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Edition No. 140

Date:- 21 February 2004

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WEST Derby's over-60s received an especially warm welcome recently when they attended the Winter Survival Roadshow at the Millennium Hall, St Mary's Church in West Derby.

Groups such as Staywarm, Age Concern and Merseyside Fire Brigade were invited to take part in the Winter Survival Roadshow.

Staywarm, the unique fixed cost electricity and gas scheme solely for the over-60s, was able to inform many attendees about the scheme and answer any questions. Local Staywarm adviser Maureen Justice comments:- "We were delighted to have been given the opportunity to speak to the older people of West Derby. It helped us to explain how the service works and reach the over-60s with vital information on the scheme and insulation grants for which they can apply."

Anyone in Liverpool with one member of the household aged over 60 may be eligible for Staywarm.

The only fixed price fuel scheme available solely for the over-60s, Staywarm currently serves more than 300,000 customers across the UK. Customers pay a fixed low price - weekly, fortnightly or monthly, based on the number of people who live in their home and the number of bedrooms they have.

The scheme guarantees that as long as customers remain with Staywarm, the price they pay will be fixed for a year from when they sign up. Staywarm advisers also refer all customers who are eligible, to the Warm Front scheme, which provides grants of up to £2,500 for insulation and heating measures.

Anyone who needs more information about Staywarm should contact freephone number 08001694694.


IF YOU appreciate your plumber for his or her hard work and professionalism, now is the time to say thank you, as The Institute of Plumbing launches its Britain's Favourite Plumber Awards. Staged every three years, the Awards are designed to recognise the skills of the very best professional plumbers and to alert the public to the importance of quality and safety in plumbing.

Working with the IoP in supporting the Awards are flexible plumbing and above ground drainage systems provider Hepworth Plumbing Products; boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch; and Yellow Pages.

If you think your plumber or heating engineer could be Britain's Favourite, you can nominate him or her at any time up to 30 June, 2004 and be in with a chance of winning a prize worth £1,000 for yourself. 

The nominees will be judged on their technical ability, professionalism, knowledge and commitment to customer service. The judging panel consists of leading plumbing industry experts, representatives from consumer organisations and the current holder of the Britain's Favourite Plumber title.

The professional plumber winner will travel to New Zealand in March 2005 for a holiday for two that includes a visit to the World Plumbing Conference in Auckland where top professionals from around the world gather to discuss industry issues. 

Finding the top UK plumber is no simple task, it takes a whole year! When the initial nomination period closes in June, a series of rigorous judging rounds follows, first to determine County, then Area winners and finally to identify the overall winner of the Britain's Favourite Plumber title.

To nominate your plumber, simply ask him or her for a nomination form, visit the special website at where you can make your nomination on line, or call the Britain's Favourite Plumber hotline on 0117 9293206 to request a nomination form.


ROYAL Birkdale has been named by The R&A as the venue for the 2008 Open Championship which will be played from 17 to 20 July.

The Open has been hosted at Birkdale on eight previous occasions, and it was in 1954, at the first Open, that Peter Thomson won the first of his five Open Championship titles. Eleven years later, in 1965 at Birkdale, he rounded off his collection of Open wins with a further triumph that he described as "My greatest win".

Then, Thomson finally broke the final round log-jam of 13 players, all of whom had a chance to win, with his second shot to the 510-yard 17th which hit the flag when he was just one shot clear of the field. Birkdale was a great favourite of Thomson’s and he lovingly described it as "Man-sized but not a monster".

"Royal Birkdale has endeared itself to all of the world’s top golfers and we must remember that with his win there in 1961. Arnold Palmer is rightly credited with starting the renaissance of The Open. We are delighted to be returning in 2008."
said Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A

In giving details of the 2008 Open, David Hill, Director of Championships of The R&A said:- "Royal Birkdale is a venue which in addition to setting a rigorous examination of the abilities of all golfers, also has a first-class infrastructure which is capable of coping with large numbers of spectators.

Almost 200,000 people watched Mark O’Meara winning in 1998 and we are delighted that the golfing public in Lancashire and the surrounding areas will again be given the opportunity of viewing 156 of the world’s leading players in 2008."

Graham Haywood, Chief Executive of Sefton Council said:- "I am delighted that The Open Championship will be returning to Royal Birkdale, Southport in 2008. The event is very special and of enormous benefit to the area, particularly to the marketing of the area as England's Golf Coast. It was a tremendous success in 1998 when it was last at Royal Birkdale and I am sure 2008 will be even better".

Other players to have won at Birkdale are Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson, Ian Baker-Finch and most recently, in 1998, Mark O’Meara who defeated Brian Watts of the United States in a four-hole play-off.

Royal Birkdale was founded in 1889 and eight years later, in 1897 moved to its present home at ‘Birkdale Hills’. Much of the present layout was modelled on a design by Hawtree & J H Taylor Ltd in the 1920s’ and to complement the course which threads its way through mighty sand dunes, the present-day clubhouse was constructed in 1935 on elevated ground behind the 18th green.

Previous Winners at Royal Birkdale:-

1954 - Peter Thomson 72, 71, 69, 71, 283
1961 - Arnold Palmer 70, 73, 69, 72, 284
1965 - Peter Thomson 74, 68, 72, 71, 285
1971 - Lee Trevino 69, 70, 69, 70, 278
1976 - Johnny Miller 72, 68, 73, 66, 279
1983 - Tom Watson 67, 68, 70, 70, 275
1991 - Ian Baker-Finch 71, 71, 64, 66, 272
1998 - Mark O’Meara 72, 68, 72, 68, 280

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