Sunday Snippets, 12 June 2022

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from birkenhead.news. 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.

Community groups help brighten up our high streets

Grange Neighbourhood Residents’ Association is just one of many community groups helping spruce up our high streets.

As well as creating Jubilee-themed floral tributes at the junction of Grange Mount and Grange Road West, the group tidied the grass verges and carried out weeding.

Jean Stapleton from Grange Neighbourhood Residents Association said, “Hopefully these flowers will put a smile on people’s faces and encourage them to support our high street businesses.”

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Gymnast Beth strikes gold in team event at European Championships

Gymnast Beth Williamson and her coach Sarah Madge travelled to Rimini, Italy, on 29 May with the Great Britain team to take part in the 2022 European Championships.

Beth successfully made the Senior Double Mini Trampoline (DMT) team after hitting qualification scores at all the qualifying events that took place at the beginning of the year.

This was Beth’s first selection to a European senior team after COVID-19 restrictions meant she missed two that she had qualified for. In 2016 Beth competed as a Junior in the European Championships and won Bronze individually but was looking forward to becoming a Senior European medallist one day.

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Work begins on site of new West Kirby flood wall

Contractors working on the construction of a new flood defence wall along South Parade in West Kirby are moving on site for the first phase of the project.

Workers from VolkerStevin, the council’s specialist engineering partner on the scheme, are fencing off sections of the promenade and adjacent parking bays from 9 June 2022.

This initial phase affects the stretch of promenade from Riversdale Road to Dee Lane to the north end, and the area known as the old Bath Site opposite Hilbre Court towards the other end of South Parade.

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Bromborough man receives MBE for services to museums and science

The man behind one of the first computer interactives in a museum in Europe has been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List.  

Phil Phillips, New Media Development Manager at World Museum in Liverpool, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to museums and science. The award recognises that Phil has been a pioneer of using new technologies in museums to create digital experiences since the 1970s.  

Phil, who is from Porthcawl but now lives in Bromborough, was one of the first to use computers for documenting collections and to see the opportunities offered by them. 

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FESTEVOL returns to Future Yard this July

The inaugural EVOL presents FESTEVOL at Future Yard, Birkenhead was the feel-good return to normality event of last summer.

It featured a beautifully curated lineup, mixing the best up and coming bands from around the country and Merseyside and it sold out in mere hours.

The excitement was palpable and on the day it proved true as so many attendees who had not seen their friends or any live music for almost two years were able to feel human again and enjoy bands performing onstage with beaming smiles on their faces.

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Public health update for June 2022 from Wirral’s Director of Public Health

Julie Webster, Wirral’s Director of Public Health, has issued health advice for Wirral residents.

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Wirral MP: ‘Government’s Levelling-Up Bill fails to deliver’

Margaret Greenwood MP has said that the government’s Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill ‘fails to deliver’ as it had its Second Reading in the House of Commons this week. 

The Wirral West MP spoke in the debate and criticised the government’s record on funding for local authorities like Wirral Council, as well as its record on tackling poverty, food insecurity and the climate crisis. 

The bill includes changes to planning law and Margaret Greenwood called on ministers to introduce much stronger protection for the green belt. 

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Plans submitted to regenerate Wirral’s proud maritime heritage 

Peel L&P has formally submitted a planning application to Wirral Council to build a £25m world-class maritime centre of excellence focused on innovation, engineering, R&D, entrepreneurship and training within the heart of Wirral Waters. 

The proposed Maritime Knowledge Hub on Tower Road between Birkenhead and Wallasey will be an architectural landmark providing a high-level industrial and maritime facility.

It will support the region’s £5bn maritime ecosystem where research and innovation will focus on making the most of the incredible opportunities decarbonisation of the global $3trillion maritime sector brings.

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School children raise awareness about clean air

Children at Brookhurst Primary School in Bromborough are just some of Wirral’s students taking part in a competition to design a ‘Clean Air Day’ banner, to help raise awareness about the importance of cleaner air around our schools.

The students have been asked to come up with a memorable slogan and eye-catching banner that sends out a powerful environmental message.

Steve Williams, the headteacher from Brookhurst Primary School said, “It is the responsibility of the whole community to reduce air pollution. This agreement has to be achievable so that it can be sustained, so it is vital that we engage or involve the children and their families and community of Brookhurst Primary School.”

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Wirral Wave Radio CIC celebrates third year

Community radio station, Wirral Wave, celebrates it’s third year of broadcasting to the Wirral and beyond, this June.

Now based in Make CIC, the station first broadcast in June 2019 from West Kirby before moving to Hamilton Square, Birkenhead in 2021.

The Station has gone from strength to strength, over the past three years, including going from three presenters to twenty-six who each cover a wide range of shows from music to local events to mental well-being and mind fullness.

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Tranmere Vics to play MCC as club celebrates 100 not out!

On Sunday 19 June Tranmere Victoria Cricket Club (TVCC) will celebrate its 100th birthday with a very special match against an MCC XI made up of current and former County and International players.

100 years ago, the five founding members re-purposed a WWI Nissen Hut into a clubhouse in Victoria Park, Tranmere and began playing regular Saturday matches. Relatives of those members still visit the club to this day.

Victoria Park is an urban oasis surrounded by Victorian terraced houses which originally housed dock workers and shipbuilders working on the river Mersey.

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Reece McAlear signs for Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere Rovers has announced the signing of midfielder Reece McAlear on a two-year contract.

The 20-year-old started his career at SPL side Motherwell before attracting interest and eventually signing for Norwich City for an undisclosed fee in 2019 as well as being called up for Scotland U18s.

In 2021, Reece joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a season-long loan deal where he helped them to a third place finish in the Scottish Championship including an eye-catching performance in the play-offs, scoring two impressive goals.

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Wirral Police weekly news round-up

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

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What’s On? Guide

Visit our “What’s On?” guide for Wirral and the surrounding areas in the coming weeks.

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