Local Life - Wigan - June 2019


Wigan's FREE local lifestyle magazine.


Wigan Edition June 2019

Away From The Crowds

Pages 33 - 36

Win Rick Astley Tickets

Pages 70 - 71

Singing Ringing Tree Walk

Page 73 - 76

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4 Local Life

A Pheasant Plucker

Hope you had your teeth in properly if you read that

headline aloud!

Yes, once upon a time, I was that pheasant plucker,

scraping a living plucking pheasants and gutting

fish at a game butchers down south. It was just one

of many short-term jobs in my youth whilst I ‘found

my feet’. Kennel hand, pot washer, baker, glass

snatcher, petrol pump attendant (yes, I’m that old!);

you name it and I tried it out.

At the time people told me that work experience

like this was a positive thing as it would enable me

to work out what I didn’t want to do with the rest

of my life.

It was a good point. Take, for example, the morning

I spent on a building site, where I was tasked with

barrowing rubble into a skip. After falling off the

plank three times, I was obviously never ever going

to be part of a tight rope act in a circus!

In fact, I was about 40 years old before I decided

what I wanted to do when I grew up, and I’m sure

that resonates with many other Local Life readers.

So why am I rattling on about this?

Well, for all of you who have exams coming up;

you’re obviously going to try your best, but you

don’t have to let the results of these exams define

your long-term future.

Hopefully you’ll pass all your exams with flying

colours. But if, when you get your results back, they

aren’t as good as you need them to be, then it really

isn’t the end of the world – though it will probably

seem like it is at the time.

Picking yourself up, dusting yourself down and

finding another way forward is all part of building

character. I wish you all the best.

See you next time

Chris Pearce, Publisher


Local Life 5

In this issue




Away From The



56 Puzzle Corner

66 Events2Go

73 Jack’s Tracks


37 Food

54 Legal & Finance

58 Business View

60 Health

77 Garden Diary

82 Test Drive

66 Leisure

77 Gardening

82 Motoring

85 Home Services


No Milk Today


Win Rick Astley

Concert Tickets


Jack’s Tracks:

Singing Ringing



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6 News & Features

Standish Rounders

Rounders sessions are taking place at Standish

Cricket Club every Wednesday.

No matter your age or ability, these fun-filled

sessions will help you get fitter while learning

or improving your game. Everyone aged 14+ is

welcome to attend – sessions cost £2 with the first

one free.

If you’d like to get involved, head to the Cricket Club

on Green Lane at 6:30pm on a Wednesday, or call

01942 828420 for more information.

Wigan Ramblers

Love getting out and about in the countryside for

walks? The Wigan & District Ramblers is a group

of enthusiastic walkers who go on two rambles a

month – and you’re very welcome to join them.

A coach ramble takes place on the first Saturday of

the month to various locations, while a footpath

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Wrightington Pensioners

The Wrightington Pensioners Welfare Association

invites you to its weekly meetings.

Enjoy a friendly social evening with bingo,

dominoes and whist games – and plenty of tea and

biscuits. The Association also host monthly coach

trips and regular social events if you’d like to get out

and about more!

Meetings take place every Tuesday at 7:30pm at

the Pensioners Hall on Chisnall Avenue (WN6 9RR).

For further details, call Frank on 01257 425585 or

Brenda on 01257 421869.

Jazz Fest

Get your trumpets at the ready for the return of the

Wigan International Jazz Festival in July!

Featuring headliners like the Louis Dowdeswell

Big Band, the Jazz Planets, Salena Jones & Quintet

and the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, the four-day

music extravaganza boasts intimate local and

international jazz in the heart of Wigan.

Along with fresh jazz picks, the bar will be open

with food served, and free parking at the venue

– this year it’s hosted at the Village on the Green

on Woods Road, Aspull. The festival spans from

Thursday, July 11 until Sunday, July 14 – events

are individually priced, with tickets covering every

event available for £125.

A Big Band Workshop also takes place on Saturday,

July 13 at 1pm over at Whelley Ex-Servicemen’s

Club if you’d like to get involved in making your

own music!

For more information, visit https://www.



Chill & Chat

Daffodils Dreams CIC have launched their new

social group to help engage members of the

community with their work.

The charity helps provide opportunities and

essentials for children in need around Wigan, or

those going through difficult circumstances. New

volunteers are always welcome – and their Chill &

Chat sessions are a great way to learn more about

what Daffodils Dreams do.

Everyone is welcome to go along for some free

refreshments – including delicious Dilly Daffs cakes

– listen to music, and play some games. The next

sessions take place three Fridays per month – the

next is on May 31, then June 7 from 9am-2:30pm at

St. James Centre on Church Street, Poolstock.

Open Gardens

Wigan and Leigh Hospice in Hindley is opening its

gardens to the public in July.

Featuring vibrant flowerbeds, three beautiful ponds

and a Chinese bridge which was donated by the

Whitworth Art Gallery, the gardens offer a tranquil

spot to relax and take a breather. Visit the Dedicate

a Daisy memorial garden to reflect and enjoy the

wildlife, and get to know a bit more about what the

hospice does in the local community.

The gardens are open on Sunday, July 14 from

10am-4pm, with an entry fee of £3. Refreshments

will be available to purchase on the day.

ASDA Friends

The ASDA Wigan Friendship Group meets every

month for a cuppa and a chat.

Looking to meet new people? The group could

be just the ticket. Bring your knitting along, read

a book or engage in a game of dominoes on the

first Tuesday of the month at the café at ASDA in

Newtown. Sessions run from 10am-12pm and are a

great opportunity to meet new people in the area!

For details, call 01942 243 522 extension 222.

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Worm Charming


The legendary Worm Charming

Championships return to Aspull this month.

The Aspull event began in 2013, when Ruth

Atherton, Jeanette Aspinall and Caroline

Midgley were discussing ways of raising

money for much-needed repairs to St.

Elizabeth’s Church. After much wine and

laughter, the idea for worm charming was

hastily written down on the back of a napkin.

If you don’t already know the rules,

competitors are given a 3x3 metre plot, and

must ‘charm’ as many worms as possible

to the surface using vibrations only in 30

minutes. Any form of music may be used to

draw the worms from the ground, or an ordinary

garden fork can be stuck in the ground and vibrated

to encourage them to poke their heads out, but no

digging is allowed!

The competitor who charms the most worms to

the surface will be announced as the winner, and

the worms will be released back into the soil after

the birds have gone to roost that evening. The ‘Big

Jim’ trophy will also be awarded to the person who

charms the fattest, juiciest worm of the day.

Aspull’s weird and wonderful tradition always

brings plenty of fun to the area. With plenty of food

and drink, family games and

stalls available to browse on

the day, you won’t want to miss

this year’s event! All proceeds

go towards St. Elizabeth’s


This year’s Worm Charming

Championship takes place on

Saturday, June 8 from 12pm-

5pm, with the competition

kicking off around 2pm, at St.

Elizabeth’s Parish Hall on Bolton

Road. For more information or

to register for a plot, call Ruth

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Council Celebrations

Wigan Council is rewarding its employees after

it was named Council of the Year in March’s Local

Government Chronicle awards.

Town hall staff have been given an extra day’s

holiday in celebration, with some support workers

offered the alternative of an extra day’s pay if they

are unable to take time off during term time.

Wigan Council’s chief executive Alison McKenzie-

Folan said: ‘The LGC found that Wigan Council had

pioneered a new operating model by working with

its residents and had provided a blueprint for British

local government and beyond to follow.’

Cycle Three Sisters

A jam-packed afternoon of cycling takes place at

the Three Sisters Circuit in Ashton-in-Makerfield

this July.

Take to the track on your bike – bring your own

along or borrow one on the day! It’s a great

opportunity to show off your skills or get back into

cycling if you’ve taken a break.

There’ll be experts on hand to provide free bike

maintenance, cycling stalls, and balance bikes for

the kids. A climbing wall will also be set up if you’re

looking for a bit more of a thrill!

The event takes place on Wednesday, July 10 from

3pm-8pm at the Three Sisters Circuit (WN4 8DD).

Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. For

more information, call 01942 488480.

Sensory Coffee Morning

A coffee morning runs every week for anyone with

sight loss, hearing loss or both.

If you’d like to meet new friends and have a good

chinwag over a cuppa, plus get some information

from various local groups and services, head along

to Wigan Library on Friday, May 31 from 10am-


For more information and dates, text Tina on 07944

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Reet Good

The 2019 Reet Good Beer Festival takes place from

Thursday, June 20 until Sunday, June 23 on Mesnes


After a record number of people attended the 2018

incarnation of the festival, Reet Good promises to

be bigger and better than ever this year.

Along with a huge selection of locally sourced ales

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and prosecco for anyone fancying something a bit


Guests can also expect a huge entertainment

calendar including an 80s night, a UB40 tribute

act, a Soul & Motown party and brass from the

Pemberton Old DW Band. A family fun afternoon

takes place on the Sunday, with plenty of games,

bouncy castles and magic for the little ones.

Tickets range from £5-£12 including a

commemorative glass and programme depending

on the event you’re interested in.

All proceeds raised from the Reet Good Beer Fest go

to Wigan Youth Zone, which costs almost £2 million

a year to continue running. WYZ helps young

people develop real and achievable aspirations to

fulfil their dreams - and it’s so much more than a

youth club.

Tickets can be booked online, on 01942 612061 or

by emailing events@wiganyouthzone.org

For more information and a full calendar, visit www.


Satellite Rotary

The next meeting of Wigan Rotary Club’s new

satellite group takes place on Tuesday, May 28.

If you have skills or experiences that you believe

could benefit the club, which gets involved with

community activities, the annual Santa sleigh, and

fundraising for national and international causes,

why not go along? The new group aims to slot

seamlessly into busy lives to boost the impact of

Wigan Rotary.

The group’s official launch will take place at Wigan’s

Community Day on Saturday, July 6, so get involved

early to have your say in how the group goes

forward! The meeting begins at 7pm at Forbes on

the Lane, Wigan Lane.

Post Office Axed

Wigan’s main Post Office is set to close this month.

The branch, located in Wallgate, will close its doors

for good on Wednesday, June 5 before reopening

the next day in its new premises inside WHSmith,


In spite of a public consultation and campaigns

against the closure, the next Post Office will be

operated entirely by the retailer, offering the same

services as the Wallgate branch.

A Post Office has stood on the Wallgate site for 134

years, surviving two world wars.

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Plans for a revamped

Wigan Pier have been


Pier Plans Revealed

The once-great site will

again be transformed

into a leisure hub at the

heart of Wigan, featuring

canal-side walkways,

an artisan food hall and

plenty of events venues.

There are also plans

for a gin distillery and

microbrewery on the

former The Way We Were

museum site, along with new townhouses and

conference rooms.

The space has been planned in such a way that it

celebrates Wigan’s green spaces and promotes the

canal as a public haven.

Subject to planning approval, the rejuvenation

would be completed in 2020. A decision by Wigan

Council is expected this summer.


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Woodland Theatre

Haigh’s Walled Garden plays host to a variety of

outdoor theatre shows this summer.

The programme kicks off in July with showings

of Alice Through the Looking Glass and Cinderella,

before performances of The Little Mermaid, The

Dragon Who Lost His Home, Three Little Pigs,

Goldilocks & the Three Bears, and The Wizard of Oz hit

the stage in August.




for 2019/2020

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Plays run every Tuesday beginning on July 23 and

ending on August 27, with two performances

taking place per day, one at 12pm and another at


Tickets cost £8, with family discounts available. To

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36-year olds and over who sign up for one

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Sign up for one-year family membership (seven

day full or seven day restricted, age 36 +) and

both partners will receive £100 off each annual

subscription for the first year. Children under 18

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Available if you sign up in May or June.

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Golf Lessons with Dave Clarke’s Team of PGA

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Intermediate 7 Day Member 18 to 20 years of age - £260

Colt 7 Day Member 21 to 25 years of age - £460

Full Member 7 Day Member 26 to 30 years of age - £555

Full member 7 Day Member 31 to 35 years of age - £695

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A Good Read

A primary school in Shevington has opened a

community café to get people back into reading.

Pupils at Shevington Vale Primary School wanted

to promote reading to children and adults alike,

and staff knew there was no better way to do

that than through an enterprising exercise. Ideas

for an outdoor reading space were dismissed due

to frequent inclement weather, but a brand new

Garden Room was just the ticket.

‘Our school has always done a lot of enterprising,’

said head teacher Mr. Houghton. ‘Our Year 6s

annually open a restaurant for Fur Clemt, and last

year cooked for one hundred people out in the

community. In this vein, we decided to open a

pupil-run reading café in our new Garden Room –

we fitted it with electrics and furniture with a £1000

grant from the Shevington Community Association

and fundraising help from our PTA.’

The room features a dedicated reading space,

a coffee machine donated by AO, and plenty of

windows to let the sunlight in. Pupils applied for

jobs at the café in their dozens – CVs were put

together and application forms filled in for various

positions, including librarians, baristas and runners.

The staff then conducted interviews to see who

would be best suited to each role, with around

thirty of the sixty candidates offered jobs at the

reading café.

Shevington Vale’s café opens bright and early for

parents at 8:30am, as well as during school breaks

and lunch. Members of the wider community are

invited to drop in and visit the new community

library, which features books for both adults and


‘We’ve set up a “book of the week” scheme too,

where pupils help recommend a title to café

visitors,’ Mr. Houghton continued. ‘The children also

wear name badges with their favourite book on,

and help to promote these titles to visitors.’

The school now hopes to get local Wigan dementia

walking groups involved, offering refreshments and

a quiet space for reflection after the walks.



Anxiety Support

A new group has launched in Wigan to help people

with anxiety.

The Wigan Anxiety Support Group is the brainchild

of Luke, who has lived with anxiety since he was a

child. ‘I’m 37 now – over the past year or two I’ve

made a lot of progress and it’s always been a dream

of mine to run a group when I felt ready to do so,’

he explained.

Luke began volunteering for Self Help Services

in Manchester, attending and facilitating weekly

meetings for people struggling with mental health

issues. From there, he began his own group in

Wigan via MeetUp to give people the opportunity

to sit and speak with people who are going through

similar experiences.

The best way to increase the group’s reach was to

team up with mental health charity Rethink Mental

Illness, which directly supports around 60,000

people in England with mental health issues, and

encouraged Luke to launch a Wigan group.

Meetings take place every other Wednesday at

7pm, at St. Wilfrid’s Parish Hall in Standish. Along

with providing a safe space for members to discuss

their mental health, the group also hosts monthly

speakers, and hope to organise various Walk n’ Talk

events in warm weather.

Attendees are free to say as much or as little as

they’d like at meetings – there’s no pressure to share

your story, and you’re very welcome to just sit and


For more information about the group, email

WiganAnxietyGroup@Rethink.org or call 07784


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Summer Fair

All Saints C of E Primary School in Appley Bridge

welcome you to their summer fair, which takes

place on Saturday, June 29.

There’s plenty to keep the whole family occupied,

with a Nerf gun challenge for the kids, entertainment

from DJ Danny, raffles, stalls and much more! There

will also be a dedicated gin and prosecco tent for

the grown-ups, as well as delicious BBQ food.

Entrance costs 50p per adult with children going

free. The fair runs from 12pm-3pm at the school.

Living With Parkinson’s

The Wigan, Leigh & District Living with Parkinson’s

group offers information, friendship and support

to people living with Parkinson’s and their families.

Meetings take place at Standish Community Centre

(WN6 0JY) on the second Tuesday of the month. If

you’d like practical advice and a chat with people

going through similar experiences, the group

provides a warm and welcoming environment to

meet new people.

For more information, call Sandra on 01257 401259

or email wld.parkinsons@gmail.com

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Local Life is always on

the look out for news

stories from the local

communities we serve.

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Standish Probus

The Standish Probus Club welcome new members

to their meetings, held on the second Tuesday of

every month. Meetings begin at 10am at St. Marie’s

Church Hall on Almond Brook Road, Standish.

Retired or semi-retired professionals are warmly

invited to the monthly talks. June sees Boyd Harris

present an interesting lecture ahead of the annual

summer lunch in July at a local venue.

Annual membership costs £12.

For further information about the club, call 01257


Computer Course

A beginners’ computer course starts this June at

Shevington Library.

If you’d like to learn basic computer skills, the course

could be ideal for you. It runs every Wednesday

from June 5th until June 26th, 9:15am-11:15am.

For more information or to book your place, pop

into the library.

Apprentice Reunion

Ex-apprentices of the Pemberton Triangle Valve

Apprentice School intake of 1969 are invited to

attend a 50th anniversary reunion event.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 20 at

the Fishergate Pub on Orrell Road, Orrell, at 8pm.

Expect fine beers and a bit of karaoke – for more

information, contact John Javis on 01942 225571 or

Ronnie Oldham on 01942 205431.

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The proportion of 25 to 34-year olds who own

their home in Wigan has nearly halved in the last

20 years. As you can see from this graph, there has

been a 45.3% proportional drop in the number of

25 to 34-year olds owning their own home between

1999 and 2019.

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people buy their first

home in their 50’s instead

of their 20’s, usually after

inheriting their parents’

home. And all this has

happened at a time when

interest rates have hit

historic lows.

So, if you were born in the

late 1980’s or early 1990’s, the dream of owning a

home in Wigan has reduced dramatically over the

past 20 years as young adults’ wages and salaries

are now much lower in relation to Wigan house

prices. In 1999, the average mortgage rate paid by

UK homeowners was 6.54% whilst today it’s more

than halved to 2.64%.

My message to Wigan’s first-time buyers is to go

and get some mortgage advice! The cost of renting

smaller starter homes in Wigan is between 20%

and 25% more than the actual mortgage payments

would be for the same property. The fact is that

mortgage repayments take up a considerably

smaller proportion of take home pay, on average,

than they did before the Credit Crunch or in the late


The Institute of Fiscal Studies said recently the cost

of the average British home was just over 2.5 times

higher in 2015/6 than in 1995/6 after allowing for

inflation; and yet the average household income

(after tax) of 25 to 34-year olds grew by only 22% in

‘real-terms’ over those 20 years.

We are turning into a more European (especially

Don’t assume you can’t get a mortgage, as 95% and

100% mortgages are available, you just need the

right mortgage advisor to find the right deal for

you. However, do consider fixing the rate for as long

as you possibly can, though talk this through with

your mortgage advisor.

For more advice, email me on alan@alanbatt.co.uk,

call on 01942 233999 or check out my blog at http://


Alan Batt is a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has

worked within the Wigan property market for over 30 years.

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Peaceful Protest

Friends of Haigh Hall Open Access for All have

organised a peaceful protest against the restricted

access of the Hall by Contessa Hotels and Wigan


Following the creation of an ‘unsafe’ alternative

footpath to the Hall, which the Friends feel is

unsuitable for disabled visitors, attempts were

made at Easter to move picnickers off the lawns in

front of the hall to a newly built picnic area. This area

was allegedly created without public consultation

and is out of sight of Haigh Hall.

A spokesperson for the Friends said: ‘The peaceful

walk and picnic protest is a way for Wiganers to

demonstrate their love of the Hall and the grounds,

and their support for the maintenance of our

unrestricted access. Over 8000 people signed the

petition to dedicate the main drive as a public right

of way after experiencing being locked out by the

hotel group and told to move off the lawns that

we have enjoyed for generations. That petition

is currently being scrutinised by Wigan Council

officers prior to a full council debate.’

The protest will take place on Sunday, June 9 at

2pm, led by the One True Levellers Samba Band. If

you’d like to show your support, meet on the lawns

to enjoy an afternoon picnic and a walk around

the Hall. Protesters are encouraged to wear yellow

ribbons or clothing on the day to show their

support for the cause. For more information

and updates, visit the Friends of Haigh

Hall Heritage and Open Access

for All Information Page on




Conquer the Clutter

One of the keys to a

beautiful home is seamless

storage and organisation,

ensuring that everything

has a place, and that

everyone knows how the

home operates.

Let’s face it, there’s nothing

worse than spending time

and money styling up

your home to find that on

a practical level it doesn’t

work because you haven’t

thought through where

your day to day ‘stuff’

should live.

But fear not! Here are some tips to get your home

functioning beautifully and with great style.

Declutter - Imagine you are about to move house.

(It’s good to get into this mindset because it helps

you to be really ruthless). Tackle one part of a

room at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. Go

through your belongings and think about whether

you really, really need the ‘thing’. Creating three

piles - keep, bin and charity - quickly filters your

belongings and reduces to a manageable amount.

Act on the declutter - It’s really easy, once you’ve

gone through the above exercise, to leave the bin

bags or boxes in a bit pile in the hallway and then

not quite get round to moving them. Do this part

immediately otherwise before you know it, those

ruthless decisions you made earlier will be undone

and you’ll find yourself pulling bits out of the bags

as you slowly change your mind.

Storage - Now comes the fun part. Assess what

things you’re left with and take a look at their

purpose. Do you actually need a kitchen drawer

full of screwdrivers and string, or are those things

better off in the garage so that you can use your

kitchen drawer for teatowels and herbs? Treat

yourself to new storage solutions. Do a stocktake

of what you have to store before you leave. Make

sure you measure the dimensions of shelving or

cupboards first and always buy more containers or

baskets than you think you’re going to need. Even if

you don’t fill them immediately it’ll save a trip back

to the shop when you do need them (or worse, find

that you can’t get matching items when you need


Set up a family command centre - This doesn’t

have to be as scary as it sounds. A console table

in the hallway is perfect for this. You can store

keys in small drawers, hang family planners on the

wall to keep everyone on track and use the space

underneath for slippers or shoes to ensure the

hallway stays tidy. You can have a post tray here,

and baskets to pop bits in like lunchboxes or sports

kit to go in/out of the house.


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The Myth of the

Common Law Relationship

Many people believe

that living together

with another person

gives them the same

legal rights as if

they were married.

However, contrary

to popular belief,

there is no such thing

as a “Common Law

Marriage” in England

and Wales. In fact, this legal concept has not existed

for centuries, and in the unfortunate situation where

a relationship has broken down, the main question

they will face is “What happens to the house?”

Despite the increasing popularity of unmarried

cohabitation, the decline in the numbers of couples

choosing to marry and reforms which now allow

same-sex couples to marry, there is still a regrettable

lack of “joined up thinking” in terms of the law

governing the circumstance of living together.

Andrew Leah, Head of the Family Law Department at

Alker Ball Healds, says:

“At Alker Ball Healds we are fortunate that we can

provide a full legal service to all couples regardless of

their legal status and sexual orientation. We look at

each family unit individually and consider whether

legal tools such as Deeds of Trust, Cohabitation

Agreements, Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Separation

Agreements or even Wills can be utilised to avoid

disputes/litigation completely.

For those unmarried clients whose relationships have

unfortunately already hit problems, we go to great

lengths to provide assistance, beginning with a detailed

fact find to establish

what potential claims

may arise from the

breakdown of the


In cases where a couple

has shared occupation

of a privately owned

property the outcome

can sometimes be

surprising. We always

check a property’s Title Deeds first to see if arrangements

were made and registered with HM Land Registry that

quantify the shares which each joint owner holds in the


Even in cases where the property is legally owned in just

one party’s name, if the circumstances are right it may

be possible for the non-owner to make a financial claim

against the property. It is essential that professional

legal advice is obtained as soon as possible so that

urgent steps can be taken where appropriate to prevent

any disposal of the property by the legal owner which

could frustrate such potential claims.”

What should I do next?

If you would like to know more about this

complicated area of law which involves difficult

legal concepts such as resulting and constructive

trusts and estoppel, please call to speak with

Andrew Leah or his colleague Rob Webster on 01942

246241 to arrange a free, no obligation, 30 minute

appointment. Alternatively please e-mail them on:-

Andrew Leah: aleah@abhlaw.co.uk

Robert Webster: rwebster@abhlaw.co.uk


Our lawyers are familiar with the needs

of the people & businesses in the area and

our full range of services includes:

• Business Law

• Commercial Litigation

• Family Law

• Wills & Probate

• Conveyancing

• Employment Law

• Personal Injury

• Lasting Powers Of Attorney

Our highly experienced team provide reassurance & guidance when it is

needed most. You will find a professional who is ready to listen and advise

on your specific needs – and your case will not be passed to another lawyer

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When you face complications in your personal life or have business problems,

making the correct choice of legal advisor is crucial

Make the right choice – choose Alker Ball Healds!

To find out how we can help you

Contact us today on:

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Away from the


Fancy something a bit different this summer away

from the crowds of traditional seaside resorts? A

relaxing weekend away or a day out in one of the

North West’s lesser-known resorts can be just the

ticket. Rural hotspots like Arnside or Grange-over-

Sands could be the ideal place to while away those

long, warm summer days.

Arnside & Silverdale

Nestled just north of Morecambe in Cumbria,

Arnside is a quiet resort and former fishing port.

With glorious views over Morecambe Bay, the

village provides the perfect balance of seaside

and country fields and is filled with quaint shops

and tearooms, with cosy B&Bs tucked along the

waterfront. Arnside Pier might not be long, but it’s

certainly a tranquil place to watch the world go by

with a 99; Pier Lane Gallery is also well worth a

visit to enjoy art by local


of Arnside, also offers sites of historical acclaim –

Arnside Tower dates back to the fifteenth century

and originally stretched to five storeys high. The

impressive ruin is Grade II* listed and can be viewed

from the nearby public footpath. Nearby, the

Pepperpot was built back in 1887 to commemorate

Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, and a glorious walk

winds through Eaves Wood and up King William’s

Hill to reach the monument.


One of the Lake District’s many natural beauty

spots – and just a short trip over to Windermere

– Grange-over-Sands offers plenty to do for any

discerning tourist. Begin at Holker Hall & Gardens,

an estate which spans 17,000 acres and provides

a stunning backdrop for a picnic before you head

inside to tour the Hall and its gardens, which were

A five minute drive away

is Arnside Knott, a wildlife

area of international

importance run by the

National Trust. Made up

of limestone grassland

and wet meadow,

the land is excellent

for bug spotting and

birdwatching – it’s

renowned for various

species of butterfly and

songbirds, with plenty

of walking routes

around the area.

Parkgate Salt Marsh & Quayside

Silverdale, just south


recently named some of the

most inspiring in Britain.

In the town centre, enjoy

a relaxing walk along the

Victorian promenade, with

views across the expanse of

saltmarsh – it might not be

a sandy beach, but the calm

atmosphere and extensive

range of wildlife more than

make up for it. It’s worth

a visit to the Lakeland

Miniature Village close by –

depicting typical Cumbrian

houses of the past, the

display is a great place to

take the kids.

Unsworth’s Yard packs a brewery, cheese shop and

bakery into one courtyard. Experience a working

local real ale brewery or sample various cheeses, or

just enjoy a drink out in the sunshine. Plus, Cartmel’s

just up the road if you’re keen on a day at the races!


Home to its very own nuclear power station,

Heysham is a picturesque seaside town close to

Morecambe in Lancashire. The settlement actually

dates back to the Stone Age, and there are plenty

of ancient sites to peruse around the village –

you’ll find a Viking-era stone tucked away in St.

Peter’s Church, and the base

of an Anglo-Saxon cross in the

churchyard. Most famous are

the rock-cut stone graves dating

back from around the tenth

century, close to St. Patrick’s

Chapel – a Grade I listed site.

You can even arrange for a free

tour of the power station – but

make sure to book well in advance

for security clearance reasons. If

you aren’t lucky enough to book

onto a tour, pop into the visitor

centre to learn more about the

production of nuclear energy and

Lytham Hall

the power station’s place in Heysham.

Lytham & St. Anne’s

St. Anne’s Pier opened to the public back in 1885,

and was where you’d catch a steamer boat across to

Blackpool or Liverpool. The service stopped when

the Ribble estuary channels were dredged, leaving

the pier too high to offer a steamer service. The

pier is still a sight to behold, despite enduring two

major fires in 1974 and 1982, leaving half of the pier

demolished for safety reasons – the ruins of it still

stand on the beach today.

Heysham Village

Photo credit www.visitfyldecoast.info/


There’s plenty of entertainment on and around the

pier – try your luck at the arcade games or treat

yourself to fish and chips, or let the kids loose in the

paddling pool! The summer months are really when

St. Anne’s comes alive, and the beautiful beach is a

great place to begin.

Just down the road in Lytham, Fairhaven Lake is

home to a large group of wildfowl and is praised

for its recreation activities – visit the RSPB Discovery

Centre to learn more about the birds native to the

area, or hire a canoe or rowing boat to enjoy the

sunshine on the water.

Knott End Ferry

You can also sit back and relax on a motorboat

cruise around the lake if you aren’t feeling up to


Pay a visit to Lytham Lighthouse, which dates back

to 1805 and opens regularly to the public, or head

over to Lytham Hall for a tour of the building and

refreshments in the pretty tearoom located in the

grounds. The town centres of both Lytham and St.

Anne’s offer plentiful shopping opportunities, with

restaurants and bars for a bit of a breather.

Knott End

The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle

of Blackpool’s seafront but within driving distance

of the attractions, Knott End-on-Sea provides a

tranquil base for the nearby towns of Fleetwood

and Cleveleys. Knott End itself offers gentle walks

along a seafront footpath which overlooks the

saltmarsh, with regular ferries operating to take

tourists into the neighbouring town of Fleetwood,

just across the River Wyre. Enjoy fish and chips

along the seafront and don’t forget to check out the

statue of Lancashire artist LS Lowry, a regular visitor

to Knott End in the 1940s and 50s – the village is the

basis for many of his paintings.

There’s plenty to keep you occupied in the nearby

towns, too, with three historical lighthouses over

in Fleetwood - two of which are

still operated today. The Wyre Light

sits crumbling out to sea, but can

still be spotted for an atmospheric

photograph from the shore.

Fleetwood’s renowned outlet

shopping village is worth a visit if

you’re looking to grab a bargain,

while the Fleetwood Museum offers

a slice of maritime and local history

for the area.


Dubbed the only coastal resort

in Cheshire, Parkgate lies on the

Wirral and is the perfect spot

to enjoy a laid-back minibreak.

Dotted with eateries – from cosy teashops to

famous ice cream parlours – the Parkgate Parade

looks out over wetland flora and fauna, and provides

a welcome break from the crowds of major resorts.

It’s also a perfect spot for walkers and cyclists – the

nearby Wirral Country Park spans beautiful swathes

of greenery, picturesque railway stations and the

stunning Thurstaston cliffs.

It’s a fifteen minute drive – or a twenty five minute

bike ride – from Parkgate over to Thurstaston,

where you can witness the spectacular natural

erosion of the cliffs and a beautiful beach. Located

within Wirral Country Park, Hadlow Road Station

is a perfectly preserved throwback to the 1950s.

Though little of the original line remains, the station

is kept up by volunteers, and you can learn more


Photo credit National Trust Images/John Millar


about the station’s history inside the old ticket


Parkgate also provides a great base for visiting more

of the Wirral, including the marine lake at West

Kirby, or for taking a day trip over to Hilbre Island

to spot seals, whales and dolphins. Just be sure to

check the tides before you make the walk across to

the island, or else you could end up marooned!

Formby Sand Dunes


Well-known for its

beautiful, National

Trust maintained

beach, Formby has

a whole lot to offer

for any tourist this

summer. Visit the red

squirrel reserve or

scale the sand dunes

before heading into

Formby Village,

which offers great

places for dining out.

Beyond its shoreline,

Formby also made

its name in a local delicacy. Formby asparagus

boomed in the 1920s and 30s, with over 200 acres

under cultivation in the area. First-class passengers

on the Titanic allegedly dined on Formby asparagus

before the luxury liner sank on its maiden voyage.

Nowadays the crop is grown on just 5 acres of land,

but you can still travel along the 1 ½ mile Asparagus

Trail to see huge wooden asparagus spears.

Walkers can also head out to the nearby Formby

Point to witness the shipwreck of the Ionic Star: the

mossy skeleton of a once-great cargo vessel lost on

the Mersey Channel.

She ran aground in

1939 and now rests

against a backdrop

of wind turbines.

Just down the beach,

find the Bradda – a

steam-powered cargo

coaster wrecked in

1936. The ship left only

one survivor when it

sank, though the crew

sent up flares and lit

paraffin-soaked rags to

attract attention.

Food & Drink 37

A taste of Juniper

The Kitchen

Our chefs take pride in creating fresh delicious

dishes using only the best quality ingredients.

Start your day with our tasty breakfast menu, join

us for lunch, or perhaps we can tempt you to an

afternoon brew and one of our scrumptious cakes.

Our evening menu includes some delicious

dishes. We also have our small plate’s option

exclusive to our evening menu, a tapas-style

sharing experience.

The Bar

We have an extensive range of wines, spirits,

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Our mixologist has created a range of signature

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Sally’s Specials

by Marti of The Star Inn

The Star Inn

Rosemary Crusted

Fillet of Lamb

with Fondant Potato, Glazed Baby

Vegetables and Shallot Cream

Serves 1


1x large jacket potato

1x 8oz canon of lamb


50g butter

½ cup natural


6x baby carrots

4x baby fennel

1x pint chicken stock

1x pint whipping or

double cream

4x banana shallots

2 sprigs of rosemary


Grated lemon rind

Horseradish sauce

Touch of honey


Crust: Mix together the breadcrumbs, finely chopped rosemary, 25g of melted

butter, some grated lemon rind, a sprinkle of cracked black pepper until moist and

brought together. Then leave aside.

Fondant: Peel a large jacket potato, trim the potato with a large shape cutter to

cut out your fondant. In a hot oiled pan, lightly brown and place in an oven proof

dish. Add the chicken stock to your oven proof dish only covering up to half of the

potato and top with a slice of butter and bake at 170 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

The potato should be beautifully boiled at the bottom and crisply roasted on top,

with a fluffy texture in the middle.

Lamb: In a pan, heat a little olive oil until very hot, add in your lamb fillet, seal off

until browned on all sides and season. Add a knob of butter and put in the oven

for around 3-4 minutes on 180 degrees. Lift out the lamb and place the moist crust

along the fillet, bake for another 3-4- minutes and lift out, rest, then carve. For well

done lamb, cook for 6-7 minutes before adding the crumb.

Vegetables: In a pan of hot seasoned boiling water cook the vegetables until al

dente, lift out and drain any excess water. Heat a little oil in a pan until very hot,

add the vegetables, a knob of butter and drop of honey. Toss around with a little

seasoning and serve with chopped herbs.

Sauce: In a hot oiled pan, add finely chopped shallots and thyme, cook until the

shallots are soft. Add a splash of white wine and reduce by half. Add ½ pint of

whipping or double cream, a good splash of chicken stock and season. Reduce

again by half and add ½ teaspoon of horseradish sauce, season again to taste. Add

a small knob of butter and serve.


Sally’s at The Star Inn was launched in 2007 in homage to landlord and chef Marti’s mother

Sally, who passed away in 1996. A great cook herself, it was Sally’s lifelong dream to have a

restaurant in her name, and Marti wanted to honour that promise when he took the reins of

The Star Inn at Roby Mill.

Salmon, Chilli

& Coriander


This is a simple and very tasty dish to make. Traditionally fishcakes have quite a bland taste, but the spicy

flavours here give the dish a hell of a kick, which contrasts exceptionally well with the crème fraiche and the

tomato concasse. Try and use Scottish salmon though, only the best for a dish like this!


1x 6oz Scottish Salmon fillet

3x large peeled potatoes

2x red chillies

Handful of chopped coriander

1x clove of garlic

½ finely chopped onion


Pane Gear (seasoned flour, egg

wash, fine breadcrumbs)

½ lemon

Sprig of thyme

Serves 1 - 2


Poach the Salmon in salted water with lemon and thyme. Meanwhile

chop and boil the potatoes until soft. Very finely chop the onion, garlic,

chillies and coriander and place into a mixing bowl.

Strain the potatoes and add them to the mixing bowl. Carefully lift

out the salmon, discard the lemon and thyme and add the Salmon to

the bowl. Season with salt and cracked black pepper, then mix until

completely combined.

Portion into thick circles and pane (we pane twice for extra crispness).

Shallow fry until golden brown. Enjoy with some dressed leaves, a

simple chive crème fraiche or a chunky tomato concasse.




Congratulations to the winners of our April competition to

win a pair of tickets to see Jess Glynne live at Haydock Park!

The competition winners were Megan Whittaker from

Appley Bridge (pictured) and Sylvia Wright from Aspull.

We hope you have an amazing night at the gig!

Don’t forget to see pages 70-71 for your chance to win

tickets to Rick Astley live at Haydock Park on Saturday, July


Did you know we also run social media competitions

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Pink Ribbon Walk

A local care provider is walking a 27.2 mile route

along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in aid of breast


Beginning in Liverpool, the team at PCS Personal

Care Services will hike along the canal, past Bootle

and Aintree, up to Maghull and Lydiate then past

Halsall and through Burscough, before finishing up

in Parbold.

The team’s goal is to raise a whopping £100 per mile

for Breast Cancer Care – a charity aiming to support

everyone affected by breast cancer through

helplines and smartphone apps, with qualified

breast cancer nurses on hand to offer assistance

and advice.

Dressed as pink fairies, the PCS team will undertake

the Pink Ribbon Walk along the canal, with an

ultimate goal of £2,720.

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Shevington Fete

The Shevington & District Community Fete takes

place this month.

On Saturday, June 22 from 11am-4pm, you can

enjoy loads of live music, plus stalls to browse and

delicious food to feast on across the village. Expect

wood-fired pizza, a gin and prosecco bar, a beer

stand and delicious artisan cakes! There’ll be sports

and children’s games taking place throughout the

day, plus a visit from some farm animals, a magician,

and the chance to learn some circus skills. A climbing

wall and fairground rides will also be set up in

Shevington for those seeking a bit more of a thrill!

Wigan Council and Shevington Parish Council will

also be in attendance to provide information and

advice about their services.

This year, entertainers will be set up on a bigger main

stage at the fete, with acts like the Phoenix Ukulele

Band, vocalist Beth Anglesea, folk performers Tony

Bostock and Jamie Harrison, Wigan Rock Choir and

Tom Jones tribute Ian Anthony.

The fete will stretch across Shevington Recreation

Ground, St. Anne’s Parish Rooms, the Youth Club

and the Methodist Church. Sports will be taking

place throughout the day on the Recreation Ground,

with the fete officially opening at 11am in the music


A free park and ride system courtesy of Pemberton

Taxis is also available from Shevington High.

Shevington in Bloom are also running a tombola stall

at the fete in order to raise money for their awardwinning

floral displays around the village. If you have

any unwanted gifts, toiletries, bric-a-brac, bottles of

wine etc. that could be used as prizes, please hand

them in at Shevington Library.

For more information, email shevingtonfete@



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Live Life Fest

A huge, inclusive music

festival comes to Standish

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Focused around a Retro

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encourages visitors to don

their blue suede shoes and

sequinned hot pants for a

fabulous day of music and

entertainment. There’s plenty

to keep the whole family

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comedy tent and cabaret

performances, you definitely won’t be bored.

Organiser Lynn James-Jenkinson said: ‘We’ve got

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This year’s event also features physical theatre

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performances, live music on two stages, circus acts,

vintage vehicles and festival hair & make-up stalls.

Better yet, all proceeds from the event go to local

charities My Life and My Life My Way, helping to

support vulnerable people in the community and

alleviate loneliness.

CEO of My Life Caroline Tomlinson said: ‘We

believe that everyone benefits from being part of

a community, and what better way to get together

than enjoying fabulous entertainment in the

summer sun? The Live Life Festival is going to be a

fantastic day out and everyone is welcome!’

The fully accessible event takes place on Saturday,

July 6 from 11am-8pm at the Thompson House

Equestrian Centre on Pepper Lane, Standish.

Tickets cost just £5 and are available online at www.

my-life.org.uk or by calling 01257 472900.

Summer Nights

Two huge outdoor cinema experiences head to

Dunham Massey park this summer.

Catch a special showing of Grease on Thursday,

August 29 from 6:30pm with the beautiful grounds

as a backdrop. Experience the friendships, romance

and adventure of the hit musical like you’ve never

seen it before, and have a good old singalong while

you’re at it!

On Saturday, August 31, Bohemian Rhapsody

heads to the park at 6:30pm. You’ll follow Queen

through their huge career all through to their heady

performance at the 1985 Live Aid.

Tickets for the films cost £15.50 per adult, £10.50

per child under 12, or free for under-5s. For more

information, visit www.summernightsfilm.co.uk


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48 Food & Drink

Sinatra & Swing

Wigan Rotary Club are proud to present their next

fundraising event – a night of Frank Sinatra and

swing music from Foden’s Band.

Teaming up with the Rotary Club of Bolton le

Moor, the huge event takes place in the Victoria

Hall in Bolton. The mayors of both towns will be in

attendance to show their support for the hard work

Rotary does in the community, while the venue

provides top-class acoustics and a huge audience

capacity. National Brass Band Champions of Great

Britain Foden’s Band, along with vocalist Matt Ford,

will have you dancing the night away.

Wigan Rotary Club is also offering sponsorship

opportunities for local businesses to feature in the

glossy A4 event programme. 400 of these brochures

will be printed in full colour, with any ads purchased

also projected on a 5 metre screen above the stage

before the concert and during the interval. The

event – which brings together a large number of

people from all walks of life – is a great opportunity

to promote your business.

A5 (half-page) ads cost £50, while an A4 (full

page) ad costs £100. Interested? Email Josh at


or call 01204 522569.

The event takes place on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30pm.

Tickets cost £15 and are available from the Victoria

Hall box office or on www.boltonmethodistmission.


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British Fuchsia Society

Summer is finally here, and what better time to start

gardening again? The Orrell branch of the British

Fuchsia Society invites you to a series of dedicated

events to help you get started.

Meetings cover a range of topics, with interesting

presentations and talks. June’s talk is a presentation

and demo from Pinny’s Pots – see how these locally

crafted terracotta plant-pots are made and meet

the woman behind their conception!

July sees a mini flower show take over the society

ahead of the annual show on Saturday, August 10.

You’ll also have the chance to enjoy refreshments

and win great prizes in the group’s raffle, while

sharing gardening tips with new friends!

Meetings take place on the last Thursday of the

month at Living Faith Church in Orrell (WN5 8TG).

Tennis Open Day

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more calories. Racquets and balls are provided, and

refreshments will be available throughout.

The event takes place on Sunday, July 21 from 1pm-

4pm at the club off Winstanley Road.

Wigan Bike Ride

The Wigan Bike Ride returns on Sunday, June 30 to

help raise money for local charity Joining Jack.

Two rides - the 50 mile main rider and a 5 mile

family ride - will take place on the day, and all keen

cyclists are invited to come along. Entry costs £20

for the main ride or £11-£13.50 for the family ride -

bookable on www.wiganbikeride.co.uk


4 cycle training sessions will run weekly, beginning

on Sunday, June 2 to help riders get road ready and

improve their distance cycling. These cost £1 per

session with proceeds to Joining Jack - for info, call

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Safe and Sound

The summer holidays are just around the corner. We

put a lot of effort into planning our perfect summer

break, but we often don’t put quite as much effort

into making sure that while we’re away relaxing our

home is safe.

The holiday season is bonanza time for burglars,

but a little preparation can save a lot of distress. 60

percent of burglars gain entrance through rear or

side windows and doors so make securing these a


Fences and hedges are the first line of defence

against uninvited guests so should act as an

effective barrier, rather than just being attractive

borders. Police recommend ‘hostile plants’; plants

that are spiky, prickly or very dense. Don’t let them

grow too high though, your home should be visible

from the street and to your neighbours. The idea is

not to provide a hiding place for intruders!

Protect the entrance to your property too. If a gate

isn’t practical, consider covering pathways with

gravel. Thieves don’t like to announce their presence

and the sound of footsteps on gravel is often enough

to put them off entering. Motion-activated lighting

and well-lit paths and driveways are also a good


Keep valuables out of sight. If they can be seen,

then someone might be tempted to try to steal

them. Don’t close curtains in the daytime though,

as this announces to the world that your house is

empty. Invest in timer switches to turn lights and

the radio on and off. Cancel any milk or newspaper


Inform a couple of trusted neighbours that you will

be away. Ask them to keep an eye on your property

and offer to do the same for them while they are

away. Little tasks like moving the post away from the

door, and drawing your curtains in the evening will

make it look as though someone is in. They could

even park a car on your drive if you are taking yours

away. Offer to do the same for them when they go

on holiday.

Join your Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, or if there

isn’t a local scheme, set one up. Neighbourhood

Watch has an excellent track record of deterring

opportunistic thieves.

A little vigilance and

some common sense go

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54 Legal & Finance

Keep Calm &

Carry On

2018 was a challenging year for investors with most

markets falling quite heavily. Brexit, US interest rate

policy and US/China trade wars were key drivers

behind the falls. That said, Q1 2019 evidenced a

strong bounce back and consequently it would

appear that volatility is back on the agenda.

Triggers for market volatility can come in many

different forms - policy uncertainty, earnings reports,

geopolitical unrest. Though market swings can rattle

even the most seasoned investors, it is just part and

parcel of longer term stock market investing

The best time to invest in recent years was 2009, just

after the financial crisis, giving a return of 110% by

the start of 2017. But investing before the crisis in

2006 was not bad either; the road may have been

bumpier but investors still doubled their money.*

A well-defined investment plan tailored to your

goals can help you be ready for the ups and downs of

the market, and to take advantage of opportunities

as they arise. Market volatility should be a reminder

to review your investments regularly to ensure that

the overall risk in your portfolio fits your personality

and goals.

Keep perspective - Market downturns may be

unnerving, but history shows that markets have

been able to recover from declines and can still

provide investors with positive long-term returns.

In 2015 and 2016, this general pattern played out.

U.S. stocks experienced sharp drops in August

2015, when China devalued its currency; in January

2016, as oil prices dropped; in June of 2016, after

the “Brexit” vote; and in the run up to the 2016 U.S.

presidential election. Still, during the 2-year period,

the market was up close to 8% cumulatively.

Be comfortable with your investments - If you are

nervous when the market goes down, you may not

be in the right investments. Your time horizon, goals,

and tolerance for risk are key factors in helping to

ensure that you have an investing strategy that

works for you.

Do not try to time the market - Attempting to move

in and out of the market can be costly. Studies from

independent research firm Morningstar show that

the decisions investors make about when to buy and

sell funds cause those investors to perform worse

than if they had simply bought and held the same

funds. If you could avoid the bad days and invest

during the good ones, it would be great - the problem

is though, that it is impossible to consistently predict

when those good and bad days will happen.

The adage goes it’s ‘time in’ the market ‘not timing’ the

market which creates wealth. We’re here to make it as

comfortable as possible but the market’s gains are only

there for those who can ride out a few bumps on the


*FTSE UK Private Investor Balanced Index

The value of investments can fall as well as rise and

you may get back less than you invested

David Barton APFS Cert CII (MP)

Managing Director &

Chartered Financial Planner


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All the puzzle solutions can be found

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Platt & Fishwick would like to extend a

warm welcome to Charlotte Ford, who

has joined us as the newest member of our


Charlotte hails from Poynton, Cheshire.

She has a strong academic background,

completing her Law Degree in two years

and progressing to attain her Masters

Degree in Law in 2016. Charlotte then

relocated to Wigan to successfully complete her Training

Contract before being admitted as a Solicitor of the

Senior Courts of England and Wales in August 2018.

Charlotte has a wide range of legal knowledge but she

is now concentrating on specialising solely in Family

Law. She has joined the Family team at Platt & Fishwick

headed by Director, Sandra Finch, who is a member

of the Family Law Panel, the Family Law

(Advanced) Panel and the Children Panel.

Platt & Fishwick is a forward thinking and

innovative firm of solicitors who have been

in business since 1914 and are dedicated to

providing quality legal services in the most

cost effective way possible.

We can also offer assistance in the following

areas; Wills & Probate, Employment Law,

Company & Commercial Law, Residential & Commercial

Conveyancing, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and

Landlord & Tenant matters. If you need any assistance at

all, do not hesitate to give us a call.

Charlotte will be offering free 30 minute consultations

until the end of June 2019 to all new clients when they

make an appointment with her quoting ‘Local Life

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58 Business View

Happy New

(Tax) Year

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

Over the past few months, we have detailed the

changes that businesses face with Making Tax

Digital, which went live on 1st April. If you are in

business and still unsure on how this will impact you;

please call us on 01257 255521 for an appointment

when we can discuss this in more detail.

Don’t miss out! For a limited period we are offering

all new clients Xero or Quickbooks software free

of charge for 6 MONTHS if they sign up for our


Going forward, we take a look at individual tax

planning and areas that you can look at to ensure

that you take advantage of the various tax reliefs


• Personal Allowances – From 06 April this

increases to £12,500 and the higher rate band

starts at £50,000. – Part of the allowance can

be transferred to a spouse, saving up to £400 of

income tax per year.

• Income from jointly-owned assets – It is usually

assumed that these are allocated equally for tax

purposes. An election could be made to split

the income to reduce income tax for higher rate

partners. This may be relevant if you own a buy to

let property.

• Giving to Charity – Making a charitable donation

under Gift Aid reduces income when it comes to

restriction of personal allowances. It is therefore

more beneficial for such gifts to be made by the

higher rate spouse.

• Higher Income Child Benefit Charge – If you

receive Child Benefit and have earnings in excess

of £50,000 then you will suffer an additional tax

charge. There are ways to reduce the impact of

this if you take action within the tax year. If you

are a company director and receive dividends

then the timing of these can impact this charge.

• Rent a Room – This provides up to £7,500 of tax

relief if you let out a furnished room in your own

home. This can be a great way of supplementing

your income. Be careful though if you receive

certain benefits as this income may affect these.

These are just a few measures that tax payers

can make to help reduce their tax. CMA provides

full accountancy and tax services for businesses,

individuals, sole trader and landlords – to book your

FREE consultation, please call us on 01257 255521.

Feel free to drop by the office on Skull House Lane

in Appley Bridge and we can discuss these further

over a coffee. Of course, there will be no charge for

the initial meeting.

Chris Alcock ACMA - CMA Accountancy

39 Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge,

Wigan, WN6 9DR

Tel: 01257 255521

Email info@cma-accountancy.com

web www.cma-accountancy.com


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60 Health & Fitness

No Milk Today

Cow’s milk is considered dietary staple by many. It’s

rich in protein and important vitamins and minerals,

including calcium, phosphorus and B vitamins. But

some people can’t or don’t drink cow’s milk at all

due to personal preferences, dietary restrictions,

allergies or intolerances.

Lactose intolerance is very common. Lactose is

a sugar found in cow’s milk. People with lactose

intolerance cannot digest this sugar so it stays in

the digestive tract causing gas and irritation.

So, what is available for those who prefer a nondairy


Soy Milk – Made with either soybeans or soy

protein isolate, and often contains thickeners and

vegetable oils. It typically has a mild and creamy

flavour. It has a similar nutritional make-up to cow’s

milk, and works best in cooking, in coffee and on


Almond Milk (or other nut milks) – This is made

with either whole almonds or almond butter and

water (cashew, hazelnut and macadamia nut milks

are also available). Nut milks have a light texture

and a slightly sweet and nutty flavour. They contain

fewer calories and fat than cow’s milk but are also

significantly lower in protein and carbohydrates.

They can be added to coffee and tea, used on

cereal, mixed in smoothies and used as milk in

desserts and baked goods.


Coconut Milk - Made from water and the white

flesh of brown coconuts. It has a creamy texture

and a sweet, subtle coconut flavour. It contains less

fat than cow’s milk and significantly less protein

and carbohydrates. It can be used on cereal and in

smoothies and cooking.

Oat Milk – Made from a mixture of oats and water. It

is high in soluble fibre, which is good for gut health.

It is naturally sweet with a mild flavour and can be

used in cooking in the same way as cow’s milk. It is

also good for use on cereal or in smoothies.

Rice Milk - Made from milled white or brown rice

and water this is the least likely milk substitute

to trigger allergies, which makes it a safe option

for those with allergies or intolerances to dairy,

gluten, soy or nuts. It is mild in taste and naturally

sweet and is nice to drink on its own as well as in

smoothies, or in desserts or over cereal. It is not a

good choice for children or the elderly because of

its low protein content, and it has a high glycaemic

index so is not good for diabetics either.

There is no one milk substitute that is ideal for

everyone. The taste, nutrition and cost of these

alternatives can vary considerably, so it is worth

taking a while to experiment and find those that

work best for you.

By Louise Addison

Free Breast Screening

Wigan women aged 50-70 are invited to attend a

free NHS breast screening.

It’s recommended that screenings take place every

three years – the earlier breast cancer is caught, the

better the chances of beating it.

Mammograms are a simple procedure during

which an X-ray is taken of each breast by a female

health practitioner.

Screenings take place in the mobile unit on the

Thomas Linacre Centre carpark, and can be booked

on 01942 774713.


Music on the Move

Research has shown what most of

us instinctively knew - that listening

to the right type and tempo of

music while you run keeps you ‘in

the zone’ for longer.

So what factors are important when

choosing headphones for running?

Water resistance – If you run

outside this is obviously important,

but many of us forget that sweat is

water and if you’re running, indoors

or out you will sweat, and eventually

this will kill your headphones.

Fit – There are headphones which

wrap tightly around your head, or over and around

your ears. But the best types of running headphones

are probably true wireless, or lightweight Bluetooth.

They are ‘in-ear’ designs with tips that fit into the

ear and additional, curved, tapered 'hooks' that sit

under the crater of cartilage just above the earhole,

known as the anti-helix. When you’re running little

things like a cable rubbing the back of your neck

can feel irritating.

Also, although the battery life can be irritatingly

short with true wireless headphones if you use

them as your main set, it’s more than long enough

for even the most enthusiastic runner.

Wireless and ‘true wireless’ headphones are

different. ‘True wireless’ headphones completely

lack a cable or connector between the earpieces.

Wireless headphones are still connected in some

way, either over the head or round the back of the

neck, even if they no longer need to be connected

to a phone jack.

Sound quality – This is possibly the least important

feature for sports use. Mostly runners want to feel

the beat and be motivated by their pumped-up

playlist, while blocking out external noise. Sports

headphones are not about being able to pick out

the subtle nuances in a Chopin piano concerto.

They need to be reasonable sound quality and be

able to cope with a bit of bass.

Ambient Sound – Some headphones are designed

to let in ambient sound with good reason:

situational awareness is important if you run on

your own and you want to be aware of traffic or

of someone approaching you. This feature is less

important if you prefer to run in a gym and want to

block out the world.

Running is such a great activity, and the right

music will add to the experience, so pick up some

headphones today and in the words of the classic

from Spencer Davis Group which features on my

own playlist - Keep on Running.

By Tom Hancock


Beat Bladder Weakness

As I carried two heavy bags of shopping into the

house I sneezed, and my bladder emptied itself

on to the hall floor. I was wearing a light skirt and

no tights so there was nothing to stop it. Horrified

I dropped the shopping, ran to the toilet, finished

‘going’, then cleaned myself and the floor.

I thought maybe it was a one-off incident but over

the next few weeks it happened more and more.

Why was this happening? I was only 49, slim

and a runner. I did my Kegel exercises regularly.

Incontinence didn’t happen to people like me!

Eventually I plucked up the courage to speak to

my GP. It turns out that although Kegels are helpful

they are not a cure-all. Some of us have hypertonic

muscles – our pelvic floors are too tight, which can

also cause leaking. In these cases Kegels may make

the problem worse!

good. Straining when going to the loo can cause a

prolapse…not good, and avoiding drinking means

more concentrated urine which irritates the bladder

lining resulting in a false urge to wee.

My leakiness was a combination of hormone

changes and my love of running. I was referred to

a specialist physio and while I am not completely

cured it’s now much less of an issue.

Bladder leakage more common than you think in

all age groups, and I want you to know that there

is nothing to be ashamed of and you don’t have to

suffer in silence.

By Katie Tew

The GP also informed me that while most people

think of incontinence as a problem for the elderly

she treats cases in teenagers, right through to

octogenarians and beyond. As we age hormone

changes mean we are more likely to leak, but

there are many causes: pelvic floor trauma caused

by childbirth or sex, interstitial cystitis, multiple

sclerosis, chemotherapy, neurological disorders,

fistula, and even certain medications.

Somehow in my head I (completely unfairly)

equated incontinence with people who don’t care

about themselves. I couldn’t be incontinent because

I was fit, wore make-up and had regular haircuts! In

fact, high-impact sports can damage a pelvic floor.

Runners, gymnasts, dancers and weightlifters may

put more strain on their pelvic floor than it can

handle and as a result can experience stress urinary


I had been avoiding drinking in social situations,

and straining out as much urine as I could when I

went to the loo to try to prevent leaks happening

later. But my GP informed me that both these

habits were probably doing more harm than

Reduce Workplace


Whether we work at a desk or in manual job, we can

develop pain or injury relating to our work. Two of

the most common are neck and lower back pain.

If you’re regularly in a position which is not good

for your body, it can start to wear down and cause

injury. But you don’t have to accept this as an

inevitable consequence of work. Simple changes

like obtaining a new chair, or setting up your work

station correctly can have a positive impact.

There are also exercises that we can do throughout

the day which can help increase mobility and

prevent injury. These exercises concentrate on

ensuring a strong mobile thoracic spine, which

promotes good posture while minimising the

chance of injury. The thoracic spine is at the centre

of our ability to move freely. If it

becomes stiff then this impacts

on our lower back, our neck

and our shoulders and


Shoulder rolls are

excellent. Roll one

at a time forward and then backward, then both

together. Spinal rotation is also good. Lift your

arms in front of you to shoulder height, bent at

the elbows fingertips almost touching, then twist

gently to the right and the left several times, trying

to turn a little further each time without straining.

Try some pectoral stretches by placing your hands

behind your head and lacing your fingers together.

Draw both elbows back to open the shoulders and

rib cage. Hold the position for fifteen seconds.

These exercises can be done easily while sitting or

standing at your desk so do them 3-4 times per day.

This about optimising your work place. Flexible

sit/stand desks are becoming more popular. A sit/

stand desk is one that allows the user to alternate

between sitting and standing by being able to

lower or raise the work surface. By being able to

alternate sitting and standing, users can vary

their body position more often which is better

for spine health.

By Louise Addison


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Ukulele Concert

Friday, May 24, 7pm

Wigan Ukulele Band perform a concert of fun songs.

Tickets £7.50 including sausage and mash supper.

Bring your own drinks.

St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall, Church St, Standish, WN6 0JT

Car Boot Sale

Monday, May 27, 7am-1pm

Grab a bargain at the car boot sale, and help raise

much needed funds for Standish St. Wilfrid’s Youth

Organisation along the way. Info on 07716 753164.

Chadwick’s Fine Food Emporium, High Street,

Standish, WN6 0HD

Fun Day

Monday, May 27, 12pm-4pm

Browse plenty of stalls from tombolas to bric-abrac

and enjoy hot dogs, burgers and cakes. Car

boot sale tables available for £10 – proceeds to the

home. Plus a talent show for young people aged up

to 17 – to book a place, call Mary on 07592 454979.

Cardinal Heenan House, School Lane, Roby Mill,


Fiddle Blanket Workshop

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Make a sensory blanket to donate to local care

homes for Dementia Action Week. Bring along any

fabric scraps, buttons or textured materials you

have at home.

Ladies Fashion Show

Thursday, May 30, 7:30pm

Barbara’s of Standish and the Standish WI

present a fantastic ladies’ fashion show, with light

refreshments. Tickets £8 from Barbara’s of Standish

or on 01257 425480.

St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall, Church St, Standish, WN6 0JT

Nocturnal Nature

Friday, May 31, 8:30pm-10:30pm

Active Outdoors invite you to enjoy nature at night

– look for the sights, sounds and signs of owls, bats

and moths. Dogs welcome on non-extendable

leads, meet on Three Sisters Road. Free event,

places bookable on Eventbrite.

Three Sisters Recreation Area, Three Sisters Road,

Wigan, WN4 8DD

Charity Quiz Night

Monday, June 3, doors at 7pm

Raise money for World Animal Protection and test

your knowledge at a fun quiz with fabulous prizes!

There’ll be a buffet included and a licensed bar, as

well as a raffle and cake sale. Tickets £4 in advance

from Gilmore Vets or £5 on the door – call 01257

426110 for info.

Standish Unity Club, Cross Street, Standish, WN6


Wigan STEAM, Marsden Street, Wigan, WN1 1QF


Worm Charming

Saturday, June 8, 12pm

Charm the most worms using music or vibrations

from a shovel and win the coveted Aspull Worm

Charming Championship! There’s also a prize for

the fattest worm charmed, plus stalls, games and

loads of food and drink. Call 07506 729292 to book

your plot.

St. Elizabeth’s Parish Hall, Bolton Road, Aspull,


Rounders on the Rec

Saturday, June 8, 2pm-4pm

Have a fun game of rounders with family and

friends! There’ll be refreshments available – contact

the Friends of Standish Recreation Ground on 07749

293030 or 07976 686775 with your provisional team

name to confirm your place.

Standish Recreation Ground, Standish, WN6 0TH

Midsummers Ball

Saturday, June 8, 7pm-1am

Help raise money for the Wigan MS Therapy Centre

with a night of live entertainment and a delicious

3-course meal. Tickets £30 – to book, call 07702

025280 or 07759 735301.

The Marquee, DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Wigan,


Sinatra and Swing Legends

Saturday, June 8, 7:30pm

Join the Rotary Clubs of Bolton le Moors and Wigan

for a night of swing music from Foden’s Band and

vocalist Matt Ford. Tickets £15 on 01204 522569 or

from the Victoria Hall Box Office.

The Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton, BL1 2AS

Falklands Memorial Service

Sunday, June 9, 12:30pm-1:30pm

A service to commemorate those who lost their

lives during the Falklands War in 1982.

Wigan Parish Church, Bishopgate, Wigan, WN1


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Musical Extravaganza

Sunday, June 9, 4pm-7:30pm

Enjoy a late afternoon of music from the Swingtime

Big Band, vocalist Emma Holcroft and the Really

Awful Orchestra in aid of the Christie Charity. Food

available, minimum donation £10.

Holland Hall Hotel, Lafford Lane, Up Holland, WN8 0QZ

Courts, Crimes & Constables

Thursday, June 13, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Marianne Howell presents a talk on the history of

crime and punishment through the ages, including

the Lancashire Police. Entrance £3 including


Museum of Wigan Life, Library St, Wigan, WN1 1NU

All Saints’ Church

Appley Bridge

All Saints Church is a modern parish church

building in a quiet location in the village of

Appley Bridge, close to Junction 27 of the M6.

It comprises a main church room(up to 80

people in chairs), a smaller side room(Up to

12 people), and has a kitchen and unisex WC

facility. Tables are available for both rooms, and

chairs are moveable.

All Saints is available at various times and

days during the week for hire by small groups,

choirs, clubs, societies, or for meetings /

lectures / etc.


Room 1: £40-00 per evening, £90-00 per day

Room 2: £20-00 per evening, £50-00 per day

Payable in advance.

email: contact@allsaintschurch.co.uk

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Lords of the Ring

Friday, June 14, 6pm-midnight

Enjoy 10 outstanding bouts of boxing starring

Army and Navy boxers in the Annual Armed Forces

HQ Boxing Show. There’ll also be displays from

military drums and a pipe band and some special

guests! Black-tie event, tickets £80 including drinks

reception and 3-course dinner, plus a charity auction

and raffle. Bookable on j.harker@wigan.gov.uk

The EDGE, Riveredge, Wigan, WN3 5AB

Summer Fayre

Saturday, June 15, 11am-2pm

Help raise money for much-needed playground

equipment while enjoying barbecue food, a

bouncy castle, donkey rides, Morris dancers, and

plenty of stalls.

Marus Bridge Primary School, Kelvin Grove,

Wigan, WN3 6SP

Joseph’s Goal Charity Ball

Saturday, June 15, 7pm-1am

Help fund research into NKH with a delicious

4-course dinner, entertainment and a disco! There’ll

also be a raffle, an auction and a silent auction, plus

complimentary drink on arrival. Tickets £50 or £450

for a table of 10. Dress code is black tie and sparkles.

To book, call 07702 078286 or info@josephsgoal.org

Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel, Chorley Road,

Standish, WN1 2XN

Killer Confessions

Thursday, June 20, 7:30pm

Paul Harrison – one of the first British policemen

to work with the FBI Behavioural Science Unit –

talks about his career profiling, researching and

interacting with American serial killers. Gain insight

into the psyches of the world’s most infamous

murderers. Tickets £20, bookable on 01942 770432.

DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UZ


Reet Good Beer Fest

Thursday, June 20 – Sunday, June 23, various times

Sample a huge selection of beers, ales and ciders

– plus a massive selection of gins and mixers – all

in aid of Wigan Youth Zone. Fabulous musical

entertainment, including an 80s-themed Thursday,

will accompany the beer. The Sunday is for all the

family, with bouncy castles and family activities.

Tickets from £5-£12. Visit www.reetgoodbeerfest.

co.uk for info & times.

Mesnes Field, New Market Street, Wigan, WN1 1RU

Shevington Fete

Saturday, June 22, 11am-4pm

Browse loads of stalls, enjoy live music and plenty

of food and drink! Free park and ride available.

Venues including the Recreation Ground, St. Anne’s

Parish Rooms, the Methodist Church and Youth

Club are getting involved. For more info, email


Across Shevington

The BIG Family Festival

Saturday, June 22, 12pm-4pm

Enjoy an afternoon of activities, plenty of food and

drink, a big top circus and appearances from Wish

FM! Free entry.

Jubilee Park, Wigan Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield,


All We Need is Love

Saturday, June 22, 7:30pm

Enjoy the launch of Embrace Wigan & Leigh’s new

dating agency – All You Need is Love – supporting

people with disabilities, plus Happy Smiles’ official

project launch! There’ll be delicious food, live

entertainment and a DJ. Tickets £5 for adults or free

for children and support staff, bookable on 01942

233 323.

Annual Ceilidth

Monday, June 24, 7:30pm-10pm

Wigan Thistle Society presents its annual Ceilidth –

enjoy a night of Scottish dancing, and bring a plate

of food for the Jacob’s Join. Tickets £2 per adult or

£1 per child, available from Paula on 01942 680008.

St. Teresa’s Catholic Church Hall, College Road, Up

Holland, WN8 0PY

Dementia Voices

Thursday, June 27, 6:30pm-9:30pm

A brand new theatre piece examining the lived

experience of young onset dementia. Engaging

with dementia support groups across Greater

Manchester, the play explores the journeys of four

people, with a music-making activity and discussion

afterwards. Tickets £3 on 01942 834747.

The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan WN1 1NA

Armed Forces Day

Saturday, June 29, 10:30am-4pm

Celebrate Armed Forces Day with a WWI simulation

dome, field hospital display, military vehicle

exhibition and a climbing wall, along with musical

entertainment throughout the day. A military

parade also trails from Crompton Street to Wigan

Parish Church.

Wigan Town Centre

Family Fun Day

Saturday, June 29, 11am-3pm

Fun for all at the church family fun day – there’s

games, welly throwing, classic cars, a barbecue, a

bouncy castle, dog competitions and much more.

Church Hall Field, Church Lane, Wrightington,


DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UH


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Rick Astley

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The Jockey Club Live and Haydock

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air concerts. Newton’s favourite

son, the timeless Rick Astley, will

be returning to Haydock Park

on Saturday 20th July 2019 and

we’ve got two pairs of tickets to

give away in this super Local Life


The Jockey Club Live concerts at Haydock Park

Racecourse have been a staple in the region’s

social calendar and over the past few years hosting

thousands of fans of live music, with performances

from artists including Kylie, Olly Murs, The Jacksons

and Culture Club. These events are renowned for

combining a fun filled evening at the races with a

spectacular evening concert in the informal and

relaxed open-air setting of the hallowed turf.

If you think you know Lancashire’s Rick Astley, think

again. The much-loved multi-million selling 80s icon,

brought up just a few furlongs away from Haydock

Park, returned to capture the heart of a nation with

his #1 platinum selling album “50” in 2016 and this

year returned with his stellar album “Beautiful Life

in the Top 10. Back in 1987 his solo debut “Never

Gonna Give You Up” was a global smash, Number 1

in 25 countries.

Over the next 5 years Rick had 13 international

hit singles. He became a viral sensation in the

noughties and most recently

he has been back in the studio

creating new, touchingly intimate

ballads, upbeat dance beats, hookladen

pop songs and soul stormers

– packing in the cheeky lyrical

references and the signature

sing-along style that are instantly


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Over the next few months on Facebook, we’ll also

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All Saints Summer Fair

Saturday, June 29, 12pm-3pm

Fun for all the family, with a gin & prosecco tent,

barbecue food, a super summer raffle, face painting,

a Nerf gun challenge and much more! Entry fee 50p

for adults, children go free.

All Saints C of E Primary School, Finch Lane,

Appley Bridge, WN6 9DT

Psychic Night

Saturday, June 29, 7pm-11pm

Fundraise for the Norley Hall TRA with a fun psychic

night – Chris Shearer presents a night of mediumship.

18+ only, under-18s must be accompanied by an

adult aged 21+ and sign a waiver. Tickets £10 via

PayPal on norleytra@gmail.com

Norley Hall Cricket Club, City Road, Wigan, WN5 0BA

Wine, Cheese & Jazz

Friday, July 5, 7:30pm-11:30pm

Enjoy 5 glasses of a variety of wines, a cheese and

nibble platter, and loads of funky jazz from the

Dean Masser Jazz Duo! Tickets £30, available on

01942 834747 or at www.theoldcourts.com

The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA

Charity Bike Ride

Sunday, July 7, 7am-4pm

Join hundreds of riders on a fun-filled 62 mile

journey from Manchester to Blackpool. There’ll be

free pies, pasties and sandwiches along the way, and

two rest stops to catch your breath. Transport from

Wigan to Manchester and back from Blackpool is

provided – registration costs £25 including a t-shirt

and medal with proceeds to Wigan & Leigh Hospice.

Wigan & Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Hindley,


Picnic Brass

Sunday, July 7, 1pm

A fantastic afternoon of open air brass band

performances – don’t forget to bring a picnic!

Picnic Field, Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane,

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Robin Park Arena, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UL

Community Gala

Saturday, July 27, 12pm-8pm

A whole day of live music, delicious food and drink,

stalls to browse, a barbecue and children’s crafts!

Hindley Library & Community Centre, First

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Portrayed as one of the most iconic artworks in

Lancashire, the Singing Ringing Tree, high on the moors

above Burnley, is one of four local Panopticons and

consists of a unique musical sculpture in the form of

a wind-blown tree. The Tree, along with the attraction

of reaching the summit of Thieveley Pike, makes for

an enjoyable though challenging 5½ mile hike with

wonderful views.

The starting point of the walk is the car park near

the Singing Ringing Tree and the nearest postcode

is BB11 3RT. Follow the single track from the car park

to the clearly visible sculpture in the distance and

once you’ve done the ubiquitous selfies, head past

the sculpture and over the stile. Before you reach

the next dry-stone boundary, look to the left for the

pathway winding through moorland and pick

up the trail downhill.

Tree by Chris Pearce

extremely steep driveway to its conclusion with the

main Bacup Road (A671) by Heyne Farm.

Turn right, cross over and look out for the footpath

sign on the left. Take the steps downhill and stay on

the left-hand side of the brook for a few steps, and

then cross the brook and follow the downhill path

towards Dyneley Farm. Go down the stone steps to

the track and turn right.

Follow the path, meandering gently downhill and

passing straight through Stone House Fold, still

Clamber over the loose stone

entrance to the next field and follow

the left-hand perimeter of that

rough field as much as you are able.

Navigate your way round the left of the hollow and

carry on downhill towards the steel bar gate next

to the cottage. Go through the gate and follow the


heading towards the wind turbines in the distance

until the next farm appears: Scout Farm. Walk along

the path at the front of the farm and then when you

reach the stone track, turn left towards a phone mast

for 50 yards or so until the path forks just before the

mast; take the lesser-used right fork along a dirt


Pass through the wooden fence and carry on this

path, which runs parallel to the railway track. You’ll

eventually pass underneath the track and, when

you have done so, turn right. Follow that track to a

slanted T-junction; then turn right and take a tunnel

under the railway once more.

And so, it starts; the sheer hell of a climb from 650

ft to just over 1450 ft in one stretch. Follow the

winding stone path uphill and just before you get to

Buckley’s Farm, take the public footpath on the right

into Buckley Wood.

Follow the well-defined path up the side of Buckley

Wood until you reach the first plateau where a few

paths converge. Carry straight on uphill (there’s a

small Thieveley Pike sign on the fence) until you

reach the track that signifies the second plateau.

And there on Deerplay Moor the pathways peter out

somewhat, so just head uphill in the same direction

and you’ll eventually arrive at the white pillar (trig

point 6438) at the top of Thieveley Pike.

After giving yourself a big pat on the back for making

it to the top, turn right along the fence boundary and

then cross over a stile into the next field and carry

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

ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim,

any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or

other cause.


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Singing Ringing



Crown Point Road


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on in the same direction. Follow the path for almost

a mile, navigating Black Clough gorge on the way,

through a stone gateway and following the path on

the right-hand perimeter of a field which eventually

curves left and runs parallel to the A671.

Once you get onto the road from the field, turn

right, cross over and then walk ¼ of a mile and at

the T-junction, turn left to Rawtenstall and then

immediate right into Crown Point Road. Follow this

road for 230 yards and then take a left turn into a

short road by the Dunnockshaw Community Wood


Once you’ve walked about 25 yards of the short road,

hop over the stile on the right and continue through

the well-maintained woodlands for ¾ of a mile until

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To illustrate the point here is a photo I took a few

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Most important are the plants. In this border I have

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japonica and Primula ‘Francesca’. I have a grand

daughter named Francesca so I just had to have it!

Another tip is to give your shady border some

interest by placing a focal point. Here I have used a

shiny cone which bounces light around but it could

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will give relief from any hot sun and enable you to

enjoy your shade loving plants close up.

I hope I have inspired you to consider any shady

spots in your garden in a new light - Hubby says that

is a terrible pun - but you get the picture!

By the way, I’m now on the hunt for Campanula

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82 Motoring

Nissan Qashqai

1.3 DiG-T by Tim Barnes-Clay

The Nissan Qashqai has been around for 11 years,

and it is still a hugely popular model, ranking as

Britain’s fourth most popular new motor. Only

Volkswagen’s Golf, Vauxhall’s Corsa and Ford’s Fiesta

fly out of dealerships more quickly.

Back in 2007, consumers fell in love with the oddly

named Qashqai’s blend of room, SUV styling and

affordability. Since then, the Japanese automaker

has kept the Qashqai name rocking – and the

present incarnation of the car has been rolling off

production lines since 2013.

Nissan has not been resting on its laurels, though.

It has been fine-tuning the Qashqai recipe over the

years – and the latest tweaks aim to make it easieron-the-pocket

to run, and better than ever to drive.

Fresh to the Qashqai is a new infotainment unit, but

the major news comes under the hood. The previous

1.6-litre and 1.2-litre petrol turbos have been kicked

to the kerb with a 1.3 becoming the new kid in town.

The new petrol turbo powerplant comes with a

couple of outputs – 140ps and 160ps - and is the

engine currently housed in Mercedes-Benz’s A200.

The unit is also more efficient with an exhaust

particulate filter helping it make the grade in the

latest emissions testing processes. As mentioned,

Nissan claims the 1.3 petrol turbo is cheaper to run

too, as service intervals have leapt to 18,000 miles.

They used to be 12,500 miles, so this is a significant


The car is equipped with a six-speed manual

transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto ‘box,

as tested for this review. It’s worth noting, though,


that the automatic is only offered with the 160ps


Behind the wheel, this new Qashqai variant feels

smooth and quick enough, but it won’t set your

heart racing. Zero to 62mph arrives in 9.9 seconds,

and the top speed is 124mph. While the steering is

light and precise, it’s not the best handling motor in

its class.

The cabin is the same as ever, and the infotainment

unit looks identical. However, the software is brand

new, resulting in fast loading times, and the screen

responds far more quickly when you touch it. It will

now identify swiping and pinching motions, and

the home page can be personalised with apps and

shortcuts. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come

factory-fitted as standard on all bar the entry-level


The infotainment system on the Qashqai Tekna+ 1.3

DiG-T DCT we drove is still not unflawed though. The

display is too dim, and you can’t see much when

the sun is on it because the seven-inch matt surface

gives off a lot of glare. Mind you; it’s much better

than the former system.

Nissan forecasts segment-leading residuals for the

modern Qashqai, with many versions holding over

50 per cent of their value over three years. This

means that finance deals are very reasonable right


There are many reasons why the Qashqai’s

popularity is so enduring. It is comfortable to drive

and, with enough room for four or five adults, and

a decent sized boot, it is a practical family car. The

new infotainment system and petrol engines only

strengthen the Qashqai’s name further, validating

Nissan’s flexibility in the constantly-fluctuating

automotive arena.

Fast Facts

• 0-62 mph: 9.9 seconds

• Combined mpg: 48.7

• Engine layout: 1,322cc 4-cylinder petrol turbo

• Max. power (PS): 160

• CO2: 131 g/km

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