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Out and about as lockdown restrictions continue to ease

AS England's Lockdown continues to ease, many are warning that this could be to early, but with many businesses on the verge of bankruptcy, for some, this easing could not have come sooner.  We popped out on 4 July 2020 to take a look as people braved the rain and wind to visit hair dressers, barbers, pubs, cinemas and restaurants. We would love to hear your views on this controversial move...

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"Just in oils" - Art at the end of the Tunnel

A professional Ainsdale Artist, Neil Prior is currently busy putting the final touches to his forthcoming 1 man show at the ArtHouse, on Eastbank Street, Southport, Merseyside, is scheduled to open later in the month. This new exhibition will feature over 25 original works exploring a diverse range of subject matter captured by Neil in his trademark oils. Having retired in 2018 from the Leicestershire constabulary, Neil has been able to turn his full...

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Don't let your DIY spell disaster for local rivers and beaches

THE rise in people doing DIY during lockdown has also led to a sharp increase in substances being poured down drains and polluting regional rivers and beaches. James Devereux, drainage analyst at United Utilities, said:- "Many people don't realise that the drain grids around...

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FACT Founder and Chief Executive Joanne Smith making doorstep food donations

IN a statement from the Founder and Chief Executive of a small charity in North East England sums up the struggle that almost all charities throughout the U.K. are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With little...

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University project receives funding boost

A programme to help more young people in West Lancashire start University has been handed a funding boost after being renewed until July 2021. Future U, which works to increase the numbers of young people in Lancashire attending higher education, has been extended for the next academic year, following an approval of funding by the Office...

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Inspiring NHS anthology being created through Covid-19 pandemic

 

A free online creative writing course:- 'Writing for Wellbeing,' designed for people to do whether they are self isolating or social distancing during lockdown and to help support the wellbeing of key workers and the general public in the battle against Covid-19. Contributors and participants have so far included:- NHS staff from...

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Opening a door to the Arab world as Liverpool Arab Arts Festival goes digital

THE UK's longest running Arab arts festival opens a door into Arab arts and culture as it goes digital for the 1st time in its history next week. Connecting Artists and audiences from across the UK, this year's festival will feature events from:- Ramallah, Beirut, London, Jerusalem, Morocco, Aleppo, Kuala Lumpur and more. Established in 1998, the festival usually takes place each year...

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Gigabit broadband lands in Liverpool

THIS week, Virgin Media launched gigabit broadband (1,000Mbps+) to hundreds of thousands of homes in Merseyside. It means that overnight, gigabit broadband services 20x faster than the local average broadband connection are available to local people, totally transforming connectivity in Merseyside and making it 1 of the best connected places in the...

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Bold Street in Liverpool City Centre reopens

VISITORS heading to Liverpool City Centre's bars, restaurants, pubs and cafes are being advised to plan ahead. Council leaders and partners across the City are welcoming the gradual reopening of the drinking and dining scene, but are urging everyone to remember that Covid-19 still poses health risks and socialising will not be...

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Register of Play Inspectors International statement on playgrounds re-opening within England

THE Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) is delighted that the Government have said that playgrounds and outdoor gyms can open from the 4 July 2020, however they have now issued an important advice to parents and carers planning on visiting outdoor playgrounds with their children, which is that not all playgrounds in England will be re-opening following recent Government guidance that requires all playground operators to have a valid COVID-19 risk assessment before doing so....

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Britain's 1st time buyers eager to buy in 2020 despite COVID-19, research from Legal and General Mortgage Club shows

93% of 1st time buyers say they are still considering buying a property in 2020, despite the impact of the COVID-19 crisis; with a small majority of 51%, who say they definitely intend to buy this year New research from Legal and General Mortgage Club shows that the majority of 1st time buyers (54%) think it has been easier to save during the pandemic, with a third (31%) saving more than ₤100 extra each week In some instances, 8% of buyers were...

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Waitrose right to oppose chlorinated chicken and hormone injected beef, says a Sefton MP

MP Bill Esterson has welcomed an announcement from the supermarket Waitrose that chlorinated chicken and hormone injected beef will never be sold in their stores. The MP for Sefton Central said the statement from the new boss of the supermarket chain, James Bailey, supported the MP's efforts to have such foods banned as part of the Trade Bill, which is currently making its way through Parliament. Mr Esterson, who is a Shadow International Trade Minister, recently voted in favour of amendments to the Trade Bill...

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MFRS urges bar and restaurant owners to make fire safety a priority ahead of re-opening

MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) is calling on bar and restaurant owners to make sure they are operating safely and adhering to fire safety regulations ahead of planned re-openings this weekend. Many pubs, bars and restaurants across Merseyside are now  allowed to open, as long as they are:- 'COVID-secure.' In many cases, this will result in changes to the internal layout of premises, additional partitions, seating outside and security measures. Officers from MFRS will be working alongside local authorities this weekend to carry out...

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Merseycare University application approved by Sefton Council

SEFTON Council's Planning Committee have this week approved the creation of a brand new mental health facility in Maghull. The low level secure mental health inpatient facility, which is set to be built on land adjacent to Ashworth Hospital, will form a state of the art service supporting some of the region's most vulnerable people. The Department for Health and NHS have committed ₤33 million to provide the new low secure University and the development is expected to provide a welcome boost for jobs and the local economy. For more information...

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Cheshire afternoon tea raises over ₤1000 for NSPCC

AN NSPCC committee has raised more than ₤1000 for the children's charity by baking and delivering 100 cream teas in 2 hours. The Bowdon and District branch of the NSPCC organised for 7 of the group's bakers to work socially distanced with packers and deliverers, who hand delivered each carefully prepared tea. Even though the committee expected around 50 teas to be ordered, more than a hundred people had teas delivered, and many sent them as gifts for friends and relatives. Emma Smyth, from the Bowdon and District branch, said:- "The lockdown has starved..."

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Government faces mounting pressure to Close the Loophole allowing adults to have sex with teenagers they supervise

A woman who was manipulated into having sex with her swimming coach when she turned 16 has urged the Ministry of Justice to extend the law to protect teenagers from predatory behaviour by those in a position of trust. Hannah* is part of a growing campaign that now includes national sporting bodies, MP's, the network of Council safeguarding leads and a 4,420 strong petition in backing the NSPCC's Close the Loophole campaign. Currently, it is a...

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Brits ramp-up screen time at the expense of exercise during lockdown, finds charity

EXERCISE and the great outdoors have taken a backseat as Brits have increased their gaming, phone time and TV during lockdown, according to a new survey from the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Figures show that more than ½ of UK adults have spent more time surfing the internet and 55% social media and 50% watching TV since the lockdown, while 25% gamers have ramped up their hours spent at the computer. The data also shows that for many, a commitment to staying active and sticking to a balanced lifestyle has gone by...

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Deliveroo riders to receive NSPCC training to help spot signs of child abuse

DELIVEROO and NSPCC have announced a new partnership to help children who may be at risk of abuse or neglect. This is especially important during the pandemic as children may be more out of sight than usual. The NSPCC, in a report released last week, revealed how lockdown has increased the risk of child abuse. The partnership will:- Provide hundreds of Deliveroo riders with free, vital training; It's Your Call; delivered by the NSPCC to help them recognise children at risk of abuse and neglect. Raise...

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RMT slams threat to axe nearly ½ of the staff at Britannia's famous Liverpool ‎Adelphi Hotel

THE Liverpool City Centre Adelphi Hotel Union RMT today slammed plans by owners Britannia to axe nearly half of the staff under the cover of the Covid-19 pandemic. Out of a total of 178 employees at the historic hotel 83 have been placed at risk with the Union awaiting firm details. RMT Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said:- "This news is a hammer blow to the hard working staff at the historic Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool and RMT will do everything in..."

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Royal Institution Opens Exclusive Doors To Welcome New Clients

LIVERPOOL'S historic Royal Institution has re-opened its doors in Colquitt Street to welcome everyone inside. Previously an exclusive, private members only bar, restaurant, meeting place and active social hub, the team will be opening this summer to welcome new guests as well as existing clients. New owner David Wood, who has over 25 years of experience in the industry, is leading the way with a decadent take on the end of prohibition; no membership required!  The Royal Institution will be celebrating its...

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Make UK/BDO annual survey highlights vital importance of industry to North West, but Covid impact hitting key sectors

A new report out today from Make UK, the manufacturers' organisation and accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP shows that manufacturing remains central to the success of the North West economy with the sector accounting for 15% of the region's economy, way above the national average.  The report also shows the extremely high reliance of the North West on the EU market for exports. As a result, Make UK has stressed the vital need to secure...

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