wirralview ISSUE 12 | November/December 2017
TRIBUTE TO THE 96 / P11
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River of Light was a spectacular success with thousands turning out to see firework displays on both sides of the River Mersey. There’s more seasonal fun to come as we look towards Christmas. See inside for details.
CHARITY APPEALS / P5/23
BLUE PLAQUE / P21
Help for others
TRIBUTE TO HERO SAILOR
Local organisations need your help and support this winter
Wirral’s Ann Davison - first woman to sail the Atlantic solo
DOMESTIC ABUSE / P6
NEW SKILLS / P25
SUPPORT IN TOUGH TIMES
Get help to move life on if you’ve experienced abuse
Training to help you pick up something new
MAYOR’S DANCE / P5
sponsor a ticket Could you buy a tea dance ticket for an elderly person?
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If you’re looking for tips, ideas and things to do, Wirral View is the place to come. We have activities, important dates, advice and information to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
festive events to fuel EIGHT WAYS TO GET READY FOR Christmas spirit 1
Warm up at West Kirby Winter Festival, Saturday, Dec 2, 10am-4pm, at West Kirby Library. Stalls and family fun.
Christmas tree festival, Nov 29-Dec 4, St Barnabas Church, Bromborough, 10am-4pm daily.
Christmas village and festive market, Saturday, Dec 2, 10am7pm, Walled Garden, Central Park, Liscard Rd, Wallasey.
‘Winter Woofs’ walk, Sunday, Dec 10, £5 entry fee includes doggy Santa hat and goodie bag, proceeds for St John’s Hospice, meet 9.30am, Royden Park, Frankby.
Make Do and Be Merry, festive crafts and gifts fair, Saturday, Nov 25, 11am-4pm, Bridge Cottage, Port Sunlight.
Old Town ‘Christmas Fayre,’ Victoria Road, New Brighton, Saturday, Dec 2, 11am6pm. Arts, crafts, stalls, food and entertainment. For more ideas, see our ‘What’s On’ pages.
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n Be prepared. Line-up friends, family or neighbours if you will need food or medication picking up when the weather turns bad. n Keep indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you’re not mobile, have a long-term illness or are 65 or over. This will help you stay well, even if you don’t feel particulary cold. n Look into benefits such as Winter Fuel and Cold Weather payments.
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n Support The Lauries Rucksack Challenge 2017 for homeless people. Deadline is Dec 5. For info call 650 6940 or visit birkenheadfirst.co.uk. n Donate food and gifts to Wirral’s Neo food project which this year is aiming to put together 3,000 hampers for people who are struggling this Christmas. See neocommunitycafe.org.uk or page 5. n Sponsor a £5 ticket to send a local elderly person to the Mayor of Wirral’s Christmas tea dance
on Wednesday, December 6. For details see page 5. n Birkenhead’s Charles Thompson Mission has been helping people since 1892 by providing meals, shelter and
warm clothing. Drop off unwanted clothing or donations of food from Monday-Friday, 8am-noon, at the mission in Hemingford Street, Birkenhead, ring 647 7303, charlesthompsonsmission. org.uk. n Donate a ‘festive fiver’ to The Lonsdale Trust so they can treat someone who doesn’t get out much to a free Christmas lunch with new friends. For details see thelonsdaletrustwallasey.co.uk or call 630 2076.
n Contact your energy and water suppliers to see if you can register as a priority user (this will be useful if you’re in an emergency situation). n Stay in if it’s cold or icy - don’t risk cold-related illness or falls. n Get together any important numbers you might need in the event of an emergency. Keep them by the phone. n Keep a torch, blankets, and a battery powered radio handy, just in case. It’s also good to keep a store of emergency food you can rely on if you can’t get out.
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Festive charity keeps on delivering for good causes Wirral Scout & Guide Charity Post celebrates 35 years of delivering festive mail to local homes.
es, it’s that time of year again … time to get your Christmas cards chosen, written and in the post. Every year, Wirral Scout & Guide Charity Post delivers hundreds of Christmas cards locally for the grand sum of 30p per stamp. This year, they went on sale on November 18, and you have until midday December 13, to post your cards. Every year, the stamps you buy sees money put back into the local community, supporting many good causes in Wirral. This year the project is celebrating 35 years, during which time more than £600,000 has been raised supporting more than 220 charities across the borough. Last year saw donations to 17 charities including Maggie’s Merseyside, Wirral Independent Living and Learning, and Clatterbridge League of Friends.
Proceeds enabled the startup of a sensory garden and drop-in yoga sessions, both improving mobility and confidence during and after cancer treatments. Other projects helped to combat social isolation and provide respite to carers. This year, shops selling stamps or collecting cards will display a distinctive red postbox symbol in their windows. So whenever you see the red postbox you know you can buy stamps and post your cards there. However, say organisers, you must NOT mail Wirral Scout & Guide Charity Post envelopes through Royal Mail boxes. Richard Twemlow, Chair of Wirral Scout & Guide Charity Post, said: ‘Projects offered by local charities are a vital part of our community. By supporting the post, you can help ensure the continuation of such projects and the beginning of many more. ‘Let’s continue to help our community by supporting the Scouts and Guides again this year.’ For further information on the Christmas Scout & Guide post visit wirralcharitypost. org. Remember, the last posting date is December 13.
Maggie’s Merseyside: A big thank you from one of the beneficiaries of last year’s post.
Every penny counts for Copper Jar coin appeal Here’s a fantastic way to get rid of those copper coins that build up in your purse or wallet - send them to the Wirral Copper Jar appeal! The fund was set up by Steve Whelan and Jen Ross, pictured right. It’s a simple idea – you donate your unwanted copper to Wirral Copper Jar and they distribute it to good causes across Wirral.
There are ‘donation stations’ across the borough. Deserving causes are nominated by members, (the only criteria being that they are based in Wirral and aren’t large charities). Says Steve: ‘Our members donate, nominate, vote and present, everything is down to them. Every penny donated goes to a cause, not a single penny goes towards admin
costs, all costs are paid for out of admin’s pockets.’ In less than two years more than £13,000 has been raised for more than 120 local causes. The group now has 7,000 members on Facebook. Beneficiaries range from a local woman whose child’s grave had been vandalised and needed money for a headstone, and a 96-yearold whose house was
burgled. People who have been on the rough end of life’s more unpleasant ‘surprises’ are also nominated, and these have included a treat for a youngster who returned a mobile phone to an ungrateful owner, and a pensioner whose home was the target for an arson attack. Visit The Wirral Copper Jar on facebook.com.
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Seal pup rescuers on hand
To the rescue: Marine mammal medics Chris and Kristen Cureton.
HILDHOOD sweethearts Chris and Kristen Cureton have a shared passion for the sea and local wildlife. As marine mammal medics, they are always on call to respond to emergencies across the North West. This time of year, more rescues are carried out as there is more demand. Common seals pup from late July to September, and this busy time drifts into grey seal pupping season, from around September to January. They also rescue stranded adult seals, dolphins and porpoises. Says Chris: ‘Each rescue is a steep learning curve. We arrive, assess, and use anyone or anything to help. Our cars are kitted out with tow ropes, poles, sacks, helmets, towels and our seal kits. Our last rescue saw us lowered into a storm drain. You have to be prepared for anything.’ Sharp seal pup teeth have to be secured with a towel
before rescues begin: ‘Pups may look cute but they have sharp teeth. They also carry a lot of infectious diseases so we carry a letter for A&E to ensure we get the correct treatment if bitten. It needs specialist medicine,’ says Chris. The couple have now become campaigners against plastics polluting the seas and oceans. ‘As a diver and medic, plastic pollution is right in your face; that’s why I’m passionate about reducing single use plastics,’ says Chris. He set up the ‘Last Straw’ campaign which alludes to the millions of plastic straws that end up in the oceans and become lodged in the blowholes, beaks and stomachs of marine life. He says: ‘Many local businesses have switched from plastic to environmentally friendly alternatives. My vision is it becomes unacceptable to be served a drink with a plastic straw in New Brighton,’ says Chris.
Kristen and Chris are childhood sweethearts who met in 1990. For years, Kristen was scared of going in the sea. In 2007, egged on by Chris, she went snorkelling, progressing 12 months later to an open
water course. Now the couple paddleboard and kayak together. Chris qualified as a diver on his 40th birthday, and two years ago, trained as a marine
mammal medic with British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR). Kristen was an interested bystander until December last year when Chris was called out to rescue a grey seal pup in Blackpool. The couple were leaving on a night out when the call came and Kristen was hooked after she tagged along. ‘She fell in love with the pup during the horrendous foggy drive back to the rescue centre. When we got home that night Kristen booked her mammal medic course as she was totally sold!’ says Chris. The couple are two of 3,500 volunteers across the UK. Over the last six months they have responded to seal pup rescues all across the North West. Their most dramatic rescue was a rescue from a muddy storm sluice in Flintshire. Training for the BDMLR is open to divers and non-divers and there is no upper age limit (bdmlr.org.uk). ‘Although
training takes place on a training doll it can never prepare you for the real thing. Seal pups tend to get stranded in isolated craggy places, such as the cliffs on Hilbre and storm drains,’ says Kristen. The couple themselves train new volunteers. When they aren’t working, rescuing stranded wildlife, or litter picking with the New Brighteners, they enjoy walking their dogs. They wish some people would be more responsible. ‘During the summer months it’s particularly frustrating to see how much rubbish people leave on the beach after a day out. ‘Aside from that, we love Wirral and feel privileged to live here,’ says Kristen. ‘Our favourite beach is Leasowe Bay, because it’s a great place to walk our dogs and do a beach clean as we go. It’s excellent for paddleboarding and kayaking and beautiful to stroll along.’
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Struggling families appeal Community food project Neo are appealing for donations to help struggling families this year.
ince giving out its first ‘crisis food bag’ in 2013, community organisation Neo has been feeding struggling families and vulnerable individuals. Thanks to growing links with other community groups and local food retailers, Neo has been able to offer surplus food to people who need it, using community food markets and neighbourhood food projects. It has run and supported more than 100 local events across Wirral and become a well-known provider of support across many communities. This Christmas, they are asking for non-perishable food items, toiletries, small gift sets and Christmas treats for local families. Says founder member Ema Wilkes: ‘Families will struggle a lot with buying presents, so we are asking for donations of gifts and toys as well as food this year. They can be dropped off at the addresses in this article. Please be generous and
help give a local family the Christmas they deserve,’ she added. Last year Neo worked closely with local organisations, businesses and residents to source, pack and deliver Christmas hampers to families in need. Says Ema: ‘This huge project succeeded because of the help and support from many local volunteers. The hampers contained food, toiletries and toys and helped families in food poverty over Christmas.’ 1,684 hampers were distributed last year, helping reduce some of the stress and difficulties experienced by families who were struggling in the run up to Christmas. ‘This year, we hope to hand out nearly double that number
of hampers,’ says Ema, ‘helping to support and provide for 3,000 families over the Christmas period, but this means that we need double the support we received last year. ‘We need help with every-
thing from food and gift donations, to donations of time, to help us organise, pack and distribute these hampers and help give families a Christmas without stress and worry. If you could help, or if you would
benefit from a hamper, please get in touch.’ For info visit neocommunitycafe.org.uk. If you want to refer someone to receive a Christmas hamper contact Ema on 07447 913 888
Designated drop-off zones for food and gifts Birkenhead: n Beaconsfield Community House, Beaconsfield Close, Rock Ferry, CH42 3TA. n The Hive Youth Zone, Bright Street, Birkenhead, CH41 4EA. n Wirral Deen Centre, 371375 Borough Rd, Birkenhead, CH42 0HA. n Tranmere Trust Tent, TRFC Prenton Park, 17 Prenton Rd West, Prenton, CH42 9PY.
Wallasey: n MP Angela Eagle’s Office, Sherlock House, 6 Manor Rd, Wallasey, CH45 4JB. n The Millennium Centre, Twickenham Drive, Leasowe, CH46 1PQ. Wirral West: n 105 Glenwood Drive, Irby, CH61 4UJ n 23 Duncan Drive,
Greasby, CH49 2PR. n 14 Hillview Road, Irby, CH61 4XH. Wirral South: n MP Alison McGovern’s Office, 99 New Chester Rd, New Ferry, CH62 4RA . Visit neocommunitycafe.org. uk for details of individual drop-off points.
Sponsor a visit to the Mayor’s Christmas tea dance The Mayor of Wirral’s Christmas Tea Dance gets the festive season off with a swing at Wallasey Town Hall on Wednesday, December 6, at 1.30 - 4pm. And you can help make the event extra special for one elderly person (or as many as you like!) by sponsoring a ticket. The event is held every year for elderly, vulnerable or frail and isolated people. Tickets are £5 and readers can buy for someone who might struggle to find the money themselves. Proceeds support the Mayor of Wirral’s charity ap-
peal, which this year is raising money for Incubabies (for a new special baby care unit at Arrowe Park Hospital) and MACS (Merseyside Autistic Children’s Society). Live music will be provided by The Swingmasters, who will be aiming to fill the Town Hall’s beautiful sprung dancefloor. Guests are also welcome to just sit back and soak up the festive atmosphere while enjoying hot drinks, mince pies, sandwiches and cakes, which are kindly provided by Wirral Met College catering students. istock.com
Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan, said: ‘This is the third year we’ve held the Christmas tea dance and it’s
It’s a lovely way to bring people together who don’t get out that much.
becoming something of a local tradition. It’s a lovely way to bring people together. ‘We would like to hear from anyone who may know of isolated or disadvantaged older people who might like to come along to the tea dance and be our guest with one of the sponsored places.’ You can also buy tickets from the Mayor’s office by emailing email@example.com. uk, calling (0151) 691 8527, or from reception at Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Seacombe, CH44 8ED.
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Domestic abuse: Let’s all make a difference Two campaigns highlighting the far-reaching effects of domestic abuse are launched on November 25. Here’s how you can show your support.
here is something about the debilitating, confidence-sapping nature of domestic abuse that you can only understand if you’ve been there. Domestic abuse can take many forms – from physical and sexual abuse, to mental abuse, including coercion, intimidation, and manipulation. There is no typical victim or perpetrator; domestic abuse affects all ages, all sections of the public, regardless of sexuality, and both sexes.
Domestic abuse can lead to lasting damage in families, especially to children who witness abusive relationships. Many perpetrators are people who have witnessed or been subject to abuse themselves and go on to repeat the cycle in their own lives. People on the receiving end will describe their paralysing inability to leave an abusive relationship. Wirral Council has 20 pledges it has committed to meet by 2020. One of these is
zero tolerance towards domestic abuse. We are supporting two initiatives on Saturday, November 25, which are both raising awareness: n White Ribbon Day, a general awareness day around domestic abuse. n UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW), the start of a 16-day global campaign. As well as wearing a white ribbon and taking the White Ribbon Pledge, you can show
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your support for VAW, by wearing orange and sharing social media posts on #endvaw (whiteribboncampaign.co.uk). Landmark buildings across Merseyside including Wallasey Town Hall and Birkenhead Town Hall will be illuminated orange between 5pm and 7pm on November 25, underlining our pledge to ending domestic abuse. The Merseyside launch of the campaign takes place on November 24, at 10.30am in Derby Square, Liverpool.
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Help to move life on Abuse is Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW) offers a safe haven for women, where they can share and support one another. It helps women make positive lifestyle choices and changes, and promises a listening ear and a warm welcoming environment. Based in Birkenhead, TWW is a community centre for women aged 18 plus. It has a wide range of facilities and a full timetable of workshops, courses and activities. The centre engages with over 125 Wirral agencies that offer their expertise to help women to move forward in their lives. Women are given opportunities to address issues not previously dealt with. Among the many resources, there are drop-in sessions from police, solicitors and support
agencies which are all confidential. The centre is open MondayFriday from 9-4pm, with a late night every Tuesday until 7.30pm for appointments and additional evening courses. Courses include maths and English, confidence, mindfulness, and cookery. There are also bespoke sessions for people who are suffering domestic abuse. The organisation receives limited funding and is always looking for donations, fundraising and extra volunteers.
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Wirral Family Safety Unit provides independent and impartial advice to anyone suffering domestic abuse. They will: n Listen to you and believe you n Assess your risk and prioritise your safety n Provide advice and support n Help you develop a safety plan n Support you to end an abusive or dangerous relationship safely n Help you provide your children with the support they need n Signpost to other specialist services n Explain legal jargon and processes n Ensure other agencies work together to keep you safe n Support you to make your own decisions that are right for you
Other ways you can get help, including contact details: n National 24 Hour Domestic Abuse helpline, call free 0808 2000 247 n Wirral Women and Children’s Aid, 0151 643 9766, wirralwomensrefuge.co.uk n RASA: for anyone who has
been sexually abused or raped, or who has been affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives, 0151 666 1392, firstname.lastname@example.org n Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, tomorrowswomen.org.uk, 0151 647 7907 n Involve North West, 0151 644 1100, involvenorthwest.org.uk
For further information contact the Family Safety Unit on 666 4914. istock.com
helps break the cycle
With courses in Wirral, the nationwide Freedom Programme is suitable for women and men. It was designed for women as victims of domestic abuse, (as research shows the vast majority of cases of serious abuse are male on female), however, it is also suitable for men, whether they are the abusers or are being abused. The programme examines the roles played by abusers and people on the receiving end of abuse. It also shows how the lives of children are improved when abuse is removed. Venues in Wirral include council children’s centres. Search for the nearest course to you at freedomprogramme. co.uk or call 01942 262 270 / 07879 818 710 or email friendsof email@example.com.
Domestic abuse is a significant issue for Wirral. Two years ago, when our Director of Public Health made it the subject of her annual report ‘Let’s Make A Difference,’ Wirral had higher than the national average rate of police recorded incidents of domestic abuse. The annual report and film were developed with the support of Tomorrow’s Women Wirral and Involve Northwest, both of which work closely with individuals and families affected by domestic abuse. As part of its 20 pledges to be met by 2020, the council has committed to zero tolerance of domestic abuse by: n Increasing awareness of domestic abuse and its impact.
How to get help: n In an emergency always dial 999. n If you need help to deal with domestic violence you can contact the Family Safety Unit on 0151 666 4914, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.
a public health priority
n Working with frontline staff to promote sources of help and support. n Providing early support for children affected by domestic abuse, helping reduce the long-term impact, (90% of domestic abuse incidents are witnessed by children). n Supporting Wirral’s Domestic Abuse Strategy and work of Wirral Domestic Abuse Alliance. A short film, sharing first-hand accounts of domestic abuse and how safe solutions can be found, is available on YouTube. Search for Wirral Council Let’s Make A Difference.
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Communities unite to show they love where they live An army of ‘Love Where You Live’ volunteers kick start our clean-up campaign.
ore than 20 community litter picks took place, as Wirral residents demonstrated how much they love where they live. The campaign encourages local people to ‘team up and clean up’ their communities and was supported by the council and Biffa, who took away the bags of rubbish at the end of each litter pick. Ongoing local ‘Love Where You Live’ hubs will have litter picking kits that any residents or local groups can borrow for free, should they wish to start their own clean up group or just take part in some litter picking every now and again. Details of how to get involved and the locations of the litter picking kits is available at wirral.gov.uk/lovewirral Thank you to everyone who took part in the campaign.
All kitted out: Volunteers model their new high vis vests.
Love where you live: Our gallery shows just some of the volunteers, of all ages, who took to Wirral’s streets, parks and beaches for a big concerted cleanup to launch our ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign. Throughout the week over 200 bags of litter were collected, helping to keep Wirral a place everyone can enjoy.
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5 ways to wellbeing
How small steps can help you feel better Taking notice, and being aware and mindful can make a real difference.
n the last Wirral View we introduced ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ a new campaign to encourage us all to take small steps to improve our mental health. The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are connecting, being active, taking notice, learning and giving. They are small, simple actions we can take to make a big difference how we feel.
Taking notice may sound unusual but we live in busy times. Our mind is on the go all day and we’re always doing something. We’re focussing on the things that need to be sorted, deadlines to be met, bills to be paid, appointments we need to keep. n To help our mental wellbeing, we all need to ‘take notice’ – to pause, to be quiet, to give time and attention to being aware of where we are and what is around us. n Notice that you are connecting with people around you and stop to feel good about this. n If you’re learning something new, take in your progress. See
how far you’ve come and what improvements you’ve made. Give yourself a pat on the back! n Doing something active now it’s dark and cold is off putting. If you’ve made the effort – whether that’s getting to the gym, or walking the dog - then take a moment to feel good about getting out there. n If you’re giving money, time or energy to someone or something, you’re making a difference. When you’ve finished feel happy that
When was the last time... ...you noticed the world around you? It’s not often that we stop to notice the world around us, think about how we’re feeling or try to live in the moment. It may have been a while since you were curious or took some time to be aware of everything happening around you. When will the next time be?
Share your story with us #5wayswirral wirral.gov.uk/5ways
you’ve made an impact. Have you been inspired by the 5 Ways to Wellbeing? We’d love to hear what you have done, what changes you have made. Your experiences might be an inspiration to someone else. #5wayswirral
shake-up work time WE SPEND at least half of our waking hours in any given day at work. With so much of our time spent there it is important to experience wellbeing at work. Can you adopt the 5 Ways to Wellbeing into your working day? Can you find ways to take time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a just a few ideas: n Get a plant for your workspace n Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day n Take notice of how your colleagues are feeling or acting n Take a different route to or from work n Visit a new place for lunch. Let us know how you fit the 5 Ways into your working day. #5wayswirral
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Pride of place for plaque as garden for 96 is completed After an emotional opening ceremony, our garden of remembrance to the 96 is fully complete.
t won’t be at its best until next year, but our Memorial Garden to the 96 is now fully complete, with a plaque commemorating the lives of those who died at Hillsborough insitu and overlooking the Mersey. The plaque was originally unveiled when the gardens were dedicated by the Bishop of Birkenhead in September. It has now been placed in prime
position with views over to Anfield, home of Liverpool FC. There to view the plaque in its new home, were Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HSFG), Sue Roberts, local resident and Secretary of Hillsborough Family Support Group, and the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan. The gardens are lawned and planted with lavender, chosen to create a peaceful setting, and to attract butterflies and pollinating insects. Come the warmer weather this spring, they will provide a haven for birds and insects and a peaceful place to reflect and remember the 96 people who died, and their families, whose campaign for justice continues.
Tribute: The plaque is unveiled, above, and inset, is now in place on the promenade at the town hall.
2,000 bee challenge a success A ‘Curious Garden’ created by volunteers from a project for adults with disabilities has won a silver gilt award at the Southport Flower Show. The garden was created using pallets, polystyrene and other recycled materials by Wirral Evolutions’ Royden Park Project, Riviera Environmental Management, Flourish Community Garden Project, and Oakenholt Centre, Moreton, with support from local businesses. An archway and window were shaped to resemble a stone abbey using polysterene blocks. Walls were built from painted recycled pallets and recycled wine bottles, set on a bed frame. Eye-catching designs included
bee artwork painted by Mike Dooley from Flourish garden project, and the two owls by David Andre. Floral mermaid heads were created, and one of the most popular attractions was a show stopping beehive featuring 2,000 active honey bees that had to be transported by qualified beekeepers from Wirral to Southport. Not a task for the faint hearted! The garden was visited by more than
60,000 visitors and was one of only 14 Show Gardens this year to gain an award. The Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan visited the project to congratulate them on winning the medal. The Mayor is pictured below with Mike Dooley (Flourish), Steph Williams, (Flourish), Ian Jones, (Riviera Environmental Management), Damien McGregor (Flourish), and Mark Humphreys (from Wirral Evolutions’ Royden Park Project).
Community area transformed It might be a quiet time in the garden now, but Prenton Tenants and Residents Association continue to spread the word about their pet project, Prenton In Bloom. The group, supported by Magenta Living and the council, have transformed a piece of land behind a block of flats into a community area for relaxing and growing vegetables and flowers. It is also proving the catalyst for other work, with
children on the local play project being given their own plant to look after and a chance to win a prize for best designed flower pot and flower.
Christmas event news THERE’S SO much happening across Wirral in the run up to Christmas that we can’t fit it all in our pages! Our What’s On Guide (pages 13-16) is packed full of events, festivals, fayres, tea dances, carol concerts and walks - there’s just not room for everything that’s taking
place. If you’re on the look out for something to do, go to wirralview.com for all the events that have been sent into us. You can submit details of your community event, online directly. It only takes a couple of minutes and is free. Terms and conditions apply.
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HE COUNTDOWN to Christmas is well and truly under way and Wirral has plenty of festive offerings this month. There will be mince pies, carols and mulled wine at the many Christmas fayres taking place across the borough. They raise much needed money for charity, so go along to lend your support and perhaps pick up a Christmas gift or two. Meet Santa at his grotto at Laycroft Farm, Rudolph at
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Church Farm’s Santa Experience and Elsa and Anna from Frozen at Hoylake Christmas Market. There are no shortage of pantos to choose from with Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington, Peter Pan and Aladdin all coming to Wirral. The Floral hosts its Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala and Williamson Art Gallery and Wallasey Town Hall both host carol concerts. There are Christmas tree festivals in Bromborough
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and at St Hildeburgh’s Church in Hoylake and if that’s not illuminating enough for you, make sure you go along to a light switch-on near you. If you are lonely over the festive period, your local library or community centre often host coffee mornings. Drop in for details about forthcoming events or visit facebook.com/ wirrallibraries
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Dance to 80’s music and raise funds for ‘OMD’s phone box’. µ See listings
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Santa’s Grotto Laycroft Farm, HESWALL Weekends Until 3rd Dec, 10am - 2pm. £6 per child. See Father Christmas! Each child gets a gift. Book ahead. laycroftlonghorn.co.uk
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. floralpavilion.com
SWAN LAKE THU 23rd NOV, 7.30pm. £31 | £29 Russian State Ballet & Opera featuring music by Tchaikovsky. floralpavilion.com
Oxton Art Fair SAT 25th & SUN 26th NOV, 10am - 4pm Art, craft and design from local artists. Williamson Art Gallery. oxtonartfair.co.uk
Intimissimi on ice with Andrea Bocelli (12A) THU 23rd NOV, 6.30pm. £15.95 | £12.50 conc Opera, pop, figure-skating and fashion combine. Filmed at Arena Di Verona in Italy. Light Cinema, New Brighton. newbrighton.lightcinemas.co.uk Friends of 632 3003: 80’s Disco FRI 24th NOV, 7.30-10.30pm. £8 Raising funds for the telephone box that inspired local band Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD). Melrose Hall. 07590 258415 Christmas Fayre NEW BRIGHTON FRI 24th NOV, 7 - 8.30pm Emmanuel Church, Seabank Road, New Brighton. THE GOLDEN YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT FRI 24th NOV, 7.30pm A talk by Budge Grounsell. Each month Bromborough Society host a fascinating talk at Matheson Church. 0151 334 9467
Christmas Fayre - EGREMONT SAT 25th NOV, 11am - 2pm Stalls and activities at Heart of Egremont, Guilford Street. Make Do and Merry SAT 25th NOV, 11am - 4pm Festive fayre with vintage crafts at the Lyceum/Bridge Cottage. portsunlightvillage.com TOMORROW WOMEN’S WIRRAL CHRISTMAS FAYRE SAT 25th NOV, 11am - 4pm Santa Claus, grotto and stalls. St Laurence’s old school site, Beckwith St East, Birkenhead. 0151 647 7907 Christmas Market SAT 25th NOV, 12 - 6pm Fairground, stalls, plus meet Elsa & Anna from Frozen! Hoylake Parade Community Centre.
Peppa Pig afternoon SAT 25th NOV, 2.15 - 4pm Join Peppa Pig for stories and rhyme. £1.50 for crafts. Birkenhead Library. Book in advance. 0151 606 2119 Charity Classics Concert SUN 26th NOV, 3.30pm. £6 Raising money for Wirral Hospice St John. Heswall Quaker Meeting House, Telegraph Road. 0151 625 5488 West Kirby Santa Dash SUN 26th NOV, 10am - 12pm. Starts at West Kirby Concourse. firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasures from the Unilever Archive THU 30th NOV, 6pm Treasures at the Lyceum. portsunlightvillage.com
Greasby Lights Switch On WED 29th NOV, 6 - 8pm Carol singing and lantern walk. Greasby Village Centre.
Irby LightS Switch-on FRI 1st DEC, 4 - 8pm Festive activities. Switch-on at Shippons Pub, 6pm.
FLORAL DEMO - HESWALL HALL WED 29th NOV, 7pm. £10 Festive flower arrangements. 0151 343 0778
West Kirby Winter Festival SAT 2nd DEC, 10am - 4pm Craft, stalls, live music and storytelling. West Kirby Library.
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL WED 29th NOV - MON 4th DEC, 10am - 4pm Plus performances by local school choirs. St Barnabas Parish Church, Bromborough.
CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING SAT 2nd DEC, 10am - 12pm Meet Santa! Christ Church Community Centre, Bebington. In aid of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.
BRUCE PARRY PRESENTS Tawai - A voice from the Forest (U) WED 29th NOV, 7pm. £13.50 | £9.50 See article on page 16. Wallasey Folk and Acoustic Club SUN 26th NOV, 8pm If you play or sing, come along! Inspire Coffee Bar, Breck Road. email@example.com Mooncup Theatre: A-Void MON 27th NOV, 2pm Female theatre on a bus! Starts at Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, Beckwith St East, Birkenhead. facebook.com/mooncuptheatre HEALTH WALK BIrkenhead Park MON 27th NOV, 11am - 12pm Take a healthy walk in the park every Monday. Fast and slow walks available. Meet at the Visitor Centre.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TEAM COME ALONG and cheer on the Super White Army this month! Tranmere have two home fixtures in the Vanarama National League. On Sat 25th Nov Maidstone United visit Prenton Park and Torquay United visit on Sat 9th Dec. Both matches kick off at 3pm. Tranmere Rovers Ladies, who play their home fixtures at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, play host to Sir Tom Finney Ladies on Sun 3rd Dec and Fleetwood Town on Sun 17th Dec. tranmererovers.co.uk
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Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy TUE 28th NOV, 8pm. £21.50 Carl Palmer celebrates the music of Emerson Lake & Palmer. floralpavilion.com
CHRISTMAS MEMORIES WED 29th NOV, 2pm. £11.50 Over 60 of your favourite Christmas songs and carols floralpavilion.com Misteltoe & Wine CLAREMONT FARM THU 30th NOV, 7 - 10pm. £30 Stalls, music and more. Ticket includes glass of wine. In support of Wirral Breast Centre. claremont farm.co.uk
VICTORIA ROAD Christmas Fayre, New Brighton SAT 2nd DEC, 11am - 6pm Stalls, live music, ‘best dog’ competition at 3pm and light switch-on at 4.30pm. firstname.lastname@example.org CHRISTMAS FAYRE WALLASEY VILLAGE SAT 2nd DEC, 3 - 7pm Stalls and festive food. email@example.com Christmas FESTIVAL Bromborough Village SAT 2nd DEC, 10am Fun fair, Santa’s grotto and Christmas stalls. Bromborough Recreation Ground. 0151 606 2931 Duodecima Choir SAT 2nd DEC, 7.30pm. £8 Music at St George’s Church, Thornton Hough. stgeorges-urc.org. uk/events
Ada, The Library Tour FRI 8th DEC, 10.30am Spellbinding interactive story about Ada Lovelace, creator of the world’s first computer programme. Free but book ahead. Wallasey Central Library.
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what’s on Hoylake Choral Society SAT 2nd DEC, 7.30pm. £12 | £3 Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, plus carols. West Kirby United Reformed Church.
Murder, Mirth & Mince Pies WED 6th DEC, 7 - 9pm. £3 Local authors David Jackson and Gina Kirkham. Greasby Library. 0151 606 2119
CHRISTMAS @ CENTRAL PARK SAT 2nd DEC, 10am - 7pm Christmas market, plus band. Walled Garden, Wallasey.
Pensby Lights Switch On THU 7th DEC, 6 - 8pm The Mayor, Santa and Christmas carols! Pensby Library.
Light Up a Life CAROL SERVICE SUN 3rd DEC, 4 - 7.30pm Carols at Wirral Hospice St John’s. F:RATED COMEDY CLUB SUN 3rd DEC, 8pm. £11.50 Razor sharp Steve Shanyaski headlines with support from Mancunian Danny Sutcliffe and one-line specialist Stu Coleman. floralpavilion.com Heswall Gardening Society CHRISTMAS SOCIAL EVENING MON 4th DEC, 7.30pm. £2.50 Music, quiz, auction. Free to members. Heswall Hall. Friendship Group MON 4th DEC, 2 - 4pm Speakers, games and tea on the 1st and 3rd Monday each month. Birkenhead Priory. Christmas Tea Dance WED 6th DEC, 1.30 - 4pm. £5 Mayor’s Charity Appeal with live music from The Swingmasters. Wallasey Town Hall. 0151 691 8527 CHristmas FaIR New Ferry WED 6th - SAT 9th DEC, 10am - 3pm Grotto, music and more. PHABulous Community Hub. 07787 506294
Alice in Wunderland FRI 8th DEC, 7.30pm; SAT 9th, 2.30pm & 7.30pm; SUN 10th, 2.30pm. £12 | £10 Original remake as Alice is transported into a magical world. gladstonetheatre.org.uk West Kirby Light Opera Society’s Christmas concert THU 7th & FRI 8th DEC, 7.30pm. SUN 10th DEC, 2.30pm. £12 Festive concert. Westbourne Hall. 0151 342 2143 PETER PAN SAT 9th DEC - SUN 7th JAN With Coronation Street’s Marc Baylis and CBeebies’ Dan Wright. floralpavilion.com
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COFFEE MORNING THU 7th DEC, 11am - 12.30pm With St Andrews Church choir. Bebington Central Library COFFEE and CAROLS FRI 8th DEC, 2pm Wallasey Village Library. 0151 638 1024 Coffee Afternoon FRI 8th DEC, 2pm. £2 Quiz and mince pies. Pensy Library. 0151 648 4537 GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS THU 7th DEC, 7.30pm. £12 | £10 Original spine-chillers in a vintage vein floralpavilion.com
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CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS. £42 Celebrate Christmas in style with live tribute acts to three of the biggest names in pop music, plus a delicious three course meal at Floral Pavilion. - SAT 9th DEC: Niqi Brown is Tina Turner. Simply the best! - FRI 15th DEC: Navi is the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson. Thriller. - SAT 16th DEC: Mikey Powell is Michael Bublé. Feeling good. floralpavilion.com
Christmas carol concert SAT 9th DEC, 7pm. £8 The fabulous Rhos male voice choir and Fanfara brass band. In Support of the Salvation Army emergency and community services. Wallasey Town Hall. 0151 653 8847 DibbInsdale Winter Warmer SAT 9th DEC, 1 - 4pm Choir, roast chestnuts, BBQ, owls, crafts and face-painting. Dibbinsdale Nature Reserve. Christmas Fayre - MOLYNEUX DRIVE, New Brighton SAT 9th DEC, 11am - 2pm Stalls, grotto, crafts and café. Charlotte’s Brightside Trust. Plink and Plonk Wine tasting Fundraiser SAT 9th DEC, 7.30pm. £10 Festive tipples, music by The Mighty Aslan, Two of Us and The Summer Strum Allstars. Hoylake Community Centre. Proceeds towards the Ukulele Festival 2018. summerstrum.com
WINTER WOOFS DOG WALK SUN 10th DEC, 9.30am. £5 Includes Santa hat! Royden Park. Christmas at the Movies SUN 10th DEC, 2.15pm & 5.30pm. £13.50 | £6 conc Wirral Symphony Orchestra’s annual Yuletide concert. floralpavilion.com Jewellery Workshop SUN 10th DEC, 2pm. £55 Make your own silver ring. Price includes materials. williamsonartgallery.org Fanfare for Christmas TUE 12th DEC, 7.30pm. £14 | £12 Birkenhead Operatic Society perform festive favourites. gladstonetheatre.org.uk CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON: SWING & CROONER LEGENDS WED 13th DEC, 12.30pm. £27 Music and Christmas lunch. floralpavilion.com Christmas Carol Concert THU 14th DEC, 7pm. £7 Festive music with Off Pitch Choir. All proceeds to charity. williamsonartgallery.org Dick WhittingTON FRI 15th & SAT 16th DEC, 7.30pm. Matinee SAT 16th & SUN 17th, 2.30pm. £8 | £6 Dick seeks his fortune in London. The Little Theatre, Birkenhead. 0151 647 6593 Beauty and the Beast SAT 16th - SUN 31st DEC £15| £13 conc | £46 family The arrogant prince is turned into The Beast by a witch. gladstonetheatre. org.uk
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL St Hildeburgh Church in Hoylake hosts its popular Christmas Tree Festival on Friday 8th December, 6pm. Up to 50 fabulously decorated Christmas trees will be switched on around the church at 6.30pm with Brian Lupton and Friends providing the music. Over the weekend there will be singing and dancing displays, craft sessions, face-painting and a Christmas market. There will be a chance for children to meet Santa Claus on Saturday from 11am-1pm and Sunday from 3-4pm and 5-6pm. On Sunday at 4pm there will be a traditional candlelit Christingle service. Admission is £2.50 with money raised shared between St Hildeburgh’s and local charities.
AnImal Encounters Until November 2018 Meet the animals that usually prowl around in the Williamson’s basement in this year long exhibition. Includes details on the conservation of animals and their natural habitats. In partnership with Chester Zoo. williamsonartgallery.org
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PANTOS. Oh YES THEY ARE
Tribal gathering: Bruce spent three weeks living with the Piraha tribe, on the banks of the Amazon
oyal Marine Commander turned explorer Bruce Parry has led expeditions to some of the world’s most remote corners, and in November he will be coming to Wirral! The BAFTA Award winning presenter, star of BBC’s ‘Tribe’ and ‘Amazon’, will
be answering questions from the audience after his groundbreaking new film ‘TAWAI: A Voice From The Forest’, showing at Light Cinema in New Brighton on Wed 29th Nov. The film sees Bruce visit tribes in the forests of Borneo, the Amazon, the Ganges and the Isle of Skye, exploring
what has happened to humankind since we stopped roaming and began to settle. How has this affected tribes around the world? And what we can learn from their way of living? The word Tawai comes from the Penan people of Borneo, who Bruce visited in his BBC
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Bruce’s voyage of discovery documentary ‘Tribe’. His time with this extraordinary group led him to re-evaluate all he had previously learned about human nature and society. Tickets cost £13.50 / £9.50. Book online at newbrighton. lightcinemas.co.uk
Santa comes to Church Farm Santa, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman and the merry merekats are all coming to Church Farm this Winter! Every weekend from Sat 2nd to Sun 17th Dec Church Farm will be transformed to a winter wonderland as part of their annual Santa Experience.
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Children can hop on board a tractor ride through the beautifully lit up forest, which will play host to a live Santa Show. Tickets start from £10, which includes a chocolate gift for the kids and mulled wine and mince pies for adults. Visit churchfarm.org.uk for more info.
Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington, Aladdin and Peter Pan are all coming to Wirral this Winter! n Dick Whittington is on at The Little Theatre in Birkenhead from Fri 15th - Sun 17th Dec. n The Chrysanths panto this year is Aladdin, running at the Floral from Thu 11th Jan to Sun 14th Jan. n Beauty and the Beast will be showing at Gladstone Theatre, Sat 16th to Sun 31st Dec. n Peter Pan will be flying in to the Floral Pavilion from Sat 9th Dec to Sun 7th Jan. n Wirral Community Theatre’s Aladdin will be at Westbourne Hall, West Kirby from Fri 12th to Sun 14th Jan.
WIN... WIN TWO tickets to RUTH RENDELL’S ‘GALLOWGLASS’ on TUE 13th FEB AT FLORAL PAVILION Q: RENDELL’S MOST FAMOUS CREATION WAS inspector wexford. WHAT IS HIS first name? Closing date MON 18th DEC 2017. Email your answer plus your name, address, phone number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org Your entry can be posted to Wirral View, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton St, Wallasey, CH44 8ED
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Creating a buzz at the Hive! You’ve got to be in it to win it – and The Hive is no exception!
irral’s state of the art new youth centre opened with a huge welcome for young people from across the borough. And it’s proving really popular with membership just topping more than 6,000 young people in the first year. What is The Hive? The Hive is a purpose built facility for young people next
to Birkenhead Fire Station, on Bright Street, near Charing Cross. How do I join? Membership is open to young people aged 8–19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities. There are three levels of membership: n 8-12: The junior zone n 13-19: The senior zone n Hiveability: The Hive is accessible for all young people up to 25 with a disability. What will it cost me – and what will I get for my money? For £5 a year and 50p per visit, the Youth Zone is a safe environment where you can enjoy yourself and take part in lots
6000th member welcomed: Just seven months after launch.
of different activities including dance, sport fitness, music and media – or you can just chill out with your mates. Have a look at thehiveyouthzone.org for details. What about school holidays? The Youth Zone is open all year and offers a safe and affordable youth facility for junior aged young people on school holidays, with activities on offer every day including a host of sports, games, arts and crafts, and cookery club. See website for details thehiveyouthzone.org.
Exciting times: Loads happening at The Hive!
Meet Megan, our latest ‘This Girl Can’ superstar! MEET MEGAN CUMMINS, our new This Girl Can Wirral ambassador. Megan started trampolining aged 12 and now, at just 15, she’s been selected to represent Great Britain in the World Age Group Championships in Bulgaria in November. We’re delighted to welcome her to the team. She’ll be helping us promote ‘This Girl Can’ in Wirral, our campaign aimed at getting young women into sport and fitness. The Birkenhead teenager trains at Propulsion, Birkenhead, and already has
a number of titles to her name. As well as Bulgaria, she has been chosen by club coaches to compete in the Dallas Cup, Texas, early next year. Before she discovered her passion for trampolining, Megan tried a number of different sports. She discovered her talent for trampolining at Birkenhead Youth Club, and she now trains up to five days a week. Megan’s advice to other teenagers who are wary of getting into sport is: ‘Don’t be afraid, definitely don’t worry about what other people might say. It’s about enjoying what
you do and finding what’s best for you.’ Megan says she would welcome any offers of sponsorship to support her training. Anyone who may be able to help should contact Propulsion Trampoline Club, Birkenhead via facebook. com/ sportfora
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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
Moreton West & Saughall Massie
decision making. Community leadership and engagement is at the heart of each councillorâ€™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
Rock Ferry Prenton
West Kirby & Thurstaston
Pensby & Thingwall
Bidston & St James Clatterbridge
Christina Muspratt 0151 645 8864 christinamuspratt @wirral.gov.uk
Brian Kenny 0151 638 5488 briankenny @wirral.gov.uk
Jerry Williams 0151 608 3769 jerrywilliams @wirral.gov.uk
Birkenhead & Tranmere
Ann McLachlan 0151 522 0299 annmclachlan @wirral.gov.uk
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Leader of Council
Pat Cleary 07852 842 559 patcleary @wirral.gov.uk
Phil Davies 0151 691 8540 phildavies @wirral.gov.uk
Jean Stapleton 07929 780 326 jeanstapleton @wirral.gov.uk
Chris Carubia 07720 847 265 chriscarubia @wirral.gov.uk
Phil Gilchrist 0151 334 1923 philgilchrist @wirral.gov.uk
Dave Mitchell 0151 327 2095 davemitchell @wirral.gov.uk
Treena Johnson 07722 007 309 treenajohnson @wirral.gov.uk
Anita Leech 0151 691 0540 anitaleech @wirral.gov.uk
Tom Anderson 07917 807 776 tomanderson @wirral.gov.uk
David Burgess-Joyce 07769 326 170 davidburgessjoyce @wirral.gov.uk
Bernie Mooney 07811 060 891 berniemooney @wirral.gov.uk
Thomas Usher 07407 702 182 thomasusher @wirral.gov.uk
Paul Doughty 0151 651 2059 pauldoughty @wirral.gov.uk
Stuart Kelly 07940 545 003 stuartkelly @wirral.gov.uk
Phillip Brightmore 07794 428 126 phillipbrightmore @wirral.gov.uk
Louise Reecejones 07468 419 765 louisereecejones @wirral.gov.uk
Wendy Clements 0151 677 4045 wendyclements @wirral.gov.uk
Janette Williamson 07871 075 182 janwilliamson @wirral.gov.uk
Paul Stuart 0151 638 8067 paulstuart @wirral.gov.uk
Matthew Patrick Tony Smith matthewpatrick 0151 677 1384 @wirral.gov.uk tonysmith @wirral.gov.uk
Cherry Povall, JP 07814 913 975 cherrypovall @wirral.gov.uk
Adam Sykes 07855 379 397 adamsykes @wirral.gov.uk
Andrew Hodson 0151 342 6253 andrewhodson @wirral.gov.uk
Michael Sullivan 07584 207 739 mikesullivan @wirral.gov.uk
Kathy Hodson 07747 603 405 kathyhodson @wirral.gov.uk
Les Rowlands 0151 342 2454 lesrowlands @wirral.gov.uk
Steve Foulkes 07712 133 696 stevefoulkes @wirral.gov.uk
Eddie Boult 0151 632 2605 eddieboult @wirral.gov.uk
Gerry Ellis 0151 632 1976 gerryellis @wirral.gov.uk
Moreton West & Saughall Massie
Bruce Berry 07733 012 414 bruceberry @wirral.gov.uk
Pat Hackett 07771 972 302 pathackett @wirral.gov.uk
Chris Blakeley 07803 614 418 chrisblakeley @wirral.gov.uk
Steve Williams 07974 717 666 stevewilliams @wirral.gov.uk
Angela Davies 07747 735 133 angeladavies @wirral.gov.uk
Paul Hayes 07837 205 171 paulhayes @wirral.gov.uk
Gillian Wood 07493 142 672 gilliwood @wirral.gov.uk
John Hale 0151 632 4570 johnhale @wirral.gov.uk
Tony Jones 07516 731 717 tonyjones @wirral.gov.uk
Chris Spriggs 07855 315 088 christinespriggs @wirral.gov.uk
Moira McLaughlin 07880 348 024 moiramclaughlin @wirral.gov.uk
Chris Meaden 07738 824 130 chrismeaden @wirral.gov.uk
Tony Norbury 07952 297 652 tonynorbury @wirral.gov.uk
Denise Realey 0151 652 3059 deniserealey @wirral.gov.uk
Stuart Whittingham 0151 653 5539 stuartwhittingham @wirral.gov.uk
George Davies 07713 644 330 georgedavies @wirral.gov.uk
Hoylake & Meols
Chris Jones 07853 042 243 christinejones @wirral.gov.uk
Tracey Pilgrim 07831 269 506 traceysmith1 @wirral.gov.uk
Pensby & Thingwall
Adrian Jones 0151 638 9050 adrianjones @wirral.gov.uk
Irene Williams 0151 608 7806 irenewilliams @wirral.gov.uk
Alan Brighouse 0151 652 6041 alanbrighouse @wirral.gov.uk
Warren Ward 07581 414 518 warrenward @wirral.gov.uk
Greasby, Frankby & Irby
Leasowe & Moreton East
Ron Abbey 07957 721 248 ronabbey @wirral.gov.uk
Joe Walsh joewalsh @wirral.gov.uk
Bill Davies 07867 772 437 billdavies @wirral.gov.uk
West Kirby & Thurstaston
Ian Lewis 07886 133 571 ianlewis @wirral.gov.uk
Lesley Rennie 07795 450 497 lesleyrennie @wirral.gov.uk
To check which councillor covers your area visit wirral.gov.uk/councillors
David M Elderton 07973 662 395 07766 725 125 davidelderton @wirral.gov.uk @wirral.gov.uk
0151 625 3941 @wirral.gov.uk
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Why we can’t go it alone...
Councillor Phil Davies Leader of Wirral Council
T THE TIMe of going to print, the Chancellor was preparing to announce his Autumn budget. Like residents across Britain, councils the length and breadth of the country will be waiting to see what the budget reveals. With the first rises in interest rates for a decade announced earlier this month and inflation starting to gallop with uncertainty over Brexit continuing, it is with some trepidation we all
await the Chancellor’s address. While a slight increase in interest rates is welcomed by those fortunate to have extra income to save for a rainy day, the reality for many Wirral families will be that managing the household budget is likely to get trickier. The same is true for Wirral Council. By 2020, English councils will have seen £16bn of reductions to the funding the get from Government, since 2010. Wirral alone has been forced to implement almost £200m in cuts this decade. Councils nationally used more than £600m in 2016/17 from their reserves just to stand still. The demands on services continue to rise. According to the Government’s figures, by 2025 there will be 350,000 more elderly residents in Britain needing not just help but high levels of care. Nationally, 170,000 children were subject to protection en-
Tributes following death of councillor the leader of Wirral Council has paid tribute to long standing councillor Walter Smith, who has died aged 83. Cllr Phil Davies said Cllr Smith embodied the ideals of a public servant. ‘Walter gave his time selflessly and was committed to his ward and to Wirral,’ he said. ‘It is fair to say that wherever he went, people knew him either as a friend or a trusted and experienced colleague. He will be greatly missed.’ Cllr Smith was involved in local politics for more than 40 years, first as a member of Birkenhead County Borough Council, before being elected to Wirral Council in 1979 after local government reorganisation. Except for a break in 2005/06 due to boundary
changes, Cllr Smith has been in service as an elected member of Wirral Council ever since. Born in Liverpool in 1934, Cllr Smith moved to Wallasey during World War II where he attended Gorsedale School. At 16 he took up tailoring, which became his trade throughout his life. Cllr Smith had served on education and leisure committees and was the Labour Party spokesman on the General Purposes Sub-Committee. A past chair of Birkenhead Labour Party, he was also Chair of Governors of Rock Ferry High School, and Director of the Liverpool Playhouse. Cllr Smith served as Mayor of Wirral from 1995 to 1996 and was the ward member for Bebington.
quiries last year, and the number of homeless households needing accommodation has rocketed by 44% in the past six years.
By 2020 councils will have seen a £16bn reduction in government funding While we join those Labour, LibDem and Conservative controlled councils across the country in calling on the Government to meet the £5.8bn future funding gap by 2019/20 and to plug the immediate £1.3bn crisis facing adult social care, we also know we are un-
likely to have our demands met. It is therefore essential we look at the way we currently deliver services, how our assets are managed and investments are made, and how we can work more effectively with partners and other public sector providers to meet the needs of residents. One such transformation programme is Wirral Growth Company. In this innovative approach to regeneration we will pair the assets and land the council has earmarked for regeneration, employment or housing, with the investment strength and know-how of our private sector partners to bring about meaningful economic development: jobs and training, homes and workplaces. People have questioned the need for the council to get involved with private sector investors and developers, arguing: Why can’t the council
deliver this alone? The truth is councils like Wirral have neither the resources nor capabilities to go it alone. By sharing the risk, and splitting the rewards 50/50, we are confident Wirral Growth Company will provide economic growth and much needed additional council tax and business rates. It will also bring money in, in a sustainable way, by using the assets of the borough for the good of residents rather than seeing them sold off in a desperate fire-sale. Over the coming months we will begin sharing our initial ideas and plans with you. We aim to have Wirral Growth Company up and running in early 2018; shortly after that we’ll present the first exciting development plans for consultation. Read more about Wirral Growth Company at wirralwellmade.com.
young people’s project teaches new skills Wallasey Village Library has been given a facelift thanks to a project which helps young people with their personal development. The Prince’s Trust TEAM programme, in partnership with Wirral Metropolitan College and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is a 12 week scheme for 16 – 25 year olds not in employment, education or training. The programme aims to build confidence and teach new skills by working on a community project, chosen by the students. Ten young people worked at Wallasey Village Library. They filled cracks and holes in the walls then gave them two coats of paint. After researching quotes from famous people they then painted them into position as you can see in the photograph. The scheme brings lots of
benefits to the young people. They learn new skills, complete risk assessments, take turns being a leader for the day while also learning about their community. This particular team aren’t yet finished though! They will be working with Mencap, wrapping 250 Christmas presents for their annual Christmas party at Wallasey
Town Hall. They will also be spending the day with Stick n Step, an organisation for children with Cerebral Palsy based in Liscard, helping the children make Christmas decorations, play party games and giving them prizes and selection boxes from money raised during a bag pack at Asda in Birkenhead.
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eat well wirral
Guilt-free takeaway advice If you enjoy a takeaway now and again, Eat Well Wirral can help you make healthier choices.
e’re often made to feel guilty about ‘resorting’ to a takeaway for the family. It’s one of those things we all do, but sometimes we have to pretend we don’t! While we wouldn’t recommend a diet of takeaways, they can fill a gap when you’re feeling pushed for time or stressed, or when there’s a family emergency and you just need to feed the kids. Did you know that through
the council’s Eat Well Wirral project, you can choose a takeaway offering healthier options? There is even an online map making it easier to find your local takeaway that is part of the scheme. You can see, at a glance, which takeaways and fast food outlets in Wirral have changed the way they prepare and cook some foods, giving customers the chance to choose a lighter option. This can include using lower fat options, healthier cooking fats and offering fresh fruit as an alternative to biscuits, crisps and other snacks. Originally launched in 2015, Eat Well Wirral offers incentives to food businesses across
the borough to use healthier options. More than 100 businesses are now signed up and have pledged
I didn’t know we could enjoy a healthy chicken tandoori. Luckily for us, Jay at our local takeaway has a guilt-free option.* *No ghee (clarified butter), less salt. Garam Masala, Bromborough
to offer healthier alternatives to customers. (See the column on the right for how your food business could take part.) For more information or to view the map and find an Eat Well Wirral takeaway near you visit wirral.gov.uk/eatwell
Healthier: Chicken kebab in wholemeal pitta with grilled veg from Eastham Express, Eastham.
sign up here! The three tier award, Bronze, Silver and Gold, is open to takeaway businesses with a food hygiene rating of three or above. n Businesses should be committed to offering customers healthier food options which are lower in salt, sugar and saturated fat and have more fibre in them. n A small grant is available to support businesses to make these changes, for further information visit wirral. gov.uk/eatwell
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Tribute unveiled to hero sailor Plaque honours Wirral woman who was first to cross the Atlantic Ocean single-handed.
Blue Plaque recognising the remarkable achievements of the late Ann Davison - the first woman to sail the Atlantic single-handed - was unveiled by the Mayor of Wirral at Mere Brook House, Thornton Hough. Guests including members of local and national maritime and sailing clubs joined members of Ann’s family who had travelled from all over the UK for the unveiling. Ann, a pilot and one of the first women in the UK to gain her aviation licence, lived at Mere Brook House from 1939 after she and her husband Frank moved from Hooton Airfield when the airfield was requisitioned by the RAF for wartime activities. In 1952 Ann, also a keen sailor, set out in her 23ft wooden sloop Felicity Ann, to conquer the Atlantic. A brave expedition anyway, this was particularly remarkable as Frank had drowned after a previous maritime accident in the same ocean. Ann’s voyage took 65 days
john and kim raise big smile at their wedding When John and Kim Grieves tied the knot at their fancy dress wedding in Birkenhead Register Office, they donated half their cash gifts to Smile Train, a charity providing free surgery for children with cleft lip and palate in developing countries. In all, the couple, who live in New Brighton, raised £1,200 for the charity, enough to fund surgery for eight children. To find out more visit: smiletrain.org.uk. n If you’re looking to get married in 2017, don’t forget our website has a full list of approved venues. Search for ‘weddings’ on wirral.gov.uk.
Pioneering: Ann Davison, above, and Dulcie, left, with Mayor of Wirral and Wirral South MP Alison McGovern.
during which time she was out of all contact with the land. There was of course no GPS, mobile phones, two-way radio and no back up crew in those days. Ann made landfall in Dominica on January 23, 1953. One very special guest at the blue plaque unveiling was Dulcie Morecroft, 92, who as a small child remembered Ann in her white flying suit. ‘She was a part of my childhood,’ said Dulcie. David Allan, Vice Chair of Conservation Areas Wirral who organise the borough’s Blue Plaque scheme, said: ‘Ann Davison set the bar for Ellen McArthur and others who followed in her footsteps. Hers is an inspirational story of one
woman’s grit, courage and sheer determination.’ Although Ann died in Florida in 1992, her boat, Felicity Ann, survived and has been completely refurbished as a Community Boat Building project in Seattle USA where it is used to introduce young American women to sailing. n If you’re interested in local history and heritage, the council’s archives service holds free workshops. Book a place at a forthcoming session by calling 0151 606 2929 or by emailing email@example.com n March 1 2018: Collections at Wirral Archives, 15th to 18th century, by William Meredith, Wirral’s archivist. n May 3 2018: Medieval Wallasey, by Mary Ward.
ANTHOLOGY LAUNCHED at ‘write time’ book event An anthology of short stories by writers, pictured left, on the ‘Write Time, Write Place’ course at Wirral Libraries has been launched. Funded by Arts Council England, the courses explore and develop creative writing skills. For info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Exercise classes helping to push the boundaries Taking care of your body is key to a healthier life. It makes you feel good, gets you moving and gives you confidence. A new club is helping young people with disabilities get active with fitness sessions designed just for them.
CLUB aiming to help people with a disability aged 12 to 25 get more active is going from strength to strength. Based in Leasowe Leisure Centre every Saturday afternoon, Inclusive Club 1 offers young people a range of fitness and sport activities. As well as the health and fitness benefits, young people taking part are saying they are increasing their confidence and feeling more independent.
Cameron has been attending for two years. He said: ‘It keeps me fit and I have made a lot of new friends. My favourite bits are the cardio sessions’.
It keeps me fit and I have made a lot of friends
Ian has been coaching at the club for three years. He said: ‘The young people enjoy the activities, improve their fitness and learn new skills. They have formed a great social network too - I enjoy being part of it all’. The club has an hour of gym sessions, fitness classes or sporting activities, followed by an hour in the pool, either swimming recreationally or water-based classes such as Aqua Jogging or Aqua Aerobics.
Thumbs up: Ian and Cameron.
Sessions change each term where new activities are put on, based on feedback from participants. Wirral’s Sports Development Unit secured funding from Street Games to run the club until 31st March and is
hoping to secure funding to continue the club for longer. Inclusive Club 1 takes place at Leasowe Leisure Centre every Saturday 2.30 - 4.30pm during term time and there is a charge of £2 per session. Book your place on 0151 666 4359.
Wirral’s elderly fitness fans are having a ball YOU DON’T have to run to keep fit, you can do it sitting down with a Sit Fit class! Taking place in Hoylake, Bebington and Tranmere, the classes help improve health and fitness, as well as your joints and mental health, with a series of sit down exercises to music.
Heather Farrell who runs the classes says: ‘Regular safe exercise enhances the member’s quality of life both physically and physiologically’. ‘Sit Fit classes are for both men and women of all ages. Currently our oldest member is 93!’
Each session starts with a warm-up, followed up by cardio exercises, for example using maracas to the song La Bamba! Exercises with footballs increase movement, brain-train exercises improve co-ordination and elastic bands build strength. The class ends with stretches to help flexibility, followed by a few minutes of relaxation to soothing music. n Audrey was in her eighties when she joined the class in 2013 and couldn’t walk without a rollator. Since attending she is now getting around with the use of a walking stick. Audrey said: ‘Not only do I feel fit but also very happy’.
n Susan is in her sixties and was born with cerebral palsy. ‘By attending Sit Fit I have regained movement in my right arm and shoulder which has always been weak. It has really helped improve my confidence.’ n Barbara from Heswall (pictured right) describes herself as 73 years young. She said: ‘Some of us may be quite elderly but we are a jolly crowd and the movement helps ease away the aches and pains. Sit Fit has taken years off me!’
GIVE SIT FIT A GO YOURSELF Sit Fit: From strength to strength
n Moreton Presbyterian Church, Moreton, every Monday, 1 - 2pm. £3.50 n Christ Church Community Centre, Bebington, every Monday 2.45 - 3.45pm. £3.50 n St Catherine’s Community Centre, Tranmere, every Wednesday 10.30 - 11.30am. £2
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Your old rucksack can help someone on the streets A Christmas charity appeal is asking people to fill bags with items to help homeless people.
he Lauries Centre has launched its ‘Rucksack Challenge’ to help homeless and rough sleepers over the winter months ahead. You can take part by filling a rucksack or bag with items that will make a difference to somebody homeless this winter. Your bag might include warm clothes, gloves, hat and scarf, a sleeping bag and torch, and items of non-perishable food. Supported by Wirral Chamber of Commerce and Birkenhead BID (Birkenhead Improvement District), The Lauries Rucksack Challenge 2017 will help the work of YMCA Wirral and the Charles Thompson Mission.
Last year hundreds of rucksacks, sleeping bags, warm clothing, blankets, food and toiletries were donated by businesses and individuals. This year they are hoping to raise even more. According to the latest figures, more than 4,000 people nationally are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night. There was an increase
If you’re on the streets or struggling, these items can really make a big difference. of 16% from 2015 to 2016, and the North West has seen one of the biggest increases in rough sleeping since last year, at 42%. Nigel Hughes, CEO at YMCA
Wirral, said: ‘We are very conscious of weather conditions as we approach the Christmas period. If you’re out on the streets or if you’re living on very low means - struggling to even heat your home - then initiatives like the Rucksack Challenge are vitally important.’ Staff and volunteers of YMCA Wirral will be on duty again this year at its Night Shelter, which has been operating since 2008. They will be trying to ensure that no one has to survive, or even die, on the streets, and also to provide hot meals and a warm place to stay over the Christmas period. Items you can donate or fill a rucksack with include: hat; scarf; gloves; fleece; flask; jumpers; clothing; new underwear (male and female); socks; waterproof cagoule; blanket; small water bottle; sleeping bag; deodorants; shampoos; shower gel; shaving foam; wipes; conditioners; fem-packs; tissues; toothbrushes; Chap Sticks; wind-up torch; hi-energy bars; tinned potatoes, peas, soup, carrots, beans, sweet-
corn; cranberry sauce; gravy; mint sauce; apple sauce; packet soup. There are three drop off points to leave donations: n The Lauries, 142 Claughton Road, Birkenhead CH41 6EY n Egerton House, 2 Tower Road, Birkenhead CH41 1FN n Pacific Road Business Hub, Pacific Road, Birkenhead CH41 1LJ Donations should be made by December 5, 2017 For further information please contact 0151 650 6940.
Wirral mum supports birth choices campaign A WIRRAL mum is supporting a national campaign to help prospective parents understand they have a choice about where their baby is born. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) the national organisation charged with making sure people have high quality healthcare, has enlisted the support of Gabrielle (24) pictured right, to help get their message across. The campaign has been launched after research found that 40 per cent of prospective parents weren’t aware, or didn’t feel they had a choice, about the hospital they choose to give birth in. Gabrielle features in a video detailing her experience
of giving birth in Wirral. She says: ‘I chose to give birth at my local hospital just because it was easy; it’s five minutes down the road and my
mum used to work there. ‘As far as labours go, I had a really good labour. It was straightforward and I was well looked after. I did have a few
complications at the end that I think could have been prevented but apart from that it was great. ‘I didn’t really do any research into what hospitals I could give birth in. To be honest I didn’t know I had a choice, I just presumed I had to go to my local hospital. If I’d known I had a choice I probably would have done a bit more research.’ The #yourbirthplan campaign aims to raise awareness with pregnant women and their families of the options available for their care, and where they can get help to: n Make a choice about where to give birth, whether at home or in hospital. n Make the most of the free, independent CQC inspection
reports comparing maternity services near them, to make an informed choice; and n Sharing their experiences about local birth services with CQC, whether good or bad. ‘If I’d have known about the CQC reports they would have been useful, I would’ve done more research into where I wanted to go and what was being said about my local hospital and others in the area,’ said Gabrielle ‘I think it’s important for women to have a choice about where to give birth; and to do research to make sure you have the best experience for you,’ she says. Find out more about the campaign at cqc.org. uk/yourbirthplan
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Your time can help heroes You can make a difference to the lives of injured service men, women and their families.
elp for Heroes are calling on residents to give up some spare time to help them provide life changing support for veterans and their families. Anybody can be a volunteer. From the young to the old, to those with no military experience to veterans and those with family who have served in the armed forces. Help for Heroes supports serving and reservist personnel and veterans who have suffered injuries or illness as a result of their service in the armed forces. Laura Dunning is the volunteer coordinator for Merseyside and knows first-hand how extra support can make a real
difference to the lives of injured service men and women. Laura said: ‘My husband was injured in Afghanistan in 2008, losing both legs in life saving surgery before returning to the UK for more surgery to repair a broken back among other injuries. ‘Since then, Help for Heroes have supported us individually and as a family, and therefore we feel indebted to support the charity.’ No matter what your skills are, there will be something for everyone to get involved with, such as taking payments at fundraising events, stacking shelves at pop up events or promoting events and services. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and can also boost your CV by helping you develop skills and experience. It can be a nice way to ease you back into the world of
Tribute to the fallen past and present: By wearing a poppy, you aren’t just remembering the fallen: you’re supporting a new generation of veterans and service personnel that need our support. That was the message behind this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan, and her consort Bill, were joined by members of Wallasey branch of the Royal British Legion when they bought the first Poppy of the year in Wirral. Visit: poppyshop.org.uk.
Laura and Peter Dunning, above, and inset, at the 2010 Olympic games paid for by Help for Heroes.
work after maternity leave or long term illness without being tied down by contracts or shift patterns. You can give as much or as little time as you like. To help, contact the
National Volunteer Team on 01980 840224, via email at email@example.com. uk or online at helpforheroes. org.uk/getinvolved. If you are a veteran of the
armed forces or a family member and need extra support, then visit the Help the Heroes website at helpforheroes.org. uk/get-support to find out more about the services on offer.
Tributes underway for two veterans POSTHUMOUS tributes are being planned for two of Wirral’s most distinguished war heroes. Wallasey-born RAF pilot Jack Potter, right, is to be honoured with a plaque unveiled in his memory at King’s Wharf, Wallasey, next year. He fought at both the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk, and his story was depicted in the recent film ‘Dunkirk’ when his engine was seen seizing and ditching into the sea. Council Memorials Officer Peter Lee is also working with the Royal Artillery to refurbish
Hero: Jack Potter.
the grave of the late Sgt Cyril Gourley, at Grange Cemetery, West Kirby.
Sgt Gourley received both the Military Medal and the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry, while serving in World War One. As part of moves to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the close of World War One, it is planned to hold a civic service at Grange Cemetery when the refurbishment of his grave is complete. As part of commemorations for the close of WW1, there are plans to improve access at Wirral war memorials.
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Learning new skills could change your life forever Meet some of the people who have benefitted from training at Wirral Lifelong Learning.
here’s a lot to be said for training and further education; it boosts your skills and confidence, and could help you find work or get a better job. In January, the council’s Lifelong Learning Service announces a new series of courses and training. It’s not as well known as some other training providers but it offers a wide range of courses. So whether you’re looking for training in food safety or want to improve
Joey Mullineux Course: Sewing Skills Crafts and Alterations ‘We’ve had a series of tragic family bereavements in the last couple of years and the sewing course has helped chill me out. It’s therapeutic, it’s made me more confident and keeps my mind off family problems. It’s given me a hobby, it saves me a lot of money and I love it, I don’t want it to end. When my aunt died she had so many clothes I decided to make memory cushions from them for her two sons. They love them. And I’ve made a whole
– or kickstart – your computer skills, there could be a course for you. There is free training in maths and English, and although a fee is payable for other courses, support may be available if you are on benefits. Wirral Lifelong Learning Service is based in Twickenham Drive, Leasowe, and courses are offered at other venues too. For more information call 0151 630 3486 or look up ‘lifelong learning’ on wirral.gov.uk. Courses include: n English as a second language n Easy steps in computers n Flower Design n Improve your English n Improve your maths n Introduction to the internet Now meet some of the people who have really benefitted from one of our courses...
wardrobe for my younger daughter, as well as all sorts of items for my older daughter, my son and myself. I’ve even sold a few items. I’d love to design and make swimming costumes. My tutor has recommended a Diploma in Fashion at Liverpool City College as a possible next step. These courses have made me think more, and really bought out my creative side.’ Jessica Wallace Course: Introduction to volunteering / A-Z of gardening ‘The courses have helped me and my professional knowledge enormously, which has improved the business. I look forward to every week and enjoy telling my gran what
Food for thought: Training and personal development changes lives.
I’ve been learning, I feel like I’m teaching her. ‘It’s making a huge difference to me emotionally, mentally, socially and professionally. My first course was subsidized because I’m on benefits, my parents have helped to pay for this second course. ‘When I’m here I can relax. It’s the feel good factor, I enjoy myself when I’m here.’ Heather White Course: Good Mood Food / Creative Cooking Heather turned her life around studying with Homestart. At the time her home life was hard and the family were under a lot of pressure. ‘Suddenly I knew I wasn’t the only mother who has anxiety, panic and depression. Homestart really understand me and the stigma attached to mental health. ‘I would like to work as a teaching assistant but don’t
have the confidence yet. After my courses Homestart suggested I could volunteer. I now volunteer three days a week. I really look forward to going, it’s given me confidence. ‘Next I hope to volunteer in my daughter’s school and help with the crèche at Homestart. It’ll be great, another way of moving myself forward.
It’s making a huge difference to me emotionally, mentally, socially & professionally.
‘My mental health was stopping me getting out and affecting my children, doing the courses has helped me get a better life for me, my husband and my children.’
Kirsty Lever Course: Family IT Kirsty ‘couldn’t stand’ school and left at 16 to become a motor mechanic. At 21, she had to leave due to a serious car accident. After a very long recovery she joined a family learning IT class. ‘Keith (the tutor) said I was really skilled and should think about IT as a career. I enrolled on web design and HTML coding at West Cheshire College and discovered I had a passion for IT. The college identified my dyslexia, which explained why I struggled at school. ‘That year, I got an unconditional offer from John Moore’s University within five days. I have completed my degree, awarded British Computer Society Highest Achiever of the Year. ‘My ambition is to teach and inspire people, give knowledge back, and help others.’
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ask us wirral
‘Ask Us’ Wirral: your regular advice column n Ask Us Wirral is a regular page of advice and information supplied by the ‘Ask Us Wirral’ service - askuswirral.org.uk. 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.
Don’t struggle to pay your water bill AT ASK Us Wirral we come across a large number of clients who struggle to meet their water payments. United Utilities offer a variety of schemes not just for helping you with water arrears but also with potentially lowering your ongoing bill. If you need help with your water, details of the schemes can be found at unitedutilities. com/services/your-bill/ difficulty-paying-your-bill/ or you can call United Utilities on 0800 072 6765 and an adviser will take you through which of the schemes may be available to you.
Winter fuel advice W
inter Fuel Payments are there to help with heating costs during the winter months for homes where there is someone over state pension age. Jamie Anderson of Age UK Wirral, said ‘Many of us have probably started putting our heating on in recent weeks. Not heating our homes properly, and not staying warm during winter, can put us at risk of lots of cold-related illnesses, some of which can be fatal.’ Most people who were born on or before August 5, 1953 will qualify for this year’s payment – the amount you will get depends on whether or not you live with someone else who also qualifies but is likely to be between £100 and £300. You should only have to claim once and the payment will be made automatically each year during November or December. If you are unsure as to whether or not you need to claim, or if your circumstances have changed, you should call
the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 0345 915 1515. People who receive certain benefits may also be entitled to Cold Weather payments. If you receive Pension Credit, Income Support, income based Jobseekers Allowance, income based Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit, you could be eligible. If you are, you will receive your Cold Weather payments automatically when the weather is extremely cold. The Cold Weather Payment is £25 a week when the average temperature has been’ or is expected to be’ 0°C or below for 7 days in a row (between 1st November and 31st March). Cold Weather Payments are made automatically, but if you think that you have missed out on a payment you should contact The Pension Service or a Jobcentre Plus office. If you get Universal Credit call their helpline on 0345 600 0723.
ask US wirral’s top tips on Universal Credit AS we’ve reported in previous editions of Wirral View, Universal Credit has now replaced six benefits – Income based Jobseekers Allowance, Income based Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits. Budgeting is essential to managing your money under the new monthly payments, we advise using the online budgeting tool on moneyadviceservice.org - to help you keep track of your income and outgoings. Here are more tips for those applying for Universal Credit: n Apply for the Advance Loan, as there will be at least a 6 week wait for your first payment. n Apply for Council Tax support from Wirral Council. Some people assume this is
covered in their Universal Credit payment, but it’s not. You will be liable for any arrears you have to pay, so apply for Council Tax support immediately. n The Jobcentres and One Stop Shops have a range of support to help with your application including digital support and budgeting – get help if you need it to help your application.
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recruitment & public notices JOBS For full details on the following vacancies or to apply online visit wirral.gov.uk/jobs Details can also be downloaded free of charge from Wirral Libraries and One Stop Shops. Approved Mental Health Professional 36 hours per week • PO6 (£33,106 - £36,019) + 20% out of hours enhancement Working within the standards of conduct, performance and ethics as described by the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), ensuring compliance with legal, organisational and multi-agency requirements to provide an emergency out of hours range of social services, in order to assist and protect members of the public. Ensure the safeguarding and duty of care of adults and children, families and carers in ways that balance promotion of well-being, independence choice and control with the need to protect people from abuse and neglect. This post is subject to Enhanced Level DBS check. For an informal discussion please contact David Powell on 0151 677 6557 or 07715 005 447. Applications by 4th December 2017. Please quote reference: 0000020693. Clerical Officer 36 hours per week Band D (£16,907 - £17,600) Work in the payroll team, within the Pensions Administration Section based at Merseyside Pension Fund in Liverpool City Centre. The payroll team maintains Beneficiary records, deals with calculations, routine correspondence and provides clerical support to the Pensions section. Required to deal with internal and external enquiries by telephone, in writing and in person at the public counter. The ability to work to strict deadlines while utilising the proprietary pension payroll system. For an informal discussion please contact Diane Morris on 0151 242 1341. Applications by 30th November 2017. Please quote reference: 0000020694. ICT Technician 36 hours per week Band G (£23,166 - £26,555) We are looking to recruit a positive and motivated individual to join the Service Desk Team within Digital. The role would be to support the Senior ICT Technician in the delivery of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Services including technical activity within specific realms of technical ICT expertise providing support, advice and guidance to Assistant ICT Technicians. The successful applicant will be required to:• Assist and be responsible for helping keep ICT Services operational. • Assist and be responsible for installing, supporting, configuring, developing, maintaining and repairing hardware, software, systems and services. • Lead on small projects, support larger projects and liaise with the key partners of these projects. • Negotiate and liaise in the 3rd party delivery of software and hardware, software, systems and services and support for complex environments. • Procure, specify, evaluate and recommend software, hardware products, services and support. • Provide technical advice, support, guidance and training to ICT colleagues and users/ customers outside of ICT Services. • Support the development and implementation of the Council’s ICT Service. • Negotiate and liaise with customers to schedule ‘go live’ dates and identify resources • Multi-task and prioritise own workload
• Keep data accessible and secure ‘information governance’. The role also requires the ability to work well as part of a team, the ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels and a high level of accuracy. If you have the relevant skills and experience then we would like to hear from you. For an informal discussion please contact Andrew Chesworth on 0151 666 3082. Applications by 26th November 2017. Please quote reference: 0000020695. Assistant ICT Technician 36 hours per week Band E (£17,891 - £19,939) We are looking to recruit a positive and motivated individual to join the Service Desk Team within Digital. The team provides the delivery of a wide range of operational Information and Communications Technology (ICT) activity across the Council and with partners within specific realms of technical expertise. Following agreed procedures and directly discharging allocated tasks under some supervision. The successful applicant will be required to: • Assist the team in keeping ICT Services operational. • Assist the team in the support of the installation, configuring, developing, maintaining and repair of hardware, software, systems and services. • Assist with 3rd party delivery of software and hardware, systems, services and support. • Assist with the procurement, specification and evaluation of small scale software, hardware products, systems, services and support. • Provide support to ICT colleagues and advice, guidance and training as appropriate to users/customers outside of ICT Services. • Assist with the development and implementation of the Council’s ICT Service. • Liaise with customers to schedule ‘go live’ dates. • Multi-task and prioritise workload as referred to them by the ICT Technician. • Assist with keeping data accessible and secure ‘information governance’. The role also requires the ability to work well as part of a team, the ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels and a high level of accuracy. If you have the relevant skills and experience then we would like to hear from you. For an informal discussion please contact Andrew Chesworth on 0151 666 3082. Applications by 26th November 2017. Please quote reference: 0000020697. Cleaner St Peter’s CE Primary School, Heswall Part Time Permanent • 11 hours per week Band B (£4,903.87) A hard working and motivated cleaner is required to join the dedicated school team. The successful candidate will assist the Site Manager in ensuring the cleanliness and safety of the school is maintained to a high standrad. The ability to work as part of a team as well as independently using initiative is essential. St. Peter’s CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be requested for the successful candidate in accordance with Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education legislation. 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. St Peter’s CE Primary School, Thurstaston Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 4SA. Tel: 0151 342 2556. email@example.com Applications by 8th November 2017. Please quote reference: N47082.
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 wirral.gov.uk/jobs
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 Cowley, Westways, 16 LINGDALE ROAD, WEST KIRBY, CH48 5DQ. Erection of a single apartment over existing freestanding garages with extension to include a car port, an entrance staircase and first floor decking. APP/17/01238. Full Planning Permission. Meols Drive Conservation Area. Morris Homes Ltd. Land at ACRE LANE AND MEADOWSIDE ROAD, BROMBOROUGH, CH62 7BX. Detailed application for the erection of 217 dwellings, with associated access (off Acre Lane and Meadowside Road) and landscaping and other ancillary works. APP/17/01295. Full Planning Permission. Emporda Ltd. 50 WELLINGTON ROAD, NEW BRIGHTON, CH45 2NF. Conversion and extension of property into 9 No. apartments. APP/17/01323. Full Planning Permission. Wellington Road Conservation Area. Mrs K Johnson, Highfield, THE MOUNT, HESWALL, CH60 4RD. Redevelopment of site following collapse of house for one 3/4 storey building of 6 apartments with associated access and landscaping. APP/17/01332. Full Planning Permission. Heswall Conservation Area. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: Terrie Staples, 10 HEADLAND CLOSE, WEST KIRBY, CH48 3JP. Single-storey front extension, loft conversion with front and rear dormer windows and external alterations. APP/17/01336. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 29 November 2017 at the address below. Notice is dated 8 November 2017. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: Mr G Pritchard, Blueoak Estates Limited, St Lukes Tennis Club, CHARLES ROAD, HOYLAKE, CH47 2AB. Proposed residential development of 10 dwellings. APP/17/00499. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. Mr Mawdsley, Peel Land and Property Ltd. LAND ADJACENT TO NORTH BANK EAST, DOCK ROAD, WIRRAL WATERS. Development of new and extended footway and cycleway and associated soft landscaping. APP/17/01259. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. Miss S Rhodes, 2 ROSE MOUNT, OXTON, CH43 5SN. Alterations and conversion of existing commercial premises comprising a work shop and ancillary office space (Use Class B1) to a residential apartment on first and second floor with an artist studio on ground floor/basement (Use Class B1) creating a live work unit. APP/17/01265. Full Planning Permission. Oxton Conservation Area. Barlow, Crafnant, 10 CROFT DRIVE, CALDY, CH48 2JN. Proposed new build family dwelling. APP/17/01288. Full Planning Permission. Caldy Conservation Area. Mrs M Wooley, 8 NEWHAVEN ROAD, NEW BRIGHTON, CH45 1HS. Loft Conversion with rear dormer. APP/17/01328. Full Planning Permission. The Magazines Conservation Area. Ms Westwater, Magenta Living, Land between Darlington Street and Water Street, CHURCH STREET, EGREMONT, CH44 8AJ. Erection of 10 No. dwellings with associated off-street parking. APP/17/01330. Full Planning Permission.
Mathieson Developments Ltd. 107-111 (including basement of 103-105) OXTON ROAD, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 2TN. Change of use to 14 selfcontained flats. APP/17/01338. Full Planning Permission.
building/local-plans-and-planning-policy/local-planningconsultations. Further information can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org or 0151 691 8110. Notice is dated 25 October 2017.
Mrs Ghosh, Ghosh Medical Ltd. The Barns, 5 VILLAGE ROAD, OXTON. Change of use of part of building from Use Class B1 to Use Class D1 (for beauty and non-surgical aesthetic work). APP/17/01356. Full Planning Permission. Oxton Conservation Area.
WIRRAL LOCAL PLAN - DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS REVIEW Following further consultation on the Borough’s housing needs and land supply, the Council is consulting on the method that it will use to undertake an initial review of land in the Green Belt. The deadline for comments to be submitted is 5pm on Wednesday 6 December 2017. A copy of the consultation documents can be viewed at public libraries and at the South Annexe of Wallasey Town Hall and on the Council’s website at www.wirral.gov.uk/planning-andbuilding/local-plans-and-planning-policy/local-plans/corestrategy-local-plan-6. Further information can be obtained from email@example.com or 0151 691 8110. Notice is dated 25 October 2017.
Mr Frost, 25 SLATEY ROAD, OXTON, WIRRAL, CH43 4UE. Proposed two-storey side extension to provide 2 No. one-bedroom apartments and car park area to front, to an existing dwelling previously converted into apartments. APP/17/01358. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. Mr Spence, 7 WARREN ROAD, HOYLAKE, CH47 2AR. Retrospective planning application to remove front brick boundary wall and create Tarmac driveway. APP/17/01362. Full Planning Permission. Kings Gap Conservation Area. Mr Upton, Land North of Old Croft, BARNACRE LANE, SAUGHALL MASSIE, CH46 5NE. Alterations to reduce size of existing newly constructed barn following planning appeal. APP/17/01363. Full Planning Permission. Saughall Massie Conservation Area. Archaeological site. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 6 December 2017 at the address below. Notice is dated 15 November 2017. Mr M Yeung, Hamilton Studios Ltd. LORD STREET & CLEVELAND STREET, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 6BL. Alteration of the existing building to create a roof and a side extension. Conversion of the existing building to create 200 student units with associated facilities, including external landscaping and recreational area and internal communal areas. APP/17/01217. Full Planning Permission. Mr Russell, 7 MEOLS DRIVE, HOYLAKE, CH47 4AD. Demolision of existing double garage and replacement summerhouse. APP/17/01307. Full Planning Permission. Meols Drive Conservation Area. Mr C Jarrey, 14 ARNO ROAD, OXTON, CH43 5SL. New roof with internal alterations. LBC/17/01333. Listed Building Consent. Grade II listed building. Oxton Conservation Area. Mr Bradley, 58 CHRISTCHURCH ROAD, OXTON, CH43 5SF. Replacement of existing timber windows with UPVC windows to front & rear elevations and the placement of 3 no. UPVC roof lights. APP/17/01335. Full Planning Permission. Oxton Conservation Area. Mr Kelly, The Old Bakehouse, GAYTON FARM ROAD, GAYTON, CH60 8NN. Minor extension to kitchen. APP/17/01411. Full Planning Permission. Gayton Conservation Area. Archaeological site. Affects setting of Grade II* listed building Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 13 December 2017 at the address below. Notice is dated 22 November 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 www.wirral.gov.uk/planning/ and you can email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org 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. STATUTORY REGISTER OF BROWNFIELD LAND IN WIRRAL The Council is consulting on the sites that it proposes to include in Part One of a new statutory register of previously developed ‘brownfield land’ that the Council must prepare to meet Government requirements. The deadline for comments to be submitted is 5pm on Wednesday 6 December 2017. A copy of the consultation documents can be viewed at public libraries and at the South Annexe of Wallasey Town Hall and on the Council’s website at www.wirral.gov.uk/planning-and-
WIRRAL PLAYING PITCH STRATEGY UPDATE An updated strategy for playing pitches for football, cricket, rugby, hockey, bowling greens and tennis courts can be viewed on the Council’s website at www.wirral.gov.uk/ planning-and-building/local-plans-and-planning-policy/ local-plans/core-strategy-local-plan-6. A copy of the updated strategy can also be viewed at public libraries and at the South Annexe of Wallasey Town Hall. Further information can be obtained from email@example.com or 0151 691 8110.
Consultations CONSULTATION ON SCHOOL ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS 2019/2020 In order to ensure admission arrangements meet the needs of the local area, admission authorities have a duty to consult with relevant parents and the local community on their proposed admission arrangements. Wirral Council is consulting on its proposed school admission arrangements for September 2019 for primary and secondary Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in its area. The proposed admission arrangements are published on the Wirral Council website at www.wirral.gov.uk/schooladmissions. The consultation closes on 27th December 2017. The Admissions Authority for Voluntary Aided, Trust and Foundation Schools and Academies is the governing body of the school. Proposed admission policies can be obtained from the school and comments on the proposed admission arrangements for these schools should be addressed directly to the school. Comments should be sent in writing to the Mainstream Admissions team, Hamilton Building, Conway Street, Birkenhead, CH41 4FD or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting “Consultation 2019-2020” in the subject header. All comments must be received by 27th December 2017. Notice is dated 15 November 2017.
Traffic (WALLASEY AREA) (WAITING, LOADING & PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2007 - AMENDMENT No 1, 2017 1. Take Notice that Wirral Borough Council in exercise of its powers under Sections 1(1) & 1(2), & 84 (1) and 84 (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (hereinafter call ‘the Act’) and all of the other enabling powers, has today November 15 2017 made the above Order. 2. This Order shall come into operation today November 15 2017. 3. The general nature and effect of this order will be to amend the existing Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, (Wallasey Area) (Waiting, Loading & Parking Places) Order 2007 by additional prohibitions as follows:Schedule 2: No waiting Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 1 Item Length of Road & Side Day Time Exemption no of Road & Description New Rowson Street (North All Days All Hours C,D,E,F item east side) - From a point 11 metres north west of the north-west side of its junction with Magazine Lane for a distance of 4 metres in a north-westerly direction. 4. A copy of the Order may be seen at all reasonable hours at the Department of Law, HR and Asset Management, Town Hall, Wallasey. 5. Any person wishing to object to the validity of the Orders or any of its provisions on the grounds that it or any of its provisions are not within the powers conferred by the Act or that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument under it has not been complied with may within 6 weeks from the 15 November 2017 apply for that purpose to the High Court. Notice is dated 15 November 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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