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ISSUE - May/June 2013


Amateur Dramatics put on a show at the Southport Little Theatre

Whatever you want to do - there’s a club for you!

Interesting places and events... right on your doorstep and much more ...

Bistro Bar Med - Specialising in Spanish Tapas was opened to the Food

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Hi and welcome to another issue of Southport Shine, As the winter blues are well and truly blown away and we step out into the sun, a buzz is stirring around the town. Over the coming months there are a multitude of events for you to enjoy throughout Southport. May always starts the fun with two Bank Holidays and if you don’t have a maypole to dance around there are plenty of fun and entertaining things to do. Discover some of the more secretive members of our local wildlife with help from the RSPB and their local group. Thrilling weekends are in store for those interested in radio controlled cars as their National Weekend is held at Victoria Park, while the ever popular Southport Jazz Festival has a fabulous line up of gigs to be enjoyed at great venues within the town. Theatre enthusiasts are in for a treat with a grand selection of shows including Broadway hit musical ‘Carousel’, the immensely amusing ‘Acorn Antiques’ and the whimsical humour of ‘The Boy Friend’ - all being performed at Southport Little Theatre. Our featured clubs and societies are a great example of the variety of activities available for us to enjoy in our leisure time. Both Marshside Brass Band and Southport Chess Club have been in existence since the late 1800’s and are a true testament to the motivation and enjoyment derived from being a member. We take an inspirational journey down memory lane with World Champion Disabled Golfer, George Carter and give you an update on our local pageant queen Gilly Louise Hulse, as she continues on her road to Paris later this year. Finally, Happy Father’s Day to all you Dad’s out there, have lots of fun and good times with our best wishes.

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MAY 1st 4-5th 5th 6th 7th 9th 10th 10-12th 14th 17th 21st 25th 25th-26th 27th 28th 29th 30th

May Day Evening Spring Walk - Local RSPB group National BRCA/Southport Weekend - SRCC at Victoria Park Waders & Water Voles - RSPB Marshside, booking required. May Day Bank Holiday Evening Spring Walk - Local RSPB group SMJ at Dobbies Tea Room Fawlty Towers - presented by SDC at Southport Little Theatre Southport Jazz Festival Evening Spring Walk - Local RSPB group Birds of Lesvos - Local RSPB Group Indoor Meeting Evening Spring Walk - Local RSPB group Carousel - presented by Birkdale Orpheus Society at Southport Little Theatre Coastal Crafts - RSPB Marshside Spring Bank Holiday Evening Spring Walk - Local RSPB group Glorious Gardens Talk - Southport Chrysanthemum & Gardening Society SMJ at Dobbies Tea Room

JUNE 4th 9th 11th 12th 14th 16th 17th-23rd 23rd 27th 29th

Evening Spring Walk - Local RSPB group Tidal Time Travel - RSPB Marshside Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research UK Evening Spring Walk - Local RSPB group The Boyfriend - presented by Maghull Musical Theatre at Southport Little Theatre Trooping The Colour Father’s Day Recycling Week Day of Mainstream Madness - presented by the SMJ at the Royal Clifton Hotel SMJ at Dobbies Tea Room Acorn Antiques the Musical - presented by Southport Spotlights at Southport Little Theatre



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The Freshfield Circular

Via the Fisherman’s Path

Start from , walk along parallel to the railtrack to the gated crossing place. Walk ahead across the golf course at the National Nature Reserve board keep left, following through the woods to the dunes. At the way marker, continue ahead over the sand dunes to the beach. Alternatively you can turn left and follow the wide, sandy track, , through to the beach. The sandhills at the end of Fisherman’s Path are amongst the largest on the Sefton Coast. The weather constantly shifts and reshapes the dunes, sheep now graze where dunes once rose and pine trees are buried leaving withered trunks sticking out of dune tops. When the tide is out, take some time to comb the beach - look for interesting pieces of debris, collect shells and spot small crabs and jellyfish washed ashore. Watch as a host of marine birds including Knots, Gulls, Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Dunlins and Sanderlings, scuttle up and down in their search for food. is also considered an important archaeological site with ancient footprints baked into the mud underneath the sand Approximately half a mile down the beach is a marker post for , leaving the beach here, walk to and across the car park following the tarred lane to the where acres of pinewoods are home to the increasingly rare red squirrel. The route ends with a walk straight down back to Freshfield Station.

Nature Reserve There's something for everyone at this delightful coastal reserve. In the Spring you can see brown hares boxing in the fields, while in the early Summer you'll spot nesting birds like avocets and lapwings. The reserve has two glazed ‘hides’ - the Sandgrounders’ Hide doubles as the Visitor Centre with level entry, movable seating and space for wheelchair users. There are three viewing screens and one raised viewing platform, ramped with hand rails on both sides.

Avocet - Ruff - Reed Warbler - Redshank - Whitethroat Water Vole - Hare - Common Blue Butterfly

The Avocet A distinctively-patterned black and white wader with a long up-curved beak. It is the emblem of the RSPB and symbolises the bird protection movement in the UK more than any other species. Its return in the 1940s and subsequent increase in numbers represents one of the most successful conservation and protection projects (877 UK breeding pairs).

SUNDAY 5th May 11:00 - 14:00

Join RSPB staff and volunteers on a guided walk around the reserve looking for waders and water voles. Pick up tips on how to identify waders and learn how to spot the elusive water vole. Price: £3.00 RSPB members/ £5.00 non RSPB members (under 18 free)

Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th May 11:00 - 15:00

Join staff and volunteers at RSPB Marshside reserve for a variety of free craft activities. No need to book just turn up!

Sunday 9th June 10:00 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 need to book just turn up!

With thanks to Alex Pigott - Warden RSPB Marshside

Group Leader David Wall with Carol Tresadern from the RSPB (photo by - Alan Toms)

The Bittern - Ardeidae, the shorter-necked, more secretive members of the heron family.

At the March indoor meeting of the RSPB, NW Area Volunteer Officer - Carol Tresadern, made a surprise presentation to the Group Leader, David Wall. The award was a certificate thanking David for his 30 year's service and a gold pin badge depicting one of our rarest wading birds, ‘The Bittern’. On receipt of his award, David said a few words thanking the committee and the members for all their hard work and support over the years.

Contact Martin - 01695 575317 Led by Field Leader Martin Bridge, our Spring and Summer series of evening walks to nearby locations give you the opportunity to observe the local bird life.

Wednesday 1st May then Every Tuesday - 11th June Ainsdale Discovery Centre - Gorse Hill Marshside - Sefton Meadows Birkdale Dunes - Lathom Chapel Walk Fisherman’s Path - Rainford Moss Swallow - wheatear - whitethroat - wagtails yellowhammer - meadow pipit - reed bunting goldcrest - buzzard - woodcock and many more ....


(As seen through Ron’s lens) RON JACKSON from Southport Price: £2 group members - £3 for non members Telephone: 01704 871540 E-mail:

Booking essential Contact Martin - 01695 575317

Sunday 19th May



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.

May & June The weather is getting warmer and all around plants and trees are bursting with growth and colour. Bright, clear sunny days can lead to night frosts, take care to protect plants.

LAWNS Feed and weed lawns, mowing at least once a week - slightly lower your blades each mow to cut the grass a little closer encouraging good growth. Finish sowing new lawns and water regularly - start mowing at about 5 cm on highest blade setting.

AROUND THE GARDEN Fix supports around tall perennials, prune clematis to encourage growth and flowering, clear out spring bedding. Biennial seeds can be sown outdoors in a wellprepared seedbed. June is one of the most popular months for buying perennials and shrubs, ensure all new plants are watered in well and continue to water regularly while the plants get established. Apply and renew mulches, hoeing regularly to keep weeds at bay.

PRUNING Spring flowering shrubs and plants that have finished flowering should be cut back or lifted and divided into smaller clumps. Cuttings can be taken from shrubs and herbaceous perennials. Hedges and box can be trimmed to keep in shape.


Clematis 'Jackmanii' introduced

Fuchsias and geraniums should be growing strongly now. in 1862, first of the modern Pinch out fuchsias once they reach about 12.5 cm high, large-flowered hybrid clematis this will help make them bushy and produce far more and still one of the most familiar climbers seen in gardens today. flowers. Grow bags are an easy way to grow tender vegetables including tomatoes, cucumber, aubergines and peppers. Bringing the bags into the greenhouse a week or so before planting into them will give the compost time to warm up first.


Cover potatoes if frost is forecast. Runner beans can be sown in the second half of May on a site prepared earlier. Sow outdoor marrows, squash and courgette at the end of May. Apples and pears should not be thinned out until after the ‘June Drop’ - this is nature’s way of thinning out the crop. Salad vegetables sown in small quantities, at 2-3 week intervals will provide a continuous supply.

CONTAINERS Plant up hanging baskets and other summer containers, keep them in a greenhouse or porch for a week or two before putting them out to help them get established. Finish planting up containers of summer bedding by the end of June. Keep all containers, hanging baskets and shallow window boxes well watered.

NOTE All new plants should be in the garden by the end of June before the summer heats up. Keep a look out for pests and diseases, treat early to prevent spread.

Vincents Garden Centre is situated on the A570, 2 miles out of Southport and is one of the oldest established garden centres in Lancashire. Originally owned by Brian Vincent as a nursery, it has evolved over the years to become one of the larger independent garden centres in the area. Vincents has always prided itself on being primarily a plant centre, with a clear focus on personal customer service. Currently under new ownership it is developing rapidly, now offering a wide range of associated businesses on site. Within the garden centre, you will be able to find all sorts of garden accessories. From garden tools to wheelbarrows, hanging baskets to balcony troughs, garden chemicals to composts and soil enrichers, bagged stone to ornamental bark, picket fencing to pergolas and gazebos. More importantly, any product you require we can generally source for you within a week. Come along and see the changes.

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


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.

Although the season is very short , British asparagus is well worth the wait for its unbeatable flavour and freshness. The tips should be tightly furled and perky and the shoots should be straight and firm. Versatile and uniquely delicious, asparagus in one of the most sought after vegetables.

Exotic Mushrooms Grown Locally

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

The three colours of asparagus

Easy to grow on well-drained soil or in raised beds, keep well fed and weed-free. While French asparagus is purple, the British and American varieties are green. In contrast, Spanish and much Dutch asparagus is white, as it is grown beneath the soil and cut just as the tips emerge. An excellent source of vitamins, folic acid, thiamin, and iron. Asparagus contains antioxidants that help protect cells and dietary fibre to support a healthy digestive system. It is also said to be a natural diuretic due to a combination of minerals and an amino acid called asparagine. To cook asparagus - Boil (3-5 minutes) or Steam (4-5 minutes), serve with Hollandaise sauce or hot melted butter.

Traditional Asparagus & Hollandaise

45 Liverpool Rd, Birkdale Village Southport, PR8 4AG Tel. 01704 565606 The Gastro Bar and Grill, set in the heart of Birkdale Village in Southport, has been designed with you in mind. From the stylish décor and sleek, sophisticated design - to the exciting and innovative menu, the Gastro Bar and Grill is all that you could wish for from a restaurant and bar. The Gastro offers guests a fun and casual dining experience. You may be looking for somewhere to celebrate a special occasion or simply to pop in for a bite to eat with family, friends or business colleagues. Whatever the occasion, you’ll be welcomed by our friendly, dedicated staff, all wanting to make it a memorable experience for you. The menu at the Gastro Bar & Grill is complimented by an abundance of market fresh specials. Our varied and exciting menu will ensure that all tastes are catered for.

The Birkdale Comedy Club Hosted by

Brendan Riley ("a great compere" - The Guardian)

Don’t take our word for it… come and see for yourself! Headline acts and fabulous food create

a night to remember.

For dates and tickets please contact

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The Birkdale Team

Our aim is to make your drinking and dining experience with us as pleasing and enjoyable as possible. Darren Smith - Executive Chef Gareth Reid - Head Chef Emma Brown - Restaurant Manager

A Tribute To Southport’s World Champion Disabled Golfer

George Carter I first met George in his role as a bass singer when I visited the Wayfarers Chorus earlier this year. Whilst chatting during a break in rehearsals, I spoke to him about his life and many accomplishments. Unassuming and straightforward this is George’s inspirational story ...... George was five years old when a near-fatal accident with a double-decker bus resulted in his left arm being amputated and though everything was a challenge, he was and still is very independent saying, Following his love of sport, George has played table tennis for Southport, football for the YMCA and Southport’s Fleetwood Hesketh. He was a member of the Albatross Swimming Club, joining with others in the traditional Christmas Day swim in the outdoor pool and run along the beach, followed by a hot-toddy at the Scarisbrick Hotel.

The Park Golf Club

His passion for golf began at the age of 12 - when the Hesketh Golf Club needed caddies for competitions, they alerted local boys by flying a blue flag called the ‘Blue Peter’ - George was one of these boys, carrying the bag for the secretary ‘Pop’ Roberts and lady member Mrs. Annabel. On leaving school at 14, he went to work at the municipal as a green keeper, determined to improve his skill as a player he would practise golf every day, hitting balls on the nearby marshes. Two years later he joined the Park Golf Club where he has remained a playing member for over 60 years.

George served as a steward in the Merchant Navy, but due to a Seaman’s Strike he needed to find work, so he picked up his Dad’s ladder and set up his own window cleaning business, becoming a familiar sight in the town centre -

Disabled Charity Day sponsored by Sefton Council

Away from this George worked as a Reception Manager at the Kingsway Casino, playing host to such greats as Tom Jones and The Beatles. A pioneer for disabled golfers, George was the founder member of the British Amputees Golfers. He is a member of the British Amputees Golf Association, the British Disabled Golf Society and has been a past captain and president of the British One-Armed Golf Society. As club captain with Park Golf Club, George along with Ted Moule, organised the Disabled Golfers Charity Golf Day highly successful ‘Sefton Juniors’ which has produced at least 2007 - George & Ted Moule ten professionals including Lee Slattery and Tommy Fleetwood, both are currently on the 2013 European Tour. Over the years George has actively supported and raised awareness for numerous charities and has achieved a staggering list of accolades. Playing with a handicap of eight and hitting 11 holes-inone, George has won eight British titles and is three times World Champion Disabled Golfer. For the World Disabled Golfer Championship George is proud to have captained Great Britain against America. He has carried the bag for Peter Allis and in 1976 caddied for American golfer Sam Snead at Royal Birkdale during the British Open Championship.

1976 - George caddies for Sam Snead

Married with three children, George now 82, shows no signs of slowing down. A life-long Manchester United supporter and season ticket holder, he attends practice most Tuesdays for the Wayfarers Chorus, (unless Man. Utd are playing). Pursuing his love of art, for the past two years George has attended art class, some of his paintings have been exhibited in Birkdale library. He says he now takes more of a in the window cleaning business as his son follows in his footsteps and he still plays golf at the Park Golf Club, going round . George (back row 3rd in from left) in the 80’s to low 90’s and still ‘ pictured with Wayfarers Chorus.

Photographs &

Jazz at Dobbies Tea Room Southport In conjunction with Southport Melodic Jazz

Thursday May 9th (Opening the Southport Jazz Festival 2013) SUE McCREETH SINGS with Anthony Ormesher (guitar) and Nick Blacka (double bass)

Thursday May 30th THE RACHAEL GLADWIN TRIO (harp – double bass – drums)

Thursday June 27th THE BILLIONAIRES TRIO Liz Jackson vocals Bill Roberts piano/vocals Paul Froggatt - tenor sax/vocals

Marshside Brass Band is based at the northern end of Southport in the old fishing community of Marshside. The band owes its existence to the 19th century influences of the Temperance movement and to the spirit of the local shrimpers and fishers: indeed it was this community who originally - and for many years - made up most of its players. Pictured - Marshside Brass Band c1900

The earliest known reference to Marshside Brass Band is in a 1892 edition of the Southport Visitor heralding the opening of the northern section of Southport’s Marine Lake, where the band lead a procession of local traders. However, they may in fact be older than this, possibly dating back to 1864, when the Temperance Hall was opened - this was and still is the band’s home. Over the years the Marshside Band has had several other names in its title including 'Teetotal', 'Total Abstinence' and 'Temperance', much to the amusement of some of the present players. The band played at the laying of the foundation stone for Emmanuel Parish Church in 1895 and again at the closing concert for the church's centenary celebrations in 1998. They have enjoyed a quiet history and only courted controversy during the “Shrimp Strike” of 1913 - (The shrimpers - protesting about the importation of Dutch shrimps sold under the name of ‘Southport Superior Potted Shrimps’, formed a procession led by Marshside Brass Band into Southport Town Centre). In June 2008 the Band played at the 140 years anniversary of the opening of Hesketh Park. It is thought that the band also played at the opening ceremony in 1868, the band is currently trying to verify Shrimp Strikers led by Marshside Brass this from local historic records. Band - 1913 (1862-1936)

Marshside Brass Band’s most famous member is undoubtedly William Rimmer. A prolific composer (with 106 marches to his name), arranger, conductor and teacher, Rimmer had a considerable influence on the band, conducting and teaching many of the original players. Bands throughout the world still play his music and it is a honour for the band to have been associated with this great man.

Still an integral part of the local community, the band continues to rehearse at the Temperance Hall on Shellfield Road, attracting players from Southport and other areas. Several members are the latest in a long line of generations that stretch back to the original band members; one player is a descendant of William Rimmer himself. Hesketh Park - June 2008 140 years Anniversary

The Shrimpers may have slowly laid down their tools but their legacy continues to play on. Currently the band has 22 regular players with conductor Peter Leary at the helm. Throughout the year the band enjoys a busy schedule, playing at fetes, concerts, church services, Remembrance marches and parades. More recently the band has branched out by producing a CD, playing the send off for a cruise ship and playing on an open top bus tour of Manchester.

Band Debut on Radio 2 - Good Morning Sunday Show hosted by Aled Jones.

In mid 2001 the members decided they would like to hear the sound of the band and mark their progress. After a year of selecting music, hard practice, locating a venue and searching for a good recording engineer they were ready. On a cold day in April 2002, the apprehensive band members assembled at Emmanuel Parish Church, Southport to record their first CD. The title - ‘The Sands of Time’ - reflects the bands long established links with the Victorian seaside resort of Southport and its early connections with the local shrimp industry in Marshside. The recording was undertaken in just one day by Neil Raybould of Raymer Sound and has far exceeded all expectations. Tracks include ‘Slaidburn’, ‘The Lonely Mill’, ‘The Sandgrounder’ and other Marshside Brass Band with Neil popular tracks. (For full details visit the web site). Raybould For many years Marshside Brass Band has been a proud supporter of the Queens Court Hospice in Southport and gives many fundraising concerts and carol services for their cause during the year. On Christmas Morning, the band performs on the streets around the Temperance Hall, come rain or shine, this is a long-standing tradition that cements the relationship between the band and the local community - a thoroughly enjoyable finale to the year. Have you ever fancied playing a brass instrument? Maybe you are a former player wishing to play again. We would be glad to welcome you to our band - Instruments may be available.

Mondays at 7:30pm Temperance Hall, Shellfield Road, Marshside, Southport. Contact: Band Chairman - David Rimmer 07977 057 288

The ‘Face of Merseyside’ 2013

- The Road To Paris! UPDATE

Since our last meeting, Gilly’s feet have hardly touched the ground and her popularity has soared, even being recognized (a cause for much smiling), all of which bodes well for her journey to the first ever ‘Face of the World’ pageant being held at Disneyland, Paris in November this year. I asked Gilly about her role as a pageant queen and what she hopes to achieve, she replied ‘I would like to be a role model for young people and to raise awareness and funds for all the charities I come into contact with’. This year has seen Gilly working tirelessly in aid of her charitable organisations. Alongside work colleagues at Verus Law, she took part in a ‘Rock-Up in Red’ Day raising money for the British Heart Foundation. The funds were presented to the Foundation at an awards event held at the County Hotel, Walsall, where Gilly was competing for ‘Miss Charity Heart 2013’ & voted ‘Miss Heart of Gold’ runner-up, for her charity work and congenial personality. As ‘Young Ambassador’ she has given talks in support of the ‘Bullies Out’ charity and in March, at the Belle Events ‘Prom Night’ at the Vincent Hotel, spoke to the attendants about Queenscourt Hospice, Alder Hey Hospital and her future plans. On June 9th, along with hundreds of other supporters, Gilly will be taking part in this years ‘Race For Life’ in aid of Cancer Research UK. Speaking to her about her journey to Paris, Gilly is excited to announce that in addition to ‘Trattoria 51’, she has a new sponsor in ‘Z302 Productions’, a new up and coming film company, co-founded by Julian Surface, from across the pond in Los Angeles. This is a great opportunity for Gilly on her road to Paris and the ‘Face of the World’!



Solve the clues and rearrange the letters in the yellow boxes to reveal the famous landmark.




1. Authorisation, consent (10) 8. Glowing coal (5) 9. Subject of (5) 10. Rise and fall of sea level (4) 12. Twist, squirm (6) 14. Small application (6) 17. Aphrodite’s son (4) 21. Sailing vessel (5) 22. Soft toy (5) 23. Aromatic tree (10)


DOWN 2. To fix firmly and deeply (5) 3. Female equine(4) 4. Indian lute (5) 5. Showing no skill (5) 6. Female relative (5) 7. Portable shelter (4) 11. Snake-like fish (3) 13. Anger (3) 14. Bottomless chasm (5) 15. Nut of the Hickory tree (5) 16. In addition (5) 18. Cowboy contest (5) 19. Derived from beans (4) 20. Cook slowly (4)
















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Southport Chess Club was formed in 1882 and is the 2nd oldest chess club in England. We are an active and friendly club with approximately 29 members aged from 16 - 80 with a broad range of abilities. In 1930, the club had the honour of holding a ‘Simultaneous Display’, with Dr. Emanuel Lasker, World Chess Champion for 27 years (1894 1921). In his prime German born, Dr. Lasker was one of the most dominant champions and is still generally regarded as one of the strongest players ever. Simutaneous Display - an exhibition in which one player (typically of high rank) plays multiple games at a time with a number of other players. Such an exhibition is often referred to simply as a "simul"

Dr. Emanuel Lasker Dec 1868 - Jan 1941

The club has held a number of open tournaments and outdoor chess exhibitions, including Stanley High School and the Wayfarers Arcade. Several boards are set up for friendly games to promote chess and encourage members of the public to challenge our Senior and Junior members.

Competitions are held throughout the year ranging from one-night Lightning or Blitz tournaments through to all-against-all competitions running over several months. The club has two Senior teams in the Merseyside League (1st Team - 2nd Division | 2nd Team 4th Division). In 2012 the club came Runner’s Up in the ‘Knotty Ash Cup’.

If you are interested in playing Chess on a friendly or competitive basis, just turn up to the Club any Monday evening to give it a try. You can attend for three times before deciding to become a Club member.

Mondays 7.30 - 10.30 pm

18 years upwards Southport Railway Club | 106 Sussex Road | Southport

Remember: White square to the Right and Queen to her Colour. (This is true for both the White and Black pieces). All the major pieces (Kings, Queens & Rooks) and minor pieces (Knights and Bishops) sit opposite of each other, Pawns are in a line in front. There are 64 squares on a Chessboard.

Southport Junior Chess Club has been running since 2005. We are based at Leyland Road Methodist Church, Southport, providing a warm and friendly environment where juniors of all ages and chess abilities can socialise and play chess.

Coaching and training sessions are available at all levels, in large groups, small groups, and also one-to-one, to help players improve their ability. Twice a year each player's ability is measured via our club grading system, with a trophy awarded for the most improved player at the end of the year. We run a constructive chess course for all our Juniors which they can work through at their own pace. It is made up of 6 sections, Pawns through to Kings. After completion of each section the Juniors are assessed and rewarded with a certificate and a badge.

Regular competitions are held throughout the year, with trophies and prizes for all abilities so even beginners have the opportunity to win prizes. The club has junior teams playing in the Merseyside league and cup competitions, regularly entertaining visiting teams usually consisting of adults. Whilst the teams always receive a warm welcome their reception over the board is often a different matter!

The atmosphere at the club is enthusiastic with a very high standard of chess being played. Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay (and join in!) there is always tea and coffee on the go and a well stocked tuck shop for the juniors.

Mondays 6.30 - 8.00 pm Term-time Young people aged 5 – 18 years

Parents/guardians are welcome to attend with them. Membership is £15.00 per Junior yearly from September until July with a £1.00 sub per junior each week.

Discover Your

(Southport) Family History Society A small, friendly Society, formed in November 1990, the group meet locally, providing support and encouragement to people with an interest in family and local history in the area of North Meols and to help with genealogical research. The Society has a membership of approximately 200 people and though some of the members are local, a good many live in other areas of the UK and overseas.


Every 3rd Thursday of each month at 8.00 pm


Family History Society

One of the smallest societies within the Federation of Family History Societies, with an ambition to unite Rimmers from all around the world. An annual Rimmer reunion is held in Southport at which much is undertaken and all things Rimmer are discussed. is on sale and the societies library and files are available for viewing. An interest in the surname Rimmer is the only criteria for attending the reunion, members receive our quarterly magazine

Contact: Gladys Rimmer Armstrong 01704 214120 | 0796 662 5359 E-mail:

Family History Group Liverpool & South West Lancashire Family History Society

The Southport Family History Group is one of the six groups of the Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society formed in 1976. The other groups are Liverpool, Leigh, Widnes, Warrington and Skelmersdale & Upholland. The Southport group was founded in 1982 and has met at Birkdale Library ever since.

Birkdale Library

1st Tuesday of the month at 2.15 pm 2nd Friday of the month at 7.30 pm

The group holds four Family History help desks, where members will help people irrespective of the location of the enquirer’s family history. Birkdale Library Every Monday from 10 am – 12 pm Formby Library 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm Crosby Library 1st & 3rd Friday of the month from 10 am – 12.30 pm Tarleton Library 1st Monday of the month from 10 am – 12 pm The group is also represented at local events such as the Southport Family History Day, GRO Heritage Weekend and Holy Trinity Flower Festival.

Contact: or Hilary Ambrose 01704 562792

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Family History Society | The areas the society cover are: Aughton, Bickerstaffe, Burscough, Downholland, Halsall, Hesketh with Becconsall, Lathom, Lydiate, Maghull, Melling, Ormskirk, Rufford, Scarisbrick, Simonswood, Skelmersdale and Tarleton. Many local places were first named by Vikings. The society publishes 3 journals a year and has a research library at the Scout Hall, Wigan Road, Ormskirk.

MEETINGS Every 4th Wednesday of each month 7.30 pm - Guide HQ, Moorgate, Ormskirk 22nd May - AGM followed by ‘Bill’s Quiz’ 26th June - Outside visit to the Ancient Chapel of Maghull with Jean Haikalis Meet at St. Andrew’s Church - 7.00 pm. ODFHS, c/o 27 Bath Springs, Ormskirk, Lancs. L39 2XP E-mail:

Family History & Heraldry Society Formed in April 1973 as the Rossendale Society for Genealogy & Heraldry (Lancashire), the Society now has thirteen branches in Lancashire - Blackburn, Bury, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster & Morecambe, Pendle & Burnley, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rochdale & Rossendale, together with one in London and our two special interest branches for Irish Ancestry and Heraldry.

MEETINGS At branch meetings you will find family history and heraldry experts who are knowledgeable over a wide area of the UK - north of Liverpool and Manchester, right up to the Cumbrian and Yorkshire Borders. Members can use the facilities of any branch, such as its library, holdings of microfiche and CDs. Each branch organises its own programme of events and activities. Details of these, together with locations and meeting timetables, can be found on the web site and in the Society Journal.

HELPING HANDS The society has two Research Centres, Oswaldtwistle and Chorley, both equipped with a library and computers with Internet access together with helpful volunteers to assist with your research. For those living further afield they offer a Helping Hands Service accessible by post and e-mail. This service is a network of over 50 individual volunteers and access to Society and Branch resources. Help is provided for worldwide research and not just Lancashire.

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JEWELLERY Plugs, tunnels & tapers. Piercings include ear, labrets, belly bars, spirals and scaffolds.

Angels, fairies, crystals, dragons, Bhuddas, elephants, Feng Shui, Egyptian items, laser crystals, dream catchers.

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Formed in the 1980’s to promote the racing of off-road electric radio controlled cars in the Northwest. As one of the very first racing clubs of its kind in the UK, the club has become one of the best in the country, with over 75 members of all ages.

Thanks to the great effort of members in the early 1990’s, the club has a purpose built, outdoor, multi-surface, off road track with a club house situated in Victoria Park. Constant upgrades and improvements are made to ensure the facilities and track are varied and provide the best and most enjoyable racing experience for those taking part.

Rotten Row | Southport SUNDAYS - OUTDOOR April - October This outdoor track has a 50m straight and several different surfaces including grass, astro turf, cobbles, concrete and tarmac. Pitting Area | Toilets | Catering Facilities

Windy Harbour Road | Southport SUNDAYS - INDOOR November - March The indoor track is set up with 4 x 30m rolls of astro turf for racing buggies and micros. Pitting Area | Toilet Facilities

Race meetings are organized into heats dependant upon ability and frequencies. Each driver in the heat is competing against the clock for 5 minutes to achieve their best time over a given course. The track layout is changed every week and the racing format varied occasionally to provide different driving experiences. Heats are started at one second intervals so that the driver has a clear track ahead, the exception to this is the final when all racers set off together. Lap times are recorded by computer via a transponder that is mounted on each car. Drivers are rated by their ability on a grading scale of F1 (top drivers) to F5 (newcomers), thus drivers with similar abilities are able to qualify together.

RACE 3 TIMES BEFORE JOINING NO AGE LIMIT COMPETITIONS & EVENTS The best way to find out about the sport is to visit a meeting. The club is very friendly, with some members of the same family through generations attending and racing together. Len and Jan Flynn have supported their son Craig’s interest in the sport, since he was a boy and now granddaughter Samantha has joined in the fun. All the members will gladly help you, offering advice and tips on equipment and racing. Once you have become a BRCA member, there are plenty of competitions and events for you to take part in locally and nationally. Come along to a meeting, the club are always happy to welcome new members and look forward to seeing you soon.




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When evening comes in Southport, the whole town vibrates with activity. Attracting visitors from all across the region, the resort has established itself as a premier night time destination. Renowned for the superb variety of entertainment on offer, here in Southport there is something to suit all tastes and trends. For dining out, the town has an array of dining experiences offering fabulous food to suit all tastes. SIX30 Bar & Bistro, Ainsdale, is one of Southport’s finest British food restaurants. For cinema fans, a trip to the 8 screen VUE cinema at Ocean Plaza is a must, with all the top films being screened. The resort's theatres provide a great choice of shows - Southport Theatre & Convention Centre on the promenade presents a varied programme, attracting artists from all over the world, while the The Little Theatre, Hoghton Street, offers a programme of quality amateur performances. The Royal Clifton Hotel, on the promenade, is home to Southport Melodic Jazz and their monthly gigs featuring many of the top jazz musicians, with ‘Murder Mystery Nights’ and a variety of live events being held throughout the year. Live music venue The Shakespeare, Scarisbrick New Rd, showcases a variety of live bands, comedians and performers. Throughout the town many of the local bars, pubs and clubs host theme nights of live music, comedy and dance. Southport’s trendy wine bars and nightclubs have earned the resort an enviable reputation. The Gastro Bar & Grill in Birkdale Village, host a Comedy Club and if ‘Lady Luck’ is on your side visit Gentings Casino and try your hand at the tables.

Whatever your night out involves Southport nightlife is second to none.

The Shakespeare building itself, has been a traditional landmark of Southport for over 100 years. We have transformed the decor inside with hand painted wall art, leather armchairs and a roaring fire, to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere throughout. Customers are free to ‘tickle the ivories’ on our baby grand piano or ‘pocket some balls’ on the free, full size snooker table. Food is served in the light filled dining area, set apart from the main bar, with menu choices to suit all ages and tastes. For private parties and events we have a number of function rooms for hire suitable for all occasions.

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Over 50 Years of Musical Theatre


Music by Richard Rodgers Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Saturday May 25th - Saturday 1st June 7:30 pm 2.00 pm Matinee - Saturday 1st June

SOUTHPORT LITTLE THEATRE Box office opens 18th May at 11.00 am - 2.30 pm Tel: 01704 530521 Advance bookings fromTicket Secretary on 01704 564042 In a Maine coastal village towards the end of the 19th century .....

Formed 28th February 1959 - the first meeting of the society took place at St. John’s Hall in Wright St. Southport. The late Marie Cryer , was often described as a ‘go ahead woman’ and the backbone of the society. She helped make the society what is is today and it continues to go from strength to strength. Many members who joined in the 80’s and 90’s are still active in the society today and span generations of family members.

Birkdale Orpheus Society members 2013

1959 ‘Oklahoma’ chorus members

The BOS stage two musicals a year (May & October) at Southport Little Theatre. Over the years their shows have been staged at Southport Arts Centre, Floral Hall Theatre, Garrick Theatre and in the very early days - the Scala Theatre, where it all began with the production of Past shows have included traditional blockbuster musicals such as and , to more contemporary shows such as and . The society is affiliated with NODA ( and is proud to have won a number of awards.

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12th - 15th June 7:45 pm Matinee Saturday

SOUTHPORT LITTLE THEATRE Tickets - £12 & £14 Box office opens 5th June at 11.00 am Advance bookings: 01695 632372 Set on the French Riviera during the 1920’s ..... This fun musical is about a group of English girls at a French finishing school in Nice and is full of well known songs and dances such as ‘Won’t You Charleston With Me’, ‘The Boyfriend’, ‘Fancy Forgetting’ and ‘The Riviera’.

Maghull Musical Theatre Company have been performing for 41 years now and have won a plethora of awards. With a 70 strong membership ranging from 16 to 80 years old, they present 2 musicals a year, perform charity concerts and hold a variety of social events. Their current show ‘The Boy Friend’, is directed by a past member, who was herself in the show 16 years ago, when the company last performed it.

The cast of ‘The Boy Friend’

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings Maghull Parish Hall Telephone: Chairman - 01695 632372

Rehearsals for ‘The Boy Friend’

SOUTHPORT LITTLE THEATRE 20 Hoghton St, Southport PR9 0PA 01704 530460

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‘Damages’ June 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm Old Hall Brass Production

‘An Evening of Music with Old Hall Brass’ June 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm Loreto Bamber Dance Academy Production

‘Dance Summer Show’ June 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm

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Sunday 23rd June Day ticket (to all events) £42 (members £40)

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Daryl Sherman Trio A sparkling mainstay of Manhattan nightlife, singer/pianist Daryl Sherman is equally at home in the world of jazz and cabaret. Internationally acclaimed for a stellar 14-year run at the Waldorf Astoria, she played Cole Porter's Steinway (pictured) and has headlined the annual Cole Porter Festival in his hometown - Peru, Indiana. She last played at SMJ in March 2008 and we are delighted to welcome her back to Southport. Piano: Daryl Sherman Bass: Andrew Cleyndert Guitar: Anthony Ormesher Tickets: £15 SMJC members: £14

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner Jazz: John Hallam with Tom Kincaid Firmly Northern based reeds player John Hallam has played at SMJ since the club’s early days. John has established himself as a regular feature at the Keswick and Bude jazz festivals, at Lake District hotel weekenders and with recordings on Alan Barnes Woodville Records. Reeds: John Hallam Keyboard: Tom Kincaid Tickets: £16 (includes 3 course dinner)

8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Karen Sharp and Robert Fowler With this exceptional pairing and the backing of one of best and hardest swinging trios in the jazz fraternity, this gig promises to be something special. Tenor sax: Karen Sharp Tenor sax: Robert Fowler Piano: Andrzej Baranek Double bass: Nick Blacka Drums: Dave Walsh Tickets: £15 SMJC members: £14 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)

Situated in Ainsdale village midway between Formby and Birkdale and close to Southport, Six30 Bar and Bistro is an old Victorian property completely refurbished to create a warm, friendly and vibrant bar and restaurant. Family owned Six30 Bar and Bistro consists of a 50 cover restaurant offering the highest quality modern British food in a casual and lively atmosphere and where excellent customer service is at the forefront of the business. Local fresh produce cooked to the highest standard by our team of chefs, all with backgrounds from award winning restaurants and served by professional, attentive staff, will ensure that your expectations will be exceeded on every visit. The separate bar adjoining the restaurant provides a comfortable and convivial ‘pub’ setting with a wide range of quality beers, lagers and wines that are complimented by a comprehensive deli menu, served throughout the day. A large landscaped garden to the rear provides a beautiful backdrop for the outside dining area.



Every Sunday, in conjunction with Southport Melodic Jazz, we'll have live Jazz musicians playing great Jazz while you enjoy your lunch. There's nothing like a bit of live music to create the right atmosphere. Enjoy… Whatever the occasion we are here to ensure that your time spent with us at Six30 Bar and Bistro is both enjoyable and memorable and you only need to ask if there is anything we can do to make your occasion even more special!

Six30 Bar and Bistro, 630 Liverpool Road, Ainsdale PR8 3BH Telephone 01704 576770 | Open from 12pm Tues - Sun |

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"Walk a little slower, Daddy!" said a little child so small. "I'm following in your footsteps and I don't want to fall. Sometimes your steps are very fast, sometimes they're hard to see; So walk a little slower Daddy, for you are leading me. Someday when I'm all grown up, you're what I want to be. Then I will have a little child who'll want to follow me. And I would want to lead just right, and know that I was true; So, walk a little slower, Daddy, for I must follow you!"

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“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Born Marguerite Ann Johnson, April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, an American poet, memoirist, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement.

Dear Southport Shine, Since featuring in your May/June issue, I have received a letter from one of your readers in regard to a signed copy of my Father, Seamus Burke’s , that he came across some years ago. I would autobiography, like to pass on my sincere thanks to Mr Armstrong for writing to me, I was thrilled to hear my Father’s work is still around and that it has been found in Southport. I have passed on this letter to Southport Shine to say thank you as without your magazine, I may never have known and to see if we could find out more about the dedication written inside.

Dear Southport Shine, I moved to Southport just recently from Bolton and came across Southport Shine in Ainsdale Library. I have always been a keen observer of local wildlife where ever I have lived and read your great outdoors section with interest. I will definitely be visiting Marshside reserve and taking walks along the dunes to see what I can spot. Thank you for an informative and enjoyable read.

To find the comfiest place in the house ..... ‘Really! A photo now? Can’t you see, I’m in bed!’

Good Morning All Say Cheese.

Find the cat! If you send us letters, photos etc. and want them returning please send with a stamped S.A.E.


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Mar 21-Apr 19

Apr 20-May 20

May 21-June 21

Now is the time to be a free spirit, as you’re passionate, intense and full of drive. Focus on financial plans, making budgets and ensuring you can achieve your goals.

Counter any touchiness you feel with plenty of charm, and make sure you smile! Foresee relationship battles and offset them with reasonable arguments. Take care with money.

Relax and embrace your dream world – you need to! That sociability is still with you and others may struggle to keep up. Creativity at work should be coupled with practicality.




June 22-July 22

July 23-Aug 22

Aug 23-Sept 22

Take a deep breath before you say more than you should. Be warned against romantic risks as all is not what it seems. Avoid conflict at work and keep your goals clear as success beckons.

You yearn to escape but remember this can be within your mind. Family problems will settle down finally. Keep a close eye on finances but don’t over worry.

The need to recharge batteries stays with you so make sure to retreat. Don’t get carried away with passion – keep a level head. Pay off what debts you can and ask for help if needed.





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Oct 23-Nov 21

Nov 22-Dec 21

Be firm if you need to make changes at home. Take care to put work into your close relationships as this will be beneficial. Sensible and co-operative is the best approach at work.

If you’re feeling over worked, take care to relax to restore energy. Use your considerable seductiveness to increase passion. Be measured in your approach to work mates.

Vitality is at its peak so enjoy this extra energy. Go for it with romance and sociability. The urge to have a few bets financially is strong but take care to live within your means.



Dec 22-Jan 19

Jan 20-Feb 18

Feb 19 - Mar 20

Networking may be on the cards but don’t over commit yourself. Home improvements, if needed, are a great idea right now to lift your spirits. Smooth progress is made at work.

Your tendency not to suffer fools needs reigning in a bit if you don’t want to make enemies. Be yourself in relationships. Be clear on your spending to avoid a muddle later.

With determination and hard work you can achieve your goals so keep going. Don’t turn everything into a drama as this annoys others eventually. Expect the unexpected financially.


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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

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Southport Shine Online May/June 2013  

A full colour online & printed magazine, promoting clubs, groups, societies and local businesses.

Southport Shine Online May/June 2013  

A full colour online & printed magazine, promoting clubs, groups, societies and local businesses.