Sunday Snippets, 12 March 2023

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Typhoo to close Moreton site with 90 job losses

Typhoo Tea Limited has announced plans to restructure the business meaning the closure of the tea packing and blending site in Moreton.

The company has said that this will “protect the future of one of Britain’s oldest brands.”

Dame Angela Eagle, MP for Wallasey, said, “The news that Typhoo is planning on closing its Moreton factory is devastating for the local community & the workforce at Typhoo.”

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Spectacular Moon mission photographs at Williamson Art Gallery

Apollo Remastered at Birkenhead’s Williamson Art Gallery & Museum will showcase spectacular images from Andy Saunders’ extraordinary bestselling book on a never-before-seen scale.

The original NASA photographic film from the Apollo missions is some of the most important and valuable film in existence. It is securely stored in a frozen vault at Johnson Space Center, Houston.

It never leaves the building – in fact, the film rarely leaves the freezer.

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Multi-million-pound plan to transform Gayton Park into Community Sports Village

Activity for All has unveiled plans to invest millions of pounds in Gayton Park, Heswall, with the goal of transforming it into a Community Sports Village.

This vision, which would be the first of its kind in Wirral, aims to transform Gayton Park into a village offering multiple sports and activities, catering to more than 7000 local residents and community members each week.

Under the place-based model, several facilities would be available for public use free of charge, while numerous existing sports clubs would continue to be based there.

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Carrie Williams celebrates her 100th birthday at Riversdale Care Home in West Kirby

Carrie Williams, a resident at Riversdale Care Home in West Kirby, has celebrated being a centurion with a special celebration in the home.

Born on 9 March 1923 in County Durham, Carrie attended the local village school before becoming a qualified Psychiatric Nurse. While working at Cherry Knowles Hospital in Country Durham, she met her future husband Danny who was recovering from injuries sustained in World War II. The two fell in love and were married in 1945.

After getting married, they relocated to Birkenhead, Danny’s hometown, where they lived together for over 50 years until Danny’s death.

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OMD frontman opens Michael Twist Centre for music and arts at Calday Grange Grammar

Calday Grange Grammar School officially opened its doors to The Michael Twist Centre on Thursday, 2nd March 2023.

The ceremony, led by special guest Andy McCluskey, former student and founding member of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, was a wonderful occasion in recognising the importance of music and performing arts in education. The Deputy Mayor was also in attendance to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The Centre was named after Mr Michael Twist, a former teacher at the school who retired in 2021. Mr Twist devoted 37 years to teaching at Calday Grange Grammar School and during his time at the school took on many roles as well as acting Headteacher, twice!

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Midwife receives national NHS Safeguarding Star Award

A midwife at Wirral University Teaching Hospital has received a national award for outstanding leadership in safeguarding.

Michelle Beales-Shaw, Named Midwife for Safeguarding at Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH), has been awarded the NHS Safeguarding Star Award.

This is for her work supporting the national initiative to create special Maternity HOPE boxes for women who are at risk of being separated from their baby at birth, due to a court decision. She was instrumental in the implementation of the Maternity HOPE (Hold On Pain Eases) Box pilot at WUTH which aims to minimise the trauma parents experience during separation.

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Sam Quek opens new hi-tech sales hub at Wirral Waters

Twenty state-of-the-art construction technology sales jobs will be created in Birkenhead this year, thanks to the launch of a new regional hub by Causeway Technologies. 

Causeway’s new office at Peel L&P’s Hythe in Wirral Waters, Birkenhead was opened on Wednesday 8 March 2023 by British hockey star Sam Quek MBE.  

The gold medal-winning Olympian and TV personality cut the ribbon alongside Phil Brown, Causeway’s chief executive, and Trevor Steven, Everton’s legendary midfielder and now Causeway’s mental health ambassador. 

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Free sustainable arts workshops in Birkenhead

Craftbar is a new innovative programme of free access to creative workshops and labs focusing on sustainable and circular skills, thinking, practices, making and design.

The labs will take place at venues across Birkenhead including Pink Sands Studio, Birkenhead Park, Pilgrim Street Arts Centre and Open Door Charity.

Craftbar offers a diverse array of engaging and enjoyable creative pursuits that are available to all at no cost.

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Multi-agency rescue saves lone walker trapped in coastal mud

A coordinated multi-agency Merseyside rescue was conducted to free a lone walker who found himself waist-deep in mud on the banks of the River Alt and return him to safety.

Wirral volunteer crews from New Brighton and Hoylake RNLI were tasked, along with units from Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT), Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT), Mersey Fire & Rescue, and Northwest Ambulance’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), by Holyhead Coastguard on the second call out of the day around 3pm on Tuesday 28 February. The teams were responding to a person who had become half-submerged in deep mud, just offshore from Blundellsands Sailing Club.

Hoylake RNLI’s hovercraft, the Hurley Spirit, was initially tasked by Holyhead. Once on the scene, Crosby CRT requested New Brighton’s Atlantic-85 lifeboat, the Charles Dibdin, to launch as it became apparent that accessing the casualty would be difficult without further assistance due to a flooding tide into the River Alt.

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Public consultation on revamp of Woodside waterfront area

Major plans to revamp Birkenhead’s Woodside waterfront area and improve its connection to the town centre are being put forward for the public to have their say.

The focus is on the area from the Argyle Street/Conway Street roundabout running through Hamilton Square and down to the Woodside Ferry Terminal.

The project, called ‘Birkenhead Waterfront and Surrounds’ includes three key areas: Argyle Street, Hamilton Square and Hamilton Square Station Plaza, and Woodside and the waterfront.

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Filming underway in Wirral for BBC Two’s Henpocalypse!

New comedy series Henpocalypse! is currently being filmed in Wirral and Snowdonia, featuring the story of Zara, a bride-to-be who turns into a bridezilla when her hen party is disrupted by the apocalypse.

As they bide their time in a remote holiday home in Wales, she and her working-class compatriot hens from the West Midlands confront a daunting battle for existence amidst the collapse of human society.

The strong female ensemble are made of Elizabeth Berrington (The Responder, The Pact) who plays Zara’s formidable mother Bernadette, Lucie Shorthouse (We Are Lady Parts) as demanding bride Zara, Callie Cooke (Cheaters, Peacock) as put upon chief bridesmaid Shelly, Lauren O’Rourke (White Gold, Drifters) as conspiracy theorist beautician Veena, Kate O’Flynn (Landscapers, Everyone Else Burns) as one woman disaster area Jen and Ben McGregor (The Tuckers) will join the cast as entrepreneurial stripper Drew.

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Brass players unite to honour Rhys Owens in charity concert

Brass players from Wirral Symphony Orchestra and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra will assemble in Liverpool to celebrate the life of Rhys Owens.

In March 2022 Rhys Owens, Principal Trumpet of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music died as a result of motor neurone disease.

This concert is being organised to pay tribute to him on the anniversary of his death and to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

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Warriors Pentathlon & Athletic Club offers a welcoming home for young athletes

Warriors Pentathlon & Athletic Club, founded by Ronan & Sarah Kearney, is the first ever Pentathlon Club in Merseyside and offers a welcoming home for any young athlete who would like to try a wide variety of endurance-based sports.

Now that the governing body of Modern Pentathlon has replaced horse riding with obstacle racing to enhance inclusivity, it is an opportune moment to join a pentathlon club and explore the diverse range of activities it offers.

Sarah Kearney, the lead coach at Warriors, has been named Wirral Coach of the Year twice and has coached numerous athletes to 37 International vests in the past decade. Her coaching has also resulted in a World Silver in Biathlon as well as the all-time Merseyside records in the Half Marathon and Marathon.

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Tranmere defeated at Gillingham

Tranmere came back from Gillingham empty-handed after suffering a 2-0 defeat at the Priestfield Stadium.

Shaun Williams and Conor Masterson unexpectedly emerged as heroes in Gillingham’s home triumph over Tranmere, helping them climb nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Harvey Saunders had the first opportunity for Tranmere when he connected with a high cross from Chris Merrie on the left side, but his header lacked the necessary strength to challenge Morris in the Gillingham goal.

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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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