‘Working Together To Support Our Communities’ Workshops (Wednesday 3rd & 10th October)

Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sefton Council and NHS South Sefton CCG & NHS Southport & Formby CCG to host two upcoming workshops looking at a community-based model of services in Sefton.

These workshops will give you and your organisation the opportunity to both hear in more detail about these ideas but also to shape the way you or your organisation wants to be involved.

Click here to download the event invitation 

Click here to download the booking form (Word / PDF

The two workshops planned in Sefton are:

Wednesday 3rd  October, 9.30am-2pm – Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC), Cambridge Road, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 1RR (click here for map)

Wednesday 10th October, 9.30am-2pm – Waterside Lodge, Marine Drive, Southport, PR8 1RY  (click here for map)


To book your place, please complete and return the attached booking form to events@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726. Alternatively, please return the booking form to the address below:

Sefton Council For Voluntary Service
3rd Floor, North Wing, Suite 3b, Burlington House,
Crosby Road North,
L22 0LG

Please include details of any dietary or accessibility requirements. Bookings are available on a first come first served basis.

Threshold Festival Comes to Southport this Weekend! Saturday 28th July

Southport is set to host the latest in a series of small outdoor culture festivals appearing across the Liverpool City Region. 

Grass-roots, multi-arts festival Threshold have teamed up with Independents Biennial and The Atkinson, Southport to deliver a free, family friendly outdoor mini-festival on Saturday 28th July, coinciding with the launch of Sefton Open 2018.

Location: The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB.

Time: 11am-3pm

Entry: FREE

The event is one of the Independents Biennial’s five special commissions taking place during the visual arts festival, which runs until October 28 in Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral and St Helens. The sister festival to Liverpool Biennial, it champions and supports emerging and grassroots art and artists on Merseyside.

The day of events by Threshold, including a mix of visual arts, performance, storytelling and music, will take place at the renowned Atkinson arts centre from 11am – 3pm.

The line-up of offerings, open to all, includes the following:

Interactive performance and theatre shows from ‘Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club’ and Storytelling from the magically talented Gav Cross.

A visual arts programme including interactive live sculptural and drawing workshops, using live performances on the day for inspiration from: Pamela Sullivan (creator of detailed and fascinating installations); and Jazamin Sinclair (creator of satirical acerbic storyboard illustration series Illustrated Prosody).

Music entertainment will come from: ‘Operation Lightfoot’, a music and arts collaboration directed by composer Luke Moore; stand-out, powerful country rock & roll from Amber Stone; and folk-punk sounds with biting lyrics & harmonies from Jazamin Sinclair.

“Threshold has grown up in the creative boom of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle as a multi-arts festival, which is fiercely independent and inclusive-roots. We deliver quality above all from grass-roots, brilliantly talented artists.” Chris Herstad Carney, Threshold Festival Director.

“Working with Independents Biennial and The Atkinson is really close to our hearts. The main focus of the day, as with all Threshold events is to enrich people through art and music, but most importantly for it to be a fun experience for all!”
 Jazamin Sinclair, Threshold Festival Visual Arts Curator.

For more information: 

Threshold Festival: http://thresholdfestival.co.uk

The Atkinson: www.theatkinson.co.uk

Sefton Open 2018: www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/sefton-open-2018

Independents Biennial: www.artinliverpool.com/independentsbiennial2018

Sefton and Knowsley unite to help siblings #StayTogether in foster families

#StayTogether will be the message as fostering services at Sefton and Knowsley Councils come together for a special recruitment drive.

In Sefton and Knowsley there are over 750 ‘looked after’ children in need of foster placements, many of them in sibling groups.

Two events will be held, allowing anyone thinking of fostering to meet experienced carers who already foster families of brothers and sisters, while also learning about the approval process, support and learning with expert teams from both local authorities.

The first event will take place at Aintree Shopping Park, Saturday January 27, 10am – 4pm, while the second event will take place at Cables Shopping Centre in Prescot, Sunday January 28, 10am- 4pm.

Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families at Sefton Council, said:

“It is great to be working together with Knowsley in this innovative way. Now more than ever there is an urgent need for carers for siblings, highlighting this is so important.

“The media bus is both unique and eye catching and gives us the flexibility to get out and about into the heart of our communities. Allowing us to create a clear call to action, it encourages people from all walks of life to consider how they could make a real difference to children’s lives.”

Cllr Marie Stuart, Knowsley Council Cabinet Lead Member – Children’s Services said

“We are delighted to be working with Sefton Council on this unique Fostering Information Event.

“It’s important that we work together to encourage more families to come forward and find out more about becoming Foster Carers with their local authority. We are always looking for new Foster Carers with our greatest need being for Foster Carers who could provide a safe and loving home for sibling groups, older children, and children with additional needs.

“We understand it’s a really big decision for people to make, but we offer excellent support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offer financial allowances in recognition of the valuable role Foster Carers have in providing loving homes for the children in our care. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about becoming a Foster Carer to come along and have a chat with our friendly teams without feeling obligated or pressured in any way.”

For more information about fostering with Sefton, visit the Sefton Fostering website or contact the team on 0800 923 2777.

Be Active Launch’s February Half Term Programme

Sefton’s youngest residents are in for a half-term filled with fun and games as the ever popular Be Active programme returns in February.

With activities catering for children from reception age to 12-years-old, Be Active’s programme is available at leisure centres across the borough.

February Fun Day’s will see children take part in a number of enjoyable and challenging activities including obstacle courses, adventure games and dodgeball.

School of Rock dance mash-up workshops will give Sefton’s young performers the chance to learn new choreographed dance routines inspired by their favourite films and songs. There will also be the opportunity to take part in singing and enjoy dance and drama based games.

Be Active will also be taking advantage of the new and improved swimming facilities across the borough with a range of pool-based activities on the cards including a Wave Rave pool party complete with disco lights, music and pool dye.

Sefton’s youngsters can also take a break from dry land and enjoy the perks that come with living on the coast at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre where they can have a go at water sports including bell-boating, raft building and climbing.

The ever popular Everton Soccer School will also be returning to the sports-filled line-up catering for future sports stars of all abilities.

In a bid to get more young people into different sports, Sefton Council is running a number of ‘Come and Try Sessions’. The classes cover a range of activities, including archery, gymnastics and fencing.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“I’m delighted to see the latest half term line-up from Be Active.

“It is wonderful to see so many activities on offer across Sefton that are not only fun, but also provide fantastic opportunities for Sefton’s young residents to try out new things and learn exciting new skills.

“I look forward to seeing another packed half term of activities across Sefton!”

For more information or to book your place please call Be Active on 0151 288 6286 or visit www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive

Summer fun for Sefton’s Children & Young People

– Summer of Golf –

School holidays will not yet be in full swing as The Summer of Golf takes over Southport during the week of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Families can enjoy a huge range of golf themed activities, from playing some of the world’s most famous holes in the golf simulator to competing on the putting course and more…

– Head to the Coast –

Sefton’s beautiful coastline will be a hive of free activities for the whole family, whether hunting mini-beasts in woodlands or going wild on fun days, there is lots to enjoy. You can discover what is happening on Sefton’s coast by visiting 2017 The Year of Sefton’s Coast.

Coastal Logo 2017

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre will be helping young people to harness their skills on the water with the KIDZ H2O programme. During the Summer school break, they can take part in Adventure Days where they will enjoy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, bell boating, open canoeing, climbing, raft building, rowing, problem solving and stand up paddle boarding. Adventure Days take place Monday-Friday, 9.30am -4.30pm, with wraparound care for working parents from 8.30am – 5.30pm. Adventure Days are priced

Splash World in Southport is offering visitors a free splash every fourth visit from 1 May – 30 September. Find out more about this fantastic offer  and admission prices at the Splash World website

– Be Active –

The coast is not the only place where children and young people can let off steam, as the Be Active summer programme gives them lots of fun physical activities and some respite for parents too! This summer’s programme includes gymnastics, archery, Rampworx, Judofit, Born to Move music classes, carnival themed dance classes, baby ballet and fitness bootcamps.

Be Active will again be hosting the very popular football camps, which will be in partnership with Everton FC.

– Out and about in Sefton’s parks –

There will be lots of excitement in Sefton’s parks at the Community Fun Days where families can enjoy bouncy castles, go-karts, fairground rides, circus skills workshops, face painting, crafts and more. Fun days take place 22 August, Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, 25 August, South Park, Bootle, 29 August, Hightown and 1 September, Rainbow Park in Melling.

 – Outdoor Cinema Screenings –

Southport’s King’s Gardens will be hosting another series of the popular outdoor cinema screenings, showing Hairspray (21 July), Grease (16 August) and Pete’s Dragon (2 September). While the screenings are free, the Friend’s of King’s Gardens ask that visitors consider a minimum donation of £2. Food is available on site but visitors can bring their own. It is also recommended that visitors bring their own seating and blankets.

– Cultural pick ‘n’ mix at The Atkinson –

The Atkinson in Southport will he hosting another cultural pick ‘n’ mix for families during the summer holidays.

Whats-On-at-The-Atkinson-2-300x200The museum and gallery will offer a world of escapism and education, as Ancient Egypt and the tales of Sefton’s historic coast are brought to life.

The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show takes place 31 July and is for children aged 2 years and over. It is a magical performance that combines music and singing with children’s favourite Hairy Maclary tales.

The popular family film showings will be returning throughout August, showing every Wednesday at 2.30pm. This summer, families can enjoy Finding Dory (2 August); Sing (9 August); Jungle Book (16 August) and Beauty and The Beast (23 August). Tickets for these films are priced at £3 per person.

– Create your own story with Sefton’s libraries –

Young visitors to Sefton’s libraries will be able to write the story of their own Summer by getting involved in a rich variety of activities and events, including: The Summer Reading Challenge, mobile zoo, Sefton Rangers wildlife sessions, print workshops with artists from Liverpool’s Bluecoat, Lego club, arts and craft sessions, family fun days and more.

– Aim High with Family Fun Days for disabled children –

Sefton’s Aiming High for Disabled Children Service will be giving children and young people in Sefton a fun summer of engaging activities. In order to take part in this fantastic short breaks programme, children need to be registered with Aiming High’s Short Breaks team.

For those not already registered with the service, they will be hosting a series of Family Fun Days at Christ the King High School in Southport and Rowan Park School in Litherland. These special events are a great chance to find out more about the service and register your child(ren) with them while enjoying activities such as the mobile zoo, bouncy castle, face painting and more.

To find out more, contact Aiming High on 0151 288 6811 or by email

– Young people look North for a unique summer arts project –

Young people in Sefton will be using their creativity and artistic talents to think about their place in the world as part of a special exhibition during the school holidays.

The Our North project is a series of workshops and culture walks at The Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, created especially for young people in Sefton to work toward an Arts Award accreditation.

Derived from the North exhibition at The Open Eye,  the workshops look at issues of identity, discrimination and culture through photography and fashion, especially through the lens of young people and their identity.

The workshops take place 1, 8, 10, 15, 22 and 29 August and are a partnership between Sefton Council’s youth services, the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool John Moores UniversityFACT and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To take part in this unique opportunity, contact Sefton Council’s Integrated Youth Service on 0151 934 4899 or by email



Maghull Young Adults Social Club (MYASC) recently celebrated 15 years of monthly social nights for adults with various learning difficulties in Maghull.

Held on the last Friday of every month at Maghull British Legion, MYASC now has hundreds of members who travel to the popular club night to socialise in a safe, friendly environment with a professional DJ and licensed bar.

As part of the 15th birthday celebrations for the club, organisers provided a buffet, balloons, free raffle and special guest appearances from Star Wars characters Darth Vader and Boba Fett (pictured).

The intergalactic appearance was made possible by members of the Star Wars Appreciation Society organised by former MYASC DJ Phil Marshall.

Club organiser Viv Penn said “Our 15th birthday celebrations were fantastic, and a big thank you must go to members of the Star Wars Appreciation Society for coming along and surprising our members”

“On behalf of the club, I wanted to extend a special thank you to Maghull Art Group who continue to support the club both financially and by volunteering on the night”.

For more information about Maghull Young Adults Social Club, please contact Viv Penn on 0151 526 6610 or email penn1945@blueyonder.co.uk.

Keep Warm Keep Well Event at the Atkinson (Mon 16th January)

Sefton Council, in partnership with Sefton OPERA, are tackling fuel poverty in the area with a special Keep Warm Keep Well event, as part of the national Warm Homes Campaign.

The campaign is run by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA), which aims to raise awareness of the problem and some of the solutions available for those struggling to heat their homes affordably.

The aim is to provide advice and information (as well as freebies) to Sefton residents, to assist them to keep warm and healthy in their homes (through access to grants, increasing income and improving energy efficiency). There will be stalls from a variety of other local organisations including welfare rights and home improvements, as well as some fun activities, such as tai chi and massages.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “Sadly fuel poverty is a serious and growing concern, with some households in Sefton unable to afford to properly heat their homes. Through the Warm Homes Campaign we hope to improve the life chances of residents who are struggling with their fuel bills and ensure they can stay warm and healthy in their homes this winter.”

Mrs P, 85, who was helped at a previous Keep Warm Keep Well event said: “I obtained some great advice and information. As well as being able to make my home warmer, my income increased as a referral made at the event was successful”.

The event takes place at the Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport from 11am-12.30pm on Monday, January 16, followed by an over 50’s tea dance from 1.30pm.

Sefton CVS Funding Workshops & Surgeries in January 2017’

Upcoming Funding Workshops and Surgeries




Tuesday 17th January  2017


Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop Sefton CVS Southport Office, All Souls Church Hall
Norwood Road, Southport PR8 6HQ
Friday 20th January 2017


Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG
Tuesday 24th January 2017 Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund managed by Grantscape


Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG
Tuesday 7th January 2017 Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The David Lewis Association Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG


Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop

In this workshop will include guidance on how to:

  • look for suitable funding for your project/ group
  • pitch your application
  • evidence need
  • produce your budget
  • demonstrate your achievements

For further information contact Sian Martin Baez (Sefton CVS Group Development Officer) on 0151 920 0726 ext 210 sian.martin-baez@seftoncvs.org.uk

Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund managed by Grantscape.

Sefton CVS is pleased to announce that Liz Payne from Grantscape will be holding a funding surgery at our Waterloo office on Tuesday 24th January 2017.

Thirty minute slots from 10.15 a.m. will be available for you to discuss your project and potential application on a 1 to 1 basis with Liz.

The next closing date for the fund is 29th March 2017. Please note that places will be limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first come first served basis.

Also please note the eligibility criteria including the strict geographic criteria. For more information please visit http://www.grantscape.org.uk/fund/burbo-bank-extension-community-fund/

Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The David Lewis Association

Sefton CVS is pleased to welcome Peter Ralphs from The David Lewis Association who will be holding a funding surgery in our Waterloo office on Tuesday 7th February 2017.



Waterloo bakers rise to the challenge!

SERVICE users at a popular day centre for older people in Waterloo rose to the challenge when they took part in their own version of the Great British Bake Off.

Clients were given the chance to show their baking skills at Waterloo Park Day Centre, on Haigh Road.

Although the bake-off lacked the well-known names from the hit TV programme, staff were determined to give the event a flavour of the BBC show.

As a result, two staff members reinvented themselves for the day, with Melanie Evans becoming ‘Melly Berry’ and Diane Richardson taking on the role of ‘Digella Lawson’.

The two ‘hosts’ helped service users to create a table full of tasty treats including sponge cakes, cream horns and fruit flans – and all without a soggy bottom in sight!

Centre Manager, Roma Harvey, said: “We hold special events like this throughout the year and this one proved to be particularly good fun for staff and service users alike.

“And of course the great thing about a bake off is at the end of the event everyone at the centre was able to sit down and enjoy the all the goodies that the participants had prepared.”

Waterloo Park, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, was set up by Sefton Council but has been run by New Directions since 2007.

In its early years it was a traditional day and leisure activity centre for all local residents aged over 60.

Merseyside’s sporting champions to be honoured with Rio-style celebration

The cream of Merseyside’s sporting talent, including several of Merseyside’s Paralympians, will be in attendance this Friday for the Merseyside Sporting Champions Awards Dinner 2016.

This year’s event is inspired by the summer of sport in Rio and will feature Paralympic table tennis player Jack Hunter-Spivey as guest speaker; an Audience Question & Answer session with Merseyside Paralympians Jamie Burdekin, Sean Highdale and Lora Fachie (née Turnham), plus husband Neil Fachie; as well as entertainment from samba dancers, Viva Brasil.

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Paralympian Jack Hunter-Spivey (Photographer: Michael Loveder)

The evening will celebrate the county’s sporting talent, plus the people who make sport and physical activity happen here on Merseyside. This year’s event will also be an opportunity for the Merseyside athletes who competed in Rio 2016 to be honoured on home turf. As ever, proceeds from the Dinner go towards bursaries for the county’s future sporting stars.

Nominees and guests from across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St.Helens, Wirral and beyond will be in attendance to hear the winner of the ten categories* announced. This year’s categories include Community Sports Project of the Year, sponsored by WEALTH at work; Primary and Secondary School of the Year, sponsored by Sonex; Young Sports Person of the Year, sponsored by LJMU Sports Scholarship Scheme; and Young Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Sport Liverpool.

Winner of the 2015 Secondary School of the Year Award 

This prestigious event is run by not-for-profit organisation, Merseyside Sports Partnership (MSP), one of 45 County Sports Partnerships in England. The organisation connects local organisations, people and investment together; unlocking the power of sport and physical activity to empower Merseyside’s residents to be active for life.

Early Intervention Foundation’s Evidence Seminar Series (November to February)

Building on the huge success of the national launch of ‘Foundations for Life’, EIF’s important review of early years parent child interventions, we are delighted to announce a regional series of free half day Evidence Seminars to reach out to a wider audience of leaders, commissioners and others.

The goal of the evidence seminars is to engage early years stakeholders across education, health and social care with the latest evidence and support them to use this for local service redesign and commissioning.

Funded by Public Health England, each evidence seminar will hear from the review authors, and explore the implications for practice.  The programme of evidence seminars is as follows:


Coin Street conference centre

Wednesday 16th November 2016

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

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Royal Armouries Museum

Wednesday 30th November 2016

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

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Armada House Conference and Events

Thursday 8th December 2016

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

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Friends Meeting House Manchester

Wednesday 18th January 2017

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

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Coin Street conference centre

Wednesday 8th February 2017

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

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Demand for places will be high so book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For all enquiries please email info@eif.org.uk. Follow on twitter here to keep updated with EIF’s work.


Waterloo Residents Invited to Annual Scarecrow Festival

Waterloo residents are being invited to a fun day with a difference later this month.

The Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens will be holding their eight annual Scarecrow Festival in Marine Garden from 12.30pm to 4pm on Saturday 17th September.

As usual the scarecrow competition will be the centrepiece of the event, with entries invited based on this year’s suggested theme of the Olympics. Competitors should register their entry between 12 noon and 12.30pm.

However, the festival will also feature miniature train rides, bouncy castles, face painting and a storyteller, as well as games, stalls, live performances and hot food and other refreshments.

In the meantime, anyone interested in making a scarecrow for the event, but not quite sure how to, is invited to attend a scarecrow workshop in Marine Garden on Saturday 10th September, starting at 1pm.

Run by Sefton’s Community Parks Officers, in association with the Friends group, this event will provide residents with some top tips on scarecrow skills. People attending just need to bring some clothes to dress their scarecrow in, plus a pair of tights.

Karen Abram from the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens commented: “Our Scarecrow Festival has become more popular every year and we’re determined to make this year’s event the best yet.

“We’re hoping for fine weather, a good turnout and some fantastic entries on the day which is designed to be fun for all the family.”

The Scarecrow Festival is organised solely by volunteers from the Friends group which was set up in 2009 to help improve the four seafront gardens in Waterloo as well as nearby Potter’s Barn Park.

Entry to the event is free, although donations are welcome.  All the money raised will be ploughed back into the local community via the volunteer work done by group members.

For more information on the work of the Friends visit www.fowsg.co.uk or follow them on www.facebook.com/friendsofwaterlooseafrontgardens.


Breathe Easy event success at Strand By Me

Over 35 people took part in an event which included a lung health check, at Strand By Me, the community and health services shop in Bootle, during Breathe Easy week.

The event, organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sefton South Breathe Easy Group supported by Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) came together with Julie Morris, a nurse from Primary Care Respiratory Training Centre (PCRTC) to offer advice to residents.

Mick Maher, chair of the Breathe Easy group, said: “The event went really well. Along with raising awareness of the support on offer to people with breathing difficulties in south Sefton we also offered people a lung health check called a spirometry test. We recruited eight more members to the group and also encouraged four people to get help to stop smoking, which is great.

“I was diagnosed with a lung condition a while back now and had no idea what it was or how to deal with it, so I went on a self-management course. Then I thought, along with others on the course, that people in the community would really benefit from having that knowledge whether it’s for them, or for someone they know. So, we set up the group and decided to put this event on during Breathe Easy week.”

Jenny Kristiansen, respiratory lead at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We invited Julie, a nurse from the respiratory training centre to offer the lung health checks. A person’s breathing can be affected by lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis, so having the lung test can help detect any issues early on.

“I can’t recommend the Breathe Easy group events enough and I was glad to see that the day at Strand By Me was really beneficial to those who popped in.”

One person out of seven in the UK is affected by a lung condition and the British Lung Foundation, Breathe Easy group, NHS South Sefton CCG and Sefton CVS want those people to know support is available for every one of them. Sefton South Breathe Easy group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month 1pm – 3pm at Strand by Me shop, located in Bootle strand on the ground floor facing Wilkinsons.

After attending a respiratory and self-management training course organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sefton CVS, the patients decided to launch the new Breathe Easy group. It was officially launched in June 2015 and they come together once a month with local residents in south Sefton to share their knowledge.

For more information on ‘Breathe Easy Sefton South’ or to become a member, please visit: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-in-your-area/breathe-easy-sefton-south-support-group.

German wind band play open air gig in Southport for Mayor’s charity

A GERMAN brass band played a special concert in Southport last week to help support the Mayor of Sefton’s charity.

Birkdale born Nick Reed helped to bring over the Batzenberger Winzerkapelle Pfaffenweiler to the town on Thursday May 19, the band which he directs in his spare time in Southern Germany.

The impormtu concert in the town hall gardens helped to raise vital funds for the Mayor Of Sefton’s Charity, this year spearheaded by new Lord Mayor Councillor Iain Brodie Browne.

Speaking to The Champion the Lord Mayor said: “I had enormous pleasure this morning welcoming to the Town Gardens a German windband. We are greatly indebted to the Reed family of Birkdale for making this happen. Son Nick directs the band in his spare moments when he is not teaching or performing himself in Germany.

“His mum and dad, who are better known to me as my neighbours on the Birkdale Irrigation Allotment, sorted out the logistics at this end!

“The Town Gardens soon filled up as the band struck up. The German band had a much rounder, fuller sound than a Northern Brass band and the crowd was soon tapping their feet to the music.

“Nick was happy to have his photo taken with residents and tourists alike.

“I spoke to a lot of people in the crowd and it was good to see a large party from Glasgow enjoying their visit to our town. I was impressed by the knowledge of many of the locals who seemed to know a lot about the music including a couple of residents who had lived near the town where the band had come from.

“I should say that the region the band comes from is a wine growing area and the band is sponsored by the wine growers and several of the members are employed in viticulture We held a reception for the band in the Town Hall and they presented me with a gift from the sponsors!

“And for those who are checking I have declared it!

“It was a great day and the music and the friendliness of our visitors impressed everyone who turned up. Thanks to Maureen Fearn and her helpers who collected for the Mayors Charity.”

The ‘Batzenberger Winzerkapelle’ comes from the wine growing region of Marktgräflerland, south west Germany. Founded in 1794, it is one of the oldest wind orchestras in the region.  They wear the ‘Breisgauer Tracht’, the traditional dress of the region.

The band’s Music Director, Nick Reed is a professional percussionist and conductor who went to school in Birkdale, Ainsdale and Formby before studying in London, Paris and Freiburg, where he now lives.

Black Tie & Diamonds Charity Ball (19th November 2016)

Black Tie and Diamonds Charity Ball
The Titanic Hotel, Liverpool
Saturday 19th November 2016

A Black Tie and Diamonds Charity Ball will take place on 19th November 2016 at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool to raise funds for Woodlands Hospice.

The dinner dance includes a drink on arrival and a three course meal.

This is a popular annual event organised by Woodlands Hospice support group ‘Diamonds in the Sky’.

Tickets are £40 in advance from Alison Perry on 07803 577 630

You can find out more about Woodlands Hospice and they work they do by following this link.