West Lancashire Edition January 2019
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Each month I sit down and read the first proof of
this magazine before pulling together this column.
Whilst I enjoy it, I try not to witter on about my
personal life because the world has enough selfpublicists
without me joining the crowd. I’m going
to make an exception this month though, and if it
inspires just one reader towards better health in
2019, then it will have been worth it.
Early in 2018, after a random retinal scan at the
opticians showed up anomalies, I visited the doctor
and received a diagnosis of diabetes – type 2 after
tests showed that my blood sugar levels were
running at 87. It was an almighty shock, because
I’ve never had a problem with my health. Sure I was
overweight and my lifestyle is mainly sedentary, but,
probably like most people in that position, I never
thought it would happen to me.
After the shock wore off, I decided that I would try
and reverse the diagnosis. So I ordered a meal plan
and recipe book from www.carbsandcals.com and
(with a lot of help from my darling wife) lived off 800
calories a day for six weeks. It’s a radical diet and I
lost around 2¾ stone. My next blood sugar test
showed up at 41, the doctor agreed that I could bin
the diabetes medication and, five months on, I feel
so much better.
If you have been diagnosed with a lifestyle illness
like diabetes type 2, do seriously consider changing
your lifestyle to reduce or reverse the effects.
You must take medical advice first, but taking
drastic steps like this to change your lifestyle, can
potentially add years to your life.
Happy New Year, and good health to you all!
Chris Pearce, Publisher
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Liverpool Beer Fest
Liverpool Beer Festival heads to the Crypt of the
Metropolitan Cathedral in February.
From Thursday, February 21 to Saturday, February
23, enjoy real ales, craft beers and ciders in a
great location, with live entertainment from the
Brasswurst Bavarian Band on Friday and Saturday
evenings. Guests receive a commemorative glass
as part of the admission charge, and can exchange
cash for beer tokens to use at the event. CAMRA
members receive £3 of free tokens.
Tickets range from £3-£10 and can be booked on
A creative writing group in Tarleton is helping
The group, which meets on Thursday mornings
at 10am in Tarleton Library, encourages members
to improve their writing skills and learn new
techniques by workshopping with others. Sharing
your writing with the group promotes discussion,
which is often the key to the success of a piece – and
you’ll go away feeling encouraged to write more.
New members are always welcome – just go along
to one of the sessions.
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Free Stay & Play sessions are offered every
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The sessions are ideal for spending quality time with
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It’s January. Chances are your tree is still up, albeit a
bit worse for wear after the festivities. You’re going
to take it to the tip at some point. But did you know
that a 2 metre tall tree that ends up in landfill has a
carbon footprint of 16kg? It’s estimated that every
single Christmas tree that gets dumped costs the
local authority £2.32 in fees – while this might not
sound like a lot, with around 7 million real trees
bought each year, it definitely adds up.
So how do we ditch the tree? There are plenty of
eco-friendly ways to do the Christmas clean-up:
here are some suggestions.
Treecycle. Recycled trees are usually shredded into
chippings, which can be used in parks or woodland
areas. Take your tree to any recycling centre, or look
out for charities offering tree recycling schemes in
your area. For a small donation, staff will usually
come to pick up your tree and take it to be recycled,
saving you the hassle of squeezing it into the car.
the growth of Marram Grass and prevent dune
flattening, which damages the fragile eco-system of
the beach. However, the change in the dunes since
planting started has been spectacular, and adding
more trees will no longer be beneficial. Instead, see
if any local causes can make use of your evergreen
after Christmas to help with conservation.
If you’re tired of the fuss of having a real tree, why
not opt for an artificial one next year? Recreate
the smell of pine with a scented candle or some
incense – there are even Christmas scented room
sprays to keep your whole house smelling festive.
If you invest in a sturdy enough tree, you’ll be able
to use it again and again, saving you money in the
Rainbow House in Ormskirk will shift your tree for
a minimum donation of £10 to the charity, which
works with disabled people in the community. See
the website for details and booking deadlines.
A bit nostalgic to see your tree go? Why not replant
it instead? If your tree has a healthy root (this
doesn’t apply to cut trees), remove any coverings
over the root ball and plant it, covering the hole
with mulch and watering. Christmas trees only need
to be fertilised in springtime, so they’re relatively
low maintenance for the winter. The only downside
is that replanted trees should only be kept indoors
for a maximum of one and a half weeks to be able to
re-adapt to outdoor conditions.
Donate your tree. Christmas trees can be used for a
lot more than decoration. Some organisations utilise
them as barriers against floods, including Pickering
in North Yorkshire. National Trust Formby actually
used to plant trees in the sand dunes to encourage
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Tarleton Library is looking for volunteers to help out
at its Stay & Play group.
The sessions are aimed at pre-schoolers and their
parents or guardians to enjoy games and activities
– and it’s rapidly expanding, so more hands on deck
If you can lend a hand on Mondays from 10am-
12pm, pop into Tarleton Library and enquire at the
desk. You don’t need to be available every single
week, but a regular commitment is requested.
Spin A Story
Cedar Farm’s Story Shed is hosting storytelling
workshops across 2019.
Costing £12 per session, learn the art of storytelling
through a range of creative and practical exercises,
with reflective discussion amongst group members
in a cosy environment.
Booking is essential for the sessions at www.
Sessions take place on the first Saturday of the month,
starting on Saturday, January 5 at 3:30pm. For more
information, head to Cedar Farm’s Facebook page.
Family History Course
Parbold Library is running a 6-week course to help
trace your ancestors.
Starting on Thursday, January 10, the course helps
family historians who have already made a start
on tracing their family tree and are aware of basic
resources and research methods, taking you from
beginner to intermediate level.
The course is free to everyone aged 19+, but booking
is required at the library or via Eventbrite.
Sessions take place from 1:30pm-3:30pm at Parbold
For more information, call into the library or head to
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West Lancashire Dementia Cafés run by the
Alzheimer’s Society return this January.
From Friday, January 13, the cafés offer relaxed, fun
meetings for people with dementia and their carers.
Chat to others in a similar situation, make new
friends, access resources and information and join
in group activities. Meeting people going through
similar experiences can be a great support system
for both people with dementia and their families
or carers, providing a safe space for people with
dementia to socialise.
The Parbold café meets at the Parbold Women’s
Institute in The Common between 10am and 12pm
on the second Friday of the month.
Meanwhile, the Ormskirk café takes place on the
last Wednesday of the month in the Annexe at
Cottage Lane Mission at the same times.
For further information, email centrallancashire@
alzheimers.org.uk or call 01772 788700.
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We all love a bargain, and by
the time the Sales roll around
that leftover Christmas
money is burning a hole.
Remember - it’s important
to shop smart to take proper
advantage of the discounts.
Do your research. Many
retailers market their sales
beforehand and some even let you fill your shopping
cart before they officially open. This means you can
plan to make sure that your purchases are relevant to
your needs. Goodbye post-sales regrets!
Shop your wardrobe first. Take stock of what you
already own. It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy
of snapping up a great deal only to find that you
already own three almost identical items.
Don’t forget postage costs. If you’re shopping
online, extra costs like
shipping aren’t usually
included in discounts. Factor
this in and keep checking
your cart before you hit the
Force yourself to try things
on. If it’s worth queueing for
the changing room, and you
still love it when it’s on, it’s probably a good find! If
you can’t be bothered, put it back.
Set a budget. If you don’t start with a limit you’re
almost guaranteed to blow your budget. Because -
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Wear clothes that are easy to get in and out of.
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January is the perfect time for a detox after the
indulgence of Christmas, but it can also be the best
time to cut toxic people out of your life for good.
Identify – Toxic people are manipulative and selfish.
They rarely apologise for or own their mistakes. If
you dread spending time with a person, they are
probably toxic and it’s time to move on.
Be determined - The person might be part of your
social circle, or your immediate superior, or they
might recognise that you are distancing yourself
and try to claw back the friendship. You need to
be clear in your own mind and create a mental
separation, even if you can’t create a physical one
Set boundaries – Don’t respond to texts, block
their number if you can. If it’s a work colleague,
only respond to work-related matters and keep
the relationship strictly professional. Social media
is trickier. I would suggest you unfollow rather
than unfriend, and don’t interact with them. The
algorithms of most social media sites tend to flag
up people you interact with regularly, so by not
commenting or responding to them they will
gradually disappear from your online world.
Accept you can’t save them - Toxic people show
up when they need something: attention, money;
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a shoulder to cry on. Be determined and maintain
your boundaries. If they are in real straits direct
them to resources that specialise in the help they
currently require. Solving their problem is not your
Family matters - Toxic family members are
particularly difficult to deal with as a clean break
is often impossible, but you can still establish clear
boundaries, even if they are in your head. Limit
interactions, perhaps only phone a toxic parent
once a month for 20 minutes, or restrict visits to
three times per year, whatever works for you.
Please note that there is a difference between
people who are truly toxic and people who have
a negative outlook because they struggle with
depression. Most of us can tell the difference
between toxicity and depression. If your friend or
family member suffers from clinical depression let
them know that you love and support them. Don’t
cut them out of your life.
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
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.
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Down on the Farm
There’s plenty going on at Cedar Farm in Mawdesley
to keep you going through the rest of the winter
On Saturday, January 19, a paper cut monogram
workshop takes place at Pocket Wren, where visitors
can learn the basics of paper cutting to create a
personalised framed monogram initial. Paper cutting
is the perfect way to relax after the stresses of the
All materials are provided in the cost of the course,
which is £25 per person. It runs from 1:30pm-4pm.
Always fancied yourself a writer? A modern
calligraphy workshop for beginners is hosted on
Thursday, January 24 between 6:30pm and 9pm,
and can teach you the art of creating beautiful ink
lettering. The class costs £42 per person including a
starter kit and refreshments.
farm for a weaving workshop hosted by Creative with
Nature. You’ll be able to weave willow hearts and
flowers with geometric petals, perfect for the garden
or the home! The course is suitable for beginners, and
costs £75 per person; it runs from 10:30am-4:30pm.
Noctua offers you the opportunity to make your very
own silver rings from scratch using silversmithing
techniques. Choose from two stacking rings with a
semi-precious gemstone or a chunky, textured ring.
The workshop costs £55 per person and starts at
11am on Sunday, February 3.
For further information and booking details for all
above events, see Cedar Farm’s Facebook page or
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An Ormskirk-based mental health organisation
is helping people improve their psychological
wellbeing throughout the winter.
Hope Street, a group dedicated to removing the
stigma around mental illness, was set up in May
this year by founders Dominic and Sheila Byrne.
Since then, the organisation has grown in the
community, offering talks on various mental health
practices from guest speakers, along with wellbeing
workshops for attendees.
‘The idea for Hope Street came about when my wife
Sheila had a nervous breakdown in January 2016’,
Dominic explained. ‘Before it happened, she was
the life and soul of the party, outgoing and happy
- but afterwards she was a shell of her former self.
She was eventually diagnosed with severe anxiety
and depression, along with post-traumatic stress
disorder and OCD.’
As Sheila recovered, the couple soon realised that
there was a gap in support for people suffering
from mental health conditions in Ormskirk. ‘You
can be waiting months
in between doctor’s
appointments, so Hope
Street was really set up
to support people in
between,’ Dominic said.
‘We want to offer a safe
environment free from
the stigma surrounding
mental health, but also a
place for people to regain
hope and be inspired
to take charge of their
for their families and friends too. Meetings, which
take place on Tuesday evenings from 5pm-7pm at
Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, offer a full schedule of
guest speakers. From people who have experienced
poor mental health and come through the other
side to professionals offering alternative therapies,
meetings aim to be informative and beneficial for
Along with the usual meetings, the organisation is
also offering a full-day course on Neuro Linguistic
Programming (NLP) this January. The course is
free to attend to Hope Street regulars, and will be
opened up to the public after places are reserved.
Mental health is just as important as physical
health, and there’s no better time to prioritise it
than the winter months, when around one in fifteen
of us suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Though typically not as severe as depression, SAD
can have a serious impact on day-to-day life.
For more information about Hope Street, visit their
website on www.hopest.org.uk.
Hope Street don’t only
offer support for people
with mental illnesses, but
Don’t fall into a lull this New Year – Tarleton Library
has plenty of community groups to keep you busy.
Lose yourself in a good read with one of the library’s
regular book clubs, which run on the last Tuesday
and second Monday of the month. The Tuesday
group meets at 10:30am, while the Monday evening
group starts at 4pm.
Beginners and computer whizzes alike are invited
to the library’s Code Club, which takes place every
Saturday from 10am-11am.
A friendly coffee morning is hosted by the Friends
of Tarleton Library every Tuesday from 10am-12pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend the drop-in sessions
for refreshments and a chat. Please note the third
Tuesday of the month is replaced by a talk at
For more information on any of the groups, call in
to Tarleton Library or visit the Friends of Tarleton
Library Facebook page.
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Change your Life
by Jess Phillips
The New Year is a time of resolutions. Whether
you’re a stickler for sticking to them or often let
standards slide after January, there’s no better time
to effect change than the start of another year. And
there’s no better way to make that change than by
joining a U3A.
One of the best ways to stay positive is to surround
yourself with friends, and meeting new people
through the U3A is the perfect way to make new
ones. You’ll try
on trips out
together, and make strides towards improving your
physical and psychological wellbeing in 2019.
The UK’s incarnation of the University of the Third
Age was founded 35 years ago, inspired by a
similar movement in France. The organisation has a
strong focus on people in retirement or part-time
employment who are no longer raising a family –
people who now have time to devote themselves
to learning for its own sake. Its core principles are to
promote lifelong learning through self-help interest
groups, which cover a wide range of subjects and
take full advantage of the varied skillset of their
‘Learning Not Lonely’ research carried out by the
U3A found that 3.7 million people aged over 65 live
alone, and 41% of older people feel out of touch
with modern life. Furthermore, 1 in 5 older people
Burscough U3A Crown Green Bowling
suffer from depression, which is often caused by
isolation in the community - that’s where the U3A
Samantha Mauger, U3A National Chief Executive,
said: ‘U3A members reported major benefits to
being part of our learning
model, feeling supported,
learning new skills and
Some studies have even
hinted that learning
and brain training can
help improve aspects of
memory and thinking,
and research is ongoing
into the effects of learning
on dementia. Certain U3A
groups get involved in
the local community to
events such as coffee mornings and film screenings
to ensure that nobody is excluded.
Better yet, there are around 1,000 U3A groups
nationwide, and over 400,000 members – so
whatever your interests, you’re sure to find
someone you get along with. No qualifications are
needed to join, and there are definitely no exams
(although quizzers will be pleased to note, plenty of
opportunities to test your knowledge).
The West Lancashire area has various U3A groups
on offer. Aughton & Ormskirk’s U3A is one of the
UK’s biggest, while the smaller Burscough & District
and Parbold, Newburgh & DIstrict U3As treasure
their intimate atmospheres. Finally, Mawdesley
Villages U3A is hailed by its 800+ members for its
youthful attitude to the huge number of activities
on offer. Whatever your niche, you’re sure to find
someone else who shares it.
Parbold, Newburgh & District
‘I’ve always said that joining a U3A should be
prescribed by doctors,’ says Mervyn Saunders,
Chairman of the Parbold, Newburgh & District U3A.
‘In fact, one of the doctors in Ormskirk recommends
it for anyone over the age of 55 in the area! Joining
a U3A can be hugely beneficial to anyone who’s on
their own – although it can be daunting to walk
into a room full of people when you’re by yourself,
we provide a friendly, welcoming environment so
people can do just that.’
Parbold U3A Tai Chi
The Parbold, Newburgh & District U3A was formed
in 2012, and meet at the Hut on the Hill behind
Christ Church car park on Parbold Hill on the second
and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Meetings take
place betweeen 1:30pm-3:30pm and get the whole
U3A involved - general meetings can be a great
place to catch up with other members and get
involved in new groups.
‘I think one of the best things about our U3A is its
size,’ Mervyn continues. ‘We’re quite a small group of
around 180 members, and of them I’d call around 40
my personal friends, and more still acquaintances!’
You don’t have to stick to a schedule to join –
members can dip in and out of sessions whenever
they choose. ‘It’s very informal,’ explains Mervyn.
‘Everyone chucks in their own bits of knowledge
and we all learn together.’
Annual membership to the Parbold U3A costs
£13.50, with small group fees of around £1-£2 per
session to cover room hire and refreshments.
Founded in 2007, Burscough’s U3A now has around
300 members. The group is dedicated to reducing
loneliness and isolation in the older community,
and strives to create a space where people can
make friends while improving their physical and
‘Since I’ve had more time on my hands and joined
in U3A activities, I seem to have a lot less time to
do nothing!’ says Penny Price, a member of the
Burscough U3A. ‘From learning how to play crown
green bowling and bridge with the U3A, I’ve joined
a couple of bowling clubs and started playing
bridge at a bridge club too.’
There’s a lot more to the U3A than individual
sessions, though. In 2018 the drama club, for
example, put on a Murder Mystery afternoon, and
produced December’s pantomime ‘Glow White and
the 7 Detergents’, which all U3A members were
invited to attend.
‘The first time I went along, I thought “Oh heck, it’s
full of older people!”’ says Heather Gawne, another
U3A member. ‘I’d just retired and wanted to find
activities that offered new challenges – once I
realised and accepted I, too, was an “older” person
and joined the U3A, I found it provided not only
a full calendar of fun classes, clubs and events,
but also a great bunch of new friends who are
beautifully young at heart.’
The entire Burscough group meet every Friday
afternoon between 2pm and 3pm in the Old People
Club on Lord Street.
Aughton & Ormskirk
The largest U3A in the West Lancashire area,
Aughton & Ormskirk U3A boasts a whopping 87
choices of group from philosophy to Zumba, and
around 2000 members.
Most months, the whole group get together inbetween
smaller group sessions at Christ Church
in Aughton to hear a guest speaker cover various
topics – in the past, these have included everything
from the future of artificial intelligence to the art of
Alongside this schedule of talks, regular coffee
mornings take place every Thursday, which act as
a more informal way to get to know each other,.
Coffee mornings are a perfect opportunity to join
new groups and perhaps think about establishing
your own! Meetings take place at the Aughton
Scout & Guide HQ at Christ Church between 9:45am
U3As not only provide a new way to get involved
in the local community, but offer various trips and
tours throughout the year if you’re itching to get
away for a while. 2018 saw U3A members heading
out on an art tour of Italy, while attendees of the
Occasional Day Trips group visited Penrhyn Castle
in Bangor and Harewood House near Leeds. If
you’re lamenting your decision against travelling
the world in your twenties, why not get out there
Aughton & Ormskirk U3A’s Staycation production
Aughton & Ormskirk Coach Trip
and do it now with the U3A?
Annual membership for Aughton & Ormskirk U3A
Most notably dubbed a ‘youth club for grown-ups’
by one of its members, Mawdesley U3A boasts
over eight hundred regular attendees. Dedicated
to bringing people with a zest for life together
in a relaxing but stimulating environment, the
U3A offers a massive list of groups - 62 in total!
Members can get involved with everything from
fun mathematics and wood carving to cycling or
walking in foreign lands.
From the get-go, Mawdesley U3A provides a friendly
face in the community. General meetings (or
Community Mornings) are held every Wednesday
between 10:15am and 11:45am at Mawdesley
Village Hall, where new members can get involved
or existing ones can join new groups. Visitors can
also try taster sessions at the smaller group sessions
before formally signing up to sample life in a U3A.
Joining a U3A really couldn’t be simpler. Just head
down to one of the general meetings or coffee
mornings of your chosen area and make yourself
known to the friendly team! Alternatively, you
can contact the U3A via their website - if you’re
interested in a particular group, contact details can
usually be found in the ‘Groups’ section.
If you’re sick of trying and failing to stick to the same
tired New Year’s resolutions, give the U3A a go this
January. You never know - it might just change your
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A Taste of France
Thursday, January 10, 10am-12pm
A flavour of the language, lifestyle and food of
France. Learners begin with easy words and phrases
in French, learn about life in France, and sample
some French food. Booking required on Eventbrite.
Parbold Library, The Common, Wigan, WN8 7EA
A Taste of Spain
Friday, January 11, 1:30pm-3:30pm
A flavour of the language, lifestyle and food of
Spain. Learners begin with easy words and phrases
in Spanish, learn about life in France, and sample
some Spanish food. Booking required on Eventbrite.
Ormskirk Library, Burscough Street, Ormskirk,
Life on the Home Front
Friday, January 11, 7pm-9pm
Head to Chapel Gallery’s Opening the Gates
exhibition for a talk on what life was like on the
home front in West Lancashire.
Chapel Gallery, St. Helens Rd, Ormskirk, L39 4QR
Saturday, January 12, 19 & 26, 7:30am-9:30am
Experience the haunting sound of the whooper
swans as they wake on the mere and the thrill of
an early morning hide visit. The birds are given their
breakfast towards the end, before visitors have
theirs at the Mere Side Café. Tickets £16 per person.
Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Fish Lane,
Burscough, L40 0TA
Intro to Vintage Crafts
Tuesday, January 15, 10am-12pm
Explore a variety of art and craft techniques using a
selection of materials to upcycle and reuse a range
of objects. Free to attend but booking required on
Eventbrite or at any Lancashire library.
Parbold Library, The Common, Parbold, WN8 7EA
Tuesday, January 15, 7:45pm
Chris Rowe presents ‘How the Bolsheviks won
control of the Russian revolution’ in association with
the Douglas Valley Historical Society. New members
welcome, visitors entry fee of £2.50 applies.
Parbold Women’s Institute, Station Road, WN8 7NU
Unruly Tongues: Stolen
Wednesday, January 23, 7:30pm
A fairy-tale performance of ‘Stolen’ by Daniel
Morden and The Devil’s Violin, accompanied by the
exquisite strings of Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Sarah
Moody. For tickets, call 07305 806741.
Parbold Women’s Institute, Station Road, WN8 7NU
Magic of Motown
Friday, January 25, 7:30pm-10pm
Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back Motown hits,
glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves
and fantastic musicianship, featuring songs from
Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Jackson 5.
Southport Theatre, The Promenade, Southport,
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36 Health & Fitness
before going into the rest of the workout to get
yourself warmed up.
The Warrior Pose is probably the most famous
– stand with your legs apart and your right foot
turned out 90 degrees, your left foot facing slightly
inwards. Relax your arms, then extend them out to
the side, palms down. The right knee should bend
90 degrees over the ankle, while the other stretches
– hold this for around a minute.
If you’re feeling braver, try a Bridge Pose. Lie down
on the floor with your knees bent over your heels
and your arms at your sides. Breathe out as you lift
your hips and press your feet into the floor, clasping
your hands under your lower back. Hold this for
We all know habits are difficult to break – but
getting into a good one can be just as hard. Yoga
offers plenty of health benefits, and can be a great
routine to get into this January.
The benefits of practising yoga are countless. Bad
posture from sitting at a desk all day? Try yoga. Want
to be more flexible? Yoga’s the answer. Feel the
ache in your arms carting shopping bags around?
Regular yoga can increase your strength! The
practice is also said to protect your spinal cord and
increase blood flow around your body, preventing
Whether you’re thinking of starting attending yoga
classes or just having a go of a sequence at home,
here are some great poses to begin with.
For Mountain Pose, stand with your feet together
and pressed into the ground, arms by your sides.
As you breathe deeply, raise your arms above your
head with palms facing each other, and stretch your
fingertips up. You might want to repeat this pose
Downward Dog starts on all fours, with your hands
under your shoulders and knees under hips. Walk
your hands a few inches and bring your hips up so
your body forms a triangle with the floor, feet apart
and knees slightly bent. Hold this position for three
Most yoga sequences end with Corpse Pose. Not as
alarming as it sounds but often hailed as the most
challenging pose, lie on the floor with your arms
at your sides, palms turned towards the ceiling,
and slowly let your body relax. Close your eyes,
concentrate on breathing deeply, and consciously
release any tension you’re holding in your frame.
After 5-10 minutes, stretch your body and bring
your knees to your chest, rolling over into a foetal
position before you sit up.
There are plenty of local yoga classes on offer, and
YouTube is a great resource for visual direction at
home. Go on – give yoga a chance in 2019.
By Jess Phillips
West Lancs Walkers
Free health walks are on offer in Burscough this
In association with Active West Lancs, the walks run
from 10am-11am on Tuesdays, and are suitable for
complete beginners or people looking to get back
into fitness. The group meet at Richmond Park
bowling pavilion off Junction Lane (L40 2XY).
It is requested that walkers wear suitable clothing
and footwear, and arrive ten minutes prior to the
starting time. Walks may be cancelled in inclement
weather. For more information, call 01695 555804
or go to www.activewestlancs.org.
A new Tai Chi class starts in Parbold this January.
The class, organised by Active West Lancs, takes
place in Parbold WI every Wednesday from January
9th to March 20th, 10:30am-11:30am.
If you’d like to improve your balance and coordination
whilst alleviating stress, head along to
one of the classes!
For more information, call 01695 555804 or email
Free Dance Class
A new afternoon dance steps class has started in
Whether you’ve never danced before or you can
jitterbug with the best of ‘em, everyone is welcome
to come and learn new dance moves to toe-tapping
music. From the mambo to the tango, you’ll
be jiving all afternoon with new friends before
enjoying a cuppa and a cake afterwards!
All classes are completely free, and all ages are
welcome. The class takes place at St. John’s Hall on
Chapel Lane, Burscough (L40 7RA) every Tuesday
from 1:30pm-3:30pm from January 8th. For more
information, head to www.ejhealthandwellbeing.
co.uk or call 07925 731293.
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Stay Dry This
Every year, millions of people nationwide give up
alcohol for an entire month.
Dry January might not sound like much of a
challenge to some people – but, considering the
average person in the UK spends around £50,000
on alcohol in their lifetime, it can be harder than
first meets the eye. That’s without mentioning the
some 600,000 who are dependent on alcohol to get
through the day.
There are plenty of reasons staying sober this New
Year can benefit you – you’ll avoid nasty hangovers,
spend less, and feel healthier in yourself. Plus, if one
of your New Year’s Resolutions is to lose weight, Dry
January can help you bust that beer gut. If you’re up
for the challenge, here are some top tips for staying
sober this month – and beyond.
Don’t bottle it up. Alcohol is a great way for
temporarily forgetting your problems, but forgetting
them isn’t solving them. Instead of putting your
stresses on hold, confront them
head on. Chat to someone you
trust and share your feelings
with them – a support system
can be a lifesaver, especially if
you’re majorly cutting back.
Dry January app is available on the App Store and
the Google Play Store, and offers useful tools like
a calorie calculator, unit tracker and a tool to show
how much money you’ve saved to encourage you
to keep at it. You’ll also get regular email support to
keep you going all through the month.
Treat yourself. The good news about all of this is
that with all that money you’re saving on booze,
there’s plenty left for a little treat or two. Dine out
with friends or head to the January sales to reward
yourself for a month of hard graft. Go on – you
Dry January is a great opportunity to feel better
in yourself – but it can also benefit others. Get
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By Jess Phillips
Take your mind off it. What
better time to bust out that
shiny NYR gym membership
than Dry January? Hit the
treadmill instead of the bottle
to get those endorphins going
and take your mind off any
Download the app. The free
Sick of being stuffed up? If the tissues are running
low and it still feels like you have cotton wool
shoved up your nostrils, it might be time to try a
Steam it out. If you have a steam vaporiser on hand,
add some drops of decongestant oil to clear your
sinuses and breathe it in for a few minutes a day. If
not, taking a hot shower can be just as beneficial,
as the moisture helps to clear your nasal passages.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids and try some
healthy soups (chicken broth is a classic) to stay
nourished when you’re feeling under the weather.
If you’re suffering from a sore throat, try drinking
something hot to ease the pain. Coffee drinkers - try
switching to decaf or tea until you’re feeling better.
Some people also recommend gargling salt water
as a remedy for a sore throat - this reportedly
reduces swelling and loosens mucus, helping get
rid of bacteria. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in
a cup of water and gargle - just be warned that it
probably won’t taste pleasant!
Probiotics are your friend when you’re poorly. Eat
a yoghurt for breakfast to stave off another cold
for the winter, as research suggests they boost the
immune system and reduce inflammation.
Most importantly, remember to get plenty of rest,
and see your GP if the cold doesn’t clear up in a
couple of weeks.
January is all about trying new things – why
not make veganism one of them? Veganuary
encourages people to ditch animal produce for a
whole month and see how it benefits you and the
world around you.
The transition into veganism can be difficult,
especially if you’re concerned about what is and
isn’t allowed. Ditching meat and dairy is one
thing, but you also need to watch out for other
products you probably use without thinking, such
as cosmetics, which often contain animal fats.
Look out for cruelty-free brands and labels when
shopping for skincare.
However, the benefits of veganism can outweigh its
challenges. Not only will you have a positive impact
on the environment – veganism helps prevent the
excess pollution that comes from meat production
– but a vegan diet is a great way to lose weight and
feel healthier in yourself, as you’ll be eating plenty
more fruit and veggies. Plus, it’s estimated that each
vegan saves around 200 animals per year: a pretty
Tofu, lentils and chickpeas are a great source of
protein, but you can also check out Quorn’s vegan
range (which ditches the egg) if you think you’ll
crave the taste of meat. Bean burgers and vegan
sausages taste great and provide you with essential
proteins to keep your energy levels up, but if you
are feeling a bit less energised, vegan protein
supplements are also available on the market.
When you’re considering going vegan, creativity is
key. Don’t bore yourself with the same meals over
and over – experiment with vegan ingredients in
the kitchen, and be brave! Recipe sites and blogs
with a vegan twist can be a lifesaver during the
transitional phase, and might inspire you to try
something completely new. If this seems a bit
too much to tackle head on, research vegan cafes
and restaurants in your local area for when you’re
Cravings aren’t the only thing you’ll need to
combat when switching to a vegan diet. Plantbased
minerals aren’t as easy for the body to
absorb as those from animal products, especially
iron, which has poor bioavailability and can lead
to iron deficiency anaemia. This can be combatted
by consuming more Vitamin C – your GP might
recommend taking vitamin supplements to
increase your iron intake.
Whatever Veganuary brings, it’s important not to
be too hard on yourself. Going cold turkey – pun
intended – can be challenging, and you might slip
up from time to time. Plus, if you decide veganism
isn’t for you, that’s fine too! Everyone has individual
needs, and even just following a vegan diet for a
few days a week can have plenty of benefits for you
and the environment.
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Lytham is a picturesque seaside town steeped in
history, from its iconic windmill to the beautifully
ornate train station (FY8 4TQ). It is here we begin our
3.15 mile wheelchair accessible walk - and why not
save the environment (and the petrol!) and travel via
When you leave the station, turn left and up the
steps to the main road. If you’re in a wheelchair or
mobility scooter, there’s an option to follow the road
around instead, and head left over the railway bridge
at the top. The first stop on our walk is Lytham Hall –
hidden away behind the town centre, this historical
gem can be found by heading through the gates and
entering the park, following the drive around to the
The Grade-I listed country manor dates back to the
eighteenth century, and
was called home by the
Clifton family. In its long
and lustrous career as a
family property, the Hall
also served as a military
hospital during the First
World War before falling
into neglect in the early
twentieth century. It has
since undergone huge
restoration efforts, and
offers regular guided
tours – see the Lytham
Hall website for more
Length of walk: 3.15 miles
Accessibility: Wheelchair/mobility scooter friendly.
The Hall also boasts a cosy tea-room and plant shop,
with public toilets off to the right. This was a great
spot for a delicious bite to eat after the train journey
– after refuelling, head out behind the hall past the
disabled parking area and down the track to the left.
To the left of the path you’ll find Lytham Mound,
which would have acted as a great lookout to see the
ocean before the trees grew higher than its sightline
– have a climb if you’re feeling brave!
The road here eventually emerges on Forest Drive
– cross over, go left and immediately right to the
cut-through into Maplewood Close. Cross the road
again and turn right, then immediately left into
Ringwood Close. Follow this through until you come
to the first left – this brings you to the path over the
railway and onto Church Drive. Left again, and follow
the drive out onto Church Road this time, then a final
left where you’ll eventually pass St. Cuthbert’s and
the Victory Hall.
You’ll be able to see Lowther Park from this spot, with
its ornate arches welcoming you onto the main path.
This is a great spot to take a breather in no matter
the weather – with a children’s play area, a café and a
beautiful fountain, you’ll be glad you did. Don’t miss
the huge cobble clock set into the vibrant flowerbed
on the left either – the timepiece was gifted to the
people of Lytham to celebrate the park’s centenary.
Now head from the north-west corner of the park to
the south-east, emerging on the main road. There’s a
zebra crossing which takes you straight out onto the
promenade – heading left delivers you to Lytham’s
Originating in 1805, the windmill has had a turbulent
past. In 1919 it was ravaged by fire, which left the
interior gutted and derelict for two years, when it was
handed over to the council. It underwent restoration
work in 1989 and is now open to the public as a free
entry museum, with local milling and lifeboat history
available to view. It certainly cuts an amazing sight
with its sails blazing in the winter sunlight. Visiting
hours are seasonal – for details of opening times, see
the Lytham Windmill website.
The promenade also used to be home to Lytham’s
very own pier, which existed in the town from 1865
until it was badly damaged by a storm in 1903.
A fire in 1928 only worsened the damage to the
pier’s pavilion, which never reopened, and the pier
itself finally closed just before the Second World
War, eventually being demolished in 1960. Now the
closest pier is down the road some in Lytham St.
Anne’s – best experienced in the summer months,
when the nearby paddling pool opens.
After taking in the views of the estuary and the
windmill, head to the main road and cross, up to
Station Road. Taking another left brings you out
onto Clifton Street, which is the ideal spot for a bit
of retail therapy on Lytham’s thriving high street.
Continue along Clifton Street into Market Place
before crossing and heading down to Hastings Place.
Follow the road round until you come to the railway
station at the far end of the road. Now home to the
Station Bar & Grill, the refurbished station is the
perfect place for a late lunch or early tea before you
catch the train home.
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1 small celeriac, peeled and cut into 2½
1 small swede, peeled and cut into 2½
2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and
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2 medium parsnips, scrubbed and
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp cumin seeds
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roasting tin. Sprinkle liberally with the olive oil and cumin, and
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a few sprigs of sage
8 chicken thighs or drumsticks (skin on)
No matter how good
your current soil is, a
raised bed will give you a
in soil quality, simply
because you’ve increased
the drainage which is
critical to many popular
garden plants. In addition,
in colder climates, better
drainage prevents the
soil from staying cold for
too long, so this will give
you a faster start in the
springtime. So not only
will your plants thank you,
but your body will too. Whether you are young or
old, being able to tend to your plants without the
back-breaking bending that often comes with it is
Amusingly, our raised bed creation happened rather
suddenly as a result of an accident.
We came home one summers day to find Mother
sprawled in a herb bed, with her wheelchair on its
side next to her. She had somehow turned into the
side of the bed from the path and toppled over and
had to wait for an hour or so until we got home to
find her. Being true to her earthy roots, however, she
spent the time happily weeding and tending to the
herbs that she could reach, albeit whilst laying on
her side in a rather dry pile of soil.
So after our shock at finding her inverted in a herb
bed, we got to making our raised planters. We
used pressure-treated wood which should last up
to about 20 years and is reasonably inexpensive to
purchase. It’s worth doing your research on this as
there are small chemical implications which you may
wish to avoid.
Alternatives are landscape blocks which come in the
shape of bricks or cut stones, boulders or natural
stone which look very attractive although they are
expensive and difficult to haul due to their weight.
You can purchase ready-made kits too, but if you
have a bit of DIY skill you may be better creating your
own from a cost point of view.
Once you’re done creating your bed (and of course
the material used may dictate the height that you
can safely go), fill it up with a blend of compost and
top quality soil. The more compost the better to be
honest - you can start making your own super easily
by filtering any peelings, egg shells, tea bags and the
like out of your normal waste and piling it up in a
If your normal garden soil is poor, it’s worth spending
time to make sure that your planter is high enough
so that any plant roots don’t get as far as the original
ground, otherwise make your first job turning
compost into the area before you build the bed and
fill it with soil.
Don’t forget you can build these straight onto
concrete too - just make sure they are about 2 foot
tall to allow for root growth. And consider the width
of your planter too and how many sides you’ll be
accessing it from - you don’t want to make it so wide
that you can’t actually reach one end.
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your materials but as a rule of thumb, make sure you
seat even the lowest beds at least 1-2 inches into
the soil. This will secure the walls of your bed and
prevent them from shifting. The taller you go, the
more anchoring you will need.
Have a go at including a small raised bed to start
with and see how you get on. I’m sure you’ll soon be
convinced they are the way to go and you’ll quickly
want to convert everything to knee-height or more!
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by Tim Barnes-Clay
The A-Class has become sexier with each incarnation
– and 2018’s Mk4 is a car oozing desirability.
It’s a classy hatch with one diesel option – the A180d.
Then there are the A200 and A250 petrols. All are
offered with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. But,
from 2019, manuals and more powerful engines will
join the party.
The A250 I’m reviewing here gets your juices flowing
tastefully. It’s got a bit of ‘oomph’ to it – as you’d
expect from a car with a 224PS 2.0-litre lump under
Inside, you feel like a King, with a digital set-up that
you’d expect to find in a chauffeur driven luxury
limo. The brand’s clever ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control
responds well to pretty much anything you ask of
it. Additionally, although the Audi A3 trumps the
A-Class on rear seat space, comfort is better than
that offered by the rival. The seating and dash
materials are marginally better, too – and that takes
some doing. Indeed, I’d go as far to say that this
Mercedes-Benz has set the bar one notch higher in
the compact class.
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• 0-62 mph: 6.2 secs
• Combined mpg: 45.6
• Engine layout: 1991cc four cylinder petrol turbo
• Max. power (PS): 224
• CO2: 141 g/km
• Price: £30,240
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