Liverpool & win £100!
HIDDEN Liverpool, an
exciting yearlong project, launches this week. The project will
unlock the history behind some of Liverpool's empty buildings in
order to create a vision for the future of the City.
On Wednesday, 14 August 2013, the Liverpool Lord Mayor and the High
Sherriff of Merseyside were amongst guest speakers at a partner
event, when the project was officially launched and the Hidden
Liverpool website went live.
On Saturday, 17 August 2013, there is opportunity for everyone to get
involved with a City Centre Treasure Hunt for all the family and
chance to win £100. The event, open to all ages, will see
participants solving a series of clues and puzzles, whilst exploring
the City Centre on the lookout for some of its' hidden gem. Under
12's will have their own challenges, with chance of winning a £20
Hidden Liverpool is a new project from PLACED, a Liverpool based
Social Enterprise, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project
invites local people to identify buildings that are important to
them, from grand banking halls to the local neighbourhood pub,
sharing memories of when they were in use to reveal what lies behind
closed doors. An interactive website and drop in sessions offer
people an opportunity to leave their own stories and read other
peoples', whilst free family and school walking tours will share the
tales of past users. The memories collected will form the
starting point for considering the future of the City's empty buildings. Public design workshops, a
seminar series and an innovative schools project for year 12 and 13
students will open the doors for local people to think creatively
about the role these buildings can play in Liverpool today. In
addition, a photography competition, three exhibitions and family
events will ensure there are opportunities for everyone to get
involved in the project.
PLACED Director Jo Harrop says:- "We're really looking forward
to launching Hidden Liverpool with an event that everyone can get
involved with. Liverpool has a fantastic built heritage and a rich
history which the project will celebrate and promote, and this event
will give people a great reason to go out and explore their City."
To take part in the treasure hunt you need to register on the day at
the Bluecoat, School Lane (behind Primark) between 11-2.00pm. At
just £1 per adult, 50p under 18s and free for under 12s and with
chance to win £100 and a £20 voucher for the under 12s, what more of
an incentive do you need to get involved and start finding out more
about Hidden Liverpool? Jo says:- "We're very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for
enabling us to deliver this project; we can't wait to get started!"
For more information visit:-
Will you be taking a look at the
Formby Photo Group's Annual Exhibition?
THE Formby Photo Group will
be holding it's Annual Exhibition which will feature over 200 images
from around the world from The Streets of New York to local views of
Formby. Also on display winners of the Young Photographer
Competition 2013 organised by The Rotary Club of Formby. Plus the
launch of FPG Calendar 2014. The venue for this years show will be
Holy Trinity Parish
Hall, Formby (L37 3HA) on 7
September 2013, from 10am to 4pm. Admission will be £1, which
includes:- tea/coffee/biscuits and free catalogue for the
exhibition's prints. Admission for Children free (up to 16yrs).
MERSEYSIDE MAN ARRESTED IN LEIGH
MERSEYSIDE Police have
confirmed that a 23 year old man who was wanted in connection with a
number of firearms offences was arrested on Monday, 12 August 2013,
at about 10.45pm at a house in the Leigh area. The arrest was
conducted in conjunction with the Merseyside Police Force's Matrix
unit and Greater Manchester Police. The 23 year old was wanted in
connection to firearms discharges in June and July this year on
Merseyside, conspiracy to supply firearms and conspiracy to possess
firearms with intent to endanger life.
OBLIGATION NEEDS TO BE CHANGED TO GET HOME INSULATION MOVING
"WORK has dried up and
thousands of installers have lost jobs and hundreds of millions of
pounds to insulate homes goes unspent because the system is too
bureaucratic and complex" says GMB.
GMB, the union for energy workers, commented on a report that
Centrica the UK's biggest energy retailer, has said that Energy
Company Obligation (ECO), aimed at making houses more energy
efficient, was far more costly than ministers anticipated. See notes
to editors for copy of the report in FT dated 12 August.
Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary for Energy and Utilities, said:-
"GMB agree with the criticisms of ECO made by Centrica.
The principle in the Green Deal launched 8 months ago of insulating
homes is right. Bills are going to go up and we need to take action
to protect people.
The Green deal is a miserable failure as we predicted. Radical
change is needed both to the Government Energy Company Obligation
scheme (ECO) and Green Deal. It is shameful that we have insulation
installers idle and losing their jobs.
Under the ECO regime work has dried up thousands of installers have
lost their jobs and hundreds of millions of pounds that could be
used to create jobs and insulate homes goes unspent because the
system is too bureaucratic and complex. It is madness and needs
Fewer than 250 households have taken up this flagship energy
efficiency programme in the first five months of the scheme.
Just 4 homes have signed up to a "green deal" plan, covering the
upfront costs of measures such as insulation and new efficient
boilers with the money paid back through savings on bills, and 241
households are going ahead with the scheme but have yet to sign.
So far, no households have had energy efficiency measures installed
under the green deal and are being charged on their bills.
The Government should heed these warnings."
EXTRA £500M FOR
NHS A&E DEPARTMENTS OVER 2 YEARS IS "A DROP IN THE OCEAN"
TARGETS are now being
missed as long waits in A&E hit their highest level for 9 years
with numbers up 39% on the previous year says GMB.
GMB, the union for NHS and care staff, commented on reports that
struggling A&E departments are to be given £500 million additional
funds over the next 2 years to help relieve pressures. See report on
Press Association in notes to editor below.
Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer for NHS, said:- "A&E
services were doing a great job meeting the 4 hour waiting target in
our emergency services.
These targets are now being missed as long waits in A&E hit their
highest level for 9 years. The numbers are up 39% on the previous
year. You only have to ask the 300,000 patients who have to travel
further or wait longer.
The Government know that it is their fault that patients are
That is why they have decided to distribute an extra £500 million to
A&E services over 2 years which is a drop in the ocean. GMB will
study this carefully to see if it is new money or if Peter is being
robbed to pay Paul.
Why don't the Health Ministers responsible such as Dan Poulter visit
their local A&E and speak to staff and patients to see what needs to
Mr Poulter should assess why his local ambulance trust is
contracting to a private provider ERS whose employees are forced to
stay at campsites as terms and conditions so that they can profit
GMB is also calling on the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt to stop
closing A&E Departments and down grading others. This
Government is now presiding over an NHS in crisis. The A&E crisis is
just a symptom of what this Government has done to our NHS."