Commemorative plaque honours Litherland church volunteer Stan Martin

A commemorative plaque has been unveiled at a Litherland church in memory of a popular community volunteer.

Stan Martin, who passed away in May last year at the age of 87, devoted 47 years to a Church Lads’ Brigade in Litherland and was a sides-person at St Philip’s Church for a remarkable 74 years.

To honour his legacy, a plaque was unveiled on Sunday, May 6th by Reverend Alan Finch and Stan’s wife Pat Martin.

During the service, Stan, known fondly as ‘Mr M’  was described as a “loving and caring person” who helped transform the church through his role on the building committee and the time he spent maintaining the grounds and woodland garden.

The service culminated with Rev Finch carrying out a dedication of a cross, which was placed in the church in memory of Pat and Stan’s daughter, Susan Tracey. As well as devoting nearly five decades to the Lads’ Brigade at St Philip’s Church, Stan was also the commanding officer for two decades and ran its 40-strong bugle band which had a superb reputation.

In 2013, Stan and Pat were given the Sefton CVS Community Award in recognition of their combined 130 years of community work.

Pat and Stan received the award from the former Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Maureen Fearn, at Sefton CVS’s annual general meeting and annual conference at Linacre Mission in Bootle.

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.

Litherland Primary School to mark 20 year anniversary with community event (Friday 30th June)

Teachers and pupils from a school in Litherland are set to mark the 20th anniversary since their classrooms were first opened.

English Martyrs Catholic Primary School first started inviting children through the door in September 1997 after it was officially opened by Bishop Vincent Malone.

To help celebrate the occasion, the school will host a community event on Friday, June 30 for current and past pupils, staff and local residents.

They will also showcase a time capsule which was first buried at the school grounds in 1996.

Headteacher Lewis Dinsdale said: “We are celebrating this milestone with various events including a public open afternoon on Friday, June 30.

“We welcome any past pupils, staff and local community to this event which will be held from 2 – 5pm in the main school hall.

“Refreshments will be served and visitors will have an opportunity to view our exhibition which will include various photos, memorabilia and artefacts from the past. It will also include the time capsule that was buried back in 1996!

“During the run up to the event, we are inviting members of the public to contribute to the exhibition, with any memorabilia or memories they have of our school.

“If you have anything that you would like to share please email to tisdalla@englishmartyrs.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!”

Are you ready to Ditch Those Stabilisers?

Back by popular demand during the May half term school holidays – Sefton Council is proud to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from the Council’s highway safety team will offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential. Join the team at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, 30 May between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, 1 June from 9am to 12pm.

To register, call Sefton Council, on 0345 140 0845.