Sunday Snippets, 25 February 2024

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from Birkenhead News. It is a round-up of the important local news stories you may have missed over the last seven days. Click or tap on each story to read the full article.

New consultation on Hoylake beach management is launched

Two options for the future management of Hoylake Beach are now out for a new round of public consultation.

A fundamental consideration in developing the new Hoylake Beach Management Plan are the life-saving operations of the RNLI and their ability to continue to launch and operate from the Hoylake foreshore.

The ‘Access for All’ option proposes the removal of 1.92 hectares of vegetation primarily around the RNLI lifeboat station, but also including the slipways at King’s Gap, Alderley Road, and Trinity Road; a 10m wide strip along the seawall from Clydesdale Road to King’s Gap extending around the Alderley Road slipway and Trinity Road steps and a 10m wide cleared strip from King’s Gap through the vegetation to the sandy beach.

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Former rugby star Jason Leonard endorses plans for community hub at Prenton Rugby Club

Proposals to use funds from the sale of a disused sports field to support a ‘unique’ community hub in Prenton have been welcomed by former World Cup-winning England rugby union player Jason Leonard and the chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, Bill Sweeney.

The plans would see investment in new pitches with quality drainage, floodlights and other infrastructure at Prenton Rugby Club, supporting its unique community outreach programme.

Mums, toddlers, young people, and pensioners all benefit from the club’s support.  Leonard, who now supports community rugby initiatives nationwide, says the new funds would secure the club’s future and allow it to ‘massively increase’ its work with local people. 

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Residents slam pallet company turning quiet street into ‘industrial area’

Neighbours on a quiet residential road have slammed a pallet company for turning it into “an industrial area”.

In 2023, Chris Reynolds Pallets set up a new site on Bermuda Road in Moreton which has reportedly been a commercial yard for nearly 100 years. The site had previously been operated by William Dodd Builders who went into liquidation in August 2023.

Plans had been approved on the site in September 2020 to build 14 homes but never went ahead. However neighbours along Bermuda Road as well as nearby streets Ely Avenue and Broster Close said the new company moving in had taken them by surprise and had had a huge impact. Concerns were raised about potential fire risks, safety issues, the look, and traffic issues as wagons pull up on Bermuda Road.

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MP joins call for new Upton Post Office

Margaret Greenwood, MP for Wirral West, has written to the Post Office minister calling on the government and the Post Office to work with the local community to reopen a post office in Upton.

Upton has been without a post office since the autumn of 2019 when the post office in Ford Road closed (pictured, lead image).

The Post Office has not been able to find anybody willing to reopen it, despite repeated advertising, and the difficulty in recruiting a new sub-postmaster may have been due in part to the Horizon scandal. The only bank branch in Upton, Barclays, closed in 2018.

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Make CIC’s ambitious plans for new arts hub and cafe in Birkenhead

A dilapidated office is being turned into a “forever home” for social enterprise Make CIC as £1.6m plans take “the next step”.

In February, Liverpool based social enterprise Make CIC bought the former offices of Riverside Housing at 69 Argyle Street in Birkenhead as part of a £1.6m project to deliver a new arts hub, cafe, studio spaces, and a community garden in the centre of the town. It’s one of 23 projects hoping to move forward in Wirral in the next two years supported by a total government funding pot of £73.5m.

Now the company is looking to knock through parts of the building over the next six weeks followed by extensive renovations to create the new art studios and spaces for some of its 137 artists and creatives across the Liverpool City Region.

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St John Plessington students deliver a spellbinding performance of The Addams Family

Students from St John Plessington Catholic College recently took to the Gladstone Theatre stage, Port Sunlight, to perform a spooky and comical ‘boy meets girl’ adaptation of The Addams Family.

A tale of love, acceptance and friendship, the production had something for everyone. The unique story was told by a cast and team of 80 students, including actors, dancers, musicians, and backstage crew.

Students from across all year groups took to the professional stage at the Gladstone Theatre and delivered a performance that left the audience wanting more. Laughter, cheering and applause echoed throughout the theatre walls. 

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Raise some dough for Claire House with annual Butterfly Bake

Claire House Children’s Hospice is inviting families, schools, businesses, and groups to roll up their sleeves and take part in the annual Butterfly Bake.

Kind-hearted supporters can help their local children’s hospice by baking cakes, biscuits, pastries, or bread throughout March.

The Butterfly Bake is named after the vital end-of-life care provided by Claire House in Wirral – and everyone can get involved.

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Meet the business owner making a big difference in Wirral

Nazma Miah is just one of the many Wirral business owners making a big difference to their local communities.

The entrepreneur runs several successful businesses in Wirral, including Olawa Bakery in Liscard. When the shop next door became available, Naz saw an opportunity to give back to the community she loves.

Naz said, “We’ve knocked through to create Olawa Lounge next door. We have big plans for the place, including setting up a non-profit group, where people can meet up, have a nice meal and socialise. We’ll have games, quizzes and just general chit-chat. There will also be cookery and baking lessons, slimming support, afternoon teas and even space for birthday parties.”

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Wirral women’s charity to hold International Women’s Day event

Tomorrow’s Women (TW) is a charity led by women for women providing a safe female-only environment to women aged 18+.

TW offer a range of tools and support to women to make positive lifestyle changes. TW aim to do this by reducing the personal, social, health and economic disadvantages experienced by women through working in partnership to improve access to all relevant services and community resources.

TW offer support and guidance to women who have suffered domestic abuse, helping them recognise red flags for the future, set healthy boundaries and allow them to build confidence.

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Off the Ground Theatre returns with Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Following the success of The Drunks and Joseph K, West Kirby based Off the Ground Theatre returns to The Hope Street Theatre with another dark comic classic for audiences to enjoy.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist is one of Dario Fo’s best-known, most celebrated works, taking a look at the machinations and pitfalls of modern policing, holding up satirical parallels with journalism and justice, and drawing attention to the pitiable downfall of prolifically dire politicians.

Based on the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan, and the subsequent death of a man in custody, the play follows a quick-witted and tricky fellow, known only as ‘The Maniac’, as they manipulate, confuse and outwit the local police force through a variety of sinister yet hilarious disguises, tricks and misdirections.

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Wirral woman celebrates 20 years of child sponsorship with Himalayan challenge

International children’s charity World Vision regularly runs Challenge trips both locally and internationally, designed to inspire and transform while raising money for World Vision’s cause.

All funds raised go to vital development projects that can include anything from sanitation to water, education, and nutrition. This means that supporters are helping the world’s most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life.

Recently a group of World Vision supporters trekked for five days around the Annapurna circuit in Nepal’s Himalayas as part of a Challenge trip. The Challengers experienced not only stunning views of the peaks but also four transformational World Vision projects.

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Photography competition launched to celebrate and raise funds for photogenic Wirral village

A new photography competition has been launched to celebrate the heritage, landscape and people of the unique village of Port Sunlight, often seen as one of the most photogenic villages in the North West.

Photographers of all levels of experience are being invited to submit their snaps taken in and around the Wirral village, which is one of the finest examples of an industrial worker village in the world.

Port Sunlight is famous for being built by William Lever from 1888 to provide sanitary and beautiful housing for ‘Sunlight Soap’ factory workers. It was recently named as one of the UK’s best towns and villages to visit in a Which? survey of over 9,000 people.

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St Mary’s students shine in Bugsy Malone production at the Floral Pavilion

Students from St Mary’s Catholic College, Wallasey, recently took to the Floral Pavilion Theatre stage to perform the comedic musical, Bugsy Malone, across three very well-received shows.

With more tickets and even an extra performance added due to high demand, each show had the audience on the edge of their seats and was full of laughter and applause, leading to multiple standing ovations.

Set in 1929, the slapstick mobster musical follows a group of children part of two rival gangs, who engage in business, love, and war, also fighting using the brand-new ‘splurge’ guns. It explores the battle for power between the gangs and their leaders, as well as the story of one-time boxer Bugsy himself.

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Free Wirral events offer ecological insights and artistic inspiration

As the world blooms into spring, why not sign up to free events taking place in Wirral that look at how gardening and arts can help us look at the world around us. 

Earth Moves has announced a series of enriching and immersive events designed to celebrate the beauty of nature while nurturing creativity in the community. Titled “Exploring the Intersection of Nature and Creativity” this series offers a diverse range of activities for all ages, from crafting willow fences to exploring the art of herbal tea-making.

The event series will feature a variety of engaging workshops and hands-on experiences, including: Helping to make a dragon hugelkultur for Lunar New Year, disability-inclusive yoga, printmaking, helping to build a willow fence, harvest herbs and make your own tea, a children and families day to build a scarecrow, plus many more events.

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McCann’s strike secures victory for Forest Green over Tranmere

Tranmere Rovers suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss away to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

Charlie McCann netted the sole goal just before half time, shooting past Luke McGee from a distance.

In the second half, Tranmere pressed forward, and Forest Green had to defend with ten men as Ryan Inniss received a second yellow card.

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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 last seven days.

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What’s On? Guide

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