Local Life - St Helens - January 2019

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LocalLife

St Helens Edition January 2019

Sporting Saint

Pages 21 - 24

Change your Life

Pages 36 - 37

Lytham Walk

Pages 53 - 55

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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. It wasn’t easy, but

it was worth it.

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

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk


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Scouting Success

Billinge Beavers, Cubs and

Scouts have received a

cash boost to help fund

their future endeavours.

The

uniformed

organisations received

over £8000 from the Co-

Op Local Community

Fund in November 2018,

presented as an oversized

cheque by the Billinge

Team Manager Stuart

Jackson.

Abbey Silcock, Scout

Leader, said: ‘This is a

fantastic amount of money to receive from the Co-

Op Local Community Fund. Our Group is 40 years old

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The Alzheimer’s Society has launched a new

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Led by the University of Oxford, the GameChanger

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CloneFest 2019

St. Helens’ biggest tribute band festival is back for

2019.

Featuring bands like Kings of Lyon, The Fillers, The

Marley Experience and Not The Rolling Stones,

CloneFest brings an incredible music sensation to

Sherdley Park on Saturday, July 20th – but given that

tickets for last year’s show sold out fast, it might be a

good idea to get your hands on them early.

Tickets for the one-day fest start at £25 for an

earlybird, to £55 for VIP, and are available from

Ticketline, Eventim or the Citadel on Waterloo Street.

For more information, head to www.clonefest.co.uk.

Glassterclass

2019 sees an introductory glass fusing course based

at the Love It Gallery on Winstanley Road in Billinge.

The course teaches basic skills like glass cutting, as

well as the best techniques on firing your glass, best

materials to use and fusing skills. Participants come

away with a set of coasters, a small wall hanging and

a wall panel.

It costs £135 for the all-day course, including

morning refreshments and a light lunch at Bag &

Bean coffee-shop. All materials are included.

Classes run on Saturday, February 16, Saturday,

March 2 and Saturday, April 27. To book your place,

pop in to Love It Gallery or call 01695 622322.

Parents & Tots

An arts and crafts group for mums or dads and their

children runs every Wednesday in St. Helens.

Based in The Sandwich Station on Westfield Street,

the group offers colouring activities, card making,

stickers and more for children and their parents. The

sessions, which run from 9:30am-11:30am, cost £2

per child including materials and a snack, and all

ages are welcome.

For more information, call 01744 302332 or head to

The Sandwich Station St. Helens on Facebook.


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Rainford Beer Fest

Rainford Parish Council is gearing up for its fourth

annual beer festival.

Taking place at Rainford Village Hall, the festival

runs across three days in February – from Friday the

8th until Sunday the 10th. Enjoy local ale from local

brewers with live music on Friday and Saturday

nights.

Friday’s session runs from 6pm-10pm, Saturday’s

from 12pm-10pm and Sunday’s from 12pm-4pm,

so there’s plenty of time to sample the ales on offer.

For more information, email clerk@

rainfordparishcouncil.com or call 01744 884709.

Artists Together

A new artists’ hub has launched in St. Helens.

The new initiative was set up to bring artists of

various disciplines together to discuss their work

and get inspired. Its aim is to guide conversations

about art in a supportive space, encouraging new

ways to network and share ideas.

Painters, sculptors, writers, actors, dancers and filmmakers

– along with any other medium you can

think of! – are invited to take part in the cultural

hub, which is supported by Heart of Glass.

For further information, email jessbowstead@

sthelens.gov.uk.

Beginners’ Line Dance

Are you looking to keep fit or just find a new hobby

this New Year? A new Billinge line dancing course

could be just the ticket.

Starting on Wednesday, January 16 and running

every week, the beginners’ line dancing course

takes place between 10:15am-11:45am. You don’t

need to bring a partner – just yourself, some

suitable footwear, and a smile!

Admission costs £3.50 per session. Sessions are

run by fully qualified instructors and take place at

Birchley St. Mary’s Club on Trent Road in Billinge.

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Save Momo’s

St. Helens coffee shop and community

establishment Momo’s is at risk of permanent

closure.

Bins overflowing

with waste?

Momo’s, based on Cotham Street, had to shut down

indefinitely after flood damage to its basement

meant insurance companies could no longer cover

the building.

With repairs not currently possible, the people

of St. Helens are banding together in a campaign

to save the coffee shop, which offered numerous

community groups, craft sessions and autismfriendly

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Network with Saints

If you have a business to promote in the St. Helens

area, you can get the best possible start to 2019 at

a monthly networking event at the Totally Wicked

Stadium on Thursday 10th January from 8.30am –

and get a free breakfast into the bargain!

The St. Helens RFC Player of the

Month and Networking Event, is

sponsored by Stapleton Derby

Estate Agents and is held in the

Stapleton Derby Premier Lounge

at the Totally Wicked Stadium

every month of the year.

The guest of honour at the

January 10th event is Saints

Coach, Justin Holbrook who’ll

hopefully be passing on a

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will be an opportunity to network and improve your

contact list with around 90 businesses in the room.

During the season, the event is used to

congratulate the winning Player of the Month on

his achievement before presenting him with his

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Attendance is free and you are welcome to attend

as often as you wish

Artists Together

A new artists hub has launched in St. Helens.

The new initiative was set up to bring artists of

various disciplines together to discuss their work

and get inspired. Its aim is to guide conversations

about art in a supportive space, encouraging new

ways to network and share ideas.

Painters, sculptors, writers, actors, dancers and filmmakers

– along with any other medium you can

think of! – are invited to take part in the cultural

hub, which is supported by Heart of Glass.

For further information, email jessbowstead@

sthelens.gov.uk


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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

Eventbrite.

The Razzle Dazzle

It’s your last chance to sail on one of Liverpool’s

iconic Dazzle Ferries this month.

The ferry was created as part of Liverpool’s WW1

commemorations to remember those used in the

First World War with bright patterned paintwork to

baffle enemy ships and make the ferries difficult to

target.

‘Everybody Razzle Dazzle’ is currently the

only operating dazzle ship in the UK, and was

commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial 14-18

NOW art commemoration.

River explorer cruises are available until Saturday,

January 19th, before the ferry goes into dry docking

to be re-painted to its original livery. For further

information, visit www.merseyferries.co.uk.

Coffee Mornings

The Oddfellows Friendly Society hosts regular

coffee mornings in St. Helens.

Oddfellows have 126 branches nationwide. The St.

Helens & Warrington District branch meets in the

Hotties Café at the World of Glass in the third week

of the month for a chat and a laugh.

Refreshments are at your own expense – for further

information and dates, call Lynn Steward on 01744

453650 or email lynn.steward@oddfellows.co.uk

the auction centre

The leading Auctioneers and Valuers

• Modern saleroom at Manor Park, Runcorn

• RICS and NAVA registered auctioneers and specialist consultants

• Probate and Insurance valuation reports undertaken

• Full house clearance service available

• Regional valuations centres around the north-west

St Helens Valuation Days

4th Wednesday of Every Month

St Thomas Church, Peter Street, WA10 2EB

9.30 – 12 noon

Check website for Details

Call 01744 881 477 for more information

Wigan Valuation Days

2nd Tuesday Of Every Month

Purposed Life Church, Turner Street, Wigan WN1 3SU

9.30 – 12 noon

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Creative Careers

Carmel College are hosting a public creative careers

event this January.

Featuring world leading celebrity make-up artist

and Lancome Global Creative Director Lisa Eldridge

and CEO of My Beauty Brand Robin Derrick, the

event is packed with inspirational information for

creatives.

If you’re looking for your dream creative job in

media, film, fashion, art or more, the event allows

you to network with professionals and ask any

burning questions about your chosen industry.

Packed with guest speakers and professionals, the

day is perfect to get ahead of the competition while

learning more about your dream career.

There will also be workshops throughout the day to

give you a taste of creative carers.

The event takes place on Saturday, January 26 from

11am-2pm at Carmel College on Prescot Road

(WA10 3AG). For more information, head to www.

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One Man’s Trash...

A new upcycling centre has launched in St. Helens.

Thought up by Changing Communities, the shop

takes discarded furniture and helps local residents

gain practical skills.

Unwanted chairs, tables, wardrobes and more are

repaired and restored by volunteers, with waste

wood going towards crafting new items such as

planters or benches. The furniture is then resold,

with funds helping fund the project.

ReStore also provides opportunities for people

with moderate mental illnesses and those in longterm

unemployment. Volunteers with DIY skills,

retail experience or plain old people skills are very

welcome to come and help out with repairing,

restoring or selling the finished products.

It is based on Peckers Hill Road in Sutton Junction

– for more information, visit The ReStore Project on

Facebook or pop in-store!


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Toddler Church

Church sessions for pre-school children take place

at St. Aidan’s Church in Billinge.

Taking place on the second Tuesday of the month

from 9am until 10:30am, children can play with

toys, do crafts, enjoy Bible stories and sing songs,

with light refreshments available.

All parents, carers and grandparents are welcome

to attend the free of charge sessions. For further

information, call 01744 892360.

Willowbrook Volunteers

Willowbrook Hospice are looking for volunteers to

help out in their charity shops.

If you want to meet new people and boost your CV

while helping raise money for the hospice, which

provides end-of-life care to local residents, become

a volunteer today!

Get in touch with the Volunteer Team on 0151 4308

732 or by emailing help@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

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Sporting Saint

Jess Phillips sits down with Saints legend Jonny Lomax ahead of his upcoming

testimonial year to talk rugby, injuries and what the future holds.

To be awarded a

testimonial year is a

rare honour, awarded

to the likes of James

Roby and Sean Long.

Testimonials reward

players for their

service to the club

with a friendly match

and a year-long

calendar of events in

the local community.

After competing in

189 games for the

club, scoring a total

of 88 tries and 103

goals across his Saints

career, Jonny Lomax

is looking forward

to a more relaxed

2019 for his – in

between studying

for his physiotherapy

degree, that is.

‘It’s been crazy. I’m on placement at the moment

and I’ve actually seen live surgeries being

performed – it’s definitely been interesting,’ Lomax

tells me. ‘Usually I’m training most days and going

to university on Mondays and Thursdays, so I tend

to spend my days off and evenings with my family.’

Family has indeed always been an integral part of

Jonny’s life. ‘They’re actually how I got into playing

rugby. I always played football when I was younger

because that was what everybody played on the

streets, but my dad did rugby league at Orrell St.

James when he was younger. His dad – my grandad

– used to coach there, so it was really a generational

thing.

‘Being a shy kid, I was a bit nervous but I was always

pretty quick on the playground so I ended up being

quite good at rugby too.’

I ask Jonny, who has been cheerfully telling me

about various dislocations of fingers and shoulders

from rugby injuries, whether he ever wishes he’d

stuck at soccer.

‘I did still play football at the beginning of high

Photo © Bernard Platt


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Photo © Bernard Platt

school, but then rugby took priority. I did sometimes

miss it, especially when I think quite a few of my

injuries probably wouldn’t have happened if I’d

carried on with it, but it definitely wouldn’t have

been the journey it has.’

‘We did do a charity football match with a few exprofessionals,

and I like to think I’ve still got it,’ he

continues. ‘Ex-United player Denis Irwin crossed it

in and I managed to jump and volley it into the top

corner and scored! That skill might’ve diminished a

bit now though.’

There’s no doubt rugby was his calling, and Lomax

continued to play at Orrell St. James Rugby Club

from being just five years old, right up to under-

16s when he was scouted for Saints. It’s clear to

see that the club is still dear to his heart. ‘We were

always scrambling around for a pitch but we all

stuck together, which was quite rare,’ he tells me.

His young rugby career at the club is also the reason

for his signature headgear.

During secondary school, Lomax suffered from an

extradural haemorrhage when parts of his skull

pierced an artery and left him bleeding for five days.

He now wears Tru Rehab’s logo on his headguard

to raise awareness of brain injury and to remind

himself how lucky he was to recover and go on to

play professionally – and discusses that when he

visits the kids at Orrell.

‘They have a great set-up in Bankes Avenue now,

and I still go and do training sessions with them

there.’

I have to wonder – did his affinity for Orrell ever

tempt Lomax towards Wigan Warriors?

‘Growing up in Chapel End in Billinge, I was always

a St. Helens lad. I’ve lived in Billinge all my life – we

moved from Brown Heath Avenue in Chapel End to

Beacon Road in Higher End, and now my wife and

I both live in Chapel End again,’ he explains. ‘And it

was mostly dependent on service area. There was

a bit of confusion because I played for Orrell St.

James, so I was actually invited to try out for Saints

and Wigan, but it was always my dream to play for

Saints. As soon as they made me an offer I snapped

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Laughing, he adds, ‘Paul Wellens always says

I’m fighting the battle from the front lines.’

Lomax signed for Saints when he was just

sixteen, and had just finished secondary

school at Rainford High. ‘Even after that,

when I made my debut aged eighteen, I still

saw the other players as men and myself as

a boy. You’re kind of in awe of everything,

running with players like Sean Long and

Keiron Cunningham – just walking into the

changing room with your bag on your back,

it was crazy looking around and nodding at

everyone.

‘I was a bit worried about bossing people

around, which my position demanded,

but eventually I realised that this was my

chance, and I had to take it. My dad always

reminded me that I wasn’t chosen for Saints

because I was a nice lad – it was completely

on merit, and I had to show my potential if I

was going to get anywhere.’

Now Lomax takes his experiences as a

younger player and uses it to inspire the

rookies. ‘I do try and help them along –

sometimes it’s best to put an arm around

their shoulders, sometimes they need a

telling off. But I think about when I was in

their shoes and try to pass that on to the

younger lads.’

And despite his sporting successes from such a

young age, his mum ensured he completed his

GCSEs. ‘She always drilled it into me that because I

was on scholarship, you never know when it’ll end

or what’ll happen. I did my GCSEs even though

I didn’t really want to – like most lads, I always

enjoyed missing lessons for rugby, and the summer

holidays before I started college I trained with the

first team, which was incredible. But mum did make

sure I got my A-levels, which I managed even with

30% attendance,’ he admits with a chuckle.

‘I’m glad I kept at it in the end, because it’s allowed

me to do my physiotherapy degree in my off-season.

A lot of people who play sports professionally end

up in their mid-30s only knowing one way of life,

which is quite scary. I wanted to do something a bit

different.’

After a gruelling series of injuries which left him

fearing for his Super League future, Lomax is

understandably grateful to have a back-up plan in

place. ‘I don’t think anyone realises what it was truly

like’, Lomax says. There’s certainly a shift in the air

when he casts his mind back to that period. ‘I did

one ACL’ – that’s an injury of the anterior cruciate

ligament – ‘and went through physiotherapy and

my leg was still giving way when I was walking

round, so I had to undergo an operation to get it

reconstructed.’

Doctors warned Lomax that if the gap was too wide

where the new ligament was placed, they could


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end up taking bone from his hip and revisiting the

surgery in another three months.

‘They managed it, though. I was ill for fourteen

days after it, and when they took the staples out

they told me it was infected, so I was in hospital for

another four weeks on a PICC line. It was a really,

really difficult time, and that doesn’t always get

disclosed.’

Despite it all, Lomax’s lowest period culminated in

one of his highest. ‘I think the highlight of my entire

career – even better than playing for England - was

scoring on my return after almost two years out. I

scored as soon as I touched the ball essentially,

which was a bit of a fairy-tale! All of my family were

there, everyone who supported me through that

difficult time, and I went to see my sister afterwards

and just burst out crying.’

‘There were times I just wanted to quit. I told my

parents I never wanted to play rugby again, but I

felt good before the game and knew I had to do it,’

Lomax admits. ‘The physiotherapy came out of that

fear that I’d never play again. Some of the lads have

taken up trades like plumbing or engineering, but

physiotherapy has a special place in my heart and

I’m really enjoying doing it – even if I did get a bit of

stick from teammates at first.’

But Lomax’s rugby career is still at the forefront of his

mind for now, and with his testimonial year ahead,

the future looks bright once again. ‘I want the whole

thing to be very family-orientated, because that’s

who I am,’ Jonny says. ‘The main reason people

come to see our games is because their kids love it,

so I’m hoping to do plenty of open days and familyfriendly

events along with fan forums.’

At the moment everyone is gearing towards

Lomax’s testimonial match, which takes place at

the Totally Wicked Stadium on Saturday, January

19 against Hull F.C. with a 2pm kick-off. It certainly

feels like a well-deserved high in Jonny’s turbulent

career.

Keep up to date with his testimonial at Jonny Lomax

2019 Testimonial on Facebook or jonny_lomax_

testimonial on Instagram for further updates and a

calendar of events.


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New Year, New Start?

Clickworks, on Hardshaw Street in

St. Helens, offers a range of FREE

digital training courses to help

people return to employment,

perfect for those looking to kickstart

their life in 2019.

Part of St. Helens Chamber, the

company was developed to

improve the digital capabilities

of local people and businesses

for an increasingly digital future.

The Chamber is at the forefront

of delivering skills to help people

succeed – and this knowledge is

fundamental.

Clickworks opened its doors in October 2018 – since

then, 200 people have attended a range of courses

and learnt various digital skills. From using the

Internet to search and apply for work to expanding

their existing knowledge of digital marketing

techniques, Clickworks ensures that its visitors have

the best opportunities to learn digitally.

Clickworks gives people a chance to study in a

supported environment, at a time and pace that

suits their level of ability. It has a range of facilities

and equipment, including the latest computers and

tablets, virtual reality and 3D printing.

Joanne Abraham, Director of Training Services at St

Helens Chamber, explains: “Almost every business

now uses digital skills, including in their recruitment

processes where they now expect people to apply

for vacancies online.

“Clickworks has been established to help people

and businesses in St Helens to improve their IT

and digital skills, making sure people can access

jobs and succeed

in their careers, and

businesses are well

placed to compete

locally, nationally and

internationally.”

If you would like

to find out more

information about

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about any of the free

digital courses, please

get in touch on:

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Secret Scarves

A St. Helens charity has been distributing scarves

around the town centre to help homeless people

stay warm this winter.

Teardrops Supporting the Homeless got involved

with the appeal, organised by the London-based

Barons Court Project. They received more than 50

scarves from knitters around the country, which

volunteers went out to tie around streelamps and

barriers across St. Helens.

Others were placed near the Christmas tree in

Church Square, and by the Town Hall.

Teardrops host regular night cafes for homeless

people to enjoy a hot meal and warm clothes, as

well as offering advice and crisis intervention.

For more information about Teardrops, or to find out

about volunteering opportunities, visit their website

at www.teardrops.org.uk or call 01744 733233.

The Secret Scarves project celebrated what would

have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday as an

extension of the 67 Blankets appeal.

Teardrops Hub manager Nick Dyer said: ‘We

attached a message to each one with love from

Teardrops - anyone who could make use of a scarf

was welcome to take one.’

The scarves were distributed in key areas of the

town centre, including Church Street where many

homeless people take shelter from the elements.


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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

members.

‘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

suffer from depression, which is often caused by

isolation in the community - that’s where the U3A

comes in.

There are around 1,000 U3A groups nationwide,

St. Helens U3A members at Moss Bank Gala

Manchester Christmas Market


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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).

Established in 2010, St.

Helens U3A boasts over fifty

different activity groups,

from tap dancing to Latin,

and around 800 members. It

aims to provide a friendly, welcoming environment

to older people in the community, and prides itself

on a very evident community spirit.

‘The U3A is unique,’ says Chairperson Andrea

Knowles. ‘It has no teachers or tutors, it neither

needs nor gives any qualifications. We find that

our members will brave the cold and wet weather

because they know that attending groups is worth

the effort, especially meeting up with friends

and being involved in activities. U3A’s core aim is

learning in later life, but a substantial side benefit is

that it happens in company with other people, who

quickly become friends.’

‘One of my favourite things about being involved

with a U3A is that it stretches me mentally with

reading and music groups, and physically through

walking groups, while giving me an active social

life. It is a lifeline when circumstances change in

later life, and definitely helps to combat loneliness

and isolation,’ she tells me.

Michael, one of the group leaders at St. Helens U3A,

says: ‘I used to be a Youth Worker, and one of the

rewards of the job was hearing a young person say,

“I didn’t know I could do that!” I’m just as delighted

now when I hear people my own age or older say

the same thing.’

An environment that encourages learning and selfactualisation

through shared skills, the U3A certainly

provides members with a burgeoning community

St. Helens U3A Tennis

in itself. However, it also offers opportunities to get

involved with local people and organisations.

‘We have links with other agencies in St. Helens,’

Andrea continues. ‘Each month at our Drop-In

we invite one organisation to have a table where

they can tell members about their services. These

have included help with hearing and sight loss,

as well as retirement village living and a visit from

Merseytravel.’

The St. Helens U3A meets for a coffee morning on

the fourth Wednesday of every month in the World

of Glass café from 10am-12:30pm.

General meetings also take place on the second

Wednesday of the month at 10:30am in the World

of Glass’s Reflections Suite, which features guest

speakers on a wide range of topics.

Annual membership to St. Helens U3A costs £15,

with a small charge of £2 for group meetings to

cover room hire and materials. Joining couldn’t be

simpler – just pop along to one of the meetings

and fill in a membership form. 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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Awesome Aquatics

Water Polo isn’t the sport for everyone. It requires

a great deal of resilience, strength and stamina.

Two people who know all about what it takes be

successful are Brett Takemoto and Katie Bowater.

The pair started training

for the sport from a young

age at the same club and

have found themselves in

the same Tutor Group at

Carmel College, where they

are now studying for their

A Levels: Katie in Business,

Economics and Geography;

Brett in French, Spanish and

Maths.

“Water polo is not an easy sport. Not only do

you have to be a keen swimmer, you have to be

mentally and physically strong too.” said Brett. “If

you’d like to try something different, then it’s the

perfect game, but it takes years of dedication to get

to where we both are.” Both Brett and Katie train at

least five times per week so there’s a lot of pressure,

especially for Katie who is

also Captain of the England

team for her age category.

Both regularly compete for

their own teams, based in

Manchester and Liverpool

and have also travelled

internationally to compete.

In December, they will

go on to the annual ESSA

Schools Tournament, which

determines the selection process for Team GB, so

the pressure could not be higher! Good luck to

them both!

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

Individuals who have

the potential to be

outstanding teachers

Accredited

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

For more information and updates visit www.wcpsd.uk

Provider code 2A4 - Course code 2XT7


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Do you want to

make a difference

to children’s lives?

Why not consider training to become a Primary School Teacher!

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

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

their potential.

Excellent employment rates with 100% of our trainees gaining

employment (over 50% of these being employed within our

partnership schools).

We are offering an amazing opportunity to train within schools

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

trainers who guide & teach graduates to become outstanding

classroom practitioners.

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

Master’s Credits.

For further details please contact:

Ellen Riley

Grange Valley Primary School

Heyes Avenue, Haydock

St Helens, WA11 0XQ

Telephone: 01744 678300

Email: ellen.riley@sthelens.org.uk

Training provider code: 2KF

Training programme code: 39R7

WE ARE RECRUITING NOW FOR SEPTEMBER 2019 START DATE


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Take A Walk

Plenty of regular walking

groups take place in Victoria

Park.

If you fancy trying Nordic

walking, sessions run every

Wednesday morning between

10am-11am and every Thursday

from 11am-12pm in association

with Age UK Mid Mersey.

Nordic walking is a form of

exercise that involves your whole body, improving

wellbeing and getting you outdoors! Refreshments

are available in the Bistro afterwards, and all

equipment is provided. For more information, call

Janine on 07780 866879 or pop along to a session,

which meets at the Mansion House.

A more relaxed stroll in the park takes place every

Thursday at 12:30pm for approximately 30 minutes.

It meets at the Mansion House

and is suitable for all abilities –

call 0300 300 0103 for details.

Meeting at Gate Lodge, a

GoActive walking fitness

session invites wannabe

walkers to take part in a lowimpact

workout to burn calories

and inspire mental and physical

wellbeing. It takes place every

Wednesday between 1:30pm-2:15pm. Call 01744

675403 for further information.

Finally, if you fancy upping the ante a bit, regular 5K

parkruns take place at Victoria Park every Saturday

at 9am. Simply register with parkrun at www.

parkrun.org.uk/sthelens/ to take part, and grab

your best running shoes!


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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:

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;

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

responsibility.

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.

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Christmas tree. Once you’ve plucked all the

decorations off it there’s still the Herculean task of

getting it to the tip – and did you know that a 2

metre tall tree that ends up in landfill has a carbon

footprint of 16kg? It’s also 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.

Willowbrook Hospice can take the hassle out of

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Puzzle Corner

SUDOKU

WORD SEARCH - European Cities

Find the hidden words in the word search grid

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ROME

PARIS

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Unscramble the letters to make a word

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

The numbers in each column add up to the totals

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42 Health & Fitness

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.

For more information on Veganuary, visit https://

veganuary.com/.

By Jess Phillips


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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

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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.


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Stay Dry This

January

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.

Download the app. The free 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 www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/dry-january.

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

cravings.


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Youthful Yoga

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

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.

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.

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Travel

Peruvian Wonders

By Jess Phillips

Steeped in history, Latin America is the ideal

destination for experiencing something different

this New Year, whether you want to witness one of

the Seven Wonders of the World or immerse yourself

in the region’s spectacular topography. Set on the

western side of South America and sharing a border

with Brazil, Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia, Peru is a

microcosm of what the wider continent has to offer

– and often underestimated as a tourist hotspot.

Whether you’re discovering the remains of the Inca

Empire, experiencing the Amazon first-hand, or

doing some city sightseeing in Lima or Arequipa,

you’ll be planning your next trip back before the

holiday’s over.

Peru’s capital city, Lima, is known for its beautiful

churches, monasteries and mansions, but it’s

also a great spot for taking in the best museums

and scenery in the country. From the bustling

metropolitan hub of the city centre to vibrant

cliffside beaches making way for unblemished

ocean, Lima is an ideal place to begin your Peruvian

adventure. The world heritage site actually predates

the Inca Empire, and immediately presents you with

that quaint sense of Latin American charm.

While you’re there, don’t miss the Museo Larco,

which exhibits ancient treasures and a renowned

erotic pottery collection – one of Peru’s most famous

attractions. Just a short drive or bus ride away, the

Miraflores Boardwalk spans six miles along the clifftops

of Lima, with gorgeous views of the Pacific

Coast. Although quite a hike, the boardwalk is

spotted with a series of parks to take a breather in,

including Parque del Amor, an iconic lovers’ meeting

place with an artistic homage to its romantic roots

in the centre.

If you’re keen on heading outside of the City of Kings

to experience Peru’s agricultural regions, consider

exploring the ancient city of Cusco or the Sacred

Valley. Cusco was at the heart of the Inca Empire, and

today boasts a diverse itinerary of both historical

sites and modern adventures. The ancient ruins there

are magnificent in their own right, but also act as the

perfect warm-up to the acclaimed Inca citadel itself

– Machu Picchu.


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Set high in the mountains

and dating back to the

mid fifteenth-century,

Machu Picchu was

originally home to around

750 people during its

reign as a royal estate.

The complex ruins

highlight surprising feats

of engineering, including

man-made farming

terraces which helped

ensure soil fertility and

good drainage while

protecting the mountain

from erosion. The Inca

civilisation were forced to

abandon Machu Picchu

only a century after it was built during the Spanish

Conquest, and most outsiders remained ignorant of

its existence until 1911.

There are so many iconic landmarks around Machu

Picchu that you’ll probably struggle to fit them all

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best bet to cram in all the highlights. Horseback

riding excursions get up close and personal with the

mysterious Temple of the Moon and the winding

river at Devil’s Balcony – see if you can spot a native

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Nestled deep in the mountains, south of Machu

Picchu, rests Colca Canyon – a spot that’s definitely

worth the trek from the more populated parts

of Peru. Thankfully regular tours operate out to

Colca, which boasts unparalleled opportunities to

witness condors taking flight from the rocky ridges

of Mirador Cruz del Cóndor. Don’t forget to pack

your camera, because these birds of prey – with a

wingspan reaching up to ten feet – are a sight to

behold.

It wouldn’t do Peru justice to neglect its gastronomical

delights – and there are many. Peruvian food is largely

traditional, with a focus on pit-roasted meats and

vegetables, which tend to incorporate the nation’s

love of spice. Nowhere is that more apparent than in

ceviche, Peru’s national dish – cold-cooked sea bass

marinated in lime juice, hot chillies, salt and onion

make this an instant favourite amongst locals and

travellers alike. Crunchy corn and sweet potatoes go

really well on the side, or try it with avocado sauce

for an even cooler flavour. For the braver among us,

roasted guinea pig or cuy is a Peruvian delicacy – and

apparently tastes similar to duck!

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Leisure 53

Lytham

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

Hall.

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

information.


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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


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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.

Length of walk: 3.15 miles

Difficulty: Easy.

Accessibility: Wheelchair/mobility scooter friendly.

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.

The

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Lytham Hall

Ballam Road

Park View Road

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Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the walk

is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or

damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


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Kale & Sun-Dried Tomato

Penne

This superfood pasta with a Mediterranean twist is guaranteed to taste super

too. Serves 1

Ingredients

60g penne pasta

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 a bunch of kale, finely chopped

Handful of baby spinach

1 clove garlic, crushed

30g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained

& chopped

1/2-1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Method

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cook the pasta according to the instructions.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

Add garlic, kale, spinach and salt – cook gently for a couple of

minutes, then add sun-dried tomatoes and red pepper flakes.

Drain pasta and add to veggie mixture in skillet – stir well. Drizzle

with a little extra virgin olive oil and some Parmesan shavings

and serve.

Salt and ground pepper to taste


Tray-baked Chicken with

Root Vegetables

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

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Ingredients

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

Method

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)


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Rainhill Musical Theatre presents Voice of the

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2018 including Oklahoma, Chorus Line and The

Greatest Showman. Tickets range from £6.50-£8.50,

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Spice Girls Experience

Thursday, January 24, 7:30pm-10pm

Spice up your life with Girl Power: The Spice Girls

Experience – bringing you the best of the nineties

with plenty of empowering hits! Tickets £24,

bookable online or at the box office.

St. Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St

Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744 756 000

Martin Barre

Friday, January 25, 7:30pm-11pm

Jethro Tull’s guitarist presents classic tracks from

the Tull catalogue, with a full band of top musicians.

Support from Apostles of Chaos. Tickets £18,

bookable on the Citadel website or at the box office.

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Tel: 01744 735 436

Burns Night Supper

Saturday, January 26, 7:30pm-midnight

The Boys Brigade and Girls Association entertain

everyone with their take on Burns night. Enjoy a 3

course supper including traditional haggis.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, WA11 8HB

Wedding Fayre

Sunday, January 27, 12pm-3pm

Plan your perfect day with local vendors showcasing

their businesses – free entry, a goodie bag for the

first 50 brides, and complimentary welcome drink.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB

Polio Talk

Thursday, January 31, 7pm

The Rotary Club of St Helens presents a talk on polio

eradication and whether it’s still worth it. Speakers

include past Rotary president Gordon McInally and

polio survivor Brian Jones. Tickets £20.

Blue Mango Indian Restaurant, 7 Dane Court,

Rainhill, L35 4LU

Glass Painting

Thurs, February 7 & Thurs, February 14, 10:30am

Create your own stained glass effect on a framed

picture. Tickets cost £6 for Oddfellows members or

£7 for guests, and can be booked by emailing julie.

webster@oddfellows.co.uk.

The World of Glass, Chalon Way East, St Helens,

WA10 1BX

The Little Mix Experience

Friday, February 8, 6pm-9pm

Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to Little Mix’

with hits including DNA, Black Magic, Love Me Like

You and many more. Tickets £14.50.

Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St Helens,

WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744 756 000


Motoring 59

Mercedes

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.


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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

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The auto ‘box can sound a bit strained when you

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

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• Combined mpg: 45.6

• Engine layout: 1991cc four cylinder petrol turbo

• Max. power (PS): 224

• CO2: 141 g/km

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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


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

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

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

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

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Wrightington, WN6 9RS

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Telephone: 01257 427 000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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