The photo shows: Sue Long: President, Southport Meols Rotary, Pauline Morris: Lord Street in Bloom, John Woodward: General Manager Best Western Royal Clifton Hotel along with Lord Street in Bloom Volunteers.

Working Together to Make a Difference

Two community groups joined together to help make a difference to Southport – for the better.

Some months ago, an article appeared in the Champion Newspaper relating to Lord St in Bloom and their difficulty in obtaining insurance for their work along Lord Street.  Lord St in Bloom is a voluntary group working hard to make a real difference A member of Southport Meols; Kevin Long, Rotary saw the article and contacted the Champion as he felt we could help.  How? As friends of Meols Rotary the group would be covered by Rotary for the work being carried out.

Kevin was put in touch with Pauline Morris the ‘guiding light’ of Lord St in Bloom and put the proposal to her which then had to be ratified by Sefton Council before the arrangement could be formalised.

Once agreed, the group became Friends of Southport Meols and, as such, by wearing hi vis vests declaring the fact are covered by Rotary Public Liability Insurance, the story comes full circle with the provision of new hi vis vests provided by Best Western The Royal Clifton Hotel supporting local community organisations; Southport Meols Rotary and Lord St in Bloom enabling the great work undertaken by Pauline and her team in keeping Lord Street ‘blooming’, she has even acquired some new volunteers from Meols Rotary who are now hooked on gardening! 

We recently helped Lord St in Bloom to plant 5000 crocus bulbs outside the Town Hall, which along with 5000 more donated by Southport Rotary, which are outside Sainsbury’s, and a further 1000 by Sunrise Rotary will create a splash of purple along Lord Street next Spring.

The reason; 2017 is the centenary of Rotary Foundation and one of their key projects is End Polio Now; when a child is immunised their pinkie is marked by a purple stamp to indicate that they have been vaccinated.  So, as part of the activity to raise awareness and support to eradicate this disease worldwide, which is within our grasp, the Rotary Clubs of Southport are painting Lord St purple!

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