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Edition No. 201

Date:- 15 May 2005

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Letters to Editor:- "Rainbow House"

"I am writing from Rainbow House charity based in Eccleston, Chorley, centre for disabled children. 

Please can you let your readers know that, we are holding a 'Mind Body Soul Fair' at Mawdsleys Hotel, Hall Lane, Mawdesley, Nr Ormskirk L40 2QZ on Sunday 22nd May from 10am to 4pm.

We were wondering if it is at all possible to get something mentioned in your paper about the event, maybe in the whats on section or similar?

The service providers will consist of:-  Tarot readers, Clairvoyant, Aura Photographer, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, On-Site Acupressure Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Crystall Stall, And various other holistic therapies.

Costs:- £2 for Adults, £1 for Children (under 6 go free)

The event is being held in aid of the 'Pot of Gold' Appeal, to help us to build a new centre of excellence in 2006.

Many Thanks"
Charlotte Hay, Rainbow House, Project Officer

Letters to Editor:- "Ardèche cycling event"

"Dear Southport Reporter,  I am writing to ask your readers to consider entering L'Ardéchoise, France's biggest cycling event, to raise money for Diabetes UK. It takes place from 16 to 19 June 2005 in the beautiful Ardèche region of France.

L'Ardéchoise is a fantastic event, which has been running since 1992 with 15,000 participants annually. It combines a time trial for top athletes with easier routes for regular and fun cyclists, many in fancy dress raising money for charity. There are several routes to choose from which vary in length but all take place in stunning rural France.

Diabetes UK is delighted to be working with Cycle Rides Ltd of Bath who are organising our L'Ardéchoise activities. The entry price is £149 and special transport is available from London and Manchester if required at a cost of £225 and £285 respectively. Riders who raise £650 for Diabetes UK will have their entry cost refunded.

Riders who would like to support Diabetes UK should call free on 0800 389 3384 or visit

There are around 1.8 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes and this figure is increasing all the time. There are also an estimated million people in the UK who have the condition but do not know it. Diabetes is serious and can lead to complications such as heart and kidney disease, blindness, strokes and amputation.

Diabetes also affects around 20,000 children in the UK. These children can never have a 'day off' from their condition. They have to have daily insulin injections just to stay alive, before they can get on with the important business of 'living'.

Diabetes UK supports people with diabetes, their families, friends and carers. We organise children's holidays and family and adult support weekends. The Diabetes UK Careline 0845 120 2960 offers callers confidential information on all aspects of diabetes, and is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. We also fund research projects, which we hope will eventually lead to a cure."
Chief Executive

Life At University Set To Go On Show

THE Aimhigher roadshow visits Southport this week as part of a national campaign to highlight the benefits of a university education. The roadshow is now in its 4th year and recent research conducted on-board the trailers revealed a 43% positive shift in students' attitudes to higher education following the Aimhigher presentation.

It will be visiting the following schools whilst in Southport:-

Stanley High School, 16 May
Birkdale High School, 17 May

The roadshow takes place on board a state-of-the-art 27ft trailer and the futuristic setting is proving a popular alternative to the classroom for around 3,000 Year 9 pupils each week. Supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the roadshow encourages more young people from backgrounds with little or no family experience of higher education to go to university. 

Recent graduate and university expert, Rhona Moir, explains the popularity of the roadshow:- "The roadshow is about inspiring young people and sometimes you have to break from the norm to do that. The pupils watch a short film and get to use laptops that look at all the routes from GCSEs to university, whether it's A-levels or learn-as-you-work vocational courses like a BTEC or advanced GNVQ. The main thing is to get young people excited about higher education and to realise they can have a job doing something they love and that rewards them financially as well."

Mark Winters, Royal Bank of Scotland's Midland Regional Manager added:- "This is the fourth year we have supported the roadshow and every year the reaction from both..."  

 ...continued... "...students and teachers just gets better. It is great to be part of something that gets young people thinking about their future in a stimulating way."

The Aimhigher website is a great resource for students, parents, and teachers who didn't get to visit the roadshow in Southport. The website gives information on all aspects of Higher Education, discussing financial opportunities and clearing up common misconceptions about university.

Search is on in Liverpool for longest married couple

YES you read it correctly, Liverpool's older couples are being urged to come forward if they think they might have the longest lasting marriage in Great Britain.

Powergen Staywarm, the fixed price gas and electricity service designed exclusively for the over-60s, is promising a 'party to remember' for the couple and their family and friends, if they are found to be the couple who have been married the longest.

Local Staywarm advisor for Liverpool, Terry Caldecott, said:- "Powergen Staywarm marks its fifth anniversary this year and we've been privileged to meet many couples over those years, at our talks to over-60s groups, who are celebrating their 50th or 60th wedding anniversaries. We're looking for the longest lasting marriage in Great Britain and would like any married couple in Liverpool who thinks the title might be theirs to claim to contact us."

The world's oldest married couple, according to Guinness World Records, were Thomas and Elizabeth Morgan of Cwmbran, South Wales, who were married an incredible 81 years. Mrs Morgan died in 1891, aged 105 and Mr Morgan died two years later, aged 106. They had 17 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

Powergen is the only energy company to offer a fixed price energy service purely for the over-60s. Powergen Staywarm customers pay a regular fixed price based on the number of people who live in their home, the number of bedrooms it has and how much energy it is expected they will need. 

Powergen Staywarm is part of E.ON UK, which is part of the E.ON Group - the world's largest investor owned utility.

To nominate yourself or someone you know please call 0800 1 694 694.

 Labour MEPs betray British business

A leading business pressure group says Labour MEPs should 'hang their heads in shame' after they voted to scrap the UK's opt out of the Working Time Directive last week in the European Parliament. 

The Forum of Private Business, which represents 25,000 small to medium sized firms, said Labour MEPs had delivered a 'hammer blow' to British business and flown in the face of Government policy. 

The FPB's Chief Executive Nick Goulding said:- "Labour MEPs have sold British business down the drain,' he said. "They have rejected sensible and reasoned Government policy. The facts are clear. A deletion or amendment of the opt-out would critically harm the flexibility of Britain's labour market, crippling smaller firms. To remain competitive and provide jobs, products and services, Britain's opt-out must not be removed. In the real world, it is necessary for employees to put in long working weeks for peak periods of demand, large orders or deadlines.. This is not draconian or unreasonable, but pragmatic and practical."

FPB member Caroline Bond of Tradewinds (Gifts) Ltd Marylebome High Street, London said:- "This piece of legislation will deprive workers of the choice to increase their hours and income if they so chose, and will cause hardship and depravation for many, who rely on overtime to pay for their chosen lifestyle. It will also make running my business with qualified staff at peak trading times, such as Christmas and holidays, much more difficult as I will have to take on temporary staff to cover the longer hours necessary then. This is not an improvement in working rights nor a desirable social reform, but yet another infringement on our liberty and freedom of choice. To work as and when, and for as long we wish, should be a basic right and a challenge should be mounted on the grounds of infringement of our civil liberties and human rights."

FPB member Christine Hogg, a Director of Cams Fire and Security in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, said:- "The WTD is one of the worst pieces of legislation to hit our industry, which is reliant on operating 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year. It's a nightmare. If the opt-out was imposed, we would have to employ four new operatives at £25,000-a-year each. In addition, there would be enormous costs in training each new operative and buying uniforms, tools, laptops, mobile phones, company business cards and that's just for starters. Moreover, our staff, with families and mortgages, think it's ludicrous, as they will be unable to earn valuable overtime." 

FPB member Derek Hammond Hammond Land Rover Halesworth, Suffolk said:- "We run a breakdown and recovery business that operates all over the UK and, like a lot of people, we have been watching this legislation getting closer and closer. There is no way that I will be able to operate this business if we are strangled by yet more red tape. This is a serious issue and simply cannot be allowed to happen. If the rest of Europe wants to operate this, let them get on with it, leave us alone. It appears that the French 35-hour week is backfiring on them as well!"

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