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Nearly tinsel

time

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


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16 Class From The Past

30 Puzzle Corner

32 Events2Go

36 Jack’s Tracks

40 Garden Diary

46 Th’own Mon

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6 Local News

42 Home Services

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Not just

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Jack’s Tracks visits

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It’s Mayor Megan!

A lucky Bedford High student experienced a day in

the life of the Mayor after winning a competition.

Megan Lawrence, 13, from Leigh won a £20 gift

voucher and the opportunity to shadow the Mayor

and Mayoress, Cllr Bill Clarke and Joan Clarke,

during their official duties. Megan was picked up

from school in the Mayoral car before watching

a community dance club at Skils CIC in Hindley,

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

Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Staff

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Governors announced

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation

Trust has announced the results of this year’s

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

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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

sign off.

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.”


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Sports award

winners

Leigh Genesis won the club of the

year title at a recent borough sports

awards.

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

Swimming Club

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

Boxing Club

Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year: Daniel

Dawoud – GB Wheelchair Rugby

Team of the Year: Wigan St Patrick’s ARLFC U14s

Magpies

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.”


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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


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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

Leigh.

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


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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

for honesty.”

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

through.

“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.

timothyfoster.co.uk

“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.


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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

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Overnight Roast Pork Belly

with Pears & Thyme

by Hardeep Singh Kohli

Method

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

120C.

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

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

8 peppercorns

12 bunches of thyme, of which 4 should be stripped

of leaves

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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Halloween Murder Mystery

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

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The Greyhound Hotel, Warrington Road, Leigh,

WN7 3XQ

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

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

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/

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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 abigailannehenry@gmail.com for more

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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

01942 510210.

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.

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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

info: www.epiphany.org.uk

Ladies Night

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.

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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

Christmas Market

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

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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,

WA3 5DL

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

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Christmas Market

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.

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Sunday, November 26, 11am-1pm

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children’s clothes, maternity clothes, prams, stairgates,

books, toys, and more! Entry is free for children, £2 for

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Sunday, November 26, 10am-12pm

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Sunday, November 26, 7pm

For a night of Country, Americana, Rock and Blues look

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Tuesday, December 5, 6.30pm-8pm

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the love you have for the important people in your life.

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to those who mean so much. A light will be lit on the

tree in dedication at the ceremony at the Hospice.

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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.

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In front of the properties are miles and miles of

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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

Difficulty: Medium

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.

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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

House Lane.

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

point.

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…

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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Shed some light on it!

by Angie Barker

Award Winner

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

the windows.

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

to Hubby).

There are some things you need to consider with

outside lighting:

• 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

Top that

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

Makeover.

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.

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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

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house prices get a brief mention,

as do wildlife. Step forward the

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passion for planning law.

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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.

Korea’s advice

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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