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Churchtown Primary School in Southport closed for circuit breaker after 10% staff test positive for Covid-19

Churchtown Primary School in Southport has closed with immediate effect after 10% of staff tested positive for Covid-19.  The school will have a 10-day circuit breaker, reopening on Tuesday 2 February.  The decision has been taken following advice from Infection Control, Public Health England and the Department for Education.  A Churchtown Primary School spokesperson said: “On Monday, we began the […]

Southport FC sees National league North suspended for two weeks

The National League North and National League South have been suspended for two weeks – but Southport FC want to see the season cancelled now. It means the games due to take place tomorrow have now been called off.  The decision was taken at a National League board meeting earlier today (Friday) after a review of feedback from clubs. Earlier […]

Storm Christophe: Sefton Council issues advice to residents after flooding

Sefton saw heavy rainfall this week across areas including Southport, Formby and Maghull this week during Storm Christophe which resulted in flooding across parks, highways and properties. A Sefton Council spokesperson said: “There may still be standing water in areas and residents are advised not to walk or drive through any floodwater. “Council officers have now moved to a recovery […]

Southport FC votes to suspend 2020/21 season – but wants it cancelled

Southport FC has voted to suspend this year’s National League North season – but would prefer to see the 2020/21 season cancelled altogether.  The National League met yesterday to discuss the future of the season, with ‘Port Director Ian Kyle raising his concerns over the safety of players, staff and volunteers if the season was allowed to continue.  The Sandgrounders […]

Legendary Southport Showman Herbert Silcock Sr has died aged 94

It is with deep sadness we announce the death of Herbert Silcock (Sr) at the age of 94.  Herbert passed away after a short illness, peacefully at home yesterday (20th January 2021) with his loving family around him. Herbert Arthur Silcock was born 9th August 1926, the second son to Edward Silcock Sr who was one of the four famous […]

Southport could lose Manchester Piccadilly rail link as consultation launched

Southport could lose its direct rail link with Manchester Piccadilly.  The move would enable rail operator Northern to improve its services on other routes.  A consultation on the proposals has now been launched, with local rail campaign group OPSTA (Ormskirk Preston and Southport Travellers Association) urging people to give their views.  An OPSTA spokesperson said: “Your direct rail service to […]

Covid-19 vaccine: Sefton NHS chiefs working ‘as fast as possible’ to reach 80 year olds

Health chiefs in Sefton say they are working “as quickly as possible to those aged over 80 years” with Covid-19 vaccines. And patients are being told not to worry if they receive an invitation to attend the mass Covid vaccination centre in St Helens and can’t get there, because vaccinations are available closer to home.  Working together with the borough’s […]

Storm Christophe: Northern rail passengers urged not to travel with delays on Merseyrail

Northern is advising customers not to travel on many of its routes in the north west of England due to increasingly poor conditions following torrential rain across the region. Routes covering north of Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria are affected by this Do Not Travel alert. A number of routes have experienced issues with flooding, and several have seen closures and […]

Southport businesses offered ‘beacon of hope’ by Supreme Court judgement

Following the announcement that around 370,000 UK-based small businesses are to receive more than £1billion in Covid ‘Business Interruption’ compensation, Fletchers Solicitors’ founder and Chairman, Rob Fletcher hopes the insurance payouts can provide shoots of recovery for the region’s retail sector.  Many hard-working businesses in Southport will celebrate a Supreme Court ruling that will force insurers to pay out on […]

Fletchers Solicitors reveals 3 top tips to avoid eye strain during lockdown

An expert from Fletchers Solicitors in Southport has revealed three essential tips to stop people from damaging their eyes during the Coronavirus lockdown.  An Operations Specialist from the firm, which has an office on Hoghton Street in Southport town centre, is offering her advice following reports that 1 in 5 people are less likely to book an eye test now […]

£9,000 Lockdown Grants open TODAY for Sefton businesses forced to close temporarily

Funding applications worth £9,000 open TODAY for businesses in Southport and across Sefton which were forced to close due to the current Covid-19 lockdown.  Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak revealed the funding for the Lockdown Grants earlier this year as part of a £4.6billon programme to support firms.  Sefton Council is administering payments, with the first due to be […]

Southport Nostalgia: William Atkinson had a huge impact which you can still see here today

Today marks the passing of one of Southport’s greatest benefactors, who still has a huge influence on our town today.  William Atkinson died on 20 January, 1883. But despite his death 137 years ago, his legacy lives on in the shape of stunning landmark buildings including The Atkinson on Lord Street, Christ Church on Lord Street, and St Peter’s Church […]

Storm Christophe Weather Warning upgraded to Amber as floods close roads and railways

Storm Christoph has brought severe flooding to roads and homes across Southport, Formby and elsewhere across Sefton today.  More heavy rainfall is forecast to continue falling overnight, with a Met Office Yellow Warning for rain having now been upgraded to a more serious Amber Warning. The warning lasts until 6am tomorrow (Thursday 21 January) when the forecast turns to scattered […]

Lord Street’s first new lights installed with 300,000 bulbs due to light up boulevard

The first of 300,000 new decorative light bulbs have now been installed on trees along the historic Lord Street boulevard in Southport  Southport BID is leading the project to replace decorative lighting along each side of the mile-long Victorian shopping street. They aim to generate pride in the area and encourage shoppers and diners to return once the Covid pandemic […]

Heavy flooding disrupts these Merseyrail and Northern rail services

Trains between Southport and Manchester are among Northern rail services which are being badly affected by heavy flooding across England today.  The firm says that rail replacement bus services are in operation on some routes, although “ these may also be impacted by the difficult conditions”. Rail is falling on already sodden ground and has flooded the tracks in many […]

Shops in Sefton urged to stock quieter fireworks to reduce distress for animals

Retailers selling fireworks across Sefton could be urged to only stock ‘quieter’ versions for public displays.  An awareness campaign could also be launched alerting people to the impact of fireworks on pets, livestock and vulnerable people while the Government may be asked to consider legislation limiting fireworks noise.  The calls will be made by Councillor Janet Grace at the full […]

Southport FC celebrate FA Trophy victory over Halifax Town

Southport FC claimed their place in the Buildbase FA Trophy fifth round after a wet and windy win over National League promotion hopefuls FC Halifax Town. The Sandgrounders came out with energy and definitely put that to good use. Without football for three-and-a-half weeks, George Newell couldn’t wait to get a goal after the New Year break to give the […]

Southport Rugby Club pays tribute to former President and Captain Dr Alan Havard

Tributes have been paid to former Southport Rugby Club player, club president and clubman, and proud Welshman, Dr Alan Havard, who died yesterday. Dr Havard was Club Captain in Southport’s Centenary year, set up the first Minis section at Waterloo Road and was President from 2002 to 2009 during which time £40,000 was raised to transform club facilities.  A Southport […]

HSBC in Formby among 82 UK branches facing closure

The HSBC branch in Formby will close later this year.  The branch, on Chapel Lane in Formby Village, is one of 82 in the UK which will shut between April and September this year as baking bosses blame more people turning to digital banking instead of on the high street.  Critics will claim HSBC is using the Covid-19 pandemic as […]

Calls to provide specialist toilet facilities in Sefton for people who have lost limbs

A Southport councillor is leading a campaign to secure specialist toilet facilities for disabled people. Councillor Sir Ron Watson wants to secure the provision of the facilities to help residents in Sefton who have either lost limbs, or who have been born with such a disability. He believes it would make life bearable and give the dignity to people that […]

Blow for Southport FC as they’re denied grant but offered loan to continue season

National League clubs including Southport FC have had their hopes dashed after being told that future funding will only be issued as loans and that grants will only be handed out in exceptional circumstances. Southport FC Director Ian Kyle and other National League club owners wrote to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden last week urging more support from the Government as […]

Flooding in Churchtown to be solved by multi-million pound United Utilities scheme

A multi-million pound project is underway to alleviate sewer flooding impacting homes in Churchtown in Southport.  Water company United Utilities will spend the next 12 months above and below ground in the Verulam Road and Merlewood Avenue area increasing the capacity of the sewer network. The work will take place along Bankfield Lane between Verulam Road and Merlewood Avenue, and […]

Hopes of a ‘great British Summer’ in Southport raised by Health Secretary

Southport businesses were given some cause for optimism tonight as Health & Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said British people could be “confident” about a “Great British Summer”.  And he raised hopes that 2021 could eventually become the year of the great staycation, saying he has planned to take his Summer holiday in Cornwall.  Earlier today, the UK closed all […]

Met Office issues Weather Warning for rain in Sefton as council warns over flooding

Heavy rain is forecast for Southport and the rest of Sefton throughout this week through Storm Christoph, with Sefton Council warning of “further disruption and flooding”.  The Met Office has issued Yellow Weather Warnings for rain in the Sefton area for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, with more serious Amber Weather Warnings issued for a large area including Greater […]

Lockdown Grants for businesses in Sefton go live this week

Sefton businesses that have been ordered to close during the current COVID-19 national lockdown will be able to apply for new Lockdown Grants this week.  Firms which are liable for business rates, may be eligible for a further support payment, with applications in Sefton due to open this Thursday (21 January 2021).  Am I eligible? The full eligibility criteria can […]

Southport FC launch new Lottery with chance to win up to £25,000

Southport Football Club has launched a new Southport FC Lottery.  Each entry wins the chance of winning up to £25,000!  Profits raised through the Lottery will be split between the Southport FC Former Players Association and Southport FC Juniors.  A Southport FC Former Players Association spokesperson said: “2020 was a tough year for everyone, but for football clubs, and societies […]

SMART Covid-19 testing sites in Sefton see opening hours extended

Sefton Council is extending the opening hours of its three SMART Covid-19 test sites to 8am to 8pm from this Wednesday (20 January 2021). SMART Coronavirus testing for people with NO symptoms is now focused on key workers and those with caring commitments. The longer opening hours will make it easier for those people to attend the walk-through sites, at […]

Southport Hesketh Round Table Santa Sleigh raises £5,000 for struggling families

Southport Hesketh Round Table would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that came out to see their Santa float in December and everyone that donated to the charity. Round Table Vice Chairman Marc Foreman estimates that they have raised over £5,000 in donations. He said: “We are very pleased and humbled with the atmosphere that the Santa […]

Covid-19 vaccine rolled out to people over 70 and clinically extremely vulnerable from today

Millions of people aged 70 and over and those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 will be invited to get their vaccinations from today (Monday 18 January) as the NHS begins roll out of the vaccines to the next 2 priority groups. The NHS has so far been working to vaccinate the first 2 priority cohorts recommended by the Joint Committee […]

Macaw in Southport finally finds new mate after 13 years looking for love

A rare bird in Southport is delighted at finding a mate of the same species for the first time after 13 years looking for love.  Leo, a colourful Macaw, has been at the Botanic Gardens Aviary in Churchtown since February last year and is a popular figure with visitors.  Thanks to volunteers at the aviary, he has now been joined […]

Southport Hospital Covid-19 death toll rises above 300 as latest figures revealed

Over 300 people have tragically died at Southport Hospital and Ormskirk Hospital since the Covid-19 pandemic began.  The traffic number was announced in the latest figures released yesterday (Friday 15 January).  The NHS said that Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust recorded one death on January 13 and one on January 14, bringing the total number of fatalities due to […]

Botanic Gardens Aviary undergoes further improvements thanks to £8,000 donations

Southport’s Botanic Gardens Aviaries in Churchtown – home to a range of exotic birds such as parrots and parakeets as well as rabbits and guinea pigs – are set to undergo further repair works this month. Last year, Sefton Council refurbished the parakeet aviary and the guinea pig area. Now further works will take place to repair and improve the […]

Small businesses now entitled to lockdown insurance payouts after Supreme Court ruling

Tens of thousands of small businesses will finally receive insurance payouts after a ruling by the Supreme Court. Judges have found in favour of business owners who were initially denied payments as a result of the first national Covid-19 lockdown in March.  The ruling could be a lifeline for thousands of business owners but is set to cost the insurance […]

Joy as Covid-19 vaccines given to half Southport Hospital NHS staff in 10 days

Half of the NHS staff at Southport Hospital have received their Covid-19 vaccinations, after just 10 days of the programme being in operation.  Over 7,000 people across Sefton have now been vaccinated too as the rollout continues.  The drive is continuing as Covid infections continue to rise sharply in Sefton with a 66% rise in infections in the last week.  […]

‘I’ve noticed a huge boost in Isla’s strength and balance thanks to the Community Link Foundation’

A two-year-old Southport girl with an extremely rare condition has been bought equipment by the Community Link Foundation charity to improve her quality of life. Isla Rose Steel has Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH) which is a genetic, metabolic disorder caused by a defect in the gene code which affects the enzyme system that breaks down the amino acid glycine, resulting in […]

Lockdown sees SMART testing for people with no Covid-19 symptoms now focused on key workers

People in Southport and across Sefton are being asked to only go to one of the three SMART testing sites in the borough if they are a key worker or have caring commitments.  Before the current national lockdown Southport Splash World, Bootle Leisure Centre and Aintree Racecourse were holding tests for anyone with no Coronavirus symptoms who wanted to get […]

Football club volunteers drive Formby residents to get Covid vaccines for free

Volunteers from a community football club are helping people in Formby to reach medical centres to get their Covid-19 vaccinations for free.  Formby Community Football Club, which launched last year, issued a rallying cry to local people saying “the comeback is always stronger than the setback.” They said: “Formby Community Football Club are offering lifts to those who can’t get […]

Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health for people facing addiction

By Boris McKey, rehab4addiction Rehab 4 Addiction was founded to assist those affected by substance misuse and their loved ones. We offer a range of services, and help signpost you to the most effective treatments. This includes alcohol rehab, drug rehab, detox services, intervention, aftercare and outpatient counselling. Our helpline advisors are committed to helping you in your quest to […]

Views sought on Southport Liveable Neighbourhood as pedestrianisation rumours denied

Local people now have more time to give their views online about Southport’s new Liveable Neighbourhood project. The scheme aims to reduce traffic and increase cycling and walking in a large part of Southport between Lord Street and Cemetery Road.  Sefton Council and the charity Sustrans say the plans do not include any pedestrianisation of Shakespeare Street as they looked […]

‘Fostering is the best thing we’ve ever done – don’t let Covid restrictions put you off’

Could 2021 be the year you become a foster carer?  Sefton Council is urging local people to think about giving a loving home to a local child who really needs it. The Coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on vulnerable children’s lives meaning that we need foster carers now more than ever. Whilst restrictions mean Sefton Council is recruiting […]

Southport Nutcracker Trail selfie winners revealed as they win Southport Gift Cards

A Southport Mum said completing this year’s Southport Nutcracker Trail was “like doing a treasure hunt” after winning this year’s photo competition by Southport BID.  The BID asked people to post their selfies of themselves with the figures on social media alongside the hashtag #southportnutcrackers with a prize awarded for one lucky winner.  Charlotte Howard won the competition with her […]

Southport Hospital and Ormskirk Hospital views sought as future planning begins

People in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are being invited to share their views and experiences of local healthcare by getting involved with Shaping Care Together, a programme of work designed to improve hospital services. Like NHS services across the country, our local hospitals face significant challenges. Some have been with us for years while the urgency of others has […]

New scheme in Southport to discourage parents from driving children to and from school

Parents and carers will be “discouraged” from driving to drop off or pick up their children from around three schools in Southport. Sefton Council is developing its ‘School Streets’ initiative as part of its drive to encourage more people of all ages to take up cycling and walking and “remove road danger” from the areas around schools.  The three sites […]

Southport Walking and Cycling Route to be extended through £790,000 scheme

The Southport Walking and Cycling Route will be extended after Sefton Council was awarded £790,000 to pursue the scheme.  The council installed pop-up cycle lanes in Southport town centre last year in the first part of the scheme.  Queens Road was closed to vehicles (except buses), parking spaces were removed from Hoghton Street to accommodate cycle lanes, a cycling ban […]

Tributes paid to Southport Bijou Cinema founder Michael Lockwood

Tributes have been paid after the sad death of Michael Lockwood, the founder of the Bijou Cinema in Southport.  His death was not Covid-related.  He was described as “the gentlest of people, with a kind heart and a great sense of humour” who succeeded in his dream and passion to open a new independent cinema in Southport town centre.  A […]

Morrisons and Sainsbury’s supermarkets enforce mask wearing for shoppers

Morrisons and Sainsbury’s supermarkets are enforcing the wearing of face masks in-store as they seek to protect customers and staff against Covid-19.  Sainsbury’s has said it will also place trained security guards at store entrances to challenge those not wearing a mask and those who were shopping in groups. The measures come at a time of rising Coronavirus cases across […]

Covid-19 cases in Sefton above 1,000 per 100,000 as hospital admissions rise

The rates of Covid-19 cases in Sefton has risen above 1,000 per 100,000 for the first time with our area now double the national average.  There were 1,018 cases per 100,000 people in the latest week 1 January to 7 January. The average area in England had 531.  There were 2,815 cases recorded in Sefton in this period, a rise […]

Southport Town Deal: 5 Marine Lake schemes that could lead town’s regeneration

The beautiful Marine Lake could be the key to Southport’s resurgence.  The area around the historic landmark has been earmarked for some spectacular new developments driven by the Southport Town Deal. This follows on from substantial new investment which has already taken place in the area over the past few years including the £6million restoration of Kings Gardens in 2014, […]

Covid-19: Sefton parents urged to keep children home as schools may prioritise places

Schools in Sefton are under pressure to cope with the numbers of children in school during the current Covid lockdown. Parents and carers in Sefton are now being urged to keep youngsters at home and away from class if possible as they are warned that schools may soon have to prioritise who is able to attend.  They are also being […]

Dickinson Parker Hill Solicitors raise £5,495 for Freshfields Animal Rescue through Charity Will Month

Local solicitor, Mike Prendergast of Dickinson Parker Hill Solicitors, has recently presented a cheque for £5,495 to Freshfields Animal Rescue following Charity Will Month last November. Each year, Mike Prendergast and his colleagues hold a Charity Will Month to support local charities and good causes and this year Freshfields was selected as one of the local charities to benefit. Since […]

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