JAMES COLE SETS NEW LAP RECORD AT OULTON PARK
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
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
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
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.”
LAUNCH OF ONE ARMY RECRUITING
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
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
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
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
To enter the competition, artists must complete the Entry Form at
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.
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
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."