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Crimewatch Roadshow Live aired a dramatic reconstruction of Adam Ellison’s murder

Murder Appeal airs on BBC Crimewatch The BBC1 programme Crimewatch Roadshow Live has aired a dramatic reconstruction of Adam Ellison’s murder along with an appeal for witnesses this week. Adam Ellison was just 29 when he was stabbed while walking home after a night out in Prescot, in the early hours of Saturday 8 November 2017. He and his cousins left the Deanes House on Church Street at approximately 12.40am. As they were turning onto Market Place, a green and white Kawasaki KX85 Big Wheel scrambler bike sped past, narrowly avoiding hitting them. Adam confronted the rider about 50 yards further down the street. The pillion passenger appeared to hit him, knocking him to the ground, before speeding off with the rider, but Adam’s cousins soon discovered he had been stabbed in the neck. He died in hospital later that morning. Merseyside Police remain keen to speak to potential witnesses, especially anyone who was in the Old Mill pub on nearby Mill Street that night. The scrambler bike passenger was seen shortly before the incident looking into the pub windows, perhaps searching for someone. In particular, the Crimewatch appeal revealed CCTV images of a woman (pictured right) police are eager to trace, as she may have seen something vital to helping solve the murder. She is not a suspect. CCTV images from inside the pub, released by Merseyside Police, show the possible witness inside the Old Mill in Prescot town centre. Adam had been in the pub on the night of his death, while his scrambler bikeriding attacker was later seen looking

through the premises’ windows after splitting from a convoy that had been in the area. Detective Chief Inspector John Middleton said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of the Old Mill public house on that night and may have seen Adam, who had been in the pub, or those motorcycles that were circulating in the area. “But specifically there was a young woman inside the pub who is seen on CCTV. We would very much like to speak to her.” As well as identifying the new potential witness, DCI Middleton added that the pair riding on the scrambler bike that almost collided with Adam had been part of a five-vehicle convoy that included stolen vehicles. Police believe there is a possibility they were in the area looking for someone though that person is not thought to have been Adam or any of his friendship group. DCI Middleton said: “There were five motorcycles in the area of Prescot that night, riding around the Old Mill public house. “There were three road motorcycles, two of which we knew were stolen, and two off-road motorcycles

“We don’t know why the motorcycles were in the area that night, they may have been just looking to engage in anti-social behaviour but they could have been looking for someone. If you have any information that could help in the investigation into the violent murder of Adam Ellison, call Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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KIRKBY FESTIVAL HAS NEW HOME This year Kirkby Festival is changing venue. For the last eighteen years it has been held on the Millbrook Park Millennium Green, but on July 14 July it is to be held at All Saints Academy. John Fleming chair of the festivals steering group said: “It is all about finances. Every year it gets more difficult to raise funds for the delivery of the festival, the hire of marquees, toilets, stage and the PA system, as well as payment to activity deliverers. “There are less funders and grants and more groups applying for those that are available, and we realised we would not be able to raise sufficient funds to hold this years event. “As a group we met to discuss the situation and we came up with the idea of asking All Saints if it would be possible to use their site. All Saints have always been a great support to the festival, printing flyers and posters, attending planning meetings, their staff helping on the day and their students participating with singing and dancing, and they said they would be delighted to home this years festival. “We are happy to say we will again provide the town’s biggest one day Free event, with face painters, circus and football skills, arts and crafts amongst the many activities. We will also have singing and dancing from Kirkby schools and other local community groups. Is this going to be the permanent home of the Kirkby Festival? “This will not be its permanent home though, it is for this year only. Next year will the 20th anniversary of the festival, and we intend it to be the biggest one ever. “We hope to involve local businesses and organisations with donations and sponsorship. If anyone wants to get in touch if they would like to volunteer on the day or help fundraise towards next years event they can telephone 07900 450388 or Email kirkbyfestival@aol.co.uk

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THE CYCLING SCOUSER IS OFF ON NEW ADVENTURE The Cycling Scouser is back on his bike and this time, he’s looking to crack America to raise money for children’s cancer charity, Charlie’s Chance Foundation. Andrew “Rogo” Rogerson, 33, made headlines in 2015 with his previous epic challenges that saw him cycle 10,000 miles across 19 countries, from Shanghai to his hometown of Liverpool (unassisted and untrained!) and run five marathons in five days in the sweltering heat of the Jordanian desert, raising over £27,000 since his fundraising journey began. Now, he’s taking on a gruelling coast-tocoast challenge across the United States of America in aid of Charlie’s Chance Foundation, a charity established to support children and their families affected by cancer. He’s looking to raise £30,000 which is his biggest target to date. The ride will see Rogo race against the clock to make the 3,100 mile distance in just 42 days. The massive feat will require eleven solid days of cycling to make the distance, which will leave just a small amount of time to rest and refuel. His journey will begin at Seattle Children’s Hospital, with him spending 10 days tackling the Rocky Mountains, facing not only an uphill battle with the tough land, but potentially bears and mountain lions too! From the Rockies, he’ll be looking to increase his pace on the flat states of Montana and North Dakota, before cycling through Chicago, Cleveland and, ultimately, the finish line at Jaguar Land Rover’s North American headquarters in New Jersey. In between the start and finish points, the Jaguar Land Rover engineer will face the elements with just a rucksack and a tent to accompany him through the majority of the journey.

Andrew said: “As long as Charlie is fighting his battle I feel as though getting back on the bike is the least I can do. “Even though the last ride was longer, I think this one is going to be more of a challenge. It’s a 42 day race to get back home. I’ll be covering daily distances much larger than the last ride, and I’m definitely not built for speed! I’ve also got the Rocky Mountains to deal with, and then there’s the bears. “As with all the challenges though, difficult doesn’t even come close compared to battling Leukaemia for nine years.” The Charlie’s Chance Foundation was set up when the son of a close friend and work colleague of Andrew’s, Charlie, was diagnosed with Leukaemia and was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. The entire journey will be supported by Andrew’s employer, Jaguar Land Rover, who has supported the charity since it was founded. Charlie’s Chance is Jaguar Land Rover Halewood’s charity of the year, voted for by employees. The aim of the foundation is to relieve sickness and promote and preserve good health of children with cancer by the provision of funding. Charlie’s Chance assists with fundraising to enable children with cancer to access beneficial treatments not offered by the NHS and to provide emotional and other support for them, their families and carers. Andrew’s journey begins on the 2 July 2018 from Seattle. You can donate to Charlie’s Chance through The Cycling Scouser’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cycling scouser For further information on Charlie’s Chance Foundation and Cycling Scouser, please visit: http://www.charlieschancefoundation.org/


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Councils controversial plan is to be scrapped under new leadership

NEW KNOWSLEY LEADERSHIP: “WE WON’T SELL THE BOROUGH’S PARKS” Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, has confirmed that he intends to drop the proposals to sell 10% of the borough’s parks and set up a charitable trust to manage them in the future. The council had previously agreed to work on proposals to sell 17 parkland sites for development in order to raise enough money to create a £40 million endowment. In the face of continued Government cuts to Knowsley Council’s funding, the aim of the work was to protect the remaining 90% of the borough’s parkland “forever”. The proposals, which came as a result of a £1.3 million funding shortfall in the parks budget, attracted substantial feedback from the local community. Councillor Morgan commented: “Upon taking over as Leader of this council a couple of weeks ago, I made it clear that one of my first priorities would be to look at the future of our parks – which are undoubtedly one of Knowsley’s greatest assets. Alongside my Labour Group colleagues, I have since looked in detail

all of the background documentation behind the independent review and taken note of the feedback and views of the local community. “There is no doubt that we still face an unprecedented financial challenge. But, for Knowsley to thrive in the future, I strongly believe that we have to work together with our local communities, listen to their views, and then shape our decisions on the basis of that complete and full picture. “The message from local communities has been loud and clear on this issue – they value our parks too much to lose them. With this in mind, I am going to take forward a proposal to reinstate the £1.3 million of council funding for the parks and open spaces budget from April 2019. We will still have to make savings to balance our budget, and that is not going to be easy, but we know that our residents want us to look elsewhere.” In November last year, the council’s Cabinet agreed to work on proposals to establish a charitable trust to manage the borough’s green spaces from April 2019,

which is when council funding for the service was due to run out. It was proposed that the trust could be established through the sale of 10% of the Borough’s green spaces over a 15year period. This could create a £40 million endowment, the interest from which could be used to manage and maintain the remaining 90% of the sites “forever”. Since taking over as Leader of the council on 18 May, Councillor Morgan and his new Cabinet colleagues have been working intensively to review key policy decisions. The Labour Group in Knowsley met today (11 June) to review the findings of this work.

Councillor Morgan added: “By 2020, we will have had £100 million ripped from our council budget by successive governments since 2010. The pressure which local authorities and particularly areas like Knowsley are under is incredible. We have to provide services for our residents with only half of the money we need to pay for those services. “The financial reality is that, once we reinstate the funding to maintain our parks, my colleagues and I will have to find this money from elsewhere. Therefore, in the coming months, we will be reviewing all aspects of our budget to identify options to generate income or make more savings. I can’t pretend that this will be an easy task but it is one that I will not shy away from and one that I will work with the people of Knowsley to achieve.” Left: Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council


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RICKY TOMLINSON IS SPELL BOUND BY, ‘THE ALT FAMILY’

BERTIE AND BETTY SETS THINGS BUZZING AT CARNIVAL The Friends of Eaton Street Park unveiled their new mascots, Bertie Bee and Betty Bee at the recent Prescot Carnival in June. Bertie and Betty met a Policeman, MP George Howarth, Prescot Mayor Dave Rigby, Knowsley Town Council Mayor Lee Tomlinson and Knowsley Mayor Jackie Harris. They learned how to hoola hoop, score a goal and how to Floss as well as high fiving and hugging hundreds of their new little fans. Watch out for these two, they will be doing a lot of buzzing around Prescot...

MAJOR RETAILERS SIGN UP TO HUYTON IN 10-YEAR DEALS GVA has agreed more than 3,000 sq ft of long-term lettings to Holland & Barrett, The Fragrance Shop and Knowsley Council's Citizens’ Advice Bureau at the Cavendish Walk scheme in Huyton. GVA, which acts as asset manager for the in-town retail parade, has seen increased interest in Huyton as more and more local people are choosing to return to its high street. Leading health retailer Holland & Barrett has taken 1,709 sq ft, while Knowsley Council's Citizens’ Advice Bureau has agreed to take 589 sq ft of space, both on 10-year leases. The Fragrance Shop, which already occupies 577 sq ft, has renewed its lease for a further 10 years. This activity is a strong endorsement of the scheme’s improved offering, which has recently been subject to investment

from the local council, as well as to GVA’s innovative, flexible approach to lettings and asset management in a turbulent market. Sholom Cohen at GVA, said: “Against a challenging retail backdrop, this most recent letting and lease renewal activity at Cavendish Walk significantly demonstrates that there is still good appetite from retailers for the right schemes and locations. “As a part of our strategy for the scheme, we are focussed on continuing to provide the right retail mix for the local demographic, giving people a reason to visit and return to the parade in Huyton. “We look forward to continuing to work with local and national retailers to deliver a scheme that works well for the area and continues to provide what shoppers are looking for.”

Alt Bridge School were delighted to welcome the fantastic Ricky Tomlinson to their school this week. The Drama club worked exceptionally hard writing and producing a performance inspired by the one and only, ‘Royle Family’. Ricky gushed about the performance congratulating the pupils on their hard work and talent! The cast included, Jamie Mercer as Jim, Billie-Jo Murphy as Barb’, Faye Grayson as Denise, George Owen as Dave and Sonny Horrocks as Antony. Following the performance, Ricky answered questions from pupils and was keen to find out more about them and our school. Ricky was a true gentleman, taking the time to have a photograph with everyone,

nothing was too much trouble. Ricky shared some hilarious stories which carried important messages, including “Push past setbacks, get up and try again” and, “It doesn’t matter where you are from, you can achieve whatever you want to”. He rounded off a memorable afternoon by inviting some lucky pupils and staff to the premier of his new film ‘Gloves Off’ at the FACT Cinema. We cannot wait to attend! The afternoon was a total success; Ricky had pupils, staff and parents alike, laughing, feeling uplifted and motivated to achieve their dreams. We at Alt Bridge would like to say a huge thank you to our local hero, “Ricky you are welcome in our school anytime!”

Work starts on £20m extra care scheme Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) is transforming a disused brownfield site in central Kirkby to host 170 high-specification new homes, including 100 much-needed extra care apartments for older people. The Maples on Westhead Avenue is LMH’s £20 million flagship scheme for Knowsley. Unveiled in November 2017, this landmark development focuses on high quality housing and supported living for some of the area’s elderly and most vulnerable people. Foundations for the additional housing and communal areas are in place and the mature maple trees on site are being protected to enhance the scheme. Further maples will be planted at the end of the build for residents to enjoy, giving the scheme its name and unique character. A communal sensory garden and a range of on-site amenities, including a bistro and hairdressing salon, will ensure The Maples offers a pleasant living environment. As well as the extra care homes, there will be 16 supported housing units and 54 homes for affordable rent and Rent to Buy, which is a new tenure designed to suit future homeowners.


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6 July 2018

Work underway on new affordable homes at site of empty Stockbridge Village pub The scheme from ForViva group member Villages Housing Association, will see 16 homes built on the site of the derelict Barley Mow pub. Work on the development, which will provide high-quality homes for affordable rent, is earmarked for completion in May 2019. It is the second new build development from Villages in Stockbridge Village with work on the £12.4 million state-of-the-art extra care scheme at The Withens, which will provide 90 new homes for older people, due to open in early 2019. Last year, the landlord also bought 14 homes for private rent in Marled Hey as part of its commitment to delivering high-quality housing in the area for residents. Nigel Sedman, director of homes at ForViva, said: “It is great to see the progress we are making to transform this former derelict pub into much needed new affordable homes. “We are working with the council and partners to deliver this scheme as part of our wider commitment to creating thriving communities in Stockbridge Village.” Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “I’m delighted to see this scheme progress. It will provide a greater choice of quality homes in Stockbridge Village, which will meet housing demands in the local area. “A former derelict site is being brought back into use too which I know will be welcomed by the local community.” The development of the new properties at the Barley Mow site is part funded by a grant of £435,000 from the Government’s Disposal Proceeds Fund. Villages will work with construction firm Ecogee to deliver the scheme and Lymm-based architect Eden Building Design. The Barley Mow development will comprise of 10 one-bedroom apartments, four twobedroom apartments and two three-bedroom houses.

COUSINS RAISE £1285 FOR HOSPICE Two Knowsley residents to take on a half marathon to help raise money for the hospice which cared for her dad, George, during the final few days of his life. Faye Oliver, 24 from Huyton joined her cousin Stephen Donovan, 31 from Prescot to remember her father. PE teacher Faye was on a year-long placement in Berlin when her dad took ill. Faye said: “My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer in September last year. He was originally due to have chemotherapy but his condition deteriorated so rapidly that any treatment was impossible. “Although he was only in Willowbrook for a couple of days, the staff there were amazing and treated my dad as a person, not just a patient. He was made to feel really comfortable and we knew that he was in the best possible place given the circumstances. “The hospice was also really accommodating to our whole family. “We’re a big family so my dad had a lot of visitors throughout his stay and everyone was made to feel welcome. They also allowed me and my mum to stay over so that we could spend some private with my dad.” Sadly, George passed away in the Prescot-based hospice on 27 January this year. Faye said: “One of my dad’s final wishes was that I continue my work in Berlin and complete my year there but when my cousin, Stephen, mentioned that he was looking for a running buddy for the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, I jumped at the chance and arranged to fly over to take part – even though I’d never ran that far in my life! “We both decided to use the race as an opportunity to raise money for Willowbrook to thank them not only for the care they gave my dad but also for the support they gave to Stephen’s uncle Joe a few years ago. “We were amazing by the support we had from our family and friends and I know that my dad would have been made up with what we’ve achieved. “He’d have been over the moon when we crossed the finishing line but more importantly he’d have been so proud that we managed to raise so much money to help other families who need the care and support that Willowbrook provides.”

Faye Oliver

Stephen Donovan

HALEWOOD COFFEE MORNING There will be a free coffee morning in Halewood Library on Friday 6 July between 10.30-12.30. Any local person who has finished their working or caring for their family is welcome to meet local members from Halewood U3A who will tell you about their monthly meetings and the activities that are organised locally. Apart from having monthly speakers their interest groups include walking, a discussion group, a book group, a photography group, an eating out group and a craft group. You can find out about any visits that the group has made to the Mersey Tunnels or other places and about their annual Summer and Christmas events. Just turn up on the day - you will be met by some very friendly faces! If you want to come but cannot make it on the day then ring Liz on 0151 486 6547.


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RESIDENTS URGED TO BE VIGILANT AGAINST OUTDOOR FIRE RISKS DURING HOT SPELL

The council is supporting Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service to urge residents to take extra care against the risk of outdoor fires during the current spell of hot weather. With the increased risk of spontaneous ignition to grass and woodland due to the prolonged high temperatures, residents are being asked to be extra vigilant when out in the countryside or on the coast. With open ground temperatures rising very high in some areas currently, there is also the risk of fires even starting out of sight underground through smouldering peat and other materials. Fires like this can then spread rapidly overground in the current temperatures. To help combat these risks, the following guidance has been issued:• Ensure cigarettes are extinguished correctly and cannot reignite – don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground – take your litter home. • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows. • Avoid using open fires in the countryside. • Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodland – sunlight shining through

glass can start fires (take them home and recycle them). • Only use barbecues in a suitable and safe area and never leave them unattended. • If you see a fire, report it to the fire and rescue service immediately by calling 999 and give the nearest main road that the fire appliance can access. • Don’t attempt to tackle fires– leave

the area as quickly as possible. During the current hot spell there is also an increased risk of fires being started deliberately. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service arson team manager Michael Buratti said: “In the current hot weather spell there is clearly an increased risk of fires in wooded, bush and grassed areas starting either accidentally or spontaneously.

“However there is also a direct link between deliberate fires and the warm temperatures due to grassland and vegetation being very dry which creates ideal conditions for a fire to develop. “This means that deliberate fires involving grass, trees and vegetation are also likely to spread very quickly. “Deliberately setting a fire is arson. Deliberate fires are investigated and The Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service arson team will be working with Merseyside Police, local authorities and other partner agencies to identify offenders. “Our advice to residents is to take care when out in grassed and wooded areas, be vigilant but also report any suspicious activity to ourselves and the Police immediately.” As part of its current operations to tackle grassland fires, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service positioning some hosing equipment near at risk sites to ready for quick use in case of repeated fire incidents. Members of the public are asked not to move the equipment or be aware that it is unnecessary to report their presence to us as this is part of part of current operational procedures.


8 July 2018

Entertainment News MONDAY 2 JULY ADVANCED WALKING - MILL DAM PARK 10am – 1pm 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. KNIT & NATTER GROUP - HUYTON LIBRARY 10:30am – 12:00pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton L36 9GD. Bring along any project you are doing, knitting or crochet. Swap patterns and ideas, make new friends and have a cuppa and a chat. All levels of experience welcome. Please ask branch staff for more details or call 443 3734 KAB’S (KIDS ACTIVITIES AND BOOTCAMPS) - (AGES 514) 5:00pm – 6:30pm Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue, Kirkby L33 9TW. Fully qualified coach, PT Instructor with lots of experience and qualifications with children. For ages 5-14 years. Cost £6 per session, £10 for 2 sessions. Contact Tommy Cashen - 07525 166584, hello@kabs-fitness.co.uk THE YOUTHY YOUTH CLUB 6:15pm – 8:45pm The Youthy, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton L36 3YE. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: Joey Fogg: 0151 443 5323, joe.fogg@youthmutual.co.uk TUESDAY 3 JULY SEWING BEE AT HUYTON LIBRARY 10am – 12pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD. Come along to Huyton Library for our Sewing Bee adult activity. Work toward your own personalised gift. Experienced and inexperienced stitches. All welcome for a chat, a cup of tea and a chance to learn a new skill. Hand sewing. Contact: 0151 443 3734, huyton.library@knowsley.gov.uk AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - HUYTON LIBRARY (AGES 5+) 3:45pm – 4:45pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton L36 9GD. Craft session for children 5 and over. Please note, under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please call 443 3734 QUEER YOUTH - COMICS YOUTH WORKSHOP (AGES 1218) 5:30pm – 7:30pm Centre 63, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby L32 5TH. LGBTQ friendly comics and zine workshops and social hangout for queer young people in Knowsley aged 12-18! Pop along, have a chat, make some art, and generally have a boss time! Contact: Rhiannon Griffiths- 07525369624 Email: hi@comicsyouth.co.uk RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 16 - ADULT) 7pm – 8pm Halewood Environment Centre, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Road running sessions delivered by Knowsley Harriers Athletics Club for both beginners and more experienced runners. Ages 16+. Free. See www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details WEDNESDAY 4 JULY MEMORY LANE - KNOWSLEY DEMENTIA CARE SUPPORT 10am – 2pm The Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX. Our aim is to provide emotional & practical support to carers respite groups, functions, advice. We also endeavour to provide stimulating care for those with dementia. On Wednesdays and Fridays we run groups from 10am - 2pm at Arncliffe Sports & Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA. Contact details: 07858 032 490, kdcsmemorylane@live.co.uk JAM CLUB (RECEPTION - YEAR 6) 3:30pm – 5:00pm St Mary’s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26 9TY. Doors open 3pm for toast & juice. This club is for all primary school children Reception - Year 6 and we play games, do crafts, singing, drama and team building, as well as looking at Bible Stories and morals. All our clubs are FREE and inclusive of all faiths. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email halewoodchurchcw@gmail.com for any more information. PEDAL AWAY @ MILL DAM 6pm – 8pm Kirkby Mill Dam Park, Play & Environment Centre, Mill Lane, Kirkby L32 2AU. Ride on lanes. 6:00pm start. Bikes and helmets are available to hire (suggested donation £3) on all rides, please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: Lou Henderson 0789

399725 lou.henderson@cycling.org.uk FRIENDS OF STADT MOERS PARK 6:30pm – 9:30pm Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. The Friends meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month in the Environment Centre. Call 0151 489 1239 for more information. THURSDAY 5 JULY ARNCLIFFE CENTRE YOGA CLASS 10:00am – 11:30am Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA. Yoga class for relaxation exercise, breathing, stretching and feeling good. For teens and adults. Please contact for costs. Contact: June Baxter, 0151 486 3874, c/o Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA AFTER SCHOOL PLAY CLUB - TERM TIME 3:30pm – 5:45pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. For ages 4-11 Cost £1 plus 70p for a snack. Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865, Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT STREET DANCE CLASS (AGES 8+) 5pm – 6pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A class that's fast and funky for ages 8yrs and over. Price: £3 or any two for £5/week. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ COMIC YOUTH CENTRE 63 SENIOR WORKSHOPS (AGES 13-18) 6:45pm – 8:30pm 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. Email: hi@comicsyouth.co.uk FRIDAY 6 JULY MOONBEAMS - COFFEE MORNING/CRAFT CLASS (PARENTS & CARERS) 9:30am – 2:00pm River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton L36 3YE. We support parents and carers of children with special needs. We currently have a coffee morning on the first Friday of the month at 9.30 am to 1pm and a craft class for the remaining Fridays of the month. The class takes place between 9.30 am and 2.00 pm. but you can drop in at any point between those two times. For further information please contact Yvonne 07403 348849 or email: moonbeamsconnect@gmail.com CODING CLUB - HALEWOOD LIBRARY 3:30pm – 4:30pm Halewood Library, The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, L26 9UH. Do you have a favourite computer game? Would you like to learn how to make your own computer games? At Code Club you can learn how to make cool games, animations and websites too! Sessions are suitable for children aged 7+. Please note, under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please call 0151 443 2086 SATURDAY 7 JULY KNOWSLEY PARKRUN 9am – 10am Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Every Saturday morning, Stadt Moers Park in Whiston, plays host to the Knowsley parkrun starting at 9am. It’s a free to enter timed 5k event that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get active outdoors. To take part in parkrun as a runner or to volunteer, just visit the Knowsley parkrun website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/knowsley/ and register. If you would like more information please email organisers at knowsleyhelpers@parkrun.com to register your interest. MELODIES (SENIORS 11+) - MUSICALITY FOR ALL 11:00am – 12:30pm Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood L26 0TH. Advanced level session to challenge our senior students dance, drama and singing skills. Performers will have the option to take LAMDA exams, learn a range of dance techniques and take part in regular competitions/performances. Contact us for class fees and to book your place, must book at least 1 week in advance. email: musicalityproductions@hotmail.co.uk Call: 07772614525

SUNDAY 8 JULY CLUBBERCISE - BRINGING A NIGHT OUT TO YOUR WORKOUT 6:30pm – 7:30pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. Simple & fun dance workout with glow sticks and disco lights to club anthems from 90's to today's hits! All welcome - no need to book, just come along. Class price: £4 per person. For more information please contact me, Jo, on 07511180133 or email joanne4399@hotmail.com MONDAY 9 JULY KNOWSLEY VILLAGE ART GROUP (ADULTS) 9:30am – 12:30pm Knowsley Village Hall, School Lane, Knowsley Village L34 9EN. Local art group for adults run by excellent teacher. For further information please contact: John Newton Contact Number 0151 546 4769 WALKING FOR BEGINNERS (HALEWOOD WALKING CLUB) - HALEWOOD 10am – 11am Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood L26 7XB. Beginners walking 1 mile (approx. 45 mins) Please call 488 6151 for more information CARDIAC REHAB WALKS AT COURT HEY PARK 1pm – 3pm 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. PRESCOT SWIMMING CLUB 8pm – 9pm Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. The club has five sessions (four swimming) over the week. (All sessions are at the Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park. Additional training is available via the Prescot Open Swimming Squad at both Knowsley and Parr in St Helens. Monday 8:00-9:00pm; Wednesday 7:30 – 9:00pm; Friday 7:30 – 9:00pm; Sunday 2:30 – 4:30pm. 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 TUESDAY 10 JULY PEDAL AWAY - HEALTH ON WHEELS @ COURT HEY PARK 10:00am – 1:30pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley L16 3NA. Cycle ride along Liverpool Loop Line. Please note that bikes and helmets can be hired (suggested donation £3), please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: Lou Henderson 0789 399725 lou.henderson@cycling.org.uk A BREAK WITH A BOOK - STOCKBRIDGE VILLAGE 1:00pm – 2:30pm The Craigs Community Centre, Little Moss Hey, Stockbridge Village L28 5RL. The Reader invites you to a free group taking place every Tuesday morning at the Craig's Community Centre. Meet new people and relax at a free shared reading group for Knowsley residents. We get together every week to share a good story over tea and cake. Everything will be read aloud and there's no pressure to join in - just put your feet up and listen. Contact Megg Hewlett - megghewlett@thereader.org.uk / 07807106869 – or just turn up! NEXT LEVEL (YEARS 7-11) 5:30pm – 7:00pm St Mary’s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26 9TY. This club focuses on team building and confidence building. We play games, have discussions, explore Christian morals and messages and regular trips away. Years 7-11. All our clubs are free and inclusive of all faiths. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email halewoodchurchcw@gmail.com for any more information. ATHLETICS TRACK SESSIONS (EFFORT BASED) 7pm – 8pm Kirkby High School, Bracknell Avenue, Southdene, Kirkby, L32 9PP. Platinum Team – (Varied Interval Session); Gold/Silver/Bronze Team – (Varied Interval Session); Adult Track Sessions – £1 Per Session. See www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details WEDNESDAY 11 JULY ENVIRONMENTAL TASK DAYS @ HALEWOOD PARK 10am – 12pm. Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Halewood Park Volunteers

Various practical activities in the great outdoors, including tree and wildflower planting, woodland and pond management and habitat creation. Please call 0151 488 6151 for more information. A BREAK WITH A BOOK - KIRKBY 2:30pm – 4:00pm Kirkby Library, The Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby L32 8XY. The Reader invites you to a free group taking place every Wednesday. Meet new people and relax at a free Shared Reading Group for Knowsley residents. We get together every week to share a good story over tea and cake. Everything will be read aloud and there's no pressure to join in - just put your feet up and listen. Contact Megg Hewlett - megghewlett@thereader.org.uk / 07807106869 – or just turn up! BRYER ROAD YOUTH CLUB 6:15pm – 8:45pm Bryer Road Youth Club, Bryer Road Community Centre, Prescot L35 5DW. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: Stephen Blackhurst 0151 443 5323 stephen.blackhurst@youthmutual.co.uk BKR JU-JITSU 7pm – 8pm 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 12 JULY BEGINNERS WALKING - STADT MOERS 11am – 12pm Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston, L35 3RG. Beginners walking 1miles (approx.45 minutes) Please call 489 1239 for more information YOGA (ADULTS) 6pm – 7pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A gentle Hatha Yoga class for Adults of Any Age to reduce stress, improve posture, sleep and flexibility. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ FRIDAY 13 JULY SOCIAL VARIETY AFTERNOON (AGES 50+) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Enjoy an afternoon of quizzes, games, sing-a-longs, dance, raffle, bingo and general all round fun (novelty gift prizes). Sessions are £2.50 per person (includes raffle, bingo, tea/coffee and biscuits). Please note that classes are subject to change quarterly and there can be timetabling charges - be sure to check out monthly timetable. For further details and to book your place contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, yvonnerea@aukmm.org.uk KIDS MAKE IT - HUYTON LIBRARY (AGES 5+) 3:45pm – 4:45pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton L36 9GD. Get hands on making circuit boards and using micro bits and coding with Scratch. Age 5+ Please note, under 8's must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please call 443 3734 BASKETBALL COACHING SESSION (AGES 7+) 7pm – 8pm Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood L26 0TY. Basketball coaching sessions for all abilities. Ages 7 upwards to adult. Cost £2.50 per session. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details. SATURDAY 14 JULY ALL STARS FOOTBALL COACHING FOR AGES 3-6YRS 9am – 10am Lord Derby Academy, Seel Road, Huyton, L36 6DG. Football coaching for boys & girls aged 3-6 years. £20 per month/£5 per week. Delivered by fully qualified DBS checked and First Aid trained coaches. Website - http://www.allstarcoaching.co.uk/ - Tel No: 0151 230 2664 THE SAFARI KIDS CLUB (AGES UP TO 12YRS) 12pm – 3pm Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. Priced at £2.10 per child (discounts for families) and parents get in for FREE. Activities and fun for children up to 12yrs. Giant Bouncy Castle, Multi Sports, Arts and Crafts, Community Café, Monthly Movie Club,

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Entertainment News • What’s On guide continued from Page 8 up to 12yrs. Giant Bouncy Castle, Multi Sports, Arts and Crafts, Community Café, Monthly Movie Club, Cookery and so much more. Don't forget to bring your leisure pass! Organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details please contact Maria Branch, 07725 418637 SUNDAY 15 JULY COURT HEY YOUTH CLUB 6:30pm – 8:00pm Court Hey Methodist Church, Roby Road, Huyton L14 3NU. We are a youth club catering to our members needs, for example, we have equipment for numerous sports and each week we run activities that our members want to participate in. As well as playing various sports and games, we also do crafts for our less active members. Our members pay £1.50 subs each week and there is also a tuck shop selling various sweets and drinks that they can purchase refreshments from. The leader in charge of the youth club is Suzanne Rainford and her contact number is 078028740119. MONDAY 16 JULY NIFTY 50’S 10am – 11am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. For Adults Aged 50 +. Low impact class. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ CARDIAC REHAB WALKS AT COURT HEY PARK 1pm – 3pm 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. OUR PLACE YOUTH CLUB 6:15pm – 8:45pm Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Youth club You can get involved at any of our youth clubs in positive activities; you will meet new friends, develop new skills and be able to contribute positively to your community. What we offer You can socialise with your friends in safe environments, developing positive relationships and taking an active role in your communities. Why not give your local youth club a try? We want all KYM members to have a say in what happens in the Youth Club and the programme will be designed around you. Contact details 0151 443 5323 Ste Blackhurst TUESDAY 17 JULY GET UP AND MOVE (OVER 50S) 12pm – 1pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Come along, get active and have some fun with our ‘Get up and Move’ gentle exercises to music. Sessions are £2.50 per person. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, yvonnerea@aukmm.org.uk BREAKDANCE CLASSES (AGES 5 - 7) 5:15pm – 6:15pm Community Room, Tesco Prescot, Cables Retail Park, Stanley Way, Prescot L34 5NQ. Come along to our fun and fitness Breakdancing session for children aged 5-7 years old. £1 voluntary donation. For more information contact Southmead Children’s Centre 0151 443 4531 or visit www.familyvoicesfamilychoices.co.uk VICTORIOUS SECRETS NETBALL TEAM (AGES 16+) 8pm – 9pm 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 18 JULY LINE DANCING (ADULTS) 10am – 11am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A Class For Adults of Any Age. A fun way to keep fit for all ages. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ W.I.K.E.D. DANCE (AGES 7-10) 5:30pm – 7:00pm 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. We offer fun dance sessions for children aged 3 upwards and meet on Wednesdays during Primary School Terms. Infants, Ages 3-6. 5.30 - 6.30pm - £2.00 plus 50p Tuck (optional) Juniors, Ages 7-10. 5.30 - 7.00pm £2.50 plus Tuck Inters, Ages 10-14. 7.00 - 8.30pm £2.50 plus Tuck Primes, Ages 14+. 7.00 - 8.30pm £2.50 plus Tuck Contact Helen 07954134599 or Julie 07828092219 for further details. LIVERPOOL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY - WEEKLY PUBLIC 7pm – 9pm Leighton Observatory, Pex Hill, Cronton WA8 5QW. Weekly public meetings are held every Wednesday evening (except at Christmas week), in the Liverpool Astronomical Society’s Leighton Observatory. 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 19 JULY BEGINNERS WALKING - STADT MOERS 11am – 12pm Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Beginners walking 1miles (approx.45 minutes) Please call 489 1239 for more information OLDER PEOPLE'S FUN OLYMPICS (AGES 55+) 1:30pm – 3:30pm Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Knowsley Older People's Fun Olympics (KOPFO) is for you to be active and healthy and have fun at the same time. If you’re over 55, come and join us each week in Knowsley's fabulous Leisure Centres. Cost £1. For more details on these sessions please contact Geoff Lyon on 0151 430 7710 or email GgeoffLyon@aol.com STREETWISE KOREAN MARTIAL ART - MASTER D. JONES (AGES 4+) 7:00pm – 8:30pm 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 FRIDAY 20 JULY PEDAL AWAY @ HALEWOOD PARK 10am – 11am Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Cycle along Liverpool Loop Line 10:00 am start. Please note that bikes and helmets can be hired (suggested donation £3), please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: Lou Henderson 0789 399725 lou.henderson@cycling.org.uk SWANSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE AFTERNOON TEA FOR 1pm – 3pm Swanside Community Centre, Willoughby Road, Huyton L14 6XA. Served in beautiful china, come along and join us today for some wonderful company with inspirational people... Cost £3.00 for the afternoon tea, we sometimes have a singer visiting us and on those occasions the cost is £5.00 for the tea and the singer. For more information please call 0151 489 2370 WESTVALE YOUTH CLUB 6:15pm – 8:45pm Westvale Community and Youth Centre, Richard Hesketh Drive, Kirkby L32 0TZ. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: Joey Fogg: 0151 443 5323, joe.fogg@youthmutual.co.uk SATURDAY 21 JULY DIDDIKICKS - AWARD WINNING PRE SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLASSES FOR 18MTHS-5YRS 9am – 12pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. Diddikicks is now in to its 5th year and the sessions and classes have grown from strength to strength. For more information on our classes and to book yourself on to a FREE trial, please email today to warrington@diddikicks.co.uk M.A.T.C.H. (MEN & THEIR CHILDREN) WHISTON AREA CC 10:00am – 11:30am Tesco Community Room, Tesco Prescot, Cables Retail Park, Prescot L34 5NQ. Term

time only. MatCh - Men and Their Children - is a drop in group for fathers, male carers and their Children aged 0 - 5 years. We offer play sessions including sensory play, arts and crafts, messy play and more... For further information contact Southmead Children's centre 0151 443 4531 MONDAY 23 JULY KNOWSLEY VILLAGE ART GROUP (ADULTS) 9:30am – 12:30pm Knowsley Village Hall, School Lane, Knowsley Village L34 9EN. Local art group for adults run by excellent teacher. For further information please contact: John Newton Contact Number 0151 546 4769 KNIT & NATTER GROUP - HUYTON LIBRARY 10:30am – 12:00pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton L36 9GD. Bring along any project you are doing, knitting or crochet. Swap patterns and ideas, make new friends and have a cuppa and a chat. All levels of experience welcome. Please ask branch staff for more details or call 443 3734 PERFORMING ARTS SESSION MUSICALITY FOR ALL (AGES 4-7) 4pm – 5pm St Mark's Catholic Primary School, Fir Avenue, Halewood L26 0XR. Open level class which focuses on building skills and confidence through dance, drama and singing techniques. 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 SHI'HING KUNG FU (AGES 5 - ADULT) 5:45pm – 7:00pm Tarbock Village Hall, Netherley Road, Tarbock Green L35 1QG. Learn self-defence 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 http://shihingkungfu.co.uk/. Contact: admin@tarbockhall.co.uk or 07746 123855 for further information TUESDAY 24 JULY DITCH THE STABILISERS & LEARN TO RIDE @ CENTRE63 10am – 2pm Centre 63 Youth Club, Church of England Youth Centre, Kirkby L32 5TH. Pedal Away is holding various free cycling sessions throughout the year for children to learn how to ride without stabilisers, and for everyone to join in group rides and have fun. The sessions are a great way to keep fit, have fun, and enjoy the great outdoors. To book a place, visit the Eventbrite website. To find about more about the rides, you can call 01925 234213 or email info@cycling.org.uk AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - HUYTON LIBRARY (AGES 5+) 3:45pm – 4:45pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton L36 9GD. Craft session for children 5 and over. Please note, under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please call 443 3734 CHIX WITH STIX 6pm – 8pm Heritage Hub, 55 Eccleston Street, Prescot L34 5QH. Come to our FREE knitting and crocheting group every Tuesday. People of any ability are welcome to come and make friends, share their experiences and knowledge, and have some fun! Contact Lynsey 0777 3575856 for further details. RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 16 - ADULT) - HALEWOOD 7pm – 8pm Halewood Environment Centre, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Road running sessions delivered by Knowsley Harriers Athletics Club for both beginners and more experienced runners. Ages 16+. Free. See www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details WEDNESDAY 25 JULY MEMORY LANE - KNOWSLEY DEMENTIA CARE SUPPORT 10am – 2pm The Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyto L36. Our aim is to provide emotional & practical support to carers - respite groups, functions, advice. Contact details: 07858 032 490, kdcsmemorylane@live.co.uk LITTLE MOVERS (AGES 4-7) 4pm – 5pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. For Children Aged 4-7. A fun dance class. Price: £3 or any two for £5/week. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ YOUTH CLUB FOR AGE 12+ 6:30pm – 9:30pm Halewood Youth in Community

Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. Youth Club for age 12+ - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6.30pm - 9.30pm - 80p Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865. THURSDAY 26 JULY ARNCLIFFE CENTRE YOGA CLASS 10:00am – 11:30am Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood L25 9PA. Yoga class for relaxation exercise, breathing, stretching and feeling good. For teens and adults. Please contact for costs. Contact: June Baxter, 0151 486 3874, c/o Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA CENTRE 63 YOUTH CLUB 4:30pm – 8:30pm Centre 63 Youth Club, Church of England Youth Centre, Kirkby L32 5TH. The Youth club in Centre 63 is open access for all young people aged 8 - 25 living in Knowsley. Junior session 4.30-6.30pm aged 812. Senior session Year 8 upwards 6.30-8.30pm. Contact: 0151 549 1494 info@centre63.co.uk COMIC YOUTH CENTRE 63 SENIOR WORKSHOPS (AGES 13-18) 6:45pm – 8:30pm Centre 63, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby L32 5TH. We deliver a Juniors workshop for children aged 812 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. Email: hi@comicsyouth.co.uk Swimming Classes - Adults WhenFri, July 27, 12:00pm – 12:45pm WhereStockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village, L28 1AB (map) DescriptionAdults Learn to swim lesson. If you are nervous of getting in the pool don’t worry, you’re not alone and help is at hand. We offer classes in a friendly and supportive environment and you'll meet plenty of people going through the same experience as you. If you are interested in these classes please either go to reception and book your place or call 443 2200 FRIDAY 27 JULY MALVERN SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB (AGES 7+) 7pm – 9pm Dovecot MAC, Back Dovecot Place, Dovecot L14 9BA. Classes teaching Shotokan Karate to Children and Adults. Affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain. Britain's Largest single Style Karate Association. For ages 7 and Upwards - Adults Welcome Too . Cost £5. Contact: Chris Cray 07595258345 - malvernkarate@hotmail.co.uk SATURDAY 28 JULY PEDAL AWAY WEEKEND RIDE @ CENTRE 63 11:00am – 12:30pm Centre 63 Youth Club, Church of England Youth Centre, Kirkby L32 5TH. Pedal Away is holding various free cycling sessions throughout the year for children to learn how to ride without stabilisers, and for everyone to join in group rides and have fun. The sessions are a great way to keep fit, have fun, and enjoy the great outdoors. To find about more about the rides, you can call 01925 234213 or email info@cycling.org.uk MONDAY 30 JULY CARDIAC REHAB WALKS AT COURT HEY PARK 1pm – 3pm 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. TUESDAY 31 JULY PEDAL AWAY - HEALTH ON WHEELS @ COURT HEY PARK 10:00am – 1:30pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA. Cycle ride along Liverpool Loop Line. Please note that bikes and helmets can be hired (suggested donation £3), please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: Lou Henderson 0789 399725 lou.henderson@cycling.org.uk SOUTHDENE YOUTH CLUB 6:15pm – 8:45pm Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkby L32 9PQ. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: Joey Fogg: 0151 443 5323, joe.fogg@youthmutual.co.uk


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12 July 2018

WALKERS HAVE SPLASHING TIME IN THE MOONLIGHT FOR WILLOWBROOK Over 600 people had a ‘splashing time’ as they took to the streets of Knowsley and St Helens as part of Willowbrook Hospice’s annual Moonlight Colour Walk in June. Now in its twelfth year, walkers got in the mood with entertainment provided by DJ Terryoake, dancers from the Jan Williams Theatre School and a fabulous warm-up from Glow-Fit. Just before the start of the walk, the sky turned into a sea of pink as people remembered and celebrated the lives of their loved one with a special balloon release. Following a countdown from Willowbrook’s fundraising manager, Nichola Saunders, the walkers were off with many choosing to take part in a special colour splash before taking on either the original 10 km route or a ‘mini moonlight’ of 6km. On their return, every walker received a wellearned Moonlight Walk medal and refreshments. Nichola Saunders, head of fundraising at

Willowbrook Hospice said: “This year’s Moonlight Walk was amazing and it was lovely to see so many people coming together to remember their loved ones and to help raise much needed funds to ensure that we as a hospice can continue to care and support our patients and their families. “On behalf of Willowbrook I’d like to thank every single person who was involved with the event, whether as a walker, a steward or a volunteer!” Diane Humphreys, senior fundraiser at Willowbrook would sent thanks to the all the people and organisations for their generous help and support in making the event a success.


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ST ALBERT’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL UNVEILS EXCITING NEW ARTWORK St Albert’s Catholic Primary School in Stockbridge Village unveiled a very colourful addition to their existing displays in the main school hall.

A 3m x 1.2m piece of artwork has been completed through hands on inspiring workshops led by artists Patricia McDonald and David Holmes from Art4design. They have completed a project to combine mathematics and art with the Year 3 and Year 4 pupils. Headteacher Lorraine McEvoy, said: “The children were thrilled, thank you for the wonderful display. It looks great. The children are delighted when they are

walking through the hall and can see their work.“ During consultation talks Lorraine suggested the topic of tessellation, the artists quickly realized that drawing and printmaking workshops would be the most exciting methods to explore in producing the artwork. Printmaking is also a technique that the children had not used before. Tessellations are designs, an arrangement of polygons (shapes) without gaps or overlapping, to form a pattern that completely fills a space. Think of a simple jigsaw puzzle, but all the pieces are the same shape. Recently, St Albert’s successfully gained a gold award in the Liverpool Counts Quality Mark. The aim is to raise the profile of and celebrate maths throughout the school. The new artwork is visually stimulating with a bold use of colour by the pupils and use of basic shapes to produce patterns and texture. Also showing their understanding of shapes and angles that enable a tessellation to be created. The artists also display their learning resources next to the artwork to ensure that everyone around the school community can understand what tessellation is and how it relates to the artwork; this helps to positivity promote maths. David and Patricia thanked the school and the wonderfully creative pupils for engaging in the workshops in a fantastic way. The artwork is on display in the school hall at St Albert’s Catholic Primary School.

Rainford Sixth Form Open Evening Thursday 12 July 5pm – 7pm Rainford Sixth Form Higher Lane, Rainford, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 8NY 01744 885914 www.rainfordsixthform.org.uk @Rainford6thForm


14 July 2018

RAINFORD HIGH’S YEAR 7S WIN THE ST HELENS SCHOOLS CUP

FOODIE FRIDAY A GREAT SUCCESS More than 600 people came along to the first ever Foodie Friday event in Huyton Village Centre June. Offering street food, craft ales and live music, the crowds were not disappointed with this family friendly event, which will be returning to Huyton Village on Friday, 20 July and Friday, 17 August 2018 from 4.30pm until 8pm. A range of street food was available from Pizza Peddlers, SomTam Street, ArtiSam, Hungry Little Critters and Crepe Chateau, alongside local Huyton businesses including Bexleys Craft Butchers and The Body Branch. Entertainment was provided by local artists including performances from The Tafts, Lauren Martindale, Louise Bergquist and Owen Flemo. Children were also entertained too with Fabaroony face painters, locally donated punch balloons and a fairground ride. Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “I was delighted to see so many turn out and support this local event. Foodie Friday offered an opportunity for family, friends and work colleagues to come together and socialise. “I hope that other businesses and residents support the other events in July and August and help to make this a hugely popular and regular event.” Joe Barrett, Foodie Friday organiser, said: “What an unbelievable night! I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along, the traders, the performers and the council for helping to organise this amazing event and help to bring the community together. I look forward to returning on 20 July and 17 August.”

The Year 7 boy’s rugby league team at Rainford High are celebrating after winning the St Helens Schools Cup. The promising players capped off an extremely successful season following a hard fought and dramatic extra-time ‘golden point’ victory over Cowley International College, winning 20-16. With only a minute of extra-time remaining, captain and man of the match George Whitby launched a cross-field bomb that was plucked out of the heavens by the mercurial Keiron Dawson, to win the cup in the most dramatic fashion. The promising team also reached the semi-finals of the National Champion Schools Competition, where they narrowly lost out to St John Fisher, Wigan. With a mixture of experienced club players and boys for whom school has been their first taste of competitive rugby league, they have impressed all with an expansive passing game in attack and improving desire and determination in defence. Gary Makin, head of PE at Rainford High, said: “We’re so proud that our Year 7 boy’s rugby team was victorious in winning the St Helens Schools Cup. Each student played fantastically and showed great ability throughout the match. “Rainford High is renowned for its excellence in sport and this further cements our ongoing achievements.”

HAIR AND BEAUTY CARNIVAL CATWALK AWARD CEREMONY AT KNOWSLEY COLLEGE Staff and students joined their hair and media makeup students at Knowsley Community College to celebrate their hard work and achievements throughout their studies at an end-of-year award ceremony. The Level 2 hair and media makeup students worked extremely hard on their end of year show assessment, having received a specific brief to design hair and makeup for a particular carnival theme. The students’ finished product was then entered into a catwalk competition with the following students winning for their creations: 1st Place - Stevie O’Rourke, 2nd Place Cameron Schofield and 3rd Place - Leanne Gibney.


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Education News MP SEES EASYPEASY IN ACTION AT PARK BROW An app that sends game ideas and tips on child development to parents and carers is being used in Park Brow Community Primary School in Kirkby. This has been implemented by the nursery teacher, Mrs Lyndsay Rogerson. George Howarth, MP for the Knowsley constituency, visited the school to participate in a stay and play session and to see how the ‘EasyPeasy’ app works in practice. Evaluation has shown that the app improves a child’s concentration and their willingness to complete difficult tasks. It is aimed at parents and carers of children from aged two to six years and encourages positive play and interaction with children at home. The app has been funded through successful funding bids to the government’s Education Endowment Fund and Knowsley’s Education Commission. To date, 48 parents and carers at Park Brow School are using the app. Valmai Roberts, headteacher at Park Brow Community Primary School, said: “I was delighted to welcome George Howarth MP to our school today to see how our parents and carers are using this app to create fun and innovative learning environments at home. “We have seen a number of positive benefits from using this app, including seeing our children’s confidence develop as well as their cognitive, communication and language skills.”

Northwood Primary, School of 2018! Hugely honoured to have been named as Knowsleyʼs Most Inspirational School and Liverpool Echo School of the Year. Many thanks to our pupils, parents/carers, partners and outstanding team of staff and governors for making it happen. Proud to serve the community of Kirkby. #KnowsleyBetterTogether #Kirkby&Proud

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16 July 2018

SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWSLEY SCHOOLS Teachers, pupils, governors and leadership teams were amongst those recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony. The Knowsley Education Awards highlighted achievements across the borough’s schools, honouring and rewarding the many examples of excellent practice, as well as showcasing the talent, ambition and dedication of everyone involved in education in Knowsley. Guests enjoyed fantastic entertainment from Halewood C of E Primary School choir and Halewood based dance company, Secret Ingredients at the awards, which took place in the inspirational setting of Liverpool University’s Leggate Theatre.

Senior Leadership Team of the Year – Finch Woods Academy Governing Body of the Year – Halewood Academy

Outstanding Contribution to School Life – Elaine Burrows, teacher at St Mary and St Pauls CE Primary School Outstanding Performance of the Year – Cronton CE Primary School Outstanding Employer/Education Initiative of the Year – All Saints Catholic High School and Jaguar Land Rover

The winners in full were:

Most Inspiring School of the Year (Primary) – Northwood Community Primary

Outstanding Achievement (Primary) – Niamh Roberts, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School

Most Inspiring School of the Year (Secondary) – Halewood Academy

Outstanding Achievement (Secondary) – Joel Thomas Cubbin, Lord Derby Academy

Gary Evans, principal of Halewood Academy said: “We are totally delighted to receive two awards, the first for the Governing Body of the Year is in recognition for all the worker the governors do at Halewood, it is about time they received the recognition. “I am made up that we also won the Most Inspiring School of the Year (Secondary) which shows that all the hard work we have put into the academy has been recognised especially with we as a school have been through this year. “We have gone from special measures to good in our Oftsed report and it was a great boost for the staff to receive the award, it is a validation to all staff and

Outstanding Achievement (Special) – Daniel Allan, Finch Woods Academy Apprentice of the Year – Rebecca Blease, Keepmoat Homes Innovation of the Year – Comics Youth Teacher of the Year – Jane Woods, Eastcroft Park Primary School Team of the Year – Stockbridge Village Primary School – Early Years Foundation Stage

pupils for all their hard work”. Mr Jason Hollywood, Northwood Primary headteacher, said: “We are absolutely amazed and so proud to have be named as the Most Inspiring Primary School in Knowsley last night. It means so much to the staff to be recognised with such a special accolade as most inspiring school. “It has really given everyone a boost - even the parents on the yard giving the teachers high fives more so than even a good Ofsted rating - the local community here really recognises such awards. “Coming on the back of our win as Regional School of the Year, yesterday, - our cup really does runneth over!” Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “It was a wonderful evening for everyone involved in education in Knowsley. “The Knowsley Education Awards were intended to recognise achievements, celebrate success and inspire people to aim high and raise aspirations – their own and those of the people around them. I certainly think we’ve achieved that tonight with some really worthy winners being awarded in such a prestigious setting. “I’d like to congratulate everyone who was shortlisted and awarded this evening on their fantastic achievements.” The Knowsley Education Awards brought Knowsley Council, Knowsley’s Education Commission, local schools, pupils, families, teachers and governors together in the spirit of ‘Knowsley Better Together’.

Innovation of the Year – Comics Youth

Teacher of the Year – Jane Woods, Eastcroft Park Primary School

Team of the Year – Stockbridge Village Primary School – Early Years Foundation Stage

Senior Leadership Team of the Year – Finch Woods Academy


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Most Inspiring School of the Year (Primary) – Northwood Community Primary

Most Inspiring School of the Year (Secondary) – Halewood Academy

Governing Body of the Year – Halewood Academy

Outstanding Contribution to School Life – Elaine Burrows, teacher at St Mary and St Pauls CE Primary School

Outstanding Performance of the Year – Cronton CE Primary School

Outstanding Achievement (Primary) – Niamh Roberts, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School

Outstanding Achievement (Secondary) – Joel Thomas Cubbin, Lord Derby Academy

Outstanding Employer/Education Initiative of the Year – All Saints Catholic High School and Jaguar Land Rover

Outstanding Achievement (Special) – Daniel Allan, Finch Woods Academy

Apprentice of the Year – Rebecca Blease, Keepmoat Homes


18 July 2018

BETTER BY BUS CAMPAIGN HITS THE ROAD Better by Bus is a campaign created by Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance, which is comprised of Arriva, Merseytravel and Stagecoach. The Better By Bus campaign was introduced in May 2017 with the intention of inspiring people to travel by bus to get them where they need to be. Recently as part of Better By Bus, the ‘Give Bus A Chance’ campaign was launched which is all about sharing with people why it’s better to travel by bus, with just some of reasons being free Wi-Fi, charging ports, better for the environment and offering a cheaper alternative to driving. Over the next few months the ‘Give Bus A Chance’ street team will be visiting areas across Liverpool City Region performing peaceful protest style marches to show why it’s so much better to travel by bus. The street team has already visited Southport, Liverpool and the Wirral and the next stop is Knowsley on 7 July. You will find the team at Kirkby shopping centre, Kirkby Market and Huyton Village throughout the day, so why not pop over and say hello and see what giveaways the team is offering. You can find out more information about Better By Bus by visiting betterbybus.org and keep up to-date-on-where the street team will be on the Better By Bus social media: Twitter and Instagram – better_by_bus Facebook - BetterByBus Right: The Better By Bus street team with Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham


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Garden Treats - Ten Garden Plants You Can Actually Eat Hungry gardeners have been told to pull up the weeds and prune the flowers to cook up cheap and unusual meals and snacks this spring. The garden whizzes at BillyOh.com have researched the unlikely garden plants that you can safely eat and have produced a list of the ten that we are most likely to find in our own backyards. UK gardens provide thousands of small animals, birds and insects with sufficient food each and every year, but many Brits won’t realise that their gardens may actually be harbouring some tasty treats for humans too. Some of the most unlikely snacks and ingredients include the common dandelion weed, and a bouquet favourite – the carnation. If you’re lucky enough to boast a plethora of colourful flowers in your garden, you might be surprised to learn that some may not only be a treat for the eyes. Violets, pansies and primrose are all flowers that look and smell amazing, but if you take the right part of the flower, they can taste great and be a real treat for your taste buds too! With that being said, we definitely don’t want to give off the impression that you should be going around nibbling every garden flower and plant you see. Though we’ve listed the specific parts of some plants that are safe to eat, we recommend doing your research before branching out to try any others as some, like foxglove, larkspur and oleander, carry

some really nasty side effects if consumed. Violets The leaves and stems can be eaten raw or cooked, and have a very mild, aromatic flavour. Primrose Primrose flowers have a rose-y smell and taste – some people even use them to make wine! Daisies The flavour is a little bitter, but the greens and petals have medicinal purposes as well! Lungwort This has been used in popular herbal remedies for lung problems, believe it or not. The flowers carry a fresh flavour and the leaves are said to be good cooked like spinach. Dandelion Often considered a pesky weed, the flowers, leaves and roots of the dandelion can in fact all be used for food and medicine. They’re a rich source of vitamins and minerals and even antioxidants. Dandelion leaves can be added to a salad, cooked or dried and stored, whilst the flowers can be made into juice, and the root can even be made into a coffee substitute. Stinging nettles This is a vitamin-rich food source used as a remedy for various medical conditions such as eczema, arthritis and anaemia. The leaves, stems and roots are edible but be sure to remember that until dried or

cooked, stinging nettle leaves will have those nasty stinging hairs – so never eat them raw! They can make an excellent spinach substitute and can also be added to soups and stews. Sunflower It’s not just the seeds of this plant that are edible – you can eat the petals and buds too. Unopened buds can be steamed like artichokes. They taste quite nutty, and are best eaten with/in bread, biscuits and cakes. Carnation The use of carnations in culinary applications isn’t new – the petals were used in the French liqueur known as Chartreuse that has been distilled by monks since the 17th or 18th century. The petals of this flower are quite peppery and spicy, so are best eaten with salads, meat dishes or even desserts.

Pansy The whole pansy flower can be eaten and – as it tastes like lettuce – is best enjoyed as a garnish. Up close, pansies have a slightly sweet fragrance, but their unique flavour sets them apart. Pop the entire flower into your mouth and as you chew, you first get a sweet essence from the nectar, followed by a bold peppery tang. Forget-me-not The flowers are the edible part to this plant. You can eat them as a trail snack, toss them in a salad or use them to decorate desserts and garnish your meals.

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL SCHEME OF MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in accordance with the provisions of the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003, the Council of the Borough of Knowsley received a report and recommendations from the Independent Remuneration Panel in respect of a Scheme of Allowances for 2018/19 for the Authority’s Elected Members. In summary, the Panel recommended the following: (i)

(ii)

£ Basic Allowance Leader of the Council

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That, for the 2018/19 municipal year, the Basic Allowance payment remain unchanged, to be paid at the 2017/18 level and should continue to be linked to the pay award given to Local Government Service employees.

Leader of the Opposition

Note: Subsequent to the Panel Meeting and the Annual Meeting, the pay award for Local Government Service employees was agreed and the figures quoted in this notice therefore include the increase awarded;

Scrutiny Committee Chairperson

7,108

Scrutiny Committee Vice Chairperson

3,554

That, no in borough travel expenses are reimbursed, as in the previous year’s Scheme

Planning Committee Chairperson

7,108

Licensing Committee Chairperson

7,108

Governance and Audit Committee Chairperson

7,108

Policy Advisory Board Chairperson

7,108

Policy Advisory Board Vice Chairperson

3,554

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Representative

1,895

(iii) That, the car mileage rate remain unchanged and fixed (at a flat rate of 45p) in line with the HM Revenue and Customs non-taxable rate and the rate for motorcycles be fixed at a flat rate of 18.4p irrespective of engine size and only be reimbursed for out of borough travel for authorised duties; (iv) That, the maximum levels of subsistence which may be claimed by Elected Members remain unchanged, to be paid at the 2017/18 levels, (where such expenditure has been incurred in the performance of an authorised duty); (v)

The rates of Special Responsibility Allowances will therefore be as follows:

That, the Elected Members Communication Package continues to support members in their role as Councillor;

(vi) That, the maximum level of allowance which may be claimed towards the cost of childcare and carers continues to be set at the Living Wage level; (vii) That, an Incentivisation Scheme continues within the Scheme of Members Allowances. Following consideration of the report of the Independent Remuneration Panel, the Council, at its Annual Meeting held on 18 May 2018, noted the Panel’s recommendations set out above. In relation to Special Responsibility Allowances, the Council noted the Panel’s recommendations and adopted the levels of allowances for the proposed decision making structure as detailed in this notice. The Council adopted the Scheme of Members’ Allowances for 2018/19 (in line with the Independent Remuneration Panel’s recommendations (i) to (vi) above with immediate effect.

Cabinet Member

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A copy of the Independent Remuneration Panel’s report and the Council’s Scheme of Members’ Allowances, as amended, are available on line at www.knowsley.gov.uk and may be inspected at the One Stop Shop, Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton during office hours. For further information, please contact Karen Jones on 0151 443 3588 or by email at karen.jones@knowsley.gov.uk Mike Harden Chief Executive

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton L36 9YU

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Lifestyle THE CHALLENGE WORDSEARCH

HEALTHY EATING Summer fish stew This store cupboard fish stew is bulked out with bread and is full of fresh, summer flavours. Ingredients 4 slices stale bread, diced 2 tbsp olive oil olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp dried chilli flakes 400g can chopped tomatoes 4 frozen white fish fillets, such as cod or pollock 400g can butter beans, drained small pack parsley, roughly chopped 1 lemon, cut into wedges Method Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the bread on a large baking sheet, drizzle over 1 tbsp oil and bake for 10 mins until golden. Set aside. Meanwhile, heat the rest of the oil in a large flameproof casserole dish over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened for about 10 mins, then add the garlic and chilli flakes and

stir for 1 min. Tip in the tomatoes and fish fillets. Cover and simmer for 10 mins until the fish is nearly cooked, then uncover. Tip in the butter beans, season well, then cook until everything is hot. Serve scattered with the croutons, parsley and lemon.

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PEDAL AWAY AND WHEELS FOR ALL IN KNOWSLEY Pedal Away in Knowsley are hosting a series of bike rides throughout the borough. The cycle rides are open to all members of the community regardless of ability or experience. Their supported rides take many traffic-free routes throughout the Knowsley area. Rides take place at : Monday 6pm beginners ride Stadt Moers Park, Whiston, L35 3RG Tuesday 10am intermediate ride Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Huyton, L16 3NA Wednesday 10am beginners ride Stadt Moers Park, Whiston, L35 3RG Wednesday 6pm ride Centre 63, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby, L32 5TH Thursday 10am Thurs intermediate ride Centre 63, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby, L32 5TH Thursday 6pm intermediate ride Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Huyton, L16 3NA Friday 10am - 2pm Wheels for All Halewood Environment Centre, Halewood, L26 7XB adapted bike ride Bikes and helmets available to borrow for ALL riders. For further information telephone Lou Henderson on 07989 399 725 or email: lou.henderson@cycling.org.uk

GET ON YOUR BIKE FOR WILLOWBROOK!

Local cycling enthusiasts are being asked to ‘saddle up’ to raise cash for Willowbrook Hospice by taking part in Ride 45 on Sunday 15 July 2018. Now in its fifth year, Ride 45 is a 45 mile cycle challenge which takes in some of the most beautiful local countryside whilst providing riders with the opportunity to raise much needed funds to support the care offered at Willowbrook. Organiser and Willowbrook fundraiser, Carl Davies said: “As in previous years, Ride 45 draws cyclists from all over the North West. The ‘Ride is for people of all abilities and is a great challenge to take part in - whether you’re an experienced rider or a weekend cyclist. “Every penny our cyclists raise will go towards helping Willowbrook Hospice to continue to care and support our patients and their families across Knowsley and St Helens.” Entry is £20 per person and cyclists must be over 14 (with those under 16 being accompanied by an adult over the age of 18). For more information or to register please visit http://www.willowbrook.org.uk/event/ride45/ or ring 01744 453798.


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NEW VENUE Wednesday KIRKBY (NORTHWOOD) Quarry Green Club, Daleside Road Northwood, Kirkby L35 8XS 4.30pm & 6.30pm Susan 07546 148204 KIRKBY (WESTVALE) The Railway Pub (Upstairs function room) Glovers Brow Liverpool L32 2AD 4pm & 6pm Susan 07546 148204 Monday CROXTETH Porchfield Community Centre Porchfield Close, Off Storrington Avenue 5PM & 7PM Natalie 07928 023090 HUYTON Roby Community Hub Centre Merton Crescent 4.30pm & 6.30pm Vicky 07507 848706 HUYTON The Old School House St John’s Road 6.30pm Zara 07854 721185 Tuesday ECCLESTON St James Church Hall St Helens Road 9.00am, 11.00am, 4.30pm & 6.30pm Lynn 07739 167051 KIRKBY The Kirkby Leisure Centre Cherryfield Drive 9.30am & 11.00am Eileen 07742 424767

NETHERLEY Woodlands Community Centre, Wood Lane 9.30am, 4.30pm and 6.30pm Helen 07779 266870 LIVERPOOL The Liverpool public house 14 James Street (Next door to James Street Station) 12pm Linda 0151 256 1681 FAZAKERLEY Our Lady of Sorrows Pirrie Road 5.00pm & 7.00pm Jan 07954 714567 Wednesday DOVECOT The Mayfair Club, Grant Road, Dovecot Wednesday 9.30am, 4pm and 6pm Julie 07779 538790 FAZAKERLEY Our Lady of Sorrows Pirrie Road 5.30pm Jan 07954 714567 FAZAKERLEY Federation Community Centre Opposite library Formosa Drive L10 7LR 5.00pm & 6.30pm Eileen 07742 424767 HALEWOOD Hollies Hall, Hollies Road 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.00pm & 7.00pm Kate 07966 260632

KIRKBY (NORTHWOOD) St Mary’s Parochial Club Kennelwood Avenue 4.30pm & 6.30pm Susan 07546 148204 PRESCOT St Pauls Parish Church Bryer Road 4.30pm & 6.30pm Lisa 07720 979915 CROXTETH Porchfield Community Centre Off Storrington Avenue 5.30pm Shenley 07803 524716 Thursday KIRKBY (WESTVALE) Holy Angels Social Club Sidney Powell Avenue 4.00pm & 6.00pm Susan 07546 148204 CROXTETH PARK Rhys Jones Centre Langley Close 5.00pm & 7.00pm Dawn Tel: 07732 845118 NETHERLEY Netherley Youth & Community Initiative St Gregory’s Church Damson Road, Netherley L27 8XR 6.30pm Helen 07779 266870

Friday DOVECOT The Mayfair Club, Grant Road, Dovecot 7.30am and 9.30am Julie 07779 538790 HALEWOOD New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre Lakenheath Road 9.30am Kate 07966 260632 Saturday PRESCOT Prescot Town Hall Warrington Road 8.00am & 10.00am Lynn 07739 167051 KNOWSLEY The Suites Hotel Ribblers Lane 8.00am & 10.00am Zara 07854 721185 NORRIS GREEN St Christophers Church Hall Lorenzo Drive 8.30am Debbie 07774 699694 BELLE VALE Gateacre Comprehensive School Hedgefield Road, Belle Vale 9.00am Graeme 07775 918576


22 July 2018

Health and Wellbeing HEALTH EXPERTS ARE RECOMMENDING ADULTS TO FOCUS ON BRISK WALKING, NOT JUST 10,000 STEPS

QUALITY NOT DISTANCE IS THE ANSWER With an estimated three million middle- including a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular aged adults physically inactive across disease and some cancers.[iv] the country and with over 40% of A new survey by PHE adults 40 - 60-years-old in the North looking at adults perceptions West not managing at least 10 continuous minutes each month, Public of physical activity in the North West found that: Health England (PHE) and the Royal • Many adults struggle to fit in College of General Practitioners exercise. Not having enough (RCGP) are encouraging adults to time (30%) was the main incorporate brisk walking into their reason cited, followed by not days as a way to improve their general feeling motivated (25%) and health and wellbeing. being too tired (27%). As part of the push to get adults doing • Over half of adults (54%) more moderate intensity physical activity think more than 240 minutes each day, health experts are encouraging of exercise per week is people to increase the intensity of their required to see general walking, rather than just focus health benefits – nearly on the distance or double the number of steps. recommended Moderate intensity Small, often simple, guidance of at physical activity lifestyle changes least 150 minutes means getting the can have a really – and one in heart rate up and seven (14%) think breathing faster. Just positive impact on that more than 10 minutes of brisk our health and 420 minutes per walking a day is an wellbeing week is required (an easy way for adults to hour per day) introduce more moderate • Nearly nine in 10 intensity physical activity into (87%) say they walk more their day and reduce their risk of than 10 minutes per day, early death by up to 15%. however this drops to just To help adults do this, PHE’s ‘Active 10’ over half (52%) who say app has been created and it is the only they walk briskly for this app of its kind that combines intensity amount of time. and time, rather than just distance. The current physical Taking a 10 minute brisk walk each day inactivity crisis also has a can help build up towards the UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) recommendation societal impact. In adults, physical inactivity contributes of at least 150 minutes per week of to one in six deaths in the UK moderate to vigorous physical activity. and costs the NHS over £0.5 This has been linked to health benefits billion per year. Dr Juliet McGrattan, PHE North West physical activity champion, said: “Walking at a NOW OPEN brisk pace for 10-minutes or more – rather than aiming for a Serine Cahill, BSc (Hons) number of steps throughout Podiatry MsCh. HSPC registered the day – has undeniable Member of the Society of Chiropodists additional health benefits. and Podiarists. Registered with the Health “Regardless of your age and Care Professions Council activity level, I’d advise Get your feet ready for summer everyone to find ways of Treatments available for corns, callus and verrucae plus nail care, nail surgery and orthotics including a 10-minute brisk Walk ins welcome or ring to book an appointment walk during their day as it’s a simple and effective way of Telephone: 07760 885255 being more active. Unit 74, Kirkby Market, St Chad’s Drive, “If you’re taking medication Kirkby Town Centre L32 8RW for a long-term health Follow us on Facebook and Instagram condition, you’ll notice even more benefits from walking

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briskly for 10-minutes.” Professor Helen StokesLampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Small, often simple, lifestyle changes can have a really positive impact on our health and wellbeing, so anything that encourages patients to live better, and move more is a good thing. “There has been a substantial rise in the number of patients who have developed multiple, long-term conditions in recent years, and many of these, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease, are linked to not being active enough. “While GPs and our teams will always encourage patients to make lifestyle changes that could potentially benefit their long-term health and wellbeing, the responsibility cannot solely lie with healthcare professionals, and patients must also play their part. “The RCGP is really pleased to have endorsed the Active 10 app, which empowers patients to make basic lifestyle changes around diet and exercise, such as taking a brisk walk for ten minutes a day, and suggests ways for patients to easily incorporate these into their lives.” Already 41,783 people in the North West have downloaded the ‘Active 10’ app and in a single month, approximately 237,107 ‘Active 10s’ (tenminute brisk walks) were completed by Active 10 users. ‘Active 10’ is supported by the RCGP and was developed by PHE in collaboration with The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine. Join the 600,000 people across the country who have downloaded ‘Active 10’ and make the first step towards a healthier you. Search ‘Active 10’ to download the app for free.

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

REMEMBER TO STAY SAFE IN THE SUN

With the warmer weather and the school holidays approaching, we are more likely to be out and about more over the coming weeks. With that in mind, sun safety is a key message I’d like to share this month. The best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from sunburn and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen. Plus remember to keep hydrated and drink plenty to water. When the sun is strong, spend time in the shade (particularly between 11am and 3pm). Cover up with light, loose fitting clothes, a hat and sunglasses. Use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF15 (sun protection factor or UVB ultraviolet B radiation - protection) and 4 stars UVA - ultraviolet A radiation protection). With both, the higher the rating the better and remember to use it generously and reapply regularly. Remember to check the expiry date on your sunscreen, noting how long they can be used once opened. Remember babies, children and very fair skinned people should avoid direct sunlight as their skin is far more sensitive. I hope you have a happy and fun-filled summer. Save the date! If you haven't already, make sure you have the Knowsley Feelgood Festival and Flower Show in your diary. The Feelgood Festival takes place on Saturday 4 August from 1pm until 4pm with a range of fun activities to boost your heart rate as well as activities to relax and de-stress you. Following this on Sunday 5 August from 11am until 4pm is the 20th Knowsley Flower Show, with a huge display of prize winning flowers, plants, vegetables and crafts. Both events are family fun-filled days of entertainment, taking place at Court Hey Park in Huyton. Further information is available on www.knowsleynews.co.uk


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Families walk at Croxteth Hall and Country Park in the name of men’s health

800 PEOPLE TAKE PART IN PROSTATE CANCER UK’S LIVERPOOL MARCH FOR MEN Over 800 people recently flocked to take part in the first ever March for Men fundraising event in Liverpool. Taking place at Croxteth Hall and Country Park the event raised vital funds to help beat prostate cancer – a disease which kills one man every 45 minutes. Supporters young and old took part from across the area walking a choice of distances around a circular route, many with a personal connection to the disease. Elaine Small, from Southport participated with 28 family members including her husband, Pat (66) and his brother, Michael (61) – who both have prostate cancer, and were treated in the same hospital at the same time over a period of 7 weeks. “I marched for all men because my husband and his brother have prostate cancer, and their father died from the disease. I also have three sons, two nephews and one grandson who are all at higher risk of developing the disease – so helping Prostate Cancer UK fund research into a better diagnostic test and screening programme, just like for breast cancer, is incredibly important to me and my boys’ futures.” The Small family completed the 5k or 10k routes and raised more than £4,000 between them. Elaine and Pat’s 16week-old granddaughter was the youngest member of the clan to cross the line and receive a medal. Elaine continued: “To take part in the Liverpool March for Men was wonderful – it was a glorious day, and there was something very special about walking as a family for the same positive cause. The camaraderie and community spirit along the route, and in the event village, was heart-warming.” The event formed part of Prostate Cancer UK’s wider walking programme, March for Men, which includes six other local walks across the UK this June. As participants crossed the finish line they were awarded with medals and greeted by cheers, before they could relax in the sun with their loved ones, or have a mooch around the event village. And it wasn’t only people who took part in the March – over 100 dogs participated, all sporting branded neckerchiefs. On hand was a specialist nurse who answered questions from participants about the disease and where their fundraising efforts are spent. Over 744 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the Liverpool each year, with 195 men dying from the disease, and over 5,585 living with and beyond prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer UK’s chief executive, Angela Culhane said: “We are delighted with the success of our March for Men event in Liverpool. The number of people who united showing passion and dedication to supporting Prostate Cancer UK was phenomenal. One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer, and we now know this disease is the third biggest cancer killer. That’s unacceptable. “However, through events such as this, we hope to raise further awareness and funds so that more men’s lives can be saved and we can make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation need not fear. We thank everyone of all ages who took part (not forgetting the four-legged participants!) and all those who donated to support them.” Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s a huge issue that cannot be ignored. One man will die from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK. That’s over 11,800 men a year. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026. For more information about Prostate Cancer UK’s March for Men programme, visit marchformen.org


24 July 2018

CROXTETH HALL PARK RUN MARKS 70 YEARS OF THE NHS The Croxteth Hall Park Run series held a special event at Croxteth Park on Saturday 9 June as part of a national celebration to mark and celebrate 70 years since the birth of the NHS What a day it was! The sun shone and people came out in their hundreds, 520 to be precise, yet another attendance record smashed, well done Team Crocky!! The co-event directors Lesley Neary and Chris Beyga said: “It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to have so many of our amazing NHS staff takeover roles and run with us today, what a tribute everyone paid today to these real life heroes”. Croxteth Hall parkrun has been running for over three years, it takes place every Saturday morning at 9am, it is free and completely run by volunteers. People run, walk and jog around the 5K course at their own pace and its is wholly inclusive and accessible to all. Lesley and Chris went on to say: “We have so many amazing stories about the people who do the event every week, from older people in their 70’s and 80’s to younger athletes chasing the course record to people with dogs, prams and children! “But what is the absolute best thing about it is the sense of community we feel every week, people have formed friendships with others and people constantly tell us what a huge impact its had on them and their health and wellbeing, we and the whole team are extremely proud to be involved with the event”. It was a special way to mark the special people who work for the NHS.

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develop into cervical cancer. Having regular cervical screening offers the best protection against developing cervical cancer. There are some recognised symptoms associated with cervical cancer that you should also be aware of, including: • Abnormal bleeding: during or after sexual intercourse, or between periods • Post-menopausal bleeding: if you are not on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or have stopped it for six weeks or more • Unusual vaginal discharge • Discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse • Lower back pain. However, there are usually no symptoms associated with abnormal or pre-cancer cervical cells and not all women diagnosed with cervical cancer experienced symptoms, which is why it is so important to attend regular cervical screening when you are invited, or to contact your GP if you are overdue a smear test. For more information about screening or symptoms visit Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/cervical-screeningawareness-week


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Council to reconsider services for adults Knowsley Council has confirmed that it will explore a range of options for the future delivery of specialist services for adults in the borough. Currently, day services for older people and those with disabilities, respite care, supported living and the Shared Lives programme are delivered by the council’s own in-house teams. As part of its Adult Social Care Modernisation Programme, the council has been looking at alternative ways of creating more responsive, higher quality and better value for money services. Most recently, the council was looking into proposals to launch a partnership with Sefton Council’s New Directions company. Councillor Sean Donnelly, Knowsley’s health and social care cabinet member, said: “We know that our residents’ adult social care needs are changing and we need to make sure we can continue to provide the support they need. “Significant changes have already taken place, driven by the introduction of new legislation and funding cuts, but more change is needed to make the service sustainable in the long-term. “Over the last few weeks, we have looked again at this key issue for Knowsley. After much consideration, I and my colleagues in the council’s Labour Group have concluded that we should focus our

attention on developing a range of services alongside local partners with a view to creating a “Knowsley offer”. “This approach is in line with our Knowsley Better Together programme, which aims to connect new and future organisations in the borough to work more closely together in meeting the needs of the local community. Having a local approach will complement the need to provide ‘place-based’ care for our residents. “We will therefore no longer be pursuing a partnership with Sefton’s New Directions company, but we wish that organisation well in caring for the people of Sefton now and in the future.”

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irkby is one of the lands between the Ribble Knowsley’s most ancient (Ripa) and Mersey (Mersha) rivers townships. Although it were split into six districts for entered the national psyche as administrative purposes, called a new town development in the Hundreds or, from the 1950s and then as inspiration Scandinavian, Wapentakes. One of for the fictional town these was the West Derby ‘Newtown’ in the BBC’s 1960s Hundred, and within this, Kirkby and 1970s police series ‘Z was a small, agricultural Cars’, the place has a village, with an much richer history estimated than might be population of From the 1500s supposed. just 60-70 onwards, the moss The name finds people. Kirkby its roots in the is recorded as lands around Kirkby Old Norse, being one of were drained to signifying a six manors create fertile ‘settlement by the owned by the farmland church’. It’s Thane (or Lord) understood that Uctred , along Norsemen arrived in the with Roby, Knowsley, area from Ireland in around Crosby, Maghull, and 900 A.D., although it is believed Aughton. that a settlement existed there The manor’s ownership changed before then. hands many times during this In 1086, Kirkby appears as period. By 1176, Kirkby was held Cherchebi in the Domesday Book, by Richard, son of Roger of William the Conqueror’s Great Woodplumpton. On his death, it Survey, commissioned by William was inherited by his daughter, so that the distribution of land, Margaret. Margaret died childless power and wealth could be and the lands were claimed by her assessed and taxes levied. At this sisters and their heirs. time, Lancashire did not exist but Gregson’s ‘Portfolio of

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KNOWSLEY ARK: BRINGING HISTORY ALIVE

Kirkby: evolution of a village Fragments’ reveals a transcript of the ‘Testa de Nevill’. This names three individuals as sharing the lands at Kirkby in 1242: Robert de Stockport, Roger Gernet and Thomas de Beetham. Gernet held the lands on behalf of his wife, Quenilda. When she died in 1252, as she had no children to inherit her lands, Kirkby was held in half shares by Robert de Stockport, eventually passing through marriage to the Gerard family, and Sir Ralph de Beetham. The halves became known as Kirkby Gerard and Kirkby Beetham. In 1565, the Gerard lands were purchased by Sir Richard Molyneux with the remainder of the manor acquired by Sir Richards’s grandson, also Sir Richard, in 1595. Kirkby remained in the hands of the Molyneuxs, later Earls of Sefton, until 1947 when the 7th and final Earl, Hugh William Osbert Molyneux, sold the land to Liverpool Corporation. From the 1500s onwards, the moss lands around Kirkby were drained to create fertile farmland, good for growing crops such as wheat, oats and potatoes. Many farmers were tenants of the Sefton and Derby estates, with tenancies passing

from generation to generation. Twice a Cocoa Rooms, sold bread, milk, home year, the Earl of Sefton’s tenants would go cured bacon, ham, sausages, black to Croxteth Hall to pay their rents. Farm puddings and brawn. For many years, it workers’ pay and conditions were was the only real shop in Kirkby. It poor: a strike in 1913 doubled as a community hub: demanded a pay increase upstairs was used for meetings from 18 shillings to £1 and it served as a local The coming of the per week and a 4pm library during the 1920s. finish on Saturdays. Before the motor car, railway meant that The workers were churchgoers would stable ‘outsiders’ were rewarded with a their horses there. encouraged to settlement of 20 2018 marks the 170th move to rural shillings per week with anniversary of the railway a 1pm Saturday finish. in Kirkby. The Liverpool, Kirkby Village life revolved Bolton and Bury Railway around school and church. opened in1848, 18 years after Villagers organised activities the first passenger line, the including dances, whist drives, hot-pot Liverpool – Manchester Railway which suppers, lantern slide shows and parties. connected the two cities, but the impact Boating on Mill Dam Lake was popular was no less. Until the mid 1800s, and field days involved all with sports and communication between the rural a traditional fair. townships of Kirkby and Simonswood and Most families made their own butter, outwards to the rest of the region was bread and cakes, whilst orchards provided poor. People tended to live and work in a fruit for eating and jam making. Farmers limited area, with horse power and the and cottagers kept a pig for bacon, ham, canal system the only viable options for pork and lard. Built in 1732, the Chapel transporting people and goods. For many, House on Kirkby Row, known as the Shanks’ Pony was the only means of transport available. Chapel House, Kirkby Row The coming of the railway meant that early 20th century ‘outsiders’ were encouraged to move to rural Kirkby, living in the newly constructed, grand Victorian villas built close to the station and commuting to their work. In turn, these newcomers brought

new wealth into the village. The other effect was that local people could move away from the area to look for work or to establish new lives. It could be argued that there was not as revolutionary a development to directly affect the village and its infrastructure until the outbreak of war in 1939. The threat of war prompted the Government to find sites on which to build a munitions factory. The rural nature of the area meant that land could be made available and with the railway close by and the East Lancashire Road recently opened, transport links were in place. Construction of the Royal Ordnance Factory began in late 1939 and the factory, which at its peak employed up to 20,000 people from around the region, was completed in 1941. It had its own transport system and hostel facilities for up to 1000 people were built at Kirkby Fields; 200 key worker houses were built on the Park Estate and Admin staff were housed at Spinney Road and Spinney Close. After the war, the R.O.F. formed the template for a new industrial estate. Immediately post-war, the growth of industry and Liverpool’s re-housing programme meant that many homes were needed to house both the workers and the people whose overcrowded and unsanitary homes were to be demolished. The evolution of village to new town was underway.

Tug of war circa 1950s

Potato picking, Kirkby 1910

Kirkby Station circa 1910


28 July 2018

Haunted Merseyside with Tom Slemen

THE DEMON IN THE POOL I

n the late 1990s a reclusive man in the Midlands named Stephen who had won millions on the National Lottery passed away, and he left the bulk of his fortune to his 35-year-old nephew in Liverpool, a small-time thief named Dominic, who had recently been kicked out of his home by his father and was now living in his girlfriend’s house in Huyton. The solicitor acting as the executor of the late Uncle Stephen’s will had quite a task getting hold of Dominic, who thought someone was trying to hand him a summons, and when the executor finally caught up with him, Dominic was more than pleasantly surprised to learn that he had inherited almost two million pounds. Dominic tried to open a bank account but was initially refused because of an atrocious credit record, but when he mentioned the fortune he’d inherited, he was welcomed with open arms by the bank and they tried to give him sound financial advice. The manager advised Dominic to put a million in a certain multinational financial services corporation, and he went into the ins and outs of computerized stock trading, venture capital, PEP investments and mutual funds, and at the end of the unasked-for long-winded consultation, Dominic yawned and said all he wanted to do was go down the pub and have a pint and a pie then book a week’s holiday in Lanzarote. Dominic went on the holiday, and when he returned until Dominic lost his temper and knocked Jason clean his girlfriend Dionne talked him into buying a huge out one evening. farmhouse near Tarbock for £500,000. When Jason came around, he said he’d lay a Satanic The farmyard was landscaped and turned into a curse on Dominic’s property and before he left he beautiful garden and a swimming pool was installed started to spout words Dominic found unintelligible. within it. On the following sunny morning, all of Dominic’s Dominic secretly bought Dionne a Steinway grand friends - both male and female - were already drunk and piano, and he blindfolded her and high, and they gathered in the led her into the lounge, and when swimming pool and started to indulge she took the blindfold off she cried drunken debauchery. “In the middle of the in Dominic with joy as she saw the £20,000 and Dionne watched in pool, something was disgust from the poolside, and then piano decked with gladioli. She could only play a bad bubbling up from the the couple noticed something rendition of “Champagne strange. blue-tiled floor ” Supernova” with two fingers but In the middle of the pool, something intended to get piano lessons. was bubbling up from the blue-tiled Every day, Dominic threw a party floor of the natatorium – and then it and invited friends and friends of friends over to his big looked as if something was thrashing about in the flashy house, and in the summer the swimming pool bubbling white mass. parties got out of hand with drugs and drink being freely The sixteen hedonistic people participating in the available to anyone, and a fair-weather friend of Dominic aquatic orgiastic merrymaking all stopped what they named Jason arranged an orgy - against Dominic’s were doing and saw something hideous emerge from wishes - which went on for days. the bubbling mass in the centre of the pool. Jason claimed he was a “Luciferian” who worshipped It looked like a cross between a gargoyle and Satan and started holding Black Masses on the property something reptilian with shiny scales, and its grotesque

head had a huge mouth lined with sharp long fangs. A long segmented tail like that of a scorpion rose out of the water, and the “stinger” at the end of it was the size of a steak knife blade and jet black. The tail lashed out and two girls sustained terrible cuts to their bodies by the stinger. The giant unearthly beast, which rose about ten feet out the waters of the spool, let out a roaring laugh as all of the debauchees tried to get out of the water. Within minutes, naked and half-naked people were running from the farmhouse, and Dominic and Dionne also fled. When the couple returned an hour later, the beast – probably a demon – was nowhere to be seen, but a great stain on the floor of the swimming pool which resembled a silhouette of the entity was engrained into the tiles and could not be removed or painted over. Deciding that Jason really had cursed him, Dominic gave thousands away to charity and turned his back on drugs and crime. He and Dionne moved from the farmhouse, went to live in a humble semi in Prescot, disowned their depraved friends and even started to attend church. • Haunted Liverpool 29 is out now on Amazon

Property developers, Ion, secures Earlsfield Park planning permission Property developer, Ion, in collaboration with Bellway Homes and the Knowsley Estate has secured planning permission on the 22hectare Earlsfield Park development that will bring new employment and homes to North Huyton. The well-located site sits close to Junction 2 of the M57, directly south of the Knowsley Estate and is set to provide 16 ha of employment park and a housing development of 154 new homes. The ambitious development is proposed to sit adjacent to the existing Lord Derby

Playing Fields and Oak Plantation – which will see sports facilities and open space upgraded using a significant S106 contribution to the Council. There will also be a retail and leisure offering in the form of a pub/ restaurant, petrol station and a hotel. The site will be fronted by high quality landscaping and a new combined 3-km pedestrian and cycle route. The employment park is to be pitched as a ground breaking ‘hybrid’ model where the demand for high-quality advanced manufacturing research and

development facilities and sub-regional logistics business space can be fulfilled alongside more traditional office and workshop spaces, encircled within a semirural parkland setting. The development has the potential to create over 650 jobs to the local economy, as well as over 800 construction jobs. Steve Parry, managing director of Ion Development said: “We are delighted to secure planning permission on the Earlsfield Park development and look forward to seeing it take shape. Earlsfield

Park will be instrumental in supporting the region’s ambition to grow our technology and manufacturing base and provide a high-quality environment that can support science, technology and advanced manufacturing. “The location of the development provides brilliant accessibility and the flexibility of the site means it can cater for the specific demands of anything from manufacturing and laboratories to small start-ups and the corporate HQ’s of global businesses.’


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Business News FURTHER NATIONAL BRANDS COMMIT TO KIRKBY TOWN CENTRE RETAIL SCHEME St Modwen has agreed deals to bring two major brands to Kirkby Town Centre to join anchor foodstore Morrisons. High street giant Home Bargains will relocate its current small store from St Chad’s Parade to occupy a new large format 20,000 sq ft unit, effectively forming a second retail anchor alongside Morrisons. Founded in Liverpool and headquartered within the city, TJ Morris Ltd, the parent company of Home Bargains, has grown the brand into one of the UK’s most popular and highly rated retailers. American fast food restaurant giant Kentucky Fried Chicken has also agreed a lease for a new 3,500 sq ft restaurant becoming the first food and beverage brand to sign-up to the scheme. The 110,000 sq ft extension of Kirkby Town Centre comprises new shops including a new food store and petrol filling station, improved pedestrian links, car parking, new public realm and landscaping. Supermarket operator Morrisons has already committed to bringing a 45,000 sq ft foodstore to the retail development and is currently working alongside St Modwen on a timetable for when construction work will begin now that demolition work has finished. Paul Batho, development director for St Modwen, said: “We are really pleased to

be able to announce these additions to the scheme which is testament to Kirkby’s strong draw and the quality of the scheme that has been designed. “With Morrisons, Home Bargains and KFC on board we are looking to create an attractive mix of retail brands that complement each other and the current offering within the town centre. “A successful, local and national brand, TJ Morris is the largest employer on Merseyside and is the largest independent grocer in the country. We’re really pleased to announce its commitment to Kirkby where new jobs will be created. “Home Bargains remains a firm favourite within Kirkby and I’m sure the new-look, larger scale store will be received extremely well. The Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Graham Morgan, said: “I’m delighted to see such major national and international businesses committing to the brand new retail development in Kirkby town centre. “With Morrisons already on board to deliver a new supermarket, this announcement from St Modwen is fantastic news for our residents and further evidence that leading businesses have great confidence in Kirkby and believe, as we do, that it is a town on the up.” The agents working with St Modwen on Kirkby Town Centre are Cheetham and Mortimer and Colliers International.

Chamber sponsor award for ‘The Women’s Group’ Knowsley Chamber of Commerce were celebrating after sponsoring an award at the recent Merseyside Women of the Year Awards. Sheila Toft, business relationship manager said “Knowsley Chamber of Commerce is proud to have sponsored the award for ‘The Women’s Group’ for the MWOTY. The winners of this category were the ‘Honeysuckle Bereavement Team’ who have successfully developed a bereavement service and work with the Liverpool Women’s Hospital to provide care and support for families following pregnancy loss at any stage of gestation and babies who die shortly after birth. Sheila added “On behalf of Knowsley Chamber I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful Chamber guests who helped to celebrate this fabulous day including Lyndsay (the Suites Hotel & Spa), Louise (Jessie & Co), Lynsey (Clarke Energy), Clair (Coburn & McKenna), Janine (Morgan Ryder), Mary (Privilege HR), Claire (Maxwell Hodge), Jayne (RandR Safety) and Sharon (Chill Out Spa). “I felt very privileged to be spending the afternoon with so many inspiring women who have made such a positive impact in the Merseyside area. “I would also like to this opportunity to thank Jean, Ellie and Elaine for their passion and commitment which they devote into making this a brilliant day, and of course to Pauline Daniels who, as usual, filled the room with laughter. Sheila said: “Knowsley Chamber of Commerce has attended the MWOTY for the last eight years, and year on year the event has inspired us and our guests to strive to be inspirational women and leaders in Knowsley”

Paul Hanson, business sales executive at Knowsley-based Sovereign Transport

LOGISTICS FIRM EXPANDS ITS SALES TEAM Knowsley-based logistics provider Sovereign Transport, which is a member of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, has expanded its sales team with the appointment of a new business sales executive. Paul Hanson, born and bred in Liverpool, joins from Hermes, where he spent three years as a field manager. During this time, he was responsible for more than 100 self-employed couriers across various depots in and around Liverpool. As part of his new role at Sovereign, he’ll be in charge of driving new business and will report to commercial director, Rachael Forshaw. Paul said: “It was easy to see the appeal of joining Sovereign Transport; from the vision of the managerial team to

the company being a member of Palletways, which is renowned across the logistics sector for its industry-leading, game-changing technology. “Liverpool is a thriving city with an abundance of growing businesses. This means there’s plenty of opportunities for us to showcase our services and demonstrate the commercial benefits we can bring to these businesses.” Rachael added: “We’re proud of our comprehensive service offering and want as many businesses as possible to know about our capabilities. Bringing Paul into our sales team, with his broad industry experience and endless enthusiasm, will help us to grow our order book and we couldn’t be more pleased to have someone of his calibre in the business.” Paul, who still lives in his home town, is married with a daughter and is a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club.

KNOWSLEY SUMMER SOCIAL Knowsley Chamber Of Commerce will be holding their Summer Social event which will be held at the stunning location of Stanley Grange on the 5 July 2018 from 5 pm until 7.30 pm This is one of the most popular and eagerly anticipated events in their busy social calendar, and is perfect for you to meet and connect with like-minded businesses from your area. Businesses are invited to enjoy a hog roast washed down by an Absolutely Fabulous drink and make some inspiring connections Thanks to their Sponsors and Chamber members NeedleSmart and the Absolutely Fabulous Gin Festival. The event cost is £10 plus VAT for Chamber members and £15 plus VAT for non-members. For further information contact Mollie Watson, business liaison officer on 0151 477 1361


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KNOWSLEY APPRENTICE – RECRUITING NOW! The successful Knowsley apprentice programme is once again recruiting, so if you’re leaving school or college this summer, think about becoming a Knowsley apprentice. Since 2008, the successful Knowsley Apprentice programme has helped 1,126 young people into apprenticeships with organisations across Knowsley and the wider Liverpool City Region. This year, there are 50 vacancies in total ranging from baker and cake decorator, glass cutter through to construction, engineering, customer service and scaffolder. If you’re keen to get started in the world of work, an apprenticeship will give you the real work experience you need to get the edge in the job market. You will gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills all while earning a good salary. You’ll also be allocated a mentor who will support you through your apprenticeship. You don’t need experience, or lots of qualifications. If you have plenty of enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, Knowsley Apprentice might be for you. Earlier this year, Rebecca Blease, a Knowsley Apprentice at Keepmoat Homes, scooped a national award at the

Keepmoat Homes Trainee, Apprentice and Graduate Awards. Rebecca joined the Knowsley Apprentice programme in December 2016 as a customer care co-ordinator apprentice, and she was commended for her outstanding customer service, achieving both the regional and national award. Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said “Becoming a Knowsley Apprentice offers you a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience and qualifications which will hopefully lead to a full-time job. Our Knowsley Apprentice programme has made a real difference to the lives of so many young people and given them a really positive start to their working lives. “I’d encourage everyone to take a look at the apprenticeship opportunities available here in Knowsley.” To find out more, view all of the apprenticeships available and apply for one of the vacancies, visit the council’s website: www.knowsley.gov.uk/apprentice The closing date is Thursday, 12 July 2018 and the start date will be early September 2018. If you would like to talk to an adviser, please call 0151 443 2261.

Prescot enjoys fantastic Elizabethan Fayre

Public Notice KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (MARTOCK FOOTPATH, WHISTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF PEDESTRIANS) ORDER 2018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable housing development works on lands to the north and to the south of Martock Footpath, Whiston (“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 pedestrians from proceeding along: (i) Martock Footpath, Whiston – Footpath connecting the westerly turning head of Martock to Manorwood Drive. The diversion route for the public affected by the temporary prohibition of pedestrian order will be via, Martock, the footpath between Martock and Lickers Lane, Lickers Lane, Manorwood Drive and vice versa. It is anticipated that works on Mill Street will commence Monday 20 August 2018 to Tuesday 20 August 2019. The Order will come into force on Monday 30 July 2018 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated the 2 July 2018 Mike Harden Chief Executive

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15(4) OR (5) OR ARTICLE 16 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION Notice is hereby given that applications have been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley. Application No: 18/00237/FUL by BPS Developments Limited at 41 Dinas Lane, Roby, L36 2NL - ERECTION OF 2NO PART TWO STOREY, PART THREE STOREY APARTMENT BLOCKS, COMPRISING (BLOCK A) 18 BED RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITY (USE CLASS C2) AND (BLOCK B) 10 NO. 1 BED APARTMENTS (USE CLASS C3), TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED DEVELOPMENT Application No: 18/00346/FUL by Mr Tony Cummins at 1 Shop Road, Knowsley Village, Knowsley - APPLICATION FOR VARIATION OF CONDITION APPLIED TO PLANNING PERMISSION 14/00725/FUL - CHANGE OF USE OF PART OF EXISTING SHOP UNIT FROM A1 TO MIXED USE A1/A5 (HOT FOOD TAKEAWAY) AND RETENTION OF EXTRACTION SYSTEM (DUCTING TO ROOF) - VARIATION SOUGHT TO CONDITION 2 TO ALLOW FOR EXTENDED OPENING HOURS OF 09:0023:00, 7 DAYS PER WEEK Application No: 18/00329/FUL by C/o Ainsley Gommon Architects at Melissa's Spa And Nails, 27 Eccleston Street, Prescot - INSTALLATION OF NEW SHOP FRONT, REPLACEMENT/REPAIR OF WINDOWS (BLOCKED UP WINDOW OPENINGS AT REAR AND SIDE TO BE OPENED UP), REPAIR/REPLACEMENT OF RAIN GOODS, TOGETHER WITH NEW PEDESTRIAN ACCESS WITH GATE OFF STONE STREET, INSTALLATION OF EXTERNAL STAIRCASE TO REAR, AND CONVERSION OF FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS TO CREATE 1NO THREE BED DWELLING Members of the public may inspect copies of the application, the plans and other documents submitted with it at One Stop Shop, Municipal Building, Archway Road, Huyton, between 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday or view the application online using Public Access at http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/building-andplanning/planning.aspx . Anyone who wishes to make representations about this application should write to the Council at Director of Place, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 26, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9FB or online via the above website within 21 days of the date of this notice. M Harden Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 02/07/2018

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (MILL STREET, PRESCOT) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2018

Residents and visitors celebrated Prescot’s wonderful heritage at this year’s fantastic Elizabethan Fayre in June. The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as it was the most popular event yet with well over two thousand visitors throughout the day. The town centre played host to medieval music, dance, arts and crafts in a recreation of its famous Tudor fayres. Visitors tried their hand at many free traditional crafts including candle making wood turning and willow making. There were performances by Mucky Mountains Morris dancers as well as Tudor dancing which visitors could join in with! Fayre goers saw birds of prey demonstrations and had the chance to try out some archery as well as circus skills workshops. In celebration of Shakespeare’s links with the town there were performances of ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ and ‘Midsummers Night Dream’ by MATE productions in the church’s woodland garden. The scale model of the new Shakespeare North Playhouse, due to open in 2020, was also on display as part of its tour around the borough.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable drainage works on Mill Street, Prescot (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along: (i) Mill Street, Prescot – From its junction with High Street for a distance of 80 metres in a southerly direction The principle diversion route for vehicles affected by the road closure will be via Leyland Street and Hill Street. It is anticipated that works on Mill Street will commence from Friday 27 July 2018 to Friday 16 November 2018. The Order will come into force on Friday 27 July 2018 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions will be provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 2 July 2018 Mike Harden Chief Executive

LICENSING ACT 2003 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A PREMISES LICENCE Owen D Weston has applied for a premises licence at 2 Tennyson Avenue Huyton L36 0TU to sell alcohol (off sales) Mon to Sunday 8am-10pm. The application can be inspected Monday to Friday 9am4pm at the Licensing Authority, 2nd Floor Yorkon Building Archway Road Huyton L36 9FB. A Responsible Authority or any other person can make representations, in writing, to the Licensing Authority at the above address no later than 25 July 2018. It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application under the Licensing Act 2003. A person guilty of such an offence is liable on summary conviction to an unlimited T533962 fine.

LICENSING ACT 2003 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A PREMISES LICENCE Miroslaw K Murzyn has applied for a premises licence at Tatry Polish Market, 142 Liverpool Road Huyton L36 3RG to sell alcohol (off sales) Monday-Sunday 8am-10pm. The application can be inspected Monday to Friday 9am- 4pm at the Licensing Authority, 2nd Floor Yorkon Building Archway Road Huyton L36 9FB. A Responsible Authority or any other person(s) can make representations in writing to the Licensing Authority at the above address no later than 25 July 2018. It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application under the Licensing Act 2003. A person guilty of such an offence is liable on summary conviction to an unlimited fine T534135

WANT TO ADVERTISE IN THE CHALLENGE PLEASE CALL 0151 709 7567 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (VARIOUS ROADS, KNOWSLEY) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable essential carriageway resurfacing works to be undertaken on Various Roads in Knowsley (“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 the lengths of highway at:• Webster Drive, Kirkby – For its entire length. • Oliver Lyme Road, Prescot – For its entire length. • St James Road, Prescot – From its junction with Scotchbarn Lane to its junction with Maryville Road The prohibition of driving on Webster Drive will be effective from Saturday 30 June 2018 to Sunday 1 July 2018, Saturday 7 July 2018 to Sunday 8 July 2018, Saturday 14 July 2018 to Sunday 15 July 2018 and Saturday 21 July 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018. The diversion route for vehicular traffic will be via; County Road, Hall Lane, Cherryfield Drive and vice versa. The prohibition of driving on Oliver Lyme Road will be effective from Monday 20 August 2018 to Friday 24 August 2018. The diversion route for vehicular traffic will be via; Warrington Road, St James Road and vice versa. The prohibition of driving on St James Road will be effective from Saturday 1 September 2018 to Sunday 2 September 2018, Saturday 8 September 2018 to Sunday 9 September 2018 and Saturday 15 September 2018 to Sunday 16 September 2018. The diversion route for vehicular traffic will be via; Warrington Road, St Helens Road, St James Road and vice versa. The Order came into force on Friday 22 June 2018 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions will be provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 2 July 2018 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (HUYTON BUS STATION, HUYTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable carriageway maintenance works on Huyton Bus Station, Huyton (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along: (i) Huyton Bus Station – For its entire length. The diversion route for taxis affected by the Huyton Bus Station closure which will be clearly signposted will be via Derby Road, Poplar Bank, Archway Road, Lathom Road, Huyton Hey Road and vice versa. It should be noted that Merseytravel will utilises existing bus stops around Huyton during the works period. It is anticipated that works on Huyton Bus Station will commence from Monday 6 August 2018 – Thursday 16 August 2018. The Order will come into force on Monday 23 July 2018 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions will be provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 2 July 2018 Mike Harden Chief Executive


32 July 2018

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MILLBROOK CELEBRATE CUP VICTORY Year 2 pupils from Millbrook CP School, Kirkby have been crowned Merseyside Schools Year 2 Champions in a tournament that took place at the LFC academy. Team coach, Mr Webster from Millbrook School, said: “The team were up against some very talented sides from the boroughs of Sefton, Liverpool and St Helens amongst others. “To come away champions is a fantastic result for Knowsley as well as Millbrook”. Finishing second in the group stages and going on to win 2-0 in the semi finals. The final was a 2-2 result against Blackmoor Primary School (Liverpool) which went to a penalty shoot out and resulted in a 3-2 win to Millbrook.

DUTCH DELIGHT FOR LIVERPOOL ELITE Liverpool Elite, the Huyton-based Taekwondo club, is no stranger to success; the team recently headed off to Rotterdam to take part in Dutch Masters and came home with a massive trophy haul. Amongst the roll of honour were Louie Platt (7) gold; Chad Jr Centino (7) silver; Alfie Platt (8) bronze; Alan Whitehead (9) bronze, Finn Labong (11) gold; Benadict Centino (13) silver; Dylan Clark (12) bronze; Lucy Banfield (18) gold; Josh Calland (19) who bronze withdrew with injury; Lincoln Littler (11) silver and bronze; Emily Clark (13) silver and silver. Not to be outdone by their pupils and leading by example coaches Jake Moscrop and Jack Waddicar both won gold. Knowsley Challenge is a free community newspaper to serve the Borough of Knowsley. Circulation 30,000. Editorial Office: 36 Henry Street, Liverpool L1 5BS. Telephone: 0151 706 7411. Advertising, Graphic Design and Typesetting by Mersey Mirror, 36 Henry Street, Liverpool L1 5BS. Telephone: 0151 709 7567 Fax: 0151 707 1678

Prescot Cables FC paid tribute to one of the biggest supporters and volunteers. The club issued the following statement on their website: “It is with great sadness we have tonight been informed of the sad passing of David Fry, the clubs photographer at the young age of 50, the information has been sent from his parish church. David was a tireless volunteer at Cables and was at most games rain or shine over the years with his camera, he particularly enjoyed making the trips to various away grounds via train. He also ran a blog were he detailed his adventures”.

SCARISBRICK HEADS TO LAIRDS

Prescot Cables have announced the departure of Andy Scarisbrick, he heads to play for Cammell Lairds for the upcoming season. Due to the imminent birth of his first child, and work commitments, Andy was unable to commit to being fully available for training/matches this season, and has made the decision to move into the NWCFL with Lairds. Lairds just missed out on promotion to the NWCFL Premier division last season and the addition of Andy to the team is a statement of intent. Andy hopes to return to Cables in the 2019/20 season, we wish him a successful coming season and look forward to seeing him back in Amber in the future.

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