Invite to Sefton governing body meetings

CCG-LogoAnyone interested in staying up to date with healthcare and services in Sefton is invited to attend forthcoming governing body meetings for local clinical commissioning groups (CCG).

NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public so that people can listen to the discussions and decision making processes of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that make up these forums.

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

“We want to ensure members of the public know what is going on in Sefton and can see how decisions about local health services are made. I’d encourage anyone who wants to stay up to date with our work to attend.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“Attending these public meetings is a great way to stay up to date with the work we have been undertaking in Sefton. At these meetings the governing body will discuss and agree to work on behalf of all member GP practices.”

It will be Craig’s first governing body meeting in his new substantive role of chair for NHS South Sefton CCG. He has been the acting chair for the past year and takes over the full role from Dr Andrew Mimnagh following CCG elections amongst member GP practices.

He commented:

“I am delighted to take on the role of chair and hope I can bring some continued direction to the CCG in our work to shape health services for residents in south Sefton that are fit for the future.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity on behalf of my fellow governing body colleagues to thank Dr Andrew Mimnagh for his significant commitment and work with the CCG since it was founded in 2013.”

NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Wednesday, 5 June at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand.

NHS South Sefton CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Thursday 6 June at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1 pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand.

Attendees have the chance to ask questions shortly before the meeting formally starts. To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456.



The hugely anticipated ‘L37 Fest’ is coming to Orrell Hill Woods (just off the Formby Bypass) from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2019.

L37 Fest 3Tickets have been going fast since they went on sale at the beginning of April via Ticket Quarter, with multiple Early Bird tiers selling out in a matter of minutes!

The organisers are now happy to reveal the full entertainment schedule for the very first ‘L37 Fest’ and there are some big names on the lineup. The Feeling will be headlining Saturday night along with Scouting For Girls who will officially close the event on Sunday evening with a jam-packed set - they’ll be joined by Bongo’s Bingo and S Club who are already confirmed for Friday night.

The Feeling hail from Horsham, West Sussex. Following a limited release of their first single "Fill My Little World" in late 2005, the band entered the UK Singles Chart at #7 with their first full release "Sewn" in February 2006. Their second album, Join With Us, was released on 18 February 2008 and reached the top spot on the UK Charts!

Over the course of three hugely successful Top 10 albums, Scouting For Girls has made the journey from playing pubs in Harrow to headlining Wembley Arena. They’re just three ordinary friends who followed their dream, captured a nation and sold two million records along the way! They’re ready to hit Merseyside and play some of their biggest hits ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’, ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’ and more.

There will be two music stages at the event filled with local upcoming talent as well as the household names; Xander & The Peace Pirates, Foxtrap, The Cheap Thrills, Y.O.U.N.G head up the main stage whilst RATS, Life At The Arcade, Handstand Parade and Skinner’s Lane will be on the L37 Introducing Stage amongst others.

Tickets are available now via or by calling the box office on 0344 8000 410 with early bird pricing of £22.50 for Friday night and VIP day passes going up to £50 which includes a private lounge area, premium washroom facilities, welcome drinks with a private bar and other amenities.

Nursing recruitment event

On Saturday 11th May, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will be hosting another nursing recruitment event from 11am-3pm.

This will be at Southport hospital, in the Clinical Education Centre.

Roles are available for band five registered nurses, or student nurses soon to qualify.

Teams will be on hand to answer questions about different departments and what it is like to work here. Advice will be available about career development and training. NHS Professionals will also be on hand for anyone looking for temporary roles with the nursing bank.

Interviews and advice will be available between 11-3pm on a drop-in basis. Or you can apply online beforehand via NHSjobs, and booked appointments will be confirmed.

Fiona Barnes, Deputy Director of Nursing explains:

“We are continually investing in new staff, with special focus on nurses – who play such a fundamental role in providing care to our patients. We find recruitment events this like make the job application process easier for busy nurses or students. Just pop along for an hour or so, and potentially go home with a job offer.

“We are in a much stronger position now than in recent years, with increased investment in staffing, facilities and our buildings to help us to improve our service to match increasing demands. We are keen to talk to nurses in the area about the opportunities ahead for our Trust and staff”.

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Sefton 'Pay it Forward' Event

"You don't pay love back; you pay it forward."

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Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor. The concept is old, but the phrase may have been coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the Garden of Delight.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Winston S. Churchill

The Pay it Forward Movement and Foundation was founded in the USA helping start a ripple effect of kindness acts around the world. The newly appointed president of the foundation, Charley Johnson, had an idea for encouraging kindness acts by having a Pay it Forward Bracelet that could be worn as a reminder.

Since then, over a million 'Pay it Forward' bracelets have been distributed in over 100 countries sparking acts of kindness. Few bracelets remain with their original recipients, however, as they circulate in the spirit of the reciprocal or generalized altruism.

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In the spirit of the day, Sefton CVS are asking individuals and organisations to take part in and organise events across the weekend from Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28.

Activities may include:

  • A community meal
  • Sowing a Wildflower meadow
  • Giving books away
  • Giving away planters and bulbs
  • A free music concert
  • Giving away bunches of flowers
  • Buying a coffee for a stranger
  • Free cakes in the cafe
  • Free car wash
  • Paying for someone’s parking

For lot's, more ideas have a look at this list of 45 ideas - Let’s continue with some really beautiful and selfless ways you can pay it forward. Enjoy the following pay it forward ideas!

45 ideas for pay it forward

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
Charles Dickens



L37 FEST Tickets go on sale from 7.00 pm today

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The hugely anticipated ‘L37 Fest’ is coming to Orrell Hill Woods (just off the Formby Bypass) this July from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th and tickets go on sale from Tuesday 9th April at 7 PM via

The festival has been the talk of the town since its approval by Sefton Council last week and organisers can’t contain their excitement for what they have in store.

Bongo’s Bingo and S Club are already confirmed to headline Friday night in front of 3000 festival goers! Make sure you’re prepared for big cash prizes, silly ones, awkward dance-offs, rave intervals and much more with the main man Jonny Bongo hosting it all. There’s truly nothing better than Bongo’s festival style - it’s going to be huge!

L37 Events, the parent company and organiser of ‘L37 Fest’ were happy to announce Variety: The Children’s Charity will be their charity partner with profits from Friday night’s ticket sales going straight to the charity and helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the North West.

The headline acts for Saturday and Sunday, as well as the entertainment schedule for the Main Stage and Second Stage at the festival, are yet to be revealed, with an announcement expected in the coming weeks.

Tickets will be available via or by calling the box office on 0344 8000 410 with early bird pricing starting at £18 for Friday night and VIP day passes going up to £50 which includes a private lounge area, premium washroom facilities, welcome drinks with a private bar and other amenities.