Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson praises Aintree Village’s

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Aintree Village Parish Council Chairman Terry Baldwin and dignitaries from throughout Sefton.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said Aintree Village did itself proud at Sunday's Civic Service.

The MP joined Aintree Village Parish Councillors and dignitaries from throughout Sefton at the annual Aintree Village Parish Council Civic Service at Holy Rosary Church.
Holy Rosary's Reverend Monsignor John Butchard led the special service, with Ian Roxburgh from Old Roan Methodist Church, Rev John Williams from St Giles' Church of England, Rev Geoff Bentley from Aintree Village Family Church and Rev John Kearns from Old Roan Baptist Church.
Aintree Village Parish Council Chairman Cllr Terry Baldwin chose Help for Heroes to be the beneficiaries from the Civic Service's offertory.
And Aintree School of Music aptly performed Mariah Carey's 'Hero' during the service.
Bill Esterson said he was delighted to have been invited to attend the service.
Bill said: "The Civic Services throughout my constituency are always highlights of my annual calendar.
"It is great to see the whole community coming together to celebrate all that is good about the area where they live. Sunday's Aintree Village Parish Council Service was another great celebration of the community.
"All the local churches came together with local people showing how much of a unified community this is.
"But one of the most touching moments in the whole service was the performance by the young people from the Aintree School of Music. They all did fantastically well and highlighted what talent there is right here in our midst."
Following the Service, Aintree Village Parish Council Chairman Cllr Terry Baldwin presented the Civic Award to Joan Harkins.
Cllr Baldwin said: "We presented this year's Civic Award to Joan Harkins for more than 30 years service to life here in Aintree Village.
"In all that time, Joan has been involved in absolutely everything in this community, including serving as Chair of the Parish Council on five separate occasions.
"A number of years back, Joan brought the Anthony Nolan Trust to Aintree where they held testing for potential bone marrow donors. Over 1,000 people got themselves tested that day. And she is doing that again this month at Aintree Davenhill School when on November 25, between 11am and 3pm, 16-30 year olds can get tested.
"I can't think of anyone more deserving than Joan to receive this award - I'm just surprised she hasn't received it sooner."
Bill Esterson added: "Very many congratulations to Joan on her award. She is a very deserving recipient of the Civic Award.
"I'd also like to thank Cllr Baldwin and his Aintree Village Parish Council colleagues for inviting me along to their Civic Service and all the fantastic work they do for the people and community of Aintree Village."
The Anthony Nolan Trust event will be held at Aintree Davenhill School from 11am-3pm. Anyone aged between 16-30 is asked to attend. Testing is painless.

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