Sunday Snippets for week ending 29 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 man completes inspirational fundraising challenge for RNLI

Steven Wharton who has cerebral palsy completed eight laps of the car park at Royden Park, Frankby – by pushing his walking aid with one hand. So far, his inspirational challenge has raised over £2,350 for the RNLI.

Crowds cheered on the fundraiser as he reached the finish line of his 1,600-metre route around the car park.

The 40-year-old has been training incredibly hard since March for the challenge, which has impressed his support workers, who were initially under the impression he was taking part in an organised event.

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Glen Affric Brewery Wins 7 Medals at World Beer Awards 2021

Glen Affric Brewery in Birkenhead has been awarded seven medals at the 2021 World Beer Awards, including two awards for Country’s Best:

• Rutting Stag – UK’s Best (Amber)
• Conquering Mountains – UK’s Best (Imperial/Double IPAA)
• Forres Haze – Silver (IPA)
• I Can’t Believe It’s NOT-Ella – Silver (Flavoured Stout/Porter)
• Loch & Load – Silver (Classic Pilsner)
• Forres Haze – Bronze (Milkshake/New England IPA)
• Tart An Typhoon – Bronze (Flavoured Wild/Sour)

A representative from the brewery said that they were “thrilled with these results, especially to have received two Country’s Best medals for Rutting Stag – a favourite beer amongst many in the team – in the Amber category, and Conquering Mountains in the highly competitive Double IPA category.”

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Caldy Manor summer fete brings the local community together

Staff, residents, relatives and the local community came together at Caldy Manor to enjoy a Summer Fete that was held in the home’s grounds.

Caldy Manor hosted a variety of activities throughout the day, including a visit from Alwood Donkeys, BBQ, tombola stall, live entertainment, and games which were enjoyed by everyone who came to the event.

Staff at Caldy Manor made everyone feel welcome and were delighted to see different generations having fun together. Visitors enjoyed plenty of refreshments including, mocktails served from a Tiki Bar, and burgers and hotdogs prepared by the catering team, who were hard at work making sure that a great time was had by all.

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Online fashion brand ‘Oh Polly’ to sponsor Woodside Ferry Village wellbeing weekend

Bromborough based clothing company ‘Oh Polly’ has been announced as the main sponsor for a special wellbeing weekend which is taking place at Woodside Ferry Village over the Bank Holiday.

The global fashion house has pledged their support as part of their ongoing relationship with local suicide prevention charity, The Martin Gallier Project, who are hosting a fundraising wellbeing walk as part of the event.

Oh Polly, which was founded by passionate charity campaigners Claire Henderson and Mike Branney back in 2015, is a brand famed for its philanthropic initiatives having raised over £500k for the company’s Brannerson Foundation which supports children in the poorest areas of Cambodia.

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Wirral Open Studios 2021: “Our doors are open again!”

Cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the popular Wirral Open Studio Tour is set to return on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September, 2021.

Now in its 11th year of celebrating visual arts across the peninsula, this free event will see around 70 artists and makers open the doors to their houses or studio spaces. The Tour gives visitors an exciting opportunity to talk first-hand to the artists and to view their work in the environment in which it is created, or to just enjoy wandering through the various studios to answer that eternal question ‘What do artists do all day?’.

There will be a hugely diverse selection of artworks on show, from original paintings, prints, glass and textiles to photography, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery.

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Residents move into multi-million-pound Saughall Massey extra-care development

Residents are moving into their new homes this month as a new Wirral-based retirement community, which also offers care and support, has officially opened its doors. 

So far 46 new residents have moved into Alpha Living’s 78 apartments at Poppyfields, Saughall Massey with another 6 about to move in. There are now just 24 apartments left to view and reserve. 

Poppyfields’ self-contained apartments provide independent living for people over the age of 55 but with the reassurance of on-site care and support available 24 hours a day, if needed. 

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Hundreds sign up for Leverhulme Summer Cycle

Organisers of the Leverhulme Summer Cycle are reporting strong interest as the event prepares to return in September.

Hundreds of people have so far registered their intention to take part in the event.

The Summer Cycle will start this year at Claire House, whose supporters will also look after marshalling at the car park, before moving on to the tree-lined tracks of the Leverhulme Estate. People with adapted cycles or trikes will be able to start at Brimstage Hall.

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Heated neonatal mats donated by Wirral NHS to Chester Zoo

Wirral University Teaching Hospital has recycled disused heated mattresses from its Neonatal Unit by donating them to help small animals at Chester Zoo.

The baby-sized heated mattresses were no longer suitable for poorly premature babies on the Neonatal Unit at Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital and replacement new equipment was being procured.

However, hospital staff had the bright idea that they could be used for small creatures at the world-renowned wildlife charity, Chester Zoo. They contacted conservation experts at the zoo and the mattresses are now being used to keep a wide variety of endangered species warm when they need to be anaesthetised for examinations or operations.

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Four youth team players progress to Tranmere Rovers Women’s first team

Tranmere Rovers Women has promoted four youth players to their first team.  

Jess, Anais, Anya and Jaimie have played for Tranmere Rovers Women’s youth teams for over 10 years and have now been promoted to the first-team squad.  

Tranmere Rovers Women offer a pathway in the game from their U10s to open age. Having been around for over 30 years, the Club have a proven success with nurturing players and progressing their careers with Lioness stars, Jodie Taylor and Sue Smith starting their careers at Tranmere.  

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Bebington father and son to walk 97-mile challenge from Hillsborough to Anfield

On Saturday, 28th August, two Bebington men will take on the epic challenge of walking 97 miles between Sheffield and Liverpool.

Steve Lamb and his son George have planned a 97-mile route from Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium and Liverpool’s Anfield. Whilst the walk is in memory of the 97, they are raising money for The Liverpool FC Foundation, which delivers help for underprivileged children and young people in the local area providing a range of life-changing opportunities.

The walk will take six days and some of their overnight stays have been kindly donated by Steve’s employer, Village Hotels.

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New Ferry Festival in full swing!

The three-day New Ferry Festival is underway at New Ferry Park with many people enjoying the funfair and military displays on offer.

On Sunday and Monday, there will be a Birds of Prey display. On all three days, there will also be a variety of stalls selling gifts, crafts, sweets, and charities with tombolas.

Chair of the New Ferry Community Land Trust, Margaret Kegg says, “This year’s festival is being funded from money given to New Ferry by the Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham’s Town Centre Fund.

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