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Edition No. 229

Date:- 12 December 2005

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Free Christmas Events with National Museums Liverpool

IF YOU want to get away from the TV repeats or the children are already bored with their presents, National Museums Liverpool have lots to offer the whole family this Christmas.

The venues are open to the public throughout the Christmas holidays, except from 1400 hours on the 24 December, when all venues are closed until Tuesday 27 December. All venues are also closed on New Years Day. In the mean time, a bustling programme of exhibitions and events from Smugglers Christmas Lantern making at the Customs and Excise Museum to enchanting Winter Land Tales at World Museum Liverpool means there is every opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit!

All events at National Museums Liverpool are free. Tickets or pre-booking are not necessary unless stated otherwise.

For more information go to:-www.nationalmuseumsliverpool.org.uk.

Boutique hotel is named

WHEN it opens in spring 2007, Lord Street’s boutique hotel will have something in common with some of the most famous and luxurious hotels around the world – the hotel will be named after its founder.  It has been announced that the new hotel will be called The Vincent, taking the middle name of Paul Vincent Adams, founder and developer of the hotel and of the award-winning Warehouse Brasserie.

For years hotels have been named after their founders. Over a century ago, William Waldorf Astor created one of the first ‘grand hotels’ in New York, combining luxurious elegance with a myriad of amenities and services. It was named The Waldorf.

The Vincent is also following in the footsteps of world famous first class hotels such as The Savoy in London (Peter of Savoy), The Drake in Chicago (William Drake) and The Ritz hotels in London, Paris and Madrid (Cesar Ritz), as well as leading hotel chains such as Hilton (Conrad Hilton), Ritz-Carlton (Cesar Ritz), Hyatt (Hyatt R. Vondehn) and Marriott (J.W Marriott).

The glass-fronted Vincent will feature 57 stylish rooms and suites, including 6 corner suites and a massive luxury 2 bedroom penthouse suite in excess of 1000s/f, a bar/lounge, a fully-equipped gym and treatment room, an upmarket café-deli, and state-of-the-art business and function facilities.

Mission gets new roof for Christmas from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust

THE150 year old Moss Bank Mission has a great deal to celebrate this Christmas thanks to the restoration of its roof, which has been funded by Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust (ICET). The Christmas party, on the 10 December, will celebrate the completion of the new roof and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Mission.

The Christmas social evening will be a Victorian costume party, and to commence proceedings the local Gala Queen will light the Christmas tree. All users of Moss Bank Mission will be invited to join in the festivities, and the many groups that meet there will be providing the entertainment. The Phoenix Singers will be staging a performance, the Amateur Operatic group will be singing excerpts from musicals, such as The King and I, and the children’s dance class will provide entertainment for all that attend.

The Mission was built in 1856 and donated to the community for the education of local children. Since 1978, when the school closed, The Mission has become a focal point for the local community and there are now over 300 regular users of the facilities. The building has remained relatively unchanged since it was built, but recently the roof became a major cause for concern because dangerous structural defects were evident that were obvious safety hazards. The roof had also started to let in water, causing major damp problems and was in desperate need of repair. ICET pledged £20,000 for the work on the roof, which took seven weeks to complete. The newly renovated roof is now in pristine condition and everyone can enjoy their Christmas celebration in the dry and warmth of Moss Bank Mission.

Jim Marsh, Fundraising Co-ordinator, said:- “We would like to thank Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust for providing the funding for the roof’s restoration on this extremely historic building. We are all looking forward to the Christmas celebration and the new roof has lifted the spirits of the whole community as we are all safe in the knowledge that The Mission will last another 150 years.”

Angela Haymonds, Secretary of Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust, said:- “We are very happy to have funded this worthwhile community project. It is a pleasure to see how many people use Moss Bank Mission but it was in real need of renovation. I hope that the restored roof will mean that the community at Moss Bank can enjoy many more years at The Mission”.  Angela continued:- “We would like to make people aware of the funds available from the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme (LTCS), that was the source of funds for this project. The scheme offers money to projects that benefit communities living within 10 miles of a landfill site. The Trust has just designed a simple form and an explanatory application pack to make applying for the funds easy – so applicants do not get bogged down with red tape.”

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