West Lancashire Edition October 2018
A Giant Finale
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4 Local Life
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
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
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.
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.
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
24 from 7:30pm in the Rainford Scout Hut.
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.
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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
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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Think ahead as summer
Summer is nearing its end. After the long warm
sunny days we have all enjoyed, sadly our lawns
have been extremely challenged due to the drought
conditions. The grass has been under severe stress
this summer therefore it is important keep feeding
whilst the grass is growing as the plants have been
starved of nutrients due to the dry soil over the
summer. Indeed some areas may have developed a
condition called “Dry Patch” when the soil will not
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It is essential to maintain your lawns as we move
towards the cooler autumn and winter months.
Keep mowing the lawns whilst they are still
growing. If they are looking a little “tufty “ as they
recover, mowing frequently, but removing only a
small amount each cut will stimulate growth. Your
final cut before the winter should leave the lawn at
3.5cm (1.5 inches) to allow protection from frost.
In preparation for winter give the lawn a good rake
to remove surface debris and keep removing the
leaves each week. This allows maximum sunlight
to the grass as the daylight hours shorten. Layers of
leaves left on the lawn starve the grass of sunlight
and vital air circulation causing dieback which is
unsightly and may result in the need to re-seed
Between Autumn and Spring is the best time to
carry out Hollow Tine Aeration and Scarification on
the lawn. Aeration breaks up the compacted layer
of soil exaggerated by the drought and cuts through
sub-surface thatch by pulling out thousands of
cores. This allows nutrients
and water passageways to
the root zone. Also promoting
improved surface drainage,
Scarification removes the
surface debris and allows air
and moisture to the plants.
After this summer many lawns
are covered in dead blades of
grass which need removing by
raking or scarification as soon
as the lawn has recovered
following substantial rain.
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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
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.
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
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
forefront of Ormskirk’s mind at the time of 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
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
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.
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
part of this event which is set to go down in
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Emma
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Meet the Teacher
A secondary school guide to parents’ evening
Parents’ evenings - love
them or loathe them,
they crop up with
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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36 Health & Fitness
One in three women don’t check for
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
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
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
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.
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
better time to evaluate your heart health and make
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;
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It’s not about
aches & pains, it’s
about your LIFE!
What are you
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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
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
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
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Make the Perfect Pumpkin
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
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
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
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
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
Don’t forget to visit our Events2Go guide on page
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?
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.
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
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
by Jessica Phillips
42 Food & Drink
Serves 4 ~ Preparation time: 20 mins + Cooking time: 25 mins
4 Orange peppers
200g Cooked brown rice
1 tbsp Sunflower oil
450g Minced beef or turkey
1 Medium onion finely
225g Mixed mushrooms,
350g jar roasted red pepper
1 tsp Dried oregano
¼ tsp Chilli flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
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
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
For the cakes
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
40g unsalted butter (room temp)
120ml whole milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
For the icing
300g icing sugar (sifted)
100g unsalted butter (room temp)
40g cocoa powder
40ml whole milk
Pot of chocolate sprinkles
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
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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
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
Saturday, October 13, 11:30AM - Sunday, October
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,
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
Bowling Green, Coronation Park, Ormskirk, L39
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,
Saturday, October 13 & Sunday, October 14,
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,
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,
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,
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
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 Leisure & Culture Park, Huyton, L36 6EG
Saturday, October 20 – Sunday, November 4,
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 email@example.com 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
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
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
Sunday, October 28, 5:30pm-7pm
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,
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
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
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.
For those with the OS Maps
app on your desktop, mobile or
tablet, this walk is named:
Formby By-Pass A565
Southport Old Road
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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.
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
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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A host of golden
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
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
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
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
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…
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