SMALL & FURRY
EASTER FUN FOR KIDS
TO celebrate super furry
small animals, Pets at Home, Southport will be providing Easter
holiday fun for children, with a series of free pet workshops to
coincide with National Pet Month.
Running from 1 April 2013, until 6 May 2013, National Pet Month is sponsored by
Pets at Home and aims to raise awareness of responsible pet
ownership and the mutual benefits of living with pets.
As part of National Pet Month, the Southport store will be holding
its Kids' Holiday Pet Club workshops at 2pm throughout the week
using fun, interactive activities to educate the next generation of
pet owners on how to care for small furries responsibly.
Children attending the events will each receive their very own
activity pack filled with the adventures of 'Pick n' Mix', a
gang of small furry animal characters, who will illustrate how to
keep pets, such as hamsters, degus, gerbils and guinea pigs, happy
The store team will be on hand to share their knowledge, quizzing
the children on pet care in a 'furry food challenge'. They
will also help children get crafty and create their own hamster mask
and hamster ears to become their own furry character.
Southport's young pet lovers will get the chance to meet the 'stars'
of the workshops, including:- hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs and
assist the pet advisors when they provide them with a nutritious
Store manager David Salisbury said:- "As well as being great
fun, the workshops are designed to advise children on responsible
pet ownership and about showcase each animal's unique welfare needs
and dietary requirements before they consider becoming pet owners
themselves. Young pet lovers in Southport will get an insight
in to the level of care needed to ensure these types of pets live
happy, healthy lives, as well as the workshops giving parents a fun
activity to entertain their children during the school holidays!"
After completing the workshops, each child will receive a
certificate and sticker, along with a pet promise card where they
make their pledge to look after any pet they have according to the
five welfare needs, covering habitat, health, wellbeing, diet and
To find out when Kids' Holiday Pet Club workshops will take place at
Pets at Home Southport, please contact the store team.
ACOUSTIC ACT GYPSY FIRE SET TO
IGNITE THE EPSTEIN
THE Epstein Theatre is fast gaining a
reputation as the hottest venue for up and coming musicians and this
trend is set to continue on 12 April as Gypsy Fire, innovators of
acoustic musicianship are on stage for 1 night only. With explosive
energy and undeniable talent which pushed the boundaries of what can
be achieved with a pure acoustic set up Gypsy Fire deliver a stellar
live performance which critics have described as a musical white
knuckled ride. Featuring the acoustic guitars of Will Barnes and
Stuart Carter-Smith, award winning jazz violinist Ben Holder and
Double bassist Paul Jefferies, all of who have a life time of
experience between them Gypsy Fire encompasses many different
musical styles. Inspired by the likes of Django Reinhardt, Benny
Goodman and Stéphane Grappelli, they span musical genres whilst
always firmly rooted in the rhythms of gypsy jazz. Individually they
are acclaimed soloists, together they are spectacular. Their set at
the Epstein Theatre will feature tracks from their latest album
which seeks to reinvent music from the worlds of classical, jazz,
latin, and blues with each piece performed with passion and flair
and always succeeds in drawing audiences in. Individually the
quartets are acclaimed soloists, but when they are together, as
Gypsy Fire, they are simply breathtaking. 7pm Doors open at 7pm for
an 9pm Show, with tickets set to £15.00. The show has an age
advisory notice of 14+. The Epstein Theatre box office is located on
Hanover House, Liverpool, L1 3DZ, call:- 0844 888 4411*
or you can also find out more information
and book your ticket online at:-
* Subject to booking fee.
volunteers turn timber into woodland products
FORESTRY company UPM
Tilhill, contractor Mike Gillett and haulier Les Hughes have donated
pine logs from their contract at Formby's coastal woodlands to a
local social enterprise, Workshop Wardens.
With the help of local volunteers and apprentices, the logs will be
used to create picnic tables, seating and litter bins, which will be
eventually used in the coastal woodlands.
Nigel Blandford of The Mersey Forest said:- "Sefton Council's
Coast and Countryside young apprentices will turn the logs into
planks, and they'll then go into their workshop and be turned into
useful items by a group of adults with learning difficulties.
The project will not only give individuals the opportunity to gain
new skills, it will also provide useful woodland items which will be
used by the public when they explore the coastal woodlands."
Mark Morgan of UPM Tilhill said:- "It's great to be able to
carry out a commercial contract that also has a strong environmental
and social dimension."
The essential woodland maintenance work currently being carried out
at Sefton's coastal woodlands has been organised by The Mersey
Forest and is being principally carried out to improve the habitat
for Merseyside's isolated population of red squirrels.
The project has seen some 4000 tonnes of wood harvested for saw
logs, chipboard and wood fuel. It will be followed up with the
replanting of 20,000 new pine trees in the autumn, which will
guarantee a source of food for the red squirrels in the future.
The Mersey Forest has been able to coordinate this woodland contract
on behalf of four major landowners with help from the Heritage
Lottery funded Sefton Landscape Partnership Scheme.
Merseytravel help Huyton Transport Ltd find a new breed of bus
HUYTON Transport Ltd (HTL)
is working in partnership with Job Centre Plus, Merseytravel and
Warrington Collegiate to recruit new drivers into the industry.
Following a successful pilot scheme last year that recruited 8
drivers, HTL are preparing to employ 24 new drivers into their
operation with support from Merseytravel's Merseylearn project,
which provides relevant training for successful applicants to make
sure they have every chance to succeed in their new role.
HTL Operations Manager Darren Stewart said:- "We've made a
real change in the way we recruit. We've worked closely with Job
Centre Plus to give people a chance that in the past would have been
overlooked. But in fact what's happened is that the new drivers have
thrived on the opportunity. Merseytravel have provided the funding
for the new employees to receive Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV)
training through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and combined
with sector-specific pre–employment training provided by Warrington
Collegiate they are ready to start with HTL."
Chair of Merseytravel Cllr Liam Robinson said:- "It's great to
see operators getting involved with the project. We want our
partners to recruit new people based on their attitude and their
abilities to serve the Merseyside public. This type of scheme allows
a new positive approach to recruitment. Not only does it create real
job opportunities for Merseyside people but we know that customers
will benefit from an increase in driver standards. Merseytravel is
working with our partners to achieve world class customer service
for all public transport users."
New recruit Steve Darlington certainly has felt the benefits:-
"I can't wait to get started. HTL and Warrington Collegiate have
been brilliant. They've taken me step by step through all the
procedures. It's a learning curve but it's great to get the chance
to learn. This time 6 months ago I lost my job and had no idea what
to do. I'm proud to have the chance to be a bus driver now!"