Aldi’s Christmas Food Donation Campaign – Important information for local charities (applications close Sunday 18th November)

All Aldi stores will close from 6pm on Christmas Eve until Thursday 27th December 2018 to give  staff a well-earned break, and stores will be donating unsold fresh food to good causes in the local community.

Each of the UK stores will select one charity from their local area who may benefit from a donation. 

Sefton promises festive fun for all the family this Christmas period

A host of festive treats, fun filled activities and shopping bonanzas are in store this Christmas across our beautiful borough.

Sefton has already started to buzz with merriment as thousands of residents get into the Christmas spirits, whether it be sampling wonderful Christmas markets, donating to the Mayor’s Toy Appeal, enjoying a day out at Splashworld or taking advantage of late night local shopping!

We’ve put together all the info you need to know to make sure you have the most wonderful time of the year!

Shopping

Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of South Road, the bargains of Bootle Strand, the boutiques of Lord Street, Formby’s Chapel Lane or Central Square in Maghull, Sefton is a huge shopping spree waiting to happen all year round.

And it’s no different at Christmas! A number of retailers across the borough are taking part in Late Night Shopping hours on Thursday evenings in the run up to Santa’s arrival, while local businesses are well prepared for a surge in present buying, last minute scrambles and a flurry of winter buys.

A Christmas Market on Chapel Street, Southport runs until December 17 with festive tipples and yuletide treats galore!  The market will compliment Southport’s other vibrant shops, stunning Christmas lights and the arrival of the Southport BID supported ice rink which will be open from December 1-31.

In Formby Chapel Lane is already buzzing with festive shoppers while South Road, Waterloo is the perfect place for a mouth watering meal and a warming drink!

Toy Appeal

Christmas is a time for giving. And what better way than to donate to the Sefton Mayor’s Toy Appeal?

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, is asking as many people as possible across the borough to get behind this year’s Christmas gift appeal.

The annual request asks all residents in Sefton to try and provide presents for some of the borough’s most deserving children and make this Christmas extra special for them.

Gifts, for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library, leisure centre or Asda in Southport and Bootle by Wednesday, December 20.

Splash World

Dive right in and take full advantage of Splash World’s reduced prices this December with all adult and junior standard tickets reduced to £5 and all adult & junior gold tickets reduced to £7.50.

Splash World is open as usual every weekend on the run up to the festive period until December 17.

During Christmas, Splash World will have a temporary change to its opening times. It will be open:

December  23: 11am-3pm
December 29: 11am-3pm
December 30: 11am-3pm
January 2: 11am-3pm
January 3: 11am-3pm
January 4: 11am-3pm
January 5: 11am-3pm

Libraries 

Libraries across Sefton will come alive with Christmas cheer and fascinating workshops. Musician Tony Crotty will enchant library users with a magical music recital of Christmas songs.

Tony will play a series of historical Instruments and discuss their origins. The session are free but booking is advisable. He will perform at:

Crosby Library (December 13) at 2pm (0151 257 6401)
Bootle Library (December 14) at 2pm (0151 934 5781)
Formby Library (December 19) at 2pm (01704 874177)

All Sefton Libraries host Story and Rhyme times for young children and their carers. In the run up to Christmas the stories take on a festive theme, with snowmen, reindeer and a jolly man in a red coat featuring. More information on this is available via the Sefton Library Facebook page

Sefton Council urge residents to #PawsForThought when buying a puppy this Christmas

Sefton Council is asking residents to give ‘Paws for Thought’ to ensure they don’t buy illegally imported puppies, following the culmination of a high profile case in Southport.

The “Paws for Thought” campaign has launched this week in a bid to educate people about the financial and emotional dangers of buying illegally imported puppies, especially in the run up to Christmas.

Pharmacy Opening Hours over Christmas (South Sefton)

For those who need it over the festive period, visit your pharmacist for confidential, expert advice and treatment of minor health issues.

You can also pick up over the counter medicines from your pharmacist such as:

  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamines
  • Eye drops
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicines such as loperamide (Imodium)
  • Soar throat medicines
  • Decongestants
  • Cough medicines

Please note that the opening times below are only for the pharmacies we know are open, do check with your local pharmacy if they are not on the list.

One Vision Housing (OVH): Christmas Advice from Local Housing Associations

Christmas can be a fun and magical time, but it can be extremely expensive too. The average family spends around £800*, most of which is spent on food, drink, cards and decorations. Last year, National Debtline received 61% more phone calls from people asking for advice after overspending.

We want you to enjoy Christmas without falling into money troubles. If you are worried about money, or have overspent already, there is still time to get yourself back on track. One Vision Housing has joined up with other Merseyside housing associations to give you some tips to help you through the festive period.

*News article by the Money Advice Trust’s National Debtline

Worried about your bills this month?

It’s easy to get carried away over the festive season, but don’t neglect your rent and bill payments, you don’t want to start 2017 in debt.

If you are worried about paying your rent during the next couple of weeks, talk to your landlord so that they can help you. There’s no point burying your head until the New Year.

Contact us to discuss your concerns:
Email: enquiries@ovh.org.uk
Tel: 0300 365 1111

 

Top tips to avoid over-spending this Christmas…

  1. Make a list, and check it twice – buying on impulse can be dangerously expensive.
  2. Time your heating, so it’s only on when you are at home.
  3. Turn down the heating while you cook Christmas dinner, the excess heat from the kitchen will help to warm surrounding areas.
  4. Make your own Christmas cards – it’s a great way to spend time with your family, gives a personalised greeting, and can save you money.
  5. When decorating your Christmas tree and house, switch to LED Christmas lights to reduce your energy consumption by up to 90%.
  6. Turn your fairy lights off when you leave the house or go to bed, this will save on your bills and reduce the risk of fire.
  7. Watch out for illegal money lenders or loan sharks. They seem friendly at first, but are bound to bite you back. Talk to your housing association if you have concerns about this.
  8. It’s not too late to switch – compare your energy tariffs and prepare to switch provider to save £££. Find out more about switching here.
  9. Give an IOU – If you’re planning a large purchase like a TV or games console, consider waiting for the January sales. Instead give a nicely-wrapped IOU, telling them you’re waiting for the sales.
  10. You can find more Christmas money tips from National Debtline and com

 

If you have money worries, or are concerned about debt, you can talk to a number of organisations who can provide free confidential advice and support:

Jubilee Debt Advice – 0151 546 0470

National Debtline – 0808 808 4000

Citizens Advice – 03444 111 444

Illegal Money Lending Team0300 555 2222 – reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk

Liverpool Council Benefits Advice

Click here to find your local Foodbank

You can also find advice and information on the One Vision Housing website here.

 

The ‘Merseyside Housing Associations Working Together’ group was formed following the introduction of Welfare Reform, as a collaborative effort to support customers through the changes imposed.

Members of the Group are: Crosby Housing Association, Halton Housing Trust, Helena Partnerships, Knowsley Housing Trust (First Ark Group), Liverpool Mutual Homes, One Vision Housing, Magenta Living, Plus Dane Group, Regenda Group, Riverside, SLH Group, Steve Biko Housing Association, Symphony Housing Group (BBCHA, Cobalt Housing, Liverpool Housing Trust), Pine Court housing Association, Wirral Methodist Housing Association and Your Housing Group.

Merseytravel Bus, Train & Ferry Services over Christmas

Here’s a roundup of bus, train and ferry services across the Christmas and New Year period.

Full details including timetables and late night bus and train services are in the Merseytravel Christmas and New Year Transport Guide.

Customers are advised to pick up a guide from any Merseytravel centre, view online in the travel updates section of the Merseytravel website or contact Traveline for details 0151 236 7676.

The Kingsway (Wallasey) Mersey Tunnel and the Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey Tunnel will be open throughout the holiday period.

Christmas Eve – Saturday 24 December

•     Buses will run to their normal timetables, but services will finish earlier than usual.

•     Wirral, Northern and City line rail services will run to Saturday timetables with an earlier finish.

•     Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December

•     A special network of free bus services, funded by Merseytravel, will run between approximately 12 noon and 7pm, serving most of the region’s/area’s main hospitals.

•     No other bus services will run on Christmas Day.

•     No trains will run.

•     Mersey Ferries will not operate.

•    There is FREE travel through both the Birkenhead and Wallasey tunnels between 2200 on 24th December and 0600 on 26th December.

Boxing Day – Monday 26 December

•     Some bus services will run to normal timetables, with an earlier finish. Some will not operate.

•     Wirral and Northern lines will run a limited service calling at selected stations.

•     City Line trains will not operate.

•     Mersey Ferries will not operate.

Tuesday 27 December

•    Some buses will operate a Sunday service, some services will not operate

•    Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    City line trains – there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator

•    Northern Rail trains between Preston – Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal timetables.

•    ArrivaTrains Wales trains will run to a Bank Holiday service (every 2 hours)

•    Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

Wednesday 28 December:

•    Some buses will operate a normal or Saturday service, some services will not operate

•    Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    City line – there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator.

•    Northern Rail trains between Preston – Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal timetables.

•    Arriva Trains Wales trains will run to a Bank Holiday service (every 2 hours).

•    Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

Thursday 29 December

•    Some buses will operate a normal or Saturday service, some services will not operate

•    Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    City line there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator.

•    Northern Rail trains between Preston – Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal timetables.

•    ArrivaTrains Wales trains will run to a Bank Holiday service (every 2 hours).

•    Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

Friday 30 December

•    Some buses will operate a normal or Saturday service, some services will not operate.

•   Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•   Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•   City line there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator.

•   Northern Rail  trains between Preston – Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal timetables.

•   Arriva Trains Wales trains will run to a Bank Holiday service (every 2 hours) – see Wirral Line timetable leaflet for full details.

•   Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

New Year’s Eve – Saturday 31 December

•  Buses will operate a normal or Saturday service, but will finish earlier than usual.

•  Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables with an early finish.

•  Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables with an early finish.

•  City line there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator.

•  Northern Rail trains between Preston – Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal timetables with an early finish.

•  Arriva Trains Wales trains will run to a normal Saturday timetable with an early finish.

•  Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

(Some bus services are running later than usual for the Liverpool Vs Manchester City Match (kick off 1730). Please visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk/anfield for full travel information).

New Year’s Day – Sunday 1 January 2017

•     Some services will run to normal timetables with an earlier finish, some will not operate.

•     Wirral Line trains will run to Sunday timetables.

•     Northern Line trains will run to Sunday timetables.

•     City line – there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator.

•     Northern Rail trains between Preston and Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal Sunday timetables.

•     Arriva Trains Wales trains will run to a normal Sunday timetable.

•     Mersey Ferries will not operate.

Monday 2 January 2017

•  Some buses will operate a normal Sunday service, some services will not operate

•  Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•  Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•  City line trains – there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator –

•  Northern Rail trains between Preston and Ormskirk will run to their normal timetable.

•  Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

Wirral Loop Line Track Renewal

From Tuesday 3 January 2017 Network Rail will be renewing the track that runs beneath the river between Liverpool and Wirral and around the Wirral loop line. The work will be carried out over three phases.

For full details of how your train will be affected during the works visit www.merseyrail.org/trackrenewal or pick up a Passenger Information Booklet from your local station booking office

Traveline – 0151 236 7676

Traveline will be open normally between 0700 to 2000 on Mondays to Fridays and 0800 to 2000 on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays except for the following days: 24 December 0800 –1800, 25 December – closed all day, 31 December 0800 –2000.

For travel disruption information, particularly during any severe weather, please visit the travel alerts section of our website www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travel-updates

Dream Jar & Christmas Card Workshop in Formby

Formby Library will be welcoming back local artist, Holly Bushnell, to run creative sessions on Saturday, December 3.

Holly will be showing children how to make their own ‘Dream Jars’ with a half-hour demonstration starting at 10am before the kids get the chance to make their own creations. The session costs £5 per child and includes all materials provided.

Following on at 12-1:30pm, Holly will be guiding children through another session to design their own Christmas cards. This session will cost £2 per child and includes all materials.

Parents can book their child onto either or both sessions subject to availability.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling Formby Library on 01704 874177 or emailing Formby.library@sefton.gov.uk

For more information about Sefton Libraries, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/libraries

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 info@saferegen.org.uk.

Services & Support over Christmas & New Year 2016

Will your organisation be providing any services over Christmas & New Year? Or will there be a change in your opening hours? 

Sefton CVS are in the process of finalising dedicated web page to provide details of front line services available to local residents over the festive season – such as foodbanks, health and social care services, luncheon clubs, befriending services, emergency contact information etc.

Whether it’s looking for an emergency contact over the Christmas period or just need somebody to talk to at this time of the year, we hope the this webpage will provide some useful information for Sefton residents.

Please email communications@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726 with details of any services or changes in opening hours . You can also share details via Twitter at @SeftonCVS, or Facebook at the following link: www.facebook.com/SeftonCVS

Sefton Council: Council Tax e-billing Now Available!

Residents can now register and switch to e-Billing which allows them to receive their Council Tax bill, along with all the supporting information, electronically.

Through the new system, which has just gone live, as soon as a Council Tax bill is available an email notification is sent out.

Each year around 125,000 annual bills for Council Tax are issued in March and around 120,000 daily bills per year to Sefton residents.

Switching to E-Billing saves money on printing and postage along with protecting the environment by reducing the need for paper and envelopes.

Anyone who signs up before December 15, 2015 will be entered into a prize draw to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet in time for Christmas.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “Registering for E-billing is simple and easy and most importantly it is free.

“It speeds things up as you get to see your Council Tax bill as soon as it is available using a secure email system.

“Anyone who signs up to the system will always know where their bill is and they will also be doing their bit for the environment as it will stop the need for using paper, printing and envelopes. It will also help us to save money in the process.”

To sign up to start receiving your future Council Tax bills by email please visit https://forms.sefton.gov.uk/ebill/

You will need your Council Tax account number and a valid email address.