The latest BEACON newsletter is now out and ready for you to read with your morning coffee, please download using the blue link below.

It provides a round-up of the work we have been able to achieve on the Bollin catchment this year, and we are very grateful to all our partners, volunteers and friends of groups for their massive support during a year where we have worked at a hugely reduced capacity.

If you have any questions relating to the items mentioned in the newsletter please do not hesitate to contact us here.


 BEACON Newsletter - Issue 22 

LCR Culture & Creativity Awards 2020

We know what a challenging time it is, but we still have a huge amount of culture and creativity to celebrate in the city region. Liverpool City Region want to recognise and celebrate all that has been achieved through such a challenging period.

Nominations can include an individual, organisation, business, group or partnership, that has demonstrated outstanding creative achievement through cultural activity over the last year. This is not just restricted to professionals and can involve volunteers and community activity too. Don’t forget you can also nominate yourself or your organisation!

COVID-19 continues to have a massive impact on the cultural and creative sector, despite this, people have found new and innovative ways to be creative, so we are introducing two new categories this year to recognise these special contributions.

Help us reveal 2020’s cultural and creative heroes, and recognise the fantastic work that is making such a difference to people’s lives. Visit the LCR website to read about the award categories and to nominate. Nominations close on Friday 13 November. 



MRT is reviewing the latest government regulations and guidance on COVID-19 with a view to allowing our volunteer River Guardians to resume water quality and/or kick sampling activities where it is safe to do so from Monday 8 June and where they wish to do so. Additional health and safety measures are now required to meet the Government’s “COVID-19 Secure” requirements for working outdoors and these need to be briefed to each River Guardian before they can resume their volunteering work. We will update you later this week with our plans. Many thanks again for all the help and support we receive from our volunteers - and thank you for your understanding in these challenging times for everyone.
Best wishes, Paul and John (MRT Directors)

The Covid 19 outbreak and the important measures introduced by the Government are hitting hard across a range of UK businesses and firms. The Mersey Rivers Trust (MRT) has worked hard to deliver our projects and initiatives and for the last 10 days all staff have been working from home. We are committed to continuing our excellent progress and improvements to the rivers in the Mersey Catchment, however following a review of our activities and workload we have reluctantly decided to “Furlough” a number of MRT staff under the terms of the Government’s “Job Retention Scheme”. The Trust will maintain a small team of staff to carry out desk based engagement with our partners and funders in addition to managing the Trust.

The above measures will help to
• Protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and the public by not travelling and working outdoors
• Ensure a strong future for the Trust by retaining all of our staff and allowing us to continue our important work as soon as possible
• Provide the best service to our partners, funders and volunteers during this difficult time.

If you need to contact the Trust please do so via our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address and not via your normal MRT contact.

We suspended all of our volunteer activities several weeks ago to protect the health and wellbeing of volunteers. We will keep in touch with our volunteers and arrange new events as soon as this becomes possible.

We will continue our online communications and continue with online hosting of the Lower Mersey, Upper Mersey and Alt Crossens CaBa partnerships, plus online engagement with the River Bollin BEACON group. We will continue to engage with our partners online as far as possible.

Your help and understanding would be appreciated under these exceptional circumstances which we hope will end as soon as possible.

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