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You’ve seen Christmas cards popping up in
shops, decorations making appearances and
to the horror of many, heard a festive song already.
Yes indeed, D-day or rather, C-day is upon us.
I have to admit however, I’m a huge Christmas
fan. But not just December 25, it’s the run-up to
Christmas I love. Families and friends get together,
communities become even tighter and I think the
festive cheer brings out the best in all of us.
The holidays at the Ollerton household are a busy
family affair, with all my favourite people under one
roof, getting merry, competitive at games (yes –
I’m a sore loser), and spending quality family time
together while the rest of the world stands still as
more families do the same.
As we approach the happiest day of the year we
have some festivities to get us in the mood. From
Bonfire Night with crackles and sparkles, Christmas
do’s galore, festive food markets, and of course
tucking into our advent calendars once more.
Get out and about during our rare clear, crisp
winter days, eat to your heart’s content, but most
importantly be sure to relax a little before the chaos
of December ensues.
But don’t forget, if you need something special to
help you unwind, it’s nearly time for mulled wine,
mince pies and lots and lots of cheese…
Niamh Ollerton, Deputy Editor
In this issue
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16 Class From The Past
30 Puzzle Corner
36 Jack’s Tracks
40 Garden Diary
46 Th’own Mon
6 Local News
42 Home Services
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visiting Chapter One Tea Rooms in Hindley Library
and attending Standish Music Festival.
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Culcheth Health Centre raised £335.76 at its recent
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Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation
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election to Council of Governors. Alex Hilton is the
new governor for ‘All Other Staff’ while Howard
Gallimore is new governor for the Makerfield
constituency. Dr Corinne Taylor-Smith was
successfully re-elected to the Leigh constituency.
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Business growth ‘essential’
Growing Business Rates will be
“essential” in funding Wigan and
Leigh’s public services.
That’s the message from Town Hall bosses who are
bracing themselves for further cuts in Government
grants to local authorities. A report into Wigan
Council’s budget position for 2018/19 highlighted
the need to collect more Business Rates.
Tony Clarke, assistant director for finance, told
councillors: “Following the devolution deal for
Greater Manchester. Wigan along with the other 9
Greater Manchester councils, are now part of the
pilot business rates growth scheme. In effect the
Council is now able to retain 100% of its business
rates. This is not additional monies as the Council
no longer receives Revenue Support Grant or
Public Health Grant. The retention of 100% business
rates does not give any additional certainty over
our funding as volatility remains with the number
of appeals lodged and the number of successful
appeals. Since 2013 the council has seen a loss
of £7m on the total rateable value of businesses
within the borough.
“Business rate growth is therefore essential to
support the financial position of the council.
“Growth cannot be relied upon as a long term
solution to funding as the Government initially
indicated that there could be a “reset” of the system
in future years. In effect this would mean our base
would be revised therefore losing the benefit of any
2018 plan for new homes
Specific sites for proposed new
homes in Culcheth are set to be
revealed early next year.
Warrington Council officers have indicated that a
consultation process will start in early February.
So far, officers have only consulted on numbers -
approximately 300 new homes in Culcheth’s Green
Belt - rather than specific sites.
Glazebury is earmarked for 50 new homes; as well as
60 in Croft, 90 in Winwick and 150 in Burtonwood.
Lymm - at 500 new homes - is the largest Green
Belt allocation at present. They are hopeful that the
final, approved document will be ready by the end
of 2018. It will also go to the Secretary of State for
A report on the Local Plan says: “It will be necessary
to expand existing primary schools in Lymm,
Culcheth and Burtonwood.
“The numbers are indicative at this stage. The final
numbers will depend on the detailed assessment
of potential development sites, including a more
detailed assessment of the implications for the
character of the respective settlements.”
Leigh Genesis won the club of the
year title at a recent borough sports
The football club, which has over 400 members,
scooped the accolade at the 17th annual Believe
Sports Awards held at the DW Stadium, Wigan.
It’s been a successful year for the club, who
recently won the Lancashire FA Charter Standard
Community Club of the Year and Lancashire FA Best
Inclusive Project Award.
World class sport was also recognised on the
evening in the form of Wigan’s own Olympian
Jenny Meadows, making a surprise appearance
at the awards to receive her 2010 European
Championships silver medal, after being upgraded
from bronze in the 800m following an investigation
into doping offences of Russian athletes.
Other winners were as follows:
Coach of the Year: Rick Atkinson – Wigan Wasps
Wilf Brogan Unsung Hero Award: Mike Hack –
Astley and Tyldesley Cycling Club
Sports Achiever of the Year: Danni Williams –
Musuko Karate Academy
Volunteer of the Year: Pete Prescott – Leigh Amateur
Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year: Daniel
Dawoud – GB Wheelchair Rugby
Team of the Year: Wigan St Patrick’s ARLFC U14s
The Martin Lynn School Commitment to PE and
Sport Award : Garrett Hall Primary School, Tyldesley
Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award: Steven
Johnson – Leigh Leisure Centre
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Class from the past
This month’s Class from the Past is from Culcheth
High School. It’s believed this photo was taken
in the 1950s. Maybe you can spot a familiar face?
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Shooting from the hip
David Sudworth talks to ex-Wigan Tech student who returned home to capture life in
post-Brexit northern Britain
Eighty years ago, a middle class, London-dwelling
creative type headed out of the metropolis to
chronicle the every day lives of people in the north.
George Orwell’s The Road To Wigan Pier remains hotlydebated
in these parts. Did he paint an unfair picture, or
was he simply holding a mirror up to society at the time?
It’s a question which loomed large in Timothy Foster’s
mind when he went on an Orwell-inspired journey
to document life here in 2017. Armed with his trusty
camera, the London-based photographer went to
seek out the people and places who would give an
unvarnished snapshot of life here.
What made it all the more difficult is that, not only is the
44-year-old from the area originally, but some of the
subject matter was really, really close to home: “There’s
a photo of my mum in there, who suffers from post
traumatic stress disorder, as well as a photo of my mate
Dan’s grave. He died trying to medicate his mental health
with alcohol until he was found dead.”
A volunteer and ex-bin man at Astley pit head
Northern Soul at Newtown Working Men’s Club
Leigh man on his way to the shops
Timothy’s work is now on show at The Turnpike
Gallery in Leigh. Taking around one-and-a-half
years to complete, it takes the viewer on a journey
through all facets of life in the locality, including in
All shades of local activity are featured in the myriad
of images - although capturing ‘real’ life in the north
didn’t come without its challenges.
“In London, with it being a capital city, people are
“The first thing people
want to do is smile”
used to being on camera. There’s people taking
pictures everywhere, so it’s part of everyday life.
But that’s not the case here, and the first thing a
lot of people want to do is pose or crack a smile,
which although completely normal in itself, also
looks staged. So you’ve got to get chatting with
them, and then almost catch them off guard if you
Brenda sweeping leaves in Leigh
Garage owner, Leigh
End terrace, Leigh
like. A lot of the pictures were taken with me using
the camera at hip height - so I was literally shooting
from the hip. You’re basically blagging but it’s only
because you’re wanting something which is an
accurate a portrait as possible.
“It’s a fine line because we all want to be liked, and
yet I know I’m producing work which some of the
subjects won’t like. So that’s a bit like a rejection,
but on the other hand, it’s also the price you pay
It’s not the first time Timothy attempted to create
something like this. The germ of the idea came
some 10 years ago, but he felt that, post-Brexit, it
speaks more to people.
“As I’ve said, I live in London which voted Remain.
So there were lots of people, going round slapping
each other on the back, and then the result came
“It’s defiant in the face of adversity. It’s a bit like ‘do
you know what, we know it’s a poor area largely, but
we’re going to have a laugh.’
“In some ways that’s good, in other ways it’s not. It’s
an acceptance, and if people accept things, then
will they ever change?
“Orwell saw that in his own book, and he was also
very good at self-critique. I suppose I’ve done that
myself on this particular project.
“I’ve been asked a good few times whether I’d turn
this into a book. I’d love to so if anyone wants to
help me do that, please do get in touch!” he laughs.
All Roads Lead To Wigan Pier - Photographs By
Timothy Foster is at the Turnpike Gallery, Leigh
Library, until November 11. It’s free entry and the
opening times are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.
For more information on Timothy, visit www.
“People thought I was
mad to go to Hag Fold”
“It’s still in that bubble, but what about the areas
like Wigan which voted to leave the European
Union? That was probably the catalyst and here we
are. I’ve spent thousands of my own money on it,
coming up every fortnight. But it was like an itch
you need to scratch.”
Timothy, who went to Winstanley College and
Wigan Tech, also found that his time away from the
area actually made him a better photo-journalist.
“I went into Hag Fold and when I told people
locally that I’d done that, they thought I was mad.
But because I’m in London, I don’t know places by
their reputation up here so I didn’t go there with
any preconceptions. And do you know what, it was
great. I guess I’m afraid of confrontation but once
people knew what I was doing, they were fine.”
If there’s one word Tim can use to sum up the
area, it would be “defiant”. However, that doesn’t
necessarily come with positive connotations.
Food & Drink
Not just WilliamBy Ella Walker
William Sitwell is adamant: “British food
culture is the greatest food culture in the
world.” The writer, TV presenter and food critic puts
it down to the fact even the most provincial UK
high street still overflows with eating options, from
Chinese and Thai, to French, Italian and Indian.
“We welcome food culture with open arms, we
absorb it into our daily lives. What we do - which
probably annoys people from overseas - is that we
actually end up doing their food better than they do.”
As a MasterChef judge and editor of Waitrose
Kitchen magazine, he’s well placed to adjudicate.
And who better to pull together The Really Quite
Good British Cookbook, a new collection of recipes
from “about 100 of our finest chefs, cooks, bakers and
food heroes”. It features established talents (Nigella,
Ottolenghi, Stein) and rising stars (Gill Meller, Rosie
Birkett), as well as home cooks, restaurateurs,
celebrities and innovative producers.
Sitwell’s job was to “corral” the lot of them - via
phone, email, Twitter and accosting them at parties
- and get them to hand over recipes for dishes they
make their loved ones.
He even got former Waitrose Kitchen columnist,
Pippa Middleton, to contribute. “I hired her
[originally] because she represents a particular style
of eating and of entertaining,” says Sitwell, 47. “She’s
a great cook. I like her enormously, so I’m very lucky
that we’ve got one of her recipes in here.”
You won’t find a recipe from Sitwell himself in it,
however - he thought the idea “a bit self-regarding” -
though he is a keen cook.
When asked what fascinates him about his field,
Sitwell is irrepressibly passionate...
“Food is about politics, it’s about history, culture; it’s
about entertaining, it’s about love, it’s about survival,
it’s about poverty, it’s about pleasure, hedonism, it’s
about staying sober, it’s about getting drunk. “It’s
a subject that covers every aspect of human life.”
Cheers to that.
Inspired to reacquaint yourself
with proper British cooking? Try
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The Really Quite Good British Cookbook, edited by William Sitwell, photography by Lizzie
Mayson, is published in hardback by Nourish, priced £25.
Overnight Roast Pork Belly
with Pears & Thyme
by Hardeep Singh Kohli
Set the oven to the highest setting. Pop the kettle
on. On buying your belly, have your butcher remove
it from the bone. Keep the bone and bring it home.
Also, have them remove the skin, having first scored
it in a criss-cross fashion.
Place the skin in the sink and pour boiling water
over it. Carefully dry the skin, thoroughly. Rub a
tablespoon of oil and then the sea salt into the
scored flesh. Place the skin in an oiled roasting tin
and put in the oven. It should take only 30 minutes
for the skin to become crackling. Remove the
crackling and allow to cool. Turn the oven down to
1 pork belly (2 1/2-3kg), bone and skin removed
3tbsp rapeseed oil
2tbsp sea salt
2 leeks, halved lengthways
2 carrots, halved lengthways
4 sticks celery, halved lengthways
12 bunches of thyme, of which 4 should be stripped
1 pintperry (or pear cider)
5 firm pears (4 halved and cored, 1 finely diced)
Lay the leeks, carrots and celery in the bottom of a
roasting tin with the peppercorns. On top, lay the
rib bones, eight sprigs of thyme and then drizzle
a tablespoon of oil over. Tuck the veg in under the
ribs. Lay the pork belly on top, oil and drizzle the rest
of the oil, and scatter the remaining salt over.
Pour 350ml of the perry into the roasting tin. Cover in
tinfoil and pop into the oven for anything between
nine and 11 hours. 90 minutes before the end of
cooking, add the halved pears. Roast uncovered for
the final hour and a half.
Remove the pork from the oven. Carefully lift the
pork and the pears out and keep warm. Discard
the cooked veg. Add the remaining perry, deglaze
the tin and reduce the liquor by half. Immediately
before serving, add the remaining thyme leaves and
finely diced pear.
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Saturday, October 28, 8pm-11.55pm
What better way to get in the mood for a spooky
Halloween than a night of murder and mystery. You’ll
enjoy a three-course meal, live entertainment, DJ and
a late bar, all for £25. Find out all you need to know at
The Greyhound Hotel, Warrington Road, Leigh,
Game of Thrones Quiz!
Sunday, October 29, 8pm-11pm
Forget winter is coming, because the questions are
coming in this Game of Thrones themed quiz. Your
knowledge will be tested from seasons 1-7 on all the
politics, action and adultery from Westeros. All you
need to bring is a smartphone or tablet to turn into a
virtual buzzer. The themed quizzes are always busy, and
it’s recommended to call the venue to book your table.
The Parsonage, Leighbrook Way, Leigh, WN7 5AR
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
Culcheth Adventure Babies
Thursday, Nov 2, to Thursday, Dec 14, 10am,
11.15am, & 12.30pm (every Thursday in between)
You’re invited to go on an adventure with interactive
storytelling, sensory props and messy play you
don’t have to clean up, bringing much loved books
to life. Adventure Babies promote the benefits of
reading to little ones from birth for early literacy and
communication skills and cognitive development.
They also embrace the value of messy play to develop
core strength, fine and gross motor skills, and to
encourage inquisitiveness and exploration of the
world. There are three classes; 10am for 0-12 months,
11.15am for 0-24 months and 12.30pm for 0-8 months.
For tickets please visit https://bookwhen.com/
Adventure Babies Warrington and Frodsham,
Stockton Heath Scout Centre, Parkgate Road,
Warrington, WA4 2AP
Leigh Screenwriters’ Group
Thursday, November 2, 7pm-9pm
Writers of all abilities are welcome at the Leigh
Screenwriters Group meet-up. Whether you’re a
hobbyist, new screenwriting, or award winning, this
screenwriting group invites all levels of practitioners
into a creative space. You can read recent works and
the rest of the group are then able to give thoughts
and feedback. All for the greater good of the screen.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Leigh Tesco, The Loom, Derby Street, Leigh, WN7
1940s Forces Boogie Night
Friday, November 3, 7pm
Hosted and organised by The Leigh Lions Club. There’ll
be a DJ, sing-a-long, hot pot supper, and guest star
Lauren Green singing a couple of Vera Lynn numbers
all for the cheap price of £10 a ticket. On arrival, you’ll
be handed a song sheet and a Union Jack Flag to get
you in the mood. Come one, come all and have a ball.
Please dress in 1940s attire or Uniform if possible. For
tickets please call, 01942 519161, 07940 344780 or
The New Lowton Social Club, 214 Newton Road,
Lowton, WA3 2AQ. Phone: 01942 510210
Firework Spectacular 2017
Saturday, November 4, 5.30pm
Golborne Sports & Social Club annual firework display
is the biggest in the area, fuelled by Phenomenal
Fireworks. Gates open at 5.30pm; the children’s display
is at 6.30pm; followed by the main display ay 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from: Golborne Sports & Social
Club – Stonecross Lane, Lowton; Bargain Booze-
Church Lane, Lowton; Black & White Shop - Bank
Street, Golborne; News ont Corner - Slag Lane, Lowton;
Pimbletts – Heath Street, Golborne, at £3 for children
(age 3-15),£6 for adults and £15 for a family of 4 (2
adults + 2 Children). Gate prices are child £5, adult £8
& Family £20.
Golborne Sports and Social Club, Nook Lane,
Golborne, WA3 2SE. Phone: 01942 510161
Indoor Car Boot
Sunday, Nov 5, 7am-12pm (set up from 6am)
Make all the dosh at your car boot with none of the mud.
Stalls are £14 per table (full payment upon booking),
with the table and two chairs provided by the Centre.
But if you’re simply looking for a bargain, it’s just £1 per
adult for entry with free parking on site (children and
seniors are free). Hot drinks and snacks are available.
Leigh Leisure Centre, Sale Way, Leigh Sports
Village, WN7 4JY
Back to the Future
Friday, November 10, 7.30pm
Epiphany Trust’s performance of “Back to the Future”
will be raising funds for Epiphany’s projects with
disadvantaged children across the world. Micah
Hampson, Rebecca Tickle, The LGN Ukelele Band
& Footprint will be featured for guests during the
evening. Tickets are £7 and can be purchased from gill@
epiphany.org.uk or 01925 220999
All Saints Social Centre, Golborne, WA3 3BG. More
Friday, November 17, 7.30pm-11.30pm
Oh yes it’s Ladies Night all in aid of a good cause for @
youngminds.uk. If you’re in need of a girls’ night there’ll
be a DJ, dance floor, raffle, auction, bingo, Deal or no
Deal, a buffet and table service is included in your £10
ticket. There are tables of 10, 8, 6 and some 4’s available.
Leigh Bowling Club - Subby Club, Pownall St,
Leigh, WN7 2HA. Phone: 01942 673034
United v City U23’s
Saturday, November 18, 1pm
Manchester United U23’s take on Manchester City U23’s
in a Premier League 2 fixture at Leigh Sports Village on
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 13:00
Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, WN7 4JY Leigh,
Wigan, United Kingdom
Saturday, November 18, 12pm-4pm
A festive day of fun for the whole family at Hindley High
School’s Christmas Market. There’ll be a Santa’s Grotto
and prizes up for grabs in the tombola and raffle. And as
we all know, it’s perfectly acceptable to have sherry and
a mince pie any time of day during Christmas time. And
it’s all in aid of the wonderful Wigan & Leigh Hospice too!
Hindley High School, Wigan, WN2 4LG
Christmas Shopping Night
Monday, November 20, 6pm-8.30pm
Christmas shopping night at The Culcheth Arms. There’ll
be 15 crafters and local businesses joining together to
bring you the perfect selection of gifts. Grab yourself a
drink and enjoy the shopping experience.
The Culcheth Arms, 1 Church Lane, Warrington,
Leigh Comic Con
Saturday, November 25, 10am-4pm
There’ll be special guests, lots of cool traders and retro
video gaming ard some of the amazing entertainment
offers you won’t want to miss. And if you love dressing
up, turn up in costume to take part in the cosplay
competition. Early bird tickets start at £4. For more
details visit www.funkyfigures.co.uk
Leigh Leisure Centre, Sale Way, Leigh Sports
Village, WN7 4JY
Saturday, November 25, 10am-5pm
There’ll be gazebos, market stalls and a craft and gift
fayre in the Parish and Methodist Halls, as well as
entertainment and refreshments. Culcheth Choir will
sing carols from 3.45 pm in the CPS car park on Jackson
Avenue, followed by the Parish Council Chairman and
Santa switching on the Christmas lights.
Sunday, November 26, 11am-1pm
You can buy or sell nearly new or new baby and
children’s clothes, maternity clothes, prams, stairgates,
books, toys, and more! Entry is free for children, £2 for
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Festive Flash Five 2017
Sunday, November 26, 10am-12pm
Who said five-mile runs can’t be fun? With a little extra
festive cheer that is. It’ll more than likely be muddy, but
there’ll be a delicious mince pie waiting for you at the
finish line. How can you say no? The entry fee for Festive
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Sunday, November 26, 7pm
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Light for a Life
Tuesday, December 5, 6.30pm-8pm
This special ceremony is a moving way to give thanks
for those we love and have loved. Light for a Life shows
the love you have for the important people in your life.
You can make a personal thank you and a lasting tribute
to those who mean so much. A light will be lit on the
tree in dedication at the ceremony at the Hospice.
Wigan & Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Wigan,
Pretty Vegas LIVE
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Heath Charnock &
by Niamh Ollerton
It’s hard to miss the television mast of Winter
Hill, but Rivington’s landscape has so many
hidden gems to explore. Avid walkers and enthusiastic
amateurs alike will have traipsed many routes around
Rivington, but my colleague Peter and I thought it was
time to get our walking boots a little muddy and start
off on our adventure.
We parked up in Knowsley Lane by Anglezarke
reservoir, and were off just before 11am on a bright
and sunny October morning; headed off for the
stile into the field on the west side of the reservoir,
following the path round to Back Lane.
Pack your wellies or walking boots if there’s been a
shower as it’ll be puddles galore in the fields of that
you can be certain. But whoever tends to the field
made a makeshift cattle grid with wooden planks to
make the muddy crossing more manageable.
At Back Lane you’ll turn left then after a few yards
take the public footpath on the right, where you’ll
travel down a gravel path, accompanied by the
serene sounds of the River Yarrow before crossing
the footbridge over the water.
This leads you up onto Hut Lane, passing Olde
Stoneheath Court, built in the grounds of what was
Heath Charnock Isolation Hospital; now home to
modern stone houses.
In front of the properties are miles and miles of
green fields and trees as far as the eye can see, and
with the sun beating down on us, we really did pick
the most picturesque day.
Keeping to the left of Hut lane, we ventured across
the motorway bridge over the M61 and realised an
excursion so lovely can be right under your nose
just off the M61.
From the bridge head right onto Long Lane, then
first left and follow this round to the left up to
Chorley Golf Club.
Do keep your wits about you when walking on the
public footpath through the golf course, as Peter
and I were passive aggressively shooed by three
keen golfers waiting to swing their clubs. Whether
it was at us or the golf ball we’ll never know…
Once past the spacious clubhouse, keep going
towards the farm, going right as you enter the farm
yard. When exiting the farm go left, and when the
road turns right, take the farm track/bridleway on
Length of walk: 5 miles
Accessibility: The route includes a number of stiles
and gates. We did the walk after some prolonged
rainfall and there was some very muddy sections.
Rivington Bowling Club Tea Room: 11am - 4pm daily
Rivington Village Green Tea Room: 10am - 4pm daily
By Bus (Stagecoach)
From Chorley, Bus Station (Stand M)
Route 8A to Hut Lane
Return to Chorley, Bus Station
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the left. Continue along this route until you reach a
gate marked Adlington Circular and cross the field
and exit via the lane.
At this point go right to New House Farm - but if
you’re a dog lover like I am, please don’t try to play
with the dogs behind the gate, as I almost lost my
right arm when my jumper was a little too close to
the energetic pups.
As you pass the farmhouse take the footpath on the
right, and follow this through the field and into the
wooded track that leads down across the stream
and eventually out onto Sutton Lane. Be sure to
keep your eyes peeled for the field of goats grazing
en route too!
Here you’ll go left until you reach Babylon Lane,
where you cross over past the quaint stone houses
and head up Greenhalgh Lane.
When you reach the split in the road go right, as
turning off onto the left won’t get you very far.
Thankfully one cheery local lady directed Peter and
I in the right direction. Continue to follow the path
past the houses and on along the public foot path
to Rothwells farm.
Once out on the lane go left and head over a second
motorway bridge to New Lane, and the continue to
head straight across the lane into Horrobin Lane.
Meander down the lane over the reservoir, and
take a minute or two to appreciate the stunning
landscape surrounded in water.
You’ll walk past the Bowling Green which is worthy
of a visit in the summer months, and continue to
wander up past the church and left into Sheep
Almost as soon as you’ve started up Sheep House
Lane you’ll notice a gate on your left, but if like Peter
and I you fancy a pit stop, I’d recommend resting
your weary legs at the Village Green Tea Room –
bearing in mind you’ll have been on the go for close
to two hours.
But if you do stop to use the outdoor privy at the tea
room, be sure to pack your thermal underwear, as
you’ll get quite the shock in the chilly air. After your
break, turn left out of the tea room and continue
down a few hundred yards on Sheep House Lane to
the gate (now on your right).
Go through the gate and follow the path through
the field, down the steps – holding on to the railing
to ensure you don’t end up like Humpty Dumpty –
and carry on along the side of the brook. Where the
path emerges onto a narrow lane go left, then after
30 yards take the bridleway on your right.
Follow this passing below Yarrow reservoir, where
you and the landscape are protected by the green,
grassy fortress towering above until a track splits off
to the left.
Take this track down the gentle slope, where you’re
immersed in a tall forest with the rapid sounds of
water crashing down Yarrow Reservoir Overflow
Cascade to Knowsley Lane and back to your starting
This is a thoroughly enjoyable walk which has reignited
my love for the great outdoors. But with
circuits galore throughout Rivington, be sure to
keep your wits about you to avoid getting lost as I
once did until 10.30pm on a school trip. But that’s a
story for another time…
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damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from
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Shed some light on it!
by Angie Barker
There is no getting away from it … Christmas
is coming, and along with all the kerfuffle that
comes with it (oh dear, Hubby looks depressed at the
thought) – it also means we have some long, dark
evenings ahead of us.
But instead of closing the curtains and forgetting
about your garden until next spring, consider
installing some outdoor lighting in your garden to
create a magical winter wonderland.
The right kind of garden lighting can create some
wonderful atmospheric effects and there are many
different products available to help you achieve the
effect you are looking for.
Simple up lighters set on spikes in the soil are very
easy to install as they sit beneath planting to light
it up from beneath. Bamboo in particular looks
amazing up lit this way.
There are some more sophisticated products which
can be set into paving, decking and steps. Even if you
don’t use your garden in the winter and particularly
if your living area overlooks your garden, it will make
your inside space seem larger as you can see beyond
But why not use your garden at this time of year –
I would recommend donning coat and scarf and
lighting a fire pit and as it’s nearly Christmas, taking
a flask of Gluhwein out with you (that’s mulled wine
There are some things you need to consider with
• Less is more – you do not want your garden to
resemble a floodlit football pitch!
• Place up lighters carefully to make sure your lights
don’t shine into a neighbours bedroom window.
• If you are landscaping a garden consider lighting
from the start so that an electrician can fit the
lights in with the build and hide all the wiring. But
even if your garden is established, it is easy to have
an outside plug fitted so that you can run your
lights from there.
There are some companies which specialise in
garden lighting – see www.moonlightdesign.co.uk
to see the kind of effects you can achieve.
And as the season to be jolly is fast approaching,
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Local gossip, gripes and goings-on
Ladies of child-bearing age, and
some a few years over, were
swooning recently when one-time
pop and reality TV star Peter Andre
swung by Leigh. The puppy-like
Antipodean was in Hope Street
to film an episode of 60 Minute
Mr Andre was, as my grandfather
liked to say, a ‘big noise’ in 1996
thanks to his song, Mysterious Girl,
which peaked at number one in
the Hit Parade. After a few years of
seemingly ‘downtime’, he popped
up again on I’m A Celebrity, Get
Me Out Of Here. An ill-fated
marriage to fellow contestant and
ex-pin up girl Jordan (Katie Price)
followed and he’s now presenting
shows on cable telly. Anyhow, I’m
pleased to report that Mr Andre,
who made his name by appearing
in a state of partial undress in
the video to the aforementioned
Mysterious Girl ditty, managed
to keep his clothes on during his
trip to Leigh. Maybe the northern
winds put him off...
Green Belt and braces
It’ll soon be time to grab the
popcorn as Warrington planners
try to impose hundreds of homes
on Culcheth’s green belt. For
disinterested parties, it’s always
fun and games when two tribes
(residents and planners) go to war.
This is because - sure as eggs is
eggs - some things always happen.
It usually goes like this: council
suggests a certain site is allocated
for housing, community erupts
with protest, placards are erected
and publicity hungry politicos
jump on the bandwagon. Falling
house prices get a brief mention,
as do wildlife. Step forward the
retired local who discovers a newfound
passion for planning law.
Said OAP then submits a ‘dossier’
of evidence, rubbishing all the
planning department’s assertions.
Civil servants gently but firmly
rubbish all these claims, allocate
the land, and the homes get built.
Fast forward five years and some
of the very same people who are
protesting end up living in the
new homes they were fighting
against in the first place.
I understand that some things
ought to be kept under wraps.
Official secrets... the code for the
nuclear button... Tom Jones’ chest
hair. But I was puzzled recently
when Wigan Council refused a
simple request from to share their
revised process on the authority’s
Flag Flying Protocol upon the
death of a national senior figure.
The matter has been looked
at recently following guidance
from central government. But
apparently such details aren’t
for public consumption. Indeed,
Library Street’s finest say: “It is
now ready to be shared on a need
to know basis, bearing in mind the
sensitivity of the matter.”
So, let’s get this right - Wigan
Council has a policy but us mere
mortals - aka taxpayers - aren’t
allowed to know what it is?
Didn’t realise Kim Jong-Un was
moonlighting as an adviser to the
Metro’s Flag Flying Dept...
An unholy state
And finally, I was thumbing
through a book on old Golborne
when I came across a section on
how local roads were created.
Apparently, in the early 1800s,
local roads and bridges were
maintained by local churches.
Unsurprisingly, they weren’t
up to much. On the subject of
the Golborne to Leigh road in
the 1700s, it had “great ruts and
hollows deep enough to bury a
sheep.” Funny how some things
haven’t changed then.
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