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Issue:- Saturday, 25 July 2015

New lease of life for St Luke's Church

URGENT work to repair the crumbling stonework of St Luke's Church in Liverpool is to get underway in September. The £150k project; funded by Liverpool City Council and Heritage England; is the 1st step in safeguarding the future of the much-loved Liverpool landmark, also known as the bombed-out Church.

The work will involve repairing and replacing heavy stonework, meaning the site will be closed to protect public health and safety. It was postponed earlier this year to allow the summer events programme to go ahead.

Meanwhile, a major consultation exercise is to get underway, asking people their views on the role St Luke's should play in the life of the City. It follows a commitment from Mayor Joe Anderson to keep it in public ownership and secure a viable future for the building.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Malcom Kennedy, said:- "This is an exciting phase in the history of Liverpool's famous bombed-out Church. We have a great opportunity here to engage with the City to find out what they want to happen at St Luke's, and to explore options for its future use and when St Luke's re-opens in the new year it will be structurally sound and have a new lease of life."

Ambrose Reynolds, who has been running St Luke's as a public space, said:- "It has been more than a decade since I became involved in St Luke's re-opening it to the public, it's been amazing to see the profound effect that it has on all different kinds of people, both as a testament to history and its connection to our present lives. St Luke's is a place for everyone and that is the essence of the existing programme - to commemorate the past and celebrate the future. We welcome this wonderful opportunity to preserve the Bombed Out Church for the future wellbeing of the City and the people."

The consultation will be open to residents, community groups, existing Friends of St Luke's and any other interested parties in the City. It will gauge views on how the Bombed Out Church can be preserved as a living war memorial, the type of events that should be held there and what further facilities or works should be carried out.

The results of the consultation will be used as the basis for decisions to be made in relation to the future of St Luke's Church and the Council will formally invite expressions of interest. The successful party must be able to demonstrate that they can offer a viable future for St Luke's which is in line with the results of the public consultation.

Details of the consultation will be released in the near future.

Northern Rail Leads The Way For Samaritans

SAMARITANS' volunteers from across the North of England will be heading to their local train stations on Friday 24 July to mark Talk to Us, the charity's annual awareness campaign. Volunteers from the charity will have a presence at 28 railway stations to highlight to commuters the value of talking through problems when life gets tough, and Samaritans' round the clock service, for anyone struggling to cope.

The events have the backing of train operator Northern Rail, whose staff will be welcoming Samaritans volunteers into their stations during the morning rush hour. Network Rail and train operators First TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains are also supporting events at their stations.

Bob Howe, Regional Marketing Officer for Samaritans in Yorkshire & Humberside region said:- "Raising awareness of our service to the travelling public in this way is really important, and having the opportunity to work in partnership with Northern Rail across their network is really inspiring. We want people to recognise the value of talking to us, about any issues that may be troubling them. People can get in touch with Samaritans' service by phone, email and text, as well as visiting a branch to speak to a volunteer face to face. We are here round the clock, every single day of the year."

Lucy Kitching from Northern Rail, who has helped co-ordinate the events with Samaritans, said:- "Northern Rail is proud to support Samaritans on 24 July with its national Talk to us events, as we did last year. We are keen to work with Samaritans to encourage the local communities that we both serve to think about their emotional health and wellbeing, as well as look out for the wellbeing of others".

Samaritans answers more than 5 million calls for help a year from people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances. The charity's 21,200 volunteers deliver its service at 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

People up and down the country can get involved by simply texting:- 'SUPPORT' to 70080, to make a £4 donation which is the cost to the charity of answering one call for help.  Help spread the word about #TalkToUs by following Samaritans on Twitter @samaritans or Facebook   Visit Samaritans' interactive map to find out about the different Talk to Us events happening across the UK and Ireland can be found online.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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