HUNDREDS of people have taken part in a Lantern Walk in aid of Claire House that has raised £15,000 for the hospice.

The first ever of its kind for the charity, it took place on Saturday, October 14. More than 850 people turned out to follow a route from Seacombe Ferry Terminal to New Brighton, carrying lit lanterns along the walk.

The event was organised in partnership with Eureka! Science + Discovery, where lanterns were collected at the start of the walk.

Event fundraiser Mark Pearson said: "Claire House has been a light in the dark for hundreds of local families over the last 25 years, so we were excited to put on an event like the Claire House Lantern Walk.

"This was a walk to remember, and many people were walking in memory or celebration of a loved one.

"It was great to see the local community come out to walk together, light up the prom and have a lovely evening.”

Wirral Pop Vox sang on the Wallasey Town Hall steps and the Friends of Vale Park lit up the park for walkers to pass through, which was special, as Claire Cain (the little girl who Claire House is named after) has a memorial tree in Vale Park.

Claire House Children’s Hospice cares for seriously and terminally ill children and their families from across Wirral, Liverpool and beyond.

Mark continued: “There was a lovely atmosphere and it was amazing to see all of the lantern lights along the prom.

"We really appreciate the support of the local community and want to thank everyone for coming out to support their local children’s hospice.

“Hopefully the Claire House Lantern Walk will return in 2024, so keep an eye on our website.”

Jumble sale

A fundraising jumble sale will be held at Upton Victory Hall this Saturday (October 28). Taking place at the venue on Salacre Lane in Upton, it runs from 2.30 - 4pm.

Over 60s exercise class

FLEXERCISE - described as fun and friendly exercise sessions, take place every Wednesday from 6.30pm-7.45pm. at St. James Church Hall on Victoria Road in New Brighton. 

They are described as suitable for most levels of mobility. Details from 07544 150 112

9 to 5

THE Port Sunlight Players' production of 9 to 5 The Musical is on next month.

Staged at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight from November 30 to December 2, it is about three unlikely friends who take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world.

Featuring music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, it is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.

Pushed to the boiling point, the three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Veiolet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot!
While Hart remains “otherwise engaged”, the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. 

Tickets from the Gladstone Theatre box office


MIKE Byrne and the Sunrockers are back at Heswall British Legion next Wednesday (November 1), promising another great night of Rock and Roll, singing and playing the songs and music of Jerry Lee, Roy,Buddy, Elvis and many others. Doors open at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 on door.

Charity coffee time

A coffee morning takes place every Tuesday from 10am until midday at St Alban's Parish Centre in Liscard. All for a voluntary donation in aid of the Lourdes fund.  Everybody welcome.   

Opera magic

A concert celebrating the magic of opera will be staged at Heswall Methodist Church on Saturday, November 11. Tickets, £12, are from, , 0151 558 1552, at the door on the night. 

Quiz night

A quiz night will be held at St Alban's Parish Centre in Liscard on Saturday, November 4. Starting at 7pm the evening will feature a fun quiz with bingo and a raffle. Admission is £5, pay on the door.  

Support group

The next meeting of Wirral Multiple System Atrophy support group is on Wednesday, November 15 in the hall of St John the Baptist Church, Meols CH47 6AA. It starts at 2pm. Friends and families are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.

For more details contact Roy on 07931511258.

Country music

LEASOWE Castle Country Music Club meets every Thursday at Poulton Vics Social Club, Poulton Bridge Road, Wallasey from 7.15pm to 11pm. It features live country/ line dance music with line dance instruction by a qualified instructor. A “fabulous” line-up of acts is planned for October and November. Entrance £5 for members and £6 non-members. For details, contact the chairperson on 07707 712936.

Bird club event

CHASING the day is the subject of Keith Offord’s illustrated talk to Wirral Bird Club this Thursday (October 26) at St Bridget’s Church Centre, Church Road, West Kirby (7.30pm). Admission £4. Details from Bill on 07795 148140.

Race night

CHILDREN's charity Stick ‘n’ Step is hosting a charity race night on Friday, November 24 at Poulton Vics Social Club. Doors open at 7pm, first race commences at 7.30pm. Tickets from

For details, email or call 0151 638 0888.

Piano bar

THERE is live piano music at the Mess Cafe at Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton every Thursday night. Admission is free and the event starts at 7pm. ‘The Fort Sessions’ - a night of live acoustic guitar and a different singer each week - are held at the venue every Friday (7pm start).

Quiz night

WALLASEY Central Library will be the location for a Halloween Quiz this Friday (October 27). Organised by Friends of Wallasey Central Library, it starts at 6.45pm.

Tickets, £5, from the library.

Betty Blue Eyes

WEST Kirby Musical Theatre Company’s production of Betty Blue Eyes is at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight next month.

The stage adaptation of Alan Bennett’s 1984 film A Private Function, it is described as an “incredibly funny musical comedy” and is at the Greendale Road venue from Thursday to Saturday, November 2 to 4.

The film starred Michael Palin and Dame Maggie Smith as a Yorkshire couple struggling to make ends meet after the war. Tickets from 

Folk dancing

FOLK sessions take place on the first, third and fifth Tuesday of every month at Victoria Hall, Bebington from 8 to 10pm. For details, contact

Rock ‘n’ roll

CHESHIRE Cats’ rock ‘n’ roll fundraising nights are every Wednesday from 7.30pm at The Poulton Victoria Club on Poulton Bridge Road, Wallasey. Entrance £1.50.

Proceeds go to charities helping sick children.

Chair Pilates

CHAIR Pilates exercises with Cathy are at United Reformed Church on Marlowe Road in Wallasey on Fridays (1.30 to 2.15pm). Details from 07828 642143.

Model railway

WIRRAL O Gauge Model Railway Open Day is this Sunday (October 29) at Unit 7, The Odyssey Centre, Corporation Road, Birkenhead from 11am to 4pm. Admission £3. Details from Mike on 07985 508024 or wirraloggsec@

Dear Santa

WIRRAL Theatre4All.nw presents its concert Dear Santa on Saturday, November 25 at Gladstone Village Hall in Burton (7.30pm). Tickets from or Nikki on 07969040767

Exercise class

A DANCE exercise class takes place at Guide Headquarters on Leasowe Road in Wallasey every Thursday (2pm). Admission £5.

Details from Angela on 07786 360959.

The Black Sea Coast is the title of Paul Hill's illustrated presentation to Wirral RSPbb Paul Hill (Thursday 2nd November 2023).

It will take place at Hoylake Community Centre, Hoyle Road, Hoylake, Wirral, CH47 3AG, , commencing at 7.30 pm.

Visitor admission is £5.

Ladies bowling

BEBINGTON Ladies Bowling Club meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Call 0151 608 8616 for details.

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