End of Summer; Start of Christmas

End of Summer; Start of Christmas

August: It’s been a strange month. The weather has turned autumnal, with random bursts of mediterranean summer followed by crazy tropical storms, like someone keeps turning the weather dial from 0 to 10 and back again, when it should’ve just been on 6 all along. This...

A Shared Universe

A Shared Universe

I'd always had a fluffy, rose-tinted, radial-blurred image in my head of authors: spending a seven hour working day, in front of their keyboard, writing their stories. All day, everyday. I imagined that somehow, they just knew what to write. When I wrote my first...

Rejoining the Community After Lockdown

Rejoining the Community After Lockdown

It was Nelson Madela Day on 18th July and my Mossley Hill Labour colleagues had arranged a litter pick at Otterspool Prom, as part of Mandela67 - an initiative that asks people to volunteer 67 minutes of their time to the community. It felt like the right time to...

Learning to Write

Learning to Write

It’s been a month since I finished the first draft of my second novel. I felt strangely bereft when I'd finished. For two months I’d thought about very little other than my two main characters. I’d imagined conversations between them. I’d fallen asleep, planning the...

Adjusting to the New Normal

Adjusting to the New Normal

It was Monday 16th March that I last went to work. I cancelled the two knitting groups I had scheduled for Tuesday in Aigburth and, following the Government’s announcement that non-essential social activities should be cancelled, we made the decision to close the kids...

February 2020

February 2020

February was all about launching Mossley Hill Matters. This is really important to me because I want to know what residents think. In the run up to the first meeting I started engaging in conversations on NextDoor and Facebook - in fact it was largely the discussions...

Car free…

Car free…

Following my Car Free Day a couple of weeks ago, I've become quite a convert to public transport. Sure it takes longer, but that doesn't have to feel like a waste of time. Of course, if you're on the train during rush hour and it's standing room only, that feels quite...

Car Free Day

Car Free Day

I didn't need a car when I lived in London, with tubes running every couple of minutes, regular buses, trams and rail, getting around is an easy task. But since I moved back home, the only time I use public transport is when my car is at the garage for its MOT....

Mossley Hill Matters: Parking & Traffic

Mossley Hill Matters: Parking & Traffic

The first Mossley Hill Matters Event took place on Monday 3rd February 2020 at Mossley Hill Athletics Club, located right in the middle of a parking issue hotspot, which was quite fitting given that the subject on debate was parking and traffic issues. Why Mossley...

January 2020

January 2020

January was off to a flying start with the introduction of my Knit & Natter group at Coopers Coffee Shop. The first session was on 6th Jan, and there was just me and Angela - Elizabeth's mum who came along to support me and got roped in to coming every week....

December 2019

December 2019

Well December was a bit of a mixed bag wasn't it? I've already talked about the General Election so I won't dwell on it here. December started with a lovely Christmas Lights switch on organised by Mossley Hill Residents Association (MHRA) on 4th December. The...

Smashing the New Year Resolutions

Smashing the New Year Resolutions

I just want to take a moment to look back at my new years resolutions because I think I did pretty well on them this year… I decided 2019 was going to be the year when I became visible. When I stopped worrying what people thought about me and got out there and made...

Post Election Blues and Making Sense of Things

Post Election Blues and Making Sense of Things

It's been a few days since the election and after a day of crying and a couple of days of feeling sad and anxious, I think I've gathered my thoughts enough to get some perspective on everything.  First of all, overwhelmingly I thought "that's it then, goodbye NHS,...

November 2019

November 2019

This last month has been busy, with the General Election being called we've been campaigning all over the place, lending our support to marginal seats like Southport as well as delivering leaflets around Mossley Hill for the new Riverside candidate Kim Johnson. I...

My Selection Speech to Mossley Hill BLP

My Selection Speech to Mossley Hill BLP

First of all, thank you for shortlisting me and giving me this opportunity to introduce myself: I'm Helen and I want to be the next Labour Councillor for Mossley Hill. I've been working in the voluntary and community sector for 14 years. In that time I've worked with...

On the knocker: first time experience on the doorstep

On the knocker: first time experience on the doorstep

It's the one thing about which I've always thought "not a chance". The idea of knocking on doors asking people to vote, filled me with dread. Mainly because, I hate it when people knock on my door unexpectedly. If I'm not expecting a delivery from Sizzlas then it can...

Proud to support Liverpool Pride

Proud to support Liverpool Pride

Bit of a cliched title, but last weekend I took part in my first Pride march. To be clear, I fully support everything Pride stands for, but I have something of a fear of crowds so I’ve always avoided anything that attracts large gatherings; I’ve...

A New Year, A New Me.

A New Year, A New Me.

We're already 8 days into the new year but I finally know what I want to do differently this year: I want to be visible. I want to stop worrying about what other people think of me, to the point where I don't raise my head above the parapet. I...

The hierarchy of football supporters

The hierarchy of football supporters

There’s an unspoken hierarchy of football supporters, from the armchair fanatic to those that travel around the world, but whatever your level of support, we’re all singing the same songs and we’ve all got something to say.

Why Steven Gerrard’s fairy tale ending didn’t come true

Why Steven Gerrard’s fairy tale ending didn’t come true

Steven Gerrard is a Liverpool legend. After 17 years, 502 league games and 708 senior appearances, he’s scored 185 goals and won 7 major honours. Losing to Crystal Palace in his final home game, doesn’t change any of that, and it shouldn’t cause any more outrage or disappointment than any other defeat.