Sunday Snippets, 30 June 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.

General election 2024

The UK goes to the polls this Thursday and Wirral voters will elect MPs in four constituencies.

Below are links to some of the news articles covering the general election:

All Wirral constituencies in summary

What Birkenhead candidates have to say

What Ellesmere Port and Bromborough candidates have to say

What Wallasey candidates have to say

What Wirral West candidates have to say


550 take part in Claire House fun run at Birkenhead Park

Claire House held its annual Claire Bear 3k event, with 550 participants raising more than £20,000 for the local children’s hospice.

Hundreds of families turned out for the fun run, organised by and for Claire House, at Birkenhead Park on Sunday.

Siblings encouraged younger brothers and sisters as they ran, walked or scooted together along the route to help seriously ill babies, children and their families. Claire House mascot Claire Bear posed for photos and handed out well-deserved medals on the finish line.

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Heswall Concert Band to compete at Llangollen International Eisteddfod

Heswall Concert Band is set to compete at the prestigious Llangollen International Eisteddfod in July.

Well known within Wirral, the band’s appearance in the Community Band section of the Llangollen festival, which runs from July 2-7 in the Denbighshire tourist town’s world-famous Pavilion, is a highlight of its 2024 programme. 

Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals.

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Wirral’s female Rangers leading by example

Wirral rangers Flora and Jo are joining thousands of women worldwide, who dedicate their lives to protecting wildlife and the environment, in celebrating World Female Ranger Week.

The event, which began on 23 June and runs until 30 June, is highlighting the 5,000-plus female wildlife rangers around the world who are involved in everything from arresting poachers to seizing snares that trap animals to educating local communities about conservation.

As well as celebrating the vital roles this global community of women plays, the week hopes to inspire others to consider becoming rangers as a career. Currently, only 11 per cent of rangers are female.

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Apprentice training provider told to improve as issues ‘remain’

A Wirral social care apprentice training provider “grappling with the worst staffing crisis in a generation” has been told it still “requires improvement.”

Dianthas Ltd in Birkenhead was set up in 2020 to train people up to work in the care sector with 93 apprentices when it was inspected at the end of May 2024. It has now been inspected twice with both times finding things needed to be improved.

Despite a monitoring visit by Ofsted in May 2023 stating reasonable progress has been made in a number of areas and some praise within the report, concerns were raised by Ofsted a year later about the quality of training for a number of apprentices “who do not benefit from wider personal development opportunities” and studies didn’t “extend beyond the apprenticeship”.

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Woman praises hospital staff whilst highlighting crisis in NHS

A woman said it only “hit home how bad” the state of the NHS is when she ended up in hospital following a road traffic collision.

Norma Lightfoot who lives in Port Sunlight was in the passenger seat when a speeding car failed to stop and slammed into the vehicle she was in. The ordeal which happened near the village’s war memorial in January this year left her waiting hours for an ambulance.

Once she got to the hospital, she said, “I was scared and got offered no water or anything to eat for hours and hours.” At what she said was an understaffed hospital, she praised the staff there, particularly the ambulance crew, who made her a cup of tea while she waited in their vehicle outside.”

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Three Wirral women win at Merseyside Women of the Year awards

Three women from Wirral have been revealed as winners of the Merseyside Women of the Year Awards 2024.

Lynne Akwei-Howe, Founder and CEO of Crea8ing Community, was named winner in the Social Impact category, Amanda Unsworth, MD of Trinity Logistics, was named winner in the Entrepreneur category, and Jayne Hughes, founder of the charity Amy and Friends was celebrated as the winner of the Women of Courage category.

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RMT members at RFA supported by Cammell Laird workers

RMT members working for the Royal Fleet Auxillary (RFA) welcomed support from over 450 workers at Cammell Laird dockyard who refused to cross picket lines in Birkenhead.

Following the latest day of strike action, carried out on the International Day of the Seafarer on Tuesday, management have requested a meeting with union representatives next week.

Over 500 RMT seafarers at the RFA organised picket lines in Birkenhead, Plymouth, and Singapore after the employer had previously rejected all efforts by union representatives to find a settlement.

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Lasting impact of The Beatles explored in new book by Birkenhead author

The impact The Beatles made across the world is explored in a new book by a Visiting Professor from the University of Chester. 

Dr Stephen F. Kelly, Visiting Professor in Media at the University, is the author of a new book, How The Beatles Rocked the World (Pen and Sword Books). 

Stephen’s book delves into the impact of the Beatles on British society during this transformative era, drawing from firsthand experiences watching the band at The Cavern in Liverpool. 

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Hoylake RNLI assist run aground motorboat

Hoylake RNLI hovercraft launched on Wednesday afternoon to a small motorboat that had run aground off Meols.

HM Coastguard requested the launch of the hovercraft ‘Hurley Spirit’ and her volunteer crew at 4.54pm after the 5-metre vessel had beached on the ebbing tide.

There was one person on board and the Coastguard asked the RNLI crew to check on their welfare.

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Wirral Police weekly news round-up

This is the Birkenhead News weekly round-up of police and crime news in and around Wirral during the last seven days.

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What’s On? Guide

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