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Edition No. 110

Date:- 02 August 2003

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LIVERPOOL teenagers banged their drum into the beat this week during a session to learn the art of African drumming as part of the continuing Liverpool Splash project. 

A meeting earlier this week between teenagers and African drumming expert Butch Preece exchanged boom boxes for bongos when they meet African drumming expert, Butch Preece, for some 'hands-on' experience. And were given a lesson in traditional African culture, art and music.

The project run by Kensington youth group Youthline. Manager, Pat McAdam, said:- "This is something a bit different for teenagers. They can learn something about other cultures and can also take part in African art and crafts.

We try to cater for all tastes, so are providing lots of sports as well as cultural activities. It's all about keeping youngsters from being bored, and hopefully learning something valuable too." 

Councillor Warren Bradley, Executive member for Leisure and Culture, said:- "This project is excellent; it helps children understand other cultures, allows then to learn a new skill, and makes it all great fun!

It's wonderful that children are learning new skills through Splash, as well as gaining a greater cultural awareness."

Liverpool City Council, Connexions, and Liverpool Children's Fund have joined together to put on more than 60 Splash schemes - right across the city - giving young people the chance to get active this summer.

Liverpool Splash is part of a national project, with 60,000 youngsters nationally joining in last year. The Liverpool scheme is the most successful in the country, and is set to get even better.

Report with thanks to Nicky Williams.

TODDLERS from Ormskirk Hospital's Tiddlywinks Nursery will 'follow the green man' during a sponsored Road Safety Walk for Childline.

On Friday 8 August, babies up to three-year-olds will do a special traffic walk around the nursery.

Mock traffic lights and zebra crossings will be set up to make the route more realistic and the youngsters will learn how to cross the road safely. The event's theme also ties in with a project on the nursery are doing on road safety.

It will be a very basic lesson because the children are very young, but it is hoped it will teach them good road habits later in life.

All money raised from the sponsored walk will be donated to children's charity, Childline, which offers all children free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day, if they are being abused, bullied or are in danger and need somebody to talk to.


All you budding gardeners get ready for Knowsley's fifth annual Flower Show, taking place on Sunday, 3rd August at Court Hey Park, Roby Rd, Knowsley (the National Wild Flower Centre)

There will be displays of floral crafts, falconry, and other events in a truly interesting setting. This show should be well worth visiting. 

For those interested in British Flora, the Park itself might provide an interesting place to explore during the summer holidays.

Also the show has dog obedience and falconry displays and 99 classes to enter for gardeners of all abilities, it promises to be a great free day out for all the family.

There is still time to get planting in time for the show so call Carla Simkin on (0151) 443 3120.  Click here for Map

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