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Issue:- Saturday, 7 November 2015

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Weeping Window & Black Poppies

THE Writing on the Wall present a fascinating archive of letters and documents highlighting the plight of black soldiers, seafarers, and workers in Liverpool following demobilisation in 1919. This archive contains testimony from men from the Caribbean, West Africa and other colonial territories, who had fought for England on land and at sea during the Great War and were then left stranded, destitute and subject to racial violence on the streets of Liverpool.

As part of the Weeping Window experience, Writing on the Wall invites you to join internationally renowned poet Levi Tafari in exploring the lives of these men and their families and to respond creatively through story-telling and poetry. These creative writing workshops will be include a guided tour of the archive. Join the team for all four workshops or simply drop in for one.

Writing on the Wall have been presented with a number of significant, original documents covering the period 1919 to 1921, by community member and activist Joe Farrag. This archive relates to the position of Black ex-servicemen, seamen and factory workers stranded or left destitute in Liverpool after the 1st World War.

This archive includes letters and testimony from soldiers and merchant seamen from the West Indies and the Caribbean, who had fought for England on land and at sea during the Great War of 1914, or had worked in factories in Liverpool, and had wives and children here.

They were then subjected to verbal, physical and institutional racial abuse on the streets of Liverpool. They reveal their plight of daily racism and loss of jobs because of the boycott by white workers, a boycott often supported by the trades unions, and of being stranded in a country that no longer wanted them, even though they had fought for England during WW1.

This tension led to the race riots of 1919, resulting in many serious assaults and attacks, and the death of Charles Wootton, a Black seaman murdered by a White mob. The unique nature of this material is that it contains the written word of those ex-servicemen, sailors and workers who were being confronted with abuse and assault, while facing destitution.

WoW's Co-Director, Madeline Heneghan says:- "This is a highly significant archive in terms of Black and British History. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are delighted to be able to share this fascinating and moving collection with the people of Liverpool in a creative and stimulating way."

Check out the new 'From Great War to Race Riots' website which also includes a digitalised version of the archive. For more information contact WoW on:- 0151 703 0020 or via emailing:-

This event will take place Every Saturday, throughout November (7 November, 14 November, 21 November and 28 November 2015) at the Liverpool Central Library.  If you want to attend it is reminded that this event is free, but booking is strongly recommended.  The event starts at 1pm, meeting at 'The Great War to Race Riots' exhibition on the 3rd Floor and runs until 3pm.

Cut fuel bills this winter

1 in 9 households in Merseyside is currently living in fuel poverty. And as we approach winter one of the main questions for Merseyside residents is how to keep the costs down while keeping warm this winter.  1 way to combat the rising cost of fuel bills is to regularly switch supplier to get the cheapest tariff out there. A safe and easy way to do this is through a collective switching scheme such as the Merseyside Collective Switch. To date we have saved Merseyside residents £650,000 off their fuel bills proof that by joining together collectively we can all make our energy bills more affordable by switching together and saving together. However we didn't want to stop there. That's why we are running the 5th Merseyside Collective Switch aiming to save you all money on your fuel bills leading up to Christmas.  We are pleased to announce that the winning tariffs are in with savings of up to £277 a year currently the cheapest tariff on the market. We are also thrilled to announce a winning green tariff.  This scheme supported by all 6 Merseyside Local Councils has seen over 14,000 people register in previous rounds. One of the reasons for the campaigns success around Merseyside is that it's a trusted scheme which offers step by step support for both online and offline customers as well as a full market comparison. The switching window is open until the 16 November 2015 and this will be your only chance to take advantage of these particular deals.  To register visit:- LCRenergySwitch.Co.UK or call our free phone number:- 0800 043 0151.  "We want to see everyone getting the cheapest possible tariff they can so pass this on to a friend and see how much you can save." said Merseyside Collective Switch.


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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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