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Southport golfer Tommy Fleetwood records second hole-in-one in two tournaments

Legendary Southport golfer Tommy Fleetwood has celebrated a hole-in-one – for the second tournament in a row!  Tommy recorded the remarkable feat at the 16th hole during the first round at the Augusta National during the Masters on Thursday. Tommy, who grew up playing at the Southport Municipal Golf Links, lined up his shot in the late afternoon and fired […]

Southport beauty salon owner’s phone has ‘not stopped ringing’ ahead of reopening

A Southport beauty salon owner says her “phone has not stopped ringing” as she looks forward to finally reopening on Monday (12 April) after the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions.  Tracy Badley Robinson, who owns Element5 on Tulketh Street in Southport town centre, says she and her staff are “very excited” to be able to see their loyal customers once […]

Twice weekly rapid Covid-19 tests now available in Sefton as people urged to get tested

From tomorrow (Friday 9th April), people in England will be able to access twice-weekly rapid tests for coronavirus.  Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health is encouraging everyone in Sefton who is going to a work environment or who will be returning to their workplace to take up this offer.  She said: “Rapid tests are tests for people without […]

8 incredible Southport events you must see in 2021

Southport has some superb events to look forward to in 2021! Visitors are sure to flock back to popular favourites such as Southport Comedy Festival, the British Musical Fireworks Championship and Southport Food and Drink Festival. But we also have some brand new events to look forward to in Southport in 2021, including UB40 and The Dualers at Victoria Park; […]

The Atkinson in Southport to begin reopening in stages from 12 April

The Atkinson in Southport is looking forward to reopening on Monday (12 April). Following the government roadmap, The Atkinson, on Lord Street, will reopen in stages with reduced visiting times and limited services. From Monday 12 April – Step 2 of the Government’s lockdown reopening plan – people can visit the Box Office, Shop, Café, and Library. The Atkinson will […]

Southport Air Show 2021 cancelled and Southport Food and Drink Festival delayed

The 2021 Southport Air Show will not take place this year due to continued uncertainty over large scale events. Anyone who has already purchased a ticket for the show, which was due to take place in July, will automatically receive a full refund within ten working days. This year’s Southport Food and Drink Festival, which was due to take place […]

Unpaid carers in Sefton urged to book their Covid-19 vaccines

As the COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to make good progress, GPs in Sefton are reminding unpaid carers to get registered and come forward for their vaccine.  Some unpaid carers may not receive an invitation for their vaccination if their carer status is not known to the NHS so it’s important to ensure they are registered with Sefton Carers Centre who […]

Southport Comedy Festival 2021 to bring laughter back after year in lockdown

Southport Comedy Festival 2021 will now go ahead after securing vital backing from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.  It means that some of the top names in UK comedy will be heading to Victoria Park in Southport for some much-needed laughter this October.  The shows will be held in a large marquee provided by Elite Marquees with lots of ventilation […]

Meols Cop High School in Southport launches new esports team

This is an exciting time to be a young person growing up in Southport. The Southport Town Deal Board listened to the voices of the younger generations in our town and responded with some exciting plans.  With that in mind it is going to be important that our young people are developing the values, skills and mindset to make the […]

Bankfield Lane in Churchtown facing four month closure for urgent flood prevention work

A section of a major road in Churchtown in Southport will be closed to traffic for around four months to allow vital flood prevention work to take place.  Vehicles will be prevented from accessing Bankfield Lane, which runs alongside Botanic Gardens in Churchtown, between Verulam Road to Merlewood Avenue.  United Utilities will begin its work from 1 June, with signed […]

Southport Lifeboat launches #ItsBehindYou campaign to keep people safe on our beaches

Southport Lifeboat has launched a new tidal safety campaign – #ItsBehindYou – to remind beach visitors of the need to be on the lookout for tides when enjoying beaches at Southport, Ainsdale, Formby and Crosby. Lifeboat volunteers were called upon countless times during last year’s busy summer season to rescue cut-off beachgoers. In anticipation of another busy spring and summer, […]

Six Dots Counselling enjoys £10,000 National Lottery boost to help people living with sight loss

Six Dots Counselling is today celebrating after being awarded £10,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work with blind and visually impaired adults in Sefton and the wider Merseyside area.  The brand-new  organisation, based in Southport, will use the cash to provide a one-to-one counselling service to those recently diagnosed with sight loss and to people who have been […]

Fundraisers climb Southport sand dune 500 times to help children at Claire House hospice

Two determined fundraising heroes spent an exhausting NINE HOURS running up and down sand dunes in Southport to complete the Sandhill 500 raise thousands of pounds for children at Claire House hospice.  Jonny Johnstone, 51, and Colin Reilly, 58, tested their endurance to the limits at a sandhill in Birkdale which they climbed a remarkable 500 times between them on […]

What next for Mecca Bingo in Southport? Could it become a new casino, theatre or pub?

What does the future hold for the Mecca Bingo building in Southport?  Some have called for it to be reopened as a theatre, while Southport Theatre & Convention Centre is rebuilt; others would like to see it become a casino; a pub; a cinema; or a gym. The former ABC Cinema across the road was converted into apartments three decades […]

Mecca Bingo in Southport announces permanent closure

Mecca Bingo has announced that its premises on Lord Street in Southport will not be reopening after the national Covid-19 lockdown ends.  The bingo hall has entertained many thousands of guests for eyes down inside one of Lord Street’s grandest buildings, the former Garrick Theatre.  Mecca Bingo Operations Director John Dyson said: “On behalf of everyone at Mecca Bingo in […]

Jobs advertised for Sefton Polling Stations for May local elections

Do you know of somebody who would like to work at a Sefton Polling Station? Sefton has 132 polling stations in operation on polling day.  Polling station staff work inside the station and are responsible for the conduct of the ballot and making sure that procedures for voting are followed. The elections team is looking to appoint staff to work […]

We’re back! 12 April reopening for Southport shops, outdoor hospitality and attractions confirmed

Southport has begun the countdown to the reopening of more businesses next week.  Outdoor hospitality will be among those reopening in England after the Prime Minister confirmed the roadmap is on track and planned easements can go ahead. Significant parts of the indoor economy and further outdoor settings will reopen from 12 April, after data confirmed the government’s “four tests” […]

Southport Flower Show 2021 axed as organisers aim for ‘best ever show’ in 2022

Southport Flower Show 2021 has been cancelled amidst the ongoing uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.  It is the second year that the UK’s biggest independent flower show has been called off, and the first time since World War Two the event has not taken place.  People who have already bought advance tickets for this year’s show are being asked to […]

Sidney Road Lights in Southport to sparkle this Christmas thanks to Fletchers Solicitors

Fletchers Solicitors has kindly agreed to sponsor the spectacular Sidney Road Christmas Lights display in Southport.  The legal firm is based on Hoghton Street in Southport and has additional offices in Manchester. The popular Sidney Road Lights attraction provides computerised Christmas lights synchronised to music.  Visitors can even enjoy free hot drinks, sweets and children’s gifts, with any donations received […]

Twice weekly rapid Covid-19 testing to be available to everyone for free

Everyone in Southport and across England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from 9 April, the Government announced today. In a significant step forward, which paves the way for businesses and society reopening, anyone will be able to access free, rapid lateral flow tests (LFDs) for themselves and their families to use twice a week, in […]

New ‘Sandgrounder Shuttle’ launched by Sandgrounder Radio and Peoples Bus

Sandgrounder Radio has officially unveiled its brand new ‘Sandgrounder Shuttle’ which has been very kindly provided by locally based Peoples Bus. The double decker bus was officially launched at Ocean Plaza in Southport on Easter Saturday with its first task to assist with the delivery of hundreds of Easter Eggs to Alder Hey Children’s Charity and Southport Baby Bank as […]

Sandgrounder Radio appeal donates hundreds of Easter eggs to Alder Hey and Southport Baby Bank

Sandgrounder Radio has donated in excess of one thousand Easter Eggs to charity this Easter, thanks to its listeners and local people in the area The aim of the 2021 Easter Egg Appeal was to donate Easter Eggs to Alder Hey Children’s Charity and Southport Baby Bank. The radio station was inundated with hundreds of donations at a number of […]

Southport children’s shop needs support ‘more than ever’ after cruel burglary

A children’s shop in Southport says it needs the support of local people “more than ever” after cruel burglars ransacked the premises over the weekend.  Thieves broke into Over The Moon Kids Boutique and Shoe Studio on Union Street in Southport town centre on Easter Saturday (3 April), causing substantial damage.  Owner Tina Bulmer had been working hard to get […]

Household Waste Recycling Centres in Sefton extend opening hours from today

Household Waste Recycling Centres in Sefton will open for an extra three hours every day from today (Thursday 1st April). The Recycling Centres will be switching to their summer opening hours until October, meaning they will be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm, seven days a week. Sites can become extremely busy at peak times so visits should be planned carefully. […]

Blackpool Tower to be relocated to Southport to strengthen links between resorts

Note: Thank you to everyone who enjoyed our April Fool’s Day story this year! Blackpool Tower is a famous part of Blackpool and we’re pleased to say it’s staying exactly where it is. Wishing a great holiday season ahead for both Blackpool and Southport!  Sensational plans have been revealed to relocate Blackpool Tower to Southport.  The landmark structure celebrated its […]

Southport businesses reveal exciting changes ready for life after lockdown

In just a few days’ time we will be able to enjoy the sight of scores of Southport businesses reopening!  After months of having to close through the winter Covid-19 national lockdown, we will soon be able to visit shops, hairdressers, beauty salons, gyms, and outdoor hospitality.  Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs) can reopen, […]

Direct rail between Southport, Preston and Ormskirk a step closer after plans submitted

Direct rail connections between Southport, Preston and Ormskirk could soon become a reality after ambitious proposals for the scheme were submitted to the Government A comprehensive document – ‘Restoring Your Railway: Ideas Fund Application for the Burscough Curves’ – outlines the substantial economic and social reasons behind connecting communities across Lancashire and Merseyside, which would directly impact a third of […]

Southport supermum who battled Covid after giving birth is our Lockdown Hero

Inspirational Southport mum Keighley-Jade Henshall has been named as the first Stand Up For Southport Lockdown Hero!  Keighley-Jade and her Mum, Clare, will now enjoy a much-deserved overnight stay and breakfast in a superior double room at Bliss Hotel Southport and a meal for two at Trattoria 51 Southport.  Stand Up For Southport launched a competition to find our local […]

New printing and signage firm launches to meet needs of local businesses

A Southport man is keen to help local businesses to promote themselves and to stay Covid safe as they reopen, after launching his own printing company. Connor Brown had the determination to set up his own firm after experiencing the lack of opportunities available for young people due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He has already completed work for a number […]

Home owners who want trees lit up for summer urged to place orders soon

A lighting company based in Southport is urging people who want their trees lit up ready for Summer to place their orders fast.  IllumiDex UK Ltd has earned a glowing reputation in the North West after completing the Southport BID initiative to light up the mile-long Lord Street boulevard in the town.  The firm, which is based in Southport, installed […]

Southport FC fans thanked for loyalty during ‘incredibly difficult year’ for club

Southport FC fans who bought season tickets this season but haven’t asked for refunds will be  rewarded with discounts next season, in addition to an exclusive invitation to a special event at the club.  Supporters can enjoy an open training session at The Pure Stadium in August when those fans will be given the opportunity to watch the players training, […]

Southport Gift Card encourages people to spend local and businesses to sign up

Local businesses in Southport are being invited to sign up to the new Southport Gift Card as the date for the easing of national Covid lockdown restrictions gets closer.  Southport Gift Card was launched by the Southport Business Improvement District last year as a way of giving a boost to our local economy while encouraging people to spend local.  From […]

Outdoor sports in Southport reopen as people urged to get out and get active

Some of the country’s biggest sports stars have joined up with the Government to urge the country to get out and get active as outdoor sports, clubs and facilities reopen from today. England men’s World Cup-winning cricket captain Eoin Morgan, British No1 women’s tennis player Johanna Konta and England Rugby Union prop Kyle Sinckler are supporting the Government’s rallying cry. […]

Happy Monday! Rule of six and outdoor sports return as lockdown eases

Happy Monday! England’s Covid-19 lockdown is being eased again today (Monday, 29 March) allowing people to see again in limited numbers with a number of outdoor facilities finally allowed to reopen.  Up to six people, or two full households are allowed to meet outside, including in back gardens, for the first time in four months. The Government’s ‘stay at home’ […]

Appeal made for return of missing community library in Southport

An appeal has been made for the return of a community library which has been taken from outside someone’s home in Southport.  Local community champion Pam Leckie provided the facility on Clifton Road shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic saw the first UK lockdown in March last year.  The library has been enjoyed by hundreds of local people since as a […]

Southport CAMRA: We oppose vaccine passports which could restrict young people enjoying pubs

Guest Blog by Neville Grundy, Southport & West Lancs Campaign for Real Ale  As we approach the reopening of pubs on 12 April for outside service, a late complication has been thrown into the mix with the suggestion that pubs and bars may choose to operate a COVID-19 passport policy so that customers could show that they’d had either a […]

Sefton Hospitality Ltd seeks MD on £60k salary to lead £3.1m Crosby Lakeside project

The newly formed company Sefton Hospitality Ltd is recruiting for Managing Director, with a salary between £50,000 to £60,000.  The position is based at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC), set in the heart of Crosby Coastal Park in Waterloo, but will ultimately work across the borough of Sefton.  The Sefton Hospitality Ltd Managing Director will set up a new hospitality […]

Southport Town Deal: Huge team effort praised for securing £38.5m funding

Sefton Council has been praised for being critical to Southport’s recent multi-million-pound funding success by the independent chair of the board tasked with making the bid. Southport Town Deal Board Chair Rob Fletcher said the work of the council and its officers was fundamental to the town eventually receiving £37.5million in funding to help regenerate the area. This is in […]

Covid-19 home testing kits available to collect in Southport and Bootle

COVID-19 home testing kits will be available for collection from sites in Southport and Bootle  from Monday 29th March. Home test packs will be available from Sefton’s SMART testing centres at Splash World in Southport and at Bootle Leisure Centre. Packs are for households with school and nursery pupils, members of support bubbles, people working in childcare and other caring […]

Shaping Care Together: NHS staff praised but Southport Hospital has seen better days say patients

The Southport Hospital and Ormskirk Hospital buildings have seen better days; NHS staff have been doing an incredible job during the Covid pandemic; and patients want to see GPs face to face again when lockdown ends.  These are just some of the views submitted during the recent Shaping Care Together consultation.  Health leaders in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire have […]

NHS services over Easter in Southport and Formby revealed

Ahead of the Easter weekend (2 – 5 April), GPs in Sefton are letting residents know where they can go for support and medical advice over the bank holidays. Dr Craig Gillespie, GP and chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “As we’ve seen throughout the pandemic, local health services are still available when you need them. […]

Southport FC ‘shocked and disgusted’ after £2,000 fine for fixture cancellation during Covid pandemic

Southport FC say they are “shocked and disgusted” after tonight being fined £2,000 and given a suspended points deduction for failing to play a fixture against Curzon Ashton during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Sandgrounders plan to appeal against the controversial ruling by the National League.  The club said: “We would like to express our shock and disgust at this decision […]

Four in a Bed: The Stamford does Southport proud as owners look forward to reunion

Owners of The Stamford guest house in Southport have thanked people for their support after their starring roles on Channel 4 TV  series Four in  Bed this week.  Sarah and Ricky Blaney also congratulated Carl Insley and Sharon O Love after the Driftwood Luxury Lodges glamping site in Derbyshire won tonight’s contest at the end of a great week which […]

Southport Town Deal has until 10 May to submit final projects to Government

Southport Town Deal board has until 10 May to confirm the projects they are pursuing to improve the town.  Earlier this month, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced that Southport would be awarded £37.5million in Town Deal funding – in addition to £1million awarded last year.  The initial £1m Acceleration Grant funding has already been invested with £100,000 going […]

Which Southport businesses can reopen after lockdown and when?

Businesses across Southport are busily getting ready to reopen as national Covid lockdown restrictions ease over the next few months – but which firms will be allowed to welcome back customers and when?  Here is our guide for both businesses and local residents.  The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the […]

Windmill pub in Southport rings in the changes ready for reopening

One of the Southport’s oldest pubs is looking forward to reopening its doors after lockdown – with a superb new look. The Windmill, on Seabank Road in Southport, first opened in the 1800s. It has been trading ever since, catering for hungry and thirsty local residents and visitors to the seaside resort. The popular venue is fast becoming renowned for […]

Sefton Covid-19 testing drive through dates for April 2021

One again in April , drive-through Mobile Testing Units will be available across the Borough. These sites are for those with symptoms – a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell – and can be booked by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. The Southport testing site is at the car park near […]

Four in a Bed sees Fauconberg Arms host final night – but who will win?

Four in a Bed sees us heading towards Judgment Day for this week’s Four in a Bed series on Channel 4 – but who will take the crown?  Tonight’s episode saw contestants swap the sunny skies of Southport, where they visited The Stamford guest house yesterday, for the grey and rainy skies of Yorkshire as they called in to stay […]

Polish RAF heroes celebrated with Spitfire sculpture and exhibition in Southport

The bravery of the Polish airmen who served at RAF Woodvale during World War Two will be celebrated with a special exhibition at The Atkinson in Southport.  It will include a spectacular reconstruction of a historically accurate Spitfire as flown by 308 Krakowski Squadron at the airbase, near Southport.   This exhibition, called ‘Courage and Devotion, will look at the lives […]

Southport Market launches search for new market photographer

Southport Market is looking for someone to be their new market photographer!  The historic building is currently being transformed by Sefton Council into an exciting new food, drink and events venue which is due to open in a few weeks’ time.  The £1.4m scheme has been made possible thanks to £900,000 in Southport Town Deal funding with £500,000 from the […]

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