Local Life - St Helens - September 2019

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LocalLife

St Helens Edition September 2019

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In this issue

Classical

Highlights

16

Regulars

48 Puzzle page

59 Jack’s Tracks

Sections

6 Local News

44 Travel

63 Motoring

54 Events2Go

66 Gardening

70 Home Services

Heritage Open

Days

21

Wedding Bells

26

Public Art Trail

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Post Box Appeal

Friends of St. Helens Cemetery are fundraising

for hand-carved post boxes of friendly animals,

including an owl, to be placed in the grounds.

The post boxes will allow anyone going through

bereavement to post letters to the people they’ve

lost, helping them to come to terms with their grief.

To donate to the campaign, visit www.

friendsofsthelenscemetery.co.uk

Clay Pigeon Shoot

Rainford Clay Target Club is hosting a have-a-go

taster session in September. If you’ve ever fancied

trying the sport, this is your chance!

You’ll receive expert tuition and tasty barbecue

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Internal candidates welcome.

Please then email application to

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The closing date for these positions is

9am on Monday 16th September 2019.

Salary and terms and conditions in accordance with Sixth

Form Colleges’ Support Staff pay and conditions. For

further details please telephone the HR Department on

01695 628612.

Winstanley College is committed to safeguarding and

promoting the welfare of children and young people and

expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

food on the day for £15 per person. Tickets must be

purchased no later than Saturday, August 31 from

Rainford X Sports and Social Club on Bushey Lane or

on 07939 042229.

The taster session takes place on Sunday, September

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Musical Memories

A St. Helens group invites anyone living with

dementia and their carers to come along to sing

songs and chat.

Sessions begin with a cuppa and a chat, followed

by group singing of familiar tunes under the

instruction of Vernon Fuller. Sessions are free to

attend for the foreseeable future.

September’s dates are Friday 6th and 20th,

and take place at St. Helens United Reformed

Church on King Street from 2pm-4pm. For more

information, call Anne on 07856 798348 or email

musicalmemoriessthelens@hotmail.co.uk

Tickets

£15

Orchestral

Concert

(£1 for

accompanied

under-16s)

St Helens Sinfonietta play:

Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony

Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni

Dewi Tudor Jones stars in Bach’s A minor

Violin Concerto.

St Helens Town Hall

Saturday 28th September, 7.30pm

Call 01744 600846 or 07914 114635


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An appeal has been launched to find the family

of Ince MP Stephen Walsh, after his grave was

discovered at a Garswood churchyard to be in need

of restoration and upkeep.

Walsh was born in Kirkdale in 1859, and had moved

to Ashton-in-Makerfield by 1872 with his brother

after being orphaned. In Ashton, Walsh became

a miner and married Anne, the daughter of John

Adamson, who was working as a pit brow lass.

The couple had ten children – four sons and six

daughters.

Walsh’s foray into politics began when he became

an active trade unionist, and was elected district

officer and secretary of the local union in 1890.

Walsh was an educated man among many

illiterate workers, and commanded the respect and

confidence of those working under him. A member

of the Labour Party, he was later sponsored by the

Miners’ Federation in the 1906 general election, and

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elected to the House of Commons to represent Ince.

Walsh was a supporter of recruitment campaigns

during the First World War, and advocated for

conscription, though in a cruel twist of fate his

eldest son Arthur was killed in action in 1918 in

Loos, France, and buried overseas aged just 26.

Among Walsh’s list of varied titles was Vice-

President of the National Union of Mineworkers,

Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of National

Service and eventually Secretary of State for War.

Later footage exists from 1924 of 5ft tall Stephen

Walsh in his role of War Minister inspecting the

troops: a rather unlikely sight for an orphan from

Liverpool!

Stephen Walsh passed away at 8 Swinley Road,

Wigan in March 1929, aged 69, and was buried at

Holy Trinity Church in Garswood. Now the grave he

shares with his wife Anne and seven children has

fallen over and is in dire need of restoration efforts,

and the community has pulled together to help

trace anyone who might be related to Walsh.

Seneley Green parish councillors Jim Stevenson and

Stuart Barton have been enlisting the help of local

MPs Conor McGinn and Yvonne Fovargue, who are

exploring the possibilities of Parliamentary funding

towards the renovation of Walsh’s grave.

If you have any information about Stephen Walsh or

would like to get involved in restoration efforts, get

in touch at jsnw16610@blueyonder.co.uk

New Hall for Haresfinch

Plans have been drawn up to provide a new church

hall after fire destroyed the United Reformed

Church on Derwent Road, Haresfinch. The plans

detail a building of ‘a similar size’ to the previous,

with community facilities, which would be open to

the public during the week.

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The Ashton-in-Makerfield Festival is back in full

force for 2019, with an exciting programme of

events ranging from September 14th-28th.

Arts in Ashton

Established in 1993, Ashton’s annual festival

celebrates the best in local arts and culture, and

commemorated its 25th anniversary last year. The

original festival brochure hoped it would be ‘the

forerunner of a much larger, community led event

in future years’ - a dream that definitely came true.

From historical talks at Ashton Library on coal

mining heritage in the district to entertainment

nights hosted by local schools, the calendar is

packed with opportunities to get out and about

in the local community to enjoy a whole host of

cultural events at a range of venues.

Involved this year are Cansfield High School, St.

Edmund Arrowsmith High School and Bryn St.

Peter’s C.E. Primary, along with the Wigan Ukulele

Club, the Old Hall Brass Band, Wigan Seagulls and

the Warrington Male Voice Choir.

For more information about the festival and full

events list, head to Ashton-in-Makerfield Festival on

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In Mining Memoriam

Golborne Ex-Miners have published a booklet

to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the

Golborne Colliery Disaster, which killed 10 miners

in March 1979.

Treasurer of Golborne Ex-Miners Eric Foster

commented: ‘The commemoration clearly

demonstrates how our community keeps the

memory in their hearts. Our children, grandchildren

and those who follow us will be able to have some

understanding of what their ancestors felt and

remembered.’

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

production from any of the Ex-Miners, from Wigan

libraries and from the Museum of Wigan Life.

Look For a Book

A book hunt has been taking place around Rainford

and Billinge, with loads of free children’s titles up for

grabs. The project encourages young people to get

into reading during the holidays.

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Local joinery company Abbott-

Wade, which was established in

St. Helens in 1996, was crowned

national champion at the 2019

Family Business Awards in July.

The company scooped the highest

award at the prestigious ceremony

at Wembley Stadium this year, the

third time the now Burtonwoodbased

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Britain’s oldest family-run jeweller

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Helens, receiving financial help from The Prince’s

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focused on offering bespoke stair conversions when

owners Mike Wade and Craig Abbott identified the

need in the local area. Abbott-Wade employ family

teams spanning three generations: from fathers

and sons to cousins and in-laws, with everyone

trained in-house. The company and its handpicked

workforce are dedicated to completing quality

staircase installations in your home.

Mike commented: ‘Family and Business are the

two biggest devotions of time, finances and

commitment in life. For most people these are

entirely separate entities but it makes a family

business a business like no other, and we are

honoured to be counted among them!’

Visit www.abbottwade.co.uk for more information.

Write On

The Friends of Victoria Park have launched their

Young Writer of the Year Competition for 2019.

Young people aged 5-11 who live or attend school

in the St. Helens borough are invited to submit up

to 1000 words for a short story or up to 40 lines for

a poem on the topic of ‘How Green is My Town’. The

winner of each section (fiction and poetry) will be

awarded a £25 book token and a book of poetry

by Sue Gerrard, along with having their work

published on the FOVP website. Runner-ups will

receive a £15 book token.

A presentation ceremony will take place at the

Orangery in Victoria Park on Friday, December 13.

Entries must be submitted by Friday, October 18 –

to obtain an entry form, email fovpinfo@yahoo.com

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Classical

Highlights

22 years have gone by since Alan Free thought it

might make sense to start a small orchestra in St.

Helens – a town where Sir Thomas Beecham began

his conducting career. The great cultural heritage of

orchestral music seemed to have since passed the

town by, so it was only logical that Alan canvass

his musical friends back in 1997 to raise enough

money for the inaugural concert of the St. Helens

Sinfonietta.

The first concert took place in October that year

at St. Thomas Church on Peter Street, before the

orchestra moved to its current home at the United

Reformed Church. Twenty-two years later, many

of the faces have changed – both among the

volunteers who keep the Sinfonietta running and

the skilled players who produce the music – but the

orchestra has endured and grown. It produces two

main concerts per year, often at St. Helens Town

Hall, and a series of hour-long mini concerts offering

a gourmet taster session of flute, cello, accordion,

classical guitar and a harp and saxophone duo.

Alan’s sudden tragic death in April this year raised

huge questions about the Sinfonietta’s future, but

the team were determined to go ahead with the

pre-planned programme in his memory. Despite a

minor panic or two, the planning for 2020 is already

underway, and will hopefully see the Sinfonietta go

from strength to strength.

St. Helens Sinfonietta’s next concert will take

place on Saturday, September

28, bringing a tremendous

selection of classical gems from

Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and

Mendelssohn. Bill Connor – who

was responsible for the schools

performance in the St. Helens

150 celebration last year – will

be conducting, and tickets can

be purchased for £15 on 01744

600846 or 07914 114635.

For more information about

the orchestra and updates

on upcoming events, visit

sthelenssinfonietta.co.uk


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Heritage

Open Days

Rufford Old Hall

Saturday, September 14, 11am-5pm (last entry

4:30pm)

Liverpool Road, Rufford, L40 1SG

Explore Rufford Old Hall for free – you’ll be stepping

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 children.

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. Prebooking

required on 01253 478090 or heritage@

blackpool.gov.uk

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,

10am-4pm

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.

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Lancaster Castle

Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22,

10am-4pm

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,

9:30am-5pm

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

museum.

Bank Hall

Sunday, September 15, 12pm-4pm

Bank Hall Drive, Liverpool Rd., Bretherton,

PR26 9AT

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

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answer your questions. The Pigeon Tower will be

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Wedding Bells

August was a monumental month for

St. Andrew’s Mission Hall in Garswood

as it hosted its first ever wedding.

Daniel and Danielle Collins had their

eye set on the hall since they started

planning their big day. St. Andrew’s

Mission had just the right vintage feel

they were looking for in their quest

for a 1960s-style wedding, and being

members of the church for two years

prior, the couple already felt part of

the family. In a card addressed to the

Hall, they wrote: ‘We can’t wait to

make history by getting married here!’

And make history they did, in a building already

steeped in it. St. Andrew’s Mission Hall was

originally constructed as a temporary building

in 1932 and a result of community fundraising. It

officially opened on November 26th that year, with

a new Management Committee set up to help with

the running of the hall and to draw up a set of rules

and regulations for it to adhere to.

During WWII, the hall was a temporary home for

Liverpool evacuees, and prisoners from the nearby

Garswood Park prisoner of war camp were allowed

to come to the hall and join in activities – one of

these prisoners chose to remain in Garswood after

the war ended and married a local woman. With

all this under its belt, Daniel and Danielle knew St.

Andrew’s would be the perfect location for their

vintage wedding. There was only one snag – the

hall wasn’t officially licensed for marriages. Daniel

and Danielle were interviewed by local mission

leader Rosalyn about their reasons for choosing the

venue, and filled in an application form to send out

to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was the one

to grant the couple official permission.

On the day, a vintage double-decker bus arrived

to transport the couple to St. Andrew’s, and the

hall was beautifully decorated with bunting and

confetti. After the ceremony, Daniel and Danielle

headed off to the Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls factory in

Wigan for a very vintage photoshoot.

Daniel Hough Photography

Although the marriage license the hall received

only covered one wedding, members hope more

couples will be encouraged to apply to tie the knot

at the beautiful Garswood venue in future.

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provider in St. Helens and the best

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Results Success

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to see so many of our students gaining the grades

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The Smithy Heritage Centre are hosting a Viking

Market to celebrate Heritage Open Days.

The Eccleston-based heritage centre invites you to

experience Viking life with a whole host of themed

family activities and market stalls. Try a traditional

game of Hnefatafl, meet some Vikings and see how

they lived, and try some heritage crafts.

Up’, along with their first single ‘Where Have All

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

tribute to those who served in WWI.

For your chance to win, simply head over to our

Facebook page @locallifemagazine247 and see

the pinned post for details on how to enter. Entries

must be received by Wednesday, September 11

and the concert takes place the following week in

Blackpool on Wednesday, September 18.

Pop down to the Smithy on the weekend of

September 14th and 15th between 11am and 5pm

to get involved.

Classical Competition

Local Life are giving you the opportunity to win a

pair of tickets to see Aled Jones and Russell Watson

live in concert at the Opera House, Blackpool!

Since releasing their debut album ‘In Harmony’

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Congratulations to the winners of our August

competition to win a pair of tickets to Southport

Flower Show!

The competition winners were Glenda Wakefield

from Garswood (pictured), Eileen Woods from

Rainford and Joseph Giblin from Rainford.

Don’t forget to see pages 56-57 for your chance to

win a family ticket to Martin Mere Wetland Centre

this month.

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Public Art Trail

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

some of the wonderful sculptures and statues hidden around the borough.

The Landings

A typical mining family rests on the

roundabout by St. Helens YMCA,

just off the A571. The Landings was

conceived by Thompson Dagnall,

depicting a collier picking coal, a

young boy breaking the coal and a pit

brow lass, who worked on the surface

picking stones, all sitting around a

central column of coal. The statues

were erected to highlight the integrity

of the industry to St. Helens, and the

devastation of townsfolk when it shut

down. The area’s last pit closed in 1993,

signalling the end of a

dangerous industry.

Queen Victoria

Atop her throne in Victoria Square, the statue of Queen Victoria

was unveiled in 1905, and originally sat in the centre of the square

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

statue, to celebrate the benefits St. Helens received under Queen

Victoria’s rule, was donated to the town by Colonel William

Windle Pilkington, member of the glass-making family

and mayor at the time.


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Photo by Matt Harrop

The Needle

The Millennium Needle

at the back of the

Hardshaw Centre is a

functional installation

unveiled in 2006 – a

spiral metal staircase

winds around the 20

metre sculpture, leading

up to the car park. Small

holes in the top of the

Needle allow light to

shine through, with

floor lights originally

illuminating the giant

stainless steel piece. But

what does it mean?

Well, the Needle was

created to reflect St.

Helens’ ambitions and confidence at the turn of the

new millennium; reaching, as it does, for the stars.

Glacial Erratic

You might have spotted the three large boulders

lurking around St. Helens – one located in Friends’

Garden, one in Dale Crescent in Sutton Leach going

toward Mill Lane, and the other in Sutton Park – but

have you ever stopped

to wonder where they

originated from? The

glacial boulders are

theorised to have been

left behind by the last Ice

Age in the Lake District.

The boulder at the

Marina Avenue entrance

to Sutton Park is thought

to be over 12,000 years

old, and was brought

down from up north by

ice glaciers.

Photo by Sue Adair

The Workers

Unveiled in April this year at Vera Page Park - close

to the Steve Prescott Bridge – this bronze statue

commemorates all those who lost their lives in

their workplaces. The statue was dreamed up by

the St. Helens Workers Memorial charity and stands

proudly on the former Lyons Yard which was home

to a combination of major industries in St. Helens. It

depicts an industrial worker lifting a child, and was

constructed from old tools and machinery parts – a

tribute to what the children of so many industrial

workers lost.

The Miner

This statue, which sits on a roundabout along St.

Helens Linkway close to Ravenhead Retail Park,

was awarded Grade-II listed status back in 2016.

Designed by Arthur Fleischmann, the artwork dates

back to 1964 and depicts a miner atop a cutting

drum to mark the invention of the Anderton

Shearer cutter, which was first used at Ravenhead

Colliery. The statue actually used to stand across

from Anderton House in Lowton before it was

relocated to St. Helens.


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Saints Star

Former Saints star Keiron Cunningham

is widely considered one of the greatest

rugby league players of all time. Born in

St. Helens, he made his debut for Saints

in 1994, winning five Super League

Championships, seven Challenge Cup

Winners medals and two World Club

Challenge Winner medals in his long

career. Cunningham was also ranked

by Rugby League World as the greatest

player of his era in 2007. His statue was unveiled

in 2010 and remains at the Totally Wicked Stadium

today.

Portrait Bench

Tucked away in Sherdley Park is a metal bench with

some famous faces standing just behind it. The

Sustrans Portrait Bench depicts comedian Johnny

Vegas, Saints star Steve Prescott MBE and an

anonymous glass blower who would have worked

in the town.

Dream

Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, Sutton

Manor’s Dream was a result of a Channel 4

programme – The Big Art Project. The 66 foot high

sculpture originally placed seventh on the show,

missing the shortlisted spots, but was commissioned

when several other projects fell through.

Constructed from white marble and developed

in association with local ex-miners, the sculpture

depicts a nine-year-old girl looking to St. Helens

future on the site of the former Sutton Manor

Colliery. It was pegged to be Merseyside’s version of

the Angel of the North, visible from the M62.

On the way up, don’t miss the metal canary bench

as a nod to the birds who would died of carbon

monoxide poisoning ahead of the miners, warning

them of impending disaster. Another bench depicts

a coal cart with the words ‘Beneath this ground

toiled human worms, gave all they had to give’

Photo by Raymond Knapman

inscribed above, while six flame-like monoliths

inscribed with poems by artist Bernadette Hughes

and local schoolchildren makes up ‘From Earth,

Light’, leading the way to Dream.

The Green Man

In The Duckeries in Parr lie a series of ‘Poetrees’, and

at the helm, the Green Man. The carved wooden

sculpture was created on the site of a disused

colliery spoil heap, crafted to look over the newly

planted trees as nature takes over once more.

Bold Sculptures

Colliers Moss in Bold is home to a number of

examples of rural art. The former colliery was

landscaped into a nature reserve after the pit closed

in 1985, resulting in the loss of over 800 jobs. Now

former machinery makes up a strange sculpture

garden – a huge pit head wheel still stands on the

site, while a winding wheel has been transformed

Photo by Cara Donovan


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Welcome to St. Helens

The iconic Welcome to St. Helens sign can be found

on the Micklehead Green roundabout on St. Helens

Linkway, and welcomes people travelling from

the M62 or from Widnes way into the borough.

Embossed with staples of St. Helens including

the Rainhill Rocket, the World of Glass’s huge kiln,

a Mersey flat boat from the Sankey Canal, the

Sherdley Bridge and a rugby ball, the sign is a show

of what the borough is represents to the rest of

England – and indeed the world.

into a small footbridge for walkers at the entrance

to Colliers Moss Common. Nearby, find the towering

Millennium Bridge as it runs over the railway line,

and discover a huge bronze nut cracked from its

stone shell. The installations perfectly capture

how a site of former industry has gone on to be

reclaimed by nature.

Water Wheel

Sankey Valley Country Park near Carr Mill Dam

is the site of the former Stanley Iron Slitting Mill;

built in 1773, the mill was powered by the water

in the reservoir, and continued to operate until

1830, when it was replaced by a corn mill. The mill

heated and rolled iron ingots forged at Carr Mill

and slit them into bars for use in nail-making. Now

the site has been rejuvenated into a country park,

and houses several sculptures harking back to its

heritage including a water wheel and metal carts.

Haydock’s Miner

In Haydock Library you’ll find a bust of a miner

still wearing his helmet, donated on behalf of the

National Union of Mineworkers North Western Area.

Designed by Elizabeth Frink, the sculpture points to

Haydock’s mining heritage and offers a reminder

of the explosion at Haydock Colliery in June 1878

which took the lives of 204 men and boys. Also on

display is a time capsule which was buried in the

foundations of Haydock Cottage Hospital back in

1886. The capsule was discovered and dug up in

2017, containing a copy of the Earlestown Guardian

and annual hospital reports.

Photo by David Dixon

Notable Mentions

- Norman Harvey, Mesnes Park, Newton-le-Willows

- Memorial Cenotaph, Victoria Square

- Giant Giraffe, St. Helens Linkway

- Griffin Wood Carvings, off Hall Lane


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50 Health & Fitness

Always Tired?

How do you feel when

you wake up? Are you

refreshed and ready

for the day? Or do

you feel drained, like

you’ve hardly slept.

GPs report that

more patients are

complaining of lack of

energy. The syndrome

even has its own

name, TATT - which

means tired all the

time.

If you constantly

feel lethargic it is

important not to

ignore it. TATT is

common but there are steps you can take to help

yourself. There are many different causes of fatigue,

and a good place to start is a chat with your GP.

If you feel overwhelming exhaustion, which gets

worse rather than better with activity, and does

not improve with rest, you might be suffering from

myalgic encephalopathy (ME) or chronic fatigue

syndrome (CFS). There is not a definitive cure for

these conditions but there are treatments and selfhelp

measures that can help to ease the symptoms.

A GP will test for other medical problems that can

cause tiredness, such as anaemia, thyroid issues,

food intolerances or diabetes.

Many cases of TATT are related to mental health

problems, such as depression and anxiety.

Traumatic life events, stress and money worries can

also cause fatigue. Talking therapies can help in

these cases, and your doctor may be able to refer

you to a counselling service.

If a GP has ruled out more serious underlying causes

but you still feel tired, there are lifestyle changes

that will help. First make sure you’re getting enough

good quality sleep. Make it a priority for a few weeks

to see how much better you feel. The Royal College

of Psychologists’ advice is to have both a regular

bedtime and wake time, and avoid napping. If you

struggle to drop off try a soak in a warm bath before

you go to bed because this will make you feel calm,

and the drop in body temperature when you exit

the bath fools the body to start to prepare for sleep.

Reduce your stress levels by scheduling relaxation

time into your day. This could be something as

simple as listening to your favourite music or

meeting friends for a chat.


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A good diet also plays a role in increasing your

energy levels. Try eating small snacks throughout

the day, rather than one large meal in the evening.

Avoid alcohol and drink more water. Cutting

caffeine will also help but cut down gradually to

minimise the risk of headaches.

Finally, a little light exercise is another proven

way to fight fatigue. Even a quick 15-minute walk

around the block will give boost your energy.

By Tracey Anderson

More information:

Find out more about TATT at:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleepand-tiredness/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleepand-tiredness/how-to-get-to-sleep/

Diabetes UK Meeting

The St. Helens & District Diabetes UK group will

meet on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:30pm at the

United Reformed Church on King Street.

Guest speaker Jessica Graham, Volunteer

Coordinator at Diabetes UK, will present a talk on

driving with Diabetes, the risks it poses and how to

combat them.

Sessions are free to attend, with refreshments

available afterwards, and plenty of information to

take away.

For further details, call 0151 480 0821.

Dyslexia Talk

Garswood Ladies are hosting a session on dyslexia

for their September meeting.

It will take place at the Parish Hall on Garswood Road

on Wednesday, September 4 from 1pm-3pm.

For more info, call Elizabeth on 07864 820161.


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A Real HIIT

When we think of the gym we usually picture

ourselves jogging on a treadmill, or pounding a

cross-trainer, non-stop for 45 minutes. Some people

love it, and get a real buzz from a session, but if

you’re like me you’ll count every single second as

you wait for the torture to stop. What if you could

get more health benefits by doing just half the

exercise? When I heard this was a possibility at the

gym I attend I couldn’t sign-up fast enough.

Enter HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training

(pronounced ‘hit’).

HIIT involves short periods, 30 seconds or so, of

high intensity exercise followed by equally short

rest periods which you repeat for around 20 to 30

minutes. The idea is to work as hard as you possibly

can during each work session, then catch your

breath, then repeat. At the end of the whole work

out you should be totally exhausted.

At this point you might be thinking that the

45-minute gentle jog isn’t sounding so bad after all,

but HIIT has a number of real advantages.

High intensity exercise

burns more calories and

more fat. Because you are

working flat out your body

needs to expend a lot more

energy. It can’t keep pace

with your needs by simply

burning easily accessible

temporary carbohydrate

stores, so it has to start

burning fat. It also needs a

lot more oxygen which is

why you get out of breath.

But this raises your body’s

metabolism to a much

higher level than simply

jogging. So, when you finish exercise your body

stays in this high-energy state for much longer

burning even more calories.

Your whole body has to work a lot harder to keep up

with the exercise, especially your heart. In fact HIIT

strengthens your whole cardiovascular system. It’s

also very good at reducing insulin resistance (one

of the precursors to type ll diabetes) which makes

it much easier for your body to regulate your blood

sugar, as well as helping to high blood pressure, the

risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity and more.

HIIT is easily tailored to any fitness level. If you

pop to your local gym, you’ll usually find beginner,

intermediate and advanced level sessions. But if the

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

out at home. There are lots of apps and videos to

help you out.

Spending just 20 minutes, three times a week on

HIIT will kick your health drive into top gear, so why

not give High Intensity Interval Training a try?

By Mark O’Keefe


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Sunday, September 1, 11am-3pm

Browse over 25 different stalls and enjoy tasty treats

– free entry.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB

Beetle Drive

Tuesday, September 3, 7pm

Get in the party spirit with a game of Beetle Drive

and enjoy tea, biscuits and a prize draw. Entry £4.

St. Andrew’s Mission Hall, Garswood Road,

Garswood, WN4 0TU

Afternoon Sing-a-long

Friday, September 6, 1pm-4pm

Entertainment from the Phoenix Society – have a

sing and a cake! There’ll also be bingo games in the

afternoon. Tickets £5 on 01744 451919, proceeds to

the HoneyRose Foundation.

Wishes Function Room, Cotham Street, St. Helens,

WA10 1SP

Classic Car Show

Saturday, September 7, 10am-4pm

A fantastic range of classic and vintage cars on

display in the square.

Church Square, St. Helens, WA10 1AF

Wellbeing Fair

Sunday, September 8, 5pm-9pm

Experience a variety of holistic treatments in

taster sessions, browse product stalls and enjoy

refreshments. Entry £2, kids go free.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB

Surviving PTSD Talk

Tuesday, September 10, 6pm

A guest speaker heads to Momo’s for World Suicide

Prevention Day with a talk about surviving PTSD.

Free entry.

Momo’s Café CIC, Westfield Street, St. Helens,

WA10 1QJ

Afternoon Tea Party

Wednesday, September 11, 1pm-3pm

Enjoy a delicious range of sandwiches, scones and

cakes and have a good chinwag, all while raising

money for Willowbrook Hospice. Tickets £7.50 on

01744 453798.

The Living Well, Borough Rd, WA10 3RN

Charity Golf Day

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

Raise money for Willowbrook Hospice at the 13th

annual golf day – a great day of golf followed by

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

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

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Moss Bank Music Festival

Saturday, September 14, 12pm-8pm

Music from Salty, Alex Hilditch, That Old Chestnut

and more in aid of Willowbrook Hospice. Tickets

from venue £10 for adults or £5 for under-18s.

Moss Bank Hotel, Moss Bank Road, St. Helens,

WA11 7BT

Old Hall Brass Band

Saturday, September 14, 7:30pm

The Old Hall Brass Band present a night of music.

Tickets £4.50 from Ashton Library or the market, £5

on the door.

St. Thomas’s Church, Warrington Road, Ashton-in-

Makerfield, WN4 9PL

Viking Market

Saturday, September 14 & Sunday, September 15,

11am-5pm

Shop like a Viking at this themed market filled with

goods and crafts. Play a game of Hnefatafl and meet

the Vikings to discover how they lived and fought,

plus lots of refreshments and craft activities. Free

admission.

Smithy Heritage Centre, Kiln Lane, St. Helens,

WA10 4RA

Colour Run

Sunday, September 15, 9am

Walk, jog, run or Zumba your way through

colour stations in aid of the Saints Community

Development Foundation on a route from the

stadium to Church Square. Entry £15 per adult or

£7.50 per junior – more info at www.saintsrlfc.com

Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive, St.

Helens, WA9 3AL

Heritage Walking Tour

Sunday, September 15, 11am

Join a guided walk around the cemetery and learn

about the graves of the rich and famous, sporting

stars and military heroes. £2 per walker, booking

essential at friendsofsthelenscemetery@gmail.com

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

WA10 6DF

Paws in the Park

Saturday, September 15, 11am-5pm

Help raise money for Dogs for Good with a funfair,

various stalls and the famous dog show! For info,

email info@frasersevents.onmicrosoft.com

Sherdley Park, Marshall Cross Rd, WA9 5DE

Ashton Coal Mining Talk

Tuesday, September 17, 7pm

This historical talk discusses Ashton-in-Makerfield’s

coal mining heritage from 1500-1900, particularly

the large collieries at Garswood Hall, Bryn Hall and

Park Colliery. Entry £3.

Ashton Library, Wigan Road, Ashton-in-

Makerfield, WN4 9BH

Wigan Ukulele Club

Thursday, September 19, 7:30pm

A night of ukulele music from the Wigan Ukulele

Club. Tickets £4.50 from Ashton Library or the

market, £5 on the door.

St. Oswald’s Social Club, Wigan Road, Ashton-in-

Makerfield, WN4 9LH

From Ireland to Greenbank

Tuesday, September 24, 5:30pm-9pm

Discover how the Irish ended up in St. Helens: from

the potato famine to their arrival in this local history

talk. Voluntary contribution of £2 per person.

Momo’s, Westfield Street, St. Helens, WA10 1QJ


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Mary O Shaughnessy Talk

Tuesday, September 24, 7pm

Babs Hennessy presents a talk on the nanny born

in Ashton-in-Makerfield in 1898 who went on to aid

local resistance in WWII. Entry £3.

Ashton Library, Wigan Road, Ashton-in-

Makerfield, WN4 9BH

U3A Drop-In

Wednesday, September 25, 10:30am-2pm

St. Helens U3A host a drop-in event – come and see

what the U3A has to offer and discover how you

could learn some new skills!

World Of Glass, Chalon Way East, WA10 1BX

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

Sinfonietta: Classical Gems

Saturday, September 28, 7:30pm-9:30pm

St. Helens Sinfonietta presents a concert of

classical gems. Tickets £15 per adult and £1 per

accompanied under-16, available on 01744 600846

or 07914 114635.

St. Helens Town Hall, Victoria Square, St. Helens,

WA10 1HP

60th Anniversary Concert

Sunday, September 29, 2pm

The Trinity Girls Brass Band present their 60th

anniversary reunion concert. Players from the past

are welcome to come and join in! Tickets £6.

Comedy Night

Friday, October 4, doors at 7:15pm

A night of comedy from Tanyalee Davis, Nige and

MC Ste Porter. Tickets £10 from the venue.

SIDAC Club, Wheatsheaf Avenue, St. Helens, WA9

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Oliver!

Thursday, October 10 – Saturday, October 12,

7:30pm (2pm matinee on Sat)

Pilkington Musical Theatre Company present Oliver

the musical, featuring classic songs like ‘Food,

Glorious Food’ and ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket

Or Two’. Tickets £17.50 per adult or £15 per child,

available on 01744 756000.

St. Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St.

Helens, WA10 1LQ

Stepping Out

Thursday, October 17 – Saturday, October 19,

7:30pm

Follow Mavis on a hilarious adventure as she tries

to teach tap dancing to a motley crew of amateurs,

performed by Rainhill Garrick Society. Tickets £7 or

£6 concessions, available on 01744 813429 or from

Rainhill Post Office.

Rainhill Village Hall, Dane Court, Rainhill, L35 4LU

Blind Wine Tasting

Friday, October 18, 7:30pm

Test your knowledge of wines from around the

world, plus plenty of music and a quiz. Tickets £20

from David on 07801 719691.

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB

Haydock Conservative Club, Bellerophon Way,

Haydock, WA11 0GT


Parbold Eight

by Chris Pearce

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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 the woods.


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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

Canal.

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

Church.

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

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Jackson’s Lane

Bannister Lane

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Stoney Lane

High Moor Lane

Parbold

A5209

Parbold Hill

B5375

Wood Lane

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Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure

that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability

to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


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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

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Buying a Used

Car?

Buying a car is a costly business, which is why it makes

sense to check out the used car market where you

can save thousands of pounds. Unfortunately it can

also be fraught with problems if you don’t get it right.

Here’s how to minimise the risks and give yourself the

best chance of finding a bargain.

Research

Once you’ve decided on the type of car you need

(based on your particular priorities with regards to

comfort, economy and space), research the costs

to purchase, tax, insure, service and fuel it. Bear in

mind that although older models are often cheaper

to buy, they can be more costly to run and may

work out more expensive in the long term.

Fact Find

Have a list of questions to ask the seller before

viewing the vehicle. Find out about previous

owners; the mileage; the condition; how long the

MOT and tax have to run; whether it has ever been

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


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finance outstanding; whether there is a log book,

full service history, MOTs and receipts; and whether

any maintenance needs doing.

Inspection

Always view the vehicle at the seller’s address in

daylight and in dry weather. Check the sills, wheel

arches and door bottoms for rust. Make sure all

lights and seat belts work. Check the condition

of the tyres and mirrors. Look for mismatched or

bubbling paint and uneven gaps between body

panels. Check that the mileage is about correct

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

odometer numbers are out of line the mileage may

have been tampered with. Check that the car’s VIN

(Vehicle Identification Number), found under the

bonnet and on the windows, matches the number

on the V5 certificate (log book).

Test Drive

Drive the car for at least 15 minutes on different

kinds of roads. Listen for unusual noises and look

for excessive smoke from the exhaust. Make sure

you’re happy with the brakes, gears, steering and

suspension. If anything shakes, rattles or grates, the

car may have problems that need sorting out.

Paperwork

Once you have agreed a price, make sure that

all paperwork looks and feels genuine (no

photocopies). Check that the VIN and recorded

keeper details tally with the seller, and examine

the service history and MOT certificates to verify

the mileage. Get a receipt for your payment from

the seller, and finally – make sure the new keeper

sections of the log book are completed.

Taking a knowledgeable friend along is always a

good idea. Failing that, the AA and RAC both offer

inspection services. You have to pay but for peaceof-mind

it may be worth it.

Good luck - and happy

motoring!

By Debbie Singh-Bhatti

Myths Busted

Paying cash is better.

Dealerships are often offered incentives to

finance vehicles, so it’s unlikely they’ll give you

a discount for stumping up the cash. Check up

on interest rates and finance deals to see which

is the better option.

It’s better to buy a used car online.

There are many great bargains on used cars

online, and it might seem more convenient at

first. But private sellers aren’t always reliable,

and you could be spending money on a faulty

product. Always make sure to test the car out

before you buy.

A vehicle history report means the car is in

good condition.

Though these can be a vital source of

information about a car, it lacks the detail of

repair work carried out in the past.

It won’t be as reliable as a new car.

Cars are built these days to last a long time.

Bear in mind your car won’t be losing as much

of its value once you drive it away as a new

car would, and that most dealerships offer

additional warranty options to protect your

vehicle.

You won’t be able to sell it on.

There are many factors which go into selling

a used car - space, aesthetic, fuel economy,

reliability and safety features. When properly

maintained, used cars can fetch a tidy price

once you decide to sell them.

They guzzle petrol.

This all depends on how well a car is maintained

- something you’ll be able to judge during a

test drive.


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Are you sitting

comfortably?

by Angie Barker

If you are looking to make a statement

in your garden then you can’t go

wrong with placing a Lutyens bench

as a focal point. Sir Edward Lutyens

was an acclaimed architect in the

arts and crafts movement in the late

1800s, early 1900s and he designed

many English country houses, war

memorials and public buildings. He

also designed his classic and unique

Lutyens bench.

You should always try and include

more than one seating area in a

garden because having more than one seating

area gives you a different view of the garden and

also means you can make the most of sitting in the

sun as it moves around your plot. It will encourage

you to venture out into the garden and beyond

the patio near the back door. You will be amazed

at how different your garden looks from a different

angle and it can become a retreat, a little hideaway.

Placing a Lutyens bench at the end of a path, in the

curve of a lawn or under a pergola, creates a focal

point which will draw the eye and add style to your

garden. And if you have a shady corner, paint the

bench white which will make it shine out.

A Lutyens bench will suit any style of garden. It can

fit seamlessly into a traditional, cottage garden or

just as well into a contemporary scheme. Especially

if it is painted to match other accessories around

the garden.

Whenever possible I would include some planting

around a seating area whether this be a border or

a raised bed, as this will complete the picture and

enable you to plant some scented plants which you

can appreciate from your new bench.

I have always hankered after a Lutyens bench and I

think it will bring a timeless, classic style and grace

to my garden – just like Hubby does!

Photo credit: Acabashi on Wikipedia


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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

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Telephone: 01257 427 000

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