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Southport Latest News

Throwline installed next to Hesketh Park lake by Tom Martin (January 2021)

An emergency ‘throwline’ has been installed near the lake at Southport’s Hesketh Park.Set-up securely next to the lake and accessible using a code   Read more ...

Patients raise concern over hospital discharges by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A national Healthwatch report, which includes local insight from Sefton, highlights how patients are grateful to hard-working doctors, nurses and   Read more ...

Christine Walkden to appear at this year's Southport Flower Show by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Renowned horticulturist Christine Walkden is to return to the Southport Flower Show this year to share her gardening knowledge with visitors.The   Read more ...

Laptops to be donated to local children during lockdown by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Staff from a computer repair shop in Southport are asking locals to give them unwanted laptops and devices that they can repair and then donate to   Read more ...

Supermarket giant look to build new store in Southport by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Supermarket giant Lidl has launched a consultation on plans to build a new store in Southport.The proposal is for a new foodstore and parking on land   Read more ...

Byng House to be turned into nursing home by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Byng House, a former respite centre in Southport for armed forces veterans, will be converted into a nursing home after it was finally sold by the   Read more ...

Former firefighter watch manager to take on 54 mile challenge by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A former watch manager with the fire service in Formby will take part in a 54 mile cross country march this summer to raise money for charity.Matthew   Read more ...

Cancer survivor urges others to back campaign by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A Southport cancer survivor is backing Cancer Research UK’s campaign for World Cancer Day and is urging people to join him by donating or wearing the   Read more ...

Care home residents enjoy sensory art therapy by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Residents of Birkdale Tower Lodge care home have been enjoying sensory art therapy to inspire creativity and relaxation.Staff were delighted to   Read more ...

Man jailed for 'horrendous attacks' on two victims by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A man has been jailed for five years following “horrendous attacks” on two victims in Southport.Jonathan Doran, 35, of Canterbury Way, in Netherton,   Read more ...

Tributes paid to influential businessman Herbert Silcock by Tom Martin (January 2021)

One of Southport’s most recognisable businessman has passed away.Herbert Silcock Snr died after a short illness, peacefully at home on 20th January   Read more ...

Electric bikes, hoverboards and Segways stolen from garage by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Burglars targeted a garage in Southport and stole 89 electric bikes, 50 boxes of bike accessories (including locks, helmets, lights and gloves), ten   Read more ...

Hospital doctor publishes book about hormones by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has published a book about underlying causes of hormone conditions   Read more ...

New charity song to help struggling musicians by Tom Martin (January 2021)

The Rainbow Collective has released a new charity single to raise vital funds to help support struggling musicians.Play That Song To Me has been   Read more ...

Light up Lord Street! Exciting project gets underway by Tom Martin (January 2021)

The first of 300,000 new decorative light bulbs have now been installed on trees along the historic Lord Street boulevard in Southport.Southport BID   Read more ...

Check out this week's Scam Alert column by Tom Martin (January 2021)

This week’s opening topic is about scams relating to upfront loan fees. My friends at Neighbourhood Watch give this warning. “Loan fee fraud occurs   Read more ...

Port knock out Halifax Town in FA Trophy by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Halifax Town 1Southport 2Southport progressed to the next round of the FA Trophy with a 2-1 victory over FC Halifax Town in their first visit to the   Read more ...

Locals urged to sign up for Rock ‘n’ Roll run in Liverpool by Tom Martin (January 2021)

The British Red Cross are calling on local businesses to sign-up a team for the Rock ‘n’ Roll half-marathon in Liverpool to raise money for the   Read more ...

Baby ballet group offers free online classes by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Pre-school dance specialist ‘babyballet’ has launched free online educational dance lessons for every child under the age of six in the UK during the   Read more ...

New campaign group want to change voting system by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Campaigners from Sefton and West Lancs are joining forces to form a new local group dedicated to campaigning for Proportional Representation.The   Read more ...

Police appeal to find missing girl by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Police are appealing to help find a 17-year-old girl who has links to Southport. Chantelle Roberts was last seen at around 12.20pm on Tuesday, 12   Read more ...

Flooding work to protect houses in Churchtown by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A multi-million pound project is underway to alleviate sewer flooding impacting homes in the Churchtown area of Verulam Road and Merlewood   Read more ...

Festive float raised £5k for charity by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Last month’s Santa Flout in Southport raised more than £5,000, despite the coronavirus restrictions in place at the time.The Southport Hesketh Round   Read more ...

Police launch fresh appeal after machete attack in Southport by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Detectives investigating an assault in Southport are issuing a new appeal for witnesses to come forward. On Wednesday 13th January at around 5.10pm,   Read more ...

Town centre cycle lanes to be expanded into nearby villages by Tom Martin (January 2021)

New cycle lanes created in Southport town centre last year, which have split opinion among locals, will be expanded into Churchtown, Crossens and   Read more ...

Man injured in machete attack in Southport by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A man was reportedly injured in a machete attack on Lord Street, in Southport. Police are investigating after a man was seriously wounded at 5.10pm   Read more ...

Hospital needs patient discharge support volunteer by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Southport and Ormskirk hospitals are looking to recruit a local person to fill a unique and fulfilling position as a patient discharge support   Read more ...

Revitalise aims to raise £1m for exhausted carers by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Revitalise, which has a centre in Southport, wants to raise £1million to subsidise respite care breaks for thousands of exhausted carers.The company   Read more ...

Foodbank thank the community for support during pandemic by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Shoreline Church Foodbank has expressed their gratitude to the community of Southport and its surrounding areas for all their kind donations during   Read more ...

Holocaust Memorial Day Service is moved online by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Organisers of Sefton’s Holocaust Memorial Day Service have been forced to cancel this year’s event. Every year in January, Sefton Council hosts a   Read more ...

Dodger the unwanted dog finally finds a new home! by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A dog who was nearly put down by his owner five years ago because he was unwanted has now found a new home, thanks to Freshfields Animal   Read more ...

Locals asked to give feedback on hospitals by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Health leaders in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are inviting people to share their views and experiences of local healthcare by getting   Read more ...

Southport could enjoy a real “renaissance” if Town Deal is approved by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Southport could enjoy a real “renaissance” as a destination for families and business delegates if a £50million bid for Town Deal funding is   Read more ...

Animal charity gets £5,495 donation from local firm by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A local solicitor has donated £5,495 to Freshfields Animal Rescue following a Charity Will Month. Mike Prendergast, of Dickinson Parker Hill   Read more ...

Residents treated to cruise experience at home! by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Residents at the Athena Healthcare Group have been treated to a cruise experience at home!The locals were taken on a brief break from the icy British   Read more ...

Revitalise shines a light on struggles of disabled people by Tom Martin (January 2021)

During the latest lockdown, Southport-based Revitalise wants to ensure that the struggles facing disabled people and their carers during the pandemic   Read more ...

Check out this week's Scam Alert column by Tom Martin (January 2021)

This week's Scam Alert column, brought to you by John Trotter: Happy New Year everyone. Let’s hope that 2021 is better than 2020.This week I want to   Read more ...

Southport MP urges locals to apply for government grants by Tom Martin (January 2021)

MP Damien Moore has urged Southport residents to apply for new £9,000 grants which have been made available to help local businesses get through the   Read more ...

Football club helps the community over festive period by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Southport Football Club Community Foundation have been continuing to work hard behind the scenes to help the local community.  Throughout the   Read more ...

Southport BID urges people to support local businesses during latest lockdown by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Southport BID is urging people to support local businesses during the latest national lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a range of   Read more ...

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