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Georgia is the new Miss Liverpool City Region 2022

ON Thursday, 25 August 2022, we headed to the Fashion Hub Liverpool to see the finals of the Miss Liverpool City Region championship. Miss Liverpool City Region is a direct Qualifying Heat of Miss England and those who win the title go directly into Miss England Finals. They represent the Region and could end up at Miss World, representing out nation. The event, despite what some say, including some contestants who don't get picked, is about helping charity, promoting the Region and setting good role models for the next generation to look up to. The organiser, doesn't have a say in who gets picked and it is all on what the judges see on the night. This year had an incredible group of contestants, some of who you can hear their presentations on our video footage. This included a Doctor, who completed her final year at Liverpool's old....


Southport Flower Show 2022 - Part 2 of 2

THE Southport Flower Show was held over 18 August to 21 August 2022, on Victoria Park, Southport. After a 2 year gap, due to Covid Restrictions in the UK, the event was highly anticipated, but the effects of Covid19 still had an effect. Sadly, the unusual weather has affected the show, a we could see lots of the groups, who would normally be exhibiting at the event, no longer exhibiting.  Some hope...

Southport Classic and Speed Sprint Revival Demonstration Event

AINTREE Circuit Club have told us that they are delighted to reveal that we will now be running a closed road demonstration run along a ½ mile / 820m section of Marine Drive. This will revive the historic sprint course that used parts of Marine Drive up until the early '60s prior to the establishment of the Coastal Road. For 2022, this will be...

Southport's ArtHouse to host an exhibition by Pauline McNult

FOR the Southport artist, Pauline McNulty, every painting is an adventure. No stranger to the local art scene, as well as regularly contributing to Southport Contemporary Arts, Pauline exhibits annually at the Sefton Open and with Southport Palette Club throughout the year. Pauline has been drawing and painting now for over 40 years...

(left to right) Bill Esterson MP with JJ Smith MD Rachael Baker, Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber and High Sheriff of Liverpool Lesley Martin-Wright, Knowsley Council leader Cllr Graham Morgan, George Howarth MP and Offsite Director for JJ Smith Martin Smith.

Bill Esterson MP praises Kirkby family firm celebrating 99 years and 4 generations

SHADOW Business Minister Bill Esterson MP has congratulated the new boss of a woodworking machinery firm who has become the fourth generation to run the family business. Mr Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, visited JJ Smith and Co on Moorgate Road in Kirkby, along with...


Liverpool man nominated for National Rail Award for contribution to Northern's work around equality, diversity and inclusion

A man from Liverpool has been nominated for a national rail industry award for his contribution to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the sector. Rob Bowman (35) works as a conductor for Northern in the...

Family walk of hope for Dad with 2 cancers

THE Wilcox family from Southport will take on a 10 kilometre walk round Tatton Park this Autumn to thank The Christie in Manchester for the care and treatment given to dad, Jason Wilcox, age 46 who is battling 2 cancers. Jason's wife of 13 years, Jen Wilcox, age 46, who works...

Largest maze in North West promises heaps of family fun this summer

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North West Bird Watching Festival returns to WWT Martin Mere

A wildlife filled weekend will be on offer at the North West Bird Watching Festival at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust's Martin Mere reserve, with everything from photography workshops, guided walks, bird ringing and guests speakers to a rare chance to watch the breath taking spectacle of thousands of geese flying coming in to roost. The popular event, which returns this year bigger and better than ever, will be held over the weekend...


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City Santas Jump Aboard Mersey Ferry To Mark 100 Days To Liverpool Santa Dash

VISITORS enjoying the iconic Mersey Ferry in Liverpool, on Thursday, 25 August 2022, got an early festive surprise when they were greeted on board by a group of Santas; on a sunny day, in August. The Santas were aboard to officially launch this year's Liverpool Santa Dash; and mark the 100 day countdown to Santa Dash day, on:- Sunday...

Damien Moore MP praises the Little Theatre and Southport Dramatic Club following performance

THE Conservative Damien Moore MP has visited the Little Theatre, in Southport, and met with members of the Southport Dramatic Club (SDC) in the middle of an exciting summer of popular performances for the group.  The visit was followed by his attendance at the opening show of:- 'The Wind in the Willows,' which opened on Tuesday...

Damien Moore MP praises Southport Flower Show success

SOUTHPORT MP Damien Moore has praised the team behind Southport Flower Show for their work in organising the highly anticipated event, the 1st in the 2 years since the Pandemic began. The historic flower show, which is fast approaching its 100th anniversary, is the largest independent flower show in the country. It is held at...

Shayne Ward to join celebs in charity football match in aid of Alder Hey Children's Hospital

PASSENGERS are now benefiting from a new lift at Birkenhead Park rail station, on Merseyrail's Wirral line, which provides a step free route from the street to the platforms. With its official opening held on 26 August, the 16 capacity lift makes it easier to reach the platforms...


Downholland residents share £60k Lottery Win

2 residents in Downholland are celebrating after netting £30,000 each thanks to their postcode. They landed the cash when L39 7JR was announced as a winner with People's Postcode Lottery, on Saturday, 27 August 2022. The winners have chosen to remain anonymous. Lottery...

As living costs continue to rise, Mersey Oddfellows, is urging residents to not cut back on socialising

THE not for profit group, which has 329 members across Liverpool and Wirral, many older or retired, is becoming increasingly concerned about the impact any reduced social contact could have on people's mental health and wellbeing, a lesson learnt from the Pandemic it says. Oddfellows Branch Secretary, Margaret Hughes, says they are making extra efforts to ensure residents continue to have access to affordable social events and opportunities to socialise locally. She said:-  "When you're stretched..."

Hundreds of arrests made in operation targeting organised crime in Merseyside

OVER the last week, Merseyside Police have arrested 170 people and seized a significant amount of vehicles, suspected Class A and B drugs, and firearms over the past week in an operation targeting serious and organised crime across Merseyside. The Force has been clamping down...

Recall Parliament now to address energy price rise crisis, says Bill Esterson MP

SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson is calling for an immediate recall of Parliament to address the energy price cap as bills were predicted to soar to more than £5,000 per year. Mr Esterson, Shadow Minster for Business and Industry, says Labour's plan would ensure families' bills did not rise a penny this winter, saving households £1,500 immediately, getting energy costs under control and helping tackle inflation.  Mr Esterson also backed calls for the Government to reverse their home insulation failures and adopt Labour's Warm Homes Plan that would save British families £11.4 billion on energy bills in just 3 years.  Mr Esterson said:- "Labour would freeze the energy cap for consumers. Remember we are talking about the difference between a price cap of £1,971 now, a predicted increase to £3,500 next week and £4,200 in the Spring, with much higher rises still to come, potentially, all the way to £5,500 without Government intervention..."


Menopausal women lose out on 5 weeks of sleep per year, study finds

WOMEN going through menopause lose an average of more than 5 and a half weeks of sleep per year, according to new national research. The study, conducted by sleep experts at Silentnight, was commissioned to lay bare the true impact that the menopause is having on sleep. It found that 64% of women going through menopause suffer from disrupted sleep. The survey further revealed that women going through menopause wake up an average of 2.7 times per night, losing an average of 2 hours and 36 minutes of sleep. That adds up to more than 5 and a ½ weeks of lost sleep over the course of a year, and 22 weeks of lost sleep weeks over the course of an average...

Sleep expert reveals 5 ways to bring nature into the bedroom

FOLLOWING recent reports that UK GPs are prescribing:- 'nature' as a solution for sleepless nights, 1 of the UK's leading sleep experts has revealed five of the best ways Brits can bring the great outdoors into their bedrooms. Silentnight's slumber specialist Hannah Shore says bringing greenery into the home can help improve sleep quality, and that there are a number of different ways people can do it, from natural scents to the sound of birdsong. To identify the benefits that link nature and the quality of sleep, Silentnight have partnered with Patch Plants, to show exactly how nature can help with getting a great night's sleep, and the best steps to follow. With this in mind...

Disabled children's charity calls for further cost of living support

NATIONAL charity, Family Fund, has welcomed the Government's 1 off £150 cost of living payment for 6 million disabled adults and children from September, but warns more support will be needed given tomorrow's uplift of the Energy Price Cap. Cheryl Ward, Family Fund Chief Executive, said:- "We know that current severe inflationary pressures are affecting millions of people across the land, but for families caring for disabled and seriously ill children, who have even greater costs, the outlook is very grave. The choices between putting food on the table, paying for energy or clothing and sensory equipment are stark." Family Fund, the UK's largest...

Collaboration key in Liverpool City Region as small business confidence suffers sharp decline across the North West

FSB commits to working even closer with LCR Combined Authority, Councils and leading business organisations to help firms hit by soaring costs, high taxes and staff shortages The latest quarterly Small Business Index from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows a sharp decline in small businesses confidence across the North West, prompting a commitment from the FSB to work even closer with the Combined Authority, Councils and other leading business groups in Liverpool City Region. The quarterly index shows a fall from:- +3%, in Q1 of 2022 to:- -27% in Q2; below the national average (-24.7%)...


Students congratulated on GCSE success

PROVISIONAL data shows that Liverpool's GCSE results have improved. Liverpool's grades reflect the national trend with students sitting the 1st public examinations since 2019. The proportion of students achieving Grades 4+ (C-A* in the previous grading system) in English and maths combined has increased from 2019, from:- 57.4% to...

Research finds much more hope than hate in posts sent to England's women at Euro 2022

ANALYSIS of nearly 80,000 social media posts reveals 380 were 'hate speech' but way more were positive. The vast majority of social media posts directed towards England's winning Euro 2022 football players across the...

1.1 million families claiming Tax Credits to receive 1st Cost of Living Payment

AROUND 1.1 million claimant families receiving Tax Credits will get their 1st Cost of Living Payment, from Friday, 2 September 2022, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed. This £326 Government payment will be paid automatically into eligible Tax Credit only...

Apprenticeships offer GCSE students route into healthcare

THOUSANDS of students across the country have received their GCSE results, marking the 1st major set of qualifications that will put them on the path to a future career. There are a number of different careers in healthcare and many of them can be achieved through...


Energy price surge threatens to sink social care sector

CARE England, the largest and most diverse representative body for independent providers of adult social care in England, has called for immediate Government action to prevent a widespread catastrophe within adult social care, as figures released by Box Power CIC and Care England reveal the shocking impact of energy price rises on the sector. Care England have written to Members of Parliament asking them to pledge their support for immediate and targeted support for the sector. Professor...

Don't let those involved in Olivia Pratt-Korbel's Murder escape justice

MERSEYSIDE Police have asked the public to continue to provide any information they have to justice and any others involved in gun crime. Please do not be silent, as it is time to get guns out of the hands of criminals, so we do not have any more killings of innocent people, including children, like 9 year old, Olivia Pratt-Kirbel. Merseyside Police have said:- "Our investigation into Olivia's tragic murder is ongoing and we still need people to come forward so we can build up a strong evidential picture..."

9.5% decrease in adults seen by NHS dentists within recommended 2 years

THE number of adults seen by NHS dentists within recommended timeframes decreased by 9.5% in June 2022 against the previous year, a report published by NHS Digital today shows. 16.4m adults in England were seen for NHS dental treatment in the 24 months up to June 2022, according to NHS Dental Statistics, England 2021-221. This is a reduction of 9.5% compared to the 24 months up to June 2021, when 18.1m adults were seen2. It is a reduction of 25.3% compared to the 24 months up to June...

Vikings look to make a difference with mental health initiative

WIDNES Vikings are inviting the rugby league community to join them in remembering those affected by suicide during their televised Betfred Championship Match against Halifax, on Monday, 5 September 2022. The Vikings will display 120 rugby league shirts on seats at the DCBL Stadium, marking the number of people around the world that will take their own lives during the course of the 80 minute match, 1 every 40 seconds. Any club; at professional or community level; or individual that...


Boost for UK economy and rail industry through new Israel partnership

FRESH business opportunities and potential new jobs will be unlocked for the UK's rail industry thanks to a new partnership signed by the Transport Secretary with Israel, on 24 August 2022.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by the two countries to share expertise on large scale rail projects, following the successful launch of the UK's Elizabeth Line earlier...

Letters to Editor:- "GCSE results; We must not shut the door on young people"

"THE North / South divide for students' achievements has persisted for another year, and we expect this will again be true for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds when compared with their better off peers. Last year, only 1 in 3 students in receipt of free school meals achieved the equivalent of 5 'good' GCSEs or more, locking many out of further education, training and job opportunities..."

Statistics on adult safeguarding published in new report

THE latest information on safeguarding concerns reported to Local Authorities in England has been published by NHS Digital. Safeguarding Adults, England, 2021 to 2022, provides details of safeguarding activity carried out by Local Authorities and relating to vulnerable adults with care and support needs. Safeguarding Adults is a statutory duty for Councils with adult social services...

Fundraisers in the North West shoot, putt and laugh to raise more than £10,000 for the NSPCC

A series of fundraising events in the North West have raised more than £10,000 to help the NSPCC continue to be here for children and families across the Region. Ladies across Cheshire took part in a friendly clay pigeon shoot at the Cloudside Shooting Grounds and raised over £3,000 for the charity. Guests also competed at welly wanging, with...


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