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Edition No. 202

Date:- 22 May 2005

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Warning on Licences

LICENSEES in Liverpool are being urged to apply for new licences as quickly as possible or run the risk of their premises being closed. Under the Licensing Act 2003 the responsibility for the licensing of the sale or supply of alcohol moved from the courts to the local authority and licensees have to apply for new licenses.

So far, 45 out of the 1600 licensed premises and registered clubs in the city have only made applications, with only 69 applications having been made for personal licences. This reflects the national situation with virtually all councils receiving few applications 

As Licensing Authority the Council has notified existing licensees of the change in the licensing laws but a considerable number of operators have still not applied for application forms, or having been sent the forms, have not yet submitted them. The new act applies to any premise licensed to sell or supply alcohol whether it is a pub, bar,club, restaurant or theatre.

Councillor Malcolm Kelly, Chair of the Licensing Committee said:- "The process started on 7 February 2005 with a six-month transitional period when existing operators of licensed premises must apply to convert -and in some cases to vary- their existing justices licences to premises licences. During this period applications must also be made for personal licences. The Government expects to fully implement the new Licensing Act in November 2005"

The transitional period will end on 6 August. Anyone not making an application before this date will lose their rights, which allow operators to keep exactly what their licenses grant them now.

Councillor Kelly added:- "The consequences of missing this deadline will be that those operators will have to make application for the grant of new premises and personal licences, both of which are more complicated and expensive processes. In some instances, those operators who leave their applications so late will find they will not be able to trade in November 2005."

Those licensees who miss out on the transitional arrangements will have to advertise their applications in a newspaper for a premises licence or will have to obtain a criminal conviction certificate in the case of a personal licence application. 


ARCHWAY, the charity shop in Barrow, has presented The North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) with a cheque for £1,500. The shop, which is known locally as "Mary's Shop", sells everything from clothes through to bric-a-brac and raised this staggering amount of money over the past few months.

Mary Perez of Archway UK said:- "We have made a few trips over to Romania to financially support the street children and orphanages, but this time we decided to give something back to the local community. The North West Air Ambulance is a registered charity and provides such a vital service in Cumbria that we felt they deserved our support."

Lynda Brislin, charity chief executive of the North West Air Ambulance said:- "Thank you so much to Archway and the community of Barrow in supporting the North West Air Ambulance. This cheque will go a long way to keeping us in the air - an hour's flying time costs us about £1,000 but because we are only ever 10 minutes away from any hospital, Archway's donation will cover at least 7 life saving incidents."

The NWAA, the region's only medical air emergency service, covers Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria and Greater Manchester and costs just under £1 million pounds a year to maintain. The NWAA is a registered charity and receives no mainstream funding for its region of 5,500 square miles and a residential population of 7 million people. The NWAA responds to all major motorway incidents, all serious accidents including horse riding, rugby and motor cycling, serious road accidents and incidents in areas that have poor and restricted road access including golf courses, fells, woods or beaches. On average the NWAA is called out four times a day, rising up to ten in the summer.


Harry Kewell & Ian Rush "The Other Side of Football" 

Footballer Harry Kewell hotel bedroom...

Photograph above was taken by Harry Kewell.

LIVERPOOL footballer Harry Kewell and ex- Liverpool legend Ian Rush, have joined forces with leader in imaging technology, Canon, to kick off a new photographic exhibition and commemorative book in aid of the Red Cross. 'The Other Side of Football' is a truly unique collection of images taken by over 100 of Europe's greatest footballers, referees, sports commentators and pundits. This highly personal photographic collection includes contributions from players including Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney, and offers a rare insight into the private world of the modern footballing celebrity. 

The football stars were given a Canon digital IXUS 40 camera and asked to capture an image that represented their relationship with football; what they love about the game, what inspires them, what motivates them. The result of all the footballers' contributions is a photographic collection that is strikingly diverse, frequently touching and unfailingly fascinating. It delivers true insight into what drives and inspires players, their lifestyle, faith, training regimes, and interests beyond the 'beautiful game'. 

For those keen to see a side of elite European football that typically remains hidden from both the public and the media, a limited-edition, commemorative coffee-table book will also go on sale from today on The exhibition of the images will launch in London outside the London eye on 25 May with exhibitions and fundraising events also taking place in 8 European cities throughout May and June.

All monies raised from the project will support Red Cross volunteers across Europe as they provide unconditional care for people in crisis in their local communities. In the UK funds raised will support work such as community first aid work and a project using football to help develop the social and communication skills of young men in Wales.

James Leipnik, Chief of Communication and Corporate Relations at Canon Europe said:- "Canon conceived 'The Other Side of Football' as a way of celebrating its long and proud association with leading European football and as a means of supporting the vital work the Red Cross does at a community Level throughout Europe," 

Mark Astarita, Director of Fundraising at the British, Red Cross, added:- "Canon and Red Cross have a number of natural synergies - the inspirational work that the Red Cross does for communities in need across Europe fits naturally with Canon's 'kyosei' philosophy of living and working together for the common good. With both Canon and the Red Cross linked to the UEFA Champions League - as official supplier and official charity partner respectively - this project just seemed like the perfect way to continue to raise money for our work. Needless to say, We're delighted with the generous contributions made by all of the participants - the final collection is something genuine truly original and is sure to capture the public's imagination."

An interactive online gallery featuring a selection of images can be found at:- This site also contains additional information about the project, participants, how to buy the book and how to receive a free copy of an image, using Canon's innovative 'Your Print' function. 'Your Print' allows anyone to choose their favourite image from 'The Other Side of Football' exhibition, have it printed on a Canon printer of their choice and posted to them free of charge. For every print sent out, Canon will donate €1 to support participating National Red Cross societies. 

Photograph taken by Ian Rush... The team talk...

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