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

<strong>Wigan</strong> Edition <strong>October</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

WIN Tickets to Gulliver’s World!<br />

Pages 86-87<br />

Jack’s Tracks: Sandstone Trail<br />

Pages 77-80<br />

Albert Pierrepoint:<br />

Southport’s Hangman<br />

Pages 54-56<br />

Education Special<br />

From Page 35<br />

<strong>Local</strong> News Motoring Jack’s Tracks Health Events2Go Home Services


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

The Power of Dog<br />

Over where we live, there is a piece of waste ground<br />

where all the neighbourhood’s dogs and dog<br />

owners congregate on a daily basis whatever the<br />

weather. I couldn’t honestly tell you a single name<br />

of any of the owners or what they do in life; I just<br />

know them as the fellow with the two Jack Russells,<br />

or the chocolate Lab lady or the Lancashire Heeler<br />

couple and so on.<br />

When we converse, the subject matter ranges from<br />

the weather, to Brexit, sports and obviously all sorts<br />

of doggy talk. We listen to each other, have a bit of<br />

banter, put the world to rights and then we all go<br />

our own separate ways.<br />

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if our leading<br />

politicians were to walk their dogs and meet up<br />

on Westminster Green for a similar chinwag every<br />

day? No tribal politics allowed, just getting to<br />

know each other and learning to respect each<br />

other’s views. It would be a welcome change for<br />

politicians to actually engage with each other face<br />

to face, without any goading from fellow politicians,<br />

interference from special advisers or a running<br />

commentary from the media.<br />

Would it work or would they use their dogs in<br />

a power play to intimidate, like President Putin<br />

allegedly did in 2007 when he introduced his big<br />

black Lab to Germany’s Angela Markel, who is<br />

apparently terrified of dogs.<br />

Ok, so the answer to the world’s problems may not<br />

lie with dogs, but after 3½ years of Brexit paralysis,<br />

surely anything is worth a try to stop our country’s<br />

politicians dominating the TV schedules. It’s not for<br />

nothing that politics is known as showbiz for ugly<br />

people and, if the last few months are anything<br />

to go by, showbiz luvvies will soon be setting up<br />

group therapy sessions, heavily traumatised by<br />

their lack of airtime...<br />

See you next time<br />

Chris Pearce, Publisher<br />

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk


<strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> 5<br />

In this issue<br />

Choosing a<br />

Retirement<br />

Hobby<br />

14<br />

Education<br />

Special<br />

Regulars<br />

68 Puzzle Corner<br />

81 Events2Go<br />

77 Jack’s Tracks<br />

Sections<br />

60 Food<br />

66 Legal & Finance<br />

70 Business View<br />

72 Health<br />

86 Competition<br />

91 Garden Diary<br />

77 Leisure<br />

88 Motoring<br />

91 Gardening<br />

96 Home Services<br />

35<br />

Pierrepoint:<br />

Hangman<br />

Extraordinaire<br />

54<br />

Sandstone Trail<br />

Walk<br />

77<br />

Win Gulliver’s<br />

World Tickets<br />

Next issue - November <strong>2019</strong><br />

Advertising deadline - Wednesday, 9 <strong>October</strong><br />

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6 News & Features<br />

Retirement Plans Approved<br />

An application to build retirement homes on<br />

the former Chadwick’s site in Standish has been<br />

approved.<br />

The 1817 date stone from Chadwick’s will be<br />

preserved and affixed to the wall of an apartment<br />

building, though the building itself will be<br />

demolished. The company has served local people<br />

since opening their first premises in Standish in 1761.<br />

Believe It<br />

The nominees for <strong>Wigan</strong> Council’s Believe Sports<br />

Awards have been announced ahead of the <strong>October</strong><br />

awards ceremony.<br />

Categories include Club of the Year, Volunteer of<br />

the Year, Unsung Hero and The Deal Community<br />

Programme of the Year. Among those nominated for<br />

the latter category are 50p Thursdays at Howe Bridge<br />

Leisure Centre, which allow young people access<br />

to all facilities on Thursdays for a 50p donation;<br />

Over 25 years of local advice<br />

High Street, Standish<br />

Mortgages, Re-mortgages,<br />

First Time Buyers,<br />

Buy To Let, Equity Release *<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>, Standish<br />

& surrounding areas<br />

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volunteer transportation initiative Driven; and the<br />

On Your Bike project, which aims to get local people<br />

cycling.<br />

The official events ceremony will take place at<br />

DW Stadium on Friday, <strong>October</strong> 11. For further<br />

information and a full list of nominees, visit www.<br />

inspiringhealthylifestyles.org/BelieveSportsAwards/<br />

Rainbow Recruits<br />

Appley Bridge Rainbows are looking for adults to<br />

volunteer to help out at their term time weekly<br />

sessions – these take place from 4:40pm-5:40pm<br />

every Tuesday at All Saints School.<br />

Rainbows sessions are fun and friendly, working with<br />

girls aged 5-7. Interested? Call Lou on 07855 652835.<br />

Haigh Bubble Rush<br />

A family-friendly 5K bubble rush takes place at Haigh<br />

Woodland Park this month – will you walk, run, or<br />

dance your way through colourful bubbles in aid of<br />

two local charities? You’ll burst through four stations<br />

with cannons pumping bubbles into the air, and<br />

receive a medal when you cross the finish line.<br />

Proceeds raised from the event go to <strong>Wigan</strong> &<br />

Leigh Hospice, supporting local people with lifelimiting<br />

illnesses, and <strong>Wigan</strong> Warriors Community<br />

Foundation, which helps change people’s lives<br />

through community sport and education.<br />

Entry costs £20 per adult or £10 per under-16, and<br />

the event is suitable for anyone aged 3+. It takes<br />

place at Haigh Hall on Sunday, <strong>October</strong> 6 at 11am.<br />

For more information or to sign up, visit www.<br />

wiganwarriors.org/bubblerush or call 01942 762888.<br />

New Car Boot Sale<br />

An indoor car boot sale will take place at Standish<br />

High School on Sunday, September 29, with the view<br />

of taking place weekly.<br />

Stalls cost £10, and can be set up between 8am and<br />

8:30am before the car boot opens from 9am-1pm.<br />

For more information or to book a stall, call Alan on<br />

07956 081070.


St. Wilfrid’s Patronal Festival takes place in Standish<br />

this month, with an exciting arts and cultural<br />

programme taking place at the church.<br />

An art exhibition from the Standish Art Group and<br />

Art in Adlington takes place on Friday, <strong>October</strong> 11<br />

from 10am-4pm, followed by a concert by Standish<br />

Chorale at 7pm. The concert features classic and<br />

modern pop music, and tickets cost £10 including<br />

a glass of wine and canapes. Tickets are available<br />

for purchase at the parish office from 10am-12pm<br />

Monday-Friday or on the door.<br />

Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 12 sees an art and craft exhibition<br />

at the church - browse stalls of bespoke gifts, cards,<br />

t-shirts and much more from 10am-4pm.<br />

Finally, St. Wilfrid’s Patronal Songs of Praise takes<br />

place on Sunday, <strong>October</strong> 13 at 6:30pm. Come<br />

along and sing your favourite hymns, and enjoy<br />

wine and shortbread with the church community<br />

afterwards.<br />

Joiner Required<br />

Established <strong>Wigan</strong>-based joinery<br />

company seeks time-served Joiner.<br />

Immediate start. Successful<br />

applicant will have work planned until<br />

Christmas, but could lead to<br />

long-term work.<br />

For more information<br />

call Manos on<br />

07852 202 867<br />

Standish Fest<br />

Quiet Reflections<br />

Everlasting<br />

memorials to<br />

commemorate<br />

the life of your<br />

loved ones.<br />

QR code placed on headstone links to<br />

your personalised memorial site<br />

Scan QR Code below for details<br />

or visit website<br />

www.quiet-reflections.com<br />

For more details call<br />

07790 363 288<br />

or email enquiries@quiet-reflections.com<br />

7Photo by Francis Franklin<br />

www.mtjoinery.co.uk


8<br />

Fast Fixes<br />

From chapped lips and dry skin to acne, tackle your dilemma quickly<br />

with one of these problem-solving, wallet-friendly mini-marvels.<br />

Puffy eyes or chapped lips? Try Nature’s Kitchen Skin Nourishing Eye and Lip<br />

Treatment. This little multi-tasking genius is packed with nature’s finest skincare<br />

ingredients, from aloe vera, jojoba oil and avocado to cocoa butter. It even includes<br />

hyaluronic acid to boost hydration. It’s very rich so you only need a small amount to<br />

tackle fine lines, puffy bags, dark circles and dry lips. Use it as a night-time treatment,<br />

or as and when needed. It’s £10.99 at www.lovelula.com.<br />

Super dry skin or mild eczema?<br />

Try an oat bath. Pop a handful<br />

of organic porridge oats into the<br />

foot of an old pair of tights and<br />

tie a knot. Drop your oat bomb<br />

into the bath while the water is<br />

running. It’ll send the water all<br />

milky and you can use it like a<br />

sponge. It’s a simple treatment,<br />

but incredibly effective. Or put<br />

the oats in a sieve and hold it<br />

under the tap.<br />

Feeling a bit meh now the days<br />

are closing in and the sun has<br />

decided to hang up its hat? Try<br />

adding a splash of colour with<br />

a bright nail polish. Peacci nail<br />

varnishes are vegan, crueltyfree<br />

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of shades. They’re not gloopy<br />

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can be wiped off with a tissue<br />

if you’re quick. You’ll need two<br />

coats for a flawless finish. It’s £10<br />

at www.peacci.com.<br />

If your hands feel dry and cream<br />

isn’t helping, the answer may<br />

lie with your hand wash. Liquid<br />

hand soaps usually contain<br />

sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS),<br />

which some people can find<br />

very drying. I try to avoid it<br />

completely as it makes my hands<br />

so dry the skin starts cracking.<br />

Thankfully, there are plenty of<br />

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soap out there:<br />

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www.naturisimo.com<br />

www.biggreensmile.co.uk<br />

have lots to choose from. Or just<br />

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Hair feeling dry and parched<br />

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Coconut oil is solid at room<br />

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Aromatherapy’s Tea Tree & Aloe<br />

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The blend of<br />

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10<br />

Achievement Awards<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Soroptimists are seeking a girl or young<br />

woman to be their Young Achiever of the Year for<br />

<strong>2019</strong>. The scheme, which launched in 2012, searches<br />

for young women who have achieved in a broad<br />

number of fields, including young carers, those with<br />

business acumen, achievement in sport, academic<br />

excellence or acts of bravery.<br />

The winner will receive an engraved trophy and a<br />

£100 gift card, presented by the Mayor of <strong>Wigan</strong> in<br />

early December this year.<br />

Nominees must be aged between 14 and 21, and<br />

must come from the catchment area of the club,<br />

which is the <strong>Wigan</strong> Borough excluding Leigh,<br />

Tyldesley and Atherton. Anyone can make a<br />

nomination – to download a form, email yaaward@<br />

ymail.com or visit www.sigbi.org/wigan<br />

The closing date for applications is Monday, <strong>October</strong><br />

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Medal Mystery<br />

A Standish woman has uncovered an old medal<br />

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likely due to Powell’s educational influence as a<br />

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‘It’s been a longstanding tradition to rub the foot<br />

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said. ‘It’s important that local children remember his<br />

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Choosing a retirement<br />

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Retirement beckons, and with it the opportunity<br />

to do the things you’ve always wanted to do<br />

but haven’t had time for. However, research by<br />

the Skipton Building Society has shown that we<br />

don’t always follow up on our dreams of an active<br />

retirement: apparently many of us start to feel<br />

bored and undervalued within just ten months of<br />

stopping work.<br />

According to the Age UK Index of Wellbeing in Later<br />

<strong>Life</strong>, the rate of our general wellbeing can increase<br />

by 20% if we simply engage with the world around<br />

us, whether that’s through social activities in the<br />

community, physical activities or creative pastimes.<br />

Finding the right hobby can help you make new<br />

friends and give you a sense of purpose, which<br />

ultimately benefits both your physical and mental<br />

health.<br />

Sociable hobbies<br />

Joining a choir can be one of the most rewarding<br />

ways to spend your leisure time. It’s estimated that<br />

a staggering 2.8 million Britons now belong to a<br />

choir, and recent research has shown that group<br />

singing is a particularly fast way to create social<br />

bonds – in other words, it’s a speedy short cut to<br />

making new friends.<br />

Other ways to meet people include volunteering at<br />

an animal shelter, joining a book or film club or local<br />

amateur dramatic society, helping at a charity shop,<br />

or starting a social media group.<br />

Home alone<br />

If you want something you can do at home, creative<br />

hobbies such as upcycling furniture, card-making<br />

or jewellery-making could be perfect. Get inspired<br />

by the speedy arts and crafts videos available on<br />

YouTube or scour charity shops and second-hand<br />

bookstores for cheap ‘how to’ books that can teach<br />

you a new skill.<br />

Buy vintage jigsaws and share the completed<br />

pictures with friends online, write poetry or short<br />

stories, take up knitting or baking or learn to fix up<br />

an old car. Alternatively, find a pen pal in the UK or<br />

overseas with the help of phone apps that make it<br />

easy for you to chat to people all over the world.<br />

The great outdoors<br />

Exercise is important for health. Whether you<br />

choose something like metal detecting<br />

(which you can do on your own) or Nordic<br />

walking (which you would normally do<br />

as part of a group), there are so many<br />

hobbies that encourage you to explore<br />

the great outdoors.<br />

Although you may be tempted to put<br />

off choosing a hobby until you’ve finally<br />

finished work, the evidence suggests that<br />

it’s a good idea to have a plan in place.<br />

With a little preparation you should be<br />

able to walk out of work and straight into<br />

a life filled with exciting new possibilities.


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16<br />

Plastic Busting Pooch<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> author Mark Sanders has released his latest<br />

book for children, following the fictional footsteps<br />

of a dog called Monty – with a special guest<br />

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Monty Dogge and the Ocean Rescue tackles the<br />

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The new book has also seen Monty elected as<br />

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The much-loved Standish Christmas Market returns<br />

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the library once again.<br />

Tickets are available from the library on Friday,<br />

November 1 (3:30pm-5pm), Saturday, November<br />

2 (10:30am-11:30am) and Monday, November 4<br />

(10am-11am) and cost £3.50 per child.<br />

The grotto itself takes place on Christmas market day<br />

on Saturday, November 30 from 10am-4pm.<br />

Pop into the library for more information.<br />

Our Town<br />

The launch of a new scheme around the <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

borough will see communities coming together as<br />

a £600,000 cash boost is shared across 12 districts.<br />

Cash will go towards environmental projects, street<br />

schemes and other public projects in areas including<br />

Standish, Aspull, Orrell and Pemberton.<br />

As part of the scheme, local people will have the<br />

opportunity to be nominated for an ‘Our Town’<br />

award for going the extra mile in the community.<br />

Info at https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/The-Deal<br />

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some musical entertainment from Oompah band<br />

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Tickets start at £10 and are available from Eventbrite.<br />

For more information, see Haigh Woodland Park on<br />

Facebook.<br />

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A Standish man is appealing for donations to help<br />

those affected by Hurricane Dorian overseas.<br />

Phil Popple has arranged to send a sea container full<br />

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Very much like the preparation<br />

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“We receive many enquiries from family members<br />

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Putting Down Roots<br />

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sailing of the Mayflower.<br />

Despite originally aiming to set sail in July, it wasn’t<br />

until September 1620 that a group of English<br />

Pilgrims left Plymouth for America. The journey<br />

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the passengers, killing over half the crew and<br />

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its established leader Massasoit. Other tribes too<br />

presented a threat to the New Plymouth colony,<br />

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A 110 foot granite tower with a bronze statue of<br />

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the Myles Standish Cemetery, in Massachusetts.<br />

Now, on Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 5, a planting<br />

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Standish Library to place a perennial border<br />

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the flowers will be prepared ahead of the<br />

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Play<br />

From science kits to marble runs, toys can be<br />

as educational as they are fun!<br />

Learning through play sees your child developing<br />

key mental, physical and emotional skills, as well<br />

as a real appetite for knowledge. Most toys can be<br />

educational, whether they’re helping your child to<br />

learn maths, or just to improve their hand-to-eye<br />

coordination.<br />

A simple football can help your child to develop<br />

their coordination and become better at working<br />

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them. Each kit contains a football decorated with a<br />

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Marble runs are fantastic for encouraging a child’s<br />

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While children seem to choose their comics based<br />

on the free plastic toy, most children’s magazines<br />

do include educational activities, from craft ideas to<br />

recipes, puzzles and colouring in.<br />

• National Geographic Kids Magazine is aimed<br />

at the ‘explorers, archaeologists, scientists, artists<br />

and astronauts of the future’. Your child could read<br />

about endangered animals, lost civilisations, deep<br />

sea dives and lots more. A subscription costs from<br />

£36 for 12 issues from www.ngkids.co.uk.<br />

• Whizz Pop Bang! is a monthly science magazine<br />

aimed at 6-11 year olds. It’s packed with fun facts,<br />

craft activities and experiments. Each issue costs<br />

£3.75, including postal costs. Subscription offers are<br />

available, visit: www. whizzpopbang.com.<br />

• The Week Junior is a current affairs magazine<br />

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children. There are also features on a range of<br />

subjects, from geography to technology and film.<br />

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Making STEM Fun<br />

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are the fastest growing<br />

industries in the world. Even if your child doesn’t fancy a career in STEM, they will<br />

need to use elements of it throughout their working life.<br />

According to The National Science Foundation, “To succeed in this new informationbased<br />

and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in<br />

STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.”<br />

So how can you help your child to develop a real<br />

enjoyment for STEM?<br />

Science<br />

There are lots of children’s science sets available<br />

to buy, but you don’t actually need any fancy<br />

equipment to conduct simple experiments at<br />

home, such as:<br />

• Asking your child to add a few drops of oil to a<br />

glass of water. Discuss what they think will happen.<br />

Will the oil and water mix or stay separate?<br />

• Finding four old, dull two pence coins. Soak each<br />

one in a different liquid (water, coke, vinegar and<br />

lemon juice) for a few minutes to see which liquid<br />

cleans the coin the best.<br />

Technology<br />

Computer programming now features in the<br />

National Curriculum and many schools offer basic<br />

coding clubs from Key Stage 2. Paul Lyons, IT<br />

Director at Ebuyer.com, explains, “Even if your child<br />

has no interest in becoming a software developer,<br />

they will benefit from skills such as problem solving<br />

and following instructions - which can be applied<br />

to other areas. Many parents may not know where<br />

to begin, but introducing educational aspects into<br />

children’s technology use at home can have a real<br />

impact on a child’s ability.”


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There are lots of resources available to help your<br />

child at home. Useful websites include:<br />

• scratch.mit.edu, which lets children aged six and<br />

up learn the basics of creating games online.<br />

• codecombat.com: while this American site is<br />

mainly aimed at teachers, you can sign up as a<br />

parent or student to access a free short course.<br />

• www.codeclub.org.uk, which lists coding clubs<br />

for 9-13 year olds across the UK.<br />

Engineering<br />

K’Nex model building sets are a fun way to<br />

introduce engineering concepts. The K’Nex<br />

Education Introduction to Simple Machines: Levers<br />

and Pulleys Set, for example, contains more than<br />

170 pieces, and instructions for building eight mini<br />

machines.<br />

You can also help your child to make simple<br />

structures using household items. Straws and play<br />

dough are ideal for building model bridges. Or try<br />

searching www.instructables.com for instructions<br />

on making structures out of lolly sticks or toothpicks.<br />

Maths<br />

Kjartan Poskitt, author of Murderous Maths and<br />

Ambassador for the National Young Mathematicians’<br />

Awards 2017, says, “I always say that maths is like<br />

broccoli. You either like it or you hate it, but you<br />

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Here are a couple of little facts and<br />

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• If you write out the digits 1 2 3 4, you can turn<br />

them into 12 = 3 x 4. You can also do this with<br />

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• Pick any three consecutive numbers (e.g. 4, 5<br />

and 6). Multiply the smallest by the biggest, and<br />

then add one. (So here we get 4 x 6 = 24, then<br />

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Encouraging a love of<br />

Reading<br />

According to BookTrust, children who enjoy reading<br />

tend to have better literacy skills, increased vocabulary<br />

and enhanced general knowledge. Reluctant readers<br />

may need some extra help to discover their inner book<br />

worm, however.<br />

Lead by example<br />

Show your child how much you enjoy reading, even<br />

if it’s just by flicking through a cookbook or burying<br />

your head in a magazine. You could also take family<br />

trips to the library, give books as gifts and talk to<br />

your children about the books you’re both reading.<br />

The BookTrust also recommends that parents and<br />

children try reading the same book occasionally.<br />

You could take turns reading a chapter aloud or you<br />

could both read on your own and then discuss what<br />

you like and dislike about the book.<br />

Let them choose<br />

There’s a temptation to guide children towards<br />

‘suitable’ books but try to let your child choose<br />

their own. Some may prefer factual books, such as<br />

Horrible Histories, over fiction. Others may prefer<br />

magazines or short stories that they<br />

can dip in and out of.<br />

Interactive books<br />

Children who find reading too passive an activity<br />

might prefer books with interactive elements.<br />

Usbourne’s Puzzle Adventure books are a good<br />

place to start. They tend to feature two main<br />

characters who have an adventure and are faced<br />

with a series of puzzles, such as coded letters and<br />

cryptic clues, which the reader helps to solve. You<br />

could also look for ‘choose your own adventure’<br />

books, where the story unfolds depending on<br />

which paths the reader decides to take.<br />

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in reading comprehension than the group not on<br />

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Meet authors<br />

Libraries, bookstores and other venues<br />

often have visits from local authors,<br />

who will give a talk, read an extract<br />

from their latest book and answer<br />

questions. Search for ‘author’ on www.<br />

eventbrite.com or sign up to your<br />

library’s mailing list. Many towns and<br />

cities now host an annual book festival,<br />

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Whether they’re slaying dragons or discovering new<br />

worlds, children’s imagination knows no bounds.<br />

When it comes to creating stories with characters<br />

and plots though, it can be difficult to get started<br />

when faced with a blank page. A few props and story<br />

prompts can really help to get those creative juices<br />

flowing.<br />

Creating characters<br />

Fill a cloth bag with accessories, such as perfume<br />

and aftershave samples, a silk tie, an old pair of<br />

glasses, a toy, a brooch, a hat, a watch and other<br />

personal items. Scour your local charity shops and<br />

ask friends for donations. You could also add a few<br />

fantastical items to the bag, like a pirate hat, fairy<br />

wand, bottle of witch’s potion, toy spaceship and<br />

so on.<br />

Ask your child to choose two or three items from<br />

the bag, without looking. Then ask them to create<br />

a character based around the items. Ask questions<br />

to help. What does the character look like? Are they<br />

male or female? How old are they? What do they<br />

like doing? Where do they live? Your child can then<br />

write about their character, or draw a picture of<br />

them, or both.<br />

Short Story Prompts:<br />

• Going to space<br />

• Getting lost<br />

• Inventing something<br />

• A wish comes true<br />

• Discovering a superpower<br />

• Finding an injured animal<br />

• Discovering a secret door<br />

Creating stories<br />

If your child is struggling to think of a story, creative<br />

prompts can help them to get started. You could<br />

come up with a scenario and ask them to think<br />

about what might happen next. For example, ‘Your<br />

character finds a door hidden behind a bookcase.<br />

It’s only two feet high, so they have to crawl through<br />

it. What do they find when they do?’<br />

Fold each story prompt up so it can’t be read, and<br />

ask your child to choose one or two. They can then<br />

use the prompts as the basis for their story. Don’t<br />

be too rigid. If they don’t like the prompt, let them<br />

pick another. If they have a different idea for a story,<br />

even better!


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Extra resources<br />

There are lots of free online resources to help you. A<br />

good place to start is www.youngwriters.co.uk,<br />

which offers downloadable workshops and<br />

activities.<br />

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become treasured keepsakes. The kit costs £16.50<br />

and can be bought from Amazon, Hobbycraft and<br />

independent arts and craft shops.<br />

If your child needs a bit of motivation, they<br />

could enter a competition. Libraries and literacy<br />

organisations often organise or advertise children’s<br />

creative writing competitions, as do:<br />

Writing Times: www.writingtimes.co.uk<br />

Young Writers: www.youngwriters.co.uk<br />

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46<br />

How to<br />

Save and Make Money<br />

at University<br />

One of the trickiest but most important parts of<br />

university life is managing your money. Budgeting for<br />

food, clothes, nights out, books and study materials<br />

can be overwhelming at first, but there are ways you<br />

can help yourself.<br />

Here are a few tips to help you spend less, save<br />

more, and earn money at university, so you can stop<br />

worrying about finances and make the most of this<br />

precious time in your life.<br />

Ways to save money at university<br />

Make use of technology<br />

All you need is your mobile phone. There are apps<br />

to help you save on food, that show you how to<br />

budget, and that keep an eye on your data usage.<br />

Keep your food costs down by making a list of your<br />

favourite ingredients, and an app will let you know<br />

the cheapest places to buy them locally. You can<br />

also track your expenses with a budgeting app.<br />

Just type in how much you spend each day, and<br />

what you’ve bought – at the end of the month, a<br />

report gives you a round-up of where your money is<br />

going, so you can adjust your spending if necessary.<br />

Learn how to cook<br />

Learning how to cook from scratch is a valuable skill<br />

for life, but as food is one of the highest student<br />

expenditures, it’s also a vital part of saving money.<br />

Apart from the extra cash in your pocket, you can<br />

still be sociable without the expense of eating out,<br />

impressing your friends with gastronomic delights.<br />

It’s a good idea to plan your meals ahead and only<br />

buy what you need each week, avoiding ready<br />

meals if possible, as although they’re convenient,<br />

they’re generally bad for your health. Also, stick to<br />

buying own-brand products that can usually be<br />

found on the lower shelves in supermarkets, where<br />

you might not normally look.<br />

Ways to make money at university<br />

Get a part-time job<br />

Retail, catering, and hospitality are just three areas<br />

where you could pick up a part-time job with fixed<br />

hours that fits in with your studies. Although you<br />

may need to forsake some evenings and weekends,<br />

payday could make it worthwhile to miss out on a<br />

few social occasions.<br />

Another idea for part-time work, and one that’s a<br />

little more flexible, is mystery shopping. You sign up<br />

with a mystery shopping agency, or directly with an<br />

independent company, and get paid for checking<br />

the level of service provided in their outlets.<br />

Promotion work and flyers<br />

Handing out flyers around campus and promoting<br />

club nights or events on the streets of your<br />

university town can earn you some extra money,<br />

but be sure to find out whether you’re working on a<br />

commission or a ‘per hour’ basis.<br />

If you’re sociable and good at marketing, you<br />

could even apply to become an on-campus ‘brand<br />

ambassador’ for a household brand name. You<br />

might be able to organise your own promotions<br />

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48<br />

Tech for the New<br />

Term<br />

It’s that time of year again: schools, colleges and<br />

universities are readying for a new term and parents<br />

are running around trying to get everything their<br />

children need. Increasingly that includes technology,<br />

whether that’s a basic laptop for younger children’s<br />

homework or an all-rounder for studying, social<br />

media and streaming video at home or in student<br />

accommodation.<br />

It’s worth thinking about streaming video if your<br />

children are staying away from home, because<br />

you can get almost all the TV you<br />

want for free,<br />

entirely legally,<br />

via the internet and<br />

most catch-up TV apps (BBC<br />

IPlayer does need a licence). There’s no<br />

need for a pricey Sky or Virgin contract, just a<br />

decent broadband service. If video is going to be a<br />

key thing, make sure whatever you buy has a goodsized<br />

screen or buy a Chromecast, which enables<br />

you to stream video from your computer to a TV.<br />

The best all-rounder is a Windows 10 laptop – the<br />

Acer Chromebook is a cheap option with a long<br />

battery life for lectures and beyond, while the Dell<br />

XPS 13 is a much pricier option at £1,199 but offers<br />

a full touchscreen and beautifully refined graphics.<br />

a powerful laptop. It’s pricey though (from £769)<br />

with another £179 for a keyboard cover or £89 for<br />

the Apple Pencil.<br />

Kindles can be a more lightweight alternative<br />

to hefting heavy textbooks around, with over 3<br />

million eBooks to choose from in the Kindle Store.<br />

It’s worth checking your insurance policies too,<br />

especially if your children will be moving out for<br />

college or university. Your home insurance might<br />

already cover your children’s gadgets when they’re<br />

away from home, but don’t assume that’s the case<br />

- and if they do, check the excesses, which might<br />

be higher than the cost of repairing or replacing<br />

a gadget. The same applies to any contents<br />

insurance you may take out for your children’s<br />

accommodation. Lots of companies<br />

have insurance policies specifically<br />

designed for students’ computers<br />

and smartphones, and sites such as<br />

money.co.uk enable you to compare<br />

the cover, cost and excesses quickly. We’d<br />

particularly recommend insurance that covers<br />

you for accidental damage: if something can be<br />

dropped, smashed or accidentally covered in<br />

liquid, it probably will be.<br />

There’s another option: tablets such as the iPad.<br />

Previously we’ve said they aren’t really ideal for<br />

serious work but that’s changed with the arrival<br />

of the iPad Pro, which is a genuine alternative to


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Autumn reads<br />

Fall into a good book this autumn<br />

The Dutch House<br />

by Ann Patchett<br />

A book about the bond between<br />

siblings, the repercussions of<br />

past events and the attachment<br />

people can feel for a place. In<br />

this case, the place is a big, grand<br />

house, and the siblings are Danny<br />

and Maeve. Their mother flees when Danny is just<br />

a toddler, leaving Maeve to step into her shoes.<br />

When the children gain a stepmother, they soon<br />

learn they’re not welcome in their own home and<br />

the future they had planned comes tumbling down.<br />

How to Create your Garden<br />

by Adam Frost<br />

During spring and summer,<br />

it can be a challenge to<br />

maintain the garden. Come<br />

autumn, it’s a bit easier to<br />

manage, so it’s a good time<br />

to start planning for next<br />

year. This book is packed with practical advice, from<br />

designing walkways to building water features.<br />

Step-by-step instructions, bright photos and<br />

illustrations, and an easy-going writing style make<br />

the process of garden design more enjoyable.<br />

Tall Tales and Wee Stories<br />

by Billy Connolly<br />

Bringing together some of the<br />

most popular sketches from<br />

Billy Connolly’s 50 year career<br />

in comedy, including Jojoba<br />

Shampoo, The Last Supper, and<br />

Shouting at Wildebeest. Dip in<br />

when you need an instant pick-me-up after a bad<br />

day. (Just don’t read it on the train, unless you don’t<br />

mind snorting with laughter in public.)<br />

It’s Vintage, Darling!<br />

by Christa Weil<br />

This book will help you to<br />

embrace vintage clothing.<br />

You’ll learn how to recognise<br />

quality craftsmanship, identify<br />

materials, cuts and designs,<br />

and choose clothes that look<br />

like they’ve been tailor-made for you. It’s Vintage<br />

Darling! is over ten years’ old now, so you may need<br />

to order it from your library or buy it second-hand.<br />

Time to Cook<br />

by Nadiya Hussain<br />

Like to eat home-cooked food<br />

but struggle to find the time?<br />

This book is for you. From<br />

batch-cooking to making the<br />

most of leftovers, plus quick<br />

and simple recipes, Time to<br />

Cook is full of ideas. Enjoy Harissa Bean Pizza for<br />

brunch, followed by One Tray Peanut Chicken for<br />

dinner and Caramelized Biscuit Traybake for pudding.<br />

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by Patricia Moffett<br />

Planning to make your own<br />

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This book makes it easy, with<br />

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instructions. There are tree<br />

decorations, lanterns and<br />

a festive winter scene, as well as greetings cards.<br />

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54<br />

Pierrepoint: Hangman<br />

Extraordinaire<br />

By Jess Phillips<br />

For children considering future career paths, you’d<br />

generally expect answers of ‘athlete, ‘soldier’ or<br />

‘teacher’. ‘Hangman’ would be pretty far down<br />

the list – but that’s exactly what a young Albert<br />

Pierrepoint – who would later be known as ‘the<br />

Southport Hangman’ - announced he would<br />

become when asked at school. In his long career<br />

as a hangman, Pierrepoint would go on to execute<br />

one of <strong>Wigan</strong>’s most notorious killers: Norman<br />

William Green.<br />

Both Albert’s father Henry and Uncle Thomas were<br />

official executioners in the early twentieth century;<br />

Albert cited the ‘steady hands’ that ran in the family<br />

as his reason for following in their footsteps.<br />

Henry Pierrepoint was an alcoholic, removed from<br />

the list of executioners in 1910 after turning up<br />

to a prison drunk the day before a hanging was<br />

scheduled to take place. In 1917 Henry’s health<br />

declined, leaving him unable to work and forcing<br />

young Albert to learn a trade as a learner tuber at<br />

Marlborough Mills.<br />

Henry began to train Albert in conducting<br />

executions using rope and sacks of corn, as he’d<br />

trained his own younger brother Thomas. Albert’s<br />

own career in executions began in 1931, training<br />

for four days at Pentonville Prison in London with a<br />

dummy. He became assistant executioner by 1932<br />

and assisted in his first execution in Dublin that<br />

December, under the instruction of his Uncle Tom.<br />

Albert was promoted to Head Executioner in 1941,<br />

and became renowned for his accuracy when<br />

conducting a hanging. Ahead of the execution he’d<br />

evaluate the prisoner’s build through a Judas Hole –<br />

a one-way peephole - in the condemned cell, before<br />

testing the equipment in the execution chamber<br />

next door. Prisoners were taken to the yard or to<br />

the chapel so they didn’t have<br />

to hear the practice runs taking<br />

place, a dignity Pierrepoint was<br />

adamant they receive.<br />

The length of each drop was<br />

calculated using the Home<br />

Office Table of Drops, allowing<br />

Pierrepoint to achieve a nearperfect<br />

Hangman’s Fracture<br />

every time. He recorded these<br />

calculations in a diary that was<br />

auctioned off along with a<br />

plaster cast of his face and hands<br />

in June this year. The collection<br />

sold for £20,000.<br />

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint<br />

Following the Second World<br />

War, Pierrepoint was responsible


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for hanging numerous war criminals including the<br />

notorious concentration camp commandant Josef<br />

Kramer – known as ‘The Beast of Belsen’ – and Irma<br />

Grese, the ‘Hyena of Auschwitz’. Infamous for her<br />

brutal treatment of female prisoners at Auschwitz,<br />

Grese would allegedly select only the most beautiful<br />

women to go to the gas chamber out of jealousy. It<br />

was also said that she had gruesome lampshades<br />

made from prisoners’ skin in her quarters.<br />

Among Pierrepoint’s later hangings was <strong>Wigan</strong> man<br />

Norman William Green, known for stabbing two<br />

young boys to death. The first victim was William<br />

Harmer, found in a field off Miry Lane in 1954 by a<br />

passer-by. Harmer later died in hospital from the<br />

eleven stab wounds Green inflicted.<br />

Green pleaded insanity in court but was convicted<br />

after confessing to the murder of the two boys. He<br />

was hanged by Pierrepoint in July 1955 at Walton<br />

Jail in Liverpool.<br />

The last woman to be hanged in Britain also met her<br />

end at Pierrepoint’s noose. In London, former model<br />

and club manager Ruth Ellis shot her ex-lover David<br />

Blakeley five times. Despite her solicitor appealing<br />

to the Home Secretary, Ellis declared she wanted<br />

no part in appeal proceedings and regardless, was<br />

told she would not be reprieved. Her execution was<br />

carried out in 12 seconds.<br />

On that same night seven year old William<br />

Mitchell was also stabbed by a man fitting Green’s<br />

description, but two men came to his rescue and<br />

chased the attacker away. Not so lucky was ten<br />

year old Norman Yates, who Green attacked a year<br />

later in Back Hope Street, Ince. Yates died from his<br />

injuries.


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One of the most famous – and most controversial<br />

– cases in Pierrepoint’s execution history was the<br />

Rillington case. 25-year-old Timothy Evans was<br />

said to have the mental age of a 10-year-old when<br />

he first confessed to the murder of his wife and<br />

daughter at number 10, Rillington Place in Notting<br />

Hill, and then later protested his innocence. After<br />

Evans was hanged by Pierrepoint, it transpired<br />

that his landlord John Christie was responsible<br />

for the murders of several women in the area and<br />

had hidden their bodies in the house. Evans was<br />

later posthumously pardoned. Both a film and TV<br />

miniseries about the case were released, in 1971<br />

and 2016 respectively.<br />

Pierrepoint resigned from the list of executioners in<br />

February 1956 and retired to Preston New Road in<br />

Southport. <strong>Local</strong>s describe him as a friendly man,<br />

often passing out sweets to Southport children<br />

and never short of a smile. For a time he was also<br />

landlord of the Rose & Crown pub in Much Hoole.<br />

In total, ‘the Southport Hangman’ executed<br />

between 400 and 600 people in his career as a<br />

hangman. Despite this, his friends described him as<br />

a far cry from the sombre executioner figure; rather,<br />

they described him as ‘very jovial’ – the ‘life and soul<br />

of the party’.<br />

Irma Grese<br />

One of these friends was a regular at Pierrepoint’s<br />

first pub, Help The Poor Struggler in Oldham. The<br />

duo would perform duets together and nicknamed<br />

one another ‘Tish’ and ‘Tosh’. Corbitt strangled his<br />

mistress Eliza Woods in 1950 and scribbled the word<br />

‘whore’ on her forehead; Pierrepoint was tasked<br />

with executing his friend when he pleaded guilty at<br />

his trial in Liverpool. In the death cell, Corbitt and<br />

Pierrepoint exchanged their usual greeting, and<br />

when leading him to the gallows, Albert said kindly,<br />

‘Come on Tish, old chap’.<br />

Of the incident, Pierrepoint wrote in his 1974<br />

autobiography, ‘[Tish] was not only aware of the<br />

rope, he had the man who handled it beside him<br />

singing a duet. The deterrent did not work.’<br />

It was perhaps the hanging of his friend that began<br />

to shift Pierrepoint’s view on capital punishment.<br />

He declared: ‘I now sincerely hope that no man is<br />

ever called upon to carry out another execution in<br />

my country […] All the men and women whom I<br />

have faced at that final moment convince me that<br />

in what I have done I have not prevented a single<br />

murder.’<br />

Ruth Ellis<br />

Albert Pierrepoint died in 1992, aged 87, at Melvin<br />

Care Home in Westbourne Road, Birkdale. His death<br />

was registered in Liverpool, though his burial place<br />

remains undisclosed.


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58<br />

Changing<br />

Face<br />

The need for more homes in the UK has oft been<br />

quoted as the major part of the UK housing crisis, but<br />

a number of changes have been made to planning<br />

permission rules to try and ease this issue.<br />

And as a result, it’s now easier for homeowners to<br />

build an extension for your house than it has been<br />

for a long time.<br />

Of course, one of the main reasons for people<br />

moving is the need to upsize to accommodate<br />

growing families, and so in 2013 and 2015, the<br />

planning permission rules were relaxed. In 2013,<br />

temporary planning rules were introduced to<br />

allow larger single storey rear extensions without<br />

the need of a full planning application. These rules<br />

allowed terraced and semi-detached homes to be<br />

extended by 19ft, and detached houses were able<br />

to add extensions of up to 24ft.<br />

And since then, 109,320 households have taken<br />

advantage of the temporary rules.<br />

These temporary rules have now been made<br />

permanent recently and is part of a package of<br />

planning reforms to build more households, build<br />

them better, quicker and make the housing market<br />

work, meaning families can grow without being<br />

forced to sell and move… or does it?<br />

Well, yes and no.<br />

These relaxed rules only relate to single-storey<br />

extensions, which means if families want an extra<br />

bedroom upstairs, they will still have to obtain a<br />

full planning permission which is costly and time<br />

consuming. However, as many canny householders<br />

have used these rules to build a decent size grannyannex,<br />

it is still freeing up Granny’s old place.<br />

There was a second temporary change made in<br />

2015, which may have a bigger impact on the<br />

housing market, particularly in town centres. The<br />

new rules allow office blocks and shops to be<br />

converted into residential homes without a full<br />

planning application being made.<br />

Since 2013, 11,090 office blocks and 1,750 shops<br />

have been converted into residential households.<br />

This doesn’t sound a lot, but in 2017 alone,<br />

converted shops and office blocks provided 37,000<br />

new households alone in the UK, which equates to<br />

an impressive 7% of the new households created in<br />

2017. Over the next decade, more and more office<br />

blocks and shops will be converted into residential<br />

properties, and this will slowly change the dynamic<br />

of the housing market and the high street.<br />

So, will these changes ease the housing crisis AND<br />

breathe some life into our dying high streets? Only<br />

time will tell.<br />

If you are looking for an agent that is well<br />

established, professional and communicative, then<br />

contact us to find out how we can get the best out<br />

of your investment property. Email me on<br />

alan@alanbatt.co.uk or call on 01942 233999.<br />

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

worked within the <strong>Wigan</strong> property market for over 30 years.<br />

Alan Batt<br />

For more of Alan’s tips, guidance and analysis on the <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

property market, check out<br />

www.wiganpropertynews.blogspot.co.uk


59<br />

We bring you the latest trends in<br />

the UK's housing market, with a<br />

detailed focus on WN6 area.<br />

House prices<br />

Property prices remained virtually static<br />

in June, the average price of a property<br />

£230,292 up just 0.7% on May. Year-on-year<br />

prices have risen by 0.9%.<br />

Economy<br />

Wages rose 3.9% in the three months to<br />

June, the highest rate of growth since 2008<br />

according to new figures released by the<br />

Office for National Statistics.<br />

Wage growth continues to outstrip inflation,<br />

inflation in June 1.9%, the same as May and<br />

down 0.1% on April.<br />

Transactions<br />

The HMRC report that transaction levels in<br />

July were 12.4% below the same month a<br />

year ago. It is worth pointing out that that<br />

the June <strong>2019</strong> figure has just been revised<br />

from a 16.5% fall to a 4.7% fall. It is likely that<br />

the July fall is not as substantial as is being<br />

currently reported.<br />

Alan Batt<br />

alan@alanbatt.co.uk<br />

78, Market Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1HX<br />

T: 01942 233 999<br />

E: alan@alanbatt.co.uk<br />

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60 Food & Drink


61<br />

A taste of Juniper<br />

The Kitchen<br />

Our chefs take pride in creating fresh delicious<br />

dishes using only the best quality ingredients.<br />

Start your day with our tasty breakfast menu, join<br />

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afternoon brew and one of our scrumptious cakes.<br />

Our evening menu includes some delicious<br />

dishes. We also have our small plate’s option<br />

exclusive to our evening menu, a tapas-style<br />

sharing experience.<br />

The Bar<br />

We have an extensive range of wines, spirits,<br />

cocktails and speciality gins. From well-known<br />

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Our mixologist has created a range of signature<br />

cocktails exclusive to Juniper Bar & Kitchen.<br />

We look forward to welcoming you.<br />

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63


64<br />

Sally’s Specials<br />

by Marti of The Star Inn<br />

The Star Inn<br />

Sally’s Salt<br />

‘n’ Pepper<br />

Chicken<br />

This dish is absolutely delicious, jam-packed with<br />

fresh ingredients and flavour that will set your taste<br />

buds alight!<br />

Serves 2<br />

Method<br />

Start by adding the chicken pieces into a mixture of<br />

plain flour and the Salt ’n’ Pepper seasoning.<br />

Once the chicken pieces are fully coated, drop them<br />

into the fryer for 1 minute to form a crisp outer<br />

coating.<br />

Meanwhile in a large frying pan heat a little oil on<br />

a medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the chillies,<br />

onions and peppers, cook down until everything is<br />

soft and be careful not to burn them.<br />

Next, add the chicken pieces, garlic, chicken stock<br />

and sweet chilli sauce and toss gently.<br />

Cook together for another 2 minutes, this finishes<br />

off the cooking of the chicken and reduces the stock<br />

making it lovely and sticky.<br />

To finish, add the coriander. The chicken will be<br />

cooked thoroughly and should also be soft and<br />

tender.<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 white onion, sliced<br />

1 red and yellow pepper, sliced<br />

3 large cloves of crushed garlic<br />

1 pack of roughly chopped coriander (including<br />

stalks)<br />

2 tbsp of salt and pepper seasoning<br />

5 tbsp of sweet chilli sauce<br />

1/4 pint of chicken stock<br />

1 green and red chilli, de seeded and diced<br />

2 chicken breasts diced into strips (around 5 pieces<br />

per breast)<br />

Divide into 2 bowls and serve with aromatic rice.<br />

Delicious!


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Sally’s at The Star Inn was launched in 2007 in homage to landlord and chef Marti’s mother<br />

Sally, who passed away in 1996. A great cook herself, it was Sally’s lifelong dream to have a<br />

restaurant in her name, and Marti wanted to honour that promise when he took the reins of<br />

The Star Inn at Roby Mill.<br />

The Star’s<br />

Passionfruit<br />

Cocktail<br />

This tangy and refreshing cocktail is a must for<br />

those who love passionfruit and tropical cocktails.<br />

Great for a party showstopper!<br />

Serves 1<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 shot of passoa (passionfruit liqueur)<br />

1 shot of vanilla vodka<br />

1/2 shot of passion fruit syrup<br />

5ml lemon juice<br />

1 1/2 shots of pineapple juice<br />

1 shot of prosecco<br />

1/2 passionfruit<br />

Method<br />

Chill a martini glass in the fridge whilst you prepare<br />

the rest of the cocktail.<br />

Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice.<br />

Pour in the passoa, vanilla vodka, passionfruit syrup,<br />

lemon juice and pineapple juice.<br />

Shake well until frost forms on the cocktail shaker.<br />

Strain into the martini glass with a Hawthorne<br />

strainer if you have one.<br />

Top with 1/2 fresh passion fruit<br />

Serve with a shot of prosecco<br />

Enjoy!


66 Legal & Finance<br />

Choosing Your<br />

Financial Adviser<br />

Like your most influential teacher at school, a good<br />

financial adviser should inspire, advise and reassure<br />

you, so that you can enjoy a better financial future.<br />

Whilst a poor adviser will put their interests before<br />

yours and sell you a product you don’t really need<br />

and have no interest in your future. Worryingly both<br />

advisers will be FCA registered, both have at least a<br />

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The right qualifications<br />

You want an adviser who takes professional<br />

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Planner - or is actively working towards these<br />

qualifications.<br />

These are Level 6 qualifications - equivalent to<br />

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amongst financial advisers. Advisers who have<br />

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demonstrated that they are capable of dealing with<br />

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A clear plan<br />

A good adviser will ask challenging questions and<br />

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They will spend considerable time listening to you<br />

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You can be certain that events won’t turn out exactly<br />

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Relationships count<br />

Your financial adviser will become an important<br />

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And finally, fees<br />

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Managing Director &<br />

Chartered Financial Planner


Legal & Finance 67<br />

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68<br />

Puzzle Pages<br />

CROSSWORD<br />

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DOWN<br />

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a difference<br />

2. Railway carriages (7)<br />

3. John ___, English painter and decorative<br />

designer best known for his stained<br />

glass in Coventry and Llandaff cathedrals (5)<br />

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7. Reckless or malicious behaviour (8)<br />

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8. Hindu deity (6)<br />

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15. Game played on a court (6)<br />

17. Former capital of Pakistan (7)<br />

18. Decanter (6)<br />

14. Inferior substitute or imitation (6)<br />

16. Item that fastens together two<br />

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69<br />

WORDSEARCH<br />

THEME: Vegetables<br />

Find the hidden words in the word search grid<br />

Artichoke<br />

Aubergine<br />

Bean<br />

Beetroot<br />

Broccoli<br />

Carrot<br />

Celery<br />

Kale<br />

Marrow<br />

Onion<br />

Parsley<br />

Parsnip<br />

Pea<br />

Peppers<br />

Potato<br />

Pumpkin<br />

Radish<br />

Shallot<br />

Spinach<br />

Sprouts<br />

Sweetcorn<br />

Tomato<br />

Turnip<br />

SUDOKU<br />

WIGGLE WORDS<br />

CLUE: Hoping for<br />

good luck<br />

Trace a path through<br />

all the letters to find<br />

the word or phrase<br />

that fits the clue.<br />

G N I F<br />

E O U R<br />

R Y O R<br />

S S S C<br />

NUMBER BLOCK<br />

The numbers in each row add up to totals to the<br />

right. The numbers in each column add up to the<br />

totals along the bottom.<br />

The diagonal lines also add up<br />

the totals to the right.<br />

3<br />

2 8<br />

4 1<br />

7 6<br />

26 15 17 18<br />

16<br />

20<br />

18<br />

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70 Business View<br />

Xero the Hero<br />

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy<br />

5 Reasons why your business needs Xero<br />

Xero is the leading online accountancy software<br />

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1. Real time information - Xero’s focus is on realtime<br />

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outgoing transactions as they happen.<br />

3. Automated bookkeeping - By linking Xero with<br />

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purchase invoices can be automatically scanned<br />

and uploaded into your Xero data, so no manual<br />

input is required. This not only saves time but<br />

reduces the risk of human inputting errors. No<br />

need for files of paper invoices, as all documents<br />

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4. Online sales invoices - No need to print and<br />

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72 Health & Fitness<br />

Everything you need to know about the<br />

Menopause<br />

Since menopause affects roughly half<br />

the population, it’s important for men to<br />

understand it as well as women, because it<br />

will affect their mothers, sisters, daughters,<br />

partners and colleagues.<br />

What is the menopause?<br />

When the ovaries begin to produce less<br />

oestrogen and no longer release an egg<br />

every month, periods stop. Menopause<br />

is marked by a year without periods. In<br />

the UK, the average age of menopause<br />

is 51, with the vast majority of women reaching<br />

menopause between 45 and 55.<br />

However, perimenopause – the pre-menopause<br />

phase where oestrogen levels are dropping – can<br />

last for months or years, as can symptoms (which<br />

may persist for years after periods have stopped).<br />

While some women pass through perimenopause<br />

and menopause without any problems, most have<br />

symptoms of some sort. For an unlucky minority<br />

these can be severe and long-lasting, with profound<br />

effects on their physical and mental health.<br />

Symptoms and side-effects<br />

Hot flashes/flushes – Women may experience<br />

sudden sweating or flushing, or just feel<br />

uncomfortably hot, usually for just a short time<br />

(hence, hot ‘flash’). The flushing and heat are<br />

typically felt in the face, neck and chest. Some<br />

women suffer more at night and have ‘night sweats’.<br />

Breast tenderness and changes – during<br />

perimenopause, it’s quite common for women<br />

to experience tenderness, sensitivity, lumpiness,<br />

aching and throbbing pain as fluctuating hormones<br />

affect the ducts and fluid retention in their breasts.<br />

They may also sag more and/or become less full.<br />

Women should always see a doctor urgently if<br />

there is nipple discharge, a hard lump which can’t<br />

be moved around, a marked change in the shape of<br />

the breast, dimpling on the surface, a rash around<br />

the nipple or sinking of the nipple into the breast.<br />

Worsened premenstrual syndrome – breast<br />

tenderness, irritability, mood swings, irritability,<br />

fatigue, bloating, appetite and libido changes.<br />

Decreased libido – some women also find sex less<br />

pleasurable, and physical discomfort caused by<br />

vaginal dryness can make this worse.<br />

Urine leakage and urinary urgency – such as<br />

leaking urine when coughing or sneezing and<br />

needing to urinate more urgently and/or frequently.<br />

Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)<br />

Memory or concentration issues – these<br />

symptoms can make women lose confidence in<br />

their abilities and feel frustrated, damaging selfesteem<br />

and potentially leading to anxiety.<br />

Palpitations (heartbeats that suddenly feel more<br />

forceful or noticeable) or a racing heartbeat.<br />

Irregular or unusually light or heavy periods –<br />

some women experience ‘flooding’ (excessive and/<br />

or sudden blood loss) during perimenopause, and<br />

should always see their doctor if this continues.<br />

Vaginal dryness – this can cause itching and


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discomfort, and make intercourse uncomfortable.<br />

Skin issues – dryness, itchiness or ‘crawling’<br />

sensations.<br />

Reducing symptoms and side-effects<br />

<strong>Life</strong>style changes: regular exercise, stopping<br />

smoking and reducing alcohol intake will help,<br />

along with a healthy diet containing plenty of<br />

fruit, vegetables and calcium-rich foods. Caffeine,<br />

smoking and alcohol can make hot flushes worse,<br />

and spicy foods may be a trigger too.<br />

Keeping the bedroom cool: this can make<br />

sleeping easier and reduce night sweat discomfort.<br />

Get enough calcium and Vitamin D: getting<br />

adequate sunlight (essential for producing the<br />

Vitamin D necessary for healthy bones) is important.<br />

A supplement may be helpful.<br />

CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy): this therapy<br />

can help to reduce anxiety and depression and also<br />

increase confidence and self-esteem.<br />

Reducing stress: stress can aggravate menopausal<br />

symptoms, so reducing stress can make the<br />

menopause easier to cope with.<br />

Low dose contraceptive pills: these pills can<br />

reduce menopause symptoms, regulate periods<br />

and make periods lighter. They also help to prevent<br />

bone loss (which can lead to osteoporosis) and<br />

reduce ovarian and uterine cancer risk.<br />

HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy): available<br />

as tablets, patches, gels and implants, these<br />

treatments replace dwindling hormones and so<br />

reduce the symptoms and risks of menopause, such<br />

as heart disease and osteoporosis.<br />

Testosterone supplements can restore libido.<br />

Vaginal oestrogen treatments: Available in the<br />

form of a cream, pessary or ring, they can improve<br />

vaginal dryness and discomfort.<br />

Non-hormonal vaginal lubricants: Helpful if<br />

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Stop snoring<br />

Snoring is a common problem but shouldn’t be ignored.<br />

It can affect your sleep, mental health, physical health and<br />

relationships, and may also indicate sleep apnoea.<br />

Try lifestyle changes to tackle snoring, and ensure<br />

you sleep on your side (a tennis ball taped to the<br />

back of your nightwear or a bed wedge can help).<br />

If this doesn’t help, you need to identify the cause<br />

of your snoring by using The British Snoring and<br />

Sleep Apnoea Association’s questionnaires at<br />

britishsnoring.co.uk/itests to find treatment.<br />

Problem: Your tongue partially blocks your throat.<br />

Solution: A mandibular advancement device, which<br />

helps to bring your tongue forward.<br />

Problem: Your mouth falls open when you’re asleep.<br />

Solutions: A chin strap, or a vestibular shield (worn<br />

in your mouth so you breathe through your nose).<br />

Problem: Blocked or narrow nasal airways.<br />

Solutions: Nasal dilators or strips that hold your<br />

nose open, or sprays to reduce nasal swelling.<br />

If these solutions don’t work, DO see your GP. They<br />

may refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)<br />

specialist.<br />

Could you have sleep apnoea?<br />

Symptoms of sleep apnoea include loud snoring,<br />

especially on your back and short periods when you<br />

stop breathing or gasp. Risk factors include a large<br />

neck (17+ inches for men, 15+ for women), a narrow<br />

airway, nasal congestion and a family history of OSA<br />

(obstructive sleep apnoea), when the muscles of<br />

the throat collapse.<br />

OSA sufferers may have repeated episodes of<br />

apnoea and/or hypopnoea throughout the night.<br />

Don’t ignore symptoms, as sleep apnoea increases<br />

risk of high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks,<br />

type 2 diabetes and gradual loss of brain function.<br />

Treatments for OSA include lifestyle changes,<br />

a CPAP device which delivers compressed air<br />

through a mask and prevents closing of the airway,<br />

a mandibular advancement device or surgery, if<br />

your OSA is caused by a physical problem that can<br />

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Sandstone<br />

Trail<br />

by Chris Pearce<br />

Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Medium/Hard<br />

A head for heights and a sure-footed nature are<br />

necessary for this 7-mile walk which, in parts, follows<br />

part of Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail. The Trail stretches<br />

for 34 miles through Cheshire, it has been voted by<br />

ITV viewers as one Britain’s Favourite Walks, and it’s<br />

easy to see why. On the first half of the walk there are<br />

a couple of flights of steep steps to navigate, which<br />

are set in the sandstone cliffs, and some breath-taking<br />

sheer drops, but you also need to be aware of lots of<br />

protruding tree roots and random sandstone rocks.<br />

Park up at the free car park off Simons Lane (WA6<br />

6HQ) near Frodsham – look for the phone masts.<br />

At the entrance to the car park turn left and follow<br />

Simons Lane downhill until you see a bungalow<br />

(Overhill) and turn left up the shared driveway/<br />

footpath.<br />

Follow the footpath right up to and over the<br />

driveway to a care home (Heathercliffe), and carry<br />

on down a wooded path downhill. Once you reach<br />

Bellemonte Road, turn right and turn left when you<br />

reach the Bellemonte pub.<br />

Look out for the footpath sign on the right and<br />

follow this down into a wooden area. You’re faced<br />

with a fork almost immediately and you need to<br />

bear left. You’ll pass a Frodsham Hill Wood sign<br />

and straight after a fingerpost; head for Delamere/<br />

Beeston and carry on in that direction on the ridge<br />

of the wooden area, ignoring various turn offs<br />

(including one uphill for the Sandstone Trail).<br />

Tantalising glimpses of the Mersey coastline appear<br />

through the trees as you follow the path, and<br />

uninterrupted view are far and few between at this<br />

time of year. Shortly after passing Alf and Grace’s<br />

bench you’ll arrive at a fingerpost, go down the<br />

wooden stairway and then you’ll come to a fork;<br />

bear left if you want to clamber down some very


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For those with the OS Maps<br />

app on your desktop, mobile<br />

or tablet, this walk is named:<br />

JT-Sandstone-Trail<br />

JT-Worsaw-Hill<br />

Netherton<br />

Overton<br />

A56<br />

Overton<br />

Hill<br />

P<br />

Beacon Hill<br />

Simons Lane<br />

Fivecrosses<br />

Woodhouses<br />

Woodhouse<br />

Hill<br />

Higher Mickledale<br />

Farm<br />

Arboretum<br />

Dobers<br />

Manley Road<br />

Newton<br />

Cliff Farm<br />

Bushells Lane<br />

Kingswood


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steep and large steps set in the sandstone cliffs or<br />

carry straight on if you want to go the much safer<br />

route and follow the path down two flights of metal<br />

steps. Either way, you’ll arrive at another fingerpost<br />

and you should follow the sign to Delamere.<br />

A few yards further on you’ll cross a wooden bridge<br />

and come to sign number 596, indicating you<br />

need to climb up the steep cliff steps on the right<br />

(towards Whitchurch). Once you’ll get to the top,<br />

you’ll be by the 10th hole of Frodsham Golf Club.<br />

Follow the path until you come to another bench,<br />

this one dedicated to David Nicholls.<br />

At this point the Sandstone Trail itself weaves uphill,<br />

but instead carry on in the same direction until<br />

the wood opens up somewhat, and look out for a<br />

½ fingerpost sign; take a 90 degree left turn here<br />

and, when you come to a ‘proper tree’ sign, bear left<br />

uphill and when you arrive at the next fork, bear<br />

right staying on somewhat level ground.<br />

Once you arrive at the next fingerpost, take a<br />

90-degree right turn and follow the Sandstone<br />

Trail all the way downhill for over ½ mile until you<br />

reach The Ridgeway Road. Turn left uphill for 150<br />

yards and once you arrive at the Ridgeway Country<br />

Holiday Park, look for the footpath opposite. Climb<br />

up the steps of the footpath, then more steps<br />

downhill and bear left when you reach a brook<br />

follow the path parallel to the brook and cross the<br />

wooden footbridge a little further on.


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Take the path uphill and follow the path round the<br />

edge of the woods, bearing left until you reach<br />

Commonside. Cross over and, after a short climb<br />

up the hill, you’re following a footpath on the edge<br />

of more woodland. You’ll take a newly created<br />

diversion round Austerson Old Hall and arrive at a<br />

single-track road (Yarrangall Green), turn left and<br />

then turn left again when you get to the main<br />

Manley Road. Follow this busy-ish road uphill for<br />

250 yards and then turn right down a track to Claim<br />

Farm. Once you reach the dog-leg bend to the right,<br />

take a 90-degree left turn, go through the gate and<br />

head along the side of field.<br />

Once you’ve crossed a track/gallops, bear right<br />

slightly and follow the overgrown path round the<br />

left-hand side of this field uphill towards a house<br />

in the distance. Once you’ve reached the road,<br />

cross and head up Bushells Lane until you reach a<br />

staggered crossroads; turn left up Waterloo Lane.<br />

At the end of Waterloo Lane, take a right turn. At the<br />

back end of a slight right-hand bend, you’ll need to<br />

take a track on the left and head up towards the<br />

ridge. Once you reach the next crossroads, take a<br />

left and follow the track past a covered reservoir<br />

until you reach Manley Road. Turn right and look for<br />

a gate built into the hedge approximately 250 yards<br />

on the left-hand side.<br />

Take the path which cuts diagonally through a field<br />

until you reach the driveway to Higher Mickledale<br />

Farm. Go straight across the driveway to another<br />

path and follow in same direction all the way to<br />

Simons Lane. Turn left and walk uphill; you’ll see<br />

the car park from where you started the walk on the<br />

right-hand side.<br />

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear<br />

whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure<br />

that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial<br />

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to<br />

any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions<br />

resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


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Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Lane, Haigh,<br />

WN2 1PE


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Model Railway Exhibition<br />

Sat, Oct 5, 10am-6pm & Sun, Oct 6, 10am-5pm<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>’s biggest model railway exhibition takes over<br />

Robin Park, with models in many scales and gauges.<br />

Tickets £10 with a free guidebook, children go free.<br />

More info at www.wiganfrm.co.uk<br />

Robin Park Leisure Centre, Loire Drive, WN5 0UL<br />

5K Family Fun Run<br />

Sunday, <strong>October</strong> 6, 11am start<br />

Help raise money for <strong>Wigan</strong> & Leigh Hospice with a<br />

family run through coloured bubbles! The 5K route<br />

loops around Haigh – entry £20 per adult or £10 per<br />

under-16 at www.wiganwarriors.com/bubblerush<br />

Haigh Woodland Park, School Ln, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN2 1PE<br />

Evening with Alan McGee<br />

Thursday, <strong>October</strong> 10, 7:30pm<br />

The man who discovered and signed Oasis heads<br />

to <strong>Wigan</strong> to deliver a personal insight into his<br />

fascinating career. Over 18s only – tickets £15 in<br />

advance on 01942 834747 or £20 on the door.<br />

The Old Courts, Crawford Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1NA<br />

Chorale Concert<br />

Friday, <strong>October</strong> 11, 7pm<br />

A concert of classic and popular music by Standish<br />

Chorale. Tickets £10 including wine and canapes,<br />

available from the parish office or on the door.<br />

St. Wilfrid’s Church, Rectory Lane, Standish, WN6<br />

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Brodsky Quartet<br />

Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 12, 7:45pm<br />

Martin Roscoe joins the iconic Brodsky Quartet for<br />

an evening of piano and strings. Tickets £18 per<br />

adult or £5 per student on 01257 498452.<br />

Parbold Village Hall, The Green, Parbold, WN8<br />

7DN<br />

John Denver Tribute<br />

Friday, <strong>October</strong> 18, 7:30pm-10pm<br />

Tarleton’s Chris Bannister performs classic American<br />

country hits from John Denver. Tickets £10 on<br />

01257 424105.<br />

St. James the Great Church, Church Lane,<br />

Wrightington, WN6 9SP<br />

Attic Sale<br />

Fri, Oct 18, 3pm-7pm & Sat, Oct 19, 10am-6pm<br />

A chance to purchase some treasures from the attic!<br />

Browse before the sale – info on 07974 486632.<br />

St. James the Great Church, Church Lane,<br />

Wrightington, WN6 9SP<br />

Baby Sale<br />

Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 19, 11am-2pm<br />

Browse a whole host of baby and toddler items and<br />

pick up a bargain! Proceeds go towards Shevington<br />

Memorial Park. Stalls available for £10 – more info at<br />

fsmp@outlook.com<br />

Shevington Methodist Church, Gathurst Lane,<br />

Shevington, WN6 8HA<br />

Ladies Festival<br />

Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 19, 6pm<br />

The Orrell Lodge Ladies Festival entertains you with<br />

rock n’ roll band Billy Scott and The Royals. Tickets<br />

on 07894 090599, dress code lounge suits.<br />

Pemberton Masonic Hall, Chapel Street,<br />

Pemberton, WN5 8JP<br />

Charity Music Night<br />

Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 19, 7pm<br />

Raise awareness for mental health with a night of<br />

live music from Thoughtune, Missy Wilo and many<br />

more, plus a raffle. Entry £3, proceeds to MIND.<br />

The Boulevard, Wallgate, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1LD


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Charity Fashion Show<br />

Tuesday, <strong>October</strong> 22, 6:45pm<br />

Jak Hanson host a fashion show and exclusive<br />

shopping event in aid of Blood Bike & Air Ambulance,<br />

along with Eccleston WI. Tickets £10 from Sheila on<br />

01257 451849 or in store at Jak Hanson.<br />

Derby House, Mossy Lea Rd, Wrightington, WN6 9RE<br />

Haunting of Spinners Mill<br />

Wednesday, <strong>October</strong> 23, 5pm-8pm<br />

Umbrella Arts lead you on a spooky walk around<br />

Spinners Mill, with fab live actors. Watch your back<br />

as ghosts, witches and zombies are around every<br />

corner! Tickets £4 from www.umbrella-arts.org<br />

Spinners Mill, Park Lane, Leigh, WN7 2LB<br />

Room on the Broom<br />

Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 26, 1:30pm-2:30pm<br />

An interactive children’s storytelling session<br />

suitable for ages 5 and under. Find the witches’ lost<br />

belongings and rescue them from a dragon! Tickets<br />

£5 including a free raffle draw on 07771 362383.<br />

Bickershaw Labour Club, Bickershaw Ln, WN2 5TE<br />

Huge Bridal Event!<br />

Bag the wedding dress of<br />

your dreams from £300<br />

7 day event starts<br />

Saturday 19th <strong>October</strong><br />

Includes late night Thursday<br />

Excellent aftersales service<br />

and full range of alteration<br />

services for any occasion<br />

Prom/occasion dresses from £50-£80<br />

To book your consultation contact Julie on:<br />

01257 424 624<br />

35 Preston Road, Standish, WN6 0JH<br />

www.julesbridalboutique.co.uk<br />

All Saints’ Church<br />

Appley Bridge<br />

All Saints Church is a modern parish church<br />

building in a quiet location in the village of<br />

Appley Bridge, close to Junction 27 of the M6.<br />

It comprises a main church room(up to 80<br />

people in chairs), a smaller side room(Up to<br />

12 people), and has a kitchen and unisex WC<br />

facility. Tables are available for both rooms, and<br />

chairs are moveable.<br />

All Saints is available at various times and<br />

days during the week for hire by small groups,<br />

choirs, clubs, societies, or for meetings /<br />

lectures / etc.<br />

HIRING RATES<br />

Room 1: £40-00 per evening, £90-00 per day<br />

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info leaflet at:<br />

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Find Us on Finch Lane (off Appley Lane<br />

North), and on Facebook<br />

Finch Lane, Appley Bridge, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN6 9DT<br />

Please Note: Bookings are accepted at the discretion of the church


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Nick Sharratt’s Drawalong<br />

Saturday, <strong>October</strong> 26, 2pm-4:30pm<br />

Acclaimed children’s illustrator Nick Sharratt shows<br />

you how to sketch favourite characters including<br />

Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, with a royal twist!<br />

Tickets £8 on 01942 834747.<br />

The Old Courts, Crawford Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1NA<br />

Dead & Buried Talk<br />

Thursday, <strong>October</strong> 31, 1:30pm-2:30pm<br />

Charlie Guy dispels the dark myths of the Victorian<br />

dead and shines a light on outdated – and downright<br />

creepy – funerary practices and superstitions. Entry<br />

£3 including hot drinks, available on 01942 828128.<br />

Museum of <strong>Wigan</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, Library Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1<br />

1NU<br />

Murder Mystery Night<br />

Saturday, November 2, 7:30pm<br />

A fully interactive murder mystery based on an endof-season<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Athletic Awards Dinner! Prizes for<br />

the star detective. Tickets £30 including 3-course<br />

meal and resident DJ, bookable on 01942 774000.<br />

DW Stadium, Loire Drive, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN5 0UZ<br />

Vegan Fair<br />

Sunday, November 3, 11am-4:30pm<br />

Browse delicious vegan food stalls including<br />

vegan cheese, cake and hot food, plus get loads of<br />

information on veganism and animal rescues. Entry<br />

£1, children free.<br />

Parbold Village Hall, The Green, Parbold, WN8<br />

7DN<br />

Mining History Talk<br />

Thursday, November 14, 12:30pm-1:30pm<br />

A concise history of coal mining from the formation<br />

of coal 300 million years ago to the recent end of<br />

deep mining, presented by Alan Davies. Tickets £3<br />

on 01942 828128.<br />

Museum of <strong>Wigan</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, Library St, WN1 1NU<br />

Parbold Frost Fair<br />

Saturday, November 16, 11am-4pm<br />

Discover local makers and pick up unique items in<br />

time for Christmas, plus enjoy food and drink.<br />

Parbold Village Hall, The Green, Parbold, WN8<br />

7DN<br />

Parish Christmas Fayre<br />

Sunday, November 24, 11:30am-1:30pm<br />

Lots to enjoy and buy, with plenty of Christmassy<br />

stalls to get you in the spirit. Bacon butties and<br />

homemade cakes available.<br />

St. Wilfrid’s Church, Rectory Lane, Standish, WN6<br />

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One lucky family is going<br />

to win a fabulous day out<br />

this <strong>October</strong> half term when<br />

they experience Monster<br />

Magic, featuring UglyDolls,<br />

at Gulliver’s World Theme<br />

Park in Warrington.<br />

The last week of <strong>October</strong> will be filled with spooky<br />

surprises and treats as Gulliver’s World teams up<br />

with UglyDolls for a Halloween event like no other.<br />

UglyDolls will be making special appearances<br />

alongside all of your favourite Gulliver’s characters.<br />

Look out for some seriously scary monsters as the<br />

park is ghoulishly transformed for one week only.<br />

Gulliver’s World is the ideal day out for families<br />

with younger children. Rides and attractions are<br />

designed for kids aged 2- 13. Gulliver’s guests can<br />

enjoy water rides, indoor attractions and plenty of<br />

shows.<br />

Get ready to enjoy one of their biggest ever rides this<br />

Halloween, Desperado Drop. Located in Western<br />

World, this brand-new drop tower is a thrilling new<br />

addition to the theme park, giving guests incredible<br />

views before a sensational descent.<br />

If you want to take a break from the Halloween<br />

activities then don’t forget to visit The Lost World<br />

area. This Jurassic section of the theme park will<br />

be open during the spooky season so be sure to<br />

discover the tail-thrashing, roaring dinosaurs. Hop<br />

aboard the observation tower for the most epic<br />

views and join the dino safari tour to get up close to<br />

the giant dinosaurs.<br />

Monster Magic at Gulliver’s World Warrington<br />

will be taking place from 25th <strong>October</strong> until 1st<br />

November. For the best value tickets, it’s always<br />

best to book at least two days in advance.<br />

For a bigger adventure why not try a stay and<br />

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of themed accommodation including the Swizzels<br />

Sweetie Suite. Stay and play packages have<br />

everything you need. Combine theme park entry,<br />

an overnight stay and resort extras to make your<br />

Halloween trip the perfect treat.


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Ugly<br />

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20th <strong>October</strong> and the winners will be notified within five<br />

working days. Entrants must be over 16 years of age. Only<br />

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6 people and includes access to all the rides and<br />

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and one child within the group. Valid for Gulliver’s<br />

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Sitting<br />

Comfortably<br />

These are the best seven-seaters on sale today<br />

Need plenty of space, both for luggage and occupants<br />

too? You’ll want a seven-seater then. Fortunately there<br />

are plenty of options currently on the market, offering<br />

a choice of body styles from a variety of brands.<br />

But which are best? That’s what we’ve been<br />

investigating – and here are the results.<br />

Land Rover Discovery<br />

This list was always<br />

destined to feature Land<br />

Rover’s go-anywhere<br />

Discovery. As well as<br />

seven comfortable seats, it’s packed with off-road<br />

technology to make it just as capable at scaling<br />

steep inclines as it is making the weekly run to the<br />

shops.<br />

Expensive it may be, but the Discovery comes<br />

loaded with equipment and is available with a<br />

range of engine choices, too.<br />

Volvo XC90<br />

When the firstgeneration<br />

XC90 was<br />

released, it stormed the<br />

market thanks to its<br />

rock-solid build quality and efficiency. The latest<br />

edition continues the legacy, albeit with a whole lot<br />

more technology and equipment.<br />

It’s also one of the safest cars on the market thanks<br />

to a raft of assistance systems. For families, there are<br />

few better options than the XC90.<br />

Seat Alhambra<br />

If you’re after the best<br />

possible passenger<br />

space, then look no<br />

further than the Seat<br />

Alhambra. It may be a little outdated inside, but the<br />

Alhambra makes up for it with a huge amount of<br />

interior room. It’s also surprisingly good to drive,<br />

and frugal, too.<br />

As the Alhambra has been around for a little while<br />

now, you’re likely to find good deals at the forecourt<br />

– bolstering its appeal.<br />

Skoda Kodiaq<br />

Skoda hit the nail on the<br />

seven-seater head when<br />

it released the Kodiaq.<br />

Rock-solid build quality<br />

and incredible value for money meant that this<br />

Czech SUV enjoyed immediate popularity and has<br />

continued to do so.<br />

It’s available with a range of efficient engines too,<br />

while a new performance-orientated model – the<br />

Kodiaq vRS – means there’s something for those<br />

with the need for speed as well.<br />

Audi Q7<br />

Audi’s big Q7 flies<br />

the flag for premium<br />

manufacturers here,<br />

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driving experience you’d expect from a car with four<br />

rings on the front. A high-quality interior and silkysmooth<br />

petrol and diesel engines seal the deal.<br />

There’s the all-conquering SQ7 available too –<br />

which puts many ‘normal’ performance cars to<br />

shame.<br />

Tesla Model X<br />

Representing the electric<br />

contingent is Tesla’s<br />

Model X. Spaceship-like<br />

in design, it’s a real looker out on the road but,<br />

fortunately for this list, it’s available with seven<br />

seats. A realistic 300-mile all-electric range means<br />

it’s usable for long-distance drivers, too.<br />

Though it may be expensive to buy outright, the<br />

Model X justifies its high price tag with minimal<br />

running costs and plenty of performance.<br />

Mercedes GLS<br />

The Mercedes GLS takes<br />

the fight to the Audi<br />

Q7, and having recently<br />

been updated, packs<br />

more technology and features than ever before. A<br />

longer wheelbase than the car it replaces means<br />

there’s more space than before, and improved<br />

legroom for all occupants.<br />

The interior of the car has been vastly overhauled,<br />

with a full widescreen infotainment system helping<br />

to give the cabin a particularly high-tech feel.<br />

Ford S-Max<br />

Though Ford’s S-Max<br />

has been around a little<br />

while now, it’s still one of<br />

the best-driving sevenseaters<br />

around, and offers genuine practicality as<br />

well. A range of frugal engines help to keep trips to<br />

the pump to a minimum, while solid build quality<br />

should mean it holds up to family duties too.<br />

A range-topping Vignale is now available, though<br />

even lower trims get a vast amount of standard<br />

equipment.


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Pots your style?<br />

Award Winner<br />

by Angie Barker<br />

People often underestimate the impact that pots<br />

can have on your outside space. Whether your<br />

garden is big or small, or even a balcony, then pots<br />

can really enhance the look of it by introducing<br />

colour and style, in terms of the pots you choose<br />

and the planting.<br />

There are a few things to remember though with<br />

container gardening. First of all think big. Two or<br />

three large pots look so much better than a large<br />

collection of small ones – and they will need less<br />

watering. Then choose your style. If your garden<br />

is more of a cottage garden with lots of perennial<br />

planting in an informal style, then terracotta is the<br />

obvious choice. If however you have a contemporary,<br />

sleek garden perhaps with decking, then stainless<br />

steel or black ceramic would fit in perfectly.<br />

You also have to bear in mind that plants in<br />

containers rely on you for their water. Don’t be<br />

fooled into thinking that the rain will keep them<br />

watered. In summer especially you will need a<br />

watering regime to stop the plants drying out.<br />

Adding water retentive gel to your compost can<br />

really help preserve water content.<br />

Hubby’s favourite is an Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’<br />

we have growing in a pot by our conservatory door.<br />

Acers of all descriptions do well in pots because<br />

they are slow<br />

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It is especially<br />

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My latest project this summer was to grow a Silver<br />

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it close to the house where I can appreciate its lovely<br />

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Established in 1984 as an emergency glazing service, today Dennis Goulding has grown and moved<br />

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embraced the latest changes in energy efficiency regulations, and still remain a local family business that<br />

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

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Don’t forget, we also offer all of these services daily...<br />

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B5250<br />

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