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Issue:- 17/18 March 2010

Jack Sheffield visits  Formby's Pritchards Bookshop

PRITCHARDS in Formby invited the well know Yorkshire teacher turned novelist, Jack Sheffield, to give a talk about his wonderful books Teacher, Teacher, Dear Teacher... to name just a few. He even had time to sign books as well on his visit 16 March 2010.

Teacher, Teacher! Mister Teacher Dear Teacher Dear Teacher

To find out more about his books, click on the pictures of the books. Also so to order copies of his books log onto

Don't miss the Saturday, 20 March 2010, at the Formby Village Deli the  and their pre Easter try and buy Choc day and our tie in with Joanne's Chocolat DVD and book.

For more book signings and other book related events please see the Pritchards Advert page  on Mersey Reporter. Also for information about the The Chocolate Cellar visit their advert page  on Mersey Reporter.


IN the past few weeks a number of members in the Sefton area have reported that they have received phone calls from a firm offering to sell them an intruder alarm for £1. The caller states they are a Crime Prevention officer, doing a Crime Prevention Survey, working for Crime Support or a Liaison Officer working for the police. The police do not contact you by phone offering to sell you alarms or any other crime prevention product. In one case the caller went on to ask for details about their house and then more personal details about their age etc.  The crime prevention advice is be very wary of giving personal details over the phone to people who call you. Sefton Home watch said that they are pleased to report that each one of the members who received the calls, acted in the correct manner, and refused to answer their questions and cut short the conversation.  A home intruder alarm for £1? Remember the saying:- "If it sounds too good to be true it probably is."

'Rouge' raise £500 towards a new R.H.S. minibus

RANGE High School hosted a fantastic night of musical talent on Friday, 12 March 2010, as local band, 'Rouge', presented an evening of Jazz. The gig was a sell out and managed to raise about £500 towards a new school mini bus. Tony Russell (Rouge Jazz/Pop Band) said:- “We are pleased to have helped Range High School PTFA in their efforts to raise money, to purchase a new minibus for the school. It was a fantastic night and we all had fun. On another note, our band Rouge, are looking for a Pianist/keyboard player to add to their line up. So if any of your readers want to have a go, please could they email us at:- and we will take a look... Thank you to all who helped on the Friday night!"

Pioneering sight loss service set for St Helens

ACTION for Blind People’s pioneering mobile Sight Loss Information Service packed with the latest aids, equipment and specialist advice for blind and partially sighted people will be visiting St Helens at the kind invitation of St Helens Council.

The mobile Sight Loss Information Service, run by national charity Action for Blind People, will open its doors to people interested in or affected by visual impairment. Staffed by a friendly and knowledgeable team, the mobile carries the latest technology and gadgets to improve daily life. From vibrating bank note detectors to talking microwaves and tin lids, staff on the unit offer impartial, practical advice and support.

Rob Harris from Action for Blind People’s Sight Loss Information Service said:- "Everybody is welcome to come along to visit us on the mobile. Whether you are visually impaired or know somebody who may be having problems with their sight, please pay us a visit and pick up information or ask us questions. Visitors can try out a wide range of daily living aids or the latest computer and magnification technology.”

The event will be held on Monday, 29 March 2010, between 10am and 4pm in St Helens Town Centre, Church Street, Merseyside, WA10 1AF.   If you are unable to visit the Sight Loss Information Service but have a query please ring Action for Blind People’s National Freephone Helpline on:- 0800 915 4666 and they will be pleased to help. 

For more information on Action for Blind People’s mobile units, please visit their website.

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