Family fun day at Crosby Lakeside

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre is inviting families along to this year’s Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 22.

The Sefton Council-run centre has lined up an exciting raft of activities to entertain all ages including free fitness classes, free water sport taster sessions, a bouncy castle, rodeo bull, BBQ, DJ and much more!

There will also be an opportunity to book a place on the beginners sailing sessions planned for the day. This will give anyone interested a chance to get out on the water and try their hand at sailing. CLAC

The fun day also falls on the same day of the fourth round of the 2018 British Jet Ski Championship which means there’ll be plenty to do and see.

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre offers a range of indoor fitness activities including a variety of classes including Les Mills classes and virtual classes.

The centre is also home to a world of water sports activities on the lake including open water swimming, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Many people don’t realise just how much is on offer at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

“This fun day is a brilliant opportunity for people to not only find out about, but also try their hand at, the range of activities that are held at the centre.

“I hope that families from across the Liverpool City Region head to the Lakeside and have a wonderful day out.”

To find out more call 0151 966 6868 or like Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre on Facebook.

Book in at the Human Library!

There is another creative line-up for July at the Human Library in Bootle.

The Human Library, at the Bootle Library building on Stanley Road, was launched a year ago to support local adults and families through the creation of a place where people ‘gift’ their talents or experience to benefit others.

Now 12 months on, the Human Library (organised by Sefton Council and funded by Arts Council England) has become a hub for the whole community with creative events that are free and where everyone is welcome.

Here is the programme of activities for this month. Look out for Living Well mentor Natasha Wilksberg delivering weekly yoga activities:

13th July (tomorrow)11am-1pm Human Library Voices Podcasting Group – tell us a Bootle Story, share your life advice with us, listen to the Podcasting Programme or suggest a subject for broadcasting. No experience of podcasting, broadcasting or digital recording equipment required!

21st July  – 11am-12.30pm Plant Party with Leanne – our florist in residence leads us on a quest to green Bootle library, creating a green oasis in one of our windows. Learn about plant care and ask your plant questions.

23rd July – 11am-1pm The Story of Bootle in 100 Objects  – join us as we continue to tell the story of Bootle one object at a time!

20th July11am-12.30pm North End Sketch Club – open to first timers or experienced sketchers, this group is all about having a scribble together! A laid-back approach to having a go at sketching with basic materials provided with artist Jayne Lawless.

Every Tuesday – 10am-11.30am Story-time tea and toast – for family story and rhyme time with toast and tea at the beginning.

Every Tuesday – 12 – 12.30am Gentle yoga with Natasha – for all ages and abilities.

You can find out more about The Human Library via its Facebook Page Twitter @HumanLibBootle and Instagram @atthelibrary2018 or for Sefton Libraries check Sefton Library Bookface.

Throughout July and August the library will be taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge for all ages but especially for children and young people, speak to the Library team for more details.

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Visits to parks on the rise as city dwellers head outdoors

Sefton’s 22-mile coast offers something for everyone

Visits to city parks and green spaces in England were up by 25 per cent in 2016 as compared to 2010, new research published by Natural England has revealed.

Natural England’s Urban Greenspaces report also found that more people are visiting the natural environment within towns and cities across England than ever before with an estimated 879 million visits to parks in towns and cities in 2015/16.

The report brings together findings from Natural England’s annual ‘Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment’ (MENE) public survey and explores how people living in urban areas engage with the natural environment and visit urban greenspaces.

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Sefton Council’s new Green Team has Sefton’s coastline, parks and green spaces as its focus

The government’s 25 Year Environment Plan aims to connect more people with the environment by creating more green infrastructure in towns and cities, helping people improve their health and wellbeing by using green spaces and encouraging children to be close to nature, with particular focus on disadvantaged areas.


Data from March 2009 to February 2016 was analysed, and showed:

  • Urban Greenspaces are increasingly utilised with an estimated 1.46 billion visits in 2015/16 compared with 1.16 billion visits in 2009/10
  • 93 per cent of the urban population claimed to have taken visits to the natural environment for recreation in the last 12 months
  • There has been a decrease in the use of cars and vans to reach urban greenspaces between 2010 and 2016 with around seven in ten visits taken on foot in 2015/16
  • Public parks, recreation grounds and other greenspaces were the most common places visited within towns and cities (47 per cent, 9 per cent and 14 per cent of all visits respectively), but people also reported visiting urban woodlands (5 per cent), rivers and canals (7 per cent)
  • For some urban residents visits to the natural environment may be the only opportunity to exercise

Principle Specialist for People and the Environment at Natural England, Rose O’Neill, said: “The MENE survey gives us a valuable insight into how people enjoy the great outdoors.

“We know that lots of us love a visit to our local park or favourite green spot and it is great to see this is on the rise. Research has shown a clear and important link between urban greenspaces and mental health which underlines the important role the natural environment can have in all of our lives.”

The MENE survey is funded by Natural England, with support from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

It was first commissioned in 2009 and has provided a wealth of evidence relating to outdoor recreation, behaviour and attitudes. With 81 per cent of England’s population reported as living in urban areas in 2015/16, this data provides a valuable insight into how people use and relate to the natural environment.

Natural England uses the research to understand how people use, enjoy and are motivated to protect the natural environment and to help monitor changes in use of the natural environment over time.

Across all seven years of the MENE survey, four in 10 urban residents (40 per cent) had taken at least one visit to the natural environment in the seven days prior to being interviewed.

It also found that some people are more likely to visit urban greenspaces, than other natural places further afield, including:

  • Those aged 16-34
  • Those in the black and minority ethnic population
  • Those who don’t have access to a car
  • People with children


Sefton’s Lost Castle set to rise again…out of cardboard

A long lost castle which took pride of place along the Sefton Coast is set to rise again – except this time the building materials are a little different.

Six extraordinary structures made of cardboard, tape and community spirit will be created across the Liverpool City Region this summer in what is a cultural first for Sefton and the combined authority.

Lost Castles will see hundreds of volunteers work with thousands of cardboard boxes to build monumental castle-inspired structures, some of which will be based on actual medieval forts or historic structures which were in the region at one time.

In Sefton, the long lost Miller’s Castle, built in the 19th Century in Bootle, will be reconstructed and put on display in North Park as part of a series of family-fun activities, coinciding with Bootle’s 150th Birthday on August 11.Millers castle

Members of the public – individuals and community groups – are being urged to get involved in the event which is set to take place from July 31 to August 9.

Anyone who signs up can help create these magical structures and then join in the fun of toppling them at the end of the weekend.

The concept is the brainchild of French artist Olivier Grossetȇte and is the first creative project to take place across the entire city region.

Olivier and members of his team will work with people across Merseyside at a number of free workshops which will take place in July and August – these are drop-in sessions and people can get involved as much or as little as they like. Find out more by clicking here.

The project has been made possible thanks to support from Arts Council England and is supported by the City Region Combined Authority, and the Global Streets Strategic Touring Programme which aims to bring the very best international outdoor art to towns and cities.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Lost Castles project across Merseyside and to see Miller’s Castle recreated will be an incredible sight.

“Not many people are aware that Bootle had its very own castle of course.

“In 1824 an enterprising businessman called William Miller was able to build a huge castle on the shoreline, aptly named Miller’s Castle. The castle was demolished in the 1860s to make room for the ever expanding Bootle docks and a nearby road, Miller’s Bridge, was named in his honour.

“Now Miller’s Castle is set to awe and impress residents and visitors once more when it is recreated in cardboard form at North Park. It will be a magical venue for a series of community events and performances.

“Once it’s all over, Miller’s Castle will be responsibly recycled, making it artwork that’s also environmentally friendly.”

For more information or to get involved in the Sefton Lost Castles project, click here.

NHS 7Tea invite

Tomorrow (Tuesday) Alzheimer’s Society Sefton is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS with an afternoon tea event!

Anyone who has dementia or cares for someone who does, is invited to come along to the Linacre Bridge Community Hub, 546 Stanley Road, Bootle, for the special occasion which is from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

An afternoon is planned for people to share their memories of the NHS  and people are encouraged to bring along photographs and memoriabilia of this time ready to pass on stories.

A spokesperson said: “We will be showing some old NHS footage and are hoping to get some additional materials from Bootle library.”

To book a place contact 01704 539967.

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England’s poorest areas are fast food hotspots

New figures from Public Health England (PHE) reveal England’s poorest areas are fast food hotspots, with five times more outlets found in these communities than in the most affluent.

The data also suggests fast food outlets – including chip shops, burger bars and pizza places – account for more than a quarter (26%) of all eateries in England.

The local environment has a major influence on our behaviours and streets crowded with fast food outlets can influence our food choices – many of these currently have no or little nutrition information in-store. Children exposed to these outlets, whether out with friends or on their way home from school, may find it more difficult to choose healthier options.

The new figures also show a variation in the number of fast food outlets across England, ranging from zero in some wards to over 100 in others.

Many local authorities across England have taken action to address their food environment and PHE is encouraging them to learn from each other. At least 40 areas have developed policies to restrict the growth of new takeaways and fast food outlets, and PHE has helped develop stronger planning guidance to support other areas in doing this.

Some have developed ‘healthier zones’ to help tackle childhood obesity by limiting the number of outlets in areas with high concentrations of fast food outlets, high levels of deprivation, or where children gather – including near schools, community centres, parks, playgrounds and other open spaces.

While not all fast food is unhealthy, it is typically higher in salt, calories and saturated fat, all of which can cause serious health problems when consumed too often and in large quantities. Children with excess weight are consuming up to 500 extra calories per day, so creating healthier environments could play an important role in tackling obesity and health inequalities.

Over a third of children in England are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school – this figure is even higher in some deprived communities. This increases their risk of being overweight or obese adults and suffering preventable diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.s300_Burger_and_chips960x640

Dr Alison Tedstone, Chief Nutritionist at Public Health England, said: “It’s not surprising some children find it difficult to resist the lure of fast food outlets when many neighbourhoods are saturated with them.

“Local authorities have the power to help shape our environment and support people in making healthier choices. They need to question whether these fast food hotspots are compatible with their work to help families and young children live healthier lives.”

Food outlets can make a contribution to our high streets. However, with the impact of obesity on local authority social care budgets estimated at £352million per year, encouraging healthier choices can make a positive difference.

As part of its work to improve the local food environment, PHE supports local authorities’ work with small businesses to provide healthier options. This can be through using less salt, sugar and saturated fat in their products, as well as offering customers small portions and promoting healthier alternatives. Some areas have healthy catering schemes to recognise and support local retailers who are making such changes.

The Department of Health and Social Care recently announced the second chapter of its childhood obesity plan including a trailblazer programme to help local authorities learn from each other. Another significant measure is a consultation on mandatory calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector, to help people make informed choices when eating out. These bold steps were announced as part of government’s ambition of halving childhood obesity by 2030.

PHE plays a significant role in achieving this ambition. It has challenged major players in the food industry to remove 20% of calories from popular foods – including chips, burgers and pizzas – by 2024. This is in addition to its challenge to industry to reduce sugar in everyday products by 20% by 2020. With a quarter of our calories coming from food consumed outside the home, restaurants including fast food outlets and takeaways are expected to play their part.

As part of its One You campaign, PHE has also helped consumers find healthier options by partnering with major high street retailers, where millions of people buy their food every day.”

*Taken from Public Health England website:


Derby Park set for action packed family fun day

The Friends of Derby Park are busy preparing for a summer music event at the Bootle-based park next month.

The annual Derby Park Music and Fun Day takes place on Sunday July 22, from 12pm till 3 m. featuring St Helen’s Brass Band (2 – 3pm) and Serendipity Barber Shop Quartet (1 – 1.30 pm) with live music throughout the day, with crafts for the children, and pony rides from Shy Lowen Pony Sanctuary.

Be sure to bring a picnic – and of course the ice cream man will be there too!

Hosted by the Friends of Derby Park, with help from Sefton Council, the annual summer fun day is a popular event in the local calendar and attracts hundreds of families each year to the beautiful park on Fernhill Road.

The event is free to attend with activities starting from 12pm.

Public invited to governing body meetings

Members of the public who’re interested in learning more about health commissioning across Sefton can attend the latest governing body meetings.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are holding their next meetings in July, with doctors, nurses and other health professionals discussing the performance of local health services, such as hospitals and community care.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG will hold its meeting on Wednesday 4 July with NHS South Sefton CCG’s meeting taking place the following day on Thursday 5 July.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG interim chair, said: “For the governing body it’s important that the public are always part of the decisions we make, this is why it’s great to see local people in attendance.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “I’d welcome members of the public who wants to know more about health services in our area to come and hear the discussions that take place.”

A local GP is returning to the NHS Southport and Formby CCG governing body for her meeting as the new clinical lead for planned care.  Formby GP Dr Emily Ball has lived in the town since 2004, after growing up in Crosby and training in Nottingham.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 July at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand:

NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 5 July at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand:

Attendees may also be able to ask questions before the meeting formally starts.   To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456

Bike lovers to get in gear for July cycle chat

Anyone with an interest in cycling is encouraged to attend the next Sefton Cycle Chat at the MeCycle Café on Station Road, Ainsdale.

The evening session, on Tuesday July 3, runs from 6pm until 8pm and is an ideal opportunity to talk about cycling issues and news around Sefton.

The latest of many regular meetings, a number of riders, enthusiasts and local groups are set to come together and debate the top topics that affect cyclists in the borough.

All local cyclists will be warmly welcomed at the July session and will be encouraged to engage with their ideas and thoughts on topical matters.

If you would like further information please email or call 0151 934 4541/4808.

SF MeCycle Autisim Venture outside (2012)

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