Due to the latest national lockdown we will be pausing the printing of our papers for a while. We will continue to bring you all the latest local news and more on our website and Facebook page. The Champion might not come through your door for a while, but we are still here for you. In the meantime, please stay home, stay safe, protect the NHS and take great care of each other. Best wishes from your Champion Team.

Aintree & Maghull Latest News

Couple with coronavirus claim too many people are travelling to Lydiate by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A married couple from Lydiate who caught coronavirus claim there are too many people travelling into the village from outside areas, despite lockdown   Read more ...

Unity bands to support cancer charity by Tom Martin (January 2021)

People in Sefton and West Lancashire are being urged to show support on World Cancer Day for everyone affected by the disease.Cancer Research UK is   Read more ...

Maghull Radio is saved after Champion appeal by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Maghull Radio has been saved thanks to kindhearted donations from Champion readers. We reported at the start of January how their broadcasting   Read more ...

Tonic company takes over unit at new Mersey Reach site by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A TONIC company has taken over a 12,133 sq ft unit in the new Mersey Reach industrial development in Aintree, with plans to create a £5million art   Read more ...

Care home becomes first in Sefton to get Pfizer vaccine by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A care home in Maghull became the first in Sefton to have the Pfizer vaccine on New Year’s Eve.On Thursday 31st December, Damfield Gardens Care Home,   Read more ...

Fundraising appeal launched to raise money for Maghull Radio station by Henry James (December 2020)

MAGHULL Radio has run out of money.Their broadcasting licence expires in February as does the insurance. On top of that they need a new 'mixing   Read more ...

Pupils brave the torrential rain to plant 72 trees by Henry James (December 2020)

PUPILS from Hudson Primary School in Maghull braved the torrential rain to help the Friends of Maghull and District (FOMD) to plant 72 trees to   Read more ...

So long, Ssangyong! by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

GOODBYE, Ssangyong – and thanks for all the cars? Unless something dramatic happens between the time of writing this and the moment The Champion pops   Read more ...

So long, Ssangyong! by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

GOODBYE, Ssangyong – and thanks for all the cars? Unless something dramatic happens between the time of writing this and the moment The Champion pops   Read more ...

Subway revamped thanks to community and help of volunteers  by Henry James (December 2020)

THANKS to an initiative from Maghull Town councillors Thomas and Ken Hughes a grot spot is undergoing much needed maintenance. Work has begun to   Read more ...

Check out the latest Scam Alert! by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

In this last run-up to Christmas, just a quick message to everyone, DON'T DEAL WITH COLD CALLERS!That way you’ll all stay safe. If you get a call   Read more ...

Council delivers 100 Christmas hampers to vulnerable residents by Henry James (December 2020)

MAGHULL Town Council delivered 100 Christmas hampers to vulnerable residents who have been nominated by voluntary groups, Councillors, support   Read more ...

Four men sentenced to a total of 124 years in jail for Stephen Maguire's murder by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

POLICE chiefs have welcomed the sentencing of four men to a total of 124 years in prison following the murder of Stephen Maguire in Birkdale in   Read more ...

What do Picasso, VW Beetles and Ford have in common? by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

WHAT do Ford’s original C-MAX, Volkswagen’s Nineties rebirth of the Beetle, and Citroen’s Xsara Picasso have in common? If you’ve sussed it than   Read more ...

What do Picasso, VW Beetles and Ford have in common? by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

WHAT do Ford’s original C-MAX, Volkswagen’s Nineties rebirth of the Beetle, and Citroen’s Xsara Picasso have in common? If you’ve sussed it than   Read more ...

Developer granted planning permission for a revised phase two of its Aintree development by Henry James (December 2020)

INDUSTRIAL developer Chancerygate has been granted planning permission for a revised phase two of its Mersey Reach warehousing and industrial   Read more ...

A&E nurse treated to garden revamp by Henry James (December 2020)

A NURSE who works in the A&E department of Aintree Hospital was delighted when she and her family were gifted a free garden upgrade in Gardens For   Read more ...

Student’s exam petition gets 160,000 signatures... and a Parliamentary debate by Henry James (December 2020)

A MAGHULL student's petition calling for GCSE and A Level exams next summer to be cancelled has received 160,000 signatures and a Parliamentary   Read more ...

MP speaks to climate campaigners about his commitment to reduce his carbon footprint by Henry James (December 2020)

SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson told climate campaigners of his commitment to reduce his own carbon footprint and his delight at the success of Joe   Read more ...

Check out the latest Scam Alert! by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

GOOD news this week is the return of printed Champion...sorely missed by residents. Let us hope that things are improving for everyone at last.This   Read more ...

Sports specialist’s Fifty Shades of Grey by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

PORSCHE’S Taycan is a pretty tantalising argument for all-electric performance motoring – even if I can’t help taking pity on the plight of some of   Read more ...

Sports car specialist’s Fifty Shades of Grey, Pokemon Go and loo roll combo by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

PORSCHE’S Taycan is a pretty tantalising argument for all-electric performance motoring – even if I can’t help taking pity on the plight of some of   Read more ...

SMART testing for Sefton residents who don’t have coronavirus symptoms to begin this week by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

TARGETED SMART testing for Sefton residents who don’t have symptoms will begin this week.This extension of the testing that has been taking place in   Read more ...

‘Reverse advent calendar’ boosts foodbank by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

A SPECIAL ‘Reverse Christmas Advent Calendar’ has been launched in support of Sefton Food Bank.Joyce Youds from the Lydiate Learning Trust at Deyes   Read more ...

Officers kick-start month with series of arrests linked to weapons and acts of serious violence by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

OFFICERS from across Merseyside Police force kick-started December as they mean to go on by seizing a number of weapons and making arrests linked to   Read more ...

Landscaping work starts at Bobby’s Wood following crowdfunding campaign by Henry James (December 2020)

LANDSCAPING work has started at Bobby’s Wood in Maghull following a successful crowdfunding campaign.The Friends of Maghull & District (FOMD)   Read more ...

Share your hospital experience at special online event by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

HAVE you visited the Aintree or Royal Liverpool hospital sites of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust during the pandemic?Maybe you   Read more ...

Plans coming together for targeted Covid testing for people not showing symptoms by Henry James (December 2020)

AFTER the Government’s announcement that it was extending COVID-19 testing for people not showing coronavirus symptoms to 67 Council areas including   Read more ...

Can you help little Klaus? by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

CAN you help a seven week old puppy who is suffering from severe dehydration?Liz Gould, a volunteer fundraiser with Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary based   Read more ...

Entertainer turns his hand to writing children’s books! by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

A SUCCESSFUL entertainer has turned his hand to writing children’s books!Asa Murphy, 49, from Maghull, has performed all over the world singing big   Read more ...

Would you like to 'Light up a Life' this Christmas? by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

WOULD you like to ‘Light up a Life’ this Christmas?The team at Woodlands Hospice on Longmoor Lane have launched their annual campaign has launched,   Read more ...

Would you like a personalised letter from Santa this Christmas? by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

WOULD you like a personalised letter from Santa?The team at Woodlands Hospice on Longmoor Lane have a launched a ‘Message from Santa’ service this   Read more ...

Top police dogs feature in special calendar to help raise money for young people’s charity by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

THIRTEEN of Merseyside Police’s top police dogs have featured in a charity calendar to help raise money for young people.The stars of the calendar   Read more ...

Rotarians' Christmas Float will be held outside a supermarket this December due to coronavirus restrictions by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

MAGHULL and Aughton Rotary Club’s Christmas Float will be held outside a supermarket this December due to coronavirus restrictions.Ian Agnew from the   Read more ...

Youngsters meet former LFC goalie by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

YOUNGSTERS at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School were delighted to meet former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland last week as part of the ‘I will’   Read more ...

Three arrested and £100,000 cash, watch and vehicles seized after incident in Maghull by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

THREE people have been arrested and officers have seized around £100,000, vehicles and a watch following an incident in Maghull on Thursday, November   Read more ...

What is open at Aintree Shopping Park? by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

WHAT is open at Aintree Shopping Park?Following the second lockdown, non-essential retail is closed until the planned reopening on   Read more ...

Melling volunteers' inspirational work is praised by Sefton Central MP by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

THE inspirational work of a chef and pub owner has been praised by his MP after he cooked up a groundbreaking scheme to help vulnerable people   Read more ...

Parkhaven Trust wins national catering award! by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

MEMBERS of the team at the Parkhaven Trust fought off stiff competition from across the UK to be announced the National Care Home’s Catering Team of   Read more ...

Melling actor stars in gender dysphoria film Out of Time, released today by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

AN actor from Melling is starring as the lead in the feature film Out of Time, which is set for release today (Friday, November 13) on Amazon Video   Read more ...

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