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Edition No. 160

Date:- 24 July 2004

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Safety is the key for Kirkby B&M

A WELL KNOWN discount retailer is continuing to improve their quality of staff and the qualifications they hold by training employees in nationally recognised qualification in occupational safety.

Cath Kelly, who is 44, has worked for B&M Retail Ltd for five years as the group's health and safety manager, and having worked in the retail industry for 28 years, Cath has plenty of experience when dealing with issues relating to health and safety. 

As part of a team servicing 20 stores, including an outlet based in Kirkby, B&M rely on their staff to continually keep standards in all stores and are keen to encourage staff to keep up to date with current qualifications and training.

The NEBOSH general certificate has been designed to provide an appropriate breadth of underpinning knowledge for non-specials in occupational safety and health to enable them to discharge more effectively their organisational duties or functions with respect to work place health and safety. 

Painting of the month

ON Friday 30 July at 12:30, Jo Jones will give a talk about 'Going home through the park in the twilight' by Helen Bradley

Jokes wanted

EACH WEEK we want a joke from you readers.  The best one that week will be picked and run on the site. We want to show the world what type of humor makes Merseyside what it is...  From Liverpool to Southport and Formby in-between.   Email us your jokes to Thanks.



PUPILS at a Liverpool school are undergoing a dramatic transformation - thanks to their involvement in Capital of Culture projects.

Campion High school, in Everton, North Liverpool, has seen class attendances rise by more than 10 per cent and it's GCSE A-C pass rate more than double in three years after a drive to promote drama in the classroom.

The drive began in 2001 to support the city's Capital of Culture bid and has been such a success that pupils are on the brink of visiting Broadway and seeing their new film; 'Hear I Am', showcased in the 2004 Liverpool Biennial.

And on the eve of its premiere earlier this week, the all boys school, which is situated in one of the poorest wards in the UK, has announced it is to provide it's first A-level course in the school's history, at the request of the drama class.

Donna Jones, Drama Teacher at Campion, said:- ''I never dared think they would be appearing at the Biennial, having workshops on Broadway or turning round to me and asking can they go on and do it at A-level! The fact it will be a night class just shows you how committed they are. The whole process has been something of a fairytale."

The film, Hear I Am, is funded by Liverpool city council's Creative Communities programme and the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund to celebrate the city's second Capital of Culture themed year Faith In One City. It is the second major project by the school to support capital of culture after it produced a play during the culture bid called ''Driving Ambition'', which focused on road safety.

'Hear I Am' was created and performed by 20 pupils in partnership with Liverpool film company Base Chorus Productions. The 20 minute film, which also features music and poetry by the pupils, focuses on hopes for the future of North Liverpool and uses an imaginary everyman figure to explore regeneration in their community.

Such has been the interest generated in drama, the Year 10 pupils have been invited to visit New York and participate in a workshop with a Broadway actor. They are also going to Disney Land Paris to take part in workshops with the actors from the parade and gain experience of theatrical arts in industry.

Log On Today!  Hear the local bands, pop, rock, classical, jazz and more... also going out soon will be phone ins and other talk events that will keep you entertained.