Almost 40 years after they raised thousands towards the upkeep of their educational field centre, former pupils of Colne Valley High School are getting ready to do it again. It’s early days but the ex-students and former teachers who together form the Friends of the Peter Brook Centre say what worked once could work again. And they say money raised could go a long way towards paying for the site’s upkeep. The 14-bed Peter Brook Centre, bought by the school in 1974, provided a rural escape for hundreds of pupils over the decades. In recent years it has been less used and latterly has suffered from damp and other issues. Peter Brook Centre View gallery But having been passed to the control of the Friends, it is getting closer to being renovated. The only fly in the ointment is cash. One idea is to resurrect a 144-mile road relay from the stone-built cottage near Cerrigydrudiron in North Wales to Huddersfield. The original took place on April 5, 1981. Unfortunately … [Read more...] about How you can help save the Peter Brook Centre for the next generation
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From his debut on the world stage on the evening of March 13, 2013, when he appeared as the new Pope on a balcony high above St Peter’s Square in Rome, Francis has been firing the imagination of believers and non-believers alike, with his humanity, wit and warmth, and his willingness to be more outspoken than any other Pope in recent memory. He has chosen to use the moral authority of his ancient office not to lecture the world on the dangers of sex, but rather to champion the causes of migrants, refugees, the economically marginalised and the environment. During his trip to Peru, Francis was in his usual bold, uncompromising mood, the master of the dramatic gesture. He stood alongside Amazonian tribespeople to condemn the “extractivism” of multinationals who are destroying the rainforest, and was the fearless speaker of truth to power when he launched a full-frontal attack on the “virus” of corruption among politicians, from a stage he was sharing with … [Read more...] about His message is one of openness and reform, but have the actions of Pope Francis matched his radical rhetoric?
TWO lucky Premium Bond holders have guaranteed themselves a VERY happy Easter this year by scooping the top £1million prize in the April prize draw. Their winning numbers, drawn in Dorset and the region of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, were just two of a total of just over 3 million drawn — with over £86 million paid out in prizes. The male winner based in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is the first in the region to scoop the top prize since January last year. He currently has £30,725 invested in Premium Bonds – his winning bond was number 141JM676632. The Dorset winner, another man, has £38,320 invested, and his winning bond 216YS216548 was was reinvested from a £50 prize in January 2014. His victory is the eighth overall in the county, with the last coming in July 2017. Jill Waters, Retail Director at organisers NS&I, said: "While the Easter period consists of chocolate eggs for many of us, two of our Premium Bond holders will be … [Read more...] about April 2018 Premium Bonds winning numbers – have you won £1 million cash prize?
KATIE Price suffered a horrific ordeal when she was victim of a car jacking in South Africa, but a local tourism chief has insisted she was not targeted because of her fame. The former glamour model had opened up about the attack last week, where - alongside two of her children - they were ambushed by thugs and said: "We're lucky to be alive." But local tourist boss Athol Stark has said: "Some people are saying this group was targeted because of Katie Price and who they were, but I believe that was absolutely not the case. "This was just the case of people being in the wrong place at the wrong time." They were with a film crew when three thugs forced their way into their 4x4. A minder was hit in the face and gems, cash, laptops and camera gear worth tens of thousands of pounds in total were snatched. Model and businesswoman Katie, 39, told a friend: “We are lucky to be alive, it could have been much worse.” Terrified Katie hugged Junior, 12, and Princess, 10, as the … [Read more...] about Katie Price’s carjackers had ‘no idea she is famous’ and she was just in ‘wrong place at wrong time’
There is a sense of inevitability as bank after bank is (still) taken to task, as their greed and thirst for money renders common sense and integrity as impotent bystanders.The latest revelations about the majority taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and its treatment of small business customers, are shocking. They reveal this was a conniving, scurrilous juggernaut, out of control and targeting vulnerable small businesses in what was referred to as "Project Dash for Cash".If ever there was a title that was as unbecoming as its intentions, this was it. This lack of imagination is matched only by the inherent lack of honour displayed by those who sought to prey upon their victims.I deliberately use the word "victims", as this sums up those targeted in such a manner. Small businesses are the life-blood of local communities, providing work for the local populace and thereby generating a homegrown economy that sustains neighbourhoods.Those running these small businesses are often … [Read more...] about Could ‘Project Dash for Cash’ see RBS face investigation under the UK Fraud Act?