LETTERS TO EDITOR:- "BECK FAMILY HISTORY HELP REQUIRED"
"I am trying to
find descendants of 2 members of the Beck family who moved from
Hebburn on Tyne to the Liverpool area in the early 1900’s.
WILLIAM HERON BECK was born in Jarrow on Tyne in 1877. He married
Emma Florence Taylor of Hebburn and they moved to Birkenhead between
1907 and 1910. Their family was Henry, born 1900, Thomas George,
born 1904, William Harold, born 1907, all born in Hebburn on Tyne.
Harold Roland was born in Birkenhead in 1910. The address in 1911 is
43 Bidston Avenue, Birkenhead.
William Heron Beck had a brother THOMAS BECK, born in Jarrow on Tyne
in 1881. He married Mary Agnes Pratt and they had Leslie, born in
Birkenhead in 1910 and Edith, born 1911. The address in 1911 is 9
Rosedale Road, Birkenhead.
My connection is that I am the grand daughter of their sister
Catherine Ann Beck, who married William Frederick Denny. Catherine
died in 1923, aged 40, leaving a husband and 7 children. The family
was split up and my father, Thomas (named after his grandfather and
Uncle) was sent to live for a while with his Uncle Tommy in
Birkenhead, as he was a similar age to his cousin Leslie.
I would be extremely grateful if any descendants of the families
could contact me, as I will be visiting Liverpool in June, hoping to
find out more information."
Fairness Commission to start work
Fairness Commission will investigate poverty in the city
has now started its work. The Commission will
look at the main causes and effects of poverty, identify
inequalities and challenges, and aims to better understand the
problems faced by communities in order to develop clear long term
plans to make Liverpool a fairer place to live.
It is being chaired by Claire Dove, Chief Executive of Blackburne
House, a successful social enterprise charity. Claire Dove
said:- “It is very important that organisations work together
to help tackle poverty in Liverpool. Although progress has
been made in creating jobs and improving life for people, the latest
data shows poverty is still a major issue.
No single body has all the answers and we need a co-ordinated
approach with fresh thinking so we can deal with it, particularly in
the light of the public sector spending squeeze.”
The latest indices of multiple deprivation - published last month -
show Liverpool continues to be the most deprived local authority in
England. However, the number of neighbourhoods classed as the
most deprived 10% in the country has fallen from 56% to 51%and
Speke no longer tops the list.
The Fairness Commission will include representation from all
political parties on the council, trade unions as well as
universities, business, housing and the independent and voluntary
sectors. It will consider issues including health, housing,
social care, education, employment and crime using an approach taken
by Islington Borough Council, which set up a similar body last year
to improve the life chances of residents.
The evidence will be used to guide the work of the city council and
its partners to improve life for everyone in the city.
first meeting of the Fairness Commission at Liverpool Town Hall at
11am on Monday, will hear evidence from Professor Richard Wilkinson,
who chaired the Islington initiative.
The terms of reference for the Commission will be set out, as well
as the steps it will take to gather evidence.
Consultation on future of library service
on the future of Liverpool’s library service is underway. The
service needs to save £2m (about 29%) from its 2011/12 budget and
difficult decisions about how this will affect the current provision
need to be made.
The city council is asking residents to fill in the online
questionnaire which is designed to explore the views of customers
and give them the opportunity to have their say on what savings
should be made. Some of the options include having fewer
libraries, only opening venues on certain days of the week, changing
hours of operation, encouraging volunteers to help run the service
or have organisations other than the city council responsible for
the running the libraries.
Liverpool City Council’s Head of libraries, Joyce Little, said:-
“Due to the savings which have to be made, we will not be able to
continue to operate the service the way it is run now.
We need to look at ways in which we can make the library provision
much more efficient and reduce the cost and are already streamlining
back office services to help achieve essential savings.
It’s essential we have as much input as possible from residents to
find out key information such as which libraries are visited the
most, what times of day or week are they used and would members of
the public be willing to pay for any services such as the internet.
I encourage as many people as possible to fill out the questionnaire
to help us shape the future of the city’s libraries.”
The questionnaire can be found
and will be available until Friday, 22 April 2011. Some paper copies will
be available in libraries. All the feedback will be analysed,
and proposals will be drawn up during the summer.
The service currently operates Central Library, 20 community
libraries, a mobile service and a home delivery service. It offers a
service which involves providing a wide range of materials including
books and DVDs, giving free public access to computers and
organising special events for children and adults.
Merseytravel launch Art on the Network Competition 2011
has launched its 3rd annual Art on the Network competition, giving
artists across Merseyside the chance to showcase their work to
thousands of commuters, with the winning entries being displayed on
the transport network.
This year’s competition focuses on the ‘Poster’ as one of the most
powerful forms of media, dating back over 200 years.
During the golden age of the poster in the 1920s and 1930s it was
responsible for recognising and promoting the talents of artists
such as Edward Kauffer McKnight, who went on to dominate the British
poster art field.
This year entrants are being asked to design a unique poster which
is clear, bold and striking and portrays their chosen theme in a
Judged by senior representatives from Merseytravel’s Public Arts
Steering Group and leading professionals from the art and design
community, four winning designs will be chosen. Each winner will
receive a £500 cash prize and their artwork will be displayed in a
number of different formats on and around the transport network.
Neil Scales, chief executive of Merseytravel said:- ”Over the
past two years we have had a tremendous response to this
competition, so we are looking forward to seeing the ideas that come
forward this year.
The competition is a great way of involving local people; it’s a
natural extension to our Public Art strategy and another way of
enhancing the journey for people travelling on Merseytravel’s
transport system.” The competition is open to all residents or professionally based
people in Merseyside aged 16 and over, and each entrant can submit a
maximum of two original designs. Further competition details are
available on the Merseytravel Art on the Network
from Emma Lawrence, Public Arts Officer, Merseytravel, 24 Hatton
Garden, Liverpool L3 2AN. The closing date for the competition is
17:00 hrs on Thursday, 1 September 2011.