Local Life - St Helens - June 2019

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St Helens Edition June 2019

Festival Fever

Pages 24 - 25

Win Rick Astley Tickets

Pages 44 - 45

Singing Ringing Tree Walk

Pages 46 - 48

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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.

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

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk


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In this issue

Festival Fever

Regulars

36 Puzzle Corner

42 Events2Go

52 Test Drive

24

Sections

6 Local News

28 Food

38 Health

52 Motoring

49 Gardening

54 Home Services

Away From The

Crowds

Next issue - July 2019

Advertising deadline - Monday, 17 June

Published - Friday, 28 June

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Music On The

Move

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Win Rick Astley

Concert Tickets

44

Jack’s Tracks:

Singing Ringing

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Walk & Talk

Get fit, have fun and make new friends at Sutton

Manor’s new walk and talk events.

Hosted by the St. Helens Healthy Living team and

St. Helens Community Sport, you’ll walk around

the community with others and receive a healthy

snack. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for

the weather.

Walks take place every Friday from 9:30am-

12:30pm, and meet at St. Michael’s & All Angels

Church on Gartons Lane. For more information, call

Nikki on 07747 473789.

Adopt A Box

Ever fancied having your own classic telephone

box? Well now you can… sort of.

Seven phone boxes across St. Helens are eligible

for BT’s ‘Adopt A Kiosk’ scheme, including the two

outside St. Helens Town Hall, one on St. James’ Road

in Rainhill, and one on College Street. Charities,

parish councils or recognised public bodies can

adopt one of the phone boxes to transform it into

a community project – some have been made into

tiny libraries, others into cake shops, and one into

the world’s smallest nightclub!

Adoption costs just £1 – to apply, visit www.bt.com/

adopt

Romeo & Juliet

An outdoor theatre performance of the Shakespeare

classic heads to St. Helens this month.

The iconic tale of star-crossed lovers is presented by

Imaginarium Theatre and is an indulgent feast for

the senses, with pulsing Carnevale rhythms merged

with Italian Opera. Expect thrilling fire dancing,

explosive fight choreography and spectacle.

You can catch the performance at Prescot Woodland

Theatre (L34 1LA) on Saturday, June 15 at 2pm and

again at 7pm, then on Saturday, July 13 at the same

times. The show also visits Taylor Park on Saturday,

June 22 at 2pm.

Tickets cost £15.40 for adults and £8.80 for children,

and are available on www.imaginariumtheatre.

co.uk

Summer Nights

Two huge outdoor cinema experiences head to

Dunham Massey this summer.

Catch a special showing of Grease on Thursday,

August 29 from 6:30pm with the beautiful grounds

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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

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Liverpool Wine Fest

The Bordeaux Wine Festival returns to Liverpool’s

waterfront this month.

From Friday, May 31 until Sunday, June 2, catch eight

wine pavilions offering hundreds of different wines

to sample. You’ll be able to chat to experts about

winemaking techniques, taste some delicious food,

and watch cookery masterclasses from top chefs.

Tickets start at £21.50 and can be booked at www.

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Sister Act

Rainhill Musical Theatre Company present the

hilarious musical Sister Act this month.

From Wednesday, June 12 until Saturday, June 15,

catch the story of lounge singer Deloris Wilson,

who’s forced to live life as a nun after being placed

in witness protection.

With classic songs including Bless Our Show and

Lady in the Long Black Dress, the show is sure to be

a smash hit!

Tickets cost £9 per adult or £7 per concession.

Performances take place every evening at 7:30pm

at Rainhill Village Hall on Dane Court.

For more information or tickets, call 07948 908693

or visit www.rainhillmusicaltheatrecompany.co.uk

Ping Pong Parlour

A brand new ping-pong parlour has opened in St.

Mary’s Arcade. If you’re in the area, head down to

the unit in the arcade and play some free games of

table tennis with friends.

The Parlour came to life in partnership with Table

Tennis England, and aims to get people healthier

and active through the sport. It opens 9am-5:30pm

Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays.

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Accessible Allotments

A new community allotment has opened in St.

Helens, and aims to be accessible for everyone.

The project, based at Cabbage Hall Allotments on

Hard Lane, has introduced raised

beds and paved paths to allow

everyone a chance at gardening,

regardless of age or ability. The

wheelchair-friendly site also features

a new composting toilet and an

indoor area to host workshops and

activities for various groups.

through fruit and vegetable sales throughout the

year. For more information, visit www.sthelens.gov.

uk and search allotments.

Funds for the garden came from the

Enovert Community Trust and the

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Hockey Open Day

St. Helens Hockey, based at Selwyn Jones in

Newton-le-Willows, are hosting an open day in

June. Whether you’d like to learn a new sport or

you’re an experienced player, come and have a go

with all equipment provided. Hockey’s a great way

to get active and meet new people!

The session takes place at Selwyn Jones (WA12

0AG) on Saturday, June 22 from 1pm-3pm. For more

information, visit www.sthelenshockey.com

Free Heart Test

Cardiac Risk in the Young are offering free heart

tests in Prescot this month.

Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and

healthy young people die of undiagnosed heart

conditions.

Go along on Saturday, June 15 to the Prescot School

on Knowsley Park Lane to check your heart health.

ECG and Echocardiograms will be offered to all

young people aged 14-35. Screenings also include

a medical history questionnaire.

For more information about CRY, visit www.c-r-y.

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Charity Singers

The North West Charity Singers head to St. Helens in

June for their latest community concert.

The charity help to reduce loneliness and social

isolation in the community, working with people

affected by dementia, Parkinson’s or other illnesses,

and aiming to unite people through music.

On Wednesday, June 19, head to Prescot Guild Hall

on St. Helens Road for a night of great songs, plus a

raffle and food! Tickets are just £2 per person.

The concert runs from 12pm-4pm. For more

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Disability Rugby

The Saints Community Development Foundation of Disability Rugby League, helping the sport

have launched a brand new Junior Disability rugby develop and move forward. I hope to see new faces

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Players aged between 5 and 14 who have learning to get started.’

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Saints Disability Coach Gareth Foster said: ‘I believe activity sessions.

this is a fantastic initiative. We are always looking for Training sessions take place on Thursday evenings

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Petals on the Mersey

Willowbrook Hospice are hosting a special event

for people to remember their loved ones on a sail

across the River Mersey.

A specially chartered Mersey Ferry will take you

cruising along gentle waters, where you’ll receive

a bag of rose petals to scatter to the waves, taking

some time out to contemplate memories of lost

loved ones. It’s the perfect time to reflect on what

they meant to you while helping to raise money to

support the hospice in providing end-of-life care for

others.

Tickets cost £15 per adult and £5 per child, with

proceeds going to the Hospice. The event takes

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Ride 4 Violet-Grace

A sponsored cycle and fun day will take place next

month in memory of Violet-Grace Youens, a local

girl who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run in

2017. Violet donated two of her organs and inspired

countless other people to join the organ donor

register – a true superhero.

The annual Ride 4 Violet-Grace event begins at

the Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday, July 21,

incorporating both a 10-mile cycle and a longer

motorbike ride. Both routes pass Whiston Hospital

before the motorcycles continue on to Alder Hey

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Violet’s life – before returning to the stadium.

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for organ donation. Proceeds will also go to the

Isabella-Rose Foundation in memory of Isabella-

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Rachel from Violet-Grace’s Gift said: ‘We’re working

hard with the council and local emergency services

to make sure the Ride 4 Violet-Grace is as safe as

possible. All we ask for is a £5 donation to ride the

route, and that you preferably wear something

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‘It is quite emotional seeing all the bikes and cyclists

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from the biking community, it’s truly amazing’, she

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A family fun day will also take place on the day,

featuring plenty of bouncy castles, raffles and

refreshments, along with an organ donation stand

to gather more information about the register. Kids

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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

Most burglars are opportunists, who target empty

homes. This means that the holiday season is

bonanza time for them. However, 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 priority.

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 deterrent. Outside

security lighting is cheap to set up, and low energy

light bulbs keep running costs down. Also, consider

installing a burglar alarm - as well as protecting

your property, having an alarm can also lower your

insurance premiums.

While you’re away on holiday, some extra

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precautions will help protect your

possessions. 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 deliveries.

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 a long

way to protecting the things you love. Follow these

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Competition Winners

Congratulations to Kathy Holliday from

Windle, who won a pair of tickets to see Jess

Glynne live at Haydock Park Racecourse on

Friday, June 7! We hope you enjoy the show!

Congratulations also go to Paula Greenwood-

Connaire, who won a pair of tickets in our

Facebook competition, and to Dez Chow, Lucy

Cleaver and Lizzie Mitchell for winning two VIP

tickets each to Neighbourhood Weekender

Festival in Warrington!

Don’t forget to head to page 44 for your

chance to win a pair of tickets to Rick Astley

live in concert at Haydock Park on Saturday,

July 20, and make sure you visit our Facebook

page at www.facebook.com/locallife247 to

keep up to date with our exclusive social

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Summer Arts Market

Liverpool Cathedral hosts a huge summer arts

market on Saturday, June 1.

Browse stalls from over 200 artists, designers and

makers; get your hands on some vintage goods;

and browse food stalls. The event provides a

wonderful, bespoke alternative to the high street

with stylist homeware, unique gifts and artisan

food. There’s also a craft workshop to keep the little

ones entertained!

The fair runs from 10am-6pm. Entry costs £3 per

adult, with children under 16 going free. For more

information, visit www.summerartsmarket.com

Tee Off

A charity golf day takes place in August in aid of the

HoneyRose Foundation.

On Monday, August 5, head down to Grange Park

Golf Club on Prescot Road for an entire day of golf

to raise funds for the cancer charity. You’ll receive a

bacon barm & hot drink on arrival, with a 1:30pm

shotgun start, followed by a delicious 2-course

meal and prize presentation. Entry costs £50 per

player - call 01744 732229, 07733 470250 or email

d.lane107@btinternet.com to register.

Arthritis Advice

The St. Helens NRAS group’s next talk takes place on

Thursday, July 18 at the United Reformed Church on

King Street.

NRAS aims to help people living with Rheumatoid

Arthritis and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis by offering

support and information. It runs talks every other

month on various topics so people can further their

understanding of the condition and its treatments.

July’s talk is entitled ‘Virtual Clinics in Rheumatology’

by Charlotte Howden, a clinical nurse specialist. It

starts at 6:30pm.

For more information, call 0845 458 3969 or visit

www.nras.org.uk


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Record Breakers

Ever fancied getting your name in the Guinness

Book of World Records? Now’s your chance!

A world record breaking attempt at the most

consecutive rugby league passes will take place in

St. Helens on Saturday, June 1. The current record

stands at 280 passes – so a total of 281 people are

needed to sign up for the attempt!

You’ll also be raising money for a great cause along

the way – the event is in support of the Steve

Prescott Foundation in association with Accord

Legal Services.

Chairman of Thatto Heath Crusaders Mike Denning

said: ‘A team from St. Helens Council took part in a

rugby tournament at Twickenham a few years ago

and sadly failed, so we are not taking anything for

granted. This is not going to be easy!’

Passes must be made from a distance of 5 metres,

and within 5 seconds of each pass.

Registration costs £10 for a basic entry or £25

including an event t-shirt. Certificates will be

given out if the record is broken. The event takes

place at Crusader Park on Close Street (WA9 5JA)

on Saturday, June 1 at 4pm, after Thatto Heath

Crusaders take on Wath Brow.

For more information, call Martin on 07971 792859

or email info@steveprescottfoundation.co.uk

Gentle Activity

New free sessions are being offered by Active St.

Helens for people wanting to improve their fitness

through gentle activity.

The sessions are designed for people aged 60+ and

are suitable for all levels of ability. Get involved with

badminton, table tennis, boccia, indoor bowls, new

age kurling and more! There’s no pressure - have a

break and a coffee whenever you want.

They run every Monday from 10:30am-12:30pm

at Rainhill Village Hall. For more information, call

01744 675403.

Open Gardens

Willowbrook Hospice are opening their gardens to

the public in time for summer.

On Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, the

award-winning gardens on Portico Lane will be

open for viewing, including the Japenese Gardens

and lots of beautiful borders. Enjoy refreshments

and browse handmade gifts from various craft stalls

while you’re there!

Entrance to the gardens will cost £3 per adult, with

children going free.

Sheds

Log Cabins

Workshops

Wendy Houses

Summer Houses

Garden Offices

Free 100% pressure treated

Free erection Free delivery

Up to 48 months low cost finance available

See our show sites at;

Trebaron Garden Centre

Southworth Road, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0BS

Telephone: 01695 589 207

High Legh Garden Centre

High Legh, Knutsford, WA16 0QW

Telephone: 01695 589 211

www.solidsheds.com

DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER


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Festival Fever

Prescot Festival returns for its fifteenth year in June,

and with so much going on you’ll be spoilt for

choice! Arts and music events will be spread across

Prescot venues, including plenty of chances for you

to get involved in the arts.

Artistic director and founder of the festival Dr.

Robert Howard said: ‘We began with a single

weekend, programming a handful of concerts

back-to-back. By the following year we were adding

fringe events and, having discovered an appetite

for top-tier arts and music in the area, we soon

extended to 10 days.’

‘At the heart of the Prescot Festival is the great

British tradition of community music-making,’ he

continued. ‘From our Come-and-Sing choir to the

Proms-style finale, we just want people to enjoy

both listening and taking part.’

This year’s festival takes place from Friday, June 21

until Sunday, June 30.

The festival’s opening night on Friday, June 21 at

7:30pm sees the Band & Drums of the Cheshire

Constabulary head over to Prescot Parish Church

for a night of spectacular brass.

A real crowd pleaser, the Prescot Carnival returns

on Sunday, June 23 from 12pm, with a huge array

of funfair rides, stalls, delicious food and live

entertainment for all ages! The annual parade will

assemble on Eccleston Street at 11:15am and wind

through the streets to the carnival on Brown’s Field

off Wood Lane.

Catch a screening of the 1950 film The Magnet

on Thursday, June 27, starting at 7pm at St. Paul’s

Church on Bryer Road. A young James Fox stars in

the comedy, filmed on location in New Brighton

and Liverpool.

Brand new for 2019 is the primary school choir

festival, organised by St. Mary & St. Paul’s School.

Other gifted students of all ages gather for the

Young Instrumentalists of Prescot showcase with

Evelyn Community Primary School to display their

musical prowess for the local community.

Music fans can catch organist Richard Lea in

recital, hear a performance from the Maghull Wind

Orchestra, or groove to Dr. Jazz & the Cheshire Cats

across several days of the festival. There will also be

a talk on Prescot’s heritage by Liverpool historian


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Venue Dates

Friday, June 21, 7:30pm – Opening Night: Band

& Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary, including

hotpot supper. Prescot Parish Church, tickets £7.

Saturday, June 22, 7pm – Choral Celebration.

Prescot Festival Chorus performs Vivaldi’s Gloria,

with the Liverpool Cathedral Choir. Choral singers

(soprano, alto, tenor & bass) are welcome to join

in - a £5 singers’ fee applies; to register, visit www.

prescotfestival.co.uk Prescot Parish Church, tickets

£5.

Ken Pye and a night of opera at Whiston Town Hall.

The festival’s finale takes place at 7:30pm on Sunday,

June 30, when the winner of this year’s short story

competition will be awarded their £100 prize. The

evening will also include plenty of chances to join

in with songs like Jerusalem and Land of Hope and

Glory.

Tickets for all the events are available from Poco

Coffee on Eccleston Street or online at www.

prescotfestival.co.uk

A full events calendar and further information

can be obtained from the website or by emailing

prescotfestival@gmail.com

Sunday, June 23, 12pm – Prescot Carnival. Brown’s

Field, free entry.

Sunday, June 23, 3pm – Richard Lea in Recital.

More than an hour of music from the Liverpool

Metropolitan Cathedral organist with refreshments.

Prescot Parish Church, tickets £5.

Monday, June 24, 6pm – Primary School Choir

Festival. Prescot Parish Church, free entry.

Wednesday, June 26, 9:30am – Young

Instrumentalists of Prescot. Evelyn Community

Primary School, free entry.

Thursday, June 27, 7pm – The Magnet Screening.

St. Paul’s Church, tickets £5 including a free choc ice.

Friday, June 28, 7pm – Dr. Jazz & the Cheshire

Cats. Prescot Parish Church, tickets £7, including a

delicious cupcake in the interval.

Saturday, June 29, 11:30am – Curious Tales of

Prescot & Knowsley by Ken Pye. Parish Church

meeting room, entry £1.

Saturday, June 29, 7:30pm – Opera Viva on

Broadway. A memorable night of tunes from the

golden age of American musical theatre. Whiston

Town Hall, tickets £6.

Sunday, June 30, 6pm – Festival Choral Evensong

and refreshments. Prescot Parish Church, free entry.

Sunday, June 30, 7:30pm – Festival Finale. The

Maghull Wind Orchestra and Danielle Louise

Thomas draw the festival to a close, Proms-style.

Don’t forget to bring a British flag or buy one on the

night! Prescot Parish Church, tickets £6.


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Art on the

Airwaves

June offers you the

chance to be part of a

hyper-local radio show,

broadcasting live from

the high street.

Heart of Glass in St.

Helens has teamed

up with artists Hunt

& Darton, BuzzHub

(St Helens CDP) and

Newton Boys and Girls

Club’s WA12 Radio to

bring 12 hours of art to

the airwaves and the

streets of the borough.

The public are invited

to be part of a brand

new radio station,

broadcasting live from Church Square on Saturday,

June 29 from 8am-8pm, when Heart of Glass

welcomes back performance artists Jenny Hunt and

Holly Darton for their touring production ‘Radio

Local’.

In the coming weeks, Jenny & Holly are inviting the

heroes, the characters, the pillars of the community,

the weird and wonderful, the fonts of all gossip, and

one and all to take part. The resulting 12 hour long

live show will be broadcast by WA12 Radio - the

radio station powered by Newton Boys and Girls

Club.

On the day, people across the town can get

involved in scavenger hunts, jingles, hyper-local

weather reports, soap operas and dating shows.

The marathon broadcast will also include prerecorded

content made by three artists who are

spending a week living in St. Helens: exploring,

meeting neighbours, and finding out what it means

to be local.

Angharad Williams, Lead Producer at Heart of Glass

said: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome back award-winning

artists Hunt & Darton for their latest participatory

show and to be teaming up with our friends at

BuzzHub again. We’re also delighted to begin

working with the WA12 Radio team at Newton Boys

& Girls Club. This is a show that’s all about local

people and we know that St Helens will make this

event very special indeed.’


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28 Food

Pork & Pineapple Kebabs

A take on sweet n’ sour pork, barbecue style. Serves 4

Ingredients

400g Pork fillet

4 tbsp Light muscovado sugar

60ml Cider vinegar

1 tsp Asian fish sauce

½ Small pineapple, peeled, cored and

cut into chunks (or use ready prepped

fresh pineapple, drained well)

1 Pepper (any colour), deseeded and cut

into squares

Spanish onion, chopped into chunks

Small bunch coriander, chopped

(optional)

To serve - Boiled rice or pitta pockets

Method

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

Cut the pork into cubes. Heat the sugar and vinegar in a pan

over a low heat until the sugar melts. Add the fish sauce and

cool. Tip in the pork and mix well so that all the cubes are

covered in sauce.

Heat the barbecue, or a griddle pan or grill. Thread the pork

and pineapple onto skewers, alternating pieces with the

pepper and Spanish onion. You can use whatever onions you

have but Spanish are more delicate in flavour and sweeten

nicely when grilled.

Barbecue or griddle the skewers for 3-4 mins each side (you

may need to cook them for longer if griddling). Serve with rice

or slide into pitta pockets


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Savour the taste of summer,

Quality meats

from your local butcher

Award-winning sausages

Home-made burgers

Piri-Piri chicken kebabs

Salt & pepper chicken wings

Lamb grill sticks

and much more!

Free delivery!

to St Helens & Prescot areas

Minimum order £20

Opening Hours:

8am-5.30pm, Monday - Saturday

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Rainhill,

L35 4LZ

0151 426 4604

www.hayestraditionalbutchers.co.uk


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Chamber Winners

Revealed

The winners of the 2019 St Helens Chamber

Business Awards have been revealed at the St

Helens Chamber Annual Dinner and Business

Awards event, which took place Thursday 16th May

at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

300 guests were welcomed to the event by Graham

Worsley, Chairman of St Helens Chamber, before

being inspired by special guest speaker Paul

Sculthorpe MBE.

The event also raised money for two local charities,

The Steve Prescott Foundation and Willowbrook

Hospice, with £6000 being divided between them.

Chairman of St. Helens Chamber Graham Worsley

said: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the volume

and calibre of entries to the Awards this year so the

judges really did have a difficult job on their hands,

but I believe we have found some truly outstanding

winners.’

The winners were:

Employer of the Year, sponsored by Wind in the

Willow Childcare – 360

Resourcing

Award, sponsored by Knauf – C E Bettridge & Son

Customer Commitment Award, sponsored by

Clickworks – Handepay

Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Inspired

Energy – The Filter Design Company

Apprentice of the Year (under 20), sponsored by

Helena Homes – Alex McGrath, Inovus Medical

Apprentice of the Year (20 and over), sponsored

by Starbank Panel Products – Nicola Walsh from

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals and

Reece Buckley from Liverpool One.

Outstanding Commitment to Learning – Molly

Hinton-Jones

Outstanding Commitment to Student Development

– BooBoo Technical and Creative

Outstanding Commitment to Supporting Young

People – Bericote Properties

For more information about the awards, visit www.

sthelenschamber.com/businessawards

Export Business of the Year,

sponsored by Brendon

International – ATG Access

Best use of Technology,

sponsored by Network

Space – Dynamic Vehicle

Rental

High Growth Business of

the Year, sponsored by

NatWest – Cheshire Retail

NW Ltd

Family Business of Year


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Away from the

Crowds

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

people.

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.

Grange-over-Sands

One of the Lake District’s many natural beauty spots

– and just a short hop over to Windermere – Grangeover-Sands

offers plenty to do for any discerning

daytripper. 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,

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


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which were 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!

Heysham

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/


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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

rowing.

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.

Parkgate

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


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Photo credit National Trust Images/John Millar

Parkgate

is kept up by volunteers, and you can learn more

about the station’s history inside the old ticket

office.

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

Formby

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.


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Puzzle Corner

All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 50 of this magazine.

WORD SEARCH

Weird-but-real words

SUDOKU

Find the hidden words in the word search grid

ABIBLIOPHOBIA

ABSQUATULATE

BIBBLE

BLOVIATE

BORBORYGM

BROUHAHA

BUMFUZZLE

COLLYWOBBLES

COMEUPPANCE

ERINACEOUS

GARDYLOO

GUBBINS

LOLLYGAG

NUDIUSTERTIAN

WIGGLE WORDS

CLUE: Good looking.

Trace a path through

all the letters to find

the word or phrase

that fits the clue.

PAUCILOQUENT

QUIRE

RATOON

SIALOQUENT

WABBIT

XERTZ

YARBOROUGH

D P D E

R O D A

U O G O

S E G R

NUMBER

BLOCK

1 5

3 1

2 4

2 2

8 9 10 11

The numbers in each row add up to totals to the

right. The numbers in each column add up to the

totals along the bottom. The diagonal lines also

add up the totals to the right.

6

8

9

10

11

12


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38 Health & Fitness

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


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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!

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.

later. But my GP informed me that both these

habits were probably doing more harm than

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

Prescot Chiropody Clinic

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

incontinence.

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


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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

alternative?

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

cereal.

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


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Blood Pressure Checks

Park Farm ACYP Community Centre is offering free

blood pressure checks on Fridays from 1pm-3pm.

Almost 300,000 people in Cheshire and Merseyside

alone are living with undiagnosed high blood

pressure – it’s often symptomless, meaning the

only way to find out you have it is through regular

checks. Park Farm will also offer handy tips and

advice on living a healthy lifestyle at the sessions.

Go along to the community centre in Carr Mill

for your check-up, or call 01744 754367 for more

information.

Struggling with anxiety, depression,

anger, guilt, destructive behaviours,

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Upload your event for FREE at

www.locallife247.co.uk/events

Cat Show

Saturday, June 1, 12:30pm

The Merseyside Cat Club present their 40th

Ruby Anniversary Show, with cats of all breeds

competing in various classes. For more info, visit

www.merseysidecatclub.co.uk

Sutton Leisure Centre, Elton Head Road,

St. Helens, WA9 5AU

Cemetery Heritage Tour

Sunday, June 2, 11am

The Friends of St. Helens Cemetery host a heritage

walking tour – visit the graves of notable people

including local sportsmen, military heroes and

industrialists. £2 per walker, meet in the car park.

St. Helens Cemetery, Rainford Road, St. Helens,

WA10 6DF

Butterfly Survey

Tuesday, June 4, 1pm-3pm

The Ranger service lead you around the park,

showing you how to identify and record species of

butterfly. For more info, call 01744 678073.

Victoria Park, St. Helens, WA10 2UB

Moonlight Colour Walk

Saturday, June 8, 9pm

Choose from a 10K or 6.5K route, with an optional

colour splash where you’ll be covered head to toe

in rainbow powder for Willowbrook! Entry £15 for

adults or £5 for U-16s – bookable on 01744 453798.

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

Choral Tea

Sunday, June 9, 4pm

Enjoy afternoon tea with St. Bartholomew’s Choir

and their Youth Choir! Tickets £8, bookable on

07512 750602 or stbarts@mimnagh.com

St. Ann’s Millennium Centre, View Road, Rainhill,

L35 0LE

Sir Michael Parkinson

Monday, June 10, 7:30pm

The nation’s favourite interviewer relives moments

from his remarkable career. Tickets £26-£33.

St. Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St.

Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744 756000

Sister Act

Wednesday, June 12 – Saturday, June 15, 7:30pm

Rainhill Musical Theatre Company present Sister Act

– the hilarious classic musical about an undercover

nun. Tickets cost £9 for adults or £7 concessions,

available from Rainhill Post Office or Rainhill Village

Hall, or on 07948 908693.

Rainhill Village Hall, Dane Court, Rainhill, L35 4LU

Pensioners’ Coffee Morning

Friday, June 14, 11am-2pm

Enjoy a delicious tea, coffee and cake morning and

have a bit of a chinwag. There’ll be free facials and

hand massages, a Body Shop stall, raffle and bingo

games. Entry £1.

Rainhill Ex-Services Club, Warrington Road,

Rainhill, L35 4LS


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Grease Outdoor Cinema

Friday, June 14, 7pm-10pm

Enjoy the classic musical as you’ve never seen it

before – under the stars! Tickets £8 per adult or £6

per child, bookable on TicketPole. Bring your own

chairs and blankets.

Sutton Cricket Club, New Street, St. Helens, WA9 3UU

Summer Fair

Saturday, June 15, 11:30am-2pm

Browse a range of stalls at the annual summer fair,

with children’s crafts and activities. Light lunches

available, free entry.

St. Paul’s Church, Chain Lane, Blackbrook, WA11 9QF

Black Tie Dinner

Saturday, June 15, 6:30pm

Part of Jonny Lomax’s testimonial 2019 – meet Paul

Sculthorpe, Sean Long, Paul Wellens and James

Roby while enjoying a delicious 3-course meal and

fantastic live entertainment! Tickets £40, available

from lomaxtestimonial@gmail.com

Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive, St.

Helens, WA9 3AL

Gin & Pamper Afternoon

Sunday, June 16, 1pm-7pm

Enjoy free facials and hand massages, a Body Shop

stall, raffle and Play Your Cards Right games! There’ll

also be plenty of gins if you fancy a tipple. Entry £2

on the door.

Rainhill Ex-Services Club, Warrington Road,

Rainhill, L35 4LS

Charity Race Night

Friday, June 21, 7:30pm

Win fabulous prizes at this race night and play

tonnes of family games! All proceeds to Pilkington

Musical Theatre Company to help fund their

production of Oliver, and donations to local causes.

Tickets £8 for adults or £4 for children, available on

07939 831199.

Bishop Road Police Club, Bishop Road, St. Helens,

WA10 6SX

Armed Forces Day

Saturday, June 22, 11am-4pm (parade at 12pm)

Support our Armed Forces with live music from the

Lancashire Artillery Pipes & Drums Band, a military

parade and vintage displays. There’ll also be

interactive workshops on the day, a climbing wall,

assault course and a funfair.

Victoria Park, City Road, St. Helens, WA10 2UE

Radio Local

Saturday, June 29, 8am-8pm

Performance artists Hunt & Darton bring their

hyper-local radio show to St. Helens. Get involved

and help make the show your own, or listen to the

broadcast on WA12 radio.

Church Square, St. Helens, WA10 1BN

Johnny Vegas & Friends

Saturday, June 29, 7pm-11pm

Johnny Vegas heads to his last ever show at the

Citadel with a number of guests to see the iconic

venue go out in style. Proceeds go to the Citadel

Charity to support vulnerable people. Tickets £20

on 01744 762300 or from www.citadel.org.uk

The Citadel, Waterloo Street, St. Helens, WA10 1PX


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Win tickets to

Rick Astley

– Live in Concert

The Jockey Club Live and Haydock

Park Racecourse have joined forces

to present North West music fans

with a summer of incredible open

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 a pair of tickets to give away in

this super Local Life competition!

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, hook-laden pop songs and

soul stormers – packing in the

cheeky lyrical references and the

signature sing-along style that are

instantly recognisable.

To enter the competition to win

a pair of tickets to Rick Astley -

Live at Haydock Park Racecourse,

simply visit our website, www.locallife247.co.uk,

click on ‘free stuff’ and then on ‘competitions’ and

then answer the following question;

Complete the Rick Astley song title – Never Gonna

……You Up

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

be giving away an additional pair of tickets for this

Rick Astley concert, and also a pair of tickets for

the Southport Flower Show – Make sure you visit

Facebook and give ‘Local Life Magazines’ a ‘like’ to

keep in touch.

The expiry date for the competition is midnight on Sunday

30th June 2019 and the winners will be notified within five

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

one entry per household. Local Life 247 cannot accept

responsibility for entries that do not reach us. Employees of

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

this competition.

Tickets are now on sale for this concert via

thejockeyclublive.co.uk.


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Singing

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 wall boundary, look to the left for the

pathway winding through moorland and pick up the

trail downhill.

Ringing

Tree by Chris Pearce

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

heading towards the wind turbines in the distance

until the next farm appears: Scout Farm. Walk along

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 extremely steep driveway to its conclusion

with the main Bacup Road (A671) by Heyne Farm.

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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

track.

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

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

sign.

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

you reach the car park from where you started the

walk.


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Sitting

Sustainably

One of the great pleasures in

life has to be sitting outside

on a summer evening, glass of

wine in hand, gazing in reverie

at your precious plot.

But what are you sitting on? Is

your furniture environmentally

friendly? What about that

lovely decking, or your garden

shed?

As gardeners we have a

responsibility which extends

far beyond our boundary.

Trees are vital to the planet.

They convert carbon dioxide

into oxygen and act as environmental filters,

offsetting the effects of pollution. They also provide

a habitat for birds and animals.

Like many gardeners I take a keen interest in

environmental matters so it came as a shock when I

read recently that every year our tiny island imports

more unsustainably produced wood than anywhere

else in the world!

A good proportion of this wood is used to make

garden buildings, furniture, fencing and decking.

I was thrilled, therefore, to read about the Forest

Stewardship Council (FSC) and their certification

programme for sustainable produced and sourced

wood?

The FSC was founded in 1993, in response to public

concern about deforestation. The council devised a

wood-labelling scheme which allows a product to

be traced right back down the supply chain from the

consumer to its source.

Any product bearing the FSC logo is guaranteed

to be from forests which are carefully managed

to conserve biodiversity and support local

communities.

Unfortunately not all garden suppliers stock

products which are FSC approved. So we need to

demand that they do.

The world’s forests are in decline. Some tropical

hardwoods are already on the verge of extinction,

and temperate forests in the northern hemisphere

are also suffering because of unregulated treefelling.

As a gardener and lover of our environment I feel

more comfortable knowing that I’m not contributing

to the destruction of our planet. If you’re replacing

your garden furniture this year, ask to see the FSC

certified label.

Happy gardening.

By Rachael Leverton


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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

increase.

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

unit.

Behind the wheel, this new Qashqai variant feels

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


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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

model.

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

now.

There are many reasons why the Qashqai’s

popularity is so enduring. It is comfortable to drive

• 0-62 mph: 9.9 seconds

• Combined mpg: 48.7

Fast Facts

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

• Max. power (PS): 160

• CO2: 131 g/km

• Price: £30,645

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

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H. TEBB & SON

French Polishers

& Upholsterers

of Distinction

• Domestic and

commercial work

welcome

• Free Pick Up and

Delivery

• Established in St.

Helens since 1946

• Free estimates

01744 23074

91 Shaw Street, St Helens, WA10 1EN

www.htebb.co.uk

CHIMNEY SWEEP

Woodburners Open fires Stoves

mr-soot.com

07724 311 992


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St Helens’ premier

domestic

cleaning service

Cleaning in the

St Helens area

for 10+ years

We only use reliable, vetted staff

• £10.75 per hour - minimum 2 hrs

• Same cleaner each visit

• All domestic duties provided

Call or email Joanne 01744 649091

joanne@acleanbreak.co.uk / www.acleanbreak.co.uk

UPVC CLEANING

• Windows, Fascias, Gutters etc.

CONSERVATORIES

• Exterior & Interior (Cleaning)

POWER WASHING

• Driveways & Patios etc.

ROOF CLEANING

• Moss Removal & Bio-Treatment

• Softwashing / Low Pressure

Happiness is…

coming home to a

clean house!

Regular Weekly Cleans

One-off Spring Cleans

End of Tenancy Cleans

We clean shops and offices too!

Fully insured

@JLSHomeClean

JLS

HOME

CLEAN

DOMESTIC HOME CLEANING

Be happy - Call Linda on 07599 763 947

T: 01942 409401

M: 07881 816839

- Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

- Specialist Leather Cleaning

- Fully insured and trained member of NCCA

- FREE no obligation pre-inspection and quote

www.carrolls-carpetandupholstery.co.uk

SPECIAL OFFER - 20% OFF

ALL CLEANING PACKAGES

Call Clint for a free no obligation quote.

01744 470 051 or 07834 241 642

www.justcleanpropertycare.co.uk

Providing professional carpet &

upholstery cleaning since 1993

Carpets Upholstery Curtains

Leather Oriental Rugs Hard Floors

For more information call:

01925 411 449

Visit our website and check out the testimonials.

www.alliancechemdry.co.uk


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Specialists in boiler installations, repair & maintenance

All work fully warranted

Book a boiler health check for £65

& get a carbon monoxide

alarm (RRP £29) FREE!

All aspects of Gas Heating & Plumbing

• Boilers

• Bathrooms

• Servicing

11672

Installations, Upgrades & Maintenance

Established 30+ years ~ emergency call outs

Call Paul for advice and a free quote

07929 428 496

42-44 Rainford Road, Billinge

Heating & Plumbing Services

• Boiler Installations & Repairs

• Servicing & Maintenance

• Gas Safety Certificates

• We’re on call 365 days a year – our

service & maintenance plans start

from just 41p per day!

152642

64-80 Duke Street, St Helens, WA10 2JW

01744 22331

Bartons-heating.co.uk

Want to promote your

company in Local Life?

Call Sally: 01744 649 722

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Email ops@hotmail.co.uk

Call-Outs

welcome

24/7

Call the team on

01744 892437

ATB Plumbing & Heating

Boiler Installs, Repairs & Services

Fire & Cooker Installations

Bathrooms Fitted

System Flushes

Landlords Certifications 624630

LPG

Call Alec on

07730 735 174

rainford-boiler-tech.co.uk

Rainford Electrical

Electrical Installations & Repairs Est.1975

All aspects of domestic work undertaken

Lights, Sockets, Fuseboards etc

Electric Oven & Shower Repairs

P.A.T. Testing & Inspection

Small jobs a speciality

Call Alan Leigh on

01744 883883 or 07884 496434

All electrical work

undertaken from full

re-wires to alarms/CCTV.

www.hjselectricalservices.co.uk

No job too small.

No call out charge

– guaranteed.

30 years experience.

Call Steve on

07809 427 508


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Ask us about our wide range of hearing aids

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KEYS LOCKS SAFES

• Repairs & Upgrades

on all locks, including UPVC

• Safes supplied & installed

• Key cutting service

• Emergency call outs welcomed

• All work guaranteed

Call your local lock expert for a free quote

Call us now on

01744 732 256

Established 1970

Visit our showroom: 2, Lingholme Road, St Helens, WA10 2NS

Want to promote your

company in Local Life?

Call Sally: 01744 649 722

locallife247.co.uk

CALL PAUL

LOCKSMITHS

ESTABLISHED 2000

• UPVC & WOODEN DOOR SPECIALIST

• Emergency Door Opening

• UPVC Door Lock Repairs

• UPVC Door Lock Changes

• UPVC Door Lock Upgrades

• Wood Door Lock Changes

• All Work Guaranteed

A Registered Insured NCFE Certified Company

Call Paul for a

Fast, Reliable, Professional Service

LocalLife

Design & Print

Flyers, postcards, brochures

and distribution service.

For more information call

01744 649 722

LocalLife

GARAGE DOOR

REPAIRS

All GARAGE DOORS REPAIRED :

Springs, Cables, Locks, Rollers etc.

Doors of all ages repaired

01744 894939 / 07891 330214

www.garagedoorandlock.co.uk

Strawberry Cottage, Pimbo Road, St.Helens WN8 9QL

T

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CAR & VAN SERVICING

FREE

Car Health Check

...and motorcycles too

for all residents of Croston and Bretherton

Keep me until you need me!

Book your FREE Car Health Check

Call now on

01772 603923

REPAIR & WELDING

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Need help looking after your garden?

We provide regular garden

maintenance such as mowing

and trimming, and we also

perform extra services such as

patio and gutter cleaning.

Call Jake today for a free quote

07377 543 110

JPA Garden Maintenance

offers a friendly and

professional service at

competitive prices.

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• Hearing Aids & Repairs

• FREE 1 Week Hearing Aid Trial

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8-10 Gathurst Road, Orre l, WN5 8QH

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For all your building needs

• New Builds & Extensions

• Kitchen & Bathroom Refurbishments

• Loft & Garage Conversions

• Painting & Decorating Contractors

Domestic & commercial work welcomed Established in St Helens since 1958

For free advice and quotes, call Jon on 07887 603926

Bettridge’s Construction Ltd

Strickland Street,

St Helens, WA10 1LS

07887 603926

www.bettridges.construction

Do you have

Failed Double

Glazing Units?

PLC MAINTENANCE

MULTISKILLED HANDYMAN

Roofing & Roofline- repairs and replacement

Decorating, Building, Gates supplied & fitted

Plastering, Gardening

For all your home improvements - No job too small

07847 394040 ~ 01744 606938

Don’t pay £££’s to replace the frame,

we’ll replace the glass panes.

We also replace; Window locks,

Door locks, Hinges & Handles.

...and we do conservatory repairs.

Call us now for a free quotation on

01744 810 000

www.northwestwindowrepairs.co.uk

Haydock

Decorators

• High Quality Decorating Over 20 years experience

• Neat & Tidy Workmanship Haydock Decorators

For a free quote & friendly advice contact Paul on 07596 956 030


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Keeping your home and family safe

• CCTV – Tailored high-quality CCTV solutions for your home

and/or business

• Alarms - Hard wired & wire-free systems security solutions

• Full installation, repairs & maintenance.

The only St Helens company

to reach NSI Gold standard

Call us today for a free, no obligation, security survey.

Established 1984

Unit D, Moss Park, Dairy Farm Road, Rainford, WA11 7JR

01744 607080

enquiries@best-security.co.uk

www.best-security.co.uk

SKF

Rendering Ltd

01744 602931 or 07756 274503

7 Albany Avenue, Eccleston Park, L34 2QN

Call Steve for friendly

advice and a free quote

01744 636 584

07986 528 547

We’ll transform the look of your home with

our machine-applied coloured renders.

One Coat Through Coloured Renders, Acrylic

Renders & EWi Renders (Insulated). 48 colours.

Approved applicators for:

M H Roofing

Established over 15 years

Friendly advice and competitive rates

No job too small

• High Performance Felt Flat Roof Systems

Storm Damage and Insurance Work

• Slating and Tiling full roofs

• Poiniting and Guttering • Fascia Boards

Call 01744 884117

or 07702 693225

www.mhroofingltd.co.uk

Fully Insured & Insurance

Backed Guarantees

3 Maggots Nook Road, Rainford


Tomorrow’s Home Improvements Today!

Quality ~ Choice ~ Value

Windows

Bi-Fold Doors

Thermally-efficient conservatory roofs

expertly fitted by accredited installers

©

Orangeries

Don’t just lock it,

Rock it!

Conservatories

Manufacturers and installers since 2004

Contact us on 01744 891717 for a no obligation quote

Visit our showroom/factory at; Crows Nest, Ashton Road, Billinge, WN5 7XX (near Windy Arbour crossroads)

www.orrellwindows.co.uk

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