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Edition No. 103

Date:- 14 June 2003

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And the
Magical Day...!

THE Liverpool Empire Theatre is proud to announce that children’s favourite, Enid Blyton’s Noddy will be returning by popular demand to the Empire Theatre for four performances only from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 July.

Ever popular favourite Noddy will be appearing with his best friends to help celebrate Tessie Bear’s birthday. Everyone wants to give Tessie a present. Wobbly Man suggests a cake, Martha Monkey some flowers and Big Ears has a magic seed that will grow into a friendship tree with musical branches and leaves of gold. Sly and Gobbo suggest jewelry, but watch out it may be a trick!

Packed with audience participation ‘Noddy and the magical day’ is an all new show that is suitable for children aged 2-6. Noddy and Big Ears are joined on stage by many of their other friends including Wobbly Man and Martha the Monkey, all singing lively songs that will entertain every child.

‘Noddy and the Magical Day' is at the Liverpool Empire Theatre on:-

Friday 18 July:- 4.00pm, 
Saturday 19 July:- 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm 
& Sunday 20 July:- 1.30pm.

Tickets: £10.00, Children:- £8.00, Family and Group rates available.

Tickets can be purchased from either the Empire Box Office or our ticket line on 0870 606 3536.

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A European Framework for England’s Northwest

THE Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) is pleased to launch the first Regional European Framework for Action (REFA) for England’s Northwest.

The framework has been produced following consultations with key regional partners, and aims to provide the region with a single, unified voice in a growing European Union. 

The REFA will promote a consistent Northwest brand, and in doing so will demonstrate the Northwest’s capability as an effective player amongst European counterparts. This is particularly important in the run up to EU enlargement in 2004, and the associated negotiations on financial support to European regions. 

The document signals that England’s Northwest is an outward looking region that is willing to fully engage in European policy, and forge best practice partnerships with other EU regions. 

The REFA has been compiled over the same time frame as the Regional Economic Strategy, and has been designed to work effectively alongside its priorities. 

Mike Shields, NWDA Chief Executive, said:-

“Implementation of the actions highlighted in the REFA will require commitment, clarity, and communication among regional partners, and the NWDA will work hard to ensure this happens. We will review the strategy on a regular basis to maintain its effectiveness, and further the long-term interests of England’s Northwest in an evolving European Union.”
St John Ambulance – Formby Division

FORMBY Division Badgers (age 6 to10) go from strength to strength.  Having won at County level on 9th March Formby’s Badgers went to the North West Regional Competitions held in May at Lytham St Annes.   At the competition they  competed against 6 other teams from Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester and won the right to represent the region at the National Competitions in Croydon on 5th July.  Joe (9) and Bridget (10) won the main competition, and Hannah (9), who was the team reserve, won the reserve competition.

To add to this one of last year’s Badger team, Catherine (11), who having been to last year’s Regional Competition, had moved up to Cadets. Here she joined Abby and Sasha (both 11) in winning the County Cadet competition. 

They were also at the Regional competition where Catherine and Abby finished as runners up having competed against Cadets up to the age of 16.   Southport Reporter says well done to you all and good luck.

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