With Cllr Liz Sav­age

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

AS MAYOR, I of­ten meet may­ors from other ar­eas and col­lec­tively we are known as the Chain Gang.

We will usu­ally meet for char­ity func­tions or for a tour of an­other bor­ough.

On Wed­nes­day of last week, my con­sort, Noel, and I were very priv­i­leged to visit Hal­ton.

As part of this tour, we were given a talk about the Mersey Gate­way, the new (sec­ond) bridge which will con­nect both sides of the bor­ough – Run­corn and Widnes.

The bridge has taken three years to build and is ex­pected to be open in au­tumn.

We were given the op­por­tu­nity to walk on the build­ing site and across the full length of the bridge, some­thing which won’t be pos­si­ble once it’s opened.

The bridge will have a toll but should make busi­ness con­nec­tions across the Liver­pool city re­gion much eas­ier and is ex­pected to open up sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Dur­ing the tour we also paid a visit to Nor­ton Pri­ory.

It was re­ally in­ter­est­ing to see the part­ner­ship work which has hap­pened to pre­serve this.

A vis­i­tor cen­tre has been built over the re­mains of the man­sion house and when you go up­stairs you can look out at the foun­da­tions of the orig­i­nal pri­ory.

Nor­ton Pri­ory has a rich, in­ter­est­ing his­tory and is cer­tainly well worth a visit.

The week has gen­er­ally been very busy with lot of in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing a trip to the Civic Hall for the Athena Health­care Monthly Com­mu­nity Ac­tiv­ity Hub Launch – which was in­tro­duced by Ever­ton in the Com­mu­nity cham­pion Henry Mooney and Pat Van Den Hauwe, the exEver­ton player.

The hub en­cour­ages lo­cal care homes to meet to­gether with peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to en­gage in so­cial events, with the aim of peo­ple age­ing well in the com­mu­nity through mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties.

John Macca per­formed a trib­ute act to Paul McCart­ney and the Skelmers­dale Com­mu­nity Singers pro­vided an af­ter­noon of sin­ga­long en­ter­tain­ment.

There were many other events – in­clud­ing a visit to the Sons of Divine Prov­i­dence in Roby Mill to view ac­tiv­i­ties for De­men­tia Prayer Week.

Noel and I were very im­pressed with the warm wel­come we were given, and the work that has been un­der­taken to de­velop younger peo­ple’s un­der­stand­ing of de­men­tia.

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