You are currently browsing the Councillor Steve Williams blog archives for November, 2010.

Welcome

I am Councillor Steve Williams, one of three Conservative Councillors for the Moreton West & Saughall Massie Ward.

This website is to keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the area, and what I and my fellow councillors, Chris Blakeley and Bruce Berry are doing.

I can be contacted by

E-mail

or the following numbers

0151 677 8848

0797 4717 666

Archive for November, 2010

A Day out to Birmingham

Sunday, November 28, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

Today I took a day off from politics and had a family day out to the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham. It’s the first time I have been and it was really interesting, even for one like me who doesn’t cook.  There were lots of samples, cheese, fudge, sausage etc which would have been rude of me not to try!

The day finished off with a demonstration by James Martin, from whom I may have learned a trick or two.  However, I still think it’s much easier to go to a supermarket.  

Although the day was very enjoyable, the Food & Drink Festival at Clatterbridge in August, albeit on a smaller scale, is equally as interesting and promotes many local businesses…. and avoids the M6.

A Cold Saturday Walk

Sunday, November 28, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

Despite the weather on Saturday afternoon I assisted Steve Smith with Newsline deliveries.  It was freezing but there were another nine who were also assisting

I teamed up with Cllr Denis Knowles and we delivered in Sandbrook Lane, Pembroke Avenue and the Croft Drive area. Most of the few residents we did manage to speak with, appeared to be happy with the way things were going.

Christmas has Started

Sunday, November 28, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

Friday saw the first of the Christmas Fairs, at Lingham Primary School.  I went to this one with my ward colleague Cllr. Chris Blakeley.  It was very well attended with the biggest queue being for the grotto. The choir performed superbly and there was the usual raffle and toy stalls.

Later that evening I attended the “Festival of Light” fair at Prenton High School.  Again, this too was  jam packed which is great in these difficult times. The queue here for the grotto was even longer.  There were also many craft stalls which all seemed to be doing a roaring trade.

Still to come are fairs at Foxfield on Friday 3rd December and Christchurch on Saturday 4th.

Ariella Byrne

Sunday, November 21, 2010 posted by Steve Williams
Ariella Byrne
Ariella and Suzanne

This years Moreton Lights Switch On was linked with the fundraising for Ariella Byrne.

Ariella is a 7 year old who has Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy which is a permanent brain injury.  She has to wear uncomfortable leg splints every day and relies on a wheelchair or standing frame. 

Ariella needs a £60,000 operation in America.  A fund has been setup and you can help by donating at

http://justgiving.com/helpariella2walk

Having spent a long time talking to Ariella’s mum, Suzanne, I realise the importance of this fund.  Also the amount of work that Suzanne and her family are doing.  Please try and help.  No matter what the amount is, small or large, it will all help Ariella.

Christmas Lights are On

Saturday, November 20, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

I have spent a great afternoon at the Coach & Horses at Moreton Cross with the Christmas Lights switch on and a fundraiser for the Ariella Byrne appeal.
The lights this year have been made possible by the hard work of committee organiser Angela Pouncey.

This picture shows Angela, front bottom left.  Next to her is Ariella Byrne.
Back row from the left is Ariella’s Auntie, Mum, Ben Tavakoli (licensee),
Cllr Chris Blakeley and myself.

Father Christmas was in his grotto and  many children went to visit. There were also stalls, draws and an auction. At 5.00pm we had the lights turned on by the fabulous Pauline Daniels who took time out of her busy schedule to help the cause. The crowd for the switch on was massive

After the switch on Pauline was asked for photographs for many of the crowd, including 3 councillors

All in all a good afternoon with quite a lot of money raised. Thanks goes to the organiser Angela, Ben for hosting the event in his pub, Insanity Beach who played a few sets, Pauline Daniels, Merseyside Police who assisted with the crowd, Street lighting for the technical side of things and the people of Moreton who made it possible with their donations.

Another Moreton Closure

Friday, November 19, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

 

I was sad to see the above sign on the door of Panino at Moreton Cross this morning. Yet another good business leaving the town. I used Panino quite a number of times especially after canvassing with other member of the Action Team in cold weather. Their Hot Chocolate and food was excellent. The staff were always warm and friendly.

There was even entertainment, like the occasion Steve Smith, our candidate for Moreton East & Leasowe, fell off a chair. Honestly I was not one of the people laughing.

Kind regards to the owners and staff.  I wish them well and thank them for the good service they have given to the Town. Hopefully we will be seeing new businesses taking up some of the empty premises.

Remembrance Service

Sunday, November 14, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

This morning, together with my colleague Councillor Chris Blakeley, I attended the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph at Moreton British Legion. I was privileged to lay the wreath of behalf of Wirral Borough Council. There was an excellent turn out despite the rain.

Firstly we had a short march through Moreton which included the standard bearers, veterans, Merseyside Police, Army Cadets, St John Ambulance, myself, Chris Blakeley and Councillor Ron Abbey. The service at the Cenotaph was then led by the Reverend Barrie Redmore.

After the service the British Legion served tea and biscuits whilst we all dried out. It was encouraging to see so many people attending to show their respect for those who have fought, and are fighting for our country.

Sure Start Children’s Centre

Friday, November 12, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

Today I visited the Children’s Centres at Lingham and Eastway schools. I was there to learn about the services offered at the Centres.  I was very impressed with the variety of services offered.  Services available range from pregnancy through to a child starting at Primary School.

Lingham and Eastway are satellites of Leasowe Early Years Centre. The centres are very well equipped and decorated to create a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

Regular events include

Young Parent’s stay and play
Baby PEEP
Childminder Drop In
Preparing for Parenthood
Young Parents Group
Stay and Play
First time Mum’s Group
Baby Massage

The centres have Family Support Workers who will assist with many concerns and provide information of additional services.  Midwives and Health Visitors also visit the centres.

My thanks to Mary Mitchell, Head of Centre, for showing me around and enlightening me as to how much they provide for the community.

 Further details on the  council’s website

 

 

Mercian Regiment Return

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

  

Yesterday I attended the Homecoming of the 1st Batallion of the Mercian Regiment recently returned from a six months tour of Afghanistan. They marched from Birkenhead Park through the Town Centre to the Town Hall where the salute was taken by the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Alan Jennings. Hundreds of people turned out clapping and cheering as the troops marched past. It was a very humbling experience tinged with sadness that 12 of the very young soldiers had been killed and were not returning with their batallion.

I was privileged to chat to some of the soldiers after the parade, and their attitude was exemplary.  I was keen to thank as many of them as I could, yet they were thanking us for the support they were receiving, which I felt was nothing, to what they were doing for us.

I was talking to one soldier about shoe boxes and he said it never really mattered what was in them, it was the fact that someone had bothered to think about them when they were so far away from home.

Frank Biddle’s Funeral

Sunday, November 7, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

With reference to the sad death of Frank Biddle, the funeral will take place this Wednesday, 10th November.  The service is at 11.00 at ChristChurch followed by burial at the church.