NORTH-WEST GETS CRAFTING FOR MAKE IT! MONTH
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
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 the ‘easy to make’ project sheets on the
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
August to 2 September 2007 2007
HobbyCraft – Free In-Store Demonstrations
29 September 2007 2007 How to use the latest Xyron range
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
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
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
SQUARE-EYED EMPLOYEES UNAWARE OF FREE EYE EXAMINATIONS
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
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