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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
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The 5-mile Griffin Grind returns on Sunday, July 7 at
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
A 1k children’s fun run will also take place on the day.
Entry costs £18 - to register, visit www.thegrind5.
A new adventure golf course opened in Rainford in
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
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
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.
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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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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.
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
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
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Mackerel, Tomato &
2 mackerel fillets, gutted, filleted, pin-bones
4 slices of smoked streaky bacon, large dice
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 little gem lettuces, leaves separated
10 basil leaves, torn
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
For the mayonnaise:
3 free-range egg yolks
1tsp English mustard
1tsp white wine vinegar
300ml of light olive oil
50ml of double cream
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
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
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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A Haresfinch knitting group meets every Thursday
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
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.
Fancy enjoying some sequence dancing while
making new friends? Garswood-based Just Dancing
offers both – along with a good old cuppa and a
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
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.
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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
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
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.
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
St. Helens will host its inaugural Pride festival this
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
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.
Let your light shine
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10 Years of Table
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Baked Pollock with a
Cheddar & Herb Crust
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
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.
By Jess Phillips
Offering a distinctive culture, natural wonders and
a vast number of stunning geological phenomena,
the Shetland and Orkney Islands are rather unique.
More Scandinavian than British, these islands
located off Scotland’s north coast are wonderfully
secluded, surrounded by crystal-clear waters.
From wildlife watching and outdoor adventures like
diving and cliff walking, to visiting historic sights
and far-flung islands, Shetland and the Orkney
Islands have plenty on offer for people of all ages
and interests. If you’re lucky, you might even catch
a glimpse of the much coveted and undoubtedly
awe-inspiring Northern Lights.
Did you know that in the summer months, these
islands can enjoy almost 19 hours of sunshine a
day? As they’re so far north, they have a ‘simmer
dim’, when the sun only dips below the northern
horizon for a few hours.
At any time of year you’ll be enchanted by ruggedly
handsome Shetland. In fact, it was the only place
in the UK to make Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Summer
Destinations in Europe list! The archipelago has
more than 100 islands with just 15 inhabited,
making it the ideal destination to escape the
stresses of everyday
life. On the southern
tip of Mainland,
such as Jarlshof
Prehistoric and Norse
Shetland offers some
of the finest walking
in Europe, combining
scenery on both the
North and Atlanticfacing
inland lochs and
gentle hills. It has many quiet, relatively flat roads
that are ideal for cycling – hire a bike in the capital
Lerwick or Unst and embark on your own selfguided
Lerwick, on Mainland, boasts extensive leisure and
entertainment activities, as well as the outstanding
Shetland Museum and Archives, which sits on the
restored historic Hay’s Dock.
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The Orkney Islands offer a time-worn, almost
mystical charm where visitors will be greeted by
storm-battered cliffs, ancient stone circles and
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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,
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!
burned down in 1991
and was replaced by
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
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40 Health & Fitness
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
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
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.
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
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
pre-determined fitness target,
and neither should those who
are able to be pretty active
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
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
“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
• 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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by Chris Pearce
This month’s Jack’s Tracks visits Northwich, a place
that today fits nicely into the pigeon-hole of genteel
and leafy Cheshire, but it wasn’t always this way.
Back in 1670, the Smith-Barry family of Marbury Hall
were searching their land for evidence of coal which
they could extract for commercial gain, but instead
discovered huge resources of rock salt, a remnant
from the Triassic period when seawater moved inland,
creating shallow salt marshes.
By the 1830’s, the salt mining industry in Northwich
had ceased and the industry moved to nearby
Winsford, leaving behind a mass of industrial
wasteland and collapsed pits. This easy four-mile walk
demonstrates the amazing ability of Mother Nature to
renew even the most scarred of landscapes.
Follow the brown signs to the Anderton Boat Lift
(CW9 6FW) and park up in the pay and display car
park. Take the path leading off from the centre of
the car park, directly across from the pay machine.
Go through the pretty butterfly barriers and then
bear immediate left. At the next fork bear right
and, just after the stone artwork a little further on,
bear right once more and go past the wooden gate,
heading downhill through a wooden area.
At the next fork, bear left towards Hyden Pool, and
once you get past the next information board, you
can take either fork to end up at a wooden bridge.
Cross the bridge and carry on in the same direction
until you arrive at another bridge by reed beds,
cross here and, once again, go in the same direction.
Trent & Mersey Canal
Anderton Nature Park
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Once you go through the steel gate at the end of
the path, take the path on the left. Follow this path
for approximately 200 yards, take the foot bridge on
the right and you’ll eventually end up on the road,
where you’ll arrive, 300 yards later, at the Salt Lion
Works. You can walk through the Salt Lion Works to
get to the Trent and Mersey Canal and then turn left
down the towpath.
Follow the towpath for almost two miles, past
tranquil Cheshire countryside and an attractive
marina, passing the coffee boat and the fudge boat
en-route, until you reach the Anderton Boat Lift and
its car park from where you started the walk.
After 750 yards on this path, which runs parallel to
Witton Brook, you’ll arrive at the eastern entrance to
Anderton Nature Park; turn right towards Marbury
Park and a few yards later when you arrive on a
single track road (Marbury Road), turn right and
follow the road for almost 700 yards until you arrive
at a collection of steel and wooden gates on your
Aim for the path that represents a 90 degree left
turn from the road, so go through the gates and
pick up this path. Follow this path for a further 700
yards, but whilst you’re on this path do take the
chance to check out the bird hide.
For those with the OS Maps
app on your desktop, mobile
or tablet, this walk is named:
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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,
Sunday, July 14, 8am-2pm
Get on your bike for Willowbrook Hospice for a 45-
mile sponsored ride! Registration £20 per person
plus sponsorship – register on 01744 453798 or pop
into The Living Well on Borough Road.
Rainford High, Higher Lane, Rainford, WA11 8NY
Family Wellbeing Fest
Sunday, July 14, 10am-4pm
Lots of stalls, reflexology and Reiki sessions, bouncy
castle and face painting. Workshops including
dream catcher making and introduction to Reiki
take place on the day. Refreshments available.
The Tunza Centre, Boundary Rd, St. Helens, WA10 2PZ
Charity Fun Day
Sunday, July 14, 11am-5pm
Something for everyone, from psychic readings and
holistic therapies to hook-a-duck and splash the
officer! There are plenty of stalls and refreshments
to enjoy, free entry.
Mill Street Barracks, Mill Street, St. Helens, WA10 2BB
Saturday, July 20, 1pm-11pm
Witness some of the best tribute bands in the
country, including homages to The Rolling Stones,
Kasabian, The Beautiful South and The Killers. Tickets
£33 or £60.50 VIP, available at www.clonefest.co.uk
Sherdley Park, St. Helens, WA9 5DE
Family Fun Day
Sunday, July 21, 10am-3pm
Part of the Ride 4 Violet-Grace fundraiser, enjoy
bouncy castles, raffles, a DJ and loads of stalls. The
motorbike ride takes place at 12pm and the bike
ride at 12:15pm. Please wear purple or something
superhero themed in memory of Violet-Grace.
Totally Wicked Stadium, St. Helens, WA9 1JJ
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We have THREE pairs of tickets to give away for the
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The lucky winners will enjoy an event that’s now
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Southport attracts tens of thousands of visitors
every year to the prize blooms in the Grand Floral
Marquee and star turns by top celebrity gardeners.
Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli will
open the show on Thursday 15th August, launching
a packed programme of entertainment.
Kids go free to the show and children’s TV star Justin
Fletcher is bringing his stage act to amuse the
show’s younger visitors.
And Gardener’s Question Time star Christine
Walkden is among the experts from TV and radio
who are on hand to share advice with visitors.
Meanwhile, some of the nation’s top growers will
compete for the prestigious prizes while leading
designers demonstrate their creative talents with
their stunning show gardens.
Organisers aim to turn the show into a giant garden
party spread across the 34-acres of Victoria Park
close to the centre of Southport.
Southport Flower Show general manager Ray
Roukin said: “We look forward to welcoming Local
Life readers to celebrate our anniversary year with
us this summer.
“The show has something for everyone and is a
perfect family day out”.
The competition winners will be given a pair of
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Thursday, August 15th to Sunday, August 18th.
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Rock Choir Live
Sunday, July 21, 7:30pm-10:30pm
A spectacular display of uplifting, feel-good pop
and rock performed by Rock Choir. With over 30,000
members in over 400 local communities, Rock Choir
is a uniquely engaging phenomenon. Tickets £11
bookable on 01744 756000.
St. Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St.
Helens, WA10 1LQ
Wednesday, July 24 – Saturday, July 27, 7:30pm
Orrell Musical & Dramatic Society present their
latest comedy musical: Sister Act! Follow Dolores
Van Cartier as she goes into hiding at a convent and
breathes new musical life into the church. Tickets £9
on 01695 622713.
St. Peter’s Catholic High School, Howards Lane,
Orrell, WN5 8NU
Friday, July 26, 9:30pm-11pm
Join the Friends of St. Helens Cemetery and
the Rangers for a guided walk through the
cemetery using bat detectors! Learn about
habitat changes, site management and bat life
cycles – bring your torches! Booking available on
St. Helens Cemetery, Rainford Road, St. Helens,
Saturday, July 27, 12pm-4pm
All the fun of the fair! From stalls and crafts to games
and entertainment, you definitely won’t be bored!
Newton Community Centre, Park Road South,
Newton-le-Willows, WA12 8EX
Ruskin Beer Fest
Fri, Aug 2, 5pm-11pm & Sat, Aug 3, 12pm-11pm
A cracking weekend of real ales, ciders and world
beers, as well as live music and loads of live local
sport. Prosecco and gin will also be available!
Proceeds to St. Helens Autism Support.
Ruskin Sports Village, Ruskin Dr, St. Helens, WA10 6RP
Saturday, August 3, 11am-5pm
Newton-le-Willows present their annual town
show, with local performers and entertainment, a
classic car show, craft stalls, a family fun fair and art
competition. There’ll also be free heritage bus rides.
Mesnes Park, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 9TA
Evening with Milly Johnson
Thursday, August 8, 6pm-8pm
Bestselling author Milly Johnson discusses what
life as a writer is really like, and chats about her
latest novel. Tickets £6, £5 for library members or £3
concessions, inc. refreshments and a free prize draw.
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Thursday, August 22, 1:30pm-3pm
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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
The car is equipped with a six-speed manual
transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto ‘box,
as tested for this review. It’s worth noting, though,
that the automatic is only offered with the 160ps
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
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
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
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
strengthen the Qashqai’s name further, validating
Nissan’s flexibility in the constantly-fluctuating
• 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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