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Picnic On The Green

AINSDALE Village played host to a free community event, on Sunday, 4 September 2022, marking the end of the Summer Holiday's. Performing at the event were:- Singer Songwriter Ian Cleverdon, 'Old Enough 2 Know Better' The band ‘Old Enough 2 Know Better,’ Phil Morris, Acoustic, Americana, Folk & Blues, Sixties and Nostalgia, Joanne Louise Griffiths, and also Lola and Celeste. To find out more about the event...


Formby Live 2022
Photos by Richard & Philip Johnson

THE 1st Formby Live event was held on the grounds of Formby Pool, on Elbow Lane, under brilliant blue skies, over 27 August and 28 August 2022. The event was very well attended and had live music provided by the Mersey Cats, a bar, rises and bouncy castle. the show even had the newly formed Formby Pool Dancers entertaining the crowds and...


Southport Contemporary Arts exhibition 'Create It Together' is showcasing the work of SCA students

WHEN the Southport Contemporary Arts (SCA) network was set up in 2009, to celebrate the fact that Southport is home to a host of different art practitioners working in various disciplines...

Sefton Nurse celebrates 50 'rewarding' years in the NHS

PAULINE Dwyer, Practice Nurse, at Park Street Surgery, in Bootle, is celebrating 50 years of nursing in the NHS and encouraging others to consider a career in health and care. Pauline joined the NHS...

Zach Baigent with Bill Esterson at Cataclean

Bill Esterson MP praises Liverpool firm contributing to cleaner air

LABOUR MP Bill Esterson has praised a Merseyside business that is helping to reduce emissions from motor....


North West businesses seek funding for growth, despite economic climate

NEARLY 50% of mid sized businesses in the North West will seek funding for growth in the next 12 to 17 months, despite the current economic climate. According to BDO's Rethinking the Economy survey, 47% of companies in the Region intend to look for investment by the end of...

Damien Moore MP encourages Town to support Southport Football Club at upcoming games

THE Conservative Southport MP, Damien Moore, is encouraging those living in and around Southport who have never seen a Southport FC game in person to consider heading to the Stadium on Haig Avenue over the coming...

Bus gate reintroduced in City Centre

CARS will be banned from part of a major road in the heart of Liverpool City Centre between 7am and midnight, from Monday, 5 September 2022. A trial:- "bus gate" will be reintroduced on the westbound carriageway of Ranelagh Street from the junction of Great Charlotte Street, to improve the flow of public transport for tens of thousands of...

UCLan Publishing organises free event in Preston's Mobile Event Tent

PERSTON'S Mobile Event Tent (MET) will be shrouded in mystery this September as it welcomes 2 young adult thriller writers for a special event organised by UCLan Publishing. Thrills and Chills - Take Two, will see authors Amy McCaw and Cynthia Murphy chat to fellow young...


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Teal Scaffold Secures Contract on £19M Social Housing Project

NORTH West based scaffolding firm, Teal Scaffold continue a strong year of growth after securing a contract with clients, Sovini Construction on their £19m social housing development. The working at height professionals, and proud partners of The Sovini Group are set to deliver a bespoke access solution service to support on their client's...

Fight rising fuel costs with your feet

THE UK charity behind the biggest walk to School campaign, Living Streets, is encouraging families to leave the car at home as Schools return. With rising fuel prices and cost of living, the charity is advocating walking to School to save money. A generation ago, 70% of Primary School aged children walked to School, now it's around 47% of children in England currently...

Northern announces flash sale over 1,000,000 tickets for journeys across the North of England for just £1

THE train operator, Northern, has launched a flash sale with over 1,000,000 tickets for journeys across the North of England available for just £1. Northern is the UK's 2nd largest train operator, with nearly 2,000 services a day to more than 500 Stations...

County Road in Kirkby re-opens after new railway bridge installed for Headbolt Lane Station scheme

WORK to install a new railway bridge over County Road in Kirkby as part of the new Headbolt Lane Station scheme have been completed on schedule, allowing the road to re-open to traffic. The new bridge forms part of the £80m Headbolt Lane Station scheme and will enable the track...


Liverpool City Region Music Office launched with £1.6m Combined Authority Funding

A £1.6 million investment from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is enabling the LCR Music Board to progress exciting plans for the local music sector. The Combined Authority originally approved a £2m investment in the Music Board back in March 2020. £400,000 of that funding has already been provided...

Mayor announces new £2 bus fares to be available within weeks

THE Liverpool City Region Mayor, Steve Rotheram, has announced that bus passengers will soon be able to travel across the Liverpool City Region for no more than £2 per journey in a bid to help residents save money during the cost of living crisis. By 18 September 2023 adult single fares on all services will cost...

Jollyes Pet Store Supports Freshfields Animal Rescue!

JOLLYES Pet Store has recently opened a branch in Southport, and has decided to support Freshfields Animal Rescue as a chosen charity. The store has taken a donations bin, where customers can deposit:- pet.,.

Newly qualified Liverpool dancer creates amazing cinematic music and dance video

IN an industry only just getting back on its feet post Covid, Laura Macy, a recent Graduate from LIPPA, with a Performing Arts Degree has told us that getting work in the UK is both terrifying and extremely frustrating. Like many other performers, Laura was struggling to find work in the...


Southport New Comedian 2022 competition returns to the Southport Comedy Festival

ASPIRING comedians from all over the country have been invited to apply to win 1 of 8 places in the grand final which takes place on Tuesday 4th October as part of the 11th Annual Southport Comedy Festival Under Canvas at Victoria Park in Southport. This year's event is sponsored by...

Liverpool 1 flexes its appeal with signing of Under Armour brand house

GROSVENOR has announced the signing of leading sports apparel brand, Under Armour, at Liverpool ONE. Trading from 3,000 sq ft on South John Street, Under Armour Liverpool 1 is set to open later this year and will stock the brand's renowned performance sports apparel, footwear and accessories. Joining the...

Southport Rugby Players 3 Peaks challenge

A group of 8 team mates from Southport Rugby Club have clubbed together to tackle the 3 Peaks challenge, helping to raise £4,000 for cancer research in the Region.  Former team captain Dan Whalen, 28, and friends recently took on the challenge, which involves climbing the highest...

Bill Esterson MP, Cllr Catie Page and Cllr Nina Killen in Ince Blundell village where new 20mph speed limits have been proposed

Labour MP and Councillors welcome 20mph proposals for Ince Blundell village

BILL Esterson MP and Labour Councillors have welcomed proposals for a 20mph speed limit for Ince Blundell village. Following requests from residents, Mr Esterson and Cllrs Nina Killen and Catie Page made representations to Sefton Council to introduce...


Reminder - Sea Hawk Pirates are due to sail into Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool

REMEMBER to get your tickets to City Theatre's new family musical Sea Hawk Pirates. Join Pirate Grace (Elisha Mai), Plank (Sean Campbell), Wreck (Molly Riley) and Friends as they battle raging seas, dark rebels and the twist of fate this new story tells... Add into the mix Pirate Finn Roberts...

Deloitte North West chooses new charity partners to make an impact that matters

DELOITTE is continuing the success of its 5 Million Futures responsible business programme, which aims to help five million people get to where they want to be through access to education and employment, by partnering with 12 new charities in the...

New Lancaster base to fight Serious and Organised crime across the Region

A new satellite office for the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit's (NWROCU) Operations Team has officially been opened in Lancaster, on Thursday, 1 September 2022. Lancashire Constabulary Chief Constable Chris Rowley, together with ACC Jo Edwards from the...

Liverpool's Eurovision Song Contest 2023 Bid

MUSIC is the lifeblood of Liverpool and Merseyside. This area has produced more global hit songs than any other City in the UK. It has had the biggest impact on music than any other City worldwide. Liverpool was the most successful British European Capital Of Culture back in 2008, plus Liverpool is designated as a...


Vikings field huge response for shirt suicide initiative

STATE of Mind founder Dr Phil Cooper will be among dozens of people taking a rugby league shirt to the Widnes versus Halifax match on Monday night, as part of the Vikings' initiative to remember those affected by suicide. The Vikings will display 120 shirts on seats at the DCBL Stadium, marking the number of...

Southport Flower Show 2022 - Bonus Photographic Coverage

WE had taken so many shots at this years Southport Flower Show that we could not let them go to waste. So we have added yet another chance to see more photos we took at this years event on this page and the next few pages. Plus you can still see more photos in our archive, in both...

Community event invites people to consider impact of Pandemic on our mental health

LAN honorary fellow and community ambassador, CEO of the NFHW and chairman of the UCLan Creative Communities Group, said:- "The impact of Covid19 is far reaching and we hope, through this public event, to bring people together to discuss and reflect on how it has affected our mental health. The seminar will be of interest not only to the public but also to a wide range of health professionals, including health care workers and others involved in assessing..."

Truss's cost of living plans will leave 4 million families "out in the cold," says Bill Esterson MP

THERE are almost 100 areas of the UK  where families on an average wage will be worse off under Liz Truss' cost of living plans, including thoes in Southport, according to Labour analysis. Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, said Conservative MPs such as Southport's Damien Moore, were complicit in denying families the support they need this winter if they support the favourite for the Conservative leadership and likely next Prime Minister. Mr Esterson said Liz Truss's cost of living...


Letter To Editor:- "Blowick - Meols Cop"

"I'M concerned, about our GP practises, as we know this new system is here to stay so, imagine in a while, we will no idea what our Doctors look like and they wont know what we look like because, of course, its all phone appointments, and 1 more thing, we are still on our dentists book, but will not..."

£2 bus fare cap across England to save passengers money

MILLIONS across England will save money through a new £2 cap on single bus journeys from January to March, backed by up to £60 million to ensure affordable transport across the country. The Transport Secretary on 3 September 2022 announced the Government will provide up to £60 million...

RMT announce new strike dates in national rail dispute

RAILWAY workers will walkout across the country on:- 15 September 2022 and 17 September 2022, in a fight over jobs, pay and working conditions. Over 40,000 RMT members from Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will take to picket lines, effectively shutting...

TUC calls for universal free childcare as Nursery bills "skyrocket" in North West

THE TUC has called on the UK Government for 'Universal Free Childcare' after new analysis revealed that Nursery fees have "skyrocketed" across England over the last decade. The TUC analysis shows that the cost of..."


Liverpool Dementia Information Day

IT'S often said that 1 of the hardest things about dementia is getting to know the facts about the condition and then finding out what help and support is available. To help pass on advice and guidance for anyone with any interest in dementia there's a free drop-in Information Day. The event, organised by Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance...

Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2022 has launched

THE Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge is a truly unique event where songwriters are challenged to write a new, original song inspired by a work of art. Now in its twelfth year the Songwriting Challenge welcomes back judges:- Jon Lawton (Owner, Crosstown Studios/producer), Kaya...

CLA statement on SFI applications for agri agreement holders

THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has commented on a Defra announcement that was made on 1 September 2022, that would see agri environment agreement holders now able to apply for the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) via the Rural Payments Service (directly online) instead of...

Trade Secretary calls on North West companies to sell to Australia during trip Down Under

THE International Trade Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan has called on businesses in the North West to export more Down Under during a visit to Australia to see the opportunities presented by the new UK / Australia free trade...


Survey reveals 18% of aspiring business owners in Liverpool would prefer to launch their business in the retail, catering and leisure industry

MONEYPENNY surveyed 500 business owners and senior decision makers to gauge their confidence in their business's future. They also surveyed 1000 members of the British public to measure the appetite for starting a business. Separate into 2 surveys, 1 to gauge the confidence amongst business owners and senior decision makers in their...

"Conservatives have failed to protect our rivers and seas from sewage discharges" says Bill Esterson MP

WATER companies must be held to account over discharges of untreated sewage into rivers and seas, says Bill Esterson MP, as he criticised Conservative MPs who voted against reducing unlawful discharges. Mr Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, said regulation must be strengthened and the necessary investment implemented, as figures from the Rivers Trust showed that...

1 of Southport's greatest landmarks will be rocking to the sounds of local bands and all in a superb cause

ROCK The Bandstand takes place at the Victorian Bandstand on Lord Street in Southport Town Centre in a fabulous free event on:- Saturday, 10 September 2022, and aims to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. The charity operates a hospice in Southport and cares for around 2,000 local families in West Lancashire, Southport and Formby every year, both on...

LGA responds to Early Intervention Foundation report into mental health in Schools

COMMENTING on the Early Intervention Foundation's report warning of an increase in mental health issues among Secondary School children, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board said:- "Councils have worked closely with Schools and other partners to provide support to children and young people, but have had to increasingly..."


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