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
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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57 Test Drive
6 Local News
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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& 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
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Lane in Sutton Manor (WA9 4RB) to help you make
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mental wellbeing. Receive free fitness trackers and
enjoy free healthy refreshments, with a super £100
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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.
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.
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
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.
St. Helens youth organisation UC Crew
has been granted Aviva funding to
celebrate its success in social action
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
UC Crew specialises in confidence building for young
people, helping them to become healthier, improve
employment prospects and, most of all, to have fun.
For more information, visit www.uccrew.co.uk
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North West photographer Kirsten Jane brings her
latest exhibition to the Millennium Centre this
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
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
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.
Celebrate St. George’s Day in style at Rainford
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
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
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
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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
with hearing impairments, and is in talks with the
Deafness Resource Centre to trial films for their
‘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
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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
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
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
‘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
St. Helens: The Great and the Good (and a few of the
not so good!); RRP £14.99
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
purchase from www.orrell-live.co.uk
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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
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.gildart@wlv.
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
The exhibition launch takes place on Friday, March 8
from 3pm-4:30pm, with refreshments available.
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,
call into the church or speak to any choir member.
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A huge community sleep out is taking
place at the Totally Wicked Stadium
this month to support local homeless
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
– head to www.saints.retailsportssystems.com/
matchtickets.html to register.
The line-up for this year’s Prescot Festival has been
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.
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
Entry costs £22 and all finishers receive a medal
and a T-shirt. For more information, visit www.
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
Building the best
It’s often said that more than half of new businesses
fail during the first year. So when you hear of a local
business that’s lasted for over 60 years, you know
there’s a very good chance that the business is
amongst the very best in their line of work.
Charles Bettridge, a Kent teenager, was lucky
enough to meet holidaying St Helens girl Mavis
one summer on the seafront in Deal. Charles was
working as an apprentice painter and decorator,
before he was called up for national service. On
his return from Hong Kong, he moved to St Helens,
married Mavis and started CE Bettridge in 1958.
The company thrived as customers were thrilled
with the quality of Charles’ work and CE Bettridge
prospered and expanded. Over the past sixty years,
the company have worked on hundreds of ordinary
local homes, but the company also has an enviable
commercial customer list too.
Have a think which buildings would be on a list of
notable buildings in the St Helens area; the town
hall, the Mansion House, the Toll Bar, Rainford Hall in
Crank, Ena Shaw’s shop and factory, Rainford Village
Hall, St Anne’s Church in Rainhill, Prescot Church,
and all of these notable buildings have engaged CE
Bettridge to carry out painting or building works.
The company’s support of the apprenticeship
scheme is remarkable, with many local construction
businesses started by ex-apprentices of CE
Bettridge, but the one apprentice who didn’t move
on is Ian Graham, who joined CE Bettridge at 15
years old and still works for the company 46 years
One of the firm’s apprentices was Charles’ son
Jon, who joined the company as an apprentice at
the age of 16 before moving on to gain expertise
as a building professional, returning at the age
of 32 to help Charles develop the business from
a painting and decorating firm into an all-round
building construction company offering a long
list of services including house refurbishments,
maintenance, painting and decorating, extensions,
roofing, PVC windows and doors, and, a particular
specialism is renovating kitchens and bathrooms.
In 2010, after 52 years running CE Bettridge, Charles
retired and Jon now heads up the company and has
pushed Bettridge’s forward, moving the company
from Greenfield Road to new premises on Strickland
Street, and changing the company name to
Bettridge’s Construction Ltd. But those overriding
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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-
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
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
Age-Friendly Welcome category – an award
recognising outstanding provision for older family
members. The shortlist took into account staff
welcome, communication and venue facilities in
accommodating the needs of older people, which
the Oddfellows pride themselves on doing well.
For dates, times and more information, visit the
Oddfellows Facebook page @oddfellows.sthandw or
call 01744 895536.
A service will be held this month to commemorate
the 40th anniversary of the Golborne Colliery
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
offers a chance to pay your respects to those who
lost their lives.
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.
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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.
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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
much easier with evidence. In the US there are
special channels for reporting dangerous drivers,
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
already have one, perhaps you should think about it.
By Tom Hancock
St. Helens Hotel plays host to a wedding fayre in
Experience the best in local wedding suppliers
to get ready for your big day, plus entertainment
from a wedding singer at 1:30pm and a bridal
catwalk show at 2pm. The fayre has everything
you need to design your perfect wedding day, and
you’ll certainly feel like the star of the show with
a complimentary glass of bubbly and canapes on
The event takes place on Sunday, March 17
from 12pm-3pm, and is free to enter. For further
information, call the hotel on 01744 453444 or visit
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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
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
registered a patent for an
improved glass annealing
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
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
‘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
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
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
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.
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
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.
An aerial view by Marc Bradley
Whatever the weather you’re guaranteed a warm
welcome at FlamesUK, St Helens’ biggest showroom
for fires, fireplaces and stoves.
Run by a local family, FlamesUK have been in business
for over 30 years, first on Duke Street, then on Baxters
Lane and now next to Middlehurst Garage on Jackson
90% of our fireplaces are made to measure
No need to re-decorate or re-carpet!
The FlamesUK showroom is a
veritable Tardis, with an amazing
100+ displays spread over 5
floors, with looks to suit every
style of home; from classic
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traditional fires, and fireplaces and
lots of décor accessories too.
One of the key reasons why
customers choose FlamesUK is
because over 90% of fireplaces at
FlamesUK are made to measure,
so you can transform a room
without any need to re-decorate
or re-carpet. This could potentially
save you thousands of pounds!
All the finest fireplaces, fires and
stoves are available here and the
company stocks leading brands
such as Elgin & Hall, Gazco-Stovax,
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You know when you visit
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experienced craftsmen who
design, build and install only the best quality fires,
fireplaces and stoves, and so if you’re looking for to
enhance your home this spring, it’s the only place
you’ll need to visit.
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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.
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
spectacular, and the ideal spot to snap a few gravitydefying
photographs. The state park is a natural
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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
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
Cost of Living - USA
3 course meal: $25
Beer (0.5l): $5
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?
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
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
Week 3 Get a little more involved
Week 4 You’ll know if Scouting is for you
We have a wide range of flexible roles
either supporting our young people
directly or working behind the scenes.
Any help you give can shape young
If you are interested, please email Chris at
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along the bottom. The diagonal lines also add up the
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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
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
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,
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
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,
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
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
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
Windle Labour Club, Dentons Green Lane, St.
Helens, WA10 2QF
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
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 email@example.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Living Well, Borough Road, St. Helens, WA10
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
St. Mary’s Club, Trent Road, Billinge, WN5 7QT
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.
Parr Conservative Club, Broad Oak Road, St.
Helens, WA9 2DG
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
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,
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,
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,
Could your child benefit from a binocular vision
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
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
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
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
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
Most GPs can diagnose ectopic heartbeats from
symptoms and by listening with a stethoscope.
Sometimes they will arrange a precautionary
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
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
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
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
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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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.
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
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/
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
Head through the gate on the opposite side and
go diagonally across the paddock, then down the
Length of walk: 5.25 miles
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
were the only people left in
the world – only the far-off traffic noise dictated
otherwise! I was, however, very glad I’d brought
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
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
which is perfect for
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
Old Hall Lane
Preston Road - A49
Park Hall Road
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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.
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
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
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
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
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.
If driven conservatively, the CR-V Hybrid is a
hushed and comfy car. The cabin is refined, and the
• 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
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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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
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
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.
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Chainsaws & Hedge Trimmers
Brush Cutters & Strimmers
Equipment Servicing & Sharpening
Pick-up & delivery service
Moss View, Nipe Lane, Nr Skelmersdale, WN8 9PY
01695 722999 & 07918 618126/7
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9am-2pm
Garden need a little
• Tree Surgery
• Flagging & Fencing
• Landscaping & Design
• Garden Clearances
• Logs For Sale
Wood chipping & stump grinder services
Call Lloyd today for a free estimate
01942 367170 / 07900 738637
Tree and Landscape Management
Tree Felling & Pruning
Tree Surveys and Reports
Invasive Weed Control
Agricultural & Domestic Fencing
Firewood & Woodchip
24 Hour Emergency Tree Work
West Lancashire Borough Council approved contractor
Wigan Council approved contractor
Day: 07970 521 692 Eve: 01942 214 121
Want to promote your
company in Local Life?
Call Sally: 01744 649 722
Cricket St, Wigan, WN6 7TP
Garden Services & Lawncare
WE WON’T BE BEATEN ON QUALITY OR PRICE
• Driveways & Patios
• Block Paving
• Indian Stone
• Shaping & Pruning
• Felling & Topping
UP TO 25% DISCOUNT
Call Al today for a free quote or advice
01942 396 818
• Fencing & Decking
• Turfing & Artificial
07796 494 463
• Garden Walls • Patios • Fencing
• Driveways • Garden Maintenance
Call Michael now for a free quote
01695 363859 or 07977 534387
weed control to lawn &
garden tidy ups
HND qualified. PA1 PA2 & PA6 spraying qualifications.
20 years experience. Billinge based.
Want to promote your
company in Local Life?
Call Sally: 01744 649 722
fertilising & moss control
turfing & landscaping
one off jobs or regular
day: 07929 366769 eve: 01744 302793
All aspects of Landscaping
& Tree work undertaken
Quality work & reliability
at competitive prices
• Landscape design & implementation
• Tree felling, tree pruning
• Japanese knotweed control
• One off garden tidy
• 24 hour emergency tree call out
Call Thomas today for a free quote:
07923 035300 or 01744 895570
Ashfield Farm, 43, Garswood Road, Billinge
Call for free estimate
Colin 07958 302 166
Brian 07760 160 988
Landscape & Artificial Grass Specialist
We’ll design & create your new modern
Our wide range of artificial grass are all
guaranteed for 10 years
Call Andy today for more details
01942 387 044 ~ 07941 602 539
Check out our projects on www.turfcouk.co.uk
Call Michael now
for your free quote
or 07977 534387
• All fencing supplied
• Replacement Panels
• Post Repairs
• Fully Insured
Want a beautiful
garden without all
the hard work?
We’ll do it all for you!
• GARDEN MAINTENANCE / ONE OFF TIDY UPS
• JETWASHING DRIVEWAYS & PATIOS
• APPLICATION OF LAWN TREATMENTS
• HEDGES & SHRUBS MAINTAINED
• WEED SPRAYING OF PATHS & DRIVEWAYS
Professional Lawn Treatment
& Garden Maintenance
~ Est. 2001 ~
01744 893 477 or 07950 651 956
• Raised Beds • Artificial Grass
• Lawns Re-Turfed • Driveways & Patios
• Fencing, Flagging & Block Paving
• Gardens Designed & Constructed
Free fixed-price quotations provided
All genuine like-for-like
01744 606 080 / 07780 801 341
51 Sandringham Drive, WA9 3TQ
64 Home Services
H. TEBB & SON
• Domestic and
• Free Pick Up and
• Established in St.
Helens since 1946
• Free estimates
Broadband broken, computer slow
printer packed up, virus/spyware or
your keyboards gone kaput
Bodtree Systems fix all types of PC problems
in the comfort of your own home
Call Catherine Now 07540 222787
No Call Out Charges • Local Company • PC Experts
Tel: 01744 778381 - 01942 418763 - Mobile - 07540 222787
St Helens’ premier
91 Shaw Street, St Helens, WA10 1EN
Woodburners Open fires Stoves
07724 311 992
Cleaning in the
St Helens area
for 10+ years
We only use reliable, vetted staff
• £10.75 per hour - minimum 2 hrs
• Same cleaner each visit
• All domestic duties provided
Call or email Joanne 01744 649091
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Providing professional carpet &
upholstery cleaning since 1993
Carpets Upholstery Curtains
Leather Oriental Rugs Hard Floors
For more information call:
01925 411 449
Visit our website and check out the testimonials.
T: 01942 409401
M: 07881 816839
- Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
- Specialist Leather Cleaning
- Fully insured and trained member of NCCA
- FREE no obligation pre-inspection and quote
• Windows, Fascias, Gutters etc.
• Exterior & Interior (Cleaning)
• Driveways & Patios etc.
• Moss Removal & Bio-Treatment
• Softwashing / Low Pressure
SPECIAL OFFER - 20% OFF
ALL CLEANING PACKAGES
Call Clint for a free no obligation quote.
01744 470 051 or 07834 241 642
T: 07938 566 401
Ovenclean will transform your oven and
put the sparkle back into your kitchen!
Call today to book your oven clean
0800 840 7127 or
Specialists in boiler installations, repair & maintenance
Brand New Bathrooms
Boiler + Central Heating
Installs, Servicing + Repairs
Extended warranties available
24 Hour Call-out
Domestic + Commercial
Freephone 0300 3030121
Dave 07769 942218 / Matt 07969 183809
21 Naburn Drive, Orrell, WN5 8SB
W.Hurst & Son Ltd
• All types of electrical work
• 35+ years experience
• No job too small
• Friendly and reliable
For a free quote
& advice call Jeff
01695 622 191
07850 622 191
All work fully warranted
Book a boiler health check for £65
& get a carbon monoxide
alarm (RRP £29) FREE!
Call the team on
Electrical Installations & Repairs Est.1975
All aspects of domestic work undertaken
Lights, Sockets, Fuseboards etc
Electric Oven & Shower Repairs
P.A.T. Testing & Inspection
Small jobs a speciality
Call Alan Leigh on
01744 883883 or 07884 496434
All electrical work
undertaken from full
re-wires to alarms/CCTV.
No job too small.
No call out charge
30 years experience.
Call Steve on
07809 427 508
Keeping your home and family safe
• CCTV – Tailored high-quality CCTV solutions for your home
• Alarms - Hard wired & wire-free systems security solutions
• Full installation, repairs & maintenance.
The only St Helens company
to reach NSI Gold standard
Call us today for a free, no obligation, security survey.
Unit D, Moss Park, Dairy Farm Road, Rainford, WA11 7JR
A Genuine Family Run Business
With Friendly & Courteous Staff
SPECIALISTS IN CENTRAL
HEATING INSTALLATION, BOILER
REPLACEMENTS AND UPGRADES
Accredited Installer & Service Partner
• Annual Boiler Servicing
• Landlord & Home Owner
Gas Safety Checks
• Mechanical Power Flushing
• Thermostatic Valves/Radiators Fitted
• Home Efficiency Control Upgrades
ON SELECTED BOILER
01942 504 429
07515 505 501
All aspects of Gas Heating & Plumbing
Installations, Upgrades & Maintenance
Established 30+ years ~ emergency call outs
Call Paul for advice and a free quote
07929 428 496
42-44 Rainford Road, Billinge
ASK FOR DETAILS
Gas Appliances repaired & serviced
Homes, schools, churches, offices & factories
Call on 07778 80 40 60
Heating & Plumbing Services
• Boiler Installations & Repairs
• Servicing & Maintenance
• Gas Safety Certificates
• We’re on call 365 days a year – our
service & maintenance plans start
from just 41p per day!
64-80 Duke Street, St Helens, WA10 2JW
ATB Plumbing & Heating
Boiler Installs, Repairs & Services
Fire & Cooker Installations
Call Alec on
07730 735 174
Ask us about our wide range of hearing aids
Do you have
Don’t pay £££’s to replace the frame,
we’ll replace the glass panes.
We also replace; Window locks,
Door locks, Hinges & Handles.
...and we do conservatory repairs.
Call us now for a free quotation on
01744 810 000
Roofing & Roofline- repairs and replacement
Decorating, Building, Gates supplied & fitted
For all your home improvements - No job too small
07847 394040 ~ 01744 606938
Want to promote your
company in Local Life?
Call Sally: 01744 649 722
Our Focus Is
Quality & Price
From a Loose
Slate to a
01744 602931 or 07756 274503
7 Albany Avenue, Eccleston Park, L34 2QN
Call Steve for friendly
advice and a free quote
01744 636 584
07986 528 547
We’ll transform the look of your home with
our machine-applied coloured renders.
One Coat Through Coloured Renders, Acrylic
Renders & EWi Renders (Insulated). 48 colours.
Approved applicators for:
Design & Print
Flyers, postcards, brochures
and distribution service.
For more information call
01744 649 722
CAR & VAN SERVICING
Car Health Check
...and motorcycles too
for all residents of Croston and Bretherton
Keep me until you need me!
Book your FREE Car Health Check
Call now on
REPAIR & WELDING
We provide regular garden
maintenance such as mowing
and trimming, and we also
perform extra services such as
patio and gutter cleaning.
of Building &
Need help looking after your garden?
Call Jake today for a free quote
07377 543 110
JPA Garden Maintenance
offers a friendly and
professional service at
Call us on... 01744 600074
Mobile: 07867 592460
13 Hawes Ave, Carr Mill, WA11 7EA
with “WIGAN’S BIGGEST
MUSIC TUITION PROVIDER”
• FREE Hearing Tests
• Earwax Removal
• Hearing Aids & Repairs
• FREE 1 Week Hearing Aid Trial
Drop in or contact Darren on:
01942 215 391
8-10 Gathurst Road, Orre l, WN5 8QH
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this voucher for 10% OFF your next
hearing test or earwax removal.
Contact us today for further information. Terms and conditions a ply
Rated by We cater for
OUTSTANDING - 4 years
for a chat
Ca l Sarah on 01744 886166 for more information or visit www.cranknursery.co.uk
M H Roofing
Established over 15 years
Friendly advice and competitive rates
No job too small
• High Performance Felt Flat Roof Systems
• Storm Damage and Insurance Work
• Slating and Tiling full roofs
• Poiniting and Guttering • Fascia Boards
Call 01744 884117
or 07702 693225
Fully Insured & Insurance
3 Maggots Nook Road, Rainford
• WILSON BROS •
Roofing & Roofline Specialists
• All aspects of maintenance & repair
• Fascia & soffit installation
• Guttering and felting services
Call us now for a free estimate
Colin: 07958 302 166
Brian: 07760 160 988
Damp Control Specialists
We provide an honest, accurate
assessment of your damp
problems using state of the art
Call us to assess your property
and we will provide you with a
comprehensive damp report.
Contact Matthew on
07840 096 233
Reliable, friendly, local service
Facias, soffits, cladding,
dry verge and gutters - call us now
for all your roofline requirements!
We specialise in seamless aluminium gutters.
Clean, stylish and guaranteed for 25 years!
01942 735 515 / 07917 352 182 / 07917 352 183
KEYS LOCKS SAFES
• Repairs & Upgrades
on all locks, including UPVC
• Safes supplied & installed
• Key cutting service
• Emergency call outs welcomed
• All work guaranteed
Call your local lock expert for a free quote
Call us now on
01744 732 256
Visit our showroom: 2, Lingholme Road, St Helens, WA10 2NS
All GARAGE DOORS REPAIRED :
Springs, Cables, Locks, Rollers etc.
Doors of all ages repaired
01744 894939 / 07891 330214
Strawberry Cottage, Pimbo Road, St.Helens WN8 9QL
• UPVC & WOODEN DOOR SPECIALIST
• Emergency Door Opening
• UPVC Door Lock Repairs
• UPVC Door Lock Changes
• UPVC Door Lock Upgrades
• Wood Door Lock Changes
• All Work Guaranteed
A Registered Insured NCFE Certified Company
Call Paul for a
Fast, Reliable, Professional Service
• High Quality Decorating Over 20 years experience
• Neat & Tidy Workmanship Haydock Decorators
For a free quote & friendly advice contact Paul on 07596 956 030
01744 526 589
07932 718 362
Painter & Decorator
Paper Hanging a Speciality
Friendly & Very Reliable Service
Both Domestic & Commercial
Trading for over 26 years
Call Adam on 01744 755 005
Come and visit the largest
showroom in the North West
Quality installations of windows,
doors, fascias, soffits and gutters
First for quality • First for service • First for reliability
No contractors • No salesmen
Just a smile and a honest price from a family run business
Installer Reg No
SISTER COMPANY OF FOXWELLS BUILDERS
Established 16 years
Call us for a Free Quote
Office Number: 01942 871 777
Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Street, Leigh, WN7 5SE
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Tomorrow’s Home Improvements Today!
Quality ~ Choice ~ Value
Thermally-efficient conservatory roofs
expertly fitted by accredited installers
Don’t just lock it,
Manufacturers and installers since 2004
Contact us on 01744 891717 for a no obligation quote
Visit our showroom/factory at; Crows Nest, Ashton Road, Billinge, WN5 7XX (near Windy Arbour crossroads)