Local Life - Wigan - March 2019

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LocalLife

Wigan Edition March 2019

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Page 72 - 73

Magnificent Mills

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Cover photo - Trencherfield Mill by Ian Roberts


Hall Lane, Wrightington £650,000

Boars Head, Standish £425,000 M

Located on one of Wigan’s most sought after and

prestigious lanes, this magnificent detached house has

undergone extensive refurbishment over the last year

and offers stunning internal presentation.

This substantial and hugely impressive 6 bed detached

family home, with over 3600 sq ft of floor space is

located on one of Standish’s most desirable estates.

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Bellingham Drive, Wigan £300,000 Gathurst Lane, Shevington £300,000 H

This simply stunning 16thC four bedroom family home,

on a generous plot, has been extensively refurbished

to provide beautiful décor and is packed with period

features.

This deceptively spacious three bedroom detached

bungalow, with extensive off road parking, has two

receptions, a large conservatory, workshop and a

roomy rear garden.

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Coniston Park Drive, Standish £240,000

Arbour Lane, Standish £190,000 W

A traditional three bed semi-detached home with two

bay fronted reception, set in a desirable cul-de-sac

near the village centre with stunning views of nearby

countryside.

Overlooking lovely gardens and farmland, this three

bedroom semi-detached house is brimming with

character and has beautifully maintained and mature

gardens to three sides.

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Moor Road, Orrell £175,000

This Accrington brick built, two bed detached true

bungalow has beautifully presented accommodation

including a stylish conservatory, utility and a modern

fitted kitchen.

Station Mews, Garswood £160,000

Occupying a prime spot within a quiet cul-de-sac, this

sleek, modern and deceptively spacious three bed mews

house is situated close to Garswood railway station.

Holmes House Ave, Winstanley £160,000

This three bed detached family home in popular

Winstanley is available with no upward chain and

has off road parking and a garage to the rear.

Corporation Street, Poolstock £135,000

An immaculately presented two bedroom semidetached

home, with a lovely UPVC conservatory

overlooking well maintained gardens, and a private

driveway with secure car port.

Wigan Road, Standish £130,000

This stylish two bedroom second floor apartment, with

scenic views, allocated parking and secure entrance

facilities, is an ideal buy for professionals or a downsizer.

Ingram Street, Springfield £120,000

This three bedroom semi-detached true bungalow, with

a detached garage and low maintenance gardens,

needs general modernisation but offers great potential.

www.alanbatt.co.uk


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Gathurst Lane, Shevington £600,000

Occupying a fantastic canal-side location within ½ acre of splendid grounds,

this beautiful four bed detached bungalow with mooring, offers immaculately

presented accommodation including tiled underfloor heating, Smart Home

installations, a large off road parking area and detached garage.

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4 Local Life

Betwixt & Between

This old English phrase, meaning neither one thing

nor the other, sums up perfectly this time of year.

The festive season disappeared in the rear view

mirror a good while since and though the days are

ever so slowly getting lighter; it’s not quite warm

enough to crack on with your next home/garden

project.

Cast your mind back to this time last year, and you’ll

remember that we were stuck in these times, the

hinterlands of winter almost, until pretty much

mid-April, and then after a very short spring, came

a scorching hot summer.

So, in proper positive thinking fashion, here are

some tips to help you get in the right frame of mind

for spring, regardless of whether it’s an early one or

a late one;

Declutter and get rid of anything you no longer

need. If you haven’t worn it, or used it for two years,

out it goes, but do make sure you donate clothing

and household items that are in reasonably good

condition to charity.

Make some space on a sunny window sill and plant

some seeds, such as begonia, geranium or petunia,

and for every day’s growth you’ll feel a sense of

renewal.

And finally, plan well ahead and work out what

improvements you’re going to make to your home

and garden this year. You’ll find advertisers within

the pages of Local Life who can help you achieve

your home or garden ideal but do call soon to

secure their services, as good tradespeople and

home improvement companies are often booked

weeks in advance.

See you next time

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk


Local Life 5

In this issue

Return Of The

Proms

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Magnificent

Mills

Regulars

48 Class From The Past

52 Puzzle page

Sections

14 Food & Drink

50 Property

54 Travel

58 Legal & Finance

62 Business View

78 Test Drive

81 Garden Diary

64 Health

70 Events2Go

78 Motoring

81 Gardening

86 Home Services

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Jack’s Tracks:

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Test Drive:

Honda CR-V

Hybrid

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6 News & Features

Get Hiking

The Skelmersdale Churches Rambling Club’s March

walk takes hikers to Llangollen in North Wales.

The club offers rambles for all abilities, with a rating

system from A-D – A being the most difficult, and

D offering shorter walks on flatter terrain. Discover

more in the countryside while taking in breathtaking

natural scenery and plenty of history too!

Walks take place on the second Saturday of the

month.

Up Holland Labour Club acts as a coach pick-up

point at 9am on Saturday, March 9. Fares cost £12

for members or £14 for non-members.

For further information about the club, visit www.

skelmersdalechurchesramblingclub.com

Church Calendar

St. Luke’s Church in Orrell offers opportunities

for quiet reflection, to meet new people, and to

worship in a welcoming atmosphere.

The church is open every Saturday from 10am-

12pm – you’re welcome to pop in for a quiet

prayer or just to look around. Every third Sunday

of the month, the church also hosts a family café at

10:30am to introduce a new way of worship.

Messy Church for children of all ages takes place

on the third Friday of the month at 4pm, hosting

plenty of different activities for little ones to get

involved in. Children must be accompanied by an

adult, and a tasty tea is offered afterwards. March’s

Messy Church takes place on Friday 15th.

For further information about any of the church’s

events, contact Jackie on 01695 632713.

Liverpool Comic Con

Comic Con returns to Liverpool for a whopping 3

days this month.

The convention brings together high-profile guests,

full-size props, merch stalls and much more at the

Exhibition Centre at Kings Dock in Liverpool.

Sci-fi enthusiasts won’t want to miss Liverpool’s

latest Comic Con with stars like Jeff East and Dean

Cain appearing across the three days.

Day tickets are available from £16.50, or get your

hands on a weekend pass for around £43. The event

runs from Friday, March 8 until Sunday, March 10.

Dementia Cafe

This month’s Dementia Café takes place on Friday,

March 8 in Parbold.

The monthly cafe aims to bring people with

dementia and their carers together in a fun,

relaxed atmosphere. Meet other people in a similar

situation, make new friends and access relevant

information.

The café runs from 10am-12pm at the WI building at

The Common (WN8 7HA).

A £1 donation is requested per person towards

refreshments. For further information, call 01772

788700 or email centrallancashire@alzheimers.org.

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Swing into Spring

Winstanley Tennis Club will host an open day in

April.

On Sunday, April 28, head down to the club on Hall

Lane, Orrell, for a fun family afternoon of free tennis

activities, with racquets and balls provided. There’ll

be free coaching on the day, including a cardio

tennis session for anyone who fancies burning a

few extra calories! Hear about new membership

deals on the day and enjoy tasty refreshments.

The event runs from 1pm-4pm and is free to enter.

Nerf Fest

A huge Nerf convention heads to Wigan this March.

Taking place at the DW Stadium on Saturday,

March 9, Foam Fest 2019 brings the best of Nerf

to a huge venue, with plenty of exhibitors’ stalls,

competitions, target ranges and a huge raffle!

Afterwards, grab your blasters and battle it out in

the Foam Dart Thunder Stadium Games, which will

be fun for all the family.

Entrance to the convention costs £3, and

proceeds go to Wigan Youth Zone. Separate entry

fees apply for the Stadium Games – visit www.

foamdartthunder.com/tag/nerf-wigan/ for details.

Football Film

A new film about Nazi paratrooper and prisoner of

war Bert Trautmann premieres in April.

Trautmann was imprisoned in a POW camp in

Ashton-in-Makerfield – now Byrchall High School –

where he regularly played in football matches until

an injury led to him taking the place of goalkeeper

in 1948. When the camp closed, Trautmann elected

to remain in England and later played for St. Helens

Town, before beginning his career at Manchester

City where he remained until 1964.

‘The Keeper’, starring David Kross as Trautmann,

heads to cinemas on Friday, April 5.

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Looking for funds

for your community group?

Funding for community groups is now

available from Wigan Rotary Club.

Bids of up to £1,000 are welcomed from community groups

based in the WN1, WN3, WN5 & WN6 areas

Closing date: Weds 17th April 2019

For further details and an application form, visit

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Wigan

Rotary Club Donate Funds

Wigan Rotary Club is again looking to donate

funds to local community groups with their annual

‘Dragons Den’ style event.

Following the success of the Dragons Den event

over the past few years, local groups based in the

Wigan postcode areas of WN1, WN3, WN5 and

WN6 are invited to bid for funding from the group.

Members of Wigan Rotary will consider all bids

before inviting selected groups to put their case for

funding in a three-minute long presentation.

President of Wigan Rotary Club John Wright said

“In these difficult times when we are all having

to tighten our belts, I am sure that there are local

groups in the Wigan area who could really use a

donation of a few hundred pounds to help them

with a project they wish to undertake or an event

that they wish to stage”.

Eight groups were successful in last year’s round of

Dragons Den funding, and successful bids included

a football team, a therapy group and drama and

dance sessions. Bids from a few hundred pounds up

to £1,000 will be considered by the Rotary Dragons

team.

John adds, “We don’t expect the presentation to

come from a person trained in public speaking, we

want to hear group members themselves, and don’t

worry, our Dragons are a lot less scary than the BBC

Dragons like Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden”.

You can find further details on the Wigan Rotary

Dragons Den at www.wiganrotaryclub.org.uk , and

you’ll also be able to download the application

form from the site. If you’d like more details, call Phil

Hirst on 07813 471000.

Foodie Friday

Haigh Woodland Park’s monthly food-lovers event

returns this month.

Enjoy lashings of delicious street food, plus a DJ

and live music on the last Friday of every month. If

you’re looking to discover new street food vendors

or revisit old favourites, Haigh is the place to be.

Foodie Friday is child and dog friendly, with free

admission. It runs from 6pm-10pm in the Kitchen

Courtyard on Friday, March 29.


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Check Out Dash Cams

Dash cams can be a driving safety measure worth

investing in, but they might not be for everyone. If

you’re struggling to decide whether you need one,

read on.

A dash cam is a special camera that is mounted on a

car dashboard for the purpose of recording sounds

and images while you’re driving.

First-hand evidence in case of a car accident - This

is the main reason why people invest in one. If you

are involved in a collision you can prove that it was

not your fault by submitting the camera footage as

evidence. It’s a compelling reason for buying one.

Reporting a dangerous driver - Sometimes you see

a driver do something so reckless and irresponsible

right in front of you that you fear for the safety of

other road-users. Reporting that person becomes

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with the aim of making roads safer for everyone. It

is probable that the UK will follow suit.

Extra insurance for parents - We worry when our

teens first start to borrow the car that they may not

stick to the rules of the road. Knowing that there is

a dash cam monitoring their driving behaviour is an

extra incentive for them to pay attention, or they

might not be trusted to take the car out again!

Prevention of insurance claim scams - Insurance

fraud is a growing problem with vehicles. Some

drivers purposely cause minor car accidents in

order to put the blame on the other party, so they

can extort money from the victim. A dash cam will

at least allow you to prove that you were not at fault

in such a case.

It keeps an eye on your car while you are not in

it! - Have you ever returned to your car in a car

park to find it’s been scratched? Or are you sure

the neighbour’s children are scraping their bikes

along the side of your vehicle when they squeeze

past on the drive? A well-installed dash camera

can efficiently record such events because most

can be set to record even when the car engine isn’t

running. Some can even send all the data to your

laptop or smart phone remotely, giving you peace

of mind.

Dash cams are set to become as necessary an

addition to our driving life as sat-navs. If you don’t

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Young Leaders

The Canal & River Trust are looking for people aged

16-25 who are interested in making an impact on

their local community.

Young people are invited to help out with the

launch of England’s first coast-to-coast canoe trail

– the Desmond Family Canoe Trail - which travels

from Liverpool to Goole. The project will help

young people enjoy canoeing, paddle-boarding

and kayaking, with a range of social action schemes.

Those who get involved in the project will bring

their own skills and ideas to the table, with the view

of creating youth-led events to engage the wider

Wigan community.

Meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every

month from 5:30pm-7pm at the Wigan Hub, Canal

Cottages (WN3 4EH). If you’d like to attend, email

Vicki.Birch@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Colliery Callout

A new project from the University of Wolverhampton

looks to gather oral history accounts as part of

research into the British coal industry from 1947-

1994.

‘On Behalf of the People’ is looking for submissions

from people who used to work at one of eight

selected mines across the country – including

Bickershaw Colliery in Leigh.

Whether you were a miner, a union activist, deputy

or family member, or if you simply lived in a mining

community, the research team are interested in

hearing from you.

You’ll be interviewed about your memories and

experiences at the pits.

The research will be made widely available to the

public, including a travelling exhibition to mining

communities and schools across the country.

To get involved in the project, contact Professor

Keith Gildart on 07709 664931 or email keith.

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Stadium Sleep Out

The Brick are hosting a huge sleep-out at DW

Stadium to raise money for its main premises.

Experience how it feels to live out on the streets

without a roof over your head for an entire night –

it definitely won’t be as easy as you think, but your

efforts go towards a worthy cause. The Brick assists

people in crisis, who are able to take advantage of

the training and employment services offered at

The Brick Works.

Individuals working with The Brick will be sharing

their stories of homelessness and sleeping rough

on the night, with music and a hot soup supper to

keep your spirits up.

Ged Bretherton, The Brick’s Business Director, said:

‘We are delighted to bring the Stadium Sleep back

for a second year, and we are asking the people of

Wigan and Leigh to join us on this special night.’

‘Homelessness is often something we only think

about when it’s cold and wet, but it’s not a seasonal

issue - it’s a year-round one.’

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100

for The Brick through fundraising and sponsorship.

The event is open to anyone over the age of 13,

but under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Community groups, clubs, families and local

businesses are very welcome! The sleep runs from

9:30pm-6am on Friday, April 5 at the DW Stadium

on Loire Drive.

Places on the sleep out are limited – to book your

place, email ged@thebrick.org.uk or call 01942

417290.

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There’s nothing better when heading out to eat

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hearty, home-cooked food. There’s something

innately comforting about true pub grub with soul

behind it, and The Star Inn at Roby Mill has this in

droves. Nowhere is the family ethos more evident

than the charming family-run pub which has so

much to offer no matter what you’re hankering for.

Sally’s at The Star Inn was launched in 2007 in

homage to landlord and chef Marti’s mother Sally,

who passed away in 1996. A great cook herself, it

was Sally’s lifelong dream to have a restaurant in

her name, and Marti wanted to honour that promise

when he took the reins. Alongside his partner Laura

and their daughter Pippa-Bleu, Sally’s at The Star was

born as a true family experience.

When Local Life’s Nicola and Peter headed to The

Star, it was with the expectation of great food and a

lively atmosphere – and they weren’t disappointed.

Although the pub proves incredibly popular with

people from near and far, the tables are well spaced

enough for you to have an intimate meal in the cosy

setting of the pub, which is cheerfully lit and dotted

with homey fireplaces.

Perusing the menu was a Herculean task, as

everything sounded too delicious to choose from,

but with some assistance from the attentive staff

Peter eventually opted for Sally’s traditional prawn

and avocado cocktail with bread and butter – a

light, refreshing dish that perfectly blends surprising

flavours together, topped off with fresh, plump

prawns. It dawned on him that avocado was the

missing ingredient to all his prawn dishes in the

past, and Peter certainly won’t be having them with

anything else in the future!

Nicola also went for a fish-themed appetiser: Thaistyle

roasted salmon fishcakes with honey and

mustard dressed leaves. The salmon was fragrant,

exquisitely encased in a thin coating of golden

brown breadcrumbs and beaded with herbs and

spices for a subtle Thai

twist. The dish came

accompanied by a pot of

chive and garlic dip for a

cooler flavour, which was

the perfect companion to

the fishcake.

Choosing a main course

was just as difficult. Peter,

who’s a pescatarian,

decided on the crisped

vegetable and mixed

mushroom stroganoff

served with aromatic


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rice, while Nicola couldn’t resist the chicken in black

pepper sauce.

Peter’s stroganoff came with a generous portion of

fresh mushrooms and crispy stir-fry, but it was the

sauce that stole the show. It lifted the mushrooms

to make for a truly memorable meal, contrasting the

tasty crunch of the vegetables just to Peter’s liking.

Nicola’s course, meanwhile, was just what she hoped

it would be – soft chicken with crispy, flavourful

skin in a creamy peppercorn sauce. In the wrong

hands this could be quite a risk to take, but The

Star’s signature blend of brandy and peppercorn

was warming instead of overpowering, and Nicola

admits she could have eaten it by the truckload.

Although they were stuffed, Nicola and Peter knew

they could never resist dessert – especially with

chocolate brownie on the menu! Peter’s dessert was

moist with a molten centre encased in a crunchy

outer shell. So often brownies promise a rich,

smooth taste and don’t deliver, but Marti’s, which

was finished off with a dollop of Chantilly cream left

behind a plate which had practically been licked

clean – a definite ten out of ten from Peter.

and crushed Toblerone. She admits that dessert was

polished off rather speedily – but promises to start

back at the gym next week.

Good food isn’t all The Star Inn is renowned for. It’s a

true home away from home, with a specialised gin

bar menu and a comprehensive wine list. The staff are

so polite and truly care about delivering top-quality

service, while Marti’s own talents extend far beyond

the kitchen! Along with head chef Marc Price, Marti

has been putting in the hours to make sure the food

and the wider menu is exactly the standard it should

be for the customer, and it definitely shows.

Make no mistake about it – Marti and his team are

back and The Star will shine again, just as it should.

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Nicola’s Toblerone cheesecake was also a sight

to behold. A crunchy ginger biscuit base was her

first surprise. Gone was the dowdy digestive and

in its place a buttery, slightly spicy bottom, which

balanced perfectly with the creamy cheesecake


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Spinach & Ricotta Lasagne

A creamy vegetarian version of the supper classic. Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 Pack lasagne sheets

125g sliced mozzarella

30g parmesan

Olive Oil

1 finely chopped onion

2 crushed garlic cloves

150ml red wine

2 x 400g chopped tomato tins

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp Worcester sauce

2 tbsp tomato puree

Bunch chopped fresh basil

375g spinach

Knob of butter

500g ricotta

250g mascarpone

4 medium egg yolks

Grated zest of 1 lemon

Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

40g grated parmesan

Method

Preparation time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas 6. Heat the oil in a medium

pan, then fry the onion for 6-8 minutes until soft. Add the garlic

and fry for a further minute. Pour in the red wine; turn up the heat

and simmer for 3-4 minutes to reduce the liquid by half. Add the

tomatoes, sugar, Worcester sauce and tomato purée. Reduce the

heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until thickened. Add the basil,

and season well.

Place the spinach in a large pan with a knob of butter. Cover and cook

over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes until the spinach has wilted. It

will seem to almost disappear! Drain the cooked spinach in a colander

and press to squeeze out any excess water. Roughly chop, then mix

with the rest of the creamy sauce ingredients. Taste and season well

Spread a little of the spinach and ricotta sauce over the base of the

baking dish, then cover with slightly overlapping lasagne sheets.

Pour over a third of the remaining white sauce, sprinkle over a little

of the grated cheese and top with half the tomato sauce. Cover with

another layer of lasagne sheets, top with half the remaining white

sauce, then all the remaining tomato sauce. Add the final layer of

lasagne sheets, then spread with the rest of the white sauce. Scatter

with the remaining grated cheese.

Top with mozzarella slices and the grated Parmesan and bake for 30

minutes until golden and bubbling.


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Wigan Beer Fest

The CAMRA Wigan Beer Festival runs from Thursday,

February 28 until Saturday, March 2.

Sample over 70 real ales, draught foreign beers and

ciders while enjoying live entertainment, games

and a variety of food stalls.

The festival takes place at Robin Park Leisure Centre

on Loire Drive, Wigan (WN5 0UH), with a free shuttle

bus available from the town centre. For further

information, visit www.beerfestival.wigancamra.

org.uk

The festival opens from 5:30pm-11pm on the

Thursday, 12pm-11pm on the Friday, and 11:30am-

9:30pm on the Saturday, and is free to enter for

CAMRA members. Entry fees for non-members

range up to £3, date and time depending.

Wigan CAMRA meet regularly to enjoy and discuss

craft ales, ciders and all things beer. Membership

costs around £25 per year and helps to promote the

love of real ale while bagging you great discounts

into beer festivals around the country.

Volunteering opportunities are also available for

the festival on the set-up days, open sessions and

during the take-down to complete a variety of tasks.


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Read All About It

A free miniature library has come to Wigan Lane.

The Little Free Library is a worldwide scheme which

allows locals to trade in their unwanted books for

something a bit different. Wiganer Mandy Dunbar

introduced the St. Clement’s Road Bookhouse to a

tree stump outside her home to get the community

more involved with reading.

Local poet George Melling even added his own

collection ‘I’m Having the Rhyme of My Life’ to the

little library for someone else to get stuck into.

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Libraries popping up across the world, visit www.

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Vintage Fair

A vintage and craft fair takes place this month in

one of Bolton’s Grade-I listed buildings.

The Wigan & Bolton Vintage & Artisan fair takes

place on Sunday, March 17 from 11am-4pm at

Smithills Hall, a beautiful manor house set in

picturesque gardens. The fair is free admission and

the perfect opportunity to shop for gifts or just to

treat yourself!

For further information, email victoriaclaire@

vibrantvintage.co.uk

Sing Hallelujah

The Orrell Musical and Dramatic Society is still on

the lookout for singers to get involved in their next

production of the smash hit musical Sister Act.

The musical is set to be staged in July this year,

and singers for the men’s chorus are particularly

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Golborne Colliery Service

A service will be held this month to commemorate

the 40th anniversary of the Golborne Colliery

mining disaster.

Ten men were killed after an underground explosion

on March 18th, 1979. Only Brian Rawsthorne

survived the blast.

On Sunday, March 17, a procession will congregate

at The Queen Anne on Bridge Street, Golborne,

at 1:30pm to follow the Mayors of Wigan and

St. Helens, along with the Golborne Brass Band

through the streets to Golborne Parish Church.

If you’d like to walk in the procession, please meet

outside The Queen Anne at 1:30pm; alternatively,

the church service begins at 2:30pm.

Scottish Songs

Wigan’s Thistle Society is holding a song and dance

night of Scottish songs and Highland dancing.

The Silver Choir will perform an array of popular

songs, before everyone has the opportunity to

take part in some Ceilidh dancing, with tutorials

of each dance given on the night. To top it all off, a

raffle with some great prizes takes place during the

interval, with refreshments available.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 23 from

7:30pm-10pm at St. Luke’s Hall on Lodge Road,

Orrell (WN5 7AT).

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cost £5 for adults and £2 for children – for further

information or to book, call Paula on 01942 680008

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Return of the Proms

Tickets are already on sale for Orrell Live.

Returning for its fifth year, Orrell’s answer

to the Proms hopes to be bigger and better

than ever. And with the line-up already

announced, what better time to get excited

– especially when you hear that Alexander

O’Neal and his 9-piece band are headlining.

TV’s Junior Voice 2017 runner up and local

lad Jake McKechnie will be opening the

Proms before Reflectionz Duo entertain

the crowds with their soul and motown

performance. Rock sensation Haze are also

back by popular demand, joining Little Mix tribute

Black Magic and Oaces – the UK’s number one Oasis

tribute.

As usual, the night will conclude with a beautiful

performance from the Golborne Brass Band, with

all the pomp and pageantry of the Proms.

Event organiser Spencer still remembers the days

of the Orrell Carnival, which inspired Orrell Live.

‘The carnival was always a really good time, and I

remember we usually got good weather in June! In

2007 I had the idea for the Proms, and I thought the

cricket club would be a perfect venue. I’m so excited

about this year’s event – Orrell Live has always been

popular, but the anticipation for Alexander O’Neal

is already high!’

‘Orrell Live has always been about Orrell and the

local community,’ Spencer continues. ‘But we are

attracting people from further afield – we’ve even

had interest from a coachload of people from

Liverpool!’

As well as the fabulous live acts,

Orrell Live will be festooned

with food stalls, plus bottle and

cocktail bars. You’re also welcome

to bring your own drinks.

This year a new digital ticketing

system has been introduced to

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and simpler – just download your

e-ticket to your phone or tablet!

Orrell Live takes place on

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Homeless Help

Wigan Council is funding a huge £53.7 million

contract to aid local homeless people.

The town plans to extend its current homeless

support systems, with supported accommodation

and bespoke services to help people towards

employment and independent living.

The project will help homeless people to improve

their health and happiness, with potential links

to drug and alcohol services, criminal justice,

employment and wellbeing assistance.

Songs from the Shows

Wigan Rotary Club have announced their April

event: Songs from the Shows.

With entertainment from Victor Michael and

the Three Sopranos, who specialise in fourpart

harmonies and top quality vocals, you’ll be

humming show tunes all night long while raising

money for the Rotary Club Charities Account.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 6 at Mill

at the Pier, Trencherfield Mill on Heriage Way, with

doors opening at 7pm. Seated tickets cost £12, or

grab a standing ticket for just £5. To book, head to

the TicketSource website.

The Snow Queen

Willpower Youth Theatre present a musical version

of The Snow Queen this month.

From Wednesday, February 27 until Saturday,

March 2, catch an entrancing performance of the

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic coming-of-age

adventure at St. Michael’s Hall on Shaw Street (WN1

2BQ). The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tickets cost £7 for adults or £5 for concessions. Call

the box office on 01942 745082 to book.

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The course aims to assist people in their job search

by improving CV and application writing, exploring

methods of searching for vacancies, and developing

interview skills. Sessions take place every Tuesday

from 10am-12pm starting on March 5th.

Pop into the library to book your place.

Lent Lunches

Every Thursday throughout Lent, enjoy delicious

lunches at St. Luke’s Church in Orrell (WN5 7AT).

The church offers delicious bowls of homemade

soup, with bread and cheese from the Orrell

Mother’s Union for just £3.50, which goes towards

church funds.

Lunch is served from 12pm-1:30pm on Thursdays

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Soulful Songbird

A fabulous night of wartime music heads to St.

James Social Club in Orrell this month.

The Goldnage Songbird, joined by guest performers

from Susan Hayes Vocal Coaching, light up the

evening with soulful songs.

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Network Plea

Marjorie Price, the Chair of the

Orrell and Billinge Community

Network, has issued a plea for

new and younger residents

to join the long established

community group.

Over the past decade, volunteer

members of the Network, as

it is known locally, have raised

funds to establish the War Memorial in Orrell, have

added colour to the local area by organising Orrell in

Bloom, and have launched and run a monthly coffee

morning in Orrell, which in turn, funded the popular

Over 75’s annual Christmas party.

But most members of the group are past retirement

age and ideas for new projects are now far and few

between, as Marjorie explains, “We’re looking for

residents of Orrell and Billinge to get involved and

come forward with new ideas

for the area and have the

enthusiasm to follow these

ideas through to fruition. In

particular, adds Marjorie, we’d

like younger residents of Orrell

and Billinge to come forward

with their vision on what sort of

community they want to live in

in the future”.

The Network has funds available to help support new

projects and has a glut of experience and contacts

to help launch new projects for the local area. The

group meets on the first Wednesday of every month

from 7pm at St Luke’s Church hall in Lodge Road in

Orrell. The next meeting is Wednesday 6th March at

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Volunteers Needed

A singing group for people with dementia is looking

for volunteers.

Singing for the Brain is an Alzheimer’s Society

initiative, bringing people with dementia and their

carers together to sing and enjoy music to stimulate

the brain and build new relationships.

Volunteers are needed to serve drinks, chat

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Fundraisers Cash Out

The final pay outs from Saturday

Breakfast’s community fundraisers were

handed over at a recent presentation at

Greenslate Farm.

Pictured with volunteers from Saturday

Breakfast are the Friends of Orrell

Station group who have made many

improvements to Orrell Rail Station, and

organisers of ‘Tots Together’ , a parent

and toddler group recently launched

at Bispham Methodist Church. Other

donations made in this period included

payments to Orrell Red Triangle CC to

help pay for car park lighting, St James’

school to help pay for a cycle shelter

and Living Faith church to help pay for the launch

of Chill & Chat sessions. Payments were also made

to Greenslate Farm and St Luke’s Church for their

support of the Saturday Breakfast initiative.

The Saturday Breakfast venture was launched in

spring 2016 by local residents Chris Pearce, Mary

Forrester, Laura Ramsdale and Sally Boon, with the

support of local Councillor Michael Winstanley, and

with the help of funding from Wigan Council’s The

Deal and from Local Life magazine.

Initially based at St Luke’s church in Orrell, this popup

community breakfast café was staffed entirely by

tireless volunteers and the venture

was supported by enthusiastic

customers. In September 2017,

Saturday Breakfast moved to

Greenslate Farm to use the brand

new kitchen facilities at the farm.

Saturday Breakfast ran until June

2018, when an ongoing lack of

kitchen volunteers brought about

its demise. Over the lifetime of

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Feng Shui Your Home

Let’s be honest: a lot of people think feng shui is a

load of baloney, adopted by homeowners with too

much time on their hands. But the process really

doesn’t need to be that complicated, and it can help

declutter your space while promoting wellbeing.

The ancient Chinese art of feng shui allegedly dates

back to the Tang Dynasty in the seventh century. It

argues that our surroundings – namely, our homes

– reflect what’s going on with our inner selves,

and aims to harmonise the energy (or chi) in the

environment. This can sound pretty complicated,

but don’t worry – here are some tips to get you

started.

with heavy sentimental value or that make you feel

calm can definitely improve the mood of a room.

Direct the energy flow. Open windows can seep

energy out of a room, while a direct path from

the front to the back door can prevent it from

comfortably circulating around the home. Try

soft drapes or blinds if you want to avoid heavier

curtains over windows, and try a colourful rug by

the doors. Adding a mirror by the front door can

improve lighting and prevent you feeling like you’re

being ‘walled in’ when you enter the house.

Firstly, declutter. Get rid of any lurking rubbish and

throw out last month’s newspapers (you’re probably

not going to read them). Wash up any dirty dishes

and organise any laundry that’s hanging around.

Not only will this transform your home into a more

welcoming space, but you’ll have a lot more room

to work with.

Reorganise the furniture. Spatial arrangement is

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a wall for protection, with the rest of the seating

arranged to facilitate conversation. Bright colours

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healthy eating, while soft, wide lighting includes

everyone in dinnertime chatter. Softer angles for

things like cabinets and tables can make the room

more inviting.

Get rid of distractions. If you want your lounge

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to cover things like electronics. Putting the TV in a

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Race Night

Enjoy all the excitement of an evening at the races

in aid of Wigan Youth Zone.

With 8 races across the night costing just £2 each

to enter, plus a raffle with fabulous prizes, get your

glad rags on in support of Wigan’s young people

on Friday, April 12 from 7pm-midnight. A cocktail

will be served on arrival, with a disco and canapes

available throughout the evening.

Anne Hurcombe, Managing Director at Wigan Pier

Promotions and event supporter, said: ‘Wigan Youth

Zone need to raise over £1.65 million every year. It’s

proven to cut crime and gives many of our Wigan

kids opportunities they could only dream of – come

and help me support our next generation!’

Anne is also looking for contributions towards

raffle prizes – if you or your business would

like to donate something, email her at anne@

wiganpierpromotions.co.uk

Tickets for the event cost £40 per person, then £10

per raffle ticket. To book, call 01257 251908 or head

to www.wiganpierpromotions.co.uk/wyz-racenight

Wedding Fayre

St. Helens Hotel plays host to a wedding fayre in

March.

Experience the best in local wedding suppliers

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and a bridal catwalk show at 2pm. The fayre

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the show with a complimentary glass of bubbly and

canapes on arrival.

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Run Wigan

The Run Wigan Festival returns this March.

The festival, which includes a half marathon, a ten

miler, a 5K run and a family mile, brings runners

from across the borough together in support of

local charity Joining Jack. Each event helps to raise

money for the fight against Duchenne Muscular

Dystrophy – a progressive muscle wasting disease

which is diagnosed in around 100 boys per year in

the UK.

Wigan boy Jack was diagnosed with DMD in

2011, and since then his family have dedicated

themselves to raising money and awareness for the

disease, which currently has no cure.

Run Wigan Festival is just one way to support the

cause. Whether you’re an experienced athlete or

a complete beginner, the festival has something

for you! Each event is marshalled by Joining

Jack volunteers, and promises to be an exciting

opportunity to get active for a great cause. Better

yet – in true Wigan fashion, every half-marathon

and 5K finisher receives a free pie and a goodie bag.

Jack’s mum Alex Johnson is keen to continue

fundraising to truly

make a different for

DMD sufferers. ‘From

small acorns these

events have grown

to be bigger than we

ever thought possible

when Joining Jack

was launched in 2012.

Last year we raised an

unbelievable £100,000

thanks to the support

and generosity of

everyone involved,

whether taking part

in runs or cycles, volunteering, sponsoring a

participant or helping tell our story through social

media.

‘This year I know we are going to be even bigger

and better – and take us one step closer to changing

lives,’ she added.

The Run Wigan Festival is just one of the ways you

can get involved in fundraising for Joining Jack

this year. On Sunday, June 30 the Wigan Bike Ride

takes place, featuring both a 50 mile main ride and

a 5 mile family ride. To date more than 1,200 riders

have taken part in the event, which has so far raised

£60,000 for the cause.

Then, in September, the Wigan 10K returns in its

seventh incarnation. 2019’s event will see the race’s

20,000th runner taking part on Sunday, September

1. The race takes place on closed roads.

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Tree Tragedy

Conservation volunteers in Orrell are lamenting the

loss of hundreds of trees at Greenslate Community

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The self-seeded trees were torn down by a housing

developer, allegedly at the request of Wigan

Council. Around two hundred of these trees had

been a gift from the Woodland Trust.

A wood chip path created by Greenslate volunteers

has also been taken up and replaced by a concrete

roadway. The bulldozed green space was leased to

the housing developer by Wigan Council while they

conducted drainage work for nearby homes.

Greenslate Community Farm consists of 25 acres

of farmland built ‘for the community, by the

community’.

Orrell Councillor Michael Winstanley dubbed the

farm a ‘green oasis’ and hopes the damage will be

put right ‘without any quibbling whatsoever’.

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The Deal for Communities Investment Fund aims to

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The deadline for applications to the Small

Investment Fund is midnight on Sunday, March 10.

To find out more and apply, head to www.wigan.

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Magnificent Mills

By Jess Phillips

Although now often relegated to shopping outlets –

like Ena Mill in Atherton - dusty museum displays, or

urban living for aspiring young professionals, mills

have always been integral to our local heritage. From

the water-driven mills of the eighteenth century to

the surge in mechanisation and the eventual decline

of the industry, these great structures continue to

have a place in the hearts of locals.

The closure of Chorley’s Botany Bay (previously

Canal Mill) in February pending its extensive

redevelopment into a modern outlet village is

a blow indeed to Lancashire’s milling heritage.

Mills undeniably shaped the county’s industrial

and economic landscape in the 1900s, when the

Industrial Revolution settled its focus on textile

manufacturing. Somewhere along the line,

Lancashire became synonymous with cotton

milling, from the invention of James Hargreaves’

spinning jenny in Oswaldtwistle back in 1770 to

towns like Burnley making their names in cotton.

In fact, the industry expanded enough that the

government was forced to introduce a policy to

slow its growth down in 1959.

The county suffered many ups and downs during

its run as a textile giant. The Lancashire Cotton

Famine of 1861-65 was caused by overproduction

while international markets continued to shift. The

demand for raw cotton slumped just as ports were

overwhelmed with an influx of it, causing the price

to collapse. Many workers became unemployed,

forced to attend soup kitchens and appeal for meal

and coal tickets.

The detrimental effect milling had on its workforce is

well-documented. Channel 4’s TV adaptation The Mill

shed light on the conditions working-class people

faced post-Industrial Revolution at Quarry Bank Mill

in Cheshire. It’s easy to look back on the industry

now with rose-tinted lenses, but with mechanisation

came abhorrent working conditions, child labour

and many accidents. Many workers reported ‘mill

fever’ in their first few weeks of employment; the

dust, chemicals and claustrophobic environment

landing a hard knock to the immune system. A lot

of mill girls communicated solely by lip reading due

Trencherfield Mill,

provided to WiganWorld

by Andrew Gagg


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May Mill, provided to WiganWorld by Ron Hunt

to the supremely high levels of noise from nearby

machinery.

‘…a right pea souper’

That’s without mentioning that textile milling also

contributed to the frequent smog during the latter

part of the twentieth century, with air pollution from

Wigan’s factories turning the streets into a ‘right pea

souper’. The 1950s were especially notorious for this

phenomenon – although chiefly arising from the

frequent burning of coal, bleaching, sizing and bastfibre

processing in cotton mills played their part

too. Several WiganWorld members remark on smog

masks which left blackened gauze from breathing

in the pollution – ‘a small steel frame with a pad

attached’ to keep the worst of the smog out of your

lungs.

It’s easy to forget the architectural prowess and

innovation that went into the building of mills

around Lancashire and what is now Greater

Manchester, and to dismiss milling as a brutal

stopgap into modernisation. Faster processes

revolutionised the industry and Britain for the

better, and brought industry to Lancashire instead

of relying on foreign imports. Despite the integral

part milling played in local heritage, many of

Wigan’s mills have fallen into disrepair – the derelict

Rylands Mill was named one of the top ten most ‘at

risk’ buildings in the UK by the Victorian Society in

2016. But many of these imposing buildings have a

lot more to offer – and it’s high time they got the

appreciation they deserve.

Trencherfield Mill

Built in 1907, the Grade-II listed Trencherfield

Mill is currently in its third incarnation. The first

Trencherfield mill originated in 1820, but was rebuilt

in 1851 and again in the early twentieth century.

The mill, owned by William Woods & Sons Ltd.,

employed around 1000 people. The mill was built to

best utilise the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, which was

useful in transporting freight like cotton.

William Woods was the first to introduce power


May & Enfield Mills

Home to two mills which are often confused for

one another, the Pemberton area has a fiery textile

history. In Highfield, near St. Matthew’s, Church

sat May Mill – originally Wilde’s Mill, constructed in

1850. The mill was destroyed by fire in June 1859

and replaced by Roper’s Mill, which also burned

down in the late nineteenth century. The site’s

turbulent start in life resulted in the final May Mill: a

fireproof building built in 1889. Its engines, dubbed

Louisa and Helen, were dedicated in 1890.

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Trencherfield Mill engines, provided to WiganWorld

by Ron Hunt

looms to Wigan’s cotton mills in 1818. Woods and his

family participated in the official christening of the

new mill engine in 1908, naming each side of the

hulking beast after his daughters Helen and Rina.

The steam engine had a horsepower of 2,500 and is

still in working order today.

In 1929, Trencherfield Mill was purchased by the

Lancashire Cotton Corporation in a last-ditch

attempt to save the textile milling industry. World

War I saw a halt in production which never fully

recovered, leading to the eventual closure of the

majority of Britain’s cotton mills. Most survived

into the 1960s, but the demand for British cotton

was gone and replaced with overseas exports. The

mill finally ceased operation in 1968, leaving the

huge engine – with its 27 foot flywheel – to fall into

disrepair.

And so it remained for a further fifteen years, until

a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant led to major

restoration works that turned the mill into what it

is today – a monument to Wigan’s industrial history.

Trencherfield Mill is currently closed to the public

but is set to reopen later in the year. Regular open

days allow you to get up close and personal with the

mill’s steam engine, and volunteering opportunities

are available for anyone interested in preserving

Wigan’s milling heritage – visit www.wigan.gov.

uk/Resident/Museums-archives/Trencherfield-Mill-

Engine.aspx for details.

May Mill was the longest surviving cotton mill in

Wigan, still producing cotton until Friday, October

17, 1980.

In the same area, Enfield Mill (situated behind the

Enfield pub), was built in 1907 and opened a year

later. The mill employed around 200 people, with

500 looms in operation by 1950. During the Second

World War, the mill helped construct cloth for

barrage balloons, amongst other things. Enfield Mill

lasted until December 1975, when it finally closed its

doors for good.

Leigh Spinners

The Grade-II* listed Leigh Spinners Mill was first

constructed in 1913, and began as a humble cotton

mill. The mill knew it would have to adapt to survive

after the post-war textile slump, however, and

started manufacturing carpets and synthetic turf.

In 1923 a larger mill was built on the same site to

celebrate – and prolong – its milling successes.

Leigh Spinners is estimated to be the only doublefronted

mill still standing in the entirety of Europe

still intact. The first mill’s engine was destroyed in

an explosion, but the second still stands with its

two cylinders christened Mayor and Mayoress. The

engine could theoretically be brought back to life,

and exists today as one of only four of its kind.

In the early twentieth century, Leigh was home

to ten mills, and approximately 15% of the town’s

population was employed in the textile industry.

Leigh Spinners employed around 800 people in its

heyday, boasting staff playing fields, showers and


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May Mill, provided to WiganWorld by Eddie

a large canteen to bring its employees together inbetween

shifts.

Many factors contributed to the decline of

Lancashire’s textile industry; the outbreak of WWII

meant workers were redrafted into the war effort

and away from their jobs, while the rise of foreign

imports meant demand for English cotton fell. The

Cotton Industry Act of 1959 looked set to rejuvenate

Wigan and Leigh’s textile links, with the view of

reorganising the cotton industry in Lancashire. The

Act reduced the number of spindles in operation

while making some workers redundant in order to

reduce unneeded output.

Leigh Spinners was mindful of the shifting industry,

made evident by its willingness to expand into

carpets and gradually reduce its number of

employees. It ceased cotton spinning for good in

2005, but continues to produce synthetic turf for

sports fields and landscaping.

disrepair, the Leigh Building Preservation Trust is

doing its best to restore the mill to its former glory.

It has won various cash grants to go towards this

effort, including a £75,000 prize awarded by Waste

Recycling Environmental Ltd. to repair the steam

engine and repair the engine house.

The Preservation Trust currently aims to turn the

mill into a community hub with a conference centre,

indoor sports and various meeting places for local

people. In 2018 the Trust signed a 99 year lease on

Mill Two, and hopes to secure further funding to

keep each floor of the mill preserved.

The mill’s heritage centre opens every Saturday

between 10am and 12pm, allowing visitors to get

up close and personal with the steam engine and

textile machinery. Regular paranormal events also

take place at Leigh Spinners if you believe the

rumours that the old building might be hosting a bit

more than defunct engines!

Although the building has largely fallen into


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Class from the Past

This month’s Class from

the Past is from St.

Cuthbert’s school, Norley

Hall from 1970, with

pupils about to embark

on a trip to Ambleteuse,

France.

This photo was sent in by

Clifford Oakley.

Do you have an old class

photo you’d like to share?

Email wigannews@

locallife247.co.uk


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Competition Winners

Pictured adjacent are John and Eileen Blake from Winstanley,

who were the winners of our January competition for a pair of

Wigan Warriors season tickets.

We asked readers the question ‘Who do Wigan Warriors face

in the first home Betfred Super League Fixture of 2019?’ The

answer was, of course, Leeds Rhinos, and John’s name was

randomly picked from hundreds of readers who came up

with the correct answer.

The couple were ecstatic when Local Life handed over the

season tickets just a few days ahead of the first home game

of the season. Thank you to everyone who entered, and don’t

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50 Property

Strength in Numbers

So you’ve had an unexpected cash windfall come

your way. An inheritance maybe, proceeds from

an old pension or you’ve won the lottery at last!

Being financially prudent, you’re now looking to

make that money work hard and as property is

underrepresented in your diverse wealth portfolio,

you want to explore the world of buy-to-let.

Should you buy a single buy-to-let property, or

should you use mortgage facilities to buy more than

one property?

Banks and Building Societies will characteristically

want at least a 25% deposit on any single buy-to-let

property, meaning that prospective landlords can

only borrow up to 75%, and they will also assess the

borrowing level based on the rental income covering

the mortgage interest by a definite margin of 125%.

Making use of mortgages will help a landlord

maximise the rental income across more properties,

rather than putting everything into a single property.

This will enable the landlord to ensure that if there

a void in any of the tenancies, there should still be

rental income coming from the other properties. The

flip side of the coin is that there is always a mortgage

to pay for, whether or not the properties are let.

Alan Batt

Alan Batt is a member of The Royal Institution of

Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has worked within

the Wigan property market for over 30 years.

Another financial advantage of taking a mortgage is

that landlords can set the mortgage interest against

the rental income, although that will only be at the

basic rate of tax by 2021 due the recent tax changes.

The other great motivation is, of course, that the

increase in house prices over the long term should

boost the value of your properties.

A lot will depend on what you hope to attain from

your buy to let investment and how relaxed you

would feel in making the mortgage payments in the

time gap between tenants leaving your property

and new tenants moving in. Direct Line calculated a

few months ago that such voids cost UK landlords an

average of £1, 000 per property per year.

You also have to consider that the UK’s favourable

interest rates could increase, which would eat into

your profits, though that can be mitigated with

fixing your mortgage interest rate.

So, with everything that is happening in the world,

does it make sense to buy rental properties?

The bottom line is, as a country aren’t building

enough property, so demand will always outstrip

supply in the medium to long term, meaning

property values will keep rising in the medium to

long term. That’s not to say property values might

fall back in the short term, like they did in 2009 Credit

Crunch, the 1988 Dual MIRAS crash, the recession of

the early 1980’s, the 1974 Oil Crisis, the early 1930’s

Great Depression, but after every one of these crises,

house prices have bounced back with vigour.

It makes sense, therefore, to focus on getting the

best properties that will have continuing appeal and

strong tenant demand. Buy-to-let should be tackled

as a medium to long term investment, because the


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wisest landlords see buy-to-let investment in terms

of decades, not years.

In addition to helping many new and existing

landlords target prospective properties, my company

(Alan Batt Estate Agents) also helps landlords to

work out their budgets, taking into account other

costs such as agent’s fees, finance, maintenance

and voids in tenancy. Contact us today to find out

how we can help you get the best returns from your

property investments.

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

233999

Buy to Let Trends

In every national survey I’ve seen recently, landlords

still intend to increase their property portfolio in

the medium to long term. This tells me that even

though landlords have been hit with higher taxes,

they still have faith in the buy to let market.

The youngsters of Wigan see renting as a choice,

giving them flexibility and options that being tied

to a home cannot give, so demand will continue to

grow and landlords will be able to enjoy increased

rents and capital growth from their buy to let

investments, providing that they work smarter in

the future.

Since the 1990’s, making money from investing in

buy to let property was as easy as falling off a log.

Looking forward though, with all the changes in

the tax regime and balance of power, making those

similar levels of return in the future won’t be so

easy. The question is how do you, as a Wigan buy

to let landlord, ensure that your success continues?

Over the last ten years, I have seen the role of the

forward thinking landlord evolve from a person

who just collected the rent to a more all-inclusive

role. There are a handful of Wigan agents (including

myself) whom I would consider exemplary at this

landlord portfolio strategy where they can give

landlords a balanced structured overview of your

short, medium and long-term goals, in relation

to your required return on investment, yield and

capital growth requirements.

If you would like such advice, speak with your

current agent or feel free to drop me a line.

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

233999

For more of Alan’s tips, guidance and analysis

on the Wigan property market, check out

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54 Travel

Twin Centre

By Jess Phillips

A desert oasis like no other, Las Vegas is famed

for its bright lights, drive-through weddings and

numerous casinos, but that isn’t all the Nevada

paradise has to offer. Try breath-taking sights, natural

beauty hotspots and plenty of opportunities to try

things you’ve never even dreamed of. Combining

your trip to Vegas with a once-in-a-lifetime package

to New York afterwards might sound like a brave

expedition, but why not? The bucket list is calling.

Emerging onto The Strip can be overwhelming, even

for seasoned Vegas-goers, and it can be difficult to

choose what to see first. Begin at the very beginning

– the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign,

designed by Betty Willis, immediately encapsulates

the city’s penchant for a good bit of neon, and is a

picture-perfect introduction of what’s to come. If

you’re feeling inspired, the Neon Museum houses

more of the same, and explores the history of Las

Vegas through its signature signage.

From there, you might

want to head to the

LINQ Promenade – a

bustling hub of colour

and yet more neon overlooked by the High Roller:

the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet.

Best experienced after sundown, take in the bright

lights of the city for miles around from the top of the

wheel while enclosed in an intimate pod.

Las Vegas is home to a whopping 104 casinos, and

you can’t visit without having a little flutter. If you’re

feeling lucky, head over to ARIA, which boasts one of

the biggest levels of slot machines and an exclusive

high-limit room where you could find yourself

splashing out $5000 on a single pull. Whether your

game is blackjack, poker or roulette – or even if

you’ve never gambled before! - helpful croupiers are

on hand to assist you.

Vegas’s shopping scene is second-to-none. Premium

outlets offer designer labels at discount prices,

so you can get the best in the US all in one place.

Of course, all that retail therapy can be pretty

exhausting, so have a bite to eat in one of Vegas’s

famed restaurants. From steakhouses to seafood –

plus a surprising selection of Asian delicacies from

Chinatown, just two miles out from The Strip – you

really are spoilt for choice.


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World-famous Cirque du Soleil is the

perfect after-dinner antidote to a full

belly, and perfectly captures the true

spirit of the city. You’ll find their shows

throughout the city, combining circus

magic and contemporary influences

to create spectacular, reality-defying

performances. Mystical, magical and

all-round entertaining, what better

way to celebrate the local culture?

If the adrenaline from the biggest circus in town

hasn’t quite drained, thrill seekers definitely won’t

want to miss the Stratosphere Tower Tour. Las Vegas

really does reinvent the humble fairground ride -

dangle 109 stories in the air, catapulting headfirst

over the tower edge on the X-Scream, or bungee

jump the entire way to the bottom – a dizzying 829

feet! – on SkyJump. The iconic New York, New York

hotel has its very own rollercoaster weaving around

the building itself; the Big Apple Coaster combines

virtual reality and some adrenaline-pumping drops

to give you as authentic a New York experience as

you can get outside of the city itself.

It’s true, ‘Sin City’ can be intense, but there’s plenty

of culture lurking just on the outskirts. Day trips

offer the perfect chance to take a step back from

it all and tour stunning landmarks like the Grand

Canyon, which in 2007 introduced the Skywalk – a

glass viewing platform hovering 4000 feet above

the canyon itself. The view from so high up is

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as it has for over 800 years; explore an authentic

Native American reservation at Eagle Point and

learn the rich history of the tribes who occupied the

canyon while surrounded by breath-taking red rock

formations.

For history buffs, Hoover Dam is just a forty

minute drive away from Las Vegas. Built from

1931 to 1936, the dam is a manmade feat of

engineering, impounding Lake Mead and supplying

hydroelectric power from the Colorado River. The

dam’s Observation Deck boasts views of the torrents

of white water crashing beneath you and try to

get your head around the fact that this very water

generates around 4 billion kW-Hs of electricity per

year – that’s enough for 1.3 million people.

But the journey actually begins in New York,

where you can immerse yourself in the buzzing

metropolitan capital like you’ve never seen it

before. Take a boat trip to see the Statue of Liberty

up close or catch a Yankees game before lining up

for some star-studded evening entertainment on

Broadway. Just be prepared – even the most unlikely

candidates will catch themselves humming show

tunes afterwards!

Cost of Living - USA

3 course meal: $25

Beer (0.5l): $5

Coffee: $3.75

Bottle wine: $12

Water (1.5l): $1.66

Central Park is of course a must-see – buried in the

heart of Manhattan, the park is more than just a

green oasis in an otherwise concrete jungle. Free

concerts take place regularly at the Naumburg

Bandshell, while Belvedere Castle on Vista Rock

boasts beautiful views across the park. You also have

a good chance of spotting wildlife at the Hallett

Nature Sanctuary, Turtle Pond and the place that

inspired the movie Madagascar: Central Park Zoo.

Las Vegas and New York certainly aren’t cities to

be trifled with. With thousands of opportunities to

tick things off your bucket list in two truly American

destinations – go on, what’s stopping you?


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An Invitation from

Orrell Post Methodist Church

We welcome everyone of all ages from

birth upwards to our 10.45am Sunday

morning services.

Join us to sing hymns & songs, old & new.

Bring your prayers & concerns, your joys,

hopes & questions and share them with

others.

During the service children can take part

in Sunday school activities – returning at

the end to share what they have been

doing.

After the service everyone enjoys

a good natter and sometimes

tea, coffee & biscuits.

Midweek Events:

• 1st Monday of the month – book

exchange & coffee morning from

10.30am-12noon

• 2nd Tuesday of the month – soup lunch

with accompaniments from 11.30am-2pm

(£2)

• Wednesday fortnightly – Ladies fellowship

at 2pm & Bible study at 7.15pm

• Alternate Wednesdays – Sequence

dancing from 7.30pm-10.pm (£1.50)

• Every Thursday – parents and

toddlers10.45am-11.45am. Booking is

essential as number are limited for safety

We also have a ladies choir for those who

like to sing the right notes (preferably in

the right order)

Please, come and meet us you’ll find a warm welcome & some good news to lift your day.

Bring yourself and your family. We have access for prams & wheelchairs.

For more information please contact Anne Parkinson on 01942 386 365


58 Legal & Finance

Inheritance Tax

A Voluntary Tax?

It was the late Lord Jenkins that said, “Inheritance

Tax is a voluntary tax paid by people who distrust

their beneficiaries more than they dislike the Inland

Revenue”.

Inheritance tax can cost loved ones hundreds

of thousands in the event of your death, yet it’s

possible to legally avoid huge swathes of it, or

possibly pay none at all.

If you are single or divorced, UK legislation allows

the first £325,000 (2018/19 tax year) of your estate

to be free from Inheritance Tax, whilst if you are

married, or in a civil partnership or widowed, this

amount could rise to £650,000.

In addition to this, the residents nil rate band will

enable the nil rate band to be uplifted further if you

are living in your own property and will be passing

your estate on to direct descendants.

The main exemptions are;

• Most transfers between spouses and civil

partners

• The first £3,000 of lifetime transfers in any tax

year plus any unused balance from previous year

• Gifts of up to but not exceeding £250 p.a. to any

number of persons

• Gifts in consideration of marriage or civil

partnership of: up to £5,000 by a parent, up to

£2,500 by a grandparent or great grandparent,

or up to £1,000 by any other person

• Gifts to charities, whether made during lifetime

or on death.

Making Gifts

In most cases, any direct gift amount is a Potentially

Exempt Transfer (PET), which means that you (the

donor) need to live a further 7 years for the gift to fall

outside your estate. If you don’t, the beneficiary may

face a tax liability, which between year 3 and year

7 maybe reduced for each year you live. However,

this relief only applies to the part of a gift which is in

excess of the nil rate band (£325,000).

Trusts

This method allows for the placement of monies

into a suitable investment which is then wrapped

within a trust, of which you and other people of

your choosing can be trustees. The monies remain

in trust and all, or amounts of this, can be distributed

when you choose.

There are a wide variety of trust options available

and therefore careful consideration needs to be

given to ensure that the trust is suitable.

Is it possible to get an immediate discount to IHT

rather than wait for 7 years?

Yes, there are trusts that enable the donor to have

access to a regular, predetermined income for life.

In addition to this - based on a number of factors

- there are schemes which usually result in a saving

in Inheritance Tax from the moment the monies are

placed into the trust.

Summary

Inheritance Tax is quite a technical area and

therefore before embarking on a course of

action I would strongly recommend that you

seek professional advice. We have advisers with

advanced qualifications within the taxation and

trusts arena who if need be will be more than happy

to guide you.

David Barton APFS Cert CII (MP)

Managing Director &

Chartered Financial Planner


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The interest rate will be fixed and agreed at the

outset for the life of the mortgage. This means it

won’t change if rates go up or down during that

period.

If your circumstances change, you can choose

to stop taking the income at any time, but once

stopped, the regular monthly income cannot be

restarted. Once the fixed income term comes to

an end the monthly income will stop and interest

will continue to roll up until the lifetime mortgage

is repaid.

Who is it for?

Income Lifetime Mortgages are designed for

people who:

• Have a need for a fixed monthly income.

• Require the discipline of having this paid to them

automatically each month.

• Require the certainty of a regular monthly

income in line with their lifelong routine.

It is not suitable for people who:

• Have savings or investments that can use instead.

• Require a guaranteed income for life.

• Require a lump sum greater than 10% of the total

facility available to them.

• Have enough long-term income.

• Claim benefits that may be affected by taking a

lifetime mortgage.

The minimum monthly income is £200 and

minimum initial loan amount is £2,500.

Your property must be worth over £100,000 or

£150,000 for ex-local authority properties.

Interest rates currently start at 4.24%.

Please contact David Griffin on 01942 597182 for further details.


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62 Business View

Just 5 weeks

to go!

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

Is your business ready for Making Tax Digital?

With effect from 01 April 2019 there will be

significant changes to the way you prepare and

submit your quarterly VAT returns. All VAT registered

businesses with an annual turnover above £85,000

will be required to keep digital records and submit

their VAT return to HMRC through MTD compatible

software.

If your business runs on spreadsheets and manual

records, you will be able to continue (for now at

least), but you will still have to make changes to

those spreadsheets so that they can link to HMRC

by using bridging software.

Assuming that you don’t want to pay fines to HMRC,

doing nothing is not an option, so your plans to

deal with this should already be in place and it is

generally accepted that the best way for a business

to prepare for Making Tax Digital is to switch to a

cloud accounting software package.

The good news is that switching to accounting

software packaging such as Xero and Quickbooks

will bring immense benefits to your business. You

can look forward to;

Saving Time - by reducing the time spent on

administration

Improving Cashflow - by sending invoices

electronically and being able to automate the credit

control process.

CMA believes that you should use Making Tax

Digital as an opportunity to move your business

forward and stay ahead of your competition. We

are online accounting experts, and are Xero and

QuickBooks partners so we can put you in a good

position to help you choose which software is best

for your business.

We offer a free consultation for anyone that would

like to speak to us about these changes. Feel free to

drop by the office on Skull House Lane in Appley

Bridge and we can discuss these further over a

coffee. Of course, there will be no charge for the

initial meeting.

In addition, and for a limited period only, CMA are

able to offer all new clients Xero or Quickbooks

software free of charge for six months if they sign

up for our services.

So if you have any questions regarding Making Tax

Digital or switching to online accounting systems

please do get in touch.

Chris Alcock ACMA - CMA Accountancy

39 Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge,

Wigan, WN6 9DR

Tel: 01257 255521

Email info@cma-accountancy.com

web www.cma-accountancy.com

Better Decision Making – using Smart business

tools resulting in accurate reports, real time data

and higher tax savings


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5 weeks to go

Making Tax Digital, a new way of

reporting financial information

to HMRC, starts on the 1st April

2019.

Do you own a business that’s

VAT registered and has an annual

turnover of over £85,000?

If so, you need to take urgent

action to ensure your business is

Making Tax Digital compliant.

Call CMA Accountancy today for

a FREE consultation on how to

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Free software for 6

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64 Health & Fitness

In a Heartbeat

What are ectopic heartbeats?

Ectopic heartbeats are extra heartbeats that occur

just before a regular beat. Ectopic beats are normal

and usually they are not a cause for concern.

About 70% of medically normal adults without any

symptoms at all have ectopic beats if monitored

over 24 hours. They are far less common in children

and are more likely to be a result of an underlying

heart abnormality in those cases.

There are two types of ectopic beat:

PAC - Premature atrial contractions, which begin in

the upper chambers of the heart.

PVC - Premature ventricular contractions, which

begin in the lower chambers of the heart.

An ectopic beat might be felt as an extra awareness

of the heart beating; a feeling of faintness; a

sensation of the heart stopping for a second, or a

fluttering sensation in the chest.

The fact that some people become aware of their

ectopic beats doesn’t automatically mean there is

a problem. Most commonly people who become

aware of their ectopic beats are also susceptible

to anxiety. What tends to happen is that during

an episode of anxiety their system is flooded with

adrenalin and their heart begins to race. They

become aware of their heart racing, and then

suddenly they experience

a (perfectly normal)

ectopic beat, only it feels

anything but normal to

them because their heart

is already racing. They can

then become hyper-aware

of any perceived differences

in rhythm, and this can feed

their anxiety.

Most GPs can diagnose ectopic heartbeats from

symptoms and by listening with a stethoscope.

Sometimes they will arrange a precautionary

electrocardiogram (ECG).

If someone is aware of their ectopic beat only when

they are sitting quietly, this is less of a concern

than if the ectopics become noticeable after

exercise, such as running upstairs. Ectopics are also

of more concern if there is a history of a previous

heart attack, or a family of heart disease. A GP will

want to rule out complications such as ventricular

tachycardia and arrhythmia.

If further investigation is required the GP might

order an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound), or

a coronary angiography, an MRI, a CT scan, or

exercise testing.

In most cases ectopic heartbeats do not require

treatment; however, there are certain well-known

triggers. It can be helpful to review all medications

and their possible interactions, stop smoking,

reduce alcohol and caffeine intake, and reduce

stress and anxiety as much as possible.

Remember, most ectopic heartbeats are not a cause

for concern, but if they are persistent, or you are

worried, then consult your GP.

By Louise Addison


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Tinnitus Treatment

Around 1 in 5 British adults suffer from persistent

buzzing, ringing or humming in their ears. Tinnitus is

particularly prevalent in the elderly, affecting around

24%, but the condition can strike any age, whether

temporarily or permanently.

There’s no one unifying cause of tinnitus. Whether

caused by loud music or long-term noise exposure,

general hearing loss, or as a symptom of an

underlying condition, getting a conclusive diagnosis

can be difficult. But there are things you can do to

improve quality of life with tinnitus.

Speak to your GP. Sometimes tinnitus is caused by

something as innocuous as earwax – removing this

can decrease the symptoms and lessen the noise.

Underlying vascular conditions such as high blood

pressure or an aneurysm can cause pulsatile tinnitus,

which can be treated through medication or surgery.

Avoiding loud noises, caffeine and nicotine means

lessening the stressors associated with tinnitus.

Stress management is key to managing the

condition – if the sound in your ears is making you

stressed, try covering it with soft music, the sound of

a fan whirring, or some white noise.

White noise isn’t limited to a flat hum. White noise

machines can simulate an immersive habitat, such as

falling rain or ocean waves, and aims to drown out

background sounds. A white noise machine might

be a worthy investment if you suffer from tinnitus, as

it can help drown out the inner-ear sounds.

Masking devices aim to replicate the sound of white

noise via an in-ear device, similar to a hearing aid.

They produce a continuous white noise to help

suppress symptoms.

If you suffer from constant tinnitus, support groups

are out there to meet other people going through a

similar experience.


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Dementia Swimming

The Wigan Life Centre hosts a dementia-friendly

swimming group on Tuesdays.

From 10am-11am, the pool offers a relaxing

atmosphere to swimmers of all levels with

dementia. The sessions cost £2 per person, with

carers going free, and complimentary tea and

coffee are available at every session.

For further information, call Matt on 01942 488481.

Dementia Friends

A dementia friends group takes place in Up Holland

on the second Friday of the month.

Learn more about dementia and become a

Dementia Friend in the community while meeting

new people. Refreshments are provided.

The group meets at Cardinal Heenan House on

School Lane in Roby Mill (WN8 0QR) at 2:30pm.

Introducing ICare Meals on Wheels

Try a complimentary Hot Lunchtime meal

and sweet delivered to your home.

Call 0845 6041125

or to place an order on line visit

www.icarecuisine.co.uk

All our staff are fully Police and DBS checked


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Wouldn’t family life

be better without

back pain and sciatica?

Dr Mike Paull & Avissa

(Doctor of Chiropractic)

Chiropractors specialise in the care of your nervous system and spine so that

you and your body are better able to heal.

Call 01942 498 480 for further details

or visit us at www.ChiroHospital.com or on Facebook: wiganfamilychiro

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70 Leisure

Upload your event for FREE at

www.locallife247.co.uk/events

Canvas Bag Workshop

Saturday, March 2, 11am-3pm

Come and decorate your own canvas bag to

celebrate World Book Day using lino printing and

drawing. Free drop-in.

Wigan STEAM, Marsden Street, Wigan, WN1 1QG

Abbey Lakes Walk

Monday, March 4, 10am

Enjoy a delightful 4.5 mile loop around Abbey

Lakes and through Dean Wood. Explore the Orrell

countryside in a friendly atmosphere at a relaxed

pace. Suitable attire recommended.

Abbey Lakes, Orrell, WN5 8RD

Coffee Morning

Wednesday, March 6, 10:30am

Enjoy a scrumptious coffee morning and bring &

buy sale in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

St. Luke’s Church, Lodge Road, Orrell, WN5 7AT

Family Games Night

Friday, March 8, 7pm

Win prizes playing Family Fortune and Play Your

Cards Right – plus music, a hotpot supper and

lots of fun! Adults £7, under-16s £3.50, proceeds

go to St. Wilfrid’s Church Lads and Girls Brigade.

For tickets, email thewilfs@mail.com or call 07716

753164 or 07956 359058.

Charity Variety Evening

Saturday, March 9, 7pm

Enjoy a night of variety including comedian Martin

Gold, soprano Janette Monroe and live music

from Marble Eyes to raise money for State of Mind

Sport. Hotpot supper included along with standup

bingo and a raffle. Tickets £25 – to book, email

barbarauk2k@gmail.com or call 07753 183748.

DW Stadium, 15 Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UH

Fashion Show

Monday, March 11, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Enjoy a fabulous fashion show from Barbara’s of

Standish. Tickets £7.50 including refreshments, all

proceeds to Parkinsons UK. Call 01257 425480 for

more info.

Standish Community Centre, Moody Street,

Standish, WN6 0JY

Women Who Said Yes

Thursday, March 14, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Dr. Ali Ronan presents an illustrated talk on ‘The

Women Who Said Yes’. Hear about the 17 women

who stood for Parliament in the 1918 General

Election. Tickets £3 including hot drinks - places

bookable on 01942 828128 or at wiganmuseum@

wigan.gov.uk

Museum of Wigan Life, 59 Library Street, Wigan,

WN1 1NU

Standish Unity Club, Cross Street, Standish, WN6

0HQ


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Signs Of Spring

Sunday, March 17, 10am-12pm

Search for the first signs of the changing season in

a gentle stroll around the reserve hosted by Active

Outdoors is just the ticket.

Pennington Flash, St. Helens Rd, Leigh, WN7 3PA

Brass Band Concert

Sunday, March 17, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Pemberton Old Wigan DW Brass Bands present

Hammonds Brass Band in concert. Tickets available

from R Banks & Son Funerals in Pemberton.

Pemberton Old Wigan Brass Bands, Enfield Street,

Pemberton, WN5 8DZ

Grand Charity Night

Saturday, March 23, doors at 7pm

Enjoy a great night of dancing and music, with

entertainment from top DJs Harold & Christine and

vocalist Leah Wallis. Tickets £6, available from 01695

623902, 01942 236953 or 01744 345073. Proceeds

go to The Brick.

St James Social Centre, St James Rd, Orrell, WN5 7AA

Zumbathon Fundraiser

Sunday, March 24, 12pm-3pm

Expert local Zumba instructors will be dancing for

2.5 hours in support of Cancer Research UK and

MIND. Raffle tickets and prizes available. Tickets £5

and donations welcome.

Highfield Cricket Club, Billinge Road, Wigan, WN3

6BL

Brass Band Performance

Friday, March 29, 7:30pm

Come and support the Wigan Youth & Intermediate

Brass Bands and their dedicated tutors with a night

of music. Tickets £5 for adults or free for under-18s,

available from Arnold Stevens on 01942 223466 or

on the door.

St. Luke’s Church, Lodge Road, Orrell, WN5 7AT

Don’t miss our

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Dress Sale!

Dresses starting

from just £150

Bridal designer

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Dresses starting

from £250

• Stockists of designer prom

gowns including Jora & Mascara

• Bespoke styles available

• Alteration services

• School exclusivity lists

• Late night appointments

To book your consultation contact Julie on:

01257 424 624

www.julesbridalboutique.co.uk


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Win tickets to

Blue Planet II –

Live in Concert

The UK’s most watched TV show of the year is coming live

to the Liverpool M&S Bank Arena on 26th March and we’ve

got two pairs of tickets to give away in this super Local Life

competition!

Bringing the wonders and mysteries of the planet’s oceans and its inhabitants

to the UK arena stage, Blue Planet II – Live In Concert will present a

selection of incredible visuals from the BAFTA Award winning BBC

One landmark series, highlighting the amazing natural wonders of

our blue planet in breath-taking detail, projected on a giant state

of the art 4K Ultra HD LED screen.

Accompanied by the original immersive television music score

by Bleeding Fingers Music, the concert will be performed live by

the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted by

Matthew Freeman.

If that isn’t enough of a reason to catch this performance,

which is part of a 13 date UK and Eire tour, then the

announcement of top BBC presenter Anita Rani as host for

this live show should ensure a packed out Arena.

Rani said of narrating Blue Planet II – Live

In Concert: “I am really honoured to

have the role of host on the Blue

Planet II Live In Concert arena

tour. The TV series was such a

fantastic and enlightening

show and has really

empowered

society


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to view our oceans and environment with a great

deal more care. I can’t wait to stand on stage with an

80-piece orchestra and huge screen showing some

of that incredible Blue Planet II footage, it should be

an amazing experience!”

During the four-year filming of Blue Planet II, the

teams embarked on 125 expeditions and travelled

to 39 countries. The concert will feature exciting

visuals from the show including the now infamous

Tusk fish, the Crab and Eel rock pool chase and

the ‘folklore-turned-reality’ Sea Lion tuna hunt, to

mention but a few.

To enter the competition to win a pair of tickets

to Blue Planet II – Live In Concert, simply visit our

website, www.locallife247.co.uk, click on ‘free stuff’

and then on ‘competitions’ and then answer the

following question;

Who is the host of Blue Planet II – Live In Concert

in Liverpool on 26th March 2019?

The expiry date for the competition is midnight on Sunday

17th March and the winners will be notified within five

working days. Entrants must be over 16 years of age. Only

one entry per household. Local Life 247 cannot accept

responsibility for entries that do not reach us. Employees of

Local Life 247 Ltd and their families are not eligible to enter

this competition.

Tickets for Blue Planet II – Live in concert are

available from www.AXS.com, www.eventim.co.uk,

www.seetickets.com & www.blueplanet2live.co.uk


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Indoor Car Boot

Saturday, March 30, 10am-1pm

Grab yourself a bargain at the indoor car boot sale!

Free entry, plenty of refreshments available.

Up Holland Methodist Church, Alma Hill, Up

Holland, WN8 0NR

Children on Titanic Talk

Thursday, April 4, 12:30pm-1:45pm

A fascinating talk looks at what life was like for

children onboard RMS Titanic, including why so

many died in the cold water of the Atlantic. Places

bookable on 01942 828128 or wiganmuseum@

wigan.gov.uk

Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan, WN1

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Songs from the Shows

Saturday, April 6, 7:30pm (doors at 7pm)

Victor Michael & the Three Sopranos present a night

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Charnock Richard

by Jess Phillips

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We arrived in Charnock Richard for our latest 5 ¼ mile

walk on a cold, misty day, when the snow around us

was just beginning to thaw and melt into sleet. These

conditions made for an atmospheric endeavour

indeed – especially with the ruins of the abandoned

Camelot Theme Park rising above the treeline.

Having parked up just off the A49 in Church Lane

(Postcode PR7 5NA), we set off west, crossing the

main road to head along Brook Lane. At the end of

this lane you’ll come to a large set of gates leading

to a farm – go through the small gate provided for

public access and back onto the driveway. Note at

this point that the public right of way has recently

been changed.

Head through the gate on the opposite side and

go diagonally across the paddock, then down the

narrow fenced-off pathway. The path bends into a

sharp left culminating in a stile – cross this into a

field.

The snow made crossing the field a little tricky, but

seeing tree branches emerge out of the fog made

it feel like we were the only people left in the world

– only the far-off traffic noise dictated otherwise! I

was, however, very glad I’d brought my wellies.

Length of walk: 5.25 miles

Difficulty: Medium

Accessibility: Muddy in places with stiles to

negotiate; some of which are a little wobbly. Some

fields may contain livestock. One public footpath

has been diverted.

Follow the path along the hedgerow and down

to the right, where you climb over another stile.

There’s a small footbridge afterwards, then a short

climb. From here take a left through the woods –

and plenty of mud – until you reach another stile

into a field. Follow the edge of the field until you

come to a footbridge which transports you across

the M6 motorway.

The bridge deposits you in the grounds

of Park Hall, where you take an

immediate left to follow the driveway

out onto Park Hall Road. It’s here that


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Red Lane

Delph Lane

Old Hall Lane

Preston Road - A49

Delph Lane

Charnock

Richard

Mud

Postcode

PR7 5NA

Brook Lane

X

X

X

Church Road

Mud

Mud

Charter Lane

Camelot

Theme Park

Highgrove Avenue

B5250

Chorley Lane

Park Hall Road

Stocks Lane

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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you’re promised a good view of Camelot – the now

defunct amusement park first opened its gates in

1983, delighting families with medieval fun for

decades before dwindling visitor numbers caused

it to close for good in 2012. Some of the rides –

including the 80ft Knightmare rollercoaster – still

stand today, visible from the motorway and nearby

fields. You can also get a great view of the front

turrets –and any lurking security guards - from the

car park.

From here, go right, following the road until you

reach Highgrove Avenue. Turn into it, and follow it

to the end when you can continue through the gate

into another field. Carry on along the path, which

goes down and across a footbridge, then turn right

and follow the path all the way to Red Lane.

Once you emerge, turn right again until you reach

an unnamed lane, then take another right. This lane

leads you to the gates of a farm at the far end; head

left over the stile and follow the path straight up to

the M6, turning right to the bridge.

Once over the bridge, head left over another stile,

then follow the path until you reach one more.

Climb it, then keep to the right of the field until you

reach the Old Hall Lane stile – watching out for any

stray sheep coming out of the fog, of course! A left

turn takes you back to the A49, and an ideal place

to grab some refreshments if you’re feeling peckish.

The Bowling Green pub offers a cosy, familyoriented

environment

which is perfect for

warming up.

At the main road, go left

and cross into Delph

Lane, which winds all the

way around to Church

Lane. Take one last right

and continue back to

your starting point – and

make sure to turn the

heaters up for the journey

home!


78 Motoring

HONDA CR-V

HYBRID

by Tim Barnes-Clay

Diesel seems to be dying, and that’s a shame for a lot

of people. There are a lot of good diesel-driven cars

out there, and the scrapyard is where government

leaders would like to see them. Therefore, it seems

odd that automakers are still churning them out.

Indeed, many of the car launches I go on include

oil-burners.

However, that’s not the case with Honda. The

Japanese firm has committed itself to an electrified

future and claims that by 2025 two-thirds of its

European transactions could encompass electrified

vehicles (EVs).

The brand aims to usher in a full urban EV later

next year, but its first step towards this new age is a

hybrid version of the CR-V. The model is in its fifthgeneration,

and the hybrid powertrain is already

housed within the Accord saloon in the United

States. That means it’s a proven unit, so its debut in

the CR-V over this side of the pond looks like a safe

bet.


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The system is named

Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive

(i-MMD), and it facilitates

a trio of drive settings. Allelectric

can be selected in

EV Drive, but only for limited

amounts of time, due to the

minuscule 1kWh battery

bundle. Hybrid Drive utilises

the clout of the 2.0-litre

petrol engine, which runs

at low revs to run one of the

Honda’s electric motors. This

then produces the muscle

used by the other motor for

momentum. Engine Drive

shuts a clutch to allow the

front axle to be propelled by

the petrol motor, while the

transmission is a single fixed

ratio transmission. Both all-wheel drive and frontwheel

drive versions are offered.

So, in Hybrid Drive, the simplest way to understand

how the Honda powertrain works is to imagine it

being akin to a hydrogen fuel cell car – but, instead,

it’s using petrol to produce a charge for the electric

motor.

The CR-V Hybrid favours EV Drive or Hybrid settings

when it’s not on the motorway. This means the

engine is either not running, or it’s just trickling

power to the battery pack. But the best bit is that

the Honda automatically sorts through its trio of

modes depending on what your driving is like - and

the changes are virtually flawless.

Fast Facts

• 0-62 mph: 9.2 seconds

• Combined mpg: 51.4

• Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder petrol + 2 electric motors

• Max. power (PS): 184

• CO2: 126 g/km

Price: £37,255

If driven conservatively, the CR-V Hybrid is a

hushed and comfy car. The cabin is refined, and the

switchgear falls easily to hand. The paddles behind

the tiller enable you to change the intensity of the

energy recuperation system, as well. There’s also

a Sport setting, which is meant to give a quicker

throttle response – but its influence is minimal.

The ‘green’ Honda rides pleasantly and absorbs

potholes well, but the heavy car does suffer from

body roll in corners. Generally, it feels like a decent

set-of-wheels, though, and that’s where most of its

allure lies. The CR-V Hybrid’s 51.4mpg fuel efficiency

isn’t earth-shattering, but it’s comparable with most

similarly-sized diesel-driven vehicles. It’ll be easier

on the pocket than the standard petrol-propelled

version, that’s for sure.

Alas, practicality isn’t as good with the CR-V Hybrid.

This is because the environmentally-friendly power

system cuts into the Honda’s boot space, slashing

it from 561 litres to 497 litres. There’s a lot of handy

room in the cabin, though - and leg and headspace

in the rear are better than ever.

Keep an eye out for the new CR-V Hybrid – you can

order it now, but it officially goes on sale in the UK

in February 2019.


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Project garden

Award Winner

by Angie Barker

I love this time of year. Perennial plants are pushing

up through the borders, spring flowering shrubs are

swelling with buds and the birds are singing again.

Our interest in the garden, which lets face it has

waned over the winter months, starts to re-ignite.

And what better way to fuel your interest than a

garden project. A garden does not need a complete

makeover to breathe new life into it but something

which just revives your enthusiasm. Here are some

suggestions:

• Change the shape of your lawn to create new

borders – this is an instant transformation and you

will feel like you have a new garden

• Create a herb garden – be aware that some

tender herbs like Basil won’t thrive outside until

the summer months but you can buy a variety of

hardy types at this time of year such as Thyme and

Rosemary

• Take out say a dozen of your existing plants

(depending on the size of your garden) and buy

new ones – with different colours and texture

• Revive your seating area with new rattan furniture

which you can leave out all year round. Add stylish

pots and plant Phormiums and Bamboo for a

contemporary, lush look

• Grow some early potatoes, they are so easy to

grow in pots or bags and the first time you taste

your home grown new potatoes is amazing. You

need to buy seed potatoes - don’t try planting

ones you get from a supermarket. Tried and tested

varieties include ‘Charlotte’ and ‘Casablanca’

• Create a haven for wildlife. Log piles, nest boxes

and bird tables are easy to place in the garden and

children love being involved

• Screen the ugly shed in the corner and the

wheelie bins and erect some trellis with some

pretty climbers to scramble over it

• Create a focal point. Place a large urn or bird bath

in gaps in planting or at the end of a path

As for Hubby and me, yes we may have been together

for a long time now but is our interest waning …. do

we need a project ... do we heck as like!

Angie is a qualified

award-winning garden

designer who will

plan your garden to

your needs from start

to finish, supplying

reputable contractors

and the ideal plants.

Call Angie now for your free consultation!

Angie Barker Dip GD

(Inst GD) BA (Hons)

Garden Design For All Seasons

Tel: 01942 522 405

Mob: 07857 008 383

Award Winner

www.angiebarker.co.uk


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Award Winner

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Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors

Established in 1984 as an emergency glazing service, today Dennis Goulding has grown and moved

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A5209

B5250

Open:

Dennis Goulding

J27

Shevington

A49

Standish

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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

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in matching styles

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Plumbing & Heating Specialist

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Douglas Drive, Orrell, Wigan

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