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Victoria Appears at The Atkinson
Atkinson's new exhibition:- 'Why Look at Animals' has received the
stamp of royal approval! 'Why Look at Animals' examines how our relationship with animals has changed and features a
wide range of animal paintings and sculptures by leading British artists
from the last 200 years. 1 of the stand out
highlights is a group of watercolours and prints from Her Majesty the
Queen's collection at Windsor Castle. Stephen Whittle, The Atkinson's Museum
and Gallery Manager made the trip to the castle to select the work and to
view the Royal Collection. The rarely seen paintings
include watercolours by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, both taught to
paint by Sir Edwin Landseer, whose drawings they often copied and who also
has several paintings and drawings in the exhibition. Queen Victoria played a
leading role in what became a national craze for keeping animals,
particularly dogs, as domestic pets. Among the artwork on display are
pictures of Eos, Prince Albert's favourite dog, a beautiful greyhound bitch
whom was adored. Eos was accidentally shot
and badly injured by the Queen's uncle Ferdinand. The Queen was so furious
that another of her uncles, King Leopold of the Belgians was reported as
saying:- "It would have been better if Ferdinand
had shot another member of the royal family."
Paintings from The
Atkinson's own remarkable collection include work by the leading cat painter
of the Victorian age Henrietta Ronner and an outstanding equestrian painting
by Sir Alfred Munnings. The exhibition also includes several contemporary
pieces from the Arts Council. Have a look at the artwork on loan to The
Atkinson visit the Royal Collection Trust website and search for
The Atkinson. 'Why Look at Animals' can be seen until March 2018.
₤1bn vision for Wirral
takes the next step
THOUSANDS of jobs are set to be created throughout
Wirral as the Council's ambitious regeneration plans take an important step
forward. 1st announced at international property conference MIPIM
earlier this year, the Wirral Growth Company will now officially go to
market seeking an investment partner for a potential ₤1bn development
programme. Council leader Phil Davies says there has already been
interest from major global developers and he is confident that residents
will see 'spades in the ground' on new schemes within the next
Cllr Davies said:- "Following the recent successes
of Liverpool and Manchester, I am proud to be putting Wirral forward as the
next great Northern regeneration opportunity. Only a few months ago we
went to the world's largest property and development conference to introduce
Wirral to the globe's biggest investors and developers. We shared our vision
for ₤1bn worth of development opportunities but we also knew we needed to
put a modern, commercially viable organisation in place to help us deliver
our goal. The Wirral Growth Company is that organisation and next week I
will be asking my Cabinet to approve the business case which will allow us
to formally find the investor partner who will turn our plans into the
bricks and mortar developments, jobs and economic growth we all want for
Wirral. We will start the competition at the end of this month, inviting
developers and investors to submit their ideas and proposals, and we will be
in a position to sign up with our new partner by the end of the year.
Residents will see spades in the ground on new construction developments in
the borough by early 2018." The Council is putting in land and other assets into the
growth company and the successful partner will be expected to match this
commitment with capital and other resources to quickly drive regeneration
projects at key sites throughout the borough. Key opportunities include:-
► The waterfront area around the Woodside Ferry Terminal in
Birkenhead, overlooking the Liverpool Skyline.
► Transforming Birkenhead Towns
Centre with new retail, leisure
and civic developments.
► Building on the success of New Brighton with more residential
and commercial developments.
► Revitalising communities such as Moreton, Bebington and
Seacombe with a mixture of residential, commercial and leisure projects.
Cllr Davies added:- "These schemes will create
communities and places people want to live and work in, and developers will
invest in. It is about having big ambitions.
We have got the investors interested, we have got the vision and ambition
and, setting up the growth company, we will have the organisation to
Local architects, developers and urban planners have
already contributed ideas as to what Wirral could look like in the future.
Images and more information about the Wirral Growth Company is available online.
New Ferry now fully open
for business after explosion
THE next phase of the New
Ferry recovery operation is now underway as contractors have been able to
reduce the cordon around the worst affected properties and restore access
past the site of the explosion. The fencing off of just the most badly damaged properties
on Bebington Road means that direct through access for pedestrians; which
has not been possible since the explosion, on 25 March 2017, can be restored. It has also allowed repairs to Boundary Road to take place,
meaning that traffic is now running through this part of New Ferry and Port
Sunlight for the 1st time since the blast happened. Contractors are now able to work safely behind the
hoarding to either repair or remove the properties as appropriate. Repair
works on other damaged properties close to the blast site are also taking
place under the instructions of insurers. David Ball, who is leading Wirral Council's recovery team,
said:- "We have now completed all the emergency works that have been
necessary in such complex circumstances and we are pleased to be able to
restore full access for residents, shoppers and motorists. New Ferry has remained open for business throughout
the recovery phase but we know that the closure of the road and restrictions
on pedestrian access, which was unavoidable, has impacted on footfall and
trade. I hope circumstances will now improve and I urge everyone to support
their local businesses. We are continuing to meet regularly with New Ferry
residents and businesses to update them on progress of the recovery
operation and once again I pay tribute to their patience and resilience
through these difficult times."
Woollen b00bs to promote
WOOLLEN B00BS are appearing all over Liverpool City
promote breast feeding. The 300 knitted items; used in antenatal sessions to teach
mums how to latch a baby on to their breast and hand express their milk;
have been made by local nans. They are on display at more than 45 businesses including:-
shops, restaurants and cafes across the City Centre to raise awareness of
Breastfeeding Awareness Week, which is taking place from 19 June to 23 June
of them are 'golden' woollen b00bs that will win their finders a
special prize if they take them along to a parade and picnic on Wednesday, 21
June 2017, from St George's Hall to Chavasse Park. The prize winning design to look out for will be revealed on
the Council's Twitter account and other local media on the day.
The event is one of a series organised by Liverpool Bambis, a
peer support group which has helped 15,000 mums in the City since 2012,
working with other breastfeeding support services across Merseyside. Although breastfeeding is on the increase in Liverpool, the
City still lags behind the national average with 53% of new mums feeding
naturally compared to 74% nationally, and this drops to 32% at 6 to 8 weeks
against 44% across the rest of the country.
The highlights include:-
Monday, 19 June 2017, an afternoon tea party at West Derby Children's Centre, from 1:30pm
Tuesday, 20 June 2017, a breast feeding picnic is taking place, at Score Lane Park in Childwall,
from 1pm to 3pm. Call:- 0151 233 5733, to book a place.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017, St George's Hall will be lit up, in 'Liverpool Bambis
Thursday, 22 June 2017, a celebration
lunch is happening, at Fazakerley Children's Centre, from 12pm to 2pm. Call:-
0151 233 3705, to book a place.
Friday, 23 June 2017,
celebration breakfast at Dingle Lane Children's Centre, from 9:45am to 11am,
including bra fitting by Marks and Spencer and an afternoon tea and massage,
at Walton Children's Centre, from 1pm to 3pm.
Assistant Cabinet member for education, Councillor Rachael
O'Byrne:- "If new mums in Liverpool make the choice to breast feed
then the support of Community Bambis is absolutely invaluable. Breast feeding for even a short period of time gives children
the very best start in life and Wednesday's event will be a great way for
women to come together to celebrate the work of Bambis in making Liverpool a
breast feeding friendly City, as well as sharing their experiences and offer
support to new Mums and Mums to be who want to find out the benefits for
themselves and their baby."
Sandra Davies, Liverpool's Director of Public Health said:-
"Breastmilk really does give babies the best start, as it is all
that's needed for the 1st 6 months of life. It protects babies from infections and diseases and has many
benefits for both children and mothers."
A Breastfeeding Welcome scheme, with more than 200 places
that will accommodate and welcome families in Liverpool, has been
established. A list of venues, and more information about the importance of
breast feeding, is available by searching
During Breast Feeding Awareness week the Bambis team at
Liverpool Women's Hospital will be sharing interesting facts and information
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