Local Life - St Helens - November 2018

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LocalLife

St Helens Edition November 2018

In Flanders Fields

Pages 29 - 32

St Aidan’s 3rd Centenary

Pages 45 - 47

Nicky Nook Walk

Pages 57 - 60

Local News Motoring Jack’s Tracks Health Events2Go Home Services

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Cover photo: ‘St Aidan’s sunrise’ by Ian Bonnell


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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 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.

Whilst older generations worry that the sacrifices

made will fade into the forgetfulness of time, our

wonderful 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

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In this issue

In Flanders

Fields

29

St Aidan’s

3rd Centenary

45

Caramel

Apple Pie

51

Jack’s Tracks:

Nicky Nook

Regulars

24 Puzzle page

52 Events2Go

Sections

6 Local News

33 Children & Education

48 Travel

51 Food

57 Jack’s Tracks

66 Test Drive

61 Gardening

66 Motoring

68 Home Services

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Mucky Mountains

A St Helens Morris dancing troop is always on the

lookout for new members.

Mucky Mountains Morris – named after the old

alkaline waste tips by the Sankey Canal – perform

dances based on the Cotswold and Border

traditions around the local area and wider region.

On Thursday, December 13 they’re set to head to

the Hargreaves Dementia Trust to perform at their

Christmas social.

Morris dancing is a great way to stay active in a

social setting, and to get involved with various

performances.

Mucky Mountains Morris holds rehearsals on

Thursdays at 8pm in Gamble Hall on Bishop Road.

For more information visit www.muckymountains.

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Christmas is a busy enough season without having

to worry about buying last-minute gifts! Get

your shopping done early with a great range of

Christmas fairs in St Helens this month – it’s never

too early to get in the festive spirit.

The Sea Cadets are hosting their Christmas

Fayre on November 25 from 11am - 5pm, at Mill

Street Barracks, with Reiki taster sessions and

aromatherapy. There will also be plenty of gifts

available, with a tombola and refreshments.

A Crafty Christmas Fayre hits the Mansion House

on the same day from 11am - 3pm. Take the kids to

meet Santa in his grotto and browse stalls packed

full of bespoke craft items and gifts – ideal if you’re

stuck on what to buy for someone special.

Finally, the UnderGround Christmas Fair will head to

St Mary’s Club in Billinge on December 2, 11.30am -

4.30pm, with tonnes of handcrafted presents, a visit

from Santa and his favourite elf, and the chance to

meet Santa’s donkeys while the reindeer gear up for

the big day.

Don’t forget to check out our Events2Go guide on

page 51 for more festive fun this winter!

On Your Bike

A St Helens community group aims to get people

cycling through the winter.

St Helens Pedal Power offers over 200 bike rides a

year, following a weekly timetable of social cycles

across four St Helens locations.

From Taylor Park to Blackbrook, there’s definitely a

route for everyone, as well as learn to cycle sessions

for children and bicycle repair help. Thursdays also

see an evening social ride kick off at 6pm.

Bikes and helmets are provided free of charge, and

electric bikes are available for anyone who might

struggle to pedal. Social cycles can be a great way

to meet new friends whilst getting out and about!

For more information, contact Stew on 07947

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Artist Callout

The World of Glass is looking for local artists to bring

their latest exhibition to life.

‘Imaginarium of Ideas’ concentrates on St Helens

bright future, incorporating green spaces,

architectural spirit, as well as local people and

industries. Sketches, doodles, finished and

unfinished works are welcome to be considered

for the first time ever to create a huge mood board

of different ideas and imaginings of how St Helens

might look in coming years. Artists are invited to go

wild with their work!

Pieces will be exhibited in the Godfrey Pilkington

Gallery as part of its latest display. Artists of

any medium are welcome to submit work, and

everything will be put on display unless it offends.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November

9. For details or to submit, call Hannah on 01744

22766 or email curator@worldofglass.com.

Gift Appeal

St Helens Council is asking residents to donate to its

annual gift appeal.

Launched in 2010, the appeal aims to help put a

smile on children’s faces who might not otherwise

receive a single present under the Christmas tree.

Items such as clothing, toys, books, toiletries

and rattles are welcome, but soft toys cannot be

accepted for health and safety reasons. People are

especially asked to donate gifts aimed at boys aged

7-12 years, which suffered a shortage last year. Toys

must be bought as new and should not be wrapped.

Collection points have been set up across the town

centre, including St Helens Town Hall, St Helens

libraries and Atlas House.

The deadline for donations is Monday, December

17.

For more information about donations and

collection points, call Tracy on 01744 676563.


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Flower Power

Rainford Flower Club has some excellent upcoming

demonstrations in November and December.

Flower arranging demonstrations are held during

meetings, which occur on the second Thursday of

every month barring August. The flowers and some

containers are raffled off at the end of the evening,

and some plant cutting books and bric-a-brac will

be available for purchase.

Meetings take place at Rainford Village Hall on

Church Road at 7:30pm. The December meeting,

which includes a festive demonstration, will

take place in the Parish Hall opposite the Parish

Church, with tea, coffee and mince pies. For more

information, contact Norma Cunliffe (chairman) on

01744 883314.

Spark in the Park

Sherdley Park’s biggest and brightest fireworks

display returns this Bonfire Night.

Spark in the Park promises to be one of the best

events yet as part of a packed St Helens 150

calendar. Along with the musical firework display,

which begins at 7:30pm, a children’s funfair will

be onsite and open until 8:30pm, along with loads

of stalls offering hot food and drinks to keep your

hands warm!

Fully stewarded car parking is available at various

locations including Sherdley Park, Sutton Leisure

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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 to the Pages of the

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The filmmaker recently quit directing the latest

James Bond film in order to concentrate on the First

World War campaign.

The ceremony at Formby on 11 November will

include a reading of a new Carol Ann Duffy poem

and a two-minute silence at 11am before the

tide washes the sand potrait away. Visitors are

encouraged to use public transport to avoid queues

on the day.

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’.

WW1 Archives

St Helens Libraries are offering highlights from the

archives to commemorate the centenary of the end

of the First World War.

Key images and documents will be available for

viewing across various dates and locations in

November and December

Haydock and Chester Lane libraries will host the

exhibition in the week commencing November 12,

before it moves over to Billinge and Rainhill libraries

on November 26.

On December 10, the archives will head to Moss

Bank and Garswood libraries, before it finishes up in

Rainford and Peter Street on December 24.

For more information, see the St Helens Libraries

Facebook page.

For more information, visit www.pagesofthesea.

org.uk.


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A campaign to help people stay warm this winter is

underway across the borough.

Winter Warmers

St Helens Council in association with Age UK Mid

Mersey launched the Winter Warmer project to

help prevent excess winter deaths in the area. Last

year, an estimated 34,300 of these deaths occurred

across England and Wales; a third of these due to

respiratory problems which can be made worse in

the cold. Young children, along with elderly and

infirm people, are most at risk during the cold

winter months.

The campaign aims to distribute winter warmer

packs, which contain gloves, a torch and teabags

for keeping your temperature up this winter and

operating during the darker evenings.

Events are taking place at various libraries across

the month of November to provide information and

advice and to hand out the packs to anyone aged

over 65 or 50 with disabilities. You can collect your

pack at Rainford Library on Thursday, November

14 from 10:15am-12:15pm, at Billinge Library on

Friday, November 15 from 10:15am-12:15pm, or

Haydock Library on Monday, November 26 at the

same time.

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Chocolate Orange Challenge

A national campaign to deliver

chocolate treats to emergency

service workers this Christmas

was started right here in St

Helens.

Chris Lamb set up the Chocolate

Orange Challenge in 2010 after

losing his son Elliott, who had

congenital cytomegalovirus or

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that helped bring some focus back into my life’.

‘We started off on a very small scale, distributing

oranges to doctors and nurses at Whiston Hospital,

Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice and Alder Hay.’

Now the Chocolate Orange Challenge heads to

hospitals and hospices across the UK, and have

received over 34,000 oranges to support the cause.

This year St Helens residents are asked to donate

chocolate oranges for Make a Difference Friday, on

December 14.

The project has already gained huge traction across

the UK, including lighting Blackpool Tower orange

in 2017. This year Chris hopes to be able to light up

St. John’s Tower in Liverpool orange in December.

Confirmed locations for chocolate orange donations

in St Helens so far include Willowbrook Hospice and

Whiston & St Helens Hospitals.

The team are also hosting a carol concert at St

Helens Town Hall on December 14 from 9:30am-

12pm to raise awareness for the cause.

If you’d like to get involved in the Chocolate Orange

Challenge to support hospital staff in your area or

further afield, visit the Team Chocolate Orange

Facebook page to see how you can help.


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Fit Forever

GoActive is offering some great opportunities to

help people aged 60+ get fit this winter.

A brand new free walking fitness session offers a

low-impact workout over different local routes,

covering both brisk and gentle walking.

Tea and coffee is available after the sessions, which

run from 9:15am-10:30am every Tuesday, and meet

at Rainford Village Hall.

Walking netball sessions are also available, priced

at £3 each with the first one free. The sessions are

designed for all ages and fitness levels to enjoy, and

you don’t need to have played before.

The games run every Monday from 11:15am-12pm

at Peter Street Community Centre. For more details,

email karen.mcveigh@englandnetball.co.uk.

These events have been launched in addition to an

already packed Fit Forever calendar, which can be

found on the St Helens Council website.

Parkside Potential

Land in Newton-le-Willows could be the home of a

major train manufacturer’s first ever UK base.

The Parkside site, home of Parkside Colliery, has

been abandoned since the pit closed in March

1993. Now Spanish company Talgo have expressed

interest in future investment in the site, which

would manufacture lightweight, modern trains

using UK materials and specialists, potentially

creating 1000 jobs.

The bid will go against similar proposals in Leeds

and Chesterfield, as well as several locations in

Scotland and Wales. A decision is expected to be

reached in November.

£24million in funding has also been secured by

St Helens Council for a new link road which will

connect the A49 with the M6 at Junction 22, making

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Community

Christmas

Billinge and Seneley Green have once again teamed

up this year to provide Christmas lunch for anyone

who finds themselves alone on Christmas Day.

The event is completely free of charge to attend,

and will feature a whole host of festive fun, from

carolling to bingo, alongside a hearty roast dinner.

The event was launched last year, when a team of

volunteers were able to provide Christmas dinner

to 36 guests in the Billinge and Seneley Green area

with food generously donated by the Billinge Co-

Op.

The community will come together once again this

December, and are looking for more volunteers to

get involved in making it an even bigger success

this year. Billinge and Seneley Green Community

Christmas especially need people to assist with

transport to St. Aidan’s Primary School, where the

dinner is being held, for anyone who might not be

able to make it otherwise. Don’t worry if that’s not

your forte, though – volunteers are also needed to

help out with peeling vegetables, serving food, and

all-round ensuring everything runs smoothly.

Any donations towards fundraising or raffle prizes

would also be appreciated.

Volunteers must be 18 or above, and don’t need

to be available the whole day, especially if they’re

dropping off or picking up guests. If you know

someone who might fancy coming along or if you’d

like to attend, message Carole and the team on

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Puzzle Corner

WORD SEARCH - Bonfire Night

Find the hidden words in the word search grid

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G O R E U J O U V A

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N N Y E L Y E L R E

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The numbers in each column add up to the totals

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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.

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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.

Many Lancashire men had already enlisted before

war broke out into the Territorial Force Association, a

great number of these belonging to the Lancashire

Fusiliers and the South Lancashire Regiment.

The Territorial Force was set up by First Viscount

Richard Haldane in the early nineteenth century as

part of his Army reforms, intended to provide


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support to the regular battalions. Haldane, who

was partially educated in Germany and a liberal

politician, anticipated a European war and knew

that Britain should be ready with a military force

to call upon – that’s how around 250,000 Territorial

soldiers came about.’

Many St Helens residents enlisted as part of the 5th

Battalion South Lancs as part of the Territorial Force

Association before war broke out - years before the

11th Service Company, known as the St Helens Pals,

were formed.

The Pals, set up in part by Lord

Derby, took

the Territorial Force’s ethos further. In 1914, many

towns introduced these Pals battalions - regional

units intended to inspire comradery in their soldiers.

Pals served alongside friends and neighbours

rather than being randomly allocated to a regiment

- like the Territorials, they served with people from

their local area who they knew prior, but also had

the opportunity to enlist with them.

St Helens Pioneers

The St Helens Pals – or Pioneers – were part of the

30th Division along with the Liverpool Pals, and

responsible for digging trenches along with their

fighting duties. Around 180 of these Pals were

underage at the time of enlistment, and more than

120 overage. A total of 378 men from

the St Helens Pioneers died

over the course

of WW1,


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with approximately 1 in 3 men wounded.

Originally a rifle company, the Pals - many of whom

worked in the St Helens coal mines or at Pilkington

Glass - eventually became Pioneers because of

their skill with a pick and shovel. The war’s impact

on local economy and industry was clearly felt,

with a large chunk of workers leaving to fight and

a great many of these killed in action; but, used to

digging and physically strong, the men were adept

at physical labour in the trenches.

Corporal John Thomas Davies

One such volunteer was Corporal John Thomas

Davies, a brick maker from St Helens. Davies is

believed to be the only person ever to have been

awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross while still

alive.

In 1918, his battalion was ordered to withdraw

in Eppeville, France, but the only exit was below

barbed wire and through a deep stream. That

anybody survived at all was due to the magnificent

defence put up by the Lewis Gunners until all were

killed, wounded or taken as prisoners of war.

It was here that Davies held up the enemy by

mounting a nearby parapet with his Lewis gun. A

good number of his company managed to withdraw

John Davies (second in line) receiving his Victoria

Cross from the Prince of Wales

under his cover, and Davies was presumed to have

been killed. However, he was actually taken alive as

prisoner, and went on to serve in World War II before

he passed away in 1955 in St Helens at the age of 60.

A commemorative plaque to John Davies VC

was unveiled in March this year at the St Helens

Cenotaph in Victoria Square, the day before the

centenary of his Victoria Cross award.

Centenary Commemorations

The losses to Lancashire and what is now

Merseyside 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 the borough of St Helens rallying together to

commemorate the centenary.

24 Silent Soldiers have already been erected across

the borough, including one by the Steve Prescott

Bridge, as well as in various parks and parishes.

These near life-sized silhouettes serve as a reminder

of the roles played in the First World War – from the

iconic ‘Tommy’ soldier to medics and munitions

factory workers.

St Helens will also be participating in the ‘Beacons

of Light’ tribute on Remembrance Day, which will

see one of 1000 beacons nationwide lit in Taylor

Park. The ceremony gets underway at 6:45pm, with

attendees asked to meet at the Boathouse Cafe at

6:30pm.

This year’s Remembrance Ceremony meets at the

Cenotaph in Victoria Square on Remembrance Day

at 10:45am to remember those who fought and

died for our country.

A concert will take place at St Helens Town Hall

with performances from the Haydock Male Voice

Choir and Ellie Hull, with a grand finale by the Royal

British Legion, Army and Navy cadets.

For related events and ceremonies, see our

Events2Go guide on page 51.


Children & Education 33

Degrees of

learning

12 page

education

special


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Part-Time Professors

Around eight out of ten students work part-time in

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

job in college or university can assist with living costs

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

away vital studying time?

Part-time employment looks good on a CV. In

today’s competitive job market, school-leavers and

graduates need their CVs to stand out more than

ever. Though this can be boosted with volunteering

opportunities and work experience, working parttime

shows they know how to prioritise and manage

their time effectively.

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

or a degree can be stressful, with many universities

saying their courses require as much dedication as a

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

cramming in the library or attending lecturers’ office

hours.

Students will learn to be financially responsible.

Which means relying less on the bank of mum and

dad! Budgeting is an essential life skill, and parttime

jobs can help alleviate the stresses of a student

overdraft.

Non-flexible shifts might mean skipping classes.

Employers demanding compulsory overtime or

arranging different shifts each week might lead to

students missing out on contact hours, including

classes and lectures.

One solution is freelance work, which can be useful

for gaining work experience in any chosen field and

for making a bit of extra cash; although the frequency

and amount of work can decrease during quiet

spells. Tutoring is another way to get some pocket

money going while reinforcing good study habits –

just make sure to seek permission from the college

or university before advertising your services!

Could you be one of tomorrow’s

outstanding teachers?

Individuals who are

passionate about working

with young children.

Join us at our open evenings at;

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School,

Hardybutts, WIGAN, WN1 3RZ

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

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

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

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

Individuals who have

the potential to be

outstanding teachers

Accredited

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

For more information and updates visit www.wcpsd.uk

Provider code 2A4 - Course code 2XT7


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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

garden centre or if you contact them directly.

Warbreck Garden Centre, Lyelake Lane, Lathom, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 6JW

Tel: 01695 722 960 www.warbreckhomeandgarden.com


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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.

Located on Lyelake Lane (B5240) in Lathom just

minutes from Junction 3 of the M58, Warbreck

is easily accessible from Maghull, Burscough, St

Helens, Skelmersdale and Up Holland.

Warbreck Garden Centre

WarbreckGC

warbreckgardencentre


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Do you want to

make a difference

to children’s lives?

Why not consider training to become a Primary School Teacher!

We are looking for people who have (or will have) a 2:1 degree,

have a passion for teaching and want to inspire children to fulfil

their potential.

Excellent employment rates with 100% of our trainees gaining

employment (over 50% of these being employed within our

partnership schools).

We are offering an amazing opportunity to train within schools

in St Helens. We have highly experienced, qualified mentors &

trainers who guide & teach graduates to become outstanding

classroom practitioners.

You will gain a PCGE as well as QTS & have opportunity to gain

Master’s Credits.

For further details please contact:

Ellen Riley

Grange Valley Primary School

Heyes Avenue, Haydock

St Helens, WA11 0XQ

Telephone: 01744 678300

Email: ellen.riley@sthelens.org.uk

Training provider code: 2KF

Training programme code: 39R7

WE ARE RECRUITING NOW FOR SEPTEMBER 2019 START DATE


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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.

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 World of Glass offers an insight into St Helens

industry and the history of glass-making. Step into

the Victorian furnace and explore underground

tunnels, and see a live glass-blowing demonstration

in action.

Meanwhile, the North West Museum of Road

Transport gives you a sneak peek at the vehicular

history of the area, and offers regular vintage bus

rides around St Helens.

A bit further afield, Liverpool’s Maritime Museum

is great for finding out how local people were

affected by developments to ships and sailing, and

offers plenty of history about Liverpool’s dockyards.

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 worry –

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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.

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

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.

Artistic Alternative

An art class is available to St Helens residents who

are accessing healthcare for stress, depression or

anxiety.

Creative Alternatives is run by the Alef Trust, a notfor-profit

organisation which promotes personal

development and wellbeing in a humanist light.

The group sessions run weekly, offering artistic

activities such as creative writing, drawing, painting,

3D modelling and textiles in a safe space with no

judgement.

If you’re aged over 18 in St Helens and experiencing

mild to moderate stress, depression and/or anxiety,

and you’re keen to improve your wellbeing in a

group setting, Creative Alternatives could be for

you. You’ll have to be referred, but the outcome is

a relaxed, safe environment tailored to your needs.

For more information, contact Helen on 07745

590698 or email Helen@creativealternatives.org.uk.


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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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St Aidan’s

3rd centenary

By Gemma Sherlock

A Billinge church is celebrating its 300-year

anniversary.

St. Aidan’s wasn’t the first religious building to exist

on its present site – in fact, it was predated by a

small chapel built in 1539, which existed until the

early eighteenth-century. We take a look back at St.

Aidan’s fascinating history and see how the building

has adapted and changed over the years.

Prior to the chapel being built, when the scattered

farmer folk of Billinge looked out from their vantage

ground over the wide extent of lower country which

lay between them and Rivington Pike, they saw,

when the day was clear enough, the tower of Wigan

Parish Church. That far-away tower was their parish

church, to which their children had to be taken for

baptism and their dead for burial.

Billinge used to be part and parcel of the vast parish

of Wigan, and was within the reach of the windborne

sound of its beautiful bells. But the very

sweetness of that music, on the rare occasions when

it could be heard, reminded the people how far

away their House of God really was.

Eventually, a consensus was reached that Billinge

needed a chapel of its own, as no-one but the

strongest residents could regularly travel the four

or five miles to Wigan for services. And so, with

the due permission of the then Rector of Wigan

(Richard Kyghley, 1534-43), a chapel of ease was


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Interior showing box pews and side galleries

built at the cost of the inhabitants. The chapel

was poorly finished, and plundered by the King’s

Commissioners during their visit in 1552.

The presumption has always been that the old

chapel stood upon the site of the present one.

Finally, during the course of the 1907-8 restoration,

a discovery was made

which almost certainly

proves it as fact.

A graveyard was

discovered in the nave

space, placed east and

west. The graves were

almost certainly created

before the old oak seats

were installed in 1718, an

implication corroborated

by the presence of a

tombstone outside the

western church door that

dates back to 1713, five

years before St. Aidan’s

was built.

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1765 the plaintiffs spoke of “the Chapel of Billinge

afores, and also a certain parcel of land thereto

adjoining called the Chapel yard, now are and

immemorially have been an ancient Chapel and

Chapel yard”. The defendants said that the ancient

chapel was in 1717 and 1718 “pulled down, and

the present chapel built upon the site thereof by

contribution.” Piecing everything together, it’s

almost certain that the present church was built

on the site of the earlier chapel, and that Billinge

residents have gone to worship there for more than

400 years.

Billinge became a parish in its own right in 1865, and

the church was dedicated to St Aidan Lindisfarne in

1908. During this time the church was altered to its

present form. North and South galleries and pews

were removed, a new floor laid, and the chancel and

transept added.

Pews were allocated to the Bankes family, Lord

Derby, Sir William Gerard and James Scaesbrike,

the prime mover. A tablet inscription located on

the south wall of the church tells us that Scaesbrike

was a Liverpool merchant who frequently resided in

Billinge.

Vocalists and musicians provided music from a

smaller West Gallery during the 18/19th century

before the first organ came. In 1993 the meeting area

was created, including a kitchen and a toilet; 1994

saw an infestation and rot which led to necessary

extensive roof repairs. The font was moved for the

2000 millennium.

The church’s appearance isn’t the only change. Once

attracting hundreds upon hundreds of residents, it

now caters for a smaller number and exists without

a permanent vicar. Last year the church hosted 37

burials plus service crematoriums, 47 baptisms and

9 marriages.

St. AIdan’s is open to visitors every Saturday from

10am-12pm.

To find out more, visit http://staidanbillinge.org.uk/

or call Rev J Thomason 01942 727275. Thanks go

to former warden Clifford Stockley for providing us

with the information and pictures.


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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

around 20% of it is still sealed off to the public,

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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


Leisure

Food & Drink 51

Caramel Apple Pie

This melt-in-your-mouth apple pie is perfect for a Bonfire Night party.

Serves 6-8.

Ingredients

For the pastry

250g plain flour

125g butter, cubed

Pinch of salt

3-4 tablespoons cold water

For the filling

50g caster sugar

50g dark muscavado sugar

50g butter

25ml water

700g Bramley apples, peeled,

cored and sliced

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Caster sugar for sprinkling

25cm pie dish

Method

To make the pastry, sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Rub the butter

into the flour using your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Pour in cold water and mix with a round-bladed knife until it all starts to

come together. Knead the pastry a little until it forms a ball, then wrap in

clingfilm and rest it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Take about two thirds of the pastry and roll it out onto a floured surface

into a circle big enough to line the pie dish. Gently press the pastry into

the pie dish and trim off any excess. Wrap it up again and put back in the

fridge while the apples are prepared.

Peel, core and slice the apples no thinner than 0.5cm. Squeeze the lemon

over them and grate in the zest. Sprinkle with the cinnamon.

To make the caramel sauce, melt the butter in a large pan, then add the

flour and cook gently for one minute. Add both sugars and the water then

bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes. Add the apple slices and

stir to coat them with the caramel. Cook gently until the apples begin to

soften. Allow to cool, and then place them into the lined pie dish.

Preheat the oven to 170˚C.

Cut remaining pastry into 10 or 12 strips as long as the pie dish. Brush

a little water around the edges of the tart so the lattice top will stick.

Weave the lattice on top, securing the edges, then trim off the excess

pastry. Sprinkle generously with caster sugar, then bake for 30 minutes.

Serve with custard or good quality ice-cream.


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Friday, November 2, 7:30pm

Rainford Cricket Club presents a fun quiz night with

brilliant prizes. Teams of up to 6 can take part, and

entry costs £5 a head. Bring your own drinks and

snacks. Call 07767 441978 for details.

All Saints Parish Church Hall, Rainford, WA11 8SD

Blind Wine Tasting

Friday, November 2, 7:30pm

Test your knowledge of wines and your palate for

a fun night with friends in a fundraiser for Rainford

Girlguiding. Tickets £20.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB

Junction Inn Fireworks

Saturday, November 3, 5:30pm-11:30pm

The Junction Inn hosts a free firework display, with

free curry and rice. There will be live entertainment

afterwards, and children are welcome until 8pm.

Junction Inn, 102 Junction Ln, St Helens, WA9 3JL

Circus of Horrors

Saturday, November 3, 7:30pm

After a 22-year world tour, Circus of Horror returns

for its latest incarnation – The Psycho Asylum,

a bizarre collection of circus acts with a mostly

original soundscape and amazing celebrity reviews.

Northern Belle Fireworks

Saturday, November 3, 5:30pm

Hop on board at Liverpool Lime Street and travel

in true 1930s glamour in a vintage carriage,

with champagne and canapes. You’ll experience

gastronomical delights in a 5-course meal, rounded

off with a firework show. Tickets cost £275, with

20% being donated to Willowbrook Hospice.

For more information, call 01744 453798 or email

events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

Vegan Fair

Sunday, November 4, 11am-4:30pm

From cakes to cosmetics, Rainford’s Vegan Fair has

tonnes of cruelty-free gifts and snacks on offer. You

can even grab a festive gift while you’re there.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB

Classic Car Show

Sunday, November 4, 11am-4pm

Remember the old carefree days of motoring with a

display of cherished cars old and new. Free heritage

bus rides, model railways and light refreshments on

sale. Adults £4.25 or children aged 5-17 £2.50.

North West Museum of Road Transport, 51 Hall

Street, St Helens, WA10 1DU

Theatre Royal, St Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744

756000


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Supper by Candlelight

Wednesday, November 7, 7pm

Willowbrook Hospice presents a magical evening.

See the hospice gardens illuminated at night and

enjoy a hotpot supper with apple pie and wine

by candlelight. Tickets £10, booking essential on

01744 453798 or from The Living Well.

Cedarwood Centre, Portico Lane, Prescot, L34 2QT

Unexploded Ordnances

Thursday, November 8, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Award-winning US performance troupe Split

Britches present their Dr Strangelove-inspired

performance. Unexploded Ordnances explores

ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and optimism in an

uncertain future. Tickets £6 or £4 for concessions.

St Helens Town Hall, WA10 1HP

Chubbs in St Helens

Thursday, November 8, 7:30pm-10:30pm

Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown heads to the Theatre Royal for a

hilarious night of politically incorrect comedy. Tickets

£25 and can be booked through the box office.

Theatre Royal, St Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744

756000

Rainhill Beer Festival

Thursday, Nov 8 & Friday, Nov 9, 7pm-11pm, then

Saturday, Nov 10, 1pm-11pm

The 16th beer festival features new brewers and

beers for 2018. The Rotary Club of Rainhill invites

you to sample new beers and ciders, and try a tipple

at the prosecco bar. For more information, head to

http://www.rainhillbeerfest.org/.

Rainhill Recreation Club, Victoria Terrace, Rainhill,

L35 0LH

WW1 Centenary

Friday, November 9, 7pm-8:15pm

Join the Parr Brass Band for an evening of music

and readings to commemorate the centenary of

the Armistice. Bring your flag and join in the singalong!

Admission is £5 on the door, under 16s go

free with an adult, includes post-concert wine/juice

and nibbles. All proceeds go to the Poppy Appeal.

Prescot Parish Church, Church St, Prescot, L34 1LA

Remembrance Concert

Friday, November 9, 7:30pm-10:30pm

Rainford Band and special guests mark the

centenary of the Armistice. The first half is dedicated

to remembering those who served in the war, then

the second half showcases well-known classic songs

from the war years. Tickets £12, a percentage goes

to Help For Heroes. Call 01744 884633 for tickets.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB

Remembrance Banquet

Friday, November 9, 7:30pm-10:30pm

An evening of music and dinner to celebrate our

troops. The St Helens Brass Band will play on arrival,

and a 3 course dinner will be served. After dinner,

enjoy a performance from the 1940s Wing Dancers

and music from Windy Warlow and the A-Train

Swing. Booking essential on 01744 886812 or

enquiries@inglenook-farm.co.uk.

Inglenook Farm, Moss Nook Lane, Rainford, WA11 8AE

Ghost Hunt

Saturday, November 10, 9pm-2am

Something strange is going on at the bus depot…

Experience some great vintage buses with

backstories, including a former Maltese Army truck

and a London bus with movie credits. Tickets £25,

no under-18s.

North West Museum of Road Transport, 51 Hall

Street, St Helens, WA10 1DU


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Remembrance Ceremony

Sunday, November 11, 10:45am

Come together to honour the sacrifices made

during the First World War, and the local people

who fought for our country.

The Cenotaph, Victoria Square, St Helens

Funny Cow & Q&A

Monday, November 12, 7pm-9:30pm

Maxine Peake stars as a mercurial female stand-up

in an unflinching drama about the Northern club

circuit in the 70s. Join her for a Q&A after the film.

Ravenhead Social Club, Alexandra Drive, St

Helens, WA10 3UJ

Thank ABBA for the Music

Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm

This two-hour theatre spectacular presents ABBA’s

greatest hits with stunning costumes, a seven-piece

live band and interactive video projection. Mamma

mia! Adult tickets £24, concessions £23.

Theatre Royal, St Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744

756000

Sparkle in the Square

Saturday, November 17, 12pm-6pm

The St Helens Christmas lights switch-on heads

to Church Square with festive fun and music for

all the family, before the town is illuminated with

Christmas cheer. Free admission.

Church Square, St Helens

Fun Day

Saturday, November 17, 8:30am-4pm

A joint fundraising effort between Rainford in Bloom

and CrossRoads invites you for a day of fun. There’ll

be stalls offering bric-a-brac and cakes, a raffle and

tombola, and a lunch of soup, sandwiches and cakes.

Rainford Scout Hut, Rainford

40s Night

Saturday, November 17, 7pm-12:30am

An exciting 1940s-themed night with entertainment

by The Golden Age Songbird and a disco, plus hotpot

supper, prize bingo and raffle. Fancy dress optional!

£5 per ticket. Call 07876 348638 for tickets.

Haydock Cricket Club, Piele Rd, Haydock, WA11 0JZ

Christmas Craft Fair

Sunday, November 18, 10am-3pm

A friendly, festive craft fair to find unique,

handcrafted gifts and decorations! Light

refreshments are available, free entry.

Haresfinch Social Club, Haresfinch Road, St

Helens, WA11 9NS

We Three Kings

Sunday, November 18, 7:30pm

We Three Kings of Rock n’ Roll pays tribute to Billy

Fury, Buddy Holly and Elvis in a fabulous greatest

hits show! Adults £19.50, concessions £18.50.

Theatre Royal, St Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744

756000

Jonathan Griffith

Thursday, November 22, 7pm-8pm

Artist Jonathan Griffith talks about his memories of

Liverpool, his journey into painting with cerebral

palsy, and the changing attitudes towards disability.

Free entry, reserve tickets on 01744 677446.

Chester Lane Library, Four Acre Lane, St Helens,

WA9 4DE

Christmas Shopping Night

Friday, November 23, 7pm-9pm

A night of shopping and pampering awaits you to

raise money for the Thatto Heath Crusaders U12s.

Thatto Heath Labour Club, Elephant Lane, St

Helens, WA9 5OZ


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Christmas Market

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

Come along for some great stalls. There will also

be children’s activities, the chance to meet Father

Christmas, a raffle and a tombola.

Bispham Methodist Church, Crank Road, Billinge,

WN5 7DT

Christmas Model Railway

Saturday, November 24, 10am-5pm

The Rainhill Model Railway Club presents a day of

model trains, layouts, traders and a Santa’s Grotto.

Vintage buses run between the show and the North

West Museum of Road Transport. Adult admission

is £3.50 or £4 for a child including a gift from Santa.

Rainhill Village Hall, Weaver Avenue, L35 4LU

Francesca Martinez

Saturday, November 24, 7pm-8:30pm

Comedian and actress Francesca Martinez presents

‘What the **** is Normal?’ – a hilarious look at being

disabled in today’s culture. Tickets cost £6, £5 for

library card holders or £3 for concessions, and are

available from any St Helens library.

Chester Lane Library, Four Acre Lane, St Helens,

WA9 4DE

Rock Night

Saturday, November 24, 8pm

A night of rock music from Snatch Back, Dravens Fall

and Swampstompers. Tickets £5 on the door.

Haresfinch Social Club, Haresfinch Road, St

Helens, WA11 9NS

Crafty Christmas Fayre

Sunday, November 25, 11am-3pm

The Mansion House invites you to enjoy a crafty

Christmas fayre and Santa’s grotto. Lots of fun stalls!

The Mansion House, Victoria Park, WA10 2UE

Sea Cadets Christmas Fair

Sunday, November 25, 11am-5pm

Fun for all the family including Reiki taster sessions

and aromatherapy, Christmas gifts, a raffle, craft

stalls, refreshments and tombola. There’s also a

chance for the kids to meet Santa.

Mill Street Barracks, Mill St, St Helens, WA10 2BB

Gin Festival

Friday, November 30, 6pm-11:30pm & Saturday,

December 1, 12pm-5pm & 6pm-11:30pm

The Absolutely Fabulous Gin Festival heads to

St Helens with over 80 different gins plus live

entertainment. Food available from the Mayur

Indian Restaurant. Tickets £12.50, includes gin Copa

glass and welcome drink. VIP area tickets £50.

St Helens Town Hall, WA10 1HP

Cruelty-Free Xmas Fair

Saturday, December 1, 7pm-10pm

A huge selection of cruelty-free, local produce from

cosmetics to crafts. No animal/animal-tested items.

All money raised goes to Garston Animal Rescue.

Independent Methodist Church, Victoria Road,

Garswood, WN4 0RG

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

Christmas Tree Lighting

Wednesday, December 5, 6:30pm

Trinity Girls Band present a night of carol singing

and a lights switch on by Santa. Plus a free raffle.

Bispham Methodist Church, Crank Road, Billinge,

WN5 7DT


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Fabulous

Fireworks

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 the wind

blows away from you 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.

The tripod and shutter release cable should help

avoid blurry photographs.

If you only have an automatic camera, look for a

firework setting. If there isn’t one, just experiment

with the landscape setting – clicking as soon as

the ‘whoosh’ sound of the firework being launched

usually catches them.

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!

Great local firework displays

Rainford Cricket Ground has its fireworks display

and bonfire on Saturday, November 3. It starts at

5pm, with tickets costing £4 in advance or £5 on

the gate.

Ashton Athletic F.C. present Sparks at Brocstedes

Park on Saturday, November 3. Gates open at 4pm

and the fireworks start at 7pm. Tickets £5 in advance

or £6 on the door.

Sutton Cricket Club are hosting a spectacular

fireworks display on Sunday, November 4 from

6pm-8:30pm. Entry costs £3.


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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

well-defined 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


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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and 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 first-rate 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.


Leaf matter.

Gardening 61

Leaves matter!

Oh, those autumn leaves. So pretty on the trees

but they can be rather inconvenient in the garden.

If they drift too deep on the lawn the grass

underneath will die so there’s nothing to do but

rake them up. However, these fallen leaves are a

little autumn gift from nature and with them you

can create leaf mould. Leaf mould is free garden

nourishment, and it’s like feeding your soil with the

finest fillet steak. Leaf mould is what’s left when the

dead, fallen leaves from deciduous trees and shrubs

are heaped up and allowed to rot down. As they

slowly decompose, only the toughest bits remain,

eventually forming crumbly, dark brown crumbs,

a bit like chocolate sprinkles. Leaf mould is easy to

make, a delight to handle, and you can’t possibly

overfeed your soil with it. Micro-organisms are the

driving factor, performing an alchemy that gives

the finished product an almost magical quality. Its

fibrous nature retains moisture and enables free

drainage, which means it also makes a great mulch

for trilliums or wood anemones, whose natural

habitat is woodland.

I adhere to a policy of only collecting leaves where

necessary. Where they have fallen and are not

obscuring the grass I leave them for the earthworms

to pull into their burrows; I think of earthworms as

my friends and so do nothing to discourage them.

TOP TIP

Insulate your greenhouse to keep plants snug over

the cold winter spell. You can purchase special

bubble wrap for this purpose which can be held

in place with plastic clips that fit into the grooves

between the glazing bars.

Simply sweeping leaves off paths and decking

or patios will keep the garden looking cared for. I

also remove any that have drifted around my herb

garden because herbs like to be able to breathe.

These tasks alone give me enough leaves to create

plenty of lovely leaf mould.

If you have enough room, create a separate leaf

heap rather than simply adding leaves to compost.

It’s quite simple to construct a leaf cage using

chicken wire and posts. You can even bag your

leaves in punctured black bin bags and put them

in an out-of-the-way corner. The puncturing is

necessary to allow air to circulate. A leaf heap made

this autumn will be ready by next autumn.

Happy gardening

By Rachael Leverton

JOBS FOR NOVEMBER

• Regularly check your stored produce of pears,

apples etc and remove any that are rotting. This

includes potatoes for blight - remove any that are

soft or discoloured to prevent the fungal disease

spreading to your healthy potatoes.

• Protect exotic plants from frost by putting a

handful of straw in the crown of tree ferns, around

the roots of trees and use hessian or bubble wrap

around pots.

• Keep an eye out for weeds which will still try to

grow even with winter approaching.

• Wash any slippery surfaces with water and a few

drops of specialist cleaner. Scrub until all algae,

moss etc has been removed.


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66 Motoring

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 body-onchassis

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 pickup

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 lining-up up a trailer to lug. Towing

is something that the new Ssangyong Musso is

brilliant 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

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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 match

the Rexton or any other SUV for handling. The pricetag

of the Ssangyong Musso makes you forgive its

so-so handling. It’s cheaper than Mitsubishi’s L200


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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 factoryfitted

equipment, including air conditioning,

Bluetooth, and DAB radio. Over that, the Rebel

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ready-to-go all-terrain tyres, and black 20-inch

alloys. Also standard on the Musso is a segmentleading

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more than anything, demonstrates how much faith

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pick-up is no pig in a wig – and you can forget the

lipstick, too.

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