Southport Continental Market July 2006
GERAUD Markets UK Limited, has confirmed the Rendez-vous for
the second Southport Continental Market of 2006 in Lord St from 14
to 16 July 2006. The new Continental Market for 2006 promises to be
bigger and better than ever. The market will consist of over 40
traders from France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Slovakia, Poland, UK
and Spain offering a wide range of Continental goods.
Products on offer include fruit, vegetables, cheeses, craft items,
jams and preserves, olives, antipasties, German/Polish/French bread,
Dutch plants plus many traditional dishes to take away such as
Bavarian Sausage, Slovakian roast pork, garlic potatoes, crepes,
waffles and toasted baguettes.
The market will operate from 9.00am Friday to Saturday in Lord St
and finish at 5.00pm. On Sunday the opening hours will be from
10.00am to 5.00pm.
Groupe Geraud Deputy Chief Executive, Tony Fraser, said;-
“Geraud Markets is proud of the authentic cosmopolitan feel it is
able to create in its Continental Markets. Our dedicated Speciality
Markets Team is constantly striving to broaden the range of goods on
offer whilst ensuring that the quality is representative of the best
of European Markets. We believe that our Continental and other
Speciality Markets will become increasingly popular and successful
events, providing the City with unique alternative shopping
era at Ormskirk as Independent Sector Treatment Centre to open by
end of year
THE Department of Health last
week announced that it has
chosen BUPA as its preferred provider to run a new Independent
Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) at Ormskirk & District General
Hospital. This is a very positive move for the Trust, as it
strengthens the position of Ormskirk & District General Hospital and
will generate income for the Trust.
Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive, said:- "We are really pleased
that this announcement has been made, as we believe this will be a
great benefit to both local residents and the Trust. This is not a
sell out to the private sector; it is working in partnership with
the private sector to get the best advantage for both the Trust and
the residents of West Lancashire, Southport & Formby and indeed
further a field. This is a win, win situation; the Trust will get
income, patients will have a further choice of where they can have
their treatment, and waiting lists will come down."
Although details are still being finalised, the ISTC will commission
support services from the Trust, such as x-ray and pathology and
discussions will now begin with BUPA to develop detailed Service
Level Agreements for the services that the Trust will provide. The
location of the ISTC is also yet to be finalised but it is likely to
be the current empty F Ward. These arrangements will deliver an
estimated 1,000 surgical cases per year at the hospital with the
potential for increased activity by attracting work from other
Mr Parry continued:- "The provision of ISTCs is a Government
initiative led by the Department of Health. It is intended that 10%
of all operations will be done by a private provider, although at no
cost to the patient. By securing a centre at Ormskirk we will
prevent work travelling out of the area to one located elsewhere.
The Government is committed to its programme of ISTCs around the
country and to have secured one in Ormskirk & District General
Hospital is a boost to the whole area."
Airport Passenger Figures on the Up
FIGGERS released on 6 July 2006
show that almost half a million passengers used Liverpool John
Lennon Airport in the month of June.
A total of 452,269 people travelled through the airport, this is an
increase of 9% compared to June 2005, and is above the national
statistics* for passenger increases at all other UK Airports.
The increase in passenger numbers follows the addition of a range of
new flights, with ten extra scheduled destinations are on offer to
passengers compared with this time last year. Regular services to
Bergerac, Carcassonne, Galway, Gdansk, Kerry, Londonderry,
Marseille, Porto, Riga and Seville have all been introduced since
June 2005 with airlines including Are Arran, easy Jet, Ryan air and
With the traditional summer get away still to take place in July and
August, the Airport looks set to break all records again. Passengers
from throughout the Northwest and beyond are taking advantage of the
many low cost flights to destinations across Europe. In particular,
the number of new services to France and Ireland mean that a quick
hop across the channel to visit relatives or take a short break has
become even easier from Liverpool.
Only the day before, the Airport announced it’s first scheduled long
haul flight to New York with Flyglobespan, who will also fly daily
to Tenerife and Prague from Liverpool later this year.
Robin Tudor, General Manager, Corporate and Community Affairs said:-
“The rising number of passengers choosing to use Liverpool is
testament to the great range of low cost services right across
Europe and soon to include America. Increasingly, we are finding
that people are now able to take more breaks rather than the
historic one holiday a year tradition, thanks to the great deals
available from Liverpool.”
* Source CAA Statistics June 2004 to 2005
ATTITUDES TO CASH
COULD COST THE FAMILY DEAR
TODAY'S parents don't talk cash with their kids, which could
be denying them money in the process, according to the Learning and
Skills Council. It seems that money is the ultimate taboo with
close to 86% parents admitting they don't discuss their finances
with their children - and 1 in 4 cannot see how talking about their
finances could benefit their offspring.
Yet, keeping quiet about their income could mean that parents are
causing their eligible teenagers to miss out on weekly Education
Maintenance Allowance (EMA) payments if they stay on in learning at
16. EMA is available to young people at college, school 6th
form centres, and some work based learning providers for a variety
of retake, academic and vocational courses including LSC funded
Entry to Employment (e2e) and
Programme led Apprenticeships.
Young people can apply for EMA now by logging on to
www.direct.gov.uk/ema, calling 0808 10 16219 or
by picking up an application form from their school, college,
learning provider or their local Connexions centre. The LSC is
today urging parents with an annual income of up to £30,810 (in tax
year 05/06) to let their 16 to 19 year old children know that they may
eligible for EMA if they remain in education or training after 16.
They should apply quickly so they start receiving payments as soon
as they are eligible to receive them.
With EMA, 16-19 year olds can earn up to £30 a week, and there are
bonuses if they do well on their course or learning programme, and
meet certain targets, agreed with their teacher, tutor or provider
when they start.
Staying in full-time learning can also benefit the family as they
remain entitled to other benefits, such as Child Tax Credit and
Child Benefit worth up to (60) per week.
The LSC found that 4% of parents are embarrassed by their small
household income and 16% believe their earnings should remain
Yet this lack of communication could mean parents are costing their
children up to £30 a week while they are learning through EMA. Other
studies have shown that 41% of parents find it difficult to pay for
their teenagers' needs, the financial boost that EMA provides is
essential. Over 400,000 learners have accessed EMA this year and the
LSC is keen to extend this to more young people in the future.
Trevor Fellowes, Director of Learner Support at the Learning and
Skills Council, which operates the scheme, said:- "We
understand the concerns parents have when it comes to talking about
money with their children, but it does mean that many young people
could be missing out on EMA payments; simply because they do not
realise they are eligible to claim. We are urging young people
and parents of 16 to 19 year olds to apply now and find out if they are
eligible for EMA, in advance of the new academic year that starts in
September. EMA is available on many different courses, including
GCSE retakes and vocational or academic courses at school or
college. We have also extended the scheme to include young people on
LSC funded Entry to Employment (e2e) or a Programme Led
We know that by 2010 very few jobs will be open to young people who
don't have 5 GCSEs A* to C grades, or the equivalent. But the good news is
that there have never been so many ways to achieve this minimum
level of qualifications, learning is free and EMA can help many
young people to do this."
In order to apply, young people need to follow this procedure:-
1. Pick up an application form from school, college, learning
providers, Connexions personal advisers or by calling 0808 10 16219
or by logging onto
2. EMA is paid directly into a young person's bank account,
therefore if they haven't got an account, they should set one up and
obtain a statement in their name or ask the bank to fill in the
relevant part of the application pack to verify the account.
3. Parents/carers need to fill in parts of the application form and
provide evidence of household income in the previous financial year
2005/2006. This will normally be the 2005/2006 Tax Credits Award
Notice (TCAN) from the Inland Revenue. Some parents/ carers may need
to send in a P60 (for employed parents) or SA302 (for self-employed
4. Once the form is correctly completed and returned to the
Assessment and Payment Body, a 'Notice of Entitlement' will be sent
to the young person, which will explain how much the young person
when they enrol on a valid programme of learning at school, college
or training provider and start attending regularly.
5. The young person should take the 'Notice of Entitlement' to their
school, college or learning provider when they start their programme
of learning and sign an 'EMA contract' agreeing to be paid in return
regular attendance and commitment to their course.
Top 5 reasons why parents don't talk to their children about their
It never comes up in conversation (42%)
Don't think their children need to know their income (35%)
Don't see how talking about their income could benefit their
Believe their earnings to be confidential (16%)
Too embarrassed because their household income is small (4%)
17 Year Old Charged
A 17 year old man from
Skelmersdale has been charged with causing grievous after an assault
in Southport on 19 March 2006 left the victim of the attack in
intensive care. The 17 year old was charged with bodily harm and
with causing racially aggravated grievous bodily harm. He has been
bailed to appear at North Sefton Youth Court on 11 July 2006.