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Date:- 09 April 2007

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ON 2 April, 2007, Liverpool racing driver, James Cole, broke the Formula Ford lap record at Oulton Park in the North West Formula Ford Championship event, held on the Fosters circuit.

Cole, 18, driving in his first race of the season, kicked off his year with third fastest lap in qualifying for the opening round of the Championship. Lining up on the second row of the grid for the start of the 20 minute race, the young racer was in the company of more experienced drivers. In only his sixth single-seater race, Cole slipped back at the start, but was able to regain position as the race unfolded. He overtook one of his rivals into fourth while ahead of him, a mistake by another driver put him back up to third place.

Holding position until the last lap and looking for a certain third place podium finish, Cole was unlucky to be caught up in a racing incident, with a driver attacking from behind making an ambitious late braking manoeuvre that punted the Merseyside driver off the track and out of the race. Although he was unable to complete the race distance, Cole had taken fastest lap of the race, which was also a new lap record at the circuit for this category.

Cole said after the race:- “I was having one of my best weekends in Formula Ford up until the last lap. I had the pace to run up front, but unfortunately missed out on a podium. But in these situations you learn as much as you can. Taking the lap record was a small consolation though, and I’m pleased to have a place in the history books!

We can take away many positives from the race and I’ll aim to be back racing again soon, with renewed energy and commitment, fighting hard to take a podium place that I know is possible.”

The next round of the North West Formula Ford championship takes place on 14 April 2007 at Oulton Park.

Green Light for Liverpool's Regeneration Plans

PLANS to regenerate the Anfield/Breckfield and Edge Hill areas of Liverpool have received a major boost after the Secretary of State recommended three Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) for the city should go ahead.

The decision means that Housing Market Renewal plans drawn up with residents to transform the neighbourhoods will be taken forward delivering improved housing and more choice for residents.

The Secretary of State, Ruth Kelly has asked for more information to be provided on a further CPO for the Picton area and will make a final decision after 21 days.

Cath Green, Assistant Executive Director for Neighbourhoods and Housing for Liverpool Council, said:- “The Secretary of State’s decision is welcome news because it means we can move forward with investment that will improve the environment and increase housing choice for people in Anfield/Breckfield and Edge Hill. A significant number of properties have already been acquired through negotiation and we will be working closely with other residents over the next few months.

We are encouraged by the Secretary of State’s comments regarding Picton and will look to provide the assurances requested so that Picton residents enjoy the same improvements to their neighbourhoods as those in Edge Hill and Anfield/Breckfield.”


MENTAL illness is a consistent theme amongst highly creative people and artists are no exception. To raise the profile of emotional health within the arts world and to raise funds for Samaritans, the Young Ambassadors are pleased to announce that the inaugural Grieve+Samaritans Art Prize is now open for submissions. The prize is sponsored by the Alan and Karen Grieve Charitable Trust and is supported by Christie’s.

All artists are invited to submit works which relate directly or indirectly to one of the following Samaritans themes:-

* Communication and openness

* Feelings and emotions

* Depression and recovery from depression

* Loneliness, distress or despair

The organizers welcome submissions that demonstrate any interpretation of the above, whether they be innovative, abstract or traditional.

A short list of 15 to 20 works will be selected by the panel of judges to be chaired by Ed Vaizey MP, Shadow Minister for Culture, and to include Anthony McNerney, Director of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s, and Camilla D’Arcy-Irvine of the Jerwood Foundation.

Short listed works will be exhibited and auctioned at an Awards Reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday 13 June 2007. The proceeds of the sale of the short listed works will be divided equally between the artist and Samaritans. All short listed artists will be invited to the Awards Reception and the winner of the £2000 first prize will be announced during the evening. Each of two runners up will receive £1000.

The Awards Reception will be attended by a wide range of high profile individuals from Parliament and from the art community, as well as a significant number of Young Ambassadors and supporters of Samaritans.

To enter the competition, artists must complete the Entry Form at The deadline for submissions is 18 May 2007 and there is a nominal entry fee of £15 per entry. The works may be in any format but must not require any additional equipment for display e.g. AV equipment.

Five Star fun runners are no April fools!

KIND HEARTED locals across the North West raised over £5,000 for the Five Stars Scanner Appeal by taking part in a fun run on April Fool's Day.

150 people of all ages and abilities walked, cycled and ran the 5K fun run at Heaton Park in Prestwich. The Territorial Army set up the tents and marshalled the event whilst ex Coronation Street heart-throb Scott Wright started the race.

£5,000 has already been raised and more sponsorship money is coming in.

All the money raised will go towards reaching the Five Stars Scanner Appeal's target of £1m to buy an MRI scanner for the New Children's Hospital Appeal in Manchester which opens in 2009.

The scanner will help doctors diagnose cancer and cancer related illnesses in children at an earlier stage.

Stephen Anderson, community fundraiser for the Five Stars Appeal, says:- "Fun runners of all ages completed the 5K course and I like to say a big thank you to everyone involved. We've raised over £5,000 so far and still have sponsorship money coming in. We're hoping to pass last year's total of £6,000. The money raised takes us even closer to reaching our £1 million target."

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