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EXPERTS from a variety of organisations will be on hand at a special awareness-raising event at Ankerside Shopping Centre tomorrow (Tuesday, February 20) to share advice and technical support on how parents can help keep their children safe online.

Representatives from Tamworth Borough Council, the police, NSPCC, Teen Spirit and O2 will join together to answer questions on all aspects of online safety, including cyber bullying and child sexual exploitation. O2 will also offer technical support for setting up parental controls on the various devices children may use to access the internet.

The event, which has been organised by Tamworth Community Safety Partnership in conjunction with Ankerside Shopping Centre and O2, takes place between 10am and 2pm and people are invited to visit the stand at any time during that period.

It marks the culmination of activities surrounding the 2018 Safer Internet Day, which has seen Tamworth Borough Council’s Play and Education Officer delivering online safety talks to hundreds of primary school children and parents during the last two weeks.

Although the officer visits schools throughout the year, online safety sessions are often concentrated around the annual Safer Internet Day, which this year took place on February 6.

Tuesday’s event provides parents with children of all ages access to first-hand help and advice from a range of relevant organisations.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: “The internet is a valuable resource for young people growing up in this technological age. However, it can also pose risks and dangers which children and their parents need to be aware of.

“These risks can be mitigated as long as users know what measures they can take to protect themselves online. Parents play an important role in ensuring their children know the dangers, such as not sharing personal information, creating strong passwords and being aware that people can lie about their identities online.

“While we are talking to children about this all year round, Safer Internet Day does raise the profile of the issue and we take advantage of this to spread the safety message as widely as possible. The event at Ankerside Shopping Centre on Tuesday, February 20 will provide people with the opportunity to get all the latest safety information and advice, as well as practical support from O2 in setting up devices for children to use more safely. I would encourage people to visit and find out more.”

Ankerside store frontage

The event will take place in Ankerside Shopping Centre

Jeff Wigley, Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, said he is looking forward to raising awareness of how adults as well as children can use the internet more safely.

“Here at Ankerside, our O2 store is extremely active in helping the public understand technology and the various devices that are available,” he said.

“More importantly, O2 will be advising shoppers on how to set up devices for children, as well as assemble parental controls on their own phones, tablets and desktops that little ones use for games.

“This has been a fantastic opportunity to partner with Tamworth Community Safety Partnership and O2 to bring knowledge of the risks of browsing the internet, as well as how to avoid the chances of danger whilst online and we’re sure the event will be a huge success with the people of Tamworth.”

Information and safety advice is available from a number of resources including:

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.safertamworth.org

www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc

Tamworth Pancake Race 2018

THE annual Pancake Race took place in the town centre on Saturday, 17 February, and this year entrants came from as far afield as Germany.

The annual event, which is organised by Tamworth Rotary Club is now in its 29th year sees separate races for Children, Adults and a Relay Challange.

The race takes place on Market Street and sees participants toss and flip pancakes as they run from the Town Hall, down the street and back again.

The winners of this year’s first children’s race were joint winners, Dylan Cook and Ben Byrant.  The winner of the second race was Imogen Hilton.

Winning the adult’s individual race were Russ Hilton and Shane Ward.

This year’s relay challenge was between Radio Tamworth and the Twinning Association in Tamworths twin Town, Bad Lassphe in Germany; with Radio Tamworth taking the crown.

The Radio Tamworth team was made up of presenters Lee Bates, Chris Grantham, Paul Armstrong and Connor Taylor; the Bad Laasphe team was made up of Torsten Spillmann, Tobias Hof, Marvin Shafer and Harald Hagedorm.

All entrants received a certificate of entry and the Winners received a Certificate and Cup, with the Relay Teams also being presented with medals.

The awards were presented by Graham Barlow and Lee Bates from Rotary Club of Tamworth and Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor John Chesworth.

After the races, the entrants and visitors were treated to hot drinks and pancakes at Community Interest Café based in the Castle Grounds.

 

Mosaic workshop in Ankerside Shopping Centre

TAMWORTH residents of all ages are invited to get creative and join in one of the town’s largest and most ambitious community arts projects at a series of workshops this half term.

Mercian Mosaic will see 1,400 individual yard-square tiles being decorated by people of all ages to create a large and striking Saxon-themed image, which will be laid out on the lower lawn of Tamworth Castle Grounds for one day only on Saturday, July 14th.

Hundreds of tiles have already been completed by willing volunteers from across the town, including from schools, church and community groups, sheltered housing schemes and art groups.

But there is plenty more work to do and around half of the tiles still need to be decorated. Anyone who would like to get involved and paint some tiles is invited to join Tamworth artist Maggie Carney at her base of operations in the former Argos unit in Ankerside Shopping Centre during a series of open community sessions during half term.

Volunteers of all ages and abilities will be given a paintbrush and set to work to help take the project to the final stages.

Sessions take place in the Ankerside Shopping Centre unit on February 21, 22 and 23 from 10am to 12pm and from 1pm to 3pm each day.

Mercian Mosaic workshop in the former Argos unit, Ankerside Shopping Centre

Mercian Mosaic workshop in the former Argos unit, Ankerside Shopping Centre

Maggie, who has created the intricate 70-yard by 20-yard mosaic design, said: “Lots of great work has been done already by hundreds of community groups, schools and individuals from across the town, but there is plenty more to do, so I’m really hoping people come and get involved next week.

“It’ll be a fun half-term activity and people will then be able to come along on July 14th to see how their individual piece fits in with all the other tiles to make one huge mosaic celebrating Tamworth’s Anglo-Saxon history.

“There are plenty of elements still to work on, and the workshops will focus on flowers, fish, butterflies, ducks, geese, squares of Anglo-Saxon patterns and some life-size figures. I’m really hoping people will help me get a large chunk of the project completed.”

Anyone who would like to take part, but is unable to attend next week, is invited to pop in and lend a hand whenever they see Maggie working away in the unit.

The striking overall design features key elements of the town’s Anglo Saxon history, incorporating its landmark buildings, rivers and people, as well as details such as Tamworth pigs, dragons, fish, the Staffordshire knot and Mercian flag.

At the centre is Tamworth’s ‘Lady of the Mercians’ Aethelflaed, who played a pivotal role in English history by building a chain of fortifications against Viking invaders throughout the Kingdom of Mercia.

Her fortification of Tamworth in 913 AD became the forerunner to Tamworth Castle. Daughter of Alfred the Great, Aethelflaed’s accession as a female ruler has been described as one of the most unique events in early medieval history.

This year marks the 1100th anniversary of Aethelflaed’s death in Tamworth and the laying of the mosaic will form part of a weekend of celebrations to mark the occasion.

The planning for the Mercian Mosaic

The planning for the Mercian Mosaic

Mercian Mosaic is one of several initiatives taking place as part of Arts in Unusual Spaces – a two-year scheme made possible with funding from Arts Council England to bring art to new and interesting spaces across the town.

Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to take part in a truly amazing community arts project. It is quite an undertaking and I know Maggie is working almost round the clock on it, so I hope lots of people go along to lend a hand next week. It’ll make a great half-term activity for people with children of all ages who are stuck for something to do.”

Jeff Wigley, Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, said: “It’s been a delight to have Maggie at the centre as part of the Mercian Mosaic project and we’re looking forward to seeing her host the workshops during the half term holidays. The unit at Ankerside is looking fantastic, with some of the Anglo-Saxon pieces decorating the windows and walls and it’s going to be great to see the finished mosaic in the Castle Grounds this summer.”

Almost 700 movie lovers have voted to decide the two films that are shown at this year’s popular Outdoor Cinema in Tamworth Castle Grounds.

Votes were cast online and via social media after members of the public were invited to choose from a shortlist the films they would most like to see on a big screen in the great outdoors this summer.

The winning movies have now been revealed as Top Gun, which came out on top with 112 votes for the earlier 9.15pm slot, to be followed by a showing of Labyrinth at 11.45pm, chosen by 75 people.

Tickets for this year’s Outdoor Cinema on Saturday, August 4, go on sale on Thursday (February 15), tickets are priced at £10 per screening.  Anyone wishing to attend is advised to get in early as last year’s 1,300 tickets sold out within just a week of going on sale.

Top Gun is a 1986 American romantic military action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and starring film stars Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless casual attitude put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn’t only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he’s also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (McGillis).

This iconic film won many awards, including an Academy Award for best original song for “Take My Breath Away” performed by Berlin.

Will you let ccc take your breath away?

Will you let Maverick take your breath away?

Another great classic film has been chosen for the midnight movie in the form of much-loved adventure tale Labyrinth.

Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical dark fantasy adventure film directed by Jim Henson and starring music legend David Bowie. The film revolves around 15-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) and her quest to reach the centre of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, whom Sarah wished away to Jareth, the Goblin King (Bowie). With the exception of Connelly and Bowie, most of the film’s significant characters are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

This amazing adventure film also features the well-known soundtrack music by David Bowie. This will be a silent screening and headphones will be provided.

Labyrinth stars music legend David Bowie

Labyrinth stars music legend David Bowie

Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “The Outdoor Cinema has been a hugely popular event in the six years since it was added to the annual outdoor events programme. The past two years we decided to give audiences the chance to choose the films they wanted to watch under the stars and the event subsequently ended up selling out within just a week of going on sale.

“We decided to open it out to the public again and have been amazed at the response with a total of 688 taking the opportunity to have their say. Due to the popular success of this event, I would urge anyone who would like to attend to book their tickets straight away to avoid disappointment this time around.”

Cinema-goers are invited to take warm blankets and a picnic, although food and drink will be on sale during both events. No glass, gazebos or alcohol are to be taken on site, but a licensed bar will be available throughout.

Gates open 45 minutes prior to Top Gun and 15 minutes before Labyrinth. Entrance is by ticket only and both movies are for audiences aged 18 and over, due to licensing restrictions.

Tickets are available online at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk, in person from Tamworth Information Centre in Marmion House, Lichfield Street, or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.

The Outdoor Cinema is just one element of a packed programme of outdoor events that have been confirmed for 2018. The full line up will be revealed soon.

twycross zoo lemurs

LOOKING for ways to keep the kids entertained this half-term? Why not visit the award-winning Twycross Zoo and bag yourself a bargain day out for the whole family to enjoy!

From now until the 25th February, tickets are available from just £10 per adult and £5 per child!

Immerse yourself and explore the animal world, with indoor and outdoor enclosures, interactive experiences and fun, exciting encounters with over 500 animals, from over 150 different species.

The 80-acre site set in the heart of England, Leicestershire, is home to one of the largest primate collections in Europe and the only place in the UK, and one of four worldwide, with all four types of Great Ape (gorilla, orang-utan, chimpanzee and bonobo).

Welcoming around 500,000 visitors a year, the award-winning conservation charity funds and conducts scientific research and has an award-winning education and outreach programme.

To snap up this offer visit: https://twycrosszoo.org/event/feb-half-term/

mitre football on grass

TAMWORTH Borough Council’s Sports Development Team has unveiled its brand new free programme of sporting events, ‘Street Sport’, which will be coming to a park near you throughout the February half term school holiday.

The sports activities are aimed at 13-18 year-olds, but ages outside of this range will be encouraged to join in. The project begins on Monday, February 19, with a series of activities for half term, and will continue for a further 30 weeks, thanks to £10,994 funding from Tamworth Community Safety Partnership and the Staffordshire Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

Sessions are being run by Tamworth Borough Council’s Sports Development Team with two qualified enhanced DBS cleared sports coaches.

Activities include football, basketball, tennis, handball and zone hockey. The half-term timetable is as follows:

  • Monday: Belgrave Park- 9am – 1pm and  Amington, Kerria Park- 1pm – 4pm
  • Tuesday: Wigginton Park-  9am – 1pm and Glascote Heath- 1pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday: Stonydelph, Crowden Road- 9am – 1pm and Castle Grounds Tennis Courts- 1pm – 4pm
  • Friday: Castle Grounds Tennis Courts- 9am – 11.30am and Stonydelph, Crowden Road- 11.30am-1pm

No booking is required, just turn up at session time and join in!

Further information on the dates, times activities taking place in Tamworth following the half term sessions can be found at the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership website www.safertamworth.org.  

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted that the sports development team has been able to secure funding from the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership and OPCC to deliver a range of free sports activities for young people in Tamworth.

“The opportunities will promote further involvement in fitness and sport and there are also places for people to volunteer and assist to deliver worthwhile activities.”

John and Theresa Chesworth

CIVIC dignitaries from Staffordshire, Warwickshire, France and Germany will be among around 200 invited guests in Tamworth this week for the biggest event in the annual Mayoral calendar.

Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr John Chesworth, is looking forward to hosting the 2018 Civic Ball at Drayton Manor Park on Friday, February 16, when he will welcome colleagues from across Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Tamworth’s twin towns of Vaujours in France and Bad Laasphe in Germany.

As well as giving Mayors the chance to celebrate their year in office, the annual ceremony is also one of the main fundraising events for the Mayor’s charity fund.

Mayors organise a number of charity events throughout the year, but the Civic Ball usually adds a significant amount to the pot. At the end of their term in office, funds are allocated to charities of the Mayor’s choosing.

Cllr Chesworth is aiming to support a number of causes but has nominated Tamworth & District Scouts as his main chosen charity. The Mayor is a newly-qualified assistant Scout Leader and a former Scout himself and the Mayoress, Teresa, is an Akela, so it’s a cause close to their hearts.

“We’ve held a number of fundraising activities and have more in the pipeline, but the Civic Ball is usually the biggest. The event is self-financing through ticket sales and there are various fundraising activities on the night which contribute to the Mayor’s Charity Fund,” the Mayor said.

“I wanted to focus on young people with my chosen charities this year to highlight some of the good things that are taking place with Tamworth youngsters. 

“There are around 900 Scouts in Tamworth and they do such good work but rely on relatively small numbers of volunteers. I know they always welcome donations towards the cost of activities.

“I’ve been to various other civic events during my term so far, but the ball is the biggest event that I’ll be hosting myself so I’m really looking forward to welcoming all my guests for the celebrations and fundraising.”

As Cllr Chesworth approaches the last few months of his time as Mayor, he has reflected on what has been a ‘fantastic’ year so far.

“I knew Tamworth was full of great people and great organisations, but until I became Mayor I didn’t realise just how much is going on in the town. I’ve met people I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet otherwise and visited places I wouldn’t have visited, so it’s been an amazing journey of discovery,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what the next few months hold before the final honour of sharing the Mayor’s Charity Fund among some of the very worthy causes we have here in Tamworth.”

Serving as Mayor this year has been a particularly significant honour for Cllr Chesworth as it is exactly 30 years since his father Peter wore the town chain.

“It has been a great honour to follow in my father’s footsteps, in the 30th anniversary of his year as Mayor. I’m just sorry he wasn’t here to see it,” Cllr Chesworth added.

Civic Ball guests will be entertained by members of the Landau Forte QEMS choir. Representatives from the Scouts and Air Cadets will also be on hand to raise awareness about their work.

Staffordshire Staycation Attractions

FAMILIES in Staffordshire are being encouraged to staycation during the February half term holiday and take advantage of the county’s wealth of attractions.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member who oversees tourism at Staffordshire County Council explained that the county was a fantastic place to explore with lots on offer.

Mark said: “We really are a fabulous county and the half term holidays offer a great opportunity to get out and explore some of our wonderful attractions.  We have something for all the family, whether it’s our thrilling theme parks at Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Park, historic buildings and countryside or activities at our libraries, there will always be something to keep the children amused.”

National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm

  • At Alton Towers Resort it’s Pirates and Princesses Week (10th-25th February), with swashbuckling entertainment for hotel guests to enjoy, including family gameshows, fancy dress parades and pirate training, alongside tropical adventures at the Splash Landings waterpark.
  • There are exploits of a chillier kind at Tamworth Snowdome, home of the new SnowClimb featuring 15 routes to tackle on two new climbing walls, alongside adrenaline tubing, tobogganing, snowboarding and loads more to enjoy on the slopes.
  • Drayton Manor Park will be full of family fun at Thomas Land as the rides and attractions swing back into life after Winter, while there will be live shows from the Fat Controller and Friends and the new red pandas Tika and Pema to meet in the zoo (Feb 10th-25th).
  • There will be more exotic species to meet at the Trentham Monkey Forest, the only place to roam among Barbary macaques in the UK, which reopens for the 2018 season on February 18th.
  • There’s New Life at the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton. Meet piglets and chicks and help bottle feed the lambs. Maybe see a lamb being born in the Lambing Live tent and help the farmer make scarecrows and test-drive the remote control tractors (17th-25th Feb).
  • There are more animal antics at Tamworth Castle, where the dragons Ruby and Hafgrim went missing during a game of hide and seek. Join the dragon hunt (18th-24th Feb) and use your detective skills to find out where they went.
  • Celebrate 100 Years of the RAF by building your own Airfix plane at RAF Museum Cosford (17th-23rd Feb), or make and decorate a kite and take part in the kite-flying competition at Beacon Park in Lichfield (19th-20th Feb).
  • Staffordshire libraries will also be hosting a range of activities during half-term.  People should contact their local library to see what’s planned.
Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Theme Park. From left is Maxwell Booker, 4, and Maisie Booker, 8, from Long Eaton.

Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Theme Park. From left is Maxwell Booker, 4, and Maisie Booker, 8, from Long Eaton.

For more information on things to do during the February half-term, visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/halfterm

Ankerside stay and play

THE town’s shopping centre is getting ready to celebrate Mother’s Day next week, as the monthly Stay & Play morning returns for themed fun and games.

On Thursday, 22 February, Ankerside Shopping Centre’s Stay & Play will return between 9.30am and 11.30am, where little ones will have the chance to make heart-warming gifts to take home ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday, 11 March.

Alongside the Mother’s Day-themed fun, children along with parents, grandparents and childminders will also be able to enjoy inflatables, a bubble machine and a visit from Ankerside’s colourful Stay & Play monster.

Jeff Wigley, Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, said he is looking forward to seeing Stay & Play continue in February. “The response to the centre’s first session of 2018 was excellent with lots of children returning from previous months to enjoy our Valentine’s Day celebrations.

“Throughout the morning, little ones will be able to make their very own Mother’s Day card as well as decorate a tote shopping bag to take home to their loved ones.

“Thursday is also a chance for children to fill in their learning books that they bring along to each event. Plus, it’s a great little memento for parents and the rest of the family.

“We hope everyone has a lovely time at our Stay & Play morning next week and we can’t wait to see the children’s decorated bags and cards.”

The Stay & Play fun takes place from 9.30am to 11.30am in Druckers Café on the last Thursday of each month and is free for anyone wishing to attend with their little ones.

ADVICE for staying safe online is being delivered to hundreds of primary school children across Tamworth over the next two weeks as part of activities surrounding the 2018 Safer Internet Day and ahead of a special half-term event at Ankerside Shopping Centre.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Play and Education Officer will be giving 25 talks at schools and parents evenings in the two weeks leading up to half term to share important online safety advice with children and parents.

Further guidance will be available to parents and children of all ages at a special event at Ankerside Shopping Centre on February 20, when experts from a variety of organisations will be on hand to share helpful tips and answer questions on all aspects of online safety, including cyberbullying and child sexual exploitation. This will include representatives from Tamworth Borough Council, the police, NSPCC, Teen Spirit and O2 – who will provide technical support for setting up devices and parental controls.

The event, which has been organised by Tamworth Community Safety Partnership in conjunction with Ankerside Shopping Centre and O2, takes place between 10am and 2pm and people are invited to visit the stand at any time during that period.

Although Tamworth Borough Council’s Play and Education Officers visit schools throughout the year to talk about online safety, sessions are often concentrated around the annual Safer Internet Day, which this year took place on February 6.

The online safety presentations are aimed at pupils in Years 5 and 6 to share important safety advice and raise awareness of potential dangers at a time when they might be starting to use the internet more independently. Sessions explore how children are using the internet, how they can keep themselves safe online and whether they would know who to speak to if they were faced with online bullying.

Are you children safe online?

Are you children safe online?

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: “The internet is a valuable resource for young people growing up in this technological age. However, it can also pose risks and dangers which children and their parents need to be aware of.

“These risks can be mitigated as long as users know what to be aware of and the measures they can take to protect themselves online. Parents play an important role in ensuring their children know the dangers, such as not sharing personal information, creating strong passwords and being aware that people can lie about their identities online.

“While we are talking to children about this all year round, Safer Internet Day does raise the profile of the issue and we take advantage of this to spread the safety message as widely as possible. The event at Ankerside Shopping Centre on February 20 will provide people with the opportunity to get all the latest safety information and advice, as well as practical support from O2 in setting up devices for children to use more safely. I would encourage people to visit and find out more.”

Jeff Wigley, Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, said he is looking forward to raising awareness of how adults as well as children can use the internet more safely.

“Here at Ankerside, our O2 store is extremely active in helping the public understand technology and the various devices that are available,” he said.

“More importantly, O2 will be advising shoppers on how to set up devices for children, as well as assemble parental controls on their own phones, tablets and desktops that little ones use for games.

“This has been a fantastic opportunity to partner with Tamworth Community Safety Partnership and O2 to bring knowledge of the risks of browsing the internet, as well as how to avoid the chances of danger whilst online and we’re sure the event will be a huge success with the people of Tamworth.”

Safer Internet Day is co-ordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre and this year has the theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you’.

Information and safety advice is available from a number of resources including:

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.safertamworth.org

www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc

 

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