NEWS AND EVENTS
GREEN FINGERED FUN WITH BELLE VALE SHOPPING CENTRE
Since 2008, becoming ‘greener’ has been an important part of Belle Vale Shopping Centre’s corporate social responsibility policy and the Centre aims to help spread the message within the community, starting with an eco-friendly craft workshop and tree planting project.
The Bella Bee’s Green Garden campaign is now underway at Belle Vale Shopping Centre. A giant eco pledge wall can be found on the main mall at the Centre, and it is encouraging shoppers to think of the environment and pledge to make ‘greener’ choices. This includes promises such as switching the light off when leaving a room and using a re-usable shopping bag.
As part of the Bella Bee’s Green Garden event, on Saturday 8th April between 10am and 4pm an eco-craft workshop will be held on the mall. Children are invited to nurture their gardening skills by personalising their very own plant pot to take home and grow a plant in. The workshop has lots of high quality craft materials and is completely free; shoppers can simply drop in at a time that suits them.
Paul Wilson added “The pledge wall at the Centre is a great green activity for our shoppers as it highlight’s the achievements already made by the centre with the recycling and management of waste on site. It also gives tips on how to become ‘greener’ and the eco craft workshop is a perfect way for younger generations looking to get involved too.”
Furthermore, Belle Vale Shopping Centre has partnered with Norman Pannell Primary School as part of the campaign, with a special eco planting project that has already begun on the school’s grounds.
The planting project will change a blank, uninspiring field into a green haven to help support the environment. Paul Wilson, Centre Manager along with Mr Simpson, Head Teacher at Norman Pannell and representatives from the Centre’s contractors Bagnall & Morris (waste management contractor) and WH Snow (Building Contractor), oversaw Year 5 and Year 6 pupils as they planted the first row of trees. The project strengthens the Shopping Centre’s community link with the local school as well as transforming the site into a more interesting, diverse and useful environment.
Paul Wilson commented “The first phase of the planting project was a great success. The pupils at Norman Pannell enjoyed getting stuck into the gardening activity and it is the aim of the project that future classes will also have the opportunity to add to the garden. This project has, so far, earnt Belle Vale Shopping Centre recognition from the Carbon Footprint Trust and we hope to see more success stories come from this campaign.”
The Shopping Centre has an excellent green status thanks to the recent efforts of the Centre Management team, supported by their Waste Management contractor. In late 2016, the Centre was awarded a Green Apple Bronze Award for their waste management strategies, in achieving ZERO waste to landfill and increasing recycling. The Centre is using their experience to bring environmental causes to the forefront of the public mind, through fun, educational and entertaining activity.
BELLA BEE’S GREEN GARDEN
GIANT PEACH STORYTELLING
Bella has invited her special storytelling friend – Fergus the Fox – to come tell stories about the environment. The storyteller will come to the Centre and do five storytelling sets throughout the day. These five sets will take place in a very special environment – A GIANT PEACH!
The peach is sure to grab the attention of the local children as it stands over 4.5 metres tall and will be located in the main mall area by the cafe, it will be hard to miss it!
Storytelling is from 10am to 4pm.
BELLA BEE’S GREEN GARDEN
Saturday 8th April
The workshop is being run by, and in partnership with, St Cyrils Children and Youth Project Charity. Children will get the chance to decorate their very own plant pot, to encourage them to nurture their gardening skills. The workshop will be run from 10am to 4pm and will be held in the main mall by the Cafe.
During the month of April, any child signing up to the Bella Bees Kids club, will be entered into a prize draw to win a hamper of gardening goodies for beginners. The entry forms can be found outside the ‘eco wall’ and we have changed the colour of the forms to green to match the environmental initiatives!
BELLA BEE’S GREEN GARDEN
1st April to 30th April 2017
April 1st will see the launch of the Centre’s ‘Eco Pledge’ Wall, that will be installed on the front of the former Perfect Home Unit by the Mall Cafe. The pledge wall will be in the centre throughout the month of April, as part of Bella Bees Green Garden Theme.
The Eco Wall is aimed at encouraging shoppers to pledge to help the environment, no matter how small their contribution is. The three pledges the Centre has chosen are; ‘always bring a reusable shopping bag with them’ or ‘to walk or take public transport as much as possible’ or ‘to turn the lights off when they leave a room’. Each pledge will be a hand print shape leaf on a tree – to keep in with the Eco theme & representing the carbon footprint. To make a pledge, shoppers are invited to write their names on a hand print to make that pledge. Local schools will also be participating, as this will be a great way to help educate the younger generation about environmental issues.
A second panel will also be installed on a window, to show the statistics and achievements already met by Belle Vale Shopping Centres’ Waste Management Strategy. In November 2016 the Centre was presented with a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice.
ALWAYS WORK WITH ANIMALS AND CHILDREN
The famous saying ‘never work with animals or children’ wasn’t even considered by Belle Vale Shopping Centre, as they did just the opposite! Throughout 2016, the centre staff have been working hard to support their chosen charity, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, and Merseyside Dogs Home. The charities have enjoyed a successful 2016 at the Centre through a series of fundraising events.
Last year, Belle Vale Shopping Centre hosted a variety of exciting fundraising events with the aim of raising funds and awareness for their chosen charity, Zoë’s Place. Shoppers were invited to take part in fun events throughout the year such as the Zoë’s Place Fun Day tombola, festive Christmas wishing well and much more with the aim of raising money for the Liverpool based Charity. On Friday 3rd February, the Centre team presented Zoë’s Place with a cheque for the amount raised in 2016 – a massive £4,485.51! In 2015, the amount raised for Zoë’s Place was an impressive £1,687.28 – the 2016 figure is more than double this amount!”
Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years old suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Zoë’s Place is Belle Vale Shopping Centre’s chosen charity and the centre has been supporting the charity for many years. Together, they work on events and promotions to fundraise for the charity and the team hope to raise more money this year than ever before.
Merseyside Dogs Home have also enjoyed a successful 2016 from promotions at Belle Vale Shopping Centre and raised £2024.26 from shopper’s donations alone. They also managed to re-home some of their long stay guests to some of the Centre’s shoppers, because of their awareness campaign at the Centre. This partnership started because the Centre had seen an increase in abandoned dogs in the area and the Centre needed some help to home the dogs. The charity admits and re-homes stray and unwanted dogs from the local area and in 2016 alone, they managed to re-home 600 dogs. They are a Merseyside based organisation that depends on local support and donations to keep functioning and the Centre will continue to support them through 2017.
Paul Wilson, Belle Vale Shopping Centre Manager, presented a cheque each to the Zoë’s Place team and Merseyside Dogs Home, in two special presentations at the Centre on Friday 3rd February. He commented: “I am very proud of our staff and Centre team who gave up some of their free time to arrange & support these fund-raising events. It is their hard work and determination that help make the fundraising events possible and we are all overwhelmed by the kind donations made by shoppers. The Shopping Centre will continue working with the charities and look forward to hosting more events in 2017 to support them further”.
MR & MRS GAME COMES TO BELLE VALE
Well, here’s your chance to find out….. Belle Vale Shopping Centre is teaming up with Radio City to celebrate the season of love and challenge the couples of Liverpool with an exciting Mr and Mrs style game.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, on Saturday 11th February Belle Vale Shopping Centre have partnered up with Radio City to host a FREE Mr and Mrs themed game. Couples will be picked at random and those selected will be tested on their knowledge of each other by being asked a series of questions. Participants will then be given the chance to raise their coloured paddle to choose whether the answer is him or her in the style of the popular ITV show All Star Mr & Mrs. For every question the couple answer correctly, they will be rewarded with a £10 gift card for one of the amazing stores at Belle Vale Shopping Centre. There are four rounds per game; therefore shoppers have the opportunity to win up to £40 to spend at stores in the Centre!
Alongside the Mr & Mrs style game, the Radio City Street Stars will be hosting a game of ‘Perfect Match’ for which couples have to convince the Street Stars that they are the ultimate couple. Partners will have one chance to fish out two matching heart pieces and those who match up correctly will win a voucher to spend in the Shopping Centre.
The Perfect Match games will take place between 10am and 4pm and Mr and Mrs will kick off at 12pm until 3:30pm. Shoppers must visit the Valentine’s hub on the main mall for their chance to win. There will also be music and entertainment from Radio City in-between games.
Belle Vale Shopping Centre is the perfect shopping destination for loved up locals to pick up the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. With on-site free parking and a great selection of high street stores, visitors can find everything they need under one roof. For those wanting to cook a romantic meal, there is an Iceland, Farm Foods and Crawshaws the butchers to pick up delicious ingredients.
See you on Saturday 11th February!
BELLE VALE SHOES NOW OPEN
AMAZON LOCKERS COMES TO BELLE VALE
Shoppers will now be able to collect their Amazon parcels from Belle Vale Shopping Centre with the new Amazon lockers on the mall. The click and collect service allows customers to conveniently pick up their purchases while out shopping.
The Amazon self-service lockers allow Amazon customers to receive or return their Amazon.co.uk parcels. The lockers have been installed on Tuesday 20th November by the lift and stairs, in the main mall area.
Paul Wilson, Centre Manager commented, “We are very excited about the new Amazon lockers as this will make our shoppers lives a little more hassle-free. Shoppers can now collect their parcels on their daily shopping trip or when passing by, especially as we conveniently offer free parking and great transport links at the centre. ”
Local residents need not worry about missing a delivery when they are working or out of their house. Amazon customers will be able to select Belle Vale Shopping Centre as a locker location during checkout as they would with a home address. Once the customer’s parcel is delivered to the Amazon locker, they will receive an email notification with a unique pickup code and barcode. Customers enter their pickup code or scan the barcode using the barcode scanner on the locker to activate the pickup process and retrieve their package.
Customers have three business days to collect their package, after which time it is returned for a full refund from Amazon.
The lockers can be accessed during Centre opening hours which are 9:00am – 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and 10:30am – 4:30pm on Sunday and Bank Holidays. The Centre will be closed on Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Christmas Trading Hours
BELLE VALE’S SEASONAL SPECTACULAR
SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2016 – COME & MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS
HO HO HO, Father Christmas is coming to Belle Vale Shopping Centre on Saturday 19th November to meet the families of Belle Vale and spread a little festive cheer. Between 10am and 4pm, Father Christmas will be sat on his magical throne at the beautiful Christmas display to pose for a special photograph for a £1 donation in support of Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice. At 2:30pm, Our Lady of Assumption Primary School Choir will sing Christmas carols before Father Christmas turns on the “Light a Life” Christmas tree at 3pm.
This event will also launch the Father Christmas’ Post Box campaign where young shoppers can post their Christmas wish-list to the North Pole and will receive a letter back from Father Christmas himself. Father Christmas’ Post Box will be located at the Christmas display until Wednesday 14th December.
Belle Vale Shopping Centre will be working with the Centre’s chosen charity Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice to host the “Light a Life” Christmas tree appeal. Shoppers will be able to leave a donation in the wishing well and all proceeds will go to the charity.
This is also the perfect opportunity for visitors to pick up their Christmas shopping as there are over 60 high street stores to choose from. After watching the light switch on, visitors can pop into Iceland, Argos, Farmfoods and New Look without worrying about parking, which is free on site – shopping couldn’t be easier.