Local Life - Wigan - July 2019


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Wigan Edition July 2019

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Page 72 - 73

Remembering Wakes Weeks

Pages 24 - 26

Highfield CC Turns 95

Pages 53 - 54

Salt Trail Walk

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4 Local Life

Christmas Spirit

Summer’s not really kicked into gear as I write this

and yet here I am, asking for help with what has

become almost a Christmas tradition in Wigan.

Wigan Rotary Club have a long and active history

and, as the founding fathers of Wigan Hospice, are

seen by all as a force for good. Today’s Rotarians

consist of mainly retired people all doing their bit to

help society locally, nationally and internationally.

Nowadays, they are probably best known for

accompanying Santa when he rides around various

local housing estates in his Float. The Santa Floats

run throughout December and thanks to generous

donations by Wiganers, they generate a substantial

sum of money, which is ploughed back into the

local community (see page 20) and used to support

other Rotary projects through the year.

The problem the Rotary has though is that most

members are north of 65 years old and the

organisation struggles to attract enough volunteers

to man the Santa Floats. So, the group are looking

for companies or organisations who can help.

The Local Life team have helped for the past few

years and it is great fun! There is half a dozen of us

who will don our Christmas hats and spend a couple

of hours walking round estates singing along to the

Christmas songs and shaking collecting tins for

Rotary. The younger kids love seeing Santa, many

have pictures taken with him, and it brings a bit of

Christmas spirit to the streets of Wigan.

If there are any companies, public sector

organisations or community groups out there who

can help for just one evening this December, then

please email me at the address below or email

organiser Phil Hirst thehirsts@blueyonder.co.uk

Thanks for reading, have a great summer

Chris Pearce, Publisher


Local Life 5

In this issue

Dragons Splash



Sally’s Specials


69 Puzzle page


28 Food & Drink

32 Property

46 Travel

56 Legal & Finance

60 Business View

79 Garden Diary

62 Health

70 Events2Go

76 Motoring

79 Gardening

85 Home Services


Green Is The

New Black


I’d Miss My

Home Comforts


A Day In The


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6 News & Features

Countryside Celebration

West Lancashire’s biggest free countryside festival

returns on the 20th and 21st of July.

The Green Fayre celebrates countryside living and

is firmly rooted in the working woodlands. With

displays throughout showcasing a wide range of

woodworking crafts, deftly demonstrated by local

craftspeople, along with ‘living history’ performances,

there’s something to delight the entire family at this

year’s Green Fayre.

Regia Anglorum will be heading to this year’s fayre,

highlighting Skelmersdale’s Viking heritage and

delving into how the local landscape was shaped

by the skills of its people. There’ll be Viking battle

re-enactments in the arena, while Horus Birds of

Prey and the West Lancs Dog Display team provide

brilliant aerial and agility displays to wow the crowds.

Children can also get up close with the mobile farm


The Green Fayre also offers the opportunity to get

involved in a range of activities, including bushcraft,

axe throwing, archery and shooting.

Keep the little ones entertained on the funfair and

bouncy castles, or on a donkey ride; or head over to

the live music marquee for some great entertainment.

And, as usual, there are over 50 great stalls to browse

and plenty of delicious refreshments available.

Entrance to the event, which takes place at Beacon

Country Park on Beacon Lane, is free. The Green Fayre

runs from 11am-5pm each day.

For more information, call 01695 622794 or visit


Choral Concert

Wigan Choral Society will perform traditional English

songs dating back to the 16th century for their Songs

of Summer programme, led by new musical director

Rory Wainwright Johnston.

It takes place at St. Michael’s Church in Swinley on

Saturday, June 29, and begins at 7:30pm.


Robyn Smashes Target

Billinge schoolgirl, Robyn Unsworth has completed

a 500-metre swim, raising a staggering £1,300 for

charity in the process.

Robyn, aged 12 and a pupil of Up Holland High

School, completed the John West Great North

swim on Saturday 8th June at Brockhole on Lake

Windermere with her uncle, Peter Rigby.

The pair have been training for their open water

swim at Pennington Flash for more than 6 months.

They were planning to swim half a mile, but the bad

weather saw event organisers shorten all distances,

so they completed 500m in an amazing 14 minutes.

After initially asking friends and family to help

with donations, the target was set at £250. The

support from the local community has been

so overwhelming, that Robyn has managed to

raise more than £1,300 for State of Mind Sport, in

memory of her father Paul Unsworth, who passed

away in 2016.

Mum Wendy Unsworth, told Local Life, “I couldn't

be more proud of Robyn for the commitment she

has shown in completing such a challenging swim

at only 12 years old.

“She chose the charity herself and wrote her own

Just Giving message in memory of her Dad. The

encouragement she received from family and

friends, including Danny Sculthorpe from State of

Mind Sport, has been tremendous and we would

both like to thank everyone for their support."



Help Your Hospitals

Wigan and Leigh Rotary Clubs are encouraging

people to return their surplus hospital equipment

to the NHS to help local hospitals save money.

If you have medical mattresses, bed levers, kitchen

trolleys, shower stools, zimmer frames, crutches,

wheelchairs or commodes that you no longer need,

a return day has been arranged on Sunday, June

30. Simply drop your unneeded (and preferably

clean!) equipment off at Sunshine House on

Wellington Street between 9:30am and 2:30pm, or

at Leigh Tesco between 11am and 4pm. Please note

that medicines, tablets and bandages cannot be


President of Wigan Rotary John Wright said: ‘What a

great opportunity to declutter your home and have

some good come out of it. NHS budgets are under

so much strain, we wanted to do our bit to help our

local Hospital Trust, but we need YOUR help to make

the day worthwhile.’

Soul Night

A Northern Soul night in aid of The Christie is

taking place at St Aidan’s social centre in Winstanley

on Saturday 6th July. It’s the latest of a range

of fundraisers organised by Standish woman

Sheila Vose, mum of Danielle Vose who suffered a

devastating ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2016.

The night will feature a Northern Soul DJ as well

as several live acts, it starts at 7.30pm and the

ticket price of £8 includes a buffet. You can reserve

your tickets in advance by calling Sheila on 07403

866584, or leftover tickets will be available on

the door. All proceeds from the night goes to The


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It’s often said that jazz is a feeling, not a genre – a

feeling of not knowing where you’ll end up next.

And that couldn’t be more true than at the Wigan

International Jazz Festival, which is celebrating

exciting new beginnings in its 34th year.

The festival celebrates a change of venue in

2019, heading to the Village on the Green in

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performed by Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra –

voted by The Times as one of 2018’s top albums –

jazz vocalist Salena Jones & Her Quintet, the Louis

Dowdeswell Big Band and Alan Barnes + 11. The

Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra will also be performing

in the four-day music extravaganza, which boasts

both 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. 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 for

anyone interested in making their own music.

Festival director Ian Darrington said: ‘We’re really

pleased with how things are going. It’s great to see

people visiting Wigan from all parts of the UK – they

know that in addition to a wonderful festival, they’ll

get a very warm welcome in the town’.

For more information about the festival, visit www.



Sister Act

Orrell Music & Dramatic Society present the feelgood

comedy musical Sister Act this month. Follow

Dolores Van Cartier as she goes into hiding at a

convent after witnessing a murder, along with

fabulous songs and a hilarious storyline.

Performances run at 7:30pm each night between

Wednesday, July 24 and Saturday, July 27 at St.

Peter’s Catholic High School on Howards Lane.

Tickets cost £9 – call 01695 622713 to book.

Church Events

Orrell’s Living Faith Church is hosting two familyfriendly

events this summer. On Saturday, July 13,

go along to the Connect Centre behind the church

for a fun summer fayre – there’ll be plenty of fun

and games, plus refreshments and snacks available.

Free entry.

Kids can also join in with the Coverdale Puppet

Summer Club every day between Monday, August

12 and Friday, August 16 from 10am-12:15pm. Hear

stories, sing songs, do crafts, and play with puppets!

The club costs £2 per day – please pre-register your

interest by contacting Mikah on 07507 501075 or

visit www.livingfaithchurch.co.uk/events

City to Seaside

Wigan & Leigh Hospice’s most popular event takes

place this month. The Manchester to Blackpool bike

ride takes eager cyclists along a 62-mile route from

the city to the coast to raise money for the hospice,

which provides care to people in the area with lifelimiting


All riders receive a T-shirt and transportation from

Wigan to Manchester and back from Blackpool.

The ride takes place on Sunday, July 7. Entry costs

£25, with cyclists asked to raise at least £100 from

sponsorship. For more information or to register,

call 01942 525566 or visit www.wlh.org.uk/join-anevent/manchester-to-blackpool-bike-ride/

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Stay Healthy, Save Cash

A TV appearance has prompted the

launch of a brand new Slimmers’ Menu at

Holland Hall in Up Holland.

After appearing on the Channel 4 hit

show ‘Four in a Bed’ last July, reality hit for

Cathy and Genice at the hotel. ‘It wasn’t

the laying-out of steak knives instead of

butter knives at breakfast that caused

Richter-scale shudders,’ says Cathy, ‘but

the fact that the cameras had added sixty


Receptionist Cathy Hudson was inspired

to sign up to Wigan Council’s Lose Weight

Feel Great scheme – a twelve-week

programme of Slimming World sessions

and a weekly workout. She also began

cooking delicious, healthy meals at home

– and recruited Hotel Manager Genice

Hall as chief taste tester.

‘I realised that socialising when trying

to stick to an eating plan was nigh-on

impossible,’ Cathy says. ‘That’s when I had

a lightbulb moment – how wonderful

would it be to introduce a Slimmers’ Menu at

Holland Hall?’

The new menu officially launched on Friday, May

31 at Holland Hall’s new hotel bar, Thee Robert de

Holland Inn. Better yet, visitors to Holland Hall can

also earn discounts on food by completing the brand

new Holland Hall Trail.

Holland Hall’s ‘WalkMiles’ scheme was coined by

the team at the hotel to help customers stick to

their fitness goals while enjoying delicious food. By

following any of the new Holland Hall Trail routes

around the estate, customers collect WalkMiles

which can be converted into a percentage discount

from their overall bill.

All you need to take part is a mobile phone with a

camera and any type of FitBit or activity tracking

app to record your steps. Embark on any of the trails

along the route map provided and snap a selfie

with one of the landmarks so your WalkMiles can be

logged. Accumulated WalkMiles can be used against

main meals from the new Slimmers’ Menu and the

Robert de Holland menu.

Discounts will also be offered to Slimming World

members who achieve a milestone that week –

celebrate your Club 10, stone and half-stone awards

for 10% off your food bill! Just bring a certificate

dated within 7 days of your visit along, and up to

three friends to make the most of the reduction.

For more information about Holland Hall’s WalkMiles,

visit www.hollandhall.co.uk or call 01695 624426.


A 17-year-old student from Winstanley College has

won a scholarship with the National Flight Academy

in Penacola, Florida.

Flying enthusiast Ben Molyneux scooped up this

incredible opportunity as reward for winning a

Virgin Atlantic/Delta Airlines competition which

required participants to submit a 500-word essay or

video about a problem which will face the planet in

20 years’ time.

Ben chose Carbon Recapture as the topic - an

initiative Sir Richard Branson himself has invested a

lot into in recent years.

As well as taking part in the scholarship over the

summer, Ben has also been invited to Virgin Atlantic

Headquarters at Gatwick Airport to view the aircraft

hangar and find out more about careers within the

aerospace industry.

Ben is no stranger to aviation, having recently taken

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his first solo flight from Blackpool Airport aged just

17. He aims to have his private licence by the end of


An ecstatic Ben said: ‘Winning the scholarship and

visit to Gatwick is the perfect prize for me, I’m hoping

to join the RAF after college and eventually become

an airline pilot.’

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Behaviour Support

A new support group for parents and carers

experiencing issues from their children associated

with autism, ADHD and other conditions has

launched in Wigan.

The Behaviour Support Circle offers a chance to

meet others going through similar experiences,

and hopefully learning some new strategies and

approaches to dealing with behaviour. Guest

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Meetings take place on the third Wednesday

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Mill Future in Doubt

The future of the listed Eckersley Mill site hangs in

the balance after experiencing damage to one of

its walls. The southern wall was deemed to be in

danger of immediate collapse, while the western

wall was also damaged.

The affected walls have been removed, along with

much of the Weaving Sheds. Historic England

have been informed and it is hoped they will offer

support to ensure the mill doesn’t deteriorate



Boxers Wanted

Boxers are needed to sign up for a charity boxing

match in aid of Joseph’s Goal in September.

Anyone interested in fighting will receive eight

weeks’ free training ahead of the event at Goliath

Boxing Gym while helping to raise money for the

fight against NKH. If you’re interested, send your

name, age, weight, previous experience and mobile

number to knockoutpromotions2019@gmail.com

The fight will take place on Saturday, September 21

at Pure Nightclub.

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.

Summer of Space

Wigan STEAM, based in The Galleries, launches their

Summer of Space programme this July. The project

combines a passion for technology and crafting.

On Saturday, July 20 go along to Wigan STEAM for

their drop-in event from 11am-3pm to celebrate the

50th anniversary of the moon landing. Make paper

rockets and visit the space-themed photo booth on

the day, with a recommended donation of £3.

Then, on Tuesday, July 23, create some space-age

artwork using hidden LED circuits and learn about

simple electronic circuits. You’ll get to keep your

creations, and all materials are provided. Tickets

cost £8 on Eventbrite, and the event runs from



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A huge, inclusive music festival

comes to Standish this July.

Live Life Fest

Focused around a Retro Carnival

theme, the festival 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 entertained

on the day – from a ‘trashion show’

showcasing recycled garments

to a comedy tent and cabaret

performances, you definitely won’t

be bored.

This year’s event also features physical theatre

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.

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,

Goldilocks & the Three Bears, The Wizard of Oz and

more hit the stage in August.

Plays run every Tuesday beginning on July 23 and

ending on August 27, with two performances taking

place per day. Tickets cost £8, with family discounts

available. To book, visit www.haightickets.co.uk


Parbulele Returns

Parbold’s one and only ukulele festival returns for

August 2019, bringing the village alive with upbeat

acoustics once again.

Spanning three days the Parbulele is a familyoriented

festival offering something for everyone.

Enjoy two evening concerts at Parbold Village Hall

on the Friday and Saturday evenings, along with an

inaugural Battle of the Bands on Friday, August 2nd.

Headliners include Ukulele Tuesday, The Secret

Ukulele Band and Manitoba Hal, with music

workshops taking place for those keen to get

involved themselves across the weekend.

Parbulele programmes are £2 each, including

a raffle ticket to win a ukulele worth over £150.

Tickets for the Friday concert cost £5, then £15 for

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Dragons Splash Out

Local community groups

benefitted to the tune of

over £5,000 when they

met with the ‘Dragons’

of Wigan Rotary Club to

bid for grants for their

groups. Successful groups

included conservation

group Friends of

Greenslate Water

Meadows, a residents

group from Hawkley Hall,

Shevington in Bloom, a

Standish youth group,

two mother and toddler

groups, Bispham Church

and a local lipreading group.

There were bids from 29 community groups, asking

for a total of over £22,000 in total. These were

whittled down to the final eight by the Rotary’s

‘Dragons’ and these groups were invited along to

present their bids at St Cuthbert’s Sports Club on

Montrose Avenue.

In announcing that all groups on the night had

been wholly or partially successful in their bids,

President John Wright commented that “The one

common factor amongst all the applicants was the

sheer unbridled enthusiasm shown by those who

pitched for their share of the money. However, this

event would not be possible without the generous

donations of the Wigan residents mainly last

December when we accompanied Santa and his

sleigh around the area. We hope this event shows

Wigan Rotary is using their donations wisely and for

the benefit of the local community.”

The Dragons this year were Rotarians Mervyn Reeves,

John Wright and Aukje Clegg

OBE, along with guest Dragons

Jane Dennis from Fairhursts

Accountants and Chris Pearce

from Local Life.

A full list of the donations together

with more information about

the work of Wigan Rotary Club

can be found on their website

www.wiganrotaryclub.org.uk. If

you’re interested in finding out

more about Wigan Rotary Club,

just call 07813 471000 or email





The Orrell & District Townswomen’s

Guild invite new members to

enjoy regular social events and

good company. The guild, which

celebrates its 90th anniversary

this year, allows women to get

together in a positive environment

to have fun, make friends and help

out various charities.

Townswomens’ Triumph

Members recently got involved

in raising money for Bloodwise, a

funding body in support of blood

cancer research, managing to raise a whopping

£2,800 over the last two years.

If you’d like to join, meetings take place on the first

Monday of the month – except bank holidays –at St.

Luke’s Parish Hall on Lodge Road at 7:30pm. For more

information, call Margaret on 01942 701716.

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Congratulations to the winners of our May

competition to win a pair of tickets to see Nile

Rodgers live at Haydock Park!

The competition winners were Donna Lancaster

from Wigan (whose husband Mark is pictured above)

and Rob Budden from Billinge (pictured below).

We hope you have an amazing night at the gig!

Don’t forget to see pages 72-73 for your chance to

win tickets to Southport Flower Show.

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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside

The Seaside

By Jess Phillips

For fourteen days - the first two full weeks of

July - shops and factories across town closed for

business, and the masses trooped to the seaside

for a fortnight away from work: Wakes Weeks. The

tradition in Wigan began as a single week before

being upped to two in the early 1970s, and though

it’s since petered out, the shores of Blackpool,

Southport and Rhyl will always conjure up good

memories for Wigan’s baby boomers.

Coaches would congregate on Market Square to

pick up their passengers, with neighbours often

travelling together to enjoy standard seaside fare.

From traditional donkey rides on the sand to penny

slots and bingo games, the seaside holiday was a

chance to relax and unwind from the everyday

stresses of mill and factory work. Many Wiganers

will remember the quintessentially British ‘Jugs of

Tea for the Sands’ sign – a surer reminder than the

Tower that you’d arrived in Blackpool! And it meant

what it said: you never had to be afraid of running

out of hot tea; you just had to fill your flasks to take

onto the beach with you.

If you were lucky, you might be heading off to

stay in one of the popular holiday camps at your

resort of choice. The ever-popular Pontins – whose

Blackpool site closed its doors for good in 2009 -

and Butlins - with sites in Skegness and Pwllheli in

Wales – attracted keen holidaymakers throughout

the last century, hosting the classically bizarre

‘knobbly knees’ and ‘bonny babies’ contests. Some

resorts even set up cardboard cut-outs of the slim,

much-coveted Marilyn Monroe figure to see if

women were slim enough to fit inside – more than

a bit risqué today.


The chalets of Pontins and Butlins would be

packed to bursting, with Bluecoats and Redcoats

doing their best to stay on top of jam-packed

entertainment schedules. Usually centred around

an iconic boating lake, chalets were arranged in

a Panopticon-like structure (make of that what

you will) where ‘a rainy day simply produces

more striking evidence of how well a summer

holiday programme can function indoors!’. Or

so declares the Southport Pontins brochure in

1972, anyway.

And if that programme proved disappointing,

not to worry. There was always plenty to do

outside of the camps too. Blackpool was

prolific for hosting comedy performances

from the likes of Ken Dodd and Jimmy

Clitheroe (A.K.A. The Clitheroe Kid) as well

as musical guests like Cilla Black and The

Beatles. Couples could head to the Winter

Gardens or Tower Ballroom for an intimate

waltz, while any superstitious folk could

get their fortunes read along the Golden

Mile. That’s without mentioning the iconic

Blackpool Tower Circus and menagerie!

Southport had its own fair share of memories, of

course. Peter Pan’s Pool & Playground opened to

the public in 1930, on the site where Ocean Plaza

stands today. Boasting tall slides, flying aeroplanes,

a Helter Skelter and a model railway, the playground

was a great base for families wanting to keep the

kids entertained – children from the Platt Bridge

Legion would clamber aboard Wigan double

decker buses to make

the trip, and enjoy boiled ham and

chips before heading home in the evening. The

playground also afforded the opportunity to visit

the nearby boating lake for a trip on the steamer

or rowboats, and was ideal for a trip to Southport’s

very own lido - perhaps a tad colder than the

popular paddling pool over at Rhyl!

Peter Pan’s Playground eventually changed its

name to Happiland in the early 1970s ahead of its

closure and demolition in 1989.

Of course, if you were hankering for something

a bit more thrilling, the larger amusement

parks offered a bit more bang for your buck.

Both Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Southport

Pleasureland were operated by the same

company, and in their heyday both offered a mix

of classic British rides. A fan favourite, the humble

funhouse probably wouldn’t win any health and

safety awards nowadays, but many an hour

could be whiled away on the Social Mixer –


dubbed the ‘wheel of

death’ - which would

fling riders out to the

sides as they struggled

to remain centred!

Blackpool’s funhouse

burned down in 1991

and was replaced by

white-knuckle water

ride Valhalla.

In the late 1970’s

holidaymakers tastes

moved on to package

holidays in sunnier

and warmer climes

just a short few hours away by plane. Wakes Weeks

have today faded into almost complete obscurity,

although some areas of Wigan managing to cling

onto the tradition until the early 2000s.

No matter where we spend our jollies this year,

we’ll always have the memories of spending Wakes

Weeks at Lancashire’s seasise resorts in their heyday.


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28 Food & Drink

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.


Seventies Chic

Get your groove on – it’s back to the

Seventies! But this time around orange

pine and avocado bathrooms are banned,

in favour of good-looking furnishings,

bold patterns and cool accessories.

Seventies style is all about attitude.

Bright and bold, it’s easy to introduce,

often quite affordable and, because the

furnishings are so striking, less is definitely

more – a handful of well-chosen pieces

can be carefully integrated into a modern

scheme, adding an on-trend edge without

becoming overpowering.

Start with the distinctive Seventies colour

palette – in general colours were quite

earthy and muddy, from mustard and ochre to

camel, olive and chocolate. Like the patterns of the

time – geometrics such as circles within squares,

paisleys and simple florals – these strong shades are

best employed in small doses, mitigated by pale or

neutral backgrounds. Think small touches such as a

cushion or two, a drum lampshade, some glassware

and ceramics and a framed poster on your wall, for


Typical of this decade is an element of comforting

homespun, home-made style, hence the prevalence

of handicrafts such as patchwork, weaving and

macramé. Why not take a course, or teach yourself

from books or online videos, and make your own,

personalised pieces? Failing that, Etsy, Folksy and

other online marketplaces have beautiful (and

affordable) craft pieces.

Include some wooden and, especially, rattan

furnishings in the form of blocky furniture made

of pine or covered in velvet or corduroy, and cane

elements such as headboards, mirror frames and

baskets. Try car boot sales, auctions or charity shops,

though choose better quality items to create the

right impression. A cream-coloured shagpile rug is

another option and can be subtly updated with a

Berber-style criss-cross pattern.

Houseplants are important, and the bigger the

better – no Seventies home was complete without a

Swiss cheese plant and a spider plant in a handmade

hanger. Complete the mix with some rustic

kitchenware, a touch of vintage Laura Ashley, and

perhaps even a beanbag or Moroccan pouffe.

Lava lamps

Edward Craven-Walker (1918-2000) was a great

British inventor, entrepreneur and eccentric. The

story goes that he was in a pub one

night when he noticed a peculiar egg

timer, made from a cocktail shaker, old

tins and wax, and filled with liquid.

Fascinated, he bought the contraption

and decided to try to improve on its

design. It took 15 years, but in 1963

the Astro Lamp was launched and

became an instant hit, appearing in TV

programmes including The Prisoner,

Doctor Who and The Avengers. Lava

lamps came in a range of designs,

and were ubiquitous until the late Seventies and

Eighties; they were revived in the Nineties and have

since become popular again – a retro classic that’s

perfectly suited to a 21st century lifestyle.






Working out where to invest your hard-earned

savings has always been a problem for people

through the ages. You’ll find that building societies,

the stock market, gold or property are all viable

options, but it all depends your attitude towards

risk vs reward. Normally, the lower the risk, the

lower the reward and whilst a higher risk is normally

associated with the possibility of higher returns,

nothing is guaranteed.

on your capital over those 10 years (plus an average

of 3.79% a year in dividends), making an overall

increase of 74% over the ten years.

Investing in an average semi-detached house in

Wigan over the last 10 years has seen the capital

increase by 33% and, coupled with the rental

income (based on maximum occupancy) would

have provided a return of 93.32% over the ten years.

Even though landlords have had to deal with a

3% stamp duty level, a decrease in high rate taxrelief

for landlords and an increase in rate of CGT

on residential property profits, the facts remain

that ‘bricks and mortar’ is still a very attractive

investment option.

So where should you invest? Here’s an illustration

on how different investments have performed over

the last decade.

Using the price of the average Wigan semi-detached

house in 2009 (£112,300), I looked at what would

have happened had I invested the same amount of

money in a building society, into gold and finally

into the FTSE 100.

Investing your money in the building society, the

money hasn’t increased in value, but the investment

would have earned you interest of 24.46% over

the ten years. Gold doesn’t earn interest, but your

investment would have increased in value by 26.9%

over the same 10 years.

Putting your money into the stock market

(FTSE100) would have brought a return of 30.2%

With the lack of new homes being built and a need

for decent rental housing, it is highly probable that

this option will remain attractive for the foreseeable


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Good Traders

The annual awards for Wigan Council’s Good Trader

Scheme were held a few weeks ago at the town

hall on Library Street, and Local Life was there to

capture the highlights.

The scheme is run by the council’s Trading

Standards team and offers residents a platform

of over 500 trusted tradespeople located within

Wigan Borough. Tradespeople must prove they

have enough experience, public liability insurance

and are vetted by the team before being allowed

onto the scheme. Residents can access the scheme

via www.goodtraderscheme.com to search for a

Good Trader and also leave feedback on the site of

any work they have had done by a member of the


Trading Standards officers evaluated the feedback

from 2018 and declared the awards as follows;

The Highly Commended - Leigh award went to A&J

Kitchen Fitters, Vitreous Windows won the Best

Newcomer for Leigh award and the Overall Winner

for Leigh went to Gary Sanderson Flooring.

to Case & Young Ltd, DA Electrical won the Best

Newcomer for Wigan award and the Overall Winner

for Wigan went to Advanced Fencing & Gates (all


There were also thirty six Certificates of Excellence

awarded to members of the scheme in recognition

of consistently high customer feedback in 2018,

and many of these went to Local Life advertisers

including our garden columnist Angie Barker,

CL Bathrooms, Plumbing & Tiling, Direct Blinds

& Shutters, Expert Computers, FG Welch Central

Heating & Gas Services Ltd, GHE Electrical Fire &

Security Ltd, Jon Wright Electrical Ltd, Manor House

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Marc Mulligan

Brickwork & Property Maintenance and Wigan


Congratulations to all those tradespeople who were

recognised by the Good Trader Scheme. If you’re a

tradesperson and you’d like an information pack

on how to join the Wigan Council’s Good Trader

Scheme then please email ts@wigan.gov.uk

The Highly Commended – Wigan award went

From left to right: Advanced Fencing & Gates Ltd., DA Electrical Services and Case & Young Ltd.


New Kits for Orrell School

Big-hearted business

owner Chris Ryder,

of local minibus

travel firm Get Chris,

recently forked out

for sports kit for Orrell

Holgate Academy.

The kits donated by

Chris will be worn

by Holgate’s teams

when participating

in football, rugby,

netball and cross

country events.

U-10s and U-11s

Coach Chris van Geffen said: ‘Both teams are doing

well in their respective leagues – the U-11s have

won it for the past two years and the U-10s have a

cup final to look forward to in July. The netball team

are currently undefeated in their league and flying

high at the top of the table.

‘The multi-use kit Chris has provided for us is very

popular with the children that wear it to represent

the school, and will also be used for rugby and cross

country events later on in the year,’ Chris added.

No stranger to sporting success, Orrell Holgate

Academy recently earned the Gold Level School

Games Mark, which sets it apart as a school

delivering a sustained high level of delivery in

physical education and sports.

Chris Ryder, who donated the kits, commented:

‘I used to play a lot of sport when I was a kid -

mainly hockey - and I know how important it is.

The opportunity to give something back to the

community while helping to keep kids interested

in sport was one I couldn’t pass up, and the kids

themselves have been really grateful.

‘It’s important to keep things local where you can,

and this was a great opportunity to thank the

people of Orrell for their support,’ he added.


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Eye-Catching Art

A Wigan-based solicitors

has run a student art

competition with the

nearby St John Rigby

College for a new piece of

art to adorn the office wall.

Rachel Taylor at RJT

Solicitors in Standish

came up with the idea

for the competition when

she realised her wall was

looking a little empty, and

thought what better way

to liven it up than with

the work of a local young

artist? The competition,

which was open to art

students at the college,

Ailsa Hodge’s artwork

at RJT Solicitors, Standish

received an extremely

high calibre of entries.

From a shortlist of five

pieces, one really stood

out – a painting by Year 13

student Ailsa Hodge.

Ailsa had opted to paint a

close-up of her mum’s eye,

which RJT’s Rachel and

Donna dubbed incredibly

EYE-catching and unique.

Ailsa received a £100 cash

prize and her artwork

is now displayed in the

RJT office in High Street,

Standish, tastefully framed

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Flower Power

Chorley Flower Show opens

its gates on the weekend of

27th and 28th July.

Held in the grounds of

historic Astley Hall, the

award-winning tourist

attraction sees more than

15,000 people visit over

the two days. Dubbed

as Lancashire’s biggest

amateur gardening competition, visitors of all ages

can enjoy live music, family entertainment and

stunning show gardens.

This year BBC Floral Expert Jonathan Moseley will

be touring the show and there will be a shopping

village, with independent

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from gourmet food to

unique items for the home

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Green is the New Black

‘Neo mint’ is set to take

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The slender arms are space

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papered. On wooden floors, why not add a feelgood,

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• Include some natural textures for a delightful

contrast. Pale wood goes beautifully, as do stone,

marble and rattan.

• This green works particularly nicely on glossy

wall tiles. Bear it in mind when renovating a

bathroom or kitchen.

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Made In Dagenham

The last production of the season scheduled to

open at Wigan Little Theatre is Richard Bean’s

musical which is based on the 2010 film, Made in

Dagenham. This musical is centred round the truelife

events of the Ford sewing machinists strike of

1961. Rita O'Grady acts as the spokesperson for

the female workers at Ford’s Dagenham plant, who

go on strike to fight the inequality that becomes

apparent when women workers were to be paid

less as they were classed as unskilled.

Their stand against injustice led to the Equal Pay

Act in 1970 and the women are acknowledged as

having played a very significant part in the history

of the struggle for equal pay.

Director Tracey Dawson says, ‘I’m very excited about

this production, it’s full of great songs and has a

great script and although very funny, it tells us a lot

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about human nature and comradeship. We’ve had a

super season and I’m proud that this cast draws it to

a block-busting close.

The production runs between 17th-27th July and

tickets are available at the Box Office in person or

by telephone on (01942) 242561 between 7pm –

9pm on the Friday, Monday and Tuesday before and

each night during productions or anytime online at


Summer Shindig

Age UK Wigan Borough are hosting a summer

shindig this month for anyone living in Wigan aged

over 50. The Houghton Weavers will be performing

at the event, which will also feature stalls to browse

and tours of DW Stadium.

Tickets for the event are free and are available on

01942 615895, and it takes place on Thursday, July 4

from 12pm-4pm at the stadium.

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Island Hopping


By Jess Phillips

Offering a distinctive culture, natural wonders and

a vast number of stunning geological phenomena,

the Shetland and Orkney Islands are rather unique.

More Scandinavian than British, these islands

located off Scotland’s north coast are wonderfully

secluded, surrounded by crystal-clear waters.

From wildlife watching and outdoor adventures like

diving and cliff walking, to visiting historic sights

and far-flung islands, Shetland and the Orkney

Islands have plenty on offer for people of all ages

and interests. If you’re lucky, you might even catch

a glimpse of the much coveted and undoubtedly

awe-inspiring Northern Lights.

Did you know that in the summer months, these

islands can enjoy almost 19 hours of sunshine a

day? As they’re so far north, they have a ‘simmer

dim’, when the sun only dips below the northern

horizon for a few hours.


At any time of year you’ll be enchanted by ruggedly

handsome Shetland. In fact, it was the only place

in the UK to make Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Summer

Destinations in Europe list! The archipelago has

more than 100 islands with just 15 inhabited,

making it the ideal destination to escape the


stresses of everyday

life. On the southern

tip of Mainland,

Sumburgh Head

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such as Jarlshof

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Shetland offers some

of the finest walking

in Europe, combining

spectacular coastal

scenery on both the

North and Atlanticfacing

cliffs, quiet

inland lochs and

gentle hills. It has many quiet, relatively flat roads

that are ideal for cycling – hire a bike in the capital

Lerwick or Unst and embark on your own selfguided


Lerwick, on Mainland, boasts extensive leisure and

entertainment activities, as well as the outstanding

Shetland Museum and Archives, which sits on the

restored historic Hay’s Dock.

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Orkney Islands

The Orkney Islands offer a time-worn, almost

mystical charm where visitors will be greeted by

storm-battered cliffs, ancient stone circles and

delightful scenery.

Mainland, the largest of the

Orkney Islands, is a designated

UNESCO World Heritage Site

and is packed with prehistoric

treasures: start off with the

Ring of Brodgar – a stone circle

built around 2,500 BC, which

predates both Stonehenge and

the Egyptian pyramids! Nearby

Skara Brae is Europe’s bestpreserved

Stone Age settlement;

you can even make out walls

and furnishings that were laid

out by ancient humans!

On Mainland you’ll find Kirkwall, the vibrant capital

of the Orkneys. The skyline is dominated by the

12th century Norse cathedral of St Magnus. Other

fascinating sights include the Bishop’s and Earl’s

palaces and Orkney Museum. It boasts a wide

choice of restaurants and cafes where you can

enjoy Orkney’s excellent food and drink including

its famed local beef, lamb, salmon and shellfish,

as well as a multitude of other locally produced


Getting there

Can’t decide which islands to visit? Why not book

a holiday with a stay on both? The best way to

experience Shetland and the Orkney Islands is with

an independent tour incorporating stays in both

Lerwick and Kirkwall.

Flying to the islands is incredibly straightforward,

with options to fly direct from Scottish airports

including Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and

Glasgow. You can also choose to fly from other

major UK airports including direct flights from

Manchester to Kirkwall (Orkney) and Manchester

via Inverness to Sumburgh (Shetland)

Many of the neighbouring islands can be visited by

boat as day trips for the ultimate island hopping


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Buying A House In Joint Names

There are several reasons why people buy houses

in joint names but whatever your reason for buying

with someone else, the chances are that splitting the

costs of a mortgage and the living costs of running a

house makes sharing the ownership really beneficial.

You can usually generate a larger deposit and get a

larger mortgage, whilst having smaller repayments

because these are shared too but please remember

each of you is liable for the full amount owed on the

mortgage, regardless of what share of the property

you have.

Depending on how much you’re putting into a

property (in terms of a deposit), and what your

relationship is with the person you’re buying it with,

there are different ways of owning the property in

joint names.

The type of ownership affects what you can do with

the property if your relationship with a joint owner

breaks down, or if one owner dies and your choice

needs to be decided when you first purchase the

property, so that it can be correctly registered with

HM Land Registry.

There are two ways in which you can hold property.

These are as either ‘joint tenants’ or ‘tenants in


Joint tenants

As joint tenants (sometimes called ‘beneficial joint


• you have equal rights to the whole property

• your share in the property automatically goes to

the other owner if you die

• you cannot pass on your ownership of the

property in your will

• should you separate in the future you would

each receive 50% of the equity in the property

irrespective of who provided what contributions

to the purchase price. (This is not always the case

on divorce as there are other considerations which

a court is obliged to take into account)

Most married couples and those in civil

partnerships and long-term relationships are likely

to be joint tenants, but this is not always the most

straightforward or indeed financially advantageous

co-ownership for some people. You can later convert

a joint tenancy into tenants in common.

Tenants in Common

As tenants in common:

• you can own different shares in the property. This

can still be an equal share but can be unequal

to reflect the differing contributions which the

owners have made both to the purchase price and

if applicable future mortgage payments

• your share in the property does not automatically

go to the other owner if you die

• you can pass on your share of the property in your

will or if there is no will this will pass to your next

of kin under the rules of intestacy

• if you separate you will take the share of the equity

in the property you have agreed at the time of the


Becoming tenants in common is practical where

either co-owner has a child or children from

a previous relationship; the co-owners are an

unmarried couple or are not in a civil partnership;

unequal contributions are made by each co-owner

to the mortgage, deposit, purchase price and

maintenance; one co-owner does not want their

share to pass automatically to the surviving coowner;

business partners are buying together; or

co-owners want to reduce potential inheritance tax

on an estate.

When buying as tenants in common, you should

have a precise agreement drawn up that details

each party’s share. This is usually in the form of a

Declaration of Trust or Cohabitation Agreement. The

document can be updated whenever there is any

change in the co-owners’ circumstances.

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Highfield turns 95

An institute in the

hamlet of Highfield since

1924, Highfield Cricket

Club celebrates its 95th

anniversary this year. The

club’s extensive history

was officially chronicled

by current Chairman

Gary Speakman back in

1999 for the club’s 75th

anniversary, and he hopes

to bring that illustrious

heritage to the forefront

once again five years

ahead of the centenary.

Interestingly, the club

actually predates its own

birthday. ‘There was a

Highfield Cricket Club

around earlier than 1924,’

Gary explains as we sit overlooking the beautiful,

tree lined and tranquil cricket ground, ‘playing close

by off Enfield Street but not on this ground. This

incarnation of the club was created from scratch by

colliery workers who were laid off work at the time.’

The land used for the club was bequeathed by

Major Blundell, proprietor of the Pemberton Colliery

Company Ltd. and owner of much of the land in

Highfield in the early twentieth century. The club

was established as a recreational area to encourage

a better work-life balance for miners, who for the

nominal fee of two pennies a week deducted from

their wage packet, could enjoy a subscription to the


A keen cricketer himself, Gary’s interest in

researching the club’s history may well stem from a

coincidental connection: ‘When we were conducting

the initial “who’s who” at the beginning, I found

something rather astonishing,’ he tells me. ‘The

very first chairman I could find was a WH Speakman

– completely unrelated to me as far as I know! I’ve

been involved with the club for 43 years now, but to

have another Speakman who chaired the club at the

outset is crazy.’

Gary has now been Chairman of the club for fifteen

years, and hopes to continue as the club reaches its

centenary in 2024. ‘It would be a real honour to be

Chairman for the hundredth anniversary but there is

a democratic vote on all committee roles every year

so we will wait and see. I’ve never fully retired as a

player, so I do fill in now and then – well, I turn up!’

‘I’ve always been interested in local history, and the

strange thing about Highfield is there is no natural

centre to it – however the hub of Highfield is St

Mathews church, St Mathews Primary school and

the cricket club,’ Gary continues. ‘A lot of the research

process was social history – how the club managed

to survive through the post-World War I era in the 20s,

the Great Depression in the 30s and then through

another World War. The fact that clubs with grounds


this size were able to be sustained is incredible and

a testament to some key individuals, too many to

name all, but certainly previous Chairman like David

Ascroft and Harold Gaskell were driving forces.’

Highfield Cricket Club has also seen some famous

faces pass through its doors – although not all

of them were famous for their cricketing skills.

‘We have had a very strong link with Wigan rugby

league club over the years, and Billy Boston proved

to be a very quick opening bowler and consistent

performer for Highfield even when still playing

rugby professionally.’ Boston, who spent fifteen

years playing for Wigan, took around 160 wickets for

Highfield’s first team between 1956 and 1961. Jim

Sullivan, boasting a career that spanned 25 years

at Wigan rugby league, was also fond of amateur

cricket and played for Highfield.

Such a long and lustrous

heritage deserves an appropriate

celebration for its 95th anniversary

– and a celebration it will have. The

club have already hosted a dinner

for around 130 guests, including

its honorary life members, invited

along for an evening of reminisces

and entertainment. The evening

included a tribute to club stalwart

Eileen Gaskell, who passed away

in January of this year, from her

successor as President Brian

Lancaster and her family led by

son Martin Gaskell.

For the August bank holiday

weekend, a huge community day

is planned, where members of

the public can find out a bit more

about what the cricket club has

to offer while enjoying a party


‘Cricket does face its challenges,’

Gary continues. ‘Celebrating 95

years is one thing, but we want

to keep reinvigorating the club –

attracting new adult and junior

players, and volunteers to help

maintain the ground and wider

facilities. Our youngest age groups

through to the age of 11 now has

over 70 members but we have

capacity for more and we would also love to see

youngsters picking up the game at 12 years onwards.

Community, friendship and fun are just as important

to the club as the game of cricket. Working together

with the church as we have for 95 years, members

can enjoy fully licensed premises which are open

every evening along with parish hall and function

room hire for parties and businesses.”

To develop that theme further, Highfield Cricket Club

host Fun Fridays each week, offering juniors a chance

to get a feel for the sport. In late July the club will also

be hosting a summer sports school, offering a mix of

cricketing and wider sports-based fun.

For more information about Highfield Cricket Club

and its events, visit: highfieldcricketclub.co.uk


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56 Legal & Finance

Is past performance a

guarantee to

future returns?

At the time of writing

this article (7th June) the

big news in the financial

press is that ‘Star fund

manager’, Neil Woodford,

stopped investors

withdrawing money out

of his Woodford Equity

Income Fund on 4th

June, after the sum total

of investment withdrawn

from the fund reached a

staggering £560m in less

than four weeks. Kent

County Council wanted to

withdraw a further £263m but were unable to do so

before trading halted.

It was reported yesterday in FT.com that two of

the UKs largest wealth managers, Hargreaves

Lansdown and St James Place were exposed to these

developments. According to the FT, Mr Woodford

was managing £3.5 billion of funds on behalf of

St James Place and that Hargreaves Lansdown

had directed £3 billion worth of their clients into

his funds. As a result of the fall out, St James Place

have now parted ways with Woodford, removing

his investment mandate and Hargreaves Lansdown

have now removed the fund from their Wealth 50


So why has it all gone wrong?

Investment analysts have attributed this action to

the significant poor performance of the fund over

recent months. During his time at Invesco Perpetual,

Woodford could do no wrong and Prosper Wealth

Management were big advocates; we held circa

£10m on behalf of our clients in his flagship UK

Income and High-Income funds and both delivered

outstanding returns for our clients.

Mr Woodford then left Invesco Perpetual to set

up his own company, Woodford Investment

Management Ltd and many investors followed him,

believing that past performance would be a guide to

future returns. At the time of launch our investment

committee considered Woodford’s new business but

decided NOT to jump on board, instead preferring

to adopt a let’s wait and see strategy. A decision was

later taken not to expose any of our model portfolio

clients to his funds.

The fallout from all this has very sadly hit a lot of

investors. His recent public apology probably hasn’t

gone far enough in the minds of many investors


individual investment manager. We

want to understand the governance

process and framework of each

individual fund, and how each fund

intends to deliver its stated objectives.

Fund managers can be flavour of the

month; it’s the fundamentals of the

fund itself that provide better insight.

Safe Pair of Hands

who are now unable to withdraw their funds and are

nursing significant losses.

There are several issues at play here which we, as

advisers, seek to address when managing client


Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Investing is about managing risk and diversification

is a key part of this. Committing all your money to

one investment manager is never a great idea. By

selecting a range of funds, we spread the risk within


Good governance is essential

Managing money on behalf of clients

is about avoiding ‘losers’ as much as it

is about picking ‘winners’. This is very

much at the heart of our philosophy as a ‘safe pair

of hands’.

Should you be considering options around

investing or looking to review your existing

portfolio please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The initial consultation is without obligation and is

at our expense.

The value of investments can go down as well as up.

Past performance is no guarantee to future returns.

Investing in shares should be regarded as a long

term investment and should fit in with your overall

attitude to risk and financial circumstances.

A robust governance process is important when

managing client portfolios. When selecting funds

as part of a portfolio, our established investment

governance process ensures that these are regularly

reviewed and action is taken where and when

appropriate. This framework ensures that we act

early on managing any potential risks that may

impact portfolio performance.

Asset allocation is a key driver to performance

It is not just about selecting the right funds. When

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the importance of asset allocation. This is the split

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Fund managers are human; they don’t get it right all

the time. The most sensible approach is to consider

the fundamentals governing the fund itself, not the

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Holiday reads

Books to while away the summer evenings with.

The Library of Lost and Found

– Phaedra Patrick :: Librarian

Martha Storm finds a book

containing a dedication from

her grandmother. But the

dedication is dated several

years after her grandmother

supposedly died. The book

sets Martha out on a quest

that will rock her safe, predictable life and remind

her of who she really is. A hugely enjoyable, warm

hug of a book.

Internment – Samira Ahmed

:: Set ‘15 minutes into the

future’, Internment tells the

story of 17-year-old Layla, who

is sent to a Muslim-American

internment camp in the middle

of the Californian desert.

Similar to the real Japanese-

American internment camps of

World War II, this camp is a dangerous place to stand

out. Layla’s parents want her to keep her head down

and not attract the attention of the vicious camp

director. But Layla is prepared to risk her life for her

freedom. A powerful page-turner about the price of

turning a blind eye to bigotry.

A Boy and his Dog at the End

of the World – C. A. Fletcher

:: Griz is growing up in a postapocalyptic

world where

mass-infertility has decimated

the human population. His

community is tiny and life

is difficult. When a stranger

steals the family’s dog, Griz

sets out to get her back, on a journey that will take

him from his tiny island on the Outer Hebrides across

Scotland and Northern England. Perfect for fans of

The Road and Station’s Eleven.

Stone Mothers – Erin Kelly

:: Marianne is back in her

home village, and desperate

to keep a secret hidden that

could destroy the life she’s

built over the last 30 years.

A secret that ties her to her

childhood sweetheart, Jesse,

as well as the MP responsible

for shutting down the local asylum. This chilling

psychological tale is a slow-burner but well worth

sticking with.

The Dollmaker – Nina Allan

:: Andrew and Bramber

start writing to each other

because of their shared

interest in dolls. As their

friendship grows, Andrew

decides to visit Bramber at

the institution she calls home.

Andrew and Bramber’s story is

interspersed with tales written by another doll-lover,

Ewa Chaplin, which Andrew reads on his journey. A

beautiful, strange, multi-layered book you’ll want to

keep reading long after the sun has gone down.

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

:: If your idea of the perfect

holiday is spending several

days on a sun lounger with

a good book, then the

Outlander series could be just

what you’re looking for. On a

trip to the Scottish Highlands,

Claire Randall steps through

a circle of stones and finds

herself transported from 1946 to 1743, where she’s

taken prisoner by Scottish outlaws. The hit TV show

is now into its fourth season and the books are even



60 Business View

MTD is now LIVE

Are You?

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

If you own a business that is VAT-registered then you

should already be aware of the significant reporting

changes needed by the new Making Tax Digital

regime which started in April. This will affect the

majority of businesses and the return you submit in

July needs to be fully MTD compliant. There is still

time to make these changes before that return is

submitted, but you need to act now to ensure you

don’t get fined.

To summarise, all businesses that are registered for

VAT and have a turnover above the VAT registration

threshold of £85,000 will be required to keep digital

records and submit their VAT return to HMRC

through MTD compatible software.

All the accountancy software providers such as

Xero, Quickbooks and Sage offer solutions to ensure

that you comply with the new rules, but what if you

depend on spreadsheets and manual records?

HMRC have declared that those businesses

that do keep their VAT records manually or on

a spreadsheet, will be able to continue to do so

for now. However, the final solution for these

businesses will still involve making changes to their

current spreadsheets so that they can link to HMRC

by bridging software.

Therefore all VAT registered business with a

turnover of more than £85,000 will need to take

action of some kind immediately, if you haven’t

already done so. That fact that HMRC are looking to

bring more changes to business record keeping in

the next few years means that it’s important to try

and make your plans as future-proof as possible.

In our view the best way to do that is to switching

to a cloud accounting solution will help prepare for

these and for future changes. CMA are partners with

Xero and Quickbooks, so we are in a good position

to help you choose which is best for your business.

Special Offer!

We are offering all new clients Xero or Quickbooks

software free of charge for 6 MONTHS if they sign

up for our services before the end of July 2019.

As with any enforced change of this kind, the

affect on business owners is demanding but there

are some very positive aspects that result from

changing to MTD. Many of our clients have already

made the switch to online accounting and are

enjoying the benefits that it brings. These include

saving time, improving cashflow, being able to

make better and faster decisions, and improving

security too.

If you have any questions regarding Making Tax

Digital or switching to online accounting systems

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62 Health & Fitness

In the UK, 40,000 deaths a year

are attributed to outdoor air

pollution, and the illnesses it

causes costs around £20 billion

every year. There are also more

deaths and costs attributed to

indoor pollutants like badlyventilated

open fires and

stoves, radon and second-hand

cigarette smoke.



In adults, air pollution causes

coughs and increased phlegm, increasing your risk

of getting lung cancer - it’s estimated that pollution

contributes to around 1 in 13 cases. It also reduces

lung function, which in turn increases risk for COPD

(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Researchers found that people living in areas

experiencing levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution

in the top 20% were 40% more likely to have

been diagnosed with dementia than those in

areas with levels in the lowest 20%. They seem to

be at increased risk of ‘silent stroke’ – small areas

of damage caused by lack of oxygen to the brain

tissue, but not severe enough to cause obvious

symptoms. These silent strokes may be a sign of

blood vessel disease, linked to increased risk of

vascular dementia.

Pollution increases the risk of bladder cancer and

Type 2 diabetes.

For children, the effects are more serious because

their organs and immune system are still

developing. This, and their smaller mass, makes

them particularly vulnerable.

Air pollution can damage your baby in the womb,

affecting their lung function and development.

High air pollution is linked to low birth weight and

premature births.

Exposure to air pollution can cause more coughs

and bronchitis, and also increases your child’s risk of

getting bacterial pneumonia.

Pollution may play a part in causing asthma in

some children and evidence shows it can worsen

asthma symptoms. Long-term effects, severity and

mortality rates increase with the length of exposure

and higher pollution levels.

Using quieter back-streets and footpaths as much

as you can while out and about is a good way

to reduce your daily exposure to air pollution.

Remember to turn your car engine off when

stationary - e.g. while waiting at a rail crossing - and

turn on the air conditioning while stuck in traffic to

reduce pollution exposure. Use it sparingly though,

as the resulting carbon dioxide build-up can cause


Keep car tyres inflated and have your vehicle

serviced regularly to reduce harmful emissions, or

choose a hybrid or electric car to help others avoid


By Alison Runham


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.

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.

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



Fun in the Sun

The last thing you want when you’re enjoying a - Water can make you feel artificially cool, and the

week or two of relaxation or adventure is to suffer BAD warns that water and sand can increase the

bad sunburn or heatstroke. Here are tips for a safe, sun’s radiation. Apply sunscreen straight after you

healthy holiday in the sun!

leave the water, even if it’s ‘water-resistant’. It can be

Beware sunburn and prolonged sun exposure compromised by sweating or towel drying.

By now, we should all be aware of their link to skin - Take extra care if you have pale skin, freckles,

cancer, even years later. If children are repeatedly red or fair hair, many moles (look out for new

exposed, they could develop skin cancer in later life. moles, growths or lumps, and size, shape or colour

changes to existing moles, freckles or skin patches),

- Choose sunscreen with a UVA rating of at least 4

skin problems relating to a medical condition or a

stars and a UVB rating (indicated by the SPF or Sun

tendency to burn rather than tan.

Protection Factor) of at least 30 (50+ for children).

Sunburnt? Apply plenty of cold water as soon as

- Apply sunscreen liberally and frequently. Apply

possible, then a soothing product like aftersun or

at least two teaspoons of sunscreen to cover your

calamine lotion. An antiseptic cream that contains

head, arms and neck and two tablespoons to

local anaesthetic, plus painkillers such as ibuprofen,

cover your entire body while wearing a swimming

can help. if you feel unwell or your skin swells badly

costume, 30 minutes before going out and just

or blisters, seek medical help. Avoid the sun until all

before going out. ”More is better,” says the British

redness has gone.

Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

By Alison Runham


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66 Leisure

Salt Trail

by Chris Pearce

This month’s Jack’s Tracks visits Northwich, a place

that today fits nicely into the pigeon-hole of genteel

and leafy Cheshire, but it wasn’t always this way.

Back in 1670, the Smith-Barry family of Marbury Hall

were searching their land for evidence of coal which

they could extract for commercial gain, but instead

discovered huge resources of rock salt, a remnant

from the Triassic period when seawater moved inland,

creating shallow salt marshes.

By the 1830’s, the salt mining industry in Northwich

had ceased and the industry moved to nearby

Winsford, leaving behind a mass of industrial

wasteland and collapsed pits. This easy four-mile walk

demonstrates the amazing ability of Mother Nature to

renew even the most scarred of landscapes.

Follow the brown signs to the Anderton Boat Lift

(CW9 6FW) and park up in the pay and display car

park. Take the path leading off from the centre of

the car park, directly across from the pay machine.

Go through the pretty butterfly barriers and then

bear immediate left. At the next fork bear right

and, just after the stone artwork a little further on,

bear right once more and go past the wooden gate,

heading downhill through a wooden area.

At the next fork, bear left towards Hyden Pool, and

once you get past the next information board, you

can take either fork to end up at a wooden bridge.

Cross the bridge and carry on in the same direction

until you arrive at another bridge by reed beds,

cross here and, once again, go in the same direction.




Country Park


Trent & Mersey Canal

Marbury Lane




Dairy House


Marbury Brook

Marbury Road








Ollershaw Lane



Boat Lift


Witton Brook

Anderton Nature Park

River Weaver


Carey Park


River Weaver

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.


Once you go through the steel gate at the end of

the path, take the path on the left. Follow this path

for approximately 200 yards, take the foot bridge on

the right and you’ll eventually end up on the road,

where you’ll arrive, 300 yards later, at the Salt Lion

Works. You can walk through the Salt Lion Works to

get to the Trent and Mersey Canal and then turn left

down the towpath.

Follow the towpath for almost two miles, past

tranquil Cheshire countryside and an attractive

marina, passing the coffee boat and the fudge boat

en-route, until you reach the Anderton Boat Lift and

its car park from where you started the walk.




After 750 yards on this path, which runs parallel to

Witton Brook, you’ll arrive at the eastern entrance to

Anderton Nature Park; turn right towards Marbury

Park and a few yards later when you arrive on a

single track road (Marbury Road), turn right and

follow the road for almost 700 yards until you arrive

at a collection of steel and wooden gates on your


Aim for the path that represents a 90 degree left

turn from the road, so go through the gates and

pick up this path. Follow this path for a further 700

yards, but whilst you’re on this path do take the

chance to check out the bird hide.

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:



Puzzle Corner

All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 97 of this magazine.


American States


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CLUE: It has everything.

Trace a path through

all the letters to find

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3 3

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20 28 22 25

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.








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Dementia Voices

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

A brand new theatre piece examining the experience

of young onset dementia. Engaging with dementia

support groups across Greater Manchester, the play

explores the journeys of four people, with a musicmaking

activity and discussion afterwards. Tickets

£3 on 01942 834747.

The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan WN1 1NA

Stonewall Vigil

Friday, June 28, 6:30pm

A remembrance vigil to mark the 50th anniversary

of the Stonewall Riots, followed by an afterparty

fundraiser for Wigan Pride.

Believe Square, The Wiend, Wigan, WN1 1PF

Fundraising Quiz

Friday, June 28, 7:30pm

Revise your trivia knowledge for a night of quizzing,

games and raffles in aid of the Bulldogs U9s and

Pups team! Tickets £2 in advance or £3 on the door,

over-18s only.

Douglas Bank Pub, Woodhouse Ln, Wigan, WN6 7NF

Armed Forces Day

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

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,


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

Sportsman’s Dinner

Saturday, June 29, 6:30pm

Wigan Junior Latics FC present an evening with

Neil “Razor” Ruddock, former footballer and TV

personality. Enjoy a 2-course meal, a charity raffle

and auction, and special guest comedian Jed Stone.

Tickets £40, available from Stephen on 07415

701532 or steydavies@hotmail.co.uk

DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UH

Celebrate Armed Forces Day with a WWI simulation

dome, field hospital display, military vehicle

exhibition and climbing wall, plus a military parade

from Crompton Street to Wigan Parish Church.

Wigan Town Centre


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. Tickets £10 via PayPal on


Norley Hall Cricket Club, City Rd., Wigan, WN5 0BA

Wine, Cheese & Jazz

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

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

and loads of funky jazz from the Dean Masser Jazz

Duo! Tickets £30, available on 01942 834747.

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

Medieval Fayre

Saturday, July 6, 12pm-3pm

Strolling minstrels are here to enchant you at this

year’s medieval fayre – enjoy fresh farm produce

and plant sales while the kids get involved with

archery, hook-a-duck and more!

Up Holland Parish Church, Church Street, Up

Holland, WN8 0ND

Haigh Day

Saturday, July 6, 12pm-5pm

A family fun day featuring live music, outdoor

theatre, circus skills, children’s character shows and

more! Catch The Wind in the Willows and Alice in

Wonderland in the Walled Garden, plus a superhero

vs. princess show in the Courtyard. Free entry, £3 all

day parking.

Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Lane, Wigan,


Afternoon Tea Party

Saturday, July 6, 1pm-4pm

Enjoy delicious refreshments in aid of Wigan and

Leigh Hospice, and have a good chat over a piece

of cake!

Spring View Cricket & Bowling Club, Warrington

Road, Platt Bridge, WN2 3TQ

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Southport attracts tens of thousands of visitors

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Marquee and star turns by top celebrity gardeners.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli will

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Kids go free to the show and children’s TV star Justin

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show’s younger visitors.

And Gardener’s Question Time star Christine

Walkden is among the experts from TV and radio

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Meanwhile, some of the nation’s top growers will

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Organisers aim to turn the show into a giant garden


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Southport Flower Show general manager Ray

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Crank Gala

Saturday, July 6, 2pm-4:30pm

See the Mucky Mountain Morris Dancers, the Limbo

Man, a U3A ukulele performance and plenty more

entertainment on family gala day! There’ll be plenty

of games, a classic vehicle display, raffles, stalls and

refreshments. Free entry.

Crank Village Field, Crank Hill, Crank, WA11 7SD

Strawberry Evening

Saturday, July 6, 7pm

Enjoy entertainment from Betsy the

Housekeeper and delicious strawberries and

cream with shortbread! Tickets £6 from 01257


Tunley UR Church, Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington,


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,

Haigh, WN2 1PE

Art Exhibition

Thursday, July 11 & Friday, July 12, 10am-12:30pm

The Alma Hill Art group exhibit their best work. Free

entry, refreshments available.

Up Holland Methodist Church, Alma Hill, Up

Holland, WN8 0NR

Rag Rug Workshop

Wednesday, July 17, 6:30pm

Made in Dagenham

Wednesday, July 17 – Saturday, July 27, 7:30pm

An am-dram production of the big-hearted musical,

which is based on real events of the Ford sewing

machinists’ strike in 1968. Tickets £12, available

from www.wiganlittletheatre.co.uk

Wigan Little Theatre, Crompton Street, Wigan,


Ballads & Songs of Peterloo

Thursday, July 18, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Dr. Alison Morgan presents a talk based on her

collection of poems and ballads of the Peterloo

Masacre in 1819. Free entry, places bookable on

01942 828128.

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

Strawberries & Prosecco

Friday, July 19, 7:30pm

Dance the night away to a live jazz band and enjoy

delicious strawberries and prosecco! Tickets £8.

Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Bickerstaffe,

L39 0EH

Green Fayre

Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21, 11am-5pm

An annual celebration of the countryside, discover

traditional woodcraft techniques through the

Working Woodland, experience children’s rides

and activities, and browse a variety of traders

and exhibitors. There’ll also be folk music in the


Beacon Country Park, Beacon Lane, Up Holland,


Get together and craft a gorgeous rag rug from old

t-shirts and fabric scraps, plus make pom-poms for

an added extra! Materials provided. Tickets £8 on

Eventbrite. 18+ only.

Wigan STEAM, The Galleries, Wigan, WN1 1QF


Burscough Wharf by Bike

Sunday, July 21, 9:30am-1pm

Enjoy an organised cycle ride from Robin Park

along the beautiful Leeds and Liverpool Canal to

Burscough Wharf and back. Free to attend.

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

Sister Act

Wednesday, July 24 – Saturday, July 27, 7:30pm

Orrell Musical & Dramatic Society present their

latest comedy musical: Sister Act! Follow Dolores

Van Cartier as she goes into hiding at a convent and

breathes new musical life into the church. Tickets £9

on 01695 622713.

St. Peter’s Catholic High School, Howards Lane,

Orrell, WN5 8NU

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

Avenue, Hindley, WN2 3EB


Friday, August 2, 6pm-11pm, Saturday, August 3

& Sunday, August 4, 11am onwards

Keep the ukulele alive with performances from The

Secret Ukulele Band, Ukulele Tuesday and Manitoba

Hal, plus workshops to get involved in. There’ll be

plenty of music throughout the weekend, plus stalls

and refreshments.

Parbold Village

Hospice Garden Party

Saturday, August 3, 12pm-4pm

Join Wigan & Leigh Hospice at their annual garden

party – browse stalls including crafts, plants and

cakes, enjoy barbecue food and relax in the sunshine!

Wigan & Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Wigan,


Bickerstock Festival

Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4, 12pm


Enjoy a weekend of glorious live music across 2

stages from local bands and artists. Enjoy delicious

food, great stalls and creative workshops if you feel

like getting crafty! Proceeds to charity.

Bickerstaffe Parish Field, Hall Lane, Bickerstaffe,

L39 0EH

Gruffalo Hunt

Wednesday, August 14, 1pm-2:30pm

Come and listen to the story of the Gruffalo as

you make your way to his secret lair in the woods!

Make a clay Gruffalo to take home and finish with

a marshmallow around the fire. Tickets £6 per child

on Eventbrite.

Lady Mabel’s Wood, Wigan, WN1 2SE

Gangsters & Gun Molls

Saturday, August 17, 7pm-midnight

A Prohibition-themed night with entertainment

from Goldenage Songbird! There’ll be a Dutch

auction, finger buffet and a raffle, along with a

Prohibition-themed quiz. Tickets £15 on 07745

388737 or 07858 604590.

Pemberton Masonic Hall, Chapel Street,

Pemberton, WN5 8JP

76 Motoring

I’d Miss My Home


Summer’s here, meaning more caravans and

camper vans are on our roads.

To give the manufacturers their due, I have noticed

that each season’s new models get more luxurious,

some probably better appointed than their owner’s

home. Air conditioning is common, entertainment

systems rival the best in home-cinema, Wi-Fi and all

mod-con kitchens are included. Given an arm twist

I could, possibly, ‘rough it’ in a modern caravan. Well,

for a night at most.

But the VW T2 Combi-van sub-culture leaves me

baffled. This love of a minimalist vintage motor-

’home’, last made in Europe in 1979, with its pushup

roof, twee curtains and no loo, just leaves me

completely cold (probably literally if I had the

misfortune to spend a night in one).

It’s the vehicular equivalent of a 1960s seaside B & B.

You know the type? Run by a dragon of a landlady.

“Boiler goes off at eight. The bathroom’s down the

corridor. The front door is locked at ten and no

overnight guests either.”

Admittedly, they do have certain cool, hipster

charm. Some are beautifully restored, I grant you,

and to a higher standard and specification than

when it came off the production line. But surely that

appeal has to evaporate when you are caught short

and trudging to the campsite facilities on a rainy

British summer’s night?

I guess the cool-hipster campers will say I am

missing something.

I know, I am: air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a modcon

kitchen, a loo…

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Fine & Points

Five Motoring Misdeeds

As a motorist, it can be easy to

pick up a few bad habits over

the years, but you’d be forgiven

for not having a good look at the

Highway Code on a regular basis.

However, there are some driving

misdeeds that can take an

unwitting toll on your wallet –

here are five of them…

Eating at the wheel

It’s a situation many will be

familiar with. You’re halfway

through a long journey and when

you stop at the services for some

food you’re asked if you want to

eat in or take away. You’re in a

hurry, so you take it with you and

start eating it as you pull back on

to the motorway.

While this will save you a few

minutes, it also means you’re

driving without due care and

attention – and that can land you

with up to nine points as well as

severe financial penalties.

Splashing pedestrians by driving

through a puddle

Section 3 of the 1988 Road Traffic

Act states that driving “without

reasonable consideration for

other persons using the road” is an

offence. The act rightly considers

pedestrians to be road users, and

driving through a puddle without

looking to see if there’s anyone

on foot and in the firing line can

result in a fixed penalty posted

through your door.

Driving too slowly

Being a cautious road user is – in

most cases – quite a good thing.

However, it’s possible to drive too

slowly in the eyes of fellow road

users – and, more importantly, the


If you’re driving slowly enough to

be a potential hazard to motorists,

you can receive an unlimited fine

and up to nine points on your


Beeping your horn

Road rage is something that

should be kept in check for

various reasons, and that includes

the Highway Code.

In general, you are only supposed

to use your horn to make other

drivers aware of your vehicle’s

presence. However, regardless

of the circumstances, using your

horn between 11.30pm and 7am

in a built-up area can leave you

liable to be fined up to £1,000.

Driving with an overly dirty

number plate

Keeping a car clean is always a

good thing to do, but there are

in fact legal ramifications that

should convince you to wield a

water-filled bucket and some car


Your number plate needs to be

clean, or at the very least legible.

Even if sections of it are obscured

you’ll be liable for a £1,000 fine

– and your car could even fail its

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It is amazing what a difference it can make to your

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They are great for small gardens because they make

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a calming feel in the garden and for dealing with

slopes. Don’t be tempted though to make the

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Straight lines can form bold geometric patterns

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their border space from spilling out over the lawn

and killing off the grass.

So give it a try – and if you have a spare corner in

the garden somewhere, perhaps at the back of

a border, you can stack the turf you’ve removed

and after a few months it will rot down and can be

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80 Gardening

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Paving Driveways Turfing

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Creative solutions for all garden sizes & budgets

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07377 543 110

JPA Garden Maintenance

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• All tree work

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Call Wes for a free quote on

07713 121135 / 01695 322153

Qualified Tree Surgeon NCA RFS NPTC

All types of Tree and Hedge Work

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Felling, Reducing, Pruning, Shaping




01695 623 909

07903 290 878


Garden need a little


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Wood chipping & stump grinder services

Call Lloyd today for a free estimate

01942 367170 / 07900 738637

Cricket St, Wigan, WN6 7TP





• Block Paving

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Tree and Landscape Management

Tree Felling & Pruning

Site Clearance

Tree Surveys and Reports

Invasive Weed Control

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Firewood & Woodchip

Woodland Maintenance

24 Hour Emergency Tree Work


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All aspects of tree work



Call us today for a free, no obligation, quote;

JOHN: 07879 024 070

OFFICE: 01925 271108

Email: fourseasons.treespecialists@gmail.com








West Lancashire Borough Council approved contractor

Wigan Council approved contractor

Day: 07970 521 692 Eve: 01942 214 121

www.smntrees.co.uk steve@smntrees.co.uk


Garden Make-Overs







Call for free estimate

Colin 07958 302 166

Brian 07760 160 988

Wilson Brothers

01695 633173

Wilson Brothers




Garden Design • Landscaping • Maintenance

Professional & reliable service

For a free quote, call Andy on

07814 133 690

Landscape & Artificial Grass Specialist

We’ll design & create your new modern

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Our wide range of artificial grass are all

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garden maintenance

weed control to lawn &


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garden tidy ups

Garden Services & Lawncare

fertilising & moss control

turfing & landscaping

tree surgery

one off jobs or regular


HND qualified. PA1 PA2 & PA6 spraying qualifications.

20 years experience. Billinge based.


day: 07929 366769 eve: 01744 302793


I’ll do the hard work for you;

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Regular maintenance service

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Contact Hannah on

01257 402 149

07454 393 217


Call Andy today for more details

01942 387 044 ~ 07941 602 539

Check out our projects on www.turfcouk.co.uk


Creating the ideal outdoor

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Garden Design & Construction

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M: 07881 816839

- Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

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Mr Soot


Woodburners Open fires Stoves


07724 311 992

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

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Carpets Upholstery Curtains

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For more information call:

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Call - 01257 251221

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Professional Painting and Decorating

• Domestic & Commercial Work

• Interior & Exterior work welcomed

• Old/listed buildings a speciality

Call us today for a free quotation

Home Service available

Choose from 1000s of paint & paper samples

in the comfort of our own home

01942 212096 07831 102 511


Award Winner

Exterior & Interior Decorating

Domestic & Commercial work undertaken

Competitive rate

Contact Graham now - free estimate provided

01257 426 234





Specialise in standard wall coverings, extra wide vinyl and

lincrusta. Free estimates. References available upon request

07714 363 377 / 01942 749 971

Sefton Road, Orrell, WN5 8UP

01942 392398 or 07707 321383

Need a new look

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Skilled interior and exterior work

undertaken at reasonable prices!

Chris Smith - Painter and Decorator

01942 518126

or 07545 065119

Orrell based business


Painting and Decorating

Quality work assured

Over 30 years experience

Free quotes

Mob: 07784 876 338

Email: ajhdecorators@sky.com

Quality work at a competitive price

Des Pilling Plastering

Plastering – Skimming – Artexing

Coving & Cornice work also welcomed

Orrell based – Established 1986

Call Des on 07787 513 235




Re-skims Dot & dab Rendering

2 coat work Unwanted artex

For a free quote, call Ian Ridley on

01942 218 160

or 07958 695 116






• Driveways

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- Internal & External

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Call Paul today to arrange a free quote

01257 402 113 ~ 07736 396 374


Wigan’s premier


cleaning service

Cleaning in the

Wigan area for

10+ years


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• Driveways & Patios etc.


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Call Clint for a free no obligation quote.

01942 470 089 / 07834 241 642


We only use reliable, vetted staff

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Call or email Joanne 01942 203442

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

let us clean your oven so you don’t have to!

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call Steven today on 07393 818 392


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01942 246 190


• Conservatory repairs

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Call MARK now on

01942 737 381 / 0776 315 1720




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For expert service & advice call today:

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

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Wrightington, WN6 9RS

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Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

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21 Naburn Drive, Orrell, WN5 8SB

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General plumbing

Gas Safety Certificates






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Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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









TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Street Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,




Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk


Plumbing & Heating Specialist

Complete Bathroom

& Tiling service

John Bailey - 01942 495785

or 07721 040620 & 07710 153238

Based in Kenyon Road, Wigan



Plumbing and Heating

Heating & Bathroom Specialist

Chris Heaton M.I.P.H.E.R.P




call out


A Genuine Family Run Business

With Friendly & Courteous Staff




Accredited Installer & Service Partner

• Annual Boiler Servicing

• Landlord & Home Owner

Gas Safety Checks

• Mechanical Power Flushing

• Thermostatic Valves/Radiators Fitted

• Home Efficiency Control Upgrades






Registration No.






01942 504 429

TEL: 01257 421 660

MOB: 07515 505 501


• Central Heating Installations

• Boiler Installations

• Maintenance & Servicing

• Power Flushing


Your one stop shop for central heating

434 Ormskirk Rd, Wigan, WN5 9DF

01942 221221

info@premiergas.com / www.premiergas.com

Design & Print

Flyers, postcards, brochures

and distribution service.

For more information call

01695 627 999




norma ly £20

now £15


Spray Tan


Acrylic & Gel Nails

Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM

Closed Thursday & Sunday

Mo sy Lea Road






Solar Thermal

& Solar PV


your FREE

home survey



Car Health Check

.and motorcycles too

for a l residents of Croston and Bretherton

Book your FREE Car Health Check

Ca l now on

Keep me until you need me!

01772 603923


Saving money is

the clear benefit!

Slash your electricity and

water heating bi l

Protect your household from

future energy price rises

Reduce your household’s









impact on the environment

Call us now

0843 224 9555

07595 420237

All plumbing services

including services & repairs

• Bathrooms/Wet Rooms designed and fitted

• Specialists in Disability Installations &


• Emergency Call outs welcome

No Obligation Quotes – Call Mark on

07515 894 281

14 Lyefield Avenue, Whelley, Wigan, WN1 3UL








Whatever your electrical needs,

GHE have the answer!

Complete re-wires

New/moving sockets

All lighting needs

Burglar Alarm systems

CCTV systems

Security Light installations

PAT testing & inspections

No Job too Small

Domestic and commercial work welcomed

Suite 1A, Kirkless Industrial Estate

Cale Lane, Wigan, WN2 1HF

All electrical work


• Friendly reliable service

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• All types of electrical work

• 20+ years experience

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• 24 hour call out service

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01942 836 937 www.ghewigan.co.uk




01942 215 769

07739 709 005


Services Ltd

Call: 01257 424918 or 07821 139826


Jon Wright Electrical Ltd

All types of Domestic & Commercial work undertaken

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• Repairs

• Solar PV

• Alarms

Call now on: 07983 387448

Email: jonwrightelec@live.co.uk

Certificate of excellence winner 2017 & 2018

W.Hurst & Son Ltd



• All types of electrical work

• 35+ years experience

• No job too small

• Friendly and reliable

TV Aerials Installed

TV Wall Mounting

Telephone Lines

Setup Service

Ring Paul on

01942 514532

07709 490095

For a free quote

& advice call Jeff

01695 622 191

07850 622 191


in matching styles

Is your

garage door

broken ?

Call us today for a free estimate

to Repair or Replace it

CJM Garage Doors Ltd, Unit 10, Hewitt Business Park

Winstanley Road, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7XB

t: 01942 738347 w: www.cjmgaragedoors.co.uk


Installations, Upgrades & Repairs New systems

10 years experience from £350

For a friendly & reliable service call Dean on

07506 518 646

DF Alarms 58 Chapel St, Pemberton, Wigan




• We come to you!

• Computer repairs and upgrades

• Internet and wireless problems fixed

• Quality new systems built to specification

• Virus removal from £35

• Domestic and commercial work welcomed

Call us now for FREE computer advice.

Call - 01942 863448


‘Excellence in Customer Service’ – Winner

No Fix? No Fee!






• 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


01942 901103


07932 718 362





Springs, Cables, Locks, Rollers etc.

Doors of all ages repaired

01744 894939 07891 330214 NO FIX, NO CHARGE!


Strawberry Cottage, Pimbo Road, Upholland WN8 9QL


28 Years Experience

• All aspects of home improvements

• One stop for all the trades you require

• Joinery, Building, Kitchens & Bathrooms




Call Jonathan for a free quotation

TEL: 01257 401 243 / MOB: 0777 602 4045


GDR Driveways

Flagging • Block paving

Concreting • Fencing

Call Gareth for a FREE quotation

01942 217 113 | 07715 177 754

Extensions & Refurbishments

Kitchens & Bathrooms

Conservatories & Orangeries

Windows & Doors

Roofs & Fascia Boards

Decking & Balustrading

All aspects of building works - No job too small

Call Peter for a free quotation

Day: 07961 516 677

Eve: 01942 745 428

Cambridge Road, Orrell

Home Improvements

• Fitted Kitchens & Bedrooms

• Garage & Loft Conversions

• Floors, Doors & Windows

• Garden Gates

For all your home improvement needs call David on...

01942 203 804

07851 225 876

DS Joinery

JJ Driveways

Imprinted Concrete Specialists

Huge range of colours & patterns

• Resin Driveways • Block Paving

• Indian Stone • Flagging

We can also revive your old drive!

Ask about our sealing service

Call Joe for a free quotation on

01942 621 959 / 07867 697 972


• Home improvements

• Loft conversions

• Garage conversions & Extensions

• Staircases

• Windows & Doors

01257 422317 or 07852 202867



All our work is fully insured & guaranteed

References available on request

Call now for a free quotation

House Extensions

New Kitchens

& Bathrooms

Garage Conversions

Full Refurbishments

01942 561 848 | 07725 909 257


B.A. Berry

Building & Roofing Specialists

•All building work undertaken.

• From a broken tile to a full re roof.

• Flat roofs renewed and repaired.

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including Lintels.

Your local fully qualified tradesman with

30 years experience

Call us now for a free,

no obligation quote

01695 622 704 / 07968 652 320


• Brickwork,



• Garden Walls,



• Platform

Steps, Paths

28 Years Experience & patios

T: 01942 248 537

M: 07749 806 566


01942 495412 / 07974 496676





Est. 1985

Roofing & Roofline Specialists

• All aspects of maintenance & repair

• Fascia & soffit installation

• Guttering and felting services

Call us now for a free estimate

01695 633173

Colin: 07958 302 166

Brian: 07760 160 988


K Stone

Building Services

All types of building

work undertaken

25 years experience

Your local roofing company from repairs

to re-roofs, fascia’s, soffits & gutters.

• Flat roof specialists

• Damp proof specialists

• Quality workmanship & affordable pricing

• Quick response to all repairs


• Brickwork

• Pointing

• Garden Walls

• Patios

• Roof Repairs

• Flagging

• Alterations

• Driveways





Tel: 01942 410 724 / 07887 901656


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 07702 693225


Fully Insured & Insurance

Backed Guarantees

3 Maggots Nook Road, Rainford

All aspects of roofing & roofline




and Garages

Rubber Cover

Roofing Specialist

Guaranteed 50 years

T: 01942 864 624

M: 07868 713 520

M: 07894 687 384

Call for free


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• Strip & re-slate or re-tile

• Built up felt/flat roofs, dormers etc.

• Insurance work undertaken

• Roofline uPVC fascias, soffits & guttering



01695 627 212

MOBILE: 07774 943 706


Established Over 30 Years

Facias, soffits, cladding,

dry verge and gutters - call us now

for all your roofline requirements!

We specialise in seamless aluminium gutters.

Clean, stylish and guaranteed for 25 years!

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Re-Roofing Tiles

Re-Roofing Slates

Flat Roofs

UPVC Fascia & Soffits

Bespoke Conservatory

Warm Roofing Systems

Looking for a local, reliable

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Lords Roofing Contractors are a well

established father and son business with

over 40 years experience.

Lead Work

Dry Verge & Dry Ridge Systems

Full Garage Roof Refurbishments

Galvanised Steel Powder

Coated Roofing Sheets

(Various Colours)

Installer of UPVC Roof lanterns

Roof Repairs



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Easy Mix

Easy Mix

Ready Mixed Concrete

• Delivered or Collected • Perfect for builders & DIY

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2 7 7 5

7 9 8 9

3 4 3 8

8 8 4 3

20 28 22 25








A Day in the Life of

Shirley Southworth

Shirley’s relationship with food and flavour inspired

her to start her own enterprise, Fur Clemt, a café

based on Montrose Avenue in Pemberton (WN5

9XL) that repurposes food that would otherwise

head straight to landfill, transforming leftover

ingredients close to their sell-by dates into delicious





Shirley’s up and raring to go. The

morning begins with checking the

Fur Clemt social media inbox and


Shirley turns up at Fur Clemt to be

greeted by a possible murder scene,

but no; a freshly made batch of

beetroot wine has burst all over the

floor. It’s on the mop for Shirley.

It’s time to write up the day’s menu.

The first order up is prepping 35

lunches for homeless people over

at The Brick.

11:00am The doors open at Fur Clemt and the

operation goes into overdrive for Shirley

– directing the volunteer team, serving

customers and handling phone calls.

2:00pm Lunch rush over, it’s time to sort through

the latest food stockpile. Random food

donations arrive from as far as Preston

and Warrington, including 16 sacks

of red cabbage. Er, red cabbage salad


4:00pm Time to prep the evening meal for the

folks over at The Brick, and if it’s a Friday,

to prep the entire weekend’s meals for

The Brick.

4:30pm Shirley heads home, unless Fur Clemt are

hosting one of their 3-course gourmet


9:30pm Finally it’s time for Shirley to put her feet

up and enjoy a bit of TV. Sick of the sight

of food, she’s swerved the kitchen and

the takeaway is on the way. Lovely!

The work that Shirley and the 30 strong group of

volunteers do at Fur Clemt has been recognised with

the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. Fur Clemt

has inspired various spin-offs at different locations

throughout the borough. For more information, visit

www.realjunkfoodprojectwigan.org.uk or call in



Come and visit the largest

showroom in the North West


Quality installations of windows,

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First for quality • First for service • First for reliability

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Office Number: 01942 871 777

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Contact us on 01744 891717 for a no obligation quote

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