Blind Sailing Association helps Henshaws feel the thrill of the open
members from Liverpool have attended residential sail training
weekends in North Wales, run by the UK North Blind Sailing
Association, which is also Liverpool based. The weekends were
arranged by Rob Owen, who was registered blind in 1993 and became
involved in sailing through the Guide Dogs Adventure Group, he set
up the UK North Blind Sailing Association with a group of
like-minded friends, with the aim of involving blind and partially
sighted people in sailing as a sporting and social activity.
The courses introduce people to sailing, with three visually
impaired crew, one professional instructor and one volunteer sighted
crew to each boat. "Sailing is an ideal sport for
visually-impaired people. Because it’s a confined space, once people
have found out where everything is and got used to moving around the
boat under sail, learning boat handling skills is then quite safe
and enjoyable." says Rob.
Lillian Juma, who has been visiting the Henshaws Manchester resource
centre after losing her sight suddenly, said about the sailing
weekends:- "I just went along as it looked like fun, but it
was more than just fun, I loved it, it was wonderful and very
exciting. This is something I’d like to do competitively – I’m
thinking of London 2012!" Lillian Joked
National Lottery funding paid for 44 blind people to take part in
the courses and covered their transport, accommodation, food, boat
hire and professional instructors and the charity managed to get
other funding to help them buy a minibus and to enable them to run
further courses of a similar nature this year. Rob has just found
out that they are in the semi finals of the National Lottery Good
Causes Awards, in the Best Sports Projects category, which aims to
showcase the best projects funded by national lottery money, and are
hoping to get through to the next round.
Rob added that:- "Visually impaired people can feel isolated
and this gets them out of the house and gets them socialisingb and
that can be the most difficult part. We need all the votes we can
get as this is a very important competition, which will help Blind
sailing gain national recognition"
Merseyside Area Manager at Henshaws said:- "This project has
improved the lives of many of the people we work with at Henshaws,
and it would be great for them to gain national recognition."
To vote for UK Blind Sailing Association in the awards, and to help
them to continue their great project, visit the National Lottery
THIS year we
are going to explore places in and around Merseyside that most
people do not know about, yet are amazing laces to visit or to shop
at. What we want is your help to find them. Email us to day to:-
firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas as to where
we should visit!
NEW DOUBLE ACT IN SOUTHPORT AS POUNDBAKERY JOINS SAYERS CAFE
café, on Lord Street, in Southport, was opened by local tribute
double act "Laurel and Hardy" almost 2 years ago now,
but the duo have returned and now they have opened the town’s first
Poundbakery! Poundbakery, which is owned by Sayers, has been
expanding throughout the North West, opening it’s first of what is
now 35 shops, just under a year ago. Until now the 2 brands have
been operating completely on a standalone basis, but Southport's
customers will find that this has changed. Southport is the first
town to trial both of them together and it is hoped it will be the
first of many across the North West.
Gill White, Area manager for Sayers and Poundbakery said:- "Poundbakery
will be a great hit here in Southport and will complement the Sayers
café just perfectly as it really doe have something for everybody.
Customers looking for a quick ‘on-thego’ tasty lunch can take
advantage of Poundbakery with its self serve counters, speedy
service, tasty baking and tasty prices. Meanwhile people with more
time on their hands can still enjoy a leisurely lunch or the famous
Sayers breakfast in the café."
Cathy added:- "Poundbakery’s success lies in its simplicity as
our customers just get it, everything they buy costs a £1 such as
any 2 pasties or pies for £1, large loaves for £1, treat yourself to
2 delicious fresh cream cakes for £1 and even freshly made
sandwiches for £1 so lunchtimes need never be expensive again."
Stylistics are heading to Liverpool....!
ON Monday, 28
November 2011, The Stylistics, who are the best-known Philadelphia
soul groups of the 1970s, will be in the UK, in Liverpool! They are
famed for their ballads, graced by soaring falsetto vocals and lush
yet graceful productions, which has made them one of the most
successful soul groups of all time. The band had twelve straight
U.S. top ten hits, including Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart), You
Are Everything, Betcha by Golly, Wow, I'm Stone in Love with You,
Break Up to Make Up and You Make Me Feel Brand New. The group will
be on stage from 7.30pm at the Liverpool Philharmonic on the Monday
and tickets are from £22 to £28. To book and for more information go