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KNOWSLEY AND NORTH LIVERPOOL’S BIGGEST NEWSPAPER Labour's majority sliced again as the party lose three seats

LABOUR LOSING THEIR HOLD IN KNOWSLEY The Labour party in Knowsley have seen their majority cut for the second year after the Green Party and the Independent Party made inroads on a council which has been solid red since its creation four decades ago. Fifteen council seats were up for election, one in each of the wards in the borough. Of the 15 seats up for election – Labour held on to 11, the Green Party gained two, an Independent took one seat and the Liberal Democrats held on to a seat they previously held. The Green Party, got their first councillor in Knowsley last year when Kai Taylor took the Prescot South seat, have now seen their number tripled after Joanne Burke was elected in Prescot South and Ron Gaffney was elected to Whiston and Cronton. The Liberal Democrats saw Ian Smith elected to Prescot North. Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council said: “Whilst we are clearly disappointed to lose three seats, we know that the national political picture hasn’t helped matters as our engagement with local communities told us that residents are fed up with uncertainties around Brexit. “In addition, there seems to have been a misunderstanding that our parks and green spaces aren’t safe which hasn’t helped – I can reassure our communities and confirm that they are safe and they are not for sale.

Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council: “We are clearly disappointed to lose three seats”

“We will now regroup and focus our efforts on the issues that matter to our communities.” Ian Smith leader at Knowsley Liberal Democrats, said: “The set of results show public dissatisfaction with Labour in both Knowsley and nationally. Lib Dem’s recorded the most gains at a local election ever across the country. “In Knowsley people are still angry at Labour’s proposals around our parks and are responding to Lib Dem and Green messages about a different kind of politics. “We want to use this result to push on next year and take seats off Labour in Huyton where we have strong local candidates”. Cllr Joanne Burke, Green Party Prescot South Ward, said: “I am honoured the people of Prescot South have put their faith in me and the local Green Party by voting in such definite numbers to elect me onto Knowsley Borough Council. “That means there now three Green Councillors.

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2 May 2019

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Littledale Festival 2019 This year’s Littledale Festival will take place on Saturday 18 May, 2019 between 12 noon and 5pm on the Saxon Way public open space on the Littledale Estate in Towerhill, Kirkby. This will be the 10th occasion that the festival will run, and should be even bigger and better than ever. In addition to the performances provided by local schools and organisations and the usual attractions (inflatables, donkeys, funfair rides, archery, side stalls, beat the goalie, etc), this year will also see the return of zorb balls, a climbing wall, bungee trampolines and quad bikes, plus paintballing for the first time. There will also be more new acts performing.

No more knives Liverpool Running Bugs are holding a special 5 mile race on Sunday 12 May. The race will be run on behalf of the No More Knives Campaign at Stadt Moers Park in Whiston. The day will start at 9.30am with a one mile fun race for kids followed by the 5 mile race for adults. You will find refreshments available on the day with prizes for the first, second and third place runners (male and female positions) as well as spot prizes. There will also be free limited goody bags available. For further information contact email Tracey or Kieron at info@liverpoolrunningbugs.co.uk

Appeal following attempted armed robbery Detectives investigating an attempted robbery at a convenience store in Prescot. At around 8.40pm on Wednesday 24 April, a call was received of a man with a facial covering entering a convenience store on New Colliery Stores, Old Colliery Road off Cross Lane. The suspect was in possession of a knife and two other males believed to have been involved waited outside. No demands were made and, following a brief exchange with the owner, they all left empty handed. Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC with reference 19100200667 or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111

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£50,000 AVAILABLE TO COMMUNITY GROUPS IN AND AROUND KIRKBY The 2019 Kirkby Neighbourhood Community Fund - a £50,000 community fund for projects in and around Kirkby - has opened for applications. The Fund will provide up to £50,000 a year for the next 30 years to support community groups, charities and projects operating in the local area around the Knowsley rail transfer loading station, including Northwood, Cherryfield, Shevington, Whitefield and Prescot North (Knowsley Village). Community groups developing community, health and wellbeing and environmental projects closest to the Knowsley Rail Transfer Loading Station are eligible to apply for grants of anything between £1,000 and £20,000 to support their projects. Applications need to be submitted by 5 June 2019 and the successful projects will be announced at the end of the summer. Last year, 12 community groups were successful in applying for funds to support community, health and wellbeing and environmental projects. Three examples of projects selected for funding were: 1. The Kirkby Food Hub received £5,000 to set up new outlets in and around Kirkby. The funding helps the Food Hub to realise its aim of reducing food waste and food poverty. Food Hub outlets are open twice a week to local residents who – for only £3.50 – can leave with shopping bags full

Some of the ‘Incredible Edibles’ team

of healthy food and sundries. 2. Knowsley’s local radio station “KCC Live” received £10,500 for equipment and to support a mental health and wellbeing programme called “Mental Matters”. 3. Another successful community initiative, ‘Incredible Edibles’, grows vegetables at various Knowsley community venues for residents to take free-of-charge – they received £4,500 to support procurement of new equipment. The Fund was set up as part of the agreement with Merseyside Energy Recovery Ltd (MERL) who have been appointed by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) to treat all of the Merseyside and Halton Borough Council’s residual waste. SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

(SUEZ) is both one of the shareholders in MERL and the operator of the rail transfer loading station. MERL and SUEZ recognise that they have an important part to play in the local community and this Fund will help to help contribute to their responsibilities as a good neighbour. Andrew Hughes, SUEZ’s regional manager, said: “I’m delighted to announce that the Kirkby Neighbourhood Community Fund 2019 is open for applications. If you have a great idea that could benefit your community, please apply.” Further details about the Fund, including application forms and application guidance notes, can be found at www.suezmerseyside.co.uk

LABOUR LOSING THEIR HOLD IN KNOWSLEY • Continued from Page 1 “As a group we will be supporting all of the councils initiatives and decisions in the interest of our communities and challenging those that are not. “I look forward to working with like-minded councillors from any party for the common good of our communities”. Halewood South winner, independent Barbara Dunn, who beat Gary See, said she was delighted with the result. She said: “I just feel thrilled, obviously I have an incredible team of people who've supported me - it’s a great day.” The result means independents now control two of the three seats in Halewood South. The borough-wide turnout was 23.7%. Results: Cherryfield – Labour – Jayne Elizabeth Aston elected.

Halewood North – Labour – Shelley Powell elected. Halewood South – Independent – Barbara Elizabeth Dunn elected. Northwood – Labour – Marie Ellen Stuart elected. Page Moss – Labour – Del Arnall elected. Prescot North – Liberal Democrats – Ian Smith elected. Prescot South – Green Party – Save Our Green Space – Joanne Burke elected. Roby – Labour – Hughie Malone elected. Shevington – Labour – Tony Brennan elected. St Gabriels – Labour – Crispin John Hugh Evans elected. St Michaels – Labour – Mike Kearns elected. Stockbridge – Labour – John Jason Donnelly elected. Swanside – Labour – Chris Bannon elected. Whiston & Cronton – Green Party – Save Our Green Space – Ron Gaffney elected. Whitefield – Labour – John Joseph Morgan elected.


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Steve Rotheram plants time capsule at Woodlands Hospice Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram visited Woodlands Hospice recently to plant a time Capsule in a brick planter that he kindly helped to build in the gardens of the Hospice. This follows on from the official opening back in December of the newly built ‘Our Space’ project designed and built for the children and young people accessing family support services at the Hospice. Steve was joined by some of the children and young people and their families that have been involved in the ‘Our Space’ project along with volunteer gardeners Brenda and Kenneth. The children filled a special time capsule to place in the planter, including a scroll containing hopes and dreams for the future with messages from our staff and volunteers and a Liverpool and Everton football programme along with personal messages from Steve and Rose and Barry the chief executive and chair at Woodlands. Once Steve had placed the time capsule in the planter the children topped it off with some new flowers and plants creating a beautiful new feature for the Hospice garden. The flowers also represent growth, hope and happiness, in essence everything they wish for at the Woodlands Hospice Community. Rose Milnes, chief executive at Woodlands Hospice said: “It is an opportune time, 10 years on from opening our Inpatient Unit, to plant the time capsule for a period of 10 years, to look back in 2029 at how our hopes and dreams have progressed. “It has been lovely to link this planting to the opening of the children and young people’s facility and include their dreams and aspirations. “Hopefully when we look back our young people will have achieved their dreams and the hospice has continued to flourish.

“Having Steve help build the planter and actually plant the time capsule was a lovely touch and reflects the place Woodlands has in his heart”. Prior to planting the time capsule Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor, said: “I’ve been involved with Woodlands now for 20 years and it is a great honour to be involved with this project and plant the time capsule. “Hopefully in 10 years’ time when we open the capsule

those here today will have realised their hopes and dreams. Just finally, I’d like to mention the great team here at Woodlands. “The more you visit and see and get to know the team you see that’s what makes Woodlands such a special place. With team work you can build great stuff on strong foundations as shown by the brilliant work that volunteer John did for the planter”.


4 May 2019

Shakespeare Artefacts donated to Playhouse As we celebrated what is commonly considered to be Shakespeare’s birthday, 23 April, a generous donation of artefacts has been gifted to the Shakespeare North Playhouse. Two beautiful boxes, made from the wood of Shakespeare’s mulberry tree, have been donated by Dr Stephen J Bowe, a senior lecturer in architecture and material cultures at Liverpool John Moores University. One of the boxes is a miniature box of scales owned by Sharp, from whom the phrase ‘sharp practice’ is said to be derived and the other is a small, intricately carved snuff box. Over the past 15 years, Dr Bowe has amassed a large collection of mulberry wood items, including those artefacts with a Shakespeare connection. The Shakespeare mulberry items are mostly found in museum collections, including the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Folger in the USA but Dr Bowe was lucky to find the snuff box and set of scales for sale and purchased them both via auction. The connection with mulberry trees and Shakespeare is well documented. In the height of his career as a playwright, William Shakespeare bought a house called New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon and during his time there, a black mulberry tree was planted in the garden. This followed the trend for planting black mulberries in the early 17th century when King James I imported tens of thousands of saplings in an attempt to start a silk industry in England. Silkworms will only feed on mulberry leaves (although, unknown to James I, they prefer white mulberry!)

We will ensure these precious links to the Bard are preserved and exhibited at the Playhouse

Shakespeare’s mulberry tree was felled around 1756 when the new owner of New Place began to tire of the visits from tourists asking to see the tree. The wood from the felled tree was used to create mementos which ranged from relatively small items such as snuff boxes and weight scales to large tea caddies and even tables. Dr Bowe said: “The Shakespeare North Playhouse is a fantastic project and hopefully some mulberry trees will be planted to celebrate. It felt appropriate to donate the items to the project so at least the connections are continued...in the study of material culture the connections between objects and people are critical.” Ian Tabbron, chief executive at Shakespeare North trust said: “The Trust is very grateful to Stephen for this lovely gift on Shakespeare’s birthday. We will ensure these precious links to the Bard are preserved and exhibited at the Playhouse for the enjoyment of all.” You can see the mulberry boxes at the

Left to right: Professor Elspeth Graham, Dr Stephen Bowe and Ian Tabbron with the Shakespeare Mulberry Boxes

Elizabethan Fayre on 4 May and then afterwards in the Prescot museum. The boxes will go on permanent display in the dedicated exhibition and visitor centre at the Shakespeare North Playhouse when it opens in Prescot town centre in 2021. The iconic new building comprises of the theatre, an outdoor performance garden, education and exhibition space, and is expected to attract more than 100,000 new visitors to the area. The exhibition space will bring the

various strands of rich local history to life, creating opportunities for local people and visitors to engage with the fascinating story of Knowsley’s theatrical heritage, and the associations with Shakespeare himself. The exhibition team is currently curating the content and sourcing objects for the displays and would love to hear from anyone who would like to help bring this fascinating story to life, either through research, design, or sharing ideas. Please contact Sarah Craven if you would like to

be involved on 0151 443 5618 or email sarah.craven@knowsley.gov.uk. Construction of the Playhouse has now started and you can keep up to date on progress following @KnowShakespeare

CADETS TAKE ON THREE DAY CAMP Fundraising The Huyton Air Cadets recently travelled to Nesscliff in Shropshire to take part in a series of exercises during a three day camp. Cdt Floyd, said: “It was the first time our squadron had been on our own camp and this really helped us to get to know each other. “The agenda was packed and from the moment we arrived we were launched into training exercises where we were taught how to move in the field, camouflage and concealment,

how to cook in the field and build shelter. “We then had the opportunity to put all of our learning into practice by taking part in a night exercise ‘Op Burgundy.’ “We had a brief and worked together in teams to find clues, navigating around the training area to achieve our aim. It really helped us to develop our communication, problem solving and leadership skills all whilst having fun with our friends, we can’t wait to go back!”

race night KCVS has arranged a self-fundraising night and all funds raised will be used to support the work KCVS do in Knowsley’s Social Sector. The event will be taking place at Prescot Cables FC on Thursday 23 May from 5pm until 11.30pm. The programme for the night includes:5pm – 6pm Prosecco on arrival and networking opportunities 6.15pm A delicious hot & cold buffet 7pm We will learn how the Race Night will work 7.30pm – late Let the Races begin! There’s also lots of entertainment and a raffle too with unbelievable prizes up for grabs! Tickets are £20 and need to be booked through Eventbrite.


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6 May 2019

Approval for new sports and community facilities at Lord Derby playing fields Knowsley Council has given planning approval for a new sports and community facility to be built at Lord Derby Memorial playing fields in Huyton. The new facilities are part of the overall Earlsfield Park development at Knowsley Lane. The Earlsfield Park Open Space Masterplan, approved in February 2019, focuses on improving the quality of facilities at the playing fields which are used by Knowsley South Football Club and the adjacent Oak Plantation community woodland. These improvements will be possible because of the significant ‘Section 106’ contribution from developers of the wider housing and business development known as Earlsfield Park, along with external funding to be secured by the council. The improvements at Lord Derby playing fields include a single storey sports and community building with reception, office, first aid room, changing rooms, showers, toilets and social room with kitchen. In addition, the car parks will be

resurfaced and a new cycle shelter will be installed. While vehicle access to the site off Knowsley Lane will be widened to allow two cars to pass. There will also be detailed proposals for the planting of new trees, the provision of bird and bat boxes and the installation of a new drainage system for the playing pitches and the whole of the site. Dale Milburn, executive director regeneration and economic development for Knowsley Council said: “This proposal will secure the future use of the playing fields and will significantly enhance the offer for outdoor sports provision and recreation in the area for both existing and new residents.” Knowsley Council, in partnership with Knowsley South FC, Liverpool County FA and the Football Foundation, will be seeking investment for the development using in part the Section 106 funding made available from the Earlsfield Park development. Linked to this development and to be delivered as a separate phase the council is to carry out improvement works to Oak Plantation.

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Excitement builds for new Halewood play centre Excitement is building as work has begun on the installation of our brand new soft play area at Volair Halewood. The brand new built in soft play is on its way, the children’s indoor play and party venue will have an amazing four tier soft play. The design is based on an underwater/sea theme and will be named Volair Adventure Cove, some of the features include: • 2 Lane Wavy Slide • Racing Tube Slide • Racing Open Slide • Submarine Crawl Tube • Under The Sea Eye Spy Action Panel • Under The Sea Whirlpool Infinity Deck • Double Aerial Glide Race • Dizzy Disk Feature • Dome Look Out Window • Walk of Fear Deck • Walk the Plank Rope • Tarzan Swing Feature & Octopus’s Lair In addition to the above features there

will be a dedicated toddler structure and soft play area including a twin lane slide and toddler whirlpool infinity deck allowing toddlers to explore and play at their own pace. Volair Adventure Cove will be a fun and exciting indoor play area in Halewood for all children ages 12 years and under. Whether you choose to book your little one’s party with us or you just want to get out the house and let them burn off some excess energy in a fun and safe environment. For The Adults While the kids play adults can visit Volair Bay Café, grab a bite to eat or enjoy a few drinks with friends. Our onsite café will offer a range of delicious meals, snacks and drinks. There will be large and spacious seating areas throughout the centre, child friendly toilets and baby changing facilities. Plus plenty of free car parking.

Reflections on the opening of the church hall

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by Father David Potter (Parish Priest, St Albert the Great) Last year, during a conversation with an elderly priest, I mentioned our parish social club at St Albert the Great, Stockbridge Village. His reply was: “I thought all those places were on wheels”. I must have looked puzzled, as he then explained, “that means they do very well and make a lot of money”. Sadly, it is no longer true that all parish licensed premises are ‘on wheels’ in this way. Many struggle, and some eventually become unsustainable. This was the case with our club, which finally closed on 19 November 2018. But the building remained, so what were we going to do with it? After much reflection, it was decided to reopen it as a church hall which would cater for a range of parish events and also be available for hire by a local dance school and other groups. We were blessed to have Archbishop Malcolm with us for the sacrament of Confirmation on the Feast of St Joseph, and he kindly stayed on afterwards to bless and open the church hall. It was a joy to see many younger families in the parish embracing this fresh start; that surely bodes well for the future.


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challenge entertainment What’s On WEDNESDAY 1 MAY COFFEE MORNING (ADULTS) - HUYTON 9am – 10am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A friendly get together - a cuppa and a chat Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes ENVIRONMENTAL TASK DAYS @ HALEWOOD PARK 10am – 12pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Halewood Park Volunteers Various practical activities in the great outdoors, including tree and wildflower planting, woodland and pond management and habitat creation. Please call 0151 488 6151 for more information. PILATES - (HUYTON) 1pm – 2pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. Pilates will improve your flexibility, posture, core strength and reduce back pain. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ FRIENDS OF STADT MOERS PARK 6:30pm – 9:30pm Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. The Friends meet on the first Wednesday of the month in the Environment Centre. Call 0151 489 1239 for more information. THURSDAY 2 MAY MEMORY LANE - KNOWSLEY DEMENTIA CARE SUPPORT (HUYTON) 10am – 2pm The Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX. Our aim is to provide emotional and practical support to carers - respite groups, functions, advice. We also endeavour to provide stimulating care for those with dementia. On Tuesdays we run a group from 1.30pm-4.30pm at the Robert Foulkes Centre, Brook Street, Whiston, L35 5AP. On Wednesdays we run a group from 10am - 2pm at Arncliffe Sports & Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA. Thursdays we have a group from 10am2pm at the Old School House, St John's Road, Huyton, L36 0UX. Fridays we have a Shared Experience group, where we talk and offer hints and tips. This takes place at Arncliffe Sports & Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA 10am-2pm, but you MUST phone first and book on to this session. Contact details: 07858 032 490, kdcsmemorylane@live.co.uk https://www.kdcsmemorylane.co.uk/ NORDIC WALKING AT COURT HEY PARK 10am – 12pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA. Regular Nordic Walks at Court Hey Park led by qualified instructors. Knowsley residents only. All abilities welcome. Poles and instruction provided. Meet at 9.45.am. For more information please contact Karen Brady, Green Space Ranger, 0151 443 3114 Mobile: 07771 550843 SEWING CLUB 12pm – 3pm Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB. Come and join our sewing club, all abilities welcome. Organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details please contact Margaret O'Sullivan, mosully@hotmail.co.uk - 07926473711 COMIC YOUTH CENTRE 63 JUNIOR WORKSHOPS (AGES 8-12) 4:30pm – 6:30pm Centre 63, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby L32 5TH. We deliver a Juniors workshop for children aged 8-12 from 4.30 - 6.30pm, and a Seniors workshop for young people aged 13 - 18 from 6.45pm - 8.30pm. Comics Youth workshops are free and all materials are provided! Contact: Rhiannon Griffiths- 07525369624 RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 16 - ADULT) - HALEWOOD 6:50pm – 8:00pm Halewood Environment Centre, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Road running

sessions delivered by Knowsley Harriers Athletics Club for both beginners and more experienced runners. Ages 16+. Free. See www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details FRIDAY 3 MAY HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+) 12:00pm – 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 noon3.30/4.00pm Contact: 0151 487 9779 SOCIAL VARIETY AFTERNOON (AGES 50+) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Enjoy an afternoon of quizzes, games, sing-a-longs, dance, raffle, bingo and general all round fun (novelty gift prizes). Sessions are £2.50 per person (includes raffle, bingo, tea/coffee and biscuits). For further details and to book your place contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, yvonnerea@aukmm.org.uk BASKETBALL COACHING SESSION (AGES 7+) 7pm – 8pm Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood L26 0TY. Basketball coaching sessions for all abilities. Ages 7 upwards to adult. Contact Volair for costs - 443 2200. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details. SATURDAY 4 MAY KNOWSLEY PARKRUN - (WHISTON) 9am – 10am Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Every Saturday morning, Stadt Moers Parkin Whiston, plays host to the Knowsley parkrun starting at 9am. It’s a free to enter timed 5k event that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get active and enjoy the great outdoors. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced runner, a jogger or just want a leisurely stroll, you‘ll be made to feel welcome enjoy yourself. If you would like more information please email organisers at knowsleyhelpers@parkrun.com THE ELIZABETHAN FAYRE 11am – 4pm Outside Prescot Parish Church, The Vicarage, Vicarage Place, Prescot, L34 1LA. Step back in time and enjoy an array of Elizabethan activities and attractions aimed at all the family. This is a lovely event which has been a firm favourite for Prescot for over 15 years. KNOWSLEY VILLAGE COMMUNITY DROP IN SESSION 9:30am – 11:30am Bob Whiley Community Centre, Shop Road, Knowsley Village, L34 0HD. Community Drop in Session every first & fourth Tuesday of the month Contact 0151 548 4545 GET UP AND MOVE (OVER 50S) - (ROBY) 12pm – 1pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby, L36 4LD. Come along, get active and have some fun with our ‘Get up and Move’ gentle exercises to music. Sessions are £2.60 per person. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, enquiries@aukmm.org.uk AFTER SCHOOL PLAY CLUB - TERM TIME - (AGES 411) - (HALEWOOD) 3:30pm – 5:45pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. For ages 4-11 Cost £3 including snack Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865. YOUTH CLUB FOR AGE 12+ (HALEWOOD) 6:30pm – 9:30pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. Youth Club for age 12+ - Tuesday and Thursday 6.30pm - 9.30pm - £1 Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865, Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT VICTORIOUS SECRETS NETBALL TEAM (AGES 16+) (PRESCOT) 8pm – 9pm The Prescot School, Knowsley Park Lane, Prescot L34 3NB. Fun Netball Session suitable for all abilities no experience needed. Ages 16+ £4 per session (Free for 1st timers). Contact

Emma Farley - farley.emma@icloud.com or follow us on Facebook Victorious Secrets Netball Liverpool or twitter @Victorioussecr8 WEDNESDAY 8 MAY COFFEE MORNING (ADULTS) - (HUYTON REBOUND) 9am – 10am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A friendly get together - a cuppa and a chat Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ KNIT AND NATTER GROUP (50+) - (ROBY) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Knitting, crocheting, sewing and a good natter, with various other crafts available on request. All welcome, Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Levels. £2.50 per session (covering refreshments, patterns and wool). For further details and to book your place contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, yvonnerea@aukmm.org.uk CENTRE 63 YOUTH CLUB - (KIRKBY) 4:30pm – 8:30pm Centre 63 Youth Club, Church of England Youth Centre, Kirkby L32 5TH. The Youth club in Centre 63 is open access for all young people aged 8 - 25 living in Knowsley. Junior session 4.30-6.30pm aged 8-12 Senior session Year 8 upwards 6.30-8.30pm. Contact: 0151 549 1494 info@centre63.co.uk PRESCOT SWIMMING CLUB - (HUYTON) 7:30pm – 9:00pm Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Prescot Swimming Club was established in 1967 in Prescot, near Liverpool, to promote the teaching of swimming and the coaching of swimmers at all levels of competition. The Club offers a warm and friendly atmosphere for swimmers. Parents/ guardians are encouraged to stay and watch their child swim and discuss their development with the coaches. For further information email: info@prescotswimmingclub.org THURSDAY 9 MAY ARNCLIFFE CENTRE YOGA CLASS 10:00am – 11:30am Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood L25 9PA. Yoga class for relaxation exercise, breathing, stretching and feeling good. For teens and adults. Please contact for costs. Contact: June Baxter, 0151 486 3874 ADVANCED WALKING - STADT MOERS 12:15pm – 3:30pm Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Advanced walking 4-6 miles (approx. 3 hours) Please call 489 1239 for more information STREET DANCE CLASS (AGES 8+) - (HUYTON) 5pm – 6pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A class that’s fast and funky for ages 8yrs and over. Price: £3 or any two for £5/week. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 / http://www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes/ STREETWISE KOREAN MARTIAL ART - MASTER D. JONES (AGES 4 TO ADULT) - (KIRKBY) 7pm – 8pm Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby L32 8SA. Korean martial art for self defence and Olympic sport. Ages 4+ Master grade instruction - 5th Dan Master Grade. Registered B.T.C.B. Recognised by International Olympic Committee (I.O.C) Contact: 0751 5386593 FRIDAY 10 MAY HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+) 12:00pm – 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 SWANSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE - AFTERNOON TEA FOR OVER 60S 1pm – 3pm Swanside Community Centre,

Willoughby Road, Huyton L14 6XA. Cost £3.00 for the afternoon tea, we sometimes have a singer visiting us and on those occasions the cost is £5.00 for the tea and the singer. For more information please call 0151 489 2370 SATURDAY 11 MAY HALEWOOD TOWN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB 10am – 12pm Halewood Town JFC Academy, Leathers Lane, Halewood, L26 1XQ. We encourage young people to enjoy and play football from an early age and help train and develop players to compete in teams. We have both boys and girls football teams from Under 7 to open age. Sessions are Saturday morning 10am to 12noon, £2 per session. Please monitor our twitter page for changes due to weather. #HalewoodtownJFA Contact email: 10georgev@tiscali.co.uk 07931 660195 MONDAY 13 MAY CARDIAC REHAB WALKS AT COURT HEY PARK 11:00am – 12:30pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Huyton, Liverpool L16 3NA. Approx. 1 mile (45 minutes walks) For more information call the South Huyton ranger on 0151 443 3114 or 07771550843. KAB'S (KIDS ACTIVITIES AND BOOTCAMPS) - (AGES 4-13YRS) - (KIRKBY) 5:15pm – 6:45pm Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue, Kirkby L33 9TW. Fully qualified coach, PT Instructor with lots of experience and qualifications with children. For ages 4-13 years. Cost £6 per session, £10 for 2 sessions. Contact Tommy Cashen - 07525 166584, hello@kabsfitness.co.uk TUESDAY 14 MAY HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+) 12:00pm – 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 noon3.30/4.00pm Contact: 0151 487 9779 THE HUYTON ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS (AGES 4-11YRS) 4:00pm – 8:30pm The Venue, Civic Way, Poplar Bank, Huyton L36 9GD. Quality performing arts academy specialising in primary children aged 411. Classes in Dance, Drama & Singing. Costs £4 for one class, £7 for any two classes, £10 for all three classes. Call Jane: 07595538755 Email: Huyton_arts@live.com or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/huytonacademy MUSICALITY JUNIORS DANCE AND DRAMA MUSICALITY PRODUCTIONS (AGES 5-11) 4pm – 6pm The Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA. Contact us for class fees and to book your place, must book at least 1 week in advance. email: musicality-productions@hotmail.co.uk Call: 07712 463932 ATHLETICS TRACK SESSIONS (EFFORT BASED) AGE 16+ (KIRKBY) 6:50pm – 8:00pm Kirkby High School, Bracknell Avenue, Southdene, Kirkby, L32 9PP. Platinum Team – (Varied interval session) Gold/Silver/Bronze Team – (Varied interval session) Adult Track Sessions – £1 per session See www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details WEDNESDAY 15 MAY 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. ARRIVA PREMIERE MORRIS DANCERS 6pm – 9pm All Saints Catholic High School, Roughwood Drive, Northwood, Kirkby L33 8XF. Girls dancing class There are 5 main troupes: Babies, Dinkies, Tinies, Juniors and Seniors. Plus a further two novice troupes of babies and tinies. Cost is £2 sub per week and £5 bus fare for


May 2019 9 competitions every Sunday during April - October. For ages: 2-60yrs Contact details: Diane Taylor, 0151 474 4975 THURSDAY 16 MAY REBOUND - BUDDIES GROUP 10:30am – 12:00pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A friendly group for anyone that fancies some company, a laugh and a cuppa. Bring your knitting, bring a book you'd like to pass on, bring a friend or just bring yourself! Just come along or for more information contact Rebound: 0151 489 4616 REBOUND KIDZ (AGES 8-11) 4pm – 5pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. For Children Aged 8-11. An exciting dance class of various styles. Price: £3.50 or any two for £5/week. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 COMIC YOUTH CENTRE 63 SENIOR WORKSHOPS (AGES 13-18) 6:45pm – 8:30pm Centre 63, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby, Liverpool L32 5TH. We deliver a Juniors workshop for children aged 8-12 from 4.30 6.30pm, and a Seniors workshop for young people aged 13 - 18 from 6.45pm - 8.30pm.. Comics Youth workshops are free and all materials are provided! Contact: Rhiannon Griffiths07525369624 FRIDAY 17 MAY SOCIAL VARIETY AFTERNOON (AGES 50+) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Enjoy an afternoon of quizzes, games, sing-alongs, 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 BASKETBALL COACHING SESSION (AGES 7+) 7pm – 8pm Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood L26 0TY. Basketball coaching sessions for all abilities. Ages 7 upwards to adult. Contact Volair for costs - 443 2200. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details. SATURDAY 18 MAY FOOD AND MOOD - KIRKBY LIBRARY 10:30am – 12:30pm Kirkby Library, The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby L32 8XY. Join qualified FACE Tutors to learn some new enjoyable hobbies and skills all to help with overall wellbeing! To celebrate British Sandwich Week come along to the Food And Mood Face workshops where we will learn about how colourful foods have an effect on mood! All of these sessions are aimed at adults over 18 years. To book a place email katy.mcloughlin@knowsley.gov.uk of call 0151 443 5749. Times and dates may be subject to change, please call the number above to confirm. MONDAY 20 MAY WALKING FOR BEGINNERS (HALEWOOD WALKING CLUB) - HALEWOOD 10am – 11am Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood L26 7XB. Beginners walking 1 mile (approx. 45 minutes) Please call 488 6151 for more information AFTER SCHOOL PLAY CLUB - TERM TIME - (AGES 4-11) - (HALEWOOD) 3:30pm – 5:45pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. For ages 4-11 Cost £3 including snack Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865 KNOWSLEY VILLAGE YOUTH CLUB 5:30pm – 8:30pm The Bob Whiley Community Centre, Shop Road, Knowsley Village L34 0HD. Generic youth club activities including arts and crafts, sports, game station, issue-based provision and youth centred projects. For ages 11 to 19. Cost free. Contact: 0151 443 4542 TUESDAY 21 MAY GET UP AND MOVE (OVER 50S) - (ROBY) 12pm – 1pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby, L36 4LD. Come along, get active and have some fun with our ‘Get up and Move’ gentle exercises to music. Sessions are £2.60 per person. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, enquiries@aukmm.org.uk MALVERN SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB (AGES 5 - ADULTS) - (HALEWOOD) 6pm – 7pm Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood L26 0TY. Classes teaching Shotokan Karate to Children and Adults. Affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain. Britain’s Largest single Style Karate Association. For ages 5 and Upwards - Adults Welcome Too . Cost £5. Contact: Chris Cray - 07595258345 SEA CADETS KIRKBY & LIVERPOOL NORTH - JUNIOR CADETS 10-12 7pm – 9pm Towerhill Community Centre , Ebony way, Kirkby L32 2AU. Our Cadets parade on Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm. If you have any questions about becoming a Sea Cadet contact Telephone 07872467616. Email - lloyd4469@aol.com WEDNESDAY 22 MAY LINE DANCING (ADULTS) - (HUYTON) 10am – 11am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A fun and friendly class and a great work out for all ages. Suitable for beginners. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616

PILATES - (HUYTON) 1pm – 2pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. Pilates will improve your flexibility, posture, core strength and reduce back pain. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 W.I.K.E.D. DANCE (AGES 3-6) 5:30pm – 6:30pm The George Howard Centre, Lickers Lane, Whiston L35 3PN. W.I.K.E.D. is a voluntary run, not for profit, community dance group and our aim is to encourage our children to have fun, whilst keeping fit and meeting new people. Contact Helen 07954134599 or Julie 07828 092219 for further details. THURSDAY 23 MAY NORDIC WALKING AT COURT HEY PARK 10am – 12pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley L16 3NA. Regular Nordic Walks at Court Hey Park led by qualified instructors. Thursdays 10am, weekly. Knowsley residents only. All abilities welcome. Poles and instruction provided. Meet at 9.45.am. For more information please contact Karen Brady, Green Space Ranger, 0151 443 3114 . Mobile: 07771 550843 AFTER SCHOOL PLAY CLUB - TERM TIME - (AGES 4-11) (HALEWOOD) 3:30pm – 5:45pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. For ages 4-11 Cost £3 including snack Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865, Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT STREET DANCE CLASS (AGES 8+) - (HUYTON) 5pm – 6pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A class that's fast and funky for ages 8yrs and over. Price: £3 or any two for £5/week. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 1982 (HUYTON) SQUADRON ROYAL AIR FORCE AIR CADETS (AGES 1218) 7:00pm – 9:30pm Air Cadet Hut, The Park, Rydal Road, Huyton L36 5UX. The RAF Air Cadets is a youth organisation for 12-18 year olds in the South Liverpool area, offering Flying, Gliding, Shooting, Duke of Edinburgh, Sports, Adventure training and BTEC's plus much more! Cost - £12.50 a month (first month free). Contact: General Enquiries, Tel: 01514493012, Mobile: 07766 810695 FRIDAY 24 MAY HOLLIES HALL INDOOR 12:00pm – 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 noon3.30/4.00pm Contact: 0151 487 9779 SWANSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE - AFTERNOON TEA FOR OVER 60S 1pm – 3pm Swanside Community Centre, Willoughby Road, Huyton L14 6XA. Cost £3.00 for the afternoon tea, we sometimes have a singer visiting us and on those occasions the cost is £5.00 for the tea and the singer. For more information please call 0151 489 2370 BASKETBALL COACHING SESSION (AGES 7+) 7pm – 8pm Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood L26 0TY. Basketball coaching sessions for all abilities. Ages 7 upwards to adult. Contact Volair for costs - 443 2200. Contact club coach Reg Allen 487 8994 for further details.

SATURDAY 23 MAY KNOWSLEY PARKRUN - (WHISTON) 9am – 10am Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Every Saturday morning, Stadt Moers Parkin Whiston, plays host to the Knowsley parkrun starting at 9am. It’s a free to enter timed 5k event that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get active and enjoy the great outdoors. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced runner, a jogger or just want a leisurely stroll, you‘ll be made to feel welcome enjoy yourself. For more information email knowsleyhelpers@parkrun.com SUNDAY 26 MAY DIDDIKICKS - PRE SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLASSES FOR 18MTHS2.5YRS - (HUYTON) 9:10am – 9:55am Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby, Liverpool L36 4LD. For more information on our classes and to book yourself on to a FREE trial, please email today to warrington@diddikicks.co.uk or alternatively find us on Facebook and drop us a direct message - Merseyside & Warrington Diddikicks https://diddikicks.co.uk/ TUESDAY 28 MAY SWIMMING CLASSES - ADULTS 10:00am – 10:45am Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village, L28 1AB. Adults Learn to swim lesson. A fear of water can hold many people back from learning to swim but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you are nervous of getting in the pool don’t worry, you’re not alone and help is at hand. If you are interested in these classes please either go to reception and book your place or call 443 2200 INTERMEDIATE WALKING - HALEWOOD 1pm – 3pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood L26 7XB. Intermediate walking 3-4 miles (approx. 2 hours) Please call 488 6151 for more information YOUTH CLUB FOR AGE 12+ (HALEWOOD) 6:30pm – 9:30pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. Youth Club for age 12+ - Tuesday and Thursday 6.30pm - 9.30pm - £1 Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865. 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 farley.emma@icloud.com or follow us on Facebook Victorious Secrets Netball Liverpool or twitter @Victorioussecr8 WEDNESDAY 29 MAY LINE DANCING (ADULTS) - (HUYTON) 10am – 11am Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A fun and friendly class and a great work out for all ages. Suitable for beginners. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616

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10 May 2019

TAKE FIVE WITH

Robert Howard

Bloomin’ good summer ahead

Dr Robert Howard hails from Prescot and is the director of the annual 10 day Prescot Festival of Music & The Arts which he founded in 2005. The festival welcomed more than 1,600 people in 2018 and provides an unrivalled programme of diverse artistic and musical talent. How long has the festival been running? I established the Prescot Festival in 2005, and this is its 15th year. I came back to Prescot from studying music in Birmingham, and then London. Whilst in London for I worked as a steward at the Royal Albert Hall for 5 BBC Proms Seasons. It was amazing to experience the world’s greatest classical music festival, first-hand. In part, this inspired me to create an annual arts festival in my home town, as well as a regular concert series (Arts in Prescot). From the outset, the Prescot Festival has always aimed to be accessible, affordable and encompassing of all the arts. What compelled you to set up the festival? Shortly before returning home from London in 2003 it was announced that Liverpool would be European Capital of Culture 5 years later in 2008. At the time this was a major catalyst for reinvigorating the local arts scene in Liverpool and Merseyside more generally. Prescot has a long distinguished history and heritage as a fine Lancashire town, but by the early 2000s had hit on hard times for various reasons including a huge loss of industry (BICC). Collectively we envisaged an arts strategy that could restore

the town to its former glory. This eventually led to a successful bid to build the Prescot Playhouse Theatre which is scheduled to open in April 2021. Has the festival grown over the years? I initially trialled individual music concerts in the town, which were an instant success. The first Festival in 2005 was just four days long. People undoubtedly displayed an appetite for even more. The second Festival in 2006 saw the addition of late night fringe events. Continuing to expand, the third Festival in 2007 was 10 days long with varied arts events every day. The programme included the now-familiar line up of brass, choral, orchestral, jazz, musical theatre, film, visual arts, an act of worship, a Proms-style finale, carnival and various schools events. What has been the highlight of the years? It’s impossible to pick one favourite, as there’s so much to chose from each year! In the early years of the Festival, we welcomed well-known celebrities such as Bond girl Honour Blackman, and actor Peter Sallis (from BBC’s Last of the Summer Wine). In 2010 we supported our main venue, Prescot Parish

Church, in its 400th anniversary year by hosting a very special concert given by the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge. We’ve also forged a special relationship with national championship brass band, Fodens, who have performed at two Festivals. And, of course, we can’t forget the amazing night that Richard and Adam Johnson (Britains Got Talent) appeared with the superb Birkenhead Operatic Society! What is the highlight of this year’s Festival? Popular classics and show tunes again feature highly on this year’s Festival programme, including the first Prescot appearance of Band and Drums of Cheshire Constabulary (with hot pot!), Opera Viva (on Broadway), and Maghull Wind Orchestra with “forces’ sweetheart” soprano Danielle Louise Thomas. I’m particularly looking forward to an evening with Dr Jazz & the Cheshire Cats complete with interval cupcake courtesy of local business, The Albion Bakehouse. Everyone is more than welcome to join the Festival celebrations. The Prescot Festival runs from Friday 21st to Sunday 30th June. The full Festival schedule & ticketing information is available at www.prescotfestival.co.uk

MAY AT ST HELENS THEATRE ROYAL There is a stellar line-up at St Helens Theatre Royal this May. Iconic stars of sport, music tributes, kids classics and laugh out loud comedy all combine to make it an unmissable month for audiences young and old. On Friday 10 May, join the Hormonal Housewives as they take the stage and blast their witty way through a catalogue of women’s bits. Starring Vicki Michelle, no subject is taboo, and no thought is too private as the challenges of modern womanhood are sliced, diced and put to rights. The timeless children’s story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is brought to life on stage from Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 May. This critically acclaimed production features 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four Carle’s stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Football fans will be queuing at St Helens rather than at Anfield on Friday 17 May as Jed Stone hosts the ultimate evening of Liverpool Legends. Featuring LFC legends John Aldridge, Ronnie Whelan and Steve McMahon on stage together, the evening will

give an insight into their impressive careers. The award-winning Chicago Blues Brothers return to Theatre Royal on Saturday 18 May in the biggest and best loved production based on the hit film, featuring some of the most loved Motown anthems along with all the Blues Brothers classics. With favourites from Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, James Brown, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, The Supremes and many more. The world’s leading Michael Jackson tribute artist takes to the stage on Saturday 24 May when The King of Pop: The Legend Continues starring Navi makes a welcome return. Joined by Michael Jackson’s iconic female guitarist - Jennifer Batten, it features all of Michael’s greatest hits along with an incredible live band and dancers. Chantelle Nolan, Theatre Manager said: “We have an exciting and varied line-up this month with some returning favourites as well as wonderful new shows for audiences of St Helens.” For more information, please visit: www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com

Knowsley Flower Show is once again returning to the beautiful grounds of Court Hey Park where visitors will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the incredible moon landing and supporting the Year of the Environment. As the largest free horticultural show in the North West, there are more than 100 classes you can enter. There will be all of the popular classes you can enter that are suitable for all ages and levels of abilities and experience, including general cut flower classes, pot plants, crafts, and vegetables. There are also some classes you can have fun in and get really creative with including ‘bizarre shaped vegetable’, ‘constructed vegetable’ (knitted, created using origami, made out of clay etc.), ‘miniature garden’, and floral art and homemade cakes to depict the moon landing. Have a look at all of the classes and see what you would enjoy taking part in. You don’t need to be a keen gardener to enjoy Knowsley Flower Show; it’s a great day out for everyone in the family. There will be plenty to see and do, including live music, crafts, a bouncy castle, ‘military inflatables’, zorb balls, fair rides, face painting, and more. When we say the whole family can enjoy Knowsley Flower Show, we mean the whole family! Your canine friend is invited to take part in the Merseyside Fun Dog Show to take part in fun activities including ‘retrieve the sausage’ and ‘the waggulator’. Of course there’s the beautiful floral marquee holding more than 400 exhibits to admire. Bursting with colour and creativity, it’s the star of the show. Knowsley Flower Show takes place on Sunday 4 August from 11am to 5pm. Download a schedule. Feelgood Festival 2019 For the past five years, Court Hey Park has also been home to the Feelgood Festival during the weekend of Knowsley Flower Show. Every year it’s a weekend of fun, flowers, and feeling good! There are plenty of activities organised for the day, suitable for all energy levels. There will be physical activities to get your heart rate up such as dancing and martial arts, and also calmer activities to de-stress you such as yoga and drawing. New for this year is local poet Curtis Watt who will be around to do energetic poetry sessions based on the environment, and health and wellbeing. Also coming to the festival for the first time is professional cartoonist caricaturist, Brooksie, who can draw you funny cartoon and caricature art for you to keep as a unique memory! Feelgood Festival takes place on Saturday 3 August from 11am to 5pm. Both events are free to attend and parking is available on-site at Court Hey Park both days; it’s £2 to park at the Feelgood Festival and £4 at Knowsley Flower Show – please bring change as parking is cash only. If you want any more information about the events, you can call events officer, Carla Simkin, on 0151 443 5353. If you would like tips and tricks on growing, you can call the show secretary, Christine Yates, on 0151 480 8666


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THE MAN BEHIND THE SHAKESPEARE NORTH THE CHALLENGE talks to the man charged with the task of bringing Shakespeare to the north. Currently a senior relationship manager at Arts Council England, IAN TABBRON has been seconded to Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot, as interim chief executive The Shakespeare North Playhouse is an iconic new theatre, education, outdoor performance garden and an exhibition space that is being built on the current Mill Street car park in Prescot. It will be a major visitor attraction, providing a distinctive asset for the Liverpool City Region, and a significant regenerative and place shaping opportunity, rebranding Prescot as a destination performance and market town. The Challenge spoke to Ian Tabbron who has worked at the Arts Council England for 20 years and will bring a wealth of knowledge to his new role as the Interim chief executive to the Shakespeare North Playhouse which is currently being built. From his role at Arts Council England Ian was involved with some of the early thinking, planning and funding of the playhouse through central government money and when they reached a point were they were ready to start the build he was seconded to act as an executive team member working alongside people from Knowsley Council. Ian said: “My background is theatre but also particularly working on capital projects so I had the right range of skills to support the building team with specialism in theatre because this theatre is not a standard building. “It will be a one off design, nothing will be standard about it, so I will be providing valuable input. How the project progressing for it’s completion in 2021. “You will find that capital projects are always interesting, we haven’t come across any major complications, as yet! There is still a little way to go regarding the funding but both the City region and Knowsley Council have been very wise in investing in a project that is going to be a major regeneration drive for Prescot. “It will be an iconic and unique building like nothing in the world, so it will be a major visitor attraction which will also be great in attracting other businesses. This is already happening with new bars and restaurants opening.

“With the new housing developments that are being built we think it’s going to be great for bringing business and people into Prescot, not only to work and to live but also to attract a lot of visitors to the town, we think we can get over 40,000 people a year to come look around and just have a look at this new building.

It will be a quite extraordinary building inside, it’s going to be nothing like most people have ever seen

How will the building look? “It will be a quite extraordinary building inside, it’s going to be nothing like most people have ever seen because it is a recreation of a 1629 theatre that itself was installed within what had been a cock pit, a gaming, fighting pit that Henry VIII had built in Whitehall. “It will have a wooden oak frame, a calico ceiling which will be lit by candles. The stage will have a big renaissance screen which is more like a piece of architecture than a piece of scenery. Do you think there is the audience for it? “The council did a due diligence on it, they didn’t just rush into it and think people will come. Within a 30 minute catchment area there are a substantial number of people we know from their feedback thats are the sort of people who are going to come and watch art. “The trick is putting on the sort of programme that will attract people, we have to be doing something that makes them want to come so the programme has got to be very compelling and it will be. “Although it’s called the Shakespeare North Playhouse it won’t be just doing Shakespeare. It will have some classical work and some contemporary theatre, but it will also have entertainment of a sort which is a good compliment to that, it might be comedy or music.

“There will be events and conferences, we even think people will want to get married there because of the beautiful renaissance theme. What about local groups, will they be able to use the facilities? “We are very open to people who would like to use it and if the sort of work they would like to do fits in to our idea of what the balance should be across the whole programme, then I don’t see why not. “I am sure the local Imaginarium company will certainly have access to the theatre because I like what they do, they are a mixed company theatre who have some professionals but also some community company members and I like the quality and spirit of what they do. Are we likely to see major productions? “We have only got 380 seats and large productions prefer to go to bigger theatres, however, in the first year and especially 2020, which is the Knowsley’s year of culture, we want to start with a splash! “We fully anticipate we will have a major production with names people will recognise and I don’t just mean that they have been appearing in a soap opera, with respect, We hope to have some very high profile work in the first year. Do you think there is a need for the Shakespeare North? “I think there is no reason why the work of Shakespeare cannot belong to any place, it was more that Knowsley was the place that was prepared to make the investment, it is a bit of a gamble, but I think it is a solid gamble. “Nobody would expect a Shakespeare theatre in Knowsley, however all the research shows that people are still inspired and love the idea of Shakespeare. “We wont be putting it on every night but when we put it on it will be fresh and original to attract more people to it. “Knowsley absolutely deserves to have something that is as distinctive and gold plated as Shakespeare as

associated with it. How will local schools fit in with the theatre? “We will have a very, very broad based education programme, this is very important to us. “We will have a dedicated education space in the building which will be large enough for them to be creative and linked to Shakespearian themes. “We will have various courses and programs informed to us by the schools themselves, everything that we do will be informed by the people using our services and working with us, it’s a partnership. “We are actually about listening to people and giving them as much as possible what they want, we will be highly consultative. Will the theatre be viable? “I’m not going to say that it will be easy, the arts in the past used to get a lot of public financial support, this organisation will open without any revenue support, that is why we have to make sensible decisions about what we programme and the viability of each individual piece. “We have done the work to demonstrate that it is theoretically viable, but then it all becomes about hard work and good planning and also really, really strong audience development, we need people to care about this space and we also need to put on a programme which is broadly attractive and we do need to generate money. “Everything has to be professionally managed in order to generate the sort of return which wil underpin the artistic programme. “It is all very obvious, I have been doing it for twenty years I don’t think it’s easy, however the local council and city region authority would not be investing in this if they did not think it was a really great opportunity. “There will be some ups and downs I’m sure. I would hope that in three or four years of opening there is a really strong economy which will demonstrate long term sustainability”.


12 May 2019

Four sentenced after kidnap and assault of man in Huyton Merseyside Police have welcomed the sentencing of four males to more than 40 years in custody after a man was kidnapped and beaten in Huyton in July 2018. At around 6.30pm on 27 July, officers attended a property in Woodhurst Close to reports a man had been kidnapped and assaulted. On arrival, a 33-year-old man was found with multiple serious injuries and taken to hospital for treatment. Following investigations it was established the offenders had posed as police officers and pretended to arrest their victim before taking him away to a park in Whiston, where they began assaulting him. He was later taken a house where he was handcuffed to a chair, restrained and assaulted. At Liverpool Crown Court four males were jailed for their part in the incident. David Lee Kelly, 28 years, of Gonville Road, Bootle was jailed for 14 years, four months. John George Hayter, 41 years, of Woodhurst Close, Huyton was jailed for eight years, one month. Liam Anthony Field, 23 years, of Kevins Drive, Kirkby was jailed for 12 years, nine months and A 17-year-old male was sentenced to five years detention for false imprisonment and possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

BELLWAY PLANS MORE NEW HOMES FOR MELLING Bellway has announced that it has acquired just over 14 acres of land on Waddicar Lane in Melling for a new residential development, and that work on site is now underway. The development, which is adjacent to Rainbow Park, will be known as Rainbow Fields. It will comprise a total of 149 new build homes. The housebuilder will provide a mix of two and three bedroom semi-detached properties as well as three and four bedroom detached homes, and just two semi-detached bungalows. Bellway will also introduce a couple of new house types at Rainbow Fields; the Waddicar and the Melling, both of which are spacious two bedroom semidetached homes with en suite facilities and dressing rooms. All properties have been designed with modern lifestyles in mind and will appeal to first time buyers, families and those looking to downsize. Jenny Bell, sales director at Bellway Homes, said: “We are pleased to be back building in Melling, delivering a superb range of high quality properties for local homebuyers. The plans for Rainbow Fields look fantastic and we have already had a lot of interest in this development.”

In addition to the new residential development, Bellway Homes will make several significant financial contributions in the locality, including an education provision contribution of £317,243 to Melling Primary School, improvements to Rainbow Park to the value of £50,000 and the provision of a new bus stop on Waddicar Lane. Work on the roads and sewers on site

has started and construction of the first plots is currently underway. Bellway will officially launch the development next month and the showhomes are scheduled to open late summer. For further information or to register your interest in more information on this development when it is available, please contact Bellway Homes on 0151 486 2900 or visit www.bellway.co.uk

Simpler structure, same focus on improved lives Housing services provided in Knowsley are now called ForHousing. ForHousing is part of the ForViva Group which brought together group members City West Housing Trust and Villages Housing Association under a single new landlord from 1 April 2019. Only the name changed. Everything else stayed the same and our ambition for improved lives remains steadfast. Tenants receive the same local services delivered by the same friendly faces. Things just look a bit different, with a new name and image. Henry Terefenko, ForHousing CEO, said: “The structure helps to make things clearer. ForHousing is now one team, working together to achieve one aim making more possible for people who live in ForHousing homes and communities.” The changes mean that ForHousing now owns and manages around 24,000 homes across the North West; in Knowsley, Fylde, Oldham and Salford. They also provide housing management services on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council. They wrote to tenants in early April to confirm the new arrangements. Before making any changes to their name and structure, they sought views from tenants, staff and partners. Henry added: “We’re passionate about managing, maintaining and building the

homes, places and services that local people want and need - now and for the future. We remain as committed as ever to involving people in shaping the services we provide and enabling possibilities for all.” Tenants continue to make payments in the same way, even if they pay online or via an app. The easiest way to manage a tenancy is through the MyAccount+ mobile app. It’s the fastest way to contact them, report and track repairs - and much more too. Search ‘MyAccount+’ on the Apple App Store or Play Store on your mobile device to download. The Villages website has now closed and redirects people to the new www.forhousing.co.uk site where you can also find all our latest news and questions and answers about the recent changes. They work in partnership with Liberty to deliver our repairs and gas maintenance services. Look out for the Liberty vans in your area. We’re for keeping things simple. You can contact us by: Email: hello@forhousing.co.uk Website: forhousing.co.uk Telephone: 0300 123 55 22 Facebook: Stockbridge Village and Fitton Hill: www.facebook.com/ForHousingSBVFH


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14 May 2019

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Winstanley College teams up with Kirkby High schools Throughout the academic year, Winstanley College has been working closely with Kirkby High School, Kirkby All Saints High School and Shaping Futures in a bid to boost the number of local pupils progressing to both A-level and university study. Launched in November 2018, The Kirkby - Winstanley Associate Student Programme (ASP) aims to inspire students to make the most of their academic potential through a series of projects, over three terms. During the first term, teaching staff from Winstanley visited Kirkby and Kirkby All Saints High Schools to offer their expertise in A-level study while the pupils produced some truly outstanding, thought provoking work based on the topic, “Humans are destroying the planet”. The finished projects were later displayed at an exhibition evening hosted by Winstanley College with proud parents and school representatives in attendance. The second term which commenced in January 2019 saw the pupils exploring

career paths and routes of academic study available to reach their dream careers. In the run up to spring half term, they will choose a pathway linked to a either a humanities or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subject area following their recent taster sessions in biology, economics, politics, law and maths to name but a few. After spring half term, the focus will switch to helping the pupils succeed at GCSE. They will be encouraged to apply their newly acquired study skills and extended subject knowledge to exam orientated GCSE stretch and challenge work. This section of the programme has been designed in collaboration with the schools and will be delivered by both Winstanley and Kirkby teachers. Finally, the pupils will participate in a visit to a university in July which will be co-ordinated by Shaping Futures. Winstanley College English teacher Gary Small (pictured right) who has

undertaken an active role in the project said: “The ASP continues to engage students from both schools across a wide-range of subjects.

“From a teacher’s perspective, it's really satisfying to see them developing as independent learners and taking an active interest in education beyond Year 11”.

BBC showcases Rainford High’s dedicated ADHD provision Rainford High has been chosen by the BBC for a documentary looking at young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and how schools are supporting the condition. The school’s work with the ADHD Foundation focuses on a coordinated approach around students who have the condition. It involves working with parents, developing teachers, as well as supporting students in ways that makes their school experience positive. The short documentary, which is available online, responds to questions from parents as to how some secondary schools aren’t supporting children with ADHD enough. Rainford High is positioned as a school that is trying to take a different and effective approach to support the children and families who live with this condition It interviews the Principal, Ian Young (right), who gives a tour of the contemporary school, highlighting the facilities it offers students with ADHD. The BBC also speaks with Kate Thomas, special educational needs coordinator at Rainford High, and parents of two students who praise the school for its nurturing approach. In the documentary, the ADHD Foundation said: “Rainford High has a unique culture that champions

neurodiversity and inclusion.” Ian Young, principal of Rainford High, said: “We are delighted to have been involved with this project. We are continuing to work hard to ensure that every child who attends Rainford High has a great educational experience. “Inclusivity and diversity sit at the heart of the school ethos of ‘Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds’. As a community we need to support all the young people in having an education that adds value to them both academically and developmentally. As a whole, schools need to change and adapt to make sure we can achieve this goal for everyone.” The documentary can be watched on the BBC news website.


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Race for Life at St Bartholomew’s A special ‘Race for Life’ was held at St Bartholomew’s Primary School, Rainhill on Monday 1 April to raise funds for Cancer Research. This was also to support the family of one of St Bart’s pupils, Leah, who is currently undergoing treatment. There was a great turn out from family and friends who ran or walked with their children. An online giving page has raised over £2675 and offline sponsorship so far totalling £4147.46 which is a fantastic amount of money raised for Cancer Research. The children and staff have been training each day, throughout Lent on a mile run track painted on the school playground. This was kindly donated by L&R Roadlines who offered to help when they heard about Leah and how the children had responded by running each day. Leah and her family also joined the other children on the day and everyone had a marvellous time.

GUS THE ASPARAGUS COMES TO KNOWSLEY This Awesome Autism Initiative is set to be delivered to all Knowsley Primary Schools. Gus the Asparagus is a very gentle guide to introduce children to the concept of being different and the importance of being inclusive. Autism champion, Joanne Burke has fundraised to provide all fifty five primary schools in Knowsley with a hardback copy of the book, a crocheted character and bag for them to live in. Joanne said: “As an autism champion in North West Boroughs Healthcare Trust, I was introduced to this book by one of my colleagues whose daughter Ann-Marie Finn co-wrote and illustrated it. I knew this had to find a way into all of our schools. “When I asked for help creating a physical character to accompany the book, a beautiful lady, Chris Ray agreed to make me one to accompany every book. My other friend Colette Hampson made me the 55 pump bags for these to live in at the schools and hopefully for children to take turns taking home. “I have started visiting schools and introducing children to Gus with a little script explaining how difficult it was for him at his last school (for fruits and vegetables) where there were lots of carrots and cabbages and broccoli but he was the only asparagus, and because the other fruits and vegetables didn’t know anything about the asparagus, they didn’t invite him to sit with them at lunch time or play or to their birthday parties. They didn’t know this made Gus sad. “The children so far have been super receptive and problem solved how they could help someone who was different to fit in, in their class”.

Prescot pupils celebrate town’s special history Children from St Mary & St Pauls C of E Primary, Prescot have been busy creating work which went on display at the recent Elizabethan Fayre. Pupils had a great time printing, sticking, colouring and constructing during the school’s Elizabethan day. The children’s fantastic work then went on display at the fayre helping to highlight Prescot’s special links with Shakespeare and the town’s wonderful heritage. Children from the school also take part in the traditional parade which launched the festivities and the school choir also performed in the church. Left: Pupils from St Mary & St Pauls C of E Primary, Prescot preparing which went on display at the Elizabethan Fayre


16 May 2019

CHALLENGE EDUCATION

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SCHOOLS PASSPORT TO FUN St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Huyton are extremely proud to have celebrated the launch of their new St Aloysius Child Passport. Pupils and staff have worked very hard to create this fabulous opportunity for the children and their families which celebrates memorable events on their St Aloysius journey. Miss Colfar, reception teacher said: “The day began with an exciting assembly planned and led by our school council who showcased our five passport areas in a fun an imaginative way, including drama, gymnastics and even a sack race!” The five areas are: • Our World – experience the world we live in • Life Skills – to develop independence and skills for the wider world • Creative Arts – to express yourself in a different way • Outdoor Challenges – encouraging our children to embrace outdoor life

• Just for Fun – wellbeing, happiness, laughter, fun Miss Colfar said: “We also had some inspirational visitors during our assembly – boxer Luke Willis and X Factor’s Gary Barker, who even treated us to a mini concert! “They both spoke about their determination, ambitions, setbacks and resilience they needed to succeed in life which captured the spirit of our St Aloysius Child. Both visitors learnt lots more as they stayed to enjoy the activities on offer. “School was buzzing with excitement throughout the day as children sampled a taster of activities in each area. “Some of the fun and challenging activities included: eating jelly with chopsticks, building a den, painting, making a bird feeder, sewing a button on and gardening, to name but a few. “It was great to see so many of our families join in the fun at the end of the day too”.


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Hospice launch forget me not campaign Woodlands Hospice have launched their Forget me not Campaign 2019. The campaign will give people the chance to celebrate the life of a loved one by dedicating a special forget-menot flower for a donation to Woodlands Hospice. Through this simple act of remembering a loved one you will be helping the hospice to care for patients and their families at a difficult time in their life. The flowers are individually hand crafted and will be displayed in the hospice gardens during the month of July. When you dedicate a flower you will receive a certificate of dedication and you are welcome to come along and see the flowers on display during the month of July before taking them home, during our collection week-end in August, as a permanent reminder of someone special. To dedicate a flower you can contact Carole Riley at the hospice on 0151 529 4143 or e-mail: carole.riley@aintree.nhs.uk or visit www.woodlandshospice.org/forgetmenot

Outdoors with The Hairy Gardener Hello again From a very warm Easter to a near hurricane storm within a week these are the conditions gardeners in our area have to cope with but we do so with a smile. You may have read my article about growing potatoes in bags and I’m delighted to say that the stems have reached the top of the bag, so I have been carefully adding more compost around the stems to encourage the growth of more tubers. If you are growing potatoes this way or in the ground, when earthing them do not bury the stems with compost as this will put the plants energy into pushing its way through again instead of forming new potatoes. We also grow onions from ‘sets’ and this year they are growing in a deep propagator on legs which accommodates 30 onions. The basic requirement for onion growing is a sunny position, I’ve had success growing them in window boxes and just like most plants they require watering and feeding. Now the watering and feeding has to be regular if it isn’t there will be a check in growth which can and will produce inferior bulbs. In the late summer when the leaves are yellow and dying you can bend them gently over to expose the bulbs to light and air. This then starts the ripening process so discontinue any watering and feeding. A dry day obviously if you’ve grown them in the ground is best for harvesting. Lift gently by hand or with the aid of a garden fork and lay them on the ground or sacking

and turn them regularly to ensure even ripening, in a wet season this can be done in a shed. The onions are ready for storing when they are thoroughly dry with brittle papery leaves, ours are stored by threading the leaves through a string loop suspended in the shed. Last year I had a big problem with our pear trees with a rascal to pear growers called the pear midge and in a future article l will tell you how I’m battling it with onion water. Although it might be sunny today give your tender plants a bit of protection with horticultural fleece or cloches from the drop in temperature at night. Until next time good gardening


18 May 2019

Fans turn out for charity match in support of Jack Riding Well-known faces from the world of sport came together to play a charity football match in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The event at Prescot Cables FC’s Volair Park ground took place in honour of teenager Jack Riding, who died of an underlying heart condition last summer. Stars including boxers Tony Bellew and Liam and Callum Smith joined former professional footballers Leon Osman and Lee Trundell among other big names to make up the CRY Select XI. They played against Prescot Cables reserves to achieve a 3-0 victory in front of a crowd of pitch-side supporters. The event raised a significant amount of money for CRY, which has supported the Riding family and organises free cardiac health screenings around the country. Pictures: John Hendry

Above right: Jack Riding’s Dad Ian Left: Special guests for the evening included Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall and former Everton manager David Moyes. Far right: Boxer Tony Bellew joins in the fun Right: Former Everton FC player Alan Stubbs


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This storecupboard fish stew is bulked out with bread and is full of fresh, summer flavours Ingredients 4 slices stale bread, diced 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp dried chilli flakes 400g can chopped tomatoes 4 frozen white fish fillets, such as cod or pollock 400g can butter beans, drained small pack parsley, roughly chopped 1 lemon, cut into wedges Method Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the bread on a large baking sheet, drizzle over 1 tbsp oil and bake for 10 mins until golden. Set aside. Meanwhile, heat the rest of the oil in a large flameproof casserole dish over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened for

about 10 mins, then add the garlic and chilli flakes and stir for 1 min. Tip in the tomatoes and fish fillets. Cover and simmer for 10 mins until the fish is nearly cooked, then uncover. Tip in the butter beans, season well, then cook until everything is hot. Serve scattered with the croutons, parsley and lemon.


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SISTERS DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Sisters Jenny Hobson and sister Karen Dobie are feeling amazing after losing a total of 13 stone!! Jenny who joined the Cronton group in January 2016 in a bid to lose weight for her wedding in 2018, said: “Like many people do, every year I’d make the same resolution to lose weight and also like many I’ve never followed through with it but I wanted to be the beautiful bride and I’d dreamt of this day all my life. I knew the weight I was, was not where I want to be. “I’ve always struggled with my weight and covered my insecurities with my loud and bubbly personality I enjoyed socialising with my friends however I would avoid having my photograph taken it wasn’t until I saw pictures of myself online that I realised just how much weight I had gained I was embarrassed and ashamed at how unhealthy I have become.” However, Jenny was determined to change that and just before her wedding in Greece she hit her target

weight. “It has totally changed my life” said Jenny, “and I have the wedding of my dreams, thanks to Slimming World. “I was filled with nerves walking through the doors, I received such a warm and friendly welcome though that I soon forgot about them, it also really helped Joining with my sister Karen. “When I was introduced to the plan I was so surprised by all the food that I could still eat such as, pasta, potatoes, and rice without feeling guilty, I got stuck in straight away and started cooking meals from scratch rather than relying on convenience foods or takeaways.” Teacher Karen, who also joined Slimming World dropped from size 24 to size 14 clothing. Karen said: “Joining Slimming World is the best decision I’ve ever made. I am much healthier and happier and I’m confident the habit I’ve discovered will stay with me forever. “I know that losing weight has given me a new lease of confidence and is not only

helped with my weight but I regularly go to my local couch to 5K, this has done so much for my overall stress levels and fibromyalgia. “Slimming World has been a huge part of my life which I want to live to the full with my husband and daughter Amy.” Kate Humphries who runs the Cronton Methodist Chapel group that Jenny and Karen attends said she couldn’t be prouder of the girls and what they have achieved. “They have come so far since Jenny Hobson - before and after joining Slimming World their determination to lose weight and lead a healthier and happier life is really inspiring, both to me and all the members in the Cronton group. “I hope they will inspire other people in Cronton and show them that it is possible to lose weight that excess baggage they been carrying!! The Cronton Methodist Chapel slimming world group is held every Wednesday at 5pm or 7pm on Chapel Lane in Cronton, for more information please contact Kate Humphries Karen Dobie - before and after

Al’s Club needs help to refurbish centre Al’s Club is a Knowsley based social club for young adults who provide a bespoke and unique service for any young adult from the age of 18 + who may have a disability, learning or complex medical needs. The club now have a new building in Eccleston Street, Prescot - the old NatWest Bank - which they will be able to deliver their sessions on a daily basis four days per week. Organiser, Debbie Lynch O’Brien, said: “We are looking for help to get the building up and running, but we need help us give our community members a lovely place to socialise in. “It’s something we take for granted being able to go out and meet our friends. Most of our members aren’t able to go out alone due to their medical conditions. So they may become quite isolated through no fault of their own. “Al’s Club will give and provide choice in our community for any person who has a disability or medical complex needs. “Please help us provide a service that’s much needed in our community. This will also give our members a chance to be themselves and be with their friends along with having endless fun. We also help developing confidence and enhancing the members general health and wellbeing. We will provide opportunities that will enrich any members life in general along with reducing isolation and promoting inclusion in a community setting”.

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22 May 2019

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Breast Mates, the support group for anyone who has received a breast cancer diagnosis and run by volunteers who have all had breast cancer are working with Knowsley Public Health to try and increase the number of women who attend breast screening in Kirkby. You may have seen their ‘It only takes a minute, girl....’ posters around the area. If you are between 50-70 you may have been sent a letter offering you a breast screening appointment. DID YOU MISS IT? Were you too busy? Is your own health a low priority? Maybe you felt too embarrassed. It’s not too late, the breast screening unit is still in Kirkby Town Centre and will be there until July. To arrange another appointment you can call 0151 282 6920. BREAST SCREENING DOES SAVE LIVES

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TAKING PRIDE IN WHAT WE DO Here at Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton we take pride in helping our clients lead a more comfortable and confident life, helped by our dedicated team of carers whose maturity eases communication and ensures dignity. We understand the importance of being on time and being flexible. Our clients see the same carers time and again, not strangers. We ensure all our service users have complete choice over the services they use and greater control over their lives. We ensure that services are safe and effective. The process for our support could not be easier. We start with a free assessment which will take place in your own home with you and your family or carer to ensure we get the right care in place. The assessment will consider all your personal circumstances such as: how you can best be supported to live as independently as possible; your home and how you are coping in it; your emotional well-being; your diet and any health and medical treatments you need. Once we have an understanding of your needs, the next stage is to determine what services you need. At Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton our team is multi-professional. Whatever services you need we will work with you, your family and carers to get the right package for you.

However, here at Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton we offer more. If you need help with shopping and domestic tasks, we can provide this service. If your under 50 we can assist you and if you are in need of a really good deep clean we have a fantastic service that can transform homes. Please call and speak to our team who will be more than happy to help and support you in choosing the right options.

This month is May Measure Month, an initiative led by the International Society of Hypertension and supported by the British Heart Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of the issues surrounding high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is something that is easily identified and easily treated. There are around 16,000 people in Knowsley with undiagnosed high blood pressure, which we know is linked to strokes, heart attacks and increases the risk of kidney disease and dementia. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, which is why many people don't know they have it. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked. You can get it checked at either your GP practice or in many local pharmacies across the borough. Blood pressure can be lowered by changes to your lifestyle and if necessary taking medication as directed by your doctor. Top tips to reduce your blood pressure include:• Eat less salt - don't add it when cooking or at the table, avoid using stock cubes, gravy and soy sauce, check food labels and avoid processed foods high in salt - aim to eat less than 6g a day. • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables - at least five different portions every day. • Watch your weight - lose weight if you need to and if you lose excess weight you may find that your blood pressure reduces. • Keep active - you don't have to go to the gym or do some sort of sport, any activity such as a brisk 10 minute daily walk, gardening or housework count. Try to reach 30 minutes every day if you can, just keep active, it all adds up! • Stop smoking - to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke. • Cut down on alcohol - advice is up to 14 units a week for both men and women (a glass of wine or a pint of beer is 2-3 units).


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Campaign raising awareness of silent 999 system

‘Make Yourself Heard’ Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of a system which helps people alert police when they are in imminent danger but unable to speak. Jane Kennedy is backing a campaign launched by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) promoting the Silent Solution which enables a 999 mobile caller who is too scared to make a noise, or speak, to press 55 when prompted – to inform police they are in a genuine emergency. The system is long-established in the UK but is only effective if the public know and understand how it works. It could, in extreme situations, potentially save a life. The ‘Make Yourself Heard’ campaign was launched during National Stalking Awareness Week in April, with support from the family of murder victim Kerry Power, Women’s Aid and Welsh Women’s Aid, and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. Prior to her murder, Kerry believed that if she made a silent 999 call she would not need to speak or make a noise for police to send assistance. Sadly her call was terminated and was not put through to the police control room because she did not know to use the Silent

Solution 55 prompt. It is not true that police will automatically attend if you make a silent 999 call. Callers need to listen and respond to questions and instructions, including by coughing or tapping the handset if possible, or if using a mobile phone, once prompted by the automated Silent Solution system, pressing 55. The system then filters out thousands of accidental or hoax silent 999 calls made daily. Around 50 emergency calls a day from mobiles are transferred by a BT operator to police forces in the UK as a result of someone having pressed 55 when prompted, enabling the police to carry out urgent enquiries to respond. Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “The Silent Solution was designed to tackle hoax calls, but it can play a vital role in getting emergency assistance to people who are in real danger. The system only works if people know it exists and know how to use it, giving them a voice even when they can’t speak out. “That’s why I am pleased to be supporting the IOPC and the family of Kerry Power in

publicising this system and urging organisations, community groups and families across Merseyside to spread the word about silent 999 calls.” Kerry made her silent 999 call in the early hours of 14 December, 2013 when her ex-partner and stalker broke into her home. She did not respond to the BT operator’s instructions and her call was transferred to the Silent Solution system. As 55 was not pressed, the call was terminated and Devon and Cornwall Police were not notified of Kerry’s call. Her ex-partner David Wilder called police later that morning to report he had fatally strangled her. National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for contact management, ACC Alan Todd said: “One of the fundamental roles of police is to help people in an emergency. The police service receives 12 million 999 calls each year, and a small number of callers need to use the ‘Silent Solution’ as they are not able to use their voice during an incident. “This solution ensures that those who need assistance can make themselves heard through a simple and straightforward process.”

Knowsley residents are being urged to eat healthily and be more active in order to help reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. Diabetes and its complications cost £8.8 billion every year to treat, and one in six patients in hospital has diabetes. Around nine in 10 people with diabetes have type 2. This is closely linked to obesity and yet is largely preventable by eating healthily, being more active and losing weight. Dr Mike Merriman, GP and Chair of the Diabetes Clinical Reference Group in Knowsley, said: “Type 2 diabetes can lead to other serious conditions including strokes, heart disease, limb amputation and early death. “There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of developing this condition. Make sure you get a good amount of exercise; aim for 2.5 hours a week. This can include time at the gym, a brisk walk or climbing the stairs. “It is also important that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Try to limit the amount of cakes and sweets you eat and replacing them with healthier snacks. Limiting your alcohol consumption will also reduce your risk of developing diabetes.” For more information on the signs and symptoms or diabetes visit the NHS website.

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Fighting back to health The John Paul Project in partnership with Aspire Combat Sports has developed a new programme supporting veterans through Brazilian Jiujitsu. At the Aspire Combat Sports and Martial Arts Academy, they offer a variety of training in MMA, Muay Thai, K-1, boxing, Olympic wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for all levels! As part of the John Paul Project Aspire Combat Sports has offered to train exarmy veterans on an eight week fully funded programme in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The course came about through the support of Caring Connections. Kirkby-based Caring Connections provide a full range of caring and support services around across Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. These include specialist care for adults, people living with dementia, people living with autism, adults with physical disabilities, young adults and children with physical disabilities, overnight care and many more. Caring Connections has also launched a specialised service directed to

supporting ex-service men and women affected by a range of mental health issues. They have a team of specialists, who understand the deep and often complex needs specific to veterans, and are able to provide a one-to-one bespoke service in a safe, confidential environment. The therapists are trained in a wide range of therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, specialising in supporting clients bereaved through suicide. The John Paul Project was set up in memory of John Paul Finnigan who sadly lost his life through suicide in 2018. John Paul a brave Liverpool soldier from Huyton had completed a number of tours overseas in war ravaged areas serving proudly with the 2nd Battalion the Rifles. Upon leaving the Army John Paul suffered greatly with mental health and trauma issues and even lost close friends through their own PTSD struggles. John Paul’s story highlighted the further need for support of our returning veterans and challenges that are faced after being involved in such distressing situations.

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24 May 2019

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The Dude comes to Kirkby “October 30th, 1914, Hong Kong. Volunteers wanted for Royal Navy to complete various ships company...Enquired terms of service and finding them satisfactory, volunteered”. With this very matter of fact entry, John ‘Jack’ Victor Pulman began writing his diary over 100 years ago. You may remember last December we told you about Jack’s incredible First World War diary and his photographs which are held in Knowsley Archives. Since then, thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we have been able to continue with the conservation, preservation, cataloguing, transcription and digitisation of the collection. We have also been able to introduce people to Jack, his diary and photographs through talks, workshops and an exhibition as part of the Diary of a Dude project. Jack Pulman (1887 – 1960) was originally from the Old Swan area of Liverpool. Apprenticed as a baker, he would go on to join the Merchant Navy and, in October 1914, the Royal Navy for the duration of the First World War. A skilled photographer, Jack captured many of the places he visited with the Navy: from spectacular buildings in India to the Egyptian pyramids; and from ancient buildings on the coast of Yemen to ruins on islands off the coast of Tanzania. He was also a gifted portrait photographer and the collection includes shots of fellow sailors, friends, visiting officers and local people that he met in the places he visited. Jack kept a diary throughout the war and used it to record the types of duties he was undertaking on a daily basis, the different places he sailed to and visited,

as well as the off-duty side of life during shore leave – visiting theatres and casinos, sightseeing and putting on concert parties. Jack was a talented musician and a member of a band, the Deolali Dudes, named after a rest camp in India where he regularly stayed. Diary of a Dude: Bringing Jack Pulman’s First World War Diary to Life, is an exhibition at Kirkby Library marking the culmination of the project. The original diary and many original photographs are on display and visitors can find out about where Jack travelled during the war, the kinds of social activities he took part in (including the unique games of donkey football!), and

His diary and photographs have inspired them to create some spectacular and beautiful artworks

the members of his musical group, the Deolali Dudes. New artwork, which has been created by children and young people through a series of workshops, is exhibited alongside the original materials. Children and young people have been involved with the project through a series of sessions led by Comics Youth CIC, a youth-led organisation who support marginalised and disadvantaged children and young people to express themselves through creating and publishing comics and zines. Around 20 children and young people, aged from eight to 18, have been

learning about Jack’s life during wartime. His diary and photographs have inspired them to create some spectacular and beautiful artworks. Incidents described in the diary, such as running out of spuds at Christmas or rescuing a burning ship, were the source for many of the artworks, while others were based on some of Jack’s photographs (the pyramids and Great Sphinx were particularly popular!) or on photos of Jack himself. The exhibition is an opportunity to see the young people’s art alongside the diary and photographs. As part of their work to mark the centenary anniversary of the First World War Huyton and Halewood’s University of the Third Age (U3A) groups had already been coming into the ARK to learn about and look through the collections. The Diary of a Dude project has provided an opportunity to introduce an additional aspect to their research and understanding of local people’s wartime experiences. The U3As had a specially-tailored talk about the diary, which included an opportunity to see the diary up close. Another tailored talk was presented to residents of Priory Court retirement properties, generating a lot of animated discussion and excitement about Jack’s diary. “I can see us in for some lively times...” - Jack Pulman’s diary, December 1915 There is a tone of grounded realism that continues throughout the 129 pages of Jack’s diary. There are no dramatic flourishes or flights of fancy. It’s rare that he stretches a description of a remarkable event - such as a battle, the death of a colleague or a new development in the War - over more than a few sentences. It makes you wonder what this

seemingly reserved man, who would go on to drive Liverpool trams for 40 years and raise a small family, would make of our celebration of his diary, photographs and life? How would he react to finding himself the focus of talks; being drawn and painted as a comic book figure; and being the subject of an exhibition 130 years after he was born? It’s been a privilege to see the excitement and interest generated by sharing Jack’s diary and the world he saw and captured through his photography. These may not be the “lively times” Jack was foreseeing in 1915, but it seems a good description of the project he has inspired. The ‘Diary of the Dude’ exhibition is in Kirkby Library until 4th June 2019. Please check library opening times before visiting: call 0151 443 4291 or go to yourlibrary.knowsley.gov.uk/branches/ kirkby

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Fun in the sun It was fun in the sun this Easter when Eaton Street Park, Prescot was transformed into Sherwood Forest. Children who attended the day were be met by the Sheriff of Nottingham and his men and had to get past them, across the (pretend) river to the forest to join Robyn Hood, Maid Marion, Little John, Will Scarlett, Fryar Tuck and the rest of the friends. Once in the forest they had a try at target practice with a bow and arrow and other forest skills. High scores were rewarded with silver coins (chocolate). Then Robyn’s friends helped the children make two Easter themed crafts, trying hard will result in a little chocolate treat. Robyn’s Friends then helped the children search the forest to find the box of treasure the sheriff stole from the people. Success was a well earned treat! Finally th children helped put the sheriff in the stocks and were rewarded with an Easter egg, drink and Easter cake from Maid Marion. Chair of the Friends of Eaton Street Park, (FOESP) Joanne Burke said: “Our events are getting more creative every year and that is a testament to our fantastic volunteers and philosophy of making memories not money”.

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Man jailed for murder of Ian Conning in Kirkby A man has been jailed for life with a minimum of 19 years at Liverpool Crown Court for the murder of Ian Conning in Kirkby in October. Ronald Culshaw, 55, of Rushey Hey Road, Kirkby has been jailed after pleading guilty at Liverpool Crown Court. Police were called to a house on Kelday Close at around 3.45pm on Tuesday 23 October to reports Mr Conning had been assaulted by Culshaw. Mr Conning was taken to hospital with serious head and chest injuries, where he sadly died on Tuesday 6 November. Culshaw was initially arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, and later charged with murder after Mr Conning died. Detective Inspector Steve Ball said: “Our thoughts are with the family of Ian, who have endured unimaginable

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suffering as a result of the violent manner of his death. “Culshaw subjected Ian to a sustained and brutal assault, and the knowledge that he spent his last moments in such pain has compounded his family’s grief.

“Ian went to the address believing he was going to have an enjoyable evening. Tragically, Culshaw chose to escalate a minor disagreement with extreme violence and despite the best efforts of medical staff, Ian succumbed to his injuries two weeks later. “There is no place in our communities for people who commit such violent and horrendous crimes, and this sentence reflects the severity of the offence and how seriously police, CPS and the courts take it. “While no court result can possibly undo what has been done, I hope the sentence will in time give the family some sense of closure.”

The Ghost Train in Rainhill The Rainhill Garrick Society will present the classic comedy thriller The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley (star of BBC sitcom Dad’s Army) on Thursday 16-Saturday 18 May at 7.30pm at Rainhill Village Hall. Tickets are available from Rainhill Post Office and Rainhill Village Hall. For further information call 01744 813429.

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Egg-ceptional fundraising effort The caring students and staff at Rainford High have once again held their annual Easter challenge in a bid to raise money and collect Easter eggs for local charities. This year they set themselves an ambitious target of £1000 and aimed to gather 500 Easter eggs. Staff and students from Year 7 to sixth form managed to raise an impressive total of £1,101 and accumulated over 500 eggs. In addition, Rainford High held a ‘wear your trainers to school’ day, which offered students the chance to come in their own trainers in exchange for a monetary donation. Their hard work will benefit a range of local charities, including Willowbrook Hospice, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, The Hope Centre, Teardrops, Chrysalis Centre for Change, as well as St Helens Young Carers, Four Seasons Health Care, Rainford Victoria Care Home and Orchard Care Homes. Ian Young, principal at Rainford High, said: “Our Easter challenge has become a popular tradition within the school. It is wonderful to see everyone’s determination to make a difference and help vital causes in the area.”

Why Elaine’s taking part in the biggest and brightest party in town Local woman Elaine Bailey is urging people to join her as she takes part in Moonlight Colour Walk on 8 June to help raise funds for Willowbrook Hospice. For Elaine from Whiston, Willowbrook has a special place in her heart as it was there that her husband Phil was cared for before sadly passing away in 2006 from bone cancer at just 53 years of age. Elaine said: “The hospice was amazing with Phil and all my family. The care he received there was outstanding and nothing was ever too much trouble. They even let me stay overnight at the hospice so that I could be by Phil’s side. “Even though Phil passed away at home he was still cared for by the hospice right until the end. “I started doing the Moonlight Walk when it first began, way back in 2007 and have taken part ever since. It’s a fabulous, fun event for all the family but more importantly, it’s a great way of raising vital funds for the hospice. “I will never forget what Willowbrook did for Phil and taking part in the Moonlight Walk is my way of giving something back. “We had supported Willowbrook for years with donations kindly received from our customers at Phil’s convenience store, but had never realised how valuable it was until we had to use its services.” Elaine added “Willowbrook is a truly special place but unfortunately, you never know if, or when, you will need its help. That’s why I’m asking everyone in

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Knowsley and St Helens to sign up to the ‘Walk’ now to try and help raise money so that the hospice can continue to care and support local people”. Melissa Kenny, fundraiser for Willowbrook Hospice said: “Our Moonlight Colour Walk is fast approaching and we need everyone to get behind Willowbrook. It’s a great event and if you have thought about taking part before but have never got round to, now is your chance! “We ask everyone to try to raise as much money as they can. Every penny counts, so help your local hospice to make a real difference to local people!” To register, please ring 01744 453798 or visit www.willowbrook.org.uk (under events).


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n May 1951 a gang of four children - Tony, aged 8, Jill, aged 7, and Alan and George, both aged 10 - went to play in one of the old deserted barns on Roby’s Carr Lane.

George’s parents had warned him about playing in dilapidated old houses by telling him the places could fall in on him and that tramps living in the former farm buildings might attack and even kill him, but George was a very disobedient lad and it was he who suggested exploring the - old haunted barn - on Carr Lane. He’d heard strange stories about the place from other children, and one boy had told George the barn was used as an air-raid shelter during the war. The four children ran down Roby Road and onto Carr Lane, all led by George, the self-appointed gang leader. They reached the deserted barn, and being a typical English May afternoon, it began to rain. The sound of rainfall on the tiles scared the youngest gang member Jill. George had a box of matches and told everyone to find anything that could burn to make a fire. “This can be our new den” he said, striking a Swan Vesta match. “I’ve found a candle!” said an excited Alan, and he picked up the threeinch stub of the candle and handed it to George, who gently pulled the blackened wick out slightly, then lit it. A small fire made from a splintered wooden drawer, newspapers, dry leaves and twigs was lit, and now by the light of the candle and the fire, the gang noticed the strange graffiti on one of the walls. There were what looked like charcoal sketches of people in possibly 1930s and 1940s clothes and hairstyles, and a number of head and shoulder portraits. The sketches were quite good, and the artist was undoubtedly talented. The children were not aware that the drawings on the wall had been made in the war years when people gathered in the barn - which served as a sort of ad hoc air raid shelter. The artist is unknown, but he or she might be the same artist who painted very similar portraits of people from the

1940s in a bituminous paint on the walls of an air raid shelter under Wavertree Park on Edge Lane. The artistic style was later described as being very similar to the Roby artwork. On the same wall as the charcoal drawing there was a very creepy sketch of some unearthly creature with huge round eyes, pointed ears like a cat, a massive mouth ringed with pointed teeth, and long spindly legs and arms. The thing had a pointed tail reminiscent of a wasp’s stinger, and next to this alarming life-size drawing there were strange symbols and glyphs like a coded message, and then the large block letter words: ‘KEEP OUT’. Jill didn’t like this drawing of the monster one bit, and said they should all leave the place. “That’s the bogeyman who eats little girls”, George told Jill, and he winked at Alan, who realised his friend was just telling a fib to scare the girl. Alan said: “Yeah, I’ve heard about him Mr Bogey. They’ve found girls skeletons in here”. All of a sudden, the children heard a low moaning sound, and something came into the room on all fours from a hole in the wall. At first the gang thought it was a dog, but as it came within the purlieu of illumination given off by the fire, the children saw this was no dog - it was that thing that had been depicted in the wall drawing. It had dark brown shiny skin, and insect-like shell on its back, two huge red eyes that George later described as looking like “belly buttons” and a large gaping fanged mouth. It stood up and was well over six feet in height. It lunged at the kids with long spindly arms and clawed hands, and they screamed and fled from the barn. The gang narrowly missed being run down as they ran in blind panic across Roby Road. They all went to Jill’s house on Station Road, and the girl’s mother was furious when she saw that her daughter had wet

“That’s the bogeyman who eats little girls” George told Jill

herself. Jill was so hysterical she couldn’t tell her parents what had happened, and when George told the girl’s mother and father about the “monster” they didn’t believe him. I mentioned this incident on the Billy Butler Show years ago, and lots of people contacted me on air. They recalled the barn on Carr Lane with the weird drawings, and most maintained that it was demolished around 1960.

Dozens of locals recalled the rumours about the terrifying ‘thing’ which would leave the barn after dark and roam Roby and parts of Huyton. What the creature was I do not profess to know. It could have been a demon conjured up by occult-dabblers on the premises years before; all we can do is speculate on its nature - but I wonder if we’ve seen the last of it... • Tom Slemen's Haunted Liverpool 31 is out now on Amazon

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News from around the region Major Liverpool City Region scheme completes

Huyton Business Park welcomes Arcola Energy Arcola Energy, a leading UK clean-tech business working in hydrogen and fuel cell technology, has secured 15,000 sq ft newly-built premises at Huyton Business Park. The new premises will house the company’s manufacturing, installation and maintenance facility. In the first year of operation, it will have the capability to build, install and service hundreds of zero-emission vehicle powertrain systems. Arcola Energy supports vehicle manufacturers to develop, manufacture and deploy zero-emission commercial vehicles and has a 10-year track record in hydrogen and fuel cell system research and development and engineering. The manufacturing area of the new site in Huyton will initially be used to produce systems for a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell electric double deck buses to be deployed in the Liverpool City Region. Alongside buses and vans, the new facility will support the production of systems for trucks, trains, off-highway vehicles and marine vessels. As part of the Arcola Energy education programme, the company will link in with local schools to support training and education in clean energy technologies, helping to raise awareness of careers in zero-emission technologies. Dale Milburn, executive director, regeneration and economic development at Knowsley Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome Arcola Energy to join the flourishing high-tech and automotive manufacturing business cluster in Knowsley, creating growth and high quality employment for local people. Arcola Energy’s arrival is further recognition of Knowsley as the prime location for business investment.” Dr Ben Todd, CEO of Arcola Energy, said: “I look forward to working with all of our partners across the Liverpool City Region and beyond to contribute to delivering the clean air aspirations of the city region. “On a personal note, I am delighted to be returning to my childhood home, fulfilling my dream of 20 years ago to build a clean-tech business in Liverpool City Region.”

Work on the largest speculative industrial new build in the Liverpool City Region is now complete. The building, known as Venus 217, is located on Knowsley Business Park and provides 217,765 sq ft of high quality manufacturing / logistics accommodation. Funding to deliver this ambitious new build was acquired by developer Flintrock who secured £9.38m of loan funding from the Chrysalis Fund (£5.375m) and Knowsley Council (£4.005m). Fintan Earley from Flintrock said: “The funding provided by Knowsley Council and Chrysalis contributed hugely to the delivery of this important facility that will generate employment, substantial business rates and will bring back to meaningful use an important site at the gateway to Knowsley Business Park. “Flintrock are confident that the unit will readily let to a major occupier to justify our confidence in the location.” This follows the successful completion of a previous development in the area, now

occupied by Amazon. The Chrysalis Fund finances property, regeneration and sustainability projects throughout the Liverpool City Region. The fund particularly focusses on projects that can contribute to its economic development goals, including the creation of jobs, employment floor space and land remediation. Dale Milburn, executive director, regeneration & economic development, at Knowsley Council said: “Providing short term funding to support a project like this not only makes good financial sense

for the Council but also helps to kick start developments which in turn brings new businesses and new jobs to Knowsley. “The loan we granted is fully repayable over three years and in addition to receiving the interest on this loan we will also, receive additional business rates as a consequence of the development. “There is high demand for this kind of accommodation in Knowsley and the Liverpool City Region, and we therefore share the developer’s confidence that an occupier will be secured shortly”.

Knowsley-based manufacturing innovator takes Queen’s Award Knowsley-based independent cable technology company Tratos has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The global company, which manufactures in Britain and Italy and sells to around 52 countries, picked up an award for innovation from the UK’s leading award for business. The company has invested heavily in new plant, equipment and test facilities in Knowsley and is heavily innovation-focused. It works shoulder to shoulder with clients from industries such as power, communications, green energy, rail and marine to transport, defence and construction to develop, test and produce bespoke cable for their specific needs. Tratos’ innovation award was for a new cable sheathing compound, Tratos JBA®, that can shrug off the most corrosive elements and protect cable function in the harshest of environments.

Tratos Ltd CEO and chair Dr Maurizio Bragagni said: “These products have advanced safety and performance. They were developed by the company to be used for telecommunication, power or signaling cables. “The compound is able to resist fire to new and higher standards, and, at the same time, defend against the aggressive acids present in different environments from railway and transport to oil and gas platforms. “This innovation is bigger than just producing a new generation of cables able to accept the challenge of higher performance standards; it is innovation that will transform unsafe cables. “We were confident of the quality of the innovation and the advances it brings, but we were absolutely thrilled to learn it had been recognized with a Queen’s Award.” Tratos representatives will be presented with the award at Buckingham Palace.


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CHALLENGE ADVERTISING 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 NO.45) (BRICKFIELDS HUYTON) ORDER 2018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above-named order (“the Order”) on 29th April under Sections 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 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 in to force on 10th May 2019, the effect of the Order will be to amend the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting and Loading and Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement and Consolidation) Order 2015 as amended (“the 2015 Order”) by making permanent the provisions of the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting and Loading and Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement and Consolidation) Order 2015 (Amendment No.45) (Brickfields, Huyton) Experimental Order 2018 by prohibiting waiting at any time on the following lengths of road at Brickfields Huyton:• Its northwest side, from a point 86.5m north east of its junction with Wilson Road, in a north easterly then north westerly then norther easterly direction to a point if 51m south west of its junction with Ellis Ashton Street • Its southeast side, from a point of 51m south west of its junction with Ellis Ashton Street, in a south westerly then south easterly for a distance of 141m • Its southeast side, from a point of 86.5m north east of its junction with Wilson Road, in a north easterly then south easterly direction for a distance of 55m The effect of this Order is to amend the 2015 Order by the revocation of the Map Schedule specified in the First Schedule to this Order and the insertion and addition of the Map Schedule specified in the Second Schedule to the Order to this notice. A copy of the Order, plans showing the parts of the highway and areas affected by the Order and a statement of the Council's reasons for making the Order may be inspected free of charge during normal office hours Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays and public holidays) at the reception desks at the Council’s One Stop Shops at The Halewood Centre, Rosenheath Drive, Halewood, L26 9UH The Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, L34 5GA, Huyton One Stop Shop, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU and The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY and can also be viewed on the Council’s website at www.knowsley.gov.uk/consultations If any person wishes to question the validity of the Order or of 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 the 1984 Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in making the Order, that person may within 6 weeks from the date on which the Order was made apply for that purpose to the High Court. FIRST SCHEDULE Map Schedule to be revoked from the 2015 Order Road

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MIXED SEASON FOR CABLES • Continued from Page 32 and Market Drayton were comfortably dispatched when they came to Prescot. Local derbies against Widnes FC and Skelmersdale United saw victory for Cables. Draws against eventual League champions Atherton Collieries and fellow high flyers Radcliffe Borough were high points. However, a run of fixtures between the end of December and mid-March saw the Pesky Bulls take just 11 points from as many games. This run ultimately put pay to any hope Cables had of challenging for the top spots. By the time Leek Town had beaten them 1 nil in early April, the promotion chase was effectively over. In the cups, Cables reached their fourth Liverpool Senior Cup Final in a row and were aiming to win their 3rd on the bounce. An incredible 1200 people crammed into Volair Park to witness a

Southport side packed with star names from the Conference North taken all the way to penalties by the home side. When Jack Lenehan saw his penalty crash against the bar, and the subsequent Southport spot kick dispatched, the trophy would not be staying on Knowsley this year. In the FA Cup, there was an early exit to Irlam FC while a good run in the FA Trophy, saw victories over Kendal Town and high flying Northern Premier League Side Warrington Town. However, two late goals away to Halesowen Town in October meant that any thoughts of a trip to Wembley would be curtailed for at least twelve months. On an individual basis, players like Luke Griffiths became fans favourites with a number of stellar performances while captain James ‘Kirk’ McCulloch was voted the player of the season for his leadership skills on and off the pitch as well as his ability to score crucial goals at important times. Fan favourite Lloyd Dean also finished

the season strongly while striker Chris Almond won the ‘Golden Boot’ with 28 goals for the season. Pacey Winger Michael Monaghan was also rewarded with his excellent performances this season with a life changing opportunity to go and play football professionally in Australia. So as the curtain falls on the season, while it ends in some frustration, there is also much to look forward to. Hopefully the attendance numbers will continue to go in the right direction. The club now has more followers on social media than ever before and fans

are being treated to attractive attacking football when they come through the turn styles. Next season will hopefully see the team push on and again challenge for honours. The atmosphere at Hope Street will also hopefully be an attractive place to place football to players looking to move to the club. With increased crowds comes the need for improved infrastructure and the need for volunteers and local sponsorship is greater than ever before and the club would welcome and encourage all to get involved.

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Dan makes the grade Ten year old Joseph McGhee was celebrating after gaining his First Dan Black belt in Taekwondo. Joe has trained with the North West Spirit Taekwondo since 2014, and has trained especially hard over the last six months in preparation for the GTI Black Belt Grading. Instructor Chris Davies said: “We are extremely pleased and proud that Joseph’s hard work and determination has paid off. “It’s been a long journey for him which has seen him achieve the title of English and National Champion and future star awards. His family, friends and instructors are so proud of his achievements”.

After winning the Knowsley, Merseyside and North West Boccia finals this year Knowsley Central School managed to win a place in the Boccia England National finals at the Sheffield Institute of Sport. The team exceeded all expectations to get to the national boccia finals at the Sheffield Institute of Sport, but excelled beyond expectations on the day. After finishing top of the group against the North-East and East Midlands the team won a pulsating semi final against Beacon Hill from the South East of England. Andrew Tranter, KS3 Class teacher at Knowsley Central School, said: “In the final Knowsley Central were pitched in against last years winners, Orleans Park. Orleans Park are very experienced boccia players, with two boccia England players within their team. “It was a very close game which we lost by less than a centimetre in the final end of the final game. “The school are so proud of Imaan, Lois, Ava and Ruby for not only their achievements but also their effort, determination and independent skills throughout this years tournaments. “Getting to a national final is a major achievement in any sport let alone a small school from Knowsley”.


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Busy year Sport from around the region for Katie

Prescot pull off an amazing TREBLE The Prescot ladies hockey team pulled of an amazing treble this season by winning two cup finals this weekend to go with their division one championship and promotion. Prescot gained victory in the Greater Manchester Division One cup final against Urmston Ladies. The final finished up at 0-0 with the game going to penalties, the shoot-out saw Prescot win 3-1. Prescot had already beaten Urmston three times this season but each game had been close as the Manchester side had finished third behind Prescot in the League. The final was a cagey affair with both sides’ defence on top throughout the game. With no real clear cut chances in the seventy minutes it became a penalty flick contest to decide the Cup. Prescot scored their first two whilst in goal Foy pulled off three fine saves to give Prescot the win and clinch the Division one League and Cup double. Knowing Prescot were already Division One League and Cup winners the ladies had less than 24 hours to recover and play a much more powerful Didsbury ladies team on their home pitch in the All Division Cup Final. Didsbury started the brighter

and took the lead much to the pleasure of their home and very vocal support. Soon after Prescot found themselves two nil down and the hopes of a ‘treble’ were fading fast. However, a stirring team talk from coach Mark Heaps saw Prescot put in a huge shift for the final thirty five minutes of the season. Smith pulled a goal back midway through the second half and Prescot poured forward to strike a deserved equaliser in the final five minutes. Two at full time meant more dreaded penalty

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flicks. Didsbury and Prescot matched each other to four each before Foy pulled out a superb save to give team captain Mel Heaps the opportunity to score the decisive penalty and win the All Division cup and the historic treble. No team has ever won all three trophies in the same season! These final two cup wins cap a fantastic season for Prescot Hockey Club with both ladies and mens teams promoted to the North Pennine League for the first time.

Prescot girl Katie Bowater (17) is on cloud nine after represented her country by playing for England Junior Women’s Water Polo Team with a bronze medal. This is the second year she has done this and is now training for the European Water Polo Championships in August. Katie works at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park as a lifeguard whilst studying at Carmel College and juggling her Alevel studies, work, gym and a vigorous water polo training schedule as well as playing national league for Liverpool Ladies Water Polo team, which means travelling and playing all round the country. The England team recently returned from EU Nations tournament hosted in the Czech Republic with a bronze medal and they played amazingly well. Katie also trains with Prescot Swimming Club twice a week.

HIGH FIVE FOR LIVERPOOL ELITE Huyton based Liverpool Elite Taekwondo Club are celebrating further success after taking a team of five students to Bradford for a competition and came back to Liverpool with five golds Newcomers Joseph (10) and Kristina Creighton (7) overcoming nerves and brought home gold medals alongside Alan Whitehead (10), Finn Labong (11) and Lincoln Littler (11). The Second Welsh International Open is next for the team in May with coaches Jake Moscrop, Jack Waddicar and Lesley Lally are hoping to gain further success. Coach Jake Moscrop said: “We are really proud of what the team have achieved so far and are looking for further success”.


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Sport from around the region Richard Tigwell takes a look at Prescot Cables season

MIXED SEASON FOR CABLES

This season will be remembered with a mixture of immense pride and frustration. There was a strange parallel between the opening weekend defeat away to Trafford to a goal conceded in the dying seconds and the final game of the season also away to a side from Greater Manchester Cables grabbed a late winner in the dying seconds. In order to measure the success of the season some perspective is required. On the one hand Cables finished the season with the highest average attendance of any club in the Evo-Stik League. With regular attendances of over 400 this is a far cry from the days when the club would struggle to attract more than 100 people through the gates of Volair Park. This is an incredible achievement and something the club should be proud of. It is a testament to the style of football Brian Richardson’s team play that people are choosing to get their football fix in Knowsley, rather than going to Anfield or Goodison. Likewise, off the pitch the club is a welcoming place for families from across

the area, ‘Dad n’ Lad for less than £10’ proving incredibly popular for residents. The club has also hosted several charity events, including the most recent Jack Riding and Adam Ellison celebrity football matches, proving that the club is a valuable asset within the local community. On the pitch, after much promise, the season finishes with a lot of ‘what ifs’. Having previously reached the play-off final last May, and only missing out on promotion to a late goal from Bamber Bridge, much was expected going into this season. Cables however finished in 7th place, outside the promotion play off places by just 3 points. There were several memorable performances from the boys in Amber and Black at home this season. Runcorn Linnets came to town in early October when 700 people witnessed a late Cables winner against the nine men of Linnets. Likewise teams like Newcastle Town

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Youth team crowned champions after an eventful season Congratulations to Knowsley and St Helens U13s, who are ESFA North West League Champions… just months after the club thought they had played their last game together. The team clinched the title at the end of a fantastic season in which they were challenged every step of the way by Liverpool SFA, with both teams unbeaten all season. It meant the title came down to one crunch match between the two teams – with Knowsley and St Helens claiming victory 4-0 on the day. Being crowned champions was all the more sweet because just a few months ago, the team were almost disbanded, after the English Schools FA ruled that they no longer allowed the creation of a merged team with players from both Knowsley and St Helens, despite the fact that the season was already well underway. It effectively meant that the team would no longer have been able to compete in the league, or continue to play together. And because the two boroughs did not have enough players to field a team each, the young players in the side would have been left with no club to play for at all. However an appeal by the leaders of Knowsley and St Helens Council saw a re-think and parents, players and club volunteers were delighted to be told that the decision had been overturned

– at least until the end of the season – and that the squad could continue to play together. The team’s manager, Tony James, said: “Winning the North West League is a fantastic achievement and I am delighted for the boys involved who have worked tirelessly throughout the season. “The game against Liverpool was a fantastic contest with both teams demonstrating not only considerable talent and ability but also great teamwork and commitment. “I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to our wonderful parents and family members who have travelled the length and breadth of the North West week in and week out this season supporting us. “Their unwavering support at times this season has been nothing short of exceptional and means so much to all the coaching staff and managers involved. “I must also thank the headteachers and teaching staff from our secondary schools who provide consistent support to the boys. “Finally, a special thank you needs to be made to the staff at Liverpool Football Club who have been magnificent all year allowing our children to access their world class facilities. It really is a wonderful achievement for all involved”.

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