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Publication date:- 2016-11-17

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Mayor's Christmas Tea Dance to bring festive cheer

THE Mayor's Christmas Tea Dance will get the festive season off with a swing, on Wednesday, 7 December 2016, from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. The event is taking place at Wallasey Town Hall again this year after last year's inaugural tea dance was a sell out success.

All money raised will go towards the Mayor of Wirral's charity appeal - supporting Wallasey Sea Cadets and the Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust, which provides days out and activities for thousands of local disabled and disadvantaged people.

Tickets cost just £5 and people can also give an early Christmas present by sponsoring a place for an elderly person who might struggle to find the money for their own ticket.

Live Music will be provided by The Swingmasters, who will be playing all the favourites to fill the Town Hall's beautiful sprung dancefloor. Guests are also welcome to just sit back and soak up the festive atmosphere while enjoying hot drinks, mince pies, sandwiches and cakes, which are being kindly provided by Wirral Met College catering students.

The Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Pat Hackett, said:- 'Christmas is a time for people to come together and enjoy themselves, so the tea dance is lovely way to get into the spirit of the season and spread a bit of Christmas joy. I'd also urge people and community groups such as luncheon clubs to get in touch if they know of any isolated or disadvantaged older people who might like to come along and be our guest with one of the sponsored places.'

Tickets and sponsored places are available from the Mayor's Office via email, by calling:- (0151) 691 8527, alternatively you an also do it via visiting the Wallasey Town Hall Reception.

Families living in new homes slash fuel bills by ½

A new home built to the latest building regulations can cost ½ as much to heat as a Victorian house of the same size, according to a new report by the NHBC Foundation.  The advantages of new homes is based on a survey of 2,000 people who had recently moved into a new home and were asked what they considered the advantages of new homes to be. Many pointed to the energy efficiency benefits of new homes; the better standards of insulation enhanced draught proofing and improved:- 'airtightness' that help to lower household annual energy bills, and improve levels of comfort. The report shows that energy bills are expected to be around £440 lower in a modern 1 bedroom ground floor flat, compared to its Victorian equivalent. And for a new build 4 bedroom detached house, bills are estimated at £1,050; saving £1,400 compared to those of a 19th century house. Homeowners of newer properties were also drawn to the idea of buying a 'blank-canvas' ready to be personalised, free from the nasty surprises of previous owners' DIY. They also commented positively on the contemporary, flexible layouts and modern facilities of new homes such as new kitchens, bathrooms and appliances, covered by manufacturers' warranties. The report outlines the safety advantages of new homes raised by some respondents; such as mains powered smoke alarms, interlinked throughout the home, which are standard, and the benefits of safety glazing, safer stairs and the additional security features. But the advantages of new homes extend beyond the front door and many of the new homeowners surveyed considered that moving to a new development of like minded people was also an attraction, allowing the opportunity to make new friends and neighbours in a new community. Neil Smith, Head of Research and Innovation at NHBC, said:- "It is pleasing that homeowners are able to identify the many benefits of new homes, ranging from the obvious advantages of a 'blank canvas' with everything being new, through to the much improved energy efficiency standards, which lead to greatly reduced fuel bills, compared with those of older homes.  Maybe less obvious are the more solid foundations on which new homes are built, which are designed to suit local ground conditions, as well as the safety advantages of modern wiring and mains-powered smoke alarms, interlinked throughout the home.  This report is a useful reminder of the benefits of buying a new home, designed and built in accordance with up to date standards. What's more, an important advantage frequently raised in the survey is the peace of mind provided by NHBC's warranty and insurance protection under Buildmark, from exchange of contracts through to a maximum of 10 years after completion."

Download the report from:- NHBCFoundation.Org.

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