It's a mini adventure by pengxiang



                                                                            Issue 4    Winter 2005

  It’s a mini
  Children sign up
  to warden scheme

                                                               ANTI-RACISM CAMPAIGN
                                                           CHRISTMAS ADVICE SPECIAL
                                                         FOUR EXCLUSIVE COMPETITIONS
                 In this issue                                                                                               Welcome
      News                               4,8,14
      Round Your Way                             6
      Keeping trouble out

      My Knowsley                                9
      Sylvia Gore

      Ask the Expert                           12
      Christmas Special                                                                                                      HELLO and welcome to the
                                                                                                                             winter edition of Knowsley
      Your Health                              15                                                                            I’d like to start by thanking
      Smiles better                                                                                                          everyone who turned out to the
                                                                                                                             launch of the Knowsley Against
                                                                                                                             Racism campaign at the
      Memory Lane                              17
      How Kirkby got to where it is
                                                          6                                                                  King George V Sports Centre,
                                                                                                                             The launch event was a huge
      Shelf Life                               18                                                                            success and just underlined
      Book and DVD highlights
                                                                                                                13           that the people of the borough
                                                                                                                             are really getting behind the
                                                                                                                             campaign and are determined
      What’s On                                19                                                                            to stamp out this unacceptable
                                                                                                                             behaviour. There’s a double
      Sport                                    22                                         10                                 page feature on the campaign
                                                                                                                             on pages10-11.
                                                                                                                             This issue also focuses on the
      Competitions                             24                                                                            council’s drive to improve the
      Win leisure club membership                                                                                            borough’s neighbourhoods.
      or a hamper
                                                                                                                17           Some residents have already
                                                                                                                             benefited from this including
                                                                                                                             those in Youatt Avenue,
                                                                                                                             Prescot, as featured in this
       Features                                                                                                              issue’s Round Your Way
      Zero tolerance on                        10                                                                            I want to ensure that every
                                                                                    8                                        resident benefits from this
                                                                                                                             campaign and if there’s a
                                                                                                                             problem in your area, I want to
                                                                                                                             hear about it.

     14                                                                                                                      You can contact me through
                                                                                                                             the magazine at the address
                                                                                                                             on the bottom left of this page.
                                                                                                                             I’d also like to hear from you
                                                                                                                             on any council-related issue,
                                                                                                                             including your opinions and
                                                                                                                             suggestions for Knowsley
                                                                                                                             Finally, I’d like to wish
                                                                                                                             everyone a merry Christmas

                                                                                                                             and a happy New Year – enjoy

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 Borough in brief
 Smoking ban vote
 Councillors have voted
 overwhelmingly in
 favour of supporting
 a Merseyside Bill that
 would ban smoking in all
 enclosed workplaces.
 Cllr Ron Round, Leader
 of Knowsley Council,
 said: “We have already
 been working hard to
 encourage businesses in
 Knowsley to sign up to a
 smoke-free environment,
 and many have already
                                EARLY START
 been rewarded with a
 Roy Castle Lung Cancer
 Foundations National
                                FOR BOROUGH                                                                 IF THE CAP FITS: Jessica Jones took part
                                                                                                             in Knowsley’s mini-warden scheme. She
 Clean Air Award.”

 Walker fund
                                WARDENS                                                                       is pictured here with Ian Gibb, Assistant
                                                                                                              Manager of the Neighbourhood Warden
                                                                                                                                   Scheme in Prescot.

 A FUND has been               CHILDREN in Knowsley took part in a ground-
 established in memory of
 Anthony Walker, who was       breaking Mini Wardens’ Scheme this year                                                          By Vicki Gianelli
 murdered in Huyton in
 July. Donations, payable      The Mini Wardens’ Scheme is               By completing the Mini                 Ian Gibb, Assistant Manager
 to ‘LCVS Anthony Walker       one of the first of its kind in the    Wardens’ Scheme, the children          of the Neighbourhood Warden
 Memorial Fund’ should         country. Children are involved in      are half way to achieving the full     Scheme in Prescot said: “The
 be sent to: Liverpool         clean-up projects and the scheme       Mayor of Knowsley Award which          scheme has proven to be very
 Charity and Voluntary         encourages them to take pride in       is a programme of practical,           successful.
 Services, 14 Castle           the borough at an early age.           cultural and adventurous activities       “The new link with the awards
 Street, Liverpool, L2 0NJ.       Neighbourhood Wardens               to help young people develop.          team means that we can keep in
 For more information          run the scheme which gets local           The Mini Warden Scheme was          touch with the children afterwards
 about the memorial            children involved in a summer          set up four years ago by Tower Hill    and do something worthwhile
 fund please contact Ken       programme of activity to highlight     wardens and has now been rolled        with them which will keep them
 Martin, LCVS Charity
                               the important work the wardens do.     out borough wide.                      off the streets.”
 Services Co-ordinator, on
 236 7728.

 Cleaner Knowsley
 A CRACKDOWN on fly-              KICKING THE DRUG HABIT                                            Business park boost
 tippers and litter louts in                                                                       DERELICT land at the heart of Knowsley
 Knowsley is paying off.
                                 DRUG users who have turned to crime to fund their                 Industrial Estate is to be transformed into
 A zero-tolerance policy         habit can receive help to change their lives for the better       a prestigious business park – creating
 introduced by the council       thanks to a new scheme in Knowsley.                               more than 300 jobs – after millions of
 and supported by the               The Drugs Intervention Programme - run by Knowsley             pounds of public sector funding was
 police has resulted in          Council in partnership with Lighthouse Project - aims             approved.
 two arrests for illegal         to help adult addicts kick the habit while benefiting the         The 28-acre Alchemy site is considered
 dumping.                        community by reducing drug-related crime.                         one of the most important business parks
 And two people have                The programme first provides medical support to                in Merseyside.
 been issued with fixed           help users get over the physical symptoms of addiction.           There will be 10 new workspace units
 penalty notices after           Support and advice is then offered to enable them to              directed towards small and medium sized
 being caught on camera                                                                            businesses as well as a new access road
                                 return to training or work and help with housing
 dropping litter from a car.                                                                       from the A580 East Lancashire Road,
                                 and benefits.
 The tough approach                                                                                comprehensive landscaping and extensive
                                    Clients can be referred to the programme by                    security measures.
 includes covert
                                 the police, their parole officer, health workers,                 The site is in the Approach 580 Strategic
 surveillance and council
 officers sifting through
                                 family or can choose to self-refer.                               Investment Area, one of eight such areas
 rubbish looking for                To contact Knowsley’s Intervention                             across Merseyside, where investment
 evidence to point to            Programme direct, telephone                                       is being concentrated to help economic
 criminals who illegally         0151 480 5398 during office hours.                                development.

                                                                                           FAMOUS FACE: Jon Culshaw
                                                                                          with Brian Forrester, Danielle
                                                                                       McCaffery, Danielle Byrne, Hayley
                                                                                       Kiernan and Rachael Duffy at the
                                                                                           official opening of All Saints’       News
                                                                                                new Sixth Form Centre.

                                                                                                                               Borough in brief
                                                                                                                               Grants for business
                                                                                                                               If you’re interested in
                                                                                                                               becoming self-employed
                                                                                                                               or starting your own
                                                                                                                               business, take advice
                                                                                                                               from a road show that
                                                                                                                               will soon be touring the
                                                                                                                               borough. What’s more,
                                                                                                                               you may qualify for a
                                                                                                                               grant of up to £500. The
                                                                                                                               grant scheme is part of
                                                                                                                               a major drive to attract
                                                                                                                               budding entrepreneurs
 TV STAR GOES BACK TO SCHOOL By Gemma Melling                                                                                  to the area and help
                                                                                                                               create as many as
                                                                                                                               270 new businesses.
TV COMIC Jon Culshaw made a big impression                                                                                     For more information
                                                                                                                               call Mercy Chaita on
at the opening of a new Kirkby sixth-form centre                                                                               477 4000 or call in to
The Ormskirk-born star of                  further education courses and          for the current sixth-form students          Knowsley Business
                                                                                                                               Resource Centre,
small screen hit shows including           boasts modern classrooms,              who achieved the best-ever GCSE
                                                                                                                               Admin Road, Knowsley
Dead Ringers, 2DTV and The                 an office and a social area for        results in the school’s history.
                                                                                                                               Industrial Park, Kirkby.
Impressionable Jon Culshaw cut             students, as well as wireless             All Saints head, Brendan
the ribbon on the new learning             technology allowing the use            McLoughlin, said: “We’ve always              Kirkby kids have say
facility at All Saints RC High Sixth       of laptop computers and video          believed this new facility would
                                                                                                                               YOUNG people in Kirkby
Form Centre.                               conferencing.                          make an enormous difference to
                                                                                                                               have had their say on a
   The centre caters for students             It has already proved to be an      the attitude and motivation of our           project to improve lives in
studying A-levels and other                inspirational learning environment     students”.                                   their community.
                                                                                                                               The Communities That
                                                                                                                               Care (CTC) programme

APPEAL FOR HELP                                                                                                                links local people, agencies

TO BEAT THE CHEATS                                              WINTER WARMTH                                                  and organisations to
                                                                                                                               promote healthy personal
                                                                                                                               and social development
KNOWSLEY’S Counter-Fraud Unit is encouraging                    TWO schemes are available to help Knowsley                     among young people, while
residents to blow the whistle on benefit cheats.                residents heat their homes this winter.                        reducing the risks of youth
   The unit is working hard to meet the Government                 Warm Front provides grants to make homes                    crime, drug abuse, school
target of reducing fraud and error, by 25%, by 2006.            warmer, healthier and more energy efficient.                   age pregnancy and
   Last year, benefit fraud cost the UK around £1.5             Up to £2,700 is available for people on certain                school failure.
                                                                                                                               Cash from Northwood’s
billion the equivalent of £80 extra on every household’s        benefits and who own their own home or rent
                                                                                                                               Single Regeneration
council tax bill.                                               from a private landlord.
                                                                                                                               Budget – money from the
   Most cases referred to Knowsley’s Counter-Fraud Unit            The grant provides energy efficiency advice,                Government to improve the
come as a result of data-matching , or from targeting           two energy-efficient light bulbs and a package                 area – funded the project.
groups who are more likely to fail to report a change in        of insulation and heating improvements which
circumstances.                                                  are tailored to each property, including options               Help for pensioners
   But the unit is also reliant on hotline referrals made to    of loft insulation, draught proofing and gas,                  KNOWSLEY residents
its confidential freephone number.                              electric or central heating, among others. It                  aged 65 or over before
                                        On average three        could also fund repairs to existing systems or                 September 25, 2005
                                      calls a week are          conversion to a solid fuel open fire to a glass                and not in receipt of the
                                      received identifying      fronted fire.                                                  guarantee credit element
                                    suspected fraudsters.          And, as reported in our last issue, the                     of Pension Credit could
                                      The most useful           Knowsley Heatstreets scheme is targeted at                     receive £200 per
                                   hotline referrals include    owner occupiers and those who rent from a                      household to help with
                                   descriptions of the          private landlord but who are not on benefits.                  council tax bills.
                                   individual, the cars they       This scheme can fund loft and cavity wall                   A claim form can be
                                  drive, where they park,       insulation but not heating systems. Over the                   obtained from council
                                 when they go to work, and      first two years of the Heatstreets scheme, a total             one stop shops or by
                                                                                                                               telephoning the
                                where they work.                of 5,347 Knowsley homes have been surveyed
                                                                                                                               Customer Contact
                                  If you would like             and 7,496 measures carried out.
                                                                                                                               Centre on 443 4042.
                                to report benefit fraud ring       For more information about both schemes
                                 freephone - 0800 073 0532.     ring Freephone: 0800 512 012.

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Keeping trouble out
A NEW programme to clean up the environment and improve                                                                        By Vicki Gianelli
community safety across Knowsley is underway

                                                                   IMPROVEMENTS: Fencing
                                                               and railings in Youatt Avenue,
                                                               Prescot, have helped to stamp
                                                                    out anti-social behaviour.

                             nowsley Council carried out       clean ups and increasing safety in alleys     Wardens in the area have also

                      K      a major survey of problem
                             areas in the borough as part
                      of its commitment to work at
                                                               and pathways.

                                                               Youatt Avenue
                                                                                                           noticed a big difference with no
                                                                                                           complaints from the area since the
                                                                                                           work was carried out.
                      neighbourhood level and respond to       The survey of problem areas
                      local concerns.                          highlighted issues in Youatt Avenue,        Alleygating
                         In a crackdown on grot spots and      Prescot.                                    Part of the work in Knowsley involves a
                      areas attracting anti-social behaviour      Residents reported gangs of youths       pilot alleygating scheme.
                      the council’s Neighbourhood              regularly meeting at the end of a              The gates control access to the rear of
                      Management Team have worked              pathway in the road.                        terrace-style housing and help to lock
                      with the Neighbourhood Wardens to           Problems included drinking, drugs        out thieves, deter anti-social behaviour,
                      produce action programmes for every      and graffiti, which were causing            stop litter and fly-tipping and reduce
                      ward in the borough.                     disruption to residents. The end of this    fear of crime.
                         New dedicated teams from              path also had a barrier and a low fence        Only residents have keys to the gates
                      the council’s Environmental and          which provided a quick getaway to           and other schemes across the country
                      Operational Services Department have     Silcock’s field.                            – including in neighbouring authorities
                      started to carry out the work which         The council, residents, police and       Liverpool, Sefton and St Helens – have
                      includes removing graffiti, general      Knowsley Housing Trust worked               proved a huge success.
                                                               together to plan the best way to combat        Knowsley’s Neighbourhood
 FACTFILE                                                      the problem.                                Management Team has completed
                                                                  Barriers at the end of the pathway       initial assessments of the pilot schemes
 A SURVEY of Knowsley identified 800 jobs across the            were removed, hedges cut and a              across the borough, including a
 borough which will improve residents’ quality of life.        six-foot metal fence was put in at the      number in Prescot, which has more of
                                                               bottom of the path.                         the traditional ‘back to back’ properties
 Work will include:
                                                                  A concrete post and panel fencing        than other parts of Knowsley.
 3 Environmental clean ups
 3 Putting up fencing and fitting trip rails to protect
                                                               was also put up alongside the property         After the pilot is complete and
   open space                                                  adjoining the field.                                                assessed for
 3 Putting up ‘A’ Frames to keep scrambler bikes off land         Since the                                                        effectiveness,
 3 Alleygating schemes                                         improvements,                                                       the council
                                                               residents                                                            will consider
 Work has already started across Knowsley and the council      say problems                                                         rolling the
 will continue to listen to residents’ groups to improve the   have                                                                 scheme out
 borough.                                                      reduced                                                              across the
                                                               considerably.                                                        borough.

                    WHAT PEOPLE SAY
                   Graham Morgan,
                   Deputy Leader of
                   Knowsley Council
                   and Cabinet
                   Member for
                   Regeneration and
                   Neighbourhoods, made clear the
                   commitment to this work.
                   He said: “We know from listening to
                   residents across Knowsley that they
                   want us to focus on local issues that
                   can really affect their quality of life.
                   “This programme is just one
                   part of a big effort to manage
                   neighbourhoods, regenerate our
                   communities and respond to local
                   “When this work is done we really
                   need residents across the borough
                   to work with us to make the
                   improvements stick – it’s about us
                   all taking pride in neighbourhoods

                   Cabinet Member
                   for Community
                   Safety and Social
                   Inclusion also
                   has high hopes for the scheme.
                   She said: “By tackling
                   environmental problems in the
                   borough we can not only improve
                   areas but deter crime and anti-
                   social behaviour. Youatt Avenue
GOLDEN GATES:      is just one example of how we
Alleygates in
Crossvale Road,
                   have combated problems relating
Huyton, have       to anti-social behaviour in the
proved popular     borough.
with residents
who have spruced
                   “Together, with vital help from the
up the area with   wardens and in partnership with
flowers             Knowsley Housing Trust and the
                   police, we aim to reduce crime
                   across the borough, protecting
                   residents and working with
                   communities to make Knowsley a
                   safer, cleaner place to live.”

                   Councillor Ian
                   is leader of the
                   Liberal Democrats
                   in Knowsley and
                   represents Prescot
                   West. He is also
                   the leader of Prescot Town Council.
                   He said: “I welcome and fully
                   support the council’s commitment
                   to neighbourhood and community
                   regeneration. Personal security
                   is a top priority within the local
                   community and a programme of
                   alleygating and highway closure
                   has already started and has been
                   effective in some areas of Prescot,
                   including Youatt Avenue.
                    “Dealing with these important issues
                   will help make the neighbourhood
                   much safer - in Prescot and the rest
                   of Knowsley.”

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       News                       Kop job OK for Jay
 Borough in brief                 A FOOTBALL fan has landed a dream job – apprentice groundsman
                                  at a Premiership club. The only trouble is it’s at Liverpool – and
 Over-50s not out
 SILVER Entrepreneurs, a
                                  he’s an Everton fan!
 drive to encourage over-
                                  But that doesn’t worry 17-year-old                                                     Someone helping run that
 50s to start or expand
                                  Jay Barrow, who will be working                                                     course was so impressed by Jay
 businesses and become
 self-employed, has kicked
                                  as an apprentice groundsman at                                                      they invited him to do some casual
 off in Knowsley.                 Anfield.                                                                            work on the pitches at Liverpool’s
 Tim Dugdill, Chairman of             He joked: “I’ll have to keep my                                                 training academy in Kirkby and
 Knowsley Chamber, who            mouth shut and I’ll probably get                                                                that’s led to a three-
 conceived the idea and is        my leg pulled quite a bit but I don’t                                                             year apprenticeship
 leading on the project for       mind. It’s a great job. Most of my                                                                        with the club.”
 The Knowsley Partnership,        mates are Everton supporters too
 said: “Over-50s are              but they’re sound about it because
 becoming increasingly            it’s such a good job.”
 important, not only in               Jay is the 100th client of the          spraying course and he was the
 number, but in their ability     Road2Work scheme which aims to              youngest to pass that.
 to shape the development of      help anyone over the age of 16 in           He also did a ride-
 the economy.”
                                  the North Huyton New Deal For               on mower course
 For more information,
                                  Communities area look for work              and he passed that
 contact Aimee Best
                                  whether they’re already in a job or         too.
 on 708 0875 or email             unemployed.
                                      Road2Work client advisor
 Road safety class                Claire Embleton said: “Jay’s been
                                  with us for about a year. He’d done
 PRIMARY schoolchildren
 from Knowsley stepped into       an NVQ Level 2 in horticulture
 the shoes of the traffic police   and we were able to
 to learn about road safety.      sort out some more
 Pupils, aged 10 and 11,          training for him.
 used police speed guns to            “We arranged
 clock the speed of traffic        for him to go on a                                                                         BARROW ON A ROLL: Jay Barrow
 near their school.
 They also conducted a
                                                                                                                    Restoring war memories
 roadside survey to count
 how many drivers and
 passengers fail to use their
                                   ALL ABOARD FOR HEALTH                                                            A WORLD WAR TWO air raid shelter
                                                                                                                    in the grounds of a Huyton school is
 seatbelts.                         KNOWSLEY residents jumped on board the food bus to take a                       set to be restored to its former glory
 The exercise was part of
                                    new route to healthier eating and healthy lifestyles.                           thanks to a lottery grant of £10,000.
 ‘Fast Lane’ – a road-safety
                                       The bus, as featured on the BBC’s Breakfast Television, drove                Sue Price, parent governor at the
 initiative designed by
                                    into the borough for three days for a Focus on Food Tour which                  school, Sylvester Primary on St
 Knowsley Council’s Road
                                    encourages healthy eating.                                                      John’s Road, said: “Most of our
 Safety Team for year six
                                       Justin Baddeley, Knowsley Council’s Food and Health Advisor                  children have never seen an air
                                    said: “We had an exciting, creative and informative time.                       raid shelter and it seemed a shame
                                    Children were able to make healthy food and are now able to                     there was one in the school grounds
 Governors needed                                                                                                   that couldn’t be used because of
 PARENTS and carers of              share their experience with the rest of their family and recreate
                                                                                                                    the condition it was in – particularly
 pupils in Knowsley are being       the meals they were taught at home.”
                                                                                                                    because the children all learn
 urged to stand for election as                                                                                     about World War Two as part of the
 parent governors.                                                                                                  national curriculum in Year 6.”
 Twenty eight schools in the                                                                                        The group now have until 31
 borough have places for                                                                                            December to complete the project
 parent governors, who are                                                                                          – excavating and replacing the
 elected by other parents onto                                                                                      shelter’s floor, adding electricity and
 the school’s governing body.                                                                                       collecting artefacts to exhibit inside.
 If you have an interest in                                                                                         The school is interested to hear
 children’s future, a desire to                                                                                     from anybody who could help them
 make a difference, time and                                                                                        with the renovation, by offering help
 energy and an ability to work                                                                                      with the work or simply by sharing
 in a team, the role could                                                                                          their memories of World War Two
 suit you.                                                                                                          – particularly if they were pupils at
 For more information                                                                                               Sylvester at the time.
 contact Carole King,                                                                                               If you can spare a few hours to help,
 Governor Support Officer,         FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Justin Baddeley, Knowsley Council’s Food and Health Advisor
                                  celebrating with Cllr Brian O’Hare, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Corporate and   please contact Sue on 07812925241.
 on 443 5620                      Customer Services, and others at the food bus event.

                                                                                                                     MY KNOWSLEY

                                   Sylvia Gore
        WHEN it comes to achievements in football, Sylvia Gore’s CV takes some beating.
        The first woman to score for England, she has devoted 55 years to the game and
         is still going strong, juggling a variety of roles in the sport including women’s
                         football development officer for Knowsley Council           By Gareth Roberts

       ylvia, 60, grew up in South Avenue,         over but I stayed on my feet and side-footed the      Sylvia has also helped to set up a string of

S      Prescot, and first started kicking a ball
       at the age of four.
   Although she was well-supported in her
                                                   ball past the keeper.”
                                                      Sylvia packed in playing at 35 to concentrate
                                                   on coaching, managing the Welsh women’s side,
                                                                                                      leagues and competitions, worked at centres
                                                                                                      of excellence for women’s football and is now
                                                                                                      involved with the Liverpool County FA, the
hometown, she admits it was difficult to find      working as secretary of Liverpool FC Ladies        Women’s Premier League and the Football
opportunities in the sport.                        and clocking up 21 years in her voluntary role     Association.
   She said: “I wasn’t allowed to play for the     at Knowsley.                                                 Her amazing dedication has not gone
boy’s team at school and                                                                                     unnoticed.
really, when I first started
playing, women’s football was                                                                                Recognition
not well thought of. I always                                                                                She has been honoured by the borough,
got the ‘women can’t play                                                                                    the FA, AXA, UEFA and even the
football’. You still get that now,                                                                           Queen, picking up an MBE for services
although not so much.”                                                                                       to football in 2000.
   The former Our Ladies                                                                                        But with the Women’s European
Junior School and St Edmund                                                                                   Championships attracting crowds in
Arrowsmith pupil ended up                                                                                     excess of 29,000, Sylvia has no thoughts
looking to the other end of the                                                                               of retirement as the game blossoms.
M62 for her big chance.                                                                                          She added: “I’ve given a lot to
   Sylvia successfully tried out                                                                              Knowsley and the borough has
for women’s side Manchester                                                                                    supported me very well in return over
Corinthians at the age of 12 and                                                                               the years. Now I just want to keep on
hasn’t looked back.                                                                                            going and try to inspire kids to keep
                                                                                                               on learning – I still am.”
Making history
She was selected for the first
women’s England football
squad and was in the starting
eleven in their debut match in Greenock on
November 19, 1972.
   In atrocious conditions, Sylvia secured
her place in the history books. She said:
“I still remember the game. There was
only one other game played in Scotland
that day – a men’s game – because the
conditions were so bad.
   “I picked up the ball in my own area
and ran 40 yards. I thought I would slip

 Sylvia has set up a girl’s football
 development centre at the King
 George V Complex in Huyton.
 Sessions run every Thursday,
 4-5pm with players ranging
 from year four upwards. Contact
 Sylvia on 0151 443 5713 or
 07801 388315.

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Zero tolerance on
KNOWSLEY residents are being encouraged to speak out as a
new campaign is launched to tackle racism in the borough                                                                                   By Vicki Gianelli

                                                                                             BAND AID: Abdul Fataahu and Declan Glover show off their
      he Knowsley Against Racism           is not acceptable in Knowsley and

                                                                                             Knowsley Against Racism wristbands at the campaign’s launch
      campaign aims to challenge           will not be tolerated.                            event.
      all forms of racial hatred and
contribute to making Knowsley a place      Report it
where people can live together safely,     “An anti-racism hotline will be set up
with respect and friendship.               to deal with any reports and we will
   The council and its partners have       protect local people, support witnesses
launched the campaign as part of a         and work together with the community
long-term strategy to stamp out racism     to create a borough free of racism
in Knowsley.                               discrimination and prejudice.”
   Racism can show itself in obvious           A Multi Agency Racial Harassment
ways such as graffiti, intimidation, or    Forum has also been established in
physical violence or through other         Knowsley to address the problem in
actions. The council is asking residents   the borough. This will give residents,
to be vigilant, report any incidents of    council staff, local businesses and
abuse and help police when they have       police the opportunity to get together
information on race-related crimes.        and discuss how best to tackle racism
   The council will act upon any reports   in Knowsley. Find out how you can get
immediately in order to challenge          involved by calling 0151 443 3073.
racist behaviour across the borough.          Residents should inform Crime
   Knowsley Council leader Cllr                  Stoppers of anybody who may
Ron Round said: “The                                 be targeting individuals or
campaign will raise                                    families in a racist manner
awareness of the                                       on 0800 555 111. Or call
cultural, religious and                                         the Mersey Racial
racial diversity of the                                              Harassment
community of                                                            Prevention
Knowsley. We                                                             Unit 0800
are sending                                                               138 1688.
out clear
messages                                                                   BALL BUDDIES:
that racism                                                                Georgina
                                                                           Williams and
                                                                           Hassan Hassan

                                                      SUPPORT: Knowsley Council Leader Cllr Ron Round shows
   IT’S CAMPAIGN KICK OFF                             his support for the campaign by adding his name to a
   LIVERPOOL FC legend Alan Kennedy and
   Swansea City hotshot Lee Trundle helped
   to kick off the Knowsley Against Racism
   The European Cup winner and the Huyton-
   born striker were at the King George V Sports
   Centre for the launch event.
   The main attractions included a 28-team
   football tournament, sumo wrestling and live
   music and dance performances from a variety
   of acts including the North Huyton Community
   Choir, students from Halewood Arts College
   and the Chinese Unicorn Dance Group.
   There was also an opportunity to sample                                                                                  POSTER POWER: The message is
                                                                                                                            made clear by this poster at the event.
   different foods from around the world.


racism                                                 Responsible
                                                       for equality
                                                       KNOWSLEY Council has a dedicated
                                                       Corporate Equality and Diversity
                                                       Officer who ensures the authority’s
                                                       services are accessible to all residents
                                                             aul Peng, who has

                                                       P     been in the post
                                                             since November
                                                       2004, is responsible for
                                                                                                                Paul Peng

                                                       a cross-departmental
                                                       approach to meet equality
                                                       standards for local
                                                       government and
                                                       has established four
                                                       workers’ groups - a Black
                                                       and Minority Workers’
                                                       Group, a Lesbian,
                                                       Gay, Bisexual and
                                                       Transgender Workers’
                                                       Group, a Disability Workers’
                                                       Group and a Women’s Worker Group.
                                                          Before joining Knowsley, Paul was Deputy Director of
                                                       Oldham Race Equality Partnership where he managed a
                                                       project to bring together different communities and improve
                                                          He has also worked as a consultant on Liverpool City
                                                       Council Vision and as a facilitator for St Helens Council’s
                                                       Race Equality Action plan.
                                                          A Master of Arts, Paul’s specialist field of work is ‘positive
                                                       action’ practice, which helps to redress under-representation
                                                       in the workplace or in service delivery.
                                                          You can contact Paul on 443 3073 or email

 CELEBRITY BACKING: Alan Kennedy (second from right)
 and Lee Trundle (far right) show their support.
                                                       Kirkby plays host to Hindus
                                                               IRKBY Sports Centre welcomed several hundred

                                                       K       Hindus to celebrate the five-day Bengali Hindu
                                                               Festival, Durga Puja.
                                                           The annual event has been taking place since 1980, with
                                                       the centre playing host each year.
                                                           The festival is a celebration of the Hindu Goddesses and
                                                       is the equivalent of the Christian Christmas Festival with
                                                       presents and cards being exchanged, particularly on the
                                                        fifth day.
                                                           The last day of the celebration is called Dashera which, in
                                                       some parts of India, means the killing of the demon Ravana
                                                       or the celebration of the Lord Ramas’s victory over Ravana.
                                                       In Southern India and Sri Lanka they celebrate the event for
                                                       nine days and call it the Festival of Navratri.

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How to avoid
starting the
New Year skint
CHRISTMAS credit could
mean a nightmare for
some come January.
Alan Shone, Knowsley
                                                  ALAN SHONE
Council’s Consumer
Advice Team Leader,
offers some tips on
avoiding the debt trap
          t’s estimated each of us spends

“I        £870 every Christmas on
          presents, cards, decorations
and food. Buying presents and
                                                                                                                                        SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP:
                                                                                                                                         But overspending at
                                                                                                                                               Christmas can
                                                                                                                                          come back to haunt
                                                                                                                                         you in the New Year.
preparing for parties is exciting but
you need to keep the long-term effects         You have NO rights if you simply
on your bank balance in mind.                change your mind about something               You can get free help and advice
   “During the festive season creditors      you have bought, made a mistake,            from Trading Standards, Kirkby
are falling over themselves to offer you     or were told about the fault before         Municipal Buildings, Cherryfield
the chance to borrow money. But bear         you bought it. But the shop may             Drive, Kirkby L32 1TX.
in mind that everything bought on            exchange or give you a refund, as a         Tel: 0151 443 4711 or email:
credit in December must be paid back         gesture of goodwill.              
from at least February onwards.
   “Advice on obtaining credit is            Buying presents
available at Knowsley’s Consumer             “When paying for gifts I recommend            TOP LOAN TIPS FOR A DEBT-FREE CHRISTMAS
Advice Centre in the Municipal               you tell the salesperson you are buying       £ Shop around for credit to find the best deals and read
Buildings on Cherryfield Drive,              a present for someone and check if it           forms thoroughly before you sign.
Kirkby. They can provide a Budget            can be returned if unsuitable. Also, note
                                                                                           £ Check exactly how much you’ll pay back. Study the
Planner leaflet so you can see exactly       the name of the sales assistant and keep        interest rates and charges very closely. Is it good value?
how much you have to spend at                the receipt to prove when you bought
Christmas. For more information              the present and the price you paid.           £ Compare the Annual Percentage Rate (APR). Usually
ring 443 4711.”                                                                              the lower the APR the less you pay in interest but
                                                                                             beware sometimes that a low APR will only apply for
                                             No refunds?                                     a short period.
Shoppers’ rights                             “A shop cannot legally refuse a
“You are covered by law when out             consumer’s right to a refund, so if           £ Look at the length of the loan, not just the monthly
shopping. All goods you buy must:            it shows a ‘no refunds’ sign – don’t            payment. The longer the loan period, the more interest
• Meet the standard that ‘a reasonable       be fooled! This does not affect your            you’ll pay back.
  person would regard as satisfactory’       rights as a consumer to take back             £ Beware – if you use your home as security for a loan
• Be fit for purpose and do what they        faulty or mis-described goods and               and you don’t keep up repayments, your home could
  say they will                              claim a refund. In fact, the shop               be repossessed.
• Be as described. So if you buy a           may well have committed a criminal            £ And watch out - if you act as a guarantor for someone
  shirt that is described as having long     offence and should be reported to               else’s loan, you will have to repay the debt if they don’t.
  sleeves it shouldn’t have short sleeves.   Trading Standards.”

  Watch your waste
  Everyone produces large volumes of rubbish around
  Christmas. But don’t forget to be green this year
  and follow these simple tips from recycling officer
  Tina Moorhouse
  • Use your green and blue                                       leaving a room, don’t
  recycling bin to recycle. Blue for                              leave TVs and stereos on
  green waste and cardboard, and                                 standby, and try to avoid
  green for paper, glass bottles and                             leaving Christmas lights on
  jars, and food/drink cans. You can                             unnecessarily.
  also recycle your Christmas tree                              • Give green gifts e.g.
  in the blue bin.
  • Try to minimise the amount of
                                       TINA MOORH
                                                                composters, bird feeders,
                                                               energy or water saving devices,         DON’T BE
  packaging around food that you
  buy and look for presents with
  minimal packaging.
                                                               theatre and sports tickets,
                                                              environmental books, bicycles
                                                              or other durable gifts.
  • Reuse carrier bags, wrapping paper, gift
  bags and cut up old greeting cards to use as
                                                           • Pass unwanted gifts like toys,
                                                 shoes, clothes to charity organisations or            A CAR FOR
  gift tags.
  • Remember to switch off lights when
                                                 send them to recycling banks (Look in Yellow
                                                 Pages or Thompson Local, under charities).            CHRISTMAS
                                                                                                       Public transport can be
                                                      CHRISTMAS CARD RECYCLING
                                                      Christmas cards can be recycled at the           slow during the festive
                                                      following sites between 6 January and
                                                      3 February 2006.
                                                                                                       season. So protect your
                                                                                                       car by following some
                                                      One Stop Shop, Huyton Town Centre                simple rules from Mark
                                                      One Stop Shop, Cherryfield Drive
                                                                                                       Harrison, Head of Crime
                                                      HALEWOOD                                         and Disorder Reduction
                                                      One Stop Shop, Leathers Lane
                                                      STOCKBRIDGE VILLAGE                              for Knowsley Council.
                                                      Village Housing Association,
                                                      The Croft Shopping Centre
                                                                                                       • Lock all doors and
                                                                                                       windows when you
                                                      One Stop Shop, (Old Prescot Civic
                                                      Centre Site)                                     leave your car
                                                                                                       • Never leaving
                                                                                                       ANYTHING on
                                                                                                       • Consider fitting           MARK HARRIS
   Bin Collections:                                  Recycling Collections:
                                                                                                       alarms, immobilisers
   Christmas and New Year 2005-2006                  Christmas and New Year 2005-2006
                                                                                                       or a steering wheel lock if you
                                                                                                       haven’t already
    Norm Collection Day     Revised Collection Day    Norm Collection Day     Revised Collection Day
    Mon 26 December         Wed 28 December           Mon 26 December         Wed 28 December
                                                                                                       • Remove your car stereo, if you can
    Tues 27 December        Tues 3 January *          Tues 27 December        Thurs 29 December
                                                                                                       • Keep your keys safe - NEVER leave
    Wed 28 December         Wed 4 January *           Wed 28 December         Fri 30 December
                                                                                                       your vehicle unattended when the keys
    Mon 2 January           Mon 9 January *           Mon 2 January           Sat 31 December          are in the ignition. This is especially a
                                                                              Sat 7 January            problem in the winter months when
    * DOUBLE COLLECTIONS                                                                               people are trying to defrost windows.
    All other collection days are as normal.          All other collection days are as normal.         • Take your keys to bed with you to
                                                                                                       avoid hook and cane burglaries.

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                              THUMBS UP FOR KNOWSLEY NEWS –
      News                    NOW HELP US MAKE IT BETTER
 Borough in brief             In the latest reader feedback on Knowsley News 97% rated the
                              magazine ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. But we want to make it even better
 Job café
                              Many residents raised concerns          We also welcome your letters
 HALEWOOD residents           about not receiving the magazine,    and will include a selection if
 can drop in for advice on
                              so we have acted on this.            we receive a sufficient number.
 finding employment at a
                              Knowsley Council is now using        Letters can be your comments
 job café at The Arncliffe
 Centre, Arncliffe Road.
                              its neighbourhood warden team        and suggestions for the magazine
 No appointment is            to deliver almost 70,000 copies of   or any council-related issue. We
 necessary and tea and        the magazine door-to-door across     also encourage you to send in
 coffee is available at the   the borough.                         news or sport items, information
 café, which is open every       The magazine is also available    for What’s On or your old
 Tuesday, 10am-12noon.        at the council’s one stop shops,     pictures of the borough for
 Representatives from         libraries and leisure centres.       Memory Lane.
 Knowsley’s Construction      Readers also said they would like       You can write to Knowsley
 Partnership attend and       to see Knowsley News available in    News at: Communications,
 can advise on training       supermarkets, health centres and     Knowsley Metropolitan Borough
 and job opportunities        doctors’ surgeries. These options    Council, Archway Road, Huyton,
 in the construction          will be investigated in the coming   L36 9YU.
                              months.                                 Alternatively, you
 Other organisations
                                 Many of you also said you’d       can email your letter to:
 including Jobcentre
                              like to see a letters page, a quiz
 Plus, Halewood
 JET, Shaw Trust and          and trading standards advice.        uk, fax to 0151 443 3507 or          Road, Huyton wins £25 of High
 Connexions are also          We have responded by including       drop your letter off at any of the   Street Vouchers. Her feedback
 present.                     trading standards advice in this     council’s one stop shops.            form was the first to be drawn out
 For more information         edition’s Ask the Expert section.       Mrs Lynda Bell of Skipton         of the hat.
 on the Construction
 Partnership ring 0151
 477 4040.

 Top for planning             ON DOG OWNERS                         DON’T RISK BLINDNESS
 KNOWSLEY has been            DOG owners are being told to           DIABETES sufferers should have their eyes checked at least
 rated the best authority     bag it and bin it or face a fine.      once a year and Knowsley residents with the condition can get
 in Merseyside for               Knowsley Council’s cabinet          their eyes screened for free.
 dealing with planning        members have backed a move               Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people of
 applications. Knowsley       to crack down on this threat to        working age in the UK.
 processed 90% of all its     public health through education          Without eye screening the condition cannot be identified
 planning applications        and initiatives including              and you could risk blindness.
 within eight weeks,
                              increasing the number of bins            Dr. Diana Forrest, Knowsley’s Director of Public Health said:
 beating the 80%
                              to deal with the problem.              “When you consider the risk is potential blindness, a simple,
 Government target and
 some other authorities
                                 Councillors also agreed to          painless screening is well worth it.” Simply call one of the
 by nearly 20%.               increase the fixed penalty notice      following optometrists and book your free appointment today:
                              for owners caught allowing their
 Kids’ space                  dog to foul and not clearing up
                              from £50 to £75.                          J Andrews Optician              Savaspex Opticians
 A Huyton demolition                                                    42 St Chad’s Parade             5 Sherbourne Square
 site has been turned into       There are approximately 15,000
                                                                        Kirkby L32 8RH                  Huyton L36 9UR
 a children’s playground      dogs in the borough and that
                                                                        Tel: 0151 546 5104              Tel: 0151 480 2599
 - thanks to people power.    potentially could produce nearly
 Six mums and 30 kids         2,500 tons of dog mess a year.            Millican Opticians              Price & Ankers
 rolled their sleeves up                                                44 Derby Road                   2 Leyland Street
 and transformed the                                                    Huyton L36 9UU                  Prescot L34 5PQ
 waste land at Lordens                                                  Tel: 0151 489 1845              Tel: 0151 430 9187
                                                                        Store Optical Ltd               Specsavers Opticians
 One of the mums,
                                                                        52 St Chad’s Parade             16 Huyton Hey Road
 Julie Daley, said: “The
                                                                        Kirkby L32 8UG                  Huyton L36 5RT
 kids around here had
                                                                        Tel: 0151 548 5553              Tel: 0151 481 0241
 nowhere to go so
 we thought we’d do                                                     S Nissim                        R Millican & K McKenna
 something about it.                                                    58 Dinas Lane                   31 Eccleston Street
 We organised toys and                                                  Huyton L36 2NR                  Prescot L34 5QA
 activities like football                                               Tel: 0151 489 5102              Tel: 0151 426 6286
 and quick cricket. The
 kids loved it and it was
 full all summer.”

                                                                                                                       YOUR HEALTH

Smiles better
SCHOOLCHILDREN in Knowsley are setting a bright, white
example by keeping their teeth clean and their gums healthy

       nowsley’s Health and Wellbeing       Starting young                             Primary Care Trust Senior

K      Partnership recently learnt that
       Knowsley children’s dental health
is amongst the worst in the country.
                                            The ongoing ‘Tempting Tots’
                                            programme, offered to all nursery and
                                            primary schools in the borough, offers
                                                                                       Dental Health Promotion
                                                                                       Co-ordinator Annette
                                                                                       Mercer is confident for the
   As a result, Knowsley Primary Care       taster sessions to encourage young         future: “Whilst dental health
Trust (PCT) and Knowsley Council            people to try fruit and vegetables. The    in Knowsley is below the
made dental health a top priority           programme, which aims to improve           national average, there is
and a number of measures have been          the eating habits and dental health        cause for great optimism
introduced in schools to combat tooth       of young children, involves short          that dental health will
decay, protect gums and educate             interactive activities. The sessions are   improve.”
children on dental care.                    helping to educate parents as well as
                                            children on healthy eating.                “Community pharmacists have
Big changes                                                                            also offered information and
There is a lot more to smile about in       Freebies
Knowsley schools as new, improved           And Colgate has donated 6,400              advice on a range of topics including
and healthier menus have been               oral care kits of toothbrushes and
introduced. Healthy tuck shops have         toothpaste packs to Knowsley children      teething, sugar-free medicine and
replaced chocolate and fizzy drink          aged between five and seven. Knowsley      healthy eating.”
machines, and healthy eating projects
are helping to educate pupils on diet,
visiting the dentist, and correct ways to
brush teeth.
   Community pharmacists have also
offered information and advice to
parents on a range of topics including
teething, sugar-free medicine and
healthy eating.
   Workers from local Sure Start
programmes, which aim to give
children the best start in life, have
given out drinking cups, toothpaste
and brushes to parents for their

 3 Limit sugary foods and drinks to
   mealtimes. This includes diet and
   sports drinks containing sugars
   which are harmful to the teeth and
   can cause dental decay.
 3 Brush teeth at least twice a day
   with family fluoride toothpaste
   - children’s teeth should be
   brushed as soon as they appear in
   the mouth.
 3 Visit your dentist at least once a
   year. Remember a check-up is
   easier than treatment.
 3 Don’t smoke - this
   can lead to an
   increased risk of
   gum disease and
   oral cancers.

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                                  Useful numbers
 Area Forums
                                  Benefits (Housing and                  Education General                  Stockbridge Village
 KNOWSLEY Council and
 its partners are reviewing       Council Tax)                          Enquiries                          230 0407
 community area forums.           443 4042                              443 3232                           Tower Hill
 The proposed new
                                  Births, Marriages                     General Enquiries                  547 5183
 arrangements will see a
 focus on issues in each
                                  and Deaths                            489 6000                           Prescot & Whiston
 local area, leading to action    443 5210                              Highways (including                443 4692
 plans to deal with priorities.   Business Rates                        footways and street
 They will also allow                                                                                      Pest Control
 communities an opportunity
                                  443 4089                              lighting)                          443 2455
 to consider important            Business Services (Advice,            443 2400
 issues in greater depth.
                                                                                                           Planning Enquiries
                                  Funding, Recruitment and              Homelessness                       443 2380
 There will be three linked
                                  Training)                             290 7190
 components:                                                                                               Refuse Collection
 Area Public Forums,              477 4000                              Housing General Enquiries          443 2400
 Area Partnership Forums          Children’s Information                443 5834
 and Neighbourhood Pride
                                  Service                                                                  School Admissions
 Teams.                                                                 Housing Repairs                    & Exclusions
                                  443 5633                              (Knowsley Housing                  443 3212
 Area Public Forums               Complaints and                        Trust East)
 will be held in each area        Compliments                           0800 731 2023                      School Attendance
 of the borough and will                                                                                   Service
 discuss important issues
                                  443 4031                              (Knowsley Housing                  443 3279
 for people living in that        Consumer Advice/Trading               Trust West)
 neighbourhood and allow          Standards                             0500 969694                        School Bus Passes
 them to have an influence
                                  443 4711                                                                 443 5609
 on decision-making.                                                    Job Vacancies
                                  Council Tax                           443 5000                           Traffic Signal Faults
 Area Partnership Forums          443 4476                                                                 443 2349
 will consist of many key                                               Neighbourhood Wardens
                                  Council Tax and Benefits               Huyton South                       Truancy Hotline
 organisations active in
 Knowsley. They will look at      Fraud Hotline                         443 3395                           0800 073 6161
 the priorities in each area,     0800 073 0532                                                             customerservices@
 develop local action plans,
                                  Dangerous Buildings/                  443 2171                  
 improve the standard of
 local services and monitor       Structures/Trees                      Kirkby South                        NHS Direct
 progress.                        443 2380                                                                  0845 4647 24 hours
                                                                        548 2725
 Neighbourhood Pride
 Teams will be made up
 of officers dealing with            Emergencies (out of hours)
 day-to-day neighbourhood           (Monday - Friday 5pm - 9am
 management issues,                 and all day Saturday and Sunday)
 initially mainly anti-
 social behaviour and               Highways, footways and street lighting                                                        443 2800
 environmental concerns.            (Mon-Fri 8pm-8am, Saturday before 9.30am
 They will work on the              & after 1pm, all day Sunday and Bank Holidays)
 ground, liaising with              Homelessness and Social Services                                                          07659 590081
 councillors, residents             (Mon-Fri 5pm-9am and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays)
 and residents’ groups
                                    Housing Repairs                                                                     290 7375/449 3958
 and ensure that issues
 important to residents             Additional useful numbers
 are dealt with. They will
                                    Fire                                                Huyton Police Station, Lathom Road,
 also be accountable for
                                    Huyton Fire Station, Huyton Lane,                   Huyton. Open 24 hours.
 the standard of services
                                    Huyton. 01744 697712                                Kirkby Police Station, St Chads Drive,
                                    Kirkby Fire Station, Webster Drive,                 Kirkby. Open 24 hours.
                                    Kirkby. 0151 546 5151                               Prescot Police Station, Derby Street, Prescot.
 These new arrangements
                                    Whiston Fire Station, Fire Station Road,            Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Saturday 10am-6pm.
 will operate in North
                                    Whiston. 0151 426 6424.                             To contact your police station call
 Huyton, South Huyton,
                                    Police                                              Merseyside Police switchboard on
 North Kirkby, South Kirkby,
                                    Halewood Police Station,                            0151 709 6010.
 Halewood and Prescot/
                                    Leathers Lane, Halewood.
 Whiston/Knowsley Village/                                                              Citizens Advice
                                    Open Mon-Sat 7am-10pm,
 Cronton.                                                                               0845 1221300
                                    Sunday 10am-6pm.


Kirkby –
in the beginning
THIS MONTH Knowsley News delves into the library
archives to uncover the history of Kirkby
                                                                                                                                                     STARTER’S ORDERS:
      HE origins of Kirkby can be                                               accessible and the threat of war led

T     traced to 870 AD, when a simple
      chapel is believed to have existed
                                                                                to a Government decision to build
                                                                                a munitions factory in the area.
                                                                                                                                                 Kirkby Athletics Stadium
                                                                                                                                                           opened in 1964

                                                                                                                                                                                                    KNOWSLEY LIBRARIES ARCHIVE SERVICE
in the area. Kirkby is also mentioned                                           The Royal Ordnance Factory was
in the Domesday Survey of 1086, as                                              completed in 1941 and became a
‘Cherchebi’.                                                                    major employer, with a workforce
   Over the centuries, the ownership                                            increasing to 20,000 by 1942.
of land around the Kirkby settlement
passed through the hands of many                                                 THE CORN MILL
                                                                                  THE CORN MILL
families. The Molyneux family                                                                                                                                                                                                            War
purchased the manor lands in the 16th
                                                                                 For hundreds of years there was a
                                                                                 corn mill in Kirkby and it was in use
century. They were staunch Catholics                                             until the early 20th century when                                                                                                                       To commemorate
who retained their religious beliefs                                             it was destroyed by fire. During                                                                                                                         the anniversary of
despite the pressures of the English                                             the summer, the large Mill Dam                                                                                                                          the end of World
Reformation.                                                                     Lake was used for boating and                 New town                                                                                                  War Two, pupils
   But conversion to the Church of                                               recreational purposes.                        Hand-in-hand came huge housing                                                                            from year five at St
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Albert’s Primary,
                                           KNOWSLEY LIBRARIES ARCHIVE SERVICE

England came with the marriage of                                                                                              developments to relieve overcrowding
Charles William Molyneux in 1768 and,                                                                                          problems in Liverpool and Kirkby,                                                                         Stockbridge
three years later, he was made Earl of                                                                                         with new developments in Southdene,                                                                       Village, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         St Margaret
Sefton. The Manor of Kirkby continued                                                                                          Westvale and Northwood, finally lost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mary’s Primary,
to be held by successive Earls of Sefton                                                                                       its rural farming community image and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Huyton, asked the
until 1947, when the land was sold to                                                                                          gained the status of new town.                                                                            borough’s oldest
the Liverpool Corporation.                                                                                                        By the late 1950s, further housing                                                                     residents about
                                                                                                                               was needed to avoid overcrowding                                                                          life in Knowsley
Transport                                                                                                                      within the new areas and the first phase                                                                  during the 1940s.
Until the mid-19th Century                                                                                                     of the Tower Hill Estate was completed                                                                    As part of the
communication to and from the rural                                                                                            in 1967.                                                                                                  project, organised
townships of Kirkby and Simonswood                                              Post-war                                          New buildings and recreational areas                                                                   by Prescot
was poor. But the arrival of the                                                The war over, Liverpool City Council           appeared rapidly: Kirkby Market in                                                                        Museum
Liverpool, Bolton and Bury Railway in                                           eventually bought the site for industrial      1960, Westvale Community Centre,                                                                          and Heritage
1848 brought new travel opportunities                                           development and so Kirkby Industrial           Webster’s Park, a College of Further                                                                      Service, the
to the people of the area.                                                      Estate was born. It expanded through the       Education and a Police Headquarters                                                                       children produced
   The building of the East Lancashire                                          1950s and 1960s to become one of the           in 1961. In 1964, the library opened                                                                      information that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         was included in
Road in 1935 made Kirkby more                                                   largest in the country. At its peak in 1971,   its doors as did Kirkby Athletics and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Knowsley
                                                                                the estate employed over 26,000 people.        Sports Stadium.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Memories of
 KIRKBY – THE FACTS                                                                                                                                                                                                                      World War Two:
                                                                                                                                     HOW IT WAS:                                                                                         A Hundred
 3 THE name Kirk-by means Church
                                                                                                                                     Kirkby Village                                                                                      Things You
   and Settlement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Never Dreamed
 3 Local government re-organisation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Of exhibition at
   in 1974 brought Kirkby into the
   newly created Metropolitan

   Borough of Knowsley.
 3 Queen Elizabeth II visited Kirkby
                                                                                                                                                        KNOWSLEY LIBRARIES ARCHIVE

   in 1978.
 3 Famous people from Kirkby
   include Phil Thompson, John
   Conteh, Alan Stubbs, Kevin Nolan,
   Terry McDermott and Margi

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                                       Highlights from the latest best-selling
Shelf Life
                                       books and new release DVDs available
                                       from the borough’s libraries

BOOKS                                                                                 reader can immediately
                                                                                      picture them.              Magazines
                                                                                      Gina Speakman, Huyton
                                                                                      Reading Group
                                                                                                                 to browse
                                                                                                                 A survey of library
                                                                                                                 users showed that
                                                                                                                 you wanted to see
                                                                                                                 more magazines.
                                                                                                                 Now visitors to the
                                                                                                                 borough’s libraries
                                                                                                                 can now lose
                                                         Clean Break. The                                        themselves in the
                                                         story is about Em and                                   pages of glossy
                                                         her little brother and                                  publications such
                                                         sister. Their parents                                   as Hello and OK!,
                                                         have split up. Em does                                  or read about
                                                         her best to cheer them                                  more specialist
                                                         up but she is feeling                                   interests such as
                                                         miserable herself.                                      fishing, gardening,
                                                                                      Various Haunts of
                                                         This is a very good                                     computers, music,
                                                                                      Men by Susan Hill
                                                         book that I thoroughly                                  film and DVDs.
                                                                                      Chief Inspector Simon
                                                         recommend.                                              Also available now
                                                                                      Serrailler’s workload
                                                         Fay Johnston,                                           in Huyton library is
                                                                                      suddenly becomes
                                                         Stockbridge Library                                     a new collection of
                                                                                      heavier when a woman
                                                         Chatterbooks Club                                       literary magazines
                                                                                      disappears whilst out
                                                                                                                 featuring poetry,
                                                                                      jogging. More people
                                                                                                                 short fiction,
                                                                                      are reported missing,
                                                                                                                 criticism, essays,
                                                                                      leading Simon to
                                                                                                                 interviews and
                                                                                      suspect a serial killer
The Lion, the Witch                                                                   is at work. I enjoyed
and the Wardrobe                                                                      it because the clues
by C. S. Lewis                                                                        were never too obvious
Imagine if it was                                                                     and the climax to the
always winter but                                                                     story was a complete
never Christmas. The                                                                  and utter surprise.
White Witch has cast                                                                  Pauline Taylor, Huyton
a spell over Narnia, a                                                                Library
land frozen in eternal
winter.                                                                               DVDs TO LOOK OUT
Four adventurers step                                                                 FOR AT THE LIBRARY
through the wardrobe                                     The Harmony Silk
                                                         Factory by Tash Aw           • Barbie of Swan Lake
into the magical land.        boys growing up
                                                         A remarkable novel set       • Basic yoga workout
Are they prepared for         together in 1970s
                                                         in Malaysia between          for dummies
the struggle and              Afghanistan. I couldn’t
                                                         1920 and 1997. The           • The educators
sacrifice ahead?               put it down. It jumped
                                                         central character,           • Hitch Hiker’s guide
Generations of children       from being tense and
                                                         Johnny Lim, is a textile     to the galaxy
have enjoyed this story       moving to very exciting.
                                                         merchant, petty crook        • Kingdom of heaven
which is now the latest       It really made you
                                                         and ruthless entrepreneur.   • Magic Roundabout:
Disney blockbuster.           think about different
                                                         The story is told through    the movie
Sue Stone, library staff      cultures and what they
                                                         the eyes of his son,         • Melinda and Melinda
                              have to endure.
                                                         his wife and the             • Rock profile: featuring
The Kite Runner by            Pat Dunwoody,
                                                         recollections of his         Matt Lucas and David
Khaled Hosseini               Stockbridge Library
                                                         friend. Tash Aw has a        Walliams
The Kite Runner is an
                                                                                      • Roots: the original
excellent first novel          Clean Break by             gift for storytelling and
                                                                                      TV series
about the relationship        Jacqueline Wilson          sets the intense scenes
                                                         with such detail that the    • Sahara
between two young             I enjoyed reading

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MUSIC                        31 December                  1 February

14 December                  Dave Clarke @ Voodoo         The Waterboys               Competition                               N• C
Nigel Clark (Dodgy)          NYE                          Philharmonic Hall,          Curiosities of Merseyside
Carling Academy,             Carling Academy,             Liverpool. The Scottish
Liverpool. Having            Liverpool (Over 18s). It’s   rockers who resurrected     DID you know Prescot has the narrowest
already achieved             the last of the infamous     their intense lyrics and    named street in the country? And have you ever
platinum-selling             Voodoo club nights of        distinctive sounds are      wondered what the stone building opposite the
success as founder,          2005. Early bird ticket      back to entertain us with   Fantail pub in Kirkby is?
singer and songwriter        prices for the first 100      some folk-rock vibes.
with one of Britpop’s        sold - so be quick!          Tel: 210 2895.              These facts and
finest, Dodgy, Nigel          Tel: 0870 771 2000                                       more are revealed
Clark returns to the live                                 15 February                 in an excellent new
scene in support of his      14 January                   The Go! Team                book, Curiosities
debut solo album, due        Whole Lotta Led              Carling Academy,            of Merseyside.
for release in early 2006.   Carling Academy 2,           Liverpool. After churning   Packed with over 200
Tel: 0870 771 2000           Liverpool. A tribute to      out catchy long-player      illustrations, the book
                             Led Zeppelin, peforming      Thunder Lightning           details 140 curiosities
16-17 December               the 1979 Knebworth           Strike, this Brighton-      and includes a section
Echo & The Bunnymen          set. More information at     based band hits the road    dedicated to Knowsley.
Carling Academy,         with their unique sound     We’ve teamed up with
Liverpool. The Scousers      Tel: 0870 771 2000           made up of funk, big        Sutton Publishers to
wrap up their world tour,                                 beats, peculiar samples,    offer you the chance
coming home to perform       14 January                   adrenaline-pumping          to win the book,
tracks from their new        K.T Tunstall                 rock, TV theme songs        penned by Robert Nicholls.
long-player, Siberia.        Liverpool Academy,           and the occasional
Tel: 0870 771 2000           Liverpool University.        cheerleader!                How to enter
                             She’s a sparkling new        Tel: 0870 771 2000.         We’ve got four copies to give away and all
                             songwriter with Chinese                                  you have to do to enter is answer this simple
                             blood, a Scottish heart,                                 question: Which part of Knowsley has the
                             great legwarmers and a                                   narrowest named street in the country?
                             cool name – what more                                    Send your answers on a postcard to Curiosities
                             do you want?                                             of Merseyside competition, Communications,
                             Tel: 256 5555                                            Knowsley Council, Archway Road, Huyton,
                                                                                      L36 9YU. Make sure you include your name,
                             27 January                                               address and daytime telephone number. Entries
                             Belle and Sebastian                                      must reach us by the closing date of 6 January,
                             Carling Academy,                                         2006. The first four correct entries drawn will
                             Liverpool. The low           21 February                 win a book. Usual Knowsley News competition
                             -profile Scottish group       Goldfrapp                   rules apply.
21 December                  combines acoustic pop        Liverpool Academy,
Overload                     inspired by Nick Drake       Liverpool University.       Some answers
Citadel Arts Centre, St      with subtle sounds           Alison Goldfrapp – who      Oh, and in case you were wondering, the stone
Helens. Check out this       underpinned by a sharp       has sang in the past        building in Kirkby opposite the Fantail pub was
showcase of some of          lyrical and musical          with Orbital and Tricky     a pigeon house built in 1703 at the same time
the best up and coming       backbone. Come along         – brings her electro-pop    as the adjoining Whitefield House. At the time
teenage bands. Tickets £4.   for an evening of            to town.                    only the lord of the manor would have been
Tel: 01744 735436            tuneful pop.                 Tel: 256 5555               allowed to keep pigeons and they formed an
                             Tel: 0870 771 2000.                                      easy source of fresh and tasty meat during the
26 December                                               1 March                     winter. The building also features a small pigsty
The Zutons                                                Fun Lovin’ Criminals        at its lowest level.
Carling Academy                                           Liverpool Academy,
Liverpool. Don’t miss                                     Liverpool. The Criminals    * To order a copy of Curiosities of Merseyside
your last chance to see                                   are sure to entertain       at a special price of £10.00 inc p & p please
The Zutons in 2005. See                                   with their energy-packed    telephone Haynes Customer Services on 01963
competition on page 20                                    mish-mash of hip-hop,       442030 and quote the code: CR.
for more details.                                         rock and blues.
Tel: 0870 771 2000                                        Tel: 256 5555

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                                                                                                               masterpiece of violence,

  The Zutons – Boxing Day                  N• C         2 Dec-28 Jan
                                                                                                               guilt and the quest for
                                                        Cinderella                                             Tel: 0870 6063536
  SCOUSE indie stars The Zutons will
                                                        Everyman Theatre,
  perform a Boxing Day double header
                                                        Liverpool. This                                        21 January
  at the Carling Academy Liverpool.
                                                        production of the                                      Sing-A-Long A
  The five-piece, led by singer/guitarist Dave
                                                        traditional tale by Sarah                              Sound of Music
  McCabe from Knowsley Village, announced
                                                        Ann Nixon and Mark                                     Liverpool Empire. Your
  an evening performance at the Hotham Street
                                                        Chatterton has all the                                 chance to sing along
  venue which quickly sold out. The band has now
                                                        features families know                                 with Maria, hiss the
  arranged an matinee performance on Boxing
                                                        and love, but with the      29-30 December             Countess and boo the
  Day afternoon and tickets are sure to be in
                                                        addition of a top pop       Ken Dodd                   Nazis in this subtitled
  short supply.
                                                        score. Tel: 709 4776        Philharmonic Hall,         version of the classic
  But you could be there thanks to Knowsley
  News. We’ve teamed up with the Carling                                            Liverpool. The comic       Julie Andrews musical.
                                                        5-17 December               genius returns to          Tel: 0870 6063536
  Academy Liverpool to offer a pair of tickets for
                                                        The Princess with           Liverpool with his
  the gig.
                                                        Purple Hair                 famous tickling stick       EVENTS
  Doors open at 1pm with the band on stage at
                                                        Citadel Arts Centre, St     to treat you to a
  3pm. It is an all ages show but under 14s must                                                               3 December
                                                        Helens. Imagine the         special celebration
  be accompanied by someone over 18 at all                                                                     Creative Christmas
                                                        attention you would get     night of laughter and
  times.                                                                                                       Copthorne Community
                                                        if your mum and dad         entertainment. Don’t       Centre, Melverley Road,
                                                        were King and Queen.        miss this chance to join
  About the Zutons                                                                                             Kirkby. Join the Ranger
                                                        Imagine being born          one of the country’s
  The Zutons shot to fame last year with their                                                                 and make your own
                                                        with purple hair. Now       best-loved comedians.
  superb debut album Who Killed The Zutons                                                                     Christmas decorations
                                                        imagine both! Princess      Tel: 210 2895.
  which featured a string of hits including                                                                    from natural materials.
                                                        Violet is just that!
  Pressure Point, You Will You Won’t and                                                                       1-3pm.
                                                        Tel: 01744 735436           14-15 January
  Remember Me.                                                                                                 Tel: 443 3682
  And if you haven’t heard them yet, who better                                     Derek Acorah
                                                        8 Dec-21 Jan                Liverpool Empire.          3 December
  than McCabe to explain their sound? He said:
                                                        Season’s Greetings          Liverpudlian medium        Christmas Grotto
  “We always wanted to be like Sly And The
                                                        Playhouse Theatre,          famous for ‘Most           The Gate, Princess
  Family Stone or Talking Heads or Devo. We
                                                        Liverpool. Set over         Haunted’ seeks             Drive. Get in the festive
  wanted to cross jazz with funk, and soul with
                                                        the festive period in       out spirits at this        spirit at this Christmas
  country. We just wanted to mix everything
                                                        the eccentric Bunker        unmissable show.           grotto. 12-3pm.
  together and get every angle on it and finally
                                                        household this play         Tickets from £17.50.       Tel: 443 2846
  we’ve got there.”
                                                        takes the traditional       Tel: 0870 6063536
                                                        family Christmas                                       4 December
  How to enter
                                                        mania and spins it into     16 January                 Winter Celebration
  To be in with a chance of winning the tickets,
                                                        a farce of huge comic       Macbeth –                  Court Hey Park,
  answer this simple question:
                                                        proportions. Starring       Shakespeare 4 Kidz         National Wildflower
  What was the title of The Zutons’ debut album?
                                                        famous faces including      Liverpool Empire –         Centre, Huyton. Take
  Send your answer on a postcard, remembering
                                                        ex-Emmerdale star           An easy-to-understand,     part in winter crafts,
  to include your name, address and daytime
                                                        Samantha Giles.             musical version            visit the craft fair and
  telephone number, to Zutons Competition,
                                                        Tel: 708 0338               of Shakespeare’s           enjoy seasonal food and
  Knowsley Council, Communications, Archway
                                                                                                               entertainment. 12-4pm
  Road, Huyton, L36 9YU. Closing date for entries
                                                        16-24 December                                         Tel: 443 5820
  is Friday, 16 December. Usual Knowsley News
  competition rules apply.
                                                        Liverpool Empire                                       11 December
                                                        Theatre. Family panto                                  Christmas Cracker
                                                        starring Julian Clary as                               Halewood Park. Festive
                                                        Dandini, Sam Hudson                                    fun for all the family.
                                                        from TV’s Born and                                     Santa’s Grotto, sleigh
                                                        Bred as the Prince and                                 rides, tinsel trail and
                                                        Laura Evans from The                                   creative Christmas
                                                        Basil Brush Show as                                    workshops. 12-4pm
                                                        Cinderella.                                            Tel: 488 6151
                                                        Tel: 0870 606 3400

                             Sing-A-Long A Sound of Music   Haydock Park               built their own mini-        keep fit.
                                                            Racecourse. Go for Gold    exhibition of modern art     Tel: 443 3761
                                                            at this exciting race.     using Lego.
                                                            Tel: 01942 402624          Tel: 478 4199                Mondays
                                                                                                                    Ladies Only Swim
                                                             EXHIBITIONS               20–24 February               Huyton Leisure Centre.
                                                            Until 31 December          The Light Show               8-9pm. 7.30-8pm on
                                                            Living with the Romans     Catalyst Science             Sundays. Tel: 443 3761
                                                            Museum of Liverpool        Discovery centre,
                                                            Life, Pier Head,           Widnes. An exciting,         Mondays and
                                                            Liverpool.The first ever    interactive light show       Wednesdays
                                                            exhibition to explore      using UV light, lasers,      50+ Club
11 December                 Racecourse, Newton-             how people in the North    fibre optics, neon           Huyton Leisure Centre.
Holly and the Ivy           le-Willows. The perfect         West lived during the      lights, and much more.       1-3pm.
Stadt Moers Park,           opportunity to get in the       Roman period.              Tel: 420 1121                Tel: 443 3761
Whiston. Join us as we      New Year party spirit as        Tel: 487 4080
make Christmas table        the boldest and fastest                                    Until 4 June                 Tuesdays and
decorations and wreaths     horses go head to head.         17 Jan–23 April            100% Cotton                  Wednesdays
using natural materials     Tel: 01942 402624               Egyptian Exhibition        Merseyside Maritime          Tai Chi
harvested from the park.                                    Prescot Museum.            Museum, Albert Dock.         Huyton Leisure Centre.
1-3pm Tel: 489 1239         31 December                     Discover and explore       Find out where cotton        9-10am Tuesday, 2-
                            New Year’s Eve                  ancient Egypt’s myths      comes from and enter         3pm Wednesday.
12 December                 Firework Display                and mysteries at this      the design a t-shirt         Tel: 443 3761
Royal Liverpool             St George’s Hall,               fascinating exhibition.    competition.
Philharmonic Orchestra      Livepool City Centre. A         Tel: 430 7787              Tel: 478 4499                Wednesdays
Christmas Concert           spectacular display of                                                                  Tea Dance
Halewood Leisure            fireworks starts at 5pm          Until 22 January            REGULARS                    Huyton Suite. 1-4pm.
Centre. A traditional       for this New Year’s Eve         A Fusion of Land, Sea &    Words and Pictures           A chance for people to
Christmas Concert with      celebration.                    Air (glass exhibition)     Knowsley Libraries.          put on their glad rags
the Royal Liverpool         Tel: 223 2008                   The World of Glass,        Stories and crafts           and dancing shoes and
Philharmonic helping to                                     St.Helens. Featuring       for the under fives.         have some fun.
get you in a festive mood   21 January                      work from the resident     Come along and have          Tel: 443 3761
Tel: 443 5619               The Peter Marsh Chase           glass blowers, this        fun in the library. For
                            Haydock Park                    exhibition explores the    information on dates         Line Dancing
18 December                 Racecourse, Newton-             elements that are at the   and times call 448           Huyton Suite. 7-11pm.
Holly and the Ivy           le-Willows. Get lucky           core of our planet. Free   0944.                        Come along and join
Henley Park, Whiston.1-     in 2006 at one of the           admission.                                              in this fun and exciting
3pm See details above.      North West’s leading            Tel: 08700 114466.         Park and Green Space         activity, which can help
Tel: 489 1239               racecourses.                                               Events                       you keep fit.
                            Tel: 01942 402624               28 January                 For details of Ranger-       Tel: 443 3761
26 December                                                 Where the Heart Is         led events in Knowsley
Powerboat Racing            27 January                      Bluecoat Display Centre,   parks, look out for          Last Friday evening of
Carr Mill Dam, St           Knowsley Hall                   School Lane, Liverpool.    our new Parks and            the month
Helens. Enjoy the           Gourmet Evening                 Get romantic at this       Green Spaces Events          Big Band Night
exhilarating intensity      Knowsley Hall, Prescot.         valentine themed event.    brochure in one              (Norman Roy Orchestra)
of the Boxing Day           This superb night               Featuring jewellery by     stop shops, libraries        Huyton Suite. This
Trophy. Membership          includes: reception drink       Emma Jay, innovative       and leisure centres,         popular monthly
is required of the          and canapés on arrival,         textiles by Jennifer       available from late          event sees live bands
Lancashire Powerboat        exquisite five-course            Collier and much more.     December.                    performing some of
Racing Club to race or      gourmet dinner served           Tel: 709 4014              Tel: 443 3682                the top ballroom hits of
ski but spectators are      in the spectacular State                                                                the 1940s.
always welcome. For         Dining Room and wines           Until 29 January           Monday–Saturday              Tel: 443 3761
more information email:     from Valserrano.                Art Craziest Nation        Junior Shapers         Tel: 489 4827                   The Walker, William        Huyton Leisure Centre.       Saturdays
                                                            Brown Street, Liverpool.   3.30–5.30pm weekdays,        Youth Night
30 December                 18 February                     The Little Artists,        9-12pm on Saturdays.         Huyton Leisure Centre.
The Last Fling Chase        The Red Square Vodka            John Cake and Darren       Open to all youngsters       5-8pm.
Haydock Park                Gold Cup                        Neave, have curated and    offering the chance to       Tel: 443 3761

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Scholarship is                                                       Andrew Tayl

Taylor-made for                                                   EXCLUS
Dallas Cup star                                                          I
                                                                   by Ga VE
                                                                     Robert th
A TEENAGE footballer who beat a bone
marrow disease has secured a scholarship
in America after showcasing his talent with                                           GOLDEN DELIGHT: Malvern Karate Club’s Chris Cray and Damien
                                                                                      O’Donnell show off their trophies with Great Britain team-mate
Knowsley’s Dallas Cup side                                                            Anthony Duffy (right) from Liverpool’s Red Triangle Club.

                                                                                      GOLD FOR
      ndrew Taylor, 19, was one of         American dream                             THE WORLD Shotokan
A     the 18-strong squad which
      travelled to Texas for the youth
competition – one of the toughest in
                                           Andrew has quickly settled in the US,
                                           helped by English coach Brian Harvey,
                                           brother of former Everton boss Colin.
                                                                                      Karate Championships
the world.
   The former St Anne’s School and St
                                           He compares the standard of the
                                           University football to the Nationwide
                                                                                      brought double delight to
Edward’s College pupil was spotted
by Oklahoma University scouts and
                                           Conference in England.
                                               “I’ve marked Brazilians, Danes,
                                                                                      a Huyton club.
offered a four-year scholarship, worth     Americans, Argentineans and                Malvern Karate Club members Chris Cray, 19, and
around £15,000 a year.                     Mexicans. I also marked the captain of     Damien O’Donnell, 18, struck gold at the event in
   As well as playing for the University   the Kenyan national team - a 31-year-      Chicago.
football team - Olkahoma City Stars        old striker!                               They were part of the British Men’s Junior Squad
(OCS) - Andrew, from Cherry Tree               “The biggest differences are the       that outfought Austria in the team kumite (fighting)
Road, Huyton, is studying for a sports     weather and the speed of football. Also    category.
science degree.                            my Scouse accent can be very difficult     Club founder Tommy Till said: “It’s an amazing
                                           for the Americans to understand!           achievement - there are 584 clubs in Britain so to have
No football                                    “My dreams are to make it pro over     two members of the British squad, and for them to do so
But he once thought he’d have to give      here in Major League Soccer but my         well, is brilliant.”
up the game after he contracted the        realistic ambition is to complete my       Next up for the teenage pair is the European
bone marrow disorder osteomyelitis.        degree before taking a Masters here        Championships in Poland.
   Following trials with Liverpool and     or back home in physiotherapy and          Malvern Karate Club train at Swanside Community
Crewe, the disease flared up while he      working at a Premier League club.          Centre, Willoughby Road, Huyton on Mondays,
was with Everton.                              “I plan to enjoy every minute of it.   Wednesdays and Fridays from 7-9pm. Beginners are
   Andrew explained: “I just woke up       It’s a truly amazing opportunity and       welcome.
with a pain in my right knee. I was        something good players in Knowsley         Tommy, who set up the club more than 30 years ago,
injured for 18 months and had to do        should be aware of.”                       added: “It’s a family club and people have fun – it’s not
without football.”                                                                    all deadly serious.”

                                                                           KIRKBY’S CHANNEL                                                     SPORT

                                                                                                                              Knowsley Action Guide

                                                                                                                             Halewood = Halewood Leisure
                                                                                  CHANNEL HOPPERS: Charlotte Henners,
                                                                               Casey-Lee Cornett, Michael Searle, Danielle   Huyton = Huyton Leisure Centre
                                                                                                  Usher and Katie Hyland     Kirkby = Kirkby Sports Centre
                                                                                                                             Scotchbarn = Scotchbarn Leisure
                                                                          Michael Searle, 19, Katie Hyland, 17,              Centre, Prescot
                                                                          Charlotte Henners, 16, Danielle Usher,
                                                                          16, and Casey-Lee Cornett, 14, all                 MONDAY
                                                                          completed the gruelling swim from                  Boxing: Kirkby 5pm
                                                                          England to France in just over 14 hours.           Ju Jitsu: Halewood 6pm,
                                                                             The determined group, all members               Huyton 7pm
                                                                          of the Everton Swimming Association,               Karate: Kirkby 6pm
                                                                          overcame rip tides, stinging jelly fish, sea       Kick boxing: Kirkby 8pm
                                                                          sickness, cramp and fatigue to complete
                                                                          the 23-mile swim from Dover to Cap
                                                                                                                             Athletics: Kirkby 6.30pm
                                                                          Gris Nez on the French coast.                      Boxing: Kirkby 5pm
                                                                             In doing so, they hope to have raised           Junior Football Coaching:
                                                                          plenty of money for their three chosen             Huyton 6pm
                                                                          charities – the British Lung Foundation,           Karate: Halewood 8pm
  Inspired by the stars                                                   The Epilepsy Trust and the Lymphoma                Kick boxing: Halewood 7pm,
                                                                                                                             Huyton 8pm
  MEETING their Super League idols was the perfect                           Coach Angela Hyland said:                       Taekwondo: Kirkby 7pm
  inspiration for a group of Knowsley youngsters taking                   “Swimming the channel is really tough
  part in a Rugby Camp in the summer.                                     and the vast majority of attempts                  WEDNESDAY
     The young hopefuls were joined during their week                                                                        Boxing: Kirkby 5.30pm,
                                                                          at doing it are unsuccessful. Kirkby
  of training at KGV Sports Complex, Huyton, by St                                                                           Halewood 6pm
                                                                          swimming pool was ideal for training
  Helens RLFC stars Sean Long and Maurie Fasavalu,                                                                           Cycling: Kirkby 5.30pm
                                                                          because of its size and the distance the           Ju Jitsu: Halewood 7.30pm
  who signed autographs and offered words of advice and                   swimmers can cover in one session.”
  encouragement.                                                                                                             Kick boxing: Kirkby 8pm
                                                                             Everton Swimming Association                    Kuk Sool: Huyton 8pm
     The Rugby Camp was organised by Knowsley Council’s                   train at Kirkby Pool every Tuesday and
  Leisure and Community Services Department, and                          Thursday at 7.30pm. Anyone interested              THURSDAY
  was designed for young people aged 12 and under who                     should contact Angela or Bill Rawlin on            Athletics: Kirkby 6.30pm
  wanted to hone their skills and develop their interest in               0151 285 0443. For more information                Boxing: Kirkby 5pm
  the sport.                                                              on Kirkby Pool, call 0151 443 4303.                Ju Jitsu: Halewood 7.30pm
                                                                                                                             Karate: Huyton 7pm, Kirkby 7pm.
                                                                                                                             Kick boxing: Halewood 6.30pm,
                                                                                                                             Huyton 8pm

GYM’LL FIX IT                                                                                                                Taekwondo: Kirkby 7pm

YOUNG people can put themselves through                    back page to win free membership.                                 Boxing: Kirkby 5pm,
their paces in a unique junior gym at one of                   Halewood Leisure Centre has just become                       Halewood 6pm
Knowsley’s leisure centres                                 officially accredited as an Inclusive Fitness Site after          Ju Jitsu: Huyton 7pm,
The Junior Shokk Gym at Kirkby Sports Centre is            installing fully-accessible gym equipment which can               Halewood 8pm
specifically designed for those aged eight to              be used by people with a variety of disabilities.                 Junior Basketball: Halewood 7pm
15, and features equipment made by Shokk, a                   For more information about the Junior Shokk                    Kuk Sool: Huyton 7pm
company that manufactures special gym apparatus            or Shapers Plus Gyms ring Kirkby Sports Centre
for youngsters.                                            on 0151 443 4404. For details of the accessible gym
                                                                                                                             Archery: Halewood 1.15pm
   The £30,000 investment aims to encourage                equipment at Halewood contact 0151 443 2124.                      Junior Badminton: Huyton 12noon
youngsters to lead a healthy lifestyle from a young age.                                                                     Karate: Huyton 11am
   The Junior Shokk Gym follows a £50,000
investment in gym equipment at Kirkby for the                                                                                Contact numbers:
Shapers Plus Gym, aimed at adults who have not                                                                               Halewood:
exercised for some time. See our competition on the                                                                          443 2124
                                                                                                                             443 3786
                                                                                                                             443 4404
                                                                                                                             443 4643

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CHRISTMAS is coming - but is it just the
                                                                                 OR …
goose that’s getting fat?
Most of us indulge over the festive period and, by the New Year,
                                                                                 JUST INDULGE
thoughts turn to diets and exercise regimes.
   Knowsley News is offering you the chance to win a year’s Gold
                                                                                 WITH A
membership to the borough’s leisure services – worth £300
– which allows you to use the swimming pool, sauna and Shapers
fitness suites both on and off peak.
                                                                                 CHRISTMAS HAMPER!
   Knowsley’s Shapers fitness suites offer a range of activities to beat
the bulge, from karate to keep fit. And they cater for all ages and              WITH Christmas just around the corner,
levels of fitness.
   You can enjoy their state-of-the-art fitness equipment with
                                                                                 we’ve teamed up with Park, the UK’s No 1
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and a full range of weight resistance
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                                                                                 reader a fantastic prize!
swimming and sauna facilities.
   And the Shapers Plus suites in Huyton                                         Park is offering a Grosvenor Hamper – a
and Halewood also cater for people who                                           huge family hamper designed to keep
have not exercised for many years or                                             everyone happy over Christmas and the
have had injury problems.                                                        New Year – worth £270.
                                                                                    The Wirral-based company has 38
How to enter                                                                     years’ experience of helping people plan,
To try for this fantastic prize answer the                                       budget and pay for Christmas before it
simple question:                                                                 happens. Customers can save for
What name does Knowsley Borough Council give to its fitness                      themselves or help others whilst
facilities?                                                                      earning great commission and
  Put your answer on a postcard along with your name, address and                bonuses.
daytime telephone number and send it to: Shapers Competition,                       Park’s new 138-page
Communications, Knowsley Council, Archway Road, Huyton,                          Christmas 2006 Catalogue
                               L36 9YU.                                          offers a great choice of food, gifts,
                                   Closing date: 6 January, 2006. The            toys, electrical items and vouchers.
                                first correct entry drawn will win               Request your copy today by calling
                                the prize. Usual Knowsley News                   08000 721 496 or go online to
                                 competition rules apply.              
                                    For those of you not lucky enough
                                 to win this prize, Knowsley Leisure             How to enter
                                  Centres will be running a special              To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic
                                  promotion for new customers joining            Christmas hamper, simply answer the following
                                  Shapers in January. Watch out for              question:
                                   information at centres from the end           How long has Park Christmas Savings Club been
                                   of December.                                  established?
                                                                                   Put your answer on a postcard, along with your
                                                                                 name, address and daytime telephone number,
                                                                                 and send it to: Hamper Comp, Knowsley
                                                                                 Council, Communications, Archway
                                                                                 Road, Huyton, L36 9YU. Usual
                                                                                 competiton rules apply.
                                                                                 Closing date: 16
                                                                                 December, 2005.

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