Local Life - St Helens - August 2019

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In this issue

Garlic &

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Lamb Shank

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Stuff For A Rainy

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Regulars

26 Puzzle Corner

38 Jack’s Tracks

Sections

6 Local News

22 Food

34 Health

42 Test Drive

45 Events2Go

42 Motoring

50 Gardening

53 Home Services

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Cinema on the Water

A pop-up floating cinema heads to the Albert Dock

in Liverpool this summer, offering a cinematic

experience like no other. It takes place on the dock’s

floating pontoon, and will show a range of classics

– from family-friendly Matilda and Finding Nemo to

award-winning Titanic and Dirty Dancing.

The outdoor screenings will go ahead whatever the

weather, with a cover provided in case of rain. Tickets

cost £14 per adult and £8 per child. There’ll also be

delicious foodie treats available.

Screenings take place from Sunday, August 4 until

Saturday, August 10 at various times. For more

information or to buy tickets, visit www.albertdock.

com/whats-on/cinema

Free Tennis Sessions

A new scheme has launched at Queens Park, offering

fun free tennis sessions for all ages and abilities.

Coach-led sessions take place every Saturday from

1pm-2pm, followed by an open play session with

the coach until 2:30pm. Equipment is available to

borrow – all you need to do is register your place at

www.tennisforfree.com

#NoMoreKnives

The Daniel Fox Foundation will host a workshop this

month to educate children about knife crime.

Established after local bouncer Daniel Fox was

stabbed in the town centre, the organisation aims to

prevent further incidents of violent knife crime. So

far it has been successful in introducing knife wands

to several nightclubs in St. Helens.

Now the charity heads to Momo’s coffee shop on

Westfield Street to highlight the dangers inherent in

carrying a knife. The workshop is aimed at children

aged 10-12, and there are spaces for around 25

attendees.

The workshop takes place on Saturday, August 3 at

3:30pm. Booking is required at Momo’s or on their

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Stepping Out

Rainhill Garrick Society has announced its October

play: Stepping Out.

This rollicking comedy follows former professional

dancer Mavis as she attempts to teach tap dancing

to a motley crew of amateurs ahead of an upcoming

concert. It takes place from Thursday, October 17 –

Saturday, October 19 at Rainhill Village Hall.

For more information and ticket enquiries, call 01744

813429. Tickets are also available to purchase at

Rainhill Post Office and at the village hall.

Great Eccleston Bake-Off

September sees the return of the Great Eccleston

Bake-Off for its seventh year. On Sunday, September

15 there’ll be loads of old fashioned community fun

at the Smithy Heritage Centre, judged by St. Helens

WI.

Entries will be blind-tasted by a panel of judges, with

prizes awarded for an overall winner, runner-up, and

best decorated cake. Submissions are accepted from

12pm-3pm on the day, with judging commencing at

3:15pm.

To enter, grab an entry form from the Smithy

Heritage Centre or visit www.smithyheritagecentre.

org.uk/whats-on

Refill Stations

St. Helens Council is encouraging people to help

save the planet and stay hydrated as part of its Refill

scheme.

If just 1 in 10 people refilled their bottles just once a

week, there would be 340 million less plastic bottles

a year in circulation.

You can access free tap water to refill your bottle at

various venues across the town centre, including all

Starbucks, Costas and Greggs. Refill points are also

set up at the Boat House in Taylor Park and Momo’s

coffee shop on Westfield Street.

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Pub & Grub

Ruskin’s 8th annual

beer festival returns

for August 2019 - once

again bringing cask

ales, international beers,

and a huge number of

flavoured ales and ciders

to Sticky Wicket Bar &

Grub.

No matter what your

palate, you’ll find a drink

to tickle your taste buds

across the weekend of

August 2nd & 3rd. From

Neapolitan Ice Cream

Pale Ale – a sweet drink with hints of chocolate and

strawberry - to cherry and pineapple ciders, it’s hard

to believe the festival began with a small but select

number of cask ales in the former Pavilion Bar eight

years ago.

Bottled beers come from all over the world,

including the Hitachino Brewing Lab in Japan, Sierra

Nevada in California, Czechia and Germany. Plus,

if you prefer something a little more traditional,

a selection of wines and gins are available the

weekend through. You can also expect live sport,

a tag rugby competition, loads of live music and a

great day out with friends.

Proceeds from the beer festival help to raise money

for St. Helens Autism Support, a charity which

helps support people on the Autistic spectrum. The

charity helps people find

employment for people

with Autism and raises

awareness of the condition

across the borough.

The festival runs from

5pm-11pm on the Friday

and 12pm-11pm on

Saturday.

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Win a Car for Willowbrook

You could drive away in a fabulous

Suzuki Celerio as part of Willowbrook

Hospice’s latest raffle and courtesy of

Chapelhouse St. Helens.

Raffle tickets cost £5 each, and money

raised will go towards the new Make

a Difference Appeal, which aims to

upgrade and refurbish the hospice’s

facilities.

Head of Fundraising Nichola Saunders

said: ‘After 22 years the Hospice

needs a facelift to ensure that our

facilities are of the highest quality, are

dementia friendly and to improve the

environment and experience for our

patients and their families. Willowbrook

has a well-earned reputation for the excellent

standard of our care and we want to make sure that

our facilities match this.’

You can buy tickets online at www.

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Magic at the Library

There’s loads going on at libraries across St. Helens

this summer - starting with the appearance of

dragons at Parr Library on Friday, August 2!

Alfie and Anna are going camping, sharing stories

about dragons as they go. In a production which

blends puppetry and immersive storytelling, this

joint endeavour between Altered Scale Theatre and

Petite Ultaloom promises a magical experience for

children and the young at heart.

Tickets cost £3 per person or £8 for a family of

four – they’re available from the library or online

at Eventbrite. Two performances take place on the

day; the first is from 10:30am-11:30am, and the

second from 2pm-3pm.

On Thursday, August 8, bestselling author Milly

Johnson heads over to Chester Lane Library to

discuss her latest novel The Magnificent Mrs

Mayhew. Tickets cost £6, £3 concessions or £5 for

library card holders. The event runs from 6pm-8pm.

Finally, visit Haydock Library on Friday, August 9

for a mesmerising interactive experiences for all

ages. You’ll generate complex patterns through

movement and colour in this installation - get

sucked into another dimension with Portals from

1pm-6pm, ahead of a special performance at 7pm

which uses coloured lasers to generate a sweeping

synth soundscape.

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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 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.

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. ! 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

Postcard Project

Heart of Glass is looking for insight into building a

child-friendly St. Helens through a newly launched

postcard project.

Children and young people are encouraged to

submit their views using a series of prompts on

#DearStHelens postcards. In association with St.

Helens Council, a lesson plan has been drawn up to

be distributed to schools around the borough, with

a themed artwork in the pipeline.

Young people are asked what a child friendly St.

Helens would sound like, look like, make them feel

like, and give them opportunities to do.

Aimee Harrison, Young People and School’s

Producer, said: ‘We are delighted to be beginning

this process with young people in St. Helens that

builds on our projects with young people and

schools across the borough. It’s vitally important

to St. Helens Council, St. Helens Youth Council and

to Heart of Glass that the hopes for the future of

our borough are created in collaboration with our

youngest community members, and that this is [an

opportunity] for young people to be listened to and

to feel they can influence their own future, and the

future of St. Helens.’


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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!

Pride Power

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.

For more information and updates, head to www.

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Drivers Needed

Willowbrook Hospice is urgently

appealing for volunteer drivers

and driver’s assistants to help

with collections of donations and

deliveries.

Van drivers help distribute donations

around the 16 charity shops in the St.

Helens and Knowsley area, as well as

delivering bulky items to customers.

All money raised in Willowbrook’s

shops goes back into the hospice

to help them care for and support

people with life limiting illnesses

across the borough.

If you have a few hours to spare, the

position could help you boost your CV and develop

new skills along the way – all for an incredibly

worthy cause.

Retail Volunteer Coordinator Bev Neilson

commented: ‘[Volunteering is] a great way to meet

new people from all walks of life and get involved

with the community. Without the support of our

volunteers we couldn’t continue to do what we do.’

Volunteer driver Barry Lyon added: ‘I’m proud

to volunteer for Willowbrook and have seen the

fantastic work that the hospice does first hand. It’s

an amazing organisation and offers so much help

and support to people in our local community.’

For more information about volunteering,

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Summer Barbecue

Rainford’ Parish Council’s annual summer barbecue

takes place this month. The Parish Council

Chairman’s barbecue offers a chance to get

together with people and enjoy delicious food.

It takes place on Sunday, August 25 from 2pm-

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Sally’s Specials

by Marti of The Star Inn

Garlic &

Rosemary Lamb

Shank

The Star Inn

Sally’s at The Star Inn was launched in 2007 in homage to landlord and chef Marti’s mother Sally, who

passed away in 1996. A great cook herself, it was Sally’s lifelong dream to have a restaurant in her

name, and Marti wanted to honour that promise when he took the reins of The Star Inn at Roby Mill.

This slow-roasted lamb shank recipe is a great and easy way to enjoy lamb. This lamb recipe has only a few

ingredients, but thanks to the long, slow cooking, the results are an incredibly flavourful meal to remember.

Serves 1

Ingredients

16oz Shank, from

your butcher or local

supermarket

Olive oil

2 cloves of garlic

2 sprigs of rosemary

Seasoning

2 carrots

2 stalks of celery

1 small onion

1 pint of beef stock

Splash of red wine

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°c

Start by rubbing a little oil, garlic, rosemary and seasoning into the Lamb Shank.

Try to do this the day before cooking to ensure maximum flavour for the final dish.

Prepare a small mirepoix of vegetables, this is a flavour base made from diced

vegetables. To achieve this roughly cut the carrots, celery and onion.

Heat a little oil in a deep roasting tray or casserole dish, ensure the tray is hot but

not smoking hot.

Next, seal the lamb on all sides and the bottom, until it’s a lovely golden brown.

Add in your mirepoix but be careful not to burn the meat or vegetables. If the tray

is too hot turn the heat down at this point.

Right about now the smells and aroma of the lamb, garlic and herbs should be

filling your kitchen up nicely

Add in the pint of beef stock and a generous splash of red wine. Now it’s ready to

go into the oven!

Cover the meat with some parchment paper or baking paper to protect the meat

from drying out. Cover again with tin foil and roast in the oven for approximately

3 hours.

To check the lamb, open the foil and use a spoon to test the meat, it should be very

soft and ready to fall off the bone.

The lamb is best served with a red wine sauce, mashed potato and vegetables.


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Party in the Garden

Southport Flower Show celebrates its 90th

anniversary this year – and they plan to do it in style.

The largest independent flower show in the country

has been a staple of North West heritage since 1929,

featuring the best and brightest in bloom with its

Amateur Growers’ Competition, expert gardening

tips and stunning show gardens. The Grand Floral

Marquee is home to a treasure trove of bonsai,

cacti, vegetables, trees and much more, while the

Garden Theatre invites celebrity guests to give talks

or entertain the crowds.

Whether you’re looking to see floral art demos,

witness dog displays or just bop to some live music,

Southport Flower Show really does have it all.

Running from August 15th-18th, this year’s theme

is the suitably summery Garden Party, during which

Victoria Park will be transformed into a huge spread.

This year, expect to enjoy cookery demonstrations

from Hairy Biker Dave Myers, plus more from the

award-winning TV chef Ellis Barrie. Opening the

show is Strictly Come Dancing’s Bruno Tonioli,

while This Morning’s Michael Perry and children’s

entertainer and Cbeebies star Justin Fletcher.

Gardener’s Question Time star Christine Walkden

will also be on hand to share her advice with visitors.

A 4-day pass for the show costs £60, with early bird

day tickets available for £20 until August 14.

Southport Flower show is open from 10am-6pm

every day except Sunday, when it closes at 5pm. It

takes place at Victoria Park in Southport – for more

information, visit www.southportflowershow.co.uk

Don’t forget, you can still enter to win a pair of

tickets to the show on our Facebook page! Just

head to @locallife247 on Facebook before July 31

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Stuff For A Rainy Day

We’re all well aware that summer in Britain is no guarantee of sunshine. If

the weather’s preventing you from getting out to the park or the beach, why

not wait for the clouds to break in one of the North West’s many museums?

Harris Museum

Housing a vast array of historical artefacts, The

Harris invites you to learn more about Preston’s

history or view stunning artwork from its industrial

background. Heading to The Harris in September is

a multimedia exhibition about the internationally

recognised Preston Bus Station, which combines

photography, sculpture and film to capture the

building’s colourful heritage.

World Museum Liverpool

From live bugs and tropical fish to a natural history

centre where you can touch a hippopotamus skull,

the World Museum is not to be missed. Wind through

the dinosaur gallery and Ancient Egypt exhibit to

find out more about the history of our planet.

Highlights: Catch one of the many planetarium

shows to hunt for aliens, join the race to the moon

and experience the birth of the sun. Tickets cost £3

per adult or £2 per child.

Free entry

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/

Highlights: Visit the museum during the summer

holidays for its Fearsome Craftsmen event: this

touring exhibition comes from the York-based

JORVIK Group, and includes plenty of hands-on

crafts.

Free entry

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Jodrell Bank

This Macclesfield-based observatory was just

made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the

perfect place to take any space enthusiasts. Home

to the Lovell Telescope, which has been probing

the depths of the universe since 1957, it’s well

worth the slightly longer journey to immerse

yourself in the science of space next to the huge

piece of infrastructure. Try some hands-on science

experiments or watch one of the many science

shows held on the site.

Highlights: During the summer holidays, families

can go along to get their hands on moon rocks and

meteorites, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of

the moon landing with crafts and activities.

Adults £8.50, children £6.50, concessions £7.50

www.jodrellbank.net/

Catalyst Discovery Centre

Perfect for little ones wanting to discover more

about science, the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre

in Widnes takes you through over forty hands-on

exhibits. Investigate polymers, make giant bubbles

and generate electricity in the Scientrific Gallery, or

head up to the rooftop observatory for panoramic

views of the River Mersey and Spike Island. There’s

also a fun outdoor play area and picnic spot.

Highlights: You won’t want to leave without

catching a live chemistry demonstration – they can

be rather explosive!

Spaceport & U-Boat

Taking a ferry ‘cross the Mersey this summer? Why

not stop at a Mersey Ferry attraction along the way?

At Spaceport, located in Wallasey, allows you to

interact with the stars at its very own observatory,

or relax at a planetarium showing. The Cosmic

Coaster takes you on a thrilling journey through

the cosmos – just be sure to check it’s on before you

visit.

Highlights: See your favourite

Star Wars characters at

Spaceport – from BB-8 to

Han Solo, you’ll be able to

browse an impressive

collection of icons and

scenes from the films.

Adults £10, children £6.50, concessions £8.50

www.spaceport.org.uk/

The U-Boat Story can be found at the Birkenhead

ferry terminal, and allows you to experience life

aboard a real German U-Boat – U-534. Explore

the close quarters of the submarine and try out

various interactive exhibits along the way. Entry to

the U-Boat Story is free with a Mersey Ferries River

Explorer Cruise ticket.

Adults £8, children £5.50, concessions £7

www.u-boatstory.co.uk/

Adults £5.95, children & concessions £4.95

www.catalyst.org.uk


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Maritime Museum

Liverpool’s nautical past is well documented; home

to the White Star offices, the city was prolific for

its association with the ill-fated liner Titanic. The

museum, based at the Albert Dock, offers a wealth

of interactive experiences for the little ones. Spot

signs of smuggling in the museum’s very own ship,

take on the Morse Code Challenge or get crafty at

the museum this summer.

National Football Museum

Home to the first prominent sculpture of a female

footballer – St. Helens-born Lily Parr – the National

Football Museum in the heart of Manchester is

packed with sporting fun. Head down the Football

Walk of Fame, snap a picture with a virtual trophy

and put your best foot forward at the penalty

shootout.

Highlights: Throughout August, make some Titanicinspired

crafts or make a Cutter Ship card; listen to

the adventures of Polar the Titanic Bear (written by

a survivor of the disaster for her son) and catch a

performance of Titanic: A Race to the Rescue.

Free entry

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/

Highlights: The museum is hosting a range of

Football Is Art exhibitions until autumn this year;

create your own football artwork in virtual reality

and browse collections of sporting sculptures and

paintings.

Adults £10, children £5, concessions £8, under-5s and

Manchester residents free

www.nationalfootballmuseum.com

World of Glass

Get to grips with the glass industry at the World of Glass.

See what life was like in a Victorian town, discover the

history of the coal mining industry in the North West

or catch a glass-blowing demonstration with expert

commentary. Kids will be enchanted by the huge glass

chandelier and mirror maze.

Highlights: Don’t miss the underground tunnels, which

wind around the world’s first continuous regenerative

glass-making furnace. You’ll need a hard hat for this one!

Adults £8, children & concessions £6

www.worldofglass.com


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Science & Industry

Museum

Still searching for the sun? Not to worry;

Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum is

hosting a brand new exhibition this summer

where you can explore the incredible beauty and

dangerous dark side of our nearest star. Try on

sunglasses from different eras and cultures, visit an

indoor beach and immersive solar storm – and see

a prototype fusion reactor! The exhibition starts on

July 20. Visitors can also see industrial delights like

Stephenson’s Rocket up close, while the little ones

take part in interactive experiments.

Museum of Liverpool

Learn all about the history of Liverpool and its

people at the Museum of Liverpool at the docks.

Climb aboard a carriage from the old Overhead

Railway, delve into local archaeology and follow the

history of the King’s Regiment in the City Soldiers

gallery. There are plenty of interactive displays

throughout to keep everyone entertained!

Highlights: The museum’s Power Up event runs

until September 1, and brings retro gaming back to

the forefront. Get your game face on to play some

of the most famous games from the last 40 years:

from Pong all the way to Minecraft. Entrance costs

£7 for a 90-minute session.

Free entry

www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/

Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire is an expertly preserved

cotton mill founded by Samuel Greg. Become a

factory inspector and explore the mill itself, and

head through the Right of the Child exhibition

to share the experiences of the hundreds of child

labourers who worked at the mill. You’ll also have

the chance to see a working water wheel! Head out

into the beautiful gardens or take a guided tour of

the Apprentice House where child workers lived –

there’s something for everyone at Quarry Bank.

Highlights: Create music along the River Bollin

throughout August, and learn to connect with trees

in the woods! Night-time bat walks are also a mustdo

if you’re in the area.

Highlights: This summer, little ones can immerse

themselves in a hands-on fantasy world, creating

their own Liverpool: a city where they are mayor.

The activity is recommended for children up to 6.

Free entry

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/

Adults £20.25, children £10, National Trust members

free

www.nationaltrust.org/quarry-bank


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34 Health & Fitness

facts

Time to face

By Abi Jackson

If the eyes are a window to your soul, then the face can help identify some potential

underlying health issues. Here are some of the more common issues and what you

should do.

Nose and cheek rash

This may be a sign of lupus, a lifelong autoimmune condition which, among other

things, causes joint and muscle pain and extreme fatigue. But not everybody gets

the so-called ‘butterfly’ rash.

Other skin changes include a widespread measles-like rash, patches of discoid lupus

(inflamed sores) or small areas of bleeding into the skin. Thinning of the hair can also

be seen at times of a flare of the disease. Lupus can have an impact on your quality

of life, especially when multiple symptoms, such as joint pain, fatigue, mouth ulcers,

headaches and many others, affect your daily life.


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What should I do?

Lupus often goes undiagnosed for years, due to

lack of awareness and because symptoms can

be misleading. If you’re concerned, speak to your

GP. There’s no cure, but treatments and advice on

managing lupus can make a real difference.

Excessive hair

Every woman has facial hair to some degree, but

if this hair is excessive (known as hirsutism), most

commonly affecting the upper lip/chin/sideburn

area, it could be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome

(PCOS). It’s characterised by multiple small cysts

on the ovaries, though it’s important to note that

not everybody with cysts has the syndrome and

associated problems.

What should I do?

PCOS is linked to long-term health risks like heart

disease and Type 2 diabetes, so if a woman has

two or more of these symptoms, we’d recommend

she talks to her GP. There’s no cure, but it can be

managed and there is a lot of great information and

support available.

Dark patches

“There are tons of different causes of dark

patches,” explains Dr Adam Friedmann, consultant

dermatologist at The Harley Street Dermatology

Clinic “Sun exposure can give you freckles, or dark

patches called melasma, and this can be made

worse by birth control pills and pregnancy, then

there are age and liver spots.”

of hyperpigmentation around the mouth and

possibly the tongue, and acanthosis nigricans, dark,

thickened patches that usually develop in armpits,

groins and necks, can be a sign of underlying illness.

What should I do?

If you are concerned, speak to your GP, and any

unusual changes in moles and freckles should

always be checked. In most cases, dark patches

are not a health concern, but if they’re causing

distress or affecting your self-esteem, speaking to

a dermatologist for advice could be really helpful.

Redness

The beauty industry and lay population often

refer to a flushed complexion as rosacea, but for

many people, rosacea is a real skin disorder which

can have a big impact. “As dermatologists, we talk

about acne rosacea,” says Friedmann. Though not

every case is the same, symptoms include spots,

thickening of the skin, sore, dry eyes and a rash-like

flushing/redness. “Over time, if left untreated, the

redness can become permanent and disfiguring.

Prescot Chiropody Clinic

These are common and nothing to worry about -

unless they become malignant. “If a freckle starts

to get bigger with irregular colours, and looks

different from the others, even if it’s still flat, it could

mean it’s becoming cancerous,” says Friedmann.

Hyperpigmentation can also occur as a result of

scarring, possibly from other skin conditions, like

eczema and psoriasis. It’s rare for hyperpigmentation

to be a sign of illness, but in some cases, it could

be linked with Addison’s disease - a condition

involving the adrenal glands, which also causes

fatigue, weight loss, sickness, joint pain and low

blood pressure. You normally notice this sort


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You can also get dilation

of the blood vessels, and

in worse cases, dilated

lymphatics which is

associated with reddened,

facial swelling like

rhinophyma - an enlarged,

swollen, red nose,”

explains Friedmann. “But

this is thankfully rare and

happens after years of not

seeking treatment.”

Facial redness can also

occur due to long-term

sun exposure, mild

eczema, dermatitis and

scarring, or spontaneously

with no underlying cause/

problem.

What should I do?

If you’re suffering from acne rosacea, speak to

your GP or see a dermatologist; treatments and

advice can make a big difference. If permanent

redness with no underlying cause is still causing

distress, there may be things, like laser treatment or

camouflage products, which could help.

Bulging eyes

Of course, some people’s eyes are naturally more

bulbous, but if your eyes have started to protrude

more than usual, and are bulging out of your eye

sockets, it could be a sign of illness such as Graves’

disease, an autoimmune disorder and the most

common form of overactive thyroid. Eyes may

also become inflamed and painful, with possible

double vision and increased sensitivity to light,

too. Other symptoms of Graves include anxiety,

weight loss, palpitations, hand tremor, frequent

bowel movements and an enlarged thyroid gland,

(where the front of the throat/neck bulges out.

Other things that may cause eyes to bulge include

injuries, infection and tumours.

What should I do?

Get things checked with your doctor so, if

necessary, you can be referred for appropriate

tests and treatment. If you’re experiencing other

symptoms that may indicate thyroid imbalance,

writing everything down in a diary might help build

up a clearer picture.


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38 Leisure

Nicky Nook

by Chris Pearce

For this month’s Jack’s Tracks we visit Scorton, near

Garstang, the gateway to the Bowland Fells, for an

excellent and varied six mile walk with great views.

The walk takes you gently downwards through

the scenic Grizedale Valley and some rather pretty

hamlets, before you’re then faced with the sharp shock

of climbing Nicky Nook. It’s only when you reach the

peak that you realise it’s a mere foothill amongst the

other fells to the east, but nevertheless, the views over

the Lancashire coastline were still pretty impressive.

The starting point of Grizedale Bridge is a bit

remote, but the GPS Waypoint is SD 535 490. If that

doesn’t mean anything to you then take the road to

Lancaster going out of Oakenclough. Once you go

over the first cattle grid and, shortly afterwards, a

small bridge, park up in a small carpark-cum-layby

on the left.

Take the slate path leading away from the car park

towards the woods. Once you have gone through

two wooden gates in succession, take the path on

the left and cross the wooden footbridge over the

stream and go into Holme Wood.

I’ve never been a big fan walking through woods;

it’s often boggy, the poor lighting limits photo

opportunities, and accurate mapping can be

difficult. However, there are exceptions and Holme

Wood, up near Scorton in Lancaster is certainly

one. The well-defined path follows the stream all


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the way through the woods with creative studded

boardwalks over the boggy parts, and you’ll soon

arrive at Grizedale Dock reservoir.

The path bends to the right shortly afterwards,

following the direction of an inlet and you come

to a fingerpost by a gate. You need to take a left

here towards Nicky Nook/Scorton and follow the

inlet back in the direction of the reservoir. Ignore

the uphill path on the right shortly afterwards

(signposted Nicky Nook/Scorton) and carry on in

the same direction – you’re going towards Higher

Lane on a bridleway.

The path continues on a meandering downward

trend parallel to the stream for another ¾ mile

until you reach a steel bar gate and fingerpost just

before a wooden footbridge. Take a 90 degree right

turn and follow the footpath (not the bridleway) to

Higher Lane. Once you’ve crossed a short piece of

open farmland, you’ll enter Peddars Wood and walk

uphill until you reach a gate and a single track road.

Turn right up the road for around 250 yards and

take the footpath on the left after the farm. Walk on

the left hand perimeter of the field for 75 yards or

so, and then cut across the field diagonally on the

well-defined path. Go through a gate and head

across the second field towards the steel circular

gate in the distance. Once you’re through, turn left


Higher Lane

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Wyresdale

Park

Grizedale

Bridge

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Scorton

Snowhill Lane

Nicky

Nook

M6

Grize Dale

Tithe Barn Lane

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile or

tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Nicky-Nook

Oakenclough

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can

accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


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and walk through this pretty hamlet.

Approximately 200 yards before

you’re due to go under the M6, there’s

a footpath on the right. Take the

footpath, then go through another

stile and plunge into Ghyll Wood.

You’ll cross a wooden footbridge and

then clamber up the bank on the other

side, walking along the top of the

bank until you come to a gate. Take

the path through the field and you’ll

eventually come out on Snowshill

Lane. Turn right and follow this road

until you reach the entrance to Wrysdale Park.

If you fancy a detour at the first-rate Applestore

Café (open 9-4pm Weds-Sun) or a look at Wrysdale

Lake then carry straight on. Otherwise, follow the

road round to the right, across the bridge and uphill

to Higher Lane. Turn left and then immediate right

for the uphill trek up Nicky Nook. After a steep initial

climb, the path will level off somewhat. After you

pass the reservoir on the left, there is an option to

fork off and follow the path to the

cairn, but for the purposes of the

walk we’re following the path right

up to the white trig pillar at the peak

After a breather, follow the path in

the same direction down the hill.

As the path bends downwards to

the right, you’ll see a gate set in a

dry stone wall straight ahead. Go

through the gate and head for the

brick structure directly ahead, and

when you’ve arrived here, head

downhill towards the green box at

the bottom of the hill.

Follow the path round the green box and once you

get to the track turn right and head into the woods

once again. After a couple of gates, you’ll arrive

at the fingerpost sign by a gate you encountered

earlier on in the walk. Turn left here towards

Grizedale Bridge and follow the pathway back

through Holme Wood until you reach your starting

point.

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HONDA CR-V

HYBRID

by Tim Barnes-Clay

Diesel seems to be dying, and that’s a shame for a lot

of people. There are a lot of good diesel-driven cars

out there, and the scrapyard is where government

leaders would like to see them. Therefore, it seems

odd that automakers are still churning them out.

Indeed, many of the car launches I go on include

oil-burners.

However, that’s not the case with Honda. The

Japanese firm has committed itself to an electrified

future and claims that by 2025 two-thirds of its

European transactions could encompass electrified

vehicles (EVs).

The brand aims to usher in a full urban EV later

next year, but its first step towards this new age is a

hybrid version of the CR-V. The model is in its fifthgeneration,

and the hybrid powertrain is already

housed within the Accord saloon in the United

States. That means it’s a proven unit, so its debut in

the CR-V over this side of the pond looks like a safe

bet.


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The system is named Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive

(i-MMD), and it facilitates a trio of drive settings.

All-electric can be selected in EV Drive, but only

for limited amounts of time, due to the minuscule

1kWh battery bundle. Hybrid Drive utilises the

clout of the 2.0-litre petrol engine, which runs at

low revs to run one of the Honda’s electric motors.

This then produces the muscle used by the other

motor for momentum. Engine Drive shuts a clutch

to allow the front axle to be propelled by the petrol

motor, while the transmission is a single fixed ratio

transmission. Both all-wheel drive and front-wheel

drive versions are offered.

Fast Facts

• 0-62 mph: 9.2 seconds

• Combined mpg: 51.4

• Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder petrol + 2 electric motors

• Max. power (PS): 184

• CO2: 126 g/km

Price: £37,255

So, in Hybrid Drive, the simplest way to understand

how the Honda powertrain works is to imagine it

being akin to a hydrogen fuel cell car – but, instead,

it’s using petrol to produce a charge for the electric

motor.

The CR-V Hybrid favours EV Drive or Hybrid settings

when it’s not on the motorway. This means the

engine is either not running, or it’s just trickling

power to the battery pack. But the best bit is that

the Honda automatically sorts through its trio of

modes depending on what your driving is like - and

the changes are virtually flawless.

If driven conservatively, the CR-V Hybrid is a

hushed and comfy car. The cabin is refined, and the

switchgear falls easily to hand. The paddles behind

the tiller enable you to change the intensity of the

energy recuperation system, as well. There’s also

a Sport setting, which is meant to give a quicker

throttle response – but its influence is minimal.

The ‘green’ Honda rides pleasantly and absorbs

potholes well, but the heavy car does suffer from

body roll in corners. Generally, it feels like a decent

set-of-wheels, though, and that’s where most of its


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This is because the environmentally-friendly power

system cuts into the Honda’s boot space, slashing

it from 561 litres to 497 litres. There’s a lot of handy

room in the cabin, though - and leg and headspace

in the rear are better than ever.

Keep an eye out for the new CR-V Hybrid – you can

order it now, but it officially goes on sale in the UK

in February 2019.

allure lies. The CR-V Hybrid’s 51.4mpg fuel efficiency

isn’t earth-shattering, but it’s comparable with most

similarly-sized diesel-driven vehicles. It’ll be easier

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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. Tickets £11

bookable on 01744 756000.

St. Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St.

Helens, WA10 1LQ

Bat Walk

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! Booking available on

friendsofsthelenscemetery@gmail.com

St. Helens Cemetery, Rainford Road, St. Helens,

WA10 6DF

Summer Fair

Saturday, July 27, 12pm-4pm

Enjoy tonnes of family stalls, crafts, games and

entertainment at the family summer fair! Free entry.

Newton Community Centre, Park Road South,

Newton-le-Willows, WA12 8EX

Ruskin Beer Fest

Friday, August 2, 5pm-11pm & Saturday, August

3, 12pm-11pm

A cracking weekend of real ales, ciders and world

beers, as well as live music and loads of live local

sport. Proceeds to St. Helens Autism Support.

Ruskin Sports Village, Ruskin Drive, St. Helens,

WA10 6RP

Wigan Comic-Con

Saturday, August 3, 10am-4pm

Bring out your inner nerd and celebrate all things

comic book, superhero movies, video games and

more. Tickets from £8 per adult and £5 per child.

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

Town Show

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

Race Night

Saturday, August 3, 7:30pm

Help raise money for the Oscar Jack Lawrence Scott

Memorial Fund with a fun race night, including

a charity auction, tombola and raffle. Tickets £2,

under-16s free – bookable on 07805 182402.

Sidac Social Club, Bude Avenue, St. Helens, WA9

4PJ

Bickerstock Festival

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

onwards

Enjoy a weekend of glorious live music across 2

stages from local bands and artists. Enjoy delicious

food, great stalls and creative workshops if you feel

like getting crafty! Proceeds to charity.

Bickerstaffe Parish Field, Hall Ln, Bickerstaffe, L39 0EH


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60 Years of the Mini

Sunday, August 4, 11am-4pm

Celebrate 60 years of one of the most iconic cars of

all time, with refreshments and free heritage bus

rides. Adults £4.50, children & concessions £2.50.

North West Museum of Road Transport, Hall

Street, St. Helens, WA10 1DU

Cemetery Heritage Tour

Sunday, August 4, 11am

Learn about the history of the cemetery and

see the graves of the rich and famous. £2 per

walker, under-16s free – booking essential on

friendsofsthelenscemetery@gmail.com

St. Helens Cemetery, Rainford Road, St. Helens,

WA10 6DF

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, including refreshments and a free

prize draw.

Chester Lane Library, Four Acre Lane, St. Helens,

WA9 4DE

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thursday, August 8, doors at 6:30pm

Experience Shakespeare’s classic comedy in the

beautiful outdoor setting of Knowsley Hall’s

gardens. Bring a picnic and low-backed seating to

enjoy the show. Tickets £15 for adults or £10 for

children.

Knowsley Hall, Knowsley, L34 4AG

Summer Streets Fest

Friday, August 9 & Saturday, August 10, all day

Come along to meet Titan the Robot and characters

from Aladdin! There’ll be plenty of photo ops, with

appearances from dinosaurs, elephants, interactive

shows and stage entertainment, plus delicious food

stalls.

St. Helens Town Centre

Wigan Pride

Saturday, August 10, 11am-5pm

Show your support for local LGBTQA+ people at

this year’s Pride event, with live entertainment

from Merry Hell, Josh Robinson and many more!

A free family event – more information at www.

wiganpride.com

Believe Square, The Wiend, Wigan, WN1 1PF

Celebrity Bowls Challenge

Saturday, August 10, 12pm

16 celebrities – including Johnny Vegas – get

together to play crown green bowls in aid of the

Steve Prescott Foundation. Donation requested on

entry, barbecue food available.

Ruskin Sports Village, Ruskin Drive, St. Helens,

WA10 6RP

Gruffalo Hunt

Thursday, August 15, 1:30pm-3pm

Come and search for the Gruffalo’s secret lair in

the woods – if you dare! Have a play and make

a clay Gruffalo to take home, finishing with a

marshmallow around the fire. Tickets £6.88 on

Eventbrite.

Fir Tree Farm Woods, Pimbo Road, King’s Moss,

WA11 8RD


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The Sound of Music

Thursday, August 22 - Friday, August 23, 7pm &

Saturday, August 24, 2pm & 7pm

The Theatre Royal Youth Section present their

annual musical: The Sound of Music, featuring

classic songs like ‘Do-Re-Mi’. Tickets £17 per adult or

£15 per child, available on 01744 756000.

Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St. Helens,

WA10 1LQ

Afternoon Tea Party

Wednesday, September 11, 1pm-3pm

Enjoy a delicious range of sandwiches, scones

and cakes and a chat, all while raising money for

Willowbrook. Tickets £7.50 on 01744 453798.

The Living Well, Borough Road, St. Helens, WA10

3RN

Charity Golf Day

Thursday, September 12, 11:15am-9:30pm

Raise money for Willowbrook Hospice at the 13th

annual golf day – a great day of golf followed by

drinks and a 3-course meal. £70 per player or £250

for a team of four – call 01744 453798 to book.

Blundells Hill Golf Club, Blundells Lane, Rainhill,

L35 6NA

Viking Market

Saturday, September 14 & Sunday, September 15,

11am-5pm

Browse market stalls packed with Viking crafts

and themed goods, with family activities and

opportunities to dress up in Viking costumes!

Refreshments available, free admission.

Smithy Heritage Centre, Kiln Lane, Eccleston,

WA10 4RA

Paws in the Park

Sunday, September 15, 11am-5pm

Help raise money for Dogs for Good with a funfair,

various stalls and of course, the famous dog

show! For information, email info@frasersevents.

onmicrosoft.com

Sherdley Park, Marshall Cross Road, St. Helens,

WA9 5DE

Cake & Coffee Afternoon

Friday, September 20, 2pm-4pm

Enjoy endless tea and coffee, delicious cakes,

quizzes, games and a raffle in aid of Macmillan.

Critchley Room, St. Ann’s Centre, View Road,

Rainhill, L35 0LE

Puzzle Solutions

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2 1 2 3

6 7 1 9

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Win Wristbands to

Blackpool

Pleasure Beach!

School’s out for summer and we’ve teamed up with

Blackpool Pleasure Beach to offer one lucky winner a

‘Family of Four’ Wristband.

Family thrills and memories that will last a lifetime

are assured and there’s plenty to keep all ages

amused on the 42-acre attraction.

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Name that plant!

by Angie Barker

What’s in a name? Well

with regard to the Latin

names of plants quite a lot

actually. Part of my job as a

garden designer is to think

about the plants which

will complement a design.

This also means choosing

those plants which will suit

the particular location in

the garden in terms of size,

colour, texture, flowering

season and growing

conditions. (There is more

to this garden design

milarky than meets the

eye). I am often asked why

plants have such complicated

names and at first sight they can

be meaningless.

We have history to thank for

the continued use of Latin plant

names in an otherwise ‘dead’

language, but when you delve

deeper, you can actually begin

to understand the properties of

a plant and where it originates

from, just by its Latin name. Below

are some examples of Latin words

used to describe plants - you may

recognise some.

Mollis means soft and/or hairy –

hence Alchemilla mollis

Bonariensis denotes that a

plant originates from Buenos

Aires, Argentina. As in Verbena

bonariensis

Sempervirens means evergreen

– so we have Buxus sempervirens

(Box)

Gracilis is graceful or slender – as

in Deutzia gracilis

Reptans means creeping – Ajuga

reptans

Angustus refers to narrow

leaves and so we have Lavandula

angustifolia

Macrophylla means large leaves

– Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

for example

Niger means black and so we

have Sambucus nigra

Nanu means dwarf so if you are

looking for a smaller version of

a Berberis you need to look for

Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea-

Nana’

Only those of a certain

age (yes I include hubby

and myself in this) will

remember doing Latin

at school, but far from

being a dead language,

it certainly lives on in the

plant world. If however

you would rather refer

to Aquilegia vulgaris

as Granny’s Bonnet,

or Digitalis purpurea as

Foxglove or Ophiopogon

planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ as

Black Lilly Turf, I wouldn’t

blame you. On the other

hand, if you find Latin

derivatives as fascinating as I do,

then “carpe diem”. (If you are not

of a certain age – google it!)

Whatever you’re up to this

summer, whether holidaying

abroad or staying at home and in

the garden, enjoy.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

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Telephone: 01257 427 000

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

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Standish

Shevington

B5250

Open:

J27

A49

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Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

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Cricket Str et Business Park

o f Miry Lane,

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or

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