Sunday Snippets 23 May 2021

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from It is a round-up of our most popular good news stories from the last seven days. Click on each story to read the full article.

Port Sunlight cat missing for a year is reunited with owner

A cat has been reunited with his delighted owner thanks to the RSPCA – after he went missing a YEAR ago!

Black cat Rupert went missing from his home in Port Sunlight back in May last year when he left the family house as usual – but never returned.

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Wirral’s most dog-friendly places to eat according to TripAdvisor

With thousands more restaurants, pubs and cafes re-opening their doors to the public this week with the return of indoor hospitality in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland set to follow next week, diners can start to enjoy a meal or drink out whatever the weather.

For dog owners, it can be difficult to find places to eat that allow dogs, let alone welcome them as much as their human companions! Fortunately, dog-friendly holiday provider Canine Cottages  has crunched the TripAdvisor data to find the most dog-friendly places to eat across Merseyside, now that it is safe to do so.

This is Merseyside’s top 10, five of which are in Wirral:

  1. The Wagging Tail Cafe, Southport
  2. Flissy’s Coffee Shop, Thursaston
  3. Barking Mad Cafe, Frankby
  4. The Reader Cafe at Calderstones, Liverpool
  5. The Bow-Legged Beagle, Wirral
  6. The Victoria, Southport
  7. West Kirby Tap, West Kirby
  8. Marino Lounge, New Brighton
  9. Three Piggies, Liverpool 
  10. Milo Lounge, Liverpool

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Tranmere Rovers Beechwood opening day success!

Tranmere Rovers Football Club has thanked everyone who attended their opening day at Beechwood Recreation Centre on Saturday 15 May.

The turnout was excellent, as the Leisure Centre, based just off Fender Way, was opened by Club Captain Scott Davies, and Chairman, Mark Palios. 

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Starship to deliver first factory-built Zero Carbon affordable homes at site of Wirral blast

Property Development Group Starship is launching its first zero-carbon affordable homes in Wirral which will be built at its off-site manufacturing facility in Deeside and constructed at New Ferry.

These first three zero-carbon homes will provide over 105 M2 of modern, affordable living space which will be installed in as little as 7 days ready for internal fit-out.

Starship’s unique panelised model means that a new home can be delivered and installed anywhere where a refuse collection vehicle can fit, with no special arrangements or unnecessary disruption to the community. Their focus on driving local enterprise means that local contractors are used to provide internal fit-out and finishing works meaning that maximum economic impact is delivered locally.

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Baaaack to school – the lambs that are teaching people about green issues

upils at Woodchurch High School farm are nurturing baby lambs, thanks to a school-based project funded by the Liverpool City Region Community Environment Fund.

Seven North Ronaldsay lambs, one of the rarest breeds in the country, were born at Woodchurch High School farm in Wirral which received a £20,000 grant from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

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Lock up your lawnmowers this month

Wirral Council is doing its bit to support a national month-long initiative that promotes the welfare of bees, butterflies and the wider environment.

The ‘No Mow May’ campaign, which is led by the conservation charity Plantlife, encourages people to lock up their lawnmowers for the month of May and let wildflowers and other important pollinators shine through.

Wirral Council is playing its part by suspending grass cutting in large parts of its parks and open spaces, though areas that are dedicated to leisure activities will continue to be maintained as usual.

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Can you help deliver the future of the Post Office in Birkenhead?

Over the last year, the council has been working with local businesses to champion those ‘High Street Heroes’ across the borough. Now, the council is helping to look for a new hero to run the main Post Office in Birkenhead.

When the WHSmiths in the Pyramids Shopping Centre closes its doors as its lease expires on Saturday 5 June, the Post Office will close its counters too.

In the meantime, the Post Office are looking at temporary options for the town’s main branch. Alternative branches will remain open nearby on Market Street, Birkenhead and Rose Mount in Oxton.

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Thousands of pounds worth of home improvement grants available to make Wirral’s homes greener

Wirral residents living in areas where homes are older and less energy efficient can access help to lower their bills whilst keeping their homes warm and being more environmentally friendly as a new grant scheme is launched.

The scheme will allow those eligible to access up to £10,000 worth of home improvement works for either insulation or installing solar power.

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Police officers prepare for ‘Light the Lakes’ charity climb in memory of PC Neil Doyle and PC Dave Phillips

On 18 May, three police officers took on a daylight recce of the ‘Light the Lakes’ climb ahead of the official challenge in June.

Light the Lakes is an event in aid of Care of Police Survivors (COPS) which is a charity that supports the families of police officers and staff who have lost their lives on duty. They provide practical and emotional support ensuring survivors have the help they need to cope with such a tragedy, ensuring they remain part of the police family.

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Wirral’s new mayor takes the chains of office

Wirral’s new mayor was formally elected and took up the chains of office at a ceremony at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on Wednesday 19 May 2021.

Claughton Councillor George Davies replaces Cllr Tony Smith as first citizen of the borough.

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Amazing images of Tranmere Rovers proposed new Fan Park

On Saturday 15 May, the Tranmere Rovers Trust and the Club held an informal consultation regarding exciting plans for a new Fan Park at the home of Tranmere Rovers, Prenton Park. 

The consultation took place at the stadium and allowed those in attendance to thoroughly understand and to see the draft proposals.  

There is a gallery of images of the proposed development that you can see by clicking or tapping on “Read more…” below.

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Wirral council leader appointed as LCR Deputy Metro Mayor

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, has announced the top team for his new term in office, including the appointment of Cllr Janette Williamson, Leader of Wirral Council, as the first Deputy Metro Mayor.  The appointments are expected to be endorsed at the Combined Authority’s Annual General Meeting on Friday, 4 June.

Mayor Rotheram was resoundingly re-elected with an increased majority of over 132,000 on the first round of voting in the recent local elections, winning almost 60% of the vote across the region and a majority in each of the six local authority area.

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12-year-old Wallasey girl wins open age golf trophy

Sophie Clafton recently won The Sir William Bailey trophy at the Cheshire Ladies Championships – this year held at Bramhall Golf Club. Sophie is a home club member of Wallasey Golf Club and is in Year 7 or Wirral Grammar School for Girls in Bebington.

Gavin Clafton, Sophie’s dad, told, “The reason this is quite a big deal is that this is Cheshire’s main ladies scratch competition of the season and there is a high probability (although nobody can categorically confirm this) that at age 12 Sophie is the youngest ever winner in its 121-year history. To win it involves playing 36 holes of golf for 3 days running so is also a lot of golf for a 12-year-old to play!”

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