Monthly Archive: November 2011


Press release for Neptune Developments

The Marine Point development in New Brighton is gearing up for a busy festive period with a number of exciting new retail and leisure outlets set to open this December.

The eight screen all-digital Light Cinema will be open for business on December 2, and will be swiftly followed by Brooklyn’s – a new American-style family restaurant – Starbucks, Merseyside based retailer Home Bargains and boutique ice cream and coffee bar Caffe Cream.

Neptune, the developers behind the £60million waterfront complex, has already welcomed a Morrisons superstore and Travelodge hotel, both of which have reported a very successful opening trade period.

Daniel Hynd, Neptune’s Property Director, added: “We are delighted that so many new outlets are opening at the Marine Point development in time for Christmas. The cinema, restaurant, coffee bars and shops will significantly enhance the mix on offer for people of all ages. They are all exciting new brands and a perfect fit for Marine Point and wider New Brighton.

“This is a busy time for the Marine Point development, with Morrisons and the Travelodge hotel having just opened with huge success, and the fit out having just started on the £6million Grosvenor Casino.

“Neptune’s waterfront development has been carefully designed to revitalise the resort in a way that creates the basis for sustained success. We are currently talking to a number of other major restaurant, coffee bar and retail brands, and hope to have even more positive news in the New Year.

“We have invested millions of pounds so far in developing Marine Point and are committed to bringing revenue and footfall into the area, enriching the local economy and giving people a premier centre for leisure and shopping. The scheme has already generated hundreds of jobs and this figure is increasing rapidly with each new opening. The development will continue to create more jobs for local people when the casino and other operations sign up to the scheme in the New Year.”

Brooklyn’s is the first of what owner and American-born restaurateur Keith Gurney hopes will grow into a mainstream brand in the North West. The restaurant is investing £800,000 and creating 40 new jobs at the seafront development, which will open in December overlooking the Marine.

Mr Gurney said: “Neptune has revitalised New Brighton waterfront, transforming it into a first class leisure and retail attraction for all ages. My hopes are that Brooklyn’s will become New Brighton’s number one family friendly restaurant as well as a great place for couples and groups of adults.

“We aim to offer something for everyone by fusing the best of American culture, beloved classics like fish and chips and outstanding local produce. The unit we have chosen has a fantastic backdrop across the Marine Lake to Fort Perch Rock and the Lighthouse. People can come for a bite to eat from our lunch menu or just a tea or coffee and a snack throughout the day. People can also come and enjoy a meal or a drink before they go to the cinema, theatre, casino or bowling. We’ll also be running special promotions including Kids Eat Free and of course, we’ll be launching our Christmas Menu over the next couple of weeks.”

Caffe Cream at New Brighton meanwhile is a unique and innovative coffee and ice cream bar from the owners behind the popular Wirral chain Cappucinos. Up to 15 new jobs will be created at the outlet, which will offer hand crafted coffees as well as delicious ice cream made on site.

The Light Cinema will be officially launched on Wednesday December 7 with a glittering black tie charity event in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The cinema has a range of top films lined up for the festive period including Happy Feet Two, Puss In Boots, Sherlock Holmes 2 and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

For more information on Brooklyn’s visit and for more information on The Light Cinema visit

New Brighton Baptist Church

Christmas @ New Brighton Baptist Church


Sunday 18th December

Nativity Service at 11am

Carol Service at 6pm

 Christmas Eve

Watch Night 11:30pm

Christmas Day

Family Celebration 10:30am

Come and Celebrate God’s Greatest Gift.

New Brighton Baptist Church and The Haven Christian Bookshop

‘Working Together in Love for the Kingdom of God’


Sunday 22nd Jan 2012 @ New Brighton Baptist Church

The Bible, Science and Truth. with Dominic Statham 11am

All Welcome

Pyjama Drama

Sing, dance, pretend, play; where will our imagination take us today?Pyjama Drama offers drama and creative play classes for babies, toddlers and children up to 7 years old.  These unique classes are packed full of drama games, music and movement plus lots of pretending and role-play.  Pyjama Drama develops keys social skills such as communication, concentration, co-operation and creative thinking, even babies as young as 6 months can benefit from drama games and play.  Come along for a 3 week trial and join in the Pyjama Drama fun!  Tel 0844 504 9377 or email

The Lonsdale Trust Wallasey

Is an independent local charity offering quality day care for older people and respite for their carers.

If you donate just £5 this Christmas, we can give an extra special lunch to one of our older friends. They will receive:

A full roast lunch, pudding, cheese board, mince pies, Christmas crackers, a visit from Santa with a gift, a nice warm tipple plus lots of fun and laughs along the way….

In return, we will toast your health you will be able to enjoy your own Christmas that little bit more knowing that you have made someone’s day.

Probably the best £5 you will spend all year!

Please send cheques payable to: “The Lonsdale Trust Wallasey”

Address: 55-57 Seabank Road, Wallasey, CH45 7PA


Tel: 0151 630 4017

More info:



The Lonsdale Trust

An independent local charity offering quality day care for older people

and respite for their carers

  • Specialist service in dementia care and/or physical needs
  • Extended days and bathing available
  • Respite for carers
  • Structured re-enablement service after illness/hospital stay
  • Self-referral or via healthcare professional
  • Recognised providers for personalised budgets
  • Best value for self-funders
  • Serving all Wirral year round Monday to Friday

0151 630 4017

Light Cinema

The multi million pound fully digital 8 screen Light Cinema is close to its opening date of 2nd December. The facility will be launched officially on the 7th December with a glittering RNLI fundraiser. We look forward to welcoming the readers of the Walrus to enjoy its state of the art facilities.

Our programming will offer a mixture of Hollywood blockbusters, independent film, classic cinema, kids clubs, sporting events, live events and accommodate the bespoke interests of the local audience. We look forward to being an influential and collaborative partner to societies, businesses, schools and groups.

The cinema will play a key role in the regeneration of New Brighton and help Marine Point become a first class hub for leisure. We are creating dozens of local jobs, and we have been delighted with the amount of interest we have had from the local community, as well as the support the people of the Wirral have shown us.

We are committed to delivering an exceptional cinema experience and look forward to seeing the friends we have made locally and making new ones along the way.


With warmest regards Phil Dove

Wallasey Yacht Club

Founded as “The Magazine Sailing Club” in 1903 we moved to our premises in Hope Street in 1912 Some nine years later we became known as Wallasey Yacht Club. The building is now very different from the one we moved into so many years ago. Our members have transformed the premises over the years building and refurbishing workshops, storage yard and a clubhouse of which we are rightly proud,

To us, more importantly are the boats we sail. Our boats, known as “Seabird Half Raters” are most often seen moored in the River Mersey near to where the Pier once stood. Our members race these classic boats throughout the summer months before taking them ashore in September.

The objectives of the club are to provide and maintain the clubhouse, promote sailing and to encourage the development of boat building. The last of which possibly should read boat repairing as we have an active section who sail regularly on the Marine Lake at New Brighton in a variety of dinghies. The Monday Nighters as they are known often seem to seek help to repair damage done by their over zealous sailing

This year we have been spreading our wings further. Committing ourselves to creating links with New Brighton and running local events such as a photographic competition. Our next sailing event will be in conjunction with West Cheshire Sailing Club on Boxing Day when they will host “The Christmas Pudding Race” on the New Brighton Marine Lake



Vale Park Xmas Fair

Festive Fun in the park

(Vale Park Wallasey)


On Sunday 11th December

From 13:00-16:00

In Vale House

Come along and join in with the Christmas fun

There will be crafts, snacks, storytelling and much more.

Enjoy a carol service with the Salvation Army 14:00-15:00 on the Bandstand


In aid of Arrowe Park’s Neonatal Unit and Wirral mother’s Milk Bank

For details contact Lydia 01516307410

Local History Book

LOCAL HISTORY BOOK – an ideal gift


A History of Vale Park and Magazine Brow

All proceeds to the Friends of Vale Park

For Sale @ £3 from the Heritage Centre in Victoria Road

Good Citizen Awards

Sergeant Andy Bragg from Wallasey Police station and Rusty Keane who chairs the North Wirral Crime Prevention panel attended at St Mary’s School and St Peter and Pauls assemblies to recognise the actions of some of their students during an incident earlier this year.

On Tuesday 29th March, at 6pm a woman was walking her dogs in Vale Park. It was dark raining and the woman had her hood up and umbrella. As she left the park onto Vaughan Road she was suddenly pushed from behind twice and fell to the floor. A man then demanded she give him her bag. He then snatched the bag from her and ran away leaving her on the floor.

It was at this point that Connor Peckham Morris, Quinton Doyle, Kieran Carter, Tierney Witty and Jack Witty who playing in the park chased the man, phoned the police and then waited with the woman and took care of her till the police arrived. Due to the excellent description given by the boys a man was arrested a short distance from the park.

The woman was understandably very shaken by her ordeal and has said since what these boys did to help her has helped her come to terms with what happened. The prompt actions of these boys and willingness to help showed excellent community spirit and they are all a credit their families, their school and the whole community.
They all received and framed certificate and £25.00 gift voucher from the privately funded crime prevention panel.

St Andrews Church Christmas Services

Nov 26th Christmas Fare 11am-2pm
Dec 11th Toy Service 10:45 am – All Donated Toys go to the Charles Thompson Mission in Birkenhead
Dec 18th Lessons and Carols 10:45am
Dec 18th Candle Light Service 7pm
Dec 24th Christmas Eve Communion Service 11:15pm
Dec 25th Christmas Day Service 11:15am


The League of Friends of Wallasey Hospitals have raised a magnificent £5,000 towards the RNLI New Brighton lifeboat stations £50,000 Crew Training and Equipment appeal launched earlier this year.

The 20 volunteers of The League of Friends who are based at Walk-In Centre at Victoria Central Hospital, Mill Lane, Wallasey provide a welcome range of tea, toast and snacks to visitors to the Minor Injuries Department.

Secretary of the League of Friends Gill Bunting said ‘ We have been running since the early 70’s and currently raise funds through public donations which we use to provide equipment for the hospital plus we also donate to other local charities. This year in addition to supplying new chairs to the Blood Department we have supported St John’s Hospice. When we heard about the equipment and training appeal for our local lifeboat station we felt we just needed to support them as their volunteers do a great job often in difficult circumstances. The RNLI are a similar organisation to ourselves relying on a generous public to carry out their work’

Chairman of the New Brighton Lifeboat Station, Frank Brereton on receiving the cheque for £5,000 said ‘ We are honoured to receive such a donation to our appeal and it takes us well on the way to reaching our £50,000 goal. Its great to know that the unselfish efforts of our volunteers are so appreciated, especially by voluntary organisations like the League of Friends who do such a great job in the community. Ours is a very busy station with 59 call outs so far this year for our inshore lifeboat Charles Dibdin and hovercraft Hurley Spirit along with our regular training sessions it takes a high toll on the crews personal equipment. In addition the nature and variety of call outs requires extensive and specialist training to enable our volunteers to deal with whatever they are faced with, often in a very demanding environment – it does not come cheap’.

Individuals, community organisations, businesses and schools are all being encouraged to help the fundraising campaign. For more information and to donate, call the RNLI on 0161 787 8779 or email


NB Community Centre



This is open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Community centre. Served at 12:30 local pensioners, unemployed members of the community and people on low incomes can have a three-course meal and a cup of tea for just £3.


This offers people community loans which are a vital means of support in the present economic situation and are a very important helping hand for those people seeking work and on low incomes, particularly those struggling to survive financially. It meets every Tuesday 10 am to 11 am.


This service which started in 2002 offers local residents’ free internet and email addresses. It’s a valuable resource were residents can surf the web, search for jobs (see Bridge to Jobs description below) and relax in comfortable surroundings. They can also enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and seek the assistance of the ICT Facilitator should they have any problems or need advice. Residents can also scan documents, use the photocopier or fax.


Every Monday afternoon 2pm till 4pm.

Accent on enjoyment rather than talent.

Tuition at all levels.

All materials provided – £3 per 2 hour class.

For more details phone Iris on 0151 638 8472.


Every Friday: 9.45am – 11.00am.

Spaces limited, ring Chelsea 0151 630 0864 to book.


Every Monday 10.30am – 11.30am.

Art & Craft for Pre school Tots.

Come & join in all the fun!

Ring Philippa for details 0151 345 3490 or 07729 303 538.

(Classes start November 7th 2011).



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 The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, has now confirmed the star studded cast appearing in their spectacular family pantomime Aladdin running from 10th December to 2nd January.

After last year’s hugely successful production of Cinderella, brought to the Floral by UK Productions, the venue is looking forward to one of Merseyside’s only truly traditional family pantomimes. The show will have lavish scenery, spectacular dance routines as well as laughs for all the family headed up by a cast that will appeal to every generation.

The role of Aladdin will be played by KELSEY-BETH CROSSLEY who is best known as Scarlett Nicholls in ITV’s Emmerdale. Kelsey has now played Scarlett in more than 500 episodes and on Christmas Day last year appeared on All Star Family Fortunes with the Emmerdale King Family beating rivals Coronation Street’s Webster Family. However Kelsey originally began her showbiz career at the tender age of eight when she won the part of little Eva Lawrence in Her Benny at the Liverpool Empire, a show that is coming to the Floral Pavilion later this year.

ANDREW AGNEW, who is probably best known by the younger audience as the Crime Busting, Nature Loving P.C. Plum in the two times Bafta Award Winning Balamory (Cbeebies) will be playing the hilarious Wishee Washee. Andrew is also well known leading his “Spotters Club” in Spring Watch (Cbeebies) and Bafta Award Winning Autumn Watch (Cbeebies). He was also involved in a one off Balamory Christmas Special Seeking Santa (Tattiemoon) as well as being an old hand at panto that has been delighting children all over the country.

The magical Slave of the Ring will be played by Nickelodeon’s HELENA DOWLING who not only presents Wake Up World on Nickelodeon Jnr but has just finished touring as a dancer and singer for the Pet Shop Boys who were supporting Take That on the ‘Progress 2011’ tour performing to crowds of over 90,000.

Abanazar will especially evil this year as DEAN SULLIVAN takes on the role. Dean, who is probably best known for playing the lovable rogue, Jimmy Corkhill in the Channel’s flagship programme Brookside, a role he played for 18 years. He has had an impressive career on stage and screen but is also known and loved in Merseyside for the great work he has done for the arts. Dean recently toured the north-west in a critically acclaimed one-man production, playing Graham from A Chip in the Sugar in the stage version of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads and was last year was back in his home town of Liverpool starring as William Laird in the smash hit comedy, Brick Up – the Wirral Strikes Back, at the Empire theatre.

As usual the Floral’s panto will have an exceptionally funny and completely over the top Dame who will be played by ANTHONY WILLIAMS. Anthony’s creative career spans many years across a very broad spectrum of theatre and pantomime. He has recently been Associate Director to Michael Bogdanov and was also responsible for the choreography for Wales Theatre Company and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Anthony is very excited to be returning the Floral Pavilion having directed year’s smash hit production of Cinderella.

Tickets are already selling fast and the Floral Pavilion recommend that customers book early as Aladdin is expected to sell out. Prices range from £11.00 to £16.50 (with special offers for families and groups) and can be booked on 0151 666 0000 or customers can choose their own seats online at



Wirral Older People’s Parliament

A Musical Afternoon presented by local folk singer  Eddie Morris

Wirral Older People’s Parliament is inviting people to an afternoon of live music in the historic surrounds of the Williamson Art Gallery.

Presented by local folk singer Eddie Morris, the host will be joined by a full supporting cast of musicians for a fun-filled afternoon.

Eddie Morris first started entertaining as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist with one of the many pop groups around in the early Merseybeat days. After being introduced to the folk scene, he ran a club at the Cross Keys pub in Liverpool as a member of the Penny Black folk trio. Afterwards he would become resident singer at the nationally acclaimed Wednesday Folk Club in Parkgate.

Eddie has shared the bill with acts like Mike Harding, Richard Thompson, The Spinners and the Houghton Weavers. His performances include ballads, chorus and comedy songs, along with stories, and anecdotes of his experiences and observations on life.

To reserve your ticket please phone Brian or Anne on 0151 666 2220 or e-mail before Friday 25th November 2011.

Tickets are £5 and admission includes tea and cakes plus entry to a free raffle.

2 – 4.30pm on Saturday 3rd December at Williamson Art Gallery, Slatey Road, Birkenhead

Tickets are strictly limited so reserve yours soon!


(formally at All Saints Church)
invite you to

at their new home
Thirlmere Drive Hall, off Seaview Road, Opposite Asda
Coffee morning with Stalls
And at 11.30a.m. come and join us for a
Traditional Christmas Sing-a-long
with Singers from ‘The Village Churches Together Choir’

13th DECEMBER, 2011
11.00a.m. -12.30p.m

With free Tea or Coffee

Baby Group

Small Children?

Looking for something to do on a Thursday Morning?

Come to our carer and baby group. Birth to Preschool.

Chat and a friendly ear, tea, coffee, biscuits, juice, toys and crafts.

£1 per Family

Thursdays 10-11:30

St Andrew’s Church, New Brighton

(Ring bell at top of stairs for a hand with your pram.)

Contact Andrea 0781 761 0176

Heritage Centre

New Brighton Heritage and Information Centre

List of Forthcoming Events

November 2011 to April 2012

Over the coming months the New Brighton Heritage and Information Centre will be hosting bi weekly informative talks and presentations highlighting the areas varied and interesting heritage and history. We will also be highlighting new activities / assets that are being created for the local and wider community and providing some guidance to assist attendees with there heritage needs.

The talks will be given by engaging speakers who will transport the listener to different locations or different times, possibly help them to trace their family origins or just highlight things available in the local area.

Tickets are £2 including refreshments (tea or coffee) and biscuits.


All talks start at 2.30pm and will be held at the New Brighton Heritage and Information Centre.

(A raffle will also be held)

 For more information:

email, phone 639 3555 or pop into the centre for a chat.


Tues 15th November Ken Clark Old Wallasey
Wed 30th November Tug Boat Cath Traditional Tales and Stories
Wed 14th December Robin Tutchings Wirral Circular Trail(WMBC)
Wed 11th January Heather Chapman Wirral Lidos (with  a focus on New Brighton and Derby Pools)
Wed 25th January Gavin Chappell Smugglers Tunnels
Wed 8th February Colin Dilnot Snipets of New Brighton
Tues 21st February Helen & Roger Gill Tales of Family History
Wed 7th March Colin Dilnot New Brighton Entertains
Other Speakers (dates to be confirmed)
William Meredith Family & Local History (Wirral Archives)