Local Life - St Helens - July 2019

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St Helens Edition July 2019

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Trailblazer Lily

Hands up if you’ve enjoyed watching the Women’s

World Cup on TV…

Watching football without the huge egos, awful

attitudes and indulgent posturing that go hand in

hand with the so-called superstars of the Premier

League makes for a refreshing change, and as I write

this, the England team are through to the group

stages. Go lionesses!

Women’s football in the UK is just over a hundred

years old, and surprisingly enough for a town that’s

devoted to the egg-shaped ball game in both codes,

the town of St Helens and one of its residents in

particular played a big part in its early days.

As women’s football gathered momentum back

in the early 1900s, St Helens Ladies were once the

second best football team in the country, second

to only Dick, Kerr Ladies from Preston. Crowds of

30,000-40,000 were commonplace and one 1920

match at Goodison Park between these teams

attracted a 53,000 crowd with a reputed 14,000

others locked out.

The undoubted superstar of the time was St Helens

born and bred Lily Parr. Though she chose to play

for Dick, Kerr Ladies rather than her home town

team, Lily scored 43 goals in her first season as a 14

year old! Lily went on to score over 908 goals in her

career and was the first female player to be inducted

into the FA’s hall of fame.

A true trailblazer, Lily died of cancer in 1973 and is

buried in St Helens Cemetery, but fingers crossed

the spirit of Lily Parr can urge the England team on

to success and that the whole of women’s football

benefits as a result.

Have a great summer…

Chris Pearce, Publisher

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk


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In this issue

Football

Phenomenon

26

Regulars

38 Puzzle page

44 Jack’s Tracks

Sections

6 Local News

30 Travel

53 Motoring

48 Events2Go

53 Test Drive

56 Gardening

60 Home Services

Oh I Do Like To

Be Beside The

Seaside

35

Exercising

During

Pregnancy

40

Win Tickets

To Southport

Flower Show

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Griffin Grind

The 5-mile Griffin Grind returns on Sunday, July 7 at

9am.

Fun runners and more serious athletes are invited to

take part in the road race, which helps to fundraise

for the Isabella Rose Foundation. The route heads

around Eccleston, West Park and Gillar’s Green,

beginning at Eccleston Mere.

Trophies are awarded for the first placing three men

and women, while all runners will receive a t-shirt

and medal.

A 1k children’s fun run will also take place on the day.

Entry costs £18 - to register, visit www.thegrind5.

co.uk

Adventure Golf

A new adventure golf course opened in Rainford in

June.

The eighteen-hole course is based at Clarkes’ Golf on

Mill Lane, and offers a fun attraction for all the family.

The course is designed to appeal to all ages and

abilities, and each hole will include special features

to make a unique challenge.

For more information on the new adventure golf

course, visit www.clarkesgolf.co.uk/adventure-golf

Space Chase

This summer’s library reading challenge blasts off

at Rainford Library this July. Join the crew of Space

Chase and read your way through the summer

months, beginning with a launch party held on

Monday, July 15 at 3:30pm.

Simply read six books of your choice to complete the

challenge, collecting exclusive rewards along the

way.

Children can also enjoy a Space Chase themed Read

& Rhyme Time on Thursday, July 18 from 10:30am.

It’s free to sign up to the challenge at any St. Helens

library. For more information, visit www.spacechase.

org.uk

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Pupils at Garswood Primary School

have been getting involved with

raising awareness of dementia.

Children from the school visited

a dementia café at St. Andrew’s

Mission Hall throughout the

academic year, working alongside

the local community with activities

like bingo, art and flower arranging.

Inspired by the people they met,

the students quickly realised some

fundraising was in order, and

set about organising a 7.1 mile

sponsored walk to Carr Mill Dam,

planting forget-me-not seeds

along the way.

Garswood School Battles Dementia

Pupils also held a bake sale fundraiser, in total

managing to raise over £600. Proceeds will be

split between the Garswood-based dementia café

and the Alzheimer’s Society to help the estimated

850,000 people living with dementia in the UK

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Sister Act

Orrell Music & Dramatic Society present the feelgood

comedy musical Sister Act this month. Follow

Dolores Van Cartier as she goes into hiding at a

convent after witnessing a murder, along with

fabulous songs and a hilarious storyline.

Featuring songs like ‘Oh Happy Day’ and ‘I Will Follow

Him’, the play promises to delight audiences young

and old, whether you’re a fan of the film or not!

Performances run at 7:30pm each night between

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

Peter’s Catholic High School on Howards Lane, Orrell.

Tickets cost £9 – call 01695 622713 to book.

Upcycling Workshop

A free workshop takes place at Green Town CIC in

Haydock this summer.

You’ll learn how to make your own tote bag using

old t-shirts, and leave with a gorgeous custom-made

bag to take home. You’ll also be doing your bit to

save clothing from going to landfill.

There are ten places on the course, which takes

place on Friday, August 30 from 7pm-8pm. For more

information or to book, visit Green Town CIC on

Facebook.

Connect with Art

Park Farm ACYP Community Centre at Carr Mill is

running another Connect with Art course. You’ll

experience twelve weeks of creative card making,

decoupage, hot wax painting and much more.

Make new friends and learn new skills, beginning

on Wednesday, July 13 and running from 12pm-

2pm every week. Classes cost £2 and take place at

the Community Centre on Kentmere Avenue (WA11

7PG).

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Mackerel, Tomato &

Samphire Salad

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 mackerel fillets, gutted, filleted, pin-bones

removed

4 slices of smoked streaky bacon, large dice

8 cherry tomatoes, halved

2 little gem lettuces, leaves separated

110g samphire

10 basil leaves, torn

Salt

Olive oil

For the tomato stock:

8 vine tomatoes, ripe and roughly chopped

2tbsp of white wine vinegar

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tbsp of sugar

1 red chilli, de-seeded and chopped

Salt

For the mayonnaise:

3 free-range egg yolks

1tsp English mustard

1tsp white wine vinegar

300ml of light olive oil

50ml of double cream

Method

For the tomato stock, place the tomatoes, vinegar, garlic,

sugar and chilli into a bowl. Season with salt and stir until

mixed. Spoon the tomatoes into a large piece of muslin

cloth and hang over a bowl in the fridge for at least six

hours or overnight. Reserve the liquid collected from the

tomatoes.

For the mayonnaise, mix the egg yolks, mustard and

vinegar together in a bowl until well combined. Slowly

add in the olive oil until the mixture thickens and then

whisk in the cream. Add 150ml of the reserved tomato

stock to the bowl.

Pour the contents of the bowl into a saucepan over a low

heat, whisk continuously until heated through. Allow to

gently simmer.

Meanwhile, place a frying pan over a medium-high heat

and add a dash of oil. Once the pan is scorching hot, add

the bacon and fry until crisp, remove from pan. Add the

mackerel fillets, skin-side down, add the bacon back to

pan and cook for one minute.

Add the cherry tomatoes, drizzle with a little oil and

a sprinkle with salt, cook for a further three to four

minutes. Remove the mackerel and tomatoes from the

pan and set aside.

Add the lettuce and samphire to the same pan and cook

for one minute.

To serve, ladle the warm mayonnaise into the middle of

the plate, add the bacon, tomato, and lettuce mixture on

top. Finish with the mackerel and small drizzle of olive oil.

Sprinkle the torn basil leaves and serve.


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Crafty Knitwits

A Haresfinch knitting group meets every Thursday

from 4:30pm-6:30pm.

If you’re a crafty person who wants to get inspired

discussing your projects with others, the group

could be perfect for you. An experienced crochet

teacher is on hand if anyone would like lessons for

an extra fee.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided, with each

session costing £2.50. Sessions take place at

Haresfinch Rugby and Community Club on

Haresfinch Road (WA11 9NS).

For more information, call Margaret on 07972

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Open Art Competition

The St. Helens Open Art Competition welcomes

submissions from artists aged 16 and above who

live, work or study in the borough.

Sculptures, paintings, sketches and any other

medium will battle it out for the top three spots,

which will be awarded cash prizes of £600, £400 and

£200 respectively. 6 highly commended prizes of

£100 and 6 of £50 each are also up for grabs, along

with a much-coveted People’s Choice Award.

Submission windows are open from 11am-4pm on

Saturday, July 6 and from 2pm-7pm on Monday, July

8. Entry forms with full details about size guidelines

can be collected from any St. Helens Library, The

World of Glass or Rennies Art & Craft Shop on Bridge

Street.

The official prize-giving ceremony will take place on

Tuesday, July 16 from 6pm-8pm, when artwork will

be exhibited at The World of Glass until September.

For more information, call 01744 22766.

Just Dance

Fancy enjoying some sequence dancing while

making new friends? Garswood-based Just Dancing

offers both – along with a good old cuppa and a

biscuit.

Sessions take place every other Friday at the

Methodist Church in Victoria Road, costing £2

and beginning at 1:45pm, though July’s sessions

take place on the 19th and 26th due to holiday

commitments.

The group was set up back in January 2000, and runs

in conjunction with a similar Tea Dance group based

in Bryn every other Monday.

Call Pat on 01942 717883 for more information and

further dates.

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Record-Breaking

Rock

Rock Choir is heading to the Theatre Royal this

month – and with several Guinness World Records

under their belt, you won’t want to miss this

breathtaking performance!

Rock Choir – often dubbed ‘The People’s Choir’ -

invites members of the local community to come

together and sing, whether vocally trained or not.

You don’t need to be able to read music, and no

auditions are necessary. Better yet, the choir has

broken not one but three Guinness World Records,

including ‘the largest song and dance routine held

at multiple locations’ which saw 7,914 members

congregate across the UK to help raise over £10,000

for the charity Refuge.

Impressively, the initiative has helped raise millions

for charity, including the official charity Nordoff

Robbins which uses music therapy to help people

facing a range of conditions including dementia,

autism, and brain injury. For vocalists, it offers

numerous health benefits and can help boost selfesteem

and confidence.

Now members of four Rock Choirs in St. Helens,

Wigan, Chorley and Preston are coming together

for a night of fabulous entertainment on Sunday,

July 21 at 7pm. A show chock full of solo and

group performances, dancing and a live band

promises to delight audiences young and old – and

perhaps inspire you to join a local branch! Tickets

cost £11 and can be obtained from the Theatre

Royal box office on 01744 756000 or at www.

sthelenstheatreroyal.com

If you’d like to get involved with Rock Choir, the

St. Helens branch meets from 7pm-8:30pm every

Wednesday at The World of Glass. Details about

joining and how to book a place on a free taster

session can be found at www.rockchoir.com


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Pride Power

St. Helens will host its inaugural Pride festival this

August.

A joint project between MD Productions and The

World of Glass, the event will bring some muchdeserved

recognition to various LGBTQA+ groups

in the local area, promoting acceptance, integration

and, most importantly, pride!

World of Glass chief executive and St. Helens-born

Ron Helsby, who is helping to organise the event,

never imagined seeing Pride come to the town

when he came out as gay in 1992.

‘I couldn’t be happier,’ Ron explained. ‘We welcome

everybody to the World of Glass – it’s a safe place

here.’

Representatives from St. Helens Mind, the National

LGBT Police Network and St. Helens Council came

together for a launch event held at the World

of Glass in June to brainstorm ideas. Planned

for Saturday, August 10, the event will feature

information stalls, live performances and a Rainbow

Wall of people joining hands from the town centre

to The World of Glass.

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10 Years of Table

Tennis

Rainford Table Tennis Club is celebrating its 10th

anniversary this month.

Established by Geoff Pye in 2009 after he was

rejected by various other local clubs, Rainford’s

group had an original membership of just eight,

who split off into two teams to play in the Wigan &

District League. Now going strong with over sixty

members across eight teams, the club has only

gone from strength to strength.

‘When I first started out playing table tennis, none of

the clubs I visited really wanted to know me,’ Geoff

explained. ‘That’s what’s different about Rainford

Table Tennis Club – we’re all on equal footing here,

and we welcome everyone, no matter age or ability,

and pride ourselves on being friendly!’

The club offers the opportunity to keep fit while

competing in a great team, and has just launched

its own ladies section.

The club competes in the local league from

September-April, and out of season runs practice

sessions out of Rainford Scout Hut – often

accompanied by a quick pint afterwards! They’re

now the biggest adult table tennis club in Wigan

and St. Helens, and expect around 90 people to

attend their 10th anniversary party this July.

The party invites members old and new to

celebrate a decade of the sport in Rainford, and will

take place at Rainford Labour Club on Friday, July

26 at 7:30pm. Attendees can expect a buffet and

speeches from key members of the club to thank

them for a fabulous ten years.

For more information about the club, visit Rainford

Table Tennis Club on Facebook.


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The Perfect Pool

Kids love to splash in a pool on a hot summer’s day.

If you are thinking of buying one, we have some top

tips.

Inflatable pools - These are easily inflated so can

be up and filled as soon as the sunshine appears.

Smaller inflatable pools are ideal for toddlers and

can be inflated by one person with a good set of

lungs, but larger pools can accommodate the

whole family - you will probably prefer to inflate

these with a pump!

Quick up pools - These are super-easy to set up.

Spread the pool out and inflate the top ring. The

design of the pool means that as you fill it with

water the sides of the pool will rise up. These are

particularly good if storage space is tight.

Frame pools - Sturdier pools with a bigger bathing

area. Frame pools are ideal for larger families and

groups of teens. Look for rust-resistant galvanised

metal frames; heavy-duty PVC and polyester 3-ply

walls; beams and joints that pin or snap together

for fast, easy construction. A filter pump to keep the

water clean, and a repair patch kit to mend small

tears or punctures.

Site your pool on a level surface, with plenty of

room to make it easy and safe to get in and out.

Remember, toddlers and young children should be

supervised at all times.

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Rainford Show Returns

Now just a year away from its 40th anniversary, the

Rainford Show returns this August, showcasing

the best and brightest in handicrafts, horticulture,

photography, confectionary and more.

New exhibitors are always welcome to enter a class

– or more than one! – in the show. Whether

you’re a fan of flower arranging or grow your

own fruit and veg, there’s a place for you in

this year’s competition. As ever, there are

plenty of trophies and awards up for grabs

as well as cash prizes. Separate classes are

available for juniors, who are encouraged to

get involved in this year’s festivities.

Entry forms can be obtained from www.

rainfordshow.co.uk and submitted with

entry fees in-person at the Rainford Scout

Hut between 6:30pm and 9pm on Tuesday,

August 27. Alternatively, addresses for

postal entries can be found on this year’s event

programme. Exhibits must be dropped off at

Rainford Village Hall on Friday, August 30 ahead

of the show. Judging takes place at 10:15am on

Saturday, August 31.

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Seneley Green Carnival

The Seneley Green Carnival celebrates its 40th

anniversary on Saturday, July 6. Bringing all the fun

of the fair, the event opens with the Rose Queen

procession and crowning – girls and boys aged up

to 16 are welcome to be an attendant to the Rose

Queen in smart dress on the day.

There’s something for everyone at the annual

carnival, including a fairground, dance performances,

a junior football tournament and community stalls.

Refreshments will be available throughout.

The carnival takes place at Garswood Football Club

on Garswood Road from 1pm-4pm. A small donation

is requested at the gate.

Meet Milly Johnson

Bestselling author of The Yorkshire Pudding Club and

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman Milly Johnson visits St.

Helens in August.

Milly will be discussing her books at Chester Lane

Library – visitors will get the scoop on what life as

a writer is really like while hearing about her latest

novel, The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew. Copies of Milly’s

books will be on sale for her to sign, and all attendees

will be entered into a free prize draw on the night.

Tickets cost £6 for adults, £5 for library card holders

or £3 concessions, and can be booked online at

www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk or in the library.

The event takes place on Thursday, August 8 at 6pm.

Station Work Underway

Work to construct a new fire station on the disused

Pilkington’s site on Watson Street is currently

underway after plans were approved in March.

Providing an efficient service for St. Helens, the

station will replace Parr Stocks Road station and

Eccleston Fire Station.

The site, which sits atop three abandoned mine

shafts, will house a new two-storey building with a

potential to hold three fire engines.


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Football

Phenomenon

By Jess Phillips

Though we’re approaching the end of the FIFA

Women’s World Cup, one thing has looked pretty

clear throughout: 2019 has been a standout year

for women’s football. With big brands backing

advertising campaigns and a record-breaking UK TV

viewing figure of 6.1 million for England’s opening

match against Scotland, it seems like women’s soccer

is finally getting the recognition it deserves. And the

icing on the cake? The unveiling of St. Helens-born

Lily Parr’s statue at the National Football Museum in

June.

It’s been far from plain sailing. Women’s football has

long faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Since the first ever international women’s match took

place between the Preston-based Dick, Kerr Ladies

and a French XI in 1920, attracting an audience

of 25,000 people, women have been repeatedly

banned from the game. Despite a match between

Dick, Kerr Ladies and St. Helens Ladies played at

Goodison Park drawing a crowd of 53,000 people

– and an additional 14,000 of whom were locked

outside due to spatial constraints – the FA banned all

women from playing on Football League grounds in

1921. Their reasoning? ‘The game of football is quite

Lily Parr Statue at NFM, ©Solent


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unsuitable for females and ought not to

be encouraged’. Though this ban was

eventually lifted, it didn’t happen until

fifty years later.

Lily Parr was one of the women on the

Dick, Kerr team who helped bring them

to a 4-0 victory at what remains the

most well attended women’s football

game in history. Born in Gerard’s Bridge

in St. Helens and growing up playing

football against her brothers, Parr

worked at a munitions factory during

World War I which went on to form its

own women’s football team to boost

morale. Aged just fourteen, Lily Parr

scored 43 goals in her first season alone.

Parr went on to play for the St. Helens

Ladies Team before eventually being

recruited for the Dick, Kerr Ladies, the

majority of whom were factory workers

at Dick, Kerr and Co. in Preston. 6 foot

tall and routinely labelled as ‘larger

than life’, Parr was a chain-smoker of

Woodbine cigarettes who enjoyed

playing practical jokes on teammates.

She was well known for ‘borrowing’

balls after games and selling them on

for a profit!

Lily Parr played left-wing against both male and

female teams, and was reported to have one of

the strongest left-footed kicks in football. Over the

course of her career she scored nearly 1,000 goals.

Lily wasn’t the only female footballer to come out

of St. Helens. Alice Woods was first and foremost

an athlete, born in Sutton in 1899 to a family of

colliers. Woods was the first woman to win a race

under Amateur Athletic Association of England laws,

and could allegedly run a hundred yards in twelve

seconds. She joined Dick, Kerr Ladies in 1920 as a

midfielder, going with them on a tour of France

ahead of the FA ban a year later.

The ban, which came about in response to fears

that the men’s game would be overshadowed as

most were just returning from war, meant Dick,

Team captains kiss at a USA match

Kerr Ladies had to head off to the USA and Canada

for their next tour. Despite being unable to play

against Canadian teams under a similar ban from the

Dominion Football Association, Lily and Alice were

still determined to play the game they excelled at,

and proved tough opponents for American teams.

Lily Parr died in 1978, aged 73. Alice Woods passed

away thirteen years later in 1991, aged 92.

It is only now, in 2019, that Lily Parr has received so

much recognition posthumously. The unveiling of

her statue comes as part of the #SupportHer initiative

at the Manchester-based National Football Museum

to increase representation of female footballers to

50%. It will also host various activities celebrating

women’s achievements in soccer throughout 2019.


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Baked Pollock with a

Cheddar & Herb Crust

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 pollock fillets

75g of white breadcrumbs

1 garlic clove

4tbsp of parsley

1tbsp of dill

Salt and pepper

25g of butter, melted

50g of cheddar, finely grated

Olive oil

Method

Preheat the oven to 220C/gas mark 7. Season the

pollock with salt and pepper on both sides and lay

skin-side down on a well-oiled baking tray.

Put the breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, dill and garlic

into a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the

melted butter and mix well with a fork. Divide the

mixture between the fillets and press on top of each

piece in a thick, even layer.

Drizzle over a little olive oil and bake for 10-12

minutes (eight minutes per inch of fish thickness)

or until the crust is crisp and lightly golden, and the

fish is cooked through.

Lift onto warm plates and serve.


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30 Travel

Island Hopping

Adventure

By Jess Phillips

Offering a distinctive culture, natural wonders and

a vast number of stunning geological phenomena,

the Shetland and Orkney Islands are rather unique.

More Scandinavian than British, these islands

located off Scotland’s north coast are wonderfully

secluded, surrounded by crystal-clear waters.

From wildlife watching and outdoor adventures like

diving and cliff walking, to visiting historic sights

and far-flung islands, Shetland and the Orkney

Islands have plenty on offer for people of all ages

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

a glimpse of the much coveted and undoubtedly

awe-inspiring Northern Lights.

Did you know that in the summer months, these

islands can enjoy almost 19 hours of sunshine a

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

dim’, when the sun only dips below the northern

horizon for a few hours.

Shetland

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

handsome Shetland. In fact, it was the only place

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

Destinations in Europe list! The archipelago has

more than 100 islands with just 15 inhabited,

making it the ideal destination to escape the


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stresses of everyday

life. On the southern

tip of Mainland,

Sumburgh Head

boasts 4,000-yearold

treasures

such as Jarlshof

Prehistoric and Norse

settlements.

Shetland offers some

of the finest walking

in Europe, combining

spectacular coastal

scenery on both the

North and Atlanticfacing

cliffs, quiet

inland lochs and

gentle hills. It has many quiet, relatively flat roads

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

Lerwick or Unst and embark on your own selfguided

tour.

Lerwick, on Mainland, boasts extensive leisure and

entertainment activities, as well as the outstanding

Shetland Museum and Archives, which sits on the

restored historic Hay’s Dock.

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Orkney Islands

The Orkney Islands offer a time-worn, almost

mystical charm where visitors will be greeted by

storm-battered cliffs, ancient stone circles and

delightful scenery.

Mainland, the largest of the

Orkney Islands, is a designated

UNESCO World Heritage Site

and is packed with prehistoric

treasures: start off with the

Ring of Brodgar – a stone circle

built around 2,500 BC, which

predates both Stonehenge and

the Egyptian pyramids! Nearby

Skara Brae is Europe’s bestpreserved

Stone Age settlement;

you can even make out walls

and furnishings that were laid

out by ancient humans!

On Mainland you’ll find Kirkwall, the vibrant capital

of the Orkneys. The skyline is dominated by the

12th century Norse cathedral of St Magnus. Other

fascinating sights include the Bishop’s and Earl’s

palaces and Orkney Museum. It boasts a wide

choice of restaurants and cafes where you can

enjoy Orkney’s excellent food and drink including

its famed local beef, lamb, salmon and shellfish,

as well as a multitude of other locally produced

delights.

Getting there

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

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

experience Shetland and the Orkney Islands is with

an independent tour incorporating stays in both

Lerwick and Kirkwall.

Flying to the islands is incredibly straightforward,

with options to fly direct from Scottish airports

including Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and

Glasgow. You can also choose to fly from other

major UK airports including direct flights from

Manchester to Kirkwall (Orkney) and Manchester

via Inverness to Sumburgh (Shetland)

Many of the neighbouring islands can be visited by

boat as day trips for the ultimate island hopping

holiday!

Both Lerwick and Kirkwall offer a range of hotels

which offer a warm welcome, such as the Kirkwall

Hotel - perfectly situated on the picturesque

harbour and offering stunning views to the north.

The Lerwick Hotel, meanwhile, has unrivalled views

of Brewick Bay and the island of Bressay.


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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside

The Seaside

By Jess Phillips

St. Helens has always been a town of relentless

industry. From the glass factories of Pilks to the

numerous collieries scattered about the borough,

labourers of the last century hardly got a minute

to rest. While the neighbouring towns of Wigan

and Chorley shut up shop to enjoy a wellearned

fortnight by the sea during Wakes Weeks,

production in St. Helens was a lot more difficult to

halt - so St. Heleners had to take holidays where

they could get ‘em.

It was always worth it though. Whether you were

embarking on a coach holiday with friends and

neighbours, going along on a work-organised day

trip or setting off in the family motorcar to enjoy

standard seaside fare, the beaches of Blackpool,

Southport and Rhyl were calling. From traditional

donkey rides on the sand to penny slots and bingo

games, the seaside holiday offered a chance to relax

away from the grit and grime of factories and mines.

Many will remember the quintessentially British

‘Jugs of Tea for the Sands’ sign – a surer reminder

than the Tower that you’d arrived in Blackpool! And

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

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

to take onto the beach with you.

If you were lucky, you might be heading off to

stay in one of the popular holiday camps at your

resort of choice. The ever-popular Pontins – whose

Blackpool site closed its doors for good in 2009 -

and Butlins - with sites in Skegness and Pwllheli in

Wales – attracted keen holidaymakers throughout

the last century, hosting the classically bizarre

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

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


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much-coveted Marilyn Monroe figure to see if

women were slim enough to fit inside – more than

a bit risqué today.

The chalets of Pontins and Butlins would be

packed to bursting, with Bluecoats and Redcoats

doing their best to stay on top of jam-packed

entertainment schedules. Usually centred around

an iconic boating lake, chalets were arranged in

a Panopticon-like structure (make of that what

you will) where ‘a rainy day simply produces

more striking evidence of how well a summer

holiday programme can function indoors!’. Or

so declares the Southport Pontins brochure in

1972, anyway.

And if that programme proved disappointing,

not to worry. There was always plenty to do

outside of the camps too. Blackpool was

prolific for hosting comedy performances

from the likes of Ken Dodd and Jimmy

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

as musical guests like Cilla Black and The

Beatles. Couples could head to the Winter

Gardens or Tower Ballroom for an intimate

waltz, while any superstitious folk

could get their fortunes read along the

Golden Mile. That’s without mentioning the iconic

Blackpool Tower Circus and menagerie!

Southport had its own fair share of memories, of

course. Peter Pan’s Pool & Playground opened to the

public in 1930, on the site where Ocean Plaza stands

today. Boasting tall slides, flying aeroplanes, a Helter

Skelter and a model railway, the playground was a

great

base for families

wanting to keep the kids entertained. Day trips

on the sharry were offered to the playground, with

a stop off at the pub on the way home for crisps and

a pint – and, of course, a hearty singalong. Many

families opted to visit the nearby boating lake for

a trip on the steamer or rowboats, or pop across to

Southport’s very own lido – perhaps a tad colder

than the popular paddling pool over at Rhyl!

Peter Pan’s Playground eventually changed its

name to Happiland in the early 1970s ahead of its

closure and demolition in 1989.

Of course, if you were hankering for something

a bit more thrilling, the larger amusement

parks offered a bit more bang for your buck.

Both Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Southport

Pleasureland were operated by the same

company, and in their heyday both offered

a mix of classic British rides. A fan favourite,


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the humble funhouse

probably wouldn’t win any

health and safety awards

nowadays, but many an

hour could be whiled

away on the Social Mixer

– dubbed the ‘wheel of

death’ - which would

fling riders out to the

sides as they struggled

to remain centred!

Blackpool’s funhouse

burned down in 1991

and was replaced by

white-knuckle water

ride Valhalla.

In the late 1970’s holidaymakers tastes moved on

to package holidays in sunnier and warmer climes

just a short few hours away by plane. Trips on

the charabanc have all but faded into obscurity,

replaced by budget flights to Benidorm and Ibiza.

One thing’s for sure, though – we’ll always have

the golden memories of the British seaside in its

heyday.


38 Travel

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All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 47 of this magazine.

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40 Health & Fitness

Exercising during

pregnancy By

Abi Jackson

Beyonce and Amal Clooney are expecting twins,

Olympic cyclist Laura Trott just announced she’s

pregnant, while Amanda Seyfried, Natalie Portman

and a string of other celebs - not to mention millions

of non-A-list women out there - are sporting

blooming bumps.

While not all of their announcements may have

made the headlines, their news was no doubt cause

for much joy for their own family and friends. And

whether or not you have the budget for personal

trainers and 5-star gyms, keeping well is a priority

everybody deserves to honour.

But exercising during pregnancy is a subject that

throws up a lot of confusion, across the board.

Is this safe?

“There certainly is a good deal of confusion

surrounding what’s safe and what’s not safe

exercise-wise in pregnancy. There’s a tendency

for everyone to voice their views, especially when

celebrities share their workouts on social media -

suddenly the whole world has an opinion. It’s almost

as if when people fall pregnant, they become public

property, others consider it their right to advise

and even criticise,” says pregnancy and postnatal

fitness expert Dr Joanna Helcke, the brains behind

the award-winning FitBumpBox and FitBumpBall

exercise and wellness packages for mums-to-be

(www.joannahelcke.com). “Although this is usually

well intentioned, the net effect is many women feel

unsure as to what exercise can be done and what

should be avoided.”

It’s a subject being highlighted in the reboot of

Sport England’s hugely successful ThisGirlCan

campaign. You may already have spotted some

of the new posters, featuring women like Franny,

who’s still enjoying riding her bike despite carrying

twins, and Stephanie, whose baby doubles up as a

dumb-bell in her postnatal fitness class.

“We know there can be confusion about being

active during pregnancy, and sadly, some examples

of women being criticised for remaining active

whilst pregnant. We want to show the normalness

of being active during pregnancy,” explains Kate

Dale, Sport England’s head of brand and digital

strategy.

What women want

Research ahead of the campaign relaunch found

80% of pregnant women would like to be more

active. However, 13% had been questioned or

received negative comments for doing exercise,

and 34% confessed they were worried that being

active could harm their baby.


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Pip Black and Joan Murphy, co-founders of ‘fitness

destination’ Frame, have just launched a new

online platform for their ‘Mumhood’ classes, which

feature yoga, Pilates and barre classes for different

pre and post-natal stages (www.mum-hood.com).

“Mumhood was born out of the fact that when Joan,

and then I, became pregnant for the first time, even

working in the industry, we found it really hard and

at times very confusing to find information about

exercising during pregnancy that didn’t contradict

itself, or err on the side of caution. As people who

were used to being active and needed to be to

keep us sane, we started to do a lot of research

ourselves into the risks and what type of exercises

were safe, and which also would benefit you in

terms of preventing pregnancy-related aches and

pains, helping with the birth and with post-natal

recovery.”

It’s personal

Pregnancy - as with most things - does not affect

every woman in the same way. Sometimes there

are also long-term health concerns that might flareup

or affect somebody’s needs or limits in terms of

physical activity during pregnancy.

The Royal College of Midwives’ official advice is

clear: it is important to keep physically active during

pregnancy - and this is the over-arching message.

But that doesn’t mean heaping a ton of pressure

on pregnant women to make sure they meet some


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pre-determined fitness target,

and neither should those who

are able to be pretty active

get criticised.

The guidelines also note that

everybody consults with a

healthcare professional for

individualised advice, and also

that their activity and fitness

levels before pregnancy be

taken into account.

“Every woman brings to

pregnancy her own individual

fitness levels, so what might

be right for one person could

well be entirely inappropriate for another. We don’t

all think we should be emulating the Rebecca

Adlingtons or Jessica Ennis-Hills of this world -

they’re top performing athletes - so why should we

feel compelled to exercise like the latest celebrity

who shares a video of her workout? Her workout

will, in all likelihood, have been tailored specifically

for her body, fitness and the way her pregnancy’s

progressing,” says Dr Helcke. “The key is to ensure

you’re not throwing new stuff at your body, and

that you’re working at a level that is moderate by

‘your’ standards.”

The Royal College of Midwives’ advice for women

who weren’t regularly active before pregnancy is

to chat with their GP or midwife, and then ideally

aim to begin exercising for 15-minute bouts or less,

three times a week, increasing gradually to daily

30-minute sessions.

“Whilst ‘listening to your body’ may sound rather

corny or a little unscientific, it is absolutely essential

when it comes to keeping exercise safe during

pregnancy,” says Dr Helcke. “Women should be on

the lookout for telltale signs such as feeling more

fatigued than usual and taking longer to recover

from a workout. Never attempt to work through

these signs - they’re our body’s way of telling us to

ease off. If this means working out less intensively,

for a shorter period, or even moving to a more

gentle form of fitness, then so be it.”

9 TOP TIPS

Hugh Hanley, father-of-two and national personal

training manager at Virgin Active (www.virginactive.

co.uk) offers these tips for starters...

• Before you begin, talk to your doctor. They should

be able to give advice specific to you.

• Drink plenty of fluids, before, during and after

any exercise, and avoid overheating. Be sure to

always warm-up and cool down.

• Wear loose fitting clothing, and comfortable nonslip

supportive shoes.

• Keep your heart rate under 140 beats per minute.

• Past the first trimester, avoid exercising flat on

your back - the weight of your uterus reduces the

blood and oxygen flow to your baby.

• During aerobic exercise, you will find you have

less oxygen available, so lower the intensity of

your normal routine.

• Your metabolism speeds up during pregnancy,

so remember to eat a well-balanced diet.

• Your body produces a hormone called relaxin

during pregnancy. This hormone softens joints

and ligaments to make the birth process easier,

so be careful not to overextend joints that may

result in injury.

• Do pelvic floor exercises every day and you’ll help

keep your back and spine strong, and alleviate

problems with bladder and bowel control that

are common after childbirth.


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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 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.


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Marbury

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Marbury Lane

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Hopyard

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Dairy House

Meadows

Marbury Brook

Marbury Road

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Marston

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Museum

Ollershaw Lane

Anderton

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Witton Brook

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.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/

anderton-boat-lift-visitor-centre

http://lionsaltworks.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/

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.

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Salt-Trail


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Saturday, June 29, 8am-8pm

Performance artists Hunt & Darton bring their

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

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

broadcast on WA12 radio.

Church Square, St. Helens, WA10 1BN

Rigfest 2019

Saturday, June 29, 2pm-6pm

Enjoy live music and bands from St. John Rigby

College Sixth Form! There’ll be arts and craft

stalls, family activities and face painting, as well as

refreshments and mocktails. Free admission.

St. John Rigby College, Gathurst Rd, Orrell, WN5 0LJ

Johnny Vegas & Friends

Saturday, June 29, 7pm-11pm

Johnny Vegas heads to his last ever show at the

Citadel with a number of guests to see the iconic

venue go out in style. Proceeds go to the Citadel

Charity to support vulnerable people. Tickets £20

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

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

Barn Dance

Saturday, June 29, 7:30pm

Dance to a live band with caller Celt McCool, and

get involved with the raffle. Tickets £12 including

hot food, bookable on 01744 885547 or 01744

882868 – proceeds to Rainford Heritage Society.

The Junction Pub, News Lane, Rainford, WA11 7JU

Plant Sale

Sunday, June 30, 12pm-3pm

Celebrate the summer with a seasonal plant sale in

aid of Willowbrook Hospice – plus, feast on scones,

strawberries and cream! Free entry.

Willowbrook Hospice, Portico Lane, Prescot, L34

2QT

Brass Band Concert

Sunday, June 30, 2pm-4pm

Listen to the St. Helens Concert Brass Band play a

variety of traditional and modern music at the Band

Stand!

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

Summer Parish Gala

Saturday, July 6, 12pm-4pm

The Friends of St. Bartholomews Primary present

their largest yearly fundraiser, with family fun

including football games, a funfair and loads of

food!

St. Bartholomews RC Primary School, School

Lane, Rainhill, L35 6NN

Seneley Green Carnival

Saturday, July 6, 1pm-4pm

See the Rose Queen procession and crowning

and enjoy a carnival heaving with stalls and

entertainment! There’ll be a junior football

tournament, a dance display and fairground rides.

Garswood United Football Club, Garswood Road,

Garswood, WN4 0XA


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Crank Gala

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

See the Mucky Mountain Morris Dancers, the Limbo

Man, a U3A ukulele performance and plenty more

entertainment on family gala day! There’ll be plenty

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

refreshments. Free entry.

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

Griffin Grind

Sunday, July 7, race at 9am

Challenge yourself to a 5-mile race or get the

kids involved with a 1K fun run. There’ll be live

entertainment, games, a barbecue and a bouncy

castle afterwards - all proceeds to Isabella Rose

Foundation and Violet Grace’s Gift. Race entry £18.

Griffin Inn, Church Lane, St. Helens, WA10 5AD

Greenstock 2019

Saturday, July 13, 11am-4pm

Enjoy an eco-themed music & arts festival for all the

family! Solo performers, groups and troupes will

take to the stage, with plenty of crafts and games

on offer for the family, plus a barbecue and raffle.

Tickets £3 on the gate.

Mill Green School, Lansbury Avenue, St. Helens,

WA9 1BU

Cabaret Evening

Saturday, July 13, 7:30pm

A cabaret evening featuring Bernie Flint and John

Martin, plus a surprise female vocalist.Tickets

£25 with all proceeds to Rainford Parish Church

AmDrams – call David on 07801 719691.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Street, Rainford,

WA11 8HB

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Sunday, July 14, 8am-2pm

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Sunday, July 14, 10am-4pm

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Sunday, July 14, 11am-5pm

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Saturday, July 20, 1pm-11pm

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Sunday, July 21, 10am-3pm

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Rock Choir Live

Sunday, July 21, 7:30pm-10:30pm

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and rock performed by Rock Choir. With over 30,000

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Sister Act

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

Orrell Musical & Dramatic Society present their

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Van Cartier as she goes into hiding at a convent and

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Friday, July 26, 9:30pm-11pm

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Proceeds to St. Helens Autism Support.

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Town Show

Saturday, August 3, 11am-5pm

Newton-le-Willows present their annual town

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Evening with Milly Johnson

Thursday, August 8, 6pm-8pm

Bestselling author Milly Johnson discusses what

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Woodland Fairies

Thursday, August 22, 1:30pm-3pm

Blackberry the Fairy has lost her stars in the wood

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Nissan Qashqai

1.3 DiG-T by Tim Barnes-Clay

The Nissan Qashqai has been around for 11 years,

and it is still a hugely popular model, ranking as

Britain’s fourth most popular new motor. Only

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

fly out of dealerships more quickly.

Back in 2007, consumers fell in love with the oddly

named Qashqai’s blend of room, SUV styling and

affordability. Since then, the Japanese automaker

has kept the Qashqai name rocking – and the

present incarnation of the car has been rolling off

production lines since 2013.

Nissan has not been resting on its laurels, though.

It has been fine-tuning the Qashqai recipe over the

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

to run, and better than ever to drive.

Fresh to the Qashqai is a new infotainment unit, but

the major news comes under the hood. The previous

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

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

The new petrol turbo powerplant comes with a

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

engine currently housed in Mercedes-Benz’s A200.

The unit is also more efficient with an exhaust

particulate filter helping it make the grade in the

latest emissions testing processes. As mentioned,

Nissan claims the 1.3 petrol turbo is cheaper to run

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

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

increase.

The car is equipped with a six-speed manual

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

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


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that the automatic is only offered with the 160ps

unit.

Behind the wheel, this new Qashqai variant feels

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

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

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

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

its class.

The cabin is the same as ever, and the infotainment

unit looks identical. However, the software is brand

new, resulting in fast loading times, and the screen

responds far more quickly when you touch it. It will

now identify swiping and pinching motions, and

the home page can be personalised with apps and

shortcuts. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come

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

model.

The infotainment system on the Qashqai Tekna+ 1.3

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

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

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

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

than the former system.

Nissan forecasts segment-leading residuals for the

modern Qashqai, with many versions holding over

50 per cent of their value over three years. This

means that finance deals are very reasonable right

now.

There are many reasons why the Qashqai’s

popularity is so enduring. It is comfortable to drive

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

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

new infotainment system and petrol engines only

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Nissan’s flexibility in the constantly-fluctuating

automotive arena.

Fast Facts

• 0-62 mph: 9.9 seconds

• Combined mpg: 48.7

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

• Max. power (PS): 160

• CO2: 131 g/km

• Price: £30,645


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• Landlord & Home Owner

Gas Safety Checks

• Mechanical Power Flushing

• Thermostatic Valves/Radiators Fitted

• Home Efficiency Control Upgrades

12 YEARS

EXTENDED

WARRANTY

ON SELECTED BOILER

INSTALLATIONS

Registration No.

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Telephone:

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MOBILE:

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www.fgwelch.co.uk


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Keeping your home and family safe

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

and/or business

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

• Full installation, repairs & maintenance.

The only St Helens company

to reach NSI Gold standard

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

Established 1984

Brand New Bathrooms

Boiler + Central Heating

Installs, Servicing + Repairs

Extended warranties available

24 Hour Call-out

Domestic + Commercial

Freephone 0300 3030121

Dave 07769 942218 / Matt 07969 183809

21 Naburn Drive, Orrell, WN5 8SB

Email: info@orrellheating.co.uk

www.orrellheating.co.uk

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Rainford Electrical

Electrical Installations & Repairs Est.1975

All aspects of domestic work undertaken

Lights, Sockets, Fuseboards etc

Electric Oven & Shower Repairs

P.A.T. Testing & Inspection

Small jobs a speciality

Call Alan Leigh on

01744 883883 or 07884 496434

All electrical work

undertaken from full

re-wires to alarms/CCTV.

www.hjselectricalservices.co.uk

W.Hurst & Son Ltd

ELECTRIC CONTRACTOR

www.whurstandson.co.uk

• All types of electrical work

• 35+ years experience

• No job too small

• Friendly and reliable

No job too small.

No call out charge

– guaranteed.

30 years experience.

Call Steve on

07809 427 508

For a free quote

& advice call Jeff

01695 622 191

07850 622 191


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GDR Driveways

Flagging • Block paving

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Call Gareth for a FREE quotation

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Roofing & Roofline- repairs and replacement

Decorating, Building, Gates supplied & fitted

Plastering, Gardening

For all your home improvements - No job too small

07847 394040 ~ 01744 606938

A.J.Davies Est.1991

Painter & Decorator

Paper Hanging a Speciality

Friendly & Very Reliable Service

Both Domestic & Commercial

Trading for over 26 years

Call Adam on 01744 755 005

e-mail ajdaviesdecorator@hotmail.co.uk

Don’t pay £££’s to replace the frame,

we’ll replace the glass panes.

We also replace; Window locks,

Door locks, Hinges & Handles.

...and we do conservatory repairs.

Call us now for a free quotation on

01744 810 000

www.northwestwindowrepairs.co.uk

Haydock

Decorators

• High Quality Decorating Over 20 years experience

• Neat & Tidy Workmanship Haydock Decorators

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

SKF

Call Steve for friendly

advice and a free quote

01744 636 584

07986 528 547

Rendering Ltd

We’ll transform the look of your home with

our machine-applied coloured renders.

One Coat Through Coloured Renders, Acrylic

Renders & EWi Renders (Insulated). 48 colours.

Approved applicators for:


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KEYS LOCKS SAFES

• Repairs & Upgrades

on all locks, including UPVC

• Safes supplied & installed

• Key cutting service

• Emergency call outs welcomed

• All work guaranteed

Call your local lock expert for a free quote

Call us now on

01744 732 256

Established 1970

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

GARAGE DOOR

REPAIRS

All GARAGE DOORS REPAIRED :

Springs, Cables, Locks, Rollers etc.

Doors of all ages repaired

01744 894939 / 07891 330214

www.garagedoorandlock.co.uk

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

CALL PAUL

LOCKSMITHS

ESTABLISHED 2000

• UPVC & WOODEN DOOR SPECIALIST

• Emergency Door Opening

• UPVC Door Lock Repairs

• UPVC Door Lock Changes

• UPVC Door Lock Upgrades

• Wood Door Lock Changes

• All Work Guaranteed

A Registered Insured NCFE Certified Company

Call Paul for a

Fast, Reliable, Professional Service

Bespoke Tiling

WALL & FLOORING SPECIALISTS

Top class work guaranteed

For a free quotation, call Oliver on

01942 741789

07387 376 530 Garswood-based

TELEPHONE

01744 526 589

MOBILE

07932 718 362

WWW.CALLPAULLOCKSMITH.CO.UK

01744 602931 or 07756 274503

7 Albany Avenue, Eccleston Park, L34 2QN


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M H Roofing

Established over 15 years

Friendly advice and competitive rates

No job too small

• High Performance Felt Flat Roof Systems

Storm Damage and Insurance Work

• Slating and Tiling full roofs

• Poiniting and Guttering • Fascia Boards

Call 01744 884117

or 07702 693225

www.mhroofingltd.co.uk

Fully Insured & Insurance

Backed Guarantees

3 Maggots Nook Road, Rainford

Facias, soffits, cladding,

dry verge and gutters - call us now

for all your roofline requirements!

We specialise in seamless aluminium gutters.

Clean, stylish and guaranteed for 25 years!

01942 735 515 / 07917 352 182 / 07917 352 183

www.orrellroofline.co.uk

• WILSON BROS •

Est. 1985

Roofing & Roofline Specialists

• All aspects of maintenance & repair

• Fascia & soffit installation

• Guttering and felting services

Call us now for a free estimate

01695 633173

Colin: 07958 302 166

Brian: 07760 160 988

www.wilson-bros.co.uk

Our Focus Is

Quality & Price

LOCAL FAMILY

FIRM

All aspects

of Building &

Roofing UPVC

Rooflines

References Available

From a Loose

Slate to a

Complete

Construction

Extensions &

Alterations Specialists

Call us on... 01744 600074

Mobile: 07867 592460

13 Hawes Ave, Carr Mill, WA11 7EA


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Come and visit the largest

showroom in the North West

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First for quality • First for service • First for reliability

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Just a smile and a honest price from a family run business

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SISTER COMPANY OF FOXWELLS BUILDERS

Established 16 years

Call us for a Free Quote

Office Number: 01942 871 777

Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Street, Leigh, WN7 5SE

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Tomorrow’s Home Improvements Today!

Quality ~ Choice ~ Value

Windows

Bi-Fold Doors

Thermally-efficient conservatory roofs

expertly fitted by accredited installers

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Contact us on 01744 891717 for a no obligation quote

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

www.orrellwindows.co.uk

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