NEWS: New Southend Mayor sets out charity plans

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The new Mayor of Southend – Councillor Ann Holland – has revealed the good causes she is raising funds for whilst in office.

During today's lunchtime launch at Porters (19 May) – the Mayor's official residence in Southchurch Road – Cllr Holland announced that the Southend Mayor's Charity 2010/11 is supporting Stroke, Disability and the Arts.

NEWS: New Southend project needs volunteers

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A major project to change the lives of Southend's underpriviledged youth is urgently seeking volunteers for a new initiative in March.

The scheme, called Motivate the Estate, is a community transformation programme that aims to raise aspirations for young people and those who have an influence and impact on their lives.

NEWS: New lease of life for Southend chapel

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Artists' impression of the new chapel - due to be completed by end of 2010
A redundant chapel at Southend's North Road cemetery has won a vibrant new lease of life thanks to almost £1m of Government funding.

The grant, administered by the Big Lottery Fund, will be used to transform the dilapidated building into a dynamic new community resource.

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NEWS: Big cycle challenge across Southend

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Eager cyclists from 16-years-old upwards are being urged to enter a unique and exciting competition called Urban Pursuit, which starts and finishes in Chalkwell Park.

The event, which runs from 10am until 3pm this Sunday (23rd May), features checkpoint challenges taking riders from one corner of Southend to the other in a bid to solve riddles and clues.

NEWS: Southend landlord fined over property

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A landlord from Southend has been prosecuted, after leaving his tenants for ten months with no heating, hot water or downstairs lighting.

Southend Magistrates fined Mr John Squires, of South Crescent £2,000, ordered him to pay £1,010 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, after he admitted failing to repair a defective heating and water system in his property at Dolphins, Westcliff.

NEWS: Southend's 'Cliff Lift' to return this summer

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It's been revealed that Southend's iconic Cliff Lift will return to action this summer.
The carriage for the funicular will be reinstalled on Tuesday (23rd March) as the restoration works near completion. It was closed in 2003 due to technical problems. Since that date, regulations governing its operation have changed, requiring modifications before it could reopen.

NEWS: Fairtrade fortnight comes to Southend

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Southend's Together Partnership is teaming up with Britain's biggest supermarket chains to support ‘The Big Swap' as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

The campaign, which runs from February 22 to March 7, aims to raise awareness of how
shoppers can make a difference to the developing world by purchasing Fairtrade products.

NEWS: Southend Pier to close for week

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Southend Pier will be temporarily closed for five days next week for the next phase of improvement works.

This work, scheduled from Monday 18th January to Friday 22nd January, involves the walkway ramp being lifted by a large crane to remove ashphalt.

During this major operation, it will be necessary to temporarily close the Pier and Visitor Information Centre for safety.

NEWS: Help shape Southend's culture bid

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How did you feel when broke the news that Southend would be bidding to become the first UK City of Culture in 2013? Did it spark your interest?

Well, if you were keen to find out more and get involved with the bid, then here's your chance.

The community's being invited to a special Cultural House Party at Chalkwell Hall in Chalkwell Park on Saturday 5th December.

NEWS: Help for Southend's domestic abuse victims

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It's a subject often stigmatised, it's incredibly difficult to talk about and both women and MEN can become a victim. Now, a major campaign, aiming to highlight the help available for those at risk of domestic abuse in Southend and surrounding areas, is being launched.

All this week, members of Southend Domestic Abuse Forum – which represents a range of agencies in the borough – will be in the foyer of Southend Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend, to give out information on domestic abuse and offer details of the services in Southend that respond to this.

Southend's bid to be City of Culture 2013

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Southend is putting together an ambitious bid to become the UK's first ever City of Culture.

The year long accolade - beginning on 1st January 2013 - would enable the winning location to host big ticket national cultural events, as well as putting on a year-long programme of their own.

Top class basketball in Southend

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You can now watch top class basketball in Southend thanks to the introduction of a new team - the Essex Pirates.

The professional outfit has joined the British Basketball League and the team competed in its first ever game on Saturday (3rd), beating PAWS London Capital by 61 points to 60 in an extremely tight affair at Garons Park.

Celebrating ethnic diversity in Southend

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A large scale multicultural festival kicks off in Southend this weekend, bringing together a wide range of people from many backgrounds, through art, theatre, talks and music.

'Going Out of The Box' is a joint initiative by the council and local education groups. It coincides with the nationwide Black History Month - aimed to promote knowledge, discussion and experience of different cultures.

Feast of arts at the Cliffs

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More than 25 local art groups and societies are making last minute preparations before taking part in a big open day at the Cliffs Pavilion in Westcliff on Sunday (6th).
It's a chance to have a chat with representatives of various drama, music, poetry, photography, visual arts and craft groups and find out more about what they do in the Southend area.

Walk on Southend & Leigh-on-Sea

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Swimming is over-rated. But walking on water isn't. And if you're not Jesus - (and let's face it, who is these days), two pools in the Southend area are giving you the chance to do just that.

Water Walkerz - transparent inflatable balls - which act as watertight bubbles, are being introduced at Warrior Swim Centre, Southend and Belfairs Swim Centre in Leigh, allowing participants to walk or run across swimming pools without getting wet.

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Police Called In After Warden Catches Port Vale Players On The Piss In Local Park

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By Chris Wright

Staffordshire police have launched an investigation into an incident last Wednesday that saw several Port Vale players besmirch and defile the flora at Hanley Central Forest Park while out on a pre-season yomp.

A park warden happened upon a group of the players urinating in the bushes and contacted his superiors at the local council, who in turn contacted the police, who in turn contacted Port Vale to inform them that they intended to look into the incredibly grievous matter.

Tottenham Break £16million Regeneration Promise As New Stadium Move Gathers Pace

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By Alan Duffy

Tottenham's proposed new Northumberland Park stadium sanctuary from the poor

A key pledge in Spurs' original deal with Haringey Council to build a new stadium in Tottenham has been torn up after the both parties agreed to abandon a promise by the club to invest around £16million in the local community, much of which was badly hit by this year's riots.

Luis Suárez and Patrice Evra racism case presents problem for FA | Daniel Taylor

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Luis Suárez and Patrice Evra racism case presents problem for FA | Daniel Taylor

It will be tricky for the authorities to work through the semantics of what the Liverpool striker is alleged to have said What we don't know for certain is the word Luis Suárez used.

Giggs To Get The Freedom Of The City

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Ryan Giggs will be honoured with the freedom of the city of Salford today.

"Ryan is a role model to young people and a proud ambassador of the city," said councillor John Warmisham. "He is the ideal candidate for freedom of the city. He does tremendous work for Unicef in relation to children and other charities and has never forgotten his Salford roots.

NEWS: Southend makes £1.2m from parking fines

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Traffic wardens in the borough of Southend dished out more than £1.2m worth of parking tickets in the past year.

The figures - released by the Taxpayers Alliance - reveal fines in the borough were actually down by almost £100,000 on the previous year.

For the tax year between 2007-8, the council made £1,305,940 whereas in 2008-9, it made£1,209,183 through fines.

Southend's Saxon secrets are preserved

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A Southend site thought to be one of the earliest Christian burial grounds in the country, is to be turned into a open space for the public to enjoy.

Archaelogists from the Museum of London unearthed the Saxon chamber back in 2003 at Priory Crescent, on the edge of Priory Park - finding a bounty of artefacts including gold crosses, gold buckles and blue glass vessels.

Molto football news of the globe

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New talks on football ground sale

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Hartlepool Council have agreed to additional negotiation over the sale of the town's football game ground.

Victoria Park in Clarence Road have been place to Hartlepool United since the baseball baseball club formed in 1908, but the club only rents the council-owned site.

Previous commands to purchase it have got failed, as the council states the country is premier development land.