Local Life - St Helens - September 2017

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LocalLife

St Helens Edition September 2017

Education Special

pages 33-44

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Coming of

age

Ido it every year - but this September marks a

‘special’ sort of anniversary as it’s 21 years since

I left school.

As each new academic year commences, I briefly

ponder about where the time has gone. We’ve

recently took on some new members of staff who, I

am advised, are ‘millennials’. I had to look it up.

The mere fact they were necking rusks at the same

time as I was being introduced to the perils of cider

is enough to flummox me.

It’s not the only thing. Back in the mid 1990s, careers

advice was still very much stuck in the dark ages. I

recall one of my friends being told that his ambition

to be a computer programmer was ‘very 2001: Space

Odyssey’ by a careers officer. I had to look that up

too. Lord knows what that same officer, wherever

they are now, is thinking as this new generation of

kids want to be You Tubers when they grow up. It

wasn’t even a noun until a couple of years ago, and

now you can earn millions from speaking nonsense

in a funny voice. How times change, or maybe not in

Joe Pasquale’s case.

So wherever your child/grandchild goes to next on

their academic journey, I wish them well. 21 years

ago, it was predicted that by now, robots would

have taken all our jobs and become masters of the

universe. A salutary tale of how things don’t always

turn out as predicted.

One thing is for certain though, in a further 21 years

time I’ll be much greyer, none much the wiser and

still baffled about the appeal of You Tube.

David Sudworth, Editor


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In this issue

Education

feature

33

Full steam

ahead

Regulars

26 Class From The Past

31 Planning

46 Puzzle Corner

51 Events2Go

Sections

8 Local News

34 Education

48 Travel

56 Food & Drink

59 Jack’s Tracks

66 Test Drive

63 Garden Diary

63 Gardening

66 Motoring

69 Home Services

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Billinge mum Julia Folan had more

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Because not only was her brother, Jim, officiating

- but she had made his clergy robes by hand. And

that has now set her on the path to open her own

business after 20 years of working in social housing.

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Julia’s original plan was to split the business

between three areas: vestments, children’s

communion and flower girl dresses and repairs

but due to Julia’s contacts within the church and

the quality of her work she has been busy making

vestments and robes for clergy members: “Word of

mouth is growing quite rapidly and I’ve got really

good links with the local Archdiocese and they

have been able to provide me with some work. It’s

about being able to move in those circles and get

my name out there. It’s very exciting.”

Julia, whose business was boosted with help

from St Helens Chamber and the New Enterprise

Allowance, is now focusing on growing her client

base further by working on her website, which

she will use to promote her services, especially to

the clergy: “Because the vestments is a very niche

market, I’ve had to look at building a website. The

people who buy vestments are less likely to use

social media platforms and more likely to look on

websites so that is something I am working on

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Find your voice

Haydock Male Voice Choir is holding an information

evening and free concert for prospective new

members. The choir was founded in 1923 by a small

group of miners who were enthusiastic about music

but knew very little about it. They met in a local pub

and rehearsed once a week. Nowadays, the choir has

members from right across the area.

If you are interested in joining the choir, you are

invited to go along to Haydock Conservative Club,

Bellerophon Way, on Tuesday September 5, from

7.30pm-9.30pm. Organisers say the bar will also be

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One year anniversary

Fizz and fun were the order of the day when Rainford

clothes shop Ella Mora celebrated its first 12 months

in the village. Customers and staff were treated to

bubby and cake to mark the occasion. The Church

Road boutique was opened by former Tyrers owner

Ali Tyrer last year. It specialises in ladies’ lifestyle

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New dementia cafe

A new dementia cafe is being launched in Garswood.

It’ll be held on the last Wednesday of the month,

starting on Wednesday, September 27, at St

Andrew’s Mission Hall, Garswood Road. The free cafe

has been set up to support those in the area living

with dementia, as well as their carers, friends and

family. It starts at 1.30pm and finishes at 3pm. For

more information, contact Rosalyn on 07981 201386,

Denise on 07962 392999 or Gail on 07341 266544.

Library loan changes

Bookworms are being reminded that, from

September 1, library loans can only be renewed via

the internet a maximum of three times. If you want

to renew a book more than three times, it has to be

taken into a St Helens local library for a member of

staff to authorize it.


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Hall to be sold for housing?

Billinge’s Public Hall could be sold off

for housing, it has emerged.

Parish councillors are considering the long-term

future of the pre-fab building on Pingot Road.

One of the options, which went out to public

consultation recently, is to sell the building and find

a different location for meetings.

Billinge Chapel End Parish Council said that the

building is likely to need “significant investment” in

the long term if it was to remain open.

It added: “Although the hall is very well used, it

has a number of drawbacks. In addition to the

maintenance issues and the cost of this, it has

limited parking and is not in the most central

location for the village. As a result, the parish council

is considering whether there are other options and

whether more suitable buildings may be available.

“If another building were considered, the parish

council would need to sell the Public Hall. The

likelihood is that this sale would be to a developer

who would build housing.”

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The event, organised by local resident Stephanie

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up at St Aidan’s Primary, complete with carols,

presents and entertainment.

Steph told Local Life:

“I have previously

volunteered at a

similar event in

Liverpool a couple of

years ago which was

a brilliant experience.

It was an amazing

day and it was so heart-warming

to see what a positive impact it

had on everyone – guests and

volunteers alike. For our event,

we are hoping to accommodate

up to 50 guests, and the

invitation is open to anyone

who may find themselves alone on Christmas Day

– be they elderly, living with a mental or physical

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themselves alone for whatever reason. As long as

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Tribute to John unveiled

A bench and commemorative plaque

has been installed in memory of a

much-loved street sweeper.

John Cunliffe, from London Fields, Billinge, died

almost a year ago - just a few months after retiring

from his post.

He’d spent 46 years getting the streets clean -

most of that time in Garswood and Billinge. When

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Course bosses are putting on a weekly, Sunday

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In the 1980s, a carboot-style market was held at

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The new market, touted as one of the biggest in

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plants, crafts, household goods and more. There

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drink outlets. Entry and parking are both free.

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Award is a family affair

A local family firm has scooped a

prestigious honour.

Abbott-Wade, established in 1996 by friends Craig

Abbott and Mike Wade, won the Best Small Business

in the North West title at the National Family Business

Awards.

It was handed to them at a glittering ceremony at

Wembley Stadium.

There are three generations of family working at the

company which includes fathers, step sons, in-laws

and cousins. The company was founded in St Helens,

and moved to Lowton four years ago. In January, it

relocated to a larger base in Warrington.

“Employing family is something which people tried


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to steer me away from in the early days,” says Mike

Wade.

“People always told me that it would make life

difficult for us but in fact the opposite has been true.

“The family we have working with us all have a

vested interest in doing a good job, their reputation

is so closely linked with ours. It’s been wonderful to

see family businesses such as ours and all the other

finalists and winners recognised at a national level.”

Johanna Wade and Michelle Abbott, wives of the

directors, said: ‘We’re very proud of the Abbott-Wade

family. It’s hard work running a small business as I

have witnessed first hand.

“Long hours, hard graft, stress and lots of sacrifices

made along the way. I may be biased but if anyone

deserves this recognition it’s Mike and Craig; both

genuine, honest and kind hearted to the core.”

Lee Kayat, Mike’s cousin and team leader at Abbott-

Wade, said: “Winning the family business award

feels like a great achievement and proves that

all the hard work over the years is paying off and

getting recognition. I feel very passionate about the

company and our achievements.’

Craig Abbott added: “Whatever part of the country

our work takes us to, it’s always good to come home.

“That’s why we were thrilled to hear we’d been

shortlisted to represent the North West at the

National Family Business Awards and now to have

won the Best Small Business in the region is a massive

honour.”


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Class from the past

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Store bid goes to appeal

Controversial plans to build a

convenience store on a pub car park

will be decided by a Government

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New River Retail have decided to appeal St Helens

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Station Road, Garswood.

Planners refused permission, citing parking and

access issues. There have been three applications

for the site since 2014. In June 2016, an appeal

against a different planning application was

dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

The latest appeal is currently open for public

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Cafe opens at Greenslate

Billinge’s latest eating house, the Straw Bale Café,

opened its doors recently at Greenslate Farm on

Tracks Lane in the village. The café is located in the

brand new eco building, which was funded to the

tune of a £400,000 grant from Public Health England.

The building has been constructed to traditional

standards using straw bales as insulation, hence the

name, and rendered using traditional lime plaster.

20 years of Willowbrook

Willowbrook Hospice is inviting local people to

join them for their anniversary dinner on Friday,

October 27, at St Helens Town Hall. The event, which

is part of the hospice’s 20th anniversary of caring

for people across St Helens and Knowsley, features

live entertainment and prizes in the silent auction

and raffle. Nichola Saunders, head of fundraising

at the hospice said: “Many people don’t realise

that Willowbrook is a charity and that without

the generous support of the local communities

we wouldn’t be able to continue to provide our

specialist care to our patients and their families.”

Tickets for the Anniversary Dinner are £35 and can

be purchased by calling 01744 453798 or emailing

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Opening hours at the café are currently 11am-4pm

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Planning Matters

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11 School Brow : First floor side extension with a

single storey rear extension along with a linked

annexe (ref: P/2017/0659/HHFP.

Blackbrook

4 Syston Avenue : Demolition of existing

conservatory and erection of a single storey rear

extension (ref: P/2017/0639/CLP).

Moss Bank

88 Cambourne Avenue: Single storey rear

extension projecting 4.05m from the rear, 3.6m

high overall, and 2.3m to the eaves. (ref:

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Avoid the

‘embarrassing

parent’ trap

By Lisa Salmon


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Parents embarrassing their kids is as much

a part of parenting as changing nappies or

telling them off.

But while the fact that mums and dads embarrass

their children - and quite possibly enjoy it - hasn’t

changed, it seems they’re doing it in a much more

modern way.

A new study has found that the primary route

to embarrassment at the hands of parents is the

internet, with three quarters of the mortifying things

kids say their parents do taking place online.

The research by Post Office Broadband revealed

today’s teens are suffering social media mortification

at the hands of their parents, with more than three

quarters (78%) of youngsters claiming they are

constantly left red-faced because of their parents’

actions on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Indeed, more than one in 10 (14%) say they feel more

embarrassed by their parents being online than in

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list of embarrassing things parents do. Complaints

from teenagers include parents posting old family

pictures online (31%) and embarrassing comments

being left for all to see (28%).

Despite the objections, nearly a third of parents

admit they frequently post baby pictures of their

teens.

Vicki Shotbolt, chief executive of the parenting

site Parentzone, points out there’s a big difference

between sharing baby photos and special moments

and posting obviously embarrassing snaps online.

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“And if you’re going to publish a photo to the world,

make sure it’s one you (and your child) would be

happy seeing on a billboard now or at any time in

the future.”

FACEBOOK FRIENDS

A fifth of parents say they often add their children’s

school friends as Facebook friends, despite 17% of

teens protesting that this mortifies them.

Possibly as a result of mums and dads ‘stealing’

teens’ Facebook friends, and sharing content

inappropriately, one in 10 teenagers admit they hide

online posts from family members.

However, some of their parents just don’t get it -

and in fact 14% believe their offspring think they’re

cooler for using social media.

That said, it’s not just about your kids thinking you’re

cool, as a savvy 17% of parents admit they follow

their children online just to keep tabs on them.

While many parental misdemeanours occur online,

that doesn’t mean kids aren’t embarrassed by

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their mums and dads in traditional ways too. Oldfashioned

family faux pas include parents being

badly dressed (22%) or having to be seen in public

together (21%).

And even waiting in sight when teens are being

picked up from school/parties, as opposed to staying

in the shadows or round a corner, is a source of

embarrassment for an ungrateful 22% of youngsters.

ETERNAL TRUTH

“Parents embarrassing their children is an eternal

truth,” admits Shotbolt.

“It has always happened and always will. However,

there’s something very different about causing

public distress to children and building a digital

footprint of them that causes them upset.

“It lessens the fundamental trust that children need

to have in their parents,” she says.

“If a child can’t trust their parent to protect and

respect their privacy online, who can they trust?”

Top 10 ways teens are left red-faced by parents

1. Posting childhood pictures on social media (31%)

2. Posting embarrassing comments online (28%)

3. Waiting in sight when being picked up from

school/parties (22%)

4. Embarrassing dress sense (22%)

5. Being caught in public together (21%)

6. Excessively liking all social media posts (20%)

7. Posting holiday pictures on social media (17%)

8. Tagging in cringey status updates (14%)

9. Following/adding school friends (17%)

10. Posting private messages publically (6%)


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Hard work pays off

Merchant Taylors’ School has hailed a

raft of outstanding A Level results.

With a pass rate of 100% at the Girls’ School and

99.9% at the Boys’ School, over two thirds of all

exams were achieved at the highest grades. Many

students have gained their first choice University

course to study a diverse range of subjects

from Medicine, Law and Physics to Engineering,

Mathematics and Classics.

All three Oxbridge offer students have had their

places confirmed. Jessy Li and Leon Reason are both

going to Cambridge; Jessy to study Engineering

and Leon to study History. Shenghao Zhou is going

to Oxford to read Mathematics.

Headmistress of the Girls’ School, Louise

Robinson, said: ‘I am delighted that the hard work

and perseverance, supported by the excellent

specialist academic staff, have been rewarded by

fantastic results.’ Mr Deiniol Williams, in his role

as Headmaster of the Boys’ School said ‘I am very

proud of what our boys have achieved over the

last two years – they deserve every success. Today’s

results are just reward for the efforts which have

been applied by students to their academic studies.

Of course, none of this could have been achieved

without the dedication of our subject-specialist

teachers and the support of our parents.’


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Daniel makes the grade

A former Rainford High pupil is off to

Cambridge after a string of impressive

results.

Daniel Davidson recorded A*A*A*A grades,

meaning he has earned a place studying economics

at the top university.

His results were among a number of success stories

for Carmel College students as the college was

confirmed once again as one of the top 10 Sixth

Form Colleges in the country.

Other successes included:

- Emma Wells former Cowley High – A*BBC – Going

to KPMG to do an Apprenticeship in Accounting

- Jack Cross former St Augustine’s – AAB – Going to

Leeds University to study Medicinal Chemistry with

a year in industry

- Kimberley Waugh former Sutton Academy – BBB

– Going to Edge Hill University to study Human

Geography

Niamh Honey former St Cuthbert’s – AAAA – Staying

at Carmel to do the Art Foundation Diploma

- Olivia Siddeley former Hope Academy –

Dist*Dist*E – Going to John Moores University to

study Biomedical Science

- Sophie Wignall former De La Salle – AAA – Going to

Newcastle University to study Modern Languages

- Ysobella Cox former Rainhill High – AAA – taking

a gap year

College principal Mike Hill was delighted: “A Level

results day is one of the highlights of the college

year. Staff and students have worked very hard over

this year to ensure that we continued to achieve

the best possible results here at Carmel and we are

thrilled. It has been a real privilege to share their

success and to have the chance to wish them all the

best in the next stage of their lives.”


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100% passes in key subjects

St Helens College students proved

they know all about the three Rs in

the latest A-level results,

They scored a 100% pass rate in Mathematics,

History, English Language, English Literature,

Sociology, Psychology and Religious Studies and

58.2% of A level students achieved high grades (A*

- C).

The majority of students secured a place at their

first choice university including University of East

Anglia, University of Leicester and University of

Manchester.

The set of results comes following the introduction

of more challenging, two year, linear A levels. This

change included a single, longer examination taken

at the end of the two years.

Shannon Heaton, who achieved A*, A*, B in

Psychology, Sociology and Law, said: “I am thrilled

with my grades, especially as these contribute to the

area of work that I would like to launch my career in.

Studying at the A Level Academy has developed my

confidence, independence and academic ability,

in preparation for my Psychology degree at The

University of Manchester. I am hoping to one day

become a psychologist.”

Damon Frodsham celebrated gaining his place

at University of Liverpool. He said: “I’m so happy

that I’ve achieved A, B, C in Business, History and

Biology. I can honestly say that studying at the A

Level Academy is the best decision that I’ve ever

made. Originally, I wanted to pursue a career as

an Air Crewman but unfortunately having asthma

prevented me from doing this, so I decided to

look at another route that would fuel my interest

in business. Not only have I made some amazing

friends but I have secured a place at my first choice

university, studying International Business. I hope

to work within accounting or finance one day.”


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Diary Dates

Location Event Date

September: St Augustine High School Open Evening 14th September

Lord Derby Academy Open Evening 14th September

Rainford High School Open Evening 27th September

The Sutton Academy Open Evening 27th September

St Mary’s College Open Evenings 28th & 30th September

Winstanley College Open Evening 28th September

St Cuthbert’s High School Open Evening 28th September

October: Merchant Taylors’ Open Evening 5th October

Merchant Taylors’ Open Morning 7th October

Lord Derby Academy Open Morning 7th October

Merchant Taylors’ Sixth Form Open Evening 17th October

Carmel College Open Events 18th October

Winstanley College Open Evening 19th October

The Sutton Academy Open Evening 27th October

November: Carmel College Open Events 9th & 18th November

Winstanley College Open Evening 16th November


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pet, determine who has which species and

the town and month in

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Canary bought it

during the summer.

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Travel

Full steam ahead

Go anywhere in the Isle of Man and you’ll One of the island’s best known attraction is the

inevitably hear the local saying “Traa Dy Laxey Wheel, or the Lady Isabella as she is known

Liooar” (pronounced ‘tray de lee-urr).

As the Manx for ‘time enough’, it embodies the spirit

of a place where things tend to happen at a more

leisurely pace - perfect for a holiday destination.

Just a few hours by boat from Heysham, near

Lancaster, the Isle of Man isn’t part of the United

Kingdom, but is a Crown dependency. Many liken

it to Britain in the 1950s. People leave their doors

open while at the shops, horse drawn trams can be

seen on the seafront at the island’s capital, Douglas.

And there are plenty of heritage railway lines to

enchant visitors over and over again.

locally. Built in 1854 to pump water from Laxey’s

lead and zinc mines, you can still climb up to the

top via a steep, spiral staircase.

Snaefell Mountain provides a stunning backdrop

to the village, and its mountain electric railway is a

great way of reaching the top. On a clear day, you

can see England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales from

its 2,036ft high summit.

Over on the west side of the island is Peel, an old

fashioned fishing port whose quaint, narrow streets

lead to its deep harbour. On the way, you can call

at Tynwald Hill. Tynwald claims to be the oldest

parliament in the world, at over 1,000 years old.

An exhibition in St John’s

Church nearby charts the

hostory of this fascinating

political entity.

Once in Peel - home to

the famous Manx kippers

- you can visit Peel Castle.

Located on St Patrick’s

Isle, it dates back to the

11th Century. It’s also

worth paying a visit to

the House of Manannan

museum, which explores

Man’s Celtic, Viking and

maritime heritage.

To enjoy a full journey

on the Manx Electrical

Railway, Ramsey is a

great place to start. The

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the longest, narrow-gauge vintage railway in the

British Isles, taking you on a 17 mile journey across

gorse-topped hills and along the stunning coastline

to Douglas using the oldest working tramcars in the

world.

If steam is your thing, the Douglas to Port Erin line is

an attraction not to be missed, It’s the island’s oldest

Victorian railway system, travelling through small

towns and villages along the way. The southern

part of the island is also home to The Calf of Man

and The Sound. Here, you can spend a beautiful

evening watching the sun set - although it can get a

bit windy at times so a good coat is recommended!

Also in the south is Castletown, the island’s ancient

capital. Castle Rushen, a magnificently preserved

medieval fortress, dominates the town and is very

much worth a visit - as is the Nautical Museum and

the old House of Keys.

Billinge-based Marken Travel has teamed up with

Great Rail Journeys UK to offer a great experience

to those who want to discover the charms of this

small, rugged island. Six days costs from £645 and

includes five nights at the Four-Star Claremont

Hotel in Douglas.

Having almost a week will certainly ensure you have

“Traa Dy Liooar” to tour a slice of Manx life.

Vintage Railways

of the Isle of Man

Tour Details

Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish

Standard rail travel

Return ferry from Heysham to Douglas

5 nights at 4* Claremont Hotel in Douglas - Breakfast & evening meals included

A journey on the Douglas Promenade by horse drawn tram

Excursions on Snaefell Mountain Railway, Manx Electric Railway, Isle of Man Steam Railway

Coach excursions to Peel and Castletown

For details on this and other rail tours in the UK and Europe, call Marken Travel for a free brochure.

*Departures between 11th April and 4th October 2018

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Jaguar Cars Past & Present

Sunday, September 3, 11am – 4pm

St. Helens Transport Museum, in association

with the Jaguar Drivers Club, is hosting a display

of Jaguar cars from past to present. This family

friendly day out consists of model railway displays,

refreshments served from a Wartime Fire Service

Canteen and free vintage bus rides, on a 1950s bus,

for all to enjoy. Family tickets (2 adults 2 children

under 18) £12.25. Children under 5 are free. Adults

£4.25, Children £2.50 Concess.£3.25.

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

1DU. Contact: 01744 451681

Male Voice Choir

Tuesday, September 5, from 7.30pm-9.30pm

Haydock Male Voice Choir is holding an information

evening and free concert for prospective new

members. Organisers say the bar will also be open

and wives/partners will also be very welcome.

Haydock Conservative Club, Bellerophon Way,

Haydock. Visit www.haydockmvc.com

Church Open Days

Friday, September 8-Sunday, September 10

Your chance to look round a Grade I listed building

from 1610, with a Saxon font and a Jacobean ceiling.

Open from 2pm-4pm on the Friday, 11am-3pm on

the Saturday and 1pm-3pm on the Sunday.

Prescot Parish Church, Church Street, Prescot

The 39 Steps

Saturday, September 9, from 2.30pm

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller, The 39 Steps,

brilliantly recreated for the stage as the smash hit

comedy suitable for all the family. Tickets £12.

The Citadel Waterloo Street, St Helens, WA10 1PX.

More details - 01744 735 436.

Orrell Live 2017

Saturday, September 9, from noon

This year’s line-up includes Olivia Garcia, Haze,

Mercury & May, Brother Beyond, the Uk’s Number

One Drifters Tribute 2016, S Club Party and

Golborne Brass Band. Tickets (£10 for aged 17 and

under, or £25 for over 18s) via www.orrell-live.co.uk

Orrell Cricket Club, Winstanley Road, Orrell

Rainford in Victorian Times

Sunday, September 10, 10.30am – 4pm

The Rainford Heritage Society will once again be

celebrating Open Heritage Sunday. This year’s

theme is Victorian Times and there will be a video

running throughout the day to display activities for

children that went on throughout that era. There

will be live entertainment from the Mucky Mountain

Morris Dancers and a talk held by Liverpool City

Town Crier, Terry Stubbings.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Rd, Rainford, St

Helens WA11 8HB.


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Craft and Farmers Market

Sunday, September 10, from 9am

Find over 40 stalls packed into barns and a

courtyard. Discover dozens of award winning, local

produce stalls and get your fix of your favourite

cheese, pie, jam or cake. Cotton Town Hot Cub will

be back with a bang with music and fun. Parking

and entry are free

Inglenook Farm, Moss Nook Lane, Rainford, St

Helens, WA11 8AE

80s Mania

Friday, September 15, 7.30pm – 10pm

Europe’s Official 1980’s Multi-Tribute Concert

featuring 25 chart topping pop icons recreated with

live band and awesome dancers. Performing over

35 chart topping smash-hits with tributes to Duran

Duran, The Human League, Kim Wilde, Culture Club,

Madonna, Wham!, Nena, Toni Basil, Frankie Goes to

Hollywood, Dead or Alive, Madness and more!

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street,

St Helens WA10 1LQ. Contact: 01744 756000

Southport Air Show

Friday, September 15 – Sunday, September 17

Combining a spectacular air display with a host of

ground activities, the Southport Air show is a funfilled

experience that the whole family can enjoy.

Southport Beach, Southport, PR8 2PP. Contact:

visitsouthport.com/airshow

Northern Soul All-Nighter

Sarurday, September 16, from 10pm-6am

Sentenced To Soul & Wigan Roller Rink presents

The Empire All-Nighter 2. Organisers say it’ll be

the biggest all-nighter in Wigan since the Casino

with 1,000 capacity. Tickets are £12 via www.

ticketsource.co.uk

Wigan Roller Rink, Unit 2, Swan Meadow Industrial

Estate, Swan Meadow Rd, Wigan, WN3 5BD.

Paws in the Park

Sunday, September 17, 11am – 7pm

This year will be bigger and better than ever,

especially with their famous dog show! There will

be a concert featuring lots of local acts and dance

groups, donations to the event are always welcome.

Sherdley Park, St. Helens, WA9 5DE. Contact:

frasersevents.org.uk

20th Anniversary Concert

Saturday, September 23, 7.30pm

St.Helens Sinfonietta is celebrating its 20th

anniversary in this concert with two of the bestloved

pieces of music-Elgar’s Cello Concerto and

Dvorak’s Symphony from the New World. Tickets

at £15 (half price for children) can be obtained by

phoning 01744-600846/ 07914-114635 or on the

door on the evening of the concert.

St Helens Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens

Artisan Food and Craft Fair

Sunday, September 24, from 11am-3pm

Some of the most talented food, craft and gift

businesses in the North West (and a little further)

offering a selection of goods that aren’t available

on the high street.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford St

Helens, WA11 8HE

Macmillan Fundraiser

Friday, September 29, from 3pm

This annual event includes cake, vegetables and

fancy good sales, followed by the main beauty and

fashion show at 7pm. Tickets for the show are £6 and

are available by contacting Kath McGuire on 01695

721038.

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

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Charity Fashion Show

Monday, September 25, 2pm (2.30pm start)

A fun packed afternoon of fashion and Beauty.

All proceeds will go to Willowbrook Hospice and

Multiple Sclerosis. Tickets £10 available from Ella

Mora Rainford, Beauty by Helen French in Eccleston

and Willowbrook Hospice.

Houghwood Golf Club, Billinge Hill, Crank Road,

Billinge, WA11 8R. Call Marion on 01744 885322

Dementia Cafe Launch

Wednesday, September 27, 1.30pm-3.3-pm

A free community cafe to support those living with

dementia. Carers, friends and families also welcome.

St Andrew’s Mission Hall, Garswood Road,

Garswood. Call Rosalyn – 07981 201386, Denise –

07962 392999 or Gail – 07341 266544

Musical Fireworks

Friday, Sept 29, to Sunday, Oct 1, from 6pm

Set in Victoria Park, the British Musical Fireworks

Championship are firework displays like no other.

Over three nights prepare for breath-taking

displays, an array of light and a mixture of music

which will have you dancing away.

Victoria Park. Rotten Row, Southport, PR8 2BZ -

www.visitsouthport.com

Rainford Ladies’ Choir

Friday, September 29, 7.30pm-10pm

Concert being held to raise money for church

funds. Tickets are £7 including tea/coffee and cakes.

Contact Ann Abraham on 01744 883969.

Rainford United Reformed Church, Higher Lane,

Rainford.

Big Goldilocks

Tuesday, October 24, 2pm-5pm

Everything is in disguise and the story goes into

the skies with this comical retelling of Goldilocks

and the Three Bears by Booster Cushion Theatre.

The classic story is retold through a massive 6ft tall

book complete with pop ups and props coming out

of the book! Free entry, but please register at www.

eventbrite.co.uk

Moss Bank Library, Bowness Avenue, Moss Bank

Blind Winetasting

Friday, October 27, 7pm

Enjoy an evening of wine tasting...be entertained

with music and a quiz while enjoying a platter of

cheese and pate. Tickets are £20 and can be booked

through Rainford Parish Council clerk’s office on

01744 884709.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford.

Willowbrook 20th

Friday, October 27, 7pm

Join Willowbrook Hospice us for a special evening

as they celebrate 20 years of caring. Enjoy a

three course meal and live entertainment.

Tickets £35 via 01744 453798 or e-mail events@

willowbrookhospice.org.uk

St Helens Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens.

Grannylocks

Sunday, October 29, 11:30am

Join performance poet Joseph Coelho, as he unravels

familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary

classics in an enchanting performance for young

and old alike.

The Citadel, Waterloo Street, St Helens, WA10 1PX.

More details - 01744 735 436


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Food & Drink

Guilt-free food! By

Ella Walker

YYou will find a brachiosaurus moseying

through an asparagus forest, a tiger surveying

a field of Szechuan peppers, and a duck bobbing

about with a load of cherry tomatoes in Thomasina

Miers’ new recipe collection, Home Cook.

And they all look so happy.

“You can tell I was pregnant when I was making

it, can’t you?!” the Cheltenham-born chef and

restaurateur yelps with a laugh. “Oh my God, we

had so much fun! The designer to begin with was

like, ‘What are you doing with all the toys? Get them

out!’”

Fortunately the designer caved in, and plastic toys

dotting the pages included, Miers’ fifth book is all

clean lines and straightforward recipes. It pops with

colour and is bolstered by Mexican influences - this

is, after all, the woman who co-founded popular

restaurant chain, Wahaca, which is now in its 10th

year of taco slinging.

At its core though, Home Cook is a reflection of

“how we eat at home”, says Miers, 41, and how

having three small children and a restaurant empire

affects that.

“The food I cook now is very different to the food I

cooked 20 years ago, when I had all the time in the

world,” she explains. “I’m a working mother, who toxic subject,” says Miers. “I grew up as a teenager

comes home late sometimes and just has to get full of hang-ups about food and always dieting, and

food out on the table, but equally, I want to feed my it’s such a bad way to live your life. Over the years,

family good food.”

I’ve developed - I never say no to anything.

The collection of 300-odd recipes, she says, is also a “The moment I say to myself, ‘I won’t do that’, that’s

“guilt-free joyous approach to food”, in reaction to the first thing I want to do.”

“all this neurosis about eating and what not to eat” You have to work out what works for you, rather

that currently abounds.

than letting trends and aspirational Instagram

“Healthy eating has become such a loaded, almost posts dictate your diet, she explains.


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“Everybody’s bodies are different; we all react

to different ingredients in different ways, so it’s

nonsense to say one diet can be suitable for

thousands of people, it doesn’t work that way. It’s

about adapting your own likes and dislikes and

eating the way that’s right for you, and having fun

with it.

“Basically, if you’re cooking a bit from scratch at

home, which you can do affordably and easily, then

you’re going to be eating healthily, and if you eat

a few doughnuts along the way, it doesn’t really

matter.”

Miers won MasterChef in 2005 and still appears

on the series as a guest judge, which she says is

“much more relaxing - although it brings all the

memories back. It’s amazing how food’s moved

on, so occasionally I just want to be doing it again,

knowing what I know now.”

Her advice for the latest crop of amateur chefs

entering the MasterChef kitchen is: “Cook from

your heart. The second you try and get too clever

with cooking, you’re found out pretty quickly.

Food is a very sincere occupation, and a lack of

sincerity shines out. You’ve got to cook from your

heart and soul - which is what makes MasterChef

so compelling, actually, seeing people putting

themselves on the line.”

Had she not wowed MasterChef hosts John Torode

and Gregg Wallace, Miers is convinced she’d still be

“in a similar place” to where she is now.

“I don’t think MasterChef waves a magic wand over

your career,” she muses. “It definitely gave me the

confidence to get into a kitchen and start cooking,

but, like any reality show, it doesn’t make your life,

you have to make your life yourself.”

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Unbelievably Dark &

Delicious Chocolate Cake

Makes 1 large cake

Ingredients

For the cake:

380g butter, plus extra for the tins

380g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped

380g caster sugar

2 small pinches ground cinnamon

Several large pinches of salt

200g plain flour

6 eggs, beaten

For the topping:

4 Mars bars

100ml whole milk

3 tbsp golden syrup

90g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped

500ml double cream

3 Flakes, chopped into 2cm lengths

2 packets of Rolos

1 large packet of Peanut M&Ms (optional)

Edible glitter

Method

Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5 and butter

and line the base of two 20cm non-stick cake tins.

Melt the butter in a medium pan over a low heat;

once melted, stir in the chocolate, being careful

not to burn it. When the mixture becomes smooth

velvet, add the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir until

the sugar has dissolved, then slowly sift in the flour,

stirring to combine. Beat the eggs into the chocolate

mixture a little at a time until fully incorporated.

Pour into the prepared tins and bake for 30-40

minutes until the outside is dark and delicious

looking and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to

cool in the tins for 15 minutes before removing to

a cooling rack.

Meanwhile chop up the Mars Bars and melt with the

milk, syrup, dark chocolate and 50ml of the double

cream. Whip the rest of the cream until it just holds

its shape.

Sandwich the cooked cakes together with the

whipped cream and pour over the Mars Bar sauce.

Scatter the various chocolates and the glitter on

top. Serve.


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sponsored by

Golborne &

Haydock Park

by David Sudworth

Distance is all relative. For Americans or

Australians, 50 miles is the sort of distance

they’d travel just to do the weekly shop. For Brits, it’s a

day out. It’s mostly to do with the fact that our roads

are a) gridlocked and b) never take you as the crow flies.

This walk hammers home that point with aplomb. A

simple half mile by foot on this stroll would take three

miles by car - the phrase ‘quicker to walk’ was made

for this. We park up at the far end of Ashton Heath,

once home to a ‘hermit’ who died some 98 years ago.

It’s now a popular dog walking spot and, once upon a

time, a favourite meeting point for my classmates who

wanted to while away Friday nights by swigging cider

and singing Nirvana songs.

We take the path which goes behind the Blenheim

Road estate and crosses Millingford Brook. It’s an

area which has an abundance of blackberry bushes,

and it’s now the right time of year to go a-pickin’.

Once over the brook, take the footpath which forks

to the right and along the outside of the farmer’s

field. To your left there is a copse in the distance,

keep on the right hand side of it as you veer

towards it. It’s a good time of year to go as the farm

workers are out spreading muck on the fields. It’s

good to show kids the type of environment from

which their bags of Monster Munch emanate.

We came out at Golborne Road, and immediately

took a left. Cross over the road and take the next


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public footpath on the right on the perimeter of

Jameson’s Farm. The path carries on for a while until

it veers right, down towards the Harrow Inn pub.

At the Harrow, you double back on yourself and

head up Edge Green Road, and back towards

Golborne Road. In truth, this part of the journey

could be missed out, but a pub stop is always a

welcome sight on any walk.

At the junction of Edge Green Road/Golborne Road,

turn left and then take the first right onto Edge

Green Lane. Here, you have to stay on the left hand

side of the road as there’s no footpath. Head down

the dip and under the disused railway bridge. For

a quicker way back, you can follow the abandoned

rail track route back to Ashton Heath, but I would

always advise caution, especially as one of the

bridges further down has a steep drop in part of it.

On no account should kiddies or pets be allowed to

roam freely on that part of the stretch.

Back on the original route, we are heading down

Helen Street, when we stumble upon the curiouslynamed

Hell Nook. There’s various theories about its

origin; one includes the story about a local nurse

who performed pagan rituals at her home in the

nook.


Hell Nook

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Golborne Road

Town

Green

B5207

Edge Green Road

Edge Green

Common

Edge Green Lane

Ashton

Heath

Dismantled Railway

Helen Street

Haydock Park Racecourse

Harvey Lane


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Having safely negotiated this part of the walk

without any bad spells being cast upon us, we turn

right into Harvey Lane. At this point, you can see the

grounds of Haydock Park Racecourse.

The park itself is steeped in history. It can be traced

back to the Leghs, a prominent Lancashire family,

whose interests in horse racing go back to the 18th

Century and held meetings on a stretch known as

Golborne Heath.

The arrival of industry in the area appears to have

given a boost to the organisers and even 100

years ago the pattern of the present Haydock Park

meeting started to take shape.

You follow the perimeter of the park for around half

a mile until you get back to Ashton Heath.

This 3.7 mile walk took us just over an hour and a

half - perfect for the coming months when daylight

gets more scarce. There’s also some interesting local

history on the way. And don’t forget the hedgerows

which are bursting with free food. What are you

waiting for?

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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The joy of

pottering

Award Winner

by Angie Barker

Gardening is such a rewarding pastime. It

can be physically challenging but it doesn’t

have to be. And there is no greater pleasure in life

than pottering. Running a busy garden design

business means I usually have a list of things that

need doing in the garden within a limited “window

of opportunity” as they say. Therefore when I do

get the chance to potter (one definition of which is

“move or go in a casual, unhurried way”) it is all the

more pleasurable. I can’t say that I’ve achieved a lot

- that list of things that need doing doesn’t have any

ticks against it – but I do feel like I have recharged my

batteries. And we all need that from time to time. The

down side to pottering is that five minutes can easily

turn into half an hour and half an hour into an hour.

Hubby often has to come looking for me as I’ve lost

track of time. (Hubby does not do pottering).

There is no better way to learn about gardening

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For example, whenever you see the word “vigorous”

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These are plants that love to multiply. I’m not talking

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Test Drive

Volkswagen

Passat GTE

by Tim Barnes-Clay

The GTE badge was first ushered in with the

VW Golf and it eventually made its way to the

more conservative Passat.

Bolting a plug-in petrol-electric propulsion unit to

a model that is best known for its diesel pulling

power was perhaps a brave move for Volkswagen.

But it seems to have paid off with the Passat.

Like the Golf, the VW Passat GTE’s looks

are characterised by C-shaped LED lights

accommodated in its bumper, and the blue bar that

stretches across the headlights and grille.

It’s a restrained fine-tuning of the Passat’s tailoring,

although, given the intense hue of blue, the use of

which even expands to the car’s brake callipers, the

GTE model is simple enough to distinguish from

diesel Passats.

The battery capacity and output have been given

a bit of a boost, but the petrol-electric set-up is

fundamentally the same as in the VW Golf GTE’s. The

156PS 1.4 TSI petrol unit and 115PS electric motor

combine to make 218PS, giving a 0-62mph sprint

of 7.4 seconds. Top speed is 140mph, but unless

you’re on a German autobahn, you’re unlikely to risk

finding out what that feels like.

Step into the cabin and the Passat GTE houses a

few understated touches, such as blue piping, blue

stitching, aluminium trim and GTE emblems. Other

than that, the switchgear and seats are the same as

in any other Passat.

And, as with all Passat saloons, space is generous.

Even with the car’s lithium ion drive battery

beneath the rear seats, the VW has good room and

a boot that is big enough for a family’s needs.

The Volkswagen’s electric charging time is easy

to cope with. Plugging the car’s seven-pin charge

cable into a 16A wall socket, I got the 9.9kWh

battery from a quarter charged to 100 per cent in

under two hours. The GTE runs well on electriconly

juice, with a possible range of 31 miles on zero

emissions.

In Hybrid form the VW saloon responds admirably,

even when the petrol engine has closed, which it’ll

do at moderate motorway speeds. The power unit

restarts effortlessly when it needs to, while the car’s

cruise control allows it to store its own impetus and

cruise economically.

The Passat GTE’s handling is as good as its


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Fast Facts

• 0-62 mph: 7.4 secs

• Combined mpg: 156.9

• Engine: 1395cc petrol + electric

• Max. power (PS): 218

• CO2: 40 g/km

• Price: £37,025

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bends and its tyres will dig into the tarmac strongly.

There’s very little body roll, and the steering, while

not delivering that much feedback, is precise.

with a sophisticated plug-in hybrid system, VW

has produced one of the greatest reasons yet to

think about swapping from a standard oil-burning

business saloon to an electrically powered one.

Here’s the important bit, though.

VW claims the Passat GTE will do

156.9mpg on the combined cycle. But,

as with all cars, this model’s economy

will depend on what your driving is

like. On a 60-mile run, beginning with

a fully charged battery and driving on

a mix of roads, I achieved 80.1mpg.

Volkswagen’s Passat GTE is, without

doubt, a talented car and an attractive

vehicle in a wider sense than a

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