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Plans to improve community sports facilities and redevelop Liverpool Football Club’s Academy site in Kirkby have moved a step closer. Knowsley Council’s cabinet has agreed to sell land on Simonswood Lane to the Club to allow the development to take place. The plans, which received planning permission in September 2017, include: • Five new high quality community football pitches; • New community changing facilities; • Enhanced landscaping and tree planting; • Safe pedestrian, dogwalking and cycle paths; and • Car parking for people using the community playing fields. LFC’s vision is to bring its first team and academy football training operations and facilities together on one site. The proposal includes the construction of a new combined training centre, the redevelopment of the existing facilities at the Academy and designs to
convert the main pitch into an indoor pitch. LFC and Knowsley Council have been working closely with the local community and held a public consultation in March 2017, in which the plans received an overwhelmingly positive response from local residents. Knowsley Council
cabinet member, and elected member for Northwood, Cllr Mike Murphy, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve taken another significant step towards delivering these exciting plans for the Kirkby community and for Liverpool Football Club. “The scheme will really enhance the local area for the benefit of our
residents, with vastlyimproved football pitches and changing facilities, new dog-walking and cycle paths, lighting and secure car parking. “The local community has really welcomed these plans and I look forward to continuing to work with Liverpool Football Club to deliver this fantastic scheme.”
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KNOWSLEY COMMITS TO 100% CLEAN ENERGY BY 2050 Knowsley Council has become one of the 84 UK cities and local authorities of the UK100 network to have committed to cut their local carbon emissions by shifting to 100% clean energy by 2050. Recent recruits, of which there have been 14 in total, include Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram along with the leaders of Newport, Sefton, Knowsley, Trafford, Stockport, Bury and Salford Councils. All Liverpool City Region Borough Councils and all Greater Manchester Borough Councils are now members. The pledges come as UK100 launched its ‘Local Power Map’ at the House of Commons. It will enable councils and communities to clearly show how they are moving towards 100% clean local economies and has been launched in partnership with Green Alliance and M&S. The first iteration of the map
has been based on showing what is happening in and around Oxford. The combined commitments now secured have the potential to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint by an estimated 22% and make a significant contribution to legal obligations under the Climate Change Act. This requires the UK to cut its CO2 emissions by 80% of its 1990 levels within the next 32 years. The number, size and location spread of the local authorities means UK100 now has support from areas with heavy industrial output to big metropolitan cities. Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “I am committed to Knowsley being a truly sustainable borough, powered by 100% clean, renewable and environmentally friendly energy by 2050. It is crucial that we move to a clean energy future, whilst investing in our health and climate too.”
DRUG DRIVING OFFENCES REACHED RECORD HIGH Driving offences involving drugs in Merseyside reached record figures during the December/Christmas period, with the latest statistics part of a 50% annual increase in the number of local motorists being caught. Figures from the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) show that 136 drivers in the region tested positive for drug driving during December 2017, compared to 89 during the same period in 2016. The latest figure for December is part of 1248 drug driving arrests which were recorded in Merseyside during 2017, a 50% increase on the previous figure of 801 offences in 2016. Since the introduction of roadside drug testing in 2015 in Merseyside, 2,368 drivers have been arrested for drug driving, an average of 75 detections a month. Overall since 2014, there has been a 400 per cent increase across the region in the number of drug drive detections. Drink driving offences in Merseyside also increased during the December/Christmas period, following a fall in the number of offences locally between 2014 16. Latest NPCC figures show that 125 drivers were stopped during the Christmas period, compared to 111 for the same period in 2016. There was also a 2.5% fail rate
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for breath tests during December compared to 1.5 per cent in 2016. In total 1200 drivers in the region were arrested in 2017 for drink driving. Of those arrested for drink driving in December, 76% were male, while 94 per cent of drug drivers arrested in the same period were male. The average age of those of drivers arrested was 30 years old for drug drivers and 38 years old for drink drivers. The areas which saw which saw the most arrests for drink or drug driving were Knowsley/Central Liverpool and Sefton, where 50 and 30 arrests were made respectively. Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “The figures revealed by this
crackdown over the Christmas period are deeply troubling. “It is completely unacceptable to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs. Not only are these individuals putting themselves at risk, they are endangering the lives of other innocent road users. It is irresponsible, reckless and selfish. “Drug drivers must take heed, roadside drug testing is being carried out and, be warned, Merseyside Police will take robust action against anyone caught. “The sentence for drug driving, if it causes death or serious injury currently carries a sentence of up to 14 years in prison, but the anguish and heartbreak caused to the victims and their families can last a lifetime.” Casualty reduction officer Paul Mountford from the Roads Policing Unit at Merseyside Police said: “It is disappointing that we have seen an increase in motorists arrested for drug and drink driving. “While they represent a small minority of drivers, I cannot stress enough the danger that these people present, not just to themselves, but to other road users too. “The consequences of being caught can be life-changing, we will remain vigilant throughout 2018 to find those drivers who present a risk to other road users.”
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Merseyside Police have confirmed that officers have been conducting open land searches in Kirkby. Local Policing officers and dogs were at the site of the former Kirkby Sports Centre on Whitefield Drive, as part of a high visibility focus on the Westvale area – which is currently subject to a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). Police Community Support Officers and Specials officers also spoke to Kirkby residents and offered reassurance. During the search officers recovered a shotgun and ammunition together with a small handgun. The weapons have been forensically recovered and will be examined. Inspector Phil Mullally said: “Today’s activity is in response to community intelligence and as part of our ongoing focus on the Westvale area.
“Information from our communities is vital about drugs, guns or whoever is responsible for criminality in our neighbourhoods. “We understand that people can be fearful of coming forward, but if you do not want to speak directly to police, please use the charity Crimestoppers, which is free and completely anonymous. “You can make a real difference to your communities by telling us what you know, and we promise
to act on all information provided.” If you have information about criminal behaviour in your community contact our Social Media Desk @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppersuk.org/give-information/giveinformation.
SONGS FROM THE SHOWS Bentley Operatic Society return to Prescot on Friday 16 March with Songs from the Shows. The evening concert takes place in Prescot Parish Meeting Room at 7pm (finishing at 9.15pm), and the £6 ticket price includes a Cottom’s Hot Pot supper. A soft bar is available, but guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic drinks. The Liverpool-based singers are regular visitors to Prescot, having performed several times at the festival over the years. They entertained with beloved tunes from the musicals of Rogers and Hammerstein in their most recent appearance.
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LOCAL AUTHOR LAUNCHES NEW BOOK AT SCHOOL Local children’s author, Audrey Wilson, was welcomed to Blacklow Brow Primary School in Huyton to launch her new book, Nanna Strawberry Remembers the Young Queen, and meet some excited children at the school. Audrey Wilson, who writes under the charming name ‘Nanna Strawberry’, wrote about Queen Elizabeth II’s rise to the throne in 1952. Using her real diary entries from 1952, Nanna Strawberry’s story surrounds how she found out
about our queen’s reign while just a teenager at school. Nanna Strawberry read some of her book to pupils during an assembly and the children had the opportunity to get involved with the story. The children re-enacted a part of the story by having a go at copying shorthand writing with hand movements, just like how Nanna Strawberry learnt to do it all those 66 years ago. Caitlin Westall, a talented pupil at Lord Derby Academy in Huyton, who is an illustrator in Nanna
Strawberry’s book Nanna Stawberry Goes Horse Riding also paid a visit to the children at Blacklow Brow Primary School. Caitlin and Nanna Strawberry will soon be returning to the school to show children how they can follow in their footsteps, and write and illustrate their very own book. Mrs Williams, head of Blacklow Brow Primary School, said: “It was a real privilege to welcome Nanna Strawberry to Blacklow Brow School. The children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet a ‘real, live, author!’”
Above: Audrey Wilson (Nanna Strawberry) and Caitlin Westall one of the illustrators of her book - Nanna Strawberry Goes Horse Riding - a Year 11 Pupil at Lord Derby Academy Left: Audrey Wilson (Nanna Strawberry) meets some of the pupils from Blacklow Brow Primary School.
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4 March 2018
COMMISSIONERS FIRST LOOK AT NEW SHARED COMMUNITY FIRE AND POLICE STATION Merseyside’s Police Commissioner and her deputy have joined police and fire service partners to take a tour of the new state-of-the-art shared Community Fire and Police Station in Prescot. The purpose-built facility, situated at the junction of Manchester Road and Cables Way, officially opened its doors in January and now houses both the town’s firefighters and the local policing team, as well as providing meeting space for voluntary and community organisations. The shared station was the result of collaboration between the Police and Crime Commissioner, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority and Knowsley Borough Council with the aim of providing modern facilities to serve the public as efficiently as possible. Preparation work began on the site in November 2016 and the station is now fully operational. Today, the Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, and her Deputy, Cllr Emily Spurrell, joined with Merseyside Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes, and
the Deputy Chief Fire Office, Phil Garrigan, to take a guided tour of the new station and meet the teams who are now using the premises to serve the local community. Jane said: “I am delighted to see this new station is now up and running, bringing the police and fire teams which are serving the people of Prescot together to provide an even better service for local communities. ““This state-of-the-art community station is another example of our shared commitment to working together to save money and increase efficiency and effectiveness. “Creating a network of visible and accessible Community Police Stations, which are co-located with partners in busy neighbourhood hubs serving local people, was an integral part of my 10 year plan to modernise and improve Merseyside Police’s stations. I’m pleased to see these plans come to life and I hope this new shared station will be an asset for residents in Prescot.” Community Police Stations are
DCFO Phil Garrigan, PCC Jane Kennedy, DPCC Emily Spurrell and CCC Carl Foulkes
designed to be smaller in size, but accessible bases which will enable neighbourhood officers and PCSOs to work in the heart of the communities they serve. They will be opened on a regular, but not continuous basis and will include public meeting rooms and facilities from which officers can parade on. They will not house any custody suites or cells. Merseyside Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said: “Our ‘One Team’ approach means that everyone in
Merseyside Police, and our partners, are working together to reduce crime and protect our communities while bringing together a broad range of skills and capabilities. “The new shared Community Fire and Police Station in Prescot will allow us to work closely with our partners while being visible in our neighbourhoods and most importantly allowing our staff to spend more time in the communities they serve.”
NEW ARTWORK FOR HUYTON STATION
Huyton’s enviable location on the Liverpool to Manchester rail line has long since been celebrated not only for its fascinating history but also for its role in boosting the appeal of the town as a great place to live and work. Now thousands of people passing through the Huyton train station subway each day will be able to view a fascinating piece of new artwork celebrating the town’s railway heritage. Located in the subway beneath the train station, the new art has been developed with input from the local community and schools through a range of engagement events that took place last year. It will show connections between residents’ personal experiences of Huyton village and the history of the railway, highlighting Huyton’s key location on the Liverpool to Manchester rail line. The design will be installed on either side of the subway, displayed as a rhythmic sequence and shown as a beat that you can follow whilst you walk through the subway. The bright, colourful panels reflect and display people’s experiences and memories of the railway, along with journeys they have travelled. The project has been led by artists
Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio, working alongside Knowsley Council, Network Rail and Merseytravel. Throughout the engagement events which took place last year, key phrases reflected Huyton’s railway heritage were captured and have been incorporated into the new artwork. These include ‘The Rocket’ highlighting the most famous train to travel the line, the ‘white heat of technology’ - referencing Harold Wilson’s speech and the year 1830 the date the line opened. Huyton train station has recently
benefitted from significant developments carried out by Network Rail, including an additional rail line and improvements to the station. Roy Greenhalgh, customer account manager at Network Rail, said: “It has been fantastic to work with Knowsley Council, Merseytravel and artists Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio to add this exciting new piece of artwork to our subway. “Huyton is rich in railway history and this is a really fitting way to celebrate this. Cllr Gordon Friel, lead member for rail
on the combined authority transport committee, which oversees the work of Merseytravel, said: “This fantastic piece of artwork is a great tribute to the local community and the rich railway heritage of Huyton and the wider Liverpool city region. “The investment that has gone into Huyton station over the last couple of years is testament to the commitment that the city region has to the town and with improved accessibility and more trains stopping there, we hope to see even more people using the station in the future”.
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EASTER AT KNOWSLEY LEISURE AND CULTURE PARK Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park will be buzzing with energy this Easter with two action-packed shows, suited for all of the family. It kicks off when ‘American Wrestling’ returns, the all-action super show that’s back by popular demand. The audience will be up off their seats cheering for the goodies and booing for the baddies; it’s certainly a lively and unique experience. This year, there’s an exciting elimination to make the show even more thrilling. Will your favourite wrestler survive? You will also be able to meet your favourite giant on the night. All of the fun will be happening on Saturday 7 April 2018 from 7.30pm. A week later, Immersion Theatre will be coming back with an exciting adaptation of Disney classic, The Jungle Book, after the success of last year’s show in Knowsley. Join Mowgli on his adventure as he discovers who he is and goes on a journey to understand where he belongs. The adventure follows memorable characters we all love such as Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther meeting the other fascinating animals of the jungle. The show will be full of energy and catchy music to get the whole family having fun together this Easter time. The fun doesn’t stop at the end of the show; you will have the opportunity to meet the loveable characters afterwards. This family favourite story will be performed as a brand new musical stage show on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 2.30pm. For both of the shows, tickets are £8 for children and £10 for adults plus an administration fee if you book online. To buy your tickets, you can call Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on 443 2200 or buy them online on www.ticketquarter.co.uk
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The Steve Morgan Foundation is providing a brand new ‘Smiley Bus’ to solve an urgent need for transport for students at a special needs school in Kirkby. Activate Community & Education Services is a further education college for young adults aged between 16 and 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities. Activate has previously had to rely on parents or taxis to transport students to enjoy activities in the local community, but the donation of the 17-seater wheelchair-accessible minibus is going to make a hugely positive difference to the college’s programme. The Smiley Bus was officially handed over by the Steve Morgan Foundation to Activate at their main campus, the Bracknell Centre in Kirkby. “As a small, local charity it would have taken us years to raise the funds to purchase a minibus by ourselves, so are we very grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation,” said Helen Mault, director of education with Activate. “This will be our first ever minibus, and we are thrilled that it will give our students opportunities to access new and exciting experiences outside of the college grounds. “This will enable them to become more involved in their local community and work towards our vision of ‘an inclusive society for all’. “Students from our Birkenhead campus will now be able to travel easily to our main Bracknell campus to access the facilities, including our on-site animal care centre. “We will also be able to easily transport our learners to and from their essential hydrotherapy sessions, and we are already busy planning many more exciting experiences that will help
our learners achieve their full potential. “We just want to say a huge thank you to the Steve Morgan Foundation!” The aim of Activate is to deliver vocational educational programmes for young adults with learning disabilities from across Knowsley and Wirral, with each student following a bespoke curriculum which is tailored to their individual needs. The new Smiley Bus, the 61st to be awarded by the Steve Morgan Foundation, follows previous support from the Foundation which awarded a £50,000 grant for team leader posts over a threeyear period. Jane Harris, the Steve Morgan Foundation’s administrator, who was present at the official handover, said: “Activate is a special needs college which is doing a fantastic job in offering all its students so many different experiences and helping to prepare them for independent living. “The Steve Morgan Foundation is delighted to put together the majority of the funds required for one of new Smiley Buses, helped also by some fundraising from the students themselves. “We hope the students and staff enjoy travelling to and from their activities on their brand new minibus and are able to make the most of the new and exciting opportunities it will bring”.
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LIVERPOOL LEGEND OPENS A NEW STROKE FACILITY Liverpool legend Terry McDermott has officially opened a new facility for stroke patients at Aintree University Hospital. The new relaxation room provides a dedicated space to help combat some of the psychological effects of a stroke. The Reds icon, who suffered a stroke himself in 2016, was on hand to support his niece, Danielle McDermott, who works in the hospital’s Stroke team and who spearheaded the idea of creating a relaxation room. He was joined by David Johnson, who played for the club from 1976 until 1982. The room, which is a converted office space, includes sensory lighting, relaxing music and essential oils which are known for their calming and therapeutic properties. Terry said: “This is a great addition to the stroke ward at Aintree and will really improve the experience of patients. I’m incredibly proud of Danielle for having the initiative to create this space with the support of her colleagues. “I’ve heard lots about it, so it’s great to see it in the flesh and be here for the official opening.” The three-times European Cup winner was treated for a minor stroke in December 2016, days after his 65th birthday. He said: “I had noticed my I’ve heard lots speech slurring and had a about it, so it’s stroke unit is fantastic news tingling sensation in my lips great to see it for our patients and really over a period of a few days. I in the flesh enhances the psychology went to my local hospital in services provided on the Newcastle and within 48 hours ward.” of my tests, I’d had a three-hour Danielle McDermott, stroke data and operation and was back to full health in quality co-ordinator, said: “As a former time for Christmas. stroke patient himself I knew Terry would “It turned out one of the arteries in my understand how important a space like neck was up to 69 per cent blocked. If it this is so I was over the moon when he had not been diagnosed and treated said he’d come and officially open it. immediately, I would have had a full“We started using the room with blown stroke.” patients on the ward at the end of last Dr Claire Cullen, consultant physician year and the feedback has been really and clinical director for stroke at Aintree, said: “A stroke affects your brain, which is positive.” In the coming months the team hopes what controls your emotions and to start offering holistic therapies, such as behaviours, so having the space to hand massages and reflexology, to stroke address any psychological issues alongside the medical care offered on our patients.
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Pictured left to right: Liverpool legends David Johnson, Terry McDermott and Danielle McDermott, who works in the hospital’s Stroke team
8 March 2018
Entertainment News MONDAY 5 MARCH KNOWSLEY VILLAGE ART GROUP (ADULTS) 9:30am – 12:30pm Knowsley Village Hall, School Lane, Knowsley Village, L34 9EN. Local art group for adults run by excellent teacher. For further information please contact: John Newton Contact Number 0151 546 4769 REBOUND YOUTH DANCE PRESCOT (AGES 8+) 4:30pm – 5:30pm Tesco Community Room, Tesco Prescot, Cables Retail Park, Prescot, L34 5NQ. For Children Aged 8 +. An exciting dance class of various styles. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ THE YOUTHY YOUTH CLUB 6:15pm – 8:45pm The Youthy, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton L36 3YE. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: Joey Fogg: 0151 443 5323, firstname.lastname@example.org SHI'HING KUNG FU (AGES 15 - ADULTS) 7pm – 8pm Tarbock Village Hall, Netherley Road, Tarbock Green, L35 1QG. Learn self-defence and Kung Fu. 17:45 to 19:00 for ages 4½ with no upper age limit, and 19:00-20:00 are for adults only. Visit the website here http://shihingkungfu.co.uk/ TUESDAY 6 MARCH SEWING BEE AT HUYTON LIBRARY 10am – 12pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD. Come along to Huyton Library for our Sewing Bee adult activity. Work toward your own personalised gift. Experienced and inexperienced stitches. All welcome For a chat, a cup of tea and a chance to learn a new skill. Hand sewing. Contact: 0151 443 3734, email@example.com PEDAL AWAY @ COURT HEY PARK 10am – 11am Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA . Cycle ride along Liverpool Loop Line, bikes and helmets are available to borrow on all rides, please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: Lou Henderson 0789 399725 firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - HUYTON LIBRARY (AGES 5+) 3:45pm – 4:45pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton,
L36 9GD. Craft session for children 5 and over. Please note, under 8's must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please call 443 3734 ATHLETICS TRACK SESSIONS (EFFORT BASED) - KIRKBY 7pm – 8pm Kirkby High School, Bracknell Avenue, Southdene, Kirkby, L32 9PP. Platinum Team – (Varied interval session) Gold/Silver/Bronze Team – (Varied interval session). Adult Track Sessions – £1 per session. See www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details VICTORIOUS SECRETS NETBALL TEAM (AGES 16+) 8pm – 9pm The Prescot School, Knowsley Park Lane, Prescot L34 3NB. Fun Netball Session suitable for all abilities no experience needed. Ages 16+ £4 per session (Free for 1st timers). Contact Emma Farley email@example.com or follow us on Facebook Victorious Secrets Netball Liverpool or twitter @Victorioussecr8 WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH FROM PEN TO PAPER - FREE CREATIVE WRITING COURSES FOR ADULTS (AGES 16+) 9:30am – 11:30am Prescot Museum, The Prescot Centre, Aspinall St, Prescot L34 5GA. Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum have created a new scheme funded by the Knowsley Better Together fund. It is targeted at individuals on low incomes who have not participated in a creative project before. At Prescot Museum from 9.30-11.30am and Kirkby Gallery from 1.00-3.00pm. Courses are free but Booking is essential. To book on one of the courses please contact: Tina Ball 0151 443 5617 or tina.ball@Knowsley.gov.uk A BREAK WITH A BOOK - KIRKBY 2:30pm – 4:00pm Kirkby Library, The Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY. The Reader invites you to a free group taking place every Wednesday. Meet new people and relax at a free Shared Reading Group for Knowsley residents. We get together every week to share a good story over tea and cake. Everything will be read aloud and
there's no pressure to join in - just put your feet up and listen. Contact Megg Hewlett firstname.lastname@example.org / 07807106869 – or just turn up! KAB’S (KIDS ACTIVITIES AND BOOTCAMPS) - (AGES 5-14) 4:30pm – 6:00pm Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue, Kirkby, L33 9TW. Fully qualified coach, PT Instructor with lots of experience and qualifications with children. For ages 5-14 years. Cost £6 per session, £10 for 2 sessions. Contact Tommy Cashen 07525 166584, email@example.com WESTVALE YOUTH CLUB 6:15pm – 8:45pm Westvale Community and Youth Centre, Richard Hesketh Drive, Kirkby L32 0TZ. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: Joey Fogg: 0151 443 5323, firstname.lastname@example.org CLUBBERCISE - BRINGING A NIGHT OUT TO YOUR WORKOUT 7pm – 8pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. Simple & fun dance workout with glow sticks and disco lights to club anthems from 90’s to today’s hits! All welcome - no need to book, just come along. Class price: £4 per person For more information please contact me, Jo, on 07511180133 or email email@example.com THURSDAY 8 MARCH ARNCLIFFE CENTRE YOGA CLASS 10:00am – 11:30am Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA. Yoga class for relaxation exercise, breathing, stretching and feeling good. For teens and adults. Please contact for costs. Contact: June Baxter, 0151 486 3874, c/o Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOURS FOR ADULTS (AGES 16+) 2pm – 4pm Kirkby Gallery, The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby L32 8XY. The artist-led Drawing and Introduction to Watercolours courses are suitable for adults of all abilities. In addition, the Intermediate Watercolour course is for those who want to explore their painting skills further. Places are limited, so booking is essential. All you need to bring are basic art materials – paper, pencils, paints, brushes etc. Each course runs for 8 weeks, £45 per course (payable at the first workshop). Please contact Tina Ball firstname.lastname@example.org / 0151 443 5617 to book on. YOUTH CLUB FOR AGE 12+ 6:30pm – 9:30pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. Youth Club for age 12+ - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6.30pm - 9.30pm - 80p Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865, Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT STREETWISE KOREAN MARTIAL ART - MASTER D JONES 7:00pm – 8:30pm Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby L32 8SA. Korean martial art for self defence and Olympic sport. Ages 4+ Master grade instruction - 5th Dan Master Grade. Registered B.T.C.B. Recognised by International Olympic Committee (I.O.C) Contact: 0751 5386593 FRIDAY 9 MARCH MOONBEAMS - COFFEE MORNING/CRAFT CLASS (PARENTS & CARERS) 9:30am – 2:00pm River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton L36 3YE. We support parents and carers of children with special needs. We currently have a coffee morning on the first Friday of the month at 9.30 am. to 1pm. and a craft class for the remaining Fridays of the month. For further information please contact Yvonne 07403 348849 or email: email@example.com SOCIAL VARIETY AFTERNOON (AGES 50+) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby, L36 4LD. Enjoy an afternoon of quizzes, games, sing-a-longs, dance, raffle, bingo and general all round fun (novelty gift prizes). Sessions are £2.50 per person (includes raffle, bingo, tea/coffee and biscuits)/ For further details and to book your place contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, firstname.lastname@example.org, BASKETBALL COACHING SESSION (AGES 7+) 7pm – 8pm Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood L26 0TY. Basketball coaching sessions for all abilities. Ages 7 upwards to adult. Cost £2.50 per session. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details. SATURDAY 10 MARCH ALL STARS FOOTBALL COACHING FOR AGES 3-6YRS 9am – 10am Lord Derby Academy, Seel Road, Huyton, L36 6DG. Football coaching for boys & girls aged 3-6 years. £20 per month/£5 per week Delivered by fully qualified DBS checked and First Aid trained coaches.
Website - http://www.all-starcoaching.co.uk/ - Tel No: 0151 230 2664 MELODIES (SENIORS 11+) - MUSICALITY FOR ALL 11:00am – 12:30pm Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood L26 0TH. Advanced level session to challenge our senior students dance, drama and singing skills. Performers will have the option to take LAMDA exams, learn a range of dance techniques and take part in regular competitions/performances. Contact us for class fees and to book your place, must book at least 1 week in advance. email: email@example.com Call: 07772614525 SUNDAY 11 MARCH COURT HEY YOUTH CLUB 6:30pm – 8:00pm Court Hey Methodist Church, Roby Road, Huyton L14 3NU. We are a youth club catering to our members needs, for example, we have equipment for numerous sports and each week we run activities that our members want to participate in. As well as playing various sports and games, we also do crafts for our less active members. The leader in charge of the youth club is Suzanne Rainford and her contact number is 078028740119. MONDAY 12 MARCH KNOWSLEY VILLAGE ART GROUP (ADULTS) 9:30am – 12:30pm Knowsley Village Hall, School Lane, Knowsley Village L34 9EN. Local art group for adults run by excellent teacher. For further information please contact: John Newton Contact Number 0151 546 4769 FOOTBALL COACHING (AGES 4-11) 5pm – 6pm Prescot Soccer Centre, Warrington Road, Prescot L35 5AD. Weekly football coaching sessions for boys and girls between 4 and 11 years old. Cost is £3 per person per session. Contact: Barry Lloyd 07825145105 or 0151 443 2795 TUESDAY 13 MARCH GET UP AND MOVE (OVER 50S) 12pm – 1pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby, L36 4LD. Come along, get active and have some fun with our "Get up and Move" gentle exercises to music. Sessions are £2.50 per person. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, firstname.lastname@example.org, BREAKDANCE CLASSES - TESCO COMMUNITY ROOM 5:15pm – 6:15pm Community Room, Tesco Prescot, Cables Retail Park, Stanley Way, Prescot, L34 5NQ. Come along to our fun and fitness Breakdancing session for children aged 5-7 years old. £1 voluntary donation. For more information contact Southmead Children's Centre 0151 443 4531 or visit www.familyvoicesfamilychoices.co.uk NEXT LEVEL (YEARS 7-11) 5:30pm – 7:00pm St Mary’s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26 9TY. This club focuses on team building and confidence building. We play games, have discussions, explore Christian morals and messages and regular trips away. Years 7-11. All our clubs are free and inclusive of all faiths. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email email@example.com for any more information. RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 16 - ADULT) - HALEWOOD 7pm – 8pm Halewood Environment Centre, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Road running sessions delivered by Knowsley Harriers Athletics Club for both beginners and more experienced runners. Ages 16+. Free. See www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH ENVIRONMENTAL TASK DAYS @ HALEWOOD PARK 10am – 12pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Halewood Park Volunteers Various practical activities in the great outdoors, including tree and wildflower planting, woodland and pond management and habitat creation. Please call 0151 488 6151 for more information. KNIT AND NATTER GROUP (50+) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby, L36 4LD. Learn how to knit or if you are already experienced in knitting, please do come along and share skills and ideas. You can bring your own wool, however we have some wool available you can use if you wish. Coffee/tea included. All welcome, Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Levels. There is a small room booking fee for which contributions to payment are sought. For further details and to book your place contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061 LIVERPOOL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY - WEEKLY PUBLIC MEETING AT THE LEIGHTON OBSERVATORY 7pm – 9pm Leighton Observatory, Pex Hill, Cronton, WA8 5QW. When and Where? Weekly public meetings are held every Wednesday evening (except at Christmas week). Children who wish to visit must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.. contact the Director of the Observatory. http://liverpoolas.org/ THURSDAY 15 MARCH A BREAK WITH A BOOK - PRESCOT (DEMENTIA FRIENDLY) 10:00am – 11:30am Prescot Library, Prescot shopping
March 2018 9 Centre, Aspinall Street, Prescot, L34 5GA. For those living with dementia and those close to them. The Reader invites you to a free group taking place every Thursday. Meet new people and relax at a free Shared Reading Group for Knowsley residents. We get together to share a good story over tea and cake. Everything will be read aloud and thereâ€™s no pressure to join in - just put your feet up and listen. Contact Megg Hewlett firstname.lastname@example.org / 07807106869 AFTER SCHOOL PLAY CLUB - TERM TIME 3:30pm â€“ 5:45pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. For ages 411 Cost Â£1 plus 70p for a snack. Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865, Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 16 - ADULT) - HALEWOOD 7pm â€“ 8pm Halewood Environment Centre, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Road running sessions delivered by Knowsley Harriers Athletics Club for both beginners and more experienced runners. Ages 16+. Free. See www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details FRIDAY 16 MARCH HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+) 12:00pm â€“ 3:30pm Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood L26 0TH. We run a Winter indoor bowls activity (not 10 pin) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Playing on 2 mats, 12 people to each mat. For ages 21+ Times 12 noon-3.30/4.00pm Contact: 0151 487 9779 CODING CLUB - HALEWOOD LIBRARY 3:30pm â€“ 4:30pm Halewood Library, The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood L26 9UH. Come to Code Club! Do you have a favourite computer game? Would you like to learn how to make your own computer games? At Code Club you can learn how to make cool games, animations and websites too! Sessions are suitable for children aged 7+. Please note, under 8's must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please call 0151 443 2086 SATURDAY 17 MARCH KNOWSLEY PARKRUN 9am â€“ 10am Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Every Saturday morning, Stadt Moers Park in Whiston, plays host to the Knowsley parkrun. Itâ€™s a free to enter timed 5k event that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get active outdoors. It doesnâ€™t matter whether youâ€™re a runner, jogger or walker, youâ€˜ll be made to feel welcome by everyone involved. To take part in parkrun as a runner or to volunteer, just visit the Knowsley parkrun website - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/knowsley/ and register. MELODIES (FOUNDATION 4-5YRS) - MUSICALITY FOR ALL 10:15am â€“ 11:00am Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood L26 0TH. Performers will begin to learn more challenging dance, drama and singing techniques at foundation level. Contact us for class fees and to book your place, must book at least 1 week in advance. email: email@example.com Call: 07772 614525 SUNDAY 18 MARCH PRESCOT SWIMMING CLUB 2:30pm â€“ 4:30pm Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG . Prescot Swimming Club was established in 1967 in Prescot to promote the teaching of swimming and the coaching of swimmers at all levels of competition. The club has five sessions (four swimming) over the week. Additional training is available via the Prescot Open Swimming Squad at both Knowsley and Parr in St Helens. For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org MONDAY 19 MARCH NIFTY 50â€™S 10am â€“ 11am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. For Adults Aged 50 + Low impact class. Price: Â£3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ KAB'S (KIDS ACTIVITIES AND BOOTCAMPS) - (AGES 5-14) 5:00pm â€“ 6:30pm Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue, Kirkby L33 9TW. Fully qualified coach, PT Instructor with lots of experience and qualifications with children. For ages 5-14 years. Cost Â£6 per session, Â£10 for 2 sessions. Contact Tommy Cashen - 07525 166584, email@example.com TUESDAY 20 MARCH PEDAL AWAY @ COURT HEY PARK 10am â€“ 11am Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA. Cycle ride along Liverpool Loop Line, bikes and helmets are available to borrow on all rides, please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: Lou Henderson 0789 399725 firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - HUYTON LIBRARY (AGES 5+) 3:45pm â€“ 4:45pm Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD. Craft session for children 5 and over. Please note, under 8â€™s must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please call 443 3734 BOSS CLUB (YEARS 4-7) 5:30pm â€“ 7:00pm St Maryâ€™s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26 9TY. This club focuses on team building and confidence building. We play games, have discussions,
explore Christian morals and messages and regular trips away. All our clubs are free and inclusive of all faiths. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email email@example.com for any more information WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH MEMORY LANE - KNOWSLEY DEMENTIA CARE SUPPORT 10am â€“ 2pm Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA. Our aim is to provide emotional & practical support to carers - respite groups, functions, advice. We also endeavour to provide stimulating care for those with dementia. Contact details: 07858 032 490, firstname.lastname@example.org JAM CLUB (RECEPTION - YEAR 6) 3:30pm â€“ 5:00pm St Maryâ€™s, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood L26 9TY. Doors open 3pm for toast & juice. This club is for all primary school children Reception - Year 6 and we play games, do crafts, singing, drama and team building, as well as looking at Bible Stories and morals. All our clubs are free and inclusive of all faiths. Contact Natasia Bullock 07867 489463 or email email@example.com for any more information. ARRIVA PREMIERE MORRIS DANCERS 6pm â€“ 9pm All Saints Catholic High School, Roughwood Drive, Northwood, Kirkby, L33 8XF. Girls dancing class There are five main troupes: Babies, Dinkies, Tinies, Juniors and Seniors. Plus a further two novice troupes of babies and tinies. The ages of the dancers currently range between 3 and 28 years. Cost is Â£2 sub per week and Â£5 bus fare for competitions every Sunday during April October. For ages: 2-60yrs Contact details: Diane Taylor, 0151 474 4975 THURSDAY 22 MARCH SEWING CLUB 12pm â€“ 3pm Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. Come and join our sewing club, all abilities welcome. Organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details please contact Margaret O'Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org - 07926473711 YOGA (ADULTS) 6pm â€“ 7pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A gentle Hatha Yoga class for adults of any age to reduce stress, improve posture, sleep and flexibility. Price: Â£3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ FRIDAY 23 MARCH SWIMMING CLASSES - ADULTS 12:00pm â€“ 12:45pm Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. Adults Learn to swim lesson. If you are interested in these classes please either go to reception and book your place or call 443 2200 BASKETBALL COACHING SESSION (AGES 7+) 7pm â€“ 8pm Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood L26 0TY (map). Basketball coaching sessions for all abilities. Ages 7 upwards to adult. Cost Â£2.50 per session. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details. SATURDAY 24 MARCH DIDDIKICKS - PRE SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLASSES FOR 18MTHS5YRS 9am â€“ 12pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. Our classes have shown to: improve motor, social and cognitive skills; increase confidence and discipline; best of all your little one will have lots of fun and make lots of friends!! For more information on our classes and to book yourself on to a FREE trial, please email today to email@example.com M.A.T.C.H. (MEN & THEIR CHILDREN) - WHISTON AREA CC 10:00am â€“ 11:30am Tesco Community Room, Tesco Prescot, Cables Retail Park, Prescot, L34 5NQ. Term Time Only MatCh Men and Their Children - is a drop in group for fathers, male carers and their Children aged 0 - 5 years. We offer play sessions including sensory play, arts & crafts, messy play and more... For further information contact Southmead Children's centre 0151 443 4531 SUNDAY 25 MARCH CLUBBERCISE - BRINGING A NIGHT OUT TO YOUR WORKOUT 6:30pm â€“ 7:30pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. Simple & fun dance workout with glow sticks and disco lights to club anthems from 90's to today's hits! All welcome - no need to book, just come along. Class price: Â£4 per person. For more information please contact me, Jo, on 07511180133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org MONDAY 26 MARCH KNOWSLEY VILLAGE ART GROUP (ADULTS) 9:30am â€“ 12:30pm Knowsley Village Hall, School Lane,
Knowsley Village L34 9EN. Local art group for adults run by excellent teacher. For further information please contact: John Newton Contact Number 0151 546 4769 AFTER SCHOOL PLAY CLUB - TERM TIME 3:30pm â€“ 5:45pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. For ages 411 Cost Â£1 plus 70p for a snack. Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865, Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT KAB'S (KIDS ACTIVITIES AND BOOTCAMPS) (AGES 5-14) 5:00pm â€“ 6:30pm Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue, Kirkby L33 9TW. Fully qualified coach, PT Instructor with lots of experience and qualifications with children. For ages 5-14 years. Cost Â£6 per session, Â£10 for 2 sessions. Contact Tommy Cashen - 07525 166584, email@example.com TUESDAY 27 MARCH INTERMEDIATE WALKING - HALEWOOD 1pm â€“ 3pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood, L26 7XB. Intermediate walking 3-4 miles (approx. 2 hours) Please call 488 6151 for more information CHIX WITH STIX 6pm â€“ 8pm Heritage Hub, 55 Eccleston Street, Prescot, L34 5QH. Come to our free knitting and crocheting group every Tuesday. People of any ability are welcome to come and make friends, share their experiences and knowledge, and have some fun! Contact Lynsey 0777 3575856 for further details. FRESH-CO CREW BREAKDANCING (AGES 8-13) 6:30pm â€“ 7:30pm Community Room, Tesco Prescot, Cables Retail Park, Stanley Way, Prescot L34 5NQ. Come along to our fun and fitness Breakdancing session for children aged 8-13 years old. Â£1 voluntary donation. For more information contact Southmead Children's Centre 0151 443 4531 or visit www.familyvoicesfamilychoices.co.uk WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH LINE DANCING (ADULTS) 10am â€“ 11am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A Class For Adults of Any Age. A fun way to keep fit for all ages. Price: Â£3 Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ CENTRE 63 YOUTH CLUB 4:30pm â€“ 8:30pm Centre 63 Youth Club, Church of England Youth Centre, Kirkby L32 5TH. The Youth club
in Centre 63 is open access for all young people aged 8 25 living in Knowsley The Youth Club focuses on giving Young People a safe and friendly environment to come and socialise with their peers, develop social skills, community awareness and participate in positive projects and activities, including a chance to take part in new activities and experiences. Junior session 4.30-6.30pm aged 8-12. Senior session Year 8 upwards 6.30-8.30pm. Contact: 0151 549 1494 firstname.lastname@example.org THURSDAY 29 MARCH PEDAL AWAY @ MILL DAM 10:00am â€“ 11:30am Kirkby Mill Dam Park, Play & Environment Centre, Mill Lane, Kirkby, L32 2AU. Ride on lanes. Bikes and helmets are available to borrow on all rides, please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: Lou Henderson 0789 399725 email@example.com JAN WILLIAMS THEATRE SCHOOL 4:30pm â€“ 6:30pm SPACE Building, adjacent to St Columba's Catholic Primary School, Hillside Road, Huyton L36 8BL. We have a rich history of successful dance training; specialising in many different forms of dance, drama and singing so there is sure to be something that will excite you. Why not pop along and join us for a taster day free of charge - call us now to arrange! Cost Â£3 per class. Contact details: 07874 767316, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jwts.co.uk THE YOUTHY YOUTH CLUB 6:15pm â€“ 8:45pm The Youthy, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton L36 3YE. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: Joey Fogg: 0151 443 5323, email@example.com SATURDAY 31 MARCH THE SAFARI KIDS CLUB (AGES UP TO 12YRS) 12pm â€“ 3pm Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. Priced at Â£2.10 per child (discounts for families) and parents get in for FREE. Activities and fun for children up to 12yrs. Giant Bouncy Castle, Multi Sports, Arts and Crafts, Community CafÃ©, Monthly Movie Club, Cookery and so much more. Don't forget to bring your leisure pass! Organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details please contact Maria Branch, 07725 418637
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A FIRST FOR OUR LADY’S PRESCOT Children from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary Prescot’s Eco Council visited the new Prescot Fire and Police Station just before its handover from the construction company Wates. At the start of the academic year Josh Steiner from Wates spoke to all the children in school about job opportunities in the construction business. He then met with the Eco Council to discuss how the construction industry are making steps to be more eco friendly. Due to Our Lady’s links with Wates the Eco Council were invited to have a special tour of the new building prior to its handover to the Fire and Community Police services. “I especially enjoyed seeing where the fire engines will race out from,” said one boy whilst a younger girl asked how the firefighters would get back up the pole. When the children visited the faith room they asked if they could be the first to say a prayer there. The children prayed for the brave men and women who will serve there as firefighters and community Police officers. One of the children won the design competition for the mosaic which will be placed on the ground at the main entrance of the station. She is pictured holding it whilst praying in the prayer room. The children were given an invitation to return to the station when it is operational and the mosaic is in place.
COLLEGE HIGHLY PRAISED IN ‘OUTSTANDING’ REPORT St John Bosco Arts College has been graded ‘outstanding’ in a glowing report by the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The Catholic secondary school in Croxteth was recently visited by the Archdiocese of Liverpool inspectors who spent the day observing lessons and talking to staff and students. Each area of the school; Catholic life, religious education and collective worship was awarded a Grade 1 for Outstanding. According to the report, the outstanding features include the “high quality of teaching and planning” and the high expectation culture of all members of staff and students. The inspectors – who had a particular focus on the quality of religious education – also said that the school has a “long period of sustained success in the department and a strong Catholic commitment.” Students’ behaviour and attitudes were also praised, with the report adding: “Students love the school and say they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. “There are the highest levels of mutual respect and behaviour amongst pupils. Pupils feel safe and secure at school because of the effective pastoral system rooted in re-assuring their confidence to flourish.”
The college’s aim is to work towards the total development of each student, educating them to act as responsible Christian members of the community and this is an essential element of the Salesian ethos of the college. This Salesian ethos, based on the
teaching of St John Bosco, is a very strong feature of the college. Commenting on the findings, headteacher Mr Darren Gidman, said: “We are delighted that the school has received such a positive report from the Archdiocese inspectors, which recognises
our commitment to Catholic life, religious education and collective worship. “The report reinforces our approach to focus on encouraging the development of the whole student through our Salesian ethos of Christian values, high expectations and exemplary behaviour.”
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FA CUP DRAW COMES TO KNOWSLEY
Two Year 6 pupils from Park Brow Primary School in Kirkby today had the honour of making the draw for the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup as the famous trophy made a whistle-stop visit to Knowsley. Under the watchful eye of FA officials, Year 6 pupils LilyMay Fulton and head girl Lilah Wright made the last sixteen selections with Everton Ladies handed an away tie at Lewes with Liverpool Ladies also facing a lengthy coach journey to Chichester City. Following the draw, Liverpool Ladies goalkeeper, Siobhan Chamberlain, held a special coaching session, which was filmed by the BBC for the Match of the Day Kickabout programme, which is broadcast on CBBC. Kerstine Hogg, who works for the Knowsley Schools Sports partnership, said: “It is a tremendous honour for Park Brow to have been chosen to host the draw and absolutely fantastic to have the BBC cameras here also. It really has been an amazing morning.”
Lily-May Fulton and head girl Lilah Wright were chosen to make the draw
A cup to celebrate the highest attendance in the school!
A Q&A session was held with Siobhan Chamberlain and two Everton Ladies players
A photograph to remember with the Women’s FA Cup
12 March 2018
Education News SCHOOL CHILDREN UNVEIL SAFETY-THEMED ARTWORK School children from across Stockbridge Village gathered at The Withens housing development to unveil designs that they have produced for hoardings at the site. Villages Housing Association, a member of the ForViva Group, is investing £12.4 million in The Withens extra care facility, which is being built on land next to the older people’s apartments at Roughsedge House. The scheme will include 90 new properties, including 64 extra care homes and 26 bungalows for affordable rent, and will be the first new affordable homes built in Stockbridge Village for a decade. Children from Stockbridge Village Primary School, St Albert’s Catholic Primary School and St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School all created artwork for the site based on health and safety and what makes a safe construction site. The youngsters got kitted out in their own hard hats and high visibility vests as they took part in a health and safety
workshop on the site run by the project contractor Forrest. Six pupils from Stockbridge Village Primary School have now formed a health and safety team that will carry out mini site visits, document the development by taking photographs and send out a newsletter to parents about the progress on site. The children will also meet each term with the site manager and the school’s chair of governors to give feedback from their school and be involved in some decision making. Nigel Sedman, director of investment and regeneration at ForViva, said: “We were delighted to welcome pupils from local primary schools along to The Withens to unveil their fantastic artwork it really brightens up the site. Ted Macdougal, divisional director from Forrest said: “Health and safety is the number one priority in our business so working with Villages to proactively engage with children across Stockbridge
Top row, left to right: Lucy Aldridge, Lailah Dickenson,Nigel Sedman (group director of investment & regeneration), Brogan Cranney, Aaliyah Hughes, Ava Christian. Bottom row, left to right: Evan Rehan, Harrison Tootle, Benjamin Imoukhedemen
has been really useful to raise awareness of potential hazards or risks in the near vicinity of a live construction site, all in a fun way.
“The artwork, which is installed on the perimeter hoarding of the site, raises a smile every time our operatives arrive on site”.
STUDENTS CELEBRATE ‘WOMEN WHO WANDER’
Year 8 students from Kirkby High School were celebrating after winning a writing competition entitled ‘Women Who Wander’ organised by Lancashire Rail. ‘Women Who Wander’ is unique project facilitated by Community Rail Lancashire, that will be engaging women and girls to experience and influence rail use and industry by promoting and publishing their views of rail use, experiences and employment. Students were asked to write a piece of writing in a style of their choice, reflecting their views on any area of rail travel, use or employment. The students Lilie Appleton, Lily McGaw, Lucy Wallace, Danielle Skyner, Lily-Ella Gilbert Gault, Isobel Unsworth and Ella Gorman were selected as the overall winners and will have their pieces published. All students have been invited with their parents, carers and friends to attend a reading event on International Women’s Day, which will take place on 8 March in Manchester Victoria station.
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Get splashed at hospice walk Registration is now open for this year’s Willowbrook Hospice Moonlight Colour Walk. The walk, which is on Saturday 9 June, is the charity’s most colourful fundraising event with people of all ages and abilities encouraged to join in the fun as they take on either a 6.5k or 10k route with the option of being showered by rainbow coloured powder paint. Entry for children under 16 is £5 and will be £15 for adults, (dogs go free!). All walkers will receive a T shirt, a medal and a well-earned bacon butty (or alternative) at the end of walk. Diane Swann, seniorfundraiser at Willowbrook said: “Last year was the first time we offered walkers the option of getting ‘colour splashed’ and everyone seemed to really enjoy it! This year we’re hoping that even more people will come along to join in the fun. “Although there’s no minimum sponsorship, every penny raised by our walkers will go towards the £4.5 million that it costs every year to maintain our care services to people across St Helens and Knowsley.” To register, either go online at https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/MLW, ring Willowbrook’s Fundraising team on 01744 453798.
NEW NURSERY OPENS IN KIRKBY
HELP TO COMBAT ARSON IN KNOWSLEY Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseyside Police and Knowsley Council have teamed up to raise awareness around arson prevention. High visibility patrols by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police are taking place across the borough to identify any fire hazards in public spaces. This includes patrols in parks and open spaces and any fire hazards are being removed. In addition, residents are being reminded to ensure their wheelie bins are safely stored, especially at night. Advice includes: • Only place your wheelie bin out on collection day and return it to your property as soon as possible after collection. • Whenever possible, wheelie bins should be stored securely behind locked gates. • Don’t store your wheelie bin near windows or doors – any fire in a bin could easily spread to your property. • Do not overfill your wheelie bins or leave
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LEND A PAW
Dogs Trust Merseyside is in urgent need of the help of local dog lovers. The Huyton-based rehoming centre is asking people to give up some of their free time to walk dogs, clean kennels, help with laundry and carry out home visits. Volunteer co-ordinator, Clare Lybert, said: “We currently have around 100 incredible volunteers which sounds a lot but we need more to join us. “With around 100 dogs to look after every day the kennels always need cleaning, dogs need walks and play time and our washing machines never stop. “Also, our volunteers carry out home visits to make sure homes are suitable for the particular dog and the quicker we can do them, the quicker our dogs can head off to their forever homes.” If you would like to volunteer, go to www.dogstrust.org.uk
loose rubbish around them. Mark Thomas, prevention group manager for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “If you live in Merseyside, you can request a free home fire safety check visit, during which fire safety advice will be given. Many residents on Merseyside will be eligible for the fitting of free smoke alarms, particularly those over the age of 65 and anyone who is referred to us by one of our partner agencies.” To find out more about the home fire safety checks, call 0800 731 5958 .
Waverton Day Nurseries have announced the opening of their newest setting on Richard Hesketh Drive, Westvale, Kirkby. The new Waverton Kirkby opens it doors on Monday 12 March. The nursery is set to open from 8.00am to 6.00pm with an earlier start available on request. Nursery manager, Ann Burkert, said: “We are a family run business with a very honest and passionate approach to child
care. “We want to provide childcare that supports little ones in becoming good citizens and well rounded individuals by giving them the freedom to learn about the world around them. “We have open days planned for Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March with opening offers available. Contact us on 0151 548 8801 for more information about the nursery or our open days.
Waverton Day Nursery Kirkby Richard Hesketh Drive Westvale, Kirkby L32 0TZ
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14 March 2018
PRISON SECURES BREASTFEEDING CHARTER MARK A Liverpool prison is the latest organisation to secure a charter mark for being breast feeding friendly. Liverpool City Council’s ‘Breastfeeding Mayoral Quality Mark’ aims to make the city a place where mums can breastfeed in comfort when they are out and about. Since the scheme was launched in September last year, a total of 116 premises including cafes, shops and restaurants across Liverpool have achieved the quality mark – including HMP Altcourse in Fazakerley. Successful businesses sign up to a 10 point plan which includes: • Support breastfeeding in all public areas • Making private areas available for feeding where possible • Offering mums a free drink of water or tea/coffee • Promoting support services for breastfeeding Each venue receives a certificate and a badge that they can place in their window or door to let customers know they are breast feeding friendly. Altcourse Prison has a special room set aside for the families of inmates who have young children and uses it to encourage them to bath their babies, play with them and encourage positive relationships as a way of reducing re-offending. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: “Word is spreading about the Breastfeeding Mayoral Quality Mark and now to the extensive list of cafes,
restaurants, shops and public buildings I am delighted we can add HMP Altcourse. “This is all part of our drive to make sure that mums are able to feed their child in comfort without being disturbed, wherever they are.” Community engagement manager at HMP Altcourse, Paul Handley, said: “We are delighted to have secured the Charter Mark and have already had interest from a number of other prisons in the work that we are doing here to promote breastfeeding by visitors. “Both Oakwood in Wolverhampton and Parc in South Wales have started to create similar rooms in their prisons. “They are using the Liverpool Bambis Mayoral charter as a guide and are also quoting Liverpool Bambis as the service to aspire to.” Liverpool is seeing an increase in breastfeeding rates and is making steady progress towards the national average. The Quality Mark is aimed at making sure there are many venues where mums feel comfortable breastfeeding. A total of 55 percent of new mums feed naturally in Liverpool, compared to 74 percent elsewhere, dropping to 33.5 percent at six to eight weeks against 44 percent across the rest of the country. The city’s peer support group for breastfeeding, Liverpool Bambis – who are based at and managed by Wavertree, Childwall and Woolton Children’s Centre – has supported 18,000 mums over the last five years.
The breastfeeding room at HMP Altcourse
Still time to have your say There’s still time for you to take part in the consultation around the Community Governance Review of existing parish and town councils in Knowsley. Feedback on a number of draft proposals is being sought including a reduction in the number of councillors elected to parish and town councils. The closing date for feedback is Monday, 19 March 2018. Further information is available on the council website www.knowsley.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/community-governance-review-parishtown-councils
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COUNCIL COMMITS TO PROTECT CHILDREN’S CENTRES SERVICES Knowsley Council is reassuring local families that the local children’s centre services they value will continue, despite the increasing financial pressures the authority faces thanks to Government cuts. In order to protect the services, which are a valued resource for many local families, especially those with young children, the council is currently reviewing where those services are best delivered, to provide both value for money and easy access for those who use them. A consultation is now underway to look at locations for service delivery. The consultation does not propose any reduction in services available to local families. But the consultation will ask service users where they would like to access services, so that they may be more conveniently situated for families. This may allow the council to reduce
the number of locations where services are based without impacting on families’ ability to access the services, helping the council save money without adversely affecting the quantity or quality of services provided. Cllr Joan Lilly, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “At a time when so many other local authorities are struggling to maintain their children’s centre service at all, continuing to deliver Knowsley’s services is a priority for the council and the services that our children and families need will continue to be delivered. “We have committed to maintain the same current level of service for our children and families, but due to the Government’s drastic funding cuts, we are now looking at where these valued services should be delivered – the physical buildings and locations used
across the borough, many of which are under-used and expensive to run. “Potentially this could mean relocating some services to a setting which is more conveniently situated for families and a significantly reduced cost. Importantly, the services we provide will not be affected. “We are asking families who use the service for their views on where services are delivered to help to ensure we continue to meets their needs. But people shouldn’t be worried – this is absolutely not about taking services away – it’s protecting frontline services for our children and families in Knowsley.” Last year, the council carried out a consultation to find out, from the families using the service, what support and facilities they most valued. Using the findings from this, a new improved offer for families was
Cllr Joan Lilly, cabinet member for children’s services
launched in October last year. This means that the services families said they needed and valued are still being delivered, and that will continue. If you currently use children’s centres in Knowsley, the council is keen to hear your views on where you would like the services to be delivered. Read more about the consultation, and submit your views on the council’s website before Wednesday 21 March 2018.
Festival launch 2018 PRESCOT FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES Prescot Festival Short LINEUP FOR MILESTONE YEAR Story Competition IN THE ARTS Entry to the 2018 Prescot Festival Short Story Competition is now open The competition is open to nonprofessional writers of all ages living in Merseyside and Halton and this year’s theme is Darkness & Light. The writer of the winning short story wins a £100 prize. The 2018 Prescot Festival Short Story Competition Rules are: 1. To enter, you must live in one of the following six boroughs: Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Halton, Wirral or Liverpool. You must not have had a piece of fictional writing professionally published, ie, in return for payment. There are no age restrictions. Only one entry per person is allowed. 2. The story you submit must be inspired in some way by the following theme: Darkness & Light. It is your choice how to interpret the theme. The story must be your own original work of fiction (no biography, poetry or nonfiction), unpublished, in English, and with no more than 1,000 words. There is no minimum word count. 3. Print or type your story on A4 paper in size 12 font. Include a page number and the title of the story in the header or footer of each page, but do not include your name or any
identifying details on any of the pages. Include a separate title page containing the following information: Full name, address, telephone number, email address, title of story. 4. The closing date for the competition is Friday 25 May 2018. All entries must be received by then. Send your entry to: Prescot Festival Short Story Competition, 12 Earle Avenue, Roby, L36 4JP. 5. A panel of judges will read the stories, whose writers remain anonymous, and decide a winner. The judges’ decision is final. They may award runner-up prizes at their discretion. 6. The winner will receive a prize of £100, to be awarded in person at Poco Coffee, 30 Eccleston Street, Prescot, L34 5QJ, at 7pm on Monday 18 June 2018 (Poetry Evening with Stephen J Regan & David J Costello), or shortly afterwards by post if they cannot attend. The winner will be notified before the event, and their name posted to the festival website on Tuesday 19 June 2018. 7. You retain full copyright of your story, but by submitting it, you give the Prescot Festival permission to republish it online and/or in print, naming you as author.
With work on Shakespeare North’s Prescot Playhouse beginning in 2018, organisers of the town’s pioneering arts festival are ensuring this year’s programme is one to remember. The 14th Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts promises 10 days of entertainment, with an eclectic schedule encompassing all tastes in music. The festival opens on Friday 15 June with Swingshift Big Band, charting the history of the big band genre from the 1930s to the present day. Saturday 16 June sees the Prescot Festival Chorus reunite under conductor James Luxton, of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI with a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s poignant Requiem. The programme continues right through to Sunday 24 June, with musical guests including Wingates Brass Band, Maghull Wind Orchestra—celebrating its 40th anniversary—and BOST, one of the North West’s most popular musical theatre companies. A young instrumentalists’ showcase, poetry and live music nights, and a screening of Educating Rita (1983), based on Whiston-born Willy Russell’s classic drama, are among other highlights of the week. “This year marks the beginning of a new era in Prescot’s history, making it a pivotal time for arts, heritage and culture in our community,” said artistic director Dr Robert Howard. “We’re determined to mark the occasion with another top-tier festival to remember, featuring the very best of talent from the town, the region and
beyond.” The Prescot Festival runs from Friday 15 to Sunday 24 June 2018 at venues across the town. Details of the programme are online at www.prescotfestival.co.uk Tickets will be on sale from 1 May 2018.
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16 March 2018
£4.5M INITIATIVE TO HELP HOUSEHOLDS INTO WORK UP AND RUNNING A team of 24 advocates who will help 800 unemployed families into work across the Liverpool City Region have started a two-week induction programme at the city region’s Combined Authority. The Households into Work programme is a pilot scheme funded with £3.5m from the Department for Work and Pensions, and £1m from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Under the scheme, the 24 advocates, based in each of the six Liverpool City Region local authority areas, will work with 800 households where two or more adults are not in work. They will identify barriers to people getting into work, such as childcare issues, debt, or lack of skills, and put a bespoke intensive support package in place for each individual to help them get into the workplace. Speaking about the scheme, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “It was a pleasure to welcome our new advocates as they start a two-week induction programme before getting to work across our city region. These individuals will be at the front line of implementing this innovative scheme and I am confident that they will make a real difference. “When I was elected, I said that I want to ensure that fairness and social justice is etched into every policy, every service and economic initiative delivered through the Combined Authority. “A major part of that has to be ensuring
that everyone in the city region has the opportunity to reach their potential. And that means making sure that people have second chances. “Because enabling people to achieve meaningful employment does not just benefit those individuals; it benefits their families, their communities and our city region as a whole.” The 24 Employment Advocates will be in place in their local areas and ready to start working with households from 5 March 2018.
Above: Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor (back row, centre), pictured with the 24 Households into Work advocates.
Whiston Beer Festival 2018 The Beer EnGin will present their first ever Whiston Beer Festival from Friday 23Sunday 25 March with 20 ales, eight ciders, gin and prosecco bar plus food and entertainment. Friday 6.30pm-10.30pm, Saturday 1pm-10pm, Sunday 2pm-7pm. The event takes place at Whiston Town Hall, Old Colliery Road, Whiston L35 3QX. Entry costs £5 which includes programme and festival glass. The festival will be supporting local charities. See facebook.com/WhistonBeerFestival
FIRST ARK SOCIAL INVESTMENT OFFERING £50,000 LOANS TO HELP SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS ‘THRIVE’
THRIVE FUND OFFERED TO SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS First Ark Social Investment (FASI) has launched the ‘Thrive Fund’, which will offer unsecured loans of up to £50,000 to social enterprises and charitable organisations, allowing them to grow their organisations and deliver even more social impact to their communities. The fund joins FASI’s already existing funding opportunities in the North of England, including the Invest for Impact fund, all of which have a shared purpose of improving lives and helping develop sustainable social enterprises and organisations. FASI is also an access point for the reach fund, which aims to get organisations ‘investment ready’ with smaller grants and personalised support. Organisations who receive a loan from the thrive fund, which is offered at an
interest rate of between 7% and 14%, will benefit from a number of features, including the option to take a capital repayment holiday for up to six months. Successful applications to the Thrive Fund will also benefit from a dedicated investment support manager, who will be available to offer support during the application process and after the funds have been awarded. This support manager will provide invaluable help and guidance to ensure organisations are making the most of their investment and will act as a first point of contact throughout the process. This also includes assisting organisations with exploring other funds and opportunities that they could consider applying for. Hannah Jones, group head of investment at First Ark, said: “We’re really
pleased with the success we’ve seen so far from our Invest for Impact fund, which has already awarded over £2.5 million in funding for social enterprises and charitable organisations in the North West. “We’re confident the thrive fund will see similar levels of success and we’re proud to expand our funding opportunities, so we can help local organisations deliver as much social impact as possible. “With a whole host of benefits including a dedicated support manager, we can enable organisations to spend less time worrying about finances and spend more time making a real difference to their community. “This is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to make their organisations stronger, expand their teams or refurbish their facilities, and I would encourage anyone interested to contact the team
Hannah Jones, group head of investment at First Ark
and see if the thrive fund is right for them.” Loans from the thrive fund begin at £10,000 and applications are open now. Anyone who is interested in speaking to First Ark Social Investment about the thrive fund or any other funding opportunities for their social organisation is encouraged to call 0800 464 0797 or visit firstarksocialinvestment.com
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CENTRE 63 AT THE HEART OF THE KIRKBY COMMUNITY
MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN KNOWSLEY A youth centre which has been at the themselves, their families and the wider heart of the community for more than community. 50 years is running a vital outreach “Centre 63 has been making a project to support young people in difference in the lives of young people in Knowsley, thanks to a small cash Knowsley for 55 years. boost from Merseyside’s Police “It was great to hear about the work the Commissioner. staff and volunteers do to help some of Centre 63 runs a host of activities the most vulnerable young people and aimed at engaging with and supporting teenagers in the Borough, providing young people in Kirkby. everything from food and housing In November, the centre was awarded support, to advice on money and house £9,000 from Jane Kennedy’s Crime and emotional support. Prevention Fund to work in partnership “Without their commitment and with the CELLS project and Merseyside dedication, there is no doubt that many People to support young people in the more young people over the years would community who are in danger of have fallen on hard times”. getting involved in anti-social or While at Centre 63, Emily also criminal behaviour. visited the CELLS (Choices, Deputy Police and Crime Education and Life-long Commissioner, Cllr Emily Learning) project, which is Centre 63 are Spurrell visited the based in the same reaching the centre recently during an building on Old Hall young people in out and about day in Street, and has also the area who are Knowsley to find out previously received most at risk more about the progress funding from the Crime of the project which Prevention Fund to educate includes awareness events, young people about the street-based outreach work and consequences of crime. intensive one-to-one interventions and CELLS run workshops, interactive support, and hear about the centre’s presentations and props, including a wider work to support young people. mobile and static prison cell and sweat The centre, which has been operating box, to engage with young people and since 1963, also runs a nightly youth club get their message across. attended by up to 45 young people, a During the tour, led by CELLS founder volunteer project which gives tailored Shaun Glanville, the deputy support to young people aged 16-25 who commissioner heard about how the key are not in employment, education or strength of the scheme though, is the training and runs the YES project, which CELLS team itself which consists of gives advice and practical support to people who have been affected by crime, some of the borough’s more vulnerable mainly reformed offenders, rehabilitated young people on issues including drug users and victims of crime, violence housing, money and debt advice. and abuse. Emily said: “Using a small grant from Emily said: “It was really interesting to the Commissioner’s Crime Prevention meet Shaun and find out more about the Fund, Centre 63 are reaching the young important work this project is doing at the people in the area who are most at risk of centre, in schools and out in the getting involved in behaviour which could community to raise awareness of the either put them in danger or they may dangerous and life-changing regret in the future and helping them to consequences for young people of make better, safer life choices. getting involved with crime. “The value of this work cannot be “Over the last nine years, they have overstated, for the young people encouraged scores of young people to
stay on track and make more informed decisions about the type of life they want.” The deputy commissioner continued her tour by meeting Knowsley Local Policing Sergeant Julian Hanley and members of his team, including PC Jackie Bruce and PCSOs Ian Griffiths and Shaun Davidson to take a tour of some of
the key hotspot areas in the Borough and hear about the issues they are facing in the week and the multi-agency work being done to keep communities safe. Earlier in the week, the Local Policing team had been in the Westvale area speaking to residents and offering reassurance following open land searches in the area.
Huyton care home welcomes Mayor
Residents and colleagues at HCOne’s Roby Lodge Care Home in Huyton, welcomed the Mayor of Knowsley, Cllr Frank Walsh, to the home for an open day to celebrate Roby Lodge’s latest positive Care Quality Commission (CQC) report. Roby Lodge Care Home was rated as ‘Good’ in all areas in its latest report from the CQC, demonstrating that the home is achieving high standards in providing care that is caring, safe, effective, responsive and well-led. The CQC’s report praised the Roby Lodge team for their ‘kindness and compassion’, noting that they are ‘knowledgeable about people and what was important to them’, which helps them to deliver the kindest and very best care to the people they support. The home also received compliments from residents and relatives, with one resident stating: “I
love the staff. I’m treated lovely, while a relative commented: “Staff put me at ease in the way they look after Mum. I feel reassured. Mum has come on since coming to live here”. The Mayor was treated to refreshments prepared by the Roby Lodge kitchen team, and was given a tour of facilities at the home. Residents meanwhile enjoyed chatting to and taking photos with the Mayor, as well mingling with other guests, which included friends and family as well as members of the local community. Roby Lodge care home manager, Lisa Casey, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Mayor to Roby Lodge to join us in celebrating our positive CQC report. “His presence made the event all the more special, and residents very much enjoyed spending time with him and their other guests.”
18 March 2018
BUDGET PROPOSALS FOR NEW INVESTMENT IN KNOWSLEY Knowsley Council’s Cabinet has put forward a series of recommendations for new investment in key local services and agreed a higher Living Wage for its lowest paid staff. The Cabinet proposals for the 2018/19 budget will now be considered at a full meeting of the Council on Wednesday 7 March 2018. Councillors will consider the following investments proposed by Cabinet: • A permanent investment of £770,000 in Children’s Social Care; • £1.75m invested in the first phase of the regeneration of Huyton Village Centre; • A contribution of £598,000 to the Liverpool City Region Single Investment Fund; and • One-off investment in emergency planning (£45,000) and records management (£155,000). In order to protect key services, fund investments and achieve a balanced
budget, the Council will raise council tax by 2.99%, in addition to the adult social care precept of 3%. The council agreed a three-year budget in March 2017, which set out £3m of savings to be implemented during 2018/19. The previously-agreed savings include a reduction in senior manager posts, a redesign of services and a reduction in One Stop Shop opening times. Meanwhile, the cabinet has agreed that, from 1 April 2018, the council will apply an increase in the living wage paid to its lowest paid staff to £8.75 per hour, as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation. Members of the cabinet also approved a £10.8m scheme to improve school playing fields across the borough. The programme will bring significant improvements to school sports pitches and other surfaces and will be funded from the sale of former school sites.
Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for resources, Cllr Gary See, said: “Members of the cabinet have proposed a package of measures which would protect essential services and invest in key priorities for the benefit of Knowsley residents and businesses. “This is increasingly difficult to achieve in the face of ongoing drastic Government funding cuts, but our longterm planning, sound financial management and economic growth strategies are helping us to deal with the impact of those Government cuts on our communities. ”I’m delighted that cabinet have agreed to invest an additional £770,000 per year into our services to vulnerable children and young adults and to apply an increased living wage to our lowest paid staff. “At the same time the proposals put further investment directly into our communities with over £10m invested
Better Together explores health and wellbeing issues affecting young people Knowsley Better Together was launched in July 2017 and aims to bring people and organisations closer together to achieve more for Knowsley and its residents. This includes working with partners, organisations and the community to improve educational outcomes for children and young people as well as the health and wellbeing of residents, providing highquality adult social care and improve access to jobs and a good choice of housing. All the projects being delivered as part of Knowsley Better Together recognise that more positive benefits can be achieved by working together and pooling resources and skills. As part of the council’s commitment to Knowsley Better Together, it has allocated £1m of funding which will be used in two ways. Firstly, for community groups to implement environmental improvements in their local area (£300,000) working alongside their local councillor. Secondly, a further £700,000 has been allocated for community and social sector groups to deliver initiatives that will improve education, health and wellbeing, adult social care delivery or support the high-quality adult social care and improving access to jobs and
a good choice of housing. As part of the £700,000 social sector funding, more than 30 projects were recently successful is securing funding. One successful bid was from Listen Up, run by Comics Youth CIC based in Kirkby. Over the next 12 months, 70 young people aged eight to 18 will be supported to design, create and publish a comic book (online and print) which explores their health and emotional wellbeing, whilst also improving literacy skills.
The finished product will then be distributed across the borough’s schools, organisations and wider community. Through the project, young people will be mentored to develop their creative and literacy skills, along with developing their confidence. Issues to be explored could include anxiety, aspirations, stress, depression, but this innovative project aims to explore these issues in an environmental where they feel they can express their feelings and know that they are being listened to. Cllr Andy Moorhead, leader of Knowsley Council said: “This is a fantastic new project that has been developed by listening to young people through a range of engagement events. “More than 72% of young people stated they would welcome the opportunity to express their health and wellbeing experiences through a comic with more than 86% expressing an interest in taking part in the project. “Engaging with our young people, ensuring initiatives are targeted to their needs, whilst also delivering positive health and wellbeing outcomes, is a great example of how Knowsley Better Together can deliver more when we pool skills and resources. “I look forward to seeing this project develop over the coming months.”
Cllr Gary See - cabinet member for resources
in school playing fields and £1.75m to kick off the regeneration of Huyton Village Centre. “This clearly reflects this council’s commitment to supporting our communities and investing in the future of Knowsley. “I look forward to presenting these proposals to the full meeting of the council.”
GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME Feedback from the recent Knowsley Community and Voluntary Services (KCVS) Knowsley Better Together Event has indicated that more support was required for organisations to maximise their opportunities for funding. KVCS will be holding a small grants workshop entitled: Illuminate Class You Asked, We Did. Hosted by KCVS and funding expert Peter Riley, this Knowsley Illuminate Class will ensure that you get it right first time. The small grants workshop will help you identify and choose the right funds for you, find out what the funder is really looking for and examine the importance of measuring your success. Small grants funders discussed on the day will include Awards for All, Sport England’s Small Grants, Morgan Foundation, Children in Need, Knowsley Better Together Fund and the Community Foundation for Merseyside. The class will take place on March 21 10.00am to 1.00pm. The class has been subsidised by KCVS and will cost £35 per person (usual charge £45). Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and demand is expected to be high.
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SOLICITORS RAISE FUNDS IN AID OF LOCAL CHARITY Maxwell Hodge Solicitors held a Christmas Charity Quiz Night in aid of Mac House in December 2017. The quiz had eight specially themed Christmas rounds and was a great opportunity for local businesses to come together in support of the charity. In addition to the quiz itself Maxwell Hodge also hosted a raffle and a silent auction. The night was a huge success. Maxwell Hodge have currently raised in excess of £3,000 for the charity. Mac House offers free accommodation to families and carers who have children staying at Alder Hey Hospital and there are no limits to how long or how often families can stay. The 84 rooms are funded purely from voluntary donations as Mac House does not receive monies from any other sources. £25 will pay for a room for a family for one night. The cost of accommodating a family for one week is approximately £175 and the annual
running costs of the House amount to £600,000. Over half the children cared for at Alder Hey come from outside Liverpool as far afield as Staffordshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man. With more than 300 beds for sick children, Ronald McDonald House provides parents with accommodation for over 2000 families each year. Claire Banks director at Maxwell Hodge said: “Mac House is such a deserving charity and we are very proud to be working with them. “We also owe a huge thank you to the generosity of the businesses who donated our raffle and silent auction prizes.” On receiving the cheque, Gill Wilson, fundraising manager at Mac House, said: “We are delighted with the fundraising efforts of Maxwell Hodge. The monies raised from the quiz enable us to support more families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.”
Dogs Trust Merseyside is appealing to local dog lovers to help homeless hounds in need of a little extra TLC by volunteering to foster a dog. The rehoming centre is looking for local dog-lovers to open up their hearts and their homes to dogs who would benefit from staying in a temporary home until they find their new forever family. Home from Home coordinator at the Huytonbased rehoming centre, Joanne Sanderson, said: “Some dogs find kennel life stressful for a number of reasons and those dogs as well as dogs that are perhaps poorly or pregnant, strays, older dogs who are used to a quieter life or puppies, all benefit from being in a home environment whilst they wait for their new family. “We are looking for a variety of foster homes but homes without young children or pets give us the best chance of placing a dog in foster quickly and helping them on their way to finding their forever home.” Janene and Paul Davies have been foster carers for just over a year and have looked after more than 20 dogs, including five-day-old puppies that needed hand
rearing. Janene said: “I would recommend fostering to anyone who would love to own a dog but feel they can’t commit to one full time. You can do it as often as you want for however long you want. We’ve had dogs for as little as three days who then headed home, or eight weeks. “There are no costs involved as Dogs Trust covers everything. It is a wonderful way of giving a dog the love and comfort of family life whilst they wait for their new forever family to adopt them and it means we have the joy of having a dog, or dogs, in our lives.” The team are looking for foster carers who are at home most of the time to help the dog settle in. If you would like to become a foster carer, please call 0300 303 0292.
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Knowsley Council is inviting applications for the latest round of short breaks grants. The grants are aimed at providing financial support for groups in the local community and voluntary sector, enabling them to develop peer support and bespoke activities for children with disabilities and their families. If you would like to know more or to apply for a short breaks grant, please go to http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/care/help-for-children-with-disabilities.
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Having a baby is an exciting time but is sometimes also a worrying one for parents-to-be and new parents not knowing what to expect or what is best for mother and baby, but there’s lots of expert help available in Knowsley. Two courses are on offer in Knowsley providing guidance, support and essential information to help you give you and your baby the best start. It’s also a great way to meet and share your experiences with other new parents. Getting to Know Your Baby: Available in all the borough’s children’s centres ‘Getting to Know Your Baby’ helps expectant and new parents to bond with your baby. Bump, Baby and Me: The seven week pregnancy course ‘Bump, Baby and Me’ includes help and advice on a range of things including common ailments of pregnancy, labour, hypnobirth, pain relief, mindfulness, mental health, bathing baby, infant feeding, safe sleep, baby massage and finances/ benefits. The sessions run on a Thursday from 10am to 12pm at Hilltop Children’s For further information about either course, or any of the support available to expectant and families in Knowsley, speak to your community midwife, Allison Wright, a Public Health Midwife on 07769 234394, or Hilltop Children’s Centre on 1051 443 5301.
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Lifestyle HEALTHY EATING Blueberries: antioxidant powerhouse? The grandad of the superfood trend, this cute little North American fruit packs a powerful nutritional punch. Blueberries are a good source of vitamin K. They also contain vitamin C, fibre, manganese and other antioxidants (notably anthocyanins). Valued for its high levels of antioxidants, some nutritionists believe that if you make only one change to your diet, it should be to add blueberries. We’ve teamed up with the British Dietetic Association (BDA) to examine the evidence to see if blueberries live up to their hype. The evidence on blueberries Heart health and blueberries A study in 2012 of 93,000 women found that participants who ate three or more portions of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32% lower risk of a heart attack compared with those who ate berries once a month or less. However, the study could not prove that these fruits definitely caused the lower risk. Can blueberries combat high blood pressure and atherosclerosis? While the evidence is inconclusive, it is thought that blueberries may relax the walls of the blood vessels, which may help reduce this risk of atherosclerosis – hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis can increase the risk of a heart attack and stroke. A small study in 2015 involving 48 postmenopausal women, found that women who were given blueberry powder supplements over the course of eight weeks experienced a small, but clinically significant, drop in blood pressure. A study from the same year involving 44
adults with metabolic syndrome (a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity), who were given blueberry smoothies, had less promising results as there was no effect on blood pressure. A similar finding was presented in a 2013 study involving 21 men. Though these men were described as healthy so the results may not be applicable for people with underlying chronic diseases. Though it is important to note that all of these studies were relatively small which gives less “weight” to their results. They also involved different populations so the results may not be applicable to the general population. The dietitian’s verdict on blueberries Alison Hornby, a dietitian and BDA spokesperson, said: “While research on the health claims of blueberries is inconclusive, they are a fantastic choice as one of your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. “They are low in calories and high in nutrients, including phenolic compounds with an antioxidant capacity significantly higher than vitamins C or E. Try adding them to your breakfast cereal, including them in a packed lunch or mixing with lowfat yoghurt for a delicious dessert”.
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TIPS TO MAKE YOUR FOOD LAST LONGER Washing your berries in vinegar and storing onions in a pair of tights are just some of the tricks that could help your food last much longer. That’s according to the money-saving team at PromotionalCodes.org.uk who have revealed the top 15 tips to increase the shelf life of your groceries and avoid food waste. Suggestions include clever tricks and simple solutions such as learning how to store vegetables to stop them from wilting too early. Darren Williams said: “There are lots of simple tricks and hacks you can do to make food last longer and therefore save money. “That’s why we compiled these simple tips so you can make sure everything you buy lasts as long as possible. “Even little things such as cleaning your fridge regularly and using porous paper for cheese could make a big difference.” Here are the top 15 tips:
• Keep bananas separate from other fruit and use plastic wrap Bananas produce a lot of ethylene gas so keep away from other fruit to stop them from spoiling. Also wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas in cling film or plastic wrap as a way of making them last longer. • Keep dry goods in air-tight containers Dry foods such as rice and pasta need to be kept in air tight containers such as jars or plastic boxes as a way of preventing not only air from getting in but also any tiny mites or insects that could be around. • Use a vinegar solution for berries Simply mix one part distilled vinegar with 10 parts water and wash your berries in the solution. It’s diluted enough that you can’t taste the vinegar and can make strawberries last up to two weeks longer. • Keep ginger in the freezer Everyone seems to have a different place where they keep fresh ginger but the best spot is definitely the freezer. Not only will it last much longer but it makes it easier to grate and peel as well. • Keep onions in a pair of tights It may sound strange but grab a pair of tights you no longer use, the thinner the better, and fill with onions. Tie a knot between each onion and suspend in a cool dry place and they can last up to eight months longer.
• Store asparagus like a bouquet of flowers Trim the ends of your asparagus like you would before putting flowers in a vase. Then pop them in a jar along with some water and loosely wrap a plastic bag over the top before placing in the fridge. • Freeze fresh herbs and olive oil in ice cube tray If you have fresh herbs you don’t want to spoil, try popping them in an ice cube tray along with some olive oil and then freezing. Then whenever you want to make a meal using that herb you can simply melt the cube. • Clean out your fridge regularly Make it a habit to disinfect and clean out your fridge/cupboard as often as possible, especially if something has gone bad in there. Bacteria will always linger unless properly cleaned with the correct cleaning solutions. • Use porous paper for wrapping up cheese Cheese lasts much longer when it’s allowed to breathe so avoid any plastic wrap or tin foil. Cheese paper is available but if you have any baking parchment lying around that will also work. • Paper towel with lettuce After you’ve washed your lettuce make sure it is as dry as possible as water will make it wilt. In addition, place a paper towel in the container with your lettuce to absorb any water in there. • Wrap foil around refrigerated vegetables Celery and broccoli will last longer if wrapped in foil and kept in the fridge. The trick can make your favourite vegetables last up to a month longer than usual. • Put syrup in the freezer Once opened, maple syrup will begin to crystalise and can spoil within a matter of months. If you only use it sparingly try putting it in the freezer, the high sugar content means it won’t freeze and can therefore be used time and time again. • Revive stale bread If you have a loaf of bread that’s gone stale don’t throw it away. Rub the loaf with an ice cube and then pop in the oven for around 12 minutes. The bread will return to its former glory in no time. • Store apples and potatoes together It may sound like a strange combination but storing apples with your potatoes can help them last up to eight weeks longer. The ethylene gas produced by the apples prevents the potatoes from going bad. • Lemon juice for avocados and guacamole It’s difficult to stop oxidation causing avocados to brown quickly but one method is to use a light layer of lemon juice on your avocado or guacamole to stop it from spoiling so quickly.
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NEW CONSULTANTS MONDAY WOOLTON Linksview Community Centre 102 Vale Road 7.30pm Laura 07453 327853 SATURDAY HALEWOOD VILLAGE The Dales Country Club Okell Drive 9.00am Jenny 07950 342944 NEW GROUPS FRIDAY HALEWOOD New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre Lakenheath Road 9.30am Kate 07966 260632 SATURDAY KNOWSLEY The Suites Hotel Ribblers Lane 8.00am & 10.00am Zara 07854 721185 Monday CROXTETH Porchfield Community Centre Porchfield Close, Off Storrington Avenue 5PM & 7PM Natalie 07928 023090
KIRKBY The Kirkby Leisure Centre Cherryfield Drive 9.30am & 11.00am Eileen 07742 424767 HUYTON Trinity Church, Page Moss 9.30am & 6.30pm Susanne 07468 434617 NETHERLEY Woodlands Community Centre, Wood Lane 9.30am, 4.30pm and 6.30pm Helen 07779 266870 LIVERPOOL The Liverpool public house 14 James Street (Next door to James Street Station) 12pm Linda 0151 256 1681 FAZAKERLEY Our Lady of Sorrows Pirrie Road 4.30 & 6.30pm Jan 07954 714567 WOOLTON Woolton Youth Club High Street 9.30am, 11.30am, 4.30pm & 6.30pm Christina 07932 075226 Wednesday
HUYTON Roby Community Hub Centre Merton Crescent 4.30pm & 6.30pm Vicky 07507 848706 KIRKBY (SOUTHDENE) Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane 4.30pm & 6.30pm Jenny 07734 224138 HUYTON The Old School House St John’s Road 6.30pm Zara 07854 721185 Tuesday ECCLESTON St James Church Hall St Helens Road 9.00am, 11.00am, 4.30pm & 6.30pm Lynn 07739 167051
DOVECOT (HUYTON) St Margaret Mary’s Social Club, Pilch Lane 9.30am, 4.00pm & 6.00pm Julie 07779 538790 HUYTON St Lukes Church, Princess Drive 9.30am, 11.30 am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Susanne 07468 434617 FAZAKERLEY Our Lady of Sorrows Pirrie Road 5.00pm Jan 07954 714567
FAZAKERLEY Federation Community Centre Opposite library Formosa Drive L10 7LR 5.00pm & 6.30pm Eileen 07742 424767 HALEWOOD Hollies Hall, Hollies Road 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.00pm & 7.00pm Kate 07966 260632 KIRKBY (NORTHWOOD) St Mary’s Parochial Club Kennelwood Avenue 4.30pm & 6.30pm Susan 07546 148204
CROXTETH PARK Rhys Jones Centre Langley Close 5.00pm & 7.00pm Dawn Tel: 07732 845118 NETHERLEY Netherley Youth & Community Initiative St Gregory’s Church Damson Road, Netherley L27 8XR 6.30pm Helen 07779 266870 Friday DOVECOT (HUYTON) St Margaret Marys Social Club Pilch Lane 7.30am & 9.30am Julie 07779 538790 Saturday
PRESCOT St Pauls Parish Church Bryer Road 4.30pm & 6.30pm Lisa 07720 979915 CROXTETH Porchfield Community Centre Off Storrington Avenue 5.30pm Shenley 07803 524716 Thursday STOCKBRIDGE VILLAGE Craig's Community Centre Little Moss Hey 9.30am, 4.00pm & 6.00pm Zara 07854 721185 CHILDWALL VALLEY St Marks Church Hall Childwall Valley 4.30pm & 6.30pm Christina 07932 075226 KIRKBY (WESTVALE) Holy Angels Social Club Sidney Powell Avenue 4.00pm & 6.00pm Susan 07546 148204
PRESCOT Prescot Town Hall Warrington Road 8.00am & 10.00am Lynn 07739 167051 KNOWSLEY St Marys Church Hall Knowsley Village 8.00am, 10.00am Zara 07854 721185 NORRIS GREEN St Christophers Church Hall Lorenzo Drive 8.30am Debbie 07774 699694 FAZAKERLEY Fazakerley Federation Formosa Road 8.30am, 10.30am Jenny 07734 224138 BELLE VALE Gateacre Comprehensive School Hedgefield Road, Belle Vale 9.00am Graeme 07775 918576
22 March 2018
Health and Wellbeing HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton
TOGETHER WE CAN HELP TO COMBAT THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE In Knowsley, early diagnosis of cancer in any form is a priority for me. Many of us have been affected by cancer either directly, or indirectly. By ensuring residents know the signs and symptoms, attend screening appointments when invited, return bowel cancer kits and advising their doctor of any relevant family history, together we can help to combat this horrible disease. This month, I am supporting Public Health England's national 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign, focusing on breast cancer and targeting women aged 70 or over. Nationally, one in three women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are aged 70 or over, yet they often think that it does not affect them. Breast screening takes place every three years for women aged between 50 and 70 so if you receive an appointment, please go along. If you're over 70, you can ask for a free screening every three years - ask your GP. Most women are aware to look out for a lump, but other signs include pain, changes to the skin, shape, size or feel of the breast. Make an appointment to see your GP if your notice any of these changes. If breast cancer is diagnosed early, it is more likely to be treated successfully. To find out more, visit www.nhs.uk/breastcancer70
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with around one in eight men getting prostate cancer at some point in their lives and your risk increases with age. Most men with early prostate cancer don't have any signs or symptoms. Symptoms often only become apparent when your prostate is large enough to affect the urethra and you may start to notice things like an increased need to urinate, straining while urinating, dribbling after you finish urinating and feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied. These symptoms shouldn’t be ignored and could be caused by a non-cancerous problem called an enlarged prostate. If you notice any of these symptoms, visit your GP. Further information is available at www.prostatecanceruk.org
HIGH RATING FOR CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING COVERAGE Knowsley has been recognised for its commitment to encouraging women to attend cervical cancer screening in the borough. Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer, conducted an audit into the activities of local authorities and clinical commissioning groups’ to improve cervical cancer screening uptake. The charity found both the council and CCG ‘undertake comprehensive, targeted and sustained work to improve cervical cancer screening’, which is the highest possible rating. Work includes targeted support for GP practices to identify women who have not attended for screening, supporting the charity’s campaigns including its annual cervical screening awareness week and promoting the Jo’s Trust roadshow visit to Kirkby last summer. The team provided information and support and encouraging attendance at screening. Women aged 25 to 49 registered with a GP are
invited every three years and every five years if aged 50 to 64 for cervical screening. The test detects abnormalities within the cervix that could, if undetected and untreated, develop into cervical cancer. Cervical screening uptake in England is decreasing and is now at a 20-year low. Cllr Shelley Powell, cabinet member for public health, wellbeing and customer services said: “We’re really pleased the work Knowsley is doing to encourage women to attend their cervical screening invitation has been rated highly by the charity dedicated to women affected by the disease. “It’s a simple fact that regular cervical screening offers the best protection against developing cervical cancer but unfortunately uptake in Knowsley, and across the country is falling. I’d urge all women to attend their screening appointments, or rebook if you can’t make it or have missed one. It takes minutes and can save lives.”
Stay well with a visit to your local pharmacy If you’re suffering with a sore throat, cough, cold or other minor health concern did you know you can visit your local pharmacy first for professional healthcare advice. With most people living within easy reach of a pharmacy and with many pharmacies offering extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends, pharmacy teams offer fast and convenient clinical support with no appointment needed. A new campaign ‘Stay Well Pharmacy’ aims to remind people about the support available from your local pharmacy, especially the parents and carers of children under the age of five. Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are qualified healthcare professionals who are the right people to see if you need clinical advice or over the counter medicines to help safely manage a wide range of minor health concerns. Cllr Shelley Powell, cabinet member for public health, wellbeing and customer services said: “Pharmacists are trained in managing minor illness, such as sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles, teething as well as aches and pains. “They can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment or simply provide reassurance, for instance when a minor illness will get better on its own with a few days’ rest. “Visiting the pharmacy is really convenient as no appointment is needed and if you prefer you can ask to use the private consultation room. Where necessary the pharmacy team can refer patients to further professional help.” Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns will help free up GP time for more urgent appointments and help reduce non-emergency A&E visits.
We need to drink plenty of fluids to stop us getting dehydrated – the government recommends 6-8 glasses every day. This is in addition to the fluid we get from the food we eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water and lower-fat milk are healthier choices. Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks that are high in added sugars and calories, and are also bad for teeth. Even unsweetened fruit juice and smoothies
CARERS STRATEGY GROUP The Carers Strategy Group will meet on Thursday 8 March, 10.30am— 12.30pm, at the Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX The sessions are specifically for Carers to come along and meet with Healthwatch and Knowsley Council to discuss some of the issues faced by Carers. At the sessions we will be discussing the progress of the Carers Strategy for Knowsley, this will be a great opportunity to share your views and look at how Carers within Knowsley can be supported. This month we will be focusing on the development of Carers ID cards, as well as discussing the Carer’s Passports and Emergency Cards. Your input will be valued and attendees from the Knowsley Council Commissioning Team will be in attendance to hear your views. This is an opportunity to have your voice heard and share your experiences as a Carer. If you are interested in coming along to the group or would like more information, please contact Nicky on 0151 449 3954 or email: nicky.greening@healthwatchknowsley. co.uk
are high in free sugar. Your combined total of drinks from fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies should not be more than 150ml a day – which is a small glass. For example, if you have 150ml of orange juice and 150ml smoothie in one day, you'll have exceeded the recommendation by 150ml. When the weather is warm, or when we get active, we may need more fluids.
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WOMEN URGED TO BECOME BREAST AWARE – IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE Women, and especially those aged over 70, are being encouraged to be breast aware with the launch of the latest Be Clear on Cancer campaign. With breast cancer the most common cancer in England the campaign urges women to get to know how their breasts look and feel normally, so that it is easier to spot anything unusual. The older you are the more likely you are to get the disease. One in three women who get breast cancer are aged 70 and over, yet they often think that it does not affect them. Possible signs of breast cancer include: • a lump or thickening in your breast or armpit • change to the skin of your breast • changes in the shape or size of your breast • nipple changes • nipple discharge • pain in your breast • any other unusual or persistent changes to your breast If you notice any changes in your breasts, it is important that you contact your doctor straight away. You’re not wasting anyone’s time and it’s much better to be sure, if only to put your mind at rest. These signs don’t necessarily mean cancer. It is most likely to be a benign condition that can be easily treated. But if
you have any changes to what is normal for you, you should see your GP as finding breast cancer early makes it more treatable. Your GP can refer you to a breast clinic where the staff can reassure you and give any necessary treatment. Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services said: “If you notice any changes in your breasts, it’s important that you contact your doctor straight away. And if a friend or relative says they have any of these symptoms, please insist they see their doctor. A trip to the GP’s surgery could be life saving. “It’s also really important to attend breast cancer screening appointments when you’re invited. Believe it or not one in three women in Knowsley didn’t attend for breast screening in recent years, yet screening can saves lives.” Women between the ages of 50 and 70 are currently invited for free screening every three years. Screening can detect breast cancer at an earlier stage making it more treatable. If you’re over 70, you can ask for a free screening every three years. Just get in touch with your Doctor to arrange. For further information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, please visit nhs.uk/breastcancer70
March jobs to prepare your garden for Spring and Summer
ith Spring just around the corner, there are some jobs you can do to help maintain your garden ready for the arrival of the warmer months. Planting trees and shrubs creates a more attractive garden, and is a great way to fill a gap, provide privacy and screen sights and sounds from next door. But before you get carried away, remember that roots often extend to distances in excess of the height of the tree and they can take moisture from the soil. So before you start planting, here are some practical tips to help reduce the risk of potential damage and help you prepare your garden for Spring: • If the soil is clay, new planting may cause it to shrink, while removing existing trees and shrubs may make it swell. Therefore, plant news trees away from your home. Find out how tall the mature tree will be and make sure it is positioned at least 1.25 of this distance from the house. • If you’re planning to grow your own fruit, order your fruit trees now ready for planting in the spring and continue planting trees and shrubs while they are still dormant. • Hanging fat balls and making sure you keep bird feeders topped up will help attract birds, and they will also help with pest control in your garden. • If you have any slimy patches on your paving and patio, remove them by scrubbing with a broom or blasting with a pressure washer. Also, wash empty pots by scrubbing them with hot water and a mild detergent before rinsing them well afterwards. • High water demand trees should be planted no closer to the home than one-and-a-quarter times the mature height. High water demand trees include elm, eucalyptus, oak, poplar, willow and some common cypress species. • Avoid planting climbers such as Ivy and Virginia Creeper against house walls, as they hold on using suckers, twining tendrils or aerial roots which could damage mortar and may cause damp. Plant these at least three meters away from your home. • Before cutting down or pruning a mature tree, check with your local authority to make sure that it is not
protected by planning conditions, conservation area restrictions or a Tree Preservation Order. • Allow enough room for trunks and large roots to grow safely. Be particularly careful if planting near drains or lightweight structures. • Regular pruning of fast growing, thirsty trees such as Cypress Leyland, will help to reduce the amount of water taken from the soil. • The level of soil around your home should be kept below the damp proof course (generally 150mm or two brick courses). Paths should also generally be kept around 150mm or two brick courses below the damp proof course, except where these have been designed to provide level access into the home. If you are not sure where the damp proof course is, ask your builder to show you. Where air bricks, permanent ventilators or perpend vents are provided, they should not be blocked or covered by soil or paving. • And last of all, although the UK is fortunate to have plenty of rain, do ensure trees and shrubs are watered sufficiently to give them a good start in life especially those that maybe sheltered by other structures. If you haven’t got one already, consider purchasing a water butt ready for the summer. Rainwater is particularly useful for watering acid-loving, ericaceous plants as opposed to tap water which is often slightly alkaline.
24 March 2018
OUTSTANDING RATING FOR CHILDREN’S SHORT-BREAKS RESIDENTIAL HOME A children’s home in Knowsley, providing children with a physical and/or learning disability and their families overnight breaks, has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Fullerton Grove, based in Huyton, was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ for the overall experience and progress of children and young people taking into account how well children and young people are helped and protected and the effectiveness of leaders and managers. The inspection report also states that the ‘children’s home provides highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good and that the actions of the home have contributed to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people who need, help, protection and care.’ Councillor Joan Lilly, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We know from the feedback we receive from our children, young people and families that use Fullerton Grove that we are having a positive impact on their lives, but to have it formally endorsed by Ofsted is a fantastic achievement for everyone at Fullerton Grove.” “As well as seeing first-hand the activities that take place at Fullerton
Grove and speaking to our staff, the inspectors importantly met with the children and families that use our service. Inspectors noted that children are increasingly confident in spending time away from their families, they enjoy the opportunity to try new things, being around other children and joining in meaningful activities. Inspectors also commented on how our staff are strongly motivated to help children to achieve their full potential.” Fullerton Grove provides short breaks for children and young people aged from six to 17 years in a safe, caring and homely environment. They benefit from a range of activities, which are tailored to their specific needs. This includes trying new foods, playing with toys and making new friends. The staff at Fullerton Grove also deliver a range of activities where siblings can also join in, for example, pumpkin carving and visiting the park. Other positive outcomes from staying at Fullerton Grove includes the children and young people having an opportunity to do more for themselves, appropriate to their age, level of understanding and disability, which increases their own independence and confidence.
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hotographs can provide us with Using a range of resources in the archive, a powerful record of life from it has been possible to trace the fascinating Victorian times to the present. history of this family. There are thousands of photographs in The 1901 census gives us a broader the archive collections, offering us a view of the Blains. At this point, Sarah’s window into the past and recording for husband, William Hughes Blain, is still very posterity key events in Knowsley’s history, much alive. Aged 58, he is recorded as from a grainy view of Huyton Railway being a cabinet maker and employer; all of Station in1860 and the harrowing images the surviving children are at home, with of bomb damage caused in the Blitz of Ernest, aged 31 and a salesman, and 1941, through to events taking place in our Arthur, an 18-year-old cabinet maker’s own communities today. apprentice, completing the family. Where One early 20th century, black and white were they in 1911? photograph from the photographic archive Researching the marriage and census features a splendid Victorian villa on records reveals that Ernest began married Archway Road, Huyton. This property, life at St Chrysostom’s, Everton, with Croft House (now demolished) was built Florence Beatrice Morris in January 1904 during the construction boom in the years and Arthur, now a cabinet maker and following the opening of the Liverpool to upholsterer, had set up home at The Manchester Railway in 1830. Hollies, Westmoreland Road, with his wife, The ease of commute from Huyton into Flora. Liverpool meant that the rising merchant Sadly, the civil registration death index and professional classes could reveals that William Hughes Blain died afford to live in the in 1909, leaving Sarah a widow countryside and travel until her passing in 1916. back into the city to William Hughes Blain was A grainy view of work. born in 1842, the son of Huyton Railway Croft House Arbuthnot (Arthur) and Station in 1860 appears on William Laura Blain of King Street, Wrennall’s map of the Edge Hill. His baptism took and the harrowing area, drawn up in place on 22nd September images of bomb 1878 - but what can 1842 at St David’s Church damage we find out about the and the register notes that people who lived there? Artbuthnot was also a cabinet The 1911 census reveals maker. By 1851, the family had that the householder at that time moved to Garden Lodge on Tarbuck was a widow called Sarah Blain. Aged 66, Road; the census records that Artbuthnot she was living with three of her unmarried, was born in Donegal, Ireland. adult children – William, a book keeper Census records from 1861 reveal that aged 44, Laura, aged 42 and Edward, the Blains moved to Wheathill Farm in the aged 39 and also a book keeper - and her township of Roby and, aged 18, William 86 year old widowed mother, Mary Davies, Hughes was taking after his father, carrying supported by Margaret Smith, a 19-yearout the trade of cabinet maker. old domestic servant. William Hughes and Sarah Davies According to the particulars as to married in1865 and a year later, in 1866, marriage, Sarah had been married for 45 William Artbuthnot was born. Bishops’ years and had borne a total of six children. transcripts tell us that his baptism took Obviously a lady of means, how did Sarah place at Huyton Church, with the ceremony come to be the householder and where performed by the Reverend Ellis Ashton. were her remaining children? Laura, Ernest and Edward followed, and
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KNOWSLEY ARK: BRINGING HISTORY ALIVE
Every picture tells a story in 1871, the family was resident at Poplar Bank, Huyton. By 1881, the Blains had moved into Croft House on Archway Road, establishing a family home which would greet the arrival of Arthur in 1883. How did the family support their comfortable lifestyle, in a beautiful, modern house with extensive grounds and staffed by servants? The answer to this question can be found in the trade that was carried out by Artbuthnot, his father before him, his son William Hughes and grandson Arthur. From around 1835, Artbuthnot, or Arthur as he was known, was crafting high quality furniture in Liverpool, establishing a warehouse at 35 Paradise Street in a business that had been started by his own father in 1796. The firm also worked for Cammell Laird, furnishing the cabins for the screw sloop-ofwar, CSS Alabama, which launched from Birkenhead in 1862. Artbuthnot died in 1868, at which point William Hughes took over the reins of the family business. His sons all worked in the enterprise, as clerks, book keepers, salesmen and of course, Arthur the youngest son carried on the trade of cabinet maker. The Liverpool electoral registers (held at Liverpool Archives) and the electoral registers and Gore’s Directories
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held in Knowsley Archives show us that the business had expanded, operating out of several properties in the city during the latter part of the century. These properties included an upholstery and carpet warehouse at 35 Paradise Street, a workshop at 28 Atherton Street, stables and a timber yard at Elizabeth Street and workshops on School Lane. Following William Hughes’ death in 1909, Arthur continued at the helm, with the final entry in the Gore’s Directory for the company being made in 1926. This listing shows the scope and diversity of the business, which at this time occupied a number of sites, having its offices at 15 Victoria Street, works at 28 Atherton Street, King Street Lane and 22 College Lane: ‘A. Blain & Son, cabinet makers, house & ship upholsterers, French polishers, decorators, furniture removers, office and ship fitters and linoleum and carpet warehousemen, army & navy contractors’ Incredibly, this story of a house and the business that, over 130 years, supported four generations of the family that lived there, has grown from a single photograph. As we continue to record our lives and experiences through the medium of photography, creating our own digital archives through social media platforms, we can only wonder at the stories that our images will tell...
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26 March 2018
YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES’ WELLBEING HUB CELEBRATES OPENING IN STYLE A new centre to support the mental wellbeing of children and young people in Knowsley has been launched by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The purpose-built Young People and Families’ Wellbeing Hub is based at the Whiston Hospital site. To celebrate its official opening in February, young service users and the SHOUT participation group were joined by a band called The Retrosettes. Their music covered a mix of sounds from 1960s pop to northern soul and disco. The event took an unexpected turn when Mia – a young service user – accompanied The Retrosettes to perform a rendition of Adele’s Skyfall. The SHOUT participation group provides an opportunity for young people to get involved and help shape child and adolescent mental health services. They also welcome young service users to participate and interact with others whilst relaxing and
having fun. During the sessions, children have the opportunity to learn and develop new skills to help them grow. The Young People and Families’ Wellbeing Hub is on the first floor of the Knowsley Resource and Recovery
Centre. This purpose-built space was created to improve services for children and young people by bringing together in one place Knowsley child and adolescent mental health services and the Cheshire
and Mid-Mersey Children’s Eating Disorder Service. The new location provides numerous benefits, including: better transport links, a separate outpatient unit, greater consultation space, and improved links to the paediatrics department and physical health services, based at the onsite hospital. Young service users were very impressed with The Hub. Pippie said: “The new building is much better and I love all the colours. The rooms are also more spacious too.” Lee McMenamy, assistant director of operations at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Being able to create a purpose-built Young People and Families’ Wellbeing Hub has been a huge priority. I am so delighted to see it come to fruition and the positive impact it’s having. “The sole aim has always been to improve services for children and young people within Knowsley, and The Hub is another great stride forward.”
Knowsley backs the Great British Spring Clean Council workers, community groups and local litter busters recently joined forces to tackle grot spots and environmental crime in this year’s Great British Spring Clean. Knowsley Council supported Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean campaign – 2 to 4 March – which aimed to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our neighbourhoods. As well as supporting community groups and individuals to hold litter picks, the council organised a number of initiatives aimed at tackling fly-tipping, dog fouling and the dumping of household waste. On Friday, 2 March a number of events were held in Kirkby to encourage responsible dog ownership and highlight the number of dog walkers who fail to clean up after their dogs. A ‘flag it and bag it’ initiative took place at Field Lane Park where flags were placed in every spot where dog fouling has taken place. Posters from Keep Britain Tidy’s awardwinning campaign “we’re watching you” were also displayed in surrounding roads to remind residents that nine out of 10 dog owners clean up after their pets. Cleansing teams also targeted alleyways in Prescot where bags of household waste have been dumped and ‘environmental crime’ tape will mark fly tipping hot spots – which will also be targeted by increased patrols.
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PREPARING FOR FLOODS KNOWSLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS ‘APPRENTICESHIPS WORK’
Because of the ever-changing climate we are experiencing, it’s thought that the number of houses and businesses that could flood will increase. This is why it is important for you to be prepared. Here are some tips on how you can prepare for flooding including how to protect yourself, and minimise damage to your home and possessions. Know your flood risk One in six properties in England are at risk of flooding which means that almost five million people could be affected, however, only half of the people who are at risk of flooding are aware of it. Knowsley does not have a nationally significant flood risk but approximately 3000 properties in the Knowsley area are at risk of flooding, according to the Environment Agency so it is worth knowing your risk. If you don’t know your flood risk, this handy feature will help you to find out. Flood protection Keeping flood protection equipment in your property if you are in a flood risk area is useful. You could consider using: • Floodboards – these fix to frames around windows and doors, and act as a barrier • Sandbags – you can buy sand and bags yourself or even fill pillowcases and plastic bags with earth
Keeping safe In the event of a flood, the safety of you and your family should come first and you should all move to higher ground. In order to stay safe in a flood, you should cooperate with the emergency services fully and be prepared to act quickly. What to do in an emergency The first priority is to check where the other people in your household are – if they are not at home, check they are somewhere safe. You should also check the welfare of vulnerable people nearby. You should also turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if it is safe to do so. Be sure to never touch any source of electricity if you are standing in water. If you are evacuated, only take important items such as medication and babycare items if you have an infant. Food and bedding is usually provided in evacuation centres but you should take your own spare clothes. Most evacuation centres allow pets so if you take yours, put cats and small items in a carrier and remember to take food for them.
You can keep up to date with news on flooding by listening to the local radio or calling floodline on 0345 988 1188
Protecting your items Do what you can to protect your items when you first know about a flood warning such as ensuring plugs are in the sink and bath. You can help the plugs to be weighed down by putting a sandbag, pillowcase or plastic bag filled with garden soil on top. A heavy object will do too. Take important items which can be easily picked up and moved quickly to a safe place or a higher ground. Remember to keep insurance documents safe and move outdoor animals to safety. What to do after a flood To help with repairs and replacements, contact your insurance company so they can organise a loss adjuster to look at your property. To make the process easier, make your own record of flood damage such as using a permanent ink marker to indicate the height of the flooding on the walls of every room that has been affected. You can also photograph or video damage caused by flooding. Be aware that there may be danger in flood water such as dangerous objects, pollution, sewage and chemicals so it’s important to take care when re-entering your home. To protect yourself, you should always wear waterproof outerwear, protective boots and a face mask. If you are using a pump and generator to get water out of your property, position the generator outside because they produce carbon monoxide fumes which can be fatal. Be sure to only pump water out when the flood level outside is lower than the level inside to reduce risk of damage to the structure of the property. Important information to remember: • Avoid walking or driving through flooding – six inches of fast-flowing water can knock over an adult and just two inches of water is able to move a car • Do not allow children and vulnerable people to go in the water • Wash your hands after touching flood water To find out more information about flooding with helpful tips and advice, visit the Environment Agency’s Flood Action Campaign website
To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2018 (5 – 9 March) Knowsley Community College will be celebrating all things apprenticeships and highlighting how apprenticeships work. Knowsley Community College will be hosting a series of information sessions to young people at several schools across the borough and Liverpool as well as on-board the Tall Ship berthed in the Albert Dock. The sessions will promote live vacancies, giving those interested in kickstarting a career in a range of industries, including construction, engineering, health and social care and business, a flavour of what to expect. Experts will be on hand to help identify career choices, offer interview tips and help with typical entry requirements and how to search and apply for apprenticeships. Knowsley Community College currently offers apprenticeships in various different sectors, ranging from engineering, construction, business and computing, and has apprentices with high profile employers; including Beverston Engineering, Vivark and Inspire Children’s Services. Throughout National Apprenticeship Week, Knowsley Community College will
dedicate its social media platforms to an entire week of posts about fantastic apprenticeship vacancies, apprentice success stories and employer testimonials. Gill Banks, Knowsley Community College Principal, said: “Knowsley Community College is proud to provide an extensive range of apprenticeship opportunities and we are committed to increasing the awareness of apprenticeships and the many exciting opportunities they can create for young people.” Throughout the week, Knowsley Community College will also be sharing a series of insightful employer blogs, case studies and positive stories as a great example of how ‘Apprenticeships Work’ for employers. For schools wishing to provide tailored apprenticeship information to their students, please contact the School Liaison Team on 0151 477 4609.
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cross Knowsley in the early 1994, strange rumours circulated about a woman who was said to be a real-life witch and her ability to cure all sorts of ailments and conditions. Raymond Gallantree, a 57-year-old doctor who had a practice in the Huyton area, learned of the so-called witch when his patient - 40-year-old Mrs Scott – arrived for her annual medical check-up – minus her fibromyalgia. She said a white witch named Jane Thorogood had cured her of the debilitating condition with a special soup she had to drink once a week. “Quackery, Mrs Scott,” Dr Gallantree told his patient with a lopsided smile. “There is no known cure for fibromyalgia syndrome, so this white witch is a con woman.” “She is not, Dr Gallantree,” protested Mrs Scott, tapping her index finger hard on the doctor’s desk. “She has cured me, I tell you. All the muscle spasms, pain and the irritable bowel thing have gone, and my mind’s clear as crystal.” “They call it the placebo effect Mrs Scott,” said the doctor, glancing at his patient’s records, “but let’s come into the 20th century; I think we could try a new drug.” Mrs Scott got up, shaking her head. “I don’t need any of your drugs, doctor – I’m cured, thanks to Mrs Thorogood.” She left the surgery, and Dr Gallantree sighed and minutes later the next patient – 35year-old Peter Cheeseman – came in to see him. Mr Cheeseman had been suffering from chronic insomnia ever since he’d been made redundant, and he’d been given mild sleeping pills, but they had given Cheeseman graphic nightmares. He was also a hypochondriac who was convinced he’d die of heart-failure from these nightmares. Cheeseman said he had gone to see a woman – a Mrs Thorogood – recommended by his aunt. This lady dealt in alternative medicine and she had given him some special pillow which contained lavender and various herbs – and although Mr Cheeseman was now sleeping for eight hours at a time, he wanted to know if the pillow’s herbs could have any side effects. Dr Gallantree advised him to: “sling that pillow away” and claimed its soporific effects were all down to autosuggestion. Dr Gallantree heard of the white witch more and more as the months went on, and even a nurse at the practice told the doctor how she had visited Jane Thorogood herself because of her arthritis, and the witch had given her ginsoaked golden raisins and some purple
“I don’t need any of your drugs doctor, I’m cured thanks to Mrs Thorogood” potion to sip, and now all the joint pain had ceased. “I’m surprised you of all people would fall for this mumbo-jumbo, nurse,” said Gallantree – but then he heard more of the white witch from Mike Carson – a doctor who had a practice in Prescot. Dr Carson joked, “I’m rapidly losing half of my patients to this hag who’s haggling for business!” “She should be investigated,” suggested Gallantree, “heaven knows what her potions contain.” Then a friend of the two men – Richard Randall – another doctor from the Melling area – met them on a golf course, and he also spoke of “some woman who claims to be a witch convinced one of my patients that her sciatica had gone.” “This witch isn’t a Jane Thorogood by any chance, is she?” Dr Carson asked. Dr Randall seemed very surprised at the question and slowly nodded. “You’ve come across her too, then?” Randall asked.
Days later, an old patient being treated for warts came into Dr Gallantree’s surgery and said a woman his sister knew had put some tape around his fingers which had warts on, and she had told him that the warts would suffocate and fall off. Gallantree tried to remove the tape from his patient’s fingers, but the elderly man said he’d rather “try the witch’s old remedy first.” Dr Gallantree contacted the other two doctor friends and they arranged a meetup at the Philharmonic pub in Liverpool with a solicitor to discuss a way of confronting this so-called witch. As the four men debated how they should tackle the charlatan, a beautiful red-haired woman standing nearby suddenly turned to face them, and to Dr Gallantree, she said: “I have succeeded where your medicine has failed! Your people bled patients to death with leeches once!” “Who the devil are you?’ asked Dr Randall, and before the woman answered, Dr Gallantree said: “Jane Thorogood – I presume?” “You see me as a threat, doctors,” said Jane, “but before this week is through, one of you will ask for my help.” And then suddenly – she was no longer there. She vanished before their eyes. On the following day, Dr Randall’s wife
broke down and said she’d been diagnosed with a serious life-threatening illness some time back, but she had kept the diagnosis from him. She had less than a year to live. As predicted by the white witch, Dr Randall put out his feelers and asked his patients to contact Jane Thorogood on his behalf. When the witch turned up at his surgery, Randall begged her to cure his wife and said he’d give her a blank cheque. For a month, Jane gave Mrs Randall all sorts of potions, and the woman made a full recovery. Jane took no payment in return. Dr Gallantree still believed the witch’s cures were all down to suggestion, and he tried to find her so he could accuse her – in the presence of his solicitor – of being a charlatan, but he never heard from her again, and gradually, all of Gallantree’s patients came back to him with their incurable ailments.
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Business News CONSTRUCTION FORUM TO HELP Company celebrates first anniversary at KNOWSLEY FIRMS BENEFIT Huyton branch FROM KEY DEVELOPMENTS Knowsley firms could reap the benefits of the borough’s development pipeline as a new Construction Forum is launched. Prescot’s Shakespeare North Playhouse and the mixed-use vision for Earlsfield Park are among a number of major projects lined up for the area. Knowsley Chamber is behind the forum, which will aim to bring local construction and supply chain businesses together to hear about the opportunities available to them. An inaugural meeting is being held at The Village Hotel in the borough on 17 April, with Knowsley Council’s head of the major development team, Tony Clark set to provide an overview of the key
schemes being brought forward. A Knowsley Chamber spokesperson said: “We have a pipeline of major developments (residential and commercial) that are already underway or about to commence, and the adoption of Knowsley’s Local Plan will release approximately 164 hectares of employment land, with plans to build 8,100 new homes to fulfil the Housing Strategy. “Projects such as the Shakespeare Theatre, Earlsfield and Whiston to name but a few will help to boost Knowsley’s business, housing, leisure and culture offer and assist us to capitalise on our close proximity to Liverpool and Manchester.”
Opticians Specs2U recently celebrating their first anniversary of the opening of their newest branch on Wilson Road, Huyton by having an 'open day'. Local businesses and members of the public were invited to pop into the branch on the day to have a look around, meet the staff and see the lens laboratory where customers glasses are made. Phil Broeders of Specs2U said: “We opened the doors to the new branch 12 months ago this week. Since that
time we’ve seen many people come here for their eye tests and glasses and word of mouth recommendation has made a big difference. “We have had some really good feedback from local people and felt this was an event we wanted to celebrate properly. “We provided refreshments throughout the day so people could pop in throughout the day, at lunchtime or after work”. Specs2U have two other branches on Merseyside one in Widnes and one in
Ellesmere Port. The Huyton branch has become their flagship branch however. Phil said: “The location of the Huyton branch is very important to us. We decided to move our laboratory into the new branch which demonstrates the importance of the area to our future."
STRESS, ANXIETY & MINDFULNESS TRAINING Listening Ear, a Knowsley-based social enterprise that delivers counselling and therapy services, has been approved as a learning provider for the Skills for Growth Service (SFG) Training courses are for companies based within the Liverpool City Region and funding can be as much as 80%, depending upon eligibility, which means that an eligible SME will pay just £20+VAT per learner. The 1 day stress, anxiety and mindfulness course looks at: • What stress/anxiety is • When stress/anxiety becomes a problem • The link between thoughts, feelings and
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the new market is being paid for through rental income from the relocated market traders. The fruit, vegetable and flower market’s former site is to be redeveloped as a new home for a Merseyside Police patrol hub, while also providing space for
the force’s vehicle repair facility, currently based at Smithdown Lane. Some land is also being used to rebuild the neighbouring St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, while the remaining nine acres fronting Prescot Road is set to become new housing.
LORD MAYOR OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW £7M FRUIT AND VEG MARKET Liverpool’s new £7 million fruit, vegetable and flower market in Gillmoss has been officially opened by the Lord Mayor. The 80,000 sq ft facility, which will eventually include a café, has replaced the existing rundown building off Edge Lane. The market is the latest phase of what Liverpool City Council calls a “significant investment programme in markets” which has already seen a new Great Homer Street market – ‘Greatie’ – in Everton, and a £2.5m refurbishment of St Johns Market in the city centre. Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said: “I am delighted to have opened this brand new market, which was much needed. “It is great news for the traders who
have been waiting a long time for the creation of an attractive new development with modern facilities.” The new market complements other nearby developments including the £12m Geopost DPD parcel facility which has created 250 jobs, and the building of new industrial units by St Modwen. Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, said: “This move has been vital to giving the market a future – their previous home was over 50 years old and the new conditions are a world apart. “The workers are unsung heroes whose work is done while many of us are sleeping and we were determined to make sure they found a new site so it didn’t just wither on the vine.” The cost of borrowing for the build of
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MANUFACTURER IN SAFE HANDS THANKS TO BUSINESS GROWTH PROGRAMME Small business success story Gold Dust Seasoning Ltd has been receiving help and support from the Knowsley Growth Hub since 2015. From its humble beginnings at the home of company director Kish Vadgama, who initially experimented with ingredients to make home seasonings for family and friends, Gold Dust Seasoning has grown into a successful manufacturer of salt and pepper seasoning with business premises on the Knowsley Business Park. With a drive to ensure the business reached its full potential, Kish and fellow director John Tierney are always keen to access the business support available to them, and in 2015 the company applied for a Knowsley Business Grant for the purchase of machinery which helped the company to secure larger orders as well as creating new jobs. The company then went on to use the council’s Knowsley Works Team for its recruitment requirements. When the company then heard about the Business Growth Programme, specifically the free one to one specialist consultancy support, they were keen to find out more. John said: “The Knowsley Growth Hub are always very approachable and they make the process of accessing their support very simple that is why we continue to access their services for the benefit of our business”. Gold Dust Seasoning were determined to ensure they were a responsible employer, adhering to its health and safety responsibilities and after an initial meeting with a business advisor from the Knowsley Growth Hub, the company signed up for the free one to one Health & Safety support available through the Business Growth Programme . Soon after a specialist consultant, Dave Gilbert from QSBC was instructed to work with the company. This support enabled Gold Dust Seasoning to have a health and safety policy constructed specifically for them, ensuring policies and procedures were put in place for the company ranging from corporate and social responsibility through to the reporting of accidents. Kish said: “The health and safety documentation has now been completed. We have been provided with everything we need and it has been so helpful. “I don’t mind admitting we really didn’t know where to start but now we are totally up to speed with our health and safety requirements and in fact chose to carry on working with David from QSBC because the initial support was so good. “If you need any advice regarding your company’s health and
QVC UK AGAIN NAMED AS A TOP EMPLOYER
QVC UK is one of only 85 companies certified as a top employer UK by the Top Employers Institute, the global certifier of excellence in employee conditions. The certification shows that QVC “provides exceptional employee conditions, nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation and has demonstrated its leadership status in the HR environment, always striving to optimise its employment practices and to develop its employees.” The evaluation process is stringent as organisations are assessed against an international standard on nine key areas: compensation and benefits; culture; talent strategy; workforce planning; onboarding; learning and development; performance management; leadership development; career and succession management. Rachael Egerton, director HR, QVC UK, said: “This business award can only be achieved through collaboration and strong leadership demonstrating that our culture and team member experience truly is a differentiator that sets us apart and remains pivotal to our success. “Our experience at work, the relationships we develop and how we embrace our values form the foundation of the way we interact with each other and our customers. I couldn’t be more proud to work alongside such a diverse group of talented people!”
safety I would definitely give the team a call to see how they can help you.” This ever evolving company has also established a new trading arm after identifying a need to review how best to dispose of their own access packaging, Gold Dust Seasoning now offers a commercial recycling operation, this not only allows them to process their own waste on site but also to provide this service to other businesses on the business park. To find out more about Gold Dust Seasoning Ltd visit their website at www.golddustseasoning.com or give them a call on: 0151 345 5880. To see how the Knowsley Growth Hub can help your business call on 0151 477 4000, or email business@Knowsleygrowthhub.co.uk
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 (AMENDMENT 35) (MANCHESTER ROAD, GARDEN WALK AND SOUTH AVENUE) ORDER 2018 NOTICE IS GIVEN that Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above-named Order on the 21st February 2018 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”). When the Order comes into force on 21st February 2018 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 to the following restrictions; Prohibition of Waiting At Any Time Manchester Road; • north east side of the carriageway, from a point 15m north west of its junction with Garden Walk to a point 15m south east of its junction with Garden Walk. • south west side of the carriageway, from its junction with South Avenue for a distance of 15m in a north westerly direction. Garden Walk: • both sides of the carriageway from its junction with Manchester Road for a distance of 15m in a north easterly direction. South Avenue; • North west side of the carriageway, from its junction with Manchester Road for a distance of 10m in a westerly direction. • South east side of the carriageway from its junction with Manchester Road for a distance of 16m in a westerly direction. The Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting and Loading and Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement and Consolidation) Order 2015 shall be amended by the revocation of the Map Schedules specified in the First Schedule of this notice, and also amended by the insertion of the Map Schedules specified in the Second Schedule of this notice. Schedule 1 - Map Tiles to be Revoked Road
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north side of the carriageway, from a point 15m west of its junction with Garden Walk to a point 15m east of its junction with Garden Walk.
south west side of the carriageway, from its junction with South Avenue for a distance of 15m in a north westerly direction.
both sides of the carriageway from its junction with Manchester Road for a distance of 15m in a north easterly direction.
north west side of the carriageway, from its junction with Manchester Road for a distance of 10m in a westerly direction.
south east side of the carriageway from its junction with Manchester Road for a distance of 16m in a westerly direction.
Schedule 2 – Map Tiles to be Added Road
Extent of Restriction
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north east side of the carriageway, from a point 15m west of its junction with Garden Walk to a point 15m south east of its junction with Garden Walk.
south west side of the carriageway, from its junction with South Avenue for a distance of 15m in a northwesterly direction.
both sides of the carriageway from its junction with Manchester Road for a distance of 15m in a northeasterly direction.
north west side of the carriageway, from its junction with Manchester Road for a distance of 10m in a westerly direction.
south east side of the carriageway from its junction with Manchester Road for a distance of 16m in a westerly direction.
A copy of the Order, statement of reasons and plan may also be viewed on the Council’s website: www.knowsley.gov.uk/consultations A copy of the Order, together with a plan showing the road affected by the restrictions and a statement of the Council’s reasons for making the Order may be inspected during normal office hours at reception desks at the Council’s One Stop Shop Offices at Municipal Buildings Cherryfield Drive Kirkby, Archway Road Huyton, Aspinall Street Prescot and Roseheath Drive Halewood. If you wish to question the validity of the Order or any of the provisions contained within it, on the grounds that it or they are not within the powers conferred by the 1984 Act, or that any requirement of that Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in making the Order, you may within six weeks from 5th March 2018 apply for that purpose to the High Court. Dated 5th March 2018 Mike Harden Chief Executive
32 March 2018
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The Mayor of Knowsley’s charity golf day and awards The Mayor of Knowsley’s charity golf day is to be held at Huyton & Prescot Golf Club on Friday 27 April 2018. The tournament will begin at 12.00pm with sandwiches and chips on arrival. The dinner and awards will take place from 7.30pm The tournament requires teams of four at a cost of £295 per team, with the best two scores from four Stableford. Entries will be limited to 30 teams and will be assigned on a first come first served basis. The event also offers the opportunity for companies to receive branding/sponsorship exposure on the course. The Mayor of Knowsley, Councillor Frank Walsh, said: “My chosen charities for 2017/18 are Willowbrook Hospice and Lyndale – Knowsley Cancer Support Centre “These charities rely on the support of the local community and your support is greatly appreciated. “I look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an extremely enjoyable golfing occasion”. For more information regarding entry or sponsorship please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07940 068 474.
LOOKING FOR A NEW CHALLENGE? Northwood Community Primary School are once again through to the regional finals of the Liverpool Foundation, Premier League Primary Stars Tournament with the boys finished top in their group. The first game set the tone, a 3-0 win for Northwood with a stunning solo goal from captain Dylan Fraser. The next two games ended positively for Northwood with a further two wins. Mason Draper, Ben Kelly and Ben Hall all found the back of the net with some lovely football played throughout. The newest player to the team, Liam Cardus, didn’t let his nerves get the better of him. Some fantastic finger tip saves from the ‘keeper saw them only concede
one goal. Andrew and Ellis stood strong in defence and supported the build up of play throughout each game. Corey Couzens came close to scoring in the third game but a great save from the opposition’s goalkeeper denied him the chance. Despite this, he remained resilient and created plenty of assists for his teammates to score from. Their final game was against Our Lady Immaculate, the first half ended 0-0. The boys had played over 30 minutes of football throughout the morning and had little energy left. An early goal, from the opposition, in the second half, didn’t dampen their spirits. They dug deep and fought hard. They soon managed to work together
and create an opening for captain, Dylan, who managed a lovely finish. The game ended 1-1, enough to keep Northwood FC at the top of the leaderboard. Despite being one of the youngest players on the pitch, Ben Kelly managed to net four goals making him the lead goal scorer for Northwood FC. Overall a fantastic morning of football, the boys are now off to the regional finals which will be held at the Liverpool FC Academy. A big well done to their coaches Mr Fairbrother, Mr Partington and Mr Harrison who are just as excited for the regional finals! The final is being played on the Wednesday 14 March.
FREE KIT AND EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS Free football kit and equipment is being made available to primary schools across England and Wales, as the Premier League Primary Stars kit and equipment scheme opens for applications. The Premier League Primary Stars programme is a national curriculum-linked education initiative, designed to inspire children to learn, engage and be active. Using the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs, the
programme provides ways for teachers to inspire girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field. The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme offers primary schools the opportunity to apply for free resources which can be used for active classroom sessions and PE lessons. The scheme is run in partnership with Nike and delivered by the Football Foundation. Nick Perchard, head of
community at the Premier League, said: “The Premier League Primary Stars kit and equipment scheme gives us the opportunity to provide free resources to primary schools taking part in the programme. The kit and equipment includes footballs, floor spots and giant dice to help with active lessons. “We are offering primary schools the opportunity to apply for free kit and equipment. We hope this year’s process will be as
successful as last year and that it will encourage teachers who have not yet signed up to the programme.” This year’s application window will run until Friday 6 April. Successful applicants will receive their kit/equipment from September 2018. Schools should visit https://plprimarystars.com/kitscheme for details of how to apply for the kit and equipment – and how to access the other exciting resources that are available to them.
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Knowsley Youth Mutual are opening a brand new 5-a-side football club and are looking for players. The club will be exclusively for 11-19year-olds and be held every Wednesday at Westvale Youth Club, Richard Hesketh Drive, Kirkby from 6.15-8.45pm or every Thursday at Tower Hill Youth Club, Ebony Way, Kirkby from 6.15-8.45pm. Sessions will include drill and practise routines, professional coaching, in house tournaments, prizes and recognition ceremonies, weekly training sessions and competitive local league matches. To get involved call Steven Brown on 07775 221881 or Danny Graham on 07825 132537.
OLDER PEOPLE’S FUN OLYMPICS If you are 55 or over and still active then maybe the Knowsley Older Peoples Fun Olympics (KOPFO) is for you to be active and healthy and have fun at the same time. KOPFO weekly sessions involve fun and friendly competition. After five successful years they are now well established as a unique organisation for older people. They invited you to come along to one of the informal weekly practice sessions where you will be made most welcome and quickly become part of the group. Sessions cost £1. For more details on these sessions please contact Geoff Lyon on 0151 430 7710 or email GgeoffLyon@aol.com
Published on Mar 5, 2018