Sunday Snippets, 15 January 2023

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Graduate from Heswall among designers of carbon-neutral fashion line championed by the King

A University of Chester graduate is one of eight designers chosen by The Prince’s Foundation and a world-leading fashion retailer to create a carbon-neutral womenswear collection inspired by royal gardens and showcased to King Charles III.

Emma Rose Atherton, from Heswall, has designed and hand-crafted clothes for the responsible ready-to-wear, luxury womenswear capsule collection, recently launched by the charity and YOOX NET-A-PORTER .

The 13-piece capsule marks the culmination of the second edition of The Modern Artisan, YOOX NET-A-PORTER’s and The Prince’s Foundation’s pioneering flagship training programme – and the first time Highgrove Gardens in Gloucestershire, next to Their Majesties, the King and the Queen Consort’s private residence, has served as inspiration for a fashion collection. The Gardens are run by The Foundation, which was established and is presided over by the King. Half of the collection’s Recommended Retail Price is being donated to the charity, to support its innovative training programmes.

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Visit Port Sunlight River Park to start 2023 with a dose of the great outdoors

With several weeks of winter still to come, The Land Trust and United Utilities are encouraging people to get out and reap the benefits of the great outdoors by paying a visit to Port Sunlight River Park.

The park, a former landfill site on the banks of the River Mersey, hosts the Land Trust’s Green Angels project. With funding from the United Utilities Catchment Systems Thinking (CaST) Account, the project has been holding free workshops, walks and more since winter 2021.

Last summer, pupils from Grove Street Primary School in Rock Ferry visited the park to explore the local waterways and go on bug hunts to find out what kinds of creatures call the water their home. A family summer day also brought children and adults together for mindfulness sessions, guided walks, treasure hunts and craft activities.

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Williamson to unveil new lace artwork in exhibition showcasing artist’s career

“The Encirclement Of Space” charts the influence of lace on Michael Brennand-Wood’s work from the earliest examples made as a student in the 1970s to his most recent commission. 

The exhibition contains the largest collection of his lace works ever shown together, representing all stages of his lace research.

Many of the works are of a very large scale, in a wide range of media: paper, fabric, thread, metal, mosaic, wood, slate, wax and resin. The works are monumental, exploratory and designed to challenge our perception of what we understand and associate with lace.

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Wages in Birkenhead are 10% lower than when the Tories came to power

Birkenhead MP Mick Whitley slammed the Tories’ failure to grow the economy and level up Britain, as new analysis reveals that real wages are lower in every region of Britain than when the Tories came to power in 2010.

Across the country as a whole, real wages are down by an average of 5%, leaving people £1,600 a year worse off than they were in 2010.

In Birkenhead, wages have fallen by £3332, resulting in a cut of more than 10%.

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Learn how to grow, cook, and eat your own food at free community events in Wirral

Make a pizza, help plant a summer crop of plants, or join in with cultural inspired crafts, all by taking part in Earth Moves ‘Grow, Cook, Eat!’ series of free events.

Taking place until July 2023, you can join in with free planting days and community meals in Wallasey, where you can learn something new, have fun, meet new people and enjoy a free meal.

The series of free events have been co-designed by local people. Each community meal will be plant-based using locally sourced food, participants will be able to learn how to cook these delicious and low-cost recipes, as well as enjoying a cultural activity at each event inspired by the event’s theme. 

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Household waste strikes off after Unite secures pay deal worth over 18%

Strike action planned by nearly 200 Veolia workers at 22 Merseyside household waste sites will not go ahead after the workers accepted an improved pay offer. 

Veolia operate household waste and recycling centres at West Kirby, Clatterbridge, and Bidston.

The two-year pay deal, secured by Unite, the UK’s leading union, will see workers receive a 10 per cent pay rise backdated for the financial year 2022/23 and an 8.4 per cent increase for 2023/24.

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Art by two leading figures of British modernism to be exhibited together for the first time in new Birkenhead exhibition

Two key figures of the British modernist movement will have their work exhibited side-by-side for the first time in a new exhibition at Birkenhead’s Williamson Art Gallery & Museum.

Kathleen Guthrie and John Cecil Stephenson were married from 1942 until Stephenson’s death in 1965. Though both were established and successful artists prior to their marriage, this exhibition explores the development of their individual styles under each other’s influence.

Kathleen Guthrie (1905-1981) exhibited widely from the 1930s onwards. Following her marriage to Stephenson in 1942 her work moved increasingly towards abstraction.

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Wirral MP voices concern over government’s approach to adult education and skills

Margaret Greenwood MP has said in parliament that “investment in education and skills is crucial for the future of our economy and wider society” and that adopting too narrow an approach will not serve the country well. 

The Wirral West MP was speaking in a debate on skills and labour shortages. Her intervention comes after a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that even though total spending on adult skills in England is set to increase by 22% between 2019-20 and 2024-25, this only reverses a fraction of past government cuts. Total adult skills spending in 2024-25 will still be 22% below 2009-10 levels, while spending on classroom-based adult education has fallen even more and will still be 40% below 2009-10 levels. 

The government recently consulted on proposals to “re-orientate the vision for non-qualification provision” in adult education in areas of England funded by the Education and Skills Agency (ESFA), which account for about 40% of adult education provision. These are areas that do not have metro mayors like the Liverpool City Region. 

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Tranmere Rovers team from Wirral Grammar wins Utilita Girls Cup Area Final

Tranmere Rovers’ representative team from Wirral Grammar School for Girls were victorious in the Area Final of the EFL Utilita Girls Cup at Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

The girls defeated teams from the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Shrewsbury Town, Stoke City, and Wigan Athletic to win the trophy and progress to the Regional Final.

The team from Wirral Grammar won the Local Final at Weatherhead High School back in November, and were again successful on the bigger stage in the Area Final.

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Tranmere share points in home draw to Walsall

Tranmere had to make do with a share of the points after a hard-fought game against Walsall ended one-a-piece at Prenton Park yesterday afternoon.

Rovers’ first chance before five minutes were on the clock. Kieron Morris’ shot from outside the box was a great effort, but it missed to the right.

Tranmere had greater possession in the first half and trying to take advantage, Tom Davies’ tried a header from the centre of the box, but it failed to count as it went wide to the right at 18 minutes.

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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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