Local Life - St Helens - March 2018


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St Helens Edition March 2018

A different


Pages 26 - 28

New Community Hub for Billinge?

Pages 14

Lollipop Sticks in Rainford

Pages 51 - 54

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Local News Motoring Jack’s Tracks Garden Diary Food Home Services


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Picture this

Something strange will happen this summer;

millions of people will sit down and watch

telly. I realise that such predictions will never get

me much in the way of clairvoyancy work, but

nevertheless it is noteworthy as it is becoming

increasingly uncommon.

In our house, we haven’t sat down and watched

scheduled, terrestrial television for years. These

days, child number one will be on You Tube, number

two will be on Netflix while number three will

be ‘updating their streaks’ on Snap Chat (I nearly

underwent cardiac arrest over the latter until it was

explained what a ‘streak’ is in the context of 2018

social media).

I imagine it’s the same in a good number of

households. So praise be for sporting events like

the World Cup or Wimbledon. I’m not a massive fan

of either but, given its idiosyncrasy, I’m tempted to

tune in. Because it’s the one time where watching it

live is infinitely better than getting it at a later date

on catch up TV.

How things change... Years ago, our lives were

governed by a coterie of media types in London who

decided when such-and-such a programme would

be aired. 7.30pm on a Monday and the National Grid

would steel itself for a power surge as the nation

tuned in to Corrie. These days, I couldn’t honestly tell

you what day any soap opera is usually on.

So this summer, I may revert to my old ways to cheer

on England in the World Cup. Given how they’ve

done in recent tournaments though, it’s almost

guaranteed to be a short lived fad...

David Sudworth, Editor


In this issue

A different



30 Class From The Past

40 Puzzle Corner

46 Events2Go

52 Jack’s Tracks

55 Garden Diary

58 Test Drive


Talking about




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The Beatles



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6 Local News

30 Education

34 Health

Publisher: Chris

42 Travel

55 Gardening

60 Home Services

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Junior teams wanted

Billinge FC are looking for new junior teams to join

their new set up. The club are looking for teams

from under 7s to under 18s. A spokesman said: “

It’s a chance to help us mould a new junior setup

that will aim to prepare the kids for Cheshire FL

and into higher leagues. Next year we will have

our first under sevens and even an under sixes who

we have been coaching for a year under the Little

Storks banner and they will continue to play for

Billinge FC youth teams with the target of playing

for our senior teams.” For more information, send a

message via the club’s Facebook page at facebook.


All’s wells

A new book on Rainford’s local history has been

published. Rainford’s Wells: A Record & History is

now available for £7. For more information or to buy

a book, call Ray Waring on 01744 887747.




Geoff passes away

One of Saints’ best-loved former players has passed

away aged 73. Geoff Pimblett, born on May 11,

1944, in Laffak; attended Windle CE. He was a

teacher at Grange Park for

more than 30 years.

Married to Merle for over 50

years - they met at Carr Mill

Dam - he played 365 games

for Saints and became the

first player to win the Lance

Todd and Harry Sunderland

trophies as well as an impressive haul of medals.

He was frequently lauded by critics for his quickthinking

which, when coupled with his nimble

footwork, made him a hard man to outwit.

A Saints spokesman said: ““Everyone at the club is

saddened by his loss and sends their sympathies to

Geoff’s family and friends.”



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Crossing patrol to continue

The future of Rainford’s lollipop patrol

have been secured.

The village’s parish council has agreed to part fund

the service on Cross Pit Lane. It comes after St

Helens Council decided to scrap the “discretionary”


The move has sparked a row though with Rainford

Conservative councillors accusing the Labourcontrolled

St Helens Borough Council of “playing

politics with children’s lives.”

However, Labour have hit back, and blamed the

Conservative government for forcing their hand

due to budget cuts.

From September of this year this service will jointly

funded with 50% from the Rainford Borough

Councillors’ Improvement fund and the remaining

50% by Rainford Parish Council.

Chairman of the Parish Council, David Grice, said:

“The fact that our Parish Council has agreed the joint

funding of this vital service with our Conservative

Borough Councillors, from the improvement fund,

clearly demonstrates that here in Rainford, we all

care for the safety of our children and community.

“Within the next few weeks, Councillor Linda

Mussell and her colleagues will be liaising with

the relevant senior officers at St Helens Borough

Council to ensure that the school crossing patrol

along with their ‘Lollipop Lady’, continue in Rainford

from the start of the new school year this coming


Cllr Mussell added: “How

can you put a price on

children’s safety? Given

that these children are

our future, they should

always be at the forefront

of our consideration. We

will not let the actions of

this Labour council potentially put our children’s

lives at risk.”

Labour leader of St Helens Council, Barrie

Grunewald, hit back: “I’m astounded that the Tories

should attack us.

“Their own government has cut £90 million from

this authority - maybe they should attack them

instead. No one wants to cut money but the Tories

have cut us to the bone.

“If the parish want to fund the school crossing

patrol that is up to them.

“Maybe, the

people of

Rainford can see

their precept

going towards

that instead of

(other) schemes.

“It’s simple; they

have to pay for

it because their

government cut

the money.”


Pam’s a


Saints’ start to the 2018 Super League

got off to a flyer for Pamela Gray of

Kiln Lane in Eccleston.

Pamela was the lucky winner of Local Life’s

January competition and won two Saints 2018


Her husband already has a membership, so Pam

plans to give the other membership to her brother

in law, John Molyneux.

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Seneley Green Food Bank is reaching out to those in

the community. The facility, based at Seneley Green

Community Centre on Newton Road, Garswood,

is designed to provide short-term, emergency

support with food during a crisis. It is not necessary

for people to be in receipt of benefits in order to

get help from the food bank. The facility is open

every Monday from 11.30am-1.30pm. For more

information, call 07742 590672.

Dash of colour

Registration is now open for this year’s Willowbrook

Hospice Moonlight Colour Walk. The walk on

Saturday, June 9 is open to people of all ages and

abilities. Entry for children under 16 is £5 and will

be £15 for adults. To register, either go online at


MLW or call 01744 453798.

Awards are the business

The starting gun has been fired on the first ever St

Helens Business Awards. Entries are now open until

midnight on Tuesday, April 3, with businesses and

schools across St Helens being able to enter eight

categories including: Small Business of the Year;

Export Business of the Year; Best Use of Technology;

High Growth Business of the Year; Education and

Business Partnership Award; Excellence in Customer

Service; Commitment to People Development and

Apprentice of the Year.

The Awards are open to businesses of all sizes and

sectors and are free to enter. The awards will be held

at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Thursday, May 17.

Tickets are available at £30 plus VAT for Chamber

members and £40 plus VAT for Non-Members. For

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Voters in part of Blackbrook will be casting their

ballot at a different location this year. The polling

station at the infants part of St Mary’s Catholic

Primary, Chain Lane, will no longer be available

as the building has now closed and is due to be


A report submitted to councillors said that although

an alternative location was identified in part of the

new building, there were concerns about access to

the new room during the evening time while the

old building is still in situ. Therefore until the old

school is demolished a temporary alternative has

been identified at St Paul’s Church, Chain Lane,

which is directly opposite the school.

New club proposed

North Ashton Village Club, on Bolton Street, Downall

Green, could soon be unrecognizable if planning

permission goes ahead. Proposed plans include

the erection of a single storey club, and following

the completion of the new build, demolition work

will commence on the existing North Ashton Village


However, not everyone is happy. One local said:

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In memory of cyclist

Fundraisers are taking part in a

gruelling challenge in memory of exinternational


“It’s 112 miles, starting at Grasmere before taking in

climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter,

Hardknott and Wrynose passes. The notorious

Dave Hitchen, 42,

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His friend, Darren McWalters, Darren explained:

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In preparation for the challenge, Darren and the

team are embarking on some ‘warm up’ spinathons

at Queens Park Health and Fitness, St Helens.

Linda De Sa of North West Air

Ambulance said: “We are grateful

that this challenge will raise generous

funds for our rapid response health

care service. We will be cheering the

group on throughout the weeks and

months of the challenge and wish

them all the best of luck.”

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New community hub?

A former church could re-open

as a community hub, Local Life


It’s believed Billinge Parish Council wants to buy the

former Methodist Church site on Main Street and use

it as a focal point for local activities as well as parish

council meetings.

It comes after the council, following consultation

with local residents, decided that it would sell its

own Public Hall on the corner of Pingot Road.

The former Billinge Methodist Church

Sources close to the talks between Trustees of the

former church site and the parish council believe the

move could be mutually beneficial.

“The Public Hall building has little value in itself, but

the land would be attractive to housing developers,”

said one.

“The church building is not only centrally located but

has its own parking, unlike at Pingot Road. It’s a winwin

for all concerned.”

Parish councillor Dennis McDonnell wouldn’t be

drawn on whether the Methodist Church site is

being looked at, but said he hoped that a new facility

would be up and running within 18 months.

He told Local Life: “The Public Hall is dilapidated and

in another 10 years we’d have to spend £100,000 on

refurbishment. We’d like to sell it and believe there

are a number of people who would be interested.

“Bllinge Parish Council, which is Labour-controlled,

voted for a ‘zero percent’ increase in the Parish

The Public Hall on Pingot Road

Precept (rates) for the ninth consecutive year at its

first meeting of this year. This is a truly remarkable

achievement by any standard and reaffirms its award

of ‘Quality’ Parish Council, making it one of the best

in the UK. At the same time as holding a firm grip on

expenditure, we’ve doubled support grants to local

organisations, upgraded the footpath to a Bridleway

from near the Masons Arms to Carr Mill Dam,

maintained barrier baskets and provided benches

at the Remembrance Garden, extended children’s

play equipment at Damslacks and founded Billinge

Community Allotments at Eddleston Playing Fields.”

Health centre call for church site

Another local church site is also being eyed up for the project’s viability rests on whether local GPs at

future use. Orrell Methodist Church has announced Orrell Surgery, which is a branch of Billinge Medical

it set to close on the final Sunday in May. Talks Practice, are willing to move. If they don’t, it’s

are now underway about it being used for a new been suggested that any funding set aside for the

health centre. However, Local Life understands building would be lost and the site would be sold.




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Running for Becky

A Crank woman who died of anorexia

nervosa aged just 41 is being


Richard Evans from Billinge is set to run the Liverpool

Half Marathon on Sunday, March 25, in memory of

his partner Corinne’s sister Becky, who passed away

last August.

Becky suffered from anorexia nervosa and this

devastating illness made her body so frail and weak

that she didn’t have the strength to fight illness.

Richard said: “It was quite sudden. My wife Corinne

and I had been away for the weekend and we came

back to the news about Becky.

“The family is just taking each day as it comes, as it’s

still quite raw.”

“She lived in Crank growing up and attended

Rainford High School before moving away to attend

university, later working for

the NHS as a radiographer.

Becky was a very kind and

thoughtful person and she is

greatly missed by her family

and friends.

“I’m raising money for the

Charity MIND which provides

support to people suffering from mental illness.

“I have done 10ks in the past and I wanted to do

something that would push me. Corinne, myself, and

Becky’s friends will also be taking part in Gung-ho!

Manchester on Saturday, April 7. It was something

Becky would have liked. Becky was a fun loving and

kind person, and Corinne thought Gung-ho would

encompass Becky’s character.”

To donate, please visit Richard’s JustGiving page


Walk on for a great cause this spring

Everyone is invited to take part in The St Helens

Autism & Asperger Society sponsored walk on

Sunday, April 8, 12pm-5pm, to support the World

Autism Awareness initiative.

The family event is open to people, and pets, of all

ages and abilities. The proceeds will go to support

the day-to-day running of the St Helens Autism &

Asperger Society.

The walk, up to a maximum of 3km / 3 laps around

Taylor Park Lake, Regents Road in St Helens, will be

started by the Mayor of St. Helens and his wife at

1.50pm, and Saints players will make an appearance


The Society provides a safe environment, and

encourages members to build the confidence in

socialising and making like-minded friends.

Members are also encouraged to join together in

playing Games, Jigsaws and using computers, plus

lots more.

The service is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and

Saturday 10am-2pm.

Sponsor forms can be obtained by contacting the

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Planning Matters


23 Hollin Hey Close: Demolition of existing garage

and erection of two storey side extension to include

a self-contained annexe along with a single storey

rear extension (ref: P/2018/0056/HHFP).

Moss Bank

Land between 15 and 23 Laffak Road: Erection

of two semi-detached dormer bungalows with

associated off road parking and landscaping works

(ref: P/2018/0011/FUL).

Unifrax Ltd, Mill Lane: Siting and installation of 2

bay single storey modular building for office use

(ref: P/2018/0117/FUL).

St Helens

71 Corporation Street: Change of use from offices

(B1) to chiropractic and acupuncture clinic (D1)

with associated services (ref: P/2018/0088/FUL).

For more information on these plans, visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk


Tributes to


Warm tributes have been paid to a

Billinge man.

Alan Swift, who grew up on Claremont Road, died

last month, and was known to many for his active

involvement in community life.

Born and raised in Billinge, he lived on Crank Road

and enjoyed sport, was involved in his local church

and also in the University of the Third Age. An ex-Up

Holland Grammar School pupil, he helped organise


Tell Us Your Story!

Local Life is always on

the look out for news

stories from the local

communities we serve.

Are you raising money

for charity? Are you a

member of a community

group with something

to shout about? Maybe

you’ve got an unusual talent, or have a

claim to fame? If so, let us know and you could be

appearing in the next edition!

Simply contact us on sthelensnews@locallife247.

co.uk or call us on 01695 627999.

His former school

friend, David Robinson,

told Local Life: “Alan

was in the year above

me, but we only

became good friends

after he offered to help

me organise our big

2014 reunion which was attended by over 300 expupils.

Through this we raised over £1300 for the

cancer charity at Clatterbridge Hospital, where Alan

was receiving treatment. After that we organised

several afternoon reunions and both of us became

trustees on the UpHolland Grammar School

Education Foundation at Winstanley College, with

Alan taking on the job of treasurer. Alan was an

inspiration; always wanting to help, always jovial,

and had a really positive attitude to life. He loved all

sports, supported Everton Football Club and loved

watching horse racing.

“It was a mark of the esteem in which Alan was held

locally in that at his funeral on January 25, at St

Aidan’s Billinge the church was full to overflowing

with people standing in the aisles and rear of the

church. Alan’s jovial nature, helpfulness, and love of

life will always be an inspiration to me. I will greatly

miss him.”


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Growing up during The Troubles, Conor McGinn learned about

the realities of life early on. David Sudworth reports...

Behind Conor McGinn’s office desk is a new, child’s bicycle. It’s an odd place

to store such a thing at the best of times. Perhaps more so considering we’re

about 200 ft high overlooking St Helens town centre.

“Oh, it’s for the little one, Tomás. He’s three-and-a half and we bought it for Christmas

but it’s too big for him yet, so I’m keeping it hidden here until his birthday,” laughs


In a world where politicians are often accused of not being in touch with everyday

life, it’s a nice touch.


technology-driven – just as long as there’s no

change to the current arrangement, whereby

people, goods, services and capital can move freely

across it.”

Then again, no-one could really accuse the St

Helens North MP from being shielded from the

realities of life. Born in 1984, he grew up in the small

village of Camlough, about 40 miles south east of

Belfast during The Troubles.

Camlough was also home to Raymond McCreesh,

an IRA prisoner who died in the 1981 hunger strikes.

Conor’s class at high school would get a few more

minutes than pupils elsewhere to complete their

oral examinations, because of the noise that came

from the nearby British army helicopter base.

When he was 13, Conor and his family were on the

scene shortly after the last British soldier to die

in the Troubles was killed by a sniper’s bullet at a

vehicle checkpoint.

“I am most certainly a child of the peace process.

Where previously there were suspicion and

mistrust, today there is friendship and co-operation

between the UK and Ireland. There is no longer any

contradiction in being Irish and British, and having

feelings of loyalty and affinity to both countries.”

He left Northern Ireland aged 18 but even now,

Northern Ireland issues remain a concern for

Conor.... particularly when it comes to Brexit.

Camlough is just seven miles from the border with

the Republic of Ireland, and there has been much

debate about whether controls will be put in place

after the UK leaves the European Union.

He’s in favour of no change in movement between

the two countries, telling the local paper: “I don’t

care what they call it – frictionless, soft, seamless,

Meeting him in his aforementioned office

overlooking St Helens Town Hall, he’s equally as

fluent in face to face conversation. As our interview

gets into its stride, I realise that he’s quickly gained

the knack of answering questions in his own way -

easily batting away my leading statements. But he

does it in a very friendly way, much like Tony Blair

or William Hague would do. Maybe his old parttime

job at university helped: “I came over here to

study in London and I also took on bar work. To be

honest, the bar work was great because in a sense

I was a bit like a counsellor. People would come to

me with problems and I’d help them as best I could.

“I’m a child of the peace


It’s probably around then that I first thought about


His next step was as an advisor to the then Labour

defence spokesman, Vernon Coaker. So when Dave

Watts announced he wouldn’t be standing again in

St Helens North at the 2005 General Election, Conor

applied for the seat and was eventually selected.

Since taking over Dave Watts’ old seat almost three

years ago, the 33-year-old has thrown himself into

local campaigns. One of them has attracted national

prominence - and it’s partly thanks to Local Life.

“In late 2015, you interviewed Marie McCourt,

whose daughter Helen was murdered 30 years ago

but her body was never found. In the article, Marie

said she was pushing for a change in the law to

ensure that killers would not be eligible for parole

unless they disclosed where they had buried their

victims. The editor suggested to Marie that I, as

the local MP, could potentially help with lobbying

ministers and civil servants.


He’s come under fire from some quarters for what

they see as sitting on the fence. It’s a charge he

denies: “I’ve been very clear about but in the

age of social media it is easy for your views to be

misrepresented. “I’m for a brownfield first policy. I

think they need to scale down the plans for Rainford

because it’s about getting the balance right.”

“Rainford plans need to

be scaled down”

“Shortly afterwards, Marie came to see me and we

have worked on it ever since.”

The campaign has generated support from victims’

families across the UK, and Conor presented a

Private Members’ Bill to Parliament - the first step in

getting the law changed.

There’s little doubt that his childhood helped

shape his politics, particularly his pragmatism: “I’m

prepared to work across party lines to get things

done. Opposition is frustrating because you can’t

actually do anything, so if you want change, you

need to be prepared to work with those who can

help bring that about.

Another area Conor is keen to ensure balance is in

his family life. With a wife and two young children

(the youngest, Neasa, was delivered by Conor on

the living room floor at their home in Newtonle-Willows),

he’s determined to be around while

they’re growing up.

“Yes, it’s hard on us all as I’m away all week and Kate,

my wife, is here but then again lots of local families

have to do that. But we make time and Friday nights

are ‘our’ time. We sit down with a glass of wine and

I’m currently watching The Crown on Netflix.

“I take the little fella swimming during the weekend

as well. And of course soon, he’ll be getting that

bicycle that’s sitting behind my desk...”

“I suspect the most probable way of getting a

Helen’s Law onto the statute books is by amending

current legislation. The Government is looking

into the legal arguments, whether it could be

retrospective and so on, but I’m confident we can

do it.”

Conor is also acutely aware of a similarly thorny

issue; of the emerging St Helens Local Plan which

is looking to earmarking Green Belt for

development in places such as

Rainford, Billinge and




Remembering Cowley’s Fallen

Cowley School in St Helens will

be holding a memorial service to

remember fallen soldiers of World

War 1.

The ‘Old Cowleians’ Facebook group is organising

a short service of remembrance and celebration to

mark the occasion.

In 1919 James Smethurst, Modern Language Master

at Cowley, compiled and printed the Roll of Honour

and Pro Patria of World War 1. A few copies remain of

his carefully-researched account of every Cowley old

boy who served in the war,

Mr Smethurst taught at Cowley for many years and

visited the families of the 402 men to make sure they

had a full and accurate account of their war service,

including every battle fought and where 47 of the

soldiers perished.

The Old Cowleian’s Band will play at the service and

reprints of the Roll of Honour by James Smethurst

will be available for purchase.

It will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 2pm at Cowley

College, Hard Lane.

For more information see ‘Old Cowleians’ on

Facebook or email ritaallcock@blueyonder.co.uk

or colette.cook@hotmail.co.uk

Class from the past

This month’s Class from the Past is from Gerard RC

Infants’ School. It’s believed the photograph was

taken in the early to mid 1960s.

Maybe you can spot a familar face?

Do you have an old class photo you’d like to share?

Email sthelensnews@locallife247.co.uk



Towering achievements

Tower College in Rainhill is celebrating

its 70th anniversary.

And a garden party will be held in the school

grounds, on Saturday, April 21 for current and former

pupils, staff, their families and the local community

to celebrate this special year.

When the school first opened, there were 70 pupils,

one full-time teacher and two part-time. But today,

hundreds of students pass through the school gates.

Current Principal Rachel Oxley’s parents, Charles and

Muriel Oxley founded the school in 1948. She said:

“They wanted to found an independent school that

provided a happy, family environment and wasn’t

just for the privileged few.”

She says Tower College has always been a closeknit

‘family’ of staff and pupils who all embrace the

school’s values of ‘achievement’, ‘belonging’ and


Miss Oxley continued: “Every parent wants the

best start for their child and I am very proud of the

fact that we have always been an inclusive school,

striving to support and nurture our children in

whatever ambitions they may have.”

The school encourages pupils to focus on their

strengths and talents and to pursue their dreams.

Aspiring musician Sophie Morgan (pictured above)

recently supported the Waterboys on their recent

European tour; and former pupil, Beth Taylor, won a

tennis scholarship to the University of Carolina.

With an impressive 93% average pass rate for GCSEs,

Tower College boasts well above the national

average of around 60%.

Several pupils and school teams have qualified

for national sporting including swimming medals

and academic wins at the national Young Writers


Miss Oxley said: “I am very happy that I have been

able to continue my parents’ legacy and see the

children, who have passed through our doors,

flourish and succeed.”

Library staff left spellbound!

The fourth annual Harry Potter Book Night at Haydock Library was

a spell-binding success. The evening involved visitors entering

through Platform 9 ¾ before being sorted into their Hogwarts

Houses by the library’s own Sorting Hat and receiving their own

House badges.

Children were then treated to an evening of crafts, games and

activities including Quidditch and Harry Potter bingo, with local

police community support officers dropping by to join in the fun.




When you have an elderly parent or relative

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either, with some patients needing temporary extra

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Taking decisions regarding the care of an elderly

parent or relative is tough; everyone looks for

the best possible care for the best possible value.

However, all reports point to the benefits in your

loved one staying in their own home for as long as


Preventing, or delaying, a move into sheltered

housing or a care home gives stability to your

relative so they can maintain regular contact with

friends and family. Although providing good quality

care is paramount, there are many real financial

benefits to your loved one staying in their home for

as long as possible, least the eye-watering costs of

care homes.

According to PayingForCare, a report by healthcare

specialists Laing & Buisson, residential care homes

cost an average of £29,270 a year (£563 per week)

and, where extra nursing is required this rises to

£39,300 per year (£756 per week).

“Affordable care at just £13.50 per hour”

This is where Care Break comes in. Care Break is an

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Health & Fitness

Talking about

prostate cancer

The big C. No matter what type, the word

‘cancer’ still sends a shiver down many spines,

and those who have been personally affected by

the disease know the difficulties and heartache that

occurs at the hands of cancer.

New figures released by Prostate Cancer UK in

early February 2018 found prostate cancer is now a

bigger killer than breast cancer – about one in eight

men in the UK will get prostate cancer at some

point in their lives – meaning the male-only disease

is now the third most common cancer to die from,

after lung and bowel cancer, with one man dying

every 45 minutes.

The research from Prostate Cancer UK revealed that

11,819 men now die from prostate cancer every

year in the UK, compared to 11,442 women dying

from breast cancer.

Only men have a prostate gland which sits

underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra,

the tube men urinate and ejaculate through. It is

usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows

bigger as you get older.

When cells in the prostate begin to grow in an

uncontrolled way, prostate cancer can develop. The

cancer often grows slowly to start with and may

not cause problems, but in some cases the cancer


is more likely to spread and treatment is necessary

to stop it spreading outside the prostate.

If contained within the prostate (localised prostate

cancer or early prostate cancer) there usually are no

symptoms, but some men may suffer from urinary

problems. These can be mild and happen over

many years and may be a sign of a benign prostate

problem, rather than prostate cancer.

The risk

Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and

the risk increases with age, and the average age for

diagnosis is between 65 and 69 years. Men under

50 can get it, but it isn’t common. But, you may also

have a high risk if you’re over 45 and have a family

history of prostate cancer or are a black man.

If you’re worried about your risk, do speak to your


You are two and a half times more likely to get

prostate cancer if your father or brother had it,

compared to a man who has no relatives with

prostate cancer. And the chance may be greater

if your father or brother, or more than one close

relative was under 60 when diagnosed.

If your mother or sister had breast cancer, and were

diagnosed under the age of 60 and had faults in

genes called BRCA1 or BRCA2 your risk of getting

prostate cancer is higher.

Although your risk of getting prostate cancer may

be higher due to the factors given above, it doesn’t

mean you will get it.

March for Men

Official fundraising events will be held across

the summer months in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

known as ‘March for Men.’ After last year’s amazing

charity walks by Jeff Stelling and thousands of our

supporters, it’s time to march again in 2018.

On Sunday, June 10, March for Men will be making

its way to Wythenshawe Park, Manchester.


Walkers of all abilities are invited to take park in the

short (2k), medium (5k) or long (10k) walk through

one of Manchester’s finest parks.

The event site opens at 10am and the walk starts

at 11am. It’s £10 to register with a £50 suggested

fundraising target.

So step up on Manchester’s March for Men and

help raise the £120 million needed to create better

testing and treatments that will halve prostate

cancer deaths by 2026.

There’s also the Liverpool March for Men taking

place on the same day at Croxteth Hall and Country


Park. Again you can take on either the short,

medium or long, walk making your way around one

of Liverpool’s most important heritage sites.

The short route on both walks are fully accessible

for wheelchairs and pushchairs. So round up your

loved ones and register now to help stop prostate

cancer being a killer.

For more details and to register for either walk visit


Prostate Cancer UK is the largest men’s health

charity and they aim to help more men survive

prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life, so

the aim in March is to raise awareness and invite the

public to join the fight against prostate cancer by

fundraising, campaigning and donating.

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NYC’s the place to be

New York, New York... so good they named

it twice.

Of course, that’s not strictly correct. One refers

to the city, and the other refers to the state, but

nevertheless it’s a place where you can double up

on everything. From the food portions to sheer size

of the buildings, NYC likes to go big.

From its earliest days, New York was linked with

power and fame. It was named after the then Duke

of York, who later became King James II.

It became the gateway to immigrants seeking a

better life in the New World. Today, it’s a city of 8.5m

people. Some experts believe there’s about 800

different languages spoken in the city. Spend even

an hour in New York and you’d swear they were all

being spoken at once. It wasn’t dubbed by the city’s

best-known crooner, Frank Sinatra, as “the city that

doesn’t sleep” for nothing...

As for places to visit, New York leaves you spoilt for

choice. ‘Friends’ enthusiasts from across the globe

can re-enact the TV shows opening credits and frolic

in the fountain found in Central Park. And while

we’re on the subject of the enormous man-made

open space running through Manhattan almost

cutting the city in two, Central Park offers locals and

tourists alike a place to get away from the hustle

and bustle of the big city. Whether picnicking in the

summer, or enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride

through the snow in the winter.


And Christmas in NYC is one like no other. Picture

ice skating at the Rockefeller Centre around the

beautifully dressed Christmas tree worthy of giants,

window shopping (or blowing your dollars) along

Fifth Avenue, scaling the heights of the Empire State

Building and seeing the concrete jungle twinkling

below. You never know, you may have your very

own ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ moment.

More than 15 years have now passed since the

devastating terror attacks of 9/11 but Ground Zero

still remains a place of reflection. The new World

Trade Centre and 9/11 Memorial are living tributes

that honour the lives lost and celebrate New York

City’s resilience.

Travel back in time on Ellis Island and put yourself

in the shoes of 12 million immigrants from Ireland,

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for themselves in the land of the free, as Lady Liberty

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And if it’s culture you’re after, put the Metropolitan

Opera House, Radio City Music Hall and the Museum

of Modern Art on your to-do list.

Big kids must make a stop at FAO Schwarz – one of

the oldest and most iconic toy stores in the world –

where a visit feels like a trip to the theatre. And let’s

not forget about the M&M’s and Hershey stores for

all your candy needs.

Why not walk the steps of the Metropolitan Museum

of Art and imagine what your life would be like if you

had a golden ticket to the annual Met Gala rubbing

elbows with artists, fashionistas, and musicians alike.

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There are many landmarks in New York that are

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inside. Take Grand Central Terminal for example,

used in many films and TV shows when a dramatic

exit from the city is needed, but there’s so much

more to the beautiful train station. You can eat some

lunch or shop till you drop, but many travellers go to

take in the scenery.

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Diabetes UK meeting

Wednesday, March 7, 7.30pm

Do you have Diabetes? Find out more about living

with the condition here. Diabetes Eye Screening –

the current view. Speaker Bob Wilkes: Optometrist,

RD Wilkes Opticians, Rainhill. Free entry. For more

info call 0151 480 0821 or visit www.st-helens-anddistrict.diabetesukgroup.org

United Reformed Church, King Street, St Helens,

WA10 2JZ.

Rochdale Town Hall

Thursday, March 8, 9.30am-4pm

There’ll be tea/coffee on arrival followed by an

hour tour around Rochdale Town Hall including

the Exchange, Great Hall and the Council Chamber.

After the tour there’ll be time to visit Touchstones

Rochdale. Coach pick up’s Golden Gates, Warrington

and North Road, St Helens. It’s £15 for members and

£18 for non-members.

St Helens & Warrington Oddfellows, 17 North

Road, St Helens, WA10 2TW. Tel: 01744 453650

Luke Daniels

Friday, March 9, 7.30pm-11pm

The BBC award-winning singer songwriter and

composer hailed by critics as “a genius” for his work

with 19th century polyphon machines. He creates

masterful acoustic folk music encompassing

humble woodnotes to syrupy synthesized twists.

Tickets are £14 from www.citadel.org.uk

Heritage Meeting

Monday, March 12, 1pm

The Friends of Cannington Shaw will be holding the

first of their quarterly meetings in the Sankey Suite

at the World of Glass.

Sankey Suite, World of Glass, Chalon Way E, Saint

Helens, WA10 1BX. Tel: 01744 22766

Higher Education Exhibition

Tues, March 13, 9.30am-3pm; Tues, March 13,

5pm-7pm; Wed, March 14, 9.30am-3pm

There’ll be talks, application process advice, and

interactive stands, as well as current students

on hand to discuss their experiences, and staff

from University Centre St Helens. Book your free

place at http://sthelens.ac.uk/events/2186-ucasmanchester-higher-education-exhibition

Manchester Central Convention Complex,

Windmill Street, Manchester, M2 3GX

A Day in The Life of a Bottlehand

Thursday, March 15, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Set against the backdrop of St Helens life in the

late 19th Century, ‘A Day in The Life of a Bottlehand’

celebrates the lives, stories and histories (real and

imagined) of the people who worked in the largest

glass bottle-making factory in the world. Free event.

Rainford Community Library, Church Road, Saint

Helens, WA11 8HA. Tel: 01744 677820

The Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St

Helens, WA10 1PX. Tel: 01744 735436


Drop in Mindfulness Sessions

Thursdays, Mar 15, 29, Apr 12, 19, 26, 7pm-8pm

Join a small, friendly group for guided, mindfulness

meditation. £5 on the day. Email louise@

mindfulness-helps.com for info.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB. Tel: 01744 884709

Local History Night

Thursday, March 15, 7pm-8.30pm

History Talk with discussions, pictures and

reminiscing about old St Helens. Hosted by Victor.

Momo’s, 8 Cotham Street, St Helens, WA10 1SA.

Tel: 01744 302020

Songs from the Shows

Friday, March 16, 7pm-9.15pm

Tickets £6 via prescotfestival@gmail.com or 07762

607618. Includes Cottom’s hot pot (vegetarian

option by prior request). Bring your own drinks.

Prescot Parish Church Meeting Room, Church

Street, Prescot, L34 1LA

Rainford Heritage Society

Monday, March 19, 7.30pm, 7.30pm

A talk entitled “How Ormskirk treated evacuees

from Liverpool in WW2” by Roger Bloxall. Everyone

is welcome; entry is £2 per person.

Function Room, Junction pub, Rainford, WA11

7JU. Tel: 01744 882868

14-16 Academy Open Evening

Wednesday March 21, 4pm-6.30pm

Explore facilities; chat to teachers & students; career

advice; Headteacher presentation at 6pm. Free but

registration necessary http://sthelens.ac.uk/events/

St Helens College 14-16 Academy Building,

Technology Campus, St Helens, WA9 1TT. Tel:

01744 623105

1940s Night

Friday, March 23, 7.30pm-11pm

Helen Marie Charity presents a 1940s Night with

Katz Korner. There’ll be a hotpot dinner and dessert,

raffle and tombola. Tickets are £12 and all proceeds

go towards sick and disabled children. Cal 07724

995298 for tickets.

St Mary’s Club, Trent Road, Billinge, WN5 7QT. Tel:

01744 892836

Prescot Historic Society

Thursday, March 22, 7.30pm

Enjoy a hot pot supper and listen to Brian

Halliwell speak about historical tales, myths and

monologues. Tea/coffee will be served after the

meeting. Everyone welcome.

Parish Church Hall, Church Street, Prescot, L34

3LA. Tel: 0151 426 6719


Thursday, March 22, 7pm-9pm

Bookish is a collection of five new comedy shows

from performers and comedians Laura Mugridge

and Tom Adams. Plus live original music, a quiz

and stories. Two shows (books) will be chosen

and performed on the night. For tickets visit www.


Billinge Library, 49 Main Street, Billinge, WN5

7HA. Tel: 01744 677535

Get Creative Festival!

Saturday, March 24, 10am-4pm

People can find out how to ‘get creative’ on their

doorstep and try something different. Voluntary

arts groups and organisations are invited to share

their skills or perform at the library. Please contact

Jess in the Arts Service on 01744 677076 (Thursdays

and Fridays) if interested.

Haydock Library, Church Road, St Helens, WA11

0LY. Tel: 01744 677801



The award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ is the world’s largest permanent

exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame and

Local Life has three pairs of tickets for The Beatles Story to give away in our latest


Located in the Fab Four’s hometown of Liverpool on the stunning UNESCO World

heritage waterfront at the Albert Dock, The Beatles Story takes visitors on an

immersive journey through the lives, times, culture and music of the world’s greatest


Join The Beatles on their journey; first conquering Liverpool, and then the world,

through recreations of key locations from the band’s career including The Casbah

Club, The Cavern Club, and Abbey Road Studios.

Multi-media audio guides are available in ten different languages

including Mandarin, Brazilian Portuguese, French and German, and

are beautifully narrated by John Lennon’s sister, Julia. The FREE

guide is packed with information, imagery, and features video


interviews with Paul

McCartney and Ringo

Starr, giving visitors a

unique insight into the

story of the Fab Four.

A must for any music

fan, The Beatles Story

features an impressive

collection of fascinating

memorabilia including

the band’s original

instruments, John

Lennon’s New York

piano, Ringo Starr’s drum kit, rare album sleeves,

photography and original lyrics.

New items recently introduced include the original

Strawberry Field Gates, the ‘Holy Grail’ record that

launched The Beatles, Brian Epstein’s Jacket and

to mark 50 years since the release of Sgt Pepper,

a range of new memorabilia including a full set of

authentic replica suits.

Finish your perfect historical experience in one of

two Beatles-themed Fab4 Cafes or browse through

a fantastic range of products available from one of

the Fab4 Stores.

Story, simply visit our website www.locallife247.

co.uk, click on ‘free stuff’ and then on ‘competitions’.

To enter the competition just input your answer to

the following question;

On which famous Liverpool dock is The Beatles

Story located?

The expiry date for the competition is Saturday 31st March

2018l. Entrants must be over 16 years of age. Only one entry

per household. Local Life 247 cannot accept responsibility for

entries that do not reach us. Employees of Local Life 247 Ltd

and their families are not eligible to enter this competition.

For more information and to buy tickets please

visit beatlesstory.com

In 2018, The Beatles Story celebrates 50 years since

The Beatles travelled to India with the launch of a

special exhibition. ‘Beatles In India’ looks at this key

period in time with new memorabilia, imagery and

personal accounts from people who were there

with them.

To win one of three pairs of tickets for The Beatles


MG NW Do Supercars of The NW

Sunday, March 25, 3pm

The event is held at Southport, but the group

will meet at St Helens Motor Auctions first then

everyone will go together.

St Helens Motor Auctions, East Lancs Road, St

Helens, WA11 9LE. Tel: 01744 22513

Coffee Morning

Saturday, April 7, June 9, Sept 15, 10am-12pm

Rainford Senior Citizens & Social Committee

welcomes anyone and everyone to their coffee

mornings. Contact Arthur Singford on 01744

882533 for more info.

Rainford Church Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB. Tel: 01744 884709

Autism Awareness Day Walk

Sunday, April 8, 12pm-5pm (walk starts at 1.50pm)

A Walk for World Autism Awareness & to celebrate

St Helens’ 150th anniversary, hosted by Autism &

Asperger Society. You can walk with The Saints, and

there’ll be a children’s fairground, info, awareness

and fundraising. Email contact@theautismark.org

or call 01744 362260 for more info.

Taylor Park, Regents Road, St Helens, WA10 3HX.

Cheese & Wine Evening

Friday, April 13, 7.30pm

Rainford Heritage Society are hosting a Cheese &

Wine evening. Tickets are £10 and included are 5

free vouchers to be used for a choice of wines or

beers from George Wrights Brewery. Everyone is

welcome. Buy tickets in advance from Ray Waring

on 01744 885547, or pay on arrival.

Junction Pub, 102 News Lane, Rainford, WA11

7JU. Tel: 01744 882868

Haydock Lace Fair

Sunday, April 15, 10am-3.30pm

A one day Fair for Lacemakers and craft workers

with craft material suppliers. Exhibitors include: Reg

Beasant; Church Meadow Crafts; Claire’s Lace; Lace

Guild; Mainly Lace; Patchwork Gallery and more!.

Tickets £4 on the day.

Centenary Stand, Haydock Park Racecourse,

Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0HQ.

Oasis Tribute

Friday, April 27, 7.30pm-10pm

Definitely Oasis are bringing their sell out show

to St Helens as part of their UK tour. The band will

perform hits including songs ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Live

Forever’, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and more. Tickets

£12.50 (inc. booking fee) www.citadel.org.uk

The Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St

Helens, WA10 1PX. Tel: 01744 735436

Peter Pan the Musical

Friday, April 27, 7pm; Saturday, April 28, 7pm;

Sunday, April 29, 5pm

Top of the Hill Productions based on the play by Sir

J.M. Barrie. Tickets are £10 each, and can be bought

from Elizabeth Hill School Of Dance, Eccleston,

office, which is open on a Saturday. Tel: 01744 23220

Dalton Theatre, Carmel College, Prescot Road, St

Helens, WA10 3AG.

Twinkle Twinkle

Sunday, April 29, 2.30pm-3.30pm

There are melodies inside all of us, and no one

knows that more than Marty the puppy, whose

songs and playtime with his Dad are the best part

of his day. Tickets are between £5-£7 from www.


The Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St

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Being too young to appear on the TV show

Krypton Factor, I always thought I’d missed

the chance to tackle its famous assault course.

Although I wouldn’t go as far as saying this walk

resembled it, there are certainly some more

‘challenging’ parts to it. Not that this should deter you.

Simply think of it as ‘forewarned is forearmed’.

We park up at Yarrow Valley Country Park at

Birkacre. From the car park head out along Birkacre

Road, crossing the B5251, and continuing along

to Butterworth Brow. Here go right and then cross

over the road to enter the field.

This is where your wellies come in, as a large part

of this section is very wet and extremely muddy in

places. I don’t mind mud, but after a few miles it can

get tedious. Pick a day when the ground is likely to

be firm and you’ve got no worries.


by David Sudworth

Continue along the footpaths, heading north

between the River Yarrow and the B5251. After

about three quarters of a mile you should be

walking around a large meadow area, and you need

to head for the northwest corner, where there’s

a footbridge to carry you over the river. It can be

difficult to get your bearings here, so pay close

attention and you will be fine.

Follow the path up the hill, past Yarrow Farm and

onto the lane. I always feel a sense of unease going

through farms, mostly because it feels like you’re

loitering in someone’s private space. However, we

got a cheery hello from someone working close by

so I imagine it’s something they’re used to!

You pretty much cross straight over the lane and

follow the path around the field. As you go from one

field to the next, make sure you keep to the right


of the tree line until you reach Parkers in the Fields

Farm. Follow the track through the farmyard and

once out and onto the lane, take the footpath on

your left. Here, there’s a little more mud as you enter

the field. Continue along the left of the field to the

path that runs along the perimeter of Yarrow Valley

9-Hole Golf Course. The path soon takes a sharp left,

leading you down into a woods and down to the

river. As you make your way along this section you’ll

find a few fallen trees blocking your way, and again

it can be muddy. As our fearless photographer

Peter said at the time, it’s kind of bordering on

an assault course at this point, but that’s what

makes it fun, right? Eventually you’ll emerge on to

Butterworth Brow, where you go right, up the hill.

Just as you’re reaching the top of the hill, cross over

and into Sharratts Path. Follow the lane down and

into the path, that takes you down to the B5251

and crossover the main road, going right a short

distance, until you reach the footpath on your left.

Take this path and follow it through the woods to

Birkacre brow and back to the car park.

All in all, this is a short walk at just 3.25 miles but you

do get a sense of having really explored the area.

Some of these routes don’t seem particularly well

used so there is a feeling of discovery as you literally

beat a path through the landscape. Yarrow Valley is

a beautiful part of Chorley, and even in the darkest

of months, it brings enjoyment to many. So long as

you’re prepared for the patches of mud, you’ll get as

much enjoyment out of it as we did.

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.

Length of walk: 3.25 miles

Difficulty: Short but difficult in sections due to

muddy sections and fallen trees.

Accessibility: We did the walk after some prolonged

rainfall and there was some very muddy sections.






Parker’s i’ th’ Field’s




Yarrow Valley

Golf Club

Butterworth Brow






Dob Brow

Sharratts Path


Birkacre Road





Yarrow Valley

Country Park


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