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Issue:- 11 October  2012

BBC New Comedy Award 2012 - The Next Big Stars of Comedy

800 acts entered this year. 80 acts competed in 8 regional heats held across the country, ten acts have gone straight through to the Semi-Finals with a further eight put to an online vote for our audience to decide their favourite 2 to join the Semi-Final shows. Last year's winner, Angela Barnes, was herself a runner up in the online vote; the public decided to put her through to the Semi-Finals and she ended up going forward to win the whole Award. Which means our 2012 winner could well be in this line up of 8; but they need the public's support to go further. Videos of all 8 runners up; including interviews and clips from their stand-up sets; are available to watch on the BBC New Comedy Award 2012 website. People can watch all 8 video's and then click to vote for their favourite act on the homepage:-

The vote is open until 12 noon on Monday, 15 October 2012, with results announced on Steve Wright's Radio 2 show on Friday, 19 October 2012. The top 2 acts with the most votes will go through to the Semi-Finals.

Acts through to the online vote are:-

►  Liam Williams - Runner up from the Edinburgh heat. Originally from Leeds, lives in London - Tottenham N15

►  Richard Todd - Runner up from the Edinburgh heat. Originally from Newcastle, lives in London – Brixton SW2

►  David Stanier - Runner up from the Leeds heat. Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, lives in Manchester – M14

►  Funmbi Omotayo - Runner up from the Birmingham heat. Nigerian Londoner, lives in London – Hackney N8

►  Tommy Rowson - Runner up from the Cardiff heat. Originally from Wales - Talgarth near Brecon, lives in London - Brixton SW2

►  David Elms - Runner up from the Brighton heat. Originally from London – Chiswick W4 , studies and lives in Edinburgh

►  Jonny Lennard - Runner up from the Brighton heat. Originally from Newcastle, living in London – Mornington Cresent NW1

►  Harriet Kemsley - Runner up from the London heat. Originally from Canterbury, living in London – Hackney N8

"We need audiences to get behind local talent and support the development of new acts as we build up to 2 Semi-Finals, at London's Leicester Square Theatre on the 23 October and Newcastle's Sage Theatre on the 31 October 2012 and our Grand Final broadcast live on Radio 2 and Red Button from Blackpool's Grand Theatre, where the audience once again step up to hold the final vote and crown one act winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2012, with a prize of £1,000 and a commission with BBC Radio Comedy."
said a BBC spokesman.

Go to:- to give these fantastic stars of the future a chance to show you what they can do in the Semi-Finals. 

The Old Christ Church Farmer's Market and Food Fair is ready, are you ready?

ON Friday, 12 October 2012, Old Christ Church, Waterloo (L22 1RE), will be holding yet another fantastic Farmer's Market and Food Fair. Also the The Friends of Old Christ Church have told us that as always you simply pop in for a pie and a cuppa in your dinner hour... If you are a regular visitor, you will already know about the mouth watering meats, cheese, Jams, Preserves, butters, veg on offer... So looking forward to Halloween, Bonfire Night or even Christmas, as that is not to far away, then this might be a good starting place to order in those extra special treats. The market runs from 10:30am to 3:00pm and enter is free.


Marsh, Mellor, Davies and Gerrard agree new deals

HAVING previously enjoyed 2 loan deals at the club, the Vikings are pleased to announce that Stefan Marsh and Joe Mellor have now signed 2 year contracts and will remain as permanent fixtures at the Stobart Stadium, until the end of the 2014 campaign.

22 year old Stefan Marsh has made 23 appearances for Widnes to date, scoring 10 tries, including a 4 pointer against his former parent club Wigan Warriors in the 37 to 36 victory at the Stobart Stadium back in March 2012.

Vikings Head Coach Denis Betts is a long-time admirer of the pacey three-quarter and whilst admitting to having one eye on the present, he is also looking toward the future and sees Marsh as a player that ticks both boxes, stating:- "We were always hopeful we could retain Stefan and we've worked really hard to ensure we were in a position to do so. Despite having an option to remain at Wigan, he has really enjoyed his time at Widnes and was looking toward giving himself some stability both on and off the pitch. The contract we've rewarded him with has offered him the peace of mind he was seeking and we're both delighted with the outcome. He's a strike centre and while we've been really pleased with how he has performed so far, we realise there's plenty more to come from him. I'm in no doubt whatsoever that we still haven't seen the best of him, because a few niggling injuries have kept him sidelined at times and affected his form. These are things that can be ironed out and we're confident he can go on to prove his undoubted potential and cement a place in the team."

Since making his debut in Vikings' colours back in April 2011, Joe Mellor has made 25 appearances and crossed the line on 11 occasions.

As he has proven in his 2 previous spells at the club, the 21 year old halfback has bags of quality and the ability to open up defences with his quick thinking and Betts is delighted to have secured the 21 year old half back's services on a permanent basis, commenting:- "Joe will be relishing the opportunity ahead of him. He found his Super League opportunities limited at Wigan, given the amount of quality players that were in front of him but from day one, his attitude and application at Widnes have been outstanding. He is a committed person and a quality professional, who leaves no stone unturned in his preparation and takes nothing for granted on the field. With all of our bodies fit and healthy next year, I'll have plenty of cover in the half back positions, which is a great headache to have. Retaining Joe and Stefan is further proof of the building blocks we are putting in place to ensure that everything works for us as an organisation."

The club also announces that Ben Davies and Alex Gerrard have both penned new deals.

Originally a product of Leigh East ARLFC, Ben Davies progressed through the junior ranks at Wigan Warriors, winning representative honours for Lancashire at Under 14 and 15, as well as representing England at Under 15 and 18 levels.

In 2012, the all action forward returned for his second spell at Widnes following an impressive period as a dual registered player in 2010. In his time spent at the Vikings thus far, he has made 41 appearances and chalked up 6 tries.

A front rower by trade, Alex Gerrard's quiet nature off the pitch belies an uncompromising attitude on it, supported by a great appetite for work.

In 2010, Alex made his senior debut for the Vikings as an 18 year old from the substitutes' bench, in the frenetic atmosphere of a Challenge Cup-tie against Wigan Warriors and he has made 10 1st team appearances to date.

Each of the 4 deals has been assisted by the continued efforts of fans fundraising scheme 'Vikings Quid's In', also known as VIQI.

Having been set up on the 10th anniversary of arguably the clubs most successful night when they beat Canberra Raiders at Old Trafford in and collected the World Club Challenge Trophy in 1989, the VIQI scheme has raised in excess of £130,000 since its inception. All VIQI subscriptions are in the form of Standing Orders, which are payable on either a weekly, monthly, half yearly or annual basis. Further details available online at:-

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