Local Life - Wigan - October 2018

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LocalLife

Wigan Edition October 2018

Duo Celebrate Bike Success

Page 12

Education Special

Pages 35 - 50

Restoring Rivington

Pages 61 - 64


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Earl Street, Swinley £290,000

This unique seven bedroom detached residence, within

walking distance of the town centre and Mesnes Park,

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Elmfield Road, Whitley £250,000

Located just off prestigious Wigan Lane on an

attractive tree-lined road is this gorgeous and secluded

three bedroomed detached home with generous and

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Sheraton Close, Orrell £220,000

This beautiful four bed detached family home with a

conservatory is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac with wellkept

gardens and offers neat and tidy presentation

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Knowsley Road, Wigan £160,000

This pretty 1930s three bed detached family home

near the town centre has period features, two spacious

reception rooms, a modern kitchen, and a lovely private

rear garden.

Appley Lane N, Appley Bridge £160,000

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Preston Road, Standish £150,000

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4 Local Life

Big ideas

The decision by Marks and Spencer to relocate to

Robin Park undoubtedly sent shockwaves through

the town and it begged the question, does the

appetite exist amongst today’s (and tomorrow’s)

shoppers to support local retailers in a town centre

environment?

As the local MP Lisa Nandy rightly says, the demise

of the high street is a national problem. That doesn’t

mean though that the solution must generated

nationally too. There are initiatives already out there

designed to help level the playing field and protect

local town centres.

During the summer I visited Totnes, in Devon, whose

claim to fame is that it has had its own currency

since 2008 which residents spend in over 160 local

businesses registered in the scheme. Ten years later,

the town is thriving and the vacancy rate of retail

units in the town centre is just 2% compared to over

12% nationally.

Still being developed is the HullCoin, which is

a virtual currency which rewards volunteers for

their work and enables them to discounts off their

shopping in the 140 local stores in Hull who have

signed up.

Both schemes support local retail businesses but,

and this is a big but, they require local residents to

think about their shopping habits and commit to

spending with independent local retailers rather

than ordering from Amazon or visiting the Trafford

Centre.

So big ideas are needed, but support for those ideas

from residents is paramount if Wigan town centre is

to thrive in future.

See you next time,

Chris Pearce, Publisher

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Local Life 5

In this issue

Restoring

Rivington

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A Giant Finale

Regulars

52 Puzzle Corner

91 Test Drive

Sections

66 Health

72 Legal & Finance

74 Property

76 Business View

95 Garden Diary

86 Events2Go

89 Food

95 Gardening

101 Home Services

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Education

35

Jack’s Tracks:

Woodvale

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Test Drive:

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A Lancashire diving group have

conducted an underwater

commemoration of the sinking

of the HMS Otranto.

The ship sank off the west coast

of Islay on October 6, 1918,

causing the loss of 431 lives

when she collided with the HMS

Kashmir. Both ships were used by

the Royal Navy during the First

World War; the Otranto played

a small role in the Battle of the

Falklands in 1914.

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also sank 6 miles off the Mull of Oa

on Islay eight months earlier when it was torpedoed

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Pete Kenrick, headed to Islay for the centenary of the

sinking this year. In June, the divers planned their

annual trip as an opportunity for remembrance,

diving for around 54 hours in total.

Pete was surprised that no underwater footage

of the wreck existed and decided to rectify this,

eventually compiling a 21-minute video of the

cinematic highlights to be displayed in the Museum

of Islay Life. 15 metres below the surface where

the Otranto lay on Old Woman’s Reef, the divers

cleaned the ship’s quick firing gun of excess kelp

and hoisted flags of the USA and Great Britain. A

salute was given in honour of the fallen soldiers,

and the flags remained during the entirety of the

filming, with a poppy left behind as tribute.

Mike Armitage, from Appley Bridge firm Northern

Divers, found a soldier’s boot resting on a strand

of cordite. He said: ‘The boot was one of the most

striking sights, because you see it and it really

makes you wonder what happened to the owner –

was he one of the lucky survivors? Was he one of

the servicemen who perished? Seeing that made it

very real for us divers.’

October 6 will see the official centenary of the

sinking.


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West Lancs Plan

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.

Appley Bridge residents face possible future housing

development on Appley Lane North, whilst the

major proposals in the plan include the creation

of three new Garden Villages in the Lathom and

Bickerstaff areas, a Logistics Park by the M58 and

a new Knowledge Park and a Student Village on St

Helens Road next to Edge Hill in Ormskirk

Consultations regarding the new Local Plan will take

place with the public during October and November,

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Standish’s final bank branch is set for closure early

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RBS has been the last bank standing in Standish

since the closure of Lloyds Bank earlier this year,

and this fresh blow comes after the Royal Bank of

Scotland announced a total of 216 branch closures

nationwide. These will result in the loss of 1050 jobs

in total.

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Orrell Armistice

St. Luke’s Church on Lodge Road in Orrell is

organising a special Remembrance evening to mark

the Armistice centenary. A Proms Concert with

the D.W. Brass Band will take place in the church

on Friday, November 9. Tickets are £5 and can be

booked by calling 01744 670140 or 01942 208748.

The usual Remembrance Service will also take place

on Friday, November 9 at the War Memorial in Moor

Road, featuring local schools.

Finally, on Remembrance Sunday (November 11),

two services will be conducted – one at church

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Tourist Triumph

A Wrightington business has been announced as a

finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards.

JAK Hanson, an outlet department store based in

Derby House, is celebrating its place in the Retail

Experience Award category. The company offers

a huge range of fashion, shoes and homeware

at bargain prices, featuring big-name brands like

Regatta, Weird Fish and Julian Charles. Launched in

September 2013, JAK Hanson recently celebrated

its fifth birthday at Derby House, which is also home

to the Paddock restaurant, an expansive food hall

and butchers.

103 finalists across 22 categories will compete in

the 2018 Lancashire Tourism Awards. The winners

are due to be announced in November with a blacktie

dinner and ceremony, and voting is open from

September 17 to October 21.

Santa’s Little Helpers

Standish Library is looking for volunteers to help

out with the Standish Christmas Market.

The market, which takes place on Saturday,

December 1, is sure to bring lots of festive fun to

the village and attract visitors from far and wide.

Library volunteers will help to make the day a

roaring success, assisting with everything from

selling bottled drinks to giving Santa a hand with

his grotto presents. There are also opportunities to

help children with the lucky dip, meet and greet

families, and supervise the games going on in the

library.

The grotto will run from 10am-5pm on December

1, priced at £3 per child, with tickets on sale at the

library in early November.

If you’d like to become one of Santa’s little helpers,

contact standishlibraryfriends@gmail.com or

leave your details in-person. Just provide your

name, contact telephone number, your availability

and how you’d like to help. Under 16s require an

accompanying adult.


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Feet on the Pedals

The Shevington Charity Bike Ride celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

The ride was founded in 1994 by Richard Currie and David Houghton in order to raise

money for various local children’s charities. Both players for Shevington FC, Richard

and David came up with the idea for a bike ride during the break of the football

season, intending to raise money whilst keeping active. This year the funds raised

go again to Kids and Sibs, an Appley Bridge-based

organisation which assists families of children with

special needs, but now Richard and David - aged 73

and 60 respectively - are hanging up their helmets

and retiring from ride organisation.

In its first year, the ride was set up by numerous

members of the Shevington Football Club, and

followed a route from Windermere to Wigan in order

to raise money for Mere Oaks School. Since then,

veteran riders Richard and David have organised

further cycle routes including Stoke to Wigan and

Cleethorpes to Southport, all in support of local

children. Members of the Shevington community

of all ages come together each year for the charity

bike ride, and this year was no different.

The 25th Shevington Charity Bike Ride went from

Shevington to Southport, and took place on August

26. It saw the highest ever number of participants

getting involved – 42 riders including 8 women

made the journey from Shevington to Southport in

appalling weather conditions. The ride, sponsored

by Banks Windows and Finch’s Marble, is expected

to raise anything from £5-7k in support of local

charities, with the funds being presented at the

Plough and Harrow in Shevington this November.

For a while the ride’s future looked uncertain, says

founding cyclist Richard Currie’s daughter. ‘It all

depended on whether someone else wanted to take on the organisation after my

dad and David retired.’ Luckily, it’s likely that someone will step up to the plate next

year and that the bike ride will continue its successful run – and, with the ride having

raised upwards of £120,000 since its conception, to lose it would surely be a blow to

the Shevington community.


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Soroptimist International of Wigan is looking for

nominations for its 2018 Young Achiever Award.

Girls and young women aged 14-21 who have

contributed something good to their community

and who live in the Wigan borough (excluding Leigh,

Atherton & Tyldesley) are eligible to win a £100 gift

card.

Young Achievers

The first Young Achievers award was held seven

years ago for the club’s 70th anniversary. It celebrates

young women who have provided a service to

the community, including young carers, budding

entrepreneurs, or anyone who has triumphed over

adversity. Nominees may also have strong academic

attainment, sporting prowess, or success in the fields

of art & culture.

Along with the £100 gift card, the winner will have

her name engraved on a trophy and receive a

miniature award, presented by the Mayor of Wigan

in December 2018.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, October 22.

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Autumn Rambles

Haigh Woodland Park offers a wide range of nature

walks to celebrate Autumn Walking Weekend on

October 6th & 7th. From moth mornings to waggy

tail walks with dogs welcome, you’ll get to explore

the stunning grounds of the Park as the leaves start

falling. There will also be family foraging events, bat

walks and the incredibly popular pig tail trail, with

the chance to meet and feed Haigh’s Saddleback

pigs while learning about the Conservation Pig

Project.

The Haigh Explorer offer a slightly more vigorous

5-mile walk around the estate, covering hidden

trails and paths, and will be hosted across the

weekend.

On the Sunday you can also enjoy Brass in the Park,

with the Old Hall Brass Band performing two sets

at 1pm and 2:30pm with a stunning autumnal

backdrop. For more information, head to Haigh

Woodland Park’s Facebook page. Some events are

selling out quickly so be sure to book your place!

Waste Not, Want Not

A new up-cycling shop might be the perfect place

to reduce waste in Wigan.

The store, on Market Street, encourages residents

to drop in to chat about breathing new life into

unwanted items. The shop offers advice on how to

add value to things you’d otherwise throw away,

and how they can be up-cycled into something

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Experts will be on hand to answer questions

about where things go after being dumped and

offer inspiration on how to get crafty with various

products.

The project’s aim is to reduce the amount of landfill

waste and to support people in need, with products

being passed on to The Brick, a Wigan charity

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Parbold, Newburgh and District U3A are always

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Orrell RUFC and Winstanley Park Cricket Club are

also running an Oktoberfest in order to fundraise

for a new sporting hub. If a showcase of 40 different

local beers, along with gin and prosecco plus live

music appeals, come down to Holland Hall from the

20-22 of October.

Wigan Central’s NOTtoberfest also runs from

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offering a free review of your Will and any

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To take advantage of this opportunity

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We are local & friendly and specialise in the following

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre is looking for

volunteers to fill several roles.

The Hindley-based centre provides a wide variety

of support systems for carers in the area, who

can often feel isolated or lonely. It provides

companionship, transport and emotional support

to improve wellbeing and mental health.

The centre is currently looking for volunteers across

a variety of positions. These include everything

from Befriending and Buddying to social media

roles and offering transport for young carers. Other

roles include Trustee, Therapist and Outreach.

Volunteers must be 16 or over.

If you want to get more involved in the local

community, or just have some spare time to lend

a hand, get in touch today by calling 01924 705959

or email catherine@wiganandleighcarerscentre.

org.uk.

Bereavement Support

Losing a loved one is devastating, and can often

lead to feeling isolated and lonely. If you’re grieving

for someone, the Standish Bereavement Support

Group might be able to help.

The group offer a cuppa and a chat with likeminded

people who have also known loss, in a relaxed

and supportive setting. Sometimes just speaking

to someone who understands can make things

seem brighter. The group isn’t about professional

counselling, but making friends with people who

know what you’re going through.

The group meets on the first Tuesday of every

month at 1:30pm in the Lychgate Tavern, Church

Street. If you’ve lost someone and are feeling lonely,

the group might be able to help.

For more information, email George.fairhurst@

blueyonder.co.uk or call George on 01257 400251.

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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 - the last event the current

Giants will ever perform - 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.

This year will see the impressive 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 of the

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

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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.

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, and it is 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.’

For more information on the final instalment of the

Giants’ Liverpool trilogy, visit www.giantspectacular.

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The Zumba

Phenomenon

Zumba isn’t just a fitness craze; it’s an international

business with more than 12 million enthusiasts in

its classes. A whole industry has developed around

it. And with October being Cholesterol Month, it’s a

great way to keep your cholesterol down and your

heart happy.

Zumba began in Columbia back in the 1990s, when

dancer and choreographer Alberto Perez forgot his

regular music for his aerobics class. The story goes

that he searched his backpack and pulled out some

salsa and merengue tapes. The rest, as they say, is

history. Today Zumba has certified instructors in

more than 125 countries around the world.

For many members of my class it was their first taste

of Latin music and dance steps. Yet while Zumba

has brought Latin rhythms and steps to the exercise

enthusiasts of the world it is not Latin dance. Each

class uses salsa, cumbia, bachata, and other Latin

and international rhythms and there is plenty of

overlap between Zumba and salsa classes; but

there are plenty of differences too. For example, a

Latin dancer would know that you never start a step

on the right foot in Salsa - it’s not proper technique

- but Zumba is an exercise class so students need to

work both legs!

It might not be authentic Latin dance, but it’s a

great way to get moving. If you’re interested in

starting Zumba, check out classes at your local

leisure centre. Here are some good places to start:

You can get your Zumba on in Standish, at the

Community Centre (Mondays at 6pm) or at the

Methodist Church Hall (Thursdays, 6:30pm).

For more information or alternate times/locations,

visit www.zumba.com.

By Tracey Anderson


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Chauffeured in style

A Wigan community transport

service is on the lookout for

new volunteers.

The volunteer-led service

‘Driven’ connects people

who may be vulnerable or

socially isolated to community

activities.

Driven was launched in July

2017 and the service currently

has around fourteen volunteer

drivers, but more are required,

especially in the Standish

and Shevington area, for it to

expand.

From left, passenger Mrs Boydell with Joanne, a former volunteer driver

Amanda Caddick, office manager for Driven, said:

“Passengers pay a contribution towards their

journey, which covers the drivers’ costs. Drivers

are paid expenses to cover fuel from leaving their

house to returning.’

“The service is extremely popular. We have a

unaffected - Driven can check that for you); one of

the accessible minibuses, or be a driver’s assistant.

“I love my job, it’s probably the best job I’ve ever

had, it’s very rewarding,” said Amanda.

“If somebody contacts us and we cannot do that

day, we always offer them an alternative day.

waiting list of people wanting to use the service but

“We have a 90 year-old passenger in Lowton and

to extend the service we need more volunteers.

her daughter lives in a nursing home just outside

“A lot of the volunteers are retired so they appreciate Wigan town centre.

that they’re helping other people, and it gets them

“She’d need to travel for hours without our service,

out of the house and meeting new people.”

so this way she can maintain her relationship with

Drivers can choose when they drive and can

drive their own car (your insurance is generally

her daughter.”

Ian Tomlinson, who runs Driven, said: “The drivers

get as much if not more than the passengers. They

get a buzz out of it.

“They’re using a skill they’ve already got and they

get to be around new people too.”

If you’d like to get involved, call Amanda for more

information on 01942 409602 or email enquiries@

bedriven.org

The service covers Wigan, Leigh, Ashton in

Makerfield, Ince, Hindley, Astley, Atherton,

Tyldesley, Standish, Orrell, Pemberton and nearby

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Degrees of

learning

16 page

education

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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

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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Part-Time Professors

Around eight out of ten students work part-time in

order to help fund their studies. Having a part-time

job in college or university can assist with living costs

and is said to build character – but could it be taking

away vital studying time?

Part-time employment looks good on a CV. In

today’s competitive job market, school-leavers and

graduates need their CVs to stand out more than

ever. Though this can be boosted with volunteering

opportunities and work experience, working parttime

shows they know how to prioritise and manage

their time effectively.

There’s less time for studying. Revising for A-Levels

or a degree can be stressful, with many universities

saying their courses require as much dedication as a

full-time job. Working part-time leaves less time for

cramming in the library or attending lecturers’ office

hours.

Students will learn to be financially responsible.

Which means relying less on the bank of mum and

dad! Budgeting is an essential life skill, and parttime

jobs can help alleviate the stresses of a student

overdraft.

Non-flexible shifts might mean skipping classes.

Employers demanding compulsory overtime or

arranging different shifts each week might lead to

students missing out on contact hours, including

classes and lectures.

One solution is freelance work, which can be useful

for gaining work experience in any chosen field and

for making a bit of extra cash; although the frequency

and amount of work can decrease during quiet

spells. Tutoring is another way to get some pocket

money going while reinforcing good study habits –

just make sure to seek permission from the college

or university before advertising your services!

Limited number of places

available in most year groups

Ofsted 2017:

‘This school continues to be good.’

‘The curriculum provides a genuinely enriching

experience for all pupils.’

SIAMS 2017:

‘The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Appley Bridge

All Saints as a Church of England school

are outstanding.’

Parent Quote:

‘A positive environment for children to learn. Led by

approachable and experienced staff.’

Attainment in reading, writing and maths is consistently

higher than the national average at both the expected and

the higher standard.

Email enquiries to: bursar@appleybridgeallsaints.lancs.sch.uk

Visit our website at: www.appleybridgeallsaints.lancs.sch.uk

Appley Bridge All Saints’ CE Primary School

Finch Lane, Appley Bridge, WN6 9DT

Telephone: 01257 252 647


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AFTER SCHOOL PARTIES

£60 for 12 children (just £5 per child)

Available Monday - Friday, Term Time Only

From 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Includes play, a selection of sandwiches, crisps, biscuits & juice.

Upgrades available which include party games, party bags,

pizza, slush, jelly & ice cream!

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“10th best

performing

school in the

country, Daily

Telegraph

2014”

Please come

and visit us:

Duggies before/

after school club

7.30am-6pm

Parbold Douglas

Nursery Ltd on site

Extra-curricular

activities include:

Guitar, Football,

French, Spanish,

Music, Dance,

Sports

“Teachers are

friendly, interested

in the children, ever

helpful & always

eager to help your

child with anything”

01257 462007

admin@pda.lancs.sch.uk

Head: Mrs Natalie Watts

15 Minute Mile

Primary schools across the borough have been

getting involved with the Daily Mile.

The initiative aims to keep children fit for life by

encouraging them to run or jog for 15 minutes

every day. Children get outside in the fresh air

and can complete the ‘mile’ in their regular school

uniforms. It’s a great way to encourage physical

and mental wellbeing. St. Joseph’s in Standish have

made good use of their new running track, with

Woodfield Primary School also getting involved in

the proceedings around their school grounds.

For more information, visit https://thedailymile.

co.uk/.

Off the Streets

The Wigan Warriors Community Foundation run Off

the Streets sessions every Wednesday for kids aged

6-11.

The project aims to keep children out of trouble

while having fun and meeting new friends.

Coaching staff offer games of rugby and table

tennis, as well as PlayStations and indoor activities

from 4pm-5:30pm every Wednesday - perfect if

you’re looking for something to entertain the kids

after school.

No booking is necessary for the sessions but places

are limited – for further details, contact Reece on

r.hampson@wiganwarriors.com or call 01942 762

880.

Hands On

Claytive community group invite anyone aged

11 and up to get stuck in with some clay art and

modelling. Hosted by Emily, the group will channel

your inner sculptor and help you discover what you

could make with clay.

Sessions run on the first Saturday of every month at

the Postcode Coffee House, The Edge, Wigan, WN3

5AB. To register for the group, email groups@tcclife.

com or visit www.tcclife.com for more info.


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Open Day

Open Evening

Monday 5th November 1-3.15pm (HT Welcome at 1pm)

Monday 12th November 4.30-7.00pm (HT Welcome at 4.30pm)

Together In God’s Love

We are a successful, caring Christian school at the heart of the community where, through high expectations and strength of character, our

children are determined to achieve their very best and develop resilience and confidence in becoming thoughtful citizens of the future

Ofsted Good 2014 “Pupils feel safe & happy because staff pay close attention to their welfare.”

SIAMS Outstanding 2016 “Christian values…are lived out…which leads to excellent behaviour.”

Breakfast & after school club:

TCC The Children’s Club

Breakfast Club - 7.30 - 8.50 am

After School Club until 5.30pm

Contact the school for more information.

For all enquiries or to arrange a tour of the school please contact the Office Manager, Mrs Lindsay Hargreaves

Telephone: 01942 831310 or Email: enquiries@admin.saintdavids.wigan.sch.uk

St David Haigh & Aspull CE Primary School

Copperas Lane, Haigh, Wigan, WN2 1PA www.saintdavids.wigan.sch.uk


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Study Programme to

Apprenticeship

Callum started his Plumbing Study Programme at

ProCo after a recommendation from a friend. He had

previously attended another training provider but

found the bigger classroom environment wasn’t for

him, as Callum said: ‘ProCo stood out because of the

small class sizes – you get that personal one-to-one

support from your tutor.’

It was his ambition to do a Construction

Apprenticeship once he completed his Study

Programme, and that is exactly what he has done! As

part of his Programme, Callum did work experience

with SMJ Joinery & Home Improvements. He

showed that he was keen to learn and impressed

the company so much that they employed him

as an Apprentice. Having started with Level 1

Plumbing, Callum is now doing a multi-trade Level

2 General Construction Apprenticeship. Well done

Callum!

‘A great thing about ProCo is how hard they work

to find learners an apprenticeship… All of the staff

are really friendly and supportive. I have made lots

of new friends and I enjoy the course… I don’t think

you would get the same opportunities at another

college or training provider as you do here.’ Callum

Buxton

ProCo was established in 2003, and works with

local businesses to deliver a range of training and

qualifications to young people and adults.

For more information about studying with ProCo,

visit www.proconw.co.uk,


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Starting a New School:

5 Top Tips

Autumn is almost synonymous with Back to School.

Shops are stocked with stationery and uniforms,

and chances are there will be tears, excitement and

apprehension too. By preparing your child, and

yourself, the first steps in education needn’t be too

scary.

Be uniform savvy: Ensure you have a list of school

uniform must-haves directly from the school office.

Many schools sell standard items themselves that

can save dragging grumpy children around shops.

Be careful to label items with your child’s name to

avoid losses in the PE changing rooms.

Swot up on the rules: While you might be happy for

your child to wear jewellery or a certain hairstyle,

the school may not. Rightly or wrongly schools are

notoriously picky about the appearance of their

students. So avoid unnecessary arguments for you

and humiliation for your child by ensuring that you

know the school rules and adhere to them.

Be prepared: Even the most outgoing child is

bound to feel more than a little worried about that

big, scary place they call school. Try talking to them

and telling them about your own time at school to

ease some fears, and any older siblings should be

called on to help.

Don’t show fear: A new school is just about as

terrifying as it comes for parents but your little one

doesn’t have to know that. If you show positivity

and happiness your child will follow suit, let them

know you’re proud of them and believe they’ll love

every minute of their new life at school.

Could you be one of tomorrow’s

outstanding teachers?

Individuals who are

passionate about working

with young children.

Join us at our open evenings at;

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School,

Hardybutts, WIGAN, WN1 3RZ

Tuesday 9th October 2018, 4-6:00pm

Tuesday 13th November 2018, 4-6:00pm

Tuesday 11th December 2018, 4-6:00pm

Tuesday 15th January 2019, 4-6:00pm

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 4-6:00pm

Individuals who have

the potential to be

outstanding teachers

Accredited

Study days will be at Liverpool Hope University leading to a PGCE and QTS in primary teaching.

For more information and updates visit www.wcpsd.org.uk

Provider code 2A4 - Course code 2XT7


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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


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Cyber

Bullying

Although playground bullying is not new, its nature

has changed with the advent of smart phones

and social media. Now

we see more cyber

bullying, or rather we

don’t see it as it tends to

be hidden and carried

out in secret. Almost half

of all young people say

they have been bullied

online and more than

70% say they’ve seen it

happening.

number it came from, as evidence to show teachers

or police.

As parents it can be

difficult to know what to

do if your child is being

bullied, or conversely is a

bully. Here are some tips:

Discuss bullying with

your child from an early

age. Discuss netiquette. Adults sometimes behave

more aggressively when they are behind the safety

of a computer screen, and it’s the same for children,

who are still learning to navigate the online world.

Make it clear that being a target is not their fault.

Make it clear that whether it’s in real life or online

bullying is never acceptable.

Advise your child to protect their phone number

by only giving it out to trusted members or family

members. Tell them to keep track of who they have

given it to.

If your child has received a bullying message, tell

them to screenshot it and send it to you. Make

a note of the time and date it was sent and the

Do not respond to the message. The phone number

or email will probably identify the source. If the

bully gets no response then they tend to stop doing

it.

Don’t panic if your child is the bully. It doesn’t

mean they will grow into a terrible human being.

But bullying behaviour can often be a cry for help.

Perhaps they are finding the teen years more

stressful than they are letting on. Maybe they are

struggling to negotiate friendships and schoolwork.

Make time to talk with them, not only about their

own issues but about the impact they might be

having on someone else’s life.

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Diary dates 2018

October:

Location Event Date

St Helens College Open Evening Wednesday 3rd October (From 5.30pm)

Winstanley College Open Evening Wednesday 3rd October (6-8pm)

Wigan & Leigh College (Wigan Campus) Open Event Monday 8th October (4.30-7.30pm)

WCPSD (Held at St Patrick’s School, WN1 3RZ) Open Evening Tuesday 9th October (4-6pm)

Merchant Taylors’ Open Evening Thursday 11th October (5-7pm)

Bolton School Open Morning Saturday 13th October (9.30-1pm)

Merchant Taylors’ Open Morning Saturday 13th October (9-12.30pm)

Wigan & Leigh College (Leigh Campus) Open Event Monday 15th October (4.30-7.30pm)

St John Rigby College Open Evening Monday 15th October (5.30-8pm)

November:

Location Event Date

St John Rigby College Open Evening Thursday 1st November (5.30-8pm)

St David Haigh & Aspull CE Primary School Open Day Monday 5th November (1-3.15pm)

St David Haigh & Aspull CE Primary School Open Night Monday 12th November (4.30-7pm)

WCPSD (Held at St Patrick’s School, WN1 3RZ) Open Evening Tuesday 13th November (4-6pm)

St Helens College Open Evening Wednesday 14th November (From 5.30pm)

St John Rigby College Open Evening Thursday 15th November (5.30-8pm)

University Centre St Helens Open Event Wednesday 21st November (5-7pm)


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Puzzle Corner

SUDOKU

WORD SEARCH - Library

Find the hidden words in the word search grid

B F I C T I O N O R

J R E F E R E N C E

C P N I S H D E A S

A R C H I V E S R E

I H Y N Q I N S D A

B I C R U J N D P R

O O L L I L S D I C

R N O V E R D U E H

R S P K T K E D N X

O K E H S H E L F C

W L D E S K T I P W

I L I B R A R I A N

L G A U T H O R C O

BOOKS

SHELF

LIBRARIAN

QUIET

REFERENCE

FICTION

ARCHIVES

OVERDUE

CARD

BORROW

WORD MIX UP - Library

Unscramble the letters to make a word

EDAR

DUSTY

DESK

ENCYCLOPEDIA

RESEARCH

INDEX

AUTHOR

NUMBER

BLOCK

5 1

7 1

8 3

2

19 16 13 11

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

The numbers in each column add up to the totals

along the bottom. The diagonal lines also add up the

totals to the right.

11

15

15

17

12

17

LUGTEACOA

MAZEINGAS

CROPMUTE

WEEDY LACEDIM

PROGHIABY

SISTCOALNICAFI

WIGGLE WORDS

CLUE: Hard Work

Trace a path through

all the letters to find

the word or phrase

that fits the clue.

L E P H

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I L L E

N G T E

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Get Crafty

St. Wilfrid’s Church in Standish is hosting an arts and

crafts festival this October.

On Friday, October 5 there will be an organ recital

by John Walton, with an opportunity to hear the

restored parish organ while enjoying fizz and

canapes. Entrance is £7. Saturday, October 6 sees an

arts and craft fayre taking place in the church, with

art work, craft stalls and displays available for your

perusal. Refreshments will also be served.

Services run as usual on the Sunday, with Songs of

Praise at 6:30pm.

All are welcome to attend, and all proceeds go to

the Organ Fund. For more information, see our

Events2Go guide on page 86.

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friends in your community.

The café, which takes place every Tuesday from

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Shevington-based garden firm New Leaf Topiary

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Restoring

Rivington

by Jessica Phillips

The end of a long summer sees a peaceful silence

settling across Rivington Pike. With the heatwave

finally fading out into an autumnal hush and the

last of the sun’s rays filtering through the trees

that surround the Lever Bridge, it’s difficult to

feel stressed here. I’ve been at Rivington Terraced

Gardens for less than an hour, and I’m already

swayed by their tranquillity– not to mention the

stunning forest and architectural spirit. It’s difficult

to imagine these gardens were recently threatened

by raging flames that came within 10 inches of their

border – in fact, the only reminder of the Winter

Hill fire I get is the still charred grass at the edge of

Rivington as I descend the hill.

The fire burned for 41 days over 7 square miles of

moorland. The inferno first broke out on June 28,

thwarting firefighting efforts and rainfall until it

was finally extinguished fully at the beginning of

August. It reached its peak when two separate fires

at Winter Hill and Horrocks Moor merged, posing a

threat to local land and lives.

Within arm’s reach of the raging flames were the

Rivington Terraced Gardens. The Grade-II listed

site, which originally belonged to Lord William

Leverhulme, Bolton philanthropist and founder of

Port Sunlight, was a prime target for the flames. The

Gardens were designed by acclaimed landscape

artist Thomas Hayton Mawson, who later went on

to lay out the Peace Palace gardens at The Hague,

between 1906 and 1922. During Leverhulme’s

residency at the turn of the twentieth-century, the

Gardens experienced many shifts and changes;

perhaps the most significant was the arson attack


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on Roynton Cottage in 1913 by Suffragette Edith

Rigby and its subsequent replacement with The

Bungalow, a more sizeable residence for Lord Lever.

This building was repurposed during World War II as

a billet for the wounded, with Nissen huts installed

across the grounds for wartime use, before being

demolished in 1947.The remains of its tiled floors

can still be seen today.

The Gardens sadly fell into disrepair after

Leverhulme’s death, with nature reclaiming

pathways and features. Fortunately, plans for a full

renovation were accepted in August 2016, and a

£3.4 million grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery

Fund to begin improvement works. The project

is still underway, with completion scheduled for

spring 2019. Improvements are taking place on

a staggered basis, keeping different areas closed

periodically to ensure as much of the Gardens as

possible is open to the public at any one time.

Groundwork, the company behind Rivington’s

improvement works, says its main aims are to

safeguard structures while keeping the spirit of

Thomas Mawson’s original design alive, to improve

access to the Gardens to allow more people to

visit, and to capitalise on the park’s unique features

with a series of volunteer and skills development

programmes.

Andrew Suter, project manager for the restoration,

discussed the effects the recent fire had on the

Gardens, and the team’s future plans for the site.

He said: ‘the fire actually got as close as 10 inches

from our border. It took volunteers three and a half

weeks to ensure the safety of the Gardens and that

it was okay for the project to continue’. Volunteers

had to cut down 300 trees after the burning

peat underground destroyed their roots. Luckily,

Belmont Road acted as a fire break between the

flames and the Gardens, so most of the renovation

efforts so far could be salvaged.

Luckily really is the word. ‘The Rivington Terraced

Gardens are home to some irreplaceable plant

species which Lord Lever had imported into the


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country’, Andrew told me. The Gardens house rare

ferns and mosses, as well as liverwort, which have

all contributed to the area’s SSSI (Sites of Special

Scientific Interest) designation. If lost, visitors would

no longer have the opportunity to see the flora in

all its glory in Rivington. Andrew continued: ‘Lord

Lever went on to establish the Unilever brand, so

the Gardens really are integral to both our industrial

and environmental heritage.’

However, Rivington’s architectural diversity is what

really makes it stand out. The Terraced Gardens host

eleven listed structures, including the eponymous

Lever Bridge. Built in 1910, the seven-arch bridge

crosses the Gardens’ main path and was allegedly

modelled on a similar structure in Nigeria.

Considering the bridge has been standing for over

a century, it’s still a spectacle to behold – you’d be

forgiven for mistaking the stone steps leading up

to the bridge’s platform for the entrance to some

mystical jungle temple.

it takes to reach the crest of the hill – although it’s

currently undergoing restoration work, the Gothicstyle

tower originally housed ornamental doves and

pigeons. Its top floors included a sitting room used

by Lady Leverhulme, who could look out over the

boating lake while she practised music or sewing.

Andrew recommends a visit to the Japanese Lake,

which boasts several ornamental species of fish and

other pond-life. The lake was originally surrounded

by various features inspired by Leverhulme’s trip

to Japan, including tea houses, lanterns and exotic

The Pigeon Tower (otherwise known as the

Dovecote Tower) is also definitely worth the climb


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On September 1 a huge event was held to say

thank you to the firefighters and volunteers who

assisted during the Winter Hill fire. The Big Thank

You boasted live music, food and crafts, with

free admission to the volunteers, agencies and

firefighters who helped combat the flames. Acts

like James Holt and Toria Wooff flocked to Rivington

for an afternoon of fun, with tons of local food, craft

beers and gins available on-site. The event wasn’t

all fun and games, though – it was also about

promoting safe practice, with CPR and rescue rope

demonstrations offered throughout the day, as well

as appearances from Greater Manchester Police and

the North West Ambulance Service.

plants, with two waterfalls feeding into the pool.

Now only the stone bases of the tea houses remain,

but the lake itself is shrouded in a beautiful leafy

green canopy. Fire spreading to these areas of the

Gardens would have been a tragedy, and could

have potentially resulted in structural as well as

environmental losses.

I asked Andrew why people should visit the Gardens

this autumn in particular. ‘The restoration project

is setting the Gardens up to look their best and

offer a great visitor experience. They were named

in Britain’s Top 10 Lost Gardens by Countryfile,

and their Grade-II listing is there for a reason. We

also have a huge event schedule planned for the

upcoming months, including a mushroom festival

on October 13’.

This summer saw an unusually high number of

wildfires break out across the UK. Saddleworth

Moor was also hit by fires in June this year, along

with areas of Wales. Some experts blame climate

change for the blazes, which spread so quickly on

the moors using peat as a fuel source, but warn

human interferences – even something as small as

leaving behind a smoking barbecue - can lead to

fires breaking out, especially during the heatwave

conditions. Rivington Terraced Gardens were lucky,

but other national heritage sites might not be so

fortunate in future…

As if the Gardens’ wild and wonderful history wasn’t

enough, Rivington’s event schedule certainly seems

like a massive draw for visitors during the autumn

months. Its FungiFest will celebrate and explore

the different variations of fungi growing in the

Terraced Gardens, with guided walks, woodcraft

demonstrations, mushroom spotting, stalls and

music. In November, the Gardens also offer a

lantern parade and bonfire, with lantern-making

workshops occurring in the run-up. Food and drinks

will be served on the Great Lawn, with plenty of

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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

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getting to know your

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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

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cancer in their lifetime,

it’s incredibly important

to perform regular

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The survey of 2,126 UK

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a fifth of women (20%)

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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

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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.

Public Health England are calling for adults

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

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

weight, quitting smoking or cutting back on alcohol.

It has already been found that four out of five people

have a heart age higher than their actual age. 34%

have a heart age over 5 years their actual age, and

14% over 10 years.

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.’

Dr. Matt Kearney of NHS England said: ‘The heart age

test has the potential to help millions of people.‘ It fits

in with the NHS’s long- term plan, which ‘prioritises

saving lives through improved protection against

cardiovascular disease’.

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/

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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.

During hypnosis, the analytical left-hand side of the

brain is turned off, whilst the non-analytical right-

hand side is made more alert. The conscious mind

becomes suppressed, and the subconscious mind

more aware.

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

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Mindful Motivation

Mindfulness refers to the psychological technique

of focusing on the present moment. It perhaps

finds its roots in the Buddhist tradition, especially

in terms of meditation, but in recent years has

come to be recognised by modern psychology. It’s

now commonly used as a tool to combat anxiety

and stress, and with October 10 being World

Mental Health Day, could be effective this month

in changing your psychological outlook. Here are

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Meditation Matters – If you’ve never meditated

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It’s important to start with a full body scan: sitting or

lying, stay very still and concentrate on breathing.

Take note of how each individual part of your body

feels, from the toes to the face. This heightens

the awareness not only of your body but of your

external environment, taking you away from

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A good financial adviser is like gold dust. Like your

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enjoy a better financial future. A poor adviser will

put their interests before yours and could sell you a

product you don’t really need and have no interest

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Worryingly both advisers will be FCA registered, both

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minimum standard to trade as a financial adviser ),

and both will sound plausible. So how do you select

the right adviser for you?

Qualifications

You want an adviser who takes professional

knowledge and development very seriously and is

completely independent. Look for an adviser who is

a Chartered Financial Planner or a Certified Financial

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amongst financial advisers. Advisers who have

achieved this level of technical competence have

demonstrated that they are capable of dealing

with clients that perhaps have more complicated

financial planning requirements.

Plan

A good adviser will ask challenging questions and

map out a plan to achieve your goals. They will

listen to you and ask questions to help you define

your short, medium, and long-term objectives.

Your adviser will create a financial plan to meet

your objectives, ensuring that account is taken of

tax-efficient planning such as pensions, and estate

planning, if that is a priority. A financial plan is a

living plan and your adviser should review and

update the plan on a regular basis.

Relationship

Your relationship with your adviser is absolutely

key. They are an important professional person in

your life so it is essential that you get on well. Ask

yourself whether the adviser really cares about

you, genuinely wants you to reach your goals, and

is willing and able to challenge you along the way.

Fees

Fees should be open, transparent, fair and good

value for money. Given that a good adviser could

potentially make a difference of many thousands

of pounds to your financial position over time,

we suggest that you base your decision primarily

on qualifications, approach and relationship as

opposed to price alone.

Should you wish to have a chat with one of our

qualified financial planners please feel free to

give us a call on 01257 423800. We are on the high

street in Standish and have client parking. The

initial meeting is at our expense and of course is

without any obligation.


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74 Property

North vs South -

Property Update

by Alan Batt

I was recently reading a

report by Rightmove that

a North/South split has

started to appear in the

UK property market. In

the North, there are 7.12%

less properties on the

market than 12 months

ago, whilst in contrast, in

the South, there are 14.7% more properties on the

market than 12 months ago. What this means is that

the North is much more of a sellers’ market than the

South, which shows signs of a buyers’ market, which

can lead to price reductions.

This trend appears to be confirmed by the average

asking prices of ‘new to the market’ properties in

the North West. Again according to Rightmove,

prices are 4.9% higher than 12 months ago and

1.1% higher over the last month. Now I must stress,

this is asking prices – not what is happening to

actual property values.

Type

Detached Property in Wigan

Semi Detached Property in Wigan

Terraced/Town House in Wigan

Apartments in Wigan

(NB There are a handful more Building plots and other types of property that can’t be placed into the

four category’s ... and it’s those that make up the total numbers in the paragraph above the table)

How does Wigan fall in line with these trends?

Overall, the number of properties and building plots

for sale in Wigan has decreased by 8%, going from

803 properties for sale a year ago to 742 properties

for sale as I write this article, meaning Wigan does in

fact match the regional trend.

Looking at the individual types of Wigan property,

you can quite clearly see the different markets

within Wigan. The two sets of figures that stand out

are the increase in Apartments for sale, rising 35%

and the decrease in Terraced/town houses by 17%.

What does this mean for buying and selling homes

in Wigan?

Properties for

Sale 12 months ago

153

289

258

60

Properties for

Sale Today

140

279

215

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Change

-8%

-3%

-17%

35%

Alan Batt

Alan Batt is a member of The Royal Institution of

Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has worked within

the Wigan property market for over 30 years.

If you are planning to sell your home or buy to let

investment, the key for determined sellers is to set

your asking price correctly from the start. Compare

your property against similar ones using Rightmove,

On the Market and Zoopla. When you do search

these portals, make sure you ask the website to

show properties that are sold subject to contract

as well to check what properties are selling for in


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your neighbourhood. Unless you have something

highly unusual or unique, this perhaps isn’t the best

market to set an optimistic asking price in hoping to

find someone who would pay that silly price.

And if you are buying in Wigan? The numbers of

buyers are lower than a few years ago, although

those buyers that are in the market have become

quite serious but only want to buy at the right price.

We live in a 21st century society that is “time-poor”

so nobody is wanting to even view a house, let

alone pay over the odds, if they believe the asking

price is too high. So, if you are buying, do your

homework, ask plenty of questions of the agent,

find out the motivation of the sellers and the real

reasons behind why they are moving ... and you

might just bag a good deal?

Carrots and Sticks

Over the last twenty years, there has been a shift in

the way the Wigan (and the UK’s) property market

works. In the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, a large

majority of twenty somethings saved up their 5%

deposit, went without life’s luxuries of going out and

holidays etc., for a couple of years and then bought

their first home with their hard earned savings.

By 2000, 54.9% of Wigan 25 to 29 years owned

their own home and 76.7% of Wigan 30 to 34 year

olds owned their own home. Fast forward to 2018,

and those levels of homeownership have slipped

dramatically and now only 29.3% of Wigan 25 to 29

year olds own their own home and 51.4% of Wigan

30 to 34 year olds own their own home.

There has been concern in Government that this

shift from homeownership to private renting wasn’t

good for the well-being of the Country and they

have introduced a carrot and stick policy to make

easier for first time buyers. First time buyers have

had the carrots of the Help to Buy Scheme, Stamp

Duty Exemption and contributions to their deposit

by HMRC. Whilst landlords have been punished in

the way they are able to offset the tax relief of their

mortgage payments against income change, an

increase in Stamp Duty and additional costs as the

Government will be phasing out fees to tenants in

the next 12 to 18 months.

So, what does this all mean for the 2,831 Wigan

landlords?

The days of making money in Wigan buy to let

with your eyes closed are long gone. It’s all about

looking at your Wigan portfolio (or getting a

property professional to do so) and ascertaining if

your current portfolio, mortgage and gearing are

designed to hit what you want from the investment

(because that is what it is – an investment) in terms

of income now and income in the future, capital

growth and when you plan to dispose of your assets.

Yes, there will be a gentler growth in property values

linked with a restrained Wigan property market, but

if you put in the time, there will be deals and great

bargains to have. The bottom line is, private renting

will continue to outgrow first time buyers in the

next 5 to 10 years and as we aren’t building enough

homes in the UK, which means rents can only go in

one direction – upwards!

For more of Alan’s tips, guidance and analysis

on the Wigan property market, check out

www.wiganpropertynews.blogspot.co.uk


76 Business View

Starting the

Journey

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

The journey of starting your own business can

be very challenging and you’ll need to prepare

yourself for a massive undertaking and have the

right positive attitude to deal with any setbacks

that you may meet along the way.

Preparation is the key for success. As the saying goes,

if you fail to prepare, you should prepare to fail. We

have helped many successful businesses through

the startup phase and based on this experience I

have pulled together a short checklist of the main

things all new businesses should consider.

• Create a business plan – This should cover your

vision of what you want to do and how you are

going to get there. If you are looking for financial

support via a loan or other funding options then

we can help you prepare the financial projections

you’ll need to provide.

• Set up your business structure – Should you

trade as a sole trader or set up a Limited Company

from the beginning? Advice you should be taken

to assess which structure is best for you as this

can impact on the way tax is paid and how your

existing assets are protected.

• Register for taxes – There are a number

of different business taxes that need to be

considered and these need to be registered from

the start of the business. These would include

VAT, Payroll and Personal taxes

• Set up your accounting software – There are

many options available for startup businesses

including Xero, QuickBooks and Kashflow.

Ensuring these are set up from day one will

enable you to track your numbers and monitor

your performance from the beginning, efficiently

invoice your customers and help you stay on top

of your cash flow.

• Track your key numbers – All businesses will

have key numbers that should be measured

and recorded. This could be the number of

customers, value of sales etc. Keeping track of

these will ensure that you are on target and can

make changes quickly if things aren’t quite going

to plan.

There are many more things to consider when

starting out in business. We have extensive

experience with start-up companies and we offer

a free consultation for anyone that would like to

speak to us about this.

Feel free to drop by the office on Skull House Lane

in Appley Bridge and we can discuss this further

over a coffee. Of course, there will be no charge for

the initial meeting.

Contact Details

Chris Alcock ACMA

CMA Accountancy

39 Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge, WN6 9DR

Tel: 01257 255521

Email: info@cma-accountancy.com

Web: cma-accountancy.com


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VAT

Do you need

help and

guidance with;

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Company Accounts?

Auto Enrolment?

Self Assessment?

Cloud-based Software?

Payroll Services?

Call CMA Accountancy today

www.cma-accountancy.com

info@cma-accountancy.com

Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge. 01257 255521


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Historic

Halloween

by Jessica Phillips

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 Wigan?

The White Lion Pub

This public house is reportedly home to George

Lyon, better known as the Upholland Highwayman,

who was arrested in the pub whilst enjoying a pint

before being later executed at Lancaster Castle on

April 22, 1815. An infamous thief, Lyon was buried

at St. Thomas’ churchyard in Upholland in his

daughter’s grave, which can still be visited today.

Visitors have reported violent poltergeist

manifestations, as well as seeing the Highwayman’s

apparition.


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Rectory Lane

Rectory Lane in Standish

used to be home to

Standish Rectory, which

stood until Rector Charles

Hutton’s death in 1937

when it was demolished.

The expansive estate

used to be complete with

stables, tennis courts and

a lake, but is now the site

of The Owls restaurant.

Villagers have reported

sightings of Rector Hutton

around the grounds

and on the eponymous

Hutton Lane, citing a

silhouette wearing a trilby

disappearing in the face

of car headlights. One woman said she felt hot and

cold spots like a ‘blast furnace’ when walking along

Rectory Lane.

Haigh Hall

This listed country house was built between 1827

and 1840 for the Lindsay family on the site of an old

12th century manor house. Many apparitions have

been seen around the Hall, with hysterical laughter

and crying heard around the corridors, terrible

smells, and malevolent doppelgangers causing

mischief.

One particular spirit is Lady Mabel, who allegedly

spent her last days being punished for the crime of

bigamy. There are numerous legends reporting that

Lady Mabel Bradshaw remarried after her husband’s

lengthy absence, assuming he had died in the

Crusades. When her husband eventually did return

home, Lady Mabel was forced to walk, barefoot,

from Haigh Hall to a stone cross in Wigan every week

for the rest of her days as penance. There are various

accounts of this story and the truth remains elusive,

but one thing is certain – Mab’s Cross, dating from

the 13th century, still stands in Wigan to this day.

Trencherfield Mill

Wigan’s most famous cotton spinning mill was

constructed in 1907, and stands by the Leeds-

Liverpool canal. As a Grade II listed building, the

mill still worked up until 1950, but fell into disrepair

after the cotton industry’s fall following World War

2. It remained semi-derelict until 2005, when the

Wigan Pier regeneration project turned it into

commercial and retail space, with working mill

engine demonstrations every Sunday morning.

Trencherfield’s ghostly past actually began when

the mill was still in operation. Workers reported

cotton reels being moved in front of their eyes, and

hearing children playing across the floors. A man

who lost his life in a tragic accident in the 1950s was

also said to linger in doorways, and faces have been

seen in the windows. Nowadays, staff report seeing

strange lights and mist around the mill, and regular

ghost hunts take place at Trencherfield.

What will you discover this Halloween? Don’t miss

our Events2Go guide on page 86 for some great

spooky goings-on.

Photo by Rev David Long


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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 Wigan, check out these spooktastic events

near you:

Haigh Hall is hosting Pumpkin Carvin’ and Crafts

from Friday, October 26-Sunday, October 28 in their

Craft Marquee. You can also pick your own pumpkin

that same weekend.

Don’t forget to visit our Events2Go guide on page

86!


Food & Drink 81

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.


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Chocolate Spider Cupcakes

Perfect for Halloween! Makes 12

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


Leisure 83

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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Jonah’s Memory Walk

Sunday, September 30, 12pm

A 5-mile walk to celebrate Jonah’s 5th Birthday.

The route starts at the White Crow and continues

through Haigh to the Cherry Gardens. This isn’t just

about Jonah, but is an opportunity for everyone to

remember loved ones and share friendship.

The White Crow, Chorley Road, Standish, WN1 2XL

Crochet Workshop

Wednesday, October 3, 6:45pm-9:45pm

A small group session will cover how to hold the

hook and yarn, basic stitches and basic pattern

reading. A starter kit and refreshments are included.

Tickets £12, booking essential on the Crochet Bee

Facebook page.

St. Wilfrid’s Parish Hall, Standish, WN6 0JT

Night at the Races

Friday, October 5, 7pm

Come and experience the thrill of the races on the

big screen to raise money for Standish Panthers JFC.

Tickets are £3 for adults or £1 for under 16s.

Standish Labour Club, Smalley Street, WN6 0JN

Haigh Oktoberfest

Friday, Oct 5 – Sunday, Oct 7, various times

Why travel to Munich when the spirit of Oktoberfest

comes to Haigh? A specially erected marquee offers

the best of Germany, with tickets available from £11.

Haigh Hall Stables, Haigh, WN2 1PE

Hop & Grain Ale Trail

Saturday, October 6, 12pm-11pm

Visit 8 superb real ale pubs on the Trail, including:

The Twisted Vine Ale House (Ashton), The Boars

Head and The Hoot (Standish), Formby’s (Hindley),

Doc’s Symposium (Wigan), plus The Holts and The

Delph (Orrell). For more details or to buy tickets

(£13.66) please visit www.ticketsource.co.uk

Arts and Crafts Fayre

Saturday, October 6, 10am-4pm

St Wilfrid’s Church present an arts and crafts fayre

with art work, craft stalls and lots of displays.

Refreshments available.

St. Wilfrid’s Church, Standish, WN6 0XA

Charity Rugby Match

Sunday, October 7, kick-off 2:30pm

Ambulance workers against the fire brigade. All

proceeds go to the NW Air Ambulance and the

Children’s Liver Disease Foundation. There may also

be a few surprises from Wigan players.

Aspull Rugby Football Club, Woodshaw Park,

Woods Road, Aspull, WN1 1PG

Appley Bridge Meteorite Talk

Monday, October 8, 12pm-1pm

A fascinating insight into the fall and discovery of

the Appley Bridge meteorite in 1914, with signed

copies of ‘The Appley Bridge Meteorite’ book

available. £2.50 per person, includes tea and coffee.

Booking essential on 01942 828128.

Museum of Wigan Life, 59 Library St, WN1 1NU


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Charity Chocolate Party

Thursday, October 11, 7:30pm

Enjoy a chocolate party in aid of Cancer Research.

Sample some of the finest chocolate around and

give your tastebuds a treat with some unique

flavours and textures! Entry costs £5 per person.

For more information call 07825 021895 or email

denisebentley@live.co.uk.

The Unity Club, 2-4 Cross Street, Standish, WN6

0HQ

Quilters Charity Day

Saturday, October 13, 10am-2:30pm

There will be lots of ready-made quilting gifts on

sale and DIY quilting kits to make perfect Christmas

presents! This year’s event is in support of North

West Blood Bikes, and a representative will be

available for a chat on the day – you can even snap

a picture sitting on his bike.

Standish Community Centre, Moody Street,

Standish, WN6 0JY

Heart to Heart Festival

Saturday, October 13, 5pm-11:30pm, doors at

4:30pm

A host of bands and acoustic acts will be playing at

the Boulevard in support of the Freeman Hearts &

Lung Transplant Association. Entrance is £3 on the

door, and the event is child-friendly until 8pm.

The Boulevard, 17A Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1LD

Meet the Makers: Cuckoo Gin

Saturday, October 13, 11am

Come along to Derby House for a gin tasting event

with Cuckoo Gin! Sample one of Lancashire’s best

tasting and multi award-winning gins and find out

more about the company.

Derby Hall Food Hall, Wrightington, Wigan, WN6

9RE

Upcoming events:

The Stylistics

- 25th October

Foster & Allen

- 10th November

The Stars From

The Commitments

- 23rd November

1000 capacity

Onsite parking

Additional event spaces

Postcode Coffeehouse

Contact: Annette Burton

Tel: 01942 244460

The Edge, Riveredge, Wigan, WN3 5AB

Email: events@theedgeconferencing.com

www.theedgewigan.com

Twitter: @theedgewigan


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1U Fitness Charity Evening

Friday, October 19, 6:30pm-9pm

Come along for a fun aerobics session and a talk

on meditation and wellbeing from a life coach, all

in support of Macmillan. Refreshments and stalls

throughout including a tombola and a raffle. Entry

£5, contact Annette Brown for further info on

07762300621.

Standish Methodist Church Hall, High St, WN6 0HA

Leigh Short Film Festival

Saturday, October 20, 7pm

Leigh’s fifth annual short film festival. Tickets are

£3 for students and £5 for adults. Over 16yrs only.

Visit www.leighshortfilmfestival.com or call 07969

647466 for info and tickets.

The Turnpike Centre, Civic Square, Leigh, WN7

1EB. Tel: 01942 404469

Bloktoberfest: Teletext Art

Sat, Oct 20, 12pm-4pm & Sun, Oct 21, 10am-4pm

Britain’s premier teletext festival ventures up North

to Wigan STEAM for a weekend of VBI, Videotext

and Viewdata fun. Suitable for all the family, come

and meet teletext artists from around the globe,

see some great teletext art, and take part in arty

activities. Admission is free, but a £2 donation is

recommended for crafting activities.

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Octoberfest

Sat, October 20 – Mon, October 22, 12pm-9pm

Orrell RUFC and Winstanley Park Cricket Club have

teamed up to fundraise for a new sporting hub.

The Beer, Gin and Prosecco Festival showcases 40

different local beers, along with gin and prosecco.

Live music on both days from local bands, kid’s

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£12 per ticket, includes commemorative glass & 6

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October Coach Ramble

Sunday, October 21, 8am-6pm

The coach trip for October is to Bakewell in

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of walks from an 8 mile to a 13 mile. For more details

visit www.wiganwalkers.com. Booking is required.

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Fashion Show

Tuesday, October 23, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Barbara’s of Standish host a fabulous fashion show!

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Nick Sharatt’s Drawalong

Friday, October 26, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Tracy Beaker illustrator Nick Sharatt will be showing

you how he brings characters to life, sharing ways to

invent your own crazy creatures, and giving loads of

top tips as you draw along with him. Bring pencils,

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Bat Walk

Friday, October 26, 5pm-8pm

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Colliers Arms Halloween

Friday, October 26, 7:30pm-late

The Colliers host a spooktacular fancy dress

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£5 including a drink and hotpot supper.

The Colliers Arms, 192 Wigan Road, Wigan


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Zombie Apocalypse

Fri, October 26 – Sat, October 27, 9am-4pm

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Pumpkin Carvin’ and Crafts

Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28, all day

Learn to make lanterns and table decorations! £3.50

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Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28, all day

Pick your own pumpkin in Haigh Hall grounds with

a number of child-friendly live ghosts and ghouls.

£4.50 per child including a pumpkin, parents go free.

Autumn Fair

Saturday, October 27, 10am-3pm

The Living Faith Church fair has plenty of stalls to

get your Christmas gifts, with bargain buys and

children’s activities in the Church Hall. There will

also be coffee, tea and cakes available.

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Saturday, October 27, 10:30am

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with sweet treats! Free to take part.

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Ghostbusters

Saturday, October 27, 7:30pm-9:30pm

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Apple Day

Sunday, October 28, 12pm-4pm

A day of apples takes place in the Walled Gardens!

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Wednesday, October 31, 6pm-8pm

Ghoulish games and plenty of fun, with prizes for

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Victorian Death Talk

Wednesday, October 31, 12pm-1pm

Charlie Guy MA dispels the myths of death in

Victorian times, and shines a light on some forgotten

funeral practices, traditions and superstitions.

Booking essential – call 01942 828128 or email

wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk. £2.50 per person,

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Serial Killer Cruise

Wednesday, October 31, 7pm-10pm

Renowned FBI criminal profiler and author Paul

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Q&A with Paul and a serial killer quiz will finish the

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Saturday, November 10, 10am-3pm

All your Christmas shopping needs under one

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St. Anne’s Parish Centre, Church Lane, Shevington,

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Saturday, December 1, 11am-8pm

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tent, and live music through the day. Santa’s Grotto

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C-HR

Toyota

by Tim Barnes-Clay

The Toyota C-HR is a car you quite easily may not even have heard of. It’s very much

in the shadows of its rivals, like the Nissan Qashqai.

You can pick up a new C-HR for £21,595, which is more than £2,300 than the entrylevel

Qashqai, but the model we have on test here is the hybrid version with Dynamic

trim – the top of the range. It costs £28,615 – so it had better be worth it.

Whilst the car is a similar shape and size to the Qashqai, its roof slopes towards the

rear far more so than the Nissan (think BMW X4/X6) and that means there’s less room

inside.

But it’s got very aggressive styling and even the entry-level models have a lot of

kit with it. The Dynamic comes with rear camera, touchscreen, DAB radio, adaptive

cruise control, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, sat-nav, smart entry and pushbutton

start, park assist – and that really is skimming the surface.

The C-HR shares a lot of its DNA with the Toyota Prius, so it’s only to be expected

that the C-HR is available as a hybrid version which cuts fuel consumption to 72.4

miles per gallon. Its electric motor blends with a 1.8 litre four-cylinder petrol engine,

producing 122 PS and gets from a 0-62 mph in 11 seconds.


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Fast Facts

• 0-62 mph: 11.0 secs

• Combined mpg: 72.4

• Engine: 1798cc four-cylinder petrol

(with electric motor)

• Max. power (PS): 122

• CO2: 87 g/km

• Price: £28,615

It also comes with a one-speed gearbox and, if

that’s raised your eyebrows, don’t worry – it’s CVT

(Continuously Variable Transmission) and its use is

on the increase. That said, the lack of a traditional

engine rev will take some getting used to, unless

you’re used to driving electrics or hybrids.

In the C-HR, it does feel a little sluggish, even

though its performance is comparable with the

Qashqai and other rivals.

Whilst the C-HR is very well designed for a

comfortable ride, the hybrid models are heavier,

meaning you’ll get a more relaxed ride in the nonhybrid

models. Nevertheless, Toyota has done a good job.

The extra weight of the hybrid also means it doesn’t handle quite as well as the

purely-petrol-powered models, but this won’t be noticeable most of the time, unless

you’re really looking to throw it round corners. If you are, the chances are you’ll be

looking at a performance model and you won’t be after a hybrid.

The interior improves Toyota’s reputation of dullness and it’s a nice place to be,

though you won’t struggle to find better interiors elsewhere. There’s plenty of room

in the front, but the sloping roof means you won’t want to be in the back if you’re tall.

Boot space is also disappointing in comparison with its rivals, with the folding seats

not as convenient.

To sum up, the hybrid is great for fuel saving but adds plenty of drawbacks. And,

coupled with the Dynamic trim, it makes it rather too expensive. The sheer amount

of equipment means one of the lesser models should suffice for most. And, unless

your focus is fuel economy, so too should the petrol engine – without the hybrid.


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Box clever!

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After a few disappointing summers at last we can

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driest summer since 1976 and it was great to be

able to use our gardens as outside rooms

for relaxing, entertaining and cooking.

(I believe the latest trend is the pizza

oven – not for us though, Hubby is not

a fan of pizza – fish and chips, preferably

wrapped in newspaper, would be his

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time of year to be giving some thought to

winter structure in your garden because

there is nothing more disheartening

than seeing plants disappear below ground, with

nothing left standing.

So here’s an idea – visit the garden centre over

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One of my favourite plants for winter structure

is Buxus sempervirens - or Box. Low hedges and

topiary look lovely with a dusting of frost or snow.

Box balls – or spheres to use designer parlance

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of three, five or seven. I have five either side of a

curved, cobbled path and in winter when all the

plants around them have died down, they really

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make brilliant focal points, accentuate entrances

and can look very contemporary or

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Established in 1984 as an emergency glazing service, today Dennis Goulding has grown and moved

forward to offer all you need to maintain, enhance and expand your home. We continually invest in and

embraced the latest changes in energy efficiency regulations, and still remain a local family business that

cares and takes pride in what we do. We don’t employ pushy salesmen, but pride ourselves on working

with and listening to our customers to give them exactly what they want. We will treat you with respect

every step of the way and on that you have my word! Stuart Goulding

Don’t forget, we also offer all of these services daily...

Glass Cut to size, Sealed Double Glazed Units Manufactured on site, Same Day Service, Safety

Glass, Toughened Glass, Mirrors, Greenhouse Glass, Glazing Service, Misted Units Replaced

A5209

B5250

Open:

Dennis Goulding

J27

Shevington

A49

Standish

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

Open Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00 noon

www.dglwindows.co.uk

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,

Wigan.

WN6 7TP

or

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Complete Electrical Installation

& Maintenance Service

From new sockets to entire re-wires

Burglar Alarms & CCTV

PAT testing and inspections

NO JOB TOO SMALL

DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL

WORK WELCOMED

24-Hour

Call Out

Service

Wireless Alarm System

From £395

Call us today for friendly advice and a free quote

Suite 1A Kirkless Ind. Est

Cale Lane Wigan

All electrical work

undertaken

• Friendly reliable service

• Mains board upgrades

• Extra sockets to full

rewires

Free quotations

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ELECTRIC CONTRACTOR

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• All types of electrical work

• 35+ years experience

• No job too small

• Friendly and reliable

A.J.S.

BAILEYS

ELECTRICAL

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07739 709 005

Design & Print

Flyers, postcards, brochures

and distribution service.

For more information call

01695 627 999

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For a free quote

& advice call Jeff

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07850 622 191

Gel

Nails

norma ly £20

now £15

Lashes

Spray Tan

Sunbeds

Acrylic & Gel Nails

Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM

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Mossy Lea Road

T

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Solar Thermal

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your FREE

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CAR & VAN SERVICING

.and motorcycles too

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Car Health Check

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• Alarm installations, repairs, upgrades

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www.uklocksandalarms.co.uk

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• All types of electrical work

• 20+ years experience

• Friendly, fast and reliable

• 24 hour call out service

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Wigan’s premier

domestic

cleaning service

mr-soot.com

Mr Soot

CHIMNEY SWEEP

Woodburners Open fires Stoves

07724 311 992

Cleaning in the

Wigan area for

10+ years

We only use reliable, vetted staff

• £10.75 per hour - minimum 2 hrs

• Same cleaner each visit

• All domestic duties provided

Call or email Joanne 01942 203442

joanne@acleanbreak.co.uk / www.acleanbreak.co.uk/wigan

UPVC CLEANING

• Windows, Fascias, Gutters etc.

CONSERVATORIES

• Exterior & Interior (Cleaning)

JETWASHING

• Driveways & Patios etc.

ROOF CLEANING

• Moss Removal & Bio-Treatment

SPECIAL OFFER

CLEAN FOR

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01942 470 089 / 07834 241 642

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Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors

Established in 1984 as an emergency glazing service, today Dennis Goulding has grown and moved

forward to offer all you need to maintain, enhance and expand your home. We continually invest in and

embraced the latest changes in energy efficiency regulations, and still remain a local family business that

cares and takes pride in what we do. We don’t employ pushy salesmen, but pride ourselves on working

with and listening to our customers to give them exactly what they want. We will treat you with respect

every step of the way and on that you have my word! Stuart Goulding

Don’t forget, we also offer all of these services daily...

Glass Cut to size, Sealed Double Glazed Units Manufactured on site, Same Day Service, Safety

Glass, Toughened Glass, Mirrors, Greenhouse Glass, Glazing Service, Misted Units Replaced

A5209

B5250

Open:

Dennis Goulding

J27

Shevington

A49

Standish

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

Open Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00 noon

www.dglwindows.co.uk

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showroom at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Street Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,

Wigan.

WN6 7TP

or

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk

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Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

• traditional service, state of the art results •

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For more information call:

01942 470 081

Visit our website and check out the testimonials.

www.alliancechemdry.co.uk

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11 Sefton Road, Orrell, WN5 8UP

01695 623 796

• Bedding & duvets • Domestic washes

• Commercial washing • Ironing services

• Dry cleaning • Team sports kits welcomed

Open 7 days

see website for

opening times

Free pick-up

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community for

over 50 years

Free pICk-up & DrOp OFF

service to/from Orrell, Billinge, Winstanley, Highfield, Marus Bridge,

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Wigan Good

Trader Of

The Year

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Call today for a free consultation & no obligation quote

Call - 01257 251221

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For more information call

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Gel

Nails

normally £20

now £15

Lashes

Spray Tan

Sunbeds

Acrylic & Gel Nails

Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM

Closed Thursday & Sunday

Mo sy Lea Road

T

Y

R

E

S

Solar Thermal

& Solar PV

Book

your FREE

home survey

CAR & VAN SERVICING

FREE

Car Health Check

.and motorcycles too

for all residents of Croston and Bretherton

Keep me until you need me!

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Ca l now on

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REPAIR & WELDING

Saving money is

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water heating bi l

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H

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APPLEY BRIDGE HEATING & PLUMBING

Boiler & Full System

Installation, Replacement & Repair

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Call Dave now for a free quote...

07814 639 430

C&

D

Plumbing and Heating

Heating & Bathroom Specialist

Chris Heaton M.I.P.H.E.R.P

07973714222

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Brand New Bathrooms

Boiler + Central Heating

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Extended warranties available

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Freephone 0300 3030121

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Email: info@orrellheating.co.uk

www.orrellheating.co.uk

506515

A Genuine Family Run Business

With Friendly & Courteous Staff

SPECIALISTS IN CENTRAL

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All plumbing services

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• Bathrooms/Wet Rooms designed and fitted

• Specialists in Disability Installations &

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• Emergency Call outs welcome

No Obligation Quotes – Call Mark on

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14 Lyefield Avenue, Whelley, Wigan, WN1 3UL

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Plumbing & Heating Specialist

Complete Bathroom

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or 07721 040620 & 07710 153238

Based in Kenyon Road, Wigan

• Bathroom Installation, Full Bathrooms & En-Suites

• Plumbing Services • Wall & Floor Tiling • Ceiling Panelling

01942 397173 / 07803 057940

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Great Value Bathrooms!

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01942 749085

or 07801 295483

www.clbathrooms.co.uk


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in matching styles

Is your

garage door

broken ?

Call us today for a free estimate

to Repair or Replace it

CJM Garage Doors Ltd, Unit 10, Hewitt Business Park

Winstanley Road, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7XB

t: 01942 738347 w: www.cjmgaragedoors.co.uk

ARANTEC

Telecom & Broadband Engineers

• Installations

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For expert service & advice call today:

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CALL PAUL

LOCKSMITHS

ESTABLISHED 2000

• UPVC & WOODEN DOOR SPECIALIST

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PLASTERER

Re-skims Dot & dab Rendering

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For a free quote, call Ian Ridley on

01942 218 160

or 07958 695 116

SG

PAINTING & DECORATING

Interior painting & decorating

Specialise in standard wall coverings, extra wide vinyl, lincrusta & coving

Free estimates. References available upon request

07714 363 377 / 01942 749 971

Sefton Road, Orrell, WN5 8UP

01942 392398 or 07707 321383

AJH DECORATORS

Painting and Decorating

Quality work assured

Over 30 years experience

Free quotes

Mob: 07784 876 338

Email: ajhdecorators@sky.com

Quality work at a competitive price

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Exterior & Interior Decorating

Domestic & Commercial work undertaken

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Contact Graham now - free estimate provided

01257 426 234

graham@topcoatdecoratingservices.co.uk

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Arley Cabinet Company Ltd

• Kitchens & Bedrooms since 1952 •

We measure

we make

we fit

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Visit our showroom or call us

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www.arleycabinets.com

Arley Cabinet Co. Ltd

214a Gidlow Lane

Wigan

WN6 7BN

Mon-Fri: 8am - 4.30pm

Sat: 9am - 12pm

tel: 01942 246190

Need a new look

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Skilled interior and exterior work

undertaken at reasonable prices!

Chris Smith - Painter and Decorator

01942 518126

or 07545 065119

Orrell based business

J&P

MOORCROFT

LTD

Professional Painting and Decorating

• Domestic & Commercial Work

• Interior & Exterior work welcomed

• Old/listed buildings a speciality

Call us today for a free quotation

Home Service available

Choose from 1000s of paint & paper samples

in the comfort of our own home

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All aspects of roofing & roofline

NEW ROOFS REPAIRS

FASCIAS, SOFFITS & GUTTERS

Rubber Cover

Roofing Specialist

Guaranteed 50 years

T: 01942 864 624

M: 07894 687 384

M: 07868 713 520

Dormers

and Garages

Call for free

quote

First Class Workmanship

• All types of re-roofs

• Strip & re-slate or re-tile

• Built up felt/flat roofs, dormers etc.

• Insurance work undertaken

• Roofline uPVC fascias, soffits & guttering

W.Newman

ROOFING & REPAIRS

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MOBILE: 07774 943 706

52 HALLBRIDGE GARDENS, UP HOLLAND

Established Over 30 Years

Facias, soffits, cladding,

dry verge and gutters - call us now

for all your roofline requirements!

We specialise in seamless aluminium gutters.

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www.orrellroofline.co.uk

B.A. Berry

Building & Roofing Specialists

•All building work undertaken.

• From a broken tile to a full re roof.

• Flat roofs renewed and repaired.

• Extensions, Alterations, Structural repairs

including Lintels.

Your local fully qualified tradesman with

30 years experience

Call us now for a free,

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www.baberry.co.uk

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• Delivered or Collected • Perfect for builders & DIY

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Lamberhead Ind. Est., Pemberton


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K Stone

Building Services

All types of building

work undertaken

25 years experience

28 Years Experience

T: 01942 248 537

M: 07749 806 566

• Brickwork

• Pointing

• Garden Walls

• Patios

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• Driveways

01942 495412 / 07974 496676

• Brickwork,

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Walls

• Platform

Steps, Paths

& patios

All our work is fully insured & guaranteed

References available on request

Call now for a free quotation

House Extensions

New Kitchens

& Bathrooms

Garage Conversions

Full Refurbishments

• WILSON BROS •

Est. 1985

Roofing & Roofline Specialists

• All aspects of maintenance & repair

• Fascia & soffit installation

• Guttering and felting services

Call us now for a free estimate

01695 633173

Colin: 07958 302 166

Brian: 07760 160 988

www.wilson-bros.co.uk

01942 561 848 | 07725 909 257

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Joinery Specialists

Your Reliable, Friendly, Professional & Honest

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• Fencing & Decking

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• Doors & Windows

• All aspects of joinery work

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Your one-stop home

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Building Extensions

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Call Paul for your free quote on:

07973 963 484

01772 811 095

E: paul@jjandbprojects.co.uk

GDR Driveways

Flagging • Block paving

Concreting • Fencing

Call Gareth for a FREE quotation

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Home Improvements

• Fitted Kitchens & Bedrooms

• Garage & Loft Conversions

• Floors, Doors & Windows

• Garden Gates

For all your home improvement needs call David on...

01942 203 804

07851 225 876

DS Joinery

• All aspects of home improvements

• One stop for all the trades you require

• Joinery, Building, Kitchens & Bathrooms

WE DESIGN AND MANAGE

YOUR PROJECT FROM

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Call Jonathan for a free quotation

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• Loft conversions

• Garage conversions & Extensions

• Staircases

• Windows & Doors

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CREATING

SPACE THE

EASY WAY!

We help utilise the lost space in your

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