Local Life - West Lancashire - October 2018

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LocalLife

West Lancashire Edition October 2018

A Giant Finale

Pages 17 - 20

Woodvale Walk

Pages 47 - 49

Halloween Special

Pages 40 - 43

Local News Features Jack’s Tracks Health Events2Go Home Services

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Future Plans

The balancing act of providing housing for future

residents and enhancing the local economy, whilst

preserving the rural nature of the West Lancashire

area is a thankless task, as the local council is finding

out. Some will applaud them for being pro-active

and recognising the need to drive West Lancashire

forward whilst others will be concerned at the scale

of the plans.

The plans are ambitious and innovative with much

of the housing plans forecast to be met by garden

villages rather than urban sprawl. The argument

against urban sprawl is that it changes the very

nature of the area and often comes with very

little meaningful change in the infrastructure and

facilities.

Whilst garden villages, with the appropriate

investment in infrastructure put in place early doors,

can add vitality to the local economy, can provide

housing for local people and they upset relatively

fewer people.

Buckshaw near Chorley was built from scratch on

the site of an ordnance factory and currently has

approximately 4,000 homes. Its train station, bus

routes, schools, medical centre and community

centre were put in place very early on in its

development and this infrastructure and those

facilities, especially the rail station, have benefitted

residents for miles around.

It can’t be emphasised enough how important

these decisions are for the future of West Lancashire

and residents are invited to have their say in the

consultations, which are being held throughout the

area – see the local press for details or visit www.

westlancs.gov.uk.

See you next time,

Chris Pearce, Publisher

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Votes For Women

The Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk will host a heritage

exhibition to celebrate the centenary of women

getting the vote.

‘Opening the Gates’ appears against a First World

War backdrop, telling the story of ordinary women

in West Lancashire who were thrust into occupations

previously occupied by men and how this, combined

with Suffrage, led to those women gaining the vote.

Women who served abroad as nursing and army

auxiliaries will have their war efforts commemorated,

including Bickerstaffe resident Ellen Preece, who was

killed working in a munitions factory. Local Suffragist

Harriet Mahood, who was in contact with members

of the Pankhurst family, plays a central role in the

exhibition, with many of her letters on display.

The exhibition will focus on stories and characters

with local connections, including a series of

illustrations by Ormskirk-based artist Gill Smith,

costumes and uniforms, large scale photographs

and archive artefacts. The project will also feature

talks by the Ormskirk and District Family History

Society and free education workshops for four local

schools, as well as a creative writing project by upand-coming

Edge Hill students.

‘Opening the Gates’ runs from Oct 6 to Jan 19.


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Painting Rainford Pink

Now in its third year, Paint Rainford Pink aims to

raise money for Prevent Breast Cancer, supporting

men and women at Wythenshaw Hospital in time

for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The project will see local businesses and

organisations getting involved with themed

collection boxes, as well as a village-wide scarecrow

competition with a £50 prize. It’s £5 to enter a

scarecrow or £3 for children. A hair & beauty

evening will also take place on Wednesday, October

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Movie Madness

Burscough Cinema Group is planning to

show Hollywood blockbusters at discounted prices.

Taking place in the large room at the

Stanley Institute, the film schedule kicked off with

Ocean’s 8 in September, and looks set to continue

with Mission Impossible: Fallout in October.

Tickets are £5, and limited to 100 people due to

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A Laughing Matter

The Southport Comedy Festival

returns for its eighth year this

October. From the 4th to the 21st,

TV personalities and comedians

will flock to the seaside town for a

huge calendar of events.

This year’s star-studded line-up

features Phill Jupitus, Zoe Lyons,

Hal Cruttenden and ITV’s The Chase

star Paul (The Sinnerman) Sinha.

Stand up isn’t all the festival boasts; there’s also

comedy pub crawls, bingo, theatre, and a Comedy

Trail organised for children. The festival aims to

‘raise money while raising a smile’, with proceeds

going towards charities such as Community Link

Foundation, When You Wish Upon A Star, and

Duchenne UK.

October also sees the grand final

of the New Southport Comedian of

the Year. The competition has seen

30 of the most promising budding

local stars go head-to-head, and

the winner will be crowned at the

Potting Shed on October 11.

The Southport Comedy Festival

uses local venues and works with

local businesses to deliver comedy

for everyone. Ticket prices start at £5 for certain

shows, and if you buy tickets directly from the

venue you won’t incur any booking fees.

For more information, visit www.visitsouthport.

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National Trust Supporters

The Ormskirk and District National Trust Supporter

Group have announced their exciting programme

of autumn and winter events, open to ODANTM

members.

A series of talks about art, heritage and culture

kick off the events schedule, and include speakers

such as Janet Edwards and Colin Franklin. Janet

will present the history and heritage of Bank Hall at

Bretherton and the campaign to save the Grade-II

listed building on November 7.

Budding antiquarians also have the chance to

head to O’Briens Tea Room in Ormskirk on October

19 at 7pm to test their skills at valuing antiques

while enjoying a light buffet. Entry for ‘Curious and

Curiouser’ costs £13.

For anyone looking for a historical weekend break,

the group has organised a London getaway in

November. The trip leaves on Thursday, November 8

and returns on Sunday, November 11, and includes a

visit to the Globe Theatre, Sir John Soane’s Museum,

the Cumming Museum and Borough Market.

Finally, a Christmas social will take place on

Thursday, December 13 at the Ministry Centre.

Feast on mince pies and punch while enjoying an

evening of entertainment from the local Rock Choir.

Tickets cost £12, and the social begins at 7:30pm.

Tickets for all events are available from Pat Dixon on

01257 464 440.

ODANTM offers local people the chance to meet

socially while learning more about history. If you’re

interested in joining, contact Stan Bryan on 01695

421 463 or come to any of the talks from October

to April. Meetings take place at the Ministry

Centre, Christ Church, Aughton, at 8pm every first

Wednesday of the month. Membership costs £10

for a single or £15 for a double, and you don’t need

to be a member of the National Trust to sign up.


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Poppy Cafe

An Ormskirk café is running a

series of events to commemorate

the centenary of the end of the

First World War.

Dempsey’s Café, located

on Burscough Street, are

encouraging anyone to visit up

until Friday, November 9, to knit,

crochet or make a felt poppy.

Inspired by the Royal

British Legion’s ‘Every One

Remembered’ project, each

of these poppies will be

commemorated with the name

of a soldier who died in the war.

Dempsey’s plan to mount the poppies made on a

large wreath, which will be laid at the cenotaph on

November 11, carried by different parts of the local

community.

Dempsey’s Café will also house a wall display from

October 11 to November 12, provided by Ormskirk

Bygone Times. The display will provide details of

the local people who lost their lives during WW1,

allowing visitors to learn more about Ormskirk’s

historical contributions to the war efforts. The café

didn’t want to forget the contributions of animals

during the war, and will be constructing a war horse

from Ormskirk gingerbread in remembrance of the

equine lives lost.

Joanne Bober, who runs the café, says she also

plans to set up a donation page in order to

fundraise for the printing of a memorial book for

exhibition in Ormskirk Library. She said: ‘the idea

of having two months to make the poppies was

to ensure that those who have fallen are at the

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A Giant Finale

by Jessica Phillips

Liverpool first played host to the Royal De Luxe

Giants six years ago in 2012, to commemorate

the 1912 sinking of the Titanic and its inextricable

Liverpudlian ties with their Sea Odyssey display.

Their return in 2014 for the centenary of the First

World War saw over 1 million people turn up to

greet the giant puppets as they forged through the

city streets. The Giants really have found themselves

a home away from home in Liverpool, and their

October show, which ends the trilogy, might be the

most highly anticipated yet.

Royal De Luxe, the company behind the Giants,

originally hails from Nantes, France, where it was

founded in 1979 by author-director Jean-Luc

Courcoult. He’s now regarded as one of street

theatre’s pioneers, boasting a long and varied list of

productions from shop window theatre to vibrant

parades; but the giant puppets have become the

undisputed face of the company.

The vivid detail and craftsmanship that goes into

each marionette, as well as the use of props like cars

and ships, ensures that the Giants blend seamlessly

into their real-world stage. There is incredible

attention to detail in the Giants’ costumes, from

the buckles and laces of an enormous boot to the

Diver’s vintage helmet.

This year will see such craftsmanship delighting

an even wider audience as Royal De Luxe takes

the Giants on a tour beyond the city centre. The

whopping 20.6 mile route will explore parts

of Wirral, encountering New Brighton and its

Perch Rock Lighthouse, a stunning backdrop to

the performance. The marionettes will also be

continuing the trend of visiting Liverpool’s green


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space with a display in Princes Park during their

walking tour, which takes place across three days

(October 5-7). All the Giants will meet up on Sunday,

October 7 to parade through Sefton Street and

The Strand, bidding a final farewell to Liverpool at

Canning Dock.

Speculation is rife for the third and final event,

dubbed Liverpool’s Dream. One thing is certain:

the show once again promises to be spectacular.

With marionettes as tall as 50ft being handled by

puppeteers, Royal De Luxe have brought incredible

sights to Liverpool’s city centre – from deep sea

divers submerged in the Mersey to Xolo the puppet

dog extending his head for petting. This year the

giants return from the 4th to the 7th of October

to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Liverpool’s

European Capital of Culture title.

Each of their theatre productions tells a different

story, using magical realism and the local landscape

to articulate sweeping, emotional plots of family,

intrigue and loss. Liverpool’s previous events - Sea

Odyssey and Memories of August 1914 – illustrated

selections of the city’s history. Sea Odyssey told the

story of a time-travelling Giant on his way to meet

his daughter, who plummets 12,000 feet down

with the Titanic and has to drag the ship’s mail all

the way back to Liverpool. Memories of August 1914,

meanwhile, introduced the Grandmother Giant, and

told the story of the soldiers who left Liverpool with

the King’s Regiment in 1914.


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Liverpool as the Giants’ destination of choice is

certainly logical. As well as boasting a huge maritime

history, the city’s architecture promises staging like

no other. St. Luke’s bombed-out church, a Grade-

II listed site which was badly damaged during the

Blitz in 1941 and now stands as a ruin, served as a

backdrop for Xolo the giant dog in 2014, while the

Diver made his watery ascent through the Albert

Dock two years prior.

The public are already rallying around for the Giants’

arrival. Thousands of children aged 3-16 across

Liverpool and Wirral will become ‘Dream Catchers’,

encouraged to think about their own dreams for

inspiration for a humongous picnic blanket which

will form part of the show in the New Brighton area.

Youngsters who design their own t-shirts, football

shirts and pyjama tops will also have their pieces

featured during the event, with garments remaining

on display until the end of October.

It’s that community spirit, according to Courcoult,

which makes Liverpool feel like a ‘second home’. He

says, ‘the welcome we receive from the people of

the city warms our hearts and we are excited about

not only bringing a brand new story to Liverpool,

but also exploring beautiful Wirral for the first time.’

Liverpool’s Dream appears in association with

Liverpool City Council and a network of volunteer

stewards, production & media assistants, French

translators and physiotherapists. Some residents

are also taking centre stage as Lilliputians, who will

quite literally be walking with giants. Deputy Mayor

Wendy Simon said: ‘This is the final time our Giant

visitors will ever walk our streets so we want to

give as many people as possible the chance to be


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part of this event which is set to go down in

Liverpool history.’

The third instalment of the Giants’ Liverpool

Saga couldn’t come at a more perfect time.

Liverpool 2018 marks the ten years since

the city was awarded the European City

of Culture title, with a year-long schedule

of cultural events including the Liverpool

Biennial and Terracotta Warriors exhibit. The

theme of Liverpool’s Dream is fitting, says

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, as ‘at the turn

of the millennium the city could only dream

of the cultural transformation it was about to

embark upon.’

Liverpool’s City of Culture award was a great

boost to the local economy, as well as its

cultural and artistic scenes. More people

now visit its museums and galleries, with

new developments cropping up all the time,

such as the Museum of Liverpool in 2011. The

Royal De Luxe visit seems set to continue that trend

10 years later with their final Saga instalment, which

promises to draw a giant crowd.

For more information on the final instalment of the

Giants’ Liverpool trilogy, visit www.giantspectacular.

com


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Planning Outrage

Local residents protested about plans to establish

a new Local Plan at a recent meeting of the West

Lancs Council’s cabinet meeting. The Council is

preparing to publish their proposals for the new

Local Plan, which guides how the borough develops

over a specific time period over the next thirty years

or so and covers issues such as new housing sites,

employment sites and also new policies on transport,

local services, energy and the environment.

Major proposals in the plan include the creation

of a new Knowledge Park and a Student Village on

St Helens Road next to Edge Hill in Ormskirk, the

creation of three new Garden Villages in the Lathom

and Bickerstaff areas, a Logistics Park by the M58 and

extra housing in the Parrs Lane/Prescot Road area of

Aughton.

Consultations regarding the new Local Plan will take

place with the public during October and November,

please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk for further details.

Rambling Free

The West Lancashire Footpath Group continues to

run guided rambles this October.

The first walk takes place on Sunday, October 14,

exploring Mawdesley and meeting at Cedar Farm.

The second will take the group to Scarisbrick,

meeting at the Village Hall on Tuesday, October 30.

For further information, please contact

Ann Robinson on 07443 533354, or visit

www.westlancashirefootpathgroup.org.uk

Parkinson’s Support Group

The ParkinsonUK Ormskirk Group encourages

Parkinson’s sufferers and their carers to get together

to socialise and meet like-minded people.

The group encourages people to come and see if

it suits them. They meet at 2pm the second Friday

of every month at St. Michael’s Church Hall, Church

Lane, Aughton, L39 6SB. For more information,

email vc.north2@parkinsons.org.uk or call Emma

Hughes on 0300 123 3683.


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26 Education

Meet the Teacher

A secondary school guide to parents’ evening

Parents’ evenings - love

them or loathe them,

they crop up with

alarming regularity.

They can cause a good

deal of stress whether

you’re the parent, child

or teacher! As a parent

this is your chance to

speak to the teachers that

spend all day with your

children and to whom

you are entrusting their

education.

The first thing to

remember – and this

might sound quite harsh –

is that your child’s teacher

has a lot of parents

to see that night, in a

relatively short space of

time. The bottom line is,

don’t be offended if they

end the discussion, or if

they suggest making an

appointment for another

time to come and discuss

an issue.

It is important to remember that you and the teacher

both want your child to do their best and achieve. If

there are problems then the teacher will most likely

be looking for reassurance that you will support the

school in whatever behaviour or homework policy

they have. They know that students don’t always tell

their parents what goes on at school and so parents

evening may be their chance to make it clear if they

are not meeting expectations.

If you have existing concerns, don’t launch in with

complaints. Let the teacher explain how they feel

your child is doing and respond to that.

Don’t ask in Year 7 what the teacher thinks they will

get in their GCSE, let your child enjoy school without

pressure in those early years. Instead of asking how

they are doing compared to other students, ask if

they are where the teacher wants them to be.

Above all remember that the teacher wants what is

best for your child. Put your concerns to them but

please listen to what they have to say too.

By Willow Coby


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Helping Out

Schools are generally very keen to foster a good

relationship with parents and their wider community.

Often people are well-intentioned and would like to

help out, but don’t know how. Here are some ideas

which might appeal.

You could become a member of the Parent Teachers

Association. Traditionally these were developed to

foster better relationships between parents and

schools, but they are now generally associated with

fundraising.

Why not become a parent governor? Governors

get involved with the strategic decision making of

schools. They attend full governor body meetings

and usually sit on committees dealing with various

aspects of the school, such as staffing finance and

curriculum. Parent governors are voted for by the

parents of pupils at the school.

Maybe you would like to be a classroom helper.

Classroom helpers volunteer to assist teachers on a

regular basis, usually in primary schools. They may

be in school for half an hour a week, or perhaps up

to half a day

Senior schools often have events where parents and

local business people come into school to talk about

their careers, or to discuss anecdotes about taking

part in a notable event or visiting an unusual place.

Many school volunteers not only benefit from a

sense of pride and fulfilment at having assisted, but

also find that they improve their skills and enhance

their CVs.

By Susan Brookes-Morris

Could you be one of tomorrow’s

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Join us at our open evenings at;

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Blame It On the Beatles

by Jessica Phillips

Aughton-based author John Winter’s first work of

fiction is due to hit the shelves this October.

The novel, entitled Blame It On The Beatles… And Bill

Shankly, takes place in 1960’s post-war Liverpool,

when Liverpool FC seem to be stuck in Division Two

and Tony and his teenage friends are bored of their

dull, grey lives.

Then The Beatles and Bill Shankly come along. And

everything goes crazy.

John Winter was born in Liverpool, and tells me

though the characters are fictional, much of the

novel is based on fact. A student during the sixties,

John was lucky enough to meet Paul McCartney

himself during a secret visit to the Cavern Club.

‘Paul was showing Linda around for the first time in

the October of 1968. The press had no idea about it,

and Paul was in disguise. He came over to the piano

where I was sitting and writing, introduced himself,

and then played Hey Jude at Linda’s insistence. It

was like meeting God!’

John continues: ‘I was a songwriter for a while too.

I got to meet some of the musicians who were

making Liverpool famous at the time – Faith Brown

actually recorded one of my songs, and I was good

friends with Mike McCartney, Paul’s brother’.

Blame It On The Beatles… And Bill Shankly translates

John’s personal experiences into a compelling

tale of life as a teen in such a turbulent era for the

city, while exploring the intersection between

music and football in Liverpool. ‘They were closely

interconnected’, John tells me, ‘they were both what

put Liverpool on the map. The 60’s were a seminal

era for the city really – Bill Shankly turned Liverpool

FC around; they went from the Second Division to

being European champions. And before that, The

Beatles had become world famous. Football and

music are what really turned the city round – but

more than that, turned Liverpool’s people round’.

The novel takes place across the vibrant, dynamic

Liverpool of the sixties, from pubs and clubs like

The Casbah and The Jive Hive, to the iconic Penny

Lane. John says: ‘Many books have been written

about the Beatles and the effect the band had on

Liverpool, but I don’t think anyone has written

anything about how the lives of ordinary teenagers

were affected during that era’.

The novel is available in most major bookshops and

on Amazon, RRP £8.99. You can listen to selected

songs from the book at www.blameitonthebeatles.

com.


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36 Health & Fitness

One in three women don’t check for

breast cancer

This October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and

with figures from a recent YouGov survey revealing

that a third of women do not check their breasts

regularly for symptoms

of breast cancer, could

be the perfect time to

get tickled pink and start

getting to know your

breasts.

You should also know which symptoms to look

out for. Inverted nipples or nipple discharge can

be indicators of breast cancer, as well as constant

With 1 in 8 women

affected by breast

cancer in their lifetime,

it’s incredibly important

to perform regular

boob checks. It can be a

daunting process - but it

could save your life.

The survey of 2,126 UK

adults also revealed that

a fifth of women (20%)

say their main reason for

not doing so is because

they don’t know how to

check.

Breast Cancer Care is urging women of all ages to

get to know their breasts – ideally checking every

4-6 weeks - so they can spot any unusual changes

quickly, whether they are attending screening or

not, as early detection of breast cancer can save

lives.

Breast cancer charity CoppaFeel has put together a

handy guide for the signs you should look out for.

It’s first important to know what’s normal for you.

Look and feel around your breasts, including the

collarbone and armpits, which also carry breast

tissue – this applies to both men and women.

unusual pain in the breast or armpit. You should

also look out for a change of breast shape, strange

puckering to the skin, or any rashes/crusting around

the nipple area.

If the symptom doesn’t disappear within a week, it’s

recommended you get checked out.

Visit https://coppafeel.org/ or call Breast Cancer

Care’s Nurses free on 0808 800 6000 for information

and support from day one.


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How Old is Your Heart?

A new online test can determine whether you’re at

increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.

weight, quitting smoking or cutting back on alcohol.

It has already been found that four out of five people

Public Health England are calling for adults have a heart age higher than their actual age.

nationwide to take the Heart Age Test, which

provides an instant assessment of their ‘heart age’.

If this number is higher than your actual age, there

is an increased risk of heart problems including

cardiovascular disease: the leading cause of death

for men and the second for women.

80% of cardiovascular-related deaths in people

under 75 are preventable with lifestyle changes –

that’s around 50 deaths per day. The most common

causes are high blood pressure (which affects one

in four adults) and high cholesterol, and with this

October being National Cholesterol Month, what

Professor Jamie Waterall of Public Health England

said: ‘Millions are at risk of cardiovascular disease

but don’t know it, putting themselves at real risk

of suffering ill-health or dying younger… Taking

a Heart Age Test is something you can easily do at

home, but it could be one of the most important

things you do to help you live a healthy, longer life.’

The test is a simple way to get feedback on your own

lifestyle and find out handy tips for change. To take

the test, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhshealth-check/check-your-heart-age-tool/

or talk to

your GP.

better time to evaluate your heart health and make

some changes?

The Heart Age Test asks a series of simple questions

to provide an estimated heart age, and gives

suggestions on lifestyle changes such as losing

The 6 most common

words we hear;

“I thought it

would go

away?’’

It’s not about

aches & pains, it’s

about your LIFE!

What are you

waiting for?

Chiropractic Excellence

01695 574999

Behind the Styles Bar,

off Church Walks

www.ormskirkchiropractic.co.uk


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Stop Smoking with Hypnosis

It’s easy to be put off the idea of hypnosis by its

Hollywood reputation, but it could be the perfect

solution this Stoptober. If you want to quit smoking

for good, hypnotherapy (hypnosis used to promote

healing or positive development) could be just the

thing.

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state

of deep sleep and patients cannot be made to

do anything they would not ordinarily do. Totally

safe, patients stay in control and can terminate the

hypnotic state at any time. In fact, most people

can’t tell the difference between a hypnotised and

‘waking’ state. Although different for everybody,

a hypnotic trance may feel like daydreaming, or

simply a feeling of relaxation or lethargy.

In order for hypnosis to work, the patient must be

highly motivated to change some behaviour or

habit. The readiness and ability of patients to be

hypnotised varies considerably, and hypnotherapy

generally requires several sessions in order

to achieve meaningful results. However, selfhypnosis

can be learned and practised at home

to reinforce formal therapy sessions. In fact, it is

common for patients to be given a recording of

their hypnotherapy session to listen to at home. It

is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately

self-hypnosis and that a hypnotist merely helps

to facilitate the experience. Hypnotherapy is

not about being made to do things - it is about

empowerment.

If you’re looking to quit smoking in the West

Lancashire area, Ormskirk Quit Squad holds

drop-ins on Mondays from 5pm-7:30pm at West

Lancs Health, Ormskirk Hospital. No appointment

required.

By Debbie Singh-Bhatti


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Make the Perfect Pumpkin

Lantern

Carving Jack O’ Lanterns didn’t

always mean pumpkins - Celts

used turnip lanterns before the

Irish migrated to America and

found the pumpkins grown

there were much easier to carve.

However, that doesn’t mean you

can’t benefit from some great

tips.

Start with the right pumpkin.

It should be fresh with a sturdy

stem, no bruises and a flat

bottom so it won’t roll. If you can

find one with a flatter ‘face’ – even

better.

If art isn’t your calling, not to fear

- you can download patterns

online. Just tape it to the

pumpkin (make little cuts around

the edge of the pattern if the

pumpkin is a bit too round, and

that way it will fit better). Then

use a pin or small nail to puncture the paper and the

outer skin of the pumpkin at intervals of around 1/4

inch / 0.5 cm, or even closer for intricate designs.

If it’s difficult to see your poked-out pattern, rub a

little cornflour or baby powder into the dots. The

dots will turn bright white and your design will

magically appear.

Rather than cutting all the way through the

pumpkin, try removing some of the skin. The

yellow flesh underneath will glow when lit up from

inside.

Spread Vaseline on the cut edges to seal in

moisture. If you have to carve it a few days in

advance and it shrivels you can revive it with a facedown

soak in cold water.

If you’re looking for some pumpkin-spiration around

West Lancashire, check out these spooktastic

events near you:

There’s pumpkin picking going on at Windmill

Animal Farm, Burscough, from October 13-27,

10am-6pm, which costs £7.50.

For children aged 5-12, head to Coronation Park,

Ormskirk, for an afternoon of free pumpkin carving

from 2pm-4pm.

Don’t forget to visit our Events2Go guide on page

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Historic

Halloween

Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of

Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest and

the beginning of a dark winter. Celts believed that

on October 31 the ghosts of their dead returned to

the world of the living for a night.

Reports of hauntings are relatively common; orbs

caught on camera, the feel of a ghostly presence

in a musty room. The question is, how legitimate

are these ‘ghost’ sightings? And could there be any

spirits lurking around West Lancashire?

Heskin Hall

This Tudor estate was built in 1545, and originally

belonged to Edmund Dudley, Minister for King

Henry VII. The Grade-I listed building is said to be

home to many spirits who still trawl the house today,

including a young Catholic girl called Matilda, who

was hanged by a Priest as evidence of his conversion

to Protestantism. The priest was later executed in

the same spot by Cromwell’s unconvinced soldiers.

Along with being a popular wedding venue, Heskin

Hall hosts regular ghost hunts.

Ince Blundell

The woods around the village of Ince Blundell,

Crosby, are an infamous accident black spot.

Sightings of the Grey Lady are often blamed, as she

has been seen along Cross Barn Lane and the main

road, or standing among the trees. The Lady was said

to have been killed in the woods, and now stands in

the road to frighten drivers into joining her…

Birkdale Palace Hotel

Though demolished in 1969, Birkdale Palace Hotel

in Southport was notorious for its ghosts - and its

haunted lift.

Paranormal activity at the hotel seemed to begin

during its demolition. The hotel’s elevator began

travelling between floors as though to drop off

guests, and kept stopping on the third floor –

despite it having no power. Eleven murders are

rumoured to have happened within the hotel, and

its coach house (now the Fisherman’s Rest pub)

was used as a temporary graveyard for fourteen

deceased lifeboatmen; as sound an explanation as

any for lingering ghosties. The site is now a housing

estate, though the old pub is still open to the public.

What will you discover this Halloween? Don’t miss

our Events2Go guide on page 44 for some great

spooky goings-on.

by Jessica Phillips


42 Food & Drink

Stuffed Peppers

Serves 4 ~ Preparation time: 20 mins + Cooking time: 25 mins

Ingredients

4 Orange peppers

200g Cooked brown rice

1 tbsp Sunflower oil

450g Minced beef or turkey

1 Medium onion finely

chopped

225g Mixed mushrooms,

chopped

350g jar roasted red pepper

sauce

1 tsp Dried oregano

¼ tsp Chilli flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

For the pepper lanterns

Preheat the oven to 180C / Gas Mark 4. Use a sharp knife to slice the top off

each pepper horizontally. Don’t discard these tops as they will ne the little

hats for the pepper lanterns. Deseed the peppers. Rinse and pat dry with

kitchen towel. Use a small paring knife to cut holes into the exterior of the

peppers to make pumpkin-lantern style faces. If the peppers don’t stand

upright, slice a small amount from the bottom to flatten the surface.

Cook rice according to package directions. Lightly oil a baking tray. Arrange

the peppers and their tops on the tray and cook in the oven for 20 minutes,

or until peppers are cooked, but still are still firm. They mustn’t collapse!

Remove peppers from oven and allow to cool while you make the filling.

For the filling

Heat 1 tbsp oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped

onion and mushrooms and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until the mushrooms

have softened and reduced in size. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add

mince, herbs and chilli flakes and continue to cook, stirring occasionally

until browned.

Drain the excess oil. Reduce heat to low, then add the pepper sauce

and cooked rice. Stir to combine and cook for 2-3 more minutes, or until

mixture is heated through.

Fill each pepper to the brim, allow the mixture to spill over slightly. Place a

top on to each stuffed pepper and serve with green salad.


Chocolate Spider Cupcakes

Perfect for Halloween! Makes 12

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Ingredients

For the cakes

100g plain flour

20g cocoa powder

140g caster sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

40g unsalted butter (room temp)

120ml whole milk

1 egg

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing

300g icing sugar (sifted)

100g unsalted butter (room temp)

40g cocoa powder

40ml whole milk

For decoration

Pot of chocolate sprinkles

Method

Preheat the oven to Gas 3 / 175C

Place the flour, cocoa powder, caster sugar, baking powder, salt and

butter into an electric mixer (or use a handheld whisk) and beat on a

slow speed until the mixture looks grainy, like sand.

In a separate jug whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract together.

Pour half into the flour mixture. Beat well to combine and make sure

you get rid of any lumps. Add the second half of the egg and milk

mixture and beat until the mixture is smooth (about two minutes).

Spoon the mixture into 12 paper cupcake cases and bake in the oven

for 20-25 minutes until cooked. Set aside to cool.

To make the icing: Beat the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder

together by hand or in an electric mixer. Add the milk a little at a time

then beat well until the mixture is light and fluffy. Use this to cover

the cooled cakes.

To finish the spiders: Pour the chocolate sprinkles on to a saucer. Take

each iced cake and dip the icing into the sprinkles to make the hairy

spider’s body. Place two ‘eyeballs’ on each cupcake.

Use a skewer to poke 4 holes on opposite sides of each cupcake;

insert liquorice strips into each hole.

Sweets for eyeballs

Black string liquorice - cut into

5cm strips


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Venus Voices

Thursday, October 4, 1pm

Meet pioneering, inspiration author/life coach Vera

Waters. Free tickets available from Ormskirk library

– for more information contact ormskirk.library@

lancashire.gov.uk or call 0300 123 6703.

Ormskirk Library, L39 2EN

The Last Hundred Days...

Friday, October 5, 5:45pm-7pm

Richard Houghton presents an illustrated talk to

commemorate the World War 1 Armistice centenary.

Free to attend, no tickets required.

Ormskirk Library, Ormskirk, L39 2EN

WLLR Working Engines

Sunday, October 7, 10:30am-4:30pm

See steam and diesel locomotives at work or ‘drive

a diesel’ stationary engine! Free entry to site, train

fares applicable.

Station Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6SN

Gangsta Granny Karaoke

Saturday, October 13, 8pm-late

Head down to The Bridge for a karaoke night, with a

disco and live music! There will also be a raffle with

tons of great prizes and Granny’s delicious hotpot,

all in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Free entry.

The Bridge, 73 Liverpool Road, Burscough,

Ormskirk, L40 0SA

Fantastical Chocolate

Saturday, October 13, 11:30AM - Sunday, October

14, 3:30

A day of delectable confectionery, singalong live

music and chocolatiers. With your ticket you get

a cotton Chocolate Festival bag to collect your

goodies, a mug, and a sweet or savoury dipping

skewer for the chocolate fountains. Many food and

drink stands, themed photo booths, characters and

story corners, arts & crafts, and chocolate sculpting.

Tickets from £6.90-£17.25.

Liverpool Olympia, West Derby Road, Liverpool,

L6 9BY

Tai Chi in the Park

Saturday, October 13, 10am-11am

Free sessions in the ancient martial art of Tai Chi,

revered for both its defence training and health

benefits.

Bowling Green, Coronation Park, Ormskirk, L39

3LB

Social Dance

Saturday, October 13, 8pm

George McDonald hosts a social evening of

ballroom, Latin American and popular sequence

dancing, along with a charity raffle. Tickets £7. For

more information, call George on 01704 894035.

Ormskirk Civic Hall, Southport Road, Ormskirk,

L39 1LN


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Apple Weekend

Saturday, October 13 & Sunday, October 14,

11am-4pm

Just in time for the apple harvest! Tours of

the heritage orchard and apple pressing

demonstrations, as well as the opportunity to taste

and purchase some apples. Refreshments available

in the Cabin Café. Free admission and parking.

Gorse Hill Nature Reserve, Aughton, Ormskirk,

L39 7HB

Parbold Duathlon

Sunday, October 14, 8:30am

150 competitors will run a 5k lap over a 2-loop

course, then cycle for 18 miles through a 3-lap

course. Challenge yourself to climb Parbold Hill

three times! Entry costs £30, entries close on

Thursday, October 11 or when the event fills. Medal

and t-shirt included in entry fee.

The Farmer’s Arms, Bispham, Parbold, L40 3SL

3K Fun Run

Sunday, October 14, race at 10:30am, registration

open from 9:30am

Run, jog or walk a 3k route and receive your

medal! There’s also fun and entertainment on the

Edge Hill campus, with refreshments and photo

opportunities on the winner’s rostrum.

The Sports Centre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk,

L39 4QP

Car Boot & Artisan Market

Sunday, October 14, 10am-3pm

£8 per car, £10 per table. Grab yourself a bargain

or bespoke goods! For table bookings, contact Sue

Ellis on 01772 816834.

Hesketh Bank Community Centre, Station Road,

PR4 6SR

Curious and Curiouser

Friday, October 19, 7pm

Test your skills at valuing antiques while enjoying a

light buffet! The Ormskirk and District National Trust

Supporter Group are hosting this event – contact

Pat Dixon on 01257 464440 for details. Entry £13.

ODANTM members only.

O’Briens Tea Rooms, Park Road, Ormskirk, L39 3BY

Shine Showcase

Friday, October 19, 7pm

Performers across Knowsley can sign up for a

live audience showcase. Whether you’re a singer,

dancer, comedian or poet, head on down to Shine!

If you want to take part, send a 2-minute audition

video to 07717888530 via WhatsApp, or go to www.

knowsley.gov.uk.

Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Huyton, L36 6EG

Scarecrow Festival

Saturday, October 20 – Sunday, November 4,

11am-5pm

Come and see a wonderful display of scarecrows

made by the staff, volunteers and local community

of Rufford. This year’s theme is Inspirational

Women. If your group is interested in taking part,

email catherine.hazley@nationaltrust.org.uk before

Monday, October 15.

Rufford Old Hall, Rufford, Ormskirk, L40 1SG

WW1 Memorial Gardens Project

Wednesday, October 24, 7:30pm-9:30pm

The Ormskirk and District Family History Society

welcome guest speaker Elaine Taylor, who will

discuss the Lancashire Garden Trust’s work on the

WW1 Memorial Gardens. £1 donation requested

from non-members, tea and biscuits available.

Guide HQ, Moorgate, Ormskirk, L39 1QR


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Beer & Cider Festival

Thursday, Oct 25 – Saturday, Oct 27, various times

Expect to see over 60 real ales and ciders, including

old favourites and brand new beers. Both local

ales and award-winning national beers and ciders

available. Refundable festival glasses, hot and

cold food. Tickets £4 per day, refunded to CAMRA

members as beer tokens.

St. John Hall, Wright Street, Southport, PR9 0TU

Southport Halloween Festival

Thurs, Oct 25 – Sun, Oct 28, various times

Southport Halloween Festival returns this year with

great performances and spooky surprises including

a spooky maze at the Town Hall Gardens. For details,

visit Southport Halloween Festival on Facebook.

Southport Town Centre

Reptiles at Rufford

Saturday, October 27, 11am-4pm

The North West Reptile Club is once again bringing

some cold-blooded friends to Rufford! Come and

meet them and find out some interesting facts.

Rufford Old Hall, Rufford, Ormskirk, L40 1SG

Pumpkin Carving

Sunday, October 28, 2pm-4pm

Discover top tips about pumpkin designs and

carving techniques this Halloween, and enter your

creation in the Best Pumpkin competition! Ideal

for children aged 5-12. Pumpkins are provided,

booking required on 01695 622794.

Coronation Park, Ormskirk, L39 3LB

WLLR Halloween

Sunday, October 28, 5:30pm-7pm

Vocal Workshop

Sunday, October 28, 2pm-4pm

Sing songs from The Greatest Showman and learn

vocal techniques! Nobody will be asked to sing

alone and lyrics are provided. Refreshments served

in the interval. Tickets from £8-£11.25.

Rufford Village Hall, Ormskirk, L40 1SW

Halloween in Ormskirk

Wednesday, October 31, 6pm-9pm

Ghosts and ghouls dance around the bandstand

and creepy crawly creatures lurk in the woodlands

of Ormskirk at Halloween. An evening of fright,

mystery and scary stories awaits you this October.

Coronation Park, Ormskirk, L39 3LB

Halloween Charity Night

Friday, November 2, 7:30pm

An amazing night of live music from local

artists including Mark Coyle, Alyssa & Holly and

Boneshaker, plus DJ Steve Kool. Hot food provided,

and a prize for the best costume. Tickets £12,

proceeds go to Lifting Louis and the NSPKU.

The Stanley Club, Burscough, L40 5TN

WW1 Anniversary Evening

Friday, November 2, 7:30pm

Come down to the Civic Hall for a talk on John

Westhead – ‘the man who shod war horses’. Born

in 1872, the local blacksmith was killed in France in

1916 – hear his family story told through original

documents and letters, followed by a hotpot supper

and singalong of wartime songs. Tickets £10, call

01695 580 755 to book.

Ormskirk Civic Hall, Southport Road, Ormskirk,

L39 1LN

The West Lancashire Light Railway operates a

limited number of Halloween trains after dusk has

fallen. For more information, call 01772 815881.

Station Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6SP


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Woodvale

by Chris Pearce

Mention Formby or Ainsdale in a walking context and

people automatically think of the beaches, but there

more to these areas as this 6 mile walk clearly shows.

This walk, ideal for even the wettest Sunday afternoon,

takes a flat, circular route around Woodvale Airfield

and takes in, not one, but two nature reserves on route.

Park up near Freshfield Rail Station (L37 7DD)

and take leafy Montague Road 600 yards to its

conclusion, where you follow a shale path going in

the same direction running parallel to the railway

line. Follow the path for a further 400 yards and

then, taking great care, cross the railway line at the

level crossing and enter Formby Golf course. The

path that cuts through the fairway of the par 5 third

hole, watching out for errant shots coming from the

left as you do so and follow the path as it winds to

the right towards the pine woods.

When you enter the woods, you’ll reach an

informative noticeboard which tells you all about

the Ainsdale Sand Dunes, which is a national

nature reserve, home to over 450 plant species

including 33 which are rare and also residing here

is the natterjack toad, red squirrels, sand lizards and

great-crested newts. You need to trun right at the

notice board and follow the Woodland Path.

Follow this through the pine woods until you

reach a T junction and turn right again, through

the open common area and eventually, the path

returns to running parallel to the railway line. At

the other side of the railway line you’ll see RAF

Woodvale, which was opened during World War

2 as a defence measure when Liverpool and its

docks were bombed. Nowadays the Station’s role

is largely training and the 611 Squadron stationed

there prepares Volunteer Reservists to support RAF

operations in the UK and overseas.

Eventually you’ll arrive at a metal bar gate besides

another information board. Go through this

and take the tarmac path following in the same

direction. Almost immediately you’ll need to take

a right turn, down a path (the main Sefton Coastal

path) that heads underneath a road bridge. 50

yards under the bridge, you’ll need to take a left

turn off the path towards the road and then turn

left and use the bridge to cross the path you’ve just

walked under.

Follow the road for just over ½ a mile and after

you’ve crossed the main road turn right towards

Formby and 150 yards later take a left fork down

Formby Old Road. Listing a house sale on

Formby Old Road must be the fantasy

of many a Formby estate agent and

the bigger properties are protected

by walls, privacy fencing, barbed

wire, CCTV and even guard dogs.

I half expected a Bugatti Royale

to sweep by at any moment

carrying Mr Burns and

Smithers, but it was sadly not

to be on this occasion.


Montagu Road

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Dunes

For those with the OS Maps

Dunes

app on your desktop, mobile or

tablet, this walk is named:

JT Woodvale

Coastal Road

Ainsdale

Sand Dunes

National Nature

Reserve

RAF

Woodvale

Formby By-Pass A565

Freshfield

Dune Heath

Nature Reserve

Brewery Ln

Wham Dyke

Southport Old Road

A565

Victoria Road

Freshfield

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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Altogether you’re on Formby Old Road for just over

a mile and after the well-defined ‘S’ bend, you’ll

arrive at a series of huge glasshouses on the right.

Just after the glasshouses, take a right turn down

a tarmacked path called Eight Acre Lane (near

Arsitocat Cattery). Cross the Formby by-pass with

care and follow the path in the same direction.

Eight Acre Lane becomes Sixteen Acre Lane and

650 yards later you’ll arrive at Paradise Lane. Turn

right and 50 yards further on take Little Brewery

Lane which transforms into Brewery Lane almost

immediately.

Once you’ve reached the end of Brewery Lane, take

the path to the right hand side of the road leading

to the high school. A worthy diversion almost at

the end of the walk is Freshfield Dune Heath nature

reserve and this is easily accessible from the path.

Freshfield Dune heath is the single largest lowland

heath site in Lancashire and whilst budding

botanists can search for specialist plants, the rest

of us can look out for the red squirrels, which live

in abundance alongside lizards, stoats, weasels,

and the amazing Emperor moths, which have a

wingspan of up to 8cm and fly during the day.

And if you haven’t turned into Freshfield Dune

Heath, just follow the path to the end where you’ll

meet Montague Road once again and turn left

down this road to Freshfield Rail Station and the

end of your walk.

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50 Gardening

A host of golden

Daffodills

Garden centres, nurseries and catalogues are full

of daffodil bulbs now and I think I get asked more

questions about daffodils than any other plant,

apart from roses. I think it’s because they are

ubiquitous in the spring and so we assume they

are easy to grow. They are...and they aren’t, so I’ll

answer the most common questions;

How do I get my daffodils to flower more than one

year?

It’s a good question. It’s tempting to think that the

only thing you have to remember about planting

daffodil bulbs is to set them pointy side up, but it’s

a bit more complicated than that if you want them

to flower every year. The trick is to set them deep

enough. If you plant them just below the surface,

as so many of people do, they dry out, which

means they lack the food and moisture to get them

through until the following year. The result is an

uninteresting clump of leaves rather than a host of

golden daffodils. You can plant daffodils any time

now, to the end of October. Sooner is better.

How far apart should I plant the bubs?

They should be planted about 3 inches / 8cm apart

in holes about 10 inches / 25cm deep. It looks deep

TOP TIP

Autumn is the ideal time to plant out your Clematis

Plants. These can give fences, walls and trellis the

‘wow’ factor or simply screen any unsightly areas of

your garden. Make sure they have a framework to

scramble over.

when you are dropping them in but it’s worth the

effort for the repeat flowering. Choose the biggest

firmest bulbs you can find for each variety.

When can I cut down the foliage after flowering?

I would suggest waiting for 6 weeks. If you have

a very small garden and can’t bear to have untidy

foliage lying around you might be better treating

the bulbs as annuals (daffodil bulbs aren’t that

expensive.). Or you can plant them in an aquatic

basket, and after flowering you can dig the basket

up, water the bulbs regularly then replant in the

autumn.

Alternatively, you can buy dwarf varieties of daffodil

which have daintier flowers and foliage, so you can

have pretty flowers without the resulting foliage

posing a problem.

Whatever you decide, remember plant deeper than

you think and…

Happy gardening!

By Rachael Leverton

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• Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts

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• Lay new turf where needed

• Plant out your spring cabbages

• Move tender plants into a greenhouse or

conservatory


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