Investigation reveals bosses had enough cash to keep gym open for three more years

January 23rd, 2017 in Featured News

Major questions over the financial management of a local charity have been asked after contradictory accounts were discovered by a Southport’s Champion newspaper investigation. The report revealed that bosses at YMCA Sefton were sitting on a healthy £1million in unrestricted funds just nine months before its shock closure, according to a financial report to Companies… Read more »


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Meols Ward Councillors Advice Centre – Thursday 26th January

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Meols Ward Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and Jo Barton will be holding their next Advice Centre on Thursday 26th January. They will be available from 10.30am-11.30am at BoxTree Kitchen for Queenscourt café, Manor Road/Cambridge Road roundabout to assist residents with any local issues, problems or complaints. Alternatively, the Lib Dem councillors can be contacted… Read more »


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22 local councillors to be axed to help save Sefton Council around £1million

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Photo: Conservative leader Terry Jones Southport councillors are calling for a cut in the number of representatives on the Local Authority – with as many as 22 councillors facing the axe if approved has been mooted a number of times by both the Southport Conservative and Southport Lib Dem Groups as apart of the Southport… Read more »


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Nursing students and registered Nurse recruitment event Tuesday 24th January

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Our next nurse recruitment event is on Tuesday 24 January at the Clinical Education Centre at Southport hospital between 3.30 and 6.30pm.  All our current nursing students are invited to attend. We are offering exciting opportunities for newly qualified nurses in medicine, surgery, theatres, and accident and emergency and a rotational preceptorship programme. All existing… Read more »


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FEFA Open Evening 2017

January 23rd, 2017 in News, Sports

An open evening is being held on Feb 23rd where prospective students and their parents can meet with staff and find out more about the top class education and training on offer. The Fowler Education and Football Academy (FEFA) was launched in 2015 by former Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester City and England striker Robbie Fowler and is… Read more »


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Over 5,250 local children in need of homes

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Photo: Luise and Mark Fisher Critical shortage of foster carers in the North West – over 5,250 children in local authority care in need of homes Southport foster carers Louise and Mark Fisher are campaigning to reduce the severe shortage of foster carers in their area. In the North West there are over 5,250 children… Read more »


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Southport to remember victims of the Holocaust

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Sefton will remember victims of the Holocaust during a special memorial ceremony open to the public.This year’s service will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne and takes place on Sunday, January 29, at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport at 1.30pm. Partners including Sefton Council, the Association of Jewish Ex Service Men… Read more »


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Southport town centre bucks the national nightlife trend

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Photo: Peaky Blinders, Lord Street Southport town centre bucks the national nightlife trend  The pints are still pouring freely in Southport, say the Southport BID despite a nationwide freefall in the number of bars and pubs we see on the street. It is a fact worth raising a glass too, they say, that Southport sees… Read more »


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Residents invited to Southport jobs roadshow

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Sefton residents who want to mark the new year by getting a new job are being invited to a special employment day in Southport early next month. The Jobs Roadshow is being held at Southport Community Centre on Norwood Road in the town between 10am and 1pm on Thursday 2nd February. The event is being organised… Read more »


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Mecca Southport plays cupid with search to find local true love couple

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Ahead of Valentine’s Day Mecca Southport is playing cupid, with a search for couples who have found love in the club. The club, located at Garrick Parade, is on the hunt for couples in Southport, who have met and fallen in love whilst playing bingo, so they can receive a special treat from the team… Read more »


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Trees ripped down as gang of vandals go on the rampage

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Trees ripped down as gang of vandals go on the rampage More than a dozen youths are believed to have been involved in a wrecking spree that saw trees ripped down out along London street Southport over night. A local resident Nick Green said: “The gang was running riot down London Street last night. I really don’t understand… Read more »


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Appeal to locate missing Skelmersdale man

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Photo: Eugene Brogan Eugene Brogan aged 50 years, was last seen at his home address in Skelmersdale on the 18th of January 2017. We are concerned for his welfare and would urge anyone with information about where he is to contact us. If you think you have seen him or you know of his whereabouts, please… Read more »


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Eating burnt toast ‘increase cancer risk’

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Starchy foods should only be cooked until golden yellow to cut the risk of ingesting dangerous acrylamide, experts say Eating certain foods that have been cooked at high temperatures could be linked to cancer, according to health officials. The danger foods include chips, toast, biscuits, crackers, crisps, breakfast cereals (except for porridge), coffee, cooked pizza… Read more »


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Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood surges to Abu Dhabi victory

January 22nd, 2017 in News, Sports

Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood kept his cool on the back nine to come home in 31 and win his second European Tour title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The Englishman entered the day a shot behind overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton and turned in 36 on a day of tough scoring and gusting winds at Abu… Read more »


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Bumper half term fun at Ainsdale beach

January 22nd, 2017 in News, Whats On

A Super week of beach related fun has been planned by Sefton Council for children on Ainsdale beach. Starting on Sunday February 5, rangers from the sefton coastal team will be hold a Sea Shell Search at the Ainsdale Discovery Centre from 2-3.30pm where young and old can take part in a short walk on… Read more »


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Hard faced swim equipment thief leaves pliers behind

January 22nd, 2017 in News

Photo: Swim Academy Southport, Royal Clifton Hotel Southport Hard faced swim equipment thief leaves pliers behind A hard faced thief that has been pinching swim equipment from Swim Academy Southport since September has left his/her pliers behind. Swim Academy owner Matthew Said: “Since September equipment has been going missing in dribs and drabs. In an… Read more »


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Result | Southport 2-4 North Ferriby

January 22nd, 2017 in News, Sports

Second-bottom North Ferriby crushed Southport at the Merseyrail Community Stadium. Curtis Bateson’s second goal of the season got the visitors off to a dream start after eight minutes. The 21-year-old took the ball around goalkeeper Magnus Norman and slotted home shortly after Ryan Fallowfield struck a post as the visitors seized early control. Rory McKeown… Read more »


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Email scam warning

January 22nd, 2017 in News

These emails have not been sent by the Insolvency Service. We are aware that people are receiving emails with the subject line of Company Investigations Inquiry Notice. If you receive an email like this you should delete it. Do not click on any links contained in the message as users are forwarded to a site… Read more »


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Spinal Injuries patient gets married at Southport Hospital

January 21st, 2017 in News

Wedding bells ring as hospital helps celebrate couple’s marriage Tricia Lorenz, a patient at the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, today married partner of four years, Steve McEntee at the centre. Tricia, from Wrexham, has been a patient at the centre (based at Southport hospital) for seven months following a medical procedure in March 2016 that left her paralysed and on… Read more »


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Planned road works in the North West – Monday 23 to Sunday 29 January

January 21st, 2017 in News

Planned road works in the North West– summary for Monday 23 to Sunday 29 January 2017 The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 20 January and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is… Read more »


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The Water Whisperer, teaches a non swimmer to swim 1/2 a mile!

January 20th, 2017 in News

The Water Whisperer, Gail, Teaches Bobbie a non swimmer with challenges, to swim 1/2 a mile! Here is a lovely story about Bobbie who is a little boy I taught to swim recently who had some challenges, his progress was amazing! When Bobbie first came to me his dad told me ‘Bobbie can not focus… Read more »


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Southport v North Ferriby Saturday January 21st Kick Off 3pm

January 20th, 2017 in News, Sports

Steve Burr and Keith Briggs have had three high quality training sessions at the JMO Sports Park this week preparing for Saturday’s Southport v North Ferriby Vanarama National League fixture. It really is a big three points on offer with the Sandgrounders aiming to create a bigger gap from the drop zone. Steve Burr said… Read more »


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Ainsdale Biker Chick Goes SkyDiving

January 20th, 2017 in News

Ainsdale woman Suzi Ferdinand will take a Skydive to help raise funds towards a new Cancer Hospital at Clatterbridge because Like many others her Daddy is fighting Cancer. Here is Suzi’s story My beloved Daddy has had a really unlucky time of it in the past couple of years. He is only 62 years-old and… Read more »


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Rubbish Friends to tackle new art installation under the Pier

January 20th, 2017 in News

Rubbish Friends to tackle new art installation under the Pier.   Following recent press reports Rubbish Friends will be out this Saturday 21st January to tackle the new art installation “aka litter” under the Pier. This is the annual “under the pier” show for an area that is an on-going grot spot. Rubbish Friends were set… Read more »


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750k loan finally approved to buy Ramada hotel

January 20th, 2017 in News

A Loan of three quarters of a million pounds has finally been a approved to buy the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Southport. £750,000 has been handed to Bliss Investment Partnership to help them complete the deal to buy the promenade based hotel in a takeover from Even Southport Ltd. The money was put forward by… Read more »


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Heart & Soul Community Cafés give meal donations to those in need

January 20th, 2017 in News

Heart & Soul Community Cafés Pay it Forward Scheme has now made its first meal donations through a partnership with Southport Foodbank and Parenting 2000. Ray Moore the Project Manager at the café said “Thanks to some very kind donations since we opened in April we are now able to pass those donations on to… Read more »


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A new art installation under southport pier is causing quite the stir

January 20th, 2017 in News

A new art installation under southport pier is causing quite the stir. The piece, which consists of mounds of rubbish and litter dumped underneath the public walkway, has split the opinion of residents – with some saying it’s just a massive pile of garbage. Others suggest it is a contemporary look at a growing refuse… Read more »


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ASDA apologise after refusing to sell customer discounted items in advert blunder

January 20th, 2017 in News

The antiquesman John Nolan said he was delighted after ASDA apologised to him following a store cock up The famous Southport man was baffled when he was refused the sale of two homeware items at the Central 12 store last week – because they would not honour a discounted price advertised! John had visited the store hoping to buy… Read more »


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Police close off woodland after body discovered

January 19th, 2017 in News

A body has been found in woodland in Southport, Thursday 19 January 2017. Police and ambulance crews were called to Foul Lane around 2pm after a member of the public reported finding the body at the rear of Meols Cop Industrial Estate. The 30-year-old deceased male was discovered inside a barn on the road to… Read more »


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Southport born and bred OVH customer turns 100

January 19th, 2017 in News

Photo: Kathleen Shutt turns 100 A born-and-bred Southport woman who lived through two world wars has turned 100. Kathleen Shutt, a One Vision Housing customer, marked the milestone with a party attended by over 200 of her neighbours, friends and family. The walls in her home in Southport were covered with hundreds of birthday cards –… Read more »


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SAFE Meeting (Southport Access For Everyone) Monday 23rd January

January 19th, 2017 in News

The next meeting of the ‘Southport Access For Everyone’ forum will be held at Victoria Methodist Church, Sussex Road, Southport PR8 6DG, on Monday 23rd of January 2017 at 7.00 pm. The premises are fully accessible for wheelchair users, and with adequate car parking facilities, and light refreshments will be served before the meeting begins…. Read more »


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Man Charged after theft at Southport jewellers

January 19th, 2017 in News

Update – Thursday 19 January 2017 Man Charged after theft at Southport jewellers Merseyside Police can confirm a man has been charged following a theft at Ernest Jones jewellers in Southport on 8 January 2017. Lewis Ormesher, 23, of Marled Hey, Stockbridge Village has been charged with theft from a shop and possession of cannabis. He has been bailed to… Read more »


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‘Come and Sing’ With The Southport Bach Choir

January 19th, 2017 in News, Whats On

The Southport Bach Choir at Emmanuel Parish Church are holding a ‘Come and Sing’ event conducted by Musical Director  Marc Murray at the start of next month. Members of the public will be invited to join in to sing Rutter’s Requiem. A spokesperson for the choir said: “John Rutter’s Requiem is one of the most… Read more »


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Paper Clip Posse Graffiti On the Marine Way Bridge

January 19th, 2017 in News

Photo: The Marine Way Bridge Vandals have spray painted graffiti across Southport’s iconic Marine Way Bridge, Southport Sefton Council Rapid response team will be removing graffiti from under the bridge later today, Thursday 19 January 2017. Resident Nick Greene, 36 said: “I thought they had cameras and security around this area due to the town having limited police?”… Read more »


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Southport Care Home graded OUTSTANDING by Care Quality Commission

January 19th, 2017 in News

Rosebank Care Home, Southport, rated Outstanding by Care Quality Commission The CQC has found the quality of care provided by Rosebank Care Home, Southport, Merseyside to be outstanding following an inspection in October this year. Rosebank is a residential service which provides accommodation and personal care for a maximum of 17 people with learning and… Read more »


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Mystery sea creature at Southport – identity finally confirmed!

January 18th, 2017 in News

The Coast Guard was recently called out to what many initially  suspected to be a beached whale at Ainsdale. Some people also thought that the unidentified dead animal was a porpoise. Is it a bird…. is it a plane…. no it’s a dead whale! However, the unfortunate sea creature turned out to be a Risso’s… Read more »


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