Sunday Snippets for week ending 4 July 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.

Merseyside Police Rugby Union Football Club (MPRUFC) are this year celebrating 60 (continuous) years of rugby!

Records suggest that the club actually dates back to the 1930s, however, it is officially acknowledged that it wasn’t until April 1960, post-WWII and then the club folding in the 50s, that it was re-established on a regular basis.

Since then, the club has seen multiple police personnel and their families pass through its doors, welcoming all abilities who share a passion for the sport.

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Cammell Laird CEO, David McGinley, wins Business Leader of the Year Award

David McGinley, Chief Executive Officer of Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders, and Atlantic & Peninsula Marine Services has won Business Leader of the Year in the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards.

The British Ex-Forces Business Awards, which took place on 23 June, celebrates the achievements of ex-forces personnel who have forged a successful second career in business. The awards also strive to demonstrate the huge value veterans bring to UK business.

David has a proud record of serving his country in the Royal Navy for a quarter of a century. David joined the Royal Navy in 1971 as a Junior Marine Engineering Mechanic, Class 2, having been inspired to join the military by the service of family members.

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The Mowgli Trust Dog Show returns to Claremont Farm

The Mowgli Trust Dog Show is returning to Claremont Farm at Clatterbridge this year, to raise vital funds for Claire House Children’s House.

Taking place on Sunday 19 September, between 9am and 4pm, the event will be hosted by Jonny Bongo of Bongo’s Bingo and will showcase 7 canine competitions throughout the day, including Best Sausage Catcher and Fancy Dress.

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Wirral’s newest attraction will become UK hub of science and discovery for young people

One of the UK and the North West’s most innovative new visitor attractions, Eureka! Mersey, has launched a visionary new brand aimed at inspiring a new generation of young scientists and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) superfans.

Eureka! Mersey, which is set to open in summer 2022 at Seacombe Ferry Terminal in Wallasey, will now be known as Eureka! Science + Discovery and the team this week launched a new teaser video and website to excite and inspire audiences as work on the site gets underway.

The exciting new attraction, which has been co-created with young people, local communities and partners across the Liverpool City Region, will breathe new life into key subjects through a range of unique exhibits and interactive experiences, and also has a crucial role in helping to tackle skills challenges in the UK and across the north-west.

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New cancer support centre opens at Clatterbridge

Philanthropist Steve Morgan has spoken of his pride after a landmark day in the history of the cancer support charity Maggie’s.

On Monday Maggie’s moved into a brand new purpose-built centre, funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation, within the grounds of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Wirral.

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International art event of ‘significant importance’ heading to Wirral this July

A brand new multimedia exhibition of artwork by globally-renowned artist INSA is launching in New Brighton next month. The show entitled ‘Body Work’ is a new collection from the UK-based artist.

Held in collaboration with New Brighton Street Art and Motobüro, the multi-space show opens on Saturday 3 July at Oakland Gallery in the town’s Victoria Quarter and runs until Sunday 5 September.

Featuring new original works including prints, paintings and sculptural pieces, at the centre of the show is a very rare 1968 Lincoln Continental MK3, Cartier Edition, which has been customised by the artist and automotive specialists Motobüro, who oversaw the restoration of the vintage car, which has taken more than 6 months to complete.
In addition to the Lincoln Continental, Body Work also includes a Harris Magnum motorbike, a handcrafted wooden surfboard and lightboxes all featuring INSA’s trademark ‘graffiti fetish’ artwork.

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New state-of-the-art church for Heswall

The Lighthouse Church at Heswall is a contemporary new building, designed by Liverpool-based architects shedkm, providing an outward-focused community space suitable for the wide range of community and outreach services and events that the church already provides.

As well as regular church services, events will include concerts, exhibitions, social gatherings, playgroups and youth activities, dance classes, farmers’ market, counselling and advice services, to name just a few.

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New Brighton gallery to host ‘Merseyside in Focus’ exhibition

The Dusty Teapot is a community interest company whose aim is to promote the heritage of Merseyside. The company is run by Richard Jackson and David Hearn – Richard is a digital heritage specialist and David is an historian.

We are all very aware that COVID restrictions have taken a heavy toll on people so we are aiming to brighten things up by holding an exhibition of images of Liverpool and New Brighton dating from the late 18th Century to the 1960s including engravings, paintings and photographs.

Every image in the exhibition has been scanned from either an archive print of original negative and digitally cleaned leading to unparalleled levels of detail and clarity.

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World Record attempt for rugby player and father who died suddenly supported by Hollywood actor and international rugby stars

On 6 June last year, 43-year-old Wirral-born husband and father of three, Dan Miller, died suddenly from a massive heart attack devastating his young family, his four brothers, and teammates at Hoylake Rugby Club.

A year on from his death, a committed group of Dan’s teammates at Hoylake Rugby Club on the Wirral, are hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the longest ever ‘touch rugby’ game on 16 July, 2021.

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AgeUK Wirral ‘Lockdown Art’ exhibition at Vale Park, New Brighton

Mersey Arts Zone (MAZ) is holding its third exhibition since opening on 1 May this year. The exhibition is at Vale House, Vale Park, Magazine Lane, New Brighton. 

MAZ’s third exhibition highlights the work of members of the Art Group from AgeUK Wirral. Fred Biddulph is Age UK Wirral’s art tutor, and he expressed the artists’ disappointment at not being able to meet for classes and show their work. 

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New Brighton lifeboat volunteer takes on 1,100-mile cycle challenge in aid of RNLI

New Brighton RNLI volunteer Mark Daly is exchanging his lifeboat pager for a cycling helmet as he starts a 1,100-mile challenge in aid of the RNLI.

As a volunteer crew member on the station’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, Mark knows the importance of raising money to help save lives at sea. Over the next 10 days, Mark will cycle from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, visiting 32 RNLI lifeboat stations along the way.

Mark started his RNLI LEJOG challenge by cycling from Lands’ End to Port Issac – covering 94 miles in 12 hours and stopping at eight lifeboat stations as he cycles across the South West.

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