Sunday Snippets for week ending 27 June 2021

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from birkenhead.news. 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.

Caldy Manor care home presents £1,100 cheque to local charity

Caldy Manor care home in Caldy recently presented The Opening Doors Project with a cheque for £1,100 to support their charitable efforts in combating loneliness and creating communities.

The care home welcomed Gayle Connor and her colleagues David, Les and Kenny of The Opening Doors Project to a small gathering in the home’s garden to receive the cheque and celebrate being awarded the grant. The Opening Doors Project received the grant towards their health and wellbeing programme aiming to combat loneliness, isolation and financial exclusion in people over the age of 55.

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Mayor raises the flag and a cheer for Armed Forces Day

The Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Cllr George and Mrs Cath Davies, proudly raised the Armed Forces Day flag at Wallasey Town Hall earlier today to mark the start of a week of celebrations and online events, which culminate with Armed Forces Day itself on Saturday (26 June).

Wallasey and Birkenhead town halls join hundreds of other public buildings and landmarks across the country to display a symbol of the support and pride for the Armed Forces community, which includes serving personnel and their families, veterans and cadets.

The gardens of Hamilton Square and windows and tower at Wallasey town hall will also be lighting up in red, white and blue this week.

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Heswall care home staff and residents’ 900km treadmill challenge

Trepassey Residential Home, Heswall, part of a not-for-profit charitable trust of residential homes have kicked off their fund-raising efforts to purchase a minibus with a mammoth virtual walk from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

Using two treadmills installed at the home for this challenge, staff are committing their time to the event every day either before or after a full 12-hour shift to ensure they reach their goal of just over 900 kilometres, with some of the residents helping out.

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More defibrillators equals more lives saved

We know how crucial lifesaving defibrillators are to anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

Having a defibrillator on hand at the Euros, undoubtedly saved footballer Christian Eriksen’s life – something these vital pieces of equipment have been doing for years. 

A defibrillator may also be referred to as a defib, an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) or a PAD (Public Access Defibrillator). Statistics show that if a defibrillator is used on a patient within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, they have a 60-70 percent chance of making a full recovery.  

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‘Great British Spring Clean’ community clean-up a great success

More than 50 volunteers rolled their sleeves up and got picking and clearing as part of a community clean-up event across Beechwood and Ballantyne, Wirral.

Beechwood, Ballantyne & Bidston Village Partnership Big Local recently ran the initiative as part of the national ‘Great British Spring Clean’ campaign which aims to collectively achieve a million miles of litter-picking.

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Trustees needed to help shape the future of Birkenhead Scouts

AlphaBiolabs in Warrington Pictured Rachel Davenport

Birkenhead Scouts are on the hunt for some do-ers and give-it-a-goers to help our District Commissioner and their team to provide amazing Skills For Life and Prepare Better Futures for even more Young People in Birkenhead.

Whether you’ve got Scouting skills, experience in the education or youth work sector, business management knowledge or you’re simply good with numbers… we could use you on our amazing, dedicated team of Trustees. Our Trustees help us set the strategic direction of the District, help us identify areas of improvement and allocate our finances. You might also sit on one of our sub-committees or help one of our local Scout Groups improve their governance. The possibilities are endless.

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New Action Plan to make Wirral Waters the UK leader for cycling and walking

A new ‘Action Plan for Active Travel’ has been launched today (Tuesday 22 June) by Peel L&P’s Wirral Waters. The plan sets out five key actions and a range of specific projects, which will help it to realise its ambition in making Wirral Waters the most cyclist and pedestrian-friendly development in the UK. 

By placing walking, cycling and micromobility at the heart of a Net Zero Carbon movement network at Wirral Waters, the Action Plan sets out how it will deliver a ‘step change’ in the quality and connectivity of neighbourhoods, greenways and blueways for the Liverpool City Region. 

Created by Peel L&P, in partnership with community groups, Wirral Active Travel Forum, Cycling UK, Cycling Projects, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Wirral Council, the Action Plan sets out five key steps, from considering the bigger picture and understanding local needs to identifying where people want to get to, what’s already in place and what’s missing. 

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250 kids take part in charity U10’s football festival

The Paul Lavelle Foundation held it’s first-ever seven aside U10’s Football Festival Saturday 19 June at Shaftesbury Youth Club, Birkenhead. 

Twenty-five local teams entered the seven-a-side tournament, meaning that about 250 kids were involved in the day’s activities.

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Caldy Cricket Club’s Chris Edwards awarded BEM for services to Learning Disability Cricket

In Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List Caldy Cricket Club’s Chris Edwards has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Learning Disability Cricket.

A spokesperson for the club said, “This is such a remarkable achievement for Chris and so thoroughly well deserved. A true servant not just to the club, but to the country and to learning disability cricket at Caldy, in Cheshire and the country.”

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Amazing photos of the construction of the Kingsway Tunnel mark the 50th anniversary of opening

This week marks 50 years since the official opening of the second Mersey Tunnel.

The Queen opened the 1.5 mile Kingsway Tunnel between Liverpool and Wallasey on June 24, 1971.

This article includes a gallery of 60+ photographs showing the construction of the tunnel.

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National award win for College going ‘above and beyond’ during pandemic

Birkenhead Sixth Form College has been honoured with a national award in recognition of their measures put in place and their approach to continuing to educate young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sixth Form Colleges Association gave the college the ‘Covid: Above and Beyond’ accolade at their annual awards ceremony, which took place virtually this year.

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New exhibition opening at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Autumn 2021

A stunning collection of ceramic objects by the Victorian, pre-eminent ceramic designer, William De Morgan, is coming to the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight this autumn. 

Sublime Symmetry: De Morgan Ceramics, featuring around 70 objects on loan from The De Morgan Foundation, will be on display from 1 October 2021 until 9 January 2022.  

Famed for richly coloured, lustrous glazed tiles and pottery with birds and dragon decoration, De Morgan’s work is beautiful and iconic. But, behind the fantastical beasts which wrap themselves around De Morgan’s vases and the fanciful flora which meanders across his tiles, there is a rigorously planned mathematical structure. Sublime Symmetry uncovers the pattern, shape and symmetry in De Morgan’s designs. 

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AND Festival 2021 comes to Wirral Waters

The iconic Grade II listed hydraulic tower at Wirral Waters will be one of the venues for a four-day immersive audio experience created by American composer Kali Malone. 

The installation, titled Does Spring Hide Its Joy, will take place in the hydraulic tower and engine house between Thursday 1 and Sunday 4 July 2021 as part of Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival 2021. 

AND Festival is a 7-week programme of site-specific installations and events presented on and along the industrial waterways of Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey, and online. Events will take place in a variety of unusual spaces and venues including boats, waterways and old industrial sites. 

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Cammell Laird names Royal Naval Benevolent Trust as its charity of the year

Cammell Laird, the UK’s leading shipbuilder, has named The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT) as its Charity of the Year.

The announcement comes during Armed Forces Day 2021 and is a reflection of Cammell Laird’s proud history of supporting the Armed Forces and the Royal Navy in particular, both during times of war and in peace time.

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Community charity run raises funds to help eradicate domestic violence

The winners with their trophies

At an overcast Hoylake this morning, 170 runners took part in a fundraising event in aid of the Paul Lavelle Foundation.

The third annual Paul Lavelle Foundation 10k & 5k took place today, Saturday 26 June, and was organised at short notice as organisers had only just received clearance to go ahead, in line with current COVID-19 recommendations.

There were three races for runners to choose from: a Kids’ Golden Mile that started at 9:15am, and a 5k and 10k that started at 10am. The run took place along the promenade at Hoylake, starting and finishing at the RNLI Lifeboat Station. 

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