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controversial film about the boys who killed two-year-old Kirkby boy, James Bulger in Bootle in 1993 has caused uproar after it had been nominated for an Oscar. Detainment recreates police interviews with 10-year-old killers Robert Thompson and Jon Venables using original transcripts and has been shortlisted for the Academy’s best live action short film. The film was made by Irish director Vincent Lambe. James Bulger’s mother, Denise Fergus, tweeted to say: “How disgusted and upset I am that this so-called film has been made and now nominated for an Oscar”. More than 100,000 people had signed a petition before the nominations were announced on Tuesday asking the Oscars to disqualify the 30-minute film. After the Oscar nominations were announced the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, tweeted his congratulations to the Irish nominees, including the team behind Detainment Last month, Fergus said: “I strongly do want it pulling, I don’t think it deserves any Oscars and he’s just trying to big his career up and big himself up by (using) someone else’s grief. “I’m asking people to boycott it because I just don’t think it should have been made in the first place, especially without James’s parents being consulted. “It’s one thing making a film like this without contacting or getting permission from James’s family but another to have a child re-enact the final hours of James’s life before he was brutally murdered and making myself and my family have to relive this all over again! Lambe subsequently released a statement stating: “I have enormous sympathy for the Bulger family and I am

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extremely sorry for any upset the film may have caused them. With hindsight, I am sorry I didn’t make Mrs Fergus aware of the film.” He added: “The film “isn’t meant to bring any further anguish, I was attempting to add some shades of gray to a case where many Britons see none”. He denies accusations that his project is sympathetic to the two murderers, who were held in juvenile detention until they turned 18 in 2001, at which point they were released on parole and given new identities. He added: “The film was not made for financial gain and nobody involved in the making of the film intends to profit from it”. The Oscars take place on Sunday 24 February on Los Angeles.

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2 February 2019

APPEAL FOR WITNESSES FOLLOWING KNIFEPOINT ROBBERY OF 14-YEAROLD BOY IN HALEWOOD TRIANGLE COUNTRY PARK Merseyside Police are appealing for information following the knifepoint robbery of a pedal bike from a schoolboy in Halewood on Wednesday 23 January. At around 2.50pm, the 14year-old victim was riding his mountain bike in Halewood Triangle Country Park in Okell Drive with a friend. They crossed a railway bridge close to a wooded area and cycled along the path when they were approached by two males with hoods covering their faces walking behind them. The first man made threats before a knife was produced and the bike was ridden away by the first man. The second man ran off. The boys were uninjured but left extremely shaken. The first suspect is described as white, around 20-years-old, 5ft 10in tall, skinny, with a short ginger beard. He was wearing a dark green Jack Wolfskin jacket with a silver logo, a dark grey thick stripes on each sleeve and a hood. He was wearing dark trousers. The second suspect is described as white, around 20 years old, 5ft 10in tall, stocky build, with long black hair ‘like a Ketwig’, a black baseball cap, and a dark blue bubble jacket, with dark trousers. The stolen bike is described as an orange and grey GT Aggressor mountain bike, with GT in capital letters on the bottom of the frame, a black seat with black wings in the seat fabric and a black bike lock locked to the cross

bar and a rear red light on the seat post. Witness and CCTV enquiries are ongoing and the description of the bike has been circulated. Local Policing Inspector Phil Mullally said: “For a young teenager to be threatened and robbed of their property in broad daylight has understandably left him shaken and upset, and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to find those responsible and bring them to justice. “If you were in the park or nearby and saw this incident or men making off, please get in touch and we will identify those responsible and bring them to justice. “Likewise, any home CCTV, mobile phone or dashcam which may have captured anything suspicious may be vital. Have you been offered or seen for sale such a bike yesterday or today? Do the right thing and tell us. “There is no place in our communities for threatening behaviour and the use of weapons, so help us keep the green spaces of Knowsley for what they are intended: places to walk, play, exercise and enjoy.” Anyone with information is asked to contact our social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100023443 or you can call the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously, on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form at: https://crimestoppersuk.org/give-information/giveinformation.

£12M FROM COMBINED AUTHORITY PAVES WAY FOR HALSNEAD GARDEN VILLAGE £12m funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will pave the way for the Halsnead Garden Village development, which could create nearly 1,600 homes and 1,000 jobs. Halsnead Garden Village located near Whiston in Knowsley, is one of only 14 sites in England which have been awarded Garden Village status by the Government. Halsnead is the largest combined housing and employment site in the city region, with the potential to deliver approximately 1,600 homes and 22.5 hectares of employment land. This highly-ambitious project will deliver a range of high-quality housing for Knowsley, and the rest of the city region. The employment element of Halsnead Garden Village will attract multi-million pound investment in the logistics and advanced manufacturing sectors, creating highly-skilled and wellpaid jobs. This funding will enable the delivery of major transport infrastructure improvements. This will include Tarbock Island at junction six of the M62 and a further six junction improvements to build adequate capacity and resilience in the surrounding highways network and improve access to the Halsnead Garden Village site and to the wider Liverpool City Region. Speaking about the decision, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “We were very keen to support

this application for what is one of our city region’s most significant development sites. “By providing this funding we will remove the transport constraints that have stopped the site being developed, enabling the creation of much needed homes and a significant number of jobs, which are expected to boost the local economy to the tune of more than £40m per year.” Councillor Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council, said: “We are delighted that the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has confirmed this

funding towards the Halsnead Garden Village development. “This is a highly ambitious project for Knowsley and a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new unique settlement, hundreds of new jobs and make a major contribution towards the region’s economy. “The council has been working closely with private developers who are really keen to progress their plans and the delivery of these off-site transport and infrastructure improvements will ensure the development of the site is able to progress.”

The specific highways improvements involve: • Fox’s Bank Lane/Cronton Road – signalisation works and road widening; • Lickers Lane/Fox’s Bank Lane – signalisation works, footway improvements and vegetation removal; • Stoney Lane/Cumber Lane – signalisation works; • Stoney Lane/Dragon Lane – carriageway widening and creation of a new right turn; • Windy Arbor Road/Greene’s Road – reconfiguration of existing signalised junction; • Lickers Lane/Windy Arbor Road – carriageway widening and signalisation; Tarbock Island – carriageway and bridge widening on Windy Arbor Road, quadrant widening to the gyratory and additional lane provision on the M57 approach and signalisation of existing arms.

WALKING AND CYCLING IN KNOWSLEY Do you walk or cycle around Knowsley? The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is developing an ambitious strategy for cycling and walking in the city region. There’s a short survey to share your thoughts about what would get you walking and cycling more. Visit www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=154417816900 for more information and to complete the survey


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KNIFE WANDS BEING USED IN KNOWSLEY AS PART KNIFE CRIME CAMPAIGN By Chloe Tomkins Knife wands are to be introduced throughout the borough of Knowsley as part Merseyside’s campaign to tackle knife crime. The wands will be used by the local policing team, particularly during licensing enforcement visits across the borough, as well as during day-to-day activities, when carrying out stop checks and as part of school engagement visits. Cllr Shelley Powell, cabinet member for communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “We know that knife crime has a devastating effect on families and wider communities so we are ensuring that the council and its partners have the right equipment to tackle issues across the borough. “Knife wands are a good example of deterring knife crime by identifying those who are carrying one and ensuring it is confiscated so that it can’t be used.” Latest crime data from the Office of National Statistics reveals Merseyside Police recorded 945 serious crimes involving knives during the financial year of 2017/18. Andy Cunningham, Local Policing Targeted Inspector for Merseyside Police said: “Knife crime is often perceived as a

young person’s crime, but we have recently arrested people in their 40s and 50s for carrying a knife. “Our advice is don’t put yourself in that position, the consequences for carrying a knife are unthinkable.”

Knife crime – the facts and consequences • If you get caught with a knife, you could face a prison sentence of up to five years – that’s just for carrying a knife. • If you hurt someone with a knife, your sentence will be much longer. • If you do get caught and sent to prison, the impact isn’t just on you, but also your family and friends. Have you thought about how they would cope without you being around? • If you get convicted, you’ll have a criminal record and if you are sentenced for more than 30 months, this stays on your record for life. • You may find it difficult to get a job and criminal records for violence make it harder to get into college or university. • Plus, travel may be restricted as many countries don’t allow people into their country is they have a criminal record – even if you’re just going on holiday.

Inspector Mullally with Cllr Powell and the new wands


4 February 2019

LIVERPOOL CITY REGION RESPONSE TO NEWS OF JOB LOSSES AT JAGUAR LAND ROVER Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has confirmed it is cutting 4,500 jobs, with the substantial majority coming from its 40,000 strong UK workforce. Most will be in office roles as the company wants to simplify its management structure. The cuts come on top of last year's 1,500 job losses. JLR is facing several challenges, including a slump in demand for diesel cars and a sales slowdown in China. The firm has also complained about uncertainty caused by Brexit. Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Clearly the current situation is worrying and, while it looks like the Halewood plant will be spared the brunt of the job losses, clearly one job lost is one too many. “Recently, along with Graham Morgan, the leader of Knowsley Council, I visited Jaguar Land Rover to be updated about

the current situation at first hand. “Clearly this is a very disappointing situation and worrying for everyone concerned. “In spite of the fundamental strengths of the Halewood plant, there are a number of strategic economic reasons for the company’s current challenges, ranging from a slump in diesel sales, to the US-China trade war, and ongoing uncertainty around Brexit. “Locally, there are obviously limits to what the Combined Authority can do to tackle those issues but we have offered our full assistance and we will do all we can to support the company and its workers at this difficult time. “What this latest news very clearly underlines is the absolute, over-riding importance of avoiding a no-deal Brexit and the economic catastrophe it would unleash on our country.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council, said: “Naturally the news coming out of Jaguar Land Rover is of great concern to me and everyone involved. “Jaguar Land Rover is a major employer here in Knowsley and plays an important role in our economy – not just in terms of employing local people but also the positive impact it has on the local supply chain in Knowsley and the wider city region. “The company has invested £750 million its Halewood facility in recent years and its impact on our borough and the region as a whole cannot be underestimated. “Along with Steve, I have met with management at the Halewood plant and offered our commitment to work with them and support them in any way we can during the coming months.”

STOMPERS STEP OUT TO RAISE OVER £760 FOR HOSPICE

THIEVES STEAL SCHOOL MINIBUS

By Chloe Tomkins A local school for children with severe and complex learning needs are appealing for help after thieves stole their minibus during a school trip. A group of students from Bluebell Park School in Kirkby were on a trip to IKEA in Warrington, which was part of work they are doing to develop their independence skills. When the students returned to the car park they found that the specially adapted minibus had been stolen. Jamie Campbell, headteacher at Bluebell Park said: “The minibus is a central part of our pupils’ curriculum, in providing our students with experiences in real life environments, to practice independence skills that are vital for our students. “Without this it means that we are unable to provide the variety of experiences that our pupils need and deserve. The minibus is used daily, it is one of three that are in constant use to help us deliver such important community based learning for our pupils”. CCTV footage reveals that the minibus, a silver Ford Minibus, registration MV58 NCE, had been stolen by two thieves not long after it had been parked up, in a disabled bay, at about 10.22am on 11 January. Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for children’s services said: “It’s shocking and disheartening that thieves could target a minibus from any school, especially when this particular bus is so essential to the ability of pupils at Bluebell Park to get out and about and get the best educational experiences possible. “I’d appeal for anyone who can help the school with information about the whereabouts of the bus to contact the police.” Anyone with any information is advised to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Local Line-dancers recently stepped out in style at ‘The Crazy Legs Stompers’ annual fundraiser at Birchley St Mary’s Catholic Club in Billinge, raising £763.37 for Willowbrook Hospice. Organised by Stompers teacher, Martine Jones and her husband David from Croxteth, the evening saw dancers take to the floor to strut their stuff ‘in line’ to support the Prescot based hospice. Sue McGuire, from Willowbrook Hospice’s fundraising team, said: “It was great evening and

everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. “The ‘Stompers’ are an inspirational group of people with wonderfully kind hearts, and I’d like to say a huge thank you to Martine and David and everyone else who helped to raise such an amazing amount of money for Willowbrook. “It’s thanks to the generosity of local people such the Stompers that we’re able to continue to provide free care and support to our patients and their families across St Helens and Knowsley.”


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JOIN THE FUN THIS EASTER IN KNOWSLEY You and your family can join in the fun with a chance to win a family ticket to see both shows This Easter, Immersion Theatre is bringing a larger-than-life musical adaptation of The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio to Knowsley. Watch the classic story about a puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy leap off the page onto the stage in this live-action adaptation. Follow Pinocchio’s life of extraordinary adventures through the high-energy performance, packed with original songs and loveable characters. This show will give you an Easter to remember! Everyone’s favourite wooden character will be getting up to mischief as well as his old tricks telling fibs at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on Saturday 20 April 2019 at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults, and £8 for children/concessions. To book your tickets, call Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on 0151 443 2200, visit in person, or book online where a small fee applies. American Wrestling this Easter American Wrestling, the all-action super show that proves to be a favourite every year, is once again returning to Knowsley. This family-friendly event will have you stomping your feet, cheering for the goodies and booing at the baddies! It’s a real spectacle and will have you on the edge of your seat watching the giants battle it out. Will good or evil win? Whether you’re a die-hard wrestling fan or new to the wrestling scene, you can enjoy this brilliant and interactive show. The giants will be bringing their massive energy to Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on Saturday

13 April 2019 from 7.30pm Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for children and family tickets are £34 (2 x adults and 2 x children). To book your tickets, call 0151 443 2200 on call in to Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park. You can also book online where a small administration fee will apply.

CHALLENGE COMPETITION The Challenge has teamed up with Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park to give you the chance to win family tickets to see the up and coming Pinocchio and the American Wrestling. 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:

Pinocchio Saturday 20 April

What is the name of Pinocchio’s father? You can send your answers via postcard or email to The Challenge Competition, Suite 4 Pacific Chambers, 11-13 Victoria Street, Liverpool L2 5QQ 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 Pinocchio close on Friday 29 March 2019.

American Wrestling Saturday 13 April


6 February 2019

HUYTON VILLAGE CENTRE – YOUR VIEWS Knowsley Council recently asked for the view of people who visit, live or work in Huyton Village to share their views on how they would like the village centre to look over the coming years. Over 1,100 people took the time to share their views, with a number of key themes emerging. This is really useful information that will be fed into the redevelopment plans for the Village. Many views relating to the general environment and attractiveness of the village centre. The Council has already agreed investment of £1.75m for Huyton Village Centre to improve the general area. This includes enhancing shop fronts on Derby Road, with the first block of five shops due to commence next month. In addition, lighting and environmental improvements throughout the village centre are planned. The Council is currently bidding for external funding to bring forward the next phase of the redevelopment in the near future, which will include significant investments in the Village Centre. Many respondents requested that CCTV is reinstated in Huyton Village Centre to help promote feelings of safety amongst both shoppers and businesses. State-of-the-art CCTV cameras have been installed in Huyton Village Centre prior to Christmas and cameras are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In just their first month of being operational, the cameras helped police to secure an arrest for theft from a shop. The camera operators followed the offender on the cameras and were able to tell police ‘on the ground’ the location of the offender which subsequently resulted in an arrest. A large number of respondents also wanted to see a better restaurant/café offer which could be extended into the evening and encouraging more people to stay longer.

The good news is that a number of new food outlets have confirmed Huyton as their preferred location with a Turkish restaurant, “Eaton Place”, on Derby Road due to open in the coming weeks. A new coffee and food outlet called “The Coffee House” will also be opening its doors on Derby Road in the coming months. In addition, negotiations are nearing completion for a bar/restaurant outlet in the former Natwest Bank building. Another key theme coming out of the survey was a better retail offer. There are lots of retail and leisure opportunities in the village centre and the council is sharing these opportunities with developers and operators who are being encouraged to bring forward retail and leisure schemes. The majority of respondents felt that Huyton Village Centre was wellconnected by public transport and many respondents welcomed the introduction of the Foodie Friday events which ran from June through to December. We are looking to build on the success of these events during 2019. Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said “I’m delighted with the response rate we have received to this survey and your views will help us to shape the future plans for Huyton Village Centre. For all of our town centres, I want them to be vibrant and successful, offering something for everyone. I look forward to seeing the plans develop over the coming months and years and I will of course keep you regularly updated on progress.”

TWO OFFICERS ATTEND HOSPITAL AS A PRECAUTION FOLLOWING COLLISION Merseyside Police can confirm two female officers attended hospital as a precaution following a collision in Prescot in the evening of Tuesday 22 January. Shortly after 8.45pm, a marked police vehicle which had attended a report of suspicious circumstances nearby, was involved in a collision with a blue Ford Fiesta on Warrington Road. The North West Ambulance Service attended to assess the driver and passenger of the police vehicle and they were taken to hospital for further assessment as a precaution. The male driver of the Fiesta was uninjured. Warrington Road was closed between the Cables Retail Park roundabout and St James Road and motorists were advised to seek alternative routes. An investigation into the incident has been launched and police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 quoting incident 949 of 22 January or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111

KNOWSLEY SUCCESSFUL IN BID AS PART OF A CONTEXTUAL SAFEGUARDING PROJECT By Chloe Tomkins Children’s services are set to improve in the local area as Knowsley Council wins a bid to be part of a contextual safeguarding project. 50 local authorities put in an application to the University of Bedfordshire to receive support to embed the new system within their Children’s Services, and just five have been selected. Councillor Margaret Harvey, cabinet member for children’s services, said “I’m delighted that Knowsley has been selected to take part in this project. It’s another important tool in helping us to protect and safeguard our children and young people. “The approach recognises that young people are increasingly being influenced by their peer groups and surroundings which are outside the control of their families and cannot necessarily be addressed through traditional social work interventions. “Ultimately, the project aims to reduce the need to move children away from

unsafe social environments and instead, create safety in the places and communities in which they spend their time.” Contextual safeguarding has been developed by Dr Carlene Firmin at the University of Bedfordshire over the past six years. It’s main purpose is to inform policy and practice approaches to safeguarding children and young people that are outside of the more traditional methods which focus on risks from within the family. The new approach involves children’s social care professionals engaging with the child and sectors outside of the family who have influence over the different relationships formed outside of the home environment. This therefore recognises that a child is vulnerable to abuse in a wider range of social situations outside of the family home. The Contextual Safeguarding Team at the university will commence work with Knowsley over the coming months and is due to be completed by 2020.

FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER

Prescot Festival audiences like nothing better than a brass band and good food, so they are delighted to be bringing back the formidable Parr Band for an evening of entertainment with hot pot supper. ‘Best of Brass’ takes place from 7pm to 9pm on Friday 15 March at Prescot Parish Church, Church Street, Prescot L34 3LA and all funds raised go towards the 15th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts (21-30 June 2019). The £6 ticket price includes Cottom’s hot pot and a drink. To help their catering team, it is essential that you purchase your tickets in advance: You can call 07762 607618 or email: prescotfestival@gmail.com or you can buy in person from Laura in Prescot Parish Church Meeting Room following the Sunday morning service (approx. 11.15am).


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A-MAZING NEW FEATURE AT HENLEY PARK A new maze-style garden has been unveiled at Henley Park, Whiston. The attractive feature is the latest attraction at the Green Flag park which already boasts toddlers and older children’s play areas, a green gym and café. The latest addition, which includes a central sculpture and landscaped grassed area in the style of a maze, will now provide park visitors with a peaceful place to escape the busy pace of everyday life. The project has been driven by the Friends of Henley Park who secured funding from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund and a contribution from Knowsley Council to fund the project. Local children from Waverton Nursery and residents at Willowbrook Hospice took part in art activities to design the garden sculpture. The ‘Friends’ and local residents were keen for this area to become a space for contemplation and wellbeing, as well as creating a space for children to explore and play. The Henley Park Café has now re-opened under new management and is open from 8am4pm, seven days a week and is serving hot and cold drinks and a selection of hot and cold food. Pictured: (L-R): Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods visits the maze garden with fellow borough councillors Denise Allen, Steff O’Keeffe, and Maurice Handley, from the Friends of Henley Park, Cath Sheil, Knowsley Council and Cllr Mike Delaney, Whiston Town Council.


8 February 2019

Entertainment News FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+) 12:00 – 15:30 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 noon3.30/4.00pm Contact: 0151 487 9779 SOCIAL VARIETY AFTERNOON (AGES 50+) 13:00 – 15:00 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, www.ageuk.org.uk/midmersey BASKETBALL COACHING SESSION (AGES 7+) 19:00 – 20:00 Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood L26 0TY. Basketball coaching sessions for all abilities. Ages 7 upwards to adult. Contact Volair for costs - 443 2200. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details. SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY KNOWSLEY PARKRUN (WHISTON) 09:00 – 10:00 Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Every Saturday morning, Stadt Moers Parkin 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 getactive and enjoy the great outdoors. To take part in parkrun as a runner or to volunteer, just visit the Knowsley parkrun website – and register. Once you have registered you will be sent a link to print off your own unique barcode which is scanned during your run to log your time. If you would like more information please email organisers at knowsleyhelpers@parkrun.com HALEWOOD TOWN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB 10:00 – 12:00 Halewood Town JFC Academy, Leathers Lane, Halewood, L26 1XQ. We encourage young people to enjoy and play football from an early age and help train and develop players to compete in teams. We have both boys and girls football teams from Under 7 to open age. £2 per session. Please monitor our twitter page for changes due to weather. #HalewoodtownJFA Contact email: 10georgev@tiscali.co.uk 07931 660195 SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY PRESCOT SWIMMING CLUB - (HUYTON) 14:30 – 16:30 Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Prescot Swimming 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. We run lane swimming for competitive swimmers on all days, advanced learn to swim during the week and learn to swim in the small pool on Sundays For further information email: info@prescotswimmingclub.org MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY KNOWSLEY VILLAGE ART GROUP (ADULTS) 9:30 – 12:30 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 WALKING FOR BEGINNERS (HALEWOOD WALKING CLUB) - HALEWOOD 10:00 – 11:00 Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood, L26 7XB. Beginners walking 1 mile (approx. 45 minutes) Please call 488 6151 for more information HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+) 12:00 – 15:30 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 KAB'S (KIDS ACTIVITIES AND BOOTCAMPS) - (AGES 4-13YRS) - (KIRKBY) 17:15 – 18:45 Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue, Kirkby, L33 9TW. Fully qualified coach, PT Instructor with lots of experience and qualifications with children. For ages 4-13 years. Cost £6 per session, £10 for 2 sessions. Contact Tommy Cashen - 07525 166584, hello@kabsfitness.co.uk TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY NORDIC WALKING AT HALEWOOD PARK 11:00 – 12:00 Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood, L26 7XB. Nordic Pole Walking started out in the early 20th century as a way of keeping cross-country skiers fit during the Finnish summers. It is a specific training technique designed to target 90 per cent of the body muscles without causing muscle fatigue. It burns up to 20 per cent more calories than normal walking if the correct technique is used and perfectly combines the mental health benefits of effective exercise with those of being outdoors. For more information please contact Darren Wilson, Green Space Ranger, 0151 488 6151 GET UP AND MOVE (OVER 50S) - (ROBY) 12:00 – 13:00 Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby, L36 4LD. Come along, get active and have some fun with our ‘Get up and Move’ gentle exercises to music. Sessions are £2.60 per person. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, enquiries@aukmm.org.uk, www.ageuk.org.uk/midmersey. KNOWSLEY HARRIERS JUNIOR RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 7-17) - (KIRKBY) 18:00 – 18:45 Kirkby High School, Bracknell Avenue, Southdene, Kirkby, L32 9P. Athletics track sessions. Track & field based fun sport athletic activities & games session for Junior athletes aged between 7-17 years old. Junior sessions are just £1 per session, as a contribution towards the cost of hire of the track. For all our sessions, the juniors have exclusive use of the track. We focus mainly on running with relaxed, fun sessions and games, which are a fun way for children to get active, stay fit, have fun and grow in confidence. See www.knowsley-harriers.com/ for further details STREETWISE KOREAN MARTIAL ART - MASTER D. JONES (AGES 4 TO ADULT) - (KIRKBY) 19:00 – 20:00 Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby L32 8SA. Korean martial art for self defence and Olympic sport. Ages 4+ Master grade instruction - 5th Dan Master Grade. Registered B.T.C.B. Recognised by International Olympic Committee (I.O.C) Contact: 0751 5386593 WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY ENVIRONMENTAL TASK DAYS @ HALEWOOD PARK 10:00 – 12:00 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. KNIT AND NATTER GROUP (50+) - (ROBY) 13:00 – 15:00 Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby, L36 4L. Knitting, crocheting, sewing and a good natter, with various other crafts available on request. All welcome, beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. £2.50 per session (covering refreshments, patterns and wool). For further details and to book your place contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, yvonnerea@aukmm.org.uk, www.ageuk.org.uk/midmersey. W.I.K.E.D. DANCE (AGES 7-10) 17:30 – 19:00 The George Howard Centre, Lickers Lane, Whiston L35 3PN. W.I.K.E.D. is a voluntary run, not for profit, community dance group and our aim is to encourage our children to have fun, whilst keeping fit and meeting new people. All out classes help to build confidence, enhance coordination and encourage fitness and there are no competitions, no expensive uniform and no contracts. Just lots and lots of fun.

Contact Helen 07954134599 or Julie 07828092219 for further details. BKR JU-JITSU 19:00 – 20:00 Tarbock Village Hall, Netherley Road, Tarbock Green L35 1QG. Learn self-defence and Jujitsu. Perfect for self discipline, strength, confidence and more. Contact: admin@tarbockhall.co.uk or 07746 123855 for further information THURSDAY 7 FEBRUARY REBOUND - BUDDIES GROUP 10:30 – 12:00 Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A friendly group for anyone that fancies some company, a laugh and a cuppa - every Thursday morning 10.30-12pm. Bring your knitting, bring a book you'd like to pass on, bring a friend or just bring yourself! Just come along or for more information contact Rebound: 0151 489 4616, reboundcic@aol.com SEWING CLUB 12:00 – 15:00 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 O’Sullivan, mosully@hotmail.co.uk - 07926473711 COMIC YOUTH CENTRE 63 JUNIOR WORKSHOPS (AGES 8-12) 16:30 – 18:30 Centre 63, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby L32 5TH. We deliver a Juniors workshop for children aged 8-12 from 4.30 - 6.30pm, and a Seniors workshop for young people aged 13 - 18 from 6.45pm - 8.30pm. Comics Youth workshops are free and all materials are provided! Contact: Rhiannon Griffiths- 07525369624 FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY SOCIAL VARIETY AFTERNOON (AGES 50+) 13:00 – 15:00 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, www.ageuk.org.uk/midmersey. BASKETBALL COACHING SESSION (AGES 7+) 19:00 – 20:00 Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood L26 0TY. Basketball coaching sessions for all abilities. Ages 7 upwards to adult. Contact Volair for costs - 443 2200. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details. SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY DIDDIKICKS - AWARD WINNING PRE SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLASSES FOR 3.5 YRS - 5YRS - (HALEWOOD) 11:00 – 11:45 Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. We pride ourselves on delivering sessions for toddlers that will increase your little one’s confidence whilst teaching them basic life skills in a control structured environment that is tons of fun. 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 MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY ADVANCED WALKING - MILL DAM PARK 10:00 – 13:00 Kirkby Mill Dam Park, Play & Environment Centre, Mill Lane, Kirkby L32 2AU. Advanced walking 4-6 miles (approx. 3 hours) Call 489 1239 if you have any questions. CARDIAC REHAB WALKS AT COURT HEY PARK 11:00 – 12:30 Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Huyton, Liverpool L16 3NA. Approx. 1 mile (45 minutes walks) For more information call the South

Huyton ranger on 0151 443 3114 or 07771550843. CENTRE 63 YOUTH CLUB (KIRKBY) 16:30 – 20:30 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 Youth Club focuses on giving Young People a safe and friendly environment to come and socialise with their peers, develop social skills, community awareness and participate in positive projects and activities, including a chance to take part in new activities and experiences. 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 8-12 Senior session Year 8 upwards 6.30-8.30pm Contact: 0151 549 1494 info@centre63.co.uk TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY SWIMMING CLASSES - ADULTS 10:00 – 10:45 Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. Adults Learn to swim lesson. A fear of water can hold many people back from learning to swim but it doesn’t have to be that way. We provide a great learning environment! If you are interested in these classes please either go to reception and book your place or call 443 2200 INTERMEDIATE WALKING - STADT MOERS 12:15 – 15:45 Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston, L35 3RG. Intermediate walking 3-5 miles (approx. 3 hours) Please call 489 1239 for more information AFTER SCHOOL PLAY CLUB - TERM TIME - (AGES 411) - (HALEWOOD) 15:30 – 17:45 Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. For ages 4-11 Cost £3 including snack Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865. YOUTH CLUB FOR AGE 12+ (HALEWOOD) 18:30 – 21:30 Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. Youth Club for age 12+ - Tuesday and Thursday 6.30pm - 9.30pm - £1 Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865. VICTORIOUS SECRETS NETBALL TEAM (AGES 16+) (PRESCOT) 20:00 – 21:00 The Prescot School, Knowsley Park Lane, Prescot L34 3NB. Fun Netball Session suitable for all abilities no experience needed. Ages 16+ £4 per session (Free for 1st timers) Contact Emma Farley - farley.emma@icloud.com or follow us on Facebook Victorious Secrets Netball Liverpool or twitter @Victorioussecr8 WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY ENVIRONMENTAL TASK DAYS @ HALEWOOD PARK 10:00 – 12:00 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. EXCEL SCHOOL OF DANCE 15:45 – 18:45 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 £4 per class Staff are fully qualified and DBS checked. Contact: Kate Marzelos, 07867933764, katemarzo@hotmail.co.uk LIVERPOOL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY - WEEKLY PUBLIC MEETING AT THE LEIGHTON OBSERVATORY 19:00 – 21:00 Leighton Observatory, Pex Hill, Cronton WA8 5QW. Weekly public meetings are held every Wednesday evening (except at Christmas


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B.T.C.B. Recognised by International Olympic Committee (I.O.C) Contact: 0751 5386593

ONE TO WATCH Live American Wrestling Saturday 13 April 2019, 7.30pm A must for all die-hard wrestling fans... back by popular demand: Live American Wrestling! Who will become the winner this year? Can the good guys win or will evil reign in the wrestling world??? This show is not to be missed, a spectacular family event keeping audience members at the edge of their seats! Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for children and family tickets are £34 (2 adults and 2 children). Book your tickets online or you can also call 0151 443 2200 for tickets or call in person to Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park. week), between 19:00 (7 PM) and 21:00 (9 PM) local time (e.g. 7pm BST in summer, 7pm UTC in winter) in the Liverpool Astronomical Society’s Leighton Observatory. Children who wish to visit must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have any questions about our public Weekly Meetings, please contact us via the Forums, or contact the Director of the Observatory. http://liverpoolas.org/ THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY ARNCLIFFE CENTRE YOGA CLASS 10:00 – 11:30 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, c/o Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA ADVANCED WALKING STADT MOERS 12:15 – 15:30 Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Advanced walking 4-6 miles (approx. 3 hours) Please call 489 1239 for more information YOGA (ADULTS) 18:00 – 19:00 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: £4 Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+) 12:00 – 15:30 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 noon3.30/4.00pm Contact: 0151 487 9779 SOCIAL VARIETY AFTERNOON (AGES 50+) 13:00 – 15:00 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, www.ageuk.org.uk/midmersey. SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY KNOWSLEY PARKRUN - (WHISTON) 09:00 – 10:00 Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3R. Every Saturday morning, Stadt Moers Parkin Whiston, plays host to the Knowsley parkrun starting at 9am. It’s a free toenter timed 5k event that encourages people of all ages and abilities to getactive and enjoy the great outdoors. It doesn’t matter whether you’re anexperienced runner, a jogger or just want a leisurely stroll, you‘ll be made tofeel welcome enjoy yourself. The parkrun is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers, who give up acouple hours each week to help out. To take part in parkrun as a runner or to volunteer, just visit the Knowsley parkrun website – and register. Once you have registered you will be sent a link to print off your own uniquebarcode which is scanned during your run to log your time. If you’revolunteering the barcode will register that you have helped. If you would like more information please email organisers at knowsleyhelpers@parkrun.com MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY KNOWSLEY VILLAGE ART GROUP (ADULTS) 09:30 – 12:30 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 SWIMMING CLASSES - DISCOVERY DUCKLINGS 10:00 – 10:30 Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. The Discovery Duckling Awards are the start of the learn to swim experience for all children. These awards are perfect for babies and toddlers and pre-school children who are new to swimming lessons. Ideal for gaining water confidence while staying close to adult support, these awards are followed by the existing Duckling Awards. The Discovery Duckling Awards 1-4 each have their own certificate and badge. Discovery Ducklings are bookable at reception YOGA (ADULTS) - (HUYTON) 11:15 – 12:15 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: £4 Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ Time: Mon 11.15-12.15pm Thurs 67pm Shi’hing Kung Fu (Ages 7 - Adult) - (Tarbock Green) 17:45 – 19:00 Tarbock Village Hall, Netherley Road, Tarbock Green, L35 1QG . Learn selfdefence and Kung Fu. 17:45 to 19:00 for ages 5+ with no upper age limit, and 19:00-20:00 are for adults only.. Visit the website ww.shihingkungfu.co.uk/ or you can visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ShihingKungFu/ Contact: admin@tarbockhall.co.uk or 07746 123855 for further information TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY NORDIC WALKING AT HALEWOOD PARK 11:00 – 12:00 Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood, L26 7XB. Nordic Pole Walking started out in the early 20th century as a way of keeping cross-country skiers fit during the Finnish summers. It is a specific training technique designed to target 90 per cent of the body muscles without causing muscle fatigue. It burns up to 20 per cent more calories than normal walking if the correct technique is used and perfectly combines the mental health benefits of effective exercise with those of being outdoors. Regular Nordic Walks at Halewood Park led by qualified instructors. Tuesdays 11am, weekly. Knowsley residents only. All abilities welcome. Poles and instruction provided. Meet at 10.45.am at the Environment Centre. For more information please contact Darren Wilson, Green Space Ranger, 0151 488 6151 INTERMEDIATE WALKING - STADT MOERS 12:15 – 15:45 Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Intermediate walking 3-5 miles (approx. 3 hours) Please call 489 1239 for more information MUSICALITY JUNIORS DANCE AND DRAMA MUSICALITY PRODUCTIONS (AGES 5-11) (HALEWOOD) 16:00 – 18:00 The Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA. Juniors session. Performers work towards regular shows learning dance, drama and singing technique at an intermediate level. We aim to make our sessions fun, creative and full of Performing Arts activities. 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: 07712 463932 STREETWISE KOREAN MARTIAL ART - MASTER D. JONES (AGES 4 TO ADULT) - (KIRKBY) 19:00 – 20:00 Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby L32 8SA. Korean martial art for self defence and Olympic sport. Ages 4+ Master grade instruction - 5th Dan Master Grade. Registered

WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY LINE DANCING (ADULTS) - (HUYTON) 10:00 – 11:00 Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A Class For Adults of Any Age. A fun way to keep fit for all ages. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ ARRIVA PREMIERE MORRIS DANCERS 18:00 – 21:00 All Saints Catholic High School, Roughwood Drive, Northwood, Kirkby L33 8XF. Girls dancing class There are five main troupes: Babies, Dinkies, Tinies, Juniors and Seniors. Plus a further two novice troupes of babies and tinies. The ages of the dancers currently range between three and 28 years. Cost is £2 sub per week and £5 bus fare for competitions every Sunday during April - October. For ages: 2-60yrs Contact details: Diane Taylor, 0151 474 4975 THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY ARNCLIFFE CENTRE YOGA CLASS 10:00 – 11:30 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, c/o Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA REBOUND KIDZ (AGES 8-11) 16:00 – 17:00 Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. For Children Aged 8-11. An exciting dance class of various styles. Price: £3.50 or any two for £5/week. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 16 - ADULT) - HALEWOOD 18:50 – 20:00 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 22 FEBRUARY HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+) 12:00 – 15:30 Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood L26 0TH. We run a Winter indoor bowls activity (not 10 pin) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Playing on two mats, 12 people to each mat. For ages 21+ Times 12 noon3.30/4.00pm Contact: 0151 487 9779 BASKETBALL COACHING SESSION (AGES 7+) 19:00 – 20:00 Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood L26 0TY. Basketball coaching sessions for all abilities. Ages 7 upwards to adult. Contact Volair for costs 443 2200. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details. MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY NIFTY 50’S - (HUYTON) 10:00 – 11:00 Rebound Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. For Adults Aged 50 +. Low impact class. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ 9TH KNOWSLEY (HALEWOOD) SCOUT GROUP BEAVER SCOUTS (AGES 6-8) 17:00 – 18:30 Scout Hut beside Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood, L26 0TH. Beaver Scouts are young people usually aged between 6 and 8 years old. They belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday. They can move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, between 7½ years old and 8½ years old. If anyone wants to join or requires more information please come to the Scout Hut on any Monday or email 9hwscouts@gmail.com TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+)

12:00 – 15:30 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 noon3.30/4.00pm Contact: 0151 487 9779 KNIT & NATTER GROUP - HALEWOOD LIBRARY 14:30 – 15:30 The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, L26 9UH. Bring along any project you are doing, knitting or crochet. Swap patterns and ideas, make new friends and have a cuppa and a chat. Please ask branch staff for more details or call 443 2086 RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 16 - ADULT) HALEWOOD 18:50 – 20:00 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 WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY ENVIRONMENTAL TASK DAYS @ HALEWOOD PARK 10:00 – 12:00 Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood, Merseyside 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. LITTLE MOVERS (AGES 4-7) 16:00 – 17:00 Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. For Children Aged 4-7. A fun dance class. Price: £3.50 . Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ W.I.K.E.D. DANCE (AGES 14+) 19:00 – 20:30 The George Howard Centre, Lickers Lane, Whiston L35 3PN. W.I.K.E.D. is a voluntary run, not for profit, community dance group and our aim is to encourage our children to have fun, whilst keeping fit and meeting new people. All out classes help to build confidence, enhance coordination and encourage fitness and there are no competitions, no expensive uniform and no contracts. Just lots and lots of fun. We now run in conjunction with a local charity The James Greenop Foundation. Set up after the passing of 10 year old James Greenop. We offer fun dance sessions for children aged 3 upwards and meet on Wednesdays during Primary School Terms. Contact Helen 07954134599 or Julie 07828092219 for further details. THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY REBOUND - BUDDIES GROUP 10:30 – 12:00 Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A friendly group for anyone that fancies some company, a laugh and a cuppa - every Thursday morning 10.30-12pm. Bring your knitting, bring a book you'd like to pass on, bring a friend or just bring yourself! Starts Thursday 17th January 2019. Just come along or for more information contact Rebound: 0151 489 4616, reboundcic@aol.com CENTRE 63 YOUTH CLUB - (KIRKBY) 16:30 – 20:30 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 Youth Club focuses on giving Young People a safe and friendly environment to come and socialise with their peers, develop social skills, community awareness and participate in positive projects and activities, including a chance to take part in new activities and experiences. 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 8-12 Senior session Year 8 upwards 6.30-8.30pm Contact: 0151 549 1494 info@centre63.co.uk COMIC YOUTH CENTRE 63 SENIOR WORKSHOPS (AGES 13-18) 18:45 – 20:30 Centre 63, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby, Liverpool L32 5TH. We deliver a Juniors workshop for children aged 8-12 from 4.30 - 6.30pm, and a Seniors workshop for young people aged 13 - 18 from 6.45pm - 8.30pm. Comics Youth workshops are free and all materials are provided! Contact: Rhiannon Griffiths- 07525369624


10 February 2019

EXHIBITION IS HELPING TO IMPROVE LOCAL COMMUNITY Residents in Stockbridge Village have been working on an important project to understand how social isolation can be tackled in their community. With support from Lancaster University, the group of 10 carried out research to gain an insight

into how much locals feel a part of their community and the challenges they face. Local residents were interviewed by the group and asked to share stories about their involvement in the community and their relationships with neighbours.

This is a great example of Knowsley Better Together, when a local community identifies an issue and works with other groups and organisations to find a solution, using their shared resources and expertise. The research gathered is being shared with Knowsley Council,

L-R: Pauline Coulton (Knowsley Council), Lee Tomlinson (Mayor of Knowsley), Neil Joseph (resident advisor), Patrick Goodison (Knowsley Council), Barbara Murray (former project facilitator and Villages Housing Association), Vivien Holt (Lancaster University) and Steph Tomlinson (resident advisor).

Villages Housing and the NHS to help them understand the needs of the area better and take action to reduce social isolation. The findings will be displayed on 16 posters with graphic design by Len Grant at an exhibition called Stockbridge in Stories. The exhibition is being held at Huyton Library and will run until Friday 22 March 2019 from 11am to 4pm. You will be able to meet the residents as well as Dr Vivien Holt from Lancaster University on each day of the exhibition. You can chat to them about their findings and discuss your views on social connectedness – whether you live in Stockbridge Village or not. Learning about these local people’s stories may motivate you to get yourself more involved in the community or inspire you to promote community cohesion. Social connectedness can strengthen relationships with neighbours and improve mental wellbeing. This exhibition is part of the Great Emerging Marvellous (GEM) Places Initiative which is funded through Arts Council England. The initiative aims to change the way people think and use libraries by bringing different type of art including visual art, live theatre, and music, to libraries. The initiative helps to promote libraries as a great community venue to meet people, learn, and socialise – not just to access books and computers. Stockbridge in Stories is applied public health research and is part of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research (CLAHRC) Neighbourhood Resilience Programme which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

Different name, same great service From 1 April 2019 Villages Housing Association, Villages Community Housing Association and City West Housing Trust currently all part of the ForViva Group will be under a single landlord called ForHousing. The only change will be to their branding. Tenants won’t need to do anything differently and we’ll retain their charitable status. Matt Jones, managing director of CWHT and Villages Housing Association, said: “Tenants won’t need a new tenancy or lease agreement and will receive the same levels of efficient service delivered by the same friendly faces. Things may just look a bit different, for example, the website will be branded ForHousing as will future letters.” We already work closely with staff teams in other parts of the business so it makes sense to simplify our structure for housing services under a single landlord with one name. The move will help to improve services and reduce confusion. It will also mean people can access a wider pool of resources and skills more easily. Matt added: “The changes will result in simplified structures and will help us to keep things simple for tenants, staff and stakeholders. “We wrote to tenants in January to let them know about the new name and will write again when we’ve made the changes. We’ll also remind tenants in communications between now and then”. Tenants will continue to make payments the way they do now, even if they pay online or via an app, the name will just change to ForHousing. The easiest way to manage a

tenancy is through the MyAccount+ mobile app. It’s the fastest way to contact them, report and track repairs - and much more too. Search ‘MyAccount+’ on the Apple App Store or Play Store on a mobile device to download. Before making the decision, they sought views from tenants, staff and stakeholders between July and September last year. They used their websites and Facebook pages as well as putting messages on posters and electronic boards in offices. Staff spoke to tenants and discussed the plans with stakeholders including local authorities, estate management committees, local MPs and union representatives. Matt said: “We remain as committed as ever to involving tenants in reviewing and shaping the services we provide and ensuring that our services are of the highest possible standard.” We will keep our website www.villages.org.uk up to date with more information including questions and answers. This site will redirect to a single ForHousing website after 1 April which reflects tenant needs wherever they live and promotes local events. There will be one ForHousing email address and the 0300 123 55 22 telephone number will stay the same. Please email: company.secretary@forviva.co.uk with any comments or questions.


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ROW OVER FOOTBALL TEAMS RUMBLES ON AND INVOLVES COUNCIL LEADER BY Chloe Tomkins a local league, the two council leaders The leader of Knowsley Council and a have again appealed for a rethink. local MP have come out in support of The English Schools FA had replied to the Knowsley and St Helens the letter sent on Thursday, 10 January, schoolboys football team. This comes stating that they would not overturn their after the English Schools FA ruled that decision to disallow the creation of a the team is not an ‘official merged team, representing affiliated county’. Knowsley and St Helens Conor McGinn, MP for St Schools FAs, after the Helens North said on Knowsley team began to This is disgusting Twitter: “I strongly struggle to recruit enough and completely oppose this decision players to field a full team. and have contacted This still leaves the unacceptable! I hope the English Schools’ FA Knowsley players unable that common sense to ask them to urgently to field a team, mid-way prevails reconsider it. Football is through the football at the heart of our St season, and is a bitter blow Helens community and to these young players, as well brings out the best in our as the volunteer coaches and young people - they should be others who have been giving up their rewarded not penalised.” time to support the team. Young footballers have been left The two Council leaders have now crushed after the decision was made to made another appeal to the English axe Knowsley and St Helens from Schools FA to find “a solution that will competing in all schoolboys football, just ensure youngsters in Knowsley and St before a National Cup tie. Helens are able to continue to take part Parents of the boys set up a Twitter in a competitive activity they love”. page, @SaveKnowsleySFA, which has since been blocked by the English The letter in full: Schools FA. Dear Ms Chiltern (Chief Executive, A public statement was made in English Schools Football Association), regards to the social media activity. Thanks for your letter and the prompt The ESFA said: “As a result of the response to the concerns we expressed recent publicity regarding the above with you in our correspondence dated 10 named associations, the ESFA would like January. to place on record that the current I am sure it will come as no surprise to negative social media surrounding these learn of our disappointment at the Associations is not originating from any outcome of your appeals process. Whilst recognised or affiliated member of the we understand the constitutional ESFA and as such, would like to distance limitations we do feel that the human themselves from posted comments.” impact of your decision appears to have Cllr James Tasker, from Rainhill, also been overlooked. In particular, our plea made his opinion heard on the social for you to take a … “step back from the media site. position which has been taken and look He said: “This is disgusting and at it from the perspective of those young completely unacceptable! I hope that people who have been affected so common sense prevails and the lads are negatively” regrettably, seems to have allowed to play again ASAP. I’ll be been ignored. contacting the SFA again as an elected In your two page letter and associated representative from Rainhill to let them appeal report you fail, at any point in time, know exactly how I feel about this.” to note the impact on the young people Knowsley and St Helens have been involved. I wouldn’t have thought it playing as one team both locally and necessary to point out to an organisation against other counties throughout the such as yours the benefits of engaging football season, but now face the young people in football. unknown as to whether they will be reBenefits that reach way beyond the instated as a county team. individual but to the family and the An appeal was made but has been community as a whole, both now and in rejected by the ESFA. the future. Following a disappointing response to Consider the physical and mental the letter sent by Cllr Graham Morgan, health benefits, ability to build Leader of Knowsley Council, and Cllr relationships, confidence and to help Derek Long, Leader of St Helens Council, instil discipline and focus. In a generation regarding the decision to expel a merged facing some of the most significant social Knowsley and St Helens youth team from

Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council has written to the English Schools Football Association and financial challenges we have ever witnessed, activities like football are even more important than ever. What’s more, in recognising the issue and the overwhelming concern expressed by parents and the community at large, you do not propose a solution that will ensure youngsters in Knowsley and St Helens are able to continue to take part in a competitive activity they love. Simply waiting until next season – isn’t an option. I feel that, as the governing body of School football in England, you have a duty of care to our young people. Without a team to be part of, I have no doubt that some of the affected youngsters will disengage and the interest and commitment of some of our most able footballers will be lost. As community leaders we see firsthand the importance of grass roots football which not only supports the development of our most able players but also the focus and drive it helps to instil in the whole team. At a time when local authorities are unable, due to harsh funding cuts, to create as many diversionary opportunities as we would like for our young people it seems even more unfair for this decision to be taken. Surely there has to be a solution. You have the commitment of us both to support you in any way we can as we feel this is simply too important to ignore. We will leave you with a quote lifted

directly from the FA website which I think sums up our thoughts. “Football has so many benefits, look beyond the score line. Only one team can “win” the league, but every player can “win” through football, whether that’s making friends, improved confidence, developing leadership skills or achieving something they never thought they could. The right team, with the right coach, in the right environment means every player can “win”! Please help us make that possible for our players in Knowsley and St Helens. Yours sincerely, Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council and Councillor Derek Long, Leader of St Helens Council

This Simply waiting until next season – isn’t an option


12 February 2019

FIRST PICTURES OF LIVERPOOL FC TRAINING GROUND FACILITIES Following the club’s breaking-ground ceremony in September, work at the Reds’ new training complex in Kirkby continues at pace. Steelwork for the new first team and U23s building is currently being erected. There are just over 2000 pieces of steel to erect which will take around 12 weeks to complete. Landscaping around the site is also underway, which will provide shelter from the prevailing winds. Over 500 trees have already been planted out of a total of 750 new trees to be installed as part of the project. The development at the Academy site will see the first team and youth football operations come together at a combined training facility for the first time in Liverpool FC’s history. The new 9,200sqm training complex will provide an elite performance centre for the first team and first-class facilities for the club's development squads, including new pitches, two gyms, a fullsize sports hall, pool, hydrotherapy complex and specialist sports rehabilitation suites. The foundations for the new swimming pool have been completed with around 400 cubic meters of reinforced concrete cast in these to date. There will also be dedicated TV studios, press conference facilities and office accommodation on site. The past few months have also seen the redevelopment of Knowsley Council's Eddie McArdle community playing fields, which neighbour the Academy site.

Improvements include five upgraded football pitches and a new pedestrian and cycle pathway, which opened on 21 December 2018. Later this year, new changing rooms and associated facilities including car parking will be installed on the

community site. The new changing facilities will include six separate team changing rooms, coaches changing room and a social room for team and community use. The redevelopment was confirmed by the Reds in July 2018 with plans to

provide excellent amenities for players and staff, and a clear pathway for the Club’s young players through to the first team, whilst significantly improving sports facilities for the community of Kirkby. The development is expected to be complete in summer 2020.


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THE BIG PEDAL 2019 Merseyside families invited to take on UK’s biggest cycling, walking and scooting challenge Families in Merseyside are being invited to take up the Big Pedal 2019 – the UK’s largest cycling, walking and scooting challenge for schools. This year’s competition is backed by Angellica Bell, British television, radio presenter and cycling advocate, who took on the ‘Tour de Celeb’ in 2016 where she found her love for cycling. Organised by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, the competition will run from Monday 25 March to Friday 5 April and will encourage young people from across the UK to travel by bike, foot or scooter for their journey to and from school. During the 10 days, participating primary and secondary schools will compete with one another to make the most journeys by bike, foot or scooter. To coincide with this year’s event, dozens of schools across the UK, will for the first time, be closing the road outside the school gates to motor vehicles. This is to limit

the volume of traffic and help reduce air pollution, while creating an environment in which cycling and walking is safe, convenient and enjoyable. New research shows four in ten children are breathing toxic air at school, leaving pupils at an increased risk of developing lifelong conditions including asthma[i]. Walking and cycling can play a key role in improving air quality outside the school gates while helping to boost children’s activity levels. Angellica Bell, who is backing the campaign, said: “I’m delighted to be supporting this year’s Big Pedal. It’s a fantastic way to encourage more children to cycle, walk or scoot– doing wonders for their health and the environment around them. “I hope as many schools as possible sign up for the challenge and inspire children and families across the UK to get on their feet, scooter of bike for their journey to school.” Rosslyn Colderley, director

Festive tea parties raise over £5,000 for hospice

Willowbrook Hospice’s Living Well building recently played host to two festive tea parties, raising more than £5,000 for the Prescot based hospice The tea parties organised by local fundraising group The NonStoppers saw over 150 guests enjoying sandwiches, cakes and scones over a brew or two. The Non-Stoppers was formed in 2001 by Sheila Jones from Rainhill to help raise funds for Willowbrook, which cared for her husband Eric who died in August 2000 after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. In addition to the festive tea parties, Sheila and The Non-Stoppers organise Willowbrook’s Christmas Grotto as well as produce a beautiful range of handcrafted home accessories which they sell at local fetes, fayres and craft events throughout the year. Sheila said: “This year’s festive tea parties raised over £5,000 for the hospice and were a complete sell-out for weeks in advance. There was a lovely festive atmosphere in the room and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves”.

of Sustrans in the North of England said: “The Big Pedal may only run for two weeks but can leave a lasting effect on the way children travel to school by showing parents what’s possible and how easy it can be to leave the car at home for a few extra journeys a week. “With scores of schools already confirming that they will be closing surrounding streets to cars for this year’s Big Pedal, we are confident that 2019 will be even bigger and better than 2018 and demonstrate how people prioritised streets can create a much more pleasant and safer environment for children and parents to travel.” The theme of this year’s Big Pedal is ‘Travelling around the body’, with pupils tracking their progress on a wall chart, learning about the human body and how active travel benefits their health

as they go. This year’s competition aims to build on the success of 2018 which saw 1224 schools register to take part throughout the UK, with teachers, parents, siblings and pupils making more than a million journeys to school by bike or scooter. with teachers, parents, siblings and pupils across the UK making more than a million journeys to school by bike or scooter. The Big Pedal reduced the number of car journeys by almost 1.6million, reducing Nitrogen oxide emissions by 1179.2 tonnes and saving fuel costs of more than £330,000. The Big Pedal 2019 is open to individual classes as well as whole schools, with hundreds of thousands of pupils expected to take part. For schools unable to take part in the main challenge there is also a one-day version, which can

include cycling, walking and scooting activities during the school day as well as on the journey to school. Schools and classes will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards, including scooters, if more than 15% of a school cycle, walk or scoot on each day of the challenge. Ask your child’s school to sign up to Sustrans Big Pedal 2019. For more information visit www.bigpedal.org.uk Follow us: Twitter @sustrans #BigPedal @sustransNW Facebook https://engb.facebook.com/Sustrans

Outdoors with The Hairy Gardener Hello again Time goes so quickly especially in the garden and this winter is romping away towards spring without too much harsh weather (he says looking out of window at the covering of snow). So conditions dictate how much time we spend in our gardens, if you do not feel like working why not take a walk through a woodland and see if you can spot the earliest of spring flowers, the one I’m thinking of is called Lesser Celandine (ranunculus ficaria). Its golden starry blooms break the dreariness of the woodlands even before the winter is well over. The dark green glossy leaves- the first ones are heart shaped, the later ones lobed somewhat like the ivy precede the flowers by a few days and the golden petals give a triumphant appearance to its uprising. Months before the plant had prepared for this early awakening, for in the previous year, when its day was over, all the nutrients of any sort that lay in the leaves and stalks was slowly withdrawn and placed in fibres of the root, which swelled and bulged. The part of the plant above ground withered and died in the early summer but the tubers below lay primed and waiting. If now at this time the plant was dug up and washed, you would see a dozen or more tiny tubers in a bunch looking like figs hence the plants specific name “ficaria” from ficus a fig. Good luck on your woodland walks in spotting this little gem of a plant. It’s strange this business of gardening, the little

things you notice each year, take for instance this year my fuchsias haven’t lost all the their leaves and some I’ve noticed in other gardens are still in flower, my pulmonaria is flowering 2-3 weeks early. Keep adding to your compost bins even if it’s just used teabags by doing this you are attending to your compost and aeration with a garden fork will go along way to speed up the rotting down process more about this next time until then good gardening.


14 February 2019

Education News VAST IMPROVEMENTS MADE AT KIRKBY HIGH SCHOOL Kirkby High School is ‘barely recognisable’ compared to how it was two years ago, according to Ofsted Inspectors. Their latest inspection at the school judged three criteria as ‘Good’ – effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and personal development, behaviour and welfare. Inspectors highlighted the vastly improved leadership and high ambitions which has helped to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ behaviour. As well as commending how leaders have transformed the school, inspectors have also highlighted the positive influence of the Rowan Learning Trust, which has included the secondment of good leaders to key positions in the school as well as support offered to the Governing Body. Ofsted inspectors noted that the quality of governance at the school has ‘improved significantly since governors conducted an external review of their work in June 2017. Headteacher, Rochelle Conefrey (in post since January 2018) said: “I’m delighted with the feedback we have

received from Ofsted’s latest inspection. “Pupils are at the centre of everything we do and we have reviewed our curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of our students. As inspectors noted, this is a happy school where pupils feel very well looked after, secure and valued as individuals. “We’ve also invested in our staff by developing their skills and giving them confidence in their own abilities. In return, staff morale is high and inspectors noted that the quality of teaching has improved considerably. “Inspectors also noted a rapidly developing strength is our pupils’ personal development which is widely promoted throughout the school. We have made vast improvements in changing the culture in our school and we are starting to make improvements to pupil outcomes which we will continue to build on.” Kirkby High School was last inspected in February 2017 and was judged to be ‘inadequate’. The latest inspection carried out on 4 and 5 December 2018 has judged the school to be ‘requires improvement’.

Kirkby High School Staff and pupils celebrate as their school comes out of special measures after a rapid transformation. “This is a school that is barely recognisable compared to how it was two years ago.” Ofsted December 2018

“In class, there is almost no disruption to learning resulting from low level misbehaviour.”

No More Special Measures Teaching and Learning - GOOD Leadership and Management - GOOD Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare - GOOD

“All staff are passionate about improving opportunities for children from the Kirkby community.”

“pupils really value what the school is doing for them, and they respond by working hard in lessons and joining in with school life beyond their classes.”

“Leaders at all levels, including governors and the trust, have very skilfully driven highly effective school improvement.”

“A huge thank you to all students, staff and parents/guardians for the hard work, commitment and belief in Kirkby High School. It is with pleasure and immense pride that I call myself the headteacher of this great school and I look forward to continuing my work at the school I have grown to love.” Headteacher Mrs R Conefrey

If you would like to be part of our success please contact: admin@kirkbyhighschool.net | 0151 477 8710 www.kirkbyhighschool.net

LEARNING BASIC LIFE-SAVING SKILLS IN SCHOOL IS CRUCIAL The Education Secretary has underlined the importance of every child having the chance to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and how to get help in a medical emergency, under plans for health education to be taught in every school. With emergency services reporting a spike in cardiac arrests during the winter months, and survival rates lower than usual – according to NHS England figures – Damian Hinds stressed the importance of the Government’s plans for all children to be taught basic first aid in schools under proposals due to be rolled out from 2020. The British Heart Foundation hailed the plans as a ‘decisive moment’ in improving on the fact that fewer than one in ten people who have a cardiac arrest outside hospital in the UK survive. In countries that already teach CPR in schools, cardiac arrest survival rates are more than double those of the UK. Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “On arriving at university I was struck that the American students I met knew how to do CPR – and I didn’t have a clue. As a father I want my children to have the knowledge and skills they need to keep themselves safe and help others, and as Education Secretary I want that for every child. “Learning the basic skills of first aid and techniques like CPR will give young people the confidence to know that they can step in to help someone else in need and in the most extreme cases – it could potentially save a life. “That’s why we took the decision to include health education alongside relationship education for primary school children and relationship and sex education for secondary children. “These subjects are a crucial part of our

Education Secretary Damian Hinds

work to ensure children learn the wider skills they need to flourish in the modern world.” For every minute without life-saving treatment the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by about 10% – meaning that the time before an ambulance arrives is crucial – but the British Red Cross has found that 95% of adults wouldn’t be able, confident or willing to help in three examples of lifethreatening first aid emergencies. To ensure the next generation knows what to do in an emergency, the Government is planning to make health education compulsory in all state-funded schools. Under the proposed new guidance, by the end of secondary school pupils will be taught how to administer CPR, the purpose of defibrillators, and basic treatment for common injuries. The proposals are part of the Department for Education’s plans to strengthen teaching of health, sex and relationships education – building on free resources already available for schools to teach first aid including those provided by the Every Child a Lifesaver Coalition, made up of the British Heart Foundation, St John’s Ambulance and the British Red Cross.


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First ever financial education textbooks to hit schools 3,400 schools are to finally receive 100 free copies of financial education textbooks, after it became part of the National Curriculum back in 2014. ‘Your Money Matters’, written by financial education charity Young Money and funded by the money saving expert Martin Lewis, is the first textbook of it’s kind to aid teachers and pupils in the crucial new subject. The textbook, which is aimed at ages 15 to 16, has received the support of the government. All 3,400 state-funded schools will receive 100 copies, which is typically enough for one textbook per two pupils. Martin Lewis, who’s £325,000 personal donation funded the project, said: “I passionately believe that financial education could have a huge impact on the future wellbeing of millions of young people. When we got financial education on the national curriculum in 2014, we celebrated thinking the job was done. We were wrong. “We live in one of the world’s most competitive consumer economies, with

companies spending billions on advertising, marketing and teaching their staff to sell, yet we don’t get any buyer’s training. That needs to change. The best place to teach is the classroom. I hope this textbook will help make that easier.” Financial education is currently split across the maths and citizenship curriculums, as well as within the non-statutory element of PSHE. The educational textbook contains facts ad information about how to manage their money, as well as interactive activities and questions. Michael Merciieca, CEO at Young Money said: “We’re delighted to have worked with Martin Lewis on this pioneering project to produce these important educational materials which will help many students and teachers across the country. “It’s vital to the personal wellbeing of individuals and to the country that we improve the education of young people in this area to give them the best possible chance of success in the future.”

KIRKBY HIGH SCHOOL IS AWARDED THE RAINBOW FLAG AWARD Kirkby High School has been awarded The Rainbow Flag Award for it’s commitment to improve the lives of all the young people that they work with, as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. (LGBT+) young people in their care, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members. The school is one of only six schools in the cohort to receive the full award. The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for all schools and colleges, focusing on LGBT+, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities), inclusion and visibility. The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBT+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to combat LGBT+ phobic bullying. Rochelle Conefrey, headteacher of Kirkby High School, said: “Here at KHS we are committed to improve the lives of all our young people. The school stands at the centre of our local community and we believe that we offer our young people guidance and aspiration to be the best they can be in all aspects of life. “Quality teaching and learning, supported by reliable pastoral systems, ensure that students are preparing well for later life. “We believe in building a culture of resilience and tolerance in which our students can thrive. Our aim is to increase our students’ self-belief and to show them that they can be what they want to be”.

Council signs up to Early Years and Education System Knowsley Council has signed up to the Liquidlogic Early Years & Education System (EYES). Already the provider of the council’s Early Help, Children’s and Adults’ social care solution, EYES will provide the final jigsaw piece of information for social workers at the council. Speaking about the new contract, Liquidlogic’s managing director, David Grigsby, said: “Knowsley Council wanted to ensure that social workers were able to view the complete picture of a child in as little time as possible; EYES will support that by providing relevant and timely information. In addition to this, rationalising the number of systems suppliers to the council has obvious time saving benefits for the IT Team. We look forward to working with Knowsley Council to make their vision a reality.” Cllr Margaret Harvey, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We want to provide all education, early years and social work teams alike with as much relevant information as possible to help support their work with children and families in the borough. By signing up to Liquidlogic EYES, we will be able to view information on a child in a social care setting, including their education or early years data, as well as any relevant information about adults who are linked to that child. This gives staff across Children’s Services the best opportunity to offer the right support and services for that child. Improved data accuracy, data accessibility and the reduction in the administration time are just some of the efficiencies we will gain.”

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16 February 2019

LIVERPOOL CITY REGION MAKE IT WORK ROBOTICS CHALLENGE KNOWSLEY

Schools from across the Knowsley borough and Liverpool came together as they competed to become Liverpool City Region Make It Work Robotics Challenge Champions. All about STEM, the team behind the Big Bang North West are facilitating a series of, free-toattend events for schools where students have the chance to build a VEX robot and battle it out in an exciting arena-style competition, supported by Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Sessions showcase careers linked to manufacturing and engineering, highlight pathways into them and develop skills. The events which are aimed to develop skills related to robotics and advanced manufacturing in the engineering sector are supported by the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram. The day saw students come together in teams of four to carefully construct a VEX robot ready for battle. Throughout the course of the day the students were supported by their teachers, engineering staff and STEM Ambassadors. Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “It is brilliant to see so many young people enjoying the Make It Work Robotics Challenge. “Sparking young people’s interest and enthusiasm is a vital part of getting more of them into

studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and subsequently into exciting and rewarding careers. That is exactly what this competition does and why we are proud to support it.” Michelle Dow, managing director of All About STEM said: “It is essential for our region’s future prosperity that young people have the skills they need and are enthused and excited to pursue them. “We offer ‘in-person’ inspiration from real experts while learning real-life skills. “Our events provide an interactive, exciting experience that can ignite our young people’s passion and spark their interest in STEM careers… and it’s so much fun! Our students are excited, focused and engaged, we’re so proud of them. They are all winners to us. “Thank you to the Metro Mayor, the Combined Authority & GETRAG Ford (Magna) for their amazing support.” The competition was close with a tense final between Halewood Academy and All Saints Catholic High School, with All Saints taking the title of Robotic champs! The winning students will now progress onto to the prestigious Grand Final taking place later in the school year at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. There they will compete to be crowned ‘LCR Make It Work Robotics Challenge Champions 2018/2019’! Images - ©All About STEM – Photographer Gareth Jones


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RAINFORD HIGH FORMS SPECIALIST LEARNING GROUP FOR STUDENTS

Rainford High has created a dedicated learning support curriculum for special educational needs and disability (SEND) students as it continues to be an inclusive school for all. The Core Curriculum Group will meet every child’s individual additional needs in relation to their complex SEND. The class is currently made up of eight students and is ‘stage not age’ focused. The teaching is personalised to their academic ability and follows their personal education, health and care plan (EHCP) to ensure the school is effectively individualising their learning experience. Students learn through a completely different timetable and curriculum to the rest of the school and there is a heavy focus on literacy, numeracy and life skills. Their classroom is exclusive to them as a cohort and is readily adapted depending on the ever changing needs and progress. Kate Thomas, assistant SENCO at Rainford High, said: “Creating the Core Curriculum Group will ensure our SEND students have the very best learning experience here at Rainford. “The learning here is very sensory and practical which provides the group with the opportunity to celebrate their strengths across the curriculum, as well as targeted curriculum based interventions.” Students will continue to

study subjects such as English, maths and science, as well as physical education and humanities. In addition, they will have the chance to experience four hours of life skills per week. The group has access to cooking and technology facilities for a double session each week where they will learn independent cookery, hygiene and safety skills needed as they mature. Ian Young, principal of Rainford High, said: “Meeting the need of every student is incredibly important to us and the Core Curriculum Group will allow us work closely with those who need further support.”

INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE IN KNOWSLEY’S LIBRARIES

‘Pedal Players: Mischief through the Ages’ is an exciting interactive play which will give children an ‘out of this world’ experience! The time machine is broken and the Pedal Players have been stuck in a time continuum, cycling around in circles for centuries. And time is running out. This is where your help is needed… Get ready to embark on your incredible journey, learning how to become a brave time traveller in the Non-Intergalactic Travellers (N.I.T) training programme. Along the way, you’ll be dealing with mayhem, pulling pranks, and learning cool stories, myths and legends – all while saving the world! Told through storytelling, original songs, and instruments, and inspired by folklore and heritage, this production will send you on a magical journey across time and space. Pedal Players is ideal for children aged seven to 11 but all of the family can get involved and enjoy the adventure. Performances are on Monday 18 February at 11am at Prescot Library, and 2.30pm at Stockbridge Village Library. Tickets are just £3 each which you buy in person at each library, or you can book online via Eventbrite where an extra fee applies. Book for the Prescot Library performance or the Stockbridge Village Library performance. This play is part of the Great Emerging Marvellous (GEM) Places Initiative which is funded through Arts Council England, and brings exciting cultural events and activities to libraries in Knowsley.

APPEAL FOLLOWING ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF A TAXI DRIVER Merseyside Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery involving a taxi driver who was threatened with a large knife on Sunday 20 January in Huyton. At around 7.15am the 23-year-old taxi driver had been parked in Cronton Road near the junction with Tarbock Road, in a blue Ford Mondeo when he was approached by a male who climbed into the front passenger seat. The offender told the taxi driver to get out of the vehicle and attempted to stab the driver in the stomach. Following a brief struggle the victim managed to force the offender out of the taxi and drove away at speed with the passenger door open. The offender left in the direction of Woolfall Heath Avenue. The driver was not injured in the incident. The offender is described as being in his late-twenties to early-thirties, around

6ft 1in tall of medium build with tanned skin, dark hair, large brown eyes and a black beard. He was wearing a black coat and black trousers. An investigation is underway and CCTV enquiries are being carried out in the local area. Inspector Stephen Ball said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Cronton Road or Primrose road on Sunday morning around 7.15am who saw anything or saw anyone fitting the description of the male to contact us. “I would also appeal to anyone who was in the area who may have dash-cam footage to get in touch as they may have information which is vital to our investigation.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police by calling 101 quoting incident reference 19100019954 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Have your say at Cancer Alliance Event If you are a person who has been affected by cancer and would like to use your experiences to inform changes to Cancer Care in the future, please come and join the ‘Have a Voice’ – Cheshire & Merseyside Cancer Alliance User Involvement Event. The event will take place between 9.45 – 1.00pm on Friday 1st March 2019 at: Nightingale House, Whiston Hospital, Warrington Road, Prescot L35 5DR. During the course of the morning you will learn about the work of the Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance, future cancer projects, as well as opportunities available for people affected by cancer to be involved with the alliance to support the redesign of cancer pathways through patient experience. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend, please email Megan Hayes ccf-tr.admin.cmca@nhs.net by Wednesday 20 February 2019.


18 February 2019

Health and Wellbeing HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

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Adults learners survey By Chloe Tomkins Adult learners from Knowsley have participated in a national study which aimed to assess whether community learning courses have positive effects on mental health and wellbeing. 348 took part in the ‘Reach Out to Face Forward’ programme, which is currently being funded by Big Lottery Reaching Communities. 54% of learners who started the project with clinically significant symptoms of anxiety and depression no longer had clinically significant symptoms at the end of their course. This is slightly higher than the national average, which is 52%. Cllr Margaret Harvey, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Feedback from participants shows that Face Forward is benefitting our residents in terms of boosting their confidence which in turn is helping them to

explore and achieve employment or further training opportunities. “Courses offer a range of activities to cater for everyone, aimed at supporting people to recognise and make the most of their talents and resources. Support is tailored towards self-management so individuals are better to deal with the mental health challenges they experience. “These results show that the programme is having a positive impact on those who have taken part.” Activities offered through the Face Forward programme include craft activities, learning about your family history, progressing your English and maths skills, photography, mentoring support and volunteering. The programme is available in a range of venues across Knowsley, including medical centres.

NEW CAMPAIGN HELPING FAMILIES REDUCE THE SUGAR IN THEIR CHILDREN’S DIET The start of a new year is a great time for us to reflect on our health and wellbeing and identify one or two goals we want to achieve that can have a positive impact on us - for example getting active or drinking less alcohol. In Knowsley, you’re not alone as our Healthy Knowsley Service can support you to make small changes to your lifestyle that can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing. It’s available to anyone over the age of 18 years who live in Knowsley or are registered with a Knowsley GP. The team can support you to eat healthy, become more active, lose weight, stop smoking, drink less alcohol as well as preventing diabetes. You can self-refer to the Healthy Knowsley Service by calling 0800 0731 202 or visit www.healthyknowsley.co.uk In addition, you can talk to your GP or health care professional who can make a referral on your behalf. Once the referral is received, a wellbeing advisor will contact you to discuss the options available to help you to achieve your goals. They will listen to how you want to make the changes and give you information on the services that can best support your needs. You will choose the support that you need and the advisor will then refer you to a specialist service or for you to see a health trainer. If eating healthier is your goal, then eating more veg can help! The council is supporting a national campaign called Veg Power which encourages us all to eat more veg. They are low in fat and sugar and high in fibre and nutrients, so eating more veg is a great way to eat healthier and I’d encourage everyone to start eating more from today. Further information about the Veg Power campaign is available at www.vegpower.org.uk

Families in Knowsley are being encouraged to help their children cut down on the amount of sugar they consume by swapping for healthier versions of everyday items when food shopping. Many companies have reformulated products such as yoghurts, breakfast cereals and juice drinks, meaning these swaps are a good place for families to start. Making these swaps every day could remove around 2,500 sugar cubes per year from a child’s diet, but swapping chocolate, puddings, sweets, cakes and pastries for healthier options such as malt loaf, sugar-free jellies, lower-sugar custards and rice puddings would reduce your child’s sugar intake even further. New figures from Public Health England reveal children have already exceeded the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18-year-old by the time they reach their tenth birthday. The revelation comes as the new Change4Life campaign launches, supporting families to cut back on sugar and to help tackle growing rates of childhood obesity. As part of the campaign families are being encouraged to try swapping: • a higher-sugar yoghurt (e.g. split-pot) for a lower sugar one, to halve their child’s sugar intake from six cubes of sugar to three;

• a sugary juice drink for a noadded sugar juice drink, to cut back from two cubes to half a cube; • a higher-sugar breakfast cereal (e.g. a frosted or chocolate cereal) for a lower sugar cereal, to cut back from three cubes to half a cube per bowl. Recent data shows severe obesity in ten-to-eleven year olds has now reached an all-time high. Overweight or obese children are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults, increasing their risk of heart disease and some cancers, while more young people than ever are developing Type 2 diabetes. Excess sugar can also lead to painful tooth decay, bullying and low self-esteem in childhood.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Reducing the amount of sugar children consume can often be a challenge for parents. “By asking them to ‘Make a swap when you next shop’, the campaign hopefully makes it easier for families to find healthier options of the foods their children love.” The campaign is designed to make it easier for parents to find healthier options of the foods their children love by, looking out for the Change4Life ‘Good Choice’ badge in shops or downloading the free Food Scanner app. Alternatively visit Change4Life to help find lower sugar options of everyday family favourites.


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NHS DIETITIANS URGE PUBLIC TO STEER CLEAR OF FAD DIETS Expert dieticians from Knowsley’s weight management service are encouraging people to avoid fad diets that promise a ‘quick fix’ solution to weight problems. On Christmas day alone, many people consume around 6,000 calories and people will gain an average of one to five pounds over the festive period. Following the holiday season, people are often looking to shift the extra pounds they've gained and the New Year is the perfect time for a fresh start. However, it can be easy to be tempted by weight loss options that promise a quick fix. National advice from the British Dietetic Association recommends that people avoid these potentially dangerous fad diets and urges the public to be aware of the signs of bad dietary advice. Krista Mellor, Changes weight management service lead and registered dietitian, works with adults in Knowsley to support them to lose weight through tailored healthy eating plans and expert advice. Krista said: “There are lots of diets out there that make bold promises about fixing your weight problems overnight, without having to change your lifestyle. “Some fad diets require you to

significantly restrict your diet, such as completely avoiding whole food groups or mostly eating just one type of food. Not only are these diets bad for your health, any weight you do lose is likely to be unsustainable and you will probably find yourself feeling hungry and unsatisfied, with low energy levels.” Instead, Krista recommends that people lose weight the healthy way, by making positive lifestyle changes with support from nutrition and weight management experts. “Making positive lifestyle or diet changes can be daunting and it can be hard to know where to start, but our service provides practical support and advice to help you make these changes. “This includes simple but effective healthy eating advice and diet plans that are tailored to meet your individual needs. “Not only will we help you to lose weight but we will support you to make long-term changes so you can keep the weight off for good and improve your overall health and wellbeing”. To join Changes or to find out about the healthy lifestyle support available in Knowsley, call the Healthy Knowsley service on 0800 0731 202 or visit: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/healthy-knowsley

CANCER RESEARCH UK URGES MERSEYSIDE TO UNITE FOR WORLD CANCER DAY People in Merseyside are being urged to show support on World Cancer Day for everyone affected by the disease. Cancer Research UK is calling on men, women and children to wear one of the charity’s brightly coloured Unity Bands with pride on Monday 4 February. Every hour, around five people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West. Wearing a Unity Band is a way of showing solidarity with people affected by the disease. The wristband is available in three different colours – navy, blue and pink. It can be worn in memory of a loved one, to celebrate people who’ve overcome cancer or in support of those going through treatment. By making a donation for a Unity Band, people across the region can also help to fund life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. World Cancer Day is designed to raise awareness of cancer and to promote its prevention, detection and treatment. One in two people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime. The good news is, thanks to research, more people are surviving than ever before. Survival has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. But the charity needs everyone to act right now to help speed up advances which will enable people to spend more precious time with their loved ones. Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the North West, said: “World Cancer Day is a great opportunity for people to unite and show solidarity with everyone whose life has been touched by the disease. “Today as many people survive cancer as die from cancer, but there’s still much more to do. By raising money for life-saving research, a Unity Band is a powerful accessory in the fight against the disease. “That’s why we hope people across Merseyside will wear theirs with pride, knowing they are helping to beat cancer. Small actions really can make a big difference.” Unity Bands are available for a suggested donation of £2 from local Cancer Research UK shops and online at cruk.org/worldcancerday


20 February 2019

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NATIONS LIST OF OFFENCES REVEALED

Queue jumping, rudeness to waiters, using mobile phones in the cinema, and sticking gum to the underside of tables are among a list of offences brits think should be made illegal Researchers polled the nation to discover the everyday “crimes” we’d like to see people apprehended for, which include not offering visitors cups of tea, playing music through phone speakers in public, and wearing flip flops in cold weather. Other “offences” we’d like to see outlawed include smelly food on public transport, excessive public displays of affection, and bare feet in the office. In fact, 61 per cent of Brits polled believe that people who commit many of these “small crimes” don’t care about the world around them, and should be fined to teach them a lesson. Some of us get so miffed about other people’s behaviour that we’d be willing to go further and put offenders behind bars – even if just for one night – to teach them what is and isn’t acceptable. Despite wanting people punished for these offences, 66 per cent of those polled admit to having “committed” these types of antisocial acts themselves in the past. Over a quarter (26 per cent) of the 1,500 respondents surveyed by TV Channel CBS Justice said that driving in the middle lane of the motorway should be a jailable offence, while 22 percent said that the consequence of letting kids run riot in restaurants should be a night in prison. A staggering 82 per cent said they’d put an end to restaurant rudeness by fining people who are impolite to waiters. The research from CBS Justice also reveals that

86 per cent of the Brits polled think people are less considerate now than they were in their parents’ day. In fact, three quarters of respondents said they’d happily pay their debts to society for these types of infractions, if it would serve as a warning to others. We’re willing to point out when someone crosses the line, with 50 per cent of respondents saying they’d even tell their friends off if they misbehave. A further 12 per cent said they couldn’t be pals with someone who continually carried out any of these acts. There were some splits in the sexes, as being rude to waiters is viewed as a crime by 27 per cent of women and only 21 per cent of men, while a third of men believe using a phone in the cinema should be a crime compared to only 27 per cent of women. Over-60s are most particular when it comes to using public transport, with 40 per cent of this age bracket eager to see noisy behaviour in the quiet train carriage punished, compared to a 21 per cent response from 16 to 29 year-olds. Regionally, Leicester is the ‘criminal’ capital of the UK, with 83 per cent of the local population confessing to these types of anti-social behaviour; nearly a third more than the well-mannered folk of Norwich (52 per cent). “This study shows that the British population has an abiding love of law and order – and perhaps a bit of a sense of humour about it all too”, said a spokesperson of CBS Justice.

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22 February 2019

Dance, sparkle and fun – a ‘Strictly’ amazing evening! Woodlands Hospice was delighted to host its annual ‘Strictly for Woodlands’ Fundraising Event for the fifth consecutive year at the fabulous Titanic Hotel, Liverpool. The Strictly for Woodlands’ fundraising event was organised to raise the vital funds needed to continue providing the quality care and services it provides its patients and their families. Over 350 guests dressed in their finest attire and joined us to watch 11 brave people take on the challenge of dancing a Latin or ballroom dance routine and compete for the coveted Woodlands Glitterball Trophy! The dancers had just 10 lessons prior to the big event to master their routines and each pledged to raise a minimum sponsorship of £600 for the Hospice. Each dancer also received support from Hazel Langdon at ‘Dance Unlimited’ who paired each dancer up with their own ‘Pro’ dance partner to choreograph and perform their routine and organised spaces for rehearsals in the lead up to the event. The evening was hosted by presenter, DJ and writer, Ellie Phillips – daughter of broadcaster, Roger Phillips. The dancers were also judged by a panel of professional dance judges on the night as well as the audience voting for who they wanted to see crowned as our ‘Strictly for Woodlands’ Audience winner! Before the main event, guests enjoyed a wonderful 3-course meal and were delighted to be joined by some of Woodlands patients and staff on the evening as special guests of the hospice. There were also lots of fundraising activities for all of our guests to take part in during the event, including an auction and a raffle with some fantastic prizes. After all of our contestants had competed and whilst the audience votes were totted up, guests were treated to a performance from Woodlands group dancers made up of Woodlands Hospice staff who entertained the crowd with their fabulous 70’s inspired routine! The Judge’s winners, Mark Farrell and Sophie Penman, received a perfect score of 40 after achieving all 10’s from the judges for their fun and energetic Rock’n’Roll routine! Mark jumped at the opportunity to take part in ‘Strictly for Woodlands’ in a bid to raise money for the hospice – and also to improve on his dancing skills! It is safe to say that he achieved that goal!! After a very close vote, the Woodlands audience winner was announced as Dave Edwards and his partner Grace Jones with their Viennese Waltz. Dave took part in ‘Strictly for Woodlands’ after feeling inspired by his 10-year-old daughter who has competed in Latin and ballroom competitions around the country. Dave and Grace were delighted to be crowned our audience winners and Dave felt privileged to have raised so much money for the hospice to help people and their families during what is a difficult time in their lives. Carole Riley, individual giving manager at Woodlands, said: “So far, the event has raised an incredible £33,000 for the hospice, with sponsorship monies from each dancer still coming in. Woodlands Hospice needs to raise at least £3,500 each and every day to be able to continue providing the care and services we do. “We’d like to thank everyone who took part in making this years’ event such a wonderful evening and a massive success for the Hospice. Especially to each and every one of our contestants for their hard work and dedication – who were all amazing!”


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APPEAL FOLLOWING CRIMINAL DAMAGE AT PRESCOT PROPERTY Merseyside Police are investigating following reports of criminal damage at premises in Prescot on Tuesday 22 January. Officers were called at around 3.20am following reports that what is believed to be a white Ford Focus ST was driven into the shutters of The Big Chippy on Warrington Road, before reversing out and driving away. There was no attempt to gain entry but extensive damage was caused to the premises. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the vehicle. Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

KNIFE SEIZED FROM 10YEAR-OLD BOY IN HUYTON Two Merseyside Police officers stopped a youngster on Hillside Avenue in Huyton recently and made the horrifying discovery. Police posted a photo of the sharp yellow knife they had taken from the boy onto their Facebook page. They said: “This evening, two of our officers have carried out a stop a search on Hillside Avenue, Huyton. Officers located this knife on a 10-year-old male. The child was returned home and will be interviewed under caution at a later date”.

GAMING STUDENT PULLS IN HUNDREDS OF DOWNLOADS FOR DEBUT GAME A talented Liverpool gaming student is receiving record downloads and raving reviews for a computer game he created as part of his studies. Adam Hargate, from Whiston, who is currently studying a BA (Hons) degree in games art and animation, developed Aesthetic World during his summer break and decided to take the plunge to launch it to gaming fans. Since the game went live in September, the 18-year-old has been overwhelmed by the number of supportive messages and positive reviews that have poured in. Game streamers have called it “A secret steam gem” and said it has “The best Vaporwave experience in a video game.” The game, Aesthetic World, is a vaporwave simulator. It allows players to enter paradise and walk, bounce, drive or shoot their way around an environment of aesthetic bliss. Adam said: “I’d always wanted to make games ever

since I was a young child playing on my PlayStation, so to be doing it for real now is an incredible feeling. “Creating Aesthetic World was more about personal achievement than it was about making money and, initially, I had no plans to even share it. However, once I started talking about the project, people started to get interested, so I thought it made sense to release it.”

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24 February 2019

KNOWSLEY LAUNCHES ITS YEAR OF THE ENVIRONMENT Schoolchildren and community groups will be pledging to ‘go green’ to help the environment as Knowsley officially launched its 2019 Year of the Environment activities across the borough. Children from St Albert’s Primary School in Stockbridge Village pledged to organise local cleanups, recycle more and not drop litter during 2019, while Knowsley’s Bike and Boots group will continue to promote cycling as a transport option, at the launch event at Court Hey Park, Huyton. Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods Cllr Shelley Powell outlined the council’s commitment to support the Year of the Environment throughout 2019, with a focus on encouraging more children and young people to get involved with nature and supporting more environmental volunteering. The launch also featured representatives from local businesses who will talk about their efforts to address environmental issues, including supporting employees to take part in volunteering in the community and cutting back on single use plastics. The Knowsley event follows the Liverpool City Region launch of its focused Year of Action for the Environment, led by the city region’s Local Nature Partnership, Nature Connected along with the combined authority, local authorities, the Environment Agency, Natural England, and a broad range of partners. The Year of the Environment aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and areas that demand action and attention, including air quality, waste levels, and the need to shift towards more sustainable use of We can work energy. together to change Activities throughout the conversation the year will focus on about the themes such as environment – for connecting and the better engaging communities with nature, reducing waste and health and wellbeing, which will give people the chance to get involved in projects that improve the natural world. In Knowsley, the year will see the launch of a schools’ photography competition asking secondary pupils to submit images reflecting what the environment means to them, as well as a willow weaving competition for primary schoolchildren. Schools will also be encouraged to make greater use of the outdoor environment for educational and exercise programmes. Cllr Powell said: “Campaigns like this give us a golden opportunity to demonstrate partnership working at its best, and how we can work together to change the conversation about the environment – for the better. “There are lots of ways people of all ages and backgrounds can get involved and make a real difference to our environment, everything from organising a local clean-up to volunteering at a local

Knowsley launches its Year of Environment (L-R: Sharon Carline, Brunch; Jonathan Newton, Viva (Village Housing); Nick Drew, Year of Environment co-ordinator, Cllr Powell, Knowsley cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods)

park, resolving to reduce the use of single use plastics and cycling instead of driving.” In 2018, the government launched its 25 year plan for the environment, pledging that this would be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than they found it.

As part of the plan, 2019 was declared as a national Year of Green Action across the UK. For more information about how you can get involved in the Year of the Environment activities and to register your activity visit the Year of Environment website: http://yoe2019lcr.org.uk/

Cllr Powell is telling guests at the launch of the Year of the Environment in Knowsley that the scheme aims to encourage people’s use of green space, help children get closer to nature and open up more of our green space to the public.


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Jonathan Newton from Villages Housing is telling the Year of the Environment launch how they are helping reduce energy consumption across their properties, many of which are in StockbridgeVillage.

Nick Drew, co-ordinator for the Liverpool City Region’s Year of the Environment is telling the Knowsley launch event about its priorities for 2019 and beyond


26 February 2019

KNOWSLEY ARK: BRINGING HISTORY ALIVE

In sickness and in health... researching life events in the archive T

he Archive closes its doors to the public in January for the annual stock take. As well as being good archival practice, this enables us to focus on the maintenance of the collections, assessing the condition of all of the items and allowing the team to carrying out jobs such as re-boxing, re-packaging and shelving. All of this is essential to the smooth running of the service, ensuring that we can locate and retrieve documents, photographs and maps as requested by researchers. This activity means that we have the perfect excuse to explore items that may not have been accessed during the previous year and to rediscover the hidden stories told by the collections. One such story is that of James Whittaker of Huyton, especially poignant as February’s calendar highlight is Valentine’s Day... James – or Jimmy, as he was known - was a young man serving as a trooper in the Royal Armoured Corps in Europe and North Africa during the Second World War. He was born in November 1921, the only boy amongst five siblings growing up in Huyton. Like many men serving overseas, he wrote letters home to his family. In one such correspondence with his older sister, who was stationed with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force at R.A.F. Northam near Bideford in Devon, he responds to her latest news with observations of his latest posting. He also recalls some memories from his youth, remembering his sister bringing her ‘very attractive and pretty girl friends’ to the family home, and confesses to ‘regularly and secretly falling in love’ with them. Perhaps the girls picked up on his adoration from afar, as he describes one of his sister’s friends somewhat embarrassing him with her teasing comments. No harm done, Jimmy laughs about the incident in his letter, but one can’t help thinking that perhaps he was also thinking about the future and who he would meet and marry after the war was over. Official records relating to births, marriages and deaths offer us an important tool in researching our family histories. In a previous article, we looked at the broad range of resources available in the Archive that can help family historians to plot their genealogical journey. This month, we will take a closer look at the records which tell us about the major events in our lives and those of our ancestors. Civil Registration is the system used to register births, marriages and deaths in the United Kingdom. Records began in 1837 in England and Wales, 1855 in Scotland and

1864 in Ireland. In 1875, it became the parents’ responsibility to make sure that all births were registered within six weeks of the birth. In England and Wales, the country was divided into registration districts based on the Poor Law Unions set up in 1834, with each registration district then divided in subdistricts. Registrars were appointed to record all of the births, marriages and deaths in their areas and the details were recorded in registers which were then sent to the Registrar General’s Office in London. Here, the registers were copied and indexed into a national register of life events. There are separate indexes for Births, Marriages and Deaths. Up until 1984, they were produced in quarterly volumes. Events were recorded by date of registration, rather than that of the actual event and the indexes are split into quarters, arranged in alphabetical order by surname and then forename. Each entry contains the person’s name, the district of registration and a reference number, which can then be used to order copy certificates from the General Register Office. Certificates are important to family historians as they contain information such as names, occupations and addresses, with birth and death certificates giving the address where the event actually took place. This invaluable information can confirm what is already known, or allow the researcher to use the information to search in other sources such as census returns. It’s not possible to view the actual registers, but the Civil Registration Indices (also known as the St. Catherine’s House Index, the General Register Office Index or the GRO) can be searched, either online in the Archive and any Knowsley Library, using Ancestrylibraryedition, or on microfilm in the

Archive only (births and deaths indices from 1837-1983 and marriages from 18371993). Additionally, a full set of Overseas Indices for life events relating to British Citizens abroad and corresponding records relating to Ireland and Scotland are also available. Important life events are recorded in parish records. The Church of England has been recording baptisms, marriages and burials since 1538, with each parish keeping a register of all of the events occurring within its boundaries. From 1754 for marriages and 1813 for births and burials, registers with

pre-printed forms were usually used. Many surviving parish records have been deposited with local record offices then copied onto microfilm. It is important to note the Knowsley Archives does not hold any original parish registers, but does hold parish registers for the local area on microfilm. Indeed, not all parish registers are available to view, as some parishes have kept their records. ‘Non-conformist’ is a term used to describe those who did not follow the Anglican faith. Many Protestant non-conformists and also Catholic Churches kept registers of baptisms and burials for their own congregations within their churches, and some of these local nonconformist church records are available to view on microfilm in the Archive. Completing the picture, microfilmed local cemetery records are also available to view, as is the International Genealogical Index, compiled by members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints from parish records and research by members of the Church. Covering the whole of the UK, it can be viewed on microfiche or online at www.familysearch.org. But - what of Jimmy Whittaker and his unrequited love? The letter to his sister was sent on 10th September 1944. Tragically, just eight days later, Jimmy was killed, fighting in the Po Valley, Italy - never to realise his youthful dreams...

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


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NEW ARCHIVE WEBSITE AND ONLINE CATALOGUE Knowsley has a brand new online archive catalogue and new and improved local history website – making it possible to search many of the archive’s collections online for the first time. Knowsley’s archive (The ARK) houses manuscripts, documents, photographs and records of local government in Knowsley from 1974 and the predecessor district and parish councils. Thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund support the collection is being digitised to provide a brand new online archive catalogue allowing you to search and view items online for the first time. For anyone researching their family tree or local history it is now easier than ever to access information online with the new, totally refreshed and updated ARK: Archive Resource for Knowsley website. It is a rich, online resource with information about birth, marriage and death records, census returns and more. Arranged by townships, the improved online local history collections feature photo galleries, timelines and history; detailing origins

of the township’s name and heritage. New content is being regularly added and the website has feeds from The ARK’s twitter and facebook accounts so you can keep up to date with all the latest developments. You can also access all The ARK’s social media platforms, including soundcloud, flickr and YouTube from the website homepage. Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Knowsley’s archive - The ARK - houses thousands of documents, volumes, photographs, maps and much more. “The collection is constantly growing and there’s been some really interesting additions through the Heritage Lottery Fund supported projects, including engaging short films and artefacts from around the world. “It’s fantastic that the collection has been digitised to provide an online resource that allows people to search and view items from the archive. “It also means it’s now easier than ever for anyone researching their family tree or local history to access information online”.

Percy Brennand and his wife Anastasia inside their general shop in Derby Road, Huyton c.1960

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WHISTON'S PINK VALENTINE'S GHOST n the chilly Monday passenger during the twentynight of 13 February five minutes of that nine-mile 2006 a 30-year-old journey. As the Hackney cab Hackney driver named Lewis reached Windy Arbor Road, Missenden was flagged down Lewis turned on his intercom in his vehicle on Berry Street and asked, “Where about, by a young lady who was love?” dressed in what looked like a “Just a bit further along by St pink wedding gown. Nick’s Church up there,” said The time was fast the girl, and a minute later she approaching midnight when shouted: “Just here will do!” Missenden pulled up and The girl got out the cab, and remotely unlocked the Lewis leaned over to the passenger door. The brunette kerbside window, ready to tell got in smiling and slammed the her how much the fare was door rather hard before almost when the lady ran the couple of falling onto the seat. feet towards the low wall “Wait a moment while I get surrounding the cemetery of St my bearings I’m a bit tipsy”, she Nicholas and jumped over it. said in a well-spoken voice, and The moon was full that night, she giggled, then seemed to and Lewis saw the girl literally recall the destination as her vanish as she landed on the eyebrows rose. other side of the wall. She said: “Windy Arbor Road He got out of his taxi, walked please. Do you know where that in shock to the two-foot-tall wall, is?” and surveyed the moonlit “Yeah, I used to live up near cemetery. The girl was nowhere Whiston”; said Lewis to be seen. Missenden, turning on the At first he thought she had meter, “had a nice night?” been some very agile fare“Oh yes”, said the passenger, dodger, but he slowly realised and she gripped an eyelash that he had given a lift to a between her finger and thumb and grumbled something unintelligible Lewis saw the girl as she gently tugged on it. literally vanish as “Where’ve you been if she landed on the you don’t mind me asking”, said other side of the Missenden, trying to wall make pleasant conversation. “Flintlocks - it’s a cracker club, real friendly ghost in his hackney, and he people”, said the young lady. felt as if that ghost was “Flintlocks? Never heard of it, watching him. but there are so many clubs He got back into the cab and sprouting up nowadays, it’s went to an all-night café in hard to keep track of them, south Liverpool that was said the driver. frequented by other cabbies, “Is that a wedding gown and here over a black coffee you’ve got on?” and microwaved pork pie, he The girl suddenly looked at told his story of the ‘pink bride’ the floor of the hackney and to an older taxi driver named stopped smiling. She said Ian. nothing. Lewis Missenden Tony Mack had her in his cab realised he’d somehow upset about two or three years ago, the girl with his query so he Ian casually told Lewis, who changed the subject quickly. returned a suspicious glance. “Been following the Winter “You winding me up?” the Olympics?” he asked. younger cabby asked. The woman continued to look Ian slowly shook his head as down with a sad expression. he read the tabloid spread out Lewis got the message before him. the passenger didn’t want to “I twigged when you talk, so he put the radio on, and mentioned Flintlocks; that place not a word was spoken closed years ago. Used to be between the driver and the on Wood Street. And if my

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memory serves me I think it was Valentine’s Day when she got in Tony Mack’s cab. I’ve got his number here.” Ian called Tony on his mobile and handed it to Lewis, and the latter told Tony what had happened, and Tony said the passenger had been brunette, hair styled in a bun, and had worn a type of pink wedding

dress with a small train. She had run into St Nick’s cemetery. All these facts matched the lady who had sprung from Lewis’s cab and vanished. I mentioned the case on a local radio programme and received lots of feedback on the ghost, who has been hailing cabs since around 1977, but so

far, I have not been able to identify her. I assume she’s buried in the hallowed ground of St Nicholas Church. Someone out there probably knows the sad story behind the pink bride... * Tom Slemen’s books are available from Amazon

OFFICIAL LAUNCH FOR LIVERPOOL CITY REGION MUSIC BOARD Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, and Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, have cemented the city region’s position as one of the world’s music capitals by revealing the members of the new Liverpool City Region Music Board. The LCR Music Board, made up of 18 members and seven observers from across the music industry – including well-known figures such as Andy McCluskey of OMD and Peter Hooton from The Farm - will give music businesses and communities in the Liverpool City Region a stronger voice in local and regional decision making. The LCR Music Board is set to consider five key priorities identified through the recent ‘Developing a Liverpool City of Music Strategy’ report to sustain, support and develop the music sector across the Liverpool City Region. These priorities include safeguarding and protecting music venues, the growth of current and future music heritage, as well as developing the Beatles’ legacy, increasing access to music education, and engaging and developing new talent. The LCR Music Board will work closely with all the Liverpool City Region local authorities – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. It will build on the success of Liverpool’s status as UNESCO City of Music and the recommendations made in the music strategy report, and will begin an open conversation with the music sector. Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “I’d like to welcome everyone involved with our new Music Board, with their vast experience of the music industry, as they begin their work to co-ordinate efforts to safeguard and grow the Liverpool City Region’s music ecosystem which is such a significant aspect of our culture and economy. “Music is in our DNA and our city region’s musical reputation is known across the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the work of the new board as they work to ensure that we have the right environment to encourage new talent and build on that reputation in the future”.


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Business News CALLING KNOWSLEY ACCOUNTANCY FIRMS: SEARCH LAUNCHED TO FIND THE BEST IN THE REGION

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North West accountancy firms are being urged to enter this year’s NWPAs (North West Property Awards) as a new category is launched. An inaugural accolade for the ‘Best Property and Construction Accountancy Business’ will be presented at 2019’s glittering ceremony, as it celebrates a year of success across the region’s property industry. The black tie presentation will take place on 10 October at Lutyens Crypt in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, when the title will join an already diverse range of awards recognising achievements across the commercial and residential property sectors. Firms throughout the North West delivering the highest levels of service for clients can put themselves forward for the new prize, which will acknowledge proactive financial advice and guidance relating to the acquisition, sale and development of property and the issues impacting architects, developers, landlords and investors. The category is one of 13 that can be entered for free ahead of the 26 April deadline, and will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts. Kim O’Brien, director of NWPAs organiser Move Publishing, said: “We’re delighted to announce the brand new ‘Best Property and Construction Accountancy Business’ award for 2019’s NWPAs, opening up the event to another vital area of the region’s property industry. “The NWPAs is an annual highlight for many North West industry professionals and this year’s event is already shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. We look forward to welcoming accountancy firms from across the area to join in the celebrations.” Stewart Milne Homes is the headline sponsor of the 2019 NWPAs, alongside associate sponsors Redwing Living, Redrow Homes and X-Press Legal Services.

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DOUBLE CELEBRATION FOR LJLA 2018 was another successful year for Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and the cause for a double celebration with the Airport’s latest passenger figures showing a milestone in passenger throughput, at the same time as having the UK’s best scheduled flight punctuality record. 5.1 million passengers chose to use Liverpool John Lennon Airport in 2018 – the highest figures seen at the Airport in 7 years and an increase of 3% compared to 2017. The Airport has seen growth in passenger numbers and services throughout 2018 with a number of new routes having started last year to a diverse mix of destinations including Bergen, Dalaman, Iasi, Palermo, Paphos, Pula, Shannon and Toulouse. LJLA now serves over 70 destinations.

A former self-employed plasterer from Knowsley is celebrating after being crowned ‘employee of the year,’ at the Knowsley Housing Trust staff awards and recognised as an ‘aspiring leader.’ Stephen Sloan, 44, began working at Knowsley Housing Trust almost 12 years ago, as a maintenance operative. From there he has risen through the ranks to become an assistant property manager, after undertaking level 2 training through the Chartered Institute of Housing funded by the Trust. He then went on to complete an internal aspiring leaders course and has now been promoted again to the role of surveyor and property inspector. His role now involves evaluating the overall condition of existing properties and inspecting the plumbing, electrics and structural aspects of homes. The annual staff awards, held at The Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, were attended by employees and presented by Leann Hearne, group chief executive of First Ark Group. Kev Heaney who works as a site manager at Vivark and Elaine Kennedy from the Welfare Reform Team were also commended for their outstanding work. Twelve members of staff, from across the business, also received awards to acknowledge their work and included Dianne McDonald, in finance who won the internal customer service award, Jackie Jones from the contact centre who won customer service award, Julie Arkinstall in finance won best newcomer, Tony Bamford in the gas serving team won unsung hero, team of the year was won by the Watchfactory operational frontline team and Angela Coffey in finance won leadership choice award. Stephen Sloan, employee of the year at Knowsley Housing Trust, said: “Knowsley Housing Trust is a very supportive employer that really believes in its staff and invests in training, education and building confidence. The award is an acknowledgment of my hard work and I’d advise anyone if you want to progress at work, you should always take-up any skills opportunities you’re offered. I am passionate about the work the Trust does and enjoy working with its housing stock and for customers and being part of the maintenance team.” Leann Hearne, group chief executive of Knowsley Housing Trust, said: “Congratulations to all our worthy winners, especially Stephen, whose award win illustrates how if you’re an ambitious employee, we will support you and help you advance in your career. We offer a range of training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities to all staff. “Our awards reflect the excellence and commitment all teams consistently provide for our 14,000 homes across Knowsley from fixing broken boilers, to organising community events.”


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TUNNEL TOLLS SET TO DROP TO £1 FOR LIVERPOOL CITY REGION RESIDENTS Delivering on a pledge made during his election campaign, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has recommended that the cost of Mersey Tunnel tolls for Liverpool City Region residents is cut to £1. The reduced toll - which could save tunnel users more than £400 a year would be available to everyone in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral who registers for a personal use Mersey Tunnels Fast Tag. Under the mayor’s proposals submitted to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee, the cash toll for cars will be frozen at £1.80, still 20p less per journey than the rise authorised by the Tunnels Act. The tolls for all other vehicles – including large vans, coaches and HGVs – will also be held at 2018 rates. If approved, the proposed discount for city region residents would come into effect from April. Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “I’m pleased today to be able to submit a proposal for a new £1 Fast Tag toll, delivering on the

commitment I made during my election. “If approved, this will be the lowest tunnel toll in over 25 years, with the rate available to the people of the Liverpool City Region 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. “Nobody likes to have to pay to use the tunnels, but they are a critical element of the city region’s infrastructure and we do not receive any central government funding to effectively operate, maintain and upgrade them. “During the 2015 general election the then chancellor promised that we would receive national funding for the tunnels but this has not been forthcoming. “Until this happens I will continue to work to keep the tolls as low as possible, especially for city region residents.” For tunnel users living outside the Liverpool City Region the Fast Tag price will rise to £1.80. This still represents a discount on the authorised toll allowed under the Tunnels Act. Fast Tag users will also continue to benefit from the convenience of dedicated lanes and online top-up and account management.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2019 PRESCOT FESTIVAL COME & SING SATB singers are invited to join the Prescot Festival Chorus for its annual ‘Come & Sing,’ once again conducted by James Luxton (Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral) with Peter Kwater (St Bartholomew’s Rainhill) at the organ. The last few years have seen over 100 singers assemble each June to perform choral works ranging from established masterpieces such as Fauré’s and Mozart’s Requiems to contemporary classics such as Rutter’s Requiem and Jenkins’s The Armed Man. This year’s concert, on Saturday 22 June, opens with Robert Howard’s stirring Alleluia, originally composed for Prescot Parish Church Choir in 2017. The main work is Vivaldi’s celebrated Gloria (RV589). Everything takes place at Prescot Parish Church (Church Street, Prescot, L34 1LA). Details are as follows: • Wednesday 19 June - 7pm-9pm - Rehearsal • Saturday 22 June - 3pm-5pm - Rehearsal • Saturday 22 June - 7pm-9pm - Concert The second half of the concert features Liverpool Cathedral Choir and all chorus members are welcome to stay and listen (free of charge). Concert dress is smart black-and-white. The Meeting Room will be open between the rehearsal and the concert for anyone who wishes to bring a packed lunch/dinner, and tea- and coffee-making facilities are available. Bring your own score (Oxford University Press, 1996 edition) or indicate in the application form if you need to hire one. The singers’ fee is just £5, which includes any necessary score hire.

Public Notice KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (POTTERY LANE, WHISTON AND CRONTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable essential carriageway resurfacing works on Pottery Lane, Whiston and Cronton (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along: (i) Pottery Lane, Whiston and Cronton – from its junction with Pottery Lane to its junction with Greenes Road. The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Pottery Lane will be via Wood Lane, The Crescent, Longview Drive, Huyton Lane Liverpool Road, Derby Street, High Street, Warrington Road, Dragon Lane, Dragon Drive, Greenes Road and vice versa. It is anticipated that works will commence from Monday 28 January 2019 to Friday 8 February 2019 The Order will come into force on Monday 28 January 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions are provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 28 January 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (PEX HILL, CRONTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF PEDESTRIANS) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable maintenance works at the Pex Hill Reservoir in Pex Hill, Cronton (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit pedestrians from proceeding along: (i) Pex Hill Footway, Cronton – The footpath running between Pex Hill access road and Norland’s Lane. (ii) Pex Hill, Footpath, Cronton – The footpath running along the west side of the Pex Hill access road, at a point 252 metres north of its junction with Cronton Road for a distance of 299 metres in a northerly direction. The diversion route for the public affected by the temporary prohibition of pedestrians order on Pex Hill footpath will be via, Norland’s Lane, Cronton Lane, Pex Hill access road and vice versa. The diversion route for the public affected by the temporary prohibition of pedestrians order on Pex Hill footpath running along the west side of Pex Hill access road will be via, the permissive footpath located at a point 252 metres north of Cronton Road in a westerly, then northwesterly, then easterly then northeasterly, then northerly, then easterly direction towards Leighton Observatory and vice versa. This route will be clearly signed for the duration of the works It is anticipated that works on Pex Hill will commence from Monday 21 January 2018 to Sunday 9 June 2019. The Order will come into force on Monday 21 January 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated the 28 January 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

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KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (LYME CLOSE, HUYTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to ensure public and highway safety whilst housing development works are been carried out on Lyme Close, Huyton (“the Works”), and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along i. Lyme Close, Huyton, the southernmost end of Lyme Close (circulatory) from a point coincident with the boundary line between property numbers 49 to 51, in a westerly, northerly then easterly direction to its junction with Lyme Close (adjacent to property number 17). Diversion routes are not applicable in this instance. The Order came into force on Monday 14 January 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. It is anticipated that the works will take place on Monday 14 January 2019. If all the necessary work is completed within a shorter period, this Order shall cease to have effect at the end of that shorter period. Exemptions will be provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 28 January 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (CEDAR ROAD, WHISTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable water apparatus repair works on Cedar Road, Whiston (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles including pedal cycles from proceeding along: (i) Cedar Road, Whiston – From its junction with Lunt Avenue to its junction with Cedar Close. The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Cedar Road will be via Lunt Avenue, Hazel Avenue, Birch Close, Chestnut Close, Cedar Road and vice versa. It is anticipated that works on Cedar Road will commence from Monday 4 February 2019 to Sunday 17 February 2019. The Order came into force on Thursday 24 January 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated the 28 January 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive


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CABLES MAKE HARD WORK OF CUP GAME By Paul Goodwin Prescot Cables made hard work of beating lower league Lower Breck in Wednesday’s quarter final of the Liverpool Senior Cup at the Anfield Sports and Social Centre. Two goals a piece for Jordan Southworth in the first half and Jordan Wynne in the second saw Cables eventually see Lower Breck off 4-3. The hosts took the lead on ten minutes before Jordan Southworth equalised on 26 minutes, a calm finish after Josh Klein-Davies’ shot was parried by the keeper. Cables took the lead on 36 minutes when Joey Faux’s cross was headed home by Southworth to give Cables the lead at half time. The second half saw Lower Breck equalise on 55 minutes. Cables retook the lead in 66 minutes when some more excellent wing play from Faux saw Wynne, captain for the night, finish with a lovely curled shot low the keepers left to make it 3-2 to Cables. Despite being reduced to 10 men on the 80 minute mark, Lower Breck would equalise again on 83 minutes to make it three all. This would result in a tense last few minutes, before another good low finish from Wynne settled the tie and put Cables through to the Semi finals. 245 attendance. Cables XI: Barnes, Fernandes (Turner 68), Cooper, Coyne, McNally, Southworth, Griffiths, Wynne, Hamilton, Faux, Klein-Davies.

OLYMPIC VISITOR FOR KNOWSLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL

St Mary and St Paul’s CE Primary School received a VIP visit from Olympic athlete and Taekwondo star Bianca Walkden as part of a new drive to encourage children and parents to get active together. Local hero Bianca visited the school in Prescot as a reward from the Travel to Tokyo scheme which aims to inspire young people aged five to 11, their classmates and families to try new activities in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The 27-year-old Olympic bronze medallist, who became the first GB athlete to win the World Championships twice consecutively, joined in a family ‘wake and shake’ activity hosted by Travel to Tokyo leisure centre partner Volair. The school received the reward for beating their weekly target in logging physical activity through the scheme. Each week, teams are set personalised targets based on their previous week’s performance, inspiring children and families to improve their activity levels whatever their starting point. Bianca paid a visit to the school to congratulate everybody on being such good sports. Bianca said: “It was exciting to visit St Mary and St Paul’s CE Primary School and to find out how they’ve been active as part of the Travel to Tokyo challenge. “The kids have been amazing! “It’s fantastic to be part of such a positive programme which uses the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to help the local community and inspire children and families to get active in my hometown.” Iain Parks, Headteacher at St Mary and St Paul’s CE Primary said: “Our school, had a wonderful visit from the Travel to Tokyo team who led an assembly and got the whole school – including parents – to participate in physical activities. “We have started to work closely with Volair Gyms in Knowsley as we aim to get the children more active and use what we have learnt to inspire them to compete in the future. Who knows, we could have the next Usain Bolt in our midst!” About Travel to Tokyo Travel to Tokyo is part of Get Set, Team GB and Paralympics GB’s youth engagement programme. The Travel to Tokyo pilot has been created with funding from Sport England, and is delivered in partnership with ukactive, its members and Liverpool City Council. The scheme is being piloted in Merseyside schools with a view to rolling it our nationally at the start of 2019. Children and families taking part in the scheme can log activity at participating leisure centres including five Volair centres in Knowsley.

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