Local Life - St Helens - April 2018

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St Helens Edition April 2018

Stars shine for

George

Pages 30 - 32

First & Last - Paul Wellens

Pages 18 - 19

Ashton & Bamfurlong Walk

Pages 42 - 45

Win tickets to The Beatles Story

Local News Motoring Jack’s Tracks Event2Go Health Home Services

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The lawn

ranger

They’ve done it again. Every year it happens. It’s

as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning

and yet they always beat me to it.

I’m talking about neighbours mowing their lawns.

For me, it’s a tad early but now the firing gun has

been activated at Acacia Close.

See, the over-wintered lawn can lull you into a false

sense of security. While not looking as lush as it

does in say mid July, it appears reasonably orderly

until the Joneses at number 20 whip out the Flymo

(disclaimer: other brands are available) and make

your patch of God’s earth seem like an unkempt

mess. I had considered knocking on just before

Christmas in order to suggest that we may have a

peace treaty until perhaps mid April. Alas, amid the

melee of seasonal doings, I forgot about it and am

now cursing myself. I do realise the above is what

most people would file under ‘First World Problems’

but they don’t understand my pain. I want to get

out there and give the lawn a good lashing but am

constrained by the fact that, at this time of year, by

the time I get home, it’s either teeming down or the

best of the daylight is behind me.

Yes, there’s the weekends but once the neighbours

start cutting, they can be two or three mows ahead

of me by the time I’ve retrieved the strimmer from

the depths of the shed. I’ve resigned myself to the

fact that this year they have, yet again, beaten me,

but I shall be calling round next winter with a peace

offering and a firm plan of action. Hopefully, they’ll

say yes, otherwise I’ll have to drink that bottle of

sherry myself...

David Sudworth, Editor


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In this issue

Stars shine for

George

Regulars

12 Puzzle Corner

24 Class From The Past

26 Planning

34 Events2Go

42 Jack’s Tracks

46 Test Drive

30

Win tickets to

The Beatles

Story

36

More

Carrot

39

Jack’s Tracks visits

Ashton &

Bamfurlong

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Test Drive

Skoda Octavia

vRS Estate

46

Sections

6 Local News

26 Health

46 Motoring

Publisher: Chris

Sales: Clare

Editorial: David, Niamh

Design: Peter

Distribution: Sally

Accounts: Sam

48 Gardening

50 Home Services

Next issue - May 2018

Advertising deadline - Tuesday, 17 April

Published - Friday, 27 April

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Pushing the boundaries

A St Helens man is walking along

the entire length of the borough

boundary to celebrate the town’s

150th anniversary.

Ste Lingard has organised the challenging 42.5 mile

walk, which starts and finishes at Haydock Park.

It follows the Borough Boundary (as near as public

rights of way and road safety permit) anti-clockwise,

around Billinge (including Billinge Lump), Rainford,

Eccleston, Rainhill, Bold, Parr, Earlestown, Newtonle-Willows

and Haydock.

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Ste at the finishing line of last year’s walk

pavement until about 8.15pm when the walk is set

to finish at Haydock Park (via Lowton entrance).

Many, many years ago there was a custom known

as ‘Beating the Bounds’. This took place each spring

when an assortment of local officials, children and

people alike would walk the boundaries of their

parish.

The purpose of the event was to teach participants

– especially young ones – the boundaries of their

parish. The ceremony also served a social purpose,

helping bring the local community together in a

convivial experience.

Ste revived the tradition last May: “We had a

thoroughly enjoyable day and raised almost £2,000

for St Helens Mind.”

This year, he will be raising funds again for St Helens

Mind, the local mental health charity, once more.

If you’d like to donate please visit https://

uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SteLingard or find

out more about the charity at www.sthelensmind.

org.uk


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Grape expectations

Rainhill could soon be home to a new

independent wine retail shop.

The former laundrette at 3 Dane Court is currently

vacant, and developers are hoping to breathe some

life into the property.

If planning permission is approved, the independent

wine retail shop and bar, will sell wines by the glass

and the bottle to take home or to drink in. The bar

will have capacity of approximately 40 people.

As well as a selection of beers and spirits, there will

be a small selection of tapas/cold deli plates to buy

alongside wine. Wine-tasting/information evenings

will take place regularly.

Opening hours will be: Monday-Friday 10am to

12.30am; Saturday 9am-12.30am; Sunday and

Bank Holidays 10am-12.30am. However, the early

opening hours are to cover the retail side and

drinking in the bar will not be encouraged until

after 12pm.

A decision on the planning application is due to be

made soon.


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Taking care of business

St Helens Business Fair 2018 is right

around the corner and everyone’s

invited.

Said to be the largest business networking event in

the North West, organisers say last year’s St Helens

Business Fair attracted over 500 companies from

Merseyside, Lancashire and beyond.

The free event includes a Business Exhibition

showcasing companies from all over the business

sector.

Looking to target

new customers

in 2018?

There will be hundreds of visitors from the business

community, a programme of free business

seminars, business info and advice, and networking

opportunities.

St Helens Chambers Business Fair has said

exhibiting can help raise company profiles and

allows businesses to showcase products and

services to potential customers, generate sales

leads, recruit new distributors, suppliers or partners

and demonstrate new products and services.

The fair is on Thursday, April 26, from 10.30am-3pm,

at Haydock Park Racecourse.

If you’d like to take part in the event, it’s £99+VAT

for St Helens Chamber Members and £149+VAT for

non-members.

For more information, or to book your stand call

Rachel Wellens on 01744 742028 or email rachel.

wellens@sthelenschamber.com.

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Slash and Byrne

He’s the star of BBC’s Mock The Week

- and now Ed Byrne is heading to St

Helens.

Ed Byrne will be at the Theatre Royal this May for his

Spoiler Alert show.

It’s 20 years since the Dublin-born comedian burst

onto the scene, and in that time he’s appeared in a

diverse range of shows such as Father Ted, and All

Star Mr & Mrs.

His love of natural history has crossed into television

with appearances on The One Show (abseiling in

Snowdonia), Countryfile (climbing Sgùrr Dearg, the

‘inaccessible pinnacle’ on Skye) and presenting items

on Volcano Live (BBC).

As he prepares to launch himself upon St Helens

with another touring show, Ed is firmly of a belief

that the current breed of parents spoil their kids

rotten whether it’s to do with the ever-increasing

size of garden trampolines, or his own kids’ demand

for elderflower cordial.

Spoiler Alert also continues a theme that he’s tackled

in previous shows, that of his gradual shift from

being a working-class Dubliner to a fully paid-up

rural-residing member of the middle classes. Where

once he would do routines slating 4x4 owners, he is

now the proud(ish) owner of such a vehicle. And in

the poster for his tour, he brandishes other signifiers

of social mobility: a bowtie and chainsaw. “It’s one of

two I own: that one is the smaller of the two,

“I use it for firewood, both for my wood burning

stove and also for the barbecue. The first time I used

one I was fine, though I think it worried my parents

that I had bought a chainsaw.”

Spoiler Alert is on at St Helens Theatre Royal on

Wednesday, May 9. For details

about this and more events in

the St Helens area, check out our

Events2go section on pages 34-38.

“My dad wasn’t a bad dad, he was just a 1970s dad.

I could never see my children ever again from this

moment on, and I’ve already done more parenting

then he did in my entire life. But, of course, I made

a conscious decision that I was going to be an

awesome dad. My wife will come back with tales

from her friends of how awful their husbands are

and she’ll see me smiling and say ‘alright, stop

congratulating yourself just because such and

such can’t be left alone with their children for two

minutes’.”

In his new touring show, Ed compares and contrasts

the old-school child-rearing days with 21st century

methods and suggests that there are different ways

to learn how to be a mum or dad. “I grew up in what

I would call an aspirational household in that my

parents bettered themselves over the course of my

childhood.”


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Brushing up on their skills

St Helens College is celebrating a

series of apprenticeship successes.

Six apprentices studying towards their NVQ Level

2 in Painting and Decorating and employed by

Bagnalls, North West have successfully completed

their level 2 apprenticeship.

Adam Knowles, 18, Lewis Smith, 18 and Scotty

Gresty, 18, Liam Birchall, 26, Jordan Smith, 20

and Ryan Mayers, 24 started their apprenticeship

with Bagnalls and St Helens College in 2015 and

completed their qualifications in 2017.

Going above and beyond, Adam Knowles was

crowned the Junior Apprentice Paperhanger of the

Year by the Painting and Decorating Association

(PDA) last year.

Terry O’Keefe, Lecturer in Painting and Decorating at

St Helens College said: “It’s great to see the success of

the Bagnalls apprentices. I wish them all the success

for the future and look forward to seeing them back

at the College for their level 3 apprenticeship in the

autumn.”

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Puzzle Corner

WORD SEARCH - Shakespeare

Find the hidden words in the word search grid

P E R I C L E S E C

L N M A C B E T H H

A B E I O F B A P O

Y E G W R O M E O T

N J U L I E T A E H

T T G C O R I N M E

K R W C L B G V A L

T A A O A T E E E L

Y D S M N T E R P O

F G E E U H A O T R

T E T D S O N N E T

O D S Y L U W A N S

G Y D S V E N I C E

GLOBE

ROMEO

PLAY

TRADGEDY

OTHELLO

MACBETH

CORIOLANUS

JULIET

POEM

VERONA

COMEDY

SONNET

PERICLES

ANNE

VENICE

WORD MIX UP - Shakespeare

Unscramble the letters to make a word

TEARHET

TEAMHL

SUDOKU

2 6

9 1

NUMBER

BLOCK

The numbers in each row add up to totals to the right.

The numbers in each column add up to the totals

along the bottom. The diagonal lines also add up the

totals to the right.

6 5 3 4

1 9

2 7 1 9

1 4 3 9 8

8 1

3 4

7

7 2 5 8

9

6 2

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CLANBOY

TESTPEM

SLUJIU CARSEN

SHENAT

LAWMILI

FELTWHT HITGN

WIGGLE WORDS

CLUE: At the Start

Trace a path through

all the letters to find

the word or phrase

that fits the clue.

E B E G

H T M I

F R O N

G N I N

All the puzzle solutions are on page 54 of this magazine


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A photo of a Trolleybus 387 taken in Prescot on its last day of operation in the town

Back on the (trolley) buses!

A trolleybus which last served St Helens 60 years ago

is making a pogniant return to the town. Trolleybus

No 387 (BDJ 87) will be on display at the North West

Museum of Road Transport, Hall Street, from late

May. It will be in its old depot, in the museum which

was its former garage. The trolleybus system closed

on June 30, 1958. To mark the occasion, on Sunday

July 1, there will be many former St Helens diesel


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buses visiting the town to give free rides to the

public on former St Helens trolleybus routes. The

event starts at 11 am to 3pm. In the museum will

be displays of trolleybus photos taken from many

collections and covering every route in the town

from 1927 to 1958

Trolleybus 387 (BDJ 87) was sold to Bradford City

transport in 1958 and last ran in 1971 when it was

purchased for preservation by an enthusiast for the

sum of £140

It will be on loan to the museum for at least 2 years

and will be on view throughout this period at

weekends from 11am -3pm.

For more informatrion on the North West Museum

of Road Transport, visit www.nwmort.co.uk

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A hall for all?

Loyola Hall could soon be the site

of a brand new hotel if planning

permission goes ahead.

Signature Living Group (“SLG”) own Grade II Listed

Loyola Hall on Warrington Road in Rainhill and

hope to develop the property to create a hotel with

ancillary uses.

There are 47 rooms including the Bridal Suite for

wedding events in the proposal, as well as two

function spaces, a gym and spa, restaurant and

dining facilities and reception/waiting area and bar.

Guests will be looked after by 45 full-time

employees.

Gillian Pinder, Clerk to Rainhill Parish Council said

in documents: “The Parish Council welcomes

investment in this significant building which is

a valuable asset to the village, and support the

principle of the proposed use.

“But until further details are available to allay the

concerns raised, the Parish Council cannot support

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First & Last

Paul Wellens talks about his life and career with Niamh Ollerton

Veteran St Helens full-back Paul Wellens

describes himself as a ‘one club man’ as we sit

in Starbucks at Windle Island.

I went to primary school at St Teresa’s, and to high

school at De La Salle. It was a good school and it was

big for rugby.

“I’m very proud of where I come from. I love the

town, and I love what it stands for. Working class

towns and people really band together.

“You talk to people in the street, and they never

sugar coat anything. I find it refreshing. St Helens

people tell it how it is and you know where they

stand.

“Growing up in St Helens, rugby was always on my

doorstep. My big brother Kevin played for St Helens

in the 80s and my dad was a coach. St Helens was

big in the family.

“Rugby League is quite parochial; there’s a real

identity. St Helens is a working class town and you

represent that.”

First Car

Paul is a local lad through and through. He’s still a

proud St Helens resident and lives with his wife

Rachel, and their three children Harry, Ava and

Joseph.

During his career Paul made 495 appearances

for St Helens, was a Great Britain and England

international and won every domestic honour over

a 17 year period.

He made the decision to retire in 2015 at the age of

35 following a long-standing hip injury.

But with a new career at St Helens as a coach, there’s

still a lot more to see of Paul.

“I was born here and I’ve never lived anywhere else.

My mum used to drive a brown Vauxhall Nova which

was shared between me and Claire.

First Home

It was a mile away on Windle Grove, and a couple of

years later we had our first child. It’s quite a big deal

when you buy your first property.

First Club

Lowie’s in town. It was the place to be at the time.

I was one of those lads who even at 24/25 needed

to be ID’d.

First St Helens Memory

Probably being in the Juniors. We went on a 2/3

game tour of Ireland. That was when I thought there


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could be something long-term for me here.

First appearance for St Helens

I made my debut on 18th August 1998. It all

happened very quickly. I was given a chance to go

for the first team. Looking back to the games before,

they were my opportunity to see if I could compete

at that level. Those four games were my audition

and I passed it.

First piece of sporting advice

When I was quite young and I first got into the

academy team, I’d argue my cause if I felt I needed

to, and my dad said there’s a time and a place for it.

He said: ‘Hear everything, see everything and say

nothing. First you have to earn that respect.’

He was my moral compass at times. It was great to

have that bit of guidance.

First Grand Final win as Captain

Winning Super League title in 2014 was

unbelievable. I’ve been really lucky over the years,

but winning a trophy and lifting it with friends is an

incredible feeling.

I played the game because I loved it, but if you don’t

celebrate those moments then what’s the point.

Last Game

My last game was our Wigan defeat on Good Friday

2015. I was a bit 50/50 whether or not to play. I could

hardly walk during the second half. When I walked

off it was me done.

I’m a one club man, when you start playing you

hope for some success. I never imagined I’d be with

the club as long as I was.

I left the game knowing I had no more to give. It was

a difficult decision for me to get my head around

because it’s always been about rugby for me.

Last thought as Captain

Being Captain was a big thing. It was a real challenge

and I probably didn’t know the enormity of it. It was

the pinnacle point of my career.

Last team memory

When you play with those guys, you instantly have a

bond. I’d liken it to people who’ve been in the army,

when you’ve spent that much time with each other,

sometimes more than your family.

Announcing retirement

It was a lot bigger than I thought. A few months

had passed since my last game and I announced my

retirement on a Wednesday morning. I didn’t know

the enormity of it. It was quite overwhelming.

To the future

I’m enjoying the coaching side. It took me two

years to break away from Paul the player to Paul the

coach. I realise I’ve got a lot to learn and I’m keen to

carry on developing.

Last piece of advice to rugby hopefuls

Learn from your experiences and take the

opportunities as they come along.


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Bike aid

Buzz Hub St Helens Coalition of

Disabled People has taken on a

project to help those less fortunate in

the Caribbean.

The CDP is working with Merseyside Police and the

Liverpool Commonwealth Association to service

cycles to be sent to the Caribbean.

In 2017 several small Caribbean islands were left

devastated in the wake of hurricanes Irma and

Maria. And as motorised transportation on the

islands have been reduced, there’s an urgent need

for bicycles.

Although the project is in the early stages, a

shipment is due to leave in July from Merseyside

to the Port of Road Town in Tortola, British Virgin

Islands.

Elaine Hughes, CDP Manager said: “We’re looking

for donations and volunteers who have experience

in bike maintenance. If anyone could find a way to

help with servicing these bikes, we’ll take any help

that’s available.”

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Class from the past

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Planning Matters

Rainhill

3 Dane Court: Change of use to A4-drinking

establishment and will include a small outdoor

seating area (ref: P/2018/0195/FUL).

Commercial Hotel, 12 Station Street: Single storey

rear extension with enlargement of beer garden

and boundary fencing along with a smoking shelter

(ref: P/2018/0103/FUL).

Loyola Hall, Warrington Road: Change of use of

existing buildings and all associated works to create

hotel and ancillary uses (ref: P/2018/0113/LBC).

Eccleston

Catchdale Moss House, Catchdale Moss Lane:

Erection of 10no stables (8no stables for horses/

ponies, 1no stable for hay store and 1no stable for

walkway area.) (ref: P/2018/0181/FUL).

St Helens

23-27 George Street: Change of use from Retail A1

to Restaurant A3 (ref: P/2018/0136/FUL).

71 Corporation Street: Change of use from offices

(B1) to chiropractic and acupuncture clinic (D1)

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

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Stars shine for

George

Niamh Ollerton talks to the 11-year-old Eccleston lad

who rallied an army of celebrities in honour of his younger brother

It’s safe to say not many 11-year-olds have Ben Shephard, Stevie Gerrard, John

Bishop and Michael Owen on speed dial. But George Mathias from Eccleston is

rubbing shoulders, or rather pounding the pavement a mile at a time with celebs up

and down the country raising funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – an organisation

extremely close to George’s heart.

On January 1 2017, George, who

attends De La Salle High School set

out with a mammoth task at hand –

to run a mile for every month he’d

had his little brother James whose

life was saved by Alder Hey when

he was just five weeks old. That

meant 75 miles in total.

Having surpassed that target and

then some, George decided his

running boots weren’t ready to

be hung up, and to up the ante,

George decided to do a marathon

for every year he’s had James – a

whopping 208 miles.

This brotherly love has touched

the hearts of many and George’s

fundraising has taken off, with

many celebrities’ eager to get

involved and nominating their

famous pals to follow suit and

#RunwithGeorge

But with Pride of Britain Award, a

Points of Light award, Liverpool


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“I treat it like a hobby, it’s just the best thing ever;

meeting new people, running in different places,

helping others, and achieving something.”

His dad Richard added: “George had been watching

me and my wife Sue do things for the charity and

he said he wanted to do something himself. I said

‘you’ll have to make it big’ – and we’ve never looked

back since then.”

George set up his own charity, the ‘Run with George

Foundation’ and so far has raised over £57,000

for Alder Hey, helping many sick children get

much needed care. And his efforts have not gone

unnoticed.

In November last year, George was presented the

Pride of Britain Young Fundraiser of the Year Award.

George admits: “It was pretty amazing. Meeting the

people you only see on TV, like The X Factor judges,

Peter Andre, Rod Stewart, and I met Prince William

which was really special. I felt like I’d made my

country proud.”

Pride of Merseyside award, and over £57,000 raised

for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as just a few of the

accolades George has under his belt it’s not over

yet…

His dad Richard continued: “We knew he’d won but

we didn’t know how much of an impression he’d

made.

But how did it all start?

When James Mathias was just five weeks old, his dad

Richard and mum Sue were faced with their baby

being unresponsive for a feed. He was suffering

from Bronchiolitis, an acute infectious disease of

the lower respiratory tract which affects very young

infants.

He was rushed to Whiston Hospital where 12

doctors tried to wake him, and was then sent to

Alder Hey Emergency and put into an induced coma

for three days. You can only imagine what the family

went through but dad Richard happily admits ‘He’s

been fit and well ever since.’

George said: “Alder Hey saved James’ life and I

thought of doing a mile for every month we’ve had

James. But after we passed the 75 mile target I felt I

could do more.


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“He said he wanted to get to 100 miles at the Pride

of Britain. After that I said ‘Look, you’ve done it.

You’ve done what you set out to do’ and he said he

didn’t want to stop.”

George continues to show his dedication to the

cause, and is now taking on his latest challenge of

running 208 miles, which makes a marathon for

every year James has been alive. And to kick off the

New Year, Dermot O’Leary was the first to boot up

with George.

Richard said: “Dermot is the nicest guy, and that run

came about because he presented George with his

Pride of Britain award.

“And Ben Shephard is the nicest bloke you will ever

meet in your life. You know when someone just gets

it? He’s a superstar.”

hoping to achieve something great.

George said: “Think of an idea and try your best.

Don’t be scared of anything and get out there and

do it. You have to put the work in and push yourself

and get out of your comfort zone.

Richard added “But you’ve got to keep on going.”

And George agreed “Yeah I’ve got to keep on

running.”

If you’d like to donate or find out more about

#RunwithGeorge please visit...

Website runwithgeorge.com

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Over the past 15 months, a lot has happened for the

Mathias family as Richard admits ‘it’s been a pretty

full on year.’ But the whole experience has worked

wonders for George.

George said: “In the beginning, when I was

interviewing people I was speaking like a little robot,

and this has really helped with my shyness, and I’m

getting more confident about being on camera.”

Richard added: “Even in that first video with Jon

Wilkins, the Saints captain, who is a friend we’ve

known for years, you see George’s knees knocking,

but when I look at him now, it’s so nice for a parent

to see how far he’s come.

“This has been the making of him.”

But with more miles to rack up it isn’t over yet for

#RunwithGeorge

Richard said: “Michael Owen is running with us next

on Sunday, March 25 at his stables.

“George has been invited to the running awards at

the O2 in London on Thursday, April 19 and he’s won

the Inspirational Figure in Running award.

“We’re doing a ball on Friday, June 22 with Alder

Hey. We’re just sorting out the funding but it’s going

to be big and Ben is hosting it.”

As a sign-off, I asked the Young Fundraiser of the

Year what piece of advice he could give to people


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GIANT Easter Duck Hunt

Saturday, March 24, to Sunday, April 8

Dusty Duck needs your help to help him find the

GIANT yellow ducks. Use your detective skills to find

25 cheeky birds to win a treat and certificate (50p

entry). Go to otter talks and feeds, white stork feeds,

have a muddy adventure and more. Search Martin

Mere online for more info.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Martin Mere,

Fish Lane, Burscough, L40 0TA. Tel: 01704 891220

PetsAtHome Easter Activity

From Friday, March 30, 12pm-12.30pm to

Thursday, April 12, 12pm-12.30pm (12 dates)

Kids can meet the rabbits and learn about looking

after pets. Attend a free workshop for the chance

to win a wild Peter Rabbit themed adventure in

the Lake District! Register for the free half hour

workshops at http://community.petsathome.com/

workshops/

Pets at Home St. Helens, Unit 9 Ravenhead Retail

Park, St Helens, WA9 1JF. Tel: 01744 750686

Dog Mania - Liverpool

Sat, March 31, 9am-5pm, & Sun, April 1, 9am-5pm

Merseyside Dogs Home’s most ambitious event yet.

The only indoor dog show where you can bring

your own dog. Adult tickets are £10, family tickets

are £30, but dogs go free! Tickets can be found at

www.dog-mania.co.uk/buytickets/

Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock,

Liverpool, L3 4BX. Tel: 0151 475 8888

Charles Chipperfield Circus

Wed, Apr 4, 5pm; Wed, Apr 4, 7.30pm; Thurs, Apr,

5, 5pm; Thurs, Apr 5, 7.30pm

There’ll be flying trapeze, wheel of death, free

standing ladder, roller skating, circus clowns and

much more. Tickets between £16-£40 from 07500

365231 or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Sherdley Park, WA9 3

MHA - St Helens Brew & Chat

Thurs, Apr 5, 1pm-2.30pm; Thurs, Apr 12, 1pm-

2.30pm; Thurs, Apr 19, 1pm-2.30pm

Mental Health Awareness support group at Mill

Street Barracks. Enjoy a brew and a chat and make

new friends along the way.

St Helens Sea Cadets, Mill Street, St Helens, WA10

2BB. Tel: 01744 20193

Coffee Morning

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

Rainford Senior Citizens & Social Committee

welcome everyone to their coffee mornings.

Contact Arthur Singford on 01744 882533 for info.

Rainford Church Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB. Tel: 01744 884709

Electro80s live at Windle LC

Saturday, April 7, 9pm-11.59pm

Electro80s pay tribute to the 80’s. There’ll be classics

like “Fade to Grey” and “Just Can’t Get Enough” .

Windle Labour Club, Dentons Green Lane, St

Helens, WA10 2QF. Tel: 01744 23053


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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 Saints

players, 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 Rd, Saint 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; Tatting

& Design et al. *Celebrations* Exhibition by Preston

Lacemakers. Tickets £4 on the day.

Centenary Stand, Haydock Park Racecourse,

Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0HQ.

Grease 40th Anniversary

Thursday, April 19, 8pm-10pm

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Grease

Cineworld St Helens is showing the classic musical

film. You can now book online atwww.cineworld.

co.uk or instore!

Cineworld St Helens, Chalon Way West, WA10 1BF.

Tel: 0333 333 4444

Tale & Trail

Fri, April 22, 10.30am; Sun, June 24, 10.30am

Listen to woodland tales, walk in the wood, craft

with woodland resources, and eat marshmallows

around the fire. Aimed at children aged 3-6. Earth

Day in April and Muddy Elves Day in June. Tickets

are £6.88 from www.eventbrite.co.uk

Fir Tree Farm, Pimbo Lane, King’s Moss, North St

Helens, WA11 8RG

St Helens Business Fair

Thursday, April 26, 10.30am-1pm

Free to attend and includes a Business Exhibition

showcasing companies from a variety of sectors.

A programme of free business seminars. Business

information and advice. Opportunities to meet

with potential buyers and suppliers. Visit www.

sthelenschamber.com

Haydock Park, Haydock Park Racecourse, Newtonle-Willows,

WA12 0HQ. Tel: 01942 725963

Oasis Tribute

Friday, April 27, 7.30pm-10pm

Definitely Oasis is 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 (incl. booking fee) www.citadel.org.uk

The Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St

Helens, WA10 1PX. Tel: 01744 735436

Peter Pan the Musical

Fri, Apr 27, 7pm; Sat, Apr 28, 7pm; Sun, Apr 29, 5pm

Top of the Hill Productions proudly presents Peter

Pan the Musical – based on the play by Sir J.M.

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

Elizabeth Hill School, or from any cast member.

Dalton Theatre, Carmel College, Prescot Road,

Saint Helens, WA10 3AG. Tel: 01744 452200


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Competition

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

competition.

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

band.

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


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interviews with Paul

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A must for any music

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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

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Story located?

The expiry date for the competition is Monday 30th 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


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Charity Ghost Hunt

Friday, April 27, 8pm to Saturday, April 28, 2am

Fourth Element Paranormal Research presents a

Charity Ghost Hunt in aid of Mid Mersey Age UK. It’s

£27pp and there’ll be hot/cold drinks and sandwich

platter included. Prepare to be scared! Visit www.

fourthelementparanormal.com for info and tickets.

The Mansion House, Victoria Park, St Helens,

WA10 2UE. Tel: 01744 752644

The Bon Jovi Experience

Saturday, April 28, 7.30pm-10pm

The Bon Jovi Experience is world’s finest Bon Jovi

tribute and the only tribute to have been requested

by and performed live on stage with Jon Bon Jovi.

Tickets are £21 for adults and £19 for concessions

www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St

Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744 756000

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. Twinkle Twinkle teaches us we can learn

to carry the light of those we love inside ourselves,

even when apart. Tickets are between £5-£7 from

www.citadel.org.uk

The Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St

Helens, WA10 1PX. Tel: 01744 735436

Classic Car Show

Sunday, April 29, 10.30am-3pm

If you’re mad on classic care, this event is said

to be one of the Mansion House’s more popular

events. The Bistro will also be open for snacks and

refreshments.

The Mansion House St Helens, Victoria Park, St

Helens, WA10 2UE. Tel: 01744 752644

Memorial Service

Saturday, May 5, 2pm

A Celebration of the Cowleians who fought and

died in World War 1. In this centenary year, join

together to remember the brave men who lived the

Cowley motto “Not for himself but for all.”

Cowley International College, Hard Lane, St

Helens, WA10 6LB. Tel: 01744 678030

Beer & Gin Festival

Saturday, May 5, 12pm-11.30pm

Everyone’s welcome at this brilliant annual beer

& gin event. It’s £3 entry, and there’ll be live

entertainment and food and snacks.

The Mansion House St Helens, Victoria Park, St

Helens, WA10 2UE. Tel: 01744 752644

Spoiler Alert

Wednesday, May 9, 8pm-10pm

Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain?

In short, are we spoiled? Watch as Ed Byrne takes

this question, turns it upside down and shakes it

until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself. Tickets

are £26.90 available from www1.ticketmaster.co.uk

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St

Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744 756000

Beating the Bounds 2018

Sun, May 13, 4.30am-8.15pm (4.15am meeting)

This year’s Beating the Bounds will be part of St

Helens’ 150th anniversary celebrations. Take part in

the challenging 42.5 mile walk around the whole of

the Borough boundary. No entrance fee or formal

registration. It starts and finishes at Haydock Park,

and goes anti-clockwise, around Billinge, Rainford,

Eccleston, Rainhill, Bold, Parr, Earlestown, Newtonle-Willows

and Haydock.

Haydock Park, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0HQ


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Food & Drink

More carrot

By Keeley Bolger

Nick Knowles, best known for his 18 years

fronting BBC One home-improvement

stalwart DIY SOS, is not what many would picture

when the word ‘vegan’ comes to mind.

“You tend to think that most vegans are petite,

small, slim people, and I’m not,” “I’m a 46-inch chest,

6ft 2in, 17-stone rugby player!”

His lifestyle has been turned upside down since

filming BBC Two’s The Retreat, which saw him and

a diverse group of participants head to a health

centre in Thailand, ditching cigarettes, caffeine,

alcohol and meat and replacing them with yoga,

lots of vegetables and hikes through the mountains.

He lost nine kilos in three weeks, his cholesterol

levels fell by a third, and his blood pressure dropped

to a healthy level.

Since then, Knowles has maintained a ‘flexitarian’

diet, meaning he largely eats vegetarian or vegan

meals but will occasionally have meat or fish. It’s a

big change for a man who used to eat a sausage,

bacon and egg roll on his way to work, snack on

scotch eggs, and regularly go out for steak lunches.

His first cookbook, Proper Healthy Food: Hearty

Vegan And Vegetarian Recipes For Meat Lovers,

focuses on this huge shift.

“If you could do one day a week as being veggie,

congratulations, you should get a pat on the back,”

he reasons. “You’ve reduced your meat intake, that’s

fantastic. If you can do it two or three days a week,

even better.

“If you could get to a point where you’re meat-free

during the week and only treat yourself to meat

during the weekends... when I say something like

that, the Vegan Society goes, ‘What? Treat yourself

to dead animals?’

“You’re never going to encourage people if every

time they fail, you batter them over the head. I’ve

been saying more carrot less stick. Or you could say,

more carrot less steak!”

And the father-of-four feels the message is too

important to be deterred.

“I know the health benefits that come from eating

a more plant-based diet are so important that we

have to get past all of that rubbish, and encourage

people to start eating meat-free once a week.

Inspired? Here are two recipes from Knowles’ new

book to try at home (cheese-free versions optional!).

Proper Healthy Food: Hearty Vegan And Vegetarian

Recipes For Meat Lovers by Nick Knowles is

published by BBC Books, priced £14.99.


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Winter Veggie Stew with

Wholesome Lumpy

Dumplings

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the dumplings:

50g butter, softened

125g self-raising flour

40g Cheddar, crumbled

1 tbsp thyme leaves

For the stew:

3tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, roughly diced

2 celery sticks, roughly diced

3tbsp plain flour

1tbsp Marmite

1/2tbsp tomato puree

2L hot vegetable stock

3 carrots, peeled and chopped into chunky pieces

4 parsnips, peeled and chopped into chunky pieces

1/2 head swede, peeled and chopped into chunky

pieces

3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into

chunky pieces

2-3 rosemary sprigs, plus extra, chopped, to sprinkle

1 bouquet garni (available from good supermarkets)

150g orzo pasta (available from good supermarkets)

80g pack of cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Start by making the dumplings. Rub the butter into

the flour and mix with the Cheddar and thyme.

Add just enough cold water to bring the mixture

together to a soft dough and divide into five to six

small dumplings.

Preheat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 6. Heat the

oil in a large casserole dish and fry the onion and

celery over a low heat for 10 minutes until soft and

translucent. Add the flour into the pan, whisking

constantly to make a roux. Add in the Marmite and

tomato puree followed by the stock, a glug at a

time, whisking all the while to make a smooth base

to the stew.

Throw the carrots, parsnips, swede, sweet potatoes,

rosemary and bouquet garni to the dish and bring

to a boil. Cook the stew, with the lid off, for five to

seven minutes. The vegetables should be cooking

nicely but still have a bite to them.

Rinse the orzo pasta well, in a sieve, and then

pour into the casserole along with the chestnuts.

Season well and place the dumplings on top of the

casserole. Sprinkle over a little chopped rosemary

and bake in the oven, with the lid off, for 20-30

minutes until the dumplings are puffed up and

nicely cooked, and the vegetables are tender.


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Macaroni, Leek

& Parsley Cheese

Method

Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

Serves 4 - 6

Ingredients

300g macaroni

500g leeks, trimmed and cut into 1-2cm crescents

50g unsalted butter

50g plain flour

600ml semi-skimmed milk

100g British mature Cheddar, grated

3tbsp roughly chopped flat leaf parsley

2tbsp golden breadcrumbs

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling water for three to

four minutes before adding the leeks to the pot and

continuing to cook for a further five minutes. Drain

the pasta and leeks and set aside.

Meanwhile, make the white sauce. Melt the butter

in a medium pan and stir in the flour. Cook for one

minute until thick, then, off the heat, gradually

whisk in the milk, keeping the mixture smooth.

Return the pan to the heat and stir constantly until

thickened. Simmer for two minutes, remove from

the heat, and add 75g of the Cheddar, the pasta

and leeks. Stir through the parsley and season well

before spooning into a 2L ovenproof dish.

Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and remaining cheese

over the pasta and cook in the oven for 15-20

minutes, until the top is crisp and golden, and the

sauce is gently bubbling.


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Ashton &

Bamfurlong

With words being the tools of my trade, I

despise clichés. Indeed, I avoid them like

the plague. So that’s why this month’s walk, despite

being reasonably hidden and displaying gem-like

qualities, shall not be described as ‘a hidden gem’.

I’m not sure what descriptive tag it deserves though.

Maybe I’ll think of one later on. Anyway, to the task in

hand...

by David Sudworth

I know the Ashton and Bamfurlong area well, having

grown up a few miles away, so wasn’t expecting

anything out of the ordinary. By the end though,

I had a whole new perspective. Our starting point

for this 6.6 miler was the Three Sisters Recreational

Area, off Lockett Road. We took advantage of the

free parking just by the pond and play area, and

started our hike by going in north easterly direction

towards Bryn Hall Farm.

Once out of the main Three Sisters parkland, it’s

a short walk before turning right. At this point

really have to keep your eyes open, as the public

right of way is not only unsigned, but it also has a

gate which at first glance appears to be a sturdy,

boundary fence from the adjacent house (see

photo to the right).

Thankfully, a friendly farm worker was nearby and

advised us to push on it, which we did, and it sprang

open. Once you’re through the gate and past the

property you follow the track down and round to

the right. Now the walk starts to feel a lot more rural

with fields of crops and live stock. Here we got a

real sense of nature when, out of the undergrowth,

a young deer crossed our path. It scarpered very


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quickly - much too rapid for our normally superagile

lens man Peter - but what a treat. Of all the

beautiful and rural places I’ve visited doing Jack’s

Tracks, the last place I expected to see wild deer was

on the fringes of Ashton!

We continued until our path did a bit of a dog leg.

The vast expanses of wheat crops, evident in the

earlier part of our walk, continued to carpet the

fields as far as the eye could see. It could have been

a scene from North America rather than little ol’

Wigan. If only George Orwell could have seen it.

We eventually emerged opposite Abram Bryn

Gates School where there was a handy pedestrian

crossing to take us over into Furlong Close, a small

cul-de-sac with neat dormer bungalows. We turned

right into Epsom Drive (I sensed a horse racing

theme going on here) and carried on into the field


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in front. After two minutes, we arrived at a copse,

went over the footbridge and turned a sharp left.

Although the vegetation in the area was extremely

well developed and dense, the route was amazingly

clear. By this point, the sound of Virgin trains

whizzing up and down the West Coast Main Line

could be heard up the steep embankment yonder.

Once you get to the bridge, which goes underneath

the tracks, just be aware that there are a few paths

and it’s therefore easy to take the wrong one. For our

suggested route, stick to the path which is closest

to this side of the embankment. From here, it’s a

very straight route south on a formal path before

it veers south west towards Riding Lane. While on

this section, our eyes were drawn to the presence

of a commemorative stone laid to the left of the

path, and surrounded by loose bricks. It reads: “P.

W. DAVIES. BORN EDGE GREEN 9 JULY 1889. DIED

Bryn

Hall

Farm

Bryn Gates Lane

Bamfurlong

A58 - Lily Lane

Three Sisters Road

Three Sisters

Recreation Area

Start/Finish

WN4 8DD

Bryn Gates

Lily Lane

Farm

South Lancashire

Industrial Estate

B5205 - Bryn Road

Lockett Road

Stubshaw

Cross

A58 - Bolton Road

Riding Lane

Ashton-in-Makerfield

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the

walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to

loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


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CHESTER 18 NOVEMBER 1944. AT HIS REQUEST HIS

ASHES WERE SCATTERED NEAR HIS BIRTHPLACE. A

WORTHY SON OF LANCASHIRE. A GREAT THINKER.”

There are no further details on the background of

this particular gentleman, but as far as final resting

places go, he chose a lovely spot.

We finally went past some farm buildings and a

house on the right before coming to Edge Green

Road/Riding Lane. A combination of weary feet

and the sight of a rural pub is hard to resist, and

so the gravitational pull towards The Harrow Inn

pub proved too much for our aching limbs to fight

against. As it was a warm, bright day, we sat outside

on one of the many benches, nursing a refreshingly

cold cola and plotting our way back. We found that

from here, it was a virtual straight line back; down

Riding Lane, back across the A58, past Lily Lane

Farm and into the formal Three Sisters Recreation

Area. Look out for the bird watching area on the left

hand side – some of the species indicate a twitchers’

paradise. Once back at the car park, there’s the

option of feeding the ducks or letting the little ones

burn off any energy they may still have stored away

by letting them loose in the play area.

As I said at the outset, it’s hard to believe that in

an area known for its industrial past, so much

countryside is still not only in place, but also

actively used and harvested. As a born and bred

Ashtonian, it certainly opened my eyes. Never

again will I solely think of traffic jams when asked

to describe my hometown. But let’s get one thing

straight, despite all this I’m still not labelling the

walk ‘a hidden gem.’ That would be far too trite.

More like an undiscovered diamond...

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Test Drive

Skoda Octavia

vRS Estate by Tim Barnes-Clay

vRS is the Skoda badge that denotes the Czech

firm’s most powerful and capable models. vRS

means performance, and the symbol commands a

lot more respect than you might realise.

In the Czech Republic, Skoda vRS models are

admired for their toughness and performance,

and in the UK, they’ve also garnered a real fanbase.

Octavia vRS owners often state there’s probably no

finer all-rounder on the market at this price point,

and they might well have a case. For under £30,000,

you get a powerful 2.0-litre 184PS diesel engine

mated to a decent automatic gearbox that helps

put the power down via all-wheel drive. It handles

nimbly for a larger car too, and is equally at home

on a B road as it is on a motorway chewing up the

miles.

It’s not often you can say an estate car is handsome,

but the Octavia vRS has a smart, modern,

unaggressive look to it, despite being one of Skoda’s

athletic models. You can notice the influence from


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Fast Facts

• 0-62 mph: 7.7 secs

• Combined mpg: 55.4

• Engine layout: 1968cc four-cylinder turbo diesel

• Max. power (PS): 184

• CO2: 134 g/km

• Price: £29,400

Skoda’s owners - Volkswagen - in the styling of its

newer models. In the same way that the Golf GTI

and R models aren’t too aggressive, the Skoda isn’t

either. Of course, Skoda is a very modest brand, so

the confident and unassuming styling works well

for it.

Space is abundant in the Octavia estate; there aren’t

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62mph in under eight seconds with a boot the size

of a small cavern. There’s also room aplenty for

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a long journey. Really, if you need more car than this

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So, the Skoda Octavia vRS is fast, it’s good to drive,

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• Pick off the last of your faded winter pansies to

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• Be mindful that there are still late frosts so cover

any vulnerable plants.

• Tie in any climbing and rambling roses to their

supports.

• Get rid of any weeds now - doing this early in the

season should stop these being a bigger problem

later on.

Start mowing your lawn now once a week with the

blades at the highest setting and gradually lower

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HAVE A GO!

Plant out some delicious sweet peas. If you haven’t

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Also try growing some peppers and aubergines this

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planting. Adding gravel and small rocks at the

bottom will encourage drainage and keep the soil

moist for longer.


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