Local Life - Chorley - October 2019

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Chorley Edition October 2019

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Education Special

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Jack’s Tracks: Sandstone Trail

Pages 45-48

WIN Tickets to Gulliver’s World!

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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.

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

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk


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In this issue

Showtime

for CADOS

Regulars

16 Puzzle Pages

42 Events2Go

45 Jack’s Tracks

14

Choosing a

Retirement

Hobby

18

Education

Special

27

Win Gulliver’s

World Tickets

40

Sandstone Trail

Walk

Sections

6 Local News

22 Health

49 Pets

50 Motoring

52 Gardening

54 Home Services

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Nostalgia Weekend

Eccleston Methodist Church invites you to a

celebratory weekend of nostalgia this month.

From Friday, October 11 until Sunday, October 13,

enjoy a display of vintage fashion, photographs,

memorabilia and local documents in the church.

There’ll be opportunities to learn about the history

of local industries, enjoy delicious refreshments and

much more.

The event runs from 10am-7pm on the Friday and

Saturday, then 12pm-5pm on the Sunday at Eccleston

Methodist Church on The Green. Admission costs

£2.50, with proceeds to St. Catherine’s Hospice and

the church.

Photography Competition

The Chorley & District Natural History Society are

celebrating their 40th anniversary year with a wildlife

photography competition.

Entries of wildlife taken in the Chorley area are

welcomed, and entrants must be Chorley residents.

Whether you’re snapping pictures of landscapes,

birds, mammals or insects, the society want to hear

from you. There are two categories, Open for general

entries and Junior for under-16s, both with Wilkinson

Photographic vouchers up for grabs.

You can submit up to 3 digital photographs to

photocomp2019@chorleynats.org.uk by Thursday,

October 31. Please note photographs of pets are

not allowed. Visit www.chorleynats.org.uk for more

information.

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Chorley Library, investigating what happens when

technology and arts collide. The exhibition will

explore how artists use technology in their art, how

it affects their life and how they understand it.

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Beekeeping Bonanza

The Lancashire Honey Show brings everything

beekeeping to Brockholes Nature Reserve.

Expect stalls and stands boasting bee-related

goodies, a honey exhibition and competition,

and plenty of beekeeping and honey making

demonstrations. The family-friendly event takes

place on Sunday, October 13 from 10am-4:30pm and

is free to enter.

Winter Sparkle

Help raise essential funds for local hospice Derian

House with this year’s Winter Sparkle event, held

once again at Astley Hall.

The free event, which takes place on Sunday,

November 3, will see a huge festive market take over

the grounds, with a food court, entertainment zone

and masses of family activities including unicorn

rides, Punch and Judy shows and Santa’s Grotto,

bookable at derianhouse.co.uk

Heraldry Meetings

The Chorley branch of the Lancashire Family History

& Heraldry Society meet at Chorley Masonic Hall on

Cunliffe Street once a month.

October’s meeting takes place on Thursday 17th,

and welcomes guest speaker Gill Rossini to discuss

the growth of child welfare in the 19th century. Then,

in November, local historian Steve Williams discusses

social and military history using four tins as an

illustration, ahead of December’s hotpot supper and

quiz night.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start, and nonmembers

are welcome with a donation.

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Terrific Trains

The Chorley & District Model Railway Club will host

a display at Coppull Library on Saturday, October 19.

Come along and see fascinating model displays and

chat to members, along with the Friends of Coppull

Library, any time between 9am and 12pm.

A Right Ramble

Chorley Ramblers are hosting a children’s walk this

month - head off on a toadstool hunt, from the

Hesketh Arms to Mere Sands Wood and back.

The walk is approximately 2-3 miles; suitable

footwear and clothing necessary. Adults must be

accompanied by a child. The walk meets at Hesketh

Arms at 2pm on Sunday, October 27.

National Poetry Day

Celebrate National Poetry Day at Eccleston Library

with a blackout poetry session! You’ll learn how

to create beautiful poems with old books and a

marker pen. Booking is essential at the library, and

the session takes place on Thursday, October 3 from

9:30am-10:30am.

There’ll also be a ‘share a poem’ storytime special -

young ones can hear some great poems and create

their own from 4pm-5pm on the same day.

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Showtime for

CADOS

Representatives from Chorley Little Theatre were instrumental this year in

establishing a show garden at the popular Southport Flower Show.

Play director Zoe Jones with her children Hermione, Delilah and Benedict

Estelle Bryers, who volunteers at the theatre,

came up with the idea of a garden to represent

CADOS’s upcoming show ‘Woman in Mind’ after

first appearing at the Chorley Flower Show last year,

promoting their Beauty and the Beast pantomime.

In Astley Park, Estelle realised that the Farmhouse

lined up perfectly with her vision of a new show

garden, and set about making plans to attend once

again.

‘Everything just lined up perfectly,’ Estelle says. ‘A

show garden for a show – it was brilliant! In the play,

our main character Susan wakes up in the garden.

She suffers a brain injury after stepping on a rake

and the lines between reality and fantasy begin to

blur. That’s what we wanted to capture with our

garden.’

Estelle’s garden was designed in the shape of a rake,

with the path leading up the middle as the handle

and the stage area at the back as the teeth. One side

of the garden was designed to represent Susan’s

mundane everyday existence, with dead grass and

bark strewn about, while the other captured her

fantasy world, full of rainbow

colours and bright lawns. Flowers

on display included coleus,

begonias and pelargoniums.

‘We wanted a semi-artificial feel

to the fantasy side, so we mowed

the grass in opposite stripes

and decorated the area with

some artificial flowers,’ Estelle

continues.

The garden was specifically

designed to appear as a theatre

set would, Estelle explains. The

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This created a rather strange

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where actors might be waiting to perform.

Once the Chorley Flower Show ended, the team

moved the garden along to Southport.

‘It was a real community effort,’ Estelle tells me.

‘Everyone from Chorley Little Theatre got involved,

and we had members of the Chorley Fairtrade group

here to provide refreshments – and run around in a

banana costume! We also had our actress who plays

Susan in costume in the garden for a photoshoot.’

Chorley Little Theatre also maintained close contact

with Chorley Council throughout, along with

local garden sponsors Paul Green Nurseries and

Wonderwall, who supplied plants and planters.

The garden gained the approval of celebrity guests

attending the show, including The Hairy Bikers’

Dave Myers and TV gardener Christine Walkden.

‘Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of having a show

garden at Southport Flower Show!’ Estelle says.

‘I go there every year for my birthday and it was

an amazing thing to finally be part of. The thing I

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the reason I volunteer at the theatre – is to make

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9. Clench, clutch tightly (5)

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

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3. John ___, English painter and decorative

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7. Reckless or malicious behaviour (8)

8. Hindu deity (6)

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

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

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

12. Emerge from an egg (5)

21. Preposterous (6)

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WORDSEARCH

THEME: Vegetables

Find the hidden words in the word search grid

Artichoke

Aubergine

Bean

Beetroot

Broccoli

Carrot

Celery

Kale

Marrow

Onion

Parsley

Parsnip

Pea

Peppers

Potato

Pumpkin

Radish

Shallot

Spinach

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Sweetcorn

Tomato

Turnip

SUDOKU

WIGGLE WORDS

CLUE: Hoping for

good luck

Trace a path through

all the letters to find

the word or phrase

that fits the clue.

G N I F

E O U R

R Y O R

S S S C

NUMBER BLOCK

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.

3

2 8

4 1

7 6

26 15 17 18

16

20

18

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All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 62 of this magazine


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Choosing a retirement

hobby

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

health.

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.


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Everything you need to know about the

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What is the menopause?

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and no longer release an egg every month, periods

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be moved around, a marked change in the shape of

the breast, dimpling on the surface, a rash around

the nipple or sinking of the nipple into the breast.

Worsened premenstrual syndrome – breast

tenderness, irritability, mood swings, irritability,

fatigue, bloating, appetite and libido changes.

Decreased libido – some women also find sex less

pleasurable, and physical discomfort caused by

vaginal dryness can make this worse.

Urine leakage and urinary urgency – such as

leaking urine when coughing or sneezing and

needing to urinate more urgently and/or frequently.

Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Palpitations (heartbeats that suddenly feel more

forceful or noticeable) or a racing heartbeat.

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.

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.

Lubricating eye drops and oral sprays: To relieve

a dry mouth and dry eyes.

Vaginal dryness – this can cause itching and

discomfort, and make intercourse uncomfortable.

Skin issues – dryness, itchiness or ‘crawling’

sensations.

Reducing symptoms and side-effects

Lifestyle changes: regular exercise, stopping

smoking and reducing alcohol intake will help,

along with a healthy diet containing plenty of

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.

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


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Stop snoring

Snoring is a common problem but shouldn’t be ignored.

It can affect your sleep, mental health, physical health and

relationships, and may also indicate sleep apnoea.

Try lifestyle changes to tackle snoring, and ensure

you sleep on your side (a tennis ball taped to the

back of your nightwear or a bed wedge can help).

If this doesn’t help, you need to identify the cause

of your snoring by using The British Snoring and

Sleep Apnoea Association’s questionnaires at

britishsnoring.co.uk/itests to find treatment.

Problem: Your tongue partially blocks your throat.

Solution: A mandibular advancement device, which

helps to bring your tongue forward.

Problem: Your mouth falls open when you’re asleep.

Solutions: A chin strap, or a vestibular

shield (worn in your mouth so you

breathe through your nose).

Problem: Blocked or narrow nasal

airways.

Solutions: Nasal dilators or strips that

hold your nose open, or sprays to reduce

nasal swelling.

If these solutions don’t work, DO see your

GP. They may refer you to an Ear, Nose

and Throat (ENT) specialist.

Could you have sleep apnoea?

Symptoms of sleep apnoea include loud

snoring, especially on your back and

short periods when you stop breathing or gasp. Risk

factors include a large neck (17+ inches for men,

15+ for women), a narrow airway, nasal congestion

and a family history of OSA (obstructive sleep

apnoea), when the muscles of the throat collapse.

OSA sufferers may have repeated episodes of

apnoea and/or hypopnoea throughout the night.

Don’t ignore symptoms, as sleep apnoea increases

risk of high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks,

type 2 diabetes and gradual loss of brain function.

Treatments for OSA include lifestyle changes,

a CPAP device which delivers compressed air

through a mask and prevents closing of the airway,

a mandibular advancement device or surgery, if

your OSA is caused by a physical problem that can

be physically corrected.

For more advice, visit:

The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association:

britishsnoring.co.uk

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Degrees

of

Learning

13 PAGE EDUCATION SPECIAL


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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?

Science

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.

Technology

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.”


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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.

Engineering

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

machines.

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.

Maths

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).”

OPEN EVENING

Tuesday 15th October 5pm-7pm

You are invited to come along to

view the school, speak to staff and

pupils and see some of the many

activities that we offer.

You will be guaranteed a warm welcome!

St Oswald’s

Catholic Primary School

Spendmore Lane, Coppull, PR7 5DH


Encouraging a love of

Reading

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.

Omegas

Omega oils have long been linked with brain

power, and new research has found that a

combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

may improve children’s reading abilities. This

research was carried out on behalf of supplement

brand Equazen. Children on Equazen’s omega

supplements showed a 64% greater improvement

in reading comprehension than the group not on

supplements.

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

authors. Find your nearest one at www.

literaryfestivals.co.uk.


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Mawdesley St Peter’s

Church of England

Primary School

Nestled in the heart of

the village of Mawdesley,

we celebrate learning in

all its forms...

Visits to our school are warmly

welcomed by our happy pupils

and staff team.

Have a look at our website:

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or ring Mr Ballard, the Headteacher,

to arrange an appointment:

01704 822657

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Individuals who are

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Join us at our open evenings at;

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Learning through

Play

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

coordination.

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.

Subscriptions cost from £22.99 for 15 issues, visit

www.theweekjunior.co.uk.

Lots of board games

have an educational

element. However, the

ones by Orchard Toys are

undoubtedly amongst

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.


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Education: All Round

Bolton

School

WHOLE SCHOOL

OPEN MORNING

Saturday 12 October, 9.30am-1.00pm

Call 01204 840201 to discuss enrolling your child in our co-ed Nursery

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Get

Creative

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

flowing.

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!


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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

activities.

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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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

embrace vintage clothing.

You’ll learn how to recognise

quality craftsmanship, identify

materials, cuts and designs,

and choose clothes that look

like they’ve been tailor-made for you. It’s Vintage

Darling! is over ten years’ old now, so you may need

to order it from your library or buy it second-hand.

Time to Cook

by Nadiya Hussain

Like to eat home-cooked food

but struggle to find the time?

This book is for you. From

batch-cooking to making the

most of leftovers, plus quick

and simple recipes, Time to

Cook is full of ideas. Enjoy Harissa Bean Pizza for

brunch, followed by One Tray Peanut Chicken for

dinner and Caramelized Biscuit Traybake for pudding.

Christmas Papercraft

by Patricia Moffett

Planning to make your own

decorations this Christmas?

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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Leisure

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

shows.

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.


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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.

Ugly

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.


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Chorley Live

Fri, Oct 4 & Sat, Oct 5, 7pm-11pm

A massive number of live acts take to over 30 local

venues for a fantastic weekend of entertainment.

Wristbands £5 from any venue or from Chorley

Council’s Union Street office – more info at www.

chorleylive.com

Chorley Town Centre

Murder Mystery

Friday, October 4, doors at 6:30pm

A night of mayhem and murder mystery with

Croston WI – enjoy the 1920s-themed ‘The Final

Curtain’ by Murder Incorporated! Tickets £15

including hotpot and apple pie supper and a

great raffle – everyone welcome and fancy dress

encouraged. Book on 07857 342785.

Croston Sports Club, Westhead Road, Croston,

PR26 9RR

Eccleston Fun Palace

Saturday, October 5, 10am-2pm

A day of fun for everyone – make a nest box, build

with Meccano, have a go at sports and see a Morris

Men performance from Leyland Morris Men! There’ll

be crafts and games galore, free entry.

Eccleston Library, The Green, Eccleston, PR7 5TE

Adlington Fun Palace

Saturday, October 5, 10am-3pm

Family fun including card making, posture checks,

a science spectacular, boxing workshops and

calligraphy, plus much more! Free entry.

Adlington Library, Railway Road, Adlington, PR6

9RG

Harvest Supper

Saturday, October 5, 7pm

Enjoy a 3-course meal and entertainment by Old

School Idles in celebration of the harvest. Tickets

£10 from Feather & Twigs in Croston.

Croston Old School, Church Street, Croston, PR26

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Bopping Bingo

Saturday, October 5, 7pm

A night of bingo and FitBop dancing in aid of Derian

House. ‘Dance Through the Decades’ fancy dress

encouraged! Tickets £10 on 07989 798434.

Croston Sports Club, Westhead Road, Croston,

PR26 9RR

Apple Festival

Sunday, October 6, 10am-4pm

Celebrate the apple harvest with activities for the

whole family including apple juicing and pressing,

woodland crafts, music and face painting. For more

info, call 07752 179479.

Astley Hall Walled Garden, Chorley, PR7 1XA

Lancashire Night

Thursday, October 10, doors at 7pm

Sid Calderbank and Mark Dowding present a night

of traditional Lancashire entertainment, along with

a hotpot supper and drinks. Tickets £6 at the library.

Euxton Library, St. Mary’s Gate, Euxton, PR7 6AH

Nostalgia Weekend

Fri, Oct 11 & Sat, Oct 12, 10am-7pm & Sun, Oct 13,

12pm-5pm

Learn about the history of local industries, browse

photographs, memorabilia and local documents,

plus enjoy refreshments. Admission £2.50.

Eccleston Methodist Church, Bradley Lane,

Eccleston, PR7 5TQ

Woman in Mind

Mon, Oct 14 – Sat, Oct 19, 7:30pm

CADOS present this classic Ayckbourn comedy,

telling the story of Susan, whose life is transformed

into a fantasy. Tickets £8 on 01257 264362.

Chorley Little Theatre, Dole Lane, Chorley, PR7

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Fashion Show Fundraiser

Friday, October 18, 7:30pm-11:30pm

A fabulous fashion show and sale to raise money for

Tommy’s, Mind, and Prostate Cancer UK. Loads of

bargains and a tipple of two! Entry £5.

St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Harpers Lane, Chorley,

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Artisan Market

Saturday, October 19, 11am-4pm

Browse stalls of arts & crafts, handmade goods and

delicious treats – for more info, call 01772 603600.

Croston Old School, Church St, Croston, PR26 9HA

Charity Fashion Show

Tuesday, October 22, 6:45pm

Jak Hanson hosts a fashion show and exclusive

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along with Eccleston WI. Tickets £10 including a

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Wednesday, October 23, from 11am

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Family Halloween Party

Friday, October 25, 7pm

Chorley Cricket Club invites all wizards, witches

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Chorley Cricket Club, Sandringham Rd, Chorley,

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Fright Night

Friday, Oct 25 & Saturday, Oct 26, 6pm-9pm

Expect spooky installations, a fright light show, live

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Rivington Terraced Gardens, Rivington, BL6 7SA

Magic Autumn Fair

Saturday, October 26, 10am-2pm

Browse stalls, make magic wands, enjoy a raffle and

tombola and enter the fancy dress competition

as a witch or wizard with Heath Charnock WI!

Refreshments available.

United Reformed Church, Railway Road,

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Haunted Autumn

Sunday, October 27, 12pm-4pm

Explore the beautiful grounds of Bank Hall,

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seasonal refreshments. There’ll be children’s crafts

and ghost hunts throughout the day. Entry £2 per

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Monday, October 28, from 6pm

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Friday, November 1, 6:30pm-8pm

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Sandstone

Trail

by Chris Pearce

Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Medium/Hard

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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/

footpath.

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


Lane

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For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-Sandstone-Trail

Netherton

Overton

A56

Overton

Hill

Beacon Hill

P

Simons Lane

Fivecrosses

Woodhouses

Woodhouse

Hill

Higher Mickledale

Farm

Arboretum

Dobers

Manley Road

Newton

Cliff Farm

Bushells Lane

Kingswood

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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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.


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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.

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Common Problems in the

Older Cat

These days, thanks to the good

care we’re taking of them, cats

are living longer than ever. It’s

not unusual to see cats that

are still going strong at the

ripe old age of twenty or more!

Many people know that kidney

disease is very common in

older cats, but there are other

conditions which are much

more common in those of a

more advanced age.

Cats with kidney disease tend

to be losing weight; they may

be off their food or vomiting

more frequently, as well as

drinking and urinating more

than normal. Once renal disease has taken hold, it

unfortunately cannot be cured, but there are lots

of options for management which can help to slow

their deterioration and to help your cat have a better

quality of life.

Another common disease in older cats is

hyperthyroidism – an over active thyroid. These cats

are very hungry, but losing weight, and can drink

and urinate more than usual. They can also become

quite highly-strung. Hyperthyroidism is luckily very

treatable, and many cats with the condition lead a

full life.

Arthritis is increasing recognised in older cats, as

they are living longer and owners are more aware of

the issue. Common symptoms include reluctance to

jump or even move as they usually would, as well as

becoming matted as they can often be less keen to

twist to groom. Cats with arthritic feet can also get

overgrown claws as they avoid scratching to shed

their claws.

Annual vaccinations provide an excellent

opportunity for your cat to have an MOT. It’s also

a great time to discuss any niggling concerns you

might have about your pet. Your vet will weigh

your cat, and check them over, as well as making

sure you are happy that they are eating, drinking

and behaving normally. If they are concerned, they

may suggest blood and urine testing to investigate

further.

By keeping a close eye on your cat, not only may

be able to improve their quality of life, and possibly

even extend their life expectancy, to ensure they’ll

be keeping you company for many years to come.


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Sitting

Comfortably

These are the best seven-seaters on sale today

Land Rover Discovery

This list was always

destined to feature Land

Rover’s go-anywhere

Discovery. As well as

seven comfortable seats, it’s packed with off-road

technology to make it just as capable at scaling

steep inclines as it is making the weekly run to the

shops.

Expensive it may be, but the Discovery comes

loaded with equipment and is available with a

range of engine choices, too.

Volvo XC90

When the firstgeneration

XC90 was

released, it stormed the

market thanks to its

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

possible passenger

space, then look no

further than the Seat

Alhambra. It may be a little outdated inside, but the

Alhambra makes up for it with a huge amount of

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

and frugal, too.

Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda hit the nail on the

seven-seater head when

it released the Kodiaq.

Rock-solid build quality

and incredible value for money meant that this

Czech SUV enjoyed immediate popularity and has

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

rings on the front. A high-quality interior and silkysmooth

petrol and diesel engines seal the deal.

There’s the all-conquering SQ7 available too – which

puts many ‘normal’ performance cars to shame.

Tesla Model X

Representing the electric

contingent is Tesla’s

Model X. Spaceshiplike

in design, it’s a real


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looker out on the road but, fortunately for this list,

it’s available with seven seats. A realistic 300-mile

all-electric range means it’s usable for long-distance

drivers, too.

Though it may be expensive to buy outright, the

Model X justifies its high price tag with minimal

running costs and plenty of performance.

Mercedes GLS

The Mercedes GLS takes

the fight to the Audi

Q7, and having recently

been updated, packs

more technology and features than ever before. A

longer wheelbase than the car it replaces means

there’s more space than before, and improved

legroom for all occupants.

The interior of the car has been vastly overhauled,

with a full widescreen infotainment system helping

to give the cabin a particularly high-tech feel.

Ford S-Max

Though Ford’s S-Max

has been around a little

while now, it’s still one of

the best-driving sevenseaters

around, and offers genuine practicality as

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A range-topping Vignale is now available, though

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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

www.dglwindows.co.uk

A5209

Standish

Shevington

B5250

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J27

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A Genuine Family Run Business

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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

www.dglwindows.co.uk

A5209

Standish

Shevington

B5250

Open:

J27

A49

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,

Wigan.

WN6 7TP

or

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk

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