'Jazz' on the rocks!
ON Sunday, 25 November
2012, from 1pm to 4pm, the historic Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton
(Wirral), will be serving up a cocktail of musical delights.
Raphael Callaghan and Christine
Purnell's much-loved 'Sunday Afternoon Blues Club',
was held before at Fort Perch Rock, is to be revived for 1 day only!
Blues On The Rock returns on Sunday, 25 November 2012, for the
official launch of Blue Cee's new CD, 'Long Tall Sally EP
plus...' The duo will be performing songs from the
6-track CD EP, plus material from their long-awaited full-length
follow-up to Swimming Against The Tide, now due on 2013. Their move
to North Wales has inspired Raphael to write a raft of new songs for
a projected solo album, also due in 2013, and he will be singing a
selection of those too.
A gospel project is also on the cards and, if there's
time, the duo should be able to dip into that as well. There will
also be a harmonica feature in tribute to the club's staunch
supporter Joe Barrow. All this and the club's famous raffle with
super prizes. Admission £5, which includes entry to the fascinating
fort museum and artefacts, and refreshments are available; a great
day out all round!
This is a rare appearance on Merseyside for Blue Cee,
and Raphael and Christine would love to see old friends and former
supporters of Blues On The Rock. Don't delay, book your
tickets now by calling:- 07966 672078.
NSPCC asks 'Could you be
Santa's Little Helper?'
THE NSPCC's annual Letter
from Santa fundraising campaign is back! The children's charity is
calling on local people and businesses in Merseyside to become
'Santa's Little Helpers' by helping to promote the
festive fundraising initiative. Last year, Letter from
Santa raised £1.7million and 25,287 letters were requested in the
North West region. This year, the charity hopes to raise even more
and is appealing to local people and business owners to help by
distributing a few leaflets in their local communities, or even
better, requesting a Letter from Santa themselves!
Money raised by Letter from Santa will support the NSPCC's services
for children and young people in Merseyside and across the UK. These
include ChildLine, the confidential and free 24 hour helpline for
children and young people. There are 5 magical styles of NSPCC
Letter from Santa for children of all ages, making them the ideal
gift for families with more than 1 child as each child can receive a
truly unique letter. Santa can even write a special letter to
celebrate Baby's First Christmas; a keepsake to treasure for years
Janette Drew, NSPCC community fundraising manager said:-
"We're looking for local people to sign up to become Santa's Little
Helpers and help us spread the word about Letter from Santa.
Business owners could help us by displaying leaflets on their
premises, whilst individual helpers could hand them out to friends,
relatives and work colleagues. You could even distribute them to
local businesses, like garden centres and coffee shops, anywhere
you'd be likely to find people who would love to send a Letter from
Santa and support the NSPCC."
The reindeer mailroom is open now until 17 December 2012, and all
those who request a Letter from Santa this year will be entered into
a free prize draw to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Lapland for a
family of 4. Request your letter for a suggested
donation of £5 from:-
To find out more about Letter from
Santa and how you can become 1 of Santa's Little Helpers, please
contact the North West fundraising team on:- 0844 892 0253.
DURING RAID IN SOUTHPORT
MERSEYSIDE Police has
arrested a 51 year old man who has since been sectioned under the
Mental Health Act. Thursday, 1 November 2012 Police recovered
a handgun following the execution of a warrant on Liverpool Road,
Southport. During that search, a 51 year old male, from Birkdale,
was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession
of a controlled drug. Also found on the raid at the property
where 2 handmade taser-like devices, along with a crossbow, several
flares and a small amount of chemical substances. The chemical
substances will be taken to a laboratory for testing. The
Army's OED and the Fire Service also attended as a precaution and to
provide advice and guidance to the Police search teams.
Detective Inspector Rob Hill said:- "The action is the result
of an extensive investigation by detectives and is an example of the
Force's commitment to tackling serious criminality. The use of
firearms blights our communities and puts law abiding people at
risk. Merseyside Police is fully committed to pursuing those
involved in serious organized crime and will act on all information
provided. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank
residents for their patience and co-operation during this
operation." Anyone who has information about organised
crime or gun crime in Merseyside is asked to call Matrix on:- 0151
777 5699 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Skills Partnership has backed calls for much needed reform of
A report into
apprenticeships from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee
concluded that apprenticeships should take a more prominent role in
the learning landscape in the UK. It calls for apprenticeships to be
seen as equal to study at university as the country looks to grow
its economy through a wider range of industry related skills.
Liz Field, CEO of the Financial Skills Partnership, said:-
"The focus for apprenticeships shouldn't just be placed on how many
we can implement without looking at the effect the apprenticeships
are having on businesses. Apprenticeships are no longer stopgaps for
those not sufficiently academically gifted, or privileged, to get
into higher education. They are now available in many more formats
that cater to a greater number of job roles in industry sectors.
Getting apprentices job ready and tooled up with relevant skills
that will boost their respective workforces should be the priority.
They shouldn't just be there to make up the numbers. The brightest
and most ambitious are now considering quality vocational training
as an excellent alternative point of entry to a rewarding career.
Their appetite should be matched by an established infrastructure
whereby they can gain access to their chosen professions through
apprenticeships that reflect the needs of the industry."
The Financial Skills Partnership, whose role is to support employers
in the sector in meeting their skills needs, has helped develop 6
apprenticeship frameworks currently being used, with over 7,000
apprenticeships starting in 2011/2012 across the sector, spanning
all disciplines from accounting, payroll, book keeping and
professional services to providing financial services, financial
advice and mortgage advice.
Last year, FSP also received an award from the Higher Apprenticeship
Fund to help develop employer-led higher apprenticeship frameworks
in partnership with large employers. It has helped develop a number
of major programmes which have already commenced offering a variety
of apprenticeships up to Level 4, and one to Level 7, on par with
Liz concluded:- "We welcome the BIS report because it echoes
our own lobbying voice that has called for a closer and more
productive relationship between schools and the National
Apprenticeship Service, and ultimately the businesses themselves.
Apprenticeships must shift from being a fringe subject on the
careers advice curriculum and given adequate weighting in terms of
how the benefits of vocational learning are taught. A school's
success should be judged on its ability to reflect the changes that
are happening outside of the school walls and help provide the next
generation of workers with what they need to hit the ground running
in the real word of business."
Private foresters best detectors
in fight against tree disease, says CLA
THE CLA has said the
private forestry sector is best placed to provide early detection of
tree pests and diseases such as Chalara fraxinea (ash dieback),
which has now been confirmed in 115 sites across the country
including Yorkshire and Northumberland. Attending a Tree Health
Summit, on 7 November 2012, CLA President Harry Cotterell said
private foresters would have been able to help support government
action more effectively if they were engaged earlier in the fight.
Mr Cotterell said:- "The CLA has welcomed the Secretary of
State's commitment to change priorities within Defra to help control
the spread of ash tree disease. We are now asking for a culture
change within Defra and the Forestry Commission so foresters are
recognised as the best early detectors of tree pests and diseases."
CLA North Policy and Public Affairs Director Douglas Chalmers
added:- "Hands-on foresters in the private sector have a great
deal of expertise - they know exactly where to find specific types
of trees and they know what they should look like in a healthy
state. However, they must be engaged earlier to help control the
spread of diseases. Foresters and landowners throughout the North
are now in a race against time to check trees that have already
dropped most of their leaves, making disease identification much
harder." Also adding to this was Liberal Democrat MEP Chris
Davies, a member of the European Parliament's Environment and Public
Health Committee, has insisted that EU rules clearly provide for
governments to take 'emergency measures' in such
cases. He said:- "European Commission officials are annoyed
that ministers are using them as an excuse for inaction when the
opportunity for the UK to introduce a ban was always available. This
is not one of those occasions when Brussels can be blamed by civil
servants and ministers keen to pass the buck to anyone, but
themselves." The latest update from Defra on the
situation is available on the DEFRA