Southport News

Latest news from in and around Southport from several respected reporters and resources. This feed is updated from the facebook group Southportnews – Just click the link at the bottom of each story to see comments and participate.

Latest Southport News as of 20th April 2024

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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 11:00 pm
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 10:20 pm
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Photos from Your Southport's post ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 10:15 pm
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 9:55 pm

Photos from The Cupboard Southport's post ... See MoreSee Less

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I am committed to significantly revitalising our green and community spaces around Birkdale, starting with the neglected commons, like Carters Piece, between Blundell Drive and Hartley Road. While recent minor updates like the repainting of lights, a reinstated bench, and a planned bin upgrade are steps in the right direction, they are the bare necessities of what we should expect. We can and should do more to enhance our community spaces.

Our vision includes not just minor touch-ups but substantial improvements. If elected, I want to work towards adding ample seating for family and friends to enjoy the space, diverse native planting to enrich biodiversity, the planting of boundary hedges to ensure safety for both children and pets from the adjoining roads, the installation of shrouding around the unsightly substation along with CCTV to enhance public safety.

I believe that with the right consultation and effort, we can fund changes like these across Birkdale through external grants, like those from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that are dedicated to green spaces, in tandem with Ward funds.

Together, I believe these changes can transform Carters Piece into a vibrant, functional, and safe space for all residents to enjoy.

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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 8:41 pm

Does anyone have a long set of ladders. Some pigeons have got stuck in my neighbour’s netting? Chester Road. ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 8:32 pm

Residents of Wennington Road, had a visit from Councilor Greg Myers and his campaigners, who are supporting the residents of Wennington Road in their battle to Stop BT Open Reach installing Telegraph Poles with up to 24 cables crossing streets and gardens, with absolutely no prior communication other than a small notice taped to a lamp post a few days ago.
Please take notice as they are coming to your street next.
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 8:24 pm
Residents of Wennington Road, had a visit from Councilor Greg Myers and his campaigners, who are supporting the residents of Wennington Road in their battle to Stop BT Open Reach installing Telegraph Poles with up to 24 cables crossing streets and gardens, with absolutely no prior communication other than a small notice taped to a lamp post a few days ago.
Please take notice as they are coming to your street next.

# **Local Council Elections Thursday May 2nd**

**Pity that there isn't a Southport Party option**. There are Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrats in each of the seven wards in Sefton. Ie Ainsdale, Birkdale, Cambridge, Dukes, Kew, Meols, Norwood.

Southport has 7 wards with 3 seats each on Sefton Council which is 21 out of 66 total Councillors for Sefton.

Current Southport Councilllors include 9 Lib Dems, 7 Labour, 4 Conservative, 1 independent.

With labour currently having 49 seats in Sefton even without the 7 labour in Southport the Sefton Labour Party control all of Sefton.

Our opinion is that if you are voting for power change then forget it, Sefton Labour runs the whole borough. Vote for local candidates that will be an asset to the ward and, as Andrew Brown would say, **STAND UP FOR SOUTHPORT**.

Southport needs a voice at Council level.
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 8:11 pm
# **Local Council Elections Thursday May 2nd**

**Pity that there isnt a Southport Party option**. There are Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrats in each of the seven wards in Sefton. Ie Ainsdale, Birkdale, Cambridge, Dukes, Kew, Meols, Norwood.

Southport has 7 wards with 3 seats each on Sefton Council which is 21 out of 66 total Councillors for Sefton.

Current Southport Councilllors include 9 Lib Dems, 7 Labour, 4 Conservative, 1 independent.

With labour currently having 49 seats in Sefton even without the 7 labour in Southport the Sefton Labour Party control all of Sefton.

Our opinion is that if you are voting for power change then forget it, Sefton Labour runs the whole borough. Vote for local candidates that will be an asset to the ward and, as Andrew Brown would say, **STAND UP FOR SOUTHPORT**. 

Southport needs a voice at Council level.

# **[Support for Labour Councillor Sonya Kelly in Birkdale this Saturday](www.qlocal.co.uk/southport/news_list/Support_for_Labour_Councillor_Sonya_Kelly_in_Birkdale_this_S...

Thank you for a supporter sending this to us today as this was posted on X, formally twitter, and we appear to be blocked by Steve Kelly who posted this.

Sonya Kelly is very well respected in the Birkdale ward for her grass roots contributions to the ward and is up for reelection on May 2nd as a Councillor.

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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 7:59 pm
# **[Support for Labour Councillor Sonya Kelly in Birkdale this Saturday](https://www.qlocal.co.uk/southport/news_list/Support_for_Labour_Councillor_Sonya_Kelly_in_Birkdale_this_Saturday-55069473.htm)**

Thank you for a supporter sending this to us today as this was posted on X, formally twitter, and we appear to be blocked by Steve Kelly who posted this.

Sonya Kelly is very well respected in the Birkdale ward for her grass roots contributions to the ward and is up for reelection on May 2nd as a Councillor.

Reported at qlocal.co.uk/southport

We are pleased to announce that our Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PCC) for Southport will be holding drop-in sessions at Birkdale Community Hub & Library at the Station Master’s House in Birkdale every month.

The next session will be on THURSDAY 9 MAY 2024 at 6pm.

Come along if you are interested in finding out more about what we stand for, the policies that we believe are necessary to save Britain, and how we hope to change British politics for good.

We are also interested in hearing from you about what we can do to help the ordinary people of this country and of our town.

All those who come with an open mind, and willingness to discuss policy in an informed and mutually respectful way, are welcome to drop in.

Please do let us know in advance if possible, so that we can estimate numbers and allocate time.

The turnout is getting better every time we meet!

Sadly, the trustees of Birkdale Community Hub & Library no longer allow us to feature an image of the library. But here is a photo of Birkdale railway station and the Community Hub & Library is immediately to the left.
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 7:34 pm

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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 6:44 pm
Not just around Southport. Theyre appearing in lots of other UK towns

A 'bad' day for a 'Good' school...

An empty playground, no happy sounds of pupils' laughter and no school bell to bring them all back into class - such things are now a thing of the past for the former Pinfold Primary in Scarisbrick which officially closed yesterday.

As one young mum whose moved for Litherland to Scarisbrick told QLocal reporter Roger Blaxall yesterday morning: "We didn't even consider Pinfold when looking for a school for my daughter it was that small. She is now at Ormskirk CE and very happy there."

From LCC re closure proposal:

The proposal is to close Pinfold Primary School in West Lancashire, with effect from 29 March 2024, reopening as satellite provision for Kingsbury Primary School with effect from 1 April 2024.

Pupil numbers and forecasts Pinfold Primary School is a small, rural community primary school within West Lancashire.

The school has seen a reduction in the number of pupils on roll from 46 in September 2014 to four in September 2023.

Current numbers. Whilst the pupil numbers have declined in this rural area, the school's numbers have fallen to a greater extent than those in the other schools. With only one pupil currently on roll and in the process of being transferred to Kingsbury Primary School, and no significant housing planned for the area, this position is unsustainable.

Alternative provision A vitally important feature of any consultation on the possible closure of a maintained school is the availability of alternative provision for the pupils.

Consideration must be given to the types of schools available, the distances that pupils will need to travel, and the standards of provision offered by any receiving schools. Whilst pupil numbers in the area have declined over recent years, the capacity within the other two schools in the planning area would provide sufficient capacity for the Pinfold Primary School pupil.

The nearest school is St Mark’s primary school and is 1.5 miles from Pinfold with 51 pupils on roll. The school has capacity for 105. The closest non-faith school is 2.3 miles away at Ormskirk West End. This school has 93 pupils on roll but has capacity for 210 children. St Mary’s Scarisbrick has 87 pupils on roll and capacity for 105 children. This school is 2 miles from Pinfold.

Based on current and projected pupil numbers, there should be sufficient places in all cohorts of the other schools to accommodate the pupils if Pinfold Primary School was to close.

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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 5:54 pm
A bad day for a Good school...

An empty playground, no happy sounds of pupils laughter and no school bell to bring them all back into class - such things are now a thing of the past for the former Pinfold Primary in Scarisbrick which officially closed yesterday.

As one young mum whose moved for Litherland to Scarisbrick told QLocal reporter Roger Blaxall yesterday morning: We didnt even consider Pinfold when looking for a school for my daughter it was that small. She is now at Ormskirk CE and very happy there.

From LCC re closure proposal:

The proposal is to close Pinfold Primary School in West Lancashire, with effect from 29 March 2024, reopening as satellite provision for Kingsbury Primary School with effect from 1 April 2024.

Pupil numbers and forecasts Pinfold Primary School is a small, rural community primary school within West Lancashire.

The school has seen a reduction in the number of pupils on roll from 46 in September 2014 to four in September 2023.

Current numbers. Whilst the pupil numbers have declined in this rural area, the schools numbers have fallen to a greater extent than those in the other schools. With only one pupil currently on roll and in the process of being transferred to Kingsbury Primary School, and no significant housing planned for the area, this position is unsustainable.

Alternative provision A vitally important feature of any consultation on the possible closure of a maintained school is the availability of alternative provision for the pupils.

Consideration must be given to the types of schools available, the distances that pupils will need to travel, and the standards of provision offered by any receiving schools. Whilst pupil numbers in the area have declined over recent years, the capacity within the other two schools in the planning area would provide sufficient capacity for the Pinfold Primary School pupil.

The nearest school is St Mark’s primary school and is 1.5 miles from Pinfold with 51 pupils on roll. The school has capacity for 105. The closest non-faith school is 2.3 miles away at Ormskirk West End. This school has 93 pupils on roll but has capacity for 210 children. St Mary’s Scarisbrick has 87 pupils on roll and capacity for 105 children. This school is 2 miles from Pinfold.

Based on current and projected pupil numbers, there should be sufficient places in all cohorts of the other schools to accommodate the pupils if Pinfold Primary School was to close.

Lots more photos on qlocal.co.uk/ormskirk

Southport Champion of Champions 2024
Sponsored by John Hughes

A huge thank you to Andy & The Fleetwood Hesketh for producing a marvellous green to play on and their hospitality.
Thank you to all the markers & measurers.

Final Result

Alistair Adams 21 v Tim Hodge 5

Trophies presented by Colin Edge

Semi-finalists Jean Mayor & Peter Wilson

Runner-Up Tim Hodge

2024 Champion of Champions Alistair Adams
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 5:39 pm
Southport Champion of Champions 2024
Sponsored by John Hughes 

A huge thank you to Andy & The Fleetwood Hesketh for producing a marvellous green to play on and their hospitality. 
Thank you to all the markers & measurers.

Final Result

Alistair Adams  21 v Tim Hodge 5

Trophies presented by Colin Edge

Semi-finalists Jean Mayor & Peter Wilson 

Runner-Up Tim Hodge

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Mother Duck and her twelve strong brood...just enjoying the sun in Hesketh Park.🦆🦆🦆💕 ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 5:28 pm
Mother Duck and her twelve strong brood...just enjoying the sun in Hesketh Park.🦆🦆🦆💕

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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 5:21 pm
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 5:19 pm
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 5:01 pm
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Southport Champion of Champions 2024

Final

Alistair Adams v Tim Hodge
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 4:50 pm
Southport Champion of Champions 2024

Final

Alistair Adams v Tim Hodge

**Midweek Music**

The next Midweek Music concert at Christ Church on Lord St is on Wednesday, April 24th starting at 1 pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection. The concert will feature Barry Lo on French horn and Chichi Li on piano, they are both students at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Their programme will include music by Saint-Saens and Beethoven. The church café is open so please come along for good food and good music.
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 4:39 pm
**Midweek Music**

The next Midweek Music concert at Christ Church on Lord St is on Wednesday, April 24th starting at 1 pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection. The concert will feature Barry Lo on French horn and Chichi Li on piano, they are both students at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Their programme will include music by Saint-Saens and Beethoven. The church café is open so please come along for good food and good music.Image attachment

Herbert Arthur SILCOCK

With respect and memories of a great man. Funeral details were from Covid times in 2021

It is with deep sadness we announce the death of Herbert Silcock (Snr). Herbert passed away peacefully at home on 20th January 2021 with his loving family around him. Aged 94 he was a devoted husband to his late wife Jane and loving father to Herbert, Pauline and Mark, proud Grandfather to Natalie, Serena, Nicola, Taryn, Caroline, Charlotte, and Emma. Great Grandfather to Jameson, Herbie, Scarlett, Remi, Gigi and Marcus and special father-in-law to Elizabeth, Carol, & Brian. Those we love do not go away, they walk beside us every day, may God take you and keep you in His care until we can be together again. Funeral arrangements: - Wednesday 10th February at 1.30pm Address: St James' Church, Lulworth Road, Birkdale, Southport, PR8 2BD. The funeral cortege will leave from Silcock's Funland at 12.45pm. Due to the imposed restrictions within the church, the family request anyone wishing to pay their personal respects are welcome to do so at the Pier Forecourt from 12.30pm. Family flowers only - any donations in Herbert's memory are being gratefully received for Queenscourt Hospice c/o FJ Gibb's Funeral Directors.
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 4:09 pm
Herbert Arthur SILCOCK

With respect and memories of a great man. Funeral details were from Covid times in 2021

It is with deep sadness we announce the death of Herbert Silcock (Snr). Herbert passed away peacefully at home on 20th January 2021 with his loving family around him. Aged 94 he was a devoted husband to his late wife Jane and loving father to Herbert, Pauline and Mark, proud Grandfather to Natalie, Serena, Nicola, Taryn, Caroline, Charlotte, and Emma. Great Grandfather to Jameson, Herbie, Scarlett, Remi, Gigi and Marcus and special father-in-law to Elizabeth, Carol, & Brian. Those we love do not go away, they walk beside us every day, may God take you and keep you in His care until we can be together again. Funeral arrangements: - Wednesday 10th February at 1.30pm Address: St James Church, Lulworth Road, Birkdale, Southport, PR8 2BD. The funeral cortege will leave from Silcocks Funland at 12.45pm. Due to the imposed restrictions within the church, the family request anyone wishing to pay their personal respects are welcome to do so at the Pier Forecourt from 12.30pm. Family flowers only - any donations in Herberts memory are being gratefully received for Queenscourt Hospice c/o FJ Gibbs Funeral Directors.

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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 4:09 pm

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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 3:58 pm
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Southport Champion of Champions 2024

Semi-final time
Tim Hodge v Jean Mayor
Alistair Adams v Peter Wilson
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 3:56 pm
Southport Champion of Champions 2024

Semi-final time
Tim Hodge  v Jean Mayor
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A beautiful sunny day, and the GoldFinches are back, in my garden at least.

Have a great weekend everyone, if you can get into town or the local parks, make the most of the great weather.
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 3:41 pm
A beautiful sunny day, and the GoldFinches are back, in my garden at least.

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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 3:19 pm
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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 12:04 pm

Bit of early morning FPV drone hooning practice in Kings Gardens and Botanic Gardens. First time flying this amazing drone outdoors. There's a link to the full clip in the comments below… ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 11:50 am

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Saturday April 20th, 2024 - 10:47 am
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