A COUNCIL MAGAZINE FOR RESIDENTS OF HALEWOOD, HUYTON, KIRKBY, PRESCOT, WHISTON AND SURROUNDING AREAS Issue 4 Winter 2005 www.knowsley.gov.uk It’s a mini adventure Children sign up to warden scheme PLUS ANTI-RACISM CAMPAIGN CHRISTMAS ADVICE SPECIAL FOUR EXCLUSIVE COMPETITIONS In this issue Welcome Regulars 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 News. 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, Huyton. 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 section. Zero tolerance on 10 I want to ensure that every racism 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 News. Finally, I’d like to wish everyone a merry Christmas 10 and a happy New Year – enjoy yourself! 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Edited, designed and printed by Limehouse www.limehouse.co.uk News Borough in brief Smoking ban vote KNOWSLEY’S 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.” Anthony 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. dump. 4 BETTER WORK AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE 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 GOES 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. WWW.KNOWSLEY.GOV.UK 5 ROUND YOUR WAY 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. 6 PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST WHAT PEOPLE SAY Councillor 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 needs. “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 together”. Councillor Margaret Flaherty, 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 Smith 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.” WWW.KNOWSLEY.GOV.UK 7 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 email@example.com 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 pupils. 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. 8 BETTER WORK AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE 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 GO GIRLS 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. WWW.KNOWSLEY.GOV.UK 9 FEATURE 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 T 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 banner. LIVERPOOL FC legend Alan Kennedy and Swansea City hotshot Lee Trundle helped to kick off the Knowsley Against Racism campaign. 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. 10 PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST FEATURE 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 neighbourhoods. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. WWW.KNOWSLEY.GOV.UK 11 ASK THE EXPERT CHRISTMAS SPECIAL CHRIST 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. email@example.com 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.” 12 BETTER WORK AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE TMAS SPECIAL CHRISTMAS S 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 OUSE 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. WITHOUT • 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 HUYTON One Stop Shop, Huyton Town Centre simple rules from Mark KIRKBY 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 PRESCOT windows when you One Stop Shop, (Old Prescot Civic Centre Site) leave your car • Never leaving ANYTHING on display 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. WWW.KNOWSLEY.GOV.UK 13 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. industry. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 CRACKDOWN 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 Close. 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.” 14 BETTER WORK AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE 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 children. FOUR TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR DENTAL HEALTH 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. WWW.KNOWSLEY.GOV.UK 15 News New-look 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, Halewood Dangerous Buildings/ 443 2171 knowsley.gov.uk 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, delivered. 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. 16 BETTER WORK AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE HISTORY 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 memories 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 Prescot. newly created Metropolitan SERVICE 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 Clarke. WWW.KNOWSLEY.GOV.UK 17 Highlights from the latest best-selling Shelf Life BY KNOWSLEY LIBRARY STAFF AND USERS 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 artwork. 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 18 BETTER WORK AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE Each issue we keep you What’s On I N A N D A R O U N D K N OW S L E Y up to date with what’s happening in your area PETI ★ MUSIC 31 December 1 February TIO OM 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, www.wholelottaled.co.uk 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 WWW.KNOWSLEY.GOV.UK 19 What’s On I N A N D A R O U N D K N OW S L E Y Each issue we keep you up to date with what’s happening in your area PETI ★ masterpiece of violence, THEATRE TIO OM The Zutons – Boxing Day N• C 2 Dec-28 Jan guilt and the quest for power. 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 Cinderella 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 20 BETTER WORK AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE 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 email@example.com 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 WWW.KNOWSLEY.GOV.UK 21 SPORT Scholarship is Andrew Tayl or Taylor-made for EXCLUS Dallas Cup star I by Ga VE re Robert th s 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. KARATE GOLD FOR LOCAL LADS 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.” 22 BETTER WORK AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE KIRKBY’S CHANNEL SPORT CHAMPIONS Knowsley Action Guide Halewood = Halewood Leisure CHANNEL HOPPERS: Charlotte Henners, Centre 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 TUESDAY 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 Association. 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 FRIDAY 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. 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