April 24, 2014

£1,906 Raised For Derian House Hospice

This is just some of the knitters that have knitted an Amazing amount of 1,906 knitted Easter chickens. They give up there time to raise money for this worthy cause.

The 1,906 raised has been donated to Derian House Children's Hospice.

ASDA Southport has supported them by donating wool and chocolate eggs.
We have also sold 244 chickens for them in store.

Picture from left to right.

Pat Benbow, Evelyn Sutton, Dot Ackers, Lilias Wignall, Sharon Gregory-Wareing, Martin Harvey, Sylvia Harvey and Maureen Blackwell

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April 24, 2014

Southport Mans VC grave included in restoration project

Merseyside Victoria Cross graves included in restoration project

The graves of nine First World War heroes from Merseyside are to be included in a project which aims to restore the final resting places of Victoria Cross recipients to their former glory.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today announced 100,000 towards the restoration of the UK graves in need of repair. Headstones will be cleaned or replaced so that the graves of those who received the highest military award for valour is a truly fitting tribute to their sacrifice.

Nine people from Merseyside received the Victoria Cross between 1914 and 1918. They were:

The South Lancashire Regiment
St Peter & St Paul Churchyard, Crosby

The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (S Lancashire Regt)
Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool

Q Ship HMS Pargust
Charing Cemetery

Royal Field Artillery
Putney Vale Crematorium (headstone)

Royal Field Artillery
Grange Cemetery, West Kirby

The Lincolnshire Regiment
Park Cemetery, Lytham-St-Annes

The Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians)
14 and 20 Oct
Holy Trinity Churchyard, Hoylake

The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (S Lancashire Regt)
St Helens Borough Cemetery

Army Service Corps
St Cuthberts Churchyard, Southport

The new funding will give a significant boost to funds already being raised by the Victoria Cross Trust a charitable organisation that works to ensure the graves of every Victoria Cross recipient are maintained.

While some graves only require minor work, others have fallen into disrepair - headstones have become illegible; stones have crumbled away leaving them unstable; and some are in danger of collapse. As a result many people are unaware that a Victoria Cross recipient is buried in their community.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:

An entire generation of men fought for Britains freedom in the First World War and all fought valiantly. But for hundreds of those men their bravery was of such an exceptional nature they were bestowed with the highest military award, the Victoria Cross.

As these men were honoured then for their extreme bravery on the battlefields, they should be honoured still. That is why I am privileged to offer more than 100,000 towards this project to ensure that their final resting places are venerated memorials where communities can pay their respects and learn about their local heroes.

This will make sure the graves of our Victoria Cross heroes become places to reflect on their selfless service to the nation. Alongside the creation of commemorative paving stones we will create a fitting tribute to honour these heroes.

The government is leading on commemorations to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Last year the Communities Secretary announced a national campaign of commemorative paving stones to be laid in the place of birth of First World War Victoria Cross winners across the country so that communities will have a permanent memorial of their local heroes.

The design of the stone was decided by a national competition and the winning entry was unveiled by the Secretary of State and the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross, Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry, in November 2013.

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April 24, 2014

RIP Brian Reeves Former Southport Goalkeeper

It is with great sadness Southport Football Club have been informed of the death of sixties goalkeeping star Brian Reeves. Brian after retiring from his financial services business based in Ainsdale spent the winters in Spain for health reasons and it was in Spain he passed away. Brian was always eager to meet up at Haig Avenue at reunion functions.

Back row left to right: Stuart Shaw, Colin Alty, Eric Curwen, Ambrose Clarke, Brian Reeves, David Pearson, Fred Molyneux, Alan Spence

Front row: George Andrews, Eric Redrobe, Arthur Peat, Alex Russel, Terry Harkin -

In the Sandgrounders by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde the following portrayed Brian:

Brian Reeves was pushed into goalkeeping by his ambitious father but resented it and quit the game in his late teens. After playing for Skelmersdale Boys, he signed amateur forms for Everton and played in the clubs junior sides before packing up the game to concentrate on cycling, where he won several trophies in road races.

It was in the RAF that Brian started playing football again and he travelled all over Africa with the Kenyan National team, collecting more than 20 International caps. He was recommended to Blackburn by Matt Woods and made several first team appearances before being transferred to S****horpe where Dick Duckworth was manager, He was about to join Oxford United when John Church persuaded him to come to Southport. He was a key member of the teams which reached the FA Cup 5th Round and won promotion to the Third Division. Calm and cool under pressure, clean in handling and adept in possession, he was one of the best keepers to play for the club in post-war football.

In dispute over terms, he missed the first eleven games of 1968-69. He retired at the end of that season and, though he briefly re-signed in October 1969, his comeback plans were shattered when his employers objected. He did have a short spell at Formby around March 1970 but, after initially running a greengrocers in Birkdale built up a highly successful insurance and investment business in Ainsdale.

Southport Football Club send sincere condolences to Brian's family.

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April 24, 2014

Janet Street-Porter wants Southport to step out for Action

Janet Street-Porter, Loose Women presenter and one of the UKs most outspoken journalists, is championing Step out for Stroke sponsored walks in the North West. Janet added her encouragement to residents in Southport to take part in the Step out for Stroke at the Dunes Leisure Centre, The Esplanade on Wednesday 21 May at 2pm.

BBC Radio Merseysides Frankie Connor will be helping to officially start the fundraising walk which is part of Action on Stroke Month, when the Stroke Association aims to promote stroke awareness and prevention as well as raise vital funds for the charity.

Janet, the former Ramblers Association president said: Step out for Stroke is a fun walk that everyone can be part of, no matter what your age or fitness level, making them so very special. Ive been a keen walker for many years and Im delighted to support the Stroke Associations fundraising walk because its for everyone.

Susan Fitton, Step out for Stoke organiser said: Step Out for Stroke walks are fully accessible whatever your walking ability, wheelchairs and pushchairs are more than welcome too. People taking part in the walk set their own pace and distance they want to cover. Anyone can take part, and we are really keen to invite stroke survivors and people affected by stroke to join in with their family and friends.

Being part of a Step Out for Stroke walk is an inspiring experience, but theres a serious purpose behind it; stroke is the leading cause of complex adult disability in the UK. At the Stroke Association we want to be there for everyone affected by stroke, so please do join us and raise the funds that will help make that possible.

For more information on Step out for Stroke visit www.stroke.org.uk/stepout . Action on Stroke Month 2014 is supported by Legal & General. To find out more, please visit www.stroke.org.uk/strokemonth

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April 24, 2014

Byng House Plaque Liverpool & Scottish Cameroon Highlanders

The Royal British Legion, Byng House has been gifted with a commemorative plaque from the Liverpool & Scottish Cameroon Highlanders.

Along with this, they have also been given two books to add to their library which hosts a range of books on all military history and interest.

The Liverpool and Scottish Cameroon Highlanders have been associated since the Victorian Volunteer movement and are one of many associations. Many of those who visited Byng House for the presentation have had direct family who were active in service during many conflicts, WWI included.

Jason Carroll, Manager at Byng House said: It was a huge honour for Byng House to receive this plaque. It is now displayed with pride on our wall of collective plaques and we are so pleased to have been able to introduce Byng House to another Armed Forces association. We hope that we will be able to offer our services to some of the members of the branch and hope that they will be able to give them the break that they deserve.

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April 24, 2014

Edge Hill celebrates!

EDGE HILL Students' Union spent a week staging their awards evening ceremonies at Ormskirk Civic Hall.

Awards Week kicked off with the recognition of 200 sports stars present, from the 450 who train, play and represent Edge Hill in regional and national leagues each week.

Presented by President of the Students' Union and Chair of Edge Hill Sports Forum Gareth Dowling, there were both team and individual awards handed out.

The night began with each team's Player of the Year receiving a medal for their efforts, followed by each club's Unsung Hero, won by those who have gone above and beyond for their respective team.

Edge Hill Ducks, the cricket team, were presented with their West Lancashire Indoor Cricket League trophy which includes local teams, while Extreme, the cheerleading team, received their Northern title.

Other big winners this year included women's basketball, hockey, netball and rugby union teams who all won BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) leagues.

Football's Kenny Greenough took Coach of the Year with rugby's Kayleigh 'Red' Thompson Volunteer Coach of the Year.

One of the most important awards of the night, Student Community Sport Awards went to Netball's Kate Asbridge (above) for her voluntary coaching work with a local primary school.

The two big individual winners on the night were badminton player Emily Jeffs (above) who was Sports Personality of the Year and Scott Palmer (above) taking the Dan Logan Cup for Outstanding Contribution to Sport.

Edge Hill Ducks arrived on stage again to receive the Most Improved Club award with the final award of Team of the Year going to women's rugby (top) following their impressive league and cup double in an unbeaten season.

President Gareth Dowling said: "It was a great evening to recognise the commitment these players have to their individual teams, and indeed the coaches too.

"They represent us so well through the year with record numbers competing every Wednesday and taking four BUCS leagues is a great achievement.

"Personally, the award winners for Student Community, Volunteer Coach and all the club's Unsung Heroes, we are so appreciative of their efforts.

"But what a year for women's rugby and it's great to see many of the girls winning with Ormskirk Rugby and beating UCLan in the Varsity match."

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April 24, 2014

CU honoured in Edge Hill awards

SOCIETIES at Edge Hill have discovered the winners of their awards with the Christian Union taking the top award.

It's continued to grow this year and took part in helping to move in new students in September as well as running their missions week.

And Andy Fielding (pictured) was awarded the top individual award of Society Personality of the Year for his dedication to Climbing and Mountaineering.

Most Improved Society was won by Circus Skills with the charity fundraising group Raise and Give or 'RAG', named New Society of the Year.

Some of the category winners included Lizzie McKay's History Society taking Academic Society of the Year, and Claire Dytham's Photography the Media Society of the Year.

Up to 2,000 students are currently members of the various student groups of which there are now 95. They do a range of work in the local community including fundraising and most recently performing at a showcase event in Coronation Park.

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April 24, 2014

Huyton boosted by Donington results

by Richard Knowles

Aughton racing driver Sean Huyton moved up four places in Ginetta Supercup championship with three solid finishes in the second round at Donington Park.

The 24-year-old is now joint eighth following a weather-affected weekend of racing, which produced three different race winners and saw Huyton close to securing his first podium of the season.

He will be buoyed by his increased competitively and decision making, none more so than in the gamble to go with dry weather tyres in the third and final race on a damp track, when others opted for wet weather tyres.

That decision delivered his best finish this season, sixth place, and ensured he goes into the next round at Thruxton with improved knowledge of the car.

I really enjoyed the weekend of racing, although it would have been better to get closer to a podium finish, admitted Huyton.

Im learning new things with the car with every race and Im gaining confidence with every lap, but theres a long way to go this season.

All I can do now is focus on the next round of three races and hopefully get closer to a podium finish.

In race one Huyton struggled early on from his tenth place starting position, but battled it out to the flag with three others in a fight for sixth place, eventually settling for ninth.

Race two took place in heavy rain, with conditions meaning visibility was virtually none existent, but Huyton avoided any sliding cars on a slippery first lap to move up to sixth place.

A safety car following a big crash for Huytons Academy Motorsport team mate, Will Burns, meant the fight for a podium was delayed for a few laps.

As the rain eased off Huyton found himself with tyres that provided less grip, although he was in fifth place with just two laps left.

But when he reached the chequered flag his tyre issues meant he finished seventh, the grid place he would start the final race in.

Race three saw a scramble for dry weather tyres for a number of drivers and the bizarre situation of only five cars starting on the grid the others were in the pit lane having changed their wet tyres as the weather dried the track.

Huyton soon established himself at the back end of the top six, after the wet weather tyres proved the wrong choice for those who didnt changed them before the race started.

With no cars challenging him for sixth place, Huyton pushed for that elusive podium finish, but his moderate budget for the season hampered his progress the driver in front were on brand new tyres while Huyton had already used his in the first race.

The sixth place equalled his best finish in the opening race weekend at Brands Hatch and Huyton is hoping with more sponsorship his challenge on the championship leaders will become much stronger.

I really enjoyed the second and third races as it was proper close racing for a number of laps. I had to avoid trouble in race two at the start, but with no visibility it did need a bit of luck to avoid any major accidents, said Huyton.

The most frustrating thing to take from the weekend is my lack of new tyre choice, which means Im struggling to keep pace with some drivers through nothing more than financial resources.

I know with a little more help to buy new tyres and some testing time on track, I can challenge the current championship leaders in every race and push for my third championship in three seasons.

If any business or individual is interesting in a sponsorship package they can be made to suit the business or individuals requirements. Id welcome the chance to entertain prospective sponsors at the race meetings.

As with any sponsorship, access to my garage and the adrenalin-fuelled package of races that accompany the British Touring Car Championship are guaranteed, along with live footage on terrestrial TV in the UK.

My website has all the details for any interested sponsors and everyone who invests in my racing career can be assured Ill be investing in them too.

Until then Ill work with the guys at Academy Motorsport on certain aspects of the car and prepare for Thruxton.

Details of the Ginetta GT4 Supercup championship can be found on www.ginetta.com , with details of the timetable of each race weekend at www.btcc.net .

Huytons next race weekend is 3rd and 4th May at Thruxton, with live coverage of at least one race on ITV4 that weekend see www.btcc.net for exact details.

Alternatively follow Huyton on twitter at @SeanHuyton for all the latest news.

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April 24, 2014

Loving farewell to former Aughton woman

Friends paid a loving tribute to a former Aughton woman who died tragically from cancer last month.

An emotional thanksgiving service was held yesterday at Aintree Baptist church for the life of Jean Shaw, nee Mardell, who emigrated to Australia with her husband Sid and three children Helen, Michael and Neil over 30 years ago.

Jean, who used to live on Delph Common Road is best known for a small cafe she and Sid opened in what is now The Shamraat Indian restaurant on Moor St.

She died of cancer aged 73 while in her husband's arms, her Christian faith strong until the end.

Friends from Aughton Park Baptist Church were among the congregation - Sid and Jean used to return to the UK regularly and worshipped there when on holiday; one of the lessons was read by friend Joyce Bailey.

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