Local Life - Chorley - July 2019

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Chorley Edition July 2019

Oh I Do Like To Be

Beside The Seaside

Page 24 - 26

Win Tickets To

Southport Flower Show

Pages 36 - 37

Salt Trail Walk

Pages 40 - 42

Local News Motoring Jack’s Tracks Health Events2Go Home Services

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4 Local Life

Smelling of Roses

It’s an exciting time to be alive and well in Chorley.

At a time when towns across the UK are struggling

to attract people to their town centres, Chorley’s

future blooms.

The council’s investment into the Market Walk

complex was slated by many a keyboard warrior,

but now looks positively inspired as the new M&S

and the Reel Cinema are due to welcome residents

by Christmas. The latest news that they could be

followed into the Market Walk extension by a new

18-hole adventure golf course and bowling alley

is yet another piece in a very exciting leisure and

entertainment jigsaw for Chorley.

Thanks to the council’s timely investment in Market

Walk, the town is pulling ahead of neighbouring

towns in the race to survive.

Away from the centre, the Strawberry Fields digital

hub on Euxton Lane is a brand new, state of the

art, hi tech business centre for digital and creative

businesses. Funded by Chorley Council with an

£4.1m contribution from the European Regional

Development Fund, the centre will attract outside

investment as well as providing a home for hundreds

of local companies.

And finally, who can forget Chorley FC’s achievement

is getting themselves promoted to the National

League? Season tickets for 2019/2020 are now

available from Victory Park and the club has a hectic

pre-season schedule in July that includes visits from

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It’s all happening in Chorley, but first, it’s time to take

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Flower Show at Astley Hall on the 27/28 July. Tickets

now available from www.chorleyflowershow.com

Have a great summer,

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk


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In this issue

Holiday Reads

Regulars

14 Puzzle page

34 Events2Go

40 Jack’s Tracks

20

Sections

6 Local News

32 Health

43 Pets

44 Motoring

48 Gardening

50 Home Services

Oh I Do Like To

Be Beside The

Seaside

24

Fun In The Sun

32

Win Tickets

To Southport

Flower Show

36

I’d Miss My

Home Comforts

Next issue - August 2019

Advertising deadline - Thursday, 4 July

Published - Thursday, 18 July

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Litter Picking

Two Litter Clean Up days are arranged in Chorley

for July and August. Could you spare a few hours

of your time to help make your local area prettier,

and help clear up grot spots? Recently a litter pick

in Buckshaw Village saw over 1750 litres of rubbish

collected for proper disposal and recycling.

The first event takes place on Saturday, July 20,

meeting at the far corner of Buckshaw Village Tesco

car park at 10:30am. The second meets in Euxton on

Saturday, August 31 at the same time – venue details

are still to be confirmed.

A litter picking kit is available for community groups

to borrow to help clean local areas, and consists of

hi-viz jackets, litter rings, gloves, pickers and bags.

If you’d like to get involved, contact Euxton Parish

Council Clerk at clerk@euxtoncouncil.org.uk or

01257 234004.

Hard Knock Life

Chorley Youth Theatre’s latest production of Annie

the musical takes place this month.

Follow little orphan Annie through 1930s New York

as she’s taken in by Daddy Warbucks – featuring

classic songs like Tomorrow, Maybe and It’s A Hard

Knock Life, the family-friendly musical will have you

tapping your feet in your seats.

Tickets cost £10 for adults or £8 for children, and can

be obtained from Ebb & Flo Bookshop or Malcolm’s

Musicland, or on 01257 264362. The performance

runs from Wednesday, July 10 until Saturday, July 13

at 7:30pm at Chorley Little Theatre.


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Pear Tree Lane Plans

A proposed housing development has been put

forward for land at Pear Tree Lane in Euxton.

co.uk using Euxton in the subject line, or online at

www.your-views.co.uk/euxton

Plans for up to 180 new homes of

varying sizes have been drawn up

by developer Gladman, along with

sustainable drainage solutions

and new public green spaces in

the form of play areas, woodland

and footpaths. Access to the site is

proposed off School Lane, to the left

of the development site. It is hoped

the plans will boost Euxton’s local

economy and provide new outdoor

public spaces for local people to

enjoy.

Gladman invite public consultation

on the proposal – you can get in touch

via email on comments@your-views.

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Pick A Pocket Or Two!

Amateur theatre group Buckshaw VAMP present

their latest production this month: Oliver!

Featuring all the classic songs including Food,

Glorious Food and You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or

Two, the production promises fun for all the family,

with tickets priced at £8 per adult or £6 per child.

Showings take place on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday,

July 14 at 7pm, with an additional 3pm matinee on

the Sunday, at Buckshaw Village Community Centre.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

The group are always looking for new members,

and everyone who auditions is guaranteed a role

in Buckshaw VAMP’s shows. The not-for-profit

theatre group use proceeds from ticket sales for

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Euxton Allotments

Euxton is finally getting its own allotments thanks to

its Parish Council.

The new allotment site is located along the western

edge of Euxton Lane’s new housing estate, and can

be accessed via a right turn into Stansfield Drive and

another into Copland Place.

Although at the moment the land is still only a field,

plans are in place to have the Pear Tree Allotments

ready for the 2020 growing season.

The waiting list for allotments is expected to open

around September – please do not contact the

Parish Council until then as details have not yet been

finalised.

Flower Power

St. Anne’s Church in Turton is holding its 40th Flower

Festival on July 27 & 28.

The festival shines a spotlight on Lancashire

traditions and customs through beautiful floral

displays in the heart of Turton.

The event takes place at St. Anne’s Church on High

Street (BL7 0ER).

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Fabulous Flowers

Chorley Flower Show returns once again this

July. The weekend of July 27-28 sees Astley Hall

illuminated with bouquets of every colour – plus

some delicious fruit and veggies.

Amateur competitors can enter a huge variety

of classes in the categories of Flowers, Fruit,

Vegetables and Floral Art. Whether you’re growing

dahlias, cacti, chilli peppers or potatoes, there’s

a category just for you! Special classes just for

children will have juniors creating monsters made

from recycled items, summer flowers or a bowl of

floating flower heads.

Cash prizes are awarded for placing first, second

and third in each class, and range from £7.50-£2.50.

Along with the flower competitions, you’ll also have

the chance to meet growing enthusiasts including

representatives from the Rose Society UK and the

National Sweet Pea Society. Also in attendance is

the Chorley & District Gardening Society.

Of course, you won’t want to miss the chance to

browse trade stalls and professional horticultural

displays which will be spread across Astley Hall and

Park. The hall itself is offering regular tours featuring

a spectacular floral photography exhibition. Plenty

of entertainment is offered across the two days,

including flower arranging and

gardening demonstrations,

children’s activities and loads of

food and drink vendors.

Weekend tickets cost £14 per

adult or £2 per child, with carers

going free. Tickets can also be

obtained in exchange for time

credits.

For a full schedule, application

forms and more information

about the Chorley Flower

Show, visit their website at

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Competition

Winner

Congratulations to the winners of our May competition to

win a pair of tickets to see Nile Rodgers live at Haydock Park!

The competition winner was Dave Tootell from Euxton

(pictured).

We hope you have an amazing night at the gig!

Don’t forget to see pages 36-37 for your chance to win

tickets to Southport Flower Show.

Did you know we also run social media competitions

exclusively for fans of our Facebook page, Local Life

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Karting Kid

An Euxton 11-year-old has managed to

secure a sponsorship from Italian automotive

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Leon Barlow has been karting since he was

just nine years old, competing at various

tracks across the North West including

Team Karting in Rochdale and Three Sisters

in Wigan. He and his dad Mick have always

had a passion for motorsport, and it was only

natural that Leon would end up owning his

very own kart – a 2015 Project One, which

uses a Honda 160 RPM SP engine.

Enzari formally announced the new

sponsorship at this year’s Leyland Festival –

their very first in grassroots karting.

Founder Jason King said: ‘Leon is a very talented

young driver and we think it will be very exciting

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Leon commented: ‘I am really happy that Enzari

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in karting.’ Indeed, if Leon’s success at such a young

age suggests anything, it’s that his sporting future

is a bright one.

Now Leon competes in races

across the country and blogs

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to continue honing his driving

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Bike Coding

The Euxton Neighbourhood Policing Team are

providing free bike security coding on Wednesday,

August 28 from 1pm-3pm.

If your bike gets stolen, adding your details to the

database at a security coding session can help you

reunite with it in the event it is recovered. You’re also

welcome to take along scooters and skateboards to

Euxton Library for coding on the day.

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The event runs from 2pm-4pm at the Euxton PCC

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Village Show

The Brindle Village Show, first established in 1976,

returns to Brindle Community Hall on Saturday,

August 31.

Entrants have the opportunity to win a variety of

prizes across a huge number of classes, including

home-grown produce, flower arranging, handicrafts

and baking. Children are also encouraged to get

involved in junior baking and art categories.

Adult entries cost 40p each, and children’s are free.

Entry forms must be posted to Susan Burgess at 6

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Exhibits will be staged at 9am on August 31st before

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Puzzle Corner

All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 55 of this magazine.

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Theatre in the Park

What better way to bask in the summer sun than with

some outdoor theatre in the park? Catch Heartbreak

Production’s performances of Romeo & Juliet and

Wuthering Heights as they head to the Walled Garden

in Astley Park this August.

On Tuesday, August 13 and Thursday, August 22,

recline in a beautiful setting to enjoy classic works

produced in a vibrant new style.

Tickets cost £14 per adult or £9 per child, and are

available from www.checkoutchorley.com or from

Café Ambio in Astley Park. Performances start at

5:30pm.

Buckshaw Bible Club

Buckshaw Village Church hosts a holiday Bible club

this August to keep the kids entertained during the

summer holidays. The theme is Pirates, as they set

sail to find the greatest treasure of all.

The club is open to children aged 5-11 who are

already in primary school, and runs from Monday,

August 19 to Thursday, August 22 each morning

from 10am-12:30pm.

There’ll be an additional family pirate fun session

from 6pm-7:30pm on the Thursday. Sessions take

place at Trinity School on Unity Place, Buckshaw

Village, and the entire cost for the club is £10 per

child.

For more information or to book a place, call 07876

515985 or email 2rachelharris@gmail.com

Busy Bees

The Busy Bees Gardening Club invites children aged

6-11 to join free gardening sessions this summer.

On Saturday, July 20, kids will learn how to tend

to a small garden, ahead of a session which delves

into various species of bird on Saturday, August 17.

These take place from 10am-11:30am, and booking

is essential at Chorley Library.


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Free Health Checks

Free health and blood pressure checks are available

on Friday, July 5 at Euxton Library. Jane from

Rowlands Pharmacy will conduct the check-ups as

part of Health Information Week, beginning at 2pm.

For more information, call the library on 0300 123

6703.

Summer Showings

Family theatre comes to Worden Park this summer,

with showings of Alice Through the Looking Glass,

Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz and more!

Take along a picnic and a blanket to sit on and enjoy

enchanting performances for all ages in the beautiful

parkland setting.

Tickets cost £8 each or £16 for a family of three, with

performances taking place every Monday from July

22 until August 26. To book, call 0800 788 0526 or

visit www.wordentickets.co.uk

Casting Call

CADOS are holding an audition for their October

play Woman In Mind this month.

A dark comedy from Alan Ayckbourn, the play delves

into the mental collapse of Susan, who, starved of

affection from her own family, conjures an imaginary

one instead. Auditionees will present a monologue

and may take part in a duologue. Seven roles are

available.

The audition takes place on Sunday, July 14 from

10am-12pm at Chorley Little Theatre. To get

involved, email davereid38@gmail.com

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Rising stars of comedy head to Chorley to preview

their material ahead of the upcoming Edinburgh

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Then, on Tuesday, July 23 at the same time,

Lancastrian comedian James Meehan and

observational stand-up Alun Cochrane visit the

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Moonlight Memories

The biggest annual fundraiser for St. Catherine’s

Hospice in Lostock Hall takes place this month.

The hospice, which provides palliative and end-oflife

care to local people affected by life-shortening

illnesses, invites members of the community to take

on the brand new 10-mile route or the usual 4-miler

on Saturday, July 6.

On the day, dress in your sparkliest accessories and

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Lostock Hall before returning to the hospice grounds

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Registration costs £15 per adult or £10 per child

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Chorley FC are holding a soccer school for children

aged 5-12 at Victory Park this summer.

Players of all abilities are welcome to attend and

brush up on their soccer skills – while having plenty

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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

better.


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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside

The Seaside

By Jess Phillips

For fourteen days – around the first two weeks in

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 Chorley dates back to the nineteenth

century, when cotton mills would close for a couple

of weeks to allow for machinery to be serviced. It

wasn’t until 1905 that Wakes Weeks were properly

established, and only after WWII that workers began

to receive holiday pay. Although the tradition

has since petered out, the shores of Blackpool,

Southport and Rhyl will always conjure up good

memories for Chorley’s baby boomers.

Whether you were catching a charter train from

Chorley Station to Blackpool or embarking on a

coach holiday with neighbours to enjoy standard

seaside fare, Wakes Weeks promised a fortnight of

fun and frolicking. From traditional donkey rides

on the sand to penny slots and bingo games, the

seaside holiday offered a chance to relax and

unwind from the everyday stresses of cotton milling

and factory work. Many Chorley folk 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, and

just had to fill your flask 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


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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 Butlins and Pontins 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 also had its own fair share of memories.

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. It 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 its sister

park Southport Pleasureland boasted 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


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– dubbed the ‘wheel of

death’ – which would fling

rides 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.

If you didn’t fancy

travelling too far afield,

Wakes Weeks fun could

always be found closer

to home. Astley Park’s

paddling pool was the

ideal spot to recline with a jam butty picnic and

a bottle of cordial – although you did have to be

mindful of broken glass at the bottom! It could be

tricky to find somewhere to buy bread and milk for

those staying in Chorley – worse, if you developed

toothache, chances were you wouldn’t find an

emergency dentist until they returned from their

own holiday!

In the late 1970s, tastes moved on to package

holidays in sunnier climes just a few short hours

away by plane. Wakes Weeks have today faded into

almost complete obscurity, although some areas of

neighbouring towns – including Wigan – managed

to cling onto the tradition until the early 2000s.

Now, no matter where we spend our jollies this

year, we’ll always have the memories of spending

Wakes Weeks at Lancashire’s seaside resorts in their

heyday.


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Green is the New Black

‘Neo mint’ is set to take

over the worlds of fashion

and interiors in 2020, say

trend forecasters, aligning

the world of nature and

technology at the dawn of a

new decade. Check out our

must-have products below.

These highly decorative ceramic tiles are inspired

by ancient pottery, rugs and tapestries.

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The thoughtful design of

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a durable, powder-coated

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Rollo Push Bin 50L, in

Mint, £59 MADE.COM

Inspired by the iconic 746 British phone, this

contemporary model maintains the bold curves

of the original in a striking range of colours.

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The slender arms are space

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How to decorate with neo-mint

• Pale shades of green work beautifully with soft

pink or dove grey - a great combination for a

restful bedroom, for example. If, on the other

hand, you prefer more drama, add a jolt of colour

in the form of fuchsia, orange or acidic yellow.

A durable, luxurious and silky fibre, alpaca wool is

known for its warmth and hypoallergenic qualities.

Pure alpaca throw in soft mint green, £149.95,

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• Keep things calm and fresh by using mint as a

backdrop on walls or floors, whether painted or

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

fresh green rug or two?

• 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 from 100%

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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

sunlight completely.

- 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.

By Alison Runham


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Gin & Poetry

Friday, June 28, 7pm-10pm

An evening of poetry and spoken word performed

by local poets, writers and entertainers – join in

the free entry open-mic or sit back and enjoy a gin.

There’ll also be a raffle on the night – for info, visit

www.friendsofchorleylibrary.co.uk

Chorley Library, Union Street, Chorley, PR7 1EB

Family Bingo

Saturday, June 29, 2pm-3pm

Join the Friends of Euxton Library for some family

bingo games! £1 per game, and 3 games will be

played. Refreshments available.

Euxton Library, St. Mary’s Gate, Euxton, PR7 6AH

Stress Free Talk

Monday, July 1, 3pm-4pm

Author Dean Fraser presents a talk on being

naturally stress free and taking control of your life.

Free entry.

Coppull Library, Spendmore Coppull, Coppull,

PR7 5DF

Julia Chapman Book Club

Monday, July 1, 6:30pm-8pm

Author of the popular Dales Detective series Julia

Chapman discusses her new book, A Date with

Poison. Tickets £9 including the book and drink on

arrival, available from Ebb & Flo Bookshop.

Chorley Library, Union Street, Chorley, PR7 1EB

UKES3 Performance

Thursday, July 4, 10:30am-11:30am

Local ukulele band UKES3 invite you to enjoy an

afternoon of folk music. Free entry.

Euxton Library, St. Mary’s Gate, Euxton, PR7 6AH

Eccleston Summer Fest

Fri, July 5, 5:30pm-10pm & Sat, July 6, 12pm-10pm

Enjoy live music, bouncy castles, festival hair &

makeup, games, a barbecue and sumo wrestling!

Everyone welcome – tickets £6 on the gate,

available from Eccleston Post Office or school office.

Eccleston Primary, Doctors Ln., Eccleston, PR7 5RA

Live Life Festival

Saturday, July 6, 11am-8pm

Experience live music across two stages, a comedy

tent, theatre, crafts, games and much more at this

inclusive festival! Tickets £5 with proceeds to My

Life charity.

Thompson House Equestrian Centre, Pepper

Lane, Standish, WN6 0PP

Euxton Gala

Saturday, July 6, 12pm

Enjoy family fun and games at Euxton’s annual

gala day, including an inflatable assault course,

fairground rides, a ‘chuck a welly’ competition and a

stage full of entertainment. The Great Euxton Cake

Off also takes place on the day, while barbecue food

is available.

Euxton C of E Primary, Wigan Rd., Euxton, PR7 6JW


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Strawberry Evening

Saturday, July 6, 7pm

Betsy the Scullery Maid is back – and she’s been

promoted to Housekeeper! Enjoy entertainment

from Betsy herself, and delicious strawberries

and cream with shortbread. Tickets £6 including

refreshments from 01257 463407, 425330 or 426252.

Tunley UR Church, Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington,

WN6 9RN

Country Crafts

Sunday, July 7, 12pm-4pm

Arts and crafts stalls, history tours and restoration

updates about Bank Hall. Refreshments and ice

creams available. Admission £2 (adult), children free.

Bank Hall, Liverpool Road, Bretherton, PR26 9AT

Country Music Afternoon

Sunday, July 7, 12pm-4pm

Enjoy an afternoon of country music and line

dancing with Rhiolas Country Disco and Chris

Bannister. All donations to Derian House.

Heskin Hall, Wood Lane, Heskin, PR7 5PA

Nurses in WWI Talk

Sunday, July 7, 2pm

WWI historian and author Sue Robinson presents

a talk on Nurses on the Front during the Great

War. Entry £2.50 – for more info, visit www.

chorleyinthegreatwar.org.uk

St. Laurence’s Church, Union Street, Chorley, PR7 1EBL

Pet Service

Sunday, July 7, 4pm

Companion animals are welcomed into Chorley

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Chorley Youth Theatre present Annie the musical –

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Tickets £10 per adult or £8 per child.

Chorley Little Theatre, Dole Ln., Chorley, PR7 2RL

Charity Fashion Show

Thursday, July 11, 11:30am-2:30pm

A charity event in support of High Five - enjoy a fun

afternoon of shopping and a fashion show with

up to 70% off high street prices! There’ll also be a

vintage afternoon tea with entertainment from

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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

calendar.

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


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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.

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to the Southport Flower Show simply visit our

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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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For more information about the Southport Flower

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Heritage Day

Friday, July 12, 12pm-4pm

Celebrate the heritage of the Brothers of Charity

Services, with loads of games, a sing & sign choir,

the BOCS production of Joseph, homemade cakes,

a pets corner, live music and much more! Everyone

welcome.

Lisieux Hall, Dawson Lane, Chorley, PR6 7DX

Cheese & Wine Evening

Friday, July 12, 7:30pm-11pm

A night of fabulous wine, nibbles, music and a

fun quiz in support of Rainbow House. Tickets £25

including 5 glasses of wine to taste and a pate &

cheese platter – bookable on 01704 823276 or

h.scholes@thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com

Croston Sports Club, Westhead Road, Croston,

PR26 9RR

Sports Day

Saturday, July 13, 11am-4pm

Challenge yourself at the South Ribble Sports &

Wellbeing Day – have a go at the TRY-athlon, take

part in a spin bike challenge or junior park run, or

relax with yoga and crafts! There’s so much to get

involved in – all events are free. To register, visit

www.southribble.gov.uk/tryathlon

Worden Park, Worden Lane, Leyland, PR25 1DJ &

Leyland Leisure Centre, Lancastergate, Leyland,

PR25 2EX

50s/60s Extravaganza

Saturday, July 13, 7:30pm

Join Phill Phillips as Buddy Holly and Gordon Halsall

with a tribute to The Shadows! Tickets £8 in aid of

Tracy’s Wish at East Lancashire Hospice including a

hotpot supper – bookable on 07506 131267.

St. Chad’s Club, Town Ln, Whittle-le-Woods, PR6 7EH

Oliver!

Saturday, July 13, 7pm - Sunday, July 14, 3pm &

7pm

The classic musical comes to Buckshaw Village,

performed by Buckshaw V.A.M.P! Tickets £8

per adult or £6 per child, available at www.

buckshawvamp.eventbrite.com

Buckshaw Village Community Centre, Unity Place,

Buckshaw Village, PR7 7HZ

A Touch of Brass

Sunday, July 14, 7pm-10pm

Celebrate 5 years of the Red Admiral Music

Academy, with performances from various brass

bands. Tickets £7 per adult or £5 concessions,

bookable by contacting Mark on 07554 609024.

Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley, PR7

1DP

Tudor Festival

Sunday, July 14, 10am-4pm

Delve into interactive history, with blacksmithing

demonstrations, medieval falconry displays,

archery, Tudor cooking and guided tours. Tickets £8

per adult or £5 per child, under-5s free – bookable

on www.hoghtontower.digitickets.co.uk

Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, PR5 0SH

Fun Day

Sunday, July 14, 12pm-3pm

Keep the kids entertained with a magic show,

games, dancing and life-sized characters! There’ll

be plenty of stalls for the grown-ups, with a raffle

and cake sale to raise money for Mind. Tickets £3

per adult or £5 for children, available in advance

from the venue.

Coppull British Legion, Springfield Road, Coppull,

PR7 5EJ


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999 Family Fun Day

Saturday, July 20, 10:30am-4:30pm

An emergency services fun day, with representatives

from various organisations showing you the tools

of the trade! There’ll be old fashioned fire engines

and ambulances, an inflatable obstacle course

and live music! Free entry but must be booked on

Eventbrite.

Lancashire Fire & Rescue Training Centre, West

Way, Euxton, PR7 6DH

Fire Station Open Day

Saturday, July 27, 10am-4pm

Meet the crew at Leyland Fire Station, see

the fire engines and watch some firefighting

demonstrations!

Leyland Fire Station, Broadfield Drive, Leyland,

PR25 1LB

Chorley Flower Show

Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28, 10am-5pm

Lancashire’s biggest amateur gardening

competition brings floral experts together, along

with an abundance of family entertainment, live

music and stunning show gardens. Tickets £10 per

adult or £1.50 per child.

Astley Hall, Chorley, PR7 1XA

Romeo & Juliet

Tuesday, August 13, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Catch the classic tale of star-crossed lovers in a

beautiful walled garden setting, performed by

Heartbreak Productions. Suitable for younger

audiences, blankets recommended! Tickets £14 per

adult or £9 per child.

Walled Garden, Astley Park, Chorley, PR7 1XA

Wuthering Heights

Thursday, August 22, 5:30pm-8pm

An outdoor performance of Emily Bronte’s haunting

novel about two restless souls on the Yorkshire

moors. Tickets £14 per adult or £9 per child, blankets

recommended.

Walled Garden, Astley Park, Chorley, PR7 1XA

Charity Ball

Friday, August 23, 7pm

A Disney-themed charity ball in aid of Mind UK

and the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Enjoy dance

performances, vocal entertainment, a Disney quiz

and a raffle. Tickets £25 including food and a free

raffle entry, fancy dress encouraged.

St. Joseph’s Social Club, School Lane, Brinscall,

PR6 8QP

Murder Mystery

Friday, August 23, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Untangle the villain’s riddle in this Sherlock Holmes

themed multi-room murder mystery and enjoy a

buffet meal. Tickets available on 01772 451011.

British Commercial Vehicle Museum, King Street,

Leyland, PR25 2LE

Comedy Night

Friday, August 30, 7:15pm-11pm

Enjoy a night of hilarious stand-up from headliner

Duncan Oakley, plus comedy from Peter Brush and

Cal Halbert. Tickets £10 including food, available

in advance from the venue or online at www.

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Croston Sports Club, Westhead Road, Croston,

PR26 9RR


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Salt Trail

by Chris Pearce

This month’s Jack’s Tracks visits Northwich,

a place that today fits nicely into the pigeonhole

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


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Marbury

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Marbury Lane

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Hopyard

Wood

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Meadows

Marbury Brook

Marbury Road

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Museum

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Anderton

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Witton Brook

Anderton Nature Park

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For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Salt-Trail

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.

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

left.

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.

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

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Fleas, ticks and worms –

Oh My!

Choosing between the plethora of products on the

market can give even the professionals a headache.

Unfortunately, there’s no one product that does it all.

Just applying a flea treatment during the warmest

months is unlikely to be enough to protect your pet.

Beyond fleas – which can be present all year round

- there are roundworms,

tapeworms, lungworm and

tick prevention to consider.

And if you’re planning to take

your pet abroad, things can

become even more confusing.

varies according to which part of the UK they live in

(although nowhere is totally safe).

Not all parasite treatments are created equal. Products

which can be purchased off-the-shelf may not always

be as effective as over-the-counter or prescription-only

medications. It’s false economy to use a product that

Your lifestyle and your pet’s

lifestyle, as well as the area of

the country you live will all

influence the parasites you

may need to protect against.

It’s best to speak with your vet

when deciding what to use.

They will take into account

the animal’s risk as well as any

risk to people in contact with

your pet, and recommend a

schedule which you can follow.

For example, it is typically

recommended that you treat

animals for tapeworm and roundworm every three

months but young animals, those who are avid hunters

or those who live with young children or vulnerable

adults may need to be treated more often. Conversely,

animals which do not leave the house or hunt may be

at lower risk and we may recommend less frequent

treatment.

Geography is important too – a dog that regularly

accompanies their owner to the lake district will be at

increased risk of ticks, whilst the risk of lungworm also

isn’t right for your pet. Your vet will be able to advise

whether a product should be effective, as well as giving

guidance on dosage and method of giving. They will

also able to take into account other information they

may have about them such as ongoing conditions or

medications.

Most vets will be happy to administer any parasitic

treatments they prescribe to your pet free of charge.

There’s no point paying for a worming tablet if you have

no chance of getting your cat to swallow it!


44 Motoring

I’d Miss My Home

Comforts

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…

By Iain Betson


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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 law.


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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

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 shampoo.

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

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by Angie Barker

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want to spend a fortune – a simple trick is to reshape

your lawn. Your sward does not have to

resemble a football pitch either to instantly look

better with a new shape and the edges defined.

It is amazing what a difference it can make to your

garden space. First of all consider what shape would

best suit your plot. A circular lawn makes a real

statement and adds movement, drawing the eye.

They are great for small gardens because they make

the space feel larger. Curves are good for creating

a calming feel in the garden and for dealing with

slopes. Don’t be tempted though to make the

curves too tight as they can make the garden look

fussy – go for sweeping curves which will also be

easier to mow.

Straight lines can form bold geometric patterns

which are more suited to a contemporary style but

can look equally as good. Square stepping stones

laid through turf can be a practical and eye catching

way of navigating from one part of the garden to

another and children love them! If you have a wide

but short plot, try shaping the lawn so that the

grass gets narrower as it gets further away from

the house. It creates the illusion that the garden is

actually longer than it is – nifty!

Consider installing a brick mowing edge to give

further definition and to stop plants which outgrow

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

returned to the garden.

As for my lawn – I’m a curvy kind of girl (Hubby

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which create a meandering feel to my little haven

and give me more border space for planting. Yes, I

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Jewels May is a wonderful independent jewellers situated with over 70 small rural retail shops at

Heskin Hall Shopping Village. The shop has recently expanded so that Kerry and her team can

offer customers more onsite specialist services, one-to-one consultation, specialist design and

re-modelling advice and manufacturing.

Their jewellery range is extensive from antique and vintage to modern and one-off bespoke

luxury pieces, set with diamonds and precious stones. They also boast an impressive range of

engagement and wedding rings as well as pre-owned luxury watches.

Repairs & Alterations | Rhodium Plating | Cleaning & Polishing

Design & Manufacturing | Engagement & Wedding Ring Specialists

Insurance Valuations | Watch Servicing, Repairs, Refurbishing & Batteries

“Now offering on-site rhodium plating within an hour, Wednesday to Sunday.

SPECIAL READER OFFER

Rhodium plating of 2 rings for £50 (normally £60), just quote Local Life 247”

Jewels may, Heskin Hall Shopping Village, Wood Lane, Heskin, PR7 5PA

Tel: 01257 450448 www.jewelsmay.com Etsy: Jewelsmayuk

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