Local Life - St Helens - March 2017

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Get

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Whenever I tell people I’m from Local Life

magazine, the reply is usually: “That’s a

great little magazine, that is...”

It’s a common refrain, but what makes us so

“great”? As editor, I’m bound to say it’s the quality

of the writing... but even I have to admit that is only

partially true.

The real reason is that we are always thinking of

ways to improve the magazine for our readers and

our advertisers. This month, you may notice a slight

change. We’ve tweaked the style and have launched

a brand new Events2Go section.

Over the years, we have collected news of events

in a very traditional way - mostly looking at local

community noticeboards and of course receiving

items of interest via email and, to a lesser extent

these days, by post.

Our Events2Go platform takes this a step further.

Now, you are able to upload of events and images

directly to our website at www.locallife247.co.uk

for free. You’ll also find on there a comprehensive

‘What’s On’ guide for the local area and beyond.

And we’ve also launched a Facebook page for

Events2Go, which keeps you updated with a

selection of events across the area. Simply search

‘Events2Go’ in Facebook and give us a ‘like’.

So now you can not only keep up with everything

in this magazine, but you can now do it ‘on the go’

online. And all for free!

See you next time, or maybe before that online?

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In this issue

Feel fab at

fifty

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Win tickets for

Olly Murs

Regulars

18 Planning

30 Class From The Past

38 Events2Go

48 Puzzle Corner

Sections

6 Local News

22 Health

34 Travel

38 Leisure

59 Jack’s Tracks

63 Garden Diary

66 Test Drive

54 Food & Drink

63 Gardening

66 Motoring

69 Home Services

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Views sought

Garswood folk are being asked for

their views on the future of two

community hubs.

Seneley Green Parish Council has issued a

questionnaire about Seneley Green Parish Hall, on

Montrey Crescent, and Billinge Road Community

Hall, (pictured) which is next to Garswood Surgery.

Parish councillors stress that although there are

no plans to close either hall, they want locals to

have their say on potential improvements. They

also want to know whether residents think the

Parish Hall, the older of the two buildings, should

be retained in the long-term by the parish council

despite probable maintenance costs/issues.

Ken Cleary, chairman of the parish council,

told Local Life: “Both halls are increasingly well

used and we budget for them every year. We

wanted to know what locals think about the

buildings in the long-term, which is why we have

put out this survey.” Download a form at www.

seneleygreenparishcouncil.org or call the clerk,

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Stags wanted

Players aged 16 and over are needed to join

Garswood Stags Rugby League Club. The new

Fourth Division side trains every Tuesday and

games are played on Saturday afternoons. Call into

the Stag pub, on Station Road, for more information

or call Johnni on 07512 272032.

2019 kick off

A multi-million pound sports complex next to

Winstanley College should be open by September

2019. The ground, currently a farmers’ field will

be home to Orrell Rugby FC and Winstanley Park

Cricket Club. Community groups will also be able

to hire it out.

Boss apologises

The boss of a charitable trust has

apologised for “misrepresenting”

Billinge. Vidhya Alakeson, chief

executive of Power To Change,

which supports community

businesses, said in an article about rebuilding

communities that Billinge had turned into “a

dormitory for commuters to Manchester or

Liverpool.” She added: “The heart of the town - its

shops and pubs - (has) disappeared.”

Following an outcry from locals, Alakeson said: “I

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Activity centre for village?

Part of a Rainford business area

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Sandwash Business Park, on Sandwash Close, may

be converted after a planning application was

submitted to St Helens Council.

Papers lodged with the council’s planning

department state that Solarking is poised to leave

the park. Its boss, Andrew Mikhail, also owns the

premises, which has eight attached units.

The papers explained: “Solarking have already

downsized operations at the business park, which

is now far too big a property. It is unknown as

to the future of Solarking at present due to the

discontinuation of government initiatives in the

solar panel and renewable energy field.

“It is proposed that the business park will be

converted into an activity centre that will include

a trampoline park, indoor climbing area, kids play

area including soft landing zone, duel platform and

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“The centre will provide excellent employment

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“Up to 3 units have been empty for a period of time.

As Solarking are leaving the business park, the eight

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Church to shut

A church in the centre of Billinge is set

to close.

Wesley Methodist, on Main Street, will shut,

although no timeframe has been given.

News of the closure came to light after St Helens

Council was forced to find an alternate venue for

election day, as the church is used as a Polling

Station. In future, voters will have to use Billinge

Chapel End Primary School, on Carr Mill Road.

It comes as the future of two churches in

neighbouring Orrell were thrown into doubt.

Orrell Methodist Church is in talks with developers

about using its site, on Church Drive, as a potential

location for a health centre.

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in Orrell, has confirmed it will be closing this

September after 200 years.

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Rainbows make Rainford blossom

Children from Rainford Rainbows planted a tree

to mark 30 years of the movement. The Mount Fiji

Cherry Blossom, donated by St Helens Council, has

been installed at Scarisbrick Road Park. And the girls

even donned their wellies to stomp in the soil to

ensure the tree was firmly in place!

Alice Hudson, aged five, said: “I loved planting our

tree. I especially enjoyed digging a hole for it, then

filling the hole back in, and getting super muddy!”

Ava Hudson, aged six, added: “I really loved planting

our tree. I loved tying a tag to the tree with our name

on, so everyone can see it. And I loved letting go of

our balloons seeing them all in the sky, and someone

will find our balloon and read the nice message I

wrote.”

Rainbows leader Julie Moran said: “I am so very

proud of our Rainbows for taking part in this special

memorable event. The messages they wrote on their

balloons for people to read if they found it were so

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Health & Fitness

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and beyond

By Miona Martic

Nearly half a million women

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year - including TV favourite-turnedfitness-fanatic

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Kate Garraway and Ulrika Jonsson.

But far from feeling past their

heyday, 82% of women are

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The poll, which quizzed 1,002

women turning 50 this year,

suggests we’re really embracing

middle-age and beyond, with

over a quarter (27%) admitting

they plan to travel and see more

of the world, and one in five (19%)

revealing they’re now doing more

exercise than ever before. Exciting

career aspirations were also a priority for

a fifth of women at 50, while one in seven plan

to take up volunteering.

However, while in general it seems women are feeling very

positive about entering their 50s, more than nine out of 10 (92%) admit to

having concerns about their health.

“Women turning 50 now feel younger than their previous generations,

with most viewing this time in their lives as a threshold of new

opportunities and experiences,” says psychologist Dr Linda

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transition, with many physical

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women who are feeling less certain

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that exerts actions that mimic oestrogen, and

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symptoms. Joint pain that gets steadily worse with

age can be a sign of osteoarthritis. Mild symptoms

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Deteriorating eyesight at 50

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known as presbyopia, is a natural part of the ageing

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glasses or contact lenses; visit Boots Opticians for

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“It’s natural for your metabolic rate to slow down

as you get older, so maintain a healthy balanced

diet and take regular exercise to help counteract its

effects,” she adds. “If you have high blood pressure

or have had previous heart conditions, an at-home

blood pressure and atrial fibrillation monitor can

help you monitor for any irregularities. Sometimes

atrial fibrillation is intermittent, so regular home

screening can help give you peace of mind and help

spot any potential problems. Always visit your GP if

you have any concerns.”

Author, life coach and yoga instructor

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the freedom of an empty nest

“When your children leave home, the silence of

the gap left behind by what seemed like a ‘full’ life

can sometimes become deafening. You may have

thought you knew yourself intimately, but now, at

this new stage of life, with the sense of loss that

children leaving home can make, old and buried

aspirations and desires

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To feel fulfilled in your

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aspect of who you are. Experiment with different

forms of exercise, dance, yoga, meditation and

mindfulness. Learn to paint, perhaps do a degree.

Travel across India or China by rail. Try out different

things until you find the one, or two, that are a

direct expression of ‘you’. Do things that unleash

your happy hormones.

“Whatever you do, make it something that puts you

in direct touch with your deeper nature, expresses

you, and brings you radiance and joy. Turning 50 is

nothing to be afraid of, and remember, there are

things you can now do that you may not have been

able to before, whether because of work or home

priorities. You can now embrace all the passions you

left behind.”

Janey Lee Grace, author of Look Great

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“I think as you age, it becomes so much more

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that really shows beauty, not whether or not they

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Tell Us Your Story!

Local Life is always

on the look out for

news stories from the

local communities

we serve. Are you

raising money for

charity? Are you

a member of a

community group

with something

to shout about?

Maybe you’ve got

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us know and you could be appearing in the next

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Simply contact us on sthelensnews@locallife247.

co.uk or call us on 01695 627999.

Rates going up

Ratepayers will be paying over £50 a year more

in Council Tax. St Helens councillors have voted

to increase bills by 4.99%. Residents living in the

Garswood and Seneley Green parish area will pay

the most - from £1,065.90 for those in a Band A

property. Rainford is a close second with minimum

£1,060.68 per year, followed by Billinge at £1,059.02

Choral members plea

St Helens Choral Society has launched an urgent

plea for men to join their organisation. The group

needs males who can sing tenors and/or bass. No

previous experience is needed, but the ability to

read music would be an advantage. Rehearsals are

held on Mondays, 7.15pm-9.16pm at the United

Reformed Church, King Street, St. Helens. For more

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Frank’s on a Mission

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a book on his life growing up in the

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Frank grew up in Garswood and he hopes his book

will help raise money for his former Sunday School,

St Andrew’s Mission Hall on Montrey Crescent.

The book recounts several of Frank’s memories

about his early life, including the local pits, the

outbreak of World War II and activities around The

Tilesheds, a pond off Strange Road.

“It was thought that the pond had got its name

from tiles having been made on the site in years

gone by and the craters left when the clay was

removed filled with water, creating a pond. It was

large enough to attract swans on a regular basis.

It was on one of

their visits when,

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“The Tilesheds had a cottage and its only form of

heating and lighting was by a coal fire, paraffin

lamp and candles. The cottage and the Tilesheds

have all now gone without trace.”

Speaking about his reason for writing the book,

Frank, who went to school in Ashton and now lives

in Standish, said: “The Mission Hall was not only our

place of worship it was also the changing room for

visiting football teams. The home team got dressed

at home. However, the Mission hall was the hub

of village activities which included Saturday night

dancing for those who were old enough, which

attracted people from neighbouring villages.

“Sunday school lasted about 45 minutes. Taking

the boys were two devoted men, John Pendlebury

and Billie Ralphson. Two ladies taught the girls; Miss

Heyes, a school teacher by profession, and Miss

Hazeltine, an office clerk. Mr Pendlebury was Sunday

school superintendant who, when attendance

was low, would tour the village rounding up any

absentees that he could see. His task however was

somewhat forlorn as ‘Johnny’s coming’ preceded

him faster than he could walk hence it became a

joke to the boys to let him see you and then run.

Mr Pendlebury was a very imposing person he was

about 6ft 5ins tall and always carried a cane typewalking

stick.”

Frank’s book is priced around £6 and will be

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Andy’s gruelling challenge

Rainford soldier Andy Reid is set to

undertake a mammoth challenge in

memory of fallen comrades.

Andy Reid, from News Lane, lost limbs after being

blown up by a Taliban bomb while serving in

Afghanistan in 2009.

He will now cycle 400 miles, complete 125 miles

of kayaking and climb 17,500 ft alongside another

Afghanistan veteran Glen Hughes, who is recovering

from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The event -

called Warrior Challenge - is in memory of six soldiers

who lost their lives when their armoured vehicle was

caught in an explosion

in Kandahar Province

in 2012. Five of the

men were from Andy’s

regiment.

Monies raised from the

event, which lasts from

June 16-29, will go to

ABF - The Soliders’ Charity and Style For Soliders,

which makes clothing for injured servicemen.

For more information and to donate, visit

warriorchallenge2017.com

Class from the past

This month’s Class from the Past is from St James

School, Haydock. It’s believed this photo was taken

in the 1950s. Maybe you can spot a familiar face?

Remember, if you have a photo you’d be willing to

share, contact us today by emailing sthelensnews@

locallife247.co.uk


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Business opportunity

Wayfarers Shopping Arcade is a

Grade II listed building and one of

Southport’s retail treasures.

It is beautifully maintained, lovingly restored and a

vibrant shopping arcade which is right at the heart

of the town.

And now there are attractive, affordable units

available within the arcade particularly suited to

small independent retailers or those thinking of

starting a new retail venture.

You could open a successful retail outlet in

Wayfarers from as little as £75 (plus VAT) per week

which is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

People who run their retail business in Wayfarers

tend to live locally and enjoy working within a

supported community. Many of the smaller units

have been the start of very successful business

ventures where retailers have started small and

grown to occupy much larger premises.

Most retail businesses now trade on line but find


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having a retail outlet good for raising the profile

of their business by having a high-street presence.

Occupying a unit within Wayfarers ticks all these

boxes. You can trade on line and have a prestigious

shop without having to pay a high rent or rates.

People travel from far and wide to visit Wayfarers

because it has the most wonderful relaxing

atmosphere although it is within busy Lord Street

and the crowds in the town centre. Wayfarers is full

of character and bursting with interesting niche

shops and one of these could be yours.

Special events and historical exhibitions are

regularly to be seen in Wayfarers, including

displays of paintings, photographs or sculptures.

Occasionally there is musical entertainment all to

encourage customers to make regular return visits.

Like to research more information? Then visit www.

wayfarersarcade.co.uk You can also follow them on

Facebook and Twitter.

Wayfarers Shopping Arcade, Lord Street,

Southport PR8 1NT. Open Monday – Saturday

9am – 5.30pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Historic setting

Originally called the

Leyland Arcade, after a

Southport MP, Wayfarers

opened in October 1898.

It was the idea of John

Humphrey Plummer, a

Victorian entrepreneur,

who at the time owned

most of the shops on

Lord Street.

A splendid example of Victorian architecture with

its domed glass roof, intricate iron work, stained

glass and mahogany shop fronts that can all still be

seen today. In its past ,it has housed brass bands, a

large aquarium, a bandstand and since the 1970s

has been home to a bronze statue of local legend

and Grand National champion Red Rum, who

trained on Southport beach.


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Travel

Having been off the tourist destination list for

quite a while, Croatia has fully reasserted

itself as a prime destination.

Its seemingly endless coastline along the Adriatic

Sea is full of rocky coves, idyllic islands and

medieval towns.

There are so many places to choose from, it

can be hard to know where to start. Luckily,

Billinge-based Marken Travel has teamed

up with Jet2holidays to provide you with

a tempting choice of destinations.

But first, more about the country itself.

Thanks to its location, many resorts

have an Itallian-inspired cuisine.

For instance, Istria is famous for

its mouth-watering black and

white truffles, served

with fusi pasta. And

the sheer choice

of handcrafted

Cream of

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souvenirs, in lace and silver at the market in

Gundulics Square, Dubrovnik, make this a

destination filled with charm and elegance.

In terms of locations, many are drawn to Pula, on

the Istrian Riviera. Make your way to the town

centre and you’ll see remarkable sights such as a

perfectly-preserved amphitheatre, as well as more

Roman feats of architecture such as grand temples,

forums and arches.

Pula offers its visitors a diverse taste of Croatian

culture. What’s more, this terracotta-topped

landscape plays host to annual festivals, some top

beaches and all the water sports you could wish for.

Pavement cafés and chilled bars just seal the deal.

Poreč is a popular holiday resort in Istria and is

frequently named the top resort in Croatia by the

Croatian National Tourist Office. Porec’s history

extends to prehistoric times. The largest settlement

during this period was called Picugi, which was

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Croatian Checklist

Language: Croatian

Currency: Croatian kuna

Time difference: +1 hour

Cost (average) of a beer: £3.40

Cost (average) of Cappuccino : £1.60

Cost (average) of 3 Course meal: £20

If however you are wanting to sample more than

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Quiz Night with Hotpot

Friday, March 10, 7.15pm

Rainford in Bloom is raising funds by hosting a Quiz

Night with the inclusion of a hotpot supper.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford, St

Helens, WA11 8HB. Contact: 01744 883497.

Saturday Breakfast

Every Saturday, 9am – 11.30am

Pop-up breakfast cafe with assorted commercial

and charity stalls every Saturday morning at St

Luke’s Church Hall in Orrell.

St Lukes church hall, 10 Lodge Road, Orrell, Wigan,

WN5 7AT. Contact: 01695 627999.

The Damnation of Faust

Saturday, March 11, 12.30pm – 4pm

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra raise the

roof in Berlioz’s ground breaking choral-orchestral

spectacular

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hope Street,

Liverpool L1 9BP. Box Office: 0151 709 3789

Artisan Market

Sunday, March 12, 10am – 3pm

Over 40 stalls - unique art and craft, award winning,

local produce, music and fun. The cafe and shops

will be open from 9am.

Inglenook Farm, Moss Nook Lane, Rainford, St

Helens, WA11 8AE. Contact:01744 886812

Brass for St Rocco’s

Sunday, March 12, 3pm

The Leyland Brass Band are at Warrington’s Parr Hall

to raise money for St Rocco’s Hospice.

Pyramid Parr Hall, Palmyra Square, Warrington

WA1 1BL. Visit: www.pyramidparrhall.com

Pamper Evening

Wednesday, March 15, 7pm – 9.30pm

Have a midweek pamper and raise money for

Garswood Primary School. Refreshments, beauty

and craft stalls and treatments included in the £5

ticket price.

Downall Green Independent Methodist Church,

Victoria Road, Garswood, WN4 0RG. Contact

01942 712106

Vegan Spring Fair

Saturday, March 18, 10am – 4pm

Everything vegan-friendly, from vintage to vinyl

and chocolate to cheese. Eight rooms of goods,

therapies, information and talks plus more.

St Helens Town Hall, 8 Corporation St, St Helens,

WA10 1EF. Contact: phoenixapparel@live.com

Welcome Home – 1925

Saturday, March 18, 7.30pm

A night of murder, intrigue and deceit. £19.50 (inc.

2 course meal and glass of wine) plus booking fee.

The Atkinson, Cambridge Hall, Lord Street,

Southport, PR8 1DB. Tickets: 01704 533333.


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Cilla & The Shades of the 60s

Saturday, March 18, 7.30pm

Starring Liverpool-born singer Victoria Jones (BBC’s

The One & Only) as Cilla, singing songs including

‘You’re My World’ and ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’.

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St

Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tickets: 07742383176

Open House

Saturday, March 18, 10am – Noon

With lots of activities and games, St Aiden’s Open

House is an energetic way to start the morning.

There is an offer of breakfast/elevenses with

magazines and newspapers on offer to read while

you enjoy your cup of tea! The event welcomes all

ages, with games and activities suitable for all.

St Aidan’s Parish Church, Billinge, WN5 7HD.

Vintage Craft Fair

Sunday, March 19, 10am – 4pm

Vintage and retro clothing, accessories, home wear,

furniture, jewellery, collectable, china and more.

Plus live entertainment from Bexi Owen.

Mercure Hotel, Manchester Road, Blackrod,

Bolton, BL6 5RU. Contact: 07787 316234.

Artisan Food and Craft Fair

Sunday, March 19, 11am – 3pm

You can expect to find anything from cheese, fresh

bread and chocolate to jewellery, local artwork and

scarves.

Rainford Parish Council, Council Offices, Church

Road, Rainford, St Helens, WA11 8HB. Contact:

makinandmoore@outlook.com

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Win tickets for

Olly Murs

To celebrate the launch of Events2Go, the

new local events guide, we have two pairs

of tickets to be won to one of the biggest concerts

in the North West this year, superstar Olly Murs –

performing live at Haydock Park on Saturday, August 11

Since Olly shot to fame on X Factor in 2009, he has crafted four

multi-platinum albums and produced four Number One

singles with total record sales exceeding 10 million.

His latest studio album 24 HRS was released

recently and became his fourth consecutive

LP to reach the top spot on the UK charts,

becoming the most successful solo artist ever

to come from the X Factor.

Olly told Local Life: “I’m really looking

forward to playing Haydock Park. It’ll be

one of the first chances I’ll get to play

tracks from 24 HRS in the sunshine so

will be a special show to share with

my fans. I love a day out at the races

too so can’t wait to get in the crowd

during the day to place a cheeky

bet!”’

Olly is the first act announced for Haydock

Park’s summer season. Alongside a showstopping

headlining performance by some of the

world’s biggest artists, the action kicks off earlier in

the day with a six race card - giving fans the chance

to witness powerful equine athletes who are stars

in their own right, and enjoy the thrilling drama

and spectacle of them racing for glory.


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The events are renowned for combining a fun

filled evening at the races with a spectacular

evening concert in the informal and relaxed openair

setting of the hallowed turf. Having welcomed

over 200,000 fans of live music to their events in

2016, this year is set to continue the incredible

success.

The racecourses have world-class customer

facilities, featuring an array of award winning

restaurants that cater for all tastes, be it Fine Dining

through to delicious bistro food, so you can be sure

of a fantastic evening.

Tickets are priced starting from £37.50 adult/£15

child (under 18) at www.thejockeyclublive.co.uk.

Please note child tickets are limited and all under

18s must be accompanied by an adult. All T&Cs are

available at http://haydock.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

There will be hospitality packages available to suit

all budgets.

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Farmers Market

Sunday, March 19, 10am – 4pm

Local artisan food and drink with a splash of vintage

homemade crafts, Plus all the fun of the farm with

our animal antics. Admission is free.

Greenslate Community Farm Greenslate Road

Wigan, WN5 7BG. Contact: 01695 221950.

Jacqui’s Rhythm Katz

Sunday, March 19, 8pm

A swing and jazz band playing a wide variety of

favourite tunes from the swing era, Latin American,

pop and modern classics.

Briars Hall Barn, Briars Lane, Lathom Ormskirk,

L40 5TH. Contact: 07710756894.

Dance Club

Wednesday, March 22, 7.30pm

Go along to Little Longborough Dance Club, meet

people and keep active, physically and mentally.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Rd, Rainford, WA11

8HB. Contact: clarepark08@yahoo.co.uk

Mother’s Day Crafts

Thursday, March 23, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Join Garswood Library as it celebrates Mother’s Day.

Make a beautiful card and design your own gift.

Space is limited. Booking is essential.

Garswood Library, Station Road WN4 0SA.

Contact: 01744 677797

1940s Night

Friday, March 24, 8pm

With special guest GI Jive. Food will be provided

and all proceedings will go to the Helen Marie

Charity for local sick children.

St Mary’s Social Club, Trent Road, Billinge, Wigan,

WN5 7QT. Contact: 01744734155

Heritage Trail

Saturday, March 25, 10am – 2pm

Meet near Wilkinson’s for a short official opening of

the newly refurbished Newton Heritage Trail, then

join in to walk the 10k route of Newton-Le-Willows.

Earlestown Market, Oxford St, Newton-le-Willows,

WA12 9AQ. Contact: newtonheritagetrail.com

Spring in the Garden

Monday, March 27, 8pm

Rainford’s Gardening Club is hosting a variety of

talks, demonstrations, Q&A sessions and more.

Rainford X North End Club, 16 Bushey Lane

Rainford, WA11 7LN. Contact: 01744 883497.

Chill and Chat

Wednesday, March 29, 11am

Sit and listen to poems being read or even read

your favourite poem out to the crowd. Chill and

Chat meets on the last Wednesday of each month.

Haydock Library, Church Road, WA11 0LY. Contact:

01744 677801.

Great Up Holland Bake Off

Friday, March 31, 7pm

Take your best bakes and win prizes for best in show.

If you’d like to take part please be there for 5pm.

St Thomas the Martyr Church, Church Street, Up

Holland, WN8 0ND. Contact: 01695 721038.

Cedar Farm Farmers Market

First Saturday of the Month, 10am – 4pm

Produce includes local beef, pork, lamb, haggis,

cheeses, pies, flowers, fruit and veg, wine, cakes and

more Free parking available.

Cedar Farm, Back Lane, Mawdesley, L40 3SY.

Contact: 01282 772896.


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Spring Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 1, 10am – 3.30pm

Orrell Egg Crafters invite you to their Spring event

to see how the crafting is done. There will also be

cake and gift stalls at the event.

Salem United Reformed Church, Church Street,

Orrell WN5 8TG. Contact: 01942 216552.

Beauty and The Beast

Saturday, April 1 – Sunday, April 23, 6pm

Get ready to go on an adventure and follow Belle

as she falls in love with the most unexpected of

princes.

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street,

St Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tickets: 07742383176

The Signatures Northern Soul

Saturday, April 1, 7.30pm

The Signatures Northern Soul Band and Soul singer

Paul Stuart Davies host a night of Northern Soul

Live.

The Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St Helens,

Merseyside, WA10 1PX. Contact: 01744735436

Charity Afternoon Tea

Sunday, April 2, 11am – 4pm

Raising awareness and money for Action for

Pulmonary Fibrosis. Entry is free however donations

would be appreciated.

St James Church Hall, St James Road, Orrell,

Wigan, WN5 7AA. Contact: 07720865129.

The Addams Family

Thursday, April 6 – Saturday, April 8, 7.30pm

A musical adaptation which organisers say

guarantees both tears and laughter.

The Atkinson, Cambridge Hall, Lord Street,

Southport, PR8 1DB. Tickets: 01704 533333.

Hope and Consolation

Saturday, April 8, 7.30pm

St Helens Choral Society with music from across

Europe.

United Reformed Church, Ormskirk Street, St

Helens, , WA10 2JZ. Contact: 01695 625500

Spring Craft and Gift Fair

Sunday, April 9, Noon – 4pm

Children’s crafts including face painting, angel card

readings, and craft stalls.

Birchley St Mary’s Club, Trent Road, Billinge,

WN5 7QT.

Creative Crafts

Thursday, April 13, 10.30am – 12.30pm

A family activity, recommended for children aged

seven and above. What you make is yours to take

home. Tickets are £13 and must be pre-booked.

National Trust, Tatton Park, Knutsford, WA16 6QN.

Contact: 01625 374428

Easter Shopping Fair

Friday, April 14 Noon – 5pm – Monday, April 17,

10.30am – 5pm

Free admission to the Tenants Hall packed with gifts

for everyone, specialist food producers plus craft,

fashion and home furnishings.

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN.

Contact: 01625 374400.

Superhero Family Fun Day

Saturday, April 15, Noon

Jump across the giant assault course or have a go at

the craft table, making superhero-themed goodies!

Haydock Park Racecourse, Warrington Road,

Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0HQ. Contact: http://

haydock.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets


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Bruno Mars

Sunday, April 17, 10am – 2pm

The appearance marks Mars’ first full-length tour

since 2013. Support from Anderson.Paak.

Liverpool Echo Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool.

Tickets from £42. Book online at www.echoarena.

com

Salt of the Earth

Wednesday, April 19 – Saturday, April 29, 7.30pm

A coming of age story with characters we can all

recognise. Written by John Godber. Directed by Tara

Haywood.

Wigan Little Theatre, Crompton Street, Wigan,

WN1 3SL. Contact: wiganlittletheatre.co.uk

Sammy & The Snow Leopard

Sunday, April 23, 2pm

When a parcel arrives, Sammy finds himself on a

crazy adventure, involving stuffed animals...

The Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St Helens,

Merseyside, WA10 1PX. Contact: 01744735436

Variety Show

Thursday, April 27 – Saturday, April 28, 7.15pm

A variety show with songs and laughter performed

by members of St Helens District Scouts and Guides.

Please note that tickets are not available from the

theatre.

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation St, St Helens,

WA10 1LQ. Tickets: 07742383176

Afternoon Tea

Wednesday, May 10 2pm-4pm

Orrell & District Townswomen’s Guild will be holding

an Afternoon Tea for charity at St Luke’s Church Hall.

Tickets will be £6.

St. Lukes Vicarage, 10 Lodge Road, Orrell, Wigan,

WN5 7AT. Contact: 01695 623691.

Space

Friday, May 19, 7.30pm

The Liverpool Indie legends return following their

Give Me Your Future tour last year.

The Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St

Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1PX. Tickets from £15.

Contact: 01744735436.

Flower Festival

Wednesday, May 25 – Monday, May 29

Flower Festival – ‘The past to the present 1867 –

2017’. Admission by programme available on the

door. Refreshments available in the church hall.

Rainford United Reformed Church, Higher Lane,

Rainford, WA11 8AL. Contact: peter.gregory@

me.com

Moonlight Walk

Saturday, June 10, 9pm – 2am

Entry is £15 for adults and £5 for children (all online

entry fees include processing fees.) Includes live

entertainment and the chance to ‘get messy’ with

a colour splash.

Willowbrook, The Living Well, Borough Road,

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WORD SEARCH

Find the hidden words

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phrase that fits the clue.

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LOGIC PROBLEMS

Three child film stars were contracted to

different Hollywood film

companies. Can you

identify the three, work

out their ages at the time

and say which company

each was with?

CLUES

1. The Warner Bros star

was older than Annie

Taylor

2. Hughie was younger

than the starlet named

Rose

3. Emilys’s contract was

with Paramount

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An uphill

battle?

David Sudworth meets the Rainford families who are fighting

plans for 1,100 homes on village Green Belt

Community campaigns are, at best, charmingly amateurish. At worse they can

descend into chaos.

It’s not surprising. The sheer self-discipline needed to keep the momentum going

over months and sometimes years can test even the toughest political operators.

Most ‘normal’ people though are nothing of the sort. They have to juggle every day

life while suddenly being thrust into the spotlight.

James Wright is a case in point. By day, he’s a sales manager for a medical firm, and

has a wife and young child. Yet he’s now the de facto leader of Rainford Action Group.

Set up a few months ago to fight Green Belt development, his evenings are now very

much spoken for.

“I always make sure I’m back for bath time,” laughs James. “Family is important to me.”

Luckily for James, Rainford Action Group isn’t just any other group of well-intentioned

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The slickness of their campaigning machine has

taken St Helens Council by surprise. Their members

are distinctly ‘on message’, with press releases

and photo calls aplenty. They have also utilised

social media to mobilise their core support. And

they don’t fall into the usual traps of being too

prescriptive about what they’d class as ‘success’.

“It’s not for us to do the planners’ job for them,” says

James.

“We know that some homes would have to be built,

but it’s the sheer scale of what is being proposed for

Rainford which is unfair. Our core message is that

it’s unworkable, unreasonable and unecessary.”

But for all the group’s refreshing professionalism,

they recognise their task is a big one.

St Helens Council says it needs to build homes,

and lots of them, over the next 30 years. Its reasons

range from a shortage of housing, a projected

“It’s not for us to do the

planners’ job.”

population growth (which the group hotly

disputes), and a need to widen its Council Tax base

to plug a widening hole in the council’s coffers.

Rainford is by far the biggest target of the so-called

Green Belt grab, with 1,100 homes planned over

the next 30 years. By comparison, Billinge has been

pencilled in for 163 homes on Green Belt at Ash

Grove Farm, Beacon Lane.

And there’s the rub. While campaigners from

different areas seek to support each other, they are

effectively in competition. 600 fewer homes in one

area means that another part of St Helens would

have to take a hit. Planners complain of having very

little wriggle room when it comes to delivering

Government housing targets.

One council insider told Local Life: “We are between

a rock and a hard place. Landowners around

Rainford were queueing up to offer their land for

development. And it’s in a place where developers

want to build.

Ray with a Winston Churchill lookalike

Action Group chairman James Wright

“The Government got rid of the funding to clean

up brownfield sites and there actually aren’t that

many of them left anymore. It’s a myth that there’s

hundreds of acres of brownfield land just sitting

there.”

For James and his colleagues, they believe that

the whole character of the village is at stake: “I’m

from Litherland and came to live here six years ago.

We’re currently on Heyes Avenue but are moving to

Higher Lane. I’ve never felt like an outsider because

people here are so friendly. You become one of

them very quickly. So when I saw the plans - it was

actually my mother-in-law who told me about them

- I was shocked.”

Despite anger from residents, not everyone is

wholly against the plans. Some business owners

have privately stated that more homes (and

therefore potential customers) would be good for

their livelihoods.

But even then, views are mixed. Vicki Towey’s

family has lived in Rainford for generations. As

well as being an Action Group member, she’s also

a business owner: “I do children’s parties and as a

business owner I don’t think it is good for Rainford.


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I want children to be able to go out and

explore green fields.

“When you look at the whole map of

proposed sites across St Helens borough,

you can see how disproportionate it is

towards Rainford. The flooding is bad

enough now and the thought of more

homes is really worrying people.”

Marj Hart lives near one of the proposed

sites on Higher Lane. She’s also had

experience of being flooded.

A farmer’s daughter, she moved to

Rainford from Shaley Brow Farm in

Crank around 40 years ago. “Most of the

land around here is owned by the national Church

Commissioners or Lord Derby. The farmers are

tenants so it’s not them who are trying to sell the

land. “

Rebecca Leche, from Damson Grove, is also on the

Action Group committee. She’s concerned that any

new homes won’t address the village’s future needs:

“They’re unlikely to build bungalows or sheltered

housing. But that’s what we need as we have an

ageing population.”

Apart from the planning-based arguments, there

has also been a war of words between Green Belt

campaigners and some borough councillors.

This started last year when the planning application

for Florida Farm North at Pewfall was submitted,

and has now spilled over into a wider row about

development across St Helens.

James with Vicki Towey, Marj Hart, Rebecca Leche and parish

council chairman Diane Nichols

Rainford Parish Council chairman Diane Nichols

is particularly concerned: “It doesn’t give people

confidence in the consultation process.”

However, for now it is that process which has to run

its course. A second draft of the Local Plan is set to

be published in late summer, followed by a further

round of public consultation. If all goes smoothly, a

plan will be in place by October 2018.

James and the wider Action Group team know

that they have another one-and-a-half years of

“Flooding is bad

enough now”

commitments ahead of them. But for James’ part,

he is more than up for the challenge: “I care about

Rainford, and that’s why I’m doing

this along with a really dedicated

team. The village’s infrastructure

struggles as it is. The library is

now down to minimum hours,

you struggle to get a doctor’s

appointment and there is no NHS

dentist in Rainford.

One of the proposed building sites off Higher Lane

“The council needs to find

innovative solutions. Concreting

over the Green Belt isn’t being

innovative, it’s just lazy planning.”


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Food & Drink

Energy to burn

By Keeley Bolger

Dieting is a divisive subject, not least with the

current debate surrounding clean eating,

but chef Tom Kerridge is open-minded.

The cheerful TV foodie has lost 11st over the course

of three years on his self-devised regime, bidding

bye-bye to big boozy sessions with his ‘naughty boy

chef mates’, exercising daily and skipping certain

types of carbohydrates like potatoes and rice, in

favour of high-protein food like meat and eggs, as

well as plenty of leafy greens.

Now, he’s sharing his recipes with the world in his

latest cookbook, Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My

Low-Carb, Stay-Happy Way To Lose Weight.

“There are so many different diets and so many actually, all your best mates become your biggest

things that appeal to so many different people,” he support system. “There are more of them that will

says, in his distinctive Gloucestershire burr. “This diet embrace and understand it, and probably join you

is high-protein led, and might not suit somebody on the journey than you think.”

else. “The key to it is finding the one that suits you,” Losing weight has changed his life in all sorts of ways,

adds the 43-year-old.

not least because he says he has energy to burn.

The fact he was able to stick to his diet - the first he’s He says his new lifestyle has made adjusting to being

ever tried - for so long was partly because it embraces a father to 14-month-old son Acey easier, and he and

an unlikely snack. “Pork scratchings contain no Beth have made a pact not to work on Sundays.

carbohydrate - they’re all protein,” he explains with “Being a dad helps you keep focused on staying

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eating pork scratchings. That’s got to be the perfect eating and what you’re doing, because although I

diet, surely!”

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Kerridge made a pact with himself to become to be just last - I don’t want to be miles left behind!”

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says Kerridge.

“You think it’s hard to say to your “In fact, actually that’s not true - I want to win it!”

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Lamb shank hot pot

Method

Heat a good splash of oil in a large flameproof

casserole over a medium-high heat. Season the

lamb shanks with a little salt then fry them two

at a time until deeply and evenly coloured. Don’t

hurry the process - searing the meat properly helps

to create that deep, delicious flavour. Drain off the

rendered fat. Set the lamb shanks aside.

Serves 4

Ingredients

Vegetable oil, for cooking

4 lamb shanks (about 200g each), French trimmed

(get your butcher to do this for you)

6 small onions, halved

1 garlic bulb (about 8-12 cloves), peeled and sliced

1 large swede, peeled and diced

150g crumbled goat’s cheese

1tbsp cracked black pepper

2tsp thyme leaves

500ml lamb stock

4 large turnips (about 200g each), peeled and thinly

sliced

50g butter, diced

Sea salt

Turn the heat down a bit and add a splash more oil

to the casserole, followed by the onions, garlic and

a pinch of salt. Cook gently for about 10-12 minutes

until golden and softened. Remove from the heat

and return the lamb shanks to the pan, placing

them on top of the onions with the bones pointing

upwards.

Preheat the oven to 150C/Fan 130C/Gas 2. In a

bowl, combine the swede, goat’s cheese, pepper

and thyme, then pack it around the lamb shanks.

Pour in the stock. Fan the turnip slices in a circle

over the swede and around the lamb shanks then

dot with the butter.

Put the lid on or, if that’s not possible because the

shank bones are poking up too high, cover with

foil and seal tightly. Cook in the oven for one-anda-half

hours, then remove the lid or foil and return

to the oven for a further one-and-a-half hours until

the lamb is soft, covering with foil if it browns too

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Pepperoni pizza omelette

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

250ml passata

2tbsp tomato puree

3 garlic cloves, grated

6 large free-range eggs

2tsp dried oregano

A drizzle of olive oil

150g sliced pepperoni

2 balls of mozzarella (about 125g each), drained

2tbsp fresh oregano leaves

30g Parmesan cheese

A small handful of basil leaves

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

To make the tomato sauce, heat the passata, tomato

puree and garlic in a saucepan over a medium heat.

Simmer to reduce until the sauce is nice and thick.

This will take eight to 10 minutes. Remove from the

heat, season with salt and pepper to taste and leave

to cool.

Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas 6. In a bowl,

whisk together the eggs and dried oregano and

season with salt and pepper.

Heat a little olive oil in a 24cm non-stick ovenproof

frying pan over a medium-high heat. Pour in the egg

and stir until it is almost fully cooked, removing the

pan from the heat when the omelette is still a little

runny and wobbly in the middle.

Gently spread the tomato sauce all over the

omelette. Cover with the pepperoni, then tear the

mozzarella into pieces and scatter it over.

Sprinkle with the oregano and then place the pan

in the oven for eight to 10 minutes, until the cheese

has melted and the ‘pizza’ is set.

Remove from the oven and immediately grate the

Parmesan over the top. Scatter over the basil and

serve at once, directly from the pan.


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Continuing our recent, unofficial theme of

‘Places You Never Realised Are Actually Very

Pretty’, we headed over to Worsley for this month’s

outing.

Situated next to the thunderous M60 Manchester Ring

Road, it’s hardly the first place which springs to mind.

But once the din of the traffic ebbs away, it can be a

very uplifting, snap-happy stroll.

We started this walk from the Worsley Court House

pay and display car park. It’s located just off Junction

13 of the M60, on the B5211, Barton Road (postcode

M28 2PB).

Once suitably booted up, we head out of the car park

and across the main road, taking the path past the

Packet House overlooking the Bridgewater Canal

sponsored by

Worsley

by David Sudworth

(look for the Bridgewater Dental Surgery sign). This

takes you over a small footbridge and then up some

steps which emerge on Worsley Road.

But before you get there, I guarantee you’ll have

stopped a good few times to survey the beautiful

homes nestled along the canal. The most majestic is

the Packet House itself. This Grade II listed building

dates back to 1760 and the half-timbering was

added around 1850 by the 1st Earl of Ellesmere. The

bridge nearby is known as Alphabet Bridge. It got

its name from children at a local school who used

the bridge daily and practised their alphabet on the

26 planks that made up the span. There are still 26

planks, so you have the option of keeping up the

tradition as you cross.


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When on Worsley Road, we cross over and went

right until we turned in to Mill Brow by the side of

Hunters Estate Agents. Walk up the brow, which is

a bit steep, and continue until you reach the steps

that go down in front of Old Warke Dam. You pretty

much go down the steps, across Worsley Brook and

up to your right, following the path until it brings

you on to the lane.

It’s nice to see though that not all traces of its past

have been erased, for just past the bridge, you are

greeted by the platforms of the old Worsley Station,

a grand old building by all accounts made of white

brick with red and black detailing. It also had two

First Class and two Second Class waiting rooms and

a glass canopy.

Here you go straight across, taking the footpath

round and into the woods. Continue along until you

pass over the footbridge across Kempnough Brook.

Here turn right and follow the path until you reach

the Lodge (confession time; we actually stopped for

a few minutes prior to reaching the Lodge to have a

play on the rope swing we saw in the woods!)

Once you’ve unnecessarily burned off any lingering

energy you had left, dig deep and carry on. Passing

the lodge, take the foot path on your left and follow

this until you reach Route 55 of the National Cycle

Network. Once down the steps and on the cycle

path, turn right, walking towards the bridge at

Worsley Road. You’re now following the route of

the old Manchester-Wigan Railway, which closed to

passengers in May 1969.

The line, which had been in use since 1864, was

built to serve local coal pits, with stations at Leigh

and Pennington.


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About 500 yards past the old station you

take the steps down to the pond and

keeping to the left continue through the

park known as Dukes Drive. The path starts

to curve right, which you follow until it

reaches the canal. At this point we opted

to go right, heading back along the canal,

but you can go left, head over the canal

bridge, and back up the other side of the

canal. Staying on our route we kept to

the footpath by the canal. This nice path

changes to a rough path as you leave

Dukes Drive, and becomes quite narrow.

FB

Power Lines

NCR 55

A575

Worsley Woods

Nature Reserve

FB

M60

Kempnough Brook

Lodge House

A572

A572

Old Warke Dam

Pylon

Junction 13

Worsley Court House

P

Postcode

M28 2PB

FB

Worsley

Mill Brow

Worsley Brook

Packet House

Monument

Barton Road

The Green

Bridgewater Canal

Worsley Road

Sindsley Brook

Remains of Worsley Railway Station

NCR 55

Worsley

Golf Club

M60

Dukes Drive

B5211

Power Lines

Parrin Lane


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You can at this point step down to your right and

follow the track that takes you all the way up onto

Worsley Road.

At this point go left, passing the lovely row of

cottages, before turning left into The Green.

This is yet another beautiful find, oozing in period

charm and elegance. From here continue down and

over to the bridge, taking in the view of the Packet

House. After a few minutes taking photos we cross

the main road and head back to the car park.

In all, this four mile walk is a real find. Not your

average Jack’s Tracks outing, but nonetheless a

worthy addition to our series. On a perfect sunny

day, it would be an excellent stroll. But even during

the worst of winter’s offerings, you could do a lot

worse than Worsley.

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and

footwear while walking. While every care has been

taken to ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the

publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and

hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or

damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from

negligence, accident or other cause.

Worsley Green

Although a picture postcard these days, it wasn’t

always the case at Worsley Green. Until the early 1900s,

it was Worsley Yard, the centre of an industrial complex

that became busier with the advent of the Bridgewater

Canal. It included a boat building yard, motor mill,

timber yard, nail makers, wheelwrights, basket-makers

and a warehouse. It is still possible to see the imprints

in the grass where railway sidings ran.

On the Green is a monument to Francis, 3rd Duke of

Bridgewater, known as “The Canal Duke”. This was

constructed from the base of the Work’s Yard chimney.

It was originally a fountain and the base carries a Latin

inscription, which reads: “A lofty column breathing

smoke and fire. Did I the builder’s glory once aspire.

Whose founder was that Duke who far and wide. Bridged

water through Bridgewater’s countryside.”

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cushions (we ladies love our cushions) can instantly

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you want to show it off.

Well its the same with gardens. The number of

people I meet in my travels who tell me that their

garden has looked like that for twenty years - and

no wonder they’ve stopped using it and just mow

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A garden does not need a complete makeover to

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• Change the shape of your lawn – this is an instant

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• Create a herb garden with your favourite culinary

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• Take out a few of your existing plants and buy

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You can give your old plants away to neighbours,

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• Enhance your seating area with new paving, or

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• Screen the ugly shed in the corner and the

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new Audi Q2 are good. Like all Audis, it

manages to stand out, even if it doesn’t try anything

spectacular design-wise. In the more daring ‘Vegas

Yellow’, it makes quite a visual impact though, and

is unmistakeably Audi in appearance. The large

grill and muscular body

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contrast C-pillar which –

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silver. Sadly, on the

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almost identical to that which you’d find in the A3

hatchback. That’s no bad thing though, as Audi

makes some of the most pleasant interior spaces on

the market today, and feels decidedly upmarket if

it’s kitted out with a range of technology options,

such as the virtual cockpit.


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We tested the Audi Q2 in 150PS 1.4-litre petrol

guise. It provides plenty enough power for all types

of road, being capable of overtaking on motorways

and A-roads, yet remaining suitably quiet when

pottering through towns and villages. If your annual

mileage is quite low, this is a fine engine to go for,

as you’re unlikely to need anything more than this.

While the engine is quiet, the S-Tronic automatic

gearbox is a little jumpy at low speeds, and tends

to put too much torque through the wheels when

trying to move off. This results in some minor

wheel-spin. The S-Tronic unit has never quite been

up to the high level of BMW’s eight-speed unit, but

it is far from a bad gearbox, and, when up to speed,

works quickly and seamlessly.

Our petrol test car was the S-Line, fitted with

sports suspension and larger alloy wheels, and we

found it to be slightly too firm for our liking. Being

a ‘Q’, you get into it expecting a smooth ride, but

you get something more like a firm hatchback

than a compact SUV. We suspect Audi’s excellent

seating helps offset this a little. If the trade-off was

entertaining cornering and impressive dynamics,

we’d be content, but it isn’t exactly fun to drive

either.

Fast Facts

0-62 mph: 8.5 secs

• Combined mpg: 52.3

• Engine layout: 1395cc 4-cylinder turbo petrol

• Max. power (PS): 150

• CO2: 123 g/km

• Price: £27,730

The steering is rather numb and it doesn’t feel

particularly settled going quicker around corners,

though it doesn’t feel out of its comfort zone either.

Audi was keen to point out that it doesn’t skimp on

technology with the new Q2; it uses the same tech

in the fresh compact SUV as it does in its higherend

products, like the TT sports car or Q7 SUV. The

stunning virtual cockpit is an option once again,

and you can also get such goodies, such as adaptive

cruise control, heated seats, a power operated

boot, and Audi’s parking assistance system. The

problem is, almost these luxuries cost extra. Audi

has made a big deal about the new Q2 starting at


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astonishing amount of money.

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Mobile car valeting

Tel: 07803 053 715

e: cjvalet@yahoo.co.uk

www.cjvaleting.net

Rainford

Service and MOT Centre

FREE PICK UP!

Treat your car

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Free pick

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Interim service and MOT

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Mobile - 07918 138 231

£5 off

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Offer valid on production of this voucher

Any make or model welcome

Rainford

Service and MOT Centre

Part of SGN Autos Ltd


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Home Services

Decorators,

plumbers, builders...

CALL PAUL

LOCKSMITHS

ESTABLISHED 2000

• UPVC & WOODEN DOOR SPECIALIST

• Emergency Door Opening

• UPVC Door Lock Repairs

• UPVC Door Lock Changes

• UPVC Door Lock Upgrades

• Wood Door Lock Changes

• All Work Guaranteed

A Registered Insured NCFE Certified Company

Call Paul for a

Fast, Reliable, Professional Service

GARAGE DOOR

REPAIRS

All GARAGE DOORS REPAIRED :

Springs, Cables, Locks, Rollers etc.

Doors of all ages repaired

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Strawberry Cottage, Pimbo Road, St.Helens WN8 9QL

TV Aerials installed & repaired

Sky, Freesat, Talk Talk & BT

Setup Service

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Tv Wall mounting & CCTV

Ring Paul on www.wiganaerials.com

01942 514532 - 07709 490095

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01744 526 589

MOBILE

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Our Focus Is

Quality & Price

LOCAL FAMILY

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All aspects

of Building &

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Rooflines

References Available

From a Loose

Slate to a

Complete

Construction

Extensions &

Alterations Specialists

Call us on... 01744 600074

Mobile: 07867 592460

13 Hawes Ave, Carr Mill, WA11 7EA

• WILSON BROS •

Est. 1985

Roofing & Roofline Specialists

• All aspects of maintenance & repair

• Fascia & soffit installation

• Guttering and felting services

Call us now for a free estimate

01695 633173

Colin: 07958 302 166

Brian: 07760 160 988

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Decorating, Building, Gates supplied & fitted

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• House Extensions

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Extension, loft/garage conversions, UPVC windows & doors,

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windows, all general roof repairs

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M H Roofing Ltd

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No job too small

• High Performance Felt Flat Roof Systems

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• Slating and Tiling full roofs

• Poiniting and Guttering • Fascia Boards

Call 01744 884117

or 07702 693225

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Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

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Established in 1984 as an emergency glazing service, today Dennis Goulding has grown and moved

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embraced the latest changes in energy efficiency regulations, and still remain a local family business that

cares and takes pride in what we do. We don’t employ pushy salesmen, but pride ourselves on working

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every step of the way and on that you have my word! Stuart Goulding

Don’t forget, we also offer all of these services daily...

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Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

Open Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00 noon

www.dglwindows.co.uk

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Standish

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Open:

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A49

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

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Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

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and we’ l provide you with a

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Visit our showr om at

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o f Miry Lane,

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WN6 7TP

or

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Chamberlayne’s

Cleaning Services

as seen

ON TV

Unlimited Hours, Any Area,

Trained, Insured, DBS Checked,

ID Carried & Uniformed Staff

Tel: 0330 133 0451

Part of The Chamberlayne Group.

UPVC CLEANING

• Windows, Fascias, Gutters etc.

CONSERVATORIES

• Exterior & Interior (Cleaning)

JETWASHING

• Driveways & Patios etc.

EXTERIOR PAINTING

• Fascias, Rendered Walls etc.

£10 an hour

20%

OFF

Ovenclean will transform your oven and

put the sparkle back into your kitchen!

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• Grills

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• BBQ’s

• Hobs

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• Microwaves

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Telephone:

07881 816839

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Nails

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now £15

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Sunbeds

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Natalies @ Studio 84

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Telephone: 07814 619 400

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM

Closed Thursday & Sunday

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Solar Thermal

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Car Health Check

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Resin Driveways

20%

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Discount

Offer ends 31st March 2017

Tarmac Driveways

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MARDEC

Painters & Decorators

Internal and external work

Domestic or commercial

jobs welcomed

Free inspirational

advice & quotes

No job too small

A.J.Davies Est.1991

Painter & Decorator

Paper Hanging a Speciality

Friendly & Very Reliable Service

Both Domestic & Commercial

Trading for over 26 years

Call Adam on 01744 755 005

e-mail ajdaviesdecorator@hotmail.co.uk

S. Taylor

Decorators

All aspects of decorating undertaken

Call Scott on

01942 209 031 / 07713 912764

18 Station Road, Garswood, WN4 0SA

Established 1992

01744 894 431

07931 282 896

01744 602931 or 07756 274503

7 Albany Avenue, Eccleston Park, L34 2QN

Domestic + Commercial

Boiler + Central Heating

Installs, Servicing + Repairs

Extended warranties available

24 Hour Call-out

Brand New Bathrooms

Freephone 0300 3030121

Dave 07769 942218 / Matt 07969 183809

21, Naburn Drive, Orrell, WN5 8SB

Email: info@orrellheating.co.uk

www.orrellheating.co.uk

506515

Specialists in boiler installations, repair & maintenance

All work fully warranted

Email ops@hotmail.co.uk

Book a boiler health check for £65

& get a carbon monoxide

alarm (RRP £29) FREE!

Call the team on

01744 892437


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