Sunday Snippets for week ending 7 November 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.

Wirral’s independent local news website celebrates 1st Birthday

Wirral’s independent local news website, birkenhead.news has celebrated turning one year old this month.

The very first article was published on 24 October 2020 and was a short piece about the team at Flaybrick Memorial Gardens receiving a Green Flag award for their efforts in keeping it a tidy, well maintained, safe and enjoyable place to visit.

From day one, birkenhead.news has kept Wirral residents up to date with the latest news from across the Wirral Peninsula, covering such subjects as Arts and EntertainmentCommunity NewsEnvironmentLocal Democracy, Business NewsEmergency Services, and Sport.

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Baby Stanley’s story and how respite centre at Arrowe Park Hospital helped his family

Ronald McDonald House at Arrowe Park Hospital is situated inside the hospital grounds and provides respite for families quite literally seconds from their sick child’s bed.

birkenhead.news was invited along for a tour of the building and to see what happens there by Philippa Bradbury, who is a Ronald McDonald House Junior Community Fundraiser.

Ronald McDonald House at Arrowe Park has provisions for the families of babies and young people up to 18-years-old. Some families in need of this speciality care at the hospital travel long distances to visit their children. Ronald McDonald House provides hotel-style suites for the parents so that they don’t have to travel more often than is necessary.

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Help shape the future of pharmacy services in Wirral – have your say!

Wirral Council wants to hear your views on local pharmacy services via this year’s Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, or PNA for short.

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is a detailed review of existing pharmacy provision in Wirral.

As part of the PNA, a questionnaire is seeking residents’ views on the services and location of pharmacies, and the frequency with which local people make use of them. The survey also asks Wirral residents how they normally get to their chosen pharmacy and what is their most important consideration when choosing one

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Bromborough fashion brand donates £6.5k to breast cancer charity

This October, global fashion house Oh Polly and sister companies, Bo+Tee and Neena Swim, wanted to educate their audience about the importance of checking your breasts, pecs and chest. 

They donated 10% of profits made from the sale of pink items over 8 days. The total amount that was donated yo Prevent Breast Cancer UK by the popular womenswear brands came to £6,393. 

But they didn’t want their efforts to end there. After this, Bo+Tee launched an entire activewear range by Jena Frumes in association with CoppaFeel! The brand donated a percentage of sales generated from this collection to the UK charity as well as posting several blog posts to educate their consumers. 

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The magic of pantomime – Beauty and the Beast at the Floral Pavilion

Halloween has just passed and Bonfire Night is almost upon us which means just one thing – it’s nearly panto season!

New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion is staging a sparkling, spectacular, spellbinding production of Beauty and the Beast that will guarantee fun for all the family.

birkenhead.news popped along to the Floral for a little chat with Belle, the Beast, and the rest of the cast.

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Wirral Waters Greenway project approved by Wirral Council

Plans for a major new green public realm project within the MEA Park neighbourhood of Wirral Waters have been approved by Wirral Council.

Peel L&P’s Greenway project, which forms a key part of the Wirral Waters Active Travel Action Plan, will provide a walkway and off-road cycle route along the north side of Beaufort Road and the east side of Wallasey Bridge Road, providing an attractive and sustainable boundary to the MEA Park development and improved travel corridor for those living or working at Wirral Waters and beyond. The Greenway will be separated from the road via an attractive landscaped corridor, incorporating sustainable drainage, trees and a wildflower meadow.

The Wirral Waters Active Travel Action Plan, launched in June, 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.

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Wirral’s children’s centres gain UNICEF Baby Friendly award

Wirral’s children’s centres have been awarded the prestigious Baby Friendly Award, gaining much-deserved recognition from the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) Baby Friendly Initiative.

The Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) is a global programme that aims to transform healthcare for babies and their families as part of a wider global partnership between UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). The initiative also focuses on enabling public services to better support families with all kinds of feeding methods and developing close, loving relationships, ensuring that all babies get the best possible start in life.

The award has been presented to the borough’s children’s centres.

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Details of all Remembrance services across Wirral issued

Wirral residents are being invited to come together again this year and show their appreciation for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Remembrance Sunday services will return to the borough on Sunday 14 November after the COVID-19 emergency led to local commemorations – and many others across the country – being cancelled or scaled back in 2020.

The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor George Davies, will join HM The Queen’s representative, The Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, along with representatives from the armed forces, veterans, cadets and the emergency services at The Cenotaph in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead for Wirral’s Civic Service at 10.55am. The Mayor will then move on to Thornton Hough to join their afternoon service.

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Port Sunlight Village Trust launches first Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Following hot on the heels of their recent Green Flag Accreditation, Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) has launched a new ten-year Environmental Sustainability Strategy to reduce the impact of the organisation’s activities on the environment and play its part in combatting climate change.

The new strategy has been developed by The Environment Partnership and part-funded by Museum Development North West.

Based on the UN’s Sustainability Goals, the strategy sets out PSVT’s vision for environmental sustainability and describes key actions for improvement in six areas; Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation, Business and Greening the Village.  A new working group has been formed within the organisation to lead the strategy’s implementation.  

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Wirral Transport Museum and tramway reopens

The Wirral Transport Museum and Heritage Tramway at Birkenhead recently opened for the first time since March 2020 for a trial re-opening.

Following the trial re-opening, it has since been agreed by Museum Manager, Tony Cooper and Terry Martin, Chair of the charity that runs the museum, Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society (MTPS) to re-open on a permanent basis. Wirral Council, who own the museum, have confirmed that the museum will re-open.

Museum Manager, Tony Cooper, said, “I’m so glad things went so well at the [trial] weekend and you can now return to regular weekend working”

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Birkenhead’s Start-Yard container work village set to open on Monday

A private view on Friday 29 October marked the launch of Start-Yard, a mixed-use development that sits at the heart of Birkenhead’s ambitious regeneration programme.

Attended by business leaders, council officers and elected members as well as the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Start-Yard is an exciting biosphere that provides a modern workspace solution for people in the formative stages of their business development.

A stone’s throw from the River Mersey, the complex is based in a former industrial garage building next door to the historic Birkenhead Priory and Cammell Laird shipyard.

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Hoylake Human Rights solicitor recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award

With a career stretching back 50 years, human rights solicitor Peter Edwards has been recognised by the Liverpool Law Society for the outstanding contribution he has made to lives of the most vulnerable in our society.

Peter is proud to call himself a human rights solicitor and has been all his professional life. The focus of his work for the past 50 years has been to fight for the rights of mentally ill, the learning disabled and those who lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

He is also a passionate campaigner and has trained many tens of thousands who need to appreciate that interfering with the rights of others requires an understanding of the law.

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