Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from birkenhead.news. It is a round-up of important local news stories from the last seven days. Click or tap on each story to read the full article.
A dog who was spooked by a loud noise and ran away for five miles ending up on a railway line as a train approached had to be rescued by the RSPCA and fire service.
Delilah had become trapped on the line near Upton Train Station, after she became frightened and ran off during her morning walk near Kingsley Close in Pensby on Thursday, February 24.
Her owner Claire Fishlock said she was walking the two-year-old crossbred dog in nearby fields when a bird deterrent noise on a nearby farm went off – causing Delilah to bolt. She was hit by a nearby car as she fled the scene and continued to run in a panic.
Birkenhead Park is 175 years old next year and was the inspiration for the design of Central Park in New York. birkenhead.news has started a petition to commemorate the links between the two.
Birkenhead Park in the centre of Birkenhead, Wirral, was designed by Joseph Paxton and opened on 5 April 1847. It is generally acknowledged as the first publicly funded civic park in the world.
The design of Central Park in New York was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted who was inspired by his 1850 visit to Birkenhead Park, meaning that links between the two urban parks have been there since the beginning.
After almost 60 years’ service, Ken Corker, a volunteer and trustee with Wirral Mencap, is finally stepping down from his role on the board.
Ken’s support, dedication and enthusiasm over the years has helped literally hundreds of people with learning disabilities develop their skills, have fun and get the support they need to live fulfilling lives.
In the 1960s, when there were few activities available in Wirral for children or adults with a learning disability, Ken began a social club, along with some local parents.
Whether you’re interested in planting trees, going on organised bike rides or getting crafty, there’s lots to get involved in within your local community while helping the environment as well.
Just a few of the things that you can get stuck into over the next few months have been included below. There really is something for everyone.
An accountancy firm has been inspired to support cerebral palsy charity Stick ‘n Step after reading a wonderful story on the birkenhead.news website and contacting the news outlet’s editor.
Stick ‘n Step held a charity raffle and the winner of the £500 prize was Thingwall man, Norman Lovely, who returned his cash prize of £500 to the charity to boost its fundraising efforts.
Having read Norman’s story, Elizabeth Hughes, who is content editor for The Accountancy Partnership, which is based in Birkenhead, suggested to her team that they match the donation of £500.
The support of volunteers is needed to help plant a woodland of more than 2,700 trees at Poulton Recreation Grounds next month.
Wirral residents are invited to get involved by grabbing a spade (or bringing their own if they have one) on 12 March to help the area become a haven for wildlife.
Planting activity will start from 10am at Poulton Recreation Ground (also known as Spital Recreation Ground), Stanton Road, Bebington, CH63 3BA.
A scheme of works that will see a dedicated cycle link introduced along Fender Lane begins next Monday (7 March 2022).
Motorists are advised that while the road will remain open to traffic throughout, lane closures will be necessary to facilitate the works, which are being carried out by Cambrianway Ltd on behalf of Wirral Council.
During the first phase of works, there will be lane closures in place along the eastbound carriageway of Fender Lane, from Reeds Lane to Hoylake Road, travelling towards Bidston.
Many of us think it’s time we do something to sort out litter in our communities and Wirral Deen Centre in Birkenhead has organised a poster design competition to help raise awareness of the issue.
The aim of the competition is to reinforce the ‘no littering’ message. Piara Miah, Outreach Co-ordinator at Wirral Deen Centre, said, “The competition is open to everyone, but we’d particularly like schools to join in.”
The idea was inspired by the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who said, “There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”
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The German flagged ship ‘Seacod’ carrying a cargo of Russian crude oil from the port of Primorsk, Leningrad Oblast, has been berthed at Tranmere Oil Terminal since yesterday (Thursday 3 March.)
The Seacod (pictured above in the Mersey on Thursday morning) left Primorsk for Essar owned Tranmere Oil Terminal on 22 February. The tanker moored at the South Berth at Tranmere Oil Terminal at 12:42pm/UTC yesterday after a delay of 24 hours while anchoring in Liverpool Bay that was not part of its schedule.
It is understood that dockworkers at Tranmere and Stanlow have refused to unload Russian oil. This echoes similar actions at Kent and in the Netherlands.
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