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Edition No. 158

Date:- 03 July 2004

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SOUTHPORT'S Pleasureland Theme Park has come up with an extra special treat for Southport’s Primary school children, a day out, completely free! The latest attraction is the Lost Dinosaurs of the Sahara, a £1/2 million refit of the much-loved River Caves ride which has been transformed into a prehistoric land where giant reptiles roam. The park management had considered offering a free ride on the new attraction, however the decision was taken to offer a free wristband so that kids could enjoy a full day out instead. 

The free wristbands will come in the form of vouchers which will be supplied to children by their schools. The vouchers can then be exchanged for a wristband on either of two days, Friday 23 or Monday 26 July 2004. Pleasureland’s Marketing Manager Stephen Christian explained:- “We’d like as many people as possible to see not only the new Lost Dinosaurs attraction, but also the many other improvements that have taken place at Pleasureland. Everyone will have broken up on the dates chosen so we hope all the children will be able to take advantage of our offer.”


ATTENTION!   Entrants from all walks of life, from teachers to dental nurses – and even the Chief Executive of Sefton Council – have signed up for next week’s 5km (3.1 mile) Sefton Corporate Cup.

And the good news is, if you would like to join them – it’s not to late! The closing date for applications has now been moved forward to Monday July 12.

So, whether you are a seasoned runner or a novice, why not obtain your application form and take part in this popular event, which will be held in the evening of Wednesday July 14 in Victoria Park, Southport.

The Sefton Corporate Cup is funded by South Sefton PCT and Southport and Formby PCT and this year’s charity beneficiary is the British Heart Foundation.

Teams of 4 should have at least 1 female member and the minimum age for participation is 16. The cost of entry is £28 per team.

Among the organisations already supporting the event are Sefton MBC, with an impressive 96 members of staff taking part – and Fazakerley high School, Liverpool, which is fielding 28 teachers and support staff1

Entry on the day will not be possible, so contact us NOW if you would like to take part! 

Entry forms are available from Healthstart at Century Building, 8 Tower Street, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4BJ. Or email More information about this or the next run in the corporate Cup series (Liverpool on September 12) is available from Lisa Parnell on 0151 707 2566.

Respect – Protect – Enjoy

A NEW Countryside Code to update the original 1950s’ country code and help prepare everyone for the gradual introduction of the public’s new right of access to the countryside is launched today (Monday 12 July) by the Countryside agency in the North West.

Aardman, the Academy-award winning animation company has created new ‘Creature Comforts characters to help the Countryside Code reach the widest-possible audience. Animated public service broadcasts, featuring the new characters in coastal, farmland and moorland scenes, will be screened on TV channels across England and Wales, and at selected cinemas and outdoor venues from today. Educational materials, specially developed for teachers and youth leaders, will be available from January 2005.

• For the first time the Countryside Code includes a special section for land managers
• The full Code text is available in leaflet form or online at

Colin Maddison, Regional Director of the Countryside agency said:- “Although we have all grown up with the Code, it’s important that we revisit and update it to make sure that it is relevant today. We want to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy our countryside whilst giving them confidence in their new rights and responsibilities and respect for those who depend on it through the key themes – respect, protect, enjoy. With 194 million day visits to the North West’s countryside last year (the second highest figure among English regions) and right of access to open country coming to parts of the region in September, we’re particularly keen to communicate these key messages of responsible use of the countryside to as wide an audience as possible.”

To help people plan what to do and where to go in the countryside, a new website is also launched today. not only has advice on the new public right of access to open country and registered common land, but also provides details of national trails, national parks, rights of way and links to many related organisations.


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