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Formby Christmas Lights Switch On 2022

THE Formby Village Christmas Light Switch On took place on 24 November 2022. Despite the rain, the event was a fantastic success. We will be bringing you a fill report in our next issue as well as our 4k video footage from the event.  These are a few photos to wet your appetites. A big well done to Formby Parish Council and all those who took part. If you attended this event, please do let us know what you thought of it via sending an....


Southport BID gets Christmas 2022 off on the right note!

THE festive illuminations are normally turned on with a big event, but due to the financial situation, Southport BID decided to do things on a smaller scale for 2022. In the run up to Christmas and New Year, Southport has lots to...

Head Chef Anthony Scoops National Award

ANTHONY Wright, Head Chef at Hugh Baird College's L20 Hotel School and Restaurant, is celebrating success as on Monday, 14 November, he was crowned Member of the Year at The Staff Canteen Awards. Now in their 3rd year, The Staff Canteen Awards celebrate the best in the Hospitality...

Mersey Care end dormitory wards in Liverpool!

DORMITORY wards are set to end in Liverpool after work has now begun on a new state of the art 80 bed mental health facility based on the site of the old Mossley Hill Hospital in the City, approved by the Treasury and Department of Health. Contracts for Mersey Care...

Northern launches large cash scheme to make train travel accessible for all

NORTHERN Trains is launching a £250,000 cash scheme to enhance accessibility and improve train travel for all. The Northern Accessibility Innovation Scheme, is dedicated to opening...


Grab a jab on the Living Well bus this weekend and boost your immunity

THE Living Well bus is returning to Sefton, on Saturday, 26 November 2022, to offer 1st, 2nd or booster doses of the Covid19 Vaccine to Sefton residents and the seasonal (autumn) booster for those eligible.  The bus will...

Southport African Caribbean Heritage Association's Winter Warmth Scheme

SOUTHPORT African Caribbean Heritage Association has launched a new Winter Warmth scheme to help keep families over these cold months. The group has..

Pleasureland features in new CBBC children's show Princess Mirror Belle

SHARP eyed fans of the popular CBBC children's show:- 'Princess Mirror Belle' may have spotted a familiar backdrop when the new series aired on TV this week. The...

PCC starts search for independent members to sit on her Scrutiny Panel

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner is looking for 2 independent members to sit on her Scrutiny Panel, which oversees the Chief Constable's progress in maintaining an effective and efficient Police...


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PCC unites with leaders and partners to pledge to make Merseyside a safer place for women and girls

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner has united with leaders and partners to commit to a new region-wide plan aimed at making Merseyside a safer place for all women and girls. The 'Working in partnership to tackle Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Delivery Plan' was...

RMT announces 4 weeks of industrial action

THE UK's Rail Workers Union, RMT will put on a series of 48 hour strikes in December and January, after industry bosses failed to offer any new deals to reach a settlement. The...

Liverpool Philharmonic to Auction Limited Edition John Lennon and Yoko Ono Vinyl

THE Liverpool Philharmonic is auctioning off a limited-edition acetate of:- 'Happy Xmas (War is Over!)' by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, the Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir. The auction will raise money for Liverpool Philharmonic's flagship music education programme, In Harmony...

Artists, Creatives and Dreamers - this is Liverpool Calling...

THE plans for a major cultural festival to take place alongside Eurovision have been announced and artists and creatives from all competing nations are encouraged to get involved. It's just over 6 weeks since Liverpool was named as the 2023 host City for the Eurovision Song Contest, staging the global event on behalf of Ukraine.  Today, the internationally renowned Culture Liverpool team has...


New surveillance report from UKHSA shows rising antibiotic resistance

THE UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) on Monday, 21 November 2022, published its surveillance report, The English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR). The release of this report coincides with this year's World Antibiotic...

Over 60,000 children unhappy with School in the North West, suggests new analysis from The Children's Society

ALMOST 1 in 8 10 to 15 year old children in the UK are unhappy with School, according to The Children's Society's Good Childhood Report 2022. Based on this figure, the charity estimates that across the North West 62,000 children could be unhappy with School. The national charity conducted...

Flash flood plans should touch on surface risks, Localis report warns

RESPONSIBILITY for tackling the growing prevalence of flash surface flooding should be gripped by central and local Government to prevent needless damage to property and human misery, the think tank Localis has argued. In a report published today entitled:- 'Surface Tensions; working together against flash flooding' the place experts argued the connection...

Police Commissioner announces preferred candidate to be her next Deputy

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner has announced the preferred candidate to be her next Deputy, working alongside her to build a stronger, safer Merseyside. Emily Spurrell has confirmed that, following an open selection process, St Helens Councillor, Jeanie Bell, is her choice to take up the role...


Great British Bake Off star Lizzie Acker won't dunk her biscuits but wants you to get baking to Raise Some Dough for School feeding charity Mary's Meals. Photo by Julie Lomax.

Taking the biscuit! Almost half of people in North West England have dunked in someone else's cuppa
Photography by Julie Lomax...

A survey by School feeding charity Mary's Meals has revealed that almost 50% of people in North West England have dunked a biscuit in someone else's cuppa. Giuseppe Dell'Anno and Lizzie Acker, stars of Great British...

Cheshire and Merseyside residents urged to get flu and Covid19 Vaccines as cases rise

HEALTH Chiefs are calling on people across Cheshire and Merseyside to book in their flu and Covid19 booster jabs as cases across the area continue to rise. Recent figures show early indications of an increase in flu and Covid19 infections, as we enter what is expected...

Popular fishmonger to open traditional fish and chip shop with a twist in Hesketh Bank
Photographs by Andrew Brown

A top quality new fish and chip shop is opening soon in Hesketh Bank, in Merseyside, with a well known local fisherman at the helm.  Peet's Traditional Fish and Chips will open at:- 19 Station Road, opposite Booths supermarket...

Liverpool City Region's creative freelancers urged to complete the UK's largest survey aimed at driving industry change

FREELANCE working across the Liverpool City Region’s vast creative industry are being asked to take part in a national survey to obtain a clear understanding of the challenges they face in a bid to improve working conditions. Liverpool City Region....


The brand new Formby Christmas Festival... Are you going?

DO not forget, on 3 December 2022, at Formby Pool, we have a brand new Christmas event for the Village... Please do show your support and head over and take a look at it. You will find lots to see and do, plus you will get the chance to meet the cast of the sell out...

Biggest ever University strike begins in fight over pay, pensions and conditions

OVER 70,000 staff at 150 Universities across the UK begin 3 days of strike action on:- Thursday, 24 November 2022, over attacks on pay, working conditions and pensions. The strike is the biggest in the history of higher education and the University and College Union (UCU) is predicting historic turnout on its picket lines, Staff will be picketing the entrances of every University each day of the action. The full strike...

Better choice for patients as GP Practice Data available for 1st time

PATIENTS will be able to make more informed choices on the GP practice they choose to visit after data showing detailed appointment waiting times was published for the 1st time ever, on Thursday, 22 November 2022. The statistics, which cover all GP practices across England, is being made available to inform patients how many appointments each practice is delivering and on the length of time taken from booking an appointment to the appointment itself. This will...

Over 4,000 trainee GPs accepted on placements

WITH demand for GP services at an all-time high, we're pleased to report more than 4,000 new trainees have accepted placements to join the profession, figures published by Health Education England (HEE) has recently been reveal. As the organisation responsible for providing training places for GP specialty training recruits and managing the specialist training process, it means we have hit the Government's target for GP specialty trainee recruitment for the 5th year...


43% of Merseyside residents more likely to rely on charity support this winter

CHARITIES will be under increased strain this winter as a new poll of 67,000 people shows 2 in 5 UK residents are more likely to depend on charities during the cost of living crisis. 43% of residents...

Best of Britain's Businesswomen crowned at national ceremony

THE very best of Britain's Businesswomen have been crowned at 1 the most prestigious business awards ceremonies in the UK. Held in the shadow of Wembley Stadium, the National....

CBI Chief comments on the UK's Autumn Statement

ON the back of a sobering Autumn Statement, the CBI is arguing that while a deeper recession was averted, more needs to be done to improve the long term growth potential of the UK.  Tony Danker, CBI Director General, will argue...

Wirral woman named in Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2022

THE charity launches its annual 100 Women in Cycling 2022, a list now in its 6th year celebrating inspirational women who empower others to get in the saddle A Wirral woman has been named in...


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