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Edition No. 93

Date:- 05  April 2003

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THE AWARD winning writer and producer of the musical hit ‘Her Benny’ is to start new academy theatre school in Dovecot to give Merseyside youngsters opportunities on April 6 to show off their talents in the field of musical theatre.

Anne Dalton, winner of the Whitbread Scouseology Theatre personality Award, is to take advantage of the newly renovated former cinema, on East Prescot Road, now known as “The Academy”, as the venue.

The transformation of this multifunctional arts venue has enabled Anne to offer classes for 6 – 16 year olds in a wide variety of fields developing different aspects and levels of stars of the future - for dance, drama and song. 

Lee Kelly - one of Liverpool’s best-known choreographers, joins her in this venture to offer Street Jazz classes, despite his already busy schedule.


ENGLAND’S Golfing Capital at Royal Birkdale plays host some of Europe’s best women golfers on the weekend of April 12 for the Weetabix Challenge cup.

The event celebrates its tenth anniversary bringing together Europe’s elite women golfers with Great Britain & Ireland’s top amateurs - organised by the Ladies Golf Union. 

The Elite Squad is a blend of youth and experience and this latter element lies in the hands of the three players Sarah Jones, Fame More and Kerry Smith who all played in the 2002 Curtis Cup in America

Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism Lord Fearn said,

“This is a unique opportunity for local people to see some of Europe’s top women golfers in action. Young spectators interested in taking up the game are particularly welcome as clubs are keen to encourage young people to take up the sport which is fun and something they can play for a lifetime.”

Among the team of 14 professionals selected for the Ladies’ European Tour are Dale Reid, Lora Fairclough and Joanne Morley. Dale has had a glittering career and, in addition to her 21 worldwide wins, played from 1990 to 1996 in the Solheim Cup. In 2000 she surpassed that by captaining Europe in a convincing 141/2- 111/2 win over the US at Loch Lomand.

Andy Salmon, chief executive officer for the Ladies’ Golf Union said, “The Weetabix Challenge is an event that all players, amateur and professional are looking forward to playing in. With 28 of Europe’s top players in action, it is a great day out for spectators.”

This year the amateur team will be hoping to be the Weetabix Challenge winners - a title they last held in 1998.

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PROUD Arthur Elviston, 55, from Dingle, has helped Liverpool City Council scoop the highest award in local government.

Arthur, one of Liverpool’s older generations of technology whiz kids, is so delighted with the learning opportunities he has received from Liverpool council he travelled to London in January with council officers to tell the government.

And now, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has awarded the city council Beacon Status for ‘Social Inclusion through ICT’, for City Learning Centres, pavement pods and One Stop Shops.

Communities have benefited from Liverpool City Council’s interactive approach for access to new technology, allowing people to contact the council and closing the ‘digital divide’. 

Arthur’s evolvement from computer novice to whizz-kid by attending Shorefields City Learning Centre has changed his life. In less than two years, he has completed courses in computer literacy, desktop publishing and the internet.

He said “The learning opportunities offered to me at the Shorefields Learning Centre have really added a new dimension to my life. It has given me new skills, a huge amount of confidence."

“I’ve achieved some fantastic things so far, and I’m looking forward to achieving much more. It’s wonderful to know the facilities are there for you – and I no longer feel so thick when it comes to IT! I am very proud to have helped the council achieve this goal.”

The city council’s three City Learning Centres are having a major impact on learning in the city. The state-of-the-art educational technology centres, attached to Shorefields, St John’s Bosco and Campion secondary schools are providing computer access to local communities, improving education standards, promoting employment opportunities and countering social exclusion. 

Local Government Minister, Nick Raynsford, has praised the city council for helping people like Arthur learn valuable new ICT skills. “We are delighted that Liverpool City Council has won Beacon status for ‘Social Inclusion through ICT’. The authority’s achievement is a real example of how a good service can make a real difference to people’s lives."

“Liverpool City Council’s Beacon award marks the authority’s achievement and recognises the hard work of the staff at the frontline of delivering services. But just as importantly, the city council will now help other authorities learn from its experience so that authorities across the country might provide services that meet the standards of the best” he said.

The city council has also been awarded beacon status for making services available online at the city’s libraries, opening a network of One Stop Shops, and introducing on-street, One Stop pavement pods to put people more in touch with the council than ever before. 

Arthur on the computer.

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