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Winter 2012/13 Issue No.38

There ain’t nothing like a D a m e!

Panto Star Francis Tucker on why it’s time to Rock on Down to the Playhouse


Top 5 Best Diet Changes

Th e N a r ni a E x pe r i e n c e i s B ac k !


What is a Bootcamp?

J o in th e Big Garden BIRDWATCH

The Quality Lifestyle Magazine supporting your local Community


Inspired to Achieve St. Mary’s College is a thriving community which places a high value on outstanding academic achievement and all-round personal development. Our school is built on strong values which emphasise the importance of caring for others and striving for excellence in all we do. We celebrated another fantastic set of exam results in 2012, with 100% of our pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs at A*– C grade and a 100% pass rate at A Level. However, success at St. Mary’s is measured by much more than examination results; our rich programme of extra-curricular activities equips our pupils with the skills and values which will guide and support them throughout their lives.

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Bootcamps, 5 Best Diet Changes and The Big Garden Birdwatch!

Dear Reader, l. It’s hard to Welcome to the Winter Edition of Your Local Journa that we are on the believe that it that’s time of year once more and very pleased to verge of welcoming yet another New Year in. I am Year this time as New the in diet to g needin be report that Daisy won’t ing over the she has lost a massive 2kgs! After all that apple munch looking rather now is she and her with strict very been Summer I have last! will slinky...I wonder how long that Francis Tucker who The colourful picture on the Front Cover is of actor at the Playhouse mime Panto Roll ‘n is the fabulous Dame in the Rock with him recently in time some spend to h enoug lucky was I year. this is. You can read all between his rehearsals and what an inspiration he the amazing about more out about him on pages 6 & 7 and find Beanstalk. the and Jack use, Playho the at year this production me have been If you’ve ever wondered what a Bootcamp is or like more. On page 12 no r wonde then (!) ht thoug the at d terrifie simply ns how much fun and Gaynor Stobie from B-Fit Personal Training explai e to sample one of how rewarding they can be and is offering a chanc same time. Sounds the at y Charit for y mone raise and her Bootcamps it a try myself... give just may I in! lf like a great way of breaking yourse the five best diet Another interesting feature in this edition is about (page 10). They le lifesty ier health a ds changes you can make towar big impact on how a have can they but things simple very like sound you feel not to mention what your waistline does! people to spend Finally, The Big Garden Birdwatch. The RSPB are asking your garden visit s specie which and birds many how an hour recording are some there 27 page On 2013. ry on either the 26th or 27th of Janua nment for them, so enviro ming welco a create to how on tips nt excelle s like a lot of fun not all you’ll have to do is sit back and watch! It sound the very cold weather. to mention the bonus of helping the birds out in thank everyone who So that’s about all from me for this year. I’d like to l over the last has supported and contributed to Your Local Journa comments I kind the all for you thank big a also and s twelve month l. Journa the of ent have received about your enjoym events you may have And finally, don’t forget to let me know about any on 07531 156758 me call can You s. planned over the next few month , please don’t or e-mail and as always e featured as anyon ting contac when l Journa the forget to mention l. Journa a be n’t without our advertisers there would Year. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New

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There ain’t nothing like a D a m e!

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Panto Star Francis Tucker on why it’s time to Rock on Down to the Playhouse



Top 5 Best Diet Changes

Th e N a r ni a E x pe r i e n c e i s B a c k !


What is a Bootcamp?

J o i n t he Big Garden BIRDWATCH

The Quality Lifestyle Magazine supporting your local Community

Features 6-7 Panto Star - Francis Tucker

Rock on down to the Playhouse

17 Local Choir’s Amazing Season The Crosby Capriol Singers

20 Kit Aid Launch 2013 Marine FC

27 Big Garden Birdwatch

How to take part with the RSPB

28 Free School Status Application Streatham House School

30 The Narnia Experience is Back! In Another Place

P.6-7 Francis Tucker

32 Community Groups Join Forces Old Christ Church, Waterloo


P.20 Kit Aid 2013

8 Down Memory Lane

St. Mary’s College, Crosby

10 Health & Well-Being Five Best Diet Changes

12 B-Fit Personal Training What is a “Bootcamp”?

P.28 Streatham House School

14 Style

Sale Savvy!

18 Travel

Prosit Neujahr! Berlin

22 House & Home

Keep Warm this Winter

27 Recipe

Marmalade & Chocolate Shortbread

P.30 Narnia is Back!

31 Film Review Looper (15)

35 What’s On Guide 36 Useful Telephone Numbers

P.18 Berlin

THERE AIN’T NOTHING LIKE A DAME! Francis Tucker - Panto Star on why it’s time to Rock on down to the Playhouse...

To end another fantastic year at the Playhouse, Liverpool’s legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto returns for another giant adventure and it looks to be one of their most exciting shows to date. This will be the second year that the Panto will be held at the Playhouse while the Everyman undergoes its £28m redevelopment and dynamic duo Francis Tucker and Adam Keast pair up again to bring their unique double-act to thrill and soak the crowd in equal measure!

Jack and the Beanstalk will be Francis Tucker’s 13th Panto for the Everyman and Playhouse with this being his 9th time as a Dame! He spoke of just how exciting this year is for him. “Last year was our first year at the Playhouse and it was always going to be a learning curve for Adam and I. Being a Dame at the Everyman has always been a gift because the audience are right there with you, so adapting to the Playhouse was always going to take some time. I love the Playhouse, it reminds me of an Old Music Hall Theatre and during the run last year we were finding different things we could do there which we couldn’t do at the Everyman. It was like moving into a new house and we felt that we did the best job we could. This time round we know exactly what we have to do now and we just can’t wait!”


Francis and the multi talented cast who all sing, dance and play music have been rehearsing a gruelling 6 days a week and with the show running until 19th January, how on earth do they keep going?! Francis explains, “Panto is all about engagement with the audience, it’s like a double act between us and them, when you’re tired after 12 shows a week, if the audience are up for a good time and they’re crazy, it keeps you going. It’s hard especially over the Christmas period but as everyone wants to have a good time you just keep going. Even Christmas Eve morning, smeared in make-up and sweating like a Gypsy!” So what does his family think of his veteran Dame status? “Well my 3 1/2 year old son is coming to see me for the first time this year and when we did the Hope Street Festival he was like “Daddy’s in a Dress!”, he thinks I’m friends with Mr Tumble from the telly. I’m sure when he’s a bit older he won’t find it so magical and I will have to tone it down for him! My Dad always says its like watching someone play two football matches because you’re either acting, dancing, singing or playing an instrument.” Panto is not the only thing that Francis is famous for, his credits include Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, 15 Minutes That Shook The World, Coronation Street, Casualty and Cutting It.

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“I was in Coronation Street on and off for about 5 years as the Journalist for the Weatherfield Gazette! Every time I did an episode it seemed to be with the old dears. I absolutely loved it because Betty Driver was originally from Leicester which is where I’m from and of course the lovely Bill Tarmey. They called me up once for a Blackpool Special and I was in a hotel eating on my own when Bill came over with Liz Dawn and asked me to join them. They were just such nice people” Francis didn’t start out as an actor though. An accomplished drummer at the tender age of 16 he toured as a session musician with bands like Suede and Dodgy and even played with Terence Trent D’Arby! At around 19 he’d had enough of being on the road (!) and decided to go back to college where he fell into drama. So who has inspired this man of many talents and who is the most famous person he’s ever met? “I’d have to say Robert Lyndsay. I saw him in Me and My Girl at Leicester Haymarket at the same time that GBH by Alan Bleasdale was being screened on Channel 4, which was an amazing performance and I thought, that’s what you call an actor, such an all round performer. As for the most famous person I’ve ever met, you won’t believe this but I saw Daniel Craig about a month ago in the City Centre and I just went up to him and said “You’re Daniel Craig aren’t you?” and he said “I am!” I didn’t know what else to say, it was just so strange. I just walked away, he must have thought I was weird!”

Francis Tuckers enthusiasm for both his work and life is really quite inspirational, is there anything he hasn’t achieved yet, any burning ambition? “I’d like to live in Paris, a nice little flat in Bastille, nothing to do with acting! Achieve wise, I love Liverpool so much that I’d like to produce and write something about the City, something commercial that could be critically successful. I love it when my friends come up from London to work here, they have no idea what Liverpool has to offer and they have fallen in love with the city as I have”. Jack and the Beanstalk: These Shoots are Made for Walking, is at the Playhouse in Williamson Square from Friday 30th November 2012 to Saturday 19th January 2013. Great fun for all ages, it promises music, mayhem, a sprinkling of water and some magic beans as writers Sarah A. Nixon and Mark Chatterton conjure up a world of fairies, beanstalks and giants. Unlike any other panto around, the multi-talented cast are sure to make Jack and the Beanstalk the best rock’n’roll party in town. To book tickets call 0151 709 4776 or online:

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Journal Down Memory Lane

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St Mary’s College Crosby The college was established as a boys' school in 1919 by the Irish Congregation of Christian Brothers, an order founded by Blessed Edmund Rice in the early nineteenth century. The college became a direct grant grammar school in 1946. St Mary's College is now an independent Catholic day school for boys and girls in North West England, comprising an early years department, preparatory and secondary school. It was formerly a direct grant grammar school for boys, founded and controlled by the Christian Brothers order. St Mary's College is based on Liverpool Road / Everest Road. The college originally comprised of a mansion, Claremont House, on Liverpool Road, Crosby and the neighbouring property, Everest House, until the purpose-built school was built on Everest Road in 1930. Science blocks were added over the years, and an assembly hall in 1978. Claremont House is now occupied by the early years department. The Mount Preparatory School is located a short distance away in Blundellsands and is the preparatory department for St Mary's, run for many years by Brother Tom Kelly. Claremont House was built roughly in 1861 by John De Costa for his wife and his very large family of nine, he was listed as a ship owner according to the 1871 census . He was a representative with the Southern States in the American Civil War this is where the eagles in flight come in that are on either side of the gateposts on the Liverpool Road entrance, as they are on the America coat of arms, but according to the census he was born in Liverpool. The family remained at Claremont House until at least 1881 as they are listed on the census and he again is listed as a ship owner/agent. By


1891 there is no record of the De Costa family living there, but in 1891 there was a William Stevens aged 62 and his Wife and Son listed. He must have had a substantial wealth as he is listed as living by his own means and had three servants. He is also still living there in 1901 and his occupation is listed as retired Merchant. He is not there in 1911, it is then a John Hughes a Provision Merchant Shop-Keeper and his wife both born in Ireland. They had five children two of whom were grocers assistants. The college now has its own multi gym and sports hall, formerly the Mecca Bingo Hall and prior The Regent. An Art Deco building which still has many of the original features and again situated on Liverpool Road. It is open for public use as well as to the students. There are seven laboratories, two workshops and a library. In 2005 a new Sixth Form Centre was built, consisting of a new common room and two computer rooms. The college also has a 20 acre (81,000 m2) playing field which is sited nearby on Little Crosby Road. The playing fields over the last few years have also been the venue during the summer for Proms in the Park, which has proved very popular. More recently St. Mary’s College has found itself home to the early-years section of the school, Bright Sparks Nursery, a beautiful building in front of the main school. Barbara Thomas - Crosby Past and Present

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We meet in the Methodist Church Hall, Moor Lane at 7.30 p.m. generally on the fourth Monday of the month. Cost £2 per meeting or £13 for the year. 28TH JANUARY 2013 Ken Pye will talk about the curious origins of Christmas traditions. For more information please call: 924 7889

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ST JOHN’S LOCAL HISTORY GROUP The Group meets at 2pm on the 1st Tuesday of every month in St.John's Parish Centre. The Parish Centre is co-located with St. John's Primary School at the end of Denmark Street (off St. John's Road) Waterloo.

For more information on our programme for 2013 please call Paul Baker, Secretary Tel: 07759 427644

Bundellsands Evening Townswomen’s Guild The Guild meets at 7.30pm in Blundellsands Methodist Church Hall, Brompton Ave., Crosby on the first Tuesday of the month. The first meeting in 2013 will be February 5th and the topic is to be arranged.

You are very welcome to join us for a cup of tea, a pleasant evening and to meet new friends.

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ART HISTORY, ART LECTURES, FINE ARTS, learning new skills, joining an arts society and meeting like minded people of all ages?

Through a vibrant network of local societies, NADFAS National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies opens up the world of arts to everyone. With monthly lectures on a broad range of topics as well as study days, educational visits and holidays at home and abroad, a NADFAS society is not just a great way to learn - it's a fun way of making new and lasting friendships.


We meet at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Crosby Civic Hall. There are also day visits to places of Interest. Lectures planned for the following months:


Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski - 18th Century Georgian Furniture


Dr. Peter Webb - David Hockney - Art as Biography All Lectures commence at in Crosby Civic Hall and we would warmly welcome new members.

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A new year - a new start. How can you start improving your diet and your chances of leading a healthier lifestyle? FIRST – EAT BREAKFAST! After many hours without food our bodies need refuelling to bring the blood sugar back up and ensure the brain and muscles are functioning properly. Eating breakfast aids concentration and creates energy. DRINK MORE WATER We lose on average 2-4 litres of water a day, which needs to be replaced. Current advice is to drink 6-8 glasses daily to ensure that our brain, blood and muscles are able to function at their best. EAT MORE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES Their vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, whilst antioxidants fight cancer and disease, and fibre cleanses the gut. We should eat five portions per day. EAT LESS RED MEAT Reduce the risk of bowel and other cancers. Health experts suggest 500g per week (the equivalent of one steak, one pork chop, 2 sausages and a portion of Bolognese sauce) or 70g per day (three rashes of bacon). EAT MORE CONSCIOUSLY Take time to really taste and savour the food in your mouth. Be aware of the textures and flavours - and chances are you will enjoy your food more whilst eating less of it! Remember, you are what you eat. Eat healthy, be healthy!



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WHAT IS A “BOOTCAMP”? by Gaynor Stobie at B-fit Personal Training

I’m often asked to explain what a bootcamp is exactly. Many people assume they are for just for hard core fitness fanatics so are scared by the word "Bootcamp"! My B-Fit Bootcamp is a 60 minute FUN indoor exercise session SUITABLE FOR ALL FITNESS LEVELS. It is designed to burn fat efficiently, tone and streamline your body plus it will teach you how to enjoy the right, healthy foods for life WITHOUT CALORIE COUNTING or following a fad diet! My Bootcamp teaches you how to change your life and your body in 6 weeks. Many of my clients have dropped 7-14lb or a clothing size in 21 days but more importantly they have learnt how to stay at their ideal size or weight whilst enjoying the right foods! The sessions are taken by an experienced Personal Trainer (me!) and a physiotherapist (Ben!) so you will be in safe hands!

Who is it for? Can I do it?

Anyone who wants to get fit, tone up, improve flexibility, is sick of fad diets, struggles with their weight and wants to improve their confidence and energy levels. If you lead a busy, stressful life and find it difficult to exercise and eat healthily then give it a go! Once you’ve tried a B-FIT bootcamp and realise that it’s for men and women of all ages and abilities to use simple, but effective, short bursts of strategic exercise and to have fun motivating each other, you’ll see how using your whole body to do the right exercises ensures that you burn fat for up to 72 hours after each session! This, with my healthy and affordable nutrition and lifestyle tips will transform your physique and give you a real boost of energy, stamina and confidence!

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SALE! No matter where you look or where you go, the message in the New Year is the same: now is the time to bag yourself a bargain. Yet even though buying items in the sales can make your hard earned cash go further, please remember that you are still spending money, not saving it! Here are a few tips for getting the best possible deals without ending up with buyer’s remorse! First of all, do your homework before the sales start. Visit your favourite shops and pick out the items that you really want to buy, and even try them on beforehand. Make a list and stick to it, then when the shops open you can make a beeline for the items you want without wasting time, and risking life and limb battling with a hundred other shoppers who are elbowing their way through the pile of reduced items! Alternatively, why not shop online? Still do the research, but buy in the comfort of your home without having to wrestle your way through a busy store. Online shops usually give some indication of stock levels. If they only have a few items left then make your purchase at the beginning of the sale, but if there are plenty, why not wait a week or so to see if the price drops further?

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NEW YEAR New Hobby? Eat healthily, start exercising, get more sleep… As you list your usual New Year resolutions, why not add in something fun for once? January is the perfect time to lift your spirits out of a winter slump by starting a new hobby, and there have never been so many activities to try. To narrow down your choice, think about what you’d like to add your life. Do you want to meet more people? Be more active? Learn a skill? Get creative? You may want to develop something that you are already interested in, or try something completely new. Look around to find out what’s going on. Your adult education centre and library will be able to help, and you’ll find information in cafés, newsagents, community centres and local magazines. If you were inspired by the 2012 Olympics, you could try a new sport or exercise class, but getting fit doesn’t have to mean sport. Why not follow the Strictly contestants and sample the benefits of ballroom dancing or Zumba, or simply aim to get out more and enjoy the countryside? Geocaching is an exciting new outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy. It’s essentially a hightech treasure hunt. Another new trend is roller derby – a fast-paced contact sport where teams race to lap the opposition as they skate around the track. If you fancy using your mind more than your body, you could learn a new language in preparation for a foreign holiday perhaps. Or build on an existing interest by joining a photography class or book group.


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Music can reduce stress and improve your mood, so why not dust off that instrument you haven’t touched for years and join an amateur orchestra? Choirs are increasingly popular and you’re sure to find a range of musical styles available. Crafts have had a real boost lately, with knitting and sewing groups setting up all over the country. Jewellery and card-making are also satisfying. You can get started quite cheaply and pick up the basics quickly. The bonus is that you get to keep the end result, or give it as a gift. You also have the potential to earn money by selling your creations. Increased access to computers means that we can get involved in a whole host of new communities without even leaving the house. Many of us enjoy researching our family trees and finding the facts behind our memories. It’s also easy to use social networks to track down old school friends and colleagues that we’ve lost touch with. And if none of these is for you, how about foraging, meditation, wine-tasting, line-dancing, magic tricks, bee-keeping, historical re-enactments, home baking…the list really is endless!

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Local choir, the Crosby Capriol Singers, has had an amazing winter term, with a well received performance at the Great Liverpool Arts Festival in the Liver Building on Saturday 24th November. This was followed shortly afterwards by an invitation to join a North West "Mega Choir" recording for Songs of Praise at the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt. Choir members spent a day rehearsing alongside other prestigious local choirs and professional musicians from the BBC to record "High Hopes"- a programme set to air on January 6th 2013. The choir has seen its number of new members swell by 10% in recent months and is keen to invite potential new members to come along to join them for rehearsals in the new year. Tenor and bass

parts are in particular demand, although all voices are welcome. If you would like to see the choir performing live you can catch them at Christ Church in Waterloo on Saturday 15th December, 7.30pm for their Nativity themed concerts featuring works from Handel's Messiah, alongside other festive favourites. Tickets are £8 (concessions £7, accompanied under 19s free of charge), available on the door, and may also be bought in advance from Pritchard’s books, Harmonics music store, members of the choir or Dennis Morley (Secretary) on 0151 931 2346.

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Prosit Neujahr! BERLIN

Back in the mid Eighties I spent a year in Germany as part of my degree and got to know some Germans who remain close friends to this day. It was these friends who introduced me to the delights of Berlin. Berlin is a brilliant town to visit at any time of the year, but at the New Year it really pulls out all the stops. When I first went there it was still a divided city with a certain seedy glamour, home to spies, soldiers and ebullient Berliners. I was there in 1989 when the wall came down and all of Berlin went and danced on top of it, belting chunks out of the concrete with anything that came to hand. Since then I’ve been back several times, most recently a couple of years ago, and watched as the city was reunited into a young, thriving and cosmopolitan metropolis.

It’s easiest to fly to Berlin and you still land at Berlin Tegel which was the hub of the airlift that kept the city alive in 1949. The easiest way to get into town is still the bus as the nearest S Bahn station is a 5 minute ride from the airport. Last time I was there it was unbelievably cold, but Berlin usually is in the winter – top tip: take a big coat, boots and plenty of warm clothes. I normally stay just off the


Alexanderplatz in the City West district. They built tons of hotels in Berlin after reunification so they’re very cheap; a double room in a 3 star hotel will set you back 50 Euros a night. There are lots of museums, palaces and other cultural attractions to see in Berlin but I’m always drawn to the history of when the city was divided down the middle by a “death strip” of concrete, barbed wire and minefields. Most of the wall has gone now to make way for new development but there’s still a stretch by the canal. You can also visit the Berlin Wall Memorial, a huge blank monolith dedicated to the “victims of communist violence.” I like to wander round the Mitte district, literally the centre, which is where the German government lives now. Most of it was in the East before reunification and twenty years ago it was a bleak expanse of concrete interrupted by the occasional statue and puttering Trabant. Now it is a mass of buildings, modern art and people. As I walk I fortify myself with an occasional Currywurtz, the Berlin national dish, or pop into a bar for a cold beer and some warmth. For shoppers the Ku’Damm is an essential destination, especially KaDeWe which is Berlin’s answer to Harrods – the massive food hall has to be seen to be believed.

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Over on the East side Friedrichstrasse is a mega trendy shopping district; in the 80s it was the home of the Stasi secret police! Sometimes there is an uneasy truce between the former inhabitants of West Berlin (Wessies) and those from the East (Ossies). You can even buy tee shirts with slogans insulting members of the other side. On New Year’s Eve these rivalries are forgotten about. We start off in a restaurant in Schőneberg that I have been visiting for 25 years for the best rib of beef on this side of the Atlantic. (Booking is essential in any restaurant). Then we take the U Bahn over to Warschauer Strasser which has masses of bars; on New Year’s Eve it’s just one big party with everyone dressed up, plastered and having the time of their lives. When midnight strikes everyone rushes out onto the streets, boxes of fireworks appear from nowhere and the most chaotic and dangerous firework display in the world takes place. Then everyone heads back into the bars and the party carries on until dawn. I suppose what I like most about Berlin is that it makes me feel young again. I’ve already booked my visit for the end of 2012 and I can’t wait. In Germany they have several ways of saying Happy New Year but my favourite is Prosit Neujahr! Iain Bryce

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Marine Football Club has been collecting unwanted football kit for the charity Kit Aid since the beginning of January this year. Your Local Journal helped to launch the appeal on behalf of the club and since then 6,729 items of kit have been handed in, transported free of charge by Swift Despatch to Hatfield in Hertfordshire for sorting before being shipped out to over 30 countries. This total includes 3006 shirts, 1,729 shorts and 730 pairs of socks. Over 120 clubs are represented by the shirts. Of all the schools collecting for Kit Aid, Birkdale High (379), Christ The King (274), Forefield Juniors (243) Waterloo Primary (142), St. Mary’s Prep (140) and Great Crosby (120) have handed over the most items. One Vision Housing (276) and Marine fans (1,330) have also done well but, not surprisingly, Radio Merseyside’s contribution of 2,402 from its listeners has been the biggest boost. Radio Merseyside will again be helping and will have a collecting point in their foyer in Hanover Street from January 14th 2013 which is the official “relaunch” date.

Marine also has a container for kit in the foyer of their clubhouse throughout the year. Kit Aid was founded eleven years ago by Derrick Williams. Since then, over 100,000 unwanted items of football kit have been passed on to both children and adults all over the world. In May this year, a certificate signed by the charity’s patron, former England manager, Graham Taylor, was handed over to Marine’s community officer, Barry Lenton, in appreciation for his club’s record total. The Crosby club became ambassadors for the charity at the start of the current football season, one of only five in the country. Any old kit you have can be handed in at Marine FC, College Road, Crosby. For further information you can phone the club after 7pm. Tel: 0151 924 1743

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In the dark, dank days of January, it’s vital that we keep ourselves warm. For older people particularly, cold weather can lead to health problems such as chest infections, heart attacks and strokes. The Government recommends that we keep our main living room between 18 and 21°C, and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16°C. You may be eligible for Winter Fuel Payments of up to £400 if you were born on or before 5 July 1950 – call 08459 151515 for details. Also, the Warm Front Scheme (0800 316 2805) offers grants for heating and insulation improvements. Make sure you wrap up warm when you’re indoors and out, at daytime and night. Several thinner layers are more effective at trapping heat than one thick layer. Thermal underwear is a great investment, and a hat, scarf and gloves will stop you losing body heat. There’s nothing worse than being cold in bed, so use an electric blanket or hot water bottle before you get in, and wear bed socks. Eat plenty of warming stews and soups, and have regular hot drinks. Spices such as chilli, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and ginger will warm you up from the inside! It is also important to keep active – try to move around at least once an hour. Debbie Singh-Bhatti

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Journal Gardening

Thornton and Crosby Gardeners Club Monthly meetings are on the last Friday of each month (except December) at

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TOO TIDY or not too tidy?

When the excitement of Christmas is over, and the decorations which have adorned our homes for the past month are gone. I don’t know about you, but the house always seems so bare and empty in January. Maybe it’s because it was filled with cards, people and festive clutter for slightly longer than it should have been! It’s not only the inside space though, as the garden looks pretty bleak too right now. There won’t be any sign of life out there for ages yet, as the frozen soil, heavy frosts and possibly snow mean that plants and animals are, quite rightly, still dormant. I often wonder whether humans were also meant to hibernate, as we indulge our natural instincts to snuggle up in warm spaces, eat stodgy food and sleep more. The daylight hours may be short, but they are lengthening slowly, and it’s the slight change in night length which causes plants to begin to awaken. Plants use a variety of ways in which to respond to their environmental conditions, and seem much better at it than us humans. It’s because they can’t just slip on a coat, turn up the heating, or turn on a tap for a drink, that plants have evolved very clever ways to survive. You may ask yourself how a plant knows when its time to wake up, when to flower and when to lose their leaves, and it’s an interesting question, if a little too scientific for some. It’s all to do with a plants circadian clock, which responds and stimulates changes based on the number of light/dark hours in any 24 hour period. This means that as the plant registers the slight increase in daylight hours (or more correctly the decrease in dark hours), responses such as flowering or leaf fall


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can occur. Plants use other methods too such as vernalisation, whereby bulbs for example, need a certain period of cold in order to flower. Plant biology is a really interesting topic, and learning why plants respond the way they do can help to develop an understanding about where they will thrive. You can use this information to be a more educated gardener, and to help increase your chances of success with plants. If all that has just confused you don’t worry, next time you are given a plant, just pop it in anywhere, and if it dies … well, at least there’s a gap to buy something else! Here are a few jobs to do in the garden to keep you warm in the New Year:

• Prune apple and pear trees • Recycle your Christmas tree or shred it for mulch • Dig over soil in the vegetable garden • Plant new fruit bushes if the ground is not frozen • Continue taking hardwood cuttings of deciduous trees, shrubs and currant bushes • Buy or order vegetable seeds and seed potatoes • Cut the old leaves from hellebores to reveal their flowers • Plant bare-root roses, trees, shrubs and hedging • Melt or break frozen pond surfaces so fish can breathe Lee Bestall

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BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH Take part on January 26th-27th 2013

Did you know that British gardens occupy twice the area set aside for nature reserves? This means they play a vital role in wildlife conservation. HOW YOU CAN HELP Put up nest boxes and roosting pockets These provide places for birds to breed and sleep. Set up feeding stations High energy foods like stale cake, biscuits, pastry, pasta and potato are enjoyed by many birds. Raisins and other dried fruit are welcomed by Blackbirds and Thrushes. Most garden centres stock a variety of proprietary bird seed and nuts which appeal across the species but don’t forget to scatter some under hedges for shy birds like Dunnocks and Wrens who prefer to feed on the ground. Make sure fresh water is available It’s important for drinking and bathing. Once you’ve created a welcoming environment it’s time to sit back and take part in The Big Garden Birdwatch run by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). Simply spend an hour recording how many birds and which species visit your garden on either the 26th or 27th of January and submit your results online at the address below. Not only will the results will be analysed and published on the site but you’ll get the warm glow that comes from knowing you’ve done your bit for bird conservation. Sarah Davey

January is the season for blood oranges. This recipe was a favourite childhood tea time treat, made with our Gran’s special home-made marmalade.


Makes 24. Prep time: 20 mins plus 30 mins chilling time. Cooking time: 40-45 minutes

300g plain flour • 50g finely ground rolled oats 250g unsalted butter (slightly softened & chopped into cubes) • ½-1 tsp salt • 110g caster sugar Zest of an orange • 115g good quality orange marmalade • 100g good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped


Grease an 18cm x 28cm rectangular baking tin (nonstick is best). Mix the flour, rolled oats and salt together. You can process them if you want a really fine mix or if you only have normal oats. Beat the butter, sugar and orange zest together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the flour until the shortbread mixture sticks together in small clumps. Press a little more than half the mixture into the greased tin. Level and smooth the top. Spread this base with the marmalade and sprinkle the roughly chopped dark chocolate over the top. Crumble over the remaining shortbread mixture then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 150C / Gas Mark 2. Bake shortbread for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool in the pan and cut into 24 before it cools completely. Notes: Milk chocolate can be used instead of dark. The resulting shortbread will be sweeter. Lime marmalade can also be substituted with equally delicious results. In an airtight container this will keep for 3 days.

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Journal Children & Education

Book Choice Clown

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Streatham House Applies for FREE SCHOOL Status

Streatham House recently announced that they are in the process of applying for Free School Status. The school, which opened 87 years ago has a long tradition of small class sizes and excellent results. It changed hands last year, and is now a centre of excellence for Musical Theatre and the Arts in addition to the national curriculum. Head Teacher Mrs Debby Rigby and Development Director Debi Jones both have backgrounds in theatre and media, and are very excited about the bid. Mrs Rigby explained,“Since we introduced our new, arts-based curriculum with a strong focus on design, creativity and academic excellence, we have been inundated with enquiries, and have seen some extremely talented children who would really benefit from what we offer. Unfortunately, many parents simply cannot afford independent school fees. We have thought long and hard about this, and have decided that the only way to give these talented children and any other children who seek a creative arts based education the opportunity of attending our school is to apply for Free School Status” Mrs Debi Jones added “Since we started, we have put on at least two shows a term, which have been extremely successful, and have played to capacity audiences. Some of our children will be appearing in professional pantomimes this Christmas, and we also have links with theatrical agents. Some of our children are very keen to enter the theatrical world when they leave school, many of them want a real mix of academic and artistic subjects that will increase their confidence and public speaking skills


Can you tell a story without words? Well, Quentin Blake can, and in Clown he does. The book consists entirely of illustrations, in Blake’s well loved and instantly recognisable style. Our hero, Clown, finds himself thrown into the dustbin, along with a number of other toys. He escapes, dusts himself off, and sets out to find someone who can help him to rescue his friends. Along the way he finds himself in a fancy dress competition, entertaining a rather fierce looking dog, and possibly finding himself a home – all without words. The beauty of the story is that while Blake’s illustrations carry the narrative forward, the reader can choose their own way of telling it. No two versions are ever the same, as each child brings to the book their own language and rhythms. Clown himself is wonderfully expressive, and the pictures are enough to have you laughing out loud in several places. An absolutely marvellous book, which every child should read – and which every adult will enjoy too. Kath Bennett as they move on to university, further education or employment. All of our children want to learn in a small, friendly environment where they get many opportunities to shine and where everyone celebrates their many talents and gifts in all areas of school life." Proprietors Mr Tim and Alice Apel are also excited about the proposal, and commented “ Becoming a free school will give so many more children the opportunity to access the wonderful education Streatham House has offered its pupils since 1925." Mrs Rigby added “We are still at the relatively early stages of the application, but are hoping that we might be up and running as a Free School by September 2013 or soon after. Anyone wishing to enquire about places should look at our website, or contact the school on 0151 924 1514”.

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NARNIA EXPERIENCE IS BACK IN FEB 2013! Mr Tumnus and Mrs Beaver visit Valewood Primary School!

Book your tickets for The Narnia Experience 2013! Crosby charity In Another Place is repeating the acclaimed Narnia Experience at St George’s Hall in Liverpool from 11th – 23rd February 2013! Following their sell out production of The Narnia Experience in 2011 - which attracted 17,000 visitors from across the city - they have decided to repeat the event in February 2013 with the same popular walk through format. The experience itself is a walk-through theatrical experience, where visitors step into a wardrobe of fur coats...stumbling upon a wintery forest of 80 pine trees. The public take on the roles of either Lucy or Edmund and follow the story from their perspective, meeting characters like Mr Tumnus, Mrs Beaver and The White Witch! This event is ideal for families with children age 3+, and adults too! Narnia will be open daily from 9.30am through to 7pm at 15min intervals (see further details online). In Another Place are gathering a team of around 500 volunteers to produce this event. Team members are being drawn from community groups and churches across Liverpool with many individuals getting involved as well. Already nearly 3000 school children have been booked in and now the public can buy tickets for this February half term treat! Don’t leave it too late as this event sold out leaving many disappointed and unable to attend in 2011. The Narnia Experience takes place between 11th 23rd Feb 2013 with the first week dedicated to school visits during the day (with public and groups


in the late afternoon early evening). The second week will be devoted to public bookings for what is anticipated to be a must do family event for Half Term. There is still a chance for behind the scenes involvement as a steward or a Narnian dryad guiding people through the experience, and there are also spaces available for local talent to perform in the entrance lobby to entertain those waiting to go through the wardrobe. Tickets can be purchased via our website (see below) or by calling 0151 924 4468. Alternatively tickets can be purchased in person at St George’s Hall and Albert Dock Tourist Information Centres. Off-peak tickets cost £5 or £20 for groups of 5, peak tickets cost £7 or £28 for a group of 5.




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Film Review Looper (15) Dir: Rian Johnson

In the future, bodyidentification makes it so difficult to hide a corpse that organised crime bosses send targets back in time to be killed by ‘loopers’. When the looper’s contract is up, his older self is sent back to be assassinated, along with a fat paycheque. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one such looper. But when his older self (Bruce Willis) escapes from what is meant to be his fateful moment, Joe must hunt ‘himself’ down to save his own life in the present day. It’s quite a lot to take in. However, director Rian Johnson’s swift, simple, but meticulous direction ensures Looper is an intricate experience without ever being confusing. When somebody eventually picks it apart strand by strand, Looper may not actually make sense after all. Twice characters in the film ask that the mechanics of time travel remain unexplained, and rightly so, because Looper is simply too good to have to explain itself. Sharing ancestry with sci-fi classics such as Blade Runner, Cameron’s Terminator series and more recently Duncan Jones’ Source Code, Looper draws on a familiar dystopian future as its setting. Its most depressing traits are the shots that could be a sweep of 21st century Detroit or New Orleans, with only the occasional solar-panelled car reminding the viewer that things haven’t gotten that bad, yet. Wearing prosthetics to make his appearance closer to Willis, Levitt pulls off a charismatic if superficial performance of a killer-for-hire. We are drawn to Joe, yet never really get under the skin of the character. The decisions he makes form major plot points, but nothing is subtle or compelling about his personality. There are pacing issues, particularly in the 2nd act, where what has been a chase film from almost the get-go hunkers down in a barn for a good hour, and there is just the smallest sense that there are too many overlapping stories trying to get air time. However, overall Looper delivers on that oftdefaulted promise of an original and thrilling blockbuster. Just don’t think about it too hard. James Warren My Rating ****


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Community Volunteer Groups Join Forces

The Friends of Old Christ Church would like to thank everyone that has given their support in 2012 and what a year it has been. WOW! This year has been so hectic and difficult for the friends with events getting ever more popular and so many of the committee members being unwell. We would like to thank those who have come along and helped out at events and those who have also given us much need support with public awareness. To Sally Mills a star for all the support she gives us and to you the readers of “Your Local Journal” and to all the visitors that have attended events throughout 2012. We hope you all have enjoyed the events as much as we love to organise them for you all. We would like to make a special mention to Crosby and District Lions Club who this year have stepped in and helped out at a couple of events and this year also helped saved Christmas, as at such short notice they presented Santa and his Grotto. It was good that two community groups got together to bring a great festive event for everyone, without the help of the Lions we would not have been able to manage. Next year The Crosby and District Lions Club will continue to build on the success of this year’s Santa and Grotto. There have been so many events this year not only those run by The Friends like the Flea Market, Farmer’s Market and Food Fayre, The Big Draw, The Annual Arts Festival, Toys for Boys and Craft/Antique Fairs but also events run by other organisations and charities like The National Childbirth Trust, The Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company with productions such as The Best of Times, SEAGLAM raising funds for the Seaforth Gladstone Memorial, Titanic brought to you by Theatre in The Rough, The Liverpool Model Railway Society and The Waterloo Beer Festivals organised by the Liverpool Organic Brewery to


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name but a few. Old Christ Church is not only a magnificent huge Grade II* list building with its elaborately carved stone masonry and vibrantly coloured stained glass windows that when the sun shines give a warm glow. The Friends of Old Christ Church are proud to be involved in looking after such a majestic building and It is also an increasingly popular venue for community activities, interests and great events that attract both local residents and visitors to the area that also helps local businesses and organisations. Finally we would like to mention what is still to come in 2012... WATERLOO FARMER’S MARKET AND FOOD FAYRE Friday 14th December 2012 Then, as there are no events in January 2013, we start again in February and the yearly program changes slightly so that the Farmer’s Market and Food Fayre is followed next day by The Waterloo Flea Market. WATERLOO FARMER’S MARKET AND FOOD FAYRE Friday 8th February 2013 WATERLOO FLEA MARKET Saturday 9th February 2013 Until then we wish you all a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in The New Year!

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Mondays at Merchant Taylors Boys School Sports Centre, Crosby & Thursdays in Hightown, St Stephens Church hall 12 progressive 1 hour sessions using 3D resistance & fat burning exercises designed to tone, streamline & improve general fitness, weight loss, nutrition & lifestyle advise with a Personal Trainer, your own programe - to do at home. All fitness levels welcome! Contact Gaynor on 07748 298 728 or go to

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Offering special Christmas dinner nights at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. A delectable and traditional 3 course menu, has been carefully assembled. Choose from Pan fried button mushrooms served in a garlic cream sauce and parmesan crust, or maybe Breast of Turkey filled wiht herb and onion stuffing, wrapped in bacon, served with cranberry sauce and sage infused turkey gravy. ÂŁ16.95 Per Person, call now to book 0151-966-6868

WEDNESDAY 12TH DECEMBER Christmas Coffee Morning at CHET

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Christmas Concerts at Crosby Hall Educational Trust Back Lane, Little Crosby, featuring Anna Corcoran at 7.30pm. Tickets ÂŁ9.50 with Mulled Wine & Mince Pies Contact: 0151 924 9099

SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER A Gala Evening of Opera 7pm for 7.30pm

Una Voce Opera Company & Dr. Robert Alderson present an evening of opera with some songs appropriate to the season. Tickets: ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ6.00 all concessions) inclusive of a glass of wine and mince pie. There will be a fundraising raffle. In support of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Tel: 0151 924 8972 or e-mail:

SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER Nativity - Crosby Capriol Singers Concert

Festive favourites including works from Handel's messiah. Venue: Christ Church, Waterloo Starts at 7.30pm. Advance tickets: ÂŁ8 (concessions ÂŁ7, accompanied under 19s free) available from Pritchards books, Harmonics music store or on door. or Tel: Dennis Morley (secretary) 0151 931 2346









FRIDAY 21ST & SATURDAY 22ND DECEMBER Christmas Art Workshops for Kids

Want to be creative and make lots of christmas goodies? Parents! Need time to go Christmas shopping? We have 3 Christmas Art Workshops for ages 4-12. Guaranteed fun! ÂŁ12 & half price for siblings. 10-1pm. Run by qualified artists. Tel: 07594 154431

19TH-23RD FEBRUARY 2013 The Sorcerer - Crosby Gilbert & Sullivan Society

A Gilbert and Sullivan opera offering a good night out at the new Epstein Theatre (formerly the Neptune) Liverpool. Tickets are ÂŁ15, under 16's half-price any night, available from Margaret 0151-924-5977 or Email:

MARCH 2013 Crosby Festival of Music and Dancing including Speech and Drama

Copies of the 2013 syllabus for the Crosby Festival of Music and Dancing including Speech and Drama are now available from the Hon. General Secretary, Mrs Karen Stark, 27 Holmwood Gardens, Formby, Liverpool L37 1NH (01704 878016. Closing date for entries 4th January 2013. Karen Stark 01704 878016

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Fri 14 Dec – Sun 6 Jan Panto returns to the Liverpool Empire in 2012 from First Family Entertainment with an all-star cast! Cinderella stars Coleen Nolan as Fairy Godmother, Liz MaClarnon as Cinderella and Pete Price and Paul Daniels as the Ugly Sisters. See website for performance times £10 - £25.


Mon 14 – Sat 19 Jan 2013 Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm, Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm. Hilarious new musical comedy, based on the hit movie. Centres on 3 office workers who turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. They conspire to take control of the company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do – even in a man’s world. Feisty, Fun and oh-so fabulous. This show features Dolly Parton’s original hit title song, 9 to 5 Tickets: £10 - £29.50



Fri 30 Nov 2012 – Sat 19 Jan 2013 Our Rock 'n' Roll panto promises music, mayhem, as writers Mark Chatterton and Sarah Nixon conjure up a world of fairies, beanstalks and giants.Tickets: £10 – £23.


23 November to 12 January A mix of jokes, songs and general messing around on stage we’re going to give you the wackiest, funniest, scariest Christmas show you've ever seen! Tickets from £13


6-9 February 2013 David Gest will be bringing some of the biggest names in Soul Music. Acts include Percy Sledge, Candi Staton, Martha Reeves and Sheila Ferguson.

BOOKINGS: Tel: 0870 787 1866 30 Jan 2013 7:30pm Returning from 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival with two esteemed awards for ‘Bravo Figaro!’, Mark explores his complex relationship he has with his father, and addresses how family values, heritage and CINERELLA purpose can have an overwhelming yet Thurs 6th-Mon 31st Dec Various Times mysteriously subtle influence on our lives. The rags to riches tale of Cinderella Tickets: £14 - £18 played by ex Atomic Kitten star Natasha AS FAR AS I KNOW - Roger McGough Hamilton. Tickets start from £9.75. Concessions, Groups and Family Discounts 1 Feb 2013 7:30pm A new book of poems by Roger is always JOE BROWN an event, and ‘As Far As I Know’ is truly a Friday 22nd February 7.30pm cause for celebration, in this single Premier rock 'n' roll legend Joe Brown performance the characteristic wit and returns, with his five piece band. £27 wordplay of Liverpool’s Poet Laureate is BOOKINGS: Call our Ticket Centre 0844 not to be missed. Tickets: £14 - £18 871 3021* or book online*

Mon 11 – Sat 16 Feb 2013 Mon – Thur Eve 8pm, Fri & Sat 5:30pm & 8:30pm.The world’s favourite Rock 'n' Roll musical is back! Starring Ben Forster (Jesus Christ Superstar), Rhydian (X Factor ), Roxanne Pallett (Emmerdale) and Oliver Thornton (Priscilla Queen Of The Desert) *Rhydian will not appear in all performances THE MISANTHROPE 15 Feb – 9 Mar 2013 in Liverpool. Tickets: £10 - £29.50 Mon – Sat 7:30pm, matinees Thu 1:30 / THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Sat 2pm) Following ‘Tartuffe’ and ‘The Wed 20 Feb – Sat 9 March 2013 Hypochondriac’, master wordsmith Roger Mon – Sat Eve 7:30pm, Thur & Sat Mats McGough dips his quill into another 2:30pm. Cameron Mackintosh's Molière’ classic in this mockery of manners spectacular new production of Andrew and morals set amid 17th century French Lloyd Webber's phenomenal aristocracy. Tickets: £12 - £23 musical.Starring Earl Carpenter as The Phantom and Katie Hall as Christine. BOOKING DETAILS for all shows are Tickets: £10 - £48.50 either in person from the Everyman or BOOKING DETAILS: Tickets are available Playhouse box office or - Box Office: online at 0151 709 4776 and for online bookings or at the Liverpool Empire Box Office on (24hrs): 0844 871 3017

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Tue 4 Dec – Sat 12 Jan Expect the unexpected in this festive family treat, with songs, dance and laughs that are good enough to eat! Age 5+ Ticket info: Prices vary


Wed 9 - Sat 26 Jan | 8pm Big Wow return with their sell-out hit comedy show following out-of-sorts people living out-of-kilter lives.

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THERE’S LOTS GOING ON FOR FAMILIES OF ALL AGES AT THE LIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE! Great ticket discounts for children and families available (and no booking fees!)

Northern Ballet’s retelling of the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairy-tale Ugly Duckling is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre. Teatro Kismet’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s book I Was a Rat! is full of fantastic physical performances and unforgettable images which will surprise, delight and move audiences of all ages. Spot’s Birthday Party has been adapted for the stage by David Wood from Eric Hill’s books and promises theatrical magic to capture everyone’s imagination.


Ugly Duckling Fri 15 Mar, ages 3+ I Was A Rat! Tue 19 to Sat 23 Mar, ages 8+ Spot’s Birthday Party Thu 9 to Sat 11 May, ages 2+ Lionboy Tue 4 to Sat 8 Jun, ages 8+

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Inspired by Zizou Corder’s bestselling Lionboy trilogy, award-winning theatre company Complicite present their first show for young people and families.

Open Day Every Day At Merchant Taylors’ Schools we recognise that academic achievement is only one part of an all-round education. As well as gaining the top exam results on Merseyside we pride ourselves in offering the best extra-curricular provision. To find out more please make an appointment to visit the schools during a normal working day.

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