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New Year Honours List

A Liverpool cabbie who organises outings for children in care and families in need joins senior police officers, politicians and business people in this year’s New Year honours list.

Bernie Buxton was awarded the MBE for his charitable services as the founder of the Liverpool Taxi Drivers children in care outing fund. It is estimated that as many as 10,000 children have been taken on trips since the charity was founded in 1985.

He has raised funds for the twice-yearly outings with the support of his fellow cabbies and the generosity of the public.

Bernie, 70, said: “I’m over the moon to be honest and it hasn’t sunk in.

“It’s been the hardest secret to keep for the last six weeks and I don’t know how I’ve done it to be honest.

“My partner kept asking what that letter from the Government was all about.

“I’ve got the award but it belongs to all the cabbies who have supported me and everyone who has sponsored us over the years and of course all the children themselves because there wouldn’t be a charity without them. I can’t thank them all enough. It’s down to the hard work of everyone.”

He added: “The ceremony is at St James’ Palace in July so I’ve got to get myself a new suit.

“I’m 70 now but I’m a young 70 and I’m going to keep going because I don’t believe in putting my feet up. I want to keep doing this for another 30 years.”

Senior Merseyside police officer, Chief Superintendent Jon Ward, receives the Queen’s Police Medal. He is the second member of his family to be given the accolade, after his brother, Assistant Chief Constable Andy Ward, was given the honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last year.

Chief Supt Ward joined Merseyside police as a Constable in 1987, when he walked the beat in Sefton. He is now lead match commander for games at Liverpool and Everton football clubs.

Merseyside Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy said: “Jon has 28 years’ experience and is held in high regard by his colleagues. I am delighted that he has received this honour in recognition of his commitment and dedication to the police service.”

Dan Stephens, chief fire officer with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, also receives the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.

And there were also many unsung men and women from across the Merseyside region who were recognised for their many decades of tireless work in helping others.

Margaret Hawkes, a foster carer from Bromborough, Wirral, received an MBE for services to children and families. She has been fostering since retiring in 1975 and has helped more than 200 children, almost all with severe mental or physical problems.

Margaret, 77, said: “I see it as an honour for all foster carers. We are often very much in the background with social workers in the foreground and lots of carers don’t get the recognition they deserve.

“I get so much satisfaction from foster caring that I will keep fostering until they tell me not to.”

Geoffrey Williams, who lives in Birkdale, received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to the Southport Talking Newspaper for the Blind.

The 79-year-old said the talking newspaper is “greatly appreciated” by their blind and partially sighted listeners who would “otherwise lose touch with the community.”

Sharon Tinn, a Learning in the Community worker based in Ellesmere Port, was also a recipient of a BEM for services to adult education. She said: “I love what I do and being able to go out in the community and meet people and unlock their potential is special.

“It doesn’t matter who they are – I want to help them make new friends, meet people and do something different.”

Source : Liverpool Echo

Annual Golf Tournament 2010

The children in care golf  day which was held once again at Lee Park golf club was a huge success once again.

Winners stroke play         

  • J Cowan h/c18   (4 ball hurlston hall)  70
  • A Ellison h/c16  (4 ball aldersey green) 71
  • R Singleton h/c15  (4 ball at mold)  73
  • B Bishop h/c10 ( golf bagl) 73
  • A Kennedy h/c11 (Bottle scotch box balls)  73


Winners  Stableford                        

  • T Williams h/c20  (electric trolley)  44
  • I St. John h/c 15 (4 ball lee park) 39
  • B Savage  h/c 19 (4 ball eastham lodge) 36
  • S Palmer h/c22 (golf bag) 36
  • J King h/c 14   (bottle scotch set of balls )  34


Par 3 winners  

  • A Kennedy  hole – 2
  • I St John  hole – 5
  • B Bromsgrove  – hole 8
  • S Mayor  – hole 10
  • I Mckeown – hole 13

All receive a bottle of scotch, set of balls and an umbrella set

Longest Drive

Hole 4

  • 0 to 9 R Whelan
  • 10 18 T Ellison
  • 19 28 S Moran 

Hole 15

  •  0 9 S Grace
  • 10 18 S Morton
  • 19 28 G Booker

All receive a bottle of scotch, set of balls and an umbrella set

Putting Competition  

S Grace after draw   2 putts


Disneyland Paris 2009


A fantastic time was had by all with fifty children and parents left john lennon airport at 7.30 am on route Charles De Gaulle airport.

When we landed we were taken by to coaches to the explores hotel , on arrival the children went straight in to the swimming pool which was followed by an eat as much as you like  buffet, they retired to bed.

The children were up at 7 am filled themselves up with a hearty breakfast to prepare themselves for the trip to Disneyland Theme Park where all there dreams where fulfiled returning back to hotel for another eat as much you like buffet and some more time in the pool.

Another goodnight sleep was had by all. to prepare themselves for another fantastic day at Disneyland, on leaving the theme park. to prepare for the journey home to Liverpool, the children were well behaved throughout the whole trip well done

Taxi Trade Exhibition 2008

The Northwest Taxi & Private Hire Trade Exhibition at the B T Convention Centre Kings Dock Liverpool got off to a great start on Tuesday 29th July.

Not long after Mr Bernard Lawson DCC of Merseyside Police declared the show open, followed by a short speech from Bernie Buxton, the event organiser, the exhibition hall started buzzing with visitors who just couldn’t wait to get through the doors.

It was not only the private hire & cab drivers that came to the show but members of the public called in whilst visiting the Albert Dock, the new exciting Liverpool One shopping centre and many other visitor attractions that make Liverpool one of the best cities in the World

The success of the show now means that the L.T.D.C.I C.O.F. trip for local underprivileged children to Euro Disney in Paris is so much closer.

I would like to thank all the exhibitors, sponsors & visitors who contributed to make the show so successful especially Merseyside Police Mounted Division, Merseyside Fire & Rescue, Vintage Fire Brigade, Doug Cheshire of LVTA, JMU First Aid Demonstration and Bouncy Castle Hire.

Camelot 2008

Annual Outing to Camelot Theme Park
Wednesday 18th June 2008

I would like to thank all the taxi drivers who took the time to take the children in care to Camelot Theme Park despite the terrible rain a good day was had by all.

I would also like to thank Debbie & Michelle also The team from the National Lottery for all the sweets and Drinks etc. Also Lyn & Jackie from Costco

A special thanks from all the children we help through out the Year.

17th Open Golf Tournament

Held at Lee Park Golf Club


  • S Grace (4 ball hurlston hall) 41 h/c 6
  • B Wilkins (4 ball aldersey green) 40 h/c 9
  • R Ellis (4 ball lee park) 39 h/c 11
  • B Watson (junior golf clubs) 38 h/c 11
  • S Cameron (slow cooker) 37 h/c10
  • K Lawler (trip to dublin) 41
  • R Singlleton (4 ball pennent pk) 40
  • R Wilkins (4 ball mold) 39
  • V Conetske (golf bag) 38
  • K Hignett (deep fat fryer) 37


  • B Dermott HOLE 2
  • B Wilkins HOLE 5
  • M Marsden HOLE 8
  • S Goodwin HOLE 10
  • R Ellis HOLE 13

All receive a bottle of scotch, set of balls and an umbrella

B Evans J Francis

B White K Aindow

All receive a bottle of scotch, set of balls and an umbrella

B Watson 2 PUTTS

North West Taxi Trade Exhibition – Aintree racecourse

As last year we anticipate this event will be a great success, with a variety of exhibitors ranging from communications companies, legal advisors from insurance companies, computer hardware and software companies, new and used vehicles there will also be a large selection of spare parts to suit most vehicles plus lots more.

In addition we’ll have a selection of vintage cabs on display.

Contact Bernie Buxton:-
07930 402 582 / 0151 449 1445
Fax: 0151 480 3656

Camelot 2007


We took a group of youngsters to Camelot Theme Park in Lancashire, thanks to the assistance of Merseyside and Lancashire police.  The weather was good and the children fully enjoyed their day out.