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Edition No. 179

Date:- 11 December 2004

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FAME, SEARCH FOR A STAR Do you have star quality?

FOR the third year running, Pleasureland's 'Fame-Search For A Star' competition is inviting people from all over the Merseyside region to enter. Last year there were 120 hopefuls for the competition all of whom were excellent performers in their own rights.

Every Thursday from the 13 January to 17 February there will be heats, with the semi-finals on the 24 February, and the 10 and 17 March. The Grand final will be held on the 7 April.

Entry to the contest is absolutely free and there is a fantastic prize package for the winner including:-

1 £750 cash - provided by main sponsor and organiser Pleasureland Amusement Park.

2 The chance to cut a demo - provided by Parr Street Studios, Liverpool. Recent artists using the studio include Atomic Kitten, N-Trance, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Coldplay.

3 The opportunity to perform an opening set for a named act in front of up to 1,000 people at Southport Theatre and Floral Hall in May or June 2005 - provided by Clear Channel Entertainment (managers of 25 entertainment venues across the UK).

4 A pair of surprise concert tickets for a headline act provided by EMAP Radio.

The winner last year was Kim Clarke who opened for Voulez Vous at the Southport Theatre. Runner up Megan Cherelle Ramsay should be familiar from her success in the X Factor on TV.

Pleasureland's marketing manager Steve Christian outlined the competition:- "There's a great prize for the winner, but the competition is really about singer's getting up on stage and doing hat they love. There's no feedback from judges and we encourage the contestants to bring as many family and friends to support them as it helps create a friendly atmosphere that brings out the best in the performers."

The competition is open to solo vocalists between the ages of 16 & 30 and full details of the competition and how to enter can be obtained by phoning 01704 532717, Monday to Friday between 9.00am & 5.00pm. if your outside the age range don't despair as Pleasureland runs a junior version of the competition in November, and following many requests there are also plans for a 30+ competition.

Pupils negotiate their way to a £600 grant!

EFFORTS to improve the communication and negotiating skills of children at Daleacre Primary School, Netherton, have paid real dividends!

The Pupil Council decided to do something to improve play facilities for their younger colleagues in the nursery, and set about preparing a successful application for a £600 grant from the Community Foundation for Merseyside.

The Pupil Council spent time with the 24 nursery pupils, aged 3 to 4 years old, to find out what improvements they wanted. After further discussions with teachers and governors, they prepared and costed plans for improvements, completed the grant application and sent off the paperwork to Community Foundation Grants Officer, Joan Ford. "We were delighted to receive such a well thought-out bid from these children.  They put forward some very persuasive arguments and had obviously put in a great deal of effort to do something worthwhile for the younger members of their school. They deserved the grant."

The funds have been used towards the costs of installing a new, improved, attractive surface, a set of stepping-stones and a balance beam to enhance the play area. 

Commenting on the bid, Headteacher Vicky Adams said:- "The School Council has successfully worked on other projects in the school. Children have very clear views on how to approach tasks and solve problems and that has helped them to achieve these excellent outcomes."

The grant has been awarded from the Children's Voices Fund which is currently appealing for more grant applications from community groups who are looking at innovative ways of involving and empowering children within their local community. Grants of up to £6,000 are currently available.

The Community Foundation is particularly keen on receiving applications from organisations working with children aged 4-13 with a disability, traveler children, those affected by domestic violence, young carers, and children from black and other ethnic minority groups.

For further information on the Children's Voices Fund and other grant opportunities currently available, contact the Community Foundation for Merseyside. Tel:- 0151 966 4604.

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