People's choir sings for
WIRRAL shoppers enjoyed the golden sound of a people's
choir which is led by a children's TV presenter and singer who once sang backing
vocals for Westlife.
Visitors to Pyramids Shopping Centre on Saturday were stopped in their tracks
when members of the PopVox Choir, led by Heswall actress, presenter and
performer Emma Nowell, struck up into song in a flash-mob style opening to their
2 hour long performance at the busy Wirral retail hub.
The musical group was put together 4 years ago by Emma, who supported Westlife
during her time as a professional backing singer which saw her also rub
shoulders with stars such as Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez and Robbie Williams,
with the aim of putting a smile on people's faces.
Since then, the fun and friendly choir, has thrilled audiences at a host of
venues across the Wirral, Liverpool and North Wales.
Speaking after the performance, Emma, 31, said:- "The choir thoroughly
enjoyed the performance at Pyramids Shopping Centre on Saturday. The flash mob
was lots of fun and members of the public were dancing and singing along with
us. There was a fantastic atmosphere there."
Derek Millar, Commercial Director for Pyramids Shopping Centre, said:-
"The PopVox choir brought a great vibe to a Saturday shopping day over the
weekend and people could not help, but stop and join in.
As the main shopping centre at the heart of the Wirral we are always keen to
reach out and support talented groups like PopVox which are unique to our area
and we can be the perfect venue for them to showcase what they do."
Emma is best known for being one of the regular presenters on the
pre-school television programme Hi-5, which is screened every day on the
Cartoonito channel and has been seen on ITV 1 and ITV 4. She also has theatre
and film appearances on her long lift of professional credits including the
smash hit musical Blood Brothers.
Explaining why she decided to strike a new chord by starting the PopVox Choir
she said:- "The idea for it came to me when I decided to use my
professional experience and love of music to create a contemporary fun and
friendly choir for adults.
Singing is fantastic in so many ways. It boosts health, self confidence and
makes you feel great. Through the power of song everyone leaves PopVox with a
smile on their face.
We have about 60 members in the choir whose ages range from mid twenties to
their sixties and although most of them are ladies at the moment I am anxious to
recruit more men.
Our members come from a variety of backgrounds but lots of them are teachers or
We meet every Monday evening from 7.30pm, at Heswall British Legion Club in Pensby
Road and work towards various live appearances."
As a singer, Emma has been a backing vocalist for various music
industry artists, performing on Top of the Pops and The Eurovision Song Contest.
She recalled:- "During my career I've been lucky enough to work with or
meet some really big show business names such as Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez
and Robbie Williams.
I met most of them during my time as a backing singer at various awards nights
like the 2004 Top of the Pops at the MEN Arena in Manchester where I backed
Westlife as they performed their hit song Queen of My Heart.
In 2003 I was a backing singer for the Liverpool group Jemini at the Eurovision
song contest in Latvia.
Each Christmas I like to appear in local pantomimes. Over the past few years
I've worked alongside stars such as Sean Williamson, who played Barry in
EastEnders, Colin Baker of Dr Who fame and Ruth Madoc from comedy show Hi De
For more details about the choir go to:-
Noise Pollution and Our
STUDIES suggest noise pollution can be
detrimental to health and linked to conditions such as stress, insomnia and even
heart attacks. The World Health Organisation have even suggested that around
3,300 deaths from strokes and heart attacks each year in the UK could be
attributed to noise pollution.
With the UK becoming an increasingly populated nation, particularly in urban and
suburban areas, the level of noise pollution may be likely to rise in the future
with more construction, transport and people adding to the issue.
BuildingMaterials.Co.UK ran a poll of 1000 Britons to find out which noises
affect them the most.
The noise from building work; for example drilling or hammering; was named by
the highest number of respondents (27%) as the sound that annoys them the most.
These types of construction noises are more annoying to women than men, with 32%
of females who participated in our poll naming this as their top choice for the
most irritating sound, compared to 26% for males.
A close 2nd on the list was the noise from alarms. Overall, 23% of
participants in our poll said they found the sound of car or house alarms to be
the most annoying.
However looking at just the female vote, noise from neighbours (such as shouting
or playing music too loudly) was considered to be the second most annoying
behind building work.
Other noises people find annoying include sounds from animals, like dogs barking
(15% named this as their top answer) and children playing outside (9% citing
this as the sound that most irritates them).
Based on their findings, the team at BuildingMaterials.co.uk have provided
suggestions on how to prevent noise pollution entering your home!
► WINDOWS - A first step is to look at any gaps around windows and make sure they are
properly sealed. Triple glazed windows add an extra layer of air and glass to
what you would get with double glazing, bringing added sound
► DOORS - A door with a solid core made from a material such as wood will offer improved
insulation over hollow doors or those filled with a lightweight material. It's
also worth paying attention to the small gaps around your doors and installing
► INSULATED PLASTERBOARD - Sound insulating or acoustic plasterboard has a high density core and is great
both for stopping noise from entering your home from the outside and for sound
proofing rooms in your house (like home cinemas or music rooms) to reduce
internal noise distribution. The boards are applied directly to the walls and
become invisible once finished and decorated.
► CURTAINS - Drapes or curtains in heavy fabrics such as wool can help to absorb more sound
from entering a room via windows and doors. There are also special sound
absorbing materials from which curtains can be made.
World Social Work Day marked
SENIOR managers met with social workers
in Liverpool to mark World Social Work day to celebrate the invaluable
contribution they make to local communities.
Liverpool City Council has social workers in both adults'and children's
services and also in its contact centre, Careline.
Bernie Brown, Assistant Director in Children's Services, said:- "We
welcome the opportunity to publicly say thank you to our social workers,
residential social workers, family support workers and support staff who deliver
social work to families in Liverpool.
Their dedication to delivering better outcomes for young people and families is
second to none. Every day they are making a positive different to people's lives
in the face of extremely challenging circumstances. This is a day to recognise
their invaluable work and it was great to thank them in person."
Director of Adult Services and Health, Samih Kalakeche, added:- "We're
always grateful for the work that our social workers do in working with the
City's most vulnerable adults to ensure that they have the right support to live
as independently as they can.
World Social Work Day lets us shine a well deserved spotlight on this group of
colleagues and to remind everyone of their skills and how vital they are to our
communities and say thank you for their expertise and commitment."
Thousands join race to find
lifesaver for 7 year old Finn
THOUSANDS of people have joined a race
against time to find someone who can save the life of a 7 year old boy.
Delete Blood Cancer UK has had several thousand people register with it as
potential blood stem cell donors in the last week in response to an appeal for
Finn McEwen. Finn, who is from Liverpool, has just been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), a bone marrow disorder that in children can
rapidly develop into acute myeloid leukaemia. He needs a blood stem cell
donation from someone with the same tissue-type as him as that is the only
potential cure for the condition, and so a matching donor is urgently sought for
Finn is funny, polite and bright, and a huge fan of Minecraft and football. He
has a younger brother and sister, Lucas and Seren, His mum Carole says:-
"Finn is the most mature, sensitive and caring 7-year-old you could ever meet,
and his first thought is always for other people's feelings. He is the best big
brother and is always looking out for his little brother, sister and cousins,
who adore him. All I want for him now is to get well so that he can continue
doing the things he loves. I would urge anyone who hasn't yet registered as a
potential blood stem cell donor to take a few minutes to register. It is so easy
to do, but so incredibly important."
Emphasising how crucial it is that people register, Joe Hallett, Donor
Recruitment Manager at Delete Blood Cancer UK, said:- "We have seen a
massive rise in people registering as a result of Finn's appeal but we need
many, many more to register. Finding a tissue match is a bit like winning the
lottery and the more people registered the better the chances of a patient
finding their lifesaving match."
You can register in 5 minutes online and request a cheek swab kit that will
enable you to do your own tissue test to become a potential blood stem cell
donor through the Delete Blood Cancer UK