This Christmas will be a difficult and worrying time for many of us – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse and the professionals working hard to support them. There is often a spike in domestic abuse during the Christmas period and the coronavirus restrictions will only make things worse.  For […]

Virtual Christmas switch-on to take place through social media this Friday

Council-run events still may not be able to take place in the effort to control coronavirus infection rates, but the show must go on (virtually) as we begin the countdown to Christmas. This Friday (4 December) a virtual Christmas lights-switch on will be shown across St Helens Borough Council’s Facebook and Twitter channels to help […]

All We Want For Christmas is for you to stay safe say Cheshire Police

2020 has been a challenging year for us all. With that in mind, we at Cheshire Constabulary are saying ‘All We Want For Christmas’ is for you to keep safe, whether that’s online, at home or out on the roads. Our ‘All We Want’ campaign launches today (December 1) with safety messages and advice to […]

Manchester urges safety first as city prepares to open ahead of Christmas

The City Council asks Manchester to continue to adhere to Covid-19 regulations as the city reopens following lockdown in Tier 3 – or Very High Covid Alert Level. Non-essential retail will reopen under the local tier system, which will allow people to return to the city centre ahead of Christmas to do festive shopping.  New “Welcome Back […]

NHS keyworkers to switch-on Christmas Lights this week in Manchester

As lockdown comes to an end this week, Manchester welcomes the festive season with a little help from NHS and social care heroes. The annual Christmas Light Switch-on event is usually one of the biggest parties of the year attracting thousands of people into the city to start the season with a bang. The pandemic […]

Santa Claus is coming to town! Manchester’s biggest red resident returns

Following a short delay to allow the city’s favourite festive attraction to follow lockdown rules, Manchester’s Giant Santa will arrive in St Peter’s Square this weekend. Clocking in at 12 meters high, the selfie-loving Santa is making his second annual appearance in Manchester has the city’s festive mascot – and weighing in at 2.3tonnes, he’s difficult to […]

COVID-19 arrangements for Christmas in St Helens

2020 has proved to be extremely challenging for everyone due to COVID-19. Over the last nine months, residents have had to juggle home schooling, working from home, job losses, being furloughed, illness, worries and anxiety – to name just a few – while our local businesses have had to close, adapt and operate with a […]

Liverpool City Council launches Christmas Card competition

Liverpool schoolchildren are being invited to get creative and help spread festive cheer throughout the city. Budding young artists aged between 4 and 18 years old are invited to take part in Liverpool City Council’s first ever Christmas card competition. The winning entries will be selected as the official greetings for the Mayor of Liverpool Joe […]

A tree-mendous result!

Covid-19 has scuppered many a plan this year and it almost ruined the city’s Christmas tree display. But thanks to the grit, determination and bulging contacts book of Liverpool City Council’s Streetscene Manager Kenny Brew, Church Street will have that festive feeling once again. Hear all about it from the man himself: A really nice part of […]

The GMP Transport Unit arrives at its one-year milestone

This month, GMP’s Transport Unit celebrates its first anniversary. Launched in November 2019, the Transport Unit tackles incidents on the Greater Manchester transport network. The unit comprises of 63 officers, and supports the work of the wider TravelSafe Partnership (TSP) – which includes Transport for Greater Manchester and public transport operators. The aim is to […]