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10 March 2010
RELIGION" CENSUS CAMPAIGN COMES TO SOUTHPORT BUSES
bearing the slogan ‘Not religious? In this year’s census say
so!’ are appearing on buses around Southport from today. The
adverts have been funded by public donations and have been placed on
more than 200 buses nationwide as the latest part of the British
Humanist Association’s (BHA)’s Census Campaign, which also includes
the distribution of leaflets, local campaigning, and extensive
The Census Campaign is encouraging non-religious people who did not
tick the non-religious box in the 2001 census to tick ‘No
Religion’ in this month’s census. It aims to raise awareness
of the severe impact that misleading census data has in
policy-making and resource allocation. The campaign
and Facebook page have seen encouraging support and there has been
growing media interest in the run up to the census.
BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented:- "We are asking
people to be honest and if they are not religious, to say so.
Ticking “No religion” means that their voices will be heard and we
will have a more truthful picture of what people really believe
Many people chose not to answer the optional religion question in
2001, and research has demonstrated that many who ticked ‘Christian’
in 2001 did so for cultural rather than religious reasons, having no
belief in god or habit of attendance at places of worship. Other,
more specific, surveys before and since 2001 have demonstrated that
the real figure for active believers is less than half of that
produced in 2001’s census. Those figures have been misused to
justify a variety of local and national initiatives that include
increasing the number of state-funded faith schools, increasing
public funding for religious organisations, and the entrenchment of
religious influence and individuals on government and in Parliament.
If the 2011 census creates a similarly inaccurate figure, the BHA
fears it may lead to further exclusion and discrimination against
non-religious people and greater imbalance of privilege for
religious groups and individuals.
Swim-A-Thon At The Formby Pool Needs You!
THE Roy Castle
Lung Cancer Foundation is calling on the local community to join the
first ever swim-a-thon at Formby Pool. The event, which takes place
on Saturday, 2 April and Sunday, 3 April 2011, will see people of
all ages swimming to help raise money to defeat lung cancer.
This week Formby Pool are holding sign up days so people can go in
and register to be part of this special weekend. Clare Trevorrow,
Community Fundraiser at the charity said:- "It’s going to be a
really great way to start the Spring and I would encourage everyone
who would like to take part, to go in the pool this week and
register, so that they don’t miss out on the chance to take part."
Each team will be given half and hour in the pool to swim as many
lengths as possible, groups of up to four are welcome and there will
be prizes for the teams who swim the most lengths. Formby Pool are
also holding their Spring Fair on the Sunday so there will be lots
of fun activities taking place in the town over that weekend
To register please call into Formby Pool or the Roy Castle Shop.
Alternatively you can contact Clare on:- 0151 254 7216 or email:-
Are you the Southport
ONE poet will represent each UK town in
the National Poetry Anthology – the UK’s biggest free annual poetry
Entry is free and, like all the other winners, the Southport winner
gets a free copy of the book with their poem in it. One overall
winner also receives £1,000.
"The National Poetry Anthology is designed to encourage new
writers," said its editor, Peter Quinn. "It has
rocketed in popularity and we expect the new one to be even better."
Send three unpublished poems on any subject (up to 25 lines and 160
words each) to:- United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London EC1B 1JB by the
closing date of 30 June 2011, or visit:-
unitedpress.co.uk, or phone:- 0844 800 9177.
Pet project for Shops
A PET shop with a difference will
be appearing in Liverpool City Centre next week. Creature
Feature will take over the shop windows of what was the Lewis’
department store, and the empty displays will be brought to life by
a pack of very unusual inhabitants.
Unique, strange, cute and very curious animated creatures will be
lined up just waiting for attention from passers-by. Set against
backgrounds of mountains, clouds and even a moonscape, they will
react to movements from anyone near the window and will provide lots
of entertainment for shoppers walking past.
The creatures were unveiled on Tuesday, 8 March 2011, and are part of the
Shops Upfront programme - a Culture Liverpool project which allows
artists to use empty retail units for short term exhibitions,
workshops and art events, providing a platform for artists’ work and
improving the look of the area.
Liverpool city council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- “Creature Feature sounds
fantastic and I’m sure it will stop hundreds of people in their
tracks! Shops Upfront is all about giving local creative
people the opportunity to showcase their talent – whether it’s art
exhibitions, alternative therapies or something more unusual which
will grab the attention of passers-by. It’s a brilliant
project which brings life to empty shop windows and brightens up our
Artist Zoe Darnell created the creatures and Stuart Lanceley who is
an editor and animator has used his skills to bring them to life.
Stuart said:- “We wanted to use this opportunity to create
something special here. Part of the idea is to turn on its head the
usual habit of passers-by glancing through the windows at a static
display inside. Instead of mannequins frozen in poses,
there are animated creatures shuffling, buzzing and walking about.
Those very same windows now allow these creatures to look back at
The city council is working in partnership with Merepark who are the
developers behind Central Village project and own the Paint Shop on
Renshaw Street and the former Lewis’ and Watsons buildings – both of
which, along with several other premises, have been used for Shops
Upfront project since May 2010.
Ian Jones from Merepark said:- “With Central Village we are
creating a sustainable, vibrant community around Bold Street and
Central Station. Initiatives like the Shops Upfront project make a
great contribution to the atmosphere of the area and we are
delighted to be able to offer our support”.
FACT has also been involved in the Creature Feature project,
providing the equipment and giving essential technical support.
Shops Upfront is jointly funded by the city council, the Department
of Communities and Local Government, Arts Council England and
supported by various property agents and owners, and has been
running since April 2010. Find out more about Creature Feature
or the Shops Upfront project by searching for them on Facebook.
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