SCHOOL CELEBRATE THEIR SUCCESS IN THE 2013 FIELDFARE KIELDER
TEAMS from Range High
School, Formby, have recently finished in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places,
in this years national, inclusive outdoor adventure competition
previously known as the Kielder Challenge. The Sefton school
has maintained their superb unbeaten record of success by again
becoming Champions of Merseyside, a title they have effectively held
for well over 10 years!
Range High school has a long
standing successful relationship with this competition, in which
teams of 8 young people with and without physical, sensory or
learning disabilities, work as a team to solve complex problems,
testing their communication, planning and evaluation skills. All the
activities are designed so that every member of the team plays an
active part in contributing to the overall performance. It is a
unique learning experience.
This year the school entered 4
teams and, as ever, their conduct was excellent, a credit to
themselves and Range High School. In fact they were complimented for
their behaviour and good manners by visitors to Croxteth Park who,
whilst enjoying the unexpected sunshine, witnessed some excellent
team and individual performances. The judges also praised all of the
teams for their enthusiasm, sportsmanship and exemplary conduct.
The winning team are now eagerly
awaiting all of the heats to be completed to see if they have
qualified, as 1 of the top 6 scorers in the country, for the
New Lord Mayor
CouncilLOR Gary Millar will
be sworn in as the new Lord Mayor of Liverpool on Wednesday, 22 May
2013. Leith born businessman, Gary, has made Liverpool his home for
the past 30 years and is proud of the City's diverse heritage, along
with its undeniable spirit and humour.
Councillor Millar said:- "Growing up, I never once imagined
that I would be asked to be Lord Mayor of such a fantastic City. I
am humbled and honoured to be chosen as Liverpool's First Citizen
and I hope to work with as many people, communities, organisations
and businesses as possible in order to further promote this
wonderful City. A passionate entrepreneur, Gary firmly believes in
doing your best in order to help others, his personal motto being,
Pay it Forward."
Along with his consort and Civil Partner, Steve Macfarlane, Gary is
hoping to reach out to as many people as possible during his time as
Lord Mayor and is looking forward to representing the City locally,
nationally and internationally.
Gary has chosen to back charities tackling cancer and homelessness;
to support vulnerable children and those with special educational
needs and disabilities. He also wants to help create a safe haven in
the City for LGBT youth.
His nominated charities include The Linda McCartney Centre, The
Whitechapel Centre, Variety; The Children's Charity and the Michael
Causer Foundation, although he is keen to support all Liverpool
SOUTHPORT residents are
being asked to join in with a charity initiative to get one million
people bouncing on the same day next in June 2013. Individuals
from the Town are being called upon to take part in National Get
Britain Bouncing Day on 27 June 2013 to help raise funds for the
Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Martin Schofield, Chief Executive Officer of Super Tramp, which is
sponsoring the safe trampolining campaign, explained:- "We are
hoping to get one million people bouncing during National Get
Britain Bouncing Day so every person counts. We need as many people
from Southport as possible to sign up to help us reach our target.
We've asked schools and trampolining clubs to sign up for the event
but in order to reach our target of getting one million people
bouncing we need people with trampolines in their back gardens or
individuals with spacehoppers to get involved too. All people need
to do is register for the event by visiting:-
then bounce at some point during the day, so it's really easy for
individuals to get involved at home. Following the event we will be
counting up how many people took part and we really hope to reach
the one million mark."
Get Britain Bouncing is a campaign designed to promote the many
benefits of trampolining.
The initiative is supported by the national trampoline manufacturer,
supplier and retailer, Super Tramp, which is committed to helping
the nation enjoy bouncing safely. The company helped found the
organisation by bringing various bodies together and is sponsoring
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust will be involved with the initiative too
and will highlight the health benefits of bouncing to cystic
fibrosis sufferers. Get Britain Bouncing will also help to raise
funds for the charity.
Martin added:- "The aim of National Get Britain Bouncing Day
is to get as many people as possible bouncing during the day in
order to promote the benefits of trampolining. It is an awareness
day but we have organised the event during the Cystic Fibrosis
Trust's fundraising and awareness week, Cystic Fibrosis Week, which
runs from 24 June 2013, until 30 June 2013. We are encouraging
people to raise money on the day through a £1 donation from everyone
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust makes a daily difference to the lives of
those with cystic fibrosis and the people who care for them. Most
people don't understand what cystic fibrosis is, or what it does,
until someone close to them is affected by it. They soon discover
it's a life-shortening genetic condition; only half live to
celebrate their 40th birthday.
Since 1964, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has supported excellence in
research and clinical care, as well as providing practical support
and advice to people and their families.
Trampolinist, Laura Gallagher, who is a world and European
medallist, is helping with the campaign.
National Get Britain Bouncing Day takes place on Thursday, 27 June
2013. For further information on how to get involved, please visit:-
Alternatively, please follow the organisation on Twitter by
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street entrepreneur slams 2 year Business Rate Holiday as
THE new proposals from the
right wing think tank, The Policy Exchange, argue that a the year
freeze on business rates could help lift the ailing fortunes of many
high street retailers. The think tank said that a fourfold increase
in internet retailing since 2006 is the primary reason for the
number of boarded-up shops. But leading High street serial
entrepreneur Dan Wagner, CEO of Powa Technologies, who has founded
powerful eCommerce technology solutions which now power high street
names such as Tesco, Superdrug, Laura Ashley and Heal's, argued
that:- "The Government must introduce a package of measures
and support which have a greater chance of having a positive and
sustainable recovery for the high street. A business rate holiday is
not going to deal with the deeper and more fundamental issues facing
retailers in the UK today. The environment companies are operating
in is changing faster now than ever before. Rapid advances in
technology are making it possible for consumers to purchase goods
across a wide cross section of multi channel platforms. The
availability of remote devices means that consumers will purchase
around the clock. Companies need radical reinvention that
acknowledges the pressures they face and delivers benefits that are
more convincing and wide-reaching. The changes on the high street
are the biggest since the arrival of the industrial revolution. If
jobs are to be saved, then the Government must make it easy for
companies to invest in the new platforms where their fast moving
market is going. Failure to do so will result in an escalation of
the turmoil we have seen which has led to the collapse of many high
street brands in recent months."
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