MURDER AT ST
GEORGES HALL - A DICKENSIAN SPECIAL
ON Saturday, 14 June 2014, Lovehistory Ltd.
will be returning to
Liverpool’s grandioso St George’s Hall for another massive Murder
Mystery Dinner Event which will attract over 400 people. Murder at
Georges Hall; A Dickensian Special is the latest in their series of
hit interactive theatrical experiences set in the great hall, a
building loved by Dickens himself and hosted by the writer himself.
Spectators to this prestigious event will be wined and dined while a
Dickensian world is brought to life by a group of talented
professional actors, who will bring to life many of the infamous
characters who have furnished the novels of the great writer
himself. These famous faces are sure to delight and entertain, to
entice and fascinate, but audiences need to have their wits about
them, as one of them, has something sinister in mind.... murder most
But who is guilty of the heinous crime? Has Miss Havisham been
driven to kill or has old Ebenezer himself returned for mischief?
Does Nancy seek to get revenge on the wicked Bill Sykes or does the
ever so humble Oliver finally get some more? Don’t be fooled by
innocent facades, one of them has murder in mind and it’s down to
the audience to catch the culprit.
The great Dickens himself will require help in solving this baffling
case and will call upon the deductive skills of those in attendance
to bring the killer to justice. But, can the culprit pull the wool
over their creator’s eyes or will Dickens and the audience see
straight through the plot of this dastardly killer?
A Dickensian Special is the latest of LoveHistory’s critically
acclaimed theatrical experiences and follows the success of two
sell-out ‘Murder at St Georges Hall’ events in 2013 and 2014. LoveHistory have quickly gained a reputation as creators of
ambitious bespoke events and Murder Mystery evenings, and with 400
seats per event, these are possibly the biggest events of their kind
in the UK.
Guests can enjoy the finery, the food and drink and decadent
surroundings of this latest offering, while professional actors, all
representing the colourful and eccentric characters from the novels
of Charles Dickens, will be leave spectators on the edge of your
seat in a truly splendid “whodunit” dining experience.
For further information please visit:-
lovehistory.co.uk and a full sample menu is
available online at:-
Murder at St Georges Hall - A Dickensian Special
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Doors:- 6.45pm (North Entrance)
Tickets:- £49.50 (incl. booking fee)
Ticket price include a glass of fizz, a 3 course meal and coffee.
Purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queens Square, Liverpool,
online or via calling:-
0844 800 0410.
Group Bookings:- 1 in 10 goes FREE (book 9 tickets, get the 10th
For group bookings please call:- 0844 561 7672 or send an
Bargain compost bins on offer
COMPOST bins are being offered in Liverpool, at a bargain
rate to help boost the City’s recycling and home composting rates.
The bins will be available for collection from the Fern Grove
Community Garden, Liverpool 8 on Sunday, 6 April 2014, from 11am to 12.30pm.
They are being sold at the subsidised rate of £5 (waged) or £2
On 3 previous occasions the bins have been on offer they have
sold out. They can be reserved in advance e by emailing:-
Local Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins said:- “Currently 28%
of waste in Merseyside is food waste; and much of this is home
compostable. Home composters can be used to turn both certain food
waste such as vegetable peelings, or used teabags, and garden waste
into compost to grow vegetables, fruit or flowers.
The compost bins are great value and have proved very popular when
they have been on offer before. And this event also provides an
opportunity see a newly created community garden which has been
created out of a disused patch of land and is now used to grow food
Letter to the Editor:- "Change
to Sefton Borough Council Planning Protocols."
"THE Proposed changes to
Sefton Borough Council’s Planning committee protocols went through
unopposed at Wednesday night’s planning meeting. Key issues included
Mandatory training for committee members and the necessity for
attendance on the visiting panel for members wishing to sit at
planning committee hearings. There was some discussion about
reducing the time allotted to applicants and objectors to 3 minutes
an example was offered from BBC’s Planners Programme were this
practice was observed, however it was agreed that it should remain
at the current 5 minutes for both sides to air their concerns. It
was agreed that Ward Councillors would no longer be able to speak at
hearings without first informing the committee of their wish to do
so by noon of the previous day. The committee was a little vague
about how explicit Ward Councillors would have to be about the
topics they wished to cover. A suggestion made by Councillor
Blackburn (Lib Dem) was that they merely indicate whether they would
be speaking in favour or against the application. It was unclear as
to whether this suggestion had been adopted, however it is a
significant point as if it were to be, it would be sufficient for
the Ward Councillor to make that declaration on the night and would
avoid the need for lodging a wish to speak the day before. It was
decided that the circulation of materials and or photographs would
be prohibited, on the grounds that officers may not be able to
assess what weight should be given to such evidence, it was proposed
that this type of information could be communicated to interested
parties in advance, but failed to set out a procedure for doing so.
At least one Councillor said that they find information circulated
in this manner distracting, however it should be said visual aids
are a feature of Planning hearings and will no doubt continue to be
so, but once again no detail as to a new procedure and on what
grounds material of this sort would be accepted or rejected was
forthcoming. Having gone to strenuous efforts to ensure that
committee hearings are fair to both sides, a notion that no one can
fail to applaud, there was a very noticeable absence of procedural
protocols surrounding the practice of pre application submissions
and hearings before the Planning Committee. Something that is
increasingly becoming a feature of larger planning applications.
This is a practice were developers are able to make their pitch to
the full Planning Committee before their application is lodged with
the Local Planning Authority (LPA). Currently these events take
place behind closed doors. It only seems fair that if a Developer
wants to take advantage of a pre-application hearing, that this is
done in public, that objectors have an equal right of reply, and
that material to be put before the pre-application hearing is made
publicly available to objectors. As there is an increasing emphasis
within the planning system for “Front Loading” that is to say trying
to test the application and resolve issues with LPA’s prior to
submitting planning applications, a shift away from the open forum
that is the Planning Committee hearing, it is important that
objectors' rights are safeguarded, and full transparency is
maintained. These matters will need to come before Sefton’s Cabinet
and a meeting of the full Council in order to be ratified."
FREAGOFF, On Behalf of
Local Shops and
Pubs could get a third extra off there Tax Bill
OVER 6,000 businesses in the
Merseyside region are set to benefit from the biggest package of
business rate support in over 20 years to help high streets, which
goes live today as part of the Government’s long term economic plan,
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced.
Many businesses already get 100% discount as a result of Government
policy. The tax changes that come into effect at the start of the
new tax year mean nearly 300,000 eligible small shops in England
will benefit further. In some case this could give a typical small
shop, pub or restaurant with a rateable value of £10,000 savings of
30% extra or more when compared to last year’s business rate bill.
In addition to the new business rate discounts, specially targeted
to support small shops, all businesses can now choose to spread
their bill payments over 12 monthly instalments rather than 10 after
rules were changed to give businesses greater control over their
Mr Pickles said that thes new measures would make a huge
difference for struggling small shop owners and help businesses and
high streets across the country build a stronger economy.
Estimates published for the first time reveal where the premises
eligible for the new £1,000 retail discount are located. In
Merseyside they show an estimated 2,300 in Liverpool, 1,540 in
Sefton, 1,320 in Wirral, 580 in St. Helens and 500 in Knowsley.
A total of 6,240 businesses are now set to benefit in these areas,
as well as shops and pubs in small rural and suburban communities.
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local
Government, said:- “A key part of the Government’s long-term
economic plan is to back business with lower taxes. Small shops are
the lifeblood of local economies, and today’s changes will mean a
massive boost to our town centres; helping to create more jobs and
securing a better future for our children.
A whole string of changes to business rates kick in today bringing
new support to local shops, pubs and firms. In some cases
shopkeepers could see their bills cut by a third extra or even more,
which is worth thousands of pounds in tax breaks.
Together with our sensible changes to planning rules and action to
tackle unfair parking practices, we are helping local communities
secure the future of their high streets.”
Phil McCabe, Development Manager, Merseyside, West Cheshire and
Wigan Federation of Small Businesses, says:- "Business rates
are one of the biggest costs small businesses face so these
measures, which amount to £1bn in support for struggling retailers
and other firms, are a welcome step in the right direction. It is
important that local councils work closely with their small business
communities to ensure they benefit fully from the changes."
Lesley Martin-Wright, Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber says:-
“The £1bn package of business rate support measure is hugely
welcome news for Knowsley, and Liverpool City Region as a whole. The
package will no doubt provide the support the retail sector
desperately needs if we are to rejuvenate our high streets and
provide a helping hand for small businesses.
Whilst any government support is to be encouraged, it’s particularly
exciting to see practical measures being put in place that will
significantly improve the financial situations of the small shops,
pubs, cafés and family businesses that play an integral part in
keeping our communities alive. To sum up, this package of support,
including the business rates cap, the extension of the small
business rate relief and the new reoccupation discount will help
hundreds of Knowsley businesses.”
The full list of business rate support measures, unveiled by the
Chancellor in the Autumn Statement, that take effect on 1 April 2014
► A new reoccupation discount of 50% for 18 months for new occupants
of retail premises that have previously been empty for a year or
Allowing businesses to pay their
bills over 12 months (rather than 10), which will help every firm
with their cash flow
► A 2% cap on business rate
► The new £1,000 business rates discount for local shops, cafes,
restaurants and pubs (up to a Rateable Value of £50,000) estimated
as more than £272 million of tax relief this year
The doubling of the extension of
the small business rate relief until 31 March 2015, which will mean
360,000 business properties pay no bill at all.
Helen Dickinson, Director General of the British Retail Consortium,
which represented 80% of the retail sector, from small to large
retailers, said:- “The BRC welcomes the package of measures
announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement which are due to be
implemented today. The Government has recognised that the high
street has been under enormous pressure in recent years, with more
than one in ten shops across the country currently standing empty.
The measures employed today will help boost confidence in the
sector, support retailers to keep prices low and safeguard 7500
retail jobs in the coming year, as well as support local communities
by keeping more shops open.”
Michael Weedon, Deputy CEO of the British Independent Retail
Association, said:- “The high street has been crying out for
help on business rates for years and it was good to see the
Chancellor fully recognise the need for action in extending rate
relief and creating the £1,000 discount for small shops and leisure
outlets at the same time as he recognised the need for far-reaching
reform of this tax.”
The new reform on business rates payment options means a business
with a rateable value of £20,000, making payments over 12 months
instead of 10, would have lower monthly payments by over £160.
In addition, a new Employment Allowance takes effect which will mean
450,000 small businesses no longer have to pay employers national
insurance contributions. Pubs are also benefiting from the further
cuts in beer duty announced in the Budget.
Councils, businesses and citizens can use these measures to shape
the future of their local high street so it remains a vibrant,
viable part of the community where people live, shop, use services,
and spend their leisure time.
The Government has also introduced sensible changes to planning
rules to get empty and redundant buildings back into productive use,
and brought forward proposals to scrap unfair parking enforcement
All these steps demonstrate the Government’s commitment to
supporting businesses and helping communities to adapt their high
streets so they can thrive in an online shopping age.
MERSEYSIDE POLICE 40TH BIRTHDAY
Police are to celebrate its
40th birthday this year and they will be holding numerous events
across the County to mark the occasion.
Merseyside Police was formed on 1 April
1974, following the introduction of
the borough of Merseyside, which brought together parts of Cheshire
and Lancashire Constabulary with Liverpool City and Bootle County
The force is celebrating the milestone in a number of ways,
including an open day for the public to be held on Saturday, 28 June
2014, at the Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head to celebrate and
showcase the work of Merseyside Police. This event will have
displays by the force's Dog and Mounted Unit, Police vehicles from
past and present, a Crime Scene Investigator workshop and a look at
how the uniform has changed.
Chief Constable Jon Murphy, said:- "A lot has changed in 40
years of policing, not just in Merseyside, but across the country in
regards to technology, culture and social attitudes. Although the
environment for Policing has changed, I continue to expect the very
best from my officers in providing the most effective service to the
public. I would invite everyone to join in with the events being
held across the county this area, as it gives the public the chance
to speak with officers and learn about the force's history.During
this time of financial and structural change to the Police service,
we remain absolutely committed to providing the very best service to
the people of Merseyside."
Events being held to mark the special birthday:-
► An open day for the public will be held
on Saturday, 28 June at the Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head to
celebrate and showcase the work of Merseyside Police.
► An arts competition involving Primary
Schools across Merseyside to design a plaque for the Police
Headquarters. The theme is about how the police keep people safe.
► Schools Officers will be working with
Secondary Schools charting the issues affecting Policing over the
last 40 years and the challenges for the future.
► There are numerous local community
events with Neighbourhood Policing Teams such as youth activities,
sporting events and tea dances.
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