Sunday Snippets, 20 November 2022

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

New Ferry care home residents enjoy the adventure of fishing

The Wirral Sea Angling Academy CIC has recently been hosting sessions for residents at a New Ferry care home.

During a residents’ forum at Derwent Lodge care home, the staff and residents were discussing activities that held special memories. One resident, Joe, had mentioned that he enjoyed fishing and crabbing as a boy and how he missed that feeling of calm mixed with excitement.

It started a conversation and many agreed, with others saying that they had never been fishing before but wanted to try their hand at it.

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Alison Bradley announces new exhibition ‘The Wirral Coastline’

The new collection is the culmination of several months’ work over the summer of 2022, exploring the varied coastline of the Wirral Peninsula.

Alison is already well known and well regarded for her extensive Welsh landscape and rural life work, and she has applied her keen eye for atmosphere in her new Wirral pieces.

Sunny beach scenes take their rightful place in the exhibition, but Alison also explores reflections in the dark wet sand at dusk in West Kirby and the Three Graces peering through summer mist from the Mersey Ferry.

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Community heroes going green for garden restoration

A Wirral project has received funding to transform overgrown church grounds into an eco-garden – with the help of enthusiastic schoolchildren and green-fingered volunteers.

St Mary’s Church in Liscard has been given £8,000 from the 2022/23 Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund to transform the space which will now host fruit & vegetable growing, wildflower planting, composting, and a kids’ gardening club.

The Church, on Manor Lane, is working with Liscard Primary School, Wirral Environmental Network and Faiths4Change to deliver the project. 

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New strategy aims to reduce suicide rate

Public health leaders and multiple agencies working across the wider health and care system in Cheshire and Merseyside have welcomed the publication of a brand new five-year strategy that will aim to prevent as many suicides as possible and reduce the number of people impacted by suicides in the subregion.

At an event held Warrington, over 100 people including Local Authority, NHS, voluntary partners, professionals and members of the Cheshire and Merseyside Lived Experience Network for Self-Harm and Suicide have welcomed the publication of the new Cheshire and Merseyside Suicide Prevention Strategy.

The Strategy has been created in close collaboration with those who have personal experience of suicide, as well as stakeholders and partners from across the private, public and third sectors, to ensure it meets their needs as much as possible.

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Wirral artists’ work on display as part of Williamson exhibition

The Covid Chronicle exhibition is currently running at The Williamson Art Gallery and comprises of 140 textile panels created by people from around the world.

During lockdown, Wendy Bliss came up with the idea and set out to reach textile artists around the world through social media, and was delighted to receive panels from 15 countries by the end of 2021.

The panels show first-hand experiences of each artist during the pandemic.

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Rovers kick off Wirral welcome for Hong Kong newcomers

Teamwork between Tranmere Rovers FC and a Wirral-based community hub is creating life-changing opportunities for hundreds of Hong Kong newcomers who now call Merseyside their home.

The partnership between the club and BNOhub, run by Roger Hind and his Hong Kong-born partner Lucy Wu, is reaching out to new arrivals from the former British colony as they relocate here via the British National Overseas (BNO) visa scheme.

Their top priorities are to be part of the British way of life and contribute to the local community. Meanwhile, creating access points for them to community activity has become central to the club’s mission which, along with BNOhub, recently provided a special Matchday Experience for the resettled families.

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Mick Whitley calls government decision on Navy supply ships a ‘complete betrayal’

The Member of Parliament for Birkenhead, Mick Whitley, greeted the announcement by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace that the £1.6bn contact to build the navy’s Fleet Solid Support Ships (FSS) will be awarded to the Spanish-led consortium, Team Resolute, with a mixture of dismay and anger.

Mick said, “I am genuinely dismayed that after almost three years of discussing, lobbying, organising debates in order to secure work for my constituents in Cammell Laird and for workers in shipyards all across Britain, the government has chosen to condemn an entire industry to an uncertain fate and hand the contract to a Spanish- led consortium.

“I am furious that after having had to endure the showboating of Boris Johnson when he visited Birkenhead to announce his National Ship Building Strategy refresh earlier this year, Cammell Laird and the other companies who comprised the Team UK bid have now been betrayed by this government.”

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Wirral benefits from £21million investment in electricity network

More than 160,000 homes and businesses across Wirral will benefit from a more resilient energy supply to support the uptake of green technology thanks to a major £21million investment in the network.

SP Energy Networks has completed the full replacement of its Birkenhead grid substation to upgrade the infrastructure, which was originally installed in the 1960s.

The project, which started in 2017, saw the complete modernisation of the substation and will ensure a safe, reliable and resilient electricity supply ready for green technology – like electric vehicles and heat pumps.

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Project aims to uncover Birkenhead’s working-class histories

Convenience Gallery is working with Historic England to uncover your stories of the working-class history of Birkenhead.

This project looks to uncover work, social and family life, unearthing the places, memories, and stories of the people who have worked and lived here in Birkenhead and Wirral. 

Working with the local community, the project will undertake research, workshops, share stories and hold a community event to recognise Birkenhead’s working-class history.

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Ambassadors promote anti-bullying message at Wallasey school

Anti-bullying Ambassadors at St Mary’s Catholic College, Wallasey, have come together to promote equality, diversity, inclusion, and kindness within school. 

The Anti-bullying Ambassadors are made up of 12 students from Years 9, 11, 12 and 13 and was originally set up in 2021 as part of the school’s ‘#BEKIND!’ campaign and has since continued to develop.  

Nine of the ambassadors attended a training event in the summer term with The Diana Award where they were trained in defining, identifying, and overcoming bullying issues, as well as working on ways to change attitudes and behaviours back at school. 

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Summit hosted by Wirral Council to address cost of living crisis

Key local organisations were brought together by Wirral Council to see increased cooperation in helping people in the borough face an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis.

The Wirral Partnership Summit at Birkenhead Town Hall saw representatives from sectors including housing, health, and the community, voluntary and faith sectors attend a ground-breaking conference held to strengthen their relationships and ensure they were all working together for Wirral residents, businesses and communities.

The aim of the Summit was to bring key partners together to learn about existing services and see what more can be done by joining-up – specifically to tackle cost-of-living challenges being faced by residents and businesses in Wirral.

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Christmas gifts sent to Ukrainian children from charity HQ at Wirral Waters

Gift-filled shoeboxes will soon be distributed to disadvantaged children across Eastern Europe, with a large number heading to Ukraine this Christmas. 

Woodside Business Park, at Wirral Waters, will be the operational HQ for the Wirral Christmas shoebox appeal.  This is coordinated by the charity Teams4U based in Wrexham. 

Teams4U was set up in 2006 by Dave Cooke, from Wrexham. In 1990, Dave founded the shoebox gift concept when he began sending lorry-loads of supplies and aid to help children in Romanian orphanages.

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Exhibition highlights Inter Faith Week in Wirral

As part of the 2022 Inter Faith Week, Wirral Deen Centre has organised an exhibition at Birkenhead Central Library that includes artwork created by local school children.

Each year, Inter Faith Week begins on Remembrance Sunday and runs until the following Sunday. The aim is to encourage people to remember together the contributions of all faiths and none, and to consider how best to create a just, peaceful, and harmonious world.

Visitors to the exhibition can also help create a piece of artwork, by adding their fingerprints as leaves on a canvas of a tree.

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