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Arts Council England has announced that Knowsley will be one of 15 priority places in the North where they want to develop new opportunities for investment, as part of the publication of its three-year delivery plan for 2021 2024. Arts Council England’s three-year Delivery Plan sets out a detailed roadmap to implement the vision of their

strategy Let’s Create: by 2030 England will be a country in which the creativity of each individual is valued and given the chance to flourish, and where everyone has access to a remarkable range of highquality cultural experiences. The publication of the delivery plan follows the government’s £1.96 billion Culture Recovery Fund, administered by the Arts Council and other bodies.

Driven by the culture secretary Oliver Dowden, with the backing of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, the Culture Recovery Fund is the biggest one-off investment in culture from the Government in history, providing a vital lifeline to save our cultural sector and help organisations prepare for reopening. • Continued on page 2

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MP supports Macmillan’s cancer campaign Knowsley MP George Howarth has thrown his support behind Macmillan’s Cancer Nurse latest campaign. On 8 September, George was one of over 200 Members of Parliament who came together to support Macmillan Cancer Support’s latest campaign, called Cancer Nursing on the Line. The Cancer Nursing on the Line report calls for a Cancer Nurse Fund to invest in training the next generation of cancer nurses, whose numbers need to double by 2030 to ensure that people living with cancer get the support they need. Macmillan’s report highlights that the cancer nurse crisis has now left more than half a million people with cancer in the UK (21%; 630,000) with a lack of support. This can have serious implications, with almost half of all people (44%) who were diagnosed with cancer in the last two years experiencing at least one potentially serious medical implication as a result and ending up in A&E. George said: “It is clear that specialist cancer nurses do an invaluable job in supporting people through their illness, and the Macmillan event on 8 September allowed me to show support and solidarity with those nurses who do so much to help the growing population of those living with cancer, which is set to rise to 4 million by 2030. “A shortage of over 3,000 nurses in England is impacting how the NHS can care for cancer patients in Knowsley and beyond. We must grow and back our specialist cancer nurse workforce in order to be set up for the future, and to ensure patients get the very best out of cancer services. “By continuing to work with Macmillan Cancer Support on the crucial issues they champion, I will work to ensure that local people get the support that they deserve through their illness. “If you or a loved one has been impacted by cancer, I would welcome hearing their experiences of living with cancer and the impact a diagnosis has had.”

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KNOWSLEY NAMED AS A PRIORITY PLACE • Continued from Page 1 To help make this vision a reality the delivery plan names 54 priority places across England. Arts Council will work closely with these locations to develop new opportunities for investment, both from the Arts Council and other partners. Knowsley has great cultural and creative potential. Its local authority has a long-term commitment to culture, shown by the creation of the Shakespeare North Playhouse, and in 2022 it will be Borough of Culture for the Liverpool City Region. These places have been chosen through a set of criteria based on a review of current public investment and opportunities to engage with creative and cultural activity. Each of the priority places are ambitious to drive positive change through culture. In the last decade, the Arts Council has significantly shifted its investment outside of London. The aim in Let’s Create is to increase focus on specific places underserved in the past. Priority places are just one of the ways in which the Arts Council is committed to levelling up by strengthening cultural and creativity opportunities in a targeted way. Jennifer Cleary, director, North, Arts Council England said: “I am excited today to announce that Knowsley is one of our 15 priority places across the North. The launch of our delivery plan, which sets out how we’ll implement our new 10-year strategy Let’s Create, and the announcement of our priority places will see us working closely with partners across Knowsley to ensure that creativity and culture can play a key role in levelling up across the North. “Public investment in the arts is vital and never more so than as we emerge from the pandemic. It has been fantastic to see the government’s commitment to art and culture through the Culture Recovery Fund which has provided a lifeline to arts and cultural organisations. “The launch of our delivery plan and announcement of a set of priority places affirms our commitment to investing in the sector to ensure everyone across the country can access art and culture no matter where they live. “Knowsley has got a fantastic cultural offer which is set to expand with the opening of the Shakespeare North Playhouse as well as becoming the Liverpool City Region's Borough of Culture in 2022. I look forward to working with the local authority and the cultural sector to support and nurture the growth of the town’s cultural ambitions.” Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council said: “We’re delighted to be chosen as one of the Arts Council’s priority places. To be selected is a great endorsement of our local decision to place culture and heritage at the centre of some extremely ambitious post-pandemic recovery plans for Knowsley. “Timing wise, this news is the perfect build up to an extremely exciting 2022 for Knowsley. Not only will we be the Liverpool City Region’s ‘Borough of Culture’, but we’ll also be opening the new Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot.

“This new theatre will become a visitor destination for people around the globe, completing the ‘Shakespearean triangle’ of London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Prescot. But first and foremost, it will offer ready access to worldclass cultural experiences to people in our local communities – from the very youngest to the oldest residents. “This borough’s commitment to this nationally significant project is tangible demonstration of our long-held belief that access to high quality culture not only enriches lives but is a powerful driver of regeneration and economic development, too. We are already seeing that in action in Knowsley. “This opportunity to work alongside the Arts Council to enhance and develop those cultural experiences and underpin the ambitious plans we have for our borough in the coming years is further reason to be extremely optimistic about the future here in Knowsley.”

Work starts on Kirkby improvement scheme Work has commenced on a highways improvement scheme at the Glovers Brow, Kirkby Row and Whitefield Drive junction in Kirkby. This latest scheme, funded through the Government’s Active Travel Fund, aims to improve access from Kirkby Town Centre to Kirkby Train Station for pedestrians and cyclists. Work includes upgrading the traffic signals at Glovers Brow and the exit from the train station car park into Toucan crossings. Upgrades to the older puffin crossing across Whitefield Drive and Kirkby Row will also be undertaken. Once these works are completed, the junction will be resurfaced, complete with new road markings. Whilst the resurfacing works are undertaken, the junction will be fully closed to vehicles for a number of evenings in November, although the train station will remain open as normal. Signage will be in place nearer the time to advise when the junction will be closed. The work will improve both access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists as well as improving capacity at the junction for vehicles. Temporary traffic signals will be in operation when required and the work is due to be completed in December.

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QUEENS AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATION On Wednesday 15 September Whiston Town Council hosted the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2020 to St Helens & Knowsley Hospital NHS Trust Voluntary Services. The event was attended, amongst many, by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, Mr Mark Blundell, chief executive, Ann Marr, St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust, deputy chair, St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust, Anita Gillen, voluntary services manager, St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust, Mayor and Mayoress of Knowsley Borough Council, Councillor Frank Walsh and Miss Joanne Schumaker, Mayor and consort of Whiston Town Council, Councillor Julie Anne Parker and Mr Martin Parker, Mayor of Prescot Town Council, Councillor Christopher Krelle and consort. And of course almost sixty of the Volunteers. The immense contribution that St Helens and Knowsley volunteers make each day was showcased to the previous Town Mayor and Consort of Whiston Town Council, in 2019 at an Annual Awards Ceremony held by the Trust. Whiston Town Council’s Town Clerk, Sandra Mayers attended that ceremony in 2019 and was so incredibly impressed with the work of the volunteer service and that is where the Queens Award for Voluntary Service nomination began. Sandra met with Anita Gillen, voluntary service manager to gain an insight into the aims and aspirations for the services, Sandra also met with

volunteers and talked about their motivations for volunteering, the support they received and came away inspired and invigorated to complete the nomination form. This was just the start of the journey as there was a rigorous formal process to follow. After the consideration of the nomination the High Sheriff together with two other representatives arranged an assessment day was arranged which took place in November 2019, over a period of three hours and from that visit a recommendation would be submitted. Then it was a waiting game until a decision was made.

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In June 2020 (during the midst of the Covid pandemic) it was officially announced that the Trust Volunteer Services had been granted The Queens Award for Voluntary Service. As we emerge from the effects of Covid 19 almost 15 months since the award was granted in June 2020, volunteers finally got to celebrate this prestigious award. Whiston Town Mayor also presented Margaret Walters with a plaque from Whiston Town Council in recognition of the outstanding work of all of the Volunteers. The day was a huge success.

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L11 Festival is a hit with community The L11 Festival was bathed in late September sunshine as families and residents of West Derby, Croxteth and Norris Green joined together to celebrate their community. Throughout summer there have been many events including creating a community garden by the East Lancashire Road and local reading events sponsored by COBALT Housing. This years festival featured zumba, chess, art workshops, face paintings, a story tent including a visit from real life author Brenda Larking who read extracts from her local historical novel Sparrow Hall.

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Popular care home re-opening to create 100 jobs As many as 100 jobs will be created when a popular care home in Liverpool is re-opened by new owners Kingsley Healthcare. Builders from local construction firm Braithwaite are refurbishing and upgrading every aspect of the interior of the new Park View Nursing Home ahead of its opening in November. Staff and local families were reported to be devastated when the former James Nugent Care Home, in Ullett Road, Liverpool was closed by the charity Nugent two years ago, only six years after opening. Park View Nursing Home, overlooking Prince’s Park, will fill a local need for nursing care provision with 56 beautifully appointed bedroom suites and superb facilities throughout. Home manager Lyndsey Gladden, a nurse with 14 years of experience, who is proud to call herself a local girl, said: “I am really excited about inviting our first residents into such a lovely home. “We are proud to be restoring a popular local facility that will be the only purpose-built nursing and dementia home in the area.” She is keen for the home to be at the heart of the local community and is seeking local groups, such as junior football teams and Brownie packs, to support. “We want to name the three units in our home after deserving local figures who have given service to the community,” she said. “One will be the Jan Owens suite, in recognition of an individual who has given so much to the Swanside Community Centre in Knowsley, including support for people living with dementia. “I would love to hear suggestions for naming our other two suites and invite people to email me at” Luke Braithwaite, joint MD of Braithwaite, said his firm was delighted to be working with Kingsley on such an important scheme for the local community.

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Bringing history alive Behind the scenes Last month, we explored the history of Knowsley Council’s Archive, housed in The ARK, and located in the Kirkby Centre. This month, we take a closer look at the Archive itself and discover a little of what goes on behind the scenes of a small but busy local authority archive service. When you stop to think about it, as individuals we all keep archives of some description: for example, we store printed or digital photographs so that we can be reminded of the important people, places and events in our lives. On a more formal level, businesses, organisations, clubs and societies keep records of every aspect of their operations, from membership information to financial records and legal documents. Archived materials can be used to understand what decisions were made by whom, and what impact those decisions had on people and the environment. The records in an archive can paint a picture of the life of our communities at a given point in time, giving us some real insight into how people lived. When it comes to developing the collections in Knowsley’s archive, we are guided by our mission statement. In order to create a meaningful range of collections that researchers can access, interpret and understand, we aim • to collect, preserve and organise archive materials relating to the people and places of Knowsley, creating a collective memory for the borough that is accessible for research and consultation, either physically or online through digital content and finding aids; • to encourage learning through engagement, offering support to individuals and groups as they explore the collections, enabling our communities to develop a sense of pride and place; • to promote Knowsley’s rich heritage, sharing an understanding of the history of the communities that make up the borough of Knowsley. The materials held in the collections are largely unique to the area and describe the social, economic and political history of the people and places of Knowsley. However, we don’t work

alone. We collaborate with other institutions through The Archive Group: Liverpool City Region (TAG), which is an active regional network of archives representing services from across the archives sector, from local authority record offices to small voluntary services. In this way, we can share good practice, work together on projects that give access to a wide range of collections and make sure that materials are deposited and preserved in the most appropriate location. Knowsley Archives Service is officially licensed as a Place of Deposit – a repository for public records under the Public Records Act 1958. This status was granted by the Lord Chancellor in 1991, renewed in 2002 and retained in 2011 following rigorous inspection by The National Archives. The POD designation means that we can house, preserve and manage public records locally that would otherwise be held at The National Archives in Kew, Surrey. The records held in Knowsley include petty sessions court registers, hospital records and Charity Commission documentation relating to the Knowsley area. We also gained accredited status in 2017. This is a quality assurance mark which shows that we operate to national standards for archival procedures and engagement in all aspects of our work. The collections in The ARK, are housed in secure, humidity and temperature-controlled conditions to maintain the stability of the environment and protect the materials from damage caused by damp and other threats, such as pest infestation. We hold materials in many formats, including parchment (our oldest document, a Grant of Land, dates back to around the 14th century), paper, magnetic tape (including audio cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes and video tapes), wax, vinyl, textiles and increasingly, digital files. The safe keeping of all of the collections does present a few challenges on a day-to-day basis. Keeping optimal environmental conditions to ensure that the collections are protected from mould growth, pest infestation and deterioration is vital. We use powerful air conditioning and dehumidification units to maintain the stability of the temperature and relative

humidity of the store and checks for pests such as silverfish, carpet beetles and moths are undertaken, with insect traps laid to catch any casual interlopers. We make the best use of our storage space, packaging items to protect them so they can be safely shelved. Once a year, usually in January, we close the door to the search room and carry out a full stock take. This gives us a good opportunity to identify items which need attention from a certified conservator and to schedule that work to be done. In some respects, you could say that digital collections are cared for through a similar process: we check for viruses and degradation of file integrity, ensure we have enough storage capacity and that our systems are compatible with the file formats we are working with. Accurately recording the items within each collection is an ongoing and fascinating task. Our catalogues, box lists, indexes and databases give us a roadmap to the collections and enable us and our visitors to locate items within the vast array of documents, ledgers, registers, books and volumes, photographs and maps within the collections. The online catalogue went live in 2019, and you can now find the hardcopy, paper catalogue on our website as a downloadable pdf file. Exhibitions and displays are important means of bringing the collections to life, helping us to make sense of the past, create context and understanding of past events and to question social attitudes that prevailed, prompting discussion about the present. Exhibitions also provide a focal point for celebrating the achievements of those who have striven to overcome challenges and prejudice. Our most recent exhibition, in partnership with the Heritage Development Company Liverpool and Liverpool Central Library, was ‘Black Punch’. The exhibition chronicled the untold story of boxers of

African descent who fought out of Liverpool and Knowsley over the past 180 years, highlighting some of the prejudices which they faced within the sport and society. Other past exhibitions explored the Special Olympics, Kirkby’s Malayan Teachers’ Training College and Huyton’s WWII Internment and Prisoner of War Camps. All of our activities are ably supported by our wonderful team of volunteers, who get involved with everything from behind-the-scenes archival ‘housekeeping’ tasks to front of house duties, helping us to run activities and events and adding their knowledge and experience to proceedings. Inevitably, the pandemic continues to affect how we are currently able to provide access to the service. We offer a research service and, as we strive to keep our staff and visitors as safe as possible, we are continuing to offer appointment-only research sessions in 2-hour blocks, which now need to be booked at least 24 hours in advance. You should also still pre-order the items you want to view. We ask that you use our hand sanitiser (which won’t cause damage to archive materials) and wear a face covering or mask throughout your visit. Numbers in the search room are still limited to a maximum of 2 people and we continue to provide contactless document delivery – although we look forward to a time when we can again offer group and school visits, Family History Help Desk sessions and community activities. Find out more about our heritage by visiting our website email or call 0151 443 4291/4365. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and find Knowsley Archives on Flickr, WordPress and Soundcloud

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Prescot celebrates Deanesfest 2021

The Prescot community came together to celebrate the fifth annual Deanesfest recently, last years event didn’t happen due to Covid. Deanesfest, which is put together by the Deanes House Pub in Prescot and is well known locally for a brilliant, safe and friendly charity music festival which brings people back year on year. Organiser, Dee Litter said: “The staff from the pub work tremendously hard but it is such a rewarding day seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces and the fact we can raise the profile of the bands playing and the charity we are raising funds for. As well as raising the footfall for Prescot and the surrounding businesses. “It was also a thank you to the local people of Prescot for supporting us through our first year. Deanes House is a live music venue so wanted to make a memorable large outdoor event so more people could enjoy the local musical talent that we have. “Deanesfest is a free event, this is made possible with the help of local businesses who sponsor the event and who love to be involved with every year. We also receive amazing prizes from all the local Prescot businesses who donate to our raffle in which we raise money for a local charity each year. “Deanesfest 2021 also raised much needed funds for Sam’s Diamonds Cancer Support who are a local charity who support ladies fighting against any cancer diagnosis. We have raised almost £15000 since 2016.” Pictures: Steve Samosa

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KCC Live pick-up award Local Knowsley based radio station KCC Live had been nominated recently for an award from Prolific North Champions. Being a station that’s majority volunteer run, for almost 18 years and based in a college campus, to be nominated amongst companies such as Channel 4, Lizardfish TV and BBC bitesize, and judged by people such as Ben O’Brien (head of comms Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) and Andrew Diggle (head of digital content, Formula 1), was a huge honour. However to go on and win has literally been a dream. The Prolific North Champions Awards recognise the organisations, teams and individuals putting the North on the map in the creative and digital sectors. KCC Live, while living by the mantra ‘Young Scouse and Happy’ has also looked to be the Knowsley community champions, pushing to stand up and provide an

Health Update Cllr Christine Bannon Cabinet Member for Health As temperatures are now starting to drop, we’ll also start to see seasonal illnesses creeping in too, such as flu. On top of that, COVID hasn’t gone away so it’s more important than ever that we look after ourselves, those around us as well as helping to protect the NHS as we know the winter period is particularly challenging for our hospitals and health services. Our best defence against COVID and flu is vaccination. Contact your GP if you haven’t yet had the COVID vaccine or you’d like to make an appointment for the flu jab. Alternatively, you can book a COVID vaccination appointment through or by ringing 119. Booster COVID vaccinations are now also available for those most at risk to provide further protection over the winter. This includes residents over the age of 50, care home residents and frontline health and social care staff. For Booster jabs, the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn. Remember that free transport is available to Knowsley residents who may find it difficult getting to or from a COVID vaccination site. Contact Healthwatch Knowsley to find out more on 0151 449 3954. Regular (twice weekly) COVID testing is important to help to stop the spread of the virus in our communities. There are a number of sites you can collect testing kits from in Knowsley (visit to find out more) or you can order them for home delivery at Remember that regular handwashing, carrying a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, keeping rooms well ventilated and considering others who may prefer more space around them are also important. We also need to look out for our more vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours. With the colder weather and darker nights, you may not see them out and about so check in on them to see that they are okay and ask them if they need anything. The pandemic has really demonstrated our strong community spirit here in Knowsley, so let’s keep it up and look after each other.

inclusive place for people of a variety of backgrounds, abilities and beliefs. Station manager, Dan Spelman said: “To have achieved this award shortly before our 18th birthday is massive, and we wish to thank all volunteers, past and present, staff and management... And of course the listening public. “KCC Live has been a station at Knowsley Community College since December 2003. We were created by Sir George Sweeney, knighted for his work within education and then principal of Knowsley Community College, and Hywel Evans, known for working with Rock FM and multi award winning radio broadcaster, and has gone through many incarnations, we are excited to see where things can be taken.”

Additional pop-up testing sites confirmed for October Additional pop-up testing sites will be taking place every week from Tuesday – Saturday in October to engage residents in regular COVID-19 testing. Residents will also be able to pick up home testing kits from the pop-up sites and access help and support from the Covid-19 Mobile Response Team. Testing regularly (at least twice a week) for COVID-19 helps reduce the risk of transmission through asymptomatic cases. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not suffer any symptoms meaning that they could unknowingly spread the virus. The team will be available from 10am-3pm at the following locations: Tuesday – Halewood Woolton Views Wednesday – Community Pavillion Stockbridge Village Thursday – Prescot Cables Retail Park Friday – Derby Arms – Knowsley Village Saturday – Kirkby Train Station Cllr Christine Bannon, cabinet member for health, said: “The Knowsley Council community testing team are doing fantastic work engaging our residents and promoting the importance of regular COVID-19 testing. “As we enter the colder months, with coughs and colds becoming more prevalent, it is vital that we all test for COVID-19 to ensure we are not unknowingly spreading the virus.”

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Round up of education news Pupils celebrate Mary’s Meals two million milestone

Above: Pupils from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Prescot celebrate the news that Mary’s Meals is feeding two million children. Photo credit: Collette Rawlinson





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Pupils from a Knowsley school joined celebrations to mark charity Mary’s Meals reaching more than two million children with life-changing meals every school day. Thanks to its incredible supporters and volunteers in the UK and around the world, the global school feeding charity is providing a daily nutritious meal to 2,058,099 children living in some of the world’s poorest countries. Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Prescot, is among supporters from around the world, who were celebrating the landmark achievement. The school is currently supporting the charity’s Backpack Project which encourages people to fill backpacks with essential education items that are shipped to children receiving Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals provides food in a place of education to help even the most vulnerable children to attend school and concentrate in lessons, giving them the freedom to learn and the chance to fulfil their potential. Mr Boyle, headteacher at Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, said: “Within education we all strive to give the children in our care the best chances in life and to offer opportunities to achieve their dreams. Mary’s Meals help to ensure that the basic need of nutrition is met so that children from the developing world are ready to learn and achieve their full potential. “The children at Our Lady’s learned of

the wonderful work that Mary’s Meals do through a presentation assembly led by Anna Dunne from Mary’s Meals in school which created an infectious buzz throughout our community and a burning desire to help those who have less than we have. “The children said that they were proud that all elements of Our Lady’s mission statement, “Loving, Learning and Reaching Out to All”, would be encompassed in helping to contribute to the Mary’s Meals Appeal.” Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals, said: “We celebrate an amazing moment in the Mary’s Meals story. Two million children ate Mary’s Meals in a place of education. “When we set out on this path nearly 30 years ago, we were overwhelmed by people’s goodness in donating – and that’s been the story ever since. I thank you with all my heart on behalf of each of those children, for every bit of hard work, for every gift given, for all those unique things each person brings to this enormous Mary’s Meals’ table. Thank you, and please let’s keep going forward. “For every one of those children that ate today, many more are still waiting for Mary’s Meals to come to their school, so we go on. But this happy day shows us that this vision of ours is possible.” To find out more about the work of Mary’s Meals and how to get involved (or to order a copy of the updated book, The Shed That Fed 2 Million Children), visit

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CHALLENGE EDUCATION Round up of education news Apprentices spring into action to help school A primary school in Huyton has been spruced up thanks to local apprentices from Knowsley-based housing group Livv. Eleven apprentices picked up paint brushes to help add a touch of colour to Malvern Primary School during a community action week organised by local councillors. The kind-hearted young people painted a classroom, outdoor benches, an outdoor stage and some planters. Sharon Marsh, executive director of resources at Livv Housing Group, said: “It was wonderful to see everyone come together. “Our apprentices really enjoyed helping out at the school and the smiles their work brought to everyone’s faces made it all worthwhile. “At Livv, we are committed to supporting our communities and doing what we can to make a

difference.” The work was organised after staff at Livv approached council leader Cllr Graham Morgan and Cllr Colin Dever to offer the support of their team at no cost. Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Morgan, said: “Livv Housing is an important partner in our borough and an organisation that we know is keen to give back to the local community. “After linking their team up with Malvern School, it has been great to watch how this relationship has grown and what has been achieved. “Seeing everyone working together for the same goal is so rewarding and a great example of Knowsley Better Together in action. “I am really pleased to have been able to help and get involved and am grateful to everyone who took the time to be involved in this project.

Talented young teacher returns to the school where he trained Bickerstaffe C E Primary School are over the moon with its newest teaching recruit, Mr Tom Chandley, for reasons more than him being a wonderfully talented young teacher. The primary school is rooted in a long and illustrious history that has stemmed over one hundred and seventy-five years, and its community is part of the school’s DNA. Born and educated locally, Tom’s journey into teaching, followed by him successfully gaining a teaching position at Bickerstaffe School, is a story of success to celebrate with its community. Tom was born and grew up locally to the school in Aughton, near Ormskirk. He attended Christ Church Primary school, followed by Ormskirk High School and then became a recruit in the Rifles Regiment. After spending over four years in the army, it became clear to Tom that his passion lay in teaching, and he returned home determined to train as a teacher in the hometown that had shaped him into the person he had become. Having heard about Bickerstaffe Primary School, Tom spent a number of weeks volunteering in

the school to gain a better understanding of the role of a teacher. He was then successful in gaining a place locally at Edgehill University and began a new and exciting journey. Tom enjoyed his time volunteering in Bickerstaffe Primary School so much that he returned for his first and final placement there, gaining experience in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. He then went on to begin his NQT year at a school in Runcorn, however after hearing of a vacancy at Bickerstaffe School, he couldn’t wait to apply for the position so he could return to become part of the team! Following his successful

appointment Tom said: “After getting the opportunity to train as a teacher at Bickerstaffe School, I knew at some point I would return in the future. Returning to Bickerstaffe School felt like coming home. I love it there. The staff, the children and the strong community feeling. I feel incredibly lucky to be here and look forward to the next chapter!” Tom has just started his first official term as class teacher in Year 5/6 at Bickerstaffe C E Primary School in September 2021 and he is delighted to be back. Headteacher, Miss O’Kane said: “Having been Tom’s mentor during his first and final placement at Bickerstaffe C.E School I am delighted that he has returned. He is a wonderful member of our team and with his experience in languages, music and P.E has added so much to our team.” Bickerstaffe CE Primary School is nestled in the picturesque village of Bickerstaffe, which is on the outskirts of Ormskirk, Rainford and Kirkby with close links to the M58 and M6. They are holding an Open Day on Monday 18 October and would love to welcome you to their school!

Above: Livv apprentices painting benches

“I know that the staff and pupils are incredibly appreciative of the combined efforts that have made such a positive difference.” Malvern Primary School headteacher, Tony James, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support from Livv Housing. By coming together in a week of community action, our school building, grounds and wider community were improved for all. “The team were professional and hardworking and there was a real buzz in the air created by their collective ambition. Again, our thanks are extended to all who volunteered. As we say at Malvern - together we are stronger!” During the Community Action week, other local volunteers also helped with essential repairs to doors and windows.

Winstanley’s history helps to shape its future Winstanley College is a dynamic, forward-thinking sixth form, constantly seeking excellence. The college is deep rooted in history, with its origins tracing back over 350 years to the old Upholland Grammar School. The institution always strived to be the best in the area and numerous headteachers fought for each and every student to be the best they could be. Fast-forward to now and the college continues to follow the mantra of old and consistently ranks as one of the best sixth form colleges in the North West. To pay homage to the efforts made both then and now by all involved to be successful, Winstanley College has brought its history into the 21 Century and designed a striking new logo. This is based on the original 1977 Winstanley crest and former Upholland Grammar School crest. Winstanley’s new logo depicts a rampant white lion originating from the Holland family crest, which signifies the college’s strength and determination to succeed and also features the three core values that college lives by: Excellence, Support and Inspiration. The college has used its new emblem to completely rebrand its identity including the introduction of a brand new website. Despite a change in image, its core ethos remains the same. Winstanley College will always endeavour to be a place where all students achieve excellence in a supportive and inspirational environment. To find out more about the college’s interesting history you can visit its website:

13 October 2021

Rainford High return to the wilderness

Rainford High kick started the Year 7 experience at high school as 245 students went on a Bushcraft adventure to Castle Howard in Yorkshire. The school has run the Bushcraft activity for the past seven years, although due to the pandemic, they were unable to last year. This week, the new students got to experience this rite of passage and staff were delighted to have this enriching and developmental visit back on track. Over three days, students took a walk on the wild side by sleeping in bell tents and taking part in outdoor activities to build resilience, teamwork and relationships. They also got to build shelters, fillet fresh salmon, build fires and learn survival skills under the guidance of highly qualified outdoor education trainers, along with Rainford High staff, who loved getting involved too. Principal of Rainford High, Ian Young said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer an enriched curriculum for our young people once again. We pride ourselves on the extra-curricular and enrichment activities available throughout a student’s time here at Rainford High, and so it has been great to take our new cohort out and see them develop new skills.” The Bushcraft event has always been successful in building relationships between students who have recently joined the school from a large number of primary schools. The trip helps permeate the school ethos of Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds across the year group, ready for when they are back together in the school environment.

Kirkby High School pupils volunteer as Ethical Ambassadors

Congratulations go to the group of Year 11 students from Kirkby High School who have volunteered to be Kirkby High School Ethical Ambassadors, wanting to make a difference in school and the community. Throughout the year they will be educating, supporting, and organising different events that support various charities or raise awareness of ethical issues. During September, to celebrate the harvest festival, the ambassadors visited form classes to collect food and other items to support the local food bank. Headteacher Mrs R Conefrey, said: “Kirkby High School are very proud of them all.”

14 October 2021

HAUNTED MERSEYSIDE with Tom Slemen A GIRL NAMED JULIE I’ve changed some names and details in this story for legal reasons. Back in 1965, most people in England observed Duck Apple Night on the last day of October. Apples were suspended from threads of cotton that had been pinned or tacked to door frames, and children – and some adults – had to seize the dangling bruised apples (which shillings and tanners had been inserted into) with their teeth – and then came apple-bobbing; big green apples with coins embedded into them immersed in a bowl of soapy water or a bucket. To own them you had to pick them up with your mouth, but it was fiendishly difficult; much harder than you imagined; if you missed the apple you were likely to have your face shoved in the soapy water. And then there were chestnuts that were baked in ovens or sometimes the more adventurous would place them on an iron shovel that would be placed on the coals of an open fire, and those chestnuts would explode with the heat and fly across the room like bullets. The children of Irish, Welsh and Scottish parents in Liverpool and Knowsley often made lanterns out of hollowed-out swedes and turnips – pumpkins were virtually unheard of in those times – and the Celtic kids called Duck Apple Night “Hallowe’en” – derived from the Scottish pronunciation of All Hallows Eve – but in Huyton in 1966, a woman named Mary, her two daughters – Eve (aged 13) and Sally (aged 10), and their stepfather – an American man named Ralph – were celebrating Halloween with pumpkin lanterns, candy corn, cakes, lemonade, fancy dress costumes (Mary and her daughters dressed as a witches, and Ralph dressed as Frankenstein), and they told one another ghost stories that were more silly than frightening. At 7:30pm, Cheryl, the 17-year-old “babysitter” came over to look after Eve and Sally while Mary and Ralph spent a few hours at the local pub. Eve was thirteen and felt offended at her mother asking Cheryl to ‘mind’ her but she had to accept the arrangements. At 8pm, there was a knock at the door, and Cheryl answered to see a girl of

thirteen named Julie. The babysitter recoiled at the sight of her as if the Devil had called, for Julie was regarded as a very strange girl and her mother was reputed to dabble in witchcraft. “What do you want?” Cheryl asked the raven-haired, dark-eyed girl, but Julie said nothing for a moment, and there was a faint grin on her face. “Death visited your home tonight, Cheryl,” she said in a calm yet eerie voice. “What are you talking about?” Cheryl asked, and found herself afraid to hear the answer.

No one can bring the dead back, said Sally, it’s impossible

“I saw Death standing on your doorstep, just after you left,” said Julie, and she glanced past the babysitter at Eve and Sally. “They found your mother dead in the kitchen.” “You’re lying,’” said Cheryl, her voice faltering, “you just want me to go home so you can come in.” Cheryl then noticed a crowd standing in front of her house, and she grabbed her coat and left the house after warning Eve and Sally not to let Julie in, but curiosity got the better of Eve and she opened the door. Julie cheekily walked past her into the hallway. Eve asked, “Has Cheryl’s

mum really died?” “Yeah!” laughed Julie, and she went into the living room and picked up a bakewell tart on the table and asked, “Can I have it? I love cakes.” She bit into it before Eve could reply, and then she said to the girls, “It’s Halloween – not Duck Apple Night; this has always been the one night when you can talk to the dead and even bring them back. I know how to as well.” “No one can bring the dead back,” said Sally, “it’s impossible.” “Jesus did, didn’t he?” said Julie, looking annoyed, “so you’re wrong.” And then Julie treated herself to the lemonade and more cakes and she found some candles when she went mooching about in the kitchen – and she arranged the candles in a circle on a coffee table, and she scribbled weird symbols on scraps of paper and placed them in the circle. “What are you doing?” Eve asked, curious yet nervous, and Julie said she was going to conjure a ‘dead’un’ up. Something caught the peculiar girl’s eye – a magazine about murders. It had been brought from America when Ralph had first come to the UK to marry Mary. Julie flipped through the magazine and pointed to an identikit of a rapist and murderer who had never been caught in Santa Cruz. Julie said the man was dead and in Hell – but then she tore the magazine page featuring the killer’s identikit and put it in the middle of the circle of candles. Julie spoke in two voices

simultaneously in a strange harmony, and Eve told her to stop because Sally was terrified. After a few minutes, Sally screamed as someone rapped on the window. It was a grinning man – and his face was identical to the identikit picture of the killer. “I told you I could raise the dead!” said Julie, her face full of candlelit glee. “Open the door, kiddies!” said an American voice outside. There was a pause. Then a terrific bang as the door flew off its hinges and landed in the hallway. The man entered the living room and chased Eve, Sally and Julie around the table, and then the children ran out – into a fog. The resurrected killer chased the terrified kids across Huyton, and then, at 10:30pm he was heard to cry out in agony, and he burst into flame – then vanished. At that moment, back in the house, Mary and Ralph had returned home, and Mary had thrown the torn-out page featuring the killer onto the fire. Cheryl visited the house and told Mary and Ralph how Julie had called to say Cheryl’s mother had died – when in fact she had just fainted (as she had a low blood pressure condition). Eve and Sally returned home exhausted and in tears, and Mary told Julie to stay away from her daughters in future. • Haunted Liverpool 34 is out now on Amazon.

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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat and its Knowsley link Most people are very familiar with The Owl & the Pussy-Cat poem that tells the tale of two animals setting off to sea in a ‘beautiful pea green boat.’ But what many people do not know is that the poem, by Edward Lear, was actually written at Knowsley Hall. This fascinating fact and Lear’s connections to Knowsley are set to be celebrated throughout 2022 with a huge sculpture trail featuring 30 pairs of 2metre-high owls and pussycats. The project, which is a key part of Knowsley’s calendar of events for its year as the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture, has been launched by the current Earl and Countess of Derby whose family’s connections with Lear date back to 1831. The 19th Earl of Derby, Edward Stanley said: “Edward Lear had a very close and long relationship with my family and during his time at Knowsley Hall produced some of his finest work – including his set of Nonsense Poems – of which The Owl & The Pussycat is the most well-known. “These poems were written to entertain the children of the house and Lear dedicated his book to the great grandchildren, grand nephews and nieces of the 13th Earl - who had been so impressed with Lear’s work that he had invited him to illustrate animals from his impressive collection. Lear lived with my family here in Knowsley on and off for seven years, cementing an immensely close and wonderful connection to the Hall and to Knowsley as a whole. “I am delighted that through this project more people will become aware of these local links, appreciate Lear’s amazing work and celebrate his contribution to culture in Knowsley.”

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (MILL STREET, PRESCOT) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential electrical network installation works (“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 from proceeding along: i) Mill Street, Prescot – From a point 25 metres south of its junction with High Street to a point 45 metres in a southerly direction. There is no diversion route possible due to Mill Street being a ‘No through road’. Pedestrians will be marshalled through by contractors on site. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Friday 17 September 2021 to Thursday 30 September 2021 The Order came into force on Friday 17 September 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 1 October 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (GALE ROAD, KIRKBY) (TEMPORARY ONE WAY) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential electrical network works (“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 from proceeding along: i) Gale Road, Kirkby – from its junction with South Boundary Road for a distance of 50 metres in a northerly direction. Traffic to be permitted to travel in a southbound direction only.

L-r Andrew Donaldson, executive director (communities and neighbourhoods), Knowsley Council, Julie Gaskell, head of partnerships, Wild in Art, Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, Edward Stanley, The 19th Earl of Derby

Two of the incredible sculptures, produced by Wild in Art, were on display and an open invitation was launched for local artists get involved and submit their ideas to decorate these impressive creatures. Charlie Langhorne, managing director and Cofounder of Wild in Art said: “We are delighted to reveal these beautifully decorated sculptures. “This is an exceptional opportunity for artists to play a significant part in creating a memorable event for Knowsley next year and we hope they will be inspired by the challenge of the threedimensional canvas of both the owl and the pussy-cat and by being involved in such an exciting project. We want to encourage local artists to submit designs this will be a wonderful showcase for artistic talent.” This is not the first time that Lear’s connections to Knowsley have been celebrated in art. Already the Borough is home to The Nonsense Alphabet at Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park in Huyton. The Alphabet was created by artist Gordon Young 10 years ago as part of a community project where residents were encouraged

to share their own nonsense poems and help to shape these important public artworks that are still on display for residents. Local artists interested to find out more about The Owl and the Pussy-Cat project should visit Artists can be either professional or amateur but are asked to take inspiration from Knowsley – its people, history and other characteristics. Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said: “Our region has long been the country’s cultural and creative capital – as this connection between Edward Lear and Knowsley

shows! “I am keen to make sure that devolution helps us to promote and invest in the fantastic cultural attractions we have across the region. Borough of Culture is helping us do that. By setting aside 1% of our annual funding, we’re able to invest in culture and showcase each of our local areas for their unique creative offering. “I’ve been really impressed by the work Knowsley have been doing ahead of their year as our region’s Borough of Culture. From Lear to Shakespeare and everything in between, I’m sure you’re all looking forward to a fantastic year across Knowsley in 2022!”

Coffee Mornings for parents and carers Parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are invited to pop along to one of the upcoming coffee mornings organised by Knowsley Parent Carers Voice (KPCV). The coffee mornings will offer the latest information about the help available in Knowsley to parents and carers of children with special education needs and disabilities, as well as a great opportunity to get together for a chat. The coffee mornings are at: Stockbridge Village Primary School, Monday, 27 September, 10am – 12 noon. Bluebell Park School, Kirkby, Friday, 15 October, and Friday, 3 December 10am – 12 noon Alt Park School, Huyton, Wednesday, 10 November, 10am – 12 noon. For further information contact:

The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Gale Road closure is via South Boundary Road, Perimeter Road, Moss End Way, Acornfield Road, Gores Road and Gale Road. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Monday 10 October to Friday 29 October 2021. The Order will come into force on Monday 10 October 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 1 October 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (MILL LANE, WHITEFIELD) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential gas mains repair works (“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 from proceeding along: i) Mill Lane, Whitefield – From its junction with Glovers Brow to a point 50 metres from its junction with Hillpark Crescent in a westerly direction. The diversion route for traffic affected by the closure is via Glovers Brow, Kirkby Row, Hall Lane, County Road, Boyes Brow, Mill Lane and vice versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Monday 27 September 2021 to Monday 17 October 2021. The Order came into force on Monday 27 September 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 1 October 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15(4) OR (5) OR ARTICLE 16 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION OF THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) PLANNING (LISTED BUILDING AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 (AS AMENDED) Notice is hereby given that the following Planning Application has been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley: 21/00706/FUL at 19 Atherton Street, Prescot, L34 5QN DEMOLITION OF EXISTING SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION & ERECTION OF A NEW SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED WORKS INCLUDING THE INSTALLATION OF NEW WINDOWS TO FRONT & REAR ELEVATIONS, RE-POSITIONING OF EXISTING REAR ELEVATION WINDOW & THE REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF RENDER TO FRONT & REAR ELEVATIONS by MR Gareth Delaney. Reason for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area. 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 Anyone who wishes to make a representation about an application should write to the Council at Regeneration and Economic Development Department, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 21, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU or online via the above website within 21 days of the date of this 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: M Harden - Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 01/10/2021

16 October 2021

challenge sport Sport from around the region AFC Knowsley to build new pavilion

AFC Knowsley, (a Community Interest Company), has recently awarded a £1.2 million grant (combined from the Football Association, ION Developments and Bellway Homes) to build a new pavilion at the Lord Derby Playings fields just off Knowsley Lane. The purpose of the pavilion is to continue the great work they do in providing football opportunities for all. They currently have 475 members, 28 football teams and 57 volunteers. Paul Hennessey managing director of Adapt (UK) Training Services Limited has took up the volunteering role as the clubs commercial officer and is looking to expand the pavilions usage to ensure it becomes a firm central point for the community. But they need your help… The club is looking to start a steering group controlled by local residents and the club, this will help the club understand how the local community would like to see the pavilion being used. Initial ideas are to offer the following – • A fixed drop off point for Knowsley Foodbank • Educational and training purposes • Wellbeing events • Football development for novices • Walk and talk club • Running club • Cycle club • Chess club • Book club • Revision club • Social gathering • Sports days Paul said: “This is a great opportunity for the residents of Knowsley in so many ways. When I was asked to come on board I said yes without hesitation because I could see the benefits immediately. “Whether its getting out of the house, getting fit, meeting new friends, having an input into your community or volunteering to

Kirkby girl takes gold Eight year old Skye Roberts from Northwood in Kirkby took gold and bronze medals in the GB Open Karate Championship which was held in Birmingham in September. Skye, who is in Year 4 at Park Brow School, won gold in the 8 to10year-old Kumitae class and bronze for Kickbag. Skye said” “It was hard work and I was quite sore afterwards – kicking body armour is like kicking steel!” If Skye continues at her current level of determination and ability we’ll doubtless be reporting on her Olympic success in years to come!

help – its certainly a foot in the right direction for anybody. “The effects of the pandemic have dramatic and this is a great initiative to help those who have found it hard. We look forward to engaging with local residents and companies soon.” For more information on the clubs or how to become a volunteer, visit the clubs website at:

Big Help Project tee off with first golf day The Big Help Project (Knowsley Foodbank) created a new tradition this month, with their first annual Golf Day. Businesses from across Knowsley came together for a day of golfing at Huyton and Prescot Golf Club, before an evening meal and entertainment from comedian and sports impersonator Darren Farley. The evening came to a close with an auction and the announcement of fourth, third, second and first place; with the winners being Britannia Electrical Group. Peter Mitchell, executive chair of the Big Help Project said: “The first annual golf day marks the official re-start of the Big Help Project’s event calendar, and we are already making plans for next years’ Golf day. “It was a pleasure to meet friends from so many businesses, and we are humbled at the incredible generosity of all those that put a team forward and freely gave their time, donations and support.” Michele Duckworth, fundraiser for the Big Help Project said: “We are delighted to see that our first major event since lockdown was received as such as great success. It was wonderful to see friends and supporters of the Big Help Project, and to receive such generous donations of auction and raffle prizes from across the Knowsley and Liverpool business community. “The event raised over £7,000 and will

make a huge difference in supporting people in the community who might not only be struggling with food crisis, but also unemployment, debt and welfare rights problems, and preparing for a new baby.”

Below: Nichola Saunders, widow of the late Mark Saunders, presenting the winners’ cup named in his honour to the winning team from Britannia Insurance.

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