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nowsley Council has confirmed that it has started negotiations with St Modwen with a view to purchasing the company’s assets in Kirkby town centre. The radical move from the Council comes after months of speculation about the town centre. The delay in finalising St Modwen’s planned regeneration in Kirkby follows a number of previous plans from other private sector organisations which have not been delivered. Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “This Council has been calling on the private sector to regenerate Kirkby town centre for a long time, but enough is enough. “We have worked tirelessly to encourage and support the private sector to deliver on their plans for Kirkby. “However, despite our best efforts, the redevelopment of the town centre still hasn’t happened and it’s quite clear that we need to find a different model. The people of Kirkby deserve more than this. “We have worked closely to encourage St Modwen to push on with their plans but, despite major names already being signed up, they remain extremely cautious and have still not confirmed a start date. We have waited too long and it’s time to move on. “We have said before that we will look at all of the options available to us and that’s what we have

done. We have never owned the shopping centre in Kirkby so buying it would be a big shift for us and a big decision to make. “It would come with significant risks and challenges but we have concluded that the best chance we have to get this scheme completed would be to buy St Modwen’s assets and deliver the rest of the improvements promised by them. “Our understanding is that Morrisons, Home Bargains and the other occupiers remain committed to Kirkby, so I want people to be clear that our intention is absolutely to deliver the scheme which St Modwen has promised. New shops, supermarket, cinema and restaurants. We are NOT starting from scratch.” St Modwen purchased Kirkby town centre from Tesco in 2015 and has since secured planning permission and signed up major retailers including Morrisons, Home Bargains and KFC, as well as progressed demolition work. A start date for work to build the new retail units has not been confirmed to date. Given St Modwen’s extensive land holdings in Kirkby town centre, the Council currently has limited powers to ensure the development progresses as planned. • Continued on page 2

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2 June 2019

Improvement schemes completed Two highway improvement schemes in Kirkby have been successfully completed. Knowsley Council secured £1.8m of funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for improvements at the busy County Road / Old Rough Lane / Hall Lane junction in Kirkby Town Centre and also at the M57 Junction 6 Valley Road junction, also in Kirkby. The improvements are part of a £25m programme from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to support 15 highway schemes across the City Region. The requirements of the funding were particularly challenging in terms of timescales of delivery. However, both schemes have now been successfully completed – both on time and to budget.

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COUNCIL TO MAKE KIRKBY OFFER • Continued from Page 1 A spokesperson for St Modwen said: “I can confirm that Knowsley Council and St Modwen are in talks regarding Knowsley Council making an offer for St Modwen’s interest in Kirkby Town Centre. The discussions, which are still ongoing, are positive and productive, with both organisations hopeful of providing an update with even more details once, and if terms are agreed. The agreement would see Knowsley Council and St Modwen work in partnership to unlock and speed up the future development and allow St Modwen to deliver on its promise to the residents of Kirkby and the surrounding

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formal offer to St Modwen. Cllr Morgan added: “The technical appraisal and valuations are now under way so that we can agree on a fair valuation. “We then need to look to identify the funds we would need to make this investment – as you might expect, we simply don’t have that kind of money sitting in the bank. “Obviously, we will need to agree a price with St Modwen but are hopeful that we will be able to reach a mutually beneficial conclusion and deliver on the much needed and wanted regeneration in Kirkby. “It simply matters too much for us not to step in and try to push this long-awaited project over the line”.

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community. Knowsley Council has been actively looking to support the scheme and is pleased with the discussions to date and what it means for the prospects for Kirkby. Morrisons is aware of the discussions and is supportive of the development, having previously signed an agreement for lease. Knowsley Council and St Modwen will continue to work proactively and look to make further, near-term announcements as progress is made.” The Council is currently working with independent experts to assess the appropriate market value of St Modwen’s assets and, once this information has been clarified, the Council will make a

teve Rotheram has Local authority Children in poverty, Children in poverty, condemned the scourge of before housing after housing child poverty as a new report costs % costs % reveals one in three children in the Knowsley 27 32 Liverpool City Region are living Halton 25 31 below the poverty line. Liverpool 32 36 Research published by the End Child Sefton 21 27 Poverty coalition, highlights how poverty St Helens 25 30 is on the rise in deprived areas and Wirral 24 29 points to severe real-terms cuts in Liverpool City Region 26 31 benefits, the roll-out of Universal Credit and rising housing costs as being behind the rise. The report also reveals that locally, one in three children are living in poverty, rising from one in four in 2014 – with communities such as Picton in Liverpool (where 49.9% of children are living in poverty) and Stockbridge Village in Knowsley (41.3%) particularly affected by child poverty. Responding to the report, Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “It is devastating that one in three children in our city region are growing up in poverty, whilst some communities are exception it’s the rule with more children expected to so blighted that almost every other child is growing get swept up in poverty in the coming years, with up below the poverty line. serious consequences for their life chances. “During a decade-long programme of cuts we Policymakers can no longer deny the depth of the have seen child poverty rise year-on-year. This is problem or abandon entire areas to rising poverty. betraying a generation of young people and we The Government must respond with a credible child cannot allow this level of want to become poverty-reduction strategy. normalised. “The Government’s own data shows that child “While we are doing good work locally to improve poverty in the UK has been rising steadily in recent the life chances of those from disadvantaged years. This just isn’t right. backgrounds it is clear we are now facing a national “Growing up in poverty means growing up trapped. crisis when it comes to child poverty.” It restricts a child’s chances of doing well at school, The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is of living a healthy and happy life, and of finding well delivering a number of schemes to tackle poverty in paid work as adults. We urgently need Government the city region. Last year the Combined Authority to set a course of action that will free our children launched the new £500 million Strategic Investment from the grip of poverty.’ Fund, designed to transform the city region’s End Child Poverty is calling for Government to set economy, creating high-quality jobs and boosting out an ambitious and credible child povertyliving standards for local people. reduction strategy, including: The report states that in Knowsley there are 8803 • Restoring the link between benefits (including children in poverty which equates to 34.1% of children. housing support) and inflation, and then making Anna Feuchtwang, chair of the End Child Poverty up for the loss in the real value in children’s coalition, said: “We know what causes child poverty benefits as a result of the 4-year freeze and and we know how to end it. We know that the previous sub-inflation increases in benefit rates. income of less well-off families has been hit by • Ending the two-child limit on child allowances in severe real-terms cuts in benefits and by higher tax credits and universal credit-and reforming housing costs. And we know that work alone does Universal Credit; not guarantee a route out of poverty, with two thirds • Reversing the cuts and investing in children’s of child poverty occurring in working families.’ services such as mental health, education, “Yet in many areas growing up in poverty is not the childcare and social care.


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Whiston boys’ 1980 murder: Police investigation ‘lacked thoroughness’ Chief Constable Andy Cooke and Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley have met with the families of John Greenwood and Gary Miller (John’s parents John and Barbara Greenwood and his sister Debbie Lewis and Gary’s mum, Alma Miller) to discuss the latest position in the investigation into the murders of the two childhood friends in Whiston in August 1980. Following a reinvestigation into the murders a file was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions who, following careful consideration, was unable to authorise the next steps in the Merseyside Police investigation on the basis of the file submitted to him. During the meeting with the Chief Constable the family talked about their frustrations with the original investigation and the fact that no-one has been brought to justice for the murders. Following the meeting Chief Constable Andy Cooke, said: “This afternoon I have met with the families of John Greenwood and Gary Miller, two 11-year-old boys, who were murdered in Whiston on 16 August 1980. “During the last 38 years the families of the two boys have suffered the unenviable

agony of living with the fact that no-one has been convicted with the murder of their loved ones. “And naturally, their desire to see the person responsible for the murders of Gary and John convicted, is as impassioned and as strong today as it was immediately following the murders of the two boys. “In August 2016 the families pushed to have the case reinvestigated after new evidence arising from a Facebook campaign resulted in a number of people, not spoken to as part of the original investigation, coming forward. “As a result of this and following liaison with the families the force reinvestigated the case. “Due to the fact that a man had previously been charged with the murders and acquitted following a trial, the force submitted a file containing the new evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration. “Following careful consideration the DPP made the decision not to authorise the next steps in the Merseyside Police investigation on the basis of the file submitted to him. “The DPP acknowledges that this is a

tragic case and has said that in the event that the ongoing police investigation yields sufficient compelling new evidence he would reconsider his decision. “To that end Merseyside Police remains committed to investigating this case and ensuring that we do everything we possibly can to bring the person(s) responsible to justice. “It is still possible that someone may have crucial evidence which could help us find the person(s) responsible. I would also like to appeal to the offender, or anyone who may be protecting the offender. “Please think about how both of these families have suffered, since their tragic loss of Gary and John, and search your conscience. You have lived with the burden of this guilty secret for nearly 40 years and this can’t have been easy, find it within your heart to put the families of John and Gary at the forefront of your conscience and give them some peace of mind.” Chief Constable Cooke, continued: “We understand that the family is frustrated and disappointed by what they see as inadequacies and failings of the original investigation.

“The investigation team at the time provided sufficient evidence to charge a man with the murder of the boys and he stood trial and was subsequently acquitted. “Having carried out a number of cold case reviews and following the reinvestigation of the murder it is fair to say that the investigation was not as thorough as it could have been, or in line with the investigation standards expected of policing today. “On behalf of Merseyside Police I want to offer our sincere apologies to the families of John and Gary, and I would like to reassure them that we remain committed to finding the person(s) responsible.” Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators on 0151 777 3100, or the independent Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.


4 June 2019

Asda Huyton awards community groups with £900 charity funding ST CHAD’S CHURCH SECURES NATIONAL LOTTERY SUPPORT St Gabriel’s Primary School receive their cheque off community champion Richard Gowan

Three local community groups are celebrating after being awarded charitable grants totalling more than £900 from Asda Huyton, as part of the latest round of Green Token Given donations. St Gabriel’s Primary School, 3rd Huyton Guides and 1st Whiston Scouts have all received funds from the Asda scheme. The Green Token Given scheme allows customers at Asda Huyton to pick groups and causes close to their own hearts to gain vital funding boosts. More than 10,000 UK charities and causes near Asda stores will benefit from additional funding this year, thanks to a £1 million investment by the Asda Foundation. Recipients are awarded funds based on customers dropping a green token into one of three boxes, one for each shortlisted charity, and then at the end of the charity period, the charity with the largest amount of tokens receives £500 and the remaining two each receive £200. All these groups have received their funding thanks to the help of Asda Huyton’s dedicated community champion Richard Gowan. Richard said: “We’re proud to be able to continually support local good causes from across Knowsley. “At Asda, we’re always thrilled when customers nominate good causes close to them to be in with the chance of

benefitting from these vital funding boosts. “We couldn’t be happier showing our appreciation by helping as much as we can with these latest donations and raising awareness of the hard work done by all groups.” If you would like to nominate a charity or good cause for the Green Token Given programme, simply visit asda.com/Huyton and click the ‘nominate’ button.

St Chad’s Church, Kirkby, has been successful in securing a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £199,800 for an exciting heritage project which includes ‘Repairing the roof, bringing their community together and sharing their artistic treasures. The project focuses on preserving the building of St Chad’s for future generations, opening it up to people from the community of Kirkby and raising awareness of the incredible works of art that are in the building. Building work will start later in the spring, with a completion date of pre-Christmas. The church will remain open during the works. The current church building will be 150 years old in 2021 and work is underway to celebrate this key milestone. The church will hold Heritage events and will be installing information points within the church and online. They are also planning a community history project to produce a booklet with some of the stories of the church and its town. On receiving the award, Team Vicar, Rev Philippa Lea, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this support and our thanks go to the National Lottery players, we are confident the project will create a fabulous opportunity for people in Kirkby to discover this very special place”.

Workers at Liverpool plastics firm strike over sacked union rep Workers at Colloids Limited, a global manufacturing company of plastic concentrates (masterbatch) for use in industries such as automotive, aerospace and construction, in Kirkby are taking strike action in a row over the sacking of a colleague. The action comes after the dismissal of Unite union representative George Gore who was unfairly dismissed on Friday 8 February for an alleged breach of health and safety. The 36 process operator workers, members of Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, will take part in

continuous strike action. Unite regional officer Patrick Coyne said: “In an amazing show of solidarity all of our members at Colloids in Kirkby will take part in strike action demanding the immediate reinstatement of their colleague, George Gore. “Our members are unhappy that George has been singled out. “We are urging Colloids management to work with Unite in adopting a consistent health and safety policy that applies to all, not just our shop stewards.

“Union reps play a vital role in standing up and defending their members – we will not allow Colloids to get away with victimising union activists in this way. “This union and its reps have worked tirelessly to try and get this dispute resolved. However, the company has failed to listen. “Unite calls on Colloids’ management to take immediate action to resolve the dispute, otherwise strike action is on the cards. Unite remains available for talks.”


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Knowsley Flower Show weekend 2019 Knowsley Flower Show is once again returning to the beautiful grounds of Court Hey Park where they will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the incredible moon landing and supporting the Year of the Environment. You don’t need to be a keen gardener to enjoy Knowsley Flower Show; it’s a great day out for everyone in the family. There will be plenty to see and do, including live music, crafts, circus skills workshops and shows, ‘military inflatables’, zorb balls, fair rides, face painting, a creative crafts and community zone, a farmers market, and more. When they say the whole family can enjoy Knowsley Flower Show, they mean the whole family! Your canine friend is invited to take part in the Merseyside Fun Dog Show to take part in fun activities including ‘retrieve the sausage’ and ‘the waggulator’. Make sure you catch the talented actors at Imaginarium Theatre (formerly MATE Productions) who will be performing commedia dell’arte, a cool form of theatre involving improvisation and telling stories using humour and masks. Of course there’s the beautiful floral marquee holding more than 400 exhibits

to admire. Bursting with colour and creativity, it’s the star of the show. If you want to see your flowers/plants/vegetables/cake etc. part of the marquee, it’s not too late to enter! Find out all of the information you need on www.knowsleyflowershow.com Knowsley Flower Show takes place on Sunday 4 August from 11am to 5pm. Feelgood Festival 2019 For the past five years, Court Hey Park has also been home to the Feelgood Festival during the weekend of Knowsley Flower Show. Every year it’s a weekend of

fun, flowers, and feeling good! There are plenty of activities organised for the day, suitable for all energy levels. There will be physical activities to get your heart rate up such as dancing and martial arts, and also calmer activities to de-stress you such as yoga and tai chi. You can also learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle on the day, with tips on how to eat better and cook healthier meals. And why not spend some time enjoying therapy taster sessions such as arm massages and trying out some beauty products? The well-loved ‘bubble man’ will be returning to the festival again creating

extraordinary bubbles the children are always amazed at! New for this year is local poet Curtis Watt who will be around to do energetic poetry sessions based on the environment, and health and wellbeing. Also coming to the festival for the first time is professional cartoonist caricaturist, Brooksie, who can draw you funny cartoon and caricature art for you to keep as a unique memory! Expect a variety of live performances in the arena including Lee Butler’s Ravin Fit, Songbird Choir, Cool Hand Ukes’ ukele group and Swanside Line Dancing Queens. Feelgood Festival takes place on Saturday 3 August from 11am to 5pm. Both events are free to attend and parking is available on-site at Court Hey Park both days; it’s £2 to park at the Feelgood Festival and £4 at Knowsley Flower Show – please bring change as parking is cash only. Find out more about both events on www.knowsleyflowershow.com If you want any more information about the events, you can call events officer, Carla Simkin, on 0151 443 5353. If you would like tips and tricks on growing, you can call the show secretary, Christine Yates, on 0151 480 8666


6 June 2019

Appeal following serious road traffic in Huyton Police officers from Merseyside Police’s Roads Policing Unit are appealing for witnesses following a serious injury RTC in Huyton on Sunday 19 May. At around 10pm, emergency services were called to the junction of St Davids Road and Gretton Road to reports of collision involving a black Suzuki motorcycle and white Toyota Aygo car. The motorcycle rider, a man in his 30s, was taken to hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries to his wrist and a punctured lung. The driver of the car stopped to assist with enquiries. Anyone who witnessed this incident, or was in the area from between 9.30pm to 10pm and captured the motorbike on dashcam or CCTV can contact Matrix Roads Policing on 0151 777 4757.

The Cycling Scouser is back

Ride for Willowbrook This summer, Willowbrook Hospice in Prescot will be holding their annual 45mile cycle challenge, ‘Ride45’, to raise much-needed funds. The ride is on Sunday 14 July 2019 and begins at 8am. Entry costs £20 plus sponsorship. You’ll be provided with refreshments and a medal will be waiting for you at the finish line! For further information call Willowbrook Hospice on 01744 453798.

The Cycling Scouser is back in action and this time, he’s looking to crack America in an epic coast-to-coast challenge to raise money for the Charlie’s Chance Foundation. Andrew ‘Rogo’ Rogerson, 34, made headlines in 2015 with his previous legendary challenges that saw him cycle 10,000 miles from Shanghai to his

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hometown of Liverpool (unassisted and untrained!) and run five marathons in five days in the sweltering heat of the Jordanian desert. Andrew has raised over £27,000 since his fundraising journey began. This year, he’s taking on a gruelling 40 day coast-to-coast 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 a whopping £30,000, which is his biggest target to date. Rogo set off in summer 2018 to complete the epic USA challenge, but the journey was sadly cut short after he was called home when his beloved mum was taken poorly, and later died. After taking time out to be with his family, Andrew was keen to get back on the saddle to complete the challenge and raise money for the cause, which is close to his heart. The ride will see Rogo race against the clock to make the 3,343 mile distance in just 40 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 from the city of Kalispell in northwest Montana, 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 through flat 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

As with all the challenges though, difficult doesn’t even come close compared to battling Leukaemia for a decade

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 40 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 a decade.” 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 began on 14 May 2019 from Seattle. You can donate to Charlie’s Chance through The Cycling Scouser’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cy clingscouser


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Visitors celebrate Elizabethan Fayre Residents, school children and visitors celebrated Prescot’s special history at this year’s fabulous Elizabethan Fayre. A traditional parade launched the festivities as the town centre played host to medieval music, dance, arts and crafts in a recreation of its famous Tudor fayres. Local schools supported the event with pupils taking part in the parade, school choirs performing in the parish church and children’s work on display. Visitors tried their hand at many free traditional crafts including, traditional pinch pot making, friendship bracelet making and wood turning as well as heritage trade skills including stonemasonry and joinery. There were traditional greenwood crafts demonstrations of the shave horse and draw knife and bodging on a pole lathe which visitors could also try out. Fayre goers saw birds of prey demonstrations and circus skill performances and there were performances by Mucky Mountains Morris dancers. Shakespeare North had a dedicated space at the fayre and historic timber craftsmen McCurdy and Co, who will be building the replica auditorium at the new playhouse, constructed a model at the fayre which visitors could help build.


8 June 2019

challenge entertainment What’s On June SATURDAY 1 JUNE KNOWSLEY PARKRUN - (WHISTON) 9am – 10am Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston, L35 3RG. Every Saturday morning, Stadt Moers Parkin Whiston, plays host to the Knowsley parkrun starting at 9am. It’s a free to enter timed 5k event that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get active and enjoy the great outdoors. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced runner, a jogger or just want a leisurely stroll, you‘ll be made to feel welcome enjoy yourself. If you would like more information please email organisers at knowsleyhelpers@parkrun.com HALEWOOD TOWN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB 10am – 12pm Halewood Town JFC Academy, Leathers Lane, Halewood, L26 1XQ. We encourage young people to enjoy and play football from an early age and help train and develop players to compete in teams. We have both boys and girls football teams from Under 7 to open age. Sessions are Saturday morning 10am to 12noon, £2 per session. Please monitor our twitter page for changes due to weather. #HalewoodtownJFA Contact email: 10georgev@tiscali.co.uk 07931 660195 MONDAY 3 JUNE 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 SWANSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (AGES 5-10) 3:30pm – 5:00pm Swanside Community Centre, Willoughby Road, Huyton L14 6XA. For ages 5-10 years With healthy snacks, loft of craft and lots of outside play. For more information please call 0151 489 2370 SWANSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE - WOMAN'S GROUP 8pm – 10pm Swanside Community Centre, Willoughby Road, Huyton L14 6XA. Weekly woman’s group, each week there is a speaker or some type of entertainment like craft, quizzes, social night or bring & buy. Fantastic evening that starts at 8pm For more information please call 0151 489 2370 TUESDAY 4 JUNE SWANSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE - CATHY'S TODDLERS (AGES 2+) 9.15am – 11.15am Swanside Community Centre, Willoughby Road, Huyton L14 6XA . For ages 2 plus, you can leave your children here and they have lots of craft & play & healthy snack and its £4.00 per session. For more information please call 0151 489 2370 INTERMEDIATE WALKING - HALEWOOD 1pm – 3pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood L26 7XB. Intermediate walking 3-4 miles (approx. 2 hours) Please call 488 6151 for more information ATHLETICS TRACK SESSIONS (EFFORT BASED) AGE 16+ (KIRKBY) 6.50pm – 8.00pm 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.knowsley-harriers.com/ for further details WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE COFFEE MORNING (ADULTS) - (HUYTON REBOUND) 9am – 10am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A friendly get together - a cuppa and a chat Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ 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. CENTRE 63 YOUTH CLUB - (KIRKBY) 4.30pm – 8.30pm Centre 63 Youth Club, Church of England Youth Centre, Kirkby L32 5TH. The Youth club in Centre 63 is open access for all young people aged 8 25 living in Knowsley. The Youth Club focuses on giving

Young People a safe and friendly environment to come and socialise with their peers, develop social skills, community awareness and participate in positive projects and activities, including a chance to take part in new activities and experiences. Junior session 4.30-6.30pm aged 8-12 Senior session Year 8 upwards 6.30-8.30pm Contact: 0151 549 1494 info@centre63.co.uk 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 - www.malvernkarate.co.uk THURSDAY 6 JUNE MEMORY LANE - KNOWSLEY DEMENTIA CARE SUPPORT (HUYTON) 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 Tuesdays we run a group from 1.30pm-4.30pm at the Robert Foulkes Centre, Brook Street, Whiston, L35 5AP. On Wednesdays we run a group from 10am - 2pm at Arncliffe Sports & Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA. NORDIC WALKING AT COURT HEY PARK 10am – 12pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA. Regular Nordic Walks at Court Hey Park led by qualified instructors. Knowsley residents only. All abilities welcome. Poles and instruction provided. Meet at 9.45.am. For more information please contact Karen Brady, Green Space Ranger, 0151 443 3114 Mobile: 07771 550 843 SEWING CLUB 12pm – 3pm Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. Come and join our sewing club, all abilities welcome. Organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details please contact Margaret O’Sullivan, mosully@hotmail.co.uk - 07926473711 STREETWISE KOREAN MARTIAL ART - MASTER D. JONES (AGES 4 TO ADULT) - (KIRKBY) 7pm – 8pm 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 7 JUNE 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 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. Contact Volair for costs - 443 2200. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details. MONDAY 10 JUNE 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. CARDIAC REHAB WALKS AT COURT HEY PARK 11:00am – 12:30pm 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. YOGA (ADULTS) - (HUYTON) 11:15am – 12:15pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A community yoga class open to all ages and abilities. Stretch, tone, improve balance etc. Also helps with relaxation and sleep.

Spare mats available. Price: £4. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ KAB'S (KIDS ACTIVITIES AND BOOTCAMPS) - (AGES 413YRS) - (KIRKBY) 5:15pm – 6:45pm Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue, Kirkby, L33 9TW. Fully qualified coach, PT Instructor with lots of experience and qualifications with children. For ages 4-13 years. Cost £6 per session, £10 for 2 sessions. Contact Tommy Cashen - 07525 166584, hello@kabs-fitness.co.uk PRESCOT SWIMMING CLUB - (HUYTON) 8pm – 9pm Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Prescot Swimming Club was established in 1967 in Prescot to promote the teaching of swimming and the coaching of swimmers at all levels of competition. 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 11 JUNE GET UP AND MOVE (OVER 50S) (ROBY) 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 £2.60 per person. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, enquiries@aukmm.org.uk , www.ageuk.org.uk/midmersey MUSICALITY JUNIORS DANCE AND DRAMA - MUSICALITY PRODUCTIONS (AGES 5-11) - (HALEWOOD) 4pm – 6pm The Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA. Juniors session. Performers work towards regular shows learning dance, drama and singing technique at an intermediate level. We aim to make our sessions fun, creative and full of Performing Arts activities. We will guide students through a programme of Dance, Drama and Singing helping them to improve skills and to become brilliant performers. Contact us for class fees and to book your place, must book at least one week in advance. email: musicality-productions@hotmail.co.uk Call: 07712 463932 KNOWSLEY HARRIERS JUNIOR RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 717) - (KIRKBY) 6:00pm – 6:45pm Kirkby High School, Bracknell Avenue, Southdene, Kirkby, L32 9PP. Athletics track sessions. Track & field based fun sport athletic activities & games session for Junior athletes aged between 7-17 years old. Parents must remain at the side of the track for the duration of the session. See www.knowsley-harriers.com/ for further details VICTORIOUS SECRETS NETBALL TEAM (AGES 16+) (PRESCOT) 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 12 JUNE 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 AFTER SCHOOL PLAY CLUB - TERM TIME (AGES 4-11) (HALEWOOD) 3:30pm – 5:45pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. For ages 4-11 Cost £3 including snack Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865, Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT LIVERPOOL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY - WEEKLY PUBLIC MEETING AT THE LEIGHTON OBSERVATORY 7pm – 9pm Leighton Observatory, Pex Hill, Cronton, WA8 5QW. Weekly public meetings are held every

Wednesday evening (except at Christmas week), between 19:00 (7 PM) and 21:00 (9 PM) local time (e.g. 7pm BST in summer, 7pm UTC in winter) in the Liverpool Astronomical Society’s Leighton Observatory. THURSDAY 13 JUNE 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 ADVANCED WALKING - STADT MOERS 12:15pm – 3:30pm Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Advanced walking 4-6 miles (approx. 3 hours) Please call 489 1239 for more information YOUTH CLUB FOR AGE 12+ (HALEWOOD) 6:30pm – 9:30pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. Youth Club for age 12+ - Tuesday and Thursday 6.30pm - 9.30pm - £1 Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865 FRIDAY 14 JUNE SOCIAL VARIETY AFTERNOON (AGES 50+) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby, L36 4LD. Enjoy an afternoon of quizzes, games, sing-a-longs, dance, raffle, bingo and general all round fun (novelty gift prizes) Sessions are £2.50 per person (includes raffle, bingo, tea/coffee and biscuits). For further details and to book your place contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, yvonnerea@aukmm.org.uk, 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. Contact Volair for costs - 443 2200. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details SUNDAY 16 JUNE DIDDIKICKS - AWARD WINNING PRE SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLASSES FOR 18MTHS-2.5YRS - (HUYTON) 9:10am – 9:55am Diddikicks® Huyton, Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Our classes have shown to: improve motor, social and cognitive skills; increase confidence and discipline; best of all your little one will have lots of fun and make lots of friends!! For more information on our classes and to book yourself on to a FREE trial, please email today to warrington@diddikicks.co.uk MONDAY 17 JUNE YOGA (ADULTS) - (HUYTON) 11:15am – 12:15pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A community yoga class open to all ages and abilities. Stretch, tone, improve balance etc. Also helps with relaxation and sleep. Spare mats available. Price: £4 Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ SHI'HING KUNG FU (AGES 7 - ADULT) - (TARBOCK GREEN) 5:45pm – 7:00pm Tarbock Village Hall, Netherley Road, Tarbock Green L35. 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 here http://shihingkungfu.co.uk/ TUESDAY 18 JUNE SWIMMING CLASSES - ADULTS 10:00am – 10:45am Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. Adults Learn to swim lesson. A fear of water can hold many people back from learning to swim but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you are nervous of getting in the pool don’t worry, you’re not alone and help is at hand. If you are interested in these classes please either go to reception and book your place or call 443 2200 1ST WHISTON SCOUT GROUP - EXPLORER SCOUTS (AGES 14+) 5:15pm – 9:15pm 1st Whiston Scout Group, The George Howard Centre, Whiston L35 3SR. Young people aged between 14 and 18can join as Explorer Scout's and Explorer Scouts can also become Young Leadersand help out with the other three younger sections as well as activities oftheir own. If anyone wants to join or requires more information please come to the centre on any Tuesday or contact Wes@whistonscouts.org.uk 07446 839721


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1982 (HUYTON) SQUADRON ROYAL AIR FORCE AIR CADETS (AGES 12-18) 7:00pm – 9:30pm Air Cadet Hut, The Park, Rydal Road, Huyton L36 5UX. The RAF Air Cadets is a youth organisation for 12-18 year olds in the South Liverpool area, offering Flying, Gliding, Shooting, Duke of Edinburgh, Sports, Adventure training and BTEC's plus much more! Cost - £12.50 a month (first month free). Contact: General Enquiries, Tel: 01514493012, Mobile: 07766810695 WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE COFFEE MORNING (ADULTS) - (HUYTON REBOUND) 9am – 10am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyto L36 9TE. A friendly get together - a cuppa and a chat Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ PILATES - (HUYTON) 1pm – 2pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. Pilates will improve your flexibility, posture, core strength and reduce back pain. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ 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 20 JUNE NORDIC WALKING AT COURT HEY PARK 10am – 12pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA. Regular Nordic Walks at Court Hey Park led by qualified instructors. Knowsley residents only. All abilities welcome. Poles and instruction provided. Meet at 9.45.am. For more information please contact Karen Brady, Green Space Ranger, 0151 443 3114 Mobile: 07771 550843 CENTRE 63 YOUTH CLUB - (KIRKBY) 4:30pm – 8:30pm Centre 63 Youth Club, Church of England Youth Centre, Kirkby L32 5TH. The Youth club in Centre 63 is open access for all young people aged 8 25 living in Knowsley. The Youth Club focuses on giving Young People a safe and friendly environment to come and socialise with their peers, develop social skills, community awareness and participate in positive projects and activities, including a chance to take part in new activities and experiences. Contact: 0151 549 1494 info@centre63.co.uk PEDAL AWAY EVENING CYCLE RIDE @ COURT HEY PARK 6pm – 7pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA Evening rides for all adults plus families with children aged over 8 years capable of a steady pace across 9 miles of off road cycle path along the Liverpool Loop Line. Just turn up. Adult bikes & helmets available. Limited child bikes. £1 donation. Please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: 01925 234 213 info@cycling.org.uk FRIDAY 21 JUNE SWANSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE AFTERNOON TEA FOR OVER 60S 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... Good company, laughter & belonging is proven to lift your heart & soul. Cost £4.00 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 MONDAY 24 JUNE 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. YOGA (ADULTS) - (HUYTON) 11:15am – 12:15pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A community yoga class open to all ages and abilities. Stretch, tone, improve balance etc. Also helps with relaxation and sleep. Spare mats available. Price: £4. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes KNOWSLEY VILLAGE YOUTH CLUB 5:30pm – 8:30pm The Bob Whiley Community Centre, Shop Road, Knowsley Village L34 0HD. 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: 0151 443 4542

TUESDAY 25 JUNE KNOWSLEY VILLAGE COMMUNITY DROP IN SESSION 9:30am – 11:30am Bob Whiley Community Centre, Shop Road, Knowsley Village, L34 0HD. Community Drop in Session every first & fourth Tuesday of the month Contact 0151 548 4545 INTERMEDIATE WALKING - STADT MOERS 12:15pm – 3:45pm Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston, L35 3RG. Intermediate walking 3-5 miles (approx. 3 hours) Please call 489 1239 for more information THE HUYTON ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS (AGES 411YRS) 4:00pm – 8:30pm The Venue, Civic Way, Poplar Bank, Huyton, L36 9GD. Quality performing arts academy specialising in primary children aged 4-11. Classes in Dance, Drama & Singing. For ages 4-6yrs, 4.15pm 5pm, cost £3. For ages 7-11yrs - there are 3 classes 5-6pm Dance Class, 6-7pm Drama Class, 7pm - Singing Class. Costs £4 for one class, £7 for any two classes, £10 for all three classes. Call Jane: 07595538755 Email: Huyton_arts@live.com RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 16 - ADULT) HALEWOOD 6:50pm – 8:00pm 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 26 JUNE SWANSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE CATHY'S TODDLERS (AGES 2+) 9:15am – 11:15am Swanside Community Centre, Willoughby Road, Huyton L14 6XA. For ages 2 plus, you can leave your children here and they have lots of craft & play & healthy snack and its £4.00 per session. For more information please call 0151 489 2370 LINE DANCING (ADULTS) - (HUYTON) 10am – 11am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A fun and friendly class and a great work out for all ages. Suitable for beginners. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ ARRIVA PREMIERE MORRIS DANCERS 6pm – 9pm All Saints Catholic High School, Roughwood Drive, Northwood, Kirkby, L33 8XF. Girls dancing class There are five main troupes: Babies, Dinkies, Tinies, Juniors and Seniors. Plus a further two novice troupes of babies and tinies. The ages of the dancers currently range between 3 and 28 years. Cost is £2 sub per week and £5 bus fare for competitions every Sunday during April October. For ages: 2-60yrs Contact details: Diane Taylor, 0151 474 4975 THURSDAY 27 JUNE 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 COMIC YOUTH CENTRE 63 JUNIOR WORKSHOPS (AGES 8-12) 4:30pm – 6:30pm 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- 07525 369624 STREETWISE KOREAN MARTIAL ART MASTER D. JONES (AGES 4 TO ADULT) (KIRKBY) 7pm – 8pm 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 28 JUNE SOCIAL VARIETY AFTERNOON (AGES 50+) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby, L36 4LD. Enjoy an afternoon of quizzes, games, sing-a-longs, dance, raffle, bingo and general all round fun (novelty gift prizes). Sessions are £2.50 per person (includes raffle, bingo, tea/coffee and biscuits). For further details and to book your place contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, yvonnerea@aukmm.org.uk 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. Contact Volair for costs - 443 2200. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details.

Prescot Festival invites people to play their part A Merseyside arts festival is keen for audiences to be at the heart of the action this June. As well as showcasing performers and artists from across the region, the 10-day Prescot Festival always provides plenty of chances for people to get involved. On Saturday 22 June sopranos, altos, tenors and basses are invited to ‘Come & Sing’ Vivaldi’s enduringly popular ‘Gloria,’ with the Prescot Festival Chorus. The esteemed James Luxton, of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, will conduct, and in the second half of the evening concert the sublime Liverpool Cathedral Choir will sing. For those not up to singing classical music in a choir, there’s still an opportunity to exercise the lungs at Sunday 30 June’s Proms-style finale. Maghull Wind Orchestra and soprano Danielle Louise Thomas will lead the audience in such patriotic favourites as ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory.’ The annual Short Story Competition may tempt those of a literary bent. This year’s theme is ‘Magic, Myth and Mystery,’ and non-professional writers of all ages in the six boroughs of Knowsley, St Helens, Liverpool, Sefton, Halton and Wirral are welcome to enter. A £100 prize is on offer for the best story. “A sense of community is at the heart

of what we do at the Prescot Festival,” said director Dr Robert Howard, “so we delight in creating these opportunities— some big, some small—for people to get involved.” Robert and his team are always on the lookout for ‘Friends of the Festival’ to steward at concerts and volunteer with other tasks behind the scenes. “If you think you have something to contribute, why not get in touch?” he added. Full information on how to get involved, including Come & Sing applications and Short Story Competition rules, is online at www.prescotfestival.co.uk

Northern Stone and Peat Smoke Kirkby Gallery is delighted to present this new and never-before-seen exhibition, Northern Stone and Peat Smoke, by artist Anthony Ratcliffe. The exhibition is running until to 31 August. Anthony works from drawings and material collected on-site, and has travelled extensively around Britain documenting remote landscape particularly the way it shows evidence of past and usage, geology, and archaeology.


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Green-fingered residents at homeless hostel Alt Bank House are set for a bumper harvest this summer after transforming their garden into a mini allotment. A team of keen amateur gardeners have spent the last few months building the allotment and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers in the back garden of the Fazakerley hostel, which is home to 42 single homeless men and women in modern self-contained flats. The hostel, which is run by local housing provider Onward, helps vulnerable people break the vicious cycle of homelessness by offering temporary accommodation. A group of residents have slowly transformed the garden with a ‘grow your own’ project which now boasts seven raised beds containing garlic, broad beans, onions, turnips and two different varieties of potato. Alt Bank House and the ‘grow your own’ project has been a lifeline for resident Kenny Sheridan. The 51-year-old found himself homeless after struggling to pay the household bills for the home he shared with his brother and sister. After losing his home Kenny was moved around from place to place before finally arriving at Alt Bank House on his own in December 2018. Kenny said: “I was asked to help out in the garden and I just got addicted to it. It gives me a reason to get outside instead of just sitting in my flat all day long. “I’ve always liked flowers. My dad used to have a nice garden and I would help him with hoeing and forking, and I used

to get soil from the woods for him. Now I’m getting more and more into vegetables.” As well as planting veg, Kenny has also single-handedly built a raised bed for the potatoes using salvaged bricks and recently embarked on a new project to build a patio for the other residents using donated flag stones. “Hard work and getting out in the fresh air takes your mind off things,” said Kenny. “I can get into hard work which helps keep my mind occupied.” The produce grown will be shared among the residents to make their own home-cooked food in their flats, while some will be set aside for a weekly cookery class delivered by homeless charity Crisis at the hostel’s training kitchen. Support worker Sue Doragh, who started the project, said: “It’s still early days at the moment but I’m hoping this summer we should have a good harvest. “As the weather is getting better more and more residents have shown an interest and we now have five or six regular volunteers.” As well as providing fresh produce and helping develop new skills, Sue says the allotment has given residents a real sense of purpose. She adds: “It’s giving people a reason to get out of bed in the morning and I think it’s building their confidence, too. “If you’ve not worked for a long time you can start to question your abilities. But people are coming out here and getting praise from other residents because they can see the hard work that they’re doing.” Residents have also introduced a range of plants including sunflowers, sweet William, nasturtiums, foxgloves and marigolds to brighten up the garden, and there are plans do develop it even further. “There’s a greenhouse on the way,” said Sue. “At the moment the residents have got trays of seedlings in their flats which they’re keeping in their windows and watering for when the greenhouse arrives. “The residents are also currently digging over a long patch of lawn to create more growing space and we’re improving our compost area so that we can produce our own compost which will help us reduce our outgoings”.

Prescot Carnival 2019 This years Prescot Carnival will take place on Sunday 23 June from 12 noon-4pm at Brown’s Field, Wood Lane, Prescot L34 1LZ. Prescot Town Council will present their annual afternoon of stalls, games, food, fairground rides, live entertainment and more for all ages. The parade assembles on Eccleston Street at 11.15am, arriving at the carnival at 12 noon for the official opening. The event will feature the West Lancs Dog Display Team, Keiron Kenny, Prescot’s Got Talent Winners, Smile Dance Academy & Performing Arts, Jan Williams Theatre School and the Imaginarium Youth Theatre.


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THE POLISH IN PRESCOT Polish immigrants and their reception by the local Catholic community are mentioned in some documents recently unearthed in the Archdiocese of Liverpool archives. They date from the end of the Second World War, when many people were displaced from their country of origin. Some 140,000 Poles were stranded in Great Britain, unable or unwilling to return to Poland, wary of sanctions under the Russian-backed Communist regime. There were several camps in the Liverpool area that provided a temporary home for these ex-servicemen and civilian refugees, including one in the parklands attached to Knowsley Hall. Reports and correspondence in Archbishop Downey’s papers show that many local Catholic organisations made great efforts to help these uprooted people integrate into the life of their parishes. There were some families among the refugees and military dependents, and at Christmas 1946 a children’s

party was organised by Father Charles Horan, Parish Priest of Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph’s in Prescot. In return, the camp’s Polish military choir sang carols in Our Lady’s Church and gave concerts in the parish schools. At the same time the Catholic Young Men’s Societies arranged for local families in Prescot to open their homes on Christmas Day to the bored camp-dwellers sorely in need of company: some of the hosts hoped to have someone ‘musicallyminded’ or ‘keen on indoor games’, and the initiative was so successful that a few of the young Poles were more or less adopted by the Prescot families. Major Nowakowski expressed the gratitude felt by his fellow Poles ‘who were desperately in need of a friendly fireside and the greater warmth of real friendship’. The mutual entertainments continued into the new year of 1947, and began to involve churches in St Helens and Wigan. The Catholic Teachers’

Above: Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph’s church, Prescot

Society organised classes in English to assist the Poles in finding employment. Dances were organised by the Wigan Section of the Catholic Women’s League, and Winefride Boardman, their chairman, felt that they ‘brought laughter and a little happiness into the grey lives of these brave and unfortunate fellow-Catholics’.

The camps were gradually closed as their occupants moved on, and although some of the Poles did eventually decide to return home to an uncertain reception, many more settled in England. The descendants of those on Merseyside and in Lancashire must still be grateful for the warmth of their ancestors’ reception some 70 years ago.

Nostalgic trip to 1930s Britain for elderly residents Time travelling care home residents and primary school pupils took a trip back to the 1930s to celebrate Dementia Action Week. Youngsters from Blacklow Brow School dressed in pre-WW2 clothing for the activity at Aaron Grange Care Home, in Huyton. Museum-led dementia awareness

programme, House of Memories made a special visit to the home to bring memorabilia for a reminiscence session. The pupils, aged four and five, explored the items with elderly residents and their family members, who told them about their memories of using them when they were children. Among the memorabilia was a chamber

pot, which the children were surprised to learn was kept under the bed and used as a toilet. Resident Les Storey, 80, demonstrated a toy he used to play with as a young boy, which the pupils then enjoyed using themselves. Resident Peggy Bordessa, 92, enjoyed seeing a wash board, which brought back

memories of how she used to wash her clothes years ago. Chris Kerfoot, from House of Memories, showed a ceramic water bottle, which got the residents talking about having them when they were children, filling them with hot water and placing them at the end of their beds for warmth. There was also an old map of Liverpool, which the children and residents compared to a modern map, to see what had changed. Amy Muscatelli, activities co-ordinator at Aaron Grange Care Home, said: “This is not something the museum normally do but I attended dementia training at the museum a few months ago and they agreed to join us to mark Dementia Action Week. “Reminisce sessions like this can have a profound impact on those with dementia, bringing back memories from their childhoods, hobbies and jobs which can improve their general mood and wellbeing. “We were delighted the children from Blacklow Brow School were able to join us for the activity and their costumes were amazing. They thoroughly enjoyed discussing the items with the residents and learning about how they were used. “A massive thank you to House of Memories and the school for making it such a special day.”


12 June 2019

Knowsley marks two years of a Mayoral Combined Authority

Caring Connections Skyfall Superheroes

Caring Connections CEO Paul Growney and systems supervisor Sean Scott bravely abseiled 452ft down the Radio City Tower raising over £1000 for Cash for Kids. The abseil is one of the highest charity abseils in the UK and it was encouraged for participants to don their favourite superhero outfits. Sean Scott said: “This was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done, but really happy to have completed it and raised money for such a good cause. “I completed the hospital abseils last month, but this was a different scale of fear”. Caring Connections is a registered charity based in Knowsley who provide a range of services supporting vulnerable individuals, the organisation has made a pledge to complete four charity events for other local charities this year.

Membership of the Combined Authority has brought tangible benefits for Knowsley, says Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, as he marked the second anniversary of this election. And Knowsley Council leader Graham Morgan said they have already seen tens of millions of pounds in additional resources secured for the borough by being a member of the Combined Authority. This is in specific investment for the local area, in addition to funding from schemes across the areas of transport and skills and from Liverpool City Region-wide projects such as Housing First and Households into Work. Specific funding for Knowsley includes projects such as the £6.5 million Shakespeare North Playhouse, the £21 million Halsnead Village scheme, £4 million worth of improvements to the Knowsley Expressway and investment in local colleges which without the Liverpool City Region’s devolution deal it would not otherwise have been able to access. The cost of being part of the city region for Knowsley residents in 2019-20 is around 28p per household, per week. This cost is added to residents’ council tax bills in the form a Liverpool City Region Combined Authority precept. Knowsley Council Leader Graham Morgan, who is also the Combined Authority’s portfolio holder for public service reform and further devolution said: “Working together as a Combined Authority we have the collective power to secure the maximum benefits for everybody in our region. Here in Knowsley we have been able to get several very significant projects off the ground as a direct result. “These are projects whose positive impacts will be felt by people in the borough for many generations to come, such as the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot and the Halsnead Garden Village development. Not only that, but our young people are benefitting from better access to a diverse range of high quality apprenticeships that are setting them up for successful careers and a better standard of living in the future.”

Specialist community support team launches in Knowsley

Knowsley Council, Knowsley Housing Trust and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have joined forces to fund and launch a street intervention team, which will tackle neighbourhood issues and provide vulnerable residents with support. The intervention team, made up of six trained professionals, employed by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, will spend the next 12 months hitting the streets of Knowsley on a weekly basis and visit key locations to tackle issues such as fly tipping, anti-social behaviour, nuisance scrambler bikes, faulty street lighting and dispute situations. Officers have undergone training in conflict management and safeguarding, will engage with communities to better

understand issues that impact them at a local level and identify the best course of action. The team will be on-hand to offer help to residents and has the power to refer customers to supportive organisations. A Knowsley Council spokesperson, said: “All agencies and residents want the local area to be clean, safe, welcoming and vibrant. Everyone has a part to play in achieving this. “It is important residents are reassured that partners across Knowsley are taking their issues seriously and will act when appropriate. This team will not only provide an invaluable high visibility presence in communities, but it will also collate information which can be used for further enforcement action.”


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Outdoors with The Hairy Gardener Hello again You may remember last months article in which I mentioned about my battle with the Pear Midge. Well this year we seem at the time of writing to be winning as more fruit is staying where it should be and that is on the tree. If you grow pears then you may well be aware of this pest if not allow me to enlighten you. If you’ve seen small groups of flies flying just above the branches of the tree between February/March more than likely these are the pear midges on their mating flights. What happens next is the female lays her eggs in the pear blossom and as the blossom turns into pear fruitlets the eggs hatch into maggots. The telltale sign shows the pear growing with a black spot on its skin. The maggots are feeding on the inside of the pear, eventually the small pear falls to the ground and maggots eat their way out of the fruit and bury themselves into the soil where they stay until the time is right for them to emerge as pear midge flies and the whole cycle starts again. Now most of the gardening text books that I possess and there are plenty were for all their wisdom no help at all, they just wanted me to use chemicals that were probably invented for the Vietnam war (do not get me started on chemicals in the garden). The organic way suggests keeping the area around the tree clean. So that’s what I did, all last autumn and winter I lightly hoed the soil sometimes seven days a week. By doing this any pear midge would be exposed on the surface of the soil and eaten by the birds. But what if the pear midge fly flew in from somewhere else, I had to fool the fly into believing this blossom was not pear blossom and this I did by spraying every

dry day the leaves and blossom with onion water. This mixture was made by allowing any of the onion family to rot in a bucket of water preferably with a lid on. After a week or so this liquid had a pretty powerful onion aroma which did no harm to the trees but fooled the pear midge fly. This time of year brings the start of garden shows up and down the country and I start thinking an awful lot of these entrants to these prodigious shows don’t grow the plants they’re exhibiting, if you did that in the local church hall show and couldn’t answer the judges questions on how you grew them etc you’d be a cheat. There goes my invitation from Chelsea. Until next time good gardening


14 June 2019

CHALLENGE EDUCATION

News from around the region STEPHEN SHORTLISTED FOR THE TES SCHOOLS AWARDS 2019 Stephen Johnson from Northwood Primary School in Kirkby has been shortlisted for the School Business Manager of the year award at the Tes Schools Awards 2019. The Tes Schools Awards, celebrates the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK who are raising the standards of education and making a positive impact on the personal and academic success of students and the wider community. Stephen has been nominated in recognition is for the fabulous food project where every pupil who goes to Northwood Primary School receives a delicious breakfast and healthy lunch, all for free, every day, all year round!

This is seen as a massive help for local families and helps improve attendance. It is a proud moment, not just for Northwood School in Kirkby, but also for Knowsley Local Authority. Tes editor Ann Mroz said: “It is wonderful to see such great ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools and teachers, especially at a time when schools are under financial pressure. We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist”. The winners will be revealed at the gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 21 June 2019.

Offers are in for aspiring medics

White coats at the ready! It’s that time of year again when future, medics, dentists and vets receive offers for university places in September. This year, Winstanley College has a record 35 students receiving offers at a range of prestigious universities across the UK. Twenty-three students have provisional places for medicine, six for dentistry and six have secured offers for veterinary degrees. The good news is testament to the months of preparation that the students have put into their applications, including taking part in Winstanley’s medics, dentists and vets programme. The MDV programme incorporates many local professional organisations including Wrightington Wigan and Leigh infirmaries, Wigan and West Lancashire Care Commission Groups, along with Liverpool, Newcastle and Bristol Universities. Students are given the

chance to take part in work placements, personal statement writing workshops, UKCAT and BMAT tests, and talks from external speakers on topics such as NHS structure, funding and organisation. Dave Woods who co-ordinates Winstanley’s MDV programme said: “Congratulations to all the students receiving offers. It has been a pleasure working with them this year; there has been real enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile and it has certainly paid off.” Louise Tipping, principal, said: “To receive an offer to one of these highly competitive degree courses is a real achievement and students should feel very proud of themselves. “There’s now just a few more weeks of hard work, during exam season, to ensure they get the grades needed and we wish them the best of luck; exciting times are ahead!”


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Meet the Rainford High student who is a Member of Youth Parliament Ben Lomas, a Year 9 student at Rainford High, was recently elected to be the Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for St Helens. This important role calls on Ben to represent young people’s views and concerns from the local area on a national level. Speaking about the campaign, Ben said: “I first began campaigning for the role from January 2019, and me and Mrs Quinn, senior learning support assistant at Rainford High, devised a campaign strategy for the next two months – the election week was in March. “Firstly, we constructed my manifesto which set out my policies and plans for my two-year term if I was elected. The policies that were prominent in my manifesto were making transport and leisure cheaper and more accessible for young people across the borough of St Helens and ending the scourge of knife crime which has become a major issue for young people not only in our town but across the nation. Ben continued: “Having finalised my manifesto and having submitted it to the St Helens Council who monitored the MYP Elections, I then focused on

campaigning and ways in which to engage young people in the process of the MYP election. Mrs Quinn and I, who worked tirelessly to support me, decided that the best campaign plan would be to focus on gaining the maximum number of votes from my school, and so with help from our School Council, we visited forms in Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 and we also campaigned in the Rainford Sixth Form College. The encouragement and support I received was truly amazing.” Ben also visited four local primary schools: Billinge Chapel End, Billinge St Aidan’s, Willowtree and Sutton Manor, in order to gain votes from students who were 11 years or older as the rules of the election state that only 11-18-year olds are eligible to vote. Ben added: “As voting closed, we waited with great anticipation for the result of the vote. I won with over 30% of all votes received!” Reflecting on the election, Ben said: “I am honoured and privileged to be able to accept the role as MYP for St Helens and I am elated to represent young people from our borough in meetings in St Helens, Wigan, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Ambleside and

Ben Lomas (left) has been elected the Member of Youth for St Helens

London. “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that voted for me and I will do everything I can to make your voices heard and represent you well.” Helen Quinn from Rainford High, who supported Ben during his campaign, said: “Everyone here at the school is so incredibly proud of Ben. He has invested a lot of time, hard work and dedication into this and it is wonderful to see that it has paid off.” Nazia Nabi, participation and citizenship youth worker at St Helens Youth Council, said: “Ben joined the St Helens Youth Council in January 2018 and from the beginning he has always

Fine art students’ work on display at Kirkby Gallery!

The artwork from Carmel College’s lower sixth, A-level fine art students’ work is going on display at Kirkby Gallery! From 20 May to 31 August, Carmel’s fine art students will be exhibiting their work at the Gallery. Throughout this term, the students have been working on projects themed around ‘Our Merseyside’, where they have explored the history, heritage, people and architecture of the region.

During lessons students experimented with a range of printmaking techniques to create their final prints. All of the fine art prints designed by Carmel students will be available for purchase. Admittance to the gallery is free and open to the public. Carmel principal Mike Hill, said: “We are so proud of our students for harnessing their creativity and embodying the wealth of culture across Merseyside”.

been enthusiastic and passionate about issues that affect young people in St Helens. I am delighted that he has been voted as St Helens MYP and believe that he will endeavour to deliver on his Manifesto promises.” The United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) is a national organisation through which young people campaign to make positive changes for their peers across the country. St Helens is entitled to have one member of Youth Parliament (MYP) and one deputy. In total, 17 young people put themselves forward. Morgen Lamb from Hope Academy will take on the role as deputy MYP.

Knowsley schools sign up for Wellbeing Award Mental health and wellbeing of pupils will be at the heart of every single school in Knowsley, after all the borough’s primary and secondary schools signed up to work towards a ‘wellbeing award’. It will see the schools work their way through a specially designed framework emotional wellbeing and mental health, developed by the National Children’s Bureau and delivered by Optimus Education. It 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. Once they’ve completed the framework, each school will achieve recognition confirming that they apply a ‘Whole School approach to Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health’, and receive a wellbeing award. Working towards the award will help schools make sure they have effective practices and provision in place to promote the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils. It is designed to help change the long-term culture of a school and embed an ethos where mental health is seen as everyone’s responsibility. Schools will need to demonstrate their commitment to: • Promoting mental health as part of every day school life. • Improving the emotional wellbeing of their staff and pupils. • Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and providing appropriate support. • Offering support that matches the needs of pupils and staff. • Raising awareness of how important mental health is. • Asking parents, pupils and teachers for their opinions on mental health issues.


16 June 2019

Celebrating St George’s Day The Friends of Eaton Street Park (FOESP) in Prescot hosted a St Georges Day event for 100 local pensioners at Prescot Town Hall. The event was a massive success with huge thanks go to all the volunteers including Marianne Burke-Thompson, Colette Owens, Pat Cook, Tracey Murray, Fran Lancaster, Kai Taylor, Ste Henry, Karen Bassnett and Suzanne Pilkington who worked flat out to serve a lovely high tea to all of the pensioners. Joanne Burke chair of FOESP said: “Thank you to the Town Council for free use of the room and a big thank you to Tracey Langan for donating home made cakes, Francis and Mike Wynn for making a donation that paid for cakes, Moorecrofts Solicitors for bingo prizes and cakes. “We would also like to thank the ADAM Foundation whose recent donation we put toward the event. “ A big Thanks also goes to Keiron Kenny who entertained the crowd with his fabulous voice and personality. “I have had so many messages of thanks and heart warming stories from people who attended this event which means it has to be repeated next year”.


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water to get a coating consistency. Add two skinless chicken breast fillets, cut into strips, and mix well. Arrange on the baking sheet, spaced apart, and bake in the oven for 8-10 mins until cooked, but still juicy. Eat warm with roughly 10cm cucumber, cut into fingers, and sweet chilli sauce. Alternatively, leave to cool and keep in the fridge for up to two days.


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Joseph takes fundraising to new heights A teenager from Kirkby is taking fundraising to new heights by jumping out of a plane at 12,000ft in honour of his dad who sustained a traumatic brain injury. Joseph Ormesher, 15, who helps to care for his permanently brain injured dad, will brave a skydive on his 16th birthday to help raise vital funds for the charity which helped his family cope with the effects of brain injury. Headway Sefton, a local brain injury charity based at St Anthony’s Road, Blundellsands, offered services and support to Joseph and his family following Andrew’s injury.

Since then, the selfless teen, who lives in Kirkby, has made it his mission to give back to the charity which helped him and his dad so much. Joseph said: “Its been hard work but I’ve found caring for my dad incredibly rewarding, but it hasn’t been without its challenges. It’s been difficult to come to terms with my dad’s injury. He was my best friend and I miss who he was before. “The most important thing is that we’re making new memories and developing a new relationship almost five years on from the accident. “Sometimes it can be tough

caring for my dad because he can get frustrated quickly and his fatigue often gets the better of him. But I know it’s just the brain injury making him behave the way he does. He’s still my dad and I still love him just as much”. Joseph will be making the jump on July 1 at the Black Knights and hopes to raise £2,000. Although Joseph is doing a tandem sky dive he is still nervous about the jump but realises it will be worth it to raise funds for the charity that has helped his family in so many ways. You can sponsor Joseph at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ catherineormesher1

Knowsley residents urged to be extra vigilant Residents are being urged to be extra vigilant following an increase in the North West of fraudsters offering ‘low cost government loans’ – such loans do not exist. Fraudsters are using the scam to obtain personal information to commit fraud and unfortunately, Knowsley residents have fallen victim to this scam after being visited at home by someone claiming to be from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The fraudsters use the victim’s personal details to make a claim for Universal Credit and request an ‘Advance Payment’. This is part of a Universal Credit award which can be received quickly – it can be up to 100% of the value of the Universal Credit claim. The fraudster then takes a ‘cut’ of the Advance Payment, which in some cases has been paid immediately

by the individual in cash. The fraudster then has the victim’s personal details, making them vulnerable to further fraud. If you have been affected by fraudsters, please report it to www.actionfraud.police.uk. If

you think a neighbour is being targeted, or if you see suspicious activity, call Merseyside Police on 101 or contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506.

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 CROXTETH PARK St Cuthberts Church (portacabin) Langley Close, Croxteth Park 5.00pm & 7.00pm Dawn Tel: 07732 845118

Woodlands Hospice Forget me not Campaign Celebrate the life of a loved one by dedicating a special forget-me-not flower for a donation to Woodlands Hospice. Through this simple act of remembering a loved one you will be helping us to care for patients and their families at a difficult time in their life. The flowers are individually hand crafted and will be displayed in the hospice gardens during the month of July. When you dedicate a flower you will receive a certificate of dedication and you are welcome to come along and see the flowers on display during the month of July before taking them home, during our collection week-end in August, as a permanent reminder of someone special. To dedicate a flower please contact Carole Riley at the hospice on 0151 529 4143 or e-mail: carole.riley@aintree.nhs.uk

NETHERLEY Netherley Youth & Community Initiative St Gregorys Church Damson Road, Netherley L27 8XR 6.30pm Helen 07779 266870 Friday Monday CROXTETH Porchfield Community Centre Porchfield Close, Off Storrington Avenue 5PM Julie on 07779 538790 HUYTON The Old School House St. John’s Road, Huyton L36 0UT 5.30pm Zara 07854 721185

NETHERLEY Woodlands Community Centre Wood Lane 9.30am, 4.30pm & 6.30pm Helen 07779 266870

DOVECOT The Holy Spirit Community Hall East Prescot Road L14 2EH 7.30am and 9.30am Julie 07779 538790

LIVERPOOL The Liverpool public house 14 James Street (Next door to James Street Station) 12pm Linda 0151 256 1681

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20 June 2019

CHALLENGE HEALTH Healthy Knowsley

National recognition for exceptional maternity staff

Specialist Midwife, Joanne Battensby

Maternity Healthcare Assistant, Sarah Hynes

Staff at Whiston Hospital’s maternity unit have received national recognition for the exceptional levels of care they provide to the local community. Specialist Midwife, Joanne Battensby, has been named ‘Midwife of the Year’ at the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards 2019. Joanne is a Perinatal Mental Health Midwife and does an incredible job supporting mums and their families. Joanne is a champion for women supporting those who may need extra support with their mental health throughout their pregnancy and beyond. Specialist Midwife, Sarah Jones, has been named ‘Members’ Champion’ at the annual Royal College of Midwives Awards for her ‘phenomenal’ support of fellow midwives. Sarah is passionate about promoting the wellbeing of maternity staff and has been praised for encouraging the further education

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and progression of staff in the unit in a supportive and caring culture. Maternity Healthcare Assistant, Sarah Hynes received a national ‘Cavell Star Award’ for her tireless dedication to the Maternity Unit. Nominated by her colleagues, Sarah won the award for constantly going out of her way to support colleagues and families, promoting the incredible work that healthcare assistants do within the hospital. Sue Redfern, director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “We are so incredibly proud of our maternity staff and the dedication they show to providing the very best care to the families they serve. “We receive a vast amount of positive feedback from women and families who have their babies at our Maternity Unit, and I am thrilled that they are rightly receiving the recognition they deserve.”

HEALTHY KNOWSLEY Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care June is a busy month with Men’s Health Week running from 10-16 June and Clean Air Day on 20 June. Men’s Health Week is a great opportunity to think about simple steps you can do to improve your health and feel good. It’s the perfect time to make that appointment you’ve been putting off - have that mole or knee pain looked at or just get a general check up. Use Men’s Health Week to make that call and get an appointment with your GP or call in to your local pharmacy. It’s also an opportunity to get moving – go for a walk, swim or bike ride or join that gym that you’ve been thinking about for a while. Find out more about Men’s Health Week at www.menshealthweek.org.uk Clean Air Day (20 June) provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the important issue of air pollution, as well as the steps you can take to improve air quality both in your local area as well as your home. We know that air pollution impacts on our health and wellbeing, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer (particularly lung cancer), diabetes and asthma attacks, but there are some simple steps we can all take to help reduce pollution, including:• Leave your car at home and walk, cycle or take the bus • Switch off your engine when stationary • When upgrading your car, consider a low polluting alternative such as an electric or LPG model (which will also save you money on road tax too) • Save your log burner for the cold winter – consider Defra-approved stoves, use authorised fuel and only light your wood burner when you really have too • BBQs are often an overlooked source of air pollution. Use dry, seasoned wood or smokeless fuels • Open your windows when cooking or using cleaning products • Ensure you have your boiler regularly serviced Further information about Clean Air Day and other ideas to help you minimise pollution can be found on www.cleanairday.org.uk

How to help your child get a better night’s sleep One way of helping your child develop good sleeping habits is to follow a regular evening routine. Doing the same relaxing things, in the same order, and at the same time each night helps promote good sleep. It makes it easier for your child to relax, fall asleep and sleep through the night. • Agree a reasonable bedtime, be consistent and keep regular sleep and wake times, even at the weekend • Make sure your child falls asleep in their own bed, on their own, as this will help them settle themselves if they wake during the night • Try and establish regular quiet time before they fall asleep. Reading or story time is great but your child should avoid TV, texting, homework or computer use


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National smile month Last month saw the launch of National Smile month, which this year focused on the health risks associated with the consumption of sugary drinks in under fives. The Give Up Loving Pop (GULP) ‘kind to teeth’ campaign highlighted that sugar, notably in sugary drinks, is a major cause of dental decay. Research from Public Health England shows that in just a six month period, children have consumed a years’ worth of sugar - and sugary soft drinks are the joint biggest contributor alongside buns, cakes and pastries. In addition, both sugar and artificially sweetened drinks are very acidic which can cause erosion of the tooth enamel, which is particularly porous in young children. As well as tooth decay, sugar can also cause other health issues to develop, including obesity and type 2 diabetes. The ‘kind to teeth’ campaign is aimed

at parents with a view to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks in the early years and encourage healthy options at an early age, such as water and milk. Dr Sarah McNulty, Knowsley Council’s acting director of public health, said: “The early years provides a great opportunity to influence healthy food and drink patterns, as habits are often established when children are young. The ‘kind to teeth’ campaign will help to educate parents on the health risks associated with consuming sugary drinks in the early years, and emphasise that water and best is the best source of hydration for their young one. “We hope it will help to influence healthy drinking patterns from the early years and throughout their growth and development into adulthood”. Further information about the ‘kind to teeth’ campaign can be found on the GULP website: www.giveuplovingpop.org.uk/kind-to-teeth

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RAISING AWARENESS Public invited to learning disability physical health event Learning disability services from across St Helens and Knowsley are joining together for an all-day event to raise awareness of the wide range of services, support and activities available in the local area, as well as offering free mini health checks. The Learning Disability Physical Health event will be held on Wednesday 19 June from 10am to 3pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens to mark Learning Disability Awareness Week. On the day, there will be mini health checks, a market place, presentations from key groups, as well as interactive displays from the St Helens Learning Disability Rugby Team and the UK’s inclusive cycling charity, Wheels for All. There will also be a local sign language choir. Lorraine Bates from North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Community Learning Disability Team in St Helens is one of the event organisers. Lorraine said: “We’ve worked closely with our service users and the Being Involved Group (BIG) to organise a day which will help raise awareness of the different things available to people with

learning disabilities in the local community. Everyone is welcome to come along - young people, adults, parents and carers, as well as health and social care professionals. “We organised this event because we want to make sure everyone is aware of the range of support available in our local communities. We also feel it’s important to raise awareness of the free annual health checks people with learning disabilities are entitled to through their practice doctor.” Find out more about the Knowsley and St Helens learning disability services at: www.nwbh.nhs.uk

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We deliver when youʼre in Specsavers opticians in Halewood Shopping Centre has pledged its support to a key Knowsley charity the Big Help Project (Knowsley Foodbank). Adam Ormrod, director of Specsavers in Halewood and Belle Vale, has partnered with the organisation by placing Big Help Project donation collection tins and food donation collection boxes in both stores. The Big Help Project, which runs Knowsley Foodbank, also supports the community by offering services including financial advice and help getting back into employment. Knowsley Foodbank provides emergency food to people in Knowsley who are experiencing food crisis and is part of the Trussell Trust national network of foodbanks, which supports over 420 foodbanks across Britain. Adam Ormrod said: “The work the Big Help project do is absolutely vital for the local community. When I met representatives from the charity at a

Knowsley Chamber of Commerce event and learnt more about the support they give to local people, I was keen to help in whatever way I could.” Sue Torpey, food bank manager for The Big Help Project said: “It’s fantastic to have support from Adam and his teams across Specsavers in Belle Vale and Halewood. “We regularly run out of certain types of food as demand for the service is so high, so the more food collection boxes we can place in more locations the better. “Cash donations are vital too – any food items we don’t have or are short on, we need to buy. Without the donations we can’t offer the range of basics we need to.” Specsavers customers in the local area who want to donate food items to the Big Help Project can call into Specsavers stores in Halewood and Belle Vale and pop items into the collection boxes or make cash donations via the collection tins in store.

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22 June 2019

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nowsley as we recognise it today was formed in 1974, when the existing District Councils amalgamated to create a single Metropolitan District within the new Metropolitan County of Merseyside. Each of the townships within the old District Councils had their own separate and unique identities and histories, with each bringing a different flavour to the new borough. It’s perhaps not surprising, considering this rich and diverse background, to discover that Knowsley is home to over 100 listed buildings; one judged to be Grade I, the highest merit, four at Grade II* and the rest are listed at Grade II. But what does it mean to be recognised as a listed building? Contrary to popular belief, listed building status is not a preservation order, although it does represent an identifying stage offering recognition of a building’s special architectural or historical importance. It also brings a building under the consideration of the planning system, ensuring that the significance of a property is not lost through any future changes that may be planned for it. The older a building is, the more likely it is to be listed: all buildings built prior to 1700 that remain in as close to original condition as possible and most built between 1700 and 1850 will be listed. The criteria tighten with time, so post1945 listings are exceptional – normally, a building would need to be over 30 years old to be considered. So who decides? The final decision on whether or not a building is accepted

onto the statutory lists of buildings of ‘special architectural or historic interest’ under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 lies with the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on the advice of Historic England. Criteria including architectural interest, historic significance and close historical association with nationally important buildings or events are considered. Group value is also examined: does the building form part of an important architectural or historic group, or is it a good example of town planning? The Grade System classifies a building’s relative merit: Grade I recognises buildings as being of exceptional interest, Grade II* signifies a building of particular importance and of more than special interest and Grade II is awarded to buildings of special

Blackie was buried at the Horses’ Rest, his resting place marked with a sandstone gravestone

interest, warranting every effort to preserve the building. One of the most recent listings in Knowsley is the grave of Blackie the War Horse. Blackie belonged to the wartime poet, Lieutenant Leonard Comer Wall and survived the major battles of the First World War. Sadly, Lieutenant Wall

fell at Ypres whilst mounted on Blackie on 9th June 1917. Post war, Lieutenant Wall’s mother purchased Blackie from the Army and loaned him to the Territorial Riding School, Liverpool, until his retirement in 1930, when he was put out to grass at the Horses’ Rest in Halewood (later the RSPCA Liverpool Animal Centre). After his death in December 1942, Blackie was buried at the Horses’ Rest, his resting place marked with a sandstone gravestone. As part of the draft masterplan for the East of Halewood development site, the Grade II listed grave and its setting will be preserved and enhanced. The plan proposes that the grave site is incorporated as a key area of public open space within the development, including space for memorial services, wildflower meadow planting and public art that will celebrate the story and history of Blackie. It is proposed that the site is also connected to a new pedestrian and cycle route, making the grave site significantly more accessible for residents and visitors. Whitefield House and Pigeon House on Whitefield Drive, Kirkby were originally a single building known as Whitefield House, later divided internally to form the two houses. The property is early Georgian, being built in 1703. It features a concealed, stained glass window only visible from the inside – legacy of a time when Catholic masses were said to have been held in the house. Opposite the house is the dovecote, known locally as the Pigeon House. Built in 1703, the top section was used as a dovecote and the lower half as a pigsty. In the 18th century, landowners were entitled to keep pigeons in the dovecote, ensuring that the household had a year round supply of fresh meat. There are four Grade II* properties in Knowsley: St Chad’s Church, Kirkby, St. Michael’s Church, Huyton, St Mary’s Church, Knowsley Village and Knowsley Hall itself. It is, however, Prescot Parish Church which holds the accolade of Knowsley’s

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only Grade I listed building. The current church, constructed in red sandstone, dates from 1610, when John Ogle funded extensive restoration works, although it is the fourth building to occupy the site since the 11th Century and the Vestry dates from the 14th century. Also in Prescot, a fine example of an enclosed Georgian street – unique to the Borough – can be found in the Vicarage Place Grouping, which includes house numbers 2 to 6 and numbers 10 and 14; number 14 being the original servants’ quarters for number 10. Numbers 4 and 6 were saved from demolition and renovated by Knowsley Council in 1977, but Number 8 was reconstructed as a new build in character with the existing properties, so is not included in the listing. Completing the group is the Catholic Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph, built in Victorian Gothic style in 1856 by architect Joseph A Hansom of York, inventor of the Hansom Cab. Other than the Church of St Nicholas, Whiston’s listed buildings belonged to

Find out more by visiting http://archives.knowsley.gov.uk/ or you can following the ARK on Twitter @knowsleyarchive Whitefield House, Kirkby


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CCTV appeal following burglary in Kirkby

St Chad’s Church, Kirkby

Prescot Parish Church

the Halsnead Estate, which dates back to at least 1246. The Estate passed through various families including Norreys of Speke and the Pemberton family. It was purchased by Thomas Willis, a Liverpool merchant, in 1684, remaining in the family until it was auctioned in 1929. In Cronton, the Village Stocks stand on the crossroads at Cronton Road and Smithy Lane, while Rose Cottage on Greensbridge Lane, Tarbock, built in the 18th century, is the only surviving thatched cottage in the Borough. The Hazels is a large property standing on what is now the King’s Business Park, Huyton. There has been a house there since the 16th century: the Harringtons, the Ogles and the Cases all lived there. Jonathan Case was recorded as living in the Red Hazels in 1717. Rebuilt in 1764, by the late 18th century, it was owned by Joseph Birch, M.P. and then his son, Sir Thomas, who died in 1888. Until after World War II it was owned by members of the Pilkington Family, when it became the administration building for the new campus of C F Mott, Liverpool College of Higher Education. This closed in 1990, but the Grade II listed house

remains. The Archive has been fortunate to be awarded funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop our C.F. Mott collection, so we look forward to delving further into the history of the Hazels in the near future. There are many more listed buildings in Knowsley to explore: why not visit the Archive to find out more?

Merseyside Police have issued CCTV images of a man we would like to speak to following a burglary in Kirkby. At around 2pm on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May, the car keys to a red Audi A3 was stolen from a house on Meadowsweet Road. The car was taken and driven off in the direction of Angelica Road but after turning down a dead end it turned round at which point it was in collision with the owner of the car who had attempted to stop the vehicle in the road. The car then drove off at speed up St Kevin’s Drive. It was found abandoned on Falcon Hey, Fazakerley, approximately 30 minutes later. The owner of the car suffered a broken thumb, broken nose and multiple cuts and scratches to his body and face. An investigation is underway and CCTV and house-to-house enquiries have been carried out in the local area. They have issued CCTV images of a man who we believe could assist our enquiries. Detective Inspector Jackie Guinness said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Angelica Road and Meadowsweet Road on the afternoon

of Monday 6 May – which was a bank holiday – who saw anyone or anything suspicious to contact us. “Thankfully the owner of the car was not seriously hurt but this could have been much worse. “We are committed to finding the person or people responsible for this incident and putting them behind bars. “I would appeal for anyone who has any information to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 19100225333.”

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24 June 2019

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he unidentified flying object - better known by its abbreviation: UFO exists, simply because any light in the sky or unfamiliar object that cannot be explained is technically a UFO, but what most people have in mind when they speak of a UFO is a flying saucer, an alien craft, or perhaps an advanced gravity-defying top secret stealth aircraft constructed by the military. Unexplained aerial objects have been old man at a house on Huyton’s Essex reported throughout history, going way Road, got out of bed to go to the toilet back to the days of Ancient Egypt. when he happened to glance out the Today, UFOs are still being reported window. across the world and Knowsley is certainly The man was startled to see a huge no stranger to the baffling phenomenon. circular object hovering over Whiston In 1967, Knowsley and parts of Liverpool Lane. It gave off a greenish glow and were visited by a wave of UFOs, and the emitted a humming sound for about ten first major - flap (UFO jargon for an seconds before it zoomed north towards unusually high concentration of sightings Huyton Lane. in a certain area within a brief period of More strange objects were seen over time) took place in August at Huyton. Knowsley and Liverpool in the following At 3am one August morning in 1967, a months, including a UFO described by 9-year-old child named Andrea was the Liverpool Echo as a - plate in the sky awakened from her sleep by a weird that was seen on the Thursday night of 26 humming sound. October 1967. Andrea went and This flying saucer woke her mum up made front page “I have a collection and, and the girl’s headlines after it was of local UFO reports seen by dozens of mother realised the sound was coming witnesses whizzing thicker than a from outside. over Croxteth Hall Lane telephone directory” and Norris Green. She pulled back the curtains and saw Peter Murphy, a 35a glowing green year-old garage object hovering at rooftop level. Andrea’s manager from Kirkby, had been driving mother later described the UFO in a along Croxteth Hall Lane at 11.25pm newspaper article as resembling a when he saw a shining object flash humming top. across the road and land in a field near to The strange craft flashed away into the Oak Lane. night at such a speed, the Huytonian Mr Murphy reported the matter to the woman could not follow it with her eyes. police and went to the field with them, That same morning at three, a 50-yearand while they were there they all saw a

bright white light with a blue aura hovering in mid air. The light fell and vanished, and minutes later, over a mile away, Mr Murphy and the police saw the same object hovering over the East Lancs Road. I have a collection of local UFO reports thicker than a telephone directory, and one report really stands out because it seems to have been witnessed by a sizeable percentage of Merseysiders. On the Saturday morning of 24 February 1979 at 2.45am, the people of Southport, Scarisbrick, Ormskirk, Maghull, Crosby, Kirkby, Formby, Bootle and Aintree were startled out of their slumbers by a terrific bang, followed by a bright flash. People got out of bed and peered with bleary eyes at the sight of a huge orange fireball moving across the black moonless skies at a phenomenal speed. Residents at Hurlston Hall caravan site in Scarisbrick looked up in terror and saw the giant fireball fly straight across the sky before changing course - as if it was being controlled. When the fireball passed over northern Liverpool and Knowsley, people saw shafts of light radiate from the object, and it swooped to rooftop level. A taxi driver in Walton said it passed over his vehicle and he immediately lost all power in the cab, and this nullifying influence of the UFO was reported again and again that morning from other

motorists who had come close to the strange sphere of fire. That same morning around 3am in Huyton and Whiston, people saw strange glowing green UFOs of the - humming top - design seen twelve years before in the area, and three of them were spotted by a bricklayer and his brother heading to work in their van as it moved along Whiston Lane. The brothers, Mike and Jim Stuart, watched the trio of UFOs slow down as they travelled across Huyton and Prescot Golf Course and then one of the craft broke formation and swooped down on the van. The UFO was about 30 feet in diameter, and through an oval window, the Stuart brothers could see silhouettes of small child-like figures. Two bright globes of light shot out of the UFO and almost touched the van. Lightning forks shot from these globes and the UFO travelled alongside the van for less than a minute when it almost blinded the brothers with an intense blast of white light. Jim Stuart floored the accelerator and managed to get away from the stalkers in the saucer. The Ministry of Defence said it had no idea what had caused the UFO scare and astronomers had no meteors to blame, but the extent of the sightings was so widespread, something unearthly undoubtedly invaded our airspace that morning. Will we ever know the truth? Keep watching the skies... • Tom Slemen's Haunted Liverpool 31 is out now on Amazon

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£8M INDUSTRIAL SCHEME COMPLETES AT ALCHEMY BUSINESS PARK Element, the £8m second phase of development at Network Space’s Alchemy Business Park in Knowsley, has completed. Totalling 103,500 sq ft, the speculative scheme benefits from direct access from the A580 and comprises three highly specified industrial warehouse units of 22,900 sq ft, 35,200 sqft and 45,450 sq ft. The units have each been designed to appeal to a wide range of logistics and industrial occupiers and feature generous self-contained yards, office and car park provision, separated office and yard access with 10m eave heights and dock level access provision on the two larger units. The scheme has been supported by a £1.8 million Local Growth Fund grant. Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund. There is currently strong interest from prospective occupiers, and it is anticipated that once let, the units at Element could accommodate up to 250 jobs and produce a net additional GVA per annum of £9.90m for the region. Stephen Barnes, Managing Director (Development) at Network Space, said: “This is Network Space’s fourth selffinanced scheme to complete within the last 12 months, taking the total space delivered within that period to just under 400,000 sq ft across 14 units. “Within that same period, we have already let nearly 60% of the space and have good prospects for the remaining units. There remains a shortage of industrial warehouse space across the region and this coupled with the prominence, accessibility, quality and presentation of this scheme makes Element a compelling prospect for future occupiers.” Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “We are working hard to make sure that economic growth benefits Knowsley and everyone in our city region, which is why we have backed this scheme which could potentially create hundreds of jobs and boost the local economy by around £10m a year. I’m pleased to see the latest phase completed and I look forward to seeing the whole development thriving.” Dale Milburn, Knowsley Council’s Executive Director for Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “Element

offers a prime location in Knowsley and enjoys exceptional transport links. This latest speculative development demonstrates the high level of confidence that developers have in Knowsley as a place to invest and do business.” Caddick Construction was the

appointed contractor for the project following its successful completions of Network Space schemes in St Helens and Stoke. B8 and CBRE are the appointed agents for the scheme and both have reported encouraging interest from a range of prospective occupiers.

Liverpool City Region Music Board consults on key priorities A consultation session to listen to the views of the city region’s music community has been held by The Liverpool City Region Music Board. Board members led a discussion on their key priorities which have been developed over the past few months so that the wider sector could inform the next steps and work plan going forward. The key priorities identified from recent strategic reports including: • Safeguarding and protecting Music Venues • Growing current and future Music Heritage

and Tourism offer (including Beatles’ legacy) • Increasing access to Music Education & Talent Development • Music Strategy development The aim of the sessions was to be open and collaborative and designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to have their say. The LCR Music Board was established at the end of 2018 with the principle aim to sustain, support and develop the music sector in our region and to cement the city region’s

position as one of the world’s music capitals. Michael Eakin, chair of the Liverpool City Region Music Board and CEO of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic said: “It was inspiring to get the input of such a diverse range of people from across the music sector in the city region. They were engaged, creative and full of constructive and ambitious ideas for how we can grow Liverpool as a great music city. It was a reminder of the talent and potential we have and sets us firmly on our way.”

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: 19/00199/OUT by Sibsey Lifestyle Ltd at Land Adjacent Greenhill, The Orchard, Huyton - OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR THE ERECTION OF THREE STOREY APARTMENT BLOCK, COMPRISING 20 NO. 1 BED AND 20 NO. 2 BED APARTMENTS WITH COMMUNAL AREA TOGETHER WITH VEHICULAR ACCESS, CAR PARKING AND ASSOCIATED WORKS (LANDSCAPING RESERVED FOR FUTURE APPROVAL) Application No: 19/00240/LBC by Mr Nigel Kerr at Pigeon House, Whitefield Drive, Westvale - ERECTION AND REINSTATEMENT OF OUTBUILDING INCLUDING THE RETENTION OF EXISTING WALL AND CONCRETE BASE Application No: 19/00094/FUL by Mr G Thomas at Land Adjacent To D Evans Electrical, Wilson Road, Huyton - ERECTION OF 2 NO. BLOCKS OF FOUR BUSINESS UNITS (USE CLASS B1a) AND ASSOCIATED EXTERNAL WORKS AND PARKING ARRANGEMENTS Application No: 19/00235/FUL by Mr Paul Seville at 12 Station Road, Roby, L36 4HU - ERECTION OF TWO STOREY SIDE EXTENSION AND JULIET BALCONY TO EXISTING REAR ELEVATION Application No: 19/00270/FUL by Mr Paul Maddocks at 4 Lytham Court, Kirkby Park, Kirkby - ERECTION OF SINGLE STOREY SIDE AND REAR EXTENSION Application No: 19/00243/OUT by Tilstone Industrial Ltd at Vacant Land At Junction Of Moorgate Road/M57 Slip Road And School Lane; And Vacant Land At Junction Of Randles Road/Gellings Road And School Lane, Knowsley Business Park, Knowsley - OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR ERECTION OF PETROL FILLING STATION OF UPTO 476 SQ.M (SUI GENERIS), A DRIVE THRU UNIT OF UPTO 225 SQ.M (USE CLASS A1/A3/A5) TO THE WESTERN PARCEL AND ERECTION OF 3 NO. INDUSTRIAL UNITS OF UPTO 3,827 SQ.M (USE CLASS B1/B2/B8) TO THE EASTERN PARCEL, TOGETHER WITH CONSTRUCTION OF VEHICULAR/PEDESTRIAN ACCESSES (ACCESS TO BE CONSIDERED - ALL OTHER MATTERS RESERVED FOR FUTURE APPROVAL) Application No: 19/00297/FUL by First Ark Group at Land at The Former Watch Factory, Bookbinders Lane, Prescot - DEMOLITION OF ALL EXISTING BUILDINGS AND ERECTION OF 88 HOUSES AND 103 APARTMENTS, WITH ASSOCIATED CAR PARKING, LANDSCAPING AND OPEN SPACE, AND ASSOCIATED WORKS 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 Regeneration and Economic Development Department, 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. 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-and-planning/make-aplanning-application/speaking-at-planning-committee M Harden Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 28th May 2019


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KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (LOWER ROAD, HALEWOOD) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate railway bridge inspection works on Lower Road, Halewood (“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) The existing footpath running from a point coincident with the Headbolt Lane pedestrian footbridge to Roughwood Drive (at a point approximately 86 metres west of Chadwell Road).

(i) Lower Road, Halewood – from a point 150m north of its junction with Old Higher Road for a distance of 50m in a northerly direction.

The diversion route for pedestrian traffic affected by the footpath closure will be via the new temporary footpath as shown in the drawing numbered PT/TM/6410. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Monday 17 June 2019 to Monday 1 July 2020. The Order will come into force on Wednesday 26th June 2019 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 anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 28th May 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Lower Road will be via Higher Road, Baileys Lane, Lower Road and vice versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place on Sunday 14th July 2019 only. The Order will come into force on Wednesday 26th June 2019 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 28th May 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

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Funding boost for boxing club The work of a Kirkby boxing club to combat young offending and antisocial behaviour has received a cash boost. Kirkby Amateur Boxing Club, based at Westvale Community Centre, has received a £70,000 grant from Sport England to provide an extension and new facilities at the club. As well as its traditional boxing activities, Kirkby ABC also works with the Community Rehabilitation Company and Knowsley schools, supporting former offenders and helping those involved in anti-social behaviour stay on the straight and narrow. With the support of Knowsley Council, the club submitted a bid to the National Lottery-funded Sport England to fund a second gym and two small classrooms. The new gym will offer a range of exercise activities, non-traditional sports and dance, while the classrooms will give participants opportunities for learning and attending victim reparation sessions. Work to extend the building will begin in June, with the extension expected to be completed by autumn.

Boxing coach John Lloyd from Kirkby ABC

John Lloyd, Kirkby ABC director and secretary, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding and are grateful for the support we’ve received from the council in making the bid. The funding will make a big difference to the work we do with young offenders and

those involved in anti-social behaviour. “It will enable us to offer a wider range of activities, in addition to the traditional boxing we’re known for, as well as offering young people quiet areas to focus on learning, self-discipline and victim and offender reparation”.

The Board of Directors at Prescot Cables Football Club have issued a big thank you to their magnificent supporters for their steadfast backing of the team this season. The statement said: “To have achieved an average home attendance of 400 would have been unthinkable a few years ago and we are so grateful to everyone who has got behind the club. We are certain that having such loyal and passionate fans has helped the players and management during the campaign and they deserve our thanks and gratitude for all their efforts after another successful and memorable campaign. “The club would not function were it not for a small army of volunteers and we would also like to place on record what a fantastic job everyone has done off the field during the campaign. “Too many people work incredibly hard for your football club to attempt to name them here but we hope that all the volunteers realise just how appreciated they are. “Thank you as well to all the businesses and individuals who have sponsored the club this season. Whether as a principal partner, a board sponsor, programme advertiser, match sponsor or ball sponsor, you have all contributed to the success of the club. “The season might have finished but in many ways, the hard work starts now as we look to build on what has been achieved so far”.

BUGS SUPPORT ‘NOMOREKNIVES’ CAMPAIGN Liverpool Running Bugs recently hosted their first club race and what a day it turned out to be. Their ‘No More Knives 5 miler’ was held in memory of Adam Ellison and saw over 200 runners enjoy the glorious sunshine at Stadt Moers Park, Whiston. Tracey Carr from Liverpool Running Bugs, said: “The day was made extra special by having Adams family and friends with us, with Adams Mum and

Dad officially starting the race. “It was fantastic to see so many runners from local clubs. I would like to say a huge thank you to Decathlon for donating all the goodie bags and medals, the Village Hotel for donating the prizes and Brunch in Whiston Village for putting on free refreshments and also to everyone who donated a spot prize. But the biggest thank you goes to all

our runners today, your donations have helped us raise nearly £700. “Today wasn't about the money, it was about the community getting together to stand against knife crime and to keep Adams memory alive, so the fact we have raised this amount is incredible. “Well done everyone, be proud of yourselves... Liverpool Running Bugs are certainly proud of each and everyone of you”.


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Building on the good work Evolution rather than revolution behind managerial changes at Cables Following the surprise resignation of first team manager Brian Richardson, Prescot Cables have taken the decision to promote from within in the hope of building on the good work done by Richardson in the past two and a half years. With the 2018-2019 season having been finished barely a week, the club confirmed that two-time Liverpool Senior Cup winning manager Richardson would be leaving the club with immediate effect in order to take up the vacant assistant managers job at FC United of Manchester. During his time as manager, Cables had gone from a team used to fighting relegation each season, to winning back to back County Cup finals and narrowly missing out on promotion in May 2018. An immensely popular figure with everyone at the club, his attacking entertaining brand of football saw the club achieve the highest attendances in the league. He leaves the club having never lost a County Cup tie from open play. Winning 68 of the 137 matches he took charge of. In explaining his decision, Brian Richardson told the clubs website: “I find myself making a statement I would have not foreseen six days ago. I have been offered an opportunity to join the management team at FC United of Manchester with immediate effect. “I have struggled to make this decision over the last week due to the people and players of Prescot Cables Football Club. “The warmth and friendship shown to me over the last three years here has been overwhelming and allowed me to enjoy my involvement in football. “I leave with a heavy heart, but I am also excited by a new challenge to attempt to get FC United back up the leagues. I leave behind a tremendous dressing room of players who I hope have lifted the town and made the local people proud of Cables. “My only regret is because of the speed of the move I have been unable to say goodbye personally to all the brilliant players, fans and staff who make this club so special. “I will always remember with fond memories the times we shared together in success, failure, laughter and tears. I

Roy Grundy

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leave behind me a great management team and players who I hope will carry on and surpass what we have achieved. All the best to you all; you are top people.” Following the departure of Richardson, the club were keen to ensure that there was no ‘knee-jerk reaction’ in appointing his successor. It was important that whoever took over the job was someone who knew the club, knew the players, and knew what resources they would have available for the upcoming season.

roles, the club has made an additional appointment. Dom Finnigan joins the coaching staff with immediate effect. “Dom is well-known within local football and has a wealth of experience behind him, having worked with Tommy Lawson at both Skelmersdale United and Marine. He is a highly qualified coach who will strengthen our outstanding coaching team. “We are also pleased to add that Garry Williams will remain at the club in his role as goalkeeping coach and a key part of the coaching staff. We congratulate Steve and Roy on their new roles and offer a warm welcome to Dom; the hard work in preparing for next season starts now!” On his new role, a delighted Ste Piling said: “Roy and I would like the thank the board of Prescot Cables Football Club for giving us the opportunity of managing at this fantastic football club “The supporters here are the best in non-league football and have been very supportive to the playing and management staff over the four years we have been at the club and we very much hope you continue to do so. “Garry Williams will be staying with us as goalkeeping coach and Dom Finnigan is someone who brings a wealth of experience from his time at Skelmersdale United and Marine. Our aim is to take the club forward with an entertaining brand of football.” With regards to players who have left the club since the managerial change, Pilling added: “It is inevitable that some players will move on to other clubs but we are already working hard to recruit new talent who will hopefully help us and the club in this new phase”.

The warmth and friendship shown to me over the last three years here has been overwhelming

Furthermore, the restructured league format requires someone with experience in what promises to be a tough campaign ahead in the 2019-2020 season. With those factors in mind, the club took the decision to promote from within, handing the managerial reigns to former assistant manager Ste Pilling and coach Roy Grundy. Club Secretary Matt Roberts said of the appointments: “The club wishes to build on the successes of the last few seasons and as such feels that by promoting from within we have the best chance of doing so. “The aim is for an ‘evolution’ of the squad rather than the ‘revolution’ that so often happens at our level of football. “To support Steve and Roy in their new

Golf Classic with John Parrott Woodlands Hospice are holding their ever-popular annual golf day on Friday 21 June 2019! Now in its 17th year, their ‘Golf Classic’ has been supported in every one of those years by their longstanding patron and friend of Woodlands, John Parrott MBE. Played at West Derby’s beautiful parkland course, the day features welcome refreshments, 18 holes, competitions including ‘straightest drive’ and ‘nearest the pin’ and an evening presentation dinner. It is a fantastic day out for all golfers, either as a group of friends or a corporate outing for clients. Teams of four (Stableford Competition) are priced at just £249 and places are limited! To reserve your spot please contact Carole Riley before Friday 7 June on 0151 529 4143.

Liverpool Century RC relocate Liverpool Century Road Club have relocated their club night to Tarbock Village Hall. Membership secretary, Ian Watson said: “Tarbock Village Hall ticks a lot of boxes and most of us will have fond memories of meeting there. “We will not be dependent on others for access, we can take bikes inside, we can have turbo sessions, etc., the car park is adjacent, the facilities are good, we can store our box there, new members will find us more easily and the hall is convenient for members to visit for refreshments and a chat on club nights before and/or after rides. “We still can and will hire the track on an as and when required basis, but we are aware that there have been many problems with the track for a year or two in terms of it being out of service and demand has been low too. In any event we will not be allowed to use the school building. “Also, there is no reason why club runs cannot continue to start and finish at the leisure centre car park as has been the norm for a few years. “The committee appreciates that no one venue or night is ever going to suit absolutely everyone but from the very limited choices available at such short notice we feel that Tarbock on Thursdays is by far the best option, hopefully permanently and certainly for the time being”.

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