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The times, they are a changing here at Local Life HQ
as we prepare for a forthcoming transformation of
our West Lancashire magazine.
For some time now, we have struggled with
restrictions on the size of the magazine. Because
the magazine is currently delivered via Royal Mail,
we are restricted to a certain weight on the service
we use and, as more and more advertisers come on
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Our other magazines in Wigan, Chorley and St
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This exciting move will allow us to break free of
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publication that we hope you’ll want to read every
month without fail.
However, from the September issue, you’ll need
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outlets in the local area – or you can sign up to
receive a link to the online magazine at www.
Our exciting new look is still in the planning stage
at the moment, and whilst it will retain existing
favourites, I can tell you that it will be a very different
animal. We can’t wait to introduce you to the new
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Magic at Mere Brow
Mere Brow Methodist Church invites you to its open
gardens event this month.
On Sunday, July 14 from 12pm-5pm, enjoy 12 local
gardens open to the public around the village. You’ll
be transported around the venues via a vintage
bus, with plenty more classic vehicles, artefacts
and photographs on display in the William Hunter
A local exhibition heads to the church on the day,
along with light refreshments – if you’re looking for
lunch, head to Highgrove on Higher Lane.
Admission to all of the venues costs £5 per person,
proceeds from which go to the upkeep of Mere
Brow Methodist Church and to an elected charity.
Parking is available at Mere Brow Village Hall, which
also offers toilets with disabled facilities.
For more information, call Natalie on 07469 925462
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Open 7 days
Ormskirk Fire Station is hosting a family fun day in
The open day gives you the chance to get up
close and personal with your local firefighters,
with practical demonstrations throughout the
day! There’ll also be food vans offering a variety of
goodies, a goalie shoot-out, and stalls to browse.
Go along to Ormskirk Fire Station on Aughton
Street on Saturday, July 6 from 10am-4pm.
West Lancashire Light Railway hosts a volunteer
open day this month.
Volunteers cover everything from gardening
and building repair to helping out in the shop
and catering department - there’s something for
everyone! Act as a guard or part of the footplate
crew, or get involved as an engineer.
If you’re interested in volunteering, go along to
the Railway on Station Road, Hesketh Bank, on
Saturday, July 6 from 1pm-4pm for some fun havea-go
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and the chance to meet other volunteers.
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West Lancashire’s biggest motoring festival returns
this August, bringing with it a whole menagerie of
vehicles old and new.
See fast Fords, vintage British race cars, emergency
service vehicles and the latest advances in motoring
technology at Ormskirk Motorfest. Catch Concours
D’Elegance, a static display of over 300 cars ahead
of the town parade in the afternoon, when the
roads will be closed off for the occasion. There are
plenty of food and drink stalls too, and a special
surprise for any keen petrolhead.
Ormskirk Motorfest takes place around Ormskirk
town centre on Sunday, August 26 from 11am, with
the parade held at 2:30pm.
Painters, sketchers, sculptors and photographers
are invited to submit work to the Lancashire Open
Hosted at Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk, amateur
and professional artists alike are invited to exhibit
and have their work perused by the public. A cash
prize of £800 is awarded for the first place entry,
then £400 for second and £200 for third place.
Commendations and the prestigious Peoples’ Prize
- as voted by visitors to the gallery - are also up for
Applicants must be 18 or over, and can submit
two pieces of original artwork for viewing by the
selection panel. The deadline for online entries
is Monday, July 1 at 9am; alternatively, you can
drop off entry forms in person on Friday, July 5 or
Saturday, July 6 at the gallery.
For more information, call 01695 571328, visit
www.chapelgallery.org.uk/open-2019/ or pop into
Chapel Gallery on St. Helens Road.
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Two exciting events are coming to Hesketh Out
Marsh near Hesketh Bank, allowing you to get the
most out of the natural beauty spots around you.
Catch an ‘alternative airshow’ in August and
September - forget planes, the performers here are
huge flocks of birds! You’ll be able to spot predators
doing what they do best, and experience the aweinspiring
sights and sounds of birds - including little
egret, lapwing and peregrine falcons.
Entrance to the event costs £8 for RSPB members or
£10 for non-members, and under-18s go half price.
Alternative airshows take place on Saturday, August
31 and Saturday, September 28.
Later in the year you’ll be able to wade into the
water searching for wildlife in the Hesketh Out
Marsh Big Tide Walks, which take place in October
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Controversial plans for 38 new houses off Red Cat
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Dozens of Burscough residents protested the plans,
which they claim would have caused extensive
traffic problems and harm to local wildlife, as well
as adding strain to local services.
The housing developer has now withdrawn the
proposal completely after putting them before the
council’s planning committee.
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Parbold’s one and only ukulele festival returns for
August 2019, bringing the village alive with upbeat
acoustics once again.
Spanning three days over the first weekend in
August, Parbulele is a family-oriented festival
offering something for everyone. Enjoy evening
concerts at Parbold Village Hall on the Friday and
Saturday evenings, along with an inaugural Battle
of the Bands on Friday, August 2nd. Watch ukulele
players from far and wide fight it out for the top
spot, with amazing bands and solo artists taking to
the stage across the weekend.
Headliners include Ukulele Tuesday, a Dublin-born
band producing viral covers of songs including
Psycho Killer by Talking Heads and Britney Spears’
Hit Me Baby One More Time. They released their
first original single back in 2018, and they’re sure
to be a huge hit at the festival! They’ll be joined
by Merseyside septet The Secret Ukulele Band,
who promise to entertain the audience with Soul
and Motown classics – along with a few up-tempo
country hits. Last but by no means least, Manitoba
Hal – the blues man – travels from his one-hundred
year old cottage in Nova Scotia to Parbold, where
he’ll express himself the only way he knows how:
That’s not all. Local ukulele bands will be set up in
pub beer gardens across the village, while jamming
sessions take place inside.
Keen uke players can get involved in professionally
run workshops – everyone from complete
beginners to experienced ukulele players looking
to hone their skills are welcome to attend the
sessions, which cover everything from singing and
songwriting to harmonica lessons. Adult workshops
cost £10 each.
The Parbold Music Village will once again set up
beside the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, along with
a pirate barge, hippy boat and bouncy castles
for the kids. There’ll be plenty of stalls to browse,
along with a tent selling locally brewed beers and
Local school pupils have
contributed to this year’s
and gathered to enter a
competition for the honour
of designing the front cover.
Parbulele runs from Friday,
August 2 until Sunday,
August 4 - programmes
are priced at £2 each,
including a raffle ticket to
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One of the great things about
technology is that it can help you
when you’re far from civilisation.
It can track your hike, provide
the tools you need when you’re
far from home or just give your
phone a boost so you can listen to
music while you explore the great
Smartwatches aren’t just for
runners and cyclists: there are
hiking-specific ones too. Look for
features such as a barometer (for
pressure, to help predict weather
changes), altimeter (for altitude)
and compass (for directions). Some
even have thermometers you can
use to help plan what you’re going
As with all technology, hikingready
smartwatches differ wildly
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Garmin’s Fenix 5 is packed with
features but it’ll also set you back
£449.99. If you’re a serious hiker
that’s a worthwhile investment,
but if you’re more of a weekend
stroller a more modest, more
affordable watch that uses your
phone for GPS might be a better
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which can track your vitals and
record your travels, is currently
For extreme outdoor enthusiasts
who think nothing of clambering
up the odd terrifying tower,
an action camera is a must: it’ll
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The GoPro Hero range is the
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with something a lot more basic,
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ruggedness of a more expensive
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cheerful way to get surprisingly
good video when you’re out and
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Surge may seem expensive but
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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, along with birds of prey
and dog display shows throughout the weekend.
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
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Country Park on Beacon Lane, is free. The Green
Fayre runs from 11am-5pm each day.
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A fundraising campaign for
a community defibrillator in
Rufford looks set to help save
After Angela Bruce-Konuah
lost her mum to Sudden
Cardiac Arrest, she realised
there was a desperate need
for defibrillators in rural areas
- including Rufford.
For every minute it takes
for a defibrillator to reach
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odds reduce by 10%.
Approximately 60,000 out of
hospital cardiac arrests occur
every year in the UK alone, according to AEDdonate,
and approximately 20% of these in public places.
‘There has been a significant number of cardiac
incidents in the area recently, and I realised that we
needed defibrillators in Rufford and Burscough to
save more lives in the rural parts of West Lancashire,’
Now she plans to refurbish the old phone box on
Highsands Avenue - a two minute walk from the
cricket club and farms at the back of Rufford - to
fit an external AED package. For the refurb and the
defibrillator, she’ll need to raise £2,999 - over £1,500
of which has already been donated.
‘I really just wanted to give something back to
the community,’ Angela explains. ‘The defibrillator
project is to honour my mum but also to hopefully
inspire other people to take action in their own
communities - whether that’s raising money for a
defibrillator or something as simple as litter picking.’
‘We should be at the forefront of efforts to unite
our communities instead of standing back,’ she
‘If this project helps to save even one life, it will have
been worth it.’
Angela is also looking for volunteers to get involved
with the refurbishment of the phone box - any
phone box enthusiasts are welcome, along with
anyone talented in carpentry, painting or glazing,
to help restore the booth, which was procured
through BT’s Adopt a Kiosk scheme.
‘The telephone boxes are a really important aspect
of our heritage, and I’d like to help preserve that if
I can. Unfortunately ours is in bad shape, so it will
need extensive refurbishment before it can be
repurporsed,’ she says.
If you’d like to donate towards the defibrillator,
visit www.aeddonate.org.uk and search Rufford
Telephone Box. A collection box has also been set
up at the Hesketh Arms pub for anyone who would
prefer to donate in person.
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Remembering Lathom’s War Horses
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memorial honours the countless animal lives lost
in the war. Its erection was conducted by Richard
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Lathom Park’s gateposts opposite Cranes Lane –
where the horses would have been driven from
Ormskirk Station – was the obvious location for the
granite monument. Now, after its unveiling, Richard
Houghton and Michael Dawson want to raise more
awareness of Lathom’s war horse heritage through
a dedicated Facebook page, which will give much
earned credit to all of the animals who received a
purple poppy for their war efforts, including horses,
donkeys, dogs and pigeons.
The new group can be found by searching The
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Burscough’s Scarecrow Festival returns in July, and
with it the Burscough Bake-Off!
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crowned Burscough’s star baker? All handmade
cakes are eligible for entry.
Simply hand your application form in at Burscough
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Burscough Community Farm is set to become
completely organically certified this month.
The 18-acre farm, which became a not-for-profit
Community Interest Company back in 2016, began
its life as a plot of land inherited by Jane Hickson.
Jane and her husband Neil decided to open up the
land to friends so they could begin to grow their
own crops; little did they know it would become an
enterprise the whole of Burscough would soon get
‘Originally we posted a notice in the paper about a
meeting at the farm to see who would be interested,’
Neil explains. ‘About forty people turned up, and
Burscough Community Farm started there!’
The farm began offering veg boxes, scaling up to
sell them wholesale at Manchester Markets, as
well as to the local community of Burscough. As a
CIC, it also began offering chances to get involved
with various training courses and placements
for students at Edge Hill University, along with
regularly hosting homeschooling groups. Now the
farm is home to 40 chickens used to produce eggs,
along with several beehives managed by the Tree
Bee Society. 5000 trees are dotted about the site –
Neil and Jane have even started growing their own
flowers for wholesale.
‘What’s important on a farm like this is having areas
dedicated to nature. That way you have a natural
habitat for pest predators – we have ponds for frogs
and toads, hedges and most importantly trees so
birds can thrive,’ Neil says.
Neil since found that song thrushes have been
picking off snails that would otherwise get at the
crops and eating them before they had chance.
‘Something else that’s been really important is
our link with mental health,’ he continues. ‘People
suffering from mental health problems get referred
to us and we help them reconnect with the land and
improve their wellbeing. There are loads of studies
that show getting outdoors and getting your hands
in the soil can boost your mood and improve your
overall mental health. We mainly use hand tools at
the farm - along with a large rotavator - so you really
get to learn the traditional method of doing things
without mechanical intervention.’
Indeed there are: Mind the mental health charity
indicates that getting out and about in nature can
help with things like confidence, self-esteem and
making new connections. The idea of nurturing
something else – like flowers or crops – has
also helped people learn to take better care of
themselves. At Burscough Community Farm,
opportunities to increase socialisation and meet
new people are in abundance - the farm is run by
a dedicated group of volunteers, including local
Green Party candidate Gaynor Pickering, farm
‘We met loads of new people ourselves through
building the farm,’ Neil adds. ‘We were a bit
surprised at first to find that everyone from other
organic farms across the country who we asked for
advice were very enthusiastic about providing it!
My philosophy is that if people care about where
their food comes from and about being sustainable,
they care about other things too – and that includes
Farming doesn’t just offer psychological benefits:
there are plenty of physical ones too. Since starting
the farm back in 2013 – and following a bet
between Neil and his daughter - the Hickson family
have transitioned smoothly into vegetarianism. ‘I’d
say we’re about 75% vegan,’ Neil tells me. ‘For me it’s
about sustainability and health – after about three
weeks of vegetarianism, it hit me that my body was
just feeling so much better.’
‘The farm’s eventual aim is to become completely
self-sustaining,’ Neil continues. ‘In the past we’ve
received funding from the parish council and the
Tesco Bags of Help scheme, but we’d like to get to
the point of being a co-operative and employing a
couple of people at the farm.’
Burscough Community Farm is set to
be awarded its fully organic status in
July, which confirms all aspects of food
production doesn’t involve harmful
additives, pesticides or danger to wildlife
welfare by the Soil Association.
New volunteers are always welcome
at Burscough Community Farm, and
they’re always on the lookout for
more enthusiasts to join their Friends
scheme. For an annual fee of £30 per
household, you’ll get discounts on
farm produce and help to support the
valuable work the project does. For more
information about the farm, visit www.
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Books to while away the summer evenings with.
The Library of Lost and Found
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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
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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
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mass-infertility has decimated
the human population. His
community is tiny and life
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steals the family’s dog, Griz
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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
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
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holiday is spending several
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a good book, then the
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what you’re looking for. On a
trip to the Scottish Highlands,
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38 Health & Fitness
Fun in the Sun
The last thing you want when you’re enjoying a
week or two of relaxation or adventure is to suffer
bad sunburn or heatstroke. Here are tips for a safe,
healthy holiday in the sun!
Watch out for heatstroke.
Heatstroke starts with heat exhaustion - the
symptoms of which include headache, dizziness,
nausea, confusion, appetite loss, excessive
sweating, pale clammy skin, cramps in the arms, legs
and stomach, fast breathing or pulse, a temperature
of 37°C or above and intense thirst.
If you think someone is suffering from heatstroke,
lay them down in the shade and raise their feet.
Remove unnecessary clothing and give them cold
drinks. If they’re no better after 30 minutes or
they feel hot and dry, have a temperature of 40°C
or above, are breathless or breathing rapidly, are
confused, lose consciousness or have a seizure, call
the emergency services.
Beware sunburn and prolonged sun exposure
By now, we should all be aware of their link to skin
cancer, even years later. If children are repeatedly
exposed, they could develop skin cancer in later life.
- Cover your skin (remember fabrics allow UV light
through to varying extents).
- Choose sunscreen with a UVA rating of at least 4
stars and a UVB rating (indicated by the SPF or Sun
Protection Factor) of at least 30 (50+ for children).
- Apply sunscreen liberally and frequently. Apply
at least two teaspoons of sunscreen to cover your
head, arms and neck and two tablespoons to
cover your entire body while wearing a swimming
costume, 30 minutes before going out and just
before going out. ”More is better,” says the British
Association of Dermatologists (BAD).
- Water can make you feel artificially cool, and the
BAD warns that water and sand can increase the
sun’s radiation. Apply sunscreen straight after you
leave the water, even if it’s ‘water-resistant’. It can be
compromised by sweating or towel drying.
- Keep children under 6 months out of strong
- Take extra care if you have pale skin, freckles,
red or fair hair, many moles (look out for new
moles, growths or lumps, and size, shape or colour
changes to existing moles, freckles or skin patches),
skin problems relating to a medical condition, a
family history of skin cancer or a tendency to burn
rather than tan.
Sunburnt? Apply plenty of cold water as soon as
possible, then a soothing product like aftersun or
calamine lotion. An antiseptic cream that contains
local anaesthetic, plus painkillers such as ibuprofen,
can help. if you feel unwell or your skin swells badly
or blisters, seek medical help. Avoid the sun until all
redness has gone.
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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
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
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
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
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A new website has launched for people in
Lancashire affected by suicide.
Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria launched the
site earlier this year in order to help anyone recently
bereaved by suicide, anyone contemplating suicide,
or anyone who is worried about someone else.
It offers links to crisis lines, advice on how to talk
about suicide and mental health, and a practical
guide to making a ‘safety plan’ if you’re suffering
from suicidal thoughts.
Simply search for your local area to find the best
resources available to you.
The site is dedicated to offering a safe, nonjudgemental
space to help prevent suicide and
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At its heart, Chiropractic simply removes interference from your
nervous system (brain, spine and spinal cord) by taking care of your
spine. This helps you use your own ability to heal and have health,
throughout your mind and body.
MEET OUR INSPIRATIONAL PATIENT, JOHN... he came to us with neck problems
which were interfering with his nerves so much he couldn’t lift or grip things with
either arm or hand. Rheumatism was mentioned. Within a few weeks of joining
us and over the months he’s shown us all that the (his) human body is remarkably
powerful at healing - chiropractic just helps you do it, which is why Dr Mike (our
Chiropractor) in the pic doesn’t claim any credit at all.
Have you already tried everything and are still struggling with pain?
Some people come to us as a last resort, after years of pain, suffering and very little quality of life that is
being lived. Some come straight to us. People join us because they want a natural, effective approach to
getting out of pain and back to a better life. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been told `to learn to live with it, or
its your age` (both are false ideas), Chiropractic care can still help you.
PATIENTS TELL CHIROPRACTIC LIKE IT IS, CHRISTINE SAYS: “Good morning
campers! I came in here like a cripple on a cross, now I feel like a new woman. I’m
dancing”. She’s looking forwards to going to Turkey in May and doing that dancing!
Please note that Christine’s results are down to her body doing such a good job of
healing, chiropractic care simply helped her use her own ability to heal without
drugs or surgery... she’s the star!
There is no real limit to your potential to heal.
When our patients get better, we always tell them that Chiropractic didn’t treat or cure them at all, it
simply helped them use their own ability to heal.
Whenever you are ready to take care of your health issues, we are here for you.
We have made Chiropractic care at our hospital so affordable, we have entire
families coming to us. Mum, Dad, Baby, Toddler, Teen and Grandparents all
benefiting from affordable, excellent, Chiropractic care.
Please call 01942 498 480 for further details
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The West Lancashire Stroke Group meet on the
last Tuesday of every month, offering support and
advice for anyone who has suffered a stroke.
July’s meeting takes place on Tuesday, July 30 at the
community lounge at Chapel Court, Ormskirk (L39
4XB), from 10am-12pm.
Women in the Ormskirk area aged 50-70 are invited
to attend a free NHS breast screening.
Screenings should take place every three years –
the earlier breast cancer is found, the better the
chances of beating it. A mammogram is a simple
procedure during which an X-ray is taken of each
breast by a female health practitioner. Despite this,
3 in 10 women in Lancashire do not attend their
free breast screening appointment.
Breast screenings will take place in a mobile unit
on Ormskirk Hospital car park. If you’d like more
information or to attend, call 01942 774713 or talk
to your GP.
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Mawdesley Open Gardens
Sunday, June 30, 12pm-5pm
Browse beautiful gardens as they open to the public
for one day only. Programmes available for £5 from
Mawdesley SPAR or from the gardens involved.
Plant sales, crafts and refreshments available.
Mawdesley Millennium Green, Hurst Green,
Mawdesley, L40 2QS
Stress Free Talk
Wednesday, July 3, 10am-11am
Bestselling author Dean Fraser presents a talk on
reducing everyday stress, plus an informal Q&A
session and book signing. Free entry.
Burscough Library, Mill Lane, Burscough, L40 5TJ
Romeo & Juliet
Friday, July 5, 7pm-9:30pm
Enjoy a spectacular outdoor performance of
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Rufford Old Hall.
Bring a chair and a picnic. Tickets £15 for adults or
£12.50 for children, bookable on 03442 491895.
Rufford Old Hall, Liverpool Road, Rufford, L40 1SG
Fancy Dress Ball
Friday, July 5, 7:30pm-1am
Dress up as something beginning with A, with
prizes for the best costumes! Tickets £10 from Carol
on 07717 484180 or the WLSJ School office.
School Lane Playing Field, School Lane, Westhead,
Fire Station Open Day
Saturday, July 6, 10am-4pm
Meet the crew at Ormskirk Fire Station, see the fire
engines and see some firefighting demonstrations.
Ormskirk Fire Station, County Road, Ormskirk,
Family Fun Day
Saturday, July 6, 12pm-3pm
Raise awareness for diabetes with a family fun day.
There’s plenty to do including a reptile show, face
painting, games, a tombola and a picnic!
St. Anne’s Community Church Hall, Prescot Road,
Ormskirk, L39 4TG
Saturday, July 6, 12pm-5pm
Enjoy games, stalls and loads of entertainment
at this year’s carnival, themed after ‘something
beginning with A’! You won’t want to miss the RAF
Westhead Lathom St. James School, School Lane,
Westhead, L40 6HL
Saturday, July 6, 1pm-4pm
Pinfold Primary School present their summer
carnival, with live entertainment, a bouncy castle,
fun and games plus a raffle and BBQ.
Scarisbrick Village Hall, Smithy Lane, Scarisbrick,
National Meadows Day
Saturday, July 6, 2pm-4pm
Chapel Meadow invite you to visit Parbold’s
biological heritage site, with plenty of guided walks
and refreshments. For details, call 01257 463849.
Bramble Way Car Park, Parbold, WN8 7HZ
DJ - Photo Booth - Live Acts
Scarecrow Fun Day
Sunday, July 7, 11am onwards
Join a fun day with plenty of stalls, games, food and
live entertainment. Enter the Great Burscough Bake-
Off and the Scruffs Best Dog in Burscough. Or get
involved in the Little Duck Race at Burscough Bridge.
Burscough Cricket Club, School Ln, Burscough, L40 4AE
Saturday, July 13, 1pm-3pm
Learn all about the dragonflies and damselflies of
Mere Sands Wood with Dr. Phil Smith, and enjoy a
stroll around the reserve. Entry £7 for adults, £3.50
for children or £6 for Friends of Mere Sands Wood.
Mere Sands Wood, Holmeswood Rd, Rufford, L40 1TG
Archery Taster Session
Saturday, July 13, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Burscough Archers host a taster session – an
intensive hour of archery. Adults and children aged
10 and above are very welcome for £10 per head –
to register, visit www.burscougharchers.org.uk
Asmall House, Asmall Lane, Ormskirk, L40 8JL
Transport Trust Open Day
Sunday, July 14, 10:30am-4pm
The Merseyside Transport Trust invite you to view
classic vehicle displays, enjoy free bus rides around
the countryside and browse stalls at their open day.
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Ormskirk’s very own Gingerbread Festival returns,
with non-stop entertainment throughout the day,
heritage stalls showing Ormskirk’s history, raffles,
classic car displays and – of course – plenty of
Ormskirk Town Centre
Mere Magic Gardens
Sunday, July 14, 12pm-5pm
Gardens in Mere Brow open to the public, with a
vintage bus travelling between venues. Follow the
Mere Magic Garden Trail, see the local exhibition in
Mere Brow Chapel, and enjoy light refreshments.
Tickets £5 – call 07469 925462 for info.
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Win tickets to
Southport Flower Show
Southport Flower Show celebrates its 90th
anniversary this summer with one of Britain’s
biggest garden parties - and Local Life readers have
a chance to join in the fun free of charge.
We have THREE pairs of tickets to give away for the
2019 show in our exclusive reader competition.
The lucky winners will enjoy an event that’s now
a permanent fixture in the north west’s social
Southport attracts tens of thousands of visitors
every year to the prize blooms in the Grand Floral
Marquee and star turns by top celebrity gardeners.
Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli will
open the show on Thursday 15th August, launching
a packed programme of entertainment.
Kids go free to the show and children’s TV star Justin
Fletcher is bringing his stage act to amuse the
show’s younger visitors.
And Gardener’s Question Time star Christine
Walkden is among the experts from TV and radio
who are on hand to share advice with visitors.
Meanwhile, some of the nation’s top growers will
compete for the prestigious prizes while leading
designers demonstrate their creative talents with
their stunning show gardens.
Organisers aim to turn the show into a giant garden
party spread across the 34-acres of Victoria Park
close to the centre of Southport.
Southport Flower Show general manager Ray
Roukin said: “We look forward to welcoming Local
Life readers to celebrate our anniversary year with
us this summer.
“The show has something for everyone and is a
perfect family day out”.
The competition winners will be given a pair of
standard tickets granting admission to Southport
Flower Show for one day. The show runs from
Thursday, August 15th to Sunday, August 18th.
To enter our competition to win a pair of tickets
to the Southport Flower Show simply visit our
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and on ‘competitions’ and then just complete the
The ‘Strictly’ judge opening the Southport Flower
Show this year is _ Tonioli.
The expiry date for the competition is midnight on 31st
July 2019 and the winners will be notified within five
working days of this date. Entrants must be over 16 years
of age. One entry permitted per household. Employees of
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Sunday, July 14, 3pm-6pm
Illyria present an outdoor performance of
Shakespeare’s The Tempest: a magician is marooned
on an island with his daughter, and conjures a
storm to shipwreck his enemies. Feel free to bring a
low-backed chair or rug to sit on. Tickets £15 or £13
for concessions, bookable on 01695 584480.
Arts Centre EHU, Edge Hill University, St. Helens
Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QP
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,
Bat & Barn Owl Night
Friday, July 19, 8:30pm-11pm
A unique chance to visit Martin Mere at dusk – set
a moth trap, search for barn owls at dusk and bats
once darkness falls! You’ll learn all about tracking,
recording and identifying bats. Tickets £16,
available from www.wwt.org.uk
Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Fish Lane,
Burscough, L40 0TA
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,
Sense & Sensibility
Wednesday, July 24, 7pm-9:30pm
Who can say no to a bit of Jane Austen in the
sunshine? This outdoor performance of the classic
novel set in the beautiful gardens of Rufford Old Hall
is perfect for summer – please bring a comfortable
blanket. Tickets £15 per adult or £12.50 per child,
bookable on 03442 491895.
Rufford Old Hall, Liverpool Road, Rufford, L40 1SG
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
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,
Sunday, August 4, 7pm
Enjoy an outdoor singalong to The Greatest
Showman at Aintree Racecourse! There’ll be music
and snacks to kick the night off. Bring a blanket or
camping chair for a night of cinema under the stars
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Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, L9
Friday, August 23 - Sunday, September 1, 10am
The indoor funfair returns to Liverpool this summer,
with plenty of rides and attractions for the whole
family! Ride as much as you can in 3 hours for £10.-
tickets available at www.indoorfunfair.org
Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock,
Liverpool, L3 4FP
Sunday, August 25, 10am-5pm
Check out a great selection of cars old and new
including fast Fords, British classics and emergency
service vehicles. The Concours D’Elegance – a static
display of over 300 cars – will be in attendance, plus
food, drinks and displays throughout.
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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.
Trent & Mersey Canal
Anderton Nature Park
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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:
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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
I know, I am: air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a modcon
kitchen, a loo…
By Iain Betson
Fine & Points:
Five Motoring Misdeeds
There are some driving misdeeds that can take an
unwitting toll on your wallet – here are five…
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
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 the law.
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 licence.
Beeping your horn
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
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 MOT if it has an illegible number plate.
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Bugs and beasties thrive
in warmer weather,
so how should these
common problems be
Aphids such as greenfly
and blackfly suck sap from
plants and can transmit
viruses, sometimes with
You can use a strong jet of
water to blast aphids off
plants, but be thorough
or they will soon be back!
Alternatively, spray with a
suitable insecticide – I prefer a more environmentally
friendly soap-based insecticide. Biological controls
such as native two-spot ladybirds and their larvae
can also be introduced – see www.pippagreenwood.
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Aphids breed rapidly, so regular control is necessary.
Caterpillars can do a lot of damage to plants and
One of the best methods is to pick the pests off and
either squash them or place them on the bird table.
Caterpillars are easier to spot at dusk or very early in
You can buy a mixture of nematodes to spray onto
your plants and kill the caterpillars without harming
humans or pets.
Some caterpillars produce quantities of fine webbing
to bind leaves or other plant parts together to create
shelters. It is hard to get a pesticide or nematodes
mix to reach them, so hand-picking or squashing is
For susceptible vegetables such as calabrese,
broccoli and other brassicas, stop the adults laying
their eggs with horticultural fleece, netting or very
fine Micromesh, either as pull-out tunnels or sheets
of material cut to shape and pegged down. These
keep a wide range of pests, including caterpillars,
away from the plants.
Woodlice are rarely responsible for causing damage
and are rather like vultures, moving in to clear up
debris created by other pests. I say leave them be.
Earwigs cause damage to petals or leaves,
particularly on the flowers of plants such as clematis
and dahlias. They can be controlled with contact
insecticides but many prefer to trap the earwigs.
One of the best ways to do this is with an inverted
flowerpot – stuffed loosely with hay, straw or similar
material – on top of a bamboo cane, and positioned
amongst susceptible plants. The earwigs climb in
and the pots can be emptied regularly.
Powdery mildew coats plant leaves, stems, buds
and petals with a white flowery deposit, and can
prevent fruits from swelling normally or cause leaves
to distort or fall early. Prompt action is essential and
suitable fungicides are available.
Keep the damage to a minimum in the first instance
by ensuring that the plants are kept well-watered
– plants which are dry around the roots seem
particularly prone to mildew attack. In addition,
try to ensure a good flow of air around the plants,
as stagnant, moist air seems to have a similar effect
and can make matters worse very quickly. Careful
pruning or weeding often solves the problem.
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