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Issue:- 15 November  2012

When law and hate collide schools project - Drama competition for secondary schools

THE University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is engaged in an EU funded international project on hate crime and is inviting secondary schools to participate in the 'Schools Video Competition' on the theme 'When Law and Hate Collide'.

What is hate crime? Hate crime encompasses any crime where the perpetrator's hostility or prejudice is based on the victim's disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

In the United Kingdom in 2006-07, Police reported 5,619 hate crimes in which someone was injured, 4,350 hate crimes without injury, ands 28,485 cases of racially or religiously motivated harassment. A significant portion of these crimes is committed by adolescents, and result from the intersection of youth and violence.

In its engagement to raise awareness, UCLan is organising a video competition for which secondary schools will produce a three to five minute video dramatisation related to the theme of the experience of hate crime, and its subjective impact on affected people. The video may cover the following:-

Any aspect or type of hate crime incident directed against a member of one or more of the groups listed.

The groups it seeks to protect.

A scenario suggesting a possible resolution of a hate incident or crime, without involving the Police.

Scenarios showing the way in which 'trivial' events may escalate into a hate crime.

A dramatization of the subjective impact on victims.

All participating schools will receive a certificate of participation from UCLan. The top three winning videos decided by a distinguished panel, will be awarded gold, silver and bronze prizes accordingly, with prizes of £300, £200 and £100, respectively. A formal certificate will be presented to the winning entrants by Lynne Livesey, Dean of Lancashire Law School.

Entries including a transcript, plus confirmation of compliance with Child Protection Procedures or requests for a hate crime factsheet should email Ashleka Manesha Ramphul  and Kim McGuire .

Closing date for entries: Between 14 December 2012 and 7 January 2013. Early submissions appreciated. Winners will be notified by email

25 years of Christmas Pasts

CROXTETH Hall is getting ready to celebrate Christmas – in true Victorian style. Thousands of pupils will be taken back to 1891 to experience life during the Festive Season in a Victorian country house.

This year the Hall is celebrating 25 years of its living history education programme making it one of the longest running programmes of its type in the country.  It is estimated that 50,000 pupils have taken part in the programme and this year's schedule - which starts on 14 November- is again a sell-out with 2,500 pupils bringing the Key Stage 2 'Victorians' topic to life.

Councillor Peter Mitchell, Mayoral Lead on Parks, said:- "This programme has enthralled youngsters for the past 25 years and it really brings a part of the City's history to life. For some of them it is like they are taking part in an episode from Downton Abbey but as well as being very enjoyable they get a greater understanding of conditions and society over 120 years ago."

Victorian Christmas is an educational experience based around a living history visit to Croxteth Hall, the former home of the Earl's of Sefton. The period interiors and historic estate are used to enable visitors to step back in time.

The children all 'apply for jobs' at the park, in a variety of roles, from footmen to farm-hands. The 'new employees' arrive -in period costume- at the Hall, where they are met by the indomitable butler, who soon lets them know their place in the strict social hierarchy!  Once the programme is under way the cast, of Rangers, volunteers and living history specialists, all keep in character throughout, as the children have to quickly learn new skills under the watchful eye of the household staff. Teachers are not excluded!

Lord and Lady Sefton's presence ensures the children learn something of their lives and pastimes, from pheasant shooting to social etiquette. Relief comes in the form of the servants' Christmas party, a traditional affair with carols, food and period party games.

The half day programme's success is based on the children's participation in activities of the time such as polishing copper pans, or feeding livestock. The pressure is on as they rush to get arrangements in place for Lord Sefton's Christmas house party, creating an opportunity for some interplay between the characters. Invariably the children tend to side with the character that is in charge of them from butler to woodman, gaining experience of how their role was perceived in the society of the time.

Inequality and sexism, alongside 'Victorian values' and discipline, bring home the social life of the time more effectively than any classroom lesson.

Victorian Christmas runs from 14 November to 14 December (weekdays, excluding Mondays). There are two sessions every day (9:30am to 12:15pm and 1:00pm to 3:15pm).

Are you interested in becoming a governor of your NHS trust?

SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is hosting a series of events for people who are interested in becoming a governor of the Trust.  Across Southport, Formby, West Lancashire and beyond, the Trust currently has around 1600 members. Once appointed, governors will act as the main point of contact for those members and will meet in public several times a year to feedback members' views to the Board of Directors. The Council of Governors will act in a shadow role until the Trust is authorised as a foundation trust. There will soon be elections for public governors to represent the views of members in the following areas:-
Area   Governors
Southport   3
Formby and Maghull   2
Ormskirk and Western Parishes   2
Skelmersdale and Southern Parishes   2
Northern Parishes   1
Rest of England and Wales   1

Anyone over the age of 18 can nominate themselves for election if they are a member. Nominees can only stand for election in the constituency in which they live.

4 events will be held across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire:-
Date Location Time
Monday, 19 November 2012 Edge Hill University, The Business School, Ormskirk L39 4QP 6.30pm  to 7.30pm
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 Formby Christian Fellowship, Church Road, Formby L37 3NB 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Wednesday, 5 December 2012 Southport Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport PR8 6JH 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 Tarleton Academy, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton PR4 6AQ 6.30pm to 7.30pm

If you would like to attend any of these events please let the Trust know, by phoning:- 01704 704714 or via email

All members of the public are welcome to attend, but they must be a member in order to stand as a governor.  You can join for free at:- or by phoning the Trust on:- 01704 704714 .

Winter Weekend of Arts & Craft

Winter Arts Market, St George's Hall, Liverpool, 10am to 5pm, Saturday 8 December  and Sunday 9 December 2012

THE largest arts and crafts market in Merseyside returns on the first weekend in December, offering shoppers the chance to buy handmade artwork and gifts in the lead up to Christmas.

Over 150 artists and makers will transform St George's Hall into a vibrant arts village for the event, displaying thousands of colourful creations on Saturday, 8  December and on Sunday, 9 December 2012, from 10am to 5pm.   £1.50 Entry - Children under 16 years enter for FREE.

A wide variety of handmade work will be available including intricate jewellery, original screenprints, paintings, tableware, beauty products, colourful decorations, accessories, textiles, photography, knitwear and more.  Also the event will have free craft activities for children will also be available on a 1st come 1st served basis.

Featured Artists & Makers include:-

Rosy Hammersley creates unusual folded book sculptures and handmade stationary from old maps and sheet music. She loves to recycle old and vintage objects and create something new.

Keith Francis Smith has been dubbed by the press a 'Master of Watercolour'. His paintings often feature Liverpool buildings and parks, which are finely detailed. He will be selling original paintings and limited edition prints.

Lisa Robson makes handcrafted and printed work featuring iconic imagery and imaginative illustrations using ink, embroidery and appliqué. She will be selling her prints, cards and bold textile creations including bags and Christmas decorations.

Peter Hamilton makes picture frames that are hand crafted from oak and ash, hand finished using a variety of stains and finishes. His 'Memory Box' frames offer the perfect place to show off cherished objects, photographs and keepsakes.

Liverpool Community Interest Company Open Culture have organised the event annually since 2009, aiming to provide the public a chance to access affordable handmade work directly from artists and craftspeople.

Cllr Wendy Simon Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for culture and tourism said:- "I'm delighted to see this event return for 2012. The Winter Arts Market has become a staple event in our year-round programme. It's a wonderful way for more people to enjoy St George's Hall and do their Christmas shopping in such a festive and historic setting."

Charlotte Corrie, Open Culture Director said:- "We love seeing this Grade I listed heritage site bustling with creativity and cheer. Why not support your local artists and makers and buy handmade this Christmas? It's affordable, more eco friendly and you'll have truly unique items that you won't find on the high street!"

Shoppers can also relax and enjoy some food and drink from the Can Cook Café setup in the Great Hall offering a scrumptiously seasonal menu including mince pies and mulled wine.

A larger preview of some of the exhibitors feature on the Market's  wesbite.

Southport Access For Everyone Meeting Update

THE next meeting of the 'Southport Access For Everyone' forum will be held at Victoria Methodist Church, Sussex Road, Southport PR8 6DG, on Monday, 26 November 2012, from 7.00pm. This is a free public meeting. The premises are fully accessible for wheelchair users, with adequate car parking facilities, and light refreshments will be served at it. SAFE said:- "Our speaker this month will be Alison Chester who will tell us about the benefits of having a Hearing Dog for the Deaf. Anyone with an interest in disability issues is welcome." If you want more information visit:-  or call:- 07866531036.

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