"Lazy town" Sportacos comes to Southport
KIDS Fun Fest, the first
ever children's festival will be staged at Shaw Hall Holiday Park ,
Scarisbrick near Southport, on the 7 August and 8 August 2013, possibly
the 1st ever taste of a summer festival a child could experience,
the event is aimed just at the under ten's.
Kids Fun Fest will open each day at 10am and offer continuous live
stage entertainment in the colourful big top through to 6pm.
'Lazy Town' Sportacos has now been confirmed to head the
Entertainment along with CBeebies 'Rhyme Rocket', top circus
performers 'The Rapide Brothers' the GLEE Tribute Show, from
BBC Television 'Ward Allan with Roger the Dog', from
Britain's Got Talent 'Faces of Disco', and the one and only
Around the festival site and for just the one admission price
visitors to the festival can enjoy Face Painters, Climbing Wall,
Archery, Crazy Golf, Stilt Walkers, Circus Workshops, Street Dance
Academy, Land Train, Inflatable World, Children's Rides, Crazy Golf, Zorb Balls and Puppet Shows with more being added all the time. Food
and drink will also be available to purchase.
For those who want the true festival experience you can also camp or
bring your caravan and stay for one night or as long as you like to
take in the beautiful Lancashire countryside or use as a base to
visit other local attractions during the summer holidays.
Visitors can save money by purchasing in advance from the
website where all other information can
also be found.
THE CO-OPERATIVE GETS AINSDALE
BUZZING ABOUT BEES
Merseyside Membership Committee wants to get Ainsdale locals buzzing
about bees on Saturday, 3 August 2013. The committee is hosting a
'Plan Bee' Walk that will set off from Ainsdale Discovery Centre at
The free event will give people the chance to meet experts from the
Bumblebee Conservation Trust and find out how they monitor and
identify different species of bees. Walkers will also be able to
discover which flowers and plants help create bee-friendly gardens,
and those brave enough will even be given an introduction on exactly
what is required to keep a hive at home.
Bee numbers in the UK have halved over the last 20 years and, as a
3rd of the country's food is dependent on successful pollination,
the "Plan Bee" initiative aims to raise awareness of
and help to reverse the decline of the UK bee population.
Keela Walsh, The Co-operative's Membership Officer for Merseyside
said:- "This event will give both adults and children the
chance to learn a little more about the humble honeybee and exactly
why they are so important. Without them, over a 3rd of the foods
that people are used to seeing on the shelves in our stores wouldn't
be there. We hope that our 'Plan Bee' walk will inspire Ainsdale
residents to grow flowers in their own gardens that will attract
bees, or maybe to even keep a hive themselves."
Tea, coffee and a packed lunch will be provided for all walkers on
the day. Children are of course welcome, but they must be
accompanied by an adult. The event is free of charge, but places are
limited. To book a place, please contact The Co-operative's North
West and North Midlands Membership Team on:- 0843 751 9181.
ANNUAL ROB VINE FUND COLLECTION
DURING TT RAISES ALMOST £14,000
A Director of the Rob Vine Fund
has praised the fantastic generosity of passengers on board Steam
Packet Company vessels during this year's TT after they donated
almost £14,000 to the charity. Rob, who hailed from Dover in
Kent, was a regular TT competitor, who lost his life at Black Dub
during the 1985 Senior TT. In conjunction with Dr. David B. Stevens
MBE, Chief Medical Officer for the TT and Manx Grand Prix races at
the time, Rob's family established a Noble's Hospital, administered
Gift Account. In 2005 the Rob Vine Fund was set up as a
separate Registered Charity (No 954 [Isle of Man]). The purposes of
the Fund have remained unchanged for more than 25 years; to provide
medical/rescue equipment and training for all doctors, paramedics
and marshals involved in 2, 3 or 4 wheeled motorsport events in the
Isle of Man. The collection on board Steam Packet Company
vessels during the TT period was 1st organised by the crew in 1995.
Following this year's donation, it means more than £190,000 has now
Dr Stevens, who is Secretary and Director of the Fund, said:-
"The generosity of the TT fans is fantastic. This is the biggest
single donation that we receive each year and goes towards
purchasing new equipment which is vital to those competing in the
many motorsport events that we hold in the Island. I would like to
thank those fans who gave so generously and the crew of the Steam
Packet vessels who help coordinate the collection on our behalf."
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward
said:- "We're proud of our crews who organise the collections
and each year the kindness of our passengers during the TT period is
incredible. I'd like to thank everyone who has supported the
collections for the Fund over the years."
Big Lottery Fund
Grant gives young adults a taste of independence
5 teenage girls who
regularly attend the centre run by cerebral palsy charity, Stick 'n'
Step, enjoyed a weekend of independent living recently when they had
an overnight stay at Barnstondale Centre on the Wirral.
Funded by a grant from the Big Lottery, Stick 'n' Step will be
organising four of these weekends away for different participants
who attend the centre. This was the first of the four weekends and
the teenagers were in control. Each of the five were accompanied by
an able-bodied worker from the centre, but it was the teenagers,
working together as a team, who were responsible for everything from
budgeting, choosing and ordering their shopping, through to the food
preparation and clearing away afterwards.
In addition to the benefits gained from a weekend of
independence and life skills, the group also enjoyed a range of
activities offered by Barnstondale including archery, wall climbing
Sam Tebb one of the conductors from Stick 'n' Step explained:-
"This was such a fantastic experience for both us and the girls.
At the centre we only have an hour a week so we use this time to
focus on helping them develop certain skills for specific functions.
However, over this weekend we had the time to let them explore their
own capabilities, with us there to support them. They were able to
push themselves to try something new, but also to relax and enjoy
interacting with their fellow team members. What was really
inspiring was the way they played and laughed together and looked
out for each other, even though some of them hadn't met properly
before this weekend. The weekend offered positive challenges for us
too. We all had to be able to adapt to whatever situation we found
ourselves in. The highlight for me was perhaps the archery though,
as regardless of everyone's ability, we could all have a go."
The next away weekend takes place in September and
Stick 'n' Step is looking forward to enabling a different group to
benefit from the experience.
Seventy children from across North West England and North Wales come
to Stick 'n' Step's centre in Wallasey every week to learn new
skills and ways of adapting to everyday tasks. These new skills can
be as simple as head control, sitting unaided to walking, dressing
or as challenging as running and playing football. By providing this
essential support, the children are able to feel more positive about
their future and their ability to lead independent, fulfilled lives.
For further information about Stick 'n' Step and how you can help,
sticknstep.org or alternatively
contact Sarah Smithson, Operations Manager on:- 0151 638 0888.