Sunday Snippets, 23 July 2023

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from 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.

Prank pair’s posters prompt public puzzlement in Wallasey Village

A fake rumour about a new shop opening in Wirral spread like wildfire after mysterious posters were put up in the area.

On Sunday 16 July, posters appeared across Wallasey Village claiming that a new Heron Foods would soon be built on a community park in the area known as Flynn’s Piece on Grove Road.

The posters and the proposals they referenced caused plenty of consternation and concern in the local community.

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3500 new homes in Seacombe regeneration plan

Plans have been unveiled for 3,500 homes overlooking the Mersey towards the world-famous Liverpool skyline.

The proposals for Scott’s Quay include plans for 3,200 apartments and up to 300 houses as well as the equivalent of about 29 football pitches worth of green space. 13,000 square metres of office space are also proposed.

Near the Seacombe Ferry terminal and the major Wirral Waters developments, the area covered by the development is home to companies like United Molasses as well as the Soccer Dome, an indoor sports facility.

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Wirral Mencap volunteers shine at The Open

Volunteers from Wirral Mencap have been helping visitors on their way to enjoy The Open’s return to Hoylake.

Wirral Mencap, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, jumped at the chance to be involved with the golfing tournament being back at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected each day, with the main championship days from July 20 to 23 anticipated to be the busiest.

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Wirral Schools’ Concert Band to hold 40th anniversary concert

The Wirral Schools’ Concert Band is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a performance at Heswall Hall on Sunday 10 September.

Wirral Schools’ Concert Band was formed in 1983 by David Straughan, the then leader of the Wirral Schools’ Music Service.

In 2003 he passed the baton on to Gabrielle Horne who then passed it on to the present conductor, Rob Watson (pictured), who took on the role of Musical Director in 2008.

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New Brighton RNLI volunteers expecting first child

New Brighton RNLI were delighted to hear that volunteers Tom and Emily are expecting their first child.

Tom McGinn and Emily Craven, who both serve as volunteer crew with New Brighton on their Atlantic-85 lifeboat, announced recently they were expecting the birth of their first child, this coming January.

All at New Brighton RNLI are delighted with this news and wish them all the very best for the future as they embark on this new journey with their family.

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More than 30 Wirral sites recognised in Green Flag Awards

Locations across the borough have reached the high standards required to receive a coveted Green Flag Award in 2023.

The Green Flag Awards, started 27 years ago, are an international quality mark for parks and green spaces and are a testament to the hard work of Wirral Council’s parks and countryside teams, friends groups, and volunteers. 29 of Wirral’s parks will be raising their 2022/3 Green Flag.

For the first year running, Wirral Country Park has also been awarded a Green Heritage Flag, joining Birkenhead Park in its achievements for the management of the parks’ historic features. Green Heritage Flags are supported by Historic England.

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Barnardo’s to open new superstore in Birkenhead

Children’s charity Barnardo’s is hoping for a warm welcome in Birkenhead ahead of opening its newest superstore in the area on 18 August.

The store, at The Rock Retail Park, will help to raise money for vulnerable children across the UK.

Barnardo’s will be keen to receive donations including good-quality clothing, books, DVDs, toys, games, accessories, and homeware. 

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Wirral woman’s food pantry helps people in need

Six years ago, a Wirral woman suffered domestic violence and had to leave her home with no means of providing food for her or her eight-year-old son.

In order to get by, Dawn Taplin had to make use of local food banks until her wages came in. Then, once she was more settled, she decided to help out at the food banks knowing how it felt to need help herself.

Now Dawn, who lives in Moreton, decided to do even more by setting up her own ‘Community Interest Company’ (CIC) called ‘Supporting the Peeps Wirral’ that offers pantry-style help from her own home.

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Higher Bebington Library to be taken over by school

A “lovely” library once threatened with demolition will now be used by a local school.

Higher Bebington Library will now be taken over by the COOP Academy Bebington who will use the facility for educational purposes. This is subject to an agreement with Unilever due to a historic agreement over the site.

The library in Bebington was one of nine libraries closed by Wirral Council as part of sweeping budget cuts in 2022.

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Clatterbridge nurses complete National Three Peak Challenge for charity

On Saturday 15 July, five Clatterbridge Cancer Centre nurses took part in the National Three Peak Challenge to raise money for charity.

The nurses work at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre within the haemato-oncology department. Amy Wilson, Emma Lusby, Rachel Hollewell, Luke Dowey, and Molly Kohl climbed the three highest mountains in the UK.

They climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon one after the other on the same day within 24 hours. The nurses had to complete Snowdon at night time with head torches.

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Galleries: Days One to Three at The Open

Birkenhead News brings you the best photographs from the first three days of The Open at The Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.

Day One Gallery

Day Two Gallery

Day Three Gallery

Tranmere and Everton share honours with late penalty drama

Connor Jennings’ header early in the second half looked to put Tranmere on course for their second win of pre-season, but Stanley Mills’ late penalty rescued a draw for Everton.

It took a while for the game to spark into life, as both defences were bluntly cutting out attacks, but Tranmere’s chances caused problems for the Toffees back-line.

Virginia was tested just under the quarter of an hour mark, as the returning Kieran Morris wriggled his way in and managed to get a shot away, but the Everton shot-stopper did well to palm it behind for a 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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