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Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Knowsley Council leader Cllr Graham Morgan and BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Ngunan Adamu joined students from Malvern Primary School to mark the launch of the Good Business Festival Youth Summit and education programme, by planting vegetables in a new

kitchen garden at Knowsley Safari. The kitchen garden will help young people from Knowsley and beyond learn about horticulture, food production and sustainability. The garden has been built with the support from the Incredible Edible Foundation who will be organising special workshops for local schools over the coming months.

It’s just one part of a new education initiative being delivered by the Good Business Festival – a three-day event across the city region from 7-9 July focusing on ethical, inclusive and purpose-driven business in July of this year. The education programme will include a set of special workshops for young

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Discover Prescot at Summer Arts Festival A Merseyside arts festival invites you to explore one of the region’s hidden gems this month. The Prescot Heritage Trail is part of the opening weekend’s schedule at this year’s Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts. Participants will download a free map and booklet as their guide to the historic Lancashire town, and from Saturday 19 June they can follow the route at their own leisure, solving the clues as they go. Proceedings start online on Friday 18 June, with a special video welcome by artistic director Dr Robert Howard and a penned greeting from patron Ian Tracey - organist to the City of Liverpool, Organist Titulaire of Liverpool Dr Robert Howard (Artistic Director and Laura Howard Cathedral and Chorusmaster to the Royal (Treasurer of the Prescot Festival) Liverpool Philharmonic Society. The evening continues with a free screening of vintage Prescot films, including rarely seen ‘70s footage. There’ll be something online or offline for every day of the 10-day festival, the 17th since the event was founded in 2005. “We’ve overcome a few uncertainties to ensure a full programme this year, with some in-person events and plenty of online content to inspire and entertain,” said director Dr Robert Howard. “Look out for young musicians from Liverpool Cathedral, an exclusive talk from Shakespeare North Playhouse and artwork from the local community, including Bluebell Park School.” The Prescot Festival runs from Friday 18 to Sunday 27 June 2021, and the schedule is now online at prescotfestival.co.uk.

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£50,000 AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS IN AND AROUND KIRKBY The 2021 Kirkby Neighbourhood Community Fund - a £50,000 community fund for projects in and around Kirkby – opens for applications on 7 June 2021. The fund provides £50,000 each year for community groups, charities and projects operating in Northwood, Cherryfield, Shevington, Whitefield and Prescot North (Knowsley Village). Community groups developing community, health and wellbeing and environmental projects closest to the Knowsley Rail Transfer Loading Station in Kirkby are eligible to apply for grants of anything between £1,000 and £20,000. Applications need to be in by 30 July 2021 and the winners will be announced in the autumn. The fund was set up as part of the agreement with Merseyside Energy Recovery Limited (MERL) who have been appointed by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) to treat residual waste from across Merseyside and Halton. SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (SUEZ) is both one of the shareholders in MERL and the operator of the Rail Transfer Loading Station. Both MERL and SUEZ recognise that they have an important part to play in the local community and this Fund

helps to fulfil their responsibilities as a good neighbour. Last year, ten community groups were successful in applying for funds. These were: • Diversity Amateur Boxing for Girls • Centre 63 • The Eco Therapy Garden • CELLS Project CIC • Care Merseyside • Valencia Morris Dancers • Tailored Advice Services in Communities CIC • Music Sweet Music, • Parochial Church Council of Kirkby. • People Activities Community Achievement Ed Best, SUEZ’s regional manager, said: “I’m delighted to announce that the 2021 Kirkby Neighbourhood Community Fund is open for applications. We funded some incredible projects last year so I can’t wait to see what this year brings. If you have a great idea that could benefit your community, please apply.” Further details about the fund, including application forms and application guidance notes, can be found at www.suezmerseyside.co.uk

CHILDREN’S CHARITY WELCOMES SUPPORT FROM AMAZON Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Charity has received a donation of £1,000 from the Amazon delivery station team in Knowsley to help it continue to support the local community. The charity received the donation as part of Amazon’s programme to support the communities around its operating locations across the UK. Alder Hey Children’s Charity helps to fund a range of activities and projects that are designed to enhance and improve the lives of the young patients of Alder Hey. The charity also funds a range of programmes and special projects such as ward musicians and play specialists. Amazon Knowsley senior regional HR manager, Hannah Rogers, said: “Alder Hey Children’s Charity is doing vital work in our community to help those most in need and we

wanted to support their efforts with this local donation. The services offered by the charity’s staff and volunteers have never been more important and I’d like to thank them for everything they’re doing for our community during these challenging times.” Ellie Freestone from Alder Hey Children’s Charity added: “On behalf of the team at Alder Hey Children’s Charity, I want to say thank you to the team from

Amazon in Knowsley. We are passionate about the work we do and donations like this are a big help for us to continue supporting our community.” Amazon is providing disadvantaged students with online STEM courses as well as teaming up with charity partner Magic Breakfast and delivering more than three and a half million healthy breakfasts to families around the UK.

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BUSINESS FESTIVAL LAUNCHED • Continued from Page 1 will be made available to schools and community groups across the Liverpool City Region and beyond. In addition, the Good Business Festival are working with Knowsley Council to deliver a special youth summit this summer, taking inspiration from the COP26 United Nations climate change conference being held this autumn in Glasgow. The summit - hosted by TV presenter and conservationist Chris Packham - will bring together hundreds young people from across the Liverpool City Region to take part in a schedule of talks and activities exploring how business impacts climate, the environment and animal habitats. Taking full advantage of the surroundings of Knowsley Safari, the Youth Summit includes a line-up of special activities and interactive sessions from conservation tours to animal-themed aerobics. Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said: “It’s fantastic to be at Knowsley Safari to launch the Good Business Festival’s youth programme. “Over the coming months young people from across the Liverpool City Region are going to enjoy some really exciting and interesting activities as part of the Good Business Festival, but they’re also going be able to make their voices heard on the issues that they’ve told us are most important to them – the environment, natural habitats and food sustainability.

“I commissioned the Good Business Festival because I wanted to showcase the Liverpool City Region as a radical leader in championing ethical, value-driven business and we’ve launched the youth programme to ensure that our young people have a real say in the future we’re trying to build. “In the Liverpool City Region we're committed to building the fairest, greenest, and most inclusive economy in the UK and that means listening to future generations and providing them with the best opportunities we can.” Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council said: “I am really delighted that the Good Business Festival Youth Programme is being launched here in Knowsley and that our young people will have an opportunity to be involved in something so exciting. “The summit later in the year will be a great chance to meaningfully involve and engage with the next generation and that is so important. After all, they will be the workforce and business leaders of the future.” The Good Business Festival, not-forprofit three-day event will take place Wednesday 7 July to Friday 9 July at venues across the Liverpool City Region, aiming to tackle the

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world’s greatest challenges by bringing together the smartest minds to think big, galvanise our ambitions and focus on progress and not perfection. Tickets to the main festival start at only £10 donation for a one day pass as the festival are using this as an opportunity for positive impact, all ticket proceeds are going directly to LCR Cares - a local community fund established in response to Covid-19 to support those needing help as a result of the pandemic in Liverpool City Region. The Good Business Festival, with more than 70 sessions in six boroughs across ten venues with leading business experts and creative minds, will explore the economic, environmental, consumer and technological challenges our society faces, as well as offering ideas, inspiration and practical solutions. Wayne Hemingway MBE, Creative Director, The Good Business Festival, said: “The Good Business Festival’s goal is to collaborate with people of all ages and all businesses to tackle the big challenges that our society faces, from creating sustainable food to better housing, and examining how business can become a force for positive change.” Tickets are now on sale from only £10 and all proceeds go to local Liverpool City Region charities. For ticketsgot to https://thegoodbusinessfestival.com/tickets • Left: Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham

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Inaugural Mental Health Football Association League Cup kicks off in Huyton After months of planning at long last we were able to host the inaugural Mental Health Football Association League Cup 6-a-side tournament at the City Of Liverpool’s Purple Hub in Huyton. With 16 teams from all over the UK taking part this was a wonderful occasion to show each other great support in all that is done by each organisation to help support those affected by mental ill health. 15 of the teams involved from as far and wide as Swansea and Greenock in Scotland along with the likes of Barnsley in the Community, Chesterfield FC and Oldham FC being represented. The vast majority of organisations involved use football to help adults affected by mental illnesses, as an organisation we at the UK’s Mental Health Football Association have been pushing for more organisations to get involved over the years, when they formed in 2013 there were approximately 65 such organisations, with constantly promoting the benefits through talks and social media they have seen that figure rise to in excess of 100 such organisations throughout the UK. Colin Dolan, chief executive of the Mental Health Football Association, said: “It has always been the long term plan for us to host this type of tournament to celebrate everyone’s great contribution to the sector, with money issues and then the pandemic the idea was basically put on hold for a couple of years. “It was well worth the wait as everyone involved had a wonderful day, many are already looking forward to being involved in future

tournaments. “We are taking this format on tour and will be in Glasgow, Swindon, Belfast and Wrexham over the next 12 months. Not only was there a great atmosphere and great respect there was some wonderful football on display too, the scores were not as important to some but others took it very seriously as there were medals and trophies up for grabs and most team wanted to be the first ever winners. With the teams split into two groups everyone had a minimum of seven matches to try to progress to the semi finals. The surprise team of the day were the All Stars or to give them their full title Peter Hooton’s All Stars who had the guest of honour in their team Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham along with Ian Byrne MP, Radio City host Mick Coyle, mental health campaigner Jake Mills, actor Jake Abraham, Johnnie Garside who is an Ambassador for the MHFA and exCeltic star Alan Thompson, they were hugely unlucky not to qualify for the semi finals, losing second spot on goal difference after it looked like they had secured a semi final place. The semi finals were between Liverpool Football Therapy and Recovery Rovers also from Liverpool and the other semi was between Man Marking from Birkenhead and James Place again from Liverpool. Liverpool Football Therapy and Man Marking competed in the final for the main prize with Liverpool Football Therapy keeping their best performance of the day until the very last game with a fantastic victory, thoroughly deserved winners with

some outstanding individual performance but most importantly working together as a team. Colan said: “Everyone left the tournament feeling proud of themselves, it could not have gone any better for our local teams, a special mention has to go to Mental Health Football Wales for their fantastic contribution and attitude and were rightly voted for by the referees as the winners of the Fair Play trophy. “Liverpool Football Therapy CIC is an organisation that uses the power of football to help improve the physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing of adults affected by mental ill health, they use the Purple Hub in Huyton to host of their many Merseyside sessions every Friday afternoon between 3 and 5pm, newcomers are always welcome to join. “The next tournament we will be involved with in Liverpool will be for World Mental Health Day which is always 10 October, we will be looking to do very similar but with only half the number of teams involved. “Ever since I decided to promote all the organisations that adopt football for those affected by mental ill health I had dreamed of hosting these events, I didn’t give up the dream, I had great support from the local business community and to see my dream become reality was very emotional. “The look on the faces of 160 players throughout the five hour tournament was such a joy, I cannot wait for the next one in my home city of Glasgow in August and hope that

Liverpool will be well represented there too. “Huge congratulations to Liverpool Football Therapy who thoroughly deserved to win the title, and huge congratulations to all who took part for making it such a huge success and helping to inspire so many around the country to become involved within this very important sector.” You can find out more about the work of the Mental Health Football Association via the popular Facebook page or follow on Twitter @soccer_4_all for information on Liverpool Football Therapy CIC simply visit the Facebook page or follow the popular Twitter account @LiverpoolFT_

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Stockbridge hero takes Tenant of the Year award

A Stockbridge woman has been honoured for her efforts in making her hometown a place where people are proud to live after spending the pandemic volunteering at her local food bank and making PPE for those on the frontline. Stephanie Tomlinson, who is a ForHousing tenant and lives in Stockbridge Village, was named Tenant of the Year at this year’s Northern Housing Awards. Stephanie, 55, was raised in the village, before moving to London for work. She returned in 2003 and found the area had become a hotspot for anti-social behaviour and crime, so set about making a difference. Believing in the place she grew up and its close-knit community, Stephanie has dedicated herself to making Stockbridge Village a vibrant and socially attractive place to live while also being a full-time carer to her son Elliot. Stephanie said: “I’m excited and privileged to be tenant of the year. I feel very shocked, delighted and honoured to have been put forward. “What I like about being involved in the community is meeting new people, taking on new challenges and identifying areas of the community that need a bit of extra support.” “Steph has always gone more than the extra mile for the whole community for many years,” added John Crawford, leader of the local St Jude’s Church. “She has helped me connect with the community and is a credit to Stockbridge.” Ever since she returned to the area nearly 20

years ago, Stephanie has been heavily involved in community work. She is involved in 17 community groups and countless projects that have been key to the regeneration of Stockbridge Village. She initiated ‘Catalyst’ - a community run group that worked with Merseyside Police on awardwinning project ‘Weed and Seed’ to rid the area of key criminals and make it safer. The group also fed into a £12 million regeneration project that saw a new school leisure centre, playpark and supermarket built. Later, Catalyst transformed into SCEF (Stockbridge Community Engagement Forum) which Stephanie now chairs, continuing to drive community improvements. Through a testing last 12 months Stephanie has been even more involved in the community than ever, working with ForHousing’s team to help the landlord stay connected to tenants during the various lockdowns. She co-ordinated a team to make PPE equipment for local partners, volunteered at the food bank, delivered meals and food to those in need and helped organise financial advice sessions. “We couldn’t be prouder of Steph,” said Martyn Hague, director of neighbourhoods at ForHousing. “We believe in making more things possible for more people, and Steph embodies that each and every day. “She has dedicated herself to improving the lives of others and she fully deserves to be recognised for the work she has done.”

6 June 2021


Bringing history alive Reawakening the Archive: Coming out of hibernation It almost feels as though we’ve reached the end of a long, hard winter which sent us burrowing into the safety of our homes to protect ourselves from the elements, only briefly venturing out in an attempt to keep life ‘normal’ while staying safe from our invisible foe. We have weathered the storm of the pandemic in different ways: selfisolating, working from home, supporting our families, on furlough or braving the front line. There has been great loss and heartbreak - which isn’t over yet - but now, as vaccinations and social observances take effect, we can cautiously take steps towards recovery and renewal. Throughout the lockdowns, the Archive Team has been working remotely, responding to a wide range of heritagerelated queries and reaching out through Facebook and Twitter. We have carried out many housekeeping tasks, for example, making sure that the online Calm catalogue is accurate, updating our website and creating an online version of the original paper based, analogue catalogue that was only available to view in the search room. Now it is time to reopen the search room doors and welcome back our researchers. Our priority is to make sure that everyone who visits our repository, The ARK, is comfortable and happy with the experience. We want you to feel safe when you visit and so we have put several thoroughly risk-assessed procedures in place to protect both you and our team. The first point to be aware of is that, as part of the reawakening process, we have changed the way in which you can access the collections. Prior to the pandemic, it was possible to drop into the search room without notice and to request items on demand. However, to maintain social distancing, we have had to adopt an appointment-only system. Appointments are available in 2-hour sessions: • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm • Thursday: 10:00am – 12:00pm Due to space restrictions, only one research seat will be available per session. The only exception to this allows access for one additional person

who is assisting the researcher in their visit to the Archive. We will maintain social distancing at all times and provide hand sanitiser. You will also need to wear a mask or face covering for the duration of your visit unless you have an exemption. Another change we have made involves document delivery. All items must be pre-ordered when you make your booking. This is very important, as we will not be able to retrieve additional items on the day of your visit. Prior to making your appointment, you must decide what materials you wish to view. To do this, search both the online catalogue and the analogue catalogue, both available via our website. Make a note of every item you want to look at by title and reference number, as you will need to tell us exactly which items you want to view at the time of booking. Once you have a list of items that you want to view, you are ready to book your appointment. Appointments can be made by telephone, email, letter (if there is enough lead time) or social media. You must give a minimum of 72 hours notice. This is to ensure that the materials you wish to look at have been quarantined and are safe for you to handle. You can tell us which items you want to research and let us know if you require magnifiers or the use of any assistive technology such as low vision aids. We will then confirm your appointment and advise you of any special instructions regarding access and equipment, such as reader printers. You should bring your own pencil and notebook to record your research – we won’t be able to provide writing materials. We understand that events can overtake our best intentions, so if you need to cancel your visit, you should let us know as soon as you can. If more than 72 hours notice is given, we can offer your slot to another researcher. Of course, we hope that you stay well, but if you find you are suffering from any COVID-19 related symptoms or have been in contact with any person who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, please do cancel your appointment and follow Government and NHS guidance on testing and self-

ARK mascot, Archie, getting a head start isolation. On the day of your appointment, we will offer a contactless service. On arrival, you will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the search room. This sanitiser is safe for archival use - water-based sanitisers have been found to cause damage to archival records so are to be avoided. You will also be asked to show ID and fill in our visitor form. If you are being supported, the person with you must also provide name, address and contact details for COVID-19 track and tracing: these details will be kept for 21 days. Then we will ask you to place your bulky personal items in the secure place set aside for the purpose. The archive items you requested will be on a tray on the research table. You will be able to remove the items from the tray. If you want to take digital images for personal research purposes, please ask a member of staff as you will be asked to sign a declaration. Once settled at the research table, you will have the remainder of the session to look through the items and take notes. A team member will be on hand to assist – from a distance - throughout your visit. Once you have finished your research, place the archive items, any forms that you have filled in and any reference books you may have used in the tray; additional trays can be provided. Leave the tray(s) on the table to be collected

by staff. If you intend to use the PC during your visit, please bring your Library membership number and pin number with you so that you can log on. If you are not already a member of Knowsley Libraries, please join up online in advance at: https://yourlibrary.knowsley.gov.uk/ . When you have finished your research, please log out and leave the machine for staff to sanitise. If you have booked the microform reader, it will be set up for your use on arrival. On completion of your research, you can leave the equipment as it is: staff will rewind and remove the microfilm / remove the microfiche and then sanitise the equipment. All that is left is for you to collect your personal belongings and, if necessary, make another appointment before using hand sanitiser as you leave the search room. Whether you are researching local history or conducting an academic study, we’re looking forward to welcoming you back! Find out more about our heritage by visiting our website http://archives.knowsley.gov.uk/ email infoheritage@knowsley.gov.uk or call 0151 443 4291/4365. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and find Knowsley Archives on Flickr, WordPress and Soundcloud

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Baby Basics celebrates generous funding awards Knowsley-based charity The Big Help Project (Knowsley Foodbank) is celebrating after being awarded two grants, with a combined total of £6,000 from the Eleanor Rathbone Trust and LCVS, which will to provide vulnerable Mums-to-be with essential baby items through the project Baby Basics Knowsley. The Eleanor Rathbone Trust grant of £2,000 and a £4,000 grant from Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services will enable the Big Help Project to provide essential baby packages to vulnerable Mothers in the community, who could not otherwise afford them. The packages include: a Moses basket, clothing 0-3 months, bedding,

toiletries for mother and baby, a cuddly toy for baby, and a small gift for mum. The Baby Basics Knowsley branch was set up by the Big Help Project in 2014, as part of a national scheme based in Sheffield. This project aims to provide vulnerable Mums-to-be with essential baby items, that they would not otherwise be able to purchase. Clients are referred to the project by health-care professionals working closely with Mums-to-be, such as midwives. The vulnerable Mums-to-be includes those fleeing domestic violence, those having a teenage pregnancy, asylum seekers, victims of trafficking or abandonment, and those living in poverty. This funding has been awarded at a

Jobs for your garden this month – as recommended by the Knowsley Flower Show Committee After an extremely wet and mild May, the weather forecast seems to be promising some slightly sunnier and warmer weather in the month ahead – hooray! June really is a glorious time in the garden. It’s when all that hard work and preparation from the last few months - sowing seeds, digging weeds, planting out – really starts to pay off. This month, the lush green in the garden will be joined by splashes of vibrant colour and many of your first fruits and veg begin to form. Have a close look at your garden every day and you’ll always find something new! With all danger of frost now passed, you can really get on with planting out and filling up those borders and veg beds. It’s time to plant out bedding plants and crops such as cabbage and cauliflower. If you’ve got dahlias you’ve grown from cuttings, seed or tubers, it’s time to get them in their final position in the garden. You may have had very little watering to do in May, but once those rain clouds move away (fingers crossed!) don’t forget your plants will soon become thirsty – and keep a particularly close eye on hanging baskets and pots, whatever the weather. Whilst you’re watering, add a little liquid plant food, such as a tomato feed, once a week to help the plants grow strongly. If we do get the warm weather we’re promised, remember to ensure any greenhouses or polytunnels don’t get too hot. As well as your plants putting on a good growth this month, the weeds will be too, so try and keep on top of them with a little regular weeding. If you’ve still got space in the veggie patch, there are still edibles you can sow from seed this month. Try French beans, sweetcorn, late cabbage, turnips, lettuce or radish. You can also get early varieties of peas which will grow quickly. And – how are your sunflowers getting on? In case you’d not heard, we’ve launched a Knowsley Sunflower Challenge in the place of the borough’s Flower Show this year. Taking part is so easy – just sow your sunflower seeds and chart their progress on the Knowsley Flower Show Facebook page. Let’s see who can grow the tallest, the biggest or the most beautiful specimen! Thanks to Keith Silcock for this month’s gardening tips. You can find out more about the Knowsley Flower Show and the Sunflower Challenge on their website at www.knowsleyflowershow.com.

time when gendered violence against women, a prevalent issue within our society, is at the forefront of media and national discussion. ‘Gendered violence against women’ includes a wide spectrum of problems such as direct and indirect discrimination, through to abuse faced by women on a day-today basis, across the UK. Many of the vulnerable women who require the support of Baby Basics are in their current circumstances due to gendered violence, such as domestic abuse or trafficking. Gendered violence in our community can mean a woman and her family are forced to flee an abusive member in their household, and will now have a lower financial income as they become a single-parent family; or may not have been able to take their belongings when fleeing, and they have to begin again completely. The provision of essential baby items not only helps these women to prepare for the arrival of a baby, but empowers them to stand independently. If a woman is pregnant and alone, unable to afford the essentials that she requires for a

new-born, that uncertainty and poverty may force her to return to her adverse circumstances, such as returning to her abuser, if she feels she has nowhere else to turn. The provision of essential baby items, and the knowledge of the support available to her, means that she can be empowered and supported out of her circumstances. It can be the first step to a woman taking back control of her life and beginning a new journey. Anna McKeown, co-ordinator of Baby Basics Knowsley, said: “We are absolutely delighted and extremely grateful to both the Eleanor Rathbone Trust and Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services for these grants. This funding means that we can reach out and support some of the most vulnerable women in our community; soon-to-beMums who don’t have the necessary resources for essential baby items. “We can ensure that Mum and baby have the best possible start on the wonderful journey that is Motherhood, as well as do our part to support the women so affected by gendered violence.”

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8 June 2021

CHALLENGE FAMILY Family picnic fun Easy Coronation Chicken Serves 4-6 Make a classic coronation chicken filling to serve with jacket potatoes or in sandwiches and salads. It's an excellent way to use up leftover chicken after a roast Ingredients 6 tbsp mayonnaise 2-3 tsp mild curry powder, to taste ½ tsp ground cinnamon 2 tbsp mango chutney 1-3 tbsp sultanas, or to taste 500g shredded cooked chicken Method Mix the mayo, curry powder, cinnamon, chutney and sultanas together and season with black pepper. Add the shredded chicken and stir to coat in the sauce. Stir in 2 tbsp water to loosen if needed, then season and serve as desired.

Naan Bread Pizzas Ingredients 300g passata 4 plain naans 210g pack mozzarella, drained and roughly torn 100g grated mature Cheddar 1 red onion, finely sliced 60g pitted green olives, sliced 1 ½ tbsp olive oil 1 lemon, zested and juiced 125g baby spinach ½ cucumber, roughly chopped 10g fresh basil, leaves picked Method Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Put 2 large baking trays in the oven to heat up. Spread the passata over the top of each naan, leaving a 1cm border. Top each with mozzarella, Cheddar, onion and olives, then season with black pepper. Transfer to the hot trays and bake for 12-15 mins until the cheese has melted and the naans are golden and crisp. Meanwhile, whisk together the oil, half the lemon juice, a little lemon zest and some seasoning in a salad bowl to make a dressing. Add the spinach and cucumber and toss well to coat. Add more lemon juice, to taste, if needed. Top the naan with the basil leaves and serve with the salad.

New Potato Salad Ingredients 6 tbsp cider vinegar 1 tbsp caster sugar ½ tsp salt 1 small red onion, finely sliced 750g new potatoes, scrubbed 2 tsp Dijon mustard 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 15g chopped fresh mixed herbs (such as chives, dill and parsley) 50g soured cream 3 eggs 100g green beans, topped and halved ½ cucumber, quartered lengthways and sliced 4 cornichons, chopped 2 Little Gem lettuces, quartered Method

Mix the vinegar, sugar and salt in a bowl. Add the red onion and set aside for at least 20 mins, stirring occasionally and pressing down into the pickling liquid. In a large saucepan, boil the potatoes for 20 mins or until tender. Drain well, steam-dry for 2 mins, then halve. In a large bowl, whisk the mustard with 2 tbsp vinegar from the onions and the oil until emulsified; season. Add the potatoes and stir to coat. Set aside for 5 mins to absorb the flavours, then stir in the herbs and soured cream. Boil the eggs for 8 mins, adding the green beans for the final 3 mins. Drain, run under cold water (to stop the cooking process), then peel the eggs and quarter. Add half the pickled onion (discarding the vinegar) to the potatoes along with the beans, cucumber, cornichons and quartered Little Gems. Gently mix together, then spoon onto a serving platter and top with the eggs and remaining onion.

Savoury Picnic Muffins Make a batch of these easy savoury muffins for your next picnic. These cheesy bites with seasonal veg are great for lunchboxes, too Ingredients 1 courgette (about 175g grated weight) 4 spring onions, finely chopped 225g self-raising flour 1 roasted red pepper from a jar,drained and finely chopped 100g Grana Padano, finely grated few rosemary sprigs, needles picked and finely chopped 2 eggs, beaten 90ml sunflower oil 50-100ml whole milk Method Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line a eighthole muffin tin with muffin cases. Coarsely grate the courgette into a fine sieve and use clean hands to squeeze out as much liquid as possible over the sink. Tip into a bowl with the spring onions, flour, roasted red pepper, most of the Grana Padano and the rosemary, along with lots of black pepper and a pinch of salt. Crack the eggs into a jug, pour in the oil and top up with enough milk to make 300ml. Beat together, then pour into the courgette mixture and mix to a smooth batter. Divide between the cases, top with the remaining cheese and bake for 25-30 mins until risen, firm and golden brown on top. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Will keep for up to three days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Picnic Games Nothing beats a family day in the park having a picnic and playing games, here are some ideas for a great family picnic with your friends and family members. Dodgeball If your kids are older enough, the family can play dodgeball. How to play - you need to get a ball, preferably a dodgeball but a football or basketball works too. Start by forming a circle and the player in the centre starts the game. Try to hit every player one by one. Whoever gets hit has to leave the field and the game continues until there’s just one player standing. Keep the Ball in the Air The game is pretty simple. Basically, players try to keep the ball up in the air and not let it hit the ground. Get any ball and divide your family into two teams. Set a timer for one minute and toss the ball in the air, not letting it touch the ground for a whole minute. After 30 seconds pass, allow the other team to come up with their challenges. For example, the other team may try to distract yours by running around, spinning around or getting in the way of the ball. They might even say something funny or whisper in your ears to throw you off-balance. Basically, whatever works to get you distracted. Try to overcome the challenges and keep the ball up in the air and you’ll win points. If the ball hits the ground, you get nothing and this repeats for the other team until we have a winning team that keeps the ball. Scavenger Hunt A scavenger hunt is one of the best classic group games for a family picnic that gets you moving and thinking. How to play - set up a list of objects to find and give each team a copy of the list. The items on the list should be a bit hard to obtain and not something you easily find in your departmental store. Split into different teams of two or three and start exploring the park. Set a deadline for returning to the starting point and whichever team bags all the items or manages to obtain the most, wins. Three-legged Race The three-legged race is a classic amongst family games and designed to be fun for everyone. How to play - get a couple pieces of fabric or strings and divide your family members into teams of two. Tie up the ankles of the pairs of duos together and whichever twopeople group crosses the finish line first, wins. You could modify the game even further or go crazy by adding a third person instead of two or tying both the arm and the leg for each duo-group.

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THE SHAKESPEARE NORTH PLAYHOUSE UNVEILS ITS CHIEF EXECUTIVE The Shakespeare North Trust has announced the appointment of Melanie Lewis as chief executive of The Shakespeare North Playhouse. Melanie, who is currently an executive director with National Museums Liverpool (NML), will be the first permanent chief executive of this flagship cultural venue, which will open to the public next year. As anticipation builds for completion and opening of The Playhouse, this is a significant appointment and one which will be crucial to the venue’s long-term success. Melanie has been with National Museums Liverpool for nine years, with seven years as an executive director on

the leadership team. During that time, she has been responsible for all commercial outputs, visitor experience, and strategy and planning. She has taken a lead role in transformational change projects and been instrumental in major initiatives including securing the Terracotta Warriors exhibition in 2018. Prior to her work at National Museums Liverpool she also held senior roles with Everton and Blackburn Rovers with a keen focus on creating excellent visitor experiences. Melanie said: “I am extremely excited to be taking up this new role. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead the regions newest and most exciting

cultural attraction. To be involved with such a ground-breaking project at such a crucial time is incredible. “Throughout my career I have been fortunate to work in iconic venues and on a wide array of projects and initiatives. My passion lies with shaping and enriching the whole visitor experience and bringing lifelong learning to the people we serve, be that in our local community, our city, from across the UK and around the world. This is something I am keen to continue at The Playhouse.” The Shakespeare North Playhouse will open to the public in the summer of 2022.

Whats on guide for June Tuesday 1 June Vibe Open Access Our Place Youth Club (Huyton) 6pm – 9pm Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton, Merseyside, L36 6EG. For more information or to book on any sessions email lauren.burke@vibeuk.org or call 07825 677126 Vibe Open Access Southdene Youth Club (Kirkby) 6pm – 9pm Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane, Liverpool L32 9PQ. For more information or to book on any sessions email lauren.burke@vibeuk.org or call 07825 677126

07867 489463 or email halewoodchurchcw@gmail.com for any more information. Space World Play Centre SEN Play Session 4.00pm – 5.30pm Spaceworld Soft Play, 2-3 Sinclair Way, Prescot L34 1QN. There is a calm zone with sensory baskets, changing areas, limited capacity, no music, no loud announcements and the staff can be as involved or not as the parents / carers want them to be. Booking isn’t compulsory, but due to the limited numbers on the SEN sessions it’s advisable. You can call and book onto a session or book online at: www.spaceworldplaycentre.co.uk/book-now

Wednesday 2 June Vibe Open Access Bryer Road Youth Club (Prescot) 6pm – 9pm Bryer Road Community Centre, Bryer Road, Prescot L35 5DW. For more information or to book on any sessions email lauren.burke@vibeuk.org or call 07825 677126 Vibe Open Access Northwood Youth Club (Kirkby) 6pm – 9pm Northwood community centre, Gilescroft Avenue, Liverpool L33 9TW. For more information or to book on any sessions email lauren.burke@vibeuk.org or call 07825 677126 Thursday 3 June Vibe Open Access The Youthy Youth Club (Huyton) 6pm – 9pm The Youthy, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton, L36 3YE. For more information or to book on any sessions email lauren.burke@vibeuk.org or call 07825 677126 Monday 7 June Kab’s (Kids Activities and Bootcamps) - (Ages 413yrs) - (Whiston) 4:30pm – 5:30pm The George Howard Centre, Lickers Lane, Whiston, Prescot L35. Fully qualified coach, PT Instructor with lots of experience and qualifications with children. For ages 4-13 years. Cost £5 per session. Contact Tommy Cashen - 07525 166584, hello@kabsfitness.co.uk Vibe Open Access Knowsley Village Youth Club 5:30pm – 8:30pm. The Bob Whiley Community Centre, Shop Road, Knowsley Village, L34 0HD. More information or to book on any sessions email lauren.burke@vibeuk.org or call 07825 677126 Wednesday 9 June JAM Club (Reception - Year 4) 3.30pm – 5.00pm St Mary’s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26 9TY. NOTE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. This club is for all primary school children Reception - Year 6 and they play games, do crafts, singing, drama and team building, as well as looking at Bible Stories and morals. All clubs are FREE and inclusive of all faiths. Contact Natasia Bullock

Way, Kirkby, L33 TERM TIME ONLY. Fully qualified coach, PT Instructor with lots of experience and qualifications with children. For ages 4-13 years. Cost £5 per session. Contact Tommy Cashen - 07525 166584, hello@kabsfitness.co.uk Wednesday 16 June Junior Youth Club (ages 9-11) @ OurPlace Youth Facility (Huyton) 3:15pm – 5:15pm Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. For more information or to book on any sessions email lauren.burke@vibeuk.org or call 07825 677126 Thursday 17 June BOSS Club (Years 5 and 6) 6pm – 7pm St Mary’s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26 9TY. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email halewoodchurchcw@gmail.com for any more information.

Thursday 10 June BOSS Club (Years 5 and 6) 6pm – 7pm St Mary’s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26. This club focuses on team building and confidence building. We play games, have discussions, explore Christian morals and messages and regular trips away. All our clubs are FREE and inclusive of all faiths. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email halewoodchurchcw@gmail.com for any more information. Monday 14 June Junior Youth Club (ages 9-11) @ OurPlace Youth Facility (Huyton) 3:15pm – 5:15pm Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Years 5 & 6 children ONLY! Activities include: Slime Laboratory, Circus Skills, Pizza Making, Climbing Wall, Wheels Extreme, Multi Sports. It is the chance for young people to experience our youth clubs before they are old enough to join our usual sessions. For more information or to book on any sessions email lauren.burke@vibeuk.org or call 07825 677126 Tuesday 15 June Kab’s (Kids Activities and Bootcamps) - (Ages 413yrs) - (Kirkby) 5pm – 6pm Tower Hill Community & Youth Centre, Carl's

Monday 21 June Kab's (Kids Activities and Bootcamps) - (Ages 413yrs) - (Whiston) 4:30pm – 5:30pm The George Howard Centre, Lickers Lane, Whiston, Prescot L35. Contact Tommy Cashen 07525 166584, hello@kabs-fitness.co.uk Wednesday 23 June Junior Youth Club (ages 9-11) @ OurPlace Youth Facility (Huyton) 3:15pm – 5:15pm Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton, Merseyside, L36 6EG. For more information or to book on any sessions email lauren.burke@vibeuk.org or call 07825 677126 Monday 28 June Vibe Open Access Knowsley Village Youth Club 5:30pm – 8:30pm The Bob Whiley Community Centre, Shop Road, Knowsley Village, L34 0HD. For more information or to book on any sessions email lauren.burke@vibeuk.org or call 07825 677126 Wednesday 30 June JAM Club (Reception - Year 4) 3:30pm – 5:00pm St Mary’s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email halewoodchurchcw@gmail.com for any more information.

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Round up of education news Schools provision goes from strength to strength The new ARC provision at Our Lady’s & St Swithin R C Primary School, Croxteth is going from strength to strength. The base which offers a relevant curriculum to pupils aged 3 to 11 has daily sensory circuit, personalised timetables and lots of fun. On a Friday the school farm offers therapy sessions and children are benefiting from the holistic approach. The schools Sendco Sandra Hamilton said: “The impact of this approach is really positive and that pupils and parents are welcoming this engaging learning offer”.

Headteacher retires after 40 years service Headteacher Mrs Carole Arnold is celebrating her retirement from Evelyn CP School after working there for 40 years. From class teacher to deputy headteacher, Carole took the helm in 1997 and has seen the school through many changes, including five Ofsted inspections and a pandemic! Deputy headteacher, Sandra Macleod said: “Hundreds of children and generations of families have passed through Carole’s care throughout her time at the school. She has also been a huge advocate of teacher training and providing continued professional development, ensuring that talent is nurtured, and teachers remain in the profession. “She has driven forward the ‘Prescot Loves to Talk’ initiative, with her passion for communication at all ages. Carole was also responsible for creating a curriculum blueprint for Knowsley which evolved into the school’s own unique curriculum –

ARCS (a real-life, creative, skills- based curriculum). “The school and community have been embracing the events which have been taking place throughout the school to mark this significant occasion. “Tributes have flooded in from so many families, colleagues, past pupils, and staff, all of whom have expressed their sincere thanks and gratitude for everything that she has done, over four decades.”

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College tackles social mobility to higher education head on Winstanley College prides itself on giving every single student the opportunity to pursue their dream of attending university regardless of their background, race, or social opportunities. In March 2021, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) published a new paper which discussed the contribution of higher education establishments to social mobility. The Index challenges the often-made assumption that only particular kinds of universities make a substantial impact on social mobility, and that all universities could make a more substantial contribution in offering places to students from lower income families or from deprived postcode areas. This year, the college has helped 92 students to receive offers from their chosen university who otherwise may

not have had the opportunity to do so historically. Former All Saints’ RCHS, Kirkby student, Tylan, who has received an offer from the University of Leeds to study Aviation Technology with pilot studies and management said: “I could not have done this without the support of my personal tutor Lauren who helped me through the UCAS application process and has made my dream come true! I can’t wait to start my next steps at one of the best aviation universities in the country.” Another student to receive an offer from the University of Leeds is Hannah Abbott from Cansfield High School, whose offer is for geography. She said: “I chose Leeds as my first choice because it was so unbelievably welcoming during the whole process and the facilities are state of the art, right near the city centre. When I complete

my degree, I want to become either a teacher or foreign aid worker.” Winstanley College has a number of academic challenge opportunities for students to sign up to including the Oxbridge and medics, dentists and vets programmes, alongside a number of professional pathways. This year, the college helped eight students from disadvantaged postcode areas into Oxbridge, alongside five free school meal students and seven bursary students. One of these students is Aga Gryguc, a former Our Lady’s Queen of Peace, Skelmersdale, student who has received an offer to study Law with European Law at Oxford. The opportunities for these students are now endless and shows that Winstanley strives to help students to achieve the best they can and aid their chances of being accepted into some of the UK’s most prestigious universities.

Aga Gryguc received an offer from Oxford to study law with European law

Tree-mendous effort from Plantation Primary School Staff and pupils from Plantation Primary School in Halewood are celebrating the news that they have been selected as one of 80 schools nationally to become ‘Tree Champions’ with the Tree Council. The school has been working closely with the Tree Council on its tree champions campaign to help children and young people learn to speak confidently and passionately about the role of trees and also to give teachers the tools and confidence to teach outdoors and share their skills, knowledge with other schools throughout the UK. Clare Jones, outdoor provision co-ordinator at Plantation Primary School, said: “The school was lucky enough to be selected as one of 80 pilot schools within the UK for the tree champions campaign. “We have been awarded not only trees to plant and a tech pack but we are also lucky enough to gain one of only 20 speakers trust workshops nationally, the closest school to be awarded this great opportunity is one in Manchester – that’s makes us the only school here in Liverpool to be honoured with this! Clare continued: “To celebrate the award, we held a daylong workshop in our own nature reserve, as we are very lucky to have this amazing resource. At the end of the workshop, we chose our favourite speech from one of our pupils which was filmed and will be sent to London to be judged in the national final.” Headteacher, Mr Hanley said: “I am thrilled that we are involved in this project with Speakers Trust and the Tree Council. It is a fantastic opportunity for our children to develop and share their love of the natural world. We have long strived to develop our outdoor provision here at Plantation, and while this has been delayed in some respects by the COVID-19 pandemic we have never lost sight of what we want to achieve and initiatives such as this will help us get the spotlight firmly back on this work at our school. “Now, more so than ever, it is important that our young people develop a love for the outdoors. Outdoor space is at a premium and opportunities for children to be outside in fresh air and green spaces is so important for their wellbeing. By providing as much opportunity as possible during their time at school to be out of the classroom in the open spaces of our school grounds, and beyond, our children can really develop a passion for nature and support their mental health. I truly hope, then, that this leads to our children of today being the adults of tomorrow who will help shape a world that works with nature for a brighter future for all.” Speaking about the day, pupil Eva said: “Everyone was amazing in the afternoon as they were speaking so confidently.” Whilst fellow pupil Grace said: “It would be lovely if every class had the opportunity to do one of these workshops.”

12 June 2021


Round up of education news Huyton pupils take part in sign making competition Pupils from Alt Bridge School in Huyton enjoyed taking part in a creative sign making competition run by Knowsley Council and Knowsleybased First-Class Signs and Engraving Ltd. Pupils from Alt Bridge first met First Class Signs, when they were introduced to business owner and accounts manager Eilidh Prout as part of Knowsley Council’s ‘Meet the Employee’ programme which enables pupils in our special needs schools and colleges to engage remotely with a range of businesses and employees. Employees share a video about their work and the different skills that are needed for their role and this is followed up with a Zoom Q&A session where the pupils meet the employee and ask questions about their role or business.

Eilidh really enjoyed interacting with the pupils at Alt Bridge and was very impressed with their questions. She could see the benefits of the programme and wanted to get more involved! A follow on ‘Design a Sign’ session was developed by Eilidh and Sue Temple Fielding, Knowsley Council’s employment support officer (PFA), and delivered to the pupils remotely during National Careers week. The session looked at the importance of health and safety signs in the workplace. Pupils learned about the different types of signs; mandatory, prohibition, hazard, and safe condition signs, and were then set a challenge to design a sign for their forest school area at Alt Bridge. The entries were excellent; it was It was extremely difficult for Sue and evident how much hard work, effort and Eilidh to choose the winning design. creativity had gone into each design and Eilidh said: “I thoroughly enjoyed working with the pupils at Alt Bridge School. They totally wowed me with their fabulous questions and how much thought had gone into them. “Their drawing skills were amazing, and every pupil had made such a huge effort designing their sign.” After much consideration, George’s sign was declared the winning entry. Eilidh said: “George was a very deserving winner. His sign was a happy and colourful design which clearly depicted what forest school is all about.” George was delighted to hear that his design had won and said: “I was shocked at first, I couldn’t believe that I won, then I felt really proud.” Eilidh visited the school to present the finished sign to George and the team at Alt Bridge. It was a lovely sunny day, pupils and teaching staff came outside to congratulate George and witness the

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handover of the eye-catching design for their forest schools area. Eilidh added: “It was lovely to deliver the winning sign in person and meet the teachers and pupils, in the sun, at their forest school. I am really hoping that, when restrictions lift, I can visit the pupils again and spend some time with them.” Natalie Menagh, headteacher at Alt Bridge said: “It is so important for our students, that they gain as much knowledge of work as possible and speak with a variety of people who work in a range of different roles. “We are hugely grateful to Eilidh who spent time with our students through the Q&A session and then came out to present George’s sign. “Not only was this a very informative experience for our students, and it also provided another fantastic opportunity for them to show off their skills and abilities which will soon be on offer to the world of work.”

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13 June 2021


THE LIME STREET TIMESLIP In June 1983, a yellow BT Dodge Spacevan (a development of the old Commer van) pulled up near St George’s Plateau on Lime Street. It was lunchtime and the two telecommunications workmen – Charlie and Arthur – who both hailed from Huyton – ate sandwiches and gulped down cold cans of Coke in the searing heat. Charlie, aged 27, left 40-year-old Arthur and walked around the side of the van facing St George’s Hall to enjoy the cool breeze coming up William Brown Street from the waterfront. The men had spent the last hour tracing a fault in the spaghetti wiring of a junction box and were due to tackle another job at half-past one, so they made the most of their lunch-hour freedom. Arthur sat in the back of the van with both doors wide open reading a tabloid and munching on a prawn cocktail sandwich as he felt the demonic sun beating down on his bald head. At around 1:20pm, Charlie heard peculiar music coming from somewhere behind him. It sounded like a barrel organ. He walked around the yellow van towards the front and peeped out – and received the shock of his life. All of London, Road, Lime Street, and Commutation Row had reverted back to either Victorian or Edwardian times. Men in top hats were strolling along, some linking arms with women in bonnets and long skirts, and there were horsedrawn hansom cabs trundling along Lime Street and men pushing handcarts. A tophatted gent with a walking cane stopped dead about 25 feet from a dazed Charlie and looked at him and his yellow van with fascination. Charlie shouted, “Arthur! Arthur! Come and have a look at this!” “What is it?” Arthur shouted back from the rear of the van. “Can’t you see?” Charlie replied, and he backed away from the gaze of the tophatted man and hurried to the back of the van. Arthur said, “Wait, don’t tell me – Jonesy is down here.” Arthur was referring to a mutual friend of the two men who they always seemed to bump into no matter where they went. Charlie seemed lost for words. When he looked at Lime Street from the back of the van, it was still 1983, but when he dashed back around the vehicle to the front, the top-hatted man – and another man in a cloth cap – was standing there, and those

hansom cabs, carts and quaint old fashions were also still there. “Arthur!” yelped Charlie, and his friend swore and shouted, “Oh my God, what?” “Just come and have a look, you lazy sod!” replied Charlie. He always respected his older work colleague but he thought he might be going mad and was speaking like this because of his nerves. “Who are you calling a lazy sod?” Arthur gasped, and he came marching round the side of the van, and Charlie said, “Arthur, this is going to blow your mind, mate.”

Charlie felt someone brush past him, and then the whole panorama of the past opened up

“What are you talking about?” Arthur was saying when Charlie gripped his upper arm and steered him to the front of the van. Arthur stood there for a moment with an expressionless face, and he saw the old-fashioned Liverpudlians milling about, and the affluent-looking man in the topper gazing at him, and then Arthur’s eyes travelled up to that Manx symbol that always reminded him of a three-legged swastika – a huge metal triskelion – mounted above the Legs of Man pub. “What the bleeding – ” Arthur began but he found himself lost for words. “Now, watch this, Arth!” Charlie grabbed

his friend by the arm and pulled him to the back of the van. They looked towards Lime Street, and everything was as it normally was: modern people and cars and buses. This time, Charlie walked around the van so he could meet Arthur near the front of the vehicle – and he bumped into a ‘ghost’. Charlie felt someone brush past him, and then the whole panorama of the past opened up, and he could see Arthur gazing at him, wide-eyed. Arthur stammered as he said, “Charlie, one of them’s in the van!” “What?” Charlie looked through the windscreen of the Dodge Spacevan and there was that cloth-capped man who had been standing with the man in the top hat – he was in the van, turning the steering wheel and gazing at the fascia. Charlie opened the nearside door and shouted, “Hey, what do you think you’re doing?” “Who made this, sir?” the man said in a Lancashire accent, and he came out with a long-winded whispered sentence that included the words ‘mechanical contrivance’ that neither Charlie nor Arthur could understand. “I said get out,” said Charlie, believing the man was some ghost from bygone times, and a flummoxed Arthur tapped his friend’s arm and muttered, “Leave him; let’s go and tell someone what’s happening.” “Does it move?” the man in the cap asked the two stupefied engineers, “It’s

extraordinary.” Charlie’s mind became a little more open, and he now wondered if the man was not a ghost at all; perhaps this was all a timeslip, and he turned to Arthur and said, “Something’s gone wrong with time here, mate.” Arthur returned a puzzled look, and said, “I think we should get away from here and tell someone. I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” Charlie then looked to his left – and he saw barefoot children in ragged clothes playing in the waters of the Steble Fountain, and there was a large four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage coming up William Brown Street. If this was all down to a timeslip, then it was starting to creep around the van. Fearing he would be surrounded by this era of long ago, Charlie took Arthur’s advice, and they rushed away from the van, and they told a man on St John’s Lane, near the entrance to the subway, what had happened. “Have you two been drinking?” the bemused man asked. Charlie and Arthur begged him to come and have a look at the strange goings-on, but when the three of them arrived at the yellow van, they all saw nothing out the ordinary; no top-hatted gents or hansom cabs; whatever that period was, it had vanished back into the past. • All Tom Slemen’s books and audiobooks are on Amazon.

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Can’t get to a COVID vaccination site? They’ll come to you Clinically extremely vulnerable Have a learning disability Are a frontline health or care worker Are an unpaid carer Have a health condition which puts you at a higher risk of the virus If you aren’t in one of these groups, please wait for the NHS to contact you when it’s your turn. The vaccination bus will be visiting Terminus Road, Page Moss, L36 2AB on Monday 7 June and Tuesday 8 June from 10am until 4pm. For both locations, you will be contacted to return 10-12 weeks’ later for you to have your second dose. Remember, no appointment is needed. Arrangements for the Stockbridge Village A volunteer for Woodlands Hospice drop-in clinic will be shared once details based in Aintree has been keeping are confirmed. herself busy during lock and also helping a great cause. Volunteer, Sheila Pinnington, used her sewing skills to create quilts for the patients and family services team to gift Cllr Christine Bannon – Cabinet Member for Health to patients during the pandemic. Welcome to my first column as the newly appointed The past year has been a strange one Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health. for us all, with many of us finding extra Improving the health and wellbeing of our residents time on our hands due to lockdowns, is a priority for me and prior to retiring in November shielding, furlough and the pandemic as 2019, I had a long and happy career in the NHS. I a whole. look forward to sharing the latest health updates Woodlands volunteer, Sheila and advice through this monthly column. Pinnington was no exception. Sheila, We are now in step 3 of the Government’s 4-step who is a regular volunteer at the roadmap to recovery. More restrictions have been lifted which means that hospice reception and in their gardens, there are more opportunities to meet other people. is extremely active in her usual day-toWe need to remain cautious and not complacent as we know that COVIDday life attending the gym regularly, 19 is easily transmitted from person to person, so limiting contact with others going to various groups such as sewing is still advisable and if you are meeting others, choose outside rather than club, volunteering at Woodlands inside wherever possible. Hospice and of course, spending time Remember that regular (twice weekly) testing is recommended – people with her family and friends. So when all can have the virus without having symptoms so it’s important that they can be volunteers were told to stay home last identified and self-isolate for ten days, preventing them passing it on to March, it was difficult for Sheila to others. switch off! It’s also important that if you test positive with a Lateral Flow / home testing Sheila said: “I spent a lot of time in kit, you should book a confirmatory PCR test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus the garden at first, we needed to put a or ring 119. new fence up and dig out trees so that The COVID vaccination programme is progressing well in Knowsley and the took some time up. Then I decided to vaccine offers you the best protection against this virus. If you’re over 32 years go and clear out the wardrobe where I of age, you can you’re your appointment through the national booking portal keep all my fabrics and the idea to do at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119. some more quilts for Woodlands The COVID vaccination bus will be in Page Moss (Terminus Way) on Hospice came to me then!” Monday 8 June and Tuesday 9 June. The bus can only vaccinate residents Sheila has created quilts for over 50 years or in an at risk group – call in between 10am and 4pm, no Woodlands Hospice patients in previous appointment is needed. The bus will return in 11 weeks’ time for second years however, with spare time and a doses. busy mind she quickly set about Ensuring you attend your second dose appointment is vital as two doses creating a job lot of beautiful quilts. offers you the maximum protection from this virus. She then donated these to Knowsley communities have really come together throughout this pandemic Woodlands patient and family service’s and played their part by following the rules and helping to bring our rates team to give out on the ward during the down. pandemic. The quilts are made with a We still have a further step to go in the Government’s roadmap, so let’s variety of fabrics; many featuring handcontinue to follow the rules and hopefully get back to normality soon. sewn hearts which Sheila uses scrap fabric that she’s collected from friends

Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group has ensured residents in a number of areas across the Borough have easy access to the COVID vaccination. Page Moss and Stockbridge Village have been identified as having a lower uptake of the vaccine, so a COVID vaccination bus is visiting Kirkby and Page Moss. Arrangements are also being made for a drop-in clinic in Stockbridge Village. There is no need to book an appointment. If you’re in an eligible group, you can just pop along to the bus and you will be given your vaccine there and then. However, you can only be vaccinated if you meet one or more of the following criteria: • Aged 50+

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Sheila creates comfort in lockdown over the years. “Lots of friends from sewing groups know that I sew hearts on to the blankets I create for Woodlands Hospice so I’ve collected lots of scraps and off cuts from them. It was lovely, as I’d remember who gave me each bit of fabric whilst I was making them through lockdown. “I find it really therapeutic creating the quilts so I think it helped keep me sane! I also think colour is fantastic and can really give people a lift when they’re ill so my hope was that the quilts would give those staying on the ward something nice to focus on and hopefully, take their mind somewhere else for a while.” Sheila credits her Mum for her love of sewing and said she learnt everything from her, “My mum had eight girls and one boy and she used to make all our dresses and suits. Every bank holiday, we’d get a new dress and my brother would get a new suit – she would go to Paddy’s Market and Great Homer Street for all her fabric and often ask me to help sew a sleeve or fix a hem.” Woodlands pastoral support, Mark Pringle, said, “Sheila has been kindly donating quilts to us during the pandemic and we’ve given them out to patients on the ward as a gift. It was often a great ice breaker when meeting new patients and helped to put them at ease during a difficult time. “They’ve often used them throughout their stay and would comment on how much they brightened up the room and were always shocked to learn they were theirs to keep and take home with them when they’re discharged. “Sheila has donated over 30 quilts to us now and they are always so well received. We’re really grateful to Sheila for her thoughtfulness”.

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Cabinet confirmed for Knowsley Council Knowsley Councillors have re-elected Cllr Graham Morgan as leader of the Council, along with Cllr Frank Walsh as the Mayor of Knowsley for the municipal year 2021/2022 at its Annual General Meeting on Friday 21 May 2021 The council’s new cabinet was also confirmed and councillors were appointed to various committees and advisory and working groups. Knowsley Council’s cabinet were confirmed as follows: Leader of Knowsley Council – Cllr Graham Morgan Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care – Cllr Louise Harbour Cabinet Member for Children’s Services – Cllr Margaret Harvey Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development – Cllr Tony Brennan Cabinet Member for Health – Cllr Christine Bannon Cabinet Member for Resources – Cllr Jayne Aston Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods – Cllr Shelley Powell A new cabinet position has been created with the health and social care portfolio now being split between two cabinet members – one for adult social care and one for health. The health portfolio will focus on recovery from the pandemic as well as the Government’s health integration programme. Cllr Graham Morgan said: “I’m delighted to serve another term as leader of Knowsley Council, something I’m incredibly honoured to do. “The last 14 months have obviously been extraordinarily challenging, and have demonstrated more clearly than ever the need for strong and decisive local leadership, which is what we have delivered in Knowsley. “When people were left in need of food, medicine and support almost overnight, this council stepped up immediately and made sure that those in need got help. “Nobody would ever pretend that was easy, or that having to take so many vital decisions so very quickly was without its challenges. But I’m extremely proud at the agile way in which this council did respond and I’m confident that we are now in a very strong position to help this borough recover, and recover well. “The year ahead is going to continue to be another demanding one, but my colleagues and I are absolutely committed – as we always have been – to ensuring the people of this borough are given every opportunity to live happy, prosperous and healthy lives.”

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NOTICE OF PLANNING DECISION TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 29 & 30 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION ACCOMPANIED BY AN ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) REGULATIONS 2017 APPLICATION No: 19/00521/HYB SITE: Plot 1 - Land to North Of Railway Line Bounded By Lower Road, Greensbridge Lane And Ditton Brook Watercourse, Halewood; And Plot 3 - Land To South Of Railway Line Bounded By Lower Road, Finch Lane And Baileys Lane, Halewood PROPOSAL: HYBRID PLANNING APPLICATION FOR THE ERECTION OF UP TO 730 DWELLINGS COMPRISING: PLOT 1 - FULL PLANNING APPLICATION FOR THE RE- GRADING OF THE SITE, ENGINEERING WORKS TO FORM A FLOOD STORAGE AREA AND THE ERECTION OF 148 DWELLINGS WITH ASSOCIATED WORKS (INCLUDING LANDSCAPING, ACCESS, ROADS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE); AND, PLOT 3 - FULL PLANNING APPLICATION FOR THE RE- GRADING OF THE SITE, AND THE ERECTION OF 196 DWELLINGS WITH ASSOCIATED WORKS (INCLUDING LANDSCAPING, ACCESS, ROADS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE) AND OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION FOR UP TO 386 DWELLINGS (ACCESS TO BE CONSIDERED) SUMMARY OF DECISION: It was resolved at the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s Planning Committee to grant planning permission on the 11th February 2021. The notice is to inform that the above planning application, which was the subject of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), has been granted planning permission on the 11th May 2021 and the decision notice issued. Members of the public may inspect copies of the decision notice and conditions, the legal agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Planning Committee Report using Knowsley Council’s Public Access site at https://planapp.knowsley.gov.uk/online-applications/ quoting the above reference number. The planning committee report assessed the significant effects of the development on the environment, the mitigation measures and conditions (including monitoring) to the likely significant effects on the environment. The planning committee report also sets out the main considerations and reasons for the decisions and the public consultations responses. The validity of the Council’s decision can be challenged by application to the Courts for Judicial Review. Further advice about making a High Court Challenge can be obtained from the Administrative Court Office at: The Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL (Tel: 02079476655 / Website: www.gov.uk/courts-tribunals/planning-court ) M Harden - Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 1st JUNE 2021

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (RADWAY ROAD, HUYTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential drainage works (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”). The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from proceeding along: i) Radway Road, Huyton – from its junction with Knowsley Lane for a distance of 20 metres in a southerly direction. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Radway Road closure is via Radway Road, Lyme Cross Road, Liverpool Road, Knowsley Lane and vice versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Thursday 27 May 2021 to Friday 4 June 2021. The Order came into force on Thursday 27 May 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 28 May 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive


KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (CROSS STREET, PRESCOT) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate drainage and development works (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”). The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from proceeding along: i) Cross Street, Prescot – from its junction with Grosvenor Road to its junction with New Cross Street. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Cross Street road closure is via Grosvenor Road, St Helens Road, Cross Street and vice versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place from 10 May 2021 to 10 October 2021. The Order came into force on 10 May 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 28 May 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

21/00348/KMBC1 & 21/00349/LBC: Archway Road Tunnel Bridge, Huyton, Knowsley - INSTALLATION OF LIGHTING TO ARCHWAY ROAD TUNNEL TO INCLUDE ASSOCIATED CABLING AND EQUIPMENT by Knowsley Council. Reason for advertising: Application for works to listed building and within 10m of relevant railway land. Members of the public may view the application online using Public Access at https://planapp.knowsley.gov.uk/onlineapplications/. Anyone who wishes to make representations about an application should write to the Council at Regeneration and Economic Development Department, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 21, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU or online via the above website within 21 days of the date of this publication. You can follow the application’s progress, find out if it is to be heard by planning committee, and be informed about the decision by using the ‘track’ option when viewing the application through the above link on our web site. Should this application be heard at planning committee and you wish to speak at the meeting the procedure to follow can be found at: https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/building-andplanning/make-a-planning-application/speaking-at-planning-com mittee M Harden - Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 1st JUNE 2021

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (KMBC ANNUAL CARRIAGEWAY AND VERGE MAINENANCE – VARIOUS ROADS) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential carriageway and verge maintenance works (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”). The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from proceeding along: i) Knowsley Wood Lane Westbound Carriageway, Kirkby – from its junction with the M57 Junction 4 roundabout for its entire length. ii) M62 Junction 5 Eastbound Entry Slip Road, Roby – from its junction with the M62 Junction 5 roundabout for its entire length. iii) M62 Junction 5 Westbound Exit Slip Road, Roby – from its junction with the M62 for its entire length. iv) M62 Junction 6 Westbound Entry Slip Road, Huyton – from its junction with the M62 Junction 6 roundabout for its entire length. v) A561 Speke Boulevard Eastbound Entry Slip Road, Halewood – from its junction with East Road for its entire length. vi) A561 Speke Boulevard Westbound Exit Slip Road, Halewood – from its junction with South Road for its entire length. The prohibition of driving on Knowsley Wood Lane will be effective on Saturday 12 June 2021 and Saturday 11 September 2021. The diversion route for vehicular traffic will be via M57 Junction 4 roundabout, Moorgate Road South and East Lancashire Road. The prohibition of driving on the M62 Junction 5 Eastbound Entry Slip Road will be effective on Saturday 15 May 2021, Saturday 14 August 2021 and Saturday 30 October 2021. The diversion route for vehicular traffic will be via Roby Road, Tarbock Road, Cronton Road, The M62 Junction 6 and the M62. The prohibition of driving on the M62 Junction 5 Westbound Exit Slip Road will be effective on Saturday 15 May 2021, Saturday 14 August 2021 and Saturday 30 October 2021. The diversion route for vehicular traffic will be via The M62, Queens Drive, Rocky Lane, Bowring Park Road and Roby Road. The prohibition of driving on the M62 Junction 6 Westbound Entry Slip Road will be effective on Sunday 16 May 2021, Sunday 15 August 2021 and Sunday 31 October 2021. The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on M62 Junction 6 Westbound entry slip road will be via M62 Junction 6 Circulatory Roundabout, Cronton Road, Tarbock Road, Roby Road, M62 Junction 5 Circulatory Roundabout, M62 Junction 5 Westbound Entry Slip Road and the M62 Westbound. The prohibition of driving on both the A561 Speke Boulevard Westbound entry and exit slip roads will be effective on Saturday 3 July 2021 and Saturday 2 October 2021. The diversion route for vehicular traffic will be via A561 Speke Boulevard, Woodend Avenue, Hillfoot Avenue, Higher Road, Old Hutte Lane, North Road, East Road and vice versa. The Order came into force on Saturday 15 May 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 28 May 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 13 (CERTIFICATE C) OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION Notice is hereby given of a planning application for the proposed residential development of 44 units, associated car parking and landscaping on Land at Windy Arbor Brow, Whiston, Prescot, Knowsley, L35 1RL. A copy of the application documents, including a site plan of the land affected, may be inspected at the Council Offices at the One Stop Shop, Municipal Building, Archway House, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 9FB and online at www.knowsley.gov.uk. Any owner or tenant of the land affected who wishes to make representations must send representations to Knowsley Council, Housing Planning and Building Control, PO Box 26, Archway House, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 9FB within 21 days of the publication of this advertisement. Statement of the owner’s rights: The grant of planning permission does not affect the owner’s rights to retain or dispose of their property, unless there is some provision to the contrary in an agreement or lease. Statement of agricultural tenant’s rights: The grant of planning permission for nonagricultural development may affect agricultural tenants’ security of tenure. ‘Owner’ means a person having a freehold interest or a leasehold interest the unexpired term of which is not less than seven years. ‘Tenant’ means a tenant of an agricultural holding any part of which is comprised in the land.

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Prescot Cables confirm news of squad for new season In addition to having retained the services of 16 first team players from last season, Prescot Cables FC has announced the signing of six new players for the 2021-22 season. The new signings are: • Daniel Barker • Nabil Rahim • Lewis Buckley • Matty O’Brien • Daniel Murphy • Josh Gregory Daniel Barker has signed having graduated from the club’s youth team. Predominately a right-back, his signing is one that excites manager Craig Davies who said of the 18-year-old: “Daniel has shown real desire and an enthusiasm you can’t coach. He’s combative, energetic and is technically excellent. He optimises everything great about this football club.” Nabil Rahim, while not someone that fans will have heard of before now, already has a footballing pedigree, having spent time in the youth teams of leading clubs around the world, including two-time Copa Libertadores winners, Cruzeiro. The teenager is very highly thought of by the club’s management who are delighted to have signed the 18-year-old forward. “Nabil is a phenomenal, young talent with a really bright future ahead of him. He possesses lightening pace, the ability to be direct and take people on as well having excellent finishing ability. We are delighted he has chosen to commit his immediate future to the football club” said Davies. Lewis Buckley is well known within non-league football and will bring a wealth of goalscoring experience to the team. Buckley, who has played for clubs

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in both England and Wales is excited to have joined the club and eager to get going: “Prescot is a huge, local club with great fans and after speaking to Craig and Biggs, it felt like the right place to play my football.” Matty O’Brien has joined from the Steven Gerrard Academy having previously been on the books of both Liverpool and Everton. Davies said of the youngster’s signing: “Matty has developed superbly well under the stewardship of the top level coaches at the Steven Gerrard Academy. He’s another young player who will excite our fans with his attributes. He has a good eye for goal as well as contributing with assists. Having fought off some stiff competition, we are extremely happy that Matty has decided to take his next career steps at Cables. Daniel Murphy, 28, joins Cables having spent last season with Skelmersdale United and was part of their side that reached the first round proper of the 2020-21 Emirates FA Cup. He has previously played for Bootle FC and AFC Liverpool. The talented defender is delighted to be making the step up from the North West Counties to the Pitching In Northern Premier League and cannot wait for the new season to start, Daniel said: “I am really happy to have joined Cables. I am ambitious to test myself at a higher level and want to win things here at Prescot. I believe that with the squad the manager is putting together we can push for promotion or the playoffs this year. The step up is a test for me and one that I am relishing”. Finally, Josh Gregory for the 2021-22 season. Returning for his second spell at the club, Josh was the stand-out player during the curtailed 2019-20 season, making 31 appearances in the Amber and Black before departing for Witton Albion. The club is delighted to have secured his services for next season. The 22-year-old cultured midfielder, who boasts Wigan Athletic, Chorley and Witton Albion as his former clubs is thrilled to be re-joining Cables. Josh said: “I really enjoyed my time here previously. It is a great club with a great set of lads in the dressing room as well as an excellent fanbase. Once I spoke to

the gaffer about his ambitions for the club, it was a no-brainer for me to re-join. “The gaffer’s vision for the future and ultimately, his interest in me being a part of that were big factors in me returning. I can’t wait to get going and enjoy my football again.” Manager Craig Davies was full of praise for the midfielder’s abilities as he expressed his delight at the signing: “First and foremost, like all the lads we’ve brought in, Josh is a great lad. Technically, he’s an excellent footballer who is always looking to get on the ball and get his team playing. “He has an outstanding passing range and his ability to play forward as well as ‘mix it up’ defensively made this move an absolute no-brainer. This signing is a major coup for us, and we are delighted to be able to bring Josh back to the club. I’m sure everyone is excited to see Josh pull on a Cables shirt again. “These signings, combined with the 16 retained players, represent an exciting blend of experience and young talent. “We are certain that fans are going to be excited by what they will see in the upcoming season and look forward to welcoming them all back inside the IP Truck Parts Stadium as soon as possible.” The full list of retained players is: James Edgar, James McCulloch, Lloyd Dean, Mitchell Allen, Josh Klein-Davies, James Cooper, Rodrigo Schmitdinger, Matty Hamilton, Ethan Van-Aston, Alex McMilan, Aaron Fleming, Sean Myler, Martyn Jackson, Louis Sharp, Liam Caddick, Josh Perry.

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WALKING FOOTBALL RETURNS AT THE PURPLE HUB City Of Liverpool FC in the community have announced that their popular walking football sessions are now returning and will be hosted at the Purple Hub! Walking football offers you the chance to play the beautiful game, albeit at a slower pace and is one of the fastest growing activities for people in the UK and their group, which was formed in 2018, offers you the opportunity to: • Get fitter and lose weight • Enjoy a feeling of well being

• Socialise and have a bit of a laugh with like minded folk • Rediscover the joys of football! They meet every Monday night at 7:00pm at The Purple Hub, Longview Lane, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 7UN. The cost is £4 per session. They also hold a midweek session on Wednesdays at 11:00am. All of sessions can be booked at the following link. https://cityofliverpoolfc.co.uk/colfccommunity-booking/

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