Coronavirus Mobile Testing at Bootle Town Hall (21st-23rd July)

From today (Tuesday 21 July),  the coronavirus mobile testing unit will be at Bootle Town Hall for three consecutive days.

Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG are supporting the Mobile Test Sites, which provide clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus.

Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through

Key NHS staff can attend regional testing sites at Liverpool John Lennon Airport as well as Haydock and Manchester Airport without the need for an appointment.

Testing is vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19 and enables key workers who test negative to return to that work. Approaching 6,000 people have already been tested so far at Sefton’s Mobile Test Sites, which have been supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG.

Following news of an increase in confirmed cases of young people with coronavirus in south Liverpool, Sefton Council’s Interim Director of Public Health has joined Liverpool health bosses in reminding people in that age group that they are susceptible to infection by COVID-19.

Over the past fortnight, around half of the 30 cases confirmed in the south Liverpool area have been people aged 15-24. This has led health official in the city to issue a reminder that the illness can infect anyone, regardless of age.

Young people reminded coronavirus symptoms may be mild but you’re still infectious to friends & loved ones.

Through the Government’s NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. It is important to follow the NHS guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton.

The Orrell Trust’s Memory Cafe is heading to Bootle (starting 25th January)

The Orrell Trust is launching a Memory Café later this month to help support people living dementia or memory loss and their carers’.

The group will enable people who are living in similar circumstances to meet on a regular basis to take part in gentle exercise, games, sing-alongs, arts and crafts and memory box workshops.

Let’s Change Lives Together: Macmillan Coffee Mornings across Sefton this September

The South Sefton Macmillan Community Navigators service have teamed up with Sefton CVS’s Community Connectors project to host a series of Macmillan Coffee Mornings across Sefton this September.

Click here to download the event flyer 

Everyone is welcome to join us, and please see below for details of each event:

Wednesday 19th September, 10am – 12pm
Maghull Town Hall,
Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB

Wednesday 19th September, 10am – 12pm
Strand By Me Shop, Lower Level,
Strand Shopping Centre, L20 4SZ

Friday 21st September, 10am – 1pm
Southport Community Centre,
Norwood Road, Southport, PR8 6HQ

For more information about any of the Coffee Morning events,  or to confirm your place, please email or call Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 to speak to the Macmillan Community Navigator team.

Bootle Residents Sketch in the Great Outdoors

Whether you’re a novice or a veritable Vincent van Gogh, sketching outdoors is a fun, relaxing way to spend time with others.

The North End Sketch club in Liverpool’s Stanley Park is branching out from its artistic roots and going on tour, as organiser and artist Jayne Lawless teams up with the Human Library in Bootle to take participants to parks and green spaces across Bootle.

The North End Sketch Club takes place every Friday, 11am until August 10. Everyone and anyone is welcome, just turn up to Bootle Library on the day. 

Find out more about the Human Library Facebook page. 

Bootle Music Festival (26th & 27th August 2018)

Bootle Music Festival will celebrate original art through live music, visual artists and craftsmen as well as good food and real ale at realistic prices.

A Wellbeing Zone will include yoga, mindfulness, woodland crafts & much more with representatives from the local community giving advice and information on local health & environmental issues.

Organisers SAFE Regeneration are a not for profit organisation and all proceeds from this event will be re-invested back into community projects

Bootle Music Festival

Order your tickets now for the discounted online rate of just £10 per person for entry to the festival on both Saturday and Sunday!

Day Tickets are also available from the Lock & Quay, 2 Irlam Road, Bootle L20 4AH Daily from 12pm – 10pm for £6 per person per day.

Tickets are also available on the gate for £6 per person per day.

Under 10s are FREE!

Gates open at 1pm

Local NHS Staff and Asda Celebrate the NHS’ 70th Birthday

Local NHS and Asda staff brought the national NHS 70th celebrations to shoppers in Bootle.

Staff from NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held a morning roadshow in Bootle’s Asda on the NHS’ Birthday (5 July).  Local people were able to share their experiences of the NHS in the past, present and importantly find out about future plans for local healthcare. Many shoppers also signed up to receive regular updates from their local CCG.

A pharmacist from the CCG’s team was on hand to answer patients’ questions about staying healthy and managing their medication effectively.

Asda in Bootle also donated cakes to the CCG’s staff to help mark the anniversary and to say thank you for the hard work and dedication of NHS staff.

Dr Craig Gillespie, acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We would like to thank everyone at Asda and the local shoppers who took part in our NHS 70th celebrations.

“This important milestone is an opportunity for us to thank all our staff, listen to local people’s experiences of services and seek views on how we can improve care for the future. Our Big Chat/Annual Review meeting takes place in September and I would like to encourage local people to take part in the celebrations.”

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions and to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives. It is also a time to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

The NHS 70th celebrations will continue locally with an NHS@70 Big Chat/Annual Review event on Thursday, 27 September 1- 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club. A marketplace is being organised by the CCG to showcase local health services, share information on the future of the local NHS and give people the chance to have their say.

If you’d like to attend the NHS@70 Big Chat / Annual Review or find out more about getting involved in the work of your local NHS, please email or call 0151 317 8456.

Spotlight on Men’s Health!

Living Well Sefton partners are offering a host of activities to appeal to men during this week’s Men’s Health Week. This year’s event has a focus on men and diabetes and all the activities aim to encourage men to look at what they eat and how they keep active.

In the south, Netherton Feelgood Factory and May Logan Living Well Centre in Bootle, have a timetable with the following for men to choose from: walking groups, craft and arts groups, yoga, gardening clubs and an informal mental health drop-in.

On Thursday (14th) at the May Logan in Knowsley Road there is a men’s sports group. Drop in from 1.30pm to relive your favourite memories from the world of sport. While on Friday (15th) the Feelgood Factory has a man’s social club. For £1 you can enter the Man Cave from 1.30pm.

While in Southport, Brighter Living Partnership’s men’s group has lined up a week of taster sessions.

Group member, Andrew Lloyd, says: “Coming to the men’s group has made such a difference. Before I would have just sat at home but now I’m mixing with people from all kinds of background and I get so much out of it.”

Anne-Marie Morrison, Community Resilience Development Officer with Living Well Sefton, explains: “During Men’s Health Week we’re giving a real taste of what we hope to offer for the rest of the year and we want men to come along, try them out, and then tell us what they’d like to get involved with.”

Tuesday morning – drop in and try your hand at the games club from 10.30am and treat yourself at the community café
Tuesday afternoon – drop in from 1pm for Steps to Health and Making Every Contact Count training sessions
Wednesday – Dave, a personal trainer, will be putting on a circuit training session (11am-12noon) designed for all abilities and people are asked to sign up if interested
Thursday –  a popular fixture at the centre is the lunch club at 12.30pm but book in advance as places are limited
Friday – remember your pop corn for Film Club from 1pm

For those who try out the taster sessions and become a part of the men’s group there is also the chance to undertake training with the goal of becoming peer mentors.

More details from:
May Logan on 922 8588
Feelgood Factory on 291 8010
Brighter Living Partnership on 01704 517818
Living Well Sefton on 0300 323 0181

Well Sefton Aims to Spread the Love on Pay It Forward Day

Well Sefton, the project dedicated to creating a brighter Bootle, has prepared a raft of activities aimed at spreading the love this Pay It Forward Day.

Pay It Forward Day is a worldwide movement that promotes random acts of kindness with the idea that those who experience an act of kindness pass it on to others.

Well Sefton has planned a series of activities that will embrace the power of giving and hopes to encourage the people of Bootle to spread the love among the community that will take place from Thursday, April 26 to Saturday, April 28.


The Venus Centre in Bootle invites the women of Sefton to join them at its coffee mornings.

The coffee mornings are held every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm at Venus’ Linacre Road based centre.  This is the perfect opportunity for women to get together to talk, make friends and support on another.

Active Sefton launches ‘Spooktacular’ half term line-up!

Active Sefton has released its exciting line up of activities taking place over the October half term (October 23-28).

The ‘Spooky Spectacular’ timetable includes lots of fun activities available for 2-16 year olds to keep them entertained during the school break.

Sessions include themed workshops, Everton Soccer School, archery, Born to Move music classes and the ever popular ‘Spooky Spectacular’ days are set to make a grand return.

TONIGHT! Sefton residents invited to the launch of new LGB group social and support evening

Sefton’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) network Embrace are launching a new social evening in Bootle starting on Thursday 28th September and are inviting local LGBT residents to come along and find out more about the group.

The evening will take place at Kindfulness Coffee Club on Knowsley Road in Bootle from 7pm until 8.30pm, and will be an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the Embrace network, meet new people, and access support and advice related to LGBT issues.

Embrace is one of the Equalities networks supported by Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) and all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who live, work or play in the borough of Sefton are welcome to be involved.

The network exists to be available to decision makers in Sefton and to be consulted on matters affecting the LGB community in Sefton. Embrace also provides a social and support outlet to LGBT people in the borough of Sefton.

To find out more information about the Embrace social and support evening, please email or call Embrace’s Co-Chairs Dr Mike Homfray on 07970 680483 or Rach O’Brien on 07903 773395. Residents can also follow Embrace on Twitter at @EmbraceSefton or find the group on Facebook.

Kindfulness Cafe - Embrace

Click Here to download a flyer (PDF)

Fitness group take on 10,000 mile challenge for Bootle girl Holly

Bootle girl Holly Kitchen who suffers from a rare illness has inspired a fitness group to take on a gruelling 10,000 mile running challenge.

Ten members of British Military Fitness will take part in the run, which is roughly the distance between London and Adelaide in Australia, across a period of 12 weeks.

It means that over the course of three months, the ten of them must each complete 1,000 miles in order to hit the 10,000 target.

The hope is to raise £10,000 for five-year-old Holly, who has Trisomy 9 Mosaicism (T9M), a serious chromosomal disorder that only affects ten people in the UK and 93 worldwide.

Unfortunately there is no cure for the illness, which can lead to a whole host of unpredictable and serious medical problems.

The money will be used to buy Holly a new wheelchair and also adjust the garden to make it safer for the youngster to enjoy.

Kevin Thompson, an instructor at the Liverpool-based British Military Fitness, is behind the fundraising campaign having spoken to Holly’s dad, Barry.

Barry, who is a member of the British Military Fitness, told the Champion: “Kevin wants to raise as much funds as possible for Holly so we can get a new wheel chair and low level our existing back garden so it’s safe for her to use.

“He has put to ten of his British Military Fitness clients to run over a period of 12 weeks 10,000 miles between them, an equivalent of 1,000 miles each.

“Other members, including me, will also participate as much as we can to eventually dwindle down the 10,000 miles target.

“What a challenge but hopefully we can raise as much money as possible.”

To donate to the cause, visit the website:

Healthwatch England’s ‘It Starts With You’Campaign wants to hear from you

Healthwatch Sefton, the local health and social care consumer champion, has been supporting Healthwatch England’s It Starts With You campaign with a number of initiatives within the borough.

Today (Wednesday) the Healthwatch Sefton team is at Strand House in Bootle to engage with those within the 123 flats and to capture any feedback on the health services they use.

Over the last year, more than 3,000 local residents have shared their stories with Healthwatch Sefton to help identify where things weren’t working and let doctors, nurses and care workers know when they were getting it right. The aim is for Wednesday’s visit to add to this picture by listening to what the residents have to say with all responses being anonymous.

This follows a co-ordinated Listening Event earlier in July when eight local Healthwatch visited Accident & Emergency departments throughout Cheshire and Merseyside at the same time, on the same day, and asking people the same questions from a pre-arranged survey.

Two members of Healthwatch Sefton spent the afternoon at Southport and Formby District General Hospital A+E department where they captured feedback from 24 people.

This information will be included in a wider Healthwatch report intended to gain insight as to why people attend A+E and where pressures elsewhere in the system may affect demand on the emergency department. It is hoped a follow-up survey will also add to the picture of A+E demand.

In another initiative to coincide with the It Starts With You campaign, Betty Boner, Healthwatch Sefton Engagement and Participation Officer, linked in with Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust’s recent launch of their Experience of Care Strategy. Betty gathered people’s feedback at Southport Hospital on the different services provided at the site and shared comments such as: “I received fantastic aftercare” and “I meet up with other people who were (at the clinic) at the same time. We now support each other”.

The Healthwatch network exists to make it straightforward for people to give feedback about health and social care services. Healthwatch Sefton has made this easy by providing a specific Feedback Centre on its website ( where people can also rate their GP practice, dental surgery or hospital clinic – all anonymously.


Sefton to Love Parks for national celebration this week (14th-23rd July)

Sefton Council is asking local residents join the rest of the UK and be part of 100 million visits to UK parks during Love Parks Week.

Love Parks Week takes place 14-23 July and is now in its eleventh year. It is Britain’s biggest celebration of these valuable spaces. The local authority is joining the celebration, and encouraging everyone to share why they love their local park.

Using #LoveParks, Sefton residents are being encouraged to take photos, videos or simply describe what they love about their parks while tagging the local authority on social media as they visit their parks.

Using this tide of public support, with people sharing how much parks matter to them and why, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy will campaign to secure the quality of parks for future generations to enjoy.

In Sefton, the following parks and organisations will be taking part:

Southport: Botanic Gardens Community Association; Lord Street IN Bloom Volunteers; Friends of Rotten Row and Friends of King’s Gardens (all Southport).

Crosby and Waterloo: Friends of Moorside Park, Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens.

Bootle: North Park, Friends of Derby Park and Orrell Mount

Cllr. Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Well Being said:

“In Sefton we have some of the best parks in the UK and we should rightly be proud of them. Unfortunately, we can take them for granted and not fully appreciate the fantastic resource we have that makes leisure time affordable for all of our residents whatever their background. It is great to see Love Parks Week come round again to urge us to celebrate and enjoy what we have.

“While it feels timely to celebrate our parks during the summer, I would urge local residents to beat a path to their local park throughout the year – they will be surprised at the sheer variety of activities they can enjoy, from park runs to open air cinemas and everything in-between.” 

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award manager said,

“We believe that everybody, wherever they live, should have access to a quality green space. We are asking everyone to join us in showing how much they care and helping us to protect parks for future generations.”

To find out where your local park is in Sefton, visit 

To tag Sefton Council in your #LoveParks posts use: @seftoncouncil (Twitter) / SeftonParks (Facebook) and @parksinsefton (Instagram)

Sefton parks and green spaces receive the Green Flag Award

Parks, cemeteries and green spaces in Sefton have received the prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space meet the criteria to show excellence in parks management, has appropriate user facilities and that the community are involved and integral to the parks success

The full list of sites in Sefton includes: Botanic Gardens, Southport; Coronation Park, Crosby; Derby Park, Bootle; Hatton Hill Park, Litherland; Hesketh Park, Southport; Kings Gardens, Southport; Liverpool Road Cemetery, Southport; Lord Street Gardens, Southport; North Park, Bootle; Southport Crematorium and Thornton Garden of Rest.

There were also a number of Community Award winners in the borough, including: Bridge Inn Community Farm, Formby, North Park Community Garden, Bootle, St Luke’s Church Grounds, Crosby and Rotten Row, Southport.

Councillor Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy.

“This Award recognises and highlights that people in Sefton are benefiting from a green space of the very highest quality.”

Bootle Schools Come Together to Celebrate Local History

A digital map of Bootle’s captivating history has been developed by pupils of Bootle schools.

Each of the schools focused on a specific aspect of local history and found out about the history of their schools and their connections with famous people; they discovered about mysterious buildings on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, as well as Johnson’s dye-works.

The pupils did their own research and investigations into their chosen area, taking part in ‘History Days’, outdoor visits and engaging with re-enactors who brought aspects of the history to life in the classroom and provided artefacts for the children to handle.  For many it was the first time that they had been able to visit The Atkinson.

The Atkinson has supported this project as part of the programme of activities linked to the museum development, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery.  This has enabled the schools to work with leading web designers Fuzzy Duck in creating the Bootle History Website – which means the schools are able to digitalise the map and add new important discoveries  all the time.

The Strand Partnership is a collaborative of 24 schools in South Sefton, who work together to improve the training and development of staff, programmes for pupils and to develop collaborative working across the sites.

Every year the Strand Partnership schools come together to work on a project and this year we are delighted that it was with The Atkinson, who were able to help them develop this incredible  map of historical events and places for their local area. This new digital resource will be added to for years to come and act as an educational resource to teach local heritage in schools whilst helping to instil a real sense of pride of place in their home town.

David Atkin – Strand Facilitator said:

Everyone agreed that the project was a great success, but we also agreed that it was just a start!  There was plenty of work left to do, much more research to undertake, many more things to be discovered!

The Strand Schools Council History Project, ‘Our Bootle History’ has engaged pupils and staff across South Sefton and created a very modern new resource which will benefit our schools forever.”

Emma Anderson, Director, The Atkinson said:

“This has been a fabulous project for us to be involved in. The schools have worked incredibly hard and have developed something very special and that they can be proud of and develop further. Bootle has such an interesting and varied history that it is important that local pupils learn about it and can feel proud of where they come from.”

The Bootle History Map is being launched on 6 July at a special event at Bootle Cricket Club for everyone who has worked and been involved in the project.

To see what the pupils discovered check out the digital map at


Sefton 4 Good is appealing for community groups and individuals to support a scheme to provide free summer school holiday meals for children across the borough.

The fundraising initiative says that many families find the holidays difficult because they rely on the free school meals their children receive during term time.

As a response to this situation, organisers are looking to co-ordinate a borough-wide network of local voluntary organisations and community venues who will be able to plug the gap by offering free meals to children and young people aged between five and 18 in the holidays.

Seven local organisations have already pledged their support to the scheme – two in Bootle, one in Litherland, two in Crosby and a further two in Southport.

Now Sefton 4 Good are appealing for specific support for this initiative and have set up a dedicated BT MyDonate page in a bid to generate crowdfunding support for the initiative, click here to donation. Donations can also be made by phone by texting SEFT44 followed by the amount to 70070.

Funds raised in these ways will help groups with purchasing supplies of food and drink, and organisers are also appealing for volunteers to help in the initiative.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare and cook meals, and also to assist with running activities at the various centres across the borough.

Nigel Bellamy, Deputy Chief Executive Sefton CVS commented: “This scheme aims to provide much-needed support to disadvantaged families who can face real financial problems in the school holidays.

“We’re hoping for a really good response from community groups and individuals, to enable us to provide a free meals service in as many borough locations as possible.”

Organisers are also looking for support and donations from local businesses for specific food supplies and equipment, and those who can support are asked to contact Sefton 4 Good for full details of what is needed.

Groups or individuals who want to get involved, or for those wishing to make a donation, can contact Sefton 4 Good by ringing 0151 920 0726 or by visiting

Strand By Me – A new Place of Welcome opens in Bootle

A new Place of Welcome has opened in the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle last week in the Strand by Me Centre which is a joint initiative by Sefton CVS, Sefton Council, South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group and the Strand Centre. It offers an open approach to people shopping in the Centre and is also staffed by volunteers from the Strand House Residents Association and others.

Conal Devitt the centre lead commented, ‘We are really pleased to offer a Place of Welcome to people in our Centre whoever they are or wherever they have come from. This, we believe is a unique partnership offering a wide range of services including developing hospitality and bringing people’s skills together.’

Pictured above are John Davis (second from left) with friends and visitors at the opening of the Place of Welcome which will be open to all comers on Tuesdays at 10am until 12 noon for refreshments. Places of Welcome harness people’s gifts and energies over a cup of tea and a biscuit and a warm welcome. Pop along anytime.

Strand By Me is located on the ground floor of Bootle Strand Shopping Centre opposite Wilko, for more information click here!

Places of Welcome is a network of small community organisations, including faith communities, who offer an unconditional welcome to local people for at least a few hours a week.

The primary aim of the Places of Welcome network is that “Every neighbourhood has places where all people feel safe to belong, connect and contribute.”

If your church or community organisation would like to give it a try or would like more information contact our team or go to

Click here for contact information of locations around the UK.

Sefton: John Davis at

Twitter: @PlacesOfWelcome

Facebook: @placesofwelcome


Bootle care home thanks local NHS

A Bootle care home has thanked its local clinical commissioning group (CCG) for its work to improve care for its residents.

Thanks to NHS South Sefton CCG’s Care Home Innovation Program (CHIP), residents at Afton Lodge are being admitted to hospital much less frequently for emergency treatment and care and are instead being cared for more comfortably in their home.

CHIP brings together a combination of elements including telehealth, improved training for care home staff, and more dedicated services to support participating homes.

Since its launch CHIP has achieved over 25% reduction in 999 calls in participating care homes and related ambulance conveyances through telehealth, community matron visits, standardisation of medical protocols, a bi-monthly quality improvement collaborative meeting and training for care home staff.

This has had an impact on many residents but Mary Searle found it massively improved the quality of her life.

Mary said: “I have really benefited from the telehealth programme and feel more comfortable speaking to doctors this way as it’s much easier to explain my symptoms. I have also stopped getting regular infections which I believe is down to being able to speak to professional doctors so easily.”

Jennifer Oldfield, joint manager at Afton Lodge, said: “We are really thankful for the CHIP programme and all it’s done for our residents. The health care assistant training has given our staff the skills and the confidence to know when a resident needs medical attention.”

Julie Dry, joint manager of Afton Lodge, said: “We have also received information and support on medicine management from the CCG allowing us to reduce the medicine waste in our care home. Our residents are also thankful for the benefits it has had on them.

We would also really like to thank Regency Healthcare who have been a constant support to all of us here at Afton Lodge.”

NHS South Sefton CCG’s CHIP team was recently recognised for its work on telehealth by the North West Coast Awards where they won the award for Best System Improvement award for its joined up approach.

NHS South Sefton CCG brings together 30 member GP practices covering an area from Bootle in the south, Hightown in the north and Maghull to the east.


For more information see: or follow us on twitter @NHSSSCCG

Mill Spring Court Resident’s Association in Bootle secure computer course grant

Elderly residents from Bootle who say “I’m hopeless on computers” have no excuses any more after £10,000 was spent on a new course to teach them the basics!

Members of Mill Spring Court Resident’s Association successfully applied for a Big Lottery grant, with the money to help pay for a ‘digital inclusion course’.

This will be set-up next month at Mill Spring Court for anyone at the accommodation looking to touch up their computer skills.

Group member Alan Davis said: “This course is specifically for older people living in the accommodation who want to learn about using a computer for the likes of emails and the internet.

“The old saying is ‘I’m hopeless on computers’ and this was the reason for it. We have regular meetings and bingo and people are always saying how they wish they were better on computers.

“It was actually suggested to us by One Vision Housing who said we should apply for money to set up the course.”

Bootle’s Brunswick Youth & Community Centre turns 70!


The Bootle community came together last week to celebrate the 70 year anniversary of the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.

One of Bootle’s best known community facilities, known as ‘The Brunny’, turns 70 years old this year and staff, local residents, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher,  MP Peter Dowd and children who use the Marsh Lane centre gathered on Friday, April 21 to mark the special occasion.

The Brunny  was formed in 1947 – two years after the end of World War  Two – by a group of British  prisoners of war held in the German camp of ‘Oflag 79’ in Braunschweig.

The soldiers in the camp wanted to open a facility in Liverpool to  offer a new facility for local boys, and they  decided to start a fundraising campaign.

Two years later and the Brunswick Boys Club was founded after the local community managed to raise £13,000.

It initially opened up in Toxteth but then moved to Marsh Lane in 1964 where it has remained ever since.

In 1995, the building was extensively re-developed and offers an indoor football pitch as well as a number of rooms for classes and meetings.

It is also regularly used by former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher, who grew up in Bootle.

Guest of honour at the celebrations was Bob King, who was captured by the German army in 1942 and held in  Germany until he was was liberated in 1945.

He was given a standing ovation by other guests, which also included a Merseyside Army Cadet Unit, who have been given permission to parade two nights a week at the centre.

Ian Fazakerley, Group Executive Director and Armed Forces Champion at One Vision Housing, said: “We have a strong relationship with the Brunswick, and were more than happy to support them in celebrating 70 years of success.”

Keith Lloyd, Centre Manager at the Brunswick, said: “We’re extremely grateful to One Vision Housing, Sefton OPERA and the 156 Regiment for their support – not only for this celebration but throughout the year.

“We pride ourselves on the opportunities we offer.”

Business is booming in Bootle!

Three Sefton businesses which have benefited from European funded support and assistance from Invest Sefton and Sefton@Work were recently visited by a Sefton councillor.

Cllr Atkinson And Mark Towners

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, met with representatives from O.D.L Europe, Presidential Travel and Everton Glass Works who are all based in and around Bootle.

During the visits Cllr Atkinson enjoyed a tour of each of the businesses’ premises before discussing a range of subjects from their plans for the future to their working relationship with Sefton Council and Invest Sefton, the enterprise, business support and inward investment support service.

First up was O.D.L. Europe LTD, which manufactures window cassettes, enclosed blinds and screen doors. Significant investment over the last few years has seen job numbers increase from 13 to 27 and O.D.L works closely with Sefton@Work to provide employment to local residents.

O.D.L has recent further expanded its premises in a bid to increase turnover substantially over the next three years. The company is working closely with Invest Sefton’s export arm in a bid to grow its European sales to around 10-15% of its total.

During the visit Mark Towners, O.D.L Europe Managing Director, told Cllr Atkinson about the company’s plans to recruit a further 3 new apprentices, 1 in administration and 2 in manufacturing, and led a tour of the company’s new office space.

Next up was Presidential Travel LTD, a coach and bus operator based on the Kingfisher Business Park. Established in 2008, Presidential Travel is the approved supplier to public agencies in the Liverpool City Region, including Sefton Council, schools and NHS.

The company, which has operates its own in house training facility, has worked closely with Invest Sefton through participating in tendering workshops, supplier days and chest training as in a bid to help win more business.

Cllr Atkinson met with Derek Taylor, company manager, and spent time discussing Presidential Travels growing public sector customer base and its local recruitment through Sefton@Work.

The final site visit of the day was at EG Ceramics, formerly known as Everton Glass Works LTD. Established in 1964; the business sells ceramic tiles, wallpaper, bathrooms and doors, operating from a shop in Anfield and a large warehouse with two showrooms in Bootle.

The company re-branded as EG and invested heavily in e-commerce following a slowdown in the construction industry due to the recession and now services trade across the UK.

Cllr Atkinson spent time with Jonathan Richards, Managing Director, and discussed the company’s involvement with Invest Sefton’s training workshops and business-to-business events, including the Sefton Economic Forum.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Skills, said: “I was delighted to spend some time visiting local businesses and hearing their success stories.

“Part of the Sefton 2030 Vision is ensuring that everybody knows that Sefton is open for business but it is also vitally important we continue to support those already operating within the borough.

“Invest Sefton has shown great expertise in supporting these businesses leading to increased growth and new job creation. They also have a unique offer in Sefton@Work which can support residents finding employment. I urge any Sefton business seeking to grow to get in touch with the team.”

Mark Towners, Managing Director of O.D.L Europe Ltd, said: “Sefton has always been the home to ODL Europe and as we continue to grow and develop we have tried to remain part of the community.

“We have been part of the Bootle working community for 13 years and have always looked to recruit and develop our people from the local pool. Through the support of Sefton@Work we have been able to fill positions helping some long term unemployed staff back into work. We have also been successful at finding and training apprentices, offering full time roles when they have completed the NVQ qualifications.

“During the last 5 years we have also had help and advice from Invest Sefton on implementation of new investment to help the efficiency of our manufacturing facility.

“As an exporter we look to increase our opportunity into the wider global markets and have been a supporter of Export Sefton which brought together like minded businesses who can help other local companies to take the step to grow their business outside of the local and national boundaries.

“We have always found that working with the local council and its varied departments is a two way street, something that I would recommend to other local businesses.”

For more information on Invest Sefton, visit

Bootle is getting a pop-up pub with a charitable Scouse twist!

There’s a pop-up pub coming to Bootle this December and it has a heart warming Scouse twist.

For every meal bought in the pub a meal will be given to a local person in need.

The Little Merton pop-up pub is being set up by Bootle based charity, SAFE Regeneration, and will be opening on Merton Road, L20 4AH.

Meals will be provided to those in need by food organisation CanCook who also run the Share Your Lunch campaign.

The pub is hoping to bring Christmas cheer with food , drink, live music and a cosy open fire.

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Jane Johnson, community development officer for SAFE Regeneration, said: “SAFE have been working with our local community on the Bootle canal-side for over ten years , supporting new businesses, creating public artworks and offering a place for many disadvantaged people to grow, to work, to connect and to dream.”

“A complete renovation of the pub will take place in 2017 but in the meantime, we wanted to hold some very special Xmas events in ‘Pop Up Pub’ style.

“We want local people to really be involved in the project and take ownership and these events offer that opportunity.”

There is a special pub quiz arranged to kick start the pop-up celebrations on Thursday, December 8.

The quiz night is going to be hosted by a special guest and is £5. The fee includes a bowl of homemade scouse and entry into the quiz.

Bookings are now open for the pub quiz and the pub ‘feast style dining’ which starts on Friday, December 9, on Eventbrite here.

More information can be found by calling 0151 933 1311 or by emailing

Have your say on the future of Area Committees in Sefton

A public consultation into the future of the three Area Committees in Southport, Bootle and Sefton Central started on 1st February 2016 and will run for 7 weeks, ending on 21st March 2016.

The aim of the consultation is to establish whether Area Committees are the most effective way of talking with members of the public for Council business.

Sefton is also looking to modernise the ways that it engages with members of the public and stakeholders to reflect the new digital society.

As part of the consultation the following areas will be considered:

  • What is the current awareness of Area Committees and should they be retained as a way for members of the public to talk to the Council and Councillors
  • Functions of the Area Committees
  • What are the current and new avenues of communication for members of the public to engage with the Council and Councillors
  • What are the barriers that people experience in engaging with the Council
  • Any suggestions for improvement

The Council is always looking at the most effective ways for members of the public to talk to the Council and Councillors and through this process we want to positively look at optimising more modern ways of reaching our wider communities.  The consultation will give all residents the opportunity to have their say on the future of the Area Committees.

All comments received will be included in a consultation report which will then form part of a Cabinet report on the future of Area Committees in Sefton.

A number of events are taking place across the borough which give everyone the opportunity to have their say. These are taking place at:

  • March 7 – Southport Town Hall – 10am, 11am, 5pm or 6pm
  • March 15 – Bootle Town Hall – 2pm, 3pm, 5pm or 6pm
  • March 16 – Maghull Town Hall – 10am or 11am
  • March 16 – Formby Gild Hall – 2pm or 3pm
  • March 16 – St Luke’s Church, Crosby – 5.30pm or 6.30pm

You can register to attend one of the events by emailing or by calling 0151 934 4604.  The deadline to register is March 3rd for the Southport event and March 11 for all other sessions.

If you are unable to attend one of the consultation sessions, you can make your comments in writing or you can post them to Area Committee Consultation, Strategic Support Team, 7thFloor, Merton House, Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 7UU.  Alternatively an on-line response form is available for you to complete at

The following questions will be considered as part of the consultation sessions and you might find it useful to use them as the basis for your response:-

1.    Are you aware of Area Committees?

2.    If you have have you ever attended one or raised an issue?

3.    Which Area Committee have you attended?


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4.    Should the Council keep Area Committees as a way for members of the public to raise issues with and talk to the Council and Councillors?

5.    What would be your preferred way of raising issues with and talking to the Council and Councillors if Area Committees did not exist?

6.    What do you see as the key barriers to raising issues and talking to the Council and Councillors?

7.    Do you have any other views or comments?

Please feel free to forward details of this consultation to anybody who you feel may wish to be involved.