Sunday Snippets for week ending 5 September 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.

Byrne Avenue Baths fundraiser hits £20,000 target

The Byrne Avenue Trust was set up to rescue, restore and re-open Byrne Avenue Baths.  The first phase of a substantial restoration/renovation is nearing completion and this much-loved building will be opening to the public in September 2021 as a Sports and Community Centre.

The Trust aims to provide a range of sporting opportunities, community activities and social events for our local community whilst preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the building.

Sports will include football, badminton, table tennis, netball, walking football and Zumba. There will be healthy activities for everyone, including those who may not have been active for a while.

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Fox rescue and advisory service launches in Wirral

Pawprints Wildlife Rescue (PWR) is now operating a local 24-hour fox rescue and advisory service covering the entire Wirral area. PWR has taken its passion a step further with the completion of a new Fox Rehabilitation Unit.

The Fox Unit is a fully equipped and quiet clinical space, operated by PWR’s fox team who work around the clock to rehabilitate sick and injured foxes reported by Wirral residents. They provide excellent care through years of experience and their knowledge of the species.

A spokesperson for Pawprints Wildlife Rescue said, “We hope to eliminate the need for sick and injured foxes, who are at the most vulnerable time in their lives, to be transported off the peninsula for life-saving treatment – sometimes up to 50 miles or more – which can be unduly stressful for a poorly fox as previously there was not a local rescue set up to save them.

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Have your say in developing Wirral’s new economic strategy

A more prosperous borough focused on reducing inequality should underpin a new approach to developing Wirral’s economy in the coming years.

This is the basis of a draft New Economic Strategy for Wirral which will define how the borough moves forward through the 2020s – and consultation is now underway to get as many views on the proposals as possible.

Over the last five years, significant progress has been made in positioning Wirral as a place to live, work, visit and invest and we need to maintain this momentum.

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New mural honouring Guide Dogs unveiled in Wirral

A striking new piece of street art has been completed in New Brighton. Coinciding with International Dog Day, the mural which is painted by internationally-renowned urban artist Aches features a German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and a Labrador.

Located on Virginia Road within the town’s Victoria Quarter, the almost three-dimensional mural is typical of Dublin-based Ache’s style, who uses a layered colour separation technique in his work.

The mural is dedicated to Guide Dogs, a national charity that was founded in New Brighton in 1931 by Rosamund Bond and Muriel Crooke, and which still continues its work today by providing guide dogs to help people with sight loss, and are the world’s largest breeder and trainer of working dogs.

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Community Champions thanked on 1st anniversary

Wirral’s Director of Public Health has thanked the Borough’s Community Champions as they mark the network’s first anniversary on Wednesday 1 September.

The voluntary network was launched last year by Wirral Council to support the need for clear, accurate information, to be shared by trusted voices, during the pandemic. Since that time almost 700 people have signed up to help keep their communities safe with Champions coming from all walks of life including business owners, teachers, NHS staff, Health and social care workers, Faith and Community Leaders as well as retirees and students.

Julie Webster, Director of Public Health in Wirral said, “We launched the Community Champions network because we recognised the role our residents wanted to play in fighting COVID-19. Our Champions have helped counter misinformation and have been a trusted voice in their community. I’m grateful that so many local people signed up to keep Wirral well.

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New mental health crisis café to open in Wirral

A new mental health crisis cafe is to open in Wirral for local residents from 1pm on Monday 6 September.

The space, called Compañeros, has been jointly developed between Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local organisation, the Spider Project.

Compañeros is Spanish for companion or friend. The name was devised by Spider Project with help from their members and aims to capture the ethos of the service. The team will make it a welcoming, friendly and safe environment.

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Air quality education funded by Metro Mayor’s Community Environment Fund

Primary school children, teachers and parents have been given free access to subscription-only online resources teaching about clean air as part of the Metro Mayor’s Community Environment Fund

Young children across Liverpool City Region will be taught the value of good air quality in their communities after being granted unlimited access to a free learning platform.

Teachers, parents and primary school pupils can now enjoy the subscription-only channels of the interactive website Clean Air Crew, thanks to Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s Community Environment Fund.

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Stepping up to a fabulous raffle prize

Wallasey and Runcorn based cerebral palsy charity Stick ‘n’ Step has announced the winners of its Summer Raffle, sponsored by Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

The first prize of £1,000 has been won by Emily Reynolds, who lives near Chester. Emily is a one-to-one teaching assistant, who works in Higher Kinnerton’s primary school with Noah, aged 8, who also attends weekly conductive education sessions at Stick ‘n’ Step. Emily has been working with Noah since he was in nursery. Noah’s mum bought Emily the winning raffle ticket as part of an end of year thank you gift for all the help she has given Noah when he is in school.

Emily was so surprised to hear she won she had to check the ticket several times and then burst into tears of happiness! Additional prizes of £500, £250, £100 and £50 were also won by local people from across the region.

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Wirral Waters wins 2021 Future Ambition award

The ceremony, held at the iconic Titanic Hotel on the evening of 1 September, recognised those who have delivered outstanding results and shone a light on the developers, projects and deals that have helped shape the Liverpool city region.

Regeneration business Peel L&P won both ‘Developer of the Year’ and the ‘Future Ambition Award’ at last night’s event.

The sheer scale and impact of the Wirral Waters regeneration scheme, coupled with the progress made over the last two years, earned the team recognition through the Future Ambition Award. This award, voted on by peers in the industry, recognises the project that will have the greatest transformational impact.

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Call for musicians to perform at Future Yard

Future Yard is looking for artists who would like to perform at their venue at Argyle Street, Birkenhead.

The call for artists is aimed at emerging and established artists, to give them an opportunity to play alongside some incredible national and international touring musicians.

Chris Torpey, Director and Co-founder of Future Yard told, “We’re just looking for local artists to get in touch with us, as we’ve got loads of opportunities for artists to play here coming up.”

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John Barnes impromptu rap delights revellers at Heswall bar

On Friday evening, Nick Lynch played a gig with his band at the Johnny Pye bar in Heswall. In itself, this is hardly a newsworthy event, but much to the audience’s surprise, one of the customers took the mic and performed a perfect rendition of ‘Rappers Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang.

As can be seen in the video of the performance, the performer was none other than former Liverpool FC superstar John Barnes who didn’t ‘skip’ a beat throughout the song.

Nick, who plays drums in the band, StereoFever , said, “Our bassist is good friends with John Barnes’ brother-in-law and they got talking at a Circa Waves gig a few weeks back and mentioned to John that we were playing at the Johnny Pye and he said he would come down.”

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