Local Life - St Helens - October 2017

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Changing

seasons

The leaves are changing colour, the days are

getting shorter, and the temperature is starting

to cool. That can only mean we’re heading into

autumn.

This really is a lovely time of year, when the days are

crisp, the sky is clear (I’m being wishful here), and the

air is fresh.

I recently relocated back to the North West and I

had forgotten how beautiful our local landscape is,

but a recent drive through the area reminded me.

The wide-open green spaces and historic towns and

villages, make this part of the world worthy of a big

screen debut.

Having lived in London for a few years, in the hustle

and bustle of the Big Smoke, you really do notice a

difference when you come home. I’m taking this

opportunity to recharge my batteries, and enjoy the

much more relaxed and friendly way of life that our

area has to offer. And I hope all of you at home are

making the most of it too.

Over the next few months we’ll see more events

catering to the family, from every child’s favourite

day to dress up on Halloween, to the long-awaited

Bonfire Night – an excuse for young and old to have a

little extra sparkle in their life, or perhaps lose a tooth

or two on a toffee apple.

But personally, I’m looking forward to long walks in

the countryside and warm, toasty evenings snuggled

up at home with a piping hot drink. Or maybe a glass

of red…or two.

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In this issue

Man of the

match

Regulars

16 Planning

28 Class From The Past

43 Puzzle Corner

44 Events2Go

49 Jack’s Tracks

53 Test Drive

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Education

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Jack’s Tracks visits

Sefton Park

49

Test Drive

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R-Design

53

Sections

6 Local News

53 Motoring

Publisher: Chris

Sales: Clare

Editorial: David, Niamh

Design: Dylan, Peter

Distribution: Sally

Accounts: Sam

56 Gardening

58 Home Services

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Judging took place on Sunday, July 23 and the

winner was crowned on Tuesday, September 26,

Efforts of other competitors were also praised.

The Rose Bowl was presented by Cllr Tricia Long,

chairman of the Parish Council.

And the podium winners were; Anthony Galloway

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Bampton in second place, and taking the bronze

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Campaign for Len

Len (left) with fellow Lucem House volunteers

A campaign has been launched in

memory of a “beautiful soul” who was

killed by a drunken thug.

Len Saunders, 65, died after 17-year-old Luke Woods

threw a single punch at him in St Helens town centre.

Woods had asked Len if he had a cigarette just seconds

before landing the fatal blow. Woods has now been

locked up in a Young Offenders’ Institute for four years

and four months after admitting manslaughter.

Len was a passionate support of St Helens community

cinema Lucem House. A campaign has now been

launched to raise £25,000 to provide step-free access to

the facility in memory of Len.

Heba Soliman, Len’s nephew, has set up a Just Giving

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Lucem House, and rather than focusing on the

circumstances of his death, I would like to continue

his legacy and celebrate his life. Therefore we ask,

rather than sending us flowers etc, we seek the

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to raise the funds to provide step free access to the

cinema. Not only would this have made my uncle

very happy but it would also mean that his death

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“Lucem House is a volunteer run cinema catering

for independent and world cinema and supporting

special interest film clubs to programme their own

genres. After a successful pilot season in a local

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was offered by the YMCA . The challenge now is to

provide access into, inside and around the building

for wheelchair users. A combination of ramps and

lifts will be necessary to meet the need.

“Any donation is one step closer to making a

difference to so many lives. Len is sorely missed

by all whose lives he touched. A true loss to the

community and my family, but please let his legacy

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New facilities at school?

Rainhill High School has unveiled

plans to expand its classrooms and

facilities.

An application lodged with St Helens Council calls

for the demolition of the single storey extension on

the sixth form block followed by the erection of a

two storey teaching block.

It will be located between Block 5 and the Sixth

Form block and will feature seven general teaching

classrooms, one activity studio, and a student

reception at the front of the school.

The schools says the development proposal will

provide enough teaching space for existing pupils,

to accommodate the shortfall. And the new activity

studio ensures additional sporting provisions that

the school is “lacking”.

There’ll be improved control and safeguarding

thanks to the new student entrance/reception,

as well as connecting the Sixth Form Block with A

Block-Block 5, allowing pupils to flow between the

buildings on the ground and first floors.

It is claimed both pedestrian and vehicle access

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the school grounds’ size, there is enough space to

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The Pilkington Family Trust runs a day centre at

Ruskin Respite Lodge, providing services to the

elderly such as gardening , hairdressing services and

day trips out.

But some of those services are now at risk unless

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Planning Matters

Eccleston Park

16 Forest Grove: Single storey rear extension (ref:

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Rainhill

Rocklands Chalets, Rocklands House, View Road:

Demolition of existing single storey chalets and

erection of one, 4 bedroom detached dwelling

and four, 3 bedroom semi detached dwellings with

driveways. (ref: P/2017/0637/FUL).

Town Centre

18 Ormskirk Street: Part change of use of vacant

retail unit to combined gin and coffee shop (ref:

P/2017/0711/FUL).

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Hitting the right notes

Church Square shoppers in St Helens helped raise

over £120 while being entertained with sweet

melodies by the Liverpool Harmony Group.

The 14 singer large Prescot-based group

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Liverpool Harmony Group wowed the crowds

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Man of The Match

David Sudworth talks to the man who was the face of Granada

football for a generation of youngsters ...

He’s the first one to admit it’s an unusual name.

“Elton Welsby... do I like? I don’t know. You could argue that, if I’d have been

called Paul Jones or whatever, I might not have had the career I did.”

We’re sitting in the ex-sports presenter’s local pub. It’s been a while since Roger Elton

Welsby, to give him his full name, appeared on our screens. But he’s still instantly

recognisable as the well-known front man of some of Britain’s biggest sporting

moments.

What is perhaps little well-known is that Elton, now 66, was brought up in St Helens.

The son of a Welsh mother, he was born in Lancaster and adopted at just six weeks

old by Ruth and Len Welsby.

“They both went to Cowley, and that’s where they met.”

His memories of St Helens are few (the family moved away when he was six) but they

are vivid.


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“I was part of a large family. We used to congregate

at granny’s house. She lived with her daughter,

Eileen, in an old pottery house at the top of Elton

Head Road. In fact, I sometimes wonder where I

was named after that road. I was never quite sure...

never asked about it.”

“I remember my first day at school at Bleak Hill. I

kicked off big time - I was not a happy bunny,” he

laughs.”

Due to his father’s job as a bank manager, the family

travelled around a lot.

“We moved to Meols, in Wirral, and two years later

we went to Macclesfield. After three very good years

there, he was transferred to the bank’s Laurel Road

branch, off Prescot Road, in Fairfield, Liverpool.

“I called Bob Paisley ‘boss’

and gave him cigars”

“We actually lived above the bank. Can you imagine

that happening now? Dad didn’t want me growing

up there so we moved to Woolton.”

Aged 17, Elton started work at Royal Insurance in

Liverpool. Him and the company were not a match

made in heaven: “I hated every single minute of it.

My dad got me into it because it was a ‘respectable’

job but I’m numerically dyslexic so failed the course

dismally after 11 months.

“A guy called

Griffiths, who was

the department

head at the time,

gave me downthe-banks

about

it. So I told him

I was leaving, or

words to that

effect.”

His next job saw Early on in Elton’s career

him work as a porter at Broadgreen Hospital: “I

absolutely loved it. We could have a laugh, even

when we were carting dead bodies down to the

mortuary. The Carry On team did films about

doctors, but they should have done one about

porters - they’d have had so much material to work

with.”

It was while working at Broadgreen that Elton’s

interest in journalism began.

“There was a canteen there and I picked up a copy

of the Liverpool Weekly News, which I hadn’t seen

before. It had about 10 pages of sport in it, so I

wrote to the editor.

“Three days later I got a reply inviting me in, and I

got a job at the Widnes office. It was that simple. My

early jobs including covering weddings, deaths and

generally stuff journalists hate.”

Up until this point, he was known as Roger Welsby,

but that changed one day when a

colleague, called Ken Welsby (no

relation), asked him that the ‘E’ stood

for in his name.

“Ken was very posh, he used to drink

pink gin, and when I told him it was

Elton, he said:’That would be a hell of

a pen name!’ so it just sort of stuck.”

Liverpool’s ‘quiet genius’ Bob Paisley

In 1974, after four years in local

newspapers, Elton landed a job at

Radio City, which allowed him to

get the real inside track on Liverpool

FC, who were at that time kings of

Europe.


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“I used to go on the team bus - can you believe

that?” he laughs.

“It actually used to wait for me, if I was held up

doing an interview. I never sat with the players;

they’d encourage me to go and have a beer with

them at the back but I declined because it was their

time to unwind.

“About an hour into the journey, Liverpool manager

Bob Paisley, who would be in his slippers by this

point, would trundle down to the front where I was

sitting, behind the driver, and say: ‘So, what did you

think?’

“Bob liked a cigar and I always had one for him. I

even called him ‘boss’. We’d have conversations and

I always respected the fact that they were private. I

might say something on air but wouldn’t attribute

it to coming from Bob.”

His ability to get the inside track also saw him

involved in, by today’s standards, bizarre situations.

“I’m a big Saints fan and this one year they were in

the Lancs Cup Final against Wigan at Central Park.

My son Chris was with me and we sat on the bench.

“Our goal kicker was Shaun Day and he was really,

really worried about the game. The coach, Billy

Benyon, asked me to go and have a word with him.

So I went up and said: ‘What’s up?’ and he told me

that he was really nervous.

“I basically said: ‘What the effing heck have you got

to worry about? You’ve got one of the world’s best

players, Mal Meninga, in your side.

“That perked him up; we won and Sean kicked five

goals and scored a try.”

Interviewing Jimmy Greaves and Dennis Law

Arsenal v Man Utd game. The difference was that on

TV, you need to know when to shut up. From there, I

moved into presenting.”

Elton went on to front some of the biggest

moments in sport, including the Hillsborough

tragedy in 1989.

“You need to know when

to shut up on TV”

“I was fronting the results service and information

was coming in, but it was only drip-drip.

“I just sat there as information was fed to me as we

were on air. We had the amount of people dead at

25, but as we know it climbed to 96. I looked at You

Tube a few weeks ago and the footage is on there.”

1989 also saw Elton present the live, end of season

league title decider between Liverpool and Arsenal.

But by far Elton’s biggest gig was when he was, in

his words, pressganged by TV boss Paul Doherty

into joining Granada.

“It was 1978 and I didn’t go in front of a camera

for six months. I was a researcher and that’s how I

learned, as TV is completely different.”

Doherty, who only died last year after a battle with

cancer, is the man credited with bringing live sport

into the nation’s living rooms for the first time.

“I commentated on two games, including an

Presenting ITV’s results service


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No-one gave Arsenal a hope. They had to win by two

clear goals and they were playing away at Anfield.

But in probably the most dramatic way possible,

Arsenal - who were 1-0 up with just seconds to go

- clinched a winner courtesy of midfielder Michael

Thomas.

“I remember two things about that. Firstly, ex

Liverpool player Ian St John was sat with us, and

when Thomas scored, he literally fell off his stool.

“We also had Bobby Robson, who was England

manager at the time, with us. When that second

goal went in, all Bobby kept saying - almost in a

daze - was: “Football will never cease to amaze me.”

In the days before satellite TV, viewing figures were

more concentrated. This meant Elton became a

household name. However, just a few years later,

the emergence of Sky Sports created a sea change -

and Elton was suddenly no longer cock of the walk.

By 2000, Elton had left Granada having had a run-in

with a head of local programming: “She didn’t like

me for some reason. I got called in and was told

they weren’t renewing my contract.”

After Granada, Elton had a spell at Century Radio

and then at Everton FC TV - the team he’s supported

since childhood.

These days, he’s mostly occupied with looking after

his two grandchildren; Dylan, who is five, and Oscar,

who will be two soon.

“I have Oscar two or three afternoons a week and

the love I get is something I’ve never experienced.

He’s besotted with his grandad Elton.”

“Didn’t you used to be

Elton Welsby?”

Elton’s daughter lives close by while his son, Chris,

is carrying on the family traditional as he works

on a Qatar-based sports channel which hosts the

Richard Keys and Andy Gray Show.

Looking back at his own career, Elton says he

couldn’t be more happy: “I got the main footballer

presenter job at a time when there were so few

channels. Look at Sky these days, how many

presenters do they have? If they put on my

gravestone: ‘The man who pioneered TV sports,’

that would be something, wouldn’t it?

“People still recognise me even all these years later.

I get fellas coming up to me saying: ‘Didn’t you

used to be Elton Welsby?’

“I’m always pleased to inform them that I still am...”


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Degrees of

learning

16 page

education

special


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The 16-year-old pinch

The new academic year is often a time

when people try to take a good, hard

look at their finances.

But for parents of teenagers, the amounts being

shelled out on their offspring may come as a shock

when the outgoings are added up in the cold light

of day.

Financial pressures may have also changed quite

a bit since parents themselves were teens - with

gadgets like mobile phones, tablets and laptops now

part of the routine expenses for many households.

Research from Aviva suggests parents typically

spend more than £28,000 raising a teenager.

Excluding household costs such as food and energy

bills, parents typically put the average cost of raising

a son or daughter from the age of 13 to 19 at £28,767.

While parents say they spend just over £4,100 a year

on raising a teenager on average, the average cost

rises to £4,800 for a 16-year-old.

Technology plays a major part in ramping up the

cost, according to the findings. More than half (53%)

of parents spend on technology for their teenagers,

such as mobile phones and laptops, forking out £225

per year on average.

Even if your offspring are planning to fly the nest

in 2017, parents should not necessarily expect they

can draw a line under their financial commitments

to their children.

Aviva also found another £15,406 is needed by

parents on average to help each child between the

ages of 20 and 25 years old - a time when many

young people may “boomerang” back into the family

home after leaving university.

So how can parents create better relationships

with teenagers where money is involved? Here are

some tips from Louise Colley, customer propositions

director at Aviva:

- Talk to your teen about managing their

finances and make sure they know the basics of

budgeting, particularly

at key milestones such as

moving away from home

for university or college.

- Encourage them to put

money aside each month

and take responsibility

for managing their own

money.

- Be open about the

family’s

finances,

particularly as teens get

older.

- Plan ahead. If your

teen is planning to go to

university, make sure they

understand how much

money they will receive

and how to make this last.


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Class from the past

This month’s Class from the Past is from Nutgrove

School. The photo was taken in 1928. Maybe

Anne Turner

MUSIC TEACHER

GDMuS. CertEd. ALCM

Voice/Piano

Keyboard

Theory

Choral Direction

Anne also works with choirs and

community music groups

For more information, contact Anne on:

Tel: (0151) 426 6606

Mobile: 07767 815916

Email: j.anneturner@btinternet.com

DBS Certified

you can spot a familiar face, such as a parent or

grandparent? Remember, if you have a photo you’d

be willing to share, contact us today by emailing

sthelensnews@locallife247.co.uk

School makes progress

A Prescot primary has secured a ‘good’ rating from

Oftsed. St Mary & St Paul’s CE, on Bryer Road, was

told it puts its pupils’ needs at the centre of its work

and supports them and their families well.

In a letter to acting headteacher Paul Brooksbank,

Ofsted inspector Mark Quinn said: “You have

effectively addressed the areas for improvement

that inspectors identified in the previous inspection

report. Your checks on the quality of teaching and

learning are now more thorough. You observe

lessons, for example, and feed back strengths and

weakness to teachers so that they can improve their

practice. In most cases, the work that is provided by

teachers for pupils is now a good match to their

abilities.

“The governing body now holds the school more

effectively to account for its performance and no

longer relies solely on reports from you.”


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30 years of Carmel

Carmel College is celebrating its 30th

year this autumn.

The institution opened in September 1987 on the

site of Mount Carmel Girls’ school following the

reorganisation of the local high schools.

Back then, there were around 400 students enrolled

at the college. As well as offering A Levels and

vocational courses, a small number of students

with moderate learning difficulties followed a Skills

for Life course in the college’s bespoke Foundation

Learning department which was, and still is, an

important part of the college.

30 years later and, as well as offering over 50 courses

including a wide range of A Levels, BTECs and

Foundation courses, you can also study for a degree

at Carmel and there are now almost 2000 students!

As well as links with several universities, Carmel

has international links too – with a school in France

for 25 years and for the last 3 years with a school

in China. Alongside their studies, students are

encouraged to take part in a range of enrichment

activities and the opportunity to learn Mandarin is

one of many options available.

To accommodate the increase in students over

three decades, Carmel has continually expanded

and improved its facilities and the original Mount

Carmel buildings have been replaced. Most recently,

three new buildings were added which house

the arts, humanities,

sciences as well as

Student Services at a

cost of £23m.

Principal Mike Hill

said: “I feel extremely

privileged to become

only the third Principal

to lead such a fantastic

college.

“From day one, Carmel

College has delivered an outstanding sixth form

education to thousands of students from across St

Helens and the wider region. We will continue to

serve the community for hopefully another thirty

years and enable even more young people to fulfil

their dreams.”


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Results success

Over 450 A level students joined their

parents and teachers at Cronton Sixth

Form to celebrate their results.

Achieving an overall 99.4% A level pass rate and 81%

high grades, once again the college is delighted to

be sending record numbers of students off to a wide

range of prestigious universities and employers.

Over 25 A level subjects boasted an impressive

100% pass rate and high grades have increased at

the college for the sixth year running.

Equally impressive

is the college’s

vocational

pass

rate of 100%

with 92% of

students achieving

BTEC grades at

Distinction*

Distinction

and

level,

and 48% achieving

triple

star

distinction

grades

(equivalent to 3 A*

grades at A level).

These results and

high grades build

upon last year’s

which placed the

college as 3rd in

the Country in

the Department

for Education

performance table.

Many students are

now progressing

on to some of

the country’s top universities including York,

Leeds, Bristol, Nottingham, Exeter, Liverpool and

Manchester.

Mary Murphy, college Principal said: “We are

thrilled with the exceptional A level and vocational

results our students have achieved again this year,

especially the number who have achieved high

grades. It was wonderful to be able to celebrate

today with staff and proud teachers who have

all worked so hard to achieve these spectacular

results.”


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Former students Sophie Yorke and Ellie Jackson, who took part in the college’s MDV programme, went on to

degrees in children’s nursing

Doctors and the medics

Winstanley College’s annual

Medics, Dentists and Vets (MDV)

day took place recently allowing

aspiring healthcare professionals to

experience what the future may hold

for them.

The event is organised as part of the college’s MDV

programme

supports

which

students

in their applications

to university.

Five

students,

studying

former

now

on

medicine, dentistry

or

veterinary

degrees, came in

for a question and

answer session with

this year’s cohort of aspiring medics, along with, Dr

Catherine Gallagher, who gave a talk on ethics.

Liverpool University also hosted a practical

workshop, demonstrating medical techniques and

students were encouraged to ‘have a go’ at skills

such as suturing a wound on imitation skin.

There are over 100 former Winstanley students

currently studying medical, dentistry or veterinary

science and the strong alumni links are instrumental

to the success of the MDV programme.

Dave Woods, MDV co-ordinator, said: “We’ve had a

great day to launch what is the start of a very busy

application process. Last year an impressive 57 offers

were made to students at universities all around

the UK, and, looking at the calibre of applicants this

year, we are looking to achieve similar again. A big

thank you to all the external people such as former

students, local doctors and universities, who help to

make MDV day such a success.”


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Royal seal of approval

St Helens Chamber welcomed the

Queen’s Representative, Her Majesty’s

Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside,

Mark Blundell, and local dignitaries

including The Mayor of St Helens, as

they were officially presented with

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

St Helens Chamber received the good news that

they had been awarded the prestigious Award

back in April, and on Friday The Queen’s Awards

for Enterprise flag was flown high at the Chamber

building on Salisbury Street as the official

presentation took place.

Chamber staff and board members were in

attendance for the presentation, as Mr Blundell

read out the official notice on behalf of Her Majesty

the Queen.

The annual Queen’s Awards recognise British

businesses that have excelled in exporting, social

or environmental good works, or innovation. The

Chamber was one of just six winners of the new

Promoting Opportunity Award, introduced for the

first time this year.

Accepting the Award on behalf of St Helens

Chamber, chairman Graham Worsley, said: “We are

delighted to have been awarded the Queen’s Award

for Enterprise in recognition of the work we do to

promote opportunity and support social mobility.

The commitment of our staff is exemplary and the

work we do makes a huge impact on people and

businesses in St Helens. The Chamber is an asset

to St Helens and we are proud to have had this

recognised at the highest level.”

St Helens Chamber works to promote enterprise

opportunities for the St Helens community, through

every part of the business, supporting people to

achieve their maximum potential, whether it is

supporting local entrepreneurs to start or grow

businesses, providing people with valuable skills

and qualifications, supporting young adults into

their first job, or encouraging children to aim higher

when they leave school.

Visit www.sthelenschamber.com


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Diary Dates

Location Event Date

October: Merchant Taylors’ Open Morning 7th October

Lord Derby Academy Open Morning 7th October

Byrchall High School Open Evening 10th October

Cronton Sixth Form Open Evening 11th & 12th 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: Cronton Sixth Form Open Evening 7th November

Carmel College Open Events 9th & 18th November

Winstanley College Open Evening 16th November


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Puzzle Corner

WORD SEARCH

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Julie, Jane and Sam are going to a show that

starts at 12:30. They are all married and each

have a different surname and a different car.

Can you work out the names of their husbands,

the cars they drive and

what time each of them

left for the show?

CLUES

1. Julie, who is married to

Dave was not the first

to leave her house.

2. Jane left her house 30

minutes after Sam who

does not own a Golf.

3. The Mini belonging to

Dave and his wife was

driven off at 11:15am.

4. Sam, whose husband has

the same initial, left in a

MLK.

All the puzzle solutions are on page 60 of this magazine


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MABL: St Helens vs Trafford

Tuesday, October 10, 8pm-10pm

St. Helens Basketball Club is based in Broadway

Badminton Centre and offers basketball training

sessions and games for all ages (11yrs+). See them

in their second game of the MABL Premier Division

league campaign against Trafford.

Haydock High School, Clipsley Lane, St Helens

WA11 0JG

Season’s Greetings

Wednesday, October 12, to Friday, October 14

Rainhill Garrick Society is performing Alan

Ayckbourn’s 1980 play ‘Season’s Greetings’. A dark,

though often farcical comedy, about the life of a

dysfunctional family in an average English suburban

house for four days from Christmas Eve. Tickets are

available at Rainhill Village Hall, Rainhall Village Post

Office or the ticket hotline 01744 813429.

Rainhill Village Hall, Dane Court, Rainhill, L35 4LU

Tales from the City

Friday, October 14, to December 2018

Tales from the city marks the 50th anniversary of

the 1967 Sexual Offences Act with stories from

Liverpool’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+)

community over the past five decades, through

objects, photography and oral history interviews.

This event is free.

Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool

Waterfront, L3 1DG

GDW St Helens Collection

Saturday, October 14, 12pm

During this year’s Guide Dogs Week you could help

organisers change lives by Moving it for Money. St

Helens fundraising branch is holding a collection

at Church Street and you’re all invited to pound

the pavement for a great cause. If you’d like to get

involved please contact Tracey Digby on 07881

269563 or tracey.digby@guidedogs.org.uk

Church Street, St Helens, WA10 1AJ

Late Summer Soul

Friday, Oct 20, 7.30pm to Saturday, Oct 21, 1.30am

Treat your ears to ‘LIVE’ ... Heatwave and Jaki

Graham as they’re supported by some of the North

West’s finest soul music DJ’s. There’s also special

room rates available for overnight guests if you

don’t want the party to stop. Tickets £25 each and

can be purchased www.skiddle.com/whats-on/

Mercure St Helens, Linkway W, WA10 1NG

Sleeping Beauty

Sat, Oct 21, 1pm & 5pm, to Sun, Oct 29, 1pm & 5pm

The beautiful Princess Aurora, cursed by the evil

fairy Carabose is destined to slumber for eternity

unless the handsome prince breaks the spell. Will

true loves first kiss save her? Standard tickets are

between £13 and £15 and family tickets are £55 or

Golden seats are between £15 and £17 and £63 for

a family ticket.

Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St Helens,

WA10 1LQ


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Afternoon Tea

Sunday, October 22, 2pm-4pm

Let the Rainhill Musical Theatre Company put on a

show for you with their selection of cakes and finger

sandwiches, and perhaps a singsong or two? For

more information please call 07975 706395/ 07758

635788. Tickets are £8 and all proceeds are in aid of

Rainhill Musical Theatre Company.

St Ann’s Millennium Centre, View Road, Rainhill,

L35 0LE

Catapluf’s Musical Journey

Sunday, Oct 22, 2pm-4pm until Sunday, Nov 5

Explore rhythms and sounds in Catapluf’s world,

whose imagination can find music anywhere

including pans, water, drums and the body.

Catapluf’s Musical Journey features samba, jazz,

and plenty of audience participation. The new work

commissioned by the EFG London Jazz Festival is by

multi-instumentalist Adriano Adewale (Brazil/UK)

aimed at children aged 5-7. For more information

or to book tickets call 01744 735 436 or email info@

citadel.org.uk or visit the website at www.citadel.

org.uk/event/cataplufs-musical-journey Tickets are

£5 or £7.

The Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St

Helens, WA10 1PX

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

Handa’s Suprise

Thursday, October 26, 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm

Handa’s Surprise offers a theatrical experience for

young children as you watch the story of Handa,

a young girl taking fruits to her friend Akeyo. She

encounters lots of cheeky animals who steal her

fruit including a monkey, an ostrich, zebra, antelope

and parrot. Will Akeyo get any in the end? Tickets

are £3 or £8 for a family/group of four. Tickets can

be purchased www.eventbrite.co.uk

Chester Lane Library, Four Acre Lane, St. Helens,

WA9 4DE. Contact ArtsService@sthelens.gov.uk

or 01744 677081

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 via 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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Meditation Afternoon

Sunday, October 29, 12pm-4pm

The afternoon retreat will see you guided through

several meditation to restore, balance and relax. All

you need is a blanket and an open mind. Tickets are

£25 per person with a £10 deposit requirement to

reserve your place, which can be sent via PayPal to

PayPal.me/shiningsoul

Harmony Counselling, 14 Vincent Street, St

Helens, WA10 1LF

An Austentacious Murder

Thursday, November 2, 7.30pm-10pm

Jane Austen is said to be one of the most gifted

writers of love and the human condition, and in

an ode to her skill, tech developers have created

the ‘Austen Algorithm’ find us our perfect partner.

Moments before the Dating Mr Darcy app launches

at Eccleston Library the creator is found dead. But

who did it? Interrogate suspects and crack the

codes all while enjoying Jane’s wit and wisdom in

this Austen related murder mystery. Tickets are £3

or £8 for a family/group of four.

Eccleston Library, Broadway, St. Helens, WA10 5PJ.

More info ArtsService@sthelens.gov.uk

The Big Pop Party

Friday, November 10, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Popular music fans look no further than this

ultimate celebration of today’s pop music icons.

Bop the night away to four tribute artists and their

bands including the multi-award-winning official

Olly Murs tribute Tristan Drew who’ll be headlining,

the 1989 Taylor Swift tribute band, Sheeran – The

Tribute and the UK’s number one Katy Perry tribute,

Katy Saxon. Adult tickets are £15, Concessions are

£15, children under 15 are £14 and a family ticket for

two children and two adults is £56. Purchase tickets

here https://sthelenstheatreroyal.ticketsolve.com

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, Saint

Helens, WA10 1LQ

No Petticoats Here

Friday, November 17, 5pm-7pm

Step back in time and hear the real-life stories of

First World War women based on 15 months of

research through original songs. Award winning

singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan

immortalises the inspirational tales of women

who challenged expectation, working in a time

of conflict, leaving a legacy. From the woman

who stressed as a soldier on the Western Front to

the women football players banned by the FA,

including St Helens own Lily Parr. Tickets are £3 or

£8 for a family/group of four.

Eccleston Library, Broadway, St. Helens, WA10 5PJ.

Contact ArtsService@sthelens.gov.uk

Disney Christmas Party

Saturday, December 2, 4pm-9pm

Brigitte Photography Studio’s family Disney

Christmas Party will have face painting, Disney

character appearances, gifts, a photo with Santa

(one A4 print), balloon modelling, face painting

and glitter tattoos and so much more. Adult tickets

are £15, child tickets are £5 and groups of up to 5

people are £40.

St Anne and Blessed Dominic’s RC Church, 40

Monastery Road, WA9 3ZD

Jimmy Carr

Friday, December 7, 7pm and 10pm

Jimmy Carr has dedicated his career to crafting

the perfect jokes which have both shocked us and

made our sides split, but all that material from his

extraordinary career is being put to good use in his

ultimate comedy show. The winner of the British

Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’, and

the nominee of the Perrier Award, this is the best of

Jimmy Carr. Not suitable for under 16s. Tickets are

£27.50 https://sthelenstheatreroyal.ticketsolve.com

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, Saint

Helens WA10 1LQ


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Otterspool &

Sefton Park

by David Sudworth

Think ‘Liverpool architecture’ and it immediately

conjures up images of the Liver Buildings, Albert

Dock et al.

But for some of the city’s most stunning residential

examples, you need to take a trip out to the Sefton

Park area. Once upon a time, each part of the city was

awash with resplendent Victorian homes. While many

remain to this day, a large number have fallen into

decay, particularly in the Toxteth and Kensington areas.

Further south though, the buildings remain in good

order - making this walk a real joy.

We park up close to the south entrance of Sefton Park.

Formerly part of Toxteth Deer Park, it was designed

by Frenchman Edouard Andre and local landscape

architect Lewis Hornblower. On May 20, 1872, the park

was opened by Prince Arthur who dedicated in “for the

health and enjoyment of the townspeople”.

We head into the park, taking the path along the

right hand side of the lake, and up through the

middle until we come to the café.

Just over the hedge, we see the park’s famous Palm

House; a Grade II listed conservatory. Suffice to say, I

could fill a good few pages talking about this alone. I

won’t, other than to say it’s well worth a visit.

From here we head south west taking the path to the

Aigburth Drive entrance. Leaving the park, we cross

the road and head down Livingston Drive North and

on into Livingston Drive.


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It’s at this point you get to see the first glimpse of the

lovely Victorian residential properties I was talking

about earlier. The sheer size of them is breathtaking.

And although many have been converted into flats, it

does nothing to take away their towering grandeur.

Once at the end of Livingstone Drive, we meet

Aigburth Road (A561), where we turn left, passing

Sefton Park Library, to cross the main road at the

pedestrian crossing. Once across we go right and

immediately left into St Michael’s Road, continuing

down until you reach Melly Road on your right.

Turn into Melly Road and then left into Southwood

Road. Again, there’s more examples here of

fine Victorian architecture, some with a slight

Mediterranean twist. Going straight past the railway

station follow the path through the woods, down

to and across Riverside Drive, and into the Festival

Gardens.

It’s at this precise spot that the first sign of Liverpool’s

regeneration got underway following the horrific

Toxteth riots in 1981. Thought up by the then

Environment Minister Michael Hesletine, the 1984

International Garden Festival attracted 3.3 million

over five months helped pave the way for the

resurgence of a city which had been scarred for years

by unemployment and poverty.

The gardens have been done up again in recent

years, and provide a pleasant pathway to the River

Mersey. Once on the promenade, we veer left

towards Otterspool. After about a three quarters of

a mile (1.25 Kilometres) we take a path left, up onto

the road and across into Otterspool Park. Here we

head through the park, passing the pavilion, going

under the railway bridge, and up to the gates at

Jericho Lane. Here we cross Jericho Lane, going

right to Aigburth Road, then left and down into the

subway to the other side of this busy road. From the

subway we go left, up the hill and back the south

entrance of Sefton Park.

Although we’ve kept this walk as simple as possible,

much more can be made of both Sefton Park and

the Liverpool Festival Gardens, and there’s lots of

points of interest along with an abundance of places

to eat and drink.

The only thing which let this walk down for us was

some of the graffiti which can be seen along the

route, as it goes some parts of it had a feeling of

being unloved. And that couldn’t be further from

the truth, because many of the buildings and parks

are in excellent condition. Maybe it’s the tradeoff

for heading into a major city, but certainly one

worth accepting.


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House

William

Rathbone

Statue

P

P

Aigburth Drive

Priory

Woods

St Michael’s Road

St Michael’s

C

E

Sefton Park Library

Aigburth Road (A561)

P

Sefton Park

P

Drive

Mossley Hill

Postcode:

L17 0ET

P

Liverpool

Festival

Gardens

P

Riverside Drive

Jericho Lane

Otterspool Promenade

Postcode:

L17 5AL

P

P

Otterspool

Park

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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DIRECTIONS

From the south entrance of Sefton Park, take the

path along the right hand side of the lake and head

up through the middle of the park until reaching the

café. From here head south west to the Aigburth

Drive entrance. Leave the park, cross the road and

head down Livingstone Drive North and on into

Livingstone Drive. On reaching Aigburth Road (A561),

turn left and cross the main road at the pedestrian

crossing. Once across go right and immediately

left into St Michael’s Road, continuing down until

reaching Melly Road on your right. Turn into Melly

Road and then left into Southwood Road. Go straight

past the railway station, through Priory Woods, then

across Riverside Drive, and into the Festival Gardens.

Go though the gardens to the promenade, going left

to Otterspool. After about ¾ of a mile (1.25K) take the

path up to the road and across into Otterspool Park.

Head through the park, passing the graffiti covered

pavilion, going under the railway bridge, and up

to Jericho Lane. Cross Jericho Lane, going right to

Aigburth Road, then left and down into the subway

to the other side of this busy road. From the subway

go left, up the hill and back to Sefton Park.

Length of walk: 4.2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Accessibility: The entire route is wheelchair and

cycle friendly except for the entrance/exit of Priory

Woods. Wheelchair users may struggle to negotiate

the gates.

PARK OPENING TIMES

Sefton Park: 24 hours (Palm House: 10.30am - 5pm)

Festival Park: 8.30am - 6pm

Otterspool: 24 hours

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

By Bus (Arriva)

From Liverpool, Lime Street Station (Stand GD)

Route 82 to Lark Lane (Stop E)

Return to Liverpool, Lime Street Station

Route 82 from St Michael’s Road (Stop C)

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By Train (Merseyrail)

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Test Drive

Volvo V90 R-Design

by Tim Barnes-Clay

V

olvo estates have come a long way since their

‘wardrobe on wheels’ image. We all knew they

were safe and comfortable; they just weren’t sexy.

That all changed some years ago, and the last V70

looked great; perhaps even better than its saloon

sibling, the S80. Then in 2016, the V90 and the booted

S90 came along; two stunning cars with more than a

hint of sporting appeal woven into the luxury, ride

comfort and space that Volvos always offer.

The models have been a success in the short time

they’ve been out – but the V90 is the one that most

people favour. As an estate car, it’s more practical,

even though the Swedish car maker has made the

load area slightly smaller than the previous V70’s.

For those who like versatility and don’t want the

‘conservative’ estate car image, Volvo has recently

put its R-Design stamp on the V90. This means

you can still drive an estate car, but one that looks

hunkered down and stimulating. Yes, stimulating –

who’d have thought a Volvo could have that effect?

The R-Design flavour has always given Volvos that

extra something – it’s made the cars spicier to look at

and hotter in the way they handle. The V90 R-Design

is a genuine looker – a great piece of artwork all

round. Its kerbside appeal is boosted even further,

thanks to its 15mm lowered ride height, silver door

mirrors, gloss black grille and flashy 18-inch alloy

wheels.

The jazziness continues inside, with semi-electrically

operated leather and nubuck sports seats. There are


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also metal-effect inlays, a vivid LED driver’s display,

sports pedals, and illuminated tread plates.

My test car was fitted with the D4 engine, hooked

up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The D4 is

a 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit delivering 190PS - a welljudged

output for regular commuting. It’s quick

enough for most palates, reaching 62mph in 8.5

seconds, but it is prudent, too. If you see over 60mpg

from this engine, I wouldn’t be taken aback.

The V90 is refreshing compared with its rear-wheel

drive German equals. It’s driven by its front wheels,

and is nimbler to wield. The Volvo feels sprightlier,

thanks to the weight of the pedals and steering

- and while this is no small vehicle, it feels far from

overwhelming, due to how acquiescent it is.

Because of the R-Design’s lowered, firmer suspension

set-up, the V90 R-Design will corner quickly without

perceptible body lean. However, the drawback is that

Fast Facts

• 0-62 mph: 8.5 secs

• Combined mpg: 62.8

• Engine: 1969 cc 4-cylinder twin turbo diesel

• Max. power (PS): 190

• CO2: 119 g/km

• Price: £38,205

there’s no option to alter the suspension on the fly.

Mind you, air suspension can be substituted when

you buy the car new, although it will cost you £1,500

for the privilege. On the regular non-R-Design V90s

you’re offered a more cushioned ride. But if you’re

determined to go for a sporty estate, and don’t mind

a lower, firmer system, then the stock V90 R-Design is

an excellent choice.


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Pumpkin is a fruit or, more technically, a

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carving.

Pumpkins take between 90 and 120 days to grow

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5,000 seeds that if

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6 years. High in iron,

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flowers that grow on

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Planted by seed,

Pumpkins grow best

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soil. They will need plenty of water and growing

vines are very delicate. Harvest when ripe with a

deep orange skin.

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• Make sure that any pumpkins are getting plenty of

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• Scoop up any fallen leaves now and add these to

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• Bring inside any pots containing tender plants so

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• Plant up your pots with spring bulbs if you haven’t

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• Prune your climbing roses.

• Finish collecting seeds from the garden ready to

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• Renovate old lawns with a new turf.

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TOP TIP

If you’re collecting seeds to use next year, make sure

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