Local Life - Wigan - September 2019


Wigan's FREE local lifestyle magazine.


Wigan Edition September 2019

Public Art Trail

Pages 53-56

Memories of Central Park

Page 14-16

Martin Mere Competition

Pages 84-85

Parbold Walk

Pages 87-90



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4 Local Life

Handy Contacts

Hope you’ve all had a lovely summer so far? As

you can see from the events in this September

magazine, there’s plenty of life left in the summer

yet! We’ve been beavering away over the last few

months and, as well as tweaking the contents of the

magazine slightly, we’ve also developed our new

Handy Contacts web directory – see the illustration

here on an iPhone.

We know lots of you

use the magazine to

source good quality

tradesmen, so we’ve

pulled together all of

our tradespeople in a

new Handy Contacts

directory that you

can access on your

phone, via our

website, at any time.

Currently there are

over three hundred

people on there, all

neatly categorised

and waiting for your call. You can access Handy

Contacts on your phone, laptop, tablet or PC, or you

can stick to the pages at the back of Local Life – it’s

your choice! Just check out www.locallife247.co.uk/


If you’re a tradesperson and you’re wondering

how much it costs to be included in our Handy

Contacts – it’s FREE when you advertise in Local Life

magazine! Give me a call, email me or drop into our

Orrell offices for a chat about how we can help you

promote your company.

See you next time!

Chris Pearce, Publisher


Local Life 5

In this issue

Memories of

Central Park


Keeping It Fresh


66 Puzzle page


58 Food & Drink

44 Property

68 Travel

72 Legal & Finance

76 Business View

94 Garden Diary

78 Health

82 Events2Go

91 Motoring

94 Gardening

100 Home Services


Public Art Trail


A Day in the

Life of: Andy



Top 10 Electric


Next issue - October 2019

Advertising deadline - Wednesday, 11 September

Published - Wednesday, 25 September


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6 News & Features

A Beery Good Time

To celebrate and fundraise for a joint partnership

between Orrell RUFC and Winstanley Park Cricket

Club (collectively known as Orrell & Winstanley

Community Sports Club) a beer, gin and prosecco

festival takes place at Winstanley Tennis Club this


On Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September

21, you can enjoy a range of real ales, ciders, gins

and a tipple of prosecco along with live music and

entertainment. There’ll also be loads of delicious

nibbles available. The event is free to enter and has

plenty to keep the kids occupied too.

Keep an eye on the Orrell & Winstanley Community

Sports Club Facebook page for more info and



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Sound Spectacular

Bispham Methodist Church will host a spectacular

night of music with the U3A Music Group on

Saturday, Nov 1 at 7:30pm. Get up on the dance

floor for a disco and live music, along with a hotpot

supper and a raffle. The event takes place at St.

Teresa’s Church Hall on College Road, Up Holland.

Tickets are £12 with proceeds to Bispham’s ‘Building

for the Future’ fund for church alterations, available

from Brenda on 07913 382258.

Coffee for Cancer

Standish-based solicitors RJT are hosting a coffee

morning in support of Macmillan this month.

Expect delicious cakes, biscuits and hot drinks – all

for the very worthy cause of supporting Macmillan

nurses in helping those with cancer. The event takes

place on Friday, September 27 from 10am-12pm at

RJT’s office on High Street, Standish.

Last year’s RJT coffee morning raised an amazing

£358 for Macmillan.

Wigan 10K

The Wigan 10K begins on Market Street on Sunday,

September 1 at 10am and offers runners the chance

to challenge themselves on a route through the

town centre, past the DW Stadium and around

Mesnes Park.

Entry costs £20, and prizes are available in different

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Golborne Ex-Miners have

published a booklet to

commemorate the 40th

anniversary of the Golborne

Colliery Disaster, which killed

10 miners in March 1979.

In Mining Memoriam

On Sunday, March 18th 1979,

a buildup of gas at Golborne

Colliery causes a spark,

followed by an explosion

which instantly killed three

men. The injured were taken

to Withington Hospital,

where a further seven died of

their injuries – burns so bad

only one man survived: 20 year old apprentice Brian

Rawsthorne. Brian later married a nurse who cared

for him in the ward.

The new booklet, which launched at Golborne

Library in August, details an account of the

explosion, rescue and later commemorations. It

gathers heartfelt recollections of family members

who were falsely informed that their loved ones

were safe, only to find out later it wasn’t true, while

teenagers had to conduct funeral arrangements

for their parents that children under 12 were not

allowed to attend.

their ancestors felt and remembered.’

The booklet is available for £4 to cover the cost of

production from the Ex-Miners, from any Wigan

library and from the Museum of Wigan Life.

Despite the overwhelming sadness of these

accounts, the community rallied together, providing

support for one another and fundraising campaigns

from the Lowton Boys Brigade and Mayor of Wigan.

Memories of Ken Dodd’s Wigan fundraising concert

can also be found within the pages of the booklet.

A stained glass window at St. Thomas Church in

Golborne bears the names of those who lost their

lives in the disaster, with a memorial plaque outside

the old colliery entrance.

Treasurer Eric Foster commented: ‘The

commemoration clearly demonstrates how our

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Shevington Library will host computer courses in

September and October to help improve your skills.

Courses are available for terrified people and

beginners/improvers - both are 4 weeks long, with

continued learning available over 8 weeks. Dates

range from September 11 to October 30. Courses

cost £16 or £32 and early booking is advised.

For more information or to secure your place, call

Shirley on 07502153484.

Junction Consultation

The public are invited to have their say on the Victoria

Street junction improvement scheme. Plans include a

new toucan crossing close to Arundel Street and the

addition of double yellow lines on the A49 between

Hildyard Street, Mere Street and Woodyates Street,

with on-street parking relocated to side streets.

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Diggers’ Delight

Returning for its ninth year, the Wigan Diggers’

Festival is back in town on Saturday, September

7 with a whole host of fabulous acts across two


The festival is dedicated to the life and times

of Gerrard Winstanley, who in the seventeenth

century gathered a group to give voice to the

poor after being abused by powerful players in

parliament and the monarchy. Winstanley dubbed

his movement ‘the Diggers’ – they believed land

should be available to everyone for digging and

sowing, and put this into practice by farming land

that belonged to no-one.

Along with performances throughout, there’ll be

more than fifty stalls to browse, educational talks

and children’s entertainment, along with locally

brewed real ales.

The Wigan Diggers Festival is free to enter and takes

place in The Wiend from 11am-9:30pm.

The festival opens with a 1649 Digging reenactment

with the Bolton Clarion Choir and

community singing of The Diggers Song before an

eclectic line-up of musicians, poets and storytellers

take to the stage. The Gerrard Winstanley Spade will

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Season of Song

Parbold Douglas Music launches its brand new

season of concerts in September, to be performed

at the acoustically superb auditorium at Parbold

Village Hall.

The new calendar opens with the National Youth

Jazz Orchestra’s Ambassadors Sextet in September,

(21st) performing swinging

sensations from The Great American

Songbook. October’s concert

(12th) is performed by the highly

regarded Brodsky Quartet alongside

international star Martin Roscoe,

ahead of a Christmas event (Dec

7) which combines traditional and

medieval folk with a contemporary

beat in ‘Sing we Yule’ by Joglaresa.

Abduraimov, Anna Fedorova and Intrada Brass.

Tickets are priced from £16-18, with young persons

tickets available for anyone under 22 years old for

just £5. To book tickets or for a full events calendar,

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Memories of

Central Park

By Jess Phillips

It’s been twenty years since the closure of Wigan’s

Central Park stadium. It may be hard to believe, but

Wigan RLFC’s old home saw its last game played in

September 1999, almost 97 years after it opened in

the same month back in 1902.

Now a Tesco supermarket, the site’s sporting legacy

is marked only by the bronze rugby ball sculpture

which sits at the entrance to the car park. To say

Central Park’s demolition was a melancholy day

for many fans would be an understatement –

some 18,000 Wigan fans packed the stadium out

one last time to see the team victorious against

arch-nemeses St. Helens, beating them 28-20 on

September 5, 1999. It was originally hoped that

Wigan Athletic giant Dave Whelan would redevelop

the stadium into a 20,000 seated venue, but this was

rejected in favour of a more flexible deal from Tesco.

Fans of the opposition would turn up to Central

Park with Tesco carrier bags during the last season

at the old stadium in an attempt to throw Wigan off

their game – but they were not to be swayed.

Wigan’s first game at Central Park against Batley

attracted a crowd of around 9,000 spectators. True

to form, Wigan beat them 14-8 in the opening


match of the brand new First Division, beginning

their Central Park career on a high. The stadium

broke records, however, on Good Friday 1959 when

it attracted an audience of 47,747 – the biggest

attendance for a regular season rugby league game

in Britain. Wigan defeated St. Helens 19-14 in a

dramatic match that originally looked as though it

had Wigan beat.

The stadium itself was made up of the ‘Kop’ - which

got its name from a steep hill soldiers gathered on

during the Battle of Spion Kop during the Second

Boer War in 1900 – the Whitbread Stand (later

renamed the Billy Boston stand), and the Douglas

Stand after the River Douglas. During WWII Central

Park was used as a training centre for the Home

Guard, Air Training Corps and the Territorial Army,

while part of the Douglas Stand became a billet and

one of the dressing rooms a temporary jail.

The Riverside Club was built alongside the Pavilion

after a fire destroyed the original in 1950 – many

Wiganers will fondly recall local entertainer and

club owner John Martin taking to the stage with

rousing renditions of classic pop hits. He even had

to invest in steel-enforced chairs so people could

dance on the furniture!

Ray Ashby was one of the players who made Central

Park his home during the 60s, playing alongside

legends like Billy Boston, Brian McTigue and Eric

Ashton. I sat down with him to discuss the magical

moments the stadium inspired – and there were


‘The atmosphere at Central Park was just

tremendous,’ Ray tells me. ‘It really was electric.

There was nothing quite like walking down that

tunnel before a match and emerging onto the pitch

– you could cut the atmosphere with a knife.’

As players entered the field to the tune of Julius

Fucik’s ‘March of the Gladiators’, young lads would

scramble onto the tunnel wall to get a good

glimpse of their heroes - archivist Keith Sutch

still remembers the hairs on the back of his neck

standing up as he watched the team emerge.

‘It was a kind of madness that just kept drawing you

back,’ Ray continues. ‘I was accepted into the fold of

these great players right away; even when I left to

go and play for Blackpool, I’d still go back and watch

Wigan matches and chat with the current players.’

After the grit and glory of so many successful

decades and players, it’s difficult to imagine the

stadium’s humble roots. Originally, in lieu of

changing rooms, players had to head to the nearby

Prince of Wales pub on Greenhough Street until

proper facilities were installed in the early 1910s.

‘You just don’t get that same sense of camaraderie

in the changing rooms these days,’ Ray tells me.

‘We’d all pile into that 40ft square bath – both us

and the opposing team – passing round a bottle

of shampoo and a couple of beers. You could hear

the fans outside still contesting tries – sometimes

they’d knock on the window and we’d tell them to

look in tomorrow’s paper!’

Central Park was filled with memories for Ashby, but

his ultimate high was going to Wembley as part of

Wigan RLFC. ‘I remember getting off the coach and

Brian McTigue taking me to one side. He said “go

into what you’re doing today and remember every


minute of it, or else you’ll go home

wondering what just happened!” I

still think about that today and, do

you know what? I remember every

second of that experience.’

It was a sad day for the town indeed

when demolition day finally arrived.

Though Warriors would soon make

the move into their new home at JJB

(now DW Stadium), Wigan lost a part

of itself with Central Park.

‘It was absolutely soul-destroying,’ Ray admits.

‘Central Park was almost a century old, and packed

with history. Some fans had their ashes scattered

on that pitch. I’d often go down to witness it in

different stages of demolition; they got rid of the

Pavilion first. I was just gutted to see it gone.’

Central Park may be gone, but it lives on in the

hearts of supporters and ex-players. And for Ray, it

will forever be the home of the ‘best team to put a

jersey on his back!’

Thanks go to Keith Sutch for providing information

and images.


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The Manchester Literature Festival is back for October

with a whole host of literary events to get stuck into.

Some of the highlights from the festival include a

one-woman show from acclaimed author Jeanette

Winterson, a conversation with experienced trauma

surgeon David Nott, and an interactive children’s

storytelling experience from Grimm & Co.

Visitors to the festival can also get involved in walking

tours and pub crawls across the city, delving into the

lives of rebel authors, feminists and working class


Meanwhile, a series of ‘People’s Lectures’ aim to make

poetry more accessible, broaching authors like Sylvia

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A book hunt has been taking place around Orrell,

with loads of children’s titles up for grabs. Organised

by Sarah Rice, books are distributed around the local

area to entice young people to get into reading

during the holidays.

Use the hashtag #OrrellFindABook on social media

to share pictures of the books you find before hiding

them again!

Chorley Live

The Lancashire Tourism Award-winning Chorley Live

returns this October, with a huge number of acts

across 30 town centre venues.

Wristbands cost just £5 and get you access to every

venue over the two nights of Friday, October 4 and

Saturday, October 5. They’re available from Chorley

Council’s Union Street office in advance or from any

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Wigan Ramblers

Love getting out and about in the countryside for

walks? The Wigan & District Ramblers is a group

of enthusiastic walkers who go on two rambles a

month – and you’re very welcome to join them.

A coach ramble takes place on the first Saturday of

the month to various locations, while a footpath

ramble occurs on the third Saturday of each month.

Coach pickups take place on Library Street in Wigan

at 9am, while local walks begin at 2pm at various

locations. More pickup points are also available in

Golborne and Standish.

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Funds Available

TransPennine Express have launched its Transform

grant scheme with £50k of funding available to

local community and environmental projects.

Organisations and individuals from the north of

England and Scotland are invited to apply for

up to £5k of funding. The grants are available

to registered charities, community interest

companies, community rail partnerships, schools

and parent/teacher associations within 10 miles of

the TransPennine Express network.

Applications close on Friday, September 27 –

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Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our August

competition to win a pair of tickets to Southport

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The competition winners were Gillian Wilson

from Wigan (pictured), Kenneth Taberner from

Winstanley (pictured) and Lynne Foster

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Lasting Power of


It is often assumed that if a

person loses their mental

capacity then their ‘next of kin’

will be able to make decisions

on their behalf. In many cases,

it will already be too late

when family members are

made aware that they have no

legal authority to make such

decisions without a Lasting

Power of Attorney, even if that

person is a spouse or adult


Very much like the preparation

of a Will before death, a Lasting

Power of Attorney (LPA) must

be put into place before the event occurs. In other

words, the document has to be drafted and legally

signed by the donor before they lose their mental


Lasting Powers of Attorney are required by law

for protection purposes. To prevent anyone

from exploiting an individual’s finances, banks

or other financial institutions will usually freeze

their accounts if they lose their capacity to make

decisions themselves as a result of a stroke or

Alzheimer’s or Dementia for example. A sale

of their property cannot be completed in such

circumstances without an LPA.

With regard to a person’s health and welfare

matters, an LPA is required to allow chosen people

to make any such decisions on their behalf.

Sean Devlin, Director and Head of the Wills and

Probate Department says:

“We receive many enquiries from family members

who contact us to ask whether a Lasting Power of

Attorney can be put into place

for family members so that

funds can be accessed to take

care of their needs. It often

surprises them to learn that the

donor needs to pass a test of

capacity before the LPA can be

put into effect.

When mental capacity has

already been lost, we are able

to assist with the alternative

option of applying to the

Court of Protection, but this is

a lengthy and more expensive

process and why we stress the

importance of getting their

affairs in order whilst they are of full sound mind.

It can be easy to put off making an LPA when you

are fit and healthy, but a person can lose their

mental capacity instantly, for example as a result of

a stroke or an accident.

It is hoped that you never actually need to make

use of your LPA but by putting one in place now

means that you are doing so at a time when all of

your faculties are in place and not when you are

vulnerable, in a state of uncertainty and at risk from


In some respects, it could be considered that an

LPA is even more important than a Will because

decisions made by your chosen attorneys will have

an impact upon you during your lifetime.”

If you would like to put your Lasting Powers of

Attorney into place or wish to know more about

them please contact Sean Devlin or his colleague

Rowena Foat on 01942 246241 or by email to

sdevlin@abhlaw.co.uk or rfoat@abhlaw.co.uk.


Our lawyers are familiar with the needs

of the people & businesses in the area and

our full range of services includes:

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• Family Law

• Wills & Probate

• Conveyancing

• Employment Law

• Personal Injury

• Lasting Powers Of Attorney

Our highly experienced team provide reassurance & guidance when it is

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Church’s Ambitious Plans

St. James the Great C of E Church in Wrightington

aims to extend its Church Hall facilities – by

sending its vicar on a pilgrimage.

On August 30th, Reverend Stef will be taking

the long route from the vicarage to the church

hall, walking the whole of the parish boundary,

then camping out overnight behind the hall no

matter the weather in order to raise sponsorship

for the extension.

The current church hall already has a jam

packed schedule – between Sunday School

classes, St. James Players’ rehearsals and

various community events, it’s no wonder the

church now want to make using the hall more

flexible and attractive. It will feature improved

kitchen and bathroom facilities, better storage

arrangements and access to an enclosed garden

area through patio doors.

Vicar Stef with his fundraising ladder

The hall’s extension has already received

planning permission to include a café space for

smaller groups to meet – in total, the extension

should cost around £60,000.

The church is now encouraging the community

to rally round and help support their new

venture. The ‘Buy a Brick’ scheme enables you to

purchase a brick for the new hall for £10 each. Any

donations of over £500 will be acknowledged with

a plaque in the new room.

On Friday, September 20 a dance will take place at

the church hall with Sounds Retro. On the night, you

can get involved in an ‘Auction of Talents’, donating

your time and skills in a variety of tasks, such as

airport transportation, car washing, cooking or dog

walking. If you have a skill you think

someone might want to bid on, let

the church know!

You can also donate to Reverend

Stef’s JustGiving page at



For more information about what

you can do to help expand the

church hall, call 01257 451332 or

email vicar@stjamesthegreat.net



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Choosing a

Window Treatment

Curtains, blinds or even shutters – we look at how to

choose the best window treatment options.

Window treatments are a key part of interior design,

adding colour, pattern, texture and sophistication.

They can correct a badly proportioned window,

disguise an unattractive view, filter bright light and

provide a visual link between inside and out. Think

about your home’s style and what else is in the room,

to narrow down the options.


Colour, pattern, fabric weight and hanging style

are important. Grander curtains tend to suit larger,

period rooms, while simple curtains better suit

modern properties. Check the heading: usually, a

tape is hooked onto curtain rings, but tab, tie, eyelet

or hemmed tops are other choices.

Curtain poles come in a variety of materials, with

simple or ornamental finials. Curtain track is

sometimes better: it can be mounted on walls or

ceilings, bent around bays, and needs less clearance.

Maximise natural light by fitting a pole or track wide

enough to allow the curtains to be drawn away from

the window. Floor-length curtains are generally

better than sill-length, though not if radiators,

window seats or furnishings are in the way. Linings

help curtains hang neatly and protect from fading,

dirt and condensation. Blackout linings are ideal for

bedrooms, while thermal linings can be an effective



Blinds are great for

modern homes, kitchens,

bathrooms, and smaller

rooms. Roller blinds are

the most basic style, or

choose roll-up versions

tied with tape or ribbon.

Roman blinds suit most

rooms. Choose fabric that

is mid-weight and not too textured, as blinds need

to roll or fold easily. Consider combining more

than one colour or pattern; perhaps a plain and a

sheer fabric, to allow light through at the top of the

window while giving privacy beneath. Plain blinds

can be boosted with a good-looking pull or trim.

For a dressier look, add curtains as well.


Shutters suit both old and

new properties. They are

good at blocking sound

and light, and can provide

extra security. Both plain

and louvred shutters offer

privacy and light control,

and can be left as natural

wood or painted. They can

be made in a variety of styles and fitted within a

reveal or to fold back against the walls.

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Budget options: Frosted window film is inexpensive and can be cut to any size and

shape. Alternatively, a muslin panel hung from hooks or a slender pole provides instant

privacy, as will a simple roller blind or unlined, ready-made curtains.

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The Railway Children

Wigan Little Theatre’s September production is an

adaptation of E. Nesbit’s classic children’s novel: The

Railway Children.

Follow the Waterbury children – Bobbie, Phyllis and

Peter – as they move close to the railway after their

father is imprisoned on false charges. In a story that

celebrates family, community and the power of

hope, you’ll travel back by train to a more innocent


Performances take place from Wednesday,

September 4 until Saturday, September 14 at

7:30pm each night. Tickets range from £10-£12

and are available on 01942 242561 or at www.


Tell Us Your Story!

Local Life is always

on the look out for

news stories from the

local communities we

serve. Are you raising

money for charity?

Are you a member of

a community group

with something to

shout about? Maybe

you’ve got an unusual

talent, or have a claim to fame? If so, let us know

and you could be appearing in the next edition!

Simply contact us on wigannews@locallife247.

co.uk or call us on 01695 627999.

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Keep It Fresh

A combination of blue and white is bright

and breezy for summer, and timelessly

appealing all year round.

A blue painted wall in an otherwise white room creates a note of

smart sophistication.

Minnie two-and-a-half seat sofa in Frost Highland tweed, £1,250; Colorado

medium rug in Indigo, £149; Paper Leaf scatter 45x45cm cushion by Zoe

Glencross in Anchor, £70; House scatter 45x45cm cushion in Navy pure

Belgian linen £55 - Sofa.com

Hand-painted spots and

circles create an upgrade on

traditional blue and white


Sigur 12-piece earthenware

dinner set, £39, MADE.COM

This handy jute bag

is perfect for laundry

and storage, featuring

soft rope handles,

metal eyelets and a

stiffened base.

Nautical storage bag,

£12.95, Live Laugh Love

Blue and white tiles

are an absolute

classic, and these


Spanish examples are

appealingly timeless.

Cabera Jazmin blue tiles,

£4.49 each, Claybrook


Depicting an ocean setting with gentle, abstract

waves, this striking canvas combines cool blue and

crisp white tones, framed in elegant silver.

Waves abstract canvas, £195, Cox & Cox


Welcome home

with a bright and

breezy doormat

that demonstrates

even basics can be


Coir mat, £19,

Red Candy

This soft Turkish cotton towel, with its

geometric pattern, is super absorbent,

quick drying, lightweight and easy to pack.

Inca Hammam towel in blue, £36, Bohemia Design

How to use

blue & white

• Nautical but nice – blue and white stripes have

that classic look that never goes out of style.

Use in small doses to provide a dash of interest

without becoming overwhelming.

• A wall (or even a whole room) painted in deep

blue is very on-trend. Interesting, cosy and

sophisticated, it looks handsome combined

with white woodwork – like a tailored suit with

a smart white shirt.

A simple blind may be all that’s needed to

add a jolt of vibrant pattern to any room.

Vector Border Denim Roman blind, from £33,


A statement throw

will bring a pop of


colour to a living


Blue and grey striped

throw, £45, Cox & Cox

• Balance the crisp feel of blue and white

by adding soft and rustic textures, such as

wool throws, wicker baskets and jute rugs.

Alternatively, opt for a more industrial vibe

with exposed brickwork and copper piping.

• Classic blue and white decorating might

include Chinese ginger jars, Wedgwood plates,

toile de Jouy fabric and Cornishware crockery.

There are, however, plenty of more modern

interpretations, too. Look for chevrons,

triangles and other geometric patterns as well

as bold, contemporary florals to liven up the


• Include some extra colours for interest. A

touch of black is strong and sophisticated,

while orange, lime and fuchsia will really pop

against deep blue. For a paler scheme, add

soft greens, yellows and pinks for a countrygarden


44 Property

Going Green!

However those plans pan out, there is

no doubt that the energy efficiency of a

property will become more important

to homeowners and potential

homeowners in years to come. The

A few weeks ago, the Government pledged they more energy efficient a property is, the less you have

were going to make the country carbon neutral by to spend to reach the carbon neutral benchmark.

2050, a huge and ambitious commitment which Every home that has been built, rented out or put on

will undoubtedly have a positive impact for future to the market in Wigan since 2007 has had to have


an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), giving

It is estimated that Britain’s 27.2 million homes are it a rating between A and G. A is highest rating

responsible for more than 25% of the country’s (i.e. most efficient and greener) and G is the worst

CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, so how energy performance rating. The illustration shows

successful we are as a nation in reducing the carbon most homeowners have got a way to go in order to

footprint of our houses will play a huge part in improve energy ratings.

whether we manage to achieve this pledge.

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have

estimated that it would cost £17,000 per property

to make the average UK home carbon neutral, by

retrofitting renewable energy and insulation, and

that’s at today’s prices and if the measures are fitted

en masse, and not piecemeal.

This would cost the UK £462.4bn. To put that into

some context, the NHS costs us £154bn per year.

The benefits of making homes carbon neutral go

further than saving the planet, as homeowners

would have much lower gas and electric bills, but it is

safe to say that most will certainly be unenthusiastic

to take on the cost of such building works. So how

will the government make the green revolution as

painless as possible for homeowners?

Undoubtedly incentives and grants will play a part,

and future technology developments could include

hydrogen central heating instead of mains gas, solar

panels for electricity, triple glazed windows and

even ground-sourced heating.

If you want to find your EPC report of your home, go

to www.epcregister.com and look for the ‘Retrieve

Report Using Property Address’ bar on the left

hand side of the website. You don’t need to spend

thousands to find out what you can do to make

your property greener, but the report will tell you

what small changes you can make to improve your

energy efficiency rating and ultimately save yourself


If you are looking for an agent that is well established,

professional and communicative, then email me on

alan@alanbatt.co.uk or call on 01942 233999.

Alan Batt is a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has

worked within the Wigan property market for over 30 years.

Alan Batt

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been instrumental in helping raise money for

Cancer Research UK, facilitating over £329,000

worth of gifts from people leaving a charity legacy

in their will.

The firm, which specialises in wills, lasting power

of attorney and asset protection, decided to offer

Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service to help

support life-saving research. The option is available

for people aged 55 and over in the Appley Bridge,

Parbold and surrounding areas, and provides advice

and guidance for those wishing to leave a legacy gift

to the charity. Cancer Research UK relies heavily on

the generosity of people leaving gifts in their wills

as it receives no government funding; over a third

of its research into the prevention, diagnosis and

treatment of cancer is funded through supporters

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with Cancer Research UK’s work at the heart of that


Karen Baker of McHale Baker commented: ‘We are

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of people living in the local area. We all understand

that making a Will can be a daunting prospect – if

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Director of Legacies at Cancer Research UK Clare

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simply combining enthusiasm with the highest

professional standards McHale Baker has helped

secure over £329,000 worth of legacy gifts, which

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Creative Walk

Looking for some inspiration for your next creative

project? Want to feel at one with nature? This year’s

creative walk from Hindley Community Centre

might be just the ticket.

On Friday, September 13 from 10:45am enjoy

the walk around Borsdane Woods, finishing up at

Chapter One Tearooms in Hindley for a delicious

cream tea. Carefully designed starting points will

encourage creativity to unfold in whatever medium

you’re working in, whether that’s photography,

sketching, writing or painting.

Please bring along any creative equipment and

sturdy footwear. The walk costs £5 and is open

to over-18s - to book, call 01942 316455 or email




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Public Art Trail

By Jess Phillips

The Face of Wigan, photo by Matt Harrop

Warp & Weft

Sculpted by Adrian Moakes, Wigan Warp and

Weft was erected in 2002, and is said

to represent the relationship

between the town’s former

major industries. Aptly

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technique to turn

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the sweeping


individual parts

intertwine with

one another as

they sprout


as Wigan’s

future grows


mills and

mining. Is it


that the


points make

a W?

Face of Wigan

Towering 18 feet above The Wiend in Wigan town

centre, the Face of Wigan was created

by sculptor Rick Kirby in 2008.

It was originally located in

the Grand Arcade and

cost £80,000, which

was funded by

Modus Properties.

Rather than


a famous

Wigan face,

the giant

bust is




of reflective

panels to

create a

huge mirror


of Wigan


They are,


after all, the true ‘face’ of the town.

Kirby himself commented at the

time of the sculpture’s construction

that ‘these are the people who

make the place what it is today,

and indeed have the power to

determine what will be the future.’



These bronze dragonflies can be

found along the River Douglas just

off Hilton Street. The Douglas and

Yarrow Valley Action group and

Tesco commissioned artist Joanne

Risley to create the swooping

insects, which rest at the top of

branch-like poles three metres high.

Giant Rugby Ball

Another of Joanne Risley’s works,

Tesco shoppers are all well aware

of the giant rugby ball which

harks back to the town’s legendary

sporting career. Erected in 2001, the

sculpture depicts a traditional ball

complete with laces and embossed

rugby players to commemorate the

former Central Park stadium which lay on the site.

Central Park dates back to 1902; the stadium saw

its last ever game played in September 1999, with

Wigan beating St. Helens.

Billy Boston

Wiganers might not have been able to choose from

the ream of famous rugby faces when they opted

for the giant rugby ball, but one man stands out

from the crowd. Billy Boston made his debut at

Central Park in 1953 for Wigan and went on to play

31 games for Great Britain. He was the first nonwhite

player to tour Australia and New Zealand in

1954, and scored a record number of tries in the


Sir Francis Powell

His likeness - holding a rugby ball and clad in

Boston’s iconic kit - stands in Believe Square and

was crafted by sculptor Steve Winterburn. It was

unveiled in 2016, with Boston in attendance.

Sir Francis Powell

For decades it’s been considered good luck to rub

the foot of Sir Francis Sharpe Powell in Mesnes Park.

It’s believed the tradition began after the war, when

children were drawn to the statue for luck when it

would have been in high demand.

Powell, the 1st Baronet, was born in Wigan in 1827,

and became Conservative MP for the town from

1863-1910. His statue was designed by Ernest

Gillick and erected in 1910.


George Formby

Ask anyone which musician they associate with

Wigan, and they’ll probably opt for George Formby.

Born George Hoy Booth, the keen ukulele player

was born in the town in 1904, and delighted a

worldwide audience with comical songs and films

throughout the 1930s and 40s. Members of the

George Formby Society helped bring the statue,

which stands inside the Grand Arcade, brandishing

his famous ukulele, to life in 2007. Indeed, George

looks as though he might be about to break into a

rendition of When I’m Cleaning Windows.

Dave Whelan

Outside the DW Stadium rests a bronze monument

to Wigan Athletic’s Dave Whelan, owner of the

club from 1995-2018. Unveiled in 2016, Whelan is

pictured holding the FA Cup which his Wigan team

won in 2013 following a match against Manchester

City – their first major trophy in their Premier

League history.


Along the chimney breast of Trencherfield Mill

lie three curious mechanical faces. Designed by

Andy Hazell in 1999, the faces are said to represent

a family, and originally moved continuously as

though coming to life. The top of a head opened

and closed, the middle spun around, while the

bottom face had a tin opener rotating around its


People of the Pier

Photos by Jess Phillips

Wigan Pier was originally supposed to have four

statues, but each has a sad history of vandalism.

In 2009, before they were due to be unveiled to

the artist, two of the statues were stolen. The first,

depicting a Pit Brow Lass working on the canal was

eventually found underwater and rescued, now

standing along the canal a little way down from the

entrance. The second statue, of a boat builder, was

never found. You can also spot a bargee looking

over the water close to the entrance, though his


flatcap has been sheared from his head,

and the mill worker, sitting on a bench

by Trencherfield Mill, was decapitated.

Spirit of Wigan

Located on the Landgate roundabout

in Marus Bridge, the Spirit of Wigan

is a tall metal arch with three figures

poised to perform acrobatics along it.

The sculpture was unveiled back in 2006

and reaches 10 metres into the air – it

was created by local artist Clare Bigger

to represent Wigan’s strength and

optimism in the face of adversity. The

figures at the bottom of the sculpture

symbolise labourers from the cotton

and coal industries - which were vital

in establishing Wigan as a major player

up North - while the future figure rises

above them.

Little Jimmy White

On the site of the first Methodist church in

Lamberhead Green – Wesleyan Methodist Church,

built in 1790 – sits ‘Little Jimmy White’s Garden’.

When Pemberton’s new church was built the

old one was demolished, and all those resting in

the small cemetery were relocated to St. John’s


In 2003, the Pemberton Community Association

decided to renovate the neglected site, designing

a memorial garden to the former chapel and

churchyard. Watching over the garden is a wooden

statue of a WWI soldier, and a regular memorial

service now takes place in November each year.

Boer War Memorial

In 2013, a new Boer War Memorial was erected in

Mesnes Park to commemorate the Wigan soldiers

who lost their lives. The original statue, which

depicted a British soldier standing victoriously

during the Second South Africa War (1899-

1902), was removed in 1968 after suffering from

pollution and vandalism – rumours say it is buried

somewhere within the park. The new statue can be

found outside Frederick’s Ice Cream Parlour.

Going Green

A new topiary sculpture was commissioned as

part of The Deal in 2016. A huge green mother and

son hold brooms to clean up the environment on

Northway, opposite Wigan Market. This huge piece

of eco-art encourages the local community to get

involved in cleaning up their act too.

Notable Mentions

• Hands of Ince, Walmesley Park

• Scholes Sign, Scholes

• Red Wood Sculptures, Redwood Park, Orrell

• Memorial Cenotaph, Wigan Parish Church



58 Food

A Day in the Life of

Andy Baxendale

The Willy Wonka of Wigan began his delicious

career at the Chewits factory in Southport before he

set up his own Sweet Consultancy business in 2008.

Since then, he’s appeared on BBC show ‘The Sweet

Makers’ examining the history of the industry - now

the Orrell-based fudge fanatic travels the world

training people in the candy world.

6:00am Andy’s already on the road bright

and early. Whether he’s travelling

further afield (Guyana, California,

Sweden – the list goes on!) or just

heading to the Sweetdreams factory in

Northumberland where he’s Technical

Director, the early bird definitely catches

the gummy worm.

11:00am With great candy comes great

responsibility. Today Andy’s testing a

new sugar replacement

for sugar-free sweets,

but someone

missed the memo

about its laxative

effects. Better

factor that out




of the recipe as soon as the poor guy’s

off the loo!

Lunch - if you can stomach it - is a

deservedly savoury affair.

Afterwards, Andy might be training

staff on how to use factory machinery,

altering recipes or carrying out quality

control. In the USA, he’s helping produce

Miracle Mints for the new cannabis

market: think a more relaxing version of

TicTacs. All in a day’s work for the Sweet


Andy’s heading back to the UK for

some R&R. He tries his best to take a

full weapons search at the border in his


10:00pm On a good day,

Andy would be home filling his

face with chicken tikka madras

and a pint. Otherwise, he’s

catching some much-needed

Zs on the plane back!

Andy can be

contacted on 07786

624681 or at andy@


co.uk - alternatively,

visit his website at www.




A Class Act

By Jess Phillips

Some folk are wary about the term ‘gastropub’,

envisioning soulless décor and identikit menus.

Nowhere is this further from the truth than The

Fox at Roby Mill, where my colleague Sally and I

headed out to take advantage of the brand new

lunch menu. We were immediately met with a

classy, cosily-lit bar area, rustic furnishings and an

intimate, friendly atmosphere – all delivered by

owners Wendy Green and Chris Wilson.

Formerly Fifteens @The Fox, the pub has shed its

more eccentric skin to become a more sophisticated

version of itself – albeit without losing its sense of

humour. A sign above the fireplace declares ‘nobody

gets out sober!’ and the waiting staff are all up for a

friendly chat. With a thorough menu and a healthy

dose of village charm, The Fox delivers a dining

experience in a seventeenth century building you

certainly won’t forget in a hurry.

We sat down to peruse the menus, which were

beautifully bound in genuine wood. In the mood for

something light, I opted for the queen scallop and

crab bisque served with freshly made brown bread

and locally sourced butter. To say it was the best

soup I’ve ever tasted wouldn’t be an exaggeration –

Chef William Fitzmaurice really went all out. Served

in a classic lion-headed bowl, the bisque was a

delicate salmon colour and beautifully smooth to

taste. Tiny chunks of queen scallop and crab that

just melted in the mouth added a subtle seafood

flavour to the creamy crux of the meal, while the

homey texture of the fresh bread and butter proved

perfect for dipping.

Sally, meanwhile, had chosen one of The Fox’s brand

new offerings: a flatbread. Served slightly toasted

yet still incredibly soft, Sally’s flatbread was topped

with creamy goats cheese and sweet caramelised

onion chutney sprinkled with greens. Accompanied

by a side of skin-on-fries, Sally’s main was light and

fluffy: the perfect prelude to a delicious dessert.

Before we could order, however, we got slightly

side-tracked by The Fox’s dessert cocktail offerings.

From the Snickertini (Baileys, Godiva chocolate

liquor, amaretto and Stolichnaya salted caramel)

to the Espresso Martini (Absolut Vanilla, Kahlua,

Tia Maria and double espresso),

the temptation was unimaginably

difficult to resist, but, thinking

of the drive home ahead, we

channelled our desires into

another vice: sweet, non-alcoholic


Sally couldn’t resist the warm

pecan pie, topped with a delicious

scoop of Mrs. Dowson’s caramel ice

cream and a side-helping of fresh

berries. The plate was finished off

with a generous swirl of salted

caramel sauce, which was ideal


for dipping the crumbly pastry. The tang of the

salted caramel offset the nutty edge of the pecans

beautifully; this classic American dessert proved

one of the showstoppers of our outing.

Never one to resist something chocolatey, I elected

for the hot chocolate brownie, which came with

chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. The balance

between the heat and richness of the brownie and

the chill of ice cream is something rather difficult

to get right (at least without an incident or two of

brain-freeze), but The Fox definitely pulled it off.

The brownie was tasty and gooey without being

overpowering, finished off perfectly with the heady

flavour of the chocolate sauce and sweetness of

fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Our waiter was kind enough to let us know that

we shouldn’t leave without trying the hot Bakewell

tart – and who were we to refuse? Accompanied

by black cherry and amaretto ice cream, the tart

offered its trademark coconut flair with sweet jam

and buttery shortcrust pastry – definitely a great

dish to share.

The Fox really does have it all: a diverse menu

with heart, that cosy pub ambience and, above all,

enough stunning dishes to suit every palate. It’s a

much-coveted balance to achieve, but the pub

pulls it off expertly, and I for one can’t wait to return.

The Fox

24 Roby Mill, Up Holland, WN8 0QF

01695 628178





Sally’s Specials

by Marti of The Star Inn

The Star Inn

Garlic and

Rosemary Lamb


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


16oz Shank, from

your butcher or local


Olive oil

2 cloves of garlic

2 sprigs of rosemary


2 carrots

2 stalks of celery

1 small onion

1 pint of beef stock

Splash of red wine


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.


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.

Fresh Tomato,

Basil and Garlic


This concasse is cooked quickly and because of the fresh ingredients, it’s a tasty and versatile tomato sauce.

Adding oregano can make it even better and can be used for a pizza base or to dress spaghetti or penne pasta.

My favourite way to eat this is by loading it on to a toasted piece of Bruschetta!


4 tins of chopped tomatoes

1 large onion

2 garlic cloves

Handful of chopped basil leaves

Olive oil

1 sprig of oregano (optional)


Serves 4


To start, strain the tinned tomatoes. Don’t waste the juice, it can be kept

and used in other dishes.

Dice the onion and finely chop the basil leaves, leave to one side.

Blend up the garlic cloves in some olive oil to make a little garlic oil. I like

to use Olive Pomace oil, but any olive oil will do.

Using a thick bottomed saucepan or small pot, gently heat a little oil.

Once warm, add the diced onion and cook for around one minute. By

this time your pan is nice and hot, and your onions should be softening

but not burning!

Add the basil and the tomato chunks, turn the heat up and add the

garlic oil.

Simmer for another five minutes and season to taste. Serve with fresh

pasta or get the kids involved and make a homemade pizza for all the


To make more, simply increase the recipe and have a tasty and healthy

pasta sauce on hand whenever you need it!

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68 Travel



By Jess Phillips

No destination offers more versatility than

Benidorm. There really is something for the whole

family – whether you’re taking the kids to swim

with dolphins at Mundomar, absorbing the many

fine examples of Moorish architecture or pausing to

enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine.

The Benidorm skyline is one of the most

easily recognisable in Spain for many of us. Its

modern metropolitan feel gives way to beautiful

mountainous regions and glorious beaches,

perfect for taking a day trip out of the centre – try

parasailing, head out to the Algar Waterfalls or visit


But first, take some time to explore what’s right

on your doorstep. Benidorm is known for its

family-friendly attractions, with waterparks like

Aqualandia and Aqua Natura boasting a variety

of thrilling slides, wave pools and splash zones for

the little ones. The brand new Cyclon at Aqualandia

stands at a whopping 200 metres high – a must-ride

during your trip.

Head inland to find the Terra Mitica theme park:

the ideal family day out. The park offers a range of

rollercoasters, thrill rides and smaller attractions

for younger children too, combining typical theme

park elements with plenty of summer fun. Fear

not, the park isn’t just for adrenaline junkies; you’ll

find a spa area equipped with Jacuzzis and a huge

swimming pool, plus breath-taking performances

in themed areas throughout the day.

Benidorm is also home to a number of wildlife parks:

spend the day at Terra Natura Zoo for stunning

birds of prey displays and interactive experiences,


and see the elephants roaming free. Meanwhile,

at Mundomar, snap a photo with parakeets, swim

with sea lions and witness the extraordinary feats of

skilled dolphins. Regular feeding sessions take place

with the lemurs and penguins too. Both parks help

to protect endangered species by recreating their

natural environments and protecting vulnerable

animals from outside threats.

Wanting to escape the hustle and bustle definitely

merits a visit to Benidorm’s Old Town, where you’ll

find the San Jaime Church. Dating back to the

eighteenth century, the Neoclassical church is

dedicated to St. James, the patron saint of Benidorm,

and set back on a picturesque hill in the Old Town. It

features a traditional blue Mediterranean dome and

is a must-visit for fans of Spanish architecture. In

the twisting streets of the Old Town you’ll also find

the ruins of Benidorm Castle, which was originally

built to defend the region from pirates. Some

of the original walls still stand today, providing

spectacular views across the coast. The El Cisne flea

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Foodies will be delighted to discover Calle Santo

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Valencia used to be surrounded by the formidable

Christian Wall, built over a thousand years ago

to protect the city from invading armies and

marauders. The wall was interspersed with twelve

gates, two of which still stand today. You’ll find the

Torres de Serranos to the north and the Torres de

Quart to the west – both perfect spots for gazing

out over the city.

The Algar Waterfalls are a must-see if you’re staying

in Benidorm. The river Algar empties into the

Mediterranean Sea at Altea, passing the Callosa

d’en Sarria where it forms the series of roaring falls.

Regular buses operate to the site, and although

it’s a steep climb up wooden steps to reach the

falls, the experience is definitely worth it. The area

is fully lifeguarded, offering plenty of swimming

opportunities, as well as shade to relax in.

Benidorm has so much to offer beyond its bustling

surface, whether you’re after a relaxing beach

holiday or a break to immerse yourself in European

culture. Explore the picturesque Old Town or take a

day trip to a new metropolis - however you choose

to spend it, a Benidorm break is just the ticket for a

summer in the sun.


Holiday Savings

Saving money is often the last thing we want to

think about on holiday, but there are a few easy tips

and tricks you can try to come home with currency

left over.

Check data roaming charges before you go.

Legislation introduced in 2017 means that you can

now use your mobile phone allowance free in EUmember

states. Beware of ‘fair usage’ limits applied

by mobile phone providers, however, as a lower

limit may be set on your usage abroad.

Be wary of airport parking fees. If you’re flying

early in the morning, consider staying at a budget

hotel close to the airport, and look into deals that

combine an overnight stay and hotel parking for

the duration of your holiday. This is often cheaper

than paying airport fees!

Enjoy a free walking tour when you arrive. These

are relaxed, informative and help you find your

bearings in a new place. Public transport passes are

also a good idea if you’re in the same city for a few


Make lunch your biggest meal. Set lunch menu

prices can be considerably cheaper than paying

for an evening meal. Doing this for a couple of days

during your holiday means you’ll also be able to

afford a few lunchtime drinks without breaking the


Avoid the tourist traps. Eating away from the

main sights, even just a short walk away, can halve

your food and drink costs abroad. Enjoy a more

authentic atmosphere where the locals eat, along

with locally-produced wines which are also cheaper

(and often nicer!)

By Ann Haldon

Local travel company sponsor Latics

Supporters of Wigan Athletic Football Club will

notice new signage around the DW stadium as part

of a sponsorship deal with Worldchoice Travel.

The local independent travel agency has agreed

a one-year long sponsorship package to sponsor

Wigan Athletic and Gill Blundell, Worldchoice’s

Manager, says it’s all about helping the

agency build further brand awareness.

Jonty Castle, Head of Business Development at

Wigan Athletic said, ‘To have the backing of such

a well-established firm within the town is brilliant,

and we thank Gill and the team for their support of

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As part of the deal, Worldchoice Travel is

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school rugby teams: St Cuthbert’s ARLFC &

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72 Legal & Finance

Choosing Your

Financial Adviser

Like your most influential teacher at school, a good

financial adviser should inspire, advise and reassure

you, so that you can enjoy a better financial future.

Whilst a poor adviser will put their interests before

yours and sell you a product you don’t really need

and have no interest in your future. Worryingly both

advisers will be FCA registered, both have at least a

Level 4 qualification, and both will sound plausible. So

how do you select the right adviser for you?

The right qualifications

You want an adviser who takes professional

knowledge and development very seriously and is

completely independent. Look for an adviser who is

a Chartered Financial Planner or a Certified Financial

Planner - or is actively working towards these


These are Level 6 qualifications - equivalent to

a university degree and are the “Gold Standard”

amongst financial advisers. Advisers who have

achieved this level of technical competence have

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clients that perhaps have more complicated financial

planning requirements.

A clear plan

A good adviser will ask challenging questions and

map out a plan to achieve your goals.

They will spend considerable time listening to you

and asking smart questions to help you define

your short, medium, and long-term objectives, to

determine your desired future lifestyle. Your adviser

will create a financial plan to meet your objectives,

ensuring that account is taken of tax-efficient

planning such as pensions, and considering estate

planning too.

You can be certain that events won’t turn out exactly

as the plan indicates, and your adviser should review

and update the plan on a regular basis.

Relationships count

Your financial adviser will become an important

professional person in your life so it is essential that

you get on well. Ask yourself whether the adviser

really cares about you, genuinely wants you to reach

your goals, and is willing and able to challenge you

along the way.

And finally, fees

Fees should be open, transparent and fair. You should

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Chartered Financial Planner

Legal & Finance 73

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Liverpool Road, Rufford, L40 1SG

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into more than 500 years of history at this Tudor

building. Unwind in the Victorian gardens and

get closer to nature with bug hunting kits for


Heritage Open Days is a nationwide scheme

offering free tours and days out to help you

learn more about local places and their

history, taking place each September.

Blackpool Tower

Sunday, September 15 & Sunday, September

22, 11:30am

Bank Hey Street, Blackpool, FY1 4BJ

This iconic Victorian pleasure complex opened

its doors in 1894, and now invites guests to enjoy

a free guided tour during its 125th anniversary

year. Pre-booking required on 01253 478090 or


Infantry Museum

Saturday, September 14, 10am-4pm

Watling Street Road, Preston, PR2 8AA

Embark on a guided tour of the usually inaccessible

Fulwood Barracks, which were constructed in

response to the Plug Riots of 1842. The 47th

Regiment of Foot Reenactment Society will also

be recreating a slice of the American War of

Independence (1775-1783), with WWI kits and

weapons on display.

Mersey Tunnel Tours

Saturday, September 14 & Sunday, September 15,


George’s Dock Building, Liverpool, L3 1DD

Get a glimpse behind the Art Deco exterior of the

George’s Dock Building and experience tours to

the original Control Room and through the Fan

Chamber to the Queensway Tunnel.



Lancaster Castle

Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22,


Castle Parade, Lancaster, LA1 1YJ

Embark on a guided tour of the castle where 200

prisoners were hanged. Explore the Chapel Yard,

the Drop Room, Hadrian’s Tower and the Old Cells.

Speke Hall

Saturday, September 21, 10:30am-4:30pm

The Walk, Speke, L24 1XD

This National Trust property opens its doors for free

– explore the huge Tudor house or set the kids free

in the maze and play areas. Guided tours available.

Anderton Boat Lift

Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22,


Lift Lane, Anderton, CW9 6FW

Head off on a free Top of the World Tour at the

Anderton Boat Lift – a Victorian feat of engineering

offering spectacular panoramic views from the top.

Pre-booking required on 01606 786777.

Museum of Transport

September 14, 15, 21 & 22, 10am-4:30pm

Boyle Street, Manchester, M8 8UW

The museum opens its doors for free to offer a ride

back in time – expert volunteers are on hand to

explain the stories behind the many treasures in the


Bank Hall

Sunday, September 15, 12pm-4pm

Bank Hall Drive, Liverpool Rd., Bretherton, PR26


Enjoy a guided tour around the house exterior and

find out about its history, with craft stalls to browse

and refreshments available.

Terraced Gardens

Saturday, September 7, 10am onwards

Rivington Terraced Gardens, Rivington, BL6 7SA

Explore Rivington Terraced Gardens like never

before, with experience historians on hand to

answer your questions. The Pigeon Tower will be

open to the public on the day.

76 Business View

Xero the Hero

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

5 Reasons why your business needs Xero

Xero is the leading online accountancy software

for small businesses in the UK. The development

of online software has seen a shift from desktop

products such as Sage to modern, intuitive online

products such as Xero and Quickbooks. CMA have

been partnering with Xero since 2010 and here are

some of the reasons why we love it:

1. Real time information - Xero’s focus is on realtime

information and not on giving you a historic

view of your business. The dashboard gives you a

current view of your cash and bank balances and

outstanding bills and invoices.

2. Daily bank feeds - Your bank transactions feed

directly into the software, showing incoming and

outgoing transactions as they happen.

3. Automated bookkeeping - By linking Xero with

products such as Receipt Bank and Auto Entry,

purchase invoices can be automatically scanned

and uploaded into your Xero data, so no manual

input is required. This not only saves time but

reduces the risk of human inputting errors. No

need for files of paper invoices, as all documents

are saved in the cloud.

4. Online sales invoices - No need to print and

post out sales invoices as these can be sent

automatically online. This saves on printing and

postage costs and also avoids postage delays so

you many even get paid quicker! Xero has a credit

control function and can send out automatic

chaser emails for unpaid invoices.

5. Access anywhere, anytime - Unlike desktop

accounting packages, Xero can be accessed from

any device with an internet connection. So when

you need those numbers fast, they’re always


In addition to these features, Xero is fully compliant

with Making Tax Digital and therefore submitting

your VAT return via the software ensures that

you are staying on top of the changes being

introduced by HMRC.

We have seen first-hand how Xero can

revolutionise businesses. It enables CMA to work

closely with our clients and proactively help them

make better decisions. We can assist you in a

number of ways by either helping you set up the

software, train you and your staff to get the most

from it or you can leave everything to us and we’ll

process your bookkeeping and send you a report

at the end of each month so you can see how your

business is performing

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For a limited period we are offering all new

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before the end of September.

We offer a free consultation for anyone that would

like to speak to us about these changes – just drop

by our office on Skull House Lane in Appley Bridge.

The kettle is always on and there will be no charge

for the initial meeting.

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39 Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge,

Wigan, WN6 9DR

Tel: 01257 255521

Email info@handsonaccounting.co.uk

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78 Health & Fitness

National Eye Health Week:

Seven Steps to Healthy Eyes

According to the Royal National Institute

for the Blind, around half of all sight loss

in the UK is avoidable. National Eye Health

Week (NEHW) is running from the 23rd to

the 29th of September this year, reminding

us of the importance of eye health and the

vital role regular eye tests play. So how can

you look after your eyes?

1. Keep alcohol consumption low

Heavy alcohol consumption increases

the risk of developing cataracts and

early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). By

causing deficiency of Vitamins B1 and A, it can also

cause weakness or paralysis in the eye muscles,

night blindness, corneal thinning or perforation,

dryness, and even blindness. Heavy drinkers

(especially those who smoke) also run the risk of

tobacco-alcohol amblyopia, a progressive optic

neuropathy that typically causes bilateral, painless,

visual impairment with loss of colour vision and a

central visual field defect.

Excessive alcohol intake during pregnancy can

cause foetal alcohol syndrome, resulting in ocular

abnormalities in the baby (optic nerve development

issues, eye coordination difficulties and drooping


Both men and women should keep alcohol

consumption under fourteen units a week. If you

regularly drink this many units, ensure they’re

spread out over at least three days.

2. Don’t smoke

Aside from aging, smoking is the biggest risk factor

for developing AMD, and smokers are far more

likely to develop it than non-smokers. Smoking also

increases your risk of developing cataracts.

3. Eat an eye-friendly diet

Diet plays a highly significant role in eye health,

particularly in the prevention of cataracts and AMD.

Research indicates that eating just one portion of

fish a week may reduce your AMD risk by up to 40%.

Important foods to include in your diet are:

• Cod, sardines, tuna, mackerel and salmon

• Green, leafy vegetables like spinach or kale, and


• Brightly-coloured fruit and vegetables such as

corn, carrots, orange sweet peppers, oranges,

blueberries, grapes and papaya

• Eggs

• Whole grains and avocados

• Garlic, onions, shallots and capers

• Soy

4. Take regular exercise

Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several

eye conditions, particularly amongst the over-60s.

Exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss caused by

narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood

pressure and diabetes, and it’s linked to a reduced

risk of glaucoma, cataracts and AMD.


5. Maintain a healthy weight and do everything

possible to avoid Type 2 Diabetes

Maintaining a healthy weight helps preserve

macular pigment density, which in turn can prevent

AMD onset. Excess body weight has also been

linked to glaucoma. Diabetes can cause diabetic

retinopathy and (potentially) blindness. Exercising

and eating healthily can help you reduce your Type

2 Diabetes risk and maintain a healthy weight.

6. Protect your eyes from UV light

UV light can damage your eyes just as it can damage

your skin and it’s a risk factor for cataracts. Never

look at the sun directly and on bright days always

wear sunglasses bearing the CE mark or the British

Standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013, which indicates

they offer adequate ultraviolet protection.

7. Have regular eye tests – even if you think your

think your eyesight and health are fine

Sight tests are about more than checking if you

need glasses. They can detect eye conditions you

may be unaware of as yet, catching them at an early

stage when treatment may be easier and sight loss

potentially avoidable. Sight tests can also detect

other health conditions, including high blood

pressure and diabetes.

Everyone should have a sight test every two years,

but you may need one more frequently if you’re

over 40, of Afro-Caribbean or Asian descent, or

have a family history of eye conditions. You may

qualify for a free NHS eye test - see www.nhs.co.uk

for details.

More information:

Find out more about Eye Health Week

and eye health at:




A Dementia-Friendly


Dementia is not, as many people believe, a natural

consequence of old age (although the older you

are, the more likely you are to be affected) and it is

predicted that the number of UK residents with the

condition will increase to over one million by 2025.

That figure is set to double by 2051.

Given these statistics, it’s seems likely that in

future our public health and social care services

could struggle to care for people who develop the

condition. Dementia-friendly initiatives therefore

serve a dual purpose: helping people stay at home

for as long as possible and relieving some of the

burden that would otherwise be placed on our

public care providers.

Things we all take for granted, such as using

technology, getting served in shops and banks,

going on holiday or enjoying hobbies are difficult

when you have dementia, but they can become

even harder when the individuals around you don’t

know how to respond appropriately.

For this reason it’s not uncommon for people to

shut themselves away as their condition progresses.

According to the Alzheimer’s

Society, over two-thirds of

those polled have reported

feeling lonely.

Local people are encouraged to decide what works

best for them.

While flexibility is encouraged, there are certain

measures that are regularly adopted by towns and

cities who want to become DFCs. Businesses that

regularly come into contact with older people,

such as banks and taxi firms, are asked to provide

extra support for customers with dementia, while

museums and art galleries are encouraged to

offer dementia-friendly activities. Other initiatives

include ‘dementia cafes’ and drop-in centres. In the

public realm planners use clear signage, creating

well-defined open spaces with public toilets, seats,

shelters and good lighting.

The Alzheimer’s Society has estimated that one

in six people aged over 80 in the United Kingdom

currently has dementia, and a further 225,000

people will be diagnosed this year. There’s no time

to lose, so it’s reassuring to see that new dementiafriendly

communities are appearing every day.

By Kate McLellan

A dementia-friendly

community is a place where

people with dementia are

understood, respected and

supported. It can be a street,

village, town, city or region,

an organisation, a group or

even a virtual community.


Health & Fitness



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• Hearing Tests

• Micro-Suction Wax Removal

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Over 60 walks

FREE to download at locallife247.co.uk

82 Leisure

Upload your event for FREE at


Charity Football Match

Sunday, August 25, 11am

Wilf’s Vets go against St. Wilfrid’s FC to raise money

for Derian House! A charity raffle will be held


Standish Recreation Ground, Standish, WN6 0TH

Wigan 10K

Sunday, September 1, 10am-12pm

Raise money for Derian House in the 2019

Wigan 10K – and try to beat the record for fastest

time! Runners must raise a minimum of £100 in

sponsorship – email challenges@derianhouse.co.uk

to express your interest.

Wigan Town Centre

Fashion Show

Monday, September 2, doors at 7pm

Barbara’s of Standish present a fashion show, with

prosecco, sandwiches and homemade cakes, plus a

raffle. Tickets £10 on 01257 425330/463407/426252.

Tunley URC Hall, Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington,


Spanish Night

Friday, September 6, 7:30pm-11:45pm

Sample a taste of Spanish culture with tapas platters

and sangria, along with music from flamenco

guitarist Mike Ciaputa. A professional salsa teacher

will be on hand to sweep you off your feet! Tickets

£25 on 01942 834747.

The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA

Singalong Cinema

Friday, Sept 6 & Saturday, Sept 7, 6pm

Catch singalong versions of Dirty Dancing and

Mamma Mia in a woodland setting. Themed games

and giveaways throughout. Tickets £7.99 per adult

or £6.99 per child at www.boxoffice.wlct.org

Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Lane, Wigan,


Memory Walk

Saturday, September 7, 11am-3pm

A choice of 2 walks – a 1 hour walk or a 10 miler –

around Haigh Woodland Park, with various activities

on offer. Proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society. To

register, visit www.inspiringhealthylifestyles.org -

meet at visitors centre.

Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Ln, WN2 1PE

Diggers’ Festival

Saturday, September 7, 11am-9:30pm

The 9th annual festival celebrating Wigan’s

industrial roots returns, with live entertainment

across two stages, food and book stalls, digging reenactments

and educational talks. Free entry.

The Wiend, Wigan, WN1 1PF

Picnic Proms

Saturday, September 7, 6pm-10pm

A night of fanfare and fireworks – bring a picnic

along and enjoy the end of summer. Tickets £8 per

adult or £6 per child at www.boxoffice.wlct.org

Mesnes Park, Wigan, WN1 1TU



Saturday, September 14, 11am-2pm

Celebrate Standish’s iconic bird with live owl

displays, an owl trail through the village, history,

crafts and competitions! Free entry, refreshments


Standish Library, Cross Street, Standish, WN6 0HQ

Cycling Fun Day

Saturday, September 14, 11am-4pm

A fun day to celebrate the Tour of Britain – the race

will be shown on a huge screen, with live music

from Joe Astley & The Gestures, plus activities and

cycling stalls. Spectator areas are set up for when

the race passes through Haigh estate. Free entry.

Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Ln, WN2 1PE

Charity Evening

Saturday, September 14, 7pm

Help raise money for Royal Manchester Children’s

Hospital and Carers UK with a 4-course meal, raffle

and auction, entertainment from a live band and

DJ. Dress to impress – tickets £40 on 07972 282833.

DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UH

Manchester Moon Festival

Saturday, Sept 14 & Sunday, Sept 15, 12pm-9pm

A free event celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival

– immerse yourself in colourful lantern displays and

enjoy a range of authentic foods, along with cakemaking

and craft activities.

Chinatown, Faulkner Street, Manchester, M1 4EE

DIY Lampshade Workshop

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Learn to make a lampshade from fabric for a ceiling

or table light. Tickets £15 on Eventbrite including all


Wigan STEAM, The Galleries, Wigan, WN1 1QF

Cotton Bales + Canopic Jars

Thursday, September 19, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Ian Trumble presents a talk on Greater Manchester’s

Annie Barlow, a Victorian woman devoted to

preserving the heritage of Ancient Egypt and who

amassed a collection of over 10,000 artefacts.

Tickets £3 including hot drinks on 01942 828128.

Museum of Wigan Life, Library St, WN1 1NU

Bat Walk

Friday, September 20, 7pm-9pm

A free nocturnal bat walk searching for night-time

wildlife. Meet at Kitchen Courtyard.

Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Lane, Wigan,


Beer, Gin & Prosecco Fest

Friday, Sept 20 & Saturday, Sept 21, 7pm-10:30pm

Enjoy a selection of beers and gins, along with a

tipple of Prosecco & live entertainment – free entry.

Winstanley Tennis Club, Winstanley Road, Orrell,


Charity 5-Aside

Saturday, September 21, 10am

Raise awareness for male mental health with

Place2Place at a 5-aside football tournament. Entry

£20 per team in support of the Wigan Warriors

Community Foundation. Call 07393 346875 for

more info.

Robin Park, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UL

Brass Band Concert

Sunday, September 22, 7pm

The Pemberton Old Wigan A Band perform under

Ben Dixon. Refreshments available, tickets £6 from


Pemberton Band Room, Enfield St, Pemberton,





FREE Family Pass!

FREE Boat Tour!

£30 Voucher

for Café!

Win a family ticket for

Martin Mere!

WWT Wetland Centre Martin Mere and Local Life have joined forces to present

one lucky local family with a fabulous day out at Martin Mere in Burscough.

With leaves crunching beneath your feet, striking

sunsets across the mere and the arrival of up to

40,000 pink footed geese from Iceland – Autumn

is an amazing time to visit Martin Mere Wetland


Our Autumn season begins with one of our most

popular events on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22

September: Animal Magic! From funky frogs to

marvellous meerkats, amazing amphibians to

beautiful birds of prey, Animal Magic is a great

weekend to get up close to wonderful wildlife.


Exotic Zoo will be showcasing loads

of fantastic animals throughout the

weekend, including an armadillo,

adorable meerkats and a petting

zoo! Critters 2 You will be bringing

everything from snakes to lizards - will

you have a go at holding a tarantula?

Local rescue centre Corio Raptors will

also be here with some amazing birds

of prey, including a majestic barn owl

and a beautiful buzzard.

During the weekend we’ve also got a whole range of

additional activities for the family to enjoy. Our onsite

cattle will be on show from the Gladstone Hide

- go along to the talk and feed to see the beautiful

herd of cows, including 14 calves, to find out more

about how the cows help us to manage our reserve.

We’ll also be running bird watching for beginners

sessions to inspire the younger generation - head to

the Discovery Hide and pick up your bird watching

for beginners guide and see what you can spot on

the mere!

There’ll also be all our usual daily talks and feeds,

pond dipping in our new Pond Zone, our Canoe

Safari and Boat Tours and our adventure playground

with wet play! Come and have a wild day out in our

extraordinary wetland landscape; buy your tickets

online and save 10% on admission!

We’re giving you the chance to win a Family Day

Pass for Martin Mere, plus a free boat tour and a

£30 voucher to spend in Mere Side Café – giving

you and your family everything you need for a wild

day out. To enter the competition, simply visit our

website, www.locallife247.co.uk, click on ‘free stuff’

and then on ‘competitions’ and then answer the

following question;

How many pink-footed geese migrate from

Iceland to Martin Mere each year?

The expiry date for the competition is midnight on Monday

30th September 2019 and the winners will be notified within

five working days. Entrants must be over 16 years of age.

Only one entry per household. Local Life 247 cannot accept

responsibility for entries that do not reach us. Employees of

Local Life 247 Ltd and their families are not eligible to enter

this competition.

For more information about visiting Martin Mere,

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Gin Night

Friday, September 27, 7:30pm-11:30pm

Enjoy a scrumptious selection of gins and tapas –

tickets £10 including a commemorative glass and

your first gin.

Houghwood Golf, Crank Road, Billinge, WA11 8RL

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Saturday, September 28, 10am-12pm

Enjoy coffee and cakes together, along with a Bring

and Buy sale in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Trinity United Reformed Church, Milton Grove,

Wigan, WN1 2PG

Fungi Foray

Sunday, September 29, 10am-12pm

A peaceful walk around Worthington Reservoir

seeking out the fungi sprouting into season. No

dogs allowed.

Worthington Reservoir, Standish, WN1 2XW

Foraging Walk

Sunday, September 29, 10am-12pm

Dave Winnard teaches you what to forage and what

to leave alone – free entry, meet at Hindley Tunnel


Borsdane Wood, Danes Avenue, Wigan, WN2 4BT

Fawlty Towers Dinner

Friday, October 4, 6pm-midnight

Don’t miss this Fawlty Towers tribute act bringing

Basil, Sybil and Manuel to life for a comedy dining

experience. Tickets £65 including a 3-course meal

and drink on arrival, available on 01695 624426.

Holland Hall, Lafford Lane, Upholland, WN8 0QZ

Chorley Live

Friday, Oct 4 & Saturday, Oct 5, 7pm-11pm

Catch amazing live entertainment across over 30

venues. Wristbands £5 from each venue or from

Chorley Council office on Union Street. Visit www.

chorleylive.com for more information and updates.

Chorley Town Centre

• Wedding gowns

• Bridesmaid/

Flower Girl dresses

• Mother of the Bride outfits

• Designer Prom gowns

We also offer:

• Bridal Alterations

& Cleaning Service

• Bridal Dressing by


To book your consultation contact Julie on:

01257 424 624

35 Preston Road, Standish, WN6 0JH


Parbold Eight

by Chris Pearce


Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Medium

This month we make an overdue but welcome return

to the walking capital of West Lancashire to tackle

the Parbold Eight, a reference not to the mileage but

to the shape of this seven mile walk. As you can see

from the pictures, we picked a gorgeous day to tackle

an outstanding walk rich in high quality picturesque

views of the Douglas Valley, the peaks of the western

Pennine hills and also of the Lancashire coastline.

Park up in the small car park at Hunters Hill (L40 3SR)

in rural Bispham, a former quarry site that’s been

transformed into a woodlands retreat by the local

council, and is well worth a visit for the panoramic

views alone.

Go through the bars and take one of the paths

immediately to the left which merge into one path

just before emerging onto Whittle Lane. Follow the

road uphill in the same direction, taking great care

on this country lane with no pavements. Once you

reach the Rigbye Arms follow the road through a 90

degree left turn onto High Moor Lane and then take

a right turn on Broad Hey Lane.

Once you reach the bend on Broad Hey Lane, take

the track branching off to the left. Follow the path

on a gentle descent and once you’ve passed two

ponds on the left, you’ll come to a fork; take the left

path towards woods.


right hand side of the brook, keep to the lower left

hand path and you’ll finally come to steps leading

to a stile.

Cross the stile and head straight across two open

fields. Carry on in the same direction gently

downhill, and you’ll end up on a narrow path

towards Gillibrand House. Fifty yards after the

house, take a left turn downhill, crossing the railway

bridge and ending up at the Leeds and Liverpool


Cross bridge 40 and turn right down the canal

towpath until you reach bridge 39. Cross the bridge

and then carefully navigate the railway crossing

shortly afterwards. Now the uphill trek begins in

earnest as you climb Chapel Lane to the T-junction

with Wood Lane. Turn right, then immediate left

up the path towards the spire of Parbold’s Christ


Turn left and follow the jagged path around the

perimeter of the woods. Just as the path turns into

the woods, you take a 90 degree left turn towards an

open field. Cross the stile and make your way round

the left hand perimeter to the far corner of the field,

cross the stile and you’re now by the A5209.

Climb the path up to the main A5209, turn left and

when you see a bus stop on the right, cross over

and take the path next to the bus stop, heading

down into a wooden area. Cross Alder Lane Brook

and then head uphill on a path running parallel to

the brook and its woodland surrounds, crossing a

Turn right, cross over, then take the first left into

Fairy Glen, taking the footpath on the immediate

left leading down into this ancient woodland. For

all its waterfalls and sandstone cliffs, Fairy Glen is a

beautiful oasis of calm and tranquillity, much loved

by everyone who visits. You’ll criss-cross Sprodley

Brook but keep heading gently downhill through

Fairy Glen until you reach a raised wooden bridge

by some concrete steps. Cross the bridge to the

River Douglas


Jackson’s Lane

Bannister Lane


Stoney Lane

High Moor Lane



Parbold Hill


Wood Lane



Leeds & Liverpool Canal



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.


couple of stiles on the way, until you come to a track

running diagonally right across open fields.

Follow the track uphill and eventually you’ll end

up back on Broad Hey Lane. Follow this back to

its junction with High Moor Lane and turn right.

Immediately after the High Moor restaurant take

a left turn up the majestic driveway to the Harrock

Estate. Follow the driveway (ignore first footpath

sign) and once the driveway bends to the left, take

the footpath which branches off to the right and

follow this path uphill to the highest point of the

walk, near to Harrock Hill Reservoir.

The path bends to the left at this point; follow the

path out of the woods, round the left hand side

of a copse and follow the right hand perimeter of

the field, heading towards another wooded area.

Climb over the stile and turn left following the path

downhill. When you reach a 90 degree right turn,

carry on a few yards and negotiate your way over a

drystone wall using wooden steps.

Follow the path downhill squeezing through gorse,

over the stile and via a steep descent through a

field until you reach a farmyard. Walk through the

farmyard in the same direction until you reach

Jackson’s Lane. Turn left and follow this quiet

country lane until you reach Bannister Lane where

you turn left again, ready for your final challenge; a

550 yard uphill climb to the car park atop Hunters

Hill, where a couple of benches await you for a welldeserved

rest and those panoramic views.

Where’s Jack?

Now and again, we get an enquiry from readers

asking about Jack from Jack’s Tracks, our series of

local walks. Namely, who is Jack and why doesn’t he

write for the magazine anymore?

Just for the record, Jack’s Tracks was named after

Jack, a border collier who lives with the Publisher’s

in-laws in Billinge. A rescue dog picked up in

Jacksmere Lane in Scarisbrick, Jack’s picture was

often included in our early walks.

As the picture illustrates, Jack’s alive and well and

recently completed a coastal walk of Anglesey. He’s

often seen in Orrell Water Park, pulling his owners in

the direction of Madisons cafe.

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Motoring 91

Battery Life

The 10 best electric cars on sale today

The rise of the electric car can’t be underestimated.

Each manufacturer is rushing their own plug-in car

to market, and demand for these new models is

increasing by the hour.

But which ones are best? We’ve put together some of

the ideal all-electric cars currently on sale.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai has changed

the game with its new

Kona Electric. Capable

of travelling up to 279

miles on a single charge, it’s got one of the most

impressive ranges of any new electric car available.

And as a result of being based on the regular

Kona, it brings funky styling and plenty of in-car

technology too.

It’s all put together in a compact package, which

means that it’s just as well suited to urban driving as

it is to longer distance motoring.

Jaguar I-Pace

The British firm has

struggled in recent years

as the diesel crisis hit

shortly after it invested

heavily in the fuel. Fortunately, its bet on an allelectric

SUV has paid off, with customers queuing

up to buy one.

It’s easy to see why – the I-Pace is fast when you

want it to be but a comfortable cruiser when you

want to relax. It’s far from cheap at £64,495, but

that’s good value compared with the Tesla Model X,

its biggest rival, and with almost 300 miles of range

recharging should be a rare occurrence.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan’s Leaf is often

one of the first cars that

springs to mind when you

think of electric vehicles.

It was, after all, one of the very first all-electric cars

to become popular, and has gone on to retain a lot

of this popularity as the years have gone by.

These days the Leaf can still hold its own. It’ll crack

239 miles on a single charge, and is spacious and

comfortable too.

BMW i3s

BMW has taken time to

refine its i3 all-electric

city car, ditching its petrol

range extender thanks to

better range. The firm has also added this – the i3s –

which gives the car a little added performance.

It comes with a tuned stability system and a slightly

more dynamic look – but still encapsulates all the

good qualities of the regular i3 too.

Kia e-Niro

Ever since journalists first

got behind the wheel

of the e-Niro, they’ve

praised the crossover for

being good to drive and offering a battery capacity

that can consign range anxiety to the past.

However, unfortunately the e-Niro has been a

victim of its own success. Kia hasn’t been able to

source batteries quickly enough to meet demand

for the car, so wait times are now up to about twelve



Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Do you want the good

news or the bad news?

The good news is that the

Ioniq Electric is a mighty

appealing electric car. It’s practical, good to drive

and surprisingly quick, too. The interior feels a little

on the cheap side, but it’s far from disappointing.

The bad news, though, is that Hyundai is hit by the

same battery shortage as Kia, so wait times can be

up to a year. So if you want one, you’re going to

have to wait.

Audi E-tron

Audi may be one of

the largest carmakers

around, but it’s actually

been relatively late when

it comes to an all-electric model. However, this – the

E-Tron – is its first model, bringing a premium look

and feel as well as impressive electric technology.

Audi claims that it’ll do 248 miles on a single charge,

but also provide plenty of space and practicality

while it does so.

Renault Zoe

The Renault Zoe offers

one of the cheapest entry

points to EV ownership,

but don’t mistake that

for meaning it’s a cheap and cheerful offering

that should be avoided – the Zoe is a great little


Opt for the big battery version and you get 186

miles of range, so most inner-city commuters will

only have to charge it once or twice a week. Prices

start at just over £17,000 with the plug-in grant.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla could be classed

as one of the founding

fathers of the electric car.

The Model S, its saloon

car, has arguably been one of its most successful.

But for many, it was just a touch too expensive and

a little out of reach.

That’s where the new Model 3 chimes in. It’s

designed to be a bit more affordable, but still

capable of delivering plenty of range and high

technology levels too.

Volkswagen e-Golf

If you’re looking for a

safe bet when it comes

to your electric vehicle

purchase, you really can’t

go wrong with the Volkswagen e-Golf. It brings the

build quality and dependability you’d expect from

one of the UK’s best-selling models, and simply

adds an electric powertrain.

It can travel up to 144 miles before the batteries

need topping up, and while that’s far from the best

in the segment, it’s perfectly acceptable for the

typical commuter. With plug-in car grant applied,

prices hover around the £30,000 mark.

Myths Busted

You can’t drive them in the rain.

We all know water and electricity don’t mix. That’s

why manufacturers are really careful to seal all of

the electrified components.

You can’t go very far.

That may have been the case a few years ago, but

now most electric vehicles have a range in excess

of 150 miles, with 200 miles becoming the norm.

There’s nowhere to charge them.

Charge point locator Zap Map indicates there

are almost 15,000 connectors at more than 5,000

locations in the UK, with more added all the time.

They take ages to charge.

Charging doesn’t take as long as you might think.

Rapid chargers can provide 80 per cent of charge

in about 30 minutes.

They’re boring to drive.

If ‘electric vehicle’ conjures up images of a milk

float, you need to get with the times! Modern

electric cars can be genuinely fun to drive thanks

to the high-torque motors.





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

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

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01942 221221

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MOB: 07515 505 501





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Eve: 01942 745 428

Cambridge Road, Orrell

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07851 225 876

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