Sunday Snippets 11 April 2021

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from It is a round-up of our most popular good news stories from the last seven days. Click on each story to read the full article.

£25,000 funding award to help people with learning disabilities find love

A community interest company has received a grant from C&M Transforming Care Partnership, to launch and develop their friendship and dating agency into Cheshire & Merseyside.

Spring into Action have received a grant of £25,000 from C&M Transforming Care Partnership, to develop Meet ‘N’ Match – a friendship and dating agency for adults with a learning disability and/or autism.

The organisation, which is based in Accrington but has staff in Blackpool and works with partners across the North West has been able to recruit a new member of staff who will be based in Birkenhead, to be a key contact for anyone in this area.

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COVID-19: North West’s second dose milestone

The NHS in the North West has vaccinated more than 3.6 million people against Covid-19, with the number receiving their second dose reaching a new weekly high.

More than 377,645 people in the region have now received their second jab, almost double the previous week when 196,717 returned to get their next dose, almost twice as many as did so the week before.

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Birkenhead 2040 Framework – Have Your Say

Residents and businesses of Wirral are being asked for their views and suggestions for the proposed transformation of an entire town.

An eight week consultation started on Wednesday 24 March.

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Hollywood treated to a taste of Wirral

Independent businesses across Wirral have joined forces to create a number of epic ‘Welcome To Wirral’ hampers as gifts for some of Hollywood’s biggest names as they prepare to start filming a major movie in the area.

Independent film production company ‘Mad As Birds’, which is run by Wirral based trio, Bafta winning actor, writer and director Celyn Jones, along with film producers Andy Evans and Sean Marley are due to begin filming their latest Indie drama at various locations across Wirral and Liverpool later this week.   The Almond and The Seahorse, which stars Hollywood royalty Rebel Wilson, Charlotte  Gainsbourg, Trine Dyrholm and Meera Syal is based on the award winning stage play by Kate O’Reilly.

Hampers, which are packed full of incredible, hand-made items include donations from LEAF (based in West Kirby), The Chocolate Cellar, Love Your Nation (based in Upton), Chemist & Co (based in Hoylake), Holy Fudge (based in Wallasey), Mersey Wax Wraps, Foragers Fancy (based in Bebington), Boss Birds Parlour (based in Birkenhead), Little Bears Fudgery, Casa Scents (based in Irby), Lila Boutique, BonBonz Sweets, Botanic Scent Company (based in Bromborough) and Inspirations Wholesale.

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Wirral libraries set to reopen this month

The borough’s readers will be able to get their hands on books from the library again as the council prepares to reopen four sites for ‘Order and Collect’ from 12 April.

Bebington Central, Birkenhead Central, Wallasey Central and West Kirby will be the first libraries to reopen their doors to Order and Collect customers, with orders able to be placed from Thursday 8 April.

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The Hive celebrates 4 years of supporting thousands of young people with birthday fundraising event

The 8th of April marked 4 years since Wirral’s young people were invited to join ‘The Hive’ a new charity with a mission to make a positive difference and change the lives of its young members.

Throughout their birthday month, they are asking members of the public to support them in their ‘4th Birthday 40k Challenge’ – with a goal of each participant raising at least £40 through sponsorship, by walking, cycling or running a distance of 40k.

The Hive Youth Zone provides a safe and inspirational place where young people can make productive use of their leisure time. Through targeted youth work and an extensive sports, arts and music offer, The Hive has raised aspirations, improved health and enhanced prospects for local young people. As a charity Youth Zone relies on donations from supporters to fund their vital youth work.

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Radio Clatterbridge celebrates 70 years on air

One of the country’s oldest hospital radio stations will mark its 70th birthday with a special day of programmes on Friday 9 April. 

Radio Clatterbridge began broadcasting in 1951 when members of Port Sunlight Boys Club hit upon the idea of taking a record player onto the wards to play music to entertain patients. Initially, it had a mixed reception: those closest to the speaker complained it was too loud, while those at the far end of the ward couldn’t hear the music. 

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More traders set to reopen stalls at Birkenhead Market

Preparations are underway for Birkenhead Market reopening for non-essential retail from 12 April in line with the Government’s confirmed easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Those traders forced to close due to the national lockdown are now able to reopen from tomorrow, Monday 12 April.

Birkenhead Market has been operating throughout all three national lockdowns but in a reduced capacity providing essential retail only and also being a lifeline for many people to access fresh food and produce, including home deliveries.

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Future Yard named as one of first funding recipients from £23m Arts and Culture Fund

Future Yard CIC, a community music venue looking to utilise music to create dynamic social change, is one of five organisations selected for investment by the Arts & Culture Impact Fund, the world’s largest impact investment fund for the creative arts from Arts & Culture Finance by Nesta.

Future Yard has received a loan of £292,500 in the first round of investments, worth £1.2m, and Arts & Culture Finance is calling for more organisations across Liverpool City Region to come forward as the whole sector looks to rebuild after COVID-19.

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Wirral author launches ‘Builder Book’ project

Award-winning Wirral author, Natalie Reeves Billing, is preparing to launch her latest project: Builder Book boxes filled with books and activities designed to promote creativity and literacy.

Natalie is driven by a desire to give back to her local community. Builder Book is part of Split Perspctivz, a social enterprise that was set up by Natalie alongside fellow children’s author, Jude Lennon, graphic designer and comic artist, Jonathan Tottey, and Chris Williamson.

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Doctor’s six steps to a post-lockdown healthy heart

The Covid pandemic has been bad for our hearts, says a leading cardiologist, and we need to get active again.

Dr Scott Murray, a former President of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and a Consultant Cardiologist at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, Arrowe Park, says the disease has had an impact on our hearts in a number of ways.

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£18m announced for cycle training for children and their families

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced £18m for cycle training across the country to ensure children and their families have the confidence to choose active travel, as the Government encourages everyone walk or cycle where possible.

The funding, which is managed by The Bikeability Trust charity, will go toward delivering high-quality, practical, on-road cycle training as a modern day equivalent of the ‘Cycling Proficiency’ scheme many parents will themselves have undertaken during their school days.

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Tranmere Rovers Women’s Team announce Marc Joyce as first-team manager

Tranmere Rovers Women’s team has announced Marc Joyce as the new first-team manager.

Marc recently came back to Wirral after eight years in America where he worked full time in the women’s game and is now looking to bring his experience and skillset to Tranmere.

Joining Marc as part of his coaching team will be former Tranmere Rovers Women’s player, Lynn Carter and current Scotland international, Ellis Dalgliesh.

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RNLI: How to stay safe on the Wirral coastline

With three sides of our Wirral peninsula having beautiful coastline, locals and visitors alike flock to our beaches all year round, especially during the spring and summer months when walking out to Hilbre Islands or exploring our beaches is too irresistible. The RNLI & HM Coastguard urge us to be aware of the lurking hidden dangers and how we can best keep ourselves safe, Andy Brown, Deputy Launching Authority volunteer at West Kirby Lifeboats explains more.

Wirral has the second biggest tidal range in the UK, up to 10.5 meters of water flooding in at the fast pace of 5 knots, with water rising anything up to an inch a minute, it’s very easy to become quickly trapped, find yourself in the water or even knocked over by the flooding tide.

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Mayor leads Wirral’s tributes to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Tony Smith, has written to Buckingham Palace to express his sorrow at the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

In a letter to Prince Philip’s Private Secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, The Mayor wrote: “It is with great sadness that I write on behalf of the Council and people of Wirral to offer sincere condolences for the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“Appreciation for the extraordinary service he gave our nation is evidenced by the many heart-felt messages already left in Wirral Council’s online book of condolence.”

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