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Issue Date:- 1 September 2008

Letters to the Editor:- "New martial arts club in Southport"

"I am starting up a new martial arts club in Southport. I have been training on and off for 20+ years getting my Black belt in 2003. I moved to Southport 5 years ago to find the nearest clubs were Preston/ Manchester/ Liverpool so thought about running my own. It is finally happening! Aikido is a powerful martial art that can only be used for self-defence. Aikido uses angles and balance to overpower larger or stronger opponents. Since aikido does not rely on strength to be effective, it is suitable for men and women of differing ages and abilities. We study a traditional style of aikido called Iwama Style. This is a style of aikido developed by the late Morihiro Saito Sensei 9th Dan, a long-term student of O'Sensei, the founder of aikido. It concentrates on the study of basic but powerful aikido techniques. Southport Aikido Club was founded in 2004 under the authority of Sensei Roger Tabberer 5th Dan of the West Midlands Aikido Association the club is affiliated to UKCK. The club will train at Dunes Leisure Centre on Sunday mornings initially from 9.00 to 10.00 am. The first class is on 7 September 2008 with the first lesson free. I would love to find out how many are interested in Aikdo, in Southport?" Sinon Wells


PRIMARY teacher training at Edge Hill University has been assessed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education. The standards body awarded grade 1 for both Quality of Training and Management and Quality Assurance following a review earlier this year. Edge Hill is one of the largest providers of teacher training in the country and works in partnership with over 2,000 institutions across the UK including schools in Southport to provide initial teacher training (ITT) programmes.

The Edge Hill Ofsted report identified a number of key strengths including the well-managed and highly-effective links with partnership schools and the University, the attention given to trainees’ individual needs and how this shapes school placements and the strong relationship that exists between professional values and professional development. Other strengths highlighted were the outstanding support that trainees receive from the University and partnership schools, the provision of high-quality resources across all training programmes and the highly-effective recruitment and selection systems.  Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater said:- “This result is another endorsement of the professionalism and commitment of the Faculty of Education, our partner schools and the trainees themselves. We are proud to be offering a higher education experience that is judged to be at the highest possible standard.”

Due to the popularity of primary teacher training programmes, no places remain for 2008. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible in September for 2009. A few places remain on Key Stage 2/3 and Secondary programmes starting in September 2008.   For information, please call 0800 028 6677 or visit

Popular Saturday Morning Classes return!!!

ABD productions, the team behind the sell out musical ‘Our Benny’ are currently trawling Merseyside and West Lancashire looking for talented youngsters to enrol in two exciting new musicals to be staged in Crosby this coming Christmas!

No previous experience is required as professional tutors (all C.R.B checked) will put the cast through their paces to bring out their natural talents in the fields of drama, singing and dance. It’s a great way to boost confidence and is sure to provide new skills which those attending will take with them into adulthood. For many it will be the first opportunity they’ve had to appear on stage!

Children between the ages of 5 and 7 will be working towards performing a brand new production called:- ‘Christmas Recipe’.

This is a feel good musical where those involved will explore the different elements which, when put together, make Christmas the most magical time of the year. From the Nativity, through o Father Christmas himself, the musical will wow younger audiences and bring a tear to Granny’s eye!

Older children between the ages of 8 and 18 will be working hard on a brand new musical extravaganza! Produced by the award winning writer Anne Dalton, with elements from ‘Wicked’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘Lorenzo’s Quest’, ‘The Blue Crystal’ and ‘Joseph’. This full scale production will feature catchy songs, rousing dance numbers and professional sound and lighting design.

Director Anne Dalton explains:- "We’re not necessarily looking for young people who’ve ever acted before as there will be mixed abilities across the age range. By Christmas those taking part will have been tutored in acting, dance and singing … there are young people who’ve been with us a number of years and have gained a great deal of experience, others are newcomers … staging productions with young people is always lots of fun, and often we unearth new talent!"

Registration is at Crosby Civic Hall this coming Saturday, 6 September 2008.

Ages 5 to 7 to arrive for 9.15am. Their session runs between 9.30am and 10.30am.

Age group 8 to 18 should register at 10.15am. Their session runs from 10.30am to 12.15pm.

More information is available by calling ABD Productions on:- 01704 880607.

This weeks Funny - Dooms Day!

DO not book your holidays! Yes, the Nostradamus Prophecy is back again, if the current interpretations of his predictions come to pass this time... The latest doom watch notice comes as CERN becomes fully active. The worry is that CERN will create a Black Hole or Strangelet that will eat the Earth. Doomsday is noted to be on 12 September 2008..!  or go to

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