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Issue:- 30 January 2015

Reports below are as follows:-  Mark Watson is a:- "naturally funny man", National Waterways Museum secures Heritage Lottery Fund Grant, Heads up - 'Drifters' (1929) with live score from Jason Singh - Preston, TalkTalk customers warned of possible disruption.

Heads up - 'Drifters' (1929) with live score from Jason Singh - Preston

IF you like the films, take note as The Continental, Preston, will be hosting a fantastic night, on 5 February 2015, from 8pm. this event will see beatboxer, vocal sculptor and sound artist, Jason Singh  performing a live vocal score to John Grierson's 1929 silent film:- 'Drifters'. Using techniques of pre-recorded vocal sequences, live vocal processing and sampling, Jason will be creating a sonic backdrop of ambient textures, experimental atmospheres and rhythms created solely by the use of the voice to accompany the film. Born in London and now based in Manchester, Jason's work is rooted in inspiring people to engage in exciting creative experiences, through performance and participation. He has worked with numerous organisations across the UK, developing beatboxing and vocal sculpting as an art form. This quest has taking him to events like:- Glastonbury Festival, the National Portrait Gallery, the VandA Museum, the BFI and the Whitworth Art Gallery. If you do not know who John Grierson was and you don't know his work, John was an influential Scottish documentary filmmaker, who is often considered the father of British documentary. Premiering in London alongside Battleship Potemkin in 1929, his film 'Drifters' follows North Sea herring fishermen through their dramatic daily routines.

To book tickets for this show, please visit:- NewContinental.Net

Other UK venues and dates are as follows:-

8 February - Birmingham MAC

9 February - Scunthorpe - Café INDIEpendent

1 February - London - Canada Water Culture Space

This 2015 tour is supported by Arts Council England.

Did you know? This re-run of 'Drifters', was premiered at Manchester's Cornerhouse Cinema and has been seen in cinemas and venues from Orkney to Iceland already!

Venue note for Preston - Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. Also the venue cannot issue refunds to under 16's who are not accompanied by an adult.

National Waterways Museum secures Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

THE Canal and River Trust staff and volunteers at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, are celebrating after receiving confirmation of a grant of £790,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as well as invaluable match funding of over £50,000 from the Wolfson Foundation.

The HLF support will fund 3 key initiatives getting underway early in 2015 as part of the museum's 'Window on the World' project. The 1st strand will see new exhibitions and interactive displays created, including hands on activities for visitors of all ages, on the currently derelict historic slipway which occupies a unique position overlooking the River Mersey Estuary and Manchester Ship Canal. The other elements of the project will see the restoration of 2 of the most nationally important boats in the museum's collection – Mossdale and George. Each will be used to inspire new audiences about the history of wide boats and their role in the industrial development of the North West region.

The preservation of Mossdale has been made possible by the grant from the Wolfson Foundation.

Mossdale, the last remaining all wooden 'Mersey flat', it to be preserved, displayed and interpreted at the museum. George, a rare surviving horse drawn 'short boat' will be fully restored back to working order and will return to her original role as a working wide boat. Rather than carrying cargoes, George will offer a varied programme of activities and unique learning opportunities as part of a community outreach and education project on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and at the Museum during the winter months.

Through these working boats, the project will celebrate the lives of the many ordinary people upon whose efforts the Industrial Revolution was built and encourage people of all ages to engage with their waterways heritage and the rich industrial history of the North West.

The National Waterways Museum project's vision is to tell the story of Ellesmere Port as a 'Window on the World' – a once thriving port which was an important transhipment facility between canal craft and seagoing ships.

Ellesmere Port provided a link from the 2,000 miles of inland waterways to the River Mersey Estuary and the world markets beyond. The Town's prime location enabled its transformation into an industrial powerhouse, which played a pivotal role in the industrialization of the North West.

This great news follows the recent announcements of Heritage Lottery Fund support for the Gloucester Waterways Museum (£994,000) and towards restoration of locks on the Grantham Canal (£830,500).

Sara Hilton, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said:- "Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we've been able to fund a number of projects exploring the North West's waterways. We're delighted to help secure the future of 2 of Ellesmere Port's nationally important historic vessels and provide a fascinating gateway into their heritage and importance to the region's rich industrial history."

Canal and River Trust, Chief Executive Richard Parry, said:- "I am delighted that our partners at the Heritage Lottery Fund continue to recognise the importance and historic significance of the UK's canal network. Today's announcement will see over £2.6m HLF committed investment into the 2,000 mile network; helping to bring it to life for more and more people. As a relatively new charity, we are particularly delighted with the support being given by the Wolfson Foundation; a significant funder of museums and galleries in the UK; and look forward to a successful partnership with them. The National Waterway Museum showcases the history of the canals and the lives and times of the people who worked on them to its visitors of all ages. The museum is also home to our national archive and collection. As well as re-vitalising the Museum, this grant will enhance our educational programme, and bring the history of the waterways alive."

TalkTalk customers warned of possible disruption

IF you are on TalkTalk, the firm has issued a warning that due to planned maintenance to the firm’s email services; some customers may be unable to login and use the service for short periods of time. This email maintenance will taking place, according to TalkTalk, on the 27 January, 28 January and 29 January 2015, between:- 00:05 GMT and 06:00 GMT. "During the upgrades some customers may be unable to login and use the service for short periods of time." said TalkTalk.

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