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Labour MP Bill Esterson with Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley, Cllr Maurice Byrne and some of the community groups who were exhibiting.

Labour-run Maghull Town Council brought community groups and organisations from throughout the town together on Saturday for one of the largest community engagement events ever held in the town.

As many as 30 organisations including everything from the Lions to Maghull Table Tennis Club were at the special event at Maghull Town Hall on Saturday.

The Community Fair was designed to give residents the chance to meet community groups and see for themselves if they would like to join up. It is part of Maghull Town Council's community development strategy.

Other organisations at the event included St John Ambulance, Maghull Photographic Club, Maghull Art Group, Sefton Youth Services, Sefton CVS, Maghull & District Food Bank, Frank Hornby Trust, Woodlands, U3A and the town's faith groups.

Workshops throughout the day gave members of the public the chance to give their views on:

  • What can be done to improve and support senior citizens, the isolated and disabled people in Maghull.
  • What could be done to support young people in Maghull.
  • What could be done to improve leisure and sporting facilities for families and residents in Maghull.



Maghull Town Council's Labour leader, Cllr Patrick McKinley, said he was overwhelmed by the level of support on the day.

Cllr McKinley said: "It was a fantastic event. We had such a good turnout from community groups that we had to split the displays across five rooms. There was so much to see, even I wasn't aware of all the activities that are going on in Maghull.

"The feedback was really positive too from members of the public who attended. The workshops were particularly useful. We got some really good suggestions and ideas on what ways our community can build on what we have already to make it even better for everyone who lives here.

"We will be going through the suggestions over the coming weeks to see what ideas we can develop and who we can work with to make them work. But going forward it is clear that we could do with a community hub to bring all the organisations, events and activities together alongside support, advice and guidance for our residents

"I would like to thank all of the organisations for coming along to the Community Fair and I would like to thank them for the brilliant work they do in our community."

Community Fair organisers, Maghull Town Council Labour councillors Maurice Byrne and Caroline Esterson, said the event had been a huge success.

Cllr Byrne said: "We invited community groups to come along on Saturday and we really didn't know how many would come along. In the end we were really overwhelmed by the amazing response we got.

"It goes to show just how much of a brilliant community we have here in Maghull. This event will help us make it even better."

Cllr Esterson added: "It was a great event. And the workshops we held really produced some fantastic suggestions. The people who attended, older, younger and everyone in between all contributed and made it a great success.

"We would like to thank everyone who came along and contributed. I look forward to working with them on the ideas."

The town's Labour MP Bill Esterson also attended the Community Fair.

Bill Esterson said: "We all know how much community spirit there is in Maghull. It's a community I am proud to bring up my children in and it is a town I am proud to call home. Maghull Town Council's Community Fair on Saturday just proved that.

"It was really impressive to see so many community groups attend and so many members of the public contribute.

"A great community is made up of great people. Here in Maghull we have both.

"Thank you to the town council for holding the event and everyone who contributed to making it a great day."

Maghull Town Council Labour councillor Caroline Esterson speaking at one of the workshops during the Community Fair event.

Maghull Town Council clerk Angela McIntyre with Bill Esterson MP, Cllr Patrick McKinley and Cllr John Sayers at the Community Fair.

 

Labour-run Maghull Town Council brings organisations together for largest community engagement event ever held in Maghull

Labour-run Maghull Town Council brought community groups and organisations from throughout the town together on Saturday for one of the largest community engagement events ever held in the town.

Sudell Ward Labour councillor and Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley.

East Sefton Labour councillors this week urged residents to go along to two remaining roadshow consultation events to find out more about plans to extend the medium secure clinic at Maghull.

Mersey Care extended public consultation on their plans for the clinic off Park Lane after Maghull Labour councillor, Patrick McKinley, raised concerns that there had not been enough opportunity for all residents of Maghull to ask questions of have their say.

The NHS Trust announced that there would be five further public meetings for people to inspect and ask questions about the plans.

Meetings were held at Kensington House Sports & Leisure Club on Station Road, Maghull Town Hall and at Melling Primary School.

The final two remaining meetings will be held today (Wednesday, March 25) at Melling Residents' Community Association on Wheeler Drive in Melling from 5pm-9pm and at Melling Tithebarn Community Centre on Friday (March 27) from 12noon-6pm.

Sudell Ward Labour councillor and Labour leader of Maghull Town Council, Cllr McKinley, and Labour colleagues Cllr Lynn Gatherer and Cllr Rob Owens, are encouraging anyone who has yet to attend one of the consultation events to go along to one of the two remaining meetings.

Cllr McKinley said: "The plans for the medium secure clinic here in Maghull are extremely important for our community. That is why everyone who lives in or close to Maghull should attend.

"I called for Mersey Care to extend their consultation because the two original public meetings were poorly attended. I felt it was crucial that as many members of the public as possible were given the opportunity to air their views.

"I wanted to see stakeholders consulted,  and I was very disappointed to hear that Maghull Town Council hadn’t been contacted as part of this round of consultations, particularly in light of the development of the town council’s Neighbourhood Plan for Maghull.  Robust community impact and value analysis appeared to be missing, so I called for the consultation to be extended.

"To their credit, Mersey Care listened and further meetings were added. Only two of these meetings remain and I hope that people take the opportunity to attend."

Cllr McKinley said he will now take the time to analyse Mersey Care's findings.

Cllr McKinley said: "A number of people have already contacted me about the plans for the medium secure clinic. A number of concerns have been allayed. But I would welcome any views from people throughout Maghull regarding this issue.

"Maghull has a long and proud tradition in pioneering treatment and services for those suffering mental health issues whether this be treating shell shock victims during WW1 to more recent secure establishments. However, when  changes are proposed as in this case, bringing medium secure facilities to the area, residents need to be reassured that any risk to the community is eliminated.

"As part of the extended consultation, Mersey Care has done what they can to deliver the reassurances that the community needs and answered many questions.

"But I want to ensure that everyone who lives here has the opportunity to fully scrutinise all plans for our community."

 

Sudell Ward Labour councillor and Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley.

 

Maghull Labour councillors urge residents to attend final public consultation meetings about plans to extend town's medium secure clinic

East Sefton Labour councillors this week urged residents to go along to two remaining roadshow consultation events to find out more about plans to extend the medium secure clinic at...

Ravenmeols Ward Labour councillor Catie Page and fellow Formby Hub co-ordinators Heather Davies and Jan Sterling with Derek enjoying a coffee and some cake.

There was coffee, cake and lots of friendly chatter at Formby Library last Friday morning for Formby Hub's first regular Friday coffee morning.

Formby Hub has organised the new regular Friday morning events after co-ordinator Jan Sterling discovered that there was very little community activity during Friday mornings.

The coffee mornings at the library aim to give people who may want someone to talk to, the opportunity to get together, enjoy some coffee, some cake and friendly conversation.

Formby Hub is a community partnership which brings together community groups, clubs, societies, churches, health agencies and other organisations in the town under one umbrella to ensure that they are easily accessible to those who need them. The scheme, which is directly aimed at tackling the problem of social isolation, particularly among Formby's older community and their carers, was launched by the Formby Area Partnership.

Meeting times and activities for clubs, groups and organisations from throughout Formby, Ince Blundell and Hightown have been collated as part of the Formby Hub project. It was while putting all these events down into a calendar that Jan discovered that there wasn't much happening on Friday mornings.

So Formby Hub decided to do something about it.

Jan said: "I was updating the Formby Hub activities calendar when I discovered that we had this void on Friday mornings. We wanted to ensure that there were things for people to do throughout the week, so we have organised these regular Friday coffee mornings at the library so people can come along and have a chat.

"The first event proved to be a great success. We had lots of people pop in and join us. That is exactly what we were hoping."

Ravenmeols Ward Labour councillor and Formby Partnership chairwoman, Cllr Catie Page has been spearheading the development of Formby Hub.

Cllr Page said: "I was delighted that we had so many people at the first Friday coffee morning. It proves that there is a need for an event at that time each week.

"The library is a great place to hold it because people can easily access it and we can get people who may not be aware of the coffee morning or the work of the hub popping in and benefiting in the long run. This was evident from the number of people we had last Friday, even though it was only the first event.

"It's also an opportunity for people to see what a great facility Formby Library is and what they have to offer.

"Those who attended had the chance to have a coffee or a tea and enjoy a piece of cake - one I even kept back specially for the event.

"Everyone is welcome, so just call in to the library this Friday between 10.15am and 11.30am and say hello."

 

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Formby Hub's first Friday coffee morning hailed a success

There was coffee, cake and lots of friendly chatter at Formby Library last Friday morning for Formby Hub's first regular Friday coffee morning.

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