THERE is just over a week to go until this year's charity Wirral Bikeathon.

Proceeds from the event, taking place on Sunday, June 15, will help fund research into leukaemia and lymphoma.

Last year, 1,514 people got on their bikes for the Globe-backed event in Arrowe Country Park, helping to raise £66,000.

The event was first held in 1999 and has gone on to raise £680,000 for the charity.

It is organised entirely by a small group of local volunteers with help on the day from around 100 marshalls and supporters.

To sign up for this year’s event, visit

Here's a brief look at what else is going on in Wirral ...


A RELIGIOUS icon venerated throughout the Orthodox world for its holiness and healing powers will be displayed at a Wirral church on Friday.

When the Kursk Root Icon – a 13th century image of the Virgin May – last came to St Elisabeth's Russian Orthodox Church in Wallasey, it attracted hundreds of people from across the north west to a special veneration service.

The icon has survived wars, fires and revolutions, finally leaving Russia with the defeat of the White Armies in 1922, after the civil war that followed the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.

It is now kept in New York, but visits parishes of the Russian Church abroad from time to time.

It will be on display at the Russian Orthodox Church in Rake Lane, Wallasey on Friday. There will also be a service, which starts at 6pm.


A SIXTIES charity night, featuring The Vintage Rockers and Gerry Murphy, will be held at St Joseph's Hall in North Road, Birkenhead on Friday.

Taking place from 7pm, it is in aid of Vintage Radio and Wirral YMCA.

Tickets at £5 are from St Joseph’s Hall, Apollo Music Birkenhead and Poulton Vics, Wallasey.


THE Wirral Orchestra is performing a concert in aid of the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity on Saturday.

Taking place at St Hildeburgh's Church, in Stanley Road, it starts at 7.30pm.

The concert is a mix of well known and beautiful pieces with a short prelude from Wagner's Lohengrin, a Slavonic Dance by Dvorak, Grieg’s ever popular Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Schumann's third symphony Rhenish.

Tickets are from Lingham’s Bookshop, in Heswall, Hoylake News, and Pinks in Bebington, or call 0151 645 5547.


THE North West District of the Boys’ Brigade celebrates its centenary with a Colour Service at Christchurch, in Port Sunlight, on Sunday, at 3pm.

Attending the ceremony will be Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Merseyside, Colonel Martin GC Amlot OBE OstJ FRSA DL, and Wirral Mayor Steve Foulkes.

There will be a parade of colours before and after the service.


A SUMMER fair will be held at St Paul with St Luke’s Church in Old Chester Road, Rock Ferry, on Saturday, June 14, from 11am to12.30pm.

On the day, there will be a number of stalls, as well as refreshments, a raffle and much more. Admission is 20p at the door.


SYLVIA Bower will be Hoylake Flower Club’s guest, when it meets on Tuesday, June 17.

The title of her demonstration, during the meeting at Melrose Hall in Hoylake, will be ‘All that Jazz’. It starts at 8pm and the hall will be open from 7.15pm. All the flower arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening. Visitors are most welcome and the visitor’s fee is £4.

More details are from or the secretary on 678 0020.


FOLK rock band Reckless Elbow take to the stage at Thingwall Social Club in Sparks Lane, Thingwall, on Saturday, June 21. The show starts at 9pm, with doors opening at 8pm.

Tickets are on sale from the bar at £2 each, or call 648 4120 or 648 5812 for details, or to reserve your tickets.


TABLE tennis lessons for the over-50s take place at West Kirby Concourse every Friday.

Players of all levels take part and novices are welcome to join in. Sessions run from 1pm to 3.30pm.

For more details, call Jan Whelan on 625 0057, or Peter Surridge on 632- 5507.


HEALTH walks take place every Tuesday until mid September. More details are fromBirkenhead Park Visitors Centre on 0151 652 5197, or by emailing


ROYAL Army Service Corps and the Royal Corps of Transport Association Birkenhead branch hold their monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the TA Centre in Wexford Road, Birkenhead.

Meetings start at 7.45pm. All ex members of the RASC or RCT regular service or TA service are welcome.

To advertise your event for free on our community noticeboard, email Craig at or call 649 4050.