Local Life - Wigan - November 2018

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LocalLife

Wigan Edition November 2018

Schools Plan Station Art

Pages 28 - 30

Education Section

Page 52

In Flanders Fields

Pages 41 - 44

Nicky Nook Walk

Pages 88 - 91


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Lest we forget

I’m lucky enough to be part of a generation of

people that hasn’t lived through a global war.

So when I see the news dominated by Trump’s latest

tweet, who’s copping off with who on Strictly and

why students think it’s important to use ‘jazz hands’

instead of clapping, I truly despair. 100 years ago,

those news headlines would have reported on the

battles such as the Somme and Passchendaele

where devastation on a scale never seen before was

happening.

Compared to those souls who lived (and died)

through World Wars 1&2, we are incredibly lucky to

be alive and living in the UK in 2018.

There are times in life to take stock, have a look

around at what actually is important, appreciate

what we have and remember those who made it all

possible.

Sunday November 11th is one such day. How

grateful we are to those people, of all nationalities,

who made the ultimate sacrifice. Without their

efforts, the world around us would undoubtedly be

a totally different place.

And whilst older generations worry that the

sacrifices made by their peers will fade into the

forgetfulness of time, our amazing creative people

are forever coming up with new ways of stopping

us in our tracks.

Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea tribute on Formby

beach, and the Tower of London poppies (now

displaying at the Imperial War Museum in Salford)

are just two examples of where you can go on

Armistice Day day to remember those who gave

their lives for their country.

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk


Local Life 5

In this issue

Votes for Women

24

In Flanders

Fields

Regulars

30 Class From The Past

38 Puzzle Corner

Sections

46 Food

73 Travel

75 Health

82 Legal & Finance

84 Property

86 Business View

102 Garden Diary

99 Test Drive

91 Pets

92 Events2Go

99 Motoring

102 Gardening

108 Home Services

41

Mindful

Motivation

75

Jack’s Tracks:

Nicky Nook

88

Test Drive:

SsangYong

Musso

99

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Wigan Women

The Wigan Women’s Friendship Club’s events

programme continues into the autumn and winter

months.

The group host weekly meetings with talks

and workshops on a huge variety of subjects.

Established in 1981, they always welcome new

members to their meetings on every Thursday

except the first of the month, held in Penson Street

Community Centre off Wigan Lane at 1:30pm.

November’s schedule is chock full of talks, including

one on ‘Lancashire Women’ given by Nancy Rose on

November 8th. The Friendship Club is also hosting

its Christmas meal at the Oak Hotel this year. Other

workshops include a singing performance by the

Upholland U3A and flower demonstrations.

A half-yearly subscription costs £4, with weekly

subs of £3 per person. For more information,

contact Margaret Rowe on 01942 247403.

Embroiderers’ Guild

Interested in embroidery and textiles? The Parbold

Embroiderers’ Guild welcomes new members.

The Guild enables local people to meet new,

likeminded friends while learning new embroidery

techniques and skills, as well as putting on regular

exhibitions of their work. Meetings also include

talks and demonstrations from some of the leading

experts in the textile world.

Sessions get hands-on, with workshops run by top

names in the field of embroidery, and use different

mediums to showcase the best in textiles.

The group meets every second Saturday of the

month at 2pm in Parbold Village Hall.

For more information, contact Nicky on

07713119790 or email Sue at suechisnall@

btinternet.com.


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Thistle Society

An exciting events schedule is in store for members

of the Thistle Club Wigan for the rest of the year.

Members can enjoy a St. Andrew’s Night soiree

at the end of November, with plenty of dancing,

speeches and Scottish nibbles, including haggis

and tatties. Monday, December 17 will see a Jacob’s

Join party, where each guest brings their own plate

of food along. Early next year, the society is holding

a Burns Night supper on Friday, January 25, with a

three-course meal and plenty of dancing.

The Thistle Society meets every Monday evening

at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Hall in Up Holland.

Tuition for less experienced dancers is given from

7pm-8pm, followed by a group dance session from

8pm-10:15pm. Everyone is welcome to come and

have a go! An annual membership fee and weekly

subs of £2 apply, and shoes with soft flexible soles

are needed in lieu of trainers.

For more information, call Margarete Rowe on

01942 247403 or come along to one of the sessions!

Game of Fame

A Wigan sporting icon is set to be honoured with a

town-centre star.

Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane, who has

35 years of service to the club under his belt, will

be presented with a Wigan Star on Believe Square.

Born and bred in Wigan, Wane played 149 times for

the club during his days as a rugby league player

before making it onto a hugely successful reign as

head coach.

The news comes after Wigan Warriors beat

Warrington Wolves in the Super League Grand

Final, claiming the title for the fifth time.

Wigan Stars are reserved for people who have

provided an outstanding service to Wigan in any

field. Shaun Wane will add his name to the much

coveted spot on Believe Square alongside Olympic

athlete Jenny Meadows and iconic actor Sir Ian

McKellen.


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Get Crafty

Why wait until the New Year to pick up a new hobby?

Following the success of Wigan Arts in October,

there’s loads of crafting going on in Wigan, so come

and get hands on:

October might be nearing its end, but there’s still

time to head over to the Old Courts for Wigan Arts

if you haven’t already. October 28 sees a full day of

workshops - make a light-up sculpture in the Great

Vault in time for Halloween, or have a go at making

a horror film in a day!

Wigan STEAM offer a full events calendar

throughout the year. Some of their best seasonal

offerings are happening this month - their lino cut

Christmas card workshop on November 28 is perfect

for making festive stamps to give your greetings

cards a personal touch. Or, if you’re hosting

Christmas Dinner this year, try your hand at crafting

a table centrepiece to impress family and friends on

November 30.

St. Paul’s Centre run a craft workshop every second

Tuesday of the month to support hospital patients

in Wigan and Africa. Learn to crochet, knit and

patchwork from 2pm-4pm.

Various charges and restrictions apply for these

events - see our Events2Go guide on pages 94-97

for more details and inspiration.


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Friendship Cafe

Olive Tree Café offers a safe place to meet new

friends and get involved in your community. The

café, which takes place every Tuesday from 9am-

12pm in Up Holland Methodist Church, Alma

Hill, is a joint venture between three Up Holland

churches where people can have a laugh in a safe,

supportive environment. This is a free event with

complimentary tea/coffee.

Dancing Queens

A Wigan-based Morris dancing troupe is looking for

new members.

Vogue Morris Dancers compete every Sunday

at different venues across the North West, and

welcome new and experienced dancers. The troupe

meets every Wednesday at 6:30pm at Whelley

Labour Club, Northumberland Street, Wigan.

If you’re interested please contact Kath Pilkington

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Motorway Link

Plans for a new motorway

link road in Pemberton

have been given another

green light.

Announced in May

this year, the link road

construction plans are old

news to most residents,

but Wigan Council have

recently announced the

compulsory purchase

of land surrounding the

area, which will spread

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from the Orrell M6/M58 roundabout to Billinge

Road.

It then goes around the back of Pemberton and into

Leopold Street before emerging again on Billinge

Road by the railway station, where it eventually

connects with Smithy Brook Road. The plans also

include building new bridges over the flashes and

Poolstock, as well as widening parts of the existing

road to fit more traffic.

This green-belt development has been met with

outrage from local residents after the release of

a compulsory purchase map, who say the plans

will not only lead to the destruction of the natural

landscape but cut the Meadow Brook estate off from

Pemberton completely.

However, Wigan Council proposes that the new road

will reduce traffic and help boost Wigan’s economy

by bringing in new visitors.

The work could begin as early as 2020. For more

details, see the Roads section of the Wigan Council

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The Poppy’s

Appeal

The Armistice Centenary will see huge poppy

appeals across the UK this November to remember

more than nine million soldiers who were

killed during the four-year conflict. Flanders, in

the western part of Belgium saw much of the

worst fighting - the whole area was completely

devastated, with homes, farms, roads and trees all

completely destroyed. The land became a bleak,

muddy graveyard for thousands of soldiers.

One plant, however, thrived in the disturbed soil.

Year after year, as the warm weather arrived, the

poppies bloomed and turned the bare ground into

a sea of red. Nowadays, we are all familiar with the

poppy as a symbol of remembrance and a way to

raise funds to support veterans. But how did the

iconic flower make the journey from the fields to

our lapels?

It all began with Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae,

a Canadian physician who fought in Flanders. In

May 1915, his friend, a fellow soldier, was killed in

action. Looking at the poppies growing alongside

his grave moved McCrae to write the poem ‘In

Flanders Fields’, which was later published in Punch

magazine.

Using the poppy as a symbol of remembrance came

from American professor and YWCA worker, Moina

Michael, 100 years ago. Her poem ‘We Shall Keep

the Faith’ was written in response to McCrae’s, and

she started to sell silk poppies alongside it. The idea

was adopted by the American Legion in 1920 and

she became known as ‘The Poppy Lady’.

The first poppy appeal was held on Armistice

Day 1921. It was hugely popular and, despite a

recommended selling price of threepence per

poppy, single petals sold for £5. In all, the appeal

raised £106,000 – that’s nearly £30 million today.

Purple and white poppies are also available - the

first to represent the animal lives lost in the war, and

the second as a symbol of pacifism.

Orrell Armistice

St. Luke’s Church in Orrell have organised a

Remembrance Service to take place on Friday,

November 9 at 10:45am to commemorate the

centenary of the Armistice. The ceremony

will take place at the War Memorial in

Moor Road, with local schools taking

part in remembering the sacrifices

made one hundred years ago.

On Remembrance Sunday, the church

will host its regular service at 10:30am,

followed by a second service at 12:30pm at the

War Memorial.


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Bus Station Opens

Wigan’s new bus station is set to open early on

October 28.

The £15.7 million construction project has been

ongoing since July last year, with temporary bus

stops set up around the town centre in lieu of a

terminal. The new and improved station is designed

to be accessible for everyone, with wheelchair

accessibility and better pedestrian links, as well as

tactile paving and stand identifiers for blind and

partially sighted people.

In place of the old bus station, the new development

provides an airier environment in the form of

a staffed concourse with easy-access transport

information for passengers. It also hosts solar

panels and more eco-friendly building materials,

along with covered cycle parking.

The temporary stops on New Market Street,

Richmond Street, Dorning Street and K ing Street

West will be removed as soon as the bus station

opens, while the Parsons Walk (F) and King Street

West (E) stops will remain in use.

For more information on the development, visit the

Transport for Greater Manchester website.


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Happy Smiles

A Wigan-based charity

wants to raise money

and awareness by

participating in the

Dunham Massey

Duathlon.

Alex Winstanley, a PE

teacher and part-time

carer, set up Happy Smiles

last year. The charity aims

to highlight what people

with disabilities CAN

do instead of what they

can’t, as well as raising

awareness of conditions

such as cerebral palsy.

‘Happy Smiles began

when one of the men I

care for was hospitalised

last year. Haydn has

cerebral palsy, which

causes his muscles to

tighten, which can be eased with medication fed

through a pump into his spinal fluid. Complications

arose after an operation to replace it in March last

year, meaning he was in and out of hospital,’ Alex

said.

‘The name actually came from this experience. I set

up a Facebook page asking people to send photos

in of their happy smiles to cheer Haydn up, and we

had a massive response. So far we’ve reached over

70,000 people!’

Alex’s ultimate goal is to do charity work full-time,

leading disability awareness campaigns in schools.

Fundraising is the next step – which is why Alex

and Haydn are training for the Dunham Massey

Duathlon.

‘We’ve done some awareness campaigning already

– Haydn and I did a full week of assemblies in the

school I work at, and the kids now have projects

to complete on their own definitions of disability.

But we want to take it further and reach even more

people. I set up a crowdfunding page with a target

of £1000 and a video of Haydn and I training for the

event, and we’ve already smashed it!’

The race, which takes place on Sunday, November

25, consists of a 5km run and a 14km bike ride. Alex

estimates it will take him around an hour while

pushing Haydn – the team have already completed

the Wigan 10K twice.

For more information about Happy Smiles, head to

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“Tis the season to be

jolly...

A trip to Warbreck is like stepping into a magical

winter wonderland. You are guided through a

mesmerising array of themed displays. Around

every corner is another surprise.

“Warbreck Garden Centre

spectacularly changes into one of the

most inspiring and exciting shopping

destinations in the region”

With a tasteful and sophisticated blend of Christmas

decorations, interior furnishings and gorgeous gifts,

everything you might need for this festive season is

under one roof.

“Warbreck has a great feel about it. Calm and

welcoming yet clearly driven by a great passion

for high standards. All the staff seem to ooze

enthusiasm and thrive on going the extra mile for

their customers. It’s such a refreshing experience

and great to escape the hustle and bustle of the

high street!”

Once you’ve wandered around the beautiful

displays and soaked up the festive atmosphere,

the newly expanded Plantation Restaurant is the

perfect place to relax and take some time out.

With delicious homemade meals, snacks and cakes

available to enjoy in homely surroundings this is an

exceptional food venue from breakfast through to

afternoon tea.

Festive lunches are available from £13.95 for 2 or 3

courses throughout December. Bookings are now

being taken. Contact the Restaurant or visit their

website for menu options.

Don’t forget to look out for Warbreck’s amazing

children’s Christmas party events and creative

workshops. More information can be found in the

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On Thursday 25th October the garden centre will be

hosting an Exclusive Late Night Shopping Event. This

is a great chance to get into the spirit of Christmas

“Christmas at Warbreck is a family

day out not be to missed!”

with 10% off on the night, live entertainment

and mulled wine reception from 6pm. Food and

wine tastings as well as FREE pamper tasters. The

Plantation restaurant will continue serving hot

meals and drinks until 8pm.

The garden centre have an exclusive loyalty card

scheme which offers its customer’s great offers

every visit together with regular gardening tips and

priority booking for many of its events.

Its Grapevine privilege customers receive 5% off

their everyday shopping including the Plantation

Restaurant and a buy one get one free on hot drinks

every visit.

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minutes from Junction 3 of the M58, Warbreck

is easily accessible from Maghull, Burscough, St

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Votes forWomen

This November celebrates the centenary of the

Qualification of Women Act.

In November 1918, the majority of women over 30

were granted suffrage, including graduates and

householders. Although the Representation of

the People Act which gave all women over 21 the

right to vote was not passed until 1928, the 1918

legislature was integral to the progress of equality in

Britain – and to our national and local heritage. We

take a look at the area’s most influential Suffragettes

and their impact.

Thorley Smith was a male supporter of the Suffrage

campaign, who backed parliamentary candidate

Hubert Sweeny for Wigan in the 1904 election.

Sweeny, however, was a schoolmaster who risked

losing his position if he continued to run, and

withdrew suddenly from the campaign, leaving

Smith to take up his place as candidate-elect of the

Women’s Suffrage party for Wigan.

He ultimately secured nearly 29% of the votes and

came in second to the Conservative party – a great

feat considering the campaign was carried out on

a strict budget. Smith primarily appealed to the

working classes, presenting his speeches outside

factory gates, gasworks and in public spaces.

Leader of the Lowton and Leigh Women’s Labour

League, Mrs. G Mottram was instrumental in

labouring for equal pay for women. The League,

a Labour party pressure group founded in 1906,

had branches set up nationwide, with around 60

members in the Leigh area.

During the First World War, Mottram also

campaigned for Municipal Lodging Houses for

female munitions workers, who had stepped up to

assist in the war effort while the men went off to

fight. In addition to her Suffrage campaign, she also

worked to devise systems of aid for Leigh’s disabled

soldiers and sailors of the Great War.

Most famously, though, Manchester-born

Emmeline Pankhurst visited Wigan multiple

times across her own campaign for women’s rights,

giving speeches to Wigan residents and rallying for

their support. A statue of her is due to be unveiled

this December in her hometown of Manchester,

designed as part of the Womenchester Statue

campaign.

The Museum of Wigan Life is hosting a Rebel

Women event with a full itinerary of speakers,

including Helen Pankhurst, the granddaughter

of Sylvia Pankhurst, on Thursday, November 22.

The day runs from 10am-5:30pm,

and tickets for Wigan residents cost

£12 and £15 for anyone outside the

borough. See our Events2Go guide on

page 92 for more info.

A dramatic interpretation of social

classes and women’s suffrage in

Leigh also takes place on Saturday,

November 24 at 3pm at the Turnpike

Gallery. Tickets for ‘How to be

WomanLEIGH’ are £6.


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Lancashire Day, first held in 1996, commemorates

the day the first Lancashire representatives were

sent to Parliament in 1295. King Edward I’s Model

Parliament meant Lancashire residents in the

thirteenth-century got to

have their say in countrywide

politics for the first

time, and the day has now

become a celebration of

Lancashire heritage.

Each year on November

27, town criers

throughout the county

recite the Lancashire

Day proclamation, which ends with ‘God bless

Lancashire, and God save the Queen, Duke of

Lancaster’. The day is also celebrated with – of

course – a whole host of red roses around the

county to commemorate Lancaster’s victory against

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York during the War of the Roses. The rose symbol

was thought to be worn by the House of Lancaster

during the battle; however, it might have merely

been a retort to the House of York’s white rose

emblem from its first usage.

Parbold Library is hosting

a Lancashire Night on

Thursday, November 22,

featuring Tacklers’ Tales.

With plenty of music,

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For more information about Lancashire Day and

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Schools Plan Station

Art

A joint enterprise between three Orrell primary

schools and volunteers will see a mural placed at

Orrell Railway Station.

Orrell St. James RC Primary School, Newfold

Community Primary School, and Orrell Holgate

Academy, along with the Friends of Orrell Railway

Station, are coming together with Northern Rail to

make the artwork a fixture for local people.

The mural, which is expected to be completed in

summer 2019, will be placed at the newly renovated

garden at the top of the station steps. Spanning the

length of the stone wall, the metal mosaic aims to

reflect Orrell’s rich history.

‘Orrell has a very interesting past,’ said Phil Edge,

head teacher at Newfold Community Primary

School. ‘There’s a huge industrial heritage here – the

colliery, cotton mills and, of course, nail-making. We

want to showcase that in the artwork, which will be

somewhere at the heart of the community for the

children to come to when they’re older and say: I

was a part of that.’

The schools are working with Wigan-based artist


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Mark Mennell, who specialises in decorative

screening panels and metalwork, to create the sitespecific

piece. ‘We wanted something hardwearing,’

Phil continued. ‘It’s going to be outdoors, so the

mural has to be able to withstand all types of

weather’.

The pupils involved have enjoyed workshopping

with Mark, drawing out ideas for the piece and

thinking about how it will be arranged. Once

funding is secured, they aim to host a full-day

workshop where the design will be finalised.

One of the Newfold Primary pupils involved said:

‘It’s fascinating to see all our work showcased here

for future generations’.

The school artwork project is part of a wider series of

station renovations, headed by the Friends of Orrell

Railway Station and the group’s organiser Bernard

Lundy. Along with a new gravel garden placed by

the station entrance, a group of around 18 regular

volunteers meet every Sunday from 12pm-2pm to

weed, plant flowers, and tidy up the station. Anyone

who wants to get involved and help out with the

renovation efforts is welcome to head down and

lend a hand.

Ruth Tickle, one such volunteer, said: ‘The station is

already looking a lot better. We’ve even placed a set

of access steps down the grass verge so that people

can get to the flowers more easily, as it used to be

quite dangerous heading down there!’

The Friends recently received a donation of £500

from the Orrell Proms, hosted by Orrell Cricket Club,

which will go towards the renovation efforts.

Once completed, the installation will not only

showcase a selection of Orrell’s history, but become

part of it. Future generations will be able to see their

ideas put back into the community and share it with

their own children in years to come – a fitting future

tribute to Orrell’s past.

For more information about Friends of Orrell

Railway Station, check out their Facebook page or

go along on a Sunday to get involved.

Class From The Past

Thanks to David Halliwell, who sent in this photo

of Miss Twist's Class at King Street School, Wigan,

1961.

Maybe you can spot a familiar face? Remember, if

you have a photo you’d be willing to share, email

wigannews@locallife247.co.uk


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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, a 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 black-tie

dinner and ceremony.

Wigan Walkers

The Wigan Rambling and Climbing Club welcomes

new members.

The club holds regular coach rambles, walks and

activities to suit everyone. If you want to explore

Wigan and the wider North West including the Lake

District, this could be the society for you. In summer

the club also organises Tuesday night pub walks,

which are replaced with weekly social meetings at

the Wigan Sports Club in the winter months.

Rambling is great for your overall health and fitness,

and offers great opportunities to make new friends

in a society of likeminded people. If you’re looking

to beat the winter blues, why not give it a go?

For more information, head to www.wiganwalkers.

com or visit their Facebook page.


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Resilience Rescuers

Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link is always looking for

volunteers to help with various projects.

Winter poses a higher risk for elderly people for

countless reasons, whether the cold weather keeps

people isolated indoors or just increases the risk of

catching flu.

The Pensioners Link Winter Resilience project aims

to keep people safe this season, and volunteers

offer companionship and support for people who

have recently been discharged from hospital to

their home.

Volunteers will distribute a Welcome Home bag and

provide information and advice to keep patients

comfortable and safe during the winter months.

If you’re friendly, easy-going and committed, the

Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link would love to hear

from you.

Call 01942 261753 for more information.

On Your Bike

Wigan Council and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles

encourage people to get on their bikes this winter

with a series of free sessions.

To increase visibility on the roads and keep cyclists

safe, they’re providing free bike lights and other

goodies for cyclists who brave the cold weather

across multiple sessions until November 11. Their

Get Winter Ready Roadshows will get you set up

with your new bike light as well as offering guided

rides in Wigan and Leigh town centres, on Saturday

November 3rd and Saturday November 10th

respectively.

Also on offer is a Gearing Up Bike workshop, open

Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm, and weekly rides

from Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles to beat the winter

blues and get the endorphins rushing.

More information, including dates, times

and locations, can be found at www.

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Local Paper Group for Sale

The publishing company that owns the Wigan

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Johnston Press, based in Scotland and the owner

of more than 200 local and regional papers,

announced last week that it inviting offers for the

company after failing to restructure the repayment

of £220m worth of debt which is due in June 2019.

The company was formed in 1767 and for most of

its life the company published a limited number

of weekly newspapers in Scotland. A series of

acquisitions in the 80’s and 90’s transformed

the company into one of the biggest regional

media companies in the UK, with a market value

of £1.6 billion in 2005. The level of debt proved

unsustainable though and, just ahead of last week’s

announcement, that market value had slumped to

£3.4 million.

In addition to the Wigan papers, Johnston Press

publishes the Yorkshire Post, The Scotsman and

national daily the i. Although Johnston Press aims

to sell the company as a single entity, it is likely that

rival publishers will cherry pick the more profitable

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WORD SEARCH - Bonfire Night

Find the hidden words in the word search grid

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N N Y E L Y E L R E

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In Flanders

Fields

By Jess Phillips

A cascade of poppies sweeps out from the stark architecture of the Imperial War

Museum North. Scarlet ceramic poppy heads suspended on metal stalks appear to

flow out of the building itself, and, if caught unawares you’d be forgiven for thinking

they were bobbing in the breeze.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was originally installed outside the Tower of

London in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World

War. Consisting of nearly 888,246 poppies – each one

planted by a volunteer - the site-specific project has

now split into two: Wave and Weeping Window, touring

the country as two individual works as we remember

the sacrifices made one hundred years ago.

Looking at the poppies now, it’s impossible not to

dwell on the massive losses the North West suffered

during the war. This November sees the centenary

of the 1918 Armistice, which marked the end of

the fighting in World War I and a truce between the

Allies and Germany. People across the country are

coming together to commemorate the Allies’ victory

in a conflict that is estimated to have killed around 37

million people, including soldiers and civilians.

The Armistice, which declared a victory for the Allies,

was signed on November 11, and came into force

at 11am, Paris time. Remembrance Day and its two

minute silence evolved out of the Armistice Day

celebration, taking place at 11am on the 11th day of

the 11th month in order to honour the sacrifices made

during the First World War.

Alfred Robert Wilkinson

Picture supplied by Tameside Archives

Many of the soldiers had already signed up to the Lancashire Territorial Force

Association before war broke out in 1914. The 42nd East Lancashire Division was

part of this, raised as a Territorial Force in 1908 as part of Lord Haldane’s 1908-10

army reforms, introducing a Pals ethos long before the Pals Battalions of Kitchener’s

New Armies were brought into existence. Many Wigan men were drafted into the

5th Manchester Battalion, a line infantry regiment known as the Wigan Territorials.


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Territorial Tragedy

The 42nd East Lancashire Division, which formed

part of the Yeomanry, was formed when war first

broke out, and trained at large tented camps in the

Manchester area. Many soldiers volunteered for

overseas duty, the first of these tours

heading

out in 1914.

The Wigan Territorials had an intrinsic part to play

in World War I. In September 1914 they set sail for

Egypt, where they underwent vigorous training and

served on the Suez Canal against Turkish attacks,

then on to Gallipoli in Thrace.

Back in Egypt, against broiling heat and with

insufficient water rations, the troops


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suffered heavy losses – 800 men from the 127th

Brigade, 42nd Division died across a 2-day march.

The Division moved to France in 1917, participating

in the Third Battle of Ypres and the Battle of the

Somme along with the 55th West Lancashire

Division. Then just a Private, Leigh-born Alfred

Robert Wilkinson served with the 5th Manchesters,

volunteering for a message delivery which had seen

four men before him killed in Marou and braving

machine-gun fire for 600 yards. The incident left

him to be immediately recommended for a

Victoria Cross, which he was

awarded

in 1919 along with a promotion to Lance Corporal.

Wilkinson returned home from war and married,

signing up for a commission at the outbreak of

WW2 – in 1940 he received notification that he

had been awarded the commission in the Pioneer

Corps, and went to work as usual at the Bickershaw

Colliery. On the very same day, Wilkinson died of

carbon monoxide poisoning from two Bunsen

burners and a firebrick oven which had been left to

burn in the vicinity. He is buried at Leigh Cemetery,

and a memorial plaque to his memory has been

placed at Wigan Town Hall.

Ancestor Account

The 1/5 Battalion was commanded by Corporal

Sir Henry Clayton Darlington,


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who took his men out to Egypt and survived five

months in Gallipoli before his evacuation due to

ill health. His grandson Hugh Darlington has done

extensive research into his grandfather’s time

in the military: ‘I’ve researched my grandfather’s

restoration efforts. A replica of the standard will be

carried in the Remembrance Parade this year.

Dave Myers’ ancestor William served as a Private

with the Wigan Territorials, setting sail for Egypt

with the battalion in September 1914. Originally a

coal drawer at Wigan Coal & Iron Co. Ltd., William

was keen to enlist to escape the monotony of the

pit, and travel overseas for a new adventure.

Soldiers from 1/5 Manchester Battalion

Picture supplied by Robert Little

William was killed in action during the Third Battle

of Krithia, when the 42nd and 29th Divisions

attacked the main line of Turkish trenches.

Although the initial attack was successful and the

troops managed to hold the front line, close quarter

fighting meant they suffered heavy casualties, and

William was killed with a bayonet on July 5, 1915.

Like so many other brave soldiers, his body was

never recovered.

Centenary Memorials

involvement with the Wigan Volunteers and can

account for every day he served, both in the South

African war from 1900-1902 and the Great War – I’m

fortunate that he took a camera with him to both

theatres of conflict.’

Darlington re-joined his battalion after his recovery

and took part in the Battle of Romani in Egypt,

before moving with them to France in March 1917.

He finally brought the battalion back to Wigan

in February 1919, around three months after the

Armistice was declared.

Save the Colours

On April 7, 1919, the Colours were returned to

Wigan, carried by an escort party from the 1/5

Battalion. The men were met with fanfare and were

entertained by the Mayor in celebration of their safe

return home, and the Colours paraded around the

streets of Wigan through to the Municipal Buildings

to the delight of the gathered crowds.

A ‘Save the Colours’ campaign has already been

launched to restore the rapidly deteriorating

regimental standard of the Wigan Territorials. Exservicemen

Dave Myers and Billy Baldwin want the

colours, which are currently being held in Wigan

Parish Church, to be on permanent display behind

protective glass, and for the fabric to undergo

The losses to Lancashire and indeed to Britain

during the First World War are still felt today,

and Armistice Day is a time for reflection and

remembrance. This year is no different, and will

see Wigan and the surrounding boroughs rallying

together to commemorate the centenary.

The annual Remembrance Day event this year

will celebrate the centenary of the Armistice with

a parade starting at 10am at The Moon Under

Water. All are welcome to join in celebration of the

veterans and all of those who gave their lives in the

First World War.

A brass and choral concert will take place at Haigh

Woodland Park on November 11 from 1pm-3:30pm,

featuring the local region’s best in brass and a choir

performance.

Wigan Council has set up a useful website for

tracing WW1 ancestors and discovering more

about Wigan’s involvement in the war. It can be

found here - https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/

Museums-archives/Wigan-Archives/Collections/

World-Wars.aspx.

For more information on local Remembrance

services, see our Events2Go guide.


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46 Food & Drink

Granny’s Xmas Pudding

The stout in this recipe will add the moisture to the pudding and the cocoa

powder makes the pudding look lovely and dark.

Ingredients

1oz mixed peel

1oz ground almonds

2 medium sized eggs

¼ teaspoon almond essence

2 teaspoons brandy

1 can of stout

2 teaspoons cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon mixed spice

4oz plain flour

4oz breadcrumbs

4oz beef suet

4oz brown sugar

4oz raisins

4oz sultanas

4oz glace cherries

Method

Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.

Add the eggs and the brandy and mix then pour in the stout gradually

and keep stirring until your mixture is the consistency of a loose cake

mix.

Grease your pudding bowl with a little butter and pour in the pudding

mix.

Cover with foil and then a tea towel or pudding cloth and tie it to the

top of the bowl, this is to prevent any water getting in.

Place in a large boiling pan and fill with water ¾ of the way up the side

of the bowl.

Boil on a moderate heat for 6 hours keep topping up the water with

boiled kettle water if the level starts to drop.

When the pudding is ready turn it out and leave to cool.

These puddings can be stored wrapped in foil from now until Christmas,

to reheat just place the pudding back in the bowl and boil for another 2

hours on Christmas day.

Can be served with a sprinkling of icing sugar on the top or pour on ¼

brandy and light for a flaming Christmas pudding.

1 grated lemon rind


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Stir Up Sunday

Stir Up Sunday is on Sunday 25th November.

The tradition dates back to Victorian times, when

the family would gather together to stir the

Christmas pudding the Sunday before Advent

began. The opening words of the Book of Common

Prayer, read on this Sunday before Advent, are ‘Stir

up, we beseech thee, O Lord’, which is probably

where the name came from.

Originally Christmas pudding contained 13

ingredients, said to represent Jesus and his

disciples. It is stirred by each member of the family

from East to West, to remember the Wise Men that

visited Jesus in the Nativity Story. Traditionally, it’s

also customary to make a wish at this point.

Charms were often added to the pud and said to

bring luck if you found them in your portion on

Christmas Day. Historically, these were a silver coin

for wealth, a wishbone for luck, a thimble for thrift,

a ring for marriage, and an anchor for safe harbour.

Later, coins began to be used instead. As needing

expensive emergency dental treatment is definitely

NOT considered lucky, it might be wise to forgo that

particular tradition nowadays - or at least give your

serving a thorough inspection before you tuck in.

The traditional sprig holly on top of the pud was

said to represent the crown of thorns worn by Jesus

on the cross. Holly and its berries are extremely

toxic, so stick to artificial greenery!

As to why we set fire to the pudding, no-one seems

to know. One theory is that the flames represent the

power of Christ; another is that Christian traditions

mingled with the midwinter festivals of light, and

the pudding, with its high alcohol content was

simply a good candidate for being ignited!

So grab your friends and family and get stirring

early this Christmas.

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Boxing Day Soup

It’s that time of year again when the scrapings from your Christmas dinner can

be put to good use!

Serves 4 ~ Preparation time: 10 minutes ~ Cooking time: 30-40 mins

Ingredients

1 tbsp sunflower or olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 celery sticks, chopped

2 medium potatoes, about

350g/12oz total weight,

peeled and cut into small

chunks

1 tbsp curry paste (optional)

or stuffing (optional)

1.2 litres / 2 pints vegetable

stock

550g / 1lb 4 oz leftover

roasted or boiled vegetables,

such as Brussels sprouts,

carrots, parsnips and squash,

roughly chopped.

Method

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion for 5 minutes until

golden. Stir in the celery and fry for 5 minutes, then add the potatoes

and fry for a further 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the curry paste or stuffing if using. Cook for a further minute or two,

then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil and stir well. Lower the heat,

cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Add the leftover veg and meat (if using) into the pan and warm through.

Pour the soup into a food processor or blender and either blitz to a

smooth purée, or leave a few chunks for texture. Return the soup to the

pan. You may need to thin the soup to the consistency you like with hot

water or stock, then taste for seasoning. Reheat thoroughly, and pour

into bowls with spoonfuls of yogurt or crème fraîche swirled on top,

then serve with crusty bread.

Add any leftover meat such

as turkey, beef, ham, sausages

etc, or this can be left as a

vegetarian soup

Salt and pepper for seasoning

Natural yogurt or crème

fraîche - to serve


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Make Merry at the

Robin Hood!

Celebrate Christmas with friends and family at the

Robin Hood, and choose from our indulgent and

imaginative festive menu which is available Weds to

Sun from the 5th to 23rd of December (Excluding 10th/11th)

Starters

Homemade Soup – Parsnip soup finished with

curried parsnip crisp and a mini bread roll

Duck & Orange Pate – A delicious homemade pate

finished with red onion chutney and toasted ciabatta

Smoked Salmon & Poached Egg – Hot smoked

salmon served on a pea puree and a poached hen egg

Traditional Turkey - Traditional turkey dinner with

sage and onion stuffing and all the trimmings

Cod Loin – Roasted Cod Loin on a bed of sautéed

potatoes, samphire and cherry tomatoes

Lamb Rump – Tender lamb rump on diced roast

potatoes, root vegetables and spinach, finished with

a red wine jus

Mains

Chorizo Mushroom Tart – in a rich peppercorn

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52 Education

Degrees of

learning

16 page

education

special


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Sleepy Students

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that sleep

deprivation is detrimental to pupils’ learning. A study

from The Sleep Council showed that more than

half of teachers involved agreed that the brightest

children in the classroom were also the most awake.

can make kids irritable and hungry for snacks later,

which won’t get properly digested before bedtime.

Eating too late presents this same problem. It’s a

good idea to eat an evening meal at around 6pm-

6:30pm depending on where that fits into your

schedule.

Getting rid of night-time distractions is one of

the best ways to get them off to dreamland early.

Allow an hour or so of TV before starting the nightly

routine, then leave half an hour for winding down

time, perhaps with a book or story before lights out.

This can help ease them into bed without forcing

them to go to sleep before they’re ready.

The ‘Better Brains with More Sleep’ campaign aims

to teach children about the importance of a good

night’s sleep, and the impact it can have on their

education. This comes after 9 out of 10 primary

school teachers complained that their students were

too tired to learn much of anything.

There are many reasons for this – 88% of teachers

questioned put lack of sleep down to bedtime

distractions such as video games or television, while

38% blamed it on poor diet. Some also said that

bedtimes should be more strictly enforced to ensure

that pupils get at least eight hours of rest so they’re

fresh for the day ahead.

So how can we improve our kids’ sleeping habits?

First, it’s important to establish a bedtime routine

and stick to it. Ensure that the same bedtime is kept

to every school night, with a little more leeway on

weekends. It’s important not to give in if they ask for

‘just five more minutes’ or ‘just one more episode!’

Regular mealtimes can also be important for a good

bedtime routine. Eating too early in the afternoon

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With a wide catchment area, our children travel from

near and far to attend our school and with places

available for Reception 2019 and other year groups,

come and visit to secure your place.

We offer both breakfast club and a wide variety of after

school clubs. We now also offer pre-school places.

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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


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!

Could you be one of tomorrow’s

outstanding teachers?

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Individuals who are

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with young children.

Join us at our open evenings at;

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Hardybutts, WIGAN, WN1 3RZ

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Individuals who have

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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,

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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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60

Museum Musings

Most of us have wandered aimlessly around the

polished floors of a gallery at some point. Whether I

was balking at giant whale skeletons protruding from

the ceiling or getting hands-on with an interactive

exhibit, as a kid I was happiest in a museum. But they

can also be great educational tools outside of the

classroom – here’s how.

First, museums act as a great companion to book

learning. While a school syllabus is often limited to

the bare essentials necessary for passing exams,

museums can provide more scope to a subject

- perfect for adding a bit of flair to an essay and

making a once boring topic more interesting.

There is something special about being allowed to

roam the hallways and galleries of a museum. Kids

can explore at their own pace rather than being

guided to a specific area or exhibit, and will steer

themselves towards topics or displays they find

most appealing. This could lead to them discovering

something new that they’d like to learn more about,

and unearth a new sense

of wonder about the

world around them.

chances to listen to historical accounts, or try their

hand at crafts and science displays.

Museums also provide a great opportunity to garner

an interest in a particular subject. There’s a huge

range of specialisms, and plenty to discover in your

local area! Try these for size:

The Museum of Wigan Life invites you to discover

local stories and characters, with a main gallery and

special exhibition spaces. Learn the tale of Mab’s

Cross and discover why Wigan is famous for its pies!

If you’d like to know more about Wigan’s industrial

heritage, the Lancashire Mining Museum might

be for you. It occupies the site of the Astley Green

Colliery, where you can see the iconic pit headgear.

A bit further afield, the Museum of Science and

Industry in Manchester has loads of interactive

science exhibits, including locomotives, computers

and flight simulators – you can even see space in

virtual reality.

There are often events

going on at your local

museum, including talks,

temporary exhibitions

and days geared towards

different topics. Along

with interactive exhibits,

these can help make

learning more personal,

and benefit different types

of learners. If your child is

more of an auditory or

kinaesthetic learner, don’t

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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.

By Sarah Davey


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Diary dates 2018

November:

Location Event Date

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

Winstanley College Open Evening Thursday 1st November (6-8pm)

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)

Wigan & Leigh Colleges Wigan Centres Open Evening Monday 12th November (4:30-7:30pm)

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

Wigan UTC Open Evening Tuesday 13th November (5-7:30pm)

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

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

Leigh College Open Evening Monday 19th November (4:30-7:30pm)

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

Winstanley College Open Evening Thursday 22nd November (6-8pm)

December:

Location Event Date

Wigan UTC Open Evening Wednesday 12th December (5-7pm)

ProCo Open Day Wednesday 17th December (3-7pm)

January:

Location Event Date

Wigan UTC Open Evening Thursday 24th January (5-6:30pm)


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Winter Warm-Up

A winter coat is one of life’s bigger clothing

investments, so it makes sense to be fully informed

and have a plan before hitting the shops.

Your perfect coat relies on meeting the demands of

your lifestyle. Bear in mind when you’ll be wearing

it – on the commute to work, or just for walking at

weekends? This might affect the hardiness of the

jacket you choose.

One thing is certain in the UK – it will rain! A

waterproof outer shell is a must-have for any winter

coat worth its salt. Look for ‘water resistant’ on the

label, but don’t rule out a wool coat because they’re

surprisingly waterproof! Beware though: many

coats which purport to be ‘wool’ are a wool blend

with only about 20% wool fibres. These will be less

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lightweight, but won’t be as good as wool in the

wet weather. Synthetic insulation holds up better

against moisture but won’t retain its insulating

properties for as long as down.

Check all zips and cuffs are made from high quality

material that will last. Cuffs should be cosy around

the wrists so that no draughts can get in. Make sure

all the seams are secure and there are no holes

where insulation is escaping.

It’s not a good idea to sacrifice comfort to style –

you’ll regret it on the coldest days. For example,

check that you can wear layers, or a thick jumper

under the coat. I’ve found many ‘fashion’ coats have

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Stay warm this winter.

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Beachfront Farewell

Celebrated director Danny Boyle is heading to

Formby Beach for an art installation commemorating

the centenary of the First World War Armistice.

‘Pages of the Sea’ will feature 160ft portraits of World

War One heroes on several UK beaches, which will

then be washed away by the tide to bid farewell to

the brave soldiers who left our shores more than

one hundred years ago.

Danny Boyle said he’s aiming to help artists stencil

portraits of famous soldiers or anyone with a strong

local connection. People are also encouraged to

share who they are saying goodbye to on social

media by uploading an image.

The filmmaker recently quit directing the latest

James Bond film in order to concentrate on the First

World War campaign.

Other beaches involved in the project are located

in Blackpool, Colwyn Bay and Norfolk, as well as

Sunny Sands in Kent where Danny plans to spend

Remembrance Day.

National Trust Formby said: ‘we are very excited to

be able to mark the centenary at Formby, and are

looking forward to working with volunteers and

partners to offer the beach as a space for personal

and informal reflection - a chance to remember

those who died and honour their sacrifice’.

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Cypriot Sun

By Jess Phillips

The term ‘winter sun’ tends to conjure images of

Asia, the Caribbean or even the Canary Islands.

North Cyprus might not be the first destination

to spring to mind – but it could be the perfect

getaway for beating those winter blues. Grab your

sunglasses and jet off to the city of Kyrenia or the

eastern city of Famagusta for a holiday filled with

glittering beaches and a rich Cypriot heritage. With

an extremely favourable exchange rate currently

running at 8 Turkish Lira to a single pound, you’d be

hard pressed to get better value for money too.

If you opt for a stay in Kyrenia, a city at the heart

of North Cyprus, famed for its picturesque views

and stunning architecture, you’ll probably stumble

across the Harbour at some point. Surrounded by

historic stone buildings with trailing flowers and

vines, Kyrenia Harbour is nestled deep within the

city’s Old Town, and a beautiful spot to see the sun

glinting off turquoise waters, framed by the high

masts of local fishing boats.

Its castle juts out from the harbour, providing

stunning views from the top of the battlements of

the uninterrupted ocean beyond - definitely worth

the slightly taxing walk to reach them. Deeper into

the city, meanwhile, sits Bellapais Abbey, a mostlyintact

thirteenth-century ruin dedicated to ‘Our

Lady of the White Garments’, Ayia Asprophorusa.

But Kyrenia isn’t all this fabulous region has to offer.

With highs of up to 40° in the summer months, North

Cyprus’ coastline is dotted with gorgeous beaches

to help you make the most of the weather, including

Golden Beach north of Famagusta and Acapulco


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Beach by Kyrenia.

Located along Cyprus’

guitar neck, Golden

Beach is a protected site,

and a nesting site for

loggerhead and green

turtles. If you’re looking

for an escape from the

hustle and bustle of

the Cypriot metropolis,

this is the place for

you – it’s untouched by

industry and perfect for

snorkelling. You might even be lucky enough to

spot one of these turtles – which can reach up to 48

inches in length – in their natural habitat.

Acapulco Beach, meanwhile, might have a more

touristy feel, but don’t let that put you off. Glistening

sands and smooth aqua waters await you while you

doze beneath the fronds of a palm tree – this beach

is an ideal spot for swimming or sunbathing with a

good book.

Famagusta itself is a great base to start your North

Cyprus journey. Known for its ghost town, the city

offers a range of tours, boat trips and spectacular

sights. Following a Turkish invasion in 1974, the

residents of Famagusta fled from their homes,

which remained off-limits for 25 years. Although

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regular ghost town tours

operate in the area for an

insider’s perspective, with

emotional accounts from

tour guides who had to

leave their homes at the

time of the invasion.

The Roman ruins in

Salamis are just north of

modern Famagusta, and

include still-standing

columns and the stone

seats of an amphitheatre.

Archaeological digs have

dated some of these

structures back to the eleventh century – beholding

them a thousand years later is truly breath-taking.

However, if the history’s all too much to take in at

once, there are plenty of places to head for a bit of

retail therapy around the resorts of North Cyprus.

Whether you’re looking to stock up on souvenirs

or find some authentic, bespoke Cypriot crafts or

pottery, you’re sure to find something you love

in Kyrenia. The Round Tower is a rescued Roman

building which now hosts a range of artwork for

sale, from paintings to handmade textiles. The

markets of Famagusta, Nicosia and Kyrenia are also

not to be missed. Perfect for some outdoor perusal,

they offer a great selection of markets run by local

traders, and plenty of opportunities to sample local

delicacies.

lahmacun or pide, a boat-shaped flatbread served

with a variety of toppings, just like pizza.

Regular excursions are available to the Karpaz

Peninsula, traversing beautiful landscapes to see the

famous wild donkeys and historic churches, while

night tours offer the best in Cypriot cuisine and live

entertainment. You can also take a trip across the

island over to Paphos if you’re craving something

different.

North Cyprus definitely has a lot to offer, whether

you just want some winter sun, to try Turkish food

or you fancy immersing yourself in the rich history

of the place. If you’re looking for your next escape

to the sun, check out the special offers for North

Cyprus on the previous page.

For those who travel

to engage in culinary

pursuits, the Turkish

cuisine is worthy of

exploration and is

actually hailed one of the

three best world cuisines.

We’re probably all familiar

with kofte and baklava,

but do try out manti or

kuzu tandir for something

unique in texture and

taste, or if street food

takes your fancy, try


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Eat to boost your

Mood

Eating right can also help alleviate Seasonal

Affective Disorder and help you beat those

winter blues. A good, balanced diet is key

to giving both your immune system and

your mental health a much needed boost.

Go Mediterranean: Scientists have

found that those who followed a classic

Mediterranean diet were 30 per cent less

likely to develop depression. It is thought

that the combination of omega 3 fatty acids

together with natural unsaturated fatty

acids and antioxidants from olive oil and

nuts, flavonoids and other phytochemicals

from fruit and other plant foods and large

amounts of natural folates and other B

vitamins in the overall Mediterranean

dietary pattern may help to protect against

depression.

Eat selenium: Studies have linked low

mood with low levels of the mineral selenium. Eating

nuts is the best way to increase your intake. Brazil

nuts are the most concentrated selenium source.

Just three nuts contain the recommended daily

intake of selenium for a woman.

Watch your blood sugar: The glycaemic index (GI)

is a numerical system that indicates how quickly

carbohydrates will make your blood sugar levels rise.

Fluctuations in blood sugar lead to swings in mood

and energy. Choose foods that are slow to digest,

and which offer a gradual, sustained energy release.

Boost your serotonin: Tryptophan is an essential

amino acid which is converted in our bodies into

the neurotransmitter serotonin. Low serotonin

levels are often associated with depression. Proteins

such as lean chicken, tuna, salmon and beans are

tryptophan-rich and have been proven to boost the

mood.

Get plenty of fish: Research suggests that omega

3, the essential fatty acids found in fish oils, can

improve your mood. Regular consumption of oily

fish (salmon, tuna and mackeral) has been associated

with better moods and a higher self-reported mental

health, even after adjustment for factors such as

income, age and other eating patterns.

Remember that depression is not low mood. It is a

serious mental health condition. If you think you are

suffering from depression please consult your GP.

By Louise Addison


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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

some tips to start you off:

Meditation Matters – If you’ve never meditated

before, don’t worry. You don’t need to find the

nearest rocky outcrop and start saying ‘ohm’ just

yet. Meditation can take place anywhere you feel

comfortable – your bedroom floor, the sofa, or even

in the back yard.

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

everyday stresses.

Look Natural – Observation is key to establishing

focus. Choose something natural, like a flower or

a cloud, to watch for a while. Don’t worry about

anything except relaxing into it while keeping your

concentration, and allow yourself to become more

connected with the natural world as a result of this

object.

Immerse Yourself – Mindfulness is about

increasing concentration in your daily life. When

you’re completing a daily task – such as doing the

dishes or laundry – make sure to notice every aspect

of what you’re doing. Concentrate on each motion

and which part of your body is moving during

the task. The idea is to relieve the monotony of a

task and get creative with it instead, maybe even

developing more efficient methods of completing

it.

Relax – This can be tricky, especially if you’re new

to mindfulness. But the aim is to alleviate stress, not

cause more! If you’re feeling self-conscious about

going through these exercises, try doing them

when you’re alone and unlikely to be disturbed.

Listening to an ASMR (autonomous sensory

meridian response) or guided meditation video can

also be useful, and some can guide you through

techniques you’re unfamiliar with.

The key is to have fun with it, and discover more

about yourself in the process.


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SAD Times

As many as 1 in 6 people suffer with a low mood in

Winter and a small number of these will suffer with

the more serious Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

SAD sufferers are less able to control their serotonin

levels in the absence of sunlight and if serotonin

levels drop too low, so will your mood. Here are

five ways to raise your serotonin levels even in the

coldest, darkest months.

Lighten up - As lack of sunlight is the problem,

more light could be a solution. Light boxes are

available that provide levels of brightness which

can elevate your brain’s serotonin levels.

Exercise - There’s evidence that aerobic exercise

not only boosts your brain’s levels of serotonin but

also keeps those levels elevated for hours after your

workout.

Laugh - A study in Norway found that laughing

with friends, watching a funny movie or doing

something that briefly improves your mood may

stoke your brain’s levels of serotonin.

Step outside - Spending at least 30 minutes a

day outdoors, especially with other people, may

offset the seasonal drops in serotonin in the winter

months.

Physical contact - Massage has been proven to

increase your brain and body’s levels of serotonin.

The soothing experience significantly reduces the

blues.

By Louise Addison


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The Power of Play

Recently, on a cold February day, we met up with

some friends and their children on a beach. We ran

amok, played tag, built a huge communal sandcastle

and returned home cold, damp, sandy and happier

than we’d been for quite a while.

We’d given in to play and we felt much better for it.

Our society tends to dismiss play for adults. At worst

it’s seen as an unproductive, guilty pleasure. Adults

are supposed to be serious and let’s face it, between

work and ferrying children around to various

activities there’s little time for play. When we do

play, it often tends to be competitive (tennis, squash,

golf), and this is particularly true for men.

But research suggests that playing is just as

important for adults as for children. It makes us

happy, helps with problem-solving, improves our

creativity and strengthens our relationships.

So what is play? How do we define it? Author and

psychiatrist Stuart Brown calls play a “state of being,”

“purposeless, fun and pleasurable.” For the most

part, the focus is on the actual experience, not on

accomplishing a goal.

Play means different things to different people. My

friend Rita knits and crochets for pleasure, I write,

walk my dog and take photographs, my husband

water-skis, and our neighbour restores old mopeds.

You can benefit from play even if you don’t have

much spare time. The research suggests we only

need a little bit of daily play to boost our productivity

and happiness.

If you don’t think you know how to play, write your

own ‘play history’ down on paper. What did you

do as a child that excited you? Did you engage in

those activities alone or with others? Did you play

with trains? Did you draw? Did you build dens? How

might you recreate that today?

Surround yourself with playful people. Children are

best at this! Spend time with them and experience

the magic of play through their eyes.

Finally, any time you think play is a waste of time;

remind yourself that it offers some serious benefits

for both you and those around you.

By Louise Addison

Grab the Jab

The NHS is encouraging people at risk of flu to get

vaccinated before the coming winter.

The flu jab is offered free on the NHS for anyone

over 65, and children up to Year 5. This also applies

to pregnant women, anyone with certain medical

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Health & Fitness

Lipreading Help

The Standish Lipreading Society offers free qualified

assistance for anyone who uses a hearing aid and

could do with improving their lipreading skills.

The friendly society also runs lipreading classes for

anyone who would like to get involved, recently

pioneering a ten-week programme.

Standish Lipreading Society aims to prevent

loneliness of Hard of Hearing people in the district

and improve general wellbeing. The vibrant group

aim to have fun with it, and enjoy the benefit of a

qualified teacher each week.

They meet every Monday from 1pm-3pm at

Standish Community Centre. For more information,

call 01942 223092 or 01257 424249.

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82 Legal & Finance

Prosper Wealth expands

again

After a short time away

from Standish whilst the

build and fit out of their

renovated office was

being concluded, David

Barton and the Prosper

Wealth Management

team are now back on the

High Street in stunning

new premises, with new

staff and industry leading

technology.

Since launching Prosper

fifteen years ago back in

2003, David has seen the

business grow at a very

impressive rate. The company is managing over

£150 million worth of pensions and investments,

mainly for Wigan clients, and they are attracting

new funds at a rate of £2million per month.

It’s no wonder that significant

investment into new premises

and highly qualified staff was an

absolute must. With a current

team of ten professionals, and

with further new talent in the

wings, this is a very exciting

time for the Prosper Wealth

Management team. Most of the

team have left large impersonal

organisations to join Prosper

Wealth Management to do what

they love, which is to personally

help clients.

The advisory and research team have amassed over

150 years’ experience between them operating

within the wealth management sector and during

this time they have helped many hundreds of

clients enjoy a prosperous, worryfree

retirement.

The team at Prosper Wealth

Management hold very high level

financial planning qualifications

and were proud to be awarded

the coveted ‘Chartered Status’ in

2012 - the gold standard within

the Financial Services industry.

They were the first Wigan firm to

achieve this industry accolade

back in in 2012 and, as of October

2018, remain the only Wigan firm

to do so.


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The company employ

Fellows as well as

Chartered members of

the Personal Finance

Society and believe

that the education and

development of their

people is essential if

they are to retain their

Chartered status.

With a new website

about to be launched

with the latest industry

news and comment they

are keen to promote their

professional services

and welcome new clients into the business.

David comments ‘new clients are delighted to

engage with highly qualified wealth management

professionals locally rather than having to travel

into Manchester or Liverpool which was always

historically the case ‘.

So what does a typical customer of Prosper

Wealth Management look like?

“What typifies our clients are that they have had a

successful working life and see retirement as the

beginning of a new and rewarding venture into

travel, hobbies and quality time with family”, says

David.

David continues “Ordinarily, they will have

accumulated investable assets (cash, pensions or

investments) of at least £200,000 - £250,000 which

they would like to invest and they appreciate

that the financial decisions they are taking now

are absolutely critical to sustaining their desired

lifestyle throughout retirement”.

Helped many hundreds of

clients enjoy a prosperous,

worry-free retirement

“Over the last 15 years we have been providing

life time financial planning for clients and we’ve

discovered during this time that we relish working

with individuals like this because our shared

values have formed the bedrock of a trusting,

successful and, most of all, enjoyable long

term

relationships”

says David. “We can

really make a positive

difference to our

customers’ lives”.

Should you wish to have

a meeting with one of

David’s team just give

them a call on 01257

423800 or, better still,

pop in to their new

offices in Standish.


84 Property

All about the

Numbers

by Alan Batt

After a close look at figures, I predict

that the number of residential property

transactions in Wigan will rise 0.7% year

on year compared to 2017.

So why are actual transaction numbers

so important? Many economists and

property market commentators believe

transaction numbers give a more precise

indicator of the health of the property

market than just house values.

In the six years before the credit crunch

in 2007/8, the average number of

completed property transactions in

Wigan stood at 6,516 per year, yet in the three years

afterwards, this dropped to an average of 2,857 per

year. Roll the clock forward and in 2017 a total of

5,051 homes changed hands in the area.

In the past, a reduction in the number of properties

selling has often been believed to be the first signal

of a down turn in the housing market as a whole.

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.

The graph illustrates that house prices were rising in

the six/seven years before the credit crunch (2000

to 2006), and then numbers dropped off a cliff

during the start of the credit crunch.

Against the backdrop of transactions rising in

recent years, there is an underlying trend in the

reduction of properties coming onto the market

for sale in Wigan. In general Wigan people aren’t

moving as much as they were 30 years ago

However, in certain sectors of the Wigan property

market there is a glut of properties on the market at

the moment and so prices and values are dropping

on those types of properties as sellers compete for

the limited amount of buyers. Yet in other sectors of

the Wigan property market the exact reverse is true;

there is an absolute dearth of properties available

and you have buyers fighting tooth and nail with


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silly offers to try and secure the sale.

There are some bargains to be had, especially for

you buy to let landlords. If you look hard enough,

you could spot the same trends I have seen in Wigan

and find the individual property micro markets

where there is a glut of properties available.

So, if you want the inside track on the Wigan

property market, whether you’re a landlord or a

private buyer, I am more than happy to guide you in

the right direction if you drop me an email.

Email me on alan@alanbatt.co.uk or call on 01942

233999.

Great

Expectations

Some Estate Agents will deliberately over-value a

property to secure the instruction for sale, over their

competitors. You might ask, what is harm in that?

Well, you only get one chance of hitting the market

as a new property. Nowadays, everyone has access

to the internet, Rightmove and Zoopla etc, and your

potential buyers will probably be very aware of the

state of the market. Therefore if you have a 3 bed

semi-detached that is on the market for the price of

a 3 bed detached house price, the likelihood is that

prospective buyers will ignore your property.

The property appears again and again on Right

Move, and potential buyers get bored of seeing it,

and start to think there is something wrong with it.

You now have to grab back the attention of buyers

by reducing the asking price so much, to make it

appear a bargain.

According to our own research, the average house

buyer only physically goes out and views between

4 and 5 properties before buying a house, so all the

while your house is overpriced, those buyers are

looking at other houses.

Which Magazine (January 2018) reported that it

is estimated that Estate Agents who over value

properties to gain instructions are costing UK sellers

approximately £4.3 billion in lost revenue.

But how widespread is overvaluing in Wigan?

There are always between 1300 and 1600 properties

in the Wigan Property Market that have been on the

market longer than 12 weeks and remain unsold.

Approximately between 50 and 100 Wigan sellers

reduce their price every week. 43.4% of properties in

Wigan, currently on the market, have reduced their

asking price by an average reduction of 5.6% (which

equates to £7,800 each).

All in all, taking a realistic view of the value of your

house, rather than being flattered by inexperienced

Estate Agents, is the best way to achieve a better

price and a quicker sale, enabling you to move on to

the next chapter of your life.

Email me on alan@alanbatt.co.uk or call on 01942

233999.

For more of Alan’s tips, guidance and analysis

on the Wigan property market, check out

www.wiganpropertynews.blogspot.co.uk


86 Business View

Only Six

Months To Go

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

Is your business ready for MTD?

There are over 2.1 million VAT registered business

in the UK and a recent survey indicated that 44%

of these were unware of the Making Tax Digital

changes coming next April. With just six months

to go, it is vital that those businesses affected start

to make plans to ensure that their bookkeeping

systems can cope with these changes.

What do we know so far?

From April 2019, businesses that are registered for

VAT and have a turnover above the VAT registration

threshold of £85,000 will be required to keep

digital records and submit their VAT return to

HMRC through MTD compatible software. Software

developers such as Xero, Quickbooks and Sage are

working to ensure that the changes are in place for

April 2019.

What about spreadsheets and manual records?

As part of the MTD consultations, HMRC have

been persuaded that those businesses that do

keep their VAT records on a spreadsheet, will be

able to continue to do so for now. However, these

businesses will still have to make changes to their

current spreadsheets so that they can link to

HMRC via bridging software. This is likely to be a

temporary situation though and over the next five

years the new MTD regime will affect the reporting

of the other business taxes.

What do I need to do?

The best way for a business to prepare for this is to

implement a cloud accounting solution that will be

compatible with MTD. CMA are online accounting

experts, and are Xero and QuickBooks partners,

so we can put you in a good position to help you

choose which software is best for your business.

Many of our clients have already made the switch

to online accounting and are enjoying the benefits

that it brings. These include more efficient systems,

reduced administration time and cost, more

accurate reports, higher tax savings and better

security.

The amount of changes being implemented means

that it is difficult to stay abreast of all these and

therefore speaking to a professional will help and

may not cost as much as you think.

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web www.cma-accountancy.com


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88 Leisure

Nicky Nook

by Chris Pearce

For this month’s Jack’s Tracks we visit Scorton, near

Garstang, the gateway to the Bowland Fells, for an

excellent and varied six mile walk with great views.

The walk takes you gently downwards through

the scenic Grizedale Valley and some rather pretty

hamlets, before you’re then faced with the sharp shock

of climbing Nicky Nook. It’s only when you reach the

peak that you realise it’s a mere foothill amongst the

other fells to the east, but nevertheless, the views over

the Lancashire coastline were still pretty impressive.

The starting point of Grizedale Bridge is a bit

remote, but the GPS Waypoint is SD 535 490. If that

doesn’t mean anything to you then take the road to

Lancaster going out of Oakenclough. Once you go

over the first cattle grid and, shortly afterwards, a

small bridge, park up in a small carpark-cum-layby

on the left.

Take the slate path leading away from the car park

towards the woods. Once you have gone through

two wooden gates in succession, take the path on

the left and cross the wooden footbridge over the

stream and go into Holme Wood.

I’ve never been a big fan walking through woods;

it’s often boggy, the poor lighting limits photo

opportunities, and accurate mapping can be

difficult. However, there are exceptions and Holme

Wood, up near Scorton in Lancaster is certainly

one. The well-defined path follows the stream all


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the way through the woods with creative studded

boardwalks over the boggy parts, and you’ll soon

arrive at Grizedale Dock reservoir.

The path bends to the right shortly afterwards,

following the direction of an inlet and you come

to a fingerpost by a gate. You need to take a left

here towards Nicky Nook/Scorton and follow the

inlet back in the direction of the reservoir. Ignore

the uphill path on the right shortly afterwards

(signposted Nicky Nook/Scorton) and carry on in

the same direction – you’re going towards Higher

Lane on a bridleway.

The path continues on a meandering downward

trend parallel to the stream for another ¾ mile

until you reach a steel bar gate and fingerpost just

before a wooden footbridge. Take a 90 degree right

turn and follow the footpath (not the bridleway) to

Higher Lane. Once you’ve crossed a short piece of

open farmland, you’ll enter Peddars Wood and walk

uphill until you reach a gate and a single track road.

Turn right up the road for around 250 yards and take

the footpath on the left after the farm. Walk on the

left hand perimeter of the field for 75 yards or so,

and then cut across the field diagonally on the welldefined

path. Go through a gate and head across

the second field towards the steel circular gate in

the distance. Once you’re through, turn left and


Higher Lane

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Wyresdale

Park

Grizedale

Bridge

P

Scorton

Snowhill Lane

Nicky

Nook

M6

Grize Dale

Tithe Barn Lane

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile or

tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Nicky-Nook

Oakenclough

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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walk through this pretty hamlet.

Approximately 200 yards before

you’re due to go under the M6,

there’s a footpath on the right.

Take the footpath, then go

through another stile and plunge

into Ghyll Wood. You’ll cross a

wooden footbridge and then

clamber up the bank on the other

side, walking along the top of the

bank until you come to a gate.

Take the path through the field

and you’ll eventually come out

on Snowshill Lane. Turn right and

follow this road until you reach

the entrance to Wrysdale Park.

If you fancy a detour at the firstrate

Applestore Café (open 9-4pm

Weds-Sun) or a look at Wrysdale

Lake then carry straight on.

Otherwise, follow the road round

to the right, across the bridge

and uphill to Higher Lane. Turn

left and then immediate right for the uphill trek up

Nicky Nook. After a steep initial climb, the path will

level off somewhat. After you pass the reservoir on

the left, there is an option to fork off and follow the

path to the cairn, but for the purposes of the walk

we’re following the path right up to the white trig

pillar at the peak

After a breather, follow the path in the same

direction down the hill. As the path bends

downwards to the right, you’ll see a gate set in a

dry stone wall straight ahead. Go through the gate

and head for the brick structure directly ahead, and

when you’ve arrived here, head downhill towards

the green box at the bottom of the hill.

Follow the path round the green box and once you

get to the track turn right and head into the woods

once again. After a couple of gates, you’ll arrive

at the fingerpost sign by a gate you encountered

earlier on in the walk. Turn left here towards

Grizedale Bridge and follow the pathway back

through Holme Wood until you reach your starting

point.

When can

we go back to

Dukes Barn

Farm?

Boarding kennels and cattery.

Heated accommodation.

Recommended by vets & clients for over

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Local authority licensed & approved.

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Closed to customer visits on Sunday

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Animal care at its best

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Call - 01942 217752


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

night. 18+ only. Tickets £26.

Kittywake Canal Cruises, Wallgate, Wigan, WN3

4EU

Ladies Night

Friday, November 2, 8pm-11pm

The Poacher presents Ladies Night! Prosecco

on arrival, and some great stalls including Ann

Summers, Avon and nails/beauty. DJ entertainment

and games! Tickets £10 per person.

The Poacher, Winstanley, Wigan, WN3 6JA

Wigan Ukuleles

Friday, November 2, 7:30pm

Wigan Heritage & Mining Monument present

a night of ukulele music and a raffle. Tickets £8

including pie and peas. Call 01942 244309 or 01942

820443 to book.

The Swinley, Coppull Lane, Wigan, WN1 2LQ

Orchestral Armistice

Saturday, November 3, 7:30pm

The Wigan Choral Society presents a tribute to the

Armistice centenary, featuring Haydn’s ‘Mass in

Time of War’ and Kodaly’s ‘Missa Brevis’. Tickets £10,

from Symphony Music on Market St or on the door.

St. Michael’s Church, Swinley, Wigan, WN1 2LD

Armistice Party

Sunday, November 4, 1pm-4pm

An afternoon of entertainment with hotpot,

dancing and an old fashioned singsong. Prize for

the best period costume. Tickets £7, available from

England’s Butchers and St. John’s Church.

Trinity Methodist Church, Fleet Street, Wigan,

WN5 0DS

Somewhere in France

Fri, Nov 9 & Sat, Nov 10, 7:30pm; Sun, Nov 11, 2:30pm

A play for the centenary of the Armistice, providing

a moving tribute to the people of Wigan, by

Willpower Youth Theatre. Adults £7, concessions £5.

St. Michael’s Hall, Shaw Street, Wigan, WN1 2BQ.

Tel: 01942 745082.


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Indian Tapas Night

Saturday, November 10, 5pm-10pm

Wellbeing Wigan CIC invite you to try a 3 course

tapas menu of samosas, curry and sorbet. Vegan

options available. Tickets £15 per person, advance

booking essential at www.wellbeingwigan.co.uk.

Wellbeing Wigan CIC, Gidlow Ln, Wigan, WN6 7EA

Winter Fair

Saturday, November 10, 10:30am-1:30pm

A fun winter fair for all the family, with craft and

gift stalls, a tombola and a raffle. All proceeds go to

church funds. Free entry.

Vale Methodist Church, Skull House Lane, Appley

Bridge, WN6 9DJ

Brass & Choral Concert

Sunday, November 11, 1pm-3:30pm

A showcase of the local region’s best in brass to

commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.

There will also be a Remembrance Sunday carvery

with accompanying piano. Free admission.

Haigh Woodland Park, Wigan, WN2 1PE

Christmas Fundraiser

Friday, November 16, 7pm

Attractions include flower arranging by June from

Hartleys Garden Centre, a live performance by

local vocalist Leah Wallis, Christmas stalls including

cake, veg and fancy goods to raise money for St.

Thomas the Martyr Church. Tickets are £5 – call Kath

McGuire on 01695 721038 to book.

St. James Social Club, Orrell, WN5 7AA

WW1 Remembrance

Friday, November 16, 7:30pm

The Royal British Legion Wigan Branch is hosting a

thank you event to commemorate the centenary of

the Armistice. The 1940s themed night will feature

a hotpot supper, live music and a raffle. Tickets are

£5 and can be booked by visiting the Royal British

Legion Wigan Branch’s Facebook page.

Whelley Ex-Servicemen’s Club, 180 Vauxhall Road,

Wigan, WN1 3LU

Christmas Fair

Saturday, November 17, 12pm-4pm

Wigan & Leigh Hospice present their annual

Christmas Fair. With raffles, tombolas and a huge

array of stalls, come and grab a great Christmas gift

or visit Santa in his grotto. Refreshments available.

Hindley Leisure Centre, Mornington Road,

Hindley, WN2 4LG

Appley Bridge Xmas Market

Sunday, November 18, 11am-4pm

Come and browse a great range of Christmas gifts,

join in with some crafts and win great prizes in the

tombola and raffle. Stalls include Usborne books,

the Body Shop, Christmas wreaths, baby boutique

and homemade soaps/bath bombs.

Appley Bridge Community Centre, Wigan, WN6

9AE

Rebel Women

Thursday, November 22, 10am-5:30pm

Commemorate the centenary of women over

30 getting the vote. A full itinerary of speakers

including Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of Sylvia

Pankhurst. Tickets £12 for Wigan borough residents

or £15 for anyone else. Lunch included. Contact the

Museum of Wigan Life to book.

Museum of Wigan Life, 59 Library Street, Wigan,

WN1 1NU


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Fabulous

Fireworks

Photography

Firework photography can be a tricky thing for even

the most dedicated amateur photographer. Here’s a

short guide to help you out.

Location: Arrive early to the firework display to

beat the crowds, and choose a spot which avoids

obstacles like trees, buildings, cars and bright signs.

Wind: Stand upwind of the fireworks so smoke

doesn’t block your shots!

Settings: Turn the flash off first. Turn noise reduction

on, set ISO 100 and Aperture to F11. Focus should

be on landscape (slightly less than infinity), and the

shutter speed can be anything from 1-15 seconds.


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The tripod and shutter release cable should help

avoid blurry photographs.

Experiment: Fiddle around with the settings,

using different shutter speeds and focal lengths.

Remember – enjoy the process and don’t forget to

share your photos with us on our Facebook page!

There are some great firework displays happening

in the Wigan area this November!

Standish Cricket Club host their firework display

on Friday, November 2 from 6:30pm, with plenty

of children’s rides and refreshments. The fireworks

display starts at 7:45pm, and entrance costs £3 for

adults and £2 for children.

an LED puppet show, taking place on Sunday,

November 4 from 4pm. Tickets range from £7 to

£32, and booking is recommended.

Orrell Cricket Club has its bonfire celebration

on Sunday, November 4 with fun attractions and

refreshments. Admission is £4 per adult and £1 for

children accompanied by an adult.

Aspull Rugby Club invites you to celebrate Bonfire

Night with a bonfire and fireworks display on

Monday, November 5 from 6:30pm. The fireworks

start at 7:30pm and adult entry costs £4, children

£2.

By Tom Hancock

Haigh Woodland Park are also hosting a family

friendly firework spectacular, with live music and

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Ladies Lunch

Thursday, November 22, 12pm

Barbara’s of Standish host a fashion show and ladies’

lunch to raise money for State of Mind. Includes

vocalist and MC Josh Adams and special guest

soprano Jan Monroe. Tickets £36 including 3-course

meal and wine on arrival.

Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel, Standish, WN1

2XN

Christmas Market

Friday, November 23, 3:30pm-6:30pm

Come along for some great stalls including

jewellery, homemade cakes, cards and crafts. There

will also be children’s activities, the chance to meet

Father Christmas, a raffle and a tombola. Light

refreshments available.

Bispham Methodist Church, Crank Road, Billinge,

WN5 7DT

Tunley’s Christmas Fair

Saturday, November 24, 11am-1pm

Loads of stalls including gifts, toys, crafts,

homemade cakes, plants, bric-a-brac and jewellery.

There will also be a tombola and a raffle. Win a

Christmas cake and guess the name of Tunley’s

Christmas teddy, then visit Santa in his grotto. Light

lunches available, everyone welcome.

Tunley United Reformed Church, Wrightington,

WN6 9RN

Christmas Fair

Saturday, November 24, 12:30pm-3pm

No need to travel far for a Christmas market this

year! St. Teresa’s School have it all on offer, including

Christmas punch, mulled wine and sausages, along

with traditional and festive stalls. There will also be a

silent auction and a raffle, with a guest appearance

from Santa.

Indoor Car Boot

Saturday, November 24, 10am-1pm

Free admission, lots for sale including bric-a-brac,

toiletries, toys, clothes and cakes. Café onsite. £10

to book a table – contact Dennis on 07587148579

(hiltond841@aol.com) or Linda on 07956816837

(linda.w@talktalk.net).

Up Holland Methodist Church, Alma Hill,

Skelmersdale, WN8 0NR

Christmas Sparkle Fayre

Sunday, November 25, 12pm-3pm

Come along to Wellbeing Wigan CIC’s craft, arts

and design fayre for bespoke gifts from local artists.

Plenty of beautiful pieces to browse and buy.

Wellbeing Wigan CIC, Gidlow Lane, Wigan, WN6

7EA

Pemberton Fun Day

Sunday, November 25, 12pm-7pm

The Christmas market and fun day returns with

a selection of real ales, stalls, funfair rides and a

Santa’s sleigh, along with performances from the

Orrell Musical and Amateur Dramatic Society Choir.

Pemberton Masonic Hall, Chapel Street, Wigan,

WN5 8JP

Wigan on Film

Tuesday, November 27, doors at 7:30pm

The North West Film Archive delves into the history

of Wigan with 90 minutes of hand-picked material.

From local documentaries to promotional films and

cinema newsreels, immerse yourself in the history

of the town. Tickets £7 on the door, ages 14+

accompanied by an adult.

The Theatre, The Old Courts, Crawford Street,

Wigan, WN1 1NA

St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, College Road,

Up Holland, WN8 0PY


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Wait Until Dark

Wednesday, November 28 – Sunday, December 8,

various times

This play follows the story of a blind woman who

becomes embroiled in an elaborate scam. With her

phone line cut dead and the house plunged into

darkness, can she pit her wits against the callers

who may not be who they say they are? Tickets via

box office or online.

Wigan Little Theatre, WN1 3SL, Tel: 01942 242561

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Lino Cut Card Workshop

Wednesday, November 28, 7pm-9pm

Wigan STEAM presents a workshop showing you

how to carve your own Christmas stamp and make

unique greetings cards! Enjoy a glass of fizz and a

mince pie while you get crafty. 18+ only, £15 per

person.

Wigan STEAM, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU

Centrepiece Workshop

Friday, November 30, 7pm-9pm

Wigan STEAM teaches you how to make your

own flowery centrepiece with advent candles for

a unique touch to any Christmas spread. Glass of

fizz and mince pie included, tickets £15 online, 18+

only.

Wigan STEAM, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU

Charity 70s & 80s Night

Friday, November 30, 7pm

Come and fundraise for Queens Court Hospice and

Twinkle House with some 70s and 80s fun! Tickets

are £7.50 and include a buffet. Buy on the door or in

advance from the venue.

Up Holland Labour Club, Ormskirk Road, WN8

9AR

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Mart

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Superb Vocalist

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Bring your own food!

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Tickets £10

Must be purchased in advance

Call Joe – 07877 480 572

St James Social Centre

St James Road, Orrell, WN5 7AA

01695 623902

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Standish Xmas Market

Saturday, December 1, 11am-8pm

A free-to-attend family day of Christmas festivity

in the centre of Standish, the Christmas Market

includes two indoor craft markets with the best

local traders, streets lined with outdoor stalls, a beer

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

is held in the village library, with a Christmas Trail

offering the kids a chance to win great prizes.

Market Place, Standish, WN6 0HN

Mulled Cider & Bratwursts

Saturday, December 1, 5pm-10pm

Wellbeing Wigan CIC invites you to make a start to

the festive season with mulled cider and bratwurst!

Included in the ticket price is a glass of mulled cider,

a bratwurst baguette and a slice of parkin or mince

pie. Tickets £20 for two people, advance booking

essential at www.wellbeingwigan.co.uk.

UnderGround Craft Fair

Sunday, December 2, 11:30am-4:30pm

A wealth of handcrafted gifts from jewellery to

fudge! A special visit from Santa and his favourite

elf, hot food and a bar, and the chance to meet

Santa’s donkeys while the reindeer rest. Free entry.

St. Mary’s Club, Trent Road, Billinge, WA5 7QT

Festive Afternoon Tea

Friday, December 14, 4pm-8pm

This afternoon tea for two includes a glass of

mulled wine or a liqueur coffee, plus parsnip

soup; turkey, cranberry and brie baguettes; mini

quiches; mince pies and Christmas cake. £25 for

two people, advance booking essential at www.

wellbeingwigan.co.uk.

Wellbeing Wigan CIC, Gidlow Lane, Wigan, WN6

7EA

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SsangYong Musso

by Tim Barnes-Clay

You can try putting lipstick on a pig, but it still won’t make it beautiful – unless you’re

into pigs. And that’s the point here. Unless you like pick-up trucks, you won’t be into

the Ssangyong Musso. Now this name might be familiar to you. It’s a moniker that

was used way back in the early 90s on a pug ugly SUV. This vehicle though is a strict

pick-up with 4x4 capability. I happen to think it’s handsome too – and I’m not even

into swine. There’s a reason for its good looks - the Musso has the identical bodyon-chassis

construction as the Ssangyong Rexton SUV. Indeed, it even has the same

dashboard, which makes it feel quite upmarket. There are pliable materials covering

the dash, the steering wheel is fully adjustable, and the switchgear doesn’t feel like

it’s out of a Tonka toy. The South Korean made pick-up is also furnished with kit such

as an infotainment system, which is decent by any standards. The 9.2-inch display in

some models is large, luminous and easy to operate. It also boasts Apple CarPlay and

Android Auto. In addition, the Musso houses a remarkably hi-resolution reversing

camera which even enables you to observe the tow bar. This is handy if you are liningup

up a trailer to lug. Towing is something that the new Ssangyong Musso is brilliant


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at. It’s the only pick-up in its segment that can haul a 3.5-tonne trailer while carrying

up to a tonne in the load bed. The Mercedes-Benz obtained 2.2-litre oil-burner it uses

is also enjoyed in the Rexton. However, the Musso is fitted with a six-speed automatic

transmission rather than the seven-speed auto employed by the Rexton. It has lots

of grunt and is smooth compared with, say, Ford’s Ranger. There’s plenty of space up

front, and when it comes to rear passenger room, the Musso beats its rivals, with only

Nissan’s Navara coming close. And behind the wheel, whether towing or not, the

pick-up feels okay-ish – in a straight line at least. The only fly in the ointment for the

Musso is its rear springs. They bounce pugnaciously over ruts, while the somewhat

soft damping battles to keep the pick-up’s frame in check. Things do recover,

however, when the South

Korean’s cab is full. And

with a tonne of cargo in

the rear load bed, it irons

itself out considerably.

Mind you, Ssangyong

says it’s thinking about

changing the rear springs

to make things a little

more manageable for

UK driving. It still won’t

make it a pick-up to hurl

around bends though

– but let’s face it, not

many are suited to that.

It feels substantial, and

always will. That means

it rolls a lot and will never

Fast Facts

• 0-62 mph: 12.2 secs

• Combined mpg: 32.8

• Engine layout: 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel

• Max. power (PS): 182

• CO2: 226 g/km

• Price (Saracen Automatic): £31,433 (inc. VAT)

match the Rexton or any other SUV for handling.

The price-tag of the Ssangyong Musso makes

you forgive its so-so handling. It’s cheaper than

Mitsubishi’s L200 for starters. There are four trim

levels to select, too. While the entry level EX is

the most workhorse-like, it sits on alloy wheels

and contains lots of factory-fitted equipment,

including air conditioning, Bluetooth, and DAB

radio. Over that, the Rebel boasts heated and

cooled faux leather seats, and an eight-inch

touchscreen. It also wears distinct external

graphics. The flagship Saracen and Rhino Mussos add real leather, that earlier

mentioned 9.2-inch screen, and a heated steering wheel. What’s more, the Rhino rolls

off the production line with ready-to-go all-terrain tyres, and black 20-inch alloys.

Also standard on the Musso is a segment-leading seven-year, 150,000-mile warranty.

That, more than anything, demonstrates how much faith Ssangyong has in its new

model. Certainly, this pick-up is no pig in a wig – and you can forget the lipstick, too.


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Noel Fielding is accredited with saying “all you

need in life is health, love and something to look

forward to”. How true. Health and love aside, we all

look forward to things – a holiday, a birthday, family

occasions and of course Christmas – well for me

that’s how it works with some plants.

Some flowers are so special and spectacular that

they don’t last long, having spent all their energy

creating a fabulous display. Hubby always asks

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and the like, when their blooms are so fleeting. I

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attraction.

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background? And what about hardy Geraniums.

Brilliant garden plants for long seasons of colour

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the year looking forward to seeing them. Colourful,

hardy and reliable as they are (just like Hubby really)

noted for spectacular blooms they ain’t.

And take flowering Cherry trees – fabulous displays

of pink blooms in spring but an ill timed storm and

their blossom is scattered and you think why did I

bother. Bearded Irises are another case in point.

Much used by garden designers at the Chelsea

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of spring and early summer in a garden. But

unfortunately they only flower for two weeks and

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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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(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

A5209

Standish

Shevington

B5250

Open:

J27

A49

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

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Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

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and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

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own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

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Cricket Str et Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,

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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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(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

A5209

Standish

Shevington

B5250

Open:

J27

A49

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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prices start from £45

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Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(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

A5209

Standish

B5250

Open:

J27

Shevington

A49

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

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk

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• Central Heating Installations

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• Maintenance & Servicing

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186237

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01942 221221

info@premiergas.com / www.premiergas.com

A Genuine Family Run Business

With Friendly & Courteous Staff

SPECIALISTS IN CENTRAL

HEATING INSTALLATION, BOILER

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Installs, Servicing + Repairs

Extended warranties available

24 Hour Call-out

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Freephone 0300 3030121

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Nails

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84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

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

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Y

R

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Based in Kenyon Road, Wigan


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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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(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

A5209

Standish

Shevington

B5250

Open:

J27

A49

TwinLakesMotorEngineers

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

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk

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01942 392398 or 07707 321383

Need a new look

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undertaken at reasonable prices!

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01942 518126

or 07545 065119

Orrell based business

AJH DECORATORS

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Quality work assured

Over 30 years experience

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Mob: 07784 876 338

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Contact Graham now - free estimate provided

01257 426 234

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www.topcoatdecoratingservices.co.uk

SG

J&P

MOORCROFT

LTD

Professional Painting and Decorating

• Domestic & Commercial Work

• Interior & Exterior work welcomed

• Old/listed buildings a speciality

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Home Service available

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www.jpmoorcroft.com

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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

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Gel

Nails

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now £15

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Spray Tan

Sunbeds

Acrylic & Gel Nails

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84 Rainford Road, Billinge 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 a l residents of Croston and Bretherton

Keep me until you need me!

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Ca l now on

01772 603923

REPAIR & WELDING

Saving money is

the clear benefit!

Slash your electricity and

water heating bi l

Protect your household from

future energy price rises

Reduce your household’s

E

X

H

A

U

S

T

S

impact on the environment

Ca l us now

0843 224 9555

07595 420237


ARANTEC

Telecom & Broadband Engineers

• Installations

• Broadband & Wifi

• Repairs & Faults

• Home & Business

• Cabling & Sockets

• Upgrades & Alterations

For expert service & advice call today:

01257 427507 07711 819009

www.arantec.co.uk

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01942 514532

07709 490095

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Digital Aerial & HD CCTV Installer

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www.expertcomputers.co.uk

‘Excellence in Customer Service’ – Winner

HD CCTV Installed

from only £295

View your property on any smartphone

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Wireless Alarm System

Wired systems also installed & serviced

Call now for a FREE, no obligation quote!

07817 807 960 / 01257 453 133

www.qualitv.co.uk

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W.Hurst & Son Ltd

ELECTRIC CONTRACTOR

www.whurstandson.co.uk

• All types of electrical work

• 35+ years experience

• No job too small

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J.Dillon

Call: 01257 424918 or 07821 139826

www.jdillonelectrical.co.uk

• All types of electrical work

• 20+ years experience

• Friendly, fast and reliable

• 24 hour call out service

For a free quote

& advice call Jeff

01695 622 191

07850 622 191

Electrical

Services Ltd

Over 30 years electrical experience

All aspects of electrical work undertaken inc;

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Building regulations work

CCTV and Security Alarms

Inspections and PAT testing

Call Andrew to discuss your requirements

Office 01695 625669

Mobile 07850 956229

All electrical work

undertaken

• Friendly reliable service

• Mains board upgrades

• Extra sockets to full

rewires

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ELECTRICAL

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07739 709 005

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Complete Electrical Installation

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From new sockets to entire re-wires

Burglar Alarms & CCTV

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NO JOB TOO SMALL

DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL

WORK WELCOMED

24-Hour

Call Out

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Call us today for friendly advice and a free quote

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Cale Lane Wigan

01942 836 937 or 07557 914 788 www.ghewigan.co.uk


Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(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

A5209

Standish

Shevington

B5250

Open:

J27

A49

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

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk

in matching styles

Is your

garage door

broken ?

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Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(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

A5209

Standish

Shevington

B5250

Open:

J27

A49

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

and we’ll 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

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk

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07595 420237


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Facias, soffits, cladding,

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