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Edition No. 69

Date:- 11 October 2002

Mark Bigley is Helping Southport Communities to Fight Crime

Speaking at conference in Bournemouth  during the 'Importance Debate on Crime', on the 9th October 2002,  Mark Bigley Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Southport's Conservative Party said:-

"Crime destroys communities. It undermines the spirit and morale of all people who live in them.
There is a need to restore civic pride and public confidence in law and order. The Conservative Party is the only party that can truly achieve this.

We all know that there needs to be a balance in our criminal justice system, but at the moment the scales are tipped in favour of the criminal at the expense of the victim ! That needs to change.

Crime and the fear of crime wrecks lives. Many pensioners who live in Southport have told me how they are regularly spat at, threatened, intimidated and are now afraid to go outside of their homes. They are effectively prisoners in their own homes. This is unacceptable in any society

We need our police service to engage with young people in our communities, on the street, on the beat, not in a police car, but actually, tangibly and positively engaging in our communities. We need to free our police service from the current over administration it faces and free up valuable time to achieve the necessary success on the ground for them to be more effective all round.

Most of all we need to ensure that parents take a degree of responsibility for their children's actions, and if that means parents helping to repay some of the damage inflicted on a community by the actions of their child then so be it ! If all parents share in the responsibility of their children's actions then we will start to make tangible in roads to restoring the true values and benefits that a community offers. Most do but some don't. We need to ensure that we can help children to leave a life of crime. Parents have a key role to play in achieving this.

In Southport we have a residents group that feel let down by the local authority and through their own efforts within that local community they have started to clean their own streets, engaged with their young people, this has led to a reduction in apathy and a restoration of pride, and crime has fallen dramatically as a result. All they want now is a Community Centre to help consolidate their work and this is being resisted by the local council.

The Conservative Party needs to support and facilitate actions on the ground that help communities to help themselves, and if this requires investing small resources for big gains for our local community groups then we should endorse and embrace this action. It will pay significant future dividends

Communities are our bedrock and they are crying out for our support. We won't let them down to do so is not an option.

Thank you "
Swing Shift Big Band
As part of the West Lancashire Community Arts celebrations Swing Shift Big Band directed by Phil Shotton, will be appearing in concert in the Rose Theatre, Edge Hill College, Ormskirk, on the evening of Friday October 11.

The theatre is located in the Edge Hill College complex. This is situated on the A570 St Helens road just on the outskirts of Ormskirk town.

Performance starts at 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm) and admission is just £2.50 on the door.

Swing Shift Big Band are proud to be involved with this community arts project which is hosting a wide programme of events through to the middle of October.

Information regarding The Swing Swift Big Band can be had from secretary Rod Cotter (01695 576371) or musical director Phil Shotton on 07949 679 162.
Latest Events and Exhibitions from the Tate.

Autumn/Winter Event and Exhibition Guide 
Until 24 November 2002 Liverpool Biennial:- International 2002
In partnership with venues throughout the city, International 2002 brings together thirty artists from around the world in a celebration of the freshest and most innovative elements of visual culture.
Major Exhibition:- £4/£3 concessions

Until 19 January 2003
Pin-up: Glamour and Celebrity Since the Sixties
Charting the changing face of fame from Pop Art to the present.
Tate Collection: Free

Until 1 June 2003
Modern British Art
This chronological display takes you on a tour of twentieth century British art, featuring important examples of Abstract art, Surrealist art pop art and Conceptual art.
Tate Collection: Free

Sunday 6 October, 3.00pm
British Sign Language Talk: Liverpool Biennial: International 2002
Join our introductory talk with British Sign Language interpretation highlighting artists and themes from International 2002
Talk: Free with admission to the exhibition (concessions available). Drop-in

Saturday 19 - Wednesday 23 October (not Monday), 12.00 - 3.00pm
The Big Draw
Join us for a specially designed set of activities that explore the gallery spaces and how they are used. This family friendly event will draw out your talents and put the point back in your pencil!
Family Event : Free. Drop-in

Saturday 9 November
Critical Forum Annual Conference: Art: Money: Parties?
A Collaboration between Tate Liverpool and Liverpool University
Chair: Andrew Brighton
A conference on the changing relationship between the state, commerce and contemporary art.
Lunch provided.
Conference: Tickets £30/£15 concessions. Pre-booking essential

20 December 2002 - 23 March 2003
Shopping: A Century of Art and Consumer Culture

Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation and The Liverpool Culture Company Ltd.
This exhibition investigates shopping as a dominant phenomenon of twentieth century culture. It will be one of the most ambitious and spectacular exhibitions ever staged at Tate Liverpool.
Major Exhibition: Admission £4/£3 concessions

Regular Events at Tate Liverpool

Every Tuesday - Sunday, 2.00 - 2.30pm
Tate Collection Talks
Every Wednesday and Friday, 3.00 - 3.30pm
Special Exhibition Talks
Join our informal half-hour talks offering an introduction to exhibitions and displays in the gallery.
Talk: Free with admission to the exhibition. Drop-in

Every Tuesday and Thursday, 12.30pm
Sculpture Tours
Come along to these guided tours around Modern British Art which focus on key sculptural works in the display. There's an opportunity to touch some artwork and materials used by artists.
Tour: Free. Pre-booking essential

Last Sunday of every month, 1.30 - 4.30pm
Great Art Adventure
Experience an interactive encounter with our programme of exhibitions, packed with gallery games and practical activities.
Family Event: Free for children aged 5-12 with accompanying adults. Drop-in

Every Sunday (apart from the last Sunday of the month), 1.30 - 4.30pm
Art Quest
Join Art Quest for an exciting encounter with Modern British Art. There are four fun trails to complete.
Family Event: Free for children aged 5-12 with accompanying adults. Drop-in

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