NET-WORK TO GET MAJOR IMPROVEMENT
Utilities are investing more than £2 million to reinforce its water
pipelines in Kirkby and Maghull. During this winter and into
next spring engineers working on behalf of the water company will
reinforce approximately 7km of old cast-iron water mains by
essentially threading new plastic pipes through them, as well as
cleaning approximately 880m of existing mains.
This work will strengthen the overall reliability of the water
network and reduce the risk of leakage.
Dan Smith, Project Manager, said:- "This work will ensure that
the Kirkby and Maghull areas will have a modern and robust water
supply for many years to come.
Around 30,000 homes in Maghull and 10,000 properties in Kirkby will
benefit directly from the work – and the newly-reinforced pipes will
also bring added benefits to the Skelmersdale area, which serves a
population of 50,000."
On Monday, 22 November 2010, engineers will start work on a water main
outside a pumping station on Leatherbarrows Lane and then move along
Giddygate Lane and Angers Lane.
This section of work is expected to take four weeks to complete.
"As the water main we are working on is positioned underneath
the road we have to put measures in place to control traffic so we
can work safely. From Monday, 22 November 2010, Angers Lane will be closed to traffic for 10 days.
We will put temporary traffic lights in place on Leatherbarrows Lane
outside our pumping station and at the junction with Giddygate Lane.
We would like to apologise in advance for any short-term
inconvenience this work may cause.
We will do everything possible to keep disruption levels to a
minimum and we will write to customers across the area to update
them on our progress.” said Dan.
For further details about this project please telephone United
Utilities’ Service Inquiries line on:- 0845 746 22 00 and quote
project number:- 80003705 – between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday's; 8am
to 6pm on Saturday's and 8am to 12noon on Sunday's.
Liverpool's Christmas Market 2010
THE festive season is upon us and for
Liverpool City Centre that can only mean one thing, the return of
the City’s much loved Christmas Market; it really wouldn’t feel like
Christmas without it!
Now in its sixth year, Liverpool’s infamous Christmas Market
promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The event is
stretching across the length and breadth of the City Centre;
including Lord Street, Church Street, Houghton Street, Paradise
Street, Whitechapel and Williamson Square. The market will open on
Thursday, 25 November 2010 and will be spreading festive spirit to
its visitors from near and far until Tuesday, 21 December 2010.
Don't miss it!
It goes without saying that the market will be bursting with an
array of festive goodies; like hand crafted woollen goods and one of
a kind wooden crafts. For those looking for something a little
different the market boasts a selection of unusual gifts from around
the world, including African wall hangings and South American
Of course, no Christmas Market would be complete without a licensed
bar. Visitors will enjoy Bratwurst sausages, with a selection of
German beers to wash them down and, not forgetting glühwein wine, a
Christmas favourite which promises to get you in the festive spirit!
Tempting treats include a hog roast, roasted chestnuts, chutneys,
French cheeses and plenty more to tickle your taste buds. Also on
offer will be a celebration of international cuisine. Those with a
sweet tooth will not be disappointed, with a selection of delights
including German chocolates, Italian pastries, macaroons and
chocolate glazed fruit.
To see our report about it, that we ran
last year, click
If you go to this years, let us know
what you think of it by
emailing our news room.
Hall is pulling out all the stops to raise money to restore one of
the world’s finest instruments.
The Willis Organ, the
3rd largest in the UK, suffered damage when the Hall took a direct
hit from an incendiary bomb in December 1941. Parts of the
instrument have been renovated over the past 60 years, but Liverpool
City Council has launched an appeal to see the organ fully restored
and brought back to its former glory.
The aim is to raise £300,000 which would go towards fixing all the
‘operational’ aspects – these include the ‘key actions’ which make
the sound when the key is pressed. They date back to 1897 and are,
unsurprisingly, extremely worn. The leatherwork, which dates back to
1957 also needs replacing.
A special organ recital is taking place on Tuesday, 23 November 2010, when
City Organist Professor Ian Tracey will showcase his expertise with
some beautifully played classical pieces. The event runs from 12.45pm
to 1.30pm and costs just £1 admission to be paid at the Heritage Centre
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- “The Willis Organ is a stunning
structure in need of some urgent repair. The Great Hall was
designed purely as a venue for music festivals due to the acoustics,
so it’s fitting that this recital is being held to raise money for
such a beautiful instrument.
I hope as many people as possible make the most of this event and
come and enjoy wonderful music in beautiful surroundings, and I’m
sure Liverpudlians will live up to their generous reputation and
donate as much as they can.”
Another key piece of renovation would mean that for the first time
in more than 70 years audiences could hear the solo tubas and French
horn through the organ. The stunning decorative casing designed by
Charles Cockerell is also in need of repair.
There are 3 ways people can support the St. George’s Hall organ
Adopt a pipe – There are 7,737 pipes up for adoption for a
minimum donation of £25. Supporters will receive a certificate and
have their name entered into a commemorative book which will be on
display at all recitals.
– Set up a standing order and donate every year – no matter how
big or small. Those who donate more than £300 will be named in the
Halls Heritage Reception with complimentary seats at a recital.
Those who donate more than £500 will be invited to key organ events
and recognised in a public reception.
Organ experience –
A unique opportunity to play on this famous instrument in the
company of one of the resident organists. This costs £500 and
bookings are required.
Professor Ian Tracey said:- “Hearing the Hall organ as a boy,
was the catalyst for my own love of organ music and my career
choice. It is one of the jewels in the musical crown of our
great city, and still one of the most important concert instruments
of its age and type in the world, with the power to excite the
listener more than 150 years on.
It is a quite thrilling instrument to play, even though age has
taken its toll. I am delighted to say that it is currently
undergoing staged work, which, when complete, will restore it to its
former glory and all donations, no matter how small, are greatly
Anyone who would like more information or to donate can call Tracy
Winstanley on:- 07753 832 718.
Letters To Editor:- "Harold Ackroyd VC MC, winner of the VC"
IN response to a request for
information about Harold Ackroyd by Hans Molier, from Roosendaal, Netherlands,
that we ran on
June 2010 Julian H. Ackroyd Peck has
responded with the following:- "I am Harold Ackroyd's great nephew. I am very interested to know
what the enquirer of the above request may have discovered.
Harold's date of birth is:- 18/07/1877."
Editorial note:- "We have sent this to Hans Molier
for you. We hope you both can get corresponding. Good
luck and thank you for contacting us. Please do keep us posted
of any developments with this interesting request."