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Issue:- Thursday, 13 October 2016

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Charity seeking hundreds of "heroes against hunger" this Christmas

FOOD redistribution charity, 'FareShare Merseyside' are searching for hundreds of "heroes against hunger" to volunteer for 3 hours during the next Neighbourhood Food Collection, which takes place at Tesco stores across the UK, from Thursday, 1 December 2016 to Saturday, 3 December 2016.  Volunteers will spread Christmas cheer as they encourage shoppers to donate 1 or 2 long life items such as packets of pasta, boxes of breakfast cereal, and tins of tomatoes. FareShare will redistribute the donated food to local charities including homeless shelters, children's breakfast clubs, women's refuges, and older people's lunch clubs, alongside a wide range of fresh produce that it receives from the food and drink industry.

Mark Hall, Development Manager at FareShare Merseyside, says:- "You don't need any special skills or superpowers to be a hero against hunger this Christmas, you just need to stand in your local supermarket for a few hours, chat to shoppers and encourage them to give a little something if they can. In just three hours, you could collect enough tins, cans and packets to provide 500 meals for people in need, so it's a quick and easy way to make a practical difference, and it can be a lot of fun too, especially if you round up your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, members of your book group… the more the merrier!"

Tesco stores collecting food donations on be½ of FareShare during the Neighbourhood Food Collection include: Edge Hill Metro, Aigburgh Metro, Liverpool Metro, Newton-Le-Willows, Haydock Church Road, Liverpool One, St Helens Metro, Walton Liverpool Metro.

Other Tesco stores will be collecting food donations for food bank charity, The Trussell Trust. During the last Neighbourhood Food Collection, held in July, Tesco shoppers donated enough food to provide 2.8 million meals for hungry and vulnerable people across the UK. People interested in volunteering for the event can sign up either as an individual or as a team online.

Calling all craft lovers!

NOW that autumn is upon us and the evenings are going longer, it's a great opportunity to try out new crafts and hobbies or to re-ignite an existing interest. Port Sunlight Village Trust are excited to be hosting a series of artist led craft workshops for adults in the atmospheric setting of Bridge Cottage, the home of William H Lever, the village founder.

The 1st of the series will held be on Sunday, 16 October 2016, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm with Gina Couch, who will be running a crochet workshop. Gina is an experienced crochet teacher and this workshop is ideal for a complete beginner or someone who would like to refresh their crochet skills. The workshop will include basic techniques such as how to hold the hook and yarn and how to make basic crochet stitches, which will be used to create a decorative coaster. An ideal starting point for anyone interested in taking up this relaxing craft or keen to move their skill on to new crochet patterns and designs.

Port Sunlight Village Trust's November workshop will be hosted by Rachel Brewster of Little Vintage Photography, on Thursday, 17 November 2016, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. 'Intro to Analogue' is a chance to re-visit a forgotten craft and join Rachel on a mini photowalk in Port Sunlight. Working in pairs and using a selection of traditional analogue cameras and processes, participants will shoot a roll of black and white film and hand develop the negatives to take home.

If you'd like to buy an unusual gift for Christmas, the Port Sunlight Village Trust are running 2 workshops at the start of 2017 which would fit the bill perfectly. On Thursday, 26 January 2016, they will be offering the chance to join artist Juliet Staines to create a beautiful miniature textile, stitch and collage piece of artwork. Our final workshop in this series will be led by Claire Bates, of Landbaby and Co, a talented artist and Port Sunlight resident, on Saturday, 25 February 2016, join Claire to create vintage inspired accessories, which will be an eye catching addition to any outfit.

All our workshops run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Bridge Cottage (23 Park Road, Port Sunlight, CH62 4US) and include tea or coffee and locally hand baked cake. All the equipment and materials are provided and you can take home your artwork at the end of the workshop. These workshops would be lovely for a group of friends or as a perfect gift for a crafty friend. Workshops cost £30 per person to attend. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Contact Port Sunlight Museum Gift Shop on:- 0151 644 6466 or send them an email.

Southport flats will remain closed in North West's longest closure order

ON Thursday, 6 October 2016, following a hearing at South Sefton Magistrates Court, an extension to a closure order that was granted, for 8 flats, on Talbot Street, Southport early this year (2016). The flats will now remain in place until 8 January 2017. The orders were originally applied for in July by the local Neighbourhood Policing team in response to community intelligence in relation to the supply of drugs. Neighbourhood Inspector Graham Fisher said:- "I am delighted that this order has been extended, which is the biggest of its kind in the North West. We will continue to make every effort to identify and take action against premises linked to drug supply, which can have such a devastating effect on the lives of those living in the area. I would encourage any members of the community who have any further information on drug dealing and other crime to call us via the:- 101 number or through Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111."

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