April 26, 2015

Petition Handed Over To Election Hopefuls

People from Southport delivered a Save Our NHS petition signed by local people to their MP candidates yesterday Saturday 25th April. The petition was handed over at 3pm at MakeItWorkshop by members of independent campaign group 38 Degrees Southport.

It calls on the MP candidates to do everything they can to protect the NHS from funding squeezes, privatisation, and the TTIP trade deal if theyre elected. The campaigners will also be challenging their MP candidates to answer questions on exactly how they will protect the NHS if theyre elected on May 7.

Paul Bradshaw, a 38 Degrees member from Southport whos helping to organise the event said: Our NHS has always been there for me and my family when weve needed it. The thought of my family being cared for by profit-making companies really scares me. Thats why Im taking the message to protect our NHS from privatization and funding freezes straight to every MP candidate standing in Southport. We invite anyone in Southport who cares about having a public NHS thats there for all of us when we need it, to come and join us at Cambridge Walks at 3pm.

David Babbs, executive director of 38 Degrees said: Were sending a clear message to our local MP candidates: youre being watched by hundreds of us, and we all want you to protect the NHS. Politicians cant sit on the fence about the NHS. If they want our votes, they need to promise to keep the NHS safe from private companies and funding freezes. We wont stand for another five years of the NHS being broken up or squeezed to breaking point. Saturdays petition delivery event is all about the people of Southport telling our next MPs exactly what we want for our NHS.

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April 26, 2015

Large staff wage increase at Woodvale’s WACA charity raises questions!

Large staff wage increase at Woodvales WACA charity raises questions!



An issue of financial concern has been brought to the notice of Sefton Council & Southport councillors concerning a considerable rise in staff costs, for just 2 workers, at the Woodvale and Ainsdale Community Association (WACA) charity in Meadow Lane, Ainsdale in Southport.


These are the WACA charity figures causing growing public concern.
Wages and salaries in 2013 was 31,478 but in 2014 it was significantly higher at 49,505.
Average number of employees was 2



Source: WACA accounts.
http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends22/0001146522_AC_20140430_E_C.pdf


Charity begins at home?
Questions have been asked about why WACA staff costs increased at such a spectacular rate (for 2 workers over just one year) in this small Ainsdale charity? Whilst currently unconfirmed, this pay rise is thought to apply to the manager and one admin at the centre.
Sefton Council are apparently funding WACA, therefore they should take this matter seriously. WACA also seems to have rebranded itself for some reason and they are using a new logo today.



Councillors are now believed to be writing to the Charity Commission for a proper reaction over this matter.
Conservative councillor, Ted Hartill, was the WACA Chairman during the time this hefty staff increase occurred.

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April 26, 2015

UKIP West Lancs Canvasses in Skelmersdale

UKIPs Parliamentary Candidate for West Lancs, Jack Sen, met up with Southport Council candidate, Alan Ferguson, at Morrison's in Ormskirk today for a most spirited day of canvassing. Although Ferguson is based in Southport he volunteered to drive his minibus, decorated in UKIP regalia, to West Lancs for the day.

Anything I can do to assist UKIP and our good friends in West Lancs I will do. It was a pleasure to help spread a message I sincerely believe in.

The candidates met up with a dozen eager volunteers from Ormskirk, Aughton, Banks and Skelmersdale, including West Lancs Chairman, Tony Green, at the Ormskirk clocktower, where they engaged market goers for the better part of two hours, before heading over to Skelmersdale, and campaigning at the Concourse.

Jack Sen said, "The reception was incredibe, and not just in Ormskirk as many might expect. The people we met in Skelmersdale, which has historically always been a Labour stronghold, were incredibly receptive to our message and efforts, citing fears that incumbent Labour MP Rosie Cooper and her Labour Party would sell Skem and Northern England out to the SNP (Scottish National Party) as reason for their enthusiasm.

Sen told Q Local that in recent weeks a large percentage of the area's Labour supporters have slowly but surely moved over to UKIP-the likelihood of a Labour SNP deal that would harm West Lancs interests, as motivation for the switch.

The fear that Lancs will see community funding drop substantially, as a possible Labour Scottish Nationalist coalition would in fact send billions north of the border as part of their dirty coalition deal, is something that is on everyones mind. Its apparently enough of a concern that many historically Labour voters are rethinking their allegiance. As I told people this afternoon. This is not our parents' Labour Party. Miliband and co detest the English working person as much as Sturgeon and Alex Salmond do.

And the message was certainly well received.

Jacks wife Natalie, told reporters how Concourse customers were beeping their horns, reaching out their car windows to grab leaflets and more supportive than she had ever seen.

I was shocked at how many people shouted over that they were voting UKIP. It was a brilliant day for all of us.

After concluding their efforts at the Concourse, the group took the UKIP van up to the local ASDA where they leafleted more cars, and met with more shoppers.

We walked around the parking lot for a good hour, stopping to meet people and leaflet cars. People were a little surprised to see a parliamentary candidate sticking leaflets onto windscreens, dressed in a t-shirt and trainers. Theyve obviously never seen me digging ditches on my wifes family farm and are sadly too accustomed to career polticians too prissy to get their hands dirty. Still, it was brilliant to see how enthusiastic people were. Knowing that if enough Labour voters jump ship, we have a genuine chance to win has only served to increase my resolve to reach as many people as possible in the run up to the election.

A recent poll does in fact show that UKIP are soaring, with figures reaching the 20% mark for the first time in West Lancs history. Nigel Farage recently opined that UKIP are making the Tories irrelevant in the North and are the only proper threat to Labour's stranglehold on the region.

The fact that the good people of Skem are reconsidering their allegiance to the Labour Party, and choosing UKIP, tells me that people are fed up with being betrayed by the establishment. One need only look at the state of disrepair of my family's hometowns of Skem and Ormskirk to know we've been conned. If recognising Lib/Lab/Con failures means they'll give me a chance, I'm well chuffed, and I certainly wont let them down. I'm looking forward to sending the criminals in Westminster a message we've had enough on May 7th."

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April 26, 2015

UKIP West Lancs Canvasses in Skelmersdale

UKIPs Parliamentary Candidate for West Lancs, Jack Sen, met up with Southport Council candidate, Alan Ferguson, at Morrison's in Ormskirk today for a most spirited day of canvassing. Although Ferguson is based in Southport he volunteered to drive his minibus, decorated in UKIP regalia, to West Lancs for the day.

Anything I can do to assist UKIP and our good friends in West Lancs I will do. It was a pleasure to help spread a message I sincerely believe in.

The candidates met up with a dozen eager volunteers from Ormskirk, Aughton, Banks and Skelmersdale, including West Lancs Chairman, Tony Green, at the Ormskirk clocktower, where they engaged market goers for the better part of two hours, before heading over to Skelmersdale, and campaigning at the Concourse.

Jack Sen said, "The reception was incredibe, and not just in Ormskirk as many might expect. The people we met in Skelmersdale, which has historically always been a Labour stronghold, were incredibly receptive to our message and efforts, citing fears that incumbent Labour MP Rosie Cooper and her Labour Party would sell Skem and Northern England out to the SNP (Scottish National Party) as reason for their enthusiasm.

Sen told Q Local that in recent weeks a large percentage of the area's Labour supporters have slowly but surely moved over to UKIP-the likelihood of a Labour SNP deal that would harm West Lancs interests, as motivation for the switch.

The fear that Lancs will see community funding drop substantially, as a possible Labour Scottish Nationalist coalition would in fact send billions north of the border as part of their dirty coalition deal, is something that is on everyones mind. Its apparently enough of a concern that many historically Labour voters are rethinking their allegiance. As I told people this afternoon. This is not our parents' Labour Party. Miliband and co detest the English working person as much as Sturgeon and Alex Salmond do.

And the message was certainly well received.

Jacks wife Natalie, told reporters how Concourse customers were beeping their horns, reaching out their car windows to grab leaflets and more supportive than she had ever seen.

I was shocked at how many people shouted over that they were voting UKIP. It was a brilliant day for all of us.

After concluding their efforts at the Concourse, the group took the UKIP van up to the local ASDA where they leafleted more cars, and met with more shoppers.

We walked around the parking lot for a good hour, stopping to meet people and leaflet cars. People were a little surprised to see a parliamentary candidate sticking leaflets onto windscreens, dressed in a t-shirt and trainers. Theyve obviously never seen me digging ditches on my wifes family farm and are sadly too accustomed to career polticians too prissy to get their hands dirty. Still, it was brilliant to see how enthusiastic people were. Knowing that if enough Labour voters jump ship, we have a genuine chance to win has only served to increase my resolve to reach as many people as possible in the run up to the election.

A recent poll does in fact show that UKIP are soaring, with figures reaching the 20% mark for the first time in West Lancs history. Nigel Farage recently opined that UKIP are making the Tories irrelevant in the North and are the only proper threat to Labour's stranglehold on the region.

The fact that the good people of Skem are reconsidering their allegiance to the Labour Party, and choosing UKIP, tells me that people are fed up with being betrayed by the establishment. One need only look at the state of disrepair of my family's hometowns of Skem and Ormskirk to know we've been conned. If recognising Lib/Lab/Con failures means they'll give me a chance, I'm well chuffed, and I certainly wont let them down. I'm looking forward to sending the criminals in Westminster a message we've had enough on May 7th."

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April 25, 2015

Welling 0 Southport 1-Updated With Pics

Southport guaranteed their conference survival with a 1-0 win at Welling today.Alfreton lost 7-0 at Bristol so Southport's result was academic.




Welling United
01 Henly
08 Vose
15 Berry (Healy - 82' )
06 Bush
20 Corne
10 St Aimie
14 Jefford
04 Gallagher (Fagan - 60' )
23 Williams
11 Lafayette (Penny - 71' )
32 Chambers

Substitutes
05 Fagan
09 Penny
21 McEntegart
25 Taylor
33 Healy

Southport
01 Thompson
02 Challoner Booked
06 Foster
11 Davies
24 Beesley (McCarthy - 7' )
15 Connor
16 Rutherford (Marsden - 86' )
14 Joyce
10 Brodie Booked (Donnelly - 85' )
26 Hewitt
17 Almond

Substitutes
07 Evans
18 Marsden
23 Donnelly
25 Usai
27 McCarthy
Ref: Adam Bromley
Att: 1,015

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April 25, 2015

Welling 0 Southport 1

Southport guaranteed their conference survival with a 1-0 win at Welling today.Alfreton lost 7-0 at Bristol so Southport's result was academic.



Welling United
01 Henly
08 Vose
15 Berry (Healy - 82' )
06 Bush
20 Corne
10 St Aimie
14 Jefford
04 Gallagher (Fagan - 60' )
23 Williams
11 Lafayette (Penny - 71' )
32 Chambers

Substitutes
05 Fagan
09 Penny
21 McEntegart
25 Taylor
33 Healy

Southport
01 Thompson
02 Challoner Booked
06 Foster
11 Davies
24 Beesley (McCarthy - 7' )
15 Connor
16 Rutherford (Marsden - 86' )
14 Joyce
10 Brodie Booked (Donnelly - 85' )
26 Hewitt
17 Almond

Substitutes
07 Evans
18 Marsden
23 Donnelly
25 Usai
27 McCarthy
Ref: Adam Bromley
Att: 1,015

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April 25, 2015

Bothy Folk Club Southport Is 50 Years Old – Video

The Bothy Folk Club in Southport celebrated its 50th birthday today and there was a free concert in the Wayfarers Arcade on Lord Street to mark the occasion.

Pictured are the Southport Strings.















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April 25, 2015

Birkdale Village St Georges Day Celebratons

The traders in Birkdale Village held their annual St Georges Day celebrations today.Unfortunately the weather put a damper on proceedings.

The prospective parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party in Southport Damien Moore was a visitor showing his support for Queenscourt Hospice.

Some Pictures from the event.















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