Sunday Snippets, 7 July 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

Wirral voted Labour across the board in last week’s general election.

Angela Eagle, Alison McGovern, Matthew Patrick, and Justin Madders represent the Wirral constituents of Wallasey, Birkenhead, Wirral West, and Ellesmere Port & Bromborough respectively.

Below are links to news articles covering the general election:

Wirral Labour celebrates new government as it holds all seats locally

Who is Matthew Patrick? Meet Wirral West’s new Labour MP

Who is Justin Madders? Meet Ellesmere Port and Bromborough’s Labour MP

All 2024 general election stories

Arts Festival returns to New Brighton as part of Wirral’s Borough of Culture

As part of Wirral’s Borough of Culture, the New Brighton Arts Festival is returning for a jam-packed week of arts activities, events, and celebrations.

The New Brighton Arts Festival was created by Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust’s C Change initiative which is one of eight Creativity Collaboratives in England and serves the North West.

The week-long arts festival kicks off on Monday, 8 July, with Sing Wirral taking over the Floral Pavilion from 7pm for a night of musical magic. Community and school choirs from across the Wirral are set to unite for a spectacular celebration of song, with a vibrant and diverse soundtrack.

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Young Wirral entrepreneur nominated for national award

A young baker from Prenton who started her own business last year so she could attend Wirral’s first-ever Youth Market, has been nominated for a national award that recognises young entrepreneurs.

Jess Lord, started her business The Possible Kitchen at last July’s market in Liscard and did such a roaring trade, she set up stall again at the second Youth Market in New Brighton in May.

Her business, which specialises in gluten and dairy-free cakes, was recognised as one of the ‘stand-out traders’ at the event, so she was invited to attend the National Market Traders Federation regional final, held in Bolton. 

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Hot weather thought to be cause of boating lake fish deaths

Hot weather is thought to be the cause of dozens of fish dying in a Wirral boating lake.

A large number of fish have been found dead in or around the boating lake off Gautby Road in the north end of Birkenhead. The water, which has a blueish appearance in photos, has led to unconfirmed speculation about the cause of the deaths.

It is believed hot weather led to a reduction in oxygen levels in the lake which caused the fish to suffocate as water temperatures rose.

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Birkenhead Sixth Form College pedals for Maggie’s Cancer Charity

Birkenhead Sixth Form College recently united students and staff in a remarkable fundraising effort for Maggie’s Cancer Charity.

Known for providing practical and emotional support to those affected by cancer, Maggie’s was chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s charity drive due to the invaluable assistance staff and their families have received from the organisation.

The College took on an ambitious challenge: virtually cycling the distance between all 26 Maggie’s Centres in the UK. Leading the charge was Alan Redfern, Head of Fine Art, who impressively completed the entire 2,125km challenge on the ZWIFT platform over 11 days, fitting sessions in before and after College.

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Another helping of comedy comes to Wirral

A new Wirral comedy night returns for another serving of hilarity on Friday, 12 July.

The Slice of Comedy shows take place at Thornton Hough Village Club.

As well as enjoying an MC and three great acts from the UK comedy scene punters will also be able to enjoy freshly made pizza from independent Wirral company Dough Bros.

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£7.5m Birkenhead electricity substation project moves ahead

Wirral Council has been developing plans since 2019 for a new substation to help support its plans to build thousands more homes in town.

This comes after warnings from the electricity provider Scottish Power Energy Network (SPEN) that the network in and around Birkenhead “is operating at capacity and without the investment in a new primary substation the network will be unable to support future demand for electricity”.

The plan is for the new substation to be built on council-owned land at the back of the Europa Pools Leisure Centre off Conway Street.

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Wingwalking grandad flies the flag for Claire House

A grandad bravely took to the skies – wingwalking for his local children’s hospice Claire House in memory of his great niece Izzy McEgan. 

Eighty-two-year-old Alan McKie was strapped to the wing of a plane, standing up, before the plane reached speeds of more than 135mph.  

So far, more than £7,000 has been raised for Claire House Children’s Hospice, which helps seriously and terminally ill babies, children and young adults. 

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Awards success for Hive Youth Zone members

The Hive Youth Zone is celebrating an awesome foursome of awards for its young members – both locally and nationally.  

Young people taking part in a range of projects with Wirral’s youth zone, on Bright Street in Birkenhead, have been named champions in a range of areas from team working to dignity in the community.  

The youth zone – which has 2,800 members from across Wirral and offers universal sessions for juniors aged 8-12, seniors aged 13-19 (up to 25 with an additional need) and ‘HiveAbility’ sessions for young people with an additional need, as well as specialist project nights.  

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Former Birkenhead office block set for apartments conversion

Hordan House, a former office building in Birkenhead, is set to be converted into 88 apartments.

The 1960s eight-storey office block at 35 Price Street was formerly occupied by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The purchase by residential developer Belgravia was completed on 13 June and planning application documents for the conversion were submitted to Wirral Council on 1 July.

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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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