Marks & Spencer (M&S) has revealed plans for the unveiling of its brand new Simply Food store in Prescot on Wednesday 1st October. Store Manager, Stuart Williams, and staff will reveal the new M&S Simply Food Prescot to customers at 10am.
The new 8,500 sq ft store at Cables Retail Park will offer customers the quality and freshness of M&S Food, with more than 4,500 food and drink lines, along with a selection of flowers, cards and gift wrap. Customers can also look forward to a new 50-seat Café and in-store Bakery, which will offer a range of speciality breads, pastries and cakes, freshly baked each day.
The new store will create 57 job opportunities for the local area. M&S Simply Food Prescot will offer the popular Shop Your Way service, giving customers the choice of ordering from M&S.com in-store or online, with the added benefit of free next day in-store delivery and collection.
Store Manager, Stuart Williams, said: “We are delighted to be opening an M&S Simply Food at Cables Retail Park and I am looking forward to welcoming customers into the store to see all we have to offer.
M&S Simply Food Prescot will provide local customers with a great new shopping experience, with a wide selection of quality M&S food, flowers cards and gift wrap, as well as a 50-seat M&S Café and in-store bakery. We hope that customers will join us on Wednesday 1st October to see all of the new and exciting features that we will be bringing to the area.”
Community groups, volunteers and councillors came together to celebrate Knowsley's success in winning a place in the top 10 of Green Flag award winners nationwide.
The celebration took place at Webster Park in Kirkby; one of four Knowsley parks awarded a prestigious Green Flag in 2014, alongside Littlewoods in Stockbridge, Ten Acre Pits, Huyton and Court Farm Woods in Halewood.
The latest accolade brings the total number of Green Flag parks in the borough to 16 - among the highest on Merseyside - and earns Knowsley a place in the top 10 of Green Flag award-winning boroughs in the country.
Handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, Green Flags recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country and are a sign to the public that the space is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Smokers in Knowsley are being challenged to quit for a month by signing up for Stoptober - the 28-day non-smoking challenge.
Research shows that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stop for good. Stoptober is designed to help smokers achieve this goal.
People joining the campaign will receive a Stoptober support pack, a mobile phone app that monitors their progress and the offer of daily motivational texts.
There is also a Stoptober Facebook page where smokers can exchange ideas and get additional tips and advice.
The campaign is launched today, Monday 8 September, encouraging people to be part of the challenge. Stoptober starts on the 1 October for 28 days.
Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley, said:
"Giving up smoking is difficult and people are much more likely to stop successfully if they get support than if they try to do it alone.
"There are a series of Stoptober events planned around the borough where health promoters will be on hand answering any questions and providing information about Knowsley's Quit Buddy services. All of this is on top of the support available through the national campaign.
"In Knowsley 23.6% of residents currently smoke and I hope that the campaign will give them them the encouragement and support they need to succeed in their 28 day quit attempt, as 550 people did last year.
"Not only are people five times more likely to give up if they stop smoking for 28 days, they will also begin to experience financial, physical and health benefits including a better sense of taste and smell."
For more information search for 'Stoptober' online. For more on support in Knowsley visit www.readytostopsmoking.co.uk and input your postcode to search for the local support available.
Although a hundred years has passed since the outbreak of World War I, the experiences of those who fought have a deep resonance today, echoed in the lives of our current reservists.
Throughout Knowsley, a range of projects, events and activities are taking place to commemorate this anniversary.
One such event took place earlier this month which celebrated the people who took part – celebrating their personalities with the help of their family.
Through funding from the Armed Forces Community Covenant, Knowsley Council has established a ‘living archive’ of artefacts, ephemera, oral history and perspectives of today from Veterans, current reservists, and their families to make connections with the past to the present for the future.
The council signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012 - a declaration by the Public, Private and Voluntary sector organisations within Knowsley of their commitment to afford priority considerations for Armed Forces Services personnel and their families within the areas of housing, education, social inclusion, health and wellbeing and employment and training.
The stories of local heroes will be told through a touring exhibition, educational outreach sessions, walking tours of the borough highlighting sites of importance, a website and database. This sustainable accessible resource will celebrate the achievements of our armed forces, commemorate their sacrifice, and be a catalyst for future community conversations.
A range of VIPs and dignitaries were invited to a preview of this living archive earlier this month at Kirkby Gallery.
Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council, said “This exhibition is a product of contributions made primarily by local residents and has been developed to be a lasting commemoration and memorial. I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and enjoy this fantastic exhibition.”
The exhibition will be displayed at the Kirkby Gallery until 15 November and it will then tour around the borough at schools and community events.
Knowsley Housing Trust’s (KHT’s) annual Family Fun Day 2014 proved to be its most successful event ever, with a crowd of 4,000 gathering throughout the day to enjoy a jam-packed day full of entertainment, games and activities.
KHT, part of the First Ark Group, which is committed to creating a successful and sustainable community for people and businesses in Knowsley, hosted the event at the King George V playing fields in Huyton.
One of the day’s biggest draws was the grand final of the Rising Stars competition, launched to discover the best young singing talent in Knowsley. The winner, Eleanor Nelly, 14, competed against six other finalists to secure the opportunity to record a track for KCC Live’s radio playlist and the chance to perform at KHT’s Community Achievement Awards in September.
Also attending the event were coaches from the Steven Gerrard Foundation, who helped to run a ‘Beat the Goalie’ competition which proved to be particularly popular with the crowd. The coaches also handed out applications to sign up for Steven’s soccer school, which a lucky handful of applicants will be invited to join. A mix of traditional and contemporary funfair entertainment accompanied these activities, including a Punch and Judy show, face painting, fairground rides, a climbing wall and a reptile display.
Those attending the event were also able to seek advice on everything from housing and employment through to top tips for getting online from KHT’s staff, who were on hand throughout the day.
Ian Thomson, executive director at KHT, said: “We’re thrilled at the fantastic turnout to the event and are delighted at the positive feedback we’ve received from those that attended. Running activities such as the Fun Day is just one of the ways in which we’re working to showcase Knowsley and provide opportunities for our communities to come together, demonstrating both to residents and those from further afield that the borough is a truly great place to live.”
The event’s sponsors comprised Travis Perkins, which sponsored the football tournament, Fairtree Homes, which sponsored the Rising Stars competition, CDP, One Ark and Rixonway Kitchens.
For more information about the Fun Day, visit: www.facebook.com/knowsleyhousingkht
To find out more about Knowsley Housing Trust, visit: www.k-h-t.org.
An Information Session for anyone interested in fostering takes place in Knowsley on Monday (September 8).
Knowsley Council’s Fostering Service will be on hand with information and to answer questions at the River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton, from 6-7pm.
There will also be the opportunity to meet foster carers who are already fostering for Knowsley, to find out first hand what the role involves.
Anyone can be considered as a foster carer, regardless of age, sexuality, income, employment status, experience or marital status.
Foster carers give children a safe, supportive and loving home when his or her own family are unable to. They receive full training, ongoing support, and are paid for the care they provide.
In fact, for many people, fostering is a rewarding and viable career option – especially ideal for those who love spending time with children and young people.
Knowsley are particularly keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in fostering teenage children and those who could look after sibling groups, to help keep brothers and sisters together.
You don’ t have to live in Knowsley to foster for Knowsley, so the council would also like to hear from anyone living in surrounding areas who might be interested in finding out more.
If you would like to find out more about fostering for Knowsley, come along to the information session on Monday, or call the Fostering Service on 0151 443 3958.
As the excitement mounts for the start of the Tour of Britain this weekend, plans have been revealed for a Sky Ride through Knowsley to coincide with the Stage Two start of the event which sets off from the borough on Monday 8 September.
Over one hundred of the world’s top cyclists will be competing in this year’s Tour. Cyclists will depart from Knowsley Safari at 10.15am and race through parts of the borough before continuing to Llandudno.
The Knowsley Sky Ride will start as the pros cycle out of the borough, departing from the National Wildflower Centre at 11.30am. Registering for the free, guided ride is very simple via the Sky Ride website, although places are limited so don’t delay!
Organised by British Cycling and Sky, in partnership with Knowsley Council, the Sky Ride Local programme is a series of free, fun, guided bike rides around the borough.
The Sky Ride announcement comes on top of the many activities already arranged in celebration of the tour, including a cycling village, various shows, plus the safari drive itself at Knowsley Safari.
Any local residents, schools, businesses and community groups not visiting the Safari for the start of stage two can get involved and experience the amazing atmosphere by lining the route and cheering on the competitors as they race through parts of the borough including Prescot and Huyton town centres.
To find out more about Sky Ride or to book your place, visit www.goskyride.com/Knowsley (guided rides).
With the countdown to The Tour of Britain well underway, it’s time to start thinking about the best places to watch the UK’s biggest cycle race.
The Tour comes to Knowsley on Monday, 8 September and Knowsley Safari and the streets along the route will be lined with spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top cyclists as they compete in Stage Two of the race.
The cyclists will depart from Knowsley Safari at 10.15am (last entry to the safari park is 9.45am). If you want to catch the race start, shuttle buses will be provided from Prescot bus station to Knowsley Safari from 8am to 9.30am, departing approximately every 10 minutes. Return buses will also be provided once the race has departed the safari park.
As well as providing an opportunity to see the riders before the race, in the cycling village, there will be a range of activities taking place at Knowsley Safari including the park’s popular sea lion show.
If you want to catch the action along the route, the cyclists will depart Knowsley Safari, turn left along Prescot bypass, right onto St Helens Road, right onto High Street, left onto Church Street, through Market Place, onto Sewell Street, Cables Way, Carr Lane and left onto Huyton Lane. It will then travel along Archway Road, turning left onto Tarbock Road and right onto Whitefield Lane turning left at the end. Riders will then travel along Netherley Road, turn left onto Water Lane, continuing onto Alder Lane, turning right onto Cronton Road, travelling into Halton before continuing to Llandudno.
Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture, said, “There is an exciting buzz in the air as we edge closer to welcoming the world-famous cycle race to Knowsley, and people will already be planning where to go to get the best view of this spectacular race.
“People may want to watch the Tour as it passes by their houses, shops and businesses. There is also an opportunity to use the shuttle bus from Prescot Town Centre to get to the start at the Safari Park and of course people can also drive to the Knowsley Safari and maybe take the opportunity to go around the safari drive itself after the race has left. We are expecting yet another fantastic turn-out as schools, residents, businesses and local community groups join together to welcome the Tour of Britain to Knowsley.”
Graduates as young as five donned their mortarboards and gowns to mark the end of another successful summer for Knowsley Children’s University.
More than 1,900 young people aged 5-14 took part in the four-week long Children’s University programme this year. The scheme organises fun and educational activities for children, designed to help them broaden their knowledge and skills while trying new hobbies and making friends. At the end of the programme the young people enjoyed a graduation ceremony, hosted at Liverpool Hope University’s Childwall Campus.