Sunday Snippets, 19 February 2023

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Fun-filled weekend for dog lovers and families to support Claire House

The Mowgli Trust Dog Show, a highly anticipated family event for dog lovers, is back.

Scheduled to take place on 3 and 4 June at Claremont Farm, Clatterbridge, the show’s main goal is to generate crucial funds for Claire House Children’s House.

Taking place across two days, the event will be hosted by Jonny Bongo of Bongo’s Bingo and Adam Weighell of Heart Radio.

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Happy Times improves independence with vital disability facilities

Happy Times Activities has secured £74,000 funding for their new Changing Places toilet facility (CPT) which supports adults with additional needs in Moreton.

Over 250,000 disabled people do not have access to public toilet facilities that meet their needs. Changing Places toilets are unlike standard accessible toilets, they have an adult changing bench and hoist facilities as well as extra space for carers.

Founder Director of Happy Times Activities, Helen Oliver, said, “This will improve the lives for so many. Previously, people had to have shorter stays as they needed to return home to be changed.

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Create your own soap at Port Sunlight this half term

This half term, families have the opportunity to explore the science of soap in the historic village of Port Sunlight.

William Lever built Port Sunlight in 1888 as housing for workers in his ‘Sunlight Soap’ factory. The village’s Arts and Crafts-style houses and pristine gardens have made it a popular tourist destination ever since.

Today, Port Sunlight Village Trust is responsible for preserving the village and also manage Port Sunlight Museum, a re-created Edwardian Worker’s Cottage, and the interactive SoapWorks family experience. Visitors can join walking tours of the village and take part in a year-round programme of public events.

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Wirral Council budget to go forward for final approval on 27 February

Councillors rejected plans to close libraries, playgroups, and leisure facilities.

The Policy and Resources Committee meeting took place in front of a packed room in Wallasey Town Hall, Seacombe.

At the cross-party committee meeting, councillors were discussing whether to give approval to a budget proposed by the Labour party, which is the largest party in Wirral.

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Lady Lever Art Gallery to host live music performances

National Museums Liverpool (NML) is platforming musicians from across the Liverpool City Region as Museum Sessions returns – the online series which offers exclusive online performances from the rising stars of the Liverpool music scene. 

The participating musicians for season two are Ni Maxine, Astles, Mickey Callisto, Niki Kand, Blue Saint and Martha Goddard. 

The captivating surroundings of National Museums Liverpool’s venues have been centre stage recently, with music videos by Brit Award nominated singer Tom Grennan and indie band The Lathums being filmed at the Museum of Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery respectively. 

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Get your bake on for Claire House

This March, Claire House Children’s Hospice is encouraging supporters to raise some dough and take part in the Butterfly Bake.

Throughout the month, there are numerous opportunities to participate, such as baking offs with loved ones and exchanging recipes, all in return for a donation to the hospice.

Cora Shafto from Claire House said, “The Butterfly Bake is a great way to get involved in fundraising for Claire House with friends and family, all whilst enjoying some tasty cakes! Be it in the office, at school, or in your own home – we want everyone to be inspired and don their aprons, fire up the ovens, get baking and enjoy yourselves,” says Cora Shafto from Claire House.

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Wirral MP urges government to protect green belt and support brownfield development

Margaret Greenwood MP has said that the government needs to take action now to drive the development of brownfield sites and that much stronger protections are needed for the green belt. 

The Wirral West MP was speaking in a parliamentary debate in which she added that, without such action from the government, developers will simply carry on pushing to build on green belt sites. 

A recent report by CPRE, the countryside charity, found that the number of new homes that could be built on brownfield land has reached record levels, with more than half a million homes with planning permission waiting to be built. It revealed that over 1.2 million homes could be built on 23,000 sites covering more than 27,000 hectares of previously developed land. 

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Fair Trade Fortnight and Climate Crisis Quiz to address climate change

The Wirral Cool Places of Worship are holding a Fair Trade Fortnight and Climate Crisis Quiz to address the issue of climate change, by promoting the purchase of Fairtrade products.

Fairtrade items are cultivated through sustainable practices, which will be crucial for the future of agriculture.

The objective of the quiz is to create an enjoyable experience while increasing people’s awareness of Fairtrade products and motivating them to purchase such items.

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Community benefits from revamped Bidston church kitchen

St Oswald’s Church in Bidston has been transformed thanks to a partnership between property maintenance firm Liberty and housing association Onward. 

The church is in the heart of the community and is relied upon by many, including local people who use it for support groups, companionship, and as a place to keep warm.  

Liberty’s service delivery team volunteered their time and skills to modernize the kitchen in the church which was in a dire need of an update. They replaced the worn-out units and worktops, levelled the flooring and also renovated the toilet facilities by laying down new flooring.

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St. Mary’s Catholic College students perform ‘Shrektacular’ musical at Floral Pavilion

Students from St. Mary’s Catholic College, Wallasey, put on two sold-out evening performances of Shrek the Musical at the Floral Pavilion.

More than 100 students ranging from Year 7 to Year 13 took part in the comedic fairy tale about the grumpy and solitary ogre, Shrek, who undergoes a transformation after falling in love with Princess Fiona, in a performance that included singing and dancing, entertaining an audience of over 1,500 with a professional and unforgettable show.

Title character, Shrek, was played by Matthew Butterworth and Fiona was portrayed by Keira Massey. Tom Jones took on the role of the infamous Lord Farquaad whilst Joseph Thurlow played the humorous Donkey. Pinocchio was portrayed by Nikolah Griffiths and the dragon by Rachel Blair. 

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St John Plessington Catholic College hosts Oracy Conference Day

As part of their personal development curriculum, over 270 Year 7 students at St John Plessington Catholic College, Bebington, recently took part in an important Oracy Conference Day themed around ‘human rights for all’.  

The day consisted of many activities including a variety of workshops and an inspiring visit from MP for Wirral South, Alison McGovern.  

Throughout the workshops, students learnt about the importance of human rights and the array of work that St John Plessington Catholic College does as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, an award that it received in 2022.  

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Tranmere’s poor form continues with defeat by Mansfield

At Prenton Park, Mansfield Town asserted their credentials as genuine promotion challengers in League Two by registering an impressive 2-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers.

At half-time, Rovers were trailing the promotion-chasing Stags after Riley Harbottle’s header 11 minutes before the interval.

Nigel Clough’s men extended their lead early in the second half, as Davis Keillor-Dunn found the back of the net, securing the win.

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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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