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Issue:- 07/08 October 2009

Latin Lounge Closed

WE have always been very supportive of the Latin Lounge. Not only because they were our next door neighbours on Post Office Ave, but also for the fact the staff and also the regulars were always friendly, and the venue, clean, relaxed and well run. Carol Birrell and her staff have also been very active in the community, not only through putting on charity events, but also by supporting charities in the background which has gained them a lot of respect. The bar has run many highly successful events and were one of the few venues this year, having opened its doors to the Jazz Festival; so it came as a shock to see them closing their doors, with no plans to return. This is just one of many small businesses being forced to close in Southport. The Council, and banks must start to take note, or we will end up like Morecombe Bay or Lytham St Annes. This came out of the blue to all and we wish Carol and her staff, all the best. Let's hope the venue does not go to waste for too long, like so many other vacant properties in our town.  Carol said:- "The last night was well attuned, with both floors full and all the customers seemed to have fun.  I am glad we closed on a night like that.  I would like to thank all our regulars and staff who have supported us over the last few years.  We will miss you all!"

These are a few example links to see some of their highlights from the venue, and we have lots more in the news archive:-

Latin Lounge Opens Friday June 2007 - See report click on here.

A Sunday evening at the Latin Lounge.
August 2007 - See report click on here.

At the Latin Lounge
August 2007 - See report click on here.

Burlesque Night at the Latin Lounge
- March 2008 - See report  click on here.

Halloween 2008 in Southport
- See report click on here.

Latin Lounge Live Music
- November 2008 - See report click on here.

Discover Brugal at the Latin Lounge, Southport
- July 2009 - See report click on here.

Nick Donnelly Live at the Latin Lounge
- August 2009 - See report click on here.


THESE are a few events at Ness Gardens...   Self guided walks such a Family Trails and a 'Forrest Trail' are also available daily, but keep an eye out for all this!!!

'Feed the Birds Day'
with RSPB on Saturday, 14 November 2009 10:00to16:30 hrs. FREE - Normal admission to the Gardens apply.

In order to keep the children occupied during the half term break (26 October 2009 to 30 October 2009) we will once again be holding a 'Childrens 'Boredom Busters' activities all week, which include:- 'Mask Making & Halloween Crafts', 'Pumpkin Carving' and 'Picture Frame Design'.

Activities cost between £4 and £5 per child and MUST be pre-booked by calling the Visitor Services Department on:- 0151 353 0123.

Our popular FREE Sunday lectures in Autumn include:-

'Barn Owls in Cheshire'
- 18 October 2009 to 10 October 2009

'A Naturalist's Year 2008' - 1 November 2009 to 11 November 2009

'Flowers all the Year Round & Low Maintenance Too' - 15 November 2009 to 11 November 2009

'The Life & Works of Charles Darwin' - 29 October 2009 to 11 November 2009

Commencing at 14:30 hrs, lectures are free, however normal admission prices to the gardens apply. Pre-booking is not necessary.

FREE Monthly Musical Recital from 8 November to 11  November 2009 - Peter Campbell - pianist performing Latin, Classical, American Swing, Stride, Ragtime & blues. Normal admission to the gardens apply.

In November we will be holding a celebration of Plant Hunting at Ness. We will be running Courses which commence on 21 October 2009 to 10 October 2009 for 6 weeks and 2  November 2009 to 11  November 2009 for 2 weeks - each course costs £60. In conjunction with this we will be holding an exhibition of William Roscoe - founder of Liverpool's Botanical Collection.

Further details and booking instructions are available on:- 0151 794 6900 or via email.

For further information, please call Visitor Services Department on:- 0151 353 0123 or see there website.


COMMENTING on Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling’s speech to the Tory Party Conference, Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said:- “Chris Grayling was heavy on the promises, but light on the details.  And his plans to put tight limits on immigration set warning bells ringing in the public sector. Without the work of overseas staff our hospitals and social care services would crumble.

Our population is ageing, so we will need more migrant workers to keep services running, not less.  If Chris Grayling got his way, a serious skills shortage could leave elderly and vulnerable people without the care they need.”

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