Local Life - St Helens - May 2018

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St Helens Edition May 2018

Rainford rocks

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The Billinge Split

Pages 40 - 42

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Something about

May

I’ve come to the realisation I’m at my happiest

around water. I don’t know whether it’s the

ripple in a reservoir, the clapping of waves, or the

fresh breeze that gives me a new lease of life, but

I know that when I’m by water this is where I’m the

most calm.

My happiest memory is when I was on holiday in

Spain, on a pedalo on a lake surrounded by rolling

mountains, and that was a moment in time where

I felt anything was possible. And whenever I need a

little boost at home, I get outside and enjoy the vast

green spaces our local area has to offer.

And I think May is a great month to get out and

enjoy ourselves. There are lots of activities to enjoy:

including this year’s ‘Beating the Bounds’ on Sunday,

May 13, which falls in line with St Helens’ 150th

anniversary celebrations. Organiser Ste Lingard

revived the Anglo-Saxon tradition with a 42.5 mile

walk, starting/finishing at Haydock Park. Could you

handle walking the boundary of St Helens?

Or if you’re looking ahead, why not attend Picnic

in The Park on Saturday, June 2. This family music

festival in Rainford Village will be a great kick-off to

summer. John Coghlan’s Quo, Shane Nolan, Ultra

90’s, Black & Gold, Black Cat Bone, Days Above and

Girl Talk will all be in attendance to get you rocking.

My head is very much getting geared up for the

encroaching summer months, and I’m sure many

of you are hoping for a warm and sunny British

summer too. A girl can dream.

See you next time!

Niamh Ollerton, Deputy Editor


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In this issue

Local Life

turns 10

Regulars

32 Class From The Past

36 Puzzle Corner

55 Events2Go

59 Jack’s Tracks

63 Garden Diary

66 Test Drive

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Rainford

Festival

Sections

6 Local News

30 Education

44 Health

48 Travel

63 Gardening

69 Home Services

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The Billinge

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40

10 items

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be without

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Jack’s Tracks visits

Burscough

Next issue - June 2018

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Celebrating young artists

St Helens youngsters have showcased

their artistic talent in a Youth Open

Art competition.

Hundreds of young people have taken part in this

year’s Youth Open Art competition, with the winners

honoured at a recent World of Glass presentation.

The annual competition is open to anyone aged 16

or under, who lives or studies in St Helens.

There are categories available for nursery-aged

children right through to Year 11, as well as specific

awards for those who chose digital and graphic

design pieces.

Judges from St Helens Council and the World of

Glass praised the quality of the 557 submissions.

Winners received glass awards hand-made at the

World of Glass, where a public exhibition of 244

selected submissions will feature until Friday, May 4.

This year’s competition helped to celebrate the


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borough’s 150th anniversary by offering entrants

the chance to win a one-off special award, under

the theme “Out of the Earth Came Light.”

The award went to Louise Tickle from De La Salle

School, whose composition was thought to

encapsulate the borough’s landmarks, heritage and

ethos.

Residents can still view the collection at the World

of Glass until Friday, May 4.

In July, those aged 16 or over can try their artistic

talents in the Open Art Competition.

Artists can enter their works in late June/early July

for judging, and the works will be exhibited from

July-September. head to www.sthelens.gov.uk/

openart or call The World of Glass on 01744 22766.

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St Helens 150

In its 150th anniversary year, St

Helens is celebrating the milestone

with a bustling year-long cultural

programme.

There are numerous events throughout the year,

including an International Food and Drink Festival,

and a heritage weekend St Helens day.

Other activities will build on established events

such as Westfield Street Music Festival and Summer

Streets.

The programme of artistic events is led by the Heart

of Glass and cultural partners St Helens 150.

Cllr Gill Neal, cabinet member with responsibility

for arts and culture, said: “These celebrations are all

about the borough’s heritage and innovation, and

as such it is right that everyone can get involved.

“These celebrations not only look back at our

illustrious past but to our future and showcase the

talents of our young people.

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something for everyone – and it would be great

if local people got behind this, got involved and

made 2018 a year to remember.”

St Helens Day on Saturday, June 30, will feature a

citizen’s parade. Find out what makes the borough

tick by acknowledging the characters, the wisdom

and the idiosyncratic individuals and communities

in St Helens.

For more info on St Helens 150, please visit www.

sthelens150.co.uk

To see what else is happening in St Helens, visit our

E2G section on pages 55-58.

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Lane, Billinge, has been dedicated to

Ellen Higginbottom.

Local volunteers with the help of Wigan Council

have created a community garden in memory of

Ellen Higginbottom who was murdered in Orrell

Water Park last year.

After her death, the garden area became a focal

point for floral tributes to the popular Winstanley

College student.

Corin Lomax, a local volunteer involved in the

garden project from the beginning, said: “It was

the obvious spot to leave floral tributes to Ellen,

so transforming the entire area into a memorial

garden inspired by her was a natural progression.”

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for

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last year and despite the extremely difficult

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“We’re honoured to support such an important

cause and be a part of a project to commemorate

Ellen.

“The garden will be very peaceful and I’m sure

members of the public will enjoy spending time

here.”

A bench complete with memorial plaque and a

box hedge has been installed by volunteers from

Wigan Council’s greenspaces team, and Moss Bank

Nurseries in Leigh donated bedding plants which

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The locals who have volunteered to

maintain the site hope visitors will use Ellen’s

garden as a place of quiet reflection and

contemplation.

Louise Tipping, principal at Winstanley

College said: “This is a lovely tribute by the

community to Ellen which we will treasure.

“Ellen loved nature and people and so a

garden inspired by her is a fitting tribute to a

much missed student, friend and daughter.”

Organisers and volunteers also hope the

garden will eventually become eligible to

enter the Wigan in Bloom competition.

Local artist, Vikky Crompton, is planning to make

big mosaic stepping stones with any interested

members of the community for Ellen’s Garden. If

you’d like to get involved with making the mosaics

or helping with the ongoing maintenance of Ellen’s

Garden please contact Joe Taylor on 01942 700060

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Eduardo De Sousa has followed

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Fore charity

Houghwood golfers recently raised

vital funds for local charities in an all

day challenge.

20 avid golfers took on four rounds of golf in a day

in the first of its kind at Houghwood to raise money

for Willowbrook Hospice and the local branch of the

MS Charity.

The men set off for their first round at 4.20am,

and only finished their final round at 9.45pm. But

they didn’t use their buggies and walked for the

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Beating the Bounds

The 2018 Beating the Bounds event will also

celebrate the 150th anniversary of St Helens.

St Helens residents Ste Lingard has organised the challenging

42.5 mile walk around the whole of the Borough boundary.

It starts and finishes at Haydock Park, and 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,

Newton-le-Willows and Haydock.

But for such a gruelling task, the schedule isn’t kind with a

4.15am meet at Haydock Park before starting at 4.30am.

Contenders will be beating the 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’. Come springtime, a motley

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 on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Ste said: “We had a thoroughly enjoyable day and

raised almost £2,000 for St Helens Mind.

“The day was such as success that there was no

doubt about doing it again.”

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mental health and to assist those experiencing

mental distress to regain their full potential, and

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New leadership

The new leader of St Helens Council

has asked councillors to “work

together” moving forward.

Cllr Derek Long was appointed the new council

leader following Barrie Grunewald’s resignation due

to allegations of a WhasApp data breach involving

St Helens councillors.

The new leader represents the West Park ward, starts

the position with immediate effect after receiving a

unanimous vote at the full council meeting in the

town hall chamber.

The Labour councillor was previously cabinet

member for Liverpool City Region engagement.

In his first speech as leader, Cllr Long said: “I do not

underestimate the importance of the task in front

of us. I hope we can all work together in the spirit it

takes to take St Helens forwards.

“When I open cabinet meetings I always make

reference to the fact that we are stewards of 150

years of unbroken accountability looking after

the people of St Helens and I’m sure we’re all

committed to making sure that goes forward in the

future as well.”


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Booted up

The eight annual St Helens 10k was a

roaring success once more.

Over 1,600 runners took to the streets of St Helens

streets on Sunday, April 15 to take on the annual

GPW Recruitment St Helens 10k.

Many runners do their bit for a myriad of causes,

to help raise funds and awareness to organisations

and charities close to their heart.

Linzi Prescott ran in memory of her husband Steve

Prescott MBE, who set up the event eight years ago

in Birchley Street car park.

Even after his death in 2013, Steve’s family and

the Steve Prescott Foundation ensured the event

would continue to be held each year, and is now a

staple of the St Helens calendar.

Linzi was joined by their 16-year-old son Taylor this

year too. She said: “It’s quite a special event for me

because eight years ago when Steven thought this

up, it was the only thing he came up with that I

thought I could take on.

“From Christmas you can see people running in the

street and it always reminds me of Steve. It really is

his legacy.”

Steve’s wish to give the people of St Helens and

Rugby League community a vehicle to get fit and

healthy has certainly been fulfilled.


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Rainford is all set to rock again

this summer with the return

of the Picnic in the Park Music

Festival on Saturday 2 June.

This year it promises to be bigger and

better says organiser Phil Thomas,

who, just over twelve months ago,

together with his wife Tara, inspired

the collaboration between four of

the village’s sporting and youth

organisations to raise much-needed

funds.

Rainford rocks

Phil takes up the story, “Our family is

actively involved in Rainford Rangers Football, the

Tennis club, the Cricket Club and the Boys Brigade

and Girls Association and we could see at first hand

the brilliant opportunities they were providing

for youngsters as well as the big costs involved

in running them.” said Phil. “As the manager for

Rainford Rangers U-15’s, I was forever raising

money for the club and I knew the other clubs were

constantly having to raise funds too”.

This year’s headline act is John Coghlan’s Quo

with the Quo’s drummer and his band getting

ready to rock Rainford all over the World. Back

by public demand is the Shane Nolan Band after

their tremendous success at the Festival last year.

A non-stop procession of acts throughout the day

with music, songs and dancing to suit all tastes,

includes Ultra 90’s, Black and Gold, Black Cat Bone,

Days Above and the newly formed Girl Talk, a group

of Liverpool girls who sing rap and dance. As well

as music there are lots of other sideshows and

community stalls to keep the family entertained on

a relaxed fun-filled day.

Last year’s inaugural festival was a spectacular

success and the four community groups shared a

total profit of £6,000.

Ron Hamilton, Chairman of the Tennis Club,

explained that last year’s proceeds have been

used to refurbish and redecorate their clubhouse.

“Without the event last year, little or none of this

would have happened. The acts last year were great,

everyone enjoyed themselves and we look forward

to a fantastic festival again this year” he said.

Ian Harrison, Secretary of Rainford Cricket Club

described the benefits brought to the club by the

festival, “The proceeds have been used to undertake

repairs to and the repainting of the sight-screens

and we’re also refurbishing the home and away

dressing rooms at the club”.

Already ticket sales for the festival have topped

last year’s actual attendance, and organisers are

hoping to attract a capacity crowd of 1,800. If you

haven’t yet bought your tickets, please visit www.

rainfordfestival.co.uk or call in at PT Kitchens, 12

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The gang together

St Helens 64th annual Gangshow is

coming to St Helens Theatre Royal

very soon.

From Wednesday, May 2, to Friday, May 4, St Helens

members from the Scout & Guide organisations,

from aged 6 upwards will be performing their

annual variety show.

Jennifer Tickle said: “Members take part with

singing, dancing, and performances in our family

show that’s suitable for everyone!

“It’s a very good show. This is our 54th show at the

Theatre Royal, and our 64th show in total. It’s one

of the gentleman’s 60th show. He’s 68 and joined St

Thomas’ Cubs aged 8!

“We do the show to promote our Scout and Guides

organisations. You should see some of them at the

beginning of the year, they’re so timid and the

confidence they’ve now gained is wonderful.”

For tickets and info, please contact Jennifer on

07742 383176. Tickets are £8 and one in every 10

is free!

For more local events take a look at pages 55-58.


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Prevention is key

During Diabetes Prevention Week

from April 16-22, St Helens residents

were urged to reduce their risk of

type 2 diabetes.

St Helens residents were prompted to make some

lifestyle changes by healthier eating and being

more active to reduce their risk of getting type 2

diabetes.

Over 17,000 people in St Helens are at risk of

developing type 2 diabetes, which can lead to other

serious conditions including strokes, heart disease,

limb amputation and early death.

The Diabetes Prevention Programme is for people

who are pre-diabetic, and helps them make small

changes to their lifestyle which will in turn reduce

their risk. One of the first groups have seen great

results, with reduced blood sugar levels, weight loss

and increased awareness of how to make lifestyle

changes.

One participant said: “I was wary at first to sit in a

group but felt comfortable from day one. Casper

(the facilitator) was polite, helpful and cheerful and

taught me many ways of eating healthy.”

Another added: “My experience on this programme

has made a big difference to my life and I have

learnt a lot.”

Find out if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes at

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For advice from the Healthy Living Team visit www.

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Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Saturday, June “All soprano, alto, tenor and bass singers are invited

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Festival director Dr Robert Howard’s short work “We regularly attract a hundred or more choristers

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rear elevation (ref: P/2018/0259/FUL).

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121 Penny Lane: Change of use from vacant land to

pitched roof (ref: P/2018/0188/FUL).

private garden (ref: P/2018/0286/FUL).

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94 Church Road: Conversion of existing dwelling

Rainford CofE Primary School, Cross Pit Lane:

Creation of new school entrance (ref: P/2018/0151/

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Raising the bar

More parents and guardians of

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St Helens Council released data which showed

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guardians securing their first preference primary

school for their child ahead of the 2018 academic

year.

This year, 92.74 per cent of applicants were given

their first choice primary school compared to 88.99

per cent the previous year, which means an increase

of 3.75 per cent.

Overall, 98.24 per cent of applicants were given one

of their preferred schools.

Commenting on the news, Jo Davies, Senior

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year we work exceptionally hard to ensure that

parents and guardians are allocated one of their

preferred school places primary schools –and I’m

delighted to see that this is the case for September

2018.

“If any parent or guardian has any questions about

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before 1 September, 2018, and have not yet applied

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Class from the past

This month’s Class from the Past is of English

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Puzzle Corner

WORD SEARCH - Local History

Find the hidden words in the word search grid

S C H U R C H E R C

T C A R V I N G E H

U B N S S F B A M N

V E C W T G T R A S

M T I R O L T D I G

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I O S M N C E L P A

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T Z T R U I N S H K

W E A P O N W A N S

G Y D S A B B E Y M

WALK

CASTLE

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ARTEFACT

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CARVING

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ANCIENT

RUINS

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Unscramble the letters to make a word

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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.

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The Billinge

split...

With Local Elections imminent, David Sudworth

discovers the story behind Billinge’s split

It’s possibly one of the most bizarre Parliamentary speeches ever

committed to Hansard.

But just before 9pm on July 6, 1972, MP Gordon Oakes stood up in

the House of Commons and gave his reasoning as to why part of

Billinge was soon to join Rainford and Haydock in the new county

of Merseyside.

“They are all Lancashire towns, based on

heavy industry, glass making, formerly

on coal mining. The people there speak

with a clear and distinct Lancashire


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accent. The people there, for example, watch Rugby

League, not Liverpool or Everton. The people in

those areas eat tripe and onions, not Scouse.”

Oakes’ speech may have seemed, in the context of

local government reorganisation, a bit bizarre. But

in fact, he was arguing that although there was

nothing wrong with those places joining together,

he did have grave reservations about them

becoming part of a greater Merseyside area.

He explained: “They talk differently, work at different

occupations. The problem is of urban renewal. That

type of problem is totally different from the problems

of Huyton, Kirkby, Halewood and Whiston, which are

new, expanding towns, where they have basically

“Totally different to the

problems of Huyton”

light industry and support Liverpool or Everton with

equal vociferousness, while poor little Huyton can

hardly get a team going at all. Sport is important in

the constitution of an area, just as important as the

problems of youth facilities, schools, social services,

and things of that kind.”

Within two years, the deed had been done. Part of

Billinge, along with Rainford, Haydock, Crank, Moss

Bank, Kings Moss and other areas, had become part

of a new St Helens borough within the County of

Merseyside.

Despite it being 44 years

since the changes, they

still rankle, especially

in Billinge where some

feel the village was

unnecessarily divided.

Many of those blame

Edward Heath’s

Government, who

were in power at the

time. However, a

dig into the archives

reveals that in fact Billinge’s administrative divorce

from Wigan predated the local government changes

of 1974 by over 100 years.

Billinge as a whole was part of the Deanery of

Wigan up until February 2, 1837, when the Wigan

Poor Law Union came into force. The law divided

Billinge into two different townships; Chapel End

and Higher End. By the end of that century, Billinge

Urban District Council had been formed. In 1927, it

joined Winstanley township to become Billinge &

Winstanley Urban District Council.

It’s important to stress though that, at this point,

they were not ‘part’ of Wigan - Billinge & Winstanley

UDC was an authority in its own right.

Fast-forward to 1974 and townships up and down

the country were allocated into different ‘new’ areas.

Some of the original suggestions survived; some

fell by the wayside (there was talk at one point of

Ashton being part of St

Helens).

Billinge & Winstanley Council’s final meeting in 1974

However, scanning the

newspaper coverage at

the time, there’s very little

in the way of any concerns

about loss of civic

identity. Indeed, local MP

Michael McGuire said in a

Parliamentary debate that

he’d had no complaints

about the situation from

constituents.


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Most of the concerns centred around

more basic matters; namely pounds and

pence.

“Rate Shock - 61p in the £ for New Metro”

cried one local newspaper, reporting on

the housing rates being set.

Locals in the Merseyside part of Billinge

were equally unimpressed. One said: “I

have got a free bus pass but can only use

it to go to St Helens or Liverpool, but not

Wigan or Orrell. I can go to Southport, but

only if it is via St Helens. Why could they not have

joined the whole of Billinge to Wigan? To me, this is

just another case of planning with no consideration

for human beings.”

Local politics? They are

a joke... ”

Life wasn’t plain sailing for those who worked for the

new councils either. Almost 8,000 workers were paid

the wrong amounts in the first few weeks. Although

one cleaner at Wigan Metro wasn’t too fussed - her

normal wage of £2.50 shot up to £25!

And even those areas which, on the face of it,

weren’t massively effected, weren’t happy.

At the final meeting of Orrell Urban District Council,

councillors slammed the Metro as being ‘arrogant’

for wanting to tear down their Council Chamber and

turn it into offices.

Orrell Urban District Council’s final sitting

Councillor John Fitzpatrick stormed: “Local politics?

They are a joke if this is the way they are going to

carry out their business.”

However, Wigan’s first ever Mayor, Cllr Bob Lyons,

sought to soothe divisions: “I appreciate the fears of

many people that there will be a feeling of isolation

and loss of contact. I would like to assure people

that I and all my colleagues will be available for

interview and advice. I know the new members will

serve to the best of their ability.”

44 years on and it’s fair to say that, while the financial

grumbles still rumble on, the sense of civic loss has

grown. But perhaps it is unfair to push the blame

onto those who made the 1974 decision.

Since then, any new local government reorganisation

plans have been mostly about making areas bigger,

rather than going back to the pre-1974 model.

Moreover, regardless of what area of Billinge you

live, both parishes are ultimately controlled by the

same ruling party (Labour) in their

respective town halls.

As for (since deceased) MP Gordon

Oakes’ pronouncements; pigs’

innards are no longer consumed in

the same quantities as it was in the

early 1970s; accents have grown

more fluid along with occupations,

but football is still not as popular as

rugby.

Billinge just before it became part of Merseyside

Just goes to show that MPs

talking tripe isn’t a wholly new

phenomenon...


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Memorial service

A memorial service was held at Saints’

stadium towards the end of March for

those affected by suicide.

Saints RLFC chaplain Paul Johnson led the service,

hosted by Listening Ear’s AMPARO service for the

130 attendees remembering their loved ones.

Attendees shared their personal stories, a

memorial wall displayed photos of lost loved

ones and a gospel singer sang poignant songs to

commemorate their lives.

The Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, SOBS

(Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide), State of Mind

(a charity that promotes positive mental health for

sportsmen and women), Suicide Bereavement UK

and the Healthy Living Team were all in attendance.

Speakers including Danny Sculthorpe and Ian Smith

from the world of rugby league, and Anne Cunliffe

from the SOBS service also shared their stories of

how suicide has affected them.

Anne said: “It has been a long journey for me and

my family since the loss of my son Andrew 17 years

ago.

“I hope that by sharing my own experiences and

some of the happy memories I have of Andrew,

I have helped others to in time remember the life

that their loved ones lived and the happier times.”

Please contact Nattalie Kennedy on 01744 671056 if

you left your photograph(s) on the wall.

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Health & Fitness

Make May purple

In England, one in six people will have a stroke

in their lifetime. And in the UK, strokes occurs

approximately 152,000 times a year – that’s one

every 3 minutes 27 seconds. First-time incidence

of stroke occurs almost 17 million times a year

worldwide; one every two seconds. It is estimated

around 30% of people who have a stroke will go on

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Strokes are a leading cause of death and disability

in the UK, with around 32,000 stroke-related deaths

in England each year.

Most people who have strokes are over 65, but

By Niamh Ollerton

one in four strokes happen in younger people.

That’s nearly 40,000 people a year including several

hundred children.

There’s no denying that a stroke can be fatal, but

it’s worth noting there are over 1.2 million stroke

survivors in the UK.

Deaths related to strokes have declined by 49%

in the past 15 years, and this is down to better

prevention, earlier treatment and more advanced

treatment.

It’s important to act quickly as you could save your

own or someone else’s life, or help limit the longterm

effects of strokes, by learning to think and Act

F.A.S.T.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the

blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Without

blood your brain cells can be damaged or die. This

damage can have different effects, depending on

where it happens in your brain.

A stroke can affect the way your body works as well

as how you think, feel and communicate.

What causes a stroke?

As we age, our arteries become harder and narrower

and are more likely to become blocked. But, some

medical conditions and lifestyle factors can speed

up this process and increase your risk.

Different types of stroke

Most strokes are caused by a blockage cutting off

the blood supply to the brain. This is an ischaemic

stroke.

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But they can also be caused by a bleeding in or

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A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is also known

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For some people the effects may be relatively minor

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Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them

there?

Speech – is their speech slurred?

Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these

signs of a stroke.

Other symptoms that can be due to a stroke also

include:

Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or

both eyes;

Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your

body (including your leg);

Sudden memory loss or confusion;

Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall,

especially with any of the other symptoms.

Why act F.A.S.T?

If you notice any sign of stroke, call 999. The faster

you act, the better the chance of recovery.

Purple May

And to raise awareness for this worthwhile cause,

it’s time to Make May Purple – Go Purple for Pounds

during the Stroke Association’s annual awareness

month.

Friends, families and communities are invited to

show their support for people who have been

affected by a stroke.

The Stroke Association helps stroke survivors regain

their independence, but they need our help. All you

need to do is wear purple and every penny raised

will help provide support for stroke survivors.

Wear purple to work, school or outside in your

community – wherever you are, the association

hopes you’ll turn all your activities purple during

May. Every purple event you take part in will really

make a difference to stroke survivors.

Go purple at work

Get everyone to dress in purple for the day and

even host a purple bake sale.

At school

Get the whole school to dress in purple for the day,


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or turn your sports day into a purple extravaganza.

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Travel

All Quiet on the

Western Front

If I should die, think only this of me:

That there’s some corner of a foreign field

That is forever England.

This excerpt from Rupert Brooke’s poem, The month’s travel feature we take a look at a few main

Soldier, springs to mind whilst driving through sites and attractions in Belgium and France.

the pretty Belgian countryside. It’s a peaceful rural

backdrop with neatly uniform fields full of crops

and it’s hard to imagine it as it was a century ago;

a desolate landscape of mud, burnt-out trees and

barbed wire, with shattered men crouching in

trenches with the roar of heavy artillery overhead.

As the 100th year anniversary of the end of the

Great War comes to pass, visiting the battlefields

During the Great War, Ypres occupied a strategic

position standing directly in the path of Germany’s

plans to invade France from the north. One in three

of British deaths on the Western Front happened in

the Ypres area and during the course of the war the

town was all but obliterated by artillery fire.

Ypres today is known as the city of peace and

war graves cover the landscape around the area,

of the period remains a fascinating and moving including the Tyne Cot Commonwealth war

experience. These visits brings history alive for an

increasing number of visitors of all ages, and in this

cemetery which houses the graves of 11,954 soldiers,

but the most popular site for visitors is the Menin


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Gate Memorial to the Missing. The

memorial is dedicated to the 54,395

Commonwealth soldiers who died

in the Ypres Salient but whose

bodies have never been identified

or found. Every night at 8pm since

1927, except when the Germans

occupied the area in World War 2,

buglers sound the ‘Last Post’.

Just two miles east of Ypres is

Sanctuary Wood, home of the

Flanders Field Museum, and one

of the most popular destinations

for the battlefield visitor. The museum manages

to blend wartime artefacts with multimedia

presentations to create a first-person view of life

in the bleakest of conditions, whilst the trenches

behind the museum give a very good feel for what

it must have been like to experience the mud and

misery of the trenches.

No visit to the battlefields would be complete

without a visit to The Somme, to see the area where

the infamous Battle of the Somme began on a

summer’s day in July and ended in a snowstorm 4½

months later.

The excellent Historical Museum of the Great War,

which is housed within a medieval castle in Peronne,

provides visitors with not only a vision of what life

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was like for the soldiers at the front but also that

of the civilians of the town, which was occupied

by enemy troops for two separate periods during

the Great War. This absorbing museum follows the

chronology of the war and uses carefully selected

artefacts to illustrate military, cultural and social life.

There aren’t many places in the Somme area where

the ground has been undisturbed since the end of

the Great War, and that’s why the Newfoundland

Memorial Park is a popular choice for battlefield

visitors. Shell-holes and the trenches of both sides

can still be clearly seen and even walked along.

The Newfoundland Regiment suffered appalling

losses here in July 1916 and after the War ended,

Newfoundland purchased the land, and the area is

now a Canadian National Historic Site.

One of the most impressive sites to visit is the

Wellington Quarry in Arras, which tells the story

leading up to the battle of Arras on April 9th, 1917.

After a series of losses in Arras, the decision was

taken to tunnel under Arras in the chalk quarries

that were originally dug out centuries before, in

order to hide 24,000 troops near the German front

lines in readiness for a new attack.

This work, mainly undertaken by Maori miners, took

a whole six months and a chapel, power station,

light railway, communications room, a hospital and

a well were all created in the pale, flickering electric

light and visitors can experience an unforgettable

underground tour illustrating the horrors and

futility of war.

There are number of tour operators who offer

Battlefield coach tours including Leger Holidays,

who are the UK’s leading provider of escorted

tours. You can pick up a Leger Holidays brochure at

Marken Travel, 200 Main Street, Billinge WN5 7PE or

just call 01744 893291 and a brochure will be posted

out to you.


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Food & Drink

10 items no kitchen should

be without

So you’ve spent good money on creating

the perfect space in which to create the

perfect meal. The problems is, no matter how much

you’ve forked out on that oven, those cabinets and

cupboards, a good workman or woman is only as

good as the tools at their disposal. Not that we

would ever advocate blaming your kit when things

go wrong, of course.

Having a variety of quality equipment at your

disposal in the kitchen will open up countless

possibilities in terms of what you can cook.

Imagine inviting friends over for penne and porcini

mushrooms, and then revealing you made the pasta

yourself. Or frying up some sirloins, complete with

griddle marks. Few things are more satisfying than

serving properly made dishes, so here’s a checklist

of essentials you should always have to hand before

you start showing off any culinary expertise.

Ladle

In layman’s terms, this is really just a large spoon

with a bent handle and deep serving cup. Ideal

for soups, obviously, it’s difficult to perfect a

Vietnamese noodle pho without one of these.

Chef’s knife and sharpening block

Ideally you should be looking for an 8-10” blade

with a thick bolster to act as a finger guard, and

the knife itself should sit comfortably in your hand.

A sharpening block is essential too, otherwise

preparing meat will be rather troublesome after a

few months.


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Grater and microplane

Most of us have a grater somewhere in the home,

but we recommend looking for one that also allows

you to microplane- you’ll need that for zesting

lemons, grating Parmesan, herbs and spices, which

is important in more complex dishes.

This is the best possible way to fry meat and fish

with aesthetically pleasing griddle marks. Look for

the heaviest you can, which is usually a good sign

of quality, and one where the metal runs into the

wooden handle.

Paring knife

You won’t be able to make fine cuts - for example

coring tomatoes, other fruits and vegetables -

without one of these. One word of advice; if the

blade doesn’t extend into the handle put it back on

the shelf and look for another.

Cerated bread knife

Let’s face it, your weekday morning toast is fine

from a loaf of pre-cut bread, but if you’re sitting

down to a hearty winter stew and want a crusty

baguette you’ll need a suitable knife to carve it up.

Can opener

Look for a bulky plastic can opener that has a twist

knob on top, rather than the more old school allmetal

version.

Wire mesh colander

If you’re cooking pasta then this is a key purchase,

even if that pasta is shop bought. Try to find one

with a foot at the bottom, thus meaning your

spaghetti won’t be left sitting in a puddle of water.

Pasta maker

There are almost as many pasta makers on the

market as there are types of pasta, and so it can get a

little confusing. Our preference would be to choose

on that offers between three and five settings for

various pasta shapes - any more and chances are it

will be a jack of all trades, master of none.

Wok

Although no longer the exotic pan it once was,

woks are probably the best investment you can

make for the kitchen. Ideal for stir fry dishes and

other oriental meals, there’s also nothing to stop

you using this for a plethora of other offerings.

Griddle pan

Last, but definitely not least, is the griddle plan.


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Baked Camembert

Enjoy one of the best-known French cheeses in a delicious way, bursting with

flavour and coated in breadcrumbs. Make sure the cheese is not too ripe and

freeze before cooking to ensure the centre melts when baking. Serves 4

Ingredients

4 individual Camemberts

or one large Camembert

cut into approx 80g/3oz

wedges, frozen for 1 hour

25g plain flour

1 egg beaten with 1tbsp

water

25g breadcrumbs

50ml sunflower oil

Raspberry coulis or

cranberry sauce to

garnish

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6

2. Remove the Camembert from the freezer and carefully cut the white skin

from the top, while leaving the bottom and sides in tact. Coat well on all sides

with the flour.

3. Dip the coated Camembert in the egg mix and coat with breadcrumbs,

then repeat both steps. Pat well to help the crumbs stick, then place in the

fridge for 30 minutes.

4. Heat the oil over a medium heat. Remove the cheeses from the fridge and

fry lightly on each side until light golden brown - approximately 1-2 minutes.

Make sure the cheese does not begin to melt. Remove and drain excess oil on

paper towels.

5. Place the lightly-browned cheeses on a lined baking tray and bake in the

oven for 5-10 minutes or until the top is slightly puffed.


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Classic Car Show

Sunday, April 29, 10.30am-3pm

If you’re mad on classic cars, 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

Diabetes UK

Wednesday, May 2, 7.30pm

This St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK

meeting will feature Jan Cardwell, a Diabetes Nurse

Consultant from the Specialist Diabetes Unit in St

Helens Hospital who will talk about ‘The importance

of Diabetes Patient Education.’ For more details call

C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821.

St Helens United Reformed Church, King Street,

WA10 2JZ

Health Walk

Wednesday, May 2, 1.30pm start

St Helens Ranger Service invites you to their 4

miles long health walk at Mesnes Park. For more

information, contact Mesnes Park Ranger on 01925

229021.

Meet at the Visitor Centre, Park Road, Newton-le-

Willows, WA12 9TA

St Helens Gangshow

Wed, May 2 - May 4, 7.15pm

St Helens Gangshow presents its ‘We’ve Been

Making Memories’ variety show for the whole family

to enjoy. Featuring Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies

and more! Tickets are £8 (1 in every 10 free) from

Jennifer Tickle on 07742 383176.

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation St, Saint

Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744 756000

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


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Family Fun Day

Saturday, May 5, 12pm-4pm

The HoneyRose Foundation will be hosting a jampacked

afternoon of family fun. Bring your friends

and family for entertainment, activities and a chance

to buy some awesome items! The Foundation grants

special wishes to people suffering from cancer and

life threatening illness.

Haresfinch Rugby and Community Club,

Haresfinch Road, WA11 9NS. Tel: 01744 609020

Classic Car Show

Sunday, May 6, 11am-4pm

The North West Casual Classic Show, a gathering

of cars from the last 70 years or so on display.

Cherished cars, old and new! Free heritage bus

rides, model railways and light refreshments.

Tickets: Adults £4.25, Over 60s £3.25, two adults

together £8, children aged 5-17 are £2.50.

The Old Bus Depot, 51 Hall Street, St Helens, WA10

1DU. Tel: 01744 451681

Local Family Festival Day

Monday, May 7, 10am-5pm (gates open 9am)

Enjoy a day of bikes, cars, drifting and karting.

Various activities will be available for both children

and adults with local stalls and refreshments. £5

entrance fee for 16+ and under 16s go free.

Three Sisters Circuit, Three Sisters Road, Ashtonin-Makerfield,

WN4 8DD. Tel: 01942 719030

Health Walk

Tuesday, May 8, 1.30pm start

St Helens Ranger Service welcomes you to their 4.5

mile lone health walk at Sankey Valley. For more

information, contact the Sankey Valley Ranger on

01744 677772.

Meet at the Visitor Centre on Blackbrook Road, St

Helens, WA11 9AB

WIBN St Helens

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/

event/1F0053048EF918B4

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St

Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744 756000

Event Networking Expo

Tues, May 8; Tues, June 12; Tues, July 10, 12pm-

2.15pm

The Women in Business Network is an International

networking organisation that supports all business

women. Every woman can give a 60 second pitch,

and there are spotlight sessions each month.

Regular guest speakers too.

Gerard Arms, Dentons Green Lane, Saint Helens,

WA10 6SD. Tel: 01744 28894

Thursday, May 10, 2pm-8pm

Do you organise events? Are you an events supplier?

Bring as many people as you like to the free event.

Visit https://ticketpole.co.uk/product/st-helensevent-expo/

to get your free ticket or purchase an

exhibitor space at £40.

The Clock Face Pub and Restaurant, 408 Clock

Face Rd, Clock Face, WA9 4QS. Tel: 01744 602306

Quiz Night

Friday, May 11, 7.30pm

Rainford United Reform Church presents a Friday

night quiz night for the whole family to enjoy!

Rainford United Reform Church hall, Higher Lane,

Rainford, WA11 8AL. Tel: 01744 883677


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Beating the Bounds 2018

Sun, May 13, 4.30am-8.15pm

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

Helens’ 150th anniversary celebrations. Take part

in the challenging 42.5 mile walk. Starts/finishes

at Haydock Park, and goes anti-clockwise, around

Billinge, Rainford, Eccleston, Rainhill, Bold, Parr,

Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows and Haydock.

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

Gin & Whisky Evening

Monday, May 14, 7.30pm

Rainford Heritage Society is hosting a Gin &

Whisky evening. Tickets are £10 and there will be a

large choice of gins and whiskeys to taste as well

as nibbles. 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

Phil Thompson Golf Classic

Thursday, May 17, 9am-9pm

Nugent Patron and LFC legend Phil Thompson

hosts our annual Golf Classic to raise funds to help

support adults living with dementia. It’s £395 per

team of four. Email Marie.Reynolds@nugentcare.

org or call the Fundraising Team on 0151 261 2000

to book.

Houghwood Golf, Billinge Hill, Crank Road, WA11

8RL. Tel: 01744 894754

Plant sale

Saturday, May 19, 9.30am-2.30pm/3pm

Sell bedding plants and baskets at the plant fair.

Free entry.

St Paul’s Church, 75 Chain Lane, Saint Helens

WA11 9QF. Tel: 01744 453181


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Church in the Square

Sunday, May 20, 11am-3pm

This event gets all churches to gather together

on Pentecost Sunday. The cross denominational

celebration service at 11am, is followed by a free

lunch and an afternoon programme of activities for

all ages. Find out more at www.churchinthesquare.

co.uk/ or contact info@churchinthesquare.co.uk

Church Square, St Helens, WA10 1AF

Health Walk

Tuesday, May 22, 1.30pm start

St Helens Ranger Service welcomes you to their

4 mile long health walk at Bankes Park. For more

information, contact Sankey Valley Rangers on

01744 677772.

Meet at Bankes Park car park on Main Street,

Billinge, WN5 7HR

May Half Term Karting

Monday, May 28 until Friday, June 1

Family Arrive ‘n’ Drive karting sessions for ages

8+, Junior Arrive ‘n’ Drive karting sessions for ages

8-15 years and Sisley Kart School sessions for

ages 8-15 years. Prices start from £25. Visit www.

threesisterscircuit.co.uk or contact the sales team to

find out more.

Three Sisters Circuit, Three Sisters Road, Ashtonin-Makerfield,

WN4 8DD. Tel: 01942 719030

Picnic in The Park

Saturday, June 2, 12pm-10pm

A family music festival in the heart of Rainford

Village. John Coghlan’s Quo, Shane Nolan, Ultra 90’s,

Black & Gold, Black Cat Bone, Days Above and Girl

Talk will all be in attendance. Tickets are £20 - visit

www.rainfordfestival.co.uk

Jubilee Recreation Playing Fields, Church Road,

Rainford, WA11 8HE

Big Band Night

Saturday, June 2, 8pm

The Easy Street Big Band will be performing in aid

of Willowbrook Hospice. There’ll also be a prize

raffle and tea & coffee available. Tickets are £10

from Willowbrook – The Living Well (Borough Road,

St Helens, tel 01744 453798), and Frank on 01744

345073.

St Helens Town Hall, Victoria Square, Saint Helens,

WA10 1HP. Tel: 01744 676789

Westfield St Music Festival

Sunday, June 3, 11am-6pm

The fifth Westfield St Music Festival coincides with

the 150th Anniversary of St Helens. There’ll be live

music in all the pubs and bars and kids are welcome

too. There will be lots going on outside with unusual

acts taking place during the day.

Westfield Street Music Festival, Westfield Street,

St Helens, WA10 1QF

Summer Fair

June 9, 11.30am-2pm

Typical church summer fair, cake, plants, toys, stalls,

light lunches. All manner of things. Free entry. Fun

for all the family.

St Paul’s Church, 75 Chain Lane, Saint Helens

WA11 9QF. Tel: 01744 453181

14th Annual Prescot Festival

Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 24

Prescot Festival - Knowsley Cultural Organisation

of the Year & Prescot Community Group of the

Year 2017/2018. 10 days of arts, music, heritage,

entertainment and culture in the historic Lancashire

town. Visit www.prescotfestival.co.uk to find out

more.

Prescot


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According to www.lancashire.gov.uk, 71%

of the North West’s fruit and vegetables are

grown in the West Lancashire area and it is those flat

fertile fields that we visit today on our latest Jack’s

Tracks, which clocked in at just over 6 miles long.

Most unusually for a village, Burscough has not one,

but two railway stations, and it is from the Burscough

Bridge station that the walk starts.

Go north of the station on the A59 and turn left into

Red Cat Lane. Within 75 yards turn left into the road

leading to the old station house. There, on the right,

lies the pathway that eventually leads to Martin

Mere; this is the path you need.

The path soon opens up and runs alongside the

railway line for a further 600 yards until you arrive at

Crabtree Lane. Turn right and within a minute or so

you’ll see a yellow girder set in the ground next to

a track. Turn left down the track which soon opens

up into a field; stay on the right hand boundary of

the field.

Burscough

Bridge

by Chris Pearce


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Once you reach the fence which encloses Monk’s

Farm, bear left and then follow the fence round a

right hand bend until you reach a fingerpost. Take

a 90 degree left turn towards Martin Mere and walk

the 750 yards across the big open fields to Marsh

Moss Lane. Cross the single track lane and go

through the fence directly opposite.

Follow the path to another fingerpost, in front of

the metal fence enclosing the Martin Mere estate

and turn left though the gate with a ‘Caution Deep

Water’ sign on it. It’s very noticeable that the noise

Martin Mere

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Brandreth

Farm

Tarlscough Lane

Marsh Moss Lane

Red Cat Lane

Martin Lane

New Lane

The Farm

Burscough

Moss Nook

Merscar Lane

Gorst Lane

Martin Lane

Crabtree Lane

Burscough

Bridge

Orrell Lane

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Start / Finish

School L

Burscough

Wharf

Burscough

B5241

Higgins Lane

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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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of chirps, tweets and the honking of the seemingly

kamikaze Canada Geese increases, as you make

your way round the tall reeds beds surrounding the

wetlands.

Those with the foresight to have brought

binoculars may want to linger in the bird hides, but

with a thirsty dog in tow I push on round the reed

ane

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beds until I come to a track. Cross the track to the

secondary pathway opposite and go through the

gate; bear right and cross the stream and then take

an immediate right down a slight gradient.

Follow that path past the ponds and then once

you’ve rounded a right hand bend you’ll arrive

at another fingerpost. Take a 90 degree left turn

towards a derelict barn, and take another left turn

towards the railway. Cross the rails with great care

and as soon as you’re across, turn left on a path that

runs parallel to the railway line.

Take a 90 degree right hand turn at the fingerpost

towards ‘The Farm Tea Shop’, and then when you’ve

swerved round a fir copse and walked round a field

you’ll come to Martin Lane. Turn left and within 75

yards you’ll come to the aforementioned tea shop.

Carry on Martin Lane in the same direction, through

the junction with Merscar Lane. Just before the

crossing over the canal, follow the path on the right

which leads to the towpath, then turn left under the

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile or

tablet, this walk is named:

JT Burscough Bridge


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Puzzle Solutions

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T C A R V I N G E H

U B N S S F B A M N

V E C W T G T R A S

M T I R O L T D I G

canal bridge towards Burscough. Follow the canal

for almost two miles past two swing bridges (31-

New Lane and 32-Crabtree Lane) until you exit the

canal at bridge 32a – Burscough Bridge.

You are right by Burscough Wharf and the village

centre. Turn left and go through the centre for 325

yards until you get to the finish point of Burscough

Bridge rail station.

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Small really can be

beautiful

by Angie Barker

So many of us have small gardens these

days but any outside space is a wonderful

addition to a home which is why we should make

the most of every inch of space and make our

gardens attractive, as well as practical, outdoor

rooms.

Small gardens need extra consideration however

and here are a few pointers when thinking about

the design of a small space:

Decide what style you are going for and stick to that

theme. So a contemporary garden, choose plants

which will complete the look – Phormiums and

Bamboos for example and go with straight lines. A

courtyard garden should use Buxus sempervirens

(Box) hedges and topiary. A more traditional style

can use sweeping curves and circles.

Don’t try to cram too much into a small space – less

is more!

Plants need to earn their keep so choose specimens

which have long seasons of interest and a good

balance of evergreens. Also limit your colour palette

because too many colours in a small garden will

make the borders appear cluttered

If your garden is shady make the bold decision to

remove the lawn as it will always struggle. There is

a fantastic range of paving products available now

and small cobble setts really suit a small space

You should incorporate a focal point - a large pot

(unplanted) can do the trick perfectly. Similarly a

bird bath, sun dial or sculpture

Use the walls and fences to grow climbers which

will green up the space and make it feel larger

There are lots of clever storage solutions available

these days like benches with hinged seats and

screening ideas to hide away those dreaded

wheelie bins.

And one of the best things about a small garden is

that you can get close up and personal with your

plants and really look at their beautiful detail. One

of the best for May must be Dicentra spectabilis

(Lamprocapnos spectabilis is the new name) or

Bleeding Heart. There is a white form called ‘Alba’

which is simply stunning.

Award Winner

I’m always telling Hubby that the best things come in

small packages – he is not very tall at 5 feet 8 inches

– but what there is of him is perfectly designed !

Angie is a qualified

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Test Drive

DS 7

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by Tim Barnes-Clay

Tim Barnes-Clay, is back from

his latest car launch. This

time he was invited to Windsor

to sample the all-new DS 7

Crossback.

At first sight, the DS 7 Crossback

shows off conservative, rather

than cool, characteristics. Yes, yes,

I know beauty is in the eye of the

beholder. But this is my opinion,

and someone needs to have one.


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On the move, body lean

is kept to a minimum,

even though the steering

is spongy and dead -

and it isn’t perked up by

changing the DS into its

Sport mode.

Don’t let me rain on the

DS7 Crossback’s parade

too much, though. The

French motor is best kept

in its Comfort setting, so

that you can make the

most of its respectable

ride quality. This car

isn’t all about the zero

to 62mph sprint, it’s far

happier as a laid-back cruiser. But it can still pull

okay, with the 2.0-litre diesel model doing the

0-62mph in just under 10 seconds.

The DS marque is launching the Crossback with four

different trim levels, and the Performance Line DS 7,

as driven here, is likely to be the model to please

the masses. This car gets 19-inch alloys, a gloss

black grille, and LED lights. In the cabin, leather

and Alcantara abound, while a 12-inch touchscreen

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vivid picture onto the driver’s display. It picks

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as I found out driving around Berkshire’s unlit

backroads, it works! The only drawback is that the

clever driver aid is an option costing £1600.

Room in the cabin is good for five-up and it’s a

very comfortable car fore and aft. Indeed, the

DS 7 Crossback’s flat floor means that a rear seat

occupant sitting in the middle will still have

space. What’s more, the car’s boot is generously

proportioned with 555 litres of cargo capacity.

The all-new DS’ weak point is its price-tag. At over

£30,000, other more established premium brands

may seem more attractive. The BMW X3 and Volvo

XC40 are examples of the stiff competition the up-

Fast Facts

• 0-62 mph: 9.9 secs

• Combined mpg: 57.6

• Engine layout: 1997cc four-cylinder turbo diesel

• Max. power (PS): 180

• CO2: 128 g/km

• Price: £36,335

to-the-minute French machine is up against.

Still, being different is quite appealing, so it’ll be

interesting to see what 2018 holds for the DS 7

Crossback. Watch this space!

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