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Edition No. 139

Date:- 14 February 2004

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St Helens student wins award in top UK science fair

LISA CANAVN from Carmel College in St Helens last night jointly won the AstraZeneca Young Scientist of the Year award (over 16) at the prestigious BA CREST Science Fair, held at the Royal Society, London. The fair showcases creative and innovative science and technology projects from students aged 11 to 18 across the UK. Students presented their projects to a panel of judges including scientists, educators and science journalists, and will have the opportunity to win trips to prestigious international science fairs across the globe.

“We often hear it reported that there is a shortage of students taking an interest in science and technology, so it is very reassuring to see the high level of the projects in this year’s BA CREST Science Fair,”
said Dr Roland Jackson, Chief Executive of the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science), which organises the event. “We would like to congratulate all the students who reached the final, and in particular those who will go on represent the UK at international science fairs.

Science is vital to our quality of life and to our economic development. It is young people like these who will be the future of our country and it is important that we encourage them to take an interest not only in science and its applications, but also its implications.”

Amnesty International, Formby & Southport Group
THE next meeting will be on Monday 16 February 2004. we meet in Birkdale, Southport at 7.45pm where this month we are pleased to welcome John Pugh MP, who will be speaking to us. John Pugh is a keen supporter of our group with whom we have had close ties over a number of years.

Amnesty members have been busy so far this year about the area, in January we had Arms Control campaign stalls in Southport, Formby and Crosby. A campaign Amnesty is running jointly with Oxfam and iansa. The aim is to obtain 1,000,000 faces to put on the Net in support of better arms control, and we would like to thank all those budding artists who contributed ‘self-portraits’ at our stalls. We also had a stall at the Siroptimists function at the United Reform Church in Southport on Saturday 7 February.

New members are always welcome.

The group covers the areas of Southport, Formby, Blundell Sands, Hightown and Crosby. Contact numbers for the group are:-  John Kirby on 01704 567313.  Brian Plant on 0151 924 7722
Boost for Community Culture
ONE of the largest funding packages for community art in the UK was announced this week in Liverpool to boost the Capital of Culture event.

Liverpool city council revealed more than 80 groups are to benefit from a £420,000 Creative Communities grant which is set to trigger a further £1.6 million in match funding.

Groups across the city had been invited to pitch for grants last autumn based on how they would celebrate the city's second Capital of Culture themed year - Faith in One City, 2004.

And a whole range of organisations, including youth associations, drama and writers groups, choirs and schools will receive letters today telling them they are to benefit.

The funding builds on the success of the city's community participation program in 2003 which involved more than 102,000 people - one of the key reasons the city was awarded European Capital of Culture 2008.

Councillor Warren Bradley, Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, chaired the independent panel which adjudicated the awarding of the grants, the biggest cultural hand-out ever made in Liverpool.

He said:- "A thousand ambitions have flowered as a result of this grant. It allows all our communities to showcase their culture. We want to encourage and develop culture in Liverpool, so everyone can take part.

Liverpool has a huge wealth of talent and the city is now beginning to tap into that creativity and use it to make a difference to people's lives.” 

The projects funded will involve tens of thousands of local people. The projects range from art and photo exhibitions to producing carnivals, concerts, CD's, films, plays, mosaics and even setting up a radio station.

The year-long program will bring together local and international professional artists, poets, writers and songwriters, as well as mainstream institutions such as the BBC, FACT, Tate Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool.

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