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Edition No. 193

Date:- 27 March 2005

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THIS year’s annual Southport Flower Show will be themed around the World of Travel and will be staged from August 18th until August 21st 2005 at Victoria Park adjacent to the resort’s promenade.

The Show, originally staged in 1924, is now well established as one of the most spectacular and inspirational events not just in the horticultural calendar, but it is also a favourite for those people who are interested in the latest ideas and designs for homes, gardens and lifestyle. 

As the UK’s largest independent flower show, it is unpretentious and easily accessible, so whether it’s city gardens or window boxes, landscaping and design or cookery and crafts, there is something for everyone at Southport Flower Show. Set in 34 acres of parkland, this year guests can enjoy shopping with a world of travel theme for gardening gadgets, furniture and sculptures, and inspirational gifts in the undercover Rural Crafts Pavilion. For the gourmet diner, there are two indoor food halls promoting the very best local and international produce with cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs.

Southport Flower Show is the perfect day out for those who enjoy good living and ideas on home improvement. Enjoy a glass of wine with lunch in the restaurant, or light snacks from a variety of food outlets and rub shoulders with a host of celebrity guests over the four day show. Opening times are 9am until 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Sunday the Show is open from 10am until 5pm. 

Normal adult admission is £12 per person in advance and £15 on the day. Senior citizens admission is £11 per person in advance and £14 on the day. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by a full paying adult. The Patrons Badge offers great value for money at £25 for seniors and £27 for adults, which includes admission to the Show for all four days as well as access to a special patrons marquee with its own catering and private guest facilities to avoid queuing on the Show grounds. 

To book tickets telephone:- 0870 44 44 226 or log on to:- (£1.50 transaction fee applies for bookings online). 

Group rates are also available. 

For more information on Southport Flower Show visit the official web site on:-


EDGE Hill welcomed around 80 young people from across the Merseyside region to the Ormskirk Campus last Saturday to take part in the launch of Transitions- an Aimhigher project to help Year 11 students prepare for higher education.

Youngsters from Liverpool, St Helens, Wirral, Sefton and Halton gathered in the spring sunshine taking part in team building activities, as well as a speed dating style session to break the ice. Motivational speaker Kevin Mincher encouraged the youngsters to set goals for the future and develop a positive outlook on choices after leaving school. And Edge Hill student advocates met the year 11’s to answer questions about university life.

Sue Burke is Transitions Project Officer based at Edge Hill:- “The launch event was a huge success and feedback from those who attended is really positive,” said Sue. “Students got to know each other to prepare for further sessions, and spent time considering their choices for the future. I’m sure that the day helped to raise aspirations, with many young people gaining confidence in their ability to achieve success through further and higher education.”

The Transitions project aims to improve study skills for young people to prepare them for college and university. A residential visit to Edge Hill is set for the summer when youngsters will spend two days and nights on campus to try a taste of university life. Study skills sessions at City Learning centres are also planned for April, as well as a visit to the Rock and River outdoor pursuits centre in Liverpool.

Late Bloomer Charlie takes world tour to Warrington

CHARLIE Landsborough may have been a late entrant onto the country music scene, but with 10 impressive albums behind him, he is also one of the its most prolific.

In his forties, skint and disenchanted, Birkenhead-born Charlie was all, but ready to jack in his lifelong pursuit of musical recognition. But then one song would, without warning, change the course of his life forever. 'What Colour is the Wind?' was the surprise chart topper of the 90s that brought Charlie fortune fame and that long-sought acclaim from his peers.

Charlie's meteoric ascension to stardom began in Northern Ireland, when local DJ Gerry Anderson played the track on radio. By chance, Irish chat show host Pat Kenny, heard it, loved it and invited Charlie to perform on his show. The channel's switchboard was deluged with its largest ever volume of viewer's calls and within a week What Colour is the Wind shot to number 1 in the Irish album charts, knocking Garth Brooks off the top spot and fighting off fierce competition from both Celine Dion and The Chieftans. 

Ireland ensconced, a wide-eyed Charlie now turned his sights to the UK. Blitzing all major TV and radio stations, he soon whipped up a media maelstrom to become one of the fastest selling country music singers of all time.

10 albums, 700,000 record sales and a further 2 number 1s later, Charlie is still drawing massive crowds as he hops from hemisphere to hemisphere, touring the globe. 

Looking back with a wry smile Charlie puts his success down to 3 things; faith, time - and a whole lot more time.

Charlie comes to Parr Hall on 3 April. To book your ticket, please call the Box Office on 01925 442345.

Tickets:- £16/14    Doors:- 7.30pm

JOBS.... New TV services pave the way for jobs in Knowsley

TELEWEST Broadband has relocated to larger, purpose-built offices in Knowsley and is searching for local people to join its expanding sales team. 

The cable company is launching a raft of exciting new services this year, including TV-on-demand and a personal video recorder and is currently looking for motivated Broadband Consultants to work from its new site at Deacons Park.

A sales background is not essential as a comprehensive induction programme will be given and each candidate will be offered continual on-the-job support from a field sales manager. Applicants should be sociable and outgoing and able to demonstrate a competitive instinct.

Peter Savage, director of sales at Telewest Broadband, said:- “We’re committed to investing in our staff as well as our customers. There is a wealth of local talent in Knowsley and the surrounding areas and we are looking forward to welcoming new people into our business. The position is challenging but the rewards can be substantial. We offer a very competitive salary, generous bonuses, a company car and free private health insurance.”

People wanting more information can ring 0151 2908010 or send their CV directly to:-

A.J. Mew, Deacon Park, Knowsley Industrial Estate, Moorgate Road, Knowsley, L33 7RX.

Special Announcement in next weeks issue!

ADVANCE NOTICE see next weeks issue for an important announcement.  You will be able to see it also in the Champion Newspaper.

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