Sunday Snippets 30 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.

Visitors can return to browsing at Wirral’s central libraries

The borough’s four central libraries reopen their doors to customers wanting to browse the bookshelves as the council continues to remobilise its library services.

Residents have been able to access the online library throughout the pandemic and, from August last year, order and collect books selected by a member of library staff.

Since Tuesday 25 May readers have been able to return to Wirral Libraries, and browse the selection of books available in person.

Bebington Central, Birkenhead Central, Wallasey Central and West Kirby will all open their doors from 25 May for visitors wanting to look for, and select, their own books.

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£3000 raised at Heswall charity football match

Heswall Football Club held their second ‘Bowel Cancer Awareness’ Charity game which took place between #TeamDDB and UTS Foundation.

The inaugural ‘Bowel Cancer Awareness’ game held in May 2019 at Prenton Park, was arranged months after Danny De Brabander (#TeamDDB) was diagnosed with Stage 4 Bowel Cancer.

Danny was so keen to raise awareness for Bowel Cancer (which is on the rise in younger people), and to turn his negative situation into a positive by raising money for local cancer charities he decided to use the game he loves football as a platform.

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Multi-million-pound initiative to transform North Birkenhead community

A multi-million-pound initiative that will transform the lives of children and young people in North Birkenhead has been launched.

Described as a ‘once in a generation opportunity’ Cradle to Career aims to boost literacy standards, support families and create opportunities for residents for up to 20 years.

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AND arts festival comes to Birkenhead

A curated weekend of open-air screenings coincides with a large scale sonic installation, both located at prominent historic maritime sites in Birkenhead from 1-4 July 2021. 

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Wirral author delighted to have her work included in Liverpool time capsule

Award-winning Wirral author Natalie Reeves Billing’s book, Ben and the Bug, which she wrote to help children tackle covid-related anxiety, will be saved for posterity in a Liverpool time capsule commemorating some of the key moments of 2020.

The ‘Capsule of Culture,’ which is on display at the Liver Building, will mark a year that organiser Peter Johnson-Traherne describes as “pressing, pivotal and poignant.”

Judges including Kim Cattrall, Lord Mayor Anna Rothery, Liverpool and England footballer Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ru Paul’s Drag Race winner The Vivienne carefully considered the nominations before choosing key items that they felt best represented 2020 for the time capsule.

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Interactive: What’s happening at Wirral Waters?

Plans for Wirral Waters are bold. Nothing is being done in half measures. The plans take the very best ideas from successful waterfront cities around the world and incorporates them into a sustainable new community that will undoubtedly thrive in the coming months, years and decades ahead. visited the Wirral Waters site for a guided tour and spoke to Richard Mawdsley, Director of Development for Peel L&P’s Wirral Waters and also to Simon Humphreys, Director of House by Urban Splash.

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Pro-boxer puts members through their paces at Birkenhead’s Hive Youth Zone

Last week the Hive Youth Zone in Birkenhead welcomed professional boxer James Heneghan for an inspirational talk and session on the pads.

James encouraged a group of senior Hive members that through hard work and dedication they can achieve their goals. At only 22 years old himself, James can relate to the pressures that young people face today, and being from Wirral, he is a local figure who young people can look up to, having gone on to achieve great things.

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Bebington man joins Metro Mayor’s campaign to get people walking and cycling

People across the Liverpool City Region are being urged to take two short journeys a week by walking and cycling – to help slash carbon emissions by 130,000 tons a year.

By everyone ditching the car for just eight short journeys a month, carbon emissions would fall by the same amount as that produced by the population of Huyton every year.

Howie Moore, 23, of Bebington is also part of the new campaign and has recently started to take more trips by foot since restrictions began last year. He said, “I used to get around by car a lot but recently I decided to walk every day and it’s been great.

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Respect, Protect and Enjoy Wirral this Bank Holiday Weekend

Visitors to Wirral’s beaches, parks and coastal areas are being encouraged to respect, protect and enjoy the environment this bank holiday weekend.

With the reopening of the hospitality sector and the expected good weather, an influx of visitors are expected at hotspots this weekend and in response to this, the council is providing additional resources to help keep areas tidy.

This will include extra bins, crews emptying bins more frequently and extra staff with litter pickers who will be patrolling throughout the weekend. There is also an environmental officer monitoring the coastal areas over the weekend and on bank holiday Monday, supported by members of the Waste and Recycling Team.

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Stunning images of how Birkenhead’s temporary market could look

Stunning new images show how Birkenhead Market could take the next step in its illustrious history as plans to move it to a new temporary location push ahead.

At the meeting of the Economic Regeneration and Development (ERD) Committee, due to take place on June 8, councillors will be looking at proposals to move the Market to a retail unit along with new outside stalls at St Werburghs Square in the town centre.

If approved by councillors it is hoped that the temporary Market will be operating from early 2022. This will then allow time for the current site to be cleared and development of the new Market to take place while also allowing for continuity of the Birkenhead Market offer from its temporary location.

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Fan designed kit launched by Tranmere Rovers

In what is believed to be a first for an English professional football club, in the summer of 2020, Tranmere launched a competition to let the Super White Army design their dream home kit, with the winning design being put into production for the new season.

A spokesperson for Tranmere Rovers said, “Hundreds of fantastic entries were submitted for the competition, with four finalists selected, and those four designs being put to a fan vote. Today we are delighted to reveal the winning design, by Benjamin Longthorne. Well done Benjamin!”

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New Bishop of Birkenhead appointed

The Venerable Julie Conalty, currently Archdeacon of Tonbridge, will be the next Bishop of Birkenhead, Downing Street has announced. The Queen has approved the nomination of The Venerable Julie Conalty, Archdeacon of Tonbridge, in the diocese of Rochester, to the Suffragan See of Birkenhead, in the diocese of Chester.

Bishop-designate Julie says of her appointment, “Being nominated to be the next Bishop of Birkenhead is a huge privilege. I am both honoured and daunted to have been appointed. I have a strong sense of calling to this role and to serve the people of Chester Diocese but that doesn’t stop me feeling unworthy and slightly terrified.”

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