Local Life - St Helens - March 2019

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St Helens Edition March 2019

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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 - last weekend excepted - 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

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St. Helens Singers

A St. Helens choir is looking for new members.

St. Helens Singers are an enthusiastic gang of all

ages who love to sing, featuring beautiful four-part

harmonies and singing everything from the classics

(with heavy Gilbert & Sullivan influences) to West

End show tunes. If you love to sing and want to

meet new people doing what you love – with the

opportunity to perform in local concerts – the St.

Helens Singers would love to hear from you.

Rehearsals take place every Monday from 7:45pm

at St. Helens Baptist Church on Hall Street. For more

information, email info@sthelenssingers.co.uk

Coffee & Chat

St. Helens Healthy Living have launched new Coffee

& Chat sessions in Garswood.

Go along every Thursday from 1pm-3pm for

refreshments and good company to the Parish Hall

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Free sessions are available in St. Helens to help you

get healthy this year.

Beginners and intermediate fitness sessions take

place at St. Michaels & All Angels Church on Gartons

Lane in Sutton Manor (WA9 4RB) to help you make

new friends while improving your physical and

mental wellbeing. Receive free fitness trackers and

enjoy free healthy refreshments, with a super £100

of health-related prizes to be won in the prize draw!

Intermediate sessions take place from 9:30am-

10:30am and beginners’ from 11am-12pm every

Thursday at the church. For more information and

to reserve your place, call Cath on 07525 766351 or

Nikki on 07747 473789.

Foodbank Request

St. Helens foodbank is requesting essential

donations to help them feed local people who are

struggling to afford meals.

All donations are welcome, but they’re particularly

in search of milk, coffee, sugar, pet food, pasta

sauces, tinned fruit, instant mash, tinned pudding

and orange juice.

Please do not donate fresh food, and remember

to ensure everything is in-date. Donations can be

dropped off at any St. Helens library.

M&S Move

Marks & Spencer is officially closing the doors of its

Church Street store on Saturday, March 2.

The St. Helens shop has existed on Church Street

for a whopping 90 years, but will move over to a

new home on Ravenhead Retail Park on Thursday,

March 14, with 11 days’ closure for preparations to

take place.

The new store will include a café, along with larger

clothing and home departments.

Golden tickets – including store vouchers – will

be handed out to the first 200 people through the

doors at 10am on opening day. Saints players and

a Percy Pig mascot will also be appearing in-store.


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Breakdance Breakthrough

St. Helens youth organisation UC Crew

has been granted Aviva funding to

celebrate its success in social action

projects.

The grant of £1000 was awarded to UC

Crew after they competed with over 3,000

other community projects nationwide.

It will help to fund their annual Junior

Break Dancing competition, get more

special guest teachers into the town,

and give their dancers the opportunity

to travel across the UK for competitions.

UC Crew’s Tom Glynn said: ‘We’re

delighted to have won the funding,

which will be invested in supporting our younger

break dancers to build confidence. We would like to

thank everyone in the local community who voted

for us.’

UC Crew specialises in confidence building for young

people, helping them to become healthier, improve

employment prospects and, most of all, to have fun.

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Photography Exhibition

North West photographer Kirsten Jane brings her

latest exhibition to the Millennium Centre this

month.

Kirsten has had a long and lustrous career as a

photographer, snapping celebs like Maureen

Nolan of the Nolan Sisters and Olympic medalist

Craig McClean. She even won a Granada Reports

competition to showcase a day in the life of the

North West.

Every day until Friday, April 5, go along to see work

which celebrates Kirsten’s 20 year career. The show

focuses on film and slide photography with a few

forays into digital images, and coincides with the

Millennium Centre’s 20th birthday.

For more information, visit www.kirstenjane.co.uk

Easter Panto

Magical pantomime The Wizard of Oz heads to the

Theatre Royal this Easter.

From Saturday, April 6 until Monday, April 22, click

your heels and be transported to Oz to walk the

Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and Toto. With

an eclectic band of hilarious characters, dazzling

costumes and great songs, you definitely won’t

want to miss this year’s panto.

Keep an eye on the Theatre Royal website at www.

sthelenstheatreroyal.com for updates and tickets,

or call the box office on 01744 756 000.

Celebratory Supper

Celebrate St. George’s Day in style at Rainford

Village Hall.

On Friday, April 26 at 7pm, enjoy all things English

as the country remembers its patron saint, with a

3-course meal of traditional food and entertainment

from the leaders of the Rainford Boys Brigade and

Girls Association.

Tickets cost £15, with proceeds going to the

Chairman’s Fund and Rainford Girl Guiding. They

can be purchased from the Clerk’s office on 01744

884709 or from Ian on 01744 883400.

Liverpool Comic Con

Comic Con returns to Liverpool across 3 days this

March.

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.

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Movie Mania

A tranquil spot in Corporation Street beside the St.

Helens Magistrates Court might not sound like the

most likely spot for a cinema, with the larger leisure

complex found across the town centre, but that’s

where you’ll find the Lucem House Community

Cinema Plus+. This community-focused social

space is a great place to while away an hour or two

at the movies.

An entirely volunteer-run, not-for-profit enterprise,

Lucem was set up by Dr. Ann Shacklady-Smith and

partner Claire in 2013, operating out of the Cinema

Bar on Duke Street. When interest in independent

cinema was high, Ann and Claire set their hearts

on a more permanent venue for Lucem: the former

Unitarian Church Hall on Corporation Street.

The community cinema concentrates on

international films that don’t make it to the

multiplex, hosting film clubs and programmers

(like Take 2 Films) that represent various genres and

interests. Previously, these have included 2018’s

mega-hit A Quiet Place, 1964’s King and Country to

commemorate the centenary

of WWI, and 2017’s A Fantastic

Woman.

with hearing impairments, and is in talks with the

Deafness Resource Centre to trial films for their

clients.

‘Lucem also recently received a Community Lotto

grant of £10,000’, said cinema Director Dave Morris.

They’re now in the process of obtaining planning

permission to create step-free access to the cinema

with a new wheelchair ramp beside the building.

‘We want Lucem to be accessible to all, and we

hope to start work in the summer.’

Membership to Lucem is free, and members receive

comprehensive information about the latest

showings and Lucem news. Screenings take place

every Friday at 7:30pm, while Memory Lane Movies

are shown on the third Wednesday of the month at

2:30pm. March’s first film is The Wife starring Glenn

Close – the story of a wife who sacrifices her own

career to support her husband’s literary endeavours

– and will be shown on Friday, March 1.

For more information about the cinema, along with

ticket prices, visit www.lucemhouse.co.uk

Once a month the cinema also

hosts Memory Lane Movies –

classic films which you might

have missed. The season of

nostalgia is perfect for cinema

fans young and old, and you

never know – you just might

find a new favourite.

Lucem welcomes local

community groups to use the

venue. Aiming to be inclusive

for all, it features a double

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St. Helens Who’s Who

Pharmaceutical giants, glass-workers, rugby league

legends, Benidorm stars… St. Helens has it all. And

yet, when someone asks where you’re from, it can

be tempting to say ‘oh, a town between Liverpool

and Manchester’. Author Brian Leyland thinks this

should change - and delves right into the St. Helens

identity with his new book, which we sat down to

chat about.

St. Helens: The Great and the Good (and a few of the

not so good!) tackles many of the town’s famous

faces, from Sir Thomas Beecham to Bernie Clifton.

In snappy, easily digestible chapters, Brian explores

the lives of the people who made St. Helens what

it is today.

‘I had always said that one day I would write a book,’

he tells me, ‘but I’d never really given any thought

to what it might be. Over the years I came across

people and was surprised to discover that they

came from St. Helens.

In the early 1970s I was actually studying in the

world-famous John Rylands Library in Manchester,

but it wasn’t until years later that I found out

the man himself actually came from St. Helens!’

Manchester’s first multi-millionaire was indeed

born – wait for it – in Parr in 1801, and attended

Cowley School before leaving to make his mark on

the textile industry.

As Brian uncovered more about the town’s industrial

heritage, it became clear where this perceived lack

of identity might have stemmed from. ‘St. Helens

has a lot of history going for it, but many northern

towns especially lost much of their identity after

their major industries shut down,’ he says. ‘On

top of that were the boundary changes affecting

Lancashire especially – splitting into Merseyside

and Greater Manchester has diluted the Lancashire

identity, leaving many people to think we’re just

an offshoot of Liverpool. A county over, Yorkshire

knows for sure what it is, with two major cities in

its boundaries – but St. Helens is a lot more than a

town on the fringes.’

The town has a lot to be proud of, says Brian.

We’ve come from coal mining and glassworks – a

strong industrial community – and produced an

abundance of talent along the way. Rainhill was


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instrumental in birthing Stephenson’s Rocket; our

Sankey Canal was the first modern canal in the

whole of Britain (though often this title is attributed

to the Bridgewater Canal); St. Helens was the

foundation for glass giant Pilkington. ‘Our heritage

is definitely something to be celebrated,’ Brian adds.

‘I realised very quickly that a short book would

simply not do the town justice,’ he continues. ‘I

learned so much about the history of St. Helens that

I hadn’t known previously, with more characters

emerging out of the woodwork as I researched.

‘The first person who responded to me was Bernie

Clifton,’ he recounts. Chatting to the St. Helensborn

entertainer, famous for his signature ostrich

costume, gave Brian a definite thrill of anticipation.

‘Having gone public with my intention to write the

book, there was no turning back after that!’

But, with so many household names to choose

from, the selection process for St. Helens: The Great

and the Good was understandably tricky to narrow

down.

‘The main criterion for choosing was that they

had to have made a mark either nationally or

internationally,’ Brian explains. ‘Reducing the

number of rugby league players to a handful was

perhaps the most difficult task, but there were also

a lot of actors I could have included. Some people

did get a bit sniffy at me including places like

Newton-le-Willows on the basis that it only became

part of St. Helens in 1974!’

So far the response to the book has been positive,

with over 700 copies sold – 175 of those by

ambassadors working with St. Helens Council, who

have handed the book out to foster families in the

area to promote a sense of pride and belonging

for children in care locally. It is available from

Wardleworths, Saints Superstore, OD’s and the

World of Glass, as well as online at Amazon.

All profits from sales go to the Steve Prescott

Foundation.

St. Helens: The Great and the Good (and a few of the

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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

– until 1948, where he regularly played in football

matches until an injury led to him taking the place

of goalkeeper. 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.

Brush Strokes

A new art group for stroke survivors has launched

in St. Helens.

The group concentrates on offering art therapy

to people who have suffered a stroke, which can

help boost confidence and provide a new way of

expressing yourself. The sessions will concentrate

on fabric decoupage, a technique which can

transform furniture, wood and other materials into

colourful collages of various fabrics.

Attendees will create decoupage pictures of local

landmarks, with a view of showcasing them this

summer.

Meetings take place every other Thursday at the

United Reformed Church from 10:30am-12pm.

The next meeting runs on Thursday, March 14 – for

further information, call 01744 646160.

World Book Day

Rainford Library is holding a morning of fun

activities for children to celebrate World Book Day.

From 10:30am on Thursday, March 7, enjoy hearing

stories, singing songs and hunting for your favourite

characters around the library.

The event is free - for more information pop into the

library or call 01744 677820.


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If you weren’t already looking forward

to the summer months, Rainford’s very

own music festival is something to

get excited about – and tickets are on

sale now. The hugely successful Picnic

in the Park returns for 2019 in true

Rainford fashion, with pop-anthem

sensation T’Pau at the top of the bill.

Picnic in the Park

The festival takes place on Saturday,

June 1, and this year’s line-up looks to

be a spectacular one. Warrington’s very

own mashup band Scratch will be performing a set

of acoustic funk, dance and pop tracks – they’re

sure to keep you on your toes and never quite sure

what’s coming next.

The Shakers hail from Liverpool, and pride

themselves on offering the hits, misses, B-sides and

lost classics of the golden era of Merseybeat. The

band have been dubbed ‘the nearest I’ve heard to

the early Beatles live’; we’ll let that speak for itself.

Masters of music Mixtape deliver hits that span the

decades. From 60s classics to present day charttoppers,

they’re sure to fill any dancefloor, while

European act Ultra 90s Fresh get everyone bopping

to the hits of the nineties. Brit-pop tribute band

Chasing Crows perform a variety of British rock

anthems from the likes of Oasis, Kasabian and Blur

with a heavy focus on exquisite instruments.

The headliner really needs no introduction. T’Pau

released their debut single ‘Heart and Soul’ in 1987,

which became a top 5 hit across the globe. T’Pau

went on to top the album charts in the UK, touring

with Bryan Adams and Nik Kershaw with a whole

host of successful hits. Carol Decker revived the

group in 1998 after a break-up – and they’re now

touring worldwide.

Enjoy local food from stalls around the Jubilee

playing fields, bring your own alcohol, kick back

and relax! Tickets for Picnic in the Park cost £20

per adult and £10 for primary school children, with

under-5s going free. Money raised will help fund

local clubs, including Rainford Rangers FC, Rainford

Tennis Club, the 1st Rainford Boys’ Brigade & Girls’

Association and Rainford Cricket Club.

For more information about Picnic in the Park,

and to get your hands on tickets, visit www.

rainfordfestival.co.uk

Orrell Live

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.

2019’s line-up also includes TV’s Junior Voice 2017

runner-up Jake McKechnie, Little Mix tribute band

Black Magic, motown sensation Reflectionz Duo,

rock legends Haze, the Golborne Brass Band, and

Oaces – the UK’s number one Oasis tribute.

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.

Orrell Live takes place on Saturday, September 7.

The gates open at 12pm, with live music from 1pm.

Tickets cost £30 per adult and £15 per junior, with

primary school children going free – available to

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Colliery Callout

A new project from the University of Wolverhampton

looks to gather oral history accounts for 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

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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.

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Art Exhibition

Parr Library hosts Kate Hodgson’s latest art exhibition

‘Always Full’ this March.

The print-based creative project worked with Parrbased

women and their children, experimenting

the role of print in pivotal political campaigns

throughout history.

The exhibition launch takes place on Friday, March 8

from 3pm-4:30pm, with refreshments available.

Church Choir

Rainford Parish Church Choir invite new members

throughout the year.

Rehearsals take place from 7:30pm-9pm on

Thursdays at the church, with the main Sunday

service taking place at 10:30am. The choir also

gets involved with monthly Evensong events and

additional festival services throughout the year.

Members must be over 16 – for further information,

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A huge community sleep out is taking

place at the Totally Wicked Stadium

this month to support local homeless

people.

Saints Sleep Out

Part of the YMCA Sleep Easy Week – a

national campaign to raise funds and

awareness of people living on the streets

– Saints RLFC invite St. Helens residents

to leave their beds behind and sleep outside in the

stadium. The project aims to give people a glimpse

of what life is like with no fixed address and no roof

over their heads, all while fundraising for Teardrops

Supporting the Homeless, YMCA St. Helens and the

Saints Community Development Foundation.

Shauni Ward from Teardrops commented: ‘This event

is an ideal way to raise awareness of homelessness

and offer people the opportunity to experience a

small part of a rough sleeper’s day. It will also help

to raise funds for our hub so we can continue to

support those who endure this night after night and

all those who are vulnerable in our community.’

The Saints Sleep Easy event takes place on Friday,

March 15 from 7pm-7am. Registration for the

event costs £20 for adults or £10 for under-16s

accompanied by an adult, with participants

encouraged to get sponsored for their efforts

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Prescot Fest

The line-up for this year’s Prescot Festival has been

announced.

A 10-day programme of arts, the festival is returning

for its 15th year in June 2019, and aims to get

the public involved with arts on a more intimate,

affordable level. The festival will feature returning

acts such as swing band Dr Jazz & the Cheshire Cats,

the Maghull Wind Orchestra and Liverpool historian

Ken Pye, along with newbies like Opera Viva, who

will be performing popular Broadway show tunes.

Also on the bill is a performance from the Cheshire

Constabulary Band with a delicious hotpot supper.

The festival runs from Friday, June 21 until Sunday,

June 30. For further information, visit www.

prescotfestival.co.uk

St. Helens 10K

The St. Helens 10K returns this March.

Whether your aim for the New Year was to get fitter

or you just want to have a go, the famous road

race sets off from Langtree Park on Sunday, March

10 at 9:30am. There’ll be plenty of spectators and

live musicians to cheer you along the race, which

helps raise money for causes like the Steve Prescott

Foundation.

Entry costs £22 and all finishers receive a medal

and a T-shirt. For more information, visit www.

sthelens10k.com

Mosque Open Day

The Iman Trust Mosque invites people to get an

insight into Islam on Sunday, March 3.

In this family fun day event, meet local Muslims in

your community, hear informative talks and take

part in hands-on activities.

The open event runs from 11am-3pm at the Iman

Trust Mosque, St. Michael’s Mount on Elton Head

Road (WA9 5AU).

For further information, call 07856 039289 or email

mymnsthelens@gmail.com


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Local friendship group the Oddfellows

have a jam-packed schedule to get you

out and about this spring, and always

welcome new members.

Oddfellows Get Out

The group promises a warm welcome for

attendees old and new. Social Organiser

Julie Webster says: ‘We pride ourselves

on being accessible to everybody,

but we also recognise the challenges

presented in later life for our members.

Making and maintaining new friends

doesn’t come as easy as it did in the schoolyard, so as

a group we meet regularly so we can stay in touch,

share some laughs and look out for each other.’

Fancy getting crafty? The group runs a Crafternoon

session on the second Monday of the month at the

Oddfellows hub at 17 North Road. Bring your own

craft along or start something new while learning

new tips and tricks in a friendly atmosphere. Sessions

cost £2 including refreshments, and run from 2pm-

4pm.

Regular coffee mornings take place at The Hotties

café at The World of Glass on the second Thursday of

every month. Everyone is welcome and the only cost

is your own refreshments. The coffee morning runs

from 10:30am-12pm.

On Tuesday, March 19 the Oddfellows are hosting a

day trip to Southport. Try your hand at the slots or

take a stroll down the pier – it’s completely up to

you. The trip costs £10 for members or £13 for nonmembers,

and the pick-up is from the Oddfellows on

North Road at 9:30am.

The Oddfellows were recently shortlisted for the

2019 Fantastic for Families awards in the Best

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welcome, communication and venue facilities in

accommodating the needs of older people, which

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For dates, times and more information, visit the

Oddfellows Facebook page @oddfellows.sthandw or

call 01744 895536.


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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.

Golborne Colliery Service

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. Officiated by

the Bishop of Liverpool and local clergy, the service

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Bygone Bottle Shop

By Jess Phillips

Cherishing its legacy as a bastion of heavy industry,

St. Helens has always sought to highlight its

illustrious history prominently. Dotted throughout

the borough are a number of historic reminders

of the town’s industrial heritage, such as the

fascinating World of Glass and the breath-taking

Dream sculpture, but there is one site - designated

by the Victorian Society as a site of national

importance - that has seemingly slipped through

the cracks.

While the Pilkington factory continues its

production and the World of Glass admits tourists

from across the country, another monument to our

glass-making heritage - the Cannington Shaw no. 7

bottle shop - has been left, largely, to rot. But the

Friends of Cannington Shaw want to bring the old

bottle shop’s history back into the public eye – and

the building back to life.

The top of the old Cannington Shaw site remains

visible from the carpark of Tesco Extra, sitting snug

between the trees to the north-west and the Steve

Prescott Bridge – you might want to head up here

for a better view of the crumbling bottle shop.

The Grade-II listed Cannington Shaw building has

been assessed as ‘very bad’ with ‘immediate risk of

further rapid deterioration’ by Historic England. In

2017 it was included on the Top 10 Endangered

Buildings list by the Victorian Society; all this in

spite of its designation as a Scheduled Monument

– a ‘protected’ site of national importance.

The story of the bottle shop actually dates back

to 1866, when John Shaw went into business with

John and Edwin Cannington to establish a bottle

factory. Cannington Shaw acquired the Sutton

Lodge Chemical Works in 1875 to secure their alkali

supply – and the only way to go from there was up.

The no. 7 Bottle Shop was finally constructed two

decades later in 1886: ten years after the company

Cannington Shaw in 1985

by Anthony Liptrot


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registered a patent for an

improved glass annealing

kiln.

Two rival bottle-makers

existed in the area then

– the Lyon family, who

made mineral water

and whose business

resided in the Thatto

Heath Glasshouse, and

Nuttalls at the Ravenhead

terminus of the Sankey

Canal, established around

1845. Cannington Shaw

eventually amalgamated

Cannington Shaw interior circa 1985 by Anthony Liptrot

with Lyons in 1890, and

though Nuttalls employed 450 people under their

own steam, they never quite surpassed Cannington

Shaw’s impressive figures. In its heyday, the factory

had 1,188 employees and was still expanding.

By 1892, Cannington Shaw was the largest bottle

manufacturing plant in the UK – some say the

world. Part of the Sherdley Glass Works, the factory

made use of a Siemens tank furnace heated by

producer gas; this melted the glass down to shape

it into bottles.

Tragedy came to the bottle shop in 1913, when

blacksmith Joseph Haddock was killed while

working there. He suffered a fractured skull after

being struck on the head by a piece of iron, aged

just 40, and died a few days later at St. Helens

state benefits in those days, and as far as I can tell

no compensation [for the accident] either’, Brenda

continued. ‘She was often quoted as calling her

husband “the finest blacksmith in the county”!’

In 1913, Cannington Shaw merged with five other

bottling companies – including former rivals

Nuttalls – to form United Glass Bottle Manufacturers

Ltd (UGB). A gradual increase in mechanisation led

to the closure of the factory in 1918, when it was

converted into a bottle store, though the UGB

continued to operate and acquire more glassworks

along the way. During World War II the bottle

shop site was used as an air raid shelter, but was

afterwards abandoned to the elements.

Other sites have fared better. Pilkington’s offices

Hospital; his great granddaughter Brenda Neary has around the borough, including their former

been attempting to look into the accident, without

much success.

‘It was incredible how quickly the inquest was

concluded,’ Brenda said. ‘I have never been able to

track down any documentation other than a small

piece in the local paper which said very little. I’ve

also tried to track down coroner’s records with no

luck.’

Joseph’s son was only two years old when his father

died. ‘My great grandma [Joseph’s wife] was a bit of

a harridan, a very strong lady who worked hard to

bring up her young family alone. She received no

headquarters at Alexandra Park, boast listed

statuses and are, for the most part, looked after.

Similarly, the no. 9 Tank House – another Scheduled

Monument – was incorporated into the World of

Glass when it opened in 1999. The tank house and

a number of Victorian-era tunnels used in the glass

works remain open today for the public to explore

as part of the museum.

The no. 9 Tank House was originally part of the

Jubilee Glassworks. Opened in 1889 by the

Pilkington family, the building housed a Siemens

regenerative furnace – a type of open hearth


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furnace which melted the glass in a brick-lined tank

continuously fed with material. The furnaces were

revolutionary in their time, saving materials where

formerly the glass was melted in large disposable

pots that were replaced when exhausted. The new

design also saved fuel from heat reuse, making it

much more efficient than its predecessors.

If you grew up in St. Helens, chances are you’ve

probably heard of the ‘Hotties’, though many seem

to dismiss its history as an urban legend. There has

been much debate around whether the term refers

to the Tank House building itself or to the water

pumps coming out of it, but the area is actually

famed for the curious phenomenon that lurked in

the depths of the Sankey Canal.

The canal was dammed by Pilkington’s to create a

reservoir to provide cooling water for the nearby

glassworks. The water returned to the canal through

spray pumps along the edge of Tank House no. 9,

and this unusually hot water raised the temperature

of the canal by a considerable amount, making

for a great swimming spot after a hard day at the

glassworks. It wasn’t until the mid-1960s though

that things started to get a bit more ‘tropical’ in the

Hotties.

It’s thought that the owner of Owens Pet Shop

on Westfield Street dumped his supply of tropical

fish in the canal after the shop shut down. The hot

water was the ideal location for the fish to thrive,

so instead of dying off, a range of species from

Guppies to Gudgeon flourished in the Sankey

Canal. An article published in 2001 included a

comprehensive list of species allegedly found in the

canal at the time: this included Tilapia Zilla, Albino

Clarius Catfish, Terrapin and… an alligator, though

this claim is widely disputed.

While Tank House no. 9 is marked as a heritage site

(and for good reason), Cannington Shaw continues

to deteriorate. Now most of the

roof has caved in, and though a

few remnants of the old machinery

remain, the building is a shell of its

former self – overgrown with weeds,

full of crumbling brickwork, loose

tiles and collapsed beams protruding

from the surviving ceiling. The

factory has been photographed by

urban explorers, whose forays into

St. Helens’ industrial heritage have

only revealed more of the sorry state

the shop has succumbed to; but that

all looks set to change.

St. Helens glassworker, provided by Imperial War Museum

In January, the Friends of Cannington

Shaw were awarded a grant of £6,800

from the Architectural Heritage

Fund. This came as a huge win for

the group, who have dedicated

themselves to preserving and indeed

improving the Cannington Shaw site

for over three years. The group also

lobbied for the inclusion of the shop

on the Victorian Society’s Top 10

Endangered Buildings list in 2017.


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Friends Director Caroline Platt felt this victory

keenly: ‘We are ecstatic and thrilled to hear this

news,’ she commented. ‘The Friends have worked

tirelessly to raise the profile of the building – we are

looking forward to moving forward in collaboration

with Architectural Heritage Fund together.’

Since then, assessors have arrived to evaluate the

building’s structural integrity to see what can be

done with its remains. ‘We’re continuing to raise

the profile of Cannington Shaw with the relevant

people’, Caroline explained. ‘We’re working closely

with St. Helens Council and the Historical Society –

last year we toured local libraries with an exhibition

on the old bottle shop, and received a grant of

£2000 from Cultural Hubs to help promote our

campaign through the arts.’

This funding went towards developing a production

of ‘A Day in the Life of a Bottlehand’, which appeared

at three St. Helens libraries before showing at The

Citadel as part of Heritage Open Days.

Cannington Shaw’s future may still be uncertain,

but the Friends are doing their best to save the site

and develop it into something that benefits the

local community and preserves our glass-making

heritage.

Photo by John Tabern

Caroline and the rest of the group are always on

the lookout for any historical artefacts, accounts

or documents pertaining to Cannington Shaw and

its history. If one of your relatives worked for the

company or later for the UGB, or if you find a glass

bottle bearing the company’s mark, you can get

in touch on Facebook @CanningtonShaw or email

Caroline at caroline@carolineplattconsultancy.

co.uk

An aerial view by Marc Bradley


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Two Cities

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

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to create spectacular, reality-defying

performances. Mystical, magical and

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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

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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

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TAKE THE FOUR WEEK CHALLENGE

St Helens and District Scouts are still going

strong after more than 100 years and are

now launching a new chapter of growth

and development.

Newly appointed District Commissioner, Chris

Valentine wants the organisation in St Helens to grow

and let more young people join in the fun.

Chris said, “As Scouts, we believe in preparing young

people with skills for life. Each week, over 1,000

young people across St Helens and Knowsley, already

enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills

they need to succeed in life.

We would like to offer Scouting to even more of the

young people who are waiting to join us, but without

additional adult volunteers, our 19 Scout Groups are

unable to fulfil the demand.

To help us to grow, we are launching the ‘Four Week

Challenge’ which invites parents of existing Beavers,

Cubs or Scouts to volunteer for just four weeks to get

a taste of what it would be like to become a Leader,

to enjoy themselves and be amazed at the difference

they can make.”

Week 1 See what we get up to

Week 2 Start to help out

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Week 4 You’ll know if Scouting is for you

We have a wide range of flexible roles

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Any help you give can shape young

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If you are interested, please email Chris at

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WAIPOUA

TARKINE

YAKUSHIMA

CROOKED

GOBLIN

WORD MIX UP - Forests

Unscramble the letters to make a word

ROCK OKA

GAROSAU STUCAC

SHERWOOD

NEW

ARAUCARIA

DALBY

KIELDER

NUMBER

BLOCK

L G O B L I N C U P

7 5

5 6

5 1

8 7

23 18 20 16

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

The numbers in each column add up to the totals

along the bottom. The diagonal lines also add up the

totals to the right.

21

15

19

16

27

11

LEAZDRIEG

RENEG NOUNMAIT

DATAPANAY DULOC

KISMIK PENI

THAMEYSREL

WARNODHCO

WIGGLE WORDS

CLUE: Water power

Trace a path through

all the letters to find

the word or phrase

that fits the clue.

Y C I R

T I C T

Y H E L

D R O E

All the puzzle solutions are on page 58 of this magazine


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Leisure

Upload your event for FREE at

www.locallife247.co.uk/events

Evening with Royston Vasey

Friday, March 1, 7pm (doors at 6pm)

The man behind Roy Chubby Brown presents a

candid night of comedy in support of the Daniel Fox

Foundation. Tickets cost £26 – to book, call 01744

813822. Over 18s only.

Sidac Club, Wheatsheaf Ave, Sutton Leach, WA9 4PJ

Fun Day

Saturday, March 2, 1pm

Live music, raffles, auctions and a bouncy castle

for the kids, plus a 5-a-side charity football match

(weather permitting). Tickets £5 (adults) or £1 (under-

16s) from the club or Ravenhead JFC Facebook page.

Ravenhead Social Club, Alexandra Drive, St.

Helens, WA10 3UJ

Quiz & Karaoke Night

Saturday, March 2, 8:30pm

Compete to be crowned the brightest of the bunch

at a fun quiz night, followed by karaoke! Admission

£1 per team member, with a cash prize for the

winners and a hotpot supper.

St. Mary’s Club, Trent Road, Billinge, WN5 7QT

Spring Running Day

Sunday, March 3, 10am-4pm

Enjoy free heritage bus rides around St. Helens, plus

trade stalls of books, models and photos. Admission

charges apply – for info, call 01744 451681.

North West Museum of Road Transport, 51 Hall

Street, St. Helens, WA10 1DU

Craft & Food Fair

Sunday, March 3, 11am-3pm

Browse over 25 stalls of beautiful crafts, gifts and

food! Food blogger Northern Munkee Bites offers

some tasty treats all day in the café. Free entry.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Rd, Rainford, WA11 8HB

Spring Concert

Tuesday, March 5 & Wednesday, March 6, 6pm

Experience the best local young instrumentalists

and vocalists in their spring concerts! Tickets £7 per

adult and £3.50 for under-16s, available from the St.

Helens Music Service on 01744 677946.

St. Helens Town Hall, Victoria Square, St. Helens,

WA10 1HP

Band & Pancake Night

Tuesday, March 5, 7:30pm

Celebrate Pancake Tuesday with music from the

Valley Brass Band, pancakes and other refreshments.

Entrance costs £3 on the door.

St. Paul’s Church, Chain Lane, Blackbrook, WA11

9QF

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Friday, March 8, 8am-10am

Join Bishop Chris – one of the first women to be

ordained in the Church of England – and hear the

challenges and joys of breaking through the glass

ceiling. Tickets £5, light breakfast provided.

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

WA10 1BX


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Bananaz Bingo

Friday, March 8, doors at 7pm

Bananaz Bingo returns bigger and bolder than

ever! Win some fabulous prizes playing bingo on

the Hawaiian themed night, plus loads of dancing!

Tickets £15, available from www.willowbrook.org.uk

or on 01744 453798. Over 18s only.

Rainhill Ex-Services Club, Warrington Road,

Rainhill, L35 4LS

Chairman’s Quiz

Friday, March 8, 7:30pm-11:30pm

Test your trivia at the annual Chairman’s quiz and

enjoy a hotpot supper. Tickets £7 with all proceeds to

Rainford Girl Guiding – these must be pre-booked on

01744 884709 or Clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.com

Rainford Village Hall, Church Rd, Rainford, WA11 8HB

Evening with John Archer

Saturday, March 9, 7pm

An evening full of magic, comedy and a bit of ukulele

with the hilarious John Archer! Tickets £5, part of

the Bishop’s Mission events programme – head to

Eventbrite or call 07753 499841 to book.

St. Helens Hotel, Linkway West, St. Helens, WA10

1NG

Comedy Night

Saturday, March 9, doors at 7:15pm

Hilarious stand-up from Ste Porter, Peter McCole,

Tanyalee Davis and Dave Twentyman, plus curry or

hotpot supper. Tickets £18, all proceeds go to local

sports clubs.

Windle Labour Club, Dentons Green Lane, St.

Helens, WA10 2QF

Pamperlicious Wellbeing

Sunday, March 10, 11am-6pm

Experience countless beauty, wellbeing and holistic

therapy treatments at this positive wellbeing event.

Children’s entertainment available while adults

enjoy beauty therapies, crafts and healing. For more

information, contact Kelly on 07909 228102.

St. Helens Hotel, Linkway West, St. Helens, WA10 1NG

Mackenzie Brown

Monday, March 11, 5:30pm

Mackenzie Brown, author of Ten Little Thrills, heads

to St. Helens to celebrate World Book Day, exploring

the thriller genre with ten diverse stories. Light

refreshments available, free entry.

Rainhill Library, View Road, Rainhill, L35 0LE

Best of Brass

Friday, March 15, 7pm-9pm

Parr Band present the Best of Brass – a great concert

with a hotpot supper and a drink. Tickets £6 via

07762 607618 or prescotfestival@gmail.com

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

Fashion, Fun & Fizz

Friday, March 15, 7pm-9:30pm

Enjoy a fabulous night of fun with a fashion show,

plenty of beauty stalls and lashings of prosecco.

Tickets £2, available from the community centre.

Newton Community Centre, Park Road South,

Newton-le-Willows, WA12 8EX

St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 16, 7:30pm

An evening of live music featuring Danny King, a

disco and hotpot supper. Tickets £10 for guests or £8

for club members, including entry to Play Your Cards

Right, available on 01744 892836.

St. Mary’s Club, Trent Road, Billinge, WN5 7QT


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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 a

pair 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 to view our oceans

and environment with

a great deal more

care. I can’t


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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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Wedding Fayre

Sunday, March 17, 12pm-3pm

Experience the best in local wedding suppliers in

preparation for the big day, plus entertainment

from a wedding singer and a bridal catwalk.

Complimentary glass of bubbly and canapes on

arrival, free entry.

St. Helens Hotel, Linkway West, St. Helens, WA10

1NG

Cheese & Wine Evening

Thursday, March 21, 7pm-10pm

Sample the delights of South America at Willowbrook

Hospice’s cheese and wine evening! Tickets £10 with

proceeds going to the hospice, available on 01744

453798 or from events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

The Living Well, Borough Road, St. Helens, WA10

3RN

1940s Night

Friday, March 22, 7:30pm-11pm

A night of wartime music with Katz Korner –

period dress encouraged! Head back to the 40s

with dancing, a raffle, tombola and supper. Tickets

£12 with all proceeds to the Helen Marie charity –

bookable on 01744 734155, 01744 756298 or 07724

995298.

St. Mary’s Club, Trent Road, Billinge, WN5 7QT

Frankie Allen

Friday, March 29, 7pm

Join the UK’s most feared comedian in his latest tour,

plus support from Simon Cain. Tickets £15, available

from 01744 26911 or online at www.skiddle.

com/13475770

Parr Conservative Club, Broad Oak Road, St.

Helens, WA9 2DG

Afternoon Tea

Wednesday, April 3, 1pm-3pm

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with friends while

feasting on cakes and sandwiches, all to raise money

for Willowbrook Hospice. Tickets £7.50, available

from The Living Well or on 01744 453798.

The Living Well, Borough Rd, St. Helens, WA10 3RN

Photography Exhibition

Until Friday, April 5

Kirsten Jane presents her 35mm photography

exhibition to commemorate the last 20 years of her

career, with a heavy focus on film and slides.

Millennium Centre, Corporation Street, St. Helens,

WA10 1HJ

Lenten Organ Recital

Thursday, April 11, 6pm-9pm

Enjoy a beautiful organ recital from organist Andrew

Wyatt, plus a delicious meal. Tickets £10, available

from the church.

United Reformed Church, King Street, St. Helens,

WA10 2JZ

Easter Hunt

Thursday, April 18, 1:30pm-3pm

The Easter bunny has visited and it’s time for an egg

hunt! Make your own nest and bunny from natural

materials to take home and explore real nests from

different birds. Tickets £5.75, bookable on Eventbrite.

Fir Tree Farm Woods, Pimbo Rd, King’s Moss, WA11 8RD

Easter Family Day

Saturday, April 20, 12pm-6pm

Easter fun for all the family with on-stage

entertainment from fire eaters, illusionists, jugglers,

contortionists and unicyclists, plus craft stalls and

giant inflatables. Kids go free!

Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows,

WA12 0HQ


Health 49

Read Right

Could your child benefit from a binocular vision

exam?

When Sarah’s 10-year-old daughter complained of

headaches after school, she did what any sensible

parent would do and booked an eye test. After a

15-minute exam she was told that Maisie did not

need any glasses and that there was nothing wrong

with her.

After a few months, Maisie’s symptoms hadn’t

disappeared, and her grades were suffering.

“She didn’t want to read and was falling behind in

class.”

Sarah took her back to the optician, who this time

gave Maisie some glasses.

“She wore them for a couple of weeks but gave

up after that as they weren’t helping, in fact she

said that they made things worse for seeing the

whiteboard.

Sarah’s friend advised her to take Maisie to see the

optometrist who had helped her son when he had

struggled with similar issues.

“Immediately I could see that this was a different

kind of eye exam.” We didn’t feel rushed.

The optometrist was really interested

the type of difficulties Maisie was

experiencing, when they happened,

and how she coped with them. She

performed a whole battery of tests and

explained everything as she was going

along. She told us that Maisie was

having difficulty co-ordinating her eyes

so was having to put in more effort to

‘see’, and as she became more tired

with the effort of school and study, it

became harder and harder for her to

keep up the co-ordination.’

In a classroom eyes need work as a team at all

distances. They should be able to point accurately

at the same point on a page, then be able to

refocus quickly and accurately on the whiteboard

and back again, hundreds of times per day. They

need to be able scan across lines of text without

drifting off to another line. If eyes can’t work as

a team, children might try for a while but often

develop unhelpful coping mechanisms like turning

their head, screwing their eyes up, and excessive

blinking. Eventually they give up and may become

disenfranchised from learning.

The binocular vision system is more likely to

malfunction in children with dyslexia or an

underlying health condition.

Binocular vision examinations measure the ability

of the child’s eyes to work together, and then

the optometrist can make helpful suggestions,

such as glasses, or exercises (sometimes called

vision therapy), or a mixture of both. Occasionally

coloured overlays might prove useful too.

By Kath McLean


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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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No Fear Smear

Uptake on cervical cancer screening is at a 20-year

low, with many women aged 25-29 opting to skip

their smear tests. But getting screened can save your

life - and it’s not as scary as you might think.

Cervical cancer is most common in women aged 30-

45, though it’s possible for sexually active women of

any age to develop it. Screenings test for abnormal

cells and diagnose these in around 1 in 20 women,

though these cells don’t always become cancerous.

Sometimes, however, it’s necessary for the cells to be

removed to prevent further harm or changes.

Cervical cancer is extremely rare in women under 25,

and you won’t need a smear test if you’ve never been

sexually active.

Often, symptoms of cervical cancer don’t present

themselves, but if you have abormal bleeding

between periods, discomfort or pain during sex,

lower back pain or unusual discharge, it’s a good

idea to get checked out by a GP.

Smear tests typically take around 3 minutes. You’ll

be asked to lie on your back with your legs up, your

ankles together and knees apart. A speculum - a

plastic cylinder with a round end - is inserted into the

vagina. This is uncomfortable for some women, but

the discomfort doesn’t last long. Once the speculum

opens gently, a small, soft brush is inserted to sample

the cells.

In some cases you can request a smaller speculum if

you find the test painful, or lie in an easier position -

just speak to the nurse administering the test. Effort

is always made to preserve your modesty during the

examination - if you’re wearing a skirt or dress you’ll

be able to leave it on to cover yourself a little more,

and a sheet will be placed over your lower half.

St. Helens Councillor Jeanette Banks said: ‘It is such a

small amount of time for such big peace of mind to

make sure you are healthy. Booking an appointment

could literally be a life saver.’


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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

WIGAN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC HOSPITAL, 27 BRIDGEMAN TERRACE, WIGAN, WN1 1TD


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Struggling with anxiety, depression,

anger, guilt, destructive behaviours,

bereavement or abuse?

Counselling can help you to make sense of your

problems and become the person you want to be.

Call 07816 611 366 for an appointment or

email: janelucascounselling@gmail.com

9 Victoria Street, Rainhill, L35 0LB

www.janelucascounsellingandtherapies.com

Dealing with Dementia

Watching a loved one suffer from dementia is a heartbreaking

process. The condition currently affects

around 850,000 people in the UK alone, with one in

six people over the age of 80 diagnosed. The gradual

loss of memory, inability to focus or communicate,

degrading vision, and in some cases aggression

and hallucinations, is difficult for the person with

dementia and those closest to them.

There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease or the

dementia symptoms associated with it, but there are

a few things you can do to make life easier for those

going through it.

Diabetes Support

The St. Helens & District Diabetes UK group will

meet on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30pm at the

United Reformed Church on King Street.

Special guests and diabetes specialist nurses Hollie

Fullerton and Claire Lee will be speaking about

inpatient care for people with diabetes. You’ll get

the chance to ask any questions you have, and

enjoy light refreshments afterward.

The group particularly welcome anyone who has

been recently diagnosed with diabetes, but anyone

with an interest in the condition is welcome to join.

For further information, call 01514 800821 or visit

www.st-helens-and-distrcit.diabetesukgroup.org

Make interactions positive. Keep the overall

tone of conversations light and be optimistic –

if you’re stressed out or getting frustrated, the

person with dementia will likely pick up on it and

become stressed themselves. Don’t cut them out of

conversations or roll your eyes if they ask the same

question more than once.

Stick to simple questions. Go slowly, with one

question at a time, and avoid leaving too many

choices. For example, if you’re deciding on what

to cook, hold up visual representations of a couple

of meals and let them choose from those. Memory

aids such as signs around the house can be good for

directing your loved one to where things are kept – if

they struggle with reading, use symbols instead.

Reassure. Dementia is scary – although the person

isn’t always aware of what they’re going through,

it can sometimes hit them head-on. Deal with this

by gently reassuring the person that they’re safe,

and do your best to make them comfortable. Being

physically affectionate can also help ground them in

the present if words just aren’t working.

Reminisce. Although short-term memory degrades,

long-term memory is more likely to be retained,

and it can be a fun activity to look back on the good

times. Take an afternoon to look through family

photo albums or at old maps.

If you’re struggling, get help. Day centres for

dementia patients can be a godsend if you’re

struggling by yourself, and provide fun, dementiafriendly

activities to get involved in so you can get

some time and space to yourself.

For more info, see www.nhs.uk/conditions/

dementia/carers/


54 Leisure

Charnock Richard

by Jess Phillips

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

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.

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

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the world – only the far-off traffic noise dictated

otherwise! I was, however, very glad I’d brought

my wellies.

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

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!


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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.


Motoring 57

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.

All-electric 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 front-wheel

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

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If driven conservatively, the CR-V Hybrid is a

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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

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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.

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Hardy Annuals

Hardy annuals: the name is an oxymoron.

Hardy plants are supposed to be able to

survive the winter aren’t they, but annuals, by

their definition, don’t.

In fact, the names hardy, half-hardy and

tender, when applied to annuals, refer to the

relative cold tolerance of the newly planted

seeds.

Hardy annual seeds can handle being frozen

in the soil so are ideal for planting outside,

either in the autumn or now.

Productive, adaptable and cheap, they are

the ideal credit-crunch plants. They are also

easy-to-grow, so are brilliant for beginner

gardeners.

For best results sow them as thinly as possible,

cover lightly with sifted soil then firm it down.

Protect them from cats and birds with netting until

the seedlings are well established then thin them

out to the distance recommended on the packet.

Good flowers for the annual-novice include poppy,

calendula, larkspur, fried- egg plants (limnanthes),

love-in-the-mist, clarkia and cornflowers.

If I could grow only one it would be Nigella

damascena (love-in-the-mist). It’s an old cottagegarden

plant and ‘Miss Jekyll’ is a beautiful, soft, pure

blue variety with the added bonus of stripy seed

pods once the flowers have faded.

The king of the hardy annuals though has to be the

sunflower. Children particularly love to grow them.

Sow them singly in small pots or directly into the

earth. If you sow them directly, plant two seeds into

each hole and thin to one once they are established.

They may need to be staked as they grow. There are

some terrific varieties. A favourite of mine is Prado

Red, which as the name suggests, produces deep red

flowers. If you pinch them out, they‘ll grow to five

feet and produce numerous blooms on each plant.

If sunflowers are the kings of the hardy annuals,

then sweet peas are surely the fragrant queens. Oldfashioned

or antique varieties tend to be best for

scent though their flowers are slightly smaller. The

great thing about sweet peas is that you have to pick

them to prolong flowering so you have a wonderful

excuse to have a fragrant home all summer long.

Sweet peas should be planted a little deeper than

other annuals. They are very thirsty flowers. My

granddad used to line his sweet pea trenches with

lots of wet newspaper. He won prizes for his blooms,

so he obviously knew a thing or two about it.

Next time you’re at the garden centre...walk right

on by the showy (and expensive) potted plants and

head for the seed section. For a very small outlay

you can add colour, shape, interest and completely

transform your plot ...and if you don’t like it, you can

always change it again next year.

Happy gardening!

By Rachael Leverton


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