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“… the lasting legacy of Harry is for us all to be less selfish, and think of other people more, which is what Harry did, and not to dwell on all our problems, but to dwell on what we can do to help others and have a better life, a better future.” Duncan Bannatyne The Harry Moseley Ball

In October 2012 the International Convention Centre in Birmingham played host to one of the biggest charity events ever to have hit the city. The Inaugural Harry Moseley Ball was a huge success, attended by 1,250 people, including celebrities Danielle Lloyd and Jamie O Hara, Ben Shepherd, Olympic gymnast Kristian Thomas and Adam Rickett. There was a very special performance by singer Beverley Knight and a series of emotional speeches and special films which told Harry’s story and left not a dry eye in the room. At the end of the evening, a staggering £103,000 had been raised for Help Harry Help Others, an amazing amount that will go far to help the people Harry was most concerned about.

Help Harry Help Others

‘Help Harry Help Others’ is focused on three ways of helping families facing cancer, ‘Help Cope’, ‘Help Care’ and ‘Help Cure’. There are many ways that adults and children can get involved.

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You can become a volunteer. This can be making Harry bracelets,

helping out at Harry HQ or helping with social media and marketing.

Fundraising. From carboot sales to marathons, dress down days to

sponsored silences – the list is endless. There are just so many ways to get sponsored and raise money, you can probably think of some of your own ideas. Donate. You can donate directly on the HHHO website (www.hhho.org.uk ) or by buying a bracelet, either direct from the website, or at one of the many places that now sell the bracelet in Birmingham.

Schools Initiative Harry was an astute young entrepreneur who was interested in passing on his skills in business and fundraising to other children. From this, the Harry School’s initiative was born. Concerned with empowering children to ‘believe in themselves’, become interested in charity, whilst also raising money for their own school funds, the Harry school’s initiative also teaches children real business skills like understanding profit and loss, creating business plans and important computer skills. You can get your school involved by visiting hhho.org.uk and registering your interest.


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What Harry created as a charity is very unique. We support families every step of the way through their cancer journey but also we give back. Harry created his bracelets as a thank you for people’s kind donations. Keeping his ethics in mind we also as a charity want to thank people for their much needed support and we do this by giving back to the next generation. The Kids of today are the future. Harry proved that regardless of age, wellbeing, lifestyle you really can achieve anything in life if you are passionate about something. Using all the tools Harry created HHHO are here to give kids the self-belief and empowerment to go and make a change in their communities. Harry inspired kids globally to do good and helped teach valuable basic business skills. He them not be here but his work and legacy may on so why not use the tools he lives to continue inspiring children? No created charity gives back in such a way other HelpHarryHelpOthers. like importantly as a grieving mum. was my best friend and my hero I never want any other parent feel the same. Sadly until we do get enough support and find that cure, we will still lose people to this dreadful disease.

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We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories, Terrible Tudors live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, Terrible Tudors – along with Vile Victorians – are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips. From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience! Tickets from £9

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G N I K Y E JO March 8th will see the launch of the new Disney Movie, Oz The Great and Powerful. This is the highly anticipated sequel to the much loved 1939 film, the Wizard of Oz and stars Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. Primary Times has been lucky enough to have a chat with one of the young stars of the movie, 13 year old Joey King, who voices the adorable character of China Girl. Joey told us a bit about the movie and what it is like to be a star at such a young age.

You started acting when you were just 4 years old? How did you get the acting bug? How did it affect your school life and friends? I started off acting in a very small playhouse. We also did improvisation games for the audience when the play was over. I loved it so much! I went to public school until I was in third grade and then I switched to private school for two years, but then I started traveling so much that I switched to home school. My home school has Tuesdays as a day where a bunch of students meet with teachers and learn in a class room environment. I try to go when I am home. I have friends at home and from all over the place now. You have provided a voice for many characters in films, including Beaver in Ice Age 3, and now China Girl in “OZ the Great and Powerful” – how does it feel to hear your voice coming out from an animated character? I think it is pretty cool to hear my voice come out of different characters, especially animals. I want to voice a pig some day and play it for my pig JayJay and see if she reacts! Tell me a bit about your character China Girl in “OZ the Great and Powerful”.

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China Girl is an actress at heart I think. She uses her skills to trick Oz into taking her along on the journey to find the wicked witch. China Girl comes off like she is tough but she is a big softy inside and porcelain on the outside. Oz The Great and Powerful is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, were you a fan of the original film? OMG yes!! I love watching The Wizard of Oz. It has been so exciting to be able to be part of a prequel to such an amazing movie!

You’re working alongside three amazing actresses in Oz, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. What was that like? Did they offer you much advice on set? They are all so talented and I loved watching them work! No advice was given but lots of hugs and laughs. Sam Raimi is the director of Oz. Can you describe what it was like working with such a fantastic director.

Sam is one of the most awesome people I have ever worked with. Not only is he one of the best directors I have ever worked with but he is a genuinely kind, thoughtful person. I can’t say enough good things about him! Sam is one in a million and I wish I could work with him a million more times! I’ve read that you were influenced in acting by your grandmother? Tell me a little about this. My grandmother loved to do theatre and I think I inherited the acting bug from her. My grandmother still loves the theatre and says she might go back someday when we all don’t keep her so busy. She’s funny and crazy and not afraid to be herself. Who are your current heroes and heroines, both in film and otherwise. I have a lot of people I admire. Just because someone is an actor or famous doesn’t mean you should admire them. I admire people who give of themselves and help others. Doing good and making a difference in people’s lives is what should inspire people. You have a pretty amazing career for one so young, how do you keep yourself grounded? My mother always says to me that fame is not the most important thing in life. Being a good person is the most important thing life. Being grounded is easy when you have the right people in your life. I have an amazing family and I just feel really lucky to be able to do something that I love so much! I understand that you do a lot of charity work, including helping your gran to deliver meals on wheels to the elderly. Why do you think this is important? Giving back to people and helping others is one of the most important things you can do.

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I like hands on stuff. I’ll go pick up trash, serve food, clean someone’s yard, deliver food or go talk to other kids at schools or Boys and Girls Clubs. My family has always been big on doing things to help others and it an important way of life for me. It makes me feel good inside to help other people. I like to go and talk to other kids and encourage them to get out and try and help others. You have already achieved so much, what ambitions do you have for the future? Is there anyone you would particularly like to work with? As far as the future goes, I have some things on my wish list. I get a little superstitious so I try not to talk about them, I just hope they come true someday What advice would you give to other young people who have dreams of getting into acting? I love acting with all my heart! If you love acting with all your heart, then you should never give up. Keep working toward that goal. Take acting classes or get involved in your local theatre. And sometimes when you give to others, you never know what you might be given back!

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To tie in with the launch of ‘Oz The Grea t and Powerful’ on March 8th, Disney studios are giving away five copies of the official paperback book that acco mpanies the film. To enter, simply answer this question

Q. What is the name of the charact er that Joey King voices? A. China Girl B. Plastic Girl C. Material Girl Enter online at www.primarytimes.net/com petitions or send your entry to Oz The great and Poerful Competition, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor , White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by March 10th.


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Flamboyant fashion; inspired by Cosplay costume design project. £2 per session. Suitable for ages 8 and under. Over 8s can be unaccompanied once contact details/ medical info and permission slips have been provided. Visit www. wolverhamptonart.org.uk for more information. SATURDAY 16TH & 23RD FEBRUARY

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CRUFTS AT THE NEC The biggest and best celebration of dogs! A tail-wagging, fact finding, show stopping, un’fur’gettable family day out... It’s more than a dog show. Come and Play! Shopping Heaven – over 400 stands with special treats and offers. Fun in the Arena – this year’s programme is jam packed with agility, flyball, displays and new for 2013 the Scruffts final and Crufts Factor! Discover Dogs – come and meet, greet and discover over 200 breeds.

SATURDAY 9TH - SUNDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

SPACE FICTION NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE, LEICESTER From The First Men in the Moon to the Hitch-hikers Guide To The Galaxy, science fiction has transported, tantalised and terrified us with visions of technologically advanced futures and far-flung worlds. We will be celebrating the history, present and future of Science Fiction with a jam-packed programme of special guests, fun activities and a special competition where you get to decide which is the Best Science Fiction Book of All Time! Each day we will have authors presenting readings from their books and discussing the appeal of science fiction. Tel: 0845 605 2001 www.spacecentre.co.uk

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SATURDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

CRAFTPLAY SATURDAYS BILSTON CRAFT GALLERY

Meet other families, be inspired by our unusual materials and get lots of easy low cost ideas to try out at home. Suitable for 0 - 7 years. £2 per child booking required. Visit www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk for more information

FEBRUARY FROLICS LAMBING EVENT HATTON FARM VILLAGE

Lambing Event - see newborn lamb s every day in our Lambing Marquee with Little Bo Peep and Pete the Shepherd. Plus new arrivals in Farmyard Favourites, adventure play and frolicking fun all day long. For furth er info visit www.hattonworld.com SATURDAY 16TH FEBRUARY -SUN DAY 24TH FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY HALF TERM ACTIVITIES BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM

This February half term enjoy fun fami ly activities and hands on heritage. The Museum will be open daily during this week 10.00am - 4.00pm. For more info visit www.bclm.co.u k FROM SATURDAY 16TH FEBRUA RY

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Come along and uncover the scien ce behind manufacturing in our NEW hands-on gallery ‘We Made It’. Nuts, bolts, gadgets and gizmos. Entrance included in Thinktank adm ission price

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ANIMAL MANIA BLAKESLEY HALL

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STRATFORD BUTTERFLY FARM JUNGLE EXPLORERS TRAIL Come and take part in the Jungle explorers Trail. Each child gets a free map on entry to the farm which will lead them on an exciting adventure of discovery around the farm. We also have ‘Meet the Minibeasts’ handling sessions where the public can actually handle some of the residents. The handling sessions are at 11.30am and 2.30pm. www.butterflyfarm. co.uk/attraction/index.php

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Flamboyant fashion; inspired by Cosplay costume design project. Weekly creative activities suitable for 8 - 14 years inspired by the current exhibition with the opportunity to gain arts award accreditation. Over 8s can be unaccompanied once contact details/ medical info and permission slips have been provided. £2 per session. Visit www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk for more information

SATURDAY 16TH TO SUNDAY 24T H FEBRUARY

Animal Mania visit Blakesley Hall. Come and see a variety of animals including snakes, lizards, giant rabbits and other unusual animals. 12-4pm £1.00 entry to see Animal Mania - normal entry fees apply to the House. For more information visit www.bmag.org.uk/blakesley-hall


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WARWICK CASTLE UNLOCKED: SECRET TOWERS & PASSAGEWAYS Explore four centuries of secret rooms unlocked for the first time! The ancient rooms shed light on the defining chapters in Warwick Castle’s past to reveal tales of battle, siege, murder, power struggles and hauntings. Open daily from 10am until 5pm. Book in advance to save money on ticket costs. Visit www. warwick-castle.com/ for more information.

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The Public is hosting a full week of activities during Half term including a family Craft day(Monday 18th February),a little people’s craft day(Tuesday 19th February) and a den building day(Thursday . 21st February) . Sessions cost £4 and advance booking is advisable lic. w.thepub http://ww visit or ce, offi box the for 7161 533 Call 0121 com

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MUDDLE CHALLENGE MOSELEY OLD HALL

Make mud pies in the mud kitchen in the wood, then warm up around the fire cooking tasty bread dampners. Sessions run daily from 11am until 3pm. Normal admission charges apply. Booking not needed. Call 01902 782 808 for further information. FEBRUARY HALF TERM 2013 ISSUE


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MR BENN MAC BIRMINGHAM

A live action show full of catchy songs and astounding magic which will appeal to old friends of the classic childreNs character and new adventurers alike. After discovering an extraordinary fancy dress shop, Mr Benn steps into incredible adventures featuring dragons, princesses and sea monsters ñ but will he ever go back to his ordinary life? Ages 4 - 10. Tickets £8.50. www.macarts.co.uk MONDAY 18TH-SUNDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

WELLINGTON WALK WIGHTWICK MANOR

Pick up a collection bag and fill it with wild treasures which you can use to create your wild art masterpiece. Sessions last from 11am until 4pm. For further information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk MONDAY 18TH -FRIDAY 22ND FEBRUARY

MAC EXPLORERS MAC BIRMINGHAM

Focuses on an individual art form each day including painting, drawing, animation, drama and sculpture. Ages 6-11. Tickets £10 per day or 5 sessions for £40. www.macarts.co.uk TUESDAY 19TH & WEDNESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY

FAMILY TEXTILES & FAMILY POTTERY MAC BIRMINGHAM

Family sessions with textiles (Tue 19 Feb) and pottery (Wed 20 Feb) allow parents and children aged 6-11 to explore and create art together. Tickets £12.50 for one adult and one child each additional person charged at £7.50. www.macarts.co.uk

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Create a felted purse to keep your pocket money safe! Suitable for 5 - 12 years. £2 per child, booking required. Visit www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk for more information

ONCE UPON A TIME BANTOCK HOUSE MUSEUM

Storytelling followed by craft activities. Visit www.wolverhamptonart. org.uk for more information WEDNESDAY 20TH & THURSDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

CRAFTPLAY FEBRUARY HOLIDAY SESSIONS BILSTON CRAFT GALLERY

Suitable for 0 - 7 years £2 per child, booking required. 10.30am 12pm & 1.30pm - 3pm Visit www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk for more information WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY

RECYCLED BOOK BAGS BILSTON CRAFT GALLERY

Transform an old bag into a clever bag! Suitable for 5 -12 years. £2 per child, booking required. Visit www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk for more information

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MASK DECORATION FAMILY DROP IN SESSION WALSALL LEATHER MUSEUM Colour and collage your own animal mask. Sessions are 10.30 - 1.30pm and 1.30 - 3.30pm and there is no need to book. Sessions are free of charge.

MANOR HOUSE RY HALF TERM WORKSHOP MANOR HOUSE , WEST BROMWICH

Come along and take part in a varie ty of crafts and ac including bulb pla tivities, nting. Sessions are drop-in, and take from 11-3pm and place cost between 50p and £1.50, depend the item made. Ca ent on ll 0121 588 2985 for more details. Yo also visit the Sand u could well Museums Fa cebook page for information. https more ://www.facebook .com/sandwellmus eums THURSDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

PAPER WEAVIN BANTOCK HOU G SE MUSEUM Children’s wo

rkshop to make a selection of items paper weaving tec by using a hnique. £2 per ch ild, booking requir www.wolverhamp ed. Visit tonart.org.uk for mo re information THURSDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

PAINT YOUR O W BILSTON CRAF N PUMP BAG T GALLERY Personalise

a draw-string bad ready for school. 12 year olds. £2 pe Suitable for 5r child, drop in. Vis it www.wolverhamp org.uk for more inf tonart. ormation THURSDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

DROP IN FUN F WALSALL MUS OR CHILDREN EUM

Make your own fun ky photo-frame for a special photo or picture in this dro p in craft session for children. Have make something fun and to take home! Se ssions last from 11 - 1.00pm. All ma .00am terials provided, su itable for children to 12 years. Sess aged 5 ions cost 75p and there is no need to For further inform book. ation please call Wa lsall Museum on 653116 or email mu 01922 seum@walsall.go v.uk. THURSDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

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MODROC MON S CHILDRENíS W TERS O WALSALL LEAT RKSHOP HER MUSEUM Create your ow

n modroc monster with artist Benny Sessions are 10.30 Semp. - 1.30pm and 1.3 0 - 3.30pm and bo is essential. Sess oking ions cost £1.50. Ca ll 01922 721 153 information. for more FRIDAY 22ND FE BRUARY

FRIDAY FUN EV HAVE ITS DAY ERY DOG MUST NEW WALSALL ART GALLERY Wo

rkshops for familie s with children 4 years and older, wh want to be creative o together. Worksho ps run twice each as a morning sess day, ion 11-12.30pm or an afternoon sess 1-2.30pm. Every ion Dog must have its day T is the chan your very own do ce to build g. Make him as big or as small as you and don’t forget his like, collar and lamina ted tag too. Sess £2 per child. Book ions cost ing in advance is essential. Call 01 400 or visit www. 922 654 thenewartgallerywa lsall.org.uk


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MERRY HILL See CBEEBIES’ Katy Ashworth on Thursday 21 February 10.45AM, 11.45AM, 12.45PM, 1.45PM & 2.45PM Join Katy in an interactive family show including singing, story telling, dancing and a whole lot of fun! Singalong to the ‘Wash Up Song’ and meet Katy after the performances. Come and take part in our Craft Workshops whilst you’re there. Children can design their own recipe journal. Please note that Katy will not be doing cooking demonstrations. Collect your FREE Katy Ashworth ticket at Eat Central in the centre from 9.30am on the day of the event. Tickets are issued are a first come basis. Whilst stocks last. Bob is back on Wednesday 20 February 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm Meet ‘Bob the Builder’ and ‘Wendy’ down near M&S for free this half term. Collect your FREE Bob the Builder ticket at Eat Central in the centre from 9.30am on the day of the event. Tickets are issued are a first come basis. Whilst stocks last. Go sweetastic with Wreck-it Ralph Monday 18 February from 10am4pm near M&S Create your very own sweetie race car just like in Disney’s new ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ movie showing all half term at ODEON, Merry Hill Happy 5th Birthday Mummy Morning! Tuesday 19 February from 10-11.30am- Eat Central Bring your little nippers to our exclusive Mummy Morning’s 5th birthday at Merry Hill It’s free and all children get a birthday surprise!


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Pied Piper bring a story about growing up to MA C Birmingham with My Big Little Sister. Tom’s little sister Ruby thinks being a grown-up and all the free dom that comes with it sounds like fun. But when her wish com es true and she wakes up as a grown-up herself, Mum decides to take a well-earned break, leaving Ruby in charge. Suddenly the responsibilities of jugglin g a job and looking after Tom and Na n donít seem like so mu ch fun after all. Ages 5-8 Tickets £6. ww w.macarts.co.uk FRIDAY 22ND FEBRUA RY

THE MANOR HOUSE MANOR HOUSE, WESGOES WILD T BROMWICH Come along for

a day of animal fun. Act ivities include a RSPB workshop where you can make a bird house or fee der. (£5 donation). There are als o craft workshops taking place from 10.30 - 3pm. You can als o come and meet som e of Dudley Zooís smaller creatures betwe en 12 - 3pm. Admissio n is free, but there is a small charge for som e activities. Call 0121 588 2985 for more information, or visit the Sandwell Museums Fac ebook page for more information or to register an interest in an event. www. facebook.com/sandwellm useums SATURDAY 9TH & SU NDAY 10TH MA

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RAF COSFORD MUSEUM If you’re looking for something exciting to entertain the children this February Half Term, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is inviting families to participate in a fun model making activity. Taking place from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February, visitors will have the opportunity to build an Airfix 1:72 Lightning. Models will be built alongside full sized aircraft on display at the Museum in a communal and fun atmosphere. The model making activity will be taking place in the Museum’s Hangar 1 and sessions will run from 11:00am to 3:00pm each day. Participation is just £3.00 per person, pre-booking is not necessary. Visit the website www.rafmuseum. org.uk/ for more information.

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Decorate a gift box usi ng a wide choice of ma terials. This could be used for a Mothers Day gift or for your own treasures. Blank boxes will be provided along with plenty of ins piration, collage, material, paints, decora tions and shiny things. Suitable for aged children 6-12 years. All children must be accom panied by an adult. Booking essential £6/£4 Friends of the RB SA. For more information visit www.r bsa.org.uk UNTIL DECEMBER 20 13

STICKY SATURDAY DUDLEY MUSEUM AN D ART GALLERY Sticky Saturday is held on the Second Saturday of every month. 1.30pm to 3.30pm (exclu ding school holidays). Co me along with your family and have a go at being messy, stic ky and creative. Admission is free. Call 01384 815575 for details .

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The third year for BritSci Fi & the biggest and bes t event ever hosted at the National Space Centre. With the sad news in January that our hero, and friend to the Nation al Space Centre, Gerry Anderson, passed away, this event will be dedicated to him and his amazing leg acy. With special guests , stars from the shows, competitions, displays, talks, workshop s and your favourite characters, this is an event for fans and families alike. Tel: 0845 605 2001 ww w.spacecentre.co.uk

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It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favourite Disney friends! The latest Disney On Ice spectacular is set to hit the LG Arena from 20 – 24 February, so it’s time to get your dancing shoes on as Mickey and Minnie and a host of your favourite Disney friends celebrate in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. The ice extravaganza will feature more than 50 classic and contemporary Disney characters in a captivating compilation of favourite holidays and celebrations from around the world. For a chance to win a family ticket for four to the Opening Night of Disney On Ice presents Let’s Party on Wednesday 20 February at 7.00pm at LG Arena, Birmingham, simply answer the question below. The extravaganza will feature more than how many Disney characters? a) more than one b) more than two c) more than 50 Closing Date: February 17 2013

WIN A FAMILY T PASS TO QUEST A ! MERRY HILL

When a sick cub arrives at the cruel bear farm, no one expects it to survive. Bu t twelve year old Tam refu ses to give up hope – he nurses the bear back to health and they form an unbreakable bon d. Tam swears to return his bear to the wild but some obs tacles stand in his way To win a copy of this wo nderful book answer the following question How old is Tam? a) 5 b) 12 c) 55 Closing Date: March 10 2013

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RED NOSE DAY IS BACK AND READY FOR ACTION! Red Nose Day is back and this year it’s even bigger and better than ever. A host of famous faces including Jessie J, One Direction, David Walliams, Miranda Hart and John Bishop have pledged their support to this Red Nose Day which will culminate in a spectacular night of comedy gold on BBC One from 7pm, Friday 15th March 2013. It’s 25 years since Red Nose Day first burst onto TV screens and into the nation’s hearts and thanks to the generosity of the great British public, millions of pounds have been raised to change the lives of people in the UK and across Africa.


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