Sunday Snippets, 1 May 2022

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from It is a round-up of important local news stories from the last seven days. Click or tap on each story to read the full article.

Claire House crowns Strictly champion

Claire House Children’s Hospice held its annual Strictly competition on Saturday 23 April at The Rum Warehouse at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool, raising over £37,000.

The 2022 Glitterball trophy was won by Lorna Bent from Warrington, who danced the Samba with professional dance partner Chris Millward from Cadmans Dance Centre.

Lorna, along with six other amateur dancers who trained and fundraised to take part, should have danced in 2020, but the annual event was postponed twice because of COVID-19 restrictions.

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£100k funding boost for local organisations for DofE Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) will be able to reach more young people facing barriers to achieving their DofE, thanks to a £100,000 donation from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The grant, given over four years, will enable three local organisations to deliver the DofE for the very first time.

The donation will support The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, in Birkenhead; NEO Community, based in Rock Ferry; and Tranmere Rovers in the Community to start running DofE programmes, providing training for staff and volunteers, and funding for young people facing financial difficulties.

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Local Council Elections 2022: Who will you vote for this May? contacted the four main parties – Conservative, Green Party, Labour and the Liberal Democrats – and asked them to provide a 200-word Wirral-wide manifesto.

Thirty-three of the thirty-six Metropolitan Boroughs elect a third of their councillors every year for three years, with no election in each fourth year. Wirral Council is one of these Metropolitan Boroughs that elect their councillors in thirds. However, Wirral will move to whole council elections from May 2023.

The move to whole council elections will mean that from 2023 the council elections will be held once every four years, rather than currently being held in three out of every four years. The change comes after councillors passed a resolution to change to whole council elections.

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Wirral Met footballers experience Portugal’s Premier League

Seventeen sports science and sports coaching students were selected for a trip of a lifetime to Lisbon, Portugal to train with professional football team S.L. Benfica.

During the two-week trip, sports and fitness students will take part in an intensive team training camp with youth team coaches, observe the professional teams and learn about the ‘Benfica way’ through presentations about nutrition, scouting, welfare, game model and psychology.

S.L. Benfica is a professional football club based in Lisbon that competes in the Primeira Liga, the top flight of Portuguese football.

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Anselmians crowned N2W Champions

With Leigh conceding this Saturday’s game, Anselmians will be crowned N2W Champions.

Anselmians were due to play Leigh in their final league game, but the team was informed that Leigh had conceded the fixture.

As a result, the first team have been awarded 5 match points, this means that they cannot be overhauled by second-placed Rochdale.

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Feature film shot in Wirral and Liverpool to screen at world-famous Pinewood Studios

A feature film shot in Wirral and Liverpool is set to showcase at one of the World’s most iconic movie studios.

‘Enemy of the Heart’ was selected from nominees around the world to be screened at the prestigious Pinewood Studios having competed with 25 countries to win the Jury Prize for Best Feature Film at the Global Lift Off Film Festival earlier this month.

During it’s 85-year history, the UK-based studio has become synonymous with some of the World’s most enduring productions, hosting Hollywood’s finest to shoot scenes for Star Wars, Superman, The Hobbit, James Bond, and Killing Eve.

Scenes for the production wer

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Family fun day with gift, craft, and food market in Upton this May

On Sunday 8 May, Upton based Activity for All be hosting their first Spring Market featuring a selection of hand-picked, local traders.

The market will take place from 9am to 4pm on one of their indoor 4G football pitches and will welcome a wide variety of small local business including children’s gifts, jewellery, skin care, freshly made savoury and sweet treats, farm produce and hive products to name but a few.

The centres Ape Antic Climbing Walls, Aerial Adventures High Ropes Course and The Fun Forest Soft Play will also be open as usual for families wishing to plan a full day’s activities.

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Wirral MP speaks up for NHS and care staff in parliamentary debate

Margaret Greenwood MP has called on the government to ‘think about those NHS staff who are working so hard and are so stretched by the amount of stress they are under because they do not have enough colleagues around them.’ 

The Wirral West MP was speaking in a debate in the House of Commons as MPs considered amendments made to the Health and Care Bill in the House of Lords. 

She spoke in support of an amendment that would have required the government to lay a report before Parliament, at least once every three years, describing the system in place for assessing and meeting the workforce needs of health, social care, and public health services in England.  

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Celebrate Wirral Walking Festival this May

Spring in to action this May and take part in Wirral Walking Festival. The annual event, co-ordinated by Wirral Sports Development and Active Wirral, highlights the range of walks that take place in the peninsula, from short strolls to energetic rambles.

The walks are all completely free, suit all ages and abilities and many are accessible to people with limited mobility.

Fiona Hanik, Wirral Walking Festival Co-ordinator said, “After a difficult few years due to the pandemic, walking has never been so important in people’s lives. We’ve seen more and more people getting out locally to help them stay fit and healthy, which is wonderful to see.”

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Volunteers wanted for strawberry planting day in Wallasey to help celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

Volunteers are needed to plant a field of strawberries to help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Wallasey’s former market gardens.

Seventy plants, one to mark each year of the Queen’s reign, will be planted using permaculture methods that sees the berries planted alongside asparagus to help their growth. The planting day will take place between 1-3.30pm on Saturday 7 May. 

The strawberries, the favorite fruit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, will then be harvested for a community afternoon tea celebration on Sunday 29 May. 

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Wirral Police weekly news round-up

This is the weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.

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What’s On? Guide

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