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Celebrate fifty years of Bowie with brand new stage show

Absolute Bowie presents a brand new stage show at The Atkinson on Saturday 19 May, 7.30pm.

50 Years of Bowie” is a musical journey through the iconic singer’s ever changing personas this May at The Atkinson.

David Bowie’s evolving image has mesmerised fans since the early 70’s and for the first time ever Absolute Bowie takes the audience on a trip presenting all his best-loved personas in all their glory. 

Performed by a world class five-piece band (six with added saxophone!), this brand new and unique concert features three sets and more costume changes than any other show. A true extravaganza of the wonder that is Bowie’s work.

Absolutely wicked. As one who was there, watching AB put me back there again. For anyone who missed it or fans who want to relive it I definitely recommend it. As close to the real thing that you’ll get. Enjoy.” – Woody Woodmansey (Spiders from Mars).

All of the Starman’s greatest hits are performed plus the band perform tracks from the albums David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, Heroes, Aladdin Sane, Hunky Dory and Young Americans through to Heathen, Outside, Reality, Earthling and Blackstar.

Featuring the incredible vocals of John O’Neill as David Bowie, with Chris Buratti on guitar, Fabio Cashio on bass, Alex Paollilo on keyboards, Alessandro Ricardi on drums and Fiona Asbury on saxophone. The band have toured the UK and Europe for the past 9 years performing the hits of Bowie with their energetic (and theatrical!) stage show and look to take things to the highest level with this huge new show.

Prepare to be taken from A to Z (Absolute Beginners to Ziggy!) with Stations to Station in between.

Tickets are on sale now £18.50 / £22 doors and available online at https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/absolute-bowie/  via the Box Office on 01704 533333 and over the counter during opening hours.

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The Night Before Christmas at The Atkinson.

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”

This festive season, The Atkinson offers families the perfect Christmas treat!

On the night before Christmas, Emily stares out of the window, hugs her teddy and waits excitedly for the morning, while in the corner a little mouse called Eddie can’t understand why only humans are allowed to get presents. So he sets off in search of Father Christmas to find out for himself. Along the way he dodges the family cat, gets directions from a cowardly robot and is given some unexpected advice from the magical fairy on top of the tree.

Will Eddie get an answer? Will Emily get her wish? And what is that funny-shaped present sitting under the tree???

 

Christmas for small people means magic, excitement and lots of presents, and this is precisely what The Night Before Christmas provides. Based on a whimsical 19th-Century poem by Clement Clarke Moore, Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company has a winning formula that captures the essence of Christmas past with a contemporary twist” – Brighton Argus

The Night Before Christmas is the latest production from Big Wooden Horse, creators of the hit shows Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, The Way Back Home, Monstersaurus and Aliens Love Underpants.

Great for families with children aged 3-7,

The Night Before Christmas runs at The Atkinson from Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 December. Tickets are £12.

To book tickets please call box office on 01704 533333 or book online at theatkinson.co.uk. Counter sales are also available during opening hours.

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Tell us your thoughts on NHS Health Checks

The NHS Health Check programme is a national programme designed to identify early signs of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2-diabetes or dementia and to help find ways for individuals to lower their risk. 

Local authorities across England are required to provide local Health Checks for all eligible patients aged 40-74 who are not known to have a long term condition. 

We want to hear from local residents and Patient Participation Groups (PPG), and will use feedback to improve the service.  Closing date for this survey is the end of November 2017. Fill in the survey here.

Intrepid volunteers aim high for Sefton 4 Good

A Sefton charity has been aiming high with its latest major fundraising project.

A team of 11 brave volunteers abseiled down the outside of the main entrance of Liverpool Cathedral and raised more than £1,000 for Sefton 4 Good.

Team members who took on the 150-foot free-fall drop in wet and windy conditions
included Sefton CVS, Sefton Council and members of the public.

Sefton 4 Good was established by Sefton CVS in 2013 to make it easier for borough
residents and businesses to support local good causes by giving their money, resources, time and skills.

Money raised is distributed via a grant scheme which is particularly aimed at smaller
organisations, or collaborative projects that include small groups.

Sefton’s Head of Commissioning Support & Business Intelligence Peter Moore along with Head of Regulation & Compliance Jill Coule, Daniel Longman and Adam Blackwel took it in turns to abseil down the iconic city cathedral.

Sefton 4 Good Co-ordinator, Mike Howlett, commented:

“This event was a completely new venture for us, so we’re very pleased at how it went and that so many people supported the team and helped us raise a very significant sum for our charity.

“We’re especially grateful to the intrepid volunteers who actually completed the abseil. This was always going to be a very daunting challenge for them, but it was made even more difficult by the far from ideal conditions on the day.”

PCC releases £45,000 to help young people make right choices

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being given the chance to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has confirmed that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the eighth time the Commissioner has invited community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

Jane has already awarded nearly £288,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives.

The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.

“Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. If we can prevent them from making mistakes at a young age we can look forward to their positive contribution to their neighbourhoods.

“I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Last year, more than 12,000 young people were able to join organised activities run through 22 different initiatives funded through the PPA over the Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations.

Jane added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 21st August. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.

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