Free food fest
Music and great food are on the menu when Knowsley’s first ‘Disco Chop’ comes to King George V Sports Centre in Huyton on Wednesday 19 February.
Local families are invited to the centre between 1.30pm and 4pm to enjoy some tasty, free food and great music during the half term holiday. Event organisers Alchemic kitchen, in partnership with Incredible Edible and Groundworks, provide surplus food and vegetables and work with children to cook some delicious dishes for themselves and their families – giving parents ideas for easy, nutritious meals to cook at home.
The event will also feature DJ sets and live music from singer Meg Shaw.
Alchemic Kitchen is a North West social enterprise which steps in to rescue rejected food from local farms or markets and use it to whip up unusual and delicious treats and feasts. In the process, they work with local people to enhance their skills and connect communities to the value of good food.
The Spine play
The Spine explores what it’s like to be a man in the 21st century and shines a spotlight on a system that promises the world but leaves most young men on the sidelines – the football academy system.
Kyle, Liam and Hakeem dream of football, fame, and fortune. After spending most of their teenager years being the spine of their team, the premier league is now at the fingertips.
But could the issues surrounding football that are often kicked under the rug be what’s keeping the boys from reaching for that golden contract? Years of institutional racism and hyper-masculinity is playing a big part in the game. Will the boys be strong enough to stick together or will they elbow their way to the top?
This play is being delivered by 20 Stories High, one of the UK’s leading theatre companies. 20 Stories High works with young people at every stage of the theatre making process and pushes boundaries of what theatre can be.
You can watch The Spine at Prescot Library on Thursday 20 February at 6pm, and at Huyton Library on Friday 21 February at 2pm and 7pm
Ticket costs are on a pay what you can basis – a donation of any kind is appreciated.
Tickets are available on www.eventbrite.co.uk
You can also call 0151 443 5353
Please note this play is aimed at an audience 13+
These sessions are free and beginners are more than welcome.
To book, call 01928 589799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lights, Camera, Action
Express yourself through performing arts. Build confidence whilst making new friends and enjoying new activities.
From Monday 10 February, 1.30pm to 3pm – four week programme
The Gate Community Centre, Princess Drive L14 9NQ
Living life to the full
Learn top tips on how to tackle everyday problems to improve your confidence and mood. Discover new skills to increase motivation and feel great again!
Tuesday 11 February, 1.30pm to 3pm – six week programme
The Gate Community Centre, Princess Drive, L14 9NQ
Discover a way to express emotions and uplift your wellbeing through the power and joy of music when participating with a local choir group.
Thursday 13 February, 1.30pm to 3pm – four week programme
The Watch Factory, Prescot, L34 2SD
Yoga for all
Unwind and improve your health and wellbeing by learning gentle yoga exercises and relaxation. Come along in comfortable clothing.
Thursday 13 February, 2.30pm to 4pm – four week programme
New Hutte Community Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood L26 1TT
Stress affects us in several ways, both physically and emotionally. Learn how to recognise and manage your stress effectively.
Friday 28 February, 10.30am to 12pm – four week programme
Yew Tree Centre, Capper Grove, L36 7YT
Imagine independence community activities
Imagine Independence is a mental health charity that run drop in sessions across Knowsley.
As long as you are over 18, live in Knowsley, and a have a primary mental health need, you can have access to the group.
You can refer yourself to the service by completing a referral form.
For more information, please call Paul Clarke on 07969 201927
9.15am to 12pm
Old Schoolhouse St John’s Road Huyton L36 0UX
Staff contact -Vic
12.45 to 2.30pm
Staff contact – Vic
Creative writing magazine and photography group
2.45 to 4.45pm
Staff contact – Steph
1pm to 4pm
Centre 63, Old Hall Lane L32 5TH
Staff contact – Vic
11am to 12pm and 12.40pm to 1.40pm
Staff contact – Vic
2.30pm to 4.30pm
Staff contact – Voc
F.A.C.E women’s group
11.30am to 1.30pm
St John’s Infozone, 33 Manor Farm Road, Huyton L36 0UB
Staff contact – Vic C
Numeracy and literacy
9.30am to 12.30pm
The Gate, 600 Princess Drive L14 9NQ
Staff contact – F.A.C.E
1pm to 4pm
Prescot Parish Church, Church Road, Prescot L34 3LA
Staff contact – Vic
Sumner art sessions
These art workshops at Kirkby Gallery take inspiration from exhibition themes and subjects.
They are free, and funded thanks to the generosity of the estate of Irene Sumner. Irene was a self-taught artist born in Litherland in 1917, first picked up a paintbrush aged 60 then didn’t stop.
These workshops are being funded to ensure people have access and enjoyment of the creative learning opportunities to which Irene was so passionate about.
The workshops run on Wednesdays between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on the following dates:
5 February: Drawing (pencil and graphite powder)
12 February: Collage
26 February: Drawing the figure (clothed)
Workshops continue until June:
4 March: Drawing the figure (clothed) using chalks, charcoal and pastel
11 March: Painting from still life
18 March: Painting still life, oil painting – intermediate to advanced level
25 March: Introduction to watercolours
1 April: Urban sketching
29 April: Drawing from the exhibition (impressionism)
6 May: Acrylic painting from the exhibition (impressionism)
13 May: Drawing from the exhibition (impressionism)
20 May: Acrylic painting from the exhibition (impressionism)
27 May: Drawing from the exhibition (impressionism)
3 June: Acrylic painting from the exhibition (impressionism)
All sessions are introductory level apart from painting still life on 18 March.
To book a place, please call 0151 443 4936 or email email@example.com
Head down to your local Knowsley library over the half term holidays for free, fun children’s activities.
With themed craft sessions, circuit board fun and a week long Subbuteo tournament in Prescot Library, there’s lots going on!
Don’t forget when you visit the library to choose some books too. There’s a wide range of story and information titles, perfect for enjoying over half term.
What’s coming up in March?
Prescot Festival Fundraiser
The Prescot Festival Fundraiser takes please on Friday 6 March at Prescot Parish Church from 7pm to 9pm
Come and see Soprano Danielle Louise Thomas (‘Voice of Liverpool’) and Liverpool Cathedral’s Gilbert Scott Singers (Youth Choir) with Stephen Mannings (Accompanist and Director).
Tickets are £6 which includes Cottom’s hot pot and a drink. A vegetarian option is available by prior request,
You can book your tickets by calling 07762 607618 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Money raised goes towards the 16th Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts on Friday 19 to Sunday 28 June 2020
Author library visits
In March, professional authors will be visiting Knowsley libraries and you can meet them for free!
Friday 20 March, 2pm
Carolyn Jess-Cooke wrote her first book aged seven. A few years later (ok, 33) and her work is published in 23 languages and has won numerous awards.
Her latest book (published as CJ Cooke), is The Blame Game. It was LoveReadingUK’s Book of the Month in March 2019.
Carolyn’s previous works include the novels The Boy Who Could See Demons (2012).
Friday 13 March, 2pm
Linda Green is the bestselling author of 10 novels which have sold more than one million copies and been translated into 12 languages. Her latest emotional drama, One Moment, has been selected as a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick.
Linda has lived in West Yorkshire since 2001 but was born in North London in 1970 and was brought up in Hertfordshire. Her ninth novel, The Last Thing She Told Me, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.
Monday 23 March, 2pm
Oliver Harris was born in North London in 1978. He has a degree in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare Studies from UCL, and an MA in creative writing from UEA. He has worked in clothing warehouses, PR companies and as a TV and a film extra. He writes the Nick Belsey series of detective novels and is interested in everything from psychoanalysis and architecture to the cold war and conspiracy theories.
Tuesday 17 March, 11am
Caz Finlay is an author from Liverpool. She lives with her husband, two children and a grumpy dog named Bert. A qualified Probation Officer, Caz has always been fascinated by the psychology of human behaviour and the reason people do the things they do. However, it was the loss of her son in 2016, which prompted her to rediscover the love of writing and pen her debut novel, The Boss.