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Car Crime




TEL : 0151 777 2357.

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Thefts from Motor Vehicles.

Try to avoid parking your vehicle in quite side roads where the culprits are able to operate unobserved, and ensure all doors and windows are secured when leaving the vehicle. Under no circumstances should goods, clothing or even empty carrier bags/containers be left in the vehicle. Thieves steal first and think about value later. Take all your belongings with you, or if you can’t, lock them in the boot. Mobile phones and credit cards are frequently stolen from glove boxes. Car alarms and immobilisers are an excellent deterrent, however, mechanical devices such as steering wheel locks are a good alternative and normally less expensive. If you do purchase any vehicle security product, make sure it carries the ‘Sold Secure’ or ‘Thatcham’ logo on the box/packaging. These are independent organisations that test all new vehicle security products to ensure their effectiveness.


If you own a satellite navigation system, there are a number of steps that you can take to greatly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of this type of vehicle crime;

  • Always remove your satellite navigation system, the cradle and associated wiring when leaving your vehicle.
  • Take the system with you, and place the cradle and wiring in the boot.
  • Do not to leave the cradle and wiring, on display on the dashboard. This will alert thieves that you own a system, and will encourage them to break into your vehicle, and search the glove compartment.
  • Never place the system in the glove compartment – it is the first place thieves will look. If you are unable to take it with you, make sure it is kept out of sight, in the boot of the vehicle.


If you require any further information on vehicle crime, you can visit the Home Office crime prevention website on .

CrimeStoppers 0800 555 111




Shipwreck and

Humane Society

Instituted January 9th 1839

Incorporated November 21st 1888

At the Meeting of the Committee of the

Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society

held at the

Underwriters Room, Exchange Building Liverpool

on the 29th day of July 1925.

It was resolved unanimously that the thanks of the committee be presented to

PC 28(Wallasey) John Lathorn with the Society’s Bronze Medal for bravery stopping a runaway horse attached to a lorry in Victoria Road, New Brighton on the 21st July 1925.

Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society Award

Drum Lessons

Revolution Industries
Cheap Drum, Guitar and Bass lessons, flexible times, ideal for beginners, nice casual atmosphere.
DJ’s provided for any occasion (Birthdays, parties etc.)
Call Jay on: 07805454884






£5.00 PER CAMP


Centenary Events at Wallasey Central Library, Earlston Rd

April – July More info: 0151 639 2334


Tue 05 ‘Hopps Around Wallasey’ – Talk about this famous local artist from Colin Simpson of Williamson Art Gallery. FREE 3pm

Sat 16 Mandolin Group – Performance in the library comprising of 4 Mandolins, 1 Guitar and 1 Mandola. Light Italian-style soft background music. Listen whilst browsing in Wallasey Central Library’s beautiful setting. FREE 3.30pm

Tue 19 Pets Fundraiser – Stories and crafts in the Children’s Library 10.30-12am



Mon 09 Over-50’s Event

Information, advice and ideas for the over 50’s. In partnership with Age UK (Formerly Age Concern) FREE 9-5pm

Thurs 12 Hilary Green ‘Daughters of War’ Author discusses the inspirations and background to novel writing and her new novel ‘Daughters of War.’ FREE 2.30-3.30

Sat 14 –20. Adult Learners week.

Sat 14 ‘Taste of French’

Twist your tongue around a free French lesson for Adult Learners Week. 3pm.

Tues 17 Marc Gee talking about screenwriting and fiction. Everyone welcome. 6.30pm

Thu 19 Bite-sized Shakespeare

Local actors and poets perform some of the Bard’s most memorable pieces – part of Wirral Shakespeare Week. Booking essential. £3 6.30pm



Wed 08 Orange Prize

Wirral’s event linked to the annual book Orange Prize for Women’s Writing. 6.30pm

Thu 16 Seacombe Pottery

Talk on the world-famous local ceramic makers from Colin Simpson of Williamson Art Gallery, along with a display of examples of their work. 6.30pm – 7.30pm



Mon 11 ‘Merseyside Entertainers’

Talk from Ray O’Brien. FREE 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Thu 28 Lowry’s Merseyside

Illustrated talk from Colin Dilnot FREE 6.30pm – 7.30pm



Friends of Rake Lane Cemetry

The work is now complete on the roof and spire of the old chapel. A new cross has been dedicated and installed on top of the spire of St Elisabeth the Martyr Russian Orthodox church.

Father Paul blessing the cross

Father Paul blessing the cross

The renovated memorial to still-born babies was finished recently. Its situation is much improved, being set well back from the main path.

The new Baby Memorial

The new Baby Memorial

Our monthly Sunday walks will take place on the following Sundays: 8th May; 12th June; 10th July and 14th August. Each walk lasts about an hour and they cover three different aspects of the cemetery: military, national maritime disasters and local history. To book, please phone Thurstaston Visitor Centre on 648 3884.

The Friends meet on the first Monday of each month at 7 pm at Earlston Library except for May, when it will be held on Tuesday 3rd because of the bank holiday. Anyone who has an interest in the cemetery is welcome to come to the meeting.

Warmer Wirral

Wirral Council logo


March 17th 2011

Another year of free insulation for Wirral residents

The Council has committed an extra £1.049m towards the Cosy Homes free insulation Programme for the coming financial year, bringing the year’s budget to £2.098m.

A total of 6,350 insulation measures have either already been installed or are about to be installed in 5,520 homes and a further 2,000 residents are receiving surveys for work in the next few weeks.

The Programme, which has also created 30 jobs locally, aims to install 34,500 insulation measures by May 2012.

As part of the scheme, free loft and cavity wall insulation will be offered, subject to a technical survey and a maximum grant allowance, along with referrals into other initiatives which may reduce fuel bills or increase household income.

There are no set criteria for applicants; the scheme will be open to everyone living in a privately owned or rented home on a first-come first-served basis.

Certain Wards in Wirral, with higher than average rates of fuel poverty, will receive increased promotion of the scheme, with energy assessors visiting households door-to-door.

Anyone who may be interested should contact the Energy Saving Trust advice centre on freephone 0800 512 012 or can apply by visiting



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For further information contact Nikki Mullineux, Press and PR Officer, Wirral Council, 0151 691 8183.





Older People’s Parliament 


(organised by Wirral Older People’s Parliament with help from the hospital trust and the council)

Come to the Floral Pavilion on Thursday 26th or Friday 27th May any time from 10am to 5pm, and bring your friends and family. Find out why Wirral is such a good place in which to grow older. There will be over fifty stalls full of information about activities and services. Come and plan what you will do if you are heading for retirement. Do you need ideas about housing, health, transport, pensions, voluntary work, activities to keep your brain ticking over or advice about finance? Do you want to grow your own fruit and veg, but have no garden? Do you want to take up a sport, but are not sure if you can cope after years of inactivity? Do you want to do something useful in your community? Or are you really worried about all the changes coming in the NHS? We will have a programme of workshops and seminars running for the two days. The final programme for these will be announced in May, but we can promise a varied and interesting series of talks and discussions.  We will have some relaxing music in the lounge area, and the cafes will be working overtime to keep you happy. So put the dates in your diary, and bring everyone along. This is the nearest thing to a Wirral Show this summer!

Wirral Older People's Parliament


Neptune submits revised plans for final phase of

New Brighton’s regeneration

Neptune which is overseeing the £70 million redevelopment of New Brighton, has submitted alternative plans for a new apartment block.

Neptune’s original intention was to build Rococo Square, a block of 37 one and two bedroom apartments, sitting above ground floor retail/leisure space. This was originally intended to be part of the first phase along with the hugely successful Floral Pavilion Theater and Conference Centre. However, due to a downturn in market conditions, the residential element was put on hold.

The new plans will see the number of apartments in the development at Victoria Gardens on Marine promenade in New Brighton reduced to 24 single aspect units.

The unit sizes have increased to attract more owner-occupiers to the development, the largest apartment having 4 Bedrooms over 2 floors.

The ground floor retail element of the scheme will no longer be included. The block will focus entirely on high quality residential accommodation.

Neptune has submitted a planning application and if successful intends to start on site following completion of the Phase 2 of New Brighton’s regeneration. This includes a Morrison’s supermarket, a 6 screen digital cinema, a 66 bed Travelodge hotel and a number of cafes, restaurants and retail stores.

Daniel Hynd from Neptune Esplanade said: “The revised application follows a review of the scheme aimed at improving the design and quality of the residential element.”

We have increased the size of the units, and the new scheme enables us to ensure that every apartment has an external balcony, sea view and a dedicated parking space.”

It’s important that we are sensitive to market conditions and amend plans accordingly. We also believe that the retail element of the scheme should now be focused within the main development and there was evidence that a single use residential building would be more attractive to prospective buyers.”

The new proposals will allow us to complete our regeneration plans for New Brighton, in a more timely manner than having to wait for the residential market to recover to a level that could enable us to deliver the old proposals”.

Town Square DevelopmentTown Square Developement

Neighbourhood Policing Team


Your Neighbourhood Policing Team

We are your Neighbourhood Policing Team

New Brighton Ward:

Inspector Mike Barrett, Sergeant Andy Bragg,
Constable Seb Hornby,
Police Community Support & Traffic Officers Mary Bough
Caroline Porter, Alyn Morris
Your Neighbourhood “Have Your Say” Meeting: 

Wallasey Police Station, 1900 hrs, Conference Room

28th FEBRUARY 2011

31ST MARCH 2011

12TH MAY 2011


New Brighton Community Centre, Hope Street, 10:00 – 12:00 Hrs




Your Neighbourhood Surgery:






The next edition of the NEW BRIGHTON WALRUS will complete 14 years of this project.

It is a considerable achievement for the local community members involved. The New Brighton Partnership would like to thank the 90+ people who give their time every March, May, September and December to deliver it out to 7,000 homes in New Brighton . Thanks also to all those who contribute news and information. We hope that you find it useful and informative. If you have any comments regarding the Walrus we would be interested to hear from you. Email or telephone 639 5798 and leave a message.

We are always happy to find new people to deliver the Walrus. If you could spare half an hour four times a year to give us a hand please get in touch.

The deadline for items of news for the May edition is Friday 15th April.

Magazines Conservation Society

The Magazines Conservation Society will be holding their Annual General meeting on Tuesday 29th March at 7.30pm at Vale House Cafe. Anyone who lives in the conservation Area is welcome to attend. Nominations for Committee members should be put in writing to the Secretary, Mrs Vicki Hall 38 Magazine Brow, Wallasey. CH45 1HP before Tuesday 22nd March.

New Brighton Primary School

New Brighton School

New Brighton Primary School

Lifeboats on call project


This term we have been thrilled to see the culmination of a project with the Wallasey photographic society and the crew of New Brighton Lifeboat Station.

A talented group of our Year 6 writers have been working with their teacher, Mr John Jones, to develop their writing skills by interviewing members of our local lifeboat crew.

We were invited by Bob Warwick of the Wallasey Amateur Photographic Society to take part in the project to show a year in the life of the lifeboat team. The children began the project with a visit to school from Mark Harding, who is , like all members of this talented team, a volunteer who gives his time to help those in distress.

The children produced numerous pieces of writing for this project, all of which were inspired by the lives and work of our local lifeboat crew. The children were lucky enough to visit New Brighton lifeboat station and learn about the equipment used and what the crew do when on call. They also interviewed Mark Harding to find out about his involvement with the R.N.L.I and what it takes to be a Lifeboat volunteer. This visit and interview, along with some fantastic pictures taken by Wallasey Amateur Photographic society, provided writing opportunities for this talented group.

Staff, from school,were delighted to attend the opening of the exhibition and were proud when a poem, written by Abigail Sefton, was read out. Councillor Alan Jennings, the Mayor of Wirral, who attended the opening ceremony, was so impressed with the quality of the children’s work that he extended an invitation to visit him in his chambers at Wallasey town hall. New Brighton Primary writing club are looking forward to this visit and to producing an article for the school magazine about their trip. They would also like to express their thanks to Bob Warwick and all at New Brighton lifeboat station for involving them in this project.

The exhibition can be viewed at The Williamson Art Gallery until 5th April


Lifeboat poem.


The crashing waves roar on the river,

The deafening sound sends a shiver,

The lonely sailor grips the tiller,

A horrendous wave is such a killer.


The cold winds blow,

The sharp waves sigh,

The gasping sailor send a cry.



Abigail Sefton, aged 11.


St James Church

St. James, Albion Street, New Brighton

April 17th,  Palm Sunday, 10.30 am Special Service of Confirmation – Bishop Colin Bazley

April 22nd,  Good Friday, 12 noon – 3pm Good Friday Devotions – come and join for as long as you can

Good Friday, 7.30 pm  Stainer’s Crucifixion – choral work sung by St. James’ Choir

April 24th     Easter Day,  8 am Holy Communion

10.30 am Holy Communion

Come and join us for this special Easter season.

Emmanuel Church



[ opposite The Flying Dutchman ]



SUNDAY at 9.45am with Sunday School

THURSDAY at 9.30am.



9.45 March 27 Family Service with Uniformed Groups

9.45 April 3 Mothering Sunday

9.45 April 17 Palm Sunday

9.45 April 24 Easter Sunday


SATURDAYS: Coffee is served in the Annexe

10.30am to 1pm at the front of the church,

and the Church is open for prayer.



Emmanuel Church has thriving Girl Guides and Scouts for boys and girls, meeting weekly in the church hall.

Rainbow Guides: (age 5,6) Fridays at 5pm

Brownie Guides: (age 7-10) Fridays at 6pm

Guides: (age 10-14) Wednesdays at 7.30pm

Beaver Scouts: (age 6,7) Wednesdays at 5pm

Cub Scouts: (age 8-10) Wednesdays at 6.15pm

Scouts: (age 10-13) Thursdays at 7.30pm

Please see the Leader in charge for new members.


There is an urgent need for volunteers to help with the Scout section on Thursday evenings, please see Margaret or George.

Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police


Dear Resident,

There have been a number of recent burglaries on the Wirral, where the offenders have gained access to properties via the Upvc front door. These have occurred where householders have inadvertently left the front door insecure, by failing to lift up the handle engaging the multi-locking system, and then turning the key. In other instances, the burglars have inserted an implement through the letterbox to release the door handle, or used a thin screwdriver between the door and frame, to release the door latch. Never leave keys in door locks. These should be taken upstairs, along with any car keys, during the nighttime.

If your front or rear doors are of Upvc construction, it is imperative to ensure that the bolts are activated, and the lock is engaged with the key at all times, to prevent these walk-in/sneak burglaries. The latch itself will not provide adequate security, and this has been clearly illustrated over recent months.

Where possible, try to prevent access to the more vulnerable, rear of your property. Spiked toppings, such as ‘Prikkastrip’, can legally be fitted to side and rear walls/fences, providing a small notice is displayed, warning people of the danger of injury if they attempt to climb the wall/fence. Anti-climb paint is another effective method of deterring offenders. Try to ensure your ‘wheelie’ bins are kept in the rear yard/garden.

20% of burglaries that take place involve no forced entry, i.e. the burglar gains access via an open window or door. It is obviously important to ensure all windows/doors are secured when leaving the premises unattended. Opportunist burglars will often take advantage of doors and windows, left open by the householder for ventilation, in the warmer summer months, even when the house is occupied.

If you have any information regarding those persons responsible for committing these offences, you can ring the confidential, Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

fighting crime, protecting communities.

Jobs for New Brighton

At present, of the five companies that have signed up to Marine Point, we have met with The Light Cinema and will be meeting Travelodge within the next few weeks and will be starting the recruitment for both companies late March.
We have contacted Cappuccinos and they will be starting their recruitment either June or July and we are waiting to here from Morrisons and Starbucks to discuss their recruitment requirements.
The only company that has confirmed staff numbers required to date is Morrisons with approximately three hundred vacancies.
As more companies sign up to the development we will be contacting them to offer our services.
The vacancies for the companies that we are working with will be advertised through Wallasey Jobcentre Plus.

Lynne Crosbie Recruitment Advisor | Jobcentre Plus | CSD | Dominick House | St Albans Road | Wallasey, Merseyside| CH44 5XY  | 0151 802 8480 | 8480 |

Friendship Group


Un-attached men and women over 50 and living in either New Brighton and Wallasey are asked to contact Richard Globe on 0151-639-6253, if they are both seriously interested and willing to form a much needed weekly friendship and social activities group but not a singles dating agency.
Help is also required in getting this group off the ground, and finding a suitable weekly local venue with good transport facilities.
Anyone who has some free time and would like to assist, please telephone Richard as soon as possible or email him at

Easter Celebrations

Easter Celebrations @ New Brighton Bapist Church

Palm Sunday 17th April 11am Morning Worship

Maundy Thursday 21st April 7pm Communion Service

Good Friday 22nd April 11am Service

Easter Sunday 24th April 11am Celebration Service

Come and celebration the greatest gift to man.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only

begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall

not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

New Brighton Bapist Church

Seabank Road

CH45 1HG

Working Together in Love for the Kingdom Of God”



What’s on @ New Brighton Bapist Church


Monday 7:45pm Bible Study Group

Tuesday 7:45pm Bible Study/Prayer Meeting

Wednesday 9-11am Parents & Tots (preschool)

1.30pm Nurture group (Manse)

5:30pm Warriors (5-11yrs)

6:45 pm Rock Solid (11-16yrs)

7:45pm New Brighton House Group

Thursday 12:30pm Lunch Fellowship

please let Phil know by Wednesday if you hope to be with us for lunch

2:00pm Ladies Fellowship

6-9pm Youth Café @ The Haven

7:45pm Wallasey Village House Group


If you have any question about the Christian faith or you want any more information on anything that we do please don’t hesitate to ask.


New Brighton Baptist Church Office

142 Seabank Road Wallasey CH45 1HG

NBBC Church Office 0151 639 8507


The Haven Christian Bookshop/Coffee Shop !42 Seabank Road New Brighton

The Haven is part of the work of New Brighton Baptist Church

And home to Pathways crisis pregnancy and to Reach Counselling on Wirral

Open Monday-Saturday 10am-1pm

For more information call 0151 638 5910



Funding for New Brighton

In March 2010 the previous Government launched its latest strategy for seaside towns – Strategy for Seaside Success: Securing the future of seaside economies. To coincide with this announcement Wirral along with 24 other local authorities in England was awarded a grant of £200,000 from the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG). The allocation in the form of a revenue grant is designed to support projects that will drive regeneration and economic development in the seaside towns of New Brighton, Hoylake and West Kirby.

Cabinet have agreed that Wirral’s allocation be split equally between New Brighton (£100,000) and Hoylake/West Kirby (£100,000) and that the respective Area Forum’s be given responsibility in evaluating and determining which proposals be supported. Recommendations from each Area Forum will then be presented to a future Cabinet for a decision.

The application process was launched on 20th February and the closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 25 February 2011. Applications that meet the criteria for funding will be assessed through a process of participatory budgeting at two “Special” Area Forums on 7.00-9.00pm, 14 March at Melrose Hall, Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU for Hoylake & West Kirby and 7.00-9.00pm, 17th March at Wallasey Sea Cadets, Victoria Road, New Brighton, CH45 9LD in respect of New Brighton.

If you are a resident in either of these areas and would like to have a say on how this funding is spent, you can attend on the evening and vote on which projects receive funding in your area. If you have any questions about getting involved please call Andy Brannan on 0151 691 8391 or email


New Brighton Lifeboats

In the News:

Lifeboats On Call 24/7

Don’t miss the superb exhibition by Wallasey Amateur Photographic Society with the story of the station told through interviews, stories & poetry by the children of New Brighton Primary School Writing Group



In January our hovercraft volunteers were in action helping save an unlucky walker who became stuck in the river mud off Egremont Promenade – the alarm was raised by a quick thinking group of girls from Weatherhead High School.

Lifeboat photo
Rescued man


A big thanks to Wallasey & District Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes who during the last 12 months have raised a magnificent £4021.01 – the money will be used to start our new appeal to help with the costs of crew training and gear.

New Brighton Lifeboat