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Overnight Theft from Southport store leaves owner devastated

SOUTHPORT Motorcycles, on Eastbank Street, Southport, was broken into resulting in over ₤12,000 worth of damage. The theft took place between 11.20pm and midnight, on Tuesday, 28 July 2020. The owner of the local, independent store, Bernard, is a well known and respected local entrepreneur, who has been struggling with both his health and keeping his business afloat over the locks...


Isle of Man Steam Packet Company signs contract for new vessel

A new purpose-built vessel for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will be constructed in South Korea.

ON Friday, 31 July 2020, its Board of Directors signed a contract on behalf of the Company with 1 of the world's major shipbuilders, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), based in Ulsan. It follows a week long visit to Korea by senior personnel from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company...


Liverpool woman named in Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling

A woman from Merseyside has been included in Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling for her role in promoting the mental health benefits of cycling. Paula Bailey...


₤17 million funding boost for Littlewoods Studios

IN its heyday Littlewoods employed thousands of people, with the local area feeling the impact when its largest employer closed. The new studios is set to recapture this success, helping to regenerate the local area, create jobs and drive investment. According to economic experts Ekosgen, Littlewoods Studios will support up to 3,650 jobs and result in an annual boost of ₤199m (GVA) to the local economy. Now...


MP joins Hospital protest at Government failures to protect the NHS from trade deals

Bill Esterson MP with Labour members at the protest outside Southport and Formby Hospital.

MP Bill Esterson joined Labour Party members, at Southport and Formby District Hospital, to protest at the Government's failure to protect the NHS from future trade deals. The Sefton Central MP and Shadow International Trade...


Tell us your lockdown stories, says career group

YOUNG people across West Lancashire are being challenged to use their experiences of lockdown to spark a career in creative writing. Future U, which works to increase career aspirations and higher education for young...


Famous film School launches annual Scholarship for black students

METFILM School has launched a new Scholarship designed to support the next generation of black filmmakers, recognising the importance of accessibility and equality within the screen industry the:- ''Dan Demissie Voices That Matter Scholarship.''  On the 30 July 2019, film producer, Dan...


Liverpool Without Walls has it 'covered'

RESTAURANTS, cafes and bars in the City Centre can now cater for a further 2,723 covers thanks to the Liverpool Without Walls programme. In what is believed to be the 1st project of its kind in the country, Liverpool City Council launched a ₤450,000 fund in June to help local small to medium sized businesses redesign...


Funding success for Southport

THE transformation of Southport Market into a social space to enjoy food, drink and markets is 1 step closer to reality with the Governments Acceleration Grant announcement The resort has been awarded a ₤1million grant from Central Government's Town Deal Fund, which is designed to go towards capital development projects. This funding will...


Liverpool Taxi Drivers Children in Care Outing 2020

DESPITE the COVID-19 Pandemic putting the dampeners on most events, the annual event organised by:- ‘Liverpool Taxi Drivers Children in Care Outing Fund’ still managed to provide the opportunity for children in care from across Merseyside to enjoy a wonderful day out. The annual outing started back in 198, but the Pandemic looked like it was going to stop the event that has run annually ever since from being...


Liverpool takes a stand against hate crime

LIVERPOOL City Council and its partners have set out a vision to create a fair City for everyone by taking a stand against hate crime. Liverpool's City safe partnership launches its Hate Crime Strategy 2020 to 2023, which sets out...


Letter to Editor:- "Bluebells online Fayre supporting The Plaza Community Cinema"

"ON 8 August 2020 we are holding an Online fair for local businesses which was planned to be a fundraiser for  the Plaza Cinema, in Crosby, Waterloo, which is a fantastic community cinema run solely by volunteers. They're just getting ready to re-open and unfortunately last night their premises were vandalised. We are looking..."


Brand new productions given green light by Liverpool Film Office fund

AN animated adaptation of a critically acclaimed novel is 1 of a tranche of brand new projects to be produced in Liverpool City Region thanks to Liverpool Film Office funding. The Girl Who Stole An Elephant, by Nizrana Farook, will be brought to life by local BAFTA and Emmy winning writer, Helen Blakeman (Dustbin Baby, Hetty Feather) and her...


From home life to work and money:- the impact of lockdown on the 50 to 70's revealed

A new report by Ipsos MORI and the Centre for Ageing Better shines a light on the impact lockdown has had on those aged 50 to 70, revealing dramatic changes to people's lives and their plans for the future. Some have seen their health decline, with 1 in five saying their physical health has worsened since lockdown. Over ½ have had a medical...


Bombed out Church Garden Bar open as Lockdown Restriction Ease

FOLLOWING the easing of some of the Government's recent measures to control and restrict the spread of COVID-19, we (myself and my friend John) were invited by Southport Reporter to take a look at the Bombed Out Church Garden Bar, in Liverpool. St Luke's Church (AKA the Bombed out Church) is a historical Liverpool landmark, and serves as a war memorial in addition to a relaxing green space. Over the last few years, they've hosted a number of cultural events, including various festivals and performances. Now, they're back with a...


Fire Brigades Union responds to Bolton fire report

THE Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has responded to the official report into the Bolton fire, calling it a "shocking reminder" of the state of UK building safety and the importance of properly funded fire and rescue services. The FBU...


Rutherford Health to start treating patients at its new Centre in Liverpool

RUTHERFORD Health has announced that it has commenced treating patients at the new Rutherford Cancer Centre North West, in Liverpool. The Centre has been approved by the Care Quality Commission to initially offer...


Sefton artists exhibition is open in Southport

"THE Sefton Artists exhibition and sale opens today at Wayfarers Arcade. It is in a fantastic location in the heart of Southport. We have different Local artists displaying their work so there is sure to..."


Liverpool's Lifestyle Leisure Centres are back

3 of Liverpool's Leisure Centres are getting ready to open their doors to welcome members back following the Coronavirus lockdown.  From Monday, 3 August 2020, the Council backed Lifestyle Leisure Centres will be back in business...


Strawberry Field is open and accessible to everyone, thanks to its Changing Places toilet facilities

THE world famous Strawberry Field, immortalised by The Beatles, has now safely re-opened post Covid-19, with new measures in place and it is open to ALL, in...


Brits spend 12.5 hours per week feeling stressed!

STRESSED out Brits are being consumed by their lack of sleep, financial worries and struggles with staying in shape for more than 12 hours per week, a new study finds.
A survey of 2,023 UK drivers conducted by Auto Trader, the UK's largest digital marketplace for new and used cars, reveals...


Please join the Liverpool protest for NHS pay justice!

ON Saturday, 8 August 2020, at 11:00, outside St George's Hall, Liverpool, a protest will take place to get the NHS fair pay! The ones who were not given PPE.  The workers who were pulled from clinic settings into ICU and Covid...


More work, less teaching, hostile media and an unsupportive Government; Teachers report on a term like no other

LOCKDOWN and home learning has presented huge challenges for parents and children, but how have Teachers fared? As the...


Friend group offering free fun Boxing meet ups...

A local qualified Fitness Instructor, Boxing Coach, Michael James Loup  is offering a free Boxin and fitness meet up. We joined both Michael and his partner Alex Murphy, on Thursday, 30 July 2020, in the Gardens, next to Crosby Marine Lake to find out more about his idea to combat the effects of post Covid Lockdown. Michael said:- "Please message me on..."


Pop up bike mechanics to assist Government voucher scheme with cycle "triage"

AS the Prime Minister announces his Government's plans to make cycling safer, on Tuesday, 28 July 2020, Cycling UK has said it is on stand by to assist in fixing England's bikes. The charity...


How to train your dog in just a few weeks

WITH the absence of training classes and limited opportunities to properly socialise new puppies during lockdown, vets are now educating new pet owners on how to train their dogs at home in just a few weeks. This comes after more people have taken lockdown as an opportunity to acquire a new puppy, but vets are concerned that...


Liverpool's new era of Council housing delivery takes next step

LIVERPOOL City Council is to revamp its housing team to deliver a new generation of Council houses. The City; which built the 1st Council houses in Europe 150 years ago; was given the green light last year to construct a new generation of local authority homes for the 21st century. The



Sefton Council backs Royal British Legion's campaign to get veterans on the census

SEFTON Council is delighted to announce that the Government has announced the 2021 census will now include a question on whether someone has served in the Armed Forces. For the 1st time in the history of the census, it will now include a question on previous...




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