SATURDAY 23rd MAY
SUNDAY 24th MAY
12 - 5 PM
ON THE DIPS, KING'S PARADE
Organised by NEW BRIGHTON COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP for the TENTH year, the NEW BRIGHTON CARNIVAL takes place on the Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24thMay on the first Dip, King's Parade.
There will be a Fun Fair, a Junior Soccer Tournament at the New Brighton end, Stalls and a Refreshment Marquee provided by St James with Emmanuel Church and live entertainment - Wallasey Ballet School will perform on Saturday from 12.30 - 1.30 followed by local teenage bands until 5 pm.
On Sunday from 12 until 5 pm there will be a programme of Sixties tribute bands arranged by Allan Schroeder.
A STALL AT THE CARNIVAL
£15 per day/ £25 for 2 days Bring your own table
You can set up any time after 9.30 am
Vehicles must be moved from the site by 10.30 am.
Raise some cash for yourself or your Organisation.
Telephone: 0151 639 5798
This year the Carnival Parade will have a Victorian theme and there will be prizes - a £20 Gift Token each - for the best Victorian Fancy Dress costumes. These will be presented by the Mayor of Wirral. Anyone can take part in the Parade which will set off from the Promenade gates of Vale Park at 11.20 am on Saturday 23rdMay. Come and join the fun. We hope to see you there.
Elleray Park School
Elleray Park School has been part of the community in New Brighton for many years. The school caters for children with Special Educational Needs from all over Wirral.
During the past year the school has been rated as outstanding by OFSTED. We have also gained Health Schools Status, which focused on the personal development and well-being of the children. We are now approaching our first review after successfully gaining accreditation from the National Autistic Society last year, the report that followed celebrated the excellent provision that Elleray Park offers to all its pupils.
We are lucky enough to be situated in lovely grounds at the top of the park, with trees and a grassed area. The PTFA have been working hard over the past few years to raise money to develop the area for the children, which will eventually provide a sensory garden for our children with Profound and Multiple Needs to enjoy, as well as more play equipment for our more active children. In December we were all very excited as the first phase of the development was installed; a large piece of play equipment with slides, towers and a bridge, along with a huge sand pit with its own roof.
This year will see our school expanding with the addition of two classrooms and a reception area, the increase in space will make a huge difference to our pupils, providing additional teaching and learning areas for individual and small group activities. We are looking forward to completion of the work in October this year.
WALLASEY SEA CADETS
Wallasey Sea Cadets is a uniformed youth organisation open to young people aged 12 to 18. By offering activities based on a nautical theme young people are able to obtain recognised qualifications whilst having fun. In 2009 Wallasey Sea Cadets was nominated the best Sea Cadets Unit in the North West receiving the Stephenson Trophy.
Some of Wallasey Sea Cadets achievements for 2008/9 are:
Sea Cadets, open to both girls and boys aged 12 and above, meeting every Tuesday and Friday at1900. Marine cadets open to boys aged 13 and over meeting every Monday and Friday at 1900.
Wallasey Sea Cadets headquarters is at T.S.Astute, St James School Hall, Victoria Rd, Wallasey. 01516391743
If you are interested in joining please call at our Unit HQ. On your first visit please bring a parent to sign the insurance paperwork. Adult volunteers welcome, (Enhanced CRB checks will be carried out.)
For emergency calls call '999' and follow usual instructions
Merseyside Police contact details:
For non-emergency calls: 0151 709 6010
Merseyside Police operates a centralised calls and dispatch system. Your call is not necessarily put through to the Wirral Control Room, but put through to the next available call handler in anyone of the five call centres within Merseyside Police. The details of your incident are taken. The incident is then graded according to strict guidelines and then 'sent' through to the Wirral Control Room to deploy an officer.
Your dedicated team of neighbourhood officers for New Brighton are:
I. McEwan, PC 7461
J. Cropper, CSO 0444
A. Morris, CSO 0076
I. Quinn, CSO 0497
These officers can be contacted, via email on: -
Police surgeries are held to discuss and address any police related issues, which you may be experiencing.
If you have any information about crime you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
NEW BRIGHTON COMMUNITY CENTRE
Did you know that the Community Centre is offering free online services to local residents who are searching for work or have maybe been made redundant in the present recession.
The internet is now a very useful tool for finding employment, gaining new skills and information regarding any issues or help you may face finding a new job or advancing a career
To enable local people to take advantage of new job/training opportunities in the Wirral through a job ready program that develops their job search, interview, application and CV writing skills. The program will focus manly on those not in education, employment or training (NEET).
This will include the following:
Below is one example of a local resident who through the use of the above facilities has been able to find work with Wirral Borough Council.
Case Study - Added Value- Andrew Duncan, Local Wallasey Resident
Andrew says "The Centre was a lifeline for me, it proved to be an invaluable resource and I would not have got this job without it. Each day I came in I first of all went to the One Stop Shop for advice on my benefits and to see a job centre advisor, I then went into the Computer Suite to use the free facilities to search further and email potential employers. I then had help from the very friendly member of staff and volunteers to produce my CV and business card. I also used the inexpensive but nutritious Lunch Club each day and joined the Credit Union (Community Loans Scheme). At a time when I was struggling for money I could not have found my present job without their help, support and back up."
Why not pop in and chat to our friendly staff who will be able to advise you on the services available.
Pat Hackett - Centre Manager- Telephone: 630 2626
St. James with Emmanuel: Albion Street and Seabank Road.
You will be welcomed at both churches. We have services throughout the day on Sundays. We have various organisations and groups meeting throughout the week.
Either access us through the website www.stjameswithemmanuel.co.uk or by reading the church notice boards or contacting the vicar.
We are hoping to run a Children's Holiday Club during some part of the summer holidays - publicised nearer the time
Band Festival 2009
Saturday April 18th/25th 1 - 5 pm My Generation Rock
Saturday 2ndor Monday 4th May 1 - 5 pm My Generation Rock
Saturday 9thMay 12 - 3 pm THE TALISMEN
Sunday 24thMay 12 - 5 pm Folk Festival
Sunday 31stMay 2.30 - 4.30 pm Praise in the Park
Friday 5thor 12th June 5.30 - 9 pm My Generation Rock
Sunday 7thJune 2.30 - 4.30 pm Wirral Community Wind Band
Saturday 13thJune 12.30 - 3 pm THE TALISMEN
Sunday 14thJune 2.30 - 4.30 pm Greenall's Band
Friday 19thJune 5.30 - 9 pm Midsummer Festival
Saturday 20th 1 - 5 pm My Generation Rock or
Sunday 21stJune 2.30 - 4.30 pm Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass
Friday 26thJune 5.30 - 9 pm Midsummer Festival
Saturday 27thJune 1 - 5 pm My Generation Rock
Sunday 28thJune 2.30 - 4.30 pm Ellesmere Port Silver Band
Friday 3rdJuly 5.30 - 9 pm My Generation Rock
Or Saturday 4thJuly 1 - 5 pm
5thJuly 2.30 = 4.30 pm Norman Roy Glen Miller Sound
Saturday 11thJuly 12 - 3 pm THE TALISMEN
12thJuly 2.30 - 4.30 pm St Helen'sConcert Band
19thJuly 2.30 - 4.30 -pm Maghull Wind Orchestra
26thJuly 2.30 - 4.30 pm Concert Bands
2ndAugust 2.30 - 4.30 pm Golborne Brass Band
Saturday 8thAugust 12- 3 pm Mike Chapman
9thAugust 2.30 - 4.30 pm Red Rose Concert Band
Friday 14thAugust 5.30 - 9 pm My Generation Rock
Or Saturday 15thAugust 12 - 5 pm
16thAugust 2.30 - 4.30 pm Heswall Concert Band
23rdAugust 2.30 - 4.30 pm Weaver Valley Accordion Band
30thAugust 2.30 - 4.30 pm Norman Roy Glen Miller Sound
5thSeptember 12 - 5 pm Line Dancing
6thSeptember 2.30 - 4.30 pm Massed Brass Bands
20thSeptember 12 - 5 pm Peace in the Park
Started in 1953 by ``Uncle Norman'' and ``Aunty Dorothy'' Trafford, the Children's Talent Show is now hosted by Aaron Hayes. It runs from 2.30 - 5 pm Monday to Friday for the first five weeks of the school summer holidays on Vale Park bandstand. Admission 50p. All welcome.
News from RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat Station
The warm Easter weather brought an intense rescue for one of our newly trained crew.
A man had been swept offshore of New Brighton into the shipping channel and had been seen clinging to the side of his boat. By the time our volunteer crew had reached him he had been in the water wearing just a wetsuit for 15 minutes and was suffering from the effects of hypothermia. He and his vessel were in significant danger having drifted into the River Mersey's busy shipping lane.
Darren said: ``Although this was my first 'shout' on the boat I have been training for this for some time. I had a sudden rush of adrenaline when I realised that this was going to be my first rescue but once we got out on the boat the training took over. I'm really glad I have been able to make a difference and will remember this day for the rest of my life.''
Thanks to our volunteer crews he was rescued promptly, given immediate first aid and has made a full recovery.
Always follow the RNLI's five top tips at sea:
For more information and advice on sea safety issues call 0800 328 0600, email firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.rnli.org.uk/seasafety
Richie to the rescue!
Many thanks to the Richie, the station's former mechanic and the regulars ofthe Sandridge pub who raised a fantastic £1000 for the RNLI at a recent charity night. DJ Crazy Les gave his services for free on the night and a good night was had by all.
New Brighton Community Centre
1a Hope Street
(Behind Sommerfield Supermarket)
Telephone: 630 2626
3 days a week
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
3 course meal - £3
Secret Gardens Montages
Vale Park Café played an important part in a local exhibition currently on display at the Williamson Art Gallery in Slatey Road, Birkenhead last month when café owner Rusty offered a room for the final mounting of prints.
The exhibition, 'Secret Gardens Exposed' is the work of Wallasey Amateur Photographic Society. They have put together a collection of photographic montages of Oxton village's Secret Gardens Open Day taken during May 2008.
It all started back in 2008, when Wallasey Amateur Photographic Society, (WAPS) obtained a grant from Wirral Borough Council as part of Wirral 08, part of Capital of Culture Year. Armed with their grant, the Wallasey photographers set forth to photograph and document a number of small community groups and events with the idea of putting on a retrospective exhibition at the Williamson Art Gallery this summer.
One of the events was the Secret Gardens of Oxton. The gardens themselves have been open to the public on 'Open Day' for a number of years in order to raise money for local charities. Around 5,000 people visit the Open Day each year. Many additional displays including children's activities and music recitals that take place during the day in a variety of gardens. This adds a colourful touch to the unique-ness of the event.
Documenting the gardens for the exhibition got underway when the Oxton Society met with Bob Warwick, Project Co-Ordinator for Wallasey Photographic to discuss the project details. Bob had the mammoth task of organising teams of photographers and mapping out the different gardens each team would cover. More than two dozen photographers, from novices to advanced worked throughout the day to cover the whole of the event.
Once photographed, there was more hard work to come. WAPS' sub-committee had the un-enviable task of choosing and selecting the final images. Then the montages were put together and frames made specially for the exhibition.
Once everything was ready, Vale Park Café offered a room at Vale House for the day and WAPS' assembly team sprang into action mounting and framing the prints.
Finally, following all the hard work of the various WAPS teams involved in the project, the exhibition 'Secret Gardens Exposed' was unveiled to the public on 28th March at the Williamson and runs until May 31st. You can also view the audio visual show of further selected gardens images taken during the Open Day. In keeping with the theme, you will also see a special 'garden sculptor' feature which has been set up by a local artist from oxton. It was officially opened by Councillor Pat Williams at a special Preview evening on Friday 27th March. You can see the Secret Gardens exhibition at the Williamson from Tuesday to Sunday between 10.00 till 5.00 p.m.
If you fancy visiting the Oxton Secret Gardens this year, it takes place on Sunday 10th May from 10.00-5.00 p.m. More details can be obtained from the Oxton Society at www.oxtonsociety.org.
Wallasey Amateur Photographic Society are currently working on their Wirral 08 retrospective exhibition. This takes place at the Williamson Art Gallery in July 2009.
A few words of appreciation of Vale Park from the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Adrian Jones.
Vale Park has been important to my family ever since we came to Wirral some twenty years ago. We have fond memories, and photographs, of our three children in the protected play area when they were just old enough to toddle. But doesn't time fly? Eleri, our first child, is now studying English at my old Alma Mater, Swansea University, and the two boys hope soon to follow her to university. What an expensive time that will be!
We had no idea, when we moved here, that a couple of decades later I would have the great honour of becoming the Mayor of Wirral. I was a lecturer in Wales, teaching history and political economy (and a few other subjects) before moving to Aberdeen as the North of Scotland District Secretary of the Workers' Educational Association, an educational charity. My WEA District covered Tayside, Grampian, Highland, Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides. My wife Chris and I moved to Wirral from our idyllic life in Scotland when Eleri was born because 600 miles was rather far from our families in South Wales. Now we are able to return 'home' for long weekends - and we try each year to go to Cardiff for at least one rugby international.
The opportunity to move to Wirral came when a Northern Ireland official was needed for the lecturers' trade union, NATFHE, (now UCU) and I was appointed - working from the Liverpool office and flying to Belfast a few days a week for the first few years, until I transferred to the North of England. Chris became a Ward Manager in a Wirral hospital. I retired last September (a little early at 64) or I would never have had the time properly to fulfil the Mayoral role. Chris and I are at functions two, three, or four times most days - including evenings and weekends. So although it has been an immensely satisfying year, representing the Borough at all manner of events, we look forward to the rest that will come on 11th May when I hand over the chains of office to Cllr Andy Hodson.
Vale Park is an oasis of tranquillity for so many people, throughout the seasons. Years from now we will have lovely memories of Mayoral events in the Park, raising the prestigious Green Flag, and in the bandstand enclosure - sometimes in fine weather and sometimes under brollies! I take my hat off to Rusty Keane, and her band of colleagues, who do so much to make this little park and its splendid café and community centre the absolute gems that they have become. Last year we were even able to use a photograph of the bandstand, taken on a rare day of heavy snow by Mavis Ogden for the Borough's Mayoral Christmas card. How delightful it was to have an image of Wirral that was both simple and beautiful rather than a commercial product.
We can often be seen in the park walking with our Welsh Collie and our English Springer (no discrimination there!) trying to dodge one of Rusty's mischievous little terriers, Willaby, the one who always runs off with my dogs' tennis balls! Isn't it wonderful how a couple of dogs can cause humans to make so many friends - but we don't always know their names, just which dog's humans they are!
A letter from the ROMANIAN JUGGERNAUT Appeal
Thought it was about time we issued a bit of information as to what we've been up to in Romania for the last 12 months.
Due to EU directive all orphanages are being closed down, children with relatives have to return home, those without relatives are being fostered and families are being encouraged to keep their children - with government help. However there are those who for one reason or an other, are 'dificult' to rehome. Teenagers and special needs are still in social care, but the Romanian Govt are really trying to address the problem with a modicum of success. Teens have been allocated 6 flats, where 6 youngsters in each, with a 'house mother' and 4 'minders'. this means the washing and ironing is done and there are hot meals provided and there is always someone to turn to if necessary. The Govt has made one condition to the youngsters living in these flats, they MUST attend full time education and unlike our teenagers, they actually WANT to go to college. It's a perfect opportunity to learn a trade - chef, mechanic, plumber, bricklayer etc, The girls- in typically sexist fashion, (equal opps hasn't got that far yet) learn to be machinists, waitresses and hairdressers.
We supply these flats with all manner of consumables, toiletries, soap powder and all manner of educational stationery
SPECIAL NEEDS FLATS
There are 8 Govt flats for children with special needs, although the Govt is encouraging families to keep their children, but this is easier said than done. When you live on the 9th floor of a block of flats and no lift, it's impossible to get a wheelchair down the stairs. So the child never gets out of the same 4 walls. These are the impracticalities of living in a high-rise with a special needs child. The children in the special needs flats fare slightly better as they have a house mother and minders who are there to 'entertain' the children. This ususlly means putting them in front of the t,v rather than interacting with them individually. They still don't quite get the concept of special needs children needing mental stimulation. They still have a LONG way to go but on the whole things are getting better slightly. These children in the flats have the added advantage of 2 volunteers who visit about 4 times a year. They take the children out for an ice cream, pizza or to the park- much to the disgust of many passers by, who think the children should be locked away out of sight. However the girls have been doing this for the last 4 years so the public are getting used to the idea.
The flats need soap powder, toiletries, toys, crayons and paper.
There is just one other new group we've been asked to help, that is Prieteni Noi, which translates as 'our friends', and is a small animal rescue, almost the 1st of its kind in Romania. There are HUNDREDS of stray dogs all over Romania, the usual measure of controlling this problem, is once a year to shoot them. (I can hear you all screaming from here) In fact this is the method adopted by MANY European countries not just Romania. But a concerned lady called Theodora persuaded the mayor donate a piece of land for 7 years and has rescued hundreds of dogs from a dreadful fate. The dogs must be fed, sheltered, speyed, vaccinated and re-homed. This task is like pushing water up hill with a fork. We help out with sacks of dry dog food, NOT TINS, and money for speying.
We always need dry dog food and old blankets
As usual we still support the SOUP KITCHEN, for which we need pasta, CIREASOV KINDERGARDEN - for which we need toys, crayons, paper, educational stationery and wall charts. The MOTHER AND BABY UNIT for victims of domestic violence (and unmarried mothers) always needs baby clothes and baby toys, toiletries and nappies preferably the terry type as they are re usable. The centre for the ROMA children still needs all educational stationery- this is where we sent all our wellies you so kindly donated.
If you would like to donate anything to our programme please visit us at THE NEW BRIGHTON CARNIVAL, we'll be the tent right beside the football tournament.
Other venues you can find us at are THE WIRRAL SHOW, PORT SUNLIGHT VILLAGE FETE, THE KITE FESTIVAL, AND HULME HALL CRAFT FAIRS. bring your donations along to any of these venues or take them to Vale cafe, who have kindly offered to collect for us once more.
Our HQ remains the same, unit 1b The Odyessey Centre, Corporation Road, Birkenhead, but please remember we are all VOLUNTEERS so we're not available till Saturday nights after 7p.m you are most welcome to visit us if you wish. The mobile number is 07588477291 but please TEXT me if you need to get in touch I can't answer the phone when I'm in work - (my boss objects)
Thank you and best wishes to everyone
Neptune Developments Limited will be submitting the Second Reserved Matters Application for the New Brighton Waterfront Regeneration Phase II project at the end of April. This follows on from the grant of planning permission for the First Reserved Matters Application which gained unanimous approval from Wirral Council's Planning Committee on 22ndAugust 2008. The First Reserved Matters Application comprised a New Model Boating Lake and improved public realm including a new Seafront Promenade, a Wave Overtopping Containment Wall (to safeguard the site from flooding) and improved landscaping and parking arrangements.
The Second Reserved Matters Application will include all the outstanding detail for the 14 hectare site on New Brighton's Waterfront area. It will comprise 3 buildings with associated landscaping and public realm area, as well as highways and public transport improvements. The main mixed use building will comprise a number of leisure uses including a 64-bed Travelodge, a pioneering digital Cinema by 'The Light', a number of restaurants and bars, and a Morrisons supermarket. There will be a high quality public realm area called Marine Place located between the main mixed use building and a Cresent-shaped building fronting onto the existing Marine Lake. Marine Place will provide a gathering space with attractive hard and soft landscaping. The Cresent-shaped building will border the western shore of the existing Marine Lake and comprises a number of single-storey restaurants and bars with a two storey Sailing School that overlooks the Marine Lake and Fort Perch Rock. A new purpose-built pontoons will be constructed infront of the sailing School at the north-west corner of the existing Marine Lake. People arriving at New Brighton from the west will be welcomed by a landmark Lido leisure facility. This will be framed behind the new Model Boating Lake facility that has already been approved as part of the First Reserved Matters Application. There will be a central area between the Lido and primary mixed use building that will provide approximately 750 parking spaces to cater for members of the public visiting the new tourism and leisure facility.
Development of the site is expected to start in August 2009 and works are expected to last until March 2011.
Overall it is estimated that the development will provide approximately 525 full time jobs, an additional direct expenditure of £8.9 million for New Brighton, an additional £9 million at the Merseyside conurbation level, and an additional £4.4 million at the Wirral district level.
The formal public consultations for the planning application are expected to be circulated by Wirral's planning department at the end of April 2009.
If members of the general public would like to support or comment on the application they should submit comments to:
The Planning Department
Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
Cheshire Lines Building
Or visit http://www.wirral.gov.uk/planningto inspect the planning application on-line.
HELEN HUGHES - LOCAL POET
I was born in New Brighton
in 1942, the youngest of four children. On leaving the Wallasey
Technical College at 16 years, I became secretary to the
Vice-Principal of the College before moving on to work in the Town
Clerk's Department as Secretary to the then Prosecuting
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