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KNOWSLEY AND NORTH LIVERPOOL’S BIGGEST NEWSPAPER HIGH STREET SHOPS TO BE REVIVED AS PART OF £95M PROJECT

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Prescot Town Centre has been selected as one 69 high streets across the country to be given a new lease of life thanks to a £95 million Government fund. Increasing competition from online outlets is putting high streets across the country under growing pressure. As part of the Government’s drive to help high streets adapt to changing consumer habits, the £95 million funding will provide a welcome boost that will breathe new life into historic buildings and areas in our towns and cities. The initiative will be funded by combining £40 million from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund with £52 million from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s

Future High Street Fund. £3 million will be provided by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a cultural programme to engage people in the life and history of their high streets. The investment builds on the successful Heritage Action Zones programme, run by Historic England, and will turn empty and underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing to support wider regeneration in the 69 successful areas by attracting future commercial investment. Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “Our nation’s heritage is one of our great calling cards to the world, attracting millions of visitors to beautiful historic buildings that sit at the heart of our communities.

“It is right that we ensure these buildings are preserved for future generations but it is important that we make them work for the modern world. “This £95 million will help breathe new life into high streets all over England, benefiting businesses, supporting our much-loved buildings and helping to make our communities more attractive places to live, work and visit.” Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council , said “This is fantastic news for Prescot. "We want our town centres to be thriving and offer something for everyone. "By everyone working together, we can achieve more and I look forward to seeing the plans develop, working in partnership with businesses, the community and Historic England.”

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2 October 2019

Stockbridge Gemz A new group is being set up in Knowsley to offer support and information, the Stockbridge Gemz is a new group being set up in Knowsley Village. The Gems is an LGBT+ support group that is offering much needed support to the community. The group will meet on a monthly basis as an opportunity to access wider provision, socialise and decide on what’s needed for this community. If you are interested in finding out more you can email: stockbridge.gemz@gmail.com

The Rebel Chef: My Restaurant Revolution

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The people of the UK recently met Gary Usher, Britain and Knowsley’s most honest and controversial chef, as he spent a year breaking the rules of the restaurant world. Gary, owner of Pinion a restaurant based in Prescot, was recently a star on Channel 4’s hourlong insight into his mission to bring exceptional food to the masses on a journey to Prescot. Voiced by Ricky Tomlinson, in the hour-long documentary we witness Gary’s quest to open a new restaurant in one of Merseyside’s most overlooked town centres. He was attempting to bring bistro food to the people of Prescot, purely because his gut said everyone loves good food and he was adamant that he could build a thriving business. Sticking two fingers up at the banks, the restaurant chains and big businesses that ignore Britain's small towns, Gary needed to crowdfund £50,000 to build a French style bistro out of the rubble of an old BetFred shop in Prescot and convince a town of sceptical locals to fall in love with deep fried pig head croquettes and steak tartar… This is cooking for a new generation. Amazing food for anyone and everyone - no frills attached. This was ‘The Rebel Chef: My Restaurant Revolution’. Chef entrepreneur Gary Usher, founded the awardwinning Elite Bistros group back in 2011, starting with a restaurant set in a row of terrace houses in the

small suburb of Hoole on the outskirts of Chester. Since then, Gary has gone on to open five more award-winning restaurants throughout the North West. With support from the huge following he has gained over the years, Gary has managed to raise almost half a million pounds through crowdfunding, with his latest efforts seeing him raise a record breaking £100,000 in less than 1 hour. After leaving school at 16, Gary worked in a series of pubs and top restaurants before opening his flagship restaurant, Sticky Walnut. He turned his life around with a mission to bring exceptional food, that doesn’t cost the earth, to everyone - whoever you are, wherever you are… and all with just a handful of headlines. At a recent preview of the documentary at the restaurant Gary invited the local people who joined him on his journey to bring his dream to Prescot and the people who have supported him on his dream. Gary said: “Prescot is an amazing place with wonderful residents, I felt part of the community from day one. “When I told people about my dream to bring great food to the area the community were 100% behind me, although at times I did have serious doubts but, with the support of the community and my fellow shop owning community and family it has been a wonderful but hard journey”.

Three arrested on suspicion of the murder of Adam Ellison Merseyside Police have arrested three males on suspicion of the murder of 29year-old Adam Ellison on Saturday, 4 November 2017. Adam was walking along a pedestrianised area in Market Place, Prescot at 0.40am with three friends when he became involved in an argument with a number of people on a motorbike. During the incident he was stabbed in the neck with an unknown weapon. He was taken to hospital for surgery

but sadly passed away that morning. Two 17-year-old males from Huyton, and a 22-year-old man from Huyton were arrested on suspicion of murder today, Tuesday 24 September. They have been taken to police stations in Merseyside to be interviewed Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101

quoting incident reference 0517281777 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111


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New Crime and Communities team launches Merseyside’s Police and Crime commissioner joined councillors, and representatives from a number of Knowsley’s key partners for the official launch of Knowsley’s new Crime and Communities team at The Venue in Huyton. The Crime and Communities Service is a dedicated multi-agency local team set up to identify and address the causes of crime and anti-social behaviour in our neighbourhoods. It includes representatives from Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service working alongside key partners from ForHousing and Knowsley Housing Trust who will work closely with the council’s newly-formed Crime and Communities Team. Knowsley Council has invested more than £1.2m in response to feedback from residents that tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Knowsley is a top priority. As well as more community officers, the council is investing in enhanced CCTV across the borough, upgrading cameras to HD and utilising innovative solutions to place redeployable CCTV in hard to reach locations. The council has also purchased a brand new quad bike for Merseyside Police in order to help tackle the community priority relating to motorbikes and scramblers being used for illegal or anti-social activities in the borough. In addition, the Crime and Communities Team has supported community projects which promote the council’s ‘Cleaner Safer and Greener’ objectives, with funding being provided through the council’s Community Fund to gardening charity Incredible Edibles and youth football coaching programme Liverpool Kicks. There are also plans to help set up the first Mersey Fire cadet scheme in the borough and support a local residents group to enable them to improve security

The new Crime and Communities Team Launch

arrangements in their area over the coming month. Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I was pleased to attend the launch of Knowsley ‘Crime and Communities’ team. This new team will be vital in addressing the local community safety concerns of Knowsley’s residents, and build on the council’s already strong partnership with Merseyside police’s local policing unit. “The council’s investment in a new police quad bike to support this work is particularly welcome and will help in the fight against the blight of nuisance bikes in the borough.” Cllr Shelley Powell, cabinet member for

neighbourhoods and communities said: “We recognise that our communities are deeply concerned about community safety so we have taken a serious look at how we can invest in resources and work better together with our partners to address this priority issue. “Incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour have such detrimental impact on our resident’s quality of life and the cohesion of our communities so with our partners in Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, ForHousing and Knowsley Housing Trust – among others - we must collaborate and use our collective expertise, resources and commitment to tackle these issues head on.”


4 October 2019

Father Gerard Barry who served at St Aloysius, Roby

Remembering the Knowsley priest who perished after D-Day The ripples reached the Archdiocese of Liverpool when the citizens of the Belgian town of Geel commemorated the 75th anniversary of their liberation from Nazi occupation on Saturday 21 September. After all, one of the Second World War dead remembered was Father Gerard Barry, a Liverpool priest who had taken part in the Normandy landings three months earlier. Assigned to the 8th Battalion, The Royal Scots shortly after arriving in France, Fr Gerard was one of over 200 casualties suffered by the regiment during the Battle of the Geel Bridgehead in September 1944. He was only 33 and the Liverpool Echo’s report on his death quoted a letter sent to Archbishop Richard Downey by Monsignor Coghlan, Roman Catholic Vicar General to the forces, in which he said: ‘You have lost a great priest. I lost a great chaplain.’ Fr Gerard entered the world with his twin brother, Francis, on 29 March 1911 and grew up in St Michael’s parish in Liverpool. He studied at Upholland Seminary, where he directed dramatic productions and edited the in-house magazine. Following his ordination in May 1937, he served as curate at St Mary Magdalen, Penwortham, before moving on to All Souls in the Vauxhall district of Liverpool and then to St Aloysius, Roby. During his brief time at All Souls he had the role of offering guidance to children being evacuated. At St Aloysius, meanwhile, he acted as scoutmaster of the local Boy Scout troop and was a pioneer of the Young Christian Workers’ Association in the area. His humour and good nature with young people is remembered by Peter Tennyson, a former St Edward’s College pupil, who as a boy met Fr Gerard at a wedding reception in 1943 and recalls ‘how his jokes made us laugh’. By that stage, having played his part in the evacuation programme, he had enlisted as an army chaplain. His six brothers all served in the forces and in the wake of the D-Day landings, there was a brief reunion with his twin, Francis, during the Royal Scots’ push across France. It would be their last encounter. On 14 September 1944, he was killed in a mortar attack on the advanced aid post he was in. Prior to his death, a local priest, Fr Jan

Van Alphen, had seen Fr Gerard administer the last rites to a dying soldier and invited him to his presbytery for a meal. It was Fr Van Alphen who arranged the Liverpool priest’s burial in the graveyard of the local parish, St Dymphna (his remains were later reinterred in the military cemetery), and wrote a letter of condolence to his mother, Bridget. Back at St Aloysius parish church, Fr Gerard’s younger brother Thomas – later a monsignor and secretary to two archbishops – said a Requiem Mass with full military honours for his sibling. If a plaque in his honour was eventually lost from St Aloysius during renovation work, the white headstone bearing his name still stands in Geel Military Cemetery – and his sacrifice has not been forgotten. Among the relatives of British and Canadian soldiers at the commemorative ceremony was his youngest niece, Helen Barry, together with four of her cousins, one of whom had travelled over from Canada. Others keep his memory alive too. Last year St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School in Penwortham had a commemorative statute dedicated to their parish’s one-time curate. This year, it will form part of the school’s Remembrance Day display. As headteacher Diane Gallagher said: “We will always remind them of our own St Mary Magdalen’s hero.” • With thanks to Helen Barry, Gil Geerings and Peter Tennyson for their research.


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Knowsley Flower Show secures National Lottery support Knowsley Flower Show has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £38,200 for an exciting heritage project, ‘Knowsley Flower Show Archive, People’s Resource and Celebration’. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on a wide range of memories of the Flower Show over its 21 year history. It has resulted in the creation of a new open-access online archive, accompanied by a new publication and exhibition. Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and a series of group workshops, drop in sessions, vox pops and one-to-one interviews, the archive, book and exhibition will showcase and celebrate memories of the flower show’s origins and its place in the lives of the region, as it grew from modest beginnings. Knowsley Flower Show now averages around 20,000 visitors to its large day event in August. The event centres on a traditional floral marquee with around 90 amateur growers exhibiting. An average of 120 charitable and commercial stallholders and activities providers are ranged around this marquee in the park. The Flower Show also holds public

events and workshops throughout the year, through long-standing partnerships with educational, civic and cultural organisations. Project participants and users of the archive will gain a deeper insight into this previously underresearched part of Knowsley history, as well as showcasing the regional significance of the Show. Commenting on the award, a flower show committee member said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are excited to be able to work with local people to showcase and celebrate their memories of this aspect of Knowsley’s unique past.”

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VIP launch event as Playhouse dream becomes reality

Plans to create a new focal point for Shakespearean theatre in the UK are moving into an exciting new delivery phase. The Shakespeare North Playhouse being built in Prescot will complete the UK’s Shakespearean triangle (London Stratford-upon-Avon - Prescot) and be a nationally and internationally significant cultural and educational asset. To mark the start of an exciting new phase of delivery, Lord and Lady Derby – whose family links to Shakespeare help to set the scene for this development – welcomed specially invited guests to a reception at their home, Knowsley Hall. Renowned historian David Starkey CBE and local actor Josh Bolt were among the special guests to share their views on the development, the fascinating history linking the Stanley family to Shakespeare and the potential power of theatre and the arts in the lives and futures of young people in the area. Another of the VIP guests, Lady Anne Dodd, spoke at the event to urge others to get behind the project. She announced she will be making an initial donation of £250,000 on behalf of the Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation Trust. This will go towards the creation of a performance garden at the theatre, of which her late husband Sir Ken Dodd was a patron. Ian Tabbron, Interim chief executive of The Shakespeare North Playhouse said: “This is a landmark event for everyone involved in The Shakespeare North Playhouse development. It marks the start of a distinctive phase of delivery for a project that has been a dream for many people for many years. Harnessing the inexhaustible inspiration of Shakespeare, our vision is for a unique theatre with a broad ranging artistic and educational programme. Alongside signature Shakespearean performances will sit contemporary productions, music, comedy, dance and many participatory opportunities for young people and their

families. It is a highly inclusive vision and one that we intend will ensure the long term success and sustainability of a nationally significant cultural asset.” Construction work has already commenced on the new Playhouse in Prescot which when complete will provide a 350 seat theatre, modelled on the cockpit-in-court design of the 17th century. Alongside the theatre will be an outdoor performance garden, exhibition and visitor centre and educational facilities. Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “The Shakespeare North Playhouse project is one that we are so immensely proud of here in Knowsley. Our history and links to Elizabethan theatre are absolutely fascinating and we want to tell that story as far and wide as we can. “For our communities here in Knowsley, excitement is already building with lots of people coming forward to volunteer, get more involved and even open businesses in Prescot in anticipation of construction work completing. All this, before a single word is said on stage or ticket bought. It really is overwhelming to think of the positive impact that we will see here in Knowsley once the curtain goes up on the opening performance.” Initial piling, drainage and excavation work has been completed on the site with work now taking place off site on the fabrication of the historic timber framed theatre which will be the centrepiece of the new Playhouse. This is being manufactured by Peter McCurdy, a world renowned creator of historic theatres including the Globe and the Sam Wanamaker theatre. The project is being funded by Knowsley Council, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and central government. Work is expected to complete on the theatre in 2022 to coincide with Knowsley’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture.


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Knives cost Lives project held at Hillside Community Centre, Huyton

Raising community awareness A programme aimed at educating young people about knife crime has been paid for with money seized from criminals by Merseyside Police. The ‘Knives cost Lives’ project, which is held at Hillside Community Centre in Huyton, was launched in December 2018 and received £19,900 from the force’s Community Cashback Fund. The fund allows money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act to be reinvested back into the community. Knives cost Lives is just one of a number of programmes held at the community centre, and over the past few months has allowed young people to take part in a whole host of activities such as a visit to the Knife Angel statue at Liverpool Cathedral, presentations from a surgeon at Liverpool Royal Hospital, activity days and visits to local police stations to help break down barriers between young people and the police. A residential trip to Yorkshire was also organised where young people took part in workshops about the law, consequences, weapons, social media pressures, associations, life choices and those that have lost their lives to knife crime. Berna Thompson and Teresa Cuddy, who run the programme alongside a number of volunteers, have also organised an educational event for parents, which will take place in the upcoming months. Assistant Chief Constable, Jon Roy said: “It’s fantastic to see how many young people are benefiting from the Knives cost Lives programme, which not only offers plenty of activities to keep them off the streets, but educates them too. “We know the devastating effects knife crime can have on our communities and so programmes such as this one are essential. “It is great that the force is able to

support such projects through the community cashback fund and it was an absolute privilege to meet Berna and Teresa, who have run activities such as this in Huyton for almost 20 years, along with the dedicated volunteers that help with the project. “Their commitment to the communities of Huyton is evident and the work they are doing to educate young people about knife crime is invaluable.

It’s fantastic to see how many young people are benefiting from the Knives cost Lives programme

“Knives cost Lives has already educated so many young people in the Huyton area and I hope it continues for a long time to come.” Berna Thompson, who runs the Knives cost Lives programme said: “We are delighted to have received this valuable funding from the Police as we all know sadly knife crime is now a topic on every parents mind. “The thought of your child going out and not coming home is horrific. What we don’t want to do is scare our children, we need to reassure them that people are working to break this down. “Knife crime is a really complex issue and it’s everyone’s responsibility to help try and combat the serious dangers that are out there, that could potentially affect our children. “We all have to work together to help improve our young people’s life chances, choices and opportunities. “Education is key, knowledge is key, the more they learn about this subject the more they can protect themselves from harm or becoming involved.”


8 October 2019

challenge entertainment What’s On October TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER NORDIC WALKING AT HALEWOOD PARK 11am – 12pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood L26 7XB. Regular Nordic Walks at Halewood Park led by qualified instructors. Knowsley residents only. All abilities welcome. Poles and instruction provided. Meet at 10.45.am at the Environment Centre. For more information please contact Darren Wilson, Green Space Ranger, 0151 488 6151 MEMORY LANE - KNOWSLEY DEMENTIA CARE SUPPORT (WHISTON) 1:30pm – 4:30pmThe Robert Foulkes Centre, Brook Street, Whiston L35 5AP. Our aim is to provide emotional & practical support to carers - respite groups, functions, advice. We also endeavour to provide stimulating care for those with dementia. You MUST phone first and book on to this session Contact details: 07858 032 490, kdcsmemorylane@live.co.uk www.kdcsmemorylane.co.uk RUNNING SESSIONS (AGES 16 - ADULT) - HALEWOOD 6:50pm – 8:00pm Halewood Environment Centre, Okell Drive, Halewood L26 7XB. Road running sessions delivered by Knowsley Harriers Athletics Club for both beginners and more experienced runners. Ages 16+. Free. See www.knowsleyharriers.com/ for further details WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER TASK DAYS AT COURT HEY PARK 10am – 12pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley L16 3NA. Interested in volunteering in your local park, come and join us every Wednesday. Meet at the Ranger/Friends room. For more information please contact Karen Brady, Green Space Ranger, 0151 443 3114 KNIT AND NATTER (OVER 50S) - (ROBY) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, 93 Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Knitting, crocheting, sewing and a good natter, with various other crafts available on request. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, enquiries@aukmm.org.uk , www.ageuk.org.uk/midmersey CENTRE 63 YOUTH CLUB - (KIRKBY) 4:30pm – 8:30pm Centre 63 Youth Club, Church of England Youth Centre, Kirkby L32 5TH. The Youth club in Centre 63 is open access for all young people aged 8 - 25 living in Knowsley. The Youth Club focuses on giving Young People a safe and friendly environment to come and socialise with their peers, develop social skills, community awareness and participate in positive projects and activities. 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 THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER BEGINNERS WALKING - STADT MOERS 11am – 12pm Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Beginners walking 1miles (approx.45 minutes) Please call 489 1239 for more information REBOUND KIDZ (AGES 8-11) 4pm – 5pmRebound - 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 £6/week Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes

YOGA (ADULTS) 6pm – 7pm Rebound - Dance, Fitness & Well Being, Huyton Gateway, Huyton L36 9TE. A community yoga class open to all ages and abilities. Stretch, tone, improve balance etc. Also helps with relaxation and sleep. Spare mats available. Price: £4. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 www.reboundcic.co.uk/classes

FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER ROBY HUB LUNCH CLUB (65+) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, Merton Crescent, Roby, L36 4LD. Enjoy a hot twocourse meal and pleasant company at our lunch club. Booking is essential as places are limited. For further details and to book your place contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, yvonnerea@aukmm.org.uk www.ageuk.org.uk/midmersey 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 5 OCTOBER MAMMAL IDENTIFICATION @ TEN ACRE PITS 10am – 12pm Ten Acre Pits, Acacia Avenue, Huyton L36 5TW. Come along and see what mammals are living in Ten Acre Pits. For more information please call: 0151 443 3114

mobile zoo, slime laboratory, homemade bath bombs, virtual edge climbing wall, board games, bingo and circus skills. For further information call Lauren on 0151 443 5323

TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER INTERMEDIATE WALKING - HALEWOOD 1pm – 3pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood L26 7XB. Intermediate walking 34 miles (approx. 2 hours) Please call 488 6151 for more information 1982 (HUYTON) SQUADRON ROYAL AIR FORCE AIR CADETS (AGES 12-18) 7:00pm – 9:30pm Air Cadet Hut, The Park, Rydal Road, Huyton, L36 5UX. The RAF Air Cadets is a youth organisation for 12-18 year olds 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: 0151 449 3012, Mobile: 07766 810695 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

SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER MALVERN SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB (AGES 4-6 AND 7+) - (HUYTON) 11am – 12pm Dovecot MAC, Back Dovecot Place, Dovecot, L14 9BA. Classes teaching Shotokan Karate to children and adults. Affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain. Britain’s Largest single Style Karate Association. For ages 4-6 and 7+ . Cost £5. Contact: Chris Cray - 07595258345 MONDAY 7 OCTOBER 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. DIGITAL WORKSHOP (OVER 50S) - (ROBY) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, 93 Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. A digital workshop designed to get older people up to speed with technology and connected to our increasingly technological society. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, enquiries@aukmm.org.uk FIRST STEP FIT PRESCOT 3:00pm – 4:15pm Tesco Community Room, Tesco Prescot, Cables Retail Park, Prescot L34 5NQ. A low impact chair based class for adults wanting to improve fitness, mobility and well being. Coffee and chat included all welcome. Funded by Knowsley Better Together fund. Price: £3. Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 FAMILY NIGHT @ OURPLACE YOUTH FACILITY 5:30pm – 8:00pm Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG. Open to the whole family (under 18s MUST be accompanied by an adult) Refreshments are provided All activities are 100% FREE!! Activities include: gaming, pool & table tennis, arts & crafts, the

WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER TASK DAYS AT COURT HEY PARK 10am – 12pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA. Interested in volunteering in your local park, come and join us every Wednesday 10am. Meet at the Ranger/Friends room. For more information please contact Karen Brady, Green Space Ranger, 0151 443 3114 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. 1ST KIRKBY SCOUT GROUP – SCOUTS 8:00pm – 9:30pm Kirkby Scout Centre, Old Rough Lane, Kirkby L33 0YD. The Scout Section is for young people usually aged between 10½ and 14 years. A young person can come in to the troop at 10 and may move up to Explorer Scouts between 13½ and 14½ years old. The Scout Troop is the third and final Section in the Scout Group. Contact details: Clare Forshaw, 07540 335587, info@1stkirkbyscouts.org.uk www.1stkirkbyscouts.org.uk/ THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER 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 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: £3.50 or any two for £6/week Contact Rebound Dance & Health, 0151 489 4616 FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER 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 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 12 OCTOBER KNOWSLEY PARKRUN - (WHISTON) 9am – 10am Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Every Saturday morning, Stadt Moers Park in 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. To take part in parkrun as a runner or to volunteer, just visit the Knowsley parkrun website - and register. MONDAY 14 OCTOBER KNOWSLEY VILLAGE ART GROUP (ADULTS) 10:00am – 12:30pm The Bob Whiley Community Centre, Shop Road, Knowsley Village L34 0HD. Local art group for adults run by excellent teacher. For further information please contact: John Newton Contact Number 0151 546 4769 MEN’S AFTERNOON BREAK (FOR MEN AGED 55+)(ROBY) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, 93 Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Various activities and interests for men. Come along and have a coffee and chat or play a game of pool, badminton, table tennis, darts, and much more. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, enquiries@aukmm.org.uk SWANSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE - AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (AGES 5-10) 3:30pm – 5:00pm Swanside Community Centre, Willoughby Road, Huyton L14 6XA. For ages 5-10 years With healthy snacks, loft of craft and lots of outside play. For more information please call 0151 489 2370 TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 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. For


October 2019 9 further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061, enquiries@aukmm.org.uk 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 4-11. Classes in dance, drama & singing. For ages 4-6yrs, 4.15pm - 5pm. 7-11yrs - there are 3 classes 5-6pm Dance Class, 6-7pm drama class 7pm - singing class. Ring for costs. Call Jane: 07595 538755 Email: Huyton_arts@live.com WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER KNIT AND NATTER (OVER 50S) - (ROBY) 1pm – 3pm Roby Community Hub, 93 Merton Crescent, Roby L36 4LD. Knitting, crocheting, sewing and a good natter, with various other crafts available on request. For further details please contact Yvonne Rea 0151 559 3061 LIVERPOOL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY - WEEKLY PUBLIC MEETING AT THE LEIGHTON OBSERVATORY 7pm – 9pm Leighton Observatory, Pex Hill, Cronton WA8 5QW. Weekly public meetings are held every Wednesday evening (except at Christmas week), between 19:00 (7 PM) and 21:00 (9 PM) local time (e.g. 7pm BST in summer, 7pm UTC in winter) in the Liverpool Astronomical Society’s Leighton Observatory. Children who wish to visit must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER Nordic Walking at Court Hey Park 10am – 12pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley L16 3NA. 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

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 FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER SWANSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE - AFTERNOON TEA FOR OVER 60S 1pm – 3pm Swanside Community Centre, Willoughby Road, Huyton L14 6XA. Come along and join us today for some wonderful company with inspirational people... Good company, laughter & belonging is proven to lift your heart. Cost £4.00 for the afternoon tea, we sometimes have a singer visiting us and on those occasions the cost is £5.00 for the tea and the singer. For more information please call 0151 489 2370 MONDAY 21 OCTOBER 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 07771 550843 KNOWSLEY VILLAGE YOUTH CLUB 5:45pm – 8:15pm 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 5323 TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER INTERMEDIATE WALKING - HALEWOOD 1pm – 3pm Halewood Park, Okell Drive. Halewood L26 7XB. Intermediate walking 34 miles (approx. 2 hours) Please call 488 6151 for more information

Wizard of Oz lands in Knowsley this Christmas! Year after year, families look forward to Knowsley’s annual Christmas panto and we can now announce this years’ is the musical fantasy film, The Wizard of Oz! Trio Entertainment will be back with another staple larger-than-life performance involving catchy songs and brilliant dance routines. Join the lovely Dorothy, the brainless scarecrow, the loveable tinman, and the cowardly lion on an adventure of a lifetime to the Land of Oz. Help the gang on their quest to stop the evil powers of the Wicked Witch of the West and finally meet the almighty and powerful Wizard of Oz.

This classic story proves good always conquers evil! Eastenders’ Melissa Suffield will be playing Dorothy, X Factor’s Sohelia Clifford will be the Wicked Witch, and Harry Potter’s Chris Rankin will be playing the Wizard of Oz. Back by popular demand is Tom Balmont who will be taking on the role as the scarecrow. This Christmas treat is fun for all of the family. Performances are at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on Saturday 7 December at 7pm and Sunday 8 December at 1pm and 5pm Tickets range from £9. You can get your tickets online or call Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on 0151 443 2200.

CHALLENGE COMPETITION The Challenge and Knowsley Council have joined together to give you a chance to win a family ticket (two adults and two children). Just answer the question below: What colour is the brick road which Dorothy follows? Simply send your answers on a postcard to The Challenge Wizard of Oz Competition, Pacific Chambers, Suite 4, 11-13 Victoria Street, Liverpool L2 5QQ or email: thechallenge@merseymirror.com Answers must be received by Thursay 21st November 2019

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 WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER 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 W.I.K.E.D. DANCE (AGES 14+) 7:00pm – 8:30pm 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 07954 134599 or Julie 07828 092219 for further details. THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER ADVANCED WALKING - STADT MOERS 12:15pm – 3:30pm Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG. Advanced walking 4-6 miles (approx. 3 hours) Please call 489 1239 for more information YOUTH CLUB FOR AGE 12+ (HALEWOOD) 6:30pm – 9:30pm Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT. Youth Club for age 12+ - Tuesday and Thursday 6.30pm - 9.30pm £1 Contact: Mark Nelson, 0151 486 2865, MONDAY 28 OCTOBER HALLOWEEN HORRORS AT COURT HEY PARK 1pm – 3pm Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool L16 3NA. A spooky afternoon of Halloween Horrors. Family fun,

making ghostly ghouls, batty bats and witches, also come and get your face painted ready for Halloween. For more information please call: 0151 443 3114 WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER HALLOWEEN HORRORS @ TEN ACRE PITS 1pm – 3pm Ten Acre Pits, Acacia Avenue, Huyton L36 5TW. A spooky afternoon of Halloween Horrors. Family fun, making ghostly ghouls, batty bats and witches, also come and get your face painted ready for Halloween. For more information please call: 0151 443 3114 THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER HALLOWEEN HORRORS @ MCGOLDRICK PARK 1pm – 3pm McGoldrick Park, Rydal Road, Huyton L36 5UX. A spooky afternoon of Halloween Horrors. Family fun, making ghostly ghouls, batty bats and witches, also come and get your face painted ready for Halloween. For more information please call: 0151 443 3114 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


10 October 2019

Weather fails to dampen spirits Whilst the last weekend of August brought torrential rain and signalled the end of summer it certainly didn’t dampen the spirit of 1982 Huyton Air Cadets’ Gold Duke of Edinburgh group as they set out on their assessed expedition in the Keswick area of the Lake District. The Duke of Edinburgh award encourages young people to develop interpersonal skills as they work through each element of the award; developing a new skill, stretching their fitness and offering their time to support a good cause. In addition participants are encouraged to demonstrate self sufficiency, leadership and teamwork whilst navigating a four day expedition using a map and compass. Completion of the award is no mean feat, it requires perseverance and resilience to walk 18km per day, up steep hills carrying full kit. To add to the challenge the group were faced with sideways rain and winds up to 30mph. The last cadet from Huyton Air Cadets to achieve their Gold award was now Plt Off Williams in 2009, ten years ago. The week saw seven cadets complete their expedition and they will be invited to the palace in London to receive their awards in 2020. The cadets reflected on their week, “Completing the expedition was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, it has tested us physically and mentally and I’ve proved to myself I can do anything I put my mind to”.

Appeal after shooting

Two Knowsley businesses receive prestigious Queen’s Awards Two Knowsley businesses had been awarded prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. This month the awards arrived and both companies were presented with their stunning accolades. First up was Roberts Recycling Ltd. The brothers, based in Huyton were honoured as the winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade for 2019. This is the highest accolade for exporting success. Based in the Huyton Business Park, Robert’s Recycling was established in 2012 by and export new and used clothes. It has been recognised for its growth and excellence in the export of new and used clothes to a number of international destinations. The brothers said that they believe their strategic location in Knowsley has contributed towards their export success. Just a few days later Tratos held a ceremony in their premises in Knowsley Business Park. The team were presented with their Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. Tratos is a global company, which manufactures in Britain and Italy and sells to more than 50 countries around the world. The company has invested heavily in new plant, equipment and

test facilities in the UK and is committed to staying innovationfocused. Their Queen’s award was specifically a new cable sheathing compound that can shrug off the most corrosive elements and protect cable function in the harshest of environments.

Man arrested and drugs, cash and suspected illegal cigarettes seized in Huyton Police officers in Knowsley have arrested a man and seized drugs, cash, cigarettes and a knife following the stop-check of a car in Huyton on Thursday 26 September. At around 8.15pm, a VW Golf was sighted on the M57 and was followed into Huyton towards Princess Drive, where it was stopped due the nature of the driving and a smell of cannabis. The driver was searched and a large amount of cash found. Following the further search, cannabis, a large quantity of cash, a multi-tool with a knife blade, and a large quantity of cigarettes and tobacco were seized. The man was detained.

Merseyside Police are appealing for information following an injury shooting in Kirkby on Saturday evening 21 September 2019. Emergency services were called at about 8.50pm to reports at a man had been shot once in the leg and was on Bigdale Drive in Northwood. The victim was taken to hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable, and his injury is not believed to be life-threatening. Officers attended and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the incident, including the precise location of the shooting. A forensic examination of the medical centre is taking place, house-to-house enquiries are being carried out in the area and officers will be looking to establish if there is CCTV footage which could help them identify the offenders. Detective Inspector Holly Chance said: “The investigation into this incident is in

its early stages and motive for the attack is currently unknown, but we are treating it as a targeted attack. “We want to get a clearer picture of why it happened, and who is responsible and appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident, or who saw anyone acting suspiciously shortly before or after to come forward. “If you were driving nearby and have a dashcam camera please check to see if you have picked anything up on the camera as it may be helpful to our inquiries and could assist us in identifying the offenders.” Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information which could help detectives with their inquiries, is asked to contact @MerPolCC, 101 quoting reference 1033 of 21 September or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Knowsley to invest £2m in cycling routes Knowsley council is to sign off a cycling and walking project to link Prescot to Cronton via the planned Halsnead Garden Village. The route will Cronton and Prescot via Stadt Moers Park, and will tie into out routes being brought forward by Halton Council, continuing into Widnes and the Trans Pennine Trail. The major interventions include an on-road cycleway from the junction of Liverpool Road and Manchester Road through to Carr Lane in Prescot; a newly-constructed offroad cycle link between Carr Lane and Stadt Moers Park; and a cycle link between the park and Pottery Lane. There will also be improvements to road marking and signage to existing cycle routes between Pottery Lane and Cronton Avenue in Whiston; cycle links between Foxes Bank Lane and Penny Lane in Cronton; and a further link from Penny Lane to Sandy Lane, also in Cronton. Knowsley is now looking to tender for a design-and-build contractor for the scheme, which has been supported by a £1.6m grant from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. The route also passes through the proposed Halsnead Garden Village, set to provide 1,600 homes, 55.5 acres of employment land, a country park, a primary school, and community and leisure facilities. The site covers 430 acres at the junction of the M57 and M62, to the south of Whiston, and historically formed part of the Halsnead Park estate. The Combined Authority agreed a £12m grant to Knowsley Council for other access, including roads, in July this year.


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CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR PRESCOT Prescot is celebrating Christmas early as it is named the winner of a national competition. The town centre has won £10,000 worth of Christmas lights and a musical performance for the switch on event, in a popular contest organised by Revive and Thrive. Prescot Business Club entered the competition on behalf of the town centre, with a short video which focussed on the fascinating history and heritage of the town. Prescot was shortlisted alongside ten other places; Cambridge, Chippenham, Grimsby, Kidsgrove, Northam, Putney, Soho Road, Swaffham and Willesden Green. It was announced earlier this month that Prescot stood out from the other entries and was named the winning town. Louise Gillespie, from Jessie and Co. said: “We are so happy with this news, it really is amazing for Prescot. “We were up against some tough competition but our business community is so passionate about our town and I think this really came across in our entry and was recognised by the judges. “I’m looking forward to working with Blachere to create something really special for Prescot and to help make it an extra magical Christmas for the town.” Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council said: “This is fantastic news for Prescot! I am thrilled that our local businesses have worked together to represent the town and to show how special Prescot is. This is a great example of how the local community can really pull together to achieve such a positive result.

“We have so many great things already happening in the town and come Christmas time, Prescot will really shine.” Ronnie Brown, managing director of Blachere Illumination Ltd, said: “Once again the judging of this competition was difficult with so many great videos and the passion shown by the presenters. “Prescot are worthy winners of the £10,000 worth of Christmas lights plus the Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons tribute band, The Jerseys for their switch on.” The prize includes £10,000 worth of Christmas lights for Prescot town centre, supplied by Blachere Illuminations, Christmas light specialists, plus a musical performance from The Jerseys at the Christmas light switch on event.

Kirkby town centre plans take another step forward In preparation for the council’s plans to step in and redevelop Kirkby town centre, work has commenced on the demolishing the former St Chad’s clinic on St Chad’s Drive. The first stage of work will be the installation of site hoardings around the site, which will also be extended with temporary fencing to prevent car parking next to the building. This to ensure the health and safety of everyone around the site whilst the demolition works are underway. The council has been asked if the building could be re-used by the community. The building is in a very poor condition and any future occupier would need to find around £150,000 to bring it up to standard, as well as a significant maintenance budget to keep on top of its condition thereafter. It has been vacant for quite some time, during which time the council has received no practical interest from any potential user. The demolition is expected to take around 6-8 weeks and work will also commence on the construction of a temporary car park at the site, which can be used for town centre and Kirkby Market visitors. It is hoped that the car park will be completed in time for Christmas.


12 October 2019

Picnic in the Park, Western Style A Wild West themed ‘Picnic in the Park’ at Eaton Street was another resounding success. The sun shone, music played thanks to Rufus Hok & Tom Barrie, everyone chowed down on hot dogs and then tried to ride the Rodeo bull. The Mayor of Prescot Pat Cook who is also a long serving volunteer of the Friends of Eaton Street Park (FOESP) opened the event, judged the best dressed teddy competition then line danced with the other volunteers. Wild West games for big and little kids were organised by the Naughty Indians, there was craftmaking for the kids, a visit from Betty and Bertie Bee the FOESP mascots who line danced for the cowboys and indians pleasure. Joanne Burke, chair of FOESP said: “Our philosophy is to focus our efforts on making memories not money and we certainly did that today, thanks to our really dedicated volunteers”.


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Celebrate a special connection with Knowsley A delegation of international alumni and their families have visited Knowsley and the site of the former Malayan Teachers’ Training College (MTTC) in Kirkby where they trained between 1952 and 1962. The group from Malaysia met with local people at the Archive Resource Knowsley (ARK) in Kirkby Library to reminisce and share fond memories of their time in Knowsley before a visit to the site of the college where they studied in Kirkby. After World War II the Government established temporary colleges in different parts of the country due to a shortage of teachers. The Liverpool Corporation used Kirkby Fields’ former World War II munition workers’ barracks as a teacher training college until 1951. There was also an urgent need for English teachers in Malaya after the Second World War and in 1952 the facilities in Kirkby Fields were handed over to the Malayan Teachers’ Training College which was based there until its closure in 1962. The college trained over 1,900 young Malayans to teach in schools in their Malaya homeland (now Malaysia). It was also at the college, on 7 February 1956, that the Malayan Government first announced to the world that Malaya would become an independent nation on 31 August 1957. The area is now Granborne Chase, a

plaque now commemorates the college on the green, which marks the centre of the original college site. Cllr Aston, cabinet member for resources, said: “It has been wonderful to welcome back the Malayan alumni and their families to Knowsley. The group

remember their time here with such fondness and it’s been a privilege to hear about the impact their time in Knowsley has had on their lives. “A new ARK exhibition has been mounted in celebration of the special visit showcasing the many interesting items

and photos the Malayan’s have donated to the archive. It’s well worth a visit!” The ARK’s new exhibition features films of the students’ arrival in the 1950s and the ARK’s ‘Malayan Connection’ film produced in 2017 as part of the 60th anniversary visit celebrations.


14 October 2019

CHALLENGE EDUCATION

News from around the region Rainford High’s PE Department awarded Quality Mark

The PE Department at Rainford High celebrating at the Educate Awards.

The PE Department at Rainford High is celebrating after being given a Quality Mark with Distinction by the Association for Physical Education (afPE) for ‘demonstrating outstanding commitment to improvement in Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity’. The school heavily prides its self on a rich and varied sports curriculum, together with an innovative extracurricular programme. The accessors commended Rainford High on its relevant ‘student-centred’ curriculum throughout KS3, Core KS4, KS5 which has breadth and depth. It noted that its offering is appropriate and adaptable to the needs and aspirations of all students and with an inspirational provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). In addition, afPE recognised the school’s extremely impressive success in local, regional, national competitions in a plethora of sports and activities, together with very

successful examination results. The quality of teaching was also applauded, noting that all nine PE staff and SEND PE specialists are committed to the highest quality of teaching each and every day. Gary Makin, head of PE at Rainford High, said: “We are all absolutely ecstatic to receive a Quality Mark with Distinction by the afPE. “We have all worked hard to ensure the sporting provision at Rainford High is the best in the borough and by receiving such an accolade I feel that this solidifies it.” The school will receive a certificate, an engraved plaque and will be listed on the afPE Quality Mark webpage. In addition, the Association will submit a report to the Department for Education (DfE) which will include details of the successful applicants. Testimony to this, the school has also won the Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School award three times at the Educate Awards, most recently last year.

Pupil returns to where it all began

A Knowsley school are celebrating the return of one their ex-pupils, in 2007 one of their outstanding children, Katy Hamlin, left Cronton CE Primary School to start the next journey of her education in high school. Always an exceptional student, Katy built on the foundations learned at Cronton CE, and continued to thrive, moving through high school, college and university, finally completing a PGCE course with Mersey Borough Initial Teacher Training. Headteacher Mrs Thomson, said: “We are so very pleased to say that she graduated this year as a fully qualified teacher, and we were proud to offer her a teaching position here at Cronton. “She started with us as a pupil in September 1999 and started with us as a teacher in September 2019 – almost exactly 20 years later, coming full circle from being here as a child to joining the excellent teachers in our school supporting the next generation of children”.


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Lucy Represents GB for Waterpolo Championships 17-year-old Lucy Mills recently took a break from her studies at Winstanley College to compete in the GB Ladies’ Under 17s European Waterpolo Championships in Volos, Greece. Lucy who is from Croft and a previous student at Culcheth High, has been a waterpolo player since the age of seven, following in the foot splashes of her father and grandfather who was a coach and referee for Tyldesley’s waterpolo team. Lucy, who plays in centre field position, has worked her way up to professional level which has brought the opportunity for travel to competitions and training camps in Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania and most recently the championships in Greece. Sixteen teams competed in the championships with the GB team finishing in 12th position with some great games against countries where waterpolo is a recognised national sport. The visit to Greece was particularly special for Lucy as many of her family, including her elderly grandfather were able to travel out to support her. Lucy’s dad, Chris Mills, said: “We are so proud of Lucy’s achievements. It was an emotional trip for us with her grandad making the journey out to see her too.

“She balances her studies and rigorous training perfectly. As soon as we came back Lucy was back into training for the next competition as well as starting the second year of her A-levels in English Language, business and PE at college.”

Lucy in action in Volos, Greece

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16 October 2019

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Award-winning Knowsley charity the Big Help Project welcomed Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram to their newest retail outlet ‘Painting Green’ recently, when he visited the project on 28th August and declared the new site officially open. The outlet in Elm Street, Huyton, operates as part of Community Repaint, which collects surplus paint otherwise destined for landfill, remanufactures it and sells it alongside new, discounted ranges from suppliers including Farrow and Ball. Since starting the Knowsley franchise in 2016, the Big Help Project’s Community RePaint scheme has distributed 45,000 litres of paint to individuals and housing associations each year and has raised over £250,000 to support the wider work of the Big help Project in alleviating poverty across Knowsley and the wider city region. Upon opening Painting Green, Steve said: “This environmentally-friendly scheme is a great example of the Big

Help Project supporting the local community in a small way, which fits nicely alongside the fantastic wider work they do to tackle the scourge of poverty in Knowsley and beyond. Offering affordable recycled paint not only makes financial sense, but it is good for our environment to. I’m sure we’d all rather see the paint go on walls and ceilings in people’s homes and community centres, rather than it be dumped in the ground with all the ecological damage that causes”. Simon Cowie, Community RePaint manager, said: “It was an honour to welcome Steve to open our new premises today, and to share this exciting new venture with him. Painting Green is already thriving as a community resource, and we are confident that we will make a huge difference to the lives of our customers looking to brighten up their homes, and of course the environment that we all share, through repurposing paint that would otherwise go to landfill.”


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Full marks for holiday sessions in the park For the Second year during the school holidays Friends of Eaton Street Park (FOESP) have linked up with Knowsley’s Children’s Centres, Family Choices, One Knowsley and Prescot Town Council to deliver free family fun and activity with lunch included in a beautiful green space. Activities included KingSyze graffiti Art sessions, childrens entertainers Little Scamps, Kabs Kids, Dozy Dave and Mr Tumble. Children were also introduced to beautiful birds of prey. Bettylicious Cooks and Alchemic Kitchen taught families how to use up surplus food and transform it into delicious dishes and Volair provided physical trainers who put the kids through their paces. The Children’s Centre staff provided soft play, arts and crafts, glitter tattoos, advice and support whilst FOESP delivered close to 2000 lunches and each Wednesday. Eaton Street Park saw between 200 and 500 people visit. Chair of FOESP, Joanne Burke said: “The school holidays can be a financial burden for many of the families in our community, this partnership of likeminded organisations facilitated a brilliant solution. “It has been hard but very worthwhile work and I would personally like to thank my fellow FOESP volunteers Tracey Murray, Chris Gore, Kai Taylor, Pat Cook, Jean Fletcher, Julie Clark, Marianne Burke-Thompson, Karen Bassnett, Tay Large, Suzanne Pilkington and Thomas Smith who gave over 240 volunteer hours. “We have also formed a wonderful working relationship with Children's Centre staff who once again were super professional and delivered above and beyond”.


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Kirkby charity rescuing unwanted furniture from the scrap heap A Knowsley charity is celebrating this Recycle Week after clinching finance to rescue and repair unwanted furniture from house clearances. Kirkby-based Centre 63 has received the money for the ‘Remake Yourself Hub’ which will see furniture from house clearances refurbished and distributed free of charge to local residents in need. The organisation will also run demonstrations and workshops for young people in Kirkby on how to upcycle unwanted furniture. Centre 63 provides community education, activities, initiatives and recreation for young people in Knowsley. The £8000 of funding for the project has come from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund, which was set up to help support waste prevention, re-use and recycling projects locally. The upcycling demonstrations will include learning all aspects of furniture restoration including how to repair, re-

upholster, and polish and paint using distressing techniques. Many items are also sold through an on-site shop, the www.centre63.org.uk, website and events such as a regular Sunday car boot sale. Cheryl Roach, Centre 63 business development manager, said: “Recycle Week is a great chance for us to shout extra loudly about our Remake Yourself Hub. This project will ensure that the young people taking part have the knowledge and skills to refurbish and repair rather than having to buy new.” Recycle Week 2019 (taking place from 23rd to 29th September) is the annual celebration of recycling, delivered nationally by Recycle Now. It is now in its 15th year. The week is being used by Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) to highlight what options people have when it comes to recycling and managing their household waste. Councillor Tony Concepcion,

Knowsley older people’s information market place A range of information events have been arranged in Knowsley which support the priorities of the Knowsley Older People’s Strategy 2018-2021. The older people’s information marketplace will take place from Monday, 30 September to Friday, 4 October in a range of locations across the borough. The events aim to highlight the wealth of support and information available to older people in Knowsley and importantly, how to access it. This includes information and advice around legal, property and financial matters as well as utility, care and health services. They are all issues that Knowsley’s older population have highlighted as key issues and priorities when the strategy was getting developed. Come along and speak to a range of professionals from the various agencies who are supporting and delivering the strategy as well as pick up information on the following dates and locations – all from 11am until 3pm:Monday, 30 September Kirkby Leisure Centre Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby, L32 8SA Tuesday, 1 October

Halewood Leisure Centre Bailey’s Lane, Halewood, L26

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Old School House St John’s Road, Huyton, L36 0UX

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Prescot Town Hall 1 Warrington Road, Prescot, L34 5QX The Knowsley Older People’s Strategy has been developed by a range of partner agencies in Knowsley in consultation with older people living in the borough. The agencies include Knowsley Council, Knowsley Older People’s Voice, Knowsley’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), North West Borough Health; Mersey Travel, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy and Information service and Knowsley Carers and the Alzheimer’s Society. If you are unable to attend an event but would like further information about a specific issue, please contact David Aspin, Older People’s Involvement Officer, on 0151 449 3954 or email david.aspin@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

chairperson of MRWA, said: “Recycling, re-use and waste prevention are crucial elements of the climate change emergency – people need to consume

less and use more of what is already out there. Centre 63 are a great example of the many local organisations giving people the skills to do just that.”

Trans Pennine Trail celebrates its 30th Anniversary From dipping your toes in the sea, visiting tumbling waterfalls, historic geology, beautiful canals, tranquil greenways and quiet country lanes, the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT for short) has it all. Starting in Southport the TPT winds its way across the north of England to Hornsea…but that’s not all. For added interest there are also spurs that will take you to Kirkburton, Leeds, Chesterfield and York, providing you over 370 miles (575 km) of route to enjoy. Many sections are also part of the National Cycle Network. So how did it all start? In 1986 Barnsley Council recognised the disused railways presented potential for major greenways with the possibility of extending them into adjoining authorities. Following a feasibility study in 1987 an initial network was recognised and Partnership meetings along with initial construction work began in 1989. Today the TPT now passes through twenty-seven separate local authority areas with a vision, ‘To establish the Trans Pennine Trail as a nationally recognised accessible recreational route for walks, cycling and horse riding’. Liverpool is a great place to access the TPT for your adventure further afield. The trail takes you all the way along the traffic free Liverpool Loop Line from Aintree in the North to Halewood Village in the south with spurs and links leading you to a fabulous range of activities and sights. It’s easy to access all the attractions in

the city centre: museums and galleries; Beatles attractions (A TPT alternative route runs along Penny Lane); China Town; Pier Head; the Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals; shops; Sefton Park and the glass pavilion; The National Wildflower Centre; Otterspool promenade; Mersey waterfront and the Albert Dock. If you’re feeling hungry there are so many places to choose from as well as a range of theatres if you fancy taking in a show. If you’re a local group that uses the Trail in Liverpool and would like to use one of your events to help celebrate the TPT’s 30th Anniversary, please get in touch with the national TPT Office as they’d love to help promote your event (email: info@transpenninetrail.org.uk).


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Winter is coming! Winter is here, and unless you live in the tropics, youʼll need some high tech cold-weather gear to warm you up, keep you safe, and make your chillyweather adventures much more fun. Whether you love exploring the great outdoors or just want to stay warm and toasty at your workplace, these smart winter gadgets will surely help you get through the season in style. PureMate Soothing Heated Foot Warmer Massager £15

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Chorizo and butterbean stew with baked potatoes Preparation time less than 30 mins Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hour Serves Serves 4 Ingredients 4 baking potatoes (200g/7oz each) 200g/7oz cooking chorizo, sliced 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes with onion and garlic 2 x 400g tins butter beans, drained 50g/1¾oz fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper Method Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and microwave on a high heat for 5–6 minutes. Season well with salt. Bake for 10–15 minutes, or until

tender. (If you don’t have a microwave, bake for 1 hour at 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7). Meanwhile, dry-fry the chorizo in a large saucepan over a medium heat for 4–5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 12–15 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring often. Season and stir in the basil. Serve the stew with the baked potatoes.


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Mind your language! To celebrate the recent European Languages Day, a new study has been released showing that being multilingual is on the rise, with second languages helping in the office. Online language recruitment specialists, Top Language Jobs, have released their survey findings to highlight how Brits are using languages to benefit their careers. Over half of the population who speak more than one language say they use it actively in their job. With, 68% of people saying it directly benefits their career, through opportunities or even, better pay. If you are thinking about learning another language, here are some top funny phrases to get you through: French: I have other cats to whip Meaning: I have no time, I have other things to do!

Meaning: You can cover something up, but doesn’t change what it is

Swedish: There’s no cow on the ice Meaning: There is no reason to worry

Turkish: Those that want yoghurt in winter, must carry a cow in their pockets Meaning: You have to do what it takes to achieve your goals

Italian: Not all doughnuts come with a hole Meaning: Things do not always go as well as you would like

Hungarian: Don’t make an elephant out of a mosquito Meaning: Don’t make an issue bigger than it is

Polish: Did you fall from a Christmas tree? Meaning: You are not well informed, and it shows.

Greek: Too many opinions sink the ship Meaning: Too many people commenting on an issue makes it worse, keep it simple

German: Air castle Meaning: An idea that’s unlikely to come true Spanish: A monkey dressed in silk, is still a monkey

Welsh: Will is a good horse Meaning: Having the willingness to do things will see you succeed

Willowbrook hospice – providing ‘The Best Care delivered with compassion for our community’ Willowbrook Hospice recently launched its’ Strategic Plan for 2019-2022. The Strategy which was developed in conjunction with patients, staff and volunteers describes what the Prescot based hospice will do and its’ aspirations including their vision, values and (the nine key priorities) which will be tackled over the next three years. The nine priorities outlined in the strategy document are: • Consolidation of existing service provision • Accommodation review • Increased carer support for pre and post bereavement care • Partnership working • Provision of support and services to more people with life-limiting illness • Respite and response service • People strategy • Fundraising strategy • Communications strategy Dr Paula Powell, medical director at Willowbrook said: “Our strategy highlights Willowbrook’s continued commitment to providing the ‘best care, delivered with compassion for our community’, allowing people with life limiting illnesses to have access to the best possible palliative care when they need it and where they need it. We aim to achieve this through caring for our patients and carer, educating others to deliver the best quality care and reaching out to the community.” For more information on Willowbrook’s strategy, please visit: www.willowbrook.org.uk

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

NETHERLEY Netherley Youth & Community Initiative St Gregorys Church Damson Road, Netherley L27 8XR 6.30pm Helen 07779 266870

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WEST DERBY Linda 0151 256 1681 At The Crown Inn Leyfield Road West Derby, L12 7HX Tuesday 4.30pm & 6.30pm Suzanne 07855 278313

Monday CROXTETH Porchfield Community Centre Porchfield Close, Off Storrington Avenue 5PM Julie on 07779 538790 HUYTON The Old School House St. John’s Road, Huyton L36 0UT 5.30pm Zara 07854 721185 NETHERLEY Christ Church Brownbill Bank Netherley Liverpool L27 7AE 6.30pm Helen 07779 266870

Tuesday ECCLESTON St James Church Hall St Helens Road 9.00am, 11.00am, 4.30pm & 6.30pm Lynn 07739 167051 WEST DERBY The Crown Inn Leyfield Road West Derby, L12 7HX 9am & 11am Marji 07739 167048 NETHERLEY Woodlands Community Centre 16 Woodlands Square Liverpool, L27 5RZ Tuesday’s 9.30am 4.30pm & 6.30pm Helen 07779 266870

Wednesday DOVECOT The Holy Spirit Community Hall East Prescot Road L14 2EH 9.30am 4pm and 6pm Julie 07779 538790 PRESCOT St Pauls Parish Church, Bryer Road 4.30pm & 6.30pm Lisa 07720 979915 CROXTETH Porchfield Community Centre Off Storrington Avenue 5.30pm Shenley 07803 524716 Thursday CROXTETH PARK St Cuthberts Church (portacabin) Langley Close, Croxteth Park 5.00pm & 7.00pm Dawn Tel: 07732 845118

DOVECOT The Holy Spirit Community Hall East Prescot Road L14 2EH 7.30am and 9.30am Julie 07779 538790 Saturday NORRIS GREEN St Christophers Church Hall Lorenzo Drive 7.45am & 9.30am Debbie 07774 699694 PRESCOT Prescot Town Hall Warrington Road 8.00am & 10.00am Lynn 07739 167051 KNOWSLEY VILLAGE Holiday Inn express Ribblers Lane, Knowsley L34 9HA 8am, 10am Zara 07854 721185 WEST DERBY The Crown Inn Leyfield Road West Derby, L12 7HX Saturday 8am, 10am & 11.30am Marji 07739 167048 BELLE VALE Gateacre Comprehensive School Hedgefield Road, Belle Vale 9.00am Graeme 07775 918576


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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care We’re supporting a number of local and national campaigns throughout October – all helping to improve everyone’s health and wellbeing. Mental Health Awareness Day takes place on Thursday, 10 October. Looking after your mental health is just as important as your physical health. To support Mental Health Awareness Day, we’re sharing our ten ways to wellbeing – simple actions and activities which if done regularly, can make a real difference to how you feel and cope with the stresses and demands of life. These include:• keeping active (try a ten minute walk, gardening or doing housework all count!) • talk to your family or friends if you are worried, upset or feeling down • make time for yourself – it can help you to relax and recharge • keep in touch with others You can read more about the ten ways to wellbeing at www.healthyknowsley.co.uk If you’ve been thinking of giving up smoking but not got around to it, then take a look at the range of support available to you here in the borough through the Knowsley Stop Smoking service. Research shows smokers are four times more likely to quit for good with expert advice, support and medication on prescription. It’s never too late to quit and no matter how long you’ve smoked, quitting can reduce your chances of developing cancer and other smoking related illnesses. Some of the benefits are almost immediate and include improved energy and breathing, along with a better bank balance! In Knowsley, there’s a range of support available either online, over the phone, via text or through your local pharmacy. To find out more about the full range of support available to you, visit www.readytostopsmoking.org.uk

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“Don’t forget the girls” stresses suicide prevention charity The Office of National Statistics has released an important reminder that we must not forget the girls when it comes to issues of suicide. National charity PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide) said: “Despite having a low number of deaths overall, rates among the under 25s have increased in recent years, particularly 10 to 24 year-old females where the rate has increased significantly since 2012 to its highest level with 3.3 deaths per 100,000 females in 2018.’ Ged Flynn, chief executive of PAPYRUS, said: “It is well established that suicide is the leading cause of death among men particularly in their 40s and 50s. This is a serious concern indeed. However, we must never forget that suicide is the leading cause of death in all young people in the 10-34 age range. Today’s ONS data reminds us that women, and particularly young women, are self-injuring and ending their own lives in increasing numbers. “Every day, amid hundreds of contacts from men and caregivers to our own HOPELINEUK service, PAPYRUS hears from girls and young women who are finding life too difficult to bear just now. Many are at the point of suicide when they contact us. Many have little hope until they speak to PAPYRUS. “We must renew our efforts in this country to do all we can to intervene and stop preventable deaths among young men and women. Listening is good but we often need to offer more. Practical advice and safety planning are important. We can also engage emergency help to people in distress. This means sharing information to keep people suicide-safe. “PAPYRUS continues to be committed to give practical advice to parents and others who are concerned about young women and men who are having thoughts of suicide. This often involves engaging emergency services to get to a person quickly. We make no apology for this. “If we continue to collude with the silence that surrounds suicide, then I fear more young women and men will consider suicide. This is a national tragedy which needs to stop and now. “Don’t forget the girls. Open a conversation with the young women you know and talk about suicide. That may help to save a life.” For practical, confidential suicide prevention help and advice contact PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK tel 0800 068 41 41 text 07786 209 697 email pat@papyrus-uk.org

Do not get thirsty Did you know you need to drink plenty of fluids to stop you getting dehydrated. The government recommends drinking six to eight glasses every day. This is in addition to the fluid you get from the food you eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water, lower fat milk and lower sugar drinks, including tea and coffee, are healthier choices. Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks, as they’re high in calories. They’re also bad for your teeth. Even unsweetened fruit juice and smoothies are high in free sugar. Your combined total of drinks from fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies should not be more than 150ml a day, which is a small glass.


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Volunteers join in community clean-up

A team of volunteers from a Knowsleybased social impact business and housing provider got their hands dirty in order to support a community action day in Swanside. A group of 22 handy Knowsley Housing Trust and First Ark Group employees spent six hours painting, tiling, grass cutting, replacing gutters, trimming trees and hedgerow branches and litter picking at Roby Playing Fields, Roby Hub and Swanside Community Centre. The clean-up benefitted the local community as hundreds of local residents, including a number of primary schools, sports groups and families use the playing fields every year. The Community Action Day was organised by Swanside and Roby councillors to tidy-up a local shared green space and two community centres. Léann Hearne, group chief executive officer at First Ark Group, said: “This initiative brought communities in the area together to help refresh and clear-up local shared spaces used by our residents, who include members of football teams, dog walkers and community groups. “It’s important for our residents’ health and wellbeing to have access to local green spaces and be able to use a well-

maintained local community centre.” Swanside Councillor and Knowsley Council Leader Cllr Graham Morgan, said: “We’re grateful to Knowsley Housing Trust and First Ark Group for supporting this event, that we arranged to benefit the local community. “Roby Playing Fields, Roby Hub and Swanside Community Centre are all great resources for all residents to use.” Roby Councillor, Cllr Margaret Harvey, said: “We were overwhelmed with the response from our valued partner in terms of the number of employees and the donation of materials and a skip. This is an excellent example of collaboration and working better together for our communities.” All the green waste was be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way, by turning it into compost. Vivark, the Group’s facilities management service, liaised with Reconomy, a provider of outsourced recycling and resource management services, to source a skip to collect this in. All building materials worth £1,400, including wall tiles, gutter replacements, paint, lights and bollards were funded by a partnership between One Ark, the Group’s investment charity and the Travis Perkins Legacy Fund.

Appeal for missing teen Merseyside Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace missing 17-year-old, Daniel Privilege. Daniel was last seen at 12:32pm on Friday 16 August in the Huyton area but may now be in Blackpool. He is described as white, around 5ft 10, of proportionate build with collar length, curly mousey hair. When he was last seen he was wearing a tracksuit. Anyone that has seen Daniel or knows where he is should DM @MerPolCC or call 101.

NHS Foundation Trust welcome new non-executive director North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, have recently welcomed a new non-executive director, Innes Arnold, to the Trust Board. Innes will support the effective running of the Trust and brings with him a wealth of corporate management experience. The Trust Board brings together its team of executive directors with independent non-executive directors from outside the organisation to collectively lead the Trust, making sure that full and effective control over the Trust’s business is maintained. Innes has over 31 years of corporate management experience in the retail service sector and is on committees for several local voluntary groups, in addition to his school governor role. Since taking early retirement, Innes also became a professional rugby league match official. Innes said: “I have been a member of the Trust for over 10 years and was elected public governor for St Helens in early 2018. I consider it a huge privilege now to be appointed as a non-executive director for the Trust. “I will be fully committed to this role, utilising all my skills, knowledge and

experience to ensure I make a positive difference and add real value.” Helen Bellairs, Trust chairman, said: “I have enjoyed working with Innes through his role as a governor and I’m delighted he will now be joining our Trust Board. “Our non-executive directors play an important role in ensuring the Trust has robust systems in place to provide our service users and carers with reliable, safe, high-quality community based physical health, mental health and learning disability services.”

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OVER £60,000 DISTRIBUTED TO GOOD CAUSES IN AND AROUND KIRKBY A whole host of community projects, initiatives and groups in and around the Kirkby area have benefitted from this year’s Kirkby Neighbourhood Community Fund 2019. The fund is part of the agreement with Merseyside Energy Recovery Limited (MERL), who treat Merseyside and Halton’s household residual waste, and with its partner SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, operates the Knowsley Rail Transfer Loading Station in the local area. It provides an opportunity for community groups and charities in the Northwood, Cherryfield, Shevington, Whitefield and Knowsley Village wards, to apply for funding to support a range of community, health, wellbeing and environmental projects. The Fund typically stands at £50,000, but following a higher than anticipated number of quality applications this year, funding has been extended to £66,000. Projects and groups that have been successful include: Incredible Edibles Knowsley, Diversity Boxing Academy and Care Merseyside. The Kirkby Neighbourhood Community Fund will invest over £1million in to the local community throughout the lifespan of the 25-year contract with Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA). Both MERL and SUEZ recognise that they have an important part to play in the local community and this Fund helps to fulfil their responsibilities as a good neighbour. This year’s Fund announcements were made at a special celebration event in September 2019 at the Visitor Centre at the Rail Transfer Loading Station on the Knowsley Industrial Estate. Speaking at the celebration event, Andrew Hughes, contract manager at SUEZ said: “We are delighted to be making these awards today. We received so many applications from some really outstanding projects – I’m so glad that we have been able to increase the amount for this year!”

First for Knowsley charity Merseyside funder offers over £2m to local social enterprises Social enterprises across Merseyside are being encouraged to apply for social investment, offered by a regional funder, to help them become more sustainable and enhance their social impact. First Ark Social Investment (FASI) based in Prescot works with social enterprises and charities across the North West. Since 2017 it has invested almost £4m-worth of social investment to help grow organisations, to achieve more positive and targeted outcomes and increase the social impact created within local communities. It has a history of supporting groups across Merseyside and has provided funding for Make Liverpool, a creative-led organisation with spaces across Liverpool which supports artists, makers and small businesses, Birkenhead Gymnastics Academy (BGA), a not for profit gymnastic academy and Liverpool Community Advice which offers free service to residents of Liverpool and Knowsley. FASI recently received an additional commitment of top-up funding from The Growth Fund, a partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund, Big Society Capital and Access – The Foundation for Social Investment. This additional backing will enable FASI to offer up to an additional £2.3m in ‘blended’ finance investments, made up of grants and loans, to social enterprises across the North West. Léann Hearne, group chief executive officer at First Ark Group, said: “We’re keen to support organisations across Merseyside and want to raise awareness of how FASI can help create additional social impact and develop financial sustainability. “We’re keen to work with any social enterprise that generates social impact - from an organisation that upskills unemployed people, to a creative enterprise or sporting venture. “Many organisations in Merseyside might not be aware of the funds and strategic support we offer. We’re here to help social enterprises grow, become more sustainable, increase their social value and make a real difference within their communities.” To apply for funding from FASI please visit: https://firstarksocialinvestment.com/pre-eio/

Listening Ear Merseyside, the Knowsley-based counselling charity, is today celebrating after The National Lottery awarded them almost £10,000 funding to set up an Emotional Youth Club. The club - a UK ‘first’ - will provide social activities as well as group therapy sessions. Listening Ear has been providing counselling for adults, children and young people for over 25 years from its base in Halewood, and more recently from its specialist children and young people’s centre in Whiston. Youngsters finishing their counselling often say they would like a way to keep in

touch with Listening Ear. Jayne Hobin-Wright, deputy CEO at Listening Ear, said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund is supporting us. We'll help youngsters build relationships with others facing similar challenges, helping them create their own supportive circles of friends.” The club opens at the end of September 2019, with The National Lottery funding 42 places. Children and young people’s counselling at Listening Ear is provided via Butterflies, Titanium and DiAmond. The club is open to those who have finished their counselling, with separate clubs for primary and secondary age children.

Two men charged following robbery of delivery driver in Huyton Detectives investigating the robbery of a delivery driver in Huyton in July have arrested and charged two men. At 9.15am on Friday 5 July, officers were called to Bargain Booze to reports of a delivery driver being approached by men outside Bargain Booze in Page Moss Parade. The driver was threatened before the suspects made off with a large quantity of cigarettes and tobacco. Following enquiries, warrants were this week carried out at addresses in Huyton and two men were detained. 20-year-old Ryan Helsby of no fixed abode was charged with robbery and 31-yearold Thomas Rathbone from Dinas Court, Huyton was charged with robbery and possession of cocaine Both were kept in custody to appear at Knowsley Magistrates Court, Derby Square, Liverpool.


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Emergency Services join forces to re-enact scrambler collision for local school children More than 200 primary schoolchildren descended on Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s (MFRS) Training and Development Academy this week as part of a joint initiative aimed at educating young people about the dangers of off-road bikes. Year 5 pupils from The Grange, St Elizabeth’s, St Phillips, English Martyrs and Lander Road primary schools visited the Storrington Avenue site on Thursday 19th September as part of an actionpacked day, organised to help steer young people away from getting involved with the anti-social and illegal use of scrambler bikes. The event – part of Operation Brookdale – saw pupils witness a reenactment of a crash involving a scrambler bike, giving them an up-close account of the real dangers the bikes bring. As well as the emergency services, the young people were visited by special guest Jamie Carragher, who spoke passionately about the need for educating young people about the risks of becoming involved in riding off-road bikes. Merseyside Police’s Operation Brookdale was first introduced in 2012 as a response to a rise in incidents over the summer months and is now run all year round in partnership with MFRS, National Police Air Service helicopter, local authorities, housing associations, schools and youth groups. Whilst there has been a reduction in recent years in the number of incidents involving scrambler bikes, the issue remains a top priority. Merseyside Police Chief Constable, Andy Cooke, said: “The issue of off-road bikes causes nuisance, stress and serious risk to the communities of Merseyside and beyond. We’ve seen serious injuries, lives lost and families

devastated. “What does give us encouragement is the progress made in recent years, with incidents reducing, and we’re seeing seizures and arrests on a daily basis. “But we’re not complacent, we know that incidents still do happen and can have such a negative impact on those residents affected. Key to our progress now and in the future is educational and early engagement with those who might be at risk of being involved.” Thursday’s event was the result of partnership working between the police, fire service, Sefton Council and Merseyside Road Safety Partnership. Chief Constable Cooke added: “Officers across Sefton work particularly close with partners to make young people aware of the potential dangers and help steer them away from getting involved with anti-social and illegal use of bikes, and this accident re-enactment is one of the many projects they have on the go, with the involvement of enthusiastic young people and their schools. “Seeing the aftermath of a crash will be a really impactful way to ensure our message sticks and spreads to young people, their families, schools and friends.” Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan said: “It may seem like a bit of harmless fun to some, but the inconsiderate and reckless use of off-road bikes can have lifechanging consequences and that’s why it’s vitally important that we educate young people at an early age before they become involved in this kind of activity. This event gives primary school pupils a first-hand look at what the consequences could be not just for themselves, but for their families, friends and the wider community. “As well as dealing with the aftermath of collisions involving scrambler bikes, our

fire crews are often called out to incidents were bikes have been deliberately set on fire. This unnecessary and unwelcomed call can impact directly on our ability to respond to potentially life-threatening emergency calls elsewhere. Such incidents aren’t victimless. They are classified are arson, a serious criminal offence with real consequences for those found guilty. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is steadfast in our commitment to the public and will continue to work with Merseyside Police and other partners as active participants in Operation Brookdale to reduce dangerous and anti-social use of scrambler bikes and the associated risk of arson and road traffic collisions.” Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy attended Thursday’s event. She said: “I hear repeatedly from people across Merseyside about the heightened anxiety and fear that the illegal use of scrambler and off-road bikes causes in our communities. Such bikes are a nuisance to decent, hard-working people, they endanger the safety of innocent road users and pedestrians and they are being used to carry out serious crime. “That is why it is so important we engage with children from a young age to discourage them from getting involved with the anti-social use of scrambler bikes. By demonstrating the aftermath of an accident, I hope we will stop them from being tempted to get involved with the nuisance use of scrambler bikes in any way, keeping them and the community safer. “My thanks to everyone involved with putting on this hard hitting display.” As well as visiting MFRS’ Training & Development Academy, this year’s Operation Brookdale activity also saw 200 primary school pupils spend the day at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. They took part in a variety of water and land-based activities and were able to find out more about the work of the emergency services present.

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Local charity Caring Connections have had double funding success this month, receiving £2500 from the PH Holt foundation and £7000 through the John Moore’s Foundation all with the aim of further developing their bereavement by suicide support services. Caring Connections have been delivering ‘The Barbara Bettle Foundation’ support project for over two years, providing fully funded counselling and CBT support to any Merseyside resident bereaved through suicide. In the UK deaths by suicide has increased by 11.8% with a total of 6589 confirmed suicides. It is found that a minimum of 30 people at minimum will be affected by a suicide this takes the figures to closer to 200000 who are in need of this type of support. The funding will allow the service to further develop support provision for young people aged 16-21 affected by suicide and to introduce a support coordinator to the team. Individuals can self-refer to project by calling 0151 2892761 or emailing laura.brown@caringconnections.org.uk, service is available in all areas within the Liverpool City Region. The project has worked with over 80 people in the past two years and has had great outcomes in improving the lives of those that have been affected by suicide. Paul Growney said: “This funding will make a massive difference to the project and enable us to support more people affected by suicide, many of these individuals very emotionally distressed and at risk of suicide themselves. This project is totally funded through grants and funding bodies so these kind grants really make a difference”.


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Heart of Light in Knowsley Heart of Light is a magical retelling of the The Story of Rama and Sita, a popular Hindu tale. The story follows a prince called Rama who falls in love with, and marries, a princess called Sita. After the couple was banished to live in a forest, the ten-headed demon king kidnaps Sita. Join the monkey army in the quest to reunite the couple and return to their land. Forest Tribe Dance Theatre will be bringing new relevance to this ancient tale, performing original music and vibrant dances along with brilliant projections and puppetry. You can watch Heart of Light at Huyton Library on Tuesday 29 October at 11am and Kirkby Library at 2.30pm Tickets are just £4 or £3 if you are a library member. Buy your tickets online for the Huyton Library show and Kirkby Library show.

Outdoors with The Hairy Gardener Hello again was adding privet clipping to one of our compost bins this morning, you are now saying to your self why don’t I put them out in the “blue bin “ for council collection, that is another story, anyway I make better use of the garden waste than the council ever could, but I digress. I was thinking of the plastic I use or rather don’t use in the garden, my use has decreased. We are a throwaway society clogging the land and seas with amongst other things, plastic. We gardeners can cut down on our plastic in many different ways. If you buy a plant of any size and that plants final home is in your garden border don’t throw the empty pot away, grow something else in it. Reuse your plastic pots/containers over and over again. For example we grow tomatoes outdoors in a south facing position and the five litre pots that they are grown in are seven years old and with care will still be used in seventy years but perhaps not by me. Plant ties, you know what I mean, those wire lengths coated in plastic that we tie our tall plants to canes with. I know it’s a bit tedious but undo them and pop them in a tin for next year. Plant labels who honestly remembers where about you sowed that seed a week after you did it, don’t buy new, reuse your washing up liquid bottle - cut up in strips, it will last you for years or better still make your own from a natural resource found either on your woodland walks or beach combing Imagine plant labels made from gluing empty cockleshells (don’t take to many shells from the beach) onto woodland gathered sticks, you’ll be the envy of your friend. Plastic pots not currently in use whatever the size should be stored away in your shed not left around the garden (I should take heed of

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New parking restrictions aimed at improving access to local businesses in Prescot Town Centre are to be trialled. The new arrangements come as a result of feedback from traders in the town centre that parked cars are causing problems for delivery vehicles dropping off or collecting goods to premises on Leyland Street and Eccleston Street. To address this, the council will be turning Leyland Street into a loading only area between 8am-6pm from Monday – Saturday. In addition, parking, loading and unloading will not be allowed at any time on Hill Street. Clear signage is being installed in the town centre to explain the changes to motorists and the new restrictions will be supported by frequent patrols by the council’s enforcement officers. The council will be monitoring the effectiveness of the trial and will be gathering feedback from the community and local businesses before making a decision about whether the new restrictions should become permanent. There are a number of council-owned and privately run car parks in Prescot. Blue Badge spaces are available at Mill Street, Cyprus Street, and Moss Street car parks. The usual blue badge parking exemptions apply to restricted roads in surrounding area. You can also view the current parking or waiting restrictions on any of Knowsley’s roads. You can also provide feedback to the council by emailing HighwaysEnquiriesand.Complaints@knowsley.gov.uk.


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HAUNTED MERSEYSIDE with Tom Slemen THE TIME SCANNER (Part 1) Many scientific inventions came along before their time, only to be lost, vanishing into obscurity before being rediscovered, sometimes centuries later. Take, for example, antibiotics; we tend to think that the antibiotic penicillin was first discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928, but 2,000 years before Fleming was born, the antibiotic tetracycline was being taken by the ancient Nubians who had a kingdom located in modern-day Sudan, just south of Egypt. The tetracycline these ancient people took (to cure all manner of ills) was made palatable by infusing it into beer and the substance is still being found in the bones of the Nubians unearthed by archaeologists. The inventions of that gifted Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci - the tank parachute, helicopter, submarine, bicycle - and even a robot were mostly confined to his sketchbooks and no one took the ideas any further for hundreds of years. In 1755 a far-sighted Frenchman named Du Perron presented King Louis XVI with a machine gun, but the monarch branded the invention and the inventor as enemies of mankind and the machine gun and its blueprint were consigned to the dustbin of history. It was the same with the first steam engine, not the one James Watt improved upon in 1776, but the steam engine Hero of Alexandria made sixteen centuries before. No one could see any useful application for the model of the steam engine and it was dismissed as a mere novelty. Another invention that has allegedly appeared - only to be lost again in the mists of time - is the so-called ‘Camera of Past Events’ a device which allows scenes from history to be captured as a snapshot or a movie. The origins of photography can be traced back to an Italian alchemist named Giambattista della Porta, who invented the pinhole camera in 1550, and when the image projected by this crude camera was made permanent by projecting it onto light-sensitive chemicals in the early 19th century, the resulting photographs were viewed as a kind of time travel the freezing of scenes from long ago. Then some scientists allegedly

discovered that certain crystals housed between mirrors could also produce strange images of the past and future, and the secret of the camera that could photograph images from other times was discovered, but both the Vatican and the Church of England suppressed the device because it supposedly made a mockery of religious and political history. The time-camera has surfaced now and then only to be lost or banned. In December 1966, a young policeman named Barry was on his beat in Huyton one snowy evening when he saw a spectacled woman across the road waving frantically at him. He went to see what the matter was and she said she’d seen a man with a gun near Cartmel Road. She then looked at her watch, and there was an almighty crash as a car slid on black ice and skidded onto the pavement across the road - where Barry would have been walking. The policeman ran to the car, now impacted into a lamp post, and when he glanced back he saw the woman running off. He had the sneaking suspicion she had known the crash was going to happen and had saved his life. Barry later saw the mysterious woman in February 1967 as he was on his evening beat. He followed the her as she walked down Primrose Drive with her dog, and as she reached her home on Blue Bell Lane he tapped her on the shoulder and asked, “Did you see any more of that man with the gun?” The woman, named Barbara, pretended she couldn’t recall the incident at first but Barry persisted in finding out the truth and said, “Did you foresee that car crash?” Barbara invited Barry in and told him a bizarre story. She was a widow, and her husband, a research physicist, had invented a device that could focus on scenes in the future and the past and show them on a monitor. After her husband’s death, Barbara had kept his discovery secret for she knew it would be misused by the military. She showed Roy the ‘time-scanner’ in a garden shed, and the young policeman was bewildered by all of the equipment and monitors. “I saw you being killed that night by that car, and recognised the location as Fairclough Road, so I prevented it with my

The time-camera has surfaced now and then only to be lost or banned

cock and bull story of a gunman.” “This could revolutionise crime detection” gasped Barry, “it’s incredible. “The military would use it to predict what the enemy was going to do and then they’d use it to control their own people, so I’d appreciate it if you kept all this a secret for now,” said Barbara. She then gravely announced: “Around the 21st of this month, a lorry will crash into a bus shelter at the junction of Longview Lane and Liverpool Road and kill twenty people. Not sure what time it happens but it looks like it could be in the

morning.” Barry and Barbara went to the concrete bus shelter on the predicted day of horror. They tried to scare people away from the bus shelter that morning with a story about a bomb threat and some walked away, but most ignored them. A lorry then collided with a van near Hillside Road and came hurtling towards the shelter - Barry and Barbara jumped out of its path and the lorry smashed into the shelter, injuring 14 people, but no one was killed. • Continued next month

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28 October 2019

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What Mott to wear... “ ” With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Knowsley Archives have been busy cataloguing, conserving and preserving the archives of C.F. Mott College that are stored in the ARK. This remarkable and innovative college had a campus that straddled the Huyton and Prescot border and at its heart was the Hazels, a stately 18th century building that had been owned by, amongst others, members of the Pilkington family and is still standing. The college was named after a distinguished former Director of Education for the City of Liverpool, Charles Francis Mott. Founded in 1946 in response to the national shortage of teachers following the end of the Second World War, C.F. Mott College would eventually go on to become one of the largest and most successful teacher training colleges in the country with a reputation for academic innovation. By the 1970s, the college was also offering degree courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences and science, before finally merging with Liverpool Polytechnic (which later became Liverpool John Moores University) in 1983. At first, the college was women-only and relatively small. In 1951 Dr D M Farr replaced Miss Whiting as Principal and she would lead a rapid expansion of the campus, with additional buildings, sports and leisure facilities, as well as accommodation for students and staff. As the campus developed, student numbers increased and the social life of the students evolved. Dr Farr would later write proudly of the “acquisition of a good dance floor (that) changed the whole outlook of college life.” She was keen to ensure that students from the University of Liverpool were invited to take part in activities at the college (and vice versa) so that social events received a new impetus. This enthusiastic encouragement of the students’ social and leisure life was regarded by Dr Farr as “a welcome prevention of the ‘cosiness’ which can overtake a small women’s college.” In 1959 the college became a mixed college and male students were admitted for the first time. This was another period of rapid expansion for the college, with new postgraduate courses being added to the curriculum and a surge in staff and student numbers.

The sight of female students catching a few rays was resulting in visitors being embarrassed

As innovative as Dr Farr appears to have been, college life during the 1950s and 1960s can seem strangely archaic to our modern eyes. Among the college archives are House Committee minute books that reveal the very serious and lengthy debates the staff would have about aspects of the students’ lives. Over the course of several years, from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s, the use of gramophones was a hot topic at House Committee meetings: how loud should they be (not very)? Should students be allowed them in their own bedrooms (can’t they just make do with the wireless and gramophones in the common rooms?)? Even sunbathing was raised at the House Committee meetings. The sight of female students catching a few rays was resulting in “visitors being embarrassed” in 1956 and students were instructed to sunbathe only where there was no risk of them being spotted! Who these visitors were and why they were looking in the first place is never mentioned! Another common debate that crops up time and time again in the House Committee minutes concerns the clothing students were allowed to wear. It is worth bearing in mind that, for much of its history, the college was purely a teacher training college, so students will have been working on placements in schools. For the college staff it was important that trainee teachers were perceived as smartly dressed and positive role models for children. However, it may come as a surprise to learn that this extended to what clothing was acceptable for students to wear at any time. In summer 1956, staff were reminded that no one should be wearing jeans. However, “special permission would be given to cyclists if they asked for it.” This debate would rumble on for the next few years with change only coming in 1960, when it was decided that new or clean jeans could be “presentable,” although old ones looked “scruffy and untidy.” It was agreed that smart jeans would, for the first time, be officially

Students at CF Mott College, 1952

allowed...sort of: this change would only apply to male students! For female students, clothing restrictions would be more stringently applied for several more years. While men were strolling around campus sporting their smart new jeans, the female students were fighting for the right to wear slacks in the TV room. This was eventually allowed in 1960, but there remained a great concern about how female students were presenting themselves to the outside world and “apart from hiking and college expeditions, women students must not wear slacks outside college.” Of course, the times were changing and the college would become more and more liberal in its approach to student life, with late 1960s, 70s and 80s photographs in the archive showing both male and female students in jeans, slacks and all manner of clothing that would probably have appalled the House Committee only a generation earlier. The traditions of constant evolution, expansion and adaptation that Dr Farr had begun would continue with her successors; Mr Clarke (1965-1974) and Mr Cane (1974-1983). The college had a number of minor name changes during its history and,

The college had a number of minor name changes during its history

following the addition of degree courses validated by the University of Lancaster, it became the C F Mott campus of the City of Liverpool College of Higher Education (COLCHE) in 1978. Within a few years, the college merged with Liverpool Polytechnic and the campus closed, but its expertise in arts and humanities would make a significant contribution to the Polytechnic’s fine reputation in these areas, maintained by the current Liverpool John Moores University. Get in touch! We’re keen to hear from former college students and staff who would be interested in having their memories recorded for future generations or would like to deposit any mementos of the college with the archive. An exhibition about the college will be held at The ARK exhibition space, Kirkby Library from 14 November 2019 to 31 January 2020.

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challenge business news Kammac takes 200,000 sq ft in Knowsley Third party logistics provider Kammac has agreed a five-year lease at £600,000 a year for the Knowsley 200 building on Ainsworth Lane. The building provides a refurbished, self-contained industrial unit with ground floor office and amenity block, within a fully fenced and secure unit extending over a site of 11 acres. Knowsley 200 is located on Knowsley Business Park, next to the A580 and junction 4 of the M57. The park totals more than 1,200 acres of employment land six miles from Liverpool. Nearby occupiers include Matalan, Hermes Parcels and Toyota. Jonathan Atherton, industrial and logistics director at Savills, said: “The speed at which this deal was concluded was testament to the hard work and determination of both the landlord and tenant to conclude a deal within three weeks. We are pleased to have delivered this significant transaction.”

Knowsley leads on growth over the last year A new report based on research carried out by Lichfields for the Home Builders Federation (HBF), shows the huge contribution house building is making to the Liverpool City Region economy. The findings highlight Knowsley is leading the way in housebuilding, reporting a 167% increase in new homes delivered from 2012/13 to 2017/18 (an average of 24% per annum). Across the Liverpool City Region, more than 5,500 new homes were constructed last year, generating over £900 million to the local economy. The report also highlights the impact of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, with 5,300 properties purchased in the City Region over the last five years. In addition, other benefits such as improvements to green spaces, local amenities such as school and transport enhancements have all been delivered. Employment opportunities have been generated by the approach. The increase in house building has also generated more employment opportunities for local people (more than 2,000 local jobs in Knowsley) as well as investment of over £19m in new affordable housing within the borough. Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said “As well as ensuring our residents have choice in terms of budget, location and style, our ambitious new homes programme is also delivering addition benefits such as job opportunities for our residents, contracts for local companies and improvements to the general environment including new or improved open spaces, transport improvements and new facilities.

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Notice is hereby given that Antonia Griffiths has applied to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council for a Premise Licence in respect of: 53 Eccleston Street, Prescot L34 5QH Sale of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises, provision of regulated entertainment (live music and recorded music) between Monday – Sunday: 11.00 – Midnight. Late night refreshment: 23.00 – Midnight. A record of the application can be inspected by members of the public between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday at the office of the Licensing Authority MBC which is located at: Knowsley Council Licensing Section Yorkon Building, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley L36 9FB Any representations to the application shall be in writing and should be lodged with The Licensing Authority at the above mentioned address. Any written representations must be received by the Licensing Authority no later than Monday 21 October 2019. It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application. A person is liable to an unlimited fine on conviction should such a false statement be made.

TAKE NOTICE THAT Katie Wilkes has applied to Knowsley Licensing Authority for a Premises Licence in respect of Yew Tree Farm, Lower Road, Halewood, Liverpool, L26 3UA to sell alcohol, play recorded and live music and sell late night refreshments Monday – Sunday between the hours of 09.00 00.00 on the premises. A record of the application can be inspected by members of the public between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday at the office of the Licensing Authority of Knowsley MBC which is located at; Knowsley MBC Licensing Service Environmental Health and Consumer Protection 2nd Floor, Yorkon Building Archway Road Knowsley Merseyside L36 9FB. Please ring 0151 443 2300 to arrange an appointment www.knowsley.gov.uk A Responsible Authority or any other person(s) wishing to make representations on this application must do so in writing to Knowsley Licensing Authority at the above mentioned address. Any written representations must be received by the Licensing Authority no later than 17th October 2019. It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application under the Licensing Act 2003. A person guilty of such an offence is liable on summary conviction to an unlimited fine.

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KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (WARRINGTON ROAD, KNOWSLEY) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF RIGHT TURN) TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential footbridge maintenance works on Warrington Road, Prescot (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily restrict vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along: (i) Warrington Road – Right turn from Warrington Road to Dragon Lane (ii) Warrington Road – Right turn from Warrington Road to Delph Lane The respective diversion routes for vehicles affected by the prohibited right turns on Warrington Road will be via Bridge Road, Kingsway, Shaw Lane, Dragon Lane and; via Warrington Road. An alternative route for vehicles exceeding 10 tonnes will be via Warrington Road and Rainhill Stoops Interchange. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Saturday 19th October to Sunday 27th October 2019. The Order will come into force on Saturday 19th October 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions are provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 30th September 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

Application No: 19/00460/FUL by Jaguar Land Rover at Jaguar Landrover Plant (Eastlands Temporary Car Park), North Road, Halewood - RETENTION OF TEMPORARY CAR PARK PROVIDING 1,589 SPACES TOGETHER WITH A SECURITY CABIN, 2.4M HIGH BOUNDARY FENCING, LIGHTING AND ASSOCIATED WORKS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF THREE YEARS Application No: 19/00496/FUL by United Utilities Water Limited at Cronton Water Booster Station, Alder Lane, Cronton - CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ACCESS JUNCTION TO ALDER LANE INCLUDING VEHICULAR TURNING POINT TOGETHER WITH THE ERECTION OF FENCING, PEDESTRIAN ACCESS GATE AND VEHICULAR ACCESS GATE TO SITE PERIMETER Application No: 19/00510/FUL by White Ink Architects at Titan Building (Formerly Yorkshire Imperial Metals Ltd), East Lancashire Road, Knowsley - ERECTION OF SECURITY GATEHOUSE WITH BARRIER GATES AND TURNSTILES, ERECTION OF 2.4M HIGH PALADIN FENCING, INSTALLATION OF PUMP HOUSE AND SPRINKLER TANK, CCTV, EXTERNAL LIGHTING, RELOCATION OF 150 NO. CAR PARKING SPACES AND ASSOCIATED WORKS. Members of the public may inspect copies of the application, the plans and other documents submitted with it at One Stop Shop, Municipal Building, Archway Road, Huyton, between 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday or view the application online using Public Access at http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/building-andplanning/planning.aspx Anyone who wishes to make representations about this application should write to the Council at Regeneration and Economic Development Department, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 26, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9FB or online via the above website within 21 days of the date of this notice. Should this application be heard at planning committee and you wish to speak at the meeting the procedure to follow can be found at: https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/building-andplanning/ make-a-planning-application/speaking-at-planning-committee M Harden Chief Executive Dated the 28th October 2019

TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (PROPOSED 40MPH SPEED LIMIT - A57 LIVERPOOL ROAD) ORDER 2019 Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council in exercise of its powers under Section 84 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 made the above named order on the 4th September 2019, the effect of which when it comes in to force on the 4th September 2019 will be to restrict the speed of vehicles to 40mph on the A57 Liverpool Road from its roundabout junction with the A58 and Huyton Lane to the Borough boundary with Liverpool. A copy of this notice, together with a map showing the affected areas 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 Shop offices at The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, L26 9UH, The Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, L34 5GA, Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU and The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY. This notice, order, plan and a statement of the Council's reasons for making the Order may also be viewed on the Council’s website; www.knowsley.gov.uk/consultations If you wish to question the validity of the Order or any of the provisions contained within it, on the grounds that it or they are not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, or that any requirement of that Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in making the Order, you may within six weeks from the 4th September 2019 apply for that purpose to the High Court. Dated 4th September 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (ORMSKIRK ROAD, KNOWSLEY) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential culvert replacement works on Ormskirk Road, Knowsley (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along: (i) Ormskirk Road, Knowsley, from its junction with Sugar Lane for a distance of 105 metres in a northerly direction. The main diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Ormskirk Road, Knowsley will be via Sugar Lane, Knowsley Lane, Ormskirk Road and vice versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Tuesday 15th October to Friday 8th November 2019. The Order will come into force on Tuesday 15th October 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions will be provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 30th September 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (HORNHOUSE LANE AND SOUTH BOUNDARY ROAD CENTRAL RESERVE, KIRKBY) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential gas connection works on Hornhouse Lane and South Boundary Road Central Reserve, Kirkby (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along: (i) Hornhouse Lane - From its junction with South Boundary Road for a distance of 35 metres in a southerly direction. (ii) South Boundary Road – Its central reserve opposite the junction of Hornhouse Lane The main diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Hornhouse Lane and South Boundary Road Central Reserve, Kirkby, will be via Hornhouse Lane, Coopers Lane, South Boundary Road and vice versa. The Order came into force on Tuesday 15th October 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions are provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 28th October 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (HALL LANE, CRONTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential gas mains replacement works on Hall Lane, Cronton (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”), The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along: (i) Hall Lane, Cronton, from its junction with Smithy Lane for a distance of 20 metres in an easterly direction. The main diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Hall Lane will be via Smithy Lane, Cronton Road (A580), Hall Lane and vice versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Tuesday 15th October to Wednesday 6th November 2019 only. The Order came into force on Tuesday 15th October 2019 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Exemptions are provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to properties, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle used in connection with the police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform. Dated the 28th October 2019 Mike Harden Chief Executive


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challenge sport Sport from around the region A 66-year-old champion wrestler from Knowsley has received £500 to help towards his training expenses. Great-grandfather Tony Collins has benefited from funds from the Fred Curran Trust awarded by Knowsley Foundation – a partnership between the Community Foundation for Merseyside, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, One Knowsley and Knowsley Council. Funding from the Fred Curran Trust has been provided to various groups and individuals supporting sporting opportunities in Knowsley. Tony said he wanted to demonstrate “We are not too old to do extraordinary things”, sharing his motivation and inspiration to other users of Huyton’s Volair Leisure Centre. Tony’s funds will go towards specialised wrestling shoes, leotards and a kit bag, assisting the fitness fanatic’s intensive training sessions, along with additional travel costs for training in Bolton. Tony – who next month will set off to Warsaw to represent Great Britain at the second World Championships for Greco Wrestling and Freestyle Wrestling – said he was overjoyed to have received the funding: “Now I’m 66 and retired, it’s harder for me to afford training expenses alongside fees to enter competitions. This funding I’ve received helps me in a big, big way.” Tony received funding after applying to the Fred Curran Trust managed by Knowsley Foundation, which specialises in managing charitable funds to support residents in the borough. Rae Brooke, chief executive for the Community Foundation, said: “Working with our partners Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, One Knowsley and Knowsley

Inspirational Huyton wrestler awarded funding for training expenses

No stopping Tony Council, it’s been a delight to be able to support a number of superb community groups and individuals – including Tony Collins, whose fitness and mind set is an inspiration to us all.” Lesley Martin-Wright, Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber, added: “Meeting Tony gave me some real Monday Motivation. It was an exhilarating start to my week. We are delighted to support Tony, he promotes the benefits of a healthy life style and the importance of wellbeing. We look forward to cheering him on at the World Championships.” Huyton hardman Tony, whose trademark move is the double-leg takedown, has carved out an incredible 40-year that career that includes British Championship wins in the 1980s and gold at the English Championships on two other occasions in the Greco-Roman wrestling competitions. He has also competed all over the world in places like Malta, Turkey and what was East Germany. In 2015 he took bronze at the British Wrestling Championships in 2015 after defeating a wrestler 34 years younger than him. Tony said he strived to inspire youngsters towards leading fitter and healthier lifestyles: “In the gym I do things purposely to show the younger ones what dedication has done for me and could do for them, whether it’s doing high jumps or

L-R: James Proctor (Community Foundation for Merseyside), Racheal Jones (One Knowsley), Tony Collins, Lesley Martin-Wright (Knowsley Chamber), and sparring partner Steve Heneghan

climbing the ropes – keep going!” Racheal Jones, chief operating officer for One Knowsley, said: “Tony is a fantastic ambassador from our local community. His energy and positivity is an inspirational example of Knowsley people and their appetite to do so much

for and within their communities. Not only will the funding provided on behalf of the Knowsley Foundation help support him achieve his goals, it will also inspire and drive others around him. We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming World Championships.”

PARA ATHLETES DESCEND ON KIRKBY 5 x Paralympic Champion, Hannah Cockroft MBE, is pushing boundaries for para athletes, by organising the very first Müller Para Track Grand Prix recently at Kirkby High School in Knowsley. A lack of para track races in the UK, especially in the North, has often left para athletes hugely without the opportunity to train and compete. Hannah, who discovered what she describes as ‘a hidden gem’ at Kirkby High School wanted to share her finding and quickly brought the conversation to Müller, who are the official sponsor of British Athletics. Now, Para athletes from all around the UK can officially compete in the weeks ahead of the World Championships, on the same track where Cockcroft won her first ever World Record. The Müller Para Track Grand Prix welcomed over 60 para competitors to compete in an exclusive format of 21 races. Competitors on the day included two Paralympic, four world and multiple European Champions, all of whom were delighted to race on the only Mondo track in the North of the

country, Speaking on the developments Hannah and her boyfriend Nathan, who also competes in para sport said: “We are extremely excited to be hosting this event, not only because it will give athletes like us the opportunity to race before the World Championships, but this track meet is giving newcomers the unique opportunity to line up against Paralympic Champions. “The track is such a hidden gem, and everyone deserves to race here. We cannot think of any other sport that would welcome that stretch in experience or inspire the next generation in such a way. “Not so long ago, this didn’t feel possible. I’m so excited that Muller agreed to be the sole sponsor of this event, without them, this wouldn’t be happening. Finally, we can show disabled people what is on offer, encourage them to give our sport a go and provide desperately needed competition opportunities for elite athletes who are currently fighting to qualify for the Para- Athletics World Championships in November”.


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If you have any sports news contact the Sports Desk on 0151 706 7411 or email: thechallenge@merseymirror.com

September proves a tricky month for Cables September has proved to have been a challenging month for Prescot Cables. As the nights began to draw in and before the kids returned to school for the autumn, Cables once again find themselves out of the FA Cup, beaten 2-1 in added time by Northwich Victoria over the bank holiday weekend. This defeat was compounded just two days later when they were beaten by the same scoreline away to local rivals Marine in the league. Injury, and as is often the case in nonleague, work commitments, has meant that at times this month Cables have been without up to seven first team players for some matches. These absences, and the relatively new playing squad that is still learning to play with one another has made it difficult for the Pesky Bulls to impose themselves on games and kill teams off. In particular, goals have been difficult to come by for the Cables, scoring more than once in games on only three

occasions so far this season. However, it has not all been bad news, there are many reasons for fans to be cheerful. Fans favourite James Edgar is top scorer in the league and had caught the eye with a number of superb performances. The defence has also been solid, keeping clean sheets in the last two home games. There have been victories away at Clitheroe while Dunstone UTS were beaten at Hope Street. The best performance of the Season came this week at home to another local rival Widnes FC who were soundly beaten three - nil on a wet Tuesday night in Prescot. Cables finish the month sitting third in the league table, four points off top spot. Positive signs that perhaps finally, things are beginning to gel on the pitch at Hope Street. Off the pitch the hard work has continued to improve fans experiences

when they come to watch the Pesky Bulls. A new tea hut has opened at the Hope Street end of the ground in order to

speed up service at the old refreshment kiosk. While inside the club house the bar has undergone a refresh with new beer and spirit offering for thirsty fans.

John Parrott Annual Golf Classic a huge success Woodlands Hospice’s annual John Parrott ‘Golf Classic’ golf day at West Derby Golf Club proved a huge success. This is a key event in their annual fundraising calendar raising an incredible £10,000 for the hospice. The weather was perfect with sunshine and blue skies for the golfers who took part playing 18 holes with prizes for ‘Nearest The Pin’ and ‘Straightest Drive’. All teams involved had a great day and they even had one team member get a holein-one! It was great to see some regular faces and teams from previous years but also encouraging seeing some new faces. Following the golf there was an evening presentation dinner with awards for the winning team and runners up team and a live auction with some fabulous items up for offer along with a wide range of amazing raffle prizes. Fundraising manager, Carole Riley said: “A special thank you goes to John Parrott, for his continued support in hosting the event as Patron of Woodlands Hospice. “We would also like to thank GG Glass for sponsoring the ‘Putting Green’, Alliance Print for sponsoring the programme, West Derby Golf Club, those who attending the evening dinner or who donated auction and raffle prizes or sponsored elements of the day along with all the volunteers who gave their time making this such an enjoyable and successful day. “We're looking forward to next years’ event already which will take place on Friday 26 June at West Derby and we’ve already had a couple of teams sign up for next year!

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