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ITS OFFICIAL, BRIGHTON IS THE HAPPIEST CITY IN THE UK

ITS OFFICIAL, BRIGHTON IS THE HAPPIEST CITY IN THE UK

  • Study reveals Oxford is the most satisfied city
  • Edinburgh ranks bottom for happiest and satisfied, favouring the words anxious and depressed
  • 33 is the a happiest age
  • Survey reveals forty winks, close friends and enough time with our favourite food and entertainment seem to keep a smile on us all

 

Its official, Brighton is the happiest city in the UK. In a nationwide survey into the satisfaction of the nation, Brighton and Hove came out as the Happiness Capital, with over a third of the city’s populace choosing the word ‘Happy’ to describe their lives.

At the other end of the scale, just 16 per cent of Edinburgh residents described their lives as ‘Happy’, favouring the words ‘Anxious’ and ‘Depressed’.

As for the city which has the highest level of general life satisfaction, it was Oxford, which came top with a score of 6.72 out of 10, while Edinburgh came bottom once again with an average of 5.89 out of 10. When asked to rate their life satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10 the average Brit gave themselves a middling 6.37 out of 10.

 

Marketing Director Kerry Collinge, for 9NINE Super Seed brand, who commissioned the study, said: “Brighton residents have found themselves topping our happiest city chart. Maybe it’s the sea air and sunny weather that keeps them smiling!”

Just 1 in 10 Brits rated their life satisfaction at 9 or above (indicating excellent life satisfaction).

The study, which quizzed 3,000 Brits, also looked into the ways we boost our mood and found 3 in 5 look to bed for comfort in hard times, while over half lean on family for support.

43 per cent of those surveyed play their favourite music when they need to raise their spirits, and reading a book proved more popular for boosting our serotonin levels than sex.

Typical British weather is most likely to get us feeling down in the dumps, with 40 per cent claiming that inclement weather has a negative effect on their emotions.

Nearly half of the women polled in the study thought time to relax was important for their well-being, while 35 per cent of men preferred sex as a way to unwind.

When it comes to having a bad day, women are twice as likely as men to be brought down by living in a messy home, with 37 per cent claiming that untidiness has a negative effect on their mood compared to 18 per cent of men.

 

Most Brits believe that they will be at their happiest at the age of 33, and just over a third believe that their best years are now behind them.

 

An optimistic fifth think that they are currently having the time of their lives.

When asked to describe how often they feel in a positive mood, 58 per cent said that they are usually happy people, and only 6 per cent said they rarely or never feel happiness. A quarter of Brits describe themselves as anxious, and only 1 in 7 consider themselves a generally confident person.

 

Women are more likely to describe themselves as anxious, sensitive and loving, while men prefer to describe themselves as confident, happy and proud. Worryingly, 44 per cent of those polled believe that they have experienced a panic attack at one time or another in their lives, and 3 in 5 have suffered from anxiety.

 

In order to make their lives better, 1 in 6 would like to improve their physical fitness and 16 per cent would like to have more certain financial security.

 

Marketing Director, Kerry Collinge from 9NINE, who commissioned the study, continued: “Happiness is at the heart of our brand, our study has helped to show that when it comes to the secret of happiness the simple things in life are usually best. Forty winks, close friends and enough time with our favourite food and entertainment seem to keep a smile on the faces of most.”

 

 

THE HAPPIEST CITIES IN THE UK:

  1. Brighton and Hove
  2. Leicester
  3. Portsmouth
  4. Newcastle
  5. Oxford
  6. Chelmsford
  7. Norwich
  8. Bristol
  9. London
  10. Cambridge
  11. Manchester
  12. Belfast
  13. Coventry
  14. Cardiff
  15. Birmingham
  16. York
  17. Plymouth
  18. Sheffield
  19. Leeds
  20. Glasgow
  21. Southampton
  22. Liverpool
  23. Edinburgh

 

BEST UK CITIES FOR LIFE SATISFACTION:

  1. Oxford
  2. Bristol
  3. Brighton and Hove
  4. Chelmsford
  5. Leeds
  6. Leicester
  7. Newcastle
  8. Southampton
  9. Manchester
  10. Portsmouth
  11. London
  12. Norwich
  13. Glasgow
  14. Cardiff
  15. Belfast
  16. Liverpool
  17. Coventry
  18. York
  19. Sheffield
  20. Plymouth
  21. Cambridge
  22. Birmingham
  23. Edinburgh

TOP TEN WAYS TO LIFT SPIRITS

  1. A good night’s rest                           59.57%
  2. Spending time with family              53.40%
  3. Spending time with friends            46.97%
  4. Having downtime to relax               44.40%
  5. Listening to music                           43.27%
  6. Regular exercise                              39.87%
  7. Watch TV/A film                               35.80%
  8. Reading a book                                34.80%
  9. Doing your hobby                            32.33%
  10. Eating your favourite meal                         29.53%

 

TOP TEN THINGS TO PUT YOU IN A BAD MOOD

  1. Poor weather                                                40.10%
  2. Having no time to yourself             35.53%
  3. Sitting in traffic                                 32.27%
  4. A heavy workload                            29.90%
  5. Coming home to a messy home   27.70%
  6. Checking the news                         19.93%
  7. Checking your bank statement     19.07%
  8. Using public transport                     13.33%
  9. A bad hair day                                  12.70%
  10. A bad outfit day                                8.47%

 

 

We all experience cloud 9NINE feelings and being healthy has a lot do with it! All 9NINE products have natural benefits derived from the Super Seeds in each bar, and opting for the healthier choice no longer means sacrificing on taste. Choosing the right foods that make you feel good and enable you to stretch your adventure boundaries are part of what 9NINE stands for.

 

9NINE has spent a lot of time looking at the benefits of seeds, what they offer and how they can improve moods; for example, research shows that magnesium improves mindfulness which could in turn lead to an elevated mood. Key ingredients in 9NINE products include:

 

Magnesium – restores mindfulness with good energy

Fibre – boosts your body with good digestion

Copper – activates your immune system

Phosphorous – looks after your mental energy

Vitamin E – gets your skin glowing

Thiamin – gets the best energy out of your food

Potassium – gives your heart the love it deserves

Manganese – maintains strength through healthy bones

Calcium – keeps the balance with happy hormones

Zinc – gives a natural immune boost

Protein – an essential building block for a balanced life

Iron – keeps oxygen moving around the body

 

– ENDS –

 

 

Join in the conversation:

@9NINEBrand

 

https://www.facebook.com/9NINEBrand/

 

 

 

www. http://9ninebrand.com

 

 

Notes to editors:

 

For more further information and media interviews please

contact: Siobhan Connor at Connor PR on 07966 177025 or email:

siobhan@connorpr.com

 

 

About 9NINE

9NINE products are handmade in a craft bakery in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen in North Wales. Their unique blend of Super Seeds are a favourite for people leading healthy lifestyles and they have just unveiled some brand-new packaging, and several exciting new products including:

 

Super Seed Fusions which have been created for sprinkling and sharing and come in three fabulous street food flavours – Spanish Patatas Bravas, Argentinian Chimichurri and Indian Mango Kuchela.

 

Seed Bombes which come in packs of three pop-in-your-mouth-on-the-go convenient little bundles of Super Seeds mixed with double cocoa. They aim to drive value into the indulgent treats and confectionery category, and flavours include Coconut, Raspberry and Vanilla.

 

Since launching over 10 years ago, 9NINE Super Seed bars have rapidly grown to become the most widely distributed mixed seed bar in the UK. The 16-variety strong range is currently stocked at major retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons, W.H Smith, E.H Booths, McColls and Holland & Barrett, as well as independent retailers nationwide. 9Brand Foods will be rolling out to a number of high street convenience retail chains throughout spring/summer 2017. 9Brand Foods is a subsidiary of Wholebake Ltd. Visit: http://9bar.com

 

 

Connor PR working with 9NINE Super seed bar, Connor PR expert in news generation, Connor PR expert in survey news generation, Connor PR expert in FMCG PR

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

        CARNABY INTERNATIONAL     

PRESENTS

INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

A Brian Ashby film, directed by John Stephenson OBE

Starring James Purefoy, Aneurin Barnard, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark, Adrian Edmundson & Dervla Kirwan

The making of a masterpiece: A tale of love, lust and murder

 

Directed by John Stephenson OBE with final screenplay by       Brian Ashby, Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson O.B.E.

 

INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

From the makers of “Sense and Sensibility” and “Gosford Park”

This summer, prepare for a solar-plexus knockout as Carnaby International presents astonishing Mozart drama and British feature, Interlude in Prague, arriving in cinemas nationwide from 25th May 2017 and on DVD and Digital HD from 29th May 2017.

From the makers of Sense and Sensibility and Gosford Park, the powerful and eagerly anticipated feature is an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder. Based on true life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the undisputed operatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The dates and locations are real but the plot is fictitious.

 

Shot and set against the beauty and splendour of the Bohemian capital, exactly where the story takes place and where Mozart himself walked the streets over 226 years ago, Interlude in Prague stars James Purefoy (Solomon Kane, John Carter, Ironclad), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk, War & Peace, The White Queen), Les Miserables’ Samantha Barks and Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship, Les Liaisons Dangereuse, The Falling) alongside Ade Edmondson (Ade in Britain, Guest House Paradiso, Bottom) and Dervla Kirwan (Ondine, Entity).

The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s colourful life during one of his several visits to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart, played by Aneurin Barnard, is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka (James Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is most appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However Mozart’s unconventional presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. Zuzanna Lubtak, a young and beautiful soprano played by Morfydd Clark, is to be betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter. Saloka, a narcissist and sexual-predator, develops an overwhelming fury that results in brutality and murder. In a tangled web of passion and violence, the drama is captured by the magnificent and enchanting music of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

 

Directed by John Stephenson OBE (Animal Farm, Five Children and It, The Christmas Candle) with final screenplay by Brian Ashby, Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson OBE, Interlude In Prague is produced by Productive International’s Huw Penallt Jones (Damascus Cover, The Man Who Knew Infinity, The Edge of Love, Cold Mountain, Chaos) along with Hannah Leader (Damascus Cover, Lucky Number Slevin, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) and Brian Ashby with cinematography by Michael Brewster (The Christmas Candle, Five Children and It, Animal Farm) and production design by Oscar winning Luciana Arrighi (Only You, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Jakob The Liar). Hybrid’s Charlotte and Mike Truman, on board as composers and music producers, have collaborated with Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Prague Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Miriam Němcová, whose work includes internationally revered recording of Mozart’s Requiem, to produce a captivating original music score inspired by Mozart’s work.

 

Interlude in Prague was adapted from screenwriter, Brian Ashby’s, original factional script about Mozart’s visit to Prague to conduct the Marriage of Figaro at the Nostitz Theatre. Working together with Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson OBE, Ashby then adapted this into a screenplay for a full feature film. Ashby is currently penning a novel for Interlude in Prague, based on the screenplay.

Director, John Stephenson OBE, said: “When I first read the script for Interlude in Prague, I was immediately captivated. At its core it is a love story and a tragedy of epic proportions and the characters, the passions, the heartbreak and catastrophic outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary story. We shot this entirely in Prague, a city unaffected by time, across spectacular locations steeped in history and cultural significance. We used a fast moving camera and cutting edge post-production techniques to capture the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller. The result, I believe, is a glorious heart-in-mouth thriller which we hope will strike a chord with audiences around the world.”

Creator, Brian Ashby added: “Having written three books I decided the next one should be a screenplay about Mozart’s intriguing life and glorious composition.  I began writing it way back in 1999 but because of my naivety about the film industry I made little progress in promoting it until I contacted a fellow Member of Mensa, Helen Claire Cromarty, who introduced me to a Director, John Stephenson.  That was some three and a half years ago and, from that meeting, the film has flourished with a red carpet world premiere set to take place in London’s Leicester Square. I knew it was going to be a steep learning curve.  I did not realise it was going to be vertical!  I hope the public thinks it is worthwhile.”

Interlude in Prague will be released in the UK by London-based Carnaby International, who is also handling worldwide rights for the film. A share of the film’s profits will be donated to two charities including Marie Curie1 and Foundation Derbyshire2.

 

ENDS-­

Join in the conversation on Twitter: @interludeprague or on Facebook: facebook.com/interludeinprague

 

About Carnaby International                                                                                                                                                                         Carnaby International Sales and Distribution PLC is an all rights UK distributor and International Sales agent, whilst also offering co-production and financing. Carnaby International PLC was established in 2001 and is dubbed an ‘Indie Giant’.  The company was originally set up with the specific purpose of financing and producing British feature films with 14 feature films and over 800 hours of TV programming – which has sold extensively worldwide – to its credit.  The company’s Finance and Production Division is based in Essex and headed by Terry and Michael Loveday, whilst Co-production, Sales and Distribution is based in London’s Soho and run by Sean O’Kelly and Andrew Loveday.  The company has raised over $80M in the last 7 years and is continuously looking for commercial projects with strong talent.

Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness                                                                                                                                 Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS. For more information visit www.mariecurie.org.uk
About Foundation Derbyshire                                                                                                                                                       Foundation Derbyshire is improving the quality of life for people in Derbyshire by investing and distributing funds, on behalf of a wide range of donors, to local voluntary organisations, charities and projects.

 

TAGLINE

The making of a masterpiece: A tale of love, lust and murder

 

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Interlude in Prague is a story of love, lust, and murder based on true events that inspired Mozart’s operatic masterpiece Don Giovani.

 

LONG SYNOPSIS

From the makers of Sense and Sensibility and Gosford Park, the powerful and eagerly anticipated feature is an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder. Based on true life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the undisputed operatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The dates and locations are real but the plot is fictitious.

The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s colourful life during one of his several visits to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart, played by Aneurin Barnard, is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka (James Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is most appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However Mozart’s unconventional presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. Zuzanna Lubtak, a young and beautiful soprano played by Morfydd Clark, is to be betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter. Saloka, a narcissist and sexual-predator, develops an overwhelming fury that results in brutality and murder. In a tangled web of passion and violence, the drama is captured by the magnificent and enchanting music of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

CAST AND CREW

Baron Saloka

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Josefa Duchek

Zuzanna Lubtak

Herr Lubtak

Frau Lubtak

Constanza

Barbarina

Ferdinand

Fraulein Ribber

Marek Novak

Hana

Henry Novy

Johann Bohac

Jakub

Laporel Bloch

Hans

Maria

Wanda

Herr Burgen

 

 

Directed By

 

Screenplay By

 

 

Producers

 

 

Co-Producers

 

 

Line Producer

 

Associate Producer

 

Executive Producers

 

 

 

 

 

Director of Photography

 

Production Designer

 

Editors

 

Casting

 

Costume Designer

 

Hair and Make Up

 

Music composers

JAMES PUREFOY

ANEURIN BARNARD

SAMANTHA BARKS

MORFYDD CLARK

ADRIAN EDMONSON

DERVLA KIRWAN

CHARLOTTE PETERS

RUBY BENTALL

TRENT GARRETT

KLARA ISSOVA

NICKOLAS GRACE

ANNA RUST

EDMUND KINGLSEY

KRYSTOF HADEK

RAYMOND THIRY

IAN BONAR

JIRI MADL

ALENA DOLAKOVA

CLAUDIA VASEKOVA

ROSS WILLIAM WILD

 

 

JOHN STEPHENSON OBE

 

BRIAN ASHBY, HELEN CLARE CROMARTY & JOHN STEPHENSON OBE

 

HUW PENALLT JONES & HANNAH LEADER

 

DAVID MINKOWSKI

MATTHEW STILLMAN

 

SIMON MOSELEY

 

TOM HARBERD

 

HELEN CLARE CROMARTY

PHIL HUNT

SEAN O’KELLY

ANDREW LOVEDAY

COMPTON ROSS

 

MICHAEL BREWSTER

 

LUCIANA ARRIGHHI

 

EMMA E. HICKOX, A.C.E

DAVIDE FREEMAN

JOHN & ROS HUBBARD

 

PAM DOWNE

 

KATIE PICKLES

 

MIKE & CHARLOTTE TRUMAN

DIRECTOR’S VISION

It is rare to come across a film script that offers as much dramatic possibility as Interlude in Prague. It is a love story and a tragedy of epic proportions.

Set in Prague during the year 1788, it tells the story of a few turbulent months that influenced the creation of an operatic masterpiece.

Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, a frustrated and misunderstood Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is brought to Prague by Baron Saloka, a narcissistic, vain and self-obsessed aristocrat.

We will feel Mozart’s relief to have left the drawing rooms and parlours of Vienna behind and his happiness to be in a place where he feels his talent is fully appreciated.

Zuzanna Lubtak, a soprano beautiful, young and innocent, is betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter.

We will create a sumptuous world of Baroque theatre, where Saloka, who is a terrifying sexual predator, aroused by beauty, will become insanely jealous and develop an overwhelming hatred for Mozart. This results in callous brutality, rape and murder.

Mozart is a savant, ill-equipped to deal with the passion and violence which surrounds him. His whole being is affected by it and it becomes the creativity behind the astonishing music and drama of Don Giovanni.

In the finale we will see Mozart’s masterpiece mirroring the tragic events and the characters that took over his life in Prague, Saloka in particular being preserved forever as the anti-hero, Don Giovanni.

Shot entirely in Prague, a city unaffected by time, the film will combine all the beauty of eighteenth century bohemia with the glory of Mozart’s music. Yet the story centered around the sexual politics of 18C, the passions, the heartbreak and awful outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary setting.

Fast moving camera, modern post-production techniques, shot and edited with the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller it will result in a film which delivers passion, emotion and heart-in-mouth entertainment

John Stephenson OBE, Director, Interlude In Prague

 

 

 

 

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SUPER SEED BRAND 9NINE CREATES AN ADULT PLAYGROUND IN LONDON

PLAY ON

When was the last time you really played?

  • Play matters, whatever your age, so why don’t we do more of it as adults?

  • Super Seed brand 9NINE is creating The Playground – a playground for adults – in London Fields from 29–30 July 2017

  • One-hour slots allow people to play on giant swings, see-saws and other playground favourites

  • The free event will raise awareness of how play evokes happiness and well-being

 

All work and no play makes for a dull, grey, drag of a day. Super Seed brand 9Nine understands that healthy eating is just one part of a happy well-rounded day, so in addition to their 9NINE bars, Seed Fusions and Seed Bombes, they decided to throw a playground for adults into the mix!

 

The Playground will be set up in London Fields on 29 and 30 July.

 

 

The concept of Play is nothing new – it has helped to form the society we live in today and provides anticipation, pleasure, imagination, social interaction, surprise, fun, liberty and laughter, and that’s just for starters. Playing is good for our mental health as well as our physical well-being, but we seem to stop buying into it once we reach adulthood.

 

We need to step back from the screens, get up from the chairs and remember why we loved that fun, silly, creative Play so much as a child. 9NINE Marketing Director, Kerry Collinge, says “Happiness is at the heart of our brand and while we feel we have nailed the nutritional side of things, we wanted to do something that gave physical presence to a topic that we believe needs more column inches. Play is in our DNA – we’re simply bringing the right tools to the table!”

On 29–30 July, 9Nine is taking over London Fields for their adult-only Playground experience. “We’re talking giant slides, jumbo swings and super-sized see-saws” says Collinge. In addition to the Playground itself, there will be DJs, refreshments and 9NINE snacks. She continues, “In a world where our actions are usually dictated by what we have to do, we wanted to provide a place where people could come and let go and feel happy and free without any stress or rules”. We never lose the capacity to Play, we shouldn’t let age be a barrier.

 

Once described as ‘The most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today’, Professor of Psychology, Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire says, “This is a great opportunity for adults to find their inner child! Research shows that being playful makes us happier, more open-minded, gets the creative juices flowing, helps us bond together and can even help those suffering from depression. Humans are hardwired to play, and this doesn’t stop in childhood. It’s great to see 9NINE championing lifelong playfulness; every adult could benefit from an afternoon in a giant playground!”

 

 

While the event is free, it will generate donations that will be given to Play England and Hackney Play, and invested into Hackney play initiatives.

 

9NINE

We all experience cloud 9NINE feelings and being healthy has a lot do with it! All 9NINE products have natural benefits derived from the Super Seeds in each bar, and opting for the healthier choice no longer means sacrificing on taste. Choosing the right foods that make you feel good and enable you to stretch your adventure boundaries are part of what 9NINE stands for.

 

9NINE has spent a lot of time looking at the benefits of seeds, what they offer and how they can improve moods; for example, research shows that magnesium improves mindfulness which could in turn lead to an elevated mood. Key ingredients in 9NINE products include:

 

Magnesium – restores mindfulness with good energy

Fibre – boosts your body with good digestion

Copper – activates your immune system

Phosphorous – looks after your mental energy

Vitamin E – gets your skin glowing

Thiamin – gets the best energy out of your food

Potassium – gives your heart the love it deserves

Manganese – maintains strength through healthy bones

Calcium – keeps the balance with happy hormones

Zinc – gives a natural immune boost

Protein – an essential building block for a balanced life

Iron – keeps oxygen moving around the body

 

“Being outdoors, active, socialising, having fun and playing… what’s not to love about the idea of an adult playground. Working with 9NINE, I know how they always put well-being at the forefront of their product development and I just love the idea of doing something out in the community that mirrors the way they think. It’s going to be a great event – see you there!”

9NINE Brand Ambassador, Professor Greg Whyte OBE

 

 

The 9NINE Playground *Age restriction for main playground entry (18+)

London Fields (West Side, London E8 3EU – opposite the entrance to the lido)

Friday: Press and VIP Day 4pm – 7pm Please email siobhan@connorpr.com if you wish to attend this

Saturday: 11am – 10pm

Sunday: 11am – 9pm

For more information visit: www. http://9ninebrand.com

 

You’re Never Too Old for a Playground

 

 

– ENDS –

 

 

Join in the conversation:

@9NINEBrand

 

#PlayOn #9NINE #9NINEFeeling

 

https://www.facebook.com/9NINEBrand/

 

 

Notes to editors:

 

For more information, media interviews and high res images please

contact: Siobhan Connor at Connor PR on 07966 177025 or email:

siobhan@connorpr.com

 

 

About 9NINE

9NINE products are handmade in a craft bakery in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen in North Wales. Their unique blend of Super Seeds are a favourite for people leading healthy lifestyles and they have just unveiled some brand-new packaging, and several exciting new products including:

 

Super Seed Fusions which have been created for sprinkling and sharing and come in three fabulous street food flavours – Spanish Patatas Bravas, Argentinian Chimichurri and Indian Mango Kuchela.

 

Seed Bombes which come in packs of three pop-in-your-mouth-on-the-go convenient little bundles of Super Seeds mixed with double cocoa. They aim to drive value into the indulgent treats and confectionery category, and flavours include Coconut, Raspberry and Vanilla.

 

Since launching over 10 years ago, 9NINE Super Seed bars have rapidly grown to become the most widely distributed mixed seed bar in the UK. The 16-variety strong range is currently stocked at major retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons, W.H Smith, E.H Booths, McColls and Holland & Barrett, as well as independent retailers nationwide. 9Brand Foods will be rolling out to a number of high street convenience retail chains throughout spring/summer 2017. 9Brand Foods is a subsidiary of Wholebake Ltd. Visit: http://9bar.com

 

 

Play England

Play England’s vision is for England to be a country where everybody can fully enjoy their right to play throughout their childhood and teenage years, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 31 and the Charter for Children’s Play.

To achieve this vision, we aim to ensure that:

 

All children and young people have the freedom — time, space, permission and opportunity — to play throughout their childhood and teenage years. All residential neighbourhoods are child-friendly places where children and young people can regularly play outside; and everyone is aware of the importance of play — outdoors and indoors — as part of children and young people’s daily lives.

 

Hackney Play Association

Hackney Play Association is a local charity that aims to improve children and young people’s health, well-being and quality of life, through play.

Our vision is for Hackney to be a child-friendly borough, in which all children and young people have access to a range of high quality, inclusive play opportunities in their locality.

We believe that play is vital for children and young people’s health and wellbeing, particularly for children facing barriers due to poverty, disability, gender and race.

 

Connor PR working with Super Seed Brand 9NINE, Connor PR and adult playground in London, play

 

 

Super Seed brand 9NINE commissions three portraits made from the ingredients in their healthy snacks

The UK’s Top Seeds go Head to Head

Super Seed brand 9NINE commissions three portraits made from the ingredients in their healthy snacks

  • As the UK votes for its new government on 8 June, 9NINE gives us their take on Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron
  • Edible portraits made up of over 1 MILLION Super Seeds
  • Three seeds with big ideas – who’ll get your vote?

 

 

 

Ahead of this week’s general election on 8 June, renowned food artist, Prudence Staite, has been commissioned by Super Seed brand 9NINE to create three portraits – of the Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem leaders – made purely out of the ingredients found in their healthy snacks. The portraits took 100 hours to complete and are made up of over 1,000,000 Super Seeds ranging from sunflower for Jeremy Corbyn’s beard, hemp for Theresa May’s hair, and linseed and Seed Bombes for Tim Farron’s smile, as well as chia, pumpkin and sesame, and a few cashews, pecans and peanuts thrown in to shake things up a bit. The portraits are sure to bring a new perspective to the familiar faces. ”

 

Prudence Staite says “It has been super fun to create the most spoken-about people at this time from Super Seeds. The range of colours and textures have been an interesting and versatile palette to work with, and I think I have been able to capture their personalities in an edible political gallery. It’s been really fun to make an edible political statement with ‘seeding’ the leading players in the run for leadership”.

The portraits are made up of 2.2kg sunflower seeds, 2.3kg chia seeds, 3.5kg hemp seeds, 2.6kg linseeds, 3kg sesame seeds, 2.6kg pumpkin seeds, 3 kg pecans, 2.5kg peanuts, 5kg cashews nuts.

 

Over 150 Seed Bombes –  little bundles of Super Seeds mixed with double cocoa, launching exclusively in WHSmith in July – were used to create Theresa’s jacket, also Tim’s mouth detail was created with a dozen of them, and Jeremy’s background used 83.

 

Theresa’s hair has been styled with hemp seeds, with pumpkin and sunflower highlights and chia seed lowlights, her necklace was made with sunflower seeds and carob, and her lips were created with linseed.

Jeremy’s iconic furry beard has been created with sunflower seeds that perfectly match the colour; his jacket is styled from peanuts and cashews, and his shirt collar is made from hemp.

Tim’s infectious smile has been captured with linseed, carob and Seed Bombes, and his hair features pecans and linseed.

 

It’s not just 9NINE that have realised what a punch these players pack, Super Seeds are very much on trend as their slow-release energy helps with concentration and staying focused, unlike the peak and crash of their high-sugar counterparts.

 

Super Seeds are very much topping the pops and here are a few reasons why our leaders should embrace their unique qualities:

 

The All-Rounder

Chia means ‘strength’ and as far as fuel goes, it doesn’t get much better than this. Chia seeds are full of nutrients and come with very few calories. Chia is a real all-rounder; it is appealing to the masses and for good reason, it’s hard to beat!

 

Labour of Love

Flaxseed is full of good things and is often referred to as wonder food. You have to grind flaxseed before using it so it’s a real labour of love, but if you’re committed, it will pay off as you can add it to anything from morning porridge to homemade bread.

 

Seriously Versatile

Pumpkin seeds offer vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential acids with every handful – they are seriously versatile, there is no holding them back! They can be eaten raw or cooked, added to sweet or savoury, or simply roasted for a super on-the-go snack.

 

Top of Their Game

Sunflower seeds are crunchy and nutty and considered by many as top of their game – they are even said to bring a glow to tired skin! Filled with goodness that’s drawn straight from the sun, they become the star of the show in recipes such as sunflower seed pesto and homemade bread.

 

Marketing Director at 9NINE, Kerry Collinge, added:

 

“Working with Prudence we’ve been able to really have some fun with the ingredients we use in our products. Eating healthily is about so much more than simply what we digest, it provokes healthy attitudes and a happy mindset and we wanted to reflect that by having some fun with the product.”

 

Eating healthily is at the root of many political campaigns – from children’s school lunches and health concerns throughout the NHS, to pensioners and mental health. The seeds have been planted… which ones will reach the necessary heights!

 

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About 9NINE

9NINE products are handmade in a craft bakery in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen in North Wales. Their unique blend of Super Seeds are a favourite for people leading healthy lifestyles and they have just unveiled some brand-new packaging, and several exciting new products including:

 

Super Seed Fusions which have been created for sprinkling and sharing and come in three fabulous street food flavours – Spanish Patatas Bravas, Argentinian Chimichurri and Indian Mango Kuchela.

 

Seed Bombes which come in packs of three pop-in-your-mouth-on-the-go convenient little bundles of Super Seeds mixed with double cocoa. They aim to drive value into the indulgent treats and confectionery category, and flavours include Coconut, Raspberry and Vanilla.

 

About 9Brand Foods

Since launching over 10 years ago, 9NINE Super Seed bars have rapidly grown to become the most widely distributed mixed seed bar in the UK. The 16-variety strong range is currently stocked at major retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons, W.H Smith, E.H Booths, McColls and Holland & Barrett, as well as independent retailers nationwide. 9Brand Foods will be rolling out to a number of high street convenience retail chains throughout spring/summer 2017. 9Brand Foods is a subsidiary of Wholebake Ltd. Visit: http://9bar.com

 

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Whicker’s World Foundation launches new grant for New York-based Chicken & Egg Pictures

Whicker’s World Foundation launches new grant for New York-based Chicken & Egg Pictures

  • Whicker’s World Foundation is expanding its reach to help ensure that more women enter the profession.
  • Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyses social change.
  • Submissions for existing Whicker’s World Foundation Awards 2017 are being accepted.

Whicker’s World Foundation launches a new bursary for New York-based Chicken & Egg Pictures, to help fulfil their mission to increase the number of women documentary makers introduced into the industry pipeline.
Whicker’s World Foundation—set up to fund a new generation of documentary makers—is expanding its reach to help ensure that more women enter the profession. The Foundation, which awards one of the biggest cash prizes in documentary production (£80,000 to an individual) has created an additional annual £10,000 grant for Chicken & Egg Pictures’ Accelerator Lab program.

 

Accelerator Lab, open to applicants from around the world, provides first- and second-time women filmmakers with a $35,000 grant, a year-long creative support program with participation in three one-week labs (all expenses covered), mentorship catered to each individual and her project, and opportunities for networking with industry professionals and the filmmaker community. As Jenni Wolfson, Executive Director of Chicken & Egg Pictures, said about the program, “We don’t simply support films, we foster careers. This holistic approach is the key to successfully supporting women filmmakers.”

 


The New York-based organisation’s strategy uniquely aligns with Whicker’s World’s continued efforts to broaden the world of documentary. Announcing the new annual award, Alan Whicker’s lifelong partner and founder of the Foundation Valerie Kleeman said: “Alan wanted his legacy to help documentary makers the world over.  He was ahead of time in his enthusiasm and support for the female perspective in his own filmmaking.  At the Whicker’s World Foundation, we want to be sure that there is equal opportunity for men and women in documentary and I have been impressed by the fact that Chicken & Egg Pictures give to women when they most need it. I feel sure that funding at an early stage will make a huge difference to women in this industry.”

The Foundation is kicking off its support with a grant towards Assia Boundaoui’s participation in the Accelerator Lab program for The Feeling of Being Watched, an exploration of the FBI’s pre-9/11 counterterrorism activities in the filmmaker’s Arab-American neighbourhood outside of Chicago.

“We are so excited about this highly topical project and hope our support will help ‘accelerate’ Assia’s film towards receiving more funding and making the most powerful film she can. Last year, only one in five of our finalists for our main funding award was a woman. We hope the Whicker’s World grant to the Accelerator Lab will widen the base of would-be applicants,” said Jane Ray, Artistic Director of Whicker’s World Foundation.

Not the first time the two organisations crossed paths in the world of documentary, the Foundation previously made an ad-hoc payment of £5,000 to another Chicken & Egg Pictures grantee, Hana Mire, who is developing Rajada Dalka (Nation’s Hope), the working title of a film about Somalia’s women’s national basketball team.
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Whicker’s World Foundation was set up in 2015 and gives one of documentary’s biggest cash prizes (£80,000) to an authored documentary-maker every year and £15,000 to the runner up. Entries for the main WWF Funding award close on February 14th 2017.

 

Applications for the Radio & Audio Funding Award close 28th February 2017

Applications for the 2017 Audio Recognition Award close 14th February 2017

Applications for the 2017 Sage Awards close 14th February 2017

 

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Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

 

For more information, visit chickeneggpics.org or contact Cindy Choung, External Relations Manager, Chicken & Egg Pictures, at cindy@chickeneggpics.org

 

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SHIRLEY OAKS SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION REUNITE AT THE CARE HOME SITE FOR CANDLELIT VIGIL

SHIRLEY OAKS SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION REUNITE AT THE CARE HOME SITE FOR CANDLELIT VIGIL

MUSIC VIDEO TO LAUNCH AS FINAL CAMPAIGN LEGACY

INVESTIGATION PREPARES TO PUBLISH FINDINGS

 

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LONDON, 27TH NOVEMBER 2016: 180 members of the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA) reunited this weekend at the site of the former children’s care home situated in Croydon and run by  Lambeth Council, South London, currently at the centre of the troubled inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse. The former residents, part of the 700-strong survivor group – the largest represented within the inquiry –  met to record a candlelit vigil at the site for a music video created as part of a legacy for the campaign, which has identified over 60 paedophiles and this year has seen a number of convictions for those who worked in Lambeth homes  or looked after children in Lambeth in past decades. The music video, entitled ‘Looking For A Place Called Home, will be released in early December at a press conference where the findings of the two year-long investigation will also be unveiled.

 

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Despite the traumatic memories, the reunion at the site marked the start of a healing process for the victims. The candlelit vigil symbolised facing demons, unearthing the lies and resurrecting the truth. Written by Tanika and conceptulised by SOSA spokesperson, Raymond Stevenson, a music mogul who discovered and nurtured Jessie J, which features   X Factor finalist (2015), Max Stone and a Gospel Choir put together from MOBO winner  ISAIAH  RAYMOND  FROM RAYMOND & CO ‘Looking For A Place Called Home’ will be available from iTunes from in DECEMBER  and go live on YouTube.  All funds will go towards SOSA.

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Raymond Stevenson, SOSA spokesperson, said: “SOSA made contact with the Shirley Oaks Village Residents Association and we explained to them that, despite the physical and sexual abuse, Shirley Oaks was a special place that kindled a spirit and has enabled Shirley Oaks ex-residents to unite once again in order to right the evils that were committed by these people. The memories of friendships formed and now reunited have also been an important part of the healing process. Having spoken with a few of the residents it’s clear that they are the right guardians to create new memories whilst respecting the old ones. Despite the negative publicity they have allowed us to hold a candlelit vigil at Shirley Oaks Village for SOSA members who are ready to face the demons, unearth the lies and resurrect the truth.”

Of all the scandals covered up by the child abuse inquiry, currently chaired by Professor Alexis Jay, the story of Shirley Oaks care home is among the most shocking and disturbing of all. Alongside the crisis-hit public inquiry, currently on its fourth chairwoman in just two years with a number of senior lawyers resigning in recent weeks at a cost of over £100 million, SOSA has compiled its own independent report, taking testimony about abuse from 400 of its members.

 

The report features witness testimony, extracts from  official documents that have been leaked to them, as well as former staff and “house parents” who now support them and will prove that Shirley Oaks was infiltrated by paedophiles from the mid-1950s until its closure in 1983. They have identified 60 suspected paedophiles and the investigation has led to a number of arrests outside of official police investigations.

 

On Friday 18th November, SOSA officially withdrew from the public inquiry branding it an ‘unpalatable circus’ and stating that it has lost confidence in the leadership.

The inquiry, set up by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary, has repeatedly stressed that the confidence of victims and survivors in the inquiry is paramount. Yet Professor Jay has not contacted or met with the SOSA since her appointment in August. The inquiry has been beset by difficulties since it was set up in July 2014 to investigate allegations made against local authorities, religious organisations, the armed forces and public and private institutions in England and Wales, as well as people in the public eye.

 

Three chairwomen – former president of the High Court Family Division Baroness Butler-Sloss, her replacement, leading lawyer Dame Fiona Woolf, and Justice Goddard, a New Zealand High Court judge – have already stood down before Prof Jay took her place.

Following the resignation of four barristers over recent weeks who resigned over the handling of the inquiry, QC Michael Mansfield says there has been a “dismal failure” to work with survivors groups when picking candidates to lead the inquiry. In an interview with BBC’s Newsnight he said the inquiry has “crumbled” adding:  “What has gone seriously wrong here is a dismal failure to consult with the survivors’ groups from the beginning, about appointments and about the substantive materials that have to be assembled.”

 

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Shirley Oaks Childrens Home

Shirley Oaks children’s home was based in Croydon, Surrey on a 70 acre site with 52 houses which catered between 8-14 children. Complete with its own school, swimming pool, works depot and a doctor’s surgery it was the only world most of the children would know. It opened in 1904 to glowing reports with the Southwark Annual stating how Shirley Oaks was a model village created for children whose parents had died or were unable to look after them. The mission statement was to train the children in a career away from the physical disadvantage of the crowded districts and also from the morally injurious influences which are powerfully demonstrated in the streets of the great metropolis. Tens of thousands of children passed through the gates of Shirley Oaks. For most vulnerable children aged between 2 -10 years, it was easy to believe they had been sent to an outpost of heaven. Lush green fields surrounded the village style setting with houses branching off the enclosed ring road which would end up being a road paved to hell. Sadly for most of the children they would have been better off to fend for themselves on the streets than being left in the hands of the state controlled children’s homes.

 

Raymond Stevenson and Shirley Oaks Survivors Association

Raymond Stevenson attended Shirley Oaks from 1967 – 1978. At 13 years old he was kicked out of Shirley Oaks and was sent to a boarding school in Surrey returning to Shirley Oaks at weekends and school holiday until the age of 15 where he was then sent to another children’s home where child abuse took place . Away from the cold, harsh environment he flourished and pursued the one good thing he remembered from the home which was the acting and dancing classes. From here, he attended the Laban Dance Centre and then won a scholarship at The Rambert School of Ballet. At 26 he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. After this he started a production company with his business partner Lucia Hinton and staged concerts and ran their own nightclub. Around the same time he developed artists such as Jessie J and produced various government funded campaigns centered around the issues of gun and knife crime. What no one knew during this period is Raymond suffered bouts of depression and he would say his recovery is only now just started. Having spent a lifetime trying to forget the physical and psychological abuse he suffered growing up in the home, Raymond was forced to relive the nightmare when he received a phone call from a person who was in the same children’s home as him. This was the first time Raymond learned about the true horror that happened to other children and that he didn’t suffer alone.  The caller exposed what had taken place in Shirley Oaks to their siblings. Joining forces with Alex Wheatle, who also attended the home, themselves and other victims formed the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association. The first demand from the SOSA was that Lambeth council allow all their members and any other children who were in homes in south London to access their files. Reading his own file, Raymond released that along with the beatings and being drugged, the psychological trauma had impacted his life to the detriment. But as he conducted more interviews, he soon realised that his strife was nothing compared to many of his friends who suffered in silence and said nothing even when they played outside together. There were good house parents but they were few and far between and Raymond discovered after speaking to his favourite house parents that those who questioned Lambeth’s failings were quickly moved on.

“Goddard Inquiry: Children abused ‘on industrial scale'” Shirley Oaks

“Physical and sexual abuse on an industrial scale… remained unchecked for decades” at children’s homes in south London, a report by victims says.The report detailing allegations by 600 people will go before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. At a preliminary hearing earlier, the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association was given “core participant status”.Its leader Raymond Stevenson said child abuse in the Lambeth Council-run homes had been a “reversal to the dark ages”. The abuse had resulted in the “shedding of thousands of tears”, he said, and called it a “shame on the establishment” and “institutionalised evil”. The Shirley Oaks survivors accused the police of failing to deal with the allegations adequately, resulting in a cover up. ‘Complex investigation’It is alleged two convicted children’s homes abusers were volunteer police officers. The group said it might request several barristers and solicitors to reflect the number of complainants it was representing, the High Court heard. It plans to make a formal presentation to the inquiry chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard, along with providing video evidence from members.The counsel to the inquiry, Ben Emmerson QC, told the hearing the investigation would be “extremely complex… spanning many years and many institutions in Lambeth”.It is one of 13 initial inquiries announced, including investigations into abuse within the Church, allegations against the late peer Lord Janner, abuse at children’s homes in Rochdale and claims of a Westminster paedophile ring.

Mr Emmerson said in the case of Lambeth, there had been claims that a former Labour minister, Lord Paul Boateng, had been named as an associate of one abuser, John Carroll, who was convicted in 1966 and 1999 of multiple charges. The BBC’s Newsnight programme recently presented information suggesting that Lord Boateng visited the Angell Road children’s home, run by Mr Carroll, signing a visitors’ book.  It also claimed someone identifying himself as Lord Boateng asked if he could help to resolve a row which followed Carroll’s application to foster children. Mr Emmerson said no evidence received by the inquiry so far suggested any impropriety on Lord Boateng’s behalf. The peer denies knowing Mr Carroll. A key aspect of the inquiry will be whether an organised paedophile ring infiltrated both the children’s homes at Shirley Oaks, and Lambeth Council’s social services. Mr Emmerson said there was evidence a second paedophile lived at Mr Carroll’s Angell Road home, when he was running it, and that a third paedophile, Leslie Paul, was employed in children’s services at the same time. Paul was convicted in December of what a jury heard was “vile group sexual abuse”. The Lambeth inquiry will examine the actions of police, prosecutors and the Department of Health, and assess a number of past inquiries into the allegations. The inquiry is considering to what extent hearings should be televised.

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The Guardian: 24th March 2016

“Children in Lambeth council’s care ‘abused on industrial scale””

Abuse survivor Raymond Stevenson tells Goddard inquiry preliminary hearing that more than 600 victims have come forward. The physical and sexual abuse of children in the care of Lambeth council took place on an industrial scale for decades, a survivors group told an independent inquiry into abuse.Raymond Stevenson, who heads the Shirley Oaks survivors group made up of victims of child sexual abuse in the care of the council in south London, said that what had taken place – and the alleged cover-ups afterwards – cast a shadow over the country.Stevenson, who was in the Shirley Oaks home as a child, said since setting up his group more than 600 survivors had come forward. He spoke of the scale and nature of the abuse suffered at the home, which was run by Lambeth council, and at other children’s homes in the borough, including Angell Road, Ivy House and Southvale, at a preliminary hearing in the Goddard inquiry into child sexual abuse.The inquiry counsel Ben Emmerson QC, said it would be examining whether the abuse within the Lambeth homes was carried out by an organised network of paedophiles. Emmerson said the investigation would attempt to piece together all the reports, evidence and allegations over more than four decades.He said allegations that the former government minister Paul Boateng had connections to the paedophile Michael Carroll, who ran the Angell Road home, would be examined. But the inquiry had so far seen nothing to corroborate any allegations of impropriety by Boateng, he said.

Stevenson told the hearing his organisation had amassed 400 pages of evidence from victims at Shirley Oaks and other homes that they were submitting to the inquiry.He said: “For those doubters who have questioned our accounts, the only way to reach the truth is to willingly suspend your disbelief. It required an extraordinary evil and in Lambeth’s case, an institutionalised evil.”He said the many inquiries into Lambeth which had taken place over decades would be seen as white washes. “The consequences mean many vulnerable children continued to suffer at the hands of paedophiles who had infiltrated Lambeth council, because they knew they could peddle their evil. ”The public investigation into Lambeth is one of 13 being undertaken by the Goddard inquiry into how institutions failed to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales over decades.

Emmerson said the scale of the investigation into Lambeth was complex and broad. It would examine whether there was an organised network of paedophiles operating in the borough. He said it would also examine how Lambeth came to employ at least three paedophiles at the same time. “The fact that Lambeth permitted a man [Carroll] convicted of the indecent assault of a child to run a children’s home is but one aspect of this investigation,” he said. “We will consider what evidence there is that there was organised sexual abuse in Lambeth children’s homes.” Allegations made on BBC’s Newsnight that Boateng was associated with Carroll, that he signed the visitors’ book at Angell Road and went on a caravan holiday with an organisation of which Carroll was a member, will also be examined by the inquiry, along with claims that DI Clive Driscoll was taken off a Metropolitan police inquiry into child abuse in Lambeth because he wanted to interview Boateng. Justice Lowell Goddard, who is heading the inquiry, said she wants to get to the bottom of what happened in Lambeth as one of her priorities.

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BBC News: 10th March 2016

“Man charged with historical sex abuse in children’s homes”

A man charged with historical sex abuse in children’s homes. Philip Temple, 66, of no fixed address, is alleged to have abused 12 victims between 1971 and 1998. The offences are alleged to have taken place in children’s care homes managed by Wandsworth Council, Lambeth Council and Christ the King Monastery in Southgate, Enfield. Mr Temple was also charged with two counts of perjury.The charges were brought as part of Operation Trinity, which was launched after two allegations of abuse were reported to police in November 2012. Mr Temple appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. He was remanded in custody to appear at Croydon Crown Court in April.

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The Telegraph: 21st November 2002

“Cleared priest in child risk checks”

A Roman Catholic priest is being assessed for any risk that he may pose to children more than two years after parishioners first raised concerns about him directly with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor. A child protection “risk assessment” on Fr Philip Temple, who is attached to the parish of Christ the King, Cockfosters, north London, was begun only after The Telegraph made inquiries about his case. The delay in acting on the parishioners’ concerns suggests that the Church’s tough new rules on child protection are either inadequate or not being adhered to fully. Fr Temple, 52, a Benedictine monk, stood trial for abusing a teenage boy and admitted in court to being close to the alleged victim and giving him “pocket money”. He was acquitted after a retrial in 1999 and returned to parish work. But members of the local congregation raised concerns about his continued presence in Cockfosters with the Archdiocese of Westminster.

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Houses of Parliament: 30th October 2015  

“MP Chuka Umunna and Helen Hayes Discuss

SOSA in Houses of Parliament” 

                        BBC London News: 27th October 2015

“Shirley Oaks Abuse: Calls for Case of Hanged Boy to be re-opened”

Former residents of a children’s home in south London targeted by paedophiles have called for an investigation into a boy’s death in 1977 to be reopened. Three people have been convicted of child abuse at Shirley Oaks in Croydon that took place in the 1970s and 80s. Survivors of abuse there believe Peter Davis, 15, found hanged there 38 years ago, may not have killed himself. Lambeth Council has acknowledged “very serious historic failings” and apologised to those abused in its care. Shirley Oaks, which closed in 1983, was an 80-acre site that included cottages where children in care were looked after by house mothers and fathers.

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The Mirror: 24th November 2015

“Labour MP Chuka Umunna demands new probe on death

of Shirley Oaks abuse victim Peter Davis”

Peter was 15 when he was found hanged at the children’s home in Croydon – survivors of abuse there believe he may not have killed himself. An MP has called for police to reopen the investigation into the death of a boy at a children’s home targeted by paedophiles in the 1970s.Peter Davis was just 15 when he was found hanged at Shirley Oaks, which was run by Lambeth council in South London.Three people have been convicted of child abuse at home in Croydon that took place in the 1970s and 80s. Survivors of abuse there believe Peter may not have killed himself.Lambeth Council has acknowledged “very serious historic failings” over previous standards of care and have apologised to those who suffered.Peter was the chief witness in a rape trial at the Old Bailey two years before he died where he gave evidence about his own rape and that of another individual.Court documents from Old Bailey cases were made secret for 100 years in 2003.Chuka Umunna , Labour MP for Streatham, who has constituents who are Lambeth abuse survivors said: “By the police’s own admission, previous investigations were ‘of the time’ and did not meet the standards we would apply today. “The police owe it to the survivors group to reopen the investigation into Peter Davis’s death.”Former senior detective Clive Driscoll said reopening the case would be a “great opportunity for detective work”.

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Sky News: 27th November 2015

Lambeth Council will be included in the Goddard Inquiry

The Anglican and Catholic churches and “certain people of public prominence associated with Westminster” will be investigated by the independent abuse inquiry, it has been announced. Justice Lowell Goddard, who is leading the investigation, also said councils in Lambeth, Nottinghamshire and Rochdale will be examined. She set out 12 different areas which will come under scrutiny. Justice Goddard said: “The investigation will focus on high-profile allegations of child sexual abuse involving current or former members of parliament, senior civil servants, government advisers and members of intelligence and security agencies. “It will consider allegations of cover up and conspiracy and review the adequacy of law enforcement responses to these allegations.” It will also focus on abuse in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, she said. The inquiry was established last year after claims of a high-level cover up of abuse and has been hit by delays after two of the previous chairwomen resigned.It will be the largest ever public inquiry in Britain and is expected to take up to five years and cost tens of millions of pounds.Justice Goddard acknowledged the inquiry’s task is a difficult one.

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SWLondoner: 27th November 2015

Child sex abuse inquiry to investigate

Lambeth Council over ‘historic failings’

An independent child sex abuse inquiry taking place across England and Wales will investigate ‘historic failings’ by Lambeth Council. Councils across the country accused of poor child care will be investigated alongside the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches and politicians. The inquiry, chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard, is due to take five years and will be of ‘unprecedented’ size in the UK. “We plan to investigate failings to protect children in the care or supervision of Lambeth Council,” she said. “We will also conduct a wide-ranging investigation into sexual abuse in residential schools. “We will also conduct an overarching investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by certain people of public prominence associated with Westminster.” She explained how determined those involved in the investigation were to ‘give a voice to the victims and survivors’. The 12 investigations will include the exploitation of children and alleged sexual abuse by members of the church. It will also look into allegations of a child sex abuse ring operating in Westminster. The inquiry will investigate the historic failings at children’s homes run by Lambeth in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
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BBC News: 10th December 2015

Shirley Oaks abuse campaign find ’32 paedophiles’

Campaigners on behalf of victims of child sexual abuse at the Shirley Oaks children’s homes in south London have said they received allegations that 32 paedophiles were involved. Three people were convicted of child abuse which took place at the homes in the 1970s and 80s. Abuse survivors believe there are other offenders who were never prosecuted. They have compiled testimony which will be handed to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse. Fifty-two houses on the 70-acre Shirley Oaks site, near Croydon, looked after children in care between the ages of eight and 14 from the 1950s to 80s. The Shirley Oaks Survivors’ Association launched a campaign video on Wednesday featuring accounts of adults who were brought up there.

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Metropolitan Police: 22nd December 2015

Leslie Paul has been found guilty of ‘historical’ child abuse in Lambeth’s South Vale children’s home. 

Leslie Paul, 64 (09.05.51) of Clephane Road, N1 was found guilty on Monday, 21 December, at Blackfriars Crown Court of all the offences he faced, which included indecent assault and indecency.Over an eight-year period, between 1980 and 1988, Paul carried out the offences at Lambeth childrenfs home, South Vale, where the four male victims resided.In October 2012 the first victim came forward to report allegations against Paul. An investigation was launched by detectives from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse (SOECA) Command under Operation Trinity. Further victims were identified as a result of police inquiries, and on 13 March 2013 Paul was arrested at his home address.Officer in the case, DC Suzanne Lister, of SOECA said: “Paul was responsible for the care of his victims; the ultimate position of trust. He used that power to take advantage and commit the most serious of crimes against them. I commend the bravery of the victims who have been forced to relive their experiences in an open court. It is their testimonies which have brought Paul to justice today, and I hope they take some comfort from that.

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Islington Gazette: 14th January 2016

Canonbury sex offence man jailed for 13 years

after abusing his position of trust

Canonbury man was jailed for 13 years this afternoon for 17 historical sexual offences against children in his care. Leslie Paul, 64, of Clephane Road, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court for offences of indecent assault and indecency while working as a carer for Lambeth Social Services.

Between 1980 and 1988, Paul carried out the offences at Lambeth Children’s Home in South Vale, where the four male victims resided.In October 2012, the first victim came forward to report allegations against Paul. An investigation was launched and further victims were identified. Paul was arrested at his home address in March 2013.He had been found guilty of the offences at Blackfriars last month.One of the victims released a statement through specialist abuse lawyers Irwin Mitchell after Paul was sentenced today.

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BBC News: 14th January 2016

Lambeth social services carer Leslie Paul jailed for child sex abuse

A former Lambeth social services carer has been jailed for 13 years for sexual offences against children in his care. Leslie Paul, 64, of Clephane Road, north London, committed the offences between 1980 and 1988 at a Lambeth children’s home, where his four male victims lived. He was convicted of a string of assaults at Blackfriars Crown Court. Jailing him, Judge John Hillen said Paul used his position, power and charisma to groom and abuse the boys.Paul was last month found guilty of 15 indecent assaults, one count of indecency with a child under 14, and one count of aiding and abetting indecent assault on a boy under 14. He pleaded guilty to one count of making an indecent image of a child on or after 1 January 2005. Group of paedophiles. The court heard that one victim was subjected to “vile group sexual abuse” by Paul and other unidentified men. The judge told him: “If you were not part of a paedophile ring, you were at least knowledgeable about and in contact with a group of paedophile men.” Paul had also been jailed for offences against children in 1994 and 2002 – and in 2002 a sentencing judge said he believed Paul had achieved rehabilitation following the historic offences.But the most recent investigation started in October 2012 after a victim came forward with allegations against Paul. An inquiry was launched by detectives from the Met’s Operation Trinity and further victims were identified.

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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse 

Children in the care of Lambeth Council

An inquiry into the extent of any institutional failures to protect children in the care of Lambeth Council from sexual abuse and exploitation.

Scope of investigation:

The Inquiry will investigate the nature and extent of, and institutional responses to, the sexual abuse of children in the care of Lambeth Council (‘the Council’), including those cared for in children’s homes, by foster carers and/or by adoptive parents. The investigation will incorporate case­specific investigations and a review of i nformation available from published and unpublished reports and reviews, court cases, and previous investigations.  In doing so, the Inquiry will consider the experiences of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse while in the care of the Council, and investigate: …. 3.1. a consideration of child sexual abuse which took place at A ngell Road, Monkton Street, Ivy House, South Vale, and Shirley Oaks Children’s Homes;

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BBC News: 2nd March 2016

“The Council that employed an abuser to look after children”

Why have successive investigations failed to establish the full truth behind sexual abuse at care homes in a south London borough?Justice Lowell Goddard will this month begin preliminary hearings into historical allegations that hundreds of children were abused in a wide range of institutions across the UK. Establishing the truth about the number of paedophiles who looked after, or had inappropriate access to, children in the care of Lambeth Council in south London is one of her priorities. In the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Lambeth had it all. Local politics in south London was dominated by big characters with radical ideas. Lambeth was a melting pot – and it became a byword for corruption, fraud and abuse. Abuse, that is, of children who had been placed in the care of the local authority, where they should have been safe. Image copyrightAlamyImage captionLambeth town hall in south LondonOver the last 18 months, Newsnight has spoken to former police officers, officials and survivors who have expressed deep concerns about what went on in Lambeth – not just during the period when children were being abused, but as successive police investigations were launched.Between 1974 and 1994, more than 14,000 children passed through the care of Lambeth social services, and more than 7,000 were placed in its children’s homes. But during the same period, a number of child abusers were employed in Lambeth’s children’s homes, some of whom have been prosecuted. The most recent was Les Paul, convicted (for the third time) in January of abusing four boys in his care in Lambeth in the 1980s and jailed for 13 years.

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The Mirror: 2nd March 2016

“Cop axed from case after bid to quiz abour peer

Lord Boateng about paedophile”

Det Insp Clive Driscoll says he was fired before he could ask Mr Boateng about John Carroll, a children’s home boss jailed for 10 years for abusing youngsters in the 1970s and 1980s. A detective was axed for saying he wanted to talk to then Labour police minister Paul Boateng over a probe into a known paedophile, it was claimed last night. Det Insp Clive Driscoll says he was taken off the case before he could ask Mr Boateng about John Carroll, a children’s home boss jailed for 10 years for abusing youngsters in the 1970s and 1980s. Mr Driscoll said in 1998 he identified a number of people he wanted to talk to about Carroll. BBC2’s Newsnight last night named one of them as Mr Boateng. Theresa Johnson, an ex-social worker who worked under Carroll at the Angell Road care home in Lambeth, South London, said she saw Mr Boateng at the home six times and once spoke to him. An unnamed youth worker claims he saw Mr Boateng at a holiday camp for young people in care, run by Caroll. He claimed Carroll boasted of his friendship with Mr Boateng. There is no suggestion Mr Boateng – now a Lord – has done anything wrong. The IPCC is supervising the Met’s review on why Mr Driscoll was axed and what happened to his information.An inquiry into historical child sex abuse claims is being chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard. Mr Boateng said last night: “As a campaigning youth justice lawyer I acted for many young people in care and visited many youth facilities in the course of my work.“I didn’t know Mr Carroll personally and have no recollection of meeting him professionally or visiting the Angell Road children’s home or anywhere else where he was present. I’m unaware how the investigation into Mr Carroll was conducted. I therefore cannot comment on why the police did not seek my assistance.”

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The Telegraph: 2nd March 2016

“Met detective removed from post after saying he wanted to

approach Paul Boateng about child sex abuse”

Justice Lowell Goddard is charing the inquiry into historical child sex abuse allegations at a number of institutions, including Lambeth Council’s care homes 170118EmailNew Scotland Yard Photo: Alamy By Telegraph Reporter12:50AM GMT 02 Mar 2016A Scotland Yard detective was removed from his post after telling colleagues he wanted to approach Paul Boateng – then government minister in charge of police – about the activities of a convicted paedophile. The BBC has reported that sources believe Det Insp Clive Driscoll intended to ask Mr Boateng what if he knew anything about a known child abuser, John Carroll, who had been running Angell Road care home in South London. But before Mr Driscoll could approach him in 1998, he was taken off the case. There is no suggestion Paul Boateng had done anything wrong, and he has denied any personal or professional affiliation with Mr Carroll. However two people who had given information to Mr Driscoll’s inquiry spoke to BBC Two’s programme Newsnight, and suggested Mr Carroll and Mr Boateng did know each other. Paul Boateng Photo: Heathcliff O’malleyA social worker, Teresa Johnson, who had worked with Carroll at Angell Road, said she had seen Mr Boateng at the home on up to six occasions during the mid-1980s. Another witness claimed he had seen Mr Boateng during caravan holidays for children run by a charity, called the Association of Combined Youth Clubs. Carroll was a member of the ACYC. The witness claimed Carroll had boasted of his friendship with Mr Boateng. This witness told Newsnight: “John Carroll would regularly talk about him [Paul Boateng] being able to open doors for him.” Lord Boateng told the BBC he has no recollection of going to Angell Road or of meeting Mr Carroll. He said he remembered the ACYC charity but has no recollection of visiting during the caravan holidays. Justice Lowell Goddard this month begins hearings for her inquiry into historical allegations of child sexual abuse in a wide range of institutions, and has stated that one of her priorities will be to get to the bottom of what happened in Lambeth. Speaking to Newsnight, Mr Driscoll said: “I am immensely proud to [have been] a police officer and immensely proud to [have been] a Metropolitan Police officer, but this is the one period in my career which just troubles me greatly.” The Met said it could not comment because an inquiry is under way.

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Croydon Advertiser: 1st August 2015

“Witness saw baby being ‘beaten by staff member’ at Shirley Oaks”

A woman who was at Shirley Oaks Children’s Home in the early 1970’s claims she witnessed a six-month-old baby being beaten by a member of staff. More allegations of abuse at the Lambeth Council-run home emerged this week as a result of the Advertiser’s ongoing investigation Joanne Davies, 51, from Sutton, was placed at the home in the early 1970’s and spent a few years there. She said although she never witnessed or heard of sexual abuse during her time, she recalled seeing an horrifuc incident during her stay.

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     Tales from the South Bank: 23rd July 2015

“Shirley Oaks Survivors Group at Lambeth Council”

Survivors of Shirley Oaks children’s home made representations to Lambeth Council. The full council meeting was attended by two thirds of councillors. The public galleries overflowed. Councillors apologised for abuse that happened in the 1960-80s. Survivors said this was the first time they had heard the word “sorry” from Lambeth. Survivors expressed distrust in Lambeth, the Police and the Goddard inquiry. Many survivors would not even step into a council meeting. The survivors group has yet to decide if they will cooperate with the Goddard inquiry.

The survivors group spoke of a climate of fear amongst survivors and potential whistle blowers. The survivors mention the previous death of a potential whistle blower. The group said previous inquiries resulted in the suicide of four survivors. The survivors accused the council of being party to previous cover ups. The council assured the survivors this would not happen this time. “Liars” was shouted from the public balcony. Opposition leader Briggs spoke of the lack of support from the Labour group for a motion he had forwarded in November.

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                    The Sunday Express: 26th July 2015

“Music mogul in fight to expose child abuse”

Music mogul Raymond Stevenson, who discovered the former Voice judge when she was 15, said he and his friends were regularly beaten and drugged at Shirley Oaks in Surrey. Dozens of others were sexually abused and Raymond, 51, believes the investigation is being hampered because it reaches into the heart of government. He said “very powerful people” were involved in the abuse and the cover-up, including a Labour minister known as The Godfather. Jimmy Savile also visited the home. Police are investigating the allegations of abuse at the home near Croydon, which closed in 1983. He warned: “There are still people pulling the strings. The fear is that the authorities are hell bent on covering up their failings of the past because it implicates too many powerful people.”

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                                BBC News: 14th July 2014

“Author Alex Wheatle: ‘Systematic abuse where I grew up'”

Author Alex Wheatle said he was abused at a south London children’s home where he lived from 1966 until 1978. There was “systematic” physical, sexual and emotional abuse there, he said. Mr Wheatle, who was appointed MBE in 2008, told the BBC few paper records would exist so victims must be made to feel “confident” to come forward. He said he had addressed issues of abuse in his novels, but now aged 51 he had decided to speak publicly about the abuse he suffered at Shirley Oaks children’s home. “I have spoken about violence before but not the sexual assault,” he said. The government has recently announced two inquiries into historical child sex abuse allegations, one of which will examine how state institutions handled their duty of care to protect children from paedophiles.

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BBC National News: 7th August 2015

“Turning the Tables on Child Abuse”

A chance meeting between two men who realised they had both been abused in the same Surrey children’s care home has led to a campaign that has seen hundreds of former residents alleging they were also victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.Music producer Raymond Stevenson, physically abused during his time at the Shirley Oaks home in the 70s, met a childhood friend last year who revealed he’d been raped at the institution. Within a few months, the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA) was hundreds strong. “At the very first meeting I can remember there was lots of hugging lots of crying – it was really we are together now, they can’t harm us again,” Stevenson recalls. “No lies can penetrate our lives because we feel we were going to reveal the truth.” The south London production office, from where Stevenson promoted music stars like Jessie J, now looks more like a police incident room. A map on the wall includes details of allegations from hundreds of former residents, suggesting physical, sexual and emotional abuse was routine at many of the houses on the 72-acre Shirley Oaks site. “We have been in contact with over 300 people and the stories we are getting are just horrific,” Stevenson says. “Every time we interview someone and hear about what happened to them, it brings tears to our eyes
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The Croydon Advertiser: 15th August 2015

“Care Home Abuse Victims Hope Song Will

‘Cut Through Statistics’ and Encourage Testomonies”

A GROUP of survivors of abuse at Shirley Oaks children’s home have made a song to “cut through the statistic” and encourage more victims to come forward. Music producer Raymond Stevenson was abused at Shirley Oaks in 1966 when he was three years old. He now heads up Urban Concepts, the song’s creators, and the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA). Mr Stevenson, who has worked with stars including Jessie J, said he wants people in Croydon to listen to the song and come forward with any information they may have. He said: “We wanted to cut through all the statistics. There is so much going on and we wanted something that will cut through that and reach the people who matter: the British public.” The song, Don’t Touch It – It’s Mine, features testimonies from Shirley Oaks survivors and Mr Stevenson said Urban Concepts plan to make a video featuring 1,000 survivors of abuse.

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SOSA and the Goddard Inquiry

BBC News: 24th March 2016

“Children ‘abused on an industrial scale’ at south London care homes'”

Children were sexually abused on an “industrial scale” at council-run care homes in south London, an inquiry has heard.Vulnerable youngsters were the victims of “institutionalised evil” over a period of decades at homes run by Lambeth council, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was told.The claims were made by a representative of alleged abuse victims from the Lambeth-run Shirley Oaks home in Croydon. Raymond Stevenson, from the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association, told the inquiry: “What took place at Shirley Oaks and other children’s homes in Lambeth was physical and sexual abuse on an industrial scale which remained unchecked for decades. The damage done was irreversible.”He added: “Lambeth council itself has had many inquiries in the past. For whatever reason, including council cover-ups and institutional cover-ups … we now see they were whitewashes.”Allegations of abuse handed out to vulnerable youngsters while in the care of authorities in Lambeth will form part of the wide-ranging inquiry led by Dame Lowell Goddard, which will also investigate the Anglican and Catholic churches and children’s homes run by Rochdale Council.

Mr Stevenson was speaking at a preliminary hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, which focused on allegations about a string of homes run by Lambeth council. Claims that the former Labour minister Lord Paul Boaten visited a children’s home run by Michael John Carroll and went on a caravan trip organised by a youth group were made on the BBC’s Newsnight programme at the start of March, the counsel to the inquiry Ben Emmerson QC said. Carroll, who ran the Angell Road home in Lambeth, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1999 for a string of child abuse charges. Thursday’s session also heard that Lambeth council knew in 1986 that Carroll had a conviction for indecently assaulting a child but did not stop him continuing to work with children. Mr Emmerson told the hearing that Newsnight had claimed that Detective Inspector Clive Driscoll, who investigated Carroll, “wanted to speak to Lord Boateng … but was removed from the investigation and subjected to disciplinary action”. He told the inquiry that the peer was alleged by the programme to have signed the visitors’ book at Angell Road and gone on a caravan trip organised by the Association of Combined Youth Clubs (ACYC). Mr Emmerson added: “The inquiry has so far seen nothing to corroborate any allegations of impropriety by Lord Boateng.” He added that the peer denied “any knowledge of Carroll or any involvement with him” or of going on a caravan trip with the ACYC. Lord Boateng was the Labour MP for Brent from 1987 to 2005. He was a Home Office minister between 1998 and 2001 and went on to be chief secretary to the Treasury between 2002 and 2005. He was made a peer in 2010. A spokesman for Lambeth council said: “Lambeth council welcomed the decision to hold a national inquiry and has been fully cooperating with it. “Documents and information held by Lambeth council that may help investigate historical child abuse in Lambeth have already been gathered. “We first approached officials from the inquiry in March last year offering to share this material, and are honouring that pledge.”

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BBC News: 4th April 2016

“Physical and sexual abuse on an industrial scale.

Lambeth historic abuse allegations.”

BBC News: 10th August 2016

“Ex-priest Philip Temple jailed for child sex abuse”

A former social worker and Catholic priest has been jailed for 12 years after admitting historical child sex abuse charges dating back to the 1970s.

Philip Temple, 66, admitted abusing 12 boys and one girl while working in south London care homes and a north London church. He also admitted lying on oath in the 1990s when he was cleared of child sex abuse charges against a teenage boy. Judge Christopher Hehir apologised to the victim at Woolwich Crown Court. He said: “I am sorry justice was not done when you came to court in 1998 and 1999.” The victim, who cannot be named, told the court he self-harmed, became a recluse and even tried to kill himself after the previous trials. He said: “I can only imagine the damage he has caused to other victims. We can never escape what he did and we can never be free of it.” In a statement read out in court, one victim said: “I feel like I have been robbed of my childhood and sometimes when I see other children in the street I wish I could go back in time and be a child again.” During sentencing, the judge told Temple: “You of course exploited the opportunities your deceit as to your character had afforded you, not only by sexually abusing children but, as a priest, by lying on oath to deny the truthful accusations brought against you by one of your victims. “Your actions as a priest demonstrated that in truth you were a wolf in shepherd’s clothing.” On Tuesday, Temple admitted seven charges committed in the 1970s. He had already admitted 20 similar charges and two of perjury at Croydon Crown Court in April.

Temple abused boys and a girl while working as a social worker in Lambeth and Wandsworth councils between 1971 and 1977.  He became a priest in 1988 and served at Christ the King Monastery in Cockfosters, where he abused two children, including an altar boy. He abused youngsters in children’s homes in south London, including the Shirley Oaks complex near Croydon, the court heard. Raymond Stevenson of the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association said: “If Temple had been caught at Shirley Oaks he would not have been able to abuse anyone else.” A Lambeth Council spokesman said it was cooperating fully with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and added: “We hope the outcome provides some solace to the victims of these dreadful crimes.” A spokesperson for the Catholic Church in England and Wales said when concerns were raised it was limited in the measures it could take because as a monk he was answerable to the head of his order in Italy rather than the archdiocese here.

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BBC News: 8th September 2016

“Survivors’ group ‘loses faith’ in child sex abuse inquiry”

A 600-strong survivors’ group has lost faith in the independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse, its leaders have said. Shirley Oaks Survivors Association told the BBC it would recommend withdrawing from the Lambeth strand of the inquiry because it was not “truly independent”. Ex-inquiry chair Justice Lowell Goddard has said she was prevented from picking her own staff, and that civil servants were prioritised by the Home Office. Home Secretary Amber Rudd denied this.The treatment of children in care in Lambeth, south London, during the second half of the 20th Century is one of 13 areas that the inquiry is looking at.  But the Shirley Oaks group said the Home Office was one of the institutions that had failed children in care in Lambeth in the past – and that the scale of its presence in the inquiry staff represented a conflict of interest. Raymond Stevenson, from the survivors’ group, told BBC Newsnight there had been a sea change in the way the inquiry was operating. “We have to recommend at this moment in time that we pull out. We have given the inquiry an opportunity to meet us. We contacted them two weeks ago and we are still waiting for a meeting,” he said. “Some of our members have been through investigations before which had Home Office members and staff part of it so we have been through that. “This is about the third investigation Lambeth has been through so what we wanted from this was for it to be truly independent. We were sold a theory it would be truly independent.”

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SOSA: VIRAL INTERIM REPORT:  PART 1: WHISTLEBLOWERS

In response to IICSA and the latest statement from Professor Alexis Jay:  We at SOSA now have no option but to continue delivering our own justice,  whilst the contrived chaos ensues.

Dear Tim Loughton MP,

RE: OPEN RESPONSE TO THE HOME AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE 18.10.16

On Tuesday 18th October, I attended the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) as part of my role as Chair of Shirley Oaks Survivors’ Association (SOSA). As always, I started off with an open canvass which in my case meant banishing the pre-conceived mistrust, which I developed as a child, of those who claim to be redeemers of victims of child abuse.

Up until now I have made no personal criticism of Alexis Jay as deep down I hoped her response to questions asked by the HASC would give me an insight into why she believes that, despite her lack of judicial knowledge and investigative skills, she has what it takes to unravel the Pandora’s box of institutionalised falsehoods perpetrated by various local and central Government establishments over decades.

As many people now know, 45 minutes into the nauseating regurgitation of tick box answers to legitimate questions, I realised the flashbacks I was getting were not a placebo and as I had predicted,  it was GROUNDHOG DAY. Talking down day; thinking they know better day; limited with the truth day.  Sadly it got worse as I was forced to listen to the uninspired and unconvincing performances of Jay and her panel members. Despite their best intentions, I was left with the impression that they were the ones who knifed Justice Goddard and Ben Emmerson in the back – this maybe just my paranoia so I won’t rebuke myself for this.

Throughout their responses I heard the same mumbling pseudo intellectual theories that I had violently rejected as a child being interwoven into the outcome of Jay’s strategic review of the IICSA – this was as I had feared.  Her big eureka proposition to get to the truth is to create forums for seminars and thematic talk shops: techniques which have been rehashed from the 1970’s social services hand book which were inherit in all the past failed inquiries.

Nothing I heard eased my concerns that Alexis Jay  has been parachuted in, off the back of Rotherham, on behalf of the Home Office, to stifle rather than get to the truth. What I did learn is that we, the Shirley Oaks Survivors and the public, have been lied to about the failings of the Inquiry for many months.

Before we can make an informed decision as to whether SOSA can remain a part of the IICSA Inquiry, despite Jay’s obvious limitations, we need some comprehensive answers to some very simple questions, many of which have been fudged or unanswered in the past, so we are making this letter public:

  1. At the HASC, Alexis Jay insisted her appointment despite being a social worker, was endorsed by the Victim Support Consultative Panel (VSCP) whose job it is to advise the Inquiry. This we know to be untrue because at a meeting on 9th September 2016 where we met with Ben Emmerson, Elizabeth Prochoska, Alix Rejman and 3 members of the VSCP, in response to asking why the VSCP did not point out the obvious conflict with Jay’s appointment, we were immediately informed that this had been raised by 2 VSCP members. Emmerson also confirmed that he was not consulted about Jay’s appointment and was unaware that she was being considered to take over as Chair of the Inquiry. Emmerson was conscious of the concerns of SOSA and others about Jay’s suitability in the eyes of victims as we had previously outlined the fact that social services and social workers, were an integral part of the failings in regards to the abuse of children in the care of Lambeth Council and there were other organisations with similar concerns. The Home Office’s omission to consult Emmerson and core participants meant the collective views of many survivor groups were not considered.

To this end, we question why neither Emmerson nor core participant groups representing victims were consulted about Jay’s appointment?

  1. SOSA represents many black members who are appalled by what is being perceived as ‘playing the race card retrospectively’. If there were defamatory comments about ethnic minorities made by Dame Lowell Goddard, why were these not mentioned or dealt with at the time? The comments purportedly made by Dame Lowell Goddard would amount to gross misconduct in the workplace yet she was allowed to continue as chair of the largest Inquiry in British history, for months. The fact that it is alleged that she made disparaging comments against black people which may have led to her demonstrating a level of bias against black victims was clearly not considered significant. Equally concerning is the leaking of information to people who are perceived as having a negative opinion of investigating historical child abuse claims.

SOSA would like to know why it has taken so long, for the purported defamatory comments about black people made by Dame Goddard, to come to the fore and what, if any, action the Home Office has taken to investigate this matter since it was made aware of the allegations in April 2016?

  1. SOSA has raised the issue of Home Office involvement in the monitoring and supervision of Lambeth children’s homes over the period the historical child abuse occurred. We have raised this with the Inquiry over the last year and have received various assurances that we now know are not true. We raised the issue again by letter on 19th September 2016 and we were informed by letter on 22nd September 2016 that we would be getting a comprehensive answer. To date a response has not been forthcoming. We know that Chuku Umunna MP has asked the question and was told that the Home Office records do not go back as far as the 1950’s; this is in contradiction to Helen Hayes MP raising the same question and confirming that the Home Office did have liability in the early years from 1950 – 1970.

SOSA therefore ask the question again: What was the Home Office’s, involvement in the monitoring and supervision of Lambeth children’s homes over the period the historical abuse occurred?

We would like comprehensive answers to the questions raised in this letter, and our letter of 19th September 2016, to enable us to discuss our continued involvement in this Inquiry with our members.

Yours sincerely,

Raymond Stevenson

Chair, SOSA

OPEN LETTER TO TIM LOUGHTON MP (20.10.16)

JUSTICE : 7.11.16

Today we witnessed belated justice again in Lambeth for 2 former foster children who have waited most of their life for justice. Two incredible ladies who despite their trauma fought against evil. June Entecott formerly Hudson was sentenced to 4.5 years for child cruelty and covering up her husband John Hudson’s, sexual crimes in the 1970s on children in Lambeth and by the way he was a Police Officer in the Met.

JUNE ENTECOTT: GUILTY

DAILY MAIL: 7.11.16
Pensioner who covered up her police officer husband’s historic abuse of their two foster girls and whipped one with a dog lead is jailed for four-and-a-half years

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3913744/Pensioner-covered-perverted-police-officer-husband-s-abuse-two-adopted-girls-jailed-four-half-years.html#ixzz4PPUjxqNr 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18.11.16

SOSA PRESS STATEMENT

SHIRLEY OAKS SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION (SOSA) ARE FORMALLY PULLING OUT OF THE INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Our decision to pull out of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) should have come with regret but we are sad to say the only emotion we feel is relief. Now our members do not have to relive their worst nightmares in this stage-managed event which has now been contrived in such a way that it enables the guilty to wash their dirty hands, whilst the establishment pats itself on the back.

Having watched the IICSA unpalatable circus stumble and lurch from crisis to crisis with multiple resignations and claims of racial and sexual abuse thrown into the mix, it no longer matters whether we think the Inquiry is just another stitch up because it’s clearly a botch job that needs a drastic overhaul if it is ever to achieve its initial objectives.

We ask the Home Office’s handpicked panel members who have presided over this debacle for the last 6 months to resign for the sake of all those children who were abused historically. Your failure to manage the largest Inquiry this country has ever seen means we have been abused again, over and over.

Following the comment made by Ivor Frank at the Home Affairs Select Committee (18.10.16) we add, this is the perfect opportunity for you all to get on with your lives and avoid your reputations being stained in the blotted pages of history.

Prof. Alexis Jay

After the turmoil of losing 3 chairs we do not believe that Professor Alexis Jay is the right person to wrench open the Pandora’s Box of historical lies and cover-ups related to Shirley Oaks, Lambeth and the historical child abuse experienced by other survivor groups.

The fact that Professor Jay has not even bothered to meet us or contact us since her appointment only adds to our fear that she is an uninspiring leader who cannot reach out beyond her daisy chain circle of middle management cronies.

Nothing about this Inquiry is transparent apart from its failure to carry out its own remit and the unsubtle attempts under Home Office luvvie Professor Alexis Jay, to create a social work talk shop of seminars and thematic workshops which we believe will achieve nothing.

From the day the Inquiry was announced, we never believed there was any intention to allow the survivors of child sexual abuse or the public to glimpse into a window of this country’s darkest shame.  Judging by what we have discovered in our own investigations, it’s not only the paedophiles the Inquiry is protecting but the Government’s historic cover ups.

The Home Office

In the past 6 months we have asked various questions of the Home Office about their liabilities, its answers have always been vague or evasive. Having acquired documents related to the Home Office and its inspections of Shirley Oaks Children’s Home, we now know what they are trying to hide. For any Inquiry to be truly independent and engender faith in its integrity, the Home Office either needs to come clean about its own role in covering up historic child abuse and staff the inquiry with independent employees instead of its secondees or handover the task of overseeing the Inquiry to a less tainted Government department.

We at SOSA are saddened.  The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse could have provided an opportunity for contemplation and learning across the UK as a whole.  We are all aware that mistakes were made in the past but without learning, these mistakes will continue to be made in the future.  The lives and future of many current and future care children could have been improved but instead, this opportunity lost will leave a pigment of shame on the Government’s hands.

Shirley Oaks Survivors Association

Ends

Notes to Editor

For more information on SOSA www.shirleyoakssurvivorsassociation.co.uk

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Whicker’s World Foundation launches inspiring Funding Award at Radio Festival

Whicker’s World Foundation launches

inspiring Funding Award at Radio Festival

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  • Whicker’s World Foundation launches the Radio & Audio Funding Award (RAFA) at the Radio Festival, the annual celebration of all things audio at the British Library. The festival brings together a full media scope of leading figures from the UK’s audio industry.
  • Supporting authored storytelling in the UK, taking us into new or hitherto unseen worlds, RAFA will help fund independent audio documentary makers.
  • RAFA Awards are worth a total of £7,000.
  • Submissions for this and existing Whicker’s World Foundation Awards 2017 are now being accepted.

Whicker’s World Foundation will today, at the UK’s popular Radio Festival hosted by broadcaster Paddy O’Connell launch a brand-new funding award – the RAFA –  to help aspiring independent audio documentary makers. The awards were created to celebrate and encourage excellence in audio documentaries, and have been generously funded by a legacy left by the celebrated journalist Alan Whicker who died in 2013. Whicker wanted to encourage curiosity, stimulate the senses and empower talent which might otherwise never find a place in today’s highly-competitive industry.

The Whicker’s World Foundation, launched in 2015, has already awarded over £100,000.The award prizes consist of £5,000 for the winner and a runner-up prize of £2,000. The winning pitches will offer new and exciting ideas for audio documentaries, meeting Whicker’s World Foundation criteria of: taking us into a new or hitherto unseen worlds; being personal but not partisan; and with an emphasis on strong original storytelling and development of the medium. Applicants need to supply up to six minutes worth of audio in support of their proposals.Deadline for entries is 23rd December 2016, there is no application fee and candidates can apply online. The best five will be invited to pitch at an event in March 2017 and the winners will be announced at next year’s Radio Festival.Whicker’s broadcasting career began in radio and he went on to join Radio 2 in the late 1990s, adding what Jim Moir, the then Controller, described as Great lustre to my network. Alan was an avid fan of radio documentary and told the press he wanted to return to it because, unlike TV,  it didn’t ‘dumb down’ – radio and ‘assumed an intelligent audience’. Alan Whicker’s passion continues into new generations with awards such as RAFA, created to empower emerging talent.The panel of judges will be looking for imaginative storytelling, either breaking new ground or taking a familiar path in a new and innovative direction. Valerie Kleeman , Whicker’s partner in life and work for over 40 years, said: “Alan was well aware that he had been lucky enough to start working at a time when serious journalism was respected and presenters given the freedom to fashion their own programmes. He and his colleagues were writing the grammar of what was to follow; they were given support and opportunities and often allowed to learn on the job. He was aware that this scenario is not replicated today; money is scarce and commissioners are reluctant to green light without a celebrity name fronting a subject with which they often have little connection. Alan, who felt the best shot of himself was the back of his head, abhorred this trend. He was apolitical; he sought to intrigue and stimulate but not to influence. He strived to uncover the unusual as well as entertain. Above all he was a writer and observer who wrote and filmed what he saw. At the Foundation we seek to use Alans legacy to further his vision and to help those with talent to take the first step up a ladder which is increasingly difficult to climb.

Jane Ray, Consultant Artistic Director for Whicker’s World Foundation said: “I am thrilled that the Radio Festival are partnering this new funding award for audio. I am a passionate believer in the enduring power of the well made, thoughtfully produced audio documentary. The other day we were contacted by someone looking for a series Alan Whicker had made 18 years ago. They knew the title and could describe the pictures vividly – then remembered theyd actually seen radio broadcasts. Those who inspire us to listen, I mean really listen, and take us deeper into understanding the notions and motivations that shape our human story need to be nurtured. If this award goes some way to helping talented independent audio producers realise their documentary dreams Alan Whickers legacy will be wonderfully well served.Roger Cutsforth, The Radio Academy Managing Director added: “The Radio Academy is proud to be partnering with Whickers World Foundation on this fantastic initiative to encourage and support new talent in audio documentary making. The Radio & Audio Funding Award [RAFA] is a wonderful legacy of the late, great Alan Whicker and his passion for the medium and will be a wonderful addition to the Radio Festival.

Francesca Panetta, last year’s runner up for ‘The Dhammazedi Bell’ and multimedia special projects editor at The Guardian said: “It’s wonderful to see this new funding award. There is so much talent out there but few avenues for funding creative audio. I’m looking forward to seeing or more appropriately hearing the results.”

 

Nina Garthwaite, founding director of In the Dark Radio, added: “While the Internet has opened up new platforms for independent audio production, it’s still not always easy for producers to find the funding to do the work they’re passionate about and you need money to have the time to really explore your ideas. So it’s great that the Whickers World Foundation Awards want to support radio makers with a strong independent voice and a desire to develop the medium. I’m excited to hear the results!”

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Will Jackson, managing Director of the Radio Independents Group commented: RIG greatly welcomes this new funding award, which gives the next generation of Britains audio documentary makers an invaluable opportunity to join the ranks of Britains highly successful indie production sector.

 

Alan Hall, previous Whicker’s world Foundation audio judge and CEP of Indie Falling Tree said: “It’s exciting to welcome a new funding award that encourages documentary production to go beyond worlds (literal or figurative) known already to us and, in so doing, to develop the unique qualities of a medium now entering a new golden age!

 

Whicker’s World Foundation’s pre-existing awards are also opening entries for submissions today.

 

The Audio Recognition Award

 

This is moving to The Radio Festival. This is for a documentary, 15 minutes or over, broadcast or published online in the previous year.  It was won this summer by Cathy Fitzgerald’s Little Volcanoes. The award is for £5,000 to the winner and £2,000 for the runner-up. The winners will be announced at next year’s Festival.

 

The Film and TV Funding Award

This is the primary focus of Whicker’s World Foundation. Each year £80,000 will be awarded to a new director with the most promising pitch for an authored documentary which fulfils the core criteria of the Foundation and can be completed for screening with this award. The money will be paid in instalments to the director’s film company, enabling a project which deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible. This year it was won by Alex Bescoby for Burma’s Lost Royals. The closing date for entries is 31st January 2017 and the shortlists will be announced in May 2016. The first winners will be announced by Whicker’s World Foundation at the Sheffield Doc/Fest Award Ceremony, which will take place on the final night of the 2017 festival, 13th June 2017.

The Whicker’s World Sage Award

‘Retirement’ was not a word in Alan’s vocabulary. He was 83 when he wrote and presented Whicker’s War, a much acclaimed account of his army experiences in Italy for Channel 4. He made his last series for BBC Two, Journey of a Lifetime, in his late eighties. The Sage award will recognise a TV or audio professional who has come to air with an authored story for the first time, a prize of £5,000 will be awarded annually to an applicant aged 50 plus. Submissions of no more than 10 minutes; this can be for presentation but must be their own work. A runner-up will receive £2,000. Keith Earnest Hoult won this award for for Fluechtlinge – Refugee. Keith, a fan of Alan Whicker’s ‘gentle approach’ to interviewing, was inspired to create a ten-minute film about Syrians seeking refuge in a disused airport used for the Berlin Airlift. When he witnessed his friend’s wife Caroline trying to help refugees against a growing backlash he ‘felt the urge to film it if only for her family to reflect on later in life’. Keith learnt his film-making skills at the SAE Institute after redundancy and divorce turned his life upside-down. Judges were impressed that he made this entirely self-funded film as ‘a simple tale of ordinary people helping other ordinary people at their time of most desperate need.’

 

For further details on the awards and entry forms please go to

www.whickersworldfoundation.com

 

-ENDS

 

Notes to editors:

 

For images, media information and interviews please contact:

Siobhan Connor at Connor PR siobhan@connorpr.com   + 44 (0) 7966 177025

 

For Terms and Conditions and award Criteria please go to http://whickersworldfoundation.com/application-forms/

 

Join the conversation: facebook.com/whickersworldfoundation

https://twitter.com/whickersworld   @whickersworld

 

About Whicker’s World Foundation

On 7 June 2015 Whicker’s World Foundation, whose principle aim is to give a much needed fillip to authored documentary storytelling in the UK, launched three new documentary awards worth over £100,000 for the promotion of curiosity in programme making, generously funded by a legacy left by the celebrated broadcast journalist Alan Whicker. The launch took place in the Sheffield Winter Gardens led by Alex Graham, chair or Doc/Fest, Jane Ray, Artistic Director for the foundation and Kim Longinotto, multi award winning filmmaker. Entries for 2017 Awards opened on September 26th 2016 www.whickersworldfoundation.com

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Radio Festival is an annual event organised by Radio Academy, a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK radio broadcasting and audio production. www.radioacademy.org

 

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ALAN WHICKER COLLECTION NOW AVAILBLE TO VIEW AT BFI SOUTHBANK AS PART OF LATEST ACQUISITIONS EXHIBITION

 

ALAN WHICKER COLLECTION NOW AVAILBLE TO VIEW AT BFI SOUTHBANK AS PART OF LATEST ACQUISITIONS EXHIBITION

Inside Whicker’s World: The life and travels of Alan Whicker

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  • Alan Whicker collection on view now as part of an exhibition of material from the BFI National Archive’s Special Collections; ‘Latest Acquisitions is free to view in the Mezzanine Gallery at BFI Southbank until October 23
  • Items on display include Alan Whicker’s passports, a BBC Audience report for Whicker Down Under, interview question cards for Papa Doc: The Black Sheep (1969) and The World of James Bond (1967), photographs, correspondence, and shooting schedules
  • Test your knowledge by taking part in a travel quiz made by the Whicker’s World Foundation – https://whickersworldfoundation.com/2016/10/quiz-how-well-do-you-know-whickers-world/
  • Submissions for Whicker’s World Foundation Awards 2017 are now being accepted

As well as caring for one of the world’s richest and most significant moving image collections, the BFI National Archive also holds world-class Special Collections of scripts, posters, designs, photographs and other documents, including the archives of some of Britain’s most important film and programme makers. This exhibition presents highlights from some of our exciting recent acquisitions including the papers of Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan, television journalist and documentary-maker Alan Whicker, and S John Woods, the man behind many of the best-loved Ealing Studios posters. The exhibition is open now and free to view until October 23rd 2016 at BFI Southbank, Mezzanine Gallery, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT.

 

The BFI National Archive is now home to the archives of pioneering investigative TV journalist, Alan Whicker, donated by Valerie Kleeman, Whicker’s World Foundation. The collection contains meticulous records of one of the most enduring and influential careers in British television history, spanning the late 1950s into the 21st century.

 

This is an extensive and significant donation covering the entire career of a world-renowned broadcaster, and represents a unique insight into the production methods of a master documentarian. Alan Whicker’s name is a by-word for brilliantly crafted and revealing studies of people and places, whether exploring behind the scenes of the Miss World competition, interviewing Papa Doc in Haiti, or exposing the lifestyles of the hippies of San Francisco, with an enquiring mind and a sceptical tone. This unlikely figure, clad in Gucci tie and blazer, found his way into the nation’s hearts as he went where his audience was unlikely to follow.

 

The meticulously kept Alan Whicker archive spans the years 1938-2014. It includes a school report from 1938, documents relating to his war career and letters, photographs, extensive production files, audience reports, interview notes and questions (including Whicker’s hand-annotated question cards) and transcripts of every TV programme he made, along with some, as yet, unidentified films. The archive gives an insider’s view of some of the key events, social trends and personalities of the 20th century, while fully documenting the changing world of television reportage across more than five decades.

 

 

Around Whicker’s World in 13 Guesses

Test your knowledge of Alan Whicker’s Life and Work by taking part in our quiz

https://whickersworldfoundation.com/2016/10/quiz-how-well-do-you-know-whickers-world/

 

Submissions for Whicker’s World Foundation Awards 2017 are now being accepted

 

The Funding Award

This is the primary focus of Whicker’s World Foundation. Each year £80,000 will be awarded to a new director with the most promising pitch for an authored documentary which fulfils the core criteria of the Foundation and can be completed for screening with this award. The money will be paid in instalments to the director’s film company, enabling a project which deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible. This year it was won by Alex Bescoby for Burma’s Lost Royals. The closing date for entries is 31st January 2017 and the shortlists will be announced in May 2016. Entrants must be aged 35 years or younger on the closing date for applications. The first winners will be announced by Whicker’s World Foundation at the Sheffield Doc/Fest Award Ceremony, which will take place on the final night of the 2017 festival, 13th June 2017.

 

The Whicker’s World Radio and Audio Funding Award (RAFA)

For 2017 we are introducing a new Funding Award for Radio and Audio documentary projects in association with the Radio Academy. This is for a documentary, 15 minutes or over, broadcast or published online in the previous year. The Whicker’s World Radio and Audio Funding Award (RAFA) has a £5,000 first prize and £2,000 runner up award. The deadline for this award is the 23rd of December, with the best pitch being announced at a special event in March 2017.

 

 

The Recognition Awards

In addition to our funding awards there are two further annual prizes to recognise completed work: the ‘Audio Award’ and the ‘Sage Award’, the latter of which is for the finest industry newcomer over the age of fifty.

Alan worked in radio before TV and was snapped up by Radio 2 in the late 1990s, adding what Jim Moir, the Controller from 1996 to 2003, described as “great lustre to my network”. Initially Alan’s radio programmes revolved around re-visiting his most memorable encounters from Whickers World: from the ‘Ten Pound Poms’ to Margaret Rutherford’s transsexual adoptee who ‘gave birth’ to a mixed-race daughter in South Carolina. He went on to create a radio history of television called Itll Never Last.

Whicker’s World Foundation will award an annual £5,000 prize for the best audio project of over 15 minutes in length, broadcast in the last year. A runner-up will receive £2,000.

The Whicker’s World Sage Award

‘Retirement’ was not a word in Alan’s vocabulary. He was 83 when he wrote and presented Whicker’s War, a much acclaimed account of his army experiences in Italy for Channel 4. He made his last series for BBC Two, Journey of a Lifetime, in his late eighties. The Sage award will recognise a TV or audio professional who has come to air with an authored story for the first time, a prize of £5,000 will be awarded annually to an applicant aged 50 plus. Submissions of no more than 10 minutes; this can be for presentation but must be their own work. A runner-up will receive £2,000. Keith Earnest Hoult won this award for for Fluechtlinge – Refugee. Keith, a fan of Alan Whicker’s ‘gentle approach’ to interviewing, was inspired to create a ten-minute film about Syrians seeking refuge in a disused airport used for the Berlin Airlift. When he witnessed his friend’s wife Caroline trying to help refugees against a growing backlash he ‘felt the urge to film it if only for her family to reflect on later in life’. Keith learnt his film-making skills at the SAE Institute after redundancy and divorce turned his life upside-down. Judges were impressed that he made this entirely self-funded film as ‘a simple tale of ordinary people helping other ordinary people at their time of most desperate need.’

 

For further details on the awards and entry forms please go to

www.whickersworldfoundation.com

 

-ENDS

 

Notes to editors:

 

For images, media information and interviews please contact:

Siobhan Connor at Connor PR siobhan@connorpr.com   + 44 (0) 7966 177025

 

For Terms and Conditions and award Criteria please go to http://whickersworldfoundation.com/application-forms/

Join the conversation: facebook.com/whickersworldfoundation

https://twitter.com/whickersworld   @whickersworld

 

About Whicker’s World Foundation

On 7 June 2015 Whicker’s World Foundation, whose principle aim is to give a much needed fillip to authored documentary storytelling in the UK, launched three new documentary awards worth over £100,000 for the promotion of curiosity in programme making, generously funded by a legacy left by the celebrated broadcast journalist Alan Whicker. The launch took place in the Sheffield Winter Gardens led by Alex Graham, chair or Doc/Fest, Jane Ray, Artistic Director for the foundation and Kim Longinotto, multi award winning filmmaker. Entries for 2017 Awards opened on September 26th 2016 www.whickersworldfoundation.com

Nadiya Hussain is supporting ‘Be School Ready’, PTA UK’s national campaign to help families with children starting school in September

Exclusive interview with The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain

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Nadiya Hussain is supporting ‘Be School Ready’, PTA UK’s national campaign to help families with children starting school in September. The Be School Ready magazines, produced by PTA UK, which is also celebrating its 60th year, have been distributed providing both practical and emotional support for parents, carers and children so they can start school life with confidence.

http://www.pta.org.uk/BeSchoolReady

Get your kids making their healthy after school snacks as well as eating them! Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story is a book of recipes and stories devised and written by Nadiya herself. Cook up a batch of Carrot and Nutmeg Cookies on a Sunday afternoon and share the story of Rapunzel’s Enchanted Carrots while the cookies bake or read about Ruby-Red and the Three Bears and their Very Berry Muffins while you wait for your own to rise! Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story publishes 8th September 2016 in hardback, priced £14.99

 

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As a mother of three very lively children it is safe to say that I have had my fair share of ‘mum I’m starving’ ‘how long before dinner?’, I’m so hungry’, ‘please can I have a crisp?’, ‘if I can’t have crisp, can I have a small biscuit?’. Whether you have one child, three like me or more, I know it’s the worst feeling trying to decide whether your child should have a snack or should I just let them have whatever they want. If not to just keep them quiet before dinner but ease your own guilt.

I spent years wondering what the right thing was to do during that very intense time between school pick up and dinner time. I will not lie, there have been times where I have just given the kids the easiest option, a packet of crisps, a small bar of chocolate, a biscuit (or two). But I noticed that the kids were like yoyos. After school the kids slumped, tired and exhausted from the day. They walk through the door and as I rush around they have a quick sweet treat and they are then the polar opposite, high as kites, excitable before the inevitable sugar crash to follow.

A few years ago I decided that I needed to overhaul my eating habits along with the kids. I just couldn’t do the constant peak and trough that come with lots of sugar all day long. Better eating habits didn’t mean taking everything away, it just meant eating sugar in moderation and incorporating more fruit and vegetables where possible. I thought it would be a difficult change to make when in fact the transition was the opposite of our sugar crashes and slumps. The transition was smooth.

One of the first things I knew I had to tackle was the time between school pick up and dinner. Upon picking the children up my first question is always ‘how was your day?’ and all three kids always respond with ‘Great, what’s for dinner?’ One of my first tips is that I always take a bottle of water (not chilled). I find children are weary of drinking chilled water because it’s cold and harder to drink quickly. So I take a bottle of water at room temperature and allow them to drink to their fill as soon as I see them. I never believe my children when I’ve asked them if they’ve drunk lots of water through the day. What I like to address is the fact that they may just be very thirsty.

As a fruitier alternative to plain water I like to have water bottles with wide necks and to this I add slices of oranges, kiwi and strawberries and leave it to infuse during the day and take that with me on the school run. Once they have drunk all the water they can finish the fruit inside too.

In between sorting the children, preparing for dinner, finishing emails and doing laundry, I always have a few snacks that I have pre prepared or snacks that can be quickly made. Here is a list of a few of our favourites:

  1. Frozen Yoghurt – small pots of yoghurt, I just pierce a lolly pop stick through the covering and stick the whole thing in the freezer. When frozen, peel off the top of the yoghurt pot and ease the frozen yoghurt out of its pot.
  2. Frozen Blueberry Yoghurt Sticks – take a wooden skewer and pierce it with about 10 blueberries. Dip the whole stick into yoghurt and place the sticks on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen take them off the sheet and place inside a freezer bag and store in the freezer.
  3. Apple and Peanut Rings – core and horizontally slice a green apple, spread the tops with smooth peanut butter and eat straight away.
  4. Houmous Celery Sticks – cut slices of celery sticks about 2 inches long. Fill the inside with houmous and serve.
  5. Summer Fruit Spring Rolls – take a circle of rice paper and soak for a few seconds till soft. Squeeze off any excess water and place down. Add any fruit, the more colourful the better and wrap like a spring roll.
  6. Boiled eggs – I like to keep boiled eggs in the fridge during the week. They are quick simple and nutritious and very easy to eat.
  7. Turkey Ham wrapped Cheese sticks – take a small stick of cheese and wrap around a slice of turkey ham.
  8. Mini omelettes – whisk up some eggs and add onion, cheese, chives and chopped peppers. Pour the mix into a 12 muffin cupcake tin and bake in the oven. Once cooled these can be stored for a week.
  9. Steamed edamame beans – these are great placed in a bowl, splashed with a little water and the covered in cling. Cooked in a microwave for 3 minutes and then sprinkled with salt and paprika.
  10. Plain popcorn – plain popcorn, quickly popped and a large handful is just enough.

In terms of drinks on a warm day I love to make the kids a quick cold smoothie after school and a nice warm drink on the colder school days.

Cold Drink – in a smoothie maker I like to add ice, mint, 1 green apple, the juice of a lime, half water and half apple juice and whizz.

Hot Drink – in a pan add coconut milk and heat up, to this I like to add unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract and honey, boil and serve.

These are all great ways to give the kids a little something to eat to take the edge off the hunger before dinner. But also a great way of getting some of their 5 a day in too.

This is just enough food to keep them sustained long enough to get on to help cook dinner in the kitchen with me, which is their favourite thing to do after school.

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