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ISSUE 11 | October/November 2017




CRACKLE & POP! From our famous community firework displays to organised extravaganzas, we’ll help you have fun safely.

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Swash and buckle!

Peter Pan and Captain Hook crossed swords aboard the good ship Black Pearl to launch ‘Peter Pan,’ this year’s panto at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. Tickets are now on sale for the popular family show, starring Coronation Street’s Mark Baylis as Captain Hook and CBeebies star Dan Wright as Mr Smee. See p16 for details. UNIVERSAL CREDIT / P5



let’s work together

Prepare your family finances by getting your budget organised.

Joining forces to keep our neighbourhoods safe.



WORLD FOCUS keeping you informed ON WIRRAL Testament to borough’s success in the urban park movement.

Tips on budgeting and keeping warm in the winter months.


EAT WELL for winter Our spicy seasonal stew will warm your cockles!

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news Those darker nights have well and truly arrived. Brighten them up with Wirral View’s ideas for the family - and be inspired by a local entrepreneur with her sights on success.


parks to see fireworks for FREE

3 SPARKLY ideas for family fun! River of Light: The second River of Light display will take place on the River Mersey on the evening of Sunday, November 5, with prime vantage points on the Wirral waterfront and organised events at New Brighton. More details on and on the page opposite. This is the display’s second year, and organisers are promising a night to remember!

Saturday, November 4, 6.15pm: Central Park, Wallasey; Birkenhead Park; Mayer Park, Bebington; Lingham Park, Moreton; Woodchurch Leisure Centre and Leasowe Adventure Playground, Leasowe. All welcome, free of charge.

Star Party! Join Liverpool Astronomical Society and Wirral Ranger Service at an Autumn star party, on Saturday, October 28, from 7-9pm. Come and be inspired by the wonders of the night sky. View craters on the moon, galaxies and deep sky objects. Book by calling 0151 648 4371/3884.

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irral View has been speaking to Wirral entrepreneur Nisha Katona, (see p4). We all think we can do it, but what does it take to start a successful food business? Here are Nisha’s top tips: n Look for a gap in the market. What could you focus on that no-one else is doing? n Be the best at what you do. You do pizzas? They’ve got to be the best pizzas around. n If you’re still in a job, don’t leave it. Not at first. Take the punt but don’t abandon your responsibilities.

n Be commercially astute. Remember the world doesn’t owe you a favour. n If it’s right, and it stacks up, it can be so worth it. But you’ll need to be prepared to work hard, especially in the early days. Wirral Chamber, in partnership with the Enterprise Hub, holds free business start-up workshops throughout the year. They also offer a range of support to people looking to start-up

their own businesses. Further info from wirralchamber., ring 0151 650 6940.

Bonfire On The Beach: Hoylake Sailing Club’s ‘Bonfire On The Beach’ takes place on Friday, November 3, from 6pm8.30pm, on Hoylake Shore, opposite Hoylake Sailing Club. This popular bonfire and firework display has been running for more than 10 years. Admission is FREE and a collection is taken in aid of Hoylake RNLI. Refreshments available.


5 ways to a successful start-up

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Return of the River of Light We’ll be lighting up the skies above our parks and the River Mersey. Don’t forget to join in the fun!


ne of the UK’s most successful firework companies will light up the skies on both sides of the River Mersey for this year’s November 5 celebrations. The second River Of Light extravaganza will be a specially commissioned musical display staged by Titanium Fireworks, the team behind events like the Edinburgh Hogmanay and Adele’s finale show at Wembley Stadium. They are promising a ‘never seen before’ display on the River Mersey. River Of Light takes place on Sunday, November 5. Pre-show fun begins around 4pm in New Brighton, with family entertainment, activities, food and drink, and performances from Bring The Fire and Katumba, illuminated street entertainment and UV face painting. Community organisations will also be playing their part with more events yet to be announced (see

Apart from the resort’s usual parking, there will be no additional spaces, so you are advised to use public transport. Merseyrail will be putting on an extended service, with trains running at usual times but with more carriages. Organisers are recommending people base themselves in the resort, which has ample provision for food and drink. The fireworks will be set off around 6.30pm from the water’s edge and barges on the river. There will also be a soundtrack from along the waterfront. Spectators are advised to head for New Brighton where the pre-event attractions will be based. Cllr Phil Davies, Leader, Wirral Council, said: ‘We have put together an exciting event. With huge, spectacular displays along the river - with perfect vantage points for Wirral residents - this will be a truly unforgettable experience.’ Darryl Fleming of Titanium Fireworks, said: ‘We know the river and waterfront has a proud cultural heritage, and we are thrilled to be given the chance to entertain an audience that knows how to have fun.’

Light fantastic: Last year’s event included family events as well as fireworks.

The night before River of Light, Saturday, November 4, the council will be holding its much-loved community firework displays at 6.15pm in the following parks: n Central Park, Wallasey n Birkenhead Park n Mayer Park, Church Road, Bebington n Lingham Park, Edgehill

Road, Moreton n Woodchurch Leisure Centre, Carr Bridge Road, Woodchurch n Leasowe Adventure Playground, Twickenham Drive, Leasowe. For further information on community firework displays and the River of Light, go to

Organised firework displays are safer and cheaper!


It’s always better and safer to attend an organised display instead of holding one of your own; all too often, the majority of accidents that occur during bonfire season do so at private parties. You also don’t have the huge expense of shelling out for fireworks. As well as River of Light, displays are taking place around Wirral, including free displays in parks funded and organised by the council, (see above and facing page for details). If you decide to stay at home, follow Merseyside Fire & Rescue’s advice:

n Take extra care if your kids want to wear fancy dress costumes - keep away from open flames, candles and fires. n Let your neighbours know you’re having a bonfire party beforehand so they can make arrangements if they need to. n Only burn dry material, as anything that is wet or damp will cause more smoke. n Build your bonfire well away from buildings, sheds, fences or trees. n Don’t use petrol or paraffin to start a fire - it can get out of control quickly. n Keep children and pets away from the fire and ensure no

fireworks are thrown in to it. n Keep pets indoors where possible. n Don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint as these can produce toxic fumes and may explode, causing injury. n Wheelie bins are easy targets over the bonfire period - only put them out on the day of collection and bring them back in immediately. n Where possible, wheelie bins should be locked away and stored at a good distance from windows and doors. For more advice call 0800 731 5958 or visit

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Mowgli blazes a trail for female entrepreneurs A

chance meeting at a party led restauranteur Nisha Katona to move to Wirral 10 years ago. Since then, she’s fallen in love with her adopted home. Nisha, founder of Mowgli restaurants, met the woman who was to become her next door neighbour at a get together in Wirral. On the spot, Nisha decided she wanted to move next door, and with her family, she did just that. A decade later, the former barrister says Wirral people are among the many reasons she has stayed and feels she’d never move. ‘I completely fell in love. Everyone is friendly and warm, and the place has everything from beaches to countryside,’ she says. A self-declared evangelist of Indian food, Nisha started to branch out from her 20 years at the Bar, with cooking classes and writing recipe books. She took her first leap into the restaurant business by opening Mowgli on Bold Street in Liverpool, with a menu based entirely on how Indian people eat at home. Each curry starts with just three spices and the menu is described as the antithesis of what many people expect Indian food to be – often vegan, gluten free and low fat. Manchester and a second Liverpool Mowgli followed within two years with Birmingham, Leeds and London next. Wirral sits proudly at the top of Nisha’s list for future ventures in smaller communities and suburbs. The success of the Mowgli ethos has surprised and delighted Nisha. She’s pleased people have taken her recipes and those of her mum and auntie to their hearts - and their stomachs. This welcome

and the regular queues eventually led Nisha to step back from the Bar. ‘I’ll think I’ll always be a barrister but now, if someone asks me what I do, I feel like I can say ‘I have restaurants’,’ she says. Before starting her venture, Nisha felt the absence of many female role models in the industry. ‘I wanted to hear from other women. I wanted to know if it was possible to do this. I have a marriage and a family and I wanted to know if I could keep it all intact.’


Everyone is really friendly and warm, and the place has everything from beaches to countryside.

Her family inspired Mowgli. A pet name for her children, ‘Mowgli’ was the obvious choice for her restaurant. Her children named some of the dishes, designed the logo, and are always the first to taste anything new. Nisha extends her love of family and community to friends and neighbours. ‘This is my community, I wouldn’t move,’ she says. ‘My neighbour, the one I met at the party, she’s 80 now and our gardens have an adjoining gate. She’s one of the family and one my best friends.’ Read Nisha’s tips for starting your own food business on page 2 of this edition of Wirral View.

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How to manage biggest shake-up of benefits yet O

n November 15, Universal Credit replaces the current range of benefits people receive with one single monthly payment. This is a big change for claimants who currently receive money from a range of sources. Instead, you’ll receive just one single monthly payment, and you will have to manage it yourself. For example, if you get help with your rent, you will have to pay your landlord directly. Budgeting is the key to helping you manage your money. A national advice service - - has an online tool to help, and local organisations are gearing up to offer support, (Ask Us Wirral, for example, has more advice, p25).

What is Universal Credit (UC)? Universal Credit will support you if you’re working and on a low income, or you’re out of

work. It replaces: n Housing benefit n Child Tax Credit n Income support n Working Tax Credit n Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance n Income-related Employment and Support Allowance Key points: n If you get help with your rent, this will be included in your monthly payment – you’ll then pay your landlord directly. n If you live with someone as a couple and you are both entitled to claim UC, you will get one monthly joint payment paid into a single bank account. n UC is paid monthly in arrears so it can take up to six weeks after you make your claim to get your first payment. n There are no limits on how many hours a week you can work if you’re claiming UC. Instead, the amount you get will gradually reduce as you

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earn more. n You have to make your claim online. One of the best things you

can do to get organised is look on moneyadviceservice. org. Here, you will find easy to understand information on

budgeting, payments, and how to manage your money. You can also call 0800 138 777 for advice.

Budgeting: The key to handling monthly payments Four in five people who set a budget stick to it most of the time. Keeping a budget gives you peace of mind and helps you look after your cash. Feeling out of control when it comes to money can be scary, especially if you don’t know whether you’ve got enough to live on. Getting a single monthly Universal Credit payment might be making you nervous about keeping your head above water. The only way to manage your money is to draw up a household budget. Drawing up a budget of all your household income and outgoings is a must if you want to make sure you can pay all your bills and manage until the end of the month. Even if you’re already budg-

eting, changes to the benefit system will probably mean you need to make some changes to the way you go about it. It makes sense to get ready for the changes by getting to grips with a monthly budget. Drawing up a budget – where to start Despite how daunting it might sound, a budget is just two lists: n Money you have coming in (from things like your benefit payments and your salary if you’re working).

n Payments that go out (including rent or mortgage, energy bills and insurance, plus living expenses and regular and irregular spending). Money coming in includes: n Benefits: How much you get and whether these payments are weekly, fortnightly, fourweekly or monthly. n Wages: If you’re working, (after tax and deductions). n Other income: From a pension or child maintenance from your ex-partner. Payments you make include: n Household bills: Don’t forget that with Universal Credit, you’ll have to start paying your landlord yourself. n Living costs: Look at how much you spend across a few weeks and

work out an average. n Insurance and loan repayments: Anything you pay on a regular basis. n Children and pets: Including childcare, after-school clubs, and school trips. n Travel: Including bus and train fares, cost of running a car. n Leisure: Include Christmas and birthday costs here. Now log onto Money Advice Service’s Online Money Manager – This has an interactive budget planner designed just for people on Universal Credit. You can use it whether you’re making a new claim or moving to Universal Credit from existing benefits. It will help you make the most of your money. See ‘Further Support,’ (right for more information).

Further support: THE national website has everything you need to know about Universal Credit plus an online budgeting tool to help you manage your money. There is also an online chat service where you can ‘chat’ to an adviser. If you’re not online, you can call 0800 138 777 for free and impartial money advice. This number is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 1pm; closed on Sunday and Bank Holidays.

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Global showcase for Wirral’s world beating green spaces Park experts from around the world travelled to Wirral to see our world beating parks.


irkenhead Park celebrates its 170th anniversary this year as the focus of the World Urban Parks European Congress. A host of experts in the urban parks movement travelled to Wirral to take part in a series of tours showcasing

the borough’s parks and open spaces. Guests visited Birkenhead Park, Port Sunlight, Flaybrick Cemetery and New Brighton’s Vale Park. Conference events including a gala dinner - were held at Birkenhead Town Hall and the Floral Pavilion. The event included a seminar on Edward Kemp, who was responsible for laying out Birkenhead Park, (with designer Joseph Paxton), and went on to design many parks and gardens in the North West, including Flaybrick Cemetery. Delegates talked about the future of parks and open

spaces. Key speeches were delivered by Doug Blonsky, pictured bottom right, chief executive and president of Central Park, New York, and Richard Murray, Chair of World Urban Parks. Doug is no stranger to Birkenhead; in 2013 he visited Birkenhead Park and said his trip was a ‘dream come true.’ He said: ‘You drive around Birkenhead Park and there is no question that the physical similarities between here and Central Park are there. To come here and take a look at it is a dream come true for me.’ For further updates and information about The World

Conference preparations: Birkenhead Park.

Urban Parks European Congress please visit

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YOU’RE Tell us how taking five IFTURNING YOUR life boosts your wellbeing support around: the is out there

We’re asking people to share their tips for improving how they feel using #5wayswirral.


orld Mental Health Day was chosen to launch a new health and wellbeing campaign ‘5 Ways To Wellbeing.’ The date was significant as we’re asking people to focus on how simple actions can make a big difference to your mental health. Just as we’re advised to eat five fruit and veg a day, the following five actions can boost your sense of wellbeing: n Connecting – with things you enjoy and other people. n Being active – even 10 minutes brisk walking a day can boost how you feel. n Taking notice – of the world around you and how your positive actions can make a big difference to others.

Five is fun: Local organisations are backing our campaign.

n Learning – don’t stop learning; take up new interests or revive an old one. n Giving – it isn’t about gifts or money, it’s about giving your time to help others. With one in four people experiencing mental distress

during their lifetime, it’s never been more important to take care of your mind and body. We’re going to be working with local organisations to encourage their staff and volunteers to take part. We want you to join in

too, by sharing what you do to keep your mind and soul together on Wirral Council’s Facebook and Twitter page using #5wayswirral. There’s further inspiration and advice on uk/5ways.

Why it’s important to put yourself first Connect Spending time with people improves our sense of belonging and makes us feel good. MAKE TIME to connect with people around you: Ask someone how they’re doing, talk instead of messaging, speak to someone new, arrange a day out with friends you haven’t seen for a while. Be active Being active isn’t all about looking good; it helps us feel good too. MAKE TIME to move more: Take the stairs not the lift, go for a walk, cycle or walk into work, do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching.

Keep learning It’s never too late to try something new. MAKE TIME to learn something new: Find out something about your friends or colleagues, sign up for a course or training, set yourself a challenge.

Take notice It’s not often that we stop to appreciate the world around us. MAKE TIME to notice the world around you: Have a ‘clear the

clutter’ day, notice the change in seasons, visit a new park or cafe, take a different route to somewhere you go regularly, reflect and appreciate your day.

Give However we do it, doing something for someone else gives us a lift. MAKE TIME to do something for someone else: Hold open a door for someone, ask if you can help, smile and listen, give someone a compliment. n For more info visit

October WAS a big month for health-busting campaigns encouraging us to stop smoking and reduce our drinking. As well as our Five Ways to Wellbeing Campaign (see story left), people have been going ‘Sober For October’ to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support, and the annual Stoptober drive has been supporting smokers to quit for good. A new campaign aimed at young people, ‘Drink Less Enjoy More,’ is highlighting the dangers of drinking excessively and pointing out that it is against the law to buy or serve someone an alocoholic drink who is clearly drunk. This campaign originally started in Liverpool, where it resulted in a significant drop in the number of drunk people being served in bars (down to 36% in 2016 from 84% in 2014 before the initiative started). If you’re taking part in any of these initiatives, you might need support to carry on the good work. So here are some useful addresses: n Five Ways To Wellbeing: n Drink Less Enjoy More: Visit drinklessenjoymore. for advice on how to have a great night out without breaking the law. n Stoptober: Advice on beating cravings, e-cigs and quitting for your kids, stoptober n Go Sober For October: mocktail recipes, positive health habits and advice on beating cravings,

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Beyond recycling: Benefits of reuse and upcycling Did you know 10 million household items are sent to landfill every year? 3 million of these items could be re-used by people in crisis. Many of the things we throw away haven’t always reached the end of their useful life, donating to charity is a great way to pass on your unwanted items while helping to raise valuable funds.


EFORE YOU GET RID of your unwanted sofa, TV, bunk beds or other household furniture, consider if it could be used by someone else. That sofa with the 80s pattern that you think is old fashioned is probably considered ‘retro’ by

someone else! If your items are in good condition, reuse is better than recycling, especially if it can benefit someone else and there are lots of options available in Wirral. Some items of furniture

can be donated to charity shops or local community projects, they may even be able to collect of your items. It’s always worth checking what type of furniture can be donated, as different charities will accept different items and have different needs. Upholstered furniture such as sofas and mattresses need to have their fire safety label still on them otherwise charities won’t be able to take them. You could also try to pass on items for free or a small cost, using social media and online forums such as Freecycle or Freegle. Getsafeonline. org provides advice on staying safe when using the internet. A recent trend taking households by storm is to upcycle, the new ‘make do and mend’. If you have items which are broken and need a lick of paint or a simple repair to get them back into shape, why not have a go? The internet is awash with inspiring ideas to revamp your old unloved items.


Furniture that cannot be re-used by someone else can often be recycled, especially items made from wood and

metal. Wirral’s recycling centres will take household furniture, upholstered items and electrical goods.

Green bin amnesty called

For more information about recycling go to:

DO YOU HAVE MORE than one green general waste wheelie bin that you no longer need? Until the end of November we will take away your empty and unwanted green bin free of charge. To request removal of your unwanted green wheelie bin visit uk/recycling Next year we will be starting a borough wide review of all households that currently have authorisation for an additional green bin. Unless authorised by the council, each household is only allowed to put out for collection, one grey

bin, one green bin and one or more brown bins if signed up to the garden waste scheme. Who qualifies for an extra bin? The council collects extra bins from households that fully use their grey recycling bin and live in a household with one or more of the following: n 6 or more permanent residents at the property n Clinical waste (eg pads, dressings etc) n Children under school reception age in nappies, permanently resident at the property.

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New service brings crime and ASB teams together Closer working has already seen an 11 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour across Wirral.


EDUCING crime and antisocial behaviour (ASB) is a top priority for residents and businesses. We know this because you told us in our last residents’ survey that crime and anti-social behaviour is the main issue you want us to tackle. Earlier this month, a new Safer Wirral Hub was launched, the first of its kind in the region, bringing us a significant step closer to our aim to make Wirral neighbourhoods safe. The first phase of this new service brings together teams from Wirral Council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and other key partner agencies – including volunteers. With all those agencies in place, together we

can share information and resources to bring crime and anti-social behaviour down. The new Wirral partnership is led by Merseyside Police, and reports in to a Board, ensuring that everyone involved in fighting crime has an input. This unified approach will help meet two of Wirral’s key pledges for zero tolerance towards domestic abuse, and safer neighbourhoods. SAFEGUARDING IS KEY Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults will be a key part of the project, providing much-needed early support to children, adults and families at critical times. By providing help early, we aim to stop problems getting worse. Communities in Wirral are diverse and complex. Whether it is child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, cyber crime or new and emerging threats from serious and organised crime such as human trafficking or terrorism, organisations need to constantly review and adapt. Wirral Safeguarding Hub aims to: n Reduce numbers of people entering the crimi-

Community first: The official launch of the new Safer Wirral Hub.

nal justice system. n Improve safeguarding for vulnerable residents. n Tackle anti-social behaviour and crime. n Establish a multi-agency hub for managers at Solar Campus. n Establish one contact number for all Safer Wirral services. 11 PER CENT REDUCTION The different organisations

charged with creating safer neighbourhoods have already been working together for some time. This closer working has already led to an 11 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour across Wirral. It’s also estimated the Safer Wirral Hub has already saved emergency services more than £50,000 during the pilot ear-

lier this year. The Hub is at the Solar Campus, Leasowe. Daily briefings take place involving staff from all agencies, and joint responses are planned targeting offenders who are exploiting vulnerable members of the community. Teams will also be working across police stations in Wirral.

Littering penalties fund local grot-spot clean-ups A second campaign to rid communities of problematic areas for fly-tipping is underway. Eighteen ‘grot spots’ have been identified and earmarked for action after local councillors and partners nominated sites in their neighbourhoods. These sites are on privately-owned or unregistered land that has been blighted by fly-tipping. To fund the clean-ups, the council is reinvesting some of the money received from fixed penalty notices that people receive for littering. This pays for contractors and, where possible, billing careless or

unresponsive owners for the work. The areas involved in this campaign are all places used by prolific fly-tippers. They are not public areas, so the respon-

sibility for keeping them tidy lies with landowners - not the council. While many landowners take their responsibilities

Barton Street, Birkenhead: Before and after.

seriously, others don’t, and in those cases the council will carry out the work and attempt to recoup the money. The latest phase of the

campaign saw an unregistered area of land on Barton Street at the rear of Grange Road West in Birkenhead cleared over four days. This land had been suggested for clearance by Birkenhead Improvement District, (a Wirral Chamber initiative), as it was blighted by fly tipping, litter and overgrown vegetation and had a small derelict building next to it which was attracting anti-social behaviour. The area is now much improved, and no longer provides the seclusion and cover for the kind of anti-social behaviour and activities that were taking place there previously.

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The transformative power of nurturing green spaces Butterflies provided the inspiration for Birkenhead YMCA’s stunning garden transformation.


ave says that working on Birkenhead YMCA’s community garden has helped ‘sort a lot of problems in his head.’ John says working on the project has changed his life. Both men are talking about Birkenhead YMCA’s flagship eco-therapy, health and wellbeing project, created on what was a large derelict piece of land at the back of Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead. Residents and the local community are involved, and the

results of their labours can be seen in the garden itself, and in planters they have provided in Birkenhead Town Centre. Volunteers include people who have suffered mental health and physical problems; some are homeless and resident at the YMCA. They say it has had a real impact on their mental health and wellbeing. Nigel Hughes, CEO of Birkenhead YMCA says: ‘It’s been a really inspiring year. The project has improved life in our local community and created a place where we inspire our people and other local volunteers to come in and make friends, commune with nature, and learn new skills.’ The project is run on a drop-in and volunteer basis with longer term volunteering opportunities for people with

Green fingers: Above, Rita Felton, Wendy Ford, Alan Hudson and Brian Smith.

experience of health, mental or emotional distress. Helpers can work towards and gain a qualification in hor-

ticulture and help with landscaping and maintenance. This year two volunteers have found employment as a result.

The garden was also visited by judges from the Royal Horticultural Society as part of the ‘In Bloom’ initiative.

‘This has given people a real sense of purpose’ The CATALYST for Birkenhead YMCA’s garden was to provide a haven for butterflies. In creating it, says Nigel Hughes, Birkenhead YMCA CEO, the project has given people a place of refuge. ‘This has not only improved volunteers health and wellbeing, it has given them a real sense of purpose. If you add the value of transforming dull urban spaces into attractive locations, it’s a real winner,’ he adds. Shocked by news that butterflies are disappearing

more rapidly from towns than the countryside, volunteers decided to plant butterfly friendly plants around Birkenhead and at the YMCA:

n They chose sunny, sheltered spots and included nectar rich plants including buddleia, wallflowers, lavender, nasturtium, verbena and marjoram. They placed the same types of plants together in blocks or planters. n Planting schemes were designed to provide flowers right through the butterfly season;

spring flowers for butterflies coming out of hibernation and autumn flowers to help build up reserves for winter. n Flowering was prolonged by regular deadheading and watering well - plants that are well-watered produce more nectar for hungry butterflies. The results have been lifechanging n ‘The garden and planters in town have been amazing to be part of. You will never know how it has helped me and given me so much happiness

to work on this,’ says Joe, of the YMCA n ‘My life has been changed by growing the plants and looking after them, it makes me feel great inside to see them around the town looking so good and brightening everywhere up,’ says John, a volunteer. n ‘I have learned on this project – it helped me get a qualification but more than anything else it helped me sort out a lot of problems in my head, I feel so much better,’ says Dave, a volunteer.

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New mums’ support New mothers in Wirral now receive a free Baby Box as part of antenatal maternity care.


ecoming a mum for the first time is a happy but daunting time. A new scheme is providing a ‘Baby Box,’ which provides space for a newborn to rest, (should it be needed), plus a range of ‘starter’ resources to make it easier for new families. The scheme is supported by antenatal appointments with midwives and additional sessions through the Baby Box community, helping new mums feel less isolated. The initiative is led by the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Improving Me programme, a partnership of NHS organisations aiming to improve the experiences of

Vicky O’Gorman, Community Maternity Support Worker, handing over the baby box to mum Natalie Howell.

women and children. Families receiving a Baby Box also become members of the Baby Box University – an online learning programme covering almost everything a new parent would want to know.

Veterans’ drop-in session launched Wirral Military Community Services have launched a new series of dropin sessions for Forces’ veterans and their families or dependants. The sessions, called ‘NAAFI breaks’ (Navy, Army and Air Force Institute) gives veterans and their families the chance to meet others in a similar situation and source information and support they may previously have been unaware of. Representatives from a number of local agencies including Veterans UK, Age UK Wirral, the Citizens

Advice Bureau, Wirral Ways to Recovery, Wirral Council, Invigor8 and others will provide help and support to those attending. As well as a source of support, meetings are also open to others who may just wish to go along, have a cup of tea and chat with other veterans about old times. The NAAFI sessions will be held at Nightingales Cafe on Conway Street, Birkenhead, every Tuesday from 10am-1pm. For more info about the NAAFI sessions visit the Wirral Military Community Services Facebook page or call 07514 113813.

New mum, Natalie Howell, 29, of Wallasey, (above with Molly-Rose Howell), said: ‘It’s a really useful starting point. The information about new born babies will be really helpful.’ Further information about

the initiative can be found at or by emailing info@improvingme. You can also find Improving Me on Facebook at ImprovingMe1 or twitter @ ImprovingMe.

Get your school apps in now! The deadline is fast approaching for parents to return applications for admission into Wirral secondary schools. By Monday, October 31, parents of pupils currently in Year 6 at primary school should all have applied for a secondary school place for their child. Online: Applications can be made at wirral. by midnight on Tuesday, October 31.

By form: You can also complete a paper application form, available from One Stop Shops or by calling 0151 606 2020. Deadline for postal applications is 5pm on Tuesday, October 31. For further information visit schooladmissions. Offers will be sent to parents/carers on March 1, 2018 (by email for online applications, or by post for paper form applications).

Calling all the heroes! Wirral Council is calling for your nominations for the Wirral Award 2017. Recipients will be treated to a civic reception at Wallasey Town Hall, and join a small but distinguished band of people who have been recognised with this civic honour, which rewards going the extra mile for others. We are looking for individuals or organisations living or working in Wirral who have made an outstanding achievement over the previous 12 months, or have given distinguished service to the borough (over a period of 20 years or more, less in exceptional circumstances). Past winners have included community workers, volunteers, environmental champions, and people who have made a difference to local neighbourhoods. Your nominees can work as individuals, or as part of a group or organisation. They may have achieved in the fields of education, culture or sport, for example, or they may have put the borough on the map. Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan, will present the awards. She said: ‘Our award holders are from various fields of public life and have included volunteers, from the world of sport and the arts. If you’ve ever heard yourself thinking that someone you know deserved an award for the good works they do, now is the time to nominate them.’ You have until December 8, 2017, to make your nomination at

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We’re all Disability Confident! We believe people with disabilities have a major contribution to make in the workplace.


his year, Wirral Council became a Disability Confident employer recognising our commitment to proactively recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions. Being part of the scheme means we recognise that potential employees with health conditions can – with some adjustments – be valuable and valued members of any workforce with as much, if not more, to add to the daily life of a workplace. The Disability Confident scheme supports employers signed up to it to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace. In return, your business

will be seen as leading the way, and helping to positively change attitudes, behaviours and cultures. Whether an employee has become disabled during their working life, or you’re looking for new staff, being Disability Confident can help people fulfil their potential and contribute to the success of your business. Disability Confident will enable you to: n draw from the widest possible pool of talent n secure and retain high quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard working n save time and money on the costs of recruitment and training by reducing staff turnover n keep valuable skills and experience n reduce the levels and costs of sickness absences n improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that you treat all employees fairly The scheme has three levels. Discover more at and search for ‘disability confident’.

What does ‘disability confident’ mean? As a disability confident employer we will give people an interview if they have a disability - provided they meet minimum essential criteria. We make ‘reasonable adjustments’ eg by providing people with specialist equipment to do their job if they need it. Business has in the past missed out on the talents and skills that people with disabilities bring to the workplace, and we want to provide a

level playing field so they can enter the workplace. In return we receive the benefits of their professionalism, talents and unique skillset. And through Disability Confident, employers are: n challenging attitudes n increasing understanding n removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions n ensuring disabled people can fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

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JEEVES & WOOSTER Catch the hilarious new play at the Little Theatre. µ carltonlittletheatre.


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OME OF the most talented guitarists from around the world are coming to Wirral for this year’s International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. Headliners this year include Roy Wood, founder member of ELO and Wizzard, and one of the biggest stars of the blues rock world, Joanne Shaw Taylor. You can see shows from Wishbone Ash, Kyla Brox, Soft

Machine, Tom Walker Trio and Colin Blunstone, founding member of The Zombies. Drummer Carl Palmer will celebrate the lives and music of his late bandmates Keith Emerson and Greg Lake in a show dedicated to ELP. Enjoy classical guitar from Eleftheria Kotzia and catch Jerry Scheff, who has played with Elvis and Bob Dylan.

Festival favourites Chris Corcoran Trio, Esmond Selwyn, Phil Chisnall, John Goldie and Peter Price return, and don’t miss Liverpool Guitar Society’s Showcase Concert. To find out more about this year’s unmissable lineup, see Listings or visit

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Creepy stories for kids at Birkenhead Library and Port Sunlight Lyceum. µ see Listings


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Spooky stories, BIRKENHEAD TUE 24th OCT, 2.30-3.30pm. 50p Stories for under 8’s at Birkenhead Library. Book in advance. 0151 606 2119

Sid’s Show SAT 28th OCT, 2.30pm. £12 Sid from Cbeebies goes on a fantastic fun-filled adventure that’ll knock your socks off! Ideal for families with children aged 3+.

SHALAMAR WED 1st NOV, 7.30pm. £33 | £31 A blend of funk, disco and soul with hits like ‘A Night To Remember’, ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’ and ‘I Owe You One’.

WALLASEY RESTORED SAT 28th OCT to SAT 11th NOV An exhibition of photographs scanned for the first time. Wallasey Central Library.

WISHBONE ASH THU 2nd NOV, 8pm. £21 British Rock legends perform their iconic twin guitar sound and classics such as ‘The King Will Come’, ‘Throw Down The Sword’ and ‘Blowin’ Free’.

Creepy Crafts & Spooky Stories - Port SUNLIGHT WED 25th & THU 26th OCT, 10.30am-3.30pm. Activities £1.50 Witches potions and spinetingling tales at the Lyceum. THE BLUES BAND THU 26th OCT, 7.30pm. £22.50 Unmissable rhythm & blues. HALLOWEEN AT CHURCH FARM Until SUN 29th OCT Beastly goings on, including pumpkin picking, Weird Science puppet show, train ride with monsters and a bird of prey display. Plus pumpkin pies and spiced scones at Munch Coffee Shop. uk

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TOM WALKER TRIO SUN 5th NOV, 7.30pm. £15 Respected across the globe, Tom drives British blues to new levels. Jeeves & Wooster PERFECT NONSENSE TUE 7th - SAT 11th NOV, 7pm. £8 | £6 conc The Little Theatre Birkenhead presents a fast-paced comedy featuring the iconic double act.

Upbeat Beatles FRI 3rd NOV, 7.30pm. £18 Taking you on a ‘Magical History Tour’ of the Fab Four’s story using projections and all your favourite Beatles songs. DR. HOOK STARRING DENNIS LOCORRIERE SUN 29th OCT, 7.30pm. £31.50 - £36.50 Classics like ‘Sylvia’s Mother’, ‘When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman’ and more. West End Works 2017 SUN 29th OCT, 7pm. £12 | £10 Annual variety show of West End Musicals at the Gladstone. Shakespeare SCHOOLS Festival MON 30th & TUE 31st OCT, 7pm. £11 | £7 conc An evening of Shakespearean youth theatre.

RICK WAKEMAN FRI 3rd NOV, 7.30pm. £26.50 Piano Portraits became the first solo piano album to enter the UK’s Top 10. Also listen to hits like ‘Stairway To Heaven’, ‘Help’ and ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and anecdotes from this well-known raconteur.

FIREWORK DISPLAYS SAT 4th & SUN 5th NOV Find out more about River of Light and community firework displays on page 2&3. ROY WOOD SAT 4th NOV 7.30pm. £31 Founder of The Move, ELO, and Wizzard, Roy and his Big Rock & Roll Band perform hits like ‘California Man’, ‘Flowers In The Rain’, ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’ and many more.

Wallasey Historical Society THU 9th NOV, 7.30-9.30pm Meetings are held at Wallasey Central Library on the second Thursday of each month. The Judgement of Parry THU 9th & FRI 10th NOV, 7.30pm. £10 | £8 It is 1921 and the boarders at Pitt Street, Liverpool, are struggling to make ends meet. Leonard can see a solution... if only he knew which woman to choose. ELEFTHERIA KOTZIA THU 9th NOV, 7.30pm. £15 Classical guitarist Ellie Kotzia teaches guitar and gives recitals around the world.

Foster & Allen WED 8th NOV, 7.30pm. £21 Celebrating 40 years in the music business, the pair perform ‘Bunch of Thyme’, ‘Maggie’, ‘After All These Years’ and more. Port Sunlight on the Eve of the War THU 9th NOV, 7.30pm Talk at the Lyceum exploring life in the village in 1913-4. 1917: Wirral and the First World War THU 9th NOV, 2pm Talk by head archivist Will Meredith at Wirral Archives Service, Birkenhead. 0151 606 2929

SONGS FROM THE MOVIES FRI 10th NOV, 7.30pm. £12 Wirral Community Choir perform songs from Frozen, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and more. Wallasey Town Hall. 0151 652 6373 FAMILY ART Workshops SAT 11th NOV, 11am-4pm Free creative days at Williamson Art Gallery.

Ruth Rendell - A Judgement In Stone MON 6th - SAT 11th NOV, 7.30pm (matinee WED & SAT, 2.30pm). £24 - £29 Ruth Rendell’s brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself. The star cast includes Chris Ellison (The Bill), Sophie Ward (Young Sherlock Holmes), Robert Duncan (Drop the Dead Donkey) and Antony Costa from chart topping boy-band Blue.

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what’s on Bee Gees Fever SAT 11th NOV, 7.30pm. £17 Sing along to ‘How Deep is Your love’, ‘Stayin’ Alive’, ‘Night Fever’ and ‘Tragedy’ with UK’s number 1 Bee Gees tribute act.

TONY STOCKWELL TUE 14th NOV, 7.30pm. £19.50 - £23.50 Psychic mediumship.

JERRY SCHEFF FRI 17th NOV, 7.30pm. £21.50 A rare opportunity to see a musician who has played bass with Elvis, the Doors and Bob Dylan.

Bullets and daffodils SAT 11th NOV, 2.15pm-4pm. £4 Dean Johnson commemorates poet Wilfred Owen. Birkenhead Library. Book in advance. 0151 606 2119

GARY MURPHY CLASSIC MOVIE ANTHEMS 2 SAT 18th NOV, 7.30pm. £19.50 Featuring blockbusters like Live & Let Die, Back To The Future and The Full Monty.

NEARLY DAN IN CONCERT SAT 11th NOV, 8pm. £18 A tribute to the meticulously crafted grooves and allusive lyrical style of Steely Dan.

KYLA BROX SUN 19th NOV, 7.30pm. £15 Kyla Brox blurs the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old.

Liverpool Guitar Society Concert THU 16th NOV, 7.30pm. £10 | £8 Ravel’s haunting Pavane, Isaac Albeniz’s Cordoba, the lively Brazilian rhythms of Paulo Bellinati and more.

NATHAN CARTER SUN 12th NOV, 7.30pm. £27.50 Irish country-pop crossover star Nathan Carter brings his Wanna Dance Tour to Wirral. Colin Blunstone SUN 12th NOV, 8pm. £21.50 Founding member and singer of The Zombies comes to Wirral. Upton Dementia & Carers group TUE 14th NOV, 2-3.30pm Meet carers and people living with dementia. Plus activities. Upton Library. barbara.lee52@

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR FRI 17th NOV, 7.30pm. £32.50 The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has established herself as the UK’s number one star of the blues rock world. floralpavilion. com

SWAN LAKE - RUSSIAN STATE BALLET & OPERA THU 23rd NOV, 7.30pm £31 | £29 conc Featuring music by the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky played by a live orchestra, this is the story of a tragic romance in which a young princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse.

A VIENNESE STRAUSS CHRISTMAS GALA SAT 25th NOV, 7.30pm. £20 | £18 An evening of waltzes and Christmas music from The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Esmond Selwyn AND Terri Shaltiel SAT 25th NOV, 8pm. £15 Jazz, blues, soul and gospel. SOFT MACHINE SUN 26th NOV, 7.30pm. All tickets £19.50 Three of the 70s version of the legendary group are completed by sax star Theo Travis.

Omid Djalili: Schmuck For A Night THU 16th NOV, 8pm. £25.50 Standup comedy. See box, right. Chris Corcoran Trio THU 16th NOV, 8pm. £15 An eclectic mix of instrumental music that includes blues, jazz, latin, funk and rock’n’roll.

SONG CONTEST! THE ALMOST EUROVISION EXPERIENCE THU 23rd & FRI 24th NOV, 7.30pm. £13.50 Vote live in this sequin-soaked celebration of Eurovision.

THE LADY BOYS OF BANGKOK TUE 21st NOV, 7.30pm. £25.50 | £23.50 conc Fabulous cabaret featuring songs from Beyonce, Rhianna, Gloria Gaynor, Tom Jones and more. One man two governors TUE 21st - SAT 25th NOV, 7.30pm. £9 Francis Henshall must keep his two guvnors apart in this critically acclaimed play. LULU SOLD OUT WED 22nd NOV, 7.30pm Delivering a show packed full of her hits and new songs too.

Phil Chisnall’s Songwriters Circle SUN 26th NOV, 7.30pm. £12 Fantastic local talent covering a wide range of musical styles. Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy TUE 28th NOV, 8pm. £21.50 Carl Palmer celebrates the music of Emerson Lake and Palmer. JASON MANFORD WED 29th NOV, 8pm. £16.50 Standup comedy. See box, John Goldie & Peter Price THU 30th NOV, 8pm. £15 Virtuoso acoustic guitar.

JOKING ASIDE THERE will be belly laughs all round as big names in the world of comedy come to Wirral this Autumn. Omid Djalili is bringing his Schmuck For A Night tour to Wirral on Thursday 16th November. British born to Iranian parents, the award-winning comedian has also starred in Notting Hill, The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean. His live shows are intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining. Former team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats and a regular on Live at the Apollo, Jason Manford is one of Britain’s best loved comedians. Tickets are selling fast for his hilarious Work in Progress tour, showing at the Floral Pavilion on Wednesday 29th November. Notorious for being ridiculous, Irish comedian Jimeoin is in Wirral on Saturday 28th October, plus keep an eye out for Floral Pavilion’s regular FRated comedy nights.

CAN YOU ACT OR SING? West Kirby Light Opera Society are looking for actors and singers of all ages for their new show, ‘Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi’, which will run at Floral Pavilion in June 2018. Auditions take place at Greasby Methodist Church Hall on Wed 25th Oct from 7.30pm and Hoylake Community Centre on Mon 30th Oct from 7.30pm and Sun 5th Nov from 1pm. If you are interested in attending, call 0151 632 1989 or email

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Wirral Star Party is out of this world Wirral Park Rangers have teamed up with the Liverpool Astronomical Society to host a free Autumn Star Party at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston, from 7pm to 9pm on Saturday October 28. Prepare to be dazzled by the wonders of the night sky at this popular event, featuring experienced

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URING World War II, the Ministry of Defence and US Army had a secret munitions factory hidden beneath New Brighton Palace, Depot 0616. The factory employed over 200 women between 1939 and 1945 and doubled as a communal air raid shelter, one entrance to which, a large iron grille, can still be seen in Virginia Road at the back of the Palace. Now you can visit this bunker yourself on a guided Wirral Myths and Legends tour. You’ll walk through the hidden passageways beneath the streets of New Brighton and see the machines used to make bullets, while hearing about the fascinating history of the place.

For example, over 200 years ago, before New Brighton was even born and the area was known as Black Rock, the tunnels were reputedly used by smugglers. After the war, the tunnels became a nightclub called The Creep. Tours run at 10am, 12pm, 3pm and 7pm from Tuesday to Saturday throughout the year. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours and costs £7 per person. Unfortunately this tour is unsuitable for wheelchair users. To find out more info and to book your place, visit

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amateur astronomers who will be on-hand to offer advice and guidance to beginners. There will also be astronomy talks on the night. Using telescopes, star enthusiasts will be able to view craters on the moon, plus galaxies and deep sky objects... weather permitting! To book your place, call 0151 648 4371. More details are at

PETER PANTO Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook will be coming to Wirral for the Floral Pavilion’s yearly panto. Staring CBeebies’ Dan Wright, Nick Jr’s Holly Atteron and Coronation Street’s Marc Baylis, the swash-buckling panto will run from Sat 9th Dec to Sun 7th Jan. To book tickets, visit

WIN TICKETS... WIN A FAMILY TICKET (Maximum four tickets) to see peter pan at the Floral Pavilion on SAT 9th DEC, 7pm. Q: what is the name of peter pan’s little fairy friend? Closing date MON 20th NOV 2017. Email your answer plus your name, address, phone number and email address to Your entry can be posted to Wirral View, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton St, Wallasey, CH44 8ED

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Support available for carers If you’re among Wirral’s 40,000 plus unpaid carers, advice and support is available.


re you a carer? Do you look after a relative or friend who needs help because of disability, illness, addiction or age – but without being paid to do so? WIRED is made up of, and acts for, disabled people and carers. It provides a range of services and is an umbrella organisation for similar groups. Vanessa Kane, Carer Connector at WIRED, said: ‘We advise carers about the support they are entitled to, including grants and specialised services. ‘With more than 40,000 carers, some of them extremely isolated and not internet savvy, it can be difficult to get the help you need.’ WIRED is for anyone looking after a parent, child, friend or neighbour – but not

as a paid employment. They support adults aged 18+ but can signpost younger carers to Barnardo’s. Vanessa says: ‘Often carers don’t realise they are entitled to support so don’t look for it. And because internet access is so often needed these days, we can signpost them to help with that.’ Problems commonly faced by carers include: n Social isolation n Difficulty finding the right services and support, particularly when things go wrong n Waiting time for support n Difficulty understanding how to find respite care n Difficulty appreciating their status as a carer so they can access services.


Often carers don’t realise they are entitled to support so don’t look for it.

Support: WIRED is an umbrella organisation for other agencies.

GET IN TOUCH For more info, call WIRED on 0151 670 0777, email or text CARER to 87007 (free). Other useful contacts: n Carers Helpline: 0151 670 0777 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3.30pm) n Visit for information on support services.

Cycling scheme hits the road Extending opportunities to young people who are looked after by the council is vital if they are to have the same life chances as others. Using funding from Public Health, a new project is helping young people and care leavers improve their health, get out and about, and save money on public transport. The equipment on offer includes new bikes to keep and on-loan, locks, lights and helmets, plus a bi-monthly bike surgery at Moreton Family Centre. Anyone receiving a bike must complete council cycling proficiency training as well. The scheme was devised by the council’s Participation and Engagement team, alongside the Transportation and 14-19 Education teams. So far, it has made 50 bikes available: some

are on-loan to young people and some have been offered to foster carers; allowing them to go on cycling activities with the young people they care for. As well as being a great way to get more exercise, cycling is giving young people more independence and confidence, and has had a positive impact on their lives in terms of

reducing social isolation. Gareth Jones, Apprenticeships and Skills Manager said: ‘The scheme has removed many barriers. It’s a fantastic initiative.’ If you are a foster carer or care leaver who might benefit from the bike loan scheme, contact Julie Smith at Moreton Family Centre on juliesmith1@ or 0151 678 1936.

Cycling to work: A care leaver with her personal coach.

It’s hard to imagine someone you love ever needing care. We find lots of families simply aren’t informed when that time comes around. The team at Caldy Manor Care Home is always happy to provide friendly advice or help understand the different types of care available.

The established team at Caldy Manor Care Home is here to support you.

Call: 0151 515 2872 Caldy Wood, Wirral, CH48 2HY

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Wallasey Liscard Leasowe & Moreton East

Wirral Council is made up of 66 locally elected councillors across 22 electoral wards. Wirral Council is a labourled council with a labour Cabinet whose members have separate portfolios and responsibilities. all councillors have a role in reviewing decisions and

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decision making. Community leadership and engagement is at the heart of each councillor’s role, working in partnership with voluntary and community organisations to actively engage residents and people who use our services.

Seacombe Bidston & St James

Hoylake & Meols

Birkenhead & Tranmere

Claughton Upton Oxton Greasby, Irby & Frankby

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Christina Muspratt 0151 645 8864 christinamuspratt

Walter Smith 07795 243 342 waltersmith

Jerry Williams 0151 608 3769 jerrywilliams

Birkenhead & Tranmere

Brian Kenny 0151 638 5488 briankenny

Ann McLachlan 0151 522 0299 annmclachlan

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Leader of Council

Pat Cleary 07852 842 559 patcleary

Phil Davies 0151 691 8540 phildavies

Jean Stapleton 07929 780 326 jeanstapleton


Chris Carubia 07720 847 265 chriscarubia

Phil Gilchrist 0151 334 1923 philgilchrist

Dave Mitchell 0151 327 2095 davemitchell

Treena Johnson 07722 007 309 treenajohnson

Anita Leech 0151 691 0540 anitaleech

Tom Anderson 07917 807 776 tomanderson

David Burgess-Joyce 07769 326 170 davidburgessjoyce

Bernie Mooney 07811 060 891 berniemooney

Thomas Usher 07407 702 182 thomasusher

Paul Doughty 0151 651 2059 pauldoughty

Stuart Kelly 07940 545 003 stuartkelly

Phillip Brightmore 07794 428 126 phillipbrightmore

Louise Reecejones 07468 419 765 louisereecejones

Wendy Clements 0151 677 4045 wendyclements

Janette Williamson 07871 075 182 janwilliamson

Paul Stuart 0151 638 8067 paulstuart

Matthew Patrick Tony Smith matthewpatrick 0151 677 1384 tonysmith

Cherry Povall, JP 07814 913 975 cherrypovall

Adam Sykes 07855 379 397 adamsykes

Andrew Hodson 0151 342 6253 andrewhodson

Michael Sullivan 07584 207 739 mikesullivan

Kathy Hodson 07747 603 405 kathyhodson

Les Rowlands 0151 342 2454 lesrowlands

Steve Foulkes 07712 133 696 stevefoulkes

Eddie Boult 0151 632 2605 eddieboult

Gerry Ellis 0151 632 1976 gerryellis

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New Brighton

Bruce Berry 07733 012 414 bruceberry

Pat Hackett 07771 972 302 pathackett

Chris Blakeley 07803 614 418 chrisblakeley

Steve Williams 07974 717 666 stevewilliams

Angela Davies 07747 735 133 angeladavies

Paul Hayes 07837 205 171 paulhayes

Gillian Wood 07493 142 672 gilliwood

John Hale 0151 632 4570 johnhale

Tony Jones 07516 731 717 tonyjones

Chris Spriggs 07855 315 088 christinespriggs

Moira McLaughlin 07880 348 024 moiramclaughlin

Chris Meaden 07738 824 130 chrismeaden

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Tony Norbury 07952 297 652 tonynorbury

Denise Realey 0151 652 3059 deniserealey


Stuart Whittingham 0151 653 5539 stuartwhittingham

George Davies 07713 644 330 georgedavies

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Chris Jones 07853 042 243 christinejones

Tracey Pilgrim 07831 269 506 traceysmith1


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Adrian Jones 0151 638 9050 adrianjones

Irene Williams 0151 608 7806 irenewilliams



Alan Brighouse 0151 652 6041 alanbrighouse

Warren Ward 07581 414 518 warrenward

Greasby, Frankby & Irby

Leasowe & Moreton East

Ron Abbey 07957 721 248 ronabbey

Joe Walsh joewalsh

Bill Davies 07867 772 437 billdavies

West Kirby & Thurstaston

Ian Lewis 07886 133 571 ianlewis

Lesley Rennie 07795 450 497 lesleyrennie

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David M Elderton 07973 662 395 davidelderton

Jeff Green 07766 725 125 jeffgreen

Geoffrey Watt 0151 625 3941 geoffreywatt

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Councillor Phil Davies Leader of Wirral Council


N CASE you missed the news, Wirral is officially the happiest place to live in the North West and the third happiest place in the UK. Property website, Rightmove asked more than 17,000 people how happy they are where they live and to rank 12 ‘happiness factors’. Residents of Wirral responded positively, our borough ranked higher for happiness than property hotspots like Harrogate, Richmond on Thames and Royal Tunbridge Wells. The first factors were Community Spirit and a Sense of Belonging. It should be no surprise that people feel happiest when they play an active part in their community. With Wirral’s strong and growing volunteer community groups, more and more residents are playing their part in the various Friends Groups, Library Volunteers, as well as the award winning National Citizen Service groups offering 16-17 year olds on Wirral a chance to get involved in their community. A sense of Safety, Friendly Neighbours and A Place Where They Could Be Themselves will also have sent Wirral’s score soaring. Our new Community Safety Hub, a partnership with Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services, various council departments and community organisations has already seen a reduction in anti-social behaviour across the borough. Our towns and villages have their own identity and schemes such as The Big Community Door Knock, checking on the welfare of older residents, which help create

places that people are rightly proud of. We are also at our happiest when we are active and entertained. Arts and Culture, Sports and Recreation, Local Amenities, Nature and Green Spaces, Essential Local Services were all factors where Wirral will have scored highly. Our coastline is what defines us, and Wirral’s first ever Blue Flag is now proudly flying over Harrison Drive Beach, alongside another record number of Green Flags in our parks. Our local sports teams are also enjoying success on and off the field in rugby, football, cricket and hockey especially. The final factors, Earn Enough to Live Comfortably and Opportunities to Develop Skills tested whether people’s economic circumstances enabled them to feel happy too.


Wirral is officially the happiest place to live in the North West

While we know austerity continues to hit our most vulnerable residents hardest, in Wirral we’ve seen continued increase in our employment rate, made more progress on the creation of the Wirral Growth Company and the plans for £1billion of development opportunities to start next year. The Wirral Met College and Birkenhead Sixth Form continue to go from strength to strength and our schools again topped the region’s rankings for results. These surveys are a bit of fun, but when we repeatedly score so well, as we did earlier in the year when Bebington retained its Royal Mail title as ‘Best Post Code in England’ for a second year, it makes you think – ‘What a wonderful place we call home’.

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n the 16th century, maps became more accurate, and, with the invention of printing, cheaper. Our treasure from the council’s archive service this month s a map of Wirral dating from 1598. It must have been cutting edge for its time, an early attempt to depict Wirral and its surroundings in a useful and accurate way. It shows that Tudor Wirral had villages but no towns; Birkenhead wasn’t even a village and is simply marked as ‘the ferry’. There are a number of deer parks, denoted by areas enclosed by a ditch surrounded by a bank with a wooden fence on top. It’s interesting that when our map was produced: n The late 16th century tower at St Oswald’s Church, Bidston, once part of a large medieval parish, was barely five years old. n Birkenhead Priory was falling into disrepair after being dissolved by Henry VIII, 60 years earlier. n The Earls of Derby were building Leasowe Castle as a sporting lodge and prime vantage point to watch horse racing n The Norman Tower at St Hilary’s Church, Wallasey, was relatively new, at around 60 years old (it was built in 1537). n In contrast, Eastham Parish Church had been part of the Wirral landscape since around 1150 and is clearly marked on the map. The map is in a manuscript local history book written by William Smith, a local historian, mapmaker, playwright, and innkeeper who was a herald of the College of Arms, with the title ‘Rouge Dragon Pursuivant’. The book also contains family trees and coats of arms of the gentlemen of Elizabethan Cheshire, information on the Earls of Chester,

and an extract copied from the Domesday Book. The book is held by Wirral Archives (ref YPX 91), and can be viewed in their Search

Room on the Lower Ground Floor of the Cheshire Lines Building (open weekdays, 9.30am-4.30pm, ring 0151 606 2929 to make an appointment).

calling heritage seekers News of two societies welcoming new members: Birkenhead History Society welcomes heritage fans to their monthly meeting on the third Thursday of the month in Wirral Ladies Golf Club, Bidston Road, Claughton. Meetings start at 6.45pm and future subjects include ‘Wirral Racecourses,’ and ‘Wilfred Owen.’

Prenton Literary and Debating Society meets at Prenton Bowling Club, Prenton Road West, every Tuesday from 7.30pm. Talks are on a wide range of historical and other topics and new members are welcome. For more info visit or call 0151 336 3515 or email

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‘Great door knock’ update F

or just under a year, volunteers have been taking part in the Great Wirral Door Knock, calling on residents who might feel lonely or isolated, particularly the elderly. Pensby was their latest destination (inset right), after similar visits to Eastham, Woodchurch and Rock Ferry racked up 3,230 individual ‘door knocks,’ 821 conversations with residents, and 316 referrals for further help and support.

‘silver line’ offers help at the end of a phone istock

Volunteers have been knocking on doors as part of a Wirral-wide befriending project.

Pensby had been identified as a local ‘isolation hotspot’ – meaning residents have a high risk of being isolated because they are living alone, suffering financial difficulties or have lost lifelong partners. The three-day visit resulted in a further 1,064 calls, 273 conversations, and 79 referrals for further help. The project will continue as part of a rolling programme of visits. So far it’s been a success, with people going on to join community groups or lunch clubs, finding somewhere to eat Christmas dinner when otherwise they would have been alone, or receiving Christmas hampers. Seven residents also offered to volunteer as befrienders and have been trained by Age UK

Wirral and matched to isolated residents to help bring communities and residents together. The project is led by Age UK Wirral in partnership with key organisations who want to engage with older people and help to improve their lives. These include the council,

When was the last time... laughed ‘till you cried? Spending time with the people around us, whether it’s friends, neighbours or family, improves our sense of belonging and makes us feel good. Chances are the last time you had a really good belly laugh it was with someone else. When will the next time be?

Share your story with us #5wayswirral

Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Citizens Advice, Royal British Legion, Magenta Living and Wirral Change. There will be more Wirral Door Knocks in the future so keep an eye out for campaigns in your area.

The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 0800 470 8090. If you would like to volunteer and support future projects or would just like some more info about the door knocking campaign, please contact Age UK Wirral on 0151 653 4404.

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Everything you want to know about Wirral New website carries a wealth of useful information about Wirral, its residents and services.


new website tells you everything you wanted to know about Wirral and the people who live here. The ‘Wirral Intelligence Service’ site – wirralintelligence – carries a wealth of information about the borough, from its physical characteristics and the people who live here, to what residents in your area think about issues like safety and health. It’s full of information gleaned from surveys, focus groups and other research, and details the challenges the

borough faces and how we compare with other areas of the country. It also includes the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, a snapshot of issues affecting Wirral residents, which is used to predict the changing trends. This information helps

organisations like the council and health agencies plan what demand is likely to be on services in the future, and helps shape the 20 pledges that we need to achieve for residents by 2020. Whether you’re an individual wanting to find out

about the area you live, or are researching something specific for your organisation or a school/university project, the website is a good starting point for information that has been verified and is reliable. n For more information visit

Fire teams launch pet rescue scheme Fire stations are now carrying pet-friendly oxygen masks. The masks, provided by a charity called Smokey Paws and paid for by donations from animal lovers, are part of a kit specially tailored for cats, dogs and other small household pets. They are now being used

by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, including in Wirral. They can be used for a variety of animals including hamsters, snakes, dogs and cats and larger animals such as sheep and horses. Once animals have been rescued, like humans, they

often need oxygen to help recover. The masks are designed to fit the faces of animals which have suffered smoke inhalation If you would like to raise funds and awareness locally, contact Emma on emma@ or call 07340 754 408.

pop-up displays staged for ‘inside outside’ exhibition Inspired by the historic surroundings of Birkenhead Priory, people have been working with the Friends of the Williamson and Birkenhead Priory on an arts project called ‘Inside Outside.’ An exhibition of art from the project was opened by the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan, and her Consort Mr Bill McLachlan (pictured).

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and supported by Wirral Methodist Housing Association, ‘Inside Outside’ gave people of all ages a chance to work with professional artists. Workshops were held in Birkenhead town centre and in four ‘pop up’ locations making bug boxes, bird boxes, kites (that really flew!), and printing and painting healing herbs

inspired by the history of Birkenhead Priory. Textile skills were used to transform cups and plates and turn umbrellas into works of art. More than 400 people took part in the workshops. Wirral Methodist Housing Association have worked with Williamson and Priory Friends to offer creative activities to local people over many years.

basketball team brings home Olympic bronze A Wirral disabled basketball team received a bronze medal representing the North West at the latest Special Olympic Games in Sheffield. The team’s achievements are remarkable considering that they only played their first game on a full court in November 2016, during a regional qualifying event for the Special Olympics. Hoylake Wildcats were formed five years ago by Head Coach Jon Spindler. It began on a weekly basis under Jon’s stewardship. As the group grew, the players

gave themselves a name and Jon purchased a kit in a local sports shop. Since then, they have gone from strength to strength, with 26 players now training and playing with the team. The Wildcats are completely self-funded. It cost £10,000 to take the team to the Olympics and all of this money was raised through donations and fundraising events. ‘We have only got this far due to the tremendous support shown by the parents, players, and the local community. The commitment from all the coaches, support staff and mainly my wife, Helen, is incredible. She has also become a coach and assists with the running of the team,’ said Jon. The team continues to train once a week at Beechwood Recreation centre and will no doubt enjoy more success in the future. For more info visit the Hoylake Wildcats Facebook page.

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Girls take centre stage W

irral’s This Girl Can campaign has received star support thanks to dance group MerseyGirls becoming official ambassadors. The five teenagers from Wirral, wowed judges and even got a golden buzzer from judge, Alesha Dixon, on the last series of Britain’s Got Talent, with their impressive dance routines. The talented group will take centre stage for the campaign encouraging girls to have the confidence to take part in different sports and activities. They’ll be supporting some future events and helping girls in Wirral get moving. The girls, who all trained together from a young age at Hoylake School of Dance, are

now keen to empower girls their ages to give different activities a go to help them keep healthy and have

fun. They know just how scary trying a new sport or activity can be but say their advice is to give it a go.

The MerseyGirls: Alice, Annie, Julia, Becky and Poppy

Macie and Lottie want to be dancers… But first, they need a loving foster family in Wirral. Become a foster carer with Wirral Council and we’ll support you every step of the way. Do something incredible.

All five girls are passionate about helping other girls their age to feel confident enough to give an activity a go. The group say the best thing to do is find something you’d like to try, grab some mates or go on your own and take part. It can be pretty nerve wracking trying a new sport or activity but just like the girls you might just find your thing - and maybe you’ll find yourself heading for TV stardom too! There’s lots being planned so keep your eyes out for ways you can join the This Girl Can Wirral squad. If you’d like to find out more, follow the campaign on Instagram @thisgirlcanin wirral or twitter @TGC_Wirral.

COUNSELLING advice for teens in SOUTH WIRRAL If you are a teenager living in South Wirral, you may be able to access a counselling service at Heswall Library, Bebington Youth Club, New Ferry and Wirral South Youth Hub, Eastham. The service is specific to those areas as it is funded by Wirral South Constituency Committee, and is offered by Response for young people aged 13 to 18. For more info ring 0151 666 4123 or email

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Local businesses back ‘last straw’ plastics’ campaign A new campaign calling for singleuse plastics to be banned has been backed by traders.


ocal businesses are getting on board a community group’s campaign to protect wildlife and clean-up beaches. Award-winning volunteer group The New Brighteners want local organisations and businesses to ‘bag and bin’ their waste, and reduce the use of single use plastic, including plastic straws. The Last Straw campaign was prompted by the distressing effects of plastic drinking straws on marine wildlife which stay in the water and can become stuck in beaks,

nasal passages and body tissues, sometimes causing years of agony. New Brighton bar and restaurant Blackberry Grove was the first to come out and support; now local pubs have followed suit, including Egremont Ferry, Stanley’s Cask, The Telegraph, and The Sandridge. Café/restaurants The Olive Tree, Community Soul, Remember When and Vale Park Café are also on board. This isn’t the first time Blackberry Grove has supported conservation projects; they staged a ‘Smog of the Sea’ event with local environmentalists. Owner Joanna Jones said: ‘We want this family location to be preserved for generations to come. It’s an honour to work alongside The New Brighteners on this project.’ If you would like to know more visit The New Brighteners on Facebook.

Facts about barbecue bugs Business backing: Blackberry Grove is supporting New Brighteners’ campaign.

‘Keep our beach clean’ appeal

latest green flag stars CENTRAL PARK, Wallasey, has become the latest Wirral open space to receive a coveted Green Flag, recognising the park as high quality and accessible by all park users. Raising their own Green Flags on the same day were Harrison Park and Vale Park, both Wallasey. Pictured in Central Park are ranger Terry Bainbridge, Jean Benfield, secretary of Wallasey Central Park Partnership, local councillors Janette Williamson and Bernie Mooney, Diane Ledder, treasurer, Wallasey Central Park Partnership, and Rod Mercer, Central Park volunteer co-ordinator.

Environmental volunteers The High Tidiers are working with the council to tackle and reduce an increase in dog waste on West Kirby beach. A new ‘poop bag’ dispenser will be provided at the Marine Lake, (and at another nine sites across Wirral), and patrols by Kingdom, the council’s litter and dog fouling enforcement agency, are to be stepped up in West Kirby, including the beach. By law, you have to clear up after your dog if it fouls – but many people feel that this isn’t enforceable on beaches. The message from the council is that we can - and will - take action if you leave dog mess on the beach. This includes a £50 fixed penalty notice. The High Tidiers, a group of volunteers working hard to keep the beaches in West Wirral clean, have seen a noticeable increase in dog waste on

West Kirby beach. Founder member Peter Woodall said: ‘Perhaps people are now walking their dogs when it’s dark and feel they are less likely to be noticed, or they don’t realise dog waste is as serious a hazard on beaches now as it is during the summer. ‘Whatever, our volunteers say the increase in unbagged

dog excrement is noticeable, and we’re pleased the council is taking notice. We are all working together to counteract this.’ The group wants to hear from anyone who would like to join them or has ideas for sites they could tidy. Contact the High Tidiers by emailing petewxyz@ or via Facebook.

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‘Getting fitter changed my life’ The inspirational story of a local woman’s determination to lose 10 stone scooped her a fitness prize and moved her onto the next chapter of her health and fitness story.


harlotte Spredbury has lost more than 10 stone in the last few years and has completely turned her health and life around. Before she struggled to walk more than five minutes, put on her own shoes and everyday

tasks such as getting in and out of the bath were becoming difficult. Now Charlotte, of Wirral, regularly jogs, cycles, plays badminton and has completed the Liverpool 10k. She also enjoys exercise

and all the benefits it brings. Charlotte told us her story when she won a fitness tracker as part of an Active Wirral competition. Concerned about her health, she decided to make a change and get active. She started exercising by going on short walks and from there increased until she was able to take up more strenuous exercises. ‘Exercise can be difficult to stick to at the best of times but especially in the winter months, with rain weather and darker nights keeping you in,’ says Charlotte. Her tips, right, might help might help you move more!

Charlotte: Success story.

WINTER TIPS FOR KEEPING ACTIVE n Walking is always a great way to keep fit. Just wrap up warm and go for a short walk. n Plan a walking/jogging route that involves a pit stop for a hot drink. Knowing you’re stopping for a lovely warm drink spurs you on! n If you enjoy bike rides just put on extra layers to keep

yourself warm - you can always take some off. n If it’s not raining then using fitness equipment in local parks is really useful. n Most importantly, keep it fun! It’s harder keeping fit during winter, but if you’re doing something you enjoy it’s half the battle.

Get moving - stay off the sofa! It’s that time of year again. The summer weather and exercising in the fresh air is long gone, but the New Year’s motivation hasn’t kicked in yet – and so rolls in the excuses. Here are some of the most common, and the truth serum that may help you ditch them for good! n I don’t have time We all have so much on our plates these days, but it’s not about time, it’s about priorities and a better quality of life. The key is to try and make activity part of your daily routine. Try walking or cycling to work or to the shops. n I’m not good enough Never compare your progress with a friend, or the person lapping you in the pool. Everyone has their own goals and progress rate – are you faster, stronger, fitter, healthier than you were last week, or month? If the answer is yes then keep

doing what you’re doing because you’re on the right track to fitness success. n I can’t afford it Instead of meeting friends for a drink, why not meet them for a walk or a cycle? If you ditch the car and walk or cycle to work getting fit could even save you money. Especially good news coming up to Christmas, as it can be such an expensive time of year. n I’m too old to start exercising It’s never too late! Age is really just a number rather than a limitation. Find the exercise routine that makes you feel invigorated and you’re guaranteed to make fitness a part of your lifestyle rather than see it as a chore.

n I’m Too Tired The more you exercise the more energy you’ll have, meaning you won’t nod off on the couch while trying to catch your favourite show – so, use that as motivation to just do it.

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ask us wirral

n Ask Us Wirral is a regular page of advice and information supplied by the ‘Ask Us Wirral’ service - n The service provides free, impartial and confidential advice and information to local residents. n Funded by the council and Wirral CCG, it’s delivered by Citizens Advice Wirral, Age UK Wirral, Wirral Change and Wirral Mencap.

How we can help you with benefits change U

niversal Credit will be rolled out in Wirral from Wednesday, November 15. If you are not on an existing benefit, and have to apply for Universal Credit, we have three main pieces of advice: n Think about whether you have enough money to live on while your claim is being considered. 76% of people receive their full payment within six weeks but some people are waiting over 10 weeks. Within the first 21 days of making a claim for Universal Credit you can apply for an Advance Loan to help cover your outgoings until your claim has been processed. Speak to the Job-

centre about this at your first appointment. n Although Universal Credit covers a lot of benefits it does not cover Council Tax Support. Apply for this as soon as you apply for Universal Credit so you don’t build up arrears and get into debt. Apply online at n You have to apply and manage your claim online. If you do not have access to a computer you will need to access one at your nearest Jobcentre or in one of Wirral’s libraries. n Read our special feature on preparing for Universal Credit, (p5 of this edition).


‘Ask Us’ Wirral: your regular advice column

Tips to help you keep warm this winter Planning now can help you keep safe and ward off the winter chills. n Get your heating system serviced every year by a qualified engineer to ensure it’s running safely and efficiently. n Never block air vents and if you have wood-burning, coal or gas heaters, make sure there’s adequate ventilation. n If water pipes freeze they can burst. Make sure you know where the main stopcock is and check that it’s easy to turn so you can turn off the water if you need to. n Have your electric blanket serviced at least every three years. n Make sure your smoke alarm is working. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service can carry out a check at your home for fire safety. It’s free and you may be eligible to get free alarms fitted. Phone 0800 731 5958 to book yours. n Install a carbon monoxide alarm in each room that has a gas appliance.

n Make sure you claim all the financial support you can to help with heating bills. n Dress in plenty of layers and make sure you have warm shoes or boots with non-slip soles. n Keep a mixture of salt and sand handy to put on steps or paths in icy weather. n Consider fitting a grab rail if you have steps at your door. n Stock up on cold, flu and sore throat remedies. n Follow up your GP’s invitation to have a flu jab. n Order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time, particularly if bad weather is forecast. n Ask your local pharmacy if they offer a prescription pick-up and delivery service.


n Eat healthily and keep as active as possible. n Keep basic food items in the cupboard or freezer in case it’s too cold to go out. You could also shop online and get food delivered to your door. n Ask your family, friends or neighbours if they could call or visit you more often. If you have elderly neighbours, call in to see if they need anything during a cold snap. n Keep a torch handy in case you lose power.

n Keep your radio, mobile phone, laptop or tablet fully charged, so you can use the battery power if there’s no electricity. n If there is a power cut you can call 105 for free. You’ll be put through to your local network operator who can give you useful help and advice. n Keep a list of emergency numbers, such as your utility companies, by your phone.

BUDGETING TIP OF THE MONTH Sometimes people get into debt because they are not taking notice of what they are spending. Every time you go to purchase something ask yourself: n Do I need It? n Can I afford it? n Can I find it cheaper elsewhere? Go to the Debt&Money section of uk. It only takes around 30 minutes to try out our easy to use budgeting tool.

WHERE THERE’S A WILL... free ONLINE advice Making a will can seem daunting but there is a lot of information and help out there. Go to the askuswirral. website, click on the relationships button, and go to the Wills section. October is Free Wills Month. If you are aged over 55 go

to and you can book to have a simple will written, or an existing will updated free of charge.

‘I feel so much happier knowing my money will go to my family and causes I want, when I die’ Ask Us Wirral client.

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Something hot and healthy With its rich spicy sauce, now is the perfect time to try this classic winter chilli recipe. very month our Eat Well Wirral team asks one of their award winners to provide Wirral View with a recipe giving a healthy twist on a family favourite. This month, we’ve asked the team itself to come up with one of its favourites. The Eat Well team rewards Wirral food businesses and takeaways who provide customers with healthier versions of takeaway meals.

‘Cheeky chilli!’ Ingredients n 1 tbsp olive oil n 1 large onion, chopped n 2 cloves garlic, crushed n 1kg extra lean beef mince n 1 tsp cumin n 1 tsp smoked paprika n 1 tsp dried oregano n 1 tsp dried chilli flakes n 250ml (1 cup) reduced salt beef stock n 1/3 tube tomato paste n 800g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed n 800g tin chopped tomatoes

To serve: n Wholemeal rice. Optional: n Small pot sour cream. Freshly chopped coriander leaves and grated cheese Method 1. Heat oil in frying pan and cook onion and garlic until soft. 2. Add mince, cumin and smoked paprika and cook, stirring and breaking up, until browned. 3. Transfer to slowcooker or heavy pan. 4. Stir in oregano, chilli flakes, beef stock, tomato paste, kidney beans and tinned tomatoes. 5. Cook, covered, on low for 7-8 hours in slow cooker. 6. If cooking on the stove, sim-

Chilli, as supplied by our Eat Well Wirral team (inset).

mer for around an hour. 7. Boil rice for about 20 minutes to serve (as per packet, around 60g per person). 8. Sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves and grated cheese or add a dollop of sour

cream. Add more chilli if you like it hot! For a vegetarian version, swap the meat for Quorn mince or extra beans. Ring the changes by using different varieties of beans too.

When we get older, we want to be active Things we take for granted, like climbing stairs, going shopping or even playing with our grandchildren, could be beyond us in later life unless we exercise now. Small changes to your daily routine can help you stay fitter, maintain a healthy heart and live the life you want, as you get older.

be active, live longer



Our award winners receive a certificate to display in their premises, outlining their commitment to healthy eating. More info on eatwell. Now for this month’s recipe which is...

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recruitment & public notices JOBS For full details on the following vacancies or to apply online visit Details can also be downloaded free of charge from Wirral Libraries and One Stop Shops. Midday Assistant Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Part time 8.75 hours per week (38 weeks) Band B (£3,283) • Required ASAP Closing Date: 18/10/17 • Quote: N47029 The Governing Body of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School are seeking to appoint two Midday Assistants to work with our pupils (aged 4-11 years) at lunchtime in the dining hall, playground and classroom. The role involves supervising pupils and promoting good behaviour, in addition to supporting the welfare and safety of our pupils at all times. The successful candidate will become a valued member of our team and will be required to undertake duties as described within the attached job description. The successful candidates will be kind, caring and patient people, who support the Catholic ethos of the school and enjoy working with children, having enthusiasm, energy and be willing to undertake training as necessary. The hours for this post will be 8.75 hours per week (1 hour 45 minutes per day over five days). Working times will be arranged and will be between 11.30am and 1.30pm. Application forms for the above post are available online at and also from the school office. Please complete the application form and return it to the school office for the attention of the Headteacher, Mrs M Jackson by 12 noon on Wednesday 18 October 2017. CVs will not be accepted. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability. This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Danger Lane, Moreton, Wirral CH46 8UG. Tel: 0151 677 1091 Teaching Assistant Level 1 Elleray Park School Permanent • 6hr 40mins • 39 weeks per year • Band C (£2,532.79 - £2,577.34) Closing Date: 31/10/17 • Quote: N47045 Elleray Park is a primary complex learning difficulties school, specialising in meeting the needs of pupils who have profound and multiple learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties and Autism Spectrum Condition. The Governors are seeking an energetic and enthusiastic Teaching Assistant Level 1, to deal with the welfare, general supervision and discipline of our pupils (aged 2-11) over the lunchtime period. Ideally, the successful candidate will have had relevant experience of working with challenging children and a clear understanding of supporting pupils Special Educational Needs. It is highly desirable to have experience working with pupils with ASC, although training will be given. An ability to work effectively as part of a team is essential. All lunchtime staff are involved in the Active Playground Scheme. Application forms for the above post are available online at and also from the school office. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff

and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability. This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. Elleray Park School, Elleray Park Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH45 0LH. Tel: 0151 639 3594. Wirral Council is an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident Employer and we are committed to employ and retain disabled people. We take a positive approach in the selection of people with disabilities, including interviewing all disabled people who meet the essential selection criteria. View all job vacancies at

Planning NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following applications have been received:TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (LISTED BUILDINGS AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 Mr M Green, 6 PALM HILL, OXTON, CH43 5SP. Erection of a two-storey side extension. APP/17/01037. Full Planning Permission. Oxton Conservation Area. Mr & Mrs Kirk, 34A HEATH ROAD, BEBINGTON, CH63 7PY. Erection of a single storey side extension. APP/17/01067. Full Planning Permission. Lower Bebington Conservation Area. Mrs Morgan, 1 Roslin Court, ROSLIN ROAD, OXTON, CH43 5TA. Access ramp and platform lift installation to the front entrance. APP/17/01111. Full Planning Permission. Oxton Conservation Area. Sanctuary HA, Sanctuary HA (Part of Sanctuary Group), Vincent Naughton Court, RODNEY STREET, TRANMERE. Replacement of all windows and external doors with White PVCu. Replace existing vertical tiling with Hardie Plank horizontal weatherboard. Fasca/soffits boards replaced with white PVCu. Rainwater goods/guttering replaced with Black PVCu. APP/17/01142. Full Planning Permission. Clifton Park Conservation Area. Mr Harris, Port Sunlight Village Trust, 95 GREENDALE ROAD, PORT SUNLIGHT, CH62 4XE. New Air Conditioning Unit to Rear of Property. APP/17/01144. Listed Building Consent, Grade II listed building, Port Sunlight Conservation Area. Mr & Mrs Edwards, 19 ATHELSTAN CLOSE, BROMBOROUGH, CH62 2EX. Proposed rear single and two storey extension, side extension, and re-roofing of side attached garage. APP/17/01167. Full Planning Permission. Bromborough Conservation Area. Mr & Mrs Bishop, Ardrossan, 4 CROFT DRIVE EAST, CALDY, CH48 1LR. Erection of single storey side and rear extension and roof extensions to the front and rear. APP/17/01185. Full Planning Permission. Caldy Conservation Area. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 1 November 2017 at the address below. Notice is dated 11 October 2017. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: Mr Turtle, Turtle Consulting, 128 ALLPORT LANE, BROMBOROUGH, CH62 7HU. New dormer window to front elevation and new single storey extension to rear of existing detached bungalow. APP/17/01207. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. Mr S Woodward, Starfish Commercial Ltd. Ashton Court, BANKS ROAD, WEST KIRBY, Wirral CH48 0RJ. Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 14 No. new build residential properties. APP/17/01222. Full Planning Permission. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: Mr Jacobs, Peel Hey, FRANKBY ROAD, FRANKBY, CH48 1PP. Demolition of conservatory and removal of marquee and development of new function suite, orangery, bar, cellar and toilets. APP/17/01225. Full Planning Permission. Frankby Conservation Area. Archaeological site. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. Departure from U.D.P.

The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: Mr Swann, 21 GULLS WAY, HESWALL, CH60 9JG. Resubmission: Removal of existing roof and new roof with reconfigured layout including front and rear dormer windows. New single storey side and rear extension. Remodelled front elevation including new front porch. APP/17/01287. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 15 November 2017 at the address below. Notice is dated 25 October 2017. A copy of the application, plans and other documents are available for inspection at the Department of Regeneration, Housing & Planning, Wirral Borough Council, Wallasey Town Hall, South Annexe, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ED between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (except Bank holidays), you can see details and plans of the application on our web site at and you can email comments to If the application is a householder application, in the event of an appeal against a refusal of planning permission, which is to be dealt with on the basis of representations in writing, any representations made about the householder application will be sent to the Secretary of State, and there will be no further opportunity to comment at appeal stage. LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 - SECTION 123 AS AMENDED BY PARAGRAPH 14 OF PART V OF SCHEDULE 23 TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANNING AND LAND ACT 1980 TAKE NOTICE that Wirral Borough Council in pursuance of its powers contained in the above mentioned Act intends to dispose of the following parcels of land:1. 734 square metres of Land at Telegraph Road, Heswall 2. 1810 square metres of Land at Old Clatterbridge Road, Clatterbridge 3. 341 square metres of Land at the site of 85-89 King Street, Wallasey 4. 1080 square metres of Land at Dock Road North, Bromborough 5. 14,566 square metres of Land at Ditton Lane, Moreton 6. 1,340 square metres of Land at Oakdale Road, Seacombe 7. 835 square metres of Land at St Peters Mews, Rock Ferry 8. 1,457 square metres of Land at Balls Road East, Birkenhead 9. 460 square metres of Land at Fourth Avenue, Beechwood (two parcels) 10. 35 square metres of Land at Gayton Road, Heswall Plans showing the extent of the disposals are available for inspection in the One Stop Shop, Wirral Borough Council, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED during normal office hours and any objections to the proposed disposals should be made in writing before the 1st November 2017 to Asset Review, Wirral Borough Council, Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1ND. Notice is dated 11 October 2017.

Traffic THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council have made the above order under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended by section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 in respect of certain highways in the vicinity of A552 Woodchurch Road Gyratory / M53 Junction 3 Interchange which the Council is satisfied are necessary to be made as part of bridge repair works to M53 Woodchurch Road North and South bridges (having already advertised notice of intent). The Orders to be made and the Highways affected are set out in Schedule 1. Such orders are required to restrict or prohibit vehicular traffic because of works that are proposed to be executed on or near the highways and / or because of the likelihood of danger to the public. The dates upon which the orders will come into operation and the maximum duration are set out in Schedule 1. SCHEDULE 1 A552 Woodchurch Road Gyratory / M53 J3 Interchange - (Temporary 30mph Speed Limit Order) - Woodchurch 2017 The general effect of this temporary Speed Limit Order will be to reduce the existing 40mph speed limit on the full “Woodchurch Circle” gyratory to 30mph. The temporary speed limit will start at each entry point to the gyratory and end at each exit lane. Dates of Operation of the Order: 00:01am Saturday 21 November 2017 to 23:59pm on Wednesday 6 June 2018. A552 Woodchurch Road Gyratory / M53 J3 Interchange - (Temporary 7.5T Weight Restriction Order) - Woodchurch 2017

The general effect of this temporary Weight Restriction Order will be to prohibit vehicles exceeding the maximum gross weight of 7.5T tonnes from using the length of roads set out below: i) The north gyratory arm of the “Woodchurch Circle” to be restricted to 7.5T for the full length of the bridge crossing over the M53. (M53 Woodchurch North Bridge). Alternative route: Traffic will be directed to take the M53 northbound and then exit and return southbound at M53 J1, where the diversion will then end at M53 J3. ii) The south gyratory arm of the “Woodchurch Circle” to be restricted to 7.5T for the full length of the bridge crossing over the M53. (M53 Woodchurch South Bridge). Alternative route: Traffic will be directed to take the M53 southbound carriageway to J4 and then exit and return at J4 to take the M53 northbound to J3 where the diversion will end. Dates of Operation of the Order: 00:01am Saturday 21 November 2017 to 23:59pm on Wednesday 6 June 2018. Notice is dated 4 October 2017. Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) - Notice of making Temporary Traffic Restriction Order in the Bebington Area 2017 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intend to make a Temporary Road Traffic Regulation Order under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended by section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 and of all other enabling powers to enable works on or near the roads specified in the proposed order to take place. The effects of the order, the alternative route for vehicular traffic the date the order comes into force and its maximum duration is set out below. Thornton Crescent (Temporary Road Closure) Heswall 2017 The effect of this order will be to close Thornton Crescent, Heswall from its junction with Lynton Close to its junction with Dunster Grove to all vehicular traffic. Maximum Duration of the order: From 08:00am 16 October 2017 until 23:59pm 29 October 2017 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by). Alternative route: Traffic to be diverted via Thornton Crescent, Beverley Drive and vice versa. Notice is dated 4 October 2017. NOTICE OF PUBLIC PATH ORDER - TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990, SECTION 257 PROPOSED DIVERSION OF FOOTPATH (PART) OFF BELMONT AVENUE, BROMBOROUGH ORDER 2017 The above-named Order (hereinafter referred to as “the Order”) made on the 26th day of September 2017 is about to be submitted to the Secretary of State for the Environment for confirmation or to be confirmed by the Wirral Borough Council as an unopposed order. The effect of the order, if confirmed without modification, will be to stop up the following public rights of way:The start and finish of the footpath will remain the same with a short diversion along the boundaries of the new properties and the gardens of 37 Palatine Road and 26/28 Belmont Avenue. An increase in distance of approximately 8 metres. The footpath to be stopped up is shown hatched on the attached plan from point A to point B in a south westerly direction for approximately 26 metres and approximate width of 2 metres. The new footpath is approximately 34 metres in length and approximately 2 metres wide from point A in a southerly direction to point C then in a westerly direction to Point B. A copy of the Order and the map contained in it has been deposited at the One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey and may be inspected free of charge between the hours of 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. Copies of the map and Order may be purchased. Any representation or objection with respect to the order may be sent in writing to the address below no later than 15 November 2017 and should state the grounds on which it is made. If no representations or objections are duly made, or if any so made are withdrawn, the Wirral Borough Council may, instead of submitting the Order to the Secretary of State for confirmation, themselves confirm the Order as an unopposed Order. If the order is submitted to the Secretary of State for confirmation, any representations and objections which have been duly made and not withdrawn will be sent to the Secretary of State with the order. Notice is dated 4 October 2017. THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intends to make temporary road traffic regulation orders in exercise of its powers under Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended by Section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 in respect of certain highways in the Wallasey, New Brighton, Seacombe and Birkenhead Areas which the Council is satisfied are

necessary to be made as part of its traffic management plan for the River of Light Event 2017. The Orders to be made and the Highways affected are set out in Schedule 1. Such Orders are required to restrict or prohibit vehicles because of the likelihood of danger to the public. The effect of these Temporary Orders will be to close certain roads, to vehicular traffic but not so as to prevent access and egress for vehicles of residents in the roads affected by the Orders. There are no alternative routes for vehicular traffic. The dates upon which the orders will come into operation and their maximum duration are set out in Schedule 1. Schedule 2 is a list of roads that will be subject to temporary waiting restrictions by the placement of No Waiting at Any Time (NWAAT) traffic cones. SCHEDULE 1 Dates of Operation of the Order: 08:00 hours Sunday, 5 November 2017 to 20:00 hours Sunday, 5 November 2017. Various Roads (Temporary Traffic Restrictions) Wallasey, New Brighton, Seacombe and Birkenhead Order 2016 - Borough Road East, Wallasey from its junction with Victoria Place for its entire length - Holland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade - Dalton Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road - Westmoreland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road - Cumberland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road - Ash Grove, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Melling Road - Birch Grove, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Melling Road - Magazine Lane, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade - Vaughan Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade - Dalmorton Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade - Molyneux Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street for its entire length - Egerton Street, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Tower Promenade - Victoria Road, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Victoria Parade - Wellington Road, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Waterloo Road - Seacombe Promenade, Wallasey from its junction with Victoria Place to a point 105 metres north of its junction with Victoria Place - Victoria Place, Wallasey from its junction with Borough Road East to its junction with Birkenhead Road - Marine Promenade, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street for its entire length - Seacombe Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length - Sandon Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length - Egremont Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length - Magazine Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length - Tower Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length - Woodside Ferry Approach, Birkenhead for its entire length - Shore Road, Birkenhead for its entire length - Pacific Road, Birkenhead for its entire length - Victoria Parade, Wallasey from its junction with Virginia Road to its junction with Marine Promenade The above closures will only take place during certain times to enable the safe undertaking of the River of Light Special Event when necessary for that particular road and will not operate for the full duration of the times advertised. SCHEDULE 2 List of roads subject to temporary waiting restrictions by the placement of No Waiting at Any Time (NWAAT) traffic cones. These restrictions may not be in place for the whole of the period specified as below:08:00 hours Sunday, 5 November 2017 to 20:00 hours Sunday, 5 November 2017. - Kings Parade: Atherton Street to Rowson Street (Both Sides) - Traffic Cones - Rowson Street: Kings Parade to Seabank Road (South western side) - Traffic Cones - Seabank Road: Rowson Street to King Street (South western side) - Traffic Cones - Brighton Street: King Street to Church Road (South western side) - Traffic Cones - Church Road: Brighton Street to Birkenhead Road (South western side) - Traffic Cones - Canning Street: Egerton Wharf to Chester Street (Both sides) - Traffic Cones - Chester Street/ Woodside Gyratory: Canning Street to Church Street (Both sides) - Traffic Cones Notice is dated 18 October 2017.

Unless otherwise stated, all Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Public Notices are published by Philip McCourt, Assistant Director of Law and Governance, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ED.

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