photographic exhibition by David Lydiate called:- "SUMMER
NIGHT CITY" will be exhibited from 1 August 2007 to 31
August 2007 at the Central Library on William Brown Street,
information can obtained by visiting
The exhibition will
raise cash for Leukamia Research.
Wallasey student celebrates success
Halliwell, from Merseyside, is celebrating her recent success as she
has just completed a Masters Degree in Ceramics and has exhibited
her work at the Art and Design Degree Shows at the University of
Central Lancashire (UCLan).
The twenty-six year old from Wallasey, on the Wirral, gained a
Distinction for her Master Degree, which took her two and half years
to complete. Before her Master Degree, Helen gained a first class
honours degree in design. During her course she worked with wood,
metal, textiles and ceramics, and this is when her passion for
working with clay began.
"I really enjoyed the ceramics side of the course and decided that
this was the area I wanted to progress further. The course at UCLan
is fabulous, I have learnt a lot over the past three years and my
work has developed so much." said Helen.
Helen's final year project entitled 'Emotions In Clay'
is based on natural, unpredictable processes in relation to life
experiences and emotions. Helen explained:- "My pieces
represent flowing energetic movement, creating intricate spiralling
At a recent exhibition Helen was lucky enough to have sold some of
her pieces to a private collector.
She also sold some of her pieces to a property company based in
South Africa, who used the pieces in
Helen has just exhibited her work at the Art and Design Degree shows
at the University of Central Lancashire and is due take her work to
the New Designer Show in London next month.
Helen is currently working part-time as a ceramics technician at
Liverpool Hope University and had the opportunity to use the studios
to work on her own pieces. Now she has completed her Master she
hopes to become a ceramics lecturer.
Helen will graduate from the University of Central Lancashire week
commencing 9 July 2007.
Review of school bus services
wants to clamp down on fare dodging and anti-social behaviour,
including bullying, on school buses.
Persistent offenders could be barred from buses or the service
withdrawn under new proposals.
Merseytravel also says CCTV should be installed on school buses to
The moves are among a series of proposals that have been sent to 612
schools across the region as part of a wide-ranging and robust
consultation and review of school buses services.
Merseytravel also wants schools to inform 12 months in advance of
timetable changes which could lead to rescheduling of services.
Failure to do so could result in the schools footing the bill for
any additional demand or a forfeiture of a service.
But Merseytravel would also consider sharing with the school any
savings that accrue from the rationalisation in school bus services,
in order to fund measures that support the production, or delivery
of, a School Transport Plan.
Alternatively, it would provide incentives through curriculum
support materials or outreach work, as appropriate to the school in
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel,
said:- “We’re finding it increasingly harder to attract
competitive tenders because of the unpopularity of many school
contracts amongst bus operators who provide the services.
The problems are being caused by the anti-social behaviour of a
small minority of pupils but action needs to be taken.
The cost of subsidised school bus services has tripled in just six
years through a combination of factors including rising wages, fuel
and insurance costs.
We need a complete review to ensure best value including competitive
tendering and the avoidance of duplication in services.
Merseytravel is fully committed to school travel but we need to make
the best of the resources we have available.”
The consultation exercise will also highlight to schools the vital
role they play in promoting their own travel plans and sustainable
travel, such as cycling and walking.
Mr Scales added:- “Schools also have their role to play in
tackling childhood obesity and encouraging children to become more
Dr Paula Grey, Director of Health at Liverpool Primary Care Trust,
has already highlighted the problems caused by the school runs and I
heartily endorse her views.
Choosing more healthy alternative ways of travelling to school, such
as cycling and walking buses, is something we have consistently
The school run by parents also contributes greatly to congestion and
road pollution – around one in every five cars at peak travel times.
Many of these school runs are unnecessary.”
Merseytravel currently provides around 150 school bus services every
day as part of its duty to fund socially necessary bus services not
provided for by the commercial network.