Sunday Snippets, 23 April 2023

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Brighter Bebington volunteers host tour for Mayor of Wirral

Members of the volunteer group, Brighter Bebington, were honoured to be asked to give the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Jeff Green, a tour of the voluntary work they carry out in Bebington recently.

The tour included visiting the sites of many floral planters the Brighter Bebington group have placed and maintain in Lower and Higher Bebington and Spital, along with the five living Christmas trees the group has planted over the last few years.

Brighter Bebington was formed back in 1992 and has provided the Bebington area with magnificent Christmas lights each year and has now been lighting up and Brightening Bebington for over thirty years.

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Wirral MPs condemn ‘inhumane and unworkable’ plan to house asylum seekers on the Mersey

Wirral MPs have condemned Home Office plans to house refugees on a vessel on the River Mersey as “inhumane and unworkable”.

In a joint statement, Mick Whitley, Angela Eagle, and Margaret Greenwood said, “We owe a duty of care towards those who come to the UK fleeing conflict and persecution.

“Instead, this government is abandoning its responsibilities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people claiming asylum in the UK. Government policy is now being driven by a sense of wanton cruelty without any intention of trying to secure positive outcomes for those involved.” 

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Law firm pursues compensation claims for victims of New Ferry gas explosion

Approximately 80 people were injured, 78 people made instantly homeless, residential properties damaged and 28 businesses closed.

The New Ferry gas explosion was caused by a local shop owner, Mr Pascal Blasio, who was the sole Director of ‘Homes in Style’.

On 23 October 2019, Mr Blasio was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison after a three week trial in which he was found guilty of causing an explosion likely to endanger life and fraud in relation to an insurance claim submitted to his insurers NFU Mutual following the explosion.

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A night of local history, nostalgia, and music to be held at Future Yard

Soundtracking Birkenhead’s History is an event being held at Future Yard in Birkenhead uncovering local history and memories through music and sound. 

Convenience Gallery is working with Future Yard, Queensway Collective, Sugarshack Soundsystem, artist Declan Conolly, and musician Dan Asltes as part of its project to uncover the working-class history of Birkenhead. 

Andy from Convenience Gallery said, “On 26 [April] we will be hosting a night of nostalgia, music, sonic history, collective memory, local and personal history, uncovering working-class memories from across Birkenhead using music as the catalyst to unlock this.”

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Your chance to nominate outstanding young people in your life for ZILLO Youth Awards

Residents can nominate the phenomenal young people in their lives to be celebrated at the ZILLO Youth Awards 2023.

Taking place on 23 June 2023, the ZILLO Youth Awards will acknowledge young people’s dedication, amazing abilities, hard work, and community engagement.

The event, set to take place at Pilgrim Street Arts Centre in Birkenhead, promises to be a night like no other – as touted by ZILLO Young Reporters who will be hosting for the evening.

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1200 take part in Mersey Tunnel 10k

Runners sprang into action at the weekend for the 17th staging of the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K.

The point-to-point race returned to its traditional Spring date for the first time since before Covid, proving popular with those gearing up for this weekend’s London Marathon.

A start line featuring 1,200 runners gathered in Liverpool city centre on Sunday 16 April, before they made their way into the Kingsway Tunnel to run under the River Mersey.

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Tranmere Rovers hosts Eid prayers on Prenton Park pitch

On Friday morning, Prenton Park welcomed the local Muslim community as Tranmere Rovers hosted the Eid al-Fitr prayers.

In collaboration with the Wirral Deen Centre Mosque and Community Centre, Tranmere Rovers became the second football club in the UK to hold Eid prayers on a football pitch.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month-long period of fasting during Ramadan, in which Muslims traditionally refrain from consuming food and drink during daylight hours.

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Lady Anne Dodd opens new MAST office in Birkenhead

Leading Merseyside education and arts benefactor Lady Anne Dodd opened the new office in Birkenhead for charity Mersey Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST) on Thursday 20 April.

Lady Anne, the widow of comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd also officially launched the Sir Ken and Lady Dodd Tall Ship Sailing Experience 2023 in which young trainee crews participate in voyages aboard traditional sailing Tall Ships to compete for the Sir Ken Dodd Cup.

MAST is a charity that enables young people from all backgrounds from across Merseyside to participate in crewing tall ships; large, traditionally-rigged sailing vessels.

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Warriors athletes showcase impressive performances across the country

Warriors Pentathlon and Athletic Club really showed the benefits to athletes of a multi-disciplinary approach to sport last weekend.

Splitting their teams across three locations in Warrington, Birmingham and Cheltenham, they made their mark on the road, on the track and in the swimming pool.

First up on Saturday morning was the U15 Boys National 5k championships in Sutton Park, Birmingham. With the race start just after 11am, the team were on the road at 8am, travelling with lead coach Sarah Kearney to take on athletes from across the country.

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Birkenhead Park win season opener against Caldy under new captain Stephen Hird

Birkenhead Park CC 1st XI got off to a winning start under new captain Stephen Hird, as they fought off local rivals Caldy to win by 22 runs.

After being asked to bat first on a tricky, soft, early-season wicket at Paton field, Matty Langford and Mark Rowland got the visitors off to a perfect start, racing to a 50-run partnership inside the first eleven overs. This included an imperious straight drive for six by Langford. However, Park were then pegged back by the hosts as they lost three wickets inside four overs, including that of Langford for 33, leaving the score 57 for 3.

Jon Crofton and Danny Jordan set out to rebuild the Park innings and put on 30 for the fourth wicket, soaking up the Caldy pressure, but the introduction of Hamish Glover into the attack bought the home side a double breakthrough, as Jordan and Alex Harris were both dismissed in the same over, leaving Park in trouble at 89 for 5.

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Tranmere triumph over Grimsby

Tranmere secured a 2-0 victory against Grimsby Town in their second to last home game of the season, thanks to a penalty by Josh Hawkes and a free kick from Rhys Hughes.

Right from the start, Tranmere took an attacking stance and tried to move the ball forward. However, their initial attempts didn’t result in any promising opportunities.

The opening opportunity of the game fell to Grimsby, as Josh Emmanuel delivered a cross into the box for ex-Tranmere winger Otis Khan to connect with. However, Khan’s attempt went wide after being deflected.

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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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