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By-election win for Labour LABOURS Phillip Brightmore is the new councillor for Pensby and Thingwall ward after the Lib Dems, Conservatives and UK Independence Party votes were split. In the by-election at the end of February, Mr Brightmore polled 1,411 votes, with Sheila Clarke (Cons) second with 868, Damien Cummins (Lib Dem) third on 834 and Jan Davison (UKIP) on 426. This means that the make-up of Wirral Council now stands at Labour 37, Conservative 22, Lib Dem 7. The turnout was 35 per cent. Other candidates were Allen Burton (Green) on 74 and Neil Kennyh (English Democrats) with 53 votes. Linghams in the running for book store prize Once again, for the second year running, Linghams, in Heswall, is the regional winner of Independent Bookseller of the year (North) , which means they have again been shortlisted for the Independent Bookseller of the Year Award 2013 for the whole of the UK. The nationwide winner will be announced on 13th May at the Hilton Hotel Booksellers Awards Dinner. Stay of execution for day centre A DAY CARE centre in Heswall threatened with closure has been given a temporary reprieve. Wirral Council wants to shut the day centres at Heswall, Moreton and Eastham as part of a series of cuts to balance the books. Heswall councillor Andrew Hodson accused the ruling Labour group of a slash and burn policy. The council decided on a three month consultation process to give people the chance to have their say but it refused to guarantee that the service would remain. Surgery highlights troublespots A surgery to highlight anti-social behaviour concerns was held at Heswall One Stop Shop recently. The Wirral Anti-Social Behaviour Team stopped off at Heswall to meet people in their neighbourhoods and find out where the troublespots are. Youth sports evenings Friday youth sports activities, including football, cricket, dodgeball, rounders and more are available for young people at Pensby Sports College, Irby Road, 7pm 9pm. Have your say with the police Heswall police surgeries take place on the second Tuesday of the month at Heswall Library from 11am-12noon and every Thursday at Tesco from 3-4pm.


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Dave commented We recognised Irby as a great place to stay and grow in, we like the space we are in. Weve taken on 2 apprentices and making this significant investment into the building can only improve it. Our new showroom will be completely unique for the Wirral, and will revolutionise the experience of buying a new bathroom for our customers. We want nothing more than people to come in and try them out for themselves, even down to taking your shoes off and feel the under floor heating, you can even take a shower if you are game, we dont mind! And with service and quality and experience that is second to none, your will be sure to find your slice of Bathroom Bliss, right here in the heart of Irby.

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the cost of the new Ridan system. Head teacher John Roberts said: We have been able to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill by 50% since January 2013. The school aims to make further reductions in the coming months and you can read about their progress here in the Heswall Local magazine!
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New name for family history group The West Kirby branch of the Family History Society for Cheshire meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Westbourne Community Centre, Westbourne Road, West Kirby. There is a help desk from 1.30pm where you are invited to bring along any problems you may having regarding your family tree research and experienced members will endeavour to help you. From 1st June the group will be known as West Wirral Family History group as it covers Neston up to West Kirby. On Wednesday 10th April there will be a talk by John Ryan about the building of the Wirral Link Railway Line. The monthly helpdesk at Heswall Library wont take place in April or May due to the bank holidays. The next one is on Monday 3rd June from 10am-1pm. If you cant wait that long, you can visit Greasby Library on Tuesday 2nd or Saturday 6th April or West Kirby Library on Monday 8th April.


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Welsh Water is currently spending over 8million on building giant underground storage tanks in Heswall. The work is being carried out at the Heswall Wastewater Treatment Works and the Riverbank Road Wastewater Treatment Works.. It forms part of the European Shellfish Waters Directive which is aimed at improving wastewater treatment in the area. The overall aim is to protect and improve shellfish life and growth which will benefit the quality of shellfish products sourced from the local estuary. The new tanks will store water during storm weather conditions when the works are working at full capacity. This will improve the performance of the works which in turn will improve overall water quality in the Dee Estuary. One tank will store nearly 6 million litres of storm water enough to fill two Olympic size swimming pools, the other at Riverbank will have a capacity of 1.6million litres, thats over 250,000 toilet flushes. Work on the project began in May 2012 and it is anticipated that it will be finished by May this year. Richard Heaps, project manager, said: We have faced several challenges over the last few months due to a number of factors including difficult ground conditions and adverse weather. We would like to thank local customers for their patience during the work. As a result of the big volume of lorries entering and leaving the sites, the company has laid a second of tarmac from Regency Lodge to the site at Mostyn Avenue. As part of the scheme, Welsh Water will be separating the surface water from the wastewater network, which will allow the network in the area to operate more efficiently. The work will involve laying 130 metres of pipeline within the highway. For more info please contact Leanne Jones on 01244 529700 or email leanne. jones@dwrcymru.com

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Wirral to host month-long walking festival

The 2013 Wirral Walking Festival will take place from the 1st 31st May with over 100 walks throughout the peninsula and there is something suitable for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Highlights of the festival include a series of walks to mark the 40th anniversary of Wirral Country Park, one of the first designated Country Parks in Britain, and walks organised by the Wirral Footpaths and Open Spaces Preservation Society in this, their 125th year of existence. Other events are organised by Wirral Councils Rangers, local walking clubs and societies such as the Ramblers Association, while the festival also incorporates walks which are part of regular local initiatives such as Buggy Park Fitness alongside other events incorporated within the themes of History and Heritage, Habitats and Wildlife, Food and Drink and Health Walks. Tours of the tidal Hilbre Islands at the mouth of the River Dee and guided walks around the famous Ness Gardens will feature as part of the festival, as will the Wirral Coastal Walk, which attracts more than 5,000 people to the 15 mile route, taking place on Sunday 19th May. Cllr Chris Meaden, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, said: Wirrals coast and countryside has for a long time attracted walkers from all over the area and beyond, but this is the first time the Council has joined together with local groups to put together a dedicated festival of walking. Some of the walks planned during the festival will be accessible to people with limited mobility and some are designed for all the family to take part in. It is recommended that people check with the walk organiser for each event if you have specific requirements, including wheelchair access or if you are unable to step over stiles. A brochure containing full details of all the 2013 Wirral Walking Festival events is available at www. visitwirral.com. Telephone enquiries can be made to 0151 648 4371.

Flower clubs open evening HESWALL Flower Clubs charity open evening takes place on Wednesday 17th April with a demonstration by Nigel Whyles entitled The Bizarre World of Clarice Fliff. The event takes place at 7.30pm and proceeds go to St Johns Hospice. Earlier in the month, on Wednesday 3rd April, the flower clubs monthly meeting will be in the form of a Spring Workshop 8pm at Heswall Hall. Attendees should bring along 15 stems of daffodils and a mix of large and small leafed garden greenery plus usual tools. Further information from Lesley 342 9327.

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A group of postmen and postboys on the steps of Heswall Post Office in 1905. Previously, the Post Office had been situated in Smallwoods Bakery and General Store on the right. The workman on the left had string tied round his trouser legs - a ploy used by manual workers to prevent vermin running up their legs! The Post Office can also be seen on the right Pictures taken from the book Yesterdays Wirral, by Ian Boumphrey. The book can be bought from a number of local shops or by writing to Ian at The Nook, 7 Acrefield Road, Prenton CH42 8LD, by phone on 608 7611 or by email at ian@yesterdayswirral.co.uk. You can also visit his website at www.yesterdayswirral.co.uk

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Clubs Heswall Artists Association Monthly meetings and weekly group sessions at Heswall Hall. Summer Exhibition. New members very welcome, all abilities and beginners. Call 342 3721. Heswall and District Animal Welfare Society One of the leading animal welfare soieties on the Wirral. www.heswall-animal-welfare.org.uk Flower Club Meet 1st Wednesday of the month, 8pm at Heswall Hall, Telegraph Road. Tel 342 9327. Gayton Probus Meeting at Richmond Hall every Tues 9am-1pm, also Luncheon Meeting first Monday of the month at The Grange. Call 342 7855. Heswall Probus The group hold their luncheon at The Grange, Thornton Hough every third Monday in the month & meet for coffee at the URC Wednesdays 10am-12noon. Tel 342 5367. www.heswallprobus.co.uk Heswall and Gayton Ladies Lifeboat Guild 0151 342 4389 Heswall Society Established for the public benefit to conserve the heritage of the parish. Contact Carolyn Eddowes on 342 5066 Heswall U3A The Heswall University of the Third Age ( U3A ) is a self help organisation providing educational, creative and social opportunities for the over 50s. www.heswallu3a.org.uk. Tel 342 5775 Horticultural Society Meetings on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm in Heswall Hall. Tel 342 8204 Lawn Tennis Club Quarry Road East, Heswall. Tel 342 1775 Wirral Lions Club Meets 1st Tuesday every month at 7.45pm at Heswall Golf Club. New members welcome. Secretary: 334 3044. Heswall Mid Week Ramblers Walks between 5 and 9 miles on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week, locally and in Wales and Cheshire . Tel 336 6044 National Trust Association For local members of The National Trust - organises social events, speakers and outings to places of interest. Tel 342 2847 Oldfield Theatre and Concert Club Arranges visits by coach to theatres and concert halls throughout the Wirral and beyond. Opera - Ballet Concerts or Plays. New members welcome. 342 8952. Riverside Players Heswall based Drama Group. New members welcome. Call 632 4923 or www.riversideplayers.org Rotary Clubs Heswall group meets Thursdays at The Grange, Thornton Hough at 12.45pm. Secretary 342 2949 West Wirral meets Wednesdays 6.30pm at Heatherlands Court, Irby. Tel 342 1883. Mid Wirral meets Tuesday mornings for breakfast at the Jug and Bottle at 7:15am. Tel 342 1034 North Wirral meets Monday 6.30pm @Heatherlands Court, Irby 07516371128 Round Table Social club with a conscience open to men between 18 and 45, meeting at The Black Horse, Lower Heswall & other venues. 342 9159. www.heswallroundtable.co.uk Senior Swimmers Open to anyone over 50, for serious or light exercise, at Caldy Grange Swimming Pool every Friday morning Tel. 342 3703 Soroptimists The group meet on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month at the Grange. Tel 342 3446 Wirral WIldlife The local branch of Cheshire Wildlife Trust. www.wirralwildlife.co.uk Tel 342 1395. Woolgatherers Heswall-based drama group. New members welcome. Call 648 2717 Useful Numbers Councillors Leslie Rowlands 342 2454 Andrew Hodson 342 6253 Kathy Hodson 342 6253 Surgeries held on the first Saturday in the month at Heswall Library, 10.30am-12noon Police Heswall Police Station. Non-emergencies call: 709 6010. Monday - Friday 10am-5pm Richmond Hall Community hall in School Hill. Tel 342 5742 Schools Barnston Primary. Tel 342 5229 Gayton Primary. Tel 342 3772 Heswall Primary. Tel 342 7491 St Peters CE Primary. Tel 342 2556 Wirral Council General switchboard 0151 606 2000

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Saturday 30th March Easter Eggstravaganza, on the Puddydale, opposite Tesco. Craft activities, games and competitions, worship and refreshments from 10:30am to 12 noon. Free event.

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Wednesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th April Conservation Work - Heswall Dales, 10:30am - 3:30pm. Come and volunteer to do tasks involving footpath restoration, heathland management, site surveys etc. Please wear suitable clothing, footwear and bring a packed lunch. Meet at the Rangers Office off Oldfield Road. For further enquiries call 0151 677 7594 or email dantravis@wirral.gov.uk Sunday 7th April Up Hill Down Dale - Heswall Dales, 10:30am - 12:30pm. A walk taking in Heswall Dales, River Dee, Dungeons. Meet at Heswall Dales/Dale Farm entrance off Oldfield Road, Heswall. Please wear suitable clothing. Sorry no dogs. For further enquiries call 0151 677 7594 or email dantravis@wirral.gov.uk. Free event. Friday 12th April Wirral Wildlife meet at Heswall Hall, Room B, at 7.30pm, for a talk by Paul Greenslade, Wirral Ranger at Royden Park and Thurstaston, entitled Heathland Flora and Fauna and its Management. Admission 3. More details from 0151 342 1395 or email info@wirralwildlife.co.uk. All welcome. Suitable for people with limited mobility. Saturday 20th April The Fron Male Voice Choir are in concert at Heswall Hall at 7.30pm, with special guest soprano Davina Jones. Tickets for the event, run by The Rotary Club of Heswall, priced 15, are available from Derek on 0151 342 3932, Gwil on 0151 342 1283, Dave on 0151 342 2877 and Mervyn on 0151 342 3410. All proceeds in aid of Rotary Charities. Friday 26th April SPRING is nearly here and it wont be long before the start of the concert season for Heswalls Castle Singers. The first concert for the choir is in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity. They do sterling work in supporting and caring for cancer patients and their families. The concert will take place at Heswall Hall, Heswall, at 7.45pm. Tickets, priced 7.50, are available from choir members or by phoning 342 4226. Saturday 27th April An Evening with Graham Kendrick at Heswall United Reformed Church, Telegraph Road, next to Tesco, 7.30pm. Tickets 12 available from the Church Office on 342 8522.

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(Agricultural & General Contractor)

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Excavation Work & Site Clearance

Tel 07973 858252 0151 336 2614





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Handyman SOS
Time served kitchen and bathroom installer Tiling, painting, plumbing, flatpacking etc
All work completed to a very high standard Please call for a free consultation

DaviD RobeRts Property Maintenance & Handyman

Local Experienced Reliable Tradesman All work considered including, Patios, Re-pointing, Fencing, Decorating, Tiling, Gutter Repairs, Gardening and more.
Please call for a no obligation quote



Free Quotes : 342 6482/6619
DEPARTMENT HEAD: Martyn Hammond- Langley

Nick Sington 0151 336 2614 / 07973 858 252


0151 339 1192 or 07541200503


Kitchen Fitting


fences . gates . decking . sheds log stores . tree & hedge cutting

Providing a Clean and Reliable Fencing Service Wirral, Cheshire and North Wales

All makes of units fitted Butt & Scribed Joints

Free Planning and Estimates Gas Safe Registered Est. for over 25 years No VAT charges

Kitchen Fitting Service


All types of roofing work undertaken



Call for your FREE NO OBLIGATION quote

T:0151 336 7598

M:07957 349244


or email: nick@justfencingcheshire.co.uk
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(Heswall Maintenance & Housekeeping Services)

Kitchen Units

342 6482/6619

Garage doors

Tree surgeon

Kitchen Door Replacement Specialists

If you are looking to change your garage door, why not let Pennine help choose from a vast range of styles and colour finishes. l Up and over l Sectional doors l Roller doors l Side hinged l All colours l Automatic or manual For free quotation call 0151 336 7136 / 07786 682152 www.penninegaragedoors.co.uk


Touchwood Tree Surgery

RFS Cert Arb & NPTC Qualified Staff Fully Insured Domestic & Commercial


Transform your kitchen at a fraction of the cost Over 25 years Experience Tel 0151 342 3388
or 01352 761851 (after 6pm)


Pruning, Felling, Reducing Dismantling and Clearance Hedge Maintenance Stump Removal Tree Surveys and reports Free Estimates & Advice

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Contemporary Kitchens The Boatyard Brimstage Hall Brimstage Lane, Wirral

0151 336 5847 07825 994 246

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Central Heating Installation. Boiler Installation. Boiler repair & service. Gas Appliance - Fit & Service. Bathrooms WC. Plumbing Leaks. LPG Gas.


LGSC certificates Central Heating Installation Renewable energy & solar Guttering & Drainage Bathroom Suites fitted All Gas Appliances Fitted & Serviced Plumbing Leaks LPG Gas

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342 6482/6619
(Heswall Maintenance & Housekeeping Services)

0800 2321587 www.budgetmaintenance.co.uk

Wirral, Chester & N Wales

l All Domestic Plumbing l Bathroom Installations l Service l Repairs l Central Heating FREE l Power Flushing ESTIMATES l Sensible Prices l 24hr Call Out (mob only) l Triton Shower Specialist

Cerami Mosaic Marble Slate Travert

l Time Serve l All Work Fu l We Will Be Like For Li

Email insideandoutsideplumbingservices@yahoo.co.uk

0151 336 8948 / 07765 865567

Call Jim on

www.tile Tel 01 Mob 0

Tiling And Plumbing Services

Complete Bathroom Installations

Baths l Showers l Wetrooms
l Tiling l Plastering l Radiators l Decorating

n Plumbing n Bathrooms n Tiling

No job too small, call Ray
0151 336 1508 Mob 07789 817652
Quality Work at Realistic Prices

Installation Service Repair

M Axon Incorporating Neston Central Heating & Compl Plumbing Specialists Solut Bathroom
Corgi & IPHE Registered

0151 353 1348 07966 448 606

www.tilingandplumbingservices.co.uk Prop: Roy Hughes

For all your bathroom needs

Complete bathrooms supplied, fi from 2,995 0151 336 1965 For a no obligation quote ple 07747797110
www.maxonplumbing.co.uk Jim 0776 586 5567

A friendly and reliable local business Established for over 25 years

or Colin 015

Window Cleaning

Water Features


TEL 0151 336 6130



KITCHENS l BATHROOMS l BEDROOMS l HOME STUDIES Over the past 30 years Merilyn has been harnessing her skills and resources to bring innovative and inspirational designs to her clients. Her vast experience ranges from one-off pieces to whole house projects. Merilyns unrivalled passion and ability to understand her clients needs and aspirations is a breath of fresh air BESPOKE LIFESTYLE INNOVATIVE INTERIORS

64 Telegraph Road, Heswall CH60 0AG Tel/fax: 0151 342 2144 Mob: 07773 540888 E-mail merilyn@merilynphillips.co.uk