Army Engineers take over
ARMY Engineers from Liverpool are
taking over Knowsley College for a day to introduce students and local people
aged 18 and over to the Army Reserve, and the training and employment
opportunities available as a part time soldier.
125 Field Company 101 Battalion REME are based in Allerton, Liverpool, and are
recruiting from across Merseyside. 101 Battalion are the Armyís Mechanical
Engineers for the North West of England. As an Army Reserve Battalion, they are
there to augment Regular operations. They also provide support to the regionís
other Army Reserve units and have a peacetime role providing equipment support
and vehicle maintenance.
There is a huge range of roles on offer with
101 Battalion. Recruits get paid to train and have the opportunity to earn an
annual tax-free bonus. Army Reservists get the training and skills they need to
work alongside their Regular counterparts, skills which they can also use in
their day jobs. 101 Battalion also offers Access to Engineering (A2E), a three
month full time traineeship. Recruits will complete basic soldier and
engineering training, and successful trainees will finish the course as an Army
Reservist and REME tradesman. There are additional opportunities to get a basic
driving license, take part in sports and adventure and make new friends.
Cfn Mel Stevenson, 30, joined the unit last
year after a career in the Regular Army. During her day job she works on an
offshore drilling installation in the North Sea. She lives with her partner and
2 dogs. Mel said:- "The Army
Reserve has provided me with mechanical engineering training which sets me apart
from the other people I work with in my day job. Itís also a way of keeping fit
and active on my time off. Being a Reservist is something to be proud of, and
you gain life skills and experience."
Cfn Tony Davies-Musker, 26, joined the Army
Reserve in 2008. He works full time at Altcar Training Camp on Merseyside, and
lives in Litherland with his wife and children. Tony said:- "I joined the
Army Reserve because I wanted to do something a little bit different and
challenging. Since joining, I have been on various courses qualifying me as a
Class 2 Vehicle Mechanic and a Physical Training Instructor. I have also
achieved my HGV driverís license. Being a Reservist you get the opportunity to
gain valuable qualifications and to travel. You meet a diverse group of people
who become friends for life."
Lt Col David Harris, Commanding Officer 101
Battalion, said:- "We're really thrilled to be at Knowsley College to show
young people in Liverpool some of the opportunities available as a Reservist. We
can offer comprehensive training over a short period of time, full time payment
for up to three months and driversí licenses. At the end of the three months,
recruits will have a basic level of engineering.
Iím asking young people in Liverpool to come to Knowsley College and have a look
at the Army Reserve. We can offer a variety of part time employment
opportunities and even pension opportunities. I hope that when people realise
what qualifications we can give them as part of the process, they will
understand what a great part time job opportunity this could be for them."
The 101 Battalion REME Open Day will be held on Saturday, 28 March 2015, from 10am at
Knowsley Community College.
125 Field Company parade on Wednesday nights, at Mather Avenue Army Reserve
Centre, in Allerton. For more information about the Army Reserve, visit:-
Army.MOD.UK/ArmyJobs or call 125 Fd Coy on:- 07468 700197.
electricity supplier and saving millions
AROUND £18.9 million was saved by
270,000 households in the North West in the last 6 months, simply by changing
The figures, released as part of the 'Power to Switch' campaign, show
that within the North West:-
► 38,000 households in Manchester saved around £2.7 million
► 25,000 households in Liverpool saved around £1.8 million
► 21,000 households in Chester saved around £1.5 million
The 'Power to Switch' campaign encourages people to switch supplier and
save money by visiting:-
BeAnEnergyShopper.com. Millions of
people can save around £200; and some can save even more.
Nationally, during a 4 week period for the campaign, both gas and electricity switches through price comparison sites resulted in 130,000 households saving
£38 million; an increase of 193% on the previous year.
Wrapping up the campaign, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, said:-
"Switching puts money back in peopleís pockets; and thanks to our
reforms, thousands are taking advantage of cheaper deals and a more competitive
We want even more people to join the thousands who are switching and saving
Energy and Climate Change Minister, Amber Rudd, said:- "With 27 energy
companies on the market and some fixed deals £100 cheaper than they were a year
ago, thereís never been a better time to find a great deal, switch and save."
The Governmentís programme of energy market reform
► Halving switching times - it now takes only 17 days to switch energy supplier
down from 5 weeks last year
► Encouraging new suppliers on to the market;
there are now 21 independent suppliers
► Legislating to back Ofgem reforms that force energy companies to make energy
bills clearer; and providing information for customers about how to switch
For more information about how to switch energy supplier visit:-
BeAnEnergyShopper.com or call the Energy Saving Advice
Service on:- 0300 123 1234.
Review:- "Mixed reaction
for Disney on Ice"
THE Magical Ice Festival that took place at
Echo Arena Liverpool over, but reviews being given about this show, which was
held over 18 March to 22 March 2015 have been very mixed. It was almost a sell
out on the opening night thanks to the fantastic PR it received. The event
proved that it would "whisk you away to the wintery world of Disney.", however,
for adults, it might have missed some of the enchantment it had promised. But
for kids, it seemed to be an exciting site, especially with the highlight,
Frozen, which was unsurprisingly left until the end, but only to a point. The
most magical moments for the children were probably those with snowman Olaf,
also Ariel, from The Little Mermaid did pull some of the audience out of their
shells at times.... Other than that I don't know what to say about this show.
The skating was of an extremely good standard, but the actual performance itself
was hard to follow. Personally, I felt it went on too long and many of the
children, in my view, had appeared to get too tired when staying until the end.
I had spotted that families had seemed to been waiting for Frozen to come on,
but some clearly gave up and started to leave before the finale. Possibly Disney
had hoped that by having it on at the end it would have kept the children
interested. I don't want to knock the show too much as it is a fantastic
experience and a good idea; it was just the length that was the major issue.
When adults appear to be bored, you know you have issues to address about
attention spans. Ok, it is for children, but I have never seen this at a Disney
event before... I could see lots of people on their phones, in fact the person
in front of me was watching a football game on his iPad and someone else was
playing games on their phone. As I said the performers were great, with the
usual variety of characters Beauty and The Beast, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy,
Donald Duck, The Little Mermaid, Tangled and of course Frozen... but it was just
too long. Sorry, it was not a hit with me this time!
Changes to hospital parking
PARKING for patients
and visitors should increase by at least 120 spaces at Ormskirk and District
General Hospital later this year.
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is seeking planning permission to
expand parking at the top of the main car park which faces the hospital
entrance. The land is currently set aside for helicopter transfers.
Neil Aindow, Capital Projects Manager, said:- "There are now few occasions
when this facility is needed. By making alternative arrangements we can use this
land more productively for the benefit of patients and visitors."
The Trust also announced charges for some visitors parking at Ormskirk and
Southport hospitals will rise from 1 April 2015. It is the first increase since
2013. Parking for staff will also cost more.
||Fee from 1 April
|Less than 20 mins
|20 mins to 2 hours
|2 to 4 hours
|4 to 8 hours
|More than 8 hours
Sussex Police Drug Arrests
SUSSEX Police Detectives, in Brighton, have led a series
of drugs raids resulting in 16 arrests and the seizure of £50,000 cash, together
with 6 kilos of heroin mixed with cutting agent, with an estimated potential
street value of £600.000. The raids took place on Tuesday, 24 March 2015, with
Officers from the Brighton based Organised Crime Team co-ordinating the raids,
with search warrants issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, at 9
addresses in Brighton, 1 in Eastbourne and 1 in Liverpool. During the searches,
which involved more than 100 police officers and staff, 3 safes were also found.
13 people (10 men and 3 women) were arrested in Brighton and Eastbourne on
suspicion of conspiracy to supply heroin, and 1 woman was arrested in Brighton
on suspicion of obstructing the Police.
2 of the men, aged 29 and 62, and 2 of the woman, aged 62 and 28, arrested on
suspicion of conspiracy in Brighton, have been interviewed and released on
Police Bail, until 13 May 2015.
India Williams, 23, of Langridge Drive, Portslade, has been charged with
obstructing Police and is due to appear, on bail, at Brighton Magistrates Court,
on 9 April 2015.
Nobody was arrested at the Liverpool address, but a man and a woman linked to
that address were arrested later the same day, in Preston and Morecambe, by
Lancashire Constabulary officers, also on suspicion of conspiracy to supply
heroin. They where then taken from Lancashire to Brighton on Wednesday, 25 March
2015, to be interviewed.
Detective Inspector Julie Wakeford of Sussex Police said:- "These arrests
follow a long term covert, intelligence, based investigation about organised
crime supplying heroin from Liverpool into Brighton and Eastbourne. We worked
very closely with Merseyside Police and also with Lancashire Constabulary. This
investigation is part of our continuing work aimed at disrupting the supply of
drugs, especially the most dangerous drugs such as heroin, on the streets of
for the start of British Summer Time?
ON 29 March 2015, (Sunday, morning) at 1am, do not forget
to put your clock forward 1 hour for British Summer Time. So at 1am, it will
become 2am! Yep, sadly 1 hour less in bed.... Hopefully we will get it back at
the end of the year when the winter's daylight savings time takes us back an
hour again. What are your views on this? Should we keep one set time or not?
Email us to:-
email@example.com and let us know
your thoughts on the clock changes...