Monthly Archive: March 2013

New Brighton Community Centre

New Brighton Community Centre

1a Hope Street

Wirral

CH45 2LN

Tel: 630 2626

www.newbrightononline.org.uk

 

WHAT’S ON AT YOUR CENTRE

 

New Brighton One Stop Shopis open Monday to Friday from 11am till 3pm.This is a great service that provides invaluable help for local people right on their doorstep. It also includes a free phone facility and private rooms with a loop system for those that are hard of hearing. It provides assistance on all the Wirral Borough Council services including the Pension Service, Age Concern & the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) which also operates advice surgeries once a week for the Polish Community and offers them vital assistance. Lunch Club this provides a lifeline for those people & families on low incomes as well as elderly people. It is a great way for people to get to know each other and make friends in a very friendly environment. It also provides days out to places of interest; the latter is kindly provided by Wallasey Lions Club. Lunch is served Tuesday/Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12.30pm and a 3 course meal is only £3.99 with a mug of tea or coffee. You can come in from 12noon and make yourself comfortable with a read of the free newspapers. Yoga Class – Every Friday morning. 9.30am – 10.30am. Ring Chelsea on 678 8102 for more detail Credit Unionthis 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 meetsevery Tuesday 10am to 11am

Wirral Pathfinders – Mental Health/Self Help Support Group

This group was established in 1992 to support people, their family and carers, for whom depression, anxiety and mental health problems are part of everyday life. It has gone on to help hundreds learn to manage their problems, building up their self-esteem and confidence, helping them to remove their feelings of isolation. The club meets every Thursday – 7pm – 9pm and a very warm welcome awaits all those that come along. (Attendance 30)Computer Suite– 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 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. A local Neighbourhood Police Surgery is held every Tuesday morning 10-12pm for residents experiencing problems with anti social behaviour and other associated problems. Reach Out– provides engagement activity through door knocking, to identify and refer clients to both mainstream delivery organisations and to other relevant projects progressing clients into employment and training. The project goes onto develop action plans with clients through Employment Support Workers, progressing clients into employment and removing barriers through use of a discretionary fund. Art ClassesEvery Monday 1pm till 3pm. Accent on enjoyment rather than talent. Tuition at all levels, all materials provided. Phone Iris for more details on: 638 8472. A Ameets every Tuesday morning between 11am till 12.30pm – Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. If your drinking is causing you problems then you have come to the right place

 

For more information have a look at our website or phone for more details

 

Light Cinema

LIGHT LOGO_mainThe new year at the Light Cinema New Brighton was an unprecedented success, thanks to the best of British-made films, including:-

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – a favourite with our loyal Silver Screen audiences;

 

Skyfall” – the first film in UK Cinema history to gross over £100m.
Les Miserables” – still filling screens since its opening on 11 January. This stirring and emotive musical had customers reaching for the complimentary tissues provided by our wonderful team.

 

We have had good reason to celebrate our first anniversary as our audience numbers have rocketed, bringing visitors from all parts of the Wirral and beyond, to the jewel in the crown of New Brighton’s regeneration at Marine Point.

 

We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and go the extra mile to provide a superior cinema experience.

Our extra comfy seats, licensed auditoria, mixed programme and competitive offers ensure that the Light is the cinema of choice on the Wirral.
Working closely with other businesses, Marine Point offers an unbeatable range of retail, restaurant and leisure experiences ranging from watersports to children’s entertainment, plus retail, restaurant and leisure – making New Brighton Wirral’s premier leisure destination.
Our classical programme of opera and ballet continues to delight audiences – and due to popular demand, we have added more screenings to our full and varied programme, to include:

  • Andrea Bocelli – Love Songs from Portofino (a Mother’s Day Treat) – Sat 9 March, 7.30pm Sunday 10 March, 4.30pm;
  • Ennio Morricone – Live from the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday 21 May;
  • Chasing Ice” on Monday 22 April, 7.00pm, with a special introduction from Greenpeace. Dr Miguel Angel Morales Maqueda, an expert on the Arctic Ocean and sea ice dynamics working at the National Oceanography Centre (University of Liverpool) will introduce this Oscar-nominated documentary, and there will an opportunity for Q&As afterwards. The stunning film follows National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
  • Opera Australia’s exquisite recording of “Madama Butterfly” will be coming in June (date tbc).

Another unique series of events at the Light is “The Comedy Store: Raw & Uncut” (Cert 18) – giving audiences a unique opportunity to enjoy the very best in comedy from London’s legendary home of stand-up in the comfort of their local cinema. The first installment will be launched in cinemas on 22 February with the remaining three shows following in fortnightly intervals
We hope to see you at the Light Cinema soon – where we guarantee a truly wonderful cinematic experience for everyone!
 

New Brighton Shore Volunteers

New Brighton Shore Volunteers are now into their 4th year of voluntary beach cleans along the Wallasey shoreline.
We have a good number of regular and committed litter-pickers who turn out at least once a month in the Sping, Summer and Autumn to show their pride in the area and help many other residents and an increasing number of visitors enjoy it.
This year it’s even more important as the recent developments in New Brighton and those still in the pipe-line will mean more weclome visitors but inevitably more litter so if you’re interested please get onboard and join us for the 1st clean of 2013 on Saturday 9th March, 11:30am-12:30pm at the Lifeguard Station at the bottom of Victoria Rd, Equipment will be welcome and children are welcome
For further info email Paul on p_roberts8@sky.com

Vintage Radio

Vintage Radio (listen on the Internet)

Vintage is a community radio station Vintageradio.org.uk log on and listen to this station available on the internet the presenters read out items of Community Interest on a regular basis. So if you are having a function or a fund raising occasion please send the details to Vintageradio in the form of a e-mail for inclusion on the Live Days.

Wirral Parks Friend Forum

Special Message to all members of Community Groups in particular the Parks & Gardens and Open Spaces organisations, make sure your contact details are included in the Wirral Parks Friends Forums, this blog spot is designed to let all Friends Group members to see what is happening in other like-minded organisations, it is an easy way you can communicate with many other locations who are involved in the same sort of interests as yourself. Log on to http://www.WPFF.org.uk and check it out and see if this is of assistance.

New Brighton Baptist Church

Easter Services at New Brighton Baptist Church

Maundy Thursday 7:45pm
Good Friday Service 11am
Easter Morning Celebration 11am
Evening Praise 6:30pm
‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’
ALL WELCOME

Come and see us any Sunday
Sunday 11:00 am Morning Service plus Sunday School
Sunday 6:30pm Evening Service
ALL WELCOME
Any question about the Christian Faith… just ask
New Brighton Baptist Church
Tel: 0151 639 8507

Floral Pavilion

It’s been 100 years since the Floral Pavilion Theatre first opened its doors in its original incarnation as an open-air pavilion and bandstand with a programme of variety turns under General Manager Howard Innes.

 

As many Walrus readers will know, the site was originally home to the Ham & Egg Parade, a row of shops and guest houses with a scandalous reputation. Locally known as an unpopular eyesore, the buildings were demolished to make way for the Victoria Gardens which incorporated the Floral Pavilion and opened on 3rd May 1913.

 

Since 1913 the building has seen a number of alterations and improvements, including the auditorium being enclosed with glass in 1925 and a new stage, dressing rooms and metal-sheeting outer walls in 1965 and 1966. Finally, the theatre was demolished and completely re-built in 2008 to be re-opened by Ken Dodd on 13th December of that year.

 

The Floral Pavilion is celebrating this remarkable milestone with a fantastic Centenary Concert, affectionately titled With A Little Help From Our Friends and featuring a number of Floral Pavilion favourites on the 3rd May 2013.

Timelines Walk

Another New Brighton Timelines Walk for 2013

Sunday 24th March 2013 at 2.00pm “A Portrait of New Brighton”. A gentle stroll around the town which – using rare pictures and archive material – will explore the areas history and heritage from 1899 to 1969.

This walk is £2.00 per person, will last around 90 minutes and will start from – and finish at – New Brighton Heritage Centre, 90 Victoria Road (children are free !!). Please call or phone the Heritage Centre on 0151 639 3555 as advance booking is essential and names must be recieved by Monday 18th March. In the event of bad weather an indoors talk will be held at the Heritage Centre. Timelines walks follow on from the series of successful events held in summer 2012 and the walk leader for each is Barry P Humphreys. Join us and have a different sort of Sunday afternoon !.

RNLI Anniversary

New Brighton Lifeboat 150 yearsOn the 24th January 1863 a brand new lifeboat named ‘Rescue’ funded by the RNLI, 42 foot long and built of iron with a tubular construction was inaugurated at a ceremony in Liverpool watched by a gathering of 50,000. The lifeboat was launched and showed her paces for the cheering crowds before being towed to her new station at New Brighton.

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As the first event to celebrate our 150 years the volunteers of the station organised a Dinner Dance at the Leasowe Castle Hotel attended by 140 dignitaries, lifeboat and fundraising volunteers from New Brighton and Hoylake, supporters and guests. Dame Lorna Muirhead D.B.E., Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside and Mr Ronald Muirhead and The Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral Councillor Gerry Ellis and Mrs Margaret Ellis were our guests for the evening.

rnli_html_420d130fRNLI Council member Mr Anthony Hannay presented a Vellum to the station Lifeboat Operations Manager Graham Sale signed by the President of the RNLI, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, states ‘The Royal National Lifeboat Institution Gratefully Recognises 150 years Services of New Brighton Lifeboat Station from 1863 to 2013. The event was funded entirely through the sale of tickets plus a raffle with prizes donated by local organisations who support us. Website:www.newbrightonlifeboat.org.uk

Events later in the year will concentrate on providing sea and beach safety advice to local schools and supporting locally organised events where possible.

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Have you saved any pirates ’

A question asked when we attended St Georges Primary School for the first of our planned school events when they held a uniform free day in support of the RNLI biggest fundraising day and raised a magnificent £730.

620 children received sea and beach safety advice from a team of 4 of our volunteers. Teachers and pupils got into the swing by trying on lifeboat gear and lifejackets. A follow up visit is planned for later in the year to expand the safety message further.

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Bubbles

Bubbles Coaster Logo-01Bubbles’ World of Play is pleased to announce that it will be opening its 21,000 sq ft state of the art Childrens’s Edutainment Centre in mid March at Marine Point, New Brighton. It will feature the largest play frame in the UK and will cater for 0 – 11 year olds. The play frames are divided into a number of areas, each catering for different age ranges. The New York themed Baby & Toddler Area provides a safe and secure large baby play area, toddler frame and sensory area for ages 0 – 3. There is also a private baby feeding room within the baby area . The Role Play City (comprising of a number of ‘businesses’ including a vets, café, police station, garage and shop) will cater for 2 – 6 year olds and the larger 5 level frame is designed for children upto the the age of 11.

 Comprising of over 30 different ‘countries’ and zones split over the 5 levels, each with its own educational content and interactive elements; Bubbles’ World of Play will not only provide the best play experience around but one that is both educational and fitness enhancing.

 Grown ups can accompany their younger children onto the frames or sit and relax in our comfortable seating areas enjoying COFFEE REPUBLIC teas and Coffee and high quality food; knowing that their children are safe, secure and happy exploring what is going to be the most innovative play structure in the world. Our extensive CCTV system provides extra peace of mind with adults being able to watch their children on the monitors located around the seating areas. We also offer free WIFI and a number of computer terminals which provide multimedia training courses on varying computer topics (such as Microsoft Office, Email and web browsing).

 For the latest news please sign up to the newsletter on our website www.bubblesworldofplay.co.uk or follow our facebook page.

 Thank you for the fantastic support so far, our very own Panda Bear, Bubbles can’t wait to visit New Brighton.

 The Bubbles World of Play Team

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Wirral Food Bank

Wirral Food Bank
We’d like to thank all the very generous people who have donated food to the Wirral Food bank at the New Brighton Heritage and Information Centre at 90 Victoria Road.
We are still collecting for this worthy cause so please bring your donations along. They are collected by the Food Bank every week..
  • since starting in November 2011 68 ton of food had been donated by the community
  • 54 ton of food has been distributed to families and individuals, who have found themselves in financial crisis across Wirral
  • 2,342 children and 3,721 adults have been fed
  • we have 13 centres across Wirral giving out the food and signposting people to other help and advice they need
  • we work in partnership with 64 front-line agencies
  • we now have over 100 volunteers working in various areas of the food bank

The Wallaseyans’ Club

wallaseyansTHE WALLASEYANS’ CLUB

140 / 142 Grove Road

Wallasey. CH45 0JF Tel: 0151-639 2832

Whatever the occasion, wedding breakfasts, birthday parties, funeral refreshments or private dinners, the Wallaseyans’ Club welcomes enquiries for functions, large or small. Menus can be created to match your own requirements, including vegetarian options.

With a fully stocked bar, including a choice of four real ales, comfortable lounges and four, full size, snooker tables, the Wallaseyans’ Club welcomes new Members from the community.

You can contact the Club direct from their website at www.wallaseyans.comor, you can follow us on Facebook.

Please mention The Walrus.

St James Church

St JAMES CHURCH with EMMANUEL, Parish of New Brighton

Easter Services at St James Church – Albion Street, New Brighton

 

3rd March 8.00 am – Holy Communion (B.C.P.)

11.00 am – Morning Prayer

 

10th March (Mothering Sunday) 11.00 am – Holy Communion

 

17th March 8.00 am – Holy Communion (BCP) 11.00 am – Morning Prayer

24th March (Palm Sunday) 11.00 am – Holy Communion

 

 

29TH March GOOD FRIDAY 12.00 – 3pm GOOD FRIDAY DEVOTIONS

7.30 pm – “OLIVET to CALVARY” a Sacred

Cantata sung by the Choir of St James (free entry)

 

31st March EASTER DAY 8.00 am – Holy Communion (BCP)

11.00 am – Holy Communion

 

 

 

Easter Services at Emmanuel Church – Seabank Rd, New Brighton

3rd March 9.30 am – Holy Communion

 

 

10th March (Mothering Sunday) 9.30 am – Morning Prayer

 

17th March 9.30 am – Holy Communion

 

24th March (Palm Sunday) 9.30 am – Morning Prayer

6.30 pm – Informal Evening Service

 

31st March EASTER DAY 9.30 am – Holy Communion

 

Thursday (weekly) 9.30am – Holy Communion

Canon Revd. Frank Cain

St James Vicarage

14 Albion Street

New Brighton

CH45 9LF

Tele:0151 639 5844

 

Lonsdale Trust Wallasey

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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

 

www.lonsdaletrustwallasey.org.uk

0151 630 4017 www.yell.com

Registered Charity No: 213990

St. Elisabeth’s Church Liscard

The Russian Orthodox Church in Liscard..
In the midst of our community we have a little known gem that is providing a new use for a previously redundant building and holding out the hand of cultural friendship to all. That gem is the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Elisabeth in Rake Lane Cemetery, Liscard.
I came across it by accident. Cycling on the prom at Seacombe recently, I got talking to a lady who hailed from Siberia (as you do!). My penchant for engaging in conversation with absolute strangers has rarely brought me into contact with a more fascinating person. After a while it came up in the conversation that she was a member of a thriving Russian Orthodox congregation in Liscard. This was news to me. A Russian Orthodox church in Wallasey? I was intrigued. “You are very welcome to attend” my new comrade exclaimed. ” We have a service at 9am this Sunday”. She gave me directions and then sauntered off into the distance. Well what’s a man to do? You dont get an invite like that every day!
The following Sunday saw me strolling through the grounds of Rake Lane Cemetery on the lookout for exotic persons from behind the Iron Curtain.All was quiet as I came to the door of the chapel. I opened the imposing latch and entered. I was met inside by my new Siberian friend and a mere handful of other people, who nonetheless made me extremely welcome.The interior seemed little altered in it’s fabric from when it served as a chapel for the cemetery. However it’s walls were adorned with multitudinous small icons, candles twinkled everywnere and at one end of the building an ornately carved altar screen seperated the public from the private domain of the clergy. I must admit, I was a little disappointed by the size of the congregation which numbered no more than ten but I was to learn later that there was probably a very good reason for this. My friend gave me a rite of service which was in both English and Russian. Despite the fact that it was in two languages, the tome seemed suspisciously thick. As I rifled through it’s pages, it struck me I was in for a long service. In fact a very long service indeed!
It transpired though that as well as being a solemn religious service, the Russian Orthodox mass is also a wonderful piece of theatre.Having been raised as a Roman Catholic in the sixties, I am well used to the dramatic in religious ceremony. However nothing I have experienced prepared me for the wonderful spectacle I was about to witness. Beautiful singing, mixed with incense, a priest elaborately dressed, the script in a foreign mysterious language all in a magical setting couldnt help but be a truly riveting experience. I spoke to the officiating priest after the service and was surprised to find that despite appearances he was English and was actually a convert from Anglicanism.
Despite being very dramatic, the service was also very long. After about an hour and a half the constant standing and gymnastic nature of the Orthodox sign of the cross (which would not be out of place as an Olympic gymnastic event) were beginning to take their toll. However as time wore on I began to notice a steady trickle of people entering the church to swell the ranks of the congregation and the decibel meter of the choir. These Ivan-cum-latelys were obviously no mugs. They had turned up for the essential part of the service which fulfilled their religious obligation without incurring the loss of circulation I was now experiencing. However on a serious note is was obvious that inside this building was a solidarity and love for each other that was positvely palpable. These people, part of a modern diaspora from all over Eastern Europe were united in a shared language, creed and experience. What was truly humbling in our increasingly insular country was the strength and sincerity of the welcome offered to me.
At the end of the service, I mingled with the congregation and was treated to home made cake and tea. I thanked my Siberian friend for the blessng she had bestowed on me by inviting me into her church. That same welcome will be extended to any of our readers who wish to experience a fabulous cultural and religious treat. One word of warning though. If you wish to attend the whole three hour service, get a good night’s sleep  and have three Weetabix for breakfast!
Stephen Potter

Hand in Hand Theatre

Tickets for Hand in Hand Theatre’s
THE CRUCIBLE are selling like hot cakes!

Friday 8th and Sat 9th March at The Floral Pavilion New Brighton.

The school’s matinee and the evening performances only have a few
tickets available and you will need to book to avoid disappointment.

The saturday Matinee does have more availability at the moment but
demand may be high once the company have given a “free extract
preview” to audiences at the World Museum and Melrose Hall Hoylake
this month.

Arthur Miller’s powerful story of the Salem Witch trials is
electrifying as the characters are trapped in a web of betrayal and
hysteria. A fine cast of experienced actors from across Wirral come
together to give their dramatic interpretation of this classic text.

In the lead role of John Proctor is Michael Hetherington, a versatile
wallasey actor who is as much at home in drama, as comedy and musical.
Previously nomiated for Best Actor in a drama at the Noda NW awards,
he is again nominated  for his role last year in the musical Me &My
Girl (St Pauls Operatic Society)

Hand in Hand ‘s Director Bev Clark is also nominated  for Best
Director for her production of her own play AFTER THE DREAM last
summer. She has also be nominated in the past and won Best Director at
The Leverhulme Festival in 2011.

Many of the cast have been involved in acclaimed productions across
the region and once again Andy Taylor has composed an  atmospheric
original soundtrack .

TICKETS from the Floral Pavilion Box Office 0151 666 0000 or
www.floralpavilion.com

HAND IN HAND THEATRE

The Dome of Home (Shrine of Ss Peter, Paul & Philomena)

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New Brighton and ‘The Dome of Home’

By Ralph Marsh & Anne Archer

New Brighton on the Wirral is a very modern invention. Until the 1830s it was more or less an uninhabited sandy waste, part of the manor of Liscard. The idea of ‘New Brighton’ was the brainchild of two Liverpudlians William Rowson and James Atherton. They purchased 170 acres from John Penketh, Lord of Liscard manor, with a view to developing a high-class seaside resort in 1832. One contemporary observer described New Brighton as the ‘Elysium of English Watering Places’!

At a similar time the cause of Roman Catholicism was also undergoing development with the Catholic Emancipation Bill of 1829 and the restoration of the Catholic Hierarchy in 1850 which encouraged the spread of Catholic parishes. The ‘architectural gem’ of Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena, so well-known and loved, had its beginnings from St Alban’s parish, Liscard, itself begun in 1841.

In 1879 a mission was set up in New Brighton by Canon Frith which led to the building of the first church of Ss Peter and Paul in Hope Street in 1881. This proved to be too small and it was the advent of Fr. Mullins in 1909, who, like Atherton and Rowson, had a vision of a grand building to accommodate the growing number of residents and visitors to the resort. The great New Brighton Tower, rising some 621ft above sea level, had been started 1897 and was larger than Tower at Blackpool. Fr. Mullins’ vision was finally realised when in 1935 the Church of SS Peter, Paul and Philomena, built in the Renaissance style, was opened as the largest church in the diocese. The huge dome spans some 86feet.

Now that New Brighton is experiencing regeneration, it is fitting that the Church of SS Peter, Paul and Philomena should also begin a new chapter under the auspices of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The Dome of Home (fondly named as a seafarer’s welcome sight when returning to their loved ones around The Mersey) dominates the skyline of New Brighton.

Canon Philip Moor, Vicar General of Shrewsbury Diocese and priest in charge of the parish of Holy Apostles and Martyrs where The Shrine lies said, “Bishop Davies established this church in 2012 to be a shrine not only for the Diocese but for the whole of the North West.” Canon Amaury Montjean, Rector of the Shrine added, “People have started to come here on pilgrimage. Our first coach load came from Birmingham and we have had a number of enquiries for hotel and Bed & Breakfast Accommodation.”

All are welcome at The Dome of Home which is open daily from 7.30am until 8.30pm for devotions or just quiet contemplation. Follow the progress and events of The Shrine at their new website at www.domeofhome.org .

Operation Christmas Child (OCC)

In 1980 we watched in horror as the results of the Ceausescu years were unfolded in the TV news. OCC was started by Dave and Jill Cooke of Wrexham in a response to these scenes, little did they know that 22 years later more than 100 million shoeboxes would have been wrapped, packed, and sent out to needy children all over the world. This is fantastic news – over 100 million happy children whose lives have been changed by receiving a gift of joy and love. As always the kind-hearted people of the Wirral made a significant contribution to the UK total by wrapping and filling 11,150 shoeboxes with gifts and love. Of these 7,818 went by container to Swaziland whilst the remaining 3,332 shoeboxes went by lorry to Romania. The national total for 2012 is currently 970,000 shoeboxes (this figure as of 4th Feb – but it is not the final total).

The theme for last year’s campaign was “From One Community to Another”. Wirral OCC volunteers are a community who work all year round to make and accumulate shoebox gifts. Groups meet regularly to “knit and natter”. Hats, scarves, gloves, bags, games and other gifts are made from scratch or by imaginative recycling of such unwanted items as CDs, video boxes and plastic milk bottle tops. We scour the shops for bargains and clear the shelves when we find them. We fill our spare rooms, attics and garages with accumulated goodies. In a great example of community effort, Woodchurch Methodist church worked with other churches in the estate; the Methodist churches in Tranmere, Moreton and Prenton; staff and residents at Wesley Grange and Harvest Court; the 5th Heswall Cubs; their own youth club; and local schools in Woodchurch to produce a staggering 1000 boxes. A real community effort which brought together young and old to enjoy each other’s company and learn together about the difference that a shoebox can make – not only to the child who receives it but also to the person who gives it.

On behalf of the children in Swaziland and Romania who have received boxes we would like to say thank you for making a difference to the life of a child. These children may be orphaned, diseased, homeless, traumatised by war, and /or living in dire poverty; they are the last, the least, and the lost. A shoebox filled with gifts can make an enormous difference to the child who receives it – each box brings joy and each box brings the love of the person who packed it. The shoebox itself will not solve the material problems that the child endures, but it brings hope to the child and to others in the community.

It may seem ridiculously early to think about Christmas, but now is the ideal time to start collecting items to fill a box. Look out for bargains and buy them when you see them. Aim to pick up one or two gifts each month and by October you will have accumulated enough to fill at least one box! If you need ideas or if you want to know more, please take a look at the OCC website (http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/) or look at the OCC Facebook page or our own “Wirral OCC” Facebook page. You can also leave comments or questions on either page or contact our Area Coordinator, Margaret on 07708037969. We are always happy to answer questions and we have trained CRB-checked speakers who are more than happy to speak to groups, small or large, about OCC (it’s never too early). Please get in touch!

Patricia Hardman

Mount Primary

Exciting times at Mount Primary for the staff and children as they organise events around their UNICEF Rights Respecting School ambassador role. As well as hosting a number of visiting schools, they have;
1. Held a Week for Change between February 11th to the 15th, based around the theme of; ‘lunch is a lifeline’. The children have been learning about the challenges that other children and families face to grow, harvest and eat food in West Africa. The week finished with a celebration afternoon to raise money. Parents came in and visited the fair trade cafe and took part in cultural events including dance and crafts.
2. Organised a variety of fun fundraising activities including cake sales and Easter egg hunts.

Chinese New Year at New Brighton Primary

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Chinese New Year Celebrations at New Brighton Primary School!

This year, the Foundation 2 children took part in Chinese New Year Activity Workshops with their parents and carers in the week following Chinese New Year.

 

We value partnership with parents highly at our school and thought it would be a great opportunity to bring parents in and let them see first-hand the sort of fun learning activities that their children get up to when they are at school.

 

Staff set up a variety of games and tasks for parents and children to enjoy, including dragon-themed phonics and maths games, Chinese lantern and banner making and racing against the clock to pick objects up using chopsticks!

 

The afternoons were very well-received and a great time was had by both children and adults alike. In order to continue this fun at home, staff also gave each child a pack of Chinese New Year resources to enjoy during the half term break.

 

We look forward to hosting more themed-workshops in the near future!

Rebecca Ryder

Foundation Stage Leader

New Brighton Primary School

Holy Apostles and Martyrs Easter services

HOLY APOSTLES AND MARTYRS

WALLASEY

Holy Week Services 2013

 

 

Thursday 28 March 7.30pm Mass of the

Lord’s Supper

followed by watching till 10pm finishing with Compline

 

Friday 29 March 11am Children’s Stations of the Cross

3pm Celebration of

Our Lord’s Passion

7pm Taize prayer at the foot of the Cross

 

Saturday 30 March 8.30pm Easter Vigil

 

Sunday 31st March 9.30am Easter Sunday Mass

11am Easter Sunday Mass

All are welcome at our masses and services

Please do come and join us during this

Holy Season