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KNOWSLEY SCHOOLS TRIUMPH AT EDUCATE AWARDS Two outstanding schools from Knowsley were triumphant, on Friday 29 January, after winning at the Educate Awards. Halewood Church of England Primary School won the Most Inspirational Primary School Award and Plantation Primary School won the Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School Award Three other Knowsley schools were also named runners up, including: Evelyn Community Primary School for the Mental Health & Wellbeing Award, Finch Woods Academy for the SEND Provision Award and St John Fisher Catholic Primary School for Leadership Team of the Year category. The ceremony, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, took place virtually and was streamed on YouTube,

due to the current coronavirus restrictions in place. The Educate Awards would have normally been held at the Liverpool Cathedral in November 2020. Presented by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross, the live ceremony connected with judges and sponsors, via Zoom, who revealed the winning schools. The event then crossed live to the individuals from the winning schools to find out their reaction in real time. Each of the 21 awards focus on different aspects of school life, including careers and enterprise, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), as well as sport, the arts and mental health and wellbeing. Inspiring individuals are also

Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross who presented the Educate Awards via Youtube

recognised through the Teacher of the Year Award, School Support Star of the Year Award, and the latest category to be introduced, the School Governor of the Year Award. Dave Smith, headteacher of Halewood CofE Primary School, said:

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“IT IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE” A Government scheme to help the lowest paid people with one-off payments to help them afford to self-isolate is failing because not enough people qualify for the help, a Knowsley Councillor has warned. The Council has revealed that since the selfisolation payments began, it has had to reject two thirds of all applications for self-isolation payments made by people in Knowsley, because they were unable to meet the criteria set out by Government. It means families are left to choose between selfisolating to help stop the spread of Covid and putting food on their table – something Cllr Aston, Knowsley’s cabinet member for resources, said it is “simply unacceptable.” Knowsley is currently battling the highest rates of COVID-19 in the whole of the UK and the council is growing increasingly concerned about the numbers of people who are not entitled to financial support to self-isolate. Now the council is calling upon the Government to swiftly rethink the rules around its self-isolation payments and make some “common sense” changes that will support lower earners follow self-isolation rules. Cllr Aston said: “The self-isolation payment is supposed to be a safety net for those on low incomes. And actually, it is designed to protect us all – because self-isolating when you need to is one of the most important ways we can stop the spread of this virus to others. “The Government obviously recognise that in some cases, people are being made to choose between

Cllr Aston it is “simply unacceptable.”

doing the right thing and self-isolating or being able to feed their families, or pay the bills that keep a roof over their heads. Surely, that’s why they introduced the self-isolation payments in the first place. But to then attach so many caveats and restrictions that only a small number of people who need this help actually qualify for it, makes a complete mockery of the whole process.” Fundamentally, the system requires each person claiming self-isolation benefit to have an NHS Test and Trace reference number - which people often don’t have.

Join the KnowsleyFutures Community Conversation Do you have a story to tell about the pandemic in Knowsley? Then you’re invited to join the online Community Conversation created as part of the KnowsleyFutures storytelling project. KnowsleyFutures Community Conversation is a fun and social way to listen to and share stories about life during the pandemic – and hopes for the future. Everyone is invited to join the online event on Monday 8 February between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. The event will be on Zoom, and organisers will send a link to the sessions and an information pack to those registering for a free ticket at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/knowsley-communityconversations-tickets-136415786289. Part of the KnowsleyFutures storytelling project, the event is led by the Young Foundation. The Young Foundation’s mission is to develop better connected and more sustainable communities across the UK. The stories told will contribute to the creation of an archive of personal accounts from the pandemic and help shape a local strategy for rebuilding a post-COVID Knowsley. For further information contact liam.harney@youngfoundation.org

For example, where children within a bubble at school are sent home, the parent / guardian of any of those children won’t have an NHS Test & Trace number but will need to stay at home self-isolating with their child. This is just one example. So far, Knowsley Council has had more than 1,000 applications for self-isolation payments but has had to turn down more than 63% of them because they don’t meet the criteria set by Government. “What we are then left to wonder is – will that 63% of people feel able to stay home and do what they should be doing – or will they be unable to because of the financial impact?” said Cllr Aston. “And if they decide they can’t afford to self-isolate – what is the impact on those they come into contact with? “To put people in such a horrendous position is simply unacceptable,” said Cllr Aston. “Here in Knowsley, we have some of the highest rates of Covid-19 in the country. Our rates are beginning to fall, but only very slowly. We have a high number of residents who are working in front line essential jobs, who are unable to work from home. Many of them use public transport to get to these jobs as we have a lower level of car ownership than in other places. We need to do better to protect and support those who should be self-isolating. “Unfortunately, the way the Government has set up this fund leaves us with little or no discretion. They need to review this as a matter of urgency and make the sensible amendments that are needed to ensure this money reaches those it should and has the impact on our communities that we need it to.”

Fines issued for COVID breaches Officers from Knowsley Council’s environmental health and licensing teams have issued two fixed penalty notices to businesses for breaking COVID rules. Each business has been fined £1000 as a result. The action was taken after officers found both businesses were breaching rules put in place to stop the spread of the virus and help save lives. The £1000 fines were issued to: The Railway pub in Kirkby for COVID breaches over the Christmas period, including serving alcohol without a substantial meal. A mobile hairdresser/barber, based in Prescot for operating in breach of lockdown restrictions announced on 4 January 2021. Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods said: “Although COVID-19 rates in Knowsley are

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starting to show a slight reduction, we are still one of the worst affected areas in the country. “The council has a crucial role to play, with other statutory partners, in ensuring our businesses follow Covid guidelines to keep our communities safe. “Our teams are carrying out regular spot checks to ensure compliance with the regulations and where breaches are found, we will take action. “These latest fines demonstrate that those who are found to be breaching legislation and potentially risking the lives of our residents will be punished.” Advice and support has been given to the businesses in relation to the regulations including details of the financial support available to those businesses that have been forced to close and ensuring that those businesses that can remain open, are operating in a COVID-secure manner.

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KNOWSLEY SCHOOLS TRIUMPH AT EDUCATE AWARDS • Continued from Page 1 “Our teachers, support staff, office staff, site manager and cleaners along with a very supportive governing body are bought into the vision, culture and ethos of the school and this is reflected in the job that they do. “They always go the extra mile to provide the very best for the children and families that they serve, and this award is recognition for all the inspirational people that work with us to make a difference to children’s lives.” Simon Hanley, headteacher of Plantation Primary School & Nursery, said: “We are thrilled to have been successful with the Educate Award for Outstanding Commitment to Sport this year. This is our fourth time in being finalists for the award and is the third time we have won, showing our ongoing commitment to the active lifestyles and health of our children and community at Plantation. “It is testament to the hard work of all our staff and, in particular, our PE & sports leader Mr Sanders. We have an excellent team of staff and amazing children who

thoroughly deserve this accolade.” Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “A huge congratulations to all the winning Liverpool schools! I would also like to say a big well done to the runners-up, those who were shortlisted and everyone who took the time to enter last year. You should all be very proud of yourselves! “It has been really tough for those working in schools and we are so pleased that we have managed to find a way to shine a spotlight on the hard work and dedication that goes on inside and outside of school. We hope this has given a much-needed lift to those in education, given the incredibly challenging times we are going through at the moment.” Kim added: “2021 is the tenth year of the Educate Awards and we are very excited to start planning an extra special event!” Associate sponsors of the Educate awards include: All About STEM, Angel Solutions, CareersInc, CER, CPMM Media Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust, LSSP, Satis Education, SupplyWell and Winstanley College.

Dave Smith, headteacher of Halewood CofE Primary School

Simon Hanley, headteacher of Plantation Primary School & Nursery

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Knowsley’s COVID rates still dangerously high Despite recent decreases, Knowsley’s rates of COVID infection remain the highest in country. As at 23 January, the Borough’s rates are 826.6 per 100,000. Currently the rate of decline is slow and with more than 1,200 residents testing positive in the last seven days alone. It is clear that the virus is still being widely transmitted in the community. COVID-19 is easily passed from person to person so limiting interactions with anyone outside your household is vital. You can’t see, touch or smell COVID so you won’t know who has or hasn’t got it. The safest thing to do is to protect

yourself and ensure you stay at home as much as possible. Cllr Sean Donnelly, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “We understand that people are desperate to know when lockdown will be eased and there is already lots of media speculation about this. “The reality is that currently our rates a still dangerously high and it is just too early for us to be thinking about any relaxation of rules. “We need our residents to understand the seriousness of the situation, the likelihood of them catching the virus and why it is still so important to follow the rules. Our figures are starting to fall – but slowly. We all need to keep

Rise in Coronavirus vaccination scams Merseyside Police and Action Fraud are raising awareness of another coronavirus vaccine scam, after it received a high volume of reports relating to a phishing email at the end of January. The email, which attempts to trick people into handing over their bank details, was reported more than 1,000 times in 24 hours. It appears to come from the NHS and asks the recipient to click on a link to accept or decline an invitation to receive the coronavirus vaccine. If they click accept, they are asked to input personal information and their bank card details. The national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime has previously warned about coronavirus vaccine scams, with many people reporting receiving fake text messages purporting to be from the NHS. Head of Action Fraud, Pauline Smith, is warning the public to remain vigilant as fraudsters continue to act, she said: “It’s despicable that fraudsters will take advantage of such an important tool in the fight against this evil and deadly disease. Not only are the people being targeted with this email at risk of losing money, or having their identity stolen, but they are also at risk of not receiving the real vaccine. “The public have been fantastic at reporting these scams to us and raising awareness in their local community as well. But unfortunately, as this latest phishing campaign shows, we still have to remain cautious and alert.

“Remember: anything purporting to be from the NHS asking you to pay for the vaccine, or provide your bank account or card details, is a scam.” How to protect yourself In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay. The NHS will never: • ask you for your bank account or card details. • ask you for your PIN or banking password. • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine. • ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips. If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge. If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

focussed, stay at home as much as possible and encourage all your loved ones to do the same.” In addition to having the highest rates of infection in the country Knowsley’s local hospitals are also reporting significant pressures due to increasing numbers of patients needing hospital treatment for COVID-19. You can help to reduce the rates of infection by:• Staying at home as much as possible • If you do need to leave the house for essential trips such as home / work purposes, ensure you are using the borough’s SMART testing sites regularly (at least twice a week). SMART testing will identify people who have COVID but don’t have any symptoms so that they can self-isolate

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and stop passing the virus on to others. You can check where your nearest site is and also how busy it is If you, someone you live with, someone in your support bubble or a close contact have tested positive for COVID, it’s essential that you follow the law and self isolate for 10 days (from the date the symptoms started or from the date of the test) Remember, a negative test is valid at that moment in time and doesn’t mean you are COVID clear – regular testing is recommended Maintain social distancing at all times Continue to regularly wash your hands with soap and water Wear a face covering where advised such as in shops, supermarkets and on public transport

Coventry man arrested after stop-check of car in Huyton Police officers have arrested a man from Coventry and fined his passenger after the stop-check of a car in Huyton recently. At around 10pm, a VW Golf was stopped by officers on Liverpool Road, Huyton after the registered keeper was shown to be from Coventry. The driver was found to have a provisional driving licence, no insurance and failed a roadside cannabis test. The 24-year-old man from Coventry was arrested on suspicion of drug driving; driving without a license; driving without insurance and taken to a police station for questioning. The driver has now been released under investigation pending further enquiries. The car was seized and the passenger was issued with a COVID fine for making an unnecessary journey into Merseyside. Inspector Jon Coote said: “At a critical time in this pandemic, during a national lockdown, it’s astounding that anyone should even contemplate making such a long journey across the country, and never mind the obvious dangers caused to other road users, both from driving under the influence and without a license or insurance. “Our officers are patrolling the roads of Merseyside at all times, and we hope this is a clear deterrent to anyone making non-essential journeys. We will act on anything suspicious, be that where your car is registered, your manner of driving, or faults on the vehicle. “We have a collective duty to keep each other safe at this time of great strain on the NHS, in general life and on the roads alike. Be responsible, be sensible, and if you suspect such reckless behaviour from others, let us know and we'll do the rest.” You can report any matters concerning COVID-19 and the current legislation to @MerPolCC or through Merseyside Police’s website www.merseyside.police.uk/

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A unique ‘Welcome’ to Prescot New and bespoke signage has been installed around Prescot to welcome people into the town. The custom-made signs are part of a wider strategy for the town, which will see distinct pieces of public art and other unique signage installed later this year. Each of the new signs have been uniquely designed to reflect the heritage of Prescot and the importance of the town on the world’s stage. The ‘Welcome Wanderer’ phrase, featured on all four signs, is a nod to William Shakespeare’s relevance to the town and the new Shakespeare North Playhouse currently under construction. The concepts for the designs were developed by artist Martin Heron, following his extensive consultation with the local community, as part of the wider Prescot Connectivity Gateway Arts project. Prescot’s rich industrial heritage, strong sense of community and history and the entrepreneurial spirit of local people were key themes throughout the consultation. Artist, Martin Heron said: “It was a pleasure to work with the local Prescot community, the Prescotians are great people and it was one of my favourite projects for community involvement. “These signs are original to Prescot and carry some of the history and heritage of the town. Even without reading the detail, the Prescot signs are colourful and craft based. “They will sit well with the outer gateway artworks that will arrive early next year and stand out in a special way.” The signs can be found at the following areas: Warrington Road – the old BICC cable drums influence this design and some of the decorative cut patterns reference elements of the drum. St Helens Road – this sign is themed around clocks and watches. The text reads ‘make use of time’, a quote from William Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis poem. Liverpool Road – there is a strong link to Shakespeare, with reference to the Shakespeare North Playhouse and Shakespeare’s face on the imagery. Carr Lane – this design refers to the Mug fairs that used to take place in Prescot and the round house is where Prescot pottery was sold at Market Place, a tradition that carried on right through to the early 1990s. Artist Martin Heron has worked in collaboration with residents of Prescot to design a series of new artworks installations to be located on main gateways into the town. The installations take inspiration from Prescot’s rich industrial history, where during the 18th and 19th centuries it was at the centre of the watch and clock

making industry. Beginning work in September 2019 Martin hosted a series of consultation sessions with residents, community groups and school pupils to create designs for the new artwork. Listening to the thoughts and ideas of more than 300 people from and connected to the area he has created the colourful concepts that depict the clocks and cables that were produced in Prescot and that the town is so famous for. The new four inner gateway signs are the first to be installed as part of this project and the three roundabout artworks will be installed in Spring 2021. The signs are funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority the Local Growth Fund as part of the £8 million wider Shakespeare North Rail Interchange scheme.

Huyton actress to host Awards Huyton-born actress Eithne Browne will host the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity awards. The awards, which will be celebrated online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, will take place on Friday 19 February. Eithne, who has most recently appeared in Coronation Street and Emmerdale, is most well-known for her role as Chrissy Rogers in Brookside.

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Bringing history alive The Grand Tour: a whistle-stop journey around the Borough (Part 8):

KIRKBY Our penultimate stop-off point on our Grand Tour was the model village of Knowsley, with its cottages and shops built in their distinctive style which ties the village together, presided over by the great Knowsley Hall and its estate. Our final destination is Kirkby, a modern, evolving township with an incredible history that dates back to the Vikings and beyond. It is also the home of Knowsley Archives Service and its repository, The ARK. In a previous article, we explored the growth of Kirkby from a small settlement to a bustling new town. We saw that the Vikings settled in the area in around 870 A.D, having crossed the Irish Sea to make homes across West Lancashire and the Wirral. The name ‘Kirkby’ has Old Norse roots, from ‘Kirkja byr’ meaning ‘settlement or village by the church’. In 1066, at the end of the reign of Edward the Confessor, the land at Kirkby was one of six local manors held by the Thane, or Lord, Uctred and in 1086, Kirkby appeared in The Domesday Book as Cherchebi. The Manor was held by Roger de Poitou, an Anglo-Norman Lord whose loyalty to William the Conqueror had been rewarded with extensive lands in the Lancashire area. At this time, Kirkby was a small village with a population of around 70 people, with farming being the staple source of subsistence. Over the centuries, ownership of the lands at Kirkby changed hands many times, but It was the Molyneux family that unified the Manor, acquiring lands in 1565 and 1596. Charles William Molyneux was made Earl of Sefton in 1771 but It was the 7th and last Earl, Hugh William Osbert Molyneux, who sold Kirkby land to Liverpool Corporation for the sum of £375,000 in 1947 (almost £14.8 million in 2019, according to the Bank of England Inflation Calculator). The arrival of the Liverpool, Bolton and Bury Railway in 1848 saw a shift in housing, employment and social makeup, as merchants, traders and professionals moved into their smart, new villas. The daily commute allowed

A view of Kirkby Library from Newtown Gardens, 1964

Kirkby Market, c. 1960s

Kirkby Swimming Baths, part of the Civic Buildings complex

Newly completed houses in Dalry Crescent, Kirkby, c. 1960s

Kirkby Town Centre under construction, early 1960s

Shops in Kirkby Town Centre, 1960s

them to live in rural peace and quiet whilst maintaining their work in the city. The railways also allowed existing Kirkby residents to travel further afield for employment. However, Kirkby’s agricultural way of life continued well into the 20th century, when World War II interrupted the rural existence and paved the way for industrial and residential development. The catalyst was the creation of a munitions factory. The Government selected land at Kirkby as the site, the decision being based on local transport links – the rail system and the newlycompleted East Lancashire Road - and the availability of land to build on. Construction of the Royal Ordnance Factory began in late1939 and the factory, which at its peak employed up to 20,000 people from around the region, was completed in 1941. After the war, the R.O.F. formed the template for a new industrial estate. The post-war period saw huge increases in both industrial activity and population growth. Liverpool Corporation began a re-housing programme to accommodate households that had been bombed out during the war or who

were living in outmoded, overcrowded properties that lacked facilities that we now take for granted, like indoor lavatories and bathrooms. Employees attracted to the area to work in the factories on the industrial estate also needed accommodation.

Kirkby’s agricultural way of life continued well into the 20th century

As the new housing developments began to expand in Southdene, Westvale and Northwood, the rural community living in and around the ancient village saw a sudden influx of outsiders. The evolution of village to new town was underway. The Archive contains a collection of fabulous recordings of some of the people who came to Kirkby in this postwar period. These oral histories give us an insight into the lived experiences of these urban pioneers, who as children

and young people arriving in Kirkby were the first to grow up on the new housing estates. The new houses were spacious and filled with all the modern amenities that had been lacking in the properties left behind in Liverpool: hot water and inside toilets were a revelation. One resident remembers being fascinated by the number of doors in their bright, new, four bedroomed house - each door leading to a new surprise: a kitchen, living room, dining room, hallway (with electric cupboard), four bedrooms, a toilet a bathroom and an all-important airing cupboard. The house must have seemed huge! Outside was equally exciting. Kirkby retained its rural beauty, and there were many places for adventurous youngsters to play and explore. With a bottle of water and lemonade powder to hand, whole days could be spent roaming around the fields and Spinney Woods, finding new places to build dens and make up imaginative games to play. Another favourite place was the Water Tower, situated on what became known as St. Kevin’s Fields. The waterworks tower was built by St. Helen’s

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St Helens Corporation water works tower, demolished in 1966 Houses under construction, Southdene, 1952

Corporation in 1848, with the late 1880’s addition of a pumphouse. Constructed by J & T Yearsley, it was an imposing structure, standing as it did some 110 feet tall (33.5m) and comprising of over a million bricks. No wonder the children thought of it as a castle.

For the adults, there were challenges to be faced. In the early days there were few amenities, so daily purchases of groceries, vegetables, fish, bread, milk and other essentials were made from the mobile shops that serviced the estates. Joe’s Shop could be found at the bottom of Moorgate and people fondly recall Sarah’s Tuck Shop in the cottage next to the old village school:

Knowsley charity seeking donations to help maintain refugee support In ordinary times, the Prescot and Whiston Methodist Church is abuzz with activity each Monday lunchtime. This is the day of the weekly ‘drop-in’ organised by SHARe Knowsley, a support service for asylum seekers and refugees living in the borough, and Mondays at the church on Atherton Street in Prescot mean as many as 50 people calling in to make use of the weekly pop-up shop offering food and second-hand clothing at nominal prices together with a free meal. They also get the opportunity to access advice from a British Red Cross case worker and to build a support network in a safe and welcoming meeting place. With a third national lockdown under way, these are not ordinary times and the impact of the pandemic on the charity’s work is considerable. With the ‘drop-in’ currently closed, manager Margaret Roche said: “At the moment we’re doing food deliveries but on alternate weeks because of funding and Covid restrictions. We need to consider our volunteers and minimise the risk for them so we have a smaller group of people packing parcels.” These volunteers, she adds, “generally belong to different Christian churches’ but with a good number in the older age bracket, fewer are available to help out at the very time that demand for support has risen with over 80 single people and between 2530 families now receiving food parcels. In addition, the English language

lessons that SHARe organise – for three different learner levels – at the Old School House in Huyton have gone back online, albeit still four days a week. Meanwhile, Margaret is counting the financial cost of the closure of churches. ‘We are short on donations because the churches are all closed and that was our main source of funding,’ she said, explaining that the money from donation boxes in a couple of local churches was used to refund the travel costs of anyone who used FARe’s services. “When you have only £37 a week to live on, your bus fare leaves a big hole,” she notes. For more information about SHARe Knowsley or to make a donation, please visit: www.shareknowsley.org.uk.

this was where you would spend your pocket money on sweets and drinks on the journey to and from lessons. Washing machines and, as they grew in popularity, televisions could be rented, but items such as clothing, shoes, furniture and household goods would be purchased from further afield: trips to Walton Vale, Ormskirk Market and Liverpool would be in order, often reliant on public transport. Kirkby Urban District Council came into being in 1958, initially operating from Kirkby Hall Farmhouse. Recognising that the growing population needed homes, shops, schools, churches and improved transport links to support the rapidly growing community,

Kirkby Hall Farm was known as the largest farm in Kirkby; KUDC used the farmhouse as temporary offices, 1959

the council developed a five year plan which would result in the provision of the much-needed infrastructure, including Kirkby Library which opened in March 1964, Kirkby Market and the Civic Centre and swimming baths, the latter being opened by Harold Wilson in 1969. Look out for our next article exploring Knowsley’s history. In the meantime, you can find out more about our heritage by visiting our website http://archives.knowsley.gov.uk/ email infoheritage@knowsley.gov.uk or call 0151 443 4291/4365. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and find Knowsley Archives on Flickr, WordPress and Soundcloud

Kirkby's farming heritage - ploughing on Radshaw Nook Farm

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Recommended reads for adults and children Five books to read - Adults The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry By Rachel Joyce When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse By Charlie Mackesy The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse are four friends who share a deep, unshakable bond. Through a series of brief but profound conversations, Mackesy teases universal truths and rich wisdom from the mouths of his characters exploring kindness through exquisite, sensitive artwork and delicate calligraphy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a moving study in friendship. Step By Step By Simon Reeve The inspiring memoir from TV traveller Simon Reeve’s life of amazing adventures in over 120 countries and the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. Simon has journeyed across epic landscapes, dodged bullets on frontlines, walked through minefields and been detained for spying by the KGB. His travels have taken him across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, and to some of the most beautiful, dangerous and remote regions of the world. The Thursday Murder Club By Richard Osman Laced with killer one-liners and artfully constructed twists, the debut novel from the telly puzzle favourite centres on a posse of pensionable Poirots investigating the suspicious demise of a property developer. A superb debut, thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny and packed with characters you will want to see a LOT more of Girl A By Abigail Dean Girl A has been described as an astonishingly accomplished debut novel, a masterpiece. Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. When her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can’t run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her six siblings – and with the childhood they shared.

Five books to read – Children The Ickabog By J K Rowling The Ickabog is coming… A mythical monster, a kingdom in peril, an adventure that will test two children’s bravery to the limit. Discover a brilliantly original fairy tale about the power of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds, from one of the world’s best storytellers. A fabulously imagined fairytale about scary monsters, wicked courtiers and resourceful children. Tom Gates: Ten Tremendous Tales By Liz Pichon The brand new bestseller from multi-million copy selling author and illustrator Liz Pichon. A laugh-out-loud, fully illustrated collection of stories starring Tom Gates and his friends, family and foes! Featuring: A delicious chicken pie, getting stuck in a lift with Delia, a teacher swap at school, some tiny ants in tiny pants and the adventures of Wafer Boy... The World’s Worst Parents By David Walliams Sure, some parents are embarrassing – but they’re NOTHING on this lot. These ten tales of the world’s most spectacularly silly mums and deliriously daft dads will leave you rocking with laughter. David Walliams turns to monstrous mothers and frightful fathers. With vibrant illustrations from the legendary Tony Ross, The World’s Worst Parents is wicked, outrageous and side-splitting reading. The Valley of Lost Secrets By Lesley Parr When Jimmy is evacuated to a small village in Wales, it couldn't be more different from London. Green, quiet and full of strangers, he instantly feels out of place. But then he finds a skull hidden in a tree, and suddenly the valley is more frightening than the war. Who can Jimmy trust? His brother is too little; his best friend has changed. Finding an ally in someone he never expects, they set out together to uncover the secrets that lie with the skull. The Dinosaur that Pooped a Pirate By Tom Fletcher Danny and Dinosaur sailed out to sea on a ship that was crooked and old. With a map in Dan’s hand of a faraway land, where a pirate had buried his gold . . . So begins this hilarious, swashbuckling adventure for Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter's much-loved characters Danny and Dinosaur! Featuring brilliant rhyming text and suitably hilarious illustrations from Garry Parsons,

Recommended for you to watch This is us This Is Us is an wonderful and at times heartwarming series that follows the lives of siblings Kevin, Kate and Randall (known as the ‘Big Three’), and their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson. It takes place mainly in the present and uses flashbacks to show the family’s past. This is Us is an American romantic family drama television series created by Dan Fogelman that premiered on NBC on September 2016. Most episodes feature a storyline taking place in the present 2016–2021 and a storyline taking place at a set time in the past; but some episodes are set in one time period or use multiple flashback time periods, confusing? No, not at all, it is really easy to follow and can get you really involved with the characters and their different roles in the family. Kevin and Kate are the two surviving members

from a triplet pregnancy, born six weeks premature on Jack’s 36th birthday in 1980; their brother Kyle is stillborn. Believing they were meant to have three children, Jack and Rebecca, who are white, decide to adopt Randall, an African American child born the day before and brought to the same hospital after his biological father William Hill abandoned him at a fire station. Jack dies when his children are 17 and Rebecca later marries Jack’s best friend Miguel. As for the children we follow the highs and lows as Randall becomes a successful finance professional and marries college classmate Beth; they raise two daughters (Tess and Annie) and adopt a third, Deja. Kevin becomes a successful actor while struggling to be taken seriously. After lacking direction much of her life, Kate meets and marries Toby, pursues a

career in music, gets a degree, and becomes a mother. One review described the show as the absolute most well-scripted, acted, produced and directed show on television. The cast includes: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Sterling K Brown as Randall Pearson, Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson, Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson and Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon.



Vegetable & lentil soup with dumplings

This satisfying soup with herby dumplings is made with a time-saving, ready-prepared vegetable mix.

Sausage tray bake

Ingredients 600g pack Vegetable Soup Mix 1 stick celery, chopped 1 tbsp sunflower oil 2 tbsp tomato purée 1 vegetable stock cube, crumbled 175g Red Split Lentils, rinsed and drained 1 bay leaf 3 tsp fresh thyme, chopped 100g self-raising flour 50g Vegetable Shredded Suet 1 tsp chives, chopped 1 tsp parsley, chopped Pinch of salt Method Put the vegetable soup mix, celery and oil in a large pan. Stir until all the vegetables are coated in oil. Cover and cook over a very low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the tomato purée and stir for 1-2 minutes, then add the crumbled stock cube and 1.2L water. Heat until simmering. Add the lentils, bay leaf and 2 tsp of the thyme. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Snuggle up with this hearty dish of sausages, mushrooms, baby potatoes and chunky veg, all roasted in a delicious herby onion gravy.

Mix the self-raising flour with the shredded suet, chives, parsley and remaining thyme, along with a pinch of salt. Add 5-6 tbsp cold water and mix to make a soft, not sticky, dough. Dust your hands with flour and shape the mixture into 16 balls. Add to the soup, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the dumplings are cooked. Sprinkle over more herbs to serve.

Cherry berry crumble Frozen cherries and summer berries are topped with a crunchy crumble mixture in this easy pudding. Ingredients 200g frozen cherries

200g frozen summer fruits 150g plain flour 75g lower-fat spread 30g porridge oats 1 tbsp demerara or granulated sugar 12 tbsp low-fat, lower-sugar plain yoghurt, to serve Method Preheat the oven to 180C, fan oven 160C, gas mark 4. Put the frozen cherries and berries into a baking dish (there’s no need to thaw them). Use any combination of frozen fruits, such as raspberries or fruits of the forest. Put the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the lower-fat spread, rubbing it in with your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the porridge oats and sugar. Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the fruit. Place the dish on a baking tray and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve with 2 tablespoons of yoghurt per person. Top tip: Try adding a few drops of vanilla extract to the yoghurt to add some more flavour.

Ingredients Low-calorie cooking spray 12 pork sausages 2 large onions, chopped 1 bay leaf 6 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves picked 5 fresh sage leaves, chopped 1 tbsp tomato purée 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 chicken stock cube, crumbled 1 tbsp Bovril 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 300g baby new potatoes, halved or quartered if large 2 carrots, chopped into chunks 3 red onions, sliced 1 small butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks 3 portobello mushrooms, each cut into 6 pieces 4 fresh rosemary sprigs, each cut into 3 pieces Method Spray a non-stick saucepan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat. Add the sausages and brown on all sides, then transfer to an ovenproof dish and set aside. To make the sauce, add the chopped onions to the saucepan and cook for 5 minutes until brown and softened, adding a splash of water if they stick. Add the bay leaf, thyme, sage, tomato purée, garlic, stock cube, Bovril, Worcestershire sauce and 1 litre boiling water and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, bring another large saucepan of water to the boil over a high heat. Add the potatoes and carrots, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Drain well and add to the sausages in the dish. Discard the bay leaf and blitz the sauce until smooth, either with a stick blender or in your food processor. Return the sauce to the pan if you used a food processor, add the sliced red onions and simmer for 15 minutes or until reduced by one-third. Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Add the squash and mushrooms to the ovenproof dish and pour over the sauce. Top with the rosemary sprigs and roast for 30 minutes or until everything is cooked and tender.

10 February 2021


Round up of education news Art students inspired by NHS Heroes Project Carmel College’s Lower Sixth UAL extended diploma in creative practice and A-level fine art students have been working extremely hard from home. Inspired by the NHS Heroes Project, the students painted a portrait of someone who’s ethical values they admired. Their inspiration came from family members who are key workers, nurses on the frontline working during the pandemic, to celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton. The Art department is hoping to exhibit the work in college once they return. Principal, Mike Hill said: “Well done to all our students for working so hard remotely”. Artwork submitted included Ruby Grant, Lily Hughes, Molly Langley, Amy Dooley, Marta Wadecka, Liv Swift and Maisie Graham.

Rainford High students secure place on prestigious law programme

Five Year 10 Rainford High students are celebrating after being granted a place on Liverpool John Moore’s University’s (LJMU) Law Factor Programme 2021. Following successful submission and school support of their applications, students Amy Moss, Laura Kenny, Faith Hampson-Gleave, Georgia Keogh and Rachael Arnold have secured a place on the prestigious programme. The programme is hosted by global law firm, DWF, in conjunction with LJMU. It allows students to gain an insight into law from professional lawyers and help to develop their confidence to believe such careers are accessible to them. Mr Gary Makin, director of personal development and careers education information & guidance, said: “We are delighted for the students who have gained a place on this prestigious programme. Whether they finish the course as a future legal eagle or thinking it may not be their preferred career path, it should prove a fun and engaging experience. “This is a great opportunity for students to link with both LJMU and a wellrenowned global employer in order to acquire the necessary insight and guidance to help inform their future career plans. A big thank you goes to Mr Zammit-Garcia, teacher of law at Rainford High, for his support with the application process and submissions.” Principal Ian Young added: “We are very proud that our young people have shown additional commitment and determination at this time to get themselves an opportunity to find out more about a future career. It is great to see them looking to their futures at this challenging time.”

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Keeping Knowsley’s young active Over the last few months and through the latest lockdowns Knowsley Schools Sports Partnership (KSSP) has continued to provide personal challenges and virtual competitions to help keep Knowsley’s young people active! These include weekly personal best challenges, national initiatives such as The Santa Dash and an Active Advent Calendar to keep everyone active over Christmas! All of these programmes aimed to give the young people of Knowsley extensive opportunities to stay active and have fun through a series of simple and easy to do physical and mental challenges that could be done on your own or with family with little or no equipment. It also allowed young people to still feel connected to their school, friends and wider school and borough community during a difficult period of isolation. KSSP also delivered and promoted a wide range of webinars and online learning courses, to help further teacher’s continued professional development and help prepare schools, parents and teachers for how the new school sporting landscape may look

post COVID 19 lockdown. David Sweeney, Knowsley Schools competition manager, said: “Our latest initiative is linking in with Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week from February 1 to the 7, when we will release daily activities to help young people and children protect and build their mental health through discussion, connection and planning. “We have been blown away by the engagement of our schools through our various social media channels, and it has been great to see so many schools and young people getting involved with our challenges, staying active and having fun during this most difficult of times. “All of our challenges and competitions are available to view and download from our website, www.knowsleyssp.com, and we regularly promote all of our events and activities through our social media channels, just search for @KnowsleySSP on Twitter and Instagram, Knowlsey School Sport Partnership on Facebook and make sure to give us a follow and a like!” Right: Some of the activities run by Knowsley Schools Sports Partnership

Invitation to get growing in Knowsley

Incredible Edible director Karen Mower is pictured with some of their incredible volunteers

Green fingered residents are being encouraged to get growing once again, as local growing charity Incredible Edible Knowsley is set to grow and donate thousands of vegetable plant seedlings across the borough. Everyone who received a donation of seedlings last year is being contacted by the charity to ask if they would like to receive another supply and to choose the type of seedlings they would like to plant. There are many different seedlings on offer including lettuce, tomato plants, cauliflower along with beans, peas and onions. The seedlings will be delivered by Incredible Edible’s team of volunteers, who will be adhering to strict social distancing guidelines, from the end of March onwards. The offer is also open to those who haven’t grown previously, but would like to get involved. Incredible Edible director, Karen Mower said: “Whether you’re an experienced gardener or a complete novice, we want you to know that you can grow your own

food easily and without specialist equipment or the need for much space. “We had an unbelievable response from the community when we launched this offer last year and we’re sure it will be even more successful this time around. “We’ll be contacting those who were involved last year, and anyone are interested in taking some seedlings can follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information about how they can get involved.” The volunteers have also been working hard preparing and getting everything ready for their community food club, they have also built a classroom and are preparing the large poly tunnel in readiness for planting. Anyone wanting to become a member or receive seedlings can email Karen, she will also be contacting everyone who have already said they would like to be a member. For more information about the work carried out by Incredible Edible Knowsley can contact director Karen Mower at Karen.mower@knowsleycommunityhub. co.uk

12 February 2021

Metro Mayor champions mental Bars and restaurants to health in the workplace begin reopening from 4 July It has been announced that bars and restaurants across Knowsley will begin to reopen from Saturday 4 July. The businesses have worked closely with Knowsley Council to ensure they can operate safely. Customer numbers will be restricted at each venue to adhere to social distancing guidelines. To support the reopening parts of Prescot town centre will be pedestrian only zones, helping to maintain social distancing along Eccleston Street. These arrangements will operate from 4 July and will be reviewed after six months. Licensing Officers will be patrolling over the weekend to observe and inspect premises. Although bars and restaurants are permitted to open for trade, they are not allowed to provide any regulated entertainment, for example live music or show any sporting events. CCTV will be used and monitored to ensure compliance with the regulations.

Jobs for your garden this month – as recommended by the Knowsley Flower Show Committee If the weather is kind to us, February is a great time to get the gardening year kick-started. You may not have had a chance to do much out there for a couple of months, so first, there’s a bit of cleaning up and preparing to do. Clean all your seed trays and prepare your pots. Dig over your beds, weed them and start planning what you’ll be planting, and where. This is a good month to start off some seedlings. Get a head start with flowers like marigolds, asters, nasturtiums and pansies and with edibles like tomatoes, peppers, chilli, lettuce and beetroot. Check the packs to see how long they’ll take to germinate – it could be between 1-4 weeks. Use a good quality seed compost, which is finer than ordinary compost, and you should get a 100% germination rate. Once planted, keep your seed trays indoors for now. This could even be in a garage or a shed (as long as they’ll be protected from frost), but once they germinate they will need light – a windowsill would be a good spot. It is also possible to plant some things direct into the ground now, too. You can start off your broad beans, for example, although make sure you apply a generous cover of mulch or a cloche to protect them from the cold. It’s a good idea to add a nice bit of mulch to your fruit bushes and raspberries, as well. If you want to add some more fruit trees to your garden, this is a good time to plant bare root trees, too. If you have strawberry plants, check them for dead foliage and remove if necessary. Split rhubarb crowns if they need it. If you haven’t yet chitted some potatoes ready to grow a first crop, you can do that now, too. Thank you to Knowsley Flower Show Committee members Tony Hill and Barbara and Keith Silcock for this month’s tips. You’ll find more February jobs and gardening tips from the committee on the Knowsley Flower Show Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KnowsleyFlowerShow This year’s Knowsley Flower show is due to take place on Sunday 8 August. If it can’t happen in person, it’ll take place virtually. We’ll have more updates in future columns.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, is championing a range of resources aimed at helping employers support the mental health and wellbeing of their employees, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The Combined Authority recently ran a seminar with the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) on mental health in the and is signposting from its website to the CIPD mental health toolkit for employers, as well as a range of other existing resources, including training from the Zero Suicide Alliance. Employers will be able to access discounted Mental Health First Aid Training via the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Be More Skills Funding programme. Speaking about the initiative, Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “This past year has been an exceptionally difficult for all of us and, while there has been an obvious focus on people’s physical health, this pandemic has put an enormous strain on mental health too. “I would really encourage employers to

take advantage of the resources available to help improve the wellbeing of staff. A healthier, happier workforce is a more productive workforce too. “I want everybody to know that it’s okay to be not okay. You are not alone. There is support out there and I hope that by raising awareness more people feel comfortable coming forward and getting the support they need.” Acting Mayor of Liverpool Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority portfolio holder for employment, education and skills, said: “The role of employers in promoting mental wellbeing among their employees has always been crucial but has perhaps become even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The key message we have for employers is that there are resources easily available out there that can help you to support the mental health and wellbeing of your employees. That’s not just good for them, it is good for you and your business. “In these difficult times it is imperative that we all take time to look out for one another and that applies to the workplace as much as anywhere else.”

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13 February 2021


ONCE IN LOVE WITH AMY We all love browsing through jumble sales and trawling through second hand shops and thrift stores for novelties and items of nostalgic interest, and in recent times the second-hand market has, like many aspects of our lives, moved online, with very profitable results too. We have cyberspace marketplaces such as eBay and Depop to name just two, where a bargain – be it used clothes or a 1978 Beano annual – is just a click away – but in the Sixties, the internet was unknown, and most people visited bricks and mortar second-hand shops, and there were many in Liverpool, along with the ubiquitous pawn shop. On Valentine’s Day in 1968, Amy and Adam, a couple in their twenties from Huyton, visited Liverpool to do a bit of shopping. It was a cold but sunny Wednesday afternoon, and Amy’s first port of call was a second hand shop on Renshaw Street. There were joss sticks smouldering in the dimly-lit shop, and colourful psychedelically-patterned hanging carpets lining the walls. Adam tried on a few hats, including a bowler, trying to make his fiancée laugh, but Amy went straight to the vintage jewellery and started to try on bangles, necklaces and rings. Under the watchful eyes of the shop’s owner, a Greek man in his fifties, Adam came across an old upright piano, and he lifted the lid, and being an able musician, he played the intro to Procul Harum’s ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’, and the shop proprietor smiled and nodded, remarking, “Very good.” Then Adam saw the box of old music sheets, and one in particular that was very fitting: ‘Once in Love with Amy’ – a song from the old Broadway musical ‘Where’s Charley?’ – and he put the dogeared sheet on the piano’s music rest and began vamping the chords as he sang to Amy in a mock Noel Coward voice: “Once in love with Amy – always in love with Amy!” Amy smiled dreamily at her fiancé – flattered by the rendition – but the Greek shop owner lifted he flap in the counter and shot across the shop to protest, startling the couple. “No! Stop that! Don’t play that!” Adam ceased playing and closed the piano lid, and Amy naturally wanted to know why her boyfriend couldn’t play the music.

The Greek took the music sheet from Adam and walked away, saying, “It’s unlucky to me, I’m sorry – I told the boy to get rid of it.” The boy was the young shop assistant who wasn’t around today. “Unlucky music?” mused Adam, smirking at Amy, “It’s a lovely song, for all the Amys in the world.” Amy pulled a ring off her finger, put it back on the pile of other rings, grabbed Adam’s hand, and yanked him with her as she stormed out of the shop. Outside on Renshaw Street, she seethed, “I can’t stand superstitious people! I was having a good mooch then as well.” “Ah, never mind, Ame, let’s go to that groovy shop you like – the Amber Boutique,” suggested Adam, and they crossed the street and walked towards Lewis’s Corner, passing beneath the famous statue of Dickie Lewis.

There were screams from Amy and other women as the brakes of the bus shrieked

Amy happened to glance back up Renshaw Street – and immediately noticed a man in a straw boater, a blue jacket with deckchair stripes, and white trousers. His face looked very pale, and Amy saw that he was looking at her as he marched along, twirling a walking cane. As the couple strolled along, Amy looked back several times, and seeing the man in the boater was following, she told Adam, but when he looked back, the stranger dramatically jumped into doorways or hid behind cars. There was something theatrical about the man, the couple thought. Amy dragged Adam to a jeweller, and as she gazed in the window, she and Adam saw the man in the boater standing behind them – and they saw him lift his cane! He was about to strike Adam, who turned and shouted, “Oi!” The man vanished, and Amy put her hand to her mouth and gasped, “Oh! Adam, he’s a ghost.” The couple went to the Amber boutique

– and the ghostly stalker was already there, trying to mingle with the mostly female clientele as he spied on Amy. “Maybe we should go home,” suggested a nervous Adam, and Amy nodded. As the couple walked up Church Street, that man appeared out of nowhere, and he pushed Adam into the path of a bus. There were screams from Amy and other women as the brakes of the bus shrieked, and the double-decker halted with a tyre inches from Adam’s head. Adam was helped up, and he and Amy were so afraid, they hailed a hackney which took them straight to Amy’s home on Lincombe Road. The girl’s mother said the man in the striped jacket had just been some oddball but Amy and Adam insisted that he had vanished into thin air before their very eyes. That night, Amy was awakened by

someone calling her name. She switched on her bedside light and saw the ghost at the bottom of her bed. He started dancing as he sung “Once in love with Amy – always in love with Amy...” Amy screamed, and the ghost’s face became twisted with hatred, and he rushed to Amy and his cold hands seized her throat! As she felt him choking the life out of her, the bedroom door flew open and the girl’s parents stormed the room. The ghost vanished, and thankfully, after that night, the phantom in the boater was seen no more. The entity had evidently been stirred up by Adam playing that song in the second hand shop, and the Greek proprietor had obviously known something about the ghost, but Amy never visited that shop again. • All Tom Slemen audio books are on Amazon.

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CHALLENGE HEALTH Healthy Knowsley It’s ok not to be ok right now! As the coronavirus pandemic continues we need to look after our mental health by talking to friends, family and those we trust. Young people in Knowsley (aged 10-19) can access free mental helath support during lockdown. The pandemic has affected everyone, but it is thought that some groups such as young people, people who have been furloughed and key workers, as well as those who are vulnerable and isolated, may be particularly struggling with poor mental health. To find information of services that can support you visit www.kooth.com - This mental wellbeing community offers free, safe anonymous online support on a range of topics. Crisis Helpline - 24/7 support for people of all ages living in Knowsley, including children and young people. Call 0800 051 1508 youngminds.org.uk - Shares advice for children and young people as well as parents and carers.

Additional COVID vaccination capacity to open in Halewood To support the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Knowsley, additional capacity will open in Halewood as and when supply allows. Currently, vaccination centres are open in Huyton and Kirkby and the additional capacity site will be based at Hollies Hall in Halewood. Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans to operate the Hollies Hall site on Hollies Road in Halewood residents from across Knowsley will be invited by their GP Practice to attend an appointment. The service is by appointment only so please do not turn up if you don’t have an appointment. Currently, the priority groups being invited to receive the vaccine are:• Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers • All those 80 years of age and over and front-line health and social care workers • All those 75 years of age and over • All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is running the vaccination programme alongside its 25 GP Practices and Knowsley Council is supporting the CCG and making available Council buildings as required. Everyone will be issued an appointment to receive the vaccine when it’s their turn, so please be patient whilst the priority groups are being vaccinated. In the meantime, you can get information about the COVID-19 Vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination

Coronavirus update and support Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care Knowsley’s rates of COVID infection remain dangerously high. It is clear that the virus is still being widely transmitted in the community. COVID-19 is easily passed from person to person so limiting interactions with anyone outside your household is vital. You can’t see, touch or smell COVID so you won’t know who has or hasn’t got it. You can help to reduce the rates of infection by:• Staying at home as much as possible. • If you do need to leave the house for essential trips such as home / work purposes, ensure you are using the borough’s SMART testing sites regularly (at least twice a week). SMART testing will identify people who have COVID but don’t have any symptoms so that they can self-isolate and stop passing the virus on to others. You can check where your nearest site is at www.knowsleynews.co.uk • If you, someone you live with, someone in your support bubble or a close contact have tested positive for COVID, it’s essential that you follow the law and self isolate for 10 days (from the date the symptoms started or from the date of the test). • Remember, a negative test is valid at that moment in time and doesn’t mean you are COVID clear – regular testing is recommended. • Maintain social distancing at all times. • Continue to regularly wash your hands with soap and water. • Wear a face covering where advised such as in shops, supermarkets and on public transport. The COVID vaccination programme is progressing well here in Knowsley but remember if you’ve had the vaccine, you still need to follow the rules as it can take a while for your body to build up protection. When it’s your turn to be vaccinated, the NHS will contact you. I appreciate how difficult this is and that people just want to get back to normality and see their family and friends, but our rates need to significantly reduce before that can happen. The challenges and pressures of this pandemic can have an impact on our mental health and wellbeing so it’s also important to look after yourself. I know many people are juggling home schooling, home working, furlough, financial issues and sadly loss and bereavement. You are not alone and help and support is available. There’s lot of useful tips, advice and support on www.kindtoyourmind.org.uk Stay safe and stay at home as much as possible.

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Telephone: 0151 709 7567 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (PROSPERO PLACE, PRESCOT) (TEMPORARY ONE WAY TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential building and construction works associated with the Shakespeare North Theatre (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”). The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from proceeding along: i) Prospero Place, Prescot – from its junction with Market Place to its junction with Church Street – restricting travel to northwestbound only. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Cumber Lane road closure is via Church Street, High Street, Warrington Road, Kemble Street, Market Place and Prospero Place. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Saturday 13 February 2021 to Friday 30 April 2020. The Order will come into force on Saturday 13 February 2020 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 29 January 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15(4) OR (5) OR ARTICLE 16 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION OF THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) PLANNING (LISTED BUILDING AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 (AS AMENDED) Notice is hereby given that the following applications have been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley. Application No: 20/00746/OUT by Poven Developments Ltd at Land At Ward Street/Moss Street, Prescot, Knowsley - OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT COMPRISING OF 14 NO. DWELLINGS AND UP TO 33 NO. APARTMENTS TOGETHER WITH CAR PARKING, LANDSCAPING AND OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS (ALL MATTERS RESERVED FOR FUTURE APPROVAL) Application No: *20/00576/HYB by ALDI Stores Limited at Land North of Cables Way, Adjacent To Carr Lane And Cables Way, Prescot HYBRID APPLICATION COMPRISING; FULL PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A NEW FOODSTORE (USE CLASS A1), EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT (USE CLASSES E(G), B2 AND B8), ACCESS, LANDSCAPING, AND THE PROVISION OF ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING CAR AND CYCLE PARKING FACILITIES, VEHICLE CHARGING SPACES, PEDESTRIAN ACCESS ROUTES AND SERVICING; OUTLINE PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT COMPRISING A DRIVE THRU RESTAURANT, DRIVE THRU COFFEE SHOP AND PUBLIC HOUSE TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED PARKING AND LANDSCAPING (ACCESS TO BE CONSIDERED ALL OTHER MATTERS RESERVED FOR FUTURE APPROVAL). * The proposed development does not accord with the provisions of the development plan in force in the area in which the land to which the application relates is situated. Application No: 20/00695/FUL by SEP Construction Services Ltd at Land Adjacent To 86 Melverley Road And Land To The Rear Of 2 - 18 Hanmer Road, Westvale, Kirkby - RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ERECTION OF 15 NO. DWELLINGS COMPRISING 4 NO. SEMIDETACHED DWELLINGS, 3 NO. TERRACED DWELLINGS AND 2 NO. TWO STOREY APARTMENT BLOCKS INCLUDING 8 NO. APARTMENTS TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED PARKING, ACCESS, LANDSCAPING AND BOUNDARY TREATMENTS Application No: 20/00726/FUL by QVC UK at QVC Call Centre, South Boundary Road, Knowsley Industrial Park - INSTALLATION OF ROOF MOUNTED SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEM TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE Application No: 20/00767/REM by Miller Homes North West at Parcel C Land at Prescot Cables Site, Prescot Park Way, Knowsley, Prescot, L34 1AH - APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF RESERVED MATTERS PURSUANT TO OUTLINE PLANNNING PERMISSION 15/00022/OUT (OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT COMPRISING UP TO 750 NO. DWELLINGS & UPTO 929 SQ M OF COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS (USE CLASSES B1/B2/B8)) APPROVAL SOUGHT FOR APPEARANCE, ACCESS, LAYOUT, SCALE, AND LANDSCAPING FOR THE ERECTION OF 55 NO. DWELLINGS (USE CLASS C3) Application No: 20/00789/FUL by Miller Homes North West at Land East of Prescot Park Way, Prescot Cables, Prescot - ERECTION OF 29 NO. DWELLINGS (USE CLASS C3) TOGETHER WITH CONSTRUCTION OF VEHICULAR ACCESS TO PRESCOT PARK WAY AND OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS Members of the public may view the application online using Public Access at https://planapp.knowsley.gov.uk/online-applications/ . Anyone who wishes to make representations about an application should write to the Council at Regeneration and Economic Development Department, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 21, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU or online via the above website within 21 days of the date of this publication. You can follow the application’s progress, find out if it is to be heard by planning committee, and be informed about the decision by using the ‘track’ option when viewing the application through the above link on our web site. Should this application be heard at planning committee and you wish to speak at the meeting the procedure to follow can be found at: https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/building-andplanning/make-a-planning-application/speaking-at-planning-committee M Harden Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 29 January 2021



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential junction improvement works (“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 from proceeding along:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential carriageway surfacing works (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”). The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from proceeding along:

i) Prescot Road, Cronton – from its junction with Cronton Road for a distance of 35 metres in a southerly direction.

i) Cuper Crescent, Huyton – from its junction with Liverpool Road for its entire length.

An additional effect of this order is to suspend the existing speed limit order along:

ii) Pine Close, Huyton – from its junction with Cuper Crescent for its entire length.

ii) Cronton Road, Cronton – from a point 200 metres west of its junction with Prescot Road to a point 200 metres east of its junction with Prescot Road. An additional effect of this order is to introduce a 30mph speed limit along: iii) Cronton Road, Cronton – from a point 200 metres west of its junction with Prescot Road to a point 200 metres east of its junction with Prescot Road. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Prescot Road closure is via Cronton Road, Alder Lane, Prescot Road and vice versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place from 23 January 2021 to 2 July 2021. The Order came into force on Saturday 23 January 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 23 January 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) (“THE ORDER”) TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) REGULATIONS 2017 (AS AMENDED) (“EIA REGULATIONS”) PLANNING (LISTED BUILDINGS AND CONSERVATION AREA) REGULATIONS 1990 (AS AMENDED) (“THE 1990 REGULATIONS”) NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15 OF THE ORDER AND REGULATIONS 25 AND 25A OF THE EIA REGULATIONS FOR AN APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION COMPRISING MAJOR DEVELOPMENT ACCOMPANIED BY AN ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT AND REGULATION 5A OF THE 1990 REGULATIONS OF DEVELOPMENT AFFECTING THE SETTING OF A LISTED BUILDING Notice is hereby given that the following amended application has been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley and that the application is accompanied by an environmental statement. The application may affect the setting of a listed building and constitutes major development. Application No: 20/00417/FUL Taylor Wimpey UK Limited on Land West Of Fox's Bank Lane And North Of M62, Halsnead Garden Village, Whiston. The scheme is revised and further information has been submitted by the applicant to accompany the Environmental Statement (further information received 21 January 2021 and 25 January 2021) for a FULL PLANNING APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT COMPRISING OF THE ERECTION OF 350 NO. DWELLINGS TOGETHER WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF VEHICULAR ACCESS OFF FOX'S BANK LANE (COMPRISING SIGNALISED JUNCTION), SUDS PONDS, LANDSCAPING, BOUNDARY TREATMENTS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS (INCLUDING DEMOLITION OF EXISTING FARM BUILDINGS) The full Environmental Statement (ES) and the updated Addendum Document setting out the changes to the ES and the associated planning application documents will be available to view online at https://planapp.knowsley.gov.uk/online-applications/. In the light of the current pandemic if you have difficulty in accessing the plans online or wish to discuss the proposal with the Planning Officer you will need to make an appointment beforehand by contacting the Planning Services Team on (0151) 443 2381. Members of the public may obtain copies of the Environmental Statement from Pegasus Group, 5 The Priory, Old London Road, Canwell, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5SH, Tel: 0121 308 9570, Email: birmingham@pegasusgroup.co.uk whilst stocks last. A paper copy of the Environmental Statement, Technical Appendices, Non-Technical Summary and ES Addendum Document costs £100, £150, £0 and £25 respectively. Electronic copies cost £10. Anyone who wishes to make representations about this application should write to the Council at Regeneration and Economic Development Department, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 26, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9FB or online via the above website within 30 days of the date of this publication. You can follow the application’s progress, find out if it is to be heard by planning committee, and be informed about the decision by using the ‘track’ option when viewing the application through the above link on our web site. Should this application be heard at planning committee and you wish to speak at the meeting the procedure to follow can be found at: https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/building-andplanning/make-a-planning-application/speaking-at-planning-committee M Harden Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 29 January 2021

There is no diversion route provided as the sections of road being closed form a no through road. It is anticipated that the works will take place from 22 February 2021 to 3 March 2021. The Order will come into force on 22 February 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 29 January 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive


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KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (VARIOUS ROADS, KIRKBY) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2020 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential carriageway surfacing works (“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 from proceeding along: i) Gaywood Avenue, Kirkby – from its junction with Broad Lane for its entire length. Closed from 2 February 2021 to 5 February 2021 ii) Peatwood Avenue, Kirkby – from its junction with Bewley Drive to its junction with Gaywood Avenue. Closed from 20 January 2021 to the 5 February 2021. iii) Shaldon Road, Kirkby – from its junction with Gaywood Avenue to its junction with Britonside Avenue. Closed from 21 January 2021 to 27 January 2021. iv) Shaldon Close, Kirkby – from its junction with Shaldon Road for its entire length. Closed from 21 January 2021 to 5 February 2021. v) Birkin Road, Kirkby – from its junction with Britonside Avenue to its junction with Shaldon Road. Closed from 26 January 2021 to 5 February 2021. vi) Birkin Close, Kirkby – from its junction with Birkin Road for its entire length. Closed from 26 January 2021 to 1 February 2021. vii) Garth Road, Kirkby – from its junction with Birkin Road to its junction with Shaldon Road. Closed from 22 January 2021 to 28 January 2021. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Peatwood Avenue road closure is via Gaywood Avenue, Broad Lane, Bewley Drive and vice versa. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Shaldon Road closure is via Gaywood Avenue, Redhill Avenue, Britonside Avenue and vice versa. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Birkin Road closure is via Britonside Avenue, Shaldon Road and vice versa. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Garth Road closure is via Shaldon Road, Britonside Avenue, Birkin Road and vice versa. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Gaywood Avenue closure is via Shaldon Road, Britonside Avenue, Broad Lane and vice versa. There are no suitable diversions available for Shaldon Close and Birkin Close. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Wednesday 20 January 2021 to Friday 5 February 2021. The Order came into force on Wednesday 20 January 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 29 January 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

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16 February 2021

Tackling ASB as officers take on joint bus operation As a direct result of issues you’ve raised by the Knowsley community, police officers have taken the opportunity to team up with Stagecoach and Knowsley Council Safer Communities Partnership to tackle crime on the buses and transport links in Kirkby. “Working with our partners is hugely important, especially when they are victims of criminal activity.” Said Inspector Dave Morgan from our Local Policing Team in Kirkby. The operation, which saw officers using both marked and unmarked police cars as well as travelling on various buses, comes after some recent reports of criminal damage to Stagecoach buses which resulted in a number of services being disrupted. This included an incident on Wellfield Avenue at 4pm on Saturday 16 January, in which a brick was thrown at a bus, causing damage to the window. Insp Morgan said: “Bus drivers have been working throughout the pandemic and are vital in allowing other key workers to get to and from work as well as children who might be travelling to schools. By throwing something at a bus

or any vehicle for that matter, is hugely dangerous and puts people at significant risk. “We will continue supporting Stagecoach and Knowsley Council to ensure the safe running of all services and I would continue to urge anyone in the community who sees someone involved in this stupid and dangerous behaviour to get in touch so we can put a stop to it.” A Stagecoach spokesperson added: “Bus services are absolutely critical to local communities and our economy, particularly at this time when they help key workers and other people make essential journeys. “Removing our buses from service is a last resort, but we cannot risk the safety of our hard-working staff or our customers. “Along with the rest of the community, we are appalled at the recent anti-social behaviour directed at our services in the Kirkby area and we would urge anyone with any information about these incidents to contact the police. “We are continuing to work closely with the police to ensure we can serve residents in Kirkby safely and this

Ever wanted to own a football club? Virtually all football fans have dreamed about owning their club and Prescot Cables supporters know exactly how it feels! As a Community Interest Company, Prescot Cables FC is open to everyone and you can purchase a share in the club for just £5.00. As they do at this time every year, the club are appealing to their existing members and shareholders to renew their stake in the club and invite anyone with football in their heart to join our fan-owned football club for the next 12 months. If you purchase a share, it will be valid from 1st January 2021 until 31st December 2021 and everyone purchasing one prior to the Annual General Meeting (the date and format of which will be announced in due course) will be eligible to vote on the business of that meeting. Shareholders will also be entitled to priority ticket purchasing rights should further attendance restrictions be brought in. The club is examining other ways in which buying or renewing membership in the CIC can offer benefits to supporters. Club representative, Gareth Coates said: “Prescot Cables Football Club is proud to be an integral part of the community; not just in the town of Prescot, but within the whole borough of Knowsley. We are owned and run by our supporters. “If you already hold a share, we thank you for your support and ask you to renew for 2021 and if you’ve never been a member of the club, we hope that you will consider joining and helping us to ensure the club endures for future generations. “Buying a share is simple: just go to our website at www.prescotcablesafc.com and go to the membership form within our online shop, which also stocks a range of club merchandise. “We now have over 350 international supporters and it is easy to join them and become a shareholder and owner of Prescot Cables Football Club.” Shares are now on sale at just £5 for 2021 membership.

included a joint operation. As a result, we are pleased to be able to restore the operation of full routes around Kirkby and enable key workers and our other customers to get access to the vital bus services they need.” Further joint days and nights of action are already planned and will continue in order to keep our communities safe. You can report anti-social behaviour via our social media desk on Twitter

@MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ UPDATE: Merseyside Police have arrested a teenage boy in connection with criminal damage being committed against Stagecoach buses in Kirkby. The 17 year old was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and taken to custody for questioning. An investigation is ongoing.

LGBT+ History Month to be marked in borough This February 2021 marks the annual month-long celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) history. Knowsley council will fly the rainbow flag outside the Huyton Municipal Building and the Kirkby Centre. and the Greystone Footbridge will also be lit in rainbow colours during the month, from 24-28 February. This year’s participation in LGBT+ History Month follows Knowsley Council’s launch of the No More campaign. No More addresses global issues of inequality and discrimination, using its power as a local authority to make positive change in Knowsley for its residents. Working closely with a number of organisations including the Youth Cabinet and Vibe, the No More campaign specifically aims to raise awareness of hate crime, what it is and how it can be reported. It explores the definition of hate crime and how it’s motivated by hostility or prejudice based on things including disability, sex, age, race, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation. You can find out more about LGBT+ History Month by visiting their website https://lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk/

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