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Merseyside Police remember role played by WW1 animals

FORCE MARK THE FIRST NATIONAL PURPLE POPPY DAY Merseyside Police and The War Horse Memorial, have marked the first National Purple Poppy Day, with a visit to lay a wreath at a WW1 war horse’s grave in Halewood. Two serving police horses and officers, alongside representatives from The War Horse Memorial and eight-year-old Brownie, Jess Edwards laid purple poppy wreaths at WW1 war horse, Blackie’s grave. The special day, which will become an annual event, will raise money for military and equine charities across the UK - and a lasting reminder to the service and sacrifice of horses, mules and donkeys in conflict. Jess, came up with the idea to name the National War Horse monument, which was unveiled in Ascot, Berkshire, in June. Guides and Brownies across the UK unanimously chose Poppy. Blackie’s grave in Halewood was the first war horse grave to be given protection by Historic England, when it was granted Grade II heritage protection in 2017. Merseyside Police has marked the first Purple Poppy Day, as part of its on-going programme to commemorate those who served in the First World War. Emma Jones from Merseyside Police said: “As part of my research into the Merseyside Police officers who served in WW1, I came across Blackie and Lieutenant Wall’s relationship and thought it was a fascinating story in our war history, and one that needed to be marked and remembered. “We use police horses in day to day policing with great effect and we know that the horses who served in WW1 played vital roles. Indeed, my research has shown that horses were irreplaceable during WW1 and have been described as the backbone of this war. “It’s only right that we recognise the

Jess Edwards at the grave of ‘Blackie’ in Halewood

important role they played in serving our country.” Alan Carr MBE, co-founder of The War Horse Memorial believes the decision by Merseyside Police to mark the day with a visit to Blackie’s grave will be both special and poignant. Alan said: “Horses have served us well over the centuries and continue to do so as the wonderful mounted police of Merseyside prove daily. “For us to be part of the commemorations here in Liverpool and to invited to see where the Blackie is buried is a wonderful tribute”. War Horse, Blackie, who served and survived WW1, is thought to have been born around 1905 and served with the 275th Brigade Royal Field Artillery ‘A’ Battery - 55th West Lancashire Division during the First World War.

He belonged to Lieutenant Leonard Comer Wall, a war poet from West Kirby, who in his will requested that if he did not survive the conflict, his horse should be buried with his medals and decorations. Lieutenant Wall died at Ypres in June 1917 aged 20, and was riding Blackie at the time. Despite the horse’s injuries from the same incident, Blackie remained in service on the Western Front for the rest of the war. After the war Lieutenant Wall’s mother Kate brought Blackie back to England, making him one of only a small number of horses to return home. She lent him to the Territorial Riding School in Liverpool until he was retired to live at the Horses’ Rest in Halewood in 1930, where he remained until his death at the age of 37, in December 1942.

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KNOWSLEY AUTHOR APPEALS FOR AMATEUR FOOTBALL MEMORABILIA The Knowsley Archive service is supporting local author, Mark Campbell, in his appeal for amateur football memorabilia for his new book ‘Huyton’s Titans’. The book is a celebration of all aspects of football in Huyton, Prescot and Whiston, and Mark is looking for old photographs of junior and amateur teams from the area to include. Some interesting items have already been donated to Mark including a programme signed by Alan Bleasdale who managed the Huyton Boys team. Contributors will be acknowledged in ‘Huyton’s Titans’. There will also be the opportunity to share your images with Knowsley Archives’ sporting history

collection for future generations to engage with. ‘Huyton’s Titans’ will contain biographies for the 145 players from the area who have played at least one game in the English Football League and the history of the Huyton schools representative side (including the team that won the English Schoolboys Trophy in 1971). It will cover local amateur and junior teams, the development of women's football in the area and the history of Knowsley United and Prescot Town football clubs. It will also take a look at the unsung heroes who run the teams, put up the nets, wash the kits, etc. A taxi driver by day, Mark has been working on the book for a number of years and it is

now nearing completion: Mark said: “I’ve already accumulated a great number of photos, press cuttings and programmes but I’m sure

there are lots more out there and I’d be really grateful to anyone who could help with the final push before I go to print.”.


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Merseyside Police are issuing advice to communities across Merseyside after fraud offences targeting elderly people in Wirral. In each of these offences, victims have received a phone call from a person claiming to work for communications, insurance or carbon credit companies, asking for bank card and account details in relation to an insurance policy or bogus refunds. Following multiple calls, the ‘company’ has then taken payment from the victim. These offences are now being investigated by Merseyside Police, after being referred by the UK’s national reporting centre Action Fraud. They are supporting the victims and offering advice. Detective Inspector Alan Georgeson, part of the economic interventions team, is urging people to pass on advice to help ensure vulnerable people are

Prescot concert evening Prescot Parish Church Musicians will be in concert on Friday 21 September, 7.00pm-8.15pm at Prescot Parish Church, Church Street, Prescot L34 1LA Tickets cost £5 on the door and all monies are in aid of church funds. The evening includes music from Tim Hall (organ), plus instrumental and vocal items from Prescot Parish Church Choir. The programme will include items by J S Bach, ClaudeMichel Schönberg, John Ireland and Robert Howard. Tickets include wine, juice and cake!

not targeted in this way. Alan said: “These are despicable offences which target the most vulnerable in our communities, and we are determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. “Companies never make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information, or to ask that you transfer money in return for a large amount of payment. You should treat all cold calls with scepticism and trust your instincts. “These offenders often target elderly or vulnerable people who might not be aware of the right thing to do. I would ask that anyone who looks after elderly people or has vulnerable family or friends makes them aware of what to do should they receive any suspicious phone calls, emails or knocks on their door. “Don’t feel pressurised to stay on the call or give out personal information, if it doesn’t feel right then simply hang up. “If further assurance is needed individuals or their family can contact the firm directly using the phone numbers obtained from their contract or other trusted sources. If possible, call the firm directly from another phone just in case the scammer remains on the phone line.” Anyone who has lost money to a scam like this should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or more advice can be found at You can also report any suspicious activity to local officers, contact our social media desk @MerPolCC or 101.

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40 KILO DOG TIED TO RESCUE CENTRE GATE WITH THIN RIBBON A 40 kilo dog has been tied to the gates of Dogs Trust Merseyside in Huyton during the night with a thin piece of ribbon next to a busy road. Manager Georgina Lowery was at the rehoming centre around 6am and spotted the dog running around on the main road outside the gates. Members of the public had abandoned their cars and were trying to catch him and he was finally coaxed into the grounds of the Huyton centre. Georgina said: “It was once we had him safely inside that I spotted the ribbon dangling from his collar. I then saw a dog bed and water bowl outside the gates along with the rest of the ribbon. “He is a very big dog and we are on a main road so he was at real risk of being injured or even killed. I am so grateful to the people that stopped to help him and thankfully we were able to get him to safety.”

Named Augustus by the team the Old Tyme Bulldog was not microchipped. He is thought to be around seven years of age and has enjoyed lots of fuss and attention since being rescued. Georgina said: “He is a great boy, very laid back and affectionate once he gets to know you. “He will need to go on a doggie diet in his new home but with a few nice walks and the appropriate food he’ll soon shed the pounds. “It’s such a shame that he was put in such a dangerous situation. “If someone needs to give up their dog for whatever reason we urge them to come in to the centre and never abandon their dog in this way, putting them at risk unnecessarily. “If we have the chance to talk to the owner we are able to find out more about the dog, such as are they used to living with other pets or children, all of which

Canine carer Kim Rowlands with Augustus and the piece of ribbon used to tie him to the gates

helps us find them the best home possible.” The team are looking for a forever home for Augustus

where he is the only dog but he can live with children over the age of 14. He is happy to go on walks with other dogs and is

hoping for a relaxed home where he can enjoy the company and love of his two legged friends.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Knowsley older people Olympics are looking for volunteers to help judge their games. Volunteers are needed for the following sports/activities: Rumikub, Table Tennis, Short Mat Bowls, Badminton, softball Tennis, Wellington Boot Throwing and Netball Shootout. Contact Geoff Lyon 0151 430 7710 or email: for more information.


Willowbrook Hospice is holding a car boot sale on Saturday 22 September (9am-12pm) at The Living Well on Borough Road, St Helens WA10 3RN. With a maximum of 50 pitches offering a wide range of pre-loved goods from clothes and books to soft furnishings and bric-a-brac – there’ll be something for everyone! The Living Well’s Sunflower café and charity shop will also be open. So if you’re clearing out your attic or garage and fancy making a bit of spare cash, why not book a pitch at just £10? For more information, or to book a pitch, please ring 01744 453798 or email


St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is holding its annual Service of Remembrance for bereaved relatives of patients who were critically ill and cared for on the Intensive Care and High Dependency Units at Whiston Hospital. The service will take place at 3pm on Sunday 23 September 2018, St Matthews Church, St Matthews Grove, Thatto Heath, St Helens, WA10 3SE Light refreshments will be served after the service. For further information please contact: Emma Whitby on 0151 430 2382

GO BANANAZ AT CHARITY BINGO Willowbrook Hospice Fundraising Team is excited to announce the return of Bananaz Bingo – a wild night of bingo with a Hawaiian twist. Following the success of the first bananaz back in April, bingo-goers are welcomed to join the team at Rainhill Ex Services Club on 12 October, to experience what is set to be a crazy night of fun and dancing mixed with the traditional elements of bingo. Melissa Kenny, community fundraising officer for Willowbrook Hospice, said: “Everyone at the first Bananaz had such a great time that they were asking when the next one was going to be! Bananaz is a great night out for anyone who ‘up for a laugh’. Tickets cost £15 including bingo books, pens and a glass of prosecco ring 01744 453798 or email

Construction starts at Market Place Construction has started work on the new MATE Creative Bistro and Piazza at Market Place in Prescot. Gaynor La Rocca and her husband Francesco will run the new premises and outdoor performance space at Market Place as part of the £600,000 transformation through the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative, which is funded by Knowsley Council and Heritage Lottery Fund. The new venture was identified by Knowsley Council through a process which asked for proposals from interested community groups or companies who could offer a high quality food and drink provision within the new building whilst bringing the area to life with community activities and events. The duo will run their new venture with at a peppercorn rent from the council in return for a wide range of events including comedy, poetry and film nights, an open-air cinema, and pop-up performances and have started fundraising for their MATE story tent – a special place to host events and performances at Market Place – whatever the weather! They have already received donations from local businesses. The couple bring extensive creative experience and a family

history in the restaurant business. Gaynor is artistic director at Prescot based MATE Productions and Francesco, a property lawyer with Weightmans LLP, is also an actor with MATE Productions with a huge passion for food. Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council said: “This is a really exciting project and one of many we are delivering within Prescot. I’m delighted that the work to transform Market Place

has now started. “The Townscape Heritage Initiative has already made fantastic improvements in the town through the restoration of many buildings and this particular project will bring about a huge change to the town centre. “I’m looking forward to its completion and to Market Place becoming a thriving heartbeat of the town centre once again.” Gaynor said: “Francesco and I

are overjoyed to be given this opportunity. We already have a long-standing relationship with Prescot which we consider to be our home. “Our vision is to create a community cafe, a meeting place for friends, a creative space for activity, entertainment and conversation in the heart of Prescot. We plan to host a range of events that will animate and bring Market Place to life all year round.”


Romantic Scousers are the biggest snoggers in Britain special “Vodka and caviar package”. judging by a special train journey from Huyton to Those people who do kiss under the clock will be Carnforth station where the classic weepie movie Brief rewarded with a special “Carnforth Kiss” cocktail – a secret Encounter was filmed. recipe said to be “sweet and tasty on the lips” – once back Staff were amazed at how many of the passengers on board the special train. puckered up under the iconic clock where stars Trevor Northern Belle general manager Jeanette Snape said: “We Howard and Celia Johnson embraced to share a stolen kiss had hoped to win a place in the Guinness World Record in 1945. book last time for the world’s biggest snogathon. Sue McNamee, operations manager with the Northern “Unfortunately we just missed out – but maybe this time Belle train company, said: “It was lovely seeing all those with another trainload of romantic Merseysiders we’ll do it!” people smooching on the station platform while a band played music from the wartime era. “It brought a tear to my eye – just like Johnson’s character Laura in the film when she got a piece of grit in hers and Howard’s Dr Harvey went to her aid!” The Brief Encounter excursion in July was such a sell-out success that a second one has been arranged. But unlike Brief Encounter’s Laura and Alec Harvey, passengers won’t have to make do with a cup of lukewarm British Rail tea and a half-stale curled ham sandwich in the buffet. Instead a sumptuous seven-course lunch with wine will be served in the carefullyrestored 1930s Pullman carriages during the outward journey. Then there will be coffee, tea and petits fours on the way home, along with a table magician and strolling musicians to keep people entertained. Time for a kiss …. couples pucker up under the clock on Carnforth Station And for a treat, passengers can order a while the Northern Belle train waits in the platform.

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6 September 2018

Remembering the Lost Castles in Merseyside Six extraordinary structures made of cardboard, tape and community spirit where created in each borough this summer in what is a cultural first for Liverpool City Region. Lost Castles saw hundreds of volunteers work with thousands of cardboard boxes to build monumental castle-inspired structures, some of which will be based on actual medieval forts or historic structures which were in the region at one time. Members of the public - individuals and community groups - were urged to get involved in the event which took take place from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 August. Anyone who signed up to help create these magical structures then join in the fun of toppling them at the end of the weekend. Some of the creations were to be as tall as 20 metres. Knowsley played its part by celebrating the Elizabethan and Jacobean heritage of Knowsley, this structure took inspiration from Elsinore Castle which features in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It was constructed at the entrance of Knowsley Safari. On the Sunday Hamlet’s Castle of Cosmic Creatures came to life around the walls of the castle and included entertainment from the castle’s jester; and the black raven which flew around the castle grounds. People also greeted the giant Elizabethan puppets as they roamed and watched in awe as two giant smoke breathing dragons swooped and soared! The day also included cardboard inspired craft workshops which kept the children entertained and performances from local choirs and musicians also celebrated the rich culture, heritage and history of Elizabethan Knowsley, all against the backdrop of the cardboard castle built entirely by local people.

Some of the volunteers who helped to build Elisnore Castle

The Elizabethan giants

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PROPOSED £10M TRANSFORMATION FOR AINTREE HOSPITAL UNVEILED Plans for a £10 million project to transform the main entrance and tower block at Aintree University Hospital have been unveiled. If given the go-ahead, the renovation will refresh the outside of the hospital, extending the service life of the 10-storey tower block by at least 20 years. The tower block houses the majority of the hospital’s wards. Artist impressions show how the work would transform the main entrance, with glass frontage creating a bright, modern and more welcoming space. The designs will tie in with the adjacent £35m Urgent Care and Trauma Centre, which was officially opened by the Duke of Cambridge last September. The work will also improve the staff and patient experience within the building, with improved insulation, solar reflection and natural ventilation helping to manage inside temperatures all year round. Paul Fitzpatrick, director of estates and facilities at Aintree, said: “Our staff work hard to provide high-quality care for our patients and it is important that our buildings support this. “This investment with breathe new life into the fabric of the hospital, giving it a modern, efficient and contemporary façade.” Funding for the work is dependent on regional financial allocations, which is the money allocated to local Clinical Commissioning Groups by NHS England. A decision is expected in Autumn 2018. This investment would be the latest in a long line of improvements. Since becoming a Foundation Trust in 2006, more than £175m has been invested into the hospital’s buildings and facilities.

NEW LIFE FOR FORMER PRESCOT PUB The Red Lion Hotel in Prescot has now been transformed in to a new licensed restaurant called Kingsmen Street Food. Located in the heart of Prescot at 21 Market Place, Kingsmen Street Food is owned by four friends who wanted to make their dream a reality. Two of the owners, Mick Fleming and Stuart Cruise are veterans who served together in the 1st Battalion the Kings Regiment i.e. former Kingsmen. Mick’s son Mike is another director who, alongside his friend Stephen Gilchrist, believed in Mick’s vision and recognised that Prescot needs a business like Kingsmen Street Food. The specific relevance to the new restaurants chosen location is that during the First World War, the 17th (1st City) Battalion, the Kings Regiment (Liverpool) was raised by Lord Derby at the old watch factory in Prescot on the 29 August 1914. ‘King’s Men’ was also the name given to Shakespeare’s acting troupe when it changed its name from the Chamberlain’s Men in 1603. This is particularly relevant given that the new Shakespeare North playhouse is currently under construction a stone’s throw away from the restaurant. Kingsmen Street Food features a full eat in or take out menu of reasonably priced food influenced by street food cooking traditions from around the world. The restaurant also serves a wide range of hot and cold drinks along with world beers and wines at a bespoke food and drinks servery. From breakfasts, lunches and dinners all food is served with a unique street food twist. In time Kingsmen Street Food plan to offer a delivery service for

customers to enjoy great food in the comfort of their own home. Customers who choose to eat in would do so in a bespoke designed eatery which would definitely leave a lasting impression. From stools and tables made using scaffolding and cable drums the owners have brought the ‘street’ inside. Street lamps, a feature sky lighting effect, a bus stop, graffiti art and a post box are all installed with the main feature being a burger van projecting out from a wall. The whole restaurant has been completely designed and built from scratch by the four owners. In addition army veterans, family and friends have provided help and support following an appeal by the owners on social media. Consequently, and to show their appreciation, the entrance to the restaurant adorns the names of those who have helped under the banner ‘We got by with a little help from our friends’. The team strongly believe in social prescribing and are utilising parts of their restaurant to give something back to the community. They offer coffee mornings and Saturday matinee (classic movies) for the elderly, ‘Nit & Natter’ and a veteran’s hub. These events are made available in a room bookable for small parties and events such as a games room with its own bar and catering facilities. Loyalty schemes are available for regular customers to get free treats with frequent visits. Kingsmen Street Food opens to the public on Saturday 8 September at 5pm. For all updates you can follow them on Instagram at Kingsmenstreetfood or visit their website

21 Market Place Prescot, Merseyside L34 5SB

OPENS SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2018 Kingsmen features a full menu of reasonably priced food influenced by street food cooking traditions, but based upon time honoured recipes from around the world. The restaurant also serves a wide range of coffee and tea blends along with world beers and wines at a bespoke food and drinks servery area. Everyone here at Kingsmen has a passion for food, and getting people excited over their food. We have a range of menus, for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you are guaranteed to find something to suit you! We welcome everyone - including families to come and enjoy our fresh food.

8 September 2018

Education Special - Celebrating success KIRKBY HIGH CELEBRATE KNOWSLEY STUDENTS CONTINUED GCSE COLLECT GCSE RESULTS IMPROVEMENTS Kirkby High School staff and Governors are delighted with the successes of all of their students and their resilience in coping with such a challenging year. Headteacher, Rochelle Conefrey said: “Kirkby High has seen strong passes (grade 5+) in English and maths improve by 3% and improvements in the vast majority of subjects. “The number of students achieving standard pass (grade4+) in science has doubled. “Well done also to Megan and Amy (pictured) who are among many

students who received top marks in their GCSE results.

“We wish all every students success for the future”.

Pupils across Knowsley picked up their GCSE results. Across the borough there were many individual success stories with some pupils achieving fantastic results. While there were a number of examples of individual high achievement, overall results across the borough were disappointing, with provisional results indicating that the number of students achieving a Grade 4 or above in both English and maths dropped slightly to 41.4%. Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council, said: “My warm congratulations to all those

pupils who have achieved well – I wish you all the very best with your next steps. “This year’s GCSE results for Knowsley are still far from where we want them to be. This is why the council has invested heavily, particularly in the past two years, to help raise attainment in our schools, and we continue to do so. “As a local authority our role is to champion excellence for our young people. We do not directly manage any of the borough’s academies and secondary schools and we are reliant on the independent organisations which control those

schools to take the actions necessary to improve. “We expect multiacademy trusts and school leaders in Knowsley to be bold and ambitious in their plans for forthcoming academic years and to take strong action where there is under performance.” He added: “The council has invested heavily in bringing together a group of national experts to form our Education Commission, which has been reviewing Knowsley’s education system and will be making recommendations for improvement in the coming months”.


St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School celebrated an impressive set of GCSE results after what’s been described as “possibly the most difficult year”. The St Helens school said it was delighted to see so many of its students achieving top grades across a range of subjects given the challenges of the new examinations and the new grading system. Great strides were made in Languages, Health & Social Care and Science, whilst the number of students entered for and attaining the EBACC suite of qualifications also increased. Standout results include Ryan Owen, who, with a fine haul of five grade 9s, three grade 8s and one grade 7, is going on to study A-level Maths, Chemistry and Further Maths at Carmel College.

Lucy Rickard will be joining Ryan at Carmel College to study A-level Fine Art, English and Media after attaining one grade 9, four grade 8s, two grade 7s and two grade 5s. Meanwhile, Martyna Wozniak will be attending Winstanley College in September to study A-level Law, History and English Literature after achieving an impressive set of results which included one grade 9 and three grade 8s. Headteacher Mrs Twist said: “At St Cuthbert’s we are acutely aware that there are still improvements to be made across the board but today is about celebrating our young people and the fact that regardless of the numerical grading, we are skilling them up and giving them opportunities at colleges and work to live life in all its fullness.”

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ST JOHN BOSCO PROCLAIMS RECORD BREAKING GCSE RESULTS The class of 2018 at St John Bosco Arts College was heralded after receiving record breaking GCSE results. Many Year 11 students achieved the top grades of 9-7 in English, mathematics and science, under the new grading system brought in for most subjects. The overall pass rate for English and mathematics was 62.2% at grades 9-4 (A*-C equivalent). Notable successes included AliceMay Hardacre, who gained nine GCSE qualifications at grades 9-7, including four coveted grade 9s in English, history, RE and Spanish. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn Bell also secured nine GCSEs at grades 9-7, with two grade 9s in mathematics and history. Many students will now progress into the school’s sixth form or pursue a number of alternative education and work options. Headteacher Darren Gidman said: “I am very proud of all our students, who have worked extremely hard alongside our staff, as well as the support of parents and carers. “While there have been major changes to GCSEs, our students have risen to the occasion and

Big smiles on GCSE results day at St John Bosco Arts College

performed brilliantly.” “I congratulate all our students and wish them every success in their next pursuit.”

If you’ve just left school, West Lancashire College have a course for you! If you’re a school leaver and have just collected your GCSE results, West Lancashire College have a course for you no matter what your grades even if you’ve not yet applied. You can choose from a wide range of BTEC, technical skills or apprenticeship qualifications delivered to you by industry trained experts. This year the college has seen fabulous BTEC results with many students achieving beyond predicted grades. Many students achieved triple star distinctions, making them amongst the best performing BTEC students in the country, including; Lydia Elliott, applied science student, who has an unconditional place confirmed for Lancaster University in September. Lydia will be studying earth and environmental science, which includes one years’ study abroad in New Zealand! Harry Burns, performing arts student is off to Cumbria University to study musical theatre and Richard Morris, business student, will study business & facilities management at Liverpool John Moores University. Principal, at West Lancashire College, Denise Williamson said: “I would like to congratulate all of our students who have received their results. They have achieved some remarkable grades that are testament to their two years of hard work and the fantastic support of the staff at West Lancashire College. “This academic year has seen some of the best ever results for the College, and it makes me very proud to see our students moving on to

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Students and teachers alike celebrated a collection of exceptional GCSE results at Broughton Hall Catholic High School. A number of outstanding personal achievements made it a day to remember at the West Derby all-girls’ school. Many students are already looking forward to September when they will be continuing their studies at Broughton Hall Sixth Form. Particular students celebrating wonderful attainments included Chante Price who collected an excellent set of results which featured one A*, one 9 and two 8s. Special praise was also reserved for Caitlin Andrews (two 9s, two 8s, two 7s, two 6s, two 5s), Alex Dunn (one 9, three 8s, two 7s, three 6s, one 5), and Lauren Burke (two 9s, two 8s one 7, three 6s, two 5s). Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Broughton Hall is committed to the Catholic education of girls through gospel values. Left: celebrations from Demi Brady, Chloe Roach and Emily Slade. Right: High flyer Amanda Dunn.

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ST HELENS COLLEGE CELEBRATES 100% A-LEVEL PASS RATE AND UNIVERSITY SUCCESS Staff and students at St Helens A Level Academy are celebrating an outstanding 100% overall A-level pass rate. Whilst the overall A-level pass rate has fallen nationally, St Helens College has once again excelled with the majority of students securing places at their first choice universities across the UK, including University of Birmingham, Edge Hill University and University of Plymouth and Russell Group university, University of Liverpool. Core A-level subjects including biology, chemistry, mathematics, English language and English literature also achieved an outstanding 100% pass rate. Anne Pryer, Principal of St Helens College said: “We are so incredibly proud of our students and everything that they have achieved both personally and academically during their time with us. We are boasting some fantastic successes this year with the full student cohort progressing to university in September including University Centre St Helens.” These impressive results build on the College’s 2017 achievements which placed the College at the top of the Department for Education performance tables as the best General Further Education College in Merseyside for A-level progress and the third best A level provider in St Helens. Aspiring Psychologist and one of our top performers, Elesha, is celebrating her incredible success with her family today after achieving A, B, B in Sociology, Law, and Psychology. She said: “I can’t put into words how happy I am to have secured my place at the University of Liverpool to study Psychology. My tutors have been so supportive, always going the extra mile with revision sessions, feedback and guidance!” High flying student, Leah, is hoping to become a Criminologist, she said, “I am so pleased with my grades B, B, B in Religious Studies, Business and Sociology. It has been a challenging journey at times but it has all been worth it now that I have secured my place at Manchester Metropolitan University to study Criminology with Sociology!”







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RAINFORD HIGH STUDENTS RECEIVE EXCELLENT GCSE RESULTS Students at Rainford High returned to school to collect their GCSE results. The school has seen increases in a number of areas. Students achieving 9-5 grades in English and maths has increased by 5% from 62% to 67%. The number of grade 9/8 and A*’s has doubled from last year and there has been a significant increase of 5% in the number of 9-7 grades awarded from 25% to 30%. The number of 9-4 grades has also increased

from 79% to 82%. Student Sarah Fenney achieved straight 9s across all subjects, meaning that she is one of only 732 students across the country to achieve this incredible result. Sarah has been a standout student throughout her Rainford High journey. She has consistently exceeded the expectations of her age group and is a thorough natural talent. Twins Evan and Zach Cunningham have been

consistent ambassadors for the school and real high flyers evident in their wonderful results, with multiple grade 9s between them. There was further success with another set of twins, Rachel and Hannah Twist. They both achieved grades between 9 – 7 across all subjects. Principal Ian Young said: “Once again we are extremely proud of our students receiving their results. It is great to see their hard

work and dedication has really paid off. “Many of our students will continue their education here and head onto our sixth form,

whilst others will take different paths – whatever they choose, we wish them all the best of luck in everything that they do.”

Pictured far left: Twins Zach and Evan Cummingham; left Rachel and Hannah Twist and above Sarah Fenney who received straight 9s across all subjects

Everyone Matters Everyone Helps Everyone Succeeds

Be part of our success story Open Evening on Thursday 27 September, from 6pm. Rainford High will be opening its doors to year 5 and 6 students next month, giving them a glimpse into what life is like at this highly-coveted school. The evening will allow visitors to see for themselves everything Rainford High has to offer, as well as the opportunity to speak with current students and staff members. Talks with Principal Ian Young will commence at 6:15pm and 7pm.


The school looks forward to welcoming you then! 01744 885914

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16 September 2018

Education Special - Celebrating success Carmel College bucks national trend with stellar A-level results Carmel College in St Helens celebrated an impressive set of A-level results, with no fewer than six students set to continue their studies at the prestigious Oxbridge universities. The class of 2018 achieved an incredible 98.7% pass rate, with 51% of grades at A*-B and 80% at A*-C. The number of students receiving A*-C grades was up 0.3% on last year - bucking the national trend which saw A*-C grades fall overall compared to 2017. Once again, Carmel’s BTEC courses achieved a 100% pass rate with 88% of grades at Distinction* and Distinction. Caitlin Corrigan, Katherine Cleary, Hannah Mitchell, Anna Elliot, Natasha Clieve and Anthony Walker are the super six students who will be heading to Oxbridge universities in September. A further seven students will be studying Medicine or Veterinary Science when the new term begins. Carmel College principal Mike Hill said: “We are really pleased with this year’s outstanding results. The number of our students who have achieved a grade C or above has increased which is really pleasing, particularly compared to the national picture. “Not only does this show how hard our students have worked, it also illustrates how our staff continue to be passionate about working with students both in passing on their knowledge and supporting them to achieve their best.”

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More than 500 runners take part in 1 Mile and 5K Fun Runs

TORRENTIAL RAIN FAILS TO DAMPEN THE SPIRIT OF RUN FOR RHYS Torrential rain failed to dampen the spirits of more than 500 runners who took part in fun runs to celebrate the life of Croxteth youngster, Rhys Jones. The second annual Run For Rhys, which included a 1 mile and 5K fun runs, took place in the grounds of the Croxteth Hall and Country Park estate on Sunday 26 August. Runners of all ages braved testing weather conditions to pull on their trainers and run to honour the memory of Rhys. They were joined on the start line for the second year by Rhys’ parents, Mel and Steve Jones. Mel took part in the 1 Mile Fun Run, while Steve ran the 5K. Both fun runs were officially started by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Peter Brennan, and Everton Football Club legend and Club Ambassador Ian Snodin. The Everton Football Club anthem Z Cars was followed by a minute’s applause to celebrate Rhys’ life. The Everton version of The Farm song Altogether Now was played as the runners crossed the start line. The event also included a new family fun afternoon featuring entertainment, stalls, games, arts, crafts, games and sports demonstrations. Sadly, organisers were forced to cancel the afternoon programme due to worsening weather conditions. Everton fan Rhys Jones, aged 11, was innocently caught in the cross-fire between two rival gangs. The youngster was shot when he was walking home from football training in Croxteth. Rhys lost his life on 22 August 2007. Sharon Jardine, a director of the Rhys Jones Community Centre, said: “We can’t thank everyone enough for taking part in the Run For Rhys, despite the torrential rain. “Watching families cross the finish line in heavy rain with big smiles was just priceless, and shows that Rhys very much continues to be in people’s hearts and minds. It was incredibly special to have Rhys’ parents, Mel and Steve, take part for the second year. “We are grateful to the stallholders, volunteers and supporters who came along including Astrid Smith from The Voice Kids; Anfield and North Liverpool Boxing Club with their anti-knives campaign, Real Men Don’t Carry Knives; Everton in the Community; Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service; Merseyside Police, and the Radio City Street Team. “The Rhys Jones Community Centre is a positive legacy to Rhys and his memory, and is vital to the young people of Croxteth to help educate and raise aspirations”.

Mel Jones enjoys the run

Steve Jones and Sharon Jardine

Cllr Peter Brennan with Ian Snoddin and Steve Jones

18 September 2018

Health and Wellbeing HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton


This month our Know your Numbers roadshow is touring the borough offering you free blood pressure checks from 10 to 16 September. You can drop in to any of the events below to get your blood pressure checked for free and if there are any issues, such as a low or high reading, advice and support will also be available on how to address this:10 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-8pm Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park 10 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-8pm Northwood Community Centre 11 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-8pm Kirkby Leisure Centre 12 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-8pm Halewood Leisure Centre 13 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-7pm Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre 14 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-7pm Prescot Soccer Centre Blood pressure is the term used to describe the strength with which your blood pushes on the sides of your blood vessels as it’s pumped around your body. High blood pressure (hypertension) can put a strain on your heart and blood vessels and over time this extra strain can damage your body’s organs, which can increase your risk of developing serious problems such as a stroke or heart attack. Low blood pressure (hypotension) can cause dizziness and fainting. A blood pressure check is the only way to find out if your blood pressure is too high or too low, because most people won't have any obvious symptoms. To help you to manage a healthy blood pressure, there’s a range of ideas to help you, and your family, stay fit and healthy on our Healthy Knowsley website - From quitting smoking, weight loss programmes and getting active, you’ll find a wealth of information on Healthy Knowsley. Plus, there’s information around debt, learning and working - all of which can have an impact on our health. If you need support to help you make positive lifestyle changes, then you can be referred to a Lifestyle Advisor. It’s free and confidential to people living or working in Knowsley. Simply contact the Healthy Knowsley Hub on 0800 0731 202 or email: and they can advise you on specialist support services to meet your needs.

Highway to Health launch mental health board game

FACE FORWARD IN KNOWSLEY The FACE Forward Recovery Partnership (Knowsley Recovery College) is a joint project facilitated by Knowsley Council’s Family And Community Education Service (FACE) and North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS trust. FACE Forward began in 2015 as a Community Learning Mental Health Pilot Research project funded by the Department for Education. The purpose of this pilot was to discover how educational interventions impact on participants’ mental health and wellbeing. Alex Horrocks from North West Boroughs and Angie Kitching from Knowsley Council have been instrumental in establishing and continuing this partnership and for ensuring that overall project aims and objectives have been delivered but most importantly that individuals have benefited from participating in activities. Project lead Alex Horrocks said: “The mental health research project was an extremely successful one and we had 575 enrolments over the course of the two years. “Such was the demand for courses we realised at an early stage this was a project we needed to keep going for the people of Knowsley and beyond. “With this in mind we decided to submit a bid for national lottery funding eight months before the end of the two year pilot project. Luckily we were successful with this bid and Big Lottery Reaching Communities Funding is providing a grant that will see the project sustained for the next three years until December 2020.” Alex added: “Our experience with the two year research pilot has given us an excellent grounding and knowledge of what type of courses the people of Knowsley enjoy and what they benefit from most. “We have taken this experience into the new lottery funded project and listened to the people of Knowsley to respond to their needs. “We began delivery in January and already our enrolments have far exceeded what we anticipated. We would like to continue discussions with our local communities to ensure we deliver the courses they will benefit from most in each area. “After all, what we have been awarded is public money so it should be the public that chooses and benefits from this”. FACE Forward Recovery Partnership Knowsley have also designed and developed an educational health and wellbeing board game called ‘Highway to Health’. Highway to Health is a family game that can be played by both adults and children and covers a number of subjects such as emotional health, diet and nutrition, interactive exercise and the dangers of unhealthy choices.

Alex Horrocks said: “Highway to Health is an educational and interactive board game aimed at improving the mental and physical health of the families of Knowsley. “Research has shown that enjoying your learning activity helps people retain information much easier. We also decided on the board game concept as we believe this will improve communication in families and encourage discussion rather than adults and children sitting at home on their iphones or ipads. “We would like to thank Knowsley Council and North West Boroughs Healthcare for endorsing our product, and hope it will provide great benefits to the children and the residents of Knowsley. “Also incorporated into the Highway to Health board game are the five ways to wellbeing and a healthy step chart whereby people can log and keep track of any progress they have made”. Angie Kitching supports these comments and said: “The success of the project is down to highly effective partnership working coupled with engaging with individuals and communities to find out what it is that people are interested in doing. “Our research findings highlighted to us that many individuals experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues wanted to engage in activities that enabled them time off from thinking about their mental health issues. “Participating in a community learning activity helped them do this. “Our overall feedback supports this where 100% of those participating since January report they are able to self-manage their mental health symptom better”. If you are interested in finding our more about the Highway to Health board game and how to get one contact Alex on 0151 443 5400 or email FACE Forward Recovery Partnership is a joint project facilitated by North West Boroughs Healthcare and Knowsley Council. Any proceeds received from this product are donated towards supporting people suffering from mental health issues in Knowsley.

Do you have Diabetes? St Helens and District Diabetes Group are inviting people to come along to one of their meetings and find out more about living with the condition. Their next meeting is entitled: Diabetes – Tablets and / or Insulin? Who decides and how? The speaker will be Dr Mike Merriman, Diabetes Clinical Lead for Knowsley CCG and Hassan Argomandkhah, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, both from Millbrook Medical Centre, Kirkby. The event takes place on Wednesday 5 September at 7.30pm at St Helens United Reformed Church, King Street, St Helens, WA10 2JZ (next to Windle Pilkington Hall). Please note: They no longer meet in St Helens Town Hall. All welcome – Admission free For further details phone: 0151 480 0821or visit their website at:

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Local NHS trust supports World Breastfeeding Week at Knowsley Safari Families from across Merseyside joined staff from North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, to celebrate and promote breastfeeding, as part of World Breastfeeding Week. To raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support, World Breastfeeding Week is held every year, and is celebrated in 120 countries. To mark this occasion, on Friday 3 August at 10:30am, thousands of breastfeeding women and their babies/children across the world gathered in their own communities to take part in the Global Big Latch On, a synchronised breastfeeding event in multiple locations. The Trust, in partnership with Merseyside Breastfeeding Consortium, held their local Big Latch On at Knowsley Safari. The event was well attended and it’s hoped that this year the current Global Big Latch

On record of 17,992 children breastfeeding at 758 locations, across 23 countries can be broken. Other Big Latch On events organised by the Trust, were held in St Helens and Sefton. Activities included: pram push around the park, afternoon tea and breastfeeding bingo. Pippa Caldwell, infant feeding co-ordinator at North West Boroughs said: “We are delighted to be hosting these events with our Consortium Partners. The events highlight the amazing work our services provide to support mothers and babies. “We love to celebrate the achievements of our breastfeeding families and we’re so pleased so many past and present breastfeeding families have joined us to take part in this worldwide event.” Amy, who attended the Big Latch On event at Knowsley Safari said: “I can see the benefits in the baby already, he’s never even been to the doctors apart from his

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Families from across Merseyside joined staff from the Trust at Knowsley Safari, to celebrate our Big Latch On event.

immunisations, and he is so happy and content. “Also, for me, it’s meant I’ve managed to get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes quicker than I did with my others who weren’t breastfed.” To find out more you can contact the Knowsley Breastfeeding Peer Support Service on 0151 244 3269.

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Ladies night The National Associate of Women’s Clubs are opening a new club to be held at Prescot Fire station (by Tesco) on Monday 10 September at 7.30pm. All ladies welcome to come on in and see what we they about, meet new friends and tell them what activities you would like. There will also be a free raffle on the opening night. For further information please contact Pat Blair on 0151 228 0316


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NEW SHOW HOMES OFFICIALLY OPEN A stunning new show village has been formerly unveiled in Huyton at Countryside’s Wilson Chase development, where a surge in sales has seen 38 homes sold off plan in just four months. Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council and Cllr Tony Brennan joined members of Countryside to officially launch the highly anticipated development on Western Avenue and declare the new show homes open. Since the launch of the sales office, home hunters have been jumping at the chance to reserve one of the 286 three and four bedroom homes that will make up the Wilson Chase community. With a choice of nine stylish home designs, featuring open plan kitchen/dining areas, skylight windows and french doors, to create a spacious and bright home that is perfect for modern family living. Fitted with a range of high quality features that are part of Countryside’s enhanced standard specification, the Knowsley development offers a mix of detached and semi-detached homes. Prices start from £209,995 and are available through a number of home buying initiatives, such as the popular Help to Buy scheme. Cllr Tony Brennan, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “I was delighted to attend the opening of the show village at Wilson

L-R Cllr Tony Brennan - cabinet member regeneration and economic development, Cllr Graham Morgan - leader of Knowsley Council, Mark Hadfield - regional operations director, Countryside, Ian Simpson - land and new business director, Countryside.

Chase and see first-hand the high quality three and four bedrooms homes available. “This latest development supports the council’s ambitious growth plans to increase the choice and availability of high quality housing in the area, which is fantastically located near to the local park, schools and village centre.” Mark Hadfield, regional operations director at Countryside said: “The interest in Wilson Chase that has been received prior to the show homes being available to view has been great, but since we have opened the show village, we have seen a steady stream of buyers come

through the door. We are very pleased to see the success of our work and partnership with Knowsley Council continue with this new community for Huyton. “At Countryside we pride ourselves on creating places people love and with the opening of the new show homes, potential buyers will now be able to view first hand the high specification that makes up a Countryside home.” For more information about the new homes at Wilson Chase visit or call 0151 601 8675 or visit the show village on Western Avenue, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 4LX.


Prescot Parish Church will be open to visitors on the following dates; Friday 7 September 12.00 Noon - 3pm Saturday 8 September 11am - 3pm Sunday 9 September 1pm - 3pm Saturday 15 September 11am - 3pm Sunday 16 September 1pm - 3pm The church is the only Grade I listed building in the Borough of Knowsley, built 1610 with a Saxon font and a Jacobean ceiling, 17th century sactuary chair, choir benches, altar rails and magnificent reredos. It is one of Merseyside’s finest churches. (tower and spire not open). All welcome, entrance free. For further information call 426 8113

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A new archive exhibition ‘This Sporting Kirkby Library. Life’ is celebrating the first British There are some great photographs of Special Olympics games which took Knowsley competitors meeting Prince place in Knowsley. Charles during his visit to Kirkby Sports Many Knowsley adult disability service Centre in April 1982, whilst they were users and staff participated in this training there. One of the young landmark event at Kirkby Sports Centre in participants presented Prince Charles 1982 for people with intellectual with a teddy for the soon to be born disabilities. Prince William. The games, held from The late Sir Eldon Griffiths, Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 July British International Special 1982, were opened by HRH Olympics Chairman, This year’s Princess Alexandra. remarked in his welcome in International Athletes from nine the game’s programme: Games are a step regions of the UK “This year’s International – a big step competed alongside Games are a step – a big participants from Barbados, step but no more than a first Greece, Netherlands and The step – along a road that can USA. In all, 1000 Special lead us to a brighter future for Olympians and escorts took part in the mentally handicapped sport, throughout games with the competitors from the United Kingdom.” Knowsley part of the North West team. That was certainly the case in Knowsley There were track and field events as the event was the springboard for including the long jump, high jump and further sporting activities for the service shot put plus wheelchair and swimming users and for one competitor in particular; events. Vivienne Castell. She trained at Terry Some wonderful photographs, medals, Phillips Gym in Knowsley Village and and sportswear from the great event are went on to take part in the Paralympics. on display in the ARK exhibition space in After the 1982 games, Vivienne

A young Knowsley competitor meeting Prince Charles during his visit to Kirkby Sports Centre in April 1982 where participants were training ahead of the games later that year in the same venue.

represented Knowsley in many more Special Olympics games playing netball, volleyball and basketball for the North West, national, Great Britain and European teams. She then, at the age of 20, went on to compete in the Paralympic games in Barcelona and Madrid in 1992. Cllr Sean Donnelly, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “It’s amazing to think it all began right here in Knowsley when the Special Olympics GB 40th Anniversary Games are happening this month! “There are some fantastic photographs and memorabilia on display so it really is worth visiting ‘This Sporting Life’ in Kirkby

Library’s exhibition space.” The Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) was established in 1978 as part of the global Special Olympics Movement, with the first games held in Kirkby in 1982. It was founded by Chris Maloney MBE, who had been teaching swimming to people with learning disabilities since the early 1960s. Chris had been enlisted by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F Kennedy and founder of the whole movement, to develop the Special Olympics programme in the UK. ‘This Sporting Life’ is on display in the ARK exhibition space in Kirkby Library, the Kirkby Centre, until 16 October.

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Lifestyle MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER KNIT & NATTER GROUP - HUYTON LIBRARY 10:30 – 12:00 Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD. Bring along any project you are doing, knitting or crochet. Swap patterns and ideas, make new friends and have a cuppa and a chat. All levels of experience welcome. Please ask branch staff for more details or call 443 3734 ADDVANCED SOLUTIONS COMMUNITY NETWORK GROUP - SPEKE 09:00 – 11:30 Speke Five Families Centre, Conleach Road, Speke, L24 0TW. Please note Parents and carers from Knowsley can access these groups. Do you have any concerns about your child's behaviour or progress at school? Open access, pre, during and post diagnosis learning and support for parents/carers and supporters to better recognise, understand and meet the needs of children and young people living with Neurodevelopmental conditions. Each week we deliver an informal workshop on a different topic, check out the website for up to date information. No need to book. Come along and meet other families to share learning and experience in our friendly Community Network Groups. Please contact the office to inform us if you intend to come along to the City Centre Community Network. ADDvanced Solutions Community Network - Supporting you to find the answers. For Further up to date information check out our website or contact or call 015 486 1788. WHEELS FOR ALL (CROXTETH PARK) 10:00 – 14:00 Croxteth Hall and Country Park, Off Muirhead Avenue East, Liverpool, Merseyside, L11 1EH. The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved. All the centres are equipped with specially adapted cycles and Wheels for All trained leaders, who have the knowledge and confidence to work with adapted cycles for participants to enjoy the benefits of cycling. The centres welcome individuals, groups and families to be involved. Wheels For All Training gives individuals, carers and support staff the confidence to work with adapted cycles for their clients or family member so that all can enjoy the benefits of cycling in a sociable environment. We even provide the adapted cycles so everyone can get involved. Cycling Projects works with occupational therapists, sports development, local councils, Primary Care Trusts' care support staff, as well as the support staff and parents of those pre existing services users. £3 per session TUESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER SEWING BEE AT HUYTON LIBRARY 10:00 – 12:00 Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD. Come along to Huyton Library for our Sewing Bee adult activity. Work toward your own personalised gift. Experienced and inexperienced stitches. All welcome. For a chat, a cup of tea and a chance to learn a new skill. Hand sewing. Contact: 0151 443 3734, WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER A BREAK WITH A BOOK - KIRKBY 14:30 – 16:00 Kirkby Library, The Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY. The Reader invites you to a free group taking place every Wednesday. Meet new people and relax at a free Shared Reading Group for Knowsley residents. We get together every week to share a good story over tea and cake. Everything will be read aloud and there's no pressure to join in - just put your feet up and listen. Contact Megg Hewlett - / 07807106869 – or just turn up! CLUBBERCISE - BRINGING A NIGHT OUT TO YOUR WORKOUT 19:00 – 20:00 Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. Simple & fun dance workout with glow sticks and disco lights to club anthems from 90's to today's hits! All welcome - no need to book, just come along. Class price: £4 per person. For more information please contact me, Jo, on 07511180133 or email THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER A BREAK WITH A BOOK - PRESCOT (DEMENTIA FRIENDLY) 10:00 – 11:30 Prescot Library, Prescot shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, Prescot, L34 5GA. For those living with dementia and those close to them. The Reader invites you to a free group taking place every Thursday. Meet new people and relax at a free Shared Reading Group for Knowsley residents. We get together every week to share a good story over tea and cake. Everything will be read aloud and there's no pressure to join in - just put your feet up and listen. Contact Megg Hewlett / 07807106869 – or just turn up! PEDAL AWAY @ COURT HEY PARK 18:00 – 19:00 Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Liverpool, Merseyside, L16 3NA. Evening bike ride - 6:00 pm start. Bikes and helmets are available to borrow on all rides, please arrive early as limited number. For more information please contact: 01925 234 213 SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER DIDDIKICKS - AWARD WINNING PRE SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLASSES FOR 18MTHS-5YRS 09:00 – 12:00 Halewood Youth in Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT. Diddikicks is now in to its 5th year and the sessions and classes have grown from strength to strength. We pride ourselves on delivering sessions for toddlers that will increase your little one's confidence whilst teaching them basic life skills in a control structured environment that is tons of fun. Places filling fast - inbox today to reserve a FREE trial session in your area! Our classes have shown to: improve motor, social and cognitive skills; increase confidence and discipline; best of all your little one will have lots of fun and make lots of friends!! For more information on our classes and to book yourself on to a FREE trial, please email today to KNOWSLEY PARKRUN 09:00 – 10:00 Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston, Merseyside, L35 3RG. Every Saturday morning, Stadt Moers Parkin Whiston, plays host to the Knowsley parkrun starting at 9am. It’s a free toenter timed 5k event that encourages people of all ages and abilities to getactive and enjoy the great outdoors. It doesn’t matter whether you’re anexperienced runner, a jogger or just want a leisurely stroll, you‘ll be made tofeel welcome enjoy yourself. The parkrun is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers, who give up acouple hours each week to help out. To take part in parkrun as a runner or to volunteer, just visit the Knowsley parkrun website - andregister. Once you have registered you will be sent a link to print off your own uniquebarcode which is scanned during your run to log your time. If you’revolunteering the barcode will register that you have helped. If you would like more information please email organisers at THE SAFARI KIDS CLUB (AGES UP TO 12YRS) 12:00 – 15:00 Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village, Merseyside, L28 1AB. Priced at £2.10 per child (discounts for families) and parents get

in for FREE. Activities and fun for children up to 12yrs. Parents need to stay with children under 8. Giant Bouncy Castle, Multi Sports, Arts and Crafts, Community Café, Monthly Movie Club, Cookery and so much more. Don't forget to bring your leisure pass! Organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details please contact Maria Branch, 07725 418637 TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER JAN WILLIAMS THEATRE SCHOOL 17:00 – 20:00 17:00 – 20:00 SPACE Building, adjacent to St Columba's Catholic Primary School, Hillside Road, Huyton, Merseyside, L36 8BL. Welcome to the Jan Williams Theatre School based in Huyton, Liverpool. Established back in 1985, we have a rich history of successful dance training; specialising in Specialising in: Street, Jazz, Freestyle, Commercial, Modern, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Drama, Singing. Why not pop along and join us for a taster day free of charge call us now to arrange! Cost £3 per class. Contact details: 07874 767316,, MONDAY 17 SEPTEMBER HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+) 12:00 – 15:30 Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood, L26 0TH. We run a Winter indoor bowls activity (not 10 pin) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Playing on 2 mats, 12 people to each mat. For ages 21+ Times 12 noon3.30/4.00pm Contact: 0151 487 9779

SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER THE SAFARI KIDS CLUB (AGES UP TO 12YRS) 12:00 – 15:00 Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village, Merseyside, L28 1AB. Priced at £2.10 per child (discounts for families) and parents get in for FREE. Activities and fun for children up to 12yrs. Parents need to stay with children under 8. Giant Bouncy Castle, Multi Sports, Arts and Crafts, Community Café, Monthly Movie Club, Cookery and so much more. Don't forget to bring your leisure pass! Organised by the Stockbridge Community Intergeneration Project, for further details please contact Maria Branch, 07725 418637 MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER HOLLIES HALL INDOOR BOWLING (AGES 21+) 12:00 – 15:30 Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood, L26 0TH. We run a Winter indoor bowls activity (not 10 pin) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Playing on 2 mats, 12 people to each mat. For ages 21+ Times 12 noon3.30/4.00pm Contact: 0151 487 9779 SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER PEDAL AWAY WEEKEND RIDE @ HALEWOOD PARK 11:00 – 12:30 Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood, Merseyside L26 7X. Pedal Away is holding various free cycling sessions throughout the year for children to learn how to ride without stabilisers, and for everyone to join in group rides and have fun. The sessions are a great way to keep fit, have fun, and enjoy the great outdoors. To book a place, visit the Eventbrite website. To find about more about the rides, you can call 01925 234213 or email

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mushrooms have softened. Set aside. Preheat your oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5. Spoon the bacon mixture into a flan dish. Mix together the eggs, cottage cheese, parsley and Cheddar, then spoon over the bacon mixture. Top with the tomato halves and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until just set. Tip: Serve hot or cold with baby potatoes and a large salad. Vegetarians, swap bacon for Quorn ham pieces for extra flavour.

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Garden Treats - Nine Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Autumn Brits are being urged to spend the last few weeks of summer giving their gardens some TLC in order to prepare for autumn and the colder months. Our resident gardener has looked at the mistakes green fingered beginners are most likely to make as the days get shorter and colder in order to advise them on how to be better prepared. Listed among the recommended tasks are doing a big tidy, and planting spring bulbs in preparation for next year. Gardeners should also remember to clear up fallen leaves, pack away garden furniture and protect pots and plants. Our gardener said: “As soon as the nice weather disappears, and the chilly days and dark evenings set in, people start to neglect their gardens. “Autumn is one of the most important times of the year for gardening – it’s the time to get the garden tidied up ready for the chilly months and to do all those little jobs to make sure plants and garden features remain in good condition. “As it gets colder it’s too easy to put the jobs off – but it really is worth investing the time so when Spring finally puts in an appearance, you’re ready to enjoy your outside space.”

1. Net the pond If you’re fortunate enough to have a pond, cover it with a net. Forget and you’ll be fishing out soggy plants all winter. 2. Cut the lawn Remember – your lawn will need a really good cut before the cold and wet weather sets in. If you let the grass get too long, it will be near impossible to cut it over the winter. 3. Clean and clear Just as you would spring clean your house, don’t forget to autumn clean your garden. Cut back plants and clear out the shed and greenhouse before you store everything for winter. It is also a good time to pressure wash the patio or scrub down the decking. This will stop excessive dirt and grime build up occurring over the wet winter months.

plant them in September/October. 6. Protect your pots Store both your empty and in-use pots correctly over the winter months. Insulate with either hay, cardboard or bubble wrap and make sure you raise all in-use pots off the ground to prevent them from getting waterlogged during rainy weather. 7. Protect your plants The first frost of the year can arrive without any warning and can kill your favourite foliage. If you have any plants you know are susceptible to cold weather, get them in the greenhouse or in your conservatory.

8. Clear away garden items Don’t forget to pack away any garden items that may get damaged by the cold weather. If your furniture or BBQ won’t fit in the shed, make sure they’re covered up properly. 9. Don’t forget the wildlife Don’t forget about any wildlife that visits your garden. Make sure you leave out seeds for the birds and any suitable leftovers.

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24 September 2018

Huyton Air Cadets lend a hand at Dutch Farm There seems to be no end to the list of activities you can get involved with as an air cadet, in addition to flying, shooting, Duke of Edinburgh and sport the Huyton cadets manage to find time to support the local community. This summer cadets of 1982 Huyton Air Cadets had the opportunity to volunteer at the YMCA Dutch Farm in Liverpool. The farm is home to a number of sustainable food and ecosystems projects which benefit both YMCA service users along with local community groups. CI Brannan, staff member from the cadets has watched the farm evolve over the last few years and was amazed at the hard work that has gone into developing the site, he said: “The staff and volunteers have created an environment which promotes health and wellbeing.” Luckily the weather was on our side so the cadets could get stuck into site maintenance, harvesting and planting crops all of which were greatly appreciated by the charity. Corporal Hodgers reflecting on the day, said: “All of the cadets enjoyed volunteering at the farm, my personal highlight was learning about bio-diversity and building hedgehog houses out of recycled materials. We are looking forward to returning soon”.


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Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee has approved major plans for the development of vacant land next to the junction of the M62 and Cronton Road in Huyton. The development will initially include a building, with a contemporary design, for light and general industrial uses together with a new Aldi food store. As part of the plans there will be significant highway works to the junction of Cronton Road with Wilson Road, including new traffic lights, CCTV traffic monitoring, and improvements to pedestrian and cyclist facilities along Cronton Road. A later phase of the development will see the construction of further buildings for light and general industrial purposes, a pub/restaurant and a petrol filling station. Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Tony Brennan, said:

“This is a welcome development that will bring an unused site back into use. It will also provide employment opportunities for local people and more shopping choice for residents living in the area.” Dean Thompson, Regional Manager at Henry Boot Developments, said: “Beacon 62 is an important gateway site with the potential to create a notable number of new jobs and bring significant investment into the area. Our aim is to create a successful, vibrant mixed-use scheme comprising retail, leisure and business use and which creates a new focal point for the area. We have 8-acres now remaining and discussions with potential occupiers have been positive, so we expect to be able to make further announcements in the near future.” The development known as Beacon 62 is a joint venture between Henry Boot Developments and Barnfield Construction and has the potential to support 480 jobs when fully developed.


Knowsley Community Hub has celebrated the launch of the borough’s Incredible Edible community growing project in Huyton. Incredible Edible founder Pam Warhurst was joined by Knowsley Council leader Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley Community Hub director Karen Mower at Knowsley Council’s Older People’s Huyton Resource Centre on Tarbock Road to officially unveil the project which encourages people to grow their own food, eat more healthily and save money on food bills. They were also joined by community representatives, local families and people who attend the centre. Incredible Edible founder Pam Warhurst said: “I was so happy to be asked to launch this Knowsley Hub event. Through the power of small actions, the people of Knowsley are demonstrating just how incredible they are. Welcome to the movement.” Community Hub director Karen Mower said: “This open day was for all the community to come along and see what work has been done at the centre and give them a chance to get involved and give us their ideas. There were lots of activities and demonstrations showing people how they can grow food by using household products and teaching people how easy it is to do this.” Regulars at the council’s Older

People’s Day Centre have already been involved with the project working with the council’s Green Spaces team to develop their own green space and growing areas. They have also been joined by children from St Anne’s Primary School working together on nature art activities, as well as gardening projects. It is hoped local allotment groups and ‘friends of’ parks groups will also get involved to help develop the site.

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES Do you want to improve your computer skills? There will be free computer classes for adults, beginning Monday 10 September in Halewood. The course from beginners to level 2 will take place at the New Hutte Community Centre, Halewood. Just 2.5 hours a week. Small and informal groups. Course consists of email, word processing and internet etc. A basic knowledge of computers is preferred but not essential or call in to the drop-in on Wednesday morning for help and advice on anything else i.e. Job search, form filling council tax, printing travel docs etc. Call now on 0151 443 2052.

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LIFE SAVING DEFIBRILLATOR INSTALLED IN KIRKBY TOWN CENTRE TO HELP SAVE LIVES St Modwen has supplied a brand new publiclyaccessible life saving defibrillator in Kirkby Town Centre. The defibrillator has been fitted to the wall outside Iceland and alongside the Bus Station on Cherryfield Drive. The portable medical device offers immediate, 24/7 lifesaving support and could help save people who suffer cardiac arrest until paramedics arrive. Kirkby Town Centre, owned and managed by the expert developer and regeneration specialist, is a large public area and St Modwen has funded the defibrillator to support the local community and help save lives. The town centre security team have all been trained to use the defibrillator, and will be on hand immediately if an emergency occurs. Defibrillators are easy to use and crucial in saving the life of a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest. In the event that a member

of the public needs to access the defibrillator they will need to call the emergency services immediately who will provide an access code to release the equipment. Clear instructions and visual prompts are provided to guide the user on how to treat the patient. Mike Matthews, Kirkby Town Centre manager, said: “Every second counts when someone collapses and stops breathing. These devices are simple to use by anyone with little or no training. The sooner it is used in a collapse from a suspected heart attack, the better the chances are of it saving a life. “If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, chances of survival increase from 6% to 74%. “We have also trained all town centre security staff on how to use the defibrillator. The safety of the local community is our main priority and I’m confident this defibrillator will make a Kirkby Town Centre manager Mike Matthews with the defibrillator installed by St Modwen on the wall outside difference in Kirkby Town Iceland in the town centre. Centre.”

26 September 2018

Take a Break: Huntley and Palmers in Huyton There’s nothing better than curling up in a comfortable chair with a hot steaming mug of something comforting and a good book to get lost in. We all know that a hot drink is too wet without a biscuit, but can the Archive serve up a decent accompaniment? Delving into the collections in Knowsley’s Archive reveals a biscuit connoisseur’s treasure trove in the form of a small group of records relating to Huntley and Palmers. Huntley and Palmers was founded in 1822 as J Huntley & Son, a biscuit and confectionery shop on London Street, Reading, Berkshire. In the following century the company began developing some very strong ties to the Huyton area, and there’s more about that a little later. The Reading confectionery shop was operated by Joseph Huntley and his oldest son, Thomas and was situated opposite a coach house, The Crown Inn. Huntley’s biscuits became popular with travellers stopping at The Crown as they were cleverly packaged in tins to prevent them from breaking in transit whilst keeping them fresh. The tins, which became a factor in the company’s success, were made by Thomas’s brother, also Joseph, who was an ironmonger who founded Huntley, Boorne and Stevens, making high quality, decorative tins for the

safe transportation of biscuits and cakes. traded in some137 countries. Another Joseph Huntley senior retired due to ill feature was the clever marketing of the health in 1838, leaving Thomas to run the brand and the popularity of the attractive, business and in1841, Thomas joined forces collectible and very practical biscuit tins with a cousin, George Palmer. which, once empty of biscuits, could be Huntley and Palmers was born. reused. Joseph passed away in 1857, but George As already mentioned, although the - aided by his brothers William Isaac and company was established in Reading, it has Samuel - continued to grow the enterprise some very strong ties to the Huyton area: in and by 1900, the company November 1955, Huntley and employed 5,000 people and Palmers Ltd. opened their factory was recognised as the on Wilson Road, Huyton. Huntley and Palmers world’s largest biscuit The factory was an firm. Huntley and important employer in the even supported Scott’s Palmers even supported town and this was doomed British Scott’s doomed British highlighted when the Antarctic Expedition to Antarctic Expedition to Duchess of Kent visited the the South Pole with the South Pole with plant as part of her tour of supplies supplies, and produced Huyton, at the invitation of both biscuits and artillery Huyton Urban District Council. shell cases for the Great War The visit took place on Tuesday effort. 22nd July 1958. The Duchess was What was the secret to the success of given an insight into the workings of the Huntley and Palmers? There were a number factory by Mr Reginald Palmer and Mr of factors at play, from the wide range of William Palmer, who explained the Vicars popular biscuit varieties on offer (400 types Quality Creaming method, demonstrated were available by 1903) and the mass how the equipment worked and showed her production techniques used to produce various processes carried out in the them, to the keen price point of each product production of the biscuits and packaging. and the export reach of what was one of the The Duchess also met with groups of first global brands: at its peak, the company employees as she toured the factory.

In 1970, Huntley and Palmers amalgamated with Jacob’s and Peek Frean to form Associated Biscuits, continuing to produce their famous brands in Huyton even after production ceased at the Reading factory in 1976. Nabisco acquired the Associated Biscuits group in 1982, sounding the death knell for the Huyton factory which closed the following year. Despite efforts by the General and Municipal Workers’ Union to fight the closure, it went ahead with the loss of 900

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KNOWSLEY ARK: BRINGING HISTORY ALIVE jobs, in addition to a further 2000 jobs lost to rivals United Biscuits across Merseyside. That year saw many job losses in the Borough, with local newspaper, the Prescot Reporter, relaying on 24th June 1983 that at the same time as Huntley and Palmers, the Kraft factory in Kirkby and toolmakers Cross International were also announcing redundancies. In 1989, Nabisco would eventually sell its rights to the Huntley and Palmer biscuit brands to the French food group, BSN/Danone, but the biscuits created by Huntley and Palmer remain firm favourites. The fascinating sample wrappers and price labels in the Archive collection evoke a myriad of memories: who remembers buying biscuits loose by weight – and picking up a bargain with the broken biscuits? The volume held in the Archive contains many examples of wrappers for biscuits and snacks that will be familiar to many, from lemon puffs to Nice biscuits, garibaldi and

bourbon creams and of course, the Family Circle selection, a staple of any Sunday treat or Christmas celebration. One draft wrapper, for chocolate wheatmeal biscuits, is dated 28th August 1959 and there are examples of products dating from the 1950s to as late as the 1980s, including a flat pack box for a 1960s biscuit promoted at the time as a slimming aid. Sold in packs of 12, the cheese ‘n’ celery flavoured ‘minibisks’ were promoted as ‘an aid to slimming diets’ and were ‘the slimmer’s meal in a biscuit’- according to the packaging. Of great interest are the shelf labels and price tickets, recalling a time predecimalisation, when the currency of the day was pounds, shillings and pence and supermarkets were a new phenomenon. Prices were set either by weight or by pack (or tin) and the tickets, which were supplied by Huntley and Palmers to the retailer, would be clearly displayed on the shelf edge. The volume of wrappers and related

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documents was deposited in the Archive in October 1986, and although Huntley and Palmers company archive is held at Reading Museum, with the business archive at Reading University, Knowsley’s Archive can still offer us a tempting glimpse into the tea time treats of the past and a world famous brand’s links with Huyton.

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28 September 2018

Haunted Merseyside with Tom Slemen


n the summer of 1962, a 25-year-old a second gigantic Huyton man named John Garnetfigure, only it was in Chaffins met a beautiful 19-year-old silhouette, but it girl at a party in Whiston named Jo looked as if it was Ann Carlson. coming towards them. John and Jo Ann fell madly in love with Jo Ann began to one another, but the only obstacle to their scream, and John romance was a distance of nearly sixty attempted to restart miles, because Jo Ann lived in the little the car. When the town of Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, so nearer giant stepped John borrowed some money from his over the road ahead father and bought a Morris Minor to make with one gargantuan the twice-weekly journey to see his stride, the car started girlfriend. and John reversed the One night in September 1962, at vehicle, travelling around 11.30pm, John was taking Jo Ann blindly backwards in home via the A635 – a lonely road which the mist until he crosses some of the most bleak managed to turn the moorland of Greater Manchester, and on car around. this night, as the car was passing through He was about to Saddleworth Moor, the low oppressive drive all the way back opalescent moonlit clouds started to to Liverpool when he billow and change shape as if a saw a group of figures whirlwind-like atmospheric disturbance walk out of the fog and was stirring them up. come down the road The effect reminded John of the towards the vehicle. They all had black blossoming shapes drops of milk make hooded robes on that were similar to the when they disperse into a tumbler of habits worn by monks. clear water. John beeped his horn and flashed his Jo Ann had a phobia of storms after headlamps but the crowd of about a being struck by lightning as a child, and dozen men continued to bar the way. gazing at the turbulent heavens beyond John tried to call their bluff by revving the windscreen, she clung onto John’s the vehicle and accelerating forwards for left arm as he drove along the road. about twelve feet before he slowed and A strange grey mist rolled along the braked. moors and covered the road ahead, and One of the hooded strangers broke as the clouds continued to billow into away from the group and ran around the strange, unnatural forms, Jo Ann let out a Morris Minor to the driver’s window and yelp and asked, “What’s that over there?” with some urgency John told Jo Ann to “What?” said John, wind up her window. startled by his The tall hooded Jo Ann pointed to girlfriend’s outburst. At man had wild staring that same moment, the something shadowy eyes as he looked car stalled and its through the driver’s and towering which electrics failed. Jo Ann side window and in pointed to something a Scottish accent he was loping across shadowy and towering told John to open the moorland which was loping the door, but John across the moorland to revved the car. the left of the road. The weirdly-dressed Scotsman then It looked vaguely human in shape but it produced a dagger and looked as if he was gigantic – about fifty feet in height was going to try and smash the window perhaps – and it had a faint orange glow with its handle. around its body. John floored the accelerator and the This giant entity was leaning heavily in Morris Minor shot down the road. The the direction it was walking, at an angle of other hooded figures dived out of the about 25 degrees, seemingly about to way. topple forwards, yet it remained upright. A few years after this weird event, John Jo Ann wound the window down and saw a picture of the Moors murderer Ian now she and John could hear the slow Brady, and he was fairly certain that he rhythmic thuds of the oversized had been the very same Scottish weirdo humanoid as it moved across the moor. in the monk’s habit with the dagger who At one point the head of the creature had told him to leave the car that foggy turned to face the car and the young night on the moors. couple saw its eyes flare up into two One night in November 1970, John and bright points of white light. The face Jo Ann, who were now married, took the looked flat with a prominent protruding same route to visit Jo Ann’s parents – bottom jaw. down the A635 – this time in a Morris About five hundred yards away in the Minor Traveller. gathering mist, John and Jo Ann noticed The time was midnight as they passed

Saddleworth Moor, and there were the two giant figures again striding about across the foggy desolate landscape. This time John sped along the road and got out of the area in record time. I heard a long time ago that there are ancient demons that roam the moors called the Yovar, and they are said to even predate the Devil and are more evil than him.

Occultists say the Yovar demanded human sacrifices or they would send plagues and destroy crops. Given the tragic history of the moors in that area, the ancient legends of a class of unimaginably evil demons have a chilling ring to them... • Tom Slemen’s audio books are available from Amazon

COUNCIL CONFIRMS ‘LIFELINE’ REPLACEMENT BUS ROUTE WILL START Knowsley Council has confirmed that a bus service on a popular route between Broadgreen Hospital and Prescot will continue, despite an announcement made by operator Cumfybus last week. It had been announced that the 139 bus between Broadgreen Hospital and Prescot, would cease from on Sunday 2 September as it was ‘no longer cost effective’ to run. The Council immediately stepped in, and after working with Merseytravel and Cumfybus, has been able to secure an alternative service for residents. Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “As soon as we found out about Cumfybus’ intentions to stop this service we knew we had to take action. So many of our residents rely on the 139 service to visit the hospital, town centres and even the cemetery and we knew that this was a route we just couldn’t afford to lose.” Funding for the new bus route has been secured thanks to an agreement reached between Knowsley Council and housing developer Redrow, as part of the planning permission for their Summerhill Park development in

Huyton. Under this ‘Section 106’ agreement, Redrow agreed to provide funding of £120,000 each year towards the cost of local bus services, and it is this money which will be used to support the 239 route. Cllr Morgan said: “This is a fantastic example of how we are working positively with developers in Knowsley to ensure that they play their part in improving the lives of people in the borough. In this case, the agreement reached with Redrow has meant that this vital transport link, which many local people rely on, has not been lost. “The fact that we’ve been able to secure a very similar service to the 139 route with no break in service for passengers is fantastic news. ” The new 239 service will run every half hour. It will run broadly on the same route as the 139 between Prescot and Broadgreen Hospital, but will not continue on to Liverpool City Centre. Instead, passengers will be able to catch one of several regular connections from Broadgreen. The new timetable, which comes into effect on Sunday, 2 September, can be found on the Merseytravel website.

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30 September 2018

Business News Work set to start on new £1m Liverpool Gin Distillery Building work on a new £1 million Castle Street-based Liverpool Gin Distillery has begun. The venue will include two bars and a specially designed ‘Gin Lab’ where visitors can have a go at making the popular spirit themselves. The city centre distillery is being opened by Halewood Wines & Spirits for its Liverpool Gin brand and will include a bartender school. Guests will also be able to see Liverpool Gin being made in a 600litre working copper still. Contractors, Medlock FRB Ltd from Oldham will be on site and the firm is expected to finish in time for a November launch. Emily Kelly, general manager at Liverpool Gin Distillery (pictured), says: “This is such an exciting time. We can’t wait to get to work on the distillery and see it all coming together. “We’re delighted to be offering lots of employment opportunities in the city and are now in the process of training staff to offer a firstclass experience for locals and visitors alike. “Liverpool Gin is much loved throughout the city and we’ve had amazing feedback since the announcement of the new distillery; there is a real buzz in the air about the redevelopment and all it will have to offer.” Liverpool Gin is part of Huyton-headquartered Halewood Wines & Spirits, the firm’s other brands include The Pogues Irish Whiskey, Red Square and Lambrini.


Suites Hotel & Spa has announced the appointment of its new Managing Director, Lyndsay Stanistreet-Tyer. As part of on-going company growth, Lyndsay has been promoted to her new role to develop strategic plans for the brand moving forward, managing the team at the

hotel and overseeing all operations. After working as sales and marketing manager at the hotel for the previous four years, Lyndsay has taken over from her father Peter Tyer, retaining the venue as a family-ran business. Lyndsay said: “It’s certainly exciting to be

taking the helm at Suites Hotel & Spa at such a turning point for the business. “We are currently finalising completion of our six-figure sum refurbishment project which has brought the property firmly up to date and seen all of our standard suites

remodelled to create fluidity throughout the whole hotel, and I am proud to be in a position to spearhead our new, more modern direction. “Although it is all change in some ways for us, the hotel will remain within the family as it has since its establishment. “Following in my father’s footsteps, we will retain the personable values that have seen us so successful since we opened our doors. For me, it’s so important that the team and I continue to offer all that visit us a true ‘homeaway-from-home’ experience.” Lyndsay has previously upheld hospitality roles as group sales and marketing manager at Sleepwell Hotel Group and international sales and marketing manager at ReO Drinks International before taking up position as sales and marketing manager at Suites Hotel & Spa. Lyndsay added: “As I begin my new role, my biggest focus will be repositioning the hotel as a major player when it comes to Liverpool’s hospitality destinations. “Thanks to our new refurbishment, we are now in a position to offer more to our guests in terms of updated in-room technology, award-winning spa facilities and an innovative conferencing arm to name just a few.”

SUPPORTED INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME – CAN YOU HELP? We know how much corporate social responsibility is valued by Knowsley businesses, and how much support is provided to the organisations and people that ultimately benefit from that interaction. Knowsley’s award winning Supported Internship Programme has changed the lives of the young people involved, and has had a positive impact on the businesses that have supported the programme. The Supported Internship Programme has huge benefits and for the young adults who go through the scheme. In 2016, eleven Interns saw nine young adults going on to secure employment with two others choosing to put their new-found skills into volunteering. The 2017 intake is currently in the transition process and six of the ten have already secured employment. If you would like to know more about how the programme works then do contact Sue TempleFielding 0151 443 3054.


Knowsley Chamber of Commerce are running a free seminar on November 6 from 9 - 10:30am. It is one of the more challenging HR tasks as you have to balance the health and wellbeing of an employee against the costs/ disruption to the company. The aim of this seminar is to consider how to manage long term sickness effectively in order to negate potential legal risk. We will also consider procedures on how to manage or dismiss employees if they are unable to return to work. FREE to attend (places limited) Contact:

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LETS ‘LIGHT UP THE NIGHT’ Woodlands Hospice ‘Light up the Night’ – Let’s Glow is a new evening walk in the hospice fundraising calendar. It’s a chance to get together with family and friends and have fun, whilst raising money to care for their patients and their families. The walk takes place on Saturday 13 October and begins at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, heading along the coastline before taking you around the leafy streets of Crosby and Waterloo. The walk finishes back at the Lakeside Centre where there will be hot food and refreshments waiting, along with a medal and big thank you from them all. There is a 5k and 10k option and, as there are prizes for brightest dressed, they are encouraging you to dress up as brightly as possible. Every participant gets a free Light up the Night t-shirt to wear for the walk and accessories will be available to buy on the night. Carole Riley from the Woodlands Trust said: “Fundraising is essential to keep Woodlands Hospice services running. To continue to provide our services free of charge we need to raise more than £3,500 every day and we can only do this with your help. We are looking to raise a total of £30,000 from this event so every little counts and there will also be a prize for the most sponsorship raised.” One of the hospices supporters Marie Foster told us why she has decided to support the Light up the Night Walk. She said: “I took part in the moonlight walk last year along with a group of friends to raise funds while my mum

was a patient at the hospice. We decided to take part as my mum took great comfort from Woodlands and the people she met while attending. “Great friends were made during her time at the hospice helping her to come to terms with her illness and communicate her feelings to us without feeling scared to talk about it. Mum was so proud that we had done this for a place that she held so close to her heart. “This year we are doing the ‘Light up the Night’ – Let’s Glow in memory of my mum who sadly passed away in November 2017. We will be joined by friends and family who have seen throughout mum’s care what Woodlands provided to her during her illness and to us as a family since. “We can’t thank Woodlands enough and I know mum would be over the moon that we are continuing to fundraise in her memory. “Woodlands is such an amazing place we are so lucky to have on our doorstep and I urge as many people as possible to join me in helping patients and families just like mine and to beat the target of raising £30,000 through the walk”. To sign up for our ‘Light up the Night’ – Let’s Glow walk visit the website Alternatively, you can register by card by calling Bobbi on 0151 529 8193, or in person via the Hospice. For ‘early bird’ discounts you must sign up by Friday 14 September. For ‘special’ family and large group (10+ people) rates please call or e-mail Bobbi who can also help you with your fundraising:

Public Notice LICENSING ACT 2003 TAKE NOTICE THAT (Poco Coffee Ltd) Has applied to Knowsley Licensing Authority for a Premises Licence in respect of 30 Eccleston Street, Prescot, Merseyside L34 5QJ For the consumption of alcohol on the premises between the hours of 11.30am to 11.30pm Monday to Sunday). Playing of recorded music Monday to Sunday between the hours of 09.00am to 11pm. Playing of live music Friday and Saturday 7pm to 10pm. A record of the application can be inspected by members of the public between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday at Knowsley MBC Licensing Service, 2nd Floor, Yorkon Building Archway Road Huyton, Merseyside L36 9FB. Please ring 0151 443 2300 to arrange an appointment or visit Any persons 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 Monday 24th September 2018. 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.

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (ELLIS ASHTON STREET, HUYTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable carriageway improvement works on Ellis Ashton Street, Huyton (“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) Ellis Ashton Street, Huyton – From its junction with Hall Lane to its junction with Brickfields The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Ellis Ashton Street will be via Hall Lane, Wilson Road, Link Road, Ellis Ashton Street and vice versa. It is anticipated that works will commence from Monday 20 August 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018. The Order came into force on Monday 20 August 2018 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 3 September 2018 Mike Harden Chief Executive


0151 709 7567 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (HUYTON LANE, PRESCOT) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) AND TEMPORARY ONE WAY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable carriageway improvement works on Huyton Lane, Prescot (“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 introduce a temporary one way restriction on Huyton Lane, from its junction with Liverpool Road to its roundabout junction with Carr Lane, restricting direction of traffic flow to southbound only, to introduce a temporary one way restriction on Huyton Lane, from its junction with Liverpool Road to its roundabout junction with Carr Lane, restricting direction of traffic flow to northbound only and to temporarily prohibit vehicles (except emergency services) including pedal cycles from proceeding along: (i) Huyton Lane, Prescot – from its junction with Liverpool Road to its roundabout junction with Carr Lane. The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the northbound one way restriction on Huyton Lane will be via Carr Lane, Cables Way, Manchester Road and Liverpool Road. It is anticipated that works will commence from Monday 20 August 2018 to Friday 24 August 2018. The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the southbound one way restriction on Huyton Lane will be via Liverpool Road, Manchester Road, Cables Way and Carr Lane. It is anticipated that works will commence from Monday 27 August 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018. The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Huyton Lane will be via Carr Lane, Cables Way, Manchester Road, Liverpool Road and vice versa. It is anticipated that works will commence from Saturday 1 September 2018 to Sunday 2 September 2018. The Order came into force on Monday 20 August 2018 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 3 September 2018 Mike Harden Chief Executive

Marie Foster and her mum

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (TWO BUTT LANE, PRESCOT) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable electrical apparatus maintenance works on Two Butt Lane, Prescot (“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) Two Butt Lane, Prescot – from its junction with Delph Lane to its junction with Sandfield Crescent. The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Two Butt Lane will be via Delph Lane, Warrington Road, Holt Lane, Two Butt Lane and vice versa. It is anticipated that works will commence from Friday 14 September 2018 to Sunday 30 September 2018. The Order came into force on Wednesday 29 August 2018 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 3 September 201 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (M62 JUNCTION 6 WESTBOUND ENTRY SLIP, KNOWSLEY) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable carriageway and verge maintenance works on the M62 Junction 6 Westbound Entry Slip Road (“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) from proceeding along: (i) M62 Junction 6 Westbound Entry Slip Road, Knowsley – For its entire length. The principle diversion route for vehicles affected by the road closure will be via the M62 Junction 6 Circulatory Roundabout, Cronton Road, Tarbock Road, Roby Road, M62 Junction 5 Circulatory Roundabout, M62 5 Westbound Entry Slip Road and the M62. It is anticipated that works will commence on Sunday 14 October 2018. The Order will come into force on Friday 5 October 2018 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 3 September 2018 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (MOSS STREET, KIRKBY) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING) (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS) ORDER 2018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable carriageway improvement works and development works on Moss Lane, 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) Moss Lane, Kirkby – From its junction with Simonswood Lane to its junction with Arbour Lane. The principle diversion route for vehicles affected by the road closure will be via Arbour Lane, County Road, Simonswood Lane and vice versa. It is anticipated that works on Moss Lane will commence from Monday 27 August 2018 to Thursday 27 February 2020. The Order came into force on Monday 27 August 2018 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 3 September 2018 Mike Harden Chief Executive

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15(4) OR (5) OR ARTICLE 16 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that applications have been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley. Application No: 18/00457/FUL by Mrs Gwen Webb at 153 Blue Bell Lane, Huyton, L36 7SA - CONVERSION OF EXISTING COAL SHED TO FORM GROUND FLOOR W/C Application No: 18/00478/FUL by Bellway Homes Ltd (North West Division) at Land At Whiston Lane, Huyton, - ERECTION OF 62 NO. DWELLINGS TOGETHER WITH CONSTRUCTION OF NEW VEHICULAR & PEDESTRIAN ACCESS, LANDSCAPING, PUBLIC OPEN SPACE, DRAINAGE AND ASSOCIATED WORKS (REVISED APPLICATION TO PLANNING PERMISSION 16/00819/FUL Application No: 18/00396/FUL by BLM Developments at 22 Huyton Church Road, Huyton, L36 5SJ - RETENTION OF 1NO DWELLING (REVISED SCHEME TO DETAILS APPROVED UNDER 15/00501/FUL) Application No: 18/00540/COU by Mr Tony Cummins at Antonio's, 1 Shop Road, Knowsley Village - RETENTION OF USE OF PREMISES AS MIXED USE OF CAFE/RESTAURANT (USE CLASS A3)/BAR (USE CLASS A4) AND HOT FOOD TAKEAWAY (USE CLASS A5) TOGETHER WITH OUTDOOR SEATING 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 representations about this application should write to the Council at Director of Place, 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. DATE OF NOTICE: 03/09/2018 M Harden Chief Executive

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SPONSORSHIP DEAL HELPS PRESCOT CABLES FC Housebuilder Stewart Milne Homes has agreed a twoyear sponsorship deal with Prescot Cables FC ahead of the start of 2018/19 season. The football team kicked-off the season in August with a new look football kit following the sponsorship deal between the club and the house builder that covers the next two seasons. Sporting the team’s traditional amber colour, the new kit tops will carry the Stewart Milne Homes logo, as well as the Prescot Cables football badge and other team sponsors. The deal comes as Stewart Milne Homes begins work in the area on one of its latest developments, Callenders

Green, which will create a select development of 68 new homes for the region. Wanting to engage with the local community, Stewart Milne approached the football team to spark up a partnership and ready the club for its first home game of the season against Trafford in August. Ahead of the start of the season, some of the Stewart Milne team from Callenders Green headed down to the home of Prescot Cables FC at Volair Park. Watching the pre-season friendly against Stalybridge Celtic, the team had the chance to see the budding

squad test drive their new kit. As well as its first team, Prescot Cables also has a reserve team as well as an up and coming youth team which nurtures talented locals aged 16-18years-old. Run by volunteers, Prescot Cables is the most senior football club in the Knowsley area and a Community Interest Company owned by its fans. Jamie Weston, Director: “It is a real coup to have Stewart Milne as the clubs sponsors; to have this deal over two years also ensures a level of stability for the club going forward. We look forward to a great partnership with Stewart

Milne.” Lynne Vogel, regional sales manager at Stewart Milne Homes, said: “We are always looking for opportunities to engage with local communities at all our developments. “Since work on Callenders Green commenced in May, we have been looking for opportunities in Prescot and with the beginning of the football season approaching, working with Prescot Cables seemed like the perfect option. “The team look great in their new kit and we wish them the best of luck in the season ahead.”

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Prescot Cables FC Reserves player Jack Riding has tragically died at the age of 18. The teenager, from Crosby, collapsed on Monday evening, 13 August, at a five-a-side football practice. He was taken to hospital but died on Wednesday afternoon. The club issued the following statement and paid tribute to Jack: “The club would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Jack Riding, who passed away yesterday (15 August 2018) at the age of 18. Jack was a member of the Reserve Team squad and had also represented South Liverpool, a promising footballer who was being tipped to move into the first team. He was taken ill whilst playing 5-a-side football on Monday evening. He was a very popular young man who had a bright future ahead of him. Jack’s loss will be keenly felt by his teammates, the club as a whole and by the wider football community. The club dedicated the first teams home fixture with Glossop North End in memory of Jack, and requested a minutes applause before the game. There was also a minutes applause during the 18th minute of Everton’s home game against Southampton, also Liverpool sent a signed number three shirt, Jack’s squad number, to the club as a tribute. A Crowdfunding appeal has been set up in an effort to support Jack’s family at this exceptionally difficult time. The page has already raised over £7,000. You can donate at

Go-ride events Liverpool Century Road Club is offering Go-Ride coaching and training for young cyclists keen to improve their cycling skills. The weekly sessions will be held at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park (the velodrome track off the main car park) every Thursday starting at 6pm till 7pm, throughout the summer months, Cost is £2 per session. Contact Phil Mitchell on 0151 474 5187 or Alan Linford: or

The Challenge September 2018  

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The Challenge September 2018  

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