a professional artist for the past 4 years after falling in love with art at School, more than 30 years ago. The 50 year old, who...

Liverpool Against Racism EMPOWERS City's teens

TEENAGERS from across Liverpool will come together to creatively explore what racism means to them. As part of the Liverpool Against Racism festival, the Youth EMPOWER Conference takes place, on Friday, 29 April 2022, and will see 60 young adults from Schools across the City Region engage in honest and frank discussions on the topic of...



Long live pen and paper:- 'How tablets and devices hinder children's creative and emotional development'

INTEGRATIVE Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Liz Ritchie and Youcef Bendraou, Stationery designer at Pukka Pads, discuss the impact technology has on children's creative development and future academic success. A recent discussion between...

Most non-smokers in Liverpool say they would not kiss, date, hire nor rent to a smoker

30% of adult smokers say they have been treated unfairly because they smoke; according to new research. An independently conducted survey by Lake Research, which was commissioned by Philip Morris Limited (PML), questioned 2,000 non...

Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester Mayors Urge MPs to Back Hillsborough Law

STEVE Rotheram and Andy Burnham make joint call to 650 MPs to back Hillsborough Law and calls on Government to include such a law in the Queen's Speech. In advance of the 33rd Anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 97 men, women and children were unlawfully killed, Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, and...

A former Royal Marine from Merseyside is leading the charge on helping the Greek Authorities improve the way they deal with gender based violence

MATHEW Lodge now serves as the UK's Ambassador to Greece and signed off on funding for visits by Greek officials to the UK for training on how to best respond to domestic violence and serious sexual assault cases. A...


HMRC customers in the North West encouraged to check out financial support available to them

CUSTOMERS in the North West are being encouraged to check online for the range of financial support available from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to help with living costs. HMRC has listed the support available in 1 place to ensure people are not missing out and can easily find out online if they are eligible...

Liverpool businessman posthumously honoured

A businessman who inspired generations of entrepreneurs is to be posthumously honoured in a special ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall, on Wednesday, 13 April 2022. John Haynes, who passed away in December 2020, was the founder of the Liverpool based International...

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Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS appoint new Chief Executive

CHESHIRE and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) has appointed Tim Welch as its new Chief Executive. Tim has 29 years of experience in the NHS, 19 of...

Tickets now on sale for the Bordeaux Wine Experience at the Town Hall

FOR 4 days this summer over the extended Bank Holiday weekend, Liverpool comes alive with a brand new festival:- 'Taste Liverpool's Drink Bordeaux' which coincides with the Queen's Jubilee celebrations across Thursday, 2 June to Sunday, 5 June 2022. Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux is set to be...


Letter To Editor:- "Unsightly Stickers in Town Center"

"DEAR Southport Reporter, I have spotted stickers in and around the Town Centre that are on all types of objects, from street lights to other road side objects, such as the litter bins. Some stickers have even been put on road signs! This is just as bad, if not worse than fly posting, yet no action is being taken by Sefton Council. Some of the..."

Specialist domestic abuse and sexual violence charities invited to apply for vital funds

CHARITIES which provide specialist support to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence are being invited to submit bids for vital funding by the Region's Police Commissioner. Emily Spurrell is encouraging charities who support vulnerable victims to bid for additional Ministry of Justice funding, worth...

Touring Liverpool City Region's Theatres:- 'The Monkey With No Bum - The Musical'

THE popular children's book which teaches youngsters to love themselves just the way they are, has been turned into a live musical for the stage. And Asa Murphy's charming tale:- 'The Monkey With No Bum - The Musical' is set to entertain young audiences and their families at venues across the Liverpool City Region this spring and summer..

The City of Liverpool College brings toil and trouble to the Bombed Out Church

YOUNG Actors from The City of Liverpool College will be taking over the atmospheric St Luke's Bombed Out Church later this month with a performance of Shakespeare's shortest tragedy, Macbeth. 1st year Level 3 Acting students will be performing at the 2 day production of Shakespeare's story of power struggles and vaulting ambition on Tuesday...


Free English classes for Ukrainian Refugees

HUGH Baird College in Bootle is offering free English classes to Ukrainian adults and their family members who find themselves displaced to the Liverpool City Region. The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes will help with linguistic obstacles and reading, writing and listening. Learning these skills aims to make it easier for the refugees to feel more at ease and less isolated whilst...

Local jobs, tackling inequality and combating the climate crisis at the heart of new Liverpool City Region Social Value Framework

SOCIAL value tool to help tackle City Region's deep rooted social, economic and environmental challenges... Measures to maximise local benefits to be written into contracts and funding agreements Social value to be embedded in all Combined Authority activity Mayor Steve Rotheram:- "I want to ensure that we're getting the biggest bang for our buck and making the greatest difference possible" Giving something...

CLA encourages dog owners to be responsible in the countryside

DOG owners are urged to keep their dogs under control in the countryside, especially as more visitors are expected in the countryside during spring. This reminder vomes over the Easter break and as milder weather starts to come in over the UK.  CLA Director North Lucinda Douglas said:- "We welcome visitors to share this beauty but ask that you respect the countryside as a place of work and a sanctuary for wildlife when enjoying a day out. It is vital that dog owners understand their responsibilities. Dogs can attack livestock if they are..."

New website provides reliable health apps to Sefton

PEOPLE in Sefton can now help themselves to live healthier, happier lives using accredited health applications included on:- Sefton.Orcha.Co.UK. Health and care partners across the NHS, Local Authority and voluntary, community and faith sector (VCF) in Sefton have worked with the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications (ORCHA) to develop an online health app library tailored to the health needs of Sefton residents. Dr Peter Chamberlain, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:- "This is a..."


RMT calls for economic sanctions against P&O - 1 month on from mass sackings

THE Maritime union points out that several P&O Ferries have not been able to sail since the vicious and reckless act of sacking 800 skilled seafarers on the 17 March 2022. Since the ships have been found to not be seaworthy due to agency crews not being familiar with the vessels, a lack of competency around fire safety and emergency evacuation, firefighting equipment that is not fit for purpose, and deficient structural integrity levels. P&O has also tried to claim that the callous and unlawful act of...

8 hour strike on TransPennine Express on Easter weekend

TPE conductors on major railway lines will take 48 hours of strike action in row over pay and Sunday working this Saturday. The company has point blank refused TPE conductors' request to increase pay for staff coming in on their days off and Sundays. This week TPE claimed there was no money in the budget to resolve the dispute but were then forced to admit they are paying out 3 times what conductors are asking for on daily basis; to managers to work on trains during strike days. We are told that the union is demanding...

₤8.1m boost to expand Skills Bootcamps for the Liverpool City Region

THE Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has secured ₤8.1m to deliver Skills Bootcamps in a range of sectors over the next year, after successfully piloting Skills Bootcamps in digital skills over the last 2 years. Skills Bootcamps provide training in:- construction, digital, engineering, green skills, HGV drivers, and rail. Thousands of people are expected to benefit from the free courses, which are intended to raise skill levels in key sectors, enabling eligible adults to move into more...

Write the Future - Music Technology Conference

ON 28 April 2022 Liverpool City Region Music Board is hosting:- 'Write the Future: Music Technology Conference' in Liverpool City Centre, showcasing the emerging technologies transforming the evolving music industry and creating immersive music experiences for fans. All musicians, creatives and music executives working in the Liverpool City Region are invited to attend this free conference; with influential creative's from across the UK coming to Liverpool to discuss and demonstrate various immersive technologies...


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