Local Life - St Helens - July 2017

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Sorry affair

Having sat in far more council meetings

than I care to remember, I’ve seen a fair few

eyebrow-raising incidents in my time.

However, it sounds that events at some Billinge

Chapel End Parish Council last year were in a league

of their own (see story pages 8 and 9).

The report into the whole sorry saga - publicly

available on the St Helens Council website - makes

for sorry reading.

Sadly though, it does in a way reflect a wider malaise

about the times in which we live, and the growing

personalisation of politics and public life.

In the last 20 years, we’ve seen a gradual erosion of

respect on both sides of the fence. Politicians using

unfortunate words or language about the voters,

and the voters throwing allegations around left,

right and centre about politicians.

All it has done, to coin a phrase, is poison the well of

political debate all round.

Politics and public life is not for the faint-hearted.

Those who engage in it know it is robust, challenging

and can be quite bruising.

Views are genuinely held, and occasionally they are

forcefully expounded. That is to be expected, but

it is incumbent holders of public offices and those

they represent to ensure that they do not cross the

line.

Whether at international, national or local level,

politics is invariably personal. But for the sake of

democracy, that doesn’t mean it has to get personal.

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In this issue

Glandular

fever

Regulars

12 Planning

32 Puzzle Corner

40 Events2Go

51 Test Drive

54 Jack’s Tracks

58 Garden Diary

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Girls

aloud

Sections

8 Local News

36 Travel

46 Food & Drink

51 Motoring

58 Gardening

61 Home Services

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Family first at

mealtimes

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Test Drive

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Jack’s Tracks visits

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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

Cllr Terry McEvoy

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?”


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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 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

asked people to leave in a respectful manner from a

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

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Presbytery demolition bid

Church bosses want to knock down a

priest’s house in Haydock over fears

of arson.

The Archdiocese of Liverpool have applied for

permission to knock down English Martyrs

Presbytery on Piele Road.

Papers lodged with St Helens Council say that

demolition is needed to prevent incidents of

vandalism.

“The building is in close proximity to English

Martyrs Roman Catholic Church and school. Should

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measures are in place – or where pedestrian and

traffic flow is low. One of the other options is

transferring the responsibility of crossing patrol

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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

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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

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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Girls Aloud

David Sudworth meets the sisters who were doing it for themselves

long before Women’s Lib was even invented...

In February 1970, 600 activists packed into Ruskin College, Oxford, for the first

ever National Women’s Liberation Movement Conference.

The group, borne out of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, demanded that women

be given equal rights. Up until that point, it had been very much a man’s world.

Women, much like children, were expected to be seen but not heard. Unless you’d

lived in the Garswood area...

Because Trinity Girls Brass Band were, by that point, a well known fixture in and

around the local villages and towns. Started in 1959 by a local midwife, they beat the

bra burners by 11 whole years.

And even today, they remain the only all-female brass band in the country.

Sisters Denise Grundy, 61, and Diane Haselden, 63, have been there since the

beginning. They remember how Trinity caused quite a stir.


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“We did get a reaction,” says Denise. “People would

be throwing coins at us, trying to get them into our

instruments.

“There was also a bit of sexism as well. When we

went to competitions, the judges were never able

to see the acts perform, they could only hear us.

That was so the judging was fair. But some people

would say: ‘Oh, they’d know it was you because they

can hear your heels on the stage as you walk on.”

“They can hear your

heels on the stage...”

Two years later, the band broke away from the Girls

Guildry. It later became The Trinity Girls Silver Band,

named after the Holy Trinity Church, to which it has

originally belonged.

Their reputation as the only all girl band in the

country soon spread.

“At the time, we didn’t really think we were doing

anything different,” says Denise.

“We were just children who wanted to play music.

You don’t think of things other than that when

The roots of the band can be traced back to a local

midwife, Margaret Stokes, at a time when there

were hardly any female brass players around, let

alone playing in bands.

Margaret was in charge of the local Girls Guildry

group, a predecessor to the Girl Guides. It’s said

that after hearing the musical efforts of a local Boys’

Brigade band, Mrs Stokes reckoned that her girls

could do a much better job. Although Margaret had

no previous conducting experience, she was more

than willing to give it a go.

“It was struggle at first, trying to ‘kit’ out the band

with instruments,” recalls Denise.

“But with the help of parents, who organised fund

raising events, and some help from a Manchester

music firm, we were soon up and running.”


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Blackpool, coming second out of 19 bands. This

has now secured them a place in the National

Finals in Cheltenham this September. This is only

the 4th time in the band’s history that they have

qualified for the finals.

Although it’d be tempting fate to say they’ll win, the

band reckons they have a good chance.

“We’d love to win,” says Denise. “When we do a year,

we say ‘this’ll be the last one’ but we always come

back the following year.

“It has literally been our lives. We love it.”


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Puzzle Corner

WORD SEARCH

Find the hidden beetles

S T B F N F J F A

M R L L J L B L R

E U O H O E I N M

S R N C M J W M R

T Y G B E L E E I

A I H M E A T K L

G R O U N D O X E

S S R I I Y P S C

W C N O C B Y H T

D A R K L I N G E

M R V N U R S E E

E A E P R D U N G

D B A R K N J N E

LONGHORN

LADYBIRD

JEWEL

SCARAB

DUNG

DARKLING

LOGIC PROBLEMS

GROUND

BARK

STAG

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CLUE: A bit of a botch

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SUDOKU

WIGGLE WORDS

Trace a path through all the

letters to find the word or

phrase that fits the clue.

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Henry runs a book store and has several old

maps for sale. Using the clues below can you

match each of the maps to the cartographer,

subject matter, publication year and price?

CLUES

1. The most expensive

map was created by

Senex

2. Bowen did not create the

map dated 1767

3. The map costing £300

was for Scotland

4. Desbarres created the

map for Russia

5. The map for Eastern

Europe was created in

1713

All the puzzle solutions are on page 60 of this magazine


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Serenity all round

Viewers of Channel 4’s Grand Designs are routinely treated to aspirational

TV where people use imaginative designs to build their dream homes. The

programme, hosted by Kevin McCloud, often features imaginative transformations

of redundant buildings, such as lighthouses, cowsheds and water towers.

On a smaller, but still impressive, scale is the recent transformation of a redundant

grain silo on an old Billinge farm into an impressive, well-equipped and uniquely

circular-shaped beauty salon.

Serenity All Round, owned by Michelle Cutler, is tucked away in a quiet

corner of Billinge, and enjoys a growing trade of customers are

attracted, not just to the round building but to the all-round

strength of the beauticians who work there.

Michelle herself has a passion for healthy living since

suffering with IBS and ulcerated colitis, a condition

alleviated by using Arbonne products. Originally

from Eccleston, she moved to Billinge 10 years

ago, now has two children at St Aidan’s and has

settled into the village life of Billinge.

Michelle has introduced Arbonne to the village,

which is a range of botanical and pure products

that preserve and enhance the skin, body and

mind for an integrative approach to beauty and

well-being. The salon offers a full 30 day money

back guarantee with all Arbonne products.

Serenity All Round isn’t your typical beauty salon;

it’s more a collective of self-employed experienced

beauticians who have chosen to base themselves at the salon;

Joining Michelle is Rachael Berry, who, by her own admission is mad

about nails! Winstanley based Rachael has been in beauty for 12 years now, working

in many top rated salons and has a name as a bit of a perfectionist. She loves keeping

up to date with new trends, technologies and treatments within the beauty industry

and has a goal to eventually become a teacher. When not working, Racheal’s usually

at the gym!

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The third member of the Serenity All Round team is Joanne Bowes, who is also passionate about nails! Joanne

is trained in all aspects of beauty, but has a NVQ level 2 and 3 in Beauty Therapy. She is currently studying at

St Helens university centre for Certificate in Education with an eye on furthering her career in the teaching

industry, alongside working as a beauty therapist.

Anna O’Neill –is a fully fledged veteran of Serenity All Round, is a Beauty and Massage Therapist and

Cosmetologist with 17 years experience in the beauty industry. Anna believes in the body’s ability to heal itself

and utilises her expertise in massage therapy to assist in this process. She provides her clients with a thorough,

soothing, and effective treatment focusing on treating back, head and neck ailments, including, headaches

and migraine, chronic pain, and arthritic conditions.

Anna says, “I love knowing that I have made a genuine positive impact on someone’s day.” In the near future

Anna is looking to specialise in the medical aspect of massage therapy services, offering specialist treatments

for cancer patients and other serious medical conditions.

Offering a full service beauty salon, staffed with experienced beauty therapists and using top brands like

CND, Shellac, Cal Gel, Arbonne and CACI, Michelle is confident that her own Grand Design ticks all the boxes

for Billinge residents. “Serenity All Round offers a tranquil and relaxed professional environment, and all the

therapists here really enjoy our time with customers. Feel free to pop in for a chat or visit our website for more

details about our services”.

Serenity All Round, Barrows Farm, Carr Mill Road, Billinge. WN5 7TX

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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.

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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

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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

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,

Avis and Kamari. They are organized beaches,

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

Avis, which attracts younger people.

Of course, the Greek islands are very popular with

romantic couples who decide to opt for a marriage

with a difference.

A sun-kissed wedding on a glorious Greek island

beach, with the sparkling Mediterranean as your

backdrop... or making your vows in the hushed

and romantic atmosphere of an ancient chapel

in Cyprus. It will be a magical occasion that you,

your friends and family will never forget – with a

photo opportunity at every turn to provide golden

memories that will last forever.

And of course when the festivities are over, you can

simply kick off your shoes and let the honeymoon

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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, L32 8XY.

Contact: tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk

Crank Village Gala Day

Saturday, July 1, 2.00pm- 4.30pm.

A family fun day filled with lots of attractions and a

variety of stalls and refreshments. There will also

be scarecrows around Crank and Kings Moss too.

Admission for this event is free.

Crank Village Field, Crank, St Helens WA11 7SD.

Classic Motorbike Show

Sunday, July 2, 11am – 4pm

Featuring classic motorbikes old and new from the

heyday of motorcycling to the present day – will your

favourite make of bike be there?

The Old Bus Depot, 51 Hall Street, St Helens, WA10

1DU. Contact: 01744 451681

Work Ready Open Day

Monday, July 3, 1pm – 2pm

Are you 16 – 24 and looking for a job? St. Helens

Chamber courses will give you the skills, knowledge

and qualifications to help you get an Apprenticeship.

St Helens Chamber, Salisbury Street, Off Chalon

Way, WA10 1FY. Contact: 01744 742045

20 years of Willowbrook Hospice

Wednesday, July 5, 6pm

Everyone is welcome to a special service of

thanksgiving and hope to commemorate Willowbrook

Hospice’s 20 years of caring.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St James Mt,

Liverpool L1 7AZ. Contact: 01744 453798

An Evening with David Mark

Thursday, July 6, 6.30pm

Join Eccleston Library for an evening with Sunday

Times Bestseller David Mark as he talks about his

latest novel, Cruel Mercy. Cost & booking: £4 (£3

concession if member of St Helens Libraries).

Eccleston Community Library, Broadway, Eccleston

WA10 5PJ. Email: culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk

St. Helens Parkrun

Saturday, July 8, 9am

Join the St. Helens Parkrun team for their third

birthday. Take part in the run and celebrate with a

brew, cakes and biscuits.

Victoria Park, St Helens WA10 2UE. Contact:

facebook.com/sthelensparkrun

Sunflower Festival

Saturday, July 8, 10am-5pm

There’ll be craft stalls, children rides, food and live

music. So why not come along and join in the fun!

Willowbrook-The Living Well, Borough Road, St

Helens WA10 3RN. Contact: 01744 453798


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Artisan Market

Sunday, July 9, 10am – 3pm

Discover dozens of award winning, local produce

stalls and get your fix of your favourite cheese, pie,

jam or cake! Cotton Town Hot club will be back with

a bang with swing, music and fun.

Inglenook Farm, Moss Nook Lane, Rainford, St

Helens, WA11 8AE. Contact: 01744 886812

Coffee Morning

Saturday, July 15, 10am - Noon

Rainford Ladies’ Choir invite you to a coffee morning,

with tasty bacon butties, cups of tea and coffee and

no doubt some songs from their latest show. Entry is

50p, with home baking, a tombola and a raffle.

All Saints Church Hall, 1 Tudor Close, Rainford, WA11

8SD. Contact: facebook.com/rainfordladieschoir

Hoedown & Hog Roast

Saturday, July 15, 7pm

Dust off your cowboy hats and shine those boots, there

is a hoedown taking place at Rainford Village Hall with

a hog roast, a licensed bar and great entertainment.

Tickets are available from the numbers below.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Rd, Rainford, WA11

8HB. Contact: Kath – 07769 892299 or Rob - 07764

535855

On Your Bike

Sunday, July 16, 8am

Willowbrook Hospice’s Ride 45 is back! This year there

are two cycle routes to choose from - 45 miles or

18 miles - both of which start and finish at Rainford

High School. It’s a tough and challenging ride but it is

suitable for all cycling abilities from the semi-pros to

the Sunday cyclists! Entry fee is £20.

Rainford High School, Higher Lane, Rainford,

WA11 8NY. Call: 01744 453798 or register online at

willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/Ride45

The RHS Flower Show

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

The show offers an exciting mix of gardening

inspiration, spectacular summer floral displays,

delicious artisan food and superb live entertainment.

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN.

Contact: www.rhs.org.uk/tatton

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 which includes refreshments and music.

Tickets are £5. On Sunday, there 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, WN5

7XN. Contact: billdow@hotmail.com

Community Festival

Saturday, July 22, 10am – 10pm

The day will be packed with family fun events

including bouncy castles, full bar facilities, children’s

face painting, craft stalls, family barbecue. All this fun

will coincide with a rugby league 9s competition for

U14s and U15s teams.

Orrell St James ARLFC, Bankes Ave, Orrell, WN5

8HU

Summer Activities on the Farm

Tuesday, July 25 – Friday, August 25, Noon – 5pm

Summer activities filled with fun at the Farm; meet

newly-hatched chicks in the hatchery. Learn more

about rare breed animals in daily farmyard facts.

Storytelling, milking demonstrations and, not to be

missed, the highlight of the day - sheep racing!

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN.

Contact: 01625 374400


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Leeds City Stompers

Thursday, July 27, 7pm – 11pm

Join Inglenook Farm for a night of musical talent with

band Leeds City Stompers. A 1920s disco will continue

the night whilst you enjoy the authentic pizza oven,

prosecco and cask ales. Tickets are £15.

Inglenook Farm, Moss Nook Lane, Rainford, St

Helens, WA11 8AE. Contact: 01744 886812

Manchester Jazz Festival

Friday, July 28 – 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,

bringing together local, national and international

artists of many backgrounds. With events across

Manchester the week of music is not to be missed.

Find out more at: manchesterjazz.com

An Evening with Carol Drinkwater

Friday, July 28, 7pm – 9pm

Join Chester Lane Library with Carol Drinkwater,

Sunday Times best-selling author, filmmaker and

actress, as she talks about her latest novel. Cost &

booking: £4 (£3 concession if member of St.Helens

Libraries). Ticket price includes refreshments.

Chester Lane Library, 132 Chester Lane, Sutton

Manor, St Helens, WA9 4DE Contact: culturalhubs.

eventbrite.co.uk

Star Night

Saturday, July 29, 7pm

Orrell St. James welcomes you for a night of

entertainment. Starring John Martin, Andie Dee and

Magician Johnathan. Tickets are £5 and all proceeds

from the night will be going to Derian House

Children’s Hospice.

St James Social Club, Vicarage Rd, Orrell, WN5

7AX. Contact: 01695 623902

Birds of Prey

Saturday, July 29 & Sunday, July 30, 11am – 3pm

Horus Birds of Prey returns with their stunning birds

for you to meet and view. See full flying displays in this

fully interactive experience and learn more about the

birds from their passionate keepers.

Inglenook Farm, Moss Nook Lane, Rainford, St

Helens, WA11 8AE. Contact: 01744 886812

Welly Walk

Thursday, August 3, 10am – 11.30am

Wiggle with the worms as you search the sea edge for

jiggly jelly fish and their friends. Thanks to Lancashire

Wildlife Trust for running this event in partnership

with National Trust. Wellies or Jellies essential for full

exploration! Ideal for 4 to 8 year olds. Tickets £3.00 per

child, normal admission charges apply.

National Trust Formby, Victoria Road, Formby, L37

1LJ. Contact: 01704 874949

Brookfest

Saturday, August 5, Noon – 10pm

The 3rd Annual Brookfest music festival at Blackbrook

Rugby Club, there are bands throughout the day,

a large outdoor bar, food, and festival traders. It’s a

family friendly event, donations are welcome with

proceeds going to local charities. Children under 12

are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Blackbrook Rugby & Recreation Club, Boardmans

Lane, St Helens, WA11 9BB. Call: 01744 730492

Knowsley Feelgood Festival

Saturday, August 5, 1pm – 5pm

Bring your family and friends along to the third

Knowsley Feelgood Festival and enjoy a range of fun

and creative activities and attractions guaranteed to

boost your mood and improve your wellbeing.

Court Hey Park, Gladstone Field, Roby Road,

Huyton, L16 3NA.


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Summer Fair

Saturday, August 5, 11am – 3pm

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

and drink. Enjoy a day in the sun (hopefully!), with

stalls, entertainment and much more.

Greenslate Community Farm Greenslate Road

Billinge, WN5 7BG. Contact: 01695 221950

Knowsley Flower Show

Sunday, August 6, 11am – 5pm

2017 is the ‘50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love’

so what a great theme to have for the annual Flower

Show. With activities, advice and gardening help

many classes will be presented on the day.

Court Hey Park, Gladstone Field, Roby Road,

Huyton, L16 3NA. Call: 0151 426 6455

Wigan Pride

Saturday, August 12

Following the huge success of the first ever Wigan

Pride back in August last year. This year the event

is going gold to celebrate 50 years since the

decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

Believe Square, The Wiend, Wigan WN1 1PF.

Contact: wiganpride.com

Grand Opening

Sunday, July 16, 10am – 2pm

Come and join the celebrations of the long awaited

opening of your 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 each played their own part in

building an amazing community resource for all to

use. With the offer of food, drink and entertainment,

there will also be the monthly Vintage Farmers Market.

Greenslate Community Farm Greenslate Road

Billinge, WN5 7BG. Contact: 01695 221950.

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Southport Flower Show

Thursday, August 17 – Saturday, August 20

This year’s theme is The Curious Garden; 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. 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

An Americana Music Festival

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

Listen to great music, eat great food and drink, and

enjoy some of the themed stalls and the child’s fun fair.

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

Makerfield, WN4 0BY. Contact: seetickets.com/

event/an-americana-music-festival

Macmillan Fundraiser

Friday, September 29, 3pm (Fashion show at 7pm)

Join St James for their annual Macmillan fundraiser

with the sale of fresh produce and homemade baking,

culminating in a beauty and fashion show. Tickets £6

St James Social Club, St James Road, Orrell, WN5

7AA. For tickets call Kath on 01695 721038


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Food & Drink

Family first at

mealtimes

By Jeananne Craig

“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

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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

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.

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’s one from The Easy Family Cookbook to have

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Taste Test

Fire up the

Quattro’s

Back in the 1980s, Audi’s new Quattro model was synonymous with style

and speed. A few years ago, its popularity was rekindled in the TV cop show

Ashes To Ashes.

Unlike the car, Quattro’s Itailian

Ristorante has never fallen out of

fashion. Started in 1997, it has been

a constant byword for authentic

cuisine, stylish surroundings and

very friendly, helpful staff.

My colleague Lisa joined me at

the restaurant, located just off the

Rainford Bypass, for a lunchtime

meal recently.

The first thing which hits you as

you enter is the fabulous aromas

emanating from the kitchen. The

reception bar area is stylish and

the staff are very chatty and

approachable.

For starters, I had the Antipasto,

a selection of Italian cured

meats, cheese, bread and olives.

Although a fairly standard dish,

the taste was anything but that. Top marks to the olives, which were

plump and flavoursome. I also loved the gently roasted peppers which accompanied

them. Italy may be known for pasta and pizza, but their love and devotion to bringing

vegetables into their own is a lesser-heralded triumph.

Lisa’s Burrata E Prosciutto - a creamy Mozzarella cheese with Parma ham drizzled

with truffle oil - was wonderfully refreshing. The tomatoes gave the dish an added

lift, and you could definitely see yourself eating this on a hazy evening as the sun

sets over the Bay of Naples.


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My mains, Filleto Monte Mare, was, on the face of it,

a straightforward surf and turf. However, the steak

- cooked rare as ordered - transformed it into a real

carnivore’s dream. The king prawns also lived up to

their name, provided some lovely seafood to the

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Lisa opted for the Pollo Quattro’s - chicken breast

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So many times, you go to a restaurant to find a

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For desserts, there was only really one choice for me.

Italy is famous for its ice creams, so I had strawberry

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Lisa went for the chocolate fudge cake and, like me,

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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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by Tim Barnes-Clay

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

up to seven people safely and comfortably.

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,

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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

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Standard equipment on the Ford Grand C-Max is

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

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I was a man who used to dislike MPVs because of

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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

Prestonians are being canny in not broadcasting


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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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Liverpool Road

Preston

Avenham Park

River Ribble

Holme Road

A59

Earl of Derby

Statue

Cafe

River Ribble

Hill Road

Penwortham

Bridge

Tramway

Leyland Road

West Coast Mainline

Valley Road

Car Park

Postcode:

PR1 9XH

B5254

Hurst Grange

Park

Lower Penwortham

A582

Hill Road South

Marchalls Brow

Middleforth Green

B5254

Factory Lane

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.


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