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Having sat in far more council meetings
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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
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.
David Sudworth, Editor
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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
St Helens Council’s
Cllr Terry McEvoy
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 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
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Both were “strongly advised” to each write a letter
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Conduct training, including Equality Act issues. The
pair refused to comment as they left the hearing at
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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.
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
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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”.
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.
“We did get a reaction,” says Denise. “People would
be throwing coins at us, trying to get them into our
“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
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.”
you’re younger, do
The band began
competing in 1970
and since then has
seen some success.
2003 and 2006 the
band qualified to
compete in the
in Dundee and
Harrogate. As a
result the band was
promoted to the
3rd section. Nationally, its highest ever ranking
in the bands history. Most recently the band has
been privileged to play for the Queen on her visit
Last February, they competed in the North
West Area competition in the Winter Gardens in
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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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.
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Greece is the word
Like two pearls floating atop a deep blue sea,
Zante and Santorini have plenty to catch the
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
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
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, the island of
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
in Greece & Cyprus
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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.
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simply kick off your shoes and let the honeymoon
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your departure date and choice of hotel and venue
to all the vital details like flowers, photography,
cake... right up to organising the entire reception.
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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.
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:
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
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
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
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Southport Flower Show, Esplanade, Southport,
PR8 1RX. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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/
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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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
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
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
Fancy trying some new recipes with your family?
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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
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
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.
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
Lisa opted for the Pollo Quattro’s - chicken breast
with mushrooms, garlic, peppers, shallots and fresh
chillies in a white wine and tomato sauce. Once
again, top marks to the tenderness of the chicken.
So many times, you go to a restaurant to find a
piece of rubber hiding below a beautiful sauce. At
Quattro’s, the elements were equal partners in a
dish which was truly bellisimo.
For desserts, there was only really one choice for me.
Italy is famous for its ice creams, so I had strawberry
and chocolate. It was less creamy than traditional
English ices, but that’s no bad thing as it allowed the
favours to stand on their own.
Lisa went for the chocolate fudge cake and, like me,
wasn’t disappointed with her choice. A lovely end
to a fine meal.
Quattro’s has been around for 20 years now, and
they’ve adapted to changing eating habits while
staying true to their Italian heritage. The staff are
magnificent - one even wrote down the name of his
hometown and implored me to visit it if I ever had a
spare day in Sicily.
I’m not sure if I’ll make it to Italy, let alone its islands,
any time soon. But with Quattro’s just around the
corner, I’m not sure there’s much need to...
Quattro’s Ormskirk, Rainford Road, Bickerstaffe,
Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 0HF
Tel : 01695 720800
Rainbow Lamb &
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
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)
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.
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,
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
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
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
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
tarmac. It’s also got a cheeky punch to it, with the
Titanium X 2.0 TDCi 150PS Powershift variant able
to do 0-62mph in 10.7 seconds. It’s efficient, too,
consistently doing mid to late 40s real-world mpg.
So, I’ve got to say, as a dad-of-three, I’m impressed.
In fact, I’m seriously considering buying the Ford
Grand C-Max now I’ve lived with it for a while. I
just might not be able to dig deep enough for the
• 0-62 mph: 10.7 secs
• Combined mpg: 56.5
• Engine layout: 1997cc 4-cylinder turbo diesel
• Max. power (PS): 150
• CO2: 129 g/km
• Price: £28,865
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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
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
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
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
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...
Earl of Derby
West Coast Mainline
Hill Road South
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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