Sunday Snippets, 21 August 2022

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A-maze-ing fun-filled fundraising day at Brimstage supporting local charities

On Sunday 18 September, Brimstage Maze will be working directly with local charities Koala and Wirral Unplugged to celebrate this year’s theme of ‘healthy body, healthy mind’.

This action-packed day will include a multitude of activities to exercise both the mind and body, all while raising money for Koala and Wirral Unplugged.

Koala Northwest provides children and families practical and emotional support, which improves mental wellbeing and reduces isolation. Koala has directly supported 15,165 families and 18,179 children since establishing this charity 21 years ago.

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Funding could serve up improvements for park tennis courts

Tennis courts in Wirral’s parks could benefit from investment of £300,000 that would improve facilities, increase participation in the game and secure the future of the courts in the long term.

The funding is being provided by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) with the aim of bringing and retaining public tennis courts to a good standard of playability for the benefit of local communities.

In Wirral, this will see improvements made to 36 courts across 12 different parks tennis sites in the borough. All sites will get a new access gate system that links to the LTA’s booking system, while courts that are in the poorest condition will be resurfaced and others renovated and improved in different ways.

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Giant globe at Birkenhead Priory raises awareness about the slave trade

Birkenhead Priory will be home to a 1.7 metre globe as part of groundbreaking UK-wide art education project ‘The World Reimagined’, which aims to change understanding of the transatlantic slave trade.

Running from 13 August to 31 October, the trail of globes across the region will include interplanetary installations in Wirral, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton and St Helens, as well as a walking trail of five large globes in Liverpool city centre.

Wirral Council Leader, Councillor Janette Williamson, said, “Our globe sits poignantly in the historic surroundings of Birkenhead Priory, and is a fantastic way to raise awareness about such an important subject. It’s a really creative way for the region’s communities and schools to engage with the globes and learn valuable lessons from our history.”

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New production of ‘Twopence to Cross the Mersey’ to premiere at Floral Pavilion

The first UK national tour of Helen Forrester’s ‘Twopence To Cross The Mersey’ opens in four weeks in Wirral – a place which features heavily in Helen’s million-selling books and where the celebrated author spent some of her childhood.

Twopence To Cross The Mersey UK Premiere Tour 2022 opens this September running throughout the Autumn until mid-November. The hit stage drama has been revamped and updated as it gears up to visit 15 venues nationwide.

The tour opens on Tuesday 6 September at the New Brighton Floral Pavilion in Wirral, before visiting Rhyl, Stockport, Crewe, St Helens, Blackpool, Warrington, Darlington, Halifax, Croydon, Coventry, Lichfield, Bolton, and Southport. The tour closes in Liverpool.

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Wirral Deen Centre announces return of popular ‘Visit my Mosque’ open day

The Wirral Deen Centre has announced that it will be hosting a community open day on Saturday 3 September 2022.

As part of the national Visit My Mosque Day, Wirral Deen Centre is inviting locals of all faiths and none to explore the Mosque, learn about its history and significance to Muslim life, and meet those who worship there.

The day will feature tours, refreshments, children’s activities, and a chance to observe prayer in the mosque and learn more about the Islamic faith. An open day is an important event for coming together, as Wirral Deen Centre begins to heal from the COVID 19 pandemic.

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National Trust conservators reveal Edward Chambré Hardman photographs

A significant conservation project by the National Trust has saved around 16,000 photographic prints and negatives by renowned Liverpool photographer Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife Margaret, most of which have been hidden from public view for decades.

In 1950. Hardman took what was to become the most reproduced photograph “illustrating an era of Liverpool’s commerce”: Birth of the Ark Royal (pictured above.) The photograph was taken from Holt Hill, Tranmere, looking towards the Cammell Laird shipyard.

The collection is the only known 20th-century collection where a photographer’s entire output has been preserved intact.

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Festival for young people coming to Birkenhead

Festival fever is coming to Birkenhead, with an afternoon of fun and games planned for young people.

Over the last few months, North West-based charity Youth Federation (known as Youth Fed) has staged a series of community events aimed at young people who might benefit from additional skills, support and contacts.

The latest event – the Birkenhead Festival – will see fun and games come to the town’s park on Saturday, September 3. Similar events in Widnes and Ellesmere Port proved to be a lifeline for young people over the summer break.

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Leasowe United for a brighter future for women and girls

The burgeoning popularity of Women’s football was on display in Leasowe earlier today (Wednesday 17 August), as more than 100 Wirral residents took part in an all-female tournament, which also provided an opportunity to showcase employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities to local women and girls.

Organised by Merseyside Police’s Wirral Community Team in partnership with recruitment company Russell Taylor Group, the competition was part of the Leasowe United Community Day. Volunteers from Wirral Council were also on hand to help ensure everything ran safely and smoothly.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable, Serena Kennedy, said, “Merseyside Police are committed to working with our partners and communities and Leasowe United is a great example of what can be achieved when working together.”

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Tranmere lose away at Newport

Newport County scored all the goals against Tranmere Rovers this afternoon and claimed their first League Two win of the season.

An own goal at 23 minutes gave the visitors the advantage when Tranmere’s Paul Lewis crossed a ball in that was diverted into the net by the chest of Newport’s Aaron Lewis.

The lead was short-lived and six minutes later, Thierry Nevers cut a cross back and despite the Tranmere defence having plenty of time to clear the ball, Moriah-Welsh placed it into the bottom corner.

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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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