Some people who do this course will go on to develop their career in performance through further work, education or training. The course is offered on a residential basis in Carlisle and, if needed, accommodation in university halls of residence can be available. Candidates should supply a summary of their experience, background and abilities and specialities in performance, and, where appropriate, daily rates of pay.
On 17 June, the Cultural Consortium for englandsnorthwest brings together representatives from Residential Home Inspection, music, theatre, art, sport, heritage, media, libraries, archives and tourism for their first stakeholder conference. The event is designed to be dynamic and thought-provoking, revealing some fascinating facts behind the cultural economy of the region and exploring how the cultural assets of the north west can be celebrated and developed.
The conference is being chaired by Felicity Goodey, Chair of the Cultural Consortium englandsnorthwest. Principal speakers include MORI Chief Executive Brian Gosschalk, talking about the challenges of measuring participation in cultural activity, and heritage ambassador, Loyd Grossman, together with other members of the recently appointed Cultural Consortium board, Marc Etches (MD, Leisure Parc’s Ltd – operators of Blackpool Tower and Circus) and Robert Woof (Director, The Wordsworth Trust) to consider ‘People, Faded and International Gems’.
Other issues to be highlighted will include the value of the sports economy to the region; a new study on benchmarking employment in the cultural industries; and the impact of the 2002 Commonwealth Games on the region. This conference is the final stage of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce’s ‘Opening Minds’ research project, in which a group of schools has developed and tested ways of introducing a competence-led curriculum. Valerie Bayliss, author of the RSA report, ‘Opening Minds: education for the 21st century’, will open the conference.
Photographs will be taken of competitors, which will be displayed in the West Briton office windows. One of the most spectacular elements of this year’s Parade will be the processional pieces produced by pupils from local schools who have been working with professional artists on an exciting art project to celebrate the beauty of Cornwall. Cornwall County Council has been commended for the way it has used new technology to keep everyone informed about which footpaths are open, and which are closed throughout the Foot and Mouth outbreak. From the earliest days of the crisis the County Council decided to use its newly-redesigned website as one of the best ways of keeping residents.
visitors and journalists informed on the changing situation from day to day. The interactive map, still in place so people can check the developing situation (to the west of the A38 in Cornwall most rights of way have reopened. This commendation is very welcome, following as it does on the County Council’s website being listed among the ten best in the country in March this year by the Society of Information Technology Management. One of the benefits of this new information technology is that it can be constantly updated, so it is absolutely right for addressing a changing situation.
Everyone – particularly farmers, visitors, tourist trade and the press – was hungry for the latest details while the crisis was at its worst. Foot and Mouth information will continue to occupy a section of the website until footpath closures and animal movement restrictions are no longer an issue for Cornwall. A Bodmin Community College student awarded the Cornish Young Enterprise Founders Award for exceptional progress through Young Enterprise Activity will be presented with his prestigious award at a special ceremony at Bodmin Community College at 1.30 pm on Thursday, June 14th.
McDermott has severe learning difficulties and for the past two years has been a member of a Team Enterprise Company called Greenfield Traders’ at Bodmin Community College. Members of the Greenfield Traders company have been involved in making a variety of craft items, including greeting cards as part of the Young Enterprise scheme, helping them to understand how business works. At Thursday afternoon’s ceremony at the school Gerald Harris, Combined Building & Pest Inspection the Vice Chair of the Cornwall Young Enterprise Board, will present James with a Sir John Moore’s Nominee Certificate and a Young Enterprise Mug.
In addition to the 762,700 empty homes across England, there is at least the same number of empty redundant commercial and offices buildings that could be converted to provide good quality homes.
The fall in private sector empties is welcome news. However with a total of still 623,200 it still means that 4 out of every 5 empty homes in England are in the private sector.
The official statistics show a further rise in the number of empty council homes, up by 3,300 on the 1999 figure, this at a time when the rate of stock transfers is increasing.
Despite the rapid growth in this sector over recent years due to stock transfers and new developments this rise means that an increased proportion of housing association homes now stand empty compared to 1999 (2.8% as opposed to 2.7%).
Government departments do not appear to be taking seriously the Government’s own advice about best use of redundant and unused stock. The Agency again calls into question the total accuracy of these figures. In the past many MoD houses as well as residential properties owned by NHS Trusts have not been reported, particularly halls of residence and bedsit accommodation.
In October last year during the London Week of Action on Empty Homes Glenda Jackson called for all London Boroughs to share information and good practice to stimulate the re-use of empty properties. The Empty Homes Agency has responded by publishing a guide on providing homes from wasted properties, which will be launched on January 19th at a major seminar at the Lloyds Building.