Bike lovers get in gear for March Sefton Cycle event

Anyone with an interest in cycling is encouraged to attend the next Sefton Cycle Chat at the MeCycle Café on Station Road, Ainsdale.

The evening session, on Tuesday March 6, runs from 6pm until 8pm and is an ideal opportunity to talk about cycling issues and news around Sefton.

The latest of many regular meetings, a number of riders, enthusiasts and local groups are set to come together and debate the top topics that affect cyclists in the borough.

The previous session, which took place in November, dealt with a number of issues including the new crossing at Fishermans path and updates on the roll out of Safe Urban Driving (SUD) courses for professional drivers.

All local cyclists will be warmly welcomed at the March session and will be encouraged to engage with their ideas and thoughts on topical matters.

If you are interested in attending please contact us to book your place on 0151 934 4576 or via the contact form on http://www.activetravelsefton.co.uk

#CleanerSeas for Sefton

Whether you swim, paddle, or simply enjoy a stroll on one of the Sefton beaches, you can be assured, once again, that the quality of the water is cleaner than at any time in the last 30 years.

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For the second year in a row the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published statistics that reveal that all 31 of the North West’s bathing waters meet the government’s required standards for water quality.

The 2017 classifications of bathing waters in Sefton are;

  • Formby beach has been rated Excellent – the highest, cleanest class;
  • Southport and Ainsdale have been rated Good – generally good water quality.

Full classifications can be found here: www.environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

A range of stakeholders have contributed to reducing pollution and improving the regions rivers, lakes and the sea, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local community.

You can continue to help maintain, and improve, these standards by making small changes at home and at the beach:

• Only flush the 3P’s down the toilet – poo, pee and paper. Everything else goes in the bin!
• Pour cooled kitchen fats in the bin, not down the sink – it can cause blockages and sewage to overflow.
• Pick up after your dog and put it in the bin.
• Don’t feed birds at the beach and keep outdoor areas free of food waste.
• Always put litter in the bin or take it home if it’s full.

Ainsdale’s MeCycle cafe and bike workshop supports Big Bike Revival (BBR)

Workers at a special bike cafe in Ainsdale have been shifting gear to help fix well over 100 bikes for free in just seven days.

Staff at MeCycle cafe and bike workshop say they are delighted with the success of the Big Bike Revival (BBR).

MeCycle, which is part of Autism Initiatives and supports young adults with autism in work placements, is taking part in BBR – a national campaign to encourage people to enjoy the benefits of cycling – by making bike repairs for free.

Vicky Jones, MeCycle Manager, said, “During the first week we serviced or fixed 138 bikes, which was more than we did in a two week period last year.

“People were queuing up outside before we opened and as the week went on we had to turn some people away.”

MeCycle mechanics will make straight forward repairs such as brakes, cables and inner tubes, until Saturday May 27.

Latest News & Activities from ACC (Ainsdale Community Care)

“Time to Talk” Day at ACC – TOMORROW, Thursday 4th February

“Time To Talk” day- a National Initiative funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and The Big Lottery Fund.

Time to change is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, it is aimed at raising awareness of Mental Health issues including Loneliness.

Ainsdale Community Care are holding a special Coffee day to assist in the campaign on Thursday 4th All are welcome to come along.

Relaunch of “Nit & Natter” Group

ACC is pleased to relaunch our “Nit & Natter” Group, which will be held on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm.

The group is only £1.00 per person, including Tea and Biscuits.

Attic Sale & Coffee Morning (next date: Saturday 27th Feb)

The Attic Sale and Coffee morning was received well and raised awareness of ACC’s activities.

The Next Attic Sale and Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 27th February between 9.00am and 1.00pm.  Tables £8.00.

To book. Please call Rebecca or Audrey on 01704 574838. Further details to follow.

Thank you to our fantastic volunteers!

The volunteer lunch was enjoyed by over 70 volunteers and it was a small token of our thanks for the difference that they make to others in the community.

The team at ACC really appreciate all they do for us.