District News South.
WIDNES: Parents were invited to learn the ins and outs of car seat fitting and replacement at Widnes fire station in an initiative which could save their children's lives. They were shown how to choose and fit seats, when and how to replace them after an accident and were able to get 50% off buying a new child seat. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, two-thirds of car seats are fitted incorrectly and one-in-10 children do not use car seats or seatbelts.
HALTON: A paranormal festival at Halton Lea library, which included talks on a real-life female Dracula, a dowsing workshop and 900-year-old mysterious alien skull, has been hailed as a success by organisers. People had the chance to hear to some of Mersey-side's most spooky sounds at Halton's sixth annual Paranormal Week as part of a festival of spooki-ness.
HALTON: Halton pre-school children are set to benefit from a three-year programme to help with their communication skills. Early Talk is a major UK wide programme developed by I CAN, the children's communication charity, to support the communication needs of all pre-school children. Delivered in partnership with Halton council's children's services and St Helens primary care trust, Early Talk will help pre-school children develop communication skills they need for learning.
HALTON: A cafe run by people with learning disabilities has come up smelling of roses after winning a regional equality and diversity award from north west employers - one of only 15 projects in the whole region to win. The County Garden Cafe began last August as a partnership between Halton day services for adults with learning disabilities and the Community Centres team.
RUNCORN: Jazz junkies can get a double musical fix in Halton when an innovative quintet of some of England's finest young jazz musicians - with a legendary guest trumpeter in tow - come to The Brindley next month. Ambulance is "five of the UK's most exciting young jazz musicians"; Arnie Somogyi's band teams up with one of America's jazz legends, New York trumpeter and Louis Armstrong's former prodigy Eddie Henderson, for a gig at the Run-corn venue on Saturday, May 12. Tickets are on sale now priced pounds 12 and pounds 10 concessions from The Brindley box office on 0151-907 8360.