RECORD DEMAND FOR FLOWER SHOW COMPETITIONS
for this year’s Southport Flower Show are already well underway and
members of the public are now invited to get involved. Demand
from the public has been so great that the show’s much-loved
photography and school garden design competitions are being launched
5 weeks earlier than in previous years.
Lisa Taylor, head of marketing for the 2009 Southport Flower Show, said:-
“We’ve been taking enquiries on a daily basis about when
entries for the competitions can start so we decided to bring the
launch forward this year. The Stefan Buczacki photography and
David Bellamy school garden design competitions always prove popular
and it is great that there is already such a huge amount of
interest. This year’s show is shaping up to be our best yet.”
Green fingered pupils at Haslingden Primary School in Rossendale,
Lancashire, are hoping for a hat-trick having won the school design
competition for the past 2 years. The school has a successful
history with the Southport Flower Show, after winning the garden
design competition in 2007 and 2008.
Amanda Milburn, outdoor learning teaching assistant at Haslingden
Primary, said:- “The garden design competition is always a
highlight for the children here. The prize money from our last
two triumphs has funded an organic vegetable patch which the
students help maintain. It is a great way for the kids to learn
about fresh ingredients and healthy eating at the same time as
having good fun in the open air. The children are extremely
excited for this year’s competition and they are already coming up
with lots of great ideas.”
Now in its 80th year, the Southport Flower Show takes place from
20-23 August and has a reputation as one of the largest, most
diverse and friendliest shows in the country. Gardening
enthusiasts can enjoy the million blooms that will be on display
while budding chefs explore the new fine food offerings from local
suppliers across the North West. More than 250 exhibitors will
be taking over 34 acres of Southport’s beautiful Victoria Park,
offering everything from home and garden furniture and kitchen
gadgets to local crafts, food and wine. Entertainment will
include live music, arena displays and appearances from some of the
country’s favourite celebrity gardeners who will be on hand with
advice on making the most of your garden.
For competition details, entry forms and to order tickets for the
Southport Flower Show 2009, visit
or call 01704 547147.
David Bellamy school garden competition
► Open to pupils in years 5 and 6 primary school
► 2 winning schools
will receive £500 for their school grounds, a £50 gift card for the
pupil and have their garden design constructed for the show
► A presentation will
take place at the show with David Bellamy at their winning garden
► Open to amateurs only
► 10-16 years of age, on 5th June 2009
► 17-54 years of age, on 5th June 2009
► 55+ years of age, on 5th June 2009
► plant portraits (including fungi)
► garden views (including parks and botanic gardens)
► garden wildlife
► winner £100, runner up £50 in each class (a, b & c) for the over
► winner £100, runner up £50 in each class (a, b & c) for the
► winner £50, runner up £25 in each class (a, b & c) for the 10-16’s
► A presentation will take place at the show with Stefan Buczacki
ANSWER TO SOCIAL WORKER CRISIS IN TORY HANDS
UK’s largest public sector union, representing 300,000 social care
workers including 40,000 social workers, has called on the Tories to
stop whingeing about social work shortages when the answer to the
problem lies in their hands.
Dave Prentis, UNISON Head of Local Government said:- “Only
last week UNISON described the shortage of social workers as a
“ticking time bomb” and called on councils to take urgent action.
It’s a bit rich for the Tories to start whingeing about the crisis
in recruiting and retaining social workers when they run most
councils. The answer to the problem lies in their hands. They could
start by sorting out local government pay - still outstanding from
April last year and pulling local government staff off the bottom of
the public sector pay league.
The Tories could also pay more to recruit and retain social workers
and other key council staff if they had the political will to do so.
Why don’t they just get on with the job and stop wasting public
funds asking their friends in local government for answers to
questions they should already know.”
In England and Wales the Tories run 216 councils, 104 are No Overall
Control, 48 Labour, 27 Lib Dem and 8 Independent. That means the
Tories run 54% and are often the largest group on the NOC ones. They
also Chair the Local Government Association.
As part of its submission to the Laming Inquiry, UNISON has produced
a 10-point plan aimed at tacking the growing crisis in child
UNISON’s 10-point plan:-
Co-working on all child protection investigation visits:- child
protection investigation visits to be done by 2 practitioners.
More social workers and support staff: an urgent action plan to fill
vacancies and to review staffing levels across all social work
National caseload management standards:- enforced through the
inspection process and regularly audited by the council leadership,
with sanctions against employers who breach the Code of Practice for
Social Care Employers.
More resources:- a planned programme of investment in children and
families’ social work.
Cull of bureaucracy:- a root and branch zero-based review of all
bureaucracy and consideration of similar measures to those used to
cut red tape in schools.
Re-establish homecare services for children and families: homecare
workers to act as “the eyes and ears” of social services.
Complete overhaul of the Integrated Children’s System: to create a
system that is fit for purpose and commands the confidence of social
workers. Immediate remedial measures by councils, where the system
is impeding effective, efficient work.
Review of legal processes:- There is widespread concern about the
impact of the recent hike in court fees that local authorities must
pay. There should be a review of the decision on fee levels and of CAFCASS’s funding and capacity to ensure that resource constraints
are not influencing legal proceedings and outcomes.
Better support and more reflective practice:- Social workers should
have at least two years post-qualifying experience before being
allocated child protection cases. There should be consistent, high
quality supervision that is both supportive and challenging.
Measures to rebuild morale, confidence and status of social workers:
redress the devastating impact on morale through a sustained
campaign to promote positive public awareness about what social work
£10,000 REWARD OFFERED - DANIEL KEATINGE MURDER
Police is offering a £10,000 reward for information that leads to
the identification and prosecution of the killers of Daniel Keatinge.
The 25 year year old victim from Higher Lane, Fazakerley, was
murdered on Formosa Road, Fazakerley, on Friday, 30 January 2009.
Officers were called the scene at around 7.30pm following reports of
a shooting. When they arrived they found Daniel Keatinge suffering
from gunshot wounds. Paramedics attended the scene and the victim
was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead at
The offender ran away away from the scene in the direction of Eagle
Dene, Fazakerley, on a footpath leading off Formosa Road. He is
described as white, between 16 and 20 years old, and was wearing
dark clothing, and a black Lowe Alpine hat, it is believed his face
may also have been covered.
Detectives are treating the shooting as a targeted attack but the
motive is unknown.
DCI Dave Brunskill, from the Force Major Incident Team, said:-
"I would urge anyone who may have information regarding Daniel
Keatinge's murder to come forward. We are particularly interesting
in speaking to anyone who saw a silver car in the area around the
time of the murder to come forward. If you were in driving a silver
car in the area around that time we would also ask you to come
forward so that we can eliminate you from our inquiries.
At the moment the motive for the attack is unknown although we are
following up a number of lines of inquiry.
We are determined to find the person responsible for the murder of
Daniel Keatinge. Tackling gun crime is a top priority for Merseyside
Police and we will not tolerate firearms on the streets of
Merseyside. Today we have put forward a reward of £10,000 for
information leading to the identification and successful prosecution
of the person responsible for Daniel Keatinge's murder and I would
urge anyone who has information which could assist us to contact us
House-to-house enquiries have taken place and high visibility
patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the local
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Guncrime Hotline on
0800 458 1211, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Alternatively you
can text the word CRIME followed by your message to 61051, or