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Issue: 366 December 2017



Knowsley agrees plan to protect financial future of parks




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Knowsley Council has formally accepted the recommendations of an independent review into the future management and funding of its parks and green spaces. The recommendation, put forward by the Knowsley Parks and Green Spaces Review Board, was unanimously agreed on Tuesday, 28 November by the Council’s Cabinet. It will protect forever 90% of Knowsley’s parks and green spaces, through the surrender of 10% of the borough’s parks and green spaces for new development over the next 15 years. The income received will create a £40 million endowment which will be held in and managed by a newly created charitable Trust. The interest generated from this endowment will then be used by the Trust, to fund the future maintenance and care of the remaining 90% of Knowsley’s parks, forever. As a result of continuing cuts by Government,

Knowsley Council’s funding for parks and green spaces will stop in March 2019. This new model will see the council’s funding replaced by the interest generated from the endowment fund. This will be protected from any future council budget cuts and therefore will safeguard the future of the borough’s parks forever. At the meeting, the Cabinet also agreed a resolution to ensure all 18 of Knowsley’s Green Flag parks are protected from any new development whilst retaining their national standard status - with the exception of part of Court Hey Park which is currently subject to a separate tender exercise relating to the future of the former National Wildflower Centre. It also published a list of the 17 parkland areas it now plans to surrender over the next 15 years.

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KNOWSLEY COUNCIL TO SELL 10% OF PARKS AND GREEN SPACES FOR DEVELOPMENT • Continued from Page 1 These are: • Alt Park (part of) • Broad Lane Playing Fields • Copthorne (adjacent community centre not included) • Court Hey Park (part of – pending separate tender exercise relating to the future of former National Wildflower Centre) • Cowper Way • Field Lane • Finch Wood • Frederick Lunt Playing Fields • Grace Park • Halewood Doorstep Green (part of) • King George V Playing Fields, Prescot • Pool Hey Playing Fields • Roby Playing Fields (adjacent community centre not included) • St John’s Millennium Green • Spring Wood • Syders Grove (part of) • Westview The remaining 144 sites across the borough will be protected for public use forever, as a result of this action. Cllr Andy Moorhead Leader of Knowsley Council said: “This council has had £86m ripped from our budget by central Government since 2010 which means we simply cannot afford to maintain and manage our parks in the way we have done previously. “This new community based Trust model safeguards the future of our parks and green spaces for generations to come. If we don’t act now we will see a return to the 70s and 80s with

the gradual deterioration of these that have embarked on similar wonderful community assets. projects with their parks and “This council will not tolerate green spaces. Listening to this such a prospect and we therefore feedback and using the expertise accept the findings of the Parks and judgement of the board and Green Spaces Review Board members they developed a robust and its recommendation to criteria to support the council create a charitable trust in selecting potential to run our parks from sites for sale. April 2019. Gideon Ben-Tovim We call on all He added: “During OBE, Chair of the our residents the consultation, the Board said: “This has to embrace message we heard been a thorough and loud and clear was comprehensive this new Trust that our residents and consultation exercise communities wanted and we are confident certainty and were keen that our recommendations to know, quickly, which parks provide Knowsley with a credible and green spaces would be solution that will protect the vast considered for sale as part of new majority of the boroughs’ parks model. and green spaces for future “That’s why we have prioritised generations. this work and using the criteria set “We know that this approach is out by the Board, feedback from working successfully in other parts the market research and public of the country and I personally consultation, along with our own commend the council for taking a local understanding, have been proactive and innovative approach able to identify the list of parkland to securing the future of its parks. areas for sale.” “I also think it is particularly Throughout August and refreshing that the council has September the Review Board prioritised this work to be able to conducted an extensive identify and release the list of consultation speaking to sites for sale so swiftly. This residents, businesses, expert clearly recognises the public witnesses and other local areas desire for certainty and shows

how committed they are to progressing this important piece of work.” Following agreement of these recommendations, the council will now progress with this work to establish a new trust, create the endowment and engage with the local Parish & Town Councils who lease some of the sites involved. Cllr Moorhead said: “We understand that parks are much loved community resources and we hope that residents will recognise the only other option would be to allow these wonderful spaces to simply deteriorate as the government cuts continue. “We call on all our residents to embrace this new Trust and work to ensure the remaining 144 parks and green spaces – 90% of what we have now - continue to be special places for ourselves and future generations to enjoy forever.” More information can be found on the Knowsley Parks & Green Spaces Review Board website and on Knowsley News online. ks-recommendations/

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Local Green Party Councillor Kai Taylor has branded Knowsley Councils cabinet decision to surrender 17 parks as ‘utterly disgraceful’ Cllr Kai Taylor said: “Knowsley Labour Party Councillors voted unanimously to surrender over 90 hectares of parkland for development following a report from an ‘independent review board” “How dare Knowsley Council attempt to fool local residents by claiming that the review board is ‘independent’. “The fact that it is chaired by a former Labour councillor who served for twenty one years highlights the many concerns we had in the initial stages of this review.” Cllr Taylor also complained that the consultation was largely web based excluding many members of the public in Knowsley who do not have access to the internet, leaving 35% of residents totally excluded from the survey. “The incredibly low turn out

shows that the council have no mandate to go through with this, the consultation was poorly advertised and the review board failed to utilise local media outlets to properly advertise the consultation. “Many local residents feel they have been duped out of their chance to voice their opinions” Cllr Taylor added. “I believe the consultation has been rushed, and mistakes and poor practise has taken place. Given that Knowsley Council has the funding to maintain our parks in place till 2019, an extensive, inclusive and representative consultation could have taken place.” “Knowsley Green Party is prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder with local residents to do all we can to protect, preserve and enhance our parks. “We are calling on local residents to join us at the Knowsley Council Municipal Building on the 13 December at 15:45 to take park in a peaceful

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protest. “Browns Field Park (King George V Playing Fields) one of the proposed recreational grounds we would loose is a much loved community asset, given that Prescot has limited leisure facilities following the demolition of our leisure centre and swimming baths it is essential we do all we can to safe guards what resources we have left”.

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KNOWSLEY OPPOSITION LIB DEM LEADER CALLS FOR LABOUR REBELS TO DEFEAT COUNCIL LEADER Knowsley Council’s opposition leader Cllr Carl Cashman has said that the Parks and Green Spaces proposal that will ‘concrete over our community parks’ can still be stopped. The proposal passed Cabinet on Tuesday 28 November but immediately afterward the cabinet member responsible for housing, Graham Morgan, resigned. Rumours emerged afterwards that Cllr Morgan was concerned about the implications of the parks selloff on his own community. Despite the decision being adopted by the Cabinet the Council still needs to ratify the proposal at full council, and Cllr Cashman says this is the perfect opportunity to stop a ‘ridiculous proposal.’ Cllr Cashman said: “The public are outraged and rightly so. Labour councillors know this and I’ll tell you with confidence, there’s a large number of Labour Councillors

unhappy with the leadership of the council and this decision. “Graham acted out of conscience, so I’m asking the Labour councillors with a conscience, join with the Lib Dem councillors who have been fighting for and backing the community on this. Help us achieve a victory for people in our community who will be devastated by this.” The Council is made up of 45 Councillors with only three opposition Lib Dems to

provide scrutiny, but Cllr Cashman believes there’s a majority of Labour councillors on the other side who are ‘very upset’ with the leader of the council. He said: “From my understanding there’s at least 18 Labour councillors who are fully or partially opposed to this disgraceful proposal. “The first step in the process would be to call in the cabinet decision, an act that takes five councillors. The Lib Dem opposition have said that they will openly invite any Labour councillors to sign the call-in with them. “We just need two councillors to help to scrutinise this decision, I hope there are Labour councillors brave enough to come forward. I truly think that they will regret not doing so in the future and I believe that the Labour councillors who do step forward to oppose this will form the future majority and run the council”.




Cabinet member steps down There are to be changes to Knowsley’s Cabinet, after one of the current members stepped down due to personal reasons. Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “Cllr Graham Morgan contacted me this morning stating his intention to step down as Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, for personal reasons. “His resignation is in no way connected to the decision of Cabinet last night to establish an independent Trust to run Knowsley’s Parks and Green Spaces. In fact, Cllr Morgan spoke out in support of the proposal and voted in favour of this course of action at the meeting. This can be viewed in full on the council’s YouTube channel. “Having worked closely with Cllr Morgan for a number of years I’m sorry to see him step down from his position and would like to thank him for all his dedication and hard work, which I know will continue in his role as a ward member for Swanside.”

OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is inviting 16 to 25-year-olds across Merseyside to apply for a free personal development programme. MFRS has been delivering the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, which offers young people the chance to develop their teamwork and employability skills, for nearly 16 years. Aimed at those not in education or employment, the 12-week programme develops skills to increase employment opportunities, as well as boosting confidence, teamwork and communication skills. Anyone aged 16 to 25 years old who is not in education, employment or training, can get in touch with Tony Canavan, Youth Coordinator, on 0151 296 6464 or 07837 655627, to find out more and secure a place.

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JEDWARD HEADLINE FREE CONCERT IN KIRKBY FOR 2017 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON Around 9,000 people turned out for a truly festive extravaganza in Kirkby, organised by town centre owners St Modwen, as Jedward took to the stage to entertain the crowds and switched on the Christmas lights. Former X Factor finalists Jedward switched on the Christmas lights following their headlining high energy, family-themed concert on a stage in Newtown Gardens. The musical duo was joined by 90s eclectic British dance-pop group N Trance and a host of other artists for the celebrations on Thursday 23 November. The performances were followed by a fireworks finale, sponsored by Tisdale Demolition, as the lights switched on. The free concert triggered a month of celebrations in Kirkby Town Centre that will include a giant animatronic snow lion, Kirkby toy appeal and a host of other community activities. Leading UK regeneration specialist St

Modwen, who own and manage Kirkby Town Centre, organised the free event for the local community. Mike Matthews, Kirkby Town Centre manager, said: “This year’s event was a phenomenal success and the feedback we received from the people who attended was outstanding. “Our stellar line-up of family entertainment kept the crowd entertained. As well as getting the community together, the Christmas period will also bring tremendous economic benefit to Kirkby’s businesses. “Christmas is the golden quarter of the shopping year. It’s an extremely important time for our tenants as it is the busiest time of year for trading.” On the night, the event was streamed live via Kirkby Town Centre’s Facebook page which came alive with positive comments from people who attended the event.

Long-serving Willowbrook Hospice staff and volunteers are honoured BBC News presenters Roger Johnson and Diane Oxberry recently joined in the celebrations at the Willowbrook Hospice annual staff and volunteers’ long service award ceremony at The Venue, Huyton. The Mayor of Knowsley, Cllr Frank Walsh, presented the awards to over 40 staff and volunteers who have amassed five, ten, 15, 20 or 25 years of service to the hospice. Among the recipients was stalwart supporter, Lady Kirsty Pilkington who was part of the initial Willowbrook steering committee back in 1991 and who has remained a driving force throughout the development the hospice. Other long serving award winners including local soprano Lynn Jones who has worked, volunteered and received care at the hospice. Former admin officer, Lynn, 66 from Rainhill has volunteered her singing services to Willowbrook for over 15 years, having been cared for at the hospice’s day therapy centre in 2009 as part of her treatment for ovarian cancer. Classically trained Lynn not only organises her own annual charity concert to raise funds for the hospice – raising over £10,000 over the years - but also performs at the Willowbrook memorial services and the three Light Up A Life services every December. Lynn said: “When I was a patient at the hospice I honestly couldn’t fault it! People think going to a hospice will be depressing but it’s anything but! Attending day therapy was so uplifting! The staff there were fantastic and I made some great friends. “I’m proud to volunteer my singing services to the hospice. It’s my way of giving back to them for the wonderful care they offered to me and to all the other local people they’ve supported over the years. Performing is something I love doing and I will keep singing for Willowbrook til I drop!” Ian Turnbull, volunteer co-ordinator at the hospice said: “Without

people like Lynn and all the other volunteers at the hospice we wouldn’t be able to provide all the services that we offer. “We have volunteers in every department at the hospice – from reception, to gardening to housekeeping, fundraising or working in our charity shops. “Our annual awards ceremony is our way of recognising all the hard work that both staff and volunteers do throughout the year to help us keep caring for people across Knowsley and St Helens”.

The Mayor of Knowsley, Cllr Frank Walsh presents an award to Lynn Jones

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH ACTIVATE Activate, based on Bracknell Avenue in Kirkby, is a small specialist college for students aged 19-24 who have learning difficulties or disabilities. During their time with the college, they study courses focused on supporting them into living as independent a life as possible while being actively involved in their community, as well as art, drama, music, cookery, animal care and horticulture. They are inviting the local community to come and see what they do on Saturday 9 December 10:00am to 2:00pm when they hold their Christmas Fair. They have stalls, games, delicious food and an amazing Santa’s Grotto where you can have your photograph taken with Santa. They will also be showcasing all the brilliant arts and crafts their learners have been busy designing and creating, ready to sell at the fair. They’ve made everything from door wreaths, to table centrepieces, cushions and throws. Come and pick up some last minute Christmas gifts and enjoy all the fun of the fair. Everyone is welcome and they hope to see you there!

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CHILD POVERTY IN BRITAIN SET TO SOAR TO NEW RECORD The number of children living in poverty will soar to a record 5.2 million over the next five years as government welfare cuts bite deepest on households with young families, a leading UK thinktank has said. New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts an increase of more than a million in the number of children living in poverty, more than reversing all the progress made over the past 20 years. The IFS said freezing benefits, the introduction of universal credit and less generous tax credits would mean a surge in child The IFS added that relative child poverty and that the steepest poverty would be higher by the increases would be in the most early 2020s than it was before the deprived parts of the country. recession of 2008-09 in every “Across all regions, relative child region of the country, but that poverty is projected to increase 40% of the projected increase markedly,” the IFS said. “The would be concentrated in the smallest increases are in the most deprived 20% of local areas. south, but even there relative child Tom Waters, an author of the poverty is projected to rise by at report and a research economist least four percentage points. at the IFS, said: “Every region and “The northern regions, the nation is projected to see an Midlands, Wales and Northern increase in child poverty, with the Ireland are projected to see largest increases in the northincreases of at least eight east, east Midlands, Wales, and percentage points.” The report’s findings, which also Northern Ireland, and the smallest in London, the south-east, and predict a widening of the gap south-west. between rich and poor and four “The larger projected rises occur more years of weak income growth, pose a direct challenge to in areas where families with children are more reliant on Theresa May, who arrived in benefits than earnings for their Downing Street pledging to help income, and where more families those “just about managing”. are likely to be adversely affected May has slightly softened the by the new two-child limit on impact of the £12bn of welfare means-tested benefits.” cuts announced by the then A government spokesperson chancellor George Osborne after said: “We are committed to the 2015 general election, but the supporting families while making IFS said the impact on poor the welfare system fair for families would still be those who pay for it and severe. those who benefit from “Every By 2021-22, the it. There are 200,000 IFS expects 37% region and fewer children living of children to nation is in poverty than in be living in projected to 2010 and we are relative poverty see an increase helping families – defined as a keep more of what household in child they earn by cutting where the income poverty” taxes and increasing the is less than 60% of National Living Wage. In the UK median – after particular, the north-east has housing costs have been near-record levels of employment, taken into account. The thinktank and unemployment rate in Wales said this was the highest percentage since modern records is the lowest on record.” The IFS said the increase in began in 1961. relative poverty over the coming Tackling child poverty was a years would be concentrated priority for Labour when it took among families with children. office in 1997 and over the next Poverty rates for working-age 13 years the rate fell from 34% to adults without children and for just under 30%. Since then, the pensioners would remain roughly relative child poverty rate has unchanged. remained unchanged but, George Howarth MP for according to the IFS, is now set to Knowsley, said: “Unfortunately, the increase by seven percentage Institute for Fiscal Studies’ report points to 37% over the next five that children living in poverty will years.

Luxury boutique Prescot hotel approved Plans for a new Shakespearean themed luxury boutique hotel in Prescot town centre were given the green light at Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee recently.. The proposals include a 27 bed hotel, set across five floors, along with a restaurant, bar, function rooms and car park on the site of the old Imperial Hotel pub on Bridge Road. The site is currently clear and ready for development after the building was demolished in 2015. This latest development in Prescot will help to provide accommodation for the increase in visitors expected when the Shakespeare North Playhouse opens in 2020, the developer has also revealed that the hotel will have a Shakespeare theme. It will also help to create new job opportunities for local people, both in the construction phase and once the hotel opens its doors. Construction work is expected to start in March 2018 and the hotel will be open late 2018.

New housing developments approved across borough George Howarth MP for Knowsley

rise to 37% over the next five years, very much bears out our experience in Knowsley. “The report also helpfully highlights that, although income inequality, according to the statistics, appears to have narrowed, that is because those on higher incomes have fallen, not that those on lower incomes have experienced significant, or for that matter, any increase in their incomes. “Taken together, the impact of static or falling wages, benefit cuts and insecure employment practices , such as rolling or zero hour contracts, gives me serious cause for alarm about the growing problem of child poverty in our country. “As the last Labour Government demonstrated between 1997 and 2010, it is possible to close the gap between rich and poor, but it requires relentless focus and serious intent to do so. “My fear is that the current Tory Government have zero understanding of the pressures on families in areas such as ours, let alone any clue as to how to reverse it”.

Hundreds of high quality new homes are set to be built across three different sites in Knowsley. Members of the council’s Planning Committee granted planning permission (Thursday 9 November 2017) for the development of a total of 274 new homes. The sites are: • A development by Bellway Homes for 87 detached properties on Rupert Road in Roby; • 68 new homes – a mix of detached and semi-detached properties – built by the Stewart Milne Group on Scotchbarn Lane in Prescot; and • A development of 119 new properties by Anwyl Homes on Hall Lane in Prescot. The development consists of 80 four bedroom detached homes, 15 three bedroom detached homes and 24 three bedroom semi-detached properties.

Affordable housing and Extra Care scheme Plans for a development of affordable homes and an Extra Care scheme in Kirkby have been given the go-ahead. Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) will deliver the scheme on a disused brownfield site on Westhead Avenue, after it was approved by Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee. It will be transformed into high quality housing and supported living accommodation for some of the area’s elderly and vulnerable people. The state-of-the-art Extra Care facility will comprise a mix of 100 one and two-bedroom apartments, with support provided around the clock to meet residents’ individual needs. Additional benefits will include a communal sensory garden and an on-site bistro and hairdressers. Westhead Avenue’s additional 70 properties will comprise 16 supported housing units, as well as 54 two and three bedroom houses and bungalows, earmarked for affordable rent and rent to buy.

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Entertainment News MONDAY 4 DECEMBER KNOWSLEY VILLAGE ART GROUP (ADULTS) 9:30am – 12:30pm Knowsley Village Hall, School Lane, Knowsley Village, L34 9EN. Local art group for adults run by excellent teacher. For further information please contact: John Newton Contact Number 0151 546 4769 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME 10:00am – 12:30pm Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton, Merseyside, L36 6EG. Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 concessions (over 60yrs/under 16’s/disabled adults and carers). Or take advantage of a group offer of buy 10 tickets get one free. Advance booking essential. Call the box office Tel 0151 443 2200, HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+) 12:00pm – 3:30pm Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood, L26 0TH. We run a Winter indoor bowls activity (not 10 pin) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Playing on 2 mats, 12 people to each mat. For ages 21+ Contact: 0151 487 9779 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. OPEN MIC NIGHT 7:30pm – 10:30pm Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood L25 9PA. Whether you're just starting out in music or have years of experience, there's a place for you at the open-mic night. Please contact the centre or 0151 428 1929 for further information. TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER SEWING BEE AT HUYTON LIBRARY 10am – 12pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD. Come along to Huyton Library for our Sewing Bee adult activity. Work toward your own personalised gift. Experienced and inexperienced stitches. All welcome. Hand sewing Contact: 0151 443 3734, PEDAL AWAY @ COURT HEY PARK 10am – 11am Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA. Cycle ride along Liverpool Loop Line, bikes and helmets are available to borrow on all rides, please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: Lou Henderson 0789 399725 INTERMEDIATE WALKING - HALEWOOD 1pm – 3pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood, L26 7XB. Intermediate walking 3-4 miles (approx. 2 hours) Please call 488 6151 for more information CHIX WITH STIX 6pm – 8pm Heritage Hub, 55 Eccleston Street, Prescot, L34 5QH. Come to our FREE knitting and crocheting group every Tuesday. People of any ability are welcome to come and make friends, share their experiences and knowledge, and have some fun! Contact Lynsey 0777 3575856 for further details. FRESH-CO CREW BREAKDANCING - TESCO COMMUNITY ROOM (AGES 8-13) 6:30pm – 7:30pm Community Room, Tesco Prescot, Cables Retail Park, Stanley Way, Prescot, L34 5NQ. Come along to our fun and fitness Breakdancing session for children aged 8-13 years old. £1 voluntary donation. For more information contact Southmead Children's Centre 0151 443 4531 or visit WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER MEMORY LANE - KNOWSLEY DEMENTIA CARE SUPPORT 10am – 2pm Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood L25 9PA. Our aim is to provide emotional & practical support to carers - respite groups, functions, advice. Contact details: 07858 032 490, NORTHWOOD YOUTH CLUB 6:00pm – 8:30pm Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue, Kirkby L33 9TW. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: Joey Fogg: 0151 443 5323, 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. CLUBBERCISE - BRINGING A NIGHT OUT TO YOUR WORKOUT 7pm – 8pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. Simple & fun dance workout with glow sticks and disco lights to club anthems from 90's to today's hits! All welcome. Class price: £4 per person For more information please contact me, Jo, on 07511180133 or email THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER A BREAK WITH A BOOK - PRESCOT (DEMENTIA FRIENDLY) 10:00am – 11:30am Prescot Library, Prescot shopping

Centre, Aspinall Street, Prescot L34 5GA. For those living with dementia and those close to them. The Reader invites you to a free group, meet new people and relax. We get together every week to share a good story over tea and cake. Everything will be read aloud and there's no pressure to join in - just put your feet up and listen. Contact Megg Hewlett 07807106869 – or just turn up! EXCEL SCHOOL OF DANCE 3:45pm – 6:45pm Whiston Town Hall, Old Colliery Road, Whiston L35 3QW. Dance School: Lessons available in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Street, Jazz and Hip Hop. For ages from 3 to 65. We also perform in shows. Pupils are able to take part in competitions or take exams. Cost £3 per class. Contact: Kate Marzelos, 07867933764, YOGA (ADULTS) 6pm – 7pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A gentle Hatha Yoga class for Adults of Any Age to reduce stress, improve posture, sleep and flexibility. Price: £3 Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 16 - ADULT) - HALEWOOD 7pm – 8pm Halewood Environment Centre, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Road running sessions delivered by Knowsley Harriers Athletics Club for both beginners and more experienced runners. Ages 16+. Free See for further details

by excellent teacher. For further information please contact: John Newton Contact Number 0151 546 4769 KNIT & NATTER GROUP - HUYTON LIBRARY 10:30am – 12:00pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton L36 9GD. Bring along any project you are doing, knitting or crochet. Swap patterns and ideas, make new friends and have a cuppa and a chat. All levels of experience welcome. For more details call 443 3734 AFTER SCHOOL PLAY CLUB - TERM TIME 3:30pm – 5:45pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. For ages 411 Cost £1 plus 70p for a snack. Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865 KAB'S (KIDS ACTIVITIES AND BOOTCAMPS) - (AGES 5-14) 5:00pm – 6:30pm Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue, Kirkby L33 9TW. Fully qualified coach, PT Instructor with lots of experience and qualifications with children. For ages 5-14 years. Cost £6 per session, £10 for 2 sessions. Contact Tommy Cashen - 07525 166584, MALVERN SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB (AGES 7 - ADULTS) 7pm – 9pm Dovecot MAC, Back Dovecot Place, Dovecot L14 9BA. Classes teaching Shotokan Karate to Children and Adults. Affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain. Britain’s Largest single Style Karate Association For ages 7 and Upwards - Adults Welcome Too. Cost £5 Contact: Chris Cray - 07595258345 -

FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER MOONBEAMS - COFFEE MORNING/CRAFT CLASS 9:30am – 2:00pm River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton L36 3YE. We support parents and carers of children with special needs. We currently have a coffee morning and a craft class, you can drop in at any point between those two times. For further information please contact Yvonne 07403 348849 or email: SOCIAL VARIETY AFTERNOON (AGES 50+) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Enjoy an afternoon of quizzes, games, sing-a-longs, dance, raffle, bingo and general all round fun (novelty gift prizes). Sessions are £2.50 per person (includes raffle, bingo, tea/coffee and biscuits). For further details contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, THE JAMES GREENOP LEGACY KICKS PROJECT (AGES 7+) 5pm – 7pm Prescot Leisure & Soccer Centre, Warrington Road, Prescot L35 5AD. The James Greenop Foundation offers free Football Training Session with Everton in the Community Coaches every Friday (except Public Holidays). Suitable for all abilities aged 7 upwards. Free/ Contact Russ 07799 620644 for further details BASKETBALL COACHING SESSION (AGES 7+) 7pm – 8pm Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood, Merseyside L26 0TY. Basketball coaching sessions for all abilities. Ages 7 upwards to adult. Cost £2.50 per session. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details.

TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER SEWING BEE AT HUYTON LIBRARY 10am – 12pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton L36 9GD. Come along to Huyton Library for our Sewing Bee adult activity. Work toward your own personalised gift. Experienced and inexperienced stitches. All welcome For a chat, a cup of tea and a chance to learn a new skill. Hand sewing Contact: 0151 443 3734, GET UP AND MOVE (OVER 50S) 12pm – 1pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Come along, get active and have some fun with our "Get up and Move" gentle exercises to music. Sessions are £2.50 per person. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, BOSS CLUB (YEARS 4-7) 5:30pm – 7:00pm St. Mary’s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26 9TY. This club focuses on team building and confidence building. We play games, have discussions, explore Christian morals and messages and regular trips away. All our clubs are FREE and inclusive of all faiths. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email for any more information. ATHLETICS TRACK SESSIONS (EFFORT BASED) - KIRKBY 7pm – 8pm Kirkby High School, Bracknell Avenue, Southdene, Kirkby L32 9PP. Platinum Team – (Varied interval session) Gold/Silver/Bronze Team – (Varied interval session) Adult Track Sessions – £1 per session See for further details

SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER KNOWSLEY PARKRUN 9am – 10am Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Stadt Moers Park in Whiston, plays host to the Knowsley parkrun starting at 9am. It’s a free to enter timed 5k event that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get active outdoors. To take part in parkrun as a runner or to volunteer, just visit the Knowsley parkrun website - M.A.T.C.H. (MEN & THEIR CHILDREN) - WHISTON AREA CC 10:00am – 11:30am Tesco Community Room, Tesco Prescot, Cables Retail Park, Prescot L34 5NQ. Term time only MatCh - Men and Their Children - is a drop in group for fathers, male carers and their Children aged 0 - 5 years. We offer play sessions including sensory play, arts & crafts, messy play and more... For further information contact Southmead Children’s centre 0151 443 4531 SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER PRESCOT SWIMMING CLUB 2:30pm – 4:30pm Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. The Club offers a warm and friendly atmosphere for swimmers. We run lane swimming for competitive swimmers on all days, advanced learn to swim during the week and learn to swim in the small pool on Sundays For further information email: CLUBBERCISE - BRINGING A NIGHT OUT TO YOUR WORKOUT 6:30pm – 7:30pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. Simple & fun dance workout with glow sticks and disco lights to club anthems from 90’s to today’s hits! All welcome - no need to book, just come along. Class price: £4 per person For more information please contact me, Jo, on 07511180133 or email MONDAY 11 DECEMBER KNOWSLEY VILLAGE ART GROUP (ADULTS) 9:30am – 12:30pm Knowsley Village Hall, School Lane, Knowsley Village L34 9EN. Local art group for adults run

WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER LINE DANCING (ADULTS) 10am – 11am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A Class For Adults of Any Age. A fun way to keep fit for all ages. Price: £3 Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / JAM CLUB (RECEPTION - YEAR 6) 3:30pm – 5:00pm St Mary’s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26 9TY. Doors open 3pm for toast & juice. This club is for all primary school children Reception Year 6 and we play games, do crafts, singing, drama and team building, as well as looking at Bible Stories and morals. All our clubs are FREE and inclusive of all faiths. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email for any more information. FOOTBALL COACHING (AGES 4-11) 5pm – 6pm Prescot Soccer Centre, Warrington Road, Prescot L35 5AD. Weekly football coaching sessions for boys and girls between 4 and 11 years old. Cost is £3 per person per session. Fully qualified football coaches trained and the emphasis is on fun and learning. Suitable footwear and clothing required as all coaching will be outdoors. Contact: Barry Lloyd 07825145105 or 0151 443 2795 W.I.K.E.D. DANCE (AGES 14+) 7:00pm – 8:30pm The George Howard Centre, Lickers Lane, Whiston L35 3PN. W.I.K.E.D. is a voluntary run, not for profit, community dance group and our aim is to encourage our children to have fun, whilst keeping fit and meeting new people. All out classes help to build confidence, enhance co-ordination and encourage fitness and there are no competitions, no expensive uniform and no contracts. Just lots and lots of fun. Contact Helen 07954134599 or Julie 07828092219 for further details. THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER ARNCLIFFE CENTRE YOGA CLASS 10:00am – 11:30am Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood L25 9PA. Yoga class for relaxation exercise, breathing, stretching and feeling good. For teens and adults. Please contact for costs.

Contact: June Baxter, 0151 486 3874. A BREAK WITH A BOOK - HUYTON (FAIRCLOUGH CENTRE) 2:30pm – 4:00pm Fairclough Centre, 193 Liverpool Rd, Huyton L36 3RD. The Reader invites you to a free group taking place every Thursday. Meet new people and relax at a free Shared Reading Group for Knowsley residents. Contact Megg Hewlett - / 07807106869 – or just turn up! THE YOUTHY YOUTH CLUB 6:15pm – 8:45pm The Youthy, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton L36 3YE. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: Joey Fogg: 0151 443 5323, FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER MEMORY LANE - KNOWSLEY DEMENTIA CARE SUPPORT 10am – 2pm Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood L25 9PA. Our aim is to provide emotional & practical support to carers - respite groups, functions, advice. We also endeavour to provide stimulating care for those with dementia. Contact details: 07858 032 490, SWANSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE - AFTERNOON TEA FOR OVER 60S 1pm – 3pm Swanside Community Centre, Willoughby Road, Huyton L14 6XA. Served in beautiful china, come along and join us today for some wonderful company with inspirational people... If you know of anyone sitting at home and in need of a little heart lifting, then please let them know about this beautiful afternoon. Cost £3.00 for the afternoon tea, we sometimes have a singer visiting us and on those occasions the cost is £5.00 for the tea and the singer. For more information please call 0151 489 2370 CODING CLUB - HALEWOOD LIBRARY 3:30pm – 4:30pm Halewood Library, The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood L26 9UH. Come to Code Club! Do you have a favourite computer game? Would you like to learn how to make your own computer games? At Code Club you can learn how to make cool games, animations and websites too! Sessions are suitable for children aged 7+. Please note, under 8's must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please call 0151 443 2086 HALEWOOD YOUTH ZONE 6:30pm – 9:00pm Halewood Academy Centre For Learning, The Avenue, Wood Road, Halewood L26 1UU. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: Stephen Blackhurst 0151 443 5323 SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER DIDDIKICKS - AWARD WINNING PRE SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLASSES FOR 18MTHS-5YRS 9am – 12pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. We pride ourselves on delivering sessions for toddlers that will increase your little one's confidence whilst teaching them basic life skills in a control structured environment that is tons of fun. Our classes have shown to: improve motor, social and cognitive skills; increase confidence and discipline; best of all your little one will have lots of fun and make lots of friends!! For more information on our classes and to book yourself on to a FREE trial, please email today to JAN WILLIAMS THEATRE SCHOOL 9:30am – 3:00pm SPACE Building, adjacent to St Columba’s Catholic Primary School, Hillside Road, Huyton L36 8BL. Welcome to the Jan Williams Theatre School based in Huyton, Liverpool. Established back in 1985, we have a rich history of successful dance training; specialising in many different forms of dance, drama and singing so there is sure to be something that will excite you. Why not pop along and join us for a taster day free of charge - call us now to arrange! Cost £3 per class. Contact details: 07874 767316,, MELODIES (SENIORS 11+) - MUSICALITY FOR ALL 11:00am – 12:30pm Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood L26 0TH . Advanced level session to challenge our senior students dance, drama and singing skills. Learn a range of dance techniques and take part in regular competitions/performances. Contact us for class fees and to book your place, must book at least 1 week in advance. email: Call: 07772 614525 SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER COURT HEY YOUTH CLUB 6:30pm – 8:00pm Court Hey Methodist Church, Roby Road, Huyton L14 3NU. We are a youth club catering to our members needs, for example, we have equipment for numerous sports and each week we run activities that our members want to participate in, we also do crafts for our less active members. Our members pay £1.50 subs each week and there is also a tuck shop selling various sweets

December 2017 9 and drinks that they can purchase refreshments from. Our youngest members are ten years old and we accept members up to 18 years old. The leader in charge of the youth club is Suzanne Rainford and her contact number is 078028740119. MONDAY 18 DECEMBER NIFTY 50’S 10am – 11am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. For Adults Aged 50 + Low impact class Price: £3 Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / AFTER SCHOOL PLAY CLUB - TERM TIME 3:30pm – 5:45pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. For ages 411 Cost £1 plus 70p for a snack. Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865, Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT KNOWSLEY VILLAGE YOUTH CLUB 5:45pm – 8:15pm. 1 Shop Road, Knowsley Village L34 0HD. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: Stephen Blackhurst 0151 443 5323 SHI'HING KUNG FU (AGES 15 - ADULTS) 7pm – 8pm Tarbock Village Hall, Netherley Road, Tarbock Green L35 1QG. Learn self-defence and Kung Fu. 17:45 to 19:00 for ages 4½ with no upper age limit, and 19:00-20:00 are for adults only. Visit the website here TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER INTERMEDIATE WALKING - HALEWOOD 1pm – 3pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood L26 7XB. Intermediate walking 3-4 miles (approx. 2 hours) Please call 488 6151 for more information AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - HUYTON LIBRARY (AGES 5+) 3:45pm – 4:45pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton L36 9GD. Craft session for children 5 and over. Please note, under 8's must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please call 443 3734 NEXT LEVEL (YEARS 7-11) 5:30pm – 7:00pm. St Mary’s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26 9TY. This club focuses on team building and confidence building. We play games, have discussions, explore Christian morals and messages and regular trips away. Years 7-11. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email for any more information. WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER JAM CLUB (RECEPTION - YEAR 6) 3:30pm – 5:00pm St Mary’s, Hillingden Avenue,

Halewood L26 9TY. Doors open 3pm for toast & juice. This club is for all primary school children Reception Year 6 and we play games, do crafts, singing, drama and team building. All our clubs are FREE and inclusive of all faiths. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email for any more information. THURSDAY 21 DECEMBER MEMORY LANE - KNOWSLEY DEMENTIA CARE SUPPORT 10am – 2pm The Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyton L36 0UX. Our aim is to provide emotional & practical support to carers - respite groups, functions, advice. We also endeavour to provide stimulating care for those with dementia. On Wednesdays and Fridays we run groups from 10am - 2pm at Arncliffe Sports & Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA On Thursdays we run a group from 10am-2pm at the Old School House, St John's Road, Huyton, L36 0UX Contact details: 07858 032 490, TOTAL GYMNASTICS - BRIGHT STARS - (CHILDREN AGED 43:55pm – 4:55pm Kirkby High School, Bracknell Avenue, Southdene, Kirkby L32 9PP. Kirkby High School is located in North Knowsley catering for pupils both boys and girls aged 11-16 years old. It is one of our ‘hub’ academies and uses The Beth Tweddle Total Gymnastics Academies programmes. The venue caters for ages 4+ both boys and girls. Contact details: General Enquiries, 0161 979 0611, SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER THE SAFARI KIDS CLUB (AGES UP TO 12YRS) 12pm – 3pm Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. Priced at £2.10 per child (discounts for families) and parents get in for FREE. Activities and fun for children up to 12yrs. Giant Bouncy Castle, Multi Sports, Arts and Crafts, Community Café, Monthly Movie Club, Cookery and so much more. Don't forget to bring your leisure pass! Organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details please contact Maria Branch, 07725 418637 SATURDAY 30 DECEMBER THE SAFARI KIDS CLUB (AGES UP TO 12YRS) 12pm – 3pm Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village. Priced at £2.10 per child (discounts for families) and parents get in for FREE. Activities and fun for children up to 12yrs. Giant bouncy castle, multi sports, arts and crafts, community café, monthly movie club, cookery and so much more. Don't forget to bring your leisure pass! Organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details please contact Maria Branch, 07725 418637

10 December 2017


Revised plans for a Shakespeare theatre in Prescot town centre have been given the go ahead. Full planning permission for the iconic Shakespeare North Playhouse was granted in April 2016 and now an updated design for the building has been approved by Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee. The plans for the building in the heart of Prescot town centre include a 350 seat theatre, education facilities, performance studio, exhibition area, office accommodation, a small shop, a coffee shop and bar and an outdoor performance area to accommodate an audience of 150. The modified design now includes a dedicated Exhibition and Education

Centre, the design of the external glazing façade has been refreshed and the building will no longer include a basement. Cllr Graham Morgan, said: “This is another significant milestone for this iconic development and a positive reflection of the council’s ambitious growth plans. The council, its private sector partners, the local community and local businesses are all working together on bold plans to conserve the history of Prescot while transforming the town into an even more attractive place for people to visit and spend time. “The Shakespeare North Playhouse will help us to achieve this, attracting visitors and investors to Prescot, Knowsley and the wider Liverpool City Region.”

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PRESCOT FALLS SILENT FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY People from Prescot paid their respects with a parade from Prescot Primary School to Prescot Parish Church were a large crowd remembered the fallen with a minutes silence. Following on from the remembrance parade there was a service at the church before the party returned to the primary school.

Appeal following fatal shooting of a dog in Huyton Merseyside Police detectives are appealing for information after a the fatal shooting of a dog in Huyton in the early hours of Wednesday 29 November. At around 12.20am, officers were called to a house in Primrose Court to reports of a disturbance. It is initially believed that unknown persons broke into the downstairs of the property and discharged a firearm, which resulted in serious injuries to a dog, a Dogue de Bordeaux/Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross. The dog was taken to a vets for emergency treatment but was sadly pronounced dead. Nobody else inside was harmed and the offenders made off. A female from the house was taken to hospital as a precaution. A small cannabis farm and equipment was also located within the premises, in addition to bags of cannabis, and a 29-year-old man from Huyton has been taken to a police station for questioning on suspicion of cannabis production. House-to-house, forensic and CCTV enquiries are ongoing this morning and detectives are urging anyone with information to come forward. Detective Inspector Louise Birchall said: “We initially believe that this was a targeted attack towards those at the premises, but to break into a home and kill a pet dog is shocking, and must be devastating for the owners. “I am sure the vast majority of people in Huyton will be outraged that such an incident has taken place within their community, and will want those responsible removed from the streets as soon as possible. “I want to reassure the community that we will act on all information to ensure that those responsible for this callous attack are

identified and brought to justice. If you saw or heard anything suspicious around 12.20am, or have home CCTV which may have captured those involved, please let us know as any details may be key to the investigation. “You can speak to police directly or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, where your information will be dealt with anonymously.”

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT The Mayor of Prescot’s Charity Christmas Concert will take place on Thursday 7 December, 7.00pm8.15pm at Prescot Parish Church, Church Street, Prescot. Tickets cost £5 and are available on the door (accompanied under 16’s free) All proceeds will be donated to the Mayor of Prescot’s charities which, this year, include Willowbrook Hospice, The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, The Owen McVeigh Foundation for Children with Leukemia, and 1st Prescot Scout Group. The entertainment will feature Scratch Brass Ensemble, Evelyn Community Primary School and Staff Choirs, St Mary & St Paul's Primary School Choir, Prescot Parish Church Choir, and Knowsley Ladies Choir. The event will include all the Christmas favourites, sing-a-long carols, and festive refreshments!

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New figures show emergency food supplies given to 3855 local people by Knowsley Foodbank in the past six months

TRUSSELL TRUST MID-YEAR STATS REVEAL INCREASE IN USE OF KNOWSLEY FOODBANK Between 1 April and 30 September 2017, 1534 three-day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Knowsley Foodbank, compared to 1452 in the same period in the previous year. Of the 3855 people fed, 1720 were children. The foodbank, a member of The Trussell Trust’s network which has recently reported an increase in UK foodbank use, believes the local increase is due to people struggling with continued issues with benefit payments, Universal Credit, low wages, insecure work and rising costs. In the months leading to Christmas factors, such as cold weather and high energy bills, or foodbanks and referral agencies ensuring that people who are likely to hit crisis have food ahead of Christmas Day, mean The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network traditionally sees a spike in foodbank use. Knowsley Foodbank is asking the community to help them prepare for their busiest time of year by supporting their collection at Tesco, Prescot donating urgently needed food items and getting involved as a volunteer. Knowsley Foodbank would really

appreciate receiving any special Christmas goods by early December, so they can be sure all donations get to those that most need them in time for Christmas. Knowsley Foodbank is concerned about the future rollout of full Universal Credit in the local area in February, following evidence from other foodbanks in The Trussell Trust’s network about the issues people referred to them have experienced with the new system. The 6+ week waiting period for a first payment can contribute to debt, mental health issues and rent arrears. The effects of these can last even after people receive their Universal Credit payments, as bills and debts pile up. Knowsley Foodbank is preparing to help prevent local people affected going hungry but is troubled by the extra pressure this puts on food donation stocks and volunteers’ capacity. Sue Torpey, Foodbank manager of Knowsley Foodbank said: “It’s really worrying that we are still seeing an increase in need for emergency food across Knowsley. “Every week people are referred to us after something unavoidable - like illness,

FIRST ARK BRINGS CHRISTMAS TO HUYTON TOWN CENTRE First Ark, the parent company of Knowsley Housing Trust, is promising a celebration to remember after confirming they will be lighting up Huyton for Christmas for the second year running with help from a local X Factor star and an LFC legend. First Ark stepped in last year after Huyton was labelled ‘the town that Christmas forgot’ due to a lack of decorations in the town centre and the organisation promises this years’ celebration is one not to be missed. Joining the festivities will be Liverpool’s very own X Factor star Gary Barker, who will soon be releasing his first single, and Liverpool FC legend Alan Kennedy. No light switch-on is complete without a visit from Father Christmas and his little helpers, who will be making a special appearance at the event on Saturday 9 December in Huyton town centre. The Christmas tree and light switch-on event is set to begin at 4.00pm on Derby Road with festive dance performances from MD Productions and people are being encouraged to arrive on time if they want a front row view of the celebrations. Nick Quirk, Vivark facilities manager, said: “We stepped in last year after hearing how upset local residents were about the lack of festivities in the town centre. We were delighted to bring some festive cheer to Huyton and the feedback that we received was overwhelming, but

we want this year to be even bigger and better. “This is all about bringing people together to celebrate a very special time of year and we’re looking forward to the switch on and are extremely grateful to all of our contacts that have supported us to make it happen.” Gary Barker, star of this years’ X Factor, said: “I’ve had a great response from people since leaving X Factor, especially from my home town and I’m really looking forward to getting on stage. I’m sure it will be a great atmosphere and fun for everyone who comes along.”

a delayed benefit payment or an unexpected bill - means there’s no money for food. “It’s only with local people’s help that we’re able to provide vital support when it matters most, and whilst we hope one day there’ll be no need for our work, until that day comes we’ll be working hard to help prevent people going hungry. “Thank you so much to everyone who already donates time, food and money to help local people. If you’re not already involved, we’d love to hear from you!” Mark Ward, interim chief executive at The Trussell Trust, said: “We’re seeing soaring demand at foodbanks across the UK. “Our network is working hard to stop people going hungry, but the simple truth is that even with the enormous generosity of our donors and volunteers, we’re concerned foodbanks could struggle to meet demand this winter if

critical changes to benefit delivery aren’t made now. “People cannot be left for weeks without any income, and when that income does come, it must keep pace with living costs – foodbanks cannot be relied upon to pick up the pieces. “Without urgent action from policymakers and even more generous practical support from the public, we don’t know how foodbanks are going to stop families and children going hungry this Christmas.”

12 December 2017

Education News Going the extra mile! Staff and pupils at Bickerstaffe CE’ School were delighted to be shortlisted as finalists in the Outstanding Commitment to Sport category at the Educate Awards 2017 held in Liverpool Cathedral. As well as the whole school taking part in the daily mile run on the school’s running track, lots of children, staff, parents and grandparents have been training hard at the before-school running club, which has been in operation for 10 years. The club is held every Tuesday and Friday morning and children

run in all kinds of weather. The chair of governors at the school, founded the club and encourages runners of all abilities to lace-up, toe the line and have a go. Eric Pethard, 59, pictured below, is grandad

to one of the children. He recently started running at the club in September and since then, he has managed to clockup an amazing 7.00 minute mile. For a small school, they really do go that extra mile!

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TOP OF THE CLASS! Three schools in Knowsley have been the SEND Provision Award. Opened in 2014, honoured at the prestigious Educate the Academy has transformed the education Awards ceremony in November. provision in Knowsley for pupils with social, Nearly 600 guests gathered for the emotional, mental health and behavioural Educate Awards ceremony held at the difficulties. Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, hosted by Notable areas of success include whole broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross. school attendance increasing by 20%; 60% The awards, in partnership with Copyrite of pupils leaving with at least two GCSE Systems and Ricoh, is now in its sixth year Grade A*-C grades and 100% of pupils and is the biggest celebration of education achieving Functional Skills English and in the North West. Maths qualifications. On the night, 21 awards were handed out Feedback from the judges said: to schools in the Liverpool City Region, “Achievement Up. Attendance Up. Lancashire and Cheshire. Opportunities Up. A special school in every The opening act was a 300-strong Super sense.” Choir led by musical director Steve Cook Headteacher Laura Dickinson, said: “It from Formby High School. Participating feels amazing to win this award, the school schools included Formby High School; has improved so fast over a short period of Freshfield Primary School; Redgate Primary time, we never thought that we would be School; Saughall All Saints CofE Primary winning awards so it is really, really good. School; St Anne Stanley Primary School and “It is just the determination from all the Valewood Primary School. staff, staff team and pupils, we are just over Guests were also treated to music from St the moon with this award”. John Rigby College students; a special Evelyn Community Primary School in performance of Beauty and the Beast Jr by Prescot won the Innovation in Education Archbishop Blanch School; a fashion show award for its brilliant initiative to promote by Holly Lodge Girls’ College and a spoken outstanding teaching and learning word performance by five students from across History and The Hollins Technology College. Geography. Plantation Primary School in The subjects have There are so many Halewood won the Outstanding been transformed to primary schools in Sport in Primary School award for “set the children’s increasing its extra-curricular imagination and Knowsley that do great sports clubs from 30 to 74 during curiosity ablaze” with things and they should be 2016-2017. field trips, creative role recognised for their This has led to even more play and taking part in achievements children enjoying sport and local community events. achieving great success, such as Feedback from the being named National Premier League judges said: “History and school champions on two successive geography are brought to life in occasions. Evelyn CP’s enhanced provision areas, Judges’ commented that Plantation has allowing pupils to take learning risks.” “incredible extra-curricular programmes on Headteacher Mrs Carole Arnold, said: “It is offer. Things such as the ‘This Girl Can’, the really wonderful to win this award, we are so ‘EITC’, ‘Golden Time’ and getting local proud, the staff are really excited to be here, athletes involved is only going to further the pupils and parents are absolutely inspire their pupils.” delighted, it is great for the whole of the Mr Kevin Sanders, Physical Education Evelyn community. Leader at Plantation, said: “It’s amazing to “We have been at the awards for six years win this award, everyone at Plantation now and we have won an award in six Primary School has worked very hard this different categorises and we are going to try year to put on a broad based curriculum for again next year, it will keep us on our toes our children and in particular the PE and and keep helping us to improve”. sport which we have really focused on and Halewood Academy placed runner-up for making sure that every child has an the Most Inspirational Secondary School opportunity to take part in something that award after its remarkable journey saw it go they can achieve in and we are really from special measures to a good Ofsted grateful to the Educate Awards for judgement in just 24 months. recognising what we have done this year. Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate “Hopefully we can continue what we have Awards, said: “The Educate Awards is an been doing this year and continue it for our opportunity to shine a spotlight on the children. teaching profession and say thank you to “This is also a massive boost for Knowsley the remarkable individuals who improve the schools, as this is an area of the country that life chances of our children. is often undermined in the national agenda “We are proud to host this event which and I think these awards show that there are champions the creativity, diversity and so many primary schools in Knowsley that dedication of teachers, school support stars, do great things and they should be schools and colleges in the Liverpool City recognised for their achievements, I am just Region, Cheshire and Lancashire. glad that the Educate Awards recognise the Congratulations to all the winners, runnerswork that we do”. up and shortlisted schools.” Finch Woods Academy in Halewood won

Plantation Primary School in Halewood won the Outstanding Sport in Primary School award

Finch Woods Academy in Halewood won the SEND Provision Award

Evelyn Community Primary School in Prescot won the Innovation in Education award

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Education News

60 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE AT MARICOURT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL AND SIXTH FORM Maricourt Catholic High School has a busy and exciting year ahead. The school has changed dramatically since it was started in the Convent Parlour on the 12 September 1957 by Sr Mary Magdalen, a Sister of Mercy. The school is now the largest Catholic secondary school in Sefton. Its ethos fosters the development of each individual, provides a sense of self-worth, with a responsibility and respect for others. The headteacher, Mr Brendan McLoughlin said: “Maricourt is an academically successful school where children feel safe and happy. We are proud of our strong pastoral team who, along with learning mentors, school counsellor and a chaplain,

provide outstanding emotional and spiritual support in our well-being centre. “Maricourt students perform well academically and the Sixth Form at Maricourt has been rated as gaining some of the highest Advanced Level results in Merseyside. “Our students are guided throughout their time in school to help them make the right choices onto apprenticeships, employment and higher education. Our students benefit from a diverse range of opportunities and activities to enrich their learning. “Recently pupils have visited Iceland, New York, Mount Vesuvius and Berlin. Regular language exchange trips, geography field trips and sports trips also take place

including an annual ski trip, amongst others. “Students have the opportunity to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award which is a real adventure from beginning to end. Some students are even learning Mandarin and recently visited the Chinese Circus. “We have many young sports stars amongst our students and strong sports teams have been formed. We celebrate the successes of these individuals and our teams at our annual sports awards evening. “Those students who enjoy performing are currently rehearsing for our annual production with the performing arts department which this year is Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’.”

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Pupils from Stockbridge Village Primary take part in Shakespeare Schools Festival

For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo Pupils from 10 schools in Knowsley are joining nearly 30,000 pupils in nearly 1,000 schools across the country to celebrate Shakespeare and perform some of his most loved pieces of work. The students, the latest cohort of a record 280,000 young people to have participated in the Festival since it began, got the chance to perform abridged Shakespeare plays in one of 136 professional theatres nationwide. Joining the festival were pupils from Stockbridge Village Primary School who performed at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park. Alex Borrill, director of performance at Stockbridge Village Primary, said: “This was our second opportunity to take part in the festival. We grabbed the opportunity to perform in a real fully operational working theatre. “While initially daunted looking at the complexity of the script, watching the children learn lines from Romeo and Juliet was an amazing experience. “The enthusiasm and passion from the children to understand the

script, relate to characters and watch their confidence grow, felt wonderful and to see their hard work pay off with an ambitious performance made every sleepless night worthwhile. “We embarked on a journey that showed them to be Successful Visionary and Proud. “This opportunity gave our children lifelong memories and achievements that they will hold with them all their lives and an understanding of language and Shakespeare they will always be able to dip into. “It has been a long road as we embarked on our journey in July”. Other schools that took part in Knowsley included: St John Fisher RC Primary School - Macbeth; St Joseph the Worker RC Primary School - Much Ado About Nothing; Our Lady’s RC Primary School Romeo and Juliet; St Luke’s Primary School - A Midsummer Night’s Dream; St Mark’s Catholic Primary School - Much Ado About Nothing; Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School - Twelfth Night; St Joseph’s RC Primary School - Macbeth, St Marie’s RC

Primary School - Romeo and Juliet and St Michael and All Angels RC Primary School - A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 292 performance nights took place throughout the UK between 16 October and 8 December. Up to 30,000 students stepped onto their local stage after months of preparation and do something really brave: perform in front of a paying audience in a professional theatre. The experience can give young people confidence and self esteem to last a lifetime. As a result of the Festival, 97% of teachers say their students work better together as a team and that their students’ confidence increases. 100% of special school teachers say that their students exceed expectations. Taking part in the Festival leaves a real legacy. Chief Executive Ruth Brock said: “Every workplace needs people who are confident and can work as a team and every community needs people who can get on with other people of very different backgrounds. Taking part in the Festival teaches these things and, crucially, it helps young people make friends and have fun”.

16 December 2017

Halewood Fashion Show in support of former pupil T

he community of Halewood came together to support a fashion show hosted by Year 11 pupils to promote body confidence and celebrate the life of a former student. Teachers and students of Halewood Academy took to the catwalk to show off a selection of dresses from Cinders dress store worth hundreds of pounds. The money raised will go towards extending the memorial of Megan Hurley who died in the Manchester Arena bombing. Teacher Josie Gallagher, who organised the event, said: “It’s about that empowerment, that it doesn’t matter the shape or size that you are, you’ve got to be happy with who you are. “That’s what I want to get across to not only the Year 11 girls, but also the girls across the school and the boys to be able to grow up as gentlemen.” It is hoped that the money raised will allow the school to extend the memorial across more, if not all of the terraced areas, allowing students a quiet place to sit in memory of Megan. The school hopes to make the fashion show an annual event and empower young men and women year on year. Hundreds of people turned up to watch the event and see the pupils strut their stuff on the stage and show off their outfits and confidence. Miss Gallagher said it is great to see staff and children come together and pull off an event like this. She added: “It just shows the connection that staff and students have. To be a good teacher you’ve got to know the students you teach.” The night was a huge success with parents saying they were inspired by what the school was doing to promote body confidence, especially amongst young women. Jackie Grant said: “I thought it was absolutely brilliant and the school has improved massively. It definitely should be every year.” Headteacher, Gary Evans, who recently named an award after Megan, said it was great to see the community come together, adding: “It has been an amazing event and it’s great to see students have so much fun but for such a good cause”.

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RAINFORD HIGH CELEBRATES TRIO OF AWARDS Rainford High School is celebrating a hat-trick of wins for its PE department at the prestigious Educate Awards, held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. The PE Department won the Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School award for the third time in the past five years, following wins in 2013 and 2014 as well as being runnersup in 2015 and 2016. Judges commented on the wide range of opportunities offer at Rainford High and the inclusive, yet aspirational and high quality sporting offer that consistently results in outstanding team and individual success at local, regional and national level. Rainford High’s commitment to developing ‘the whole child’ through outstanding sporting provision can be illustrated by the offer of over 200 InterSchool recreational and competitive opportunities in 2016/17. This resulted in 23 local and/or regional competition wins, across a wide range of sports, as well as creating opportunities for students of all abilities (including disability games as part of a physical and mental health week and offering sporting scholarships to a range of elite performers) to achieve their maximum levels of ‘personal excellence’, in roles of performer, leader, coach and officials. The PE department also continues to develop ‘future leaders’ through

recognising and developing students’ leadership skills across all Key Stages. Rainford High Sports Leaders have an enviable reputation for excellence in the local community and have supported the development of sporting opportunities for future generations within St Helens, through leading primary transition clubs at Rainford High and delivering a range of sporting activities in feeder primary school schools; during and beyond the school day. Principal of Rainford High, Ian Young said: “This award is testament to the talents of our fantastic students, the commitment, time and dedication of the PE staff and the consistent support of the school, sponsors, partners and parents in providing all students with the opportunity to achieve sporting success. Many congratulations to all!”

Show Racism the Red Card Pupils from Prescot Primary School recently joined together to support an idea, a charity or an appeal, were they realised the power of working as a team. The pupils all wore red to ‘show racism the red card’. Children designed their own posters and created iMovies. In assembly, they reflected on how they are all part of the human race and what qualities they appreciate in each other. This is an important message that they want to re-visit again and again.

18 December 2017

SUCCESS AT THIRD GREAT PEDAL AWAY IN KNOWSLEY Over 100 keen cyclists gathered in Huyton to take part in an exciting mass participation cycle ride, the Great Pedal Away. The event was organised by Pedal Away, a community-based cycling scheme for people of all ages, abilities and experience in Knowsley, Sefton and the Wirral. Riders took on one of two unique routes; one being a short 10-mile ride around the beautiful Stadt Moers Park with the other being a more challenging option; a 40-mile route that covered a circuit of the lanes and cycle routes of Knowsley. At what was the third Great Pedal Away, riders praised the event and commented on how they met some great people on their journey. Many remarked that they saw a side to Knowsley they didn’t even realise existed – a ‘hidden’ Knowsley is how one rider described it. Using the entry fees and individual sponsorship, money was raised for the Wheels for All, an initiative that helps to make cycling accessible to people with differing needs or disability by using specially adapted bikes. Pedal Away would like to thank Knowsley Council, Working Well, Knowsley Chamber and Decathlon for giving their support. Barry’s Mobile


Kirkby Mill Dam Park, Mill Lane L32 2AU Wednesdays, 6pm and Thursdays, 10am Bikes and helmets are available to borrow, and riders can relax on the traffic-free routes. For more information about Pedal Away, contact Lou Henderson on 07989 399725 or


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Christmas is a time when we think about our family and friends, past and present. Willowbrook Hospice are holding two Light up a Life special services on Monday 11 December at Prescot Parish Church, Church Street, Prescot at 7.00pm and on Tuesday 12 December at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Dovecot Avenue, Dovecot at 7.00pm For further information contact: 01744 453798.

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT DRIVES UP COUNCIL INCOME Knowsley’s ambitious plans for increased growth and housing development is already reaping rewards with the borough’s Council Tax base rising by more than the national average over the last four years. New figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government reveal Knowsley Council has increased its Council Tax base by 14.2% since 2014 against a national increase of 10.3% and a Liverpool City Region increase of 10.2%. By the end of March 2018, Knowsley will have seen 1,860 new homes completed over four years by a range of high-profile developers including Countryside, Bellway, Barratts, Morris Homes, Anwyl, Bloor, Taylor Wimpey and Redrow. Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for resources, Cllr Gary See (right), said: “I’m delighted that we are increasing our housing stock with high quality new homes for existing residents as well as those who wish to move here from elsewhere. “We have plans in place to accelerate the pace of growth and investment in Knowsley and these new figures clearly show that major developers have great confidence in the borough and that Knowsley is a

place where people want to live. “It is also positive news for the Council as it means we have increased Knowsley’s Council Tax base significantly over the last four years at a rate considerably above the national average. “This demonstrates our wellplanned approach to dealing with the Government’s savage cuts to local authority funding and ensuring the Council is sustainable for the future. This, in turn, allows us to protect and invest in key services for the benefit of our communities. “It is also important to recognise that raising the Council Tax base must be complemented by efficient tax collection and recovery. In Knowsley, we successfully collect at least 98.5% of the tax owed to us.”

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KNOWSLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Knowsley Community College is celebrating after winning the prestigious Knowsley Business Award in recognition of their innovative Supported Internship Programme. The Corporate Social Responsibility Award, recognises the contribution of a business or organisation to social responsibilities. The awards which took place at the spectacular Grand Marquee in the grounds of Knowsley Safari celebrated the creativity, ingenuity and commitment of the individuals and organisations that are driving forward Knowsley’s economic success. The Supported Internship Programme was developed in early May last year by the College in partnership with Knowsley Council. It gives students with special education needs and disabilities an opportunity to prepare for their future career through mentored work placements, both at the Council and in the wider community. The win comes in light of BBC’s Breakfast Special Education Needs series #BBCSend featured all this week, reporting that 40% of young people in England need

access to SEND support at some point in their school life. The series focuses on original news stories, providing a heartwarming insight into the lives of young people with special education needs and disabilities. The Programme at Knowsley College, runs over an academic year, allowing interns to experience up to three work placements whilst also being supported by an assigned Job

Coach and Job Tutor. Students gain a range of valuable skills while in their placements including customer service, food hygiene and office etiquette. The Programme has already witnessed success since it launched in September 2016 with all 11 interns successfully securing permanent employment and voluntary roles. Former intern Terry Smith now works as a Catering Assistant at Kirkby High School and is

thoroughly enjoying his new role in which he prepares, cooks and serves staff and students breakfast and lunch meals. Terry highly commended his experience, saying; “I’ve never been happier. I’m so excited to get up and go to work every day. All my work friends are great too, everyone is really nice.” Gill Banks Principal at Knowsley Community College commented on their award win saying, “It’s frustrating to hear

that just 6% of adults in England with learning difficulties are in paid employment. I am extremely proud of our Supported Internship Team who have worked tirelessly to support the needs of our students and help secure them positions in to paid employment or voluntary roles. Winning the award for Corporate Social Responsibility substantiates the work that has been put into this programme.”

20 December 2017

Lifestyle Susanne Coles and her journey back to happiness

WHEN TAKING CONTROL CHANGED MY LIFE Sat at my brother and sister in laws new years party last winter, too embarrassed to stand up and walk through the crowd was the moment I felt myself finally snap to do something and help myself. Watching everyone as the clock struck 12 and feeling envious of how happy and content they were embracing life and welcoming the new year- all I was thinking was I want to go home now. That’s when my sister in law tapped me on the shoulder and asked what my new years resolution would be? In a joking drunkenly sarcastic way I replied “to lose weight” with a sigh and a smile before turning away and thinking “I am going to”. I’d had enough, I was gaining more, comfort eating more, feeling worse and getting bigger. I was fearful of my life some nights after bingeing on fast food, crisp, chocolate and ice cream frightened I wasn’t going to wake up. I was never content till I felt myself wanting to be sick- I realise now I was abusing food and my body for the way I felt. I had my eldest son at the age of 16, I left school after sitting my GCSE’s and two months later I become a parent. I had dreams of going to college still and making a future for us both. Unfortunately, that did not work out the way I expected. When my son was born I had never and still have never experienced such trauma as that day. He was called a miracle baby by specialists after being starved of oxygen for 20 mins at birth and was transferred from Whiston hospital to another the Liverpool Women’s Hospital with better facilities. I was not able to see him for 36 hours waiting to be transferred on my own whilst recovering from an emergency c section. He was kept in special care for five days and now has a mild brain injury due to what happened as well as ring monitored for other findings. My life changed by becoming a young mum but even more so by those events, I went through a dark time of parts and it limited me in socialising,

happiness and carrying on with normal life. As time went on and I’d pass people my own age in the street going off to college, work, nights out I felt my time of ever making a future was fading and I was too damaged from what I’d been through and still was going through as the quality of my son’s life was not yet clear. Moving on over a decade later after meeting and marrying my husband and having three more children, my life had remained the same. Still hiding behind a pram, too scared to walk into the adult world without holding the hand of my kids. I was safe but unhappy with myself in our little bubble. But I’d stayed this way for so long- this was the only life I knew now and did not have the courage to venture alone until my youngest went into part time school- I enrolled on a teaching assistant course and qualified that year as a level 2 teaching assistant. I was so proud of myself but I knew my confidence had become a massive issue, I would easily become overwhelmed by being under pressure in a workplace as I often felt I was failing at the tasks I had before me or that I was being judged. I dropped out of my level 3 course last autumn as the pressure become too great. Feeling an even bigger failure, not being able to give my family all I wished for them I began bingeing even more to comfort eat. My eldest son began telling me he felt embarrassed of being seen with me and that I didn’t look like all the other mums. Home life was harder as my eldest and youngest are also being assessed for ASD as well as having learning difficulties. I started realising I had no pictures of myself with the kids and I had stopped doing activities with them and just having fun. I had no social life and I started to obsess with a cough every time I tried to speak - I was suffering with anxiety even when talking to my husband. The only way I was trying to make myself better was by eating and when buying Christmas clothes last year I was

fitting into a size 22-24. So after making that decision on new year to do something about my weight, I walked into my local Slimming World on the January 3 and got weighed at just over 17 and a half stone. Luckily it was with people who I already knew from my local area which eased my anxiety, but knowing I’d not dieted before I knew I was really going to have to change my ways and in the back of my mind was questioning whether I’d know what to do or even return the next week. That first week on Slimming World was really easy to follow and I mainly just cut back on full sugar drinks, junk food, drank more water and ate more speed (fruit and veg) also eating my daily allowance of dairy and fibre - I lost 7 and a half pound, it was hard cutting back but my goodness it was worth it! I went home and danced in the mirror - I felt incredible, I felt able to do something! I started thinking about exercise but still didn’t feel confident to join classes or a gym so I carried on being more active alone at home. My next week in Slimming World and my consultant Susanne encouraged me to become part of the social team as the person who weighs members. I’d never been given a job before apart from being a mum, the only conversations I was ever used to was about kids

and parenting. But because she made me feel I was needed and that I could be good at the job it encouraged me to have a go. I love weighing our girls, it’s helped me become a person and not ‘just a mum’. I’ve learnt how to communicate, socialise, laugh and listen again! It’s taught me empathy, compassion and to be more understanding of people as individuals and also that even though we are all individual we are all on a journey together and that most of us dealing with weight problems are sharing similar feelings and experiences. Being in group is a very good way of experiencing thatlistening to food ideas, strategies and just having a chat makes it so much more enjoyable and I will always be present at group as it gives me the support I need. A month and a half into Slimming World I was fully on plan, cooking more, meal planning and I joined my local gym after being encouraged by my sister. I wouldn’t enter the gym itself at first and was just attending the low impact classes with my sister and friend. Week by week my confidence was getting better, I was believing in myself and I started noticing the health benefits of losing weight. My skin looked healthier, I didn’t feel sluggish and tired, I had something to talk about, my family were eating

healthier and I felt much happierpeople were noticing it! For their own reasons my sister and friend stopped attending the classes and so I decided to continue to attend more advanced classes and PT sessions alone, spending time in the actual gym toning up. I pushed on right through summer and by the end of October I was six stone lighter since January. Reflecting on the person I was back then I’ve completely transformed in dedication to my way of eating and exercise. I’ve learnt so much about food, weight loss, the body and exercise. I have been able to start loving and living life, feeling happier, playing with my kids, creating friendships and working on the relationships I already have. To be able to help and encourage others to lose weight would be amazing and I hope my journey might do that. I wish I did this a long time ago, if I could go back in time and speak to myself feeling that way ide have told her she was worth so much more than she thought and she has the ability to do anything. I believe anyone can do this, there is a reason for how a person eats and its often a reflection of how they feel. I feel incredible now and more people need to known that they can and they deserve to feel that way too. If I can do this anyone can.

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NEW VENUE THURSDAY NETHERLEY Netherley Youth & Community Initiative St Gregory’s Church Damson Road, Netherley L27 8XR 6.30pm Helen 07779 266870 Monday CROXTETH Porchfield Community Centre Porchfield Close, Off Storrington Avenue 5PM & 7PM Natalie 07928 023090 HUYTON Roby Community Hub Centre Merton Crescent 4.30pm & 6.30pm Vicky 07507 848706 KIRKBY (SOUTHDENE) Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane 4.30pm & 6.30pm Jenny 07734 224138

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HUYTON The Old School House St John’s Road 6.30pm Zara 07854 721185

FAZAKERLEY Our Lady of Sorrows Pirrie Road 4.30 & 6.30pm Jan 07954 714567 Wednesday DOVECOT (HUYTON) St Margaret Mary’s Social Club, Pilch Lane 9.30am, 4.00pm & 6.00pm Julie 07779 538790 HUYTON St Lukes Church, Princess Drive 9.30am, 11.30 am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Susanne 07468 434617 FAZAKERLEY Our Lady of Sorrows Pirrie Road 5.00pm Jan 07954 714567 FAZAKERLEY Federation Community Centre Opposite library Formosa Drive L10 7LR 5.00pm & 6.30pm Eileen 07742 424767

Tuesday ECCLESTON St James Church Hall St Helens Road 9.00am, 11.00am, 4.30pm & 6.30pm Lynn 07739 167051 KIRKBY The Kirkby Leisure Centre Cherryfield Drive 9.30am & 11.00am Eileen 07742 424767 HUYTON Trinity Church, Page Moss 9.30am & 6.30pm Susanne 07468 434617 NETHERLEY Woodlands Community Centre, Wood Lane 9.30am, 4.30pm and 6.30pm Helen 07779 266870 LIVERPOOL The Liverpool public house 14 James Street (Next door to James Street Station) 12pm Linda 0151 256 1681

HALEWOOD Hollies Hall, Hollies Road 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.00pm & 7.00pm Kate 07966 260632 KIRKBY (NORTHWOOD) St Mary’s Parochial Club Kennelwood Avenue 4.30pm & 6.30pm Susan 07546 148204 PRESCOT St Pauls Parish Church Bryer Road 4.30pm & 6.30pm Lisa 07720 979915 CROXTETH Porchfield Community Centre Off Storrington Avenue 5.30pm Shenley 07803 524716 Thursday KIRKBY (WESTVALE) Holy Angels Social Club Sidney Powell Avenue 4.00pm & 6.00pm Susan 07546 148204

CROXTETH PARK Rhys Jones Centre Langley Close 5.00pm & 7.00pm Dawn Tel: 07732 845118 Friday DOVECOT (HUYTON) St Margaret Marys Social Club Pilch Lane 7.30am & 9.30am Julie 07779 538790 Saturday PRESCOT Prescot Town Hall Warrington Road 8.00am & 10.00am Lynn 07739 167051 KNOWSLEY St Marys Church Hall Knowsley Village 8.00am, 10.00am Zara 07854 721185 NORRIS GREEN St Christophers Church Hall Lorenzo Drive 8.30am Debbie 07774 699694 FAZAKERLEY Fazakerley Federation Formosa Road 8.30am, 10.30am Jenny 07734 224138 BELLE VALE Gateacre Comprehensive School Hedgefield Road, Belle Vale 9.00am Graeme 07775 918576

22 December 2017

Health and Wellbeing

COMMUNITY EQUIPMENT AMNESTY RE-LAUNCHED BY HEALTH TRUST A campaign to encourage patients to return all NHS loaned community equipment has been re-launched by Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust. The community equipment amnesty was launched by the Trust last year in an effort to recover items such as wheelchairs, hospital beds and walking aids once they were no longer needed. During the four-month long amnesty between September 2016 and January 2017, 14,700 items were returned, resulting in a saving of around £200,000 to the Trust. The annual impact of the programme has saved around £600,000 over the past year. Many of the returned items were recycled, making more equipment available to support discharge for patients

from hospital to community settings. Staff at the Trust also told of some of the more unusual incidents uncovered during the amnesty. One included a hoist being used as a clothes horse and a £5,000 motorised wheelchair being damaged beyond repair after it was left outside in a back garden. The initiative is part of a drive to reduce wastage within the service and improve sustainability. The Trust loans NHS equipment to support patients across Liverpool on the understanding that they will be returned so they can be cleaned, recycled and reused. Although the Trust’s previous amnesty programme has had a significant beneficial impact on the level of spend, a number of items are still not returned each year.

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It is estimated that not returning items of NHS community equipment costs the local NHS over £500,000 every single year, which is money that could instead be re-invested into supporting other patients. Some examples of how much money could be saved by returning unused items of community equipment include: • Each manual wheelchair returned saves the NHS at least £135 • Each walking aid returned saves the NHS approximately £90 As part of the re-launch, people receiving community equipment will be given a free fridge magnet reminding them to return the items and detailing how they can arrange free collection or drop-off. Allan Rimmer, service lead for the community equipment service said: “We made the decision to re-launch our community equipment amnesty following the success of the campaign last year. “As part of this latest campaign, we’ll be handing out fridge magnets so our patients and their families have an easily accessible and very visual reminder to

return items that are no longer needed and the ways they can do this. “Everyone will be aware of the financial pressures currently facing the NHS, and the community equipment amnesty is one way that our team felt we could help save some money locally. “We want to encourage everyone in the local community who has community equipment on loan from the NHS which they no longer use or need to return it to us as soon as possible.” Common examples of NHS equipment that often get forgotten and left unreturned include: manual wheelchairs, walking aids, supportive seating and specialist mattresses or cushions. If you or a relative has NHS equipment you no longer require you can arrange for it to be collected free of charge at a time to suit you by calling: 0151 295 9816. Alternatively, you can also return it to the NHS Community Equipment Service yourself during opening hours (Mon to Fri, 8.30am – 4.30pm) at LCH Community Equipment Store, Units 4 -7 Graylaw Trading Estate, Wareing Road, Aintree, L9 7AU.

KNOWSLEY PUBS BACK DRINKING CAMPAIGN With the festive season just around the corner pubs in Knowsley are backing an initiative which encourages responsible drinking. ‘Drink Less Enjoy More’ (DLEM) urges people to cut back on how much they drink at home before going out, as well as how much they consume when visiting bars, pubs and clubs. It also aims to raise awareness that it is illegal to buy alcohol for someone who is clearly drunk or for bar staff to serve someone who is clearly drunk. There’s a fine of up to £1,000 for both offenses and premises also risk losing their licence. Police and licensing teams are actively working with bars to promote compliance with the laws in order to reduce drunkenness across Merseyside and Cheshire. More information can be found online at, liking the campaign on Facebook at or following it on Twitter @drinkless_enjoy

Support for carers Caring for someone can be an emotional rollercoaster that can trigger a range of emotions including isolation, guilt, loss and sadness. Taking time to care for yourself can help, but when there is so much to manage, it is difficult to know what would help. The main thing is, you are not alone and talking to other carers can help, as well as providing you with some ‘me time’ and practical tips. A coffee morning carers group has been established in Stockbridge Village run by the local community with support, when required, from Healthwatch and the Carers Support Centre. Advice is also available on respite support too. The group meets every first and third Friday each month at 10am (until approximately 12 noon) at the Community Centre, Roughesdge House, Spruce Grove, Stockbridge Village, L28 1SY. Everyone welcome to this drop-in event. To find out more about the event, or if you require any carers information, please contact Reverend Thomson on 0151 228 7880.

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WILLOWBROOK HOSPICE TAKES ON THE TREADMILL CHALLENGE Staff and supporters of Prescot based Willowbrook Hospice recently put their best foot forward by walking/running over 440 miles to help raise funds to buy specialist monitoring equipment. The Treadmill Challenge was the brain child of Dr Paula Powell, clinical lead and specialist palliative care consultant at the hospice. Paula said: “This year Willowbrook is celebrating 20 years of caring for people across Knowsley and St Helens. As our special milestone coincides with the 50th anniversary of hospice care in the UK, we decided to ‘walk/run’ there and back from Willowbrook to St Christopher’s Hospice in London where the hospice movement began in 1967 – a grand total of 444 miles”. During the week long challenge, hospice staff and supporters were joined by Willowbrook patron, BBC News’ Roger Johnson who ran alongside his son. Nichola Saunders, head of fundraising at the

Hospice said: “The Treadmill Challenge was a wonderful way of raising awareness of the fantastic work that Willowbrook has done in caring and supporting people across Knowsley and St Helens over the past 20 years. Everyone who took part in the challenge helped us to raise £2000 which we need to purchase a specialist piece of equipment to improve the care for our patients.”

Women urged to get life-saving smear test after uptake drops Women are being urged to attend their cervical screening appointments after the latest figures show a drop in attendance. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under yet new NHS Digital figures show a fall in the number of 25 to 29 year old women being tested. The statistics show a drop in the number of women of all ages attending cervical screening, also known as a smear test, but worryingly only 62% of younger women took up the invitation for a test last year. Cervical screening prevents up to 70% of cervical cancer deaths, yet if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cases could be prevented. Professor Anne Mackie, PHE’s director of screening said: “It is of real concern that fewer women, particularly younger women are not being screened, with over a third of women under 30 not taking the test. “If women are embarrassed about having the test or worried about what the test results might say, they should talk to their GP who can explain why the test is important.” Cllr Shelley Powell, cabinet member for public health, wellbeing and customer services said: “Regular cervical screening offers the best protection against developing cervical cancer so please take up your invitation to attend your smear test.” Women aged 25 to 49 registered with a GP are invited every three years and every five years if aged 50 to 64. The test detects abnormalities within the cervix that could, if undetected and untreated, develop into cervical cancer.

24 December 2017


It was a night of celebration at the annual Knowsley Business Awards recently. More than 660 guests attended this year’s ceremony which is the biggest audience to date. The event brought together members of the business community from across Knowsley, the North West and beyond to recognise the hard work and commitment of companies and individuals that are driving forward the economic growth of the area. And there certainly was a lot to celebrate. Recent figures demonstrate Knowsley’s ambitious economic growth plans are delivering as an additional 935 businesses have started up since 2014 and approximately 6,000 new jobs have been create during that time. This has been complemented by Knowsley having the highest rate of productivity growth out of more than 350 authorities across the country – up 140% since 1997. This is the highest economic boost in the whole of the United Kingdom! Edward Perry, chair of the Knowsley Place Board was part of this year’s judging panel and welcomed guests to

the evening. Edward said: “It never Knowsley. ceases to amaze me, year on year, the “The council, its private sector partners sheer volume and range of business and the local business community are all success stories coming out of Knowsley. working together to accelerate “As the chair of the Place Board, I see Knowsley’s ambitious growth plans and it the Business Awards as a great is wonderful to acknowledge and opportunity for us to collectively celebrate the rewards of all of this celebrate those successes work.” and recognise the hard The feedback from winners, work and efforts of all highly commended and all The Business involved. Importantly it is of the guests has been Awards are a fantastic extremely positive. also a chance to make sure that people, inside Maurizio Bragagni, CEO way to showcase the and outside of Tratos said: “Everyone at amazing talent, Knowsley, know how Tratos is delighted and dedication and strong, successful and extremely proud to be passion remarkable the business named Manufacturer of the community is here. Year at Knowsley Business “This year’s awards once Awards 2017. again reminded me what a great place “This award is recognition of the recent Knowsley is to do business and makes investment by Tratos in our Knowsley me very proud to be part of this wonderful operation and the on-going commitment business community.” and achievements of our employees.” Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley’s Bob Edwards, CEO Minta Group said: cabinet member for regeneration and “We were highly impressed with the economic development said: “The organisation and presentation of the Business Awards are a fantastic way to Knowsley Business Awards and we were showcase the amazing talent, dedication delighted and proud to scoop the award and passion that we have here in for Exporter of the Year (SME).

“We export our products all over the world and have been trading in Knowsley for over 42 years. “It’s such a boost for the Minta Team to be recognised for our achievements and we were impressed to hear about all the wonderful successes that Knowsley has achieved.” A total of 15 awards were handed out during the spectacular ‘One night in Bangkok’ ceremony in the Grand Marquee in Knowsley Safari with seven Highly Commended certificates. Once again, all nominations were judged by members of the Knowsley Place Board which includes senior figures from the private and public sector across the North West. The awards evening is supported through sponsorship and is not possible without the tremendous support of our outstanding and loyal sponsors. A total of £8,987 was raised on the night through the prize draw and charity auction, along with match funding from Barclaycard. This will be donated to the Mayor of Knowsley’s chosen charities, Willowbrook Hospice and Lyndale Cancer Support.

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Knowsley Business Awards 2017 Winners Housing Development of the Year – Countryside Properties (UK) Limited Commercial Development of the Year – db symmetry Green Award – Green Growth Power Ltd Retailer of the Year – Walton Flooring Centre SME of the Year – Blends Ltd Investment of the Year – Jaguar Land Rover Newcomer of the Year – LM6 Commercial Property Ltd Transport and Logistics Business of the Year – Sovereign Transport Services Ltd Employee of the Year – Mike Matthews, St Modwen Corporate Social Responsibility – Knowsley Community College in partnership with Knowsley Council Excellence in Export – Clarke Energy Excellence in Export (SME) – Minta Group Small Business of the Year – Citrus Electrical Ltd Manufacturer of the Year – Tratos UK Ltd Manufacturer of the Year (SME) – Olympic Foods

Knowsley Business Awards 2017 Highly Commended Retailer of the Year – Rogues and Rascals Barbershops SME of the Year – Precision Pneumatics Limited Newcomer of the Year – NeedleSmart Limited Transport and Logistics Business of the Year – Seacon UK Employee of the Year – Aimee Flanagan, Structec (NW) Limited Corporate Social Responsibility – Green Growth Power Ltd Small Business of the Year – ACR

26 December 2017


The season of goodwill Christmas is coming and the shops are bustling with people preparing for the festive season. In the ARK we’ve been having a look at some of the more seasonal items in the collections and asking, what can the Archive tell us about the season of goodwill and its celebration in our communities? One of the collections, the Cross Heuller Archive (KA189/B), reveals how a company might reward its staff for their loyalty and hard work throughout the year whilst involving their families during the Christmas and New Year period. The Cross Company was founded in 1898 in Detroit, Michigan. Cross International arrived at Kirkby Industrial Estate to begin its machine tool manufacturing operation in April 1969, spending a brief spell in the Ward and Goldstone factory before settling into a new plant on Randles Road, Knowsley on 29 December 1969. The official opening of the factory took place on 20 March 1970, with Prime Minister and local Member of Parliament Harold Wilson as guest of honour. Much effort went into getting the plant up and running and perhaps for this reason, the company’s Christmas party for the employees’ children was held in early

January 1971. Photographs of the event, captured in a scrapbook featuring key landmarks in the company’s commercial and social development, show that the festive spirit was still very much in evidence: the children are pictured tucking into sandwiches, jelly and ice cream whilst wearing party hats and pulling Christmas crackers. Friday, 17 December 1971 was the occasion of Cross International’s first employees’ dinner dance, set at Allerton Hall, Clarke Gardens with entertainment provided by the Barry Noble Discotheque. The menu included iced melon as a starter (a running theme in later celebration menus) and a traditional turkey roast with all the trimmings, followed by plum pudding and plum sauce. Again, the Children’s Christmas Party was held in the early New Year. This was a very lively affair, with Father Christmas making a popular appearance to distribute gifts amongst the children. Entertainment included musicians, a clown and a film show. A letter of thanks, written by three of the children to the ‘Dear ladies and gentleman’, expressed their appreciation of the film show and the entertainers in particular. The Cross International factory was

cutting edge, with all the latest technologies incorporated into the machines and building design. Even the staff canteen was modern and streamlined, with an automated system for heating frozen ready meals in microwave ovens and vending machines to dispense drinks. Technology was likewise applied to Christmas: the scrap book contains a wonderful example of word processor art, with a seasonal greeting to overseas colleagues at Fraser and Crew created using the word ‘Cross’ repeatedly (cross typed

Xmas message). The message seems quite primitive by today’s standards, but in 1971, this was the stuff of tomorrow’s world. The 1972 Christmas Dinner Dance was organised by the committee of the Sports and Social Club, a growing sense of community, identity and social awareness developing within the company. This gathering was held at the Stanneylands Restaurant in Formby. Guests danced to the Alan Sherman Trio and enjoyed a traditional turkey roast (with iced melon for starters).

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There were other attractions to amuse the diners: spot prizes, novelties and a lucky draw were included in the programme. Such attention to the workforce, with an apprentice scheme and favourable conditions of employment - plus an investment in the factory of around £2 million - certainly seemed to be paying off for Cross International. In November 1975, the Managing Director, Ralph E Cross Jr, reported a turnover of over £3 million and an enviable expansion programme, all at a time of recession for the machine tool industry. Sending season’s greetings to friends, family and colleagues is another way of showing goodwill at Christmas. Christmas cards first appeared in the UK in 1834 and were devised by Sir Henry Cole (1808-1882) who, in his early career as a civil servant, was involved in the development of the Penny Post. Coincidentally, he commissioned his artist friend, JC Horsley, to design the first commercial Christmas card. This featured a traditional family enjoying seasonal fare flanked by portrayals of charitable works and retailed for 1 shilling. Designs have varied over the years, but the sentiment remains constant. One example from the archive collections was sent by a Huyton father to his young daughter in 1918. He had served in the Royal Flying Corps throughout the Great War: a previous card sent whilst he was on active service had been far more austere in its design, showing fighter planes in drab monochrome. That design was appropriately far more restrained than the whimsical depiction of three robins nestling in a bouquet of festive holly leaves that adorned the

Can you give just a couple of hours during November or December to help collect for Marie Curie this Christmas? Marie Curie needs help with collections across Merseyside, including Prescot Cables Retail Park, and at the Asda in Huyton which will host a bag pack on Saturday December 16. Just a couple of hours collecting will raise vital funds to enable Marie Curie to provide care and support through terminally illness for patients and families this Christmas. Fundraiser Antony Jones said: “If you would be interested in helping for a couple of hours, or have any friends, family or neighbours who you think may like to help, we’d love to hear from you. You can book yourself onto a collection slot that suits you online by clicking through the link below. Simply put in your postcode and choose a date and collection that suits you.”.

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PAIR JAILED FOR FLY TIPPING IN KNOWSLEY Two people have been jailed for fly tipping offences in Knowsley. Joanne Raven and Clifford Jones, both of Bracken Court in St Helens, were sentenced at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates Court to eight weeks each behind bars after two incidents of fly tipping in summer 2016. The successful prosecution follows an investigation by Knowsley Council’s Environmental Health team. 42-year-old Raven and 54-year-old Jones advertised their services via Facebook for removing rubbish. After Raven and Jones accepted payment to remove domestic waste from two properties outside Knowsley, the rubbish – which included sensitive information – was found dumped by a popular footpath and cycleway at Flukers Brook in Prescot. In the second incident, the pair – and an unidentified male – approached the landlord of a Liverpool pub which had been undergoing refurbishment. They arranged to remove waste from the pub, including beer bottles, pumping equipment, cardboard and bin bags. The waste was dumped on private land in St Helens. Following a complaint to the pub landlord by the landowner in St Helens, the waste was removed by


first card sent from father to daughter in the post war era. Another of our collections, the Margaret Whitaker née Hodge collection, documents the experiences of the young Miss Hodge as a tutor at Kirkby’s Malayan Teachers’ Training College. Amongst her correspondence we find some beautiful international examples of Christmas cards from across the decades. The first, a Chinese design depicting a beautiful pagoda resplendent with bright colours and glitter, dates from around 1954 whilst a 1960’s example features poinsettias and holly tied up in red ribbon. Our final card dates from 1996. Created by Miss Hodge’s former student, Hanna-Cheriyan Varghese for the Council of Churches of Malaysia and in contrast to the other cards featured, it illustrates a contemporary Nativity scene – a timely reminder of the reason Christmas is celebrated. Whilst each generation adapts and develops new trends that reflect the times in which we live (Black Friday, anyone?), re-enacting the traditions that have come down through the years offers our communities touchstones that mark the passing years and strengthen those bonds that tie our families and communities together. You can visit the ARK at the Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY.

Jones and an unidentified male and then dumped on public land at Alder Lane in Prescot. The pub landlord was issued with a fixed penalty notice for failing to dispose of the waste correctly. Raven and Jones both pleaded guilty in court to fly tipping offences. Jones also pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an order requesting information on the unidentified male. The pair were also each ordered to pay £250 costs and £125 victim surcharge. A spokesperson for Knowsley Council said: “I’m pleased that these offenders have received such heavy punishments for fly tipping in Knowsley and these jail terms should serve as a warning to others. “Fly tipping is simply unacceptable and we will not tolerate it in Knowsley. It is dangerous, damages the environment and costs a huge amount of money for us to clean up. “We will always investigate fly tipping incidents and push for the toughest punishments for offenders. “I would encourage anyone with information about fly tipping in the borough to report it to us via the Knowsley Council website.”

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28 December 2017

Haunted Merseyside with Tom Slemen

BOGEYMAN FROM ABOVE here are certain paranormal entities which are very difficult to categorize, and a case in point is the strange being which is alleged to have attacked three teenagers in Halewood on Boxing Day, 2010. The three teens were Dylan, Rory and Jack, all aged 13, and on the Sunday morning of 26 December, 2010 – Boxing Day, at around 7am, Jack left his home on Halewood’s Rutland Avenue and walked up Church Road, where he met his friends Rory and Dylan at the Okell Drive/Cambridge Lane roundabout. Jack slowly trudged through crispy frozen snow texting his friends, and as he passed the graveyard of St Nicholas – Halewood Parish Church – he heard someone whistling an eerie echoing tune. The teenager looked about but saw no one. The sun had not yet risen but the predawn light was bright enough to show Jack that no one was around. He heard the weird whistling sound again, and this time, Jack thought that the whistler was above him, and he gingerly looked up. A waning gibbous moon hung above, and a bright point of light – the planet Venus was hanging in the eastern sky. Jack had been certain that the whistling sound had come from up in the sky, which, of course, seemed impossible. The teen felt very uneasy as the whistled melody came to an abrupt end, and he was only too glad when he saw Dylan and Rory in the distance, about 150 yards away, heading in his direction. When the lads met, Rory said he had lost his remote-control plane. The whole reason the boys had arranged to meet so early on such a wintry morning was to fly an old remote-control model airplane belonging to Rory over some farmland near the roundabout. A rocket that had been saved from Guy Fawkes Night had been taped to the plane, and the plan was to light the fuse of the rocket and then fly it as far up into the air as possible before the rocket would hopefully boost it to a high altitude. Instead, the rocket had not gone off and the plane had flown across the farmland and had been lost to sight somewhere in the direction of Gerrard’s Lane, where it had gone out of range of the radio controller. “I thought you were going to wait till I got there?” Jack moaned to Rory, when suddenly, the teenaged trio heard what they would later describe as mad laughter. Rory glanced up and said, “Look!” Jack and Dylan followed the line of his gaze and also looked heavenwards, and they could not believe their eyes. The figure of a man in a brown tight-fitting suit was descending rapidly, and the first thing Jack thought of was that the man had jumped out of a plane and his parachute


had failed to open. The figure slowed down though, whereas a doomed parachutist would accelerate due to gravity as each second passed. Thinking the falling man would land on them, the three teens scattered, but because the ground was so slippery with the snow and ice, Jack and Rory fell over, whereas Dylan literally dived through the thick spiny hedge bordering the cemetery of the parish church. Dylan expected to hear the body impacting into the ground but all he heard was screaming laughter and the cries of Rory. Jack got to his feet and witnessed a terrifying sight: the man in that brown suit was hovering a few feet over Rory and he was making grabbing motions at the lad’s mop of curly hair. Rory’s nickname was ketwig because his hair was so overgrown and unruly, and this weird hovering man was trying to grab at his hair, but Rory kept batting his hands away as he tried to get up off the ground.

“The whistling sound had come from up in the sky, which, of course, seemed impossible” The face of the levitating man looked very sinister; it was as white as the snow lying about, and he had black swept-back eyebrows, large almond-shaped eyes, a sharp, pointed nose, and a large grinning mouth with vivid red lips and jagged long teeth. Dylan said the man also wore black calflength boots and that his one-piece brown suit was similar to a boiler suit. One second the figure was attacking Rory, and then in a flash the thing seemed to fly up into the air to an estimated altitude of about 300 feet or more. It hovered, stationary, and then the three terrified lads heard distant screams of laughter, and the unearthly entity swooped down at them again. Dylan told Jack and Rory to come through the hedge to hide from the nightmarish being, and they did as he suggested and the three of them took shelter under a tree. A Hackney cab came down the road and Rory ran out from the hedge to flag it down. The cab stopped and the driver naturally eyed him suspiciously. Rory begged the cabby to take him and his two friends – who scrambled out from the cover of the hedge – to his home on Clifton Avenue. “Get in,” said the taxi driver, and he asked the three young teenagers what they were

doing out so early on Boxing Day and on such an inclement morning. Rory told him about the weird figure which had swooped down and attacked him and his friends. As the cabby smiled at Rory’s seemingly far-fetched story, everyone in the cab heard someone whistling loud – and it seemed to be coming from somewhere near. Something thumped the top of the cab hard three times, and the cabby caught sight of something brown flitting upwards and to the right in his right wing mirror. He slowed the cab, wound down the window, stuck his head out, trying to see what the thing was, but Rory became hysterical and told the driver not to stop. Jack and Dylan had to calm their friend down because he became so panicstricken, he started to hyperventilate. No one believed the weird account given

by the three teens, but I heard about the incident a few years later, and it reminded me of a similar report found in my files dated Boxing Day, 1970, only this time the victims were two teenaged girls (aged 14 and 15) and the venue was Spencer’s Lane, Aintree. On this occasion the incident happened on a snowy Saturday evening, and the girls - on their way to meet two boys - said a man in black came screaming down out of the night sky and had tried to grab them, but the teens screamed and ran home after escaping from the clutches of the airborne assailant. I wonder if the entity which attacked them – described as having a very pale face – was the very same one which attached the teens in 2010 – and if so, what on earth is it?

KNOWSLEY’S ARCHIVE GIVEN TOP RATING Knowsley’s Archive Service has been given a top rating by the national body for archives. The Archive Resource for Knowsley (ARK) has achieved National Accreditation, the highest possible quality rating, from the National Archives. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that ARK has met national standards relating to six criteria including management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of users. The accredited status also demonstrates ARK is meeting and maintaining standards as an approved Place of Deposit for public records. Cllr Shelley Powell, said: “We’re

delighted the ARK’s been awarded National Accreditation by the National Archives. It’s testament to the quality service and curation of the ARK’s collection to be officially recognised by the sector’s national body. “The ARK is an amazing place housing thousands of documents, volumes, photographs, maps and much more. The collection is constantly growing and there’s been some really interesting recent additions through the ARK’s Heritage Lottery Fund supported community engagement projects, including engaging short films and artefacts from around the world. “I’d urge anyone who hasn’t been to the ARK recently to pay a visit and find out more about the hidden histories of the borough.” The ARK is located on the first floor of the Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Knowsley, L32 8XY.

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CHALLENGE CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING To advertise telephone: 0151 709 7567 PUBLIC NOTICE Goods Vehicle Operatorʼs Licence Halton Container Services Ltd of Ashcroft Road, Knowsley Industrial Estate, Kirkby L33 7TW is applying for a licence to use Ashcroft Road, Knowsley Industrial Estate, Kirkby L33 7TW as an operating centre for two goods vehicles and one trailer. Owners or occupiers of land (including buildings) near the operating centre(s) who believe that their use or enjoyment of that land would be affected, should make written representations to the Traffic Commissioner at Hillcrest House, 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 6NF, stating their reasons, within 21 days of this notice. Representors must at the same time send a copy of their representations to the applicant at the address given at the top of this notice. A Guide to Making Representations is available from the Traffic Commissionerʼs office.

PUBLIC NOTICE LICENSING ACT 2003 TAKE NOTICE THAT FLAVIOS LTD 34 Tarbock Road Huyton L36 5XW Has applied to Knowsley Licensing Authority for a variation of a Premises License in respect of The Sale of Alcohol and Playing of recorded music 12.00 pm to 23.00 hours Monday to Sunday. A record of the application can be inspected by members of the public between the hours 9.00 am and 4.00 pm Monday to Friday at the office of Licensing Authority of Knowsley MBC which is located Knowsley MBC Licensing Service Environmental Health and Consumer Protection 2nd Floor, Yorkon Building, Archway Road, Knowsley, Merseyside L36 9FB 0151 443 2300 to arrange an appointment 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 28th December 2017.

LICENSING ACT 2003 TAKE NOTICE THAT ANN LEDSHAM has applied to Knowsley Licensing Authority for a (Variation of a) Premises Licence in respect of Concert Room, Huyton Royal British Legion, Archway Road, Huyton L36 9XB For live music, recorded music, late night refreshments and supply of alcohol. Sun-Thurs 10.00-00.00 Fri-Sat 10.00-01.00 A record of the application can be inspected by members of the public between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday to 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 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 28th December 2017



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Business News CROSSFIELD CONSTRUCTION UNVEILED AS CORPORATE CHARITY PARTNER Special guest Mrs Patricia Baldwin also joined them, grandmother of David and Lisa, who experienced first-hand the care and support of the Hospice when her husband William was here six years ago. David Cain, director, Crossfield Construction said: “We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with Woodlands. Not only does it cement Crossfield’s ethos of supporting the communities in which we live and work, it is also an extremely special place for me and my family. “We have witnessed the love and support that Woodlands provides to families and it is our pleasure to be able

Woodlands Hospice is pleased to announce a new corporate charity partnership with Crossfield Construction. The partnership will begin with Crossfield sponsoring the Hospice Christmas Tree for their annual ‘Light up A Life’ event in early December. Crossfield will work with a number of charities across the North West over the coming year, but Woodlands was chosen

as the corporate partner due to many of the Crossfield team having experienced the excellent support work carried out by their dedicated staff. Representatives from Crossfield, David Cain, Lisa Manley and Lucy O’Connor, visited Woodlands to meet with Rose Milnes, chief executive officer and Christine Peach, corporate & community fund raising manager, to discuss various initiatives they will support them with.

QVC UK wins again at 2017 Top 50 Companies for Customer Service Awards QVC UK has again been rewarded for its customer service, winning the MultiChannel Award at the 2017 Top 50 Companies for Customer Service Awards. In addition, it was first overall for social media in retail, second for customer experience on calls for retail and third best company overall. This is the fifth consecutive year that QVC has been named as one of the Top 50 Companies for Customer Service. The Top 50 is the UK’s biggest customer service and benchmarking programme in which real customers rate performance against defined criteria. Conducted in partnership with GfK, using its expert panel of 10,000 mystery shoppers, the assessment is the only one of its kind to delve beyond traditional customer service offerings and look at overall performance rating across multiple channels using over 60 KPI’s. QVC’s customer services have been at the operations centre in Knowsley since 1996.

The facility houses a state-of-the-art contact centre which is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by expertly trained customer care professionals. Commenting on the awards, James Keegan, VP of customer services & experience Europe, said: “Once again, this is fantastic news for us and our multichannel win recognises the many flexible ways that our customers can choose how and when they contact us. “The results are testament to the continued quality and unrivalled experience that we offer our customers, building loyalty, trust and integrity in our brand. “Our team’s pursuit of perfection and sustained dedication to continuous improvement in a changing customer experience landscape is unrivalled in the industry. “To win such high accolades year on year is a fantastic accomplishment for our contact centre teams and something that the whole business is proud of.”

to give something back.” Christine Peach, corporate & community fund raising manager at the Hospice, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have the support of such an exciting dynamic company and look forward to working closely with them in 2017/18.” Pictured left: From left: Christine Peach, Corporate and Community Fundraising Manager, David Cain (Director, Crossfield Construction), Mrs Patricia Baldwin, Lisa Manley, Lucy O'Connor (both Crossfield Construction) and Rose Milnes, CEO Woodlands Hospice.

LIVERPOOL BUSINESSMAN NAMED CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Paul Corcoran, managing director of Agent Marketing, has been named Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Paul beat off strong competition to win the award with over 1,300 entries from business people across the region. Huyton-born Paul has previously been named Guardian Sustainable Business Leader of the Year and was also named in the 2017 BIMA top 100 most influential people in British digital and media industries. Paul has been at the helm of Agent, a full-service marketing agency, since it was established in 2006. Alongside his work with Agent, Paul also sits on a number of boards including Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Rare Studio and The Big Trust. Paul has also recently been appointed to the Board of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as well as being confirmed as co-chair of the LEP’s digital and creative advisory board, helping to cultivate the digital and creative industry in Liverpool. Paul’s commitment to Liverpool City Region led him to set up Agent Academy CIC, a social enterprise dedicated to helping young people find employment in the digital and creative sector through an industry-led programme. To date, Agent Academy has generated over £1 million worth of salaries across Liverpool City Region. Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of

Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group. Speaking after being announced as the winner, Paul said: “The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the very best of British business and I am honoured just to have been nominated, let alone to have won. “It was an incredibly special evening. I’m so happy and proud to be bringing this award home to Liverpool. “This award completes what has been an incredible 2017 for Agent. During the last twelve months, we’ve welcomed new team members, taken on more clients across different industries and continued to grow and develop as a result.”

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POLICE LAUNCH INTERACTIVE 3D HOUSE TO HELP COMMUNITY KEEP HOMES SECURE OVER CHRISTMAS Merseyside Police officers will be travelling across the force this December demonstrating an interactive 3D house, to show people the ways in they can secure their home at Christmas time. Officers will take members of the public on an interactive tour around the house, helping them answer home security questions about everything from lighting to leaving packaging outside, and picking up valuable tips to stop their home becoming an easy target. There is also a competition being run for anyone who takes a tour of the house. After the tour, you will be entered for the chance to win an iPad. The house will be visiting Knowsley on Wednesday 6 December at Prescot Cables Retail Park (from 10.30am). Detective Inspector Paul Lamb said: “This initiative is an innovative and memorable way to remind people about the simple ways they can prevent their

homes being an easy target, especially at this time of year when valuable gifts may be in homes, and as the dark nights draw in. “Most burglars are opportunists who come across obvious weaknesses, such as open windows or packaging left on display outside the home, and our officers will be across Merseyside to remind our communities of steps you can take, which don't take long but will give you piece of mind at a busy and often stressful time. “We will be giving advice on a wide variety of security features, including tips about lighting, fences, timer switches, property marking, and recommended locks. More information on how to do this is also available on the force website or you can speak to our local officers to get further advice.” For more information about keeping your home and property safe you can visit

KIRKBY CHARITY FURNISHING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH RESTORATION SKILLS Remake, Re-use, Recycle is the mantra for a charity in Knowsley which is giving disadvantaged young people a helping hand by training them in practical refurbishment and repairing skills. The Kirkby-based Centre 63 has used money from a local waste prevention fund to establish the ReMake Yourself Hub, which is working to equip vulnerable young people with a range of upcycling abilities to repair unwanted furniture and bicycles. Centre 63 is a Church of England Youth Centre which provides community education,

activities, initiatives and recreation for young people in Knowsley and Liverpool. The £15,000 of funding for the project has come from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund, which was set up to help support waste prevention, re-use and recycling projects locally. Jeane Lowe, Centre 63 manager, said: “In providing work experience and accredited courses we are guaranteeing improved knowledge, skills and qualifications for young people in the area.” The bike repair scheme is

giving young people the opportunity to learn about cycle repair and maintenance, as well as earn their own bike so that they are better able to access education, training and employment. The upholstery training includes hands on skills such as assembling and repairing furniture, machinist techniques, manual work and cleaning, repairing and refurbishing old furniture. Students will also be taught to repurpose items, such as using carpentry work to transform reclaimed wood into shelving, cupboards and tables. Materials for the work come from vacant properties and public donations. Centre 63 is hoping to open a pop-up shop in Kirkby town centre on a temporary basis where the refurbished items can be sold to the public. By the end of the Community Fund project in March 2018, Centre 63 expects that they will have: • Delivered six 4-week ‘earn a bike and bicycle’ maintenance workshops to a minimum of 120 young people aged 16-25. • Provided a bike lending scheme to 140 members of

the wider community who have low incomes and transportation difficulties. • Supported young people to have refurbished 250 bikes for the wider community. • Engaged twelve young people through Centre 63’s Tenancy Support Programme to undertake volunteering and training in upholstery. • Diverted 380 bikes and 18 tonnes of material from landfill. Sisters Sammy and Kim Dumont are just two young people for who the scheme has made a difference. Sammy said: “The Remake Yourself Hub has been so

good for me and my sister; it has helped us to grow in confidence and gives us something useful to do. Knowing that we are helping others by upcycling high quality furniture makes us feel so valued. “Without the project we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves, we have gained lots of skills, met lovely women in the group and have made some lovely things for our own homes out of unwanted materials. “The project is brilliant and we should have more of them around”.

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Netball England are running a series of Walking netball events at Kirkby Sports Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby L32 8SA. The events takes place every Monday from 10-11am and costs £3. Walking netball is a slowed down version of netball designed for anyone. For further information contact 07726 692 701


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HUYTON ABC REMEMBER FALLEN Huyton ABC recently held a boxing show at The Venue in Huyton to mark Remembrance Sunday and remember the fallen in conflicts around the world. Huyton ABC coach, Andy Robinson said: “The idea was to bring the boxing community together to recognise a significant date in our calendar and how we as a community should stand together as one regardless of origin or background. “The evening was started of with a minutes silence to remember all the fallen soldiers throughout the world and in particular three soldiers from the Liverpool area. “Sarah Bryant whom was the first female to die in combat, Leo Ryan and

Andy Robinson hands over donations from the evening to the Huyton Royal British Legion

Paul Stout whom all lost their lives whilst on tour of Afghanistan “We remembered them by having trophies named in their honour and it was decided by their family members whom would receive them in the evening of the event for the best boxer in three categories: best female, best schoolboy and best Junior.

“We would like to thank Britannia Taxis for a kind donation in the form of new kit and we also encouraged people to give generously to the poppy appeal on the night. “We want this to become an annual event and I would like to thank everyone involved from coaches, boxers, parents and volunteers

PRESCOT CABLES CLUB CHAIRMAN RESIGNS FROM HIS POSITION The Board of Directors of Prescot Cables Football Club have announced the resignation of club chairman Tony Zeverona. Tony has been the chairman of the club since 2005 and along with other key individuals, was instrumental in steering the club towards a more stable footing and transforming the club into a supporter owned community interest football club. A statement released by the club said: “The resignation will come as a surprise to many due to Tony being a stalwart of the club and a well-known figure within the Merseyside and North West non-league scene. “The club is presently riding high in the EVO-STIK North Division and currently placed third. The club recently won the Liverpool Senior Cup, beating national league side Southport FC in a thrilling final. “Attendances have increased significantly at the club and there is every reason to be optimistic about the club’s future.

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“However, Tony considers that it is now the right time for someone else to take the helm and steer the club onwards and upwards to secure cables future and achieve even greater success. “The club would like to place on record their thanks to Tony Zeverona for his hard work and dedication over many years and wishes him well for the future”. Further details will be released about the recruitment and appointment of a new chairman of Prescot Cables at a later date.

The Challenge December 2017  
The Challenge December 2017  

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