The Challenge June 2022

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Knowsley launches bids for round 2 of Levelling Up Fund “

Knowsley Council are set to launch three bids for the second round of Levelling Up Funding. The Levelling Up Fund aims to address economic differences in different parts of the UK which have an impact on people’s lives through their pay, work opportunities, health and life chances. Knowsley Council will be submitting three bids – one for Huyton Village Centre, one for Halewood and a joint bid with St Helens Council for Prescot, which also covers St Helens town centre. The second round of the Fund will focus on the same three investment themes as the first round:• Local transport projects that make a genuine difference to local areas • Town centre and high street regeneration • Support for maintaining and expanding the UK’s world-leading portfolio of cultural and heritage assets The Huyton bid The Council will be strengthening its round one bid for Huyton Village Centre to accelerate the Council’s transformational ten year development plans for Huyton Village. The Council’s £20m funding bid would support and help to bring in an array of new services and businesses into Huyton, creating more choice for residents and visitors as well as generating increased footfall to support new and existing businesses. Plans include a new mixed use commercial district (which includes new office accommodation, residential development and a hotel), enhanced public spaces (public realm), improving access into and out of the village centre, creating more jobs and generating more footfall into the village centre which will support local businesses. Included in the bid submission will be: • A new Village Green located in the heart of the commercial district • An event space to host a range of events, performances and shows

We will be creating vibrant places where people choose to come and live, work or visit

• Improvements to public spaces which could include enhancements to lighting, paving, seating, trees and plants • A health and wellbeing garden • Improvements around the train and bus station entrance, creating a warm welcome for visitors • New homes • Ensuring development sites are construction-ready Given the Council is now at an advanced stage in appointing a Development • Continued on page 2

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Knowsley launches bids for round 2 of Levelling Up Fund economic development, said:“We are committed to ensuring our communities have access to the very best facilities and the Levelling Up Fund will help us to accelerate our development plans and bring us Prescot bid A joint bid with St Helens Borough Council is being prepared to in-line with other parts of the country. reposition both Prescot in Knowsley and St Helens Town “Through the delivery of our Centres as cultural and leisure destinations in the Liverpool City plans, we will be creating vibrant Region. This will build on both areas’ strong history and places where people choose to heritage links to support an exciting cultural and leisure offer. Knowsley Council has ambitious plans to drive investment in come and live, work or visit. “Having previously been Prescot Town Centre and position the town as a key visitor rejected for round 1 funding, we attraction. Construction of The Shakespeare North Playhouse are working hard to strengthen continued at pace throughout the pandemic with the our Huyton bid, as well as playhouse now preparing to open its doors in July 2022, creating a fantastic visitor attraction locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Specifically for Prescot, the bid will focus on further developing the cultural and leisure offer in the town, enhancing existing facilities as well as creating new retail and leisure opportunities. Plans include investment in the Prescot Picture Palace – a Grade II listed building which will be restored to its former glory as a cinema – and improving links with Prescot Local charity Caring Museum. Connections has received a funding boost from the Halewood bid National Lotteries Community Knowsley Council is currently exploring development and fund to expand its investment proposals for Halewood in response to the growth bereavement counselling in the size and population of town. Plans will seek to ensure provision across Knowsley, that both existing and new residents have access to Halton and St Helens. appropriate recreational facilities and experiences that are The charity has been awarded befitting such a township. Further details will be shared as the £183,000 through the fund Halewood bid develops. divided over a three-year period Cllr Tony Brennan, cabinet member for regeneration and to provide the fully funded service to local residents. As a charity Caring Connections specialises in support services that reduce social isolation and improve levels of independence, they have been providing the bereavement support service now for over four years. We are a law firm with an international practice, The service was originally set specialising in all aspects of regulatory investigations & up memory of Barbra Bettle a criminal, civil and commercial litigation, commercial local Knowsley resident who lost property transactions, family, electoral, motoring law, their life to suicide, in which the alcohol and entertainment licencing law and Welfare service aimed to provide Law specialists. targeted free at the point of contact counselling to any Whatever the area we understand that our clients are individuals who have lost a loved our business. We are tenacious lawyers and we aim to one through suicide. achieve the best possible outcome at the lowest The service has now expanded possible cost in every case. in supporting people affected by WELFARE BENEFITS AND APPEALS all types of bereavement. We have specialist knowledge of the Department for Over the four-year period the Work & Pensions complex benefit system, from advice service has been inundated with on completing and submitting claims to challenge DWP people struggling through grief and bereavement and has decisions and representation at HM Court & Tribunal become one of the leading Service. bereavement counselling Contact: Steve Lunt on 0151 236 2224 services in the local area. or 07711 977636 Paul Growney CEO of Caring Email: Connections said: “We can’t thank the National Lottery enough for this grant as it will First Floor, 14 Castle Street really support our charity to Liverpool L2 0NB provide much needed T: 0151 236 2224 counselling support to people M: 07711 977636 who often are in emotional crisis. “We have seen through the • Continued from page 1 Management Partner to support its plans for Huyton Village Centre, the timing of this announcement for round two bids couldn’t be better. If successful, this funding will be a real boost in helping to bring forward these exciting proposals.

developing new bids for Prescot and Halewood, in order to attract this much-needed funding.” Bids will be assessed against four main criteria – characteristics of places, deliverability, strategic fit with local and fund priorities, and the economic case in line with the published assessment framework. There will be a three staged approach to assessment and decision making. It is expected that successful bids will be announced in October 2023.

Cllr Tony Brennan, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development

Funding Boost for bereavement counselling for local residents

pandemic the number of referrals for our services has increased tenfold, with many contacting with complex support needs and often in social isolation. “The long NHS waiting lists and the financial barriers of private counselling has lead to many people in great need not being able to access services.

This project will offer a lifeline to these people with fully funded service delivered by a professional counsellor.” The project will be officially launching in September 2022, in which the service will be providing one to one fully funded counselling to approximately 60 people per week, 52 weeks per year.

Extended opening hours at Prescot Soccer Centre Prescot Soccer Centre will be piloting extended opening hours at the weekend. The centre will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until 7pm (currently the centre closes at 3pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday). The extended opening hours will be piloted over the summer until September 2022. Prescot Soccer Centre offers 3G pitches for both 5-a-side and 7-a-side training and games, along with a fully equipped gym. There’s also a fully licensed bar and café. All of these facilities will be open until 7pm at weekends.

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2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Knowsley The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Knowsley during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed. Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In England, the Queen’s Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer. The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July 2022. Kicking off on Thursday 2 June, the Baton will spend four days in London, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend. The Baton will then resume the international journey and return to England on Monday 4 July to commence a 25-day tour of the regions. On 17 July, Knowsley will officially welcome the Baton. A busy schedule of activities and events are planned

for the Queen’s Baton Relay, with opportunities to highlight untold stories from Batonbearers who are striving for change in their community. Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, taking the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022 in their community. The Birmingham 2022 website will be updated with information over the coming months, with detail on the events and where to line the route. Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “I am thrilled to announce that the Queen’s Baton Relay will be visiting Knowsley on 17 July. It’s a real coup for the borough to represent the North West in this way and to be part of such a prestigious event, especially in this, our year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture. It couldn’t be more timely as the event coincides with the opening of Shakespeare North Playhouse and the whole borough will be abuzz for this monumental cultural milestone. I for one cannot wait to see the energy and enthusiasm of our communities in welcoming the Baton on this incredible day.” Thousands of Batonbearers, each with inspiring

backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through England, including those nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community, whether that be in sport, education, the arts, culture or charity. Between 40 and 130 Batonbearers will carry the Baton each day, and the Relay will reach hundreds of villages, towns and cities during its tour of the country.

4 June 2022

The Challenge speaks to Lesley Martin-Wright as she starts her appointment as High Sheriff of Merseyside

In praise of volunteers It’s been just over a month since Lesley Martin-Wrights installation as High Sheriff of Merseyside. The Installation took place at Knowsley Hall, which was fitting location in regard to Lesley having worked in Knowsley for nearly 12 years now. Lasley said that it was important for her to invite to the ceremony family, friends and many of the people that she has worked and come across in her professional life during the past 25 years. At the ceremony, Lesley outlined her three key priorities for the year: • Meeting and learning about organisations that work with young people. • Focusing on services to support mental health. • Issues around domestic abuse. Lesley said: “The High Sheriff of Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire are appointed by Her Majesty the Queen. Whilst there is no official ‘job

description’ I have already been out and about in the boroughs of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, finding out more about the groups of people without whom our society would be much poorer - volunteers. “In so many areas of life there is an army of volunteers working away quietly in the background to perform tasks we take for granted and I am overwhelmed by the dedication of such people who offer their time, skills and commitment to work without any monetary reward. “At every meeting or event I have attended I have been struck by how important volunteers are to making sure things run as smoothly as possible. “My recent meeting with The Salvation Army at Strawberry Field provided an opportunity for meet to find out more about their successful Steps To Work programme, that supports young adults 18-25 with learning difficulties or barriers to employment to learn new skills so that they can find opportunities in the world of work.

ILLEGAL TOBACCO AND VAPES SEIZED IN KIRKBY NEWSAGENTS Illicit tobacco and counterfeit vapes have been seized from a newsagents in Kirkby. On Friday 6 May, Merseyside Police and Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards visited Village News on Glovers Brow and seized approximately 25,000 cigarettes, 230 packs of tobacco and 44 vapes. The significant seizure of tobacco formed part of the Knowsley Policing Team’s day of action, which also saw officers carry out open land searches and letter drops in the community. Knowsley Community Policing Inspector David Morgan said: “Illicit products such as those we seized on Friday carry the potential to damage public health as the chemicals added to these products aren’t monitored or licensed in any way. “They could be exposing consumers to potentially dangerous chemicals, and we are pleased to have helped take them out of circulation. “I hope our ongoing work with Trading Standards shows the steps we will take to remove any counterfeit goods from our stores and community. “Whenever we receive intelligence about illegal goods, we work closely with our partners to investigate and take

appropriate action. “Our activity should send a clear message to criminals that we will stop at nothing to tackle this issue and it's a priority we will continue to crack down on. “The counterfeit goods trade isn’t a victimless crime. Often criminals use the profits to fund other organised crime, and with that often comes violence, which can have devastating effects on our communities in Kirkby and across Merseyside. “I would appeal to anyone who knows someone involved in selling illicit tobacco or counterfeit goods to get in touch with us so we can safely remove these products from our streets.”

Lesley met The Salvation Army at Strawberry Field, Liverpool

“I’ve visited the Torus Foundation’s base at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, and was overwhelmed by the business communities’ response in fundraising so that young people from the inner city could embark on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme – having undertaken this programme myself many years ago I know how successful it is in building self-confidence, resilience, and the benefits of teamworking. “It was fantastic to meet Natasha Jonas at the event too – Natasha was the first ever female British boxer to qualify for an Olympic Games, she then went on to take the bronze medal and a place in the 2012 London Olympics back to Liverpool, and holds the WBO female junior-middleweight title. “As the chief executive of Knowsley Chamber I know just how much business and commerce do come together to be a force for good for those that are the most vulnerable in our society. “I was heartened to see that one of our members at Knowsley Chamber,

Roberts Recycling, has seen the renewal of their Queen’s Award for Enterprise. It is a well-deserved honour for a great business and I would urge companies across our region to make sure they apply for the Queen’s Awards. “Equally, I attended the presentation of awards for Member of the Order of the British Empire, and British Empire Medals. “I would urge people to nominate people who have made achievements in public life or committed themselves to serving and helping Britain for example making a difference to their community or field of work, enhancing Britain’s reputation, long-term voluntary service, innovation and entrepreneurship, improving life for people less able to help themselves, displaying moral courage “I am thrilled to have been appointed as High Sheriff of Merseyside and I want to make this role as high profile as I can. I want to use the office to highlight the incredible work that goes on across all sections of society.”

Council receives funding to combat drug use Knowsley is one of 50 local authorities that has received a share of £780m of funding over three years to create a safer, healthier and more productive society. National and local partners will now focus on delivering three strategic priorities: • Breaking drug supply chains • Delivering a world-class treatment and recovery system • Achieving a shift in the demand for recreational drugs A place-based drug strategy is now being developed to ensure the funding is aligned to local need which will include improving access to drug and alcohol treatment services and making further improvements to integration with physical and mental healthcare services, education, and the criminal justice system. The investment is part of the Government’s 10-year strategy to tackle drug crime, boost treatment capacity and level up the country.

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Park View’s Mad Hatters tea party raises £200 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Park View Nursing Home, in Ullet Road, Liverpool threw a Mad Hatters themed party to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The celebrations included donkey rides with Shrek and Fiona which were enjoyed by all, especially the children. There was also a circus act, face painter, Ice cream van, performers and more! On the morning of the event, the singer that had been booked had to withdraw due to Covid but the home’s activities co-ordinator, Rebecca Topping, a performing arts graduate, stepped in to perform a collection of classic songs. She was then joined by Park View resident John and the duo sang ‘You’ll never walk alone’. The sun was shining as the children searched the garden for Easter eggs. It was a fantastic day and staff loved meeting new people from the local community while raising money for an important cause. In total the home raised almost £200 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Kingsley’s regional activities co-ordinator Jodie Solaiman said: “This is just the first of many fundraising events we aim to organise. The day was a huge success, it was fantastic to meet so many people from the community in such a wonderful atmosphere. “I would say the donkeys stole the show however the standard of food which was cooked by head chef James and chef Jordan was out of this world. Even the man who brought the donkeys said he had never eaten such delicious food. We are looking forward to our next excuse to get together and celebrate.”

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6 June 2022

KNOWSLEY ARK Bringing history alive Who do you think you are? Do you ever wonder who your ancestors were? Could they have been famous (or infamous)? Did they live well, or struggle in poverty? Where did they live? How did they make a living? Did they have a trade or skill that has been lost to today’s online, automated society? Where were they born? Where did they live? Did they marry? Did they have children? What were their names? And so it goes Most of us are not distantly related to royalty, but once you start researching your family’s history, you can become engrossed in the many layers of information that you reveal. Interest in genealogy – the study and tracing of a line of descent, or family history - has never been more popular. This is reflected on television, with programmes such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ that have inspired people to delve into their own family histories to discover the lives and experiences of their ancestors. Television shows have a habit of making the whole research process look simple, as the featured celebrities on their own curated journeys of discovery are whisked into archives and shown the evidence of their ancestry. However, in the real world, it can feel intimidating to approach your local archive service to begin your journey into the past. This month, we’ll be looking at some hints and tips for beginning your family history research. It’s always a good idea to start with what you already know. Write down everything you know about your family and who told you about it, even if you doubt the accuracy: there is often a grain of truth in family legends which might just give you an all-important breakthrough in your research. Talk to as many family members as you can, not forgetting other branches of your family. Note as many snippets of information as possible, such as names and dates of birth, marriage or death; addresses; jobs, trades and professions held by family members; religion or place of worship and family names, especially surnames on the female side of the family. To support this anecdotal information, collect as much documentary evidence as you can gather, as this is vital. Informal documents, such as a family Bible or an old photograph album are particularly useful. Official documents and certificates, such as birth, marriage and death certificates, are extremely helpful in confirming family ties. Search for evidence of trade union membership, exam board certificates, membership of clubs or societies… anything that might add to the growing picture. Once you have assembled as much information as possible from your own sources, it’s time to start looking at the official records. Knowsley Archives Service, based in The ARK in the Kirkby Centre, should be your next port of call, as it is here that important sources of information relating to the official records relating to the life events of birth, marriage and death are held. The Civil Registration Indices – also known as the St

Workbooks from Prescot Grammar School , 1858-1861

Catherine’s House Index, the General Register Office Index or simply the GRO – are key to finding information about births, marriages and deaths. Civil registration of these life events in England and Wales began in 1837, 1855 in Scotland and 1864 in Ireland. The indices provide references that enable you to obtain copies of certificates from the General Register Office. The indices are available online through Ancestry and FreeBMD, but we also have the information on microfilm for the years 1837 – 1983. Together with Civil Registration Certificates, Census returns are probably the most useful way of helping you to trace your family back to about 1800. The Census gives a snapshot of the population on a particular night and is important because it reveals who was in a family. The information listed includes a person’s name, age, occupation, address and place of birth. Taken every ten years in England and Wales, the first Census was taken in 1801 with a head count. In 1841 more personal information was recorded. From then on, the records were created using the same registration districts and sub-districts as births, marriages and deaths – enabling family history researchers to link the Census returns and the Registrars’ records. It’s worth noting that, due to the sensitivity of the information held, the Census is closed for 100 years. The ARK holds Census Returns from 1841 – 1901 for the Knowsley area and some Liverpool districts and the 1881 Census details for the whole country on microfiche. This information is also available through Ancestry – including the 1911 Census and the 1939 England and Wales Register, taken at the outbreak of World War II. Additionally, we hold copies of local electoral registers reaching back to 1832 until the present day, revealing the status of those eligible to vote in registered households.

The Church of England has kept records of births, marriages and burials since 1538. Each parish kept a register of all the events which took place within its boundaries. The ARK holds microfilmed copies of local parish registers as well as some Protestant nonconformist and Catholic registers. Alongside the parish records are some local cemetery records on microfilm and microfiche which complement the parish records. Another resource to help you track down your ancestors held in the ARK and also available online is the International Genealogical Index on microfiche and microfilm. Compiled by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it refers to baptisms and marriages taken from parish registers across the U.K. and includes material researched by members of the Church. Local newspapers are also useful sources of information, from news stories of the day to family notices and images, and there are several historic publications available to view on microfilm: the Prescot Reporter (1859 – 1985); Prescot Weekly Times (1907 – 1916); the Ormskirk Advertiser (1857 – 1874) and the Kirkby Reporter (1955 – 1979). Combined with all the other local sources, such as trade and street directories, maps, parish magazines and the comprehensive archive collections, you can search across all these resources to build your family tree. However, we understand that it’s not always easy to get going and you might hit barriers along the way. That’s why we are re-launching our popular Family History Help Desk. The Family History Help Desk is run by an approachable and knowledgeable member of the Archive’s Team with many years’ experience in family history research, who will guide you through the maze of information and resources to help you to discover your family connections. The sessions are run on a drop-in basis and we’ll do our best to answer your questions on the day. If you have a more complicated query, we might need to follow it up after your visit, or you might require an additional appointment. Sessions will take place once a month in each of Knowsley’s branch libraries, starting at Prescot Library on 7th June, 10:00am-1:00pm and Stockbridge Library from 2:00pm-5:00pm. For information about dates for the rest of 2022, contact your local branch library or Knowsley Archives Service. You can find out more about the Family History Help Desks and Knowsley’s heritage by visiting our website email 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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It’s always a good idea to start with what you already know. Write down everything you know about your family and who told you about it

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BLOOMING MARVELLOUS! Chris Railton, a member of the parks and gardens team on the Knowsley Estate, is celebrating his Diamond Work Anniversary after being rewarded as the Estate’s longest-serving employee, having tended to the gardens and grounds for the past 60 years. Owners of Knowsley Hall & Estate, Lord and Lady Derby, presented Chris with a long service award to celebrate his distinguished career, which started at Knowsley Estate when he was 15-years-old. Over the years, 75-year-old Chris has looked after the gardens set in the 2,500 acre park around Knowsley Hall. He’s taken great pride in keeping them green and lush and brimming full of colourful flowers and plants to provide beautiful backdrops for thousands of wedding photos, whilst also helping create breathtaking landscapes for visiting guests to enjoy. In fitting fashion, the hardworking gardener can now sit and enjoy his own garden after being presented with a garden bench complete with a plaque of appreciation from Lord and Lady

Derby. Chris will also be taking a well-deserved break after receiving holiday vouchers as gesture of thanks for all his work, as well as a specially made crystal glass award to celebrate his 60 years at Knowsley Estate. Chris, who lives locally in Knowsley Park, said: “I absolutely love working at Knowsley Estate. It’s great being outdoors and calling such a tranquil, natural setting my office! It does get a bit cold working outside in the winter, but it’s great driving the tractor and you can’t beat the fresh air.” As well as gardening, Chris has also worked on the estate’s farm during his 60-year career, with delivering new-born calves a particular highlight. The 75-yearold is now taking it slightly easier, working one-day-per-week in the gardens. Lord Derby said: “I can’t think of any people who’ve worked with the same organisation for 60 years, and who’ve done so with such enthusiasm and passion. It’s been a real privilege to reward Chris’ achievements and dedication, and to see how the gardens have quite literally grown with his career.”

Front row: Chris Railton and Lady Derby are pictured with Lord Derby (back row), along with the parks and gardens team celebrate Chris Railton’s 60 years at Knowsley Estate

No more library fines Library users in Knowsley will no longer need to pay fines if books are returned later than the due date. Knowsley Library Service’s decision to end library fines on adult loans will take immediate effect. Already, fines are not charged on e-books or books borrowed by children in Knowsley. Now late fees for adults are being lifted too, it’s hoped even more residents will join their local library, borrow books and enjoy reading. Along with removing fines, Knowsley Library Service is introducing an amnesty, to encourage residents to return existing overdue items. Some members may have forgotten they have outstanding loans so all customers with books that are overdue will be called to inform them and told about the amnesty.

Gardening Competition 2022 Halewood Town Council has announced the 2022 Annual Gardening competition, with the inaugural ‘Norman Hogg Shield’ is now open. There are three categories: best kept garden, most colourful garden and best hanging basket. Winners of each category will receive £100. Closing date for entries is Friday 15 July and judging will commence week beginning 18 July. To enter you can complete the form at


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8 June 2022

Association supports worthwhile Knowsley charitable and community organisations The recently disbanded Knowsley Private Hire Drivers Association (KPHDA) and the committee has decided to divide the residue of their funds to three worthwhile Knowsley charitable and community organisations. The KPHDA committee consisted of Bernie Grindley, Terry McDonald, Kevin Edmondson, Alan Harvey and Phil Smith. £8500 was donated equally to the Adam Ellison Foundation, Evolving Mindset and Knowsley Foodbank. The Adam Ellison Foundation was founded soon after Adam tragically lost his life a little over four years ago. The Prescot community helped the family through their hour of need and their darkest days. Adam's legacy lives on through the fantastic work of the committee and volunteers who now give back to the local community. Their aim is dedicated to achieving dreams and memories with the focus on educating young children and adults around awareness and the consequences of knife crime. Evolving Mindset is a community interest company established in 2019, which aims to promote positive mental health in the Knowsley and Merseyside community. Free community workshops along with a free six-week mental wellbeing programme have supported individuals and families who need it the most. Evolving Mindset have engaged, educated and empowered more than 1800 people in the local area. The team have a significant level of experience of working in the mental health field. Alongside this professional experience, a number of the team are able to draw on personal experiences of mental health difficulties. Knowsley Foodbank aims to support local families in a crisis. It is based in Kirkby and has nine distribution centres throughout the borough. Food is donated from a variety of sources including churches, schools and individuals. Knowsley people can apply for a foodbank voucher from many frontline services such as schools, Citizens Advice, welfare advice centres and health care professionals. They present the voucher to a distribution centre and are given three days’ worth of food for themselves and their family. Whenever possible, they also offer fresh fruit and vegetables and toiletries. The funding provided by KPHDA will help massively in providing such vital essentials throughout our local community.

Pictured (L-R) is Adam Ellison’s auntie Pauline alongside his dad Fred with Bernie Grindley presenting the cheque to Adam’s mum Joyce.

Pictured (L-R) is the directors Andy alongside Bernie with Kirsty a volunteer and Lee also a director.

Cllr Graham Morgan elected as Leader of the Council for the fifth consecutive year Knowsley Council’s Leader Councillor Graham Morgan has been elected as Leader of the Council for the fifth consecutive year following the Council’s Annual Meeting. Councillor Morgan outlined his priorities for the Borough and its people following the most difficult few years in Knowsley’s history, he said: “The COVID-19 pandemic presented challenges that none of us could have predicted. We have seen the incredible resilience and strength of our communities throughout this time. Getting through these past few years in the way we have has only been possible by everyone working together. “Now, my Cabinet colleagues and I want to look to the future with a renewed focus on what we can all do to help our communities to thrive – not just survive. We want people in Knowsley to live the best possible lives, which includes getting them the support they need, when they need it, and local people having access to all of the facilities and services to help to make their lives better. “People in Knowsley need different things depending on where they live and their individual circumstances. Of course, there will be universal things for everyone – like maintaining standards in our award-winning parks, ensuring access to affordable housing, and investment in our town centres. From speaking to residents, we also know that specific challenges and concerns will be different for different people and vary depending upon where you live in Knowsley. “We will consult with local people in developing the Knowsley Offer so, over the coming months, we will be seeking views to fully understand what local people feel that they need to help them to thrive.”

Pictured (L-R) Craig, Jamie, Bernie, Toni, John and Andy.

Top ranking brass band to appear at festival England’s number one-ranking brass band is among the musical guests at this year’s Prescot Festival. Cheshire-based Foden’s Band - currently placed number two worldwide - has been making music for over a century are to appear at this year’s festival, they have proved themselves a firm favourite with audiences in Prescot since the festival began in 2005. Artistic director Dr Robert Howard said: “With live brass, big band jazz, choral, classical and light orchestral music all returning to the festival this year, we’re expecting our eighteenth annual event to have something for everyone,” The 18th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts runs from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 June 2022.

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MWRA Knowsley Project is a huge success National charity the Big Help Project is playing its part tackling the environmental and social travesty of wasted food, with its food hubs redirecting surplus fresh, frozen and ambient food worth over £875,000 that would otherwise have been sent to landfill, thanks to funding from the Merseyside Waste Recycling Authority (MWRA) in 2018. Food Hubs tackle the paradox of rising food insecurity and rising food waste by redirecting surplus fresh, frozen and ambient food away from landfill and into membership-based food hubs. Membership is open to all, regardless of means, making food hubs a true community resource. The benefits extend to the environment too - by redirecting over

200 tonnes of surplus food into the food hub network, Big Help has prevented the emission of over 500 cubic tonnes of damaging Co2 – the equivalent of Co2 emissions from 31 cars for a whole year - from being released into our atmosphere. CEO of the Big Help Peter Mitchell said: “It is absurd that we had situation where good food was going to waste at the same time as people were going hungry, and we are delighted that, thanks to the generous funding from MWRA, we have been able to address the situation and bring this surplus food to our communities across the city. “MWRA believed in our Food Community Food Partnerships from the founding of the very first one, and we are delighted to be able to repay that faith

The sky is the limit at FTW Training FTW Training was established in 2013 as a predominantly commercial Forklift Training (FLT) provider accredited with RTITB. From there the company has moved from strength to strength when the new management team came on board in 2018. FTW then started working with various partners who deliver funded Warehouse and storage qualifications and their part was obviously the free Forklift licence on completion. From humble beginnings of four office staff and two instructors they have grown at a rate of nots and now employ eight office staff and 11 RTITB instructors/associates. They are an eclectic mix of trainers who have years of Industry experience and deliver quality forklift training, two of which have graduated from the funded warehouse and FLT course and are now delivering the very same course they were a student on! The managing director also completed the same course 11 years ago. Their office team bring varied work and life experience which they feel is the reason why they have had such great success over the recent years. Nikki McCarthy-Obey, operations director at FTW, said: “Don’t think it was plain sailing though! We have managed to keep this forklift family together through a global pandemic which certainly caused some sleepless nights. “What did become apparent is that the forklift and logistics industry is one of the most secure industries to work in due to the online shopping culture. That said forklift drivers are not just limited to working within a warehouse, there are

garden centres, builders merchants, events companies the list goes on.” From January 2022 until present 41% of their learners have moved into employment. Nikki, said: “What do we do? On completion of the 2/3 week funded warehouse and storage course, FTW provide free transport from the training location Liverpool, Lancashire, Warrington and Manchester and facilitate the five day training course, the licence is worth £600 and you will receive this for free if you are eligible. “Our instructors are genuinely some of the nicest people I know and will go the extra mile to ensure a friendly, supportive and professional environment, feel free to have a look at our google reviews from our learners! “We also have strong links with employers and we regularly send vacancies to our past learners in the relevant areas where they live. “We have recently secured two prison contracts and deliver the training to candidates pre release into the community which is proving to be very successful. “In the last 12 months we qualified to become a train the trainer centre which means if you have industry experience, we can train candidates to be a qualified RTITB accredited Instructor. “Why do we do it? As before mentioned our team have a passion and drive to support people who have found themselves out of work, need a change and want to work in an industry where they are guaranteed a steady income. We understand that sometimes all it takes is for someone to believe in you and the sky is the limit.”

with the incredible figures released. Food hub manager Toni Bell said: “We are delighted that our Food Community Food Partnerships have had such a positive impact upon our environment, and we are so grateful to MWRA for their support over the past four years. “We have also been blessed with long-term project partners including Marks and Spencer, Greggs bakery, Ocado and Bidfood who have donated

24 tonnes in the last year alone that would otherwise have ended up in landfill. “At a time when the cost-of-living is soaring and wages are stagnating, it is fantastic to be able to redirect quality fresh produce and support everyone in our community in not only eating enough to survive, but in eating well and thriving, no matter what income they may be on.”

10 June 2022

CHALLENGE EDUCATION Round up of education news Renowned land artist James Brunt creates masterpiece at St Anne’s Renowned land artist James Brunt recently paid a visit to St Anne’s Catholic Primary School to create a land art installation in the school grounds. The project – United by Land – is part of Knowsley’s celebrations as the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture. James will also be working with a number of schools in the coming weeks on smaller land art projects within school grounds. James along with several other accomplished land artists will descend on the

borough in August to work with local people and communities on a number of outdoor installations at Halewood Triangle, Stadt Moers, Mill Dam and Bowring Parks. James said: “I am so excited to be involved in this work in Knowsley and to bring the joy of land art to new people and new communities. The Borough of Culture celebrations are so exciting, and I am thrilled to be part of that and to make sure that nature and the outdoors is also celebrated this year. “Knowsley has some amazing school, parks and open spaces and is the perfect setting for us to

put our creativity to work. My approach is all about utilising what nature provides to create something truly remarkable and most importantly it is something that everyone can join in with. “There will be lots of opportunities to come along and get involved in creating these artworks and I can’t wait to meet lots of Knowsley residents in the coming weeks and months.” James creates bespoke land art using natural objects like stones, leaves and shells. From the simplest of materials, James creates

mesmerising patterns and mandalas and has more than 100,000 followers on his Instagram page (@jamesbruntartist). He has worked on hundreds of projects across the UK and on bespoke commissions for organisations including ITV.

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During British Science Week, Knowsley Community College hosted our Healthcare Science Skills Show, bringing together healthcare professionals, industry experts and universities to inspire school and sixth form students from across the region. More than 150 students from schools across the region including Lord Derby Academy, Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School (Ashton), St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School and De La Salle School attended the event at the Knowsley Community College Main Campus, where they received a first-hand insight into the healthcare and science sector and the many career opportunities available in the industry. Organisations including St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, Medical Mavericks, Positively You, Axess Sexual Health, Edge Hill University, the North West Ambulance Service, University of Liverpool Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Lipology and many more were on hand to offer advice and information and inspire children with interactive activities. The students had the opportunity to take part in a number of interactive events and activities throughout the day, including workshops with Positively You and practising taking fake blood, keyhole surgery training and ultrasound machines with Medical Mavericks. Positively You hosted an important workshop with magician Matt Cope about resilience and mental health, equipping students with the skills needed to become more resilient to setbacks and confidence to reframe negative experiences and use them for growth. The event proved to be a great success, with students leaving with a greater understanding of the range of career opportunities in these ever-growing sectors.

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Merseyside Police inspire students at Rainford High Merseyside Police recently attended Rainford High’s careers awareness day for Year 10 students. A range of different departments from the police force descended on the school including community engagement unit, firearms team, St Helens local policing team, the dog section and outreach unit. Merseyside Police spoke with students about the different career opportunities within the organisation and the various routes to employment. They also discussed important issues around equality and diversity in the police service. Students were able to ask the amazing police officers questions about their roles and learn about the training they must go through and understand the equipment they must have in order to protect themselves and the general public. They also got to know the force’s hardworking police dogs and learn more about the canine unit. PD Hugo was a particular favourite amongst the young people.

Constable Danielle Sewoo from Merseyside Police said: “It was great to be part of Rainford High’s ‘Be Brilliant Day’ and to speak with so many students about the different opportunities within Merseyside Police. The students asked lots of great questions and I hope that they enjoyed the day as much as we did!” Melissa Donovan, whole school lead for careers at Rainford High, commented: “It was a fantastic day and the students had a really positive and immersive experience which has given them an insight into the challenges, skills and opportunities within the modern police.” Ian Young, principal of the school, added: “It is vital that young people get the chance to experience the wide and diverse range of careers and employment opportunities that are available to them. By collaborating with key organisations and businesses in the region, our students get to build their own understanding of the working world which allows them to make an informed decision in later life.”

Pupils had the chance to meet Police dog Hugo

EitC Launches New Falls Prevention Programme Everton in the Community is supporting older adults and their physical wellbeing with a new programme which aims to reduce falls amongst the senior population in Knowsley. ‘Safe and Steady,’ launched this week by Everton Ambassador Ian Snodin and Knowsley Council’s Cllr Christine Bannon, is an expansion of the charity’s older person’s provision and will support Knowsley residents who have experienced a fall as well as those at risk of falling. The programme, funded by Knowsley Council, will utilise clinical expertise of the charity’s GP, Dr Chris Pritchard, and Everton in the Community’s dedicated falls prevention co-ordinator to assess and identify risk factors for falls before delivering a communitybased strength and balance programme for patients to access at multiple sites across Knowsley. ‘Snods’, who took part in the programme’s first session at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Centre, spoke in glowing terms after seeing the initiative in action. “It’s a great idea and it works on a number of levels” said the 58-year-old. “It gets people out and about and of course, any type of exercise is good for them. They all seemed to enjoy it and I am sure it will be another successful venture.” In addition to the weekly physical activity sessions, the programme will also deliver a comprehensive range of healthy lifestyle education workshops and social enrichment activities for participants to engage in which will improve not only their physical health, but also boost their mental wellbeing and overall quality of life. As part of the provision, a free pick up and drop off shuttle service is available to transport patients from across Knowsley to attend weekly sessions. Highlighting the continued progress and

expansion of Everton in the Community’s older persons provision, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Johnnie Garside, said: “This funding represents a significant step forward in the charity’s efforts to support older adults in Knowsley. “We look forward to working collaboratively with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to ensure a smooth handover of current patients to ensure older adults in Knowsley have access to the new programme enabling them to connect with likeminded people, improve their confidence and maintain their independence.” Cllr Christine Bannon, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health, added: “I am really pleased to

welcome EitC to Knowsley to deliver the new Safe and Steady programme for people having falls or at risk of a fall. I have really enjoyed meeting the team and having the opportunity to watch a class demonstration. “This service will work in partnership with the newly commissioned Falls and Fracture Prevention Service (Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust) and will play a key role in contributing to the delivery of the borough wide Falls and Fracture Prevention Action Plan (2022-24). “I look forward to seeing the impact the programme has over the next two years.”

12 June 2022

Visitors enjoy Prescot Elizabethan Fayre Hundreds of visitors enjoyed this year’s supersized Elizabethan Fayre in Prescot town centre. As part of Knowsley’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture, and to mark the fact that the Shakespeare North Playhouse will open in Prescot in July, the Fayre was extended to two days, and hosted a wider range of attractions and performances. The town was a hub of activity with outdoor dance and theatre performances, circus skills, heritage walks, birds of prey, face painting, craft workshops and even the opportunity create a unique miniature cardboard replica of Prescot town centre. The free festival celebrated the rich Elizabethan heritage of Prescot – which in Elizabethan times was the only place in the whole of the country, aside from London, to have a free-standing

purpose-built theatre. The Fayre was funded through the High Streets Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme Grant, which was awarded to the Prescot Cultural Consortium in 2020. Laura Collier, creative director and programmer at Shakespeare North Playhouse and chair of the Prescot Cultural Consortium, said: “We were very ambitious with our plans for this year’s fayre as it is a very special year for Prescot and Knowsley. For the first time, the Fayre was extended to two days and welcomed local and national artist and performers, some completely new to Prescot and some of the much-loved attractions also returned. “It was lovely to see the town centre full of people and energy and there was a real sense of community with everyone enjoying themselves.”

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TIMESLIPS We are all, in a way, walking through life with our heads twisted backwards, only able to see what has gone as most cannot see the future. Sometimes an intriguing phenomenon known as a timeslip occurs and gives a glimpse of the future, but a majority of these slippages in time seem to show us bygone days, and when someone from the past intrudes into the present, we tend to assume they are a ghost, and perhaps when we see some UFOs we are merely seeing gravity-defying vehicles from our own future. I suspect the following is a case of a visitor from bygone days. On 21 December 2010, at half-past midnight; a 21-year-old Huyton girl named Olivia and her three friends were on Mathew Street, outside the Rubber Soul pub, taking selfies, when they were joined by a tall man in a top hat and cape who couldn't take his eyes off Olivia. She thought he was just someone in fancy dress. The stranger said his name was Richard and Olivia asked: “Where you from?” to which Richard replied, “I stepped into a mist of black nothingness; I have become a lost shadow.” Olivia returned a blank look and then, a young pickpocket was caught feeling for a wallet in Richard's jacket, and in a split second the eccentric-looking man in the topper threw a punch that left the criminal out cold on his back. “He that steals honey should expect to be stung!” Richard yelled, and two bouncers from a pub rushed forward upon seeing Richard draw a rapier-like sword from his cane. Richard ran off, and was seen to vanish into thin air. Only then did Olivia assume she'd talked to a ghost, and the experience really shook her up. Some thought the man in the topper had just been someone who had attended a Christmas fancy dress party and that he had merely escaped into the crowds of Mathew Street, but others were convinced the man had been some Victorian shade. When Olivia checked the selfies she had taken, she could see a shadowy, indistinct figure standing behind her on one of the shots. The identity of ‘Richard’ is unknown, but there have been many timeslip incidents in that part of the Cavern Quarter over the years, and I have a feeling that Richard was some Victorian

who unwittingly walked through an opening in time. Olivia told me she’d love to meet Richard again, and said there had been something charismatic about him which she finds lacking in modern 21st Century men! In July 2018 I received another report of what seems to have been some slippage in time. A woman named Neely was in a fish and chip shop on Dovecot Avenue (which I assume to be Harry's Fish Bar), when her 10-year-old son Alfie went outside the chippy with his new football despite his mum telling him to stay put. As Neely was paying for the meals, Alfie came running back into the chippy and said he’d kicked his ball against a wall around the corner and it had vanished. His mother had just paid thirty-odd quid for the Adidas football and was livid. She went to look at the place where the ball had disappeared - Back Dovecot Place, and saw that the whole alleyway was shimmering as if she was looking at it through flawed glass, and then she heard a low humming sound that got steadily louder. Alfie went to walk into the alleyway but his mother, sensing there was something unearthly and dangerous about the situation grabbed her son by the arm and dragged him away. When she looked back, the sound stopped and the distorted scene she witnessed had reverted to normal. I've heard of this phenomenon many times and it seems to be the beginning or end of a certain type

of timeslip. Alfie’s football was never found. On the afternoon of Friday 11 February 2022, an Halewood taxi driver named Phil was flagged down by a man on Hall Lane, Kensington who wanted to be taken to Rodney Street. “What end of Rodney (Street), mate?” Phil asked the man, and was told: “Delta Travel, facing Maryland Street, by Puschka.”

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Alfie came running back into the chippy and said he'd kicked his ball against a wall around the corner and it had vanished

“All these travel restrictions with Covid are a pain,” Phil remarked to the man, but was met with a blank look – as if the passenger didn’t know what he was talking about, so Phil talked about sport, but again, the fare didn’t respond; he just looked out the window – so Phil gave up trying to strike up a conversation. The man was duly dropped off outside of Delta Travel at 20-22 Rodney Street, and the customer seemed in quite a hurry to get out of the cab. He slapped a £20 note in the cabbie’s hand and ran to the travel agent. Phil drove off, but as he waited at the traffic lights at Hardman Street, he thought, “Wait a mo - I thought Delta Travel packed in years ago” and out of curiosity the taxi driver did a circuit which brought him back to

Rodney Street, and he could not believe his eyes. Delta Travel was not there - not a trace of it. That travel agency closed at that address about 12 years ago. Slowly, the taxi driver realised he had experienced some type of timeslip. He looked at the £20 the man had paid his fare with; it was not the new polymer £20 but the old paper one, which expires later this year. Phil checked the dash cam; the passenger was there; he wasn’t a ghost. Phil told his best friend Callum, and he had a look at the dash cam – but the man from Kensington was now missing from the footage, and Phil also realised the paper £20 note had also vanished. I interviewed Phil and told him to calm down and to try and recall just what he had seen. He recalled Delta Travel with its model plane in the window, and he also recalled seeing the restaurant Puschka – which closed down years ago. I told Phil it looked as if he had somehow ‘retrograded’ - crossed several years into the past in his cab for a short period, and then he and his hackney had smoothly returned to 2022. These subtle timeslips are fairly common, and who knows, you might experience one yourself; it’s just a matter of time... All Tom’s books and audiobooks are on Amazon.

14 June 2022

OUR CROXTETH £50K FUNDING WINNERS ANNOUNCED In February, over 150 people from Croxteth, north Liverpool, came together for the ‘Our Croxteth’ event, which invited local people and groups to present a ‘Dragon’s Den’style pitch to a community panel, made up of local residents, for funding to run creative and innovative projects to support people in the community. All successful projects demonstrated clear evidence of how they would tackle key themes highlighted by local people through research, including: • Helping us feel safe Reducing/addressing crime and antisocial behaviour, or supporting victims and/or prevention. • Healthy residents and families Improving health and wellbeing for local residents • Improving life chances – Supporting employability and access to jobs or training, reducing poverty • Bringing people together - Supporting community cohesion, reducing barriers between communities and activities to reduce social isolation Rona Heron, partnership development officer at Cobalt Housing, said: “We are delighted, though not surprised, by the level of enthusiasm that we’ve seen from the Croxteth community for this initiative. There is so much passion from local groups who are committed to

supporting people in need, but we’ve also been thrilled by the number of new initiatives that aim to broaden the opportunities for people in Croxteth to experience new activities.” Successful projects include providing a defibrillator in Croxteth Park, for the popular weekly Next Door Community Walk, teen holistic therapy sessions to

Health Update Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health It’s a sad fact that around 2,700 women in England are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and it is the second most common cancer amongst women under 35, yet it is one of the most preventable cancers. That is why during Cervical Screening Awareness Week, 20 to 26 June, we’re encouraging women in Knowsley to attend their screening appointment (smear test) as any cervical cell changes can be treated, preventing cervical cancer. Life can be hectic and it's easy to let your cervical screening appointment fall to the bottom of your 'to do' list, but the symptoms of cervical cancer are not always obvious, and it may not cause any symptoms at all until it's reached an advanced stage. That's why it's important that you respond to your cervical screening invitation letters and book an appointment at your GP practice if you missed your last one. For most, cervical screening tests are not painful. Talk to the nurse or doctor before they do the test with any concerns you may have, and they will help put you at ease. The screening test only lasts a few minutes, and it could save your life. We’re also supporting Clean Air Day this month on 16 June, the theme for 2022 is ‘air pollution dirties every organ in your body’. We will be promoting some simple things we can all do to make ourselves and others safer, such as walking short distance trips, leaving the car at home, turning the engine off when stationary and consider electric vehicles.

support young people with finding new coping mechanisms, school drama sessions focused on the impact of alcohol and drugs, a ‘women only’ group to support isolated members of the community to gain social inclusion, and a new seated activity to be delivered in residential and care environments. Merseyside Police Inspector, Sarah Rotherham, said: “This has been a truly community-led project. From the outset we have had input from local people, who have told us they wanted to see funding for projects that reduce crime, improve health and wellbeing, and support employability and community cohesion. We hope when they see the list of clubs and groups who have received funding, the panel have tried to fulfil these wishes. Cheryl Lowes, GP at Jubilee Medical Centre, Croxteth, said: “What really sets

this project apart from others is the way the community working group, and winning bidders, are working in partnership already with a determination to make this a sustainable, communityled initiative that will bring huge benefits for people living in Croxteth for a long time.” Pat McGuiness, deputy director of integration at Mersey Care NHS, said: “It has been truly inspiring having the opportunity to work with local people to take forward the ‘Our Croxteth’ Project. The creative ideas put forward for how local community groups and individuals can make a difference in improving health and wellbeing, and community cohesion, in Croxteth have been amazing and the community working group have been really committed to making sure the funding available is put to best use to support the community.”

OP SCEPTRE WEEK OF ACTION ROUND UP Last week, Police officers across the country came together to raise awareness of knife crime and the efforts that are on-going to tackle this issue. Operation Sceptre is a week-long national campaign to target those carrying weapons, prevent knife related offences, raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime, and provide young people with more positive alternatives to crime. The force’s social media channels have detailed activity across the region, which have included schools’ visits, open land searches, high visibility policing, warrants and test purchase operations. Across Merseyside we saw 44 people arrested, 23 knives recovered, over 1000 young people involved in school events, 240 retailer visit and 72 searches of open spaces. Chief Inspector Phil Mullally said: “Tackling knife crime is a priority for Merseyside Police. This specific week of action provided us with the opportunity to shine a spotlight on this issue – to highlight the work officers and partner agencies carry out day in day out to tackle knife related crime. “Merseyside Police know we cannot tackle this issue alone. With our continued determination and support from partner agencies and the public, I have no doubt we can positively impact our communities to ensure the safety of all those living in and visiting our region.”

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GP MISKA LTD of 34 Porlock Avenue, Sutton Leach, St Helens WA9 4PE is applying for a licence to use Cemex UK Readymic Plant, Cemex Huyton Plant, Ellis Ashton Street, Huyton, Liverpool L36 6BJ as an operating centre for 1 goods vehicle and 0 trailers. Owners or occupiers of land (including buildings) near the operating centre(s) who believe that their use or enjoyment of that land would be affected, should make written representations to the Traffic Commissioner at Hillcrest House, 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 6NF, stating their reasons, within 21 days of this notice. Representors must at the same time send a copy of their representations to the applicant at the address given at the top of this notice. A Guide to Making Representations is available from the Traffic Commissioner’s office.

To advertise Tel: 0151 706 7411 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (MILLBROOK MILLENIUM GREEN PARK, KIRKBY – FOOTPATH KB/2/1) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF PEDESTRIANS REGULATION) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential enabling works (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate pedestrian traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”). The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit pedestrians from proceeding along: i) Footpath KB/2/1, Kirkby - from its intersection with Boyes Brow for its entire length. There is no suitable diversion route for this footpath closure. The Order will come into force on Wednesday 1 June 2022 and will have a maximum duration of 6 months. Dated the 4 May 2022 Mike Harden Chief Executive



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential carriageway repair works (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above-named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”). The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from proceeding along:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate 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) Central Avenue, Prescot – For its entirety – Closed on Monday 13 June 2022 to Friday 17 June 2022. ii) Preston Avenue, Prescot – From its junction with South Avenue for a distance of 76 metres in a Southerly Direction. Closed on Tuesday 14 June 2022 to Friday 17 June 2022. iii) South Avenue, Prescot – From its junction with Manchester Road to its junction with Wood Lane - Closed on Friday 17 June 2022 to Tuesday 5 July 2022.

i) M62 junction 5 eastbound on slip, Roby – for its entire length. Closed on 11 June 2022 and 20 August 2022 ii) M62 junction 6 westbound on slip, Roby – for its entire length. Closed on 12 June 2022 and 21 August 2022 iii) Speke Boulevard Jaguar Land Rover factory entry/exit westbound slip road, Halewood – for its entire length. Closed on 2 July 2022 and 17 September 2022

The diversion route for vehicles affected by the South Avenue, Prescot road closure is via Manchester Road, Wood Lane and Vice Versa. No diversion route available for Preston Avenue, Prescot access will be maintained.

NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15(4) OR (5) OR ARTICLE 16 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION OF THE TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) PLANNING (LISTED BUILDING & CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 (AS AMENDED) Notice is hereby given that the following Planning Applications have been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley: 22/00032/FUL by Mr Gary O’Grady at 102 Seel Road, Huyton, Knowsley - ERECTION OF A SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION. Reason for advertising: Development within a Conservation Area. 22/00252/FUL by Mr Alan Blayney at High Carrs Lodge, Roby Road, Roby - EXTENSION TO INFILL EXTERNAL COURTYARD & A FIRST FLOOR EXTENSION TOGETHER WITH THE INSTALLATION OF BIFOLD DOORS & INTERNAL ALTERATIONS. Reason for advertising: Development within a Conservation Area. 22/00284/OUT by Linden Hill-Capital Assets-ALX Limited at John Mason International Ltd, 35 Wilson Road, Huyton - DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BUILDINGS & OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR THE ERECTION OF A LOGISTICS WAREHOUSE (USE CLASS B8) - APPROVAL SOUGHT FOR ACCESS (APPEARANCE, LAYOUT, LANDSCAPING & SCALE RESERVED FOR FUTURE APPROVAL). Reason for advertising: Major Development. 22/00270/FUL by Mr Jonathan Highfield at 10 West Street, Prescot, Knowsley - RESTORATION OF EXISTING DWELLING & ATTACHED WORKSHOP TOGETHER WITH THE CONVERSION OF EXISTING ATTACHED TWO STOREY WORKSHOP TO FORM HABILTABLE ROOMS. Reason for advertising: Development within a Conservation Area. 22/00240/FUL by ForHousing at Jackson Gardens, The Withens, Stockbridge Village - APPLICATION TO REMOVE CONDITION NO. 6 APPLIED TO PLANNING PERMISSION 19/00647/FUL (APPLICATION TO VARY CONDITION NO.2 ATTACHED TO PLANNING PERMISSION 15/00786/FUL (ERECTION OF THREE STOREY AFFORDABLE EXTRA CARE SCHEME COMPRISING 64 NO. APARTMENTS INCLUDING 15 NO. DEMENTIA CARE APARTMENTS WITH COMMUNAL / ASSOCIATED FACILITIES & THE ERECTION OF 26 NO. AFFORDABLE BUNGALOWS TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED PEDESTRIAN & VEHICULAR ACCESS, CAR PARKING & LANDSCAPING) TO ALLOW FOR CHANGES TO LAYOUT OF BIN STORE & CYCLE STORE INCLUDING REMOVAL OF SUBSTATION) - TO ALLOW FOR THE REDUCTION OF ASB ISSUES. Reason for advertising: Major Development. 22/00198/FUL by Courtyard Care Limited at Beech House, 10 Huyton Church Road, Huyton - CHANGE OF USE FROM A MIXEDUSE DWELLING & NURSERY TO A CHILDREN'S HOME TOGETHER WITH THE DEMOLITION OF A CONSERVATORY ON THE ANNEXE & OTHER EXTERNAL ALTERATIONS TO THE MAIN BUILDING & THE ANNEXE. Reason for advertising: Development within a Conservation Area. 21/00791/FUL by Mr John Barnes at 33 Victoria Road, Huyton, L36 5SA - ERECTION OF A SINGLE STOREY SIDE EXTENSION. Reason for advertising: Development within a Conservation Area. 22/00213/REM by Bloor Homes Limited at Land North of M62 Motorway, Off Windy Arbor Road, (Halsnead) - RESERVED MATTERS APPLICATION PURSUANT TO PLANNING PERMISSION 18/00283/HYB FOR THE ERECTION OF 208 NO. DWELLINGS & ASSOCIATED WORKS - APPROVAL SOUGHT FOR APPEARANCE, LANDSCAPING, LAYOUT & SCALE. Reason for advertising: Major Development. 22/00236/FUL by JRD Property Developments Ltd at Pro Vapours, 25 Eccleston Street, Prescot - INSTALLATION OF NEW SHOP FRONT TOGETHER WITH THE REPLACEMENT OF SASH WINDOWS, BRICK REPAIRS & REPOINTING, REPLACEMENT OF MISSING/SLIPPED SLATES, RELINING THE STONE GUTTER WITH LEAD, CORNICE REPAIRS, NEW CAST IRON RAINWATER GOODS & REMOVAL OF SATELLITE DISH & OTHER SERVICES BOXES & CABLES FROM THE FRONT ELEVATION. Reason for advertising: Development within a Conservation Area. Members of the public may view the application online using Public Access at Anyone who wishes to make representations about an application should write to the Council at Regeneration & 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: M Harden - Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 27th May 2022

No diversion route available for Central Avenue, Prescot access will be maintained. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Monday 13 June 2022 to Tuesday 5 July 2022. The Order will come into force on Monday 13 June 2022 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated: 17 June 2022 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (MANCHESTER ROAD, PRESCOT) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2022 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential carriageway repair 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:

The diversion route for vehicles affected by the M62 junction 5 eastbound on slip, Roby Road closure is via Roby Road, Tarbock Road, Cronton Road. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the M62 junction 6 westbound on slip, Roby Road closure is via Cronton Road, Tarbock Road, Roby Road. No diversion route available for Speke Boulevard Jaguar Land Rover factory entry/exit westbound slip road, Halewood Road closure. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Saturday 11 June 2022 to Saturday 17 September 2022. The Order will come into force on Saturday 11 June 2022 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 27 May 2022 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (PROHIBITION AND RESTRICTION OF WAITING AND LOADING AND PARKING PLACES) (CIVIL ENFORCEMENT AND CONSOLIDATION) ORDER 2015 (EXPERIMENTAL AMENDMENT NO 64) (NO WAITING AT ANY TIME AND PERMIT PARKING AREA WEST STREET AND DERBY STREET PRESCOT) ORDER 2022 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (“the Council”) on 17 June 2022 made the above-named experimental traffic regulation order (“the Order”) under Sections 1 9 and 10 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which comes into operation on 20th June 2022 The effect of the Order is to provide on an experimental basis a traffic regulation order to provide for 1 no waiting at any time on the following lengths of road in Knowsley – • West Street Prescot south side from its junction with Church Street to its junction with Driffield Road. • West Street Prescot north side for its entire length. • West Street, Prescot traffic island at its junction with Derby Street for its entire perimeter. • Derby Street Prescot traffic island between its respective junctions with West Street 2 a permit parking area operative at all times on the following area of road in Knowsley so that parked vehicles must display a valid parking permit - that area of West Street Prescot from a point 20 metres west of its junction with Church Street in a westerly direction to a point 5 metres east of its junction with Pratt Road 3 parking permits to be issued to the properties listed in Schedule Three to this Order to permit parking in the parking area described in paragraph 2 above The 2015 Order would be amended the duration of the Order by the revocation of the Map Tiles specified in the First Schedule below and the insertion and addition of the Map Tiles specified in the Second Schedule below and also the insertion and addition of the details specified in Schedule Three into Schedule 1 of the 2015 Order. A copy of the Order, a plan showing the parts of the highway and areas affected by the Order, a copy of the Map Tiles and a statement of the Council's reasons for making the Order may be inspected free of charge on the Council’s website; Further information regarding the proposed Order may be obtained from Keith Moyles – Group Manager, Highways Network and Operations via or via 0151 443 5948. This experimental traffic regulation Order shall continue in force for a period not exceeding 18 months and the Council will be considering in due course whether the provisions of the Order should be continued in force indefinitely. Within a period of 6 months beginning with the day on which the experimental Order came into force, or if the Order is varied by another order or modified pursuant to section 10(2) of the 1984 Act beginning with the day on which the variation or modification or the latest variation or modification came into force, any person may object to the making of an order for the purpose of such indefinite continuation. Any such objection must be in writing, state the grounds on which it is made and be sent to Mrs K Davies, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Legal Services, 2nd Floor, Municipal Building, Archway Road Huyton Merseyside L36 9YU quoting reference “Legal/KD/TRO objection/West Street” within the 6 month period. Schedule One – Map Tiles to be suspended from the 2015 Order for the duration of the experimental order Road


Extent of Restriction

Map Tile Number(s)

Map Tile Revision

West Street

Prescot North

As per plan PT/TM/7170

W41 X41

Rev 1

Schedule Two – Map Tiles to be added to the 2015 Order for the duration of the experimental order

i) Manchester Road, Prescot – From its junction with Liverpool Road to its junction with Sewell Street. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Manchester Road closure is via Sewell Street, Steley Way, Warrington Road, High Street, Derby Street, Liverpool Road and vice versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Monday 16 May 2022 to Friday 1 July 2022. The Order came into force on Monday 16 May 2022 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 19 April 2022 Mike Harden Chief Executive


NOTICE The Registrar General has cancelled the registrations of Prescot Community Church, 8-14 Kemble Street, Prescot as a place of religious worship in accordance with the Marriage Act 1949

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential carriageway repair 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) Thingwall Lane, Roby – From its junction with Greystone Road, Roby for a distance of 83m in a Westerly direction.

R Dodd for the Registrar General June 2022

To advertise Tel: 0151 706 7411

The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Thingwall Lane road closure is via Milton Avenue, Childwall Lane, Pilch Lane, Campbell Drive, Thingwall Lane and Vice Versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Monday 23 May 2022 to Saturday 28 May 2022. The Order came into force on Monday 23 May 2022 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 19 April 2022 Mike Harden Chief Executive

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (PROHIBITION AND RESTRICTION OF WAITING AND LOADING AND PARKING PLACES) (CIVIL ENFORCEMENT AND CONSOLIDATION) ORDER 2015 (AMENDMENT NO 58) (HALL LANE CRONTON) ORDER 2022 NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (“the Council”) proposes to make the above-named order (“the Order”) under Sections 1, 2, 4, 19, 32, 35, 45, 46, 47 53 and 124 and Part IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the 1984 Act”). If the Order comes into force the effect will be to amend the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting and Loading and Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement and Consolidation) Order 2015 as amended (“the 2015 Order”) by prohibiting waiting at any time on the following lengths of road - Hall Lane Cronton south-west side from a point coincident with a point 50 metres west of its junction with The Roundabout in a south-easterly direction for a distance of 105 metres. The 2015 Order would be amended by the revocation of the Map Tiles specified in Schedule 1 below and by the insertion of the Map Tiles specified in the Schedule 2 below. The proposed Order would come into operation on the date that the Council publishes a notice stating that the Order has been made. A copy of the proposed Order and Map Tiles, plans showing the parts of the highway and areas affected by the Order and a statement of the Council's reasons for proposing to make the Order may be inspected may be inspected and viewed on the Council’s website at the following link Further information regarding the proposed Order may be obtained from Austin McGowan Any objections and representations relating to the proposed Order together with the grounds on which they are made, should be sent in writing to Mike Dearing Head of Legal Services, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Legal Services, 2nd Floor, Municipal Building, Archway Road Huyton Merseyside L36 9YU quoting reference (Legal/KD/Hall Lane/TRO) before 15 June 2022. Schedule 1 - Map Tiles to be revoked



Extent of Restriction

Map Tile Number(s)

Map Tile Revision



Extent of Restriction

Map Tile Number(s)

Map Tile Revision

West Street

Prescot North

As per plan PT/TM/7170

W41 X41

Rev 2

Hall Lane

Whiston and Cronton

As per the drawing numbered PT/TM/6834



Schedule Three – properties entitled to permits to be inserted into Schedule 1 of the 2015 Order for the duration of the experimental order

Schedule 2 - Map Tiles to be added






Extent of Restriction

Map Tile Number(s)

Map Tile Revision

West Street

Prescot North

Properties numbered 1 to 25 West Street and 1 Driffield Road, Hiilcrest, Kirk Tor and Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph’s Church

Hall Lane

Whiston and Cronton

As per the drawing numbered PT/TM/6834



Dated 27th May 2022 Mike Harden Chief Executive

Dated 25 May 2022 Mike Harden Chief Executive

16 June 2022

Challenge Sport Sport from around the region

Knowsley Schools Girls U11s triumph at Goodison Park Congratulations go out to Knowsley Schools Girls U11s for winning the Everton Plate Cup Final at Goodison Park on Wednesday 11 May 2022 against West Lancashire Schools Girls. The result on the day was Knowsley Schools Girls 2 v 0 West Lancashire Schools Girls. Managers Terri Fitzpatrick and Daniel Moores said: “The win was considered as a fantastic achievement considering the girls have only been together since September. They have worked hard in training over the last few months, playing some excellent football to qualify for the finals. Their schools and parents should be so proud of them for their attitude and behaviour on and off the pitch. Well done to all the girls.”

Back Row: Terri Fitzpatrick (Manager), Keith Keeling (Coach), Daniel Moores (Manager), Sean Owen (Coach) Middle Row: Lucie Boyd, Helen Taylor, Olivia Phelan (Captain), Lillie Rothwell, Lucie Morris, Victoria Jones, Maddison Gresham, Lottie Jones Front Row: Molly Kendrick (Goalkeeper), Lexie Rothwell (Goalkeeper), Nancy Jones, Poppie Murphy, Millie May Edwards, Tia Kearns, Olivia Tremarco

Cables focus on next season While activity on the pitch may have finished in April, off the pitch Prescot Cables are hard at work preparing for next season and the challenges that will come with it. The club have set themselves an ambitious commercial target of recruiting 100 pitchside sponsors over the summer to bring in much needed revenue over the close season. The club have also raised over two thousand pounds towards vital pitch repairs that are needed in order for the club to be able to host football matches in the future. In the coming month, the club will launch its new kit for 2022-2023 season. This will be a bespoke kit designed in association with Martin Heron who was behind the sculptures seen around the town in relation to Shakespeare and the BICC from which the club takes its name. However the club cannot escape the cost of living crisis that is effecting everyone within the borough and as a result of dramatically increased costs, fans will see an increase in ticket prices when these are announced later this month. The club are also planning on holding a number of high profile friendly games during pre-season and these will also be announced in June. The clubs reserve team have seen a change in their management team, with Jonny Sproson stepping down from managing the second string side, being replaced by his assistant, Stephen Speed. The reserves are planning on holding open trials over the summer and this will be advertised over social media in the coming weeks.

Love For Music 2022 Recently KCC Live had its inaugural Love For Music Awards, a night celebrating the talent from or based right here in our city region at The Hilton. KCC Live being supported by MD Creatives in this journey to make this night happen, As both CEO of MD Creatives Miguel Dorforo and KCC Live station manager Dan Spelman were both invited to the stage by host Claire Simmo to talk on the how and why they decided to make Love For Music Awards. Miguel went on to say: “When I started working more closely with KCC Live it was the first thing myself and Dan wanted to do literally the idea came about 18 months ago, yes in middle of a pandemic we had this crazy idea to start this it was really

because of what we have been through in and out of lockdowns and yet local artists was keeping us all going it was inspiring they found a way to keep releasing keep people in feel connected through music that should be celebrated.” Dan when on to add to that sentiment saying: “This something we at KCC Live have always spoke on down years It would be boss if we could, local music is what we know and is in our DNA from Chrissie Willis with DJ 2Kind & MJ Ruckus doing their thing in that era of the station to my own era with the amazing Meg Shaw and the outstanding work Meg does with Local & Live the music scene in this city right now is the best it's ever been!”

Matty Scott & ItsJustJess got the night going on the performing side of the proceedings and there was plenty of amazing talent that followed including Jaz, Sarah Jones, Anthony Walsh, a surprise performance from Huyton’s very own Rain Castillo. Jamie Broad gave us a lil freestyle and some bad Chat Up Lines, Meg & Ben had us boppin as Glass Skies had us all on the dance floor. Alongside all the other award winners listed below there were two special awards in memory of the legendary Paul Kincade Miguel made a heartfelt speech before presenting Paul’s daughter Hayli with the first award straight after giving the performance of the night. Claire and Miguel were joined back on stage with Dan to present the second award in Paul Kincade name and the last of the night the Paul Kincade Liverpool Choice Award that was awarded to KOF who like Paul has been a mentor and a leader in the city’s music scene.

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