“Like Glue” Preview: Exploring the impact of relationship abuse in teenage relationships (9.30-10.45am, Monday 10th December)

On Monday 10th December, Sefton Council are hosting a special theatre performance at Bootle Town Hall exploring the impact of relationship abuse on young people. This performance is commissioned by the Office of the Merseyside PCC and Sefton Council’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Team and is free to attend. 

Have Your Say on the Government’s Clean Air Strategy

The UK government is making changes to its approach to tackling air pollution and has launched a consultation to find out what the public thinks about its plans.

This is a great opportunity for Sefton residents to input their views on how they feel air pollution is being tackled at a national level.

The government’s draft Clean Air Strategy 2018 sets out actions to improve air quality by reducing pollution from a wide range of sources. The consultation will be open until August 14 and would like to collate views on the actions being proposed to reduce air pollution and its effects, and to hear whether the public has any further suggestions.

The consultation will cover each of the main themes of the strategy document: understanding the problem; protecting the nation’s health; protecting the environment; securing clean growth and innovation; reducing emissions from transport; reducing emissions from farming; reducing emissions from industry; and leadership. The consultation also asks for views on the strategy as a whole.

If you’re interested in providing feedback you can find out more about the Clean Air Strategy and how you can submit your response by visiting:
https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-quality/clean-air-strategy-consultation/ 

The deadline for feedback is August 14th.

Sefton Council will also be facilitating an engagement event on Monday 6th August  at Waterloo Community Centre that will allow residents to come together to help form a joint response to the national consultation. This event will not cover the strategy in its entirety but instead will focus on two key themes; understanding the problem; and protecting the nations health.

There will also be an opportunity at the event to find out more about what Sefton Council is doing at a local level to improve air quality, as well as finding out about what more can be done by individuals to make a difference.

Places at the event are limited and those interested should contact yourseftonyoursay@sefton.gov.uk to request a booking form.

The Great Get Together in Sefton! (22nd June)

The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed in 2016. The weekend aims to bring communities together and celebrate all that unites us through a weekend of neighbourhood celebrations across the country from the 22nd – 24th June. It’s promising build on the success of last year with to be the biggest community celebrations this year!

In the words of The Great Get Together themselves; “We’re inviting people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common. It could be a street party or a shared barbecue, a picnic or a bake off. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together.”

What’s on in Sefton

If you would like to get involved there are several events happening on the 22nd throughout the borough.

North Sefton at Southport Community Centre

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For more information about Southport Community Centre – southportcommunitycentre.org.uk

Central Sefton at the Feelgood Factory

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For more information about about the Feelgood Factory – www.feelgoodfactory.org.uk

South Sefton at Strand By Me Shop

Will be holding a Get Together at their shop in the Strand Shopping Centre from mid-morning until the afternoon. Volunteers from the Strand will be leading the event, however members of the public are welcome to drop in throughout the day.

For more information about Strand By Me  – seftoncvs.org.uk/projects/strandbyme/

If you are inspired to hold your own Get Together further information of how to get involved throughout the weekend is available at – www.greatgettogether.org

 

 

Formby Festival Returns this Summer

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Formby Festival.

Organisers of the three day event, which aims to celebrate the best in entertainment, food and drink say they are planning a festival which will be bigger and better than ever before.

Between July 20th and July 22nd, hundreds of people are expected to descend on Formby Village centre for the festival, with special tribute nights planned to honour both Robbie Williams and Cilla Black on the Friday evening (July 20th).

A spokesperson for the Formby Festival said: “With cuisines and delights from across the globe there’s something to satisfy each person’s taste.

“Are you an artisan enthusiast? With home-made gifts, specialist snacks and much more you won’t be disappointed!

“We have chef demos throughout the Saturday and Sunday with our resident celebrity BBC Fusion Chef of the Year;  Aazam Ahmed with guest chefs as well. Our main stage is jam packed with the finest talent the UK has to offer.

“From Friday night right through to Sunday evening you’ll hear local bands, choral groups and even see performances from TV stars!

“Every year we aim to make Formby Festival even better than the last. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be having a tribute night on Friday.

“This will be a must-see, so make sure you’ve got your tickets.

“The World’s No. 1 Robbie Tribute and The Cilla Show: Step Inside Love, will both perform

“Our Saturday night musical firework and laser display has become a legendary feature of the weekend. You won’t want to miss it!”

For more info visit www.formbyfestival.co.uk.

Volunteering Opportunities in the Spotlight for Volunteers Week 2018

Volunteer Centre Sefton will be holding a Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson on Lord Street in the town from 11am until 3pm on Tuesday 6th June, as part of Sefton Council’s 2018 Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer initiative.

Volunteer Centre Sefton – which is part of Sefton CVS – has more than 40 years’ experience of helping local people to find the right volunteering roles, as well as offering advice to organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers.

Information on a wide range of opportunities will be available at the Volunteer Fair, from groups seeking green-fingered residents for gardening projects to organisations looking for people who can support families in crisis or ex-offenders.

Organisations attending the event will include the Friends of Kings Gardens, literacy charity Beanstalk, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Southport FC, the Orrell Trust and Sefton Community Learning Service.

Representatives will also be attending from Citizens Advice Sefton, Parenting 2000, Home-Start Southport and Formby and Merseyside Offender Mentoring.

Mike Howlett, Volunteer Centre Sefton’s Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer, said:  “At this event we’ll be looking for people to join our existing volunteers in the borough who do such a fantastic job in terms of helping to improve the lives of thousands of local people.

“As well as being a good way to meet new people, volunteering can be tailored to the lifestyle of each individual – what you do, where you do it and how much time you give is totally up to you.

“We’re hoping for a very good turnout at this Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson. Our message to everyone is that communities across Sefton need your knowledge, skills and commitment.”

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Anyone unable to attend the event who would like information about the opportunities on offer can get in touch with Volunteer Centre Sefton on 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.

Calling all Sefton schools! The Educate Awards launches for 2018

The Educate Awards is thrilled to announce entries are now open for 2018’s ceremony, in association with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh as title sponsors.

Many Sefton schools were celebrated at last years ceremony including Netherton Moss Primary School, Formby High, St Michael’s CofE High School and Bedford Primary.

The awards, founded by Kim O’Brien in 2012, is the largest education awards in the North West and celebrates every aspect of the school’s curriculum, teaching and staff.

From inspiring teachers, superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognise the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.

The awards are free to enter and open to all government funded and independent private educational establishments, including primary, secondary, further education providers and special needs schools in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Kim O’Brien says:

“The Educate Awards is an important platform to celebrate education and give those working in schools who transform learning, the credit they deserve.

“We would love to hear about the teachers, support staff and exciting projects happening in schools right across the Liverpool city region!

“We are delighted to launch the call for entries for 2018 and are looking forward to celebrating another year of outstanding education in the North West.”

Associate sponsors include Winstanley College, All About STEM, Liverpool John Moores University, CER, Progress Schools, Liverpool Learning Partnership, School Improvement Liverpool, The Foundry Agency, LSSP, The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches and BMD Law.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 24 June 2018. The shortlist will be announced prior to the awards ceremony and the winners will be revealed on 16 November at Liverpool Cathedral.

For further information including full details of how to enter, please visit www.educateawards.co.uk

 Award categories

  • The Communication Award
  • Eco School Project of the Year
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • SEND Provision Award
  • Innovative and Creative Literacy Award
  • STEM Project of the Year
  • Outstanding Arts in a Primary School
  • Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School
  • Career Aspiration Award
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Primary School
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Secondary School
  • Community Partnership Award
  • Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills
  • Innovation in Education Award
  • School Support Star of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Leadership Team of the Year
  • Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider
  • Most Inspirational Secondary School
  • Most Inspirational Primary School
  • Wow Recognition Award

Entries now open for Sefton’s Community Triathlon

Entries are now open for the Sefton Community Triathlon which will take place on April 29th 2018.

Sefton Council is working with Epic Events to launch the event which, as well as the triathlon, will also include music, entertainment, stalls and other activities for the family.

Open to both children (aged 8+) and adults, it’s the perfect opportunity for novices to experience their first ever triathlon. The distance for the adult event will be a 200m swim in Crosby pool, a 6km cycle on grass and a 2400m run along the prom. Distances are shorter for children.

Active Sefton has put together a timetable of swim, cycle and run activities taking place throughout the borough to help those who need some extra training support.

The swim section of the event will be held at Crosby Leisure Centre’s swimming pool before athletes complete the cycle course on grass followed by the running element of the race which will take place along the prom.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s great to see that sporting events like a triathlon are on offer in Sefton.

“The Sefton Community Triathlon will offer beginners the chance to try their hand at an incredible sporting feat and where better to do it than on our wonderful coast.

“Good luck to all those taking part and most importantly, have fun!”

For more information about the race and to find out how to sign up, visit http://www.epicevents.co.uk/triathlons/sefton-community-triathlon.html

Sefton Mayor’s Charity Ball tickets go on sale

Tickets have gone on sale for the 2018 Mayor of Sefton’s charity dinner

Taking place at the stunning Floral Hall, Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Saturday March 17, all money raised from the dinner will go to the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund.

This is later annually dispersed throughout the borough to local charities.

The evening starts at 6.00pm with a drinks reception followed by a 3-course meal, live auction and raffle

Special guest compere Tony Ravel will host proceedings with live music from Blackpool based band The Blackaways.

Tickets, which cost £35, are on sale now subject to availability.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said:

“The annual charity dinner is one of the major highlights in the Sefton Mayoral calendar and I am very much looking forward to welcoming many guests on the evening.

“All the money raised throughout the evening goes towards the Mayor’s Charity Fund, which in turn helps so many wonderful charitable and voluntary organisations right across the borough.”

For more information or to book your tickets call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

Sefton CVS Annual Conference 2017 – ‘Growth through Collaboration’

Sefton residents involved in local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups are being invited to a major event on the theme of collaboration later this month.

The Sefton CVS 2017 annual conference – Growth through Collaboration – will be held at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo from 9am to 4pm on Thursday 19th October.

Living Well Sefton supports World Mental Health Day (10th Oct)

To coincide with its first anniversary, Living Well Sefton – the local wellbeing organisation – is supporting a World Mental Health Day event at Hugh Baird College.

On Tuesday, 10 October Living Well Sefton and the Feelgood Factory – one of its partners – will be at the Bootle-based college to raise awareness of how paying attention to your mental wellbeing is an important part to feeling good.

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Find your balance with Access Sefton this World Mental Health Day 2017 (October 10).

Held at Hugh Baird College’s L20 Centre, the free event will feature stands from a range of local wellbeing organisations, along with activities and workshops people can get involved with, including crafts, mindfulness, hand and shoulder massage, and more.

Health and wellbeing organisations will be at hand to offer information and advice to anybody who needs it.

There will also be lots of opportunities to win great prizes in a free-to-enter wellbeing treasure hunt, including EFC tickets, signed LFC memorabilia and vouchers for local stores and restaurants.

The event will take place October 10. 10am-3pm.

Access Sefton is supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

For more information follow @AccessSefton on Twitter.

Law Commission Consultation Event: Reform to the Law of Wills – Southport Community Centre Friday 13th October 2017

The Law Commission has recently published a consultation paper, Making a Will. The law of wills affects us all and the Commission is keen to hear views from across society – including members of the public and civic groups.

The central issues considered in the consultation paper are:
+ The capacity to make a will
+ The rules about witnessing and signing wills
+ Protecting vulnerable people who make wills
+ Electronic wills


When: Friday 13 October 2017 from 3.30pm to 5pm.
Where: Norwood Room, Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6HQ (see: https://southportcommunitycentre.org.uk/find-us/ )

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Professor Nicholas Hopkins, the Family, Property and Trust Law Commissioner and Spencer Clarke, the lawyer leading the wills project, will give a presentation, following which there will be the opportunity for attendees to contribute their own experiences and views on the issues raised by the consultation paper.

If you wish to attend, please respond no later than Friday 6 October 2017 to Damien Bruneau at:

Email: damien.bruneau@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk OR
Telephone: 020 3334 3969 (from Monday 21 August 2017).

For more information Click Here

Royal Birkdale Open Golf Championship Ambassadors Take To The Streets

Visitors to the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale will be greeted in Southport by specially appointed ambassadors.

Three new full time ambassadors will take to the streets in the resort in time for the prestigious golf championship providing a warm and friendly welcome to the thousands of expected visitors.

The ambassadors, provided by The Welcome People who have established similar teams in places such as Manchester, Leeds and London, are jointly funded by Sefton Council and Southport BID.

The Southport team will be dressed in distinctive three-piece suits, over coats and bowler hats and will meet and greet visitors, work with local businesses to promote the town and also sign post visitors to local attractions, events, shops and restaurants.

The new team, made up of Maxwell Pritchard (Max), Helen Higgins and David Charleson have already undergone extensive customer service training and have met a number of stakeholders in the town.

They will be working seven days a week for the next 12 months due to funding secured from the Coastal Community Fund.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said:

“We are delighted to have secured 3 full time ambassadors in time for The Open Golf Championship. They are local jobs for three local people with a wealth of knowledge.

“Sefton will be home to thousands of visitors during and after the Championship and the ambassadors will ensure every visitor has a warm and friendly welcome.

“The ambassadors are only possible after we secured funding from the Coastal Community Fund which will also be used to extensively refurbish Southport Pier in the coming months.”

Hugh Evans, Chief Executive at Southport BID, added:

“The Ambassadors will be our eyes and ears on the street reporting on issues such as faulty street lights, damaged paving, graffiti and litter.

“They’ll also help promote the town centre to visitors, tourist attractions, shopping areas, places of interest and events in order to make every visit to Southport a pleasant and enjoyable experience.”

Formby Festival 2017 (14th-16th July 2017)

Formby festival is more than just a festival. There is food, drink, live music and entertainment over 3 days from the 14th to the 16th July 217.  With cuisines and delights from across the globe there’s something to satisfy each person’s taste. Italian? Thai? Indian? Real ales, fine wines and everything in between.

There will be a selection of home-made gifts, specialist snacks and much more .There will be chef demos throughout the Saturday and Sunday with celebrity BBC Fusion Chef of the Year; Aazam Ahmed with guest chefs as well.

From Friday night right through to Sunday evening there will be local bands, choral groups and even performances from TV stars. There is plenty to keep the little ones busy too, inflatable’s, archery, climbing wall, water bumper boats, paint balling, archery, the cave, rodeo bull, steam train, donkey rides to name but a few. Free activities for the kids include a cooking zone, magic shows, balloon modeling, circus school and a craft marquee. Why not watch the dog display team or other displays in the arena. You can even enter our bake off competition.

Every year the Formby Festival is even better than the last, and this year we’ll be having a tribute night on Friday 14th July!

  • ROBBIE WILLIAMS The World’s No. 1 Robbie Tribute.  Recognized as one of the leading Robbie Williams Tribute Acts, this superb tribute act has appeared on Channel 4 and ITV and has performed in 15 countries!
  • CILLA BLACK – The Cilla Show: Step Inside Love. Step inside Love is an authentic, respectful & professional tribute thatwill take you back to the golden musical era of 60s & 70s!

The Saturday night musical firework and laser display will be a highlight of the Festival that you won’t want to miss, this is accompanied by live entertainment. Sunday brings a carnival atmosphere to the event with the fantastic KATUMBA BAND, described as a walking wall of sound.

You can find out more about whats on at www.formbyfestival.co.uk

Southport teenager Isobel follows in grandmother’s fundraising footsteps

A Southport teenager is preparing to follow in her grandmother’s fundraising footsteps.

Thirteen-year-old Isobel Cutts, a pupil at Greenbank High School, will hold a cake sale to raise money for North West Cancer Research, on Sunday (June 25).

The youngster will team up with Olive Cutts, who heads up the Southport-based fundraising group of the cancer research charity.

Girl Guide Isobel will hold the cake sale as part of her ambition to receive the Baden-Powell Challenge Award, which is the highest accolade a Guide can achieve.

This is not the first time she has joined forces with her grandmother – at Easter she helped to raise £100 for NWCR by selling knitted Easter chicks filled with chocolate.

Isobel said: “Me and my Grandma have been promoting the event over the past few weeks by giving out posters in the local area so we hope lots of people will come. My Grandma and the other members of her fundraising group have helped me out by offering to bake cakes for me to sell.”

The charity offers funding to the University of Liverpool and over the next five years has pledged £13million for research.

Sara Cooper, of NWCR, said: “Isobel is a great example of a young person giving up her time to support our charity and we hope others will be encouraged to follow suit.”

The cake sale will take place on the 25th June from 10:30am to 1pm on Isobel’s drive at 15 Lynton Road, Hillside.

Southport’s Colleges sponsor Galloway’s ‘Colour Blast’ 5k run (Sunday 9th July)

Southport College and KGV have been announced as the main event sponsors for this year’s Southport Colour Blast.

The event partnership builds on existing links between the further education organisations and the town’s local sight loss charity, Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

Anna Eddowes-Scott, Fundraiser for Galloway’s and Colour Blast organiser, commented: “Last year, we were overwhelmed with the response from the local community to our first ever Southport Colour Blast and we are delighted to announce that Southport College and King George V College have now come on board as our main event sponsors for 2017.

“Their support of the Colour Blast will allow us to grow this year’s event and help us to raise even more money, which can then be put to good use in supporting blind and partially sighted people within the local community.

“The Colour Blast is a great way for local organisations, such as Southport College and King George V College, to not only raise their profile but to also show their commitment towards making Southport a better place to live, work and play for all!

“We still have a few corporate sponsorship opportunities left for this year’s event and would encourage local companies to get in touch with us to find out how they can get involved and show their support.”

Elizabeth Rushton, Head of Marketing for Southport College, said: “Both colleges are committed to supporting local and national charities and our staff and students are looking forward to getting involved with the event.”

Last year, 400 runners took part in the first ever Southport Colour Blast, raising £10,000 towards the vital services that Galloway’s Society for the Blind provide for those living with sight loss. Each year the Wright Street based charity must raise £1 million to help those affected by the devastation of sight loss.

For more information on the event and Galloway’s Society for the Blind click here.

To book your place at the run click here!

Hundreds to join in Race For Life in Southport this Sunday (4th June)

More than 700 women will descend on Southport this Sunday to join the fight against cancer.  Cancer survivors, mothers, daughters and more will take part in the annual Cancer Research UK’s Race For life at Princes Park on June 4 in either a 5k or 10k challenge.

Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes will unite to show their commitment to the cause and help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

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Sarah Hunter, Race for Life event manager for Southport, said: “The atmosphere on Sunday promises to be electric – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter – as hundreds of like-minded ladies come together to join the fight against cancer.

“I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the women who participate in Race for Life in Southport and to all the friends, family and colleagues who support them.

“Our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients in the North West and across the UK and we rely on their incredible commitment to the cause.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding vital research.

Money raised through Race for Life helps Cancer Research UK to fund long-term research and pioneering trials, leading to new tests and kinder treatments which could save the lives of men, women and children across the North West and beyond.

This year, there’ll be a host of on stage and course entertainment to help get the event off to a great start and motivate the runners along the route. Prior to the start, participants and their supporters will be treated to a performance by talented Singer Songwriter Hayley Murray. We’ll then have the amazing Merseyside Rock Choir motivating our amazing participants on route.

Southport’s Race for Life is the ninth in this year’s North West calendar which includes 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales..

Sarah continued: “Money raised through Race for Life is helping to drive life-saving research in to over 200 different types of cancer – so every person, step and penny raised counts.

“Race for Life isn’t about being the fittest, fastest or first to the finish. It’s about coming together in the fight against this devastating disease. Our aim is that one day everyone will survive cancer and the more women who Race for Life, the sooner that day will come.

“We still have places at events across the North West so this is a rallying call for mums, daughters, sisters and friends to sign up right now and help beat cancer sooner.”

There is still time to enter Race for Life events across the North West at raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

The Future for Business is Digital following Hugh Baird College Event!

Future for Business is Digital

More than 100 business delegates from across Sefton descended on Hugh Baird College to learn more about exciting new developments in the field of digital technologies for small firms.

 

The theme for Sefton Economic Forum was ‘The Future for Business is Digital’, and was organised by Sefton Growth Hub, part of the Council’s InvestSefton enterprise and investment service

Subjects discussed at the event, included digital technologies as an enabler for small firms, future trends, and the many free applications available online to help businesses improve productivity, save time and reduce costs.

Speakers included Jo Wright, Executive Director of FACT, Digital Technologist Adrian McEwen, Andy Kent, CEO of Angel Solutions and Yana Williams, Principal of Hugh Baird College.

The Forum saw the return of the Sefton Growth Hub Business Marketplace, which provided the opportunity for attendees to browse and discuss the business support available from 21 providers across the Liverpool City Region.

The Sefton Economic Forum was chaired by Brendan Nel, a Sefton resident and Managing Director of Gemstone Software Ltd, who specialise in digital solutions for business.

Brendan said: “Digital technologies impact on all areas of business, and have an application for every type of business and sector.  We have a wealth of young talent coming through, and the Sefton Growth Hub can help you to plan your business digital strategy, and tap into support to take it forward.”

Kristina Swift, Sefton Business Growth Hub Business Development Manager, added: “We have had great feedback on the Forum, with businesses keen to try out the free online tools immediately.  The marketplace is a regular feature of the Forum, which is a key event in the Sefton business calendar.”

For more information on the support available to Sefton businesses, visit investsefton.com

Popular Woodvale Rally returns to Southport’s Victoria Park in June

Woodvale Rally returns to Victoria Park in Southport next month with a bumper line-up of attractions to entertain all the family.

The fun-filled annual event takes place on June 17 and 18 with tickets costing just £6 for adults and £4 for children under 15.

This year organisers have secured a wide range of live performances by local bands from 11am to 5pm on both days with a guest appearance from X Factor finalist Ray Quinn on the Saturday.

The popular Mike and The Sunrockers have also confirmed, as have The Jaywalkers .

General manager Peter Wood said: “This year we have a wide range of free entertainment. Unlike other shows we like to give visitors a great day out without breaking the bank.

“The Liverpool and District Model Aircraft Society (LADMAS) will have ‘planes flying on both days.

“Classic and vintage car entries are also ‘motoring’ in and the Army will be attending with a display of heavy recovery vehicles.

“The popular Crazy Bears will be there again as will the West Lancashire Dog Display Team, which will be performing twice a day.

“Jema Leopold will also take to the main arena with her amazing performing horses.

“Other attractions include giant slides, craft and food marquee, giant car boot, collectors fair, Morris dancing and numerous trade stands.”

Woodvale Rally is run by the 1st Southport Scout Group, raising funds to help youngsters with their Scouting activities and to assist other local charities with donations.

For further information visit http://www.woodvalerally.com or email info@woodvalerally.com

Two new attractions confirmed for Southport Air Show

Bosses at Southport Air Show say they are excited to announce new aircraft performances as part of this year’s display.

Taking place on the seafront from September 15-17 2017, the annual spectacle will see debut displays from the de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen and B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF Sally B.

The Sea Vixen is a twin boom, twin-engine 1950s–60s British two-seat jet fighter and her appearance at the show is causing quite a stir amongst the organisers!

Sally B is the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe. She was critical to the USAAF daylight precision bombing campaign and was armed with 13 machine guns, hence the name ‘Flying Fortress’.

Both of these displays will be on Saturday and Sunday of the popular Air Show. Other military favourites including the RAF Typhoon Display Team, Tutor, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Official) will display over two days along with the Breitling Wingwalkers and the Blades Aerobatic Team.

The Friday night will showcase lights and pyrotechnics on the displays from the Fireflies Display Team, Twister Aerobatic Team and the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team – all three displays will also be on Saturday and Sunday.

More aircraft displays will be announced over the coming weeks adding to an already bumper line-up.

Mark Catherall, Sefton Council’s Tourism Service manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured the Sally B and the Sea Vixen to debut at this year’s Air Show.

“Sadly, for reasons beyond our control, the RAF Red Arrows will not be available for this year’s Southport Air Show. While we are disappointed by this, we hope to welcome them back in 2018.

“The Air Show caters for all the family and improves year on year, this year’s military village will be bigger and better and the beach explosions are back!

“I look forward to seeing the huge crowds across the three days in September.”

Southport Air Show takes place across the weekend of Friday, September 15-Sunday September 17. Tickets for each day of the Air Show are available to buy now and start from £6.50 (including all fees).

For more information or to book your tickets, visit Southportairshow.com.