Local Life - Wigan - October 2019


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Wigan Edition October 2019

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Pages 86-87

Jack’s Tracks: Sandstone Trail

Pages 77-80

Albert Pierrepoint:

Southport’s Hangman

Pages 54-56

Education Special

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4 Local Life

The Power of Dog

Over where we live, there is a piece of waste ground

where all the neighbourhood’s dogs and dog

owners congregate on a daily basis whatever the

weather. I couldn’t honestly tell you a single name

of any of the owners or what they do in life; I just

know them as the fellow with the two Jack Russells,

or the chocolate Lab lady or the Lancashire Heeler

couple and so on.

When we converse, the subject matter ranges from

the weather, to Brexit, sports and obviously all sorts

of doggy talk. We listen to each other, have a bit of

banter, put the world to rights and then we all go

our own separate ways.

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if our leading

politicians were to walk their dogs and meet up

on Westminster Green for a similar chinwag every

day? No tribal politics allowed, just getting to

know each other and learning to respect each

other’s views. It would be a welcome change for

politicians to actually engage with each other face

to face, without any goading from fellow politicians,

interference from special advisers or a running

commentary from the media.

Would it work or would they use their dogs in

a power play to intimidate, like President Putin

allegedly did in 2007 when he introduced his big

black Lab to Germany’s Angela Markel, who is

apparently terrified of dogs.

Ok, so the answer to the world’s problems may not

lie with dogs, but after 3½ years of Brexit paralysis,

surely anything is worth a try to stop our country’s

politicians dominating the TV schedules. It’s not for

nothing that politics is known as showbiz for ugly

people and, if the last few months are anything

to go by, showbiz luvvies will soon be setting up

group therapy sessions, heavily traumatised by

their lack of airtime...

See you next time

Chris Pearce, Publisher


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In this issue

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81 Events2Go

77 Jack’s Tracks


60 Food

66 Legal & Finance

70 Business View

72 Health

86 Competition

91 Garden Diary

77 Leisure

88 Motoring

91 Gardening

96 Home Services






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6 News & Features

Retirement Plans Approved

An application to build retirement homes on

the former Chadwick’s site in Standish has been


The 1817 date stone from Chadwick’s will be

preserved and affixed to the wall of an apartment

building, though the building itself will be

demolished. The company has served local people

since opening their first premises in Standish in 1761.

Believe It

The nominees for Wigan Council’s Believe Sports

Awards have been announced ahead of the October

awards ceremony.

Categories include Club of the Year, Volunteer of

the Year, Unsung Hero and The Deal Community

Programme of the Year. Among those nominated for

the latter category are 50p Thursdays at Howe Bridge

Leisure Centre, which allow young people access

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Rainbow Recruits

Appley Bridge Rainbows are looking for adults to

volunteer to help out at their term time weekly

sessions – these take place from 4:40pm-5:40pm

every Tuesday at All Saints School.

Rainbows sessions are fun and friendly, working with

girls aged 5-7. Interested? Call Lou on 07855 652835.

Haigh Bubble Rush

A family-friendly 5K bubble rush takes place at Haigh

Woodland Park this month – will you walk, run, or

dance your way through colourful bubbles in aid of

two local charities? You’ll burst through four stations

with cannons pumping bubbles into the air, and

receive a medal when you cross the finish line.

Proceeds raised from the event go to Wigan &

Leigh Hospice, supporting local people with lifelimiting

illnesses, and Wigan Warriors Community

Foundation, which helps change people’s lives

through community sport and education.

Entry costs £20 per adult or £10 per under-16, and

the event is suitable for anyone aged 3+. It takes

place at Haigh Hall on Sunday, October 6 at 11am.

For more information or to sign up, visit www.

wiganwarriors.org/bubblerush or call 01942 762888.

New Car Boot Sale

An indoor car boot sale will take place at Standish

High School on Sunday, September 29, with the view

of taking place weekly.

Stalls cost £10, and can be set up between 8am and

8:30am before the car boot opens from 9am-1pm.

For more information or to book a stall, call Alan on

07956 081070.

St. Wilfrid’s Patronal Festival takes place in Standish

this month, with an exciting arts and cultural

programme taking place at the church.

An art exhibition from the Standish Art Group and

Art in Adlington takes place on Friday, October 11

from 10am-4pm, followed by a concert by Standish

Chorale at 7pm. The concert features classic and

modern pop music, and tickets cost £10 including

a glass of wine and canapes. Tickets are available

for purchase at the parish office from 10am-12pm

Monday-Friday or on the door.

Saturday, October 12 sees an art and craft exhibition

at the church - browse stalls of bespoke gifts, cards,

t-shirts and much more from 10am-4pm.

Finally, St. Wilfrid’s Patronal Songs of Praise takes

place on Sunday, October 13 at 6:30pm. Come

along and sing your favourite hymns, and enjoy

wine and shortbread with the church community


Joiner Required

Established Wigan-based joinery

company seeks time-served Joiner.

Immediate start. Successful

applicant will have work planned until

Christmas, but could lead to

long-term work.

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call Manos on

07852 202 867

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Achievement Awards

Wigan Soroptimists are seeking a girl or young

woman to be their Young Achiever of the Year for

2019. The scheme, which launched in 2012, searches

for young women who have achieved in a broad

number of fields, including young carers, those with

business acumen, achievement in sport, academic

excellence or acts of bravery.

The winner will receive an engraved trophy and a

£100 gift card, presented by the Mayor of Wigan in

early December this year.

Nominees must be aged between 14 and 21, and

must come from the catchment area of the club,

which is the Wigan Borough excluding Leigh,

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Medal Mystery

A Standish woman has uncovered an old medal

dating back to Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee back

in 1897 - with a strong connection to Wigan.

likely due to Powell’s educational influence as a

benefactor at Wigan and Sedbergh Schools.

Mrs Winstanley of Pepper Lane, Standish, found the

medal during a routine clear-out, and remembers

purchasing it from a local bazaar some years ago.

The copper coin was presented to local people with

a connection to educational services in the late

nineteenth century by Wigan MP Sir Frances Powell

to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. The front bears

a picture of Queen Victoria, while on the reverse is

inscribed ‘Wigan June 22 1897, presented by Sir

Francis Powell, Baronet MP’.

‘It’s been a longstanding tradition to rub the foot

of Powell’s statue in Mesnes Park,’ Mrs Winstanley

said. ‘It’s important that local children remember his

legacy, and these medals are definitely a part of that.’

A number of these medals have emerged in the local

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Choosing a retirement


Retirement beckons, and with it the opportunity

to do the things you’ve always wanted to do

but haven’t had time for. However, research by

the Skipton Building Society has shown that we

don’t always follow up on our dreams of an active

retirement: apparently many of us start to feel

bored and undervalued within just ten months of

stopping work.

According to the Age UK Index of Wellbeing in Later

Life, the rate of our general wellbeing can increase

by 20% if we simply engage with the world around

us, whether that’s through social activities in the

community, physical activities or creative pastimes.

Finding the right hobby can help you make new

friends and give you a sense of purpose, which

ultimately benefits both your physical and mental


Sociable hobbies

Joining a choir can be one of the most rewarding

ways to spend your leisure time. It’s estimated that

a staggering 2.8 million Britons now belong to a

choir, and recent research has shown that group

singing is a particularly fast way to create social

bonds – in other words, it’s a speedy short cut to

making new friends.

Other ways to meet people include volunteering at

an animal shelter, joining a book or film club or local

amateur dramatic society, helping at a charity shop,

or starting a social media group.

Home alone

If you want something you can do at home, creative

hobbies such as upcycling furniture, card-making

or jewellery-making could be perfect. Get inspired

by the speedy arts and crafts videos available on

YouTube or scour charity shops and second-hand

bookstores for cheap ‘how to’ books that can teach

you a new skill.

Buy vintage jigsaws and share the completed

pictures with friends online, write poetry or short

stories, take up knitting or baking or learn to fix up

an old car. Alternatively, find a pen pal in the UK or

overseas with the help of phone apps that make it

easy for you to chat to people all over the world.

The great outdoors

Exercise is important for health. Whether you

choose something like metal detecting

(which you can do on your own) or Nordic

walking (which you would normally do

as part of a group), there are so many

hobbies that encourage you to explore

the great outdoors.

Although you may be tempted to put

off choosing a hobby until you’ve finally

finished work, the evidence suggests that

it’s a good idea to have a plan in place.

With a little preparation you should be

able to walk out of work and straight into

a life filled with exciting new possibilities.



Plastic Busting Pooch

Wigan author Mark Sanders has released his latest

book for children, following the fictional footsteps

of a dog called Monty – with a special guest

appearance from Sir David Attenborough.

Monty Dogge and the Ocean Rescue tackles the

growing issue of plastic waste clogging up our

oceans, telling the story of Monty the Newfoundland

as he heads off with his friend Cookie into the water.

The real Monty, however, doesn’t like swimming,

author Mark admits. ‘He doesn’t even like going out

in the rain!’ Monty has gained a huge international

following on his blog, ‘Life According to Monty

Dogge’, and regularly goes out to visit local schools

to encourage reading outside of school. The 13

stone Newfoundland has now met around 30,000

children at over 80 different schools.

The new book has also seen Monty elected as

the official mascot for the Ocean Revival 2020

campaign, which will see a group of four Royal

Marines row across the Atlantic Ocean to highlight

the problem of plastic pollution.

‘I knew straight away I wanted to feature David

Attenborough [in the book]’, Mark tells me. ‘I sent

him a copy of the text fully expecting a standard

letter back from his production company. In less

than a week he had sent a handwritten letter saying

he was flattered to be included and wishing us well

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Christmas in Standish

The much-loved Standish Christmas Market returns

this November, with Santa setting up his grotto in

the library once again.

Tickets are available from the library on Friday,

November 1 (3:30pm-5pm), Saturday, November

2 (10:30am-11:30am) and Monday, November 4

(10am-11am) and cost £3.50 per child.

The grotto itself takes place on Christmas market day

on Saturday, November 30 from 10am-4pm.

Pop into the library for more information.

Our Town

The launch of a new scheme around the Wigan

borough will see communities coming together as

a £600,000 cash boost is shared across 12 districts.

Cash will go towards environmental projects, street

schemes and other public projects in areas including

Standish, Aspull, Orrell and Pemberton.

As part of the scheme, local people will have the

opportunity to be nominated for an ‘Our Town’

award for going the extra mile in the community.

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

Funding Awarded

Wigan is one of the town centres set to benefit from

the government’s high street regeneration fund.

The £95 million fund will be shared between 69

high streets across the country, restoring historic

buildings and redeveloping vacant lots.

Prescot and Ormskirk were also awarded funding.


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Beer and Bratwursts

October’s here, and it can only mean one thing – the

return of Oktoberfest!

The event returns to Haigh Woodland Park for three

days from Friday, October 4 until Sunday, October 6,

and welcomes a whole host of German delights into

the grounds.

Expect a Bavarian-style beer hall with a variety

of beers, delicious pretzels and bratwurst, and

some musical entertainment from Oompah band

Brasswurst and a resident DJ. So dust off your

lederhosen and get ready to party this autumn


Tickets start at £10 and are available from Eventbrite.

For more information, see Haigh Woodland Park on


Dorian Relief Appeal

A Standish man is appealing for donations to help

those affected by Hurricane Dorian overseas.

Phil Popple has arranged to send a sea container full

of essentials to Grand Bahama to help the 70,000

people who lost their homes. Hurricane Dorian

reached wind speeds of 185 mph and saw sea

levels rise 20 feet. 2,500 people remain registered as


Requested items include first aid kits, hygiene

products, air mattresses, baby formula, clothes,

children’s books, towels, pillows and tinned or dry

food. If you’d like to donate, just box or bag up

donations and call Phil on 07809 335951 or email

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of Wigan Infirmary and will help raise vital funds for

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will delve into Wigan’s Roman history with a themed

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The day’s programme includes talks detailing

archaeological finds, a walk around Roman Wigan,

and discussions about Chester’s Roman history. It’s

the perfect opportunity to learn more about Wigan’s

ancient heritage!

The cost of the day is £20 or £15 for students in fulltime

education. Lunch is available for an additional

fee of £5.

The Edge of Empire: Recording the Romans day

school will be held at Wigan & Leigh College,

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visit www.landcas.org.uk/events.html or email


The Cemetery Club

Wigan Little Theatre’s October production is

The Cemetery Club: the story of three New York

women who make a monthly trip to the cemetery

to visit their late husbands’ graves. The friendship

undergoes trials and tribulations when one of them

starts dating again.

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A shipwreck, mistaken appearances, love and

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Music is an integral part of the show, so any

instrumental ability is appreciated!

The production will be brought to life from February

25-March 7 next year, with rehearsals beginning a

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Putting Down Roots

A special planting ceremony is set to take place at

Standish Library this month, as volunteers prepare

to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the

sailing of the Mayflower.

Despite originally aiming to set sail in July, it wasn’t

until September 1620 that a group of English

Pilgrims left Plymouth for America. The journey

was an arduous one, and passengers had to

contend with treacherous weather conditions, food

shortages and damage to the ship which had to be

repaired mid-sail. It wasn’t until November that they

finally arrived in Cape Cod, where they set down the

anchor on November 11 after a failed attempt to

make it further south.

On board the Mayflower for its seminal journey was

local resident and military advisor Myles Standish,

who would eventually settle the New Plymouth

colony. During their first winter in America, diseases

like scurvy and tuberculosis rippled through

the passengers, killing over half the crew and

passengers. During this time, Myles Standish led

a shore party for an exploration of the local area,

fending off an attack by Native Americans and

discouraging the use of violence against them.

Standish also busied himself caring for his fallen

shipmates, becoming fast friends with future

governor of the Plymouth colony, William Bradford.

It wasn’t until March 1621 that they finally

disembarked from the ship, and Captain

Christopher Jones set about helping build huts on

the nearby land. A treaty was eventually established

between the Pilgrims and the local Pokanoket tribe.

However, the treaty wasn’t without challenge, with

various usurpers grappling to take power from

its established leader Massasoit. Other tribes too

presented a threat to the New Plymouth colony,

and Standish was elected as its First Commander.

A 110 foot granite tower with a bronze statue of

Standish himself now stands in Duxbury, New

England as a reminder of his instrumental role

in establishing that first Plymouth colony. He

eventually built a farmhouse in the nearby

Duxbury and settled down in 1628.

Standish died of strangury in 1656 and was

buried in Duxbury’s Old Burying Ground, now

the Myles Standish Cemetery, in Massachusetts.

Now, on Saturday, October 5, a planting

ceremony will take place with the Friends of

Standish Library to place a perennial border

along the front of the building. Led by gardening

expert and Local Life columnist Angie Barker,

the flowers will be prepared ahead of the

laying of a ceremonial plaque next year, on the

actual anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage

to America. Volunteers are invited to go along

and help lay the Mayflower border on the day.

Planting starts at 10:30am and all tools will be

provided, along with refreshments.

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Learning through


From science kits to marble runs, toys can be

as educational as they are fun!

Learning through play sees your child developing

key mental, physical and emotional skills, as well

as a real appetite for knowledge. Most toys can be

educational, whether they’re helping your child to

learn maths, or just to improve their hand-to-eye


A simple football can help your child to develop

their coordination and become better at working

in a team. If your child isn’t particularly sporty, the

new Scriball from Mitre (£10) might just tempt

them. Each kit contains a football decorated with a

picture to be coloured in.

Marble runs are fantastic for encouraging a child’s

creativity, as well as helping to develop their

problem solving skills, spatial awareness and handto-eye

coordination. Prices start at around £10 for

a small kit, but if you fancy splashing out, the Hape

Quadrilla Space Run is likely to prove a hit. The 176

pieces allow for plenty of combinations and the

glow in the dark stickers add extra excitement. £120

from www.amazon.co.uk.

While children seem to choose their comics based

on the free plastic toy, most children’s magazines

do include educational activities, from craft ideas to

recipes, puzzles and colouring in.

• National Geographic Kids Magazine is aimed

at the ‘explorers, archaeologists, scientists, artists

and astronauts of the future’. Your child could read

about endangered animals, lost civilisations, deep

sea dives and lots more. A subscription costs from

£36 for 12 issues from www.ngkids.co.uk.

• Whizz Pop Bang! is a monthly science magazine

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

craft activities and experiments. Each issue costs

£3.75, including postal costs. Subscription offers are

available, visit: www. whizzpopbang.com.

• The Week Junior is a current affairs magazine

for children aged 8+. It covers news in bite

sized chunks, specially written to appeal to

children. There are also features on a range of

subjects, from geography to technology and film.

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Lots of board games

have an educational

element. However, the

ones by Orchard Toys are

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the best. Their games are

always well-designed, robust and great fun to play

for children and parents alike. The bestselling Pop

to the Shops sees players move around a board to

spend their coins at different shops. Priced from

just £4.50, games are available from toy stores,

supermarkets and www.orchardtoys.com.


Making STEM Fun

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are the fastest growing

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

need to use elements of it throughout their working life.

According to The National Science Foundation, “To succeed in this new informationbased

and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in

STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.”

So how can you help your child to develop a real

enjoyment for STEM?


There are lots of children’s science sets available

to buy, but you don’t actually need any fancy

equipment to conduct simple experiments at

home, such as:

• Asking your child to add a few drops of oil to a

glass of water. Discuss what they think will happen.

Will the oil and water mix or stay separate?

• Finding four old, dull two pence coins. Soak each

one in a different liquid (water, coke, vinegar and

lemon juice) for a few minutes to see which liquid

cleans the coin the best.


Computer programming now features in the

National Curriculum and many schools offer basic

coding clubs from Key Stage 2. Paul Lyons, IT

Director at Ebuyer.com, explains, “Even if your child

has no interest in becoming a software developer,

they will benefit from skills such as problem solving

and following instructions - which can be applied

to other areas. Many parents may not know where

to begin, but introducing educational aspects into

children’s technology use at home can have a real

impact on a child’s ability.”


There are lots of resources available to help your

child at home. Useful websites include:

• scratch.mit.edu, which lets children aged six and

up learn the basics of creating games online.

• codecombat.com: while this American site is

mainly aimed at teachers, you can sign up as a

parent or student to access a free short course.

• www.codeclub.org.uk, which lists coding clubs

for 9-13 year olds across the UK.


K’Nex model building sets are a fun way to

introduce engineering concepts. The K’Nex

Education Introduction to Simple Machines: Levers

and Pulleys Set, for example, contains more than

170 pieces, and instructions for building eight mini


You can also help your child to make simple

structures using household items. Straws and play

dough are ideal for building model bridges. Or try

searching www.instructables.com for instructions

on making structures out of lolly sticks or toothpicks.


Kjartan Poskitt, author of Murderous Maths and

Ambassador for the National Young Mathematicians’

Awards 2017, says, “I always say that maths is like

broccoli. You either like it or you hate it, but you

have to have some because it’s good for you. If

learning the tables is driving your child mad, what

can you do to sauce them up? The secret is to play

around with numbers and get to know them.

Here are a couple of little facts and

tricks to get you started:

• If you write out the digits 1 2 3 4, you can turn

them into 12 = 3 x 4. You can also do this with

5 6 7 8 because 56 = 7 x 8.

• Pick any three consecutive numbers (e.g. 4, 5

and 6). Multiply the smallest by the biggest, and

then add one. (So here we get 4 x 6 = 24, then

24 + 1 = 25). The answer is always the same as

the middle number squared (5 x 5 = 25).”

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Encouraging a love of


According to BookTrust, children who enjoy reading

tend to have better literacy skills, increased vocabulary

and enhanced general knowledge. Reluctant readers

may need some extra help to discover their inner book

worm, however.

Lead by example

Show your child how much you enjoy reading, even

if it’s just by flicking through a cookbook or burying

your head in a magazine. You could also take family

trips to the library, give books as gifts and talk to

your children about the books you’re both reading.

The BookTrust also recommends that parents and

children try reading the same book occasionally.

You could take turns reading a chapter aloud or you

could both read on your own and then discuss what

you like and dislike about the book.

Let them choose

There’s a temptation to guide children towards

‘suitable’ books but try to let your child choose

their own. Some may prefer factual books, such as

Horrible Histories, over fiction. Others may prefer

magazines or short stories that they

can dip in and out of.

Interactive books

Children who find reading too passive an activity

might prefer books with interactive elements.

Usbourne’s Puzzle Adventure books are a good

place to start. They tend to feature two main

characters who have an adventure and are faced

with a series of puzzles, such as coded letters and

cryptic clues, which the reader helps to solve. You

could also look for ‘choose your own adventure’

books, where the story unfolds depending on

which paths the reader decides to take.


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supplements showed a 64% greater improvement

in reading comprehension than the group not on


Meet authors

Libraries, bookstores and other venues

often have visits from local authors,

who will give a talk, read an extract

from their latest book and answer

questions. Search for ‘author’ on www.

eventbrite.com or sign up to your

library’s mailing list. Many towns and

cities now host an annual book festival,

which often includes talks by children’s

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Whether they’re slaying dragons or discovering new

worlds, children’s imagination knows no bounds.

When it comes to creating stories with characters

and plots though, it can be difficult to get started

when faced with a blank page. A few props and story

prompts can really help to get those creative juices


Creating characters

Fill a cloth bag with accessories, such as perfume

and aftershave samples, a silk tie, an old pair of

glasses, a toy, a brooch, a hat, a watch and other

personal items. Scour your local charity shops and

ask friends for donations. You could also add a few

fantastical items to the bag, like a pirate hat, fairy

wand, bottle of witch’s potion, toy spaceship and

so on.

Ask your child to choose two or three items from

the bag, without looking. Then ask them to create

a character based around the items. Ask questions

to help. What does the character look like? Are they

male or female? How old are they? What do they

like doing? Where do they live? Your child can then

write about their character, or draw a picture of

them, or both.

Short Story Prompts:

• Going to space

• Getting lost

• Inventing something

• A wish comes true

• Discovering a superpower

• Finding an injured animal

• Discovering a secret door

Creating stories

If your child is struggling to think of a story, creative

prompts can help them to get started. You could

come up with a scenario and ask them to think

about what might happen next. For example, ‘Your

character finds a door hidden behind a bookcase.

It’s only two feet high, so they have to crawl through

it. What do they find when they do?’

Fold each story prompt up so it can’t be read, and

ask your child to choose one or two. They can then

use the prompts as the basis for their story. Don’t

be too rigid. If they don’t like the prompt, let them

pick another. If they have a different idea for a story,

even better!


Extra resources

There are lots of free online resources to help you. A

good place to start is www.youngwriters.co.uk,

which offers downloadable workshops and


Creativity for Kids

makes fun craft kits,

including Create Your

Own Pop Up Books.

The kit includes

two books, several

colouring pens,

stickers and popup

elements. It kept our young testers entertained

for a good couple of hours, and the results have

become treasured keepsakes. The kit costs £16.50

and can be bought from Amazon, Hobbycraft and

independent arts and craft shops.

If your child needs a bit of motivation, they

could enter a competition. Libraries and literacy

organisations often organise or advertise children’s

creative writing competitions, as do:

Writing Times: www.writingtimes.co.uk

Young Writers: www.youngwriters.co.uk

Families Magazine: www.familiesonline.co.uk


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How to

Save and Make Money

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One of the trickiest but most important parts of

university life is managing your money. Budgeting for

food, clothes, nights out, books and study materials

can be overwhelming at first, but there are ways you

can help yourself.

Here are a few tips to help you spend less, save

more, and earn money at university, so you can stop

worrying about finances and make the most of this

precious time in your life.

Ways to save money at university

Make use of technology

All you need is your mobile phone. There are apps

to help you save on food, that show you how to

budget, and that keep an eye on your data usage.

Keep your food costs down by making a list of your

favourite ingredients, and an app will let you know

the cheapest places to buy them locally. You can

also track your expenses with a budgeting app.

Just type in how much you spend each day, and

what you’ve bought – at the end of the month, a

report gives you a round-up of where your money is

going, so you can adjust your spending if necessary.

Learn how to cook

Learning how to cook from scratch is a valuable skill

for life, but as food is one of the highest student

expenditures, it’s also a vital part of saving money.

Apart from the extra cash in your pocket, you can

still be sociable without the expense of eating out,

impressing your friends with gastronomic delights.

It’s a good idea to plan your meals ahead and only

buy what you need each week, avoiding ready

meals if possible, as although they’re convenient,

they’re generally bad for your health. Also, stick to

buying own-brand products that can usually be

found on the lower shelves in supermarkets, where

you might not normally look.

Ways to make money at university

Get a part-time job

Retail, catering, and hospitality are just three areas

where you could pick up a part-time job with fixed

hours that fits in with your studies. Although you

may need to forsake some evenings and weekends,

payday could make it worthwhile to miss out on a

few social occasions.

Another idea for part-time work, and one that’s a

little more flexible, is mystery shopping. You sign up

with a mystery shopping agency, or directly with an

independent company, and get paid for checking

the level of service provided in their outlets.

Promotion work and flyers

Handing out flyers around campus and promoting

club nights or events on the streets of your

university town can earn you some extra money,

but be sure to find out whether you’re working on a

commission or a ‘per hour’ basis.

If you’re sociable and good at marketing, you

could even apply to become an on-campus ‘brand

ambassador’ for a household brand name. You

might be able to organise your own promotions

and events for the brand, and make a name for

yourself in marketing.



Tech for the New


It’s that time of year again: schools, colleges and

universities are readying for a new term and parents

are running around trying to get everything their

children need. Increasingly that includes technology,

whether that’s a basic laptop for younger children’s

homework or an all-rounder for studying, social

media and streaming video at home or in student


It’s worth thinking about streaming video if your

children are staying away from home, because

you can get almost all the TV you

want for free,

entirely legally,

via the internet and

most catch-up TV apps (BBC

IPlayer does need a licence). There’s no

need for a pricey Sky or Virgin contract, just a

decent broadband service. If video is going to be a

key thing, make sure whatever you buy has a goodsized

screen or buy a Chromecast, which enables

you to stream video from your computer to a TV.

The best all-rounder is a Windows 10 laptop – the

Acer Chromebook is a cheap option with a long

battery life for lectures and beyond, while the Dell

XPS 13 is a much pricier option at £1,199 but offers

a full touchscreen and beautifully refined graphics.

a powerful laptop. It’s pricey though (from £769)

with another £179 for a keyboard cover or £89 for

the Apple Pencil.

Kindles can be a more lightweight alternative

to hefting heavy textbooks around, with over 3

million eBooks to choose from in the Kindle Store.

It’s worth checking your insurance policies too,

especially if your children will be moving out for

college or university. Your home insurance might

already cover your children’s gadgets when they’re

away from home, but don’t assume that’s the case

- and if they do, check the excesses, which might

be higher than the cost of repairing or replacing

a gadget. The same applies to any contents

insurance you may take out for your children’s

accommodation. Lots of companies

have insurance policies specifically

designed for students’ computers

and smartphones, and sites such as

money.co.uk enable you to compare

the cover, cost and excesses quickly. We’d

particularly recommend insurance that covers

you for accidental damage: if something can be

dropped, smashed or accidentally covered in

liquid, it probably will be.

There’s another option: tablets such as the iPad.

Previously we’ve said they aren’t really ideal for

serious work but that’s changed with the arrival

of the iPad Pro, which is a genuine alternative to



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Autumn reads

Fall into a good book this autumn

The Dutch House

by Ann Patchett

A book about the bond between

siblings, the repercussions of

past events and the attachment

people can feel for a place. In

this case, the place is a big, grand

house, and the siblings are Danny

and Maeve. Their mother flees when Danny is just

a toddler, leaving Maeve to step into her shoes.

When the children gain a stepmother, they soon

learn they’re not welcome in their own home and

the future they had planned comes tumbling down.

How to Create your Garden

by Adam Frost

During spring and summer,

it can be a challenge to

maintain the garden. Come

autumn, it’s a bit easier to

manage, so it’s a good time

to start planning for next

year. This book is packed with practical advice, from

designing walkways to building water features.

Step-by-step instructions, bright photos and

illustrations, and an easy-going writing style make

the process of garden design more enjoyable.

Tall Tales and Wee Stories

by Billy Connolly

Bringing together some of the

most popular sketches from

Billy Connolly’s 50 year career

in comedy, including Jojoba

Shampoo, The Last Supper, and

Shouting at Wildebeest. Dip in

when you need an instant pick-me-up after a bad

day. (Just don’t read it on the train, unless you don’t

mind snorting with laughter in public.)

It’s Vintage, Darling!

by Christa Weil

This book will help you to

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You’ll learn how to recognise

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materials, cuts and designs,

and choose clothes that look

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Planning to make your own

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This book makes it easy, with

templates and step-by-step

instructions. There are tree

decorations, lanterns and

a festive winter scene, as well as greetings cards.

Thirteen designs are included. You’ll need some

paper, a craft knife, glue, and a cutting mat (ideally).



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Pierrepoint: Hangman


By Jess Phillips

For children considering future career paths, you’d

generally expect answers of ‘athlete, ‘soldier’ or

‘teacher’. ‘Hangman’ would be pretty far down

the list – but that’s exactly what a young Albert

Pierrepoint – who would later be known as ‘the

Southport Hangman’ - announced he would

become when asked at school. In his long career

as a hangman, Pierrepoint would go on to execute

one of Wigan’s most notorious killers: Norman

William Green.

Both Albert’s father Henry and Uncle Thomas were

official executioners in the early twentieth century;

Albert cited the ‘steady hands’ that ran in the family

as his reason for following in their footsteps.

Henry Pierrepoint was an alcoholic, removed from

the list of executioners in 1910 after turning up

to a prison drunk the day before a hanging was

scheduled to take place. In 1917 Henry’s health

declined, leaving him unable to work and forcing

young Albert to learn a trade as a learner tuber at

Marlborough Mills.

Henry began to train Albert in conducting

executions using rope and sacks of corn, as he’d

trained his own younger brother Thomas. Albert’s

own career in executions began in 1931, training

for four days at Pentonville Prison in London with a

dummy. He became assistant executioner by 1932

and assisted in his first execution in Dublin that

December, under the instruction of his Uncle Tom.

Albert was promoted to Head Executioner in 1941,

and became renowned for his accuracy when

conducting a hanging. Ahead of the execution he’d

evaluate the prisoner’s build through a Judas Hole –

a one-way peephole - in the condemned cell, before

testing the equipment in the execution chamber

next door. Prisoners were taken to the yard or to

the chapel so they didn’t have

to hear the practice runs taking

place, a dignity Pierrepoint was

adamant they receive.

The length of each drop was

calculated using the Home

Office Table of Drops, allowing

Pierrepoint to achieve a nearperfect

Hangman’s Fracture

every time. He recorded these

calculations in a diary that was

auctioned off along with a

plaster cast of his face and hands

in June this year. The collection

sold for £20,000.

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint

Following the Second World

War, Pierrepoint was responsible


for hanging numerous war criminals including the

notorious concentration camp commandant Josef

Kramer – known as ‘The Beast of Belsen’ – and Irma

Grese, the ‘Hyena of Auschwitz’. Infamous for her

brutal treatment of female prisoners at Auschwitz,

Grese would allegedly select only the most beautiful

women to go to the gas chamber out of jealousy. It

was also said that she had gruesome lampshades

made from prisoners’ skin in her quarters.

Among Pierrepoint’s later hangings was Wigan man

Norman William Green, known for stabbing two

young boys to death. The first victim was William

Harmer, found in a field off Miry Lane in 1954 by a

passer-by. Harmer later died in hospital from the

eleven stab wounds Green inflicted.

Green pleaded insanity in court but was convicted

after confessing to the murder of the two boys. He

was hanged by Pierrepoint in July 1955 at Walton

Jail in Liverpool.

The last woman to be hanged in Britain also met her

end at Pierrepoint’s noose. In London, former model

and club manager Ruth Ellis shot her ex-lover David

Blakeley five times. Despite her solicitor appealing

to the Home Secretary, Ellis declared she wanted

no part in appeal proceedings and regardless, was

told she would not be reprieved. Her execution was

carried out in 12 seconds.

On that same night seven year old William

Mitchell was also stabbed by a man fitting Green’s

description, but two men came to his rescue and

chased the attacker away. Not so lucky was ten

year old Norman Yates, who Green attacked a year

later in Back Hope Street, Ince. Yates died from his



One of the most famous – and most controversial

– cases in Pierrepoint’s execution history was the

Rillington case. 25-year-old Timothy Evans was

said to have the mental age of a 10-year-old when

he first confessed to the murder of his wife and

daughter at number 10, Rillington Place in Notting

Hill, and then later protested his innocence. After

Evans was hanged by Pierrepoint, it transpired

that his landlord John Christie was responsible

for the murders of several women in the area and

had hidden their bodies in the house. Evans was

later posthumously pardoned. Both a film and TV

miniseries about the case were released, in 1971

and 2016 respectively.

Pierrepoint resigned from the list of executioners in

February 1956 and retired to Preston New Road in

Southport. Locals describe him as a friendly man,

often passing out sweets to Southport children

and never short of a smile. For a time he was also

landlord of the Rose & Crown pub in Much Hoole.

In total, ‘the Southport Hangman’ executed

between 400 and 600 people in his career as a

hangman. Despite this, his friends described him as

a far cry from the sombre executioner figure; rather,

they described him as ‘very jovial’ – the ‘life and soul

of the party’.

Irma Grese

One of these friends was a regular at Pierrepoint’s

first pub, Help The Poor Struggler in Oldham. The

duo would perform duets together and nicknamed

one another ‘Tish’ and ‘Tosh’. Corbitt strangled his

mistress Eliza Woods in 1950 and scribbled the word

‘whore’ on her forehead; Pierrepoint was tasked

with executing his friend when he pleaded guilty at

his trial in Liverpool. In the death cell, Corbitt and

Pierrepoint exchanged their usual greeting, and

when leading him to the gallows, Albert said kindly,

‘Come on Tish, old chap’.

Of the incident, Pierrepoint wrote in his 1974

autobiography, ‘[Tish] was not only aware of the

rope, he had the man who handled it beside him

singing a duet. The deterrent did not work.’

It was perhaps the hanging of his friend that began

to shift Pierrepoint’s view on capital punishment.

He declared: ‘I now sincerely hope that no man is

ever called upon to carry out another execution in

my country […] All the men and women whom I

have faced at that final moment convince me that

in what I have done I have not prevented a single


Ruth Ellis

Albert Pierrepoint died in 1992, aged 87, at Melvin

Care Home in Westbourne Road, Birkdale. His death

was registered in Liverpool, though his burial place

remains undisclosed.





The need for more homes in the UK has oft been

quoted as the major part of the UK housing crisis, but

a number of changes have been made to planning

permission rules to try and ease this issue.

And as a result, it’s now easier for homeowners to

build an extension for your house than it has been

for a long time.

Of course, one of the main reasons for people

moving is the need to upsize to accommodate

growing families, and so in 2013 and 2015, the

planning permission rules were relaxed. In 2013,

temporary planning rules were introduced to

allow larger single storey rear extensions without

the need of a full planning application. These rules

allowed terraced and semi-detached homes to be

extended by 19ft, and detached houses were able

to add extensions of up to 24ft.

And since then, 109,320 households have taken

advantage of the temporary rules.

These temporary rules have now been made

permanent recently and is part of a package of

planning reforms to build more households, build

them better, quicker and make the housing market

work, meaning families can grow without being

forced to sell and move… or does it?

Well, yes and no.

These relaxed rules only relate to single-storey

extensions, which means if families want an extra

bedroom upstairs, they will still have to obtain a

full planning permission which is costly and time

consuming. However, as many canny householders

have used these rules to build a decent size grannyannex,

it is still freeing up Granny’s old place.

There was a second temporary change made in

2015, which may have a bigger impact on the

housing market, particularly in town centres. The

new rules allow office blocks and shops to be

converted into residential homes without a full

planning application being made.

Since 2013, 11,090 office blocks and 1,750 shops

have been converted into residential households.

This doesn’t sound a lot, but in 2017 alone,

converted shops and office blocks provided 37,000

new households alone in the UK, which equates to

an impressive 7% of the new households created in

2017. Over the next decade, more and more office

blocks and shops will be converted into residential

properties, and this will slowly change the dynamic

of the housing market and the high street.

So, will these changes ease the housing crisis AND

breathe some life into our dying high streets? Only

time will tell.

If you are looking for an agent that is well

established, professional and communicative, then

contact us to find out how we can get the best out

of your investment property. Email me on

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

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

worked within the Wigan property market for over 30 years.

Alan Batt

For more of Alan’s tips, guidance and analysis on the Wigan

property market, check out



We bring you the latest trends in

the UK's housing market, with a

detailed focus on WN6 area.

House prices

Property prices remained virtually static

in June, the average price of a property

£230,292 up just 0.7% on May. Year-on-year

prices have risen by 0.9%.


Wages rose 3.9% in the three months to

June, the highest rate of growth since 2008

according to new figures released by the

Office for National Statistics.

Wage growth continues to outstrip inflation,

inflation in June 1.9%, the same as May and

down 0.1% on April.


The HMRC report that transaction levels in

July were 12.4% below the same month a

year ago. It is worth pointing out that that

the June 2019 figure has just been revised

from a 16.5% fall to a 4.7% fall. It is likely that

the July fall is not as substantial as is being

currently reported.

Alan Batt


78, Market Street, Wigan, WN1 1HX

T: 01942 233 999

E: alan@alanbatt.co.uk

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60 Food & Drink


A taste of Juniper

The Kitchen

Our chefs take pride in creating fresh delicious

dishes using only the best quality ingredients.

Start your day with our tasty breakfast menu, join

us for lunch, or perhaps we can tempt you to an

afternoon brew and one of our scrumptious cakes.

Our evening menu includes some delicious

dishes. We also have our small plate’s option

exclusive to our evening menu, a tapas-style

sharing experience.

The Bar

We have an extensive range of wines, spirits,

cocktails and speciality gins. From well-known

brands to local and small batch distillers.

Our mixologist has created a range of signature

cocktails exclusive to Juniper Bar & Kitchen.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Open from 10am daily.

7 Church Lane, Shevington, WIGAN, WN6 8BD

Tel: 01257 253979

Email: info@juniperbarandkitchen.com

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Sally’s Specials

by Marti of The Star Inn

The Star Inn

Sally’s Salt

‘n’ Pepper


This dish is absolutely delicious, jam-packed with

fresh ingredients and flavour that will set your taste

buds alight!

Serves 2


Start by adding the chicken pieces into a mixture of

plain flour and the Salt ’n’ Pepper seasoning.

Once the chicken pieces are fully coated, drop them

into the fryer for 1 minute to form a crisp outer


Meanwhile in a large frying pan heat a little oil on

a medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the chillies,

onions and peppers, cook down until everything is

soft and be careful not to burn them.

Next, add the chicken pieces, garlic, chicken stock

and sweet chilli sauce and toss gently.

Cook together for another 2 minutes, this finishes

off the cooking of the chicken and reduces the stock

making it lovely and sticky.

To finish, add the coriander. The chicken will be

cooked thoroughly and should also be soft and



1 white onion, sliced

1 red and yellow pepper, sliced

3 large cloves of crushed garlic

1 pack of roughly chopped coriander (including


2 tbsp of salt and pepper seasoning

5 tbsp of sweet chilli sauce

1/4 pint of chicken stock

1 green and red chilli, de seeded and diced

2 chicken breasts diced into strips (around 5 pieces

per breast)

Divide into 2 bowls and serve with aromatic rice.



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

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

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

The Star Inn at Roby Mill.

The Star’s



This tangy and refreshing cocktail is a must for

those who love passionfruit and tropical cocktails.

Great for a party showstopper!

Serves 1


1 shot of passoa (passionfruit liqueur)

1 shot of vanilla vodka

1/2 shot of passion fruit syrup

5ml lemon juice

1 1/2 shots of pineapple juice

1 shot of prosecco

1/2 passionfruit


Chill a martini glass in the fridge whilst you prepare

the rest of the cocktail.

Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Pour in the passoa, vanilla vodka, passionfruit syrup,

lemon juice and pineapple juice.

Shake well until frost forms on the cocktail shaker.

Strain into the martini glass with a Hawthorne

strainer if you have one.

Top with 1/2 fresh passion fruit

Serve with a shot of prosecco


66 Legal & Finance

Choosing Your

Financial Adviser

Like your most influential teacher at school, a good

financial adviser should inspire, advise and reassure

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

Whilst a poor adviser will put their interests before

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

and have no interest in your future. Worryingly both

advisers will be FCA registered, both have at least a

Level 4 qualification, and both will sound plausible. So

how do you select the right adviser for you?

The right qualifications

You want an adviser who takes professional

knowledge and development very seriously and is

completely independent. Look for an adviser who is

a Chartered Financial Planner or a Certified Financial

Planner - or is actively working towards these


These are Level 6 qualifications - equivalent to

a university degree and are the “Gold Standard”

amongst financial advisers. Advisers who have

achieved this level of technical competence have

demonstrated that they are capable of dealing with

clients that perhaps have more complicated financial

planning requirements.

A clear plan

A good adviser will ask challenging questions and

map out a plan to achieve your goals.

They will spend considerable time listening to you

and asking smart questions to help you define

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

determine your desired future lifestyle. Your adviser

will create a financial plan to meet your objectives,

ensuring that account is taken of tax-efficient

planning such as pensions, and considering estate

planning too.

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

as the plan indicates, and your adviser should review

and update the plan on a regular basis.

Relationships count

Your financial adviser will become an important

professional person in your life so it is essential that

you get on well. Ask yourself whether the adviser

really cares about you, genuinely wants you to reach

your goals, and is willing and able to challenge you

along the way.

And finally, fees

Fees should be open, transparent and fair. You should

feel you are getting good value for money. Given that

a good adviser could potentially make a difference

of many thousands of pounds to your financial

position over time, we suggest that you base your

decision primarily on qualifications, approach and

relationship as opposed to price alone.

Should you wish to have a chat with one of our

qualified financial planners please feel free to

give us a call on 01257 423800. We are on the high

street in Standish and have client parking. The

initial meeting is at our expense and, of course, is

without any obligation.

David Barton APFS Cert CII (MP)

Managing Director &

Chartered Financial Planner

Legal & Finance 67

In these uncertain times,

it’s vital to protect your

family’s financial future.

Prosper Wealth Management are Wigan’s

premier investment and pension


Established in 2003, we now protect the

interests of more than 600 local clients

with total investments of over £170m .

We were awarded the ‘gold standard’

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company with this prestigious


For trusted and independent investment

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Puzzle Pages



1. Put into code (8)

5. Salve, ointment (4)

9. Clench, clutch tightly (5)

10. Robert ___, Poet Laureate 1913–30 (7)

11. Trousers that end above the knee (6)

12. Emerge from an egg (5)


Care with a “K”,

care with

1. Boundary, rim (4)

a difference

2. Railway carriages (7)

3. John ___, English painter and decorative

designer best known for his stained

glass in Coventry and Llandaff cathedrals (5)

4. Raise in a relief (6) E: kpsouthporthc@kareplus.co.

6. Slang of thieves and W: vagabonds www.kareplus.co.uk/southp


7. Reckless or malicious behaviour (8)

31-33 Hoghton Street, Southport, P

8. Hindu deity (6)

13. Panel of buttons used to operate a computer (8)

15. Game played on a court (6)

17. Former capital of Pakistan (7)

18. Decanter (6)

14. Inferior substitute or imitation (6)

16. Item that fastens together two

ends of a belt (6)

19. Bowl-shaped vessel (5)

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20. Crust-like surfaces of healing wounds (5)

22. Rice and raw fish wrapped in seaweed (5)

23. Small area of water-surrounded land (4)

21. Preposterous (6)

24. Shrub that yields coffee beans (7)

25. Items of footwear (5)

26. Item of crockery (4)

27. Characteristic of a woman (8)

What Next? Call:

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St Helens 01744 747078 (Option 2)

E: kpwiganandsthelenshc@kareplus.co.uk

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THEME: Vegetables

Find the hidden words in the word search grid


























CLUE: Hoping for

good luck

Trace a path through

all the letters to find

the word or phrase

that fits the clue.






The numbers in each row add up to totals to the

right. The numbers in each column add up to the

totals along the bottom.

The diagonal lines also add up

the totals to the right.


2 8

4 1

7 6

26 15 17 18







All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 110 of this magazine

70 Business View

Xero the Hero

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

5 Reasons why your business needs Xero

Xero is the leading online accountancy software

for small businesses in the UK. The development

of online software has seen a shift from desktop

products such as Sage to modern, intuitive online

products such as Xero and Quickbooks. CMA have

been partnering with Xero since 2010 and here are

some of the reasons why we love it:

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

information and not on giving you a historic

view of your business. The dashboard gives you a

current view of your cash and bank balances and

outstanding bills and invoices.

2. Daily bank feeds - Your bank transactions feed

directly into the software, showing incoming and

outgoing transactions as they happen.

3. Automated bookkeeping - By linking Xero with

products such as Receipt Bank and Auto Entry,

purchase invoices can be automatically scanned

and uploaded into your Xero data, so no manual

input is required. This not only saves time but

reduces the risk of human inputting errors. No

need for files of paper invoices, as all documents

are saved in the cloud.

4. Online sales invoices - No need to print and

post out sales invoices as these can be sent

automatically online. This saves on printing and

postage costs and also avoids postage delays so

you many even get paid quicker! Xero has a credit

control function and can send out automatic

chaser emails for unpaid invoices.

5. Access anywhere, anytime - Unlike desktop

accounting packages, Xero can be accessed from

any device with an internet connection. So when

you need those numbers fast, they’re always


In addition to these features, Xero is fully compliant

with Making Tax Digital and therefore submitting

your VAT return via the software ensures that

you are staying on top of the changes being

introduced by HMRC.

We have seen first-hand how Xero can

revolutionise businesses. It enables CMA to work

closely with our clients and proactively help them

make better decisions. We can assist you in a

number of ways by either helping you set up the

software, train you and your staff to get the most

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

process your bookkeeping and send you a report

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

business is performing

Special Offer

For a limited period we are offering all new

clients Xero software free of charge for

6 MONTHS if they sign up for our services

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We offer a free consultation for anyone that would

like to speak to us about these changes – just drop

by our office on Skull House Lane in Appley Bridge.

The kettle is always on and there will be no charge

for the initial meeting.

Chris Alcock ACMA - CMA Accountancy

39 Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge,

Wigan, WN6 9DR

Tel: 01257 255521

Email info@handsonaccounting.co.uk

web www.handsonaccounting.co.uk

Business View 71

Making Tax Digital

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72 Health & Fitness

Everything you need to know about the


Since menopause affects roughly half

the population, it’s important for men to

understand it as well as women, because it

will affect their mothers, sisters, daughters,

partners and colleagues.

What is the menopause?

When the ovaries begin to produce less

oestrogen and no longer release an egg

every month, periods stop. Menopause

is marked by a year without periods. In

the UK, the average age of menopause

is 51, with the vast majority of women reaching

menopause between 45 and 55.

However, perimenopause – the pre-menopause

phase where oestrogen levels are dropping – can

last for months or years, as can symptoms (which

may persist for years after periods have stopped).

While some women pass through perimenopause

and menopause without any problems, most have

symptoms of some sort. For an unlucky minority

these can be severe and long-lasting, with profound

effects on their physical and mental health.

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Hot flashes/flushes – Women may experience

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Breast tenderness and changes – during

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Decreased libido – some women also find sex less

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Urine leakage and urinary urgency – such as

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Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)

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and potentially leading to anxiety.

Palpitations (heartbeats that suddenly feel more

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Irregular or unusually light or heavy periods –

some women experience ‘flooding’ (excessive and/

or sudden blood loss) during perimenopause, and

should always see their doctor if this continues.

Vaginal dryness – this can cause itching and


discomfort, and make intercourse uncomfortable.

Skin issues – dryness, itchiness or ‘crawling’


Reducing symptoms and side-effects

Lifestyle changes: regular exercise, stopping

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fruit, vegetables and calcium-rich foods. Caffeine,

smoking and alcohol can make hot flushes worse,

and spicy foods may be a trigger too.

Keeping the bedroom cool: this can make

sleeping easier and reduce night sweat discomfort.

Get enough calcium and Vitamin D: getting

adequate sunlight (essential for producing the

Vitamin D necessary for healthy bones) is important.

A supplement may be helpful.

CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy): this therapy

can help to reduce anxiety and depression and also

increase confidence and self-esteem.

Reducing stress: stress can aggravate menopausal

symptoms, so reducing stress can make the

menopause easier to cope with.

Low dose contraceptive pills: these pills can

reduce menopause symptoms, regulate periods

and make periods lighter. They also help to prevent

bone loss (which can lead to osteoporosis) and

reduce ovarian and uterine cancer risk.

HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy): available

as tablets, patches, gels and implants, these

treatments replace dwindling hormones and so

reduce the symptoms and risks of menopause, such

as heart disease and osteoporosis.

Testosterone supplements can restore libido.

Vaginal oestrogen treatments: Available in the

form of a cream, pessary or ring, they can improve

vaginal dryness and discomfort.

Non-hormonal vaginal lubricants: Helpful if

vaginal dryness is causing discomfort, particularly

during intercourse.

Lubricating eye drops and oral sprays: To relieve

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by Chris Pearce

Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Medium/Hard

A head for heights and a sure-footed nature are

necessary for this 7-mile walk which, in parts, follows

part of Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail. The Trail stretches

for 34 miles through Cheshire, it has been voted by

ITV viewers as one Britain’s Favourite Walks, and it’s

easy to see why. On the first half of the walk there are

a couple of flights of steep steps to navigate, which

are set in the sandstone cliffs, and some breath-taking

sheer drops, but you also need to be aware of lots of

protruding tree roots and random sandstone rocks.

Park up at the free car park off Simons Lane (WA6

6HQ) near Frodsham – look for the phone masts.

At the entrance to the car park turn left and follow

Simons Lane downhill until you see a bungalow

(Overhill) and turn left up the shared driveway/


Follow the footpath right up to and over the

driveway to a care home (Heathercliffe), and carry

on down a wooded path downhill. Once you reach

Bellemonte Road, turn right and turn left when you

reach the Bellemonte pub.

Look out for the footpath sign on the right and

follow this down into a wooden area. You’re faced

with a fork almost immediately and you need to

bear left. You’ll pass a Frodsham Hill Wood sign

and straight after a fingerpost; head for Delamere/

Beeston and carry on in that direction on the ridge

of the wooden area, ignoring various turn offs

(including one uphill for the Sandstone Trail).

Tantalising glimpses of the Mersey coastline appear

through the trees as you follow the path, and

uninterrupted view are far and few between at this

time of year. Shortly after passing Alf and Grace’s

bench you’ll arrive at a fingerpost, go down the

wooden stairway and then you’ll come to a fork;

bear left if you want to clamber down some very



For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:









Beacon Hill

Simons Lane





Higher Mickledale




Manley Road


Cliff Farm

Bushells Lane



steep and large steps set in the sandstone cliffs or

carry straight on if you want to go the much safer

route and follow the path down two flights of metal

steps. Either way, you’ll arrive at another fingerpost

and you should follow the sign to Delamere.

A few yards further on you’ll cross a wooden bridge

and come to sign number 596, indicating you

need to climb up the steep cliff steps on the right

(towards Whitchurch). Once you’ll get to the top,

you’ll be by the 10th hole of Frodsham Golf Club.

Follow the path until you come to another bench,

this one dedicated to David Nicholls.

At this point the Sandstone Trail itself weaves uphill,

but instead carry on in the same direction until

the wood opens up somewhat, and look out for a

½ fingerpost sign; take a 90 degree left turn here

and, when you come to a ‘proper tree’ sign, bear left

uphill and when you arrive at the next fork, bear

right staying on somewhat level ground.

Once you arrive at the next fingerpost, take a

90-degree right turn and follow the Sandstone

Trail all the way downhill for over ½ mile until you

reach The Ridgeway Road. Turn left uphill for 150

yards and once you arrive at the Ridgeway Country

Holiday Park, look for the footpath opposite. Climb

up the steps of the footpath, then more steps

downhill and bear left when you reach a brook

follow the path parallel to the brook and cross the

wooden footbridge a little further on.


Take the path uphill and follow the path round the

edge of the woods, bearing left until you reach

Commonside. Cross over and, after a short climb

up the hill, you’re following a footpath on the edge

of more woodland. You’ll take a newly created

diversion round Austerson Old Hall and arrive at a

single-track road (Yarrangall Green), turn left and

then turn left again when you get to the main

Manley Road. Follow this busy-ish road uphill for

250 yards and then turn right down a track to Claim

Farm. Once you reach the dog-leg bend to the right,

take a 90-degree left turn, go through the gate and

head along the side of field.

Once you’ve crossed a track/gallops, bear right

slightly and follow the overgrown path round the

left-hand side of this field uphill towards a house

in the distance. Once you’ve reached the road,

cross and head up Bushells Lane until you reach a

staggered crossroads; turn left up Waterloo Lane.

At the end of Waterloo Lane, take a right turn. At the

back end of a slight right-hand bend, you’ll need to

take a track on the left and head up towards the

ridge. Once you reach the next crossroads, take a

left and follow the track past a covered reservoir

until you reach Manley Road. Turn right and look for

a gate built into the hedge approximately 250 yards

on the left-hand side.

Take the path which cuts diagonally through a field

until you reach the driveway to Higher Mickledale

Farm. Go straight across the driveway to another

path and follow in same direction all the way to

Simons Lane. Turn left and walk uphill; you’ll see

the car park from where you started the walk on the

right-hand side.

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear

whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure

that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to

any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions

resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


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Fungi Foray

Sunday, September 29, 10am-12pm

A peaceful walk around Worthington Reservoir

seeking out the fungi sprouting into season. No

dogs allowed.

Worthington Reservoir, Chorley Rd, Standish,


Foraging Walk

Sunday, September 29, 10am-12pm

Dave Winnard teaches you what to forage and what

to leave alone – free entry, meet at Hindley Tunnel


Borsdane Wood, Danes Avenue, Wigan, WN2 4BT

Charity Fashion Show

Friday, October 4, 6:30pm

Enjoy a fashion show in aid of Macmillan and

Little Angels Staffie Rescue, plus games of standup

bingo, a raffle and stalls. Tickets £10 including

refreshments and a goodie bag on 07944 084971.

St. Matthew’s Church Hall, Billinge Road,

Highfield, WN3 6BL

Fawlty Towers Dinner

Friday, October 4, 6:30pm

Don’t miss this Fawlty Towers tribute act bringing

Basil, Sybil and Manuel to life for a comedy dining

experience. Tickets £65 including a 3-course meal

and drink on arrival, available on 01695 624426.

Holland Hall, Lafford Lane, Upholland, WN8 0QZ

Haigh Oktoberfest

Fri, Oct 4 - Sun, Oct 6, various times

Grab a stein and have a singalong with a live band,

plus enjoy traditional German food! Tickets from

£10 on Eventbrite.

Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Lane, Haigh,



Model Railway Exhibition

Sat, Oct 5, 10am-6pm & Sun, Oct 6, 10am-5pm

Wigan’s biggest model railway exhibition takes over

Robin Park, with models in many scales and gauges.

Tickets £10 with a free guidebook, children go free.

More info at www.wiganfrm.co.uk

Robin Park Leisure Centre, Loire Drive, WN5 0UL

5K Family Fun Run

Sunday, October 6, 11am start

Help raise money for Wigan & Leigh Hospice with a

family run through coloured bubbles! The 5K route

loops around Haigh – entry £20 per adult or £10 per

under-16 at www.wiganwarriors.com/bubblerush

Haigh Woodland Park, School Ln, Wigan, WN2 1PE

Evening with Alan McGee

Thursday, October 10, 7:30pm

The man who discovered and signed Oasis heads

to Wigan to deliver a personal insight into his

fascinating career. Over 18s only – tickets £15 in

advance on 01942 834747 or £20 on the door.

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

Chorale Concert

Friday, October 11, 7pm

A concert of classic and popular music by Standish

Chorale. Tickets £10 including wine and canapes,

available from the parish office or on the door.

St. Wilfrid’s Church, Rectory Lane, Standish, WN6


Brodsky Quartet

Saturday, October 12, 7:45pm

Martin Roscoe joins the iconic Brodsky Quartet for

an evening of piano and strings. Tickets £18 per

adult or £5 per student on 01257 498452.

Parbold Village Hall, The Green, Parbold, WN8


John Denver Tribute

Friday, October 18, 7:30pm-10pm

Tarleton’s Chris Bannister performs classic American

country hits from John Denver. Tickets £10 on

01257 424105.

St. James the Great Church, Church Lane,

Wrightington, WN6 9SP

Attic Sale

Fri, Oct 18, 3pm-7pm & Sat, Oct 19, 10am-6pm

A chance to purchase some treasures from the attic!

Browse before the sale – info on 07974 486632.

St. James the Great Church, Church Lane,

Wrightington, WN6 9SP

Baby Sale

Saturday, October 19, 11am-2pm

Browse a whole host of baby and toddler items and

pick up a bargain! Proceeds go towards Shevington

Memorial Park. Stalls available for £10 – more info at


Shevington Methodist Church, Gathurst Lane,

Shevington, WN6 8HA

Ladies Festival

Saturday, October 19, 6pm

The Orrell Lodge Ladies Festival entertains you with

rock n’ roll band Billy Scott and The Royals. Tickets

on 07894 090599, dress code lounge suits.

Pemberton Masonic Hall, Chapel Street,

Pemberton, WN5 8JP

Charity Music Night

Saturday, October 19, 7pm

Raise awareness for mental health with a night of

live music from Thoughtune, Missy Wilo and many

more, plus a raffle. Entry £3, proceeds to MIND.

The Boulevard, Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1LD


Charity Fashion Show

Tuesday, October 22, 6:45pm

Jak Hanson host a fashion show and exclusive

shopping event in aid of Blood Bike & Air Ambulance,

along with Eccleston WI. Tickets £10 from Sheila on

01257 451849 or in store at Jak Hanson.

Derby House, Mossy Lea Rd, Wrightington, WN6 9RE

Haunting of Spinners Mill

Wednesday, October 23, 5pm-8pm

Umbrella Arts lead you on a spooky walk around

Spinners Mill, with fab live actors. Watch your back

as ghosts, witches and zombies are around every

corner! Tickets £4 from www.umbrella-arts.org

Spinners Mill, Park Lane, Leigh, WN7 2LB

Room on the Broom

Saturday, October 26, 1:30pm-2:30pm

An interactive children’s storytelling session

suitable for ages 5 and under. Find the witches’ lost

belongings and rescue them from a dragon! Tickets

£5 including a free raffle draw on 07771 362383.

Bickershaw Labour Club, Bickershaw Ln, WN2 5TE

Huge Bridal Event!

Bag the wedding dress of

your dreams from £300

7 day event starts

Saturday 19th October

Includes late night Thursday

Excellent aftersales service

and full range of alteration

services for any occasion

Prom/occasion dresses from £50-£80

To book your consultation contact Julie on:

01257 424 624

35 Preston Road, Standish, WN6 0JH


All Saints’ Church

Appley Bridge

All Saints Church is a modern parish church

building in a quiet location in the village of

Appley Bridge, close to Junction 27 of the M6.

It comprises a main church room(up to 80

people in chairs), a smaller side room(Up to

12 people), and has a kitchen and unisex WC

facility. Tables are available for both rooms, and

chairs are moveable.

All Saints is available at various times and

days during the week for hire by small groups,

choirs, clubs, societies, or for meetings /

lectures / etc.


Room 1: £40-00 per evening, £90-00 per day

Room 2: £20-00 per evening, £50-00 per day

Payable in advance.

email: contact@allsaintschurch.co.uk

info leaflet at:


Find Us on Finch Lane (off Appley Lane

North), and on Facebook

Finch Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan, WN6 9DT

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Nick Sharratt’s Drawalong

Saturday, October 26, 2pm-4:30pm

Acclaimed children’s illustrator Nick Sharratt shows

you how to sketch favourite characters including

Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, with a royal twist!

Tickets £8 on 01942 834747.

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

Dead & Buried Talk

Thursday, October 31, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Charlie Guy dispels the dark myths of the Victorian

dead and shines a light on outdated – and downright

creepy – funerary practices and superstitions. Entry

£3 including hot drinks, available on 01942 828128.

Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan, WN1


Murder Mystery Night

Saturday, November 2, 7:30pm

A fully interactive murder mystery based on an endof-season

Wigan Athletic Awards Dinner! Prizes for

the star detective. Tickets £30 including 3-course

meal and resident DJ, bookable on 01942 774000.

DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UZ

Vegan Fair

Sunday, November 3, 11am-4:30pm

Browse delicious vegan food stalls including

vegan cheese, cake and hot food, plus get loads of

information on veganism and animal rescues. Entry

£1, children free.

Parbold Village Hall, The Green, Parbold, WN8


Mining History Talk

Thursday, November 14, 12:30pm-1:30pm

A concise history of coal mining from the formation

of coal 300 million years ago to the recent end of

deep mining, presented by Alan Davies. Tickets £3

on 01942 828128.

Museum of Wigan Life, Library St, WN1 1NU

Parbold Frost Fair

Saturday, November 16, 11am-4pm

Discover local makers and pick up unique items in

time for Christmas, plus enjoy food and drink.

Parbold Village Hall, The Green, Parbold, WN8


Parish Christmas Fayre

Sunday, November 24, 11:30am-1:30pm

Lots to enjoy and buy, with plenty of Christmassy

stalls to get you in the spirit. Bacon butties and

homemade cakes available.

St. Wilfrid’s Church, Rectory Lane, Standish, WN6




One lucky family is going

to win a fabulous day out

this October half term when

they experience Monster

Magic, featuring UglyDolls,

at Gulliver’s World Theme

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The last week of October will be filled with spooky

surprises and treats as Gulliver’s World teams up

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UglyDolls will be making special appearances

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Look out for some seriously scary monsters as the

park is ghoulishly transformed for one week only.

Gulliver’s World is the ideal day out for families

with younger children. Rides and attractions are

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Get ready to enjoy one of their biggest ever rides this

Halloween, Desperado Drop. Located in Western

World, this brand-new drop tower is a thrilling new

addition to the theme park, giving guests incredible

views before a sensational descent.

If you want to take a break from the Halloween

activities then don’t forget to visit The Lost World

area. This Jurassic section of the theme park will

be open during the spooky season so be sure to

discover the tail-thrashing, roaring dinosaurs. Hop

aboard the observation tower for the most epic

views and join the dino safari tour to get up close to

the giant dinosaurs.

Monster Magic at Gulliver’s World Warrington

will be taking place from 25th October until 1st

November. For the best value tickets, it’s always

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These are the best seven-seaters on sale today

Need plenty of space, both for luggage and occupants

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are plenty of options currently on the market, offering

a choice of body styles from a variety of brands.

But which are best? That’s what we’ve been

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Land Rover Discovery

This list was always

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Discovery. As well as

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technology to make it just as capable at scaling

steep inclines as it is making the weekly run to the


Expensive it may be, but the Discovery comes

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range of engine choices, too.

Volvo XC90

When the firstgeneration

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rock-solid build quality and efficiency. The latest

edition continues the legacy, albeit with a whole lot

more technology and equipment.

It’s also one of the safest cars on the market thanks

to a raft of assistance systems. For families, there are

few better options than the XC90.

Seat Alhambra

If you’re after the best

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Alhambra makes up for it with a huge amount of

interior room. It’s also surprisingly good to drive,

and frugal, too.

As the Alhambra has been around for a little while

now, you’re likely to find good deals at the forecourt

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Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda hit the nail on the

seven-seater head when

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Rock-solid build quality

and incredible value for money meant that this

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continued to do so.

It’s available with a range of efficient engines too,

while a new performance-orientated model – the

Kodiaq vRS – means there’s something for those

with the need for speed as well.

Audi Q7

Audi’s big Q7 flies

the flag for premium

manufacturers here,

offering that top-notch


driving experience you’d expect from a car with four

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petrol and diesel engines seal the deal.

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it’s usable for long-distance drivers, too.

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Model X justifies its high price tag with minimal

running costs and plenty of performance.

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been updated, packs

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longer wheelbase than the car it replaces means

there’s more space than before, and improved

legroom for all occupants.

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to give the cabin a particularly high-tech feel.

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has been around a little

while now, it’s still one of

the best-driving sevenseaters

around, and offers genuine practicality as

well. A range of frugal engines help to keep trips to

the pump to a minimum, while solid build quality

should mean it holds up to family duties too.

A range-topping Vignale is now available, though

even lower trims get a vast amount of standard





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part shade and

they should do


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embraced the latest changes in energy efficiency regulations, and still remain a local family business that

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

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

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

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

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

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




Dennis Goulding





Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

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Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors

Established in 1984 as an emergency glazing service, today Dennis Goulding has grown and moved

forward to offer all you need to maintain, enhance and expand your home. We continually invest in and

embraced the latest changes in energy efficiency regulations, and still remain a local family business that

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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









TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,




Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk


Design & Print

Flyers, postcards, brochures

and distribution service.

For more information call

01695 627 999




norma ly £20

now £15


Spray Tan


Acrylic & Gel Nails

Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM

Closed Thursday & Sunday

Mo sy Lea Road






Solar Thermal

& Solar PV


your FREE

home survey



Car Health Check

.and motorcycles too

for a l residents of Croston and Bretherton

Keep me until you need me!

Book your FREE Car Health Check

Call now on

01772 603923


Saving money is

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