A COUNCIL MAGAZINE FOR RESIDENTS OF HALEWOOD, HUYTON, KIRKBY, PRESCOT, WHISTON AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Issue 4 Winter 2005
It’s a mini
Children sign up
to warden scheme
CHRISTMAS ADVICE SPECIAL
FOUR EXCLUSIVE COMPETITIONS
In this issue Welcome
Round Your Way 6
Keeping trouble out
My Knowsley 9
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
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
favour of supporting
a Merseyside Bill that
would ban smoking in all
Cllr Ron Round, Leader
of Knowsley Council,
said: “We have already
been working hard to
encourage businesses in
Knowsley to sign up to a
and many have already
been rewarded with a
Roy Castle Lung Cancer
FOR BOROUGH IF THE CAP FITS: Jessica Jones took part
in Knowsley’s mini-warden scheme. She
Clean Air Award.”
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
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,
The tough approach comprehensive landscaping and extensive
Clients can be referred to the programme by security measures.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
where they work. of 5,347 Knowsley homes have been surveyed
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.
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
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
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
6 PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Deputy Leader of
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
Safety and Social
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
have combated problems relating
Huyton, have to anti-social behaviour in the
proved popular borough.
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.”
is leader of the
in Knowsley and
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
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 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
Road2Work client advisor
Road safety class Claire Embleton said: “Jay’s been
with us for about a year. He’d done
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.
8 BETTER WORK AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE
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.”
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
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.
messages BALL BUDDIES:
that racism Georgina
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.
10 PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST
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
2004, is responsible for
approach to meet equality
standards for local
has established four
workers’ groups - a Black
and Minority Workers’
Group, a Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and
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
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.
ASK THE EXPERT
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL CHRIST
How to avoid
New Year skint
CHRISTMAS credit could
mean a nightmare for
some come January.
Alan Shone, Knowsley
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
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
• 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
composters, bird feeders,
energy or water saving devices, DON’T BE
packaging around food that you
buy and look for presents with
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
• 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
• Consider fitting MARK HARRIS
Bin Collections: Recycling Collections:
Christmas and New Year 2005-2006 Christmas and New Year 2005-2006
or a steering wheel lock if you
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.
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
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
Many of you also said you’d can email your letter to:
like to see a letters page, a quiz firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.”
14 BETTER WORK AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE
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
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
Community pharmacists have also
offered information and advice to
parents on a range of topics including
teething, sugar-free medicine and
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
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
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
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.
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 knowsley.gov.uk
improve the standard of
local services and monitor Structures/Trees Kirkby South NHS Direct
progress. 443 2380 0845 4647 24 hours
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
16 BETTER WORK AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE
in the beginning
THIS MONTH Knowsley News delves into the library
archives to uncover the history of Kirkby
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
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
Sefton. The Manor of Kirkby continued Westvale and Northwood, finally lost
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 estate employed over 26,000 people. Sports Stadium.
KIRKBY – THE FACTS World War Two:
HOW IT WAS: A Hundred
3 THE name Kirk-by means Church
Kirkby Village Things You
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
3 Famous people from Kirkby
include Phil Thompson, John
Conteh, Alan Stubbs, Kevin Nolan,
Terry McDermott and Margi
Highlights from the latest best-selling
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
A survey of library
users showed that
you wanted to see
Now visitors to the
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
Fay Johnston, in Huyton library is
Stockbridge Library a new collection of
heavier when a woman
Chatterbooks Club literary magazines
disappears whilst out
jogging. More people
are reported missing,
leading Simon to
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Scholarship is Andrew Tayl
Taylor-made for EXCLUS
Dallas Cup star I
by Ga VE
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.
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.
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
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,
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,
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
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