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Publication Date:-
2022-07-08

 
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The 100th Ainsdale Flower Show

ON Saturday, 2 July 2022, Ainsdale Horticultural Society held it's 100th show on Ainsdale Village Green. This event had everything from pet show to floral exhibitions, even showground entertainment. The event started with the traditional Queen of the Show Procession, lead by the Skelmerdale Brass Band. Then came the Crowning of the Floral Queen, by TV presenter and horticulturist, Christine Walkden. Then the arena was filled with displays, from gymnastics to dog displays, dance groups and...

 

UK Hot Cars Monthly Southport Meet - July 2022

THE Southport based motor vehicle club, UK Hot Cars, held the monthly car meet on the banks of the Marine Lake, in Southport, on  3 July 2022. Sadly, it is not known how long they will be able to hold this event at this location, due to the work that is due to take place on the Pier and the demolition and re-building of...

Support out in force for SSAFA at Liverpool Central Station

THE sight of a Star Wars Stormtrooper brandishing his DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle (which looks nothing like an MG 34) at a railway station might seem a little unusual, but not when it is Liverpool Central Station, and the soldier of an evil galactic empire is a fundraiser for the Merseyside branch of SSAFA, the Armed...

Hugh Baird College launch new Occupational Traineeships in Construction Trades

THE Liverpool City Region's 1st Occupational Traineeships in Brickwork, Carpentry and Joinery and Painting and Decorating have been launched by Hugh Baird College in Bootle. Currently, only 41% of Further Education (FE) construction learners join the industry in apprenticeships or jobs. The new Occupational.

Bill Esterson MP urges Government to speed up School rebuilding plans

BILL Esterson MP has urged the Government to:- "get a move on" with the School rebuilding programme, saying School leaders needed certainty regarding whether their School was going to benefit from the scheme. Sefton Central MP Mr...

 

Letter to the Editor:- "The Government should 'level up' opportunities by making bus travel free for care leavers"

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Daily testing saved City's emergency services from Covid catastrophe

KEY workers in Liverpool have been praised for carrying out daily testing, which prevented Covid19 from crippling emergency services. New findings published by a major health journal have revealed the world's 1st testing pilot saved almost 8,000 work days from being lost to self isolation. At the height of...

Australasian Paramedics set to join North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)

15 Paramedics who have trained in Australia and New Zealand will soon begin responding to 999 calls across areas of the North West as part of a brand new Health Education England (HEE) Ethical Migratory Pathway. Developed through HEE's Directorate of Global Health...

Local artists invited to capture City's iconic landmarks with Liverpool 1

ASPIRING artists will have the chance to show off their talents as Liverpool 1 hosts a massive outdoor sketching and painting event to mark the Liver Sketching Club's 150th Anniversary.  The free event, which takes place on Saturday, 9 July 2022, will give painters and sketchers the opportunity to capture both landscape...

 

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Citizens Advice are ready to help in tough times, says Bill Esterson MP

BILL Esterson MP is urging residents to reach out to Citizens Advice if they are struggling with the cost of living crisis, after hearing that there had been a 103% rise in people in Sefton Central struggling to meet their energy costs. Mr Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, met with the...

The RedBall Project comes to Liverpool

ONE of the world's longest running street artworks is bouncing into Liverpool later this month. 'The RedBall Project' has already showcased in global locations such as Sydney, Paris and California;- will take over the City, from Friday, 15 July to Sunday, 24 July 2022.  Across 10 days, the 15ft diameter RedBall Liverpool will appear in different areas around the...

New films portray how the Liverpool City Region's Households into Work programme has transformed people's lives

A series of heart warming new films has revealed how a programme supporting long term unemployed people commissioned by Mayor Steve Rotheram is giving Liverpool City Region residents much more than just work opportunities. 7 people have spoken candidly about the emotional turmoil of finding...

  

Pet Pawtection!

80% of pet owners from Liverpool don't know if their pets have allergies, according to a new study conducted by eyesight experts All About Vision. This research, which saw 1,000 UK pet owners surveyed, has been conducted by the eyesight experts to help raise awareness on eye diseases in pets and how important it is to look after your furry friends' eyes to avoid irreversible damage. Worryingly, 36% of pet owners from the area revealed they wouldn't know if their furry...

 

Heatwave: bathers warned of drowning risk ahead of scorching temperatures

CASUAL swimmers should be aware of the risk of drowning when taking a dip in the water during the hot weather, Council leaders are warning today.  The Local Government Association, which represents Councils across England and Wales, is urging people to keep safe in the water and learn what do in case of an emergency, ahead of next...

Paymentshield abseils down Trafford Centres as it raises £15,000 for local Hospice

SOUTHPORT based insurance solutions provider Paymentshield took on the Trafford Centre last week, as 5 members of its team abseiled down a 170ft tower at the iconic Manchester landmark to raise money for Queenscourt...

Hugh Baird College celebrates T-level students completing their 1st year

IN September 2021, Hugh Baird College became 1 of the 1st providers in the country to offer T-level qualifications. 1 year on, they are celebrating their students' achievements in completing the 1st year of their courses. T-levels are 16 to 19 qualifications, broadly equivalent in size to 3 A-levels, that focus on technical and...

Donations urgently needed at Liverpool Blood Donor Centres to help stop summer fall in stock

BLOOD stocks are falling due to higher levels of staff and donor illness, mainly linked to the rise in Coronavirus cases. Donations are also lower in the summer, when people are busy with holidays and events. While many sessions held in...

 

Mayor welcomes £5m partnership to prevent flu Pandemic - on 'momentous day' for Liverpool City Region innovation

MAYOR Steve Rotheram has hailed the announcements 3 major developments  of as:- 'momentous' for Liverpool City Region. . A 5 year, £5m collaboration was announced between Liverpool's Pandemic Institute and Speke based...

Platinum Pudding winner to star at the Southport Flower Show

A home baker from Southport who created the official pudding for The Queen's Jubilee is to be a star turn at the Southport Flower Show. Jemma Melvin's Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle recipe beat more than 5,000 desserts to win Fortnum and Mason's Platinum Pudding...

Liverpool seeks red card on foul play

DOG owners in Liverpool are set to be guided by new rules on picking up poo and keeping their pet on a lead. Liverpool City Council is looking to rein in dog owners who let their pets foul in public places; and then don't bin it. The Council has launched a month long consultation on a plan to introduce a City wide Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that will see owners fined for failing to bag and dispose of dog mess. The draft proposal...

Supporting continued improvements to health and care in Sefton

LONG standing plans to support improvements to health and care in Sefton have reached an important milestone with the establishment of Sefton Partnership; a collaboration between the NHS, Sefton Council, Sefton CVS...

 

MP joins 'Summer Celebration' at Dale Park Care Home

DALE Park Care Home in Southport, Merseyside, was visited on Friday, 1 July 2022, by Conservative MP for Southport, Damien Moore, as the home welcomed visitors and guests from the local community to the home to participate in this year's Care Home Open Week celebrations from 27 June to 3 July 2022...

Interventions Alliance thanks volunteers helping to stop re-offending and keeping communities safe

A year on from when the Government renationalised its offender management and all associated rehabilitation work, returning it to the Probation Service, Interventions Alliance is celebrating its 1st year of service.  Interventions Alliance was launched by the Seetec Group, after it had quickly identified the gaps in support that the unification of the service would bring, after it had successfully managed Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) across the South East and South West...

World's 1st Chemo Drone Delivery Announced on NHS Birthday

NHS cancer patients will be the 1st in the world to benefit from chemotherapy delivered by drone as part of a new trial, NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard has announced. The drones, set to make their 1st flight in the coming weeks, will mean that the lifesaving treatment can be picked up and dropped to patients on the same day. Announcing the major trial on the NHS's 74th birthday, NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said the drone deliveries were just the latest:- "extraordinary" instalment in another year...

Teenager's garden vision among 34 projects to win support from Mayor's £500,000 Community Environment Fund

A 15 year old boy's lockdown vision to turn derelict land into a community garden has been awarded a grant from Mayor Steve Rotheram's fund for grassroots environment projects. A therapy garden, food growing, beekeeping, biodiversity and a bike scheme are also among 34 projects that will be supported this summer by the £500,000 Liverpool City Region Community Environment Fund. Following the success of last year's fund which brought...

 

Stagecoach earns Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer recognition as it leads transport sector on new starts

STAGECOACH, the UK's largest bus and coach operator, has been ranked as 1 of the country's top 100 apprenticeship employers, leading the transport sector on the number of new starts.  New Department of Education figures show there were more than 930 new apprentices in training at Stagecoach in 2021 to 2022; the highest number of any company in the transport, travel and logistics sector. Benchmarked against more than 500 employers in multiple sectors of the economy...

Liverpool Philharmonic Announces 1st Emerging Musicians Fellowship Cohort

LIVERPOOL Philharmonic is delighted to announce the appointment of 4 musicians who have been selected for the 1st annual Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Emerging Musicians Fellowship. Earlier this year, Liverpool Philharmonic received over 350 applications from musicians at the beginning of their orchestral careers. The Fellowship, which has no upper age limit, offers musicians a unique, immersive professional orchestral experience, both on and off the stage over the course of a...

NSPCC warns of a tsunami of online child abuse in the North West as grooming crimes more than double in 4 years2

YOU'D look twice if you saw them enter a pub together for the big match, so what do Ellie Taylor, Harry Redknapp, AJ Odudu, Karen Carney and Jermaine Jenas all have in common? They're passionate fans of football and for this summer's UEFA Women's Euro 2022 they are all showing their support for the beautiful game by becoming the:- '12th Woman.' This eclectic all star squad was enlisted by Heineken®, Official Partner of UEFA Women's Euro 2022...

Scientists use vaccination to successfully treat Covid19 for 1st time

EXCLUSIVE figures obtained by the NSPCC reveal online grooming crimes recorded by Police in the North West have more than doubled in 4 years, with an average of 4 reports every day last year. The 4 forces in the North West recorded 1,465 offences of Sexual Communication with a Child in 2021/22, up from 565 in 2017/18; an increase of 159%. Nationally, there were 6,156 Sexual Communication with a Child offences recorded in 2021/22; an increase on the previous year and almost 120 offences a week on average...

 

She Inspires football tournament reaches its finale

MORE than 90 young women from across Merseyside competed in the final of the:- 'She Inspires' football tournament hosted by the Region's Police's Commissioner and Chief Constable and a squad of top sporting partners, on Sunday, 3 July 2022. Eight teams came together from all over Merseyside to compete in the tournament's 1st ever final at the Jeffery Humble playing fields in Aintree. The final was the culmination of a 2 month project which saw approximately 120 girls, aged between:- 15 and 18, from...

MPs call for Chinese CCTV ban

A cross party group of nearly 70 parliamentarians have called on the Government to ban the sale and operation of widely used CCTV brands linked to human rights abuses in China. The group includes former:- Conservative Ministers David Davis MP, Lord Bethell, Steve Baker MP, and Damien Green MP; leading Labour human rights figures Baroness Chakrabarti and Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws; Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey; SNP Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Alyn Smith; Green MP Caroline Lucas, and crossbench peers. The 67 parliamentarians...

Public vote and official shortlist announced to choose home of Great British Railways

TRANSPORT Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that:- Birmingham, Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Newcastle Upon Tyne and York will compete for the honour of being crowned the home of Britain's railways following a competition that drew applications from 42 Towns and Cities.  The public vote, which will play a crucial role in determining the chosen location, has officially opened. Members of the public can choose the Town or City they think makes the best case for this prestigious honour online here, with the final decision...

Damien Moore MP meets with Health Minister to discuss increasing the number of available GP appointments

DAMIEN Moore MP has met with the Health Minister responsible for Primary Care to discuss access to GP appointments, and to explore possible ways to increase patient self referral. Several constituents have raised in Mr. Moore's weekly Friday surgery that they are struggling to access GP appointments. In 1 case, Mr. Moore was told that some constituents were asked to call their GP at 8am, only to be faced with a wait of several hours on hold. Mr. Moore has...

 

Aiming Higher with Hugh Baird University Centre

3 foundation degrees at the Hugh Baird University Centre have been awarded Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) status. Its Foundation Degrees in Mental Health and Wellbeing, Health and Social Care and Computing, approved by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), have all been accredited with the new HTQ status from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFaTE). HTQ's are Level 4 and 5 technical qualifications that are designed in partnership with employers and form part of the Government's focus...

Liverpool pub installs football tables with female players to show support for Women's Euros

TO celebrate the upcoming Women's Euros, popular Liverpool City Centre pub, Lime Street Central, has commissioned and installed a bespoke football table which features all female players. The all-female installation appeared in the pub this week as part of Greene King's ongoing commitment to raising awareness of female sports teams, especially ahead of the Women's Euro 2022 tournament. A recent survey carried out by Greene King which polled 2,000 people...

Southport Conservatives Ask Town's Views on Next Prime Minister

ON hearing the Prime Minister's resignation, Damien Moore MP said:- "I am pleased that the Prime Minister has done the right thing and resigned. His position had become untenable, and it is right that for the good of the country, he has now stepped aside. We now need to hold a leadership contest to select the next Prime Minister, which I hope is concluded rapidly." Following the resignation of Boris Johnson a leadership contest has now been triggered. As the Conservatives have a...

Protecting radio astronomy and earth exploration satellite services from interference

OFCOM has set out how we will protect radio astronomy and earth exploration satellite services in the 24 GHz band against harmful interference from new mobile technology, including:- 5G services, which we are planning to authorise in the 26 GHz band. Radio astronomers, as well as climate and weather scientists, use the 24 GHz spectrum band (23.6-24.0 GHz) to carry out sensitive observations and measurements. It is important to protect these sensitive services against interference...

 

Oakhill School Awarded The Gold Sports Mark Award In Sports Activities for Academic Year 2021/22

OAKHILL School in Whalley, Lancashire, has been awarded the Gold Sports Mark Award for commitment, engagement and participation in sports activities for the academic year of 2021/22. The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme, launched in 2012 to reward Schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their School and into the community. Following two years spent in lockdown, Oakhill School continues to emphasise the importance...

New plan calls for urban wetlands to help 'level up' inequalities in wellbeing

CREATING wildlife rich wetlands like ponds, streams, wetland parks and rain gardens in deprived urban communities could help level up inequalities in wellbeing across the UK, according to a new report. Currently, people in the poorest urban and ethnic communities are twice as likely as those in more affluent groups to live in neighbourhoods without good quality blue or green spaces. Some research suggests this differing access to nature rich areas could be associated with health inequalities. The...

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