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'Bow and Arrow - The Ghosts of Sherwood' at the Epstein Theatre

ON Friday, 27 May 2022, we had the privilege of attending the premier of City Theatre's latest show, entitled:- 'Bow and Arrow: The Ghosts of Sherwood,' which was performed at the Epstein Theatre, in Liverpool. A show that was so hot, it even set off...


Jubilant residents put the flags out at pothole party

JCB delivered an early jubilee present to residents of a pothole filled Merseyside street; the free use of a specialist machine to fix their road. Knob Hall Lane; an unadopted road in Southport; was peppered with potholes and residents nominated the street to be repaired in a...

Guard of Honour for Hero, Former Station Officer George Taylor

ON 23 May 2022, the funeral of former Station Officer, George Taylor (aged 94) was held in Southport. As a fire fighters, Officer George Taylor famously rescued 5 people from the 4th Floor Ledge of Henderson's Department Store, Church Street, in Liverpool. At the time the 6 were trapped on a ledge at the front of the building, and Taylor had to use a turntable ladder to try and...

Inspirational Formby Primary School honoured in prestigious UK celebration of teaching

THE Early Years Team at Redgate Primary School has been named as 1 of 80 Pearson National Teaching Award Silver Award winners across the country. The team is honoured with a Silver Award in the Award for Early Years Team of the Year for their outstanding commitment to...

Roy's Glad-den to be the new Lord Mayor

LIVERPOOL'S new Lord Mayor is being sworn in, on Wednesday, 25 May 2022. Cllr Roy Gladden grew up above his grandma's chip shop on Breckfield Road in Everton, attending Granton Road Junior School. He joined the King's Own Royal Border Regiment at the age of 17, and was discharged in 1967. At the...


New School Nurse text messaging service launched for 11 to 19 year olds in Sefton

YOUNG people in Sefton will be able to contact their School Nurse in a quick and easy way, following the launch of a new text messaging service from Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. Sefton residents, aged 11 to 19, can send a message, anonymously if they wish, to their School Nurse to get confidential help and advice about a range of health...

Mayor Steve Rotheram announces that new £12m cycle funding will be a 'down payment' on his active travel ambitions

MAYOR Steve Rotheram has announced an additional funding £12m of has been secured to build high quality walking and cycling routes across the Liverpool City Region. Outlining his...

Ask your questions about Merseyside Police's work to prevent crime

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner is inviting people to submit their questions about the force's work to prevent crime and stop vulnerable people being drawn into the criminal justice system ahead of her next public Scrutiny Meeting. Emily...

GCSE English students produce Twisted Tales

HUGH Baird College's GCSE English students recently took part in a nationwide competition for 11 to 18 year olds to write a 100 word short story that twists the narrative of classic stories to give the villain of the tale a voice.  An impressive 6 of Hugh Baird College's aspiring authors were successful in the competition. Their inspiring stories were chosen and will...


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'Natural Beaty' Yvonne Diaz Exhibition

IT comes as no surprise that living by the sea and close to The Lake District, local Crosby Artist, Yvonne Diaz, takes her encouragement from the inspiring regional landscape. For her exhibition of recent paintings where she has...

PCC responds to launch of Race Action Plan: Improving Policing for Black People

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner has responded to the NPCC and College of Policing's:- 'Race Action Plan - Improving Policing for Black People' that has just been published. Emily Spurrell said:- "The launch of the national 'Race Action Plan - Improving Policing for Black People'..."

Damien Moore MP hails "seismic change" to Southport's fortunes during Queen's Speech debate

THE Queen's Speech, this year delivered by Prince Charles, sets out the Government's legislative agenda for the forthcoming year. Following the speech, MPs are given the opportunity to highlight what is going well, and what needs improving, in their areas...

Damien Moore MP calls for Children's A&E to return to Southport, alongside an overhaul of Children's Social Care in Sefton

DURING a debate last week on:- "Making Britain the Best Place to Grow Up and Grow Old," local MP Damien Moore raised the 2 most pressing health and social care issues affecting young people and...


Damien Moore MP asks Southport residents to embrace War Graves Week

DAMIEN Moore, MP for Southport, is calling on residents of Southport to come together and discover the World War heritage on their doorstep by embracing War Graves Week, which runs 21 May to 28 May, and is an initiative from the Commonwealth War Graves...

Letter to Editor:- "The Government needs to 'level up' the system for children in care"

"THE care system exists to support children who cannot live with their birth parents or do not have a stable and supportive home life. At its best it can protect children from harm and help them recover from traumatic early experiences. At Barnardo's..."

Cycling UK launches Big Bike Revival in Liverpool to help people get back on their bikes

CYCLING UK has launched its Big Bike Revival in Liverpool, which will fix would be cyclists' bikes, teach them essential skills and lead rides to support more people cycling. The Big Bike Revival will support new and returning cyclists across England...

Alice Odger's Ceramics Exhibition:- "Keeping it in the Family"

RUNNING until 25 June 2022, that the ArtHouse, Eastbank Street, Southport, will be Alice Odger's Ceramics Exhibition, entitled:- "Keeping it in the Family." Taking inspiration from her father, ceramicist John Odgers, Alice knew from an early age that it would only be a matter of time before she also succumbed to getting...


Applications for Liverpool Philharmonic's Rushworth Composition Prize Open Now

APPLICATIONS are open now for Liverpool Philharmonic's Rushworth Composition Prize, in association with the Rushworth Foundation.  The Rushworth Composition Prize provides an exceptional...

Celebrate Britain's longest reigning monarch with 1 Vision Housing

ONE Vision Housing (OVH), part of The Sovini Group, is proudly supporting Derby Park Community Volunteers and Green Sefton's 'Jubilee Party in the Park' celebration. Sefton residents are cordially invited to attend a royal celebration to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee...

T-50B Blackeagles Aerobatic team - Photo by Dokunaga (2011)

T-50Bs Black Eagles to fly at the 2022 Southport Air Show
Photo by Dokunaga

SOUTHPORT is set to host a very special international visit, with the 8 Korea Aerospace Industries T-50B supersonic trainer, light attack jets of the South Korea's Black Eagles, over 9 July to 10 July 2022. The FA-50 aircraft are being flown in just 3 air shows within UK skies during 2022. The only other opportunities to see...

Winners of Voices 2022 writing competition for children in care revealed at awards hosted by Peter Capaldi

ON Saturday, 21 May 2022, charity Coram Voice announced the winners of Voices 2022, its national writing competition for children in care and young care leavers, at a ceremony hosted in London by actor Peter Capaldi and a former winner, Sophia Alexandra Hall..


Almost 50% of people living with dementia in Southport and Formby go undiagnosed

NEW research has revealed only 57% of people living with dementia in Southport and Formby and its surrounding areas have received a diagnosis. The research from Future Health, the healthcare policy research consultancy, was commissioned and funded by Roche Products Ltd to further the understanding...

Funding for transport projects to help tackle loneliness in the North West

FUNDING has been awarded to 12 organisations across England with the aim of understanding how transport can play a role in helping people who are feeling lonely. Pilot projects receiving a share of the £5 million funding include:- support for older people using public transport after the Pandemic, autism...

The City of Liverpool College to host major careers fair with a variety of jobs on offer

THE City of Liverpool College is set to embark on a major recruitment drive and will be hosting a careers fair to help fill the many jobs available. Following a year of significant growth in student admissions and applications, the College has opened a number of opportunities to help build their pool of bank workers...

2.9 million adults in the North West plan to go on holiday of a lifetime following 2 years of Pandemic stuck years

IN 2022 a study has found that nearly 2.9 million North West adults (50%) are looking to go on a holiday of a lifetime after 2 years of travel restrictions, reveals new research from travel insurer World Nomads. Overall, more than 21 million Brits (40%) are planning a major trip this year, as 7...


Friends of Kings Gardens Queen's Platinum Jubilee Family Fun Day

ON Friday, 3 June 2022 the Friends of Kings Gardens in Southport are holding a Family Fun Day, within the community garden, on the Promenade, next the Southport Marine Lake. The event runs from 12 Midday to 4pm. it will have a Fancy Dress Competition (come dressed in 1950's...

Failing to reform puts industry recovery at risk

RESPONDING to the RMT's successful ballot for industrial action, the rail industry has set out why reform is necessary to securing the long term future of the railway, having received over £16bn since the beginning of the Pandemic to keep the railway running and passenger numbers dropping to 4% overnight. This huge sum...

Warning to Brits who are unknowingly dangerous driving caused by "lucky" rituals

NEW research reveals drivers are putting themselves, passengers and pedestrians at risk practising superstitious rituals to avoid bad luck. With 43% of motorists admitting to being superstitious, common customs such as:- saluting a magpie and travelling with...

Cranfield School of Management and CBI Economics study shows employers are more open to part time working Post Covid19

THE furlough scheme brought in by the Government during the Covid19 Pandemic did not just save millions of people from unemployment and economic hardship, but may have had a lasting effect on the ways in which their...


Tax Credits customers warned about scammers posing as HMRC

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning Tax Credits customers to be aware of scams and fraudsters who imitate the department in an attempt to steal their personal information or money. About...

TUC - workers in Liverpool are set to be £490 a year worse off this year than in 2021

PAY packets in Liverpool are set to be worth £490 a year less this year; in real terms, that is once inflation has been taken into consideration; than in 2021, according to new TUC analysis. The analysis of...

Majority of Brits look to cut costs as managing finances deemed 'overwhelming' for many

61% of UK adults are actively looking to reduce the amount they spend this year compared to 2021 as the cost of living crisis takes its toll, according to a recent YouGov survey...

Cost crisis threatening to undermine returning North West small business confidence

FSB Area Leader for Cheshire warns spiralling input costs, a squeeze on lending and mounting late payments could impact on fragile small business confidence. FSB Merseyside and Cheshire's...


More than 65,000 families in the North West used Tax Free Childcare in the last year

NEW Tax Free Childcare statistics from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed that 65,620 families in the North West received up to £2,000 towards the cost of their childcare during the 2021 to 2022 tax year, up from 47,750 in the previous year...

Inadequate Funding Undermines Social Care Reforms

CARE England, the largest and most diverse representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has expressed concern at the findings of the County Council Network and Newton Report:- 'Preparing for Reform.' Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "Whilst we..."

1 in 4 Northern SME's under resourced amid ongoing labour crisis - WorkLife Small Business Monitor

EMPLOYEE retention challenges have left many SMEs in the North of England under staffed, new analysis by WorkLife by OpenMoney has found. 26% of smaller firms in the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside surveyed by WorkLife as part...

Children's Socail Care Review has bold ambitions but leaves children adopted from care in the shadows

ADOPTION UK praises the bold ambition in the final report of the Independent Review of Children's Social Care. However, the charity warns the decision to largely leave out adoption means a vital part of the care story is missing and risks creating...


79% of young people believe they have missed out at work due to a lack of assertiveness

ACUITY Training questioned 500 employees in a variety of sectors and age groups to investigate questions like how assertive people think they are and the ways they learnt to be assertive in workplace situations. Acuity Training defined assertiveness as individuals feeling like they can reveal their point of...



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