Happy Birthday Party For Wildlife Watch
Wildlife Watch children’s conference had a party atmosphere as the
groups got together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wildlife
Watch, the UK’s leading environmental action club for children.
Over 80 members and leaders from groups based in Lancashire,
Manchester and North Merseyside attended the event at the
Environment Education Centre in Penwortham on 7 May 2011.
The aim of the day was to bring Wildlife Watch group members
together to have fun and take part in a variety of exciting and
sometimes competitive environmental workshops. Activities ranged
from exploring the site for animals tracks and signs such as chewed
hazel nut shells and owl pellets, to building animal shelters in the
woodland with our Bushcraft specialists.
The favourite activity of the day was the photography treasure hunt.
Each group was given a camera and had 25 minutes to photograph 40
natural items around the grounds. The challenge tested the team’s
knowledge of plants and animal identification as well as the types
of habitats they may be found in. The elusive damsel fly was only
captured on film by one group but everyone rose to the challenge of
writing the word ‘WATCH’ with natural materials.
The quality of the photographs that were taken also stunned the
judges as they not only provided proof that the items were found but
many of the shots produced beautiful images of wildlife from a
child’s point of view. The winning team came from Beacon Fell Watch
group and they were each rewarded with a year’s complementary
membership to Wildlife Watch.
The day ended with cupcakes, goody bags and a chance to celebrate
some of the achievements of the groups over the last 40 years. Our
longest running group has been delivering environmental education
for over 21 years while many of our Wildlife Watch groups have also
taken part in national campaigns, wildlife surveys or received
national awards for their achievements.
Watch Coordinator Julie Norman said:- "When we asked the
children to sum up what it was that they loved about Watch it seemed
the range of activities and the chance to do fun things outdoors
were as popular as learning about wildlife, but we were surprised to
hear how many children value the social aspect of meeting new like
minded friends. Everyone enjoyed the celebrations and felt proud to
be a part of the junior branch of the Wildlife Trust.
So, if you wish to find out more about volunteering for Wildlife
Watch or know children who would love to get closer to wildlife
Chris Huhne’s "triumph" will boost jobs
Secretary Chris Huhne’s success in persuading the Government to set
long term carbon reduction targets gives Britain leadership in
Europe on climate change.
The North West Euro-MP and Liberal Democrat environment spokesman in
the European Parliament, Chris Davies, described Chris Huhne’s
achievement as "a triumph."
And he believes it will drive forward investment by electricity
generators who have been insisting that they need clear policy
Davies said:- "This will have a huge and very positive impact.
Not only will it shape our own energy policy but it will also set an
example for the rest of the world."
In Brussels a debate is raging about whether governments should
tighten the EU’s CO2 reduction goals for 2020 above the 20%
Supporters claim that such a move will drive forward investment in
low carbon technologies, ensuring that European industry is not
overtaken by developments in China.
But critics argue that, in the absence of an international agreement
to reduce emissions, it will increase business costs for no purpose.
Davies, who worked alongside Chris Huhne in the European Parliament
for 6 years, claims that Britain’s decision will shift the terms of
He said:- "Everyone has been hanging back, waiting for another
EU Member State to take the first move. The UK is today giving
business and government officials the clearest possible guide to the
future. It will change the way in which investment decisions about
electricity generation and energy saving will now be determined. The
UK needs to get back to making things, not just moving money around
and green technology will take advantage of engineering expertise in
the North West to create jobs on Merseyside."
Office of National Statistics releases latest unemployment figures
THE Office of
National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that the jobless rate
amongst young people stood at 20% with the trend in unemployment
amongst 16 to 24 year olds likely to rise and reach the 1 million
Research also released today by the Prince’s Trust warns of an
aspiration gap developing amongst Britain’s poorest families due to
lack of confidence amongst young people. According to the report,
based on interviews with 2,311 16 to 24 year olds from across the
UK, one in four of those from deprived homes (26%) believe that
‘few’ or ‘none’ of their career goals are
achievable, compared to just seven per cent of those from affluent
The research, which highlights a clear aspiration gap between the
UK’s richest and poorest young people, shows how more than a quarter
from poor homes feels that ‘people like them don’t succeed in life’.
Many experts are attributing the worrying trend to an ever widening
‘skills gap’. Carmen Watson, Managing Director of
Pertemps Recruitment Partnership, the UK’s largest independent
recruitment company responded to the latest reports commenting:-
"The government needs to extend funding for education providers
to get the youth ‘work-ready’ by changing their mentalities towards
work and providing them with the necessary skill sets needed to
break this cycle of unemployment and low aspirations."
Last month, Chancellor George Osborne also highlighted the skills
gap as a real danger and voiced his concern that the UK was falling
behind other developed countries in terms of having a skilled and
flexible work force; a situation that would potentially undermine
any future economic growth.
As a result, the government has announced extra funding for a
further 250,000 apprenticeships over the next four years as well as
launching its £60m apprenticeship initiative last week.
Apprenticeships should prove an attractive solution to both
employers and perspective employees as university fees increase.
However, Carmen also highlights that the ‘right calibre’
employers look for, encompasses not just the business-specific
skills required for their roles but wider more underlying qualities
such as the right work ethic and passion for the role.
Watson continued:- "The skills agenda raises much concern and
there are a number of vital areas we need to look at. A critical
area appears to be 16 to 24 years olds where we have seen an
alarmingly high unemployment rate so far this year. We are clearly
not offering this age group enough training and support and, in my
opinion, many fall out of training altogether. This is an issue that
needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency and we need to be
asking companies and training providers to seriously look at how we
can engage with and support an age group that are failing to get
Award-winning Folk stars to perform benefit concert at Wigan Parish
Church is to welcome folk music stars Chris While, Julie Matthews,
and Kellie While on Friday, 17 June 2011. The three will appear
solo, in duos and as a trio and will be supported by Ruth Angell and
Becky Mills. All performers are highly acclaimed musicians in the
roots/acoustic world and have won numerous awards. All profits
will be split between DIAS (a support group for women and children
escaping domestic violence) and the Greater Manchester Domestic
abuse helpline. As a duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews have been
nominated eight times for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the Best
Duo, Best Song and Best Live Act categories. The double live album
Stages was released in 2000 followed in 2001 by their highly
acclaimed studio album Quest produced by Kwame Yeboah (e2K, Miss
Dynamite, Craig David). In 2005 they released their stripped down
album Here and Now and in 2007 recorded their second live album on
tour in Germany. Chris While annually tours with her daughter
Kellie While, lead singer with the Albion Band and E2k. They
currently have two albums together, Chris & Kellie While and their
latest album Too Few Songs. As a solo artist Chris While co-wrote
(along with Ashley Hutchings and Phil Beer) over forty new English
folk songs for the TV series The Ridge Riders presented by Nick
Knowles. She has five solo albums and in 1999 at the first BBC Radio
2's prestigious Folk Music Awards, Chris's song The Light in my
Mothers Eye was nominated in the best song category. Julie Matthews
was in a duo with singer Pat Shaw, releasing an album called Lies &
Alibis produced by Clive Gregson. They were nominated as best
newcomers in the BBC Country Music Awards as a result of this album.
From 1990 to 1997 she was a leading member of the legendary Albion
Band. As well as her career with Chris the last ten years have seen
Julie producing albums including Helen Watson's Somersault and
Lifesize and Kellie While's Tenacious. Julie has two solo albums of
her own, Such is life and Slow. In 2007 Julie toured performing the
songs that she wrote for the BBC Radio Ballads. Doors open:-
6.45pm and the concert starts at:- 7.30pm. Tickets will cost:- £15
in advance, and £17 on the night. Tickets/details phone:- 01942
Help your local street in its battle to be crowned Britain’s Best
Street View Awards are a celebration of Britain’s best streets, to
be voted for in a nationwide poll supported by VisitBritain, Lonely
Planet, Fashion Editor of Vogue, Consumer Editor of The Sun, Deputy
Editor of GQ, Deputy Editor of Dazed & Confused, Fashion Editor of
Grazia, Founders of the Mr & Mrs Smith Guides, TV presenter and
founder of MySingleFriend Sarah Beeny and the Travel Editor of
On 6 May 2011, Google announced the shortlisted nominations for the
Google Street View Awards 2011, a celebration of Britain’s best
loved streets as voted for by the public in a global poll. 3
new categories have been created for the Street View Awards 2011;
Britain’s Most Romantic Street, Best Shopping Street and Hippest
Street, with 20 nominated towns in each category.
Shortlisted nominations for each of the award categories have been
compiled by a panel of experts from the worlds of travel, lifestyle
and popular culture including tourism authority VisitBritain, author
David Else (Lead Author of the The Lonely Planet Guide to Great
Britain), leading journalists Miranda Almond (Fashion Editor,
Vogue), Bill Prince (Deputy Editor of GQ), Tim Noakes (Deputy Editor
of Dazed & Confused), Kay Barron (Fashion News and Features Editor,
Grazia), Jane Hamilton (Consumer Editor, The Sun), Lisa Scott
(Travel Editor, Metro), Jade Beer (Editor of Brides Magazine), TV
personality Sarah Beeny (Property Ladder), Chrissy Illey (renowned
lifestyle journalist),TV presenter Dawn Porter, X Factor Stylist
Grace Woodward, Rebecca Holman (Editor of Handbag.com) and Juliet
Kinsman (Editor in Chief of the Mr & Mrs Smith Guides).
The experts were asked to nominate streets that fulfilled a pre-set
criteria for each category. Their nominated streets highlight a
series of British treasures ranging from famous tourist attractions
such as The Mall in London and The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, to
hidden avenues and courtyards such as Ashton Lane in Glasgow and
School Lane in Dedham.
Britain’s Most Romantic
Each street nomination should offer a reason as to why this street
is romantic, such as beautiful architecture, stunning views, a
romantic ambiance, secluded getaways, restaurants and street
Deal Castle Road, Dover
The Mall, London
New Road, Robin Hood’s Bay
Montpellier Hill, Harrogate
Marine Parade, St Mawes, Cornwall
The Street, Castle Combe, Wiltshire
High Street, Lavenham
School Lane, Dedham
Church Street, Stratford Upon Avon
Copse Hill Road, Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire
A591, Grasmere, Lake District
Tib Street, Manchester
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
A83, Loch Fyne, Cairndow
Front Street, Bamburgh
Mwnt, Y Ferwig
Bodfor Terrace, Aberdovey
Whitepark Road, County Antrim
Main Street, Crawfordsburn, County Down
Juliet Kinsman, Editor in Chief of the Mr & Mrs Smith Guides said:-
"I love our country for its rich history, multiculturalism and
mishmash of classic and contemporary; Britain's landscape flaunts
the same kind of wonderful diversity with quaint cobbled coastal
lanes here, grand city promenades there and all sorts in between."
Britain’s Best Shopping Street
Each street nomination should offer a broad range of shopping
options from independent boutiques to high street, clothes, food and
home wares; across a diverse price range.
Market Place, Kingston-Upon-Thames
Gardner Street, Brighton
Low/High Petergate, York
Skipton High Street, Skipton
Milsom Street, Bath
Bull Street, Holt
King’s Parade, Cambridge
Francis Street, Leicester
Low Pavement, Nottingham
Lord Street, Southport
Bold Street, Liverpool
Buchanan Street, Glasgow
Union Street, Aberdeen
Grey Street, Newcastle
Bondgate Within, Alnwick
Castle Street, Hay On Wye
Narberth High Street, Narberth
Lisburn Road, Belfast
Royal Avenue, Belfast
Jane Hamilton, Consumer Editor of The Sun commented:- "Despite
the downturn, shopping is still Brits national past time. And as the
shortlist shows, tough times have made retailers even more
innovative in getting consumers through the door. The sheer range
and variety of shops on show on the shortlist prove we're not just a
nation of shopkeepers; but a nation of serious shoppers too."
Britain’s Hippest Street
Each street nomination should offer a hip ambiance and vibrant
atmosphere. This could incorporate a variety of clubs, art
galleries, shops, cafes, bars, restaurants or street art.
Redchurch Street, London
Whitecross Street, London
Call Lane, Leeds
New Quay Road, Whitby
Park Street, Bristol
Fore Street, Totnes
Mill Road, Cambridge
St Giles Street, Norwich
Spon Street, Coventry
St Paul’s Square, Birmingham
Thomas Street, Manchester
Seel Street, Liverpool
Broughton Street, Edinburgh
Ashton Lane, Glasgow
South Shore Road, Gateshead
Lime Street, Newcastle
High Street, Cowbridge
Mill Lane, Cardiff
Howard Street Belfast
Henry Street, Belfast
Tim Noakes, Deputy Editor of Dazed & Confused commented:- "The
Google Street View Awards are fast becoming an essential resource
for inquisitive cultural consumers everywhere. I can't wait to see
which street wins!"
The 2011 Awards follow the huge success of the inaugural Street View
Awards last year, which named The Shambles in York as Britain’s Most
David Else, Lead Author of The Lonely Planet Guide to Great Britain,
said:- "As the lead author of the Lonely Planet Guide to Great
Britain, I’ve travelled the length and breadth of the country, and
seen many of these streets firsthand. For the second year running,
selecting the shortlisted streets has been great fun. I hope people
have as much fun voting for their favourites."
The nominations announcement is supplemented with new research on
Britain’s use of Street View which suggests that Google’s
revolutionary tool is more popular than ever before;
The survey results reveal that Brits are using Street View an
average of twice a week to discover new shops, restaurants, hotels
and businesses across the UK. More than half of Brits polled (55%)
use Street View to plan a visit to a UK tourist attraction and the
surrounding area, stating that the look of a street will affect
whether or not they choose to visit. Street View currently allows
users to view and navigate 360 degree street-level imagery in over
90% of the United Kingdom.
Competition is expected to be fierce as streets from all over
Britain battle it out for the coveted awards. Will Londons’
Redchurch Street, with its cool reputation and trendsetting attitude
be crowned Britain’s Hippest, or will it be beaten by Manchester’s
Thomas Street, with its crowd of diverse fashionistas and bohemians?
Is Belfast’s Royal Avenue the undisputed shopping champion, or will
it be upstaged by Liverpool’s Bold Street - or perhaps Cambridge’s
King’s Parade will take the crown? Can Aberdovey’s Bodfor Terrace
bring home the Most Romantic title for Wales, or will Newcastle’s
Quayside pip it to the post for the North East?
Sandie Dawe, Chief Executive at VisitBritain said:- "We are
really pleased to be involved in the Google Street View Awards for a
second year running. VisitBritain is very active in using social
media to engage with audiences across the world and inspire people
to explore Britain. These awards are a great opportunity to continue
that engagement and showcase the breadth of the experience that
awaits our overseas visitors."
Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist for Google said:- "After
the success of last year’s Google Street View Awards, we want to
continue to celebrate the beauty and culture of Britain today. With
Brits using Street View twice a week to check out various UK
locations, we feel it’s more important than ever to showcase some of
Britain's Best Streets in three new categories. We hope people will
once again get involved and vote online for their favourite."
The winning three streets will be awarded the Google Street View
Award trophy when they are announced in June.
To vote, go to:-
VOTING CLOSES AT 23.59PM
ON FRIDAY, 20 MAY 2011!