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Check out the latest Life on Cars column!

Check out the latest Life on Cars column! by Danielle Thompson (September 2021)

MILKSHAKES have shaken up driving tests. Specifically, McDonald’s milkshakes, Ikea furniture, Nando’s chicken and a whole host of other things you’d   Read more ...

Check out the latest Scam Alert!

Check out the latest Scam Alert! by Danielle Thompson (September 2021)

LAST week we had a story in Champion of a vulnerable Southport resident being conned by scammers who sent him a letter, purporting to be from his   Read more ...

Last tickets for British Musical Fireworks Championship

Last tickets for British Musical Fireworks Championship by Danielle Thompson (September 2021)

TICKETS are still available for the 2021 British Musical Fireworks Championship in Southport later this month. Sefton Council's Tourism team are busy   Read more ...

Karate brothers are selected to Team GB

Karate brothers are selected to Team GB by Tom Martin (September 2021)

TWO talented brothers from Ormskirk who have a passion for martial arts have been selected to represent Team GB in this month’s WUKF World Karate   Read more ...

Young boxers represent Waterloo ABC at two events

Young boxers represent Waterloo ABC at two events by Ollie Cowan (September 2021)

A sefton boxing gym has produced its first fighters in 26 years after four teenagers represented their club at two recent events.Waterloo ABC was   Read more ...

STREET GANGS ’MAKING LIFE A MISERY FOR US’

STREET GANGS ’MAKING LIFE A MISERY FOR US’ by Danielle Thompson (September 2021)

GANGS of youths have been making life a misery for residents by roaming the streets in the evenings in an area of Formby.A woman who has lived in the   Read more ...

Youngster captures ‘UFO’ on camera!

Youngster captures ‘UFO’ on camera! by Tom Martin (September 2021)

A FIVE-year-old girl from Aughton believes she has captured a UFO on camera!Summer Steele, who attends Asmall Primary School, was playing outside on   Read more ...

Boxing club produces first fighters in 26 years

Boxing club produces first fighters in 26 years by Tom Martin (September 2021)

A LOCAL boxing gym has produced its first fighters in 26 years after four teenagers represented their club at two recent events.Waterloo ABC was   Read more ...

Orienteering competitors tackle their way around Skem’s streets

Orienteering competitors tackle their way around Skem’s streets by Henry James (August 2021)

THE sport of Orienteering came to Skelmersdale over the weekend of August 21 and 22 when the British Sprint Championships took place.The residents of   Read more ...

Relief after ‘stolen’ defib is returned to Tarleton Village after Champion appeal

Relief after ‘stolen’ defib is returned to Tarleton Village after Champion appeal by Henry James (August 2021)

A LIFE-SAVING defibrillator worth more than £850, which was believed to have been stolen from a Public Access Box in Tarleton Village, has been   Read more ...

Rare white deer spotted  in Tarleton

Rare white deer spotted  in Tarleton by Henry James (August 2021)

CHAMPION reader, Alan Gillard, has shared some pictures of a white deer crossing the road  in Tarleton.The Skelmersdale resident wrote: “Me and my   Read more ...

Rare white deer spotted by passer-by in Tarleton

Rare white deer spotted by passer-by in Tarleton by Henry James (August 2021)

CHAMPION reader Alan Gillard has shared some pictures of a white deer crossing the road in Tarleton.The Skelmersdale resident was driving when he   Read more ...

Betting shop closes to make way for Crosby Village redevelopment

Betting shop closes to make way for Crosby Village redevelopment by Tom Martin (August 2021)

A BETTING shop in Crosby Village has closed down after 15 years on the high street to make way for the redevelopment of Telegraph House.Betfred held   Read more ...

Skelmersdale set to host two national orienteering races!

Skelmersdale set to host two national orienteering races! by Henry James (August 2021)

ORIENTEERING comes to Skelmersdale, when not one but two British Championships take place this weekend!Orienteering is a sport that combines running   Read more ...

Boulder stone left to become overgrown in tactical move against vandals, council chiefs say

Boulder stone left to become overgrown in tactical move against vandals, council chiefs say by Danielle Thompson (August 2021)

A FURIOUS resident has accused council chiefs of neglecting Coronation Park after its ‘boulder stone’ was left to become swamped by undergrowth – but   Read more ...

Doggie duos find new homes

Doggie duos find new homes by Danielle Thompson (July 2021)

STAFF at an animal rescue based in Ince Blundell are delighted after two adorable duos of dogs were able to find homes – while being able to stay   Read more ...

Police drone images show group of youths at dangerous quarry

Police drone images show group of youths at dangerous quarry by Tom Martin (July 2021)

POLICE have released drone footage of a group of youths who were swimming at the dangerous East  Quarry  in Appley Bridge.The Champion has    Read more ...

Adam dreams of the West End stage - but he needs your help!

Adam dreams of the West End stage - but he needs your help! by Tom Martin (July 2021)

A MUSICAL theatre student from south Sefton needs to raise just under £11,500 to continue his dream of becoming a star on the West End.Adam Cusack,   Read more ...

Check out the latest Scam Alert!

Check out the latest Scam Alert! by Danielle Thompson (July 2021)

Last week, Sir Ron Watson urged readers of Champion to beware of phone scam callers, and gave some very useful advice on how we should protect   Read more ...

Terri has her ‘thoughts’ on life published

Terri has her ‘thoughts’ on life published by Tom Martin (July 2021)

A RETIRED lecturer from Crosby who sends her friends daily ‘thoughts’ about life has decided to publish them in a new book.Terri Whitaker, 75, told   Read more ...

Marine FC given go-ahead for new 3G pitch

Marine FC given go-ahead for new 3G pitch by Tom Martin (July 2021)

PLANS to build a new 3G pitch at Marine Travel Arena have been approved by Sefton Council after the Crosby football club addressed concerns about   Read more ...

Riley goes the extra mile for charity challenge

Riley goes the extra mile for charity challenge by Tom Martin (July 2021)

AN eight-year-old from Seaforth has raised money for charity after taking on a ten-mile cycle challenge.Riley Whewell aimed to raise £100 but managed   Read more ...

Invasive species of bamboo is ‘taking over Rotten Row’

Invasive species of bamboo is ‘taking over Rotten Row’ by Danielle Thompson (June 2021)

A CONCERNED Southport resident is calling for an ‘invasive species’ taking over Rotten Row to be culled.Robert Bewley contacted the Champion after   Read more ...

Mum awarded British Empire Medal for services to charity

Mum awarded British Empire Medal for services to charity by Danielle Thompson (June 2021)

A MUM from Crosby was ‘stunned’ to be awarded the British Empire Medal for voluntary and charitable services.The Champion has published several   Read more ...

Concerns flagged up by cyclist over dangerous sand near town’s Pier

Concerns flagged up by cyclist over dangerous sand near town’s Pier by Danielle Thompson (June 2021)

A CYCLIST from Southport believes that the sand-covered cyclepath near to Southport Pier has become dangerous as it is ‘virtually impassible’ - and   Read more ...

Fears deadly squirrel pox is back in Formby

Fears deadly squirrel pox is back in Formby by Danielle Thompson (June 2021)

FORMBY residents who live by the red squirrel reserve, along with visitors to the Pinewoods, are being urged to report any sightings of dead red   Read more ...

Fossil fools, look away from the all electric Mustangs!

Fossil fools, look away from the all electric Mustangs! by Danielle Thompson (June 2021)

FOSSIL fools look away. Ford’s now making more all-electric Mustangs than it is internal combustion ones.  I use the term because that’s the one a   Read more ...

Ellie aims to be the ‘best goalkeeper in the world’ after signing for Man City

Ellie aims to be the ‘best goalkeeper in the world’ after signing for Man City by Tom Martin (June 2021)

A TALENTED young footballer from south Sefton says she wants to become “the best goalkeeper in the world” after she was signed by Women’s Super   Read more ...

‘Goal machine’ Harrison signs for the Tangerines!

‘Goal machine’ Harrison signs for the Tangerines! by Tom Martin (June 2021)

AN eight-year-old goal machine from Ormskirk has been snapped up by Blackpool Football Club.Harrison Wright (shown, left) who scored an incredible 88   Read more ...

Formby Golf Club to stage PGA Seniors Championship

Formby Golf Club to stage PGA Seniors Championship by Henry James (May 2021)

GOLF fans will be to watch some of the legends of the sport in action in Formby later this summer when it hosts the PGA Seniors Championship.The   Read more ...

Healthwatch Sefton chiefs celebrate volunteers

Healthwatch Sefton chiefs celebrate volunteers by Danielle Thompson (May 2021)

CHIEFS at Healthwatch Sefton are celebrating Volunteers Week by joining local organisations in thanking volunteers for their incredible support   Read more ...

Healthwatch Sefton celebrates their volunteers

Healthwatch Sefton celebrates their volunteers by Danielle Thompson (May 2021)

CHIEFS at Healthwatch Sefton are celebrating Volunteers Week by joining local organisations in thanking volunteers for their incredible support   Read more ...

Plea to Liverpool City Region Mayor to be a ‘Cancer Champion’

Plea to Liverpool City Region Mayor to be a ‘Cancer Champion’ by Henry James (May 2021)

Congratulations to Steve Rotheram on being re-elected as Mayor of Liverpool City Region. Prior to Mayoral elections, campaigners across the North   Read more ...

Lancashire’s bid to become City of Culture 2025 needs your help!

Lancashire’s bid to become City of Culture 2025 needs your help! by Henry James (April 2021)

ORGANISERS of Lancashire’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025 is looking for local residents and artists to submit ideas that could become part   Read more ...

Champion target shooter aims to inspire more black athletes to take up the sport

Champion target shooter aims to inspire more black athletes to take up the sport by Tom Martin (April 2021)

An international target shooter from Waterloo, who became the first black person to represent England in the discipline, wants to encourage more   Read more ...

Mental health charity expands after new move

Mental health charity expands after new move by Tom Martin (April 2021)

A charity that supports men in Sefton with mental health problems has expanded its services after moving into a new office.The Champion has   Read more ...

Proposals to modify former Regal Cinema to make way for retail unit and student accommodation are recommended for approval

Proposals to modify former Regal Cinema to make way for retail unit and student accommodation are recommended for approval by Henry James (April 2021)

OFFICERS at West Lancashire Borough Council have recommended that proposals to modify the former Regal Cinema building in Ormskirk to make way for a   Read more ...

‘Support local businesses’ urges BID boss, as lockdown restrictions ease

‘Support local businesses’ urges BID boss, as lockdown restrictions ease by Danielle Thompson (April 2021)

RESIDENTS are being urged to ‘invest in their town and support local businesses’ as the first stage of lockdown easing begins.Southport BID’s chief   Read more ...

Return of the Champ!

Return of the Champ! by Tom Martin (March 2021)

The Champion is back on the street today (Wednesday, April 14)The third national lockdown forced us to pause our publication, as it did in previous   Read more ...

Check out this week's Life on Cars

Check out this week's Life on Cars by Tom Martin (March 2021)

I'm not sure how many Champion readers live in thatched cottages or old railway stations – but if you do, I’m willing to bet you’ve got wifi and gas   Read more ...

Chance to share your experiences of care homes during past year

Chance to share your experiences of care homes during past year by Tom Martin (March 2021)

HEALTHWATCH Sefton, the local independent champion for health and care, wants to hear people’s experience of what it’s been like being in a care home   Read more ...

Award for St Richard’s

Award for St Richard’s by Tom Martin (March 2021)

Despite lockdown restrictions St Richard’s Primary School in Skelmersdale has received a LiveSimply award for its efforts to reduce waste, recycle   Read more ...

Council: Playing fields in Litherland have NOT been sold...but will be turned into sports hub

Council: Playing fields in Litherland have NOT been sold...but will be turned into sports hub by Tom Martin (March 2021)

Sefton Council have issued a statement to say Orrell Mount playing fields have not been sold – but plans are still in place to turn it into a new   Read more ...

LCR Music Board looking for new Board members

LCR Music Board looking for new Board members by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Liverpool City Region Music Board is looking for new board members to join the panel of experts and influential figures from the world of music;   Read more ...

Authors want to find family of 1920s Liverpool player

Authors want to find family of 1920s Liverpool player by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Two authors want to track down the family of a footballer who played for Liverpool's back-to-back title winning side of the 1920s. Jeff Goulding and   Read more ...

£50k fundraiser to restore running track

£50k fundraiser to restore running track by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A £50,000 fundraiser has been started to help restore a running track in Rimrose Valley Country Park so it can reach its “full potential”. The   Read more ...

Councils given £1m to boost vaccine 'take up'

Councils given £1m to boost vaccine 'take up' by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Sefton Council and West Lancashire Borough Council have been given a share of nearly £1million to expand work to support those most at risk from   Read more ...

Council prepare for flooding issues in West Lancs

Council prepare for flooding issues in West Lancs by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Lancashire County Council's highway teams say they are ready to respond to any problems with flooding on the roads this week.Many residents in West   Read more ...

Couple with coronavirus claim too many people are travelling to Lydiate

Couple with coronavirus claim too many people are travelling to Lydiate by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A married couple from Lydiate who caught coronavirus claim there are too many people travelling into the village from outside areas, despite lockdown   Read more ...

Maghull Radio is saved after Champion appeal

Maghull Radio is saved after Champion appeal by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Maghull Radio has been saved thanks to kindhearted donations from Champion readers. We reported at the start of January how their broadcasting   Read more ...

So long, Ssangyong!

So long, Ssangyong! by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

Goodbye, Ssangyong – and thanks for all the cars, writes our Life on Cars columnist David Simister. Unless something dramatic happens between the   Read more ...

So long, Ssangyong!

So long, Ssangyong! by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

GOODBYE, Ssangyong – and thanks for all the cars? Unless something dramatic happens between the time of writing this and the moment The Champion pops   Read more ...

Champ readers thanked for response to toy appeal

Champ readers thanked for response to toy appeal by Henry James (December 2020)

From page 1STAFF at the West Tower in Aughton have contacted the Champion to thank our readers for their support of their recent community   Read more ...

Check out the latest Scam Alert!

Check out the latest Scam Alert! by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

GOOD news this week is the return of printed Champion...sorely missed by residents. Let us hope that things are improving for everyone at last.This   Read more ...

Youngsters delighted to be treated to a surprise Winter Wonderland!

Youngsters delighted to be treated to a surprise Winter Wonderland! by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

YOUNGSTERS at Birkdale Primary School were delighted to be welcomed to a surprise Winter Wonderland this week – complete with an industrial snow   Read more ...

Healthwatch Sefton welcomes Bill Bruce as its new leader

Healthwatch Sefton welcomes Bill Bruce as its new leader by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

SEFTON’S  local health and care consumer champion has recruited a new chairperson who will guide them through the next three years.Bill Bruce, who   Read more ...

Runner wins a gold medal for Britain

Runner wins a gold medal for Britain by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

A RUNNER from Formby has won a gold medal for Britain out in Madeira!Liverpool Pembroke Sefton runner Lisa Gawthorne flew out to the Portuguese   Read more ...

Rotarians' Christmas Float will be held outside a supermarket this December due to coronavirus restrictions

Rotarians' Christmas Float will be held outside a supermarket this December due to coronavirus restrictions by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

MAGHULL and Aughton Rotary Club’s Christmas Float will be held outside a supermarket this December due to coronavirus restrictions.Ian Agnew from the   Read more ...

Horse sanctuary launches petition to secure home

Horse sanctuary launches petition to secure home by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

A HORSE sanctuary in Thornton are hoping to stay where they are based after launching an online petition to ‘give them the security they deserve.’In   Read more ...

Campaign launched to encourage people to speak up about health and social care services

Campaign launched to encourage people to speak up about health and social care services by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

A NEW campaign has been launched to encourage people to speak up about health and social care services.Healthwatch Sefton, the local champion for   Read more ...

Reader shares stunning images

Reader shares stunning images by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

AN AMATEUR photographer with a passion for the Sefton coastline has sent the Champion some eye-catching images of Crosby Beach.Paula Simone Ashcroft   Read more ...

School team are the ‘virtual’ champions of basketball challenge

School team are the ‘virtual’ champions of basketball challenge by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

CHILDREN at Crow Orchard Primary School in Skelmersdale are the proud winners of a ‘virtual basketball’ challenge.The contest was organised by SHARES   Read more ...

Who has created this ‘poppy power’ display?

Who has created this ‘poppy power’ display? by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

A CHAMPION reader has got in touch after being impressed by a crocheted ‘poppy power masterpiece’ in the run-up to Remembrance Day (November   Read more ...

Council promise to investigate hedge concerns highlighted by worried mum

Council promise to investigate hedge concerns highlighted by worried mum by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

LANCASHIRE County Council have responded to a mum’s appeal in the Champion for ‘dangerously overgrown’ bushes to be cut back in Aughton ‘before a   Read more ...

Police chiefs recruit domestic abuse ‘Champions’ after joining PCC scheme

Police chiefs recruit domestic abuse ‘Champions’ after joining PCC scheme by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

Merseyside Police have established a team of volunteer ‘Champions’ to support colleagues who may be experiencing domestic abuse, after the force   Read more ...

MP welcomes provision of Knife Surrender Bins in Skelmersdale

MP welcomes provision of Knife Surrender Bins in Skelmersdale by Henry James (October 2020)

MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the provision of Knife Surrender Bins in Skelmersdale following a Champion article.Last week the Champion reported that   Read more ...

Police chiefs recruit domestic abuse ‘Champions’ after joining PCC scheme

Police chiefs recruit domestic abuse ‘Champions’ after joining PCC scheme by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

Merseyside Police have established a team of volunteer ‘Champions’ to support colleagues who may be experiencing domestic abuse, after the force   Read more ...

Cat with no tail gets another chance to find a forever home

Cat with no tail gets another chance to find a forever home by Ollie Cowan (September 2020)

A CAT with no tail that was given back to an animal sanctuary three times has hopefully found his forever home!The Champion has reported how the   Read more ...

Bowling club given cash boost as a reward for helping combat loneliness

Bowling club given cash boost as a reward for helping combat loneliness by Danielle Thompson (September 2020)

BURSCOUGH Bowling Club members have been left bowled over after they received a £1,000 donation! Persimmon Homes has  handed over the Community   Read more ...

Cat with no tail gets another chance at finding a forever home

Cat with no tail gets another chance at finding a forever home by Danielle Thompson (September 2020)

A CAT with no tail that was given back to an animal sanctuary three times has hopefully found his forever home!The Champion has reported how the   Read more ...

Council workers who cleaned up fly-tipping spot verbally abused

Council workers who cleaned up fly-tipping spot verbally abused by Tom Martin (September 2020)

COUNCIL workers who went to clean up a fly-tipping grotspot in Bootle say they were verbally abused by residents.The Champion reported last week how   Read more ...

Drains finally cleared on flood-hit street following damage caused to homes

Drains finally cleared on flood-hit street following damage caused to homes by Tom Martin (September 2020)

A HIGHWAYS drain located on a flood-hit street in Burscough has been inspected and cleared by Lancashire County Council.Flash floods in August caused   Read more ...

Shotgun found by police during open land search could be linked to shooting

Shotgun found by police during open land search could be linked to shooting by Tom Martin (September 2020)

A SHOTGUN has been found by police during an ‘open area search’ after a man was shot in Skelmersdale.The Champion reported last week how a man in his   Read more ...

Sorry, Elon - but the most ‘on trend’ motors of the year are not electric!

Sorry, Elon - but the most ‘on trend’ motors of the year are not electric! by Danielle Thompson (September 2020)

SORRY, Elon. The most on-trend motors of the year are both flyweight two-seaters – and neither of them are electric.  Electric car evangelists might   Read more ...

Supermarket staff boost Cancer Research funds by £1,250 with pink-themed charity events

Supermarket staff boost Cancer Research funds by £1,250 with pink-themed charity events by Danielle Thompson (September 2020)

STAFF at Tesco Extra in Kew have raised £1,250 for Cancer Research with a series of pink-themed charity events.Adele Dennis, Community Champion said:   Read more ...

Coronavirus safety posters are defaced

Coronavirus safety posters are defaced by Danielle Thompson (September 2020)

coronavirus advice posters and social distancing pavement markers across Southport town centre have been defaced with messages claiming the pandemic   Read more ...

Spyder is the world’s fastest car!

Spyder is the world’s fastest car! by Danielle Thompson (September 2020)

PORSCHE now makes the fastest car in the world – and all it took was a 16-year-old schoolgirl who likes hanging out with her mates and eating pizzas   Read more ...

Council reject club’s housing plan

Council reject club’s housing plan by Tom Martin (September 2020)

RESIDENTS who signed a petition against plans to build six houses on a busy road in Crosby are celebrating after the council unexpectedly rejected   Read more ...

MP welcomes plans for new Aldi store in Maghull

MP welcomes plans for new Aldi store in Maghull by Tom Martin (September 2020)

SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson has welcomed plans by Aldi to open a new supermarket in Maghull - particularly as it will create 75 new jobs.The   Read more ...

Vandal attack on lifeboat rescue crew’s training boat

Vandal attack on lifeboat rescue crew’s training boat by Danielle Thompson (September 2020)

VOLUNTEERS at Southport Lifeboat were left horrified after a ‘mindless vandal’ slashed their training boat repeatedly with a knife.A spokesperson for   Read more ...

You wait ages for a new Rolls-Royce – then two of them glide up at once!

You wait ages for a new Rolls-Royce – then two of them glide up at once! by Danielle Thompson (August 2020)

TYPICAL, M’Lord. You wait ages for a new Rolls-Royce – and then two gracefully glide up at once! At least that’s how I think the landed gentry   Read more ...

You wait ages for a new Rolls-Royce – then two of them glide up at once!

You wait ages for a new Rolls-Royce – then two of them glide up at once! by Danielle Thompson (August 2020)

TYPICAL, M’Lord. You wait ages for a new Rolls-Royce – and then two gracefully glide up at once! At least that’s how I think the landed gentry   Read more ...

Flooding could get even worse if pumps are taken away, claims MP

Flooding could get even worse if pumps are taken away, claims MP by Tom Martin (August 2020)

FIVE flood pumps that were due to be decommissioned in West Lancashire have received a stay of execution... for the time being.Concerns have been   Read more ...

Champ delivery boy, Callum, heads for Oxford University

Champ delivery boy, Callum, heads for Oxford University by Danielle Thompson (August 2020)

A CHAMPION delivery boy is set to take up a place at Oxford University following his top grades in his recent A Level assessments.Christ the King   Read more ...

Cafe that supports over 70s is given £1,000 cash boost

Cafe that supports over 70s is given £1,000 cash boost by Tom Martin (August 2020)

A SOUTH Sefton charity that offers “a non-judgemental cuppa and a chat” for pensioners has been given a £1,000 boost to help their aims of supporting   Read more ...

Air ambulance lands next to housing estate!

Air ambulance lands next to housing estate! by Tom Martin (August 2020)

SKELMERSDALE residents were shocked to find an air ambulance land next to their housing estate!Locals were treated to the rare sight of a North West   Read more ...

Plaza launch campaign for government funding

Plaza launch campaign for government funding by Tom Martin (August 2020)

PLAZA Cinema bosses have launched a campaign to lobby the government for more financial support after claiming existing grants “favour large, heavily   Read more ...

Planning law changes ‘will do nothing for housing crisis in West Lancs’

Planning law changes ‘will do nothing for housing crisis in West Lancs’ by Tom Martin (August 2020)

PLANS to overhaul the country’s planning system “will do nothing to alleviate the housing crisis in  West Lancashire,” say local Liberal   Read more ...

Accidentally 'unadopted'' planter is set to be neatened up by Sefton Council after becoming an ‘eyesore and a grot spot’

Accidentally 'unadopted'' planter is set to be neatened up by Sefton Council after becoming an ‘eyesore and a grot spot’ by Danielle Thompson (August 2020)

AN accidentally ‘unadopted’ planter is set to be neatened up by Sefton Council after becoming an ‘eyesore and a grot spot.’Champion reader Hazel Gee   Read more ...

Play areas finally reopened by Sefton Council

Play areas finally reopened by Sefton Council by Tom Martin (August 2020)

SEFTON Council has finally reopened its play areas following complaints from local parents.Families will be limited to half an hour slots and parents   Read more ...

Marine team up with a local entrepreneur

Marine team up with a local entrepreneur by Tom Martin (August 2020)

A CROSBY entrepreneur has become the first to sign up for a new membership club set-up by Marine FC.Chris Speed created SimBin Studios UK in 2014,   Read more ...

Care workers need pay rise as well, claims MP

Care workers need pay rise as well, claims MP by Tom Martin (August 2020)

CARE workers deserve a pay rise along with doctors, teachers and police officers, according to Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson. The Champion reported   Read more ...

Quick-thinking teenager who saved a stranger’s life is given ‘unusual present’ as a reward

Quick-thinking teenager who saved a stranger’s life is given ‘unusual present’ as a reward by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

A QUICK-THINKING teenager who saved a stranger’s life in a ‘million-to-one’ chance meeting at a church in Crosby has been given an unusual present as   Read more ...

Journalism Week is front page news for Norwood youngsters

Journalism Week is front page news for Norwood youngsters by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

YOUNGSTERS at a primary school in Southport became roving reporters during a ‘Journalism Week’ challenge!Tom Walsh, a teacher at Norwood Primary   Read more ...

Improvements at Fiveways junction will be carried out in the autumn

Improvements at Fiveways junction will be carried out in the autumn by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

‘LONG overdue’ changes are to be made at Fiveways road junction in Ormskirk to help improve its safety record.West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper says   Read more ...

Supermarket staff donate £365 to NHS

Supermarket staff donate £365 to NHS by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

FUNDRAISERS at Tesco Extra Southport have raised £365 for Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.Adele Dennis, Tesco Community Champion said: “We did a   Read more ...

Grot-spot fly-tipping is cleared by council

Grot-spot fly-tipping is cleared by council by Tom Martin (July 2020)

A FED-UP resident who has been forced to put up with a regular fly-tipping grot-spot in Seaforth has thanked the council after it was cleaned up   Read more ...

Exposed wires in traffic lights column are ‘putting lives at risk’ says resident

Exposed wires in traffic lights column are ‘putting lives at risk’ says resident by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

A MAGHULL resident has raised concerns that council inaction on dealing with exposed live electrical wires in a traffic lights column, is putting   Read more ...

CCTV show four more men wanted after Liverpool fan celebrations at Pier Head

CCTV show four more men wanted after Liverpool fan celebrations at Pier Head by Tom Martin (July 2020)

MORE CCTV images have been released by police as they continue to make arrests following Liverpool’s title celebrations at the Pier Head last   Read more ...

Two hospice charity shops to close due to lockdown struggles

Two hospice charity shops to close due to lockdown struggles by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

QUEENSCOURT will close two of their charity shops due to financial struggles brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Last week, the Champion revealed   Read more ...

Police crackdown on yobs using off-road bikes on busy cycle path

Police crackdown on yobs using off-road bikes on busy cycle path by Tom Martin (July 2020)

POLICE have carried out further searches of a cycle path between Ormskirk and Maghull following more reports of off-road motorbikes being used by   Read more ...

Concerns over safety of Fiveways Junction taken to government

Concerns over safety of Fiveways Junction taken to government by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has taken her calls for Fiveways Junction to be given safety improvements to the Home Secretary.Last week, the   Read more ...

Am-Dram club takes a bow as it reaches 100 year milestone

Am-Dram club takes a bow as it reaches 100 year milestone by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

THIS year marks the 100th birthday of Southport Dramatic Club - the Champion takes a look back at its history. Although Southport Dramatic Club was   Read more ...

Would you like to become an 'insect champion?'

Would you like to become an 'insect champion?' by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

A NEW report has revealed how boosting insect numbers would have a ‘huge’ positive effect ‘on the rest of the natural world.’The Wildlife Trusts have   Read more ...

Graffiti yobs deface trees and benches

Graffiti yobs deface trees and benches by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

A REGULAR visitor to the Pinewoods at Freshfields was dismayed to find acts of vandalism on trees and picnic benches.Champion reader Julie Smith   Read more ...

Plaza cinema to reopen on July 31 to coincide with movie releases

Plaza cinema to reopen on July 31 to coincide with movie releases by Tom Martin (July 2020)

THE Plaza Cinema will open its doors for the first time since March, on Friday, July 31 after the government gave the green light.The news will be   Read more ...

Hospice income plunges to less than a third as donations fall during lockdown

Hospice income plunges to less than a third as donations fall during lockdown by Ollie Cowan (July 2020)

SUPPORTERS have rallied around Queenscourt Hospice after the coronavirus pandemic sent their income plunging to less than a third – at a time when   Read more ...

Go Outdoors is ‘sold back to owners’ JD Sports for £56.5m

Go Outdoors is ‘sold back to owners’ JD Sports for £56.5m by Tom Martin (June 2020)

GO Outdoors, which has stores in Southport and Bootle, has been given hope of survival after it was ‘bought back’ by its owners for £56.5million.The   Read more ...

Do you recognise this racing pigeon?

Do you recognise this racing pigeon? by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

DO you recognise this pigeon?Champion reader Les Fawcett from Crosby said: “We are being regulary visited by a beautiful racing pigeon (shown,   Read more ...

Community groups working with elderly could get cash boost

Community groups working with elderly could get cash boost by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

COMMUNITY groups and organisations in West Lancashire, who are supporting the over-70s, are being urged to enter a monthly scheme run by a regional   Read more ...

Brownies earn 106 badges in lockdown!

Brownies earn 106 badges in lockdown! by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

SINCE members of the 6th Formby Methodist Brownies last met in person in March, their unit of 28 girls and six leaders have not stopped – with them   Read more ...

Orchestra enjoyed virtual performances in lockdown

Orchestra enjoyed virtual performances in lockdown by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

MEMBERS of Maghull Wind Orchestra have been enjoying putting on virtual performances during the lockdown.Louise Edwards from the orchestra told the   Read more ...

Hospice income plunges to less than a third as donations fall during lockdown

Hospice income plunges to less than a third as donations fall during lockdown by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

SUPPORTERS have rallied around Queenscourt Hospice after the coronavirus pandemic sent their income plunging to less than a third – at a time when   Read more ...

Champion idea, Jake

Champion idea, Jake by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

A 10 year old from Ainsdale has created his own time capsule to mark the coronavirus pandemic – and he has included the last Champion before we went   Read more ...

Shocked relative was ‘utterly disgusted’ to see Duke Street Cemetery fall victim to fly-tipping

Shocked relative was ‘utterly disgusted’ to see Duke Street Cemetery fall victim to fly-tipping by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

A SHOCKED relative revealed that she was ‘utterly disgusted’ to see Duke Street Cemetery fall victim to fly-tipping.The Champion reader, who does not   Read more ...

More pupils set to go back to school after latest advice

More pupils set to go back to school after latest advice by Tom Martin (June 2020)

SCHOOLS in West Lancashire will be able to reopen to more pupils from June 22 after the county's Director of Public Health decided that “enough   Read more ...

Supermarket team thank the community for donations for charities and schools

Supermarket team thank the community for donations for charities and schools by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

DURING the lockdown, the team at Morrisons in Southport has been supporting the many charities and schools that they have teamed up with.Morrisons   Read more ...

Town in lockdown captured by photographer

Town in lockdown captured by photographer by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

A PHOTOGRAPHER used a drone to capture breathtaking – and somewhat eerie – images of a largely deserted Southport during the coronavirus   Read more ...

Volunteers given highest award you can receive are congratulated by West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper

Volunteers given highest award you can receive are congratulated by West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

VOLUNTEERS who were given the highest award a voluntary group can receive have been congratulated by West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper and the Mayor of West   Read more ...

It's great to be back!

It's great to be back! by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

It’s great to be back!Today’s Champions were our first publication since March 18, when we had to stop due to the lockdown. We would like to thank   Read more ...

Ambitious new environmental crowdfunding campaign has been launched to improve Woodend

Ambitious new environmental crowdfunding campaign has been launched to improve Woodend by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

AN AMBITIOUS new environmental crowdfunding campaign has been launched to improve Woodend/Bobby’s Wood in Maghull.Following their successful Stafford   Read more ...

Parents renew fight to ‘save’ school from becoming an academy

Parents renew fight to ‘save’ school from becoming an academy by Tom Martin (June 2020)

PARENTS have renewed their campaign against plans to turn Ormskirk School into an academy.The Champion has previously reported how parents and   Read more ...

£33m masterplan to create neighbourhood hub edges closer

£33m masterplan to create neighbourhood hub edges closer by Tom Martin (June 2020)

A HUGE £33million 'neighbourhood development’ in Bootle has edged closer after a planning application was submitted to Sefton Council.The Champion   Read more ...

Champion effort from youngsters!

Champion effort from youngsters! by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

HERE at the Champion we were absolutely delighted to receive all of the fantastic entries that came flooding in for our ‘ Design a Masthead’   Read more ...

Fashion-savvy Freedom launches global talent management agency

Fashion-savvy Freedom launches global talent management agency by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

A FORMER Formby High School pupil who has been making a name for himself in the highly competitive world of fashion has branched out by launching a   Read more ...

Champion delivery girl raises more than £800 for charity by taking on a ‘virtual climb of Mount Everest!’

Champion delivery girl raises more than £800 for charity by taking on a ‘virtual climb of Mount Everest!’ by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

A TEENAGER has raised more than £800 for charity by taking on a ‘virtual climb of Mount Everest!’Sophie Blakemore, 13, who is a Champion Newspapers   Read more ...

Sefton motorists are given 'warning notes' that they must pay for parking - or risk a fine

Sefton motorists are given 'warning notes' that they must pay for parking - or risk a fine by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

TRAFFIC wardens have been issuing warning notices to motorists across Sefton, reminding them that they must not risk parking in pay and display areas   Read more ...

Family of elderly woman given 'factually wrong' end-of-life care plan have spoken out – as they believe that it could be happening to others

Family of elderly woman given 'factually wrong' end-of-life care plan have spoken out – as they believe that it could be happening to others by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

THE family of an elderly woman who was given a wrongly-assessed treatment plan which said she lacked the ability to make decisions about her own   Read more ...

‘No go’ for town’s top tourist events

‘No go’ for town’s top tourist events by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

THE onoing coronavirus crisis has killed off any hopes that Southport’s top annual shows can be held this year. Southport Air Show and the British   Read more ...

Would you like to become a ‘Hedgehog Champion’ and see what your prickly friends get up to ‘After Dark?’

Would you like to become a ‘Hedgehog Champion’ and see what your prickly friends get up to ‘After Dark?’ by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

Would you like to become a ‘Hedgehog Champion’ and see what your prickly friends get up to ‘After Dark?’Hedgehog Street, a nationwide campaign set up   Read more ...

Champion's Jim Sharpe (One Man and his Dog) passes away after sudden illnesss

Champion's Jim Sharpe (One Man and his Dog) passes away after sudden illnesss by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

It is with the deepest regret that we must inform our readers of the death of our well-respected colleague Jim Sharpe, 73.He has been a reporter for   Read more ...

Double appeal by fodbanks for donations to ‘plan for the futures as we come out of the coronavirus crisis’

Double appeal by fodbanks for donations to ‘plan for the futures as we come out of the coronavirus crisis’ by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

TWO foodbanks have launched appeals for donations to help them to ‘plan for the futures as we come out of the coronavirus crisis.’The Champion have   Read more ...

Byng house has been offered to the NHS for use during the coronavirus pandemic

Byng house has been offered to the NHS for use during the coronavirus pandemic by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

BYNG House has been offered up to the NHS for use during the coronavirus pandemic.The Champion revealed in January that the centre, which offered   Read more ...

Heritage organisations across Sefton and West Lancs are urged to apply for grants of upto £25,000 from emergency coronavirus fund

Heritage organisations across Sefton and West Lancs are urged to apply for grants of upto £25,000 from emergency coronavirus fund by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

SEFTON and West Lancs heritage organisations are being urged to apply for grants of upto £25,000 from a new £2million emergency fund launched by   Read more ...

Can you help Oscar reach his target?

Can you help Oscar reach his target? by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

A YOUNG Champion reader is walking 20,000 steps a day to raise funds for the NHS!Oscar Atkinson, 11, from Ainsdale, has set up a page on online   Read more ...

If you can’t charge my car up at the side of a single-track road in Snowdonia when it’s lashing it down, I want my money back!

If you can’t charge my car up at the side of a single-track road in Snowdonia when it’s lashing it down, I want my money back! by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

CARL is here to see you. He’s a slightly creepy-sounding robot, and he’s popped round to charge your car up.Don’t worry, Champion readers, this isn’t   Read more ...

Britain's Got Talent judge gives Champion graphic designer the seal of approval on Instagram!

Britain's Got Talent judge gives Champion graphic designer the seal of approval on Instagram! by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

ONE of the Champion’s own graphic designers was delighted when she created a digital portrait of Amanda Holden’s dog and shared it on Instagram – and   Read more ...

Talented engineering student delivers PPE equipment that he made at school

Talented engineering student delivers PPE equipment that he made at school by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

A TALENTED Formby High School student has been out delivering personal protective equipment that he made at the school with the help of its   Read more ...

Inspirational five year old raises funds for 34 Buttony Bears - and that is just the beginning!

Inspirational five year old raises funds for 34 Buttony Bears - and that is just the beginning! by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

THE mum of a brave young girl from Seaforth who has raised more than £1,400 to help other children who are being cared for at Alder Hey Children’s   Read more ...

MP to put his column on hold during coronavirus lockdown

MP to put his column on hold during coronavirus lockdown by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

SOUTHPORT MP Damien Moore has announced that he will be putting his weekly column in the Champion on hold for the near future during the coronavirus   Read more ...

Are you worried about being scammed during the coronaviruis crisis?

Are you worried about being scammed during the coronaviruis crisis? by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

ARE you concerned about being scammed during the coronavirus crisis?John Trotter, who works for Citizens Advice Sefton and writes the Champion’s Scam   Read more ...

Tributes pour in for tireless community champion who was awarded MBE for his 'hard work and dedication'

Tributes pour in for tireless community champion who was awarded MBE for his 'hard work and dedication' by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

AN INSPIRATIONAL community champion who was given an MBE for his tireless charity work has passed away.Father of two Alan Lewis who lived in   Read more ...

Village bowling club’s mower appeal is boosted by a £1,000 grant

Village bowling club’s mower appeal is boosted by a £1,000 grant by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

A VILLAGE bowling club’s mower appeal has been boosted by a £1,000 grant.Banks St Stephens Bowling Club is fundraising for the vital equipment to   Read more ...

Champion teams up with Southport Talking Newspaper!

Champion teams up with Southport Talking Newspaper! by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

THE Champion have teamed up with the Southport Talking Newspaper to highlight their work creating audio recordings of the latest news.We will be   Read more ...

Tributes are paid to ‘selfless super-nurse’ who died after contracting the coronavirus

Tributes are paid to ‘selfless super-nurse’ who died after contracting the coronavirus by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘selfless super-nurse’ who died after contracting the coronavirus.Earlier this week, the Champion revealed that Liz   Read more ...

Son shares heart-breaking video after his dad passes away from the coronavirus

Son shares heart-breaking video after his dad passes away from the coronavirus by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

THE son of a man who has died from the coronavirus has shared a heart-breaking video urging people to ‘stay home and stay safe’ in a desperate bid to   Read more ...

Creative Lancashire gets a new chairman

Creative Lancashire gets a new chairman by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

A LEADING figure from Lancashire's creative sector has been appointed the new chair of Creative Lancashire and she is already looking to support the   Read more ...

Women's rugby team drops out of division

Women's rugby team drops out of division by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

A WOMEN’S rugby team from Waterloo has lost its place in the Tyrrells Premier 15s division and will now compete in the lower Championship North   Read more ...

Dementia Friends Champion talks about his work

Dementia Friends Champion talks about his work by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

BEFORE the lockdown Dementia Champion Joe Sherville from the Alzheimer’s Society held a training session with staff at Twinkle House Wellness and   Read more ...

New images have been released showing how an entire neighbourhood will be created in Bootle as part of an ambitious £33million masterplan

New images have been released showing how an entire neighbourhood will be created in Bootle as part of an ambitious £33million masterplan by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

NEW images have been released showing how an entire neighbourhood will be created in Bootle as part of an ambitious £33million masterplan.The   Read more ...

It's a good job I enjoy my own company!

It's a good job I enjoy my own company! by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

I DON'T know how many people are going to read this, or exactly how it is going to reach the Champion because at the moment I am in self-imposed   Read more ...

Champion readers create images to help with self-isolation

Champion readers create images to help with self-isolation by Danielle Thompson (March 2020)

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Councillor calls for new community volunteer groups to register online

Councillor calls for new community volunteer groups to register online by Danielle Thompson (March 2020)

A FORMBY councillor is encouraging Champion readers to register as volunteers.Ravenmeols Ward Councillor Maria Bennett contacted the Champion to ask   Read more ...

Blue Badge delay has 'led to fines' claims disgruntled resident

Blue Badge delay has 'led to fines' claims disgruntled resident by Danielle Thompson (March 2020)

A SOUTHPORT pensioner contacted the Champion to complain that his Blue Badge ran out in February and has not been renewed yet, leading to him getting   Read more ...

MP welcomes government's coronavirus measures - incluing £330 billion package of loans and guarantees to support businesses

MP welcomes government's coronavirus measures - incluing £330 billion package of loans and guarantees to support businesses by Danielle Thompson (March 2020)

SOUTHPORT MP Damien Moore has welcomed the ‘measures that the government has put in place’ to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak, including a   Read more ...

Pharmacy owner accused of 'profiteering' after price of painkillers almost double in price

Pharmacy owner accused of 'profiteering' after price of painkillers almost double in price by Danielle Thompson (March 2020)

A PHARMACY has been accused of profiteering from the coronavirus – after painkillers soared in price by 75% last week.The Champion were contacted by   Read more ...

Fleetwood now ranked England’s number one

Fleetwood now ranked England’s number one by Henry James (February 2020)

SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood is to play in the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship tomorrow (Thursday) and this week he has become   Read more ...

Doris, the rescue dog, lands on her paws... thanks to the Champion

Doris, the rescue dog, lands on her paws... thanks to the Champion by Danielle Thompson (January 2020)

A 13-YEAR-old rescue dog who had been returned to an animal shelter on four separate occasions, has started 2020 with new owners... and this time it   Read more ...

Glyndebourne Tour's production provided a 'light and amusing' opera

Glyndebourne Tour's production provided a 'light and amusing' opera by Henry James (November 2019)

THE Glyndebourne Tour came to the Liverpool Empire last week with three shows: Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore, Handel’s Rinaldo, and Verdi’s   Read more ...

Consultation opens for you to share views on future of market

Consultation opens for you to share views on future of market by Danielle Thompson (September 2019)

TRADERS, residents and visitors are being urged to share their views on an ‘exciting vision for the future of Southport Market.’Earlier this year,   Read more ...

CCTV bid to catch yobs who attacked teenager on Formby beach

CCTV bid to catch yobs who attacked teenager on Formby beach by Danielle Thompson (September 2019)

CCTV images have been released in a bid to identify a gang who are believed to have used weapons including baseball bats, coshes and a spiked   Read more ...

CCTV BID TO CATCH YOBS WHO CARRIED OUT BEACH ATTACK

CCTV BID TO CATCH YOBS WHO CARRIED OUT BEACH ATTACK by Danielle Thompson (September 2019)

CCTV images have been released in a bid to identify a gang who are believed to have used weapons including baseball bats, coshes and a spiked   Read more ...

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno guest of honour at Edge Hill

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno guest of honour at Edge Hill by Henry James (August 2019)

FORMER world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno was the guest of honour as Edge Hill University hosted the Emergency Services Mental Health and   Read more ...

Police appeal for witnesses over man’s death in house fire

Police appeal for witnesses over man’s death in house fire by Tom Martin (August 2019)

POLICE are continuing to appeal for potential witnesses after a man died in a house fire in Thornton.The man, who was aged in his 60s, died after the   Read more ...

Greenwood makes switch to French champions

Greenwood makes switch to French champions by Tom Martin (August 2019)

BOOTLE-born footballer Alex Greenwood has joined French champions Lyon after they agreed a £36,900 fee with Manchester United.The 25-year-old   Read more ...

Council ‘working to cut impact of docks traffic pollution’

Council ‘working to cut impact of docks traffic pollution’ by Tom Martin (August 2019)

SEFTON Council chiefs say they will continue exploring ways to reduce air pollution along the A5036 following the recent protest outside Bootle Town   Read more ...

Plastic pollution fears at resort’s Marine Lake

Plastic pollution fears at resort’s Marine Lake by Danielle Thompson (August 2019)

Southport's Marine Lake is full of plastic pollution, claims a Champion reader.The woman, who does not want to be named, said she was walking   Read more ...

Fleetwood emotional after finishing second at Open Championship

Fleetwood emotional after finishing second at Open Championship by Henry James (July 2019)

SOUTHPORT-GOLFER Tommy Fleetwood equalled his best finish in a major by taking second place in The Open Championship at Royal Portrush.He finished   Read more ...

Turkish restaurant plan for Old Roan pub site collapses

Turkish restaurant plan for Old Roan pub site collapses by Tom Martin (July 2019)

PLANS to turn the former Old Roan pub into a Turkish restaurant have collapsed – a little over a month after it was given the go-ahead.The Champion   Read more ...

Pupils learn how to become a ‘Dementia Friend’

Pupils learn how to become a ‘Dementia Friend’ by Danielle Thompson (July 2019)

YOUNGSTERS from a primary school in Southport have spent an hour learning how to become a 'Dementia Friend.'A total of 32 Year Five pupils aged   Read more ...

STONE THE CROWS! SPEED GUN ‘OFFICER’ SLOWS THE TRAFFIC

STONE THE CROWS! SPEED GUN ‘OFFICER’ SLOWS THE TRAFFIC by Henry James (July 2019)

AN entry in this year’s Maghull and Lydiate Scarecrow Festival may have inadvertently helped a campaign for a speed camera to be placed on a sharp   Read more ...

Petition bid to save historic Park House from demolition

Petition bid to save historic Park House from demolition by Tom Martin (June 2019)

RESIDENTS have started a petition against plans to tear down the historic Park House in Waterloo and replace it with a mixed-development of   Read more ...

Tributes paid after death of Champion photographer Martyn Snape

Tributes paid after death of Champion photographer Martyn Snape by Tom Martin (June 2019)

The Champion is sad to report the death of well known photographer, Martyn Snape, who passed away peacefully on Monday in Queenscourt Hospice   Read more ...

Joseph bidding to trump rivals and claim national title

Joseph bidding to trump rivals and claim national title by Henry James (June 2019)

A CANNY young card player from Up Holland is bidding to be crowned the UK’s Top Trumps champion this weekend.Eight-year-old Joseph Dewhurst is   Read more ...

Beach walk set to be held in memory of dog mauled to death

Beach walk set to be held in memory of dog mauled to death by Tom Martin (June 2019)

A WOMAN whose beloved pet dachshund died after it was viciously attacked by three other dogs on Crosby beach has organised ‘memorial walks’ to raise   Read more ...

Formby Hall lodges decision deferred by council

Formby Hall lodges decision deferred by council by Tom Martin (June 2019)

A DECISION on whether to approve a plan to build 11 woodland lodges at Formby Hall Golf Resort has been deferred by Sefton Council as they look   Read more ...

Edna’s Red-letter day at the double!

Edna’s Red-letter day at the double! by Kenny Parker (June 2019)

A LIVERPOOL FC fan from Ormskirk had more than most to celebrate this weekend when she received a personal card from the newly-crowned European   Read more ...

James Gelling charged with manslaughter after death of football fan

James Gelling charged with manslaughter after death of football fan by Henry James (June 2019)

FOLLOWING the death of a football fan, allegedly attacked on his way home after watching the Champions League final in Southport, a 31-year-old man   Read more ...

Ali finishes joint second at Women's PGA Championship

Ali finishes joint second at Women's PGA Championship by Henry James (June 2019)

ORMSKIRK Golf Club’s Ali Gray came joint second at the Women’s PGA Professional Championship at Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire.The event was won   Read more ...

Council defends woodland paving

Council defends woodland paving by Henry James (June 2019)

WEST Lancs Council has defended the decision to pave woodland in an area of the Tawd near Dalton Park after a resident feared it would bring   Read more ...

Man in critical condition after assault by gang in town centre

Man in critical condition after assault by gang in town centre by Henry James (June 2019)

A 51-YEAR-OLD man is in a critical condition after he was attacked in Southport town centre on Saturday night by a gang of men.The victim, who comes   Read more ...

Royal date for local community champions

Royal date for local community champions by Henry James (May 2019)

MARK Ashton, local social-entrepreneur and company director of the Artz Centre, was invited to take high tea at Buckingham Palace with the Queen..He   Read more ...

Men-Aces keeper captains Team GB

Men-Aces keeper captains Team GB by Henry James (April 2019)

SKEM Men-Aces goalkeeper Haydn Pulford has been honoured by being made captain of the Team GB squad during a recent get-together. The popular   Read more ...

Isabelle stays calm to deliver four kittens!

Isabelle stays calm to deliver four kittens! by Henry James (April 2019)

A GIRL from Maghull may be in line for a career as a vet after she delivered four kittens, two which were breached, from their family's pet cat while   Read more ...

Pledge to tighten up security at vandal-plagued former college site

Pledge to tighten up security at vandal-plagued former college site by Henry James (April 2019)

SECURITY is to be stepped up at a former college site in the town following a spate of suspected arson attacks.Last week’s Champion reported that   Read more ...

What a load of rubbish! Resident collects nine bin bags of discarded items after council refutes litter claims

What a load of rubbish! Resident collects nine bin bags of discarded items after council refutes litter claims by Henry James (April 2019)

ANOTHER Champion reader has contacted us in the row over litter in Skelmersdale.It follows our recent story in which West Lancs Council had refuted   Read more ...

FAMILY DISTRESS OVER ORDER TO REMOVE GRAVESIDE TRIBUTES

FAMILY DISTRESS OVER ORDER TO REMOVE GRAVESIDE TRIBUTES by Henry James (March 2019)

A FAMILY who were left distressed after vandals damaged and stole tributes left at the graveside of a loved one have now been told by the church   Read more ...

Fleetwood finishes three shots behind leader at Players Championship

Fleetwood finishes three shots behind leader at Players Championship by Henry James (March 2019)

SOUTHPORT’S Tommy Fleetwood finished just three shots behind Rory McIlroy who won this year’s Players Championship, which is considered by many to be   Read more ...

Cricket fan Jeff is stumped by ‘ludicrous’ decision to play county game in Cumbria

Cricket fan Jeff is stumped by ‘ludicrous’ decision to play county game in Cumbria by Henry James (March 2019)

A MEMBER of Lancashire County Cricket Club for more than 40 years has hit out at the decision to take a county game away from Southport and play it   Read more ...

Call for action to tackle flooding at town subway

Call for action to tackle flooding at town subway by Henry James (March 2019)

RESIDENTS are calling for work to be done to tackle flooding at a subway in the town which they say has been a problem for 40 years!One resident,   Read more ...

Town centre businessman shares his ideas for turning the resort's fortunes around

Town centre businessman shares his ideas for turning the resort's fortunes around by Danielle Thompson (March 2019)

A SOUTHPORT optician, fed up with negative views of the town, says he can see a clear way forward to help the resort prosper.David Myers, who has   Read more ...

Tommy feels his game is on track despite slow start to the year

Tommy feels his game is on track despite slow start to the year by Henry James (February 2019)

SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood has not got off to a strong start in 2019 as in recent years but he feels that his game is heading in the right   Read more ...

... meanwhile centre management checks outside lighting following safety concerns

... meanwhile centre management checks outside lighting following safety concerns by Henry James (February 2019)

MANAGEMENT at the Concourse say they have checked the lighting levels outside the rear of the shopping centre after safety concerns were raised.A   Read more ...

Now trader speaks up in favour of construction work at Concourse

Now trader speaks up in favour of construction work at Concourse by Henry James (February 2019)

FOLLOWING last week’s report in the Champion in which a trader based in the Concourse shopping centre complained that noisy construction work was   Read more ...

Aussie healthcare delegation pays visit to ‘low carb GP’

Aussie healthcare delegation pays visit to ‘low carb GP’ by Danielle Thompson (January 2019)

AUSTRALIAN healthcare officials have visited Southport to learn more about the technique of the ‘low-carb GP’ whose radical diet plan is claimed to   Read more ...

MP Cooper outlines her views on Brexit to PM - but ‘fails’ to explain them to West Lancs residents

MP Cooper outlines her views on Brexit to PM - but ‘fails’ to explain them to West Lancs residents by Henry James (January 2019)

THE borough’s Labour MP, Rosie Cooper, has met with the Prime Minister to outline her views on Brexit. She revealed to the Champion that she had   Read more ...

Residents turn out in force to discuss their concerns at plans to build 286 new homes

Residents turn out in force to discuss their concerns at plans to build 286 new homes by Danielle Thompson (January 2019)

ALMOST 200 Formby residents attended a meeting to discuss plans to build 286 houses on land to the north of Brackenway.Last week the Champion   Read more ...

Plans for new all-age 5k parkrun revealed

Plans for new all-age 5k parkrun revealed by Henry James (January 2019)

THE New Year has seen a new wave of enthusiasm for running in the Skelmersdale area and plans are being made for an even healthier running scene,   Read more ...

Great response to care home cards appeal

Great response to care home cards appeal by Henry James (December 2018)

STAFF at a Skelmersdale care home were overwhemed by the response to an appeal in the Champion for members of the public to include residents on   Read more ...

MP backs plans to ban banks charging ‘rip-off’ overdraft fees

MP backs plans to ban banks charging ‘rip-off’ overdraft fees by Henry James (December 2018)

PROPOSALS to ban banks from charging rip-off unarranged overdraft fees that? regularly? penalised the most vulnerable customers and cost some people   Read more ...

EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT IS GRAND BOOST FOR SCOUTS

EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT IS GRAND BOOST FOR SCOUTS by Henry James (December 2018)

MEMBERS of a long-established local Scout group are celebrating an early Christmas present in the shape of a £1,000 donation - thanks to an appeal   Read more ...

There’s a key in my soup!

There’s a key in my soup! by Henry James (December 2018)

A CHAMPION reader who opened up a packet of soup to find a door key inside has been shocked by the response when she reported it to the   Read more ...

Dancer 'absolutely loved' performing X-rated show in Southport!

Dancer 'absolutely loved' performing X-rated show in Southport! by Danielle Thompson (November 2018)

A STRIPPER was 'delighted' to return to Southport to perform the eye-opening show for the third time!Jordan Darrell, a former dancer for Rita Ora,   Read more ...

Thousands of hand-knitted poppies donated to store

Thousands of hand-knitted poppies donated to store by Danielle Thompson (November 2018)

THOUSANDS of hand-knitted poppies were donated to WH Smith, after an appeal in the Champion led to a wave of the hand-made symbols of the First World   Read more ...

Furious resident slams county council’s plan to remove pavement bollards

Furious resident slams county council’s plan to remove pavement bollards by Henry James (November 2018)

LANCASHIRE    County Council’s plans to remove four bollards which it had previously installed on a pavement in West Lancashire has been criticised   Read more ...

Tesco worker braves the shave for charity while store staff launch pyjamas appeal

Tesco worker braves the shave for charity while store staff launch pyjamas appeal by Danielle Thompson (November 2018)

IT WAS double the joy for Tesco staff in Southport when they began a  collection for homeless children in Merseyside, as well as a close shave for   Read more ...

MP hailed in budget speech as ‘champion of the high street’

MP hailed in budget speech as ‘champion of the high street’ by Danielle Thompson (November 2018)

THE Chancellor of the Exchequer has praised the Southport MP for being the ‘champion of the high street’ - and has revealed that an additional   Read more ...

Tenant’s fears after ‘absestos found in flats’ ceilings’ claim

Tenant’s fears after ‘absestos found in flats’ ceilings’ claim by Henry James (October 2018)

WEST Lancs Council say there is “no risk to residents or the public” despite claims that asbestos has been treated at a block of flats in the   Read more ...

More carers become Dementia Friends

More carers become Dementia Friends by Danielle Thompson (October 2018)

DEMENTIA Champion Joe Sherville from the Alzheimer’s Society has been holding training sessions with care home staff to help them to learn how to   Read more ...

Outdated bins are replaced at Strand

Outdated bins are replaced at Strand by Tom Martin (September 2018)

FIVE new bins have been placed outside the Strand Shopping Centre and Hugh Baird College to help reduce litter.The Champion has published a number of   Read more ...

Sea fishing club is a big catch with locals!

Sea fishing club is a big catch with locals! by Tom Martin (September 2018)

A SEA fishing club which only formed last year has proven to be a big catch with locals as members mark the one year anniversary.The Champion   Read more ...

Morris Dancers hope to take tree-saving campaign a step in the right direction

Morris Dancers hope to take tree-saving campaign a step in the right direction by Danielle Thompson (September 2018)

THE campaign to save Formby's iconic horse chestnuts took a musical turn at the weekend – when a troupe of Morris Dancers held an eye-catching   Read more ...

Carnival is over as Lions say they lack resources to hold event in future

Carnival is over as Lions say they lack resources to hold event in future by Tom Martin (September 2018)

A POPULAR carnival which has been held in Crosby for more than 30 years has come to an end.Thousands of people enjoy the fun day every year when it   Read more ...

NOT SUCH A BRIGHT IDEA?

NOT SUCH A BRIGHT IDEA? by Henry James (September 2018)

CONCERNS have been raised that new LED street lighting which has been installed in Skelmersdale  is not bright enough and could lead to an increase   Read more ...

Central Square owners LCP are responsible for ‘eyesore’ scrubland site

Central Square owners LCP are responsible for ‘eyesore’ scrubland site by Henry James (September 2018)

OWNERS of Maghull Central Square shopping centre, London and Cambridge Properties (LCP), have been asked by MP Bill Esterson to clean up a piece of   Read more ...

Following another successful County Championship game in town, bosses are confident Lancashire will return

Following another successful County Championship game in town, bosses are confident Lancashire will return by Henry James (September 2018)

AFTER another successful County Championship game at Southport & Birkdale Cricket Club, bosses at the venue are confident Lancashire will return next   Read more ...

New date and location confirmed for food and drink festival

New date and location confirmed for food and drink festival by Tom Martin (September 2018)

A NEW date and location for the inaugural Crosby & Waterloo Food and Drink Festival has been confirmed by organisers.It will now be held at Old   Read more ...

National Grid in bid to reassure residents over safety of gasworks depot demolition

National Grid in bid to reassure residents over safety of gasworks depot demolition by Tom Martin (August 2018)

THE National Grid has moved to reassure Bootle residents after the Champion reported how Sefton Council want them to carry out more safety checks   Read more ...

Reds captain pays tribute to young footballer Jack Riding

Reds captain pays tribute to young footballer Jack Riding by Tom Martin (August 2018)

LIVERPOOL captain Jordan Henderson has paid a special tribute to Crosby youngster Jack Riding who passed away recently.The Champion reported last   Read more ...

‘Town should do more to preserve Tawd valley’

‘Town should do more to preserve Tawd valley’ by Henry James (August 2018)

THERE have been renewed calls for West Lancs Council and local residents to take better care of Skelmersdale’s Tawd Valley Park.The Champion   Read more ...

Mystery donor’s grand gesture

Mystery donor’s grand gesture by Henry James (August 2018)

AN anonymous benefactor who saw the Champion’s article about vandalism at a Dalton church has come forward and given £1,000 of the £2,000 leaders   Read more ...

Council accept ‘heartbreaking’ decision to close children’s nursery

Council accept ‘heartbreaking’ decision to close children’s nursery by Tom Martin (July 2018)

A REQUEST from a Seaforth nursery to close due to financial reasons has been accepted by Sefton Council.The Champion reported last week how Sand   Read more ...

Dirty and smelly pond is spoiling ‘Green Flag’ park

Dirty and smelly pond is spoiling ‘Green Flag’ park by Tom Martin (July 2018)

SOME visitors to Coronation Park are not happy that it has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award as they claim the pond at the facility is   Read more ...

Fleetwood 'disappointed' with finish at Open championship

Fleetwood 'disappointed' with finish at Open championship by Henry James (July 2018)

SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood was disappointed he could not capitalise on his strong start to The Open championship and he finished in joint   Read more ...

West Lancashire charity which employs young disabled people to close

West Lancashire charity which employs young disabled people to close by Henry James (July 2018)

A WEST Lancashire-based charity which employs young disabled people to recycle donated mobility equipment will close in August as it has not secured   Read more ...

Fleetwood to be among contenders at Open Championship

Fleetwood to be among contenders at Open Championship by Henry James (July 2018)

SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood will be among the contenders at this year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie where he holds the course record.The   Read more ...

Tributes paid to golfer who won two Open titles at Royal Birkdale

Tributes paid to golfer who won two Open titles at Royal Birkdale by Henry James (June 2018)

TRIBUTES have been paid to the golfer Peter Thomson who won two of his five Open Championships here in Southport - including the very first Open to   Read more ...

Action urged to stop parked cars blocking school buses on road

Action urged to stop parked cars blocking school buses on road by Henry James (June 2018)

SCHOOL buses are being “severely hampered” in Maghull by cars parked on both sides of a road, says a resident.Roy Greason wants the borough council   Read more ...

Archery ace Jack’s on target for title at the double . . .

Archery ace Jack’s on target for title at the double . . . by Henry James (June 2018)

TALENTED Skelmersdale archer Jack Grogan has hit the target again.After winning the Early Bird tournament at the Assheton Bowmen at the end of   Read more ...

Paedeophile ‘hunter’ talks to the Champion

Paedeophile ‘hunter’ talks to the Champion by Danielle Thompson (June 2018)

A group of so-called ‘paedophile hunters’ from Southport have contacted the Champion in a bid to explain what they do to help bring predators to   Read more ...

Dementia Champion makes new friends

Dementia Champion makes new friends by Danielle Thompson (June 2018)

MORE residents have learned how to make the area more dementia-friendly.Dementia Champion Joe Sherville from the Alzheimer’s Society holds   Read more ...

Resident’s call to replace ‘dangerous’ zebra crossing with traffic lights

Resident’s call to replace ‘dangerous’ zebra crossing with traffic lights by Henry James (May 2018)

RESIDENTS in Up Holland are calling for the zebra crossing in Ormskirk Road by the doctor’s surgery to be removed and replaced by traffic lights as   Read more ...

Veterans’ association award honorary roles to stalwart duo

Veterans’ association award honorary roles to stalwart duo by Henry James (May 2018)

THE Skelmersdale Veterans’ Association has bestowed honorary positions on two of its staunch members.Margaret Nind has been made president of the   Read more ...

WILD BIRDS ‘SHOT AT AND KILLED AT CANAL’

WILD BIRDS ‘SHOT AT AND KILLED AT CANAL’ by Henry James (May 2018)

FEARS have been raised that wild birds including herons are being shot and killed by the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Melling.Readers have contacted   Read more ...

Veterans’ association appeal for support from disabled organisations

Veterans’ association appeal for support from disabled organisations by Henry James (April 2018)

CHAIRMAN of the Skelmersdale Veterans’ Association, Alan Lewis, is appealing for organisations such as the Blind Veterans UK to offer support to   Read more ...

Shoppers could soon have somewhere to spend a penny at Central Square

Shoppers could soon have somewhere to spend a penny at Central Square by Henry James (March 2018)

A COMMUNITY toilet scheme could be introduced to Maghull’s Central Square amid concerns that the lack of facilities is putting off shoppers - while   Read more ...

Veterans sign up as Dementia Friends

Veterans sign up as Dementia Friends by Henry James (March 2018)

WEST Lancashire’s Dementia Friends champion, Joe Sherville has staged a Dementia Friends session at Skelmersdale Buffs Communities club with the   Read more ...

As Tommy Fleetwood moves into the top ten world golf rankings, his first coach speaks of reasons behind his success

As Tommy Fleetwood moves into the top ten world golf rankings, his first coach speaks of reasons behind his success by Henry James (March 2018)

SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood moved up to number 10 in the world rankings ahead of Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, following his joint 14th   Read more ...

Local historians in bid to block solar farm plan

Local historians in bid to block solar farm plan by Henry James (March 2018)

PLANS to build a solar energy farm installation on 10 acres of land at Lathom have been met by opposition from people who believe the site was used   Read more ...

Skelmersdale Councillor calls on West Lancs leader to find ‘imaginative ways’ to save Glenburn’s pitch

Skelmersdale Councillor calls on West Lancs leader to find ‘imaginative ways’ to save Glenburn’s pitch by Henry James (February 2018)

SKELMERSDALE North councillor Neil Furey has written an open letter to the leader of Lancashire County Council, Geoff Driver calling on him to   Read more ...

Popular trees given stay of execution after council chief steps in at last minute

Popular trees given stay of execution after council chief steps in at last minute by Danielle Thompson (February 2018)

FELLING of the 'iconic' horse chestnuts in Formby has been delayed after the chief executive of Sefton Council intervened to allow an independent   Read more ...

Pupils’ inspiring talk prompts renewed bid to raise funds for transfer of Glenburn 3G pitch

Pupils’ inspiring talk prompts renewed bid to raise funds for transfer of Glenburn 3G pitch by Henry James (February 2018)

REACTION to a presentation by two pupils at Delph Side Community Primary School has prompted the headteacher to launch one last attempt to try   Read more ...

Erica’s fired up for London Marathon challenge

Erica’s fired up for London Marathon challenge by Henry James (February 2018)

FORMER Champion reporter Erica Dillon is set to take part in this year’s London Marathon to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.This will   Read more ...

Hospice allowed to accept patients again after inspectors report big improvements

Hospice allowed to accept patients again after inspectors report big improvements by Tom Martin (January 2018)

ST Joseph’s Hospice has been given a glowing assessment by inspectors six months after it was placed in special measures and rated as inadequate.The   Read more ...

Fleetwood moves to 12th in world after successful defence of Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Fleetwood moves to 12th in world after successful defence of Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by Henry James (January 2018)

SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood has won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship for the second year in a row, picking up a winner’s cheque of $500,000.He   Read more ...

Sister thanks Champ readers for supporting African orphanage

Sister thanks Champ readers for supporting African orphanage by Kenny Parker (December 2017)

SISTER  Margaret Rose has thanked Champion readers for their continued support for the Gorsilaure Project, a charity which cares for destitute   Read more ...

CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY FOR KIRSTY

CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY FOR KIRSTY by Kenny Parker (December 2017)

CHRISTMAS came early for disabled teenager Kirsty Ankers after she finally received an electric wheelchair to help her get out and about   Read more ...

Lancashire to play Worcestershire at S&B next August

Lancashire to play Worcestershire at S&B next August by Henry James (December 2017)

SOUTHPORT & Birkdale Cricket Club is to host Lancashire’s Specsavers County Championship Division 1 match with newly promoted 2017 Division 2   Read more ...

Southport golfer Tommy Fleetwood crowned European number one

Southport golfer Tommy Fleetwood crowned European number one by Henry James (November 2017)

SOUTHPORT’S Tommy Fleetwood has been crowned the European Tour’s number one golfer after he won the Race to Dubai beating Justin Rose to the title in   Read more ...

Tommy in three-way battle to be crowned top player in Europe

Tommy in three-way battle to be crowned top player in Europe by Henry James (November 2017)

SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood is in a three-way battle to be crowned the European Tour’s No 1 player.Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia are   Read more ...

Dance group crowned Champion of Champions

Dance group crowned Champion of Champions by Henry James (November 2017)

PUPILS from Hamilton Dance in Maghull competed in the North West Dance Challenge at St George’s Hall, Liverpool... and were crowned Champion of   Read more ...

Hotter Shoes shortlisted for Responsible Business Champions scheme

Hotter Shoes shortlisted for Responsible Business Champions scheme by Henry James (November 2017)

THE staff at Hotter Shoes in Skelmersdale have been shortlisted for the national Responsible Business Champions scheme.West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper   Read more ...

Jack hits the target to lift county title

Jack hits the target to lift county title by Henry James (November 2017)

SKELMERSDALE archer Jack Grogan hit the target when he won The Lancashire Archery Association annual indoor championships at the South Ribble Tennis   Read more ...

Jessica is bouncing her way to success!

Jessica is bouncing her way to success! by Tom Martin (October 2017)

A YOUNG trampolinist from Litherland is bouncing her way to success after she finished second in a North West competition.Jessica Cinnamond, aged   Read more ...

Paramedic reached finals of a national award for her pioneering community work

Paramedic reached finals of a national award for her pioneering community work by Danielle Thompson (October 2017)

A PARAMEDIC who brings Christmas cheer to pensioners in Southport was thrilled to have reached the finals of a national community champion award.Sara   Read more ...

Dementia Friends champ Joe in running for Alzheimer’s Society award

Dementia Friends champ Joe in running for Alzheimer’s Society award by Henry James (October 2017)

THE Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Awards 2017 have announced their finalists and Joe Sherville from Skelmersdale has been selected as one   Read more ...

Horse sanctuary founder receives top award for animal welfare work

Horse sanctuary founder receives top award for animal welfare work by Tom Martin (October 2017)

FOUNDER of Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Rescue Sanctuary, Bernadette Langfield, has picked up her international award for animal welfare work at a   Read more ...

Council bid to clear up confusion over upkeep of grass verges in borough

Council bid to clear up confusion over upkeep of grass verges in borough by Henry James (October 2017)

COUNCIL chiefs have moved to clear up confusion over the responsibility for the maintenance of grass verges, weed control and gully cleansing in the   Read more ...

Strictly favourite performing in show

Strictly favourite performing in show by Henry James (October 2017)

FLASHDANCE – The Musical returns to the UK for the first time since 2011 starring Strictly favourite Joanne Clifton and singer-songwriter Ben Adams,   Read more ...

Dancers step to it to fund replacement bus

Dancers step to it to fund replacement bus by Henry James (September 2017)

TANHOUSE Morris Dancers have run a successful fundraising campaign allowing them to buy a new double-decker bus to replace their old minibus which   Read more ...

Lauren takes Ladies' Club Championship

Lauren takes Ladies' Club Championship by Henry James (September 2017)

THE prize presentation for the Ladies’ Club Championship at West Lancashire Golf Club in Blundellsands was held recently.The Ladies’ Club   Read more ...

Skelmersdale cadets bring home silverware after attending awards event

Skelmersdale cadets bring home silverware after attending awards event by Henry James (September 2017)

MEMBERS of the 1439 Skelmersdale Air Cadets are celebrating another trophy - thanks to a little help from the Champion! Sarah O’Sullivan, the   Read more ...

Shoppers donate trolley-loads of school uniforms

Shoppers donate trolley-loads of school uniforms by Danielle Thompson (September 2017)

GENEROUS shoppers in the town have donated more than 20 trolley-loads of uniforms to be donated to local schoolchildren.Throughout August, staff at   Read more ...

Sean is making waves with plan for radio station

Sean is making waves with plan for radio station by Tom Martin (August 2017)

PLANS to create a radio station in Crosby have moved a step closer after it received the backing of local residents and traders.The Champion reported   Read more ...

Now Simpson Cup comes to Birkdale

Now Simpson Cup comes to Birkdale by Henry James (August 2017)

ON the back of a successful 146th Open Championship, Royal Birkdale Golf Club will be adding to its impressive armoury of golfing events by playing   Read more ...

Butty shop’s Snowdon climb raised £2,000 for Alzheimer’s charity

Butty shop’s Snowdon climb raised £2,000 for Alzheimer’s charity by Tom Martin (August 2017)

STAFF from a sandwich shop in Waterloo have raised £2,000 for charity after taking part in a Mount Snowdon challenge.The Champion reported earlier   Read more ...

Fleetwood finishes in tied 61st place in USPGA after tough golf on ‘brutal’ course

Fleetwood finishes in tied 61st place in USPGA after tough golf on ‘brutal’ course by Henry James (August 2017)

SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood made the cut at the USPGA championship at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina finishing in tied 61st place with   Read more ...

Jackie’s Cosmic Scallies goes beyond the fringe

Jackie’s Cosmic Scallies goes beyond the fringe by Henry James (August 2017)

A PLAY about Skelmersdale and written by a woman from the town is currently being shown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.Cosmic Scallies, by Jackie   Read more ...

1,600 HOMES PLAN ‘NOT YET DONE DEAL’ SAY TOWN COUNCIL

1,600 HOMES PLAN ‘NOT YET DONE DEAL’ SAY TOWN COUNCIL by Henry James (August 2017)

PLANS for a ‘new community’ in east Maghull with more than 1,600 homes submitted to Sefton Council are not yet a ‘done deal‘ according to the town   Read more ...

Kick boxing duo have sights set on ‘world’ domination!

Kick boxing duo have sights set on ‘world’ domination! by Henry James (August 2017)

TWO kick boxers from Skelmersdale are hoping to make a name for themselves when they take part in the World Ultimate Full Contact (WUFC)   Read more ...

Bubba gives candid interview in Southport during Open week

Bubba gives candid interview in Southport during Open week by Henry James (July 2017)

TWO-TIME Masters golf champion Bubba Watson held a promotional Brunch with Bubba Watson press conference at The Vincent Hotel before the 146th Open   Read more ...

Rufford crisp supplier wins at Open

Rufford crisp supplier wins at Open by  by Kenny Parker  (July 2017)

Jordan Spieth wasn't the only winner to emerge from the l47th Open Championship held at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.Proving golf courses aren't the   Read more ...

Skelmersdale rail campaigners show support for Burnham after he speaks out about funding divide

Skelmersdale rail campaigners show support for Burnham after he speaks out about funding divide by Henry James (July 2017)

CONCERNED Champion readers who want to see a railway station in Skelmersdale have shown their support for Andy Burnham who has criticised the Tories'   Read more ...

Fleetwood: ‘I loved every minute of it’

Fleetwood: ‘I loved every minute of it’ by Henry James (July 2017)

WITH the year he’s having, and playing in his home town, expectations levels were high for Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood at this year’s Open   Read more ...

RECORD BREAKER!

RECORD BREAKER! by Henry James (July 2017)

THE 146th Open at Royal Birkdale was a record-breaker with a crowd of 235,000 coming to watch - setting an attendance record for a Championship   Read more ...

PAULINE LIFTS FIRST TROPHY AT OPEN!

PAULINE LIFTS FIRST TROPHY AT OPEN! by Ollie Cowan (July 2017)

A WOMAN from Formby has become the first golfer to lift a coveted trophy at the 2017 Open golf championships at Royal Birkdale.Pauline Rostron of   Read more ...

Campaigners against Whitemoss extension have said the Champion predicted what would happen at site

Campaigners against Whitemoss extension have said the Champion predicted what would happen at site by Henry James (July 2017)

CAMPAIGNERS against the Whitemoss hazardous waste extension have said a Champion front page in 2002 about a Green Paper that proposed that Parliament   Read more ...

Hole In One sculpture to celebrate week of golf

Hole In One sculpture to celebrate week of golf by Ollie Cowan (July 2017)

A HUGE golf-themed art structure will dominate the Southport skyline for of the Open Golf Championship.Sefton Council unveiled the art structure,   Read more ...

Police hunt three men after fast food brawl

Police hunt three men after fast food brawl by Tom Martin (July 2017)

POLICE want to  find these three men who could help  them as they continue to investigate  the shocking brawl at a McDonald's restaurant in   Read more ...

‘AREAS OF TOWN WITHOUT MAIL FOR DAYS’ CLAIM

‘AREAS OF TOWN WITHOUT MAIL FOR DAYS’ CLAIM by Henry James (July 2017)

AREAS of Skelmersdale are being left without mail for days due to on-going staffing issues at the town's sorting office in Glebe Road, it has been   Read more ...

Ninna, 8, conquers Mount Snowdon for cancer charity

Ninna, 8, conquers Mount Snowdon for cancer charity by Tom Martin (July 2017)

A YOUNG girl from Crosby has raised more than £700 for charity after deciding to walk up Mount Snowdon.The Champion recently reported how   Read more ...

Open at Royal Birkdale is fastest selling ever - thanks to Tommy Fleetwood effect

Open at Royal Birkdale is fastest selling ever - thanks to Tommy Fleetwood effect by Henry James (July 2017)

THE 146th OPEN golf championship, which is returning to Royal Birkdale from July 16 to 23, is the fastest-selling to date with organisers predicting   Read more ...

Open won’t affect bin collections

Open won’t affect bin collections by Ollie Cowan (July 2017)

BIN collection days for residents who live near Royal Birkdale golf course in Southport will not change during the Open Golf Championship.Letters   Read more ...

Wrestlers get ready to grapple

Wrestlers get ready to grapple by Danielle Thompson (July 2017)

A DOUBLE champion from Maghull will be hosting a live wresting event in the town next month.Former Hudson Primary School and Deyes High School pupil,   Read more ...

Youngsters join in the swing of things!

Youngsters join in the swing of things! by Ollie Cowan (July 2017)

PRIMARY pupils from across the borough got into full swing ahead of the Open Golf Championship.Sixteen schools took part in a mini golf tournament at   Read more ...

Club ready for tennis upsurge

Club ready for tennis upsurge by Ollie Cowan (July 2017)

A TENNIS club in Southport is preparing for a surge in members as the 140th Wimbledon championship takes place.The fortnight of tennis, which is   Read more ...

England honour for Ben

England honour for Ben by Ollie Cowan (June 2017)

A SOUTHPORT runner will represent England in an upcoming world championship marathon.Ben Johnson, who runs for Southport Waterloo AC, and lives in   Read more ...

I’ll be the voice of the people, says Southport’s new Tory MP

I’ll be the voice of the people, says Southport’s new Tory MP by Ollie Cowan (June 2017)

THE new Conservative MP for Southport has promised he will be the voice of the people.Damien Moore spoke at length to the Champion’s OLLIE COWAN   Read more ...

Sefton prepares for summer of golf

Sefton prepares for summer of golf by Ollie Cowan (June 2017)

SEFTON Council are busy preparing for what they dub a Summer of Golf as hundreds of thousands of people head to the borough as part of the 146th   Read more ...

Summer of golf heads for resort

Summer of golf heads for resort by Ollie Cowan (June 2017)

SEFTON Council and Southport BID are busy preparing for a ‘Summer of Golf’ as thousands of people head to the area for the 146th Open Golf   Read more ...

Former Open winner reunited with famous Claret Jug at primary school

Former Open winner reunited with famous Claret Jug at primary school by Henry James (June 2017)

THREE-TIME Champion Golfer of the Year Gary Player was reunited with the famous Claret Jug trophy on a surprise visit to St Philip’s Church of   Read more ...

Fighter Sean, 26, beats illness to be crowned County golf champ again

Fighter Sean, 26, beats illness to be crowned County golf champ again by Ollie Cowan (June 2017)

just months after fighting back from a rare form of cancer that nearly killed him, local golfer Sean Towndrow has been crowned Lancashire County   Read more ...

Council chiefs launch business toolkit to help traders in Sefton be ‘Open Ready’

Council chiefs launch business toolkit to help traders in Sefton be ‘Open Ready’ by Ollie Cowan (June 2017)

A SPECIAL golf toolkit has been produced for local businesses ahead of the 146th Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale.More than 200,000 visitors   Read more ...

Double medal triumph for Rhys

Double medal triumph for Rhys by Ollie Cowan (June 2017)

SOUTHPORT’S Rhys Davies has won gold and silver medals at the Inter-Regional Table Tennis Championships.The 12-year-old Merchant Taylor’s student was   Read more ...

New chairman pledges to champion county’s community volunteers

New chairman pledges to champion county’s community volunteers by Henry James (June 2017)

THE new chairman of Lancashire County Council has pledged to highlight the work of volunteers and community groups across the county during his year   Read more ...

Canal walker thanks readers for smashing his fundraising target

Canal walker thanks readers for smashing his fundraising target by Ollie Cowan (May 2017)

A PENSIONER from Southport who walked 75 miles on his 75th birthday for charity has thanked Champion readers for helping him smash his fundraising   Read more ...

Golf's most iconic trophy makes a special appearance at Anfield

Golf's most iconic trophy makes a special appearance at Anfield by Henry James (May 2017)

THE Claret Jug, golf’s most iconic trophy, made a special appearance at Anfield for Liverpool’s last game of the season against Middlesbrough.Johnnie   Read more ...

Gemma is in a hurry to help!

Gemma is in a hurry to help! by Ollie Cowan (May 2017)

A FRESH faced parish councillor has told the Champion she is itching to get started in improving Formby village.Gemma Peace is the most recent   Read more ...

Yobs ‘gather near park play area smoking pot’

Yobs ‘gather near park play area smoking pot’ by Henry James (May 2017)

RESIDENTS are calling on Maghull Town Council to do more to stop yobs gathering near the children’s playground in Green Park.One man contacted the   Read more ...

Hospital in desperate race against time to recover from crippling cyber assault

Hospital in desperate race against time to recover from crippling cyber assault by Ollie Cowan (May 2017)

Beleaguered staff at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals are continuing to deal with the fall out from the crippling cyber attack which left the two   Read more ...

Pensioner targeted in superstore card scam

Pensioner targeted in superstore card scam by Ollie Cowan (May 2017)

A DISABLED pensioner was targeted by a group of scammers who are thought to be operating around Southport targeting the elderly for cash.The   Read more ...

Company's next play to focus on sport famous for wacky trousers, birdies and bogeys

Company's next play to focus on sport famous for wacky trousers, birdies and bogeys by By Ron Ellis (May 2017)

Par For The CoursePreview by Ron Ellis CONSIDERING Southport is home to the UK's highest concentration of championship golf links courses, it seems   Read more ...

Non-emergency patients told to avoid Southport hospital unless absolutely necesarry as hackers strike NHS

Non-emergency patients told to avoid Southport hospital unless absolutely necesarry as hackers strike NHS by Ollie Cowan (May 2017)

SOUTHPORT Hospital has been thrown into total chaos after a computer hack brought down the NHS on Friday (May 12).The Champion understands from   Read more ...

Food in

Food in by Ollie Cowan (May 2017)

THERE are fears that dog owners in Marshide are being targeted by a rogue poisoner.Worried pet owners have alerted the Champion to reports that an   Read more ...

Tracey gets Team GB call up... but it’s the wrong Tracy!

Tracey gets Team GB call up... but it’s the wrong Tracy! by Ollie Cowan (May 2017)

AN amateur runner from Southport got the shock of her life when she found herself signed up for Team GB to run in the World Championships later this   Read more ...

‘Council took months to clean up rubbish dumped in our street’

‘Council took months to clean up rubbish dumped in our street’ by Henry James (May 2017)

AN angry Skelmersdale resident has rubbished West Lancs Council’s claims to be getting tough on fly-tipping saying it took them more than three   Read more ...

Golfing professional remembers 1961 Open championship in Southport

Golfing professional remembers 1961 Open championship in Southport by Henry James (May 2017)

A GOLFING professional from Southport who played in the Open Championship in 1961, which was won by the late Arnold Palmer, has paid tribute to the   Read more ...

Resident is appalled after hedgerow is cut ‘so unevenly’

Resident is appalled after hedgerow is cut ‘so unevenly’ by Danielle Thompson (April 2017)

WHEN council contractors took their shears to a hedge in Northway, one resident was pretty cut up about how they left it!Now Stephen Rea says the   Read more ...

Richmond clinch Lancashire Amateur Shield

Richmond clinch Lancashire Amateur Shield by Tom Martin (April 2017)

Burscough Richmond 1Blackpool Wren Rovers 1(Richmond win 5-4 on penalties)BURSCOUGH Richmond clinched the Lancashire Amateur Shield after a dramatic   Read more ...

Tarleton crowned champions after momentous season

Tarleton crowned champions after momentous season by Henry James (April 2017)

TARLETON were crowned champions of rugby's Lancashire North division after winning all-but one of their league games throughout a momentous   Read more ...

Open at Royal Birkdale could be a record-breaker, say R&A

Open at Royal Birkdale could be a record-breaker, say R&A by Henry James (April 2017)

THE organisers of this year's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, are optimistic 200,000 spectators will attend the event.This year will be the   Read more ...

Council under fire for road closures

Council under fire for road closures by Ollie Cowan (April 2017)

SEFTON Council are closing Manchester Road for vital road repairs – but have come under fire by local businesses who are accusing the local authority   Read more ...

Southport set for new MP

Southport set for new MP by Ollie Cowan (April 2017)

SOUTHPORT will have a new MP in June regardless of how the resort votes after John Pugh revealed to the Champion that he wont be standing in the snap   Read more ...

Young divers book their places in national championships

Young divers book their places in national championships by Danielle Thompson (April 2017)

TALENTED members of a West Lancs-based diving club really made a splash when they took part in the North West Diving Regional Skills   Read more ...

Justine is ‘simply the best’ as Tina Turner

Justine is ‘simply the best’ as Tina Turner by By Ron Ellis (April 2017)

Totally TinaSouthport TheatreTWO of my all-time favourite singers are Etta James and Tina Turner. Last week, I reviewed The Etta James Story,   Read more ...

Traffic to be brought to a halt for coastal road clean-up operation

Traffic to be brought to a halt for coastal road clean-up operation by Ollie Cowan (April 2017)

A ‘CONSIDERABLE’ stretch of the coastal road will be shut tomorrow (Thursday) to allow the Council’s cleansing team, together with volunteers, to   Read more ...

Men-Aces mourn ‘gentle giant with heart of gold’

Men-Aces mourn ‘gentle giant with heart of gold’ by Henry James (April 2017)

A MEMBER of the Skelmersdale Men-Aces Disability Football Club has died at the age of 55.Goalkeeper Ste Bairsto had played for the club since 2009   Read more ...

Unsightly bins on the streets are a wheelie big problem for town’s image, says councillor

Unsightly bins on the streets are a wheelie big problem for town’s image, says councillor by Ollie Cowan (April 2017)

A SOUTHPORT councillor says unsightly wheelie bins are bringing down the reputation of the town ahead of the Open Golf Championship.Dukes Ward   Read more ...

Singers join Dementia Friends community

Singers join Dementia Friends community by Henry James (April 2017)

DEMENTIA Friends champion Joe Sherville certainly struck a chord when he held a workshop session with members of the Skelmersdale Community   Read more ...

Family pay tribute to loving mum Carole after diving tragedy

Family pay tribute to loving mum Carole after diving tragedy by By Danielle Thompson (April 2017)

THE family of a mother-of-four from Westhead who died in a tragic accident while scuba diving off the coast of Northumberland at the weekend, have   Read more ...

Town’s young folk earn commendations in High Sheriff’s citizens awards

Town’s young folk earn commendations in High Sheriff’s citizens awards by Henry James (April 2017)

YOUNG people from Skelmersdale certainly made their mark at this year’s High Sheriff of Lancashire Young Citizen of the Year award.In addition to   Read more ...

With their 77th wedding anniversary on the horizon, are John and Elizabeth UK’s longest-married couple?

With their 77th wedding anniversary on the horizon, are John and Elizabeth UK’s longest-married couple? by Henry James (April 2017)

‘COULD we be the country’s longest-married couple’? That was the question posed by John and Elizabeth Forster when they contacted the Champion   Read more ...

Residents angry that Arriva North West is to cut 313 bus service in Ashurst, Skelmersdale

Residents angry that Arriva North West is to cut 313 bus service in Ashurst, Skelmersdale by Henry James (March 2017)

RESIDENTS have reacted with anger to plans by Arriva North West to withdraw the 313 bus service serving the Ashurst area of Skelmersdale as of July   Read more ...

It’s Mother’s Day every day for store worker Nicholas!

It’s Mother’s Day every day for store worker Nicholas! by Henry James (March 2017)

A SUPERMARKET in Aintree celebrated Mother’s Day with two generations of the same family who work side-by-side, in the same store.Jennifer   Read more ...

Call for greater recognition of older people’s role in society

Call for greater recognition of older people’s role in society by Henry James (March 2017)

LANCASHIRE County Council’s champion for older people is urging organisations to recognise the important contribution that older people make to   Read more ...

Birkdale Gin takes over village as bars flock to stock unusual product

Birkdale Gin takes over village as bars flock to stock unusual product by Ollie Cowan (March 2017)

BARS and businesses across Birkdale and Southport are eager to get their hands on stock of a brand new local drink – Birkdale Gin.Originally   Read more ...

Pat tells Rotarians all about the art of dog sledding in the Arctic

Pat tells Rotarians all about the art of dog sledding in the Arctic by Ollie Cowan (March 2017)

MEMBERS of Formby Rotary can now take on the perils of the Arctic circle without fear thanks to a recent informative talk on the art of   Read more ...

Fleetwood feels a million dollars after he seals a debut at Masters!

Fleetwood feels a million dollars after he seals a debut at Masters! by Henry James (March 2017)

SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood secured the biggest payday of his career of more than $1 million when he came second in the World Golf Championship   Read more ...

Golf clubs urged to take advantage of Open visit

Golf clubs urged to take advantage of Open visit by Henry James (March 2017)

GOLF clubs in West Lancashire are being urged to use this summer’s Open Championship as a springboard to growing the sport.The world’s best golfers   Read more ...

THEY’RE OFF!

THEY’RE OFF! by Ollie Cowan (March 2017)

A SPORTING spat has broken out among opposing councillors in Sefton over who gets what from major events that come to the borough.With the Grand   Read more ...

EXCLUSIVE: Ex Hospital chief Parry reveals all about sacking decision

EXCLUSIVE: Ex Hospital chief Parry reveals all about sacking decision by Ollie Cowan (February 2017)

THE SACKED chief executive of Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust has told the Champion he will take his dismissal appeal all the way to the High Court.In   Read more ...

Sailor Sam is making waves in yachting world

Sailor Sam is making waves in yachting world by Ollie Cowan (February 2017)

A FIFTEEN-year-old sailor from West Lancashire Yacht Club has been named the Royal Yachting Association’s North West Youth Champion 2017. The   Read more ...

Sailor Sam is making waves in yachting world

Sailor Sam is making waves in yachting world by Ollie Cowan (February 2017)

A FIFTEEN-year-old sailor from West Lancashire Yacht Club has been named the Royal Yachting Association’s North West Youth Champion 2017. The   Read more ...

The dog owners who are branded ‘too posh to pick up’

The dog owners who are branded ‘too posh to pick up’ by Ollie Cowan (February 2017)

DOG owners in some parts of the borough have been branded ‘too posh to pick up’ by frustrated Champion readers.One angry resident who contacted us   Read more ...

MP blasts 'secret plan' to downgrade Southport Hospital A&E

MP blasts 'secret plan' to downgrade Southport Hospital A&E by Ollie Cowan (February 2017)

HEALTH chiefs are drawing up a secret plan to downgrade Southport Hospital’s A&E unit.Resort politician John Pugh made the sensational claim to the   Read more ...

Councillors divided over rumoured Trump visit to Birkdale

Councillors divided over rumoured Trump visit to Birkdale by Ollie Cowan (February 2017)

COUNCILLORS in Birkdale have given a mixed response to the Champion’s exclusive story revealing President Donald Trump’s potential visit to The   Read more ...

Could President Trump be heading to Birkdale?

Could President Trump be heading to Birkdale? by Ollie Cowan (February 2017)

SOUTHPORT has been put on alert for a potential visit from President Donald Trump this summer, the Champion can exclusively reveal.A brief   Read more ...

Council wants The Open at Royal Birkdale to leave Sefton with golfing legacy

Council wants The Open at Royal Birkdale to leave Sefton with golfing legacy by Ollie Cowan (February 2017)

SOUTHPORT is busy preparing to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the borough for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.The local and regional   Read more ...

Patisserie Valerie confirm launch of resort store

Patisserie Valerie confirm launch of resort store by Ollie Cowan (February 2017)

A POPULAR national patisserie chain has confirmed it will be taking over an empty unit in Southport – a year after the Champion broke news of their   Read more ...

MP Rosie Cooper backs Article 50 bill

MP Rosie Cooper backs Article 50 bill by Henry James (February 2017)

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was one of 498 MPs who voted in favour of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill to enable the   Read more ...

Copy of Champ buried in time capsule ceremony to mark new development!

Copy of Champ buried in time capsule ceremony to mark new development! by Danielle Thompson (February 2017)

A COPY of The Champion was among the items included in a time capsule buried to mark the completion of a new housing development in Banks. Mayor of   Read more ...

EXCLUSIVE: Champ investigation reveals bosses had enough cash to keep gym open for three more years...

EXCLUSIVE: Champ investigation reveals bosses had enough cash to keep gym open for three more years... by Ollie Cowan (January 2017)

MAJOR questions over the financial management of a local charity have been asked after contradictory accounts were discovered by a Champion Newspaper   Read more ...

Fleetwood takes on desert winds to claim his second title on European Tour

Fleetwood takes on desert winds to claim his second title on European Tour by Henry James (January 2017)

SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood collected more than £300,000 by winning his second European Tour title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.He   Read more ...

Southport school cuts even worse than first feared, says MP

Southport school cuts even worse than first feared, says MP by Ollie Cowan (January 2017)

BUDGET Cuts to Southport schools are even worse than first feared according to the town’s MPThe Champion reported last month that a report by the   Read more ...

Work starts to turn former shoe shop into French eatery

Work starts to turn former shoe shop into French eatery by Ollie Cowan (January 2017)

CONTRACTORS have started ripping out the site of the former Russell and Bromley shoe store on Lord Street to make way for a new French restaurant.The   Read more ...

The day the sea froze in Southport!

The day the sea froze in Southport! by Ollie Cowan (January 2017)

Feeling a little chilly? Well, spare a thought for what it was like back in winter 1962 when it was so cold, the sea froze in Southport!Resident   Read more ...

Councillor calls for return of convalescent hospitals to help solve crisis in NHS

Councillor calls for return of convalescent hospitals to help solve crisis in NHS by Ollie Cowan (January 2017)

A SOUTHPORT councillor has called for the return of convalescent hospitals to help ease an ongoing NHS crisis.Cambridge Ward representative   Read more ...

Birkdale High swimmers do their school proud

Birkdale High swimmers do their school proud by Ollie Cowan (January 2017)

PUPILS from Birkdale High School did their teachers proud when they competed in the National Swimming Championships.Adam Scrutton, Charlie Kelly,   Read more ...

Environment Agency investigating how River Tawd was turned white before Christmas

Environment Agency investigating how River Tawd was turned white before Christmas by Henry James (January 2017)

THE Environment Agency is investigating how the River Tawd was turned white in the week before Christmas.Champion reader Deborah Halliwell, from   Read more ...

Mystery of the white Tawd...

Mystery of the white Tawd... by Henry James (January 2017)

MYSTERY surrounds how the River Tawd in Skelmersdale was turned white a few days before Christmas!Champion reader Deborah Halliwell, from Birch   Read more ...

Store honours its ‘Hidden Heroes’ at special ceremony

Store honours its ‘Hidden Heroes’ at special ceremony by Ollie Cowan (December 2016)

SOUTHPORT Asda’s community champion is taking a well deserved rest after single handedly organising a special festive dinner for eighty lonely   Read more ...

RINGING THE CHANGES FOR PHONE BOXES

RINGING THE CHANGES FOR PHONE BOXES by Ollie Cowan (December 2016)

tWo Grade II listed red phone boxes in Southport Town Centre which have been plagued by vandalism since 2008 have finally found a new lease of   Read more ...

Rotary members dig in to help town’s bloom group keep up their good work

Rotary members dig in to help town’s bloom group keep up their good work by Ollie Cowan (December 2016)

TWO community groups in Southport have joined forces to help make the resort look better.Following on from an article which appeared in the Champion   Read more ...

French restaurant set for town centre

French restaurant set for town centre by Ollie Cowan (December 2016)

A POPULAR french-themed restaurant chain is set to open in Southport.The Champion understands that ‘Bistrot Pierre’ has struck a deal to take over   Read more ...

Derelict phone boxes are set to be transformed into stand-up offices!

Derelict phone boxes are set to be transformed into stand-up offices! by Ollie Cowan (December 2016)

ICONIC red phone boxes in Southport Town Centre which have been plagued by vandalism since 2008 have finally found a new lease of life as   Read more ...

Resort’s first Beer Street Festival is huge hit

Resort’s first Beer Street Festival is huge hit by Ollie Cowan (November 2016)

THE FIRST ever Southport Beer Street Festival was such a success that plans are already being made to bring it back next year!Hosted by the Tap and   Read more ...

Cricket coup for town

Cricket coup for town by Henry James (November 2016)

LANCASHIRE will return to Southport & Birkdale Cricket Club next June to play a top County Championship Division 1 match against 2016 Champions   Read more ...

Duo charged with murder

Duo charged with murder by Tom Martin (November 2016)

TWO men have been charged with the murder of Walton resident Stephen Essery.Last week the Champion reported how the 51 year old victim was stabbed   Read more ...

West Lancashire Boys are champions of Lancashire

West Lancashire Boys are champions of Lancashire by Henry James (November 2016)

WEST Lancashire District Boys Under 11’s football team are the Lancashire seven a side champions for 2016/17.The group is made up of players from   Read more ...

LANDMARK PUB’S FUTURE SECURED

LANDMARK PUB’S FUTURE SECURED by Tom Martin (November 2016)

ONE of Bootle's best known pubs has been sold and will no longer be run by JD Wetherspoon.The Merton Inn has been handed over to a group called The   Read more ...

Last post for Tony!

Last post for Tony! by Ollie Cowan (November 2016)

A RETIRING postmaster was given a heartfelt send off after he stepped down from running the Crossens Post Office.Hundreds of people turned out to bid   Read more ...

Rotarians team up with store staff to help Sue Ryder charity

Rotarians team up with store staff to help Sue Ryder charity by Ollie Cowan (November 2016)

STAFF at a resort supermarket teamed up with members of Southport Rotary Club to raise £500 for the Sue Ryder CharityWorking in partnership with   Read more ...

Sir Roger Moore speaks about his life playing James Bond ahead of his show at Southport Theatre

Sir Roger Moore speaks about his life playing James Bond ahead of his show at Southport Theatre by Henry James (November 2016)

SIR Roger Moore who has played the role of James Bond more times than any other actor has said he never uttered the famous phrase “shaken not   Read more ...

Kickboxer Evan gets a helping hand thanks to the Sovini Group

Kickboxer Evan gets a helping hand thanks to the Sovini Group by Ollie Cowan (November 2016)

A YOUNG Netherton kickboxer who is gearing up for an international tournament in Dublin has been given a helping hand from a local firm.Evan Kelly,   Read more ...

Fighter Kev returns home for knockout night of black ties and black eyes!

Fighter Kev returns home for knockout night of black ties and black eyes! by Ollie Cowan (November 2016)

WORLD champion fighter Kev Ward will return to his hometown of Southport next month for what is being billed as the biggest ever display of fighting   Read more ...

Kickboxer Evan gets a helping hand thanks to Bootle firm

Kickboxer Evan gets a helping hand thanks to Bootle firm by Tom Martin (November 2016)

A YOUNG Netherton kickboxer who is gearing up for an international tournament in Dublin has been given a helping hand from a local firm.Evan Kelly,   Read more ...

Hospital bosses say lessons will be learned after man died from broken leg operation

Hospital bosses say lessons will be learned after man died from broken leg operation by Ollie Cowan (November 2016)

BOSSES at Southport and Formby Hospital say major lessons will be learned after a 65-year-old man died following what was supposed to be a routine   Read more ...

The Full Monty back to Liverpool Empire

The Full Monty back to Liverpool Empire by Henry James (October 2016)

GARY Lucy is returning to the Liverpool Empire with the successful national tour of The Full Monty - and the Champion has five pairs of tickets to   Read more ...

The Full Monty back to Liverpool Empire

The Full Monty back to Liverpool Empire by Henry James (October 2016)

GARY Lucy is returning to the Liverpool Empire with the successful national tour of The Full Monty - and the Champion has five pairs of tickets to   Read more ...

Tesco bag pack puts £1200 in the till for Southport Gym club

Tesco bag pack puts £1200 in the till for Southport Gym club by Ollie Cowan (October 2016)

A RECENT bag pack at Southport Tesco has raised £1,200 for the local gymnastics club.Community Champion Lesley Kirkbride helped organise the   Read more ...

Hospital chief Jonathan Parry sacked by Trust for gross misconduct

Hospital chief Jonathan Parry sacked by Trust for gross misconduct by Ollie Cowan (October 2016)

SOUTHPORT Hospital Chief Executive Jonathan Parry has been sacked fro gross misconduct, The Champion can reveal.Staff at the Town Lane Hospital were   Read more ...

Suspended hospital chief sacked by Trust for gross misconduct

Suspended hospital chief sacked by Trust for gross misconduct by Ollie Cowan (October 2016)

SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s suspended Chief Executive, Jonathan Parry, has been sacked for gross misconduct, the Champion can   Read more ...

Superslam Championship Belt up for grabs at Floral Hall title showdown

Superslam Championship Belt up for grabs at Floral Hall title showdown by Henry James (October 2016)

THE Superslam Championship Belt, British wrestling's most prestigious award, will be suspended nearly 20 feet above the ring at the Floral Hall,   Read more ...

Superslam Championship Belt up for grabs at Floral Hall wrestling event

Superslam Championship Belt up for grabs at Floral Hall wrestling event by Henry James (October 2016)

THE Superslam Championship Belt, British wrestling's most prestigious award, will be suspended a tantalising near 20 feet above the ring at the   Read more ...

Closure signs go up at pubs

Closure signs go up at pubs by Ollie Cowan (October 2016)

TWO more Southport pubs have closed suddenly, writes the Champion’s OLLIE COWANThe Shrimper in Marshside and The Old Ship Pub on Eastbank Street   Read more ...

Dame Mary Peters opens new village housing development

Dame Mary Peters opens new village housing development by Ollie Cowan (October 2016)

REtirees and their relatives were joined by former British Olympic champion, Dame Mary Peters, to celebrate the grand opening of a new retirement   Read more ...

We’re on the up, say bosses at Concourse!

We’re on the up, say bosses at Concourse! by Henry James (October 2016)

CONCOURSE bosses say work will start on Monday, October 24 to replace the broken lift which has been out of action for weeks.Tenants and shoppers   Read more ...

Good news for shoppers - Concourse escalator fixed

Good news for shoppers - Concourse escalator fixed by Henry James (October 2016)

CONCOURSE shoppers were given some good news when the escalator at the Skelmersdale town centre complex was fixed.Two weeks ago tenants of the   Read more ...

Plaza has 100,000 reasons to celebrate!

Plaza has 100,000 reasons to celebrate! by Tom Martin (October 2016)

PLAZA Cinema has welcomed its 100,000th visitor this year – making it the third year in a row that staff have celebrated this accolade.In 2014, the   Read more ...

Appeal for little Ava reaches the £6,000 mark

Appeal for little Ava reaches the £6,000 mark by Danielle Thompson (October 2016)

THE West Lancs community has rallied behind a fundraising campaign launched on behalf of a little girl who is battling cancer for a second time aged   Read more ...

£100m MASTERPLAN TO TRANSFORM TOWN

£100m MASTERPLAN TO TRANSFORM TOWN by Tom Martin (October 2016)

BOOTLE could be completely transformed by a £100m masterplan aimed at putting the town back on the map by 2030.The Champion reported in February how   Read more ...

World Championship hopeful gets school’s new track up and running

World Championship hopeful gets school’s new track up and running by Danielle Thompson (October 2016)

ATHLETE James Tartt was thrilled to join youngsters from a primary school to open their new running track before putting them through their   Read more ...

Skelmersdale man to lay flowers on grave of Somme victim Robert Margison 100 years after his death

Skelmersdale man to lay flowers on grave of Somme victim Robert Margison 100 years after his death by Henry James (October 2016)

A FORMER serviceman from Skelmersdale who makes regular visits to the battlefields of the First World War has pledged to lay a cross and flowers on   Read more ...

Gin bar is just the tonic, says council

Gin bar is just the tonic, says council by Ollie Cowan (October 2016)

A NEW gin and coffee bar is set to open in Churchtown.Sefton Council have officially approved plans for Remedy Bar, based on Lord Street, to open a   Read more ...

A pot of gold at the end of Lord Street?

A pot of gold at the end of Lord Street? by Ollie Cowan (September 2016)

IT’S normally a pot of gold that is supposed to be at the end of a rainbow.But this snap, taken by Champion reporter Tom Martin last week, shows the   Read more ...

Paul Greenall chosen to replace David Westley as Conservative candidate for West Lancs East at 2017 county council elections

Paul Greenall chosen to replace David Westley as Conservative candidate for West Lancs East at 2017 county council elections by Henry James (September 2016)

PAUL Greenall has been chosen to replace Conservative councillor David Westley as the candidate for West Lancashire East at next year's county   Read more ...

WELCOME TO ‘SWAN TOWN’!

WELCOME TO ‘SWAN TOWN’! by Danielle Thompson (September 2016)

BURSCOUGH Parish Council has teamed up with staff at Martin Mere nature reserve to re-brand the village as ‘the home of the whooper swan’!Parish   Read more ...

Fireworks spectacular days away

Fireworks spectacular days away by Henry James (September 2016)

THE skies above Southport will soon be bursting into colour with fireworks!Seven amazing pyrotechnics companies will go head to head over three   Read more ...

Champ team smash fundraising target

Champ team smash fundraising target by Ollie Cowan (September 2016)

A TEAM of enthusiastic runners from the Champion have completed a 10k challenge to honour a cancer-fighting colleague.The 21 members of staff took   Read more ...

Champ team near £1,000 landmark after charity run for cancer fighting colleague

Champ team near £1,000 landmark after charity run for cancer fighting colleague by Ollie Cowan (September 2016)

A TEAM of enthusiastic runners from the Champion newspaper have completed a grueling 10k challenge to honour a cancer fighting colleague.The 21   Read more ...

Champion team smash fundraising target after charity run for colleague

Champion team smash fundraising target after charity run for colleague by Ollie Cowan (September 2016)

A TEAM of enthusiastic runners from the Champion have completed a 10k challenge to honour a cancer-fighting colleague.The 21 members of staff took   Read more ...

Royal Birkdale mourns loss of golfing legend

Royal Birkdale mourns loss of golfing legend by Henry James (September 2016)

TRIBUTES have been paid to the American golfing great Arnold Palmer who won The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1961.He died at the age of 87   Read more ...

Councillor has crossed the thin blue line according to police bosses

Councillor has crossed the thin blue line according to police bosses by Ollie Cowan (September 2016)

FURIOUS officials from Merseyside Police, Southport BID and Sefton Council have blasted a decision to bring in a ‘private police force’ to tackle   Read more ...

DIRTY POLITICS

DIRTY POLITICS by Ollie Cowan (September 2016)

A councillor was forced to don a pair of rubber gloves and help clean public toilets on Ainsdale beach following complaints from Champion readers.A   Read more ...

Fireworks spectacular set for this weekend!

Fireworks spectacular set for this weekend! by Ollie Cowan (September 2016)

THE skies above Southport will soon be bursting into colour with fireworks!Seven amazing pyrotechnics companies will go head to head over three   Read more ...

Golf club hosts the Lancashire PGA Championship

Golf club hosts the Lancashire PGA Championship by Henry James (September 2016)

ORMSKIRK Golf Club has been praised after hosting the Lancashire PGA Championship earlier this month.The main event was a 36-holes strokeplay   Read more ...

Brave Leeanne inspires Thomas to tackle marathon fundraiser

Brave Leeanne inspires Thomas to tackle marathon fundraiser by Henry James (September 2016)

A SKELMERSDALE man has been inspired by the story of cancer sufferer Leeanne Conteh, featured in the Champion earlier this year, to take part in his   Read more ...

Traders fear shopper numbers are going down due to broken lift

Traders fear shopper numbers are going down due to broken lift by Henry James (September 2016)

TENANTS of the Concourse in Skelmersdale are claiming the broken lift, broken escalators and the shutting of staircases may be deterring shoppers   Read more ...

Man in search for friend who has his keys!

Man in search for friend who has his keys! by Danielle Thompson (September 2016)

READER Jeff Shaw is hoping that the power of the Champion can help him recover his lost house and car keys!The 32-year-old from Shirdley Hill met up   Read more ...

‘My new album is about getting through the dark times in life’ says singing sensation Rebecca

‘My new album is about getting through the dark times in life’ says singing sensation Rebecca by Ollie Cowan (September 2016)

SINGER Rebecca Ferguson says she is looking forward to return to her home city as part of her forthcoming tour.She also revealed how her new album,   Read more ...

Search intensifies to find bone marrow donor match for Kieron

Search intensifies to find bone marrow donor match for Kieron by Tom Martin (September 2016)

THE parents of a young Bootle boy battling a rare blood disorder have stepped up their efforts in finding a donor match in the hope he can overcome   Read more ...

Cafe boss Joel serves up second helping of sci-fi fantasy fiction

Cafe boss Joel serves up second helping of sci-fi fantasy fiction by Danielle Thompson (September 2016)

A CAFE manager, who also finds the time to deliver the Champion, has released his second fantasy fiction novel - despite battling dyslexia.Joel   Read more ...

Alan dishes the dirt to win top national title!

Alan dishes the dirt to win top national title! by Ollie Cowan (September 2016)

A SOUTHPORT dirt bike rider has been crowned the season champion at the annual UK National Flat Track Championships.Alan Birtwistle, 29, a   Read more ...

MP hits out at boundary proposals

MP hits out at boundary proposals by Tom Martin (September 2016)

MP STEVE Rotheram has blasted the decision to axe Walton as a constituency as part of the proposed boundary changes.The Walton MP believes his   Read more ...

Mother hits out at changes to vulnerable adults transport service

Mother hits out at changes to vulnerable adults transport service by Henry James (September 2016)

A SKELMERSDALE mother has hit out at Lancashire County Council changes to the time for transporting her severely disabled daughter Moira to and   Read more ...

Lady golfers celebrate club’s125th anniversary

Lady golfers celebrate club’s125th anniversary by Henry James (September 2016)

LADIES at West Lancashire Golf Club have been celebrating their 125th anniversary this year.Many events have already been hosted by the Ladies'   Read more ...

Champion team to tackle Natterjack run for colleague

Champion team to tackle Natterjack run for colleague by Ollie Cowan (September 2016)

A TEAM of runners from the Champion are preparing to tackle the Southport Natterjack Seaside 10k run in honour of their cancer fighting colleague.The   Read more ...

Public consultation on store plans

Public consultation on store plans by Ollie Cowan (September 2016)

RESIDENTS and traders in Birkdale will have the opportunity to question Aldi bosses at a public consultation to discuss the store’s proposed move to   Read more ...

Council warns motorists not to park on grass verge

Council warns motorists not to park on grass verge by Tom Martin (September 2016)

SEFTON Council has issued a warning for anyone looking to park on grass verges near Burbo Bank in Blindelsands after the Champion revealed how some   Read more ...

Volunteers needed for graveyard clean-up

Volunteers needed for graveyard clean-up by Danielle Thompson (August 2016)

ORMSKIRK residents are being urged to volunteer for a clean-up event at a parish churchyard which has become overgrown and is covered in dog mess.In   Read more ...

Street dance crew take on the world!

Street dance crew take on the world! by Ollie Cowan (August 2016)

A street dance crew with members from Southport and Ormskirk, represented Great Britain at the recent UDO World Championships in Glasgow.And while   Read more ...

Top doc heralds park run scheme

Top doc heralds park run scheme by Ollie Cowan (August 2016)

HEALTH benefits of Southport’s newly arrived Parkrun have been endorsed by one of the town’s GPs.“Speaking to The Champion local Norwood Surgery   Read more ...

County bosses tight-lipped over fate of Glenburn pitch

County bosses tight-lipped over fate of Glenburn pitch by Henry James (August 2016)

THE Champion has been met with silence from Lancashire County Council over the future of the £650,000 ‘Activ8’ facilities at the former Glenburn   Read more ...

Angry Ormksirk residents claim they are being 'priced out' of using university's sports facilities

Angry Ormksirk residents claim they are being 'priced out' of using university's sports facilities by Danielle Thompson (August 2016)

EDGE Hill University staff have reduced their sports centre membership fees for students aged 16-18 years old after local residents put pressure of   Read more ...

Champ team to take on charity challenge

Champ team to take on charity challenge by Ollie Cowan (August 2016)

A TEAM of runners from the Champion Newspaper group are preparing to tackle the Southport Natterjack Seaside 10k run in honour of their cancer   Read more ...

Whitmore wins on last hole

Whitmore wins on last hole by Henry James (August 2016)

AFTER an exciting last round, Chris Whitmore from Marston Lakes GC triumphed by one shot at the end of a week of golf to take the Southport Coast   Read more ...

Champ team take on charity challenge

Champ team take on charity challenge by Ollie Cowan (August 2016)

A TEAM of runners from the Champion Newspaper group are preparing to tackle the Southport Natterjack Seaside 10k run in honour of their cancer   Read more ...

Cut and blow as well known hair salon closes down

Cut and blow as well known hair salon closes down by Ollie Cowan (August 2016)

A POPULAR town centre hair salon has closed down.Toni & Guy hairdressers on the corner of Chapel Street and London Street, shut down unexpectedly on   Read more ...

Community award winner Tom has ‘true heart of gold’

Community award winner Tom has ‘true heart of gold’ by Tom Martin (August 2016)

VOLUNTEERS who look after a park in Seaforth have launched a 'Community Champion' awards scheme to give something back to locals who do a lot for the   Read more ...

Suspensions saga continues to anger hospital campaigners

Suspensions saga continues to anger hospital campaigners by Ollie Cowan (August 2016)

DISCIPLINARY hearings of three suspended Southport Hospital bosses are set to begin in September, the Champion understands.However despite an   Read more ...

CARE FIRM RAPPED FOR FACEBOOK STAFF POSTS

CARE FIRM RAPPED FOR FACEBOOK STAFF POSTS by Ollie Cowan (August 2016)

A Care provider in the town has been rated as ‘inadequate’ by a health watchdog after staff were exposed by the Champion for a series of   Read more ...

We saw strange sight in night sky too, claim readers

We saw strange sight in night sky too, claim readers by Ollie Cowan (August 2016)

OUR UFO story last week has prompted more people to come forward claiming they, too, spotted the strange flying object above Meols Cop railway   Read more ...

Tower block finally comes down

Tower block finally comes down by Tom Martin (August 2016)

AN empty block of flats in Bootle has been demolished two years after residents were told they must leave.Mersey House, on Greenfield Place, is owned   Read more ...

One year on and probe into hospital bosses has still not finished

One year on and probe into hospital bosses has still not finished by Ollie Cowan (August 2016)

AN entire year has now passed since four bosses at Southport hospital were suspended from their roles.Weary campaigners who have begged for a clear   Read more ...

Links course to host amateur championship

Links course to host amateur championship by Henry James (July 2016)

A POPULAR amateur golf competition, the Southport Coast Links Championship returns for its third year from August 8-12.The Championship gives golfers   Read more ...

Image released over case of burglar who posed as police officer

Image released over case of burglar who posed as police officer by Tom Martin (July 2016)

POLICE who are hunting a thief who pretended to be an officer in order to steal from a duped resident from Bootle have released an e-fit image of a   Read more ...

Council had ‘no choice’ but to raise town centre parking charges

Council had ‘no choice’ but to raise town centre parking charges by Ollie Cowan (July 2016)

COUNCIL bosses have defended a rise in parking charges in Southport town centre. Sefton has come under fire after the Champion reported how town   Read more ...

Police chase ends in Taser threat after suspect is cornered in shop

Police chase ends in Taser threat after suspect is cornered in shop by Ollie Cowan (July 2016)

A POLICE officer was forced to use the threat of his police taser on a suspect he was chasing through Southport Town Centre, writes OLLIE   Read more ...

Heart Heroes needed for BHF store

Heart Heroes needed for BHF store by Ollie Cowan (July 2016)

THE British Heart Foundation in Southport are appealing to local people to give the gift of time, and volunteer. Based on Eastbank Street, the town’s   Read more ...

No joy at Troon but golfers hope for better luck at Royal Birkdale!

No joy at Troon but golfers hope for better luck at Royal Birkdale! by Henry James (July 2016)

NEXT stop Royal Birkdale!Golf’s premier tournament will be heading for Sefton in 2017 following the end of play at Troon in this year’s Open   Read more ...

Emergency repair work carried out on Derby Street

Emergency repair work carried out on Derby Street by Danielle Thompson (July 2016)

EMERGENCY work had to be carried out on Derby Street in Ormskirk after a water pipe burst at the weekend.United Utilities were called out to do   Read more ...

BMX rider James is on track for success

BMX rider James is on track for success by Tom Martin (July 2016)

A YOUNG BMX rider reached the semi-finals of an international competition held in Italy.Eight-year-old James Criddle is on track for success after he   Read more ...

Thousands expected for County cricket clash as Lancashire face Durham

Thousands expected for County cricket clash as Lancashire face Durham by Henry James (July 2016)

SOUTHPORT and Birkdale Cricket Club is to host a county clash this weekend.The club will play host to Lancashire's crunch County Championship   Read more ...

Day nursery plan for closed pub approved

Day nursery plan for closed pub approved by Tom Martin (July 2016)

A RENEWED plan to turn a closed-down pub in Bootle into a children's day centre has been given the green light by Sefton Council.The Champion   Read more ...

Beyoncé pays tribute to Kayley

Beyoncé pays tribute to Kayley by Ollie Cowan (July 2016)

BEYONCé has paid tribute to Kayley Keir after her family launched a touching social media campaign.As reported in last week's Champion, the hope was   Read more ...

Superstar Beyonce pens special web tribute to Kayley

Superstar Beyonce pens special web tribute to Kayley by Tom Martin (July 2016)

BEYONCE has paid tribute to Kayley Keir after her family launched a touching social media campaign.As reported in last week's Champion, the hope was   Read more ...

Asda wagon topples over in Skelmersdale

Asda wagon topples over in Skelmersdale by Henry James (July 2016)

A CHAMPION reader captured the moment (above) when an ASDA lorry came to grief on Gillibrands Road in Skelmersdale, near to Daffodil Island.The   Read more ...

Councillors welcome funding for train station funding

Councillors welcome funding for train station funding by Ollie Cowan (July 2016)

AINSDALE councillors have warmly welcomed an £800,000 grant to help revamp the local railway station.Councillor and campaigner Haydn Preece told The   Read more ...

Resort golfer to play Open

Resort golfer to play Open by Henry James (July 2016)

Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club members are celebrating after one of their golfers made it through to The Open at Troon next week.Paul Howard, a   Read more ...

Bus service which is a 'lifeline' for many pensioners is to be scrapped

Bus service which is a 'lifeline' for many pensioners is to be scrapped by Henry James (June 2016)

A BUS service which has been described as a “lifeline” for many pensioners in Skelmersdale is to be scrapped next month.Arriva has confirmed that   Read more ...

Pugh warns of high risks after EU exit vote

Pugh warns of high risks after EU exit vote by Ollie Cowan (June 2016)

SOUTHPORT MP John Pugh has warned of high risks ahead as Britain enters a period of uncertainty after leaving the European Union.Speaking to The   Read more ...

Resort theatre bosses explain policy on dancing in the aisles!

Resort theatre bosses explain policy on dancing in the aisles! by Henry James (June 2016)

BOSSES at Southport Theatre have explained their policy on dancing during shows after a theatre-goer complained to The Champion that staff were   Read more ...

Sefton residents raise raise traffic concerns over foot-high overgrown grass

Sefton residents raise raise traffic concerns over foot-high overgrown grass by Danielle Thompson (June 2016)

Neglected grass verges in Sefton are an accident waiting to happen, it is beiong claimed.it is claimed - after sending the Champion photographs of   Read more ...

Worried residents raise concerns about overgrown grass in Sefton

Worried residents raise concerns about overgrown grass in Sefton by Danielle Thompson (June 2016)

GRASS will be cut once a month in all areas across Sefton until October say the council following concerns from r from Lydiate have raised concerns   Read more ...

THE WORST HOTELS IN SOUTHPORT

THE WORST HOTELS IN SOUTHPORT by Ollie Cowan (June 2016)

IT’S not just celebrities who regret staying in a Britannia hotel when in Southport!The Champion’s Ollie Cowan has been busy scouring TripAdvisor in   Read more ...

Battle of the Bubbles to raise funds for hospice

Battle of the Bubbles to raise funds for hospice by Tom Martin (May 2016)

THE attention of most football fans will on France this summer with the European Championship - but there is a far more serious competition taking   Read more ...

Students competing in UK Final of Young Enterprise Start Up programme

Students competing in UK Final of Young Enterprise Start Up programme by Henry James (May 2016)

STUDENTS from Edge Hill University are through to the UK final of the Young Enterprise Start Up programme.They were competing in the event yesterday   Read more ...

KGV change has come too late say former teachers

KGV change has come too late say former teachers by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

A FORMER Teacher at KGV college has said changes to the management of the respected institute have come ‘too little, too late’ – despite the   Read more ...

Police ready to enforce law change on ‘legal highs’

Police ready to enforce law change on ‘legal highs’ by Tom Martin (May 2016)

MERSEYSIDE Police has welcomed the introduction of new laws on what were known as 'legal highs.'The Champion has published several articles about   Read more ...

Sweet treat deal for Lord Street site

Sweet treat deal for Lord Street site by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

A POPULAR national patisserie chain is thought to be interested in taking over the empty former Russell & Bromley building on Lord Street.The   Read more ...

Lord St site finds a taker!

Lord St site finds a taker! by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

A POPULAR national patisserie chain is thought to be interested in taking over the empty former Russell & Bromley building on Lord Street.The   Read more ...

Hoax bomb threat at store was foiled by quick acting police officers, court told

Hoax bomb threat at store was foiled by quick acting police officers, court told by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

QUICK thinking police officers managed to foil a hoax bomb threat at a resort supermarket without causing panic to shoppers.The Champion can   Read more ...

Quick thinking officers foil hoax bomb threat at resort supermarket

Quick thinking officers foil hoax bomb threat at resort supermarket by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

QUICK thinking police officers managed to foil a hoax bomb threat at a resort supermarket without causing mass panic.The Champion can exclusively   Read more ...

Controversial Off Licence opening hours scrapped

Controversial Off Licence opening hours scrapped by Tom Martin (May 2016)

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to open an off-licence in Walton until 2am was rejected by Liverpool City Council after concerns raised by residents and   Read more ...

Men-Aces duo help team GB to claim Euro triumph

Men-Aces duo help team GB to claim Euro triumph by Henry James (May 2016)

TWO members of the Skem Men-Aces disability football team have done what Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool couldn’t do - by returning from Europe with a   Read more ...

Speedo Mick is named Fan of the Year

Speedo Mick is named Fan of the Year by Tom Martin (May 2016)

POPULAR Everton FC supporter Speedo Mick was named the Blues' Fan of the Year in recognition of his efforts in raising £60,000 for Woodlands   Read more ...

Jet ski championship returns to the Lakeside

Jet ski championship returns to the Lakeside by Tom Martin (May 2016)

WATERLOO is set to welcome back the British Jet Ski Championships for a weekend of racing later this month.Taking place on the water next to Crosby   Read more ...

Church officials say they’re NOT backing ‘fracking’

Church officials say they’re NOT backing ‘fracking’ by Danielle Thompson (May 2016)

CHURCH officials have reassured residents that the decision to allow a gas and oil company to carry out surveys on land in Halsall was forced on   Read more ...

Residents ‘not consulted about train station site’

Residents ‘not consulted about train station site’ by Henry James (May 2016)

RESIDENTS have claimed that they have not been properly consulted about the new £7m railway station for Maghull North.Following the recent Champion   Read more ...

Consultation to go ahead on future of threatened libraries and children’s centres

Consultation to go ahead on future of threatened libraries and children’s centres by Henry James (May 2016)

LANCASHIRE County Council's Cabinet has agreed to seek the public views on cost-cutting proposals which could see three libraries and three   Read more ...

Let’s get ready to party!

Let’s get ready to party! by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

ORGANISERS behind one of the area’s biggest ever street parties say this could be their last event for some time!Crosby Road residents are preparing   Read more ...

A woman's car is perfect in pink according to motoring boffins!

A woman's car is perfect in pink according to motoring boffins! by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

THE perfect car for women should have a pink dashboard, a cosmetics kit and LED lighting that makes it easier to apply.Before you fire up your   Read more ...

A woman's car is perfect in pink according to motoring boffins!

A woman's car is perfect in pink according to motoring boffins! by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

THE perfect car for women should have a pink dashboard, a cosmetics kit and LED lighting that makes it easier to apply.Before you fire up your   Read more ...

A woman's car is perfect in pink according to motoring boffins!

A woman's car is perfect in pink according to motoring boffins! by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

THE perfect car for women should have a pink dashboard, a cosmetics kit and LED lighting that makes it easier to apply.Before you fire up your   Read more ...

Trust decision on suspended health chiefs is now well past deadline

Trust decision on suspended health chiefs is now well past deadline by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

IT WAS hoped that by April the ongoing saga of the suspended bosses at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust would have been over.But now well into   Read more ...

Colin shakes off ring-rust to reach elite comp semis

Colin shakes off ring-rust to reach elite comp semis by Henry James (May 2016)

AN amateur boxing club coach from Skelmersdale returned to the ring as a competitor after a three-year absence and reached the semi-finals of a   Read more ...

TORCHED PLAY AREA WILL BE REBUILT

TORCHED PLAY AREA WILL BE REBUILT by Tom Martin (May 2016)

A CHILDREN'S play area in Everton which was torched by arsonists could be rebuilt by a local community group.As reported in the Champion last month,   Read more ...

Bootle boxer claims narrow win

Bootle boxer claims narrow win by Tom Martin (May 2016)

BOOTLE boxer Lee Boyce beat a former Irish Light-Heavyweight Champion in an all action bout.The 32-year-old was fighting at Devonshire House Hotel,   Read more ...

Shoppers hit out at plan to axe trees in Village

Shoppers hit out at plan to axe trees in Village by Tom Martin (May 2016)

SHOPPERS have hit out at the decision to axe trees in Crosby Village and replace them with new ones.Sefton Council revealed the plan last month to   Read more ...

Then and now! Striking images show how Bootle Blitz took its toll

Then and now! Striking images show how Bootle Blitz took its toll by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

AS this month marks the 75th anniversary of when Bootle was severely bombed in the World War II blitz, the Champion takes a look at images that show   Read more ...

A MOMENT NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN

A MOMENT NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN by Ollie Cowan (May 2016)

THE FATHER of one of the 96 Hillsborough victims has told the Champion of his utter relief after a second inquest into the tragedy ruled that fans   Read more ...

Then and now! Striking images show how Bootle Blitz took its toll

Then and now! Striking images show how Bootle Blitz took its toll by Tom Martin (April 2016)

AS this month marks the 75th anniversary of when Bootle was severely bombed in the World War II blitz, the Champion takes a look at images that show   Read more ...

Council recognised in fight against bullying

Council recognised in fight against bullying by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

SEFTON Council  has been  recognised for its excellent support of young people with additional needs.The local authority  has  just received  the   Read more ...

Traders told to leave estate - regardless of Aldi takeover!

Traders told to leave estate - regardless of Aldi takeover! by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

BUSINESS owners at Birkdale Trading Estate have been told to clear out regardless of whether or not Aldi takeover the site – as the estate is coming   Read more ...

Top of the range!

Top of the range! by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

THE RANGE Year Nine football side have been crowned Merseyside Champions after a tense final clash with Caldy High School.Decided late in extra time   Read more ...

Council recognised in fight against bullying

Council recognised in fight against bullying by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

SEFTON Council  has been  recognised for its excellent support of young people with additional needs.The local authority  has  just received  the   Read more ...

Jobs at risk as BHS store falls into administration

Jobs at risk as BHS store falls into administration by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

STAFF at the BHS store in Southport woke up on Monday morning to the news that the company had fallen into administration – meaning hundreds of jobs   Read more ...

Jobs at risk as BHS falls into administration

Jobs at risk as BHS falls into administration by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

STAFF at the BHS store in Southport woke up on Monday morning to the news that the company had fallen into administration – meaning hundreds of jobs   Read more ...

First aid post pops up at shopping centre

First aid post pops up at shopping centre by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

A FIRST aid charity hopes the arrival of a new ‘pop-up  centre’ in Bootle will encourage more people to learn skills in how to save someone's life.As   Read more ...

Championship double date for Ormskirk Golf Club

Championship double date for Ormskirk Golf Club by Henry James (April 2016)

ORMSKIRK Golf Club is set to play host to two prestigious tournaments this year.From Friday to Sunday, May 27-29, the cream of the county’s unpaid   Read more ...

Jobs at risk as BHS falls into administration

Jobs at risk as BHS falls into administration by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

STAFF at the BHS store in Southport woke up on Monday morning to the news that the company had fallen into administration – meaning hundreds of jobs   Read more ...

First aid post pops up at shopping centre

First aid post pops up at shopping centre by Tom Martin (April 2016)

A FIRST aid charity hopes the arrival of a new ‘pop-up  centre’ in Bootle will encourage more people to learn skills in how to save someone's life.As   Read more ...

YMCA approach parent group with two year deal to take over gym club

YMCA approach parent group with two year deal to take over gym club by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

BOSSES at YMCA Southport have offered to transfer its Ainsdale Gym Club over to a campaigning parent support group.The Champion understands that the   Read more ...

Beavers are glowing!

Beavers are glowing! by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

A LOCAL Beavers group were glowing with delight after receiving a donation of high visibility jackets from Specsavers in Southport and Formby.The   Read more ...

Skem United are true champions for Alfie!

Skem United are true champions for Alfie! by Henry James (April 2016)

SKELMERSDALE United may have had an indifferent season on the pitch but they are champions in the eyes of one West Lancashire dad of a boy who   Read more ...

Petition starts to fight care home closure

Petition starts to fight care home closure by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

A PETITION has been launched against the proposed closure of a Netherton care home with nearly 500 people already backing the campaign.As reported in   Read more ...

Readers tell the Champion of hospital A&E ‘horror’ stories

Readers tell the Champion of hospital A&E ‘horror’ stories by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

CHAMPION readers have been reacting to our reports of serious delays in admissions to Southport hospital’s A&E department.Last week, we highlighted   Read more ...

Anfield pub allowed to reopen after closure order

Anfield pub allowed to reopen after closure order by Tom Martin (April 2016)

AN Anfield pub which was shut down by police after a drugs raid can now reopen after its closure order expired.As reported in the Champion, the Elm   Read more ...

Petition launched to fight closure of care home closure

Petition launched to fight closure of care home closure by Tom Martin (April 2016)

A PETITION has been launched against the proposed closure of a Netherton care home with nearly 500 people already backing the campaign.As reported in   Read more ...

YMCA bosses ease concerns after name change

YMCA bosses ease concerns after name change by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

SOUTHPORT’s YMCA group have officially changed their name to YMCA Sefton, raising fears that bosses are prepared to give up on the resort and move   Read more ...

MP warns academy takeover could lead to school closures

MP warns academy takeover could lead to school closures by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

MP JOHN Pugh has issued a stark warning to primary schools across the town that they may be at risk of closure or mergers if govern-ment plans to   Read more ...

Dog walker’s anger at bags left on path

Dog walker’s anger at bags left on path by Tom Martin (April 2016)

AN angry dog walker was shocked to find a road in Thornton littered with bags full of dog mess.The man, who did not want to be named, got in touch   Read more ...

Warning issued to golf fans ahead of Open tournament

Warning issued to golf fans ahead of Open tournament by Henry James (April 2016)

AHEAD of The 146TH Open Championship at Royal Birkdale next year, The Royal & Ancient has issued a warning to protect spectators against unofficial   Read more ...

Dock blaze caught on camera

Dock blaze caught on camera by Tom Martin (April 2016)

ANYONE wondering what life as a firefighter can be like then look no further at these dramatic pictures taken of  the Bootle dock fire earlier this   Read more ...

Silver for Dan at the arena

Silver for Dan at the arena by Tom Martin (April 2016)

CROSBY gymnast Dan Purvis put in a performance to remember on his return home after clinching a silver medal at the British Gymnastics   Read more ...

Community champ celebrates 20 years at store

Community champ celebrates 20 years at store by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

A COMMUNITY champion is celebrating 20 years working for the same supermarket.Anna Ingram has spent two decades working for Morrisons at both its   Read more ...

More than 20 trees have been felled on the Trans Pennine Trail

More than 20 trees have been felled on the Trans Pennine Trail by Danielle Thompson (April 2016)

MORE THAN 20 trees have been cut down along the Trans Pennine Trail in Aintree.Lee Catterall, 47, who is a front-of-house supervisor for a   Read more ...

Residents call for action to clear rubbish from around the River Tawd

Residents call for action to clear rubbish from around the River Tawd by Henry James (April 2016)

WEST Lancs Council has come under fire for not clearing rubbish away from the woodlands along the River Tawd in Skelmersdale.Champion reader Emma   Read more ...

Paula helps launch £150k fundraiser

Paula helps launch £150k fundraiser by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

SEFTON resident and former Brookside star Paula Muldoon has helped launch a £150,000 fundraising campaign aimed at helping Alzheimer's Research   Read more ...

Paula helps launch £150k fundraiser

Paula helps launch £150k fundraiser by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

SEFTON resident and former Brookside star Paula Muldoon has helped launch a £150,000 fundraising campaign aimed at helping Alzheimer's Research   Read more ...

Paula helps launch £150k fundraiser for Alzheimer’s charity

Paula helps launch £150k fundraiser for Alzheimer’s charity by Tom Martin (April 2016)

WATERLOO resident and former Brookside star Paula Muldoon has helped launch a £150,000 fundraising campaign aimed at helping Alzheimer's Research   Read more ...

Young cheerleaders achieve success in national competitions

Young cheerleaders achieve success in national competitions by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

TWO cheerleading groups from Southport YMCA have achieved success in a national competition.The Junior side from the Ainsdale gym won their category   Read more ...

Young artists need your vote!

Young artists need your vote! by Danielle Thompson (April 2016)

TALENTED young artists from schools across Sefton need your vote!In February, the Champion revealed that pupils from schools across Southport,   Read more ...

Talented young artists looking for your vote

Talented young artists looking for your vote by Danielle Thompson (April 2016)

TALENTED young artists from schools across Sefton need your vote.In February, The Champion revealed that pupils from schools across Aintree, Maghull,   Read more ...

Young riders shine in national championships

Young riders shine in national championships by Danielle Thompson (April 2016)

A GROUP of talented equestrians from West Lancashire have made their mark in a prestigious national competition.A team of 14 riders from the Parbold   Read more ...

Plan to turn empty pub into homes is rejected

Plan to turn empty pub into homes is rejected by Tom Martin (April 2016)

A FORMER pub in Bootle which has become run-down over the years will remain empty after Sefton Council rejected a plan to transform it into homes.As   Read more ...

Owners reunited with lost dog Minky after Champ plea

Owners reunited with lost dog Minky after Champ plea by Ollie Cowan (April 2016)

A LOST pedigree puppy which went missing from her home in Birkdale has been found thanks to The Champion.An eagle-eyed reader of the Formby edition   Read more ...

‘Crazi-Carrot’ club seeks new members

‘Crazi-Carrot’ club seeks new members by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

A VEGAN food lovers group are appealing for more members to swell their ranks.The Crazi-Carrott Club, hosted by Alwynne Cartmell, regularly meet in   Read more ...

Sports Direct gym plan gets go-ahead

Sports Direct gym plan gets go-ahead by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

A MAJOR redevelopment of the former Waitrose building on Tulketh Street in Southport has been passed by Sefton Council’s planning committee.The news   Read more ...

Public meeting on Rimrose Valley plans

Public meeting on Rimrose Valley plans by Tom Martin (March 2016)

A PUBLIC meeting will be held by Rimrose Valley Friends for anyone interested in discussing Highways England's plan to ease congestion for traffic   Read more ...

Deb’s daring skydive raises £1,700 for charity

Deb’s daring skydive raises £1,700 for charity by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

A DARING skydive has raised more than £1,700 for charity.Deborah Kelly, an accounts clerk from Churchtown, decided to take the 15,000ft plunge to   Read more ...

Mayor in ‘more funding’ plea to tackle potholes

Mayor in ‘more funding’ plea to tackle potholes by Tom Martin (March 2016)

THE Mayor of Liverpool has met with a Government minister to lobby for more funding to deal with potholes.Mayor Joe Anderson met Transport Minister   Read more ...

Can you wear specs better than Kimberly Wyatt?

Can you wear specs better than Kimberly Wyatt? by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

SINGER Kimberly Wyatt has teamed up with a local opticians to find Formby and Southport's Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2016.   The singer, dancer,   Read more ...

Love Ainsdale group help clean beach of litter

Love Ainsdale group help clean beach of litter by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

A GROUP of volunteers have been busy helping to make Ainsdale shine.The Love Ainsdale Group, which comprises of local residents, councillors and   Read more ...

Age UK in desperate race to find £12,000 to save pensioner services

Age UK in desperate race to find £12,000 to save pensioner services by Danielle Thompson (March 2016)

AN URGENT fund-raising drive is being launched to raise the £12,000 Age UK desperately needs to keep providing non-funded services for pensioners in   Read more ...

Nigel won't pull any punches at sports event

Nigel won't pull any punches at sports event by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

THE DARK destroyer has Southport in his sights!Former world boxing champion Nigel Benn will roll with the punches on a special night of entertainment   Read more ...

From bikes to book! Sir Chris Hoy visits Edge Hill

From bikes to book! Sir Chris Hoy visits Edge Hill by Henry James (March 2016)

ELEVEN times World Champion and six times Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy will visit Edge Hill University in April to introduce his new pursuit   Read more ...

Weightlifter Jordan powers way to gold

Weightlifter Jordan powers way to gold by Tom Martin (March 2016)

A BOOTLE weightlifter has powered his way to a gold medal in the European Men's Classic Championship.Jordan McLaughlin was representing Great   Read more ...

Council acts to clean up mess left by fly-tippers

Council acts to clean up mess left by fly-tippers by Henry James (March 2016)

SEFTON Council has acted to clean-up a stretch of land in Aintree after a story in The Champion last week and bosses at the authority are warning   Read more ...

Rooms with a Seaview!

Rooms with a Seaview! by Tom Martin (March 2016)

SEFTON Council is set to give the green light to a plan to transform a former pub in Bootle which became so run-down that a tree started growing   Read more ...

Plea to end fly tipping blight

Plea to end fly tipping blight by Henry James (March 2016)

THIS is the fly tipping, blight affecting parts on Aintree.Gillian McHugh contacted The Champion to highlight the problem and said it was worst at   Read more ...

Top rugby youth squad from Portugal coming to borough

Top rugby youth squad from Portugal coming to borough by Henry James (March 2016)

A TOP rugby youth squad from Portugal will be in Lancashire on Saturday to play two games at Tarleton.Reigning Portuguese champions Grupo Desportivo   Read more ...

One of the ten most-wanted Brits is found in Ghana

One of the ten most-wanted Brits is found in Ghana by Danielle Thompson (March 2016)

AN Ormskirk man who spent a year on the list of the 10 most wanted British fugitives has been tracked down and arrested in Ghana.The Champion   Read more ...

MP lends backing to town centre giant over closure fears

MP lends backing to town centre giant over closure fears by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

SOUTHPORT MP John Pugh has written to the Chief Executive of British Home Stores asking if there is anything he can do to help save the ailing   Read more ...

Residents angry over deaf school stalemate

Residents angry over deaf school stalemate by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

BIRKDALE residents say they are dismayed at the lack of any discernable progress at the site of the former Birkdale Deaf School on Lancaster Road.The   Read more ...

Rum bar plan gets green light

Rum bar plan gets green light by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

PLANNING officials have given the green light to a new rum and craft cider bar on Seabank Road.The Champion reported earlier this year how bosses at   Read more ...

The Hawthorne's school forced to make staff cuts

The Hawthorne's school forced to make staff cuts by Tom Martin (March 2016)

THE Hawthorne's Free School has moved to reassure parents and pupils after letters of redundancy were sent out to some support staff.The Champion has   Read more ...

Care home takes part in Dignity Day events

Care home takes part in Dignity Day events by Henry James (March 2016)

STAFF at a Roby Mill care home organised a variety of different activities to mark Dignity Action Day.The event at Cardinal Heenan House in School   Read more ...

Council's economic champion believes people have been 'betrayed' by Concourse owners

Council's economic champion believes people have been 'betrayed' by Concourse owners by Henry James (March 2016)

WEST Lancs Council’s economic development and regeneration champion, Councillor Frank McKenna says it would be a “travesty” if Skelmersdale were to   Read more ...

WAR WAGED ON TOWN’S LITTER LOUTS

WAR WAGED ON TOWN’S LITTER LOUTS by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

COUNCILLORS in Formby are waging war on litter louts after growing increasingly fed-up at the amount of rubbish in the town.Their first battle took   Read more ...

patient care PROMISE AFTER SURGERIES DEAL

patient care PROMISE AFTER SURGERIES DEAL by Tom Martin (March 2016)

THE new health provider of five GP practices in Sefton has vowed to deliver “significant improvements” for local patients after agreeing to take them   Read more ...

Holy Trinity youngsters celebrate World Book Day

Holy Trinity youngsters celebrate World Book Day by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

PUPILS at Holy Trinity Primary School celebrated World Book Day with the help of Asda Southport.Sharon Gregory, the store’s community life champion,   Read more ...

Best of British Musical Fireworks lineup revealed for resort battle

Best of British Musical Fireworks lineup revealed for resort battle by Ollie Cowan (March 2016)

THIS year’s British Musical Fireworks Championship running order has been announced and visitors to the three-day competition in Southport are in for   Read more ...

Yob gang problem in park 'getting worse'

Yob gang problem in park 'getting worse' by Henry James (March 2016)

GANGS of youths in Glenn Park in Maghull are again causing problems for nearby residents.James Rice, 32, who lives in Sandiways contacted The   Read more ...

Woman hurt by falling traffic light following three-vehicle collision

Woman hurt by falling traffic light following three-vehicle collision by Danielle Thompson (March 2016)

A WOMAN suffered a head injury after a traffic light fell on her following a three-vehicle collision in Burscough.Lancashire Constabulary confirmed   Read more ...

Police report rise in reports of off road bikes being used in anti social way

Police report rise in reports of off road bikes being used in anti social way by Henry James (March 2016)

SKELMERSDALE Police have reported an increase in complaints of off-road bikes being used in an anti-social way in the town.They have said that they   Read more ...

Anger as Priory trees face chop

Anger as Priory trees face chop by Tom Martin (March 2016)

RESIDENTS in Litherland have hit out at the decision to demolish more trees in the Sefton Road area as part of the Priory pub redevelopment.As   Read more ...

Chairman of ratepayers' association blasts possible pharmacy closures

Chairman of ratepayers' association blasts possible pharmacy closures by Danielle Thompson (February 2016)

AINTREE Ratepayers' Association chiefs have spoken out against government proposals for patients to order prescriptions over the internet and pick   Read more ...

Council meets budget gap while maintaining 'vast majority of services'

Council meets budget gap while maintaining 'vast majority of services' by Henry James (February 2016)

RESIDENTS in the ‘average' band D properties in West Lancashire will face a 3.39% rise in their Council Tax bills in April.The borough council has   Read more ...

Merchant's pupil wins bronze medal at table tennis tournament

Merchant's pupil wins bronze medal at table tennis tournament by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

A SOUTHPORT boy who goes to school in Crosby has won a much coveted bronze medal in a recent table tennis championship.Eleven year old Rhys Davies,   Read more ...

Bronze for youngster

Bronze for youngster by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

A SOUTHPORT boy has won a bronze medal in a recent table tennis championship.Eleven year old Rhys Davies, who attends Merchant Taylor’s School in   Read more ...

Fate of suspended NHS bosses to be decided by end of March

Fate of suspended NHS bosses to be decided by end of March by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

THE ONGOING SAGA of the suspended Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust bosses could be over in a matter of weeks, The Champion can reveal.Results of   Read more ...

Martial arts fighters take medal haul at Manchester contest

Martial arts fighters take medal haul at Manchester contest by Tom Martin (February 2016)

A MARTIAL arts club in Crosby has claimed four medals at a competition held in Manchester.Josh Doyle, 18, Joe Champion, 15, Conner McKerney, 16, and   Read more ...

Hessey bolsters midfield options

Hessey bolsters midfield options by Tom Martin (February 2016)

MARINE  boss Sean Hessey has bolstered his midfield options after signing  former Liverpool Youth team players  Charlie Barnett and Ray   Read more ...

Fate of suspended NHS bosses to be decided by April

Fate of suspended NHS bosses to be decided by April by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

THE ONGOING SAGA of the suspended Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust bosses could be over in a matter of weeks, The Champion can reveal.Results of   Read more ...

Elderly hit by cuts to Merseylink buses

Elderly hit by cuts to Merseylink buses by Tom Martin (February 2016)

RESIDENTS in Netherton and Bootle have hit out at the decision by Merseytravel to cut the buses available for its Merseylink service.Since the   Read more ...

Nun appeals for help with African orphanage project

Nun appeals for help with African orphanage project by Danielle Thompson (February 2016)

A NUN from Parbold has thanked Champion readers for their generous donations to an orphanage in Africa – but says that the community desperately   Read more ...

Residents raise fears about West Lancashire's 'pothole riddled' roads

Residents raise fears about West Lancashire's 'pothole riddled' roads by Danielle Thompson (February 2016)

RESIDENTS have raised concerns about the poor condition of West Lancashire’s ‘pothole-riddled’ roads.The Champion was contacted by a number of   Read more ...

Council reveal start date for war memorial work

Council reveal start date for war memorial work by Tom Martin (February 2016)

SEFTON Council has confirmed that the eagerly-awaited work to restore Bootle's War Memorial will begin in the spring.As revealed by the Champion last   Read more ...

West Lancs shoe firm named export champ

West Lancs shoe firm named export champ by Henry James (February 2016)

HOTTER shoes in Skelmersdale has been named as a UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Export Champion for 2016.Export Champions are a group of business   Read more ...

Dan crowned champion again

Dan crowned champion again by Tom Martin (February 2016)

A LONG distance runner from Crosby has been crowned the Merseyside Schools and Merseyside County Champion for a third year in a row.Daniel Slater,   Read more ...

Mistaken identity case leads to court acquittal

Mistaken identity case leads to court acquittal by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

A MAN who was accused of a frightening and unprovoked assault, after he was identified from a picture in the Champion newspaper, has been acquitted   Read more ...

Man acquited of assault after case of 'mistaken identity'

Man acquited of assault after case of 'mistaken identity' by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

A MAN who was accused of a frightening and unprovoked assault, after he was identified from a picture in the Champion newspaper, has been acquitted   Read more ...

George wins Blues goal of month award

George wins Blues goal of month award by Tom Martin (February 2016)

A YOUNG Everton fan who was invited onto the pitch at Goodison Park to score  at the Gwladys Street end  has won the club's goal of the month   Read more ...

Tributes paid at town's Holocaust Memorial Service

Tributes paid at town's Holocaust Memorial Service by Henry James (February 2016)

Southport held a Holocaust Memorial Service recently at Christ Church. Each year, people are reminded of the Holocaust and of the many genocides   Read more ...

Freshfields shop launch

Freshfields shop launch by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

FRESHFIELDS Animal Rescue has opened a new charity shop in Shakespeare Street, and members of the public are invited to the grand opening on   Read more ...

Two members of Men-aces team selected for GB squad

Two members of Men-aces team selected for GB squad by Henry James (February 2016)

TWO players from the Skem Men-aces disability football team have been selected for the Team GB squad for the National Mencap European   Read more ...

Thousands of trees spared from the chop

Thousands of trees spared from the chop by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

TWO Hundred thousand trees that were in danger of being cut down in Ainsdale and Formby are to be spared the axe, The Champion can reveal.We reported   Read more ...

Para-badminton star Rachel is a true inspiration

Para-badminton star Rachel is a true inspiration by Tom Martin (February 2016)

PARA-badminton player Rachel Choong from Crosby fought off competition from British heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua to win at the British   Read more ...

6 memorial correction 70wHJ

6 memorial correction 70wHJ by Henry James (February 2016)

THE Champion has been asked to point out that in our article last week we mistakenly called Mrs Pauline Collier - Doctor - and omitted to mention   Read more ...

Sian and Phil win their dream holiday

Sian and Phil win their dream holiday by Tom Martin (February 2016)

A CROSBY couple won their dream holiday in front of millions of television viewers after they appeared on a BBC One game show.As reported in The   Read more ...

Primary school pays final tribute to dinner lady

Primary school pays final tribute to dinner lady by Henry James (February 2016)

ST ANDREWS CE primary school gave much loved dinner lady Keli Morgan a final, colourful send off on Wednesday last week - the same day as her   Read more ...

Thousands of coastal trees spared the axe

Thousands of coastal trees spared the axe by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

TWO Hundred thousand trees that were in danger of being cut down in Ainsdale and Formby are to be spared the axe, The Champion can reveal.We reported   Read more ...

Children's 'splash-tastic' contest to be held this half-term

Children's 'splash-tastic' contest to be held this half-term by Danielle Thompson (February 2016)

CHILDREN can enjoy splash-tastic fun at puddle-jumping contests being held at Martin Mere Wetland Centre from Saturday (13 February).Staff at the   Read more ...

Children's 'splash-tastic' contest to be held this half-term

Children's 'splash-tastic' contest to be held this half-term by Danielle Thompson (February 2016)

YOUNG visitors to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Martin Mere over the schools' half-term holiday can enjoy a splashing time and have a chance of   Read more ...

Yoga courses offered to stressed out teenagers

Yoga courses offered to stressed out teenagers by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

STRESSED out teenagers in Southport and Formby are being offered a chance to chill out with a new Teen Yoga class.The classes have been set up by   Read more ...

Trees to be axed as they 'pose risk' to pedestrians

Trees to be axed as they 'pose risk' to pedestrians by Tom Martin (February 2016)

SEFTON Council says its decision to axe trees along Little Crosby Road is due to the fact they are “structurally unsound” and would pose a safety   Read more ...

Yoga courses offered to stressed out teenagers

Yoga courses offered to stressed out teenagers by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

STRESSED out teenagers in Southport and Formby are being offered a chance to chill out with a new Teen Yoga class.The classes have been set up by   Read more ...

Rail takeover company respond to concerns over Piccadilly connection

Rail takeover company respond to concerns over Piccadilly connection by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

ARRIVA bosses have responded to the concerns of rail passengers who fear they could lose a direct train service between Southport and Manchester   Read more ...

THREAT TO JOBS AT FORMBY POOL

THREAT TO JOBS AT FORMBY POOL by Ollie Cowan (February 2016)

A NUMBER of staff at Formby Pool have been told they could face losing their jobs as Trust bosses urgently debate ways to make further savings to   Read more ...

Second solar farm appeal is declined by the council

Second solar farm appeal is declined by the council by Danielle Thompson (February 2016)

AN appeal against refusal of planning permission for a huge solar farm in Aughton has been rejected by West Lancs Council.The local authority has   Read more ...

From intensive care to GB call up!

From intensive care to GB call up! by Ollie Cowan (January 2016)

A CRITICAL care nurse says she has the annual Southport Triathlon to thank after being selected to make her international debut for  Great  Britain    Read more ...

Tim Roth:

Tim Roth: "Iron Men revitalised my love of the art" by Tom Martin (January 2016)

ACTOR Tim Roth has revealed in a recent interview that Liverpool is his guilty pleasure after he enjoyed a visit to Crosby.The 54-year-old,   Read more ...

Businesses in town pledge support to boxing club

Businesses in town pledge support to boxing club by Henry James (January 2016)

OFFICIALS at Birch Green Amateur Boxing Club have had offers of help from businesses in the town after their fundraising drive to raise £10,000 for   Read more ...

COUNCIL TOLD TO FACE THE MUSIC!

COUNCIL TOLD TO FACE THE MUSIC! by Tom Martin (January 2016)

ANGRY residents near South Road who have complained for years at the number of late night bars opening on the high street are up in arms after Sefton   Read more ...

Councillors welcome council's tree-mendous work

Councillors welcome council's tree-mendous work by Ollie Cowan (January 2016)

COUNCILLORS in Formby have welcomed Sefton Council’s ‘tree-mendous’ work in replacing a number of dangerous trees in the village.Officers from the   Read more ...

From intensive care to GB call up!

From intensive care to GB call up! by Ollie Cowan (January 2016)

A CRITICAL care nurse says she has the annual Southport Triathlon to thank after being selected to make her international debut for Great Britain at   Read more ...

Snooker ace Dale sets up home in resort

Snooker ace Dale sets up home in resort by Ollie Cowan (January 2016)

FORMER snooker champion Dominic Dale has set up home in Southport – plying his trade and training for competitions at Bath Street Conservative   Read more ...

No extra funds to tackle rogue landlords

No extra funds to tackle rogue landlords by Ollie Cowan (January 2016)

SEFTON Council has been overlooked for a share of £5m government funding to tackle rogue landlords.It has been revealed that 48 councils across the   Read more ...

Fundraiser set to help release jailed ex-soldier

Fundraiser set to help release jailed ex-soldier by Tom Martin (January 2016)

  A FUNDRAISING campaign has been launched in a bid to help free a former soldier from Bootle was jailed in India for alleged gun-running charges.As   Read more ...

Bank staff become 'Dementia Friends'

Bank staff become 'Dementia Friends' by Danielle Thompson (January 2016)

BANK staff enjoyed becoming Dementia Friends at a session held in Parbold last week.Dementia Champion Joe Sherville held an hour-long Dementia   Read more ...

Charlie is on the mend after horrific ordeal

Charlie is on the mend after horrific ordeal by Tom Martin (January 2016)

A DOG which was badly beaten and left for dead in Anfield is on the road to recovery after having surgery on two broken legs.As reported in the   Read more ...

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