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2020-05-17
 

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Liquidators called in as Southport Theatre operator goes under

THE Southport Theatre and Convention Centre (STCC) is among many businesses that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus lockdown, that was imposed on 23 March 2020. The firm, Bliss Space (Southport) Ltd, hose registered office is located in Blakeney, Holt, have been running the venue as a "caretaker" for the last 2 years and was in discussions with Sefton Council, to take it over fully. Sadly, thanks to the trading conditions caused by the pandemic and the uncertainty...

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Letters to the Editor:- "The curtain closes for Southport Theatre"

"WHERE Ken Dodd took to the stage on Saturday and only came off on Sunday, and me and my late wife caught the milkman delivering his full fat cream to the rest of the population dreaming their nights away. Where the..."

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#ReadyWillingAble - Saving lives and supporting our communities throughout COVID-19

Firefighters from Kensington Community Fire Station collect prepared meals from Liverpool FC for distribution to key workers within North West Ambulance Service and Fire Control. The meals were donated as part of an LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours scheme.

OVER than 2,000 medical prescriptions and hundreds of food parcels have been delivered to the County's most vulnerable by Merseyside Fire and Rescue...

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⅔ of UK public has no plans to shake off bad lockdown habits

BRITAIN is set to emerge unhealthier from lockdown, with 4 out of 5 people (81%) reporting an increase in harmful habits, including:- smoking, poor diet and staying up late. Yet 31% of those surveyed plan to shake off their new habits after lockdown, with the North West coming out on top in England (34%), according to a YouGov survey, by self care app and website Your.MD. According...

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Southport kitchen retailer tackles global pandemic to keep trading

DESPITE such uncertain times having a major impact on the high street, a Southport kitchen retailer is harnessing the latest technology to overcome the challenges posed by a global pandemic. The Kutchenhaus store is providing virtual appointments and using its new online 3D planning and design tool to create kitchens remotely...

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Fundraisers needed for rebrickulous Lego Walk

CAUDWELL Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is appealing for fundraisers to sign up for its charity Lego Walk, on Sunday, 31 May 2020. Lego walking has become increasingly popular in recent years with the current Guinness World Record being held by Sonny Molina, from Illinois, USA, who walked 12,696ft 2in over the interlocking plastic...

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LightNight in Lockdown - Liverpool in hope
Photographs by Pete Carr.

THE City of Liverpool lit up on Friday, 15 May to celebrate the City's artistic and creative community, on a night that would have seen Liverpool's 11th LightNight Festival. The annual Arts Festival sees 100's of:- artists, producers, creatives, performers, writers and...

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Covid-19:- PCC provides emergency funding to support victims of crime most in need

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner has made an emergency grant available to Victim Support, 1 of the charities she commissions through the Victim Care Merseyside service, to help vulnerable victims of crime that they identify are most in need to buy essential food and hygiene items during the Coronavirus...

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Packaging manufacturer changes business model to create face visors for frontline staff in the fight against COVID-19

   

A packaging manufacturer based in Haydock, Merseyside has announced that it is working with SME funder Simply to provide 25,000 complimentary face visors to nursing and care facilities in the North West of England as part of the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Greater...

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CLA responds to Agriculture Bill outcome

THE Agriculture Bill was debated in the House of Commons, on Wednesday, for the report stage and subsequent 3rd reading. Following the outcome, the CLA has issued the following response. Looking at transition, the CLA President Mark Bridgeman said:- "It is deeply frustrating that calls to delay the start of the transition from direct payments has been ignored by the UK Government. It's crucial, more than ever, that farming businesses are given the right information so they can plan for the future and adapt to the new system. The Environmental Land Management Scheme has..."

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Over 2.8 million passwords discovered on the dark web via ClearScore project

THE UK's leading free credit score and credit marketplace, ClearScore, announces an impressive 400,000 user sign ups to ClearScore Protect, a free dark web monitoring service designed to help protect people from online fraud. A staggering 2.8 million...

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Temporary cycle lanes to assist Covid-19 Recovery within Liverpool

A vast network of temporary cycle lanes are to be introduced in Liverpool to help kick start the City's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has today green lit a ₤2m package to introduce potentially up to 100km of pop up cycle lanes along key routes into and within Liverpool City Centre...

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Letter to Editor:- "Planning application by Southport Flower Show"

"IT is very sad that Southport Flower Show will not be held this year and deprive Southport of much needed finance with spending at hotels and restaurants curtailed. Although I must say that many local people cannot afford to attend the show due to the high cost of tickets and it is left to coach loads..."

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Hugh Baird College student raises spirits at local care homes

HUGH Baird College Public Services student, Alex Smith, has recently taken part in Sefton Council's brand new campaign, #showthemyoucare. The campaign aims to help bring cheer to residents of local care homes who are unable to see their loved ones during this challenging time. As well as being a full time student studying Public Services at the College, Alex is also part of the Liverpool Tattoo and decided to take part in the campaign by playing a series of songs on his bagpipes at Roxburgh House Care Home, Hawthorne Lodge Residential Care Home and...

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Entries now open for the Great NSPCC Dog Show

ENTRIES are now open for the NSPCC's 1st ever virtual dog show, calling for canines across the North to show their talents for charity. Owners can enter their furry friends into a selection of categories, including best rescue, funniest dog, and waggiest tail, among others. The NSPCC is asking for a ₤5 donation to join in, but you can then enter as many categories as you like, with entries submitted to:- nspccdogshow@gmail.com by Monday, 25 May 2020. Other categories include best puppy, most handsome male or prettiest female, and there is even a...

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Check your vehicle for these 5 things before driving

IF you are using your vehicle for the 1st time in several weeks; while following Government advice; Highways England has an important message for you:- check it!  You should still stay at home as much as possible. But if you are leaving home for 1 of the reasons the Government has given, remember that any vehicle which hasn't been on the road for some time will need a thorough check to ensure it is roadworthy and safe. Richard Leonard, Highways England Head of Road Safety, said:- "We should only be leaving home for the reasons the Government has set out; and..."

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Co-Op gives Southport causes payment boot

THE Co-op has given local causes in Southport a funding boost through its Local Community Fund, money which has been raised by Co-op Members and through the sale of carrier bags. In total ₤26,350 has been shared by 21 local causes. Co-op is a long term supporter of these causes who already do amazing things in the community, many of which are adapting their work to help others during the Coronavirus outbreak. These include:- Hope St, Formby Little Theatre and Woodlands Animal Sanctuary. Co-op members receive a 5% reward every time they purchase own brand goods and services with a further...

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Southport water worker has starring role in TV's Sewermen show

A big pipe expert from Southport is starring in the 2nd series of Sewermen, a fly on the wall documentary celebrating the everyday heroes keeping our taps flowing and our toilets flushing. Often funny, sometimes shocking, but always enlightening, the 2nd series of Sewermen aired on Thursdays, on Paramount Network (Freeview Channel 31; Freesat 132 and Sky 150). Filmed by production company, Label1 TV, the brains behind the BBC's award winning documentary series Hospital, Sewermen gets down and dirty with the hard working folk from the North West's Regional...

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New guidance published to ensure transport network is safe for those who need to use it

NEW guidance provides advice on how passengers should make journeys safely, following the publication of the Government's roadmap and strategy for the next phase of the pandemic. It urges people to consider cycling, walking or driving to help ensure there is enough capacity for those who need to travel on public transport to do so safely. As the Transport Secretary stated on Saturday, even as public transport begins to revert to a full service, the 2 metre social distancing rule would only

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Huge Worth of Social Care Nurses

ON International Nurses' Day, Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has called for due recognition of the 40,000 registered nurses working in care homes. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "2020 is the Year of the Nurse; the challenges brought about by Covid 19 have shone a light on the exceptional role care home nurses play. It is imperative to thank all those nurses working in adult social care who have risen to the challenge and made such an important difference for care home residents at this..."

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New platform Generosity Bank launches to connect small businesses with local skilled professionals through Skills Based Volunteering

THE new service Generosity Bank, enables small businesses to tap into the local talent in their community through short term skills based volunteering.  According to NCVO over 21 million people in the UK volunteer at least once a year and this contributes an estimated ₤23.9bn to the UK economy. However, the 2018/2019 Community Life states that the...

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Lib Dems order investigation into whether care home residents are being hospitalised when needed

THE Liberal Democrats have raised serious concerns about whether elderly people in care homes are being taken to Hospital when they need to amidst the Coronavirus crisis, and ordered an investigation. In the week ending 24 April 2020, it was estimated around 10% of all COVID deaths were outside Hospital, in Manchester. This has now risen to 23% and is likely to increase further. Currently, only 1 in 3 care homes in Manchester have a case of Coronavirus, yet nearly a...

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GHD poll reveals 70% of respondents don't feel comfortable returning to work unless social distancing measures are implemented at their workplace

A recent online poll held by GHD, 1 of the world's leading professional services companies, revealed that 70% of respondents do not feel comfortable returning to work unless social distancing measures are in place. The survey also showed that 60% of participants would like to see more permanent social distancing measures implemented at their workplace following the crisis. The challenge...  These results are an indication of the scale of the...

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Marie Curie's famous fundraising campaign goes virtual to recover devastated fundraising income

MARIE Curie's famous Blooming Great Tea Party is going virtual this year and the charity needs tea party hosts more than ever before to make up for the devastating effect the Coronavirus crisis has had on the charity's income. The end of life charity is calling on you to throw a Blooming Virtual Tea Party from home this summer. While staying indoors is the new normal, throwing a virtual tea party is a fun way to stay connected to the ones you love during this time and a great way to support nurses working on the frontline of...

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Cheshire based Neubria set to donate ₤1m worth of Food Booster Boxes annually for struggling families

CHESHIRE based health company, Neubria, creators of a brain health supplement range, is donating Family Food Booster Boxes, to those unable to afford basic food for families based in the North West of England. The company has a mission to donate the Family Food Boxes to at least 1 thousand households per week. The free Family Food Booster Box, which consists of 11 essential food products such as fruit, vegetables, pasta, rice and milk (see full list below), is set to provide households with essential foods to provide basic needs for their...

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10 tips to improve your child's wellbeing in a time of crisis

THE theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness. At this time of upheaval where our worlds have been turned upside down, acts of kindness now are more important than ever. Here, former Primary School Teacher Catherine Lynch of leading education resources and lesson planning experts PlanBee has ten tips for parents to improve the mental health of their children. 1. Create a nurturing environment where everyone feels valued and safe...  Even during lockdown, we need connection with others so that we feel valued and safe. While the need may be innate, the skill of developing and...

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