Royal Birkdale Senior Open Golf Championship


Sefton welcomes the Senior Open Golf Championship

Presented by Rolex, at Royal Birkdale Golf Course.

More than £7m is expected to boost the local Sefton economy and an estimated crowd of 40,000 is forecast at the famous golf course during the prestigious event which runs from July 25-28.

Visitors to the Championships are being asked to use public transport,

especially Hillside train station, and cars should use the free parking at Birkdale Common by the course. Please allow plenty of travel time to get to the event. A temporary taxi rank will also be in place on Greenbank Drive, opposite the entrance to the course, during the tournament.

Combining accommodation bookings, food and drink, leisure facilities and transport links, millions of pounds will be spent in the local economy in the run up to and during the tournament.

The influx of more than 300 players

expected to take part in the Monday qualifying event (July 22), held at Formby, Hillside and Southport & Ainsdale, and 144 competitors taking part in the 72-hole Championship, will provide a further financial injection

Councillor Ian Maher the Cabinet Member for  Regeneration and Tourism, said:

“The countdown is well and truly on for another fantastic golf tournament being held in Sefton. Golf fans from the region will get the chance to see some legends including the likes of Colin Montgomerie, Fred Couples, Tom Watson, Bernard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Tom Lehman and many more of the game’s all-time greats in the fabulous setting of Royal Birkdale. “The Senior Open Championship is very much a family event and we are expecting thousands of people of all ages to enjoy the tournament and all the excellent facilities Southport and Sefton have to offer. If you haven’t got a ticket now is your chance to do so and support a great sporting showcase right on our doorstep.”

Season tickets can now be purchased for just £80 while one day tickets cost £30. Practice day tickets are also available at £15. Under16s are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult and parking is also free.

Tickets can be bought online via the

 Senior Open Golf website 

or by calling 0800 0232557, with details of hospitality packages also available.

Royal Birkdale, which last hosted The Open Championship in 2008 when Padraig Harrington claimed his second consecutive Claret Jug, will become the 11th different course to host The Senior Open Championship. It will be only the second venue in the north west of England to host the Championship, following Royal Lytham & St Annes (1991-1994).

Full Council

I attended tonight 9th May 18:00 the Full Council Annual General meeting, called to elect the Sefton Mayor and other senior posts for 2013/14.

Mayor of Sefton 2012/13 Cllr Kevin Cluskey

Mayor of Sefton 2012/13
Cllr Kevin Cluskey

The assembled councillors, and notaries stood to welcome Mayor Kevin Cluskey and Mayoress Linda Cluskey to the Southport Town Hall Council Chamber.

LD Councillor Robertson moved the nomination which was seconded by Cllr Lord Fearn.

Mayor Cluskey called for the unanimous approval of the nominee; Cllr Maureen Fearn JP  which was accepted  by the assembled Councillors.

Maureen Fearn

Mayor Of Sefton 2013/14 Cllr Maureen Fearn JP

After a short adjournment during which Madam Mayor robed and returned in full regalia.

The Leader of Sefton Council Cllr Peter Dowd nominated retiring Mayor Cllr Kevin Cluskey as Deputy Chair of the Council,  seconded by Cllr Ian Maher and accepted unanimously by the assembled Council members.

The meeting was then adjourned until 14th May 18:30 at Bootle Town Hall.

Is Spring 6 weeks late? Moorside Park

I may be wrong but aren’t most blossom trees usually finished by now? Most have just started or have they been early for the past decade or so? Confusing! I’d say better for the bees as the weather will be warmer when they get pollinating although I noticed a large number of huge (Queen?) Bees bumbling around Crosby about a fortnight ago and many dead ones strewn around.

I noticed that this wallflower(Clematis?) on the Old Smithy at Little Crosby Village has not flowered yet even though two years ago; on the same day it was in Full bloom. See below

May 4th 2011

May 4th 2011

May4th 2013

May4th 2013

I went litter-picking in Moorside Park this morning with Friends of Moorside Park. Great time to do it as a nice warm day and the undergrowth has still not developed. Consequently the Park got a deep clean. Sadly, amongst the ancient Spangles wrappers and 5 Park Drive ciggie boxes were masses of recently deposited Dog poo bags, especially in one particular area. I’ll see If I can get a bin placed nearby.

SEfton have placed three good quality benches around the park funded by our ward grant last May as well as the new Outdoor Gym equipment. as reported in this link.

A large field has been partially ploughed and seeded with wildflowers. I discussed with F.O.M.P. chair’ Louise Hick’s and other members, the possibility of including “Incredible Edible”  type projects in the park.

Cllr Michael Roche – 4th May 2013

Crosby Beach Clean

Blue Ocean planet organisation’s aims are to Educate, Raise awareness and ultimately help protect marine environments and its wildlife, both being essential to the well being of us all.

In the UK, we work in schools to deliver extra curricular lessons and workshops to increase understanding of the marine world . We aim to inspire and engage young people within our society about our precious oceans and our reliance upon them”

Due to  the  £114m per year cuts imposed on Sefton Council by the  Government,  our beaches are not being cleaned as much as before.

Blue Ocean Planet with your help aims to clean all the beaches along our coastline this year.

For children there will be nature detective activities, games and beach craft.

Refreshments and equipment provided.

Event at Crosby/Waterloo beach Sunday 21st April 12:pm – 4pm

Meet at Crosby Lakeside adventure centre


Crosby beach clean

Trafalgar Square Protests – Censored?

Traf sq thatcher artist taxi drverCENSORED?…. Why and by who?

I found a webcam from Trafalgar square at 18:00 tonight which mysteriously went into pause mode at 18:05 as protestors began to gather in the Square. I then found a live stream from Occupy London Protestors @OccupyLondon at the square and posted the feed here. Both links mysteriously disappeared from my posts at about 18:30.

There was no mention at all on the BBC TV or Website news of the protest despite there being a confirmed Met’ Police presence at 18:45 of 1,700. ITV news and Rueters later claimed that there were a hundred or so protestors in the square. Press and Police estimates were around 3,000. The numbers are clearly demonstrated in the above photograph taken as early as 18:00

The following are Twitter Posts ( tweets ) with photos from earlier:-

The feed that was censored

Video streaming by Ustream

Sefton’s Grand National Meeting

Many people don’t realise that the Aintree Race course is almost entirely within Sefton.

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council are pleased and excited to welcome the world famous three-day Aintree Grand National meeting .

Aintree stands entrance

Main Stands Entrance, Ormskirk Road

aintree, Thursday

The Finish Line, Aintree today 4th April 2013

Aintree Racecourse

Aintree action today 5.25 race from the stands

Aintree action today 5.25 race from the Earth Summit restaurant in the main stand