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Edition No. 224

Date:- 24 October 2005

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ST Mark's Church, Shyira, Rwanda has a link with St Luke's Church, Formby, England and the Rev Emmanuel, the Vicar and Archdeacon of Shyira, has just spent fourteen days with the Parish of St Luke. He has attended services, preached and visited various places of interest during his stay with various members of the church congregation. Among the visits he has journeyed to the UCB (United Christian Broadcasting) studios, St Luke's Junior School and Range High School, a MAM/CMS meeting, St Luke's Church Flower Festival and St Luke's Church's 150th Festival service. He has met and talked to the Sefton Deanery Chapter priests, as well as to the Deanery Chapter Readers.

Emmanuel has four parishes to visit on a regular basis in his deanery. It is very hilly where he is and there is a river to cross, so he has twenty miles to travel up mountains and down, on foot as he has no transport. It was in Gitare by the border with Uganda that he was brought up. His parents took him regularly to an Anglican church and he joined the Boys' Brigade. He says that when he was eight years of age he dreamed about becoming a priest. He went to a secondary school in Gahini where he learned English under an Anglican missionary, Norma Westlake. In 1992 he moved from Kigali as Lay Chaplain to Shyira Secondary School and also started his theological education at the Faculte Protestante in Butare. He fled from the genocide in March 1994 to refugee camps in the Congo. In 1996 Emmanuel returned to Gitare where he married his wife Jeannine; they now have four lovely and very lively children. After spending so time teaching the Diocese sent him to Kabale in Uganda for three years of theological studies. In 2001 Emmanuel arrived in Shyira.

In Shyira, Emmanuel has increased the number of Christians, planted a small church in a village near-by, started a Mothers' Union group, counselling for HIV sufferers, set up CEFOPS (further education for 14+ years) for young people who were unable to pay for Secondary education, created a Hospital Fellowship Ministry for the staff and patients, associations to alleviate poverty, a parish fund for youth work, chaplaincies in all institutions and an extension course in theological education.

Next year his church celebrates its 75 year for which he has many plans including the renovation of the Shyira Church of St Mark. This man of many talents not only has many ideas which he has put in to practice, but many more in the pipeline. He does not let his hopes, dreams and ideas to remain as such, but quickly puts them into practice. Our world today could use many more people like him.

New Name New Look Bar

Cuba bar in Southport was re opened with a stunning new look.   It is a real massive sports bar with live screens, pool tables and stunning bar staff to boot.   This will be one of the best bars in 2006 for Southport Town Centre.   We popped a long to find out more and to take a look.    More next week!

 Reminder to patients who have received a survey questionnaire

SOUTHPORT & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is carrying out a survey to find out what patients think about the care they receive. Questionnaires have been sent to a number of patients who have recently been treated at either Southport & Formby or Ormskirk & District General Hospital asking for their views.

Director of Nursing and Midwifery Jan Beck said:- "I would like to urge people to please take the time to complete the questionnaire. Their views are vital in helping us to find out how we are doing and how we can improve. This is an excellent way for patients to help shape the services we provide in the future. The trust plans to use this feedback to improve patients' experiences. The results will be used to help us highlight areas where we perform well and to identify the areas where there is most room for improvement."

The questionnaire covers many aspects of the patient's experiences including their admission, the quality of care, pain control, communication with doctors and nurses, information, medicines, involvement in their care, hospital food and cleanliness and discharge arrangements.

Every NHS hospital trust in England is carrying out this survey as part of a national programme led by the Healthcare Commission. This survey is part of the commitment, set out in the NHS Plan, to design a health service around the needs of patients.

Obtaining feedback from patients and taking account of their views and priorities is vital for bringing about
improvements in the quality of care. This is a national, centrally coordinated survey that will allow organisations to compare their results, and will identify the trusts where patients give the most positive responses so that best practice can be shared. The survey results will contribute to national performance indicators published by the Healthcare Commission.

The results of this survey will be available in spring 2006 and will be published on the Healthcare Commission website.


THE Black Bull pub is attempting to dispel sexist attitudes that label women who drink pints as unfeminine.

The Ember Inns pub is currently holding its annual Cask Ale Festival and to help encourage more women to sample real ales, it has launched a Try Before You Buy initiative.

National organisation The Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) supports the initiative, and sees it as a positive way for Ember to engage with their customers.

“We have a large female membership at CAMRA and it is growing all the time.

Our research shows that there are certain ales that are definite favourites with women. Try Before You Buy promotes choice and encourages more people to try something new. It is an excellent way of creating a feeling of involvement and making customers feel valued, which is very important in a community pub.”
said Tony Jerome, Marketing Manager at CAMRA.

The Cask Ale Festival has seen the pub introduce a range of guest ales for people to try, including several award winners and a selection of golden ales. “Real ale is often seen as a heavy drink, bitter to taste and with an old fashioned image.

However, while we will of course continue to serve traditional real ale, golden ales are now growing in popularity, offering a lighter, more refreshing taste and paler colour to attract females and young adults and making it a more social option.” e
xplained Paula Jayne Holding, Manager at The Black Bull.

Try Before You Buy means that people can sample a small amount before they decide whether to purchase a whole pint. This form of safe experimentation is ideal for female drinkers who can select an ale that they like the taste of, without having to buy the product first.

The Cask Ale Festival runs until 25 November. A range of activities will be taking place throughout the six weeks, with voting forming a key part as guests will vote each week for their favourite ale to be stocked in the following week, and there will also be a Local Hero campaign.

Ember Inns offer traditional pubs with a contemporary twist. Creating a warm and welcoming ambience, Ember is committed to providing its guests with a ‘home from home’ environment combined with the highest levels of service, comfort and friendliness.

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