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Edition No. 102

Date:- 07 June 2003

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HAVE you nominated someone for the “People’s Choice Award”? If not, it is not too late to do so. Nomination forms are available from GP surgeries, clinics, libraries and the Community Health Council offices at 53 Hoghton Street, Southport, PR9 0PG, tel. 01704 536262.

If you, your family, or a friend has been looked after by someone working in the community who you consider gave extra special care, then let the CHC know about it... The list of people who can be nominated includes district nurses, health visitors, chiropodists, dentists, pharmacists, GPs or receptionists, community physiotherapists, dieticians and many more. As this is a community-based award, hospital employees will not be eligible to be nominated.

The winner will be announced at Southport and Formby PCT’s award ceremony to be held at the Family Life Centre on Wednesday 24th September.

Completed nomination forms must be returned to Southport and Formby CHC, 53 Hoghton Street, Southport, by 30th June 2003. 


FORGET RIVERDANCE, if you really want to see feet move then come along to the Arts Centre and experience an unforgettable evening both visually and musically of flamenco and Jaleo.

The return to Britain with a compelling new insight into their flamboyant and magical flamenco world of Andalusian dance, song and guitar. Jaleo began touring outside Spain in 1988 and since then their rigorous touring schedule has become more demanding each year, including theatre performances, workshops, television, radio and recording.

Since its semi-clandestine beginnings during the early 19th century as the native music of a minority in the south-west corner of southern Spain, flamenco now emerge early in the new millennium as a highly respected and internationally accepted art-form with a rapidly growing number of students worldwide.

Fusing the essential elements of flamenco with their own inimitable and charismatic brand of Spanish passion and emotion, Jaleo unleash the raw energy and sensuous rhythms inherent within flamenco. A potent cocktail of explosive footwork, haunting singing, virtuoso guitar playing and percussive handclapping from southern Spain with some of flamenco’s finest award-winning artists.

Jaleo appear at the Southport arts centre on Friday June 27.Tickets are priced at £10 (£8 concessions) available from the Box Office on (01704) 540011.

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Walk for Health on Sunday
DONNING your walking boots for this Sunday’s brisk walk around Southport’s beautiful parkland is one the best ways to get fit.

The popular Walk for Health event, on June 8th, starts and finishes at the picturesque Southport Hesketh Park.

The walk is free and is open to all Sefton’s residents, regardless of age and ability who want to enjoy the simultaneous experience of keeping fit among Southport’s scenery.

It has been organised by Sefton Council’s Leisure Services and is just one of the exciting events on the Sefton Healthstart Festival programme, which takes place throughout June.

The Sefton Healthstart Festival is a joint initiative between Sefton Council, South Sefton Primary Care Trust and Southport and Formby PCT and is organised by Healthstart to promote healthier lifestyles and encourage physical activity in a fun environment. 

The festival’s main aim is to show that increasing exercise is one of the best ways to help prevent cancer and coronary heart disease, the two main causes of premature death in Sefton. The main charity beneficiary this year is the British Heart Foundation.


MERSEY Light-vessel Preservation Society is one of four charities to benefit from A NAUTICAL FANTASY, which is to be presented at the Neptune Theatre 10th – 13th June.

This song and dance extravaganza will feature a fabulous selection of songs WITH A NAUTICAL THEME INCLUDING moon River, Rule Britannia, Wish Upon a Star, Bare Necessities, Sailing, Sail the Ocean Blue and many more. Joan the Sylvia Stubbs Dancers (from Bootle) and local Merseyside singers, including Lesley Smith, Marie Williams and Pamela Ashcroft from Merseyside Opera, St Paul’s Operatic Society, Pat and Bob Barrow from Crosby, Carol Clare and Louise Hogan, for a night to remember. The night will include sea shanties, light opera, and songs from musicals all with a nautical connotation, as well as the tinies singing Disney classics. All proceeds to local charities.

The Mersey Light-vessel Preservation Society is a small charity – formed three years ago to save the last manned lightship of the British Isles and the last manned Bar lightship, which served the Mersey. The ship – the Planet – is up for sale and may leave Merseyside forever. 

The charity, with just under 200 members, is trying to raise £180,000 to buy and preserve this historic ship to set her up as a Museum in memory of the Merchant Navy and as a meeting place for retired mariners.
She was the first and last thing sailors, many from Merseyside, saw when leaving and coming home from their long voyages.

Organised by Lormac Productions, the show will also benefit the Radio Merseyside Charitable Trust, the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and the Friends of St. Georges Hall. MLPS’s dedicated night for the show is on Tuesday, 10th June. But it doesn’t matter which night people go, as the proceeds will be split four ways. Tickets which cost £6 are available from the Neptune Theatre on 0151 709 7844.

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