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

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.


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