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A proposal to protect 144 (90%) of Knowsley’s parks and green spaces from future funding cuts has been approved by the council’s Cabinet. The recommendations, which were put forward by the Independent Parks and Green Spaces Board, involve the surrender of 10% (17) of the borough’s park sites in order to fund an endowment which would secure the financial future of the remaining 144 forever. The latest approval by cabinet follows a Scrutiny Review of the original decision which was initially made at the end of 2017. After hearing additional evidence put forward following the review, the cabinet unanimously agreed the proposals at their meeting held on 9 January 2018. Due to ongoing government cuts the council’s funding for parks will stop in April 2019. Therefore, the Independent Parks and Green Spaces Review Board was

tasked by the council to come up with an alternative model to protect parks from decline from April next year. The council is now progressing with work to establish the trust and endowment whilst rigorously testing the viability of the recommendations, which will be considered by Scrutiny Committee in June. The council is also in discussions with the local Parish & Town Councils who lease some of the sites involved. Cllr Moorhead said: “We understand that parks are much loved community assets and something we want to protect given the investment the council has put into these special places

over the past decade. But having had £100m taken from our budget since 2010 things simply cannot stay the same and we need to find a new solution. “I am sure we would all agree that we cannot allow these much loved spaces to rapidly deteriorate when the funding runs out. 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 council’s website www.knowsley.gov.uk

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Warning after theft of horse painkillers from farm in Prescot Merseyside Police is issuing a warning to the public after the theft of a large number of horse painkillers from a farm in Prescot on Saturday 27 January. At around 11.40am, a theft was reported from a farm on Gellings Lane, Prescot. At some time between 8pm on Friday night and 8am, it is believed that entry was forced into a farm building and a total of 240 Danilon horse painkillers were taken in two boxes, in addition to other first aid items. The drugs are in individual sachets. CCTV enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible. Officers are reminding the public that these drugs are extremely strong and would be seriously harmful if taken for personal use or sale to others. Anyone who find these items is urged to call 101 quoting incident number 414, or hand them in at the nearest veterinary pharmacy.

Man charged as police investigate Kirkby child sex allegations A Kirkby man has been charged as part of an investigation into child sex allegations. Merseyside Police confirmed that the 25-year-old man was arrested and charged following an incident in Kirkby. Police said that at around 3.30pm on Sunday, January 14, a call was received “requesting that officers attend Ormonde Crescent following allegations of a sexual offence”. Police have confirmed that 25-year-old Steven Ockleshaw from Kirkby has been charged on suspicion of attempting to arrange / facilitate the commission of a child sex offence. Ockleshaw was remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday 13 February.

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SHAKESPEARE NORTH PLAYHOUSE PROJECT MOVES TOWARDS CONSTRUCTION STAGE The preferred construction partner for Knowsley’s multimillion pound Shakespeare North Playhouse has been named. Knowsley Council cabinet members have agreed to appoint Kier Construction for the Prescot town centre scheme, with preconstruction work scheduled to start in April 2018. An April 2020 completion date has been earmarked for the theatre, education and exhibition centre development to coincide with William Shakespeare’s birthday. The venue would then open to guests and students later that year. As part of the contract, Kier Construction will work with Knowsley-based supply chain companies to help strengthen the local economy while the scheme is underway. Meanwhile 11 new apprentice opportunities and seven new jobs will be offered through Knowsley Works, alongside work placements and training, education and community activities for local schools and residents. The progress comes after an updated design was approved in November 2017 for the building, which will incorporate a 350-seat Shakespearean theatre as well as education facilities, performance studio, an exhibition and education centre, office accommodation, a coffee shop and a bar. Once complete the Shakespeare North Playhouse is expected to create 19.5 new direct jobs and 203 off-site permanent posts, as well as bringing £5.3 million GVA to the Liverpool City Region and attracting approximately 111,000 visitors per

year. Councillor Andy Moorhead, leader of Knowsley Council, said: “I am delighted that Kier Construction has been appointed to build the Shakespeare North Playhouse. This is another important milestone for the project and I am looking forward to seeing the start of construction. “I am proud to lead this council in bringing such rich cultural and educational experiences to our residents and the wider community. It is a really exciting time for Prescot, Knowsley and the Liverpool City Region.” John O’Callaghan, managing director of Kier Construction Northern, said: “Sitting in the heart of the town, Shakespeare North Playhouse will be a real asset to the local community when complete and we’re looking forward to working with the local

supply chain to deliver this project and develop the skills of local people with the creation of 11 new apprenticeships.” A total of £11m has been secured for the scheme so far including £6m from Knowsley Council and £5m from the government, which has been endorsed by Arts Council England. A full business case has also been put forward to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Single Investment Fund in a bid to secure a further £6.5m, and applications for additional grant funding totaling £1m are also underway. Cabinet members have also agreed for the council to underwrite the funding gap over the construction period to enable the works to start whilst philanthropic, foundation and public fundraising continues.

CONSULTATION OPENS ON PUBLIC SPACE PROTECTION ORDER The council and Merseyside Police are currently consulting on a proposal to introduce a Public Space Protection Order in the Hillside and Page Moss areas of Huyton. This follows a number of reported anti-social behaviour incidents in the area. The order would prohibit a range of activities including: • Anti-social behaviour caused by groups of people or individuals in public spaces, such behaviour causing, or likely to cause, nuisance, harassment, alarm or distress • Verbal abuse • Threats of or use of violence • The anti-social use of motor bikes, quad bikes, scramblers and mini-motos

• Possession of goods, items or materials used for unauthorised graffiti • Consumption of alcohol in public place • Damage to property including fire and graffiti You can have your say by taking part in the online survey available on the council’s website www.knowsley.gov.uk/yourcouncil/consultations/proposal-for-public-spacesprotection-order-(pspo), or questionnaires are available in Huyton One Stop Shop. You can also submit in any comments or writing to Knowsley Council, Community Safety Team, Yorkon Building, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YZ to via an email to safercommunities@knowsley.gov.uk The closing date for comments is Sunday 25 February 2018.


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MPS VOICE CONCERNS OVER PARK SELL-OFF In an open letter to The Challenge The Rt Hon George Howarth MP, Maria Eagle MP and Marie Rimmer MP have voiced their concerns regarding Knowsley Council selling 10% of parks and green spaces for development. The letter reads: Since 2010, when the Conservative Lib Dem Coalition came to power, Knowsley has been the hardest hit Local Authority in the country by government grant cuts. We fully accept for that reason, the Council has reluctantly had to look at options for the future of services such as parks and greenspaces. Since the announcement of the proposed sale of 17 parks in Knowsley to developers, we have been contacted by constituents who have expressed concerns. We share their concerns. We believe that there are still a number of key questions which need to be addressed. First, what consultation has taken place over the proposed new service model? And with whom? Our Trade Union colleagues will argue that any consultation should also take

into account the impact on jobs, and we agree. Second, the new model proposes that the proceeds of any such sales (estimated at £40m) would be used to establish a trust. The annual revenues from investing the £40m endowment will be used to administer the running of the parks. It is clear that there now needs to be extensive due diligence to confirm how such a sum could be generated and whether it would be sufficient. In addition, we understand, that a private limited company has been registered with Companies House – Knowsley Parks Service – the only named Director of which is an officer of Knowsley Council. The Certificate of Incorporation for the Company gives no information as to its purposes. A further private company limited by guarantee, has been registered with Companies House – The Knowsley Parks Trust Ltd. It may well be that these companies have been established for precautionary purposes. There is, however, a legitimate concern on the part of our constituents that they signal

a fait accompli. Third, we have been informed that seven of the parks listed for proposed sale, are actually leased to Parish or Town Councils. There is, as far as we are able to ascertain, no certainty that those Councils have either been consulted or signified any agreement to surrendering their leases. At this stage in the process, the concerns of our constituents have not been addressed. Before any final decision is taken by the Council, we believe that the issues we have identified need to be carefully examined and, also, the possibility of other options needs to be examined. We call on the Council to keep an open mind on other options and in moving forward on this issue, to take into account all of the concerns raised by constituents before any irrevocable decision is taken. In response Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “I thank the MPs for passing on their views. We all agree that this is a very important decision for Knowsley, and one which we must get right. “As our MPs have said, we have lost £100m from our

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budget thanks to Government cuts, and we know that from April 2019 we can no longer find the £1.3m annually from our budget to fund maintenance of our parks. “The aim of establishing a charitable trust and an endowment fund would be to guarantee that future generations have access to high quality parks and green spaces – the alternative is to retain 100% of all parks but have nothing in the budget to maintain them as high quality, safe public places. “I would encourage MPs and anybody else with an interest to look at the reports which were produced as part of our recent scrutiny process, as we have already been able to offer clarity on some of the concerns raised – for example, jobs would be

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saved from redundancy by transferring over to a Trust. We have also been completely transparent about how the sites have been selected and people can read the detailed reasons for selecting each of the 17 sites on our website. “Having agreed to explore this option in greater detail, work will now begin on an outline business case, which will be presented to scrutiny in June, before a full business case goes before the cabinet for a final decision in November. The issues raised by the MPs are already being explored in greater detail as part of this process. “We will not take any final decision until we are absolutely convinced that this model will work for Knowsley.”


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PROTECTING PARKS FOR THE FUTURE Q & A with Council leader, Cllr Andy Moorhead Following the proposal from Knowsley Council to sell-off 10% (17) of the borough’s park sites in order to fund an endowment which would secure the financial future of the remaining 144 forever, council leader Cllr Andy Moorhead answers some of the questions raised throughout the consultation process… How were the recommendations in the proposals reached, and what opportunity was there for local people, parish councils and other parties to have a say? The whole council unanimously agreed that we needed a new solution for our parks back in January 2017. So as a result we set up an independent review board to look into this for us at the beginning of last year. Sitting on that board were 20 representatives from town and parish

councils, friends of parks groups, the council, businesses and academics. The Liberal Democrat councillors were offered a seat on the board too – which they accepted – but they never attended any of the meetings. That was their choice. As well as getting a wide range of voices on the board itself, they also carried out a public consultation as part of their research and organised a number of meetings and site visits. There were 2,500 responses from the consultation, which was supported by Keep Britain Tidy, and the majority of those respondents (60%) were in favour of the approach that the board eventually put forward to us. Was there no other way to protect parks from budget cuts? We currently spend £1.3m per year maintaining parks but from April next year government cuts to our budget mean this

funding will no longer be there. Setting up an endowment funded by the sale of a small percentage of the spaces allows parks to be financially selfsufficient forever – so no matter what the council’s finances look like in years to come, parks will never be at risk. The review board looked into all options when carrying it out is work. The review was exhaustive but to be clear – the only other realistic option was to allow our parks to be left, unmaintained. That would mean overgrown, unattractive spaces where litter, dog fouling and antisocial behaviour would quickly make them nogo areas. That’s what happened during the dark days of the 70s and 80s and it was clear from the responses to the consultation that there is no local appetite to return to those times and we agree with the public.

help pay for parks? Unfortunately this is simply unrealistic. The reason being that for every 1% rise in your council tax, we raise only an extra £500,000 a year. In order to raise enough each year for the maintenance of parks, we’d have to raise the council tax by almost 3% - just for parks. That would come on top of any additional increase that residents are facing to fund essential services such as adult and children’s social care and other increases for publics services such as fire, police and town and parish councils. Whilst I admire the sentiment behind the offer to pay more council tax, we know local people are having to make their own savings to household budgets, and in reality the vast majority might not share the same willingness (or ability) to pay more.

How did you draw up the list of sites to be surrendered? Part of the work the board did was to recommend the criteria that we should use to identify those sites to be surrendered to establish the endowment. We applied that criteria to all the sites and you can see a full list of those 17 to be surrendered and the reasons why on the council’s website. Of course these weren’t easy decisions to take and my fellow councillors and I are very aware that there will be an impact on the local community for each of those sites to be surrendered. However, as you’ll see in the site selection criteria, for all of the sites chosen, careful consideration about how to mitigate these impacts has been given. I would also say that our minds are not closed and we would encourage people to continue talking to us about this.

What happens next? We are working on the business case now. Our Scrutiny Committee will consider the Outline Business Case in June, and feedback from that will go into the full business case, which will be put to a vote at Cabinet in November. No park sites will go up for sale until after that vote. And even then, this is a 15-year programme – it does not mean that the parks identified will be sold immediately. I would like to add that the review board process was a very thorough one, which explored all the options. Put very simply, I firmly believe this is our best possible chance to safeguard our parks from potentially irreversible decline. If you value local spaces to play, walk, socialise and enjoy they great outdoors, I hope you can understand that this proposal is designed to protect that, not take it away.

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Bernadette receives Papal Award Our Lady, Help of Christians, Portico, Prescot, was the setting for parishioner Bernadette Anderson to receive the Papal Honour of Bene Merenti. Bishop John Rawsthorne made the presentation during Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 2017. The award was given for Bernadette’s long-serving musical accompaniment at Masses and services in the church. By her side at the presentation was husband, Deacon Vincent Anderson, for many years they were both stalwarts of the archdiocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage. Pictured with Bishop John and the couple are: Deacon Tom Simms, Father John Gorman, Father Dave Melly (Parish Priest), Father Des Seddon and Deacon Jim Davies. Picture: Starflame Photography


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6 February 2018

EASTER AT KNOWSLEY LEISURE AND CULTURE PARK Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park will be buzzing with energy this Easter with two action-packed shows, suited for all of the family. It kicks off when ‘American Wrestling’ returns, the all-action super show that’s back by popular demand. The audience will be up off their seats cheering for the goodies and booing for the baddies; it’s certainly a lively and unique experience. This year, there’s an exciting elimination to make the show even more thrilling. Will your favourite wrestler survive? You will also be able to meet your favourite giant on the night. All of the fun will be happening on Saturday 7 April 2018 from 7.30pm. A week later, Immersion Theatre will be coming back with an exciting adaptation of Disney classic, The Jungle Book, after the success of last year’s show in Knowsley. Join Mowgli on his adventure as he discovers who he is and goes on a journey to understand where he belongs. The adventure follows memorable characters we all love such as Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther meeting the other fascinating animals of the jungle. The show will be full of energy and catchy music to get the whole family having fun together this Easter time. The fun doesn’t stop at the end of the show; you will have the opportunity to meet the loveable characters afterwards. This family favourite story will be performed as a brand new musical stage show on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 2.30pm. For both of the shows, tickets are £8 for children and £10 for adults plus an administration fee if you book online. To buy your tickets, you can call Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on 443 2200 or buy them online on www.ticketquarter.co.uk

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Win tickets for The Jungle Book A brand new musical stage show of Disney classic The Jungle Book is coming to Knowsley. You can see all of your favourite characters including Mowgli, the special ‘man cub’, Bagheera, the wise panther, and Baloo, the fun loving bear perform on stage in an exciting adaptation of the much loved story. The show will be bursting with energy with plenty of laughs and opportunities for a sing-a-long along the way; perfect for a family afternoon out this Easter time. The Jungle Book will be at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 2.30pm You and your family (2 x children and 2 x adults) have the chance to win tickets to see the show by answering a simple question: What animal is Bagheera? You can your answers via postcard or email to The Challenge Competition, 36 Henry Street, Liverpool L1 5BS or email: thechallenge@merseymirror.com Please indicate which show you would like to see and add your contact name and number. Entries for both the American Wrestling and The Jungle Book close on Friday 30 March 2018.

KNOWSLEY’S GOING GREEN FOR CANCER CAMPAIGN The Greystone Footbridge and Knowsley Youth Mutual will be lit up in green to show Knowsley’s support for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. ‘Let’s Go Green’ is part of an appeal by the charity to raise £15 million towards the building of a new dedicated cancer hospital in the heart of Liverpool, as well as improvements to the Wirral site, transforming cancer care for the people of Merseyside and beyond. The campaign encourages everyone to ‘go green’ between 3 and 11 February and build on the success of last year’s inaugural ‘Go Green’ fundraising drive. Schools and workplaces might want to hold green days where pupils and staff pay £1 to dress in green for the day, or bake green cakes. The Greystone Footbridge over the M62 motorway and Knowsley Youth Mutual will join other landmark buildings in the region turning green to mark the occasion including Liverpool Town Hall and the city’s Cunard Building. The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is one of the UK’s leading cancer centres, with ten sites across Merseyside and Cheshire employing more than 1,000 staff members and treating more than 27,000 patients each year. Consistently rated one of the best-performing hospitals the centre is one of the UK’s leading providers of non-surgical cancer treatment including pioneering chemotherapy, radiotherapy and eye proton therapy. Cllr Shelley Powell, cabinet member for public health, wellbeing and customer services, said: “We’re delighted to support Clatterbridge with their appeal for a new dedicated cancer hospital and encourage others to get behind the campaign. “Sadly cancer touches the lives of many people in Knowsley and the wider

region but the earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the outlook. It’s really important to attend cancer screening appointments such as breast and cervical cancer when you’re invited and also return your bowel screening kit “Believe it or not, over half of people in Knowsley didn’t return their bowel screening kit and around one in three women didn’t attend for breast screening in recent years. These simple actions can save lives. “We can also make a big difference by getting any symptoms checked-out early and making small lifestyle changes, such as getting more physically active, eating a healthier diet, cutting down on alcohol, stopping smoking and staying safe in the sun to reduce our cancer risk.” Katrina Bury, head of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, said: “Last year we were thrilled by the response to the first Let’s Go Green week. This year will be even bigger and better. “We are delighted to see so many businesses and local authorities showing their support for The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, including those in Chester. “Not only are a number of civic buildings and structures going green, the support extends to inviting our volunteers to collect for this brilliant cause in the city. “One in two of us will develop cancer over our lifetime so this new hospital is vitally important for the people of Cheshire, Merseyside and the surrounding areas. “We hope everyone will get behind us by going green and help to build a cancer hospital that we can all be proud of.” You can show your support for the campaign by posting your ‘go green’ photos on twitter using the hashtag #letsgogreen. You can also text CURE to 70111 to make a donation of £4.


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FIRE AND POLICE STATION UP AND RUNNING Firefighters and neighbourhood police officers have moved into a new shared Community Fire and Police Station in Prescot. The purpose-built station, constructed on a former industrial site at the junction of Manchester Road and Cables Way, will accommodate firefighters and the area’s local policing team. The project helps the organisations involved continue to deliver a high-quality community service while meeting cuts in Government funding. The two-acre site was chosen for the merger of Huyton and Whiston fire stations as it enables an equitable emergency response cover to both areas, with fire crew providing a 24-hour response. This is the first time since 1946 that Prescot has had a fire station. With three fire engine bays, the 1377m2 station has modern training facilities, including a drill tower which can be used to simulate and practise different types of roof rescue - and two rooms available free of charge for use by community groups. As well as firefighters, the station will house arson prevention teams from Huyton and St Helens and the Prince’s Trust will run courses from the station. Facilities including the kitchen, dining area and gym will be shared by the emergency services, helping to support collaboration. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service chief fire officer Dan Stephens said: “Prescot Community Fire and Police Station is now operational. We have fire crew working from the station, with more staff set to move in. “The station is equipped with modern facilities and located to provide the best possible response to incidents in South Knowsley. “The new community fire station allows ourselves and Merseyside Police, to continue to serve the public as effectively as possible, given ongoing budget cuts. “An official opening event will be held later this year.” Cllr Dave Hanratty, Chair of Merseyside

Fire crew move into their new station, with MFRS chief fire officer Dan Stephens and station manager Lauren McCormack pictured sixth and fifth from left, respectively

Fire & Rescue Authority, said: “This is one of many schemes of joint working with our emergency service colleagues, exploring more effective and efficient ways of working in light of continuous cuts to our budget. “This will become a fantastic facility not only for our firefighters, police and other partners - but also for the local community to use on a regular basis." Community police stations are designed to be accessible, visible centres which are co-located with partners in busy neighbourhood hubs which are already well-used by the communities they serve. Once a week, the station will open to enable the local policing team to meet with members of the community and address their concerns. Cllr Andy Moorhead, leader of

“Neighbourhood Promises” in Stockbridge Village Villages Housing Association are to relaunch their ‘Neighbourhood Promises’ scheme to help community groups in the area. The association wants people to be proud of where they live and be actively involved in improving their neighbourhood. Since launching almost 35 years ago, they have worked in partnership with customers and partners to build communities where people are empowered to improve their lives through training and education. That’s why they are updating their “Neighbourhood Promises” in Stockbridge Village; these Promises will demonstrate their commitment to focus on things that are important to you. They need your help to develop these Promises. Villages wants to know what’s important to you. What are the main issues in the area? How could you help to improve things? Your opinion is important to them. Please take the time to fill out a short survey and tell them what you think. Villages’ customers who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw. The winner will receive a £25.00 voucher. To complete the survey visit: www.villages.org.uk/promises Villages will use your feedback, to develop the new Neighbourhood Promises and we will tell you how they will be delivering them. The promises will be monitored regularly by the estate management committee who will be sharing progress online, as well as asking you for new ideas. Over 100 residents have already completed the survey, but there is still time for you to get involved too.

Knowsley Council, said: “The council has worked closely with MFRA to facilitate the development of this new facility. I’m delighted that the building is now operational and will provide modern fire

and rescue services for the local community.” Site preparation works began in November 2016, with the building work starting early in 2017.


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Entertainment News MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY 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 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. Please ask branch staff for more details or call 443 3734 CENTRE 63 YOUTH CLUB 4:30pm – 8:30pm Centre 63 Youth Club, Church of England Youth Centre, Kirkby L32 5TH. The Youth club in Centre 63 is open access for all young people aged 8 25 living in Knowsley. The centre also runs the following sexual health workshops, drugs awareness workshops and various music workshops from recording to learning to play an instrument. Junior session 4.30-6.30pm aged 812. Senior session Year 8 upwards 6.30-8.30pm. Contact: 0151 549 1494 info@centre63.co.uk WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 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 - no need to book, just come along. Class price: £4 per person. For more information please contact me, Jo, on 07511180133 or email joanne4399@hotmail.com THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY MEMORY LANE - KNOWSLEY DEMENTIA CARE SUPPORT 10am – 2pm The Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX. Our aim is to provide emotional and 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. Contact details: 07858 032 490, kdcsmemorylane@live.co.uk 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+ Times 12 noon-3.30/4.00pm Contact: 0151 487 9779 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 http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ 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 www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY MOONBEAMS - COFFEE MORNING/CRAFT CLASS (PARENTS & CARERS) 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 on the first Friday of the month at 9.30 am. to 1pm. and a craft class for the remaining Fridays of the month. The class takes place between 9.30 am and 2.00 pm. but you can drop in at any point between those two times. For further information please contact Yvonne 07403 348849 or email: moonbeamsconnect@gmail.com 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 SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY KNOWSLEY PARKRUN 9am – 10am Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Every Saturday morning, 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. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a runner, jogger or walker, you‘ll be made to feel welcome by everyone involved. To take part in parkrun as a runner or to volunteer, just visit the Knowsley parkrun website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/knowsley/ and register. 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. Performers will have the option to take LAMDA exams, 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: musicality-productions@hotmail.co.uk SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 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. As well as playing various sports and games, we also do crafts for our less active members. The leader in charge of the youth club is Suzanne Rainford and her contact number is 078028740119. MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY MINI STARS FOOTBALL COACHING FOR AGES 2-4 YRS 10:00am – 10:45am Prescot Town Hall, 1 Warrington Road, Prescot L34 5QX. Football coaching for boys & girls aged 2-4. £20 per month/£5 per week. Delivered by fully qualified DBS checked and First Aid trained coaches. Website - http://www.all-starcoaching.co.uk/ - Tel No: 0151 230 2664 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. TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 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, huyton.library@knowsley.gov.uk PEDAL AWAY @ COURT HEY PARK 10am – 11am Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley L16. 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 lou.henderson@cycling.org.uk 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. WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY FROM PEN TO PAPER - FREE CREATIVE WRITING COURSES FOR ADULTS (AGES 16+) 9:30am – 11:30am Prescot Museum, The Prescot Centre, Aspinall St, Prescot L34 5GA. Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum have created a new scheme funded by the Knowsley Better Together fund. It is targeted at individuals on low incomes who have not participated in a creative project before. At Prescot Museum from 9.30-11.30am and Kirkby Gallery from 1.00-3.00pm. Courses are free but Booking is essential. To book on one of the courses please contact: Tina Ball 0151 443 5617 or tina.ball@Knowsley.gov.uk A BREAK WITH A BOOK - HALEWOOD 1pm – 3pm The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, L26 9UH. The Reader invites you to a free group taking place every Wednesday morning. Meet new people and relax at a free Shared Reading Group for Knowsley residents. 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 megghewlett@thereader.org.uk / 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 Staff are fully qualified and CRB checked. Contact: Kate Marzelos, 07867933764, katemarzo@hotmail.co.uk

PRESCOT SWIMMING CLUB 7:30pm – 9:00pm Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. The club has five sessions (four swimming) over the week. All sessions are at the Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park. Additional training is available via the Prescot Open Swimming Squad at both Knowsley and Parr in St Helens. For further information email: info@prescotswimmingclub.org THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY PEDAL AWAY @ MILL DAM 10:00am – 11:30am Kirkby Mill Dam Park, Play & Environment Centre, Mill Lane, Kirkby L32 2AU. Ride on lanes. 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 lou.henderson@cycling.org.uk A BREAK WITH A BOOK - HUYTON 11:15am – 12:45pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton L36 9GD. 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. 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 - megghewlett@thereader.org.uk / 07807106869 – or just turn up! YOUTH CLUB FOR AGE 12+ 6:30pm – 9:30pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. Youth Club for age 12+ - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6.30pm - 9.30pm - 80p Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865 FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY MEMORY LANE - KNOWSLEY DEMENTIA CARE SUPPORT 10am – 2pm Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25. 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. On Thursdays we run a group from 10am-2pm at the Old School House, St John’s Road, Huyton, L36 0UX 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 and to book your place contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, yvonnerea@aukmm.org.uk, SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY DIDDIKICKS - AWARD WINNING PRE SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLASSES FOR 18MTHS-5YRS 9am – 12pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. Diddikicks is now in to its 5th year and the sessions and classes have grown from strength to strength. Places filling fast - inbox today to reserve a FREE trial session in your area! For more information on our classes and to book yourself on to a FREE trial, please email today to warrington@diddikicks.co.uk 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


February 2018 9 MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY KNOWSLEY VILLAGE ART GROUP (ADULTS) 9:30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 on 0151 546 4769 AFTER SCHOOL PLAY CLUB - TERM TIME 3:30pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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, hello@kabs-fitness.co.uk TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY GET UP AND MOVE (OVER 50S) 12pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Come along, get active and have some fun with our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Get up and Moveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gentle exercises to music. Sessions are £2.50 per person. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, yvonnerea@aukmm.org.uk INTERMEDIATE WALKING - HALEWOOD 1pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood L26 7XB. Intermediate walking 3-4 miles (approx. 2 hours) Please call 488 6151 for more information BOSS CLUB (YEARS 4-7) 5:30pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:00pm St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 halewoodchurchcw@gmail.com for any more information. ATHLETICS TRACK SESSIONS (EFFORT BASED) - KIRKBY 7pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8pm Kirkby High School, Bracknell Avenue, Southdene, Kirkby L32 9PP. Platinum Team â&#x20AC;&#x201C; (Varied interval session). Gold/Silver/Bronze Team â&#x20AC;&#x201C; (Varied interval session). Adult Track Sessions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; £1 per session See www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY ENVIRONMENTAL TASK DAYS @ HALEWOOD PARK 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Halewood Park Volunteers Various practical activities in the great outdoors, including tree and wildflower planting, woodland and pond management and habitat creation. Please call 0151 488 6151 for more information. OLDER PEOPLEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FUN OLYMPICS - KIRKBY (OVER 55â&#x20AC;&#x2122;S) 1pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby L32 8SA. Knowsley Older Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fun Olympics (KOPFO) is for you to be active and healthy and have fun at the same time. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re over 55, come and join us each week in Knowsleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fabulous Leisure Centres. KOPFO Weekly sessions involve fun and friendly competition. Cost £1. For more details on these sessions please contact Geoff Lyon on 0151 430 7710 or email GgeoffLyon@aol.com JAM CLUB (RECEPTION - YEAR 6) 3:30pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:00pm St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 halewoodchurchcw@gmail.com for any more information. WESTVALE YOUTH CLUB 6:15pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:45pm Westvale Community and Youth Centre, Richard Hesketh Drive, Kirkby L32 0TZ. 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, joe.fogg@youthmutual.co.uk THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY ARNCLIFFE CENTRE YOGA CLASS 10:00am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 SEWING CLUB 12pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3pm Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. Come and join our sewing club, all abilities welcome. Organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details please contact Margaret Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sullivan, mosully@hotmail.co.uk - 07926473711 THE YOUTHY YOUTH CLUB 6:15pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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, joe.fogg@youthmutual.co.uk FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY SWIMMING CLASSES - ADULTS 12:00pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12:45pm Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. Adults Learn to swim lesson. If you are interested in these classes please either go to reception and book your place or call 443 2200

KIDS MAKE IT - HUYTON LIBRARY (AGES 5+) 3:45pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:45pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton L36 9GD. Get hands on making circuit boards and using micro bits and coding with Scratch. Age 5+ Please note, under 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please call 443 3734 SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY ALL STARS FOOTBALL COACHING FOR AGES 3-6YRS 9am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10am Lord Derby Academy, Seel Road, Huyton L36 6DG. Football coaching for boys & girls aged 3-6 years. £20 per month/£5 per week. Delivered by fully qualified DBS checked and First Aid trained coaches. Website - http://www.all-starcoaching.co.uk/ - Tel No: 0151 230 2664 THE SAFARI KIDS CLUB (AGES UP TO 12YRS) 12pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to bring your leisure pass! Organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details please contact Maria Branch, 07725 418637 MONDAY 26 FEBRUARY KNIT & NATTER GROUP - HUYTON LIBRARY 10:30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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. Please ask branch staff for more details or call 443 3734 PERFORMING ARTS SESSION - MUSICALITY FOR ALL 4pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm St Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Primary School, Fir Avenue, Halewood L26 0XR. Our weekly sessions are held at St Marks Primary School in Halewood. They are held each Monday in term time from 4-5pm and are open to anyone aged 4-7yrs. Open level class which focuses on building skills and confidence through dance, drama and singing techniques. Contact us for class fees and to book your place, must book at least 1 week in advance. email: musicality-productions@hotmail.co.uk Call: 07772614525 TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY PEDAL AWAY @ COURT HEY PARK 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 lou.henderson@cycling.org.uk THE HUYTON ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS (AGES 411YRS) 4:00pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30pm The Venue, Civic Way, Poplar Bank, Huyton L36 9GD. Quality performing arts academy specialising in primary children aged 4-11. Classes in Dance, Drama & Singing. For ages 4-6yrs, 4.15pm 5pm, cost £3 For ages 7-11yrs - there are 3 classes 5-6pm Dance Class; 6-7pm Drama Class; 7pm - Singing Class. Costs £4 for one class, £7 for any two classes, £10 for all three classes. Call Jane: 07595538755 Email: Huyton_arts@live.com KNOWSLEY HARRIERS JUNIOR RUNNING SESSIONS 6:00pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:45pm Kirkby High School, Bracknell Avenue, Southdene, Kirkby L32 9PP. Athletics track sessions. Track & field based fun sport athletic activities & games session for Junior athletes aged between 7-17 years old. See www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details

APPROACHING THUNDER

Kirkby Gallery is the first stop on Approaching Thunderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national tour. Approaching Thunder draws from a collection of 1940s British prints and drawings at The Hepworth Wakefield, a popular art gallery in Yorkshire that exhibits some of the best international modern and contemporary art. The astonishing work on paper reflects on the 1940s, a decade of anxiety, austerity and idealism; all of which still resonates with our lives today. At the exhibition, you can see work from leading artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Edward Bawden who all chose to work with the inexpensive medium of paper during a time when materials were rationed and the art market was in crisis. Individual experiences are behind all of the work, allowing the audience to

explore ordinary lives under extraordinary shared circumstances from around 70 years ago. You can see some of the beautiful landscapes that the exhibition boasts. These images reveal devastation but also the lingering vitality of the natural world. This could be a reflection on the move to a renewed social engagement as public interest in the modern art world soared across England around this time. Also on display, is Henry Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illustrations of book which were printed using lithography. Many modernist artists chose to use lithography, with the low cost of the printing method being a selling point. You can visit the Approaching Thunder exhibition at Kirkby Gallery, Norwich Way L32 8XY until Saturday 7 April 2018.

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Education News EX-PUPIL DONATES MINIBUS TO SCHOOL Staff and pupils from Our Lady and St Swithin’s School received a surprise when they were contacted by a man named Russell who had previously been a pupil at 30 years ago. Headteacher, Emma Hartley said: “He requested to come in for a visit for a tour of the school and he thoroughly enjoyed looking and his old classroom and reminiscing! “He then stayed for a coffee and told me he wanted to give something back to the community where he had grown up. He has his own business and runs a very successful construction company called G8i Construction. “He knew we were fundraising for a mini bus and really wanted to help us. It took him a week to find us the perfect bus and he even had it signed with our logo too! “We had a big celebration in school and children, parents and governors attended whilst we revealed our very own school mini bus - all thanks to Russell. The children made him a thank you card and we presented him with a gift from school. “We cannot thank Russell enough for what he has done for OLSS. We can now visit libraries, other schools, football matches, basketball tournaments, swimming galas, water polo, local secondary schools and much much more”.

MP CALLS ON GOVERNMENT SUPPORT PUPILS GET ACTIVE FOR AWARD-WINNING IDEA Rainford High received a visit from Conor McGinn MP who met with talented students who recently won a national award in a global health and development competition. Four students in Year 11 were crowned winners of the silver category in the Youth Grand Challenges Competition for their invention that persuades children in developing countries to wash their hands. Branded ‘Soap & Suds’, Zach Cunningham, (16), Evan Cunningham, (16), Rebecca Spencer, (15) and Katie Wilkinson, (15), came up with the idea of a bar of soap with a game inside it, to help stop the spread of infectious diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea by getting children to wash their hands more frequently. The Youth Grand Challenges is a national STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) competition that inspires young people, aged 1119, to use science and technology to tackle global health issues. Run by the British Science Association with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, it tasks school across the UK to think of innovative ways to mitigate infectious diseases. The St Helens North MP was so impressed by the idea, he has written to the secretary of

state for international development, Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, to make her aware of the project and asked her department to help it evolve. Conor said: “The team have done a brilliant job and are a great example of just what young people across the borough are capable of especially when they get the right support from their school. “This invention has such a fantastic purpose and it could have the ability to successfully help countries fight the spread of diseases.” Principal of Rainford High, Ian

Young said: “We were delighted to welcome Conor McGinn MP to the school and speak first hand with our Year 11 students who have produced Soap & Suds. “Everyone is really excited to hear that he has informed the secretary of state for international development of their project and we would be thrilled to see it progressed further. “At Rainford High, we work hard to promote the importance of STEM and projects like these give young people the chance to carve out a career in these industries.”

Pupils from Bickerstaffe CE Primary School are on a mission to improve their health and fitness with their ‘Countdown to the Castle!’ scheme. The school wanted a fun way to improve their health and fitness with the end goal being the opportunity to wear a nice outfit to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghans in May. Headteacher Maggie Teachen, said: “At school we have a duty to improve our health and fitness and provide lots of opportunities for children to learn about how to lead a healthy lifestyle. “We feel that we do really well in this area because as well as lots activities to support healthy living, each of our children take part in the daily mile run on our school running track. “We are planning to hold a full-scale wedding to mark Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May and in the lead-up to this our health and wellbeing council want to support and encourage our parents, family, friends and community to become more fit and healthy also. “As a result, we have created the ‘Count Down to the Castle’ campaign to encourage people to have a healthy diet and we have another project to compliment this called ‘The run up to Windsor’ which will be a twice weekly, coached couch to 5K beginning after the Easter holidays. “Also 50% of the proceeds from the countdown campaign will be donated to our local foodbanks. “We are also encouraging all family and friends and local residents to get involved. You can register your interest by calling the school on 01695 722957


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THE EDUCATE AWARDS LAUNCHES FOR 2018 The Educate Awards has announced that entries are now open for 2018’s ceremony, in association with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh as title sponsors. The awards, founded by Kim O’Brien in 2012, is the largest education awards in the North West and celebrates every aspect of the school’s curriculum, teaching and staff. From inspiring teachers, superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognises the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential. Since launching in Liverpool in 2012, the awards has grown rapidly, recognising schools and colleges right across the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire. The awards are free to enter and open to all government funded and independent private educational establishments, including primary, secondary, further education providers and special needs schools in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire. And following a record-breaking year in 2017, this year the awards is expanding in to Greater Manchester and will accept entries from all 10 boroughs (Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Wigan, Salford, Stockport, Manchester, Tameside and Trafford). Founder Kim O’Brien said the expansion is due to unprecedented demand from schools in Greater Manchester to take part and be in with a chance of winning a prestigious award. In total there are 21 award categories, from Teacher of the Year, Career

Aspiration, School Support Star of the Year and Outstanding Commitment to Sport. Kim O’Brien said: “The Educate Awards is an important platform to celebrate education and give those working in schools who transform learning, the credit they deserve. “We would love to hear about the teachers, support staff and exciting projects happening in schools right across the Liverpool city region! “We are delighted to launch the call for entries for 2018 and are looking forward to celebrating another year of outstanding education in the North West.” Associate sponsors include Winstanley College, All About STEM, Liverpool John Moores University, CER, Progress Schools, Liverpool Learning Partnership, School Improvement Liverpool, The Foundry Agency, LSSP, The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches and BMD Law. The awards are free to enter and open to all government funded and independent private educational establishments, including primary, secondary, further education providers and special needs schools in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 24 June 2018. The shortlist will be announced prior to the awards ceremony and the winners will be revealed on 16 November at Liverpool Cathedral. For further information including full details of how to enter, please visit www.educateawards.co.uk

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Education News ANOTHER FIRST FOR OUR LADY’S PRESCOT Children from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary Prescot have become the first school to visit the archaeological dig at the site for the new Shakespeare North Theatre in Prescot. The children from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary Prescot were also the first Knowsley school to perform a Shakespearean play (Hamlet) to a paying audience in Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre in the Autumn of 2014. Despite the rain the children were fascinated by the various artefacts found and learned that the site used to contain an old mill and a pottery before it became a car park. The children could link this fact to why the pub beside it was called ‘The Old Mill’.

Another highlight of the visit was seeing the old well which would have been used in Georgian times and perhaps before, to provide water for the mill, pottery and local houses. One of the children said: “It was amazing to discover how the archaeologists discovered and identified the old buildings. I’m glad we’ve had the opportunity to see the site before it disappears under the new theatre.” Once the foundations of the theatre are put in place all of what the children saw will be buried underground again. However, the new theatre will boost the economy in Prescot and perhaps some of the children from Our Lady’s will be performing Shakespeare there in a few years time.

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PUPILS LOOK AT THEIR FUTURE CAREER OPTIONS Maricourt Catholic High School celebrated its annual Careers convention with over 50 external providers. The event which was organised by Danielle Lawler, careers and business teacher and Carmel Gresham got busier and busier throughout the day whilst Year 9 and 10 optionally gave up their lunch to investigate their future career options further; they were very excited gathering information from the local colleges, training providers and universities. External providers couldn’t believe the fantastic questions students were asking about their future. Sixth form student circulated the event making sure the providers were happy and well looked after, providing refreshments throughout the day. The Armed forces commented on

how mature and fantastic they were. The provider from Lipa described them as being “real stars and a credit to the school”. Sixth form then used the opportunity to gather further information regarding their post 18 options. They gathered

information from Liverpool, Hope, Edgehill, UCLAN, Chester and JMU about degree and apprenticeship degree opportunities. Other providers were also very useful such Graham from SAE institute Liverpool offering advise about their sponsored

degree programme, specialising in software, games, media and music. Some students spoke about their course selection, whilst some students who returned to their sixth form after going elsewhere gave a valuable insight into why the missed Maricourt so much.


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ith its towering medieval church, timber framed buildings and wellpreserved Georgian and Victorian architecture, Prescot is one of Merseyside’s most historic towns. Famed for its watchmaking during the 18th and 19th centuries, Prescot’s varied industrial past includes coal mining, pottery and toolmaking. After a decline of many years we are now seeing the regeneration of the town centre taking place as millions of pounds are being invested. The Challenge talked to John Flaherty, Executive Director of Place at Knowsley Council, a man who is at the forefront of the scheme and who is clearly passionate about the Prescot masterplan. This is what John had to say: TC: What are your plans for Prescot? JF: For a number of years members of the council have seen the opportunity that was available to bring the renaissance back to Prescot town centre, we have to remember Prescot was, in it’s day a very busy town, but then through the decades the economic cycle impacted on Prescot, just like many other retail centres. A lot of people said the centre suffered due to the retail development and blame them from draining the footfall from the town centre, so what the council members wanted to do was to come up with a ‘master plan’ which was launched in 2016, what we wanted to do was to reconnect the town. We wanted to reconnect the retail park through Kemble Street into Eccleston Street and up into the High Street and beyond to the bypass and ultimately to the safari park. Our vision for Prescot is to become a weekend destination and the catalyst for that is absolutely, the Shakespeare North Theatre. TC: What other schemes do you have in place? JF: We have a £9.3million bid in to the combined authority to improve the railway station, this will mean new improvements including access, lifts and an improvement in the car parking and relating to this there will be a Shakespearian trail from the railway station, through the residential area opposite, past the new Shakespearian hotel, around the retail park and up Sewell Street and into the theatre. As people arrive off the cruise liners in Liverpool they will travel into Prescot via the new station, then follow the Shakespearian trail into the heart of Prescot. We also aim to replace the whole of the public realm of Eccleston Street and make it vehicular proof. TC: Any other plans? JF: We are also going to look at bringing our arts strategy into place, which will be based on illumination and animation. This will fit in with the THI schemes, which are changing the face of retail in Prescot with the new buildings, and new frontages that we are putting in. This will light up, as part of that £9.3million bid, the church and theatre and lighting up Eccleston Street. In addition to all this we will have the

the theatre and to connect with the new 27 bed boutique Shakespearian church. You can see the connection themed hotel which will be a great between the woodlands, the market addition alongside Prescot Park, the place, the theatre and the outdoor former BICC factory, we have the last of Shakesperian performances that MATE the four developers coming into place. Productions who have been putting on This will mean all 700 hundred new recently. properties will be on site. TC: How will the theatre work with the TC: What is happening to the Market community? Place? JF: The whole vision of Shakespeare JF: We will also have the market place North is around a community and which we will have half a million pounds education led model. We will have of development going into that space master degree students in the theatre which will see the La Rocca family, practising and performing the manage the outdoor market and café Shakespearian language and that will be included and the Shakespeare’s plays, which will lead to a performance activities that will take significant number of plays throughout place there. the year involving all those touring We want the market place to be the troupes. heartbeat of Prescot town centre, which Actors will come and spend a I believe is a really exciting couple of weeks on site during addition. their performances and also Our aim at the moment, working with students, through the THIA project We want the community group and the is to bring back as market place to schools to share their many of the beautiful be the heartbeat experiences and their frontages of the shops expertise, this will lead to in the centre, which of Prescot town a series of high quality will lead to some real centre, which I performances. We see it commercial interest. believe is really as a receiving house rather The Red Lion pub has exciting than a production house. just been bought and will There will be a tight be, potentially have a relationship between the Globe, restaurant on the ground floor the RUS and Shakespeare North and and apartments above. we see it as key to the future success. We are also in discussion with Gary The important thing to us is that this is Usher, the owner of Wreckfish in Liverpool owned, loved and used by the local city centre to open a restaurant on community, it will not be a theatre that is Eccleston Street, these plans are well in visited by people outside the area, the advance and will be a huge addition to community will lead it. the town centre. The whole success of this model is that TC: What about the local businesses? our children, schools from across the city JF: We recognise the independent region will have access to these businesses that we have in Prescot and programmes. We have seen our local we want these small businesses to be a schools perform at the as part of the big part of Prescot, we don’t want the Shakespeare Schools Festival which was nationals there, we want local held at the Huyton leisure centre and entrepreneurs and local independent they were absolutely stunning, we now businesses to really establish themselves want all of those schools to be able to here. perform at the theatre. We are also currently trying to acquire This we hope will lead to more of our 48-50 Kemble Street and the old picture schools being able to participate in the house because we want to try and festival and to actually deliver those influence the future development on performances at the theatre. that site, in all truth some of the area has I want Prescot to be a thriving, busy been an eyesore, we want to make sure High Street and with more high quality, that no-one buys those buildings and sits independent cafes, restaurants, bars, a on them. cinema and theatre. These buildings are in a real key The more we have going on in the position facing out onto the theatre; we town centre will lead to more activity want it to fit with the market place and

and footfall, we will also see the local community benefit. We are trying to make that link of connectivity between leisure, evening and social activities, a mix of food retailing and bars, we want the local businesses to thrive. We want people to visit Prescot and to dwell, spend time there, we want to take the two million visitors to the retail park to come and have some ‘dwell time’ in the town centre not just to visit the retail park area driving in and driving out again, we have to give them a reason to enjoy what Prescot has got to offer them. TC: What is your vision for Prescot in say ten years time? JF: What I want to see is that in ten years Prescot will be a thriving mix of leisure, retail and social activity that is based on its heritage. I can absolutely see a renaissance for the town and from Knowsley’s point of view Prescot will be the jewel in the crown. If you look at all the development that is happening around Prescot you can see, with a huge degree of certainty, that what Prescot has been promised in terms of new investment, new delivery, new housing, new jobs and better retail growth, better leisure activities, we absolutely see that that is going to happen in Prescot. We are confident that the residents of Prescot will have a great place to live with lots of choice, and I want to see people from the cruise liner terminal in Liverpool come to Prescot, stay the weekend, go to the theatre, to the safari park, go to see Prescot Cables play, and spend all their money in the town centre. We want a really thriving, exciting future for Prescot, but to do that we have all got to work together.

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Our vision for Prescot Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “Prescot is a town with a unique and rich heritage. It already has so much to offer to residents and visitors and we are seeing a real momentum in the town, with investment from the council, our wider public sector partners and new and existing private sector investors and developers. Our vision is for Prescot to become a thriving attractive destination for local residents and visitors; home to new cultural and leisure facilities, a reinvigorated independent retail offer, excellent local services and new high

quality residential developments. And already things are happening on the ground. The new joint Fire and Police Station has opened, hundreds of new homes are being built, the construction of the Shakespeare North Playhouse will start in April, a new micro pub is due to open next month and a new Shakespeare themed boutique hotel will commence construction in March. Alongside this, we have a number of successful independent shops and cafés, the work of the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative is transforming the look and feel of the

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Prescot Primary School has once again been accepted as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018 to 2020. This means that the school is recognised as a centre of leadership and educational excellence, and shares the same vision for learning with technology as Apple. Prescot Primary School’s Apple journey began five years ago when Year 5 pupils started to use iPods in their classrooms. Now, every Key Stage 2 pupil has their own personalised iPad which they can take home, whilst children in younger years use iPads in pairs or small groups. As the iPads are taken home by the children, parents too are able to engage a lot more with their child’s learning. Five years ago, the school was concerned about the growing digital divide - now, the school is pleased to be able to allow pupils and families access to technology both at school and at home. Teachers can see a positive impact on learning. Pupils are now confidently using Google Classroom to access work set by their teachers; they can also share ideas with each other and produce work in a collaborative way. Teachers can collect in work and give instant feedback, which is extremely valuable and valued by the pupils. Read more about their journey by downloading the Prescot Primary iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/prescot-primaryschool/id1339849468?mt=11 https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/prescot-county-primaryschool/id1060230861?mt=11 https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/growing-artists/id1313050770?mt=11

town centre and we are really excited about the transformation of Market Place which will create a new heart for the town with work starting in March. The council, our public and private sector partners, the local community and independent business owners are all working together towards ambitious plans which will conserve the town’s heritage whilst also transforming the area into an even more attractive place for people to invest, live, visit and spend time.”

The origins of Prescot The earliest mention of Prescot in any surviving records appears in the Pipe Rolls of 1178. The 11th century Domesday records for Lancashire are very poor and little more than short notes added onto Cheshire’s records. In the 12th and 13th centuries it appears that Prescot was divided into two small settlements, ‘Prestecote’ in the west and another little hamlet called ‘Churchlee’ in the east. By the 14th Century the town was just known as Prescot. The importance of the town is reflected in it being included in the 14th century Gough Map of Britain, donated to the Bodleian Library by Richard Gough, an 18th century collector of maps. It is believed to be the oldest surviving route map of Great Britain. Medieval Prescot was at the centre of an extensive parish which comprised of 15 townships. It was the largest parish in the ‘West Derby Hundred’, the ancient administrative unit of South West Lancashire. The area covering much of South West Lancashire, stretched 12 miles north to south and 8 miles east to west. It was the size and wealth of the parish, which helped turn Prescot into an important market town. Prescot was of enough importance to be included in the Bodleian Map of Britain, drawn in about 1350. The name Prescot originates from the Anglo-Saxon words ‘PreostaCote’ meaning ‘Priest’s Cottage’. Both the circular shape of the area surrounding Prescot Parish Church, and the ancient Lady’s Well that stood nearby, also point to Prescot being at least Anglo-Saxon in age. For most of the 13th century, the D’Acre family owned Prescot Manor. In 1333 William D’Acre, 2nd Baron and Lord of the Manor, obtained a charter for holding a Monday market and a 3 day fair at Prescot, to begin on the Wednesday following Corpus

Christi. In 1355 the Rector of Wigan petitioned for leave to destroy the market at Prescot, which he declared was causing great injury to his own market at Wigan, as the two towns were only eight miles apart. Prescot retained its market, and a further grant was made in October 1458, by Henry VI. In 1391 Prescot Manor was sold to John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and the 3rd surviving son of King Edward III. On his death the Manor was inherited by his son, who subsequently became King Henry IV. In 1445 King Henry VI established the University College of Saint Mary and Saint Nicholas in Cambridge, which later became King’s College. Among the gifts King Henry gave to fund the new College, were the Manor and Rectory of Prescot, making Kings College, Cambridge, Lord of the Manor of Prescot. The Royal Charter gave the people of Prescot special privileges, including exemption from paying tolls when they travelled to Liverpool. It also allowed the town to adopt the King’s College crest as its own. The coat of arms was originally on the old Town Hall, and can still be seen in Vicarage Place. Due to its distance from Cambridge, the daily running of the town was left to the Steward (the Earl of Derby), his deputy and the Court Leet - an early form of local self government. The roses symbolise the flowers of knowledge. White roses are also a traditional symbol of the Virgin Mary - one of the patron saints of the college. The fleur-de-lis and lion represent King Henry VI, referring to the Kingdoms of France and England.


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Revitalising a historic town centre Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a heritage-led regeneration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Knowsley Council and other partners. 2018 is the final year of this £3.2million project, which is expected to lever in an additional £800,000 of private investment in upgrading historic buildings. The key strand of the THI is the repair, restoration and re-use of historic buildings in Prescot town centre through grant aid. To date twelve buildings have been grant aided, seven projects are complete and five are on site. The works at 21 and 23 Eccleston Street (Flossy’s Sandwiches and Karen Kay Salon) are due to finish in February, as are the works at 7 and 9 Leyland Street (Renaissance Skincare and Beauty), while the repair and conversion of the former watch maker’s houses at 13-15 Atherton Street will complete in May. 21 and 23 Eccleston Street is of particular interest as it is timber framed and dates from around 1600 making it one of the oldest buildings in Prescot. While repairs were underway Stone Street one of the narrowest in England at 2’ 8” wide had to be closed. The restored shopfront mirror a photo of the building taken in 1910 when it was a greengrocers.

To date the THI has created eight new town centre flats from empty space over the shops in addition to a new business unit on Atherton Street to be occupied by a cafe. The THI has improved both Leyland Street and Atherton Street by re-paving them in natural stone. Some of the biggest projects of all will happen during 2018. These include the £500,000 remodelling of the 1960s vacant public open space at Market Place to provide a new seating and performance area and cafe/restaurant and community space. The works will complete in the summer. The biggest building projects of the THI - the repair, restoration and conversion of the Edwardian Hope and Anchor pub on High Street will create five new dwellings in this landmark building. At least half a dozen more shops on Eccleston Street will be given facelifts and more flats created over the shops. The THI has also engaged local people and people in the building industry. By the end of the THI nearly 15,000 people will have attended THI events, demonstrations, craft days, performances, archaeological digs, talks, tours and training days. These people include construction apprentices, school children and four people who have worked as THI interns and gained conservation qualifications to help them into careers in heritage.

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New Shakespeare themed New housing developments micropub for Prescot approved in Prescot A proposed new Shakespeare inspired micropub in Prescot has received planning permission. The current empty unit at 57 High Street will be converted into the town’s first micropub, reminiscent of a traditional ale house providing a warm and friendly atmosphere for people to have a chat over a drink. It will be run by husband and wife, John and Julie Marsden, of The Melwood Beer Company, a local family craft beer company which has been based on the nearby Lord Derby Estate for five years. John and Julie said: We are excited to be bringing the first ever micropub to Prescot! As a local business we fully support the regeneration of Prescot and this is why we want to have our micropub in the area. With the soon to be built Shakespeare North Playhouse, the micropub will be Shakespeare themed and will be named The Bard. “It will be unlike any other pub in the area selling quality real ales from award winning breweries, both locally and from across the country and wines and spirits that nowhere else in Prescot will serve. “We will hire local, highly trained staff to create an upmarket establishment, a place for

connoisseurs of craft beer, high quality spirits, ciders and good wines, helping to make Prescot a place to visit and attract more visitors into the town.” The Bard will have a limited capacity of 40-50 people and will serve a selection of quality award winning real ales from local breweries across the country, craft beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks and traditional bar snacks. It will not serve mainstream lager, alcopops, there will be no TV, gaming machines or amplified music. Its opening hours will be Monday – Friday 4pm – 10pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12noon – 10pm. The owners also have plans to bring a new Shakespeare inspired Beer Festival to Prescot, bringing local and national breweries, local food producers and businesses together. The Bard is due to open on February 12.

Hundreds of high quality new homes are set to be built across two different sites in Prescot. Members of the council’s planning committee granted planning permission for the development of a total of 187 new homes. The sites are: • 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. Knowsley Council’s cabinet lead member for regeneration and cconomic development, Cllr Brian O’Hare, said: “These new developments will help us to increase the choice and availability of high quality housing in Prescot. “Our vision is to have a housing offer in Prescot which meets the needs of our current residents and also attracts new people who want to move to the borough from elsewhere. “The developments will also support our growth plans for Prescot, bringing new investment into the borough which can then be reinvested for the benefit of our communities”.

Elizabethan Fayre returns The ever-popular Elizabethan Fayre will return to Prescot on Saturday 2 June, from 10am-3pm. The fayre will be re-creating the town’s famous Tudor Fayres and celebrating its wonderful heritage and Shakespeare connection. Entertainment will have a distinctly Tudor feel with traditional craft demonstrations and hands-on workshops in pottery, willow making, candle making, calligraphy and wood turning. For further information call Carla Simkin, Culture Development and Events Service on 0151 443 5353.

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SUCCESS FOR NORTH WEST SPIRIT TAEKWONDO TEAM Liverpool & Knowsley’s North West Spirit Taekwondo Team have continued their success at the 2018 GTI English Championships. The competition was held in Cheltenham in January in which five of the club’s fighters took part, and all five won gold medals in sparring to become English Champions. Seven-year-old Owen Gargan kicked off the team’s gold rush, competing in the boys green belt category. He had several close fights against skilled opponents, but his fighting spirit carried him through to take the gold medal. He also won a bronze medal in the patterns event. Teammate Kaden Springer (7) put his fast and flexible kicks to good use in the boys yellow/green belt sparring category. Despite some tough bouts, he fought hard and eventually achieved a welldeserved gold medal. Black Belt Callum Edwards (13) made his mark on the tournament, striking gold in the boys sparring category after knocking his opponent out of the final round with some well-executed kicks. The club’s two owners added to the medal haul, despite competing in tough black belt categories. Stef Davies (35) pulled off some well-timed spinning kicks to take the gold medal in ladies sparring. She also earned a bronze medal in the

patterns event. Husband Chris Davies (33), the club’s chief instructor, made a long-awaited return to the tournament circuit, competing for the first time in nine years. Despite feeling rusty, he kept his cool and fought with style, dominating the mens category to claim the gold medal. In addition to the day’s medals, the team also bagged several coveted trophies. The GTI Competitor of the Year trophies are awarded biannually to the best overall black belt performers of each tournament season. There are eight trophies in total, awarded for the best patterns competitor and best sparring competitor in each of the black belt boys, girls, ladies and mens categories. Of the eight trophies, which are open to all clubs and competitors in the country, the North West Spirit team took three: Callum Edwards was presented with the 2016-17 Competitor of the Year trophy for Boys Sparring; while Stef Davies was awarded 2016-17 Competitor of the Year for both Ladies Patterns and Ladies Sparring. The team’s performance marked a great start to the year for the club. The fighters will be back in action over the coming months and looking to achieve even more competition victories in 2018.

Kirkby eye-sores to make K NOWSLEY FURNITURE CENTRE way for new developments SPECIAL OFFER! Clearance Sales Knowsley Council is set to demolish three empty eye-sores in Kirkby town centre to make way for exciting new developments, including a cinema and new bars and restaurants. The works will see the former Kirkby Library and Webster House – both on Newtown Gardens - and a building at 149 Cherryfield Drive demolished before the end of 2018. Following a competitive tender exercise, the Council has awarded the contract for the works to Merseyside company JP Tisdale Demolition Limited. The former Kirkby Library building has been empty since the library service relocated to improved modern facilities in the £5m Kirkby Centre on Norwich Way. The site has been earmarked for a brand new leisure scheme, including a cinema and three bars and restaurants, to be delivered by St Modwen. Reel Cinemas has already agreed a deal to anchor the proposed scheme, with St Modwen expected to submit a planning application for the development this summer. Knowsley Council will now seek a developer for the sites of Webster House and 149 Cherryfield Drive. St Modwen is currently overseeing a separate, well-advanced demolition programme in Kirkby town centre to make way for a brand new retail development, which will include a Morrisons supermarket and other large shop units.

The leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Andy Moorhead, said: “Our plan to demolish three empty buildings to make way for new developments is another positive step forward in the Kirkby town centre regeneration programme. “These are key sites in the heart of the town centre and removing unused, unattractive buildings allows us to identify developers who can really enhance what Kirkby has to offer. “I’m delighted that we already have plans in the pipeline for St Modwen to deliver a cinema, bars and restaurants on the former library site and I look forward to seeing proposals for more high quality developments on the other two sites. “Together with our public and private sector partners, Knowsley Council is transforming Kirkby town centre into a place people want to visit for retail, leisure and public services.”

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walls and across the trim, while vital Pitch Blue is brushed onto upper walls - and even the ceiling - for an intense yet perfectly balanced combination that should not be taken too seriously, to create rooms that are filled with fun and optimism - a room that will make you smile.” Large scale wallpapers are another way to embrace these colours in the home. Pitch Blue features in Tented Stripe ST 13113. The striped design is perfect for those wanting to make a bold statement, which works especially well in attic rooms and hallways. This pattern was inspired by the Duke of Wellington’s campaign tent and is printed by the 19th century pan method, in which the paper is pulled under open bottomed troughs full of paint. The paint is poured into the troughs and then dragged through handcrafted foam pads to create the striped design. The botanical print Helleborus BP 5606 incorporates Calke Green and is one to experiment with for spring. Latin for the hellebore flower, this organic pattern creates

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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 FAZAKERLEY Our Lady of Sorrows Pirrie Road 4.30 & 6.30pm Jan 07954 714567 WOOLTON Woolton Youth Club High Street 9.30am, 11.30am, 4.30pm & 6.30pm Christina 07932 075226 Wednesday

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 HUYTON The Old School House St John’s Road 6.30pm Zara 07854 721185 Tuesday ECCLESTON St James Church Hall St Helens Road 9.00am, 11.00am, 4.30pm & 6.30pm Lynn 07739 167051

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FAZAKERLEY Federation Community Centre Opposite library Formosa Drive L10 7LR 5.00pm & 6.30pm Eileen 07742 424767 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

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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 STOCKBRIDGE VILLAGE Craig's Community Centre Little Moss Hey 9.30am, 4.00pm & 6.00pm Zara 07854 721185 CHILDWALL VALLEY St Marks Church Hall Childwall Valley 4.30pm & 6.30pm Christina 07932 075226 KIRKBY (WESTVALE) Holy Angels Social Club Sidney Powell Avenue 4.00pm & 6.00pm Susan 07546 148204

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22 February 2018

Health and Wellbeing STROKE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES IN THE NORTH WEST Public Health England (PHE) has launched the Act F.A.S.T. stroke campaign in North West which urges the public to call 999 if they notice even one of the signs of a stroke in themselves, or in others: Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile? Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there? Speech – is their speech slurred? Time – time to call 999 In England, one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. Current figures show there are 149,258 people on GP registers in the North West who have had a stroke, and in 2016 4,244 people died from a stroke. It’s estimated that around 30% of people who have a stroke will experience another stroke. Stroke is the third most common cause of premature death, and a leading cause

of disability in the UK. There are around 32,000 stroke related deaths in England each year. Deaths related to stroke have declined by 49% in the past 15 years. This has been accredited to a combination of better prevention, earlier treatment and more advanced treatment. Getting an NHS Health Check, for those aged 40-74 years, can identify early if you are at risk of a stroke. While the majority (59%) of strokes occur in the older generation, PHE’s figures also found that over a third (38%) of first time strokes happen in middle aged adults (between the ages of 40 – 69). More first time strokes are now occurring at an earlier age compared to a decade ago. The average age for males having a stroke fell from 71 to 68 years and for females, 75 to 73 years between 2007 and 2016. Awareness is crucial, so the

campaign reaches out to people of all ages to highlight the risk of stroke and reiterates the signs and how vital it is that people call 999 and get to hospital as soon as possible. Around 1.9 million nerve cells in the brain are lost every minute that a stroke is left untreated, which can result in slurred speech and paralysis. If left untreated, a stroke can result in permanent disability or death. The Stroke Association’s latest State of the Nation report reveals that in the UK almost two thirds (65%) of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability. Around three quarters of stroke survivors have arm or leg weakness, around 60% have visual problems and around a half have difficulty swallowing and loss of bladder control. Communication is also affected in around a third of stroke survivors.

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Adrian Jones, from Liverpool, is encouraging people to act fast after he suffered a stroke 12 years ago. Adrian, now 64, said: “I realised something was wrong when I woke up but fell over as soon as I tried to stand. My left side was completely paralysed and I couldn’t move - it was terrifying. I managed to call for my mother and asked her to dial 999. I was taken to hospital and received emergency stroke treatment. “Having now partially recovered, I attend regular meetings with fellow stroke survivors in Liverpool, which I really enjoy. Time is absolutely vital and it’s so important that people act quickly if they think they are having a stroke. Given the severity of my stroke, I’m lucky to be alive let alone be able to walk and not be confined to a wheelchair. “If you see someone experiencing the F.A.S.T. signs, even a few minutes can be the difference between someone losing their speech or losing their mobility, or not. In just a few minutes, a stroke can have a devastating effect on the brain, so acting fast is essential – the quicker the better!”


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NEW CYCLING AND WALKING TO WORK PROGRAMME AIMED AT HELPING RESIDENTS INTO WORK

HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton

ACT FAST CAMPAIGN Earlier this month, Public Health England relaunched the national ‘Act FAST’ stroke campaign, working closely with the Stroke Association.

Partners involved in the new programme - Nancy Waine (Cycling Projects), Ian Tierney (Cycling Projects – Charity Director), Lesley Barnabas (Knowsley Council, Environment Initiatives Officer), Jackie Dwyer (Department for Work & Pensions – Employment Advisor) Barry Redman (MerseyCycle), Terry Redman (MerseyCycle), Karen Brady (Green Space Ranger), David Baker (Decathlon Huyton) and Peter Marchant (Knowsley Council)

As we start a new year, a new cycling and walking programme has been introduced aimed at people looking for work (or those who have recently secured employment) and giving them support to walk or cycle to their workplace. The Knowsley cycling and walking programme aims to support residents into employment by ensuring they can get to and from their workplace, train more residents to be able to lead community rides and walks, encouraging more people to get active and lead healthier lifestyles. The programme is being coordinated by Cycling Projects, a national charity that promotes cycling through a range of community engagement programmes giving people the opportunity to cycle on a regular basis with help, support and guidance. They are working with Decathlon to offer support with bikes and walking equipment and clothing and also MerseyCycle, a local community interest charity, providing re-cycled bikes and equipment such as helmets and lights. Cycling Projects is raising awareness of the programme through a range of organisations including the council (including Knowsley Works), Job Centre Plus and Knowsley Chamber of Commerce. Every job seeker who engages

with the scheme will be supported through the process and will receive information and advice around route planning, staying safe on the road, deciding on what equipment is needed, and integrating public transport planning for longer commutes. In addition, they will be offered a voucher up the value of £100 to help purchase identified equipment required. Cllr Shelley Powell, cabinet member for public health, wellbeing and customer services, said: “We are committed to supporting our residents into employment and if their transport mode is a deterrent, this programme may be able to help by considering the variety of transport options available as well financial support to assist with purchasing equipment. “In addition, using cycling or walking as part of your daily commute is a great way to get physically active and improve your health and wellbeing. “Help and advice is available to help you so I’d encourage residents to find out more about employment opportunities as well as this programme through their local Job Centre Plus or Knowsley Works advisor.” Rachael Smith from Halewood said: “I received a Fitbit from the cycling organisation which has been a great incentive to help me change my lifestyle. “Since getting the Fitbit, I have become more aware of how

inactive I am as it gives me so much information about my daily activities, so I have set increasing goals to help me increase the amount of activity I do. “The Fitbit has also made me aware of my heart rate which is a very clear indicator into how unfit I actually am, so I’m seeing the difference in this area as I’m becoming more fit. “I’m also now part of a community of friends at work that have Fitbit’s and challenge each other to who can do the most steps. “I have really enjoyed having this support and we are already starting to book into sports events in the summer. Thank you for allowing me to access this support, it has been and still will be a positive influence on my health.” Further information about the programme is available from Job Centre Plus, Knowsley Works or by contacting Nancy Waine, the Cycling and Walking to Work Activator on 07469 148245.

Hopefully by now, you will have seen or heard about the campaign, either through TV or radio advertising or social media. If you haven’t, it’s really important that you know what the signs are to look out for, and importantly, what to do if you suspect someone is have a stroke. The FAST campaign highlights the sings for you to look out for:Face – has their face fallen to one side? Can they smile? Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there? Speech – is their speech slurred? Time – call 999 if you see any of these signs Other symptoms can include sudden loss of vision or blurred vision, weakness or numbness on one side of the body, sudden memory loss or confusion or sudden dizziness. If you see any of the above symptoms, it’s important that you act FAST and call 999 – the sooner you act the better their chances of a good recovery. There’s lots of stroke prevention advice available on www.nhs.uk (search ‘stroke prevention’) including having a healthy diet, regular exercise, give up smoking and not drinking too much alcohol. Also, if you’re aged 40-74, have you had your free NHS health check? It is designed to help spot the early signs of a stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. You’ve got nothing to lose and lots to gain as you will receive advice around the steps you can take to lower your risk of developing these conditions. Find out more about the free NHS check on www.healthyknowsley.co.uk (click on ‘checking’).

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24 February 2018

FUNDING BOOST FOR KNOWSLEY EDUCATION Knowsley Council has secured just over £744,000 of Department for Education funding which will be used to accelerate educational outcomes for children in Knowsley. Knowsley’s Education Commission developed the successful bid, working on behalf of the council, using the findings from a comprehensive review of education across the borough that they conducted. This identified the transition from primary school to secondary school as a key priority. The funding will be used to implement a programme designed by the Commission which is based on best practice elsewhere, including ‘pathways to success’ schools that have demonstrated improvements in educational attainment for children and young people. In Knowsley, this programme will help to improve literacy, leadership and collaboration between schools making the transition from primary school to secondary school effective and efficient. A total of 30 schools will be targeted through this initiative – 26 primary and four secondary schools with work starting immediately with funding secured for up

to April 2019. The quality of teaching will be a key factor to delivering success, with a range of support offered by experienced advisers with a strong track record of success in schools where improvements are needed. This programme will better prepare Knowsley pupils as they progress to GCSE’s – an area which has already started to see improvements. Cllr Joan Lilly, cabinet member for children’s services said: “I am delighted that we have secured just over £744,000 of funding to help us to introduce initiatives that have shown to accelerate education attainment and outcomes for our children and young people. “With A-levels now returning to the borough, we want to encourage our residents to aspire high and support them to achieve their potential. “I look forward to seeing how ‘pathways to success’ has a positive impact on our pupils.” The funding award follows a bid submission to the Department for Education’s Strategy School Improvement Fund Round 2.

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lthough it’s still chilly and wet, some interesting stories. when the sun does shine, there Sometimes looking through a single box is a definite hint of spring in the can uncover a lot more than expected. Such air. Traditionally, spring is a time for was the case with a collection of documents having a good clear out, airing rooms relating to Halewood. Hidden in a rather that have been closed-off during the tatty-looking envelope were some cold winter months, washing the wonderful photographs of Halewood, curtains and cleaning those windows to including six pictures of a men versus let in the bright sunlight. women football match (just in time for our The archive is no different (but without forthcoming This Sporting Life project!). clearing out - our aim is to preserve Sadly, there is very little information about Knowsley’s heritage...) the images, so whilst some writing on the It’s widely recognised as good archival back of one of the photos tells us that the practice to carry out regular stock takes to game was played on Boxing Day, it doesn’t ensure that the collections are complete tell us when. These notes do tell us that the and housed correctly, to check condition name of the referee (who, brilliantly, chose and identify items for conservation. This to wear pyjamas and a top hat for the process helps preserve the integrity of the game!) was Frank Baldwin. Maybe collections and ensure that all items can be someone reading this knows something retrieved efficiently when requested by about the game? Maybe you played in or researchers. watched the match? Maybe someone can The ARK opened in the Kirkby Centre explain why one of the women in the on 3 March 2014, providing new photograph is brandishing a chamber accommodation for the pot?! borough’s archive In another envelope in the collections in same box was a pile of typed The referee (who, temperature and bulletins. After rescuing brilliantly, chose humidity controlled many of the sheets of paper to wear pyjamas conditions. For the from badly rusted staples, first time, we were we were able to see that and a top hat for able to house the these are newsletters the game!) was collections in a secure compiled by a Halewood Frank Baldwin store, fitted out to our Scout Master, J.G. Teare, and specifications, which meet then sent out to former scouts the national standards for and their relatives from Halewood archival storage. Through the serving during the Second World War. support given to us by the Heritage Lottery The bulletins provide a remarkable Fund and the ARK project, we engaged an snapshot of ordinary people’s lives during accredited conservator to carry out an the war. Mr. Teare is an engaging writer initial condition survey, highlighting pieces and clearly enjoys proving witty updates, in the collections which required gossip and anecdotes. Inevitably, the conservation and also showing areas where bulletins also include dedications to people materials needed to be repackaged to losing their lives; most of these are in the ensure that they are safely stored. forces, of course, but the articles also Using the survey results as a guide, we convey the news of deaths back home in began our programme of annual stock takes Halewood. It is moving to realise that for in January 2017. Last year, the ARK staff some of the people receiving these bulletins examined every item in the collections, overseas, it will have been the first time noting any comments around packaging, they heard of the deaths of some condition and location. All of this acquaintances from home. As the war information was fed into a database which continues and the bulletins become more we are using this year to direct the work of popular and well-read, Mr. Teare gave splitting heavy boxes, re-boxing materials, greater space for extracts from letters sent repackaging documents and replacing by servicemen about their activities paper fixings such as steel paperclips and overseas. Many of these are very funny, staples (which can cause damage to paper with tales of unwittingly sharing a bed with over time) with brass paperclips. giant cobras, encountering strange animals, Another positive aspect of the stock take insects and, written in capitals for comical is that we are able to delve deeply into emphasis, HUGE FROGS! Ron Houghton collections which we might not otherwise provides a hilarious description of learning explore – giving us an opportunity to share to ride a camel (or a “ship of the desert” as

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KNOWSLEY ARK: BRINGING HISTORY ALIVE

New Year, Fresh Start... he calls it); J. Grisenthwaite writes of befriending a “half-starved” dog who would later track him across 100 miles of desert for an emotional reunion; and Les Flanagan proudly tells of being “smothered” with flowers and wine by “pretty girls” in Tunis who wanted to kiss him (“I LET ‘EM!”). The map collection didn’t fail to impress either. A beautifully coloured map of the Prescot and Whiston area, from the Whiston Parish Council Collection, was rediscovered in the first week of the stock take. This particular map, based on the 1892 Ordnance Survey map, is of interest as it not only shows the 1895 ward boundaries, but also the route taken by the Whiston drainage system, complementing the Wrennall Map Collection that is held in the Archive and which details drainage in Huyton from 1878. The Whiston map is in good condition, but several of the more delicate Wrennall maps have been identified for conservation in order to preserve this unique record of Victorian urban development in the Huyton area. The archive collections are constantly developing, as more historic documents and photographs are added. Taking stock is a vital part of the ongoing management and care of the collections, ensuring that the heritage of Knowsley is preserved for researchers today and in the future. Putting our house in order means that February brings a clean start for the archive and its collections – so why not take a fresh look at your own family and local history and visit us to explore the treasures held in the ARK? You can visit the ARK at the Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY. For more information about the ARK or to find out about the services on offer, call 0151 443 4365 or email infoheritage@knowsley.gov.uk. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and find Knowsley Archives on Flickr, Wordpress and Soundcloud

Bulletin No30 - August 1943 - J Grisenthwaite extract

Bulletin No40 - June 1944 - Les Flanagan extract

The Prescot and Whiston ward boundaries 1895 Bulletin No46 and 47 - Dec 1944 to Jan 1945 - Ron Houghton extract


26 February 2018

HELPING ADULTS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES OR DISABILITIES INTO WORK An innovative employment programme, developed by Knowsley Council in partnership with Knowsley Community College, has successfully helped a number of Knowsley residents secure employment. The Knowsley Internship Programmme launched in September 2016 and offered work experience opportunities across a range of council service to 11 adults who have learning difficulties or disabilities. Nine interns have subsequently secured employed, with the other two participants pursuing volunteering and training opportunities. Due to the success of the programme, the council has welcomed a further intake of ten adults onto the programme from September 2017. They are working in a range of council services including grounds maintenance, environmental services, administration, catering and security. Francis Keenan, an intern in the council’s IT service said: “I enjoy learning new skills and being part of a team, working in a hands-on environment.” Francis’ mentor, Stephen Towner, said: “Francis has developed a broad range of technical skills and we are now starting to introduce customer services skills too to his working day. “Having Francis as part of our team enables us to share our knowledge with a young person who is interested and keen to learn. It’s great to see someone develop their ability and confidence.” Jack Higgins is working with the street scene

team and said: “I enjoy being part of the team and doing practical work being out and about in different areas.” The programme provides invaluable work experience, knowledge, skills and qualifications as well as boosting their confidence and social skills. They are mentored by council staff across as well as attending weekly training session around employability, literacy and numeracy, run by tutors from Knowsley Community College. Cllr Joan Lilly, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “It is fantastic to see the results delivered by this programme and to watch the young adults develop their skills and grow in confidence. “We know they had a valuable contribution to make – they just needed an opportunity to show their potential and shine. And that’s what we have done. “Our participants have gained invaluable knowledge, skills and qualifications whilst working on the job, and can now confidently demonstrate their value to any employer. “I look forward to welcoming more interns and local employers on to the programme as we hope to expand the programme out across the borough, providing even greater choice for participants.” To find out more about the Knowsley Internship Programme contact Sue TempleFielding or Llyr Owen on 0151 443 2574 or email siadmin@knowsleycollege.ac.uk

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28 February 2018

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he following strange story was related to me many years ago. It was Valentine’s Day, 1980, and Karl Creighton, a 20-year-old Huyton man, browsed the latest LPs at the Probe Records shop on Button Street, in what is now known as the Cavern Quarter. Shortly after leaving Probe, Karl noticed two women – smartly dressed and both in their mid-twenties - walking behind him. One was a brunette and the other was a brownette with sandy hair. Karl walked on into Whitechapel, and he looked at the hi-fi systems in the window of Beaver Radio, and in the reflection of the shop window, he saw the two young ladies standing about six feet behind him. They seemed to follow him everywhere he went, and although the girls were very good-looking, Karl felt there was something very sinister about them. Instead of heading home as dusk gathered late in the afternoon, Karl called at the flat of his mate John Hickey on Roscoe Street, about thirty yards from the Roscoe Head pub. Hickey, an old school friend, answered with a Spanish guitar strung from his shoulder. With his upturned bowl-shaped hairstyle of flaxen blonde and impish grin, he was a dead ringer for Rolling Stone Brian Jones, and he seemed surprised to see Karl standing there. He invited his friend in and Karl told him about the two women who seemed to be following him and how he sensed there was something weird about them. “Bring them in, man,” said John, in a jokey manner, “I could do with some birds in my life. I’m like a hermit nowadays.” “No, seriously John, there’s something creepy about them,” said Karl, and he turned the light out in John’s living room, crept to the blinds, and gently lifted one of the plastic slats an inch to peep out. The couple who had been shadowing him were standing there in the gloom on the other side of the narrow street, blatantly looking at John Hickey’s flat. “They’re out there now!” Karl sibilated, and John came over and asked: “You been doing drugs or something?” “Have a look, go on” Karl stepped aside and John took his place and pulled a cord to open the blinds. “Don’t do that!” said Karl. “They’ll know we’re on to them.” “They look a bit classy,” opined John, and he popped a cigarette in his mouth and lit it. The girls outside turned away and walked southwards, towards Leece Street. “You sure you’re not doing drugs, Karl,”

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“I could do with some birds in my life. I’m like a hermit nowadays.” John said, and exhaled blue smoke, “only no straight guy in his right mind would be scared of two birds – especially birds like that.” “Why on earth would they follow me all over the place?” Karl wondered out loud and leaned towards the blinds, trying to see where the mysterious women were going. John went and switched the light on, then sat on a beanbag and played a tune on the guitar. “It’s called ‘Serendipity’ – an instrumental,” he said, and Karl could see he had taken something from the inane smile on his face; he was in some psychedelic reverie. Karl made a coffee for himself and John, and then he left the flat, and instead of going to the bus stop, Karl decided he’d walk to Lime Street Station and get the train to Huyton, for he felt that those two women would try and get him into a car. The logical part of Karl’s mind thought this notion was daft, but his intuition told him not to hang round at a bus stop, and he went with his gut feeling. As he reached the dark and secluded end of Roscoe Street which leads onto Mount Pleasant, he took a sharp left turn – and there, standing between the pillars on the doorstep of Number 66, were

those two women. They dashed from the step and the brunette grabbed Karl’s left arm and the brownette seized him by his right forearm. Their grips were like vices, and as Karl tried to escape from their clutches, the brunette said, “Look at me, Karl!” and she had a slight German accent. Karl noticed her eyes – they were not human, but more like the eyes of a cat – and he found that he could not avert his gaze from the woman. It must have been some form of hypnosis. “Walk with us, and realise that you cannot escape,” said the dark-haired beauty, and she smiled – to reveal fangs. Karl immediately realised now that these women were vampires. “It won’t hurt,” the brunette said over and over, as she and the other woman led Karl to a black Transit van.

Then there were screams, and Karl snapped out of the hypnotic spell. He saw an old white-haired man with a large crucifix in each hand, and he was thrusting the crosses at the vampires, and they ran to the van and it screeched down Mount Pleasant. The old man said he was a vampire hunter, and Karl pressed him for more information but the man told him to get off the streets as soon as possible gave him a crucifix. Karl was advised to sleep with it every night. The man then went to a car and drove off. Karl lived in fear of seeing those two women again, but thankfully he has not set eyes on them since. Karl has a rare blood group, and perhaps that is the reason why he was targeted. I wonder if those two vampires are still prowling about...

DRAWING COURSE FOR ADULTS The Kirkby Centre will be running brand new drawing courses for adults (16 plus) which will start on Saturday February 10 from 10:30am – 12:30pm. The courses will take place at the Kirkby Gallery, The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Merseyside, L32 8XY. The artist-led drawing and introduction to watercolours courses are suitable for adults of all abilities. In addition, the intermediate watercolour course is for those who want to explore their painting skills further. The courses provide structured lessons in drawing and watercolour painting using a wide range of media and methods and encourages you to look at things in a selective way, giving you the skills to record your observations. Places are limited, so booking is essential. All you need to bring are basic art materials – paper, pencils, paints, brushes etc. Each course runs for 8 weeks and costs £45 per course (payable at the first workshop). Contact Tina Ball tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk / 0151 443 5617 to book onto the course.


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CHALLENGE CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING To advertise telephone: 0151 709 7567 PUBLIC NOTICE LICENSING ACT 2003 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR THE VARIATION OF A CLUB PREMISES CERTIFICATE TAKE NOTICE that Huyton with Roby Royal British Legion has applied to Knowsley Licensing Authority for a variation to amend the existing club premises certificate in respect of Huyton British Legion, 10 Archway Road, Huyton To reinstate the function room within the licensed area. To change the start time for the supply of alcohol and regulated entertainment to 10am daily and to extend the hours on Friday and Saturday to 1am. To remove the outdated condition relating to trading hours at Annexe 1. A record of the application can be inspected on Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00 pm at the offices of the Licensing Authority of Knowsley MBC at; Knowsley Borough Council, 2nd Floor, Yorkon Building, Archway Road, Huyton, Merseyside L36 9FB. (Please ring 0151 443 2300 to arrange an appointment) www.knowsley.gov.uk Any interested party or responsible authority wishing to make representations on the application must do so to the Licensing Authority of Knowsley Borough Council referred to above. Representations must be in writing and must be received by the Licensing Authority no later than 26th February 2018 It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application punishable with an unlimited fine on summary conviction.

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Business News FREE ADVICE IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO START A NEW BUSINESS IN KNOWSLEY If you’re thinking about starting and running a new business in Knowsley in 2018 then your first point of contact is the Knowsley Growth Hub. There’s lots of free, expert guidance and support to help get your business up and running. More and more people are seizing the opportunity to start their own business. So whatever your idea we can provide you with guidance, advice and essential information to help you get your idea off the ground. Knowsley Chamber and Growth Hub are working closely with The Enterprise Hub to deliver a series of local events. The events are free and informal and perfect for anyone thinking of starting or who has

recently started their own business. They cover a range of topics including business planning, marketing and sourcing finance. Start Your Business in 2018’ is a free event for anyone looking to set up a new business. Their advisors will be on hand to provide information and you will have the chance to meet and hear from local people who started running their own business in the last year or two. The event takes place on Tuesday 6 February at the Suites Hotel, 10am to 12.30pm. Meanwhile ‘New Year, New Business’ is a series of free information sessions delivered by the Enterprise Hub for anyone planning to start a new venture.

PLANT HIRE FIRM SIGNS UP AT STONEBRIDGE BUSINESS PARK

Supply UK Hire Shops Limited has agreed a 10-year lease for 10,415 sq ft at Liverpool’s Stonebridge Business Park. The plant hire specialists, part of Dutch group Boels Rental, will move to Unit 9 – one of four speculatively developed by owners St Modwen in 2017. The lease follows the sale of the 5,117 sq ft Unit 5 to Almond Catering Supplies last year. David Nuttall, senior development manager at St Modwen, said: “Supply UK is another excellent addition to Stonebridge Business Park and they will be moving to an extremely prominent unit fronting the A580, which will be seen by around 45,000 vehicles per day. “We are pleased that Supply UK identified Stonebridge as the location for the next phase of its business following its acquisition by Boels N.V.” GVA, Knight Frank and Pinsent Masons acted on behalf of St Modwen. Jonathan Lowe, national markets associate at GVA, said: “We are delighted with this latest letting, which demonstrates the quality of the product developed by St Modwen. “The rent agreed of £6.50 per sq ft shows rental growth within Liverpool and with the encouraging interest received in the remaining two units, Stonebridge Business Park is really taking shape.”

‘Be Your Own Boss’ drop-in sessions will take place on Monday afternoons, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, in Prescot Library. Providing a chance to find out more about how to set up on your own and keep your business growing. Cllr Andy Moorhead, leader of Knowsley Council, said: “Knowsley is a great place to start a new small business with so much support - and much of it free - for anyone planning to start out on their own.” For further information about the support available for new and existing businesses in Knowsley, including how to book your place on the free events, visit the Knowsley Chamber and Growth Hub website www.knowsleychamber.org.uk/events

Construction starts on Orbit’s new Knowsley distribution centre

Construction work is underway on Orbit Developments’ new distribution scheme in Knowsley. The development, which will be built over two phases at Academy Business Park, will provide 220,000 sq ft of industrial space when complete. The speculatively-built distribution centre will have an initial first phase (pictured) of 110,000 sq ft which will consist of 100,000 sq ft warehouse space and 10,000 sq ft of ground and first floor office accommodation. That first phase of development is now under construction adjacent to Liverpool Football Club Training Academy and within close proximity to other

national operators such as Amazon, QVC and Matalan. Dennis Dwyer, Orbit Developments divisional director for Merseyside, says: “We have had a very encouraging year with regard to our industrial and warehousing portfolio with just under half a million sq ft let at our scheme M58 Distribution Centre in Skelmersdale and some significant trade counter lettings at Aintree Racecourse Retail and Business Park. “This confidence in the market and a lack of quality new build accommodation has provided the impetus to press on with this first phase of development at Academy Business Park to satisfy demand within the North West”

Entries for 2018 Merseyside Innovation Awards now open Entering its 22nd year, the Merseyside Innovation Awards are now open for submissions, which will see one applicant win £10,000 in the accolades’ final later in the year. Renowned for celebrating creativity across Merseyside, the Merseyside Innovation Awards has a long history of contributing to the economic development of multiple businesses and the region as a whole. An inclusive award, the Merseyside Innovation Awards commends companies both large and small. The Awards see a monthly winner selected between January and May. Three entrants are then selected for the final in July, where the selected winner will receive a £10,000 cash

prize. The runners up each receive a cash prize of £2,500. Last year, Marlan Maritime claimed the prize, narrowly beating gas safety-monitoring company Gas Tag and virtual reality social media app, vTime. Commemorated for its coastal surveillance and innovative use of radar in monitoring tidal patterns, Marlan Maritime provides engineers, conservationists and councils with up-to-date information about the everchanging patterns of shorelines. For further information about the Merseyside Innovation Awards and to find out how you can apply in 2018, please visit: http://www.merseysideinnovationawards.co.uk/


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CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE TO MAKE NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP LEVY WORK Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has joined with national employers’ groups to call on central government to do more to make the National Apprenticeship Levy work. As official figures show the number of people starting apprenticeships dropping in comparison to previous years, and building on comments from the Institute of Directors and the EEF (formerly the Engineering Employers’ Federation), Steve Rotheram said:

“Ensuring that our residents and young people in particular have the right skills for the modern workplace is vital both for their futures and for the country’s future economic prosperity. High-quality apprenticeships are key to that process. “I am sympathetic with the aims of apprenticeship reforms such as the levy, but they are clearly not achieving the goal of getting more people into apprenticeships. Locally I am working with the Further Education sector and employers to create the right

ENERGY SAVINGS HELP NUTRICIA MEET TARGETS Following the launch of its new Energy Division, Knowsley based Central Group has completed its first energy saving project. Central has worked with the advanced medical and early life nutrition company, Nutricia to effectively optimise its incoming voltage use and achieve a reduction of 110.97 tonnes of CO2 usage per year. The project has been completed with Central’s specialist partner, Powerstar, global leaders in the field of voltage optimisation and experts in the delivery of energy saving solutions to UK industry. The team from Central carried out an extensive site appraisal, power load analysis and voltage evaluation at Nutricia, which identified a maximum site voltage use of 243V. A proposal to install a Powerstar voltage optimisation system was put forward, which would reduce the average power use to 225V, thereby significantly reducing the amount of energy consumed on site. Having been installed for a period of three months, Nutricia is now working towards a 5.9% reduction target per year, not only helping to reduce its own carbon emissions and environmental footprint but also contributing to parent company, Danone’s wider net carbon reduction targets. Ken Jackson, maintenance manager at Nutricia, said: “We have worked with Central

Group for several years now and have always been happy with their work so were keen to hear more about their new partnership with Powerstar. “Everyone was so passionate about the product and its benefits for the environment. It was an easy decision to make as it is in line with everything ourselves and our parent company are aiming to achieve on the sustainability side of the business.” Steve Martin, account manager at Central Group said: “Voltage optimisation is a great form of green technology as the results can be achieved so quickly. Investment into this piece of equipment will provide Nutricia with long term benefits both environmentally as well as financially, with a payback achieved in just 18 months. “The Powerstar Voltage Optimisation System, which has now been in place for a period of three months reduces the amount of volts coming into the site, sending the remaining energy back into the system. “By precisely managing the unique characteristics and incoming voltage needs of each client’s site, we can optimise the amount of electricity used, which is exactly what has been achieved at Nutricia.” In addition to voltage optimisation, Central’s Energy Division can also delivery solutions for lighting systems, biomass boilers and vertical axis wind turbines.

environment to grow the volume and breadth of apprenticeships available and have commissioned an Apprenticeship plan for this purpose.” “I have lobbied government on numerous occasions to give us the opportunity to use local apprenticeship levy underspend to increase the number of apprenticeships by providing us with the flexibility to design opportunities to address skill shortage areas and respond to employer demand. Even though these initiatives would not have

cost a penny, my appeals to date have been steadfastly refused. “Given there is now a new secretary of state, I am hopeful that we may be able to persuade government of the need to work with us on this pilot. “Without that kind of innovative thinking I worry that the levy will never achieve its aim, which will damage the prospects of young people in the Liverpool City Region and across the country.”

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL LOCAL GOVERNMENT (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT 1976 STATUTORY NOTICE- VARIATION OF FEES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, subject to no objections being received, with effect from 01 April 2018 the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley, in accordance with Section 70 (3) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, intends to vary the maximum fees specified in subsection 70(2) of that Act in relation to the grant of Hackney Carriage and Private Vehicle Licences, and Private Hire Operators Licences as follows; NATURE OF VEHICLE LICENSING FEES PROPOSED Vehicle Compliance Initial Test Fee (pass) Vehicle Compliance Full Re-test Fee (if initial test abandoned due to number of faults/ non-preparation or non-attendance) Vehicle Compliance Re-test Fee (following initial failure at presentation at test) New One Year Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence (vehicles up to 8 years old)- Listed Test Fee(s) plus remaining fees of: Renewal One Year Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence (vehicles up to 8 years old)- Listed Test Fee(s) plus remaining fees of: New Six Month Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence (vehicles over 8 years old)- Listed Test Fee(s) plus remaining fees of: Renewal Six Month Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence (vehicles over 8 years old)- Listed Test Fee(s) plus remaining fees of: New One Year Private Hire Vehicle Licence (vehicles up to 8 years old)- Listed Test Fee(s) plus remaining fees of: Renewal One Year Private Hire Vehicle Licence (vehicles up to 8 years old)- Listed Test Fee(s) plus remaining fees of: New Six Month Private Hire Vehicle Licence (vehicles over 8 years old)- Listed Test Fee(s) plus remaining fees of: Renewal Six Month Private Hire Vehicle Licence (vehicles over 8 years old)- Listed Test Fee(s) plus remaining fees of: Issue and administration fees for the grant of a licence in new owner(s) name(s) subsequent to old proprietor(s) giving notice (as required by statute) of disposal or transfer of a licensed vehicle Issue and administration fees for the grant of a replacement vehicle licence/ plate on application following notification of the loss of the original articles NATURE OF PRIVATE HIRE OPERATOR LICENCE FEES PROPOSED New Private Hire Operator Licence:

1 Year Licence 1 vehicle £190-00 2-10 vehicles £235-00 11-50 vehicles £335-00 51+ vehicles £390-00 Renewal Private Hire Operator Licence: 1 vehicle £180-00 2-10 vehicles £225-00 11-50 vehicles £325-00 51+ vehicles £380-00 Issue and administration fees for the grant of a replacement Operator licence on application following notification of the loss of the original articles

Amount £45-00 £45-00 £25-00 £220-00 £210-00 £160-00 £155-00 £220-00 £210-00 £160-00 £155-00 £20-00 £5-00

5 year Licence £625-00 £790-00 £1160-00 £1405-00 £620-00 £780-00 £1150-00 £1395-00 £5-00

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL LOCAL GOVERNMENT (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT 1976 NON-STATUTORY NOTICE- VARIATION OF FEES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that with effect from 01 April 2018 the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley, in accordance with Section 51 and 59 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 will charge, in relation to the administration and grant of Hackney Carriage Drivers and Private Vehicle Drivers Licences, the following fees; NATURE OF DRIVER LICENCE FEES PROPOSED 1 Year Licence New Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence£45-00 Renewal Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence£40-00 Temporary Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence£25-00 Transfer from Hackney Carriage Driver to Private Hire Driver’s Licence£25-00 New Private Hire Driver’s Licence£45-00 Renewal Private Hire Driver’s Licence£40-00 Temporary Private Hire Driver’s Licence£25-00 Transfer from Private Hire Driver to Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence£25-00 Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Check (unless varied by DBS) DVLA Driving Record Check (unless varied by DVLA) Group II Vocational Medical Certification at Knowsley Council Occupational Health Unit Issue and administration fees for the grant of a replacement Driver licence/ Badge on application following notification of the loss of the original articles

3 year Licence £80-00 £75-00 Maximum 1 month Balance of licence £80-00 £75-00 Maximum 1 month Balance of licence £44-00 £5-00 £65-00 £5-00

A copy of both the Statutory and Non Statutory Notices are available for inspection free of charge at the Council’s One Stop Shops which are located at the Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton, Norwich Way, Kirkby, The Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, Prescot and The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood. If you wish to object to the proposals contained within the Statutory Notice relating to Vehicle and Operator licence fees please submit your objection in writing, with reasons, to the Licensing Authority at the following address: Knowsley MBC, Licensing Service, 2nd Floor, Yorkon Building, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley, Merseyside L36 9FB no later than 1300 hours on 5 March 2018. MIKE HARDEN CHIEF EXECUTIVE Dated the 5 February 2018


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Prescot Cricket Club are looking for new junior players

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MERSEYSIDE SWIMMERS URGED TO TAKE THE PLUNGE FOR CHARITY People in Merseyside are being urged to sign up to Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, to raise money for two great causes, Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. Swimmers of all ages and abilities are being invited to take part in the annual sponsored event in pools across Merseyside and help raise money for both charities. This year, there are lots of ways to take part in Swimathon. The big Swimathon weekend takes place from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29. Participants can choose individual challenges of 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k or team distances of 1.5k or 5k. There’s also the opportunity to take part in ‘MySwimathon’, where participants can complete one of the individual challenges or set their own distance at any time from April 20 – May 6. Swimathon started in 1988 and since then over 700,000 participants have dived into 1,000 pools across the UK and raised over £48 million for different charities. Olympic gold-medallist and Swimathon president Duncan Goodhew said: “It has been a real joy to see Swimathon develop into the great event it is today,

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and raise so much money for so many worthwhile charities. Swimathon really gives people a chance to get active with friends and family, whilst doing some good at the same time. I am so proud that Swimathon gives so many people the chance to enjoy the water.” Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie are the official charity partners of Swimathon 2018. Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by providing hands-on nursing care and expert hospice care, emotional support, research and guidance to improve the

way care is provided in the UK. Last year, Marie Curie cared for and supported over 50,000 people affected by terminal illnesses across the UK. Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to saving lives through research. It supports the work of scientists, doctors and nurses who are dedicated to beating cancer by understanding its causes and finding new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent the disease. Anne-Marie Wynne, Marie Curie’s fundraising manager for the North West, said: “Since Marie Curie first became a partner of Swimathon we have recruited over 150,000 swimmers and raised £12 million, which has enabled us to provide care and support to more people living with any terminal illness such as dementia, motor neurone disease or Parkinson’s disease - at the time when they need it most. We’re hoping people across Merseyside are as excited as us about this year’s Swimathon and will join us by taking the plunge and signing up for what will be another great challenge.” For more information – including which swimming pools in your area are taking part - and to sign up now, visit www.Swimathon.org

Prescot & Odyssey Cricket Club are recruiting new junior players to join them for indoor winter training. The club invites both girls and boys of all abilities from Years 5 and 6 to train every Wednesday evening at Cowley International College in St Helens. Their home ground, used for training and matches during the summer cricket season, is on Burrows Lane, on the edge of Prescot. Please contact Tim Groom on 07764 787170 for more information.

Prescot Cables appoint Doug Lace as chairman Following on from interviews with prospective candidates, Prescot Cables Football Club board held a vote and have announced that Doug Lace as the new chairman of the club. A club spokesman said: “Doug will provide strong leadership and help to push the club forward, he is looking forward to engaging with fans and shareholders going forward. “Doug has been involved with Prescot Cables for over 25 years and has held the position of vice chairman and secretary during that time. “We would also like to announce that Peter Kneale has taken up the position of vicechairman.”

Football therapy sessions in Halewood Do you or anyone you know experience mental health issues, or problems such as low mood or self-esteem and are worried about being at risk of developing mental health issues? Get fit, make friends and consider being one of the new players for [me] united, a football therapy project that aims to help improve mental wellbeing. Being part of the project means you can have fun playing matches led by a FA qualified coach, and use playing sport as a way to keep active and meet other people while fighting your mental health issues. You will also receive support for your mental wellbeing and will be given information about how you can get help. [me] united wants to remove barriers that may prevent those suffering with poor mental health from playing sport such as finance issues, physical limitations and lack of motivation. This means that the sessions are free, all abilities are welcome and that the games are not serious or aggressive. You don’t have to be referred or receive any treatment for your mental health to be able to join. Following its success, the therapy project is being expanded and brought to Halewood with the first weekly session starting on Thursday 8 March 2018 from 7pm to 8pm at Halewood Leisure Centre. If you’re interested in joining [me] united, email matthew@meunited.co.uk or call 07554 362 920. Knowsley Challenge is a free community newspaper to serve the Borough of Knowsley. Circulation 30,000. Editorial Office: 36 Henry Street, Liverpool L1 5BS. Telephone: 0151 706 7411. Advertising, Graphic Design and Typesetting by Mersey Mirror, 36 Henry Street, Liverpool L1 5BS. Telephone: 0151 709 7567 Fax: 0151 707 1678

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