Sunday Snippets, 2 June 2024

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from Birkenhead News. It is a round-up of the important local news stories you may have missed over the last seven days. Click or tap on each story to read the full article.

Abandoned dog seconds away from being put to sleep… then a stroke of luck saved him

He’s just two years old, but Pumpkin’s short life was set to end.

The pocket bully was heartlessly abandoned by his owner and tied to the gates of a council-run dog pound.

Under the care of the kennels, he was unexplainably rapidly losing weight – he’d come in at 30 kilos and dropped to just 15 within a few months.

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99 artists set to take part in upcoming Wirral Open Studio Tour

Wirral’s largest free art event returns on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June as a record 99 artists prepare to take part in this year’s Wirral Open Studio Tour.

Now in its 14th year of celebrating visual arts across the peninsula, the tour sees artists and makers opening the doors to their homes or studios for one weekend each June.

The event gives visitors an exciting opportunity to meet artists and chat to them about their processes, as well as buy from them direct.

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Friends take on Three Peaks Challenge in memory of Daniel

In May, a determined team of fundraisers undertook a remarkable physical challenge in memory of their beloved Daniel, who tragically died by suicide in 2020.

The team of Daniel’s friends were Jodie, Darren, Baz, Deryn, Paul, Ste, Bunny, Marvin, Kieran, Jonny, and driver Lawrence.

This group aimed to raise both awareness and funds for suicide prevention by completing the gruelling “Three Peaks Challenge”.

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Recycled sports pavilion donated to Ridgeway High School

Ridgeway High School in Prenton has unveiled its new sports pavilion donated by Peel Ports.

The wooden structure was previously located at Hornby Dock, in the Port of Liverpool and when the site that it was originally on began to be redeveloped in early 2022, Peel Ports were keen to find a new home for the building so it could be reused rather than destroyed.

Over-subscribed Ridgeway High School gratefully received the cabin, making use of it as a pavilion overlooking their sports fields by the River Fender.

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‘South Wirral Dynamos’ prepare to conquer ‘Race the Sun’ for charity

Four dedicated members of staff at South Wirral High School are gearing up to take on the formidable ‘Race the Sun’ challenge.

Race the Sun is a demanding triathlon-style event in the stunning landscape of the Lake District. The event, set for 7 September 2024, comprises a 40-mile bike ride around Keswick, a 10.5-mile hike up Skiddaw, and a 2-mile kayak course on Derwentwater Lake.

Led by newly-appointed Headteacher Mike Cloherty, the team includes Daryl Harrison (Assistant Headteacher), Tom Moseley (School Business Manager), and Andrew Stewart (Marketing Officer). Together, they form the ‘South Wirral Dynamos’, a group dedicated to raising funds for ‘Action Medical Research for Children – a leading UK-wide charity focused on funding vital research to help sick and disabled babies, children, and young people.

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Photo gallery: Gaia at Birkenhead Park

The event is now over, but we thought we’d share some photos of the event with you.

Luke Jerram’s iconic ‘Gaia’ exhibition – a three-dimensional representation of our planet Earth – visited Birkenhead Park this week.

The event was part of Wirral’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture 2024.

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City Region on track to have most accessible train network in the country

The Liverpool City Region is on track to have the most accessible train network in the country with a further £19m set to be invested in improving accessibility at four stations.

New lifts will be installed at Aigburth, Port Sunlight, Rock Ferry, and Walton to ensure the stations are step-free from pavement to platform.

During his recent election campaign, the Mayor pledged to ensure all local rail stations are fully accessible by 2030, complementing the sliding step technology on the region’s new £500m publicly owned trains and making the Liverpool City Region home to the country’s most passenger friendly and accessible rail network.

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Bebington pub reopens following £285k refurbishment

The Wellington in Bebington has become one of the first-ever Nest Pubs after a £285,000 investment by pub owner Greene King.

Nest Pubs is an all-new pub franchise concept from Greene King and The Wellington is the joint-second Nest Pub to open.

The refurbishment has seen the pub receive all new decorations, fixtures and fittings including a new bar, seating and more.

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Mosh Tots Family Festival returns to Future Yard this summer

The Mosh Tots Family Festival returns to Future Yard this summer on Sunday, 14 July.

Mosh Tots Festival is a fun-filled family celebration that’s set to take over the entirety of Future Yard’s indoor and outdoor spaces this summer.

With a cutting-edge programme headed up by The Mosh Tots Band, you can expect a range of educational workshops and energetic performances, with facepainting, crafts, disco dancing and more.

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Two Wirral MPs bid farewell to constituents

Two Wirral MPs who won’t be standing in the upcoming general election have issued statements bidding farewell to their constituents.

Wirral West MP, Margaret Greenwood and Birkenhead MP, Mick Whitley have served their communities since 2015 and 2019 respectively.

Parliament was dissolved today, 30 May, meaning that the two are no longer MPs.

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Student’s artwork selected for Walker Art Gallery exhibition

A student from St John Plessington Catholic College has won the first heat of the annual dot-art Schools competition and will have her artwork displayed in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

Year 9 student, Lilly-Mae, fought off stiff competition from her peers and captivated judges with a beautiful piece of artwork. The watercolour painting, which Lilly-Mae named ‘Inspiring’, features a high-contrast portrait of Greta Thunberg on an intricate stencilled background.

The inter-school art competition is now in its twelfth year and is open to Year 5 and Year 9 students from all educational settings across the Liverpool City Region.

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£3 million to support Wirral residents facing rising living costs

Wirral residents who are struggling with the rising cost of living and need help with food and energy bills may be able to access support through the latest round of the Household Support Fund.

Wirral Council has secured just over £3 million, under round five of the Government’s Household Support Fund. The latest award means that Wirral has received around £18.29 million from the Household Support Fund, since the scheme was launched in September 2021.

The Leader of Wirral Council, Councillor Paul Stuart, said, “The impact of the cost of living crisis has left many people struggling to put food on the table and money on their energy meters. As with previous rounds, this latest HSF funding is much needed, but it is not enough to meet every need.”

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Wirral Police weekly news round-up

This is the Birkenhead News weekly round-up of police and crime news in and around Wirral during the last seven days.

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