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Edition No. 190

Date:- 6 March 2005

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Last date to register for possible election

IF A General Election takes place in early May this year, the last date to register to vote in the election is Friday 11 March.

If you have recently moved and not told the Council then you should complete a voter registration form, which can be sent to you or can be downloaded from the Council
Click Here or Electoral Commission websites at:- www.electoralcommission.gov.uk

If people want to check whether their name is included on the register, they can call the Council's elections office on 01925 442184.

Anyone who thinks they may be unable to get to a polling station for the possible election, and have not already done so, can apply for a postal or proxy vote. Contact the Council on 01925 442184 for a form or it can be downloaded from the Internet.

Alternatively, members of the public can contact the elections office by email:- elections@warrington.gov.uk 

BT COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS HELPS BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN THE NORTH WEST OF ENGLAND

800 community groups across the UK have benefited from receiving internet-ready PCs through the second round of the BT Community Connections award scheme. A total of 53 awards have been awarded to groups ranging from elderly services to neighbourhood voluntary groups across the North West of England.

The scheme awards a NEC internet-ready PC and Microsoftâ software package worth more than £1,300 to voluntary and community organisations to provide Internet access for the benefit of their local communities. Since BT Community Connections started in 2000 BT has shown its support for the charity sector by awarding more than 4,600 internet-ready PCs to groups throughout the UK.

Brian Crouch, BT's regional director for the North West said:- "A recent BT report predicted that by 2025, unless action is taken, 40 per cent of people in the UK still won't have internet access at home and are therefore at risk of missing out on access to many essential services which are increasingly moving online, such as education and medical information[1]. The BT Community Connections scheme aims to tackle this issue in the North West by awarding internet-ready PCs to community and voluntary groups for use by their wider communities, directly addressing the lack of internet access among specific groups."

Local winner Munsif Dad, from Scaitcliffe Community Centre in Accrington said:- "Receiving an internet-ready PC through BT Community Connections will make our ongoing work in promoting health, education and the economic/social development of the community more efficient and effective. Internet access is vital for our group to research funding opportunities, keep up to date on governmental programmes and communicate with local networks, therefore helping to keep the residents of Scaitcliffe well informed. We are thrilled to have received this award from BT."

Microsoft supports BT Community Connections through its Unlimited Potential programme, which aims to help local groups and communities across the world gain access to IT and IT skills training. Alison Boswell, community affairs manager at Microsoft commented:- "43% of adults in the North West have either never accessed the internet or have not used it for at least 3 months[2]. We hope that the new technology at Scaitcliffe Community Centre will help tackle the issue of digital inclusion by bringing the benefits of IT to its users."

LOCAL CAMPAIGNER IS SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARD

A LOCAL man from Maghull, Merseyside has just learnt that he has been shortlisted for the 'Campaigner of the Year Award' in the Help the Aged Living Legend Awards and is due to attend a showbiz awards lunch on Wednesday 30 March.

The Living Legends Award, in association with BT, follows a national search by Help the Aged for outstanding individuals who have successfully campaigned to improve the lives of older people. Finalist Jim Woodward was nominated by Francine Kerr.

Some people know Jim Woodward as a skater and ice dance champion. Others know him as an inspired fundraiser - who in order to raise money for progressive supra-nuclear palsy, the illness from which his wife of 50 years died, founded an ice dance formation team. Jim is also a highly effective campaigner for older people's rights, active within the Association of Retired Persons over 50 and Liverpool Senior Citizens' Forum. He has founded a Friendship Centre, shamed Liverpool Council into repairing a long-out-of-action station escalator, secured a weekly slot on Radio Merseyside highlighting senior citizens' achievements, and, perhaps best of all, forced Gordon Brown to change the ruling that pensioners who are in hospital for more than six weeks must forfeit part of their pension. 

Later this year, aged 78 and despite now having two artificial knees, Jim will be taking part in an international ice dance competition in Bordeaux.

Undoubtedly he has contributed well and beyond all reasonable expectations and deserves to be short listed for the 'Campaigner of the Year Award'. Jim will attend a glittering awards lunch on Wednesday 30th March at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Celebrities who will be attending the event include, June Whitfield, Penny Smith and Cilla Black.

Lucy Burton, Living Legends Awards organiser said:- "Help the Aged is delighted that Jim is coming to the awards, his story only goes to show that he has spent so many years making a real difference to the lives of people who suffer from progressive supra-nuclear palsy and now is the time for Merseyside and the UK to celebrate his remarkable fundraising work and say thank you."

Living Legends is supported by Yours magazine, media partner for the award. 

Fresh spring look for Roy Castle Foundation shops

YES, it's that time of year yet again! The Roy Castle Foundation shops invite you to come and take a look at their new spring and summer ranges. We are 'spring cleaning' and re-stocking our shop floor with the best and brightest ranges we have!

We will be closed on Monday, March 7 to prepare our new and exciting donated stock for your pleasure and we will re-open on Tuesday, March 8 at 9am.

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation shops help to raise money to fund the only research centre wholly dedicated to lung cancer research in the World.

Pat Tisdale, Head of Retail for the Foundation said:- "Our ranges of fresh spring and summer stock are of excellent quality and great value for money and together with our small range of new giftware we hope our customers find shopping with us a pleasurable and rewarding experience that will make them come back time and time again - and while you are paying us a visit why not bring along any unwanted items from your own wardrobe - we are always in need of good quality clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery and bric a brac."

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation has shops at the following locations:-

106 Allerton Road, Liverpool
34 Church Street, Frodsham
20 Westway, Maghull
29 Chapel Lane, Formby
48 High Street, Cheadle
11 Moor Lane, Crosby.

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