Friends of Moorside Park’s Weekly Run Club (every Tuesday, 6.30pm start)

Friends of Moorside Park have a weekly Run Club which meets every Tuesday at 6:15 (for a 6:30 start) in the pavilion (during the winter months) and from the outdoor gym equipment (in the summer).

The Run Club has 4 groups/distances to choose from – just turn up and go at your own pace with some like-minded friendly people.

There are no weekly fees, all that is required is that you are a member of the Friends of Moorside Park group.

The group isn’t just about running from point A to point B and covering certain distances. It’s about encouraging everyone to pop their running shoes on and just getting out and enjoying Crosby whilst working on health and well-being.

For more information, please click here 

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.

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.”

SEFTON 4 GOOD APPEALS FOR SUPPORT FOR FREE SUMMER HOLIDAY MEALS FOR CHILDREN SCHEME

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 www.sefton4good.org.uk.

Waterloo school pay tribute to ‘best lollipop man in the world’

Popular character Neville Hymus, who recently died as he was about to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party, was called the ‘best lollipop man in the world’ by the headteacher of Stanfield School, Crosby in a letter she wrote to parents paying tribute to him.

The 67-year-old was well known in the community and for years used to help youngsters from Merchant Taylor’s Junior School (better known as Stanfield School) and Sacred Heart Catholic College cross the busy Liverpool Road.

He died outside Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, May 23 where he had been about to attend a ceremony in recognition of his services to the community. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour last year.

Stanfield School headteacher Julie Yardley wrote in her later to parents: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Neville, the ‘best lollipop man in the world’ died, following a short fight against cancer.

“Neville was on his way to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, an invitation presented to him, in recognition of his years of dedicated service to our local community, including his extensive charity work.

“Neville was nominated for an award by Mr Coyne, of Coyne Learmonth Solicitors, opposite our school.

“Neville was very excited to receive the invitation, eagerly anticipating the day, and whilst it is a shame that he did not get to the Garden Party, he had laughed and enjoyed his train journey to London, before dying peacefully in a London taxi; “Neville was always one to do things his own way.

“Neville brought joy to our lives.

“A highly intelligent and sensitive gentleman, he touched all of our lives by his generosity, his warmth and his enthusiasm for a life, well lived.

“His final journey to meet the Royal Family was a fitting end to an extraordinary life, lived by a very special human being.

“Thank you Neville for everything, ‘Rest in Peace’, and love from us all.”

Free Junior and Adult Hockey at The Northern Club (starts Tuesday 6th June 2017)

The Northern Club in Crosby are pleased to offer Free Junior and Adult Hockey sessions starting on Tuesday 6th June 2017.

Click here to download the information flyer

Promoting England Hockeys ‘Back to Hockey’ National Campaign
(*Running for a minimum of 10 weeks as open, turn up and play sessions. Age 7+)

WHO’S IT FOR?
EVERYONE! MEN, WOMEN and CHILDREN!
From children aged 7 and above – or adults who just want to come and give it a go or want to brush up their skills to get back to competitive hockey. Adults’ and children’s groups will be run separately but on the same pitch at the same time so you can come down as a family too!

WHERE:
On the Astro @ The Northern Club, Elm Ave, Crosby, L23 2SX

KIT & EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
We recommend you wear trainers or astro shoes (no studded trainers/boots), shin pads and a gum shield. Hockey sticks and balls are available to borrow.
For those interested in Goal Keeping there are also club kits available to borrow.

PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES:
The Northern Club has a range of women’s and men’s hockey teams playing in Saturday leagues, as well as a growing junior section which would welcome participants to engage with should you enjoy the summer taster sessions. The Northern club also offers a range of other sporting opportunities including cricket, bowls, squash and social events.

ENQUIRIES:
For further information contact:
Simone McCaskill: 07939864592 E:simonehill@hotmail.co.uk
Alternative contact number is Craig Moran: 07902828617
Website: http://www.northernclub.net

Crosby Church to create community garden

A CHURCH in Crosby will use part of its ground as a community garden – but first they need green-fingered locals to help them out.

The Community Garden Project will be launched at Moor Lane Methodist Church and allow people to create their own allotment and look after a vegetable patch.

A spokesperson for the church said: “We are certain that we should begin with volunteers for without the ‘people power’ the scheme cannot progress.

For that reason our first task is to produce suitable advertising materials.

“We are planning to put flyers through doors in the neighbourhood and we have ready, established routines, for doing that.

“Moor Lane Methodist Church, Crosby has always been known as ‘The Church in The Garden’ because it is always eye-catching on a bright sunny day.

“We now plan to make full use of the beautiful resource which we have around us by creating a community garden.

“We are convinced that there are many lonely people in our locality, people who are looking for opportunities to ‘get involved’ and will welcome the chance to get out and be active; to meet others and enjoy fellowship and fresh air; and whilst doing that to grow fresh produce which can be taken away or give away.

“As Christians it is our duty to consider the community within which we worship and their spiritual as well as their physical needs. We want to bring the Gospel to others as well as offering a service to our community.”