Sunday Snippets, 7 August 2022

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Mowgli Dog Fest returns to Claremont Farm this September

The Mowgli Dog Fest will take place over two days this September, bringing you canine competitions, local food, drink and craft stalls, alongside live music, funfair attractions and children’s activities.

The Main Arena will be hosted by Jonny Bongo of Bongo’s Bingo along with Heart Radio’s Adam Weighell.

The event at Claremont Farm in Clatterbridge is organised by Nisha Katona, founder of Mowgli Street Food restaurants and it is under the banner of the Mowgli Trust that the event is taking place to raise funds for Claire House Children’s Hospice.

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Hoard of previously unseen Nazi artefacts from German submarine U534 to go on display

A hoard of historic treasures including two Enigma code machines, left in storage and untouched for almost 80 years, are set to go on public display at Western Approaches, a secret former underground WWII bunker based in Liverpool city centre.

The treasures are discoveries from the mysterious U-boat U534, the last U-boat to leave Germany before its surrender in May 1945. It was sunk by an RAF Liberator off the Danish Island of Anholt on 5 May 1945.

When the U-boat was raised in 1993, thousands of artefacts were immediately conserved but have not been analysed until now. The vessel is now on display at Woodside Ferry Terminal, Birkenhead.

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Birkenhead Priory to take part in inspirational globe trail, ‘The World Reimagined’

The locations have been revealed of a series of stunning globes making up a landmark public art project across the Liverpool City Region.

The globes make up The World Reimagined, a ground-breaking, national art education project aimed at using the story of the transatlantic slave trade to promote racial justice.

Ten large globe structures will make up a free public art trail across the Liverpool City Region, bringing to life the reality and impact of transatlantic slavery and inviting the public to think about ways to make racial justice a reality.

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John Barnes shares his aunt’s dementia diagnosis as he supports Alzheimer’s Society’s charity

Liverpool FC hero and Heswall resident, John Barnes, has revealed that his aunt is living with dementia and believes the condition is something we need to talk about more.

The footballing great, who won two Cup Finals at Wembley during his 10 years with Liverpool, said, “My aunt who was a dancer, a squash player, all of a sudden, 18 months ago she got diagnosed with dementia.

“As much as we have empathy for the people who have dementia, it’s the families who really have it hard as well. We have to support them.”

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Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI invite community to step aboard their lifeboats

Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI are inviting the public to step aboard their lifeboats and meet the volunteer crews while supporting the lifesaving charity’s local search and rescue service.

The ‘meet and greet’ day takes place on Saturday 3 September from 10:00am until 4:00pm at Hoylake Lifeboat Station. Visitors will have the chance to see up close Hoylake’s all-weather Shannon class lifeboat and hovercraft and West Kirby’s inshore IB1 lifeboat.

The stations’ launch and recovery vehicles will also be on display, including Hoylake’s Shannon Launch and Recovery System (SLARS) and West Kirby’s Hagglund BV206 launch vehicle, which is the only vehicle of its type based on station in the RNLI.

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Residents asked to name the cat at Eureka! Science + Discovery

Wirral residents are being asked to come up with the name of one of the star attractions of Eureka! Science + Discovery – a giant cat!

The 12-foot moggy has found its new home in the visitor attraction at Seacombe Ferry Terminal, which opens later this year and aims to inspire a new generation of young scientists and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) enthusiasts, aged 6-14.  

Although the exhibits and interactive experiences are top secret at the moment, more than 120 young ‘Co-Creators’ from the region have been involved in designing them with the help of local communities and partners across the Liverpool City Region, including Ørsted, Unilever, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Liverpool John Moores University. 

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Audience members provide the power for off-grid music festival

Audience members were encouraged to ‘keep the pedals spinning so the records keep turning’ at a music festival with a difference. 

Birkenhead venue Future Yard hosted the Wax + Gears festival where all the event’s power was generated by audience members on a bank of dynamo bikes next to the stage. The power generation was matched to a cycle-themed soundtrack of ‘You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)’ by Dead or Alive, ‘Ride on Time’ by Black Box and ‘Ticket to Ride’ by the Beatles. 

Described as a ‘one-day festival of emerging music, cycling culture and climate activism’, Wax + Gears featured off-grid sets from Podge, Munkey Junkey and Seagoth, as well as DJ sets from Subcora and Louisa from She Drew The Gun. 

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Partnership delivers huge summer food plan so Wirral children don’t go hungry

Arrangements are once again in place to ensure Wirral children who normally get free school meals do not go hungry during the summer school holidays.

Earlier this year Wirral Council secured a further £3.05 million under the government’s Household Support Fund (HSF) from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Wirral Council Leader, Councillor Janette Williamson, said, “With the cost of living crisis putting a massive strain on many families, we were as determined as ever to put arrangements in place to ensure that local children did not go hungry this summer holiday.”

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Wirral Eco Schools involved with flower art made from plastic waste

Working alongside partners, Wirral’s Eco Schools helped launch Eco Art In The Park – a collection of flower sculptures made from waste.

The project aims to raise awareness of Wirral’s biodiversity and the importance of pollinators, as well as inspiring creativity and highlighting the need to reduce waste.

The art has been created by artist Alison Bailey Smith using reused materials such as cat food pouches, garden hose, Nesquik containers and bottle tops.

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Property firm appoints Director of Regeneration and Place

Simon Humphreys has joined property development group, Starship, bringing with him over 30 years’ experience in urban regeneration and modular solutions.

Simon spent a large part of his career as Development Director at Urban Splash after joining the business in 1995 just after it was launched.

Along the way, Simon played a leading role in the design and delivery of some of Urban Splash’s most high-profile projects including Ropewalks, Matchworks and New Islington.

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Birkenhead Park CC – Safi and Stirrup lead 1s and 2s to Newton double

It was another excellent weekend for Birkenhead Park CC 1st XI as they recorded their fifth win in a row, following a dominant win 89-run win, away at Newton-le-Willows 1st XI.

Park were put into bat, as Newton captain Christopher Chambers elected to bowl first, on a green looking wicket. Rain halted the start of play, but Mark Rowland and Mike Barnes got the 1s off to a flier, notching up a fifty partnership inside the first nine overs.

The pair had struck 11 boundaries between them before Rowland fell to Afaq Ali Sartaj for 22, with the score on 68. The home side began to regain control of the scoring, as they picked up another two quick wickets, including that of Barnes for a well-compiled 45. The score now 82 for 3.

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Tranmere defeated away at Mansfield

It was another defeat for Tranmere Rovers as they lost to Mansfield at Field Mill, leaving Tranmere second from bottom, just ahead of Crawley on goals scored.

Tranmere did come close to opening the scoring at the half-hour mark, when a left-footed shot from Kane Hemmings from the left side of the box was saved by Mansfield keeper, Christy Pym.

However, that was Tranmere’s only shot on target during the first half while Mansfield managed to get four shots on target at the other end before the half-time whistle.

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Wirral Police weekly news round-up

This is the weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.

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