Safe Havens Set Up

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A pioneering scheme has been set up to create places of safety for people who feel threatened or vulnerable it has been launched in North Liverpool to help people to feel safe, the name for this scheme is CitySafe Haven.

The CitySafe Haven initiative involves community centres, business owners and shopkeepers who are offering people their premises as places of safety to help people who are feeling threatened, vulnerable or intimidated they can go to these places to seek shelter. The Staff will then ask what the problem is and take positive action to help. This may include locking up their premises calling a family member or if a more serious issue is occurring contact the police.

The 'Disarm' group of CitySafe, Liverpool's Community Safety Partnership, is launching the initiative. CitySafe Havens will operate across four wards - County, Anfield, Kirkdale and Everton.

Project Jennifer Update

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As many of our readers know, Project Jennifer has been around for a while now. Dropping off the radar and then popping back up again but now it seems that the project is again running at full tilt. The 'Scottie' has attended a few recent forums run by Colin Green, the man heading up the development team, and have talked at length about the plans in store for Great Homer Street. The Scheme, which will include a 115,000 square foot superstore, a new market hall with space for the relocated current stalls, a public transport interchange, a new library and leisure facilities, 480 new homes as well as new shops, is scheduled too begin development next year, with an estimated completion date of mid point 2014. Below is a short interview with Mr Green,

Scottie Press: What is exactly planned for the area?

Colin Green: To create a new district centre for this part of the area this biggest thing is a new supermarket Sainsbury's have signed up as the tenet for that the food store is on the west side of Great Homer Street on the opposite side where there is a shopping centre now their will be smaller shop units. The regeneration will include a new library, by the triangle is where the new residential area will be it's the ultimate mixed used scheme as it has everything.

SP: As it is bringing a lot of new business to the area how do you feel the current businesses will be affected?

CG: In order to allow this new business to be built we need to relocate the existing occupiers there are opportunities for the existing businesses to go into the new units as some of the market stalls only trade on a Saturday its less likely they will move into the units and if eligible will get compensation and others may choose to relocate to other retail units in the area. Over all the strategy is to maintain as many of the current businesses.

SP: Do you worry relocating the market will change its character? as it has been around for a long time.

CG: To a certain extent we would like to change the character of it as the market as it is at the moment is not very sustainable. In the long term people's shopping habits are changing in what they want to buy as opposed to what they did thirty years ago, so in order to keep it going it will have to change to offer different things than it does now but generally speaking we see this in a positive sense as it will be part of a bigger sector that people do their shopping in.

SP: Do you think the supermarket being so broad is going to take away business from the market?

CG: It would be naive to say no it won't but you have got to understand the market only trades 1 day a week so I don't think it will be affected too much.

SP: What are the biggest benefits that will be coming to the area? It's nice that a library will be built as many libraries are being closed.

CG: The major benefit from this is going to be the amount of jobs made available as the supermarket holds up to 400 jobs, and also in the construction area jobs will become available. It will dramatically improve the environment around here and also the appearance. Giving people in the local area the opportunity to shop in a supermarket that is within the local area.

SP: Where did the name project Jennifer originate from?

CG: When the project first got started we didn't want it to be associated with any local communities so Bishop Tom Williams who was the Bishop at the time chose the name which is actually the name of his niece, once it gets to its delivery stage its more than likely it will have another name.

SP: How much of the plans are finalised?

CG: There has been planning permission but an exact date is not known but hopefully the re-generation will begin in about 2 years.

Recognition to Liverpool's unsung Champions

Liverpool's first Night of Honour was celebrated in style at the 'Black-e Arts Centre', Organised by Hope City Enterprise and backed by Liverpool City Council 2010 year of Health and Well-being, the evening brought together local dignitaries and celebrities to bring honour to those members of the community who have made an extra-special contribution to their city. Seven awards were given out on the night to those who work tirelessly for the people of their communities.

As well as a glitzy awards ceremony, the guests were treated to entertainment from some of Liverpool's most talented performers, including the winners of the Liverpool Schools Got Talent competition with special guest presenters world Champion Gymnast Beth Tweddle and BBC Radio Merseyside's Roger Philips. Amongst the Honored Guests, were the High Sheriff of Merseyside, the Lord Mayor, and the Chief Constable of Merseyside.

The awards and winner on the night were:

Liverpool's Best Secret Angel: Sue McDonald from Garston Reading Rooms
Liverpool's Best Community Organisation Award: Rotunda
Liverpool's Best Business Angel: Paul Brown, of MerseyStride
Liverpool's Braveheart Award: Kieron Bimpson
Liverpool's Health & Wellbeing Hero: Teresa Jaegar
Liverpool's Best King or Queen of Customer Care: Amanda Jamieson from Hope University Campus
Liverpool's Best Young Person: Yves Oscard

Night of Honour Director Roger Davies said:
"Liverpool is a great city because of the amazing people who live here. The Night of Honour aims to put the spot light on a few of the city's truly exceptional unsung heroes and recognise the contribution they make in lifting other people up. The Night of Honour will be a brilliant celebration of individual stories of courage, determination and selflessness and everything that is great about Liverpool."

Local Community Centre 'The Rotunda' picked up the award for 'Liverpool's best community organization' and Maxine Ennis, the chief executive officer had this to say,
"I am delighted to announce that Rotunda has been nominated for the Night of Honour Awards for 'Best Community Organisation of the year 2010' . This is a fantastic achievement and a truly marvellous honour for Rotunda; So glad rags on everyone and come along and join in the celebrations with us."

The 'Scottie' would like to say congratulations to the Rotunda and we hope you can carry on with the good work.

" Gerard Gardens, From the Cradle to the Giant's Grave"

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" Gerard Gardens, From the Cradle to the Giant's Grave" is the brand new book written by Bobby Parry. It is an adventure story that brings everything that existed back to life. The history of the story is a brief overview of those famous tenements and then goes on to tell the story of Bobby Parry's own life in an indelible way. It is the 1970's that are the backdrop of his clowning glory and the book is full of nostalgic memories and includes all of the other relevant tenements of this famous area and era.

This book is the perfect stocking filler this Christmas and is on sale for 10, to order a copy of this book call Bobby Parry on 07948838192 for free delivery anywhere in Liverpool

Remembrance Sunday

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Remembrance Sunday is a day to reflect and remember the people who lost their lives for our Country. Each year's hundreds of people gather at St George's Hall to pay their respects to our fallen heroes and this Sunday was no different.

It was so moving to see the amount of people that gathered in the cold and wet weather, to pay their respects each year. The crowd fell silent at 11am for the two minute silence followed by the famous Last Post being played afterwards.

Prayers followed afterwards with some lovely and moving words being said, a quote that was spoken was "For your tomorrow we gave our today" it's those words that make you really appreciate the armed forces and the danger they put themselves in for our Country.

At the end of service all the armed forces marched along Lime Street and were applauded by the hundreds that gathered in crowd, it was very moving and humble way to finish such an emotional service.


It's November the 3rd and it's a cold misty night, the perfect night for a VauxHaunt!

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VauxHaunt is the brainchild of the Vauxhall and Kirkdale detached youth project and is supported the Everyman group in partnership with Shiverpool. We spoke with Chelsea Renehan one of the youth workers at Vauxhall detached about the evening "It's a chance for the community to come together. The young People are in charge, they have helped do the decorations and they will be supporting the walk as well as playing the ghosts".

The night consisted of two parts, first the spooky tour around Vauxhall re living some of the areas terrifying tales and the second, where you can head back to the youth centre for a drink and sandwiches and the chance to listen to the stories again in detail.

The walk, which started on the canal bridge before taking us around the streets of Vauxhall, introduced us to several well-known ghosts including no face and the running bride made real by actors, who were only occasionally off cue. The kids on the tour where however a little too perceptive, pointing out every flaw a little too readily.

Finally we spoke with Rebecca Ross who had a place on the first tour, she thought "it was nice too involve the children and the community along the canal".

PACT Day Out At Spooky World

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The kids from Vauxy youth club went on a fun fancy dress day out to Spooky world, at Applejack Farm, Warrington. It was all part of the volunteer led PACT (Parents and children together) play scheme.

We talked to Joanne Connelly and Sally Spears, the ladies in charge, about what they do and what the event was all about. It is all about fun and fancy dress, "but our main aim is to get parents engaged with the kids". With a full bus of 49 excited children they have certainly got their hands full.

PACT runs at the Vauxhall youth club every term break providing kids with something to do, including drama, face painting and seasonal activities, for example carving scary faces into pumpkins and making horrid Halloween decorations. They also organise plenty of days out for the children.

To continue the Halloween theme, PACT held their annual Halloween disco, now in its fifth year, on Sunday 31st. Fancy Dress was a must and there were plenty of competitions for the kids and loads of prizes up for grabs.

Liverpool Resurgent

As a precursor to the James William Carling Pavement Art Competition 6 artists had 4 days to fill 8 panels with glorious street art. Dreamt up on a drunken night out by the UrbanCanvas team Phillip Battle and Catherine McMahon it gained sponsorship from City Central BID. The idea? "If Michelangelo was a scouser, what would the Sistine chapel look like?" Football, Ken Dodd, Willy Russell, Mike McCartney, the discovery of penicillin even a naked Ricky Tomlinson posing next to a nude Cilla Black were just some of the themes that were brought to life on the canvas. The artist's works were framed by a spiralling design taken from the ageless architecture of St. George's hall. September marked the 500th year and the exact month since the Sistine chapel was unveiled and that took 4 years to paint so it's only fitting that the artists had 4 days. At a staggering 60ft x 15ft the canvas could well be the biggest street art collection in the world. To unveil the piece Ken Dodd and Mike McCartney paid a visit to admire the final work and more importantly check their portraits out. Ken Dodd couldn't help but notice that his portrait was wearing a lot less clothes and was a lot more buff then he expected "I have been working out lately, glad to see someone noticed." Mike McCartney however was unfinished (much like the Sistine chapel) and some of the canvas had become a little soggy due to torrential rain leaking through the tent, even sturdy sandbags couldn't keep it at bay.

Showing his appreciation Ken Dodd walked all over the pastel piece much to the horror of the artist Keith Fearon "Well, you can't be too precious about your work. I can always repair it...unless he starts dancing." 4 days of hard work and Ken Dodd comes and stomps all over it, it happens to the best of us.

The canvas will be divided into individual sections and displayed around the city in various shop windows for everyone to enjoy.

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James William Carling Pavement Art Competition

Hundreds of people headed into town for the 2nd annual Bold St festival with the majority of the public drifting towards the outstanding level of art scrawled on the pavement inspired by a Scottie legend.

The James Carling Pavement Art competition first started in 2008 after much campaigning from former Scottie Press Editor Ron Formby and local author Mike Kelly who both strived for many years to get local lad James Carling, the public recognition he deserves. This year, organisers Phillip Battle and Catherine McMahon from UrbanCanvas returned with 28 Gockers (the Scouse term for a pavement artist) more of a crowd and a lot less rain. The Gockers took to the street in an attempt to win in three categories; the James William Carling (Copy Art) competition, the Adrian Henri (Freestyle) competition and the People's choice award which was decided by a democratic vote. With a range of styles and techniques the high standard of art was astounding, featuring local artists from Vauxhall to international talent from Italy and the Netherlands. Even kids could participate with forty nine children flooding the streets with their manic enthusiasm in the 'Little Chalkers' entry. The title of the competition comes from Vauxhall's little known legend, James William Carling. He was born in 1857 and grew up on Addison St, attending Holy Cross School he struggled through life expressing himself through the medium of pavement art, illustrations and poetry. He died penniless at the age of 29, buried in a pauper's grave only for his work to become truly recognised after his death. Whereas he was doing it to survive, today we do it for pleasure.

Awards were presented by Mike McCartney at Maggie May's cafe where the Carling gallery is situated, after a hard days work, sore knees and bloodied fingers the atmosphere was positively brimming with anticipation. Mike Kelly read out a haunting and original Carling poem before the organisers Phillip and Catherine thanked all the international artists for taking part when one man shouted "What about Scotland?", Phillip replied "Scotland?" - "Yeah, Scotland Road!" After that classic Scouse humour went over the international Gockers heads the winners were announced. The Adrian Henri award went to Keith Fearon, the Peoples Award went to Italian Antonio Cammarano and the Carling award also went to Antonio, who with all the excitement thrust his crystal glass award triumphantly towards the sky for it to move loose and come crashing down onto the floor. Now he has two pieces of trophy to cherish.

Competition Winners

James William Carling (Copy) winners :

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1st prize Antonio Cammarano

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2nd prize Giovanna La Pietra

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3rd prize Stacey Kelly

Adrian Henri (Freestyle) winners:

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1st prize Keith Fearon

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2nd prize Alan Murray

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3rd prize Ruben Poncia

Peoples Prize (by democratic vote)

1st prize Antonio Cammarano

2nd prize Keith Fearon

A selection of images from the day

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Caroline Bridie poses eloquently for our photographer
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Good thing he won
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Antonio Cammarano recieving his award from Mike McCartney and posing with it after dropping it on the floor. Two pieces of trophy are better than one!
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Rotunda Revolution

The 14th of August 2010 marked a significant day in the story of the Rotunda. Formerly a Presbytery the Georgian terrace on Great Mersey Street has seen many changes over the years since being bought by a group of local people in 1989 and transformed in to a community learning resource centre for adults and young people.

Augusts "Rotunda Re-launch" event was themed around celebrating past achievements of the centre, highlighting its work in North Liverpool and looking ahead to the direction its outreach and education programmes will take in the future.

The open event for the local community saw 'Rotunda Square' transformed with various stalls, activities and events for people of all ages. As well as sales pitches informing people about further education courses, art based projects and the nursery facilities at the Rotunda there was much on offer for the young and young at heart. The 'Fun Zone' gave visitors a chance to learn martial arts, handle exotic animals, throw the sponge at "willing" volunteers, get their faces painted or take part in an egg and spoon race. The 'Health Zone' included various therapy sessions, a chance to get advice about healthy eating, try some free fruit samples and also have a free professional health check.

To unify the different generations in attendance and showcase the centre's commitment to diversity and innovation, the public were invited to release 100 white balloons complete with tags of memories of the Rotunda's past and visions of its future. John Whelan Arts Coordinator and organiser of the day's events told the Scottie Press "We are trying to make real links with the community by raising our game, thinking creatively and letting people know what we are about".

The Rotunda's board of trustee's and new management team also used the event to express their sincere thanks and gratitude for one of its retiring founder members. After 21 years of tireless commitment and dedication towards lifelong learning in the community, it was announced that Libby Mackay is to step down from the day to day management of services leaving her legacy in the hands of new Chief Executive Officer, Maxine Ennis. Libby received a warm reception when she collected her leaving presents in front of the large crowd and told us about her future plans "My next step is to open a shop with a studio in Great Homer Street which will allow local people to sell their hand crafted goods. It will also serve as an advice centre on Rotunda courses and activities".

At the presentation new Chief Executive Maxine Ennis gave praise to Libby and outlined her vision for the centre's future "I feel blessed to have inherited a fantastic organisation and team from Libby" she told us "I thank her for all the work she has done over the years and I hope we can carry on building an organisation the public can trust and engage with".

Next on the agenda for the new management team is to continue with the rollout of the Community Garden Initiative and to get funding approved by Step Clever and the National Lottery Fund for the regeneration and expansion of the centre. This will include renovating and redeveloping the derelict building adjacent to the Rotunda. Emma Jensen Development and Heritage Manager told the Scottie Press "We want to become more business like without forgetting our roots, regeneration will allow us to make the Rotunda more than just an education space". The Scottie Press would like to thank Libby for all her community work over the years and wishes her, Maxine and the team all the very best for the future.

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From Picasso to the Pirates Muster

The annual 'On the Waterfront' festival saw Liverpool's historic and iconic docklands energised by an array of events and performances held on the weekend of the 16th to the 18th of July. As the darkness descended, Friday evening saw a memorable Pablo Picasso inspired fireworks display accompanied by composed music and special effects. The projections and pyrotechnics revolved around the Spanish artist's themes of the dove of peace and lit up the river in radiant splendour.

Sensational sand sculptures by Sand in your Eye and harmonies by Liverpool's own leading choir Sense of Sound as part of Saturday's events also included the arrival of classic sailing ships The Little Brig, Bessie Ellen and Ruth whilst crew from the Earl of Pembroke and the Phoenix performed exhilarating acts of wonder on the water.

The culmination of the festival was the Second International Mersey Pirate Muster, a free family fun day held on the Sunday. Organisers had asked the public to turn up dressed as pirates to attempt to break a world record previously set at the Northern Californian Pirate Festival which stands at 2,600 people. Many aspiring pirates made the effort in their varied outfits from young to old, wearing eye patches, donning fake parrots and cutlasses with even a few pretend wooden legs thrown in to boot! Muster organisers are in the process of sending information to Guinness World Records to see if Liverpool's burly bunch has broken the record.

A stand out performance by Hope Street Creation Centre in association with Dizzy Pig productions entitled 'The Sordid Shanty of Silkbeard & the Synchronised Swimmers' (pictured) along with hearty renditions of traditional sea shanties by various choirs, skill exhibitions by jugglers and street theatre presentations insured the near 50,000 people who visited the waterfront over the weekend had a fantastic shiver me timbers experience.

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Dance! 'On the Waterfront'

The 'On the Waterfront' events continued with more cultural experiences happening just in front of the liver building. Dance was the main theme of the sunny Sunday, starting off with many Asian inspired displays of dance including a special lion dance quickly followed by a mix of Chinese music and street dancing.

A UK based dance theatre group; 'Motionhouse' performed a special acrobatic display telling a story of life in relation to water.

'Liverpool Dances' allowed the audience to participate, with the orchestra playing an array of groovy songs. All ages and backgrounds were encouraged to jitter on up to strut their stuff. The dances were being quietly watched by a selection of judges who selected a few couples out of the hundred who they thought really knew how to bust a move.

Throughout the day small individual performances would appear out of nowhere, with juggling groups and men with make shift gondolas to women smearing mayonnaise on their faces.

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Teddy Bears Picnic

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The Vauxhall Children's Centre held a Teddy Bears Picnic in Croxteth Hall & Country Park in July. The picnic aimed to promote healthy eating within families. Participating Children's centres from across Liverpool attended the event offering different activities throughout the day; Sports activities, Road safety, story telling, parachute games, 'yum yum yummy's' healthy eating and the 'Movema' world dance workshop. The activities teach children to develop their basic skills like sharing and patience when waiting their turn. Community Food Workers attended informing families about the importance of healthy eating and the prevention of illnesses such as diabetes.


On a sunny Saturday afternoon in June the Pageant set off from Pall Mall and made it's way through the city centre. The theme of the parade was a celebration of Health and Wellbeing and this was reflected in the colourfully creative costumes on show. The parade also contained a global community section. Much closer to home was the Superhero/Heroine section, which consisted of ten children chosen to parade their own design in a city-wide primary school competition. One of the winners being Trinity school pupil Ellis McGiveron who is pictured in this months Scottie Press issue 400.

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