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ISSUE - July/August 2013


Featuring Ainsdale Civic Society & Macmillan (Southport)

Surprise discovery uncovers fascinating historical artefacts

Join a host of popular authors including celebrity chef Simon Rimmer and former Everton Manager Howard Kendall

Whatever you want to do - there’s a club for you! Interesting places and events... right on your doorstep and much more ...

A Delightfully Original Southport Restaurant and Bar Experience the newest arrival on the Southport restaurant scene. Perched on Southport’s dramatic Waterfront only steps from Southport Theatre, this vibrant new restaurant is just the right blend of casual and chic. With a creatively inspired menu of tapas and grilled specialties, join us for home-cooked flavours using the finest locally sourced produce coupled with the best Spanish ingredients. A fine selection of cocktails, sangrias and specially sourced wines from esteemed Spanish family vineyards complement every dish. Finos at the Waterfront is a fun, festive restaurant and bar – a wonderful spot for family meals, romantic dinners on the terrace or a quick nibble before or after the theatre.

Spanish-Style Tapas Discover our entirely unique approach to Spanish-style Tapas which are best enjoyed with great friends and fabulous cocktails. Tapas, Paella and a grill menu are served with a contemporary edge and are freshly prepared by our kitchen team. And while we believe that every night at our cheerful restaurant and bar is exceptional, we’re delighted to dream up a few creative specials that we hope will entice you back to Southport again and again.

Great New Daily Offers Tapas Tuesday BYO Wednesday Thirsty Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

- Get 25 % off our Tapas menu - Bring your own bottle when ordering from our Main menu - Buy one get one free on refreshing jugs of Sangria - Half price cocktails all night - Enjoy a complimentary drink when ordering our Early Bird Tapas - Kids Eat free

Spending an Evening at the Southport Theatre? Why not make an evening of it with our special offer Pre-Theatre Menu for Southport Theatre goers? Three tapas for £ 9.95 or our new Two Course meal for £ 9.95 , the choice is yours. Join Us for Drinks at the Bar Before or After the Show.

Finos At The Waterfront a rich celebration of Spanish culture and cuisine. 9 The Waterfront Promenade Southport PR9 0DZ Telephone: 01704 501745 Email:

Hi and welcome to another issue of Southport Shine, What a fabulous Spring in Southport, so many popular and entertaining events combined with glorious sunshine gave the people of Southport something to smile about and the oncoming Summer looks just as inviting. Line Dances, Band Concerts, Book Festivals, Flower Shows and Galas are just some of the great days out in store for us over July and August. For those who love the great outdoors with all its flora and fauna, there is no shortage of activities for you to participate in, both RSPB Reserves at Marshside and Hesketh Out Marsh have interesting and fun, fact finding events throughout Summer suitable for all the family to get involved. Of course one can’t mention flowers without also mentioning Southport Flower Show which this year also features the Northwest Book Show, celebrity chefs and authors will be in attendance over the four day event. A fine variety of activities have been arranged by your local clubs, groups and associations. Marshside Brass Band will be performing at Scarisbrick Marinas Open Day and the Summer Bands Concerts held on Sundays throughout July and August in Botanic Gardens. Maybe you could dress up Victorian style for the Victorian Gala in the Gardens? A traditional family fun day out, plus you’ll have your photo taken as a keepsake of your wonderful day. With so much choice, all that is left for me to do is wish you all a very sunny and entertaining July and August. Happy reading. With your help and our time, together we can make Southport Shine!

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JULY 6th 6-7th 6th 7th 7th

Ainsdale Flower Show Scarisbrick Marina Open Day Make Hay If The Sun Shines - RSPB Hesketh Outmarsh National Garden Scheme - Southport Open Gardens Chrysanthemum & Gardening Society Coach Trip Booking required

14th 14th

Saltmarsh Safaris - RSPB Marshside Sunday Field Meeting - Pennington Flash, Local RSPB group

15th 25-28th 29th

St. Swithin’s Day Senior Open Championships - Royal Birkdale Golf Club Fancy A Nibble... Cake Club Meeting

Booking required

Brass bands and Concert bands playing light and popular tunes. Organised by Southport and District brass band association, sponsored by Sefton Leisure Services

Tarleton Brass Band 7th July Marshside Brass Band 14th July Trinity Girls Band 21st July Farnworth & Walkden Brass Band 28th July


Coppull & Standish Brass Band 4th August Tarleton Brass Band 11th August Flixton Brass Band 18th August Hesketh Bank Silver Band 25th August


Chrysanthemum & Gardening Society Coach Trip Booking required

6th 15-18th 18th 18th

Tidal Time Travel - RSPB Marshside NW Book Festival at the Southport Flower Show SMJ - Magdalena Reising Trio at The Royal Clifton Hotel Sunday Field Meeting - Frodshaw & Weaver Bends, Local RSPB Group

18th 19th 22nd 25th 25th 25th 26th

Saltmarsh Safaris - RSPB Marshside Fancy A Nibble... Cake Club Meeting Giving Nature A Home - RSPB Marshside Make Hay If The Sun Shines - RSPB Marshside Line Dance in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support Victorian Gala In The Gardens - Botanic Gardens Bank Holiday

Booking required

About the Park Hotel The Park Hotel offers a traditional local pub welcome with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The front patio area (with heater), overlooks Birkdale village and has wheelchair access. Pool and darts can be enjoyed inside along with music from the jukebox. Food is served from an extensive menu with a variety of daily offers available. 2 For £10 includes pub classics such as hand battered fish and chips, All Day Breakfast and New York style chicken. Midweek Grill and Curry Nights are priced to include a drink, while our popular Sunday Roasts are served all day every Sunday and are available with a ‘Mega Upgrade’ option. Our menu offers all your pub favourites, with choices to suit all tastes. You will also find great deals on lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. So if you are looking for a quiet pint down the pub or a full blown celebration, we have all the drinks you love best, to suit your taste and pocket.

Watch Live Sport If you love sport, the Park Hotel is the best place to watch all the big games live on Sky Sports. We have 4 plasma screens and a large screen for you to enjoy football, rugby, cricket and more. MARTIN AND THE TEAM LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO THE PARK.

36 Weld Road, Birkdale Village, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2ED Tel. 01704 569941

Ainsdale Civic Society Family Fun Day

Ainsdale Civic Society stall from left to right - Tony Brough, Olive Brough & Mavis Whittle

Brilliant sunshine shone on Ainsdale Village as a bunting and balloon decked Station Road was host to hundreds of residents and visitors who joined in on this fabulous fun day out. Organised each year by Ainsdale Civic Society and supported by many of the local businesses, the gala provides the perfect opportunity for the community to come together and have some good family fun. Fairground rides and attractions, tea-gardens and stalls, a track for engine rides set up by Southport Model Engineering Club plus the fabulous music played by orchestra Saxophobia for the enjoyment of passers-by. The raffle proceeds go towards the Civic Societies current project of refurbishing the Village War Memorial. A roaring success and great day out for everyone.

‘Saxophobia’ from left to right - Phil Shotton, Petra Palmer, Karoline Brennan & Peter Lammyman

The fun house provides great entertainment for the children.

Engine rides provided by Southport Model Engineering Club

We meet once a month at Tapper's Cafe, Union St, Southport Bakers bring a cake they have baked themselves, cut into sample size pieces, with photocopies of their recipe. Spend an enjoyable time sampling each others cakes, swapping recipes and talking about all things cakey! All are welcome! Every baker can bring a non-baking, but cake-eating friend with them. For further information or to book, please contact: Pam on 07972 611813 E-mail:

Monday July 29th

Monday August 19th

Cakes for Special Diets plus an Interactive Session - Flower Paste Roses

Picnic Cakes plus a Baking Equipment Swap Our recipe book swap proved a great success.


“Success on a plate”

WE ARE YOUR LOCAL BUTCHER ‘Our beef, lamb, pork & poultry is responsibly produced in the UK from traceable sources’.

Lamb .... such a delectable taste and a very versatile meat. Many different cuts of lamb are available - which you buy depends on how you want to cook it. Tender cuts require fast cooking over moderate to high heat, while less tender cuts are better for braising and stews. ROASTING: the best cuts include leg, breast, best end of neck (also known as rack of lamb), shoulder, saddle, rump and loin. QUICK COOKING: choose fillet, chump chops, loin chops, leg steaks, best end cutlets and butterflied leg. SLOW COOKING: leg, shoulder, shank, neck and chump chops are among the best options. MINCED: good for pies and burgers OFFAL: mainly the kidneys and liver, which is quick to cook, cheap and nutritious. Birkdale: 01704 567073 Ainsdale: 01704 574069 Formby: 01704 872075 Ormskirk: 01695 570600 Kew (Dobbies): 01704 550437

Nature Reserve Summer

Redshanks and avocets scold you from a distance as they watch over their chicks. The grass is peppered with the colours of wildflowers. Wall brown and common blue butterflies are found along the paths on warm, sunny days. Grey herons stalk the ditches and summering black-tailed godwits can be found in the wetter spots.

Saturday 6th July RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh Reserve 10 am - 3 pm Sunday 25th August RSPB Marshside 10 am - 3 pm

The Black-Tailed Godwit Estuaries and coastal lagoons are the best places to look for black-tailed godwits at almost any time of year. The UK has a small, vulnerable breeding population of 44-52 pairs, on a select few wet meadows and marshes; they migrate to west Africa for winter. Birds from Iceland spend winter in the UK.

Help RSPB staff and volunteers to make hay stack habitat homes whilst managing an important area of both reserves. Tools and gloves provided, please wear suitable work clothes and sturdy footwear. Children must be accompanied by an adult if attending this event. This activity is weather dependant and will be cancelled in the event of bad weather. Activity is free. No need to book, just turn up!

Sunday 14th July & 18th August 10 am - 12 pm Ever wondered what creatures lurk in the saltmarsh at Marshside? Come along and join our saltmarsh safari to get a little closer to the tidal creatures of the Ribble estuary. Booking essential: Please call the Ribble Discovery Centre on 01253 796292 £2 RSPB members - £4 non members (under 18’s free)

Sunday 4th August 10 am Join The RSPB and North Meols Civic Society on a guided walk around RSPB Marshside reserve and out onto the saltmarsh. Step back in time to discover the rich coastal history of Marshside and the amazing birds and wildlife found here today. No dogs please. Meet at the fog bell on Marshside Road (the fog bell is a local historical landmark on Marshside Road, opposite Stanley High School sports field). Free activity - No need to book just turn up!

Thursday 22nd August 10 am - 3 pm Family fun day at RSPB Marshside reserve in the visitor centre (Sandgrounders hide) – Build homes for nature, mini-beast safaris, crafts activities and more! Entrance is free, however some activities will be charged for. No need to book, just turn up! The Wall Brown Lasiommata megera

Our committee and members are now taking their customary summer break from our monthly meetings but Martin Bridge continues to lead the monthly field trips.

Booking essential contact Martin - 01695 575317

Sunday 14th July

PENNINGTON FLASH Sunday 18th August


Once found throughout England, Wales, Ireland and parts of Scotland, today, this species has suffered severe declines over the last several decades. It is now confined primarily to coastal regions.

Margaret and Derek Cook will continue to promote the RSPB at various shows and events during the summer, as well as ensuring the RSPB pin badge stocks are well maintained at the various local locations they service. By Alan Toms - Secretary

With Presented by Small Copper

Oliver Smart of Weston-Super-Mare Lets hope they and us have better summer weather than the previous two years have given us!

Norfolk Swallowtail

Come along to one of our meetings and enjoy the company of fellow bird-lovers. From complete novices to local experts, help and friendly advice is freely available.

7.45 pm - 3rd Friday of the month - September to May Lord Street West Church Hall Duke Street Southport Contact: Membership Secretary - Andy Eccleston - 01695 573766

A guide to help you achieve the best results in your garden.

July & August The garden is at its best at this time of year, bursting with colour and fragrance, take time to enjoy the fruits of your labour, wether you are entertaining family or friends or simply relaxing in the sun.

LAWNS Continue to mow the lawn regularly, raise the blades on your lawnmower to allow the grass to grow a little bit longer, this will keep it greener and help it retain moisture. Any brown patches will soon green up again when the rain returns. Trim lawn edges to keep a neat finish. New lawns should be watered regularly.

AROUND THE GARDEN Encourage late-summer flowers by cutting back early-flowering perennials to the ground, they will grow fresh leaves and maybe some extra late-summer flowers. Give them a boost after pruning with a good feed and water. Dead head border plants as they fade to encourage new flowers unless you wish to collect the seeds. Trim hedges to keep them from looking untidy - by the end of August plant growth is starting to slow down, so summer pruning can be completed without too much re-growth. Keep an eye out for pests and diseases and continue weeding regularly.

IN THE GREENHOUSE Keep the greenhouse well ventilated during the hot weather, vents can be left open almost all of the time now to ‘Hydrangea Macrophylla help avoid big fluctuations in temperature. Tomatoes Popular ornamental plants grown for need to have side shoots removed regularly, check their large flowering heads, the most supports now that the fruits are forming, aubergines widely grown with over 600 named cultivars. Blossoms can be pink, blue and peppers could also benefit from supports at this or purple depending on the pH balance time. Start removing yellowing foliage towards the end in the soil and the colour of blooms can change depending on this balance. of the month to allow more light to get to the ripening fruit and allow better circulation of air around the plants.


Cut back strawberries if you don't want to create new strawberry plants using runners, it's a good idea to cut back plants after they finish producing fruit or they'll spread very quickly. Keep harvesting vegetables regularly when they are young, they taste better and produce more crops, you can continue to sow vegetables such as lettuce, beetroot, spring onions and carrots for autumn harvesting.


Water (in hot weather, this may need to be done twice a day) and feed regularly, maintaining containers will extend their displays well into Autumn. If the plants become a bit straggly, prune off shoots that are crowding other plants, these can be used to create new plants. If your going on holiday make sure your containers are taken care of.


This is the last chance to fill in any gaps in beds and borders with bedding, sow vegetables for harvesting in autumn and plant out winter brassicas.

MOOK Gardens Mook Gardens are based in Southport and are proud to serve the North West of England as your local experts for garden design. From contemporary garden design to Mediterranean landscapes, our small team of friendly landscaping professionals are renowned for their attention to detail, the maintenance of lush, luxuriant planting and dynamic use of style and colour to transform landscapes on commercial and domestic properties throughout the local area. • • • • • • • • • •

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southport hyrstanthemum & gardening society The original Southport Chrysanthemum Society was disbanded at the onset of World War Two. When peace resumed Chrysanthemum shows continued to be staged in the Floral Hall by the Council's show committee but it was not until 1949 that the enthusiast growers were asked to re-form the Society and take over the running of the annual shows. In December 1949 the Southport and District Chrysanthemum Society was reborn. In 1953 the Society ran its first show independently of the Council, the £100 offered by them to offset losses was not required. In the early years shows were staged in Christ Church School Hall and later in the Wayfarers Arcade, Lord Street. The current location in the beautiful Botanic Gardens has been our tri-annual show site since 1974. The Society has won a number of accolades including the meritorious Championship Trophy of the Northern Counties Chrysanthemum League, held in Manchester in 1974 and again in 1998. The first Spring Show to be staged in Southport for 20 years was successfully launched in April 1982 and has continued to be a popular event. In 1977, during the staging of our late Chrysanthemum Show, there was a total electricity blackout in the hall but despite this the show proved to be one of the highest quality shows of the past 25 years. The Visiter reported “This transcending spectacle of well-shouldered blooms of exquisite form, skilfully grown and expertly presented, must have led the beholder to wonder what quality had to be produced to win a prize when quality was so high, for it was doubtful if the standard could have been surpassed anywhere”. As the number of growers of both early and late Chrysanthemums began to dwindle in the early 1980’s and attendance numbers at the Society's meetings dipped to the low twenties, a decision was made by the remaining members at that time to change the direction of the Society to include a more general theme of gardening topics. This way it was hoped to preserve the interest in chrysanthemum growing while offering more of interest to gardeners generally and thereby increase membership numbers. The Society became a registered charity, not only to preserve the Chrysanthemum but to pursue an interest in all areas of horticulture. Spring Show This decision was fundamental to the present day success of the Daffodil Display Society. In 1985 the first Newsletter was published and day trips recommenced. The first President of the Society was Councillor E. Tomlinson J. P. and the first Chairman, Mr A. J. Hughes. They would not have recognised the present day

members' meeting nights, where membership has grown to 250, attendances regularly exceed 120 and members can enjoy hearing top quality speakers from all corners of the country on a wide variety of subjects.


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Floral displays

Over the years, meetings have been held in many locations including Christ Church School Hall, the Temperance Institute, Longs CafĂŠ Lord Street, YMCA Eastbank Street and Foresters Hall in Wright Street, our present one being the Lord Street West URC Hall.

From September to May (usually on the last Wednesday of each month)

Pumpkin Displays

the Society holds its monthly meeting at the Lord Street West Church Hall (corner of Lord Street and Duke Street)

beginning at 8.00. p.m.

Vegetable displays

A variety of speakers talk on different horticultural topics often with films or slides and the meetings usually last two hours with a break for refreshments. Most of the monthly meetings cover general subjects connected with gardening, but for chrysanthemum enthusiasts specialised meetings are organised each year, usually addressed by growers who have attained national recognition.

Flower shows

SUMMER FLOWER SHOW 7th - 8th September

Three local flower shows are organised - the Spring Flower Show, the Summer Show and the Autumn Chrysanthemum and Floral Art Show.

Coach trips

Botanic Gardens Floral Art

AUTUMN FLOWER SHOW 26th - 27th October

Marble Place Arcade, Chapel St. Southport At least two coach trips are organised during the year to places of horticultural interest.

Sunday 7th July Scampston Walled Garden, Malton Yorkshire and Breezy Knees Gardens, York. Sunday 4th August RHS Garden, Harlow, Carr Nr. Harrogate, Yorkshire In December the Society holds a

Christmas Floral Art Demonstration by a well known personality in the Floral Art world. For more details on all events, contact Secretary - Alan Foxall 01704 225708 Floral Art Demonstration by Tom Hodge Pictures

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Jennings Greengrocers was established in 1993. We are a local business that supports local growers.

JENNINGS FRESHLY SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE We squeeze fresh orange juice everyday from specific tropical oranges that give a sweet and tasty orange juice with no additives, just the juice from our oranges. Over 20 oranges are squeezed into a 1 litre bottle of juice. You can see it being done on the counter at our shop. Customers come from all over Southport for our freshly squeezed Orange Juice.

Nothing says Summer quite like strawberries, with their characteristic aroma, bright red colour, juicy texture and sweetness. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and dietary fibre, plus they are in the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity.

Exotic Mushrooms Grown Locally

Black Trumpet, Yellow Chanterelle, Enoki, Pink Oyster & Horse are some of our varieties.

Strawberry plant with

fruit and flowers. Versatile in food preparation, strawberries can be frozen, dried and made into preserves and are a popular addition to dairy products such as yoghurts, ice cream and smoothies. In Greece strawberries are sprinkled with sugar, dipped in brandy (Metaxa) and served as a dessert.

Growing strawberries is relatively simple, in general root plants, plugs or pots are planted in borders, grow bags, containers or hanging baskets and need sun, shelter and fertile, well-drained soil. If planting in the ground you can plant through polythene or surround with straw to keep the fruit from coming into contact with the soil. Protect from frost and keep well watered. Strawberries are a member of the rose family. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in Spring. There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries. Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of Traditional and delicious blood and oxygen to the muscles, preventing muscle fatigue and Strawberries & Cream making exercising easier.

Solve the clues and rearrange the letters in the yellow boxes to reveal the famous artist (4,7)




1. 1st U.S. President (10) 8. For making butter (5) 9. Country House (5) 10. Coral ridge (4) 12. Ceremonial seat (6) 14. Small, dainty (6) 17. Grain used in brewing (4) 21. A single step (5) 22. Large sea-duck (5) 23. Public display (10)


DOWN 2. Entertain (5) 3. Suggest, indicate (4) 4. Mythical spirit (5) 5. Buenos Aires dance (5) 6. Ancient language (5) 7. Skin blemish (4) 11. Government agency (1,1,1) 13. To force roughly (3) 14. Thick, moist substance (5) 15. Instruct (5) 16. Pulsating pain (5) 18. Sound (5) 19. Small gull (4) 20. Enthusiasm (4)
















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It was a beautiful sunny day with a bright clear blue sky, when I visited the Old School House. On such a day you could not fail to be impressed by this landmark of a building as it stands majestically on Talbot Street. I was met by the owner Jean Ireland, who, since taken residence of the Old School House has uncovered a fascinating history of the building and its original occupants. Immediately feeling at ease upon meeting Jean and entering the house, I was struck by how light the inside was and how comfortable it felt. I was given a tour of the entire building with its picturesque courtyard, original spiral stairway, cellar and bell tower - a sky light has been put in place to enable a fabulous clear view of the bell tower and its weather vain perched atop. I was most impressed at how Jean had managed to decorate the rooms with a flair that captures the essence of the house. There is nothing old fashioned, cold or dark about Old Jean Ireland School House, it feels like it would have been a good place to live even in 1864, when the great benefactor to Southport, Mr John Fernley decided to build a school with the Old School House Mr John Fernley attached as the residence for the Headmaster. Over tea Jean recalls how she had always admired the house as she passed it daily, never did she think it would actually be hers one day. On May 23rd 1998, her wish came to fruition and Jean became the proud owner of the Old School House on Talbot Street and though she did not know it at the time, a whole lot more. Whilst having work done on the interior, a fascinating discovery was made in the loft space that would lead Jean on a new course in her life. Within the loft space was unearthed a wealth of long forgotten historical artefacts - Sermon notes dated 1888 signed by L B Dalby - a

Stunning Lounge Doorway

Practical Teacher

theological student who went on to become a Methodist Minister photographs, Methodist magazines, Practical Teacher dated 1881, newspaper cuttings, collars and cuffs, a paper with long division by Dalby, a Home and Abroad booklet containing an essay on Gordon of Khartoum and a mourning card for Jane Elizabeth Thorley. As a volunteer Will flattener at the Records Office in Preston, Jean realised the value of the papers and after consultation decided to write to the Southport Visiter who printed an article creating great interest in the Old School House.

Over the years Jean and the Old School House findings have been much publicised with numerous articles in the Southport Visiter, the Champion, a six-page feature in Lancashire Life, as well as a TV and radio show. The success of this publicity has led to more information about Old School House and its history. Such was the interest in the house, Jean decided to open up for tours, with refreshments served and any donations going to charity. The Friends of Old School House, headed by Jean, hold a number of events Friends of Old School House raising money for under funded local charities. One such members with Coxswain Nick benefit was held in aid of Southport Offshore Rescue, Porter & Helmsman Alex Leonard who’s first ever life-boat - the Eliza Fernley - was receiving the cheque. donated to the town by John Fernley. Today, as well as her continued research of Old School House, Jean gives lectures and talks to groups to share in the history and organises tours where visitors can view the genuine artefacts found and read with amusement some of the advertisements, announcements, rules and regulations that were in place at the time. Her book, Old School House, is a detailed look into the finding of the artefacts, the history of Old School House with facts and details collated over the years from records, research and information found by or passed on to Jean with the help of the many wonderful people who have helped with her unexpected but fulfilling course of life. ‘Old School House’ by Jean Ireland is available from Broadhurst Books, Market St. Southport & Jean at Old School House,Talbot St. Southport. So stunning and memorable a landmark - Old School House has been recaptured in a variety of art forms from paint to marquetry.

For more information please contact Jean Ireland 01704 537386

Southport Offshore Rescue Trust

Run by the Southport Offshore Rescue Trust, Southport Lifeboat provides a lifeboat rescue service around the Southport coastline. Completely independent of the RNLI, the Trust relies on donations and fundraising to support itself to provide a first class life saving service. Our volunteer crews give up their time and comfort to carry out rescues in difficult and often dangerous conditions.

Our History

Southport Lifeboat has a proud and dramatic history, the earliest service, crewed and organised by local fishermen, was saving lives 20 years before the formation of the RNLI. In the 19th century Southport’s coast was one of the busiest and most dangerous in the country, for more than 100 years the oar and sail driven boats saved countless lives.

1900’s crew

The Mexico disaster of 1886, in which 14 crew members of Southport's Lifeboat and all 13 crew members of the St Anne's lifeboat died, whilst trying to rescue the crew of the stricken barque. This catastrophe remains the highest loss of life in Lifeboat history.

Over time the sandbanks shifted and by the turn of the 20th century sail had given way to steam. The Bog Hole channel at Southport Pier where the lifeboat was moored began to severely silt up. In 1925, the RNLI decided to abandon the Southport Lifeboat Station. In the 1980’s after a series of tragedies off our coast, bereaved relatives and local people campaigned to bring a rescue service back to the town. Amazingly, after only 14 months of the idea being first mooted, the dream was realised. One hundred and eighty years on, Southport once again had an Independent Lifeboat, paid for with your donations, crewed and run by the people of Southport. The crew - all unpaid dedicated volunteers - are immensely proud of their lifeboats history. The new service has helped rescue over 100 people, and three crew members have received bravery awards from the Shipwreck and Humane Society. The spirit, heroism and dedication of the 19th century lifeboat men lives on in the present day crew.

Us Today Southport Lifeboat is run by the Southport Offshore Rescue Today’s crew in training. Trust. Being independent, the Trust is responsible for all its’ own financing and fundraising, it receives no regular Grant Aid toward the running costs of the lifeboat service and no funding is received from the RNLI.

CREW MEMBERS The crew commit their time and effort freely. Being a crew member does not mean “just callouts and training sessions”, fundraising is a major part of their duties in order to raise the £40,000 needed to keep the boat on station all year round. Community activities include tours of the Lifeboat House for Schools, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides, this is looked upon as ‘sowing seeds for the future’, who knows where the next donations will come from, or even the next generation of crew members.

EQUIPMENT & William - SARK9 (our trainee search & rescue dog) The crews’ training ensures that the boat and equipment are always available for emergency situations. The crew are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the boathouse, boats, launch vehicle, and the two quad ATV’s (All Terrain William Vehicles) used for beach rescues. Between 1 - 2 hours can be spent washing down the equipment after each launch, due to the corrosive nature of saltwater and maintenance can be very time consuming.

The Launch Vehicle


Mud rescue training

The ATV’s

Personal Equipment

The Heather White

The crew meet on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings for training and usually involves in-house lectures, practical training and maintenance of the kit. The crew also attend external training exercises and courses, including Sea King Training. Southport Lifeboat has worked alongside the RAF Sea King helicopter on callouts, for searches and transferring casualties to be taken to hospital.

GET INVOLVED Today the lifeboat is stationed in the old lifeboat house. Built over 130 years ago, it contains no amenities (not even a toilet) and is in desperate need of modernisation. We are currently investigating the possibility of relocating to a new lifeboat house nearer to the sea, reducing our reaction times for rescues, however this will require substantial funds to be raised. The Search & Rescue Crew are always on the look out for new volunteers, whether for fundraising, organising an event or joining the crew. For further information contact 01704 501471 or visit

Southport Lifeboat Charity Shop

Corner of Claremont Road & Everton Road, Birkdale Open: Mondays to Saturdays from 10.00am 100% of the profit goes to fund the work of the Southport Lifeboat and since opening in 2006 it has become one of their biggest sources of income. The shop is always looking for new stock - clothes, bric-a-brac etc. For more information contact Kath on 07903 753927 email:


Kath on the right with some of the volunteers in the shop.

After the loss of her son Geoffrey in a local sea-fishing accident in 1982, Kath along with her sisters and friends started to campaign and raise money for an independent lifeboat in Southport. After only 14 months the dream was realised and Southport once again had an Independent Lifeboat. Kath continues to raise funds and manages the Lifeboat charity shop with help from local volunteers. Lifeboat information and photos courtesy Southport Lifeboat, with thanks to Coxswain - Nick Porter and crew.

AUGUST 15th-18th Host

At Southport Flower Show! The Book Festival is back at Southport Flower Show with four days of fantastic fact and fiction, that is guaranteed to whet your appetite for some of the very latest book releases, and the chance to revisit some of your favourite reads – all in the beautiful surroundings of Victoria Park and the UK’s largest independent flower show!


Brian Radam "Lawnmowers & Grasscutters" A comprehensive guide to lawnmowers and their fascinating history.

Thursday 15th of August Mike Pannett

Cedric Robinson His best selling series of books are about his days as a police man in Yorkshire.

Joan Rimmer “Time And Tide” 50 Golden Years on Morecambe Bay

"The Village That Was Formby" A local author born in Formby. This book is full of memories of Formby and about the changes in the area.

Jeremy Symons "Money From Nothing" This book is for new entrepreneurs starting from scratch or established ones optimising the performance of an existing business.

Gina Campbell "Daughter of Bluebird" Gina's autobiography reveals what it was like to be part of the record-breaking dynasty.

Friday 16th of August Brian Radam Jeremy Symons Mike Pannett Joan Rimmer Howard Kendall The former Everton player and manager will be promoting his new biography, signing his book and on stage with a question & answer session.

George Orr

"Everton in the 1940’s Lost Decade”

Lyndsay Ashford "The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen”

June Francis Over thirty published novels, mainly family sagas set in Liverpool.

Lyn Andrews One of the UK's most popular authors, her books regularly appear on the Sunday Times bestsellers lists.

Hedley Lawson "Elisha Scott His Life Story"

Mel Owen "The Shadow of War”

Broadhurst Books 5-7 Market Street Southport 01704 532064

AUTHORS PROGRAMME Saturday 17th of August Brian Radam Jeremy Symons Mike Pannett Joan Rimmer Carys Bray "Sweet Home" Winner of the Scott Prize, Carys lives in Southport with her husband and four children and teaches at Edge Hill University.

Maureen Little "The Bee Garden" Maureen has also written about herbs and perennial plants – The Kitchen Herb Garden and The Little Book of Perennial Plants.

Matthew Baylis

Simon Rimmer

"A Death At The Palace"

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Born in 1971 and raised in Southport, Matthew is a novelist, journalist and scriptwriter. A former ‘EastEnders’ story liner, his first novel, Stranger Than Fulham was published in 1999.

"Men Love Pies, Girls Like Hummus" This book is filled with lots of delicious recipes. The chapters are all introduced by stories and anecdotes that have made Simon smile, laugh and cry over the years.

Sunday 18th of August Children’s Day Brian Radam Jeremy Symons Mike Pannett Joan Rimmer

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Mike Coppelov - Artist Will be painting his brick portraits a fun ideas especially for children.

Graeme Hubcapmaps Graeme Currie will be selling his prints and tea towels with maps of Merseyrail, with famous names replacing the station names. His company Hubcapmap was established five years ago.

For further information on the North West Book Show timetable and programme of events, please contact Broadhurst Books on 01704 532064.

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Book Reviews By Jonas Jonasson

Allan Karlsson decides to mark his centenary by escaping from the residential home in which he finds himself. On a whim and following a chance encounter with a drug runner at the local bus station, Allan steals the criminal’s suitcase and boards the next bus out of town! This is not Allan’s first brush with danger and excitement however, his younger days are a patchwork of misadventure and coincidence that move him around the world into the path of the twentieth century’s greatest leaders and most momentous events time and again. To achieve these meetings the plot is deeply contrived, but while this is true, the story is charming and does not pretend to be anything other than a gentle fantasy. If readers forgive the contrivance, they are rewarded with a tale of humour and humanity. This book is a pantomime of coincidence. A must for those who place a high value on pleasure and enjoy reading with a smile on their faces. Review

Jo Young

Published by Hesperus - Special Offer £6.99 (r.r.p £8.99) By Helen Moss

There are now 12 stories in the exciting Adventure Island series by Helen Moss, with two more to follow this year. They are gripping adventure stories for readers aged 8-12 and are very popular with parents reading to their children. Set on the remote island of Castle Key, they have all the traditional elements of a ‘Blyton’ story alongside contemporary humour, great characters (three children and a dog), suspense, excellent plots, a detailed map and nostalgic illustrations. The Mystery of the Whistling Caves is the first in the series: ‘When Scott and Jack Carter have to stay with their great aunt for the summer they steel themselves for the most boring holiday ever. But then they meet Emily Wild and her loveable dog, Drift. Emily shows them the lighthouse, the castle - and the amazing whistling caves. Legend has it that when the caves stop whistling the castle will be attacked Price: £4.99 each and that’s exactly what happens! ...’ I’ve just read The Mystery of the King’s Ransom in which a young prince is kidnapped while on a school camping trip in Castle Key - can the friends rescue him in time? I highly recommend it and all the other books in the series, particularly for holiday reading.

Review - Kate Chesterton Children’s Bookseller

All books available from Broadhursts Books

Manfred Kuhlman at Broadhursts

Music author Manfred Kuhlman visited Broadhursts of Southport for the promotion and book signing of his two latest books. ‘Beat Waves ‘Cross The Mersey’, is a revised version of his best-seller The Sound With The Pound but with more than 140 new illustrations and 100 additional pages. ‘Some Other Guys’ highlights many of the local bands from the 60’s that helped create the Merseybeat Legend. With music from the era playing in the background, Manfred signed copies of his books and chatted with band members Dave Tweedale and Tony Emery from The Jokers, Quentin Hegarty of the Diplomats, Gordon Boath from Smoke Stacks and Paul Lofthouse from The Premiers, as they reunited to meet with the Manfred with band members man who wrote about their from local 60’s bands featured music. Bill Geeleher from in his book ‘Some Other Guys’ The Dions said, “It’s a really good job and brings back the good times, if it was not for Manfred, I would have nothing to share with my grandchildren”. Manfred was also the guest of honour at a reunion of Southport Gentlemen of Sixties Rock ‘n’ Roll, organised by Alex Paton of the Mersey Boys. Books are available from Broadhursts and online at

Manfred and Broadhursts owner Lawrence Hardman with staff members Julie and Gill

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Lord Street Parade sing for our war veterans at Byng House, Southport in May this year. Photograph - Phil King

Lord Street Parade Ladies Harmony Singers started in October 1990. Founding help and support from The Wayfarers Barbershop men’s chorus in Southport along with others with the knowledge of Barbershop, helped form the Ladies chorus originally called Southport Ladies Barbershop Harmony Club. An advert inviting ladies who were interested in singing to come along to try it out under the direction of the chorus’s first Musical Director Paul Hacking, saw the chorus grow from just a handful of ladies on the first night, to eventually having enough singers to split into a four part harmony. The Chorus began to flourish and with stage costumes and a wide ranging repertoire they were soon travelling to various parts of the country to take part in Ladies barbershop competitions. It was such a terrific time for the founder members of the chorus who enjoyed meeting like-minded people who loved the sound of four-part harmony and meeting other chorus’s from across the country. It was during this time that a quartet under the name of Topaz, was able to emerge from the chorus and entertain at different social functions. After five years the Chorus appointed a new Musical Director, Margaret Hughes from Liverpool who also had a great knowledge of four part harmony. With Margaret as MD they were soon entering music festivals, singing at Palm House in Singing at Tesco for the Alzheimer Liverpool and entertaining for various clubs and Society associations. Margaret stayed with the ladies

chorus for 18 years, but last year the weekly travel from Liverpool to Southport became too much and she decided to step down as MD. Lord Street Parade Ladies Harmony Singers then began the difficult search for a new Musical Director, as they realised Margaret would be a hard act to follow. Three months ago after much searching to find someone suitable, they found Sharon King a lively, bubbly young lady with a beautiful voice and smile to match. Sharon has wealth of musical knowledge and is the founder and Principal of The Talent Factory in Ainsdale. As both founder and Principal of The Talent Factory, Sharon King has combined a hugely successful singing career with teaching and coaching. Her passion and enthusiasm for the vocal arts are both undeniable and totally insatiable and she has helped develop the careers of many aspiring and professional singers and actors including members of Sugababes, Musical Director - Sharon King Photograph - Phil King Atomic Kitten, cast members of We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, Chicago and Mamma Mia - The Movie. Sharon’s excellent and very much in demand skills as a singing consultant has seen her work with Broadway and West End star Michael Ball both as backing vocalist and harmony arranger and work with conductors Sir Carl Davis and Nic Raine, plus Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. With a professional performance career that spans over 20 years, she has performed over 4000 live shows in the UK, Australia, Oman, Senegal, Malaysia and the USA, Sharon brings to the Chorus not just her ability as a singing teacher and vocal arranger but her skills and insights as a performer. With Sharon as new leader and only the third Musical Director in 23 years, Lord Street Parade Ladies Harmony Singers could not be happier and they all look forward to the future of the chorus with enthusiasm and confidence as they learn and practise new lively songs for future sing outs. They sing for fun, competitions, charities and events and welcome all new ladies with a love of singing.

We need ‘Ladies That Love To Sing’ To join our friendly harmony group led by our fantastic new Musical Director - Sharon King

REHEARSALS Mondays at 7.30pm St. Teresa’s Social Club Upper Aughton Road Southport PR8 5NJ Telephone: Shelagh 01704 833538 Sue 01704 535267

The Road To Paris! The ‘Face of Merseyside’ 2013


I have met with Gilly on a number of occasions now as Southport Shine follows her journey to be ‘Face of the World 2013’ and as November looms ever closer and her excitement grows, we went out for a Sunday afternoon stroll along Southport Pier.

We meet at the Merry-Go-Round and set off down the pier, this is the time when Gilly fills me in on all the news - how delighted she is at being given the opportunity of a photo shoot with celebrated photographer Tim Cullen and regaling me with a list of events and functions she has been to or is going to be attending over the coming weeks. Her diary is fit to burst, with her full time job at Verus Law and part-time job at Southport Convention Centre, she still manages to attend numerous functions, raising awareness and funds for her charities. A proud moment for Gilly came on the 9th June when along with hundreds of other women, she took part in the ‘Race for Life’, running the event in 34.56 minutes. Having attended fundraising events for Claire House Hospice, the BHS International Missing Childrens Day (where she met a very nice Texan!) and the AJS Challenge in Manchester (the event raised over £3000) - Gilly has also been invited to attend the Alder Hey ‘Cash For Kids’ Real Radio Ladies Lunch. At present she is organising ‘Merseysides Got Talent’ a fundraiser for Headway on the 18th August, the winner will receive a 12 month contract with Impact Models & Casting, if anyone is interested they should apply to


As we take photos with her crown and sash, people come up and ask her questions, she talks about who and what she is doing, so natural and friendly, everybody likes her. In an interview for Southport Visiter in June, Gilly said, ”A lot of pageants tend to focus on what’s on the outside, but this (Face of the World), focuses on internal beauty too. It’s important to show personality”. Because of these attributes Gilly has been nominated for Beauty Queen of the Year taking place in Liverpool in October, also, as part of her ‘Face of Merseyside’ responsibilities she is, along with the ‘Teen Face of Merseyside’, now scouting for a Junior/Minnie Face of Merseyside .... Join us next time for Gilly’s final update on her road to Paris and the ‘Face of the World’! For further information please e-mail

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Macmillan fund-raisers & volunteers Meg Murley, Judy Waters, June Knight, Pam Walmsley Secretary & Treasurer (Southport), Doreen Coles, Olive Copeland and Irene Brown

It was a glorious afternoon for the Macmillan Bank Holiday Line Dance, always a popular event, with dancers from all around the Northwest turning up to join with the towns folk of Southport in Town Hall Gardens. DJ Graham Mackey ‘spun the vinyl’ for the afternoon, whilst compère and choreographer Chris Hodgson, showed us the moves. Huge crowds of people gathered to bask in the sun and enjoy the entertainment, volunteers rallied with raffle tickets and buckets, and a great day was had by all. Macmillan Cancer Support (Southport & District Group) - Since its start in 1999, the Line Dance event has only been rained of twice and has raised £39,331 to date.

DJ Graham Mackey with wife Margaret

Compère Chris Hodson

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Programme & Music By Graham Mackey

In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

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Sunday 7th July 11.00am - 5.00pm Entry £2.50 - children free Tea/Coffee and Homemade Cakes served by a team from Macmillan Cancer Support


2.00pm - 4.30pm Town Hall Gardens Lord Street, Southport All ages and levels are welcome. Come and enjoy yourselves and help this worthy cause - all money raised from the raffle and bucket collection will be used to help local cancer patients.

Macmillan Cancer Support - Southport & District Group Contact: Val Martyn-Beck 01704 550761 or Pam Walmsley 01704 226658

Sunday 25th August

In the


Victorian Dress

Roll up! Roll up! For A Family Fun Day Out! Botanic Gardens, Churchtown 10.30am - 5.00pm Step back in time as the Botanic Gardens Community Association revive the ancient fair known as ‘Big Bathing Sunday’ - a reference to the folk who came from far and wide, stayed at the Black Bull Inn and were taken by coach to ‘ ’ at South Hawes. Members and folk displaying their wares will be wearing Victorian costumes, transporting you back to 1875 when the Gardens first opened where there will be entertainment in every corner for you to enjoy.

Patrons arriving in Victorian costume will receive a free photograph taken by Matthew K. Ormesher Halsall’s Donkey Rides


Brass Band & Fisherman’s Friends Jazz Quartet

Southport Beekeepers


Dream Days Face Painting & Dance Troupe

Family History Societies Around The Gardens Bridge Inn Community Farm Crazy-4-Crafts Bowling & Crazy Golf Southport Offshore Rescue Plus much more ......

Alan Foxhall’s Flower Arranging Display

TOMBOLA HOT DOGS CANDY FLOSS ICE CREAM The Botanic Gardens Community Association would like to thank Martin Sutcliffe & his staff at Botanic Gardens Plant Shop, Gardeners - Stewart & Martin, Steve & Gail Settle - Botanic Gardens Café & Sefton Council for their help with this event. For more information please contact the Botanic Gardens Community Association Chairman: David Cobham 01704 225868 Secretary: Gladys Rimmer Armstrong 01704 214120 or 0796 662 5359.

In September 2012 Southport Chess Club held a one-evening tournament which we hoped would become an annual event. We restricted entries to 'test the water' and the event was very successful - so this year we are widening the net.

We cordially invite members of Woodvale, Formby, Ormskirk and Skelmersdale clubs to enter, as well as our own Southport members. As last year, the format will be five rounds, 15 minutes per player per game, hence the competition's name. Normal rules of chess will apply. Players need not write their moves down. The competition will be divided into sections according to players' grades, ideally we will be able to divide into sections with six players, in which case each section will be "all play all". If numbers make that impossible we will run it as a "Swiss Tournament." The entry fees will be £2 for Juniors and Concessions, £5 for everyone else. The monies will be pooled and fully distributed as prizes on the night. Last year the winner of each section won £20. We would expect something similar this year. There will be no entries on the night, though payment may be made on the night. The event will be for members of the five clubs only, but if you aren't a member of one you can come and join on the night. The organiser's decision will be final on all matters, notably results, grading and eligibility.

Please send a simple email giving your name, club and grade to If you have any queries please include them in your email. Entries will close at 20:00 on Sunday 8th September 2013.

Tuesday 10th September 2013 sign in no later than 7.00pm Southport Railway Club 106 Sussex Road, Southport PR9 0SJ We look forward to a smashing evening - Southport Chess Club

Pictures - The Wayfarers Chorus - performing Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Right - Quartets, Lazydaze, A4 and North West Chorus - Phoenix

On a balmy night at KGV College the Wayfarers Chorus hosted their charity night concert in aid of Macmillan. Comedian and compère for the evening Bobby Kay was a huge hit, with his inimitable uproarious humour, entertaining the audience throughout the evening. The Wayfarers - with MD Colin Wayte - sang songs from their wide repertoire including a swinging version of Irvin Berlins, ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’, Louis Armstrong’s melodic ‘Wonderful World’ and Eric Idle’s upbeat ‘Bright Side of Life’ complete with tuneful whistling. Lead by MD Barry Nowell, mixed vocal group Phoenix, performed a beautiful harmonised version of the Beatles, ‘There Are Places I Remember,’ and vocal quartet A4 sang the upbeat ‘Java Jive and ‘Birds Do It’. Male quartet Lazydayz dressed to impress for their performance of ‘Under the Boardwalk’ and The Wayfarers finished with classics ‘Georgia’, ‘Sweet Gypsy Rose’ and the beautiful ‘Something In the Way She Moves’ providing a fabulous show of harmony singing at its best. The evening Macmillan Southport Group Chair. was a huge success, receiving Val Martyn Beck receives cheque for £1500 from Colin Whitaker of the rapturous applause and calls Wayfarers Chorus. for more from a very appreciative audience. The concert raised £1500 and a cheque was presented by the Wayfarers Chorus to Macmillan at the end of the night. Comedian & Compère Bobby Kaye

Theatre Review As presented by Birkdale Orpheus Society

Over 50 Years of Musical Theatre

With no reflection what so ever on the production of this musical nor the performance of the company, I must say that it is not one of my favourites. The fact that Billy Bigelow is an unpleasant chap who ends up killing himself and leaving his poor, long-suffering and pregnant wife alone, rather than face his problems does not bode well with me, even when he supposedly redeems himself at the end, it does nothing to encourage me to see this particular musical again. That aside, the production and execution of the show was very polished. I must be emphatic in my appreciation for the costumes at the Graduation, a truly magnificent job by Pam Howarth and her helpers in wardrobe. My favourite character was definitely Carrie (Heather Lewis), who’s timely telling of the heart-broken Julie (Bridie Flanagan) just when Billy (Ben Wake) has died that “maybe it’s better this way” just made me smile. I thoroughly enjoyed the songs - ‘June is Bustin’ Out All Over’ is such an effervescent song whilst Nettie Fowler (Lisa Tatler) sang the emotive ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with such feeling - I did need those tissues after all .... Such hard work goes into each production of a stage musical and this was no exception, the sets (making particular note to the carousel horses in the opening scene), the costumes, choreography and direction of this production of Carousel was exceptional and Birkdale Orpheus should feel enormous pride to have succeeded in yet again producing a fabulous show.

Birkdale Orpheus Society 2013


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2nd - 7th September Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice Directed by Stephen Hughes-Alty

An amateur youth group production presented solely by the SDC Youth Theatre

Box Office Opens: 27th August at 11.00 am Evita brings to life the dynamic persona of Eva Peron.... Beginning with a young and ambitious Eva, the story follows her meteoric rise to power, her charity work and the means by which she became the beloved Evita.

The SDC has a thriving Youth Theatre open to those aged 14 and over, which is renowned for the high quality of its productions. Over the past few years, their acclaimed performances have included: The Secret Garden, Les Miserables, Tom’s Midnight Garden, Company, Skellig and in September they will be performing Evita. Many of our younger members have gone on to achieve success in film, TV and the professional stage. Members learn about all aspects of stagecraft through working on the group’s two annual productions in Spring and Summer. Both performers and those interested in backstage skills are warmly welcomed.

Anyone interested in joining this talented group please contact our Day Manager available weekdays between 9.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. for any enquiries on 01704 504800.

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Sunday 18th August Magdalena Reising and The Blue Café Jazz ensemble blend their unique style of performing jazz standards and haunting originals. Each performance takes the audience on an enchanting musical journey. Accompanying her are two of the best jazz improvising musicians in the UK, each capable of holding an audience spellbound. At the centre of the band are the bewitching vocals and harp playing of Magdalena Reising that evoke Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald but in the end are as individual, fresh and original as the band accompanying her. Voice & harp: Magdelena Reising Piano: Terry Seabrook Double bass: Steve Thompson Tickets: £13 SMJC members: £12 NUS members: £8 Tickets can be purchased in advance via SMJ Tickets By post - cheques payable 'Southport Melodic Jazz' to 8 Lord St Southport PR8 1QD By phone and card ring 01704 541790 (£2 per transaction card charge)

Palindromes A palindrome is a word that reads the same if it is turned back-to-front. Bob, Eve and Otto are all palindromes. Try to identify palindromic words from the following clues. Example Part of the body - Answer Eye Answers at bottom of page.

1. Mid Day 2. Restorer 3. Doctrine 4. A word for addressing a lady 5. An Eskimo canoe 6. A system for detecting aircraft, ships etc. 7. An action 8. Pieces of music for one person 9. Grass that grows on the seashore 10. In music, half a semibreve Answers: Noon - Reviver - Tenet - Madam - Kayak - Radar Deed - Solos - Marram - Minim


Celebrate 10 Years of azz in the Tithebarn with the

Bourbon Street Roof-Raisers

On Wednesday 12th June, I had the pleasure of being invited by Pam Walmsley (Secretary and Treasurer of Macmillan’s Southport Group) to attend their ‘Midsummer Jazz & Sparkle Evening’. Strains of cheering Jazz music could be heard on my arrival to where a capacity crowd sat within the ambient lit Tithebarn at Meols Hall all listening and foot tapping along to the Bourbon Street Roof-Raisers. The jolly and entertaining group from Bolton, played their Macmillan volunteers - left to right Jean Lilley, Lesley Helm, Irene Brown, versions of Kenny Ball’s Pam Walmsley, Johannah & Brian ‘Samantha’ and ‘Sweet Georgia Duckett, Pam Leckie and Val MartynBrown’, finally playing a rousing Beck. rendition of ‘When the Saints Come Marching In’ to signal the end of the evening. After the raffle Val Martyn-Beck from Macmillan said a gracious thank you to all the guests and volunteers, the Bourbon Street RoofBourbon Street Roof-Raisers Raisers for their generous support and to Meols Hall for the use Dave Haslem, Ted Watton, John of the Tithebarn for events over the past 15 years. The night Percival, John Parratt, Barrie Booth raised £1,347 for Macmillan and was a truly sparkling evening. Steve Allen and Allan Riley

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and Mr Armstrong’s .

Chatting with Mr Armstrong he told of his interest in WW1 (he had just returned from France) and how he often visits book shops looking for old books that make interesting reading, It was on one of these visits that he discovered this particular book in a friends shop some years ago. Having read Eileens feature he contacted her as we report- Inscription reads: To Mrs ed, The family are very interested in finding Tamara Hanson-Vaetzky with compliments from Mr Alan Armstrong out more and if you have any information, Seamus Burke 1961 Southport please contact Southport Shine. Dear Southport Shine, I picked up a copy of your magazine in May and was most surprised to see the feature on George Carter. When George was cleaning windows, I was only a lad at the time, but I recall how cheery a chap he was and I was amazed to read how much he has achieved. Very inspiring.

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