Sunday Snippets for week ending 15 August 2021

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from It is a round-up of our most popular good news stories from the last seven days. Click on each story to read the full article.

Wirral Met secures funding to develop global education opportunities for students

Wirral Met is set to expand its offer of international student work experience this year with the announcement of its successful bid for Turing funding.

Funding from the UK’s new Turing scheme , and Erasmus+ programme  will provide more than 200 students at Wirral Met with the life-changing opportunity to work and study abroad for free.

Over the next academic year and in line with Covid-19 restrictions, the College will offer students aged 16-19 fully funded placements in European destinations such as Granada, Malta, Seville, Tenerife and Italy.

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Walking football participants make England team

Two of Tranmere Rovers in the Community regular walking football attendees have been selected to play for the England walking football team with another making the Northern Region team.

After attending trials back in April three of the walking football participants have successfully made it part of the squads. 

Hillary Jones, Chris Trig and Sue King have been attending Tranmere Rovers in the Community walking football sessions for over five years, have rekindled friendships, kept fit, and fell in love with the game all over again. 

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Cycling and walking facilities improved along New Chester Road

Pedestrians and cyclists will enjoy better access to places like the Wirral International Business Park and Croft Retail Park with the completion of a significant active travel scheme.

The A41 Eastham cycleway project has seen an off-road walking and cycle path created along New Chester Road, between Eastham Village Road and junction 5 of the M53 motorway at Hooton, and links to improved crossing facilities completed by Highways England and also improving links to Ellesmere Port.

This new 1.2km route will connect with the existing shared cycleway and walkway that runs north from Eastham Village Road towards Bromborough.

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Results Day marks start of new journeys for College sixth formers

Birkenhead Sixth Form College students (from left) Matt Davies, Jess Griffiths, Amy Bailey and Claudia Hutuleac

Students at Wirral’s largest sixth form are celebrating A Level and BTEC results that are the culmination of two years of hard work which enables students to take their exciting next steps.

More than 90% of Birkenhead Sixth Form College’s final year students will now head off to universities across the country in September, from Northern Ireland to Cornwall and everywhere in between.

Undergraduate degrees in aerospace engineering, psychology, nursing, computer game development and fashion design are all amongst the students’ choices of next steps after A Levels and BTECs, with the year group of nearly 600 meaning that almost every career path imaginable is covered within the aspirations of the students of the area’s leading sixth form.

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What’s happening on the Woodchurch?

Step back in time to the first half of the 20th century and had you have visited Woodchurch, you would have seen a small hamlet of a dozen or so buildings set in rolling open fields centred on Holy Cross Church.

In 1926, the Birkenhead Corporation purchased the land, but it wasn’t until 1944 that Sir Charles Herbert Reilly laid out his plans for the new housing estate with ‘arts and crafts’ style housing. Whilst much of Reilly’s influence can be seen in the final plan, it was his student H. J. Rowse who saw his plans come to fruition. Construction of the estate commenced in 1946, with the first house being officially opened on 6 May 1949.

Now, fast-forward to 2021 and should Reilly and Rowse see the estate today, it would be instantly recognisable to them. The broad avenues with plenty of green space were a great advancement on living cheek-by-jowl in cramped Victorian terraces and these green spaces and cottage-style properties are still as they would have appeared in the 1950s.

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Kick start your live music industry career at Future Yard

SOUND CHECK is a new training programme from Birkenhead based Future Yard, designed to introduce young people to the skills they need to pursue careers in the live music industry.

From sound engineers to event managers, lighting designers to box office, this new programme will introduce you to the range of job roles and skills you need to make your career in the live music industry.

Based at the new Future Yard community music venue on Argyle Street in Birkenhead, SOUND CHECK will support you to build your skills and knowledge in a real industry setting. A core programme of workshops runs alongside the opportunity to gain hands-on skills at live events.

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Families are invited to launch of new troll adventure in Birkenhead Park for children aged 2-5

A brand-new story trail from the National Literacy Trust  and the Foundation Years Trust  is launching at Birkenhead Park in Wirral, in partnership with Wirral Council, Koala North West and local libraries. The trail, which is part of the Hungry Little Minds campaign, officially opens on Friday 13 August at 10:00 for families of children aged 2-5.

The launch will take place on Friday 13 August at 10:00, where families can pick up a story trail booklet and start their adventure by finding the Foundations Years Trust team at the main entrance to the park.

This immersive experience will help little ones’ language and literacy development as they follow the story around the park.

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Outdoor cinema experience with a gin twist comes to Moreton

Strap on your singing boots and warm up those vocal cords, because Nightflix gin cinema  is bringing song-tastic films to the New Brighton Football Club (R.U.) in Reeds Lane, Moreton, on the weekend of 20 – 22 August.

At this immersive outdoor gin festival and cinema experience guests will be able to belt out the lyrics to some of the most popular musicals of recent years, such as Mamma Mia, A Star is Born, and The Greatest Showman, along with classics such as Grease and Dirty Dancing

Get ready for good vibes, great films, and tasty gins as the order of the day. Bring your own chair, or hire a deck chair or giant beanbag, and sit back with a drink and get ready to enjoy the film on the outdoor LED screen.

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£1.2 million upgraded High Dependency Unit opens at Arrowe Park Hospital

A new £1.2million upgraded High Dependency Unit has opened at Wirral University Teaching Hospital to enhance care for some of the Trust’s most poorly patients.

The High Dependency Unit (HDU) based at the Arrowe Park Hospital site, cares for patients who have been stepped down from intensive care but who require more extensive care than in a ward area.

Following a 12-week refurbishment, the new HDU has opened and will provide enhanced care for patients. The facility includes six specialist side rooms, improved infection prevention and control measures, as well as a new ventilation system allowing even better care, especially catering for the needs of patients with COVID-19.

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National Lottery Winners Turn Beach Cleaning Heroes!

National Lottery winners clean up New Brighton Beach during the 2 Minute Beach Clean charity initiative. Photo credit: Anthony Devlin

A team of National Lottery winners from across the North West has been spending a morning down on the beach – but all in aid of a very worthy cause!

The nine winners have been collecting litter and ensuring our coastline remains pristine – as we all start to enjoy more freedom and the great British staycation!

The National Lottery winners, with a combined wealth of almost £20M, focused their litter-picking skills on New Brighton beach and the coast in Wirral, collecting more than 20 sacks of waste, ranging from plastic water bottles and picnic debris to ocean waste, old ropes, and plastics.

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Annual Wirral Kayak challenge raises £7k for local charities

The 8th Annual Wirral Kayak Challenge event took place on Sunday 18 of July. There were 148 participants, with 122 kayaking and a further 26 paddleboarding their way around the Wirral coast.

The organisers had ideal conditions, with the temperature around 20° and “water was like glass; very still flat and calm with no wind perfect conditions” according to one participant. The kayakers and paddleboarders left the beach at Harrison Drive, New Brighton at 6.45 am, just after high water as the tide was going out. The participants then headed towards the big sandbank behind Hilbre Island.

They arrived arrived at the Hilbre sandbank at approximately 10.30am at low water and they stayed there until around 2pm as tide started to rise. Heading from the Hilbre sandbank towards the Dee Sailing Club slipway at Thurstaston, the participants arrived at roughly 3.30pm.

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Wirral author donates profits from her new book to the Samaritans

Wirral author Natalie Reeves Billing has pledged to donate all profits from her new children’s book, which comes out in October, to charity.

The children’s author will be donating profits from the publication of ‘Bernie and Boatie’ in support of Boat of Hope, an ambitious project to support children’s mental health in which Bernie Hollywood OBE will row solo across the Atlantic to raise over £1m for charities including the Samaritans.

Natalie’s book will be published on 12 October to coincide with an unveiling ceremony for the Boat of Hope in London and a prestigious Liverpool launch event on the same date.

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