Liverpool’s 30 electoral wards are all holding crucial council elections next month and we now know who’s fighting for your vote. Labour, the Conservatives, the Lib Dems and the Greens are putting up candidates in every ward. The Liberal Party have 19 candidates, with all other parties fielding no more than a handful. UKIP are entirely absent from this year’s elections in Liverpool. Here is a full list of the candidates in the city’s 30 wards: Allerton & Hunts Cross Kimberley Jane Berry - Labour Party Steve Brauner - Liberal Democrats Denise Mary Nuttall - Conservative Party Maggi Williams - Green Party Anfield Rachel Burcher - Green Party Billy Marrat - Labour Party James Richardson - Liberal Party - Steve Radford’s Candidate Wiebke R terjans - Liberal Democrats Christopher Edward Smith - Conservative Party Belle Vale Stephen David Atkinson - Liberal Democrats Wendy Rose Hine - Conservative Party Hilary Brenda McDonagh - Green Party Marjorie Peel - … [Read more...] about Liverpool City Council elections: Who is fighting for your vote in May?
0 Have your say Today, The Gazette is joining the war against plastic. As the Fylde coast prepares to welcome a surge of tourists taking advantage of the Easter weekend to enjoy all the region has to offer, we are calling on local businesses to back a campaign to reduce the number of disposable bottles washing up on our beaches. As the the new holiday season gets underway, we want 200 cafes, restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, and diners to back ReFILL by pledging to top up water bottles for free. The idea is to welcome in tourists and locals – with research showing 70 per cent are put off asking for tap water through a simple fear of asking – through a sticker posted in the window. It says ‘free tap water ReFILLs available here’, and tells people they can ReFILL instead of buying a new bottle to ‘keep our beautiful beaches plastic bottle free’. The scheme has been trialled elsewhere and has recently launched here too – and we … [Read more...] about Time to stop killing our seaside
THE Gallery Yr Oriel Newport is putting on seven days of art events, book launches, cultural evenings, and Welsh cuisine as part of this year's Welsh Art Week, running from March 1-8. "There is already a lot of excitement around Welsh Art Week this year in Newport, and the events on offer are drumming up a lot of local interest," said gallery owner Helen Manley-Jones. "Many businesses in Newport are getting involved during the week's events and Welsh cuisine will be on the menu after all the events at different cafes and restaurant around the town." The opening event is on Thursday, March 1 at 6pm, with the launch of Angela V.John's new book, Rocking the Boat: Welsh Women who Championed Equality 1840-1990, and artwork by Christine Kinsey as well as new art. On Friday, March 2, at 6pm the evening event will include Welsh harpist Marian O'Toole, with new work by Graham Hurd-Wood, Chris Sharples, Alice Tennant, and Gillian McDonald, and selected work by established artists such as … [Read more...] about Week of Welsh art, culture and cuisine in Newport
0 Have your say You don't have to spend a fortune to see some of the best parts of Scotland's capital city. If you’re looking for something to do in Edinburgh on a budget, there are plenty of free or affordable activities to keep you entertained, writes Gillian McDonald.Street food at Stockbridge MarketHead to the weekly Stockbridge Market (held on Saunders Street every Sunday) to enjoy a bargain lunch of tasty street food.You’ll find everything from paella to Japanese dumplings served here, with most meals costing £5 or less.Plus, there are lots of craft and fresh produce stalls to browse.Visit: 1 Saunders Street, EH3 6TQ - stockbridgemarket.com READ MORE: The top 5 things to do in Edinburgh Tour the Scottish ParliamentGet an insight into the world of Scottish politics with a guided tour around the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood.The tours are free, although they must be booked in advanced, and are themed around topics such as architecture, literature … [Read more...] about 11 of the best cheap things to do in Edinburgh
0 Have your say Burns moved to Edinburgh in 1786 and, although he only lived there for just over a year, he left a memorable mark on the city Robert Burns is often more associated with Alloway and Ayrshire, but Scotland’s national poet had many connections to Edinburgh too, writes Gillian McDonald.Moving to EdinburghWhen Burns first arrived in Edinburgh, he set up home in Baxter’s Close, just off the Royal Mile.The close has long-since been demolished, but a commemorative plaque marks the spot where it once stood.The inscription (which reads "In a house on the east side of this close, Robert Burns lived during his first visit to Edinburgh, 1786") can be found on the wall above the entrance to Lady Stair’s Close.Published by CreechShortly after becoming a resident, Burns met with William Creech, who went on to publish the first Edinburgh edition of Burns’s poems.Although Creech’s house on Market Square (now known as Parliament Square) was demolished … [Read more...] about A journey through Robert Burns’s Edinburgh