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KNOWSLEY AND NORTH LIVERPOOL’S BIGGEST NEWSPAPER All Knowsley GP Practices join local networks in national Primary Care transformation

TRANSFORMATION FOR KNOWSLEY GP PRACTICES The biggest transformation to the way family doctors work in more than a generation has been launched in Knowsley. Primary Care Networks (PCN’s) see general practices, large and small, working to support each other while offering a wider range of specialist care services to patients from a range of health professionals. In Knowsley, there are three networks; South and East Knowsley PCN – their clinical director is Dr Dawn Heath; Kirkby PCN – their clinical director is Dr Mike Merriman; and West Knowsley PCN – their clinical director is Dr Adit Jain. All 25 Knowsley GP Practices have joined one of these three networks. GPs will recruit multi-disciplinary teams, including pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics, physician associates and social prescribing support workers, freeing up family doctors to focus on the sickest patients. This new way of working will mean that

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up to 40 per cent of GP appointments can be with a practitioner instead of a doctor, freeing up GP’s time to spend with those with patients who need them most, offering longer appointments and ensuring patients can get a wide range of expert specialist services at their local practice. The NHS will also continue to recruit more practice nurses and GPs, with the number of young doctors choosing to train as GPs now at a record high. Patients will also have a range of options when it comes to getting appointments at their practice, including the introduction of digital appointments, which will build on the progress which saw evening and weekend appointments made available across the country at the end of last year, with an estimated nine million appointments a year now available at more convenient times. • Continued on Page 2

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CADWA calling CADWA Women’s Friendship Club are looking for new members. The club meet every Tuesday evening from 8.00-10.00pm. They have different speakers, fun quiz nights, socials with entertainers, theatre visits, days out and weekends away just for £2.00, no other fee. So if you are lonely, fed up? Just come along, a warm welcome awaits you by Jean. For details telephone Olga on 0151 489 9635. You can find the CADWA Club, Rocky Lane, Liverpool L16 1JD.

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Stamping out hate Merseyside Police and the Police Commissioner’s office have united with partners to carry out a day of action against hate crime in Knowsley. Representatives from the local policing team and Jane Kennedy’s office were joined by Council leader Cllr Graham Morgan, other local councillors and members of the council’s community safety team to carry out a leaflet drop across parts of Prescot aimed at raising awareness of hate crime and promoting the support available to anyone affected. The multi-agency event has been organised following report of racist graffiti being found in the area and aims to encourage who has been a victim to seek help. The event will see leaflets promoting charity Stop Hate UK, who the PCC commissions to deliver a 24/7 independent reporting line, delivered to hundreds of homes in the area. Representatives from all the agencies will also be on hand to talk to residents about the issue of hate crime and the support on offer to anyone who has experienced it. Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Hate crime is never acceptable. Yet sadly we know too many people do put up with it and even accept it as part of their everyday lives. “Today is an opportunity to send out a clear message that hate crime will not be tolerated here in Knowsley, or anywhere across Merseyside. We want anyone affected by hate crime to speak out and get help. Ideally that would be direct to the police, but if for any reason, you don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police, you can still access help and support via Stop Hate UK. “Stop Hate UK’s independent helpline runs 24/7 and is on hand for anyone affected by hate crime of

any type. This service is confidential and anonymous and your details will not be shared without your consent. They can also refer to you to one of our fantastic support services if you need any further care or guidance, that includes the Anthony Walker Foundation, Daisy Inclusive UK and Citizens Advice Liverpool. “This initiative is a great example of how, when all the partners unite, we can address local issues to improve people’s quality of life. My thanks to everyone who has taken part.” Community Policing Inspector Phil Mullally said: “We have seen recent incidents of offensive graffiti in the area and I want to reassure those in the community that we will not tolerate any form of hate crime, and work with the PCC and all our partners to respond to your concerns, find those responsible for incidents and keep Knowsley as a safe and happy place to live, work and visit.”

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In Knowsley, patients are able to benefit from extra GP appointments during normal surgery hours, in the evening and at the weekend. These additional appointments are available in four NHS sites across the borough. Dr Andrew Pryce, GP and chair of NHS Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is delighted with the enthusiasm amongst the GPs. He said: “This is great news for patients in Knowsley. Primary

Care Networks will change the way we see health care delivered within the local community and will become so much more convenient to access. “It builds on the strong history of excellence in Primary Care in Knowsley. The CCG will continue to work with our member practices and support the PCN chairs with their network set-up.” Dianne Johnson, chief executive of NHS Knowsley CCG said: “Primary Care Networks allow the practices within them to

think differently about the services they are offering to their patients. “By working together, they can share the workload and ease pressure on the individual practice teams. “As primary care networks develop, they will work closely with other health and social care partners and the wider system to offer better access to a wider range of joined-up services more quickly for people who need them most”.


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Cabinet approves Kirkby town centre purchase Knowsley Council’s Cabinet has agreed to purchase St Modwen’s assets in Kirkby town centre. Conclusion of the deal will mean that the Council will finally have control of the land and will be able to kick-start the regeneration in the town centre which has been promised by various private sector organisations over the last 20 years. Councillor Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to reach an agreement with St Modwen which will put us in control of being able to deliver the town centre that our residents have been promised and need. “The Council, along with our residents, have waited for too long for the private sector to deliver on their promises. Less than two months ago, we announced that enough was enough. We said that we would explore all options to see how the regeneration in Kirkby could be accelerated. “One option was for the Council to take on the town centre, which is the quickest way

for the retail scheme to be delivered. “Our offer is justifiable and affordable. Until all of the legal agreements have been signed, the offer remains commercially sensitive. We have to respect St Modwen’s confidentiality with this business deal.” Morrisons senior development manager, James Smith, said: “We remain committed to opening a new store in Kirkby and will continue to work closely with Knowsley Council on these plans.” As well as the plans to purchase St Modwen’s assets, the cabinet has also agreed plans to deliver a cinema scheme (on the former Kirkby Library site on Newtown Gardens) and purchase the Knowsley Community College site on Cherryfield Drive. Councillor Morgan added: “We have ambitious plans for Kirkby which go far beyond the delivery of the Morrisons supermarket. “Today marks the start of us being in a position to deliver so much more for Kirkby – something we have wanted all along for our residents and businesses. We want Kirkby to

be a thriving town centre offering and a contractor is in place. choice for residents and visitors “We are aiming to complete alike. the legal agreements quickly so “This is good news for that work can start on the everyone and we hope that our construction of the supermarket commitment to the town centre as soon as possible. will result in more businesses “In addition, Home Bargains deciding to call Kirkby their and KFC are still committed to home. the retail development in Kirkby “I’d particularly like to support which will run alongside the and encourage local, supermarket build. independent traders to come to “I’m also delighted that the Kirkby as well as the more wellCouncil’s officers have been known high street brands. able to confirm interest from a “The current businesses in the cinema operator and restaurant town centre have remained loyal owners and we are looking to to Kirkby, despite challenging get that scheme started as soon times for them, and we really as we can.” appreciate their continued George Howarth MP said: support. I hope that they will “Knowsley Council is to be now enjoy the benefits of this congratulated for negotiating redevelopment. to buy out St Modwen to “We have said all along that enable the redevelopment we wouldn’t be starting from of Kirkby Town Centre to go scratch in Kirkby. St Modwen ahead. already had plans approved for the supermarket, the Today marks the start of site has been us being in a position to prepared for construction, deliver so much more for Kirkby highways - Cllr Graham Morgan schemes have been delivered,

“The private sector has, over the past 20 years and more, treated Kirkby solely as a source of shop rents and has not put in the effort to bring about the regeneration of the town centre. “By contrast, Knowsley Council shares the ambitions of the people of Kirkby for a modern, attractive town centre providing good shopping facilities including a national supermarket chain and up-to-date entertainment facilities”.


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COMMUNITY FOCUSSED FUTURE FOR MUCH LOVED PARK As part of its Love Parks Week celebrations Knowsley Council has announced that it is joining forces with One Knowsley (formerly KCVS), Court Hey Park Friends’ Group and other partners to develop plans to bring the former National Wildflower Centre back to life. The site, located within Court Hey Park in Huyton, has been unoccupied since Landlife who operated the Centre closed its door in 2017. Council leader, Cllr Graham Morgan said: “We were naturally very disappointed when the Wildflower Centre closed and we were really keen to identify a new use for the buildings on site. “It is evident just how much our residents value our parks and open spaces and Court Hey Park is no exception. “After looking to see what ideas private sector partners might have about the future uses of the buildings on site we decided to look again at this project. Their ideas simply didn’t meet our aspirations for the site, our residents deserved better and therefore we decided to look at options that we felt would put our community firmly at the heart of any future plans. “After speaking to One Knowsley and the Friends’ Of the Park group it was clear that they shared our appetite to develop the site into a real community asset. In the process encouraging more people into the park, providing more opportunities for our community to come together and also considering options to open the park up more to organisations like schools, community groups, local

social enterprises and even the Council’s own adult services team. “The opportunities are endless and I personally am really excited to see what ideas and plans come together in the coming months.” Initial thinking includes the relocation of the council’s social care team to the site along with One Knowsley who work to support the voluntary, community, faith and social businesses across the borough. Community gardening charity Incredible Edible will be reclaiming some of the garden space and restoring the centre’s poly-tunnels in order for local people to come together to grow their own fruit and vegetables, eat more healthily, learn a new skills and socialise. The council also plans to create artist studios in the site’s outbuildings to sit alongside bike charity Pedal Away and Social Enterprise MerseyCycle. Bob Dutton from Friends of Court Hey Park said “We’ve worked closely with councillors and the council on these plans and we are delighted that the wheels are in motion to bring this area of the park back into use. “The Friends of Court Hey Park group are deeply committed to promoting, conserving and developing the park and encouraging more people to use its beautiful grounds. “We believe that this ambitious and timely project will do just that.” Anyone wishing to be involved in the project or take up space within the site should contact Chris Birtles, environmental management officer on 0151 443 2480

Teddy bears picnic brings generations together

Fantastic free activities for children in Knowsley’s libraries this summer! If you’re looking for ideas to help you keep the children entertained over the school summer holidays check out all the fantastic free activities in Knowsley’s libraries. The packed programme includes hilarious poetry performances, storytelling with children’s authors, crafts, magic shows and Zoolab minibeast sessions to mention but a few! ‘Space Chase’ Summer Reading Challenge The exciting programme launches with events in all of Knowsley’s libraries to promote the ‘Space Chase’ summer reading challenge. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing the Summer Reading Challenge invites 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way as children team up with the futurist family The Rockets for an exciting space mission. To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library. There’s a certificate and medal for everyone who completes the challenge which runs in Knowsley’s libraries until Saturday 14 September. Space Chase activities and more In keeping with the Space Chase theme there are lots of ‘outer space’ activities in the libraries including fun, creative crafts, colouring and makes plus themed stories with professional storyteller Robin Simpson. Zoolab ‘Space Chases’ sessions are full of fascinating facts about millipedes, snakes, lizards and many more – and, if you’re brave enough, you might even get the chance to hold one of the minibeasts! Meanwhile, The Magic Philip Fun Show promises a roller coast ride of comedy, fun, laughter and of course lots of magic!

Aaron Grange Care Home residents and Blacklow Brow Primary School pupils enjoy a teddy bears picnic and sing-along

A TEDDY bears picnic brought the generations together – with school pupils and care home residents sharing the fun. Children from Blacklow Brow Primary School were visiting elderly residents at Aaron Grange Care Home, both in Huyton, ahead of the summer holiday. The youngsters brought their favourite teddy bears to meet residents and put on a performance, singing nursery rhymes and songs such as ‘In My Liverpool Home’. Taking advantage of the sunny weather, staff at the care home arranged a picnic for the visitors and residents to share in the gardens. Sarah Davies, home manager at

Aaron Grange Care Home, on Blacklow Brow, said: “The residents were overjoyed to see the children with their favourite friends. They sang some really beautiful songs that the residents were able to join in with and sing-along. “The children and residents sang together with real enthusiasm and brought happiness to each other, which was lovely to see, as well as tucking into some picnic food. Everyone had a lovely time. “The residents are looking forward to the next visit from the children when they return back to school after the summer holidays”.


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Prescot Festival celebrates record turnout A Knowsley arts festival saw the biggest turnout in its 14-year history last month. Over 1,700 people attended concerts and cultural events during the 15th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts, with a final-night audience of 325, an increase of 100 on last year. The finale saw festival favourites Maghull Wind Orchestra return to Prescot with a guest star in tow—Danielle Louise Thomas, the soprano known affectionately as the ‘Voice of Liverpool.’ Danielle, who first shot to fame as a teenager on BBC1’s Songs of Praise, was invited after audiences requested a singer to round off the 2019 celebrations. Artistic director Dr Robert Howard, said: “We had queues round the block for a spectacular evening, and as always, the crowds were jubilant and enthusiastic, singing along and waving their flags to a medley of rousing patriotic songs, in the traditional ‘Proms’ style.” The stirring occasion concluded a 10day programme that featured something for everyone, including an opening night with the Band & Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary, a first-time festival appearance from the world-renowned Liverpool Cathedral Choir and a return visit from big band Dr Jazz & the Cheshire Cats. A celebration of community musicmaking, the week also included the first ever Primary Schools’ Choir Festival and

the already-established Young Instrumentalists of Prescot, a showcase for musical talent held in memory of the late local priest and businessman the Reverend David Rose. Robert said: “Every year it’s quite a challenge to top the formidable quality of the previous year, but thanks to our excellent performers, generous sponsors, hard-working volunteers and appreciative audiences, the festival has gone on from strength to strength.” The 16th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts is already penned in for Friday 19 to Sunday 28 June 2020. You can keep up-to-date with it and other, year-round concerts and events at www.prescotfestival.co.uk

£6m Liverpool City Region Kirkby Blinds Direct Ltd town centre fund announced Manufactures of all types of blinds Our prices reflect our quality and service We now stock rigids Now open at: Unit 1, Cornhill Works, Marl Road, Kirkby Industrial Estate, Kirkby L33 7UH Tel: 0151 547 3570 • 0151 547 3677 Fax: 0151 548 1744

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Knowsley Council has put forward Prescot and Huyton to benefit from up to £1 million investment from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s £6m Town Centre Fund. At its meeting on Friday, 26 July, the Combined Authority will be asked to approve up to £6 million – up to £1 million for each of its six local authorities – to support plans to revitalise town centres across the Liverpool City Region. The Combined Authority agreed to commission the £6 million fund in October last year and since then the local authorities have been working up highlevel investment programmes, identifying which town centres they wish to nominate, along with proposals for what they intend to do. Those interventions include masterplan strategies, public realm improvements, physical and digital infrastructure, business support, town centre management and events and marketing activities. Knowsley Council’s plans include developing marketing and promotional plans for Prescot and Huyton, potential for introducing a business grant offer, and other initiatives, including developing a Digital High Street offer, a shopfront support scheme, and business training. Councillor Tony Brennan, (pictured right), cabinet member for regeneration

and economic development, said: “Developing our town centres is a key priority for the Council. We have just agreed a deal to buy Kirkby town centre in order to be in control and kick-start development there. “Our plans for both Huyton and Prescot are progressing well but we have high ambitions for our town centres to be thriving for residents, businesses and visitors alike. “This includes attracting and supporting more businesses into our town centres, upgrading our shop fronts and providing a varied and exciting events programme.”


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Bungee for Barb Local charity Caring Connections staff completed a 160ft bungee jump in July raising awareness for the Barbara Bettle Foundation. The ‘Bungee for Barb’ was set up in memory of local resident Barbara Bettle who lost her life to suicide in 2015. The Barbara Bettle Foundation was officially launched in June 2019 providing a range of fully funded support services to individuals bereaved through suicide across the Merseyside region. Services include fully funded counselling, cognitive behavioural

therapy, group activities and relaxation sessions. Paul Growney CEO of Caring Connections, pictured left personally completed the jump and said: “We are very proud of the foundation and are trying to do a number of these events throughout the year, not so much as fundraisers but as awareness raisers. “The more people we can support through the foundation the better, we can offer support all across Merseyside in a range of locations so if you have been affected by suicide please get in touch”.

Light up the Night with Woodlands Hospice Woodlands Hospice Light Up the Night is back for a second year! It’s a chance to get together with family and friends and have fun, whilst raising money to care for their patients and their families. The walk begins at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, registration is from 5pm. Warm up at 5.45pm followed by the walk at 6pm. This year’s event will be a family (and doggy!!) friendly 5K walk. They encourage you to dress up as brightly as possible and there will be a prize for the brightest dressed! Every participant gets a free Light up the Night t-shirt to wear for the walk and accessories will be available to buy on the night so remember to bring cash. Please wear suitable footwear. For full details please visit www.woodlandshospice.org/whats-on

Appeal for information following firearms discharge in Huyton Detectives are appealing for information following a firearms discharge in Huyton on Monday, 22 July. At around 2.40pm, it was reported that a man had got out of a white car described as a BMW in Brookwood Road, before firing shots towards Adswood Road and leaving in the car. Patrols attended and carried out a search of the area. A car that was in the street at the time of incident had suffered damage consistent with a firearms discharge. House-to-house inquiries were carried out and officers will be looking at CCTV from the area in a bid to identify the offenders. Chief Inspector Chris Joughin said: “We are in the very early stages of the investigation but I can confirm that officers remain in the area while we try to establish the full circumstances

surrounding this incident. “This happened in a residential area in broad daylight and we cannot let people think this is acceptable and that they can get away with it. We need help from the local community to identify those responsible so that we can take the offenders off the streets and put them before the courts. “I would appeal to anyone who heard or saw any suspicious behaviour, or maybe saw a white BMW-type car in the area to please get in touch. “Gun crime is unacceptable in our communities and any information, no matter how small, may assist us in identifying those responsible." Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any dashcam or CCTV footage from the area is asked to contact @MerPolCC, 101 quoting ref. 566 or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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challenge entertainment What’s On August THURSDAY 1 AUGUST REBOUND - BUDDIES GROUP 10:30am – 12:00pm d - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A friendly group for anyone that fancies some company, a laugh and a cuppa - every Thursday morning 10.30-12pm. Bring your knitting, bring a book you'd like to pass on, bring a friend or just bring yourself! Just come along or for more information contact Rebound: 0151 489 4616, reboundcic@aol.com

PEDAL AWAY EVENING CYCLE RIDE @ COURT HEY PARK 6pm – 7pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA. Evening rides for all adults plus families with children aged over 8 years capable of a steady pace across 9 miles of off road cycle path along the Liverpool Loop Line. Adult bikes & helmets available. Limited child bikes. £1 donation. Please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: 01925 234 213 info@cycling.org.uk YOUTH CLUB FOR AGE 12+ (HALEWOOD) 6:30pm – 9:30pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. Youth Club for age 12+ - Tuesday and Thursday 6.30pm 9.30pm - £1 Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865 SATURDAY 3 AUGUST KNOWSLEY FEELGOOD FESTIVAL 11am – 5pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley L16 3NA. A fun packed family day out with health and wellbeing attractions and activities. SUNDAY 4 AUGUST KNOWSLEY FLOWERSHOW 11am – 5pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley L16 3NA. Knowsley’s flagship event of the year. Lots of activities/stalls for all generations. Not forgetting the beautiful flower marquee. For further information please look on the website www.knowsleyflowershow.com MONDAY 5 AUGUST NIFTY 50’S - (HUYTON) 10am – 11am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. For Adults Aged 50 +. A low impact exercise class designed for those that want to keep fit and active at a realistic pace. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ FRIENDS OF COURT HEY PARK MEETINGS 1:30pm – 3:00pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA. Monthly meetings held in the Friends meeting room on the 1st Monday of the month except Bank Holidays. Call 0151 443 3114 for more information. FAMILY NIGHT @ OURPLACE YOUTH FACILITY 5:30pm – 8:00pm Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Open to the whole family (under 18s MUST be accompanied by an adult) Refreshments are provided All activities are 100% FREE!! Activities include: Gaming, Pool & Table Tennis, Arts & Crafts, The Mobile Zoo, Slime Laboratory, Homemade Bath Bombs, Virtual Edge Climbing Wall, Board Games, Bingo and Circus Skills. For further information call Lauren on 0151 443 5323 WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST COFFEE MORNING (ADULTS) - (HUYTON REBOUND)

9am – 10am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A friendly get together - a cuppa and a chat Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ LITTLE MOVERS (AGES 4-7) - (HUYTON) 4pm – 5pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. For Children Aged 4-7. A fun dance class. Price: £3.50. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ FRIENDS OF STADT MOERS PARK 6:30pm – 9:30pm Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. The Friends meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month in the Environment Centre. Call 0151 489 1239 for more information. THURSDAY 8 AUGUST STREET DANCE CLASS (AGES 8+) - (HUYTON) 5pm – 6pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A class that's fast and funky for ages 8yrs and ove. Price: £3 or any two for £5/week. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ PEDAL AWAY EVENING CYCLE RIDE @ COURT HEY PARK 6pm – 7pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA. Evening rides for all adults plus families with children aged over 8 years capable of a steady pace across 9 miles of off road cycle path along the Liverpool Loop Line. Just turn up. Adult bikes & helmets available. Limited child bikes. £1 donation. Please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: 01925 234 213 info@cycling.org.uk MONDAY 12 AUGUST JUNIOR YOUTH CLUB (AGES 9-11) @ OURPLACE YOUTH FACILITY 3:30pm – 5:15pm Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Years 5 & 6 children ONLY! Activities include: Slime Laboratory, Circus Skills, Pizza Making, Climbing Wall, Wheels Extreme, Multi Sports. Call Danny on 07825 132 537 for more details.

REBOUND YOUTH DANCE PRESCOT (AGES 8+) (PRESCOT) 4:30pm – 5:30pm Tesco Community Room, Tesco Prescot, Cables Retail Park, Prescot, L34 5NQ. For Children Aged 8 +. An exciting dance class of various styles. Price: £3.50. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/

WEDNESDAY 21 AUGUST COFFEE MORNING (ADULTS) - (HUYTON REBOUND) 9am – 10am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A friendly get together - a cuppa and a chat Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/

TUESDAY 13 AUGUST SUMMER EVENTS - THE STAR (KIRKBY)(AGE UNDER 5’S) 10:30am – 12:30pm The Star Children's Centre, St Andrew’s View, Kirkby L33 1ZF. Come along to our fun days where we will have lots of activities for under 5's FREE lunch will be provided, Older siblings welcome Contact details - 0151 443 5666 kirkbychlidrenscentre@knowsley.gov.uk

THURSDAY 22 AUGUST REBOUND - BUDDIES GROUP 10:30am – 12:00pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A friendly group for anyone that fancies some company, a laugh and a cuppa - every Thursday morning 10.30-12pm. Bring your knitting, bring a book you'd like to pass on, bring a friend or just bring yourself! Just come along or for more information contact Rebound: 0151 489 4616, reboundcic@aol.com

WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST COFFEE MORNING (ADULTS) - (HUYTON REBOUND) 9am – 10am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A friendly get together - a cuppa and a chat Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ LITTLE MOVERS (AGES 4-7) - (HUYTON) 14, 4pm – 5pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. For Children Aged 4-7. A fun dance class. Price: £3.50. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ THURSDAY 15 AUGUST PEDAL AWAY EVENING CYCLE RIDE @ COURT HEY PARK 6pm – 7pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA Evening rides for all adults plus families with children aged over 8 years capable of a steady pace across 9 miles of off road cycle path along the Liverpool Loop Line. Just turn up. Adult bikes & helmets available. Limited child bikes. £1 donation. Please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: 01925 234 213 info@cycling.org.uk YOGA (ADULTS) 6pm – 7pm Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A community yoga class open to all ages and abilities. Stretch, tone, improve balance etc. Also helps with relaxation and sleep. Spare mats available. Price: £4. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ MONDAY 19 AUGUST JUNIOR YOUTH CLUB (AGES 9-11) @ OURPLACE YOUTH FACILITY 3:30pm – 5:15pm Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Years 5 & 6 children ONLY! Activities include: Slime Laboratory, Circus Skills, Pizza Making, Climbing Wall, Wheels Extreme, Multi Sports. Call Danny on 07825 132 537 for more details. FAMILY NIGHT @ OURPLACE YOUTH FACILITY 5:30pm – 8:00pm Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Open to the whole family (under 18s MUST be accompanied by an adult) Refreshments are provided All activities are 100% FREE!! Activities include: Gaming, Pool & Table Tennis, Arts & Crafts, The Mobile Zoo, Slime Laboratory, Homemade Bath Bombs, Virtual Edge Climbing Wall, Board Games, Bingo and Circus Skills. For further information call Lauren on 0151 443 5323

STREET DANCE CLASS (AGES 8+) - (HUYTON) 5pm – 6pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A class that's fast and funky for ages 8yrs and over. Price: £3 or any two for £5/week. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 MONDAY 26 AUGUST FAMILY NIGHT @ OURPLACE YOUTH FACILITY 5:30pm – 8:00pm Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Open to the whole family (under 18s MUST be accompanied by an adult) Refreshments are provided All activities are 100% FREE!! Activities include: Gaming, Pool & Table Tennis, Arts & Crafts, The Mobile Zoo, Slime Laboratory, Homemade Bath Bombs, Virtual Edge Climbing Wall, Board Games, Bingo and Circus Skills. For further information call Lauren on 0151 443 5323 WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST LINE DANCING (ADULTS) - (HUYTON) 10am – 11am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A fun and friendly class and a great work out for all ages. Suitable for beginners. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 THURSDAY 29 AUGUST PEDAL AWAY EVENING CYCLE RIDE @ COURT HEY PARK 6pm – 7pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA Evening rides for all adults plus families with children aged over 8 years capable of a steady pace across 9 miles of off road cycle path along the Liverpool Loop Line. Just turn up. Adult bikes & helmets available. Limited child bikes. £1 donation. Please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: 01925 234 213


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REMINISCE - the UK's favourite old

skool club classics festival is back!

Saturday 7th September 2019 Midday till 11pm Sherdley Park, St Helens WA9 WHAT’S REMINISCE? Strap yourself in for some knock-your-socks-off nostalgia. Reminisce Festival promises to transport you ravers and party animals back in time with a massive old skool dance lineup. • Six even bigger big-top arenas of musical memories • Over 150 global acts & DJs • Fun Fair • VIP Experience • Exclusive over-30s Quadrant in the Park arena Reminisce Festival is a non-camping, one-day event celebrating the best in classic dance music. Now we are back for 2019 - and once again our arenas will be even bigger to accomodate up to 20,000 festival-goers, with only the very best original old school artists on every stage to give you the ultimate trip down memory lane. We are so excited to see some first timers landing at this year’s Reminisce Festival, especially non other than D:Ream. 25 years since their massive hit singles ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ and ‘You’re The Best Thing’ they will perform in our main big top. As well as that there’s Ultra Nate on our main stage performing the huge vocal anthem ‘Free’. Sure to be special. And look who’s back for 2019 after rocking the place in 2016 - Yes it’s The VENGA BOYS who always bring the party! There’s a first for WHIGFIELD at Reminisce, too. House diva JULIE McKNIGHT is back as well as SANDY B who will both be in our LoveHouse arena. Our Clubland Arena is now twice the size of last year and N TRANCE perform for their first show at the festival alongside DJ ALLIGATOR and IAN VAN DAHL The mighty JUDGE JULES hosts his very own Judgement arena this year paying tribute the best in classic trance anthems and for those who love their real old skool

then XPANSIONS are live in our ‘Quadrant in the park’ over 30s arena performing ‘Move Your Body’. They are also joined by SHADES OF RHYTHM performing ‘Sounds of Eden’ & many more. Our VIP is again hosted by FACE and offers you the full vip experience with private bars, booth seating, luxury washrooms and more with Jeremy Healy and friends spinning anthems exclusively for the VIPs with a host of other acts. Over 150 acts & DJs are landing from all over the world at Reminisce Festival 2019 and you really need to get to the website and check out the full line up. Tickets are now 70% SOLD OUT - So please HURRY!

Tickets and line up at WWW.REMINISCEFESTIVAL.COM

Live at this year’s Reminisce Festival is local lad Lee Butler who will be playing the Clubland Arena who promises to ‘gonna blow ye heads off’


10 August 2019

Prescot Town Council leads the way with recycling initiative Prescot Town Council are running a school uniform recycling scheme in response to the needs of residents. A motion presented to council by Cllr Joanne Burke was supported unanimously by all the town councillors. Joanne said: “Having to buy school uniforms can be a massive strain on some families financial resources, it makes sense to recycle and we as a town council are delighted to be able to deliver this initiative. The town council and Bryer Road Community Centre run by Innovate Volunteering are the two drop off points. Councillors will collect launder and iron, making the pre loved uniforms like new again and residents can telephone the town hall and make a private appointment to come and select what they need. If you have any items of uniform from

primary schools: Our Ladys, Evelyn CP, Prescot CP, St Marys & St Paul’s, St Luke’s or high schools St Edmund Arrowsmith or Prescot School including sports kits that are in good condition (pre-loved) but no longer required, you can drop them off asap at Prescot Town Hall or Bryer Road Community Centre.

If you require any uniform items you can ring Prescot Town Council on 426 3933 to make a private appointment to come and select the items that you need, your privacy and confidentiality is absolute and will be respected at all times.

Support to school uniform costs and SNAP 2019 Are you a parent/family struggling with the costs of school uniforms? Help may be at hand via a scheme open to lower income families funded by Halewood Town Council. The strain on family household income during the 6six-week summer holidays was discussed at length in the most recent Halewood Town Council meeting. Speaking in support of the town council plans to offer support to families, Cllr Allan Harvey reminded the meeting of the long-standing support it has offered to address ‘Holiday Hunger’ and the cost of school uniforms. The scheme was supported by all Halewood Town Councillors, who also endorsed a programme of ‘SNAP’ activities (Sport-Nutrition-Active Play) running every Tuesday from August 6 at The Arncliffe Centre and every Thursday from August 8 at The Hollies. For more information about accessing support with the costs of school uniforms, please contact the main office at your local Halewood Primary School.


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Helping a community blossom Could you help grow Stockbridge’s community garden? A fantastic opportunity has arisen for volunteers to get involved in helping plant and bring to life a community garden in Stockbridge Village. The community garden at Craig’s Community Centre, Little Moss Hey, is currently undergoing a renovation led by Knowsley’s Incredible Edible community growing project and the team is eager for the local community to get involved. Everyone is welcome from complete novices to experienced gardeners, as well as people of all ages including families with young children through to older residents. The community space will allow everyone who gets involved to develop their gardening and growing skills while enjoying being outdoors and spending time with other people cultivating the plot. The Incredible Edible garden project at Craig’s Community Centre is supported by Knowsley Council’s Green Spaces Team and is being delivered as part of Public Health’s new ‘10 Ways to Wellbeing’ campaign, designed to help residents look after their everyday wellbeing. Cllr Sean Donnelly, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “I’d encourage as many people as possible to get involved with what promises to be a fantastic project at the Craig’s Community Centre. Volunteering can give

you such a sense of purpose while planting and growing foods is so rewarding and has a proven positive impact on your mood and sense of wellbeing. “With help from local people Incredible Edible has already successfully transformed the outside area at Huyton Resource Centre and it’s now a source of healthy foods. I can’t wait to see what the people of Stockbridge are going to achieve at the Craig’s Community Centre!” The ‘10 Ways’ campaign advocates simple actions and activities which if done regularly can make a real difference to how you feel and cope with the stresses and demands of life. Incredible Edible complements this perfectly by encouraging people to come together to learn a new skill - growing their own fruit and vegetables - as they socialise with others while working together in the natural environment. If you would like to get involved come and see the Incredible Edible team and volunteers at the garden every Friday between 2pm and 8pm until end of November 2019. You can also visit the garden every day of the week between 9am and 8pm. Or contact Karen Mower, Incredible Edible Knowsley, on 07925 529585 or email: karen.mower@knowsleycommunityhub.co.uk

Knowsley secures £2m to improve the Key Route Network Knowsley Council has secured grant funding of £2m from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Local Growth Fund to progress with the Bank Lane Corridor Improvement scheme in Kirkby. The scheme aims to improve traffic flow and capacity on the Bank Lane Corridor in Kirkby, which forms part of the Liverpool City Region Key Route Network. The Key Route Network is made up of the strategic highway routes that are vital to growth in the Liverpool City Region. Proposed works include:• At the junction of Bank Lane, Boyes Brow and Headbolt Lane, the number of north bound approach lanes will be increased by widening the carriageway, improving junction capacity and traffic flow. In addition, traffic signals will be upgraded, a layby will be constructed on Boyes Brow and the carriageway will be resurfaced. • At the junction of Bank Lane and St Kevin’s Drive, the number of northbound and southbound approach lanes will be increased by widening the carriageway. This will improve junction capacity and traffic flow. In addition, there will be improvements for pedestrians crossing this junction and the carriageway will be resurfaced. • At the Puffin crossing on Bank Lane, near Melling Drive, the traffic signals will be upgraded (improving access for cyclists across Bank Lane) and the carriageway will be resurfaced. A condition of the funding is to ensure that the scheme is completed by 31 March 2020. Work is expected to start next month. This is one of 15 highway schemes funded through the £25m Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Single Investment Fund, funded by capital from central Government’s Local Growth Fund 3.

Volunteers tending the community garden at Craig’s Community Centre, Stockbridge Village, Knowsley


12 August 2019

Funding approved to help grow social enterprises and volunteering in Knowsley Funding of £51,000 to support the growth of social enterprise and volunteering in Knowsley was approved at a recent Cabinet meeting. The funding, from the council’s community fund, will be used to support three projects, which are: Increasing parent participation across the borough A grant of £10,500 was approved for the Knowsley Parent Carers Voice (KPCV) to help it to increase parent participation. KPCV offer essential support to parents and carers of children and young people with special education needs and / or disabilities (SEND). They have been working closely with those agencies who provide services such as health, education and social care to encourage them to work together when designing the services to help parents and carers. KPCV also encourage parents and carers to tell them what they think about services and where things could be improved, so that the agencies can make improvements where they are needed. A grant of £20,000 was awarded to recruit a volunteer development officer at Knowsley Incredible Edible. This person will help organise outdoor volunteering

activities which are suitable for those people who are currently using the adult social care day services and people hoping to improve their job prospects. The project will use green spaces across the borough to bring together a range of services and organisations to offer activities and events. The new volunteer development officer will help people enjoy more independence, develop new skills and have the chance to meet others by taking part in a range of exciting and interactive activities. A grant of £20,000 was approved for the continuation of the LFC Foundation Kicks Project for young people aged 8-19 years in Kirkby, as well as the development of new sessions in Huyton. This project has been successful in helping young people to achieve new skills and grow in confidence. Councillor Tony Brennan, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “This is a great example of Knowsley Better Together – bringing people and organisations together for the benefit of Knowsley and its residents. The projects highlighted at cabinet are just a few examples of where

communities are coming together to deliver services and activities needed locally.

“I wish them all well and look forward to hearing about their outcomes over the coming months.”

New sensory garden opens in time for a busy summer in Swanside A beautiful new sensory garden was officially opened this weekend at Swanside Community Centre in Huyton. The garden was the centrepiece of celebrations at the centre’s annual Summer fair, where guests admired the new facility which has been funded thanks to money from the National Lottery’s Community Fund. The sensory garden features a log cabin, greenhouse, and wildflower meadow filled with pretty flowers offering lots of sensory stimulation with amazing scents and varied textures. A haven for wildlife, the garden will also offer a peaceful place for members of the community, and a fantastic outdoor space for the 70 plus children who will be enjoying summer school sessions at the centre during the six week school holidays. Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Graham Morgan, who officially opened the sensory garden, said: “It was a honour to officially open the new sensory garden at Swanside Community Centre. “I know Jan, Irene and all the volunteers work hard all the year round at the centre and now they have created a fantastic garden which looks really beautiful. It'll be a space that'll bring a lot of joy to people of all ages for a long time to come”.


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Share your memories of Knowsley’s local businesses Kirkby Gallery will be hosting an exhibition from September which will celebrate industry in Knowsley – the goods produced here and the people who made them. In order to do that, we want to hear the memories local people have of the businesses they remember from the past few decades. ‘Made on Merseyside’ will share the stories of businesses large and small, from past and present. At the heart of the exhibition are objects, photos and footage of colleagues, factories and workshops, loaned from a variety of individuals and organisations, as well drawing upon Prescot Museum’s collection. As a result, this exhibition should be of interest to all of our communities. If you have anything that brings back memories of businesses, past and present – products, photos, order forms, packaging – or even just a great memory or story about the company or the characters, Kirkby Gallery would love to talk to you. Perhaps you worked in or owned a business in Knowsley? Or maybe you were a loyal customer who remembers a business fondly. The following places are examples of businesses in Knowsley that would be great to be featured in Made on Merseyside: • Tinling’s • Blundell’s Files • Huntley and Palmer • Bryant and May • Hornby Meccano • Bird’s Eye • Connolly’s • Contract Chemicals • Amazon Studios • Royal Ordnance Factory • Leather Satchel Company • Lancashire Watch Company • Tushingham’s • BICC • Ford • Cronton Colliery • Whiston Colliery • English Electric • Jaguar Land Rover Kirkby Gallery is particularly keen to include vinyl records, tapes etc. recorded at the former Amazon Studios in Kirkby. If anyone has any which could be loaned to the gallery and be part of this exhibition that would be wonderful, and will help bring plenty of nostalgia to many. A full list of the songs recorded there are available on www.knowsleynews.co.uk. If you are interested in finding out more about the Made on Merseyside exhibition or finding out more about how you can be part of it, email tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk Cllr Shelley Powell, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “The Made on Merseyside exhibition is going to bring back plenty of memories for some people, whether they owned or worked in a business, or have just visited. Industry in Knowsley deserves to be celebrated and businesses we’ve had here deserve to be remembered so if you think you can contribute to this exhibition, get in touch.”

Rainford students make the final A group of promising students from Rainford High have made it through to the final of a local New Age Kurling competition. Eight students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from the school have only been learning New Age Kurling a form of the original curling game, but adapted so that it can be played indoors rather than on ice - for a few weeks, yet have already taken the sport by storm and have made it to the final of the exciting competition. Organised by the Sports Development Team from the local authority, the competition was held at Lansbury Bridge, and saw a number of SEND students from the borough take part. The day was split into two, with a boccia competition taking place in the morning. boccia (pronounced bot-cha) is a Paralympic sport with no Olympic equivalent and is similar to bowls. The group that took part in the match were just four points short of bronze position but morale

remained high as they headed into the afternoon’s New Age Kurling competition. In total, four teams competed with Rainford High’s group coming second and making it to the grand final. Kate Thomas, assistant SENCo at Rainford High, said: “We’re so proud of the students who have

not only took part in the competition but have also made it to the final. A big well done to Hannah Bates who was even named player of the match! “It’s so important to encourage inclusivity in every aspect of school and sport, and we were delighted to be involved in this brilliant event.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! ADULT CLASSES LINE DANCING A Class For Adults of Any Age - A fun way to keep fit for all ages. At: Huyton Gateway. Price: £3 Time: Wed 10-11am YOGA A Class For Adults of Any Age - A gentle Hatha Yoga class. At: Huyton Gateway. Price: £4 Time: Mon 11.15-12.15pm Thurs 6-7pm LOW IMPACT EXERCISE For Adults of Any Age - Low Impact Class At: Huyton Gateway. Price: £3 Time: Mon 10 - 11am

Acorn Farm’s football team regularly compete in the Liverpool County FA Day Centre League. In July they took part in the Day Centre Championship and won every game apart from one resulting in them winning the league. They then went on to play in the Pat Ryder Cup Final. This was a very tense match but Acorn Farm won 3-2 against Kirkby Activity Centre. Congratulations to all the team and management - we are so proud of you!!!!

REBOUND BUDDIES A friendly get together, a cuppa and a laugh!, everyone welcome. At: Huyton Gateway Time: 10.30am-12pm every Thursday morning PILATES Wednesday 1-2pm £3.00

CHILDRENS CLASSES WILL RESUME IN SEPTEMBER REBOUND YOUTH DANCE PRESCOT For Children Aged 8 + - An exciting dance class of various styles. At: Tesco Community space, In store at Tesco Prescot. Price: £3.50 Time: Mon 4.30-5.30 pm REBOUND KIDZ For Children Aged 8 and over - An exciting dance class of various styles. At: Huyton Gateway. Price: £3.50 or any two for £6/week Time: Thurs 4-5 pm LITTLE MOVERS For Children Aged 4-7 - A fun dance class At: Huyton Gateway. Price: £3.50 Time: Wed 4 - 5pm STREET DANCE For Children Aged 8+ - A class that’s fast and funky At: Huyton Gateway. Price: £3.50 or any two for £6/week Time: Thurs 5 - 6pm

Wednesday: 9-10am - Coffee Morning Everyone Welcome!

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14 August 2019

CHALLENGE EDUCATION

News from around the region St Anne’s Bake Off inspires pupils Pupils from St Anne’s RC Primary School, Huyton, put down their pencils and put on their aprons to take part in their first ever ‘Bake Off’ event. All children from ages four to 11 took part and produced some fantastic bakes learning lots of new skills while teachers managed to spot several budding bakers. There was a real buzz about the school and the staff and children were very excited to meet their special guest and head judge, Flo Atkins (Great British Bake Off 2017). The judges tasted all the bakes and commented on how delicious they were. When it came down to making their final decision, the judges found it very hard to choose, however they decided that Year 4’s ‘Rainbow Surprise’ cake was their overall winner. Mrs Atkins said that she was thrilled to be a part of such a special event and that hopefully she will return next year for St Anne’s Bake Off 2020.

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Thirty students from Winstanley College took a residential trip to Oxford earlier this month to attend the Oxford University Open Day. The visit included a detailed look into what life at the historic university is like as well as the chance to stay in the accommodation at Merton, Pembroke and Christ Church colleges. One of the highlights of the trip was the three-hour walking tour, ‘Oxford by night’ (with the group clocking almost 30,000 steps for the day!). Former Winstanley student, Alice Wong, who is now studying English at Oxford, joined the tour and provided a student's eye view and real insight into the application process as well as sharing her experiences of university life. This truly capped off an excellent year for the Oxbridge programme at Winstanley College, which also saw its co-ordinator Matt Fisher nominated for a ‘University of Oxford Inspirational Teachers Award 2019’. Matt was nominated by Alice who cited that his ‘support and encouragement’ in the application process and ‘the time he dedicated to each individual’ as the reason she is now studying at Oxford.


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Class of 2019 celebrate another rise in SATs results in Knowsley Primary schools in Knowsley continue to see increases in performance across all subjects at Key Stage 2. Results of this year’s SAT tests show that pupils in Knowsley Primary Schools are keeping pace with the rate of improvement nationally, and that many of our local schools are recording record results which far exceed the national average. The borough’s top performing school in all areas at Key Stage 2 was Halewood Church of England Primary – where a staggering 92.9% of this year’s Year 6 achieved the expected standard in all the areas covered by the SATs – reading, writing and maths. In addition, the school outperformed the national average for pupils achieving the highest possible grade of ‘Greater Depth’ in all three areas too. Nationally only 11% of pupils achieve this very demanding standard but at Halewood Cof E Primary an incredible 32% did so. Headteacher Dave Smith said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive these results and want to pay tribute to the whole school staff team who work so hard to ensure that all our children get the best possible start to their education. “This can only happen when the whole school community works together for the common good. Governors, parents and children all pulling in the same direction. We are immensely proud of our children, their progress and the well-rounded young people they have become, ready to start the next exciting chapter of their lives.” Other top performers in Knowsley included: Cronton Church of England Primary Academy – 83.9% achieved expected standard in all three areas. Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Cronton – 83.9% achieved expected standard in all three areas. St Leo’s and Southmead Catholic Primary – 82.6% achieved expected standard in all three areas. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School – 82.1% achieved expected standard in all three areas. Several local schools also recorded significantly improved performance at Key Stage 2. It is extremely positive Most improved overall was Saints Peter and Paul that results at Key Catholic Primary in Kirkby, Stage 2 continue to who achieved an incredible rise in Knowsley 24.6% point improvement in the number of pupils gaining at the expected standard in all three areas. St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary in Kirkby was one of the other schools celebrating big improvements – jumping 14% points, bringing the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths to 73.3%. Both these schools were involved in Knowsley’s Pathways to Success project over the past academic year, which is one of the initiatives established by the Knowsley Education Commission to raise standards across the borough. Their impressive improvements are testament to the impact this new way of working can have. Overall, schools across Knowsley saw the percentage of pupils reaching Expected Standard in all areas increase by 1% point - from 62% to 63%, which is marginally below the national average of 65% - this too increased by 1% point this year. There was also a 1% point increase in the number of Knowsley pupils achieving the very best results of ‘Greater Depth’ in reading, writing and maths. Cllr Margaret Harvey, cabinet member for children’s services in Knowsley, said: “Congratulations to all the pupils, teachers, school staff and parents who have played their part in helping the children to achieve this year. “It is extremely positive that results at Key Stage 2 continue to rise in Knowsley and some of the results achieved by individual schools would rival those of the top schools anywhere in the country. “The performance of schools like Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary and St Joseph the Worker in Kirkby who have benefitted from our Pathways to Success programme and seen huge increases in achievement as a result are extremely encouraging, and with a continued push on standards this year I’m sure we can achieve even more in 2020. Well done everyone.”

Halewood Church of England Primary School

” St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary School

St Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School


16 August 2019

CHALLENGE EDUCATION

News from around the region

8000 children celebrate STEM! The Exhibition Centre Liverpool erupted with innovation as thousands of young people from across the region enjoyed exciting exhibits and STEMsational shows at The Big Bang North West! The Big Bang North West is managed by All About STEM, sponsored by Unilever and part of a programme led by EngineeringUK. Big Bang events bring science, technology, engineering and maths to life and enable young people to discover the exhilarating and rewarding STEM based careers available via fun, hands-on activities. Adding to the excitement, the event hosted the regional heat of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition. Visitors to the event became real TV presenters, created sustainable products, rode a mechanical horse and acted on a Coronation Street set. They fished for viruses, built go-karts, immersed themselves in virtual reality and enjoyed explosive science, gadgets, drones and coding. They even rode the helicopter from blockbuster What a day! Big Bang movie Mission: Impossible! North West 2019 was Sensational stage shows included definitely the highlight all-singing, all-dancing robot fun with LEGO Education, Zoolab’s curious of our year creatures and creepy-crawlies and phenomenal fire clouds and exhilarating experiments with Science 2 U. Students learned about careers in TV and production with ITV and later appeared on Granada Reports. There was virtual welding, life-saving skills, liquid nitrogen demonstrations, space suits, human bubbles, moon meteorites, real life operations, medical magic, All About Slime and more! Sponsors, exhibitors and educational partners from across the region collaborated to introduce all comers to local STEM courses, career opportunities and apprenticeships. All About STEM Managing Director, Michelle Dow said: “What a day! Big Bang North West 2019 was definitely the highlight of our year. It’s such a fantastic collaboration, which provides our young people with one front door to an incredibly diverse range of STEM careers. I would like to say a personal thank you to all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers, without whom the event just couldn’t happen.” “The event is a fun day out but it’s so much more than that! The people that come, and the activities they present, engage and inspire future STEM employees and, together, we are future-proofing the economy in our region. If you want to join us next year whilst we try to impress the young people from across the North West to choose careers in STEM, get in touch – we would love to make you All About STEM too!”


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Woodlands Hospice catering team is rated 5-star once again! Woodlands Hospice were delighted to retain their 5-star rating following a recent inspection from the Food and Hygiene Standards Agency. During the inspection, Woodlands Hospice was scored on three key areas which included food hygiene and safety, structural requirements and facilities and confidence in management and controls. The catering team were beyond thrilled to receive the highest possible score in all three categories and retained their 5star rating for fourth year following the last inspection which took place in 2017. The catering team at Woodlands Hospice provides delicious, fresh food for the hospice’s inpatients, personalising meals to individuals’ dietary requirements

and preferences. They also cater for the Hospice’s onsite Café, ‘The Green’ as well as catering for hospice events, education sessions and groups held at Woodlands. Karen Mullarkey, facilities and services manager at Woodlands, said: “We’re all so proud of our catering team and volunteers for retaining this fantastic rating. “Our patients and their visitors often comment on how much they enjoy the food and the service that our catering team provides and it can really make a difference to their overall experience at the hospice, so it was wonderful to see their hard work and dedication rewarded in this way”.

Comics Corner for children looked after Comics Youth CIC has been working with a group of children who are in the care of local authority in Knowsley to design and develop a zine, alongside working towards an accredited qualification. The 12-week project was funded by Public Health and developed by Knowsley Council with support from local schools. The project enabled the young people to express their voice through the creation of a comic focussing on their experiences of education, after school provision and the stigma associated with being ‘looked after’. Young people also took part in sessions that addressed the importance of eye contact, listening, using appropriate language, awareness of personal space, managing emotions and making or developing new friends. Some of the participants have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and had low levels of mental wellbeing, were reluctant to engage and had low self-confidence. Art therapy techniques helped these young people to develop relationships and communicate their feelings. As the project progressed, the young people ‘opened up’ more about their experiences. Comics Youth commented that it was “beautiful to see young people become more aware of themselves as learners.” Cllr Margaret Harvey, cabinet member for children’s services, said “This project provided a fantastic opportunity for our young people as well as a way for them to share their experiences and provide us with feedback. It was great to see and hear about how their confidence and skills had developed over such a short period of time.” Overall feedback at the end of the 12 week project included: • Young people felt more comfortable participating in activities with less support.

• They reported improved confidence to take on leadership roles. • Personal confidence developed over the period of the project, from being very shy to being very talkative and willing to contribute. • Evidence that relationships have been strengthened. • Developed life and social skills. • Improved reading and comprehension skills. • Greater understanding and support of one another. • Improvements to focus and better attention spans. • Greater participations in other activities, such as after school clubs. • At the start of the project 89% of participants had low levels of wellbeing, compared to 24% by the end of the project.

Grand National Chorus on the lookout for members Male acapella group Grand National Chorus have an ongoing recruitment drive. Grand National Chorus are looking to recruit new members to their non-profit acapella group. The group currently have 15 members, and are looking to restore the membership of almost fifty that they had when they formed in 1974. They perform both privately and publically, recently performing at events such as Light Night, the Prescot Elizabethan and Make Music Day, all whilst supporting their nominated charity Willowbrook Hospice. Vernon Keeling, PR officer of the Grand National Chorus said: “We see ourselves as a group promoting a healthy and friendly pastime, one well suited to guys who may be lonely or insecure”. For more information, visit the Grand National Chorus website at www.liverpoolinharmony.co.uk or call the group on 0151 480 7379.

Huyton’s Jubilee Park improvements underway Visitors to Jubilee Park in Huyton are welcoming the start of a programme of improvements at the green space, including a new toddler play area. The £88,000 project, expected to be completed in time for the school summer holidays in August, will see the resurfacing and installation of new equipment in both the toddler and children’s play areas, as well as improvements to the pavilion to improve security and reduce anti-social behaviour. The former bowling green, currently fenced off, will be opened up for the public to use for park activities and hedges and trees will be trimmed back to improve sight lines across the park. The project has been made possible following a partnership between Huyton Juniors FC, Page Moss Friends and Family, North Huyton Communities Future, which has successfully bid for the funding from Enovert Community Trust (£48,000), the Government’s ‘Pocket Parks’ initiative (£25,000) and the council’s Knowsley Better Together Communities Fund (£15,000). Cllr Shelley Powell, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods said:

“Jubilee Park is already a very popular, much-loved park and these improvements will create an even better green space and improved facilities for local residents of all ages. We have worked closely with all of the community groups to support their funding bid and are delighted that this has been successful for the benefit of the whole community.”

New Date for August Town Council Meeting With the agreement of the leadership of the Halewood Labour and Halewood Independent Groups, the next Town Council meeting will now take place on Thursday 8 August. This replaces the meeting initially proposed for August 1st. All town councillors have been informed of the date change and formal notices for the meeting will be posted in accordance with procedure. The meeting will take place at The Arncliffe Centre at 7.00 p.m.


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New lease of life for Prescot building A new lease of life has been breathed into the former Prescot Wesleyan Methodist church in Atherton Street within the town centre, continuing the Renaissance of the area. The former church was opened in 1909, but has been derelict for a number of years, with the congregation relocating into the adjacent church hall known as the Prescot Methodist Centre, some time ago. The building is not listed, but is located within the conservation area, and is a locally important landmark. Over recent years all internal furniture had been removed, and the majority of internal features had either been stripped or stolen. The building regularly attracted vandals, and lead work to the roof had been stolen leading to significant damage and rot. Prospects for the building look bleak until local developers, the TJ Thomas Estate Group stepped in. In an innovative scheme designed by Liverpool-based Snow Architects, nine apartments/duplex apartments have been created and are now being placed on the market for rent. Apartments should be ready for occupation within the next two weeks. A spokesman for the TJ Thomas group said: “Whilst this was a complicated restoration project, we have found it rewarding to be able to find a re-use for this historic building, and look forward to welcoming our new tenants when we complete the project�. Lettings are available via TJ Thomas group – Tjthomas.co.uk /sales@tjthomas.co.uk/ 0151 708 6544 Further information can be obtained via DavidMahoney@TJThomas.co.uk or the designers Dave@snowarchitects.co.uk

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20 August 2019

CHALLENGE LIFESTYLE

Books for the beach Not only does regular reading help make you smarter, but it can actually increase your brain power. Just like going for a jog exercises your cardiovascular system, reading regularly improves memory function by giving your brain a good work out. So when you are relaxing on the beach or in the park why not lose yourself in a good book! Here are six top tips for this season. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now. Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most.

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us. Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions.

The Wicked King by Holly Black You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong. After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne.

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JUPITER

NEPTUNE

URANUS

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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighbourhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Alice Network, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America. In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

HEALTHY EATING

Easy ways to eat healthily Citrus chicken

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A zesty dish, not to be confused with our lemon chicken recipe. Try serving this with brown rice and some green beans. Serves: 2 Time: 45 minutes Ingredients 1 tsp sunflower oil ½ onion, finely chopped 1 chicken breast 1 dessert spoon wholemeal flour ½ red pepper, sliced juice of 1 orange, or 75ml unsweetened orange juice plus 25ml water 1 carrot, peeled and sliced 1-2 medium potatoes, cubed chopped parsley (optional) black pepper, freshly ground 130g brown rice, uncooked Method Heat the oil in a pan and brown the onion over a low heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Cut the chicken breast into large pieces and coat

each piece in the flour. Then add the chicken to the pan and brown for 2 minutes, stirring all the time to make sure it doesn't stick. Once the chicken is cooked, add the other ingredients. Then bring it to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer over a low heat for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to packet instructions.


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The friendly games? A new study from The Entertainer reveals Britain’s favourite board games, along with what’s causing the most arguments and where the UK’s biggest cheaters live. The survey of 2000 Brits also reveals the games causing the most arguments, and which cities have the most bust-ups. The UK’s favourite board games (% of Brits who’ve played in the last six months) 1. Monopoly - 26.3% 2. Scrabble – 25.4% 3. Snakes and Ladders – 20.8% 4. Jenga – 19.3% 5. Uno – 18.7%

3. Bristol – 46.3% 4. London – 45.7% 5. Birmingham – 44.5% Which games cause the most arguments 1. Exploding Kittens – 50.5% 2. Monopoly – 47.3% 3. Bananagrams – 47.2% 4. Scattergories – 46.6% 5. Cards Against Humanity – 44.5%

Which cities are most likely to cheat? 1. Belfast 2. London 3. Southampton 4. Liverpool 5. Sheffield What do Brits argue about the most and which cities are arguing the most? 1. Correcting others on the rules (Bristol 31%) 2. Cheating (Belfast 21.4%) 3. Being a sore loser (Edinburgh 22%) 4. Giving up or refusing to keep playing (Manchester 22%) 5. Trying to make up the rules (Cardiff 22%) Which cities argue the most? (% of Brits who’ve argued in the last six months) 1. Belfast – 51% 2. Leeds – 47.4%

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22 August 2019

CHALLENGE HEALTH Healthy Knowsley

OH WHAT A NIGHT IN KIRKBY

HEALTHY KNOWSLEY Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care I’m delighted to share with you that our Shared Lives and Supported Living service has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating following an inspection earlier this year from the care quality watchdog, The Care Quality Commission (CQC). Knowsley’s Shared Lives and Supported Living service supports vulnerable people living in their own homes and recruits Shared Lives carers to share their homes with adults with support needs. The inspection outcome is a fitting tribute to the dedicated and committed staff, as well as the positive impact these services have on our residents. Inspectors rated the service as ‘Outstanding’ overall based on five categories - caring, effective, responsive, well-led and safe. Inspectors praised the care and support provided and commented it was ‘truly individualised, flexible and responsive’, and how the provision had enhanced, enriched and changed people’s lives. Residents and families also commented that they felt listened to, valued and respected. Well done to everyone involved! There’s a number of campaigns coming up next month including ‘Know you numbers’ encouraging residents to know what their blood pressure is and the steps they can take to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure. During week commencing 9 September, you can get your blood pressure taken in Volair leisure centres - find out when and where on www.knowsleynews.co.uk

The manageress and her staff at the Park Brow Pub in Kirkby recently organised a charity night for Breast Mates Cancer Support Group. Breast Mates have been raising money for an Accuvein machine for Whiston Hospital. The machine is used to access veins for the purpose of taking blood. Jackie Lucock, Trustee at Breast Mates, said: “The atmosphere was magnetic with the pub decorated for the occasion and the local community welcoming Breast Mates with open arms. “George the singer entertained us and Trisha had put on a mouth-watering buffet and provided lots of raffle prizes. “Breast Mates would like to thank Trisha and her staff for organising the event and also thanks to all those who attended for their generosity. “Trisha and all involved in the Park Brow Pub you are all amazing.”

We’ll also be starting our flu vaccination programme in September, which is the best way to protect you and your family from flu. If you’re pregnant, over the age of 65 years, have a long-term health condition or if you’re a carer, then you’re eligible for the free flu vaccine. Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people. You can help to prevent the spread of flu by washing your hands often with warm water and soap, use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze and bin used tissues as quickly as possible. Find out more by speaking to your GP, pharmacy or midwife or visit www.nhs.uk

CCG rated GOOD once again Each year, NHS England assesses the performance of all CCG’s against a series of indicators contained within a framework known as the ‘Improvement and Assessment Framework’ (IAF). Each CCG then receives an overall performance rating in one of four categories: outstanding, good, requires improvement, or inadequate. The CCG has once again been rated as ‘GOOD’, continuing the CCG’s track record of having achieved this rating every year since the CCG IAF was introduced. In its assessment, NHS England congratulated Knowsley CCG on the progress it had made during the year, and highlighted the CCG’s success in sustained delivery. The report also commended the CCG on its financial performance during 2018/19.


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BMA joins calls to tackle knife crime through public health approach The British Medical Association (BMA) has expressed ‘extreme concern’ over the rise in knife crime across the UK, with A&E doctors witnessing a rise in the number of stab victims needing emergency medical care. Official data shows that knife crime in England and Wales rose to record levels in 2017/2018 with frontline doctors dealing first hand with the devastating impact on individuals and the wider community. In a motion passed at the BMA’s ARM (Annual Representatives Meeting) in Belfast, members called for knife crime to be treated as a public health issue. The BMA also wants to see changes to the medical student curriculum in order to improve awareness of the social impacts of knife crime through closer working with charities and other organisations. This comes almost two years after the death of Adam Ellison, the 29-year-old who was stabbed to death on his way home from a night out in Prescot town centre. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Adam’s mum Joyce said “This is a pain we have never known... it’s just

devastating. I wouldn’t want anybody else to go through this.” His family set up the charity Achieving Dreams and Memories (ADAM), which is already working with communities to tackle knife crime. Gurdas Singh, co-chair of the BMA Medical Students Committee said: “In my time working in emergency rooms I was shocked by the number of young people in particular in need of emergency treatment due to assault with a knife. “Knife crime is responsible for too many tragedies in our society with over 100 fatal stabbings across the UK so far in 2019. “There are a plethora of sources that are often forgotten when tackling knife crime, from poverty to racial oppression to social deprivation.” Lara Akinn, member of the Welsh Medical Students Committee and original proposer of the motion, said: “I am pleased to see this motion passed and a commitment from the BMA to work with charities and organisations to help improve awareness of the wider impact of knife crime among medical students as part of the medical school curriculum.”

Hospice urgent appeal for volunteer drivers Willowbrook Hospice has launched an urgent appeal for volunteer drivers and van driver’s assistants in the Knowsley and St Helens area to help with collections of donations and deliveries. Bev Neilson, retail volunteer coordinator at Willowbrook Hospice, said: “We’ve got 16 charity shops throughout ‘our patch’ and we really depend on our van drivers and assistants to help stock our shops and deliver any large items to our customers. “All the money raised through our shops helps Willowbrook to continue to care and support people with life limiting illnesses across St Helens and Knowsley. “Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding. Many of our volunteers have developed new skills or gained valuable work experience. “It’s a great way to meet new people from all walks of life and get involved with the community and without the support of our volunteers we couldn’t continue to do what we do..” Barry Lyon, one of Willowbrook’s volunteer drivers said: “I’m proud to volunteer for Willowbrook and have seen the fantastic work that the hospice does first hand. “It’s an amazing organisation and offers so much help and support to people in our local community.

“Since I became a volunteer for Willowbrook I’ve met a great bunch of people – staff, fellow volunteers and supporters - and I would encourage anyone who’s got a few hours to spare to sign up and join the Willowbrook volunteer team.” For more information about volunteering please contact Bev on 01744 766929 or email help@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

Celebrating the care and dedication Staff from across the Trust were honoured at a glittering awards ceremony. A host of famous faces and more than 1000 staff turned out at the Annual Staff Awards which are held each year to highlight the outstanding contribution of staff and the difference they make to the lives of many patients. Chief Executive, Ann Marr, said: “The awards ceremony provides a fantastic opportunity for patients and their families to have their say about the excellent care they receive at our Trust. It is extremely important that we have the chance to pass on those thanks to staff and let them know that their commitment and kindness is never taken for granted”.

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24 August 2019

KNOWSLEY ARK

Bringing history alive

The Malayan connection revisited This month, we are looking ahead to an exciting event that will be taking place on Wednesday 28th August. A group of Alumni from the Malayan Teachers’ Training College (MTTC) is making a return visit to Kirkby, when the former students hope to meet up with local people for a reminiscence session at the Archive. We’ll also be mounting an exhibition to celebrate the visit, and showing films of the students’ arrival in the 1950s and the ARK’s ‘Malayan Connection’ documentary. The Alumni are looking forward to revisiting Granborne Chase, on the original site of the College, and reviewing the information panel that was unveiled during their visit in August 2017. That occasion was definitely one of the highlights of our three year programme of National Lottery Heritage Fund supported ARK projects. ‘The Malayan Connection’ saw the Archive link up with former students of the college and local residents to share and celebrate the history of the MTTC and its significance to the Malaysian people. We have to go back to the Second World War to discover the physical origins of the College. Then, the barrack-like wooden huts with their strange, overhead hot water pipes were erected on land at Kirkby Fields as a temporary hostel for up to 1,000 Royal Ordnance Factory workers. At the end of the war, Liverpool Corporation was met with an urgent requirement for teachers and a need to retrain returning military personnel in a

The Alumni visit Granbourne Chase in 2017

The students brought a great deal of diversity to Kirkby and the wider region

new career: the now vacant hostel was the ideal location for a teaching establishment. The Liverpool Corporation Emergency Teacher Training College opened on the site of the former hostel and operated from 1948 to1951. At this point, the Federation of Malaya Government accepted an offer from the British Government to open a Teachers’ Training College at Kirkby (a second was opened

The college badge and menu from the Perseus

later at Brinsford Lodge, Wolverhampton) and on 2 January 1952, the first batch of 149 students arrived in Kirkby. These young people were drawn together from the different cultural, racial and religious communities that formed post World War II Malayan society. They came to Kirkby to train as educators, to gain a teaching qualification by employing western techniques and methodologies. The scheme was filled with optimism for the future as Malaya, embroiled as it was in the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), planned its vision of a multi-ethnic, diverse and tolerant nation independent of British rule. The College magazine, Panduan, embraced this optimism as a ‘challenge to work for a united, progressive and harmonious Malaya, having its roots in and drawing its sustenance from the (country’s) several diversities’. The Malayan Teachers’ Training College welcomed 10 batches of students between 1952 and 1962. The young people, whilst fully appreciating the importance of their studies, threw themselves into experiencing western culture, befriending local families and spending their holidays touring around Britain and Europe on a shoestring. They were also the recipients of a highly significant announcement: on 7th February 1956, Malaya’s first Chief Minister (and later Prime Minister) Tunku Abdul Rahman, travelled to the College from London, where he had been negotiating the terms of Malaya’s independence from Colonial rule with British Government ministers.

He announced to the amassed students and the world that ‘Merdeka’ – independence - had been agreed and would be established on 31st August 1957. To this day, the Malaysian people celebrate Hari Merdeka, or Independence Day and in 2017, the information panel on Granborne Chase was unveiled on the 60th anniversary. The students brought a great deal of diversity to Kirkby and the wider region: their ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds were drawn from Malay, Indian and Chinese heritage. They also practiced a range of religious beliefs as the students were of Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian faith. The people of Kirkby were entranced by the students’ appetite for sharing their culture through art, music, costume, literature, drama and dance. The local residents were introduced to exotic foods that the students encouraged their hosts to dine on – but the food that has stayed fondly in the minds of the Alumni is the good old fashioned fish and chip supper with bread and butter pudding to follow. When the Alumni visited in 2017, they brought many items relating to their time at the college with them to donate to the archive, from photographs and scrap books, college magazines and programmes to official documentation and reports. The Malayan Teachers’ Training College Collection gives us a window into the lives of the students, whether they be studying, enjoying the performing arts or

Find out more by visiting http://archives.knowsley.gov.uk/ or you can following the ARK on Twitter @knowsleyarchive


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Outdoors with The Hairy Gardener Hello again

Above: Students arrival at Kirkby Station, 1955. Below: Students at the college gates, 1958

travelling across Europe. The collection, which will be featured in the exhibition being mounted to celebrate the return of the MTTC Alumni in August, has been fully catalogued and can be searched online at www.archivecat.knowsley.gov.uk/CalmView One of the Alumni, V. P. Mohan (19551957 Batch) donated his selection papers to the collection. The notification of acceptance document, issued by the Department of Education, Federation of Malaya is the formal offer of a place at the Kirkby Teacher-Training College. The document outlines a series of conditions to be met by the student, including a commitment to repay the Government part of the cost of the training course over a period of five years. The form is signed by W Burton, for the Director of Education. It shows the commitment that the young students had to make, in both personal and financial terms, in order to accept the posting to Kirkby. So we are delighted that a group of Alumni are coming back to Kirkby one more time. They are keen to meet up with people who recall the College and would like to share their memories. Perhaps you were a primary school teacher who guided an MTTC student through teacher training in a local school, or maybe even a pupil who learned la little of South East Asian culture through contact with one of the student teachers? You may have lived in Kirkby and befriended the students – or maybe you live in Kirkby Fields and so share in the heritage of the College. The event will take place on Wednesday 28th August and if you would like to come along, please contact the ARK for further details. You can visit the ARK at the Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY.

You may remember a few articles ago how I was describing how to grow potatoes in bags, well harvest time arrived a couple of days ago. Time to delve into the compost and see what delights have grown over the last 12 weeks. The results could have have been better in the amount of potatoes or am I being greedy, yes I am, plenty for a few meals. Oh but the flavour, I have to say nearly unbeatable and it was so nice to get potatoes with unblemished skins and no diseased tubers. One thing I will do differently in the growing stage next year is to fill the bags to the top from the beginning with compost and plant the tuber 8 to 10 inches deep so that the potato stem forces it’s way through only once by doing this the plant should produce more tubers to eat. Completely changing the subject to indoor plants not a subject I talk a lot about but I thought I’d throw you a curve ball this month. How about growing an orange tree now don’t all stop reading a once. You need a container eventually to hold the tree but don’t go and buy a plant from the nursery or garden centre because you can grow your own. Contrary to popular belief, orange trees do not need excessively high temperatures to thrive although they don’t like very cold weather so if you have a heated conservatory or greenhouse what success you will have. Now to the plant, it is quite possible to grow an orange tree from seed. The seeds are mostly polyembryonic which means that more than one plant may grow from each seed. Discard the weakest seedling and the selected one should

grow true to type. To germinate they need a temperature of 1315 degrees centigrade. Sow the seed into a three inch pot of sandy soil half an inch deep. Leave the seedlings for two years before transplanting into a four inch pot. In the fourth spring transplant once again into its final size pot. The big disadvantage of rearing oranges this way is they are slow to fruit. But trees raised in this way are hardy and cost next to nothing. When you get to the tree stage water regularly in summer. In winter you can let it get almost dry but do not allow the roots to dry out. Oranges benefit from spraying the leaves with clean water daily in warm weather and once a week in winter. Until next time good gardening

NEWS BITES

Summer fun activities for families in Halewood The summer of 2019 will see a range of services and activities provided by the community, faith and voluntary sector across Halewood. This includes the delivery of activities by Halewood Town Council. Events include: Saturday 3 August Halewood Community Fun Day at Hollies Field Hollies Hall Field 12.00 – 5.00pm Tuesday 6 August Halewood SNAP Event. Activities for children aged up to 11, Free lunch provided Hollies Hall 11.00 – 2.00pm Tuesday 13 August Halewood SNAP Event. Activities for children aged up to 11. Free lunch provided, Arncliffe Centre 11.00 – 2.00pm Tuesday 20 August Halewood SNAP Event. Activities for children aged up to 1, Free lunch provided Hollies Hall 11.00 – 2.00pm Tuesday 27 August Halewood SNAP Event. Activities for children aged up to 11. Free lunch provided Arncliffe Centre 11.00 – 2.00pm For more information contact: Lynn O’Keeffe on 0151 487 7418.

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Talent wanted for Knowsley’s Shine 2019 showcase Calling all performers, singers, actors, dancers, musicians, poets, magicians... in fact anyone with a talent to share! Applications are now open for you to take centre stage at this year’s prestigious Shine talent competition in Knowsley. The Shine 2019 event takes place on Friday, 18 October and promises to be a fantastic evening of entertainment - and the search is now on for performers aged from 1 to 100 to be part of it. This is an exceptional opportunity for individuals or groups to showcase their talent to an audience of more than 300 at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park in Huyton. Whether you’re a first-time performer or a more experienced showman, being part of Shine is an unforgettable experience - performing on a real stage at a prestigious event in front of a big audience. Last year, audiences at the first ever Shine were entertained by singers, dancers, gymnasts and actors - and this year the stage is open to all, once again. So if you have a connection with Knowsley and you can sing, dance, act or perhaps you're a budding magician, gymnast, comedian, musician, poet or have some other act which will work well, then Shine 2019 could be for you. Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “We know that there are some incredible talents out there in Knowsley - from musicians to magicians, artists to acrobats! “Shine is a chance for anyone with a passion for entertaining to take to the big stage and show the whole borough what

they can do... and who knows where it might lead?” How do I take part in Shine 2019? If you a talent to showcase at Shine 2019, then what are you waiting for? Information about eligibility and how to enter can be found on www.knowsley.gov.uk or on the Shine 2019 Facebook page www.facebook.com/shineknowsley You’ll need to fill in an application form and provide a short video audition which gives a flavour of your performance. If you need more information please email KLCPevents@knowsley.gov.uk or call 0151 443 5749. Entries must be received by Friday 20 September if you are to be considered to perform. Want to be in the audience at Shine 2019? If you don’t fancy taking to the stage make sure you don’t miss your chance to be in the audience enjoying the very best talent the borough has to offer. Shine 2019 promises to be a non-stop, high energy evening filled with an aweinspiring variety of different performers. And with tickets priced at just £8 per person, it’s the best value entertainment in town. The show starts at 7pm on Friday 18 October, at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton. Tickets are available in person at KLCP or by calling 0151 443 2200. You can also book online at https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/shi ne-2019.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service have urged the public to be particularly careful during the current spell of hot weather. Last year there were significant fires in the region. These fire caused extensive damage to our natural environment and public amenities, with the swift action of firefighters preventing further destruction. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has already seen a rise in incidents involving grass and trees since the beginning of the school holidays and the very hot weather we are experiencing. Some of the fires in Merseyside last year and in the current hot period are believed to have been started deliberately and parents are urged to discuss the very serious consequences of arson with their children. In addition to this, there are a number of ways people can reduce the risk of grassland and woodland fires: • Ensure cigarettes are extinguished correctly and cannot reignite - don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground – take your litter home. • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows. • Avoid using open fires in the countryside. • Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodland – sunlight shining through glass can start fires (take them home and recycle them). • Only use barbecues in a suitable and safe area and never leave them unattended. • If you see a fire, report it to the fire and rescue service immediately by calling 999 and give the nearest main road that the fire appliance can access. • Don’t attempt to tackle fires– leave the area as quickly as possible. MFRS Arson officers will be very active throughout the hot period to prevent further fires starting. The public are urged to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to MFRS and Merseyside Police. Community Safety Co-ordinator, Michael Buratti said: “The current conditions are creating the ideal environment for fires to start in woodland and grassland. We would urge the public to be especially careful in the hot weather and dispose of rubbish and barbecues safely. “We would also remind, particularly parents, that deliberately setting a fire is arson. Deliberate fires are investigated. “Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s

Arson Team will be working with Merseyside Police, Local Authorities and other partner agencies to identify offenders. “Please speak to your children about the very real consequences of arson for them and others”.

Appeal for missing teen

Merseyside Police are appealing for help to trace a 16-year-old male from Kirkby who is missing. Reece Anthony Evans was last seen on 13 July near his home address in Kirkby. He is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, with collar length untidy brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. When last seen he was wearing a green t-shirt, green shorts and black trainers. Reece has links to Huyton and Kirkby. Anyone who has seen Reece or anyone fitting his description is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact @MissingPeople on 116 000.


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HAUNTED MERSEYSIDE with Tom Slemen

Two Vampire Tales On the Sunday evening of 10 May 8-foot wall in the church cemetery to 1959, temperatures across the North escape, and how he found what looked West suddenly rose to 70 degrees, and like contact lenses and blood near a a rare phenomenon known as ‘vapour grave. lock’ took place; petrol in the fuel The landlord Sylvia had rented the delivery systems of cars changed from house from recalled her ‘strange eyes’ liquid to gas and the vehicles stalled. but whoever - and whatever - she was Hundreds of cars - including many in remains a mystery, for she was never Liverpool - came to a halt on the roads. seen again. David Avery’s Ford Anglia conked out on It’s a basic fact of nature’s food chain Huyton’s Stanley Road, and when he and that higher life forms eat lower ones. The his friend Alan Holt - both aged 18 human race have walked on the moon tried to bump-start the vehicle, they and unravelled their own genetic code noticed a wild party in full swing at a but a majority of them still eat the flesh of nearby terraced house. ‘lower animals’ and likewise the vampire The lads could hear ‘Great Balls of Fire’ (mentioned by every religion on earth) is on a record player and the shadows of said to live off the blood of the human. people jiving on the blinds, and then two Vampires are mentioned many times in girls came out onto the doorstep, the Bible, most graphically in Proverbs smoking with bottles of beer in their 30:14: “There are those whose teeth are hands. swords, whose fangs are knives” and the They giggled at David and Alan, and Bible categorically forbids the drinking of David gave up trying to start the car and blood, “for the blood is the life”. went to chat to the teenaged girls. In October 1888, at the height of the The party was being thrown by a Jack the Ripper scare, 40-year-old Louisa popular girl named Sylvia, and her parties Johnson, a Roby widow who was staying always went on till the milkman arrived, at the North Western Hotel on Lime the girls explained. David and Alan went Street, sensed there was something very into the house and joined the wild party. eerie about a tall foreign-speaking man Sylvia was aged about 19, and was who had recently booked into the hotel. very beautiful with shoulder length black He wore a velvet mask because he was hair. She was dancing barefoot in a white said to be disfigured, and was dress and all the young men encircled supposedly a wine expert, but when one her, seemingly mesmerized by her beauty of the cases being transported to his and sex appeal. room (on the top floor) opened by David and Alan fell for her immediately. accident, the porter said he had seen There was an bottles of what looked endless supply of like blood. “Alan Holt appeared bottled beer and Mrs Johnson told the food, and by 3am, hotel manager that the at the top of the David realised his foreign guest could stairs in his friend was missing. possibly be the Ripper, Guests told him he but was assured that underpants, was upstairs with ‘Mr Zigismund’ was a clutching his neck” Sylvia. respected Hungarian At 3.15am two vintner on business in policemen arrived because neighbours the city and that the bottles had probably were complaining about the racket, and contained a rich red burgundy. there was a scream upstairs - a male That evening, Louisa Johnson caught a scream. fleeting glimpse of Zigismund in the Alan Holt appeared at the top of the corner of her room. She screamed and stairs in his underpants, clutching his he vanished. neck. Blood was pouring from between Louisa ran into the corridor and met an his fingers. American guest named William Powell David and the policemen rushed to the who calmed her down. teen’s aid, and he told them Sylvia had She told him what she had just bit his neck and left wrist. The police went witnessed and about the porter’s story of into the bedroom of the hostess and saw the bottles of blood. Powell said her throw open the window before something odd which frightened the fearlessly jumping clean out of it. widow. “If it was blood in the bottles, and She landed in the street and ran off if you did see him appear and vanish in through a hailstorm at an incredible your room, is this Hungarian fellow a speed towards St Michael’s Church. vampire?” Years later I interviewed one of the The next morning, Powell called at policemen who chased Sylvia, and he Louisa’s room and told her he had told me how she jumped clean over an purchased a silver crucifix which she

should wear - just in case Zigismund was a bloodsucker. That evening - 31 October - the city was visited by a thick fog, and at midnight the screams of a prostitute named Lizzie Stewart echoed along Lime Street. She told police constables Barr and Byrne a man in a cloak had swooped down on her from one of the windows of the North Western Hotel and had tried to

grab her. The policemen later encountered the man - who had the face of a devil - outside the hotel but he bounded off into the fog like SpringHeeled Jack. Mr Zigismund vanished from his room that same night and was never heard from again. • Haunted Liverpool 31 is out now on Amazon

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PUBLIC NOTICES

28 August 2019

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (PROHIBITION AND RESTRICTION OF WAITING AND LOADING AND PARKING PLACES) (CIVIL ENFORCEMENT AND CONSOLIDATION) ORDER 2015 (AMENDMENT NO 49) (KINGSWAY AND MAPLE CRESCENT HUYTON) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (“the Council”) proposes to make the above-named order (“the Order”) under Sections 1, 2, 4, 19, 32, 35, 45, 46, 47 53 and 124 and Part IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the 1984 Act”). If the Order comes into force the effect will be to amend the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting and Loading and Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement and Consolidation) Order 2015 as amended (“the 2015 Order”) by introducing a permit only parking area from Monday to Friday between 11am and 1pm on Kingsway Huyton (from its junction with Rupert Road in a southerly direction to its junction with Larch Road) and Maple Crescent Huyton (for its entire length) so that no person shall cause or permit any vehicle to park in the parking area during the periods specified unless there is on display in the relevant position on that vehicle a permit valid for that vehicle and that parking area. The 2015 Order would be amended by the revocation of the Map Tiles specified in the First Schedule below and the insertion and addition of the Map Tiles specified in the Second Schedule below and the insertion and the addition in to Schedule 1 of the 2015 Order the parking permit eligibility details specified in the Third Schedule below. The proposed Order would come into operation on the date that the Council publishes a notice stating that the Order has been made. A copy of the proposed Order and Map Tiles, plans showing the parts of the highway and areas affected by the Order and a statement of the Council's reasons for proposing to make the Order may be inspected free of charge during normal office hours Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays and public holidays) at the reception desks at the Council’s One Stop Shop offices at The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, L26 9UH, The Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, L34 5GA, Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU and The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY and can also be viewed on the Council’s website at www.knowsley.gov.uk/consultations Any objections and representations relating to the proposed Order together with the grounds on which they are made, should be sent in writing to Mike Dearing Head of Legal Services, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Legal Services, 2nd Floor, Municipal Building, Archway Road Huyton Merseyside L36 9YU quoting reference (Legal/YH/Kingsway and Maple TRO) before 16th September 2019. Merseyside L36 9YU quoting reference (Legal/YH/Wynwood/TRO) before 12th August 2019.

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (PUBLIC FOOTPATH KB/2/1 MILL LANE, KIRKBY) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF PEDESTRIANS TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2019

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (RUPERT ROAD, HUYTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2019

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable maintenance works on the railway bridge on Mill Lane, Kirkby (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate pedestrian management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit pedestrians including pedal cycles from proceeding along:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate sewer repair works on Rupert Road, Huyton (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along:

(i) KB/2/1 Mill Lane Footpath, Kirkby – from its interface with Mill Lane for a distance of 30 metres in a southerly direction. The diversion route for pedestrian traffic affected by the footpath closure on Mill Lane footpath will be via Boyes Brow, County Road and Hall Lane and vice versa. From the entry point in Millennium Park, Old Hall Lane the diversion route for pedestrian traffic will be via Old Hall Lane, Hall Lane, County Road, Boyes Brow and Mill Lane. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Tuesday 13th August to Friday 13th September 2019. The Order will come into force on Tuesday 13th August 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions will be provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 29th July 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

FIRST SCHEDULE Map Tiles revoked from the 2015 Order Road

Ward

Kingsway Roby Maple Crescent

Extent of Restriction

Map Tile Number(s)

Map Tile Revision

Shown on drawing numbered PT/TM/5860

R48

1

Notice is hereby given that applications have been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley.

SECOND SCHEDULE Map Tile inserted in to the 2015 Order Road

Ward

Kingsway Roby Maple Crescent

Extent of Restriction

Map Tile Number(s)

Map Tile Revision

As per the drawing numbered PT/TM/5860

R48

2

THIRD SCHEDULE Schedule inserted in to Schedule 1 of the 2015 Order - zones and maximum numbers of permits Residents parking eligibility, zones and maximum numbers of permits Scheme Name

Roads Affected

Eligible Properties

Maximum Number of Resident Permits

Maximum Number of Visitor Permits

Kingsway and Maple Crescent, Huyton

Kingsway

Properties numbered 235 to 261 odds and 236 to 268 evens

One permit per vehicle registered at the affected property address

One permit per eligible household

Kingsway and Maple Crescent Huyton

Maple Crescent

Properties numbered 1 to 31

One permit per vehicle registered at the affected property address

One permit per eligible household

Kingsway and Maple Crescent Huyton

Rupert Road

Properties numbered 61 and 63

One permit per vehicle registered at the affected property address

One permit per eligible household

LICENSING ACT 2003 TAKE NOTICE THAT HARRINGTON’S BAR & EATERY has applied to Knowsley Licensing Authority for a PREMISES LICENCE in respect of Harrington’s Bar & Eatery, 77a Eccleston Street, Prescot, L34 5QH. SALE OF ALCOHOL SUNDAY-FRIDAY 10:00-23:00, SATURDAY 10:00-23:30, LATE NIGHT REFRESHMENTS SATURDAYS 23:00-23:30. LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY 13:00 – 23:15, SATURDAY 13:0023:30, RECORDED MUSIC MONDAY – SATURDAY 09:00am-23:59pm, SUNDAY 10:00-23:00, NON-STANDARD TIMINGS CHRISTMAS EVE,CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY, NEW YEARS EVE 10:00-23:59. A record of this application can be inspected by members of the public between the hours of 9am-4pm Monday-Friday at the office of the Licensing Authority of Knowsley MBC which is located at: Knowsley MBC Licensing Service, Environmental Health and Consumer Protection, 2nd floor, Yorkon Building, Archway Road, Knowsley, Merseyside, L36 9FB. Please ring 0151 443 2300 to arrange an appointment. www.knowsley.gov.uk. A Responsible Authority or any other person(s) wishing to make representations on this application must do so in writing to Knowsley Licensing Authority at the above-mentioned address. Any written representations must be received by the Licensing Authority no later than Monday 12th August 2019. It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application under the Licensing Act 2003. A person guilty of such an offence is liable on summary conviction to an unlimited fine.

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15(4) OR (5) OR ARTICLE 16 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION

Dated 29th July 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF RIGHT TURNS)(COPPICE LANE AND WILSON ROAD) AND (20 MPH SPEED LIMIT)(CRONTON ROAD) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order enable works associated with the Beacon 62 development to be carried out (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management the Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this notice to make the above named order (“the Order”) under Section 14(1)(a) of the Act, the effect of the Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles including pedal cycles from proceeding along the sections of road described in paragraphs (1) and (2) below and to temporarily restrict the speed of vehicles on the sections of road described in paragraph (3) below. (1) Coppice Lane – Right turn from Coppice Lane to Cronton Road (2) Wilson Road – Right turn from Wilson Road to Cronton Road The respective diversion routes for vehicles affected by the prohibited right turns on Coppice Lane and Wilson Road will be via Cronton Road. Tarbock Road, Roby Road, M62 (eastbound), Tarbock Island, Cronton Road and; via Cronton Road, Tarbock Island and Cronton Road. (3) Cronton Road (both directions) – 20 MPH - from its junctions with Tarbock Island in a westerly direction to its junction with Bridgewater Way The Order shall continue in force for a period of eighteen months from Wednesday 14 August 2019, although it is anticipated that the works will be undertaken from Wednesday 14 August 2019 to Friday 28 February 2020. Exemptions will be provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties and premises only so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the Works, for Works vehicles, for any vehicle used in connection with police fire or ambulance purposes and for anything done with the permission of or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 29th July 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

Application No: 19/00329/OUT by Sabford Limited at Foxhill Farm, Foxhill Lane, Halewood - OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR THE DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BUILDING AND ERECTION OF 10 NO. DETACHED DWELLINGS WTIH ASSOCIATED GARAGES, CAR PARKING AND ANCILLARY WORKS Application No: 19/00362/FUL by Mr Nigel Kerr at Pigeon House , Whitefield Drive, Westvale - ERECTION AND REINSTATEMENT OF OUTBUILDING INCLUDING THE RETENTION OF EXISTING WALL AND CONCRETE BASE Application No: 19/00434/FUL by Market Place Developments Ltd at HSBC , 2 Eccleston Street, Prescot - CHANGE OF USE OF BANK (USE CLASS A2) TO FORM TWO SEPARATE COMMERCIAL UNITS CONSISTING OF BASEMENT BAR (USE CLASS A4); GROUND FLOOR RESTAURANT (USE CLASS A3); CONVERSION OF FIRST FLOOR TOGETHER WITH SECOND AND THIRD FLOOR UPWARD EXTENSION TO FORM 8 NO. RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS Application No: 18/00673/FUL by Mr & Mrs Norton at 8 Dumbreeze Grove, Knowsley, L34 8HW - RETENTION OF PROPOSED SINGLE STOREY GYM AND POOL EXTENSION TO PROPERTY INC LOFT CONVERSION - AMENDMENT TO DESIGN APPROVED UNDER 18/00236/FUL AND SUBSEQUENTLY AMENDED UNDER 18/00236/NMA - WINDOW ADDED TO FRONT ELEVATION OF SIDE EXTENSION (GYM) Members of the public may inspect copies of the application, the plans and other documents submitted with it at One Stop Shop, Municipal Building, Archway Road, Huyton, between 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday or view the application online using Public Access at http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/building-andplanning/planning.aspx . Anyone who wishes to make representations about this application should write to the Council at Regeneration and Economic Development Department, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 26, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9FB or online via the above website within 21 days of the date of this notice. Should this application be heard at planning committee and you wish to speak at the meeting the procedure to follow can be found at: https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/building-and-planning/makea-planning-application/speaking-at-planning-committee M Harden Chief Executive 29th July 2019

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (PEX HILL, CRONTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF PEDESTRIANS) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable maintenance works at the Pex Hill Reservoir in Pex Hill, Cronton, (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate pedestrian management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit pedestrians and cyclists from proceeding along: (i) Pex Hill Footpath, Cronton – The footpath running between Pex Hill access road and Norland’s Lane, for its entire length. (ii) Pex Hill Footpath, Cronton – The footpath running along the west side of the Pex Hill access road, at a point 252 metres north of its junction with Cronton Road for a distance of 229 metres in a northerly direction. The diversion route for pedestrian traffic affected by the footpath closure on Pex Hill footpath will be via Norland’s Lane, Cronton Lane, Pex Hill access road and vice versa. It is anticipated that the works will commence from Monday 22nd July 2019 to Tuesday 21st January 2020. The Order came into force on Wednesday 17th July and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions are provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 29th July 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

(i) Rupert Road, Huyton – from its junction with Church Road, in an easterly direction, to a point 10 metres east of its junction with Hawthorn Road The main diversion routes for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Rupert Road will be via Archway Road, Blue Bell Lane, Liverpool Road, Dovecot Avenue, Pilch Lane and Page Moss Lane and vice versa and; Page Moss Lane, Ashover Avenue, Liverpool Road, Blue Bell Lane and Archway Road and; Archway Road, Bridge Road and Church Road. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Monday 22 July 2019 to Monday 5 August 2019. The Order came into force on Wednesday 17th July 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions are provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 29th July 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (M57 J3 CIRCULATORY, STOCKBRIDGE VILLAGE) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate resurfacing works of the M57 Junction 3 southbound exit slip (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along: (i) M57 Junction 3 Circulatory, Stockbridge Village, from the northbound exit for the M57 to the westbound entry from Stockbridge Lane. The main eastern diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on M57 Junction 3 Circulatory will be via Stockbridge Lane, Knowsley Lane and Liverpool Road. The main western diversion route will be via Waterpark Drive, Mab Lane, Deysbrook Lane, Princess Drive and Liverpool Road. The main diversion route for vehicles travelling southbound on the M57 will be via the M57 Junction 2 and Liverpool Road. It is anticipated that the works will take place from 21:00 Sunday 18th August to 05:00 Monday 19th August 2019. The Order will come into force on Wednesday 14th August 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions will be provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 29th July 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (VARIOUS ROADS, KIRKBY AND WHISTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2019 Notice is hereby given that in order to facilitate carriageway resurfacing works (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes that in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), the effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) (viii)

Caddick Road, Kirkby – for its entire length Owen Road, Kirkby – for its entire length Abercrombie Road, Kirkby – for its entire length Faraday Road, Kirkby – for its entire length Edna Avenue, Kirkby – for its entire length Grace Avenue, Kirkby – for its entire length Esonwood Road, Whiston – for its entire length Dragon Drive, Whiston – for its entire length

Caddick Road is currently programmed to be closed from 19 August 2019 to 6 September 2019. This is a no through road so there is no applicable diversion route. Owen Road, Abercrombie Road and Faraday Road are currently programmed to be closed from 26 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. These are no through roads so there are no applicable diversion routes. Edna Avenue and Grace Avenue are currently programmed to be closed from 2 September to 13 September 2019. The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the Edna Avenue closure will be via Copplehouse Lane, Valley Road and Field Lane and via Valley Road and Copplehouse Lane. Grace Avenue is a no through road so there is no applicable diversion route. Esonwood Road is currently programmed to be closed from 9 September 2019 to 20 September 2019. This is a no through road so there is no applicable diversion route. Dragon Drive is currently programmed to be closed from 23 September 2019 to 4 October 2019. The associated diversion route will be via Dragon Lane or as indicated by the traffic signs on site. The Order will come into force on Wednesday 14th August 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions will be provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties and premises, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. M Harden Chief Executive 29th July 2019


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Knowsley Parent Carer Voice (KPCV) coffee mornings Knowsley Parent Carer Voice (KPCV) are a group who support parents and carers of a disabled child or young person, aged from 0-25 years. You may not know what help and support is available and how to access it, but the Knowsley Parent Carer Voice does. Regular coffee mornings take place across the borough which are drop-in information events, or just an opportunity for you to have a cuppa and a chat with people in the same situation as yourself. As well as finding out what’s going on locally, it’s also an opportunity for you to raise any issues or concerns which KPCV will then pick up with the relevant agency – health, education or social care. Key speakers sometimes attend the coffee mornings too, to provide more information on a particular topic that has been raised by parents and carers. Coffee mornings have been confirmed on the following dates and locations – they all take place from 10am until 12 noon:Tuesday 24 September St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary School, Kirkby

Friday 4 October Northwood Primary School, Kirkby Wednesday 16 October Alt Bridge School, Huyton Thursday 14 November Yew Tree Primary School, Halewood Friday 6 December Bluebell Park School, Kirkby Councillor Margaret Harvey, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “The feedback we have received from parents and carers highlight that these coffee mornings are extremely popular and useful. “We know that it can be confusing where to access help and support, so the Knowsley Parent Carer Forum provide an invaluable service, helping our residents to understand what help and support is available and importantly, how to access it.” Further information about the Knowsley Parent Carer Forum can be found on their facebook page – www.facebook.com/knowsleypcv – follow them on Twitter @carers_voice or email parentcarersvoice@knowsleycarers.co.uk

NEW PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR APPOINTED TO SUPPORT LGBT PEOPLE A new project co-ordinator has been appointed to help improve services and support for people in the LGBT community who are affected by cancer across Merseyside. Joe Lavelle is the new Macmillan LGBT Cancer programme co-ordinator, which is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and hosted by Sahir House. The project aims to ensure that the

Bat night Knowsley’s rangers have organised Bat Nights! Come along to Ten Acre Pits on Thursday 5 September at 7.30pm and Court Hey Park on Thursday 12 September at 7.30pm.

Stockbridge Village Sewing Club Stockbridge Village Sewing Club are appealing for people to come and join their sewing club, all abilities welcome. The club has been organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details you can contact Margaret O’Sullivan, mosully@hotmail.co.uk or 07926 473711 The club meet at the Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB.

needs of LGBT people affected by cancer in the Liverpool City Region are acknowledged and addressed in the provision of services, information and support. Joe, who joins Clare Carter and will be based at Sahir House, said: “I’m very excited to be working on this important programme. I have previously worked with Citizens Advice, where I was instrumental in promoting the advice needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and received the Jane Roden Navajo Champions Memorial Award in recognition of that work. “I have a history of being active within the local LGBT community and look forward to Macmillan Cancer Support and Sahir House working together to improve the experiences and outcomes of LGBT people with cancer.” Launched last year the project hosts various events and campaigns to engage with LGBT communities looking at issues relating to cancer, reducing isolation and increasing awareness, information and wellbeing. Joe and Clare will also engage

with professionals, to provide training and support, to help them meet the specific needs of LGBT communities. Tessa Willow, chief executive of Sahir House, added: “We are delighted to welcome Joe to Sahir House. His experience of project management and working with local LGBT+ people to identify service improvements are a great fit for this role. He understands what is needed for effective partnership working, particularly a new partnership like this one between Sahir House and Macmillan.”

The Challenge met up with Barrie Mussell, fundraising officer for the Merseyside Dogs Home

Fighting for the underdogs… Merseyside Dogs Home (MDH) has been running since 2013 since the closure of the RSPCA Kennels, MDH along with Dogs Trust is the only rehoming centre within Liverpool’s boundaries. MDH rehomes exclusively within the Merseyside area. Since opening MDH has rehomed around 4000 dogs and like everything demand comes in peaks and troughs – we never know when there will be a surge. Due to the work we do many dogs will come to us with multiple problems both and health and behavioural. Every dog is examined by a vet and any dogs that need extra support arising from poor ownership will spend weeks sometimes months with our behavioural experts. We strive to find EVERY dog a forever home. Just this month we have had a couple of examples of dogs coming to us with major medical issues which obviously cost Merseyside dogs home into the thousands of pounds of vets bills. Poor Peggy Sue for example, a whippet cross breed came to us dragging a deformed front paw and after examination by the vet we were advised that the leg had been broken many years ago and the bone had fused into place. With advice from the vet a decision was made that the best thing for Peggy Sue was a major operation to lose her leg. This will not stop us finding a home for her. She is recovering really well in fact and is as placid and good natured as ever and is quickly finding her (three) feet! Another example just last week were a couple of Staffordshire bull type puppies who came to us. We named them Bonnie and Clyde. Only a few months old both with fantastic temperaments and both heart breakers. Unfortunately Clyde came to us with an infection in his eye and as it had been left untreated, unfortunately the eye had to be removed. Again, like people dogs overcome adversity and will always fight back fit and well with the help and support of a loving rescue centre. These puppies have already been reserved and we are 99% certain we will find a home for Peggy sue. Some dogs come to us without a story lots of them are already in the twilight of their lives but our ethos is that everyone deserves a chance. As certain types of dogs and age are more appealing to potential re-homers, sometimes it is more challenging to find them a forever home. Daisy for example has been with us for 150 days now and we have another who are passed 100 days with us. No matter what we keep on using all our experience to find every dog a home. To make sure we continue year on year to be here for Merseyside’s dogs we need local support. Merseyside is famous for fighting for the underdog and banding together like brothers in arms. The cornerstones of our funding are monthly donations and corporate sponsorship. We also fill the voids with street collections and regular events. This is why we are shouting out to local companies with a view to supporting us and any members of the public who could jump on our website and make a monthly donation would be appreciated too at https://merseysidedogshome.org/getinvolved/support-a-dog/


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NOMINATIONS ARE OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR THIS YEAR’S KNOWSLEY BUSINESS AWARDS Now in its 17th year, the Knowsley Business Awards is the largest awards ceremony of its kind in the Liverpool City Region and drawing upon previous years’ success is now an eagerly anticipated event in business and social calendars an established date in business and social calendars. Attracting 850 guests from across the North West and beyond, the awards celebrate Knowsley’s outstanding business community, the energy, determination and commitment of individuals and organisations that are driving forward Knowsley’s economic success. This year, a total of 13 awards will be presented which will recognise achievements in a range of categories including Excellence in Manufacturing, Housing Development of the Year, Employee or Apprentice of the Year and Independent Business of the Year. Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council, said: “I am delighted that nominations for this year’s awards are officially open. I know that many organisations are already chomping at the bit to submit a nomination, so the fact that we have this interest even before the nominations are live, is a testament to how popular and successful

these awards have become. “There’s a wide range of categories for this year’s awards, from small businesses, to larger organisations and, importantly, a category for independent businesses, so there really is an opportunity for everyone to enter. I would encourage people to take a look at the categories on the website to see which one is most suitable and fill in the nomination form.” The Knowsley Business Awards provide a fantastic opportunity for organisations to showcase their successes and accomplishments and to raise the profile of their company. Edward Perry, chair of Knowsley Place Board said: “The Business Awards are one of the highlights of our annual calendar here in Knowsley. We have a remarkable business community and the awards are a real celebration of the wonderful organisations and individuals who are dedicated towards helping Knowsley’s economy to grow. “We have an abundance of success stories to share and the awards ceremony provides a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together, appreciate the efforts of so many businesses and individuals and take a moment to reflect on the year

gone by. It is an event not to be missed in my opinion!” For the full criteria for each category and to complete a nomination form, visit the website www.knowsleybusinessawards.com. You can also book tickets for the ceremony and find out more about the event and last year’s winners. Lead sponsor for the 2019 Knowsley Business Awards is PLP, a specialist UK logistics and industrial property business that develops, manages and owns prime logistics real estate throughout the UK. PLP acquired a 37 acre development site on Knowsley Business Park in 2019 which is being actively marketed to occupiers for pre-lets of up to 800,000 sq ft of industrial and distribution units. Keith Wilson, development director at PLP said: “We are proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Knowsley Business Awards and recognise successful local businesses. “We are also excited to become part of Knowsley’s business community where we will be developing up to 800,000 sq ft of new employment space at Knowsley Business Park, delivering significant employment and investment opportunities in Knowsley and the wider city region.”

Knowsley Business Awards 2019 Categories Apprentice/Employee of the Year Commercial Investment of the Year Corporate Social Responsibility Award Customer Commitment Award Developing future Skills Excellence in Manufacturing (under 50 employees and over 50 employees) High Growth Business of the Year Housing Development of the Year Independent Business of the Year Medium Business of the Year Micro Business of the Year Small Business of the Year For the full criteria for each category and to complete a nomination form, visit the website www.knowsleybusinessawards.com

KNOWSLEY BUSINESS AWARDS 2019 Now in its 17th year, the Knowsley Business Awards is the largest awards ceremony of its kind in the Liverpool City Region and an established date in business and social calendars.   Attracting 850 guests from across the North West and beyond, the awards celebrate Knowsley’s outstanding business community, the energy, determination and commitment of individuals and organisations that are diving forward Knowsley’s economic success.   Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your business, your success and your accomplishments and gain independent recognition for your achievements. Nominations are now open.

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“I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players”. Pele

Pre-season in full swing for Cables Report by Paul Goodwin Football is back at Volair Park and preseason is in full swing as the Prescot Cables squad prepares for the 2019/20 campaign. A friendly victory over Everton was watched by over 600 spectators with games against the likes of Warrington, Chorley and Bootle still to come. The squad itself has been subject to a facelift over the summer with the departure of manager Brian Richardson and top goalscorer Chris Almond. Joint managers Ste Pilling and Roy Grundy filled the vacancy and signings have been made, introducing new players such as Steven Yawson, George Hassall and the returning goalkeeper Marcus Burgess among others. Cables have also retained the services of fan favourites such as captain James McCulloch, Lloyd Dean and James Edgar. The upcoming season sees the northern league revert from a west/east split back to north/south whilst restructuring is done across the pyramid.

Cables will travel as far east as Dunston in Newcastle and kick off with a long journey away to Kendal on August 17. The home campaign begins the following Tuesday against Clitheroe. The league table is also stacked with plenty of local derbies. Visits from Runcorn, Widnes, Marine and newly promoted City of Liverpool promise to be passionate affairs for all involved. In the cups, Cables have been handed two away trips. In the Emirates FA Cup, the Pesky Bulls enter in the Preliminary Round and will face either Northwich Victoria or Silsden on August 24. In the Buildbase FA Trophy, Cables have received a bye in the ExtraPreliminary Round and will travel to the winners of the tie between Clitheroe and Sheffield on October 12. Having finished just outside the playoff places last season, expectations are high for Prescot even in a league filled with such quality sides. Shares in the club are available for just £5 and local businesses can support the

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team please contact commercial@prescotcablesafc.com for more information.

FIRST FOR WEST PARK RUFC WEST Park RUFC recently hosted a great day of rugby with American themed entertainment to mark the visit of American club Chiefs Rugby Club from Illinois. There were competitions at Junior, Colts and Senior levels, also Ladies rugby for all of which trophies were awarded. Highlight of the day was the UK’s first ever officially sanctioned International Walking Rugby match between West Park and Chiefs Rugby Club which saw West Park comfortably triumph over a sporting Chiefs team. There were many attractions which ran throughout the day and into the evening which also included line dancing. Pictured right are West Park (white) and Chiefs Rugby Club (blue).

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