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The Challenge round up of A-level, BTEC and GCSE news - Page 10-13

Angel wings spread hope in Huyton - Page 3

Knowsley Council is seeking a development management partner to transform Huyton Village, and has launched a tender process with the aim of appointing a developer by next March as part of a £127m project. The scheme will see the creation of an 81,000 sq ft council headquarters among the proposals for a 10-year project to transform the town centre. As well as a new council hub, the scheme could see offices, a hotel and homes delivered in the town centre.

Developers have until 6 September to apply for the job. The main project would be a redevelopment of Huyton’s seven-acre civic campus site, where the council currently has is based. This would comprise a new council head office set around a village green, incorporating the relocated Huyton Cenotaph. Currently, council staff are housed in six buildings across the site. The new council offices would see the authority’s

1,200 staff consolidated into one building. Other elements of the 10-year masterplan include improvements to Derby Road and the station gateway: Derby Road will see the demolition and redevelopment of the multi-storey car park and adjoining land to create a leisure-led mixed-use anchor to Derby Road. This could potentially incorporate the relocation of Huyton Library with an • Continued on page 2

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Ban on tenant business evictions extended until 25 March 2022 When Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, recently extended the moratorium on evicting commercial tenants for nonpayment of rent until 25 March 2022, the legislation was hailed as a further lifeline to tenant businesses struggling due to the pandemic. Jonathan McMaster Since the beginning of lockdown restrictions the government have sought to protect tenant businesses adversely impacted by Coronavirus, particularly those hardest hit in sectors such as hospitality. With the current furlough scheme due to end in September, many businesses are struggling to plan and fund their recovery, while acknowledging and dealing with rent arrears and landlord disagreements. Jonathan McMaster, head of commercial property at Astraea Legal is advising landlord and tenant businesses who need legal advice and guidance due to the implications of the latest moratorium. Jonathan, who specialises in landlord and tenant issues, development work, property finance and property investment said: “By the time the moratorium comes to an end, it will be two years since the beginning of the pandemic. What landlords and tenants considered reasonable at the start of the pandemic and two years down the line are two very different things. The key for all parties is to have initial and ongoing discussions in a timely manner in order to deal with issues such as the current rent level and any rent arrears.” If you would like expert advice to resolve any commercial property related issue, please contact Jonathan McMaster by email at or by telephone on 0330 128 1660

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WEST DERBY’S HISTORIC SANDHEYS HOUSE TO BE REFURBISHED Plans have been submitted to refurbish Grade II-listed Sandheys, a late Georgian house formerly part of Holly Lodge School. West Derby Society (WDS) has been among those calling for action to save this fine building on Mill Lane, empty since 2014. Stephen Guy, WDS chairman, said: “We are delighted that action to save one of West Derby’s threatened buildings is underway. “Detailed plans have been unveiled and are now going through the planning process with Liverpool City Council. “WDS fully supports these plans which preserve the historic integrity of this fine building, known to generations of Holly Lodge pupils.” The building has been acquired for conversion to flats and apartments by the Torus Group. An extension, in keeping with the historic building, will be built at the back. Adjacent historic outbuildings, including former stables, will also be used for accommodation.

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Sandheys was built about 1830 by merchant Robert Westmore. From 1846 to the First World War, it was occupied by members of the Bright family, prominent business people with railway and shipping interests. The United Services Club bought Sandheys in 1919 as a home for orphans of soldiers and sailors who died in the war. It became part of Holly Lodge in 1928, initially as a junior school. Liverpool architects Halsall Lloyd Partnership say in a heritage statement: “The major significance of the building is its setting along Mill Lane, a distinct

and imposing front elevation and central Ionic porch. “The building is accessed from Mill Lane and is set back from the road, concealed behind a brick boundary wall with a gated access to the highway. “The building is hidden from sight, and masked by a number of mature trees, which haven’t been maintained for some time. Some of these are subject to a tree preservation order. “A key element of the proposals is to retain and enhance the building’s setting, opening up the front elevation to allow people to appreciate this significant building.”

COUNCIL COMMIT TO IMPROVE TOWN CENTRE • Continued from Page 1 expanded community and cultural offer, a marketdriven leisure and residential offer, and short-stay visitor car parking and a cycle hub. Station gateway – will see the redevelopment of the rail gateway to create an improved sense of arrival into Huyton, incorporating a new public space and station presence on the Village side of the railway line. This proposal is anchored by the remodelling and reorientation of Nutgrove Villa to create a new health and wellbeing hub to face the Station. Cllr Tony Brennan, cabinet member of regeneration and economic development, said: “We have ambitious plans for Huyton Village and we are committed to working with our communities to shape and deliver those plans. “If successful, our latest funding bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund would enable us to accelerate our plans and support our recovery from this pandemic. We are already planning the next phase of our plans which is seeking the views of our residents, businesses and visitors for our integral ‘streetscape’ project which is pivotal to our overarching plans for the village centre. “It really is an exciting time for Huyton Village with

new businesses opening, more due to open, more shop fronts to be transformed and an actionpacked events programme throughout the year. There will be lots of opportunities to get involved and be part of Huyton Town Centre’s transformation.” A key project in the development plans is the streetscape project on Derby Road which will shape the “look and feel” of the village centre, along with how it will be used. This is where Knowsley residents will play a key part in helping to shape those plans. The council will be consulting with residents of all ages, visitors, businesses, partner agencies and the Huyton Village Traders’ Association over the coming months to find out what you would like to see in Huyton Village. A decision on the Government’s Levelling Up Fund is expected in October 2021. Right: Cllr Tony Brennan: “We have ambitious plans”

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Angel wings spread hope in Huyton During the periods of lockdown over 2,000 prayer ribbons were tied to the railings of Court Hey Methodist Church by the community - offering a prayer, to give thanks or just taking a moment of reflection or remembrance, whether they had a faith or not. It was completely open to everyone. As we entered the period of relaxation of rules the church felt the need to use the ribbons in a commemorative way. Kevin Chabeaux from Court Hey said: “We decided to commission an art installation entitled “On the Wings of a Prayer” to be erected on the outside wall of the church. Taking the form of angel wings, it has incorporated the ribbons in a lasting, distinctive and meaningful way. “The installation has now been erected together with a plaque explaining the story behind the meaning of the ribbons. “Everyone is invited to come and view this communityinspired installation, identify with its message and take the opportunity to photograph themselves with it”.

Left: The Angel Wings at Court hey Methodist Church Right: The plaque with the story of the wings

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KOPFO to resume weekly sessions Knowsley Older Peoples Fun Olympics (KOPFO) are restarting their weekly sessions throughout Knowsley. KOPFO was set up to improve the health and well-being of older people through enjoyable and fulfilling activities and get the chance to meet new friends and have fun at the same time. Sessions will take place at: Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park Longview Drive Huyton, Thursday from 1.30-3.30pm Kirkby Leisure Centre Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby, Wednesday 1.00-4.00pm Halewood Leisure Centre Bailey’s Lane, Halewood. Thursday10.30am-12-30pm The Knowsley Older Peoples Fun Olympics are open to all Knowsley residents aged 50+. For further details contact or 0151 430 7710 or 0151 289 4317

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Nominate your local hospital heroes! Do you know a hospital hero who has gone the extra mile for you this year? Following one of the most challenging periods in the history of healthcare, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT) is looking to the people of Liverpool to nominate a member of staff for a special award – the Patient’s Champion award. The award will be presented at the Our Future Together Awards, a celebration of the outstanding achievements of staff from across the whole Trust - which incorporates Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Liverpool University Dental Hospital. However only one award on the night, the Patient’s Champion award, is voted for by patients, their families, and members of the public. Steve Warburton, chief executive at Liverpool University Hospitals, said: “We know from the thousands of social media messages and thank you cards we receive that our patients really appreciate the care we provide. “This award is an opportunity for members of the public to celebrate the teams or individuals who made a real difference to their time in our hospitals.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated just how vital our NHS is, and how exceptionally hard our staff work. We want the public to use this as chance to celebrate those who have made a real impact on the lives of our communities.” Nominations for the Patient’s Champion award must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 10 September. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 3 December.

Coffee Morning Domestic abuse organisation, The First Step will be holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Thursday 23 September at 9.30am12pm. The event will also have some different stalls set out with jewellery and other gifts for sale. As well as a raffle. The event will also see two ladies who have completed the programmes have their heads shaved to help raise funds for the organisation. The coffee morning will take place at The Old Schoolhouse, St John’s Road, Huyton, Knowsley L36 0UX. Call 0151 548 3333 for further information.

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Talented young artist Nathan Holmes who lives in Whiston, has had a colour pencil drawing selected from over 33,000 submissions by the judges at the Royal Academy of Arts London. In total only 572 pieces were selected and Nathan is the only young man to be selected from the whole of the Merseyside region. Nathan recently completed Year 11 and achieved excellent GCSE grades in his subjects. He will be studying English language, government and politics and geography at A-level. His future plans are to go onto university. Nathan’s piece of art is part of a smaller number of successful artworks that have also been selected to be displayed in person at the Royal Academy (RA) with other exceptional young artists from around the UK. Nathan said: “An email arrived in June stating: Nathan A Holmes, Industrial Decay: Accepted – online exhibition and display at the RA. “I photographed a wide variety of warehouses in the dockland areas of Liverpool and I always shot my photographs by looking up towards the sky, giving a sense of height and grandeur. “The detailed colour pencil drawing is from one of my photographs. I was struck by the wide variety of colours and textures on the rusted metal doors and the contrast against the brickwork. “I feel that we must always ‘look up’ and see all of the wonderful architectural features that we do not notice.” The judges from the Royal Academy said: “From sandwiches to cyclopes, magical sewing boxes and ships in soup, the artists featured in this, the third year of the Young Artists’ Summer Show, have astounded us once again. “Described by one judge as an ‘incredible abundance of making’, and thanks to the commitment of teachers championing art in education, we received over 33,000 submissions from across the UK and beyond. “Our judges were overwhelmed by the talent on display, and all expressed how difficult they found selecting the 572 artworks now exhibited online. Made by young artists aged 5–19, this exhibition is filled with the imagination, insight and curiosity of young people – something that is more vital than ever.” Parents Patricia and David, who are both creative directors, and the extended family members, are very proud of Nathan and all of his achievements to date. Nathan is also a budding sports star of the future as he is a canoe polo player with FOA Liverpool at Collingwood Dock and is currently in the GB development squad. He also has two siblings Heidi and Tobias who also have a shared interest in canoe polo with FOA Liverpool.

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Bringing history alive A miscellany of memories An archive such as Knowsley Archives Service holds an important place in maintaining the collective memory of the communities that make up the borough of Knowsley, and in telling the stories that the collections reveal. Our mission statement reminds us every day, that our goal is ‘ collect, preserve and organise archive materials relating to the people and places of Knowsley, creating a collective memory for the borough that is accessible for research and consultation…’. Behind the enduring story of Knowsley, with the heritage of its townships reflecting the diverse paths each has taken through time, is the story of the archive itself and the fascinating collections it holds, each with a story to tell. Knowsley's Archive Service has its roots in the 1970s, when circumstances and the enthusiasm of Mr A T Smith, ALA, FRSA, Principal Librarian, Reference and Information Services, saw the proposal for an archive and local studies library come to life. The old Carnegie Library on Westmorland Road in Huyton Village had been the home of Huyton Branch Library under Lancashire County Council, until the Local Government Act (1972) saw the creation of the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley in 1974. The opportunity arose, in the form of a partnership with Asda, to create a new, spacious Central Library for the new Borough on Derby Road in the heart of Huyton. The new library was opened by Lady Wilson on 17th April 1978, and Mr Smith established a significant Local Studies Collection and Archives Room within the Reference Service. The Archive flourished. One of the earliest acquisitions was the Kirkby Local History Society Collection. The Society was formed in 1964 and met in the lecture theatre on the 1st floor of Kirkby Branch Library. Minutes and correspondence from the setting up of the Society, the inaugural meeting in1965 and onwards, plot the activities of the Society and record the research done into the history of the township by the members. The collection includes slide shows, publicity material, research and reference materials belonging to, or used by, society members and oral history recordings. The collection had

A textile map of Kirkby

been gifted to the Library Service when the Society closed, and was transferred to the Archive for permanent preservation. A fascinating addition to this collection has recently come to light in the form of a beautifully crafted sampler depicting a scale map of Kirkby. Another early acquisition also included the oldest document currently in the Archive. One of two land records transferred from Lancashire Record Office, this parchment records a Grant of Land made by Henry of Huyton to Richard Couper of Huyton, of two ‘places’ - or plots - of land in Huyton. The document was sealed and witnessed by local lords and noblemen including Lord Robert of Lathom, Richard Wulfall of Wulfall, John le Norres, Henry Travers, Lord John of Roby and many others. Although there is some debate regarding the date – 1287 or 1337 – it seems that the later date is more likely to be correct. With the growth of the collections and the acquisition of public records such as the Whiston Hospital registers, the Archive achieved Place of Deposit status in 1991, steered by Mr Smith’s successor, Mr T W Scragg. This recognises that the Archive Service can

hold specific government records locally on behalf of the Lord Chancellor under the Public Records Act 1958. Other public records followed – Magistrates’ Court registers, sample case files from Rainhill Hospital, land records and Charity Commission records. Alongside these, donations from private individuals continued to take their place in the Archive, with everything from photographs and letters, to maps and plans and everything in between finding a place in the story of the borough and its people. Indeed, some very personal histories can be found in the collections when we delve into the records. Take the Tarbock Township Papers. This collection of documents concerns Tarbock and dates back to 1708. Included in the records are documents recording the local Overseers of the Poor and Tarbock Workhouse, in addition to other local institutions, clubs and societies. Within these records can be found an apprentice indenture that tells part of the story of a young girl, Ellen Owen. Aged just 10 years old, she was an orphan – her mother, also called Ellen, had died – and it fell to the parish to see that young Ellen was provided for. To this end, she was placed with Thomas Johnson, a husbandman (or farmer) from

Widnes as an apprentice in housewifery. For seven years, she was to be occupied in all aspects of housekeeping and domestic work, with the indenture setting out her board and lodgings and clothing allowances for the term. Unfortunately, we don’t know Ellen’s fate or even whether or not she completed her apprenticeship. A new flagship Library building was commissioned for Huyton. Designed by architects and urbanists Mills, Beaumont, Leavey and Channon of Manchester, the new building opened in August 1997, with an official opening in 1998 replacing the Central Library on Derby Road which had served the community since 1978. The Archive needed a new home, so the collections were transferred to Kirkby Library in Newtown Gardens. The building was a good example of a typical Lancashire County Council library from the 1960s (the library opened in 1964) and the collections were housed in a secure, environmentally stable strongroom on the premises, where they remained until the service moved to the newly-refurbished Kirkby Centre, opening to the public on 3rd March 2014. Since relocating to the Kirkby Centre, the Archive has grown considerably in the breadth and depth of the collections held. The repository itself is known as The ARK: Archive Resource for Knowsley – a legacy of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported projects that kick-started a range of community activities and events and brought some important new collections into the Archive, from contemporary photographs of our townships, to internationally recognised collections such as the Malayan Teachers‘ Training College collection. The service attained accredited status in 2017, giving us added impetus to strive to meet the lofty ideals of our mission statement. Don’t forget: if you have any items – photographs, letters, or other collections of materials that you think might add to the collective memory of the borough – do get in touch. Find out more about our heritage by visiting our website email or call 0151 443 4291/4365. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and find Knowsley Archives on Flickr, WordPress and Soundcloud

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Reintroduction of Mass at Whiston Hospital On Sunday 1 August the Roman Catholic Mass was reintroduced in The Sanctuary at Whiston Hospital after 16 months due to covid restrictions. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, and Father Michael Thompson, priest chaplain at Whiston Hospital, concelebrated the Mass with Bishop John Rawsthorne, Ann Marr, chief executive of St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and members of staff also present. Mass will now be celebrated at the hospital every Sunday at the new time of 11.00 am. Pictured left to right: Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, Bishop John Rawsthorne, Ann Marr, Father Michael Thompson.

Quality Protects Children celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion Huyton based Quality Protects Children (QPC) held their Quality Protects Children Pride Parade and Festival to celebrate LGBTQAI, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Huyton. The school also celebrated QPC’s successful re-assessment of The Navajo Merseyside & Cheshire LGBTIQA+ Charter Mark and Lawrence House School’s submission for the Leeds Beckett University's LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education Award. Deputy headteacher, Fay Donnelly said: “Both Quality Marks indicate that we translate our mission, vision and values into policies, processes and practice which bear out a commitment to having a rich whole-schoolcompany culture where all members of the community thrive. “It also promotes our commitment to challenging all forms of prejudice, discrimination and marginalisation towards individuals and collectives. “We also launched our Charlene O’Neill memorial awards for diversity and inclusion which will be used to celebrate the home, young person and individual member of staff who actively promotes and aspires to advance a culture of inclusion.” Amongst the events arranged by QPC was a competition for the best festival trolley designed with the theme of equality, diversity and inclusion which was paraded along Lathom Road. The day also included food from around the world, refreshments, bake sale for charity, fancy dress, face painting and music. The event included guest speakers from Merseyside Police, The Michael Causer Foundation and Community Trade Union. QPC’s Lawrence House is a children’s home which provides care and support for up to five children and young people who have emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. The home is following the Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) therapeutic programme. Pictures: A Wagner Photography

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Round up of A-level, BTEC and GCSE news

Last month The Challenge was on hand as Knowsley students collected their A-level, BTEC and GCSE grades and we were able to capture the joy as well as help them celebrate their fantastic achievements.

Kirkby High celebrate excellent day It was a heart-warming day at Kirkby High School when students and parents gathered to receive their GCSE results last month. The school achieved some excellent results that were thoroughly deserved by its students and all staff were very proud. Unlike last year, students were able to collect their results in person and celebrate their fantastic achievements with their friends, family and staff. The results at Kirkby High School continue to improve, including an increase in the number of 7-9 grades and the number of students achieving at least a grade 5 in English and maths. Some of the students celebrating their





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GCSE results included Dylan Taylor with three grade 9s, four grade 8s, one grade 7 and a grade 4, Devon Williams with three grade 9s, two grade 8s, one grade 7, two grade 6s and one grade 5, Isabel Whitelaw two grade 9s, two grade 8s, three grade 7s and two grade 6s, Leah Elder with three grade 9s, two grade 8s, one grade7 and three grade 6s. Headteacher, Rochelle Conefrey said: “We believe that the class of 2021 overcame extreme challenges and faced robust assessments as we gathered a range of evidence upon which their excellent grades were based. Congratulations to all our students and families and a huge thank you to our amazing staff.”

Winstanley mark the end of an extraordinary year for all Winstanley College students received their A-level results marking the end of the most unusual year with teachers deciding students’ grades! Top grades remain the constant amid the disruption and once again the college is at the top of the tables achieving a 100% pass rate at both A-level and BTEC with 43.8% of those being A/A* grades. 190 students have achieved three A or A* grades, with an amazing 13 students achieving five A/A*s grades. Amazingly, 31 students have secured places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, two of the worlds’ most elite universities. Louise Tipping, Winstanley College’s principal, said: This is an amazing achievement and these students should be very proud. One successful student was Louis Hadfield who has successfully gained a place to study English at the University of Cambridge. “Every year we now see more and more students opting to go onto higher level apprenticeships at some of the country’s most prestigious companies.” Student, James Birkenhead (right), has been successful in securing a software engineering apprenticeship with BAE systems. James said: “I’m delighted to be joining BAE Systems as a software engineer on a degree apprenticeship. On this apprenticeship, I’ll be applying my passion and skills in computer science to an aerospace setting. I will also be improving my skills in software engineering. “My two years at Winstanley College were a pleasure despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which kept us at home for a long period. Without the support I got from the college throughout the application, the aptitude tests and the interviews, I feel my apprenticeship application wouldn’t have been successful”. Louise Tipping, said: “Congratulations to the class of 2021! What a crazy year it has been but we are amazed and inspired with the way our students have adapted and achieved – reflected in the fantastic results. Once again, dedicated and talented staff have worked tirelessly to support these hard-working students and it’s great that all that combined effort has paid off. I’m so proud that Winstanley continues to be at the top of its game even in the wake of a global pandemic.”

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College are immensely proud of their students St Helens College and Knowsley Community College last month celebrated the success of its A-level and level 3 BTEC students with over a third of all A-level grades awarded at A*- B and 100% overall A-level pass rates in subjects such as English language, law, history, religious studies and sociology. Additionally, the college also achieved an impressive 100% overall BTEC Extended Diploma pass rate with 51.2% of students achieving triple distinction grades (DDD) or higher. Having faced another disruptive year due to the pandemic, the students’ hard work and determination to stay on track with their studies have culminated in securing places at some of the best universities across the UK including University of Liverpool, University of Leeds, Lancaster University and Edge

Hill University. High flying A-level student, Aidan, was celebrating after achieving an outstanding A*AA in history, English language and sociology at St Helens College. He is now progressing on to the Open University to study English language. The aspiring English teacher said: “The level of support and standard of teaching has been amazing. Picking up my results, I was shocked, amazed and excited for the future.” College principal and CEO, Simon Pierce, said: “We are immensely proud of our staff and students, who have demonstrated unrelenting drive and hard work through such a turbulent time in education, all resulting in the students’ well-deserved achievements. We wish our students the very best for their exciting futures ahead.”

Outstanding Class of 2021

Dylan (computing student), Ben (deputy head of department), Steph (computing student) and Martin (computing student)

Congratulations went to the class of 2021 of Carmel College who received their exam results recently. The atmosphere in the college was fantastic as students celebrated their success with friends, parents and teachers. This year students achieved a very impressive Level 3 pass rate of 99.4% with 66.1% top grades (A*-B / Dist*-Dist) and 86.7% high grades (A*-C / Dist*-Merit). Carmel College principal, Mike Hill, was delighted. He said: “We are very pleased to be able to celebrate with our students as they now embark on a new adventure whether that be a place at university, an apprenticeship or employment. “The Class of 2021 have had another tough year having to contend with a changed timetable with a mix of face-to-face and online learning throughout. They have coped really well with the changes and should be so proud of not only their academic achievements, but also their personal achievements too. Congratulations from all the staff here at Carmel and best wishes for the future.” This year, five students are continuing their studies at the prestigious Oxbridge Universities and a further six students will be studying medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.

A-level success at Rainford Sixth Form

Lewis Maxwell from Rainford Sixth Form

Josh Ashcroft from Rainford Sixth Form

There was a sea of happy faces at Rainford Sixth Form as Year 13 students returned to collect their A-level results. Staff warmly welcomed students and their families as they walked through the doors of the sixth form and handed them the envelopes which contained their results. This year, due to the pandemic, grades have been teacher-assessed. The sixth form team are delighted by the resilience and achievements of all its young people and as a school, it has fulfilled the ethos of Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds. Lewis Maxwell achieved an A in maths, A* in further maths, A* in computer science, A* in physics and A* EPQ (extended project qualification). Lewis will be going to study physics at the University of Liverpool. Lewis has worked extremely hard during the pandemic and had to self-isolate due to long-term health conditions. Staff are so proud of everything Lewis has achieved in his time at Rainford High. Joshua Ashcroft received an A* in maths, A* in

further maths, A* in chemistry, A* in biology and A* EPQ. He is off to the University of Birmingham to study medicine. Joshua initially wanted to study computer science but decided to resit Year 12 and pursue a career in medicine - a decision which clearly has paid off. Meanwhile, Ellie Lomax achieved a BTEC L3 extended certificate in health and social (Dis*), BTEC L3 extended certificate in business (Dis*), BTEC L3 extended certificate in media (Dis). Ellie will be pursuing a 12 month medical administrator placement before applying to study nursing in 2022. Ellie has worked really hard over the last two years to achieve a fantastic set of results and the school is delighted by how well she adapted to KS5 study. Speaking on the morning of A-level results day, principal, Ian Young said: “It was with great delight to see our Year 13s again. They have been nothing but dedicated and patient throughout the pandemic and myself and the team are extremely proud of them. “I would like to wish them all the very best as they go on to university or the world of the work.”

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Jumping for joy at Rainford Rainford High students were jumping for joy as they received their GCSE results last month. The doors of the school opened promptly at 8.00am to Year 11s who were eager to receive the envelopes containing their results. It has been another unusual year for students as like last year’s cohort, they were unable to sit their exams. Instead, their grades have been teacher assessed. Notable successes include; Mackenzie Steele who achieved all 9s in biology, chemistry, English language, English literature, history, mathematics, physics, sociology and Spanish. Jacob Matautia gained excellent results with the support of Rainford High’s head of year, subject staff and the pastoral team. Jacob is going on to study Level 2 electrical installation. He achieved a 6 in art and design, 4-3 in

combined science, 4 in English language, 4 in English literature, 4 in food preparation and nutrition, 4 in geography and 4 in mathematics and P2 in Level 1 and 2 sport studies. School was not always a smooth journey for Ryan McKenzie but together with the pastoral team and his subject teachers, he gained an excellent set of results helping him to make an informed decision about joining Rainford Sixth Form. Ryan achieved 4-3 in combined science, 6 in English language, 6 in English literature, 5 in history, 5 in mathematics, a Level 2 BTEC in sport studies, a Level 2 in creative media production and a Distinction in hospitality and catering. Rainford High’s principal, Ian Young, said: “After a difficult 12 months, it was great to see our students with smiles and relief on their faces!

“I am so proud of this year group. They have been incredibly hard working and flexible despite everything that has been thrown at them. Ian added: “Luckily we will still get

to see some of our students around as many are going on to Rainford Sixth Form. No matter where they choose to study next, I would like to wish each and every one of them the very best of luck for the future.”

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St Helens College appoints new chair of governors St Helens College has announced the appointment of Dr Bill Nixon as the new chair of governors of the college group, which includes St Helens College and Knowsley Community College. Bill started his extensive career as a university lecturer and physics researcher at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. In his last notable role as international director on the board of the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), part of the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Bill oversaw the commercialisation of the laboratory’s work, developing high-level relationships with overseas governments and agencies around the world. Throughout his career, Bill has undertaken a number of voluntary positions including chair of governors at

Woolston Community Primary School and chair of NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health). Most recently, Bill volunteers at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Warrington and the Warrington Youth Club, working with young people on music projects. Bill said the chance to help people achieve their potential in life is something that he is passionate about and had been the major draw to taking on the role as chair of the governing board of the college. Bill said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been invited to be chair of governors. I am privileged to be surrounded by talented and committed staff and look forward to working with the principal and the team, to ensure the college rises to the many opportunities that the coming years will

bring.” Susan Jee, the former chair of governors, is stepping down after dedicating more than 12 years as a college governor, and four years in the chair role. Simon Pierce, principal and CEO of St Helens College and Knowsley Community College, said: “We are grateful to Susan for her considerable service to the college. Susan has successfully led the college through the challenges of the early post-merger transition and leaves the college in great shape for Bill to drive forward with new vigour and energy.” He added: “As principal, I am looking forward to working with Bill and the senior team to accelerate the college’s drive for excellence, and ambition to be the one of best technical and vocational Dr Bill Nixon appointed as the new chair of governors colleges in the region.”

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TIMESLIP TO A CIVIL WAR? I’ve changed the name of the people in the following story as well as some minor details for legal reasons, but the rest of the account is as it was actually reported to me and is backed up by research and statements of several people involved in the bizarre incident. In the mid-1960s, two petty criminals Terence Burroughs of Huyton and Jack Bradford of Fazakerley – were being transported the 49 miles to HM Prison Kirkham after being convicted of burglaries, when one of the prison van’s tyre blew. While the guards were distracted, Jack Bradford, who possessed an extraordinary gift for opening any lock with hairpins,

somehow unlocked his and Terence’s handcuffs and broke out of the van. The category D prisoners ran off, but Terence, being a heavy smoker, was soon out of breath and was quickly captured. Jack bolted into a field near Bickerstaffe with two guards closing in on him, and he (unrealistically) believed he could perhaps make it to a road where he could try and flag down a passing motorist. He saw a huge stone with a rounded top that resembled a giant pebble embedded in the earth, and he wondered if he could hide behind it. Jack looked over his shoulder at the guards in the distance, and hid behind the stone. Unknown to Jack, from the viewpoint

of the guards, they saw Jack vanish into thin air as he ran – because, for some reason, that stone was not seen by them. Jack waited behind the stone, panting and then he swore and told himself, “Oh, give it up, you idiot!” He expected to hear the big boots of the guards tramping nearer – but they never did, and Jack peeped out from behind the stone – and saw the guards – and the van and police escort car in the distance – had gone. This was the first indication something very strange had taken place. Then Jack noticed the unbearable heat. It didn’t feel like the month of March – more like a Spanish July. Jack took off his jacket and rolled up the sleeves of his shirt. He walked four miles north, crossing the Leeds and Liverpool Canal via a bridge, and came to a cottage where an old man pointed a shotgun at him. Jack assumed the man knew he was an escaped prisoner but the man asked a curious thing. “Are you a royal or a republican?” he asked. “I don’t get what you mean?” answered Jack, his hands in the air. “Are you for the king or for the republic soldiers?” the elderly man asked, his hands shaking as he pointed the double barrels at Jack. “The republic?” queried Jack, and the man said, “Yes, the commonwealth, simple question.” “What happens if I give the wrong answer?” Jack asked the man. “I blast you to kingdom come,” was the chilling reply. “You look like a royal,” said Jack, evasively, and the white-haired man seemed angered and yelled, “No I’m not!” “Good man, good man!” Jack shouted back, “Republican – like me,” he added, not even knowing what he was saying. The man lowered the shotgun and asked Jack who he was and what he was doing, trespassing. “Bird-watching, honest,” said Jack, and the man accused him of being a spy for the royals. Jack suddenly charged as the old man started coughing and seized the shotgun. He assured the oldster he was not a spy, removed the shotgun cartridges, and went with him into the cottage. Inside the house, the old man made coffee, and

talked of a war. Jack seemed puzzled. “War? What war?” The old man shocked Jack by telling him that the whole of the country was in the middle of a civil war, with two main factions battling for supremacy; the Royals (who supported the monarchy, who had now fled the British Isles), and the Republicans, who were against the monarchy and were fighting for Britain to become a republic. London was no longer the capital, Jack learned, because something terrible had happened to it, but trying to get the old man to explain just what had befallen the capital was very difficult. Jack decided the old man was crazy when the latter described “UAVs” - what we would now call drones – unmanned craft with flame-throwers, machine guns and all sorts of weapons – that often swooped on his cottage, looking for royal supporters. Jack sneaked out of the cottage, and seeing twilight was falling, he continued travelling north towards Rufford. He had a harebrained plan to somehow make it to Fleetwood, where his brother-in-law lived. Later, Jack crawled under a hedge and used his rolled up jacket as a pillow, and he started to doze off in the summery warmth – but sometime later he was awakened by what sounded like machine gun fire. He saw formations of lights in the starry sky pass overhead, and some of these lights exploded. Jack somehow got back to sleep, but when he awoke, he was so cold, he felt numb. He crawled from under the hedge, and there coming down the road was a police car. He was so stiff with the cold he couldn’t run, and he was recaptured. When he was released, Jack visited the cottage north of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and he could not find the old man, and no one had heard of him. It eventually dawned on Jack that he might have perhaps somehow gone forward in time – to a future when the country was split by supporters of a republic and pro-Royalty partisans. Jack tried to find that standing stone he vanished behind – but was told by locals such a stone had never existed. • Haunted Liverpool 34 is out now on Amazon.

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WHAT’S ON Cronton Gala This year’s Cronton Gala will take place on Saturday 11 September from 11.00am6.00pm. The event will include live music, donkey rides, football shootout, the Cronton Bar, children’s fair and inflatables plus the Cronton CofE School maypole dancers and much more. For further information contact Vinny on 07434 123407 or email:

Junior Youth Club The Our Place Junior Youth Club will be open on Monday 6 September, 15:15 – 17:15 at the Our Place, Longview Drive, Huyton, Merseyside, L36 6EG The club is open to Years 5 and 6 children ONLY! Activities include: slime laboratory, circus skills, pizza making, climbing wall, wheels extreme, multi sports. It is the chance for young people to experience our youth clubs before they are old enough to join our usual sessions. For more information or to book on any sessions email or call 07825677126.

NOTICE OF PLANNING DECISION TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 29 & 30 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION ACCOMPANIED BY AN ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) REGULATIONS 2017 Notice is hereby given that the following Planning Application has been determined by the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley: Application No: 20/00063/FUL Site: Plot 1 - Land to North Of Railway Line Bounded By Lower Road, Greensbridge Lane And Ditton Brook Watercourse, Halewood; And Plot 3 - Land To South Of Railway Line Bounded By Lower Road, Finch Lane And Baileys Lane, Halewood Proposal: RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ERECTION OF 413 NO. DWELLINGS COMPRISING; PLOT 2 - ERECTION OF 98 NO. DWELLINGS AND THE CREATION OF VEHICULAR ACCESS FROM GREENSBRIDGE LANE; PLOT 4 - ERECTION OF 315 NO. DWELLINGS AND THE CREATION OF VEHICULAR ACCESS FROM BAILEYS LANE; TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED WORKS (LANDSCAPING, ACCESS, ROADS, SEWERS, SUBSTATIONS, DRAINAGE, ENGINEERING WORKS TO FORM SURFACE WATER STORAGE AREAS AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE). Summary of Decision: It was resolved at the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s Planning Committee to grant planning permission on the 11th February 2021. The notice is to inform that the above planning application, which was the subject of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), has been granted planning permission on the 23rd August 2021 and the decision notice issued. Members of the public may inspect copies of the decision notice and conditions, the legal agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Planning Committee Report using Knowsley Council’s Public Access site at quoting the above reference number. The planning committee report sets out the main considerations and reasons for the decisions and the public consultations responses together with assessing the significant effects of the development on the environment, the mitigation measures and conditions (including monitoring) to the likely significant effects on the environment. The validity of the Council’s decision can be challenged by application to the Courts for Judicial Review. Further advice about making a High Court Challenge can be obtained from the Administrative Court Office at: The Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL (Tel: 02079476655 / Website: ) M Harden - Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 03/09/2021

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (NORTH END LANE, HALEWOOD – FOOTPATH HA/2/1) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF PEDESTRIANS REGULATION) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential footpath repair works (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate pedestrian 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 pedestrians from proceeding along: i) Footpath HA/2/1, Halewood - from its intersection with North End Lane for its entire length. There is no suitable diversion route for this footpath closure. The Order came into force on 20 August 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 6 months. Dated 3 September 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (MILL STREET, PRESCOT) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential electrical network installation works (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”). The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from proceeding along: i) Mill Street, Prescot – From a point 25 metres south of its junction with High Street to a point 35 metres in a southerly direction. There is no diversion route possible due to Mill Street being a ‘No through road’. Pedestrians will be managed on site. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Friday 17 September 2021 to Thursday 30 September 2021 The Order will come into force on Friday 17 September 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 3 September 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive


PUBLIC NOTICE KNOWSLEY TOWN COUNCIL Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel (2021) Knowsley Town Council has received a copy of the report of the Independent Remuneration Panel in respect of the payment of Parish Basic Allowance and Chairman’s Allowance. The Panel noted that Town Councils may resolve to pay their members an allowance known as Parish Basic Allowance. The Panel acknowledged that Town Councils may also pay a Chairman’s Allowance under existing Regulations. Conclusion of the Panel No Parish Basic Allowance be payable during the financial year 2021/22. Reasonable out of pocket expenses for travel and subsistence be reimbursed in respect of duties and meetings covered by the relevant regulations. Knowsley Town Council having regard to the Panel’s report on allowances, noted the conclusions of the Panel and RESOLVED to pay members a Basic Members’ Allowance of £846 per year and a Chairman’s Allowance of £1,000 per year. Copies of the Panel’s report are available for inspection by arrangement at: Knowsley Town Council Office, Bob Whiley Community Centre, Shop Road, Knowsley Village, Merseyside, L34 0HD. Contact: Heather Weightman – Clerk of the Council on 0151 548 4545

Telephone: 0151 709 7567

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (MILL LANE, WHITEFIELD) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential gas mains repair works (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes than in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”). The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from proceeding along: i) Mill Lane, Whitefield – From its junction with Glovers Brow to a point 50 metres from its junction with Hillpark Crescent in a westerly direction. The diversion route for traffic affected by the closure is via Glovers Brow, Kirkby Row, Hall Lane, County Road, Boyes Brow, Mill Lane and vice versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Monday 27 September 2021 to Monday 17 October 2021. The Order will come into force on Monday 27 September 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 3 September 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive


Bit of Everything The ‘Bit of Everything’ (BoE Sports) activities will take place on Thursday 9 September from 17:30 – 19:00pm Bit of Everything alongside KAB Kids now have regular sports meetings for people to join in. Ages 12+ (Huyton) at Knowsley Community Pavilion, 70 Pool Hey, Stockbridge Village, L28 4ER, UK For ages 12 years upwards. Cost £3 per session. Contact Elaine on 07411 350360



NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15(4) OR (5) OR ARTICLE 16 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION OF THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) PLANNING (LISTED BUILDING AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 (AS AMENDED) Notice is hereby given that the following Planning Applications have been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley: 21/00579/FUL at 7 Maypole Farm Court, Knowsley - INSTALLATION OF 2 NO. VELUX WINDOWS TO REAR ROOF STRUCTURE by Mr Richard Eccleston. Reason for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area. 21/00454/FUL at 12-14 Warrington Road, Prescot - DEMOLITION AND RECONSTRUCTION OF REAR SIDE BOUNDARY WALLS by Coop Property at Co-Op Funeral Care. Reason for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area. 21/00432/FUL at Pukka, 1 Stretton Way, Huyton - PART DEMOLITION AND RECONFIGURATION OF 2 NO. EXISTING UNITS TO FORM 3 NO. INDUSTRIAL UNITS WITH A FLEXIBLE B2/B8 USE TOGETHER WITH EXTERNAL ALTERATIONS & OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS by Strang Investments 2007 Ltd. Reason for advertising: Major Development. 21/00461/FUL at Stables At The Clock Face P/H, 54 Derby Street, Prescot - CHANGE OF USE OF PUBLIC HOUSE OUTBUILDINGS (OLD STABLES) (USE SUI GENERIS) TO FORM HOTEL ACCOMMODATION COMPRISING OF 8 NO. EN-SUITE HOTEL ROOMS (USE CLASS C1) TOGETHER WITH INTERNAL & EXTERNAL ALTERATIONS by Daniel Thwaites. Reason for advertising: Works to a listed building and in a conservation area. 21/00689/LBC at Stables At The Clock Face P/H, 54 Derby Street, Prescot –CONVERSION OF FORMER STABLES TO HOTEL ACCOMMODATION COMPRISING INTERNAL & EXTERNAL ALTERATIONS by Daniel Thwaites. Reason for advertising: Works to a listed building and in a conservation area. 21/00704/KMBC1 & 21/00707/LBC at Cockpit House, 30 - 34 Church Street, Prescot - EXTERNAL ALTERATIONS TO GRADE II LISTED BUILDING COMPRISING OF REFURBISHMENT & REPAIR WORKS TO EXISTING MASONRY, DOORS, WINDOWS, TIMBER & LEADWORK by Knowsley Council. Reason for advertising: Works to a listed building and in a conservation area. Members of the public may inspect copies of the application, the plans and other documents submitted with it at One Stop Shop, Municipal Building, Archway Road, Huyton, between 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday or view the application online using Public Access at Anyone who wishes to make a representation about an application should write to the Council at Regeneration and Economic Development Department, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 21, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU or online via the above website within 21 days of the date of this notice. Should this application be heard at planning committee and you wish to speak at the meeting the procedure to follow can be found at: M Harden - Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 03/09/2021

WN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) (“THE ORDER”) TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) REGULATIONS 2017 (AS AMENDED) NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15 OF THE ORDER OF AN APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION COMPRISING MAJOR DEVELOPMENT ACCOMPANIED BY AN ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT Notice is hereby given that the following application that is accompanied by an environmental statement has been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley. The application constitutes major development is within 10m of railway land. 21/00563/FUL - Land Bounded By Headbolt Lane And Amenity Open Space Including The Existing Rail Line Running Between Kirkby (Adjacent Lingtree Road) And Headbolt Lane (Adjacent Limetree Road) And Associated Land To The North And South Of The Rail Line by Network Rail. CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW RAILWAY STATION INCLUDING STATION BUILDING (AND ASSOCIATED PLATFORM WORKS), 270 SPACE CAR PARK, BUS STOPS, CYCLE PARKING, SUB STATION COMPOUND AND ASSOCIATED LINE SIDE WORKS INCLUDING THE SECTION OF RAIL LINE BETWEEN KIRKBY STATION AND HEADBOLT LANE TO BE TWIN TRACK, BRIDGE WORKS (TO BRIDGES OVER COUNTY ROAD AND SIMONSWOOD BROOK) NEW SIGNALLING, ERECTION OF 1.8M HIGH FENCING TO OPERATIONAL SITE BOUNDARIES, REMOVAL OF PLATFORMS AT KIRKBY STATION, PEDESTRIAN AND ROAD BRIDGE OVER KIRKBY BROOK, RE-GRADING WORKS AND NEW ROAD JUNCTION AT HEADBOLT LANE/ FALLOWFIELD. The full Environmental Statement and the associated planning application documents will be available to view online at In the light of the current pandemic if you have difficulty in accessing the plans online or wish to discuss the proposal with the Planning Officer you will need to make an appointment beforehand by contacting the Planning Services Team on (0151) 443 2381. Members of the public may obtain copies of the Environmental Statement from Network Rail, Square One, 4 Travis Street, Manchester, M1 2NY, Tel: 07515 621412, Email: whilst stocks last. A paper copy of the Environmental Statement, Technical Appendices, Non-Technical Summary costs £100, £150 and £0 respectively. Electronic copies cost £10. Anyone who wishes to make representations about this application should write to the Council at Regeneration and Economic Development Department, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 26, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9FB or online via the above website within 30 days of the date of this publication. You can follow the application’s progress, find out if it is to be heard by planning committee, and be informed about the decision by using the ‘track’ option when viewing the application through the above link on our web site. Should this application be heard at planning committee and you wish to speak at the meeting the procedure to follow can be found at: mittee M Harden - Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 03/09/2021

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (EASTON ROAD, PAGE MOSS) (20MPH SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (“the Council”) proposes to make the above named order (“the Order”) under Section 84 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of the Order will be to: 1 Introduce a 20mph speed limit on the following lengths of highway in Page Moss Knowsley i) Easton Road from its junction with Western Avenue to its junction with Dinas Lane A copy of a draft of the Order, plans showing the parts of the highway and areas affected by the Order and a statement of the Council's reasons for proposing to make the Order may be inspected and viewed on the Council’s website at the following link Further information regarding the proposed Order may be obtained from Paul Barton at Any objections and representations relating to the proposed Order together with the grounds on which they are made, should be sent in writing to Mike Dearing Head of Legal Services, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Legal Services, 2nd Floor, Municipal Building, Archway Road Huyton Merseyside L36 9YU quoting reference (Legal/K Davies/Easton Rd/TRO) before 23 September 2021. Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (CHARLWOOD AVENUE, HUYTON) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential drainage repair works (“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 from proceeding along: i) Charlwood Avenue, Huyton - from its junction with Acacia Avenue for a distance of 25 metres in a northerly direction. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Charlwood Avenue road closure is via Acacia Avenue, Sycamore Road, Linden Drive, Tarbock Road, Charlwood Avenue and vice versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Monday 23 August 2021 to Monday 30 August 2021. The Order came into force on Monday 23 August 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 3 September 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

16 September 2021

challenge sport Sport from around the region Cables announce new women’s team

Prescot Cables FC has announced that their first ever women’s team has been formed and will compete for Prescot Cables FC this season at The IP Truck Parts Stadium. Prescot Cables Under 18s Ladies will compete in the Liverpool Women’s & Youth Under 18s league starting in September and will also compete in the All Cities Elite Shield (ACES), a national knockout tournament for the best teams at that level from across the country. The team will be managed by Mark Hills, who is well known in the Merseyside area for his coaching roles in Women’s football. Mark is no stranger to Cables either, having watched the men’s team as a youngster himself, he is proud to now be leading his team as manager of our first ever Women’s team. Speaking of the team and the opportunities ahead, Hills said “I am filled with tremendous pride in what is a massive time for the women’s game and is a fantastic chapter in my coaching career, culminated in joining the footballing institution that is Prescot Cables FC. “We share the vision, drive and ambition of a club which is only going in one direction. “Our aim, to be playing in the Women’s National League Pyramid in the coming years, only outlines the ambitions of this amazing football club right in the heart of the community. “It is an amazing feeling to be developing the first ever women’s team here and one that the players, coaches and myself are relishing. “Having family ties within the area and a knowledge of the club, having coming to watch Cables when I was younger means this

is a fantastic opportunity for myself and my family. It was an opportunity I had to take. We have a supremely talented squad and we cannot wait to get going “The board of directors, the chairmen have been brilliant in their backing and we share in our ambitions to help develop players and grow the women’s game within the community.” Club co-chairman Matt Roberts said of this important milestone for the club: “For me this is proud moment for the club, and this continues to develop our core values as well as strengthen our diversity and equality within the club. “The team are already a well-established team with a very experienced management and coaching team. They have a fantastic can-do attitude and a great discipline both on and off the field. Not to mention their vast trophy cabinet from all their recent achievements. “The team will be playing at the IP Truckparts Stadium as we continue to try and bring our teams back “in house” where they belong. “I would like to thank Mark for his enthusiasm and co-operation during the forming of the team and also a big thank you to our kit manufacturers Kappa and MJM Sports for their support in getting the ladies kitted out to match our other teams within the club. “This is a great success story for the club an I’m sure you will all join me in welcoming them to the club.” The women’s side will kick off their season on September 12 and the club will announce their fixtures and how fans can attend their games in due course.

Staff recognised by national nursing awards Six members of staff at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised for their outstanding efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic by being awarded prestigious national nursing awards by Ruth May, the chief nursing officer for England. Mrs May surprised the staff by presenting them with Chief Nursing Officer Silver Awards during a ceremony at the Trust’s headquarters in Prescot. The awards reward the significant and outstanding contribution made by nurses and midwives in England and their exceptional contribution to nursing and midwifery practice. Mrs May said: “Every recipient should be very proud of the efforts they have put in to help others during an incredibly difficult time for everyone, their dedication and commitment helped ensure patients received the highest standards of care in a safe environment and they’re a credit to the nursing profession.” Jenny Hurst, Mersey Care’s deputy director of nursing, was recognised for her exceptional leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and for demonstrating the “passion and drive that’s

visible to everyone.” Five other members of Mersey Care’s nursing staff were also recipients, including Chen Shoko, a senior clinical nurse working in secure forensic mental health nursing, who was recognised for assuring robust processes for the recruitment, induction, and support of nurses into the trust’s secure services. Leah Angus, David Young and Anthony Rimmer, all members of Mersey Care’s hospital at night team, received a team award for supporting the mental health inpatient wards and supplement existing staff when there is increased demand in particular areas. During the pandemic they provided support across 17 wards and supported colleagues in assessment services, often in very demanding situations due to the impact of the pandemic on staffing levels. Tinashe Baku also won an award for his work as Mersey Care’s community lead for infection control, ensuring all staff had the right training and PPE equipment and supported staff during some of the most challenging times ever experienced within the NHS.

Ruth May, the chief nursing officer for England, pictured with Trish Bennett, Mersey Care’s director of nursing (left) and Joe Rafferty CBE, chief executive (right).

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