Sunday Snippets for week ending 8 August 2021

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Locally rare wildflower flourishes at Wirral Country Park

A rare wildflower is thriving at Wirral Country Park following ongoing conservation work to look after, manage and protect the grasslands.

Wirral Country Park’s meadow conservation projects have been running for a number of years with the aim of increasing wildflowers and improving habitats for local wildlife.

This summer, a locally rare species, Dyer’s Greenweed, has flourished at the meadows at Wirral Country Park. These meadows form part of the nationally protected Dee Cliffs Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

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Wirral Waters celebrates topping out at new Hythe business hub

Hythe, Peel L&P’s Grade A business hub at Wirral Waters, has reached a special milestone in its construction.

Guests including Wirral Council, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and Merseyside Pension Fund were invited to celebrate the ‘topping out’ of what will be the first speculative office development in Birkenhead for over a decade.

The ceremony, which took place today, Monday 2 August, marks reaching the highest point in the construction of the ‘next generation’ office building, part of the Four Bridges neighbourhood at Wirral Waters, which now stands at 15.3m.

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Merseyrail launches ecoATM phone recycling kiosks across network

Merseyrail has teamed up with tech company ecoATM to give passengers the opportunity to turn in their used smartphones in return for a fast payment.

Kiosks have been installed at Southport, Ormskirk, Liverpool Central, Liverpool Lime Street Lower Level and Moorfields stations, providing a convenient and environmentally responsible way for customers to dispose of their old phones. There are also future plans to roll out more kiosks across the network.

Around 50 million tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste) are produced around the world every year, but just 20 per cent of this is formally recycled. As one of the leaders in electronic waste reduction, ecoATM has helped to divert over 28 million devices from landfill and recycled 6.9 million lbs of e-waste over the last ten years.

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Dig in to Stick ‘n’ Step’s gardening competition

Cerebral palsy charity Stick ‘n’ Step is promoting the joy of gardening by encouraging people to take part in its very own virtual gardening competition for the second year running.

Sponsored by B& M Waste, the charity’s ‘Let us Bloom’ campaign has three categories:

  1. Children aged 14 and under – this could be a pot, a window box, bedding area or other imaginative creation
  2. Pot/ hanging basket/ unique planting container
  3. Alternative Garden, for those who do not have a garden and are making their balcony, yard, outside area or alternative space beautiful

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Little litter picker helps keep Moreton spick and span

Moreton’s youngest litter picker is doing her bit to help keep the streets of Moreton neat and tidy and litter-free (with a little help from mum!)

Four-year-old Esme and her mum Sabrina venture out several times a week collecting litter. They pick about two bin bag’s worth each time they go on a litter picking expedition around the town.

Sabrina said, “Esme started collecting litter from a very young age and from the age of one she’d always put her litter in the bin. Obviously, I encouraged her to do it!

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Birkenhead Priory to reopen this weekend

This weekend, Saturday 7 August, Birkenhead Priory officially reopened to visitors to enjoy exploring the grounds.

Guided tours of the area will be available, and visitors can return to The Western Range, Great Hall, Cloisters, Chapter House, Undercroft and grounds. Unfortunately, for the time being, the Refectory and HMS Conway Museum will remain closed due to ongoing ventilation works.

Visitors can also now climb the 101 steps to the top of St Mary’s tower for spectacular views of the borough and Liverpool’s waterfront. Booking is essential to visit the tower and can be arranged on-site, where you will be given a timed slot.

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Preseason interview: Micky Mellon speaks to

As if we needed reminding, Micky Mellon is back in the driving seat at Prenton Park.

Micky’s managerial career started in 2008 at Fleetwood, with him being appointed in a full-time capacity in 2009. He secured promotion to the Conference, which was the highest position in the club’s history since its re-establishment in 1997.

Following a stint at Barnsley between 2021 and 2014, Micky was appointed manager at Shrewsbury Town in 2014, where he signed 16 new players during the closed season (sound familiar?)

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Rare Beatles set list from Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey, comes up for auction

On October 28, Bonhams sale of Music Memorabilia will offer two extraordinary rarities from The Beatles’ earliest years, handwritten set lists from live performances held in 1960 at Wallasey and in 1963 at Luton.

Both set lists were written by Sir Paul McCartney when he was only 17 and 20 years old. These are two of just eight Beatles set lists in existence that are handwritten by a member of the band. Each is estimated at $150,000 – 250,000.

The Important Handwritten Set List by Paul McCartney, 1960 is from a run of shows at The Grosvenor Ballroom in Liscard, just across the Mersey from the band’s hometown of Liverpool, during the Spring of 1960.

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Oval leisure centre to reopen gym facilities next week, followed by reopening of pool by end of month

Fitness enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the gym at the Oval again as it reopens from next week.

On Monday 9 August, gym facilities can be accessed at The Oval Leisure Centre. Gym opening times are:

  • Monday to Thursday, 7.30am to 8.30pm
  • Friday, 7.30am to 2.30pm

Works are ongoing to reopen the pool and should be available for swimmers by the end of the month. Further updates will be provided to confirm the date for reopening.

Outdoor facilities, including football pitches, tennis courts and outdoor exercise classes, continue to be available at the site.

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Oxton’s latest Blue Plaque unveiled: Captain George Edward Schultz

It was under a cloudy sky that a small crowd gathered on Saturday 7 August in Oxton to witness the unveiling of a Blue Plaque in honour of WWI soldier, Captain George Edward Schultz.

Unfortunately, right on cue, as the speeches were about to begin, the heavens opened. But, the spirits of those gathered were not dampened and a temporary marquee gave the speakers a little shelter from the downpour.

Amongst the crowd, including the current owners of the house, Dominic and Sarah Richmond and their family, were many local people, including Cllr Alan Brame, Bob Knowles of The Oxton Society History group, Jeff Willis of the Oxton Society, Major Paul Hands and Captain Rob Barr MBE from 234 (Wirral) Squadron RLC, Chetwynd Barracks, and the grandson of Captain Schultz, Mr. John Shultz.

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Positive start to season for Tranmere

Tranmere hosted Walsall on Saturday 7 August for a 3pm kick-off, in their first fixture of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

This was the first competitive game back in charge of the club for Micky Mellon, who returned to Prenton Park earlier this summer.

A number of summer signings made their competitive debuts for the club, having featured in the club’s pre-season games.

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