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“Act now to ensure children don’t lose memory of grandparents who were Far East Prisoners of War,” says national charity

COFEPOW logo“Within a generation, children will have forgotten about their grandparents’ suffering as far East Prisoners of War,” warns Paul Watson, chair of national charity COFEPOW (Children and Families of Far East Prisoners of War).

“As World War Two fades into history, young people are in danger of forgetting about the horrific suffering of many of their grandparents and great-grandparents as prisoners of war in the Far East,” he says.

Now, to mark the anniversary of 75 years since the Fall of Singapore in the Second World War, COFEPOW is launching an Education Programme to help ensure youngsters grow up knowing about the huge sacrifice many of their relatives made in the Far East.

Paul Watson says: “One of our functions at COFEPOW is to educate future generations so that our brave ancestors are never forgotten. As a result, we have created this exciting new initiative to help students understand what happened, whilst giving them the opportunity to experience different learning platforms to develop transferable skills for their future – skills such as confidence, teamwork, creativity, communication and working to deadlines.”

Working in teams, students will be tasked with preparing a television news report explaining that the war is over in the Far East and that all those held as prisoners will be released and sent home. In order to prepare their news report, students must find out as much as possible about the life of a Far East Prisoner of War.

Once complete, schools will need to send the filmed news reports on DVD to COFEPOW, who will judge all the entries and choose a winner. Students that take part will receive a Certificate of Achievement and the winning team will receive a special COFEPOW VJ Day 70th Anniversary Commemorative Medal for their school.

Paul Watson adds: “Members of COFEPOW are relatives of those who fought and were held captive in the Far East in World War Two. Whilst many of the prisoners are no longer with us, as relatives we saw first hand the lasting effects that the time in prison camps had on these men and women – both mentally and physically.

“We are all extremely proud of our loved ones for their war effort and we strive to ensure that what they went through will always be remembered and respected. By creating this competition, we feel we are helping the next generation to understand a little bit more about the Forgotten War.”

The programme was prepared in collaboration with Jayne Greene, who is experienced in producing education packages for schools and is a volunteer for COFEPOW.

The COFEPOW National Enterprise Competition for Primary Schools will run from 11th November 2017 (Remembrance Day) to 15th February 2018 (the anniversary of the Fall of Singapore).

If you are a teacher, school governor, or otherwise involved in delivering the national curriculum at primary school level, and would like to find out more about this new initiative, you are invited to attend the launch of the COFEPOW Education Programme at the National Memorial Arboretum on Wednesday 15th February 2017, commencing at 1pm.

To secure your place at the launch, please email COFEPOW Secretary Alan Wills at alanwills@blueyonder.co.uk. To find out more about the project and for schools to enter please visit the COFEPOW website https://www.cofepow.org.uk/schools-competition.

Future Co-ops Conference 2017

Post Carbon Co-ops logoA conference that takes place in February will be addressing the post carbon landscape from a co-operative perspective.

The conference, entitled Post Carbon Co-ops, aims to bring co-operative activists together with activists from other progressive organisations to debate some of the key issues facing our future.

The current energy bonanza based on fossil fuels cannot go on forever. Climate change reasons apart, fossil fuels are not inexhaustible. New extraction methods such as fracking promise false hope and renewables can never recreate the massive energy surplus that oil, coal and gas have provided.

The post carbon landscape will impact on all areas of everyone’s lives, from access to food and transport, to energy and manufacturing. Post Carbon Co-ops will examine how co-ops can provide solutions.

Dr Mark Simmonds from Co-op Culture, who is one of the keynote speakers at the Future Co-ops conference, said: “In these times of economic uncertainty, resource depletion and climate change, the one thing we can be sure of is that the world will become a very different place in the short to medium term.

“Energy descent, in particular, will increasingly become a fact of life. We need to think strategically about the co-operative response to this challenge. How can communities co-operate to build resilience? What does a post-carbon co-operative economy that can survive and thrive, look like?”

According to Jo White of Co-operative Futures, the organisers of the event, co-operatives have led the way in offering solutions to emerging crises and the co-ops of the future need to start planning for the post carbon landscape.

“We are looking forward to welcoming a wide range of activists to Post Carbon Co-ops in February and we are hoping to move the debate forward on positive co-operative solutions for a low carbon future.”

Post Carbon Co-ops takes place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th February 2017 at Jurys Inn in Cheltenham and delegates can book their place online now.

Cae Post celebrates 30 years

Over 100 people gathered at Welshpool Town Hall recently to celebrate Cae Post’s 30th birthday.

Danielle Brown MBE

Danielle Brown MBE

Cae Post welcomed supporters, customers, employees and beneficiaries to the event to mark 30 years of creating work opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people.

The event was hosted by BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Jim Hawkins and the special guest was Danielle Brown MBE, Double Paralympic Archery Champion from Telford.

The celebration of Cae Post’s achievements was also attended by Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire, and the Deputy Mayor of Welshpool Cllr Hazel Evans.

John Harrington

John Harrington

Best known these days as a successful business recycling thousands of tonnes of materials each year from the homes and businesses of Powys and north Shropshire, Cae Post was originally set up in 1986 as a community organisation to create work for people with learning disabilities.

Speaking at the event, John Harrington, one of the Founders and current Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “When a number of volunteers came together to set Cae Post up, they were pioneers, innovators, social enterprise visionaries. Our aim back then – as it still is – was to provide meaningful and worthwhile activity for people whilst making the world a better place in environmental terms.

“It’s easyCae Post's 30th birthday celebrations to forget how the world of recycling has changed. In 1986 there was no kerbside collection for recycling in Powys. Today, there’s a whole industry set up to deal with our waste and separating valuable materials. Cae Post plays its part in this industry but with a massive difference: our endeavours help people gain valuable experience in the work place.

“Cae Post cannot alone create the work opportunities needed by people who, for whatever reason, face disadvantage in the labour market. The work that we have done needs to be taken up by many more businesses and organisations – but we will carry on playing our part and speaking up for those who need these opportunities.”

John concluded: “We might be in our 30th year, but there is so much more for us to do. We are up for the challenge and we will work hard well into the future to help those people who find it difficult to enter the world of work to find meaningful job opportunities.”

To find out more about Cae Post and the work it does, click here. To read about their 30th birthday celebrations, click here.

Charity Cake Bake success at Laserase Bolton

Amateur bakers from Bolton and beyond put on their aprons and whipped up some cake sensations for the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake at Laserase Bolton on Saturday 15 October.

Dorret Conway announcing the winners of the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake

Dorret Conway announcing the winners of the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake

Dorret Conway, one of the participants in this year’s Great British Bake Off, was one of the judges for the competition, along with Janet Marshall, cake development expert at Park Cakes in Bolton, and Keith Wallis, Senior Head Chef at the four star Holiday Inn Bolton Centre.

Dorret said: “It was lovely to be invited to judge the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake at Laserase Bolton and it’s certainly much more fun this side of the table! There were some amazing cakes and it is fantastic to see people making such an effort and getting so much pleasure out of baking.”

The event was organised to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and to raise money for national charity Verity – which supports women whose lives are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – and the Gynaecology and Dermatology departments of the Royal Bolton Hospital, which help women with this syndrome.

There were five categories in the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake: the Best Decorated Cake Award; the Tastiest Cake Award; the Most Creative Cake Award; the Young Baker Award and the Biggest Cake Catastrophe Award. There was also a Best Cake in the Competition Award.

Dorret Conway announced the results and prizes included afternoon tea for two at Slattery’s, a family run patissier and chocolatier in Whitefield, and dinner for two at the Holiday Inn Bolton Centre. An auction for a cake baked specially by Dorret, covered in cute white chocolate frogs, raised £50. Park Cakes kindly donated a superb cake for the charity raffle promoting PCOS, which was won by the hospital, and 2chefspassion donated a wonderful cake for the ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition, which was won by 12 year old Abbie, who guessed 2.2kg when the weight was 2.3kg The cake bake was followed by a charity cake sale and afternoon tea.

Janet Marshall from Park Cakes said: “It’s nice to see that so many people still bake at home and to such a high standard – and it was great that there were entries from young people and both men and women.”

Keith Wallis added: “I very much enjoyed helping to judge the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake. There were some very interesting flavours, which was a nice surprise, and all in all it was a very good day.”

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects millions of women. The symptoms of PCOS include ovarian cysts, irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, weight gain, excessive hair growth on the face and body, hair loss from the head, acne and the increased risk of getting certain types of cancer.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, said: “We were delighted to welcome people to the clinic and to raise over £300 for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the Gynaecology and Dermatology departments of the hospital. We were pleased that so many people took the time to enter their cakes and to come along, and we would like to thank all those involved, especially Dorret and our other judges, for making it such a special occasion.”

Laserase Bolton is one of the leading laser clinics in the North West of England and has been established for over 20 years. It offers a range of treatments for PCOS sufferers, including laser hair reduction for treating excessive hair growth using the Soprano XL laser, and a number of treatments for managing acne, including NLite laser, AFT 420 pulsed light and medical skin peels. The clinic also offers a number of treatment products to ensure optimum results. All treatments are carried out by highly-experienced medical professionals following a free, no-obligation consultation.

To find out more about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the help available please visit www.verity-pcos.org.uk. There are also a number of informal local support groups around the country for women with PCOS to make contact with others in their area. The nearest local group to Bolton is in Manchester. To find out when and where they meet, or for information on other local support groups, email localgroups@verity-pcos.org.uk.

Could you whip up a cake creation for the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake?

Laserase Bolton logoCould you rise to the occasion and whip up a treat to beat the opposition in the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake.

Our client, Laserase Bolton, and Bolton NHS Charitable Fund are organising a charity cake baking competition in aid of both the national charity Verity – which supports women whose lives are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – and the Gynaecology and Dermatology departments of the hospital who also help women with this syndrome – and they’re looking for entries.

The Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake and Cake Sale takes place at Laserase Bolton (opposite the ambulance station on the Royal Bolton Hospital site) on Saturday October 10th from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. It aims to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and to raise money for the charity and Bolton NHS Charitable Fund.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects millions of women. The symptoms of PCOS include ovarian cysts, irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, weight gain, excessive hair growth on the face and body, hair loss from the head, acne and the increased risk of getting certain types of cancer. The exact cause of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is unknown, but it is thought to be related to abnormal hormone levels and, although PCOS can’t be cured, the symptoms can be managed.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, says: “Many women with this embarrassing and isolating condition are often unaware of the support available. The Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake aims to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and of the PCOS charity, Verity, which was established in 1997 to share information and improve the lives of women living with the illness.

“Every year at Laserase Bolton, we treat a number of women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome for excess hair growth and acne, but many are unaware that, for excess hair growth for example, NHS funding may be available. Working with the Royal Bolton Hospital’s Gynaecology and Dermatology departments, we aim to better direct women in Bolton to get the help and treatment they need.”

There are four categories open to everyone in the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake: the Best Decorated Cake Award; the Tastiest Cake Award; the Most Creative Cake Award and the Biggest Cake Catastrophe Award. There will also be a Best Cake in the Competition Award. As the charity’s colour is purple, bakers might like to incorporate some purple into their entry, but this is not obligatory. Entry costs £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

The Cake Bake judging will be followed by a cake sale to raise much-needed funds for the charities and refreshments will be available, so if you can’t bake, you can buy instead.

Julie Kershaw adds: “We’re hoping that local people will really get behind us for this fun and worthwhile event so, to get a slice of the action, bring along your cake creations to the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake on Saturday October 10th!”

To sign up to the Big Bolton Charity Cake Bake and to make a donation visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/bigboltoncharitycakebake or contact Laserase Bolton for an application form on 01204 570900 or email admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk.

Cakes should be dropped off Laserase Bolton, 71 Redgate Way, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 0JL (on the Royal Bolton Hospital site opposite the ambulance station) between 11.30am and 1.30pm on the day and must include a label with your name and telephone number and the category in which you are entering. The event will be open to the public from 2.00pm and the winning cakes will be announced around 3.00pm. This will be followed by a charity auction of the winning cakes and a sale of the other cakes.

Laserase Bolton is one of the leading laser clinics in the North West of England and has been established for over 20 years. It offers a range of treatments for PCOS sufferers, including laser hair reduction for treating excessive hair growth using the Soprano XL laser, and a number of treatments for managing acne, including NLite laser, AFT 420 pulsed light and medical skin peels. The clinic also offers a number of treatment products to ensure optimum results. All treatments are carried out by highly-experienced medical professionals following a free, no-obligation consultation.

To find out more about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the help available please visit www.verity-pcos.org.uk. There are also a number of informal local support groups around the country for women with PCOS to make contact with others in their area. The nearest local group to Bolton is in Manchester. To find out when and where they meet, or for information on other local support groups, email localgroups@verity-pcos.org.uk.

70th Anniversary of VJ Day sees charity membership swell

An increasing number of relatives of Far East Prisoners of War have been joining national charity COFEPOW (Children and Families of Far East Prisoners of War), as the country prepares to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day.

COFEPOW was set up to ensure that World War Two Far East Prisoners of War are never forgotten and the charity has seen a 10% increase in new members over the past few weeks as more relatives of those incarcerated in the Far East during the Second World War join to honour their relatives’ heroic past.

New member Tracey Marinelli from Derby says that she joined COFEPOW to be part of the VJ Day commemorations.

Tracey Marinelli

Tracey Marinelli joined COFEPOW to take part in the VJ Day commemorations

She said: “My Grandfather, Flight Sergeant John Price, was a prisoner of war in the Far East and was one of the lucky ones who made it home after the war. He kept a diary throughout his time in the Far East, written on cigarette packets and scraps of paper, but back in England he never talked about being a POW. I think it is so important that we remember.”

Says Paul Watson from COFEPOW, the 70th anniversary of VJ Day is a very important one. “Sadly many of the prisoners of war who returned from the Far East are no longer with us and so younger people often do not know about this important chapter in our history. The suffering of many was immense and our new members will be joining others who want to ensure that the suffering they went through is not forgotten.”

Following the fall of Singapore to the Japanese on 15th February 1942, almost 200,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers became prisoners of war in the Far East. Thousands of these left Singapore on prison ships – “hell ships” – to be used as forced labour in other parts of Asia. Nearly 10,000 of these men died building the Burma-Thailand railway with many more dying as a result of starvation, barbaric treatment and tropical diseases.

There will be events across the UK to commemorate Victory over Japan Day 2015 this Saturday, including in Horse Guards Parade in Central London and a Service of Remembrance at Lichfield Cathedral, with an Address by Terry Waite CBE.

For more information about COFEPOW visit www.cofepow.org.uk.

Book launch to raise funds for COFEPOW

Benedict's Brother Launch PosterA new book about the experiences of a Far East Prisoner of War is being launched in London on Tuesday 28 July, with 30% of the proceeds going to national charity COFEPOW.

The launch of Benedict’s Brother and the Benedict’s Appeal takes place on Tuesday 28 July in London, in conjunction with COFEPOW, at Foyles bookshop and the Victory Services Club. The charity’s supporters and all those interested are invited to go along.

The acclaimed “Book of the Year” novel by Tricia Walker is based on the story of her great uncle who was a Far East Prisoner of War and Tricia has kindly agreed to donate 30% of the book and film proceeds to COFEPOW (Children and Families of Far East Prisoners of War).

COFEPOW is a national charity dedicated to to keeping alive the memory of Far East Prisoners of War and raising awareness of the suffering they endured.

The event takes place from 9.30am to 1.30pm at Foyles on Charing Cross Road, and then from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at the Victory Services Club on Seymour Street.

Asian Skin Care Open Evening

Asian Skin Care EveningAsian skin care specialists Laserase Bolton are holding an open evening on Wednesday 13th May and offering free skin consultations to the Asian community to advise them on how to improve the look and feel of their skin and how to look after it for the longer term. The event will take place at 7.00pm at Laserase Bolton, opposite the ambulance station on the site of the Royal Bolton hospital.

Sister Saria Tahir of Laserase Bolton says: “Asian skin has some unique characteristics, some of which are very positive and some of which can cause problems. The good news is that Asian skin is more resistant to aging but the downside is that it tends to scar more easily than other skin because Asian people have a thinner ‘stratum corneum’. This is the outermost of the five layers of the epidermis, which is largely responsible for the vital barrier function of the skin, and is the first line of defence against the external environment. Unfortunately, therefore, Asian skin is genetically more predisposed to scarring.

“This means that, when it comes to laser treatment, for example, extra care must be taken with Asian skin and only qualified medical professionals should undertake laser treatment.”

Saria says that there are other skin conditions which are also more problematic for Asian skin – for example, Asian skin is more susceptible to acne and more prone to excess hair growth.

“Because of the unique nature of Asian skin, we would always recommend that expert medical advice is sought before undergoing skin treatment,” adds Saria.

Laserase Bolton is the region’s leading and longest established laser clinic and is highly experienced at treating Asian skin conditions, offering a range of skin treatments carried out by qualified medical experts. Treatments include hair reduction and removal, laser skin peels, acne and acne scarring, thread vein treatments, pixel laser rejuvenating and dermal fillers and muscle relaxing injections. Laserase Bolton can also offer safe and effective tattoo removal.

To book for the Open Evening at 7pm on Wednesday 13th May ring 01204 570900 or email: admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk

An Open Morning for all skin types takes place at 11am on Saturday 13th June.

For more information on Laserase Bolton visit www.laserase-bolton.co.uk

Come for coffee and cake with Laserase Bolton!

Come for coffee and cak227167_194866970560144_2319809_ne with Laserase Bolton and help raise vital funds
for Macmillan Cancer Support!

Laserase Bolton, which is in the grounds of the Royal Bolton Hospital, is holding a Macmillan coffee morning on Saturday 20 September, from 11am to 2pm. As well as coffee, tea and cakes, there will be live music, a cake decorating competition, a raffle, stalls, manicures, facials, face painting and consultation drop-in.

The cake decorating competition is open to all, with prizes including specialist skin care and more. The theme of the competition for adults is “friendship” and for children is “bake my face – decorate a cake to look like your favourite celebrity”. All proceeds will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

To find out more about the coffee morning and to enter the cake decorating competition contact Laserase Bolton by email admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk or phone 01204 570900.

When: Saturday 20 September 2014, 11am – 2pm

Where: Laserase Bolton, Royal Bolton Hospital, Redgate Way, Farnworth BL4 0JL

Sea Shanty Festival in Ellesmere Port

The fourth National Sea Shanty Festival takes place at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port over the Easter weekend (18-20 April 2014).

Canal boat at Sea Shanty FestivalOver 3, 000 visitors are expected to visit the Festival during the weekend, and visitors will be able to explore the National Waterways Museum, listen to the shanty singers during the day and find out more about the seafaring traditions of the North West.

Coinciding with the Annual Boat Gathering at the museum, the Shanty UK festival brings together nearly 100 performers in seven different venues within the museum for three exciting days of singing, concerts, boat trips, museum tours, nautical poetry, puppet-making, face painting and much more.

According to Julia Batters of Shanty UK, the Festival is designed as a fun event for the whole family. Julia said: “The UK has a long tradition of sea shanties and maritime singing and our annual Festival is helping to keep this tradition alive for future generations.”
The highlight of the Festival is two concerts taking place within the museum on Friday and Saturday nights, which feature a number of acts from across the UK and Europe.

Entrance to the National Waterways Museum for the Sea Shanty Festival and Annual Boat Gathering costs £6.50 for all three days (10am – 5pm). Tickets for the evening concerts are £10 each night and can be reserved online at www.shanty.org.uk/our_festival