Sunday Snippets, 30 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.

Eureka! A look inside the new Seacombe science and discovery museum

Local leaders and dignitaries including the Metro Mayor, Mayor of Wirral, and the Leader of Wirral Council were invited to an early preview of the new Eureka! Science and Discovery attraction at Seacombe.

Local and national media were also shown around the venue, opening to the public next month, which includes science-themed interactive displays, a giant 12-foot cat complete with wagging tail, pinball machines and for adventurous little ones, an indoor climbing tree.

Next to the newly refurbished Seacombe Ferry Terminal, the nationally significant attraction opens on 11 November and plays a key part in Wirral’s regeneration strategy.

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Rare Della Robbia charger is saved for Williamson Art Gallery

A last-minute fundraising drive has ensured that a rare piece of British art pottery has entered the public collection of Williamson Art Gallery & Museum.

The artwork – a large charger plate decorated with angels and the inscription “Peace on Earth and Good Will Towards Men” was made at the Della Robbia Pottery in Price Street, Birkenhead, in 1894. It is amongst the earliest works made at the Pottery and was painted by its founder, Harold Rathbone.

The Della Robbia Pottery ran in Birkenhead from 1894 to 1906, making a significant impact on the art world of the time with its colourful and innovative ceramics, handmade by local men and women who were trained at the Pottery.

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Council reject all Leverhulme planning applications

It was standing room only at tonight’s council planning meeting, where all Leverhulme applications were rejected.

Labour campaigner Gail Jenkinson, who started the campaign against these developments, collecting almost 5000 signatures, said, “Congratulations to the council and to everyone who signed the petition or put in objections. 

“The developments would have been catastrophic, in my opinion. They are close to Arrowe Brook which has a history of flooding near the brook in Greasby and four sewage release spots in Greasby and Saughall Massie. New building nearby is not going to help matters in the least.”

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New Birkenhead gallery space holds colourful ‘Rhi-opening’ event

On Saturday (22 October), Birkenhead’s newly crowned Merseyside Bar of the Year (Merseyside Independent Business Awards ) Future Yard branched out from the usual beer, burgers and bands and played host to Wrexham based artist Rhi Moxon  and her collection of travel-inspired, intricate and bold silkscreen prints.

Her work has been on display since August, but as the exhibition has now been extended until November, Future Walls  decided to hold a relaunch event with music, screenprinting, stalls and kimchi burgers.

Telling us about the new use of the Yellow Room in the Birkenhead venue, Future Walls curator Russ said, “We’ll have new shows every two months. We’re going to work with the artists to create some bespoke merch relating to Future Yard or Birkenhead.”

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Bonfire Radicals: Traditional six-piece folk band to perform at West Kirby Arts Centre

Bonfire Radicals, the dynamic (un)traditional six-piece folk band are touring the UK with their much anticipated second album, The Space Between.

Expect the unexpected, with global grooves, instrumental fireworks, rich vocal harmonies and delicate a cappella emerging from a melting pot of original and traditional tunes from the British Isles to the Balkans.

Emotive vocals, textural washes, intricate woodwind and fierce fiddle are woven together over a pulsating backdrop of guitar, bass and drums. Bonfire Radicals’ music dares their audiences not to dance.

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Bebington man’s three-day Olympic triathlon raising funds for charity

Local man Zac Guinan has taken part in three Olympic triathlons, raising an impressive £1,000 for the charity, Early Essentials. 

Zac braved the sea at West Kirby Marine Lake and swam for 1.5 km, cycled 40 km and completed a 10 km run. Astonishingly, he did all this not once, not twice, but three times over three days.

Zac, from Bebington, is a sub-contractor for the Knowsley-based company, The Forshaw Group, and is also part of the Tri-4-Life team, which is a Wirral-based team of friends, who, for the last 20 years, have raised money for charities – local, regional, and national – by taking on challenges around the world.

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Community group appeal for unwanted bikes in run-up to Christmas

A Wirral community cycling organisation is appealing for unwanted bikes in the run-up to Christmas.

As the cost of living crisis pushes hard-working families into poverty, a newly formed group, Energise Cycles, is looking to help by refurbishing unwanted bicycles ready for use by another child, or their parent, at a heavily discounted rate.

Energise Cycles also offers bike servicing at an affordable price and leads training courses on how to maintain a bike, demonstrating basic fixes and running sessions on the Highway Code.

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Wirral receives special tree for Queen’s Green Canopy initiative

Wirral Council has been chosen as one of only 350 recipients of a gift from the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The council will receive a Rowan tree, to be planted in Birkenhead Park, in recognition of its commitment to taking part in the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, one of the schemes introduced to recognise Her Majesty the Queen’s jubilee in 2022.

The tree had originally been one of the 350 British native trees that featured in another project, the ‘Tree of Trees’, which was a sculpture designed by Thomas Heatherwick that had been installed outside Buckingham Palace as part of the jubilee weekend celebrations in June.

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Landscape accolade for West Kirby photographer

Local photographer, Damian Waters, has been recognised in the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

All winning images in the 15th Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards showcase talented photographers.

Their images inspire us all to engage with the wonderful diversity of the British landscape. From the stillness of misty forests, warm beaches, and dark backstreets to the drama of spectacular sunsets, crashing waves and thrilling mountain ranges.

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Start-Yard celebrates one year anniversary with launch of pop art exhibition

Start-Yard, Birkenhead’s start-up incubator, co-working space and cafe, marked a successful year of operation on Friday with the launch night of its latest exhibition, Fear of Being Ordinary by artist Nick Beedles.

Start-Yard is a converted warehouse next to Birkenhead Priory which offers rental units, on affordable, flexible contracts, to small businesses and is currently expanding as all seven spaces are full.

Co-founder Jill Lee told birkenhead.news, “We’re starting on the second half of the building, we’re going to have bigger units. At the moment everything is the same size, these units can fit about four or five people but we’ve got a couple of guys in here who are ready for a slightly bigger space so they will move in.”

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First clothing ‘Swap Shop’ held to help the environment and your pocket

The Wirral Deen Centre in Birkenhead has been running an Eco Club for young people from local schools since May.

Last term the schoolchildren worked together to design a logo for the club, posters about litter, and ideas for future projects.

In the summer Wirral Deen Centre held a community beach clean at New Brighton followed by visit to Vale Park for a picnic lunch.

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Two Wirral athletes attend world championships representing Great Britain

Two Wirral athletes have recently been selected to represent Great Britain in the World and World Age Championship 2022.

The two athletes, Beth Williamson (22) and Declan Carter (13), both compete in the Double Mini Trampoline (DMT); a gymnastics discipline.

Beth and Declan are both part of Birkenhead Trampoline Club based in the Drill Birkenhead on Grange Road West. They both train four times a week and attend competitions up and down the country each year.

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Anselmians score 11 tries against the Islanders

Douglas arrived late after what was believed to have been a difficult crossing from the Isle of Man, indeed one or two of the lads looked green during their warm-up.

The weather was kind and the pitch in great condition. Saints’ warm-up was on point and they were quickly out of the blocks and set about Douglas with extra intensity following a difficult week previously at Broughton Park.

Jack Sanders crossed for the first try on four minutes, closely followed by Adam Bramall and Will Grabe, all converted by Dai and Saints lead 21-0 after 16 minutes.

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Tranmere’s unbeaten run ends with defeat by Carlisle

Tranmere Rovers’ unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at Prenton Park on Saturday.

The players looked tired and uninspired from the off, seemingly with no shape or plan. In under a minute, the home side was 1-0 down.

Kristian Dennis opened the scoring with less than a minute gone, with a left-footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner of Doohan’s net. He later secured three points for Carlisle when he calmly converted a penalty ten minutes into the second half.

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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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