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Edition No. 219

Date:- 18 September 2005

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AN innovative project recording the memoirs of deaf people who lived during WWII and an extensive educational program including a stage production and exhibition will prove enduring reminders of the efforts of those who served on the home front in the North West during WWII. Both initiatives will be funded through the £22.3 million Home Front Recall program that is making its final awards in the region today.

The scheme, a joint initiative of the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, supports activities commemorating the efforts of those on the home front during the war, including fire fighters, auxiliary services, nurses, Bevin Boys and dock workers. Today's awards bring the total number of projects funded in the North West to 358, with £1,801,288 in Lottery grants now distributed to groups across the region. The Home Front Recall scheme is now closed for applications, however funded events and projects will continue until the end of the year.

The British Deaf Association will use an award of £19,000 to produce a record of wartime experiences of deaf people in the North of England. Using British Sign Language (BSL), the first and preferred language of 70,000 deaf people and their families in the UK, the memoirs will be recorded on video.

British Deaf Association, Director for the North, Emma Coleman said:- "Deaf people who have recollections of living during the war will be invited to attend the video diary sessions where using BSL their memories will be recorded for use in an exhibition of Deaf wartime experiences. The video diaries will then be used to create edited videos and/or DVDs in sign language for use in future research and by future generations.

Our project will be based on innovative work conducted in Derbyshire last year. We wanted to duplicate it here in the North West of England. It's so important this history is preserved."

A £20,000 Home Front Recall grant will fund an exciting educational project at New Heys Community School in south Liverpool. Students from New Heys and partner Primary and Secondary schools in Garston will learn all about WWII history and the efforts of those who worked on the Home Front in their local area. The project will include a wide range of activities including a visual exhibition, the students and community will research and collate, and a stage production. They will also help plan and host a VE-style 'street party' for the community.

Headteacher, Ann Stahler said:- "We are very excited about the project and our students and the wider community will benefit from this grant. It's a win-win situation. We have the opportunity to record and preserve our unique local war history and in the process our students can learn from the past, grow from their interaction with the elderly and better relate to their local environment. The project will also leave a very valuable legacy for future generations.

This is about our older residents passing on memories of what it was like to live in the area during the war to the next generation. It's of utmost importance that we learn about this history before its lost forever and make certain the project creates valuable resources to create a permanent archive for the Garston community.”

“It's encouraging to think that the millions of pounds the Big Lottery Fund has invested in the Home Front Recall scheme has not only provided some amazing one-off events but has also funded lasting exhibitions and historical projects. This important war history can now be saved for posterity and a new generation will have an appreciation of the local history of their area and of course the sacrifices so many made during the war."
said Big Lottery Fund Head of North West Michelle McNamee.

"The debt we owe to those who participated in the Second World War effort is immense and one that must never be forgotten. Supporting this tremendous programme is a great use of Heritage Lottery Fund cash, particularly as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. It will preserve and honour the memories and bravery of countless men and women from the North West ensuring that their sacrifice is remembered by future generations."
Added Tony Jones, Heritage Lottery Fund Regional Manager for the North West.


THE recipe designed by a local gentleman from Crosby has been selected from hundreds of entrants to make it through to the regional finals of a nationwide competition by Brewers Fayre to find a new regional dish to appear on a future Brewers Fayre menu.

Reginald (Reg) Gray, 54, from Crosby, is one of 3 regional finalists representing the North West in Brewers Fayre’s Design a Dish competition. His entered recipe of Sage and Onion Crispy Cod Bake is a dish that Reg happened upon by chance and has since become a firm favourite. Reg decided to enter the competition when he visited the Pheasant Inn Brewers Fayre restaurant, on Moss Lane in Hightown, with his friend and saw that the pub restaurant group was searching for a new regional dish, as part of their campaign to rediscover some of the best British pub dishes. Brewers Fayre had appealed for people from across the UK to design a dish that best represented our British culinary heritage and send in examples of their families favourites, recipes handed down from generation to generation or perhaps even a long lost local recipe that they felt was worthy of being revived, in the hope it will become the next British classic.

Reg comments:- “I was so surprised when I received a call to say I was through to the regional finals, as I never dreamt my recipe would be in with a chance of winning. I came across the dish purely by chance as I had some home-made stuffing left over from a chicken dish. The next evening I was having cod for dinner and decided to use the stuffing with it, which tasted great! It’s been great to get this far in the Design a Dish competition and I’ve got my fingers crossed I make it to the national final.”

Gordon Wright, Brewers Fayre’s Food Marketing Manager, says:- “The response to our Design a Dish competition has been fantastic, with dishes entered from people of all ages and ranging from the traditional to the strange! Everyone made such an effort with their entries, many including photos of their dishes with their recipe suggestions, details of the great stories behind them and even menu designs. Brewers Fayre is proud to serve Britain’s best loved pub dishes and champion the best of British regional dishes and cooking styles, keeping traditions alive with the revival of British classics.”

Reg will be informed within in the next few weeks if his dish has been chosen as the regional winner. If chosen, Reg will win £250 and go on to represent the North West at the national final, to be held at Brewers Fayre’s development kitchens at the end of September. Qualified chefs will reproduce the seven winning regional dishes, from Scotland, Wales, North West, North East, South West, South East and the Midlands and the overall winner will be chosen by national food journalists, Brewers Fayre’s Food Marketing Manager Gordon Wright and Brewers Fayre’s Development Chef Simon Blunt. The national Design a Dish winner will be awarded £1,000 and see their dish developed to appear on a future Brewers Fayre menu.

A unique outdoor theatrical event brings a derelict street in Anfield back to life

THE Harmony Suite is a large-scale documentary theatre production by Collective Encounters, exploring challenging themes of urban renewal and regeneration. With an ensemble cast of 17 actors, The Harmony Suite brings performance, music and multimedia spectacle to the largely-derelict Tinsley Street, animating a row of terraced houses in the shadow of the Liverpool football ground.

Many parts of north Liverpool have suffered some of the worst deprivation ever seen in post-war Britain. The Harmony Suite dramatises contemporary regeneration policies in this context, and articulates local residents’ hopes and anxieties about the future.

The play is based on 12 months research with over 500 local residents, policy makers and politicians. “The community activists I had spoken to had made the argument that city centre regeneration would have little or no impact on their desiccated inner city communities. I’d been wandering the maze too long. What I need is someone to spell it all out for me. The bigger picture.” The Researcher

The Harmony Suite has been scripted by Nicholas Kelly, who is an award-winning playwright, originally from Dublin. His plays have been produced by Fishamble Theatre Company, TEAM Theatre Company, the Abbey Theatre, and the Royal Court, London.

Collective Encounters is north Liverpool's only professional arts development agency. Formed in 2004, the company works outside of theatre buildings, exploring subject matter that rarely reaches the stage. The play is directed by Artistic Director Sarah Thornton.

This production is supported by Capital of Culture, Arts Council of England, Arena Housing, PH Holt Charitable Trust, Awards for All and receives significant in kind support from Liverpool Hope University.

It's not too late to get pedalling for Breast Cancer Campaign!

BREAST Cancer Campaign's (BCC) annual Life Cycle challenge is taking place all over the country this October. If you haven't signed up yet, you still have time to join Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and Footballers Wives star Chucky Venice to get fit during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

You can choose your distance, either 50km over the month, 40km in 24 hours or a challenge distance of your choice and get pedalling. Some suggested distances are: Cycle the length of the River Thames 215 miles (344km), Cycle the length of Hadrian's Wall 73 miles (116.8km), Cycle from Holyhead to Cardiff 250 miles (400km). The choice is yours.

Chucky Venice says:- "This is so easy to do and it helps you keep fit. So come on get on your bike and pedal pounds to help raise vital funds to help Breast Cancer Campaign keep researching the cure."

To get your Life Cycle fundraising pack or for more information contact the events team on 020 7749 3700 or email:-


IT'S time to join forces and laugh away those everyday body blues. From tree trunk thighs to bingo wings we’ve all got a part of our body we think is less than perfect. To celebrate women’s bodies in all their glory, Dove Body Wash brings you an all female, star-studded stand up show, which lays bare the naked truth about what it’s really like to be a woman, the perfect antidote to those little body niggles!

Fronted by Arabella Weir, from TV’s award-winning The Fast Show, The Dove Body Wash Naked Truth Comedy Tour is essential female viewing. The must-see line up features some of Britain’s brightest women’s comic talent, including:- Lucy Porter, Julia Morris, Kerry Godliman, Zoë Lyons and Janice Connolly aka Mrs Barbara Nice.

Host Arabella Weir said:- “I’ve made a career out of poking fun at my body insecurities because I think the best way to deal with these type of worries is to laugh them off; that’s really why I was so keen to be part of the Dove Body Wash Naked Truth tour. The ability to share our little body niggles really unites women, as I saw from the overwhelming response to the ‘Does my bum look big in this?’ Fast Show character I created. and I’m sure this tour will do wonders for the self esteem of audience and comediennes alike.”

Caroline Philliponnet, Dove Body Wash Brand Manager said:- “Our research has highlighted the pressure women feel under to strive to attain the images of perfection portrayed by the media. This is especially marked when we are confronted with the naked truth about our bodies - the bits we don’t like that don’t meet the supermodel ideal. Laughing about our little imperfections, be it our pot bellies or love handles, enables us to adopt a more positive, body image so maybe laughter really is the best medicine."

This week we have 2 pairs tickets, worth £12.00 each ticket to give away. The tickets are for the 22 September, at Baby Blue, Edward Parvilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool. Doors open at 7:00pm and show starts at 7:45pm. The deadline for entries is Thursday 20 September at 4pm. Send us your full address, name and phone number with your answer to this simple question... "Who the host is for the event?" All entries must be by persons over the age of 18 years old. Edward Pavilion reserves the right not to give entree.   Comp Email.

The tour begins on 12 September 2005 at the Comedy Store in London and will be showing for one night only at ten venues across the UK. Tickets are available via the purchase of special packs of Dove Body Wash, on sale in health and beauty retailers and supermarkets from the beginning of July 2005. A limited number of tickets will also be made available via competitions in print and broadcast, via the individual venue box offices and at the door on the night.

Tour Dates:-

Monday 12 September – London – The Comedy Store

Tuesday 13 September – Glasgow – The Stand

Wednesday 14 September – Newcastle – The Hyena

Wednesday 21 September – Birmingham – The Glee Club

Thursday 22 September – Liverpool – Baby Blue

Monday 26 September – Bournemouth – Twisters

Tuesday 27 September – Bristol – Jesters

Wednesday 28 September – Cardiff - The Glee Club

Thursday 29 September - Brighton - Komedia

Tuesday 11 October – Manchester – The Comedy Store

For further information on dates and tickets log on to:-

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