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Halewood school achieves two prestigious awards Yew Tree Primary Academy in Halewood has been recognised with two prestigious awards. The school has been awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools and has also achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship Status (Third Year). In awarding the Inclusion Quality Mark, assessors said Yew Tree “represents everything that is best about inclusive practice.” The report said: “There is a palpable sense of a school that is highly successful and inclusive. Yew Tree represents everything that is best about inclusive practice. All staff led by the principal, and her senior team have an acute understanding of its context and a driving passion to support and have high aspiration for all their pupils and families in their local community. “In terms of inclusion Yew Tree Primary Academy is a superb school in the broadest possible sense. Inclusion, care, nurture, and support are at the heart of its approach and is naturally ingrained in every aspect of the school and its life. It is a setting that prides itself on providing the best for everyone who is involved and is, a vibrant, caring, and friendly place to attend as a pupil and as a member of staff within a superb learning environment.” In awarding the Wellbeing Award, assessors recognised “the wellbeing of all is one of the central principles of the school and there is a commitment to support wellbeing across the whole school community.” Becky O’Hanlon, Principal at Yew Tree Primary Academy, said: “Emotional health and wellbeing is a core value of our school community and we are committed to working together effectively to remove the stigma of mental health. We have been able to use the award process as a diagnostic tool, empowering us to further support our children, staff, families and local community.” The Wellbeing Award is a nationally recognised programme and supported by charities such as the Anna Freud Centre, Young Minds, Heads Together and the Time to Change mental health campaign.

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Bickerstaffe school brings hope to the community - Page 11

Prescot Cables Football Club ground hit by vandals - Page 16



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Centre 63 reach out Kirkby based Centre 63 are hosting an information stall to spread the word of the work they do in the Kirkby community. The stall will be based in front of the old CAB Building from 10.00am until 2.00pm on Saturday 10 July. You can find out information about their YES Project, Centre 63 Youth Club, the 100 club and their Social Supermarket. There will also be a prize draw for signed Jamie Carragher memorabilia and a signed Everton shirt. Raffle tickets cost £2.00 per ticket or £5 per strip.

School Uniform Recycling Prescot Town Council will once again be running their School Uniform Recycling Project 2021 from Monday 5 July between 9.30am and 4.30pm weekdays only at Prescot Town Hall. Once they have received and organised the uniform donations, they will confirm how people can access the uniforms which will be provided FREE of charge to anyone that needs them. You can follow them on twitter and Facebook to keep updated. https://twitter.com/TownPrescot or https://www.facebook.com/PrescotTownCouncil

Memory Walk 2021 Liverpool residents are being invited to don their walking gear, lace up their boots, and unite against dementia by signing up to Alzheimer’s Society’s Liverpool Memory Walk this Autumn. Hundreds of Alzheimer’s Society supporters will put their best foot forward at Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool, L9 5AS on Sunday 5 September alongside family, friends and colleagues to raise money for the charity. Supporters can also opt to walk on their own, or with loved ones, on the paths, pavements, parks or pebbles in a location of their choosing throughout September. You can sign up for free at alzheimers.org.uk/memorywalk

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Speedo Mick continues his ‘Giving Back Tour 2021’ Champion fundraiser, Michael Cullen aka ‘Speedo Mick’ is continuing his mammoth fivemonth trek across the UK and Ireland to hand out cash raised from his previous adventures as well as raising even more money for good causes. Mick said: “The reason I’m doing the walk is primarily to give back to the people and the communities who have supported me and the fundraising I’ve done in the past. “The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a huge strain on the finances of so many worthy charities, so I’ll do anything I can to help. “Marcus Rashford’s campaigning has shone a massive light on how difficult life can be for a lot of young people in this country, whether because of a lack of food, money or opportunities. “Homelessness and disadvantaged young people are two issues very close to my own heart as I’ve been through those struggles and I know how hard it is to come out the other side. “In my life, I’ve been in some dark, lonely, hopeless places and for me, one the most rewarding parts of my fundraising has been to help people who are facing what I have faced.” Superfit Mick, who has twice been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award, first hit the headlines in 2014 by swimming the English Channel in just under 16 hours - despite being a novice swimmer. He turned up to Everton’s next home game in a pair of blue Speedos with ‘Channel Swimmer’ written on his chest, and his famous look was born. In 2017 the football fan walked 700 miles from Everton’s Goodison Park ground to the French city of Lyon, raising funds for Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. And in 2019 he completed a 1,000-mile walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End and raised half a million pounds, far exceeding his initial target of £100,000. His newest mission, the ‘Speedo Mick Giving Back Tour’ started in May and covers 2,000 miles, taking in five capital cities - London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Dublin and Belfast. Starting from Stornoway, in Scotland’s Western Isles, and ending in Liverpool, the route will cover a string of towns and cities and Mick will walk up to 20 miles per day across five months. He’ll only be wearing his trademark blue undies, as well as a swimming cap, Everton scarf and a pair of boots. The main goal is to identify good causes in communities that are deserving of some of the funds he has already raised through previous missions, with a focus on underprivileged or homeless young people and mental health initiatives. However, he also wants to raise more money to donate in future, with the footie fan just £350,000 away from hitting the £1million mark since he began in 2014. He said: “The last year has been very tough for me personally, I’ve struggled with depression and at times it felt like it was never going to end. “We’d just finished my last walking tour when the country was plunged into lockdown, and it took away my sense of purpose.

“I’m someone who always needs to be doing something and raising money for charity has been such a big part of my life, but that stopped pretty much overnight with lockdown. “The Giving Back Tour has given me my purpose back after a really tough year and it’s helped me see light at the end of the tunnel. “It’s a privilege for me to meet people who might need a helping hand and to be able to support them means the world to me. “We had raised a lot of money in the past and now we want to use that to the best possible effect, by seeking out good causes throughout the country and by helping them after a year in which their finances have been decimated. “We also want to raise more money if we can as that will help us continue to work with good causes around the UK.” Mick’s previous walk from John O’Groat’s to Land’s End took three months, from starting in December 2019 to the end in February 2020. He said: “I’d be lying if I said there weren’t a few parts of the walk I’m dreading. I’m definitely not looking forward to the blisters, the chaffing and the cold weather. “I’m a 56-year-old man, so my knees will be cracking and shaking the whole way, and so will my hips, my ankles, my back and my neck. “People always say that I must get used to the cold when I’m walking in my knickers, but you never get used to it, it rattles your bones every time.” The Speedo Mick Foundation was set up in 2020 and Mick and a board of trustees work on helping good causes in the fields of homelessness and disadvantaged young people. It aims to work with vulnerable groups to advance education, prevent or relieve poverty and support people facing issues such as ill-health or financial hardship. Anyone who wishes to donate to Speedo Mick’s Giving Back Tour can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/f/speedomick

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SINISTER ATTEMPT TO BURN DOWN HISTORIC MANSION, SAYS WEST DERBY SOCIETY A bid to burn down the historic Grade II-listed former Margaret Bevan School was foiled by prompt action from the fire service, says the West Derby Society. Firefighters arrived within minutes after in which several seats of fire in the picturesque empty building were promptly put out. Stephen Guy, West Derby Society chairman, said: “Thanks to this swift action we still have our beautiful building. “However, we do not know what damage has been done to the interior of the former grand home of cotton broker Danson Cunningham. It was originally called Eddesbury. “Several seats of fire indicates a determined attempt to torch the building rather than random vandalism. This is very sinister. “Someone wants to destroy this nationally-important building, obliterating it from the face of the earth. This would leave the beautiful wooded grounds ripe

for exploitation and development.” The police are treating the attack as arson. “We hope officers will track down whoever is responsible for this act of criminal civic vandalism,” added Stephen. “We hope they also contact the wealthy owners of this building and remind them of their responsibilities to prevent crime. A resident caretaker

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would be a good start. “Meanwhile all we get is inertia from Liverpool City Council, the original owners of this much-loved building which schooled thousands of children before being closed in 2004 and sold off in 2016. “The council should end its unwillingness to do anything by invoking its powers to compulsorily purchase the building.

“The Society has been contacted by several interested parties over the years. Their efforts to progress plans have met a brick wall as the owners seem totally indifferent to the distress caused by mothballing part of our heritage. “Enterprising developers with initiative and energy need to be valued and encouraged so that historic sites are treated as cultural assets not embarrassments viewed with indifference. “Historic England is not helpful in this regard. “These government guardians of the nation’s heritage issue a list of endangered buildings every year called the Heritage at Risk Register. “Crucially it does not include secular Grade II-listed buildings outside London. “The West Derby Society has called on Historic England to rectify this anomaly to raise awareness of the ruinous beautiful buildings you will not see in Country Life or similar upmarket magazines.”

4 July 2021

Peaky Blinders comes to Kirkby

A Kirkby couple who transformed their garden shed into a bar are among the many ‘incredible’ entries for Cuprinol Shed of The Year 2021. Mike Vermiglio and wife Sue have brought a little bit of 1930s Birmingham into their garden with a Peaky Blinders inspired shed. The shed doubles as a pub, with a number of bar stools surrounding a wooden bar, which features beer pumps and spirit dispensers. The Peaky Blinders themed bar is decorated with colourful fairy lights, a sign that says ‘nobody gets out sober’ and Liverpool FC and Everton FC merchandise and even a jukebox. Michael said: “The bar is very much a family bar, and it was kitted out to entertain our family and then when all this virus has finally disappeared we can then invite our further friends and family “Me and my wife will be in the bar most Saturday’s and standing in our respective corner of the bar to watch the Liverpool and Everton games on TV as I am a staunch Blue and Sue’s a Red for her sins. “The main them of the bar is Peaky Blinders because myself and Sue fell in love with the series. “We have visited Peaky Blinders bars in Liverpool and Southport and the bars main name is ‘The Garrison’ after the main bar frequented by the ‘Shelbys’ in the series, and it was the main bar in Birmingham during the 30s and 40s when the Peaky Blinders were in operation and the ‘Garrison’ is still standing today and we are hoping to visit the pub in the summer. Cuprinol said entries have been ‘flooding in’ for this year’s

competition and founder Andrew Wilcox is calling for all shedenthusiasts to ensure their work of art receives deserved recognition by entering the competition. Andrew said: "The entries we’ve received so far really show how the nation is pushing the boundaries when it comes to creating spaces for entertaining and relaxing in their gardens. "The past twelve months have been amongst the most challenging ever for many of us, and it’s been fascinating to see how that has spurred sheddies onto ever more creative heights. Now in its 15th year, Cuprinol invited entrants to submit their creations into one of the seven categories, which include the new lockdown category introduced last year. A winner from each will be decided by public vote, before a panel of shed experts decide which overall winner will be awarded the giant golden crown. Alongside eternal shed glory, the overall winner will also receive £1,000, a plaque and £100 of Cuprinol products. Public voting is now open for Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2021 until July 12 to vote for Michael and Sue’s shed, go to: www.readersheds.co.uk/index.cfm ?type=Lockdown

New video platform helping tenants improve their wellbeing A new video-led service, designed to improve people’s wellbeing, is being launched by landlord ForHousing, in partnership with the Stockbridge Village community. ForHousing tenants and others in the local community have been involved every step of the way in the creation of WellSpace, the new video-based site, including suggesting topics to focus on. The website is tailored to help people with all aspects of their wellbeing, providing a one stop shop for support and signposting. It showcases videos of people sharing their stories who either use or have seen the benefit of a particular service or issue, and provides direct links to organisations that offer help and advice. The service is community-driven, featuring some familiar faces and voices on the video clips which will focus on all aspects of wellbeing including finances, equality and inclusion, mental and physical health, the environment, and issues affecting the community. Topics such as digital access, LGBTQ+ issues, green spaces, local events, youth clubs and arts and crafts will all be discussed. Government figures show that anxiety rose to an all-time high during the lockdown of 2020, while personal wellbeing scores and general happiness fell across the UK. One person who spoke on camera for the new site is Elliot Greco, aged 20 from Stockbridge Village. He is a youth mentor with Stockbridge Action Youth, which gives young people a platform to have their voices heard and tackle issues that matter to them in the community. The student in health and social care at Knowsley Community College tells others what a difference it has made to

his life on his video for the website. He said: “Stockbridge Action Youth has helped me improve my confidence and it’s made my voice heard. And that’s coming from someone who has anxiety almost every day.” Another participant is Maria Regan aged 71 from Stockbridge Village, a passionate volunteer who has given her time to the community for 20 years. She runs activities for children and young people to enjoy in Littlewoods Forest and promotes its regeneration, runs intergenerational tea parties and delivered food parcels to people during the pandemic. She said in her video clip for the site: “Since I started volunteering I’ve never looked back. There are lots of different things you can do and it’s good for your mental and physical wellbeing. So what I’d say is get out there and volunteer!” Martyn Hague, director of neighbourhoods at ForHousing said: “We want to work with tenants and communities to understand what they need and where they need extra support. “We understand that it can be difficult for people to put their own wellbeing first, and that's why we're working in partnership to develop this tailored service to help tenants focus on the things that would make them feel better. “It’s all part of our wider commitment to wellbeing, driven through our wellbeing strategy which launched last year. The strategy is focused on ensuring people have stable homes, improved digital access, improved physical and mental health, keeping people connected and providing opportunities for continual learning and increased prosperity.” Tenants will be encouraged to share their own stories and sign up for filming.

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Upgrade work at Prescot Railway Station completed A special event to mark the completion of a major improvement works programme to upgrade facilities and improve access at Prescot railway station has recently taken place. The work started in June 2020 and continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives from key stakeholders including Knowsley Council, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Northern, Network Rail, Seed Architects and The Input Group gathered to watch Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram unveil a commemorative plaque alongside Cllr Graham Morgan, the leader of Knowsley Council officially launching the new look station. The station now boasts a new lift shaft on each platform, a modern refurbished ticket office, new fully accessible toilet facilities and enhanced lighting and signage throughout the station. The car park has also been

remodelled to include a dedicated drop-off area as well as new secure cycle parking and it has been fully resurfaced. These upgrades have made the station fully accessible with step free access between the car park, the station platforms and station facilities. Customers will also find new information screens, platform seating and a new platform shelter. In addition, Bridge Road, outside of the station has also been fully resurfaced. As well as creating a warmer welcome to the railway station and the town itself, these improvements will also help to provide an easier connection between the station and Prescot town centre. Alongside the railway station improvements, there has also been a major upgrade of the public realm along Eccleston Street, new illumination at St Mary’s Church and new bespoke wayfinding signs installed across the town centre. Bespoke gateway

artworks were also installed at the main entries and exits to the town earlier this month. Prescot has also been selected as a High Street Heritage Action Zone, which will see major investment from Knowsley Council and Historic England to repair and restore historic buildings and space in the town centre. The work is directly supported by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as part of the wider Shakespeare North Rail Interchange Prescot scheme. Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “I was first elected on a pledge to leave no area behind and I’m really proud of everything we’ve done to help get Prescot on the up again. Between the £10m we’ve invested in Shakespeare North and £8m in additional public realm improvements, including upgrades at the station and are already seeing real progress, with Combined Authority and Knowsley Council funding

acting as a catalyst for further regeneration. “Giving people a proper, decent alternative to the car for getting about is vital in doing our bit to tackle climate change. It’s why I’m so committed to building an integrated Londonstyle transport system that makes it quick, cheap and easy for people to get about,

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6 July 2021


Bringing history alive True Crime 1621: Prescot’s Court Leet Archives are an invaluable source of information relating to the past and the history of the local area and community. Did you know this includes holding details on historic misdemeanours and more serious crimes committed within our communities in the past? Due to the sensitive nature of criminal and family court records, 20th and 21st century records are closed to researchers for up to 100 years. However, we do have access to some of the records of Prescot’s ancient Court Leet. The history of Prescot’s Court Leet goes back to the time of Henry VI, who gifted the Manor and Rectory of Prescot to Cambridge University to establish a College in 1445 – later to become King’s College, Cambridge. With the College taking responsibility for the administration of the town, a Steward was appointed to act on its behalf. The Royal Charter was granted on 1st September 1447. This gave Prescot independence from the Sherriff’s Hundred Court and a degree of selfgovernment through the Court Leet. The Court Leet met twice a year within a month after Easter and Michaelmas. Under the Steward and Deputy, it dealt with land transfers, weights and measures and offences such as intoxication, breach of the peace, affray, quarrelling, scolding and eavesdropping, as well as punishing those who contravened town regulations. Court business was recorded in the official records – the Prescot Court Rolls. Meetings would be announced in the Church, the Market Place, or both, prior to the meeting. On the morning of the Court, the market bell would be rung at 8:00am and the Town Crier would call out: ‘Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!1 All manner of persons which are resident or deciners2 and do owe suit royal to this leet, come in and make your suit and answer to your names, everyone on pain and peril shall ensue’. In addition to the Steward and Deputy, a series of Court Officers supported the operation of the Court. The Constable was concerned with keeping law and order and the Coroner heard inquests into deaths. The Four Men upheld the rights of the Lord and tenants, for

example, by protecting Prescot’s woodland to maintain the timber supply. They would also ensure that only people entitled to live in the town were in residence. The Burleymen were responsible for the good maintenance of fences, hedges and ditches, while the Streetlookers had the unpleasant task of dealing with sanitation and the cleanliness of the town’s water supply. The Aletasters enforced weights and measures regulations, maintaining the Assize of Bread and Ale standards of quality and price. Trade was further protected by the Clerk of the Market, responsible for checking pricing, weights and measures and the Sealers of Leather, who checked the quality of leather and leather goods. Offenders would be presented to the Court, where cases were heard and judged by a jury of 12 men. Punishments ranged from fines, to a spell in the stocks for drunken behaviour or a soaking on the ducking stool for a scolding woman. If we could travel back 400 years to 1621 and eavesdrop on the Court Leet, what sort of cases would we hear? The Court Rolls, transcribed by F.A. Bailey and edited by Jack Knowles, can give us an insight into the activities of the Court. Elizabeth Woosey of Prescot found herself in front of the Jury for the second time in two years after falling foul of the Four Men. In 1619, she had been ordered to remove three poor children that she had taken in: failure to do so within a specified time would see her sent to the House of Correction and the children placed with other families. However, she was now found to have another three or four children in her care, despite the previous order. Her sentence sounds brutal by modern standards: she is to be set in the stocks for ‘foure severall markett days’ by the Constable. After spending eight hours at a stretch in the stocks, the Constable is then to have her whipped through the town. Anti-social behaviour was a problem in Jacobean Prescot. One case involved the ongoing abuse and disorder between Richard Higginsone and George Moore - and their wives – that had been causing disruption in the community and costing the town money through the serving of warrants. They were issued with an ASBO of sorts: if

Richard Higginsone were to go to George Moore’s house or utter any scandalous words ‘to the dysgrace and dyscredyt’ of Mrs Moore, then Richard Higginsone would be put in the dungeon for two nights and one day for each offence. He would be fed just one meal whilst incarcerated. The wives (we don’t know their first names) were also cautioned: they were to live in peace without scolding, chiding or fighting or find themselves in the stocks for one day and one night without food or drink for a first offence, whipped and carted around town on market day for a second offence and ‘putte oute of and from the towne’ for a third (and it would seem final) offence. Neighbour disputes were common. Ralph Angsdale was fined 7d for keeping an ‘unlawfull dogg’ that was causing disruption. He was ordered to keep the dog indoors or tied up and to muzzle the dog if he allowed it off the lead. He was on pain of a fine of 6d per day for each day he broke the order. Timber was a highly valued, multipurpose resource: buildings, carriages, carts, farm tools and equipment, furniture and so on were all made from wood, plus it was a source of heat and energy. The unauthorised taking of timber was taken seriously, as Thomas Standish, who was in the service of Mr. Sorocold of Knowsley, discovered to his cost. He was found guilty of felling and taking tynsell3 from Prescot Wood, for use in his own home. He also took some of the wood to Mr Sorocold’s land in Knowsley, where

he used it for hedging. He was fined 8d for his trouble. The Alefounders (Aletasters) presented a case against ‘the wyef of John Urmeston’, who was found to have baked undersized loaves of bread to sell that were ‘unwholesome to be eaten and unfytt to be sould’. Mrs Urmeston didn’t help her case by being abusive towards the Officer: her fine was 3s 4d. Family issues also found their way to the Court. William Hardman and his mother-in-law, Margerie Hardman got into a tussle with each other and were fined 7d each. Finally, a slander case saw Roger Dey claiming £1004 damages against labourer John Rayneford, for claiming he was a ‘conykatchinge5 cosenynge6 roague’ and a ‘runagate7 out com lyinge cossenynge roague’, amongst other slanderous comments. See below for the meaning of these insults! Find out more about our heritage by visiting our website http://archives.knowsley.gov.uk/ email infoheritage@knowsley.gov.uk or call 0151 443 4291/4365. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and find Knowsley Archives on Flickr, WordPress and Soundcloud 1 Oyez! = Listen! 2 Deciner = person aged 12 or over 3 Twigs for fencing 4 £100 in 1621 is equivalent to about £27,777 today 5 Theft through trickery 6 Deceitful 7 Deserter

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Major funding boost for station scheme in Kirkby Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s plans for a new station at Headbolt Lane in Kirkby received a welcome boost thanks to an additional £66m from the Transforming Cities Fund agreed at the latest Combined Authority meeting. The new station plans include proposals for around 300 park and ride spaces and a bus interchange with step-free access throughout the station. The full scheme includes the extension of the Merseyrail network beyond the existing Kirkby station. It would also mean that residents in the Northwood and Tower Hill areas of the town would be even closer to services on the Merseyrail network. It would see Merseyrail services run into the new station, as opposed to the current services which run as far as Kirkby. Northern services from Wigan and Manchester would also operate to and from the new three-platform station. The station development forms part of the plans to build new rail link to Skelmersdale, which would connect to

the Merseyrail network via the Kirkby branch. Merseytravel is continuing to work closely with Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire Borough Council and Network Rail to support that scheme. Network Rail is currently progressing the outline design for the project and preparing a full planning application for the necessary approvals. Work is aimed to start later this year and it is planned for the new station to be operational in 2023. The station also forms part of the Liverpool City Region Long Term Rail Strategy, a 30-year plan, which was updated in 2018. Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, said: “As Metro Mayor, bringing our communities closer together has been a priority for me. We’ve already opened the first new station on the Merseyrail network at Maghull North, and now we’re cracking on with plans to build another at Headbolt Lane in Kirkby. “Kirkby is somewhere especially close

Coronavirus update and support Cllr Christine Bannon – Cabinet Member for Health Whilst many people think that COVID-19 has gone away, it hasn’t and our rates in Knowsley are unfortunately going up. Our case rates are now well over 100 per 100,000 population and the Government has announced that the whole of the Liverpool City Region, including Knowsley is to be designated as an Enhanced Response Area (ERA). The Delta variant is circulating within our communities and we know that it spreads much quicker, particularly in indoor settings. Regular testing, sharing close contacts, self isolating, the vaccination and minimising contacts from outside of your own household are our best forms of defence. All adults aged over 18 years can now book their COVID vaccination appointment. It offers you the best protection from this virus. If you haven’t made an appointment, you can do so by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119. Remember you need two doses of the vaccine for the maximum protection. It’s also important to remember to regularly wash your hands, wear a face covering in indoor settings, maintain your distance from others and ensure good ventilation at home or in the workplace. Wherever possible, meet outdoors rather than indoors. At the time of writing, we are awaiting the Prime Minister’s review of the national situation and whether we can move into Step 4 of the roadmap to recovery. Whatever happens, COVID-19 will not be going away any time soon and it’s important to remain cautious and not complacent. Remember to take part in regular (twice weekly) testing. Testing kits are available to pick up in a number of testing sites across the borough, as well as some pharmacies, schools and workplaces. Importantly, regular testing can identify people who have the virus, but who do not have symptoms, so that they can self-isolate and prevent passing it on to others. If you test positive through a home / lateral flow test, you will need to book a confirmatory PCR test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119. Continue to stay safe and follow the advice being issued.

to my heart, and this £66m of funding is a real statement of intent for my vision. I want to make it as quick, cheap and easy as possible for people to get around our region.

“Transport might look a little different in the post-pandemic era, but I am still determined to deliver on my plans for an integrated, London-style transport system.”

Grow West Derby spreads its roots In a bid to encourage people to adopt simple everyday steps to lead a more water efficient lifestyle, United Utilities has taken a vested interest in the Grow West Derby community initiative. After being approached by West Derby MP Ian Byrne about the eco project, the company realised it was a great opportunity to support the project and get people to think not only about growing good quality food, but how this can be done in a more water efficient way. Emma McCabe, water efficiency manager from United Utilities said: “When Ian approached us about his community project aimed at helping people to learn new skills around growing and accessing good quality food, I was excited to help with the water usage element, as this forms an essential part of this initiative. “By getting involved we can share and provide practical support, such as harvesting rainwater for use on crops, with the hope people will take away some of the water-saving steps they learn at the allotments and change some habits at home, which collectively will really help to conserve water.” MP Ian Byrne said: “We are delighted to have the support of United Utilities working with us as part of ‘Grow West Derby’. This is another milestone for the allotments with every plot holder receiving a water butt from United Utilities as part of making the site as eco-friendly and sustainable as we can. This is a fine example of businesses working to empower communities for the common good.” Grow West Derby has now linked up with Myerscough College, Marlborough Allotments and Clubmoor Allotments, with the idea to teach people how to grow their own food and to live more sustainably, while also supplying local food pantries with any excess food that is produced.

Ian said: "We want to build collectivism across the community with people being able to participate in a variety of ways. “Moving forward we would like to see local wards taking ownership of a plot on the allotment site and to see inter-ward growing competitions and prizes to build on the fun aspect of food growing. As we move forwards, other growing sites will be identified across West Derby and we encourage members of the community to get involved.” The MP has also teamed up with different groups in West Derby to create the Millenium Pantry, which sets up shop in West Derby village every Friday morning. The pantry offers a market-style shopping experience but means people can get around £20 worth of food for just £3.50. For Ian, these kind of projects are exactly why he decided to become and MP and will drive his time in office. He said: “Supporting and leading on community projects to empower people and give them access to food, education, and galvanising community mutual aid in the post-Covid era is exactly what we are about. “We cannot allow the message of stigmatism around food poverty to permeate, considering what is happening economically and socially to thousands of our constituents.”

West Derby MP Ian Byrne at the Marlborough Road Allotments

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New Prescot artwork to welcome, celebrate and inspire Three new pieces of public art have been installed in Prescot to provide a warm and inspiring welcome to the town. The eye-catching installations are positioned on roundabouts at key gateway positions leading into and out of the town. The artwork is part of the wider connectivity strategy for the town which saw bespoke inner gateway signs installed late 2020 and a family of new wayfinding signage installed across the town centre in early 2021. This comprehensive wayfinding scheme is being implemented ahead of the opening of The Shakespeare North Playhouse in 2022, when thousands of new visitors are expected to visit the

town every year. It is a key part of the council’s overall ambition to transform the town centre, making it an even more attractive and welcoming place for local residents and visitors. Artist, Martin Herron designed the artwork following extensive consultation with the local community. Two local primary schools have been involved, along with residents of The Watch Factory and a number of local community organisations. Discussions and presentations were held in public venues and community groups at Byer Road Community Centre, drop-ins at Prescot Library and public meetings in town centre cafes, pubs and restaurants during 2019. Martin said: “The Prescotians are

Jobs for your garden this month – as recommended by the Knowsley Flower Show Committee In July, you can take some time to sit back and admire the garden you have created! So many flowers are at their bright and vibrant best, bees busily buzz from dawn until dusk and there’s new delights in the veggie patch daily. With most of the planting and sowing behind you, the focus switches to weeding and deadheading spent flowers from plants like roses, cosmos and dahlias. Cutting back the faded flowers encourages your plant to produce more! If you planted ‘first early’ potatoes a few months ago, they’ll soon be ready. When the foliage dies back and turns brown, cut if off. Leave for 10-14 days before harvesting. Keep a daily eye on your peas, too – there’ll be plenty to pick this month. With the dry and warm weather, keep an especially close eye on plants in containers – hanging baskets especially – they may need watering daily right now. A water butt is a great investment for any garden – it saves money on your water bill, is better for the environment and rainwater is far better for your plants, too. At this time of year, lawns are growing fast. Watering isn’t essential – grass is actually very resilient – but if you do water, try to use recycled rainwater from your butt. If you like a neatly clipped lawn you’ll need to mow regularly – but why not try leaving your grass (or at least some of it) to grow a little longer? It’s fantastic for wildlife and creates a haven for pollinators (which will ultimately help the rest of your garden bloom, too!) Take your inspiration from the areas of Tall Grass which have been left unmown around Knowsley and are now attracting a great number of important species which otherwise struggle to find a suitable habitat in our urban environments. As gardeners we can play a key part in slowing climate change. Making small changes such as adding a water butt, leaving some grass unmown or switching to peat free compost can really make a difference. And finally – how are your sunflowers coming along? If you’re growing some as part of the #KnowsleySunflowerChallenge, don’t forget to share your pictures of their progress on social media – we’d especially love to see them posted to the Knowsley Flower Show Facebook page. Thanks to Knowsley Flower Show Committee Members Keith Silcock and Tony Hill for this month’s gardening tips. You can find out more about the Knowsley Flower Show and the Sunflower Challenge on their website at www.knowsleyflowershow.com.

great people and this has been one of my favourite projects for community involvement. “I met so many fantastic folk of all ages and abilities, from school children and young people to the older generation, to share thoughts and ideas as to what the artworks could be. “It was great to have a blank canvas and the community had so many ideas and it was the main themes around the town’s rich heritage that were developed to create the final concepts. ’”I’ve worked in many places and communities to develop artworks that become part of that town, village and city. The warm welcome that I received when I came to Prescot and the way people got involved and shaped their artworks will stay with me forever. “Such pride, such ambition and such optimism for the regeneration of their town. As well as feeding into the design of the artworks themselves, people spoke about wanting them to be bigger to have a really positive impact at the important gateways to Prescot.” There were key themes that emerged from the consultation, particularly Prescot’s rich industrial heritage, a strong sense of community and history.

Colour is used extensively throughout the works, influenced by the wiring and the colours of the protective coatings used both historically and in the modern day. These colours are echoed throughout each gateway site. The aim of all the artworks is to welcome, to celebrate, to illustrate and to inspire. The final artworks will reflect the heritage, the stories and importance of Prescot on the world stage.

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Round up of education news Elliot wins prestigious award Winstanley College student Elliot Miles has been awarded the coveted Harvard Book Prize after being nominated by his teachers Leanne Brownbill and Lisa Baty for being an exemplary student in film studies. The Harvard Book Award which this year is Enlightenment Now by Harvard Professor Steven Pinker, is awarded to ‘an outstanding student in the penultimate year, academically excellent, with exceptional personal qualities, who makes a significant contribution to school or community.’ Elliot’s nomination came from head of performing arts Leanne Brownbill, who wrote: “Elliot has been an exemplary student from day one in film studies. He has worked so incredibly hard throughout the two years and it showed through the detail and insight embedded in his written work.

“It was clear that he regularly engaged in the subject outside of the classroom; he expanded his filmography and took his keen interest in politics and applied it to his studies in Film. “I always looked forward to our class chats about the political systems in operation and the most recent revelation that had occurred. He is one of the most humble and dedicated students I’ve ever taught, and it was a privilege to work alongside him this last two years. “I am certain he has an amazing future ahead of him. I wish him every success.” This year 49 students from the UK were admitted to Harvard for whom many were offered significant financial support. The university strongly advise anyone who may be interested in studying abroad considers an application to Harvard.

Outdoor learning space at Kirkby CofE Primary School GMI Construction together with St Modwen has announced that it has made a donation to Kirkby C of E Primary School to facilitate the development of The Woodlands Project. The site is directly adjacent to the new retail development which is nearing completion in Kirkby town centre. The Woodlands Project is being undertaken to restore a fantastic resource, which will enable not only the children attending Kirkby C of E School, but also children attending other primary schools in Kirkby, to have access to a safe outdoor environment. Talking about the initiative Mair Hindmarsh, headteacher at Kirkby C of E Primary School said: “The last year has been particularly difficult for everyone, but nationally, children and young people are experiencing a variety of issues which are impacting upon their mental health. “We are providing a range of support within the school around mental health and wellbeing and The Woodlands Project is a further support project, providing children with a unique opportunity to engage with nature and improve their self-esteem. “By establishing solid, safe pathways, we will ensure that children with a physical disability will not be at any disadvantage and will be able to fully access the whole area. “The nursery and reception children love to be out digging and planting. They enjoy teddy bear picnics, easter egg hunts and trying to find mini beasts. The older children love to engage in den building, birdbox making, plant and wildlife identification, these are just some of the activities that the children will be able to undertake as soon as we have restored and undertaken the necessary repairs.” GMI Divisional managing director Marc Banks said: “GMI is committed to investing in the people and communities in which It operates as a way of giving something back socially and helping to support the health and wellbeing of young people everywhere. The Woodlands project is a fantastic initiative with the ability combine learning and engage with nature in a safe secure environment. We are delighted to be able to support this initiative”.

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Bickerstaffe brings hope to the community children once again has brightened my day.” The children were especially thrilled when they were rewarded with ice creams. Miss Kirstin O’Kane, Bickerstaffe headteacher, said: “I’ve been very touched by the thoughtfulness of our pupils. It has been an extremely hard year for everyone, but our children continue to be kind, compassionate citizens who are

determined to nurture friendships. “We have truly missed our local community and the knowledge they have to offer us and can’t wait until we can once again welcome them back into school, hopefully, in the near future.” Bickerstaffe CE Primary School is nestled in the picturesque village of Bickerstaffe, which is on the outskirts of Ormskirk, Rainford and Kirkby with close links to the M58 and M6.

School celebrates funding success Bickerstaffe CE School has always been at the centre of its local community. The school prides itself on the well-established links that have been nurtured and developed over the past 175 years! This includes Treat Day, the weekly Knit and Knatter club or monthly Holy Communion Services. Before the pandemic hit, weekly visitors from the community were a regular occurrence in school, with residents coming in to share their favourite story, discuss their youth during World War II or pass on their impressive knitting skills. This all changed in March last year.

Due to the vulnerable nature of the local community and the national lockdowns, friendships that had grown were cut short. Recently children in Year 5 approached their headteacher about reaching out to their friends to let them know that they are still here and looking forward to seeing them again. The children organised for each class to make personalised cards and a small group of pupils and staff visited the local residents in Bickerstaffe village with a yellow rose and a huge smile, excited to see their pals once again. One local resident said: “Seeing the

Our Lady and St Swithin Primary School in Croxteth are celebrating after a successful lottery bid to help the community. The school is now able to help families in the area with a mini foodbank and uniform shop. Senior deputy headteacher/SENDCo, Mrs Hamilton, said: “Lockdown has been hard for so many families that it is hoped that in time this small initiative will grow and help sustain the local community as we get back on our feet after Covid.” Anyone who feel they may need support can email s.hamilton@olss.liverpool.sch.uk for referral details.

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Round up of education news Kirkby youngsters help to showcase town centre Primary school pupils from Kirkby have been using their artistic skills to welcome visitors to the town centre. To celebrate the arrival of Kirkby’s new town centre retail development, pupils were invited to design a ‘Welcome to Kirkby Town Centre’ poster. Hundreds of pupils from Westvale Primary School, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, Kirkby Church of England Primary School, Millbrook Primary School, St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School, St Marie’s Catholic Primary School and St Joseph the Worker Primary School sent in wonderful creative designs. Some of the designs have now been put on display in the window of a shop unit in Kirkby, while others will be incorporated into a special piece of artwork which will be a displayed prominently in the town centre. All the designs will be able to be viewed at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/knowsleycouncil/albums/72157719 308795095

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 2021/22 for the Authority’s Elected Members. In summary, the Panel recommended the following: (i)

That, for the 2021/22 municipal year, the indexation of Members’ Allowances (including the Mayor’s Allowance) should continue to be linked to the pay award given to Local Government Service employees;


That, as in the previous year’s Scheme, no in borough travel expenses will be reimbursed; (iii) That the Mayor’s Allowance rate be paid at £10,195.06; (iv) 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 remain unchanged and fixed (at a flat rate of 18.4p) irrespective of engine size and only be reimbursed for out of borough travel for authorised duties; (v)

That the maximum levels of subsistence which may be claimed by Elected Members remain unchanged and be paid at the 2020/21 levels (where such expenditure has been incurred in the performance of an authorised duty);

(vi) That the Elected Members’ Communications Package remain unchanged and continues to support members in their role as Councillor; (vii) 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; and (viii) That the voluntary policy for Parental Leave remain unchanged. Following consideration of the report of the Independent Remuneration Panel, the Council, at its Annual Meeting held on 21 May 2021, 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 commencing in 2021/22 in line with the Independent Remuneration Panel’s recommendations (i) to (viii) above with immediate effect. In addition, the Council will meet the costs of any Allowances paid to the Council’s nominees on the Liverpool City Region Transport Committee.

The rates of Basic and Special Responsibility Allowances will therefore be as follows: £ Basic Allowance Leader of the Council Leader of the Opposition* Cabinet Member

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*If the opposition groups are equally balanced, the Leader of the Opposition’s Special Responsibility Allowance (as set out above) will be split equally between those groups.

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. (NB The offices are currently closed to the public in compliance with Government guidance relating to COVID-19. For further information on how to access this information during this period, please use the contact details below.) For further information, please contact Lynn Cairns on 0151 443 3107 or by email at lynn.cairns@knowsley.gov.uk Mike Harden Chief Executive Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU

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THE NIGHT CALLS Several months ago in The Challenge I told the intriguing story of a 1970s down-at-heel Huyton private investigator named Robin Cardinal, and how he was hired to trace a young lady named Audrey Ellis, the fiancée of a powerful businessman she had walked out on. It transpired that Audrey had an amazing gift – she could read minds – and through her mind-reading ability she had discovered that her businessman boyfriend had murdered his first wife, so Audrey deserted him and hid in south Liverpool. Cardinal abandoned the case he’d been assigned (a first for him), became romantically involved with Audrey, and together they intended to set themselves up as partners in a new private detective business in London – but before the planned move, an intriguing case came Cardinal’s way in July 1970. As Cardinal was removing his few personal belongings from his threadbare office on Manesty’s Lane off Hanover Street, the telephone started to ring. Curiosity got the better of him and he answered the call. There was silence, so he said: “Hello – Cardinal Investigations – how may I help you?” “I need you to find out who the practical joker is who’s making my life hell;” said the caller, followed by, “hello – is anyone there?” “Yes,” said Cardinal, closing the window to keep the hubbub of the traffic out, “the line’s a bit bad - Mister?” “Mansell – George Mansell,” the caller told him with an air of impatience. Cardinal sat on the cleared desk. “So, Mr Mansell, tell me a little bit about this practical joker who’s making your life hell.” Mansell coughed, then said: “Well, it’s been going on for some time now - about two months – I get calls in the middle of the night making all sorts of serious allegations about me and threats to expose me and so on.” “And what does he say?” asked Cardinal, “Do you recognise his voice? Does he call on an ex-directory line?” “It’s a she, Mr Cadinal,” said Mansell, “and there’s something about her voice, as if I’ve heard it before way back, but I just can’t place it, and she sounds as if she’s in a hallway, sort of echoing like. I’m ex-directory, yes.” Cardinal made notes on the back of an unpaid telephone bill. “And what are the

There’s something about her voice, as if I’ve heard it before way back, but I just can’t place it

allegations, which, I presume, are not true?” There was a sharp intake of breath from Mansell. “She calls me a womaniser and a gigolo and accuses me of all sorts of cruelty against women – all nonsense without any foundation may I add!” “Well, in that case, you really have nothing to worry about Mr Mansell;” reasoned Cardinal, “let her ‘publish and be damned’ so to speak.” “Because!” Mansell roared down the phone, “Because I would like to know who this unbalanced person is! Heaven knows what she might do to me! She might get hold of a gun.” “Where are you?” asked Cardinal. He thought there was something just not right about this case. Mansell gave him the address to a converted farmhouse near

Old Roan. Cardinal took Audrey with him in the old Hillman Imp. In person, George Mansell looked a lot younger than he sounded. He was in his early forties, blonde and his home was crammed with antiques. He played a reel-to-reel recording of one of the midnight calls to Cardinal, while Audrey read Mansell’s mind. A faint echoing woman’s voice could be heard accusing Mansell of indecent assault, blackmail, and of driving a woman to commit suicide. “I’m recording this to play to the police!” Mansell was heard yelling back to the accuser, who then retorted with: “Take it to the police! And explain why I am accusing you!” Cardinal made a lengthy list of Mansell’s friends and business acquaintances (he was an antiques dealer), and underlined the female associates. He took on the case at his usual rate of fifty pounds a day plus expenses then left, saying he’d be back in touch soon. In the car, Cardinal asked Audrey what she had picked up with her telepathic ability.

“Well, he was full of guilt when he played that tape – as if he had done the things he’s accused of doing. Here’s the strange part, though: I kept picking up the name Magdala from him, and I feel she’s the one making the calls.” “Can you somehow tune into this Magdala?” asked Cardinal, but Audrey shook her head and said, “It’s very odd; I don’t get a thing from her. Usually with anyone within a reasonable distance you get a trace of something, but Magdala, whoever she is, seems to be able to shield her thoughts.” Cardinal visited his brother in law, Tony, an ex-employee of Plessey who had now set up his own telecommunications company. Tony had developed a minicomputer the size of a shoebox that could trace incoming calls to any telephone. A court order was needed to use it, but Cardinal begged Tony for the box and assured him he’d take all responsibility if the law found out what he was doing. The box had just been connected to Mansell’s telephone in his study when it started to ring. Mansell answered it and said, “It’s her!” Audrey concentrated – and saw the caller’s face. It was pale and she got the impression the caller was dead. A ten-digit number appeared on the call tracer box, and Mansell wrote it down. Audrey suddenly said to Mansell: “She’s telling the truth! You abused her and many others when she was young and when she told on you, no one believed her – and she killed herself. She’s dead.” Mansell’s face turned red, and he bawled: “Cardinal – you and this woman are no longer employed by me! Leave now!” Cardinal traced the number later that evening – a telephone box outside a cemetery less than a mile from Mansell’s farmhouse, and the receiver was still hanging from its cord. Cardinal and Audrey saw the ghostly girl looking at them near the cemetery gates, and then she vanished. A month later, Mansell was found dead in his study, his eyes bulging in terror; had Magdala paid him a visit? All Tom Slemen’s books and audiobooks are available from Amazon.

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CHALLENGE FAMILY A taste of Summer Eton Mess ice cream sundae A summery combination of Eton mess and homemade strawberry ice cream to create a creamy, dreamy pudding fit for a summer knees up. Preparation time Over 2 hours

Easy Traditional Red Sangria

Cooking time Over 2 hours Serves 4

Sangria is a Spanish wine punch that includes chopped fruit and sparkling water for a refreshing summertime cooler.

Ingredients For the ice cream 450g/1lb strawberries, hulled and quartered 150g caster sugar 350ml/12fl oz whole milk 150ml/5fl oz whipping cream 30g/1oz glucose syrup 50g/1¾oz skimmed milk powder For the meringue 3 free-range egg whites ½ tsp fresh lemon juice 100g/3½oz caster sugar 50g/1¾oz icing sugar, sifted 2 tsp freeze-dried raspberry powder To serve 200g/7oz raspberries 1 tbsp icing sugar 450ml/16fl oz double cream, whipped to soft peaks Method To make the ice cream, put the strawberries into a bowl with the sugar and stir until the sugar begins to dissolve. Cover and leave to stand at room temperature for an hour, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, pour the milk, cream and glucose syrup into a saucepan and heat gently until steaming. Gradually whisk in the milk powder, then remove from the heat and leave to cool to room temperature. Pour the milk mixture into a blender, add the strawberries and the juices from the bowl and blend until smooth. Pour into an ice cream maker and churn until frozen. Transfer to a

sealable container and freeze for 2 hours. To make the meringue, preheat the oven to 120C/100C Fan/Gas ½ and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Put the egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and add the lemon juice. Whisk to soft peaks, then gradually add the caster sugar. Once all of the sugar has been added, continue to beat for 2 minutes until stiff and glossy. Fold in the icing sugar. Using a spatula, spread the meringue mixture over the lined baking sheet in a thin, even layer. Dust over the freeze-dried raspberry powder and bake for 2 hours until crisp. Allow to cool completely. Peel the paper away from the meringue sheet and break into shards. Meanwhile, toss the raspberries with the icing sugar and set aside for 20 minutes. To serve, layer the ice cream, raspberries and softly whipped cream in a sundae glass and decorate with the meringue shards.

Ingredients oranges 2, roughly chopped dry, light red wine 750ml mixed fruit (try strawberries and peaches but other berries, apples and pears also work well) 400-500g brandy 100ml, (or 50ml brandy and 50ml orange-flavoured liqueur – we used Cointreau) lemonade 500ml Method Muddle the oranges in a large jug, mix in the wine and brandy, and put in the fridge for 1 hour to let the flavours mingle. Add the fruit and top up with the lemonade. Stir well and serve over ice in tumblers

Fill your ice cube trays Transform your summer spritzers with posh ice cubes. Add berries, mint leaves or citrus slices to your ice cube trays before filling them with water for a G&T like no other.

Strawberry ice lollies

condensed milk 200ml whole milk 150ml

Strawberries and cream frozen together make the best iced lollies. Roast the berries, mix with condensed milk and freeze. Make plenty, everyone will love them. 15 Minutes + Freezing Makes 6

Method Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Halve the strawberries and toss with the sugar on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Roast for 1520 minutes until soft and juicy. Tip into a blender or food processor with the condensed milk and whole milk and whizz until smooth. Divide between ice lolly moulds and freeze overnight.

Ingredients Very ripe strawberries 225g, after hulling caster sugar 1 tbsp

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More than 530 families hit hard by the pandemic helped by ForHousing ForHousing has been able to work with 531 families in Stockbridge Village affected by the Covid pandemic to provide access to food, fuel and other vital items during the winter months. Tackling poverty is a key priority for ForHousing and by working with Knowsley Council, the landlord was able to take part in the government’s £170m Covid Winter Grant scheme and provide assistance for households hit hardest. As well as helping out with food and household bills, the scheme paid for essential sanitary products, nappies and even a new washing machine for one family to ensure that school uniforms could be washed. Matt Anderton, income officer at ForHousing said: “It is very difficult to put into words how much this grant has supported tenants. “It has taken the tenants by surprise in relation to how quickly they got help and I am sure it has had a positive impact on tenants’ mental health.” ForHousing was allocated £25,000 by Knowsley Council and used it to help 281 families with children, and 250 individuals or families without children. One tenant, Mrs Jones*, saw her husband and 32-year-old daughter both diagnosed with cancer on the same day. All three of them were off work and only on statutory sick pay and the scheme was able to help with vouchers for food and fuel.

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“The staff at ForHousing have been so helpful,” Mrs Jones said. “My family and I are so grateful. “Our current circumstances have been a huge strain. We have had to pay £800 rent monthly without both wages coming in and were looking after two adults and two children. “I would have struggled to feed my family and heat my home. The money from the fund has taken a massive part of the stress and worry away.” The project is part of the Knowsley Better Together approach which brings people and organisations together for the benefit of residents and the wider borough. Martyn Hague, director of neighbourhoods at ForHousing said: “If we want to improve lives then we must find ways to tackle poverty and address the widening inequalities that have been highlighted by the pandemic. “Partnership working is essential to this and this initiative with Knowsley Council is creating possibilities for

There when you need support Have you received a diagnosis of breast cancer? Breast Mates are still here to offer you support and information during these very difficult times. Their volunteers, most of whom have had a diagnosis of breast cancer themselves, can support you by phone, text or email. They offer support to people at all stages from the newly diagnosed, those going through surgery and treatments, those coping with side effects of surgery and medication and those who have had a secondary diagnosis. They are also holding meetings via Zoom so you can still have a chance to meet up with others who understand how you feel. They also hold guest speaker sessions which have included talks from surgeons, oncologists and specialist nurses. They also provide yoga and pilates classes and many social events including quiz and bingo nights. Eileen McGovern from Breast Mates, said: “During the summer months after the first lockdown the group enjoyed socially distanced picnics at Eaton Street Park, Prescot. Let’s hope that in 2021 we will be able once again to hold our regular meet-ups and social events. We can’t wait to get back to working in the local community, making people aware of the signs of breast cancer and restarting our project to increase the uptake of breast screening. “In normal times it is very easy to feel alone when living with breast cancer. During these more troubled times, when you are unable to meet face to face with others, it can be even more isolating. Don’t go through this alone. Give us a call.” You can contact Breast Mates at: 07835 982879 or Email : contact@breastmates.org. Breast Mates have an office at 40 Eccleston Street, Prescot, L34 5QJ.

those who have been feeling the impact of the pandemic most. “The stories of people like Mrs Jones brings homes how difficult the pandemic has been for so many families. “We will continue to do all we can to work collaboratively to find new and innovative ways to make more things possible for more people.” Cllr Jayne Aston, cabinet member for resources, added: “We know that our residents have been managing increased pressures throughout this pandemic including financial, emotional and health-related issues, and it’s essential that residents who need our help and support the most, get it. “Having access to the basics such as food and heating, has been a key priority for all partners across the borough and I’m delighted to hear from the residents who have benefited from the COVID Winter Grant scheme and the positive impact it has had on their lives.” *name changed to protect the identity of the tenant NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15(4) OR (5) OR ARTICLE 16 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION OF THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) PLANNING (LISTED BUILDING AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 (AS AMENDED) The following Planning Applications have been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley: 21/00424/FUL: 4 High Carrs, Roby, Knowsley - RETROSPECTIVE APPLICATION FOR THE CONVERSION OF GROUND FLOOR OF DETACHED GARAGE (WITH EXISTING ANCILLIARY LIVING SPACE ABOVE) TO FORM HABITABLE ROOMS ANCILLIARY TO MAIN DWELLINGHOUSE by Mr W Kearns. Reason for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area. 21/00354/FUL at Land To The Rear, 1 - 29 Kenbury Road, Northwood - VARIATION OF CONDITION NO. 2 (APPROVED PLANS) ATTACHED TO PLANNING PERMISSION 15/00658/FUL (ERECTION OF 10 NO. DWELLINGS TOGETHER WITH CONSTRUCTION OF VEHICULAR ACCESS, ASSOCIATED CAR PARKING AND LANDSCAPING) TO ALLOW FOR CHANGES TO ELEVATIONS THAT INCLUDE THE INSTALLATION OF PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS, VENTS FOR NEW AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS AND THE REQUIREMENT OF AN ADDITIONAL SUPPORT COLUMN by Liverpool Community Homes PLC. Reason for advertising: Major Development. Members of the public may view the application online using Public Access at https://planapp.knowsley.gov.uk/online-applications/. Anyone who wishes to make representations about an application should write to the Council at Regeneration and Economic Development Department, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 21, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU or online via the above website within 21 days of the date of this publication. You can follow the application’s progress, find out if it is to be heard by planning committee, and be informed about the decision by using the ‘track’ option when viewing the application through the above link on our web site. Should this application be heard at planning committee and you wish to speak at the meeting the procedure to follow can be found at: https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/building-andplanning/make-a-planning-application/speaking-at-planning-committee M Harden - Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 2nd JULY 2021

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (STOCKBRIDGE LANE HUYTON) (PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (“the Council”) proposes to make the abovenamed order (“the Order”) under Sections 1, 2, 4, 19, 32, 35, 45, 46, 47 53 and 124 and Part IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the 1984 Act”). If the Order comes into force the effect will be to prevent any person cause or permit any motor vehicle to proceed in the following length of road:Stockbridge Lane Service Road, Huyton – from its junction with Stockbridge Lane for a distance of 55m in a north-easterly direction Exemptions are provided for anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform and any motor vehicle being used for ambulance, fire brigade or police purposes in an emergency. A copy of the Order, a plan showing the parts of the highway and areas affected by the Order, and a statement of the Council's reasons for making the Order may be inspected on the Council’s website; www.knowsley.gov.uk/consultations Further information regarding the proposed Order may be obtained from Phil McGreal - email Philip.McGreal@knowsley.gov.uk or telephone 07870 884135. Any objections and representations relating to the proposed Order together with the grounds on which they are made should be sent in writing to Mike Dearing Head of Legal Services, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Legal Services, 2nd Floor, Municipal Building, Archway Road Huyton Merseyside L36 9YU quoting reference (Legal/K Davies/STOCKBRIDGE LANE TRO) before 22 July 2021. Dated 1 July 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

GOODS VEHICLE OPERATOR’S LICENCE Take notice that Huyton Asphalt Civils Ltd of Cunard Building, Water Street Liverpool L3 1EG is applying to change an existing licence as follows: to add an operating centre to keep 12 goods vehicles and 2 trailers at Colourstyle House, Lees Road, Kirkby L33 7SE. Owners or occupiers of land (including buildings) near the operating centre who believe that their use or enjoyment of that land would be affected, should make written representations to the Traffic Commissioner at Hillcrest House, 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 6NF, stating their reasons, within 21 days of this notice. Representors must at the same time send a copy of their representations to the applicant at the address given at the top of this notice. A guide to making representations is available from the Traffic Commissioner’s office.

GOODS VEHICLE OPERATOR’S LICENCE GREETH LTD of 7 Silverdale Grove, St. Helens WA11 7DP, is applying for a licence to use Cleveland Kitchens & Bathrooms, 10 Yardley Road, Liverpool, L33 7SS as an operating centre for 2 goods vehicles and 2 trailers. Owners or occupiers of land (including buildings) near the operating centre(s) who believe that their use or enjoyment of that land would be affected, should make written representations to the Traffic Commissioner at Hillcrest House 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds LS9 6NF stating their reasons, within 21 days of this notice. Representors must at the same time send a copy of their representations to the applicant at the address given at the top of this notice. A Guide to Making Representations is available from the Traffic Commissioner’s Office.


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Prescot Cables ground hit by vandals Prescot Cables FC are making an appeal for help after vandals broke into the ground and caused damage to fencing and trying to set fire to the stands. In a statement released by the club said: “The club are saddened to report further damage to the pitch and stadium, caused by local youths that have broken into the ground. “Over recent months we have frequently reported that large groups of youths have been accessing the ground and becoming abusive to local residents when challenged. “While it may be true that some of these kids are accessing the ground just to play football on the pitch, others, sadly have been intent on causing damage, which has ranged from kicking down fencing, attempting to set fire to seating in the main stand, attempts to set fire to seating in the dugouts, damaging fire door and main access points to the stand and destroying new fencing within 24 hours of being repaired. “Sadly, we are now in a serious position whereby money invested in pitch has gone to waste due to damaged caused and we have a serious danger of not being ready for preseason season games. “At a time when the club has made considerable effort to develop a great relationship with the local community in the absence of football and the revenue generated by related activities, these mindless acts cause significant disruption to the club and local residents, incurring unnecessary costs which take time and effort to correct only to see those efforts damaged further. “Put simply, this is not just ‘kids playing 5-a-side.’ “Enough is enough! Over the coming weeks we will be working closely with the police, Knowsley Council, Prescot Town Council and local residents to address this problem and we will keep our supporters and local community updated through our website and social media channels. “We are no longer in a position where

we can do nothing and hope that, as some have suggested it is ‘only kids having a kickabout, the problem will just go away eventually’. “Unfortunately, based on the damage we have witnessed, our fear is that someone will get seriously hurt inside

the ground or that parts of the ground will be irreparably damaged and affect our ability to host football matches or community events. “We would ask that should anyone witness youths inside the ground, please DON’T CONFRONT THEM, call

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Merseyside police on 101 and report the incident using crime reference: DP24692-21-0505-00. “With the assistance of the police and supplied CCTV images the club will be looking prosecuting all offenders. “We thank you for your continued support.” The club has since met up with representatives from Merseyside Police and Knowsley Council to discuss the recent break in and damage caused the ground.

COLFC UNDER 10’S CLINCH LEAGUE TITLE A flawless season from the City of Liverpool FC U10’s saw them come out winners of the Edge Hill Junior Football League. Steered by Wesley Butcher, Kevin Rawcliffe and Paul Lundstram, the team have carried on where they left after going unbeaten all of the 19/20 season before Covid cut short the season. Wesley Butcher said: “Another win and another flawless performance to give us 24/24 wins with 100+ goals scored and about 13 conceded. It’s been an absolute pleasure watching these boys grow this season and they have produced week in week out.“They deserve to be labelled as the invincibles that they are and they are only going to get better, they have such a strong bond it really is great to see.” “We are lucky enough to also have a great team of parents which I am thankful for and I also would like to thank all parents for your patience, faith and trust in what we are building, long may it continue and a big well done to the kids on an absolutely unbelievable season. “Everybody at the club would like to send there congratulations to all of the players, parents and coaches. All the team has flourished in such a supportive environment and

everybody at the club hopes to see these kids go onto much bigger and better things in the future.”

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