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Edition No. 225

Date:- 31 October 2005

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DIWALI CELEBRATIONS

FESTIVAL of Light at World Museum Liverpool. National Museums Liverpool is marking this year’s Hindu festival Diwali with fantastic free events for all the family in November. Local children from schools across Merseyside are wowing crowds at World Museum Liverpool’s Treasure House Theatre on Saturday 12 November 2005 with special dance shows at 1330 and 1415 hours. The performances promise to be a fitting celebration for this year’s Festival of Light, combining different styles of movement, music and dress from various regions of India.

The dancers have been honing their moves in a programme of music and dance workshops, which are part of a Liverpool Culture Company project called Introducing India. The project aims to teach children about all aspects of Indian culture including the country’s religion, values and traditions.

Purvi Parikh, the workshop facilitator, says:- “Dance is such an important part of Indian culture and it this a great way to make it accessible to everyone. The children have been working very hard to make this show a real celebration of Diwali.”

Visitors to the Weston Discovery Centre on Saturday 5 November and Sunday 6 November 2005 can join in celebrations with will have the opportunity to dress up in traditional Indonesian costumes and put on a performance of their own with Javanese puppets and Eastern masks.

Tickets are required for Treasure House Theatre shows. They can be collected free of charge from World Museum Liverpool information desk.

Letters To Editor:- "Treat Or Trick?: How Older People Can Deal With Unwelcome Callers"

"A KNOCK at the door on Halloween or Guy Fawkes Night is an annoyance for most people, but generally these callers turn out to be completely harmless. However, we at Help the Aged are concerned that in some cases unsolicited callers at this time of year are particularly distressing for older people. Even more so if a trick is carried out or if that person feels under pressure to give money to the caller for ‘the guy’.

In light of this, we at Help the Aged would like to offer some simple advice to your older readers on how to feel secure at this time of year.

1. Always put the door chain on and look out of the window or spy hole to see who is there before opening the door.

2. Take particular care if there is more than one person on your doorstep, which you can easily check if you have a spy hole installed.

3. If in doubt keep them out. Often, and quite unnecessarily, people feel embarrassed about refusing to let someone in at the door. But you should only open the door if you feel safe to do so. If you do not feel safe opening the door, then don’t.

4. If you get unwelcome callers and feel particularly threatened, dial 999 and ask for the police.

Hopefully, by being aware of these precautionary measures, older people will feel safer in their homes. Help the Aged has SeniorSafety programmes in around 40 areas across the country that aim to help older people feel more secure in their own homes. Older people concerned about their security can find out more about these services, by calling 01255 473 999."
Yours faithfully, Eve Brimacombe, National SeniorSafety Manager.

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