Sunday Snippets for week ending 11 July 2021

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Birkenhead’s new creative hub for start-up businesses

Start-Yard is a collaborative hub for creatives, start-ups, craft-based workshops, and budding entrepreneurs, it will provide a modern solution for people in the formative stages of their business development by giving access to premises without the traditional barriers associated with tenancies.

Start-Yard’s home is a 16,000 sq ft single storey former industrial garage unit on Church Street, next to Birkenhead Priory. The building will house approximately 30 individual affordable workspaces and offer a range of sizes and configurations to fit a range of budgets and will include communal areas, coffee shop/café and meeting spaces designed in the spirit of collaboration.

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£4m maintenance of Wirral roads in the coming year

Roads and pavements in Wirral are set to benefit from around £4 million of improvements over the coming year as part of the council’s annual Highway Maintenance Programme. 

Works will be targeted at tackling general wear and tear and potholes to ensure that residents can continue to travel safely in Wirral. 

The work to the surface of the roads will start in July 2021 with preparation works, such as filling in any potholes and sweeping the roads, happening first. This work follows on from the completion of last year’s programme.

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Netball tournament raises more than £1,500 for Maggie’s

Tranmere Rovers in the Community and Tri-4-Life raised more than £1,500 for local charity, Maggies Cancer Support Centre.

A nine-team Netball tournament was hosted on Saturday 26 June, and the competition was played in tribute and memory of Paula Roberts, who sadly passed away from cancer in September 2019.

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Magnificent seven going the extra 79 miles for Claire House

Seven ‘speedy’ staff from a Southport based asset management company have each pledged to run, cycle or walk 79 miles this month to raise funds for a Wirral hospice.

The magnificent seven, from The 79th Group, are seeking sponsorship for their efforts in support of Claire House Children’s Hospice in the Wirral, which helps seriously and terminally ill children and their families through the most difficult of times.

The company, which manages property and gold mining assets in the UK and Africa, chose the hospice as its charity for 2021 and is encouraging staff to do their bit in support.

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Veteran Strictly star and judge-in-waiting, Anton Du Beke, brings some much-missed ballroom bling to the Floral Pavilion

Along with his spaghetti-legged buddy, Giovanni Pernice, he heads a troupe of accomplished dancers and singers in a choreographed romp through the years.

The audience is swept along from the Golden Age of Hollywood and the kind of nostalgic wartime hits like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy which, frankly, is before the time of even the hairiest-chinned gran in the auditorium, through some anguished 80’s style rolling on the floor, right up to date with the, erm, 70s with Boogie Wonderland.

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First homes to go on sale at Wirral Waters

The modern housebuilder, House by Urban Splash, will launch the first homes for sale at East Float next month, a new quarter within the Northbank neighbourhood at Wirral Waters, nestling between Birkenhead and Wallasey.

A launch event on 10 July will give customers their first opportunity to take a tour of the East Float neighbourhood, and to look around the brand-new House by Urban Splash sales pavilion – a new and iconic structure featuring immersive brand experiences including screens on which customers can choose the layout of their home.

All of the new homes on sale are being created in the House by Urban Splash factory, before being delivered to East Float over the summer. Among them are the three-storey Town House homes, and the Row House – a new property type coming first to Merseyside.

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Campaigners thank local MP for backing Community Energy

Campaign group, Power for People, has thanked local Birkenhead MP, Mick Whitley, for backing new market rules for community renewable energy at a debate in Parliament.

Last week Mick Whitley participated in the debate on new rules to enable clean community energy generation.

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Wallasey firm commits to helping youngsters in sport with a double sponsorship announcement

Liscard-based NW Fire Solutions has announced the sponsorship of two Wirral-based sports clubs. 

The industry leader in fire safety solutions will sponsor Birkenhead’s Venture Boxing Club and Birkenhead Boys under-15’s football team. 

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Woodside Ferry Village announce new Food & Drink Festival

The team behind the Independent Wirral Market at Woodside Ferry Village have announced they will be hosting a dedicated Food and Drink Festival at the riverside site from Friday 23 – Sunday 25 July.

Designed to showcase the very best of the local Wirral food scene, organisers say that the market will be packed with a variety of the region’s top producers, makers, bakers and street-food specialists, who will helping to serve up a delicious weekend of fun for the whole family.

Woodside Area CIC Managing Director Sharon Stanton said: ‘We are all big foodies here at Woodside so the Food & Drink Festival has been designed to celebrate our thriving local food and drink industry. We already have 8 amazing independent vendors here at our Woodside food hall and the festival will allow us to showcase even more amazing food heroes.’

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BT to support Merseyrail Ladies FC to promote women’s grassroots football in Merseyside

Merseyrail Ladies FC is the latest grassroots football club to benefit from BT’s role as Lead Partner of the Home Nation Football Associations. BT will work with the club to provide education and coaching opportunities in the local community, with a focus on women, and help improve the club’s facilities to support the development of the women’s game.

Merseyrail Ladies sits at the heart of a socially challenged community and, with the support of BT, will be able to provide invaluable playing opportunities for women and girls, with the financial backing to help expand the youth teams, strengthen coaching, and positively impact on more young women and families.

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Wirral youth in the zone to reduce, reuse, and recycle

A Wirral charity is using the enthusiasm and passion of young people to help stop perfectly good food from going to waste.

Based at The Hive on Bright Street, Birkenhead, Wirral Youth Zone has been running the Waste Not Want Not project for almost a year after receiving funding from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund in June 2020.

The project has been cutting food waste by giving young people the skills to cultivate and cook their own food and arming them with nutritional knowledge and know-how. Participants (aged 8-19) are being taught how to grow fresh ingredients, cook meals from scratch, and use up leftovers, all while keeping waste to a minimum.

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Participants wanted for new eco-arts festival

Liverpool’s Theatre in the Rough has been awarded funding for a new digital arts festival exploring young women’s responses to the Climate Emergency. They are now seeking participants to create original work for the event.

400 Parts Per Million is an online festival of creative responses to the Climate Emergency.  Participants will work with leading activists and environmental scientists from around the world over a four-month period, in order to learn more about the ecological damage being done to our planet – as well as what we can do to inspire change.

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RNLI Wirral team members to tackle 108-mile endurance fundraising challenge

Ahead of what is expected to be a very busy season on the coast, with over 30M people planning to hit the UK coast, 20 daring participants will be attempting the Rustman endurance challenge to raise funds for the RNLI.

Now in its third year, the Rustman challenge is a coastal endurance challenge that will see participants attempt to cycle, swim and run their way from New Brighton Lifeboat station on the Wirral to Holyhead on Anglesey this Saturday, 10 July. The 108-mile challenge draws its name from the infamous Iron man endurance event updated to accommodate the 37-67 age range of the participants.

The challenge was founded in 2018 by Chris Shaw and Richard Webster, both members of the Wirral’s RNLI Water Safety Team and combines their passion for endurance challenges with their desire to fundraise for the RNLI and help the charity to keep saving lives at sea.

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Cradle to Career unveil new mural celebrating key moments in North Birkenhead’s history

Artist Joe Venning

A new history mural has been unveiled in the heart of North Birkenhead today, celebrating key moments in the town’s heritage, such as the appointment of Lady Mary Ann Mercer as the first female mayor of Birkenhead and the building of Birkenhead Town Hall.

Cradle to Career, a multi-million-pound, long-term initiative that aims to transform the lives of children and young people in North Birkenhead, commissioned the artwork, which has been painted by artist Joseph Venning and stands proudly on the side of St James Centre on Laird Street.

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