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ISSUE 16 | May/June 2018







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WIRRAL’S GIANT YEAR May Bank Holiday is the start of a year of extraordinary events in Wirral. Not only will we welcome the famous ‘Giants’ to our borough in October, we’ll also see the return of the Tall Ships. Read about how to get involved.


IRRAL IS SET to welcome the amazing ‘Giants’ for the very first time in October as part of a year-long calendar of extraordinary cultural and creative events. Our Imagine Wirral programme kicks off on the late May Bank Holiday weekend with a return of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta. Between 25 and 28 May, New Brighton and Hamilton Square will be the focus of Wirral’s Tall Ships entertainment as we host an exciting line-up of family friendly events, along with Liverpool. Fans of the previous Giant Spectaculars won’t be surprised to hear plans are currently under lock and key, and all that can be confirmed so far is that the action will take place across Wirral and Liverpool from 4 to 7 October, and the theme of the four days is Liverpool’s Dream. Find out more about the Imagine Wirral programme on page 2 and page 6.








Every streetlight in Wirral is to be replaced by 2021

More than £3.5m to be spent on improving the roads

Council spends £30k cleaning private land of litter and mess

Safer Wirral team closes down anti-social behaviour hotspots

Special feature on suffragette activists from Wirral


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Looking for things to do or ways to entertain the family? Our list below brings you the best events over the next few weeks

of the best celebrations coming up this month MAY TRADITIONALLY beckons in a whole range of festivals and celebrations and May 2018 in Wirral is no different. Here are five highlights of what’s on or coming up: 1. Proms in the Park: Saturday 2 June, 6.30pm. Opera, classics and prom singalongs at Queens Park, Hoylake, with Roy Weissensteiner, Rebecca McGreevy, Formby Brass Band and more. Sunday 3rd June, 2-4pm. Children’s Proms in the Park. Singalong to Disney favourites! Children are invited to dress up in their favourite Disney costume and take part in a parade around the park. Free. 2. Oxfest 2018: Saturday 26 May, 11am-5pm. Community Fun Day with bouncy castle, coconut shy, football and food. Oxton Fields, Prenton.

3. Tall Ships Regatta: Friday 25 - Monday 28 May. A weekend of maritime-themed activities to welcome the beautiful fleet back to Merseyside, culminates on Bank Holiday Monday when New Brighton will be the place to be, as the ships sail along the river together for the Parade of Sail, before sailing into Liverpool Bay for the start of their race to Dublin. Don’t miss the Sunday night in Hamilton Square when Birkenhead Town Hall becomes the canvas for a spectacular 3D projection and performers entertain the crowds. See page 7 for details. 4. Caldy Open Gardens: Sunday 27 May, 1-6pm. Caldy Village welcomes visitors to stroll around 13 private gardens and Caldy Church. Plus artisan craft stalls, owl display, tea and cake! Proceeds to Hoylake Cottage Dementia Day Care Centre. £7.50 entry or £6 in advance. For info visit


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5. Liverpool Bordeaux Wine Festival: Tie in your Tall Ships weekend with a trip across the water to the Liverpool Bordeaux Wine Festival. From 2528 May 2018 at Liverpool Pier Head, the most prestigious wine event in the world will see the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront transformed into the place to taste the bounty of the world’s wine capital. Liverpool has put its own spin on this event with a creative arts programme to entertain and delight visitors. As well as a range of wines to taste, the Bordeaux Wine School will be providing lessons in how to experience the diversity of Bordeaux wines. For more information and to buy your tickets visit ISTOCK.COM

FIVE BREASTFEEDING TIPS FOR NEW MUMS BREASTFEEDING can be a challenge and it may take some time for you and your baby to get the hang of it. If you can breastfeed, it can help babies fight illness and infection and reduce a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Our top tips should help you feel more confident about breastfeeding and know support is always on hand. ■ Prepare for breastfeeding: Antenatal classes will help you get ready for breastfeeding and teach you how to over-

come the most common problems. ■ Skin-to-skin: Skin-to-skin contact with your baby straight after birth will help keep them warm, calm and steady their breathing. ■ Look out for signs your baby is hungry: They may get restless, suck their fist or fingers, make murmuring sounds or turn their head and open their mouth (rooting). ■ Build up your milk supply: In the first weeks after birth, try not to ‘top-up’ your

baby with formula milk or give them a dummy as this can lower your milk supply. Your body knows to make more milk each time your baby feeds. ■ Ask ‘Alexa’: Got a question? Download the new Breastfeeding Friend from Start4Life on Amazon Alexa or Facebook messenger for support, 24/7. If you need extra help with breastfeeding, Home-Start Wirral can provide advice over the phone, at a breastfeeding group, or they can visit you at home. They offer

non-judgemental mother-tomother support from trained supporters. For more info, visit or call 0151 608 8288. Alternatively, speak to your midwife, health visitor, local peer supporter, GP or visit your local Children’s Centre.

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Major investment in streetlights upgrade L

ED UNITS WILL be lighting up every street in Wirral by 2021 as a result of a multimillion pound investment. The council has already started the process of replacing existing streetlights with new energy-efficient LED units and to date around 9,000 of the borough’s 37,400 streetlights have been upgraded. Now, the plan is to press ahead with ambitions to update the entire network within the next three years. An interest-free loan of £4.6 million from Salix has already been successfully secured to kick-start this huge project. In June the council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve a further £6m investment from the capital fund to ensure all of the remaining 28,400 lamps are upgraded to LED units and also allow all damaged or broken lighting columns to be replaced. A further £750,000 investment will be made to repair or replace bollards, damaged signs and install other safety features. The £11m plan represents

the largest single investment in street lighting and road safety in Wirral for more than 10 years. LED street lighting units are more economical, more energy efficient and longerlasting than the old sodium equivalents. Inbuilt technology within the LED units also allows centralised dimming during certain times of the night.

SALIX PROVIDES interestfree Government funding to the public sector to improve their energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills. It is a not-for-profit company funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the

Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Government. To date, Salix has funded more than 15,500 projects. These are estimated to have saved the public sector £136 million and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 694,414 tonnes annually.

FUNDING BOOST FOR HIGHWAYS SCHEMES NEARLY £3.8m will be invested in the borough’s highway network in the coming year after the council accepted funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. £1.15 million has been awarded to Wirral to support road safety improvements for drivers and pedestrians, schemes to encourage more sustainable forms of transport, such as walking, cycling or public transport and projects that contribute to reducing the area’s carbon footprint. A further £2.625 million from the combined authority Highway Maintenance budget will be allocated to improve bridges, roads and footways in the borough. £150,000 is earmarked for a series

Specialist team helps more than 5,000 people to quit smoking over two years QUITTING SMOKING is one of the most positive things anyone can do to improve their health. In fact, over two thirds of Wirral smokers would like to quit - and helping them to do this is Wirral’s Stop Smoking service, ABL. Jade Cleaver, a smoker for 15 years was pregnant with her daughter when she turned to ABL for help. Now, she’s been smoke free for almost 12 months. Jade is just one of more than 5,000 people who have accessed the free support pack-

age from ABL Wirral, run in partnership with Wirral Council, over the past two years. Jade (pictured below)

credits her stop smoking advisor Lisa and the fact she was visited in her own home as two of the reasons the service worked for her. She said: ‘I had never tried to quit before and was scared to try to quit in case I couldn’t. ‘When I visited the midwives during my pregnancy, they told me there was help available. A week later the stop smoking advisor, Lisa, came to see me at home which was brilliant. The fact she came to me made all the difference.

‘Lisa visited once a week to give me prescriptions for my patches and coached me through all my wobbles. She phoned and texted me in between appointments. I didn’t want to let her down and it was great to have a pat on the back when I was doing well. I wouldn’t go back now. ‘I go boxing every week now, there’s no way I could have done that before!’ To sign up for support, call the team on 0151 541 5656, text ABL to 60777 or visit

of minor bridge works, while the remaining £2.475 million will be used for improvements to roads and footways, with more than 100 schemes programmed for 2018/19. In a separate announcement, Wirral is set to receive £563,000 in funding to help fix the borough’s potholes.

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Catching up with Wirral’s pioneering ‘Mr Wildlife’

Clockwise from left: Malcolm with badger cubs at Thurstaston; on a visit to Kenya; at work in the forests of Denbighshire; and filming for BBC North West Tonight with Diane Oxberry


NTIL HE LEFT work eight years ago, Malcolm Ingham, the council’s former head ranger and wildlife officer, was synonymous with anything to do with Wirral wildlife. He was the person residents turned to if they found an injured bird or badger, and an immediate ‘go to’ for local media when they needed advice or an opinion on conservation or wildlife issues. Malcolm is still championing conservation from his new home, over the Dee in Denbighshire, but his retirement has been anything but quiet. He monitors the safety and wellbeing of otters and badgers, gives talks on wildlife and conservation, and acts as expert witness for North Wales Police and the RSPCA on badger and wildliferelated crime. He has fond memories of his

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time in our lovely borough, loving the views to the Dee from Heswall Dales and The Dungeon, and missing the sound of waders over the Dee Estuary. During his time with Wirral Ranger Service, he founded the wildlife rehabilitation unit at Wirral Country Park. There, among a selection of sheds and outbuildings at Thurstaston, Malcolm and his wife, veterinary nurse Ann, would give round the clock care to countless fledglings, birds of prey, foxes, hedgehogs, and other waifs and strays. The unit, set up in 1985, built a national profile. As well as the subject of countless articles, it featured on television too, and saw him filming with author and zoologist Desmond Morris, singer Kim Wilde and botanist David Bellamy.

Fundraisers supporting the unit included photographer Mike McCartney, who enlisted the support of his famous brother to raise money for the hos-


Malcolm founded the Wildlife Rehabilitation Unit at Wirral Country Park

pital, and remains Malcolm’s personal friend. Malcolm reintroduced barn owls back to Wirral; one of his proudest achievements, he says,

was discovering that a pair of owls that he had reintroduced had bred successfully in Royden Park’s Bell Tower. This led to him founding Wirral Barn Owl Trust, along with local RSPB warden Colin Wells. His wackier Wirral bird-related anecdotes are safely retrieving a falcon from an Iranian ship in Liverpool, and accompanying an American nighthawk, found in Moreton, from RAF Brize Norton in a VC10 back to Belize for rehabilitation! Malcolm remains a respected expert. He is guest speaker for conservation groups and has written technical papers on wildlife rehabilitation for organisations around the world. His services are often called on by animal organisations to appear as an expert witness in wildlife crimes, and to train

staff working with animals. Born in Clitheroe, Lancashire, he worked for Lancashire Ranger Service, patrolling moorland in the Forest of Bowland, before moving to Wirral. Since retiring to Denbighshire, he sits on North Wales Wildlife Trust Conservation Committee and North Wales Mammal Biodiversity Committee. North Wales may be home now, but Malcolm says he misses the sunsets of Wirral and the sounds of waders over the Dee Estuary. A cherished sight was also seeing barn owls hunting silently over Heswall Fields. ‘My other fond memories are of my tame badger Basil, and my foxes Muffles and Velvet, both of whom died at the ripe old age of 15 years just before I retired,’ he says. Follow Malcolm on Twitter @ingham_mal

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‘Hire local, buy local’ is aim for regeneration project Pledge to ensure benefits of regeneration stay with local workers and companies


IRRAL WORKERS and local firms will be at the ‘front of the queue’ for new jobs and business from the biggest public-sector led regeneration programme in the UK. ‘Hire Local, Buy Local’ will be a key element of the massive regeneration project spanning Wirral and aiming to fast track economic growth in the borough. And as part of this council bosses say they will ensure the majority of all jobs and supply chain contracts arising from the project will be targeted at

Wirral’s workers and firms. Building a robust economy, driving jobs and business growth, and attracting inward investment are now a major focus of modern local councils. As demand for front-line services grows, and budgets continue to shrink, local authorities are looking to provide sustainable new income streams to fund services like care for the elderly, young people and families, and protecting the environment. The newly created Wirral Growth Company, a joint venture between Wirral Council and Muse Developments, aims to bring new money to the council’s coffers as well as providing work for local residents and businesses. This is a radical plan to meet twin goals of growing Wirral’s economy and funding services for residents – instead of selling off land or buildings to speculators and waiting to see what

Local workers: An apprentice at Wirral Met College

they eventually do, the council is retaining the ownership and control of its assets. Under proposals approved by Wirral’s leaders, councilowned land and buildings will be developed by the joint venture and bring much-

needed regeneration to neighbourhoods and communities across Wirral. A key part of the deal will see 60% of all jobs and supply chain contracts targeted at local workers and firms. Wirral Growth Company is

currently considering sites in Bebington, Birkenhead, Bromborough, Moreton and Seacombe and will soon embark on consultation and engagement to explore plans for new homes, commercial, retail and leisure developments.

Memorial gardens restored in Woodchurch A SECOND MEMORIAL garden in Woodchurch has been restored to its former glory thanks to local people and organisations working together. In 2016, local partnership HYPE restored the Memorial Garden at the junction of Huddleston Close and Hoole Road, Woodchurch. Now, local community gardening project Flourish at Ford Way have brought a second garden at the corner of Cheverton Close and Hoole Road back into use with help from Wirral Met College’s Prince’s Trust Team and support from the Wirral West Constituency Committee.

The memorial gardens were established to provide a place of reflection for people on the estate who have lost loved ones but they had fallen into disrepair. The project has

cleared the second garden of weeds with new benches and planters made and installed by the group, while retaining the memorial plaque supplied by local funeral director Sue Porter. Project Manager and Secretary at Flourish at Ford Way Ian Jones, said: ‘To reestablish the second Memorial Garden at Hoole Road goes to show what can be done and achieved when local residents work in partnership with Wirral Council. Flourish have worked with a team of young people from the Prince’s Trust who helped clear the site ready for the planters and benches, which Flourish designed and built for the local

community to enjoy. ‘Thank you to everyone who helped us with the project. Many local residents have already said how pleased they are to see the garden looking so wonderful.’ Flourish is a community association based in Woodchurch who work to improve the local neighbourhood and community greenspaces. Flourish is set to deliver other community projects this year, including gardening services and products, and their own Wirral produced honey. If you would like volunteer, get involved and learn new skills contact Ian Jones on 07576 511986.

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SET SAIL FOR AN ACTION-PA Imagine Wirral is an unprecedented year of culture, creativity and ideas in our borough. Major events kick off this May Bank Holiday weekend when the Tall Ships make a return...


IRRAL’S WATERFRONT is set to be centre stage as we welcome back some of the world’s most striking ‘Tall Ships’ at a four day extravaganza in May. The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, runs from 25 - 28 May and will see both Wirral and Liverpool host an exciting lineup of familyfriendly events to celebrate our maritime connections past, present and future. Throughout the weekend, the waterfront will ring with the sounds of the sea, with specially commissioned creative performances by local groups as well as internationally renowned artists.

On Monday 28th, New Brighton is the place to be for views of the Tall Ships in the Parade of Sail before they sail into Liverpool Bay for the start of their race to Dublin. Check our social media for the latest updates on timings but don’t forget that New Brighton will be a hive of activity all day so get there in plenty of time to enjoy everything on offer. The night before, on Sunday 27th May Birkenhead will host a spectacular evening of artist and community group performances before a striking 3D animation takes over Birkenhead Town Hall. Read our guide (right) for

details of where and when to get involved. Wirral’s Tall Ships events have been organised by Wirral Council working with Culture Liverpool and funded by Arts Council England. The Tall Ships Festival is the first major event in the Council’s exciting Imagine Wirral calendar which sees cultural events taking place throughout the year, in partnership with Wirral Growth Company, Wirral Chamber of Commerce and other organisations.


This weekend, the waterfront will ring with the sounds of the sea

SCULPTURE TACKLES PLASTIC POLLUTION A NEW SCULPTURE by renowned artist Lulu Quinn will appear at Marine Point in New Brighton on Friday 25 May as part of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta programme. The giant 26ft (8 metre) long Message in a Bottle will be constructed entirely from

1,500 used plastic bottles, collected from across Merseyside. A twin bottle will also be unveiled at Salthouse Dock in Liverpool on the same day. Aimed at sparking positive environmental change, Message in a Bottle challenges our throwaway culture, encourag-

Eyecatching: Lulu’s previous work

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ing people to share their own thoughts about plastic pollution. Working with Wirral Council’s Eco Schools and Love Where You Live initiatives, Lulu teamed up with local primary school children to construct part of the giant bottle and talk about how we can save our seas from floating plastic. When unveiled at Marine Point, the public will be welcome to add their own messages and pledges to the bottles that make up the sculpture. New Brighton’s bottle will then be floated onto Marine Lake on Saturday 26 May creating a stunning centrepiece to the resort’s Tall Ships celebrations which will enchant residents and visitors alike.

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CKED TALL SHIPS WEEKEND! Tall Ships - fun filled family entertainment all weekend THERE’S SOMETHING for everyone over the Tall Ships festival weekend. All events and activities are free. BIRKENHEAD ■ Animated Square: Sunday 27 May, 6pm–late, Birkenhead Town Hall becomes the canvas for a spectacular 3D projection by award-winning Illuminos, inspired by Birkenhead’s people, places and history. Encounter magical maritime creatures and stunning one-off performances from specially commissioned artists and community groups in and around Hamilton Square before the unmissable main event. Come and enjoy the build-up, sample delicious food and drink stalls and get involved in creative and circus activities. NEW BRIGHTON ■ Somewhere Beyond the Sea: Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May, 11am–4pm, Marine Point and Marine Lake. While the Tall Ships are resting in port over in Liverpool, you’ll find a shoal of familyfriendly workshops and watery-themed performers in New Brighton, including giant sea creatures, and even some surprising ships funnels! ■ Message in a Bottle: From Friday 25 May, Marine Point. Lighting the Bottle ceremony, Saturday 26 May, 6.30pm onwards at Marine Lake. On Friday 25 May, be sure to add your message to artist Lulu Quinn’s beautiful ‘Message

in a Bottle’ before it floats into position on Marine Lake on Saturday 26 May, before the sun sets. This thoughtprovoking work carries a poignant environmental message about the impact of plastic in our seas. Join us to see the bottle light up with the help of beautiful water ballerinas and a real life mermaid. ■ Parade of Sail Day: Monday 28 May, all day, Wirral Waterfront and New Brighton. Live music from local choirs and artists and spectacular street theatre performances will be taking place along the promenade from Seacombe to New Brighton, as we wave farewell to the Tall Ships and their crews. Follow the Parade of Song,

take a ride on a very special life boat, say hello to a living mermaid or have a selfie with sea creatures on the shore - come and join the maritime magic for a day you will never forget! ■ Continental Street Market: Saturday 26 May, 10am8pm, Sunday 27 & Monday 28 May, 10am-6pm. Grab a bite to eat from the food and drink market, offering a taste of foreign shores along New Brighton’s Ian Fraser Walk, along with New Brighton’s many fantastic attractions and places to eat. Twitter: @imaginewirral Web:

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Grotspots tackled in £30k clean up of private land The council has used its powers to clear private land that was blighting local communities


ORE THAN 20 local ‘grot spots’ – areas of primarily private land in Wirral that had been attracting incidents of littering and fly-tipping – have been cleaned up in the last year. Residents and local councillors were among those who had nominated areas to be cleared as part of the latest

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phase of environmental improvement work. Though it has no statutory obligation to do so, Wirral Council has spent nearly £30,000 to tackle these problem areas on behalf of the public in 2017-18. At first, the owners of the land were identified and reminded of their responsibilities to keep their land clean and tidy. When landowners didn’t act, contractors were then called in to clean-up, with the council then seeking to recoup the costs back from the owners afterwards. In total as part of this phase of work, 21 areas all across the borough were addressed – nine by the landowners them-

selves and 12 on the orders of Wirral Council. Four areas within Bromborough ward were among those cleared, with three each in Bidston & St James and Birkenhead & Tranmere. There were two areas cleared in each of Leasowe & Moreton East, Prenton and Seacombe, while other grot spots in Heswall, Liscard & Egremont, Moreton & Saughall Massie, Upton and Wallasey were tackled in the last year. Residents are able to let them know of untidy land via its website. Visit to report problem areas.

AN AREA OF unregistered land had become badly defaced by fly tipped rubble, commercial and domestic waste as well as a large amount of litter. All waste and litter, which included many used needles, was removed. The small building and overgrown vegetation that were providing cover for street drinking and drug use, were cleared.

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Careful - you might still be ‘Messi’ the morning after W

ITH THE 2018 FIFA World Cup just weeks away, football fans are being urged not to drink and drive the ‘Morning After’ a game. Drivers are often unaware of how long it takes for alcohol to pass through their body. Many get behind the wheel to drive to work, pop to the shops or do the school run while over the limit after a night on the booze. The Morning After campaign has created a calculator to help you roughly work out when it will be safe for you to drive the day after drinking alcohol. It takes much longer than most people think – on average around one hour per unit of alcohol. While the vast majority

wouldn’t dream of getting behind the wheel straight after drinking, awareness of the risk of morning after drinkdriving is much lower. THINK! research found that 58% of drivers would have four or more drinks on a night out, and still sometimes take a risk by driving the following morning – with only a third aware they could still be over the limit. There were also 1200 drink-driving related arrests made in Merseyside in 2017. The calculator allows you to tot up the drinks you had the night before - or better still, keep track of what you’re drinking while you’re out. The calculator is not intended to help you work out how


much you can drink on a night out before driving home and won’t help you if you are arrested for drink-driving. If you are drinking any

alcohol - even one drink - don’t drive. Use the calculator at or download the Morning After app on the App store or Google Play.

THE DRINK LESS Enjoy More campaign has been raising awareness about the consequences of being too drunk. You could be refused entry or service at a bar or club and have to go home early because you’ve had too much to drink. You could also be fined £1,000 for buying a drink for someone who is too drunk. For more info visit: drinklessenjoymore.

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Parks set for upgrade


Improvement works due to take place at parks and open spaces across Wirral LMOST £300,000 is set to be spent making vital upgrades to parks and public spaces across Wirral. Financing for the six separate schemes was approved by Wirral Council’s cabinet and the works range from improved toilets and football changing facilities to seawall repairs and dredging a park lake. The projects will support a range of key council priorities from helping those with disabilities to live independently, supporting Wirral’s tourism economy and ensuring leisure and cultural opportunities are available for everyone. The range of upgrades and improvements are set to include repairs and improvement works to the Chapel at



Landican cemetery – one of Wirral’s main cemetery and crematorium sites. There will also be investment in better accessibility at Wirral Country Park Campsite. This work is expected to take place at the end of this year and will consist of improvements such as new tarmac surfacing, access

ramps and all-weather parking to ensure ‘Access for All’. The coming months will also see dredging of Ashton Park Lake – a popular location for visitors and locals alike – as well as upgraded toilets at Eastham County Park. Work will also be carried out at the pavilions in Central Park, Rycroft playing fields, Harrison

Park, and Belvedere and Wallacre recreation grounds to provide better football changing facilities. One of Wirral’s many natural jewels - Hilbre Islands local nature reserve – will benefit from reinforcement of the sea defence. The schemes are funded through the council’s Planned Preventative Maintenance budget.

Annual cycle challenge aims for £1m A CHARITY CYCLE ride around Wirral is hoping to pass the sum of £1million raised this year with their 20th event. The 19 annual Wirral Bikeathons to date have raised £920,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (now Bloodwise) as well as providing a fun day of exercise for individuals and families on each occasion. This year’s Bikeathon is taking place on Sunday 10 June 2018, supported by Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Boardman. Closing date for pre-event entries is 9am, Monday 4 June. Riders can still enter on the day although the cost differs.

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DO YOU love cycling? Would you like to see the sights of Wirral and Liverpool while raising money for a good cause? Nightrider is a night time cycle starting at Pier Head, Liverpool, with a 55km route around Wirral, taking in the sights of New Brighton, Hoylake, West Kirby, Port Sunlight and Queensway Tunnel. There’s also the option to cycle an additional 45km around Liverpool, past Albert Docks, Anfield, Penny Lane and Aintree. You can apply to take part for a charity. Com-

Saddle up: Could you raise funds by getting on your bike?

bat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, is encouraging people to consider fundraising for them. Nightrider starts from 10.30pm on July 14th 2018. To find out more information on this event and to sign up to support Combat Stress please visit uk/nightrider CYCLING is not only good for your body, it’s good for your mind too. For more ideas on how to keep a healthy body and healthy mind, visit StayWellWirral

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If there’s something wrong in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call?


ELL, IF IT’S a problem with some nuisance neighbours or troublesome teenagers, the right call would be to the Wirral Anti-Social Behaviour Team. Part of the new multi-agency Safer Wirral hub that was established last year, the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Team relies on residents reporting problems so it can gather evidence to deal with them in the most appropriate and effective way. Being part of the Safer Wirral hub, ASB Team staff share information with other partners, including neighbourhood policing teams, so a planned and targeted approach can be applied to tackling an issue. Every incident reported to the team is individually assessed and action will be taken based on the evidence. In the past six months alone, the ASB Team has taken action to make a real difference to the lives of law-abiding residents. They’ve used legal powers to shut down four properties which were acting as bases for some residents to engage in anti-social activity.


Partners will act on residents’ reports A Closure Order is made by the court to close a property down, either fully or partially, for an initial three months. The order can be extended if it is believed the anti-social behaviour will continue longer and it can be imposed against any property or premises that is associated with ongoing antisocial behaviour, whether those responsible live there or not. Anti-social behaviour is any activity that impacts on other people in a negative way, causing harassment, alarm or distress to them. The council and its partners are committed to helping people live in peace, free from the behaviour caused by a minority of anti-social people, and they have a range of potential measures they can take. In many cases, matters are resolved informally and without the need to use any legal powers. Residents can email the team on neighbour.nuisance@ or call the council call centre on 0151 606 2020. Out of hours, the contact number is 0151 666 5265. If you are a tenant of a registered housing provider, please contact them directly. If you, your family or your property are in immediate danger, you should call the police on 999. If you have witnessed a crime that isn’t an emergency, report this to the police on 101.

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Zeebrugge commemoration W

IRRAL PLAYED a key role in national commemorations to mark the centenary of the Zeebrugge raid. The vital wartime mission took place towards the end of the First Word War and the Mersey Ferries became famous for their role in the daring raid across the Channel. Since the early 1920s – with the exception of the war years – a commemoration service has been held aboard a Wallasey ferry on the Sunday closest to St George’s Day, 23 April. This year, on 22 April, service personnel including members of Royal Marines, Royal Navy, and Veterans marched along Wirral’s promenade accompanied by Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Portsmouth (Royal Band). The ferries were also at the centre of the anniversary event to reflect their impor-

tance to the vital mission 100 years ago. Ferries Iris and Daffodil, built in 1906, took part in the top secret attack on Zeebrugge on 23 April 1918 which aimed to prevent German U-boats from attacking Allied shipping in the English Channel and the South West Approaches to the UK. The ferries were used because they could carry large numbers of Marines and sailors in shallow waters. Both Iris and Daffodil sustained significant damage in the raid but both managed to return home – although Iris had been hit by numerous shells. It was for their heroic service that both ferries – and their successors – were awarded the ‘Royal’ designation. See for a video showing the commemoration in Wirral of the centenary of the Zeebrugge raids.

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Zeebrugge: Sailors on board one of the ferries and, inset, HMS Daffodil IV & Iris II


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Annual garden party to raise funds for Hoylake’s floral displays 

Shakespeare’s breath of fresh air H

ILLBARK Players will commemorate the hundred year anniversary of the end of the First World War in their latest outdoor production, Shakespeare in War and Peace . The show will be on between Thursday 19 and Sunday 22 July, and will feature poign-

ant examples of conflict and reconciliation from plays such as Romeo & Juliet, Henry IV and Much Ado About Nothing. Wherefore art thou? The show will take place in the leafy grounds of Hillbark Hotel & Spa in Royden Park. Tickets cost £12 or £10 in advance at

Linghams in Heswall or online at shakespeares-war-peace. Under 10s can attend for free, with the Sunday matinee featuring narration to help introduce a new generation to the bard’s greatest works.


Edge-of-the-seat murder mysteries at Carlton Little Theatre and Gladstone Theatre.  See Listings


Wirral Guitar Festival is back again!  floralpavilion. com

FUN RUN Kids raise money for Diabetes research.  See p15


Taster session for croquet or sailing  See p14



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WIRRAL WALKING FESTIVAL During MAY To download the brochure, visit: tivals/wirral-walking-festival PEOPLE OF OXTON Until SUN 24 JUNE See article, p15, right. JUNIOR RUNNING SESSION @ BIRKENHEAD PARK SATURDAYS 9.45 – 10.45am Running group for 12 - 17 year olds. Meet at the Visitors Centre. Free but booking essential. 07876 577187

WIRRAL CHORAL FESTIVAL FRI 18 MAY, 7pm. £13 Six talented local choirs help raise funds for local charities. THE FLOYD EFFECT SAT 19 MAY, 7.30pm. £19 Pink Floyd’s music and the dramatic light show associated with seeing them play live. glad stone theatre.

DYLAN AT THE GASLIGHT CAFÉ SAT 19 MAY, 7 - 10pm. £6 West Kirby Arts Centre will recreate the atmosphere of Bob Dylan’s coffee-house days, with Wirral singer Dean Johnson.

TALL SHIPS REGATTA FRI 25 - MON 28th MAY See article on pages 6-7. SIMPLY DYLAN FRI 25 MAY, 7.30pm. £25 | £23 John O’Connell plays all your favourite Bob Dylan classics. STAN BOARDMAN SAT 26 MAY, 7.30pm. £21.50 Stand-up, archive clips and questions from the audience.

TRY CROQUET - UPTON SUN 20 MAY, 2 - 4pm Free adult taster session. Upton Victory Hall Croquet Club. PUSH THE BOAT OUT DAY SUN 20 MAY 12 - 4pm Sailing taster session with the Royal Mersey Yacht Club. Free but booking essential. DEMENTIA FRIENDLY AFTERNOON - WEST KIRBY LIBRARY MON 21 MAY, 2 - 3.30pm Games, crafts and music for people with dementia. 0151 929 7730 MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR WED 23 MAY, 7.30pm. £3 A talk by Ray O’Brien on places in Wirral the Beatles are linked with. Irby Library. 0151 648 1348 LOS PACAMINOS FEAT. PAUL YOUNG THU 24 MAY, 8pm. £21.50 Tex Mex party music with the cactus sharp, stetson wearing, magnificent 6, Los Pacaminos!

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JUSTIN HAYWARD TUE 29 MAY, 7.30pm. £39 Catch the singer-songwriter who was the driving force behind The Moody Blues and penned classics like Nights in White Satin and The Voice.

MINERALS AND FOSSILS SAT 26 MAY, 2 - 4pm Thurstaston’s coastline walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Free. 01948 820728 OXFEST 2018 SAT 26 MAY, 11am - 5pm See detail, page 2.

CALAMITY JANE THU 31 MAY, 2-4pm. £5 Technicolour Western musical! Silver Screenings is a film club on the last Thursday of every month at Hoylake Community Centre. Free for carers. 0151 632 5170 CIRQUE BERSERK THU 31 MAY - SAT 2 JUNE, 7.30pm. Matinees FRI 5pm, SAT 2pm & 5pm. Tickets £15 - £29 Contemporary circus with adrenaline-fuelled stunt and acrobatic action!

MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART (12A) SUN 27 MAY, 3pm. £13.50 | £9.50 Celebrate a true acting icon on his birthday weekend. Broadcast live from London’s BFI Southbank. newbrighton.light

PIRATE TALES - BIRKENHEAD THU 31 MAY Stories, games and crafts. Food court opposite Next, Pyramids Shopping Centre. Free. WALLASEY LEISURE PAINTERS FRI 1 JUNE, 10am - 12pm. £5 per month Watercolours, oil, acrylic and pastel. New members welcome. Wallasey Central Library. 0151 639 2334 BEBINGTON BARDS SAT 2 JUNE, 2 - 4pm. Free Creative writing classes for adults on the first Saturday of the month at Bebington Central Library. 0151 606 2665

STRIKE ANOTHER MATCH SAT 26 MAY, 7 - 10pm. £8 The Celebrated perform in aid of Medecins Sans Frontieres.

LAUGHTERHOUSE LIVE SAT 19 MAY, 7.30pm. £24 A night of comedy featuring Neil Fitzmaurice (Peep Show), Paul Sinha (The Chase), Aisling Bea (8 out of 10 Cats, Great British Bake-off ), Gary Delaney, Tom Stade, Justin Moorhouse and Jason Byrne.

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PENINSULA JAZZMEN SUN 27 MAY, 2 - 4pm Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy jazz in Ashton Park.

PROMS IN THE PARK SAT 2 & SUN 3 JUNE Music for all ages in Queen’s Park, Hoylake. See detail, p2 FAMILY FUN DAY AT BIRKENHEAD LIBRARY SAT 2 JUNE, 2.30-4.30pm. £1.50 Fun day as part of National Bookstart Week. 0151 606 2665 ARTS IN THE PARK SAT 2 JUNE, 1 - 5pm Music, dance and theatre in Sandlea Park, West Kirby. Proceeds to Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET SUN 3 JUNE, 5pm. £24 | £22 Classic fairytale suitable for all ages, with stunning choreography, beautiful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

CALDY OPEN GARDENS SUN 27 MAY, 1 - 6pm. £7.50 | £6 Caldy Village welcomes visitors to stroll around 13 private gardens, plus the gardens of Caldy Church and Caldy Manor Care Home. There will also be artisan craft stalls, an owl display, tea and cake! Proceeds to Hoylake Cottage Dementia Day Care Centre.

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what’s on OSCAR WILDE SEASON LIVE: AN IDEAL HUSBAND (12A) TUE 5 JUNE, 7pm. £15.95 | £12.50 The Rolls-Royce of English comedies will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. CHANTEL MCGREGOR SUN 3 JUNE, 8pm. £15.50 Intimate solo acoustic show with a blues rock twist. WIRRAL COMMUNITY BIG BAND MON 4 JUNE, 7.30pm. £5 If you can play an instrument, come along! 1st, 2nd and 4th Monday each month at Community Fire Station, Birkenhead. 07717 777846 MURDER INN TUE 5 - SAT 9 JUNE, £8 | £6 A night of mayhem and madness at the dilapidated 18th century Barnsley Inn, supposedly haunted by Marco, a knifethrowing poltergeist. DIAL M FOR MURDER TUE 5 - SAT 9 JUNE, 7.30pm. £9 Tony Wendice has married his wife Margot for her money, and now plans to murder her. Edge-of-the-seat suspense with Bebington Dramatic Society. gladstonetheatre.


NESS BIOBLITZ 2018 SAT 9 JUNE, 10.30am-4pm. £8.25 | £3.85 929 species of plants, animals and fungi were recorded at Ness Gardens in 2014 - can over 1000 be found this time? 0151 795 6300

COLOUR ME CALM WED 13 JUNE, 10.30am A morning of calm with West Kirby Library colouring group. Bring your own materials if you have them. Small donation for additional resources. 0151 606 2665

FAIRPORT CONVENTION SUN 10 JUNE, 8pm. £26.50 The folk-rock pioneers will perform old favourites plus material from their latest album 50:50@50, which celebrates their golden anniversary.


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ONCE UPON A TIME AT THE ADELPHI WED 6 - SAT 9 JUNE. £17 - £23 It’s the 1930’s and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood pour off the luxury liners and into Liverpool’s most fashionable hotel. DIRE STATES THU 7 JUNE, 8pm. £16.50 Tribute to Dire Straits featuring Money for Nothing, Sultans of Swing and Walk of Life. YOUNG PEOPLE’S READING GROUP THU 7 JUNE, 6 - 7pm Books, quizzes and games for children in years 4, 5 or 6. Free at Bebington Central Library. 0151 606 2665 PARENTFOLK WEEKENDER SAT 9 & SUN 10 JUNE, 12-5pm. £8 A weekend of cool, alternative family fun, including activities for children aged 2-8, food, drink and DJs. claremont farm.

CROONERS THU 21 JUNE, 7.30pm. £23 Suave, self-assured, stylish and backed by a 9-piece band, The Crooners perform songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin and more.

JDRF ONE FUN RUN 2018 SUN 10 JUNE, 10am - 2pm (register 10am). Prices from £10 2.5km run for children in aid of diabetes research, plus music and a bouncy castle. Upper Park, Birkenhead Park. 0161 928 7067 6 HANDS: JOHN WILLIAMS, JOHN ETHERIDGE & GARY RYAN WED 13 JUNE, 7.30pm. £26 | £24 Varied programme of solos, duos and trios from the talented threesome.

AN AUDIENCE WITH JOHN BARNES, JAN MOLBY & NEIL RUDDOCK THU 14 JUNE, 7.30pm Tickets £26.50 - £30 The ultimate evening of Anfield legends hosted by journalist Ian Ridley. There will be audience participation so a lucky few could make it on stage! TAI CHI - ROCK FERRY LIBRARY THU 14 JUNE, 9am - 12.30pm. £2.50 Slow moving Chinese martial art with many health benefits, Suitable for all ages. 07460 993199 WHEELS FOR ALL BIRKENHEAD PARK THU 14 JUNE, 10am - 3pm. £2 A range of adapted bikes so anyone can enjoy cycling, regardless of age or disability. Booking essential. 01925 234 213

ART LOVERS have a range of exciting new exhibitions to enjoy in Wirral this Spring. Etches by James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Joseph Pennell, conveying the industrial landscapes of New York and London, will be at Lady Lever Art Gallery until October. The traditional English ceramics of Emilie Taylor will be on display at the Williamson Art Gallery, as well as two fascinating photography exhibitions, People of Oxton and Wallasey Historical Photos.

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BARBARA NICE - ‘RAFFLE’ THU 21 JUN, 7.30pm. £15.50 Join Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife for an evening of proper good fun, in this playful life-affirming show for all the family. Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket!

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what’s on BONEY M SAT 16 JUNE, 7.30pm. £31 Featuring founder member Maizie Williams, a night of disco classics with hits like ‘Daddy Cool’, ‘Rasputin’ and ‘Rivers of Babylon’. CATTLE & CANE THU 14 JUNE, 8pm. £12.50 Soaring harmonies from siblings Helen and Joe Hammill. EVERLY BROTHERS - DREAM FRI 15 JUNE, 7.30pm. £21 | £19 A tribute to the band that inspired the Beatles with their angelic harmonies. Includes ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘Wake up Little Susie’ and many more. ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY SAT 16 JUNE, 12 - 4pm Garden party to raise funds for floral displays throughout Hoylake and Meols. Dane Cottage, 11 Ethelbert Lane, Meols. Plant sale, live music and cakes! BAT & OWL WALK SAT 16 JUNE 8.30pm. £3.50 The Rangers take you around Royden Park to discover more about these nocturnal animals. Meet at the Coach House. 0151 677 7594

ZUMBINI THURSDAYS, 9.30am-12pm Music, dance and educational tools for kids aged 0-4. Hoylake Parade. 07766 404986

LIVERPOOL THEATRE SCHOOL THU 28 JUNE, 7pm. £16.50 Annual show from Liverpool Theatre School.

DAN SNOW – AN EVENING WITH THE ‘HISTORY GUY’ FRI 22 JUNE, 7.30pm. £26.50 | £21.50 | £19 under 16 The historian, broadcaster and TV presenter recounts memorable experiences from his successful career. The show will conclude with a 20 min Q&A.

AROUND THE WORLD THU 28 - FRI 29 JUNE, 7pm. £10 An evening of dance with Gemini Theatre School.

THE TRUE STORY OF JIMI HENDRIX SUN 17 JUNE, 7.30pm £25.50 | £23.50 See article below. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE WED 20 JUNE, 7pm. £8 - £12 Charity concert in aid of Doctors Without Borders. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST THU 21 - SAT 23 JUNE, 7.30pm. £9 | £7 Oscar Wilde comedy with the Port Sunlight Players in which friends adopt fictional personæ to escape their obligations.

THE MAKING OF MOTOWN SAT 23 JUNE, 7pm. £18 Mersey cruise recreating the style of Motown. Licensed bar. Departs Seacombe at 7.20pm. 0151 330 1420 SIT FIT - MORETON MON 25 JUNE, 1 - 2pm. £3.50 Chair based exercise suitable for the elderly, every Monday at Moreton Presbyterian Church. 07925 076914

DR DOLITTLE SAT 30 JUNE, 2.30pm. £11 Join Dolittle and his animal gang on an epic journey from Puddleby on the Marsh to the high seas of the Caribbean. LET’S DANCE THROUGH THE GREATEST HITS SAT 30 JUNE, 2pm & 7pm Tickets £14.50 | £13 The annual dance show from Irby Dance Studio THE KILKENNYS SAT 30 JUN, 7.30pm. £17 Traditional Irish folk band, noted for their energetic performances and charismatic rapport with audience. glad stone theatre.

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IMI HENDRIX is arguably the greatest rock guitarist ever to live and this month there will be a unique chance to hear more about the legend - from his brother Leon! He will be performing at the Floral Pavilion on Sunday 17 June as part of the stratospheric Jimi Hendrix Experience, as well as sharing stories about his first-hand experiences of growing up with Jimi, touring, recording and, of course, Woodstock!


This unmissable gig is just part of another exciting lineup for Wirral’s annual International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, which runs from 25 May to 17 June. Folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention will be performing on 10 June and don’t miss the haunting melodies of Chantel McGregor on 3 June and soaring harmonies of Cattle & Cane on 14 June. A trio of tremendous tributes will also be rolling


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back the years, so book now for Simply Dylan on 25 May, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac on 27 May and Gary Murphy’s brilliantly named Dire States on 7 June. Fans of classical guitar, be sure to catch 6 Hands: John Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan on 13 June. To book tickets for the festival, visit or call 0151 666 0000.


ACCESS ALL AREAS IF YOU’VE always wanted to be up on stage but never quite had the big break, Floral Pavilion offers tours every Wednesday at 11am. An hour long tour will take you around the backstage areas, the dressing rooms and you can even go on stage and pretend you’re performing to a sellout crowd! The price is £5, which includes a post-tour tea or coffee. Book on 0151 666 0000.


Closing date WED 30 MAY 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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national walking month If you’ve been looking for a reason to get yourself out and about then pull on some comfy shoes as May is National Walking Month. Here you’ll find different ways of fitting walking into your daily routine...

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exclusion zone - the sandwich shops round the corner are banned so make sure you walk at least 20 minutes to buy your lunch. ■ GET SNAPPY THIS WEEKEND: Capturing moments makes walking even more interesting. Plan a weekend walk and take your smart phone or camera along and snap your local park, sunset or town centre. See how many hidden treasures you can find

Walking Festival free local events THERE’S STILL TIME to take part in the annual Wirral Walking Festival this month. Coordinated by the council’s Parks and Countryside Service, the festival is a series of exciting and varied walks throughout May in our parks, open countryside, heritage sites and along Wirral’s coast. Walks coming up soon:

■ GREASBY VILLAGE HISTORY WALK: Monday 28th May, 3-5pm. Walk length: 1 mile. Booking essential. FREE. ■ RABY TO CHERRY WOOD: Tuesday 29th May, 7.30-9.15pm. Walk length: 4 miles. FREE. ■ HESWALL DUNGEONS AND DALES: Wednesday 30th May, 7–8.45pm. Walk length: 3.75 miles. FREE.

in your local area. ■ TAKE THE LONG CUT: Why not spend some time figuring out the ‘long cut’? Take the long way round for an extra 20 minutes. Plan your journey ahead and see things you wouldn’t normally see. ■ WALK TO OR FROM WORK: You might not be able to walk the whole way to or from work. But you can skip a bus stop or park your car further away to add in your 20 min-

utes walking before or after work. You’ll save on transport costs too. ■ WALK TO SCHOOL: We know that walking to school makes children feel healthier and happier, while reducing congestion and pollution outside the school gates. Yet less than half of primary school children currently walk to school.

■ ASHTON PARK Mondays & Wednesdays, 10.30-11.30am. ■ THE OVAL Thursdays, 10.45-11.45am. £5.35 per session, or free for Invigor8 members. Go to the Buggy Park Fitness Wirral Facebook page for more information.

TRY A FREE WEEKLY HEALTH WALK IN WIRRAL HEALTH WALKS are free short, friendly, weekly walks suitable for everyone. There’s no need to book but please arrive 10 minutes early on your first walk to register. Health walks leave from Arrowe Country Park, Bidston Hill, Birkenhead Park, Bromborough Library, East-

ham Country Park, Port Sunlight, Port Sunlight River Park, Royden Park, Wallasey, Wallasey Village Library, Warrens, West Kirby. walkingforhealth. ISTOCK.COM


NATIONAL CHARITY that works to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets has been encouraging people to walk with 20 fun and easy tips. For National Walking Month, Living Streets introduced #Try20, 20 ways to fit 20 minutes walking in to your day. Their ideas include: ■ FOOD EXCLUSION ZONE: Get adventurous and give your taste buds a treat as well as your feet. Set up a food

GET THE BABY in the buggy and get back into exercise at a level that suits you. Buggy Park Fitness involves walking and exercising using benches or other equipment on route. All Wirral groups are fun, friendly, and a great way to meet new friends. They cater for all levels of fitness and offer a choice of times and locations to suit - plus, no babysitter needed!


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Suffragettes: Shoulder to sho As it is 100 years since the first women got the vote. We celebrate local activists who played their part


IRRAL HAS strong links with the struggle for women’s suffrage, from Birkenhead, which was home to one of our most famous suffragists, to Seacombe, where activists met to plot their ‘votes for women’ campaign in the run up to the January 1910 general election. Dr Alice Ker, who lived and worked in Birkenhead, was a founder member of Birkenhead and Wirral Suffrage Society. She served time in

Holloway campaigning for women’s suffrage, and was a contemporary of more famous suffragists, such as the Pankhursts. Alice was only the 13th woman to qualify as a doctor in the UK, and despite the social norms of her time, gave talks to working class women on sexuality, birth control and motherhood. Born in 1853 in Scotland, she moved to Birkenhead when she married in 1888. She and her husband, Edward, had two daughters, Margaret and Mary, (pictured, both also campaigners for women’s suffrage), and a son who died in infancy. Alice founded Birkenhead and Wirral Suffrage Society in 1893 while working both as a GP and at Wirral Hospital for Sick Children.

She was jailed in Holloway Prison in March 1912 after her part in a demonstration at Harrods, London, by the Women’s Social and Political Union. She was one of 200 women who smashed windows at the Knightsbridge store in protest at women not having the vote. Her signature appears on the Suffragette Handkerchief, pictured, produced at the time. Local author Elizabeth Davey has written about Alice in her book ‘Birkenhead: A History.’ Elizabeth says Alice was force fed in Holloway, and released on ill health grounds before her two month sentence was up. Not only had prison life taken its toll, her career suffered too; at the time of her imprisonment she was still working as a doctor

but had to move to Liverpool after she was asked to leave her place of work as a direct result of her campaigning. When Alice originally set up her medical practice in Birkenhead, she was the only female doctor in the area. Her practice was successful and she had many other duties too, including as medical officer to female staff at the Post Office, and Honorary Medical Officer to Wirral Hospital for Sick Children, Wirral LyingIn Hospital, Birkenhead Rescue Home and the Caledonian Free Schools in Liverpool. So she must have been fully aware of how hard life was for many women in the growing town of Birkenhead and its surroundings.

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Pioneering women: Inset, Dr Alice Ker and main photo, her daughter Margaret, middle row second from the right

DAUGHTERS: MARGARET AND MARY KER BOTH MARGARET and Mary were pupils at Birkenhead High School. In 1911 Margaret won a scholarship to Liverpool University. Like her mother, she was an active supporter of the suffrage campaign and while a student, was arrested

twice. The second time, she was sentenced to three months in Walton Gaol. The authorities in Birkenhead withdrew her scholarship but with the support of Liverpool’s Vice Chancellor she continued her studies and was awarded her

SUFFRAGETTE HANDKERCHIEF THE SIGNATURE of Dr Alice Ker features on the border, (right hand side) of this handkerchief which was found on a pile of clothes destined to be burnt after a jumble sale in the 1970s. All the signatures are of suffragette prisoners in Holloway in 1912, some were hunger strikers and some forcibly fed. It was probably embroidered during the women’s limited exercise periods.

BA in 1915. Mary, the younger daughter was still at school when her mother was in Holloway. In 1912 she was awarded a scholarship by the Girls Public Day School Trust and wrote to her mother saying how supportive the teachers were.

HORROR OF HOLLOWAY Around 300 Suffragettes were jailed at Holloway for arson, window-smashing and other acts of sabotage. Harrowing personal testimonies reveal how women were forcibly fed, held down while a rubber tube was pushed down the nose or throat in a life-threatening procedure that some underwent more than 200 times.

Wirral women: Early campaigners for the vote In 1868, the county’s first petition for women’s suffrage was presented from Birkenhead, (then part of Cheshire). More than 30 years before the first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union at Emmeline Pankhurst’s home in Manchester, we can be proud that local women, led by local baker Mary Briscoe, were at the forefront of calls for the vote. In 1872, a Birkenhead committee was founded and began officially campaigning. Activities included an open air meeting in Birkenhead Market addressing around 1,200 people, and a deputation that made a personal call at the home of the then local MP John Laird. One campaigner, Mrs Holland, told him she paid rates, income tax, property tax, and many other taxes – yet couldn’t vote. In response, Mr Laird offered no guarantees, but said he ‘would weigh the arguments on all sides.’ Further meetings followed, and in 1880, some members attended the ‘grand demonstration’ at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. It went relatively quiet until, in 1893, Birkenhead and Wirral Society, affiliated to the Central National Society for Women’s Suffrage, was re-founded by, among others, Dr Alice Ker, (see story on previous page). After Alice left to cam-

paign in Liverpool, the society was led until just before WWI by Amy Wyse, who lived in Mather Road, Oxton. A Wallasey and Wirral branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) followed, at the end of October 1908. In the run up to the general election in January 1910, (one of two held that year due to a constitutional crisis), activists opened a campaign HQ at 121 Brighton Street, Seacombe, and made plans to make the most of the double opportunity for campaigning. In February 1918, the Representation of the People Act 1918 passed legislation that enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time and paved the way for universal suffrage 10 years later. Other milestone anniversaries this year include the 60th anniversary of the Life Peerages Act 1958, which allowed women to sit in the House of Lords for the first time and the centenary of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918, which permitted women over the age of 21 – the same age as for men – to stand for election as an MP. ISTOCK.COM

■ With thanks to Elizabeth Davey, author, ‘Birkenhead: A History’; ‘The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain and Ireland: A Regional Survey,’ by Elizabeth Crawford.


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Funding promise boosts Hive plans for the future The Birkenhead Improvement District has pledged long term support for the Hive


HE HIVE, Wirral’s purpose-built youth facility, has welcomed the Birkenhead Improvement District (BID) initiative to its network of founder patrons, securing funding that will help support thousands of young people across the borough. As a founder patron, Birkenhead BID will make a significant contribution towards The Hive’s annual running costs, ensuring the state-ofthe-art youth facility can deliver its mission of providing young people in Wirral with

something to do, somewhere to go and someone to talk to. The Hive is funded through a combination of public and private sector funding and relies on patron support to secure half of its £1 million annual running costs. Birkenhead BID is Wirral’s first Business Improvement District, set up with the support of local business to improve the promotion of Birkenhead as a visitor destination. Located in the centre of Birkenhead, The Hive’s aim is to provide young people with a safe and positive environment where they can enjoy a range of activities including learning new skills, raising their aspirations and realising their full potential. The facility has already attracted more than 6,000 young members and has been recognised by Birkenhead’s community

New partnership: Sharon Stanton (Chamber of Commerce), Stuart Barnes (The Hive), Joseph Scarth and Mark Clemson (Birkenhead BID)

police for helping to reduce anti-social behaviour in the surrounding area. The Hive hope the Birkenhead BID funding will be

Hive reaches out to military CHILDREN AND young people from military families on Merseyside are being invited to share new experiences, make friends and learn new skills at The Hive. The Hive is running the 10-month ‘Force for Good’ project to help current and ex-serving military families to

Force for good: Co-ordinators Paul Soloman-Denson & Dean Cattell

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forge social links and develop a sense of community. Children or young people aged 8-19 (up to 25 for anyone with additional needs) from military families can go along to The Hive free of charge, to try new activities, make friends, develop life skills and improve their overall wellbeing. The Force for Good project will also help military families link up with other families from the military community and find local services that can support them. Dean Cattell, co-ordinator of Force for Good at The Hive said: ‘While most who leave the armed forces make successful transitions there are still a significant amount of people who encounter difficulties. This can have a negative impact on

military families from a social and financial aspect - leaving many children feeling vulnerable and excluded. With its fantastic range of facilities and passionate, supportive team, The Hive is the ideal place for these young people to rediscover their confidence, improve their mental well-being and broaden their horizons.’ Kevin Archer, Families Officer at Liverpool Veterans HQ, said: ‘This fantastic project brings together serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families. The military is a community in itself that has a ‘family’ sense of belonging but we need to see that permeating down to individual family units.’ Details from: dean.cattell@thehiveyouth

mutually beneficial. Stuart Barnes, Chief Executive of The Hive said: ‘We are hugely grateful for this commitment from Birkenhead BID, which

will help us to support their objective of making Birkenhead town centre a better place to visit, shop, work, invest and do business.’

MENTORS’ MONEY SKILLS VOLUNTEER mentors will be helping young people learn how to manage money through a new scheme at The Hive. The Able to Manage (ATM) programme will see young people matched with a volunteer ‘financial mentor’ who will help them develop the basic money management skills, hopefully steering them away from hardship. Along with providing oneto-one advice sessions, mentors will accompany young people on visits to banks and supermarkets to help boost financial awareness. Youth work specialists hope the project will help young people who have suffered disadvantage, are moving

into independent living or, as carers, have responsibility for money management in the home. Project Co-ordinator, Louise Harland-Davies said: ‘We want to help steer young people away from hardship by teaching them how to manage their finances and giving them a sense of financial responsibility.’ For details: louise.harlanddavies@thehiveyouth

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Course helps manage diabetes A new course is promoting lifestyle changes to help people with the health condition


IABETES SMART, a Healthy Wirral initiative, is a free course to support local people living with pre-diabetes and type 1 and 2 diabetes. It’s delivered by professionals across Wirral and is an opportunity for people to learn how to make positive lifestyle changes and manage their pre-diabetes, type 1 and 2 diabetes. It is recommended that everyone attends a core session which focuses on what pre-diabetes and diabetes are and how you can manage your condition. Following this, there are practical sessions you can choose, including: ■ healthy lifestyle - healthy food choices and support to manage your weight ■ reading and understanding food labels - using food labels to guide your food choices ■ physical activity - benefits of physical activity and ways to get more active ■ carbohydrate awareness what carbohydrates are and how they can affect your blood

glucose (blood sugar) levels ■ keeping well with diabetes - how to prevent potential health problems linked with your condition ■ insulin - for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes treated with insulin ■ review session Barbara Wood, from Irby, completed the course after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and as a result has made a number of positive changes to her diet and exercise regime. ‘The course is excellent, it’s helped me change my diet, lose weight and I now do Pilates at my local gym. It’s really flexible too - you can go along during the afternoon or evening, so you can fit the course around you! You can also take a friend or family member along for support. ‘My husband attended the sessions, he’s not a diabetic, but he learnt a lot and has cut down on his sugary treats.’ Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition, which if left untreated, can cause serious health complications. If you, a family member or friend is living with pre-diabetes or type 1 or 2 diabetes our course can help you to make small and meaningful changes to your lifestyle and help you manage the condition on a daily basis. Booking is easy. Complete the form at or call 0151 604 7271.

ONLINE APPOINTMENTS FOR SEXUAL HEALTH A NEW SERVICE allows people to book appointments online at one of Sexual Health Wirral’s clinics. Patient and public feedback helped the shape the new service; young people liked the idea of booking from their phone or tablet and people with work and childcare commitments welcomed the

idea of being able to view appointment options. Many people said it would take away any embarrassment of discussing sexual health issues over the phone. Judy Fairbairn, Service Development Co-ordinator, said: ‘It’s really important to make access to our services as easy as possible. You can

book clinic appointments 24/7 and access advice by booking a telephone consultation or request a sexually transmitted infection (STI) postal kit.’ To book, check or cancel an appointment, or to view the walk-in and wait clinic timetable visit, or call 0300 123 5454.

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leader’s column

Big things ahead for Wirral and plenty to be proud of

Councillor Phil Davies Leader of Wirral Council


S THE ELECTION season is now behind us, welcome back to Wirral View. In these pages are plenty of things Wirral residents can be proud of: exciting events across

the borough, a range of services the council and its partners provide, and celebration of some great work by our staff and local groups which makes Wirral such a desirable place. Over the next couple of weeks, my administration will be setting out its plans for the next 12 months. We have to start looking at our budget and resources, identifying where we can be more efficient and make the Wirral pound go further, and continue delivering high quality jobs, housing, investment and services. We remain committed to our 2020 Wirral Plan and the idea of working with other public sector partners and organisations to provide

the services local residents expect and deserve. Our 20 Pledges to protect the environment, grow our economy, and look after our most vulnerable residents will be at the heart of everything we do. In the coming year, we will have a number of important decisions to make about the future of Wirral. Council will complete the Local Plan which requires us to consult and agree on future land use for housing and employment, as well as protecting areas of Green Belt that help define our communities. We will see regeneration plans and proposals shared with residents and businesses from Wirral Growth Compa-

ny, with plans in place to ensure local workers and firms get first chance to secure jobs and contracts. And importantly, we will see £20m of new investment in services to protect and care for our youngest residents. Working with OFSTED and others we will continue to rebuild trust in our Children’s


Our pledges remain our key policy goals and challenges

Services and maintain our vital role in protecting residents who need our support. We will continue to share our plans and ideas through Wirral View, online and through the local media. We will be holding dialogue and consultation on key initiatives as we listen to the views and ideas of all communities and groups. It is a privilege to be Leader of Wirral Council. With nearly 400,000 residents and a £2billion economy this borough is poised for great things. With the continued support of local people, community groups our staff and partners, we can make Wirral an even better place to live, work and visit.

We urgently need loving homes for local children. Male or female, single or married, young or old, living alone, with a partner or with a family, you might have your own home or rent. This Fostering Fortnight, we’re looking for people just like you.

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Get ahead with Courses and Tasters for Adults (19+) Wirral Lifelong Learning improving life chances for adults on Wirral. (OFSTED 2018)

‘The quality of the service, cannot be overstated’ MaTrix awarD 2017

Pathways to Progress: FREE 2 hour session to help you get a job in the sector of your choice. Each Pathway offers the opportunity to meet a specialist tutor. The first FREE ‘2 hour Introduction’ session is designed to give you information and advice about the skills needed to get a job in your chosen sector. There is no obligation to go any further after this session. However, if you choose to, Lifelong Learning offers short accredited units (and qualifcations) to help you get the job you want. Further sessions are available throughout the year, get in touch to find out more.

Introduction to the Retail Sector - Free initial session

Intro to becoming a Teaching Assistant - Free initial session

Friday 25 May 10am - 12noon at Lauries Centre, Birkenhead

Tuesday 5 June 1pm - 3pm at Leasowe Nursery & Family Centre

For those who want to work (or volunteer) in shops, supermarkets and high street chains. The taster explores the skills and qualifications retail employers are looking for.

For those who want to work in schools and with young children. The taster explores the various types of career and the skills and qualifications needed.

Introduction to the Care Sector - Free initial session

Introduction to Self-Employment - Free initial session

Thursday 7 June 9.30am - 11.30am at St James Centre, Birkenhead

Friday 8 June 10am - 12noon at Lauries Centre, Birkenhead

For those who want to work in the Care & Health sector. The taster explores the various pathways available and the skills and qualifications needed.

For those who have a basic idea and want advice on steps to start your own business. From sole-trader to limited company this session offers a structured look at what you need to know.

Free Taster sessions: Come and meet the tutor. A series of FREE ‘Taster’ workshops designed to help you make an informed decision about joining future classes. Start date 9 July 18 9 July 18 13 July 18 16 July 18 17 July 18 19 July 18 19 July 18 19 July 18 20 July 18 24 July 18

Course Floristry Techniques Taster Session Sewing Techniques Taster Session Sewing Techniques Taster Session Sewing Techniques Taster Session Set yourself up in Gardening workshop Volunteering as a First Step into Gardening Employment Floristry Techniques Taster Session Floristry Techniques Taster Session Sewing Techniques Taster Session Floristry Techniques Taster Session

Location St James Centre, Laird Street, Birkenhead, CH41 7AL Leasowe Nursery School and Family Centre, Twickenham Drive, Leasowe, CH46 2QF St James Centre, Laird Street, Birkenhead, CH41 7AL Leasowe Nursery School and Family Centre, Twickenham Drive, Leasowe, CH46 2QF Wirral Environment Network Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER Wirral Environment Network Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER St James Centre, Laird Street, Birkenhead, CH41 7AL St James Centre, Laird Street, Birkenhead, CH41 7AL St James Centre, Laird Street, Birkenhead, CH41 7AL Leasowe Nursery School and Family Centre, Twickenham Drive, Leasowe, CH46 2QF

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Day Monday Monday Friday Monday Tuesday Thursday Thursday Thursday Friday Tuesday

Time 9.30am-11am 10am-12noon 10am-12noon 10am-12noon 1pm-3.30pm 9.30am-12noon 9.30am-11am 6pm-7.30pm 10am-12noon 10am-12noon

CV Boost

Developing Essential Skills

For those who want to impress with their CV.

Meet the tutor who will advise on what level best meets your personal needs:

Start date 21 June 18 21 June 18 Various

Course Introduction to Equality and Diversity Introduction to Safer Moving and Manual Handling Level 2 Food Safety Certificate

Location Leasowe Nursery School and Family Centre, Twickenham Drive, Leasowe, CH46 2QF Leasowe Nursery School and Family Centre, Twickenham Drive, Leasowe, CH46 2QF Various Venues

Day Time Duration Fee Thursday 9am-12noon 3 hours Free Thursday 1pm-4pm

3 hours Free

Improve your English - 10 weeks Fee: Free You can start anytime of the year, subject to vacancies. Improve your Maths - 10 weeks Fee: Free You can start anytime of the year, subject to vacancies.

Improve your English for speakers of other languages - ESOL Entry 1, 2 & 3. Phone for details of next course

Fee: Free You can start anytime of the year, subject to vacancies.

Developing Computer Skills

Developing Life and Craft Skills

Being able to use a computer is now considered a Basic Skill all adults need. These courses are designed for the beginner as well as those who want to develop their skills further. For info on when the next set of courses are starting call or email us using the details below. Courses are held at Bebington, Birkenhead, Moreton and Wallasey libraries and other community venues.

Introduction to Equality & Diversity Fee: £15 or FREE (if on benefits) Introduction to British Sign Language for Work & Volunteering (10 weeks)

Easy Steps Fee: £28.25 or £5 (if on benefits)

Introduction to the Internet Fee: £28.25 or

Aimed at the beginner who has never used a computer before or who has very limited experience and wants to refresh. 5 week course.

£5 (if on benefits) Designed as a follow-on to the Easy Steps, for those who want to know more about the Internet and introduced to ‘surfing’. 5 week course.

Essential Skills in IT Fee: £71.50 or £10 (if on

Getting the most out of Microsoft Office

benefits) For those who want to develop their skills further. The aim is to get you a nationally recognised unit (Open Awards) in essential computer skills. 10 week course.

Fee: £71.50 or £10 (if on benefits) For those who want specific skills in this universal Office package. This course offers an Open Awards unit in the use of Microsoft Office. 10 week course.

Fee: £71.50 or £10 (if on benefits)

Introduction to Sewing Techniques (10 weeks) Fee: £71.50 or £10 (if on benefits) Introduction to Floristry Techniques (10 weeks) Fee: £71.50 or £10 (if on benefits) Food and Mood (5 weeks) Fee: £28.25 or £5 (if on benefits) Introduction to Hospitality & Catering (10 weeks) Fee: FREE Please phone 609 3370 for more details.

Introduction to Sports Coaching (10 weeks) Fee: FREE Please phone 609 3370 for more details.

Introduction to Volunteering (10 weeks) Fee: FREE

For more information or to book onto any of the courses simply phone 630 3486 or email

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Quicker way to get support for health and care


IN THIS REGULAR FEATURE, we reveal the top 10 most loaned books in Wirral libraries, plus offer a top pick from new additions to our library stock, chosen by library staff.

TOP PICK: ‘THE DRY’ By Jane Harper

ITH NEARLY 9 out of 10 adults using the internet at least weekly it makes sense that more services are available online; shopping, banking, applying for jobs, the list is endless. Health and care services are also catching up by providing more services online, as the expectation from patients and clients is for a more efficient and streamlined experience. Online assessments for adult social care is a perfect example of how Wirral residents can apply to see if they qualify for care and support from the comfort of their own home. The initial assessment can be completed quickly and easily online. If you or someone you know is aged 18 or over, finding it difficult to do some day-to-day tasks, or struggling as a result of age, illness or disability, you may qualify for care and support and the online form is a convenient way to start that process. The online assessment looks at your specific needs, based on:



■ your health and safety ■ your ability to manage personal and daily routines ■ your independence ■ your wellbeing ■ your ability to make your own choices A financial assessment will help find out if you need to contribute to your care costs and once the assessment is completed you’ll receive immediate information about services, advice

and guidance. It’s that easy! There is a variety of support available to help people stay independent and get the most out of life. This could come from Wirral Council, Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust or from other professional care providers and you can choose the services that best meet your needs. Visit to complete the online assessment today.

Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to the small town near Melbourne where he grew up and which is suffering its worst drought for decades. He is coming back to attend the funeral of his best friend Luke. Luke had been Falk’s alibi when he had been accused of murder and was forced to flee his home with his father decades before. He is still under a cloud of suspicion from the residents who remember him and the girl who died. Falk is drawn back into the secrets and lies of the inhabitants when he comes to realise that Luke, his wife and son have in fact been murdered. His investigations take him back to the earlier crime TOP 10 LIBRARY BOOKS This month’s top 10 most popular library books borrowed from our libraries are: 1. Still Me, Jojo Moyes 2. Bay Tree Cottage, Anna Jacobs 3. NYPD Red. 5, James Patterson

and expose the hatred and hypocrisy hidden beneath the surface of seemingly ordinary lives. This is a gripping novel in which the vivid description of the searing and arid landscape gives a sense of dread that keeps the reader guessing until the end. Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year 2017 4. Accidental Heroes, Danielle Steel 5. Golden Prey, John Sandford 6. The Woman in the Woods, John Connolly 7. The Disappeared, CJ Box 8. The Fallen, David Baldacci 9. The Rising Sea, Clive Cussler 10. A Brush with Death, Quintin Jardine

Rhythm of Life WEST KIRBY LIGHT Opera Society and Wallasey School of Ballet staged two charity shows to raise money for local heart support services. ‘The Rhythm of Life’ raised £5,000 for Wirral Heart Beat and will support work at Wirral Heart Support Centre at St

Catherine’s Hospital, Birkenhead. The Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan, and her Consort, attended the Saturday evening performance, and are pictured with Wirral Heart Support Centre’s Nicky Williams. Thank you to everyone who donated to the cause.

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Ask Us Wirral

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

APPLYING FOR UNIVERSAL CREDIT: HELP ON HAND AT THE ASK US Wirral service we see people who have come to us for foodbank vouchers because they have struggled to apply for Universal Credit. DON’T STRUGGLE - HELP IS OUT THERE! You can go to any Jobcentre or One Stop Shop and they will help you with the application process - let one of the workers at the Jobcentre or One Stop Shop know if you are struggling. Before you start your application check you have everything you need to apply, as this will speed up the application process. We have a helpful checklist at efits/universal-credit/apply/ apply-for-universal-credit/ #h-check-you-have-every thing-you-need-to-apply

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AVE YOU considered volunteering for the Ask Us Wirral service? All sorts of people volunteer with us for many different reasons, but one thing that our volunteers tell us is that it is enjoyable, rewarding, challenging and varied. Over the past 12 months we have recruited 45 new volunteers who are using their skills and energies to help Wirral residents solve their practical issues and improve their lives. The service has more volunteer vacancies which we would like you to fill. Roles include meet and greet, administrators, assessors/information assistants, advisers and IT support. WHAT ASK US VOLUNTEERS SAY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING I love volunteering because: ■ it stops me ‘ageing’ ■ I want current skills to help me get a job ■ every call is different

The best bit about volunteering is: ■ hearing the relief in clients’ voices that they can get some help ■ helping people resolve their problems ■ working with people ■ learning new skills ■ working with people who want to help ■ working with my lovely colleagues ■ being able to make vulnerable people feel valued ■ staff and volunteers with different skills and from different backgrounds working together There is a simple application process - fill out the online application form at citizensadvicewir and one of our team will be in touch about the next steps. As well as roles supporting Ask Us Wirral the four partners who deliver the service - Citizens Advice Wirral, Age UK Wirral, Wirral Mencap and

Helping out: Ask Us Wirral admin volunteer, Katherine Bowes

Wirral Change have a range of other volunteering opportunities such as campaigners, fundraisers, volunteer recruitment support, trustees, befriender, charity shop volunteer, activities volunteer and men’s health volunteer.

Setting up a business or becoming self-employed? IF YOU ARE thinking of setting up a business, becoming self-employed or have set up in the past 12 months, get in touch and we can help with advice on your finances. Ask Us Wirral links with Citizens Advice Wirral’s Enterprise Hub project which provides support through their dedicated adviser Julie Murphy. Julie says: ‘I can support you to consider how setting up the business or becoming self-employed will affect your income, how to manage your debts so they don’t

Enterprise Hub: Julie Murphy giving advice

affect your credit rating or budgeting advice as money may be tighter until you start making a profit. ‘It’s important to consider

how much Universal Credit you may be entitled to. Contact Ask Us Wirral, if you would like Julie’s help

For more information go to ■ volunteer/roles ■ volved/volunteer/ ■ mencap ■

REDUNDANCY HELP FOR YOU SADLY A NUMBER of Wirral residents are facing redundancy following the closure of organisations such as Toys R Us and changes at companies such as Vauxhall. Before you’re made redundant, you might be entitled to some help finding a new job, such as time off for interviews. If you are having any issues with your employer and need to speak to someone, ACAS has a great helpline - 0300 123 1100. If you’re facing redundancy, go to the uk website for advice. You can check what redundancy pay you can get and how long your notice period should be.

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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. NIGHT CARE ASSISTANT Band E (£10,483 to £11,411) 2 x 20 hour posts Willowtree is a short break service for children aged 8 to 18 years and has been rated as Outstanding with Ofsted. Successful candidates will need to hold Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People or equivalent NVQ 3 in Childcare. Experience of working with children with complex physical and learning disabilities is essential. This post is subject to Enhanced Child Level DBS check. Applications returnable by: 25/05/2018 Please quote reference: 0000022446 TEACHING ASSISTANT LEVEL 2 Prenton Primary £12,250.00 to 13,442.00 Fixed-term to July 2019 30 hours per week (39 weeks per year) We are looking to appoint a suitably skilled, enthusiastic and well motivated Teaching Assistant. The successful candidate will: • Work with the class teacher and the school SENCO to deliver programmes of work. • Have an understanding of and commitment to Inclusion. • Preferably have previous experience of working with children with special educational needs. • The ability to work as part of a team and use own initiative when required. Please see the Job Description for full details of this role. This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability. All applicants invited to interview must evidence their right to work in the UK. Details of required documents can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of the Jobs page. The job description and other supporting documents will not be accessible once the vacancy closing date has passed so if a copy is required you should download it now. Application forms for the above post are available online at Please return completed application forms with a supporting letter to the Headteacher at the school address. Mrs S. Lloyd - Headteacher, Prenton Primary School, Bramwell Avenue, Prenton, Wirral CH43 0RQ. email: schooloffice@ Applications returnable by: 24/05/2018 Please quote reference: 0000022608 SCHOOL CARETAKER Prenton Primary Band D (£9,984.00 to £10,373.00) Fixed-term • Part-time 20 hours per week on a 52 week contract Required from June 2018 to 31 July 2019 A part time caretaker is required for Prenton Primary School to support the current Caretaker. The successful candidate will be required to undertake duties relating to the maintenance and upkeep of the school, including key holding, site security and operation of the heating plant. He/ She will be joining a committed and hard working team and will be expected to play a full and active part. • Previous caretaking experience or a

relevant trade is desirable. • Flexibility is essential - the needs of the children are central to this role. Hours of Work : 7:00am to 11:00am (Mon-Fri). (this may be subject to change) Additional hours will be required to cover the Senior Caretaker for Annual Leave. Also for some school events throughout the year. Application forms for the above post are available online at and also from the school office. Please return completed application forms with a supporting letter to the Headteacher at the school address. C.V’s are not acceptable. This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants invited to interview must evidence their right to work in the UK. Details of required documents can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of the Jobs page. The job description and other supporting documents will not be accessible once the vacancy closing date has passed so if a copy is required you should download it now. All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability. Mrs S. Lloyd - Headteacher, Prenton Primary School, Bramwell Avenue, Prenton, Wirral CH43 0RQ. email: schooloffice@ Applications returnable by: 24/05/2018 Please quote reference: 0000022607 Wirral Council is an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident Employer and we are committed to employ and retain disabled people. We take a positive approach in the selection of people with disabilities, including interviewing all disabled people who meet the essential selection criteria. View all job vacancies at

PLANNING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following applications have been received:TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (LISTED BUILDINGS AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR BARNES, LINDALE, 75 WELL LANE, GAYTON, CH60 8NH. Extension & Alterations to existing Bungalow to Create Two Storey House with Dormers and Creation of and In Out Driveway and Removal of Dangerous Tree. APP/18/00241. Full Planning Permission. Conservation Area. Gayton Conservation Area. Departure from U.D.P. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 23 May 2018 at the address below. Notice is dated 2 May 2018. MORGAN, CAMCO ESTATES LTD. ALFRED ROAD, SEACOMBE, CH44 7DP. Proposed residential development of up to 70 units with some space at ground level for B1, B2, B8 uses with all matters reserved. OUT/18/00142. Outline Planning Permission. SANCTUARY HA, SANCTUARY HA (PART OF SANCTUARY GROUP), VINCENT NAUGHTON COURT, RODNEY STREET, TRANMERE. Replacement of all windows and external doors with Rosewood PVCu (internals to be white). Replace existing vertical tiling with Marley Eternit - Cedral Lap weatherboard. Fasca/ soffits boards replaced with Black PVCu. Rainwater goods/ guttering replaced with Black PVCu. APP/18/00231. Full Planning Permission. Clifton Park Conservation Area. MRS HUNTER, 4 NORTH PARADE, HOYLAKE, CH47 2BB. New single storey garage at the end of the rear garden to an existing mid-terraced house. APP/18/00367. Full Planning Permission. Kings Gap Conservation Area. MRS SMITH, TOP HOUSE FARM, THINGWALL ROAD

EAST, THINGWALL, CH61 3UZ. Conversion of the existing dwelling into two separate properties. APP/18/00388. Full Planning Permission. Archaeological site. MS CLIVE-PONSONBY-FANE, BIDSTON OBSERVATORY, WILDING WAY, BIDSTON, CH43 7RA. Change of use to an Artistic Research Centre, utilising the buildings’ existing layout and facilities currently under refurbishment. The proposed uses of the building include; light workshops, study and studio spaces, communal and self-catering facilities, ancillary sleeping accommodation as well as spaces dedicated to showcasing the buildings heritage and the scientific research undertaken here. There will also be provision for a single residential dwelling allowing the projects managers (the building owners) to live on site to administer the project. APP/18/00402. Full Planning Permission. Archaeological site. Grade II listed building. Affects setting of Conservation Area Bidston. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MRS WEBSTER, 5 ROCKY LANE, HESWALL, CH60 0BY. Erection of two-storey side extension and loft conversion with front and rear dormers to form new self-contained flat. APP/18/00451. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. MISS HEYWOOD, PORT SUNLIGHT VILLAGE TRUST, 15 BOUNDARY ROAD, PORT SUNLIGHT, CH62 5ER. Installation of a boiler (including an external boiler flue) and security light. LBC/18/00492. Listed Building Consent. Grade II listed building. Port Sunlight Conservation Area. MR BEAUMONT, 42 MARKET STREET, HOYLAKE, CH47 2AF. Conversion of office space into 4 self contained offices with shared facilities to include external alterations. APP/18/00513. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. MRS YATES, ROSEBRAE NURSING HOME, 8 SPITAL ROAD, BEBINGTON, CH63 9JE. Demolition of existing building and construction of 12 No. self-contained 2-bed apartments. APP/18/00519. Full Planning Permission. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 30 May 2018 at the address below. Notice is dated 9 May 2018. MR MCNULTY, 1A TOLEMAN AVENUE, BEBINGTON, CH63 7QA. Retrospective application for a below ground storage room. APP/18/00487. Full Planning Permission. Lower Bebington Conservation Area. ELITE LAND GROUP LTD. FORMER PERSHORE HOUSE SCHOOL PLAYING FIELDS, OFF GLENAVON ROAD, PRENTON. Demolition of no. 81 Glenavon Road and its replacement with a single dwelling and domestic curtilage, and the erection of 28 x 4 bedroom detached dwellings with garages, driveways, private gardens, bin stores, means of enclosure and a sustainable drainage system (SUDS), all to be accessed from a new single point of access via Glenavon Road. APP/18/00522. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Conservation Area Mountwood. MERSEY DOCKS AND HARBOUR COMPANY LIMITED, TWELVE QUAYS FERRY TERMINAL, 10 TOWER ROAD, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 1FE. New fixed bridge attached to new canting linkspan and connected to the existing docking pontoon at the Twelve Quays Ro Ro ferry terminal in connection with an upper deck extension to the pontoon and other associated works to facilitate the accommodation of new vessels serving the port. APP/18/00555. Full Planning Permission. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 6 June 2018 at the address below. Notice is dated 16 May 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 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.

NOTIFICATIONS LANDLORD ENFORCEMENT NEW CORPORATE ENFORCEMENT POLICY The government has amended housing legislation to allow financial penalties, known as ‘Civil Penalties’ and ‘Rent Repayment Orders’, which can be used instead of prosecution for certain housing related offences under the Housing Act 2004. Wirral Council has produced draft policy documents which outline the new powers which are available here for your information: The draft documents are open from Monday 7th May 2018 for a period of six weeks to provide all stakeholders the opportunity to comment on them before they are brought into use. If you would like to make any comments on the draft policies for consideration before the documents are finalised, please send them to uk by Friday 15th June 2018. Notice is dated 9 May 2018.

TRAFFIC SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) - NOTICE OF MAKING OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ORDER IN THE TRANMERE AREA Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intend to make the above Order under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended and of all other enabling powers intend to make the above order because of the likelihood of danger to the public in particular those attending football matches and special events and / or in the vicinity of the Prenton Park Stadium on or around the time such matches or special events are taking place. The effects of the order, the alternative route for vehicular traffic the date the order came into force and its maximum duration is set out below. Various Roads around the Prenton Park Stadium (Temporary Traffic Restriction) Tranmere Order 2018/19 The effect of the order will be to prohibit traffic proceeding along the following lengths listed below: • Borough Road, Tranmere from its junction with Prenton Road West to its junction with Mount Road. • Prenton Road West, Tranmere from its junction with Storeton Road to its junction with Borough Road. All junctions adjoining the above roads will be temporarily closed when necessary. The roads will be temporarily closed (in part or in full as required) for a period of time as determined necessary prior to, during and after football matches or special events held at the stadium. This order will become operative between the hours of 9:30am until 11:30pm from Friday 01 June 2018 until Friday 31 May 2019. Notice is dated 9 May 2018. THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intends to make temporary road traffic regulation orders in exercise of its powers under Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended by Section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 in respect of certain highways in the Wallasey, New Brighton, and Seacombe Areas which the Council is satisfied are necessary to be made as part of its traffic management plan for the Tall Ships Regatta Parade of Sail Event 2018. The Orders to be made and the Highways affected are set out in Schedule 1. Such Orders are required to restrict or prohibit vehicles because of the likelihood of danger to the public. The effect of these Temporary Orders will be to close certain roads, to vehicular traffic but not so as to prevent access and egress for vehicles of residents in the roads affected by the Orders. There are no alternative routes for vehicular traffic. The dates upon which the orders will come into operation and their maximum duration are set out in Schedule 1. Schedule 2 is a list of roads that will be subject to temporary waiting restrictions by the placement of No Waiting at Any Time (NWAAT) traffic cones. SCHEDULE 1 Dates of Operation of the Order: 00.01 hours Monday, 28 May 2018 to 23:59 hours on Monday, 28 May 2018. Various Roads (Temporary Traffic Restrictions) Wallasey, New Brighton and Seacombe Order 2018 • Keegan Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Church Road for its entire length • Borough Road East, Wallasey from its junction with Victoria Place for its entire length • Toronto Street, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street for its entire length • Holland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Dalton Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road

• Westmoreland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road • Cumberland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road • Ash Grove, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Melling Road • Birch Grove, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Melling Road • Magazine Lane, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Vaughan Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Dalmorton Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Molyneux Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street for its entire length • Egerton Street, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Tower Promenade • Victoria Road, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Victoria Parade • Wellington Road, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Waterloo Road • Marine Promenade, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street for its entire length • Bayview Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Harrison Drive for its entire length • Coastal Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Kings Parade for its entire length • Mockbeggar Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Harrison Drive for its entire length • Sandcliffe Road, Wallasey from its junction with Grove Road for its entire length • Danhurst Road, Wallasey from its junction with Grove Road to its junction with Sandcliffe Road • Sea Road, Wallasey from its junction with Grove Road for its entire length • Harrison Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Kings Parade to its junction with Bayswater Road • Seacombe Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Sandon Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Egremont Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Magazine Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Tower Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Kings Parade, Wallasey for its entire length • New Brighton Promenade, Wallasey All that part of the main carriageway and back roads of Kings Parade, New Brighton between Portland Street in the east and Harrison Drive in the west including closure of access onto Kings Parade from Sandcliffe Road. The above closures will only take place during certain times to enable the safe undertaking of the Tall Ships Parade of Sail Event when necessary for that particular road and will not operate for the full duration of the times advertised. SCHEDULE 2 List of roads subject to temporary waiting restrictions by the placement of No Waiting at Any Time (NWAAT) traffic cones. These restrictions may not be in place for the whole of the period specified as below:08:00 hours Monday, 28 May 2018 to 16:00 hours Monday, 28 May 2018. • Kings Parade / Atherton Street to Rowson Street / Both Sides / Traffic Cones • Rowson Street / Kings Parade to Seabank Road / South western side / Traffic Cones • Seabank Road / Rowson Street to Steel Avenue / South western side / Traffic Cones. Notice is dated 9 May 2018. SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) - NOTICE OF MAKING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER IN THE EGREMONT AREA 2018 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intend to make a Temporary Road Traffic Regulation Order under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended by section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 and of all other enabling powers to enable works on or near the roads specified in the proposed order to take place. The effects of the order, the alternative route for vehicular traffic the date the order comes into force and its maximum duration is set out below. Union Street (Temporary Road Closure) Egremont 2018 The effect of this order will be to close Union Street from its junction with Guildford Street to its junction with Kings Street to all vehicular traffic. Alternative route: Traffic to be diverted via Water Street, Church Street, Kings Street and vice versa. Maximum Duration of the order: From 08:00am 24 May 2018 until 23:59pm 31 July 2018 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by).

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 16  

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