Nominations are now being accepted for the third round of a major scheme that recognises Sefton residents who make a difference to life in their local communities.

Citizens 4 Good was successfully launched last summer as a joint initiative by Sefton CVS and the Mayor of Sefton’s office.

The scheme aims to highlight the good deeds, support and kindness that local people show to other members of their community.

Nominations can be made by anyone who thinks a particular person deserves to be recognised, including friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools, community organisations and local councillors.

The process is quick and simple, using a short nomination form available via the Sefton 4 Good website.

Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS Volunteer and Citizenship Lead, commented: “Since last August we celebrated 27 Citizens 4 Good in Sefton, and the programme has proven very popular.

“However, we know there are plenty more people out there who deserve recognition. We want to encourage people to nominate any Sefton residents they know who have made a difference to their community.”

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a special celebration event where they will be presented with a certificate recognising their good works by the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Dave Robinson.

Councillor Robinson said: “We have been delighted with the response to Citizens 4 Good so far and look forward to hearing about even more Sefton residents having a positive impact in their neighbourhoods.”

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 14th March with the celebration event taking place on Wednesday 28th March in Bootle.

For further information about Citizens 4 Good ring Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email

To make a nomination online visit or alternatively you can to download the appropriate form here.

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



A major new scheme to recognise Sefton residents who make a difference to life in their local communities has honoured its first recipients.

Citizens 4 Good has been launched as a joint initiative by Sefton CVS and the Mayor of Sefton’s office, and current Mayor of Sefton Cllr Dave Robinson was the VIP guest at this week’s inaugural presentation ceremony at Bootle Town Hall.

Citizens 4 Good aims to pay tribute to local people whose kindness, support and good deeds improve the lives of their fellow borough residents.

Nominations can be made by anyone who thinks a particular person deserves to be recognised, including friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools, community organisations and local Councillors.

The 14 residents honoured at the Town Hall event ranged from a man who continues to volunteer for a local charity at the age of 92, to a woman who has helped to establish one of the Southport foodbanks.

Councillor Robinson said he was delighted to attend the event and to hear the man examples of the excellent work that people are doing in their local communities.
He commented: “So much good takes place in Sefton and we want Citizens 4 Good to shine a spotlight on those people making a difference to life in their area.”

Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS Volunteer and Citizenship Lead, said: “Everyone who has been recognised here tonight has made a really positive impact on their local community, and inspired someone enough to nominate them.
“We’re really delighted at the encouraging response to the inaugural call for nominations, and now plan to make the scheme a regular event,” he added.

The full list of recipients is:

*  John Simpson who retired recently after leading the 58th Southport Cubs for more than 40 years.

*  Julie Woods who helped to establish the foodbank at the Shoreline Church in Southport.

*  Pastor Peter Cunningham who founded the Green Pastures social enterprise in Southport to help the homeless.

*  Sara Lace who organises Christmas Day meals for older people at Southport Fire Station.

*  Anne Long from Formby for her tireless work as an ambassador for several cancer charities.

*  Frankie Meadows who has been the driving force behind Crosby Stuart Junior Football Club for more than 25 years.

*  Gillian Cuthbertson from Crosby for helping to establish the Veterans in Sefton armed forces charity.

*  Jan Mullin for helping to establish Crosby Parkrun, a weekly 5K run along Crosby beach.

*  The late Neville Hymus for his work as a volunteer in Crosby’s community gardens, and creating a World War One memorial garden in Moor Lane.

*  George Higgins who is still volunteering with Bootle-based charity Sefton Opera at the age of 92.

*  Nandy Allen who helped to establish the community Art By Me project in Bootle.

*  Phil Brown who has helped to tackle litter in Bootle for seven years via the Bootle Action  Group.

*  Vicky Hanagan who runs the foodbank at Bootle’s Christchurch Youth and Community Centre.

*  Rita Addison for helping residents in Maghull and Lydiate by setting up a luncheon club and home library scheme.

For more information about future opportunities to nominate people for Citizens 4 Good recognition ring 0151 920 0726 or email

Mayor of Sefton welcomes Mila and her Mum to Bootle Town Hall after accident

The Mayor of Sefton welcomed Mila and her mum Kirsty to Bootle Town Hall after their accident on Balliol road Bootle, last month. Four year old Mila had serious head injuries as a result of the collision and was taken Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Her mother Kirsty also had head and leg injuries and was taken to Aintree Hospital.

Both are back home with their family and on the mend. They were invited to the Mayors Parlour, in Bootle Town Hall along with members of their family by Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton and his wife.  Mila was presented with gifts and Kirsty received a family pass to Splashworld in Southport.

The Mayor took this opportunity to pass on his thoughts and well wishes to Mila, her mum and the rest of the family. Representatives from the British Transport Police and Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment were also present and showed their support to the family.

Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton said:

‘We couldn’t be happier to have Mila and her mum Kirsty here with us today, were thrilled that they’re both on the mend and doing so well.’

Mila’s mum Kirsty said;

‘I’d like to thank everybody who came to help my daughter and I after the accident. The support from the community has been overwhelming and we really want to thank all of the people who didn’t know us but came to help.’

Mayor of Sefton helps launch Southport counselling service The Philippi Trust

A SPECIAL counselling service has expanded in Southport with the help of mental health advocate the Mayor of Sefton.

Launched on Lord Street recently, the Philippi Trust is a Christian Charitable Trust which offers both counselling and counselling training.

Cllr Iain Brodie Brown, the Mayor of Sefton was on hand to help give a boost to the opening of the trust’s new centre which joins other sites in Bolton, St Helens, Blackpool and elsewhere in the North West.

Philippi Trust have previously operated in Southport out of a small room at the Lakeside Christian Centre, but their expansion heralds a new era for the charity.

A spokesperson for the Philippi Trust said: “We also have Philippi International with branches in Namibia, South Africa, Germany and Ireland. Our website is

“We have been operating in Southport for the last few years out of one room in Lakeside Christian Centre, but with the addition of a number of new counsellors, we were struggling with the limitations that created.

“We moved to our new premises at 419 Lord Street, and we now have 2 counselling rooms and a Family Therapy Suite where we can see couples and children.

“We also have a Training area where we hope to run counselling courses in the near future.

“Our counselling rooms are also available for hire, on application. Our qualified counsellors all offer their time voluntarily, but we also offer placements for University and College students to come on placement to complete the hours required to qualify.

“ Our hours of opening are Monday 9am – 2pm, and Tuesday/Thursday 9am – 8pm and anyone can come for counselling, whether of faith or of no faith, by either phoning us on 01704 807660 or by completing the e-form on our website.

“Unlike private counselling centres, who can charge between £35-£55 per hour, we operate on a donation basis, where we encourage clients to give within their financial ability.”

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.

Sefton Council announce New Mayor for 2016/17, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne

Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne has been installed as the new Mayor of Sefton for 2016/17.

He was officially appointed as the new Mayor at a special meeting held at Southport Town Hall on May 17 and replaces outgoing Mayor, Stephen Kermode.

Cllr Brodie-Browne is the former Sefton Liberal Democrat leader, a Kew ward councillor from May 1984-87 and has represented Birkdale ward from May 2002 until present. He has also served on Cheshire County Council and Congleton Borough Council.

He is married to Nicola, a schoolteacher, and they have 3 daughters.

Iain is the founder and CEO of Imagine Independence a mental health charity based in Liverpool which provides services in Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and four London Boroughs. He is a Trustee of the Mental Health Providers Forum a consortium of the leading mental health charities in England and Wales. He previously worked for MIND and Age Concern.

His interest in Health and Social Care has also led him to serve on a Family Practitioners Committee and Health Authority. He has also served as a Churchwarden in Birkdale.

In his spare time, Iain has an allotment in Birkdale and along with daughter Mollie has tasted success in the Ainsdale Show as their pumpkin won the ‘Best in Show’ prize.

He supports Southport FC and is a regular at Haig Ave.

Iain enjoys fell walking and has completed several long distance foot paths including The West Highland Way, Offa’s Dyke and Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path. He hopes to do part of the Pembrokeshire Coastal path this year.

As befits a parent with two daughters who have studied English at University he also enjoys reading and the theatre.

Cllr Brodie-Browne said: “It is a real honour to be Mayor of Sefton.

“I am very much looking forward to the year ahead representing Sefton on a local, regional and national level as I believe this wonderful borough has so much to offer.

“I would like to thank the outgoing Mayor, Stephen Kermode, for all his efforts in this civic role and hope my term will be as busy and successful as his.”