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Edition No. 222

Date:- 10 October 2005

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LIVERPOOL is celebrating the heritage of its largest immigrant population with a month-long festival. From Irish jigs to contemporary literature from the emerald isle, the festival spans the broad spectrum of culture in a dazzling array of events until the end of October. The festival's mission is to celebrate the links between Liverpool and Ireland and organisers are hoping to develop a permanent annual event.

Liverpool City Council leader, Councillor Mike Storey said:- "This year Cork in Ireland enjoys the accolade of Capital of Culture that passes to us in Liverpool in 2008, so the festival further links the two places. Liverpool has always had an incredibly strong Irish community and the heritage plays a very important part in the fabric of our city."

In its 3rd year, the festival is supported by the Liverpool Culture Company. The 2005 festival will feature traditional and contemporary art by dozens of artists from Ireland or with an Irish connection, ranging from worldwide superstars of Irish music to local primary school children performing work created during a programme of workshops.

Festival organiser Dinesh Allirajah said:-"Liverpool has a unique historical affinity with Ireland, as well as an evolving modern relationship, so the annual event promises to be an Irish Festival like no other in Britain."

A full listing is at the end of this press release and more information can be found by visiting


SOUTHPORT artist Jim Gray certainly knows how to inspire his students. He makes sure they are never short of an idyllic scene to be captured in water-colours. 59 year old Jim and his class of eleven were themselves framed last weekend in the walled town of Conwy in North Wales.

"I try to make sure my students feel inspired by what they see. This has been a fantastic weekend. Conwy has so much to offer for artists, we will certainly be back"
he said.

Jim has 3 art classes in the Southport area and his many trips away attract students from throughout the North West. In fact Sylvia Foster and her husband were so impressed by the town of Conwy they stayed on for a few days extra.

The group stayed at the Castle Bank Hotel which only last year was featured on the Channel 4 programme Risking It All when 2 couples from Manchester decided to re-locate and move into the hotel business. The programme has since been back to the hotel to see how the owners are getting on and that's due to be shown on the 13 of this month.

"They have certainly done a great job"
said Jim. "We've had a wonderful time and have been made so welcome. I think we can safely say - We Will Be Back".

Farmer Teds... Halloweek
24 October 31 October 05

THIS year's chilling Halloween is coming to Farmer Ted's... will you be safe? The whole farm will be themed for this spooktacular event with lots of fun for young and old. For the younger generation there'll be free tractor rides to the  "Spooky Barn" in which we have found out that a friendly spooky manner has been created! There'll be a huge marquee full of  thousands of Pumpkins for your kids and you to carve at your liesure, story telling, "Bat the Rat","Knock His Block Off...", plenty of seats for those trembling legs,a Hog Roast and for those more mature.. Well for the adults who are the more adventurous types, we dare you enter the "Corridor of Fear". This is 60 meters of twisting passage ways and is not for the faint hearted. A not enter if easly frightened.... You have beeeeeen warrrrned! There's not just animated suprises, but real ones too! Enter at your peril..........

Open from 10am to 8:30pm... Hauntings & Stories from 3pm.

Price includes entry to "Spooky Barn" & "Corridor of Fear".

Children £7.50 (inc vat)
Adults £5.50 (inc vat)
Concessions £4.50 (inc vat)
Family Ticket £22.50 (inc vat) 2 Adults, 2 Children


YES, St Helen's team, Rainhill Town AFC have just netted a £881 funding goal from the UK's largest sports charity the Football Foundation to replace their unsafe goalposts for their 100 players. The grant is the first to be offered by the Foundation in Rainhill.

Since 1991 9 young footballers have tragically been killed in the UK by unsafe goals. Many more have been seriously injured by posts and crossbars that fail to meet even basic safety standards. To put an end to these shocking accidents and the increase safety on the field of play, the UK's largest sports charity the Football Foundation, has earmarked almost £4m to replace non-compliant and unsafe goals in England at thousands of schools, clubs, parks and local organisations throughout
the country. Amazingly, research by The FA revealed that 41% of mini-soccer goals, 50% of 5-a-side goals and 22% of junior goals failed stability tests.

Foundation Chief Executive, Peter Lee, welcomed the project:- "In this day and age to have young people being killed and injured from unsafe sports equipment is simply unacceptable. We have been working closely with our colleagues at the FA who share our determination to replace sub-standard goals with ones that meet modern safety requirements. We are delighted to be able to award Rainhill Town AFC with this cash boost and looking forward to working with more clubs, local authorities and schools in St Helens and would urge them to undertake checks on their goals to make sure kids are as safe as possible when they play our national game."

The Football Foundation is dedicated to revitalising the grass roots of the game, constructing modern football facilities, developing football as a force for social cohesion and as a vehicle for education in communities throughout the country.  Funded by the Premier League, the Football Association, Sport England and the Government, the Foundation is the nation's largest sports charity, having already funded 1,300 projects worth over £300 million.

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