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Local Elections 2022 - Liverpool City Region

IN Liverpool City Region, 5 of the 6 Local Authorities have held elections on Thursday, 5 May 2022:- Wirral Council, Sefton Council, Halton Borough Council, St Helens Borough Council and Knowsley's Council. Liverpool City Council did not hold a...


Prominent Southport personality and former Mayor of Sefton, Tommy Mann has died

THE death has been announced Tommy Mann (1935 to 2022) who has passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Thursday, 28 April 2022, in a Southport Care Home. Tommy's association with Southport dated back to 1960 when the Mann family; his father Tommy Mann...

Inclusive Places Charter Mark launches in Liverpool

AN 'Inclusive Places' Mayoral Charter Mark was launched on Tuesday, 3 May 2022, to recognise visitor attractions, hotels and hospitality venues that ensure equality of access for all. It is designed to help businesses across the hospitality and visitor economy sectors understand the requirements of deaf, disabled and neurodivergent...

North West at risk of leaving a legacy of paperwork chaos

NEW research by OnePoll, commissioned by paperwork and life management app, fyio, reveals that people are far more aware of their own mortality as a result of the Pandemicyet are at risk of leaving a legacy of paperwork chaos when they die. Hospice UK's Dying Matters Awareness Week, took place over:- 2 May to 6 May 2022, encourages...

Help Merseyrail find their Customer Star

MERSEYRAIL is on the hunt for its customer star and needs your help. As part of their annual Merseyrail Achievement Awards, which celebrate their staff across the organisation, the rail operator is asking its customers to nominate a colleague they feel represents the best of what Merseyrail has to offer to win the Customer Star Award...


Daisy Desire to bring a touch of glamour to Southport Flower Show

TOM Leonard is a student from Warwickshire, who happens to have a passion for gardening… and drag. After a break up in 2019 he decided to get an allotment, where his love of gardening continued and his decision to become a drag queen himself, began. Tom AKA Daisy Desire - The Drag...

Have a say on how Liverpool is run

BALLOT boxes have been placed in One Stop Shops and libraries in Liverpool for people to express a preference on how the City is governed. It is the latest phase of a consultation with residents, who are being asked the question:- "How would you like Liverpool City Council to be run?" The options are the 3 forms of governance that are allowed by law:-  By a Mayor who is directly elected by...

Dr Sarita Robinson during her helicopter underwater escape training.

Menopause - What Every Woman Should Know

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) lecturer is using science and comedy to open up about an issue that affects 50% of the population, but is rarely discussed in public, the menopause. In the 1st in a series of free public lectures at the University, survival psychology expert Dr Sarita Robinson will explore what the menopause is doing...

Mayor Steve Rotheram launches mental health summit to tackle long term effects of Pandemic and cost of living crisis

SOME of the biggest names in health and business will join forces in the Liverpool City Region next month in a bid to address the UK's growing mental health crisis; which is costing the UK economy £117bn every year. Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the...


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Former Norwich nurse gets 49 traffic fines and puts them up for auction as art

THIS might not be local news, but it is a nib we thought might make you smile…. Traffic fines turned into art. This is what Leonardo Scali, a 38 year old Italian nurse, did after receiving over 40 traffic fines from the Municipality of Bologna, Italy. After 3 years...

Heading to Liverpool's Epstein is the raunchy stage play:- 'Bow and Arrow, The Ghost of Sherwood'

LIVERPOOL'S City Theatre will be presenting the brand new epic comedy:- 'Bow and Arrow The Ghost of Sherwood,' on Friday, 27 May 2022, starting at:- 7.30pm, within the historic Epstein Theatre. Set in the days of Robin Hood…Bow Scar, Arrow Hunter and Friar Tuck...

Cabaret Night at SKIES Lounge Southport

HEADS up... Join Skies Cocktail Lounge, on Lord Steer, Southport, for a fun night filled with Jazz, Musical, and Pop songs performed by new talents and rising stars from Liverpool John Moores University. Special guests on the night are 3 stunning Cabaret Girls - Daniela Mel, Natalie Deakin, and Zoë Andronikou, who are all in their final year of Masters in Musical Theatre and who...

Comedian Mark Watson comes to Southport

THE events of the past 12 and a bit months, to give them a politely evasive name, have made us all think more regularly about the fragility of life than we probably would have liked to. Nothing focuses the mind than having a...


Plans in place for potential LFC Victory Parade

THE Mayor of Liverpool has invited Liverpool Football Club to take part in a victory parade in preparation of the potential outcome of the season. As Jurgen Klopp's team triumphed this week against Villarreal in the European Champions League Semi Final, the City Council has started to look at putting complex plans into...

Port Sunlight Village Trust and Unilever join forces with BTR Liverpool for established race event
Photograph by Paul Francis Cooper

PUBLIC events are once again returning to picturesque Port Sunlight in Wirral following the global Pandemic. The exciting 2022 programme includes the Port Sunlight Road Race, which takes place on:- Sunday, 12 June 2022. Other events...

Letters to the Editor:- "Graffitti stickers on Bins inside Hesketh Park, Southport"

"I'M shocked by the fact this has gone on for so long. I keep seeing multiple anti-vax stickers on bins, stuff on well + blatant graffitti, it's gone a bit too far. It's ok to make your point, but not to the detriment of leisure users of the park. Please stop..."


New monthly SSAFA Merseyside Coffee Morning inviting veterans to join them

SUBSCRIBE to our email breaking news updates and emergency notice service for the Liverpool City Region. This service sends you emails for FREE, allowing you to keep up-to-date with important news developments. All subscribed email addresses are not shared with any other organisation and under both GDPR and UK Data...


Annual Southport Scout St George's Day Parade 2022 - Part 2
Photo by Tony Higginson

ON the nearest 24 April 2022, local Scout, Beaver and Cub troupes gathered in mass for the 1st time since before the Covid19 Pandemic, for the areas Annual Scout St. George's Day Parade. This is...

CLA welcomes Defra's announcement to advance Basic Payment Scheme 

THE renouncement by Defra that farmers in England will receive an advance of 50% of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payment for 2022 has been welcomed by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). The move is in response to farms across England facing surging costs with fertiliser and energy prices to take pressure off short term cashflow. Secretary of State, George Eustice MP...

Over 50% of North West residents unaware that stroke is 1 of the biggest killers in the UK, according to Stroke Association study

OVER 50% of people in the North West don't know that stroke is the 4th biggest killer in the UK, according to new research by the Stroke Association. The charity has released the survey findings as it calls for vital support to fund more research into the devastating condition. A stroke happens when the blood...

3 month limit for 3 HRT products to ensure continued access

URGENT action is being taken to ensure women across the UK will be able to more reliably access HRT products, as the Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid issues Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) to limit the dispensing of 3 HRT products to 3 months' supply. In response to concerns regarding longer prescribing cycles putting pressure on availability of some HRT products, the Government has made the...


Students heading to class this Autumn are reminded to apply for student finance

IT'S estimated that more than 1.5million people will attend college or University this autumn, and the Student Loans Company (SLC) is urging students to apply for student finance in plenty of time. SLC's role is to enable opportunity for students to invest in their futures through access to further and higher education, and new full time, undergraduate students in England have just under three weeks to apply for funding before the deadline on Friday...

Sefton Schools come together to talk mental health

SCHOOL staff in Sefton are set to get more help and support around mental health and wellbeing for them and their pupils, through the launch of a new virtual network. The education and mental health network hosts a virtual event each half term that teachers, Schools' support staff and representatives from mental health services can attend. Each event includes a presentation from a local School, offers of training and services, and a group discussion on overcoming...

£1 million boost for Liverpool City Region Angel Network

THE Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, has announced a £1m funding boost to the LCR Angel Network in a bid to support SME growth and create new jobs across the Region. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has awarded £500,000 funding to the network, which is currently funded by not-for-profit funder Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF), which will match the investment with a further £500,000. The network will contribute to the City...

Support for healthcare innovators

A support progamme is to be launched to help innovative small companies forge links with the health and social care sector. The Excel in Health series of events will offer expert guidance to small and medium sized enterprises whose products and services could help the NHS and social care sector deliver better care. The series of nine events runs from 11 May to 29 June and is organised by the Innovation Agency, an NHS organisation that promotes the spread and adoption of healthcare innovations. Its enterprise...


Steve Rotheram Launches £2.24m High Growth Innovation Fund

THE Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, has announced a new £2.24m High Growth Innovation Fund to help dozens of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow and create good quality jobs. Funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the European Regional Development Fund, grants of between £25,000 and £75,000 will be available to high growth businesses, and those with the potential to be high growth.  The £2.24m fund is intended to support existing...

Would a privatised Passport Office be a good idea?

PASSPORTS are one of the most important documents you can carry, and provide not only access to and from the different countries, but also help to provide proof of identity and even aged. The passport also helps with the security of nations, so why is Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatening to privatise the Passport Office? It is well known that a Passport is an official document issued by a government so what would be the consequences of putting such an important service in the hands of a firm that could be controlled by businesses...

Damien Moore MP engagement with local Council three times higher than other Sefton MPs

OFFICIAL figures from Sefton Council show that Damien Moore MP engaged with the Council at a rate 3 times higher when compared to the next highest Sefton MP in the 2021 to 2022 financial year. The data show that Mr. Moore submitted 317 formal enquiries on behalf of his constituents to Sefton Council between:- 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022, compared to 93 from Bill Esterson and 50 from Peter Dowd. This represents more than double the volume of enquiries than the other 2...

A 3rd of Northern SMEs set to hike prices thanks to sky high inflation

HIGH inflation is by far the biggest challenge on SME's minds across the North of England over the next 12 months, WorkLife's latest Small Business Monitor has revealed. 37% of smaller firms WorkLife engaged with across the:- North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside cited inflation as one of the top three challenges facing their business over the next 12 months. Following this were a range of other concerns, including rising business rates (27%), sourcing and recruiting quality talent (22%) and...


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