St Helens Edition March 2018
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New Community Hub for Billinge?
Lollipop Sticks in Rainford
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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
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
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
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40 Puzzle Corner
52 Jack’s Tracks
55 Garden Diary
58 Test Drive
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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.
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.
Rainford can see
that instead of
“It’s simple; they
have to pay for
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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
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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:
“The proposed new structure is too close to the
fence at the rear of my property and restricts my
free access in a way that the current structure does
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Hardknott pass includes a 30% gradient and greets
riders at 98 miles. The total climb for the event is a
few feet shy of 13,000ft.”
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
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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
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,”
“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
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
“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 &
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
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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).
Land between 15 and 23 Laffak Road: Erection
of two semi-detached dormer bungalows with
associated off road parking and landscaping works
Unifrax Ltd, Mill Lane: Siting and installation of 2
bay single storey modular building for office use
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
Warm tributes have been paid to a
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
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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
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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
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
“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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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
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
to care for, there is no one size fits all
solution. Care needs differ enormously; for some
a single 30 minute visit each day is enough, others
need round the clock care. Care needs aren’t fixed
either, with some patients needing temporary extra
care after surgery or illness.
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
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).
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This is where Care Break comes in. Care Break is an
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Health & Fitness
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.
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
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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Unscramble the letters to make a word
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The numbers in each row add up to totals to the right.
The numbers in each column add up to the totals
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NYC’s the place to be
New York, New York... so good they named
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
Travel back in time on Ellis Island and put yourself
in the shoes of 12 million immigrants from Ireland,
France, Italy and beyond hoping to make a new life
for themselves in the land of the free, as Lady Liberty
continues to stand tall and proud on Liberty Island,
watching over inhabitants as she has done for more
than a century.
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Lovers of the arts must make a stop on Broadway,
whether you’re catching a Musical or a play. Think
London’s West End on steroids, where it’s all razzle
dazzle all the time. And while you’re in the vicinity,
head on down to Times Square and see for yourself
how many neon and LED lights and signs the square
really has. And as we all know, this is one of the most
iconic locations in the world to ring in the New Year.
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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
beloved not for their exterior, but what they hold
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.
In a city as vast as New York, there are different things
that appeal to different visitors, whether it’s visiting
Brooklyn to experience the more low-key or hipster
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the Chelsea of New York and strolling through the
meatpacking district near the West Village, there is
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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,
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
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
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 email@example.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:
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:
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
the band’s original
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
Helens, WA10 1PX. Tel: 01744 735436
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
Plan now for
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When I was a little girl (Hubby is chuckling
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