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LANS to protect Wirral homes and businesses from flooding are being given priority in West Kirby. A £3m wall along the se front at West Kirby will protect the area from flooding into the next century. Homes and businesses currently at risk from flooding will be protected by the new structure, designed to cope with climate change. Planners will be speaking to local residents and businesses to get their views on the wall, and will now be seeking specialists to work with to develop detailed plans before going for planning permission. Plans have been supported by the Environment Agency who are helping to fund the project. If approved, new landscaping and seating will be provided along South Parade between Riversdale Road and Sandy Lane, integrating with the re-development of West Kirby Sailing Centre. A new footway will also be built as part of the new seawall.


OUT IN ALL WEATHERS: The beach at West Kirby was the backdrop for West Wirral’s High Tidiers as they gathered for another winter litter-pick. Read all about them - and our other clean-up groups - on page 3.




One woman’s new start after catastrophic accident.

How you can cut costs by taking out a yearly membership.





Making it easier to manage your bills online.

Alternatives to sugary snacks and drinks for families.


TOMORROW’S WOMEN Read about the women’s centre making positive changes.

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The renaissance of the Williamson Art Gallery continues with a series of important exhibitions focussing on people past and present - contributing to Wirral’s cultural life.

Wirral blue plaque treasures... 1. THE BEATLES, Tower Promenade, New Brighton A band that needs no introduction, The Beatles played at the old Tower Ballroom 27 times between 19611963. 2. ANN DAVISON, Mere Brook House, Thornton Hough Gutsy Ann was the first woman to cross the Atlantic single-handed and did it in a tiny 23ft boat. Plaque commemorates her one-time home. 3. WILFRED OWEN, 7 Elm Grove, Oxton Marking the local home of the famous war poet who wrote ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth.’ He lived here from 1900-1903.

4. DIXIE DEAN, Tranmere Rovers/ Prenton Park Legendary footballer William Ralph ‘Dixie’ Dean was born in Birkenhead and joined Tranmere Rovers in 1923. From there he moved to play for Everton FC, setting an all-time league goal-scoring record of 60 goals in one season. 5. BRIGADIER SIR PHILIP TOOSEY, Rosemount, Oxton Senior officer in WWII Japanese prisoner of war camp and inspiration behind Sir Alec Guinness’s character in film ‘Bridge on the River Kwai.’ After the war, Sir Philip returned to Wirral, establishing the Far Eastern Prisoners of War Federation, and worked with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to find treatments for ex-prisoners of war who’d returned with recurring, often debilitating, tropical diseases.

FIVE WAYS TO MANAGE COUNCIL TAX COUNCIL TAX BILLS are sent out in March. Here are five benefits to managing your Council Tax online at counciltax ■ Sign up to pay by Direct Debit. ■ Pay your Council Tax. ■ Manage your Council Tax account. ■ Tell us about a change of address or other circumstances. ■ Find out if you can get a discount.

Three displays to see at the Williamson ■ Despite wellreceived shows in Liverpool and London, Oxton artist Steve des Landes hasn’t exhibited in Wirral yet so it’s good to see his intriguing paintings reflecting child and adulthood, right, reaching a local audience. ‘Un-settled’ is on until March 4. ■ Last chance to see: Closing Feb 4, photographs by James Deegan ‘People of the Williamson’ reflecting the gallery’s resurgence as a

Wirral Society of Arts in 1948, and significant member of last century’s creative community in Wirral.

creative and community hub. Plus first of two exhibitions by painter Will C Penn, founder of

■ Opening February 9, ‘Dragons of the Pool,’ above, chronicles the shocking events and

aftermath of two successive nights in 1946 when more than 1,300 Chinese seamen were secretly deported from the UK. Hundreds of men, many of them war veterans, were seized without warning, and forced on board cargo ships bound for China. This exhibition documents the stories of the surviving children of the seamen for the first time. Venue details: Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead. 0151 666 3537

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Could you help keep Wirral litter-free? Our litter-picking champions are always on the lookout for new volunteers - why not sign up and join them?


LUSTERY WEATHER hasn’t stopped our hardy litterpicking volunteers who have been out and about in all weathers litter-picking on beaches and footpaths. ■ These volunteers, right, cleared bags of rubbish from Bromborough-Port Sunlight shared footpath and cyclepath. The volunteers, who meet once a month to litter-pick, also work on national Sustrans cycle route 56, which goes through Wirral to Neston. New volunteers welcome, for details text coordinator Janet Gregory on 0771 928 2243. ■ ‘The High Tidiers: West Kirby’s Clean Up Crew’ invite new volunteers to join them as they tidy up the beach around the coastline of West Wirral. The group provides all necessary kit

for picking litter and is always on the lookout for new recruits. Held from 10am-Noon, each litter pick offers a family friendly morning with a real feeling of achievement as volunteers help keep the coast litter free. Litter pick dates are as follows – just turn up: ■ Sunday, January 21, Sunday, February 11, Sunday, March 11, Sunday, March 25, Sunday, April 8, Sunday, April 22: West Kirby Beach (Meet Hilbre Tides Notice Board, bottom of Dee Lane).

■ Thursday February 22, Cubbins Green Beach and Wirral Way (Meet at footpath on the end of Macdona Drive) ■ Tuesday, March 20, Gilroy Nature Park (Meet at the footpath off Gilroy Road) ■ Tuesday, April 17, Grange Hill Heath (Meet at Grange Cemetery, Lang Lane Entrance, West Kirby). ■ In New Brighton, the crew of the Black Pearl put on a great show for visitors with a special free event for the community

at the Fairy Village in Vale Park. The New Brighteners and litter pickers and crew of the pirate ship artwork continue to blaze a trail for community pride with their work around the town. STOP PRESS: If you’ve noticed a missing mermaid on the New Brighton Mermaid Trail, she is currently at a secret location receiving a refurb thanks to community arts organisation Ebb and Flow.

Hive mini-bus gets ‘van tastic’ makeover A MINIBUS used by Wirral’s purpose-built youth facility, The Hive, to transport young people to events, sport tournaments and residential visits has been given a make-over. The van was donated by West Wallasey Car & Van Hire, a founder patron of The Hive. Young people attending the youth zone were offered the chance to spruce their van up by entering a design competition. Young people worked on their designs during art sessions at The Hive and, after a flood of entries was received, a winner and two runners-up

were selected, with winning entrant 14-year-old Amy Simpson seeing her colourful design unveiled on the minibus. In recognition of their artistic talent, Paul Kenny, Director, West Wallasey Car & Van Hire presented prizes to Amy and runners-up, 9-yearold Evie Kershaw and 10-yearold Niamh Roberts. Amy received a brandnew push bike, giving her the chance to learn how to cycle for the first time. Evie and Niamh were presented with Amazon vouchers and West Wallasey Car & Van Hire goody packs.

Van Tastic: , from left, Niamh Roberts, Evie Kershaw, Amy Simpson and Paul Kenny, back, Adam Mellor, The Hive’s Head of Youth Work, Stuart Barnes The Hive CEO

NEW FERRY WAITING FOR RESPONSE ON REGEN PLANS NEW FERRY residents are awaiting a response from central government on regeneration plans aimed at improving the town, which was devastated by an explosion last year. David Ball, who heads up Wirral Council’s recovery operation in New Ferry, said: ‘Our commitment to helping to build a better New Ferry in the short and long term is unwavering.’ At time of Wirral View going to press, work is continuing in New Ferry including: ■ The conclusion of the demolition of the most severely damaged properties, 56 to 66 Bebington Road and ongoing discussions with the owners of those buildings about potential future developments on that land. ■ The restoration of a number of street lights and work on utility supplies around the demolished properties. ■ Plans to reopen the pedestrian crossing at the junction of Boundary and Bebington Roads. ■ Repairs to the properties at Underley Terrace and the Port Sunlight Village properties on Boundary Road and Bebington Road.   ■ Costs recovery relating to the cost of scaffolding, the provision of security fencing and the boarding up of properties for security reasons.  The following support is still available including: ■ Counselling and support. Contact Inclusion Matters Wirral on (0151) 649 1859 or  ■ Advice on welfare, housing and benefit advice & support contact 0300 3300 111 or visit www. 

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OMING ROUND after a high speed collision on the East Lancs Road, Pauline Caswell was told she was lucky to be alive. The Wirral student and mum of two young boys had no memory of how she ended up in hospital battered black and blue, but she later discovered it took three fire crews to free her from her mangled car, and that no-one thought she could be alive when they arrived at the scene. The accident signalled the start of a series of life changes that has now culminated in Pauline opening her own Pilates studio, part of a plan to celebrate her ‘second life’ after her accident. Pauline started a homebaking service as a means of therapy, and finally quit her secondary school science teaching job to remove further stress from her life: ‘I had worked extremely hard to become a school teacher, but it slowly dawned on me that this wasn’t the life I had set out to live a second time. I wasn’t prepared to compromise anymore.’ Taking up yoga helped Pauline cope with the

physical and emotional trauma of her accident, then in 2015 she gained a Pilates qualification and decided to open her own classes in local community venues. Pauline, who still homebakes, is now opening her own Pilates studio at her home in Hoylake. She says her experience is a lesson for everyone who has teetered on the edge of a life-changing decision. The key, she says, is to ‘just do it.’ ‘Like many women my age, I had read endless magazine articles about women setting up their own businesses and was always thinking, ‘I could do that.’ So one day, I did. I’ve taught myself so many skills along the way. It’s a continual journey,’ she says. Her accident, she says, galvanised her to act: ‘I am very lucky to have survived even though I remember nothing. There are days when I think I might not have been around today to see my boys growing up; it certainly makes me appreciate life more than ever.’ Pauline’s interest in yoga and Pilates was prompted by the accident and subsequent neck and ear problems. When she first started her classes, it was

5 TIPS FOR REALISING YOUR DREAM ■ A new start isn’t just about starting a new job or career; if you have mental health problems for example, your dream may simply be to make 2018 the year you develop your coping skills or visit the doctor to get help ■ Write your dream down in the middle of a big piece of paper. Then, alongside it, jot down anything and everything you can think of that might make it into a reality. Don’t hold back and don’t worry about being neat and tidy (you can sort it into a list later). ■ Write down any personal development goals that

might make it a reality – perhaps you need computer skills or become more assertive. Make this the year you put yourself first and sort those skills. ■ Find local organisations to help you realise those dreams. The council’s lifelong learning service www. and Wirral Met College are good places to start. ■ Local libraries offer a wealth of support; from computers you can use to help with computer skills, and books on skills and careers’ advice. Contact your local library today.

difficult: ‘There were evenings when it was just me in my local church hall. My husband started coming to classes for support, so there were times it was just two of us. It felt like an extravagant way to be doing exercise each week, but I knew I had to stick to my vision. ‘I kept positive and just worked even harder delivering leaflets, posters, trying my hand at social media, and building my own website and creating marketing materials.’ Pauline, who has a degree in human biology and psychology, says Pilates is the perfect way to tone and strengthen muscles or rehabilitate after injury, as well as cope with stress. For further info visit her or follow her on Facebook ‘lovepilates4all’ and Instagram.

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NEW ANNUAL parking pass for Wirral’s country parks could save you money if you’re a regular visitor. The pass has been introduced to help people manage new parking charges – introduced to help cope with cuts to our budget – which came into force recently.

This means it will now cost 50p an hour to park for up to two hours in one of our country parks, beyond this, the charge will be £2, which entitles you to park for up to a full day. However, you can buy an annual parking pass for £50, which works out at less than

£1 per week. This means you can park any car for as long as you like, as often as you like, in any of Wirral’s four country parks for the whole year. The parking pass is transferable to all members of one household and can be used to park at Arrowe Country Park, Eastham Country Park, Wirral Country Park (Thurstaston car park) and Royden Park. We are also upgrading pay and display equipment in all council car parks – including country parks – so you can pay by credit or debit card, including contactless. You can still pay with cash if you prefer. By April this year, new ‘phone to park’ technology will be available to enable drivers to pay for parking with a smartphone app. To buy your country park permit visit cppark

Jobs promise of new wind centre WIRRAL is now at the centre of a giant, worldwide offshore wind industry, evidence of which is just off the coastline, where the windfarms of Burbo Bank and Burbo Bank Extension generate enough clean energy for more than 310,000 homes. Both windfarms were created and built by Ørsted, (formerly Dong Energy), which has been pioneering developments in clean energy and innovation off the Wirral coastline since opening its first windfarm in 2007. Its latest development, a multi-million pound facility in Seacombe, was visited by Cllr Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Council, just before Christmas. He said: ‘This shows the growing confidence global businesses have in our borough’s ability to deliver. ‘Ørsted have created jobs and brought new skills and expertise to the area. ‘The opening of this

flagship new site in our area by a market-leading clean energy organisation is fantastic news for the entire Liverpool City Region.’ The building employs 45 full-time staff and is a base for storing materials and equipment, and accomodating staff whose job is to maintain the wind turbines. Developments off the Wirral coastline have pushed innovation and helped drive down costs for this pioneering industry. Wirral is now a Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering, the only such place on the west coast of England. There have been other benefits too; during construction, the area received new benches and granite paving, part of Ørsted’s commitments to the community. They also support local organisations and community groups including RNLI New Brighton lifeboat station.

Remembering Candice: family creates haven for relatives of cancer patients treated at Arrowe A FUND SET UP in memory of a young leukaemia patient has provided a quiet, relaxing space for families of patients at Ward 30, Arrowe Park Hospital, which cares for patients with blood cancers and other blood disorders. The new suite has been made possible by family and friends of Candice Colley, who passed away in 2010 after a four year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Throughout her illness, Candice, 23, was determined that when she was better she wanted to make life easier for other patients and their families going through similar experiences. Sadly, Candice never got to do the fundraising she felt so passionately about but after she passed

away, her family and friends launched The Candice Colley Foundation and set about making her dream a reality. Candice spent 28 months under the care of Wirral University Teaching Hospital during her illness and later spent time on the specialist bone marrow unit at The Royal Liverpool Hospital. Her mum, Angela Marincowitz said: ‘The team at Arrowe Park looked after Candice so well and we have stayed in contact because of the love and support they showed to us. During our time on the ward, we had some very tough conversations but there wasn’t anywhere to go to process everything privately. We hope that this room will provide somewhere people can go

when they need a bit of space.’ As well as a comfortable sofa bed and wide screen TV, the homely family room has a well-equipped kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities, a microwave, and fridge freezer. Candice’s parents, who live in Thingwall, worked with Ward Sister, Vicky Williams. She said: ‘Candice was a true inspiration. She would be extremely proud of what her family and friends have achieved. Other projects run by The Candice Colley Foundation include supporting families of patients with travel costs and transport, providing TV viewing cards and shopping vouchers to patients and donating summer and Christ-

Candice’s parents, front, Angela Marincowitz and Sandra Skillen, and friend Kim Milnes, centre, are joined by nursing staff Zara-Kate Delmere, Vicky Williams, Rebecca Close, and Julie Reid.

mas gift packs to patients. If you would like to fi nd out more about supporting patients of Wirral University

Teaching Hospital through WUTH Charity’s dedicated Cancer Fund, please visit

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Take control and save time and effort by registering to manage your Council Tax, Business Rates and Benefits online. • • • •

View paperless bills and correspondence View your Housing Benefit / Council Tax Support details Landlords view Housing Benefit payments due to you View your Business Rates details and how they are calculated • Set up a Direct Debit for Council Tax or Business Rates

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New service lets you take control online Our new Access Wirral service which will allow you to manage payments for Council Tax and Housing Benefit whenever and wherever you want.


ID YOU KNOW that half of people who contact the council call centre are asking about Council Tax or Housing Benefit? These enquiries are the two main reason people have to visit our one stop shops. So to make life easier for our customers, we’re setting up a new service that will

enable you to manage your Housing Benefit and Council Tax payments online. By bringing in this easy to use digital service, we hope to free up our one stop shops and the contact centre to focus on other requests. This is about Wirral Council delivering an effective, modern customer service for our residents and has the added benefit of helping to save us money and resources. Because Access Wirral is designed to be easy to use, safe and secure, and more efficient than any other channel this means it will help to save you time and avoid waiting in queues. To be able to benefit from the new system you will need to log on to the council website to create an online account. You’ll then be able to benefit from using this


new online channel, available seven days a week and 24 hours a day. Once the new system is established the next phase of the work will allow customers to log in and ‘track’ enquiries from the first point of contact through to completion.

The service is quick and easy to sign up to, visit wirral. and make sure you have your email address and your Council Tax account reference number – found on Council Tax bill or Housing Benefit reference number.

Do you need access to web and email?


IF YOU DON’T have access to the internet at home, our libraries and one stop shops will be able to help you access a computer. IT volunteers are also available in most libraries to provide support and help get you started. Libraries also have free wifi which you can use if you have a tablet or smart-

phone to access the council’s website. Help in using computers is also available through Citizens Advice Wirral and the Digital Inclusion courses delivered by Age UK Wirral. If you do not already have an email account this can be easily set up through many free web services.

Many are available, such as:, or Once you are set up make sure you have your Council Tax reference number (found on Council Tax bill) and point your web browser at myaccount where you can sign up.

BINS TO BOOKS: SERVICES YOU CAN FIND ON WIRRAL.GOV THE COUNCIL website contains information, news and helpful pages, from paying for a parking fine, to finding out what day your bin is collected and finding out more about recycling. There are details of leisure facilities from libraries, parks and leisure centres and beaches across Wirral, and you can also find out What’s On via wir- - as well as catching up on the latest news in the borough. You can access our directory of ‘Live Well’ services for adults in the borough, as well as report safeguarding issues concerning vulnerable adults. Service users can access their accounts via the website. There is information for children’s services – you can

find out about fostering and adoption, early years care, or find contact details to report a serious concern. The website contains contact information for departments across the council, to help you in whatever you are trying to do, from making a planning application to registering a birth, seeking advice on your business to finding a healthier take-away.

You can find out your bin collections days (and which bin to put out in a given week), and report missed or stolen bins. You can also report a missed collection, broken street light, or pay for your garden refuse collection. If you get stuck, there is also the option of ‘live chat’ through the website which connects you to a customer service agent.

HOW YOU COULD HELP COMPUTER ‘NEWBIES’ LEARN NEW SKILLS WIRRAL’S Digital Champion Volunteers help residents who are out of work gain confidence using computers. They are part of a project called Include-IT Mersey which helps over 40’s get online and supports them to become job ready. Dave Reid, who volunteers at Birkenhead Central Library, said: ‘It’s all about giving people confidence. Witnessing the transformation from fear of pressing the wrong key to sending emails is really rewarding,’ he said. ‘Having the skills to use digital technology is essential in this day and age with many services being offered online such as doctor’s appointments, housing association queries and job applications. ‘It can save us time and money, make us feel better connected, less lonely and better informed.’ Volunteer Coordinator, Sally Dobbing, is recruiting volunteers now. She said: ‘Digital Champion Volunteers can make a significant difference to people’s lives, they just need to be able to chat to people and be confident using a computer. Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to help others, gain new skills, meet new people, gain work experience or improve your CV.’ Volunteers will be fully briefed before starting, and can choose to volunteer at a time and venue convenient to them. If you think you could spare a couple of hours a week then please contact Sally on 07860 846604 or email sally.dobbing@ or visit

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Better planning can save cash on household bills Challenge yourself this New Year to throw away less and save up to £60 a month!


018 IS UPON US and New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make. One small resolution we can all make is it to reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in our bins. Saving food saves money

(up to £60 a month!) and helps to slow down global warming and deforestation. Reducing our food waste also means saying goodbye to unnecessary food packaging. Since the majority of people fail to stick to their resolutions, Love Food Hate Waste have put together their top five tips to help you save money by reducing your food waste. ■ MAKE A CUNNING PLAN Who’s got time to plan their weekly meals, right? We know you’re all busy but finding 30 mins to map out your meals for the week ahead is so worth it. Grab a pen and paper, draw out a 7-day plan and populate

the meals you know you’re going to need to cook. Pin it to your fridge and you’ll be on track for the week. ■ RESIST BOGOF, STICK TO YOUR LIST It’s hugely tempting to pick up buy one get one free or ‘woops’ items at the supermarket, but be disciplined and try to stick to what you need to buy. BOGOF and ‘woops’ deals happen every day – and if you really can’t say no, then only buy BOGOF you can freeze and save for later, instead of throwing it away. ■ WHO KNEW THIS ABOUT MILK? Yes it’s true – you can freeze milk. When surveyed by Love

Food Hate Waste, most people hardly knew that you need never pour milk down the sink again. When it’s coming up to its use-by date, and definitely still smells fresh, simply put it in the freezer. Defrost fully in the fridge and use within 5–7 days. ■ UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH: KITCHEN ROLL A sheet kitchen roll in a container or bag with lettuce or spinach leaves can keep it fresh for up to three days longer. Who would have thought it? ■ WHAT’S IN STORE? Have a few store cupboard basics ready at all times that you know will enable you to

make a family favourite. See Top tips to maximise your bathroom recycling: ■ Put a recycling bag or bin in your bathroom or bedroom, then transfer contents to your grey recycling bin. ■ Where possible empty and rinse containers before they go in the recycling bin. ■ Put caps and lids back on your plastic and glass containers before recycling. ■ Don’t forget plastic cleaning bottles like bleach and bathroom cleaner. Don’t forget, if you aren’t sure about what you can recycle at home visit

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New bridge across docks takes shape The major project to replace the two bridges that cross the docks between Birkenhead and Wallasey is almost complete.


LTHOUGH the full reopening of the bridge is behind schedule, the spectacle that will see the new bridge floated into position to become part of Tower Road is set to take place shortly. The project has been delayed due to unforeseen obstructions behind the dock walls, discovered during excavation work, so the permanent foundation for the new bridge has had to be moved slightly causing delays to the project, but it’s hoped to open the bridge route in spring.

CLATTERBRIDGE Cancer Charity is calling on people to Go Green from 3-11 February for local people with cancer. For Georgia Gibbons, and her Mum Tilly, from Prenton, pictured, it’s something they’re pleased to support as they’ve endured six challenges to Go Green for Clatterbridge. The number of events taken on by the pair have a special meaning too, as they matched the number of chemotherapy treatments received by Tilly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Almost there: The new bridge will become shortly part of Tower Road.

The council is working with the contractor and Peel Ports to float the new bridge into place and carry out testing before the bridge is open to the public. As soon we are able to provide a firm date, we will inform the public when the floating-in

of the bridge will take place. This will be an exciting spectacle to witness. Meanwhile, diversion routes and the 24 hour shuttle bus service remain in use. The council is sorry for the delay in re-opening the bridge

route and thank motorists and residents for bearing with us. However, once completed and fully open to traffic these new bridges will bring long-lasting benefits to the local area, Wirral residents and the local economy.

Community asked to support town homelessness awareness event


PEOPLE with learning disabilities can experience many barriers to getting a job, but an event on Thursday, February 15, will offer advice and support from those who have been successful in finding employment. A ‘benefits to employment’ event is being held from 10.30am-1.30pm at The Lauries’s Centre,


Claughton Road, Birkenhead. You will be able to ask about employment and welfare benefits services, and to speak to people with learning disabilities who have successfully found a job. The event is being held by Wirral Mencap and Wirral Council. Call 0151 666 1829 for more information and to book.

A HOMELESS Awareness Day in Birkenhead Town Centre on Thursday, February 15, will highlight the work that agencies do to support people who are vulnerable and living on the streets. The event, from 10am 4pm, is being organised by Wirral Ways Recovery Outreach Worker Kirstie McHugh, and lots of different agencies will be taking part. Kirstie says it is a chance for the public to get advice and guid-

ance on what to do if they are approached or come across a vulnerable person on the streets. Taking part will be Wirral Ways to Recovery, Forum Housing, Wirral Council, Birkenhead YMCA, Wirral Churches Ark Project, Merseyside Police, town centre hosts and organisations for homeless people. Please call in and meet organisers and find out what you can do to help.

Tilly says: ‘I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy in 2016 before attending Clatterbridge Cancer Centre for chemotherapy. When I was diagnosed, Georgia and I decided straight away that we wanted to do some more fundraising for Clatterbridge. I can’t thank the staff enough. ‘I hope the money we raise helps other people going through the same, to also receive the outstanding care I had.’ Take up the challenge to Go Green between 3-11 February, from dressing down to dressing up or organising green games, there’s something for everyone! It’s simple to take part too, whether you’re in an office, shop, factory, school or anywhere – you can join in and help to transform cancer care for countless lives in the future. For a free fundraising pack visit clatterbridgecc. or call 0151 556 5566.

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100 calorie ideas to keep your kids snack happy Snack ideas to help your kids - and you - ditch sugar and calorie laden treats this year.

and serious health problems, including painful tooth decay. Fruit and vegetables are always the best choice, but if you’re shopping for packaged snacks for your children, use this helpful tip: look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max.


UBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND is encouraging parents to find healthier treats for children as part of a new government sugar crackdown. Over half the sugar that kids eat comes from snacks and sugary drinks. Too much sugar can lead to harmful fat building up inside

For healthier snacking ideas search Change4Life and sign up for a free pack with vouch-

ers, stickers for the kids and loads of helpful tips and ideas. Top tips for snack time: ■ KEEP IT IN EASY REACH Have a fruit bowl in the house so fruity snacks are nearby when your kids feel peckish. ■ FILL THE FRIDGE - Have ready to eat fruit and veg, like carrot, cucumber, celery and peppers pre prepared for an easy snack kids can eat with their fingers. ■ PACK A SNACK - Save money and time when you’re out and about by taking bananas, apples or chopped up vegetables with you. ■ GET THE KIDS INVOLVED - Try making snack time excit-

ing and more hands on. Get the kids involved by getting them to chop up the fruit and

vegetables they’re going to eat. They’ll love chopping it up themselves.

Jamie is keeping a secret. He’s hoping one day the abuse will stop. 75% of children in households with domestic abuse will be directly affected.

Take a reality check, domestic abuse is a crime. Report it. If you need help, support or advice to deal with domestic abuse there are local groups available visit Alternatively call the Family Safety Unit on 666 4914, The National Society Prevention of Cruelty to Children on 0808 800 5000 or ChildLine on 0800 1111. In an emergency always dial 999.

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100 years of women’s vote UPCOMING EVENTS

2018 is the centenary of the first British women to get the vote. We asked women’s centre Tomorrow’s Women Wirral to look ahead to this special year.

■ TOMORROW’S JOURNALISTS FILM PREMIERE Fri 2 Feb, 12pm - 3pm. A film screening of some short pieces created by TWW’s Journalists as part of a media course. Free lunch, popcorn and goodies! Women 18+ only. FREE. Booking required.


EW YEAR, Fresh Start. Right? Tomorrow’s Women Wirral are are taking stock as a new and important year for women begins. The charity is marking this most important of anniversaries - 100 years since the fi rst women in the UK got the vote - by advocating self-improvement, self-care and self-love as year-round endeavours that all women should be taking time for regardless of the time of year. Not heard of Tomorrow’s Women (TWW for short)? The local Women’s Centre has been making waves in innovative approaches to supporting women from all walks of life since 2012. Based in Birkenhead, at

the old St Laurence’s School Site, the charity offers a wide range of classes, courses and activities to empower women to make positive lifestyle changes. With a proven track record of decreasing isolation, instilling self-confidence in women and even reducing rates of reoffending in Wirral, TWW shows that when women are supported the whole community benefits.

■ PAUL MCCARTNEY TRIBUTE NIGHT Wed 28 Feb, 7pm - 10pm. After a sell-out November show, Neil Tudor as Paul McCartney brings The Beatles to TWW! Tickets £7. Women 18+ only. Booking required.

TESTIMONIALS ‘Tomorrow’s Women Wirral saved my life when I was at my lowest and did not know where to turn for help.’ (Anon). ‘I feel safe here… I am happy that there is a place where us women can get together and just chat to each other

without being judged.’ (Anon). ‘Thank you for all of your support, guidance and belief in me when I was low or scared… you have given me strength.’ (Anon).

■ INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION Thurs 8 March, 12pm 3pm. A Celebration of all things woman! Local agencies, charities and women come together in solidarity with sisters across the globe. Free. Women 18+ only.

5 FREE things you need in your life with TWW 1

Exercise: This is a popular resolution, but one that’s easy to stick to here at TWW. With weekly Legs, Bums & Tums,

Boxercise, Zumba and Belly Dancing classes you’ll be shimmying yourself into a more confident you all year!


Mindfulness: Here at TWW you can take part in mindfulness relaxation, visualisation and laughter therapy sessions all designed to help you be more present and reduce anxiety.


Healthy Eating: Dieting can be tough in more ways than one. Don’t be too hard on yourself but learn what’s right for you and your body


in our weekly healthy eating meet ups.

centre this year too! Want to get involved? Just get in touch!


WANT TO JOIN US? Tomorrow’s Women Wirral is a completely free service open to all women aged 18 and over. Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, meet some new friends or turn over a new leaf this year we’re here to support you along the way. Tomorrow’s Women Wirral is based at St Laurence’s Old School Site, Beckwith Street East, Birkenhead, CH41 3JE. Pop in any time for a tour and register with us for FREE.

Dress-making: Weekly sewing classes with an experienced tutor will allow you to up your seamstress skills to the next level. Whether you’re experienced or a newbie, here at TWW you’ll be sewing up a storm in no time!


Film-making: Following the success of our first ever ‘Tomorrow’s Journalists’ courses last year we’ll be continuing to create short films in and around our

Opening hours are Monday Friday 9am – 4pm (excluding bank holidays). If you have any questions feel free to call 0151 647 7907, email admin@tomorrowswomen. or fi nd us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram tomorrowswomen or have a look at our website

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‘Please leave A&E to real emergencies’ A busy winter and flu outbreak has put real pressure on services at Wirral’s A&E department.


EALTH EXPERTS are urging people to choose alternatives to A&E at Arrowe Park Hospital following increased pressure on emergency and urgent care services this winter. Dr Susan Gilby, Medical Director, Wirral University Teaching Hospital, says: ‘This time of the year is always busy for the NHS and in Wirral, we are working unbelievably hard to face that challenge head-on. ‘People should look at alterna-

tives to A&E. Walk-in centres can help with minor injuries and illnesses with no appointment needed. Pharmacies offer a range of expert advice. If it’s not an emergency, advice is also available 24 hours a day by calling 111.’ To cope with winter pressures, Wirral University Teaching Hospital is reviewing scheduled appointments and if yours needs to be rescheduled, you will be informed. If you haven’t been contacted, attend as normal. Dr Gilby said it is normal practice at this time of year to carry out fewer scheduled operations as part of winter planning arrangements. They are also asking people picking relatives up after a hospital stay to turn up promptly. ‘For patients who are medically well and no longer require

AN AWARD-WINNING project is saving furniture from being tipped and transforming it into ‘upcycled’ items. Magenta Living, Wirral Council and Wirral Environmental Network supplies the refurbed furnishings to Magenta Living’s empty properties, aided by BERT, Magenta’s Bulky Environmental Refuse Team. To kick-start the project, an empty Magenta Living flat in Seacombe was transformed into a ‘show

home’ and there is now a Refresh shop in Hoole Road, Woodchurch, where furniture is upcycled and put on display. The project won a Royal Horticultural Society prize. As well as using furniture, local company Survitec donates liferaft bases which are turned into flower planters. For further information about the Refresh project, contact Maureen Davies, Magenta Living’s Environmental Services Manager on 0808 100 9596.

A NEW CAMPAIGN, ‘If you could see the damage, you’d stop’ has been launched to coincide with the start of the New Year. A series of hard-hitting images show the hidden consequences of smoking, but the good news is that once you stop smoking, your health and body begins to recover. For support, search ‘smokefree’ or call Wirral’s stop smoking service on 0151 541 5656 or text ABL to 60777


a hospital bed, relatives should make timely plans to pick up their loved ones at the earliest

opportunity,’ said Dr Gilby. Further info from

Council sets up new volunteer scheme Award-winning: The Mayor of Wirral met staff and organisers of the new Refresh project when she paid an official visit.


COMMUNITY groups, voluntary organisations and charities are set to benefit from a new policy which gives council employees time to volunteer. When the council and its partners set out priorities for improving life in the borough, many of those priorities highlighted how much difference volunteers could make. To support this idea and support local organisations, the council is giving staff up to two days a year to volunteer. Some of the fi rst staff to take up the opportunity organised a litter pick along the promenade at Seacombe, before making their way through the small patch of woodland by Guinea Gap leisure centre then back on to the roadside.

Together, the volunteers spent two hours and collected 12 bags of rubbish, improving how the area looked. ‘We were amazed at how much litter we were able to collect in just a couple of hours. The area looked noticeably cleaner afterwards. We really enjoyed working together to do something for the local community and it was great for team morale’, said one volunteer. Employee volunteering at the council can potentially provide community groups with more than 40,000 hours’ worth of extra help. If you’d like to ask for some volunteer help from the council, register your interest on the Community Action Wirral website at

THE TOP THREE health priorities for people living in Wirral are to have more energy, avoid aches and pains, and be there for the kids and grandkids. Our ‘How Are You’ quiz identifies changes you can make to join the 3,800 people in Wirral who have already taken the path to a healthier lifestyle. Other apps include: ■ Active 10 walking. ■ One You ‘Days Off’ (helps you cut back on alcohol) ■ Couch to 5K, gets you running in nine weeks. ■ Easy Meals, easy ideas if you’re short of inspiration.

‘AUSSIE FLU’ EXPLAINED A SEVERE FLU SEASON has led to coverage of so-called ‘Aussie flu’ in the UK this year. The strain traditionally affects older age groups, and health experts say the best protection remains vaccination and good hygiene. Remember, it’s not too late to get your flu jab.

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THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH The circus is in town!  see page 14


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WHOLE HOST of household names are descending on Wirral in what promises to be a fantastic month of music, comedy and drama. Don’t miss the unmistakable voice of UK’s best-selling classical crossover artist Russell Watson. From the opposite end of the music spectrum, get your baggy trousers at the ready, Suggs will be at appearing at the Floral. Sheer Madness!


If comedy is more your thing, one of most popular comedians on the circuit Ed Byrne is bringing his new show ‘Spoiler Alert’ to Wirral and Sir Ken Dodd, now aged 90, is set to tickle you silly! Strewth, you can also catch former Neighbours heartthrob Jason Donovan with his ‘Amazing Midlife Crisis’ tour and Derek Acorah, medium and Celebrity Big Brother finalist.


Ruth Rendell’s gripping play Gallowglass (above) will have you on the edge of your seat and drama lovers can also see World War I stage show Birdsong and the frankly scandalous Separate Tables. As if that’s not enough, tribute acts for Blondie and Elvis are coming to Wirral and the circus is in town too! See Listings for info.

Suggs PAGE 15

New monthly music night at Heswall Hall.  see page 16


Broadway bonanza for a great cause.  see page 15


Always a fantastic night raising money for two great local charities.  see page 14


Junior running sessions in Birkenhead Park.  see page 14

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THE BIG ROOM PRESENTS... THREE BANDS LIVE FRI 2nd FEB, 8pm. £5 See article, page 16. JUNIOR RUNNING SESSIONS SAT 3rd FEB, 9.45 - 10.45am Running club every Saturday in Birkenhead Park for 12-17 year olds. Meet at the Visitors Centre. Free but booking essential. 07876 577187 WALLASEY FOOD FAIR & MAKERS MARKET SUN 4th FEB, 10am - 2pm Over 35 stalls of delicious food, plus crafts on the first Sunday of every month at The Mosslands School, Wallasey.

THE BEACH BOYZ FRI 9th FEB, 7.30pm. £20 The Story Of The Beach Boys with all the hits, including ‘I Get Around’, ‘God Only Knows’, and ‘Good Vibrations’. DRAGONS OF THE POOL Until SUN 18th MAR The little known history of Chinese seamen who were secretly deported after the Second World War. ‘SEABIRD ECOLOGY’ FRI 9th FEB, 7.30pm. £3 Fascinating wildlife talk by Dr Jonathan A Green. Heswall Hall.

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WIRRAL FARMERS’ MARKET SAT 10th FEB, 9am - 1pm Fresh produce, meat and fish! Second Saturday every month at New Ferry Village Hall. HIVEABILITY SESSION SUN 11th FEB, 10am - 2pm. A session for people up to the age of 25 with a disability that includes everything from karaoke, art and fashion, to football, climbing and a skatepark! Membership at The Hive, Birkenhead is £5 per year. 0151 705 8000 COME DANCING WITH BROMBOROUGH DANCE CLUB Mon 12th FEB, 1.30 - 4pm. £2 Walk in, dance out! Sequence dancing every Monday at St Barnabas Scout Hall, Bromborough. Beginners welcome! 0151 334 0621 RUTH RENDELL’S GALLOWGLASS TUE 13th to SAT 17th FEB. Tickets from £22. When Sandor snatches little Joe from the path of a London tube train, he is quick to make clear the terms of the rescue... “Your life belongs to me now.” PEDAL AWAY RIDE WALLASEY TUE 13th FEB, 10am - 12pm Come along for an easy bike ride every Tuesday. Meet outside Guinea Gap Leisure Centre, Wallasey. pedal-away

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DEREK ACORAH SAT 10th FEB, 7.30pm. £19.50 The celebrity Big Brother finalist and spiritualist medium comes to Gladstone Theatre with his new show ‘Love, Life, Laughter’.

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TWELFTH NIGHT (12A) WED 14th FEB, 7pm. £15.95|£12.50 Live Royal Shakespeare performance screened at Light Cinema, New Brighton. Regarded as Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, with Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon. WEST KIRBY WAILERS WED 14th FEB, 2.45 - 4pm. £5 Wednesdays are for wailing! A cappella singing group tackle traditional and contemporary music. West Kirby Arts Centre.

ALL TOGETHER NOW THE BEATLES SAT 17th FEB, 7pm. £7 The music of the Fab Four! Proceeds to homeless charity Whitechapel Centre in Liverpool. West Kirby Arts Centre. NESS GARDENS: SNOWDROPS AND WINTER WALKS SAT 17th FEB, 1 - 2.30pm. £7.50 Guided walk followed by a Q&A and a hot drink by the fire! 0151 795 6300

THE JUNGLE BOOK THU 22nd FEB, 2.00pm £13.50 | £11.50 conc | £46 family Madcap jungle adventure filled with catchy music, audience interaction and a chance to meet the characters after the show. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (15) THU 22nd FEB, 7pm. £13.50|£9.50 Tennessee Williams’ 20th century masterpiece, performed in London’s West End in 2017, starring Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

MY LIFE AS A FLAUTIST THU 15th FEB, 7.30pm. £3 A talk by Myra Pigott in the United Reformed Church, Meols Drive, West Kirby

MEET NINJAGO LLOYD SAT 17th FEB, 10am - 3pm Meet the blocky hero of Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu at Entertainer store, Pyramids Shopping Centre, Birkenhead.

MAKING MONSTERS WED 21st FEB, 11am-3pm. £2.50 Design your own monster and follow a trail around the Dell. Lyceum, Port Sunlight.

BIG KID CIRCUS MON 19th - SUN 25th FEB. 3pm and 7pm week days, SAT 2pm & 5pm, SUN 3pm. £12 | £10 | £5 Circus with a strict no animals policy. Enjoy acrobats, aerial performers, clowns and more with talent from all over the globe. The Dips, New Brighton. 07766 552211 WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD MON 19th FEB, 1.30pm & 4.30pm & TUE 20th FEB, 10.30am & 1.30pm. £13.50 Two crafty robbers and one tiny ladybird! With live music, puppetry and lots of laughs! PHIL BEER WED 21st FEB, 7pm. £15 Enjoy an audience with one half of English roots duo Show of Hands. West Kirby Arts Centre. westkirbyarts

ED BYRNE SAT 24th FEB, 8pm. £25.50 Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? One of the finest observational comics in the industry comes to Wirral. Suitable for 16+.

BEN PORTSMOUTH IS ELVIS FRI 23rd FEB, 7.30pm. Seats £24 - £27.50 In 2012, Ben became the only artist from outside the USA to win the Ultimate Elvis Contest in Memphis. Not to be missed! MAYOR’S CHARITY NIGHT FRI 23rd FEB, 7.30pm. £7 Music by Brian Murphy and Turnstone, plus raffle! Proceeds to Incubabies and Merseyside Autistic Society. Grosvenor Ballrooms, Wallasey. 0151 691 8527

JASON DONOVAN. WED 28th FEB, 7.30pm. £26.50 On the cusp of his 50th birthday, catch Jason on his Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour! A wealth of tantalising tales plus songs you know and love.

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FAMILY TREE HELPDESK FRI 23rd FEB, 10AM - 1PM Family history helpdesk, 2nd and 4th Friday each month. Wallasey Central Library. Free but charges for printouts. ACOUSTIC HARVEST SAT 24th FEB, 7pm. £6 The music of Neil Young performed by Dean Johnson. West Kirby Arts Centre. THE RHYTHM OF LIFE SAT 24th FEB, 7.30pm & SUN 25th FEB, 2.30pm. £12 Broadway and West End with West Kirby Light Opera Society and Wallasey School of Ballet. Proceeds to Wirral Heart Beat. Westbourne Hall, West Kirby. 0151 342 2143

KEN DODD SUN 25th FEB, 5pm. £23.50 Ken Dodd was made Sir Kenneth in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List, a fitting tribute to the Master of Mirth. His Happiness Show is an evening of laughter and songs. SUGGS - A LIFE IN THE REALM OF MADNESS TUE 27th FEB, 7.30pm. £30 After the success of his first sell-out tour, the former lead singer of Madness is back with a hilarious brand new show. floralpavilion. com

SEPARATE TABLES WED 28th FEB - SAT 3rd MAR, 7.30pm. £9 Scandal, intrigue and gossip all meet in the Beauregard Hotel in this classic play, performed by Bebington Dramatic Society. Gladstone Theatre.

EASTHAM YOUTH HUB FRI 9th MAR, 7 - 10pm Join in with activities, play music or just chill out with friends. Every Friday evening, Lyndale Ave, Birkenhead.

THE MERSEYBEATS FRI 2nd MAR, 7.30pm. £21.50 A nostalgic evening of music by the legendary Merseybeats and special guests The Swinging Blue Jeans.

LIGHTHOUSE OPEN DAY SUN 4th MAR, 12 - 4pm. £2 | £1 Leasowe lighthouse is open on the first Sunday every month. Children must be at least 1.06M to take the tour. Book ahead. 0151 353 0861

THE BIG ROOM PRESENTS... THREE BANDS LIVE FRI 2nd MAR, 8pm. £5 See article, page 16.

CURVED AIR SUN 4th MAR, 8pm. £21.50 Psychedelic 70’s icons recreate their uniquely ethereal sound.

MARTIN SIMPSON SAT 3rd MAR, 8pm. £18 | £16.50 Regarded as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitarists in the world, Martin’s solo shows give audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty and tragedy.

WIRRAL SHARES READING (SHAKESPEARE GROUP) MON 5th MAR, 1 - 3.30pm Meet every week at Birkenhead Central Library to read and discuss chosen books. 07970 247352 EASTHAM COUNTRY PARK VOLUNTEERS TUE 6th MAR, 10am - 3pm Keep fit and have a positive impact on local wildlife. Meet at the Rangers Office. christopherwerney@

TAI CHI - BEBINGTON SAT 3rd MAR, 10am - 12pm. £4 Strengthen both body and mind with this gentle form of exercise. Every Saturday, Bebington Central Library. 0151 606 2665

RUSSELL WATSON - CANZONI D’AMORE THU 1ST MAR, 7.30PM. £47 UK’s best-selling classical crossover artist of all time returns with his captivating new show. ‘Sings like Pavarotti, entertains like Sinatra’ - The New York Times.

JUST PILATES WED 7th MAR, 3.15pm. £6 Improve your physical and mental wellbeing every Wednesday at Heswall Hall. One hour.

BOOTLEG BLONDIE FRI 9th MAR, 8pm. Tickets £16.50 | £14.50 conc The official Debbie Harry and Blondie tribute band perform ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Atomic’ and ‘One Way or Another’ and more!

THE EDGELARKS SAT 10th MAR, 7pm. £14 Traditional music of the British Isles to Indian classical slide guitar. West Kirby Arts Centre. MAMA PRESENTS AN EVENING OF GENESIS SAT 10th MAR, 7.30pm Tickets £19.50 | 16.50 conc The hits of Genesis and ex members Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford’s band Mike and the Mechanics live. Mama, In the Air Tonight, Sledgehammer and more! YOUNG AT HEART CLUB: MEOLS MON 12th MAR, 2pm Club for over 50s. Quizzes, dominoes, internet tuition and much more. St John’s Church Centre. Free.

GREAT HAUL OF CHINA WE’RE all excited to see the Terracotta Warriors at Liverpool’s World Museum but did you know there are over 1000 works of art in Lady Lever’s Chinese collection, in Port Sunlight? See Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy, who watched over a temple in northern China during the Ming Dynasty (1368 AD 1644 AD) and the ceramic elephant used as an ornament on the altar of a temple in Jiangxi. The elephant is a Chinese symbol of peace.

FREE YOGA AND TENNIS! EVERY Sunday in Birkenhead Park there are free yoga and tennis sessions, from 10am to 12pm. The yoga is at the Visitors Centre. Beginners are welcome but bring a mat! For Tennis, meet at the courts on Cavendish Road. Equipment and instructors are avilable.

BIRDSONG TUE 6th - SAT 10th MAR, 7.30pm. Matinee WED 7th & SAT 10th 2pm. £21.50 to £28.50 Marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Birdsong is the critically acclaimed stage show based on the novel by Sebastian Faulks. As war breaks out, Stephen leads his men through the Battle of the Somme, clinging to the memory of his love, Isabelle, as his world explodes around him. A mesmerising story of love and courage.

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NEW photography exhibition in Liverpool captures one man’s daily commute on the Mersey ferry, from the late 70s. ‘The Pier Head - Tom Wood’ shows the characters he meets, as well as the fashions and the haircuts of the time, a pre-selfie era when being asked to pose for a photo was a novelty. Wood started taking the photos after moving to New Brighton. ‘In those days, buses didn’t run under the Mersey Tunnel, so people had to commute via the ferry. This project was an accident - I took these photos for something to

do while I was commuting.’ Tom Wood’s previous collections have included portraits at Cammell Laird shipyard and the Chelsea Reach disco in New Brighton. The exhibition is showing at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool until 25 March.


USIC lovers flocked to the launch of Heswall Hall’s new monthly live music night in December. ‘Three Bands Live’ showcases local talent in a format similar to the BBC’s Later

With Jools Holland, with bands playing in rotation. The next event, on Fri 2 Feb, has performances from Shark Sandwich, Lucy Mayhew and The Remnants. Tickets cost £5 at

Home is where the art is UN-SETTLED: STEVE DES LANDES Where: Williamson Art Gallery When: Until March


RENOWNED artist is exhibiting his paintings in Wirral for the first time, just a stones throw away from the house in Birkenhead he has lived in for the past 20 years.

Described as ‘one of the most significant artists in the North West at the moment’, Steve des Landes has previously exhibited in London and Liverpool and will be display-

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ing his dramatic portraits at the Williamson Art Gallery until Sunday 4 March. Colin Simpson, Principal Museums Officer, said: ‘This is undoubtedly one of the best contemporary painting exhibitions we’ve had at the Williamson.’ And why is the exhibition called Un-Settled? ‘It’s because Steve now feels settled enough to unsettle himself and reveal the fruits of his artistic labour, hidden away for five years in his studio in Oxton.’

WIN TICKETS... WIN 2 TICKETS TO SEE SPAMALOT (‘BEST NEW MUSICAL’, TONY AWARDS) AT FLORAL PAVILION ON TUE 3RD APRIL. Q: WHICH MEMBER OF MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS PLAYED BASIL IN FAWLTY TOWERS? Closing date MON 5th MAR 2018. Email your answer plus your name, address, phone number and email address to Your entry can be posted to Wirral View, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton St, Wallasey, CH44 8ED

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Winning night at our record beating panto This year’s Floral panto has brokenbox office records!


E HAVE been sent this lovely photo of Sophie, aged four, and Rebecca, seven, right, waiting to watch ‘Peter Pan’ at the Floral Pavilion. The girls won the tickets to the panto after entering a competition in Wirral View and had a ‘fabulous’ evening with their Auntie Sally and Uncle Ian. Sophie and Rebecca weren’t the only ones enjoying the show; this year’s four week run saw 33,728 people

attend – the largest recorded audience since the reopening of the Floral Pavilion in 2008. Theatre Manager David Mackenzie said they had been ‘delighted with the response.’ He said: ‘The Floral Pavilion prides itself on its accessibility and it’s great to see families of three and sometimes four generations visiting the theatre to watch a live performance together. Mr Mackenzie said they had also taken steps to allow ‘a much wider audience the opportunity’ to enjoy their take on the JM Barrie classic and join in with the laughter. The run of 49 performances over the month was the longest in the ‘new Floral’s’ history, and included shows

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which were signed, audio described and a relaxed autism friendly’ performance. During the month 32 local schools also visited the theatre to attend the pantomime. Mr Mackenzie added: ‘I

am really pleased to be able to maintain the traditions of Pantomime which puts the Floral Pavilion at the heart of its community and become a tradition for future generations to come.’

Floral Pavilion, Morrisons and Waterstones. Winners were, 5-8 years, 1. Georgia Williams; 2. Holly Davies; 3. Delta Roylance: 9-11 years, 1. Megumi Hoshiko, 2. Charlotte Williams, 3. Lucy McEneany. Charlie Lea, head judge and director of Read Now Write Now, said: ‘It was an absolute pleasure to read the stories. Well done to the winners.’

WE HAVE been championing Wirral to new audiences, now here’s your chance to showcase your favourite view, place or experience on our beautiful peninsula. Send us your best photo and our favourite three pics will each get a framed copy of their winning entry with first prize also winning a place on a photography workshop at Claremont Farm on Wednesday, February 21. Photos will also be included in the council’s Wirral Well Made campaign, which promotes Wirral as a vibrant place to live, work and play.

Fundraising for Goa A DELEGATION from a local nursery has returned from Northern Goa where they sponsor a day care centre for children living in slums. The children, aged two to six, whose normal life involves being sent out to work or beg, have no chance of getting a place at primary school.

So for 10 years, Daisy and Jake nurseries have raised money to run their own day centre via a charity called Tender Heart. Their Goan centre costs £2,000 a year to run and children and families from all six Daisy and Jake nurseries fundraise throughout the year.

PAPER CUP SCHEME LAUNCHED MAYOR OF WIRRAL, Cllr Ann McLachlan and her consort, Bill McLachlan, presented prizes to the winners of the Wonderful Writers competition held through Wirral Libraries and ‘Read Now Write Now.’ The ‘Animal Agents,’ competition ran in conjunction with Wirral Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge. Prizes were donated by the


THE COUNCIL is supporting a national scheme which enables paper hot drink cups to be recycled. There are now seven sites in Wirral that will accept paper cups which are used for hot drinks like tea and coffee in high street coffee shops, takeaways and supermarkets You can take them to: Greasby Library, Croft Business Park Bromborough, Tesco, Telegraph Road,

Heswall, Council car park, Dee Lane, West Kirby, Bidston Household Waste Recyclng Centre, Wallasey Bridge Road, Wallasey, and West Kirby Household Recycling Centre, Greenbank Road, and Clatterbridge Household Recycling Centre, Mount Road, Bebington. As well as plastic-lined drinks cups, you can also recycle food and drink cartons. This follows Wirral’s aim to be the first council in Merseyside to ban single use plastics.

You can enter via: ■ Instagram: tag your entry with @Wirral WellMade with the hashtag #WirralWellMade ■ Twitter: tag @WirralWellMade and use #WirralWellMade ■ Facebook: simply reply to our competition post. The closing date is January 31st, 2018 at midnight GMT. Don’t forget to tell us where your photo was taken! Terms & conditions apply. More details on:

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Wanted: Special people to keep families together Fostering a child could be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.


IRRAL currently has more than 830 children in care, which is a record high. We are not alone in this; across the country other councils are facing unprecedented demand for foster carers. Recruitment is more important than ever, but we especially need foster carers for siblings, teenagers and children with disabilities. That’s where you can help. Keeping siblings together

is one of our top priorities. For many children in foster care, their brother or sister has been the only constant presence in their lives. A brother or sister may be the only person who understands and shares their experiences and can help them make sense of their new lives. When looking for families who can foster; we always try to keep siblings together. Another priority is finding foster carers for teenagers. Teenagers need foster carers who are reliable, patient, understanding and trustworthy but just as importantly someone who will be there to listen and talk to, someone who can help them organise their lives, deal with feelings, learn practical skills like cooking, shopping and managing money and

someone who can encourage and support them with leisure activities and college courses. Whether you’re male or female, single or married, with a partner, in a civil partnership, divorced or widowed, we’d like to hear from you. COULD Visit FOSTER ing to find out more.


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‘Foster kids have brought life back to our home’ DEBBIE COTGRAVE and Kevin Hasprey have fostered children with complex needs for more than five years. They provide short breaks to six different children who they have come to know and understand over the months and years, and their passion for what they do is infectious. ‘The kids are very comfortable with us, this is a home-from-home’ says Kevin. ‘They know us, so when they get close to our house, they get very excited. Once they’re here, they run upstairs, they know where everything is

and they make themselves at home.’ Debbie and Kevin tragically lost their own son, who also had complex needs, over six years ago, and both felt that they could give back and

use what they already knew to help others. Debbie says: ‘I’m not going to lie, it can be hard, but we’ve been used to that because of our own son, so it has become the norm to us. These kids have brought life back in to our home’. Both Debbie and Kevin talk about how seeing the children laugh has made them happy. One of the children the couple foster is non-verbal but uses a talk box, a computer that helps him to communicate. Kevin remembers the first time

he brought it with him for his stay; ‘He looked at Debbie and pushed this button and it said “Thank you Debbie for everything you’ve done”. Well, I nearly fell off the arm of the couch!’ Talking about how to encourage others to foster children with disabilities, Debbie advises: ‘Get as much training as you can beforehand and learn as much as you can. Have the training, and if you’re not sure on anything tell somebody. There’s good support available.’ ‘We’ve had specialist training because some of the

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children have major seizures so we need to be able to deal with that,’ adds Kevin. Debbie and Kevin are one of a small number of families in Wirral who foster children with disabilities, and hope to inspire others to come forward and do the same. Kevin says: ‘Seeing the kids happy, having fun and playing makes it all worthwhile. If we can help other families, or bring other families in to do what we do, then great. We’re happy to do so’. To find out more about fostering, visit our website

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Why not become a volunteer in 2018?

‘Ask Us’ Wirral: your regular advice column


■ The service provides free, impartial and confidential advice and information to local residents. ■ Funded by the council and Wirral CCG, it’s delivered by Citizens Advice Wirral, Age UK Wirral, Wirral Change and Wirral Mencap.


■ Ask Us Wirral is a regular page of advice and information supplied by the ‘Ask Us Wirral’ service -

IRRAL is a fantastic place to live and work, and there are many opportunities to volunteer and give back to your community. What can you gain from volunteering? Making a difference in people’s lives, access to training opportunities, work experience, putting skills to good use and making new friends. Ask Us Wirral has a variety of roles currently available ranging from telephone

advisers, reception roles, office admin roles and specialist advisers in welfare, debt, employment, and housing. The two main locations for volunteering are Birkenhead and Wallasey. To apply for these roles, and roles that Citizens Advice Wirral have available, such as trustees, fundraisers and campaign roles, apply online at uk/volunteer/ apply. Jamie Anderson from Age UK Wirral says: ‘There are lots of volunteers roles at Age UK Wirral and

we depend on volunteers to support us to deliver a range of excellent services for older people. Tasks they support with include getting rooms ready for activities, taking the register, collecting class money from participants and serving hot drinks in the drop-in lounge. ‘There is also the opportunity to help in the office, making phone calls to confirm appointments and filing paperwork. If you enjoy walking we are looking for volunteer walk leaders for our Short Health Walks. ‘You may be interested in helping with sessions of photo orienteering that will be led by Deeside Orienteering Club in the Lower Park of Birkenhead Park.’

Practical advice on splitting up NOT ALL relationships work out and January is often a time when people seek advice about relationship breakdowns. If you and your partner have separated, there are a number of practical actions you will need to take to ensure you both have enough income to make new living arrange-


ments and, if you have them, make arrangements for your children. The Ask Us Wirral website has advice and information that will prove a useful starting point for anyone ending a relationship, or thinking of doing so. It’s good to have all the facts so you and your partner can move ahead with your lives. Log onto uk and click on the ‘Family’ button then click on ‘Ending a relationship’. The Money Advice Service also has a divorce and separation calculator - see moneyadviceservice., then access ‘divorce and separation’ via the family tab.

For a role with Age UK Wirral go to wirral/how-you-can-help-us/ volunteering Wirral Mencap also have volunteering opportunities available – volunteer buddy/ befriender, activities volunteer, fundraising/events volunteer, reception/front of house volunteer. To apply go Racial minority service Wirral Change have various volunteering opportunities available including group volunteers, admin, interpreting, employment team and health team. Call 0151 649 8177 for a chat or email



Support on web ASK US WIRRAL - - offers excellent information and practical advice and is a good place to start if you need signposting to support services. Our site has recently been updated with 10 easy to click-through buttons – local services, benefits, family, debt and money, consumer, law and courts, health, housing, work, factsheets (including from

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ARE YOU having second thoughts about subscriptions you may have signed up to over Christmas or New Year? Citizen’s Advice Wirral says: ‘Many consumers struggle to get out of unwanted subscriptions. Sometimes people misunderstand terms and conditions, while some companies make it difficult to cancel subscriptions. Protect yourself and save money with our subscription tips’. SUBSCRIPTION TIPS ■ Always check cancellation rights. ■ Be aware that there is a cooling off period, usually 14 days. ■ Follow the cancellation policy or you could be liable for missed payments. ■ If this fails go to Trading Standards or call Citizens Advice Consumer line on 03454 04 05 06 (open Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm.

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‘Battle won’t save services’ E

ACH YEAR Wirral Council invests more than £200million in services for local residents. That funding comes from a mix of Government grants, council tax collections, business rates and fees and charges. In this era of austerity, the funding to Wirral from central government has fallen drastically, and with an ageing population, families struggling financially and changes to welfare and pension benefits underway, the demand for services has risen too. As an administration committed to protecting the mostneedy and vulnerable in our communities, we have to look at

ways to meet these rising needs, tackle the underlying challenges our residents face and identify new ways to drive efficiencies in how we deliver services. One area where demand is rising while funding is falling is health and social care. The challenges facing our hospitals are well known. Last year more than 2.5million people waited more than four hours in A&E, walk-in centres have closed and nurses and junior doctors are leaving their posts in ever greater numbers. The Government has spent time and resources looking for ways to restructure and reshape

the organisations which provide health and care services. But health care professionals, campaigners and service providers are weary of endless reorganisations and frustrated by the belief that market competition is the answer. Simply working our current hospital-based model of care harder won’t be the answer to rising demand for services from an ageing population, but many would agree the NHS needs to work differently by providing more care in people’s homes and the community, and breaking down the barriers between these services and their providers. We have all heard reports from residents where they have struggled to nagivate the complex structures between NHS and social care services - often having to tell the same story and give the same information to multiple care and health workers. Collaboration means working together better, and providing people with a more joined up and helpful service. We have already taken the first steps in trying to improve the outcomes our health and social care services provide. We are opposed to the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) demanded by the Government. We don’t think

a solution for our borough’s health needs is best delivered in a plan stretching from Southport to Macclesfield, and we campaigned against the closure or merger of local hospitals and medical centres as a cost cutting measure. But we are keen to see real collaboration occur. We have started to integrate our adult social care function with Wirral NHS partners and are working with multiple agencies to try and tackle the wider risk factors such as obesity and alcohol and drug misuse needed to change lifestyles and behaviours that contribute to the borough’s stark health inequalities. There are advantages in the various NHS trusts in Wirral and across Liverpool City Region working more closely together. As part of the ongoing debate over devolution, I am convinced Health and Social Care is one area where City Region collaboration can be advantageous. Over the next couple of months we will be debating the council’s budget and the options before us. Standing still, expecting deficits to be met by others, or setting a collision course with government won’t safeguard our vital services. This year alone we have to

Councillor Phil Davies Leader of Wirral Council find more than £60m in savings so if we are to continue to deliver the services residents rely upon, we will have to look at innovative new ways of providing them. This will include considering fees and charges for some services like parking, and seeking new ways to be commercial and identify income streams to fund our services. It will involve asking our staff and partners to collaborate and work together to improve the services residents receive, and it will mean residents, groups and volunteers will be empowered to be active in their own communities. Our collective success will be because we collaborate for the best results for all of us, not because we compete to create winners and losers.

£60M TO SAVE: CHANCE TO HAVE A SAY ON COUNCIL’S LATEST BUDGET PROPOSALS AS WIRRAL RESIDENTS, you can have your say on the latest budget proposals from the town hall, as the council faces up to the challenge of saving more than £60 million in the next financial year. The council’s cabinet unveiled their budget proposals in December, which will see £750,000 cut from the cost of senior council management, income maximised from tourism by introducing new charges on public toilets and car parking at key

locations, and a massive investment and regeneration boost in the borough to counteract ongoing budget cuts from central government. There are however plans for major investment in children’s services to keep vulnerable young people and families safe. Cllr Phil Davies, Leader, Wirral Council, said: ‘Wirral again faces another reduction in government funding – combined with increasing costs and demand for services – leaving a budget gap from April of £61 mil-

lion. We have designated around £20 million extra to boost the Children’s Services Department which, despite struggling under the weight of extra demand for help from families hit by years of austerity, is making real progress on improvements.’ Wirral residents are encouraged to complete a short questionnaire on the budget proposals, available on the council website at uk/budget2018. The consultation will remain open until Friday 2 February.

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eat well wirral

Chow down on ‘mein’ meal Our healthy meal this month is a recipe you can mix and match and make your own.


HICKEN CHOW MEIN is one of the most popular take-away dishes and Wirral’s Eastern Delight offers a healthy way to enjoy one of your favourites. Run by Sue and Stephen Chu for the last 23 years the takeaway on Borough Road in Birkenhead offers a range of healthy versions of their meals. Sue told Wirral View: ‘We’ve been here a long time

and we have a lot of regulars, they’re more like friends than customers. ‘We signed up for the Eat Well Wirral project and it seems to be going very well. On our menus we have highlighted healthy options and we’ve had a good reaction from customers, people are even coming in now and asking for the healthier option.’ Sue said their version of Chicken Chow Mein uses less oil than normal and has extra vegetables, along with egg noodles. However, she’s keen to add that people should make the recipe their own by adding extra veg and protein if liked. She added: ‘This is just one of our healthier options. So far we’ve had good feedback from people trying to lose weight.’

CHICKEN CHOW MEIN Ingredients (please adjust as required) ■ 1 tsp sesame oil ■ Crushed or minced garlic (to taste) ■ Beansprouts ■ Sliced onion ■ Chopped leeks ■ Chopped spring onions ■ Other chopped vegetables as required ■ Cooked lean ham and chicken cut into small pieces ■ Cooked egg noodles ■ Shaosing wine ■ Seasoning (soy sauce) Method 1. Stir fry noodles wok with sesame oil with seasoning, soy sauce and Shaosing wine.

I didn’t know I could enjoy a healthy Friday night Chinese. Luckily for me, Sue at my local takeaway has a guilt-free option.* *No MSG, extra veg and less salt. Eastern Delight, Birkenhead

Eat Well award-winners: Sue and Stephen Chu.

2. Add chopped veg and stir fry (reserve spring onions). 3. Add ham. 4. To prepare a topping of

chicken - stir-fry strips of cooked chicken with spring onions and seasoning before serving.

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age friendly wirral

No barriers to shopping A new scheme aims to make shopping centres more welcoming to all.


OU’LL SEE the stickers popping up in more and more shop windows this year as Wirral traders take on the challenge to be Age Friendly. The scheme was officially launched in the Pyramids in Birkenhead and has seen dozens of retailers and partner organisations getting involved. As a nation, our population is getting older and Wirral is no different – currently, one in five Wirral people are aged 65 years or over, and this is set to rise to one in four by 2030. And as we get older, we may all need a little support from time to time – daily activities such as shopping that we take for granted might become more difficult which can create barriers for people in later life. Wirral Council, Wirral Chamber of Commerce and partners are teaming up with local businesses to improve the shopping experience for older people, including those affected by dementia. Many retailers already offer a welcoming environment that accommodates the needs of older people but we believe that together, we can do more.

We are launching an Age Friendly Pilot Scheme which we will be asking local retailers to sign up to. Participants in this scheme will be asked to support people who are getting older by offering some simple gestures to help those older people who might need more support. What we are asking participating retailers to commit to is providing older people with some basic provision when needed. As a minimum, this would include: ■ A seat ■ A glass of water. ■ Use of a toilet. And while this will help older members of our community retailers will also benefit. Older people represent an important customer demographic for retailers and a recent report by the think-tank the Resolution Foundation found that, on the whole, pensioners are better off than workingage households. In Wirral, we are using the Age Friendly scheme to ensure that everybody has the opportunity to get out and do the things they enjoy most. This includes older people who love to shop. Through the Age Friendly project we are highlighting those retailers who make the effort to ensure older people feel welcome within the retail environment and that their custom is valued.

Project launch: Wirral Council, Chamber of Commerce and Age UK are behind campaign.

HOW TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST If your organisation is interested in participating in this scheme and can meet the minimum requirements, all you have to do is contact Joe Scarth, Place Shaping Manager, Wirral Chamber of Commerce (josephscarth@ to register your interest and we will do the rest. This will include the distribution of stickers for window displays and any other marketing materials. If you would like to have an informal chat about this initiative, please contact Steven Gavin (stevengavin@wirral. or Rebecca Hughes ( in Wirral Borough Council.

FREE DEMENTIA AWARENESS TRAINING PEOPLE with dementia face many barriers, including loss of confidence that can affect their ability to do simple tasks, like shop. Now the council’s Wallasey Constituency Team is working with the Alzheimer’s Society to provide free training for local independent businesses across Wallasey to better understand customers with dementia.

Sessions can be booked at: ■ New Brighton, Tues, Feb 6. ■ Wallasey, Tues, Feb 13. ■ Liscard, Wed, March 7. ■ Moreton & Leasowe, Wed, March 14. ■ Seacombe/Egremont, Mon, March 22. To book email wallaseyteam or phone Michelle Gray on 666 4902.

Spaces limited - if a date in your local area is not suitable, it may be possible for you to book another session. Limited funding or equipment is also available for businesses to make small practical changes to their premises to better accommodate customers with dementia. Priority will be given to businesses attending training courses.

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Make February fantastic! No need to be bored - while you’re waiting for spring, give activities at The Hive a go!


EBRUARY can be a bit of a ‘meh’ month. We’re bored of the dark nights, summer seems a long way away, and it’s just a bit, well, flat. Make this the month then that you discover The Hive. There are lots of activities for teenagers, or perhaps just somewhere to hang out with your mates. It costs £5 for a year’s membership and this means you can use their fantastic facilities in Birkenhead for 50p per visit. In return,

you’ll find a safe environment where you can enjoy yourself. The Hive is open to all young people in Wirral of all abilities. Activities and workshops range from climbing, dance, team sports and drama, to art, music production, fashion design and jewellery making. These activities – and more, are available seven days a week for young people, regardless of ability or disability. Best place to start discovering is by looking at their website Have a wander around the website and you’ll find activities, events, opportunities and more. It’s open at the weekends and in school holidays – it was even open on Christmas Day! For further info see the website, email enquiries@ or ring 0151 705 8000.

OPENING TIMES: Monday 4pm-10pm (Seniors) Tuesday 4pm-10pm (Seniors) Wednesday 4pm-8pm (Juniors) Thursday 4pm-10pm (Seniors) Friday 4pm-10pm (Seniors) Saturday 10am-2pm (Juniors), 4pm-10pm (Seniors) Sunday 10am-2pm (Inclusion), 3pm-7pm (Juniors) Juniors: 8-12 yrs, Seniors: 1319 yrs, Young people with additional needs: up to age 25.

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN... You want to get active, but making that resolution is much easier than actually sticking to it. It doesn’t have to be that hard, check out our tips to help getting off that couch just a little easier! CRANK UP THE TUNES: Save the silence for meditation class. Workouts are meant to be energetic! Create a perfect playlist and pump up the tunes to get better results and have fun doing it. EXERCISE AT HOME: You can still keep in shape by staying put at home. Housework, washing the dog and gardening are all physical activities that burn calories and help keep you fit. START SMALL: Set yourself realistic goals! If 150 minutes of physical activity a week seems like a lot, don't worry, break it down into ten minute blocks and build up from there. PARK AND WALK: How many times have you circled the car park to find ‘the’ spot? Spare yourself the stress and increase your energy by parking far away and walk a little further. THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT: Exercise apps can guide and track you through activities at a time that’s convenient to you – meaning that fitting physical activity into our hectic schedule is now more achievable than ever. REWARD YOURSELF: Recognise when you achieve your goals. Think of things that you could reward yourself with, like a copy of your favourite magazine, a new pair of trainers or a massage.

Weight-loss is key to a healthier heart and a healthier you. Now is a great time to make changes to your routine and diet which can add years on to your life.

For more tips, take a look at the Active Wirral Facebook page.


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Wallasey charity opens its doors to Strictly’s Shirley Charity that uses music and art to help young people with mental health issues is a hit with Strictly’s Shirley Ballas.


USIC AND ART is playing a big role in helping young people tackle mental health issues at The Open Door Centre in Wallasey. The innovative charity, run by young people, helps break

down barriers for people aged 14 or more, who are often reluctant to discuss issues such as depression and anxiety. As well as participating in music and art projects, members are offered support and unique training and volunteering opportunities. When Shirley Ballas, judge of BBCs Strictly Come Dancing visited her home town Wallasey recently, she quickstepped her way the Open Door Centre to lend her support. Shirley said: ‘I’m so honoured to be a patron for Open Door. It’s truly amazing and inspirational to see the amazing work that the charity does. Mental health is very close to my heart and I am delighted

Strictly speaking: Shirley (second left) visits the centre

to be able to lend a helping hand to a charity based in my home town’.

When was the last time... got up and out? Being active isn’t just about looking good, it helps us feel good too. Something as simple as going outside for a walk can make a positive difference to our mood. Discovering something you really like doing is the most important bit. When will the next time be?

Share your story with us #5wayswirral

■ Open Door membership is free. For more details email

Activities include: ■ Monthly podcast with varied playlists as well as discussions about mental health ■ Visual arts workshop enables people to create art based on their own experiences ■ ’Creative Therapeutic Support’ uses young mentors and has helped 7 out of 10 people overcome depression ■ The Boom Room invites members to create their own music ■ Activities including yoga, cookery and more.

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about people

Achievements to inspire... From personal challenges to art celebrating arts and culture, stories to make you think. WHEN JOHN MOFFATT, secretary of the Friends of Flaybrick Cemetery, visited the US, he discovered new links between Wirral and Central Park, New York. Birkenhead Park’s association with its US counterpart are well-known, (Birkenhead Park was the blueprint for Central Park), but John discovered that both Central Park and Flaybrick Cemetery’s newly restored chapels both boast original Minton tiles from the Herbert Minton works in Stoke on Trent. John was given a guided tour of Central Park by its CEO, Doug Blonsky during a private visit. He met staff and volunteers and told them about Flaybrick’s work to restore the Victorian cemetery, which will be open to the public this spring. Pictured with John is Rebecca, Central Park, New York volunteer.

TIM BARNETT is looking for a sponsor to help take him to the top! The mixed martial arts fighter from Wallasey, pictured with his nephew Dan, is looking to go all the way in the world of mixed martial arts, and is helping to spread his positive outlook on life to other people by giving inspirational talks at local schools. ‘While we are here we should strive to fulfil our dreams,’ says Tim, who attended Mosslands School, Wallasey. For further info email:

PAM VEIDMAN, and her daughter Chelsea are trekking to Everest Base Camp to fundraise for Parkinson’s UK in memory of Pam’s grandad, a Parkinson’s sufferer. Pam says: ‘This is probably the most challenging thing we will ever do!’ Visit their Just Giving page: fundraising/pam-veidman to support.

MEET CHRIS PANDIT and Adrian Lumb whose inspirational story will power you through your January resolutions! In April 1995, Adrian was knocked down and suffered multiple fractures, a dislocated shoulder and bleeding on the brain. The accident left him with long standing issues, still apparent to this day. In March 2016, he began personal training sessions with Chris, a fitness instructor and personal trainer at

West Kirby Concourse. He says they have changed his life: ‘I feel like I’m me again,’ he says. Adrian still attends personal fitness sessions with Chris. For more info how a bespoke training programme can help you, visit your local leisure centre, call 0151 606 2010, or visit and search ‘personal trainer’ to see the full range of personal training packages available.

WALLASEY’S MICHAEL PITMAN, left, won Wirral Society of Arts’ most recent open exhibition at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead. Wirral Society of Arts is 70 years old this year and includes professional and semi-professional artists. This, the latest exhibition, donated £12,000 to the Williamson. Runner-up was John Whitehall, with Peter Davies, third. To enquire about joining, contact (there is also a group for younger artists aged 13-18).

PIONEERING organisation Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW) have a new champion and patron, Dame Lorna Muirhead, second left. She will be an advocate for the charity, offering her patronage for the thousands of women who access support from the centre every day. From 2006 to 2017, Dame Lorna was Lord Lieutenant for Merseyside, the Queen’s representative in the county. For further info about TWW, see page 11 of this edition, Wirral View.

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recruitment & public notices JOBS

For full details on the following vacancies or to apply online visit Details can also be downloaded free of charge from Wirral Libraries and One Stop Shops.

CLERICAL ASSISTANT Our Lady & St Edward’s Catholic Primary School Band D (£14,748.94 to £15,310.49) 36 hours per week • 39 week contract Closing Date: 9 February 2018 Please Quote: N47141 Our Lady & St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School require a Clerical Assistant – Full Time – 36 hours per week, to join our busy school office. School office experience is essential. Visits to school warmly welcomed. Application forms for the above post are available online at uk and also from the school office and school website. Please return completed CES school support staff application forms with a supporting letter to the Headteacher at the school address. Closing Date: 9 February 2018 (12 noon) Shortlisting: 9 February 2018 (p.m.) Interviews: 14 February 2018 This posts are subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. Our Lady & St Edward’s Catholic Primary School, Price Street, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 8DU. Tel: 0151 652 3366. schooloffice@ourlady-saintedwards.

SENIOR MIDDAY SUPERVISOR Our Lady & St Edward’s Catholic Primary School Band C (£4,627.24 to £4,708.56) 12 hours per week • 38 weeks per year Closing Date: 9 February 2018 Please Quote: N47142 Our Lady & St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School require a Senior Midday Supervisor – Part-time 12 hours per week, to start as soon as possible. Reporting to Headteacher. Duties and responsibilities include overseeing our team of midday supervisors, acting at all times as a responsible, caring adult with the health, safety and welfare of our pupils always in mind. Application forms for the above post are available online at uk and also from the school office and school website. Please return completed CES school support staff application forms with a supporting letter to the Headteacher at the school address. Closing Date: 9 February 2018 (12 noon) Shortlisting: 9 February 2018 (p.m.) Interviews: 14 February 2018 This posts are subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. Our Lady & St Edward’s Catholic Primary School, Price Street, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 8DU. Tel: 0151 652 3366. schooloffice@ourlady-saintedwards.

MINI BUS DRIVER Wirral Hospitals’ School Casual - Volunteer Closing Date: 9 February 2018

Please Quote: N47139 Joseph Paxton Campus, which provides education for young people whose medical or emotional health prevents them from attending their mainstream schools, is looking to recruit reliable and friendly Minibus drivers on a volunteer basis. We are happy to establish a team of volunteers who will help us with school trips and events. Duties will include driving the school Minibus to transport pupils and staff to and from a variety of events and activities. Applicants must be willing to work with young people and be able to communicate with both our pupils and staff in a sensitive manner. Experience of working with children within education and driving would be an advantage, but full training will be given. Applicants can apply for morning or afternoon shifts or both. Applicants will be interviewed, to assess suitability, during which we will establish and agree availability for work. On average, we offer our students one trip a week (term time only). However, there are key times of year when we may run trips each day. Joseph Paxton Campus is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of our children and young people, and expects the same level of commitment from all staff. If you are interested in this role, please send in a letter of interest addressed to the Business Manager, Heather South, at the address below. Please also outline your career history to date. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school on 0151 488 7680. This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. Wirral Hospitals’ School, Joseph Paxton Campus, 157 Park Road North, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 0EZ. Tel: 0151 488 7680.

of the main building (listed building). LBC/17/01486. Listed Building Consent. Grade II listed building. Clifton Park Conservation Area.

Extension with front pitched dormer and rear flat roof dormer. APP/18/00001. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P.

MAGENTA LIVING, 22-80 CLIFTON AVENUE, EASTHAM, CH62 9EQ. Demolition of existing building and erection of 15 new houses and a three-storey block containing 12 new apartments together with new access way. APP/17/01534. Full Planning Permission.

MR MITCHELL, THE COURTYARD, 5-9 ROSE MOUNT, OXTON, CH43 5SG. Various advertisements to the front elevation facing onto Rose Mount 1no. Projecting hanging sign - illuminated fixed to timber shop front 1no. projecting restaurant/bar menu box sign - illuminated - fixed to timber shop front 2no. window advertisements - frosted low level window vinyl - internally fixed to glazing. ADV/18/00019. Advertisement Consent. Oxton Conservation Area.

MR S LITTLE, LAND NORTH OF GRANGE OLD ROAD, WEST KIRBY, CH48 4ET. New Detached House - Plot 2. APP/17/01546. Full Planning Permission. Definitive footpath (public right of way). MR BIRCHAM, JUST GO TRAVEL, BRITANNIA BUILDING SOCIETY, 12 THE CRESCENT, WEST KIRBY, CH48 4HN. 1no. fascia sign with individual lettering to face illuminate only. Vinyl lettering to rear of gazed frontage. ADV/17/01588. Advertisement Consent. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: DR S RATH, 6 RESERVOIR ROAD NORTH, PRENTON, CH42 8LU. Front dormer window and window in side gable. APP/17/01594. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 7 February 2018 at the address below. Notice is dated 17 January 2018.

MR THOMPSON, 1 STATION ROAD, HOYLAKE, CH47 4AA. Erection of a single storey side/rear extension to existing dwelling. APP/17/01503. Full Planning Permission. Meols Drive Conservation Area.

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.

L BROWN, ST MARY’S CATHOLIC COLLEGE, ST MARYS COLLEGE, WALLASEY VILLAGE, CH45 3LN. Removal of existing temporary classrooms to the east boundary of the site and the erection of a two-storey teaching block with landscaping. APP/17/01530. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II* listed building.

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MR DOYLE, 336 OLD CHESTER ROAD, ROCK FERRY, CH42 3XE. Change of use and alterations to the elevations to incorporate the former ground floor retail unit and garage into the rest of the dwelling, forming one single dwelling unit. APP/17/01533. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building.



MS SMITH, ONE VISION HOUSING, THE COACH HOUSE, 21 CLIFTON ROAD, TRANMERE, CH41 2SF. Refurbishment of ‘The Coach House’ which is presently an office to form a self-contained dwelling, including provision external space within the existing carpark space of the main building (listed building). APP/17/01485. Full Planning Permission. Grade II listed building. Clifton Park Conservation Area. MS SMITH, ONE VISION HOUSING, THE COACH HOUSE, 21 CLIFTON ROAD, TRANMERE, CH41 2SF. Refurbishment of ‘The Coach House’ which is presently an office to form a self-contained dwelling, including provision external space within the existing carpark space

LANDCARE, UNUSED LAND, LEES AVENUE, ROCK FERRY, CH42 2BJ. Proposed New Build 21 no. two bedroom flats. OUT/17/01549. Outline Planning Permission. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR & MRS NIELD, 4 THE SPINNEY, NEWTON, CH48 9US. Remodelling of the roof to include hip to gables, front and rear dormers and raised rear patio. Works include alterations to ground floor windows and rear outrigger. APP/17/01581. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MRS SMITH, 34 CAVENDISH DRIVE, ROCK FERRY, CH42 6RQ. Single storey rear infill extension with pitched roof. Loft

Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 14 February 2018 at the address below. Notice is dated 24 January 2018.

MR HENNESSEY, REAR OF THE CHASE, NOCTORUM ROAD, NOCTORUM, CH43 9UQ. Proposed new dwelling on land to the rear of The Chase with associated landscaping and retrospective consent for a new access drive (Alternative to planning permission APP/14/00564). APP/17/01401. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. MR & MRS MATTHEWS, ANGARRA, 9 THE RIDGEWAY, GAYTON, CH60 8NB. Proposed erection of 2 storey dwelling house on land adjacent to 9 The Ridgeway. OUT/17/01473. Outline Planning Permission. Definitive footpath (public right of way). The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR SCOTT WILLIAMS, 13 PRENTON WAY, PRENTON, CH43 3DU. Change of use to dog hotel and day care. APP/18/00018. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. DR T D HENNESSY, SILVERDALE MEDICAL CENTRE, MOUNT AVENUE, HESWALL, CH60 4RH. Demolition of existing buildings and construction of 9 residential dwellings and 2 commercial use buildings (Outline). OUT/18/00020. Full Planning Permission. MR & MRS KILIKITA, CHESTNUT HOUSE, KINGS DRIVE, CALDY, CH48 2JF. Variation of condition 2 and 7 of approved planning application APP/17/00549 to make minor alterations to the design of the dwelling and to allow applicant to use a particular UPVC window product. APP/18/00033. Full Planning Permission. Caldy Conservation Area. Affects setting of Grade II listed building MR P WALTHO, 37 CLIFTON ROAD, TRANMERE, CH41 2SF. Construction of two semi-detached dwellings adjacent to 37 Clifton Road. APP/18/00041. Full Planning Permission. Clifton Park Conservation Area. MS CLARK, NOTEMACHINE UK LTD. 10-12 GRANGE ROAD WEST, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 4DA. The retrospective application for the installation of an ATM installed through a white composite security panel to the far left hand side of the shop front. APP/18/00044. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. MS CLARK, NOTEMACHINE UK LTD. 10-12 GRANGE ROAD WEST, BIRKENHEAD. The retrospective application for the installation of an ATM installed through a white composite security panel to the far left hand side of the shop front. Integral illumination

and screen to the ATM fascia Internally illuminated Free Cash Withdrawals sign above the ATM Blue LED halo illumination to the ATM surround. ADV/18/00045. Advertisement Consent. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. BALL, 11 ARNSIDE ROAD, OXTON, CH43 2JU. Single storey rear extension. APP/18/00046. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Conservation Area Oxton. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 21 February 2018 at the address below. Notice is dated 31 January 2018.

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. and you can email comments to If the application is a householder application, in the event of an appeal against a refusal of planning permission, which is to be dealt with on the basis of representations in writing, any representations made about the householder application will be sent to the Secretary of State, and there will be no further opportunity to comment at appeal stage.


DRAFT RESOLUTION - STREET TRADING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Wirral Council is currently consulting on its intention to pass a resolution to re-designate the following streets from Consent Streets to Prohibited Streets pursuant to Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982: • Coastal Drive (between the two roundabouts adjoining Harrison Drive and Sandcliffe Road) • Sandcliffe Road (from the roundabout adjoining Coastal Drive to the Railway Bridge) • Victoria Parade (from the junction of Virginia Road to the junction of Victoria Road) NOTICE IS ALSO HEREBY GIVEN THAT Wirral Council is currently consulting on its intention to pass a resolution to re-designate the following streets from Consent Streets to Licensed Streets pursuant to Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982: • Kings Parade • Coastal Drive (from the junction of Sandcliffe Road to the clown roundabout at the junction of Kings Parade) • Ian Fraser Way (from Kings Parade roundabout to Fort Perch Rock Car Park) • Marine Promenade • Victoria Parade (from the junction of Marine Promenade to the junction of Virginia Road) • Victoria Road (from the junction of Victoria Parade to the junction of Rowson Street) • Grosvenor Road (from the junction of Victoria Road to the junction of Hope Street) • Atherton Street (from the junction of Alexandra Road to the junction of Victoria Road) • Tower Promenade • Seabank Road (from the junction of Magazine Lane to the junction of Cumberland Road • Magazines Promenade • Egremont Promenade • Seacombe Promenade Any person wishing to make representations as to whether or not the streets listed above should be re-designated must do so in writing to Wirral Council, Licensing Authority, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral CH44 8ED or by email at The closing date for representations is 21 February 2018. Notice is dated 24 January 2018.

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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Wirral View Issue 14  

Wirral View Council and Partner Publication

Wirral View Issue 14  

Wirral View Council and Partner Publication