Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from birkenhead.news. It is a weekly round-up of interesting stories and things that have caught our eye and piqued our interest over the last seven days.
Little Al’s Urban Farm is a community farm located in Eastham. The staff there work to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for the local community. birkenhead.news spoke to the farm’s Donna Grundy about the work they do and the problems the farm is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The children of Wirral are enjoying spreading positivity and creativity across our peninsula by designing ‘Wirral Waves’ to display in their schools and homes.
The idea, which originated in St Gabriel’s Catholic Primary in the North-East and was introduced to Wirral by Thingwall Primary and Greasby Infants, has taken Twitter by storm and even local businesses and other organisations are starting to join in.
Wirral sunsets are the best!
The limit on contactless payments could rise to £100. This follows a raise in the limit last April, when the limit was increased from £30 to £45.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, larger amounts have been spent using contactless payments, either using cards or devices or smartphones.
The Hive – Supporting the community
The Christopher Salmon Poetry Competition has launched with a call for people aged 19 and under in Wirral to enter poems they have written.
Christopher’s family said, “We started the original competition back in 2010 in memory of our youngest son Christopher. (pictured, main image) He was a student at Calday Grammar School who tragically died from a rare streptococcal infection in February 2009, aged just 15.
Infrastructure work is progressing nicely on Tower Road, Birkenhead
Cammell Laird employees have embraced the government’s cycle to work scheme, with unprecedented take-up of the tax-free bike initiative at the Merseyside shipyard and maritime engineering company.
Almost £75,000 worth of bikes and cycling equipment have been purchased through the scheme, on behalf of Cammell Laird employees.
Remembering Sir Nicholas Winton – the ‘British Schindler’ on Holocaust Memorial Day
Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE (1909 – 2015) was a British banker and humanitarian who established an organisation to rescue children at risk from Nazi Germany. Born to German-Jewish parents who had emigrated to Britain at the beginning of the 20th century, Winton supervised the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II. Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. This operation was later known as the Czech Kindertransport (German for “children’s transport”).
“THE FUTURE IS BIRKENHEAD”, shouted loud and proud in 5 feet tall neon pink letters on the front of the former Rocky’s nightclub building in Argyle Street was enough to pique my interest.
I mean, apart from the to-be-expected downbeat response from the usual crowd of miserable naysayers and doom-merchants, wouldn’t it raise an eyebrow of even the most optimistic of Birkenhead denizens?
More tree planting in Wallasey
Volunteer lifeboat crews from Hoylake, Llandudno, Rhyl, and Conwy were launched this morning to help search for the missing fishing vessel and its crew.
Hoylake RNLI volunteers launched their Shannon class all-weather lifeboat shortly after 8:50am and Conwy volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 9:07am.
How to wear a face mask properly!
This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.