Make note to go to the
Birkdale Traders Association St George's Day Fair
ON 25 April 2015, The Birkdale Traders
Association will be running it's 1st St George's Day Fair, from 12:00 until
18:00. The event will see the Open from 12noon to 6pm with live music all day
staged in the center of the village. The village will be decked out in St.
George's Bunting and will host in excess of 20 market stalls including Meat BBQ,
Fish BBQ and Oriental Charcoal Grill amongst other food being offered by the
local bars and restaurants and various food tasting events. There will be 4
Junior Fairground attractions by:- 'Ponts Fairgrounds' for the
children and besides the local shops selling their wares there will be stalls
selling paintings, books, rugs, cookery items, Beatles and Liverpool
memorabilia, wine and spirits, tombola, hair and beauty products. Plus lots,
lots more! Queenscourt Hospice will be having a raffle stall for their own
charity. There will also be a prize for the best Fancy Dressed St George. The
whole atmosphere created by the outside dining and music creates a great day out
for all. Please show your support and head on down to this event.
Love and Money Star James Grant at The
THE Scottish musician, singer and
songwriter James Grant makes his 1st appearance at The Atkinson on Saturday, 11
April 2015. James Grant always wanted to be Jimmy Page. But as the young
wannabe guitar hero grew up, he was also blessed with velvet vocal chords. And
so was shaped the destiny of 1 the great songwriters of recent decades. He 1st
came to international attention with his band Love and Money where he wrote four
classic albums, including the astonishingly mature Strange Kind of Love.
Recording in New York, he worked with producers such as Gary Katz of Steely Dan
and Tom Dowd (who produced Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin). The
albums produced several hit singles, racked up silver disc sales and created a
devoted world wide fanbase. Since originally parting the ways with his band Love
and Money in the early 1990s, singer, songwriter and guitarist James Grant has
released 5 acclaimed solo albums, most recently 2010's Strange Flowers, with his
1st best of collection released in spring 2012. He draws from a broad palette of
pop, folk, soul, country and blues influences and interweaving his solo
compositions with Love and Money favourites. James twins darkly literate,
melodically lush song craft with his richly potent vocals and virtuoso guitar
work, leavening his performances with dashes of wickedly acerbic humour.
With Love and Money also back on the road and in the studio, Grant sounds like
an artist now in his prime and this is a great time to catch him live!
Opening up for James Grant on the night is Stevie Nimmo, one half of Scotland's
highly respected Nimmo Brothers. Stevie Nimmo has been a well known and
respected figure throughout the blues and roots world for over 15 years. Now,
having toured extensively with the critically acclaimed blues rock outfit over
the last 12 months, he is taking to the road in a stripped back, acoustic format
to continue promotion of his debut solo project The Wynds of Life. Although
touched upon in previous Nimmo Brothers recordings, this new adventure brings to
the fore a more personal and intimate side to Stevie's personality; focusing
more on his considerable song writing talents as he brings together a wonderful
blend of country, gospel and, of course, blues influences to present a fine
selection of self penned songs as well as a few carefully chosen covers played
in his own passionate, inimitable style. Catch the Nimmo Brothers at The
Atkinson's Big Blues Festival on Friday, 9 October to Saturday, 10 October 2015.
Early bird festival tickets are on sale now for £32. Full line up is available
online. James Grant with support from Stevie Nimmo is at The Atkinson on
Saturday, 11 April 2015, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £16 and are available online
Theatkinson.Co.UK or by calling the Box
Office on:- 01704 533333. They are also available over the counter during The
Atkinson opening hours. Please be advised that there is a £2.50 booking fee for
telephone and online sales as of 1 April 2015.
Vote For Talented Young
VOTING for the 3rd annual
'dot-art Schools competition' opened on 1 April 2015. dot-art Schools is
the annual, online, inter-school art competition which culminates in an
exhibition of the winning artworks at St. Georges Hall in June 2015. The
competition is open to both primary (year 6) and secondary (year 9) schools in
the 6 boroughs of the Liverpool City Region (Merseyside). It is designed to
nurture talent and raise ambition by taking art out of the classroom and into
the real world.
The art competition has attracted around 50 primary and secondary schools from
the Liverpool City region. Over 20 schools are getting involved for the very 1st
time, alongside 30 schools returning to the dot-art Schools programme for the
second or third successive year. The diverse range of schools includes local
authority maintained, independent, and church schools, as well as residential
and special schools from across Liverpool, Halton, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley and
dot-art Schools Project manager, Carolyn Murray revealed:- "This year's online
competition showcases over 800 artworks by talented young people, from around 50
Liverpool City Region schools making this the largest competition dot-art have
staged to date!"
The artwork has been shortlisted by a panel of judges featuring representatives
from Tate Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery and Metal Culture; who selected
their top three entries from each school ready for the public vote.
During the exhibition at St Georges Hall guest judge Susan M Coles will choose
the overall winners. Susan is known to many art teachers as the President of the
National Society for Education in Art and Design in 2014 and Secretary of the
All Party Parliamentary Group on Art Craft and Design Education.
dot-art Schools are delighted to announce David M Robinson as their principal
sponsor for the 3rd annual inter-school art competition. Lucy Byrne, dot-art
Director explains:- "David 1st became aware of our work during a visit to
the Walker Art Gallery for the John Moores prize judging (the company sponsored
the First Prize in 2014) when he saw the dot-art Schools exhibition in the
neighbouring gallery and was impressed by the high standard of the work. He is
an art lover who really appreciates what we're trying to do with the programme
so its a privilege to now have his support. David Robinson himself started out
as talented young goldsmith in the late 60's winning several coveted awards
which helped establish his reputation and develop a successful business. We're
really pleased to be associated with a company, which values quality and
David M Robinson comments:- "As a boy, other than playing football for the
school, there was only one other place I wanted to spend my time – in the art
room….. great memories of my art teacher, John Hughes. This passion for art has
followed me through life and supporting the arts in the North West has become an
integral part of our business. It is my absolute pleasure to be helping Dot-Art
Schools inspire the imaginations of the school children of Merseyside."
Alongside David M Robinson we have also attracted the support of Rathbones as a
Carolyn Project, Manager at dot-art said:- "We're really pleased to be
associated with such a high profile and well respected national wealth
management company, which also retains their strong Liverpool roots and has been
closely linked with the community since its foundation 250 years ago. dot-art
Schools are proud to have a company of this stature helping us support young
people's creativity across Merseyside."
Schools Andrew Butcher, Rathbones Chief Operating Officer states
"Rathbones has a proud history of assisting local organisations like the dot-art
Schools competition. We are committed to investing in the next generation, and
supporting the arts has become a core element of our engagement, not only with
our clients but the broader community. This initiative complements our work in
both these areas."
new partnership with Merseyrail means the public will view shortlisted images
from local schools at Merseyrail stations. This will give the young artists a
higher profile and boost their confidence while encouraging the wider school
community to get involved and vote. Sally Ralston, Corporate Social
Responsibility Manager at Merseyrail said:- "We are delighted to be
involved and support this years Dot-Art Schools competition. It is a great
opportunity to help showcase the work of these talented young artists and also
to add some colour to several of our stations across our network."
We're also grateful for the ongoing support of Rennies and Tate Liverpool who
kindly agreed to donate prizes again this year.
Don't forget to VOTE for the work you would like to see on show at St Georges
Hall! The voting is open from Wednesday, 1 April until Thursday, 30 April 2015.
To vote for your favourite school entry clicking on