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ISSUE 26 | May/June 2019


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BE-WITCHED: Myth and Magic




Guitar heroes for Wirral’s international festival

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UST AS they have for the last 24 months, the residents of New Ferry stood shoulder to shoulder at the end of March on the second anniversary of the devastating explosion which tore through the centre of town. With the butterfly the key central symbol, hundreds of people gathered to parade from the edge of New Ferry pedestrianised shopping area, past the explosion site and into neighbouring Port Sunlight village carrying with them handmade lanterns. Speeches, poems and songs accompanied the parade and the community event which followed. Fittingly entitled ‘Into the Light’, the event was a visual display of a community which has stuck together through thick and thin in times of darkness since 2017, but which now feels as though a brighter future is emerging on the horizon as regeneration plans and investment pledges start to take shape.

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Wallasey neighbours work together on series of action days

What motorists can do to avoid becoming a victim

Wirral women find innovative ways to reuse unwanted items

Young local athletes given sports bursary boost

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As the summer holidays draw nearer, we look at some of the things we may be thinking about getting involved with to help us make the most of our free time...

Get the most from your garden this May To gardeners, May is the start of the loveliest month of the year, when leaves are fresh and green, and spring is at its richest. All you need is a range of plants that will give you their best in this most generous of months. Here are some top gardening tips for May from Port Sunlight Garden Centre, to help bring the best out of your garden this spring.

1. A thorny issue

Spray fungicide regularly on roses that may be susceptible to mildew and black spot to keep your plants looking healthy.

2. Lawn and order

Mow your lawn weekly when the weather is warm and apply a good lawn feed to keep it in tip-top shape. If the weather is hot and dry give your lawns a good water to avoid them becoming brown and patchy.

3. The war of the wilted

Plant perennial’s directly into the garden but put in plant supports before they become too large and floppy as the weather warms up.

4. Turnip the beet

It’s tempting as temperatures increase to put out tender plants such as vegetables; but be cautious (or ready with the protective fleece) as we can still get surprise frosts in May. Plant aubergines, peppers, cucumbers and melons in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse for protection.

5. Jammin’

Place a straw mulch under strawberry plants to stop them from going mushy and reduce the risk of black root rot. Port Sunlight Garden Centre provide offers throughout the year to subscribers to Garden Waste collections.


5 TIPS FOR MENTAL WELLBEING n CONNECT: Spend time developing relationships with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. You’ll be amazed how rewarding it can be. n BE ACTIVE: You don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. n KEEP LEARNING: Learning

new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that course, or learn to play that instrument? n GIVE TO OTHERS: Don’t necessarily think of something

big and time-consuming; even the smallest act like a smile, a kind word or thank you can count and improve your mental wellbeing. n BE MINDFUL: Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.


MATISSE - THE SNAIL Made in 1953, this piece shows Matisse’s interest in bright colours. He arranged complementary colours alongside each other to create a vibrant effect.


REMBRANDT - CHRIST PRESENTED TO THE PEOPLE This 1655 work depicts Pilate presenting Jesus to the people, saying ‘ecce homo’ (‘behold the man’), asking the crowd to choose to free either Jesus or Barabbas.


MATISSE THE BLUE NUDES A famous series of colour lithographs made from cut-outs depicting nude figures in various positions.


REMBRANDT - SELF PORTRAIT, OPENMOUTHED AS IF SHOUTING One of his etched ‘selfies’ from 1630, this became the model for ‘Beggar Seated on a Bank’, later that year.


MATISSE SNOW FLOWERS The abstracted ‘snow flowers’ are a mixture of white plant and petal forms, placed against a patchwork of bold color. Rembrandt in Print exhibition runs June 1st - Sept 15th. Matisse: Drawing with Scissors runs Oct 25th - Mar 2020 at Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight.

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The Witching Hour draws ever nearer… Spectacular event will explore local legends and folklore around Birkenhead Park


IRKENHEAD PARK is set to be enchanted by The Witching Hour this month – an unmissable new outdoor spectacular from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 May, which promises to be a major highlight of Wirral’s Borough of Culture year. Produced in partnership with Hull-based arts and events company, Absolutely Cultured, The Witching Hour will immerse audiences in its exploration of local legend and folklore surrounding the park. The event will start at 9.45pm each evening and last approximately an hour. It will feature live performance, a specially-commissioned soundtrack, pyrotechnics

and promenading action taking place amongst the audience. As audiences enter the upper park from the entrances on Park Road North and Ashville Road, they will be spellbound by tales of alchemy and legend. This large-scale, outdoor, immersive performance by renowned theatre company Periplum has involved residents from each location who have shared their stories, memories and urban myths to be woven into the experience. In March, around 400 residents around Gautby Road Boating Lake took part in a mysterious event, ahead of The Witching Hour, where a labyrinth of fire was created for small groups of visitors to navigate, before making a collective wish at the centre of the maze. For more information about The Witching Hour, visit

After dark: The spooky spectacular comes to Birkenhead this month

Take me to the River Festival Wirral NEW BRIGHTON’S welcoming and legendary waterfront will burst into life once again next month when the River Festival returns to Wirral. The everpopular Festival on June 1st and 2nd will see cultural events and activities running on both sides of the Mersey. In New Brighton, the weekend will showcase the peninsula’s unique connection to the water, with

free seaside fun for all the family as part of the Borough of Culture year. Look out for giant sand sculptures, sea creature street entertainment and musical performances – plus plenty more surprises popping up along the waterfront. The River Festival provides a great opportunity to promote all that’s great about New Brighton - a resort that welcomes people of all ages to share in the joy of being beside the seaside. This year’s festival will celebrate what makes New Brighton so special – from its growing visitor offer and its wonderful creative commu-

nity to its special stories past and present The Continental Food Market will be back along Ian Fraser Walk from the late May Bank Holiday weekend until the end of the River Festival, with food and drink stalls serving up international f lavours. The River Festival is delivered in partnership with Culture Liverpool and includes the awardwinning Bordeaux Wine Festival from Friday, 31 May - Sunday, 2 June. To find out more about River Festival Wirral visit

SPECTACULAR START FOR YEAR OF CULTURE WIRRAL’S YEAR as Borough of Culture got underway with a dazzling explosion of light, colour and sound in March with Animated Square. Thousands of people came down to Hamilton Square to see the incredible projection show onto Birkenhead Town Hall, which told the story of the town and the borough. Hamilton Square was filled with entertainment throughout the evening, with illuminated characters, circus workshops and musical performances by the Wilfred Owen Choir, The Luminelles, Kaboodle and River Sign Choir. As Borough of Culture for the Liverpool City Region, 2019 will see incredible cultural and sporting events taking place across Wirral, celebrating discovery, exploration and the great outdoors. As well as The Witching Hour and River Festival Wirral, other highlights include the OVO Energy Tour Series and Tour of Britain (see page 24), a summer of Art Outdoors and Made of Iron – a programme of exhibitions and cultural projects linked to Wirral’s shipbuilding heritage. Visit imaginewirral. com for information on all forthcoming events.

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T’S A COMMON dilemma faced by parents: finding convenient, fun ways to entertain the kids while educating them at the same time. Back in 2012 – after growing frustrated with the videos available on YouTube – Wirral-based parents Amalie and Christian Hughes decided to create their own educational videos for their two-year-old toddler to watch. The Toddler Fun Learning channel was born; and soon featured a selection of videos teaching children everything from gravity and numbers, to telling the time and nursery rhymes. “We wanted to create quality British content which was fun and educational,” Amalie says. “When we got our first million views, we realised there were other parents around the world who were looking for this sort of content too!” Using Wirral as an ‘amaz-

ing’ base to film, Amalie and Christian use local attractions to help create videos for their star show Gecko’s Real Vehicles, which has now been viewed for more than a billion minutes. “Whether it’s tractors at Claremont Farm, Hovercrafts with the RNLI in Hoylake or an ice cream treasure hunt with Mr Tee, it’s wonderful to work with the local community,” Amalie says. Both Amalie and Christian grew up in North Wales but visited Wirral regularly as children. Amalie remembers watching her brother windsurf at West Kirby Marine Lake and describes the area as ‘a lovely place to visit’. Today, they live with their three children in West Kirby, and are regular visitors to Royden Park for its mini train rides and Benty

Tea rooms, as well as being keen explorers of the Wirral Way – often by bike and with a picnic packed for lunch. Amalie says: “As the kids are getting older we’re excited about having the marine lake on our doorstep for the water

sports. We have already enjoyed paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking on the lake, and of course crabbing.” When they’re not adventuring in Wirral with their children, Amalie and Christian are based in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, where they work alongside a team of more than 20 local

creatives on design, music and technology. Christian says: “Being parents ourselves definitely guides us – we create content that we know our kids will love watching, and a lot of the ideas come from what our kids are interested in. We’ve now created an app, as we wanted to offer the option of downloading videos for kids to watch on the move. “We also wanted the app to help parents control how much time their children spend watching videos. Parents can set the parental timer for the desired screen time period, and at the end of that session our unique Goodbye Song video plays. It features all the characters the child has just

been watching, saying goodbye and telling them it’s time to turn the screen off and go and play with their toys, or play outside. ‘We want to promote a healthy, balanced life for children, both on and off-screen, and the idea is to minimise meltdowns and stop parents being the bad guy when they take the screen away!’ As well as developing the Toddler Fun Learning app further, Amalie and Christian’s ambition is to continue to grow their hugely successful brand, and to develop their characters into ‘global household names that kids and parents adore’. With their team, they’ll spend the rest of 2019 creating new premium video content, plus music, toys and games – helping to put Wirral’s creativity and unique attractions on the map, all over the world.

TO DOWNLOAD the Toddler Fun Learning app, just search within the Apple App Store. You’ll also find Gecko’s Real Vehicles, Dr Poppy’s Pet Rescue, Go Buster! cartoons and more on the brand’s YouTube channel, and at www.

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Let’s be happy in the skin we are born in... Mental Health Awareness Week urges people to reject negative body image stereotypes


GROUP of young people have created an empowering film about body image in Wirral. Launched as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (13th- 19th May), the project ‘Be Yourself’ has been devised by young people aged 6-20 to combat negative stereotypes around body image. This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘body image’. For many people, bodies can be a source of shame and distress as images of the ‘ideal body’ are prominent on social networks and other media. During the week, charities, activists and organisations across the country will discuss body image and offer support to those who may need it. The project, devised by Wirral Future in Mind, was created and starred in by young people from Greenleas Primary, New Brighton

Primary, Liscard Primary and members of Wirral’s Creative Youth Development and Wirral’s Leaving Care Service. Supported by staff from Future in Mind, Wirral Council, Health Services in Schools, Wirral Creative Youth Development and Wirral Youth Support Service, it is hoped that the film will encourage people to feel happy in the skin they are in. While it is understood that girls and young women can be particularly affected by poor body image, Wirral young people wanted to explore how body image issues can cut across people of all ages, genders, sexualities, ethnicities and more. Head over to the Wirral View website to watch the film when it is released on Monday 13th May or follow @wirralcouncil on Facebook and Twitter.

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE, ELIMINATE THE NEGATIVE MANY PEOPLE feel insecure about the way they look at some point in their lives. It’s important to remember that there isn’t a single type of beauty - everyone sees it differently. And there simply isn’t a right or a wrong way to look. But if you’re struggling, here are some things you can do. n Focus on the things you like about yourself, and the parts of your body that you like. n Spend time with people who make you feel positive about yourself. n Think about what advice you would give a friend if they told you they were struggling with the way they look, and remember that advice whenever you start having negative thoughts.

Supporting parents through challenging times WIRRAL PARENTS have reported increased confidence and awareness to support their children around challenging issues such as mental health and drugs. The feedback comes as Wirral’s Health Services in Schools (HSIS) Youth Workers team announced that since September last year they have worked with more than 350 local parents and carers to deliver training through a project called ‘Working Together’.


A borough-wide initiative, ‘Working Together’ events provide Wirral parents with the opportunity to explore young people’s issues in a safe setting. It offers parents and carers the chance to learn from experts on how they can best support their children around the challenges many young people face. The programme, which consists of three 25 minute workshops, focuses on key issues including; substance misuse, young people’s emotional health

and wellbeing and alcohol and risk-taking behaviours. Developed by the HSIS Youth Workers team, the training has been delivered in partnership with Wirral CAMHS, Additional Youth Support, Action for Children, school nurses and the Wirral Schools Drugs advisor. Evaluation forms from those who completed Working Together showed that more parents left the training feeling confident to speak to their

‘Big thanks. You’ve sent me away with the confidence to talk to my son about all these issues.’

‘All very good. Wish I had had this three years ago, particularly the mental health talk.’

children about the risks of drugs/ alcohol. Following the training more parents also felt they had a good awareness of current trends in drug use, a better understanding of young people’s emotional wellbeing and increased awareness of where to get support for them and their children. Organisers have so far delivered events in Woodchurch, Pensby, Hilbre High School, Calday Grammar, West Kirby Grammar and are due to deliver ‘Amazing, scary, great advice, feel more confident, open and honest.’

to Wirral Grammar Girls, Prenton Girls School, Upton Hall, Ridgeway, Woodchurch, and Birkenhead School. These events are available to any parent with a child in these schools. To book on to an event, each school will send out letters which need to be returned or you can contact the schools directly. To find out more about Working Together training, contact patricrogers@wirral. ‘I am not an internet person. These sessions have helped my awareness ‘

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Your Wirral Your say We would like to hear your views to help us plan the future of Birkenhead. Wirral Growth Company is opening up local conversations to understand views of residents and businesses on the future of Birkenhead Town Centre. The more voices, perspectives, and ideas that come to the table, the better. Please let us have your thoughts on the existing town centre and how you feel it could be improved. Look out for further information on the forthcoming consultation being hosted by Wirral Growth Company.

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Take a walk on the wild side this year R

ESIDENTS across Wirral are being encouraged to get out and about across the borough’s parks and open spaces to compete in Liverpool City Region’s Greenspace Challenge. As part of our Year of Environment, the year-long challenge will see Wirral battle to get to the top of the wildlife spotting leaderboard as residents across the region discover and share sightings of the animals, insects and plants that they see. Wirral will be competing

tain the local environment. To find out more visit: http:// In addition to competing against each other, the authorities that make up the Liverpool City Region also joined forces to compete in a worldwide City Nature Challenge against the likes of Tokyo, Barcelona and Miami. At the time of going to press, the final results were still not confirmed.


Our chance to show Wirral’s green spaces are Merseyside’s finest

against neighbouring areas and councils including; Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, Halton. The challenge is a great way to get active outdoors whilst contributing to helping identify more animals and plants that might need conserving or managing in our local parks and spaces. To take part you’ll need to download the ‘iNaturalist’ app on your mobile or tablet from the App Store or Google Play. Simply spot any sort of wildlife at any of Wirral’s parks, take a picture and share your observation by uploading to iNaturalist. The Year of the Environment is an initiative that showcases the city region’s natural assets and celebrates the valuable work done by so many in the region to main-

Wildlife: Wirral is home to plants and creatures, great and small

Citizenship programme is set to return this summer WIRRAL’S CITIZENSHIP programme will return this summer allowing more young people to have fun while also learning new skills and contributing to their communities. The National Citizen Service (NCS) gives young people aged 16 and 17 – and all those in Years 11 and 12 – the chance to go on short breaks and get work experience which can contribute towards UCAS statements and job applications. This year’s scheme includes outdoor pursuits and the planning and implementation of a social action project in their local community. The NCS programme allows Wirral’s young people to spend their holidays

learning and giving something back to their local area, while also helping to prepare them for the world of work, which is a key objective for Wirral Council. Since the programme began in Wirral 1,232 young people have taken part in the National Citizen Service. NCS is open to anyone who meets the age criteria and costs no more than £50 per pupil, which includes travel and accommodation for the outward-bound element of the programme. Bursaries are also available for qualifying applicants and Wirral Council is currently recruiting 39 casual posts to deliver the programme over the summer. For more details see on how to apply

HOMES FOR HEDGEHOGS BOND CITIZENS TOGETHER A GROUP of Wirral teenagers went the whole hog during a national day of community volunteering in April. They helped to build houses and improve the habitats of the ailing hedgehog population at Wirral Country Park as part of an Action Day in April organised by the National Citizen Service (NCS). A team of youngsters, some of whom had already graduated from the NCS summer holiday programme last year and new participants set to start their adventure this year, took part. For the park, and its hedgehogs, the group’s help was invaluable.

Head ranger Jo Hanik said: ‘NCS teams are always welcome and Action Day gives us an extra boost of help. ‘As in many areas, there’s been a noticeable decline in hedgehogs at the park. It’s absolutely vital that we give these charismatic animals support to develop and the habitats and houses that the NCS team has built will hopefully be well populated’.

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Housing association praises volunteers R

ESIDENTS who give up their time for free to work on projects designed to improve the quality of life for everyone in their community have been praised at a special event hosted by Magenta Living. A number of tenant-led volunteering projects aimed at strengthening communities were highlighted at the ‘Connecting Communities’ event, which took place at Tranmere Rovers Football Club. Magenta organised the ceebration as a thank you to the many tenants and residents who volunteer and help deliver community initiatives as part of Magenta’s community regeneration agenda. The event gave tenants and residents a platform to highlight the broad variety of volunteer projects they’re involved with that help make their neighbourhoods better places to live and share success stories and good practice with each other. A series of short films was used to tell the story of individuals and groups of volunteers who are delivering successful projects in their neighbourhoods and helping to support

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the more vulnerable members of their communities. These range from free luncheon clubs and knit and natter groups to help tackle social isolation, ‘social supermarkets’ to help address food poverty, stay and play sessions for children, counselling services, smoking cessation support, youth groups and confidence building classes. Magenta Living has representatives from across each of

its 22 neighbourhoods, which it engages with on a regular basis to gain feedback and neighbourhood improvement ideas. The housing provider also takes a steer from the ‘Wirral Residents Umbrella Association’, which comprises volunteer tenant and resident representatives from across its neighbourhoods. Magenta Living Chief Executive, Brian Simpson who spoke at the event said: ‘We

are committed to working closely with all of our volunteer groups to help bring about positive change and deliver social value in communities. By coming together and sharing ideas – talking about some of the amazing things happening out there, we can help to plant the seeds of new community initiatives that will enhance people’s lives and help tackle some of the challenges communities face today.’

Pupils urged to ‘walk this way’ this May WALK TO SCHOOL is back once again from 20th to 24th May and it’s your chance to get your activity levels up and do your bit to improve the local environment by ditching the car. The week is a chance to try a different way of doing the school drop off and pick-up. Here’s a few ideas: n Make it interactive – Get your little ones motivated


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and enjoying the walk by making it interesting; ask them to count how many blue cars they see or trees they spot. n Improve road safety awareness – use the week as a chance to speak to your kids about road safety. Go over the rules of crossing the road. n Scoot or cycle – to mix the week up, why not get the scooter or bike out and let

them cycle or scoot alongside you. n Start a ‘Walking Bus’- why not arrange to meet other parents along the way to all walk together? It’s a chance for all to catch up and for children to socialise while being outdoors. If you can’t do the whole week, why not try a day or two? You’ll still be helping to make a difference!

SAFETY SEMINAR FOR WIRRAL BUSINESSES BUSINESSES in Wirral have benefited from taking part in a half day event to help keep those who drive for work safer on the road. Funded by the Road Safety Trust, the seminar was organised by Wirral Council’s Road Safety Team on the back of figures showing driving is the most common work-related health and safety risk. The free session provided businesses with information and tips on how to keep employees as safe as possible when driving. Those business representatives who attended were given an understanding of: n The common risks around driving to/for work n The latest legislation around driving and health and safety n Incident investigation and the prosecution process Mind Your Business is an initiative launched by Wirral’s Road Safety Team in 2015 to work with local businesses and employees to focus on road safety at work. For more information about the event – and/or the national award-winning ‘Mind Your Business’ project in Wirral - drop an email to roadsafety@

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Residents show they love where they live... The Love Wirral team praises hard-working volunteers


T WAS fantastic to see such great support for a series of dedicated environmental action days in the Wallasey constituency area this Spring. The efforts from everyone really paid off and it was fantastic to see the community working together with Council teams and partner organisations such as the Police, Biffa, Continental Landscapes, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, Involve Northwest Community Connectors, Magenta Living, Wirral Environment Network, Community Payback team and Energy Project Plus. We are grateful to all our volunteers, they do a fantastic job. They love where they live and want to make a difference. Their work doesn’t replace the Council’s duty to the clean the streets and remove rubbish, it enhances what is undertaken by the Council and its partners to protect our environment. There are many dedicated volunteers who regularly help to keep our open spaces clean across Wirral, and we all need to work together and keep our beautiful coast and countryside clean and tidy for all to enjoy. If you are interested in finding out more and getting involved in Love Where You Live visit lovewirral

Bag and go: Volunteers ready to go litter picking from the Heart of Egremont centre



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LOCAL SCHOOLS Dedicated: Love Wirral volunteers

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It is time for renewal Sign-up now to ensure your garden waste is collected from home for a competitive price


OW IS the time for households to either renew or sign up for their annual garden waste subscription before the end of May to receive the service for less than £1.80 per collection. The annual subscription is £43 for a fortnightly collection which takes grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, leaves, weeds and flowers from outside residents’ homes using their brown recycling bin. The collections run from 1 June until 31 May 2020, with

a break for collections over the Christmas and New Year period. If you haven’t already got a brown bin you will need to purchase a bin, and this can be done at the same time as you subscribe to the collection service. Subscribers will also receive offers from Port Sunlight Garden Centre throughout the year with previous offers including 50% off any plant. The collection service disposes of garden waste in an environmentally friendly way. All garden waste collected is taken to a centralised composting site. Last year, subscribers to the garden waste collection service helped collect over 12,650 tonnes of garden waste for composting; the equivalent of covering an entire football pitch with six feet



of compost! Disposing of garden waste into a landfill leads to the production of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which is bad for our environment. To find out more and subscribe to the garden waste collection service, visit www. If you are unable to get

online and need assistance to subscribe consider asking a friend or a relative to subscribe on your behalf or you can visit your local One Stop Shop and pay using your Credit/Debit card. If visiting a One Stop Shop there may be a slight wait so, if possible, avoid the lunch time period 12pm - 2pm.

IF YOU don’t want to pay to have your garden waste collected from your doorstep, there are some other options to consider: n Home composting: An easy way to recycle your garden waste and produce good quality, free compost for your garden. You will need to buy a compost bin, available at a reduced price for Wirral residents from n Wormery: If you don’t have a garden but want to create your own compost you can buy a wormery instead, also from n Household Waste Recycling Centre: You can take your own garden waste to the ‘tip’ for recycling.

It’s time to renew! Don’t forget to sign up online to receive garden waste collections from 1 June - 31 May 2020. It’s £43 per year, that’s less than £1.80 per collection. Sign up today at or call 0151 606 2004. Terms and Conditions apply.

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Awareness work helps to spot early warning signs Media charity’s innovative work with school pupils helps them tackle tricky situations


Through continuous testing and improvement, Ariel Trust uses an evidencebased approach designed to motivate and engage young people, changing their attitudes, behaviour and levels of achievement.

Animated: A screen shot from one of the films


N AWARD-WINNING local media charity has spoken of the good work it is carrying out in Wirral schools to educate and inform them about some of the risky situations they could find themselves involved in. Ariel Trust is an educational charity that specialises in developing interactive educational software that engages disadvantaged learners in a range of social topics, from alcohol and drug abuse to

radicalisation and fake news. Founded in Liverpool in 1982, they specialise in consulting young people, teachers and other professionals through digital content and now work with more than 300 schools across the North West. Paul Ainsworth, Director at Ariel Trust explained: ‘Our mission is to create the most effective anti-violence resources in the UK. We look at many different subject matters, from domestic violence and online bullying, to grooming and sexual exploitation. ‘We work in close partnership with Wirral teachers, parents and young people to make films about the risky situations that they might find themselves in, then we ask them to think about how they would get out of that situation.’

Their work is considered by many to be best practice, and their resources have even been used across the continent, with some material being translated in to Polish

and used in schools in Warsaw. ‘The evidence is clear; skills-based learning changes behaviour,’ Paul added. ‘We don’t make films for schools; we make films with schools. All the ideas come from the children. We write a script and then take it back to the

Officially a ‘Plastic Free Community’ WIRRAL has joined a network of communities across the UK who are leading the way on tackling throw away plastic. Wirral has been awarded Plastic Free Community status by marine conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), in recognition of the work it has done to start reducing the impact of single-use plastic on the environment. Local Regional Rep Becks Gillmore started the campaign in June 2018 after running regular beach cleans through SAS and deciding she wanted to drive the campaign to free where she lived from single use plastics. Registering with the SAS Plastic Free Communities movement, Becks pulled together key organisations and

businesses in the town to put in place a five-point plan. The objectives include; setting up a community led steering group, instigating the SAS Plastic Free Schools education programme, getting local council commitment and working with local businesses, organisations and community groups to spread the word and minimise the amount of disposable plastics they use. Of the recognition from SAS, Becks said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled! Wirral is such a special, unique place. ‘With Wirral being surrounded by water on three sides I had to take a stand to protect it and run this campaign wholeheartedly; for the love of my hometown, the community and for our precious waters.’

Thrilled: Becks (far right) is leading the campaign against single use plastic

schools and say, ‘does that script reflect what’s going on in your school?’ ‘It’s completely tailormade. It allows teachers to facilitate a discussion for our young people and to understand their needs more carefully, and that’s how we make change.’

DROP IN FOR FREE CHECKS MAY MEASUREMENT MONTH (MMM) is an international month of awareness around raised or high blood pressure. You can get a free BP check here:n 10 May, Arrowe Park Hospital foyer, 9.30am – 3.30pm n 17 May, World Hypertension Day, Pyramids Shopping Centre (outside Boots opticians), 9.30am 3.30pm n 21 May, OVO Cycling Tour of Britain event, Argyle Street, 2pm - 7pm n 22 May, ‘Love your Liver’ roadshow, Asda, Birkenhead, 9.30am - 3.30pm n 28 May, Wirral Multicultural Society, 10am - 1pm

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Level of keyless car theft is on the rise

WHETHER it’s an hour or two throughout the week or an overnight stay, Wirral’s short breaks service provides a wide range of clubs and activities for disabled children and young people aged 0-19. Most short breaks don’t require a parent or carer to stay with the young person meaning that the parent or carer also gets a break. With some activities used more than others and quite a few undersubscribed, a consultation is underway to find out what our residents, especially our young people, want from their short breaks.

Here are our tips for keeping your car keys safe...


AST YEAR saw a 10% rise in car theft generally and the increase is thought to be caused by the rise of keyless entry on newer cars. Many new cars now have keyless entry systems, allowing the driver to open and start the car without using a button or turning a key so long as the fob is nearby. Thieves are exploiting this, using sophisticated technology to hack into the car’s computer, meaning they don’t even need a key fob to start the vehicle. A relay attack usually involves two people working together. One stands by the target vehicle, while the other stands near the house with a device that can pick up a signal from the key fob. The device then relays the key fob’s signal directly to the car, allowing the thieves to get in


and drive away in as little as 60 seconds. Luckily there are a few steps you can take to protect your keys and car which include: n HIDING YOUR KEYS Keep your car key (and spare key) out of sight and away from doors and windows. Consider investing in a faraday bag, which are made with materials that block wireless signals from entering the bag.

n INSTALL A TRACKING DEVICE Not only can this bring down your insurance, but cars fitted with such devices have a 96% recovery rate when stolen, compared to just 50% for those without. n PHYSICAL BARRIERS Even if thieves manage to unlock your car and start the engine, a steering lock or wheel clamp should prevent them from driving away.

n INSTALL A ‘GHOST IMMOBILISER’ For another layer of protection, add a secondary barrier to your car’s factory fitted immobiliser by having a unique access code to start your car.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR WIRRAL ARCHIVES WIRRAL ARCHIVES Service is celebrating after learning it has received Accredited Status from The National Archives. Archive Service Accreditation is the UK standard for archive services. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards within the archive sector. All accredited archive services must demonstrate the continuing development of their service around the management and care of their collections and

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keeping them accessible to the public. The benefits of Archive Service Accreditation include raising the profile of archive services and helping them adapt and respond to user needs and interests. The accreditation also encourages partnership working within and between organisations,

by helping archive services to examine how best to deliver their services and is seen as a badge of external recognition which demonstrates quality services and encourages professionalism in the archives sector. In Wirral, the Accreditation Panel recognised the strength of the archive service’s onsite offer


and the hard work of the team in delivering within existing resources. In addition it was felt that the archive collections of Wirral are well kept and the panel commended the considered approach to collections development, ensuring that collections continued to reflect the changing local picture. Accredited archive services must demonstrate that they continue to meet the standard in order to retain accredited status.

We want to understand what activities people are attending, what they think of them and, most importantly, the needs of our young people now and for the future. The consultation runs from 13th May to 19th July 2019. You can complete the questionnaire online at Copies of the questionnaire and Easy Read versions can also be found at The Hive, Birkenhead; Pilgrim Street Arts Centre; St Catherine’s Hospital; Willowtree Resource Centre, Moreton and various specialist schools.


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Guitar heroes I

T’S THAT time of year again, when leading guitarists in the world come to Wirral and strum their stuff at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. The annual festival runs throughout May and June and highlights this year include 'the hottest guitarist in the world’ (Sunday Times), Miloš Karadaglic and internationally acclaimed Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei Yang.

Other acts include Eddi Reader, Lindisfarne, Leo Sayer and John Coghlan’s Quo, while festival favourites Rumours of Fleetwood Mac and Gary Murphy's Guitar Legends will also be appearing. Gigs take place at the Floral Pavilion and West Kirby Arts Centre, as well as more intimate venues like Williamson Art Gallery and Birkenhead Priory. See Listings for more details and to book tickets.

n If that’s not enough guitar action for you, don’t fret, this month is the 14th annual Wirral Folk Festival. Elbow Jane and Jacqui McDonald headline the popular three day event see page 16 for more details.


Don’t miss prints from the Dutch master at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. µ See Listings


Catch Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at Ness Gardens or A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Royden Park. µ See Listings


The Ovo Energy Tour Series comes to Wirral! µ see p24




Annual music and comedy extravaganza. µ westkirby

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6 VESSELS Until 22nd September Explore the fascinating history of six ships built in Wirral.

THE BEATLES A MUSICAL CELEBRATION SAT 18 MAY, 7.30pm. £21 | £19 Unmissable show recreating The Fab Four’s musical journey. THE KICK INSIDE – THE SONGS OF KATE BUSH SAT 18 MAY, – 7.30pm. £12 Art-pop duo Raf and O’s acoustic celebration of Kate Bush.

THE WITCHING HOUR FRI 17 - SUN 19 MAY. 9.45pm See page 3. HOMEGROWN BANANAS FRI 17 MAY, 6.30pm. £3 Monthly open stage session at The Sweet Pea Cafe, West Kirby. 0151 625 8926

JOHN COGHLAN’S QUO SAT 18 MAY, 8pm. £17.50 Join the original drummer of Status Quo as he comes Rockin’ All Over The Wirral! MILKSHAKE! LIVE SUN 19 MAY, 12pm & 3.30pm. £17.50 | £16 | Family £63 Milkshake Monkey is joined by your favourite Milkshake friends in this family musical.

WIRRAL MET DEGREE SHOW SAT 18th MAY - SUN 9th JUNE BA Fine Art Degree show. williamson artgallery. org

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL WED 29 MAY, 4.30pm and 7.30pm. £26.50 Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders) and Maureen Nolan (The Nolans) this show is packed full of oneliners and innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s & 80s pop classics. 16+.

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MEN IN GENERAL SUN 19 MAY, 7pm. £12.50 Male acappella singing group perform Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Meghan Trainor and more. SHOW OF HANDS TUE 21 MAY, 8pm. £24 Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are joined by long-term collaborator Richard Shindell.

CYCLING THROUGH TIME Until 22nd September Historic bicycles, including a classic ‘penny farthing’, at Williamson Art Gallery. PIRATES OF PENZANCE WED 15 - SAT 18 MAY, 7.30pm. Matinee SAT 2.30pm. £12.50|£7.50 West Kirby Light Opera Society perform the popular Gilbert & Sullivan show. Heswall Hall. 0151 342 2143

THROUGH THE DECADES WITH ROY ORBISON & BUDDY HOLLY SUN 19 MAY, 7.30pm. £18.50 Tribute show with hits including ‘I Drove All Night’, ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Peggy Sue’.

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE (12A) TUE 21 MAY, 1.30pm & 7.30pm. £12.95 - £16.95 Screening of Matthew Bourne’s spellbinding and original version of the Tchaikovsky classic.

COMEDY IMPROV CLASSES WED 22 MAY, 7pm - 9pm. £10 Beginners welcome! Hoylake Creative Studios. VOGUE - STUDIO 10 DANCE THU 23 MAY, 7.30pm. £17.50 | £15.50 Fusion of dance and drama.

OVO ENERGY TOUR SERIES TUE 21 MAY, 11.30am - 8.30pm See page 24. TOM JONES AND THE SHADES OF THE 60S TUE 21 MAY, 7.30pm. £19 | £17 Daniel Chettoe (Britain’s Got Talent) pays tribute to the 60s icon and musical legend. gladstone

MINDFUL MATES CHILDREN’S HAPPINESS CLUB THU 23 MAY, 5pm. £4 Join Matey the Soulful Sloth for dancing, yoga and more, every Thursday at Wallasey Village Library. Fun for children aged from 6 to 11. 0151 638 1024

LEO SAYER: JUST A BOY AT 70 SAT 15 JUNE, 7.30pm. £31.50 British music legend performs ‘Thunder In My Heart’, ‘Moonlighting’, ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’ and more, in celebration of his birthday year.

WOODSIDE DRIVE-IN THU 23 MAY, 9pm. £15/car We’ve got chills, they’re multiplying... Grease (PG) is at the drive-in! Also this May you can see Bohemian Rhapsody (12A), The Greatest Showman (PG) and A Star Is Born (15). See website for a full list of screenings.

FUNHOUSE COMEDY PRESENTS FRI 24 MAY, 7.30pm. £12 Daliso Chaponda, who shot to fame in ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in 2017, is supported by Tanyalee Davis and Kevin Dewsbury. GARYMURPHY’SGUITARLEGENDS SAT 25 MAY, 7.30pm. £21.50 Relive the ‘Rock & Roll Years’ with Gary Murphy and his band. REGINALD D HUNTER: SUN 26 MAY, 7.30pm. £24.50 Searingly honest American comedian. The Times: ‘Comedy of a rare scope ★★★★★’

IN THE NIGHT GARDEN IGGLEPIGGLE’S BUSY DAY TUE 4 JUNE, 1pm & 4pm, WED 5 JUNE, 10am, 1pm & 4pm. £16.50-£21.50 Join Igglepiggle as he looks for Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends by following their funny sounds. Pip-pip, onk-onk!

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND SUN 26 MAY, 2.30pm. £15 | £13 Join Alice and friends in Lewis Carroll’s timeless masterpiece.

MILOŠ FRI 31 MAY, 7.30pm. £23.50 Classical guitarist who delights audiences worldwide.

CENTRAL PARK CARNIVAL SUN 26 & MON 27 MAY, 10am-5pm Funfair, music, food and donkey rides! Wirral Samba Drummers will perform both days at 12pm. Wallasey.

NEIL YOUNG’S AFTER THE GOLDRUSH FRI 31 MAY, 7.30pm. £8 Dean Johnson celebrates 50 years of the classic album.

BLACK MAGIC THE LITTLE MIX SHOW MON 27 MAY, 7pm. £15 | £12 Sassy tribute to the awardwinning girl band.

WHOLE LOTTA LED FRI 31 MAY, 7.30pm. £20 | £18 Led Zeppelin tribute.

ZIPPOS CIRCUS FRI 31 MAY - TUE 4 JUNE. Start times vary. £13 - £20 Join daredevil Pablo, The Khadikov Riders and lots of clowns at The Dips, New Brighton. ESMOND SELWYN WITH SANDIE WHITE FRI 31 MAY, 7.30pm. £17.50 One of the world’s leading jazz guitarists is joined by Australian vocalist, Sandie White.

JIMMY CARR TERRIBLY FUNNY WED 19 JUNE, 8pm. £31 Containing jokes about all kinds of terrible things but political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. 16+.

BATS OF PORT SUNLIGHT RIVER PARK - WALK FRI 31 MAY, 8.30pm. £3 See and hear the bats in the park. Meet at the car park. 8+. 07587 550060

WEST KIRBY LIVE SAT 1 JUN, 11am until late Music, comedy, food and drink throughout West Kirby, with proceeds to Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. Expect bands, local performing artists and TV’s Tony Slattery!

PAUL COSTELLO SUN 2 JUNE, 7.45pm. £10 Classical guitar-smithery. JETHRO TULL’S MARTIN BARRE BAND SUN 2 JUNE, 7.30pm. £26.50 Former guitarist Martin Barre’s band plays Jethro Tull’s hits.

GRAHAM ANTHONY DEVINE SAT 1 JUNE, 7.30pm. £20 Recital from the award-winning classical guitarist, with Vivaldi, Bach and Antonio Carlos Jobim. THE BEATLES EXPERIENCE SAT 1 JUNE, 7.30pm. £17.50 Tribute to the ‘Fab Four’ with all of your favourites.

REMBRANDT IN PRINT SAT 1 JUNE until SUN 15 SEPT A selection of 50 prints from the the Dutch master, from 1630 until the late 1650s. Lady Lever Art Gallery. liverpoolmuseums.

THE MANCHESTER ACOUSTIC BLUES FESTIVAL SUN 2 JUNE, 6pm. £11.50 The best in acoustic blues.

THE MANFREDS HITS, JAZZ & BLUES TOUR SAT 1 JUNE, 7.30pm. £25 Fronted by original Manfred Mann lead singer Paul Jones, expect ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’ and all the hits.

OUR GIRL SUN 2 JUNE, 2.30pm. £8 Up-and-coming indie-rockers come to Birkenhead Library. ‘Phenomenal’ - NME. PYJAMARAMA TUE 4 JUNE, 9.30am - 11am Reading, crafts and activities for under 5s. Don’t forget to wear your pyjamas! West Kirby Library. 0151 606 2665

MUSIC ON THE MERSEY GET ROCKING on the waves this summer on one of Mersey Ferries’ magical musical cruises! Get your glow-sticks ready for the Old Skool cruise on Sat 25 May, The Paperback Writers will play your favourite Beatles songs on Sun 26 May and you can expect everything from Britney and the Spice Girls to your favourite boy bands on the 90s Party Cruise on Fri 7 June. Are you ready to party? Each cruise departs Seacombe at 7.30pm. Tickets cost between £16 and £20 and can be purchased by calling 0151 330 1444. For a full list of cruises, visit


CANNON & BALL THU 30 MAY, 7.30pm. £18|£16 Rock on Tommy - the legendary duo are coming to Wirral! Laugh along to their famous comedy sketches, followed by stories and an audience Q&A.

XUEFEI YANG SAT 25 MAY, 7.30pm. £21.50 The first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist was recently named by Classic FM as one of the 100 top classical musicians of our time. Don’t miss her when she comes to Wirral.

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what’s on ERIC BELL - THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR THU 6 JUNE, 7.30pm. £17.50 Celebrate all things Thin Lizzy with their former guitarist. LINDISFARNE SAT 8 JUNE, 7.30pm. £27.50 Legendary 70s folk-rock band. CHRIS WOODS GROOVE ORCHESTRA SAT 8 JUNE, 7.45pm. £10 Unique instrumental gig.

TAKE THAT - LIVE (12A) SAT 8 JUNE, 8pm & SUN 9 JUNE, 1pm. £16.95 | £14.95 Broadcast live to cinemas from the last UK concert of Take That’s ‘Greatest Hits’ tour. WIRRAL REAL ALE TRAIL SAT 8 JUNE, 11am - 10pm. £15 Hop on and off the buses and visit some of Wirral’s best pubs. CELEBRATE GREASBY SAT 8 JUNE, 12pm - 5pm Family fun day with music, stalls, donkey rides and more. Greasby green. 0151 605 0077

WOODY MANN IN CONCERT SUN 9 JUNE, 7.30pm. £21.50 Blues, ragtime and gospel.

FUN DAY - BIRKENHEAD SAT 15 JUNE, 12.30pm - 4pm Inflatables, Fun Bus and more. King’s Church, 1 Victoria Fields.

RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC - ANNIVERSARY TOUR SUN 9 JUNE, 8pm. £36 | £26 Celebrate 50 years of the band.

LIVERPOOL GUITAR SOCIETY PERFORM CYRIL SCOTT SAT 15 JUNE, 2pm. £5 Live music at Birkenhead Priory.

SECONDARY CAUSE OF DEATH TUE 11 - SAT 15 JUNE, 7.30pm. £9 Murder mystery at Little Theatre. Grange Road, Birkenhead.

NEW FERRY FESTIVAL SAT 15 & SUN 16 JUNE, 10am-5pm Funfair, music, vintage buses and cars, WWII re-enactment and more! New Ferry Park.

OUTSIDE EDGE TUE 11 - SAT 15 JUNE, 7.30pm. £8 Bebington Dramatic Society’s cricketing comedy based on the TV comedy. You’ll be hit for six!

FUNHOUSE COMEDY PRESENTS FRI 21 JUNE, 7.30pm. £12 Andrew Bird, Mandy Muden and Chris Stokes provide the gags.

LOCAL GUITAR HEROES THU 13 JUNE, 7.30pm. £9.50 Jazz, blues and folk from Keith Singleton, Sue Reid and more.

HERE COME THE BOYS TUE 2 & WED 3 JULY, 7.30pm. £49 | £44 Stars of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka Marquez, battle it out on the dance floor to your favourite songs.

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THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY THU 27 - SAT 29 JUNE, 7.30pm. £8 Port Sunlight Players transport you back to May 1957 to meet the irrepressible Larkin family.

HEART OF A WOMAN - CALLI FRI 28 JUNE, 7.30pm. £16 The music of iconic singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse and Paloma Faith. WAPA PERFORMANCE 2019 SAT 22 & SUN 23 JUN, 7.30pm. £15 Showcase of song and dance.

DEIRDRE CARTWRIGHT AND ALISON RAYNER FRI 14 JUNE, 8pm. £16.50 Two of UK’s top jazz musicians in a rare duo performance. floralpavilion. com

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? THU 27 JUNE, 7.30pm. £26 | £24 Celebrate the music of Tina Turner with this stunning tribute. Expect ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Simply the Best’ and more!

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM MON 24 - SAT 29 JUN. £11.50-£21.50 Hillbark Players perform an open-air production of the Shakespeare masterpiece. Royden Park, Frankby. 0151 666 0000

LET’S DANCE THROUGH THE MUSICALS SAT 29 JUNE, 2pm & 7pm. £14.50 | £12.50 Irby Dance Studio’s annual show. ROMEO & JULIET SUN 30 JUNE, 6pm. £14 | £8 Imaginarium Theatre present Shakespeare’s love story as you’ve never seen it before. Ness Gardens. 0344 800 0410 WUTHERING HEIGHTS SUN 30 JUNE, 6.30pm. £16 | £11 Emily Brontë’s tempestuous love story. Can Catherine and Heathcliff’s love endure?

FOLK FEST! WIRRAL Folk Festival is back for its 14th year, with a superb lineup that includes Elbow Jane, Jacqui McDonald, Chris While & Julie Matthews and many more! The festival runs from Thu 30 May to Sun 2 June at Whitby Club in Ellesmere Port, with tickets £21.50 per day or £75 (£65 conc) for the whole weekend. Under 11s free. To book, call 0151 666 0000 or visit wirralfolk


IT’S GOT TO BE PERFECT... FORMER lead singer of Fairground Attraction and multiple Brit Award winner - Eddi Reader is playing at the Floral Pavilion on Fri 14 June. Tickets cost £25.


Closing date MON 3 JUNE 2019. Email your answer plus name, address and phone number to wvcomps@wirral. Your entry can be posted to Wirral View, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton St, Wallasey CH44 8ED

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Bikeathon fundraiser set to top £1m mark Local legend Chris Boardman will saddle up for this year’s fun-filled cycle event


RGANISERS of the Wirral Bikeathon say they can think of a million reasons why more cyclists than ever should sign up for this year’s fun on 16th June. The 2019 event marks the 20th anniversary of the annual ride, which raises money for the blood cancer research charity, Bloodwise. And a good turn-out for this year’s event will undoubtedly see the money raised since 1999 top the millionpound mark – it currently stands at £970,000. Wirral Bikeathon is a fun-filled family event; indisputably a ‘ride’ not a race, with all kinds of wheeled vehicles taking part, including

reclining bikes, hand bikes, unicycles, trailer bikes, a range of tandems and wheelchairs. The ride takes place on 16th June this year from 9.30am and is a figure of eight loop around Wirral with the start, midpoint and finish in Arrowe Country Park. It takes in north Wirral through Caldy and the Wirral Way to West Kirby and Moreton. The second section goes from the park to Thornton Hough, Storeton and Landican. The terrain is on and off road following well designated roads and country paths and is suitable for all ages and abilities, including cyclists with disabilities. The Mayor of Wirral will be starting this year’s event and there will be musical entertainment in the park. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided at two points on the route. The full course is 28 miles long - although those wanting a shorter ride can dismount after 14 miles!

Patron: Chris Boardman at Bikeathon 2018

Each participant gets a T-shirt and a medal at the end of the ride, while taking part also guarantees riders a ticket in a raffle to win a brand new Boardman bike, donated by Wirral cycling legend, Chris Boardman, a patron and a huge supporter of the event

for many years and who will be riding himself at this year’s event. Cyclists can sign up now at The entrance fee for adults is £15 (or £25.00 on-the-day) and for those aged 15 and under it is £5 (same on the day).

Schedule of roadworks is published MORE THAN 140 of Wirral’s minor, unclassified roads are set to be improved in the coming months as details of a schedule programme of works have been made public. Problem side roads right across the borough will receive either Hot Rolled Asphalt, Dense Bitumen Macadam or Micro Asphalt Treatment works in order to address potholes and other conditions which have reduced the quality of these roads over time. The routes that have been included in the programme

were chosen after an extensive process of prioritisation based upon the findings of independent condition


surveys and reports from highways inspectors, elected members and members of the public. Among the seven roads set to receive the most intensive Hot Rolled Asphalt treatment – which is usually only used on main and commercial routes and have a design life of around 20 years – are Station Road in Hoylake, Victoria Road in New Brighton and Bromborough Road from its junction with Quarry Road East to near Bromborough Road Car Sales Ltd. The majority of the roads

in the schedule will be repaired using Micro Asphalt Treatment, which has a design life of at least 10 years. This treatment involves overlaying the existing road surface and is very cost-effective, with the environment advantage of there being zero waste. It is the material of choice for most unclassified roads in the country. The more high-profile works described in the schedule set for Micro Asphalt Treatment include Dibbins Hey in Clatterbridge, Ashville Road, Claughton and Hillside Road in West Kirby.

ELECTED TO SERVE AT UK YOUTH PARLIAMENT EVEN BEFORE older voters went to the polls to elect new councillors on 2nd May, under 18s across Wirral had already spoken. Wirral teens took part in an election process earlier this year as they – and others from across the country - elected local representatives for the UK Youth Parliament. After a well fought campaign, votes were cast by youngsters throughout the borough and two local young people were elected to the Youth Parliament - Emily Nelson (Wirral Grammar School for Girls) and Olivia Smith (St John Plessington Catholic College). Their elected deputies are Leo Metcalfe (Pensby High School) and Emily Fletcher (Upton Hall School FCJ). The new members MYPs are already getting to work meeting other elected representatives MPs and councillors - organising events, running campaigns, and writing speeches to ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers. The most important aspect of an MYP’s job is to make sure they represent the views of the young people in their constituency.

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Sonny’s future is looking bright Foster family support has been key in helping Wirral man on career ladder


HE UK’S biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, Foster Care Fortnight, runs from 13th to 26th May. As well as raising the profile of fostering, this year’s campaign is highlighting the transformational power of foster care - the power to #changeafuture.

Leaving school and taking that next step, care leaver, Sonny Sword was unsure at 18 what his future held. Fortunately, he had a supportive foster family who agreed for Sonny to stay with them, giving him a stable environment both emotionally and financially, and enabling him to move forward with confidence. Supported by carers and his employability coach, Sonny applied to Engineering College and was offered a Pipefitting and Welding Apprenticeship with Laker Vent Engineering. Sonny is already planning for the future and is hoping to stay with his employer and

go on to HNC/HND level with a view to becoming a project manager. Sonny said: Being a Care Leaver, I’ve seen the road that I could have gone down that wouldn’t have been good. This just made me more determined to go down the right path and have a successful future. For me, an apprenticeship has been the best way to do that. Having the right support and guidance from the right people made the difference.’ Sonny was awarded the Jim Teasdale Apprentice of the Year at Engineering College and has recently won the GTA England best newcomer of the year for engineering

Determined: Sonny with his award from engineering college

construction after being shortlisted from 12,500 nominees across the country. This Foster Care Fortnight is all about changing futures.

If you’ve got the heart to transform a life and become a foster carer, we want to hear from you. Visit wirralfostering. org to find out more.


Drop-in sessions being held in Wirral during Foster Care Fortnight will be: 14th May, 10am-12pm - Wallasey Town Hall 15th May, 10am-12pm - Bebington Civic Hall 17th May, 9am-12pm - Rock Ferry One Stop Shop, Community Hall 18th May, 10am-12pm - West Kirby Concourse 21st May, 1pm-3pm - Floral Pavilion

fostercarefortnight Whether it’s the very first time you’ve thought about it or the hundredth, there are lots of young people in Wirral looking for loving carers just like you.

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Upping the recycling game in Wirral Artisans explain the many benefits of taking the ‘old’ and transforming them into the ‘new’


ART OF Year of Environment in Wirral is celebrating those helping to make a difference through their everyday lives to improve our environment. One such self-proclaimed ‘environmental disciple’ is Karen Lawson, who founded upcycling business - Re-Jiggery - in Hoylake recently. Karen’s passion for leaving our planet in a better state for the next generation and reducing waste, spurred her on to ditch her career in environmental science and combine her interest in the environment with her creative passion and flare for upcycling. She explained: ‘Upcycling is about changing the use of something, reusing, rescuing and improving its state so that it doesn’t need to go to

landfill, which is a massive problem.’ ‘I decided to launch the business to help and I’m fortunate to be doing something I’ve loved to do since I was younger. It’s so rewarding taking something that needs


I also love that it’s an inclusive activity, which anyone can get involved with

a new life and making it look vibrant again.’ Re- jiggery is Karen’s workshop, shared with two fellow artisans, Sue and Dee, who run independent businesses, one creating bespoke hats and the other an artist and ceramicist. Both are environmentally conscious and always looking for opportunities to reduce their environmental footprint. Combined, the trio bounce ideas on how to restore or what to do next to spread

Rescue team: Kate, Sue and Dee

the recycling revolution and to help others get involved factoring in plenty of laughs along the way. Sharing what she loves most about upcycling Karen said: ‘It’s so satisfying knowing you’re stopping something that is perfectly useable from going to landfill and improving its state. Seeing the reactions of others to what I can create is so rewarding, especially when items are of sentimental value.

‘Sharing space with likeminded people such as Sue and Dee, helps a lot to spread the word of recycling, it also lets us bounce ideas off each other which is another bonus. ‘I also love that it’s an inclusive activity, which anyone can get involved with. Upcycling has so many benefits, not only for the environment but for mental wellbeing too.’ Keen to get more people into upcycling, Karen runs workshops alongside the busi-

ness, teaching others skills to change the recycling game. People can bring in their own item or one can be provided along with all materials – which are recycled, of course. If it’s something you’re interested in, you can find out more information if you search for re-jiggery on Facebook. To make a pledge for Year of Environment or find out more about the initiative visit

GASP for good air quality in schools MORE THAN 20 Wirral schools are now actively committed to tackling issues of air pollution around their premises. Together they are taking part in the Green Air Schools Project – or GASP, for short – which is being co-ordinated by Wirral Eco Schools in partnership with Mersey Forest and students from Liverpool John Moores University.

The idea for GASP stemmed from an initiative which took place at Well Lane Primary School last year where pupils and staff worked with Wirral Council and Mersey Forest to plant new hedgerows and trees around the perimeter of the school. These provided an additional barrier between the road and the school, preventing pollution building up on school grounds. The hedges

also provided greater privacy, reduced noise from the road and provided habitats for wildlife. Building on that experience, GASP is enabling children from 22 schools to record pollution levels using DYLOS monitors outside their own grounds. The students provide the technical support for the data collected, while Mersey Forest help plant the hedges, with

old grit bins being upcycled and made into planters to enable all schools to benefit from a natural barrier. Work is continuing within schools with a Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics project to find the optimum number of NASA plants – plants identified by NASA as contributing to cleaner air - needed to ensure inside air quality meets WHO standards.

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Residents run with iDEA Digital and enterprise skills on offer through online learning programme


IRRAL Council is the first council in the Liverpool City Region to launch the Duke of York iDEA programme: a free, industry-recognised and accredited way for residents to develop digital and enterprise skills. Promoted by Wirral Libraries, the programme is aimed at people aged 10+ and can be accessed at any time from a phone, tablet or computer. Learners collect badges as they gain new skills - covering a wide range of subjects from GDPR, to graphic design, coding, digital ethics, and online safety. Those taking part in the programme are encouraged

to use the free WiFi in their local library. They are free to bring their own devices to the library to log in, but some badges are easier to complete on a desktop computer. iDEA includes three award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Gold will be launched later in 2019. The Bronze award badges only take around 15-30 minutes to complete. New badges are introduced at any time to add extra skills to learners’ records of achievement. The badges are designed not to fail – giving learners infinite attempts to answer tasks correctly. When an award has been gained, learners receive an email from iDEA and can request a hard copy of their Bronze and Silver certificates to arrive in the post to their home address. Tell your friends and family about iDEA! Create a free account at, where you can earn a unique ‘Digital Wirral’ badge which counts towards the Bronze award.


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Kickstart a career with lifelong learning BACK IN the February edition we featured Wirral’s Lifelong Learning service, which offers both free and affordable short courses for those aged 19 and over. More than 200 people gained new skills and qualifi-

Steve, Level 1 Open Award in Floristry

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cations with the service in the last year alone – with courses available in maths, English, British Sign Language, gardening and more. Lifelong Learning courses provide a great way to boost

your CV, start a new hobby, or make new friends. Classes are available across Wirral, with high quality training, support and guidance all on offer. If you’d like to find out more about Lifelong Learning

‘I’m looking at setting up my own business when I’ve finished my studies’ Steve had been a Community Play Officer with Wirral Council for just over 20yrs, and was looking for a career change. ‘Through the Careers Service website I saw the opportunity to take a short taster course in Floristry at the St James Centre,’ he says. It was something I’d always wanted to have a go at, so I took a chance and enrolled’. Steve explains: ‘I’ve never looked back. I enjoyed the taster, went on to do the full level 1 Award, and am going to take the Level 2. ‘I’ve really been inspired by the courses and I’d recommend this type of learning to anyone – it’s enjoyable and relaxing but really stretches you - and you not only learn the aesthetic skills, but the practical realities of what it’s like to work as a florist’.


courses and how they could help you, please visit wirral., call the team on 0151 630 3486, or email lifelonglearning@wirral.

Sam, Level 1 Open Award in Becoming a Teaching Assistant, GCSE Maths

‘My ambition is to work in Special Educational Needs as a sports teacher’ Sam’s passion is football and working with children. His long-term goal is to be a teacher, and he’s using the Lifelong Learning Teaching Assistant course as a stepping stone on his journey. He says: ‘I’ve got dyslexia and dyspraxia, so I fully understand the difficulties many pupils go through in the school environment. My ambition is to work in Special Educational Needs to encourage pupils with difficulties to participate in sport at whatever level they can.’ Sam has his eye on a place at one of Liverpool’s teacher training colleges, he’ll need a qualification in maths before he can apply. Lifelong Learning staff are putting together a package that will help him fulfil his dream.

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Generational bond formed using digital technology Project helps to break down barriers between older and younger residents


T WAS an impromptu conversation between Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust and Alpha housing association that sparked the idea for an ‘Intergenerational Project’ to try and bring older and younger generations together. Like in many other parts of the country, older people in Wirral can often feel lonely and isolated. Meanwhile teenagers often don’t have much contact with older generations, particularly if they don’t have older relatives. So trying to bring the generations together, to break down barriers and find common ground, is a great way of tackling loneliness and boosting the health and wellbeing of young and old alike. Together with Alpha the Trust approached Wirral Metropolitan College, to see

Intergenerational: Wirral Met students share tech tips with sheltered housing residents

if they could help facilitate an ‘Intergenerational Project’. They were also supported by the HIVE Wirral Youth Zone and Wirral’s Older People’s Parliament. Working together, they organised for a group of young people to spend time with residents of a sheltered housing scheme in Bromborough, teaching them how to get to grips with modern technology.

Jo Chwalko, Divisional Manager at the Community Trust, said: ‘The students helped the residents to learn their way around iPads, Skype and smart phones, but it was fantastic to see how much the young people got out of the event too. As they started to build relationships and share knowledge there was a real sense of pride and compassion, and the young people

soon realised that the older generation have a wealth of experience to share too. The two groups are now looking forward to their next event; an intergenerational Bingo session!’ The ‘Intergenerational Project’ is in its early stages,

but the pilot was such a huge success that the partners are committed to rolling it out wider across the Borough.

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Press 55 to make yourself heard... A CAMPAIGN has been launched to raise awareness of how to call 999 when you are unable - or afraid - to speak out loud. Around 5,000 of the 20,000 silent 999 calls made daily in the UK are put through to an automated system. Callers are then led through a series of prompts and asked to press 55 to

confirm there is a genuine emergency. The system, called Silent Solution, filters out thousands of accidental or hoax silent 999 calls made daily - but it also could lead to genuine calls being terminated if the callers do not respond to the prompts. Although the system has been in operation since 2002, it’s believed that greater

public awareness of how the system works will ensure that the system is effective for users. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) watchdog has launched the Make Yourself Heard poster campaign, backed by a how-to guide, aimed at ‘debunking the myth’ that a silent 999 call alone will automatically bring help.

It is thought that the awareness campaign could help victims of domestic abuse in calling for help in positions where they may feel speaking to an operator would put them in danger. For more information, visit the IOPC website to learn more about the Make Yourself Heard campaign.

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IRRAL COUNCIL is made up of 66 locally elected councillors representing 22 local areas known as wards. At the time of going to press shortly after the latest elections on 2nd May, the Council is in No Overall Control. There are now 32 Labour councillors, 22 Conservatives, 6 Liberal Democrats, 3 Greens and 3 independents.

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Local heart specialists held up as a ‘beacon’ for care Trust chosen as one of only four centres in the country to trial ‘heart care at home’ service


IRRAL COMMUNITY Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust has been selected as one of just four centres across the UK to roll out a new rehabilitation programme to help heart failure patients achieve better quality of life from the comfort of their own homes. Trials have shown that the Rehabilitation Enablement in Chronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF) programme significantly improves quality of life and is linked to better health outcomes. The Wirral trust has been selected as one of four ‘beacon’ sites for its commitment to offering home-based care and having systems of providing high quality data for the National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation. Nicola Williams, who is the lead for the Community Cardiology Service in Wirral,

said: ‘We are delighted to have been selected as one of four centres to run this programme in the UK. Rehabilitation is so important to help people with heart failure live as well as possible, but often people don’t attend hospital or clinic-based programmes. ‘This new alternative will include chair-based exercises that can easily be done at home, a walking plan, audio with relaxation techniques, a manual with advice on lifestyle and medication and an interactive booklet so people can record symptoms and physical activity in order to learn about their own rehabilitation journey.’ A caregivers’ manual also increases their understanding of heart failure and aspects such as relaxation techniques, helping people come to terms with both the physical and psychological impact of heart failure.

OUTSTANDING CARE CELEBRATED AT AWARDS The Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral joined nearly 300 people at Thornton Hall Hotel last month to celebrate and honour the outstanding care, treatment and support that staff at Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust deliver 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mark Blundell

and the High Sheriff of Merseyside, Peter Woods were also there for the celebrations. BBC Breakfast presenter Sally Nugent was compere for the night. It was a fitting occasion to recognise all the fantastic work that goes on in the Trust, also thanking those who achieved long service awards for 25 and 40 years of dedication.

One of the award winners, West Kirby Community Nursing Team who took the ‘People’s Heart Award’ were described by a patient as ‘true angels’. For everyone involved it was a wonderful reminder of why all of those who work in the NHS do what they do and the positive difference we make to so many people’s lives.

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Specialist stroke service celebrates 10th birthday AN EASTHAM MAN who was struggling to speak and write following a stroke has made an amazing recovery with the support of an NHS service that celebrated its 10th birthday this week. Brian Lloyd, 81 (pictured) is back to enjoying the things he loves, just four months after suffering a

serious stroke at his home. After waking one morning, Brian felt dizzy and fell down the stairs. Despite being unable to talk, he managed to get a friend to help him and was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital by ambulance. Medics responded quickly and after five days Brian was well enough to leave hospital and began stroke

rehabilitation in the comfort of his own home. This was provided by the ESD (Early Supported Discharge) Service, which is run by Wirral University Teaching Hospital to help stroke patients return to daily activities such as walking, shopping, reading, cooking and driving. Since the service

launched a decade ago, it has helped more than 3,000 people to recover. Its team of specialists provides a range of therapies and treatments to eligible patients who have been discharged from the Acute Stroke Unit at Arrowe Park Hospital and Clatterbridge Hospital’s Stroke Rehab Centre.

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Tour series rides into Wirral Evening event this month will be followed by a tour stage in Birkenhead in September


OME OF Britain’s top male and female riders are heading to Hamilton Square on Tuesday 21 May as the exhilarating OVO Energy Tour Series comes to Wirral for the first time. The Tour Series is a fun, fast and free cycling event which sees elite teams competing on closed road circuits in town and city centres across the UK. Riders will compete around a 1.3km circuit which starts and finishes in Hamilton Square, at speeds of up to 60kmph. During the day there will be cycling-themed activities for everyone to enjoy, before

Starting line: Competitors set for road race event in Birkenhead

the professional women’s race at 5.30pm and men’s race at 7pm. Among the teams competing this year are defending champions Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes and Team Breeze. Birkenhead is the setting for the fifth round of the se-

ries, with the other locations including Redditch, Motherwell, Aberdeen, Durham, Salisbury and Brooklands. It’s the first major cycling event to come to the borough in 2019, with the prestigious OVO Energy Tour of Britain also heading to Wirral in September, as

part of our Borough of Culture year. Highlights of the Tour Series will be shown on ITV4 the following day. For more information, including details of the route and road closures, visit

BURSARY BOOST FOR WIRRAL’S SPORTS STARS THREE TEENAGE sportspeople from Wirral have been given a financial helping hand from the Wirral Sports Forum. They are this year’s recipients of a sports bursary from the forum. They received their good news at a ceremony hosted by Wirral Mayor, Cllr Geoffrey Watt, at Wallasey Town Hall. The three sportspeople to benefit from bursaries this year are:n Maisie Dahner: Maisie is only 13 and has had two liver transplants. She will represent GB athletics in the 100m and 200m sprints at the World Transplant Games in August 2019. The bursary will help pay for her kit. n Nathan Young: Nathan is 19 and profoundly deaf. He is the only GB athlete selected to compete in

Louise’s drive earns national award WIRRAL TEENAGER Louise McLoughlin loves helping people enjoy golf – and her bubbly enthusiasm has won her the title of England Golf’s Young Ambassador of the Year. The 18-year-old received the accolade, presented in association with the Golf Foundation, at the England Golf Awards. An audience of more than 400 guests at the Royal Lancaster London heard how judges were impressed by Louise’s enthusiastic personality and by the time she volunteers to support and

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inspire other golfers. ‘This is so exciting,’ said Lou, who is a member at Bromborough Golf Club. ‘It means everything! You don’t realise people think so much of you and when you find out, it’s special.’ Louise is a keen golfer who plays off eight and represents her club and the Cheshire women’s B team. She got into the sport when she was 11, because she wanted to join her brother and dad in their regular games with her grandfather. ‘My grandad was the reason I started,’ she said. She loved the sport straight

away and before long was involved with the Cheshire girls’ programme. She grabbed the chance to get involved as an Ambassador with Girls Golf Rocks, the recruitment campaign run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation. ‘There weren’t any other girls when I started, but now we’ve got nine girls at Bromborough and lots of girls in Cheshire,’ said Lou. Lou is currently at college studying sports management but will soon start an

apprenticeship in engineering. Meanwhile, she’s continuing to work on her golf and would love to get down to a four handicap this season – one better than her dad!

the World Deaf Swimming championships in Brazil in August 2019. The bursary will help to pay for the travel and accommodation for the championships. n Mia Amer: 16 year-old Mia is a multiple medal winner in gymnastics and wants to take her level 1 coaching course, so she can share her experience with the young athletes in her club. The bursary will go towards the cost of her coaching course.

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Authors’ back stories inspire local students Pupils from 10 local secondary schools meet the ‘people behind the pen’ at a special event


IVE FANTASTIC authors came together with students from 10 schools across the Wirral at Bebington High Sports College recently to celebrate a featured author day for the Wirral Book Awards. Students have been reading the awards’ shortlist, which was compiled by local schools’ librarians, since September and they got the chance to meet five of the featured authors at the event. Martin Stewart (The Sacrifice Box) came down from Glasgow and spoke about his fascination with all things 80s and how he tried to encompass that in a fantasy/horror novel. Matt Killeen (Orphan, Monster, Spy) talked about how he grew up as a boy obsessed

with action-man and all things ‘army’ until he stumbled onto the lesser known fact that teenage girls were recruited by the resistance in World War 2 to spy on the Nazis. Bryony Pearce (Savage Island) explained how geocaching goes horribly wrong in her novel and she also gave students the psychopath test with surprising results! Tom Pollock (White Rabbit, Red Wolf) spoke about drawing on his own experiences with mental health to

create the fascinating plot in surrounding his tortured, yet highly amusing protagonist. Will Sutcliffe (We See Everything) spoke about researching for a book based in a warzone - he stayed in Edinburgh Library rather than visiting a warzone. After the authors had given the students some insight into their novels they signed copies and interacted with all the students. A fabulous day for Wirral culture, literacy and learning.

Lady Lever snares two masters THE LADY LEVER Art Gallery has announced that it will be opening an exhibition by one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Henri Matisse (1869-1954). The exhibition will follow directly on from Rembrandt in Print (1 June to 15 September 2019), an exhibition of around 50 outstanding prints from the Ashmolean Museum,

which have never been displayed together. Matisse: Drawing with Scissors will open in October 2019 and will feature 35 posthumous prints of the famous cutouts that the artist produced in the last four years of his life, when confined to his bed, including many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries, National Museums Liverpool, said: ‘These are two very different artists but what they have in common is their great renown and enormous influence. We’re very excited to be bringing two world-famous artists to our visitors, backto-back, during the Wirral Borough of Culture Year.


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.


TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ By Heather Morris LALE SOLOKOV is a Slovakian living a happy-go-lucky life with his parents until war breaks out. In 1942 as a Jew, he is rounded up and sent into AuschwitzBirkenau. In his first week, shocked and horrified by what he is witnessing, he makes a vow: ‘I will live to leave this place. I will walk out a free man’. He is given help to keep his promise to himself when he gets a job as the man who tattoos the number on the arms of Jewish prisoners who are selected to work in the camp. One day, a young girl, terrified and shaking, holds out her arm to Lale to be tattooed. Looking up he falls instantly in love with her. He determined then that they both would somehow escape from the horror they had been forced into…. Theirs is a story of hope

and survival against the odds. It is also a description of the human spirit and how kindness and courage can find a way through If this was a work of fiction we would be incredulous that these events could have taken place. But, unbelievably, this heart-warming book is based on a true story given to the author first hand by the man who was The Tattooist of Auschwitz. It is an unforgettable testament.

TOP 10 FICTION TITLES This month’s top 10 most borrowed fiction titles from our libraries are: 1. 18th abduction, James Patterson & Maxine Paetro 2. Past Tense, Lee Child 3. A Rose Petal Summer, Katie Fforde 4. Heads You Win, Jeffrey Archer

5. Say you’re sorry, Karen Rose 6. Connections in death, J.D. Robb 7. Night school, Lee Child 8. The stone circle, Elly Griffiths 9. Widows’ revenge, Lynda La Plante 10. The lost man, Jane Harper

‘We are proud to announce that Matisse: Drawing with Scissors is coming to Wirral for the first time in more than ten years. The exhibition will include many of the artist’s iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes. ‘We will be the first gallery to display Rembrandt in Print, in the year which also marks 350 years since his death.’

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DO YOU KNOW YOUR FLIGHT RIGHTS? DO YOU KNOW your rights if your flight has been delayed or cancelled? You might be able to qualify to get compensation if your delayed or cancelled flight either: n left from the UK, the European Union, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland n was with a European airline and landed in the UK, the EU, Norway or Switzerland, no matter where you were flying from. Contact the airline you flew with if these don’t apply to you. What you’ll be entitled to will depend on the airline and the circumstances surrounding your flight. To find out more go to

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Blue Badge form can now be done online W

IRRAL COUNCIL have developed a new online application to apply for a Blue Badge. If you are disabled, a Blue Badge allows you to use designated parking spaces and park in paid parking zones for longer periods of time. Blue Badge holders can be either the driver or the passenger of the vehicle. There are a number of benefits of the new online application for Wirral residents: n Applications can be made 24 hours a day. n All supporting documentation can be uploaded and submitted with the application along with making an online payment. n You can apply through a MyWirral account – this a quick and easy way to contact

council services at any time without needing to phone or visit the Council. Registering for an account takes just a couple of minutes and all that is needed to get started is an email address. n You will be able to track the progress of the application and receive any contact/ updates/ requests for further information through your My Wirral account. n You will no longer need to visit a One Stop Shop n Applications that are successful will have the Blue Badge posted direct to their home address. If you think you would struggle to make an online application and have no one who could help you with an online application, the staff within Libraries and One Stop Shops can help - call in for assistance.


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There is no change to the eligibility criteria for Blue Badges, details of which can be found at the council’s

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CITIZENS ADVICE Wirral has launched a Help to Claim Universal Credit service. We can support you to make a new claim for Universal Credit, from opening a Universal Credit account to receiving the first full Universal Credit payment. Our trained advisers can help set-up a Universal Credit account, complete claim to-dos, verify identity, ensure the right evidence is provided to the Jobcentre and help you understand Universal Credit. Call Freephone 0800 144 8 444.



Or visit us:Wallasey - Communications Hub, Citizens Advice Wirral, 237-243 Liscard Road, CH44 5TH. Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 12.30am

Birkenhead - JobCentrePlus, Brunswick House, 29 Price Street, CH41 6PN Monday to Friday from 1.30pm until 4.00pm.

IF YOU HAVE a child or a child comes to live with you, you can claim Child Benefit. Apply when your child is born or comes to live with you - it will only be backdated up to a maximum of 3 months. You’ll need to fill out an application form and post it to HM Revenue and Customs. To download a form go to https:// You can keep getting Child Benefit until 31st August after your child becomes 16 - or until they’re 20 if they stay in education or training For advice about Child Benefit go to

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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: MRS LETITIA ALLMARK, 2 CALDBECK ROAD, BROMBOROUGH, CH62 3PL. Change of use of unit to childrens play centre. APP/19/00334. Full Planning Permission Departure from U.D.P. MR JOHN BRIERLEY, 38 STANLEY ROAD, HOYLAKE, CH47 1HP. Erection of a dormer bungalow and detached garage to the rear of 38 Stanley Road. APP/19/00532. Full Planning Permission. Kings Gap Conservation Area. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR PRINGLE, HEATHERSTONES, 92 OLDFIELD ROAD, HESWALL, CH60 6SG. Erection of single storey rear and side extension. Addition of front dormer window to create attic room and alterations to the principle elevation. APP/19/00542. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. MR EARLAM, EARLAM & PARTNERS LTD, THE OLD LIFEBOAT STATION, 15 NORTH PARADE, HOYLAKE, CH47 2BB . Change of use of the ground floor of the old lifeboat station lifeboat shed from D1 (Museum) to A2/B1 Office/Business use. Amendment to previous application APP 17/00457 to install a frameless glass juliet balcony in place of the externa l balcony. APP/19/00551. Full Planning Permission. Kings Gap Conservation Area.

The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR ARMSTRONG, WIRRAL COUNCIL, HESWALL PRIMARY SCHOOL, WHITFIELD LANE, HESWALL, CH60 7SD. Erection of single-storey side extension to form extended lobby. Erection of single-storey rear extension to form 2 no. classrooms. Other works include both internal and external alterations to school. DPP3/19/00035. Work for Council by Council. Departure from U.D.P. MRS MILLEN, 57 MILL LANE, LISCARD, CH44 5UB. Permission for fixed seating, tables and planters outside restaurant on the pavement. APP/19/00299. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. MR YATES, 165-167 BEDFORD ROAD, 165 BEDFORD ROAD, BIRKENHEAD, CH42 2AW. Application to build three storey accommodation containing 18 No. flats. APP/19/00349. Full Planning Permission. MRS GOLBORNE, 1 LEAS PARK, WEST KIRBY, CH47 4AH. Installation of bi-fold doors to rear elevation, replacement of windows to kitchen & installation of roof lights to rear single storey. APP/19/00512. Full Planning Permission. Meols Drive Conservation Area. Conservation Area. MR MELIA, WINTER MELIA DEVELOPMENTS, HOYLAKE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ALDERLEY ROAD, HOYLAKE, CH47 2AX. Application to vary Condition 2 of APP/17/00183 to vary the approved plans, with the following amendments being incorporated: 1. Hip-to-gable change on the proposed extension 2. Two new dormers included for Plot 18 (replaces one dwelling removed from Church conversion) 3. Zinc cladding to overcome mixture of materials used in original elevations. 4. Other internal alterations, as shown on plans to suit complexities of working with the existing structure. APP/19/00535. Full Planning Permission. MR & MRS BAKER, SUNDOWN, 23 MEOLS DRIVE, HOYLAKE, CH47 4AE. Single Storey Rear / Side Extension & Internal Structural Alterations. APP/19/00554. Full Planning Permission. Conservation Area. Meols Drive Conservation Area.

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The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan:

MR WAINWRIGHT, 117-119 WALLASEY ROAD, LISCARD, CH44 2AA. Erection of a two-storey apartment attached to the rear of the building. APP/19/00553. Full Planning Permission Departure from U.D.P.

MR & MRS HARWOOD, 4 BOWER ROAD, BARNSTON, CH60 1XT. Single Storey Side extension with front dormers and replacement front dormer to existing bedroom and internal alterations. APP/19/00555. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P.

KAVANAGH, KAVANAGH PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LTD, 59 ROWSON STREET, NEW BRIGHTON. Variation of condition 8 of approved planning permission APP/07/05425 for reduction of number of bedrooms. Flats 1 and 3 of No.59 Rowson Street have been built as one-bedroom units as shown on the ‘as built plan’ submitted with this application rather than the approved two-bedroom units (retrospective). No external alterations proposed. APP/19/00558. Full Planning Permission. MR MILLAR, RED CAT, GREASBY ROAD, GREASBY, CH49 3AT. Installation of replacement illuminated and non illuminated signs. ADV/19/00569. Advertisement Consent. Archaeological site. Affects setting of Grade II listed building SISTERS OF JESUS WAY, BETHANY, 24A ABBEY ROAD, WEST KIRBY, CH48 7EP. Alterations and extension to existing Chapel. APP/19/00599. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Conservation Area West Kirby. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 06 June 2019 at the address below. Notice is dated 16 May 2019.

MR COYNE, KEEPMOAT HOMES, CLEARED SITE, BEAUFORT ROAD, BIRKENHEAD. To construct 178 dwellings with associated parking, access and landscaping. APP/19/00564. Full Planning Permission. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 29 May 2019 at the address below. Notice is dated 8 May 2019. You can see details and plans of the application on our web site at and you can submit comments online or by E-mail to A copy of the application, plans and other documents are available for inspection at the offices for Economic and Housing Growth, Wallasey Town Hall, South Annexe, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH27 9FQ between 9.30am to 12.00pm Tuesday and Thursday by appointment only. Please contact 0151 691 8454. 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

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TRAFFIC SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) NOTICE OF MAKING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER IN THE ROCK FERRY AREA 2019 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council have made the above order under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended by section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 and of all other enabling powers to enable proposed works to be executed on or near the footpaths specified in the proposed order (having already advertised notice of intent). The effects of the order, the alternative route for pedestrians, the date the order comes into force and its maximum duration is set out below. Dell Grove (Temporary Footpath Closure) Rock Ferry Order 2019 The effect of this order will be to close the footpath to the north of Dell Grove from a point fronting number 33 Dell Grove for a distance of 22 metres in a northerly direction to all pedestrians. Alternative route: Pedestrians to be diverted via New Chester Road, Proctor Road, The Dell and vice versa. Maximum Duration of the order: From 08:00am 7 May 2019 until 23:59pm 31 May 2019 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by). Notice is dated 24 April 2019. SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) NOTICE OF MAKING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER IN THE GAYTON AREA 2019 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. Hillside Road (Temporary Road Closure) Gayton 2019 The effect of this order will be to close Hillside Road from its junction with Dawstone Road to its junction with Anthony’s Way to all vehicular traffic. Alternative route: Traffic to be diverted via Dawstone Road, Well Lane, Telegraph Road and vice versa. Maximum Duration of the order: From 7 May 2019 until 26 May 2019 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by). Notice is dated 24 April 2019. SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) NOTICE OF MAKING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER IN THE HOYLAKE AREA 2019 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 date the order comes into force and its maximum duration is set out below.

Ethelbert Lane (Temporary Road Closure) Hoylake Order 2019 The effect of this order will be to close Ethelbert Lane, Hoylake from its junction with Ethelbert Road for its full length to all vehicular traffic. Maximum Duration of the order: From 08:00am 16 May 2019 until 23:59pm 28 May 2019 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by). Notice is dated 1 May 2019. THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 TOUR SERIES CYCLING SPECIAL EVENT ORDER 2019 WHEREAS Wirral Borough Council (the Council) being the highway authority for the roads specified in the Schedules 1, 2 and 3 hereto is satisfied that traffic in said roads should be restricted or prohibited during the Tour Series Cycling Event (“the Event”) for the purpose of facilitating the holding of the Event and to enable members of the public to watch the Event. NOW THEREFORE the Council in exercise of their powers under Section 16A of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended, and of all other enabling powers, hereby make the following Order. The lengths of road whereby no person shall cause any vehicle to enter or proceed are set out during the hours and on the days specified in Schedule 1 below. The lengths of road whereby no person shall cause or permit any motor vehicle to wait or to load/unload (including for the purpose of delivery or collecting goods) during the hours and days specified in Schedule 2 below. For the purposes of the Tour Series Cycling Event the existing prohibition of traffic along John Street, Birkenhead from its junction with Argyle Street for its entire length be revoked and no person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed in, along or over the road specified in column 1 of the Schedule 3 to this Order in a direction other than that specified in relation to that road in column 2 in schedule 3 to this Order during the hours and on the days specified in Schedule 3 below. Alternative routes for diverted vehicular traffic will be signed accordingly. Schedule 1 Dates of Operation of the Order: From 06:00am until 23:59pm Tuesday 21 May 2019 • Hamilton Square (south side) between Argyle Street & Hamilton Street • Hamilton Lane between Cleveland Street & Price Street • Price Street between Adelphi Street & Argyle Street • Lord Street between George Street & Price Street • Brook Street East between Athol Street & Lord Street • Athol Street for its entire length • Cleveland Street between Taylor Street & Argyle Street • Taylor Street between George Street & Cleveland Street • George Street between Taylor Street & Sandford Street • Sandford Street between George Street / Sidney Street & Cleveland Street • Mortimer Street between Albion Street & Hamilton Street • Brandon Street between Gertrude Street & Hamilton Street Dates of Operation of the Order: From 10:00am until 23:59pm Tuesday 21 May 2019 • Hamilton Square (north side) between Argyle Street & Hamilton Street • Hamilton Square (west side) between Price Street & Cleveland Street • Argyle Street between Price Street & Market Street • Argyle Street between Cleveland Street & Elgin Way Schedule 2 Dates of Operation of the Order: From 18:30pm Monday 20 May 2019 until 23:59pm Tuesday 21 May 2019 • Hamilton Square (north side) between Argyle Street & Hamilton Street • Hamilton Square (west side) between Price Street & Cleveland Street • Argyle Street between Price Street & Market Street • Argyle Street between Cleveland Street & Elgin Way • Hamilton Square (south side) between Argyle Street & Hamilton Street • Hamilton Lane between Cleveland Street & Price Street • Price Street between Adelphi Street & Argyle Street • Lord Street between George Street & Price Street • Brook Street East between Athol Street & Lord Street

• Athol Street for its entire length • Cleveland Street between Taylor Street & Argyle Street • Taylor Street between George Street & Cleveland Street • George Street between Taylor Street & Sandford Street • Sandford Street between George Street / Sidney Street & Cleveland Street • Mortimer Street between Albion Street & Hamilton Street • Brandon Street between Gertrude Street & Hamilton Street Schedule 3 Dates of Operation of the Order: From 10:00am until 23:59pm Tuesday 21 May 2019 Col 1 Col 2 Road in Birkenhead Direction John Street

In a south easterly direction only between Argyle Street and Hamilton Street, Birkenhead.

Notice is dated 8 May 2019. SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) NOTICE OF MAKING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER IN THE TRANMERE AREA 2019 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. Ingleborough Road (Temporary Road Closure) Tranmere Order 2019 The effect of this order will be to close Ingleborough Road, from its junction with Prenton Road East to its junction with Mallory Road. Alternative route: Traffic to be diverted via Prenton Road East, Borough Road, Mallory Road and vice versa. Maximum Duration of the order: From 08:00am 3 June 2019 until 23:59pm 21 June 2019 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by). Notice is dated 15 May 2019. 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 2019/20 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 Saturday 01 June 2019 until Sunday 31 May 2020. Notice is dated 15 May 2019.

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

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