Local Life - St Helens - October 2019


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St Helens Edition October 2019

Education Special

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Jack’s Tracks: Sandstone Trail

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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.

Would 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 or a

running commentary from the media.

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.

Autumn Arrivals

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...

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14 Puzzle Pages

51 Jack’s Tracks

56 Test Drive

48 Events2Go






6 Local News

44 Food

46 Health

56 Motoring

58 Gardening

60 Home Services

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6 News & Features

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Stepping Out

Rainhill Garrick Society’s October play is Stepping

Out: a rollicking comedy following former

professional dancer Mavis as she attempts to teach

tap dancing to a motley crew of amateurs ahead of

an upcoming concert.

The play takes place from Thursday, October 17

until Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm at Rainhill

Village Hall.

Tickets cost £7 per adult or £6 concessions, and are

available from Rainhill Post Office or at the Village

Hall. For more information, call 01744 813429.

Prescot’s Cash Boost

Prescot town centre has been selected to receive

£1.5 million in Historic England funding to protect

its historic buildings and revive the high street.

The grant is part of a national scheme worth £95m,

which will be shared across 69 town centres.

Open: Monday - Saturdays, 8.30am - 5.30pm


With work already started on the Shakespeare

North Playhouse and various historic buildings

undergoing restoration, the cash boost is certainly

a welcome one.

The venture will complete the UK’s Shakespearean

triangle of theatres, the others being located in

London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Construction is

set to be completed in 2021, and will feature a 350-

seat Jacobean-style theatre, outdoor performance

garden and educational facilities.

It will appear on the site of the current Mill Street

car park, close to Cockpit House, in the heart of

Prescot town centre.

Prescot was in fact the first place in the UK outside

of London to have an indoor playhouse, so the

construction of Shakespeare North is quite apt


Northern Heritage

Chester Lane Library will host a St. Helens heritage

exhibition in November and December as a tribute

to Northern Soul, street and breakdancing.

Visitors can explore the music and dances of the

period, the fashion and culture, and how local

venues linked it all together.

A launch night takes place on Thursday, November

21 from 5:30pm-8:30pm with live street dance

performances, graffiti workshops, DJing practice

and break dancing battles. The main exhibition

then runs until Thursday, December 5.


Get excited, because the Absolutely Fabulous

Gin Festival returns to St. Helens Town Hall this


With 119 amazing gins to sample, including the

Absolutely Fabulous Pink Gin created by the

organisers themselves, you won’t want to miss the

gin-tastic event, which takes place across three

sessions on Friday, November 29 and Saturday,

November 30.

Tickets cost £14.50 including a gin copa glass, a bag

and a gin guide, bookable on Skiddle.




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November sees the welcome return of Rainhill’s

charity Beer Festival.

The 17th annual festival run by Rainhill Rotary

Club will offer the usual wealth of ales and ciders.

Chairman Mal Steward says: ‘We have always been

complimented on our beer selections and this year

will be no exception. I can’t say any more under

the penalty of death, but the variety of ales will be


The Club have been successful in donating over

£350,000 to local charities from previous festivals

and Christmas float collections.

Festival Fun!

Rainhill’s is the biggest charity beer festival in the

North West, and all organised by the Rotary Club.

They’re always looking for more volunteers and

barrel sponsors – if you’d like to get in touch email


The event takes place at Rainhill Recreation Club

on Victoria Terrace on November 7th, 8th and 9th

(7pm-11pm on Thursday and Friday, then 1pm-

11pm on Saturday). Entry costs £6 on Thursday and

£7 on Friday and Saturday.

For more info, visit www.rainhillbeerfest.org





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Competition Winner

Congratulations to the winners of our August

competition to win a family wristband to Blackpool

Pleasure Beach!

The competition winner was Jenni Lavender from


Don’t forget to see pages 54-55 for your chance to

win a family ticket to Gulliver’s World this month.

Did you know we also run social media competitions

exclusively for fans of our Facebook page, Local Life

Magazines? Give it a like to stay up to date!

Harvest Lunch

St. Ann’s Church in Rainhill will host a lunch for all

ages after their Harvest Service on Sunday, October

6. Adults receive poached salmon with trimmings,

with child-friendly meals available for younger ones.

There’ll also be a quiz and Generation Game activity.

Tickets are £7.50 per adult or £2.50 per child,

available from the church or St. Ann’s Centre.

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Bell Ringers Wanted

St. Ann’s Tower in Rainhill is looking for bell ringers to

join them. New ringers are welcome - just drop into

the Tower on a Wednesday between 7:30pm and

9pm to have a look around and a chat.

For more information, call Joyce on 0151 426 3220.

Photography Competition

Have a knack for taking photos? Why not enter

Rainhill Eco Garden’s photography competition?

You can submit photographs of the Eco Garden,

portraying how the seasons shape its flora and

fauna. Whether you’re snapping pictures of trees,

wildlife, mosaics or plants, they’d love to see your

best work.

Entries cost £1 and there’s a maximum of 5 entries

per person. There are separate categories for adults

and under-16s. Photographs of up to A4 size can

be submitted with payment and contact details to

22 Weaver Avenue, Rainhill before the deadline of

Friday, November 15.

Charity Clay Shoot

A charity clay pigeon shoot will take place in aid of

Willowbrook Hospice on Sunday, October 13.

The event at the Rixton & Astley Shooting Club in

Manchester, is open entry. Beginners can take part

in a have-a-go clay pigeon shoot (£25), while a fun

archery session also takes place on the day.

Entry costs £37 per person, with a £200 high gun

cash prize available, along with prizes for the

highest lady and junior guns. All proceeds go to

Willowbrook, and the day begins at 9:30am.

To sign up, call 01744 453798 or 07785 995526.


in Rainhill

Rainhill is getting its very own scarecrow

festival thanks to local resident Lindsey Smith.

Anyone who wants to create a

scarecrow to display can get in touch at

Rainhillscarecrowfest@gmail.com providing

your name, address and the name of your

scarecrow. Houses on the main roads around

Rainhill are volunteering their gardens for

scarecrows to be displayed in if you don’t have

the space yourself – just let Lindsey know.

Scarecrows can be displayed from Friday,

October 25, but all must be ready for the

weekend of the festival, which runs from

Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3.

Visitors will be able to grab a scarecrow trail

map to tick off all the scarecrows they spot.


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Arts Awoken

The closure of St. Helens’ iconic venue The

Citadel in June was an undoubtedly melancholy

time for the town centre, but this month

sees the launch of associated venture Citadel

Arts, with a programme packed full of art and


The new scheme will pop up in unexpected and

non-traditional spaces across St. Helens, with

a calendar to interest every young person and

family in town. It kicks off in October with the

Big Imaginations Festival, when three whole

weeks of family shows take over the Winter

Wonderland Store in Church Street. Following

this is the Christmas Festival in December, which

is a truly festive treat for the people of St. Helens.

Children can also enjoy pre-show crafts before

many of the productions.

Citadel Arts’ first show is Emily Rising, which takes

place on Saturday, October 19 – join Emily as she

wakes up one morning to discover her feet can’t

touch the ground! October’s schedule also includes

iPet, a look into how technology and apps are

shaping modern society for a young audience,

Halloween special The Mystery of the Raddlesham

Mumps, and free production The Musical Botanist.

Ticket prices start at just £3, with free entry offered

for adults at certain shows. See our Events2Go

guide on page for a full list of October’s shows.

Photography Exhibition

Explore Rainford’s heritage with an exhibition of

photographs from a bygone era this month.

Rainford Heritage Society are hosting the event

from Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6 at the

Village Hall on Church Road. Visitors can expect

plenty of old photographs, a model of the village in

the 1840s and refreshments.

Admission is free, and the exhibition is open from

10am-7pm on Friday and Saturday, then 11am-4pm

on Sunday.

Rainford 10K

The Rainford 10K in memory of Rainford High

student George Faulkner will see people gearing

up for a run around the Linear Paths and trails once

more on Sunday, October 6.

Proceeds raised from the event are split between

three charities - Henshaws, TCF and Tommy’s -

and there’ll be a fantastic carnival atmosphere on

the day, with stalls, music and family activities at

Rainford High where the race kicks off. There’ll also

be a 1K fun run for all ages.

To enter, head to therainford10k.co.uk



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)


1. Boundary, rim (4)

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)

6. Slang of thieves and vagabonds (5)

7. Reckless or malicious behaviour (8)

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)

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)

12. Emerge from an egg (5)

21. Preposterous (6)

14. Inferior substitute or imitation (6) 24. Shrub that yields coffee beans (7)

16. Item that fastens together two 25. Items of footwear (5)

ends of a belt (6)

26. Item of crockery (4)

19. Bowl-shaped vessel (5)

27. Characteristic of a woman (8)


THEME: Vegetables

Find the hidden words in the word search grid


























All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 66 of this magazine


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

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Write On

The Friends of Victoria Park have launched their

Young Writer of the Year Competition for 2019.

Young people aged 5-11 who live or attend school

in the St. Helens borough are invited to submit up

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

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

The winner of each section (fiction and poetry) will

be awarded a £25 book token and a book of poetry

by author in residence Sue Gerrard, along with

having their work published on the FOVP website.

Runner-ups will receive a £15 book token, while the

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A presentation ceremony will take place at the

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Entries must be submitted by Friday, October 18 –

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The Rainhill Musical Theatre Company youth

section present their version of the classic Andrew

Lloyd Webber musical Cats in November.

Watch T.S. Eliot’s famous Jellicle Cats as they take

over the junkyard, featuring iconic songs like

Memory and The Rum Tum Tugger.

You can catch the musical at Rainhill Village Hall

from Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17,

with evening performances beginning at 7pm on

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Tickets cost £8 per adult or £6 concessions and are

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Winter Feed Funds

Greenslate Community Farm in Billinge are hosting

a fundraiser in November to help buy feed for their

animals during the winter.

The lavish fundraising dinner event includes

entertainment from singer James Norton and a

fundraising auction, with plenty to bid on and funds

going to an incredibly worthy cause! Resident chef

Mark is keen to show off just how good Greenslate’s

food is, offering a sumptuous 3-course meal at the

black-tie fundraiser.

The event takes place on Saturday, November 2

from 7pm, at Greenslate Farm on Greenslate Road.

Tickets cost £29.50 per person, bookable on 07551

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Christmas Choir

A choir has launched in Rainhill in preparation for

the festive season, and they’re currently looking for

singers to join them.

Meetings will take place on October 8th, 15th and

22nd, then December 3rd and 10th at 7:30pm at

St. Ann’s Church, ahead of the performance on

December 15th at 6:30pm.

The ability to read music is not essential, and

everyone is welcome. For more information, call

Paula on 07817 036695.

River of Light

Liverpool’s River of Light festival returns this

November, illuminating the city’s waterfront with a

spectacular fireworks display on Sunday, November

3. The River Mersey becomes a stage for Titanium

Fireworks, one of the world’s leading pyrotechnics


In addition, from Friday, November 1 until Saturday,

November 9, ten pieces of artwork from some of

the most exciting international light artists will be

on display across the city.

Visit visitliverpool.com/riveroflight for more

information and updates.


Author Daly Visits

Thriller author Paula Daly visits Chester Lane Library

on Thursday, October 24 to discuss her new book

Clear My Name, the ITV adaptation of her books, and

her life in the Lake District.

Two of Paula’s novels, Just What Kind of Mother Are

You? and The Mistake I Made, were recently adapted

into hit ITV drama Deep Water.

It’s sure to be an evening of intrigue, with a free

prize draw and refreshments available, as well as

copies of Paula’s books to purchase. Tickets for the

event, which starts at 6pm, cost £6, £5 for library

card holders or £3 concessions. Tickets are bookable

at the library or on Eventbrite.


Xmas Appeal

An appeal has been launched in time for the

upcoming festive season to give less fortunate

children a happy Christmas.

St. Helens Baptist Church and the Capstone Project

are asking for donations of new, unopened pyjamas

and small selection boxes for children to open in

time for Christmas Eve.

Donations can be dropped off at the church on Hall

Street Thursdays from 11am-2pm and Saturdays

from 10am-1pm. For more information, call Clare

on 07851 921471.

A Polish Story

Momo’s on Westfield Street will host a lecture

this month, as Yvonne Taylor details her mother’s

experiences of Siberian slave camps during WWII.

It takes place on Tuesday, October 15 at 6pm.

Crafty Christmas

Keen crafters will flock to the Mansion House once

more on Sunday, November 24 from 10am-4pm for

a Christmas fair like no other.

In the intimate setting of the mansion in Victoria

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handmade and bespoke gifts, cards and plenty

more, with over 50 stalls. Santa will be tucked away

in his Grotto for the little ones too!

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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


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.









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

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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:

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Young Writers: www.youngwriters.co.uk

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How to

Save and Make Money

at University

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.


Feeling the


St. Helens-based arts organisation Heart of Glass

is taking over the vacant Argos store in the town

centre to combat poor mental health.

Since being labelled ‘England’s suicide capital’ in

April this year and over 80% higher than the national

average for people taking their own lives, St. Helens

authorities have been trying to come up with a way

to combat the problem. This is where Heart of Glass

comes in – they’re inviting local people to come and

celebrate life, love and community with a series of

exhibitions and performances.

Artist James Leadbitter commented: ‘By taking

over the now closed Argos store and producing a

colourful, exciting and welcoming space together,

I hope we can create somewhere for people to go

to try and rebuild that sense of community that has

been lost.’

The takeover space is open for a cuppa and a chat

throughout November from 11am-6pm, Tuesday-

Saturday. Everything is free to attend and everyone

is welcome.

Over the course of November, 13 local,

national and international artists will

head to the former Argos shop in The

Hardshaw Centre. Project lead artist

James Leadbitter has experience

translating mental health into art

– he’s just completed a 6-month

project at Great Ormond Street

Hospital, helping patients maintain

healthy minds and contribute to a

healthy society.

Among the visiting artists are Hana

Madness, who will cover the town

in colourful bipolar monsters, Kim

Noble, who wants to end loneliness,

and local artist Hwa Young Jung, who

will be mapping places across town

where you can experience care – even

something as casual as a chat at the

chippy. Opening the festival is writer

and artist Jess Thom, the Tourette’s

Hero, with comedy that proves you

can be both the most persistent

heckler and the main act.





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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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Learning through


From science kits to marble runs, toys can be

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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

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While children seem to choose their comics based

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recipes, puzzles and colouring in.

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and astronauts of the future’. Your child could read

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in 50 mins

Serves 4

Sticky barbeque

chicken wings

Chicken wings are perfect for a TV dinner or speedy supper,

Serve with a home-made coleslaw or rice salad.


1 kg chicken wings

8tbsp tomato ketchup

2tbsp Worcestershire


3tbsp smooth mango


2tsp Dijon mustard

1tbsp sunflower oil


150ml soured cream

2 spring onions,

trimmed and finely


1tbsp fresh snipped



1 Preheat the oven to 200C, 180 fan, gas 6. Place the wings on a metal rack set over

a roasting tin and roast in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

2 Meanwhile, make the sticky glaze by mixing together the ketchup, Worcestershire

sauce, mango chutney, mustard and oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and

freshly ground black pepper.

3 Remove the roasting tin from the oven and liberally brush the glaze all over the

chicken wings.

4 Return the roasting tin to the oven and roast the wings for a further 15-20

minutes until the wings are golden brown and slightly charred in places.

5 Mix together the dip ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with the chicken wings.

TIP: You can cook the wings on a hot barbecue for an al fresco supper. It’s best to

cook them in the oven for the first 15 minutes then glaze and just place them on the

barbecue for the last 15-20 minutes of cooking time.


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Free Range Chicken

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Free Range Pork

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46 Health & Fitness

Skin Deep

It began with an insect bite

on my right cheek. At least I

thought it was a bite though

I didn’t remember being

bitten. I dabbed it with tea

tree oil and waited for it to

heal up. It sort of did, but

then grew a little and flaked

a little. It was tiny, maybe

2-3mm across but something

about it bothered me. I told

myself that if it hadn’t gone

in a month, I’d see the GP.

It didn’t change much over

that time, but neither did it

go away so, listening to my

gut feelings, I went to see my

GP feeling a little foolish (I

wasn’t sick after all) and fully

expected to be dismissed

as one of the worried well,

but after inspecting it the GP looked thoughtful.

“I think it might be a BCC. A basal cell carcinoma.”

I was shocked. Carcinoma was cancer, right? I was

only 50. Was I going to die?

A basal cell carcinoma is indeed a type of skin

cancer. There are two main types of skin cancer:

melanoma and non-melanoma. BCC is a nonmelanoma

type, and accounts for more than 80%

of skin cancers in the UK.

As with most skin cancers, exposure to ultraviolet

(UV) light from the sun or from sunbeds is the

cause, which is why they often appear most often

on the face or head of fair skinned people like me. I

am not a sunbather, nor have I ever used sunbeds.

I do like to be outdoors, cycling and kayaking but I

always wear sun protection and a hat. I’m a natural

redhead though, with freckles so I am in a higher

risk group.

BCCs vary in appearance, from small red flaky areas;

scabs that bleed but don’t heal, or pearly little

lumps, often with a central depression. They are

generally painless, although sometimes they can

be itchy or bleed a little if you catch them with your


I had to undergo a skin biopsy under local

anaesthetic to confirm the diagnosis. The

dermatologist was at pains to reassure me that BCCs

rarely spread to other areas of the body and can be


cured in almost every case, although treatment can

be more complicated if the BCC has been present

for a long time, or if it occurs in an awkward place,

such as close to the eye or on the nose or ear.

The commonest treatment for BCC is surgery under

local anaesthesia. The BCC is cut away, along with

some surrounding skin. There are generally just a

few stitches but sometimes a skin graft is needed.

Sometimes radiotherapy, curettage (scraping),

cautery (heat treatment), cryotherapy (freezing

treatment), photodynamic therapy (PTD), or creams

may be used instead.

My BCC was removed surgically. I was worried I

would have a large scar as the wound seemed very

large in comparison to the size of the lesion but six

months later it’s faded so much that you can barely

see it.

Treatment is easier if a BCC is detected early. So, if

you notice a new lesion on your face (or anywhere

on your body) which is growing, or which bleeds

and never really heals, or if your skin appearance

has changed in any way don’t wait, consult your GP.

It’s worth it.

By Aoife Brennan


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Waiting for Godot

Friday, October 4, 7pm

A production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

– a classical piece of absurdist theatre. Tickets £6, £5

for library card holders or £3 concessions from the


Parr Library, Fleet Lane, St. Helens, WA9 1SY

Quiz Night Fundraiser

Saturday, October 5, 6:30pm

Help raise money for DanceBeatz Academy’s new

costumes with a fun, family-friendly quiz, disco and

a raffle. Entry £4.

Rainhill Ex-Services Club, Warrington Rd, L35 4LS

Motown Charity Night

Saturday, October 5, 7:30pm

Raise money for Willowbrook Hospice with a night

of Northern Soul and Motown, with guest DJs and

the Rainhill Soulies. Entry £5.

West Park Rugby Club, Prescot Road, St. Helens,

WA10 3AG

Rainford 10K

Sun, Oct 6, 9am-1pm (10K at 10:30am)

Run the 10K route around Rainford and enjoy

entertainment. Entry £24 per adult. Fun run at

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Thurs, Oct 10 – Sat, Oct 12, 7:30pm (2pm matinee

on Sat)

Pilkington Musical Theatre Company present Oliver

the musical. Tickets £17.50 per adult or £15 per

child,on 01744 756000.

St. Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St.

Helens, WA10 1LQ

Stepping Out

Thurs, Oct 17 – Sat, Oct 19, 7:30pm

Follow Mavis on a hilarious adventure as she

tries to teach tap dancing to a crew of amateurs,

performed by Rainhill Garrick Society. Tickets £7 or

£6 concessions, available on 01744 813429.

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

Beetle Drive

Friday, October 18, 7pm

A fun game of Beetle Drive, plus hotpot supper and

a raffle. Tickets £5 from 07812 373780.

St. Ann’s Centre, View Road, Rainhill, L35 0LE

Emily Rising

Saturday, October 19, 11:30am & 2:30pm

Emily wakes one morning to discover her feet can’t

touch the ground. Tickets £5/£3 concessions at


Winter Wonderland Store, Church Street, St.

Helens, WA10 1AX

Rainford High, Higher Lane, Rainford, WA11 8NY


Charity Gala Dinner

Saturday, October 19, 7pm

Enjoy a 3-course meal with entertainment, a raffle

and Saints auction to raise money for Merseyside

Asbestos Victims Support Group. Tickets £35 on

0151 236 1895.

Totally Wicked Stadium, St. Helens, WA9 1JJ

Annual Race Night

Saturday, October 19, 7pm

A night of racing in memory of Adam Ellison and in

support of the #NoMoreKnives campaign. There’ll

be food, a DJ and a raffle with great prizes. Tickets

£5 from the venue.

Rainhill Ex-Services Club, Warrington Road,

Rainhill, L35 4LS


Sunday, October 20, 11:30am & 2:30pm

A look into technology and how it makes us

complacent for a young audience. Tickets £5/£3

concessions from citadel.org.uk

Winter Wonderland Store, Church Street, St.

Helens, WA10 1AX

Author Talk: Paula Daly

Thursday, October 24, 6pm

Family Spooky Walk

Saturday, October 26, 5:30pm

Umbrella Arts invite families on a spooky walk, with

plenty of jump scares and zombie appearances!

There’ll also be stalls, a funfair and a spooky choir,

plus refreshments. Entry to the walk is £1.50.

Jubilee Park, Wigan Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield,


Spooky Murder Mystery

Saturday, October 26, 7pm

Big Stage Productions present an evening of

intrigue, suspense and murder! Tickets £25

including a 3-course meal, bookable on 07779


The Nelson, Bridge Street, St. Helens, WA10 1NU

Classical Concert

Saturday, October 26, 7pm

Classical violinist and Chernobyl survivor Mischa

Lindan presents a night of music from The Beatles

to Bach. Tickets £8 including refreshments with

proceeds to charity, bookable on 01744 362260.

St. Helens Baptist Church, Hall Street, St. Helens,

WA10 1EL

Thriller author Paula Daly discusses life in the

Lake District and the new ITV drama based on her

books. Tickets £6, £5 for library card holders or £3

concessions from the library.

Chester Lane Library, Four Acre Lane, St. Helens,



Autumn Song

Saturday, October 26, 7:30pm

Glorious soprano Lynne Rogers presents a session

of music accompanied by Angela Thompson on

piano, in association with St. Helens Sinfonietta.

Tickets £10, under-16s £1.

United Reformed Church, King Street, St. Helens,

WA10 2JZ

Raddlesham Mumps

Sunday, October 27, 11:30am & 2:30pm

A young orphan inherits a spooky house. Tickets

£5/£3 concessions at citadel.org.uk

Winter Wonderland, Church Street, St. Helens,

WA10 1AX

Patchwork Wonders

Monday, October 28, 11:30am & 2:30pm

Be transported into the magical, wonky world of

the Stitch Brothers. Tickets £5/£3 concessions at


Winter Wonderland, Church Street, St. Helens,

WA10 1AX

Cricket Club Fireworks

Saturday, November 2, 7:30pm

Sutton Cricket Club invites you to a fantastic

fireworks display and laser show. Tickets £4 on

TicketPole or from the venue.

Sutton Cricket Club, New Street, St. Helens, WA9


Tales with a Twist

Thursday, October 31, 10:30am, 12pm & 1:30pm

Favourite stories from around the world with a twist.

Tickets £5 per child, adults free at citadel.org.uk

Winter Wonderland, Church Street, St. Helens,

WA10 1AX

Paul Harfleet Q&A

Friday, November 1, 7pm-8pm

Paul Harfleet plants pansies at the site of

homophobic abuse to create a photographic

exhibition. He presents a talk and Q&A.

Chester Lane Library, Four Acre Lane, St. Helens,


Stargazing Night

Friday, November 8, 7pm-9pm

A free illustrated talk from the Liverpool

Astronomical Society & Knowsley Rangers about

the wonders of the solar system, with powerful

telescopes available for public use.

Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre, Pottery

Lane, Whiston, L35 3RG



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

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



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


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.


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.


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

Park in Warrington.

The last week of October will be filled with spooky

surprises and treats as Gulliver’s World teams up

with UglyDolls for a Halloween event like no other.

UglyDolls will be making special appearances

alongside all of your favourite Gulliver’s characters.

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

designed for kids aged 2- 13. Gulliver’s guests can

enjoy water rides, indoor attractions and plenty of


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

best to book at least two days in advance.

For a bigger adventure why not try a stay and

play short break? Choose from a huge selection

of themed accommodation including the Swizzels

Sweetie Suite. Stay and play packages have

everything you need. Combine theme park entry,

an overnight stay and resort extras to make your

Halloween trip the perfect treat.


To enter the competition, simply visit our website,

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

on ‘competitions’ and then complete the name of

the new Halloween attractions at Gulliver’s World

Visit gulliversfun.co.uk

for details on theme park tickets

and short break options.


The expiry date for the competition is midnight on Sunday

20th October and the winners will be notified within five

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

one entry per household. Local Life 247 cannot accept

responsibility for entries that do not reach us. Employees

of Local Life 247 Ltd and their families are not eligible

to enter this competition. Prize is valid for up to

6 people and includes access to all the rides and

attractions on the theme park. Valid for visits until

1st November 2019. There must be at least one adult

and one child within the group. Valid for Gulliver’s

Warrington, Milton Keynes or Matlock Bath.

56 Motoring

Suzuki Swift Attitude

by Tim Barnes-Clay

Suzuki’s Swift is a good seller for the Japanese

automaker. And now it hopes the latest Swift Attitude

will boost sales even higher.

The special edition model is anticipated to account

for up to 40 per cent of all Suzuki Swift sales in Britain

during 2019 and beyond.

The £14,599 Attitude is centred around the mid-spec

SZ-T grade but includes a slightly sportier body kit, a

new spoiler, a mesh grille and 16-inch alloys.

However, where the standard Swift SZ-T trim houses

a 1.0-litre turbo petrol unit, poke in the Attitude come

from a non-turbocharged 1.2 Dualjet powerplant.

This has been harvested from the basic SZ-3, driving

the wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

The Attitude’s engine may sound a bit lame in

comparison with a turbo assisted one, but it’s still

a fun, nimble hatch to drive. This is because the car

only weighs 980kg and has a short wheelbase.

The Swift Attitude is forgiving, too. You can chuck the

little tyke into corners at the last second without any

worry that the Suzuki might have a tantrum. Indeed,

the car almost enjoys being driven hard.

Of course, the Attitude is not a hot-hatch, but it’s a

seriously engaging supermini – if burning along

twisty rural lanes is your thing. Mind you; its off-

Pros’ n’ Cons

• Handling √

• Ride √

• Room √

Straight-line performance X


Fast Facts

• Max speed: 111 mph

• 0-62 mph: 11.9 seconds

• Combined MPG: 51.4 mpg

• Engine layout: 1242cc 4-cylinder petrol

the-line performance isn’t quite so exciting. A zero

to 62mph time of 11.9 seconds isn’t going to mean

you’ll be changing your underwear any time soon.

The Swift isn’t unacceptably underpowered, though

- its light weight helps with this; you just need to stir

the gears hard and keep your right foot down to feel

the speed. The car is also economical, returning over

50mpg on an average run.

When it comes to ride quality, you’ll find the Swift

Attitude comfortable, for four-up. And even though

the cabin is awash with plastics and the steering

column doesn’t have reach adjustment, it offers a

lot for just £14,599. Certainly, for this amount, the

Suzuki is a sensible second car, or it could even serve

as the main car for a small family.

• Max. power (PS): 90

• CO2: 124 g/km

• Price: £14,599

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58 Gardening

Pots your style?

by Angie Barker

People often underestimate the impact that pots

can have on your outside space. Whether your

garden is big or small, or even a balcony, then pots

can really enhance the look of it by introducing

colour and style, in terms of the pots you choose

and the planting.

There are a few things to remember though with

container gardening. First of all think big. Two or

three large pots look so much better than a large

collection of small ones – and they will need less

watering. Then choose your style. If your garden

is more of a cottage garden with lots of perennial

planting in an informal style, then terracotta is the

obvious choice. If however you have a contemporary,

sleek garden perhaps with decking, then stainless

steel or black ceramic would fit in perfectly.

You also have to bear in mind that plants in

containers rely on you for their water. Don’t be

fooled into thinking that the rain will keep them

watered. In summer especially you will need a

watering regime to stop the plants drying out.

Adding water retentive gel to your compost can

really help preserve water content.

Hubby’s favourite is an Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’

we have growing in a pot by our conservatory door.

Acers of all descriptions do well in pots because

they are slow growing. Just site them somewhere

protected from harsh winds in part shade and they

should do well.

It is especially lovely to have a pot or two by your

front door to cheer you up when you come home

– even more so in winter when there is little

happening in garden

borders. Sarcoccoca

confusa is a small



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it in a pot it will stay relatively small but enables me

to site it close to the house where I can appreciate

its lovely bark and fine foliage. Yes, when it comes to

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01744 22331


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42-44 Rainford Road, Billinge





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07387 376 530 Garswood-based


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