Sunday Snippets, 23 October 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.

Ferry passengers welcomed back to Seacombe with free breakfasts

Seacombe Ferry Terminal reopened its doors after an award-winning, 22-month refurbishment.

The ticket hall, landing stage and linkspan bridges of the Wallasey site have all been renovated and to mark the occasion, the cafe on board the Mersey Ferry Royal Iris is giving out free coffees and bacon or sausage barm to passengers, an offer which will continue all week.

Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Transport Portfolio Holder was there to greet passengers on the first crossing. “It’s been a multi-million pound upgrade to the terminal,” he said, “all done in a live marine environment on a river that has one of the highest tidal ranges in the country. It’s fantastic that it’s been done so well and we’ve got to this point today.”

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What a crafty way to celebrate Wirral’s wildflowers

Local schools and community groups will be taking part in a series of workshops in the next few months aimed at raising awareness of the beauty and benefits to the environment of the wide range of wildflowers in Wirral.

In a project funded so far by Wirral’s Eco-Schools programme, local artist Ling Warlow has been commissioned to work in the local community and create hundreds of life-like paper wildflowers that will eventually be exhibited in an event to celebrate Wirral Country Park’s 50th anniversary next year.

The first ‘Wildflower Warriors’ workshop took place at Brookhurst Primary School, Eastham with Ling guiding pupils through the crafting of a range of stunning wildflowers, supported by Wirral Council’s Eco-Schools lead, Lynn Struve.

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Wirral MP calls on government to apologise over pensions chaos

Margaret Greenwood MP has called on the government to apologise for the chaos that they have brought to the pensions industry. 

The Wirral West MP was speaking in a parliamentary debate that Labour initiated on the subject of economic responsibility and a plan for growth. 

Margaret Greenwood’s intervention comes after the Bank of England recently revealed that it had to step in after pension funds managing vast sums on behalf of retired people across the country came close to collapse amid an “unprecedented” meltdown in UK government bond markets following the government’s mini-budget in September.   

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Pure Brilliance: The Boodles Story opens at Lady Lever Art Gallery

Pure Brilliance: The Boodles Story opened at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight on 22 October and will run throughout the gallery’s 100th anniversary year, until 5 March 2023.

Stunning pieces of historic jewellery and racing trophies made by Boodles will illustrate the history of the firm.

The company’s rise from city jeweller to the pinnacle of high-end design and manufacture will be shown through the dazzling and contemporary jewellery on display.

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Wallasey nursery ranked ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED

The day nursery, ‘Kids Planet’ in Wallasey has been ranked ‘outstanding’ in all areas in a recent Ofsted inspection.

The report revealed that children show engagement and enthusiasm to explore and learn from their environment and that the setting has been developed into calm, neutral areas for the children to spend quality time with their key person using their senses to learn.

The report went on to sat that leaders and managers have a clear vision about what they want children to achieve and that staff have high expectations for children and interactions are of an extremely high quality.

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Local politicians join call for immediate General Election

The day before Truss handed in her resignation, she received a resignation letter from Suella Braverman, the then Home Secretary.

Braverman’s letter was brutal, clearly referring to the debacle over the ‘mini-budget’ delivered by then Chancellor Kwazi Kwateng at the behest of Truss. It was an historic economic gamble, and it catastrophically failed.

Referencing the disastrous leadership of Truss, a section of Braverman’s resignation letter reads; “Pretending we haven’t made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can’t see that we have made them, and hoping that things will magically come right is not serious politics. I have made a mistake; I accept responsibility; I resign.”

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Seven Wirral schools and colleges shortlisted in the Educate Awards 

Seven inspirational schools and colleges from the Wirral have been named in the highly anticipated Educate Awards shortlist.  

For over a decade, the Educate Awards has shined a spotlight on the education sector, showcasing the work of schools and colleges that are continuing to deliver an outstanding education for children and helping achieve their full potential. 

With over 20 categories, the shortlist recognises inspiring teachers, dedicated support staff, efficient business managers and strategic leadership teams. 

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Birkenhead martial arts success at world championships

Four students from Birkenhead Mushin Ryū Martial Arts & Fitness were selected to represent Team England in this year’s World Martial Arts Organisation World Championships.

Callum Glover runs the martial arts club and trains the students. He said, “Each child underwent a specifically designed training camp in order to reach their maximum potential.”

This included training three times a day, five days a week, over a period of six weeks. The first training session was before school at 5am and the second two sessions were during the evening and night time after school.

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Still time to have your say on futures of Seacombe and New Brighton

People who live, work and visit New Brighton and Seacombe still have time to say how they think these areas can be helped to improve in the coming years.

The consultation on developing blueprints to guide the future development of the two towns is on until 25 November. 

It follows the opportunity for visitors to try out a new immersive virtual reality (VR) experience which took place over two days at the Floral Pavilion. The VR saw 186 people don special VR goggles and get a glimpse of a possible future for the towns and a sense of how New Brighton and Seacombe could change over the next decade.

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Stick ‘n’ Step supporters strut their stuff ‘Strictly’ Style

Cerebral charity Stick ‘n’ Step is hosting its first ever ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ themed fundraising event at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool on Saturday 26th November 2022.

This glitzy black-tie event will see eight couples strut their stuff on the dancefloor as they battle it out to see who can raise the most money for the charity and who can pick up the all-important Glitter Ball Trophy too.

Each participant has been partnered with a professional dancer from Craig Jones’ famous School of Ballroom and Latin, based in Liverpool. The professional partner has helped each contestant select a specific dance and they have all been working hard over the course of 10 gruelling lessons to perfect their routine, ready to perform on the big night.

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Books of Condolence for late Queen committed to Wirral Archives

Books of Condolence and other documents relating to the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II have been placed in Wirral Archives by the Mayor of Wirral.

The items have been carefully stored in the archive at the request of Buckingham Palace, so that future generations can discover how local people felt about the late Queen’s passing, and how the historic event was marked in the borough.

The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Jeff Green, said, “It is clear from the comments left in the books of condolence that many people felt a great loss with the Queen’s passing, as well as an enormous gratitude for her more than 70 years of service.”

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Tranmere held to a draw at Harrogate

Tranmere maintained their unbeaten run, but couldn’t quite break the 1-1 deadlock on the road at Harrogate.

Jordan Turnbull notched up his first goal of the season with his 57th-minute strike.

Rovers played sloppily during the first half and despite attempts at goal from Elliott Nevitt, Josh Hawkes, Kieron Morris, and Kane Hemmings, it was Harrogate who took the lead.

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Wirral Police weekly news round-up

This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.

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