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Dogs and Public Space Protection Order

Consultation on introducing a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) across the whole of the borough has started and lasts until April 11

As part of Sefton Council’s commitment to promote responsible dog ownership, we are consulting on introducing new dog control measures.

Consultation on introducing a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) across the whole of the borough started on February 6 and will last until April 11.

A Public Space Protection Order is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPOs can be used to protect the public from behaviour that is having or is likely to have a harmful effect on the quality of life of those in an area.

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Ensure you’re registered to vote in the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Elections

On Thursday, 4 May 2017, all residents over the age of 18 years residing in the Liverpool City Region will be entitled to vote for the first ever Liverpool City Region Mayor.

If you are already registered to vote, you will receive your poll card by 3 April 2017.

If you’re not already registered to vote, ensure you register and make your vote count to influence the issues that affect you and the area where you live.

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Golfers raise more than £16,000 for hospital children’s unit

Members of Hurlston Hall Golf Club have celebrated raising £16,400 for the Children's Unit at Ormskirk and District Hospital over the past 12 months.

Hurleston Hall Raise money for local hospital

Picture from left to right: Linda Connolly, Alison Wood, Will Oldfield and Tina Hill.

Will Oldfield, the 2016 Club Captain 2016, said:

“It’s a terrific result and I am bursting with pride at the generosity of the club membership.”

The key fundraising activity was held when the club arranged a Longest Day Challenge with 23 golfers playing 72 holes in a day at Hurlston Hall, starting at 4.30am and finishing just before 10pm.

Members and friends supported the event during the day providing refreshments, marshalling and moral support.

Other fundraising activities included a novel “virtual nearest the pin” competition on the 7th hole at Pebble Beach during the Captain's Away Day in July.

Linda Connolly, Assistant Matron for Paediatrics and Neonates, and Tina Hill, Paediatric Practice Development Nurse, received a cheque on behalf of the hospital at a presentation evening from the club captains, Alison Wood and Will Oldfield.

Linda said:

“We were honoured to be chosen as the club’s charity for 2016. Members have worked hard at raising an amazing sum of money and we would like to express our greatest appreciation to everyone. Their fundraising and generosity will be put to good use to benefit the patients who attend the unit.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494
Email tonyellis@nhs.net
Web www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter @SONHSTrust


NHS Southport & Formby CCG announces next public meeting

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced the dates of their next governing body meeting and are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along.

NHS Liverpool Region CCG ProposalThe CCG holds their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair said:

“The governing body is a formal meeting and it’s a way for people to find out more about what we’re doing. They can also ask us any questions ahead of the meeting getting underway.

The meetings are also a chance for residents to meet some of the doctors and other professionals that make up the governing body and to listen in on the discussions taking place.”

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 29 March at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at 1pm.

Papers will be made available here beforehand: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body/governing-body-meetings

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.


Formby Beer Festival

Award-winning beers from award-winning breweries across the UK and overseas will be available at The Lifeboat in Formby during a 12-day beer festival.

Lifeboat Inn Beer festival from 22 March 2017
The pub in Three Tuns Lane will be serving a range of beers from Italy, Brazil, Holland and the USA, as well as the UK, during the festival which runs from Wednesday 22 March until Sunday 2 April inclusive.

All beers will be priced at £2.39 a pint.

The overseas beers are;

Back Garden (Bagby Brewing, USA), Mild the Gap (Birrificio MC-77, Italy), Flink (Brouwerij 'T IJ, Holland), Burton Pale Ale (Bodebrown Brewery, Brazil) and Continental IPA (St Louis Brewery, USA).

Each of the overseas brewers has won awards for its beer in its respective country.

The UK beers include; Salopian Lemon Dream (named The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National Champion Speciality Beer in 2012), Mauldons Blackberry Porter (winner of SIBA East's Champion Speciality Beer in 2016), Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted (voted Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Champion Beer of Britain 2003) and Acorn Darkness (winner of a bronze medal at the 2016 CAMRA Great British Beer Festival).

Several unusual flavours will be present in some of the beers, including blackberries, coffee, lemon and lemongrass.

Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.

Pub manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe said: "We are promising our customers a superb range of award-winning ales, including some great beers from overseas and many others from brewers across the UK.

"The festival will be the perfect way for real ale enthusiasts to enjoy a range of excellent beers over 12 days."

Tasting notes on all of the beers will be available in the pub.


Lifeboat Road Drop-In Event

Local people and coastal users are invited to come along and find out more about the potential transfer of land at Formby Point to the National Trust at a special drop-in event on Saturday 18 March at the Lifeboat Road car park from 11am to 3pm.

Formby Point land acquisition by NT

Staff and volunteers from the National Trust and Sefton Council will be on hand to talk to residents and users of the coast at Formby and to answer any questions. Children can get hands-on with free activities and coffee, and ice creams will be available for purchase

The event follows the announcement last week that positive discussions have taken place between the National Trust and Sefton Council over the potential transfer of 204 acres of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols. If agreed, this would mean that the dunes and pine forests would become part of the National Trust’s portfolio. 2017 marks 50 years of the National Trust caring for land at Formby and is also Sefton’s Year of the Coast. The area is of vital importance for its mobile dune habitat and is home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles, Natterjack toads and red squirrels. It is also much loved and used by residents and visitors.

Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust in Central and South Lancashire, said:

"We are excited about the opportunity this transfer would offer to improve visitor facilities and access along the coast, working together with local people to shape plans. We’ve already been talking to people over the past year about what they would like to see improved. So far, we know that they would like more toilets, to buy a cup of coffee and to continue to visit this special place. Our aim is to ensure that this amazing stretch of coast will be protected and can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations. We hope you will come and talk to us, ask any questions you may have and tell us what you would like to see happen at Formby Point.”

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, added:

“Positive discussions have taken place with National Trust with the view of transferring land to them to develop further and secure the future of this fantastic coastline.

We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities and the many visitors to our borough. The drop in session is a perfect opportunity for people to find out more about this exciting development so please come along and feel free to ask any questions. We want to hear peoples’ views to help develop this site for future generations.”

Residents can also discover what makes this stretch of coast, so special on a series of Spring walks and talks throughout April and May. These will provide a chance to explore the local wildlife, including learning more about its rare squirrel and toad residents. For more information, please visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/news/the-future-care-of-formby-point

Any objections or representations to the proposed disposal must be made in writing and addressed to Mr David Street, Assets and Property Manager, Sefton Council, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, no later than March 22, 2017.


Frank and Kate share hospital wedding day with Songs of Praise

Southport hospital marked its second marriage ceremony of the year when a Formby couple wed on Ward 15A – with TV presenter Aled Jones as their special guest.

Wedding Couple kiss after marriage in Hospital to feature on Songs of PraiseFrank Heath, 72, and Kate Hart, 69, had planned a small wedding in the ward day room but it quickly became a TV event when they agreed to let the BBC’s Songs of Praise film their special day.

A team from the long-running religious television programme was following the work of the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust chaplain, the Rev Martin Abrams, when he was asked to conduct the wedding service.

Staff joined family, friends and Aled Jones to watch the happy couple take their vows in a ceremony made possible at short notice by Sefton registrars at Southport Register Office.

Among the guests was John Smits, from Hull, who served in the Army with Frank in Aden (the former British colony now part of Yemen) in the mid-Sixties. John tracked him down through the Aden Veterans’ Association and it was the first time they had met since their Army days 49 years ago.

The wedding was the second to be held at the hospital this year. In January, a patient at the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre married her partner in a civil ceremony.

The Rev Martin Abrams said:

“The service was a wonderful, happy day for everyone concerned. It may have been our second wedding this year but is very unusual for patients to marry while they’re in hospital. It was just luck that Songs of Praise happened to be here last week.

“I want to thank Kate and Frank for allowing us to share their wedding day as well as staff from across the Trust who pulled out the stops to make it so very special for them. They are truly a lovely and remarkable couple.”

Writing on Twitter, Aled Jones added:

“Had the most incredible humbling day @SONHStrust – wonderful staff and patients and an honour to spend time with Kate and Frank – xx.”

Flowers for the wedding were provided at no cost by June the Florist of Birkdale.

The episode of Songs of Praise featuring Kate, Frank, staff talking about their faith and the work of the chaplain is due to air on BBC1 on Sunday.

Issued by Kimberley Rushton, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 705061
Email kimberley.rushton@nhs.net
Web www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter @SONHSTrust


Local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups Planning Merger

Working together – Sefton and Liverpool CCGs

NHS Liverpool Region CCG ProposalDuring March the governing bodies of NHS South Sefton, NHS Southport and Formby and NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) are expected to agree on steps to come together through a formal merger from 1 April 2018.

It follows a series of discussions between the governing bodies beginning in November 2016 exploring the benefits of becoming a single commissioning entity for Sefton and Liverpool. A resulting proposal setting out the steps towards a merger will be presented at the three CCG governing body meetings during March.

The governing bodies believe a merger is the best way to strengthen local commissioning and improve outcomes for our different populations. They feel they will be able to better maximise of the resources and assets available to them by consolidating clinical leadership and working more efficiently during this financially challenging time for the NHS.

Already their transformational programmes - Shaping Sefton and Healthy Liverpool - are coming together through the North Mersey Local Delivery System, and a merger will unite this work.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“Together we believe we will be able to do more to improve the health of our populations, by maximising our collective resources and assets to strengthen our work as commissioners during this challenging time for the NHS.

Dr Andrew Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“Importantly, this single commissioning organisation will only be effective if it retains the local focus and progress made by each CCG since we were established in 2013, continuing to work closely with our member GP practices, council partners, wider communities and distinct populations.

Dr Nadim Fazlani, chair of NHS Liverpool CCG, said:

“By retaining the local talent, skills, experience and focus of the existing organisations, our patients will benefit from a stronger CCG, capable of meeting the challenges we’re facing in the NHS, to ensure we continue to commission high-quality healthcare into the future.”  

NHS England and the CCGs’ member GP practices will need to formally approve a merger, and talks with these parties will begin in April 2017.

For further information please contact Laura Gibson, communications and engagement officer on 0151 247 7060 laura.gibson@southseftonccg.nhs.uk


Sefton Council in Discussions With National Trust Over Land Transfer at Formby Point

Listen to Sefton Council and the National Trust speakers as they explain the proposed transfer of land around Formby Point.

Sefton Council has just released this short video featuring Councillor Paul Cummins of Sefton Council and Rebecca Burton of the National Trust.

They explain what the proposal is about and the sort of benefits they hope to achieve.


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