Local Life - Wigan - July 2017

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Wigan Edition July 2017

Willy’s Up Holland

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Perils &

Pitfalls

It’s that time of year when parents can all breathe

a sigh of relief. Exams are all but over and normal

service has resumed. Give yourself a pat on the back

if you’ve managed to guide your teenagers through

the emotional stress that routinely accompany

GCSE’s, AS Levels and A levels, and you’re still

actually on speaking terms with them.

For those of you who resorted to bribery,

threatening behaviour, confiscation of mobiles or

water-boarding etc, it would be a good idea to make

peace sooner rather than later. It’s well known that

a surly hormonal teenager hell-bent on retribution

can ruin your life quicker than you can say ‘European

Court of Human Rights’.

Seriously though, parenthood is a series of

challenges. The next one up is dealing with the perils

and pitfalls of the school Sports Day. This challenge

is a complex one and includes Dressing; not scruffy

or too smartly, Parents’ Race; come in last and you’re

history, but don’t win either because that would be

showing off, Cheering; under no circumstances is

this permitted, instead a nod, a wink and a furtive

thumbs up is acceptable, and finally At The End;

approaching your child and congratulating or

commiserating his or her friends is strictly verboten.

Instead retreat to a safe distance and wait to be

summoned to provide transportation home.

Admit it; I’ve got you worried now! Never mind, it’ll

soon be the holidays!

Have a great summer

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk


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In this issue

Get carried

away

20

Educating

Willy

Regulars

39 Class from the past

44 Puzzle Corner

72 Jack’s Tracks

Sections

6 Property

46 Health

50 Events2Go

56 Travel

60 Legal & Finance

81 Garden Diary

76 Test Drive

98 The Lump

62 Business View

66 Food & Drink

80 Pets

81 Gardening

86 Home Services

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Family first at

mealtimes

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Jack’s Tracks visits

Penwortham

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Test Drive

Ford Grand

C-Max

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Next issue - August 2017

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Green Belt bid ‘reviewed’

Plans to rewrite a controversial Green

Belt building blueprint are underway

- with fresh consultation due this

autumn.

Wigan Council’s planners have confirmed they are

assessing sites in the borough include The Bell in

Orrell and at Junction 25 at Winstanley/Bryn.

It comes after the new Mayor of Greater Manchester,

Andy Burnham, ordered a ‘radical rewrite’ of the

document.

Under the original scheme, both pieces of land

were earmarked for development. However, even

before Mayor Burnham took office in May, he had

signalled that the project could be shaken up

following protests across the area.

Marie Bintley, assistant director for growth and

housing at Wigan Council, told Local Life: “All

evidence and representations submitted for

the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is

currently being reviewed. Following the Mayor’s

announcement a clear time frame has yet to

emerge but we anticipate a further draft will be

subject to consultations in autumn this year.”


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Race storm hits council

A Billinge councillor who asked a

local resident of Indian descent: “Do

you actually live here?” has been

censured by watchdogs.

Terry McEvoy was accused of using “racist, abusive

and intolerant behaviour” as well as telling residents

to “shut up”.

His colleague Paul Roberts was said to have been

“acting as a bouncer” and allegedly threatened a

member of the public by saying: “Don’t speak again;

if you do I’ll take the legs from under you.” Cllr

Roberts was also alleged to have tried to “bribe” a

resident after a parish council meeting by offering

to secure an allotment for her in Garswood if she did

not attend future meetings. It was further claimed

he made a threat of physical violence towards the

complainant.

Both men denied the catalogue of allegations

against them.

St Helens Council’s Standards Committee heard that

the complaints were made by residents following

a series of ill-tempered Billinge Chapel End Parish

Council meetings last year where controversial

plans for a play area at Douglas Avenue were

discussed. A report alleged that Cllr McEvoy, who

was chairman at

the time, asked a

resident, who was

said to be the only

ethnic minority

person in the room

at the time: “Do you

actually live here?”

Cllr McEvoy, who

addressed the

committee, denied

his question was

racist, saying that he

asked the question

about residency

because the council

had received

information that the

Cllr Terry McEvoy

person in question only lived in the property for

part of the year. He added: “I don’t have a racist

bone in my body. I deny both allegations, especially

the racism one. I can’t live with that. Two members

of my family are married to an ethnic minority.”

Cllr Paul Roberts, who has since took over from Cllr

McEvoy as parish council chairman, denied he’d

acted in a bullying manner. He told the hearing he’d


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asked people to leave in a respectful manner from a

‘neutral’ part of the room: “My motive was to restore

public order. I hold my hands up and say I possibly

shouldn’t have intervened. I recognise that after the

event and have learned from it.”

When quizzed about the bribery allegations, Cllr

Roberts defended himself by saying: “There’s some

allotments in a neighbouring parish and I offered

to make enquiries I won’t go in the background

of evictions etc but I mentioned them as a way of

helping.”

He added he now wanted to “draw a line under this,

shake hands and go on to a better future.”

In delivering the Standards Committee’s verdict,

chairman Cllr Keith Roberts said that Cllrs McEvoy

and Roberts had breached the Code of Conduct.

They were “strongly

advised” to each write

a letter of apology

to the relevant

complainants.

committee

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also

recommended that all

members of Billinge

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Council attend Code

of Conduct training,

including Equality Act

issues. Cllrs McEvoy

and Roberts refused

to comment as they

left the hearing at St

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New chapter for library

Up Holland Library is set to have its

future secured despite being given

the chop last year.

Talks are taking place over the facilities on Alma

Hill after Conservatives won the Lancashire County

Council elections in May.

They had stood on a manifesto platform of

reopening libraries which had been shut by the

previous Labour administration.

Up Holland was one of several libraries which have

been mothballed.

Bosses say the pledge will be honoured, however

the process of reopening libraries is a huge piece of

work which will inevitably take some time.

Julie Bell, head of Lancashire County Council’s

libraries, museums, culture and registration service,

said: “We are currently looking at the practicalities

of when it will be possible to reopen each

individual library building. We’ll also be talking to

the community groups where libraries have been

handed over to them to run, to see how they wish

to proceed.

“Our intention is to reopen buildings as soon as

possible, but there are a number of practical factors

to consider, which may include reconnecting

utilities, recruiting staff or replacing stock.

“A report will go to Cabinet to consider at the

earliest opportunity.”

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Raise your profile

Community groups are being offered the chance

to raise their profile in Wigan town centre. Wigan

Rotary’s 2017 Community Day is being held

on Saturday, July 8. The annual event is a free

opportunity to raise the profile of the community

group or charity you’re involved with.

Groups can raise funds, recruit new members and

volunteers, provide information and advice or sell

merchandise on the day.

The Rotary Club has obtained the necessary licences

for community groups and charities. Groups will be

allocated a nine foot frontage for the day.

To book a stall there will be a £10 refundable cheque

deposit (made payable to the Rotary Club of Wigan)

which needs to be sent to Rotary Club of Wigan, 18

Spencer Road West, Wigan WN6 7HP. Any queries

ring Mervyn Reeves on 01942 242950 or email him

at mervyn.reeves@blueyonder.co.uk

Rounders players

A newly-formed sports club is looking for women

players. Orrell and Winstanley Rounders Club meets

on Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm, at Winstanley College,

Winstanley Road. The cost is £2 a week and it’s

available for girls and women from the ages of 14

and upwards. There’s no need to book - simply turn

up and play. For more information, email a.leyland@

wlct.org or call 01942 828420.

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The role would suit a recently qualified graduate who

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The closing date is 09/07/17 although an

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£750 raised for charity

Orrell & District Townswomen’s Guild has thanked all

members and friends who supported their afternoon

tea held in St Luke’s Church Hall. A spokeswoman

said: “Special thanks to H. Greaves and Son Butchers

of Up Holland, who supplied the sandwich fillings,

and Hill’s Florists from Orrell Post who supplied a

floral display for the raffle. The event raised around

£750 for our chosen charity, BloodWise.”


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Follow your Instinct for Joseph’s Goal...

A big-hearted Winstanley author is donating the

profits from his latest book to the Joseph’s Goal

charity. Alan Rogers’ novel, Final Instinct, is the third

instalment from the former St John Rigby student,

who grew up on Linden Street, Pemberton.

He hopes it’ll raise some valuable funds to help find

a cure for Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH), the

rare condition which Wigan lad Joseph suffers from.

Alan told Local Life: “It’s an attempt to explain NKH

to a wider audience so I’ve put Joe’s moving story

at the centre of a madcap piece of fiction. A ladies

choir is created in a fictional Lancashire town – and

the charity they have chosen to support is Joseph’s

Goal. This is the story of the choir members, their

friends and families. The action moves from

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Pittsburgh.

“Emma Kendrick, Joe’s mother, wrote a chapter

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Fashion

Get carried

away

by Katie Wright

With more and more collections landing

in stores every week, now’s the time to

start excitedly compiling those new season fashion

wish lists - and on the accessories front, the spring/

summer trends offer some seriously desirable bags.

Whether you’re after a roomy handbag to tote

around daily, or a little sparkly something for

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Cath Kidston’s excellently

named ‘Love Handles’

collection lets you be the

handbag designer, offering

three saddle bags (navy, grey

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£60k needed for tribute

This is what a new monument to

Wigan’s industrial past could look like.

A campaign to commemorate to the town’s mining

heritage has got off to a flying start.

Over £40,000 has been pledged towards the

monument appeal, and council bosses have agreed

to a place where it could be located.

Wigan Heritage and Mining Monument (WHAMM)

members believe the town’s industrial past has, up

until this point, largely been forgotten. But they’re

delighted that moves are now afoot to rectify this.

Neil Cain, one of the campaign volunteers, told Local

Life: “We had a successful grand launch which raised

over £1,000. Wigan councillors, led by deputy leader

David Molyneux, donated £3,500 funded from the

Brighter Borough Fund, with a further £3,500 coming

from Makerfield councillors.

“The Earl of Crawford donated £1000 and the Heinz

branch of Unite gave us a sizeable donation. The

total now stands at over £40,000. We still need to

raise a further £60,000 and urge Wiganers to get

behind the campaign.”

Neil added that a sculptor has been chosen and a

site has been granted by Wigan Council on College

Avenue, between the town hall and the Life offices

building.

“We’ve now had an initial, small scale working wax

model that will serve as a discussion piece and can

be adjusted prior to a bronze statue being produced.”

Records show that coal was being mined in the

district as early as the 14th century. It has even

been suggested that Romans made use of coal they

found in the area. Over 750 million tons of coal were

extracted from over one thousand pits in the area.

Group chairman Shelia Ramsdale told Local Life: “This

is something I’ve been raising for a number of years

now. It seems the powers that be have, perhaps in

the past, wanted to move on from the mining image

of the town. But other areas have

monuments and we feel it’s time

Wigan had one as well.”

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Cafe and shop opening

The new Strawbale Cafe and Farm

shop at Greenslate Community Farm

on Tracks Lane in Billinge is almost

complete.

The volunteer-created eco build will house

Greenslate’s own farm shop, selling organically

grown produce fresh from the field as well as

serving up hearty meals in their café. The café

and shop will be run during the week day by their

dedicated Care Farm Team who support adults with

additional needs to gain valuable employment

skills. From September, the Saturday Breakfast

Community Fundraisers will be held every week

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classrooms and a Community Kitchen to host

workshops and community groups.

The Grand Opening is on Sunday, July 16, from 10am

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Educating Willy

The celebrated playwright talks to David Sudworth about his Up

Holland links and a new-found love of painting

From humble beginnings, he’s now one of the country’s most celebrated

playwrights. His shows have been staged all across the world, and Hollywood

stars have played characters he created.

But even Willy Russell, whose dad actually hailed from Up Holland, admits that he

got first night nerves when an exhibition of his artwork opened recently.

For Willy, who turns 70 soon, this is fairly new territory. He only picked a brush up 10

years ago, and since then he’s become a student again. For a man who freely admits

that he “hated school and school hated me,” the irony is not lost on him.

But there was part of him which didn’t want his paintings on public display.

“I did think at first that I wanted this to be just for me. But then I started thinking

whether it was a bit self-indulgent of me not to share it.


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“I knew that it would be seen through the gauze

of everything that I’ve done before. “But famous

people - Bob Dylan, Noel Coward, Beryl Bainbridge

to name a few - have painted and exhibited before.

And also, as you get older, you get a thicker skin.

“In my early days, I’d read the newspaper reviews.

That’s because not only is it a chance to review your

art, but it would give an indication about the future

of a play. I wouldn’t write plays for the West End,

I’d write them for specific theatres. So for Shirley

Valentine, it was for The Everyman in Liverpool.

“I remember one critic in the London Evening

Standard kicking seven shades of s**** out of

Educating Rita, so I thought that would be the

end of it. Then that weekend, a Sunday national

newspaper absolutely raved about it.

“The only thing you’ll be

drawing is the dole”

“If it hadn’t been for that review, I may not be

speaking here now speaking to you.”

Fortunately, Educating Rita did go on to be an on

to be an outstanding success. But there were few

signs in Willy’s childhood that he’d be treading this

sort of path,

Born on August 23, 1947, his official biography says

he is from Whiston. However, that is only a partial

truth.

“I was born in Whiston Hospital but when you’re

asked where you were born, it really means where

you grew up.

Julie Walters and Michael Caine in Educating Rita

had gone to work in Canada but while he was away,

I’d become ill. I get something called nephritis

which is nothing today but back then, it was serious

and I was in hospital. During that time, my mum got

ill with pleurisy so my father came back. He said he

came back to look after the family, but my mum

said it was because he couldn’t hack it in Canada.

The truth is probably somewhere in between the

two.”

Being one of the youngest in his year and school,

and his time in hospital, meant that Willy’s education

suffered. He went to several schools, including

Knowsley Maypole Primary, Woolfall Secondary

Modern and, aged 15, he moved to Rainford High.

“I was in the same year group as people who were

12 months older than me. So although I was tall, I

wasn’t as developed in other ways. Teachers used to

say ‘are you thick Russell?’

“I was kicked out of art class and told the only thing

I’d be drawing was the dole, and that’s if I was lucky.

“I went to Rainford because I was caned so many

“I lived on Dee Road in Rainhill. But at

that time, Rainhill was synonymous with

the psychiatric hospital, so my mates

who lived there said they were from

Whiston,” he laughs.

The family lived in Rainhill until Willy

was five years old, by which time they’d

moved to Knowsley Village.

“I’m not quite sure of the actual reason.

My father, who came from Up Holland,


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times for even the slightest misdemeanours. My

legs were cut to pieces. These days, it would have

been a major newspaper scandal but back then, it

just happened.”

It was while at Rainford, during a Silent Reading

session, that Willy started to understand the power

of words: “I looked up from the novel I was reading,

realised that I was in state of serenity, and thought:

“I want to create the same feeling in others”. At the

same time, I thought: “What a ludicrous idea. You

are destined for the bottle factory.”

It was also at Rainford that he first heard Shirley

Valentine, as it was the name of a girl in his class.

Years later, Pauline Collins would portray her as a

bored housewife whose life takes a dramatic turns

when she unexpectedly wins a holiday to Greece.

Having left school with one O-Level in English

language, he became a ladies’ hairdresser. However,

he continued to fulfil his creative ambitions by

becoming a part-time singer/songwriter.

“Even to this day, people come up and ask me

who did the music for Blood Brothers. And they’re

amazed when I say it was me!” he smiles.

Aged 21, he decided to try and reclaim the years

of education he’d lost as a child by going back to

college, and training as a teacher.

Pauline Collins and Bernard Hill in the film version

While studying, Willy began writing drama and, in

1972, took a programme of three one-act plays to

the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they were seen

by writer John McGrath.

Suitably impressed by what he saw, McGrath

recommended Willy to the Liverpool Everyman

Theatre who in turn commissioned the adaptation,

When The Reds… - Willy’s first professional work for

theatre.

It was a couple of years later, in 1974, that Willy’s

first big hit came with Beatles musical John, Paul,

George, Ringo … and Bert.

of Shirley Valentine

“I can’t abide mass-male

banter...”

Commissioned by the Liverpool Everyman, it ran

for a then unprecedented eight weeks before

transferring to the West End.

Other hits followed, including Our Day Out (1976)

and Stags and Hens (1978). But it was the film

versions of Educating Rita and, later on, Shirley

Valentine, that his work was propelled to a much

wider audience.

It’s been noted many times how he draws on

his own past when creating characters. His own

personal characteristics, such as his loathing of

communal, male banter, also feeds into this.

Willy Russell promoting his 1974 play John, Paul,

George, Ringo … and Bert

“I really can’t abide groups of men together.

As individuals, they are fine but when they’re

together, all the banter starts and they change their


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“At school, I was told I didn’t have any sort of talent for painting... and I believed it”

behaviour. It usually starts with things like ‘So what

road did you take to get here then?’

“It’s almost as if they’re competing between

themselves to find the lowest common

denominator as quickly as possible.”

45 years on from his initial play and Willy’s body

of work has cemented his reputation, alongside

the likes of Alan Bennett and fellow Liverpudlian

Alan Bleasdale, as one of the UK’s most celebrated

playwrights.

Despite his fame, Willy has chosen to be based in his

home region - living in a cottage in Woolton, south

Liverpool, with his office based in Canning Street, in

the city centre.

His foray into painting came around 10 years ago

when, while at his holiday home in Portugal, he

started ‘doodling’ on a pad which the children had

been using earlier that day.

“At school, I was told I didn’t have any sort of talent

for painting, and I believed it.

“Even when I was a young adult, people would ask

me for input into posters for my plays but I would

just say that I’m no good at any of that stuff.

“I enrolled in art classes and it was lovely just

being a student of art, learning something new. It

was especially nice for me because when you’re a

writer, people like directors, actors and so on are

always looking to you to provide the answer. Being

a student meant that someone else had to provide

the answers other than me.”

“I’d see Rita as a fellow

journeyman”

The parallels between Willy’s thirst for education as

an adult and the plot for Educating Rita are striking.

Would Rita be proud of Willy for, like her, giving

education another go?

“That’s an interesting way of looking at it. I’ve

always been at heart and enquiring sort of person

and enjoy studying people.

“I’d see Rita as a fellow journeyman. Yeah, we’d

probably get on well...”

Willy Russell: Another Aspect is at Kirkby Gallery,

Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY, until September 2.

Opening times are: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

and Saturday 10am to 1pm.


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Viv says ‘adiós’ in style

A retiring language teacher at

Winstanley College has been

honoured for her outstanding

contribution to local education.

Viv Hawksworth, who has taught Spanish for over

37 years, was nominated for the National Union of

Teachers (NUT) award by her friend and colleague

Isabel Jiminez.

The judges were impressed to hear of Viv’s

dedication to Winstanley College, having never

taught anywhere else.

Viv was presented the award at a ceremony at The

Bellingham Hotel in Wigan. Making the award even

more poignant is that Viv is just two months away

from her retirement.

She said: “It is a fabulous time to receive the award;

it feels like I have some recognition and thanks for

all the years which is just lovely.”

Four decades of feasts

A cook who has been at the same

primary school since it opened over

40 years ago is to have a building

named after her.

Former Wigan & Leigh College student Gilliian

Magee, 62, worked in the canteen at Parsons Walk

and then at Byrchall High before arriving at Nicol

Mere in Ashton in May 1976.

She now has one of the buildings at Nicol Mere

named after her, in recognition of her long service.

Gillian, who reckons she’s served up over 100,00

meals in that time, told Local Life: “I love it here. I

know all the kids and in some cases I know their

parents or grandparents because I served them

as well!.” We’ve had children come here from right

across the area so I’m used to bumping into people

wherever I go!”

“I never set out to be here all this time but I wouldn’t

change it for the world. I’m fortunate that I actually

love my job, and am proud of what I do.”


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Class from the past

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Saturday Breakfast Community

Fundraisers, the pop up café

initiative held at St Luke’s Church

Hall in Orrell, closes for the summer

period after the breakfast service on

Saturday, June 24. The fundraising

group are allocating £3,000 from

their profits so far in 2017 towards

community projects in Orrell and

Billinge. Local individuals and

community groups are invited

to bid for projects in Orrell and

Billinge with priority status given to

bids for community events, youth,

environment and education. The closing date for

bids is August 31, 2017 and the entire volunteer

team will meet in September to determine the

successful bids.

If you’d like a bidding form, please email Michael

Winstanley at mwinstanleym@aol.com or you can

collect a form from the Local Life offices at Unit 8,

Hewitt Business Park on Winstanley Road in Billinge.


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As from September, the Saturday Breakfast

operation will be moving to the Strawbale Café at

Greenslate Farm in Billinge. Volunteer duty cook

Chris Pearce explained: “Due to demand, we have

often struggled to cope in the kitchen at St Luke’s

and service has sometimes been slower than what

our customers would like. The Strawbale Café has a

purpose built commercial kitchen which will mean

that customers can expect freshly cooked quality

food quickly. The space in the new kitchen will

also mean that it will also be much easier to train

volunteers, there are many other attractions at

Greenslate and we’re really looking forward to the

move”.

If you’d like to join the volunteer team at Saturday

Breakfast, email Jenny at small_hours@hotmail.co.uk

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Students speak up

St Peter’s students are

among the most wellversed

in the area -

and that’s official!

They came top in Wigan Rotary

Club’s

competition.

2017 Youth Speaks

District finals were held at

St John Rigby College, and

St Peter’s Intermediate team

won their section with their

presentation of the benefits and dangers of social

media and ways in which to use this to its best.

In the Senior Section, St Peter’s Team came second

with their presentation entitled “It’s a paper clip -

but not as we know it”. Each team consisted of a

Chairperson, a Speaker and a Proposer of the Vote

of Thanks. A selected Rotarian asked questions of

the Speaker after the presentation. Both the teams

progressed to the Regional Final which was held in

Darwen, where they came second.

To recognise their achievements, they visited

Wigan Town Hall recently to deliver their winning

speeches to an audience of Rotarians who

organised the event alongside their teacher and

coach Mrs Keulemans.

Planning Matters

Pemberton

Unit C1, New Venture Business Park, Leopold

Street : Proposed change of use to childrens’ play

centre. (ref: A/17/83996/CU).

Winstanley

Hope School, Kelvin Grove: Plan to erect

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match each of the maps to the cartographer,

subject matter, publication year and price?

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Health & Fitness

Glandular fever

By Abi Jackson

Nobody likes a sore throat, and some can be particularly painful, especially

when accompanied by horribly swollen glands and a raging fever - which

can be tell-tale signs of dreaded glandular fever.

Caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), most people will be exposed to it during their

lifetime - often during early childhood, when it might cause minimal symptoms, or

even go totally unnoticed, and the body builds up immunity to it.

This isn’t always the case though, and some - particularly teens and young adults -

catch it later and experience a nasty bout of illness.

Here are eight things everybody should know about glandular fever...

You don’t just catch it from kissing

It may be commonly known as the ‘kissing disease’, but

that doesn’t mean you only catch it from locking lips with

somebody who’s infected. “It’s mainly spread through saliva,

so kissing, coughing, sneezing, and sharing a glass or cutlery,

are the easiest ways to catch the virus,” says Dr Louise Read,

a GP and advisor to Dr Morton’s - the medical helpline. “It is,

however, less easy to catch than the common cold.”

It can make you feel really unwell

Symptoms typically include swollen glands, a high temperature/

fever, a horribly sore throat and fatigue. How severe these things

are can vary from person to person, but it

can make you really poorly.

But you probably won’t know you’ve

caught it immediately

“The incubation period is four to eight

weeks,” Dr Read explains of the time frame

between catching the infection and getting

unwell. “Symptoms usually settle after two

to three weeks, but can last for many weeks or

months,” she adds.


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The fatigue can linger

“The tiredness associated with glandular fever can

last for several months. Up to 50% of people with

glandular fever can feel like this. Frustratingly,

the reasons for this are not known,” says Read. “It

affects people in different ways; teenagers often

have a tricky time as they’re already dealing with

the affects of puberty, exams and changes in their

social relationships. Interestingly, 10% of people

diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome have had

glandular fever previously.”

You’ll need to take it very easy

Though complete bed rest isn’t generally

recommended these days (this can actually slow

the recovery process), children and teens will

need some time off school, and adults will need

some time off work to get some decent rest - and

then ease back into normal activities gently while

your energy returns. Staying well-hydrated is also

important, “because the body needs more liquid

when it has a fever,” explains Read, along with good

nourishment and general TLC. Avoiding alcohol is

also advised, due to a greater risk of liver damage

while your body’s fighting the infection.

But you probably won’t need a prescription

“Antibiotics are usually not needed,” says Read, as


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they’re used to treat bacterial infections, not viruses.

However, if you develop a secondary problem such

as a bacterial throat or lung infection, they may

be required. Paracetamol and ibuprofen can help

relieve pain and fever, and gargling with a warm

salt-water solution can help sore throats. “Infections

like pneumonia are recognised complications, but

are fairly rare,” says Read.

Other serious complications can occur

“About half of people with glandular fever get

a swollen spleen, while one in 750 will end up

in hospital with a ruptured (burst) spleen,” says

Read. “For this reason, people are advised to avoid

strenuous exercise for three to four weeks until

their spleen has returned to normal size. Other

complications, like problems with the nerves, are

also rare, affecting about one in 100 people with

glandular fever.” A severely swollen throat can also

result in difficulty swallowing for some people, who

may end up needing a short stay in hospital.

You’ll need to take steps to avoid it spreading

Once you’ve got symptoms and while they settle, it’s

sensible to take steps to avoid spreading the virus

(like you’d do with a cold or flu; not sharing drinks,

washing your hands or using a hand sanitizer as

required, etc). However, as Read notes, most people

will already have been exposed to the virus at some

point in their lives, or be carriers. Plus “15-20% of

people will feel well but continue to spread the

virus. The virus can reactivate in them but not cause

any illness. This is bad news for people around them

who can catch it”.


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Willy Russell: Another Aspect

Tuesday, May 9 – Saturday, Sept 2, 9am – 5pm

Following his successful exhibition in Kirkby Gallery in

2015, Willy Russell is returning this time to show an

entirely new side to his creative portfolio.

The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Knowsley,

L32 8XY. Contact: tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk

Angie Barker’s Open Garden

Sunday, June 25, 11am – 4pm

Come and visit the garden of Local Life’s Garden

Design Guru, Angie Barker. Angie’s garden is open

to the public throughout the day, entry is £3.50 and

children go free. There will also be tea, coffee and cake

available as you enjoy the wander around her garden.

All proceeds from the day go to the National Garden

Scheme which supports the cancer nursing charities.

40 Acreswood Avenue, Hindley Green, Wigan,

WN2 4NJ. Contact: 01942 522405

Haigh Foodie Friday

Friday, June 30, 6pm – 10pm

It proved so popular again last time that they have

added even more vendors so there’s even more

fabulous food on offer. So get the date in your

diary and come and enjoy great food, drink and

entertainment (DJ/Live music) in these beautiful

surroundings. Fun and family friendly - children’s play

area open until dusk, Adventure Golf is open too (last

entry 7.30pm).

Haigh Hall Country Park, School Ln, Wigan WN2

1PE. Contact: facebook.com/haighwoodlandpark

Blackrod Scarecrow Festival

Saturday, July 1 – Sunday, July 2, 10am – 7pm

Displays will appear from 10am until 7pm each day.

Programmes are just £2 and contain full details

of where the scarecrows are, where to get food,

photographic competition details and what events

are happening throughout the weekend.

Blackrod Village, Greater Manchester BL6 5EN.

Contact: 01204 691575

Wigan Bike Ride

Sunday, July 2, 9.30am

There will be two rides (a 5 Mile Family Ride and

a 50 Mile Ride) both starting and finishing at the

picturesque Mesnes Park. Register now!

For full details visit: wiganbikeride.co.uk

Summer Fair

Saturday, July 1, Noon – 4pm

Orrell Book-Cycle are holding their annual Summer

Fair, with a variety of arts and crafts stalls, a barbecue,

raffle, tombola and a giant slide for children.

Book Cycle, Buckley Street West, Wigan, WN6 7PQ.

Contact: 01942 665 646

Ladies Day

Wednesday, July 5 – Saturday, July 15, 7.30pm

This is an exuberant comedy about four likely lasses

from the Hull fish docks on a day trip to the races.

Wigan Little Theatre, Crompton Street, Wigan,

WN1 3SL. Contact: 01942 242561.


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Leigh Business Expo

Friday, July 7, 9am – 3pm

Be a part of Leigh’s fourth dedicated Business Expo. It

is a platform to showcase what the town has to offer.

Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh WN7 4JY.

Contact: leighbusinessexpo.co.uk

Parbold Village Show

Saturday, July 8, 1pm – 5.30pm

This year’s theme is ‘Down on the Farm’ and there will

be something for all the family, from rare breeds of

animals, donkey rides, bouncy castles, and more.

Alder Lane Playing Fields, Alder Lane, Parbold,

Wigan, WN8 7NL. Contact: parboldonline.info

Trinity Girls in Concert

Saturday, July 8, 7.30pm

Girls in Brass ‘ with guest soloist Sheona White (solo

horn with the famous Brighouse & Rastrick Band) –

her performances are not to be missed!

St Thomas Church, 18 Warrington Rd, Ashton-in-

Makerfield, WN4 9PL. Contact: 01942 718229

Community Day

Saturday, July 8, 8am – 4pm

Back for the fourth year! There will be a performance

area where jazz groups and talent from the local

community will be entertaining all day.

Standishgate, Wigan Town Centre. Contact: 01942

242950 or mervyn.reeves@blueyonder.co.uk

Glen Miller – A Dance Night

Saturday, July 8, 7.30pm

Enjoy a night of dance with refreshments being

included in the price. Tickets cost £8 available from

the Pensioners Link Office or from Spectrum Blinds.

St. Joseph’s Concert Hall, Chapel Street, Leigh,

WN7 2PR. Contact: 01942 621753

Picnic Brass

Sunday, July 9, 1pm – 3.15pm

Bring along your picnic, set your blanket on the

ground and enjoy the music of local brass bands.

Haigh Hall Country Park, School Ln, Wigan WN2

1PE. Contact: facebook.com/haighwoodlandpark

Tennis Open Day

Sunday, July 9, 11.30am – 3pm

Come and try your hand at tennis, with no charges

and free coaching available.

Bellingham Tennis Club, Bellingham Drive, Wigan

WN1 2NF. Contact: 01695 627866

Silent Film Showcase

Sunday, July 16, 7.30pm

These timeless films provide romantic nostalgia!

Make sure you reserve your free place now!

The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1

1NA. Contact: 01942 410499

As You Like It

Friday, July 21, 6pm – 9pm

Join the Handlebards all-female troupe for a

bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘As

You Like It’.

Haigh Hall Country Park, School Lane, Haigh WN2

1PE. Contact: handlebards.com/tickets

Tennis Club Open Weekend

Fri, July 21, 7.30pm & Sun, July 23, 1pm – 4pm

A weekend of Wimbledon themed events, with

Friday providing a Summer cocktail evening at the

clubhouse. Tickets are £5. Sunday is an open day,

which invites families to join in an afternoon of free

tennis and strawberries and cream.

Winstanley Tennis Club, Hall Lane, Orrell, Wigan

WN5 7XN. Contact: billdow@hotmail.com


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Community Festival

Saturday, July 22, 10am – 10pm

A day packed with family fun events inc bouncy

castles, full bar facilities, children’s face painting,

craft stalls, family barbecue. All this fun will coincide

with a rugby league 9s competition involving our

U14s and U15s teams.

Orrell St. James ARLFC, Bankes Avenue, Orrell,

WN5 8HU

Putting on the Glitz

Saturday, July 22, 6.45pm

You are invited to the charity event Putting on the

Glitz, with a three course meal, live music and a DJ.

Raise money for the Alzheimer’s society and enjoy a

night of entertainment. Tickets are £35 each.

DW Sports Fitness Lounge, Robin Park, Wigan, WN5

0UN. Contact: 07983 173906

More Than Words Summer Fair

Saturday, July 29, 11am – 3pm

More Than Words is a community interest company

based in Wigan. Their annual summer fair is being

held to help raise funds for their service. There are lots

of family friendly activities and stalls.

More Than Words Advocacy CIC, Pottery Terrace,

Off Pottery Road, Wigan, WN3 5DN. Contact:

louisemarsh.mtw@gmail.com

Summer Charity Ball

Saturday, July 29, 6pm – 11pm

Tickets are on sale for the Hands Up for Help Pink

Strawberries and Cream Summer Ball. Tickets are

£24.50 each or £200 for a table of 10. There‘ll be

musical acts, a three course meal, a live auction and

more.

Golborne Parkside Sports and Social Club,

Rivington Avenue, Golborne, WA3 3HG. Contact:

facebook.com/handsupforhelp

Table Tennis Taster

Saturday, July 29 – Sunday July 30

Wigan Table Tennis Club will hold their annual table

tennis event. Meet the coaches and learn how you can

join this family based club.

Grand Arcade Shopping Centre, 23 Crompton

Street, Wigan, WN1 1BH. Contact: wiganttc.co.uk

Star Night

Saturday, July 29, 7pm

Enjoy a night of entertainment. With the likes of

John Martin, Andie Dee and Magician Johnathan, it

ensures to be a fantastic night. Tickets are £5 with all

proceeds going to Derian House Children’s Hospice.

St James Social Club, Vicarage Rd, Orrell, Wigan

WN5 7AX. Contact: 01695 623902

Manchester Jazz Festival

Saturday, July 29 – Sunday, August 6

Manchester Jazz Festival is celebrated for its

diverse and inviting mix of musical cultures and its

adventurous approach to creative music-making.

Find out more at: manchesterjazz.com

Picnic Brass

Sunday, July 30, 1pm – 3.15pm

Bring along your picnic, set your blanket on the

ground and enjoy the music of local brass bands.

Haigh Hall Country Park, School Ln, Wigan WN2

1PE. Contact: facebook.com/haighwoodlandpark

Garden Party

Saturday, August 5, Noon – 4pm

Enjoy an afternoon of craft stalls, raffles, games and

a barbecue. Come down and enjoy the carnival

atmosphere. Admission is free.

Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Hindley,

Wigan, WN2 3HZ. Contact: 01942 525566


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STARNIGHT

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Summer Fair

Saturday, August 5, 11am – 3pm

Join Greenslate farm for their annual Summer Fair,

there will be fun for all the family and plenty of food

and drink, with stalls, entertainment and more.

Greenslate Community Farm Greenslate Road

Wigan, WN5 7BG. Contact: 01695 221950.

Wigan Pride

Saturday, August 12

Wigan Pride is back for 2017. This year we are going

gold to celebrate 50 years since the decriminalisation

of homosexuality in the UK.

Believe Square, The Wiend, Wigan WN1 1PF.

Contact: wiganpride.com

Leigh Community 10k

Sun, August 13, 8am (runners) 9.30am (spectators)

The first ever Leigh Community 10k has been launched

with people from across the region encouraged to

lace up their running shoes all in the name of Wigan

and Leigh Hospice. The race will be three laps of a

course around Leigh town centre.

Leigh Town Hall, Market Street, Leigh WN7 1DY.

Contact: leigh10k.co.uk

Grand Opening

Sunday, July 16, 10am – 2pm

Join in the celebrations of the opening of the new Cafe,

Farm Shop and community hub at Greenslate Farm!

The day is a celebration of all the wonderful volunteers

and local community members who have played a

part in building an amazing community resource.

With the offer of food, drink and entertainment, there

will also be their monthly Vintage Farmers Market.

Greenslate Community Farm Greenslate Road

Wigan, WN5 7BG. Contact: 01695 221950.

Southport Flower Show

Thursday, August 17 – Saturday, August 20

This year’s theme is The Curious Garden. Inspired by

a sense of mystery, wonder and curiosity – through

a twist, a turn and a secret door, what surprises will

you discover?

Southport Flower Show, Esplanade, Southport,

PR8 1RX. Email: info@southportflowershow.co.uk

Wigan Live Festival

Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20,

Wigan Live is a free festival hosted from many of the

venues in Wigan Town Centre, helping to build a

better community! To get the full ‘Wigan Live Festival

Experience’ we highly recommend that you try visiting

most of the venues. Think of it as a musical pub crawl

and you’ll be on your right track!

Various Venues throughout Wigan Town Centre.

Contact: wiganlivefestival.co.uk

The RHS Flower Show

Wed July 19 – Sun July 23, 10am – 6.30pm

Returning to the magnificent deer parkland of Tatton

Park, the 2017 RHS Flower Show offers an exciting

mix of gardening inspiration, spectacular summer

floral displays, delicious artisan food from specialist

producers and superb live entertainment.

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN.

Contact: www.rhs.org.uk/tatton

An Americana Music Festival

Sat, August 19 & Sun, August 20, Noon – Midnight

The festival really showcases the quality of acts in the

UK at the moment, whilst creating an opportunity

for all the family to have a weekend out to listen to

great music, eat great food and drink, as well as some

themed stalls and a child’s fun fair.

The Park Hotel, 625 Wigan Rd, Ashton-in-

Makerfield, Wigan WN4 0BY. Contact: seetickets.

com/event/an-americana-music-festival


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Wind in the Willows

Sunday, August 20, 3pm – 5pm

Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect

summer of adventure. What starts as a search for the

best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious

of escapades. With the bumptious Toad’s heart set

on a shiny new motorcar and his very liberty soon

at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue

– and will he let them? Alive with music and song,

this magical family show is presented in beautiful

traditional costume and features a woodland parade

during the interval for everyone to join in with!

Botany Bay, Canal Mill, Botany Brow, Lancashire

PR6 9AF. Contact: 01254 852 986

Vintage at Manchester Cathedral

Fri, August 25 – Sat, August 26, 10am – 8pm

The biggest shopping and gin drinking opportunity

of the year as Manchester Cathedral is packed to

the pews with top quality retro clothing and The

Gin Society sets up its bar and serves up its special

prosecco cocktails while you shop. Friday’s event runs

from 10am-8pm, which Saturday’s shopping ends at

4.30pm. Entry is free.

Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street,

Manchester, M3 1SX.

Botany Bay Canal Fest

Sun, August 27 – Mon, August 28, 10am – 5.30pm

After the success of last year’s celebration Botany Bay

are happy to confirm Canal Fest 2017 is set for Bank

Holiday Weekend. Join them for two fantastic days

of festivities and entertainment on land and on water

including all your favourites from last year including;

boat rides, hawks and owls, vintage bus rides and

bumper boats! New for this year is heritage boat ‘The

Kennet’ to sit amongst an amazing boat flotilla. FREE

entry and FREE parking!

Botany Bay, Canal Mill, Botany Brow, Lancashire

PR6 9AF. Contact: botanybay.co.uk

FREE modern easy read Bible

(New European Version)

Discover for yourself the real God,

- without the religion or hassle.

Available now. You’re under no

obligation and won’t get pestered!

Contact wiganchristadelphians.wordpress.com/bible-study/

or post to 66 Dicconson Street, Wigan, WN1 2AT

Over 50s Racquet Sports

Every Monday, 3pm – 5pm

These sessions provide an opportunity for people to

play badminton, table tennis, and short tennis under

the guidance of a fully qualified coach. All equipment

will be provided by the centre and anyone is welcome

to join. Each session is £3.40 each.

Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh, WN7 4JY.

Contact: 01942 615883

Over 50s Jammers

Every Wednesday, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

The group is open to anyone that would like to pop

along; all you need is an instrument and if you’re

struggling to get hold of one then the group may be

able to help. It’s a friendly and relaxed atmosphere

and everyone is invited. If you have a passion for

music, can play an instrument and would like to

meet like-minded people, then this is the group for

you. So pop along and have a jam and maybe learn

something new. No tickets or booking necessary and

its £3.50 for entry.

The Old Courts, Gerrard Winstanley House,

Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA. Contact:

01942 410499.


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Travel

Greece is the word

Like two pearls floating atop a deep blue sea,

Zante and Santorini have plenty to catch the

eye.

The Greek islands have been a popular destination

for decades now, and it’s not difficult to see why.

Pretty, whitewashed buildings, fantastic weather and

sumptuous food, they have everything you need to

get away from the hurly-burly of day to day life.

Zante, also called Zakynthos, is the most southerly of

the Ionian Islands. It has three distinct geographical

areas: the north west is mountainous with quaint

traditional mountain villages, the central region is a

fertile plain rich with olive groves and vineyards and

the south east is characterised by beautiful beaches.

There is something for everyone on this floating

island of paradise with numerous sandy beaches,

mountain villages preserving the traditional Greek

way of life, beautiful natural scenery, watersports

and good quality restaurants, bars and nightclubs

which more than cater for all your holiday needs.

The locals welcome tourists with open arms and

offer them the hospitality which Greece is famous

for.

On Zante, you will find the mountain villages and

those of the plains besides those by the sea-side. In

between the sharp edged rocks, the white sand and

the turquoise water bays, the Caretta sea-turtles

find refuge to reproduce. The beaches of Lagana

(8km) and Geraka (17km) are welcoming them

every year when they come out at night to lay their

eggs.

In the middle of the Aegean Sea, the island of


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Santorini, is equally charming and beautiful The

Santorini group of islands consists of Thera, Thirasia,

Aspronisi, Palea and Nea Kameni (Volcanoes)

islands. It is located in the most southern part of the

Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea, about

117 km (north of Crete and about 200 km southeast

of Greece’s mainland. Up until the beginning of the

20th Century, shipping, textiles, tomato production

and viticulture were all flourishing. After the 1956

earthquake there was a huge decrease in the

population and an economic catastrophe. But its

fortunes began to change for the better in the late

1970s when the islands’ tourism trade took off.

And there is much to offer visitors. The discerning

traveller can explore and discover a world of

authentic and enriching experiences indigenous to

this local geology, history, gastronomy and culture

and get life time memories.

Santorini’s famous beaches are spread out mainly

along the eastern and the south-eastern side of the

island. Each beach has special characteristics, which

make it unique and outstanding. The black shining

pebbles, the unique land formations, the black,

white and red sand, make up some unforgettable

scenery. Most beaches are well organized offering

the choice of lounging chairs, umbrellas, and

various water sports.

Starting from the northern part of the island, the

beaches on the coastline of Oia will instantly amaze,

they have a wild and remote beauty. These beaches

were frequented by locals, however recently they

have been discovered by few tourists, mainly by

families and couples, they can easily be passed by

since they cannot be seen from the main road.

Coming from Oia, you will first come upon the

beach of Baxedes, then follows the beach of

Koloumbos and lastly we come upon Pori, a small

fisherman’s port. In the south-eastern part of the

island, visitors will find the beaches of Monolithos,

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Greece Checklist

Language: Greek

Currency: Euro

Time difference: +2 hours

Cost of a beer: €1.17

Cappuccino : €2.88

3 Course meal: €15

mainly preferred by families with small children.

Numerous hotels, restaurants, tavernas and small

shops are located along the beaches, especially in

Kamari. Water sports are offered at the beach of

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Of course, the Greek islands are very popular with

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Financial Planning

Choosing Your

Financial

Adviser

Agood financial adviser is like gold dust. Like

your most influential teacher at school, they

should inspire as well as reassure you in order that

you can enjoy a better financial future. A poor adviser

will put their interests before yours and will sell you a

product you don’t really need and have no interest in

your future.

Worryingly both advisers will be FCA registered, both

have at least a Level 4 qualification (it is now the

minimum standard to trade as a financial adviser ), and

both will sound plausible.

So how do you select the right adviser for you?

The right qualifications

You want an adviser who takes professional

knowledge and development very seriously and is

completely independent. Look for an adviser who is

a Chartered Financial Planner or a Certified Financial

Planner - or is actively working towards these

qualifications.

by David K Barton

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and Managing Director

These are Level 6 qualifications - equivalent to

a university degree and are the “Gold Standard”

amongst financial advisers. Advisers who have

achieved this level of technical competence have

demonstrated that they are capable of dealing with

clients that perhaps have more complicated financial

planning requirements.

A clear plan

A good adviser will spend considerable time listening

to you and ask questions to help you define your

short, medium, and long-term objectives, to meet

your desired future lifestyle. Your adviser will create

a financial plan to meet your objectives, ensuring

that account is taken of tax-efficient planning such

as pensions, and considering estate planning too, if

that is a priority. A financial plan is a living plan, so

your adviser should review and update the plan on a

regular basis as your circumstances change.

Relationships count

Your relationship with your adviser is absolutely key.

They will become an important professional person

in your life so it is essential that you get on well. Ask

yourself whether the adviser really cares about you,

genuinely wants you to reach your goals, and is

willing and able to challenge you along the way.

And finally, fees

Fees should be open, transparent and fair. Given that

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‘Significant interest’ in pier

The race to regenerate Wigan’s iconic

pier area is underway.

A six-week tender process to rejuvenate The Orrell,

The Warehouse and The Education Centre ended

this week.

Economic development chiefs say there has been

significant interest from developers in the buildings,

which stand next to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal,

The Wigan Pier Quarter has recently seen the

development of the Pier Centre conference centre

and performance venue, approved planning

permission for a social, arts and café venue in a

former industrial building next to the pier and

Trencherfield Mill continues to attract interest from

major employers as a new headquarters.

The tender process was overseen by the council

in partnership with commercial property agents

Lambert Smith Hampton and the Canal & River

Trust.

Karl Battersby, Wigan Council’s director of economy

and environment, said: “There has already been

significant interest in the buildings over recent

months and we are excited to be starting the formal

process of working with private sector partners

to make a reality of this unique regeneration

opportunity.”

Simon Turner, director at Lambert Smith Hampton,

said: “Wigan Pier is an icon in the North West, and an

important part of the history of the region.

“There is no hiding from the fact that over the past

few years the site has started to become a relic of its

proud history.

Wigan Pier was a coal loading jetty where wagons

would unload coal on to canal barges and became

famous through music hall jokes and its appearance

in the title of Orwell’s graphic description of the

plight of the English working class in the early 20th

century.

In 2014 Wigan Council announced the start of a

10 year regeneration programme to create a ‘New

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Business rates warning

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A report to councillors explained: “Business

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the Council also has the responsibility to cover the

impact of any successful appeals against business

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Business View

Accountancy &

Tax Update

Significant changes to the tax and selfassessment

systems have already been

announced and these impact on how individuals,

landlords and small businesses declare their

income in the future.

Making Tax Digital

The major change focuses on the government’s

drive towards MTD, though due to recent

announcements some aspects will be delayed

until 2019. It is a good time for business owners

to prepare for the changes by moving to a cloud

based accountancy package or using an App to

record your business mileage accurately.

Auto Enrolment – Company Pension Schemes

The phasing in of pensions auto-enrolment has

almost concluded. All employers that had staff

when the scheme was launched in 2012 should

already have assessed their workers for eligibility.

For employers that took on workers for the first

time on or after 1 April 2012, there’s still a period

of phased start dates for auto-enrolment before the

end of 2017.

From 1 October 2017, auto-enrolment will begin

on the day your new employee starts work for

you and you should start preparing as soon as you

know you’ll be taking on an employee, as it can take

a few weeks planning to set up an auto-enrolment

scheme.

VAT Flat Rate Scheme – Major changes from 01

April 2017

If you use the VAT flat-rate scheme (FRS), you need

to work out whether you spend at least 2% of your

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

gross turnover, and at least £250 per quarter, on

‘relevant goods’. If you don’t, you must use a flatrate

percentage of 16.5% for that quarter.

If you are unlikely to meet the 2% threshold, you

may want to stop using the FRS and revert to

normal VAT accounting. You can opt out of the

FRS from the beginning of your VAT quarter with

retrospective effect.

If you want to cease to be VAT registered, but carry

on trading, you must tell HMRC in advance of the

date you want to cancel your registration. This can’t

be backdated. Once deregistered, you won’t be

able to reclaim VAT on purchases and you must not

charge VAT on your sales.

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Food & Drink

Family first at

mealtimes

“If you want an honest answer, ask a toddler.

They’ll make their feelings known, loud and

clear - which means product tasting sessions at

baby food brand Ella’s Kitchen can get pretty messy.

“If they love it, you can really tell. And if they don’t

like it, they’ll throw it on the floor or the walls,” says

Paul Lindley, who founded the organic firm in 2006

as an alternative to the “invariably orange” and not

very eye-catching jars of baby food available when

his own daughter, Ella, was small.

With its handy pouches and colourful, quirky

packaging, the small start-up proved a hit with

parents and little ones, and is now the biggest baby

food business in the UK and sold in 40 countries.

Now, the fourth Ella’s Kitchen book - The Easy

Family Cookbook - has hit the shelves. A collection

of recipes from a company best known for preprepared

food might sound like a contradiction, but

Lindley insists it’s all about striking a balance.

“We never say you should have Ella’s Kitchen

and nothing else. In fact we know most of our

customers do a mix. They have home-made food

and on occasion, whether things are running late or

they’re running low in the cupboard, or whatever,

then there’s an alternative they can trust.”

The book includes all sorts of colourful recipes,

from dunkable cheesy broccoli fritters and sunset

jerk chicken, to seaside fish with creamy corn dip

and sticky sesame bananas. But there’s just as much

emphasis on eating together and making mealtime

Ella’s Kitchen: The Easy Family Cookbook is published by Hamlyn, priced £14.99.

fun as there is on flavour and nourishment, with

‘Can I help?’ tips on how young children can get

stuck into the cooking, and games to play.

“If you involve children in food, however old they

are, they’re more likely to eat it. Even if it’s, ‘Let’s

make a shopping list together’, or, ‘Let’s find it in the

shop together’. Even just stirring, they’re involved in

the process,” says Lindley.

It is important that you find the time, not only for

your own memories and family time, but actually

for your child’s development and social skills, to eat

together.”

Fancy trying some new recipes with your family?

Here are three from The Easy Family Cookbook to

have a go with...

By Jeananne Craig


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Rainbow Lamb &

Couscous Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

60g couscous

4tbsp flaked almonds (optional)

1tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and cut into ribbons or coarsely grated

1 courgette, cut into ribbons or coarsely grated

175g leftover roast lamb (or other roast meat), cut into

thin strips

4 radishes, thinly sliced

6 ready-to-eat dried dates, roughly chopped

A handful of chopped mint

A handful of chopped coriander

For the dressing:

3tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon

1 garlic clove, crushed

1tsp cumin seeds (optional)

Method

Put the couscous in a bowl, pour in just-boiled

water to cover, put a plate on top and leave for

five minutes to absorb the water and until the

grains are tender. Fluff up with a fork.

Meanwhile, mix together all the ingredients for

the dressing, adding the cumin seeds, if using,

and set aside.

Toast the almonds, if using, in a large, dry frying

pan for two minutes, or until starting to turn

golden. Chop finely for young children.

Heat a splash of oil in the frying pan over a

medium heat. Add the onion and fry for five

minutes, until soft.

Stir in the carrots, courgette and lamb and heat

for five minutes.

Tip into the bowl with the couscous, add the

radishes, dates and herbs and combine gently.

Pour over the dressing and combine again.

Sprinkle with the almonds, if using, and serve

warm or at room temperature.


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Carnival Curry &

Sunshine Rice

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 onion, coarsely grated

2 large garlic cloves, coarsely grated

2.5cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated

1tsp mild cayenne pepper

400g diced chicken breast

200g brown basmati rice

2tsp turmeric

2tbsp coconut or sunflower oil

1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped

200g peeled and deseeded butternut squash, cut

into bite-sized chunks

200ml coconut milk

200ml reduced-salt chicken stock

1 heaped tbsp tomato puree

Juice of 1 lime

A handful of chopped coriander leaves (optional)

Green vegetables, to serve

Method

Mix half the onion, half the garlic, half the ginger

and the cayenne in a shallow dish.

Add the chicken and turn to coat. Cover with

clingfilm and marinate in the fridge for one hour.

Put the rice in a saucepan and cover with 400ml

of water. Bring to the boil, stir in half the turmeric,

then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for

20 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed

and the rice is tender. Leave the rice to stand for five

minutes.

Meanwhile, make the curry. Heat the oil in a

saucepan and add the remaining onion, garlic and

ginger, and the red pepper, cover with a lid and cook

for five minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.

Add the squash, coconut milk, stock, tomato puree,

lime juice and remaining turmeric and cook for five

minutes, stirring. Add the chicken and the marinade

and cook for five minutes, or until the chicken is

cooked through. Serve sprinkled with coriander, if

using, and with the yellow rice and green veggies.

If the grown-ups fancy more chilli heat, separate

out the little portions, then stir through half to one

teaspoon more cayenne pepper, just before plating

up for adults.


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Makes 10

Ingredients

115g self-raising flour

1tsp baking powder

1 egg, beaten

175ml buttermilk

3-4tbsp whole milk

1tbsp maple syrup or clear honey, plus extra

for drizzling

1tsp vanilla extract

1 eating apple (skin on), cored and coarsely

grated

1/2tsp ground cinnamon

Unsalted butter or sunflower oil, for cooking

Fruit and natural yogurt, to serve

Method

Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and

mix together.

Whisk together the egg, buttermilk, milk, maple syrup or

honey and vanilla in a jug, then gradually whisk it into

the flour mixture to make a fairly thick batter. Leave to

rest for 20 minutes (or overnight, if easier).

Stir the grated apple and cinnamon into the batter,

adding a splash more milk if the batter seems too thick. It

should be about the thickness of double cream.

Heat enough butter or oil to lightly grease the base of a

large frying pan over a medium heat. Add three or four

individual ladlefuls of batter (about three tablespoons

per hotcake) into the pan to cook three or four hotcakes

at a time. Cook the hotcakes for four to six minutes,

turning once, until golden and set. Keep warm in a low

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Serve the hotcakes topped with fruit and yogurt, drizzled

with a little extra maple syrup or honey.


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Penwortham

by David Sudworth

Perhaps the biggest advantage of walking

over other means of transport is that it

allows - nay forces - you to re-evaluate any firmly-held

preconceptions about an area.

I’m not ashamed to say that, having spent three years

at university in Preston, I had a few, mostly involving

rain, urban sprawl and traffic jams.

This, I realise now, was entirely my own fault, because

if I’d ventured further than just the well-worn path

between the train station and the uni’s Greenbank

Building, where scribes of the future learn how to write

ironic and witty prose, then I’d have spent the last 15

years being much more positive about the place.

For instance, I never realised just how stunning

Avenham Park is, or how the River Ribble has an

almost European feel. But more of that later.

We started our walk just outside the city boundary

in Penwortham, at the free car park on Hill Road

(PR1 9XH). At this point, it’s worth noting that if you

fancy cycling this route, then that is also an option,

as it consists of an excellent network of paths.

Turn right out of the car park and then almost

immediately turn right again down Valley Road.

After a few minutes it bears off to the right. Keep

right and head up to the bridge which goes over

the A582. From the bridge, simply head straight

on until you can see a main road in front of you.

This is the B5254 Leyland Road. Cross the road and

after a minute or so, you’ll come to a sharp left,

Holme Road. This is a straight track and the place


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where you’ll get the first glimpse of the Ribble. It’s

tempting to start snapping straight away but trust

me, there’ll be plenty of better opportunities later

on. Eventually, you’ll meet the A59 Liverpool Road.

Turn right and head over the river. This is the point

you start to appreciate just how wide and tidal

the Ribble is. At the time we visited, in the early

afternoon, the tide was out so the rock bed was

very visible.

Once across, turn right onto Broadgate. If, like me,

you are a sucker for architecture, then this is the

stretch for you. Built at a time of great prosperity

for Preston, it offered the burgeoning, new middle

classes views of the river but that doesn’t mean

they skimped on the detail. The fantastic Georgian

properties have been retained pretty much in their

original state, and the area as a whole is all the

better for it. It’s not hard to imagine what it was like

down here 120 years ago.

Carry on along Broadgate until you come to the

next bridge, and head back over. This particular

crossing is, if you have a bit of time, an opportunity

to get really arty with your camera. The cobbles and

old-style street lamps, with the spire of Penwortham

Methodist Church in the near distance, mean this is

crying out to be used as a location for one of those

BBC period dramas.

Back on the south side of the Ribble, we turn left and

stride down Riverside Road. Again, there are some

fine examples of period property in this part, before

it transforms into a river side pathway. Almost

immediately, the splendid North Union Railway

Bridge viaduct comes into view. Built between 1835

and 1838, these days it carries West Coast Main

Line trains. Amazing to believe that 177 years after

coming into operation, this bridge is still an integral

part of our transport system, as well as being of

significant architectural merit. Our next crossing

point takes us to yet another old bridge, one which

has been closed since 1972. The East Lancs Railway

Bridge ran to Bamber Bridge, but now allows

pedestrians and cyclists across. Before you get onto

it though, you have to go underneath it, bear right

and then follow the path back on yourself by going

up the banking. Once on the bridge, the original

barriers between rail and pedestrian sides are still

there and, again, you are afforded excellent views

We now find ourselves at Avenham Park/Miller Park,

which melt into each other. I can’t help thinking that

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this too much to the outside world. It is, without

doubt, one of the most regal parks I have ever seen.

At times, it feels like you are in a National Trust

property. Designed and built in the 1860s, it’s an

English Heritage Grade II listed attraction boasting

a number of historical structures, as well as a lovely

Japanese Garden. There’s also a modern cafe, where

we stopped for a cappuccino (£2.30) and a bag of

crisps (£1.20). I could write pages about the park,

but nothing does it justice more than seeing it in

real life.

Heading eastwards, we walk down the tree-lined

path towards the Old Tram Bridge. This isn’t, in fact,

the original Tram Bridge, but a concrete replica

of the wooden bridge which was pulled down

in the 1960s. In its heyday, the bridge was used

to transport coal and other goods from Walton

Summit. These goods were then loaded on to

barges and sent to Lancaster and Kendal.

With all this, it’s easy to overlook the river itself.

Apparently, it is an incredibly important waterway

for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter

Day Saints. The first Mormon baptisms took place

in the Ribble in 1837 and, to this day Preston

remains the home of the oldest branch of Mormons

anywhere in the world.

Once over the bridge, it’s a dead straight path until

you get about 10-15 minutes in (depending on

your walking speed) when you veer off right down

Factory Lane. This snakes south-westwards until you

get to a gate. At this point, turn right, following the

sign for Penwortham. This takes you underneath

the West Coast Mainline and eventually brings

you out on the B5254 opposite Penwortham Fire

Station. Turn left, going past the church on your left

and the petrol station on your right until you get to

a mini roundabout. Ahead, you’ll see the entrance

for Middleforth Green park. Follow the path across

until you get to the main road (Marshalls Brow).

Turn right and then make a left at Hill Road South.

You’ll pass a primary school on your left and then,

across the road, there’s a path which connects to

Hill Road across the A582. Once over, it’s only a

matter of minutes before you’re back at the car park.

There is much to commend this four mile walk. The

history, the architecture, the landscape and the fact

that half way round there is the chance for a cuppa.

Whether you tackle this walk by foot or bicycle, it’ll

give you a new perspective on the North West’s

newest city. I spent three hours there and not only

did the rain stay off, but I saw no urban sprawl or

any traffic jams. Preston, my old sparring partner,

you did yourself proud today...


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Holme Road

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Hill Road

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West Coast Mainline

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Park

Lower Penwortham

A582

Hill Road South

Marchalls Brow

Middleforth Green

B5254

Factory Lane

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by Tim Barnes-Clay

LFord’s Grand C-Max is a car designed to carry

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It’s got all the things that make life easier. Things

such as sliding rear doors that mean the children

can get in or out without bashing the doors on

walls or other cars. What’s more, the Grand C-Max is

roomy inside, with a smart set-up that enables the

centre chair in the second row to fold beneath one

of the other seats, leaving a space to walk through.

I should add, the Grand C-Max Ford loaned me was

the Titanium X 2.0 TDCi 150PS Powershift. Basically,

I was handed the top of the range version - the one

with all the bells and whistles. However, whether

you get the entry level or the top level Grand C-Max,

its function is the same – it’s a car that’ll hold lots of

people. Granted, the third row of seats are tucked

away for most of the time in the boot floor, and

even though they’re only for kids, they’re still very

handy.

There’s also a ‘normal’ Ford C-Max, which is a

spacious five-seater - so don’t feel you must go for

the ‘Grand’ version. On test, I didn’t need to use the

third row all that much, so the two spare seats often

remained where they were. This was no bad thing,

as without the third tier of seats in operation, the

boot stays big. With the seats up, the load area is


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only good for about three bags of shopping, but

with them down, you can knock yourself out filling

it up. Not literally, you understand.

Standard equipment on the Ford Grand C-Max is

generous. It includes Ford’s Quickclear windscreen,

sports-style seats, air conditioning and DAB radio.

Upgrade to the flagship Titanium X trim and you

get a panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, a

partial leather interior, heated front seats, dualzone

climate control, rear parking sensors, and

keyless start and entry. There’s also Ford’s Sync 3

infotainment system, with an easy-to-read eightinch

touchscreen.

But the best thing is that the Grand C-Max is a

surprisingly good drive. I say ‘surprising’ because

I was a man who used to dislike MPVs because of

their apparent dearth of dynamism. The 2.0 TDCi

150PS Powershift model is smooth and has lots of

low down shove. It works particularly well with the

six-speed automatic transmission. In fact, it doesn’t

drive like a bus – it behaves just like a decent 2.0

litre turbo diesel car should do.

What’s more, it holds the road well, feeling planted

on motorways and through twisty sections of

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consistently doing mid to late 40s real-world mpg.

So, I’ve got to say, as a dad-of-three, I’m impressed.

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Applications are now open with six titles up for

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In previous years the competition has just been for

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Love your lawn

by Angie Barker

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If you are looking to revamp your garden but Consider installing a brick mowing edge to give

don’t want to spend a fortune – a simple trick further definition and to stop plants which outgrow

is to re-shape your lawn. Your sward does not have their border space from spilling out over the lawn

to resemble a football pitch either to instantly look and killing off the grass.

better with a new shape and the edges defined.

It is amazing what a difference it can make to your

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the space feel larger. Curves are good for creating

a calming feel in the garden and for dealing with

slopes. Don’t be tempted though to make the

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easier to mow.

Straight lines can form bold geometric patterns So give it a try – and if you have a spare corner in

which are more suited to a contemporary style but the garden somewhere, perhaps at the back of

can look equally as good. Square stepping stones a border, you can stack the turf you’ve removed

laid through turf can be a practical but eye catching and after a few months it will rot down and can be

way of navigating from one part of the garden to returned to the garden as good top soil.

another and children love them. If you have a wide I have to admit I am a curvy kind of girl (Hubby

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Oak Tree Maintenance

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Before

After

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Our aim is to deliver a creative, personal

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Large projects or small makeovers are all

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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

forward to offer all you need to maintain, enhance and expand your home. We continually invest in and

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

with and listening to our customers to give them exactly what they want. We will treat you with respect

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...

Glass Cut to size, Sealed Double Glazed Units Manufactured on site, Same Day Service, Safety

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Dennis Goulding

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Telephone: 01257 427 000

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

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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

with and listening to our customers to give them exactly what they want. We will treat you with respect

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

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B5250

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Shevington

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Standish

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

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in matching styles

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PAINTING & DECORATING

Interior painting & decorating

Specialise in standard wall coverings, extra wide vinyl, lincrusta & coving

Free estimates. References available upon request

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Sefton Road, Orrell, WN5 8UP

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or 07545 065119

Orrell based business


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• Repairs & installations

• Maintenance & servicing

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• Mechanical Ventilation

• Gas Safety Checks

Boiler & Central

Heating Experts

For an effective and friendly

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Unit S7, Standish Court , Bradley Lane Trading Estate, Standish, WN6 0XQ

Plumbing & Heating Specialist

Complete Bathroom

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John Bailey - 01942 495785

or 07721 040620 & 07710 153238

Based in Kenyon Road, Wigan

Free Nest with

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C&

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Plumbing and Heating

Heating & Bathroom Specialist

Chris Heaton M.I.P.H.E.R.P

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• Bathroom Installation, Full Bathrooms & En-Suites

• Plumbing Services • Wall & Floor Tiling • Ceiling Panelling

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Specialists in boiler installations, repair & maintenance

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All our work is fully insured & guaranteed

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Mobile: 07747 725999

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• Guttering and felting services

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Colin: 07958 302 166

Brian: 07760 160 988

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B.A. Berry

Building & Roofing Specialists

•All building work undertaken.

• From a broken tile to a full re roof.

• Flat roofs renewed and repaired.

• Extensions, Alterations, Structural repairs

including Lintels.

Your local fully qualified tradesman with

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M H Roofing

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Call 01744 884117

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A View From

The Lump

Local gossip, gripes and goings-on

Never mind the ballots

The general election results in

Wigan were as predictable as

the religion of the next Pope. But

keen-eyed political observers

have been poring over the ward

by ward results, which make far

more interesting reading. Here’s a

few of the headline points:

- Makerfield Lib Dems had their

best showing in Orrell, picking up

a heady 226 votes. Sales of sandals

and tofu are now expected to go

through the roof at Church Street

Co-op..

- There are a staggering 1,228

Tory voters in Ince. Rumours has

it these are actually Eton students

on a ‘gap yar’ (sic) in the Grim

North.

- The Greens failed to get more

than 100 votes in five of Wigan’s

eight wards. Knock me over with a

wind turbine...

- Labour narrowly won Lowton

East Ward, with just 188 votes

to spare over the Conservatives.

Corbyn supporters are already

labelling it ‘fake news’.

- UKIP’s call for Leigh to be

separated from Wigan (aka ‘Leixit’)

failed to win over 44,000 voters.

45,000 Warriors fans regret not

returning their postal ballot.

Give me a brake

Apparently, there’s going to

be some more tinkering done

with Marus Bridge lights after

it turned into an accident black

spot. Apparently, Library Street’s

finest have given the green light

(ho ho ho) for some new signs “to

remind drivers how to safely use

the junction”.

If people didn’t act like idiots and

run the red lights, I’m sure that

would contribute making it safer...

Parish pay-per-view

It’s all been kicking off in Billinge

of late, with parish councillors

Terry McEvoy and Paul Roberts

having been hauled over the

coals for breaching the Code of

Conduct. They were censured by

the bigwigs on the local Standards

Committee after a litany of

complaints.

McEvoy apparently asked a

resident who is of Asian descent:

“Do you actually live here?” Turns

out she’s been resident in the

village since 2002.

Roberts, for his part, denied

offering to secure an allotment

for a resident if she didn’t go to

any more parish council meetings.

He denied it was a “bribe” but

admitted they did discuss

allotments (cue jokes about

digging yourself a hole etc...)

I’ve been to various parish council

meetings in my time in different

parts of the region. They ranged

from the brain-numbingly dull to,

in some areas, being a hotbed of

parochial pettiness. I haven’t been

to one in Billinge but given recent

events I may have to set a night

aside. Sounds more entertaining

than anything on pay-per-view

telly these days...

Data moaning

And finally, I‘ve recently returned

from a short break to Holland, and

what an eye-opener it was. Nothing

to do with its well-documented

‘culture’ or anything like that. No,

the most interesting thing was

seeing how people on the move

have an insatiable appetite to be

connected. Holidays used to be a

time to switch off and forget about

the day-to-day troubles.

That’s why I’ve recently taken

some books out of the library, in

a concerted effort to take my eyes

away from my phone. Which is all

great until I need to extend my

loans, which can now be done

easy. Via a mobile app...


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