Sunday Snippets, 18 September 2022

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Wirral garden centre staffed by autistic volunteers reopens

A Wirral garden centre and café, run by a local autism charity, has reopened to the public after closing during the pandemic.

Based in Bromborough Pool Village, near Port Sunlight, the garden centre offers a chance for autistic people to gain valuable workplace and social skills, while serving customers and working behind the scenes.

Managed by Wirral-based Autism Together, the business first opened in 2012 and has always been popular with customers from the local community.

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Wirral filmmaker set for TV debut with new documentary

A new filmmaker from Wirral is set to see his first documentary air on television as part of a new BBC Arts series.

‘Mary Lost Her Battle’ by Oisín Power, who grew up in West Kirby and attended the local schools, will feature as part of a BBC Four series called Screengrabbed Too, which aims to unearth emerging artists and filmmakers from across the UK.

The documentary is a homage to his late mother, Mary Power, who worked for 17 years as a community pharmacist in West Kirby and died three years ago.

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Future Yard to host festival day in aid of Ron’s Place

Future Yard in Birkenhead is to host a day of exhibitions, creative workshops, films, talks, and DJs followed by an evening of live music and performance on 25 September.

The event is raising funds towards securing the future of Ron’s Place  in Oxton, home of the late Birkenhead artist Ron Gittins, as a place to support and inspire creativity for all.

From 2pm on the day, you can step inside the iconic Tardis-like gallery on wheels The Caravan Gallery to see photographs of Britain in all its sur/reality, and get yer gladrags on for a portrait by award-winning photographer Casey Orr at her Saturday Town pop-up photo studio.

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Ex-Tranmere Rovers player takes on 26 miles for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

As the London Marathon fast approaches, ex-Tranmere Rovers player Alex Hay is joining over 80,000 runners in preparing to take on the iconic 26.2 mile run.

40-year-old Alex, who will run in support of Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, grew up in Rock Ferry and was fortunate enough to be selected to play forward position professionally for Tranmere Rovers.

Growing up in the area, like so many Alex has been touched by the care and support provided by The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. In 1996, Alex’s Grandad was treated at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre for lung cancer and since then he has had other family members, as well as close friends who have been treated at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

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£1.6m investment for Wirral’s largest sixth form

Birkenhead Sixth Form College is investing over one-and-a-half million pounds in expanding multiple facilities to accommodate increasing demand for student numbers.

Having bucked the national trend of lower A Level grades this summer compared to 2020 and 2021, the college’s students smashed expectations and succeeded in a rise of 15% high grades to more than 60% achieving A* – B grades or equivalent.

The £1.6 investment also includes £750,000 granted by the Department for Education in acknowledgement of the college’s need to increase capacity, already having over 1500 students.

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RNLI launch to assist two people cut off on Middle Eye

Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI were requested to launch by the UK Coastguard on Sunday 11 September to assist two people who were cut off by the tide on Middle Eye in the Dee Estuary and were feeling the effects of the cold.

The casualties had been located by RNLI Lifeguards Wirral, who had been carrying out routine checks on the islands around the high tide and reported their condition to the Coastguard.

Hoylake RNLI hovercraft Hurley Spirit and her volunteer crew launched and headed to the casualties’ location at the north end of Middle Eye. Given the local terrain, West Kirby RNLI’s D class IRB lifeboat Seahorse was also tasked to support the hovercraft.

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Wirral’s Impact North West receives prestigious ADHD Foundation award

Impact North West has been awarded the prestigious ADHD Friendly award by the ADHD Foundation for their work with children with ADHD this academic year.

Impact North West, which has sites at Eastham, Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port, and Northwich in Cheshire, is a part-time alternative education provider that places inclusion at the very heart of its culture and ethos which is reflected in the work they have done to help in achieving this award.

Impact North West has considered all of the main barriers to learning for children with ADHD and has sought to address them in their everyday practice. This includes the use of tactile resources in each classroom as a tool to assist children in regulating their attention, as well as facilitating weekly ‘Enrichment Trips’.

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Tranmere residents celebrate ‘Great Big Green Week’

Residents of Tranmere are invited to events between 24 September and 2 October as a part of the national network of people celebrating ‘Great Big Green Week’.

The aim is to make people more aware of how global warming, climate change, and loss of biodiversity affect them and others around the world.

Residents can also be advised on how they can modify their own carbon footprint so that they use less energy and save money at the same time.

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The HandCrafted Market returns to West Kirby

After a summer break, The HandCrafted Market is gearing up to return to West Kirby on Saturday 15 October.

With more stalls than ever before there will be lots of special handcrafted gifts to browse and buy. Why not start your Christmas shopping early?

This is the first of three markets in West Kirby to bring the year to a close. Each of the three markets will be packed with 25 stalls, featuring a wide variety of handcrafted goods by talented crafters from across Merseyside and the surrounding areas.

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Record fair returns to Pacific Road

After the amazing success of the first Pacific Road Record Fair in Birkenhead earlier in the year, VOD Music is returning to the banks of the Mersey with an even larger Record Fair.

The venue is once again the historic Tram Shed on Pacific Road in Birkenhead and takes place on Saturday 1 October with 30 record stalls bringing record dealers from all over the UK.

Working closely with Wirral Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Road this former music venue will be packed with music from all genres and across all formats including vinyl, CDs, cassettes, plus merchandise and memorabilia – with titles to fit every budget from bargains to rare and very collectable items.

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Wirral Met launches unique printmaking exhibition

Wirral Met College is launching a unique printmaking exhibition, showcasing artwork created during its first printmaking residency.

The college welcomed two established local printmakers, Emily Lansley, aka GloMoth and Andrew Berry aka One Thousand Eyes to become Artists in Residence at its Twelve Quays campus, situated within the historic Morpeth Dock in Birkenhead.

Both were invited to work independently and collaboratively to create hand-printed artworks inspired by the location around Wirral Met College and the history of Birkenhead and its dockland.

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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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