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Date:- 27 August 2007

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September 2007 marks the return of Make it! Month in the UK. Organised by the Craft & Hobby Association, Make it!

Month is a national initiative dedicated to showing the nation, from beginners to experienced crafters, that crafting can be both fun and rewarding.

Throughout September 2007 2007, craft stores throughout the North-West will be hosting in-store demonstrations, including make-it & take-it classes, and running special promotions for both beginners and crafting enthusiasts.

There is a craft to suit everyone – from teenagers who like to customise bags and jeans, mothers who want to encourage their kids’ creativity with paper crafts, home owners who want to decorate and customise furniture and fittings, and celebrities who like to knit.

Make it! Month is a great opportunity for you to try a new craft, and there will be plenty of incentives to help you.

Ever had a special project you’ve never quite made enough time for?

Or are you keen to get your kids crafting but need some quick and easy ideas to get them started?

Then Make it! Month is the time to start.  Be inspired by theeasy to make project sheets on the Make it!

The project sheets provide step-by-step instructions on how to start crafting in different areas such as fashion, home decorating, kids crafts, and memory crafts.


The Stitch & Creative Crafts Show
31 August to 2 September 2007 2007


HobbyCraft – Free In-Store Demonstrations
29 September 2007 2007 How to use the latest Xyron range


15 September 2007 2007 How to use the latest Xyron range

29 September 2007 2007 Christmas and occasions cards with Papermania and X-Cut


1 September 2007 Silk Painted Cards

16 September 2007 How to use the latest Xyron range

22 September 2007 Christmas and occasions cards with Papermania and X-Cut


1 September 2007 Medallion boxes

2 September 2007 Sakura demo

8 September 2007 Do crafts

9 September 2007 Scrapbooking

15 September 2007 Mosaics

16 September 2007 Bubble cards

22 September 2007 Quick Xmas cards

23 September 2007 Heat embossing

29 September 2007 Xmas star book

30 September 2007 Machine demo


1 September 2007 Mandala Stencils

2 September 2007 Rug Making

8 September 2007 Rub Ons

9 September 2007 Peel Offs With Acetate

15 September 2007 Mini Scrapbooks

16 September 2007 Eyelets & Brads

22 September 2007 Do Crafts

23 September 2007 Heat Embossing

29 September 2007 Exploding Boxes

30 September 2007 Quilling

City leader calls for summit following shooting

THE leader of Liverpool City Council is calling for a ‘summit’ of representatives of all major cities to be held with the Home Secretary to discuss ways of tackling gun crime.  It follows the tragic shooting and death of 11 year old Rhys Jones in Croxteth last week.

Councillor Warren Bradley is also calling on the local community to help Merseyside Police catch those responsible.  He said:- “Last night’s tragic events have stunned and disgusted the entire population of Liverpool, and indeed the nation.  It is particularly shocking when crime figures show that Liverpool is one of the safest metropolitan areas in the country. 

I am calling upon the minority criminal elements within our communities to step forward and provide the police with any information that they might have, and for the law abiding residents of the city to stand together and fight against the few who threaten our communities.

It is vital that Rhys Jones’s family find some solace in seeing that all those people involved in the shooting, whether they trafficked the weapon or fired the gun, are brought to justice.

The minority element who instil fear and suspicion in our communities cannot be allowed to dictate to its citizens how they live, nor can they be allowed to endanger the lives of our young people.

I would like to echo Merseyside Police Chief Constable Bernard Hogan Howe’s call for anyone with information to come forward, be that directly to the Police or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  I know Merseyside Police in partnership with other agencies have made an impact upon gun and gang crime, particularly through the work of their Matrix Team.

This is an issue that all major cities face and we must come together to try and find solutions to this problem. Therefore, I am requesting a ‘summit’ consisting of community leaders, police, emergency services and reformed criminals of all major cities to be held with the Home Secretary to find solutions to the issues we all face.”


THE results of a survey commissioned by North West based healthcare provider HealthSure and national charity The Eyecare Trust has revealed that more than 40% of square eyed Brits remain unaware that they can claim a free eye examination from their employer if they regularly use a VDU at work.  Despite spending a mind-numbing 128,780 hours per working lifetime sitting in front of a television or computer screen and suffering blinding headaches, eyestrain and problems with close-up and long distance vision, 1 in 10 say they have NEVER visited an optician.

Brand marketing manager at HealthSure, Laura Hickman Sparkes commented:- "As computer use in the workplace and at home continues to rise so does the number of people complaining of eye strains and pains. There are still a staggering number of employees unaware that their employer is legally obliged under health and safety guidelines to protect their eyesight and pay for a regular eye examination."

Iain Anderson, chairman of the Eyecare Trust says:- "It is vital that computer users visit their optometrist for regular eye examinations and follow a healthy eye care regime. Staring at a screen will emphasise any existing vision problem that you have and 9 out of 10 VDU users will suffer from the effects of 'screen fatigue' and experience symptoms such as tired or irritated eyes; blurred vision; head and neck aches, and, dry eyes."  Iain concludes:- "Although symptoms of screen fatigue don't lead to permanent damage to your sight they can lead to reduced productivity, lost work time and reduced job satisfaction."

The rewards and benefits of investing in an eye-friendly culture in the workplace are far reaching as good eye health can help to improve productivity and reduce days lost to eye related sickness. In fact, a recent Eyecare Trust report estimated that lost days due to eyestrain and headaches resulting from VDU use was costing British industry more then £1.5 billion a year.

Employers concerned about the cost implications of covering employees for an eyesight test should consider healthcare cash plans.  Paying cash towards the cost of an eyesight test, new glasses or contact lenses, a company paid healthcare cash plan is an increasingly popular employee benefit that can help address key duty of care obligations and keep employees health, well and fit for business.

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