Local Life - West Lancashire - January 2019


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West Lancashire Edition January 2019

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Health & Fitness Section

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Changing Lifestyles

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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20 Kid’s Puzzle page

30 Events2Go

34 Puzzle page


6 Local News

36 Health

45 Food

42 Jack’s Tracks

48 Test Drive

46 Gardening

48 Motoring

50 Home Services


Youthful Yoga

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6 News & Features

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


Tarleton Writers

A creative writing group in Tarleton is helping

combat loneliness.

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.

Stay & Play

Free Stay & Play sessions are offered every

Wednesday afternoon during term-time in


The sessions are ideal for spending quality time with

your child, learning through discovery using a huge

range of indoor and outdoor resources. They’re free

to attend for any children aged 0-5, and snacks are

provided. The sessions run between 1:15pm-3pm at

SS Peter & Paul Primary School on Ridley Lane (L40


See the school’s website for further information.







• Burscough Methodist Church Hall, Orrell Lane, Burscough. 9.15-10.15am

• Tai Chi: 11am-12pm (£4+booking is required)

• St Thomas the Martyr C.E. Primary School, Highgate Road, Upholland. 2-3pm


• Parbold W.I., Station Road, Parbold. 9.15-10.15am

• NEW Tai Chi Class: 10.30-11.30am (Free of charge for first 10 weeks)

• Ecumenical Centre, Northway, Skelmersdale. 11.30am-12.30pm


• Christ Church Ministry Centre, Long Lane, Ormskirk. 11am-12pm



For more information / bookings, please contact our Active West Lancs Office

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Adios Evergreen

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

long run.

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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Volunteers Needed

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

are needed!

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

Lancashire Libraries Facebook page.


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West Lancashire Edition January 2019

Change your life with the U3A

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Health & Fitness Section

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Dementia Cafes

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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Their jewellery range is extensive from antique

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Make the Most of the Sales

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

‘Pay’ button.

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 -

new clothes! Remember - it’s a limit, not a target!

Wear clothes that are easy to get in and out of.

You don’t want to have to spend half an hour in the

changing room taking off boots with fiddly catches

and tops with twenty buttons multiple times!

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Do You Need a Social Detox?

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.

Here’s how:

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

right now.

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.

Embroiderers’ Guild

Interested in embroidery and textiles? The Parbold

Embroiderers’ Guild welcomes new members.

The Guild enables local people to meet new,

likeminded friends while learning new embroidery

techniques and skills, as well as putting on regular

exhibitions of their work.

Meetings also include talks and demonstrations

from some of the leading experts in the textile


Sessions get hands-on, with workshops run by top

names in the field of embroidery, and use different

mediums to showcase the best in textiles.

The group meets every second Saturday of the

month at 2pm in Parbold Village Hall.

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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

festive season.

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

visit www.cedarfarm.net.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, January 27, head down to the

Suppliers of quality carpets, vinyl,

laminate, LVT, wooden floors & rugs.

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Hope Street

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


Boredom Busters

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.

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 15th January 2019, 4-6:00pm

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

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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

new things

together, go

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

comes in.

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

combatting loneliness.’

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

host dementia-friendly

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

mental wellbeing.

‘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

and 11am.

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

costs £15.

Mawdesley Villages

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

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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.

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Friday, January 11, 7pm-9pm

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exhibition for a talk on what life was like on the

home front in West Lancashire.

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Swans Awake

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

History Talk

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.

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Wednesday, January 23, 7:30pm

A fairy-tale performance of ‘Stolen’ by Daniel

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exquisite strings of Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Sarah

Moody. For tickets, call 07305 806741.

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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

another minute.

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

poor circulation.

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

deep breaths.

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

New Year.

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.

Tai Chi

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


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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

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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

deserve it.

Dry January is a great opportunity to feel better

in yourself – but it can also benefit others. Get

sponsored for your efforts and fundraise for a cause

close to your heart this New Year; for more details,

visit https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/dryjanuary.

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


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Cold Busters

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

new approach.

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.


Try Vegan

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

impressive statistic.

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

feeling uninspired.

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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42 Leisure


by Jess Phillips

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

public transport?

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

Difficulty: Easy.

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

famous windmill.

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


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closest pier is down the road some in Lytham St.

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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

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Tray-baked Chicken with

Root Vegetables

Serves 4 ~ Preparation time: 20 mins + Cooking time: 1 hour

Food & Drink 45 45


1 small celeriac, peeled and cut into 2½

cm/1in chunks

1 small swede, peeled and cut into 2½

cm/1in chunks

2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and

cut into 2½ cm/1in chunks

2 medium parsnips, scrubbed and

quartered lengthways

2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 tbsp olive oil

olive oil

½ tsp cumin seeds


Preheat the oven to 200C / gas 6 / fan 180C. Put the chunks

of celeriac, swede, sweet potato, parsnips and garlic in a large

roasting tin. Sprinkle liberally with the olive oil and cumin, and

season well with salt and pepper. Toss the vegetables together

so they are lightly coated in oil. Put in the oven towards the top

and roast for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, lightly oil then season the chicken skins, and lay a

couple of sage leaves over each thigh or drumstick.

Remove the roasting pan from the oven and turn the vegetables

over. Lay the chicken pieces on top. Roast for 30- 35 minutes

more, until the vegetables are tender, and the chicken skin is

nice and crispy. Serve with creamy mash and lightly cooked

Savoy cabbage.

a few sprigs of sage

8 chicken thighs or drumsticks (skin on)

46 Gardening

Better beds

No matter how good

your current soil is, a

raised bed will give you a

miraculous improvement

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

a joy.

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

container outside.

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.

How you assemble the beds of course depends on

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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48 Motoring


A Class Mk-4

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

the lid.

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.

On the move, the sporty sound the new A-Class

makes is gratifying, and it’s always eager to please –

especially in ‘Sport’ mode. But the hatchback delivers

a calmer experience in ‘Comfort’ setting, soothing

the parts that some other compact cars fail to reach.

The auto ‘box can sound a bit strained when you

give the Merc the beans, but most of the time it’s a

smooth operator. What’s more, the shift paddles on

the steering wheel - if you want to use them - are

highly responsive.


As handling and ride go, this small Mercedes is

perfect for everyday motoring needs. I drove it on

motorways and rural roads and felt satisfied all day.

Even the potholes on the Cotswolds’ test route didn’t

rain on the parade. The A-Class handled them with


The car holds its own at 70mph, and there’s quite a bit

of fun to be had when you point it at twisty tarmac.

The front-wheel-drive Merc hunkers down, relaxes

and then pings you out of the bends accurately and

pleasingly. All this makes it an easy hatchback to like.

So, if sexy looks, a charming cabin, great handling

and a premium-badged hatch float your boat, then

the new A-Class comes highly recommended.

Fast Facts

• 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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50 Home Services

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