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<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong><br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Edition <strong>September</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

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4 <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

Handy Contacts<br />

Hope you’ve all had a lovely summer so far? As<br />

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magazine, there’s plenty of life left in the summer<br />

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In this issue<br />

Classical<br />

Highlights<br />

16<br />

Regulars<br />

48 Puzzle page<br />

59 Jack’s Tracks<br />

Sections<br />

6 <strong>Local</strong> News<br />

44 Travel<br />

63 Motoring<br />

54 Events2Go<br />

66 Gardening<br />

70 Home Services<br />

Heritage Open<br />

Days<br />

21<br />

Wedding Bells<br />

26<br />

Public Art Trail<br />

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6 News & Features<br />

Post Box Appeal<br />

Friends of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Cemetery are fundraising<br />

for hand-carved post boxes of friendly animals,<br />

including an owl, to be placed in the grounds.<br />

The post boxes will allow anyone going through<br />

bereavement to post letters to the people they’ve<br />

lost, helping them to come to terms with their grief.<br />

To donate to the campaign, visit www.<br />

friendsofsthelenscemetery.co.uk<br />

Clay Pigeon Shoot<br />

Rainford Clay Target Club is hosting a have-a-go<br />

taster session in <strong>September</strong>. If you’ve ever fancied<br />

trying the sport, this is your chance!<br />

You’ll receive expert tuition and tasty barbecue<br />

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The closing date for these positions is<br />

9am on Monday 16th <strong>September</strong> <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

Salary and terms and conditions in accordance with Sixth<br />

Form Colleges’ Support <strong>St</strong>aff pay and conditions. For<br />

further details please telephone the HR Department on<br />

01695 628612.<br />

Winstanley College is committed to safeguarding and<br />

promoting the welfare of children and young people and<br />

expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment<br />

food on the day for £15 per person. Tickets must be<br />

purchased no later than Saturday, August 31 from<br />

Rainford X Sports and Social Club on Bushey Lane or<br />

on 07939 042229.<br />

The taster session takes place on Sunday, <strong>September</strong><br />

8.<br />

Musical Memories<br />

A <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> group invites anyone living with<br />

dementia and their carers to come along to sing<br />

songs and chat.<br />

Sessions begin with a cuppa and a chat, followed<br />

by group singing of familiar tunes under the<br />

instruction of Vernon Fuller. Sessions are free to<br />

attend for the foreseeable future.<br />

<strong>September</strong>’s dates are Friday 6th and 20th,<br />

and take place at <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> United Reformed<br />

Church on King <strong>St</strong>reet from 2pm-4pm. For more<br />

information, call Anne on 07856 798348 or email<br />

musicalmemoriessthelens@hotmail.co.uk<br />

Tickets<br />

£15<br />

Orchestral<br />

Concert<br />

(£1 for<br />

accompanied<br />

under-16s)<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Sinfonietta play:<br />

Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture<br />

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony<br />

Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni<br />

Dewi Tudor Jones stars in Bach’s A minor<br />

Violin Concerto.<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Town Hall<br />

Saturday 28th <strong>September</strong>, 7.30pm<br />

Call 01744 600846 or 07914 114635


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An appeal has been launched to find the family<br />

of Ince MP <strong>St</strong>ephen Walsh, after his grave was<br />

discovered at a Garswood churchyard to be in need<br />

of restoration and upkeep.<br />

Walsh was born in Kirkdale in 1859, and had moved<br />

to Ashton-in-Makerfield by 1872 with his brother<br />

after being orphaned. In Ashton, Walsh became<br />

a miner and married Anne, the daughter of John<br />

Adamson, who was working as a pit brow lass.<br />

The couple had ten children – four sons and six<br />

daughters.<br />

Walsh’s foray into politics began when he became<br />

an active trade unionist, and was elected district<br />

officer and secretary of the local union in 1890.<br />

Walsh was an educated man among many<br />

illiterate workers, and commanded the respect and<br />

confidence of those working under him. A member<br />

of the Labour Party, he was later sponsored by the<br />

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elected to the House of Commons to represent Ince.<br />

Walsh was a supporter of recruitment campaigns<br />

during the First World War, and advocated for<br />

conscription, though in a cruel twist of fate his<br />

eldest son Arthur was killed in action in 1918 in<br />

Loos, France, and buried overseas aged just 26.<br />

Among Walsh’s list of varied titles was Vice-<br />

President of the National Union of Mineworkers,<br />

Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of National<br />

Service and eventually Secretary of <strong>St</strong>ate for War.<br />

Later footage exists from 1924 of 5ft tall <strong>St</strong>ephen<br />

Walsh in his role of War Minister inspecting the<br />

troops: a rather unlikely sight for an orphan from<br />

Liverpool!<br />

<strong>St</strong>ephen Walsh passed away at 8 Swinley Road,<br />

Wigan in March 1929, aged 69, and was buried at<br />

Holy Trinity Church in Garswood. Now the grave he<br />

shares with his wife Anne and seven children has<br />

fallen over and is in dire need of restoration efforts,<br />

and the community has pulled together to help<br />

trace anyone who might be related to Walsh.<br />

Seneley Green parish councillors Jim <strong>St</strong>evenson and<br />

<strong>St</strong>uart Barton have been enlisting the help of local<br />

MPs Conor McGinn and Yvonne Fovargue, who are<br />

exploring the possibilities of Parliamentary funding<br />

towards the renovation of Walsh’s grave.<br />

If you have any information about <strong>St</strong>ephen Walsh or<br />

would like to get involved in restoration efforts, get<br />

in touch at jsnw16610@blueyonder.co.uk<br />

New Hall for Haresfinch<br />

Plans have been drawn up to provide a new church<br />

hall after fire destroyed the United Reformed<br />

Church on Derwent Road, Haresfinch. The plans<br />

detail a building of ‘a similar size’ to the previous,<br />

with community facilities, which would be open to<br />

the public during the week.<br />

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The Ashton-in-Makerfield Festival is back in full<br />

force for <strong>2019</strong>, with an exciting programme of<br />

events ranging from <strong>September</strong> 14th-28th.<br />

Arts in Ashton<br />

Established in 1993, Ashton’s annual festival<br />

celebrates the best in local arts and culture, and<br />

commemorated its 25th anniversary last year. The<br />

original festival brochure hoped it would be ‘the<br />

forerunner of a much larger, community led event<br />

in future years’ - a dream that definitely came true.<br />

From historical talks at Ashton Library on coal<br />

mining heritage in the district to entertainment<br />

nights hosted by local schools, the calendar is<br />

packed with opportunities to get out and about<br />

in the local community to enjoy a whole host of<br />

cultural events at a range of venues.<br />

Involved this year are Cansfield High School, <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Edmund Arrowsmith High School and Bryn <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Peter’s C.E. Primary, along with the Wigan Ukulele<br />

Club, the Old Hall Brass Band, Wigan Seagulls and<br />

the Warrington Male Voice Choir.<br />

For more information about the festival and full<br />

events list, head to Ashton-in-Makerfield Festival on<br />

Facebook.<br />

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From my <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> studio, I offer;<br />

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Call me on 07598 367 552 to discover how<br />

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In Mining Memoriam<br />

Golborne Ex-Miners have published a booklet<br />

to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the<br />

Golborne Colliery Disaster, which killed 10 miners<br />

in March 1979.<br />

Treasurer of Golborne Ex-Miners Eric Foster<br />

commented: ‘The commemoration clearly<br />

demonstrates how our community keeps the<br />

memory in their hearts. Our children, grandchildren<br />

and those who follow us will be able to have some<br />

understanding of what their ancestors felt and<br />

remembered.’<br />

The booklet is available for £4 to cover the cost of<br />

production from any of the Ex-Miners, from Wigan<br />

libraries and from the Museum of Wigan <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

Look For a Book<br />

A book hunt has been taking place around Rainford<br />

and Billinge, with loads of free children’s titles up for<br />

grabs. The project encourages young people to get<br />

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<strong>Local</strong> joinery company Abbott-<br />

Wade, which was established in<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> in 1996, was crowned<br />

national champion at the <strong>2019</strong><br />

Family Business Awards in July.<br />

The company scooped the highest<br />

award at the prestigious ceremony<br />

at Wembley <strong>St</strong>adium this year, the<br />

third time the now Burtonwoodbased<br />

company have been<br />

finalists. The event saw Abbott-<br />

Wade nominated in the coveted<br />

Luxury Brand Category, beating<br />

Britain’s oldest family-run jeweller<br />

to the top spot.<br />

National Champs<br />

Abbott-Wade was built from the ground up in <strong>St</strong>.<br />

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kitchens turned into a specialist staircase company<br />

focused on offering bespoke stair conversions when<br />

owners Mike Wade and Craig Abbott identified the<br />

need in the local area. Abbott-Wade employ family<br />

teams spanning three generations: from fathers<br />

and sons to cousins and in-laws, with everyone<br />

trained in-house. The company and its handpicked<br />

workforce are dedicated to completing quality<br />

staircase installations in your home.<br />

Mike commented: ‘Family and Business are the<br />

two biggest devotions of time, finances and<br />

commitment in life. For most people these are<br />

entirely separate entities but it makes a family<br />

business a business like no other, and we are<br />

honoured to be counted among them!’<br />

Visit www.abbottwade.co.uk for more information.<br />

Write On<br />

The Friends of Victoria Park have launched their<br />

Young Writer of the Year Competition for <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

Young people aged 5-11 who live or attend school<br />

in the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> borough are invited to submit up<br />

to 1000 words for a short story or up to 40 lines for<br />

a poem on the topic of ‘How Green is My Town’. The<br />

winner of each section (fiction and poetry) will be<br />

awarded a £25 book token and a book of poetry<br />

by Sue Gerrard, along with having their work<br />

published on the FOVP website. Runner-ups will<br />

receive a £15 book token.<br />

A presentation ceremony will take place at the<br />

Orangery in Victoria Park on Friday, December 13.<br />

Entries must be submitted by Friday, October 18 –<br />

to obtain an entry form, email fovpinfo@yahoo.com<br />

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Classical<br />

Highlights<br />

22 years have gone by since Alan Free thought it<br />

might make sense to start a small orchestra in <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Helens</strong> – a town where Sir Thomas Beecham began<br />

his conducting career. The great cultural heritage of<br />

orchestral music seemed to have since passed the<br />

town by, so it was only logical that Alan canvass<br />

his musical friends back in 1997 to raise enough<br />

money for the inaugural concert of the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong><br />

Sinfonietta.<br />

The first concert took place in October that year<br />

at <strong>St</strong>. Thomas Church on Peter <strong>St</strong>reet, before the<br />

orchestra moved to its current home at the United<br />

Reformed Church. Twenty-two years later, many<br />

of the faces have changed – both among the<br />

volunteers who keep the Sinfonietta running and<br />

the skilled players who produce the music – but the<br />

orchestra has endured and grown. It produces two<br />

main concerts per year, often at <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Town<br />

Hall, and a series of hour-long mini concerts offering<br />

a gourmet taster session of flute, cello, accordion,<br />

classical guitar and a harp and saxophone duo.<br />

Alan’s sudden tragic death in April this year raised<br />

huge questions about the Sinfonietta’s future, but<br />

the team were determined to go ahead with the<br />

pre-planned programme in his memory. Despite a<br />

minor panic or two, the planning for 2020 is already<br />

underway, and will hopefully see the Sinfonietta go<br />

from strength to strength.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Sinfonietta’s next concert will take<br />

place on Saturday, <strong>September</strong><br />

28, bringing a tremendous<br />

selection of classical gems from<br />

Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and<br />

Mendelssohn. Bill Connor – who<br />

was responsible for the schools<br />

performance in the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong><br />

150 celebration last year – will<br />

be conducting, and tickets can<br />

be purchased for £15 on 01744<br />

600846 or 07914 114635.<br />

For more information about<br />

the orchestra and updates<br />

on upcoming events, visit<br />

sthelenssinfonietta.co.uk


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OUTSTANDING<br />

RESULTS FOR THE CLASS OF <strong>2019</strong><br />

98.42%<br />

LEVEL 3 PASS RATE<br />

55.75%<br />

TOP GRADES (A*-B / Dist*-Dist)<br />

“THE QUALITY OF TEACHING AND LEARNING IS OUTSTANDING.” Ofsted June <strong>2019</strong><br />

79.29%<br />

HIGH GRADES<br />

(A*-C / Dist* -Merit)<br />

OPEN EVENTS<br />

O20P<br />

<strong>2019</strong>-20 P19-20<br />

EN<br />

EN E<br />

V<br />

WED 16TH OCT <strong>2019</strong><br />

5:30-8:00pm<br />

THURS 7TH NOV <strong>2019</strong><br />

5:30-8:00pm<br />

SAT 16TH NOV <strong>2019</strong><br />

11:00am-1:30pm<br />

TUES 4TH FEB 2020<br />

5:30-8:00pm<br />

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*The Times % A*/A*-B Grades 16/08/19<br />

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN<br />

APPRENTICESHIP PROVIDER<br />

If you’re thinking about starting an Apprenticeship, there are a few things you should consider. One<br />

important factor is choosing the correct Apprenticeship provider, which is key to ensuring you get the<br />

best training and support possible.<br />

Here’s a few things you should think about when you’re making your choice:<br />

OFSTED Grades<br />

You should be looking for providers with a<br />

“Good” or “Outstanding” rating so you can be<br />

sure that the provider’s standard of training is<br />

high. High grades also show that the provider is<br />

committed to the development of Apprentices.<br />

Visit www.reports.ofsted.gov.uk<br />

Customer satisfaction rates<br />

A high score is a great indication of how a<br />

training provider really operates. As reviews like<br />

this are unbiased, you can get a good view of<br />

how people like yourself found the training to<br />

decide whether this provider is right for you.<br />

Visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/<br />

fe-choices<br />

Employers the provider works with<br />

You want the best possible chance of getting<br />

an Apprenticeship with a top local company, so<br />

a provider with strong links to local employers<br />

is a must. Be sure to ask the provider who they<br />

work with to see if these companies match your<br />

career goals.<br />

How many Apprentices achieve their<br />

full Apprenticeship<br />

You should look for training providers who have<br />

over 75% Apprenticeship achievement rates.<br />

This means that Apprentices have completed<br />

all the training and qualifications they need to<br />

complete their Apprenticeship; a high score<br />

means the provider is committed to supporting<br />

Apprenticeships through their training.<br />

Visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/sfanational-success-rates-tables<br />

Specialism in your sector<br />

Does the Apprenticeship provider specialise<br />

in your sector? If you want an Apprenticeship<br />

which requires specific skills or abilities, such as<br />

Construction or Hairdressing, then you should<br />

consider whether this provider is equipped to<br />

teach you all you need to know.<br />

Visit findapprenticeshiptraining.<br />

apprenticeships.education.gov.uk<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Chamber APPRENTICESHIPS<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Chamber is an OFSTED “Good”<br />

rated provider and we can guide you<br />

towards achieving your career goals.<br />

Our strong links with local employers<br />

and having the highest Apprenticeship<br />

achievement rates locally mean that we<br />

can help you not only train, but start your<br />

dream career.<br />

If you would like to know more about<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Chamber Apprenticeships,<br />

call us today on 01744 742045 or email<br />

apprenticeships@sthelenschamber.com


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ST HELENS CHAMBER<br />

STUDY PROGRAMMES<br />

GOT YOUR EXAM RESULTS?<br />

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<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Chamber offers three exciting<br />

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All courses include:<br />

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• An interational study trip<br />

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<strong>St</strong>udents are guaranteed an interview for a Level 3 Apprenticeship at the end of the course<br />

– meaning their career starts at a higher level.<br />

To find out more call us on 01744 742045, email apprenticeships@sthelenschamber.com<br />

or visit www.sthelenschamber.com/starting-point


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Heritage<br />

Open Days<br />

Rufford Old Hall<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 14, 11am-5pm (last entry<br />

4:30pm)<br />

Liverpool Road, Rufford, L40 1SG<br />

Explore Rufford Old Hall for free – you’ll be stepping<br />

into more than 500 years of history at this Tudor<br />

building. Unwind in the Victorian gardens and get<br />

closer to nature with bug hunting kits for children.<br />

Heritage Open Days is a nationwide scheme<br />

offering free tours and days out to help you<br />

learn more about local places and their<br />

history, taking place each <strong>September</strong>.<br />

Blackpool Tower<br />

Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 15 & Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 22,<br />

11:30am<br />

Bank Hey <strong>St</strong>reet, Blackpool, FY1 4BJ<br />

This iconic Victorian pleasure complex opened its<br />

doors in 1894, and now invites guests to enjoy a free<br />

guided tour during its 125th anniversary year. Prebooking<br />

required on 01253 478090 or heritage@<br />

blackpool.gov.uk<br />

Infantry Museum<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 14, 10am-4pm<br />

Watling <strong>St</strong>reet Road, Preston, PR2 8AA<br />

Embark on a guided tour of the usually inaccessible<br />

Fulwood Barracks, which were constructed in<br />

response to the Plug Riots of 1842. The 47th<br />

Regiment of Foot Reenactment Society will also<br />

be recreating a slice of the American War of<br />

Independence (1775-1783), with WWI kits and<br />

weapons on display.<br />

Mersey Tunnel Tours<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 14 & Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 15,<br />

10am-4pm<br />

George’s Dock Building, Liverpool, L3 1DD<br />

Get a glimpse behind the Art Deco exterior of the<br />

George’s Dock Building and experience tours to<br />

the original Control Room and through the Fan<br />

Chamber to the Queensway Tunnel.<br />

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/


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Lancaster Castle<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 21 & Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 22,<br />

10am-4pm<br />

Castle Parade, Lancaster, LA1 1YJ<br />

Embark on a guided tour of the castle where 200<br />

prisoners were hanged. Explore the Chapel Yard,<br />

the Drop Room, Hadrian’s Tower and the Old Cells.<br />

Speke Hall<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 21, 10:30am-4:30pm<br />

The Walk, Speke, L24 1XD<br />

This National Trust property opens its doors for free<br />

– explore the huge Tudor house or set the kids free<br />

in the maze and play areas. Guided tours available.<br />

Anderton Boat Lift<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 21 & Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 22,<br />

9:30am-5pm<br />

Lift Lane, Anderton, CW9 6FW<br />

Head off on a free Top of the World Tour at the<br />

Anderton Boat Lift – a Victorian feat of engineering<br />

offering spectacular panoramic views from the top.<br />

Pre-booking required on 01606 786777.<br />

Museum of Transport<br />

<strong>September</strong> 14, 15, 21 & 22, 10am-4:30pm<br />

Boyle <strong>St</strong>reet, Manchester, M8 8UW<br />

The museum opens its doors for free to offer a ride<br />

back in time – expert volunteers are on hand to<br />

explain the stories behind the many treasures in the<br />

museum.<br />

Bank Hall<br />

Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 15, 12pm-4pm<br />

Bank Hall Drive, Liverpool Rd., Bretherton,<br />

PR26 9AT<br />

Enjoy a guided tour around the house exterior and<br />

find out about its history, with craft stalls to browse<br />

and refreshments available.<br />

Terraced Gardens<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 7, 10am onwards<br />

Rivington Terraced Gardens, Rivington, BL6 7SA<br />

Explore Rivington Terraced Gardens like never<br />

before, with experience historians on hand to<br />

answer your questions. The Pigeon Tower will be<br />

open to the public on the day.


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Wedding Bells<br />

August was a monumental month for<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Andrew’s Mission Hall in Garswood<br />

as it hosted its first ever wedding.<br />

Daniel and Danielle Collins had their<br />

eye set on the hall since they started<br />

planning their big day. <strong>St</strong>. Andrew’s<br />

Mission had just the right vintage feel<br />

they were looking for in their quest<br />

for a 1960s-style wedding, and being<br />

members of the church for two years<br />

prior, the couple already felt part of<br />

the family. In a card addressed to the<br />

Hall, they wrote: ‘We can’t wait to<br />

make history by getting married here!’<br />

And make history they did, in a building already<br />

steeped in it. <strong>St</strong>. Andrew’s Mission Hall was<br />

originally constructed as a temporary building<br />

in 1932 and a result of community fundraising. It<br />

officially opened on November 26th that year, with<br />

a new Management Committee set up to help with<br />

the running of the hall and to draw up a set of rules<br />

and regulations for it to adhere to.<br />

During WWII, the hall was a temporary home for<br />

Liverpool evacuees, and prisoners from the nearby<br />

Garswood Park prisoner of war camp were allowed<br />

to come to the hall and join in activities – one of<br />

these prisoners chose to remain in Garswood after<br />

the war ended and married a local woman. With<br />

all this under its belt, Daniel and Danielle knew <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Andrew’s would be the perfect location for their<br />

vintage wedding. There was only one snag – the<br />

hall wasn’t officially licensed for marriages. Daniel<br />

and Danielle were interviewed by local mission<br />

leader Rosalyn about their reasons for choosing the<br />

venue, and filled in an application form to send out<br />

to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was the one<br />

to grant the couple official permission.<br />

On the day, a vintage double-decker bus arrived<br />

to transport the couple to <strong>St</strong>. Andrew’s, and the<br />

hall was beautifully decorated with bunting and<br />

confetti. After the ceremony, Daniel and Danielle<br />

headed off to the Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls factory in<br />

Wigan for a very vintage photoshoot.<br />

Daniel Hough Photography<br />

Although the marriage license the hall received<br />

only covered one wedding, members hope more<br />

couples will be encouraged to apply to tie the knot<br />

at the beautiful Garswood venue in future.<br />

For more information about <strong>St</strong>. Andrew’s Mission<br />

Hall, visit them on Facebook @standrewsgarswood


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Carmel College’s class of <strong>2019</strong><br />

achieved outstanding results in<br />

their A-Levels.<br />

This year students achieved a<br />

very impressive Level 3 pass rate<br />

of 98.42% with 55.75% top grades<br />

(A*-B / Dist*-Dist) and 79.29%<br />

high grades (A*-C / Dist*-Merit).<br />

This confirms Carmel College<br />

as one of the top 10 sixth forms<br />

in the country, the top A-Level<br />

provider in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> and the best<br />

performing college in Merseyside.<br />

Results Success<br />

Principal Mike Hill said: ‘We are<br />

really pleased with this year’s<br />

excellent results which follows our Outstanding<br />

Ofsted grade awarded in the summer. It’s so good<br />

to see so many of our students gaining the grades<br />

they were targeted which will allow them to go on<br />

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Viking Weekend<br />

The Smithy Heritage Centre are hosting a Viking<br />

Market to celebrate Heritage Open Days.<br />

The Eccleston-based heritage centre invites you to<br />

experience Viking life with a whole host of themed<br />

family activities and market stalls. Try a traditional<br />

game of Hnefatafl, meet some Vikings and see how<br />

they lived, and try some heritage crafts.<br />

Up’, along with their first single ‘Where Have All<br />

The Flowers Gone/Here’s To The Heroes’ as a fitting<br />

tribute to those who served in WWI.<br />

For your chance to win, simply head over to our<br />

Facebook page @locallifemagazine247 and see<br />

the pinned post for details on how to enter. Entries<br />

must be received by Wednesday, <strong>September</strong> 11<br />

and the concert takes place the following week in<br />

Blackpool on Wednesday, <strong>September</strong> 18.<br />

Pop down to the Smithy on the weekend of<br />

<strong>September</strong> 14th and 15th between 11am and 5pm<br />

to get involved.<br />

Classical Competition<br />

<strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> are giving you the opportunity to win a<br />

pair of tickets to see Aled Jones and Russell Watson<br />

live in concert at the Opera House, Blackpool!<br />

Since releasing their debut album ‘In Harmony’<br />

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Competition Winners<br />

Congratulations to the winners of our August<br />

competition to win a pair of tickets to Southport<br />

Flower Show!<br />

The competition winners were Glenda Wakefield<br />

from Garswood (pictured), Eileen Woods from<br />

Rainford and Joseph Giblin from Rainford.<br />

Don’t forget to see pages 56-57 for your chance to<br />

win a family ticket to Martin Mere Wetland Centre<br />

this month.<br />

Did you know we also run social media competitions<br />

exclusively for fans of our Facebook page, <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

Magazines? Make sure to give it a like to stay up to<br />

date!


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Public Art Trail<br />

Grab your walking boots and head off on <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong>’s <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> public art trail to discover<br />

some of the wonderful sculptures and statues hidden around the borough.<br />

The Landings<br />

A typical mining family rests on the<br />

roundabout by <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> YMCA,<br />

just off the A571. The Landings was<br />

conceived by Thompson Dagnall,<br />

depicting a collier picking coal, a<br />

young boy breaking the coal and a pit<br />

brow lass, who worked on the surface<br />

picking stones, all sitting around a<br />

central column of coal. The statues<br />

were erected to highlight the integrity<br />

of the industry to <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>, and the<br />

devastation of townsfolk when it shut<br />

down. The area’s last pit closed in 1993,<br />

signalling the end of a<br />

dangerous industry.<br />

Queen Victoria<br />

Atop her throne in Victoria Square, the statue of Queen Victoria<br />

was unveiled in 1905, and originally sat in the centre of the square<br />

- it was only moved to the west side in 2000. The Grade-II* listed<br />

statue, to celebrate the benefits <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> received under Queen<br />

Victoria’s rule, was donated to the town by Colonel William<br />

Windle Pilkington, member of the glass-making family<br />

and mayor at the time.


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Photo by Matt Harrop<br />

The Needle<br />

The Millennium Needle<br />

at the back of the<br />

Hardshaw Centre is a<br />

functional installation<br />

unveiled in 2006 – a<br />

spiral metal staircase<br />

winds around the 20<br />

metre sculpture, leading<br />

up to the car park. Small<br />

holes in the top of the<br />

Needle allow light to<br />

shine through, with<br />

floor lights originally<br />

illuminating the giant<br />

stainless steel piece. But<br />

what does it mean?<br />

Well, the Needle was<br />

created to reflect <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Helens</strong>’ ambitions and confidence at the turn of the<br />

new millennium; reaching, as it does, for the stars.<br />

Glacial Erratic<br />

You might have spotted the three large boulders<br />

lurking around <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> – one located in Friends’<br />

Garden, one in Dale Crescent in Sutton Leach going<br />

toward Mill Lane, and the other in Sutton Park – but<br />

have you ever stopped<br />

to wonder where they<br />

originated from? The<br />

glacial boulders are<br />

theorised to have been<br />

left behind by the last Ice<br />

Age in the Lake District.<br />

The boulder at the<br />

Marina Avenue entrance<br />

to Sutton Park is thought<br />

to be over 12,000 years<br />

old, and was brought<br />

down from up north by<br />

ice glaciers.<br />

Photo by Sue Adair<br />

The Workers<br />

Unveiled in April this year at Vera Page Park - close<br />

to the <strong>St</strong>eve Prescott Bridge – this bronze statue<br />

commemorates all those who lost their lives in<br />

their workplaces. The statue was dreamed up by<br />

the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Workers Memorial charity and stands<br />

proudly on the former Lyons Yard which was home<br />

to a combination of major industries in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>. It<br />

depicts an industrial worker lifting a child, and was<br />

constructed from old tools and machinery parts – a<br />

tribute to what the children of so many industrial<br />

workers lost.<br />

The Miner<br />

This statue, which sits on a roundabout along <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Helens</strong> Linkway close to Ravenhead Retail Park,<br />

was awarded Grade-II listed status back in 2016.<br />

Designed by Arthur Fleischmann, the artwork dates<br />

back to 1964 and depicts a miner atop a cutting<br />

drum to mark the invention of the Anderton<br />

Shearer cutter, which was first used at Ravenhead<br />

Colliery. The statue actually used to stand across<br />

from Anderton House in Lowton before it was<br />

relocated to <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>.


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Saints <strong>St</strong>ar<br />

Former Saints star Keiron Cunningham<br />

is widely considered one of the greatest<br />

rugby league players of all time. Born in<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>, he made his debut for Saints<br />

in 1994, winning five Super League<br />

Championships, seven Challenge Cup<br />

Winners medals and two World Club<br />

Challenge Winner medals in his long<br />

career. Cunningham was also ranked<br />

by Rugby League World as the greatest<br />

player of his era in 2007. His statue was unveiled<br />

in 2010 and remains at the Totally Wicked <strong>St</strong>adium<br />

today.<br />

Portrait Bench<br />

Tucked away in Sherdley Park is a metal bench with<br />

some famous faces standing just behind it. The<br />

Sustrans Portrait Bench depicts comedian Johnny<br />

Vegas, Saints star <strong>St</strong>eve Prescott MBE and an<br />

anonymous glass blower who would have worked<br />

in the town.<br />

Dream<br />

Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, Sutton<br />

Manor’s Dream was a result of a Channel 4<br />

programme – The Big Art Project. The 66 foot high<br />

sculpture originally placed seventh on the show,<br />

missing the shortlisted spots, but was commissioned<br />

when several other projects fell through.<br />

Constructed from white marble and developed<br />

in association with local ex-miners, the sculpture<br />

depicts a nine-year-old girl looking to <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>’<br />

future on the site of the former Sutton Manor<br />

Colliery. It was pegged to be Merseyside’s version of<br />

the Angel of the North, visible from the M62.<br />

On the way up, don’t miss the metal canary bench<br />

as a nod to the birds who would died of carbon<br />

monoxide poisoning ahead of the miners, warning<br />

them of impending disaster. Another bench depicts<br />

a coal cart with the words ‘Beneath this ground<br />

toiled human worms, gave all they had to give’<br />

Photo by Raymond Knapman<br />

inscribed above, while six flame-like monoliths<br />

inscribed with poems by artist Bernadette Hughes<br />

and local schoolchildren makes up ‘From Earth,<br />

Light’, leading the way to Dream.<br />

The Green Man<br />

In The Duckeries in Parr lie a series of ‘Poetrees’, and<br />

at the helm, the Green Man. The carved wooden<br />

sculpture was created on the site of a disused<br />

colliery spoil heap, crafted to look over the newly<br />

planted trees as nature takes over once more.<br />

Bold Sculptures<br />

Colliers Moss in Bold is home to a number of<br />

examples of rural art. The former colliery was<br />

landscaped into a nature reserve after the pit closed<br />

in 1985, resulting in the loss of over 800 jobs. Now<br />

former machinery makes up a strange sculpture<br />

garden – a huge pit head wheel still stands on the<br />

site, while a winding wheel has been transformed<br />

Photo by Cara Donovan


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Welcome to <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong><br />

The iconic Welcome to <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> sign can be found<br />

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Linkway, and welcomes people travelling from<br />

the M62 or from Widnes way into the borough.<br />

Embossed with staples of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> including<br />

the Rainhill Rocket, the World of Glass’s huge kiln,<br />

a Mersey flat boat from the Sankey Canal, the<br />

Sherdley Bridge and a rugby ball, the sign is a show<br />

of what the borough is represents to the rest of<br />

England – and indeed the world.<br />

into a small footbridge for walkers at the entrance<br />

to Colliers Moss Common. Nearby, find the towering<br />

Millennium Bridge as it runs over the railway line,<br />

and discover a huge bronze nut cracked from its<br />

stone shell. The installations perfectly capture<br />

how a site of former industry has gone on to be<br />

reclaimed by nature.<br />

Water Wheel<br />

Sankey Valley Country Park near Carr Mill Dam<br />

is the site of the former <strong>St</strong>anley Iron Slitting Mill;<br />

built in 1773, the mill was powered by the water<br />

in the reservoir, and continued to operate until<br />

1830, when it was replaced by a corn mill. The mill<br />

heated and rolled iron ingots forged at Carr Mill<br />

and slit them into bars for use in nail-making. Now<br />

the site has been rejuvenated into a country park,<br />

and houses several sculptures harking back to its<br />

heritage including a water wheel and metal carts.<br />

Haydock’s Miner<br />

In Haydock Library you’ll find a bust of a miner<br />

still wearing his helmet, donated on behalf of the<br />

National Union of Mineworkers North Western Area.<br />

Designed by Elizabeth Frink, the sculpture points to<br />

Haydock’s mining heritage and offers a reminder<br />

of the explosion at Haydock Colliery in June 1878<br />

which took the lives of 204 men and boys. Also on<br />

display is a time capsule which was buried in the<br />

foundations of Haydock Cottage Hospital back in<br />

1886. The capsule was discovered and dug up in<br />

2017, containing a copy of the Earlestown Guardian<br />

and annual hospital reports.<br />

Photo by David Dixon<br />

Notable Mentions<br />

- Norman Harvey, Mesnes Park, Newton-le-Willows<br />

- Memorial Cenotaph, Victoria Square<br />

- Giant Giraffe, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Linkway<br />

- Griffin Wood Carvings, off Hall Lane


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44 Travel<br />

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45<br />

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5<br />

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1 8<br />

10 24 20 19<br />

13<br />

16<br />

21<br />

17<br />

19<br />

20<br />

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50 Health & Fitness<br />

Always Tired?<br />

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Reduce your stress levels by scheduling relaxation<br />

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meeting friends for a chat.


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A good diet also plays a role in increasing your<br />

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Diabetes UK Meeting<br />

The <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> & District Diabetes UK group will<br />

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Dyslexia Talk<br />

Garswood Ladies are hosting a session on dyslexia<br />

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It will take place at the Parish Hall on Garswood Road<br />

on Wednesday, <strong>September</strong> 4 from 1pm-3pm.<br />

For more info, call Elizabeth on 07864 820161.


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A Real HIIT<br />

When we think of the gym we usually picture<br />

ourselves jogging on a treadmill, or pounding a<br />

cross-trainer, non-stop for 45 minutes. Some people<br />

love it, and get a real buzz from a session, but if<br />

you’re like me you’ll count every single second as<br />

you wait for the torture to stop. What if you could<br />

get more health benefits by doing just half the<br />

exercise? When I heard this was a possibility at the<br />

gym I attend I couldn’t sign-up fast enough.<br />

Enter HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training<br />

(pronounced ‘hit’).<br />

HIIT involves short periods, 30 seconds or so, of<br />

high intensity exercise followed by equally short<br />

rest periods which you repeat for around 20 to 30<br />

minutes. The idea is to work as hard as you possibly<br />

can during each work session, then catch your<br />

breath, then repeat. At the end of the whole work<br />

out you should be totally exhausted.<br />

At this point you might be thinking that the<br />

45-minute gentle jog isn’t sounding so bad after all,<br />

but HIIT has a number of real advantages.<br />

High intensity exercise<br />

burns more calories and<br />

more fat. Because you are<br />

working flat out your body<br />

needs to expend a lot more<br />

energy. It can’t keep pace<br />

with your needs by simply<br />

burning easily accessible<br />

temporary carbohydrate<br />

stores, so it has to start<br />

burning fat. It also needs a<br />

lot more oxygen which is<br />

why you get out of breath.<br />

But this raises your body’s<br />

metabolism to a much<br />

higher level than simply<br />

jogging. So, when you finish exercise your body<br />

stays in this high-energy state for much longer<br />

burning even more calories.<br />

Your whole body has to work a lot harder to keep up<br />

with the exercise, especially your heart. In fact HIIT<br />

strengthens your whole cardiovascular system. It’s<br />

also very good at reducing insulin resistance (one<br />

of the precursors to type ll diabetes) which makes<br />

it much easier for your body to regulate your blood<br />

sugar, as well as helping to high blood pressure, the<br />

risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity and more.<br />

HIIT is easily tailored to any fitness level. If you<br />

pop to your local gym, you’ll usually find beginner,<br />

intermediate and advanced level sessions. But if the<br />

gym really isn’t your thing, it’s easy to do a HIIT work<br />

out at home. There are lots of apps and videos to<br />

help you out.<br />

Spending just 20 minutes, three times a week on<br />

HIIT will kick your health drive into top gear, so why<br />

not give High Intensity Interval Training a try?<br />

By Mark O’Keefe


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Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 1, 11am-3pm<br />

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Beetle Drive<br />

Tuesday, <strong>September</strong> 3, 7pm<br />

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and enjoy tea, biscuits and a prize draw. Entry £4.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Andrew’s Mission Hall, Garswood Road,<br />

Garswood, WN4 0TU<br />

Afternoon Sing-a-long<br />

Friday, <strong>September</strong> 6, 1pm-4pm<br />

Entertainment from the Phoenix Society – have a<br />

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afternoon. Tickets £5 on 01744 451919, proceeds to<br />

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Wishes Function Room, Cotham <strong>St</strong>reet, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>,<br />

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Classic Car Show<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 7, 10am-4pm<br />

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Church Square, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>, WA10 1AF<br />

Wellbeing Fair<br />

Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 8, 5pm-9pm<br />

Experience a variety of holistic treatments in<br />

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refreshments. Entry £2, kids go free.<br />

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,<br />

WA11 8HB<br />

Surviving PTSD Talk<br />

Tuesday, <strong>September</strong> 10, 6pm<br />

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Prevention Day with a talk about surviving PTSD.<br />

Free entry.<br />

Momo’s Café CIC, Westfield <strong>St</strong>reet, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>,<br />

WA10 1QJ<br />

Afternoon Tea Party<br />

Wednesday, <strong>September</strong> 11, 1pm-3pm<br />

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Moss Bank Music Festival<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 14, 12pm-8pm<br />

Music from Salty, Alex Hilditch, That Old Chestnut<br />

and more in aid of Willowbrook Hospice. Tickets<br />

from venue £10 for adults or £5 for under-18s.<br />

Moss Bank Hotel, Moss Bank Road, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>,<br />

WA11 7BT<br />

Old Hall Brass Band<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 14, 7:30pm<br />

The Old Hall Brass Band present a night of music.<br />

Tickets £4.50 from Ashton Library or the market, £5<br />

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<strong>St</strong>. Thomas’s Church, Warrington Road, Ashton-in-<br />

Makerfield, WN4 9PL<br />

Viking Market<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 14 & Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 15,<br />

11am-5pm<br />

Shop like a Viking at this themed market filled with<br />

goods and crafts. Play a game of Hnefatafl and meet<br />

the Vikings to discover how they lived and fought,<br />

plus lots of refreshments and craft activities. Free<br />

admission.<br />

Smithy Heritage Centre, Kiln Lane, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>,<br />

WA10 4RA<br />

Colour Run<br />

Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 15, 9am<br />

Walk, jog, run or Zumba your way through<br />

colour stations in aid of the Saints Community<br />

Development Foundation on a route from the<br />

stadium to Church Square. Entry £15 per adult or<br />

£7.50 per junior – more info at www.saintsrlfc.com<br />

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Heritage Walking Tour<br />

Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 15, 11am<br />

Join a guided walk around the cemetery and learn<br />

about the graves of the rich and famous, sporting<br />

stars and military heroes. £2 per walker, booking<br />

essential at friendsofsthelenscemetery@gmail.com<br />

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Paws in the Park<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 15, 11am-5pm<br />

Help raise money for Dogs for Good with a funfair,<br />

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Sherdley Park, Marshall Cross Rd, WA9 5DE<br />

Ashton Coal Mining Talk<br />

Tuesday, <strong>September</strong> 17, 7pm<br />

This historical talk discusses Ashton-in-Makerfield’s<br />

coal mining heritage from 1500-1900, particularly<br />

the large collieries at Garswood Hall, Bryn Hall and<br />

Park Colliery. Entry £3.<br />

Ashton Library, Wigan Road, Ashton-in-<br />

Makerfield, WN4 9BH<br />

Wigan Ukulele Club<br />

Thursday, <strong>September</strong> 19, 7:30pm<br />

A night of ukulele music from the Wigan Ukulele<br />

Club. Tickets £4.50 from Ashton Library or the<br />

market, £5 on the door.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Oswald’s Social Club, Wigan Road, Ashton-in-<br />

Makerfield, WN4 9LH<br />

From Ireland to Greenbank<br />

Tuesday, <strong>September</strong> 24, 5:30pm-9pm<br />

Discover how the Irish ended up in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>: from<br />

the potato famine to their arrival in this local history<br />

talk. Voluntary contribution of £2 per person.<br />

Momo’s, Westfield <strong>St</strong>reet, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>, WA10 1QJ


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Mary O Shaughnessy Talk<br />

Tuesday, <strong>September</strong> 24, 7pm<br />

Babs Hennessy presents a talk on the nanny born<br />

in Ashton-in-Makerfield in 1898 who went on to aid<br />

local resistance in WWII. Entry £3.<br />

Ashton Library, Wigan Road, Ashton-in-<br />

Makerfield, WN4 9BH<br />

U3A Drop-In<br />

Wednesday, <strong>September</strong> 25, 10:30am-2pm<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> U3A host a drop-in event – come and see<br />

what the U3A has to offer and discover how you<br />

could learn some new skills!<br />

World Of Glass, Chalon Way East, WA10 1BX<br />

Gin Night<br />

Friday, <strong>September</strong> 27, 7:30pm-11:30pm<br />

Enjoy a scrumptious selection of gins and tapas –<br />

tickets £10 including a commemorative glass and<br />

your first gin.<br />

Houghwood Golf, Crank Road, Billinge, WA11 8RL<br />

Sinfonietta: Classical Gems<br />

Saturday, <strong>September</strong> 28, 7:30pm-9:30pm<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Sinfonietta presents a concert of<br />

classical gems. Tickets £15 per adult and £1 per<br />

accompanied under-16, available on 01744 600846<br />

or 07914 114635.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Town Hall, Victoria Square, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>,<br />

WA10 1HP<br />

60th Anniversary Concert<br />

Sunday, <strong>September</strong> 29, 2pm<br />

The Trinity Girls Brass Band present their 60th<br />

anniversary reunion concert. Players from the past<br />

are welcome to come and join in! Tickets £6.<br />

Comedy Night<br />

Friday, October 4, doors at 7:15pm<br />

A night of comedy from Tanyalee Davis, Nige and<br />

MC <strong>St</strong>e Porter. Tickets £10 from the venue.<br />

SIDAC Club, Wheatsheaf Avenue, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>, WA9<br />

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Oliver!<br />

Thursday, October 10 – Saturday, October 12,<br />

7:30pm (2pm matinee on Sat)<br />

Pilkington Musical Theatre Company present Oliver<br />

the musical, featuring classic songs like ‘Food,<br />

Glorious Food’ and ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket<br />

Or Two’. Tickets £17.50 per adult or £15 per child,<br />

available on 01744 756000.<br />

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<strong>Helens</strong>, WA10 1LQ<br />

<strong>St</strong>epping Out<br />

Thursday, October 17 – Saturday, October 19,<br />

7:30pm<br />

Follow Mavis on a hilarious adventure as she tries<br />

to teach tap dancing to a motley crew of amateurs,<br />

performed by Rainhill Garrick Society. Tickets £7 or<br />

£6 concessions, available on 01744 813429 or from<br />

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Rainhill Village Hall, Dane Court, Rainhill, L35 4LU<br />

Blind Wine Tasting<br />

Friday, October 18, 7:30pm<br />

Test your knowledge of wines from around the<br />

world, plus plenty of music and a quiz. Tickets £20<br />

from David on 07801 719691.<br />

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,<br />

WA11 8HB<br />

Haydock Conservative Club, Bellerophon Way,<br />

Haydock, WA11 0GT


Parbold Eight<br />

by Chris Pearce<br />

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Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Medium<br />

This month we make an overdue but welcome return<br />

to the walking capital of West Lancashire to tackle<br />

the Parbold Eight, a reference not to the mileage but<br />

to the shape of this seven mile walk. As you can see<br />

from the pictures, we picked a gorgeous day to tackle<br />

an outstanding walk rich in high quality picturesque<br />

views of the Douglas Valley, the peaks of the western<br />

Pennine hills and also of the Lancashire coastline.<br />

Park up in the small car park at Hunters Hill (L40 3SR)<br />

in rural Bispham, a former quarry site that’s been<br />

transformed into a woodlands retreat by the local<br />

council, and is well worth a visit for the panoramic<br />

views alone.<br />

Go through the bars and take one of the paths<br />

immediately to the left which merge into one path<br />

just before emerging onto Whittle Lane. Follow the<br />

road uphill in the same direction, taking great care<br />

on this country lane with no pavements. Once you<br />

reach the Rigbye Arms follow the road through a 90<br />

degree left turn onto High Moor Lane and then take<br />

a right turn on Broad Hey Lane.<br />

Once you reach the bend on Broad Hey Lane, take<br />

the track branching off to the left. Follow the path<br />

on a gentle descent and once you’ve passed two<br />

ponds on the left, you’ll come to a fork; take the left<br />

path towards the woods.


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right hand side of the brook, keep to the lower left<br />

hand path and you’ll finally come to steps leading<br />

to a stile.<br />

Cross the stile and head straight across two open<br />

fields. Carry on in the same direction gently<br />

downhill, and you’ll end up on a narrow path<br />

towards Gillibrand House. Fifty yards after the<br />

house, take a left turn downhill, crossing the railway<br />

bridge and ending up at the Leeds and Liverpool<br />

Canal.<br />

Cross bridge 40 and turn right down the canal<br />

towpath until you reach bridge 39. Cross the bridge<br />

and then carefully navigate the railway crossing<br />

shortly afterwards. Now the uphill trek begins in<br />

earnest as you climb Chapel Lane to the T-junction<br />

with Wood Lane. Turn right, then immediate left<br />

up the path towards the spire of Parbold’s Christ<br />

Church.<br />

Turn left and follow the jagged path around the<br />

perimeter of the woods. Just as the path turns into<br />

the woods, you take a 90 degree left turn towards an<br />

open field. Cross the stile and make your way round<br />

the left hand perimeter to the far corner of the field,<br />

cross the stile and you’re now by the A5209.<br />

Climb the path up to the main A5209, turn left and<br />

when you see a bus stop on the right, cross over<br />

and take the path next to the bus stop, heading<br />

down into a wooden area. Cross Alder Lane Brook<br />

and then head uphill on a path running parallel to<br />

the brook and its woodland surrounds, crossing a<br />

Turn right, cross over, then take the first left into<br />

Fairy Glen, taking the footpath on the immediate<br />

left leading down into this ancient woodland. For<br />

all its waterfalls and sandstone cliffs, Fairy Glen is a<br />

beautiful oasis of calm and tranquillity, much loved<br />

by everyone who visits. You’ll criss-cross Sprodley<br />

Brook but keep heading gently downhill through<br />

Fairy Glen until you reach a raised wooden bridge<br />

by some concrete steps. Cross the bridge to the


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couple of stiles on the way, until you come to a track<br />

running diagonally right across open fields.<br />

Follow the track uphill and eventually you’ll end<br />

up back on Broad Hey Lane. Follow this back to<br />

its junction with High Moor Lane and turn right.<br />

Immediately after the High Moor restaurant take<br />

a left turn up the majestic driveway to the Harrock<br />

Estate. Follow the driveway (ignore first footpath<br />

sign) and once the driveway bends to the left, take<br />

the footpath which branches off to the right and<br />

follow this path uphill to the highest point of the<br />

walk, near to Harrock Hill Reservoir.<br />

The path bends to the left at this point; follow the<br />

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the field, heading towards another wooded area.<br />

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Buying a Used<br />

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can save thousands of pounds. Unfortunately it can<br />

also be fraught with problems if you don’t get it right.<br />

Here’s how to minimise the risks and give yourself the<br />

best chance of finding a bargain.<br />

Research<br />

Once you’ve decided on the type of car you need<br />

(based on your particular priorities with regards to<br />

comfort, economy and space), research the costs<br />

to purchase, tax, insure, service and fuel it. Bear in<br />

mind that although older models are often cheaper<br />

to buy, they can be more costly to run and may<br />

work out more expensive in the long term.<br />

Fact Find<br />

Have a list of questions to ask the seller before<br />

viewing the vehicle. Find out about previous<br />

owners; the mileage; the condition; how long the<br />

MOT and tax have to run; whether it has ever been<br />

written off, in an accident or stolen; if it has any


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finance outstanding; whether there is a log book,<br />

full service history, MOTs and receipts; and whether<br />

any maintenance needs doing.<br />

Inspection<br />

Always view the vehicle at the seller’s address in<br />

daylight and in dry weather. Check the sills, wheel<br />

arches and door bottoms for rust. Make sure all<br />

lights and seat belts work. Check the condition<br />

of the tyres and mirrors. Look for mismatched or<br />

bubbling paint and uneven gaps between body<br />

panels. Check that the mileage is about correct<br />

for the car’s age (average is 10,000 per year). If the<br />

odometer numbers are out of line the mileage may<br />

have been tampered with. Check that the car’s VIN<br />

(Vehicle Identification Number), found under the<br />

bonnet and on the windows, matches the number<br />

on the V5 certificate (log book).<br />

Test Drive<br />

Drive the car for at least 15 minutes on different<br />

kinds of roads. Listen for unusual noises and look<br />

for excessive smoke from the exhaust. Make sure<br />

you’re happy with the brakes, gears, steering and<br />

suspension. If anything shakes, rattles or grates, the<br />

car may have problems that need sorting out.<br />

Paperwork<br />

Once you have agreed a price, make sure that<br />

all paperwork looks and feels genuine (no<br />

photocopies). Check that the VIN and recorded<br />

keeper details tally with the seller, and examine<br />

the service history and MOT certificates to verify<br />

the mileage. Get a receipt for your payment from<br />

the seller, and finally – make sure the new keeper<br />

sections of the log book are completed.<br />

Taking a knowledgeable friend along is always a<br />

good idea. Failing that, the AA and RAC both offer<br />

inspection services. You have to pay but for peaceof-mind<br />

it may be worth it.<br />

Good luck - and happy<br />

motoring!<br />

By Debbie Singh-Bhatti<br />

Myths Busted<br />

Paying cash is better.<br />

Dealerships are often offered incentives to<br />

finance vehicles, so it’s unlikely they’ll give you<br />

a discount for stumping up the cash. Check up<br />

on interest rates and finance deals to see which<br />

is the better option.<br />

It’s better to buy a used car online.<br />

There are many great bargains on used cars<br />

online, and it might seem more convenient at<br />

first. But private sellers aren’t always reliable,<br />

and you could be spending money on a faulty<br />

product. Always make sure to test the car out<br />

before you buy.<br />

A vehicle history report means the car is in<br />

good condition.<br />

Though these can be a vital source of<br />

information about a car, it lacks the detail of<br />

repair work carried out in the past.<br />

It won’t be as reliable as a new car.<br />

Cars are built these days to last a long time.<br />

Bear in mind your car won’t be losing as much<br />

of its value once you drive it away as a new<br />

car would, and that most dealerships offer<br />

additional warranty options to protect your<br />

vehicle.<br />

You won’t be able to sell it on.<br />

There are many factors which go into selling<br />

a used car - space, aesthetic, fuel economy,<br />

reliability and safety features. When properly<br />

maintained, used cars can fetch a tidy price<br />

once you decide to sell them.<br />

They guzzle petrol.<br />

This all depends on how well a car is maintained<br />

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test drive.


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Are you sitting<br />

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by Angie Barker<br />

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was an acclaimed architect in the<br />

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1800s, early 1900s and he designed<br />

many English country houses, war<br />

memorials and public buildings. He<br />

also designed his classic and unique<br />

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garden because having more than one seating<br />

area gives you a different view of the garden and<br />

also means you can make the most of sitting in the<br />

sun as it moves around your plot. It will encourage<br />

you to venture out into the garden and beyond<br />

the patio near the back door. You will be amazed<br />

at how different your garden looks from a different<br />

angle and it can become a retreat, a little hideaway.<br />

Placing a Lutyens bench at the end of a path, in the<br />

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bench white which will make it shine out.<br />

A Lutyens bench will suit any style of garden. It can<br />

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Whenever possible I would include some planting<br />

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