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Edition No. 211

Date:- 24  July 2005

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Terrorist incidents in London
Report and pictures issued by Merseyside Police.

FOLLOWING the terrorist attacks in London on Thursday 21 July 2005. The Metropolitan Police Service has released the images of four suspects that they wish to trace urgently. The message to the public is not to approach these individuals but to inform the Police immediately. 

Anyone with information about the current whereabouts of these individuals are asked to call 999 for an urgent Police response. Anyone wishing to give details as to the identity of these individuals or about their previous movements should contact the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

Ken Dodd to open new gallery and exhibition:- 'How to Build a Boat'

LIVERPOOL born comic legend Ken Dodd will open a brand new gallery and interactive exhibition, 'How to Build a Boat', at The Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port on Tuesday 26 July at 11am. Andrew Miller, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, will also be speaking at the launch.

The new exhibition, gallery and other facilities, opening to the public for the first time on 26 July, are part of an ambitious £1.6million programme to revitalise the museum. The exhibition, 'How to Build a Boat', explores the building of narrowboats that worked on canals in their heyday, looking back to earlier boats, such as the 2000-year-old log boat and the coracle.

'How to Build a Boat' is housed in a new gallery on the ground floor of the Island Warehouse. Dating back to 1871, the Island Warehouse is the largest building on the seven-acre site and has been refurbished so that it can be utilised fully, doubling the exhibition space. A new roof protects the Grade II listed building and a new pontoon bridge takes visitors past the historic boats to the main exhibition area. A new lift has been installed to provide easy access between the 2 floors.

'How to Build a Boat', has an emphasis on sound, computer-based exhibits and interactive displays. Visitors will be able to examine the construction of early boats such as a coracle and a 2000-year old log boat and other boat shapes through the heyday of the canals in the 1800s up to the present day. Materials, tools, fastenings, painting and fitting out of boats will all be displayed.

An important part of the scheme is to enhance the interpretation of the site and collections so that the history of the canals can be brought to life in a stimulating and lively way for everyone - families, school parties, waterway enthusiasts and the general public.

The Boat Museum, situated in the 200-year-old historic dock complex on the south bank of the River Mersey, close to the Port of Liverpool, has the largest collection of historic inland waterway craft in Britain including narrowboats, canal barges, river barges, canal and river tugs, icebreakers and a coaster. It is one of the three leading waterway museums managed by the charity The Waterways Trust.

Funding for the £1.6 million refurbishment has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which provided a grant of £901,000, and has also been part financed through the European Commission's European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which is funding supported through Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council's Economic Development Zone, providing £342,654. Other funding partners include local Landfill Operator, Waste Recycling Group Ltd., which has awarded landfill tax monies of £45,000 for the project with an additional £22,275 for the pontoon bridge works, both grants administered by WREN.

THE CITY IN MINIATURE

TEENAGERS from Liverpool are displaying their designs for ideal public spaces within the city. The architects and town planners of the future have taken part in a summer of activity, supported by the Liverpool Culture Company and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). After seeing behind the scenes at the Paradise Street development and exploring the city to see regeneration in action, they have taken time to make models of what they want to see in open spaces.

Sarah Vasey from the Liverpool Culture Company organised the project alongside various agencies. Sarah said:- "Bringing together all these partners means that everyone has contributed something, most of all the young people with their imagination and enthusiasm. The exhibition is the culmination of a lot of hard work and is open for all to see."

Models are in the Liverpool Observatory at number one Old Haymarket until mid August, which is open to the public, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Council leader Mike Storey said:- "It's great to see young people's perspective and vision on town planning. We will bear their ideas in mind in future!"

The whole project has run since March and has involved school workshops, site visits, the RIBA Architruck driving to schools encouraging youngsters to consider architecture as a career, and now the exhibition of design work.

Design and Technology teacher at Broughton Hall school, Kevin Lynn, said:- "Pupils were so enthusiastic about making the models, they were given a 'plot' of land and asked to landscape it as they would want it to be developed." 

Partners in the project included CABE, RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), Grosvenor developers, CITB Construction Skills, RENEW North West, Centre for Regeneration Excellence (RCE), Compact, Liverpool Vision, the Arts Council and Liverpool City Council's local education authority. 

FUNDING A BIG STEP FORWARD FOR HEALTH

BIG steps are being taken to improve the health of the male population in north Liverpool, thanks to a cash injection from a leading bank. A £750 grant has been awarded to The Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council from Alliance & Leicester, to encourage men of all ages in the area to put their best foot forward and take part in weekly walks designed to make them healthier.

There is, however, more to this new initiative than a walk in the park for the men of Breckfield and North Everton. As well as encouraging exercise, the weekly walks across Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales will promote weight loss and create a support network for those affected by depression, anxiety and stress.

“Men are generally reluctant to visit their GP to discuss important health issues and the men in north Liverpool are no exception.

The walks will also give participants the confidence to discuss medical conditions including diabetes, prostate and testicular cancer and mental health issues. If they need it, we¹ll see to it that they can access the help and support that will make a significant difference to their lives.  

Without the support from Alliance & Leicester, this project would not be able to deliver much-needed help to men in this area.” explained Bob Blanchard, chair and founder of the Breckfield Health Inclusion for Men project. 

Bill Sutton, Managing Director of Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank said:- “We are committed to making a contribution to our local community and are delighted to have been able to support the Breckfield Health Inclusion for Men project, which highlights the importance of regular exercise.”

The grant from the Alliance & Leicester Fund, one of many funds managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, will be used towards the costs of travel and outdoor equipment.

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