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Issue:- 16 February  2012

Talks of Toxteth times

WANT to learn more about one of Liverpool’s most diverse communities?  Liverpool City Council’s libraries team is working in partnership with the University of Liverpool to provide a FREE local history course focusing on the origins of Toxteth.

For 6 weeks from 22 February 2012, Liverpool University historian Paul Booth will lead informal sessions at Toxteth Library, on Windsor Street, covering the history of the area, from its medieval origins to its development as the vibrant community we know today.

Paul will be sharing fascinating facts including:-

Toxteth appears in the Doomsday book as Stochestede, meaning Stockade, and is first recorded as Tokestat in 1207. The document with the King’s signature is stored at Lancashire Record Office.

►  Puritans settled in Toxteth in the 17th century, building Toxteth chapel. It became knows as the ‘Holy Land’ – a phrase still used today.

►  King Henry VIII ordered a deer to be sent from Toxteth to the Earl of Devon.

►  Parliament Street got its name from an Act of Parliament granted to the Earl of Sefton.

►  Alois Hitler Jr, Adolf Hitler’s half-brother lived in Upper Stanhope Street.

►  Jean Alexander, best known for paying Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street, was born in Toxteth.

The informal sessions are open to anyone, and will run every Wednesday up to and including 28 March, from 2pm to 4pm.

The city council’s cabinet member responsible for libraries, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "This is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about the history of one of the city’s fascinating communities. It’s great that the city council is working in partnership with Liverpool University to provide these free courses which will enable residents to discover lots of things they never knew about their community and this great city."

Anyone interested in taking part on the course can register by calling:- 0151 233 5428 or by via email.  Alternatively, residents can register at the first session on the 22 February 2012.

Paul Booth said:- "Toxteth has a most unusual history, beginning nearly a thousand years ago. This informal course will explore the evidence for its uniqueness through maps and documents, as well as Toxteth's present-day landscape."

There is the possibility of a field trip to see key documents in the archives at Lancashire Record Office, and this may incur a small cost.  The course forms part of Liverpool University’s Continuing Education programme.

Have you voted for your local NHS hero?

THERE is less than 2 weeks left for people to vote for local NHS staff they think deserve special recognition for their outstanding work.  Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s annual Pride Awards will be held on Friday, 18 May 2012, at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.  The Patients’ Award is an opportunity for patients and families to show their individual appreciation to a particular member of staff or team. The award is shortlisted only from members of staff nominated by the public.  Any member of Trust staff working at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals or delivering care in clinics, health centres and in patients’ homes may be nominated.  Nominations can be made online and close at midnight on 24 February 2012. They can also be made in writing by calling:- 01704 704714 and requesting a nomination form. Trust chief executive Jonathan Parry said:- "Our staff do extraordinary things every day of the year for patients across Sefton, West Lancashire and beyond in hospitals, health centres and at home. Pride Awards 2012 is the chance for patients and their families to highlight someone who they think made their experience of care that extra bit special."

Pride Awards will also be presented in the following categories from nominations made by Trust staff:-

►  Team of the Year (sponsored by Hill Dickinson)

►  Unsung Hero – Staff

►  Unsung Hero – Volunteer

►  Service Transformation / Innovation

►  Inspirational Role Model

►  Infection Prevention Award

►  Improving Quality and Cost Efficiency (sponsored by Allocate Software)

Beware of an email "help me" scam

IT has been brought to our notice that there is a very clever email scam occurring again. It has been reported to us before, but quite a few people are falling for it again. Should you receive an email purporting to be from somebody’s apparently familiar email address, often requesting money, then before you do anything else, very carefully check to see if it deviates in any way, however slightly; is there any letter and or number different to the one you have for that person? Do not reply to it, for if you respond they will have duped you into giving them another address to use. Do however give a copy of it to the Police via the UK's new Action Fraud website. Help fight to stop this type of scam... one way to stop scams and fake posts on the web, we suggest you have a code that you and your friends know, that you can hide within your electronic communications. Our newsroom team often uses hidden tags within emails to verify each other in correspondence. For example, "Hi, it is John. Can you help me please..." then the message with some think like "Thanks Max." followed on another line by "~>" Now most people would not spot the "~>", but you and your friends would. It can also be used on txt messages and other formats of electronic communication.

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