Local Life - Wigan - November 2019


Wigan's FREE local lifestyle magazine.


Wigan Edition November 2019

Greenslate’s New


Page 10

Education Special

Pages 35-50

Magical Markets

Pages 66-69

Jack’s Tracks: Rufford &

Croston Circular

Pages 89-91



Fires - Fireplaces - Stoves - Gas - Electric - Multifuel

All tastes & budgets catered for


Our reputation is your guarantee!

Rated: 5 star on Facebook 5 star on Google




The Stoveplace Wigan

Telephone: 01942 583 558

721 Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, Wigan WN5 8AQ (FREE parking to the rear)


4 Local Life

Thick and Fast!

And here we are with the last copy of Local Life

for your area before Christmas – although you can

register to read an online copy of the December

issue on our website – www.locallife247.co.uk.

By the time you read this the clocks will be about

to go back, it’ll be a few days off Halloween and

Bonfire Night is a week or so away. Before you know

it, it’ll be the Christmas party season followed by

the day itself. It’s a great time of year with much

excitement all around, but it can be an exhausting

8 weeks, particularly for those parents with young


Sorting various party costumes for the kids, sourcing

presents for all and sundry, school activities, putting

up lights and trees, carving pumpkins – it’s making

me exhausted just thinking about it.

Should you be looking for something to kickstart

the Christmas cheer, then we’ve a feature

on some of the best Christmas Markets in the

North and Midlands on pages 66-69, followed by

a travel feature on German Markets. Of course, for

a comprehensive listing of bonfire and Christmas

events in the local area, visit our Events2Go guide

on pages 84-88.

The Local Life team will be doing our bit to help

spread the Christmas spirit over in the Tan House

Drive area in Winstanley on Tuesday 17th December.

We’ll be helping Santa on Wigan Rotary’s Santa

Floats, so if you live in that area don’t forget to come

out and say hello!

All the very best,

Chris Pearce, Publisher


Local Life 5

In this issue

New Village






Brighten Up

Your Evening


Magical Markets


52 Puzzle page

89 Jack’s Tracks


64 Food & Drink

28 Property

70 Travel

74 Legal & Finance

76 Business View

95 Garden Diary

80 Health

84 Events2Go

92 Motoring

95 Gardening

100 Home Services

Next issue - December 2019

Advertising deadline - Wednesday, 6 November

Published - Wednesday, 20 November


Local Life 247 Ltd, Unit 8, Hewitt Business Park,

Winstanley Road, Orrell, WN5 7XB

Telephone: 01695 627 999

Publisher: Chris


Sales: Nicola


Editorial: Jesswigannews@locallife247.co.uk

Design: Mary Anne


Distribution: Sally


Accounts: Christina accounts@locallife247.co.uk

Local Life is published every month and distributed into

the following areas on an alternate monthly basis.


How To Buy a

New Car

This issue is delivered to 13,299 private homes and

businesses in Orrell, Billinge, Winstanley, Up Holland,

Highfield, Marus Bridge, Roby Mill and Pemberton.

The next issue is delivered to 13,025 private homes and

businesses in Standish, Shevington, Whitley, Appley

Bridge, Standish Lower Ground, Aspull and Haigh.

You can also pick up a free copy of Local Life at Sainsburys

or Tesco Extra in Wigan.


Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication 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. No part of this publication may be copied or reproduced without the prior written

consent of Local Life 247 Ltd.



6 News & Features

Pemberton Arts

The Pemberton Art Group meets every Tuesday to

create sketches, paintings and more, while enjoying

a good natter.

A monthly fee of £7 applies to cover room hire and

refreshments, and the group meets at Pemberton

Masonic Hall on Chapel Street from 10am-12pm the

first, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

For more information, call Lesley on 01942 236733.

Stroll for Samaritans

The Samaritans of Wigan are hosting a 7K family

Santa walk around the grounds of Haigh Woodland

Park to raise essential funds.

The festive event, which takes place on Sunday,

December 8, will see families decked out in Santa

suits to make their way around the picturesque

country park.

Samaritans provide 24 hour support for people

experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including

a listening service, face-to-face support and prisons


Fancy joining the Santa Stroll and helping fundraise

for a vital community service? Entry costs £10 and is

free for under-3s, and the walk takes place at 10am.

Head over to Eventbrite and search Samaritans of

Wigan to book.

Fab Flowers

Wigan Flower Club invite floral enthusiasts to

come to their monthly meetings at The Band

Room in Pemberton’s Mount Zion Hall, on the third

Wednesday of the month.

See beautiful floral displays, NAFAS demonstrations

and browse the trash & treasure stall. Meetings also

host raffles to win the arrangements created each


If you’d like to meet some new people and pick

up tips on flower arranging, go along to the next

meeting on November 20th at 7:15pm.

the auction centre

The leading Auctioneers and Valuers

• Modern saleroom at Manor Park, Runcorn

• RICS and NAVA registered auctioneers and specialist consultants

• Probate and Insurance valuation reports undertaken

• Full house clearance service available

• Regional valuations centres around the north-west

St Helens Valuation Days

4th Wednesday of Every Month

St Thomas Church, Peter Street, WA10 2EB

9.30 – 12 noon

Check website for Details

Call 01744 881 477 for more information

Wigan Valuation Days

2nd Tuesday Of Every Month

Purposed Life Church, Greenhough Street, WN1 3SU

9.30 – 12 noon

Check website for Details

Call 01942 299 057 for more information

9 Berkeley Court, Manor Park, Runcorn, WA7 1TQ

Telephone: 01928 579796 Email: enquiries@theauctioncentre.co.uk



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

642001 or from www.greenslatefarm.org.uk

Christmas in Standish

The much-loved Standish Christmas Market returns

this November, with Santa setting up his grotto in

the library once again.

Tickets are available from the library on Friday,

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

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

(10am-11am) and cost £3.50 per child.

The market itself will feature the usual festive

fare, including delicious local food, crafts and gift

stockists, along with live music, from 11am-8pm.

The grotto itself takes place on Christmas market day

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

Pop into the library for more information.

Staying Cosy

Rail Line Closure

November sees a 5-day closure of the Southport to

Parbold line while a bridge in Burscough is replaced.

The changes come as part of the Great North Rail

Project, which aims to ensure more reliable journeys

for passengers in the future.

Bus replacement services will operate during the

closure, which runs from Saturday, November 16

until Wednesday, November 20.

38 Church Road Rainford WA11 8HD

01744 881 588 www.ellamora.co.uk


38 Church Road Rainford WA11

8HD Tel: 01744 881 588






This festive season sees Warbreck Garden Centre

spectacularly change into one of the most inspiring and

exciting shopping destinations in the region.

With a tasteful and sophisticated blend of Christmas

decorations, interior furnishings and gifts everything you

might need for this festive season is under one roof.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Warm regards

Richard & All the team at Warbreck


Next time you’re in the Plantation

Restaurant collect your Hot Drink

Stamp Card.

You will receive a FREE hot drink with

every 9 purchased.




Once you’ve meandered around our inspiring Christmas and Gift displays

be sure to try our Winter Menu. All our meals and desserts are prepared

by our team of very talented chefs using the freshest ingredients using many

local suppliers. With our specials menu changing daily you can be sure of a

deliciously different meal every time you visit.


Every Tue, Wed & Thurs in December

at the Plantation Restaurant

2 COURSES £14.95

3 COURSES £18.95

Please see our delicious menu onine or in store.


For all enquiries contact us on:

01695 722960


With real and artificial trees,

beautiful Christmas decorations,

festive food, crackers, poinsettia

and much more... There is

something for everyone at

Warbreck Garden Centre this

Christmas. Inspirational themed

displays and amazing offers

await you...

Find Us

Lyelake Lane, Lathom,

Ormskirk, Lancashire L40 6JW



New greenhouse for Greenslate

Volunteers at Greenslate Community Farm in Orrell,

along with the Friends of Orrell Station, have been

busy constructing a new greenhouse to create

opportunities for adults with learning difficulties.

Greenslate Farm’s Senior Care Farm Co-Ordinator

Hazel McGregor teamed up with the Friends of Orrell

Station to begin the scheme when they realised

they still had materials to build a greenhouse

donated by Winstanley College. Using PVC glazing

from former platform shelters at Orrell Station, the

Friends began the arduous construction process

this spring, beginning with the laying of a concrete


‘It was definitely a challenge to construct,’ Bernard

Lundy of the Friends says, ‘especially after the

instructions mysteriously disappeared! We didn’t

expect there’d be so many parts to put in place.’

Now, though, the initiative is in full swing, inviting

local adults with learning difficulties to grow

carnations, campanula, winter brassicas and more.

Some of these plants will eventually be transferred

to Orrell Station to brighten the space up, bringing

the greenhouse’s legacy full circle.

Greenslate Farm offers a number of opportunities

for groups and individuals with additional needs,

including farming, wildlife and conservation work,

and activities in the Straw Bale café.

The new greenhouse has already afforded the farm

new volunteering opportunities; Craig, one of the

volunteers, enjoys harvesting crops, while fellow

volunteer John takes pride in watering the plants

every day.

For more information about the Care Farm scheme,

visit https://greenslatefarm.org.uk/care-farm/

Beautifully furnished

Stone Cottage

Holiday Let

– sleeps up to 4

Situated near Sedbergh,

in the Yorkshire Dales,

and also within easy

reach of the Lake District

Children & pets welcome

Call 01942 216 058 / 07792445257

E-mail janemillthrop@yahoo.co.uk




Let’s Party!

Join us for a glass of bubbles,

lots of fun and a chance

to choose from the best

of Clarins - plus get a

Christmas Treat!

Posthouse, 261b Orrell Road,

Orrell Post.

Wednesday 13th November - 7pm



Book a 30-minute skin treat with the

Clarins Beauty Coaches.

Expressions of Beauty, 16 Main Street, Billinge.

Tuesday 5th - Thursday 7th November

Book now on 01744 894214

£10 booking fee will be redeemable against

any Clarins products purchase.



Beauty Box

Yours when you buy two or more

recommended Clarins products*

*At least one to be skin care.

Offer only available whilst stocks last

Large selection of christmas

gift packs now available!

Expressions Of Beauty

01744 894214 / Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7PA



Relief Appeal Success

A Wigan appeal to send donations overseas for

people affected by Hurricane Dorian was a huge


Phil Popple, from Standish, arranged for a sea

container full of essentials to be sent to Grand

Bahama for the some 70,000 people who lost

their homes. In early October this 40ft container

was sent overseas, packed full of tents, sleeping

bags, canned food, baby supplies, clothes,

bottled water and more - a whopping 12,000kg

of aid.

Phil received donations from various local

organisations including local WIs, the NHS

Ambulance Service and Shevington & Standish

Girl Guides and Brownies. The team effort will go

towards providing essential relief for those affected

by the Hurricane.


At Kare Plus Wigan and St Helens we deliver the highest

possible standard of care and first class customer service.


“Kare Plus have been our care provider since April 2018.

We have been delighted with the service they have

provided and have no regrets that we made the change

from the previous company.” SN

“Excellent quality of care. Good time keeping, helpful,

friendly, lively staff. Cost-effective care package” EW

Our Registered Homecare Services:

• Dementia Care

• Adult Care: Personal Care / Respite Care /

Companionship / Lifestyle Support / End of


• Mental Health Support

• Autism

• Learning Disabilities

• Sensory Impairment

• Complex Care: Treatment of Disease /

Disorders / Injury

What Next? Call: Wigan 01942 409561 (Option 2) / St Helens 01744 747078 (Option 2)

E: kpwiganandsthelenshc@kareplus.co.uk

W: www.kareplus.co.uk/wiganandsthelens

Crofters Court, 14 Market Street, Wigan, WN1 1HX

Care with a “K”,

care with a difference



Keeping it in the Family

Upholland Optometrist Alan Bowen has announced a few changes to his opticians’ practice on Dingle Road.

Alan, who founded the practice back in 1991, has taken on a new partner for the business – his cousin Brian

Gleave, who is also an Optometrist.

Brian’s involvement has allowed Alan to reduce the number of days he works but, rest assured, he plans to be

around for a long time to come, giving the best possible service to customers at Bowen’s Opticians. The ethos

of the practice remains - to offer excellent family eyecare and value for money.

Over the past few months, there have been a few changes at the practice and Alan would like to wish a long

and happy retirement to Lorraine Ayles, Anne Corless, Julie Aldridge and Deborah Winrow.

They leave the practice in the capable hands of Alan’s new team which comprises;

Jessica Johnstone, a Dispensing Optician and the Practice Manager, who was previously the Practice Manager at

Suzanne Dennis in Parbold. Kirsty Gee and Jean Duncan, both Optical Advisors, Adrian Baxendale, an Dispensing

Optician and a Contact Lens specialist, and resident locum Optometrists, Rachel Finch and Alex Whitter.

If you’re looking for an optician that can offer excellent eye care for you and your family

please call Alan Bowen Optometrist today on 01695 625437.



Save £30!

Try Biotrue daily

multifocal lenses


Alan Bowen Optometrist | 7 Dingle Road | Up Holland | WN8 0EN | 01695 625437


All you want for

great food, gorgeous gifts and unique glass

under one roof

g i f t s | a f t e r n o o n t e a | b e s p o k e g l a s s | l i g h t l u


Love it Gallery / Bag & Bean

01695 622332



Morpheus Glass

01695 624182


Love it Gallery Winstanley Road Billinge Wigan WN5 7XG

Love it Gallery: Tue-Sat: 9:30-5 Sun: 10-4 Bag & Bean: Tue-Sat: 9:30-4:30 Sun: 10-4


20 15

bAG & bEAN


n c h e s | j e w e l l e r y | f r e s h c o f f e e | s p l a s h b a c k s


Lancashire Day

Wednesday, November 27 is Lancashire Day;

dedicated to the date when the first elected county

representatives were called to Westminster in 1295.

This Lancashire Day will see town criers across

the county read out the Lancashire Day


A special event to celebrate Lancashire Day

will take place at Parbold Library on Thursday,

November 21. Lancashire folk musician Mark

Dowding joins dialect expert Sid Calderbank for

a night of music and heritage with their Tacklers’

Tales show. There’ll also be a Lancashire-themed

quiz and traditional hotpot supper. Tickets cost

£10 on 0300 123 6703 or from the library, and

the event begins at 7:30pm.

Visit Lancashire invite you to share your best

Lancashire photos, beauty spots, recipes and more

with the hashtag #LancashireDay on social media.

Care Costs Seminar

We are local and friendly, and specialise in the following

• Inheritance Tax • Lasting Powers Of Attorney • Trusts • Wills • Probate • Care Fee Advice • Funeral Plans

FREE SEMINAR Protecting Against Care Costs

Wednesday 8th January at 10.30am - 12.30pm

at Albert’s Standish, School Lane, Standish, WN6 0TD

Ring us to book your place 01257 463672

We offer office or home visit appointments.

You can find us at:

Northern Diver Building, Appley Lane North, Appley Bridge, WN6 9AE



Tell Us Your Story!

Local Life is always

on the look out for

news stories from the

local communities we

serve. Are you raising

money for charity?

Are you a member of

a community group

with something to

shout about? Maybe

you’ve got an unusual

talent, or have a claim to fame? If so, let us know

and you could be appearing in the next edition!

Simply contact us on wigannews@locallife247.

co.uk or call us on 01695 627999.

Quiet Reflections


memorials to


the life of your

loved ones.

QR code placed on headstone links to

your personalised memorial site

Scan QR Code below for details

or visit website


For more details call

07790 363 288

or email enquiries@quiet-reflections.com




Make Merry at the

Robin Hood!

Celebrate Christmas with friends and family at the

Robin Hood, and choose from our indulgent and

imaginative festive menu which is available from

the 4th to 23rd of December. Please call to book.


Roasted butternut & sweet potato soup, crème frais & cumin baked croutes (V)

Duck liver parfait, spiced cherry sauce bistro salad, seeded toast

Baked goat cheese, aubergine ratatouille tart, rocket & pistachio pesto (V)

Craigelachi fine smoked salmon, baby beet & creamed horseradish, dark rye bread


Traditional roast Norfolk turkey, chestnut stuffing, bacon chipolata, brussels sprouts,

honeyed parsnip & rich roast gravy

Slow (Guinness) braised blade of beef, buttered mash, fine green beans

Rainbow trout topped with nut brown almond butter served on boulangere potatoes & samphire

Moroccan style vegetable tagine, jewelled couscous, warmed flat bread


Boozy Christmas pudding, brandy butter sauce, cream or custard

Sherry trifle

Home made mince meat tart,brandy butter sauce, cream or custard

Sticky chocolate pudding & ice-cream

2 courses £17.95 3 courses £19.95

Having a Works Do?

Call 01942 511859 for details.

We can seat up to 30 people.


party in Orrell!

New Year’s Eve

FREE Hot Pot at 10pm

Free entry



117 Sandy Lane



01942 511 859





as usual

• Gel manicures, Acrylic

Nails & Pedicures

• Waxing & Intimate waxing

• Microdermabrasion Facials

• Tropic facials

• Eye Treatments

• Male Treatments & Waxing

• St Tropez Spray Tans

Wedding, Prom & Holiday packages available

Bespoke Princess pamper parties also available

Orrell-based signage company MB Signs, which

has been trading from Hewitt Business Park on

Winstanley Road for the past 20 years, changed

hands last week.

Holistic health, sports &

remedial massage by

Susan Kennedy.

Limited dates available

ring for more information

or to book.


Tuesday 9.00-3.00

Thursday 9.00-8.00

Friday 9.00-7.00

Saturday 9.00-5.00

Quote LOCAL20 to get

20% off your first visit

The Little Nail & Beauty Place

57a Moor Road, Orrell, WN5 8RR

(above Hannah & Co Hairdresser)

07808 540 053

All major credit and debit cards accepted

Owner Mark Breheny, whose health hasn’t been too

good recently, is retiring and has sold MB Signs to

Dublin-based Insignia Signs & Display Ltd, headed up

by owner Jonathan White, whose company specialises

in general signage and graphic wraps for cars, vans

and commercial fleets.

Insignia works with companies such as Vodafone,

Costa Coffee and the AA, to name but a few,

and Jonathan is looking forward to working with

local companies to help them improve their visual

presence. Insignia will officially begin trading at Hewitt

Business Park from the 21st October.

“I’m going to miss all my customers, says Mark, but

I’m really happy that I’ve handed the company over

to industry professionals, who will be able to protect

and improve on the legacy I’ve worked hard to build”.

Insignia Signs & Display (UK) Limited

(Formerly MB Signs)

Unit 16 | Hewitt Business Park | Winstanley Road

Orrell | WN5 7XB

01695 627628 www.mbsigns.co.uk


Specialists in:

• Family Law • Personal Injury

• Wills & Probate

Call us today to arrange a

free 30 minute consultation

Rachel Jane Taylor

Solicitor & Director

RJT Solicitors

44 High Street,




Donna Gamble


01257 228027 / 01942 409154


Independent Funeral Director

covering Wigan and the surrounding areas

We offer a full range of funerals from

Traditional, Modern, Natural (Green)

and Bespoke

We will help you to arrange the perfect,

affordable funeral for your loved one

Pre-Paid Funeral Plans Available



01942 409403

1 Church Street,

Orrell, Wigan,


Beat the Brexit Blues in 2019!

Take back control of your finances.

Uncertainty, confusion, finances, interest rates

It's enough to give you a headache!

Our four step process helps our customers by taking away all the work and

giving them the most suitable solution for their needs.

1 Free initial consultation - just get in touch and we'll get to know each other and see how we can help.

2 Gather the facts - we'll get all the information needed to make any applications easy and painless.

3 Recommend - We'll find the most suitable solution for you and take responsibility for the advice.

4 Implement - We'll do all the paperwork and chasing to ensure you get your finances sorted as soon as possible.

Don't pay more than you need to in 2019. Don't fall foul of the Brexit blues.

Call us today on: 01695 666 999

Email: info@mortgagefactoryltd.com

44A Ormskirk Road, Upholland (Next to Fosters Hair)



Win tickets to Ed Byrne!

Fresh from a sell-out Fringe Festival run, comedian

Ed Byrne is heading on tour with his If I’m Honest

tour - and we have a pair of tickets up for grabs.

The observational stand-up takes a long hard look

at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits

worth passing onto his children in his hilarious new


Further tickets can be obtained on 01925 442345.

Make sure to like our page to stay updated about

more exclusive giveaways!

Warrington’s show takes place at Parr Hall on

Tuesday, December 10.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over

to our Facebook page @locallifemagazine247 and

find details on how to enter on our pinned post,

from Monday, November 11 when the competition


Image by Idil Sukan

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

• traditional service, state of the art results •

• Carpets • Rugs • Fabric & Leather Upholstery

The most thorough clean, or its free!

Call today for a free consultation & no obligation quote

5 star rating with

Wigan Trading Standards Good Trader Scheme

Have your carpets cleaned the

only thorough way

Shevington based family business

Wigan Good

Trader Of

The Year



28 Property



Recently I heard of a dispute between a Wigan

landlord and tenants.

Due to the cleanliness of the property at the end of

the tenancy, the deterioration to the décor, damage

caused to various items and tenant belongings

left behind at the end of the tenancy, the landlord

claimed £505.

This was supported by invoices for cleaning, the

repair of the décor and furniture, and the removal of

belongings that the tenant left behind. The tenants

disputed the landlord’s claim.

The check-in report from September 1st 2017 was

submitted as evidence of the record of condition

of the property at the start of the tenancy. But it

was accepted by both parties that there had been

various student tenant swaps since the checkin

report was produced, and that the tenancy in

dispute actually started, not in 2017, but in 2018.

Furthermore, no detailed written check-out report

was provided for the end of the tenancy. There were

a few photographs of some of the issues found, but

no comparable photographs or evidence to show

the condition and cleanliness of the property at the

start of the 2018 term.

The outgoing tenants acknowledged that further

cleaning was required, and additional items and

personal belongings had been left at the property,

so the adjudicator limited the award to those claims

and awarded just £125 to the landlord.

The amount awarded reflected the fact that the

pre-tenancy condition was not known at the start

of the tenancy and that the adjudicator considered

the 2017 check-in report to be of little or no value.

Tenancy swaps are commonplace, particularly in

student accommodation, but if you’re a landlord it

is best practice to bring the existing tenancy to an

end and formally check-out the named tenants and

distribute the deposit.

Only then should you issue a new tenancy

agreement, complete with a check-in report

with photographs reflecting the condition of the

property at the start of the new tenancy.

If you are looking for an agent that is well

established, professional and communicative, then

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

of your investment property.

Email me on alan@alanbatt.co.uk

or call on 01942 233999.

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

worked within the Wigan property market for over 30 years.

Alan Batt

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

property market, check out



WN5, WN3, WN8 areas

Over the last 12 full months there

have been 1,016 sales in these areas

of Wigan. This is a -7% change on

the previous 12 month period. The

average sales price was £131,469.

WN5, WN3, WN8

We bring you the latest trends in

the UK’s housing market, with a

detailed focus on the WN5, WN3

and WN8 areas.

House prices

The average price of a home rose by 0.7%

in July compared to a year ago, according to

the official UK house price index. Strongest

growth is currently in Wales with prices rising

by 4.2%.


UK Inflation slowed to 1.7% in August (down

from 2.1% in July) which is its lowest rate since

the end of 2016. Wages now comfortably

exceeding inflation, providing a boost to

household finances.

WN5, WN3, WN8


Confirming a small summer bounce, sales

levels in August were 0.9% higher than a

year earlier according to the HMRC. This is a

significant turnaround from a -14.8% fall in

July although momentum is not expected to

be sustained into September.


Broken Plan

Despite the allure of large, bright spaces, it is not necessarily convenient to live in an

open-plan home all the time. Hence the development of ‘broken plan’ design.

Although everyone loves open-plan living,

sometimes we need a quiet, separate space. Huge

open spaces can be difficult to heat, too, and

noise can sometimes be an issue. ‘Broken plan’ is

a practical evolution of open plan, retaining the

elements we love, particularly good light and a

feeling of openness, but with subtle elements to

divide large spaces into more manageable ones,

with different zones for different activities. Spaces

may even be opened up or closed off as desired.

Broken plan aims to be the best of both worlds.

One way to achieve the broken-plan effect is with

differences in floor levels, perhaps with a step

between the sitting room and the dining room. A

ceiling can be lowered in one area of a large, open

room to enhance a sense of intimacy. And in homes

with very high ceilings, a mezzanine level, perhaps


as an office, snug or guest bedroom, combines

open-plan feel with practicality. Other solutions

include internal glass walls or floor-to-ceiling steelframed

windows to subdivide a space.

More typically, especially where two ground-floor

reception rooms have been knocked through, a

great way to add flexibility is to add glazed or timber


double doors. Ideally the doors would slide and fold

away, or else be hinged so that they fit against the

walls when open. Alternatively, connect/separate

two rooms with pocket doors, which slide into the

slim walls on each side – great for, say, a dressing

room off a bedroom.

Temporary dividers are convenient and less

expensive: a screen, for example, a large floorstanding

bookcase, or even simply a slender

console table. They can be relatively easily moved

around or removed as necessary.

An open-plan space can be divided visually, using

simple tricks such as changes in paint colour or

floor finish and mini ‘rooms’ are easily created by

grounding furniture arrangements on a rug or on

an area of contrast flooring. Finally, employ lighting

as a powerful tool to delineate space. Form zones

of different lighting types, including pendants

and wall lights, and carefully position floor and

table lamps. If possible, install different circuits

(controlled by switches or dimmers) to break down

the spaces and illuminate different parts to suit

your needs, whether it be a living area or bedroom,

a kitchen or a dining area.

By Katherine Sorrell


Unrivalled choice of Blinds,

Shutters and Curtains

to suit all budgets

Window Blinds

See our new displays in our retail partner Greens Carpets and Flooring

Modern Day & Night blinds

Keep your home

warm & cosy

01942 311 342


Sleek & stylish Perfect Fit blinds



Experts in Smart home/Motorised options


Pregnant Employees:

A Practical Approach

Pregnancy and Maternity Leave can be

a difficult variable for both employer

and employee to consider and so it is

important that all parties know where

they stand, legally speaking.

One of the core issues to be aware of

is that of discrimination. It should be

understood that under the Equality

Act 2010, Pregnancy/Maternity is

one of the 9 protected characteristics

(others include race and sexual

orientation by way of example). Any

discrimination on this ground is strictly prohibited.

An Employer must not: -

1. Discriminate by treating a pregnant woman

unfavourably because of the pregnancy or

a consequential illness (so this would cover

‘morning sickness’);

2. Discriminate by treating a woman unfavourably

because she is on compulsory maternity leave or

because she is exercising her right to additional

or ordinary maternity leave.

Following Notification of the pregnancy to an

employer, the expectant mother is within a

‘protected period’ for the purposes of employment

law. As soon as the employer becomes aware of

the pregnancy, they are bound by strict Health and

Safety requirements. These include the carrying out

of risk assessments as well as altering the working

conditions and hours of work of the woman in


The latter is a cause for countless claims to the

Employment Tribunal, where employers have failed

to alter the working conditions to a point where

a risk is posed to the health of the mother or the

baby. This can be problematic in high-pressure

or fast-paced jobs, and so is an aspect that needs

to be handled with care to avoid the issuance of

proceedings. In these situations, employers must

take care to offer suitable alternative work.

It may come as a surprise that if this is not possible,

the employee should be suspended on full pay.

On return to work, the question of whether the

employee is entitled to return to the same job,

or simply a suitable alternative is complex and

specialist advice should be sought.

Many issues can arise on return to work, including

the recent rights to flexible working (for any

reason), which must be considered by an employer,

and questions over whether a refusal to allow

breastfeeding or time off to breastfeed could

constitute indirect sex discrimination.

Our employment team are on hand and readily

available to assist you should you have issues

relating to pregnancy in the workplace or

employment matters more generally. We can advise

on Employment Tribunal proceedings, appeals

to the EAT as well as the navigation of Settlement

Agreements. Please call us on 01942 246 241 to

discuss further.

James Ford, Solicitor & STEP Affiliate


Our lawyers are familiar with the needs

of the people & businesses in the area and

our full range of services includes:

• Business Law

• Commercial Litigation

• Family Law

• Wills & Probate

• Conveyancing

• Employment Law

• Personal Injury

• Lasting Powers Of Attorney

Our highly experienced team provide reassurance & guidance when it is

needed most. You will find a professional who is ready to listen and advise

on your specific needs – and your case will not be passed to another lawyer

or support staff

When you face complications in your personal life or have business problems,

making the correct choice of legal advisor is crucial

Make the right choice – choose Alker Ball Healds!

To find out how we can help you

Contact us today on:

01942 246 241





New Village


Since its closure three years ago, Up Holland

Library has lain dormant at the heart of the local

community – and its loss has been keenly felt.

Community groups like the Friends of Up Holland

were essentially left without a home, and the village

left bereft of a hub.

Now the old library building has been taken over

by Artz Centre, with the aim of transforming it

into a vibrant, multi-purpose community space.

The organisation was previously based out of Up

Holland High School before opening a new centre

in Skelmersdale, but knew they’d need their own

local base if they wanted to expand. October saw

the grand opening of its new Up Holland building,

bringing together potential students of its versatile

arts programme and members of the community

who are able to use the space as they see fit.

‘The most important thing so far has been sharing

our vision with the public, and ensuring they feel

free to pop in and ask questions,’ Director Mark

Ashton explains. ‘The building has been closed for

so long, people are rightfully questioning what

we’ll be doing with it. We’ve reached out to existing

community groups and got them involved too.’

‘We want comfortable chairs and couches in the

reading cafe to inspire people to sit and read all day,

have a chat with people around them, and maybe

get involved in some of our music events or lessons,’

he continues.

Another important aspect

of the renovations was

to appraise what local

people wanted from such

a centre, and to figure out

how Mark could help meet

their needs. ‘We talked to

pupils from local schools

to see what young people

felt was missing locally, and

tried to implement those

suggestions in our plans.

Since receiving feedback

from some of Up Holland’s

older residents, we decided

to include a lot of adult fiction too.’

The new Artz Centre will also offer a Click n’ Collect

system, in which local people can request specific

books to be ordered in. Reducing social isolation is

one of the Artz Centre’s main aims, offering a casual

space in Up Holland for people to enjoy hot drinks

and a good read, without pressure to necessarily

take books away.

Artz Centre Up Holland will gradually implement

longer opening hours, aiming to be open for as

long as six days a week. For more information and

updates, visit www.artzcentre.co.uk







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).”

Could you be one of tomorrow’s

outstanding teachers?

Individuals who are

passionate about working

with young children.

Join us at our open evenings at;

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School,

Hardybutts, WIGAN, WN1 3RZ

Monday, 28th October 16:00-18:00

Monday, 18th November 16:00-18:00

Monday, 2nd December 16:00-18:00

Monday, 13th January 2020 16:00-18:00

Monday, 2nd March 2020 16:00-18:00

Individuals who have

the potential to be

outstanding teachers


Study days will be at Liverpool Hope University leading to a PGCE and QTS in primary teaching.

For more information and updates visit www.wcpsd.uk

Provider code 2A4 - Course code 2XT7




Thursday 14 th November 2019

5.00pm - 7.00pm

Lower tuition fees, a wide range of degrees, smaller class sizes

and unrivalled access to experienced lecturers.



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.



Are you thinking about kick-starting

an exciting new career in teaching?

If so, why not train to become

a primary teacher with


Our Information Events are the perfect

opportunity for you to learn all you need to

know about teacher training and how to apply.

Open Event

Tuesday 19th November 2019

4.00pm – 5.30pm

St Teresa’s RC Primary School, College Road,

Upholland, WN8 0PY

Drop In Sessions

10.00am – 12.00 noon then 1.00pm – 3.00pm

18/10/19 St John’s Catholic Primary, WN8 6PF

28/10/19 Dalton St Michael’s Primary, WN8 7RP

08/11/19 Bishop Martin C of E, WN8 9BN

13/11/19 St Mark’s Primary,WN5 9DS

14/11/19 Churchtown Primary, PR9 7NN

18/11/19 Brookfield Park Primary, WN8 8EH

29/11/19 Asmall Primary, L39 3PJ

03/12/19 Lostock Hall Primary, PR5 5AS

To book a place email


or call 01695 557488

We look forward to meeting you

Who are these events for?

Our information events are designed for

anyone who has a degree and is interested

in teaching – particularly those who are

considering starting their initial teacher

training in September 2020. They offer a great

opportunity to get all your questions about

teaching and teacher training answered.

If you attend one of our events you’ll be able to:

• Discuss the range of teacher training courses

we have available, to help you decide which

would best suit you

• Meet representatives from our programme

and find out about the entry requirements

• Receive advice on submitting a successful

UCAS application

• Talk to current teachers to find out what a

career as a teacher is really like

• Talk to current trainees about the programme



Learning through


From science kits to marble runs, toys can be as educational as they are fun!

Learning through play sees your child developing

key mental, physical and emotional skills, as well

as an appetite for knowledge. Most toys can be

educational, whether they’re helping your child to

learn maths, or improve their 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

Are you looking for a school

place for September 2020?

Roby Mill is a small, village school where each and

every child is valued and can develop to reach their

full potential. We have small class sizes and a high

adult to child ratio enabling personalized learning in a

caring and supportive environment.

With a wide catchment area, our children travel from

near and far to attend our school and with places

available for Reception 2020 and other year groups,

come and visit to secure your place.

We offer both breakfast club and a wide variety of

after school clubs.

Call Now for an appointment.

Our school is always open.

Roby Mill C.E. Primary School

School Lane, Roby Mill, Up Holland, WN8 0QR

Telephone: 01695 622536


The small school with the BIG heart

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.

Most children’s magazines include educational

activities, from craft ideas to puzzles and colouring.

• National Geographic Kids Magazine is aimed at

the ‘explorers, archaeologists, scientists, artists and

astronauts of the future’. 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. There are also features on a range of

subjects, from geography to technology and film.

Subscriptions cost from £22.99 for 15 issues, visit


Lots of board games have an

educational element. The ones

by Orchard Toys are amongst

the best. Their games are

always well-designed, robust

and great fun to play for children and parents alike.

Priced from just £4.50, games are available from toy

stores, supermarkets and www.orchardtoys.com.


Tech for Tweens

Kid-friendly technology that keeps you in control

Child-friendly tablets

With Amazon’s Kindle Fire, you can activate parental

controls to limit how much screen time your child

has, when they can use their tablet and what they

can do on it. It’s also worth adding the YouTube Kids

app, which filters out unsuitable content and allows

you to cherry-pick the channels you’re happy for

your child to watch.

Have an accident-prone child or just want extra

peace of mind? It might be worth paying extra

for the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet. It’s priced

around £100 to £200 depending on the screen size

and memory, but comes with a robust case and a

two year quibble-free warranty. You also get a year’s

subscription to Fire for Kids Unlimited (normally

£3.99 a month), which gives your child access to

thousands of age-appropriate apps, game, videos

and books – see www.amazon.co.uk.

Smart watches

Most children’s smart watches allow kids

to take photos and play games. The

Moochies watch also allows children

to text and call people, but only those

who’ve been approved by the parent.

So, your child can call you to ask if

they can go to a friend’s house after

school, send a text message to

their cousin and video call

their granny, but they

can’t call or text anyone

you haven’t approved.

The Moochies watch is

ideal for children who

are old enough for a bit

more independence, but

not quite old enough for their own phone. (It’s proven

an absolute hit with my seven and ten year old.)

The watch itself costs £69.99 and you’ll need to

choose a rolling network plan, which costs from £10

a month. You can also customise

the watch with different

straps, which cost £7.50 each.

See www.moochies.com.

Pocket money apps

If your child is old

enough to go shopping

on their own, you might

want to look at getting

them a prepaid debit

card. There are several pocket

money apps and cards on the

market, including Go Henry,

which allows you to transfer money to the card,

decide how much your child can spend, and keep

an eye on what they’re spending their money on.

You can also set them chores to earn extra money.

So, for instance, you might set them the task of

hoovering once a week to earn £2. Once they

complete the task, you mark it as done on the

parent app and the money is transferred from your

account to theirs. You can also set up savings goals

and kids can choose to give a percentage of their

pocket money to charity.

Go Henry costs £2.99 per child, per month at


Similar schemes include Nimbl (£2.49 a

month) and Osper (£2.50 a month).


Are you thinking of teaching as a career?

Become a Teacher with North West Learning Partnership School Direct.

(Previously known as St Mary and St Thomas C E Primary Alliance)

Who are we?

North West Learning Partnership School Direct is an

established School Direct Provider working in partnership

with Liverpool John Moores University.

As one of only 40 Maths Hubs in the country, we are

able to provide outstanding training at the forefront of

developments in mathematics education.

The North West Learning Partnership continues to be

above the National norm for School Direct provision and

are classed as a high-flying alliance in terms of numbers of

applications and successful recruitment.

Why train with us?

We are committed to ongoing development of all trainees

for at least 3 years.

Trainees have access, free of charge, to our highly effective

NQT and RQT programmes.

• High employment rates

• Only Good to Outstanding schools within our Alliance

are used for placements

• Placement schools are across St Helens, Wigan, Bolton,

Halton & Knowsley

• Gain PGCE with Masters credits and QTS

• Highly effective school based tutors. All of a senior level

with a wealth of experience or are Specialist Leaders in

their field of expertise (SLEs)

• Personal support structures in place

• Quality Assured by several external agencies & as a

result the alliance provision continues to be graded as


We offer a range of courses for both

Primary and Secondary

Primary General

We offer a unique primary general teacher training

programme. Training with the North West Learning

Partnership means you become a staff member from day

one whilst receiving academic and University support.

Student feedback is key to ensuring quality and is

paramount to ensuring the quality of our programme.

Apply for this training programme through UCAS:


Training Provider 13N | Course code DF23 Primary

Primary General with Mathematics Specialism

We are excited to offer this primary general programme with

mathematics specialism in partnership with Liverpool John

Moores University. Trainees will engage with our successful

and unique primary general teacher training programme

with additional training units in mathematics.

Trainees will receive a PGCE with Masters credits and QTS.

Apply for this training programme through UCAS:


Training Provider 13N | Course code SDKJ

Primary General Salaried Route

This salaried School Direct programme is suitable for

experienced, non-teaching staff and career changers.

Applicants are recommended to have the support of a

school. The trainee is employed by the school as a nonqualified

teacher for one academic year.

The trainee teacher receives a personal training programme,

accessing our outstanding training at the North West

Learning Partnership and gains a PGCE with Masters credits

and QTS at Liverpool John Moores University.

This qualification includes 60 credits at Masters level.

Apply for this training programme through UCAS:


Training Provider 13N | Course code 3BFS


Secondary Mathematics

We are excited to offer a School Direct Secondary

Mathematics in school one-year teacher training

programme. You will be awarded PGCE with Masters

credits and QTS. The course is offered by the lead schools

Rainford High and Up Holland High in association with

the North West Learning Partnership and Liverpool John

Moores University. This unique training programme offers

exciting opportunities to be involved in:

• Working alongside specialists in Maths Mastery.

• Training with high quality relevant professionals with

an outstanding track record for delivering the highest

grades for young people at Key Stage 4 & Key Stage 5.

• Opportunity for leadership training and development

of strategic curriculum design.

• Commitment to develop examination expertise at KS4

and KS5

• Teaching opportunity across KS2,3, 4 & 5. Subject

specific and career impacting professional development

• High quality subject specific CPD opportunities with

nationally recognised speakers

• High quality guest speakers to support pedagogical and

subject specialism

• The discussion club focused on high quality academic

research linked to educational discussion at some of

the leading local restaurants and venues throughout

the year.

Apply for this training programme through UCAS:


Training Provider 13N | Course code JL80

Secondary MFL

This course is offered by the lead schools Rainford High

and Up Holland High in association with the North West

Learning Partnership and Liverpool John Moores University.

Due to the outstanding teaching in our schools, results in

MFL are significantly above national average and both

schools offer unique and dynamic training and teaching

opportunities for the right teacher training candidates.

• Training with high quality relevant professionals with an

outstanding track record for delivering the highest grades

for young people at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 as well as

delivering exceptional transition for young people.

• Opportunity for leadership training and development

of strategic curriculum design.

• Commitment to develop examination expertise at KS4

and KS5

• The opportunity to take part in cultural language

exchange visits and programmes.

• Teaching opportunity across KS2, 3, 4 and 5.

• Subject specific and career impacting professional

development. Such as high quality subject specific CPD

opportunities with nationally recognised guest speakers

to support pedagogical and subject specialism.

• The discussion club focused on high quality academic

research linked to educational discussion at some of

the leading local restaurants and venues throughout

the year.

Apply for this training programme through UCAS:


Training Provider 13N | Course code SD90

Kathy Carman - North West Learning Partnership School Direct Strategic Lead



Sarah Knowles - North West Learning Partnership Administrator


For further details of all programmes please see our website:






Life as a governor

For James Pearson, joining the board of governors

at Winstanley College was a way to give back to the

college that launched him onto a career path in

commercial law. James, now the Chair of Governors,

discusses the inspiration behind his decision, and

what it takes to strive for academic excellence at


‘I had a really good time at college,’ James admits.

‘Winstanley prides itself on providing a well-rounded

education, with a focus on personal development

that goes beyond grades. It was important for me to

begin giving back to that community.’

As a player at Orrell RUFC, James isn’t short on

community spirit. ‘Keeping it local, at the college

I used to attend, was also really important to me

in my decision to apply for a post as governor. I

admit the interview process at the time was rather

daunting, but has changed

now, and was worth it when I

was offered the position.’

pride in their work, and it’s amazing to see the

result of their time at Winstanley pay off in their

final pieces.’

‘I’ve been fortunate to meet many talented people

who have really ingrained themselves in the world

of education, and who have a passion for seeing

young people achieve their goals,’ he tells me.

‘There are three core skills I think you need to

become a governor,’ James adds. ‘You can’t be afraid

to ask questions; you need a willingness to learn

and challenge yourself; and you need to care about

creating a supportive and inspiring community for

academic excellence.’

If you are interested in applying to become a

Governor at Winstanley College please contact

Rachael Weir on 01695 628640 or email Rachael.


Being a governor means

setting Winstanley’s strategic

direction, ensuring financial

sustainability and to uphold

the college’s core values.

James’ background as a lawyer

has also helped him in his role.

It’s a big job – but well worth

the effort.

‘One of the best parts of my

position has been engaging

with passionate staff and

amazing students. I’m not an

arty person myself, but the

annual student art show is

always excellent to pay a visit

to. The students take such



winstanley college

Wednesday 6th November

Tuesday 4th February


No need to book, just turn up. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Winstanley Road Billinge Wigan WN5 7XF • 01695 628610 • www.winstanley.ac.uk


Tips for sleeping

Late nights, early mornings and night-time

wanderings can really have an effect on your child’s

wellbeing (and your stress levels). If your child is

struggling to sleep, these tips might help.

Ban screen time before bed

The blue light emitted by smartphones, tablets

and other digital devices has been found to disrupt

sleep. A Norwegian study of 10,000 teenagers

found that the more time the teenagers spent on

electronic devices during the day, the less sleep

they got. So keep phones, tablets and TVs out of

your child’s room and ban them from being used

for at least an hour before bedtime.

Get plenty of exercise and fresh air

Both exercise and time spent outdoors have been

found to promote a better night’s sleep. So take

the kids to the park, or play out in the garden in the


Try calming music

Quiet, soothing music can help

your child to relax. If you play the

same song every night, it can

even become a sleep trigger.

Good choices include Kesang

Marstrand’s ‘In the Land of

Dreams’, and ‘Hello Night’, which

you can find on YouTube. You

could also try recordings of white noise, which

some children find relaxing.

Cut down on sugar

Fruit juice, squash, sugary drinks and caffeine can

all stop your child from getting to sleep. Try to

make sure they stick to water or milk for a few hours

before bedtime. And cut out any sugary snacks,

or anything that might cause bloating or trapped

wind. Even naturally sweet foods, such as honey,

can have an effect on your child’s sleep pattern.

Plan ahead

What excuses does your child use for getting out of

bed in the night? What can you do to make it easier

for them to stay in bed? Little things, like a bottle of

water on the bedside table, or an extra blanket for

when it gets cold, can help to cut down the excuses.

Make peace

We all find it hard to get to sleep if we’re

worried or stressed. Your child is no

different. If they’re upset because

you’re cross, or if they’re worried

about an argument from earlier

in the day, they might struggle

to drop off. Take time to discuss

anything that might be

bothering them, from exam

nerves to fall-outs with friends.


Autumn reads

Looking for the perfect book to give someone this Christmas? Maybe we can help…

The Giver of Stars

Jojo Moyes

Times are hard in Kentucky at

the end of the Great Depression.

Five women set out to bring

some light back into people’s

lives, through books. This isn’t

your average mobile library; the

librarians have to travel hundreds of miles every

week, on horseback. Amongst them is Margery –

whose family and unconventional lifestyle mean

she’s all but ostracised by ‘polite society’. And Alice –

a lonely incomer far from home. A great story, great

characters and great writing make The Giver of Stars

the perfect gift.

Never Have I Ever

Joshilyn Jackson

A seemingly innocent game to

liven up a book club turns into a

tense game of cat and mouse as

one woman threatens to reveal a

long-buried secret. How far will

Amy go to protect the fragile

life she’s built for herself? A good choice for fans of

twisting, suspense-packed thrillers.

The Secret Series

Pseudonymous Bosch

Young adventure fans are sure

to appreciate this series, starting

with the first book – The Name of

This Book is Secret. (My ten year

old daughter devoured all five

in quick succession.) Cass and

Max-Ernest are unlikely friends who find themselves

caught up in a quest to uncover a secret. Danger,

mystery, friendship, villains and humour abound.

Sweet Sorrow

David Nicholls

It’s 1997. Charlie Lewis has

just left school and has one

long summer ahead of him

before finding a job and

entering the world of adults.

Joining a theatre group

wasn’t in his plans, but if that’s what it takes to win

the love of Fran Fisher, he’s prepared to unleash his

(very) hidden thespian. An enjoyable, humorous

book ideal for anyone who came of age in the 90s

or who has bittersweet memories of their first love.

The Ten Thousand Doors of


Alix E. Harrow

January Scaller finds her first

Door when she’s seven years

old. It leads to somewhere far

from her cosseted life as the

foster daughter of a rich man.

Little girls grow up and learn not to believe in the

impossible. But then a strange book appears, just as

January’s real father vanishes, and January sets out

to discover the truth about Doors. This is a must for

fans of Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman.

The Hairy Bikers’ One Pot


Si King and Dave Myers

The Hairy Bikers are back with

another cookery book packed

with more than 100 recipes.

Create delicious dishes with

minimum effort and mess.

Recipes include Sausage and Bean Tray Bake, and

Boozy Syllabub Trifle. Just make sure the recipient

of your gift invites you over for dinner soon.


Puzzle Pages

Sponsored by




2. Artist’s workroom (7)

3. British peer (4)

5. Commercial passenger plane (8)

6. Popeye’s girlfriend (5)

7. Thick soup of meat, vegetables and pearl

barley (6,5)

8. Go down on bended legs (5)

9. Impaired eyesight usually resulting from

irregular conformation of the cornea (11)

Suite 1A, Kirkless Industrial Estate

Cale Lane, Wigan, WN2 1HF

14. French courtesy title for a man (8)

17. Large, ocean-dwelling mammal (3,4)

18. Frederick ___, prime minister (1770–82) (5)

20. Garden tool (5)

22. Ditch around a castle (4)


11. Harnesses (5)

19. Electrical device used to limit

1. Thin biscuit often eaten with ice

cream (5)

12. Group of three (4)

13. Disease caused by lack of

current flow (8)

21. Support for sails (4)

4. Francis ___, English statesman and

philosopher (1561–1626) (5)

thiamine (4-4)

15. Repugnance (6)

23. Commercial exchange (5)

24. Area either side of the equator (7)

10. V-shaped sleeve badge indicating

military rank (7)

16. Part of a ship’s equipment or

cargo that is thrown overboard (6)

25. Hair on the chin (5)

26. Weight equivalent to 14 pounds (5)

Keeping your family safe

01942 83

Robust systems, expertly installed

Burglar Alarm systems

Wireless & hard wired

CCTV systems

View your home from your PC,

smart phone or tablet

Access Control systems

Fire Alarms

GHE Responsive Service

Available 24 hours 365 days a year

Suite 1A, Kirkless Industrial Estate

Cale Lane, Wigan, WN2 1HF

Call us today for a FREE property risk assessment.

01942 836 937 www.ghewigan.co.uk



THEME: Parts of the body

Find the hidden words in the word search grid

































CLUE: From poverty to


Trace a path through

all the letters to find

the word or phrase

that fits the clue.






The numbers in each row add up to totals to the

right. The numbers in each column add up to the

totals along the bottom.

The diagonal lines also add up

the totals to the right.


1 4

9 5

3 7

9 23 21 19







All the puzzle solutions can be found

on page 114 of this magazine


Music Continuum

The Music Continuum present two special events in

November and December.

The first, A Requiem, will commemorate the end

of the First World War and Armistice Day with an

evening of jazz and poetry with Josie Moon and

the Alan Barnes Octet. It takes place on Thursday,

November 7 at 7:30pm.

Then, on Friday, December 20, Intrada Brass will

present a night of Christmas music, with tickets

costing £10.

Both events take place at St. Michael & All Angels

Church on Duke Street, Swinley (WN1 2BJ).

Tickets are available from Peter on 07848 818276 or

from www.justaddtickets.co.uk

Dick Whittington

The Old Courts’ 2019 panto is Dick Whittington &

His Cat - a family spectacular for the festive season.

When the wicked King Rat wants to take over the

whole of England, it’s up to Dick Whittington to

stop him! Set sail on the voyage of a lifetime from

December 18th-23rd.

Tickets cost £12 per child or £16 per adult, bookable

on Eventbrite or on 01942 834747.

History Walk

The Canal & River Trust are hosting a history walk

from Wigan Dry Dock on Saturday, November 2 at

10am. Discover the history of the canal as you walk

up to Top Lock and back - more info available at


Be as Warm as Worcester

If you’re replacing your boiler, there’s really only one choice


2 Years





Worcester have been awarded a Which Best Buy?

award for the most reliable boiler brand and most

satisfied customers across the entire gas boiler range

Call us today for a free quote

We’ll beat any like-for-like quote by £100 - and that’s guaranteed!

Your Local Installer Established 1998

Address: 434 Ormskirk Road, Wigan, WN5 9DF

Phone: 01942 221 221

Email: info@premiergas.com

Website: premiergas.com



Bespoke Staircases & Staircase Renovations

Add value to your home by modernising

your stairs in just 2 days!

• Wood, glass or chrome

• Traditional or contemporary styles

Local company, established 1998

Download our brochure from




Or pop into our Wigan showroom

Rear Mill, Wood Street, off Chapel Lane, Wigan, WN3 4HL




Comedy Costumes

A Pemberton man has been catching people’s

attention running various races to raise money and

awareness for the prevention of young suicide.

have included Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Kim

Jong-Un wearing a Wigan Warriors costume, after a

kit was spotted in a North Korean museum.

Darren Atherton, who was born in Pemberton and

now lives in Billinge, dons the costumes of various

controversial political figures in his quest to raise

awareness for Papyrus UK, which campaigns for the

prevention of suicide in youths - the main killer of

people under 35 in the UK. Papyrus helps to provide

support for people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

‘I’m not out to make political statements,’ Darren

explains. ‘My goal is to gain attention for the charity

and create some comedic value during each run.’

‘I wanted to raise awareness for people affected by

suicide after my cousin took her own life last year.’

So far Darren has participated in the Manchester Half

Marathon and Wigan 10K, and will be completing the

local half marathon in 2020. His previous caricatures

Garage and entrance doors

in matching styles

CJM Garage Doors Ltd, Unit 10, Hewitt Business Park

Winstanley Road, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7XB

t: 01942 738347 w: www.cjmgaragedoors.co.uk



A decorative lamp can come in all

shapes, sizes, materials and colours.

This is a selection from Woods Furniture.

An on-trend, metallic cagelike

base is teamed with a

pretty cotton shade, making

this distinctive lamp ideal for

classic, contemporary and

industrial-inspired interiors.

Maui LED table lamp, £79, Atkin

and Thyme.

Brighten Up

Your Evenings

Adding some


illumination is a great

way to introduce both

a decorative focal

point and increase

atmosphere in any


Bring on some Hollywood glamour with a gold and feather

lamp (the feathers are ethically sourced, by the way).

Mini feather lamp by A Modern Grand Tour, £1,900, Sweetpea

& Willow.


A minimal table lamp from Lene Bjerre

would make the perfect accent for a

contemporary home.

Metta table lamp, £90, Sweetpea & Willow.

This textural, informal

lantern would add

fashionable interest in

an understated, modern


Antique brass knitted lantern,

large, £48, Rose & Grey.

Lined with a navy cotton

interior, this lampshade uses

nautical imagery from a series

of 18th century hand-coloured

prints, depicting ships in

dramatic ocean conditions.

Shipwreck lighthouse lampshade,

£58, Cream Cornwall.

Let there be light

• When you are seeking an inexpensive update, simply remove any

dull, old, less-than-stylish table lamps and plug in your new, on-trend,

up-to-the-minute choices and voila! an instant change of look.

• Use a table lamp to create a welcoming reading corner in a living

room, or simply to introduce a cosy pool of light in a dark area. They

look great on a hall console or a small table on a landing, and are,

of course, both practical and beautiful either side of a bed.

Sleek and sophisticated,

this large glass and metal

lamp would add a touch of

modern classic style to any


Cranmer table lamp, £369,

Pepper Sq.

• Lanterns are even easier than lamps, as they don’t need

a nearby plug. If you are wary of using candles for safety

reasons, substitute battery-operated LED candles instead.

• Buying more than one lamp for a room? Identical pairs look

smart and traditional, but you don’t have to buy them all

the same. A range of styles can create interest and work

in different areas. It is, however, worth choosing styles

that have colour, pattern, material or shape in common,

in order to give the room a sense of overall cohesion

This sturdy modern lantern would be great inside or out.

Autumn wooden lantern, £24.99, Lights4fun.

Image: Simon Hylton


Film Fantastic

November welcomes the Wigan & Leigh Film Festival

to The Old Courts, celebrating the best in low-budget

filmmaking from across the country.

The apocalypse looms in animated short ‘The

Interview from Hell’ when a board of managers are

tasked with finding Hell’s most evil demon; a pair of

friends end up digging a grave for a family member

in ‘Burying the Mother-in-Law’; and a cat burglar’s

plans are derailed in dark comedy ‘A Dunder Plunder’.

There are plenty more films in this year’s selection,

and you can catch them all at the film festival this

Tickets for the Young Filmmakers event are free,

month. Three separate events will take place - a

while the other events cost £4 in advance or £5 on

Young Filmmakers event on Saturday, October 26, a

the door. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are bookable at

North West Filmmakers showcase on November 15


and then the main event on Saturday, November 16.

Festival Chair Paul Costello said: ‘We receive

submissions from around the world and this year’s

have been outstanding.’





Log Cabins


Wendy Houses

Summer Houses

Garden Offices

Free 100% pressure treated

Free erection Free delivery

Up to 48 months low cost finance available

See our show sites at;

Trebaron Garden Centre

Southworth Road, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0BS

Telephone: 01695 589 207

Avant Garden Centre

Wigan Road, Leyland PR25 5XU

Telephone: 01772 432 450





Kitchens ~ Bedrooms ~ Studies

Luxury quality at factory prices


Free 3D Design & Quote Service

Kitchen makeovers a speciality

Visit our factory showroom and save £000’s on your home improvements!

01257 255 831





Unit 4, Conway Trading Estate, Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge, WN6 9DW

‘2 minutes from M6 J27’



Showroom Open: 8 - 5 pm, Monday - Thursday; 8 - 4 pm, Friday; 10 - 2 pm, Saturday

64 Food & Drink

Sally’s Specials

by Marti of The Star Inn

The Star Inn

Sally’s Salt

‘n’ Pepper


This dish is absolutely delicious, jam-packed with

fresh ingredients and flavour that will set your taste

buds alight!

Serves 2


Start by adding the chicken pieces into a mixture of

plain flour and the Salt ’n’ Pepper seasoning.

Once the chicken pieces are fully coated, drop them

into the fryer for 1 minute to form a crisp outer


Meanwhile in a large frying pan heat a little oil on

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

onions and peppers, cook down until everything is

soft and be careful not to burn them.

Next, add the chicken pieces, garlic, chicken stock

and sweet chilli sauce and toss gently.

Cook together for another 2 minutes, this finishes

off the cooking of the chicken and reduces the stock

making it lovely and sticky.

To finish, add the coriander. The chicken will be

cooked thoroughly and should also be soft and



1 white onion, sliced

1 red and yellow pepper, sliced

3 large cloves of crushed garlic

1 pack of roughly chopped coriander (including


2 tbsp of salt and pepper seasoning

5 tbsp of sweet chilli sauce

1/4 pint of chicken stock

1 green and red chilli, de seeded and diced

2 chicken breasts diced into strips (around 5 pieces

per breast)

Divide into 2 bowls and serve with aromatic rice.



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

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

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

The Star Inn at Roby Mill.

The Star’s



This tangy and refreshing cocktail is a must for

those who love passionfruit and tropical cocktails.

Great for a party showstopper!

Serves 1


1 shot of passoa (passionfruit liqueur)

1 shot of vanilla vodka

1/2 shot of passion fruit syrup

5ml lemon juice

1 1/2 shots of pineapple juice

1 shot of prosecco

1/2 passionfruit


Chill a martini glass in the fridge whilst you prepare

the rest of the cocktail.

Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Pour in the passoa, vanilla vodka, passionfruit syrup,

lemon juice and pineapple juice.

Shake well until frost forms on the cocktail shaker.

Strain into the martini glass with a Hawthorne

strainer if you have one.

Top with 1/2 fresh passion fruit

Serve with a shot of prosecco





image by: Tom Holmes

There’s nothing quite like a festive market to get you into

the Christmas spirit. From Dickensian festivals keeping

the spirits of A Christmas Carol alive to bustling streets

of Austrian-inspired log cabins, there’s something for

everyone this Christmas.


Saturday, November 30 & Sunday, December 1,

then Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December

8, 11am-5pm


Grassington’s legendary Dickensian Festival and

market lend a seasonal atmosphere to the picturesque

Yorkshire village, transporting market-goers back in

time to when Queen Victoria held the throne. Locals

and visitors alike will be decked out in Victorian

finery, with traditional buskers, street entertainers

and musical acts taking to the stage throughout

two wintery weekends this December. You won’t be

able to resist stalls offering all sorts of goodies from

bespoke crafts and jewellery to delicious sweet treats

and mulled wine beside the glow of an open brazier.

Meanwhile, little ones can pay a visit to a traditional

Santa Claus in his hideaway grotto, meet an array of

Dickensian characters, and follow a torchlit nativity

procession down the cobbled streets.

In venues across the village, expect performances

from Victorian character singers, Punch & Judy

shows, organ players and choirs, along with brass

bands, festive plays and much more.

image by: Mark Davis



Sunday, December 1 & Sunday, December 8,



Where better to enjoy a wealth of festive stalls

than the market town and ‘gateway to Yorkshire’ of

Skipton? This December, the town centre will once

again be taken over by vendors boasting Christmas

bargains, unique gift ideas and scrumptious snacks.

Skipton’s beautiful canal basin will play host to a

farmers’ market, while more than 100 stalls stretch

across its streets.

Relax with a mulled cider and roast chestnuts, enjoy

choral and brass performances or take the kids

off to visit Santa or ride a donkey – there really is

something for everyone. Skipton’s market received

the UK’s Best Large Speciality Market award in 2018,

and is free to enter for anyone fancying a festive

experience this year.


Thursday, November 28 – Sunday, December 1


Boasting 200 stalls, Worcester’s Victorian Christmas

Fayre is home to an abundance of local producers,

crafters and confectioners. Your senses will come

alive with sights, smells and sounds of the season:

at the traditional funfair, be whisked away on the

Galloper to the sound of a barrel organ, enjoy

community carol singing, and travel back in time

to experience what Christmas in Worcester would

have been like some 150 years ago.

The market will open with a carol service at the

breath-taking Worcester Cathedral, ahead of a

procession travelling from the Cathedral to the

Cornmarket by the Mayor.


Thursday, November 7 – Monday, December 23


Birmingham’s Frankfurt market is renowned for its

stunning collection of traders – from glass baubles

and crystal lamps to hand-crafted leather and

jewellery, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice this

year. As always, there’ll be tasty German delicacies

including bratwursts, schnitzels, pretzels and more

– if you’re fancying a tipple, why not sample the

gluhwein or weissbeer? There’ll also be traditional

children’s funfair rides, plenty of entertainment and

beautifully festive illuminations throughout.

The city will be bedecked in all its festive glory, with

the appearance of an outdoor ice rink and a big

wheel in Centenary Square. Experience the magic

of skating under twinkling lights or witness the

skyline from the heights of the Ferris wheel; either

way, you’ll see Birmingham like you’ve never seen

it before.


Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15


Putting a Lake District twist on the classic Christmas

market, Windermere’s Christmas Celebration is so

much more than the forty or so stalls that set up in

the picturesque village this December. Take to the

rink and show off your skating skills surrounded by

the natural beauty of the Lakes, visit Santa in his

nearby grotto and relax with performances from

brass bands and choirs throughout the weekend.



Thursday, November 14 – Sunday, December 22


Among the Shambles and cobbled streets of York

lies the St. Nicholas Fair, returning once more for

2019. In wooden chalets you’ll find all manner of

goods: from festive ornaments and scented candles

to mulled wine and artisan chocolates. Street food

stalls touting curries, crepes and much more create

a real feast for the senses, with Nordic marquees

and various bars set up around the market area.

There’s plenty going on at venues around the city,

too. An outdoor ice rink around a giant Christmas

tree sets up at York Designer Outlet, while the a

whole host of Dickensian characters come to life in

York Castle Museum’s Victorian street. York Minster

introduces the Advent procession – enjoy carols

by candlelight following the Minster Choir on

December 1st.



Saturday, November 23 & Sunday, November 24


Don your finest Victorian costumes and head to

Ulverston this month for a traditional Dickensian

festival like no other. Among specialist shops and

businesses you’ll find a cosy Christmas market

stocked with unusual gifts, festive food and

handmade items, plus all the fun of the fair with

a Helter Skelter, horse-drawn carriages, balloon

modelling and plenty of music.

A grand Dickensian parade will take place on both

days of the festival, along with a period dress

competition for the best costume.


Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, December 22


The Tudor streets of Chester will be transformed

with over 70 chalets, all arranged around the iconic

Christmas tree in the city centre. Discover unique,

locally crafted items, pick up the perfect stocking

filler or surprise for a special someone. Along with

classic German foods including frankfurters and

glühwein, expect jewellery, crafts, cards and much


Don’t miss the spectacular animal-themed lanterns

at Chester Zoo while you’re in the area – from

November 22 to December 23, the zoo will become

a wonderland full of sparkle and illuminations,

taking you through nine themed worlds of light.


Sunday, December 8, 10am-4pm


Experience a snapshot into the past with Beverley’s

traditional Victorian Christmas market. Over 120

stalls will take over the town centre, offering a huge

selection of crafts, stocking fillers and tasty treats.

Entertainers will take to the streets with birds of

prey displays, live music and dance performances,

along with a Victorian fairground for the little ones.

The festivities really begin with a reindeer-led

procession through the town at 10am – meet Santa

on his sleigh in a charged seasonal atmosphere.

There’s something for everyone in Beverley at


70 Travel

The Real Thing

By Chris Pearce

When it comes to Christmas markets, no one does

them better than the Germans, who have been

holding Christmas markets since way back in the

Middle Ages. With the big day being just a few weeks

away, it made eminent sense that this month’s travel

feature focuses on where to go in Germany for an

authentic Christmas experience. Space forbids

us featuring the hundreds of Christmas

markets held throughout Germany, but

here are six of the very best to visit this


Like many of Germany’s larger cities, Cologne

doesn’t host just one Christmas market, but up

to eight every year, each with a different vibe or

theme, and each with its own Christmas market

mug! You’ll want to visit the Cathedral Christmas

Market, where the colourful stalls are set up right

besides the UNESCO-recognized Cologne Cathedral

(see image).

However, the best market in Cologne for families

is the Altstadt (Old Town) by the town hall, which

is run by the Heinzelmännchen, or house gnomes.

You’ll find all the usual Christmas market trappings

here, from handicrafts to spicy Glühwein, along

with toy stands, an ice rink and a puppet theatre for

the kids.


In nearby Bonn, the seasonal

celebrations are kick-started in style

when the beautiful old town hall is

transformed into an enormous Advent

calendar, with one more window

being lit up each day. The charming

alleys and architecture, along with 170

stalls situated between the festively

decorated Bottlerplatz, the Peace

Court, Vivatsgasse, Windeckstrasse is a

must for Christmas lovers.

When people think of German Christmas markets,

the one that stands for most of the lore and tradition

is the one that goes down each year in Nuremberg.

It’s one of the oldest and most famous markets in

the country, dating back to the early 17th century.

A key custom that marks its commencement is the

parading of the holy cherub Christkind, through

Nuremberg’s central square.

Another delightful market to check out is in the

town of Rüdesheim, a small town on the Rhine

Valley. Pretty much every space in the town’s

romantic old quarter is filled with stalls selling all

sorts of trinkets and treats, and worth a special

mention is the life-size Nativity scene on the market

square, which is said to be the biggest in Europe.

The squares and streets round the Cathedral and

the town hall of Aachen, close to the border with

the Netherlands and Belgium, are transformed in

December into a paradise of lights and colours,

festive sounds and seductive smells. The cathedral,

Visit Germany’s

Christmas Markets

Cruise the beautiful Rhine

Gorge in a 5-star ship –

MS Charles Dickens

Visit the famous Christmas markets in

Rudesheim, Koblenz, Bonn & Cologne

5 days from only £579pp

Price correct as of 10/10/19

Full board, return flights/transfers included.

Selected December departures available 2019/2020.

Call Marken Travel quickly to secure your booking.

Independent Travel Specialist

200 Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7PE | Tel: 01744 893291 | www.markentravel.co.uk



Markets Cruise

4 nights FB in

5* MS Charles Dickens

Departs 16th December 2020

Direct flights from Manchester


Price correct as of 10/10/19 ~ 2019 departures still available

which combines styles from the Carolingian era to

the present, is the perfect background to the market

and particularly romantic when covered in snow.

Although only open at weekends, the

Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Guteneck offers an

altogether different experience. Held in the grounds

of the pastel-yellow castle, this market comes alive

with the sights, sounds and smells of the Middle

Ages, with strings of lights wrapped round trees

and roaring fires dotted around for warmth.

Minstrels, clowns and jugglers roam through the

stalls, and other attractions include falconry to

fire-dancing and camel rides! The evening’s events

revolve around the various Advent celebrations,

along with live Nativity scenes.

At German Christmas markets, the emphasis is on

traditional Christmas decorations, wooden toys,

and handmade items. Of course, food and drink

are an integral part of the markets, with grilled

sausages, potato cakes, waffles, and pancakes are

common, but every market will sell its own regional


If you’re looking to sample a traditional German

Christmas, check out the advertisement from

Marken Travel on the previous page, where you can

enjoy a five day cruise down the Rhine on the fivestar

MS Charles Dickens, with visits to Christmas

markets at Cologne, Bonn, Rüdesheim and Koblenz.

Call 01744 893291 for details.

Worldchoice Travel for hospice heroes


Wigan independent travel agent Worldchoice

Travel have been busy turning a modest investment

into a winning formula to raise money for Wigan &

Leigh Hospice.

The £50 Challenge asks local businesses to take a

£50 starter investment and use their wits to turn it

into as much money as possible. The initiative helps

to raise essential funds for the hospice, which cares

for people with life-limiting conditions.

just happy to be raising funds for the hospice.’

Community Fundraiser for the hospice Christine

Edwardson commented: ‘Help like this is crucial

to Wigan & Leigh Hospice; working with local

businesses makes a massive difference for us. We

are so grateful to everyone involved.’

The raffle runs up until October 31st, so pop in store

today and pick up your ticket!

Worldchoice Travel decided to

host a raffle throughout the month

of October using their £50 as a

starting point – by purchasing a

raffle ticket, you could be in with a

chance of winning a £100 voucher

towards a future holiday booking,

a Hotel Chocolat hamper or a

Cadbury hamper!

Worldchoice Manager Gill Blundell

said: ‘It is so nice to be able to work

with a local charity that is so close

to everyone’s hearts. And we are

Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our September

competition to win a family pass to Martin Mere

Wetland Centre! Winners also received a free boat

tour and a £30 voucher to spend in the cafe.

The competition winner was Barbara Speakman

from Standish (pictured). We hope you had an

amazing time at Martin Mere!

Did you know we also run social media

competitions exclusively for fans of our Facebook

page, Local Life Magazines? Make sure to give it a

like to stay up to date!

74 Legal & Finance

Crystal Ball


Most people’s hopes and expectations for retirement

nowadays are very different from those who were

retiring in the past. Retirees now have much grander

plans. Travelling the world, spending more time on

hobbies, spoiling the grandchildren or just plain taking

it easy.

In order to enjoy all the things on their wish list, they

need to have the income to afford them. For most

people, the state pension isn’t enough to allow them

to achieve their vision of a comfortable and active

retirement. And increasingly, income from other

pensions is not enough either.

Building (and keeping) your retirement pot

Recent advertising campaigns have focused

on encouraging people to save more for their

retirement. Whilst this is important, it’s equally

as vital to make those savings last throughout

retirement, both for those approaching retirement

and for those who have already retired.

Ever since the global financial crash in 2008, interest

rates on saving accounts have been low and standard

annuities have offered poor value. This has led to the

situation where, for many people, the state pension

and other individual pension arrangements that pay

a guaranteed income for life simply aren’t enough to

fund a comfortable retirement.

In order to achieve a comfortable retirement then,

people may have to depend to a large extent on

sources of income which are not guaranteed for life

in the way traditional pensions are.

When you’re saving for retirement, the objectives are

clear; to accumulate a large a pot as possible before

the day you retire. Managing that pot effectively

after you retire is far more problematic, because you

have no set end date; you could check out early or

you may join the increasing number of names on Her

Majesty’s birthday card list.

Key risks to your retirement pot

There are a number of specific risks that need to

considered when deciding how to generate an

income from retirement savings;

• Living longer than expected

• Inflation: rising prices will eat into the value of


• Will the mix of investments be the right ones

• Withdrawal risk: taking too much, too soon

• Will you need long term care funding

Planning for retirement when considering all of the

above risks can be a daunting task. Sadly, the lack

of a crystal ball means that the future can be very

difficult to predict.

How can we help?

Whilst we do not have a crystal ball, we do have

many years’ experience of dealing with clients

approaching/or in retirement who require strategies

to enable them to achieve their retirement dreams.

If you find yourself in this position please do not

hesitate to give us a call on 01257 423800. The

initial meeting will be at our expense and of course

is without obligation.

David Barton APFS Cert CII (MP)

Managing Director &

Chartered Financial Planner


In these uncertain times,

it’s vital to protect your

family’s financial future.

Prosper Wealth Management are Wigan’s

premier investment and pension


Established in 2003, we now protect the

interests of more than 600 local clients

with total investments of over £170m .

We were awarded the ‘gold standard’

Chartered Financial Planner status

in 2012, and are still the only Wigan

company with this prestigious


For trusted and independent investment

and pension planning advice, call us

today for a consultation.

Wealth Preservation

Investment Planning

Retirement Planning

Long-term Care Solutions

The initial consultation is at our expense

and is without obligation.

01257 423 800

Prosper Independent Financial Advisers Ltd. Prosper House, 99a High Street, Standish, WN6 0HD


76 Business View

Improving Cashflow-

There’s an App (or two) for that!

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

Cashflow is the lifeblood of any business. Many

seemingly profitable businesses go bust every

year simply because they are owed money. So,

well planned credit control practices must be put

in place before you start giving credit terms to


You’ll know by reading our previous articles that we

are a big advocate of online accounting solutions

such as Xero and Quickbooks. These programmes

allow you to focus on growing your business and

they also integrate with certain Apps which help

you keep cash flowing in.

Using these apps in conjunction with Xero or

Quickbooks, you’ll be able to;

• Set up customisable templates to automatically

send to customers

• Schedule these templates to be sent out at

different points before and after an invoice’s due


• Set the timing of when reminders are sent out

• Create multiple schedules with different chasing

approaches for different groups of customers

• Provide insights into your customers credit

history so that you make the best decisions

These apps work for any size of business, whether

you are a one-man band electrical or plumbing

company or a larger organisation employing 10’s of

staff, then the process can be adapted to suit your


By using modern cloud-based software such as

Xero in conjunction with these apps, you can make

the whole accounting process for your company

as slick and efficient as possible. You can integrate

your online banking, send your sales invoices

electronically, scan your invoice and receipts via

your mobile phone and then let the software

automatically chase your outstanding invoices.

In addition to these features, Xero is fully compliant

with Making Tax Digital and therefore submitting

your VAT returns via the software ensures that you

are staying on top of the changes being introduced

by HMRC.

CMA can assist you in several ways;

• We can help you set up the software and train

you and your staff to get the most from it

• We can take a more active role, process your

bookkeeping and send you a report at the end of

each month so you can see how your business is


If you have any questions regarding Xero, Credit

Control, Making Tax Digital or switching to an

online accounting system please do get in touch.

Special Offer

For a limited period we are offering all

new clients Xero software free of charge

for 6 MONTHS if they sign up for our

services before the end of November.

Call us or pop into our office for a chat about your


Chris Alcock ACMA - CMA Accountancy

39 Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge,

Wigan, WN6 9DR

Tel: 01257 255521

Email info@handsonaccounting.co.uk

web www.handsonaccounting.co.uk

w 77

Making Tax Digital

Do you have a business that’s

VAT-registered and has a

turnover of £85,000+?

Are you aware that the Making

Tax Digital changes are now


Would you like your business

to enjoy the benefits of online


Call us today for a free


Free software for 6

months when you use

CMA Accountancy.

Call CMA Accountancy today



Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge. 01257 255521



Enjoy & Bank

On Your Home

Property wealth can play an increasing role in

delivering the money needed both ahead of, and into,

the retirement years...

The old-established view that income in retirement

will be largely based on pensions may not hold true

anymore. Fortunately, other funding options do

exist, and one route is through property wealth,

where homeowners can:

1. downsize to a cheaper property to raise funds.

2. remortgage your existing home (if you meet

the age and affordability criteria) via a later

life mortgage product - which would require

monthly payments.

3. take out an Equity Release mortgage (if the

homeowner is 55+), which provides funds, and

allows you to stay in your home.

- No affordability criteria to meet.

- You can opt to not make any monthly payments

against a fixed interest rate deal.

- You can potentially benefit from a better deal if

you have a qualifying medical condition.

- The provider of the loan would reclaim the

capital (and any accumulated interest) through

the sale of the property, once the final plan

holder dies or moves into long-term care.

- There are also client protections in place if

a plan is taken out via a lender aligned to the

Equity Release Council.

Equity Release marketplace

If you want to get a feel for the total property value

out there, UK property wealth held by homeowners

aged 55+ stands at almost £3 trillion. To put this

figure into perspective, all outstanding regular

mortgage lending is less than half that amount, at

£1.4 trillion!

So, it probably comes as no surprise that an

increasing number of lenders are now entering this

sector. This has resulted in a wider range of product

offerings, with a sizeable part of those efforts

targeted at the equity release arena.

Use of the funds - You decide

Current plans allow those aged 60 to borrow up

to around 25% of the home’s value, rising to about

55%, if aged 90+.

As for the funds you raise, you can then use the taxfree

money for anything you like, such as:

- help to clear an outstanding mortgage.

- enable much-needed home improvements.

- settle debts.

- assist with regular bills.

- secure money to adapt the home for care needs,

or to help with ongoing care costs.

- gift money to family and friends.

- use it to fund several special treats, such as the

holiday-of-a-lifetime, a new car or fully indulging

in your interests and hobbies.

For more details call David Griffin for a friendly no obligation chat on 01695 667 089 or 07792 849 974.

e: david@release-my-equity.co.uk w: www.release-my-equity.co.uk


“Do you want more from

your retirement years?”

A lifetime mortgage allows

you to release tax free cash

from your home for...

Home improvements

Repay debts/loans

Help your family

If you are over 55

call David Griffin for a

FREE initial consultation

Paying for holidays

Top up income

Clear outstanding mortgages

01942 597 182

w: www.release-my-equity.co.uk

e: david@release-my-equity.co.uk

Without selling your home

Remains your home for life

Never leave a debt for

family - guaranteed

Possible to move home

Can repay all or part of

mortgages at anytime

Equity released against your home will be

secured against it. Think carefully before

securing other debts against your home.

80 Health & Fitness

Water works

Why we should all drink more water

Ask most people how much fluid they are supposed

to drink in a day, and they will reply “Eight glasses

of water.” This number has seeped into the public

consciousness over the past couple of decades so

it might surprise you to know that it has very little

basis in science!

However, it is important to stay properly hydrated.

Fewer people know that if you feel thirsty you are

already dehydrated, and this has a real impact on

how your body and brain function.

Dehydration leads to a decrease in our physical

performance. Losing just 2% of your body’s

water contact can cause fatigue, problems with

temperature control, and make exercise feel

more difficult, physically and mentally, and it’s

not uncommon for people to lose 6-10% of their

body’s total water content through sweat during a

workout, and as muscle is 80% water this increases

muscle stress.

Our brains are also strongly influenced by hydration.

Studies have shown that even mild dehydration

impacts brain function. In separate studies of men

and women it was found that about 1.5% fluid

loss impaired mood and concentration, decreased

working memory, and increased feeling of anxiety,

fatigue and the frequency of headaches. 1.5% fluid

loss can easily occur during normal daily activities,

never mind during exercise or hot weather.

Worryingly the effects of dehydration are shown to

be worse in children and the elderly.

There has been some scientific interest in the effect

of increasing hydration on migraine sufferers. So

far, some studies have shown that while keeping

hydrated doesn’t stop migraines completely,

sufferers in the studies reported that the frequency

and intensity of the migraines decreased when they

were properly hydrated.

Constipation is a common health problem and can

be serious in children and the elderly. Low water

consumption does appear to be a risk factor in these

cases. Some studies have shown that carbonated

water seems to help the situation more than still

water though scientists haven’t yet explained why.

Alcohol acts as a diuretic, so it makes you lose more

water than you take in. The dehydration effects of

alcohol are responsible for the thirst, fatigue, and

headache which inevitably accompany a hangover.

It’s a good idea to alternated alcoholic drinks with

water and to drink a large glass of water before

going to sleep, after a night out on the town.

Finally, water both increases satiety and boost

metabolism so is great if you’re trying to lose

weight. Studies show that dieters who drank half

a litre of water before each meal lost 44% more

weight over a period of 12 weeks.

Try it. Make a real attempt to stay properly hydrated

for a week and monitor the results. You may be



Always Listening

• Micro-Suction Wax Removal

• FREE Hearing Tests

• Claim your FREE trial of the latest digital

hearing aids – technology that can’t be

bought on the high street

• Hearing Aids & Repairs

Rest assured you are in safe hands in our

family owned, state of the art clinic.

Voted Wigan’s audiologist of the year 2019

Call now to make an appointment

01942 215 391

Email - info@wiganhearing.co.uk

8-10 Gathurst Road, Orrell, WN5 8QH


Flu and the Flu Vaccine:

Myths and Facts

Flu isn’t new and neither

is the flu vaccine – yet

every year, come flu

season, there’s confusion

about them. Let’s set

things straight…

The flu or a cold?

Myth: Colds can’t make you feel really ill, give you a

temperature or make your muscles ache. That’s flu.

While colds generally don’t confine you to the

couch, a heavy, streaming cold can make you feel

very poorly – and colds can cause muscle aches and

a raised temperature.

To distinguish more accurately between a cold and

the flu:

· Consider how quickly it’s come on. A cold usually

starts gradually, whereas flu symptoms come on


· Consider all your symptoms. A cold mainly affects

your nose and throat, whereas flu can cause

diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting

alongside nose and throat symptoms. It also causes

fatigue, lack of appetite and difficulty sleeping.

Children with flu are prone to ear pain too.

In healthy adults, flu doesn’t usually pose a serious

health risk and they recover in a week or two,

although some strains (such as some swine and

avian flus) are more dangerous. However, for certain

groups, flu can pose a more serious risk.

Preventing flu

Proper hygiene is very important in preventing the

spread of flu (and many other infections), so flu

sufferers should wash their hands thoroughly and

regularly, and bin their used tissues straight away.

Some people need the protection of the flu vaccine.

The NHS recommends the flu vaccine and offers it

free to people at higher risk of catching flu and/

or developing serious complications. This includes

anyone who:

· Is 65 or over (you’re eligible for the flu vaccine

this year, 2019/20, if you were born on or before

31 March 1955).

· Is pregnant (flu can cause serious complications

such as pneumonia, particularly in the later

stages, and may also result in premature birth

or low birthweight). The flu vaccine also protects

the baby in its first few months of life.

· Has certain medical conditions, including: chronic

(long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma

(which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid

treatment or has led to hospital admission in

the past); chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

(COPD), emphysema or bronchitis; chronic

heart disease, such as heart failure; chronic

kidney disease; chronic liver disease, such as

hepatitis; chronic neurological conditions, such

as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease,

multiple sclerosis (MS), learning disability or

cerebral palsy; diabetes; spleen issues (e.g. sickle

cell disease or if you’ve had your spleen removed);

a weakened immune system (due to HIV, AIDS, or

medication such as steroids or chemotherapy);

severe obesity (BMI of 40 or above).

· Is living in a long-stay residential care home or


· Receives a carer’s allowance or is the main carer

for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare

may be at risk if they fall ill.

· Is a child: healthy children under the age of five

are more likely to be admitted to hospital with

flu than any other age group. Children aged two

and three years on 31 August 2019 should be

offered a vaccination and the nasal spray vaccine

is offered yearly in primary school. Children over


six months old with a long-term health condition

should also be vaccinated.

The flu vaccine is also recommended for front-line

health and social care workers, whose employers

should pay for the vaccination.

About the flu vaccine

Fact: You may still catch the flu if you’re vaccinated.

Flu vaccines are produced in advance, so experts

have to predict the three or four flu strains that will

be prevalent during the next winter. This means

there’s a slim chance you may catch an unexpected

or rarer flu strain. However, the vaccine will protect

you from most strains you’ll encounter, and by

reducing the risk of catching flu, it also helps to

prevent flu spreading.

The best time to be vaccinated is before the start

of the flu season, which runs from December to

March. Adults and children aged between six

months and two years who are eligible for the

vaccine will usually receive the injectable version,

while children between two and seventeen are

normally given the nasal spray.

Myth: The flu vaccine can give you flu.

This is impossible, as the vaccine doesn’t contain

active viruses, but it may cause a temperature and

muscle aches for a while, and the injection site can

be sore. Flu-like symptoms may be from another

virus – or it may be that you’d caught the flu before

your vaccination, or before it’s taken effect. It takes

10-14 days for immunity to kick in.

Treating the flu

Flu is caused by a virus, not bacteria, so antibiotics

won’t help. If you do catch flu, get plenty of rest and

stay warm and hydrated. Paracetamol or ibuprofen

will help to lower your temperature and ease

aching. Remember that flu medications may also

contain these as ingredients, so read medication

leaflets carefully to avoid overdosing.

See your doctor if symptoms don’t improve after a

week, or immediately if you’re vulnerable due to a

medical condition, pregnancy or age.

Foot problems? We can help!

Yescica Livesey

HCPC registered with 10 years

National Health Service experience

• General foot care/advice

• Corns & Callus

• Thick/fungal nails

• Cracked heels

• Verrucae

• Diabetes foot care

• Children’s foot care

• Ingrowing toe nail treatment

• Nail surgery

01942 244 873 | www.footpodwigan.com | 2a Wrightington Street, Wigan, WN1 2AZ

Immediate weight loss

Stress reduction, stop

smoking and more...

Philip Parr - Qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist

with over 10 years experience.

01942 516 710 or 07941 482 277

Have you got blocked ears?

If wax is causing hearing

loss or discomfort try our

Micro-suction ear wax


• Free ear wax assessments

• Micro-suction prices: One ear - £40 Both ears - £60

• Foreign body removal - £20

• Evening/weekend appointments available

Offering support:

For adolescents to adults, anxiety, depression,

abuse, trauma, stress, loss and grief

2a Wrightington Street

Off Bridgeman Terrace

Wigan, WN1 2AZ


01942 466 054 www.clear-ears.com

07810 828 616


84 Leisure

Upload your event for FREE at


White Christmas

Tues, Oct 29 – Sat, Nov 2, 7:30pm

Wigan Musical Theatre Group present Irving Berlin’s

festive play, featuring plenty of Christmas songs!

Tickets £9 or £8 concessions on 07598 508004 or


St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Shaw St, Wigan, WN1 2BQ

Dead & Buried Talk

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

Charlie Guy dispels the dark myths of the Victorian

dead and shines a light on outdated – and downright

creepy – funerary practices and superstitions. Entry

£3 including hot drinks, available on 01942 828128.

Museum of Wigan Life, Library St, Wigan, WN1 1NU

Standish Fireworks

Friday, November 1, 6:30pm-11:30pm

A community firework display with a children’s

funfair, hook-a-duck stalls and much more, plus a

bar serving hot and cold food. Fireworks at 7:45pm.

Entry £3 per adult and £2 per child.

Standish Cricket Club, Green Ln, Standish, WN6 0TX

Music Night

Saturday, November 1, 7:30pm

A great night of music with the U3A Music Group,

plus a disco, hotpot supper and a raffle. Tickets £12

on 07913 382258.

St. Teresa’s Church Hall, College Road, Up Holland,


Canal History Walk

Saturday, November 2, 10am-2:30pm

A free 4-mile guided walk heads from Wigan Dry

Dock to Top Lock, led by two knowledgeable lock

keepers, before returning to the starting point.

Dogs on a lead are welcome – more info by emailing


Wigan Dry Dock, Waterside Drive, Wigan, WN3 5DQ

Newburgh Fireworks

Saturday, November 2, 6:30pm

Douglas Valley Lions present a bonfire and fireworks

display that’s bigger and better than ever before!

The bonfire will be lit at 6pm ahead of the fireworks

at 7pm. Entry £5 per adult or £3 per under-16.

Red Lion Hotel, Ash Brow, Newburgh, WN8 7NF

Animals Winter Fundraiser

Saturday, November 2, 7pm-11:30pm

Help farm animals have a happy winter at Greenslate

with a black-tie fundraiser – entertainment from

James Norton, a charity auction and a 3-course

meal. Tickets £29.50 at greenslatefarm.org.uk

Greenslate Farm, Greenslate Road, Orrell, WN5 7BG

Murder Mystery Night

Saturday, November 2, 7:30pm

A fully interactive murder mystery based on an endof-season

Wigan Athletic Awards Dinner! Prizes for

the star detective. Tickets £30 including 3-course

meal and resident DJ, bookable on 01942 774000.

DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UZ


Vegan Fair

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

Browse delicious vegan food stalls including

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

information on veganism and animal rescues. Entry

£1, children free.

Parbold Village Hall, The Green, WN8 7DN

Family Fireworks

Sunday, November 3, 4pm-7:30pm

Enjoy a night of fireworks and family fun including

live music, fire breathing, UV shows and street food.

Tickets £10 per adult or £8 per child from www.


Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Ln, Haigh, WN2 QPE


‘Proud to be part of Local Life

Community Family

Bonfire & Firework


Sunday 3rd November

Gates Open: 5:00pm

Bonfire Lit: 6:00pm

Fireworks: 7:00pm

Burger Van, Treacle Toffee, Children’s Fun House,

Bar and Hot & Cold Drinks

Entrance £5

Children £1 when with parents

Supported by your Local Councillors and Brighter Borough

Located off Winstanley Road, opposite Hewitt’s Business Park


St. Peter’s Fireworks

Sunday, November 3, 4:30pm-8:30pm

A night of pyrotechnics with a funfair, live

entertainment, and tasty street food stalls.

Fireworks at 6:30pm, tickets £7 per adult or £3 per

child on Eventbrite.

St. Peter’s Pavilion, Hurst St, Hindley, WN2 3DN

Orrell Bonfire & Fireworks

Sunday, November 3, 5pm

A firework spectacular with YMCA Orrell Cricket

Club! Plenty of seasonal treats including treacle

toffee and burgers, plus a children’s funhouse,

bonfire and more. Entry £5, £1 per child.

YMCA Orrell Cricket Club, Winstanley Road, Orrell,


Winter Fair

Saturday, November 9, 10:30am-1:30pm

Enjoy craft and gift stalls, a tombola, homemade

jams and cakes, and a raffle, plus light lunches. Free

entry, proceeds to church funds.

Vale Methodist Church, Skull House Lane, Appley

Bridge, WN6 9DJ

Christmas Fayre

Saturday, November 9, 12pm-4pm

Browse stalls of stocking stuffers, perfumes,

clothing, crafts and more, plus enjoy refreshments.

Connect Centre, Church Street, Orrell, WN5 8TG

Clarins Party

Wednesday, November 13, 7pm

A night of fun, with plenty of opportunities to

choose from the best Clarins products, hosted by

Expressions of Beauty. Tickets £10 on 01744 894214,

redeemable against any product on the night.

Posthouse, Orrell Road, Orrell, WN5 8NB

Coal Mining History Talk

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

A concise history of coal mining from the formation

of coal 300 million years ago to the recent end of

deep mining, presented by Alan Davies. Tickets £3

on 01942 828128.

Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan, WN1


Festive Mosaic Workshop

Thursday, November 14, 5:45pm

Create a festive mosaic to adorn a hanging heart,

wreath or star. Places £39.50 including all materials,

a buffet and mulled wine, bookable on 01695


Bag & Bean, Winstanley Road, Billinge, WN5 7XG

Charity Ladies Night

Friday, November 15, 7pm-1am

Fundraise for #TheosTribe to help fight childhood

cancer with a fun night of entertainment from

hunky men and a hilarious drag act. Tickets £20 on

01695 624426.

Holland Hall, Lafford Lane, Up Holland, WN8 0QZ

Wigan Christmas Market

Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17,


Treat yourself to a bespoke gift from artisan stalls,

get the children involved in craft activities and meet

some birds of prey.

Standishgate, Wigan, WN1 1ER

Parbold Frost Fair

Saturday, November 16, 11am-4pm

Discover local makers and pick up unique items in

time for Christmas, plus enjoy food and drink.

Parbold Village Hall, The Green, Parbold, WN8



Last Night of the Proms

Saturday, November 16, 7:30pm

Celebrate the last night of the Aspull Proms with

the Greater Manchester Police Band. Tickets £8

including refreshments and a flag, bookable on

01942 831395 or 01942 832369.

St. Elizabeth’s Church, Bolton Rd, Aspull, WN2 1PR

Early Bird Amble

Sunday, November 17, 8am-9:30am

Wake up bright and early for a refreshing walk, and

get some great snaps of the local area. Meet on the

main car park.

Three Sisters Recreation Ground, Ashton-in-

Makerfield, WN4 8DD

Christmas Market

Sunday, November 17, 11am-4pm

Plenty of stalls full of potential Christmas presents

await you! There’ll also be a Santa’s Grotto, face

painting and more for the little ones.

Appley Bridge Community Centre, Appley Lane

North, Appley Bridge, WN6 9AD

Bispham Christmas Market

Friday, November 22, 3:30pm-6:30pm

Browse craft and gift stalls, meet Father Christmas,

enjoy children’s activities and light refreshments.

Free entry.

Bispham Methodist Church, Crank Road, Billinge,


Ey Oop Campers

Friday, Nov 22 & Saturday, Nov 23, 7:30pm

Upholland & District U3A presents a lighthearted

look at the fun, scheming and mayhem of a

1950s holiday camp. Tickets £6 per adult or £3 per

under-16 on 01744 322215.

St. Teresa’s Hall, College Road, Up Holland, WN8


Standish Christmas Fayre

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

Lots to enjoy and buy, with plenty of Christmassy

stalls to get you in the spirit. Bacon butties and

homemade cakes available.

St. Wilfrid’s Church, Rectory Ln, Standish, WN6 0XA

Love Song

Wednesday, November 27 – Saturday, December

7, 7:30pm

A look into the lives of a couple over their long

marriage, telling the story of growing old together.

Tickets £10-£12, bookable on 01942 242561.

Wigan Little Theatre, Crompton St, Wigan, WN1 3SL

Christmas Ceramics

Friday, November 29, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Create a set of personalised ceramic tree

decorations in time for Christmas. Tickets £10 on

Eventbrite, including a glass of fizz and mince pie.

Wigan STEAM, The Galleries, Wigan, WN1 1QF

Festival Fundraiser

Friday, November 29, 8pm

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Ken Nicol, with

Wigan duo Kim & Wayne perform blues and folk

songs to raise funds for Coppull Folk Festival.

Tickets £8 from Ken on 01942 732728 or Kevin on

01257 400650.

Standish Unity Club, Cross St, Standish, WN6 0HQ

Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday, November 30, 10am-1pm

Local craftmakers come together for some festive

fun – pick up some stocking-fillers and enjoy

afternoon tea with light bites. Tea is pre-bookable

on 07866 955316.

St. Aidan’s Church, Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7LA


Winter Makers Market

Saturday, November 30, 11am-3pm

Local artists and makers offer bespoke goods with

a festive theme, plus make your own Santa plate or

Christmas card.

Wigan STEAM, The Galleries, Wigan, WN1 1QF

Standish Christmas Market

Saturday, November 30, 11am-8pm

Festive fun across Standish, with plenty of stalls to

browse, a Santa’s Grotto, food, drink, dancing and

more! There’ll be live music, children’s activities and

loads to keep the whole family entertained.

Standish Village Centre

Prom Weekend

Sat, Nov 30, 10am-5pm & Sun, Dec 1, 10am-4pm

Hundreds of gowns to choose from for your Prom

Princess, including top brandds like Morilee, To The

Nines and Gino Cerutti. Refreshments available.

Romancia, Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7PB

Billinge Lights Switch-On

Wednesday, December 4, 6:30pm-8pm

Meet Santa on his sleigh, enjoy music from the

Trinity Girls Brass Band, participate in a raffle and

enjoy mince pies before the lights switch on at 7pm.

Bispham Methodist Church, Crank Road, Billinge,


Wreath Workshop

Thursday, December 5, 6:30pm-9pm

Create a traditional foliage wreath with beautiful

flowers, with a delicious food spread and welcome

drinks. £45 including materials, bookable at www.


Love It Gallery, Winstanley Road, Billinge, WN8


Orrell Lights Switch-On

Wednesday, December 11, 4:30pm-7pm

Come and see Santa on his sleigh as the Christmas

lights are switched on at approximately 5pm.

There’ll be plenty of festive stalls to browse too.

Book Cycle, Orrell Road, Orrell, WN5 8LY

Stockists of designer

prom gowns including

Jora & Mascara

• Bespoke styles available

• Excellent aftersales service

& full range of alteration

services for any occasion

• School exclusivity lists

• Late night appointments

Sample prom/occasion dresses

from £50-£80

To book your consultation contact Julie on:

01257 424 624

35 Preston Road, Standish, WN6 0JH



Rufford &

Croston Circular

by Chris Pearce

Distance: 8 miles Difficulty: Easy

Whilst parking up on Station Road in Rufford, near

the train station (L40 1TB), a hardened walker spotted

the Local Life Mini and came over for a chat. He was

on his way up to the Lakes, ready for what he termed

a ‘proper’ walk. Ouch! What this beautiful easy-tofollow

eight-mile route lacks in topographical views,

it more than made up for with the variety of wildlife

and the wide open-spaced beauty of the Lancashire

countryside. It’s a perfect walk for this time of year,

when the weather is variable, and the nights are

drawing in fast.

Bridge number seven carries the Station Road traffic

over the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool

Canal and it’s from there our walk starts.

Head north up the canal from here and you’ll quickly

spot the timber framed Rufford Old Hall on the left,

which was built in 1530 for the Hesketh family,

then lords of the Manor of Rufford. Local folklore

mentions a ghost that floats above the canal at the

back of the Old Hall, but it was thankfully on a lieu

day when I walked by on this gorgeous Autumn


Ducking sharply to avoid the formation of geese

that landed nearby, I set off in the direction of the

hamlet of Sollom, some two miles distance. Depart

the towpath at bridge 16 and turn right down a

single track called Sollom Lane. Within 200 yards,

the road bends left and goes over a ditch into Eyes


You will then use Red Bridge (a green Bailey Bridge),

to cross the River Douglas and, straight after you

cross the bridge, you’ll turn right and hop over a

stile. Stay on the built-up banks of the river, which

forks almost straight away, where the Yarrow feeds

into the Douglas. Follow the built-up banks to the

left, following the River Yarrow for 1½ miles before

you arrive at the bridge carrying the B5247, which

links Croston to Bretherton.

Hop over the stile and turn right toward Croston.

Ignore the right turn onto the industrial estate and

just before the bridge goes over the railway, turn

right and follow the path running parallel to the


Back Lane

Highfield House






Leeds & Liverpool Canal

A581 Meadow


Finney Lane



River Douglas


Old Hall



For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:


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.


railway. The path eventually bears right and, just as

you see a body of water (Twin Lakes) through the

trees, you’ll execute a 90 degree turn away from the

water on a path that evolves into Riverside Crescent.

Taking great care, cross the railway line, and follow

Riverside Crescent to its junction with Westhead

Road (A581). Turn right, cross the bridge and go

straight over the junction into Backhouse Lane.

Follow the lane through an S-bend and once you

reach the T-junction, turn right. Go past Finney

Barr’s Farm into a left-hand bend and then take the

first right turn down what is Cottage Lane.

Within 200 yards, you’ll cross the railway line

once more and as the views open up, you head

in the same direction for approximately 1/3 of a

mile. Once you reach the corner of the field, do a

90-degree left turn and follow this path until you

reach a crossroads of paths (look out for the wellset


Turn right and follow what is Moss Lane for just over

1/3 of a mile and, just before the small bridge with

the metal grills, take a 90-degree left turn down

a path known locally as Shepherd’s Lane. Follow

Shepherd’s Lane for ¾ mile, as straight as a die

running parallel to the drainage ditch, and you’ll go

through a small s-bend and the path will suddenly

stop at a concrete bridge crossing the drainage ditch.

Diploma Qualified by Diane

Tel: 01695 624 098 Mob: 07442 015 490

Email: OrrellPoochParlour@gmail.com

Facebook: Orrell Pooch Parlour

Cross the bridge and head diagonally across the

field on the path towards a set of wooden steps

leading up to the banks of the Douglas. Once you’re

up there turn left and follow the path along the banks

for just over 1/3 of a mile, cross the railway safely and

head down the steps to a single-track road.

Turn right and pass the pumping station on the left,

and soon afterwards you’ll emerge at Meadow Lane.

Turn right and cross the bridge over the Douglas

very carefully and you’ll see the level crossing for

Rufford Station and your starting point (Bridge 7) in

the near-distance.

Dog Walking, Day Care & Home Visits

Caring & Professional services

for your furry friends.

Fully insured Licensed

DBS Checked

Canine First Aid Trained

OFQUAL Level 3 Trained

Contact me on: 07478 699 047

or email: emmaspawpals@yahoo.com


92 Motoring

How to buy a

new car

Buying a new car. It’s often referred to as one of the biggest purchases of your life, after a

house. It’s why getting your hands on a new motor can be riddled with stress and anxiety,

but it doesn’t have to be that way.

We’ve picked out some of the crucial ways in which

the buying process can be made easier, and what

to look out for.

Research the car

It may seem trivial, but you need to research

everything you can about the car you’re looking at.

Knowledge is power when it comes to buying from

a dealer, and making sure you know everything

about a certain model can make all the difference

when it comes to picking one up.

Don’t be afraid to be choosy, either. Pick a colour,

specification and engine and stick with that.

Choosing a dealer – franchise or independent

This is an important decision to make. Franchised

dealers get first access to the latest cars and

technology, and are therefore potentially better

equipped at answering any questions you may

have. In terms of aftersales and repairs, they have

the manufacturer’s support too. They’ll also have

a good selection of used vehicles that will have

been well maintained in the main dealer servicing


There is, of course, the option to buy from an

independent dealer too. They might not have the

ability to offer you different options of the model

you’re looking at, but they will be keen to do a

deal and will offer the backup of a well-established

business should things go wrong.

Check them out online

Once you’ve picked the dealer you fancy, look

through their online reviews thoroughly. You’ll

be able to easily see how well they treat their

customers and also how good they are at dealing

with aftersales issues.

You can’t beat good old-fashioned word of mouth

either – asking friends, neighbours and relatives

about a potential dealership can be useful too.

Pick your purchase time

Believe it or not, you can get a better deal

depending on when you buy. Dealers are often

pressed to reach quarterly targets, which means

the end of March, June, September and December

could result in a better deal.

It’s a small tip, but one that could potentially see

you saving thousands of pounds if the purchase is

timed correctly.

Test drive

Once you’ve seen a car you like then it’s time to

get behind the wheel. The likelihood is that the

salesperson will accompany you in the car, but don’t

let that stop you from pressing all of the buttons

and getting a real feel for the vehicle in general.

Ensure that your test route features a range of


different corners, roundabouts and

road surfaces – and most importantly,

check the car works for you.

Cash or finance

There’s a variety of ways to pay at a

dealer. They can offer hire purchase,

which sees you paying a deposit and

repaying the remaining balance in

monthly instalments. At the end of

the payment term, you’ll own the

vehicle outright.

Then there’s personal contract purchase, or PCP.

Here, you’ll pay a deposit followed by monthly

payments, but at the end you’ll be offered a

‘balloon’ when you can pay off the remainder of the

car’s value or return it to the dealer. And then there’s

personal leasing.

This is a good option if you’re planning on frequently

changing your car, although you do have to usually

stump up three months’ rental in advance, and

there’s no option to buy it at the end of the deal. Or

you could pay cash!


It’s an age-old process, but haggling remains just

as crucial today as it’s always been. Even with used

cars there’s always going to be a certain amount of

wiggle room. You shouldn’t ever have to pay the full

price for a car, and dealers are prepared for this. Go

in strong and stick to your guns – it’s only the same

as they’ll be doing.

Remember, if you don’t ask you don’t get, so don’t

be afraid to ask for free additions and discounts on

servicing plans. The worst they can do is say no!

Don’t be scared of walking away

Remember, there are thousands of cars available on

the market and hundreds of dealerships too. There

is always another car, so don’t be scared to walk

away if things don’t feel right. Don’t be pressured

into any deal either – the final decision is entirely

yours, and if you don’t like the way things are

heading, walk straight out of those doors!





for all makes & models

MOT Testing Centre

for Class 4


Dingle Garage, Dingle Road, Upholland, WN8 0EN

Telephone: 01695 624 261


Open: Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm & Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm

Car Paintwork Repairs

PCP or lease coming to an end?

Call me now and save £000’s

We’ll fix your;

Paintwork Scratches

Bumper Scuffs

Alloy Wheel Damage

Minor Dents



Quality repairs with a lifetime guarantee.

Mobile Service – we come to you!

For your free estimate, call Dave on

07970 915 504

c/o JW Gaskell Garages,

Dingle Garage, Dingle Road, Up Holland, WN8 0EN

SCuffS/SCratCheS mended

minor dentS repaired

alloy wheel repairS

no Vat Charged

we’ll beat any quote!

Call Chris on

01942 215 111 or 07969 357 751


Award Winner

Shed some

on it!


by Angie Barker

Gardening 95

There is no getting away from it … Christmas is

coming, and along with all the kerfuffle that comes

with it (oh dear, Hubby looks depressed at the

thought) – it also means we have some long, dark

evenings ahead of us. But instead of closing the

curtains and forgetting about your garden until next

spring, consider installing some outdoor lighting in

your garden to create a magical winter wonderland.

The right kind of garden lighting can create some

wonderful atmospheric effects and there are many

different products available to help you achieve

the effect you are looking for. Simple up lighters set

on spikes in the soil are very easy to install as they

sit beneath planting to light it up from beneath.

Bamboo in particular looks amazing up lit this way.

There are some more sophisticated products which

can be set into paving, decking and steps. Even if you

don’t use your garden in the winter and particularly

if your living area overlooks your garden, it will

make your inside space seem larger as you can see

beyond the windows. But why not use your garden

at this time of year – I would recommend donning

coat and scarf and lighting a fire pit and as it’s nearly

Christmas, taking a flask of Gluhwein out with you

(that’s mulled wine to Hubby).

There are some things you need to consider with

outside lighting:

• Less is more – you do not want your garden to

resemble a floodlit football pitch!

• Place up lighters carefully to make sure your lights

don’t shine into a neighbours bedroom window.

• If you are landscaping a garden consider lighting

from the start so that an electrician can fit the

lights in with the build and hide all the wiring.

But even if your garden is established, it is easy

to have an outside plug fitted so that you can run

your lights from there.

There are some companies which specialise in

garden lighting – see www.moonlightdesign.co.uk

to see the kind of effects you can achieve.

And as the season to be jolly is fast approaching,

don’t forget to include some fairy lights!

Angie is a qualified

award-winning garden

designer who will

plan your garden to

your needs from start

to finish, supplying

reputable contractors

and the ideal plants.

Call Angie now for your free consultation!

Angie Barker Dip GD

(Inst GD) BA (Hons)

Garden Design For All Seasons

Tel: 01942 522 405

Mob: 07857 008 383

Award Winner



Our aim is to deliver a creative, personal

service adhering to our customers

requirements and within budget.

Large projects or small makeovers are all

carried out with the same commitment and

dedication. We take great pride in completing

all projects to the highest possible standards.


07946 751308 01942 206503



Garden Design • Landscaping • Maintenance

Professional & reliable service

For a free quote, call Andy on

07814 133 690

26, Tracks Lane

Billinge, WN5 7BL

Garden Make-Overs







Call for free estimate

Colin 07958 302 166

Brian 07760 160 988

Wilson Brothers

01695 633173

Wilson Brothers



• Landscaping

• Driveways & Patios

• Block Paving

• Indian Stone

Tree Work

• Shaping & Pruning

• Felling & Topping

• Fencing & Decking

• Turfing & Artificial



Call Al today for a free quote or advice


01942 396 818


07796 494 463

JTH Landscaping

All aspects of Landscaping

& Tree work undertaken

Quality work & reliability

at competitive prices

• Landscape design & implementation

• Tree felling, tree pruning

• Japanese knotweed control

• One off garden tidy

• 24 hour emergency tree call out

Call Thomas today for a free quote:

07923 035300 or 01744 895570

email: jthlandscaping@icloud.com

Ashfield Farm, 43, Garswood Road, Billinge



Qualified Tree Surgeon NCA RFS NPTC

All types of Tree and Hedge Work

Fully Insured

Felling, Reducing, Pruning, Shaping

Garden need a little


• Tree Surgery

• Flagging & Fencing

• Landscaping & Design

• Garden Clearances

• Logs For Sale

Wood chipping & stump grinder services

Call Lloyd today for a free estimate

01942 367170 / 07900 738637


Cricket St, Wigan, WN6 7TP



• All tree work

• Hedge cutting

• Grounds maintenance

• Stump grinding




Call Wes for a free quote on

07713 121135 / 01695 322153




01695 623 909

07903 290 878




Tree and Landscape Management

Tree Felling & Pruning

Site Clearance

Tree Surveys and Reports

Invasive Weed Control

Ground Maintenance

Agricultural & Domestic Fencing

Firewood & Woodchip

Woodland Maintenance

24 Hour Emergency Tree Work

West Lancashire Borough Council approved contractor

Wigan Council approved contractor

Day: 07970 521 692 Eve: 01942 214 121

www.smntrees.co.uk steve@smntrees.co.uk



• Block Paving

• Indian Stone

• Turfing & Artificial Grass

• Driveways & Patios

• Fencing & Decking

• Jet Washing

• Gravelling


• Pruning & Shaping

• Felling & Topping

• Stump Grinding

All aspects of tree work



Call us today for a free, no obligation, quote;

JOHN: 07879 024 070

OFFICE: 01925 271108

Email: fourseasons.treespecialists@gmail.com









• •

• Gates and railings

• Repairs and restorations

• Ironwork and welding

• Traditional forge work

25 years of expertise

Tel: 01695 721877 Mobile: 07951 764202

The Barn, 286 Ormskirk Road, Upholland

Want a beautiful

garden without all

the hard work?

We’ll do it all for you!






Professional Lawn Treatment

& Garden Maintenance

~ Est. 2001 ~

01744 893 477 or 07950 651 956



Prices start from

£39+ VAT per issue

Free artwork

Monthly payments

Design with advice

Plants & Planting

(wide range of plants available

with advice and planting service)

Bareroot / Rootball hedges and trees

Supply only or supply and plant


local family run

business offers:

Garden Maintenance

(weeding, mowing, trimming, hedges)

Regular or one off visits

Call now for a friendly, no obligation quote

01257 401193 / 0771 077 2732


FREE HandyContacts web listing

when you advertise in LocalLife magazine

Call us today on

01695 627999

Garden Design & Quality Landscaping

Quality work & reliability

at competitive prices

Garden makeovers

with artificial grass

a speciality

Call today for a

Established 1994

FREE quote

01942 510 986 / 07710 405 214



Home Services

Sponsored by

Over 60 walks

FREE to download at locallife247.co.uk

TV Aerials Installed

TV Wall Mounting

Telephone Lines

Setup Service

Ring Paul on

01942 514 532

07709 490 095

• •

• Gates and railings

• Repairs and restorations

• Ironwork and welding

• Traditional forge work

25 years of expertise

Tel: 01695 721877 Mobile: 07951 764202

The Barn, 286 Ormskirk Road, Upholland




• We come to you!

• Computer repairs and upgrades

• Internet and wireless problems fixed

• Quality new systems built to specification

• Virus removal from £35

• Domestic and commercial work welcomed

Call us now for FREE computer advice.

Call - 01942 863448


‘Excellence in Customer Service’ – Winner

No Fix? No Fee!

Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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









TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,




Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk





Springs, Cables, Locks, Rollers etc.

Garage and entrance Doors of all ages doors


01744 894939 / 07891 330214 NO FIX, NO CHARGE!

in matching styles


Strawberry Cottage, Pimbo Lane, Upholland WN8 9QL

Is your

garage door

broken ?

Call us today for a free estimate

to Repair or Replace it





• Emergency Door Opening

• UPVC Door Lock Repairs

• UPVC Door Lock Changes

• UPVC Door Lock Upgrades

• Wood Door Lock Changes

• All Work Guaranteed

A Registered Insured NCFE Certified Company

Call Paul for a

Fast, Reliable, Professional Service

CJM Garage Doors Ltd, Unit 10, Hewitt Business Park

Winstanley Road, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7XB

t: 01942 738347 w: www.cjmgaragedoors.co.uk

Design & Print

Flyers, postcards, brochures

and distribution service.

For more information call

01695 627 999




norma ly £20

now £15


Spray Tan


Acrylic & Gel Nails

Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

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

Closed Thursday & Sunday

STOVES by Andy

Save £££’s on your install


For a free quote and expert advice

call Andy on

01257 369 685

07899 752 225


Mo sy Lea Road






Solar Thermal

& Solar PV


your FREE

home survey



Car Health Check

.and motorcycles too

for all residents of Croston and Bretherton

Keep me until you need me!

Book your FREE Car Health Check

Ca l now on

01772 603923


Saving money is

the clear benefit!

Slash your electricity and

water heating bi l

Protect your household from

future energy price rises

Reduce your household’s









impact on the environment

Call us now

0843 224 9555

07595 420237


01942 901103


07932 718 362


Want to promote your

company in Local Life?

Call Sally: 01695 627 999




Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

• traditional service, state of the art results •

Wigan Good

Trader Of

The Year


5 star rating with

Wigan Trading

Standards Good

Trader Scheme

• Carpets • Rugs

• Fabric & Leather Upholstery

Call today for a free consultation & no obligation quote

Call - 01257 251221

Mobile - 07908 770808


Providing professional carpet &

upholstery cleaning since 1993

Carpets Upholstery Curtains

Leather Oriental Rugs Hard Floors

For more information call:

01942 470 081

Visit our website and check out the testimonials.


T: 01942 409401

M: 07881 816839

• Professional Carpet - Rug - Upholstery Cleaning

• Leather Cleaning & Restoration

• FREE Pre-Inspection Visit & Quotation


let us clean your oven so you don’t have to!

professional oven cleaning

environmentally friendly

we’ll restore your oven to near showroom condition!

call Steven today on 07393 818 392


we do




prices start from £45

Promote your business

from just £6 a month

HandyContacts only £72+ VAT per annum in advance

Call us today on 01695 627999








• Driveways

- Cleaning & Sealing

• Patios & Decking

• Walls & Brickwork

• Conservatories

- Internal & External

• Gutters, Fascias & Soffits

• Gutter Vacuuming

Call Paul today to arrange a free quote

01257 402 113 ~ 07736 396 374


Wigan’s premier


cleaning service

Cleaning in the

Wigan area for

10+ years

We only use reliable, vetted staff

• £11.95 per hour - minimum 2 hrs

• Same cleaner each visit

• All domestic duties provided

Call or email Joanne 01942 203442

joanne@acleanbreak.co.uk / www.acleanbreak.co.uk/wigan

Want to promote your

company in Local Life?


• Windows, Fascias, Gutters etc.


• Exterior & Interior (Cleaning)


• Driveways & Patios etc.


• Moss Removal & Bio-Treatment

• Softwashing / Low Pressure



Call Clint for a free no obligation quote.

01942 470 089 / 07834 241 642


Fires & Stoves Swept

Certificates Issued

HETAS Approved Sweep

Professional & Reliable

Call Sally: 01695 627 999







• We come to you!

• Computer repairs and upgrades

• Internet and wireless problems fixed

• Quality new systems built to specification

• Virus removal from £35

• Domestic and commercial work welcomed

Call us now for FREE computer advice.

Call - 01942 863448


‘Excellence in Customer Service’ – Winner

No Fix? No Fee!

Want your business to grow?

Advertising packages start from £39 + VAT a month.

For more information call 01695 627 999


FREE HandyContacts web listing

when you advertise in LocalLife magazine

Prices start from

£39+ VAT per issue

Free artwork

Monthly payments

Call us today on

01695 627999



a Installation & Maintenance

a Inspection & Testing

Jon Wright Electrical Ltd

All types of Domestic & Commercial work undertaken

• Inspection & Tests

• Repairs

Tel: 07738 117712

• Solar PV

• Alarms

Call now on: 07983 387448

Email: jonwrightelec@live.co.uk

Certificate of excellence winner 2017 & 2018

All electrical work


• Friendly reliable service

• Mains board upgrades

• Extra sockets to full


Free quotations



a CCTV & Alarms

a Nest Pro Installer




01942 215 769

07739 709 005


Call: 01257 424918 or 07821 139826


• All types of electrical work

• 30+ years experience

• Friendly, fast and reliable

• 24 hour call out service

W.Hurst & Son Ltd



• All types of electrical work

• 35+ years experience

• No job too small

• Friendly and reliable



Services Ltd

For a free quote

& advice call Jeff

01695 622 191

07850 622 191


Installations, Upgrades & Repairs New systems

10 years experience from £350

For a friendly & reliable service call Dean on

07506 518 646

DF Alarms 58 Chapel St, Pemberton, Wigan

Whatever your electrical needs,

GHE have the answer!

Complete re-wires

New/moving sockets

All lighting needs

Burglar Alarm systems

CCTV systems

Security Light installations

PAT testing & inspections

No Job too Small

Domestic and commercial work welcomed

Suite 1A, Kirkless Industrial Estate

Cale Lane, Wigan, WN2 1HF

Call us today for friendly advice and a free quote.

01942 836 937 www.ghewigan.co.uk


• Conservatory repairs

• Locks, handles and hinges

• Replacement glass

• Windows and doors installed

• Replacement conservatory roofs

Call MARK now on

01942 737 381 / 0776 315 1720



Arley Cabinet Company Ltd

• Kitchens & Bedrooms since 1952 •

We Measure ~ We Make ~ We Fit

Drop into our showroom or call us

for a free estimate

214a Gidlow Lane, Wigan, WN6 7BN

01942 246 190


FREE HandyContacts web listing

when you advertise in LocalLife magazine

Prices start from

£39+ VAT per issue

Free artwork

Monthly payments

Call us today on

01695 627999


Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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









TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Street Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,




Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk


Elite Bathrooms

& Wet Room Installation

• Bathrooms

• Wet Rooms

• Wall & Floor Tiling

Please call for a FREE Estimates

07703 448890 / 01942 208926

Great Value Bathrooms!

Bespoke Tiling


Top class work guaranteed

For a free quotation, call Oliver on

01942 741789

07387 376 530


Quality bathrooms at reasonable prices

Complete bathroom installations

from design to completion.

For free quotes, call Adrian on 07816 394 292

Check out our work on www.AGBathrooms.net

Full Bathrooms & En-Suites

Showers, Trays & Cubicles

Relocation of Bathroom Suites

25 years bathroom experience

Call Chris now for a free quotation

C L Bathrooms

01942 749085

or 07801 295483


Design & Print

Flyers, postcards, brochures

and distribution service.

For more information call

01695 627 999




norma ly £20

now £15


Spray Tan


Acrylic & Gel Nails

Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

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

Closed Thursday & Sunday

Mo sy Lea Road






Solar Thermal

& Solar PV


your FREE

home survey



Car Health Check

.and motorcycles too

for a l residents of Croston and Bretherton

Keep me until you need me!

Book your FREE Car Health Check

Ca l now on

01772 603923


Saving money is

the clear benefit!

Slash your electricity and

water heating bi l

Protect your household from

future energy price rises

Reduce your household’s

impact on the environment









Ca l us now

0843 224 9555

07595 420237

Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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









TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,




Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk


Brand New Bathrooms

Boiler + Central Heating

Installs, Servicing + Repairs

Extended warranties available

24 Hour Call-out

Domestic + Commercial

Freephone 0300 3030121

Dave 07769 942218 / Matt 07969 183809

21 Naburn Drive, Orrell, WN5 8SB

Email: info@orrellheating.co.uk


• Bathroom Installation, Full Bathrooms & En-Suites

• Plumbing Services • Wall & Floor Tiling • Ceiling Panelling

01942 397173 / 07803 057940

Douglas Drive, Orrell, Wigan


Convert your bath to a

Walk-In Shower







Typical price


Fully guaranteed

One day installation

No mess - no fuss

Easy to clean & maintain

Call Anthony on

07919 876 825

Workshop address:

Bulldog Tools Ind. Est.

Darlington Street East



We also fit full bathrooms!

• Central Heating Installations

• Boiler Installations

• Maintenance & Servicing

• Power Flushing


Your one stop shop for central heating

434 Ormskirk Rd, Wigan, WN5 9DF

01942 221221

info@premiergas.com / www.premiergas.com



Plumbing and Heating

Heating & Bathroom Specialist

Chris Heaton M.I.P.H.E.R.P



Design & Print

Flyers, postcards, brochures

and distribution service.

For more information call

01695 627 999




norma ly £20

now £15


Spray Tan


Acrylic & Gel Nails

Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

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

Closed Thursday & Sunday

STOVES by Andy

Save £££’s on your install


For a free quote and expert advice

call Andy on

01257 369 685

07899 752 225


Want to promote your

company in Local Life?

Call Sally: 01695 627 999



Mo sy Lea Road






Solar Thermal

& Solar PV


your FREE

home survey



Car Health Check

.and motorcycles too

for a l residents of Croston and Bretherton

Keep me until you need me!

Book your FREE Car Health Check

Ca l now on

01772 603923


Saving money is

the clear benefit!

Slash your electricity and

water heating bi l

Protect your household from

future energy price rises

Reduce your household’s

impact on the environment









Ca l us now

0843 224 9555

07595 420237


Installation ~ Repairs ~ Service

Central Heating Systems

Boilers & Gas Appliances

General plumbing

Gas Safety Certificates

Plumbing & Heating Specialist

Complete Bathroom

& Tiling service


Call Andy for a free quote on

01942 564 226

07397 391 935


John Bailey - 01942 495785

or 07721 040620 & 07710 153238

Based in Kenyon Road, Wigan


call out


A Genuine Family Run Business

With Friendly & Courteous Staff




Accredited Installer & Service Partner

• Annual Boiler Servicing

• Landlord & Home Owner

Gas Safety Checks

• Mechanical Power Flushing

• Thermostatic Valves/Radiators Fitted

• All-in-One Air Conditioning &

Heating Units for Home & Work



Registration No.



01942 504 429

TEL: 01257 421 660

MOB: 07515 505 501


SHOWROOM NOW OPEN at 19 Preston Road, Standish WN6 0HP

All plumbing services

including services & repairs

• Bathrooms/Wet Rooms designed and fitted

• Specialists in Disability

Installations & Conversions

• Emergency Call outs welcome






No Obligation Quotes – Call Mark on

01257 473026

07515 894281



JJ Driveways

Imprinted Concrete Specialists

Huge range of colours & patterns

• Resin Driveways • Block Paving

• Indian Stone • Flagging

We can also revive your old drive!

Ask about our sealing service

Call Joe for a free quotation on

01942 621 959 / 07867 697 972





Professional Painting and Decorating

• Domestic & Commercial Work

• Interior & Exterior work welcomed

• Old/listed buildings a speciality

Call us today for a free quotation

Home Service available

Choose from 1000s of paint & paper samples

in the comfort of our own home

01942 212096 07831 102 511


01942 392398 or 07707 321383

GDR Driveways

• Flagging • Block paving

• Indian Stone


Call Gareth for a FREE quotation

01942 217 113 | 07715 177 754

Award Winner

Exterior & Interior Decorating

Domestic & Commercial work undertaken

Competitive rate

Contact Graham now - free estimate provided

01257 426 234



Need a new look

for your home?

Skilled interior and exterior work

undertaken at reasonable prices!

Chris Smith - Painter and Decorator

01942 518126

or 07545 065119

Orrell based business


Painting and Decorating

Quality work assured

Over 30 years experience

Free quotes

Mob: 07784 876 338

Email: ajhdecorators@sky.com

Quality work at a competitive price



Specialise in standard wall coverings, extra wide vinyl and

lincrusta. Free estimates. References available upon request

07714 363 377 / 01942 749 971

Sefton Road, Orrell, WN5 8UP

Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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









TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Street Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,




Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk


Extensions & Refurbishments

Kitchens & Bathrooms

Conservatories & Orangeries

Windows & Doors

Roofs & Fascia Boards

Decking & Balustrading

28 Years Experience

All aspects of building works - No job too small

Call Peter for a free quotation

Day: 07961 516 677

Eve: 01942 745 428

Cambridge Road, Orrell

Home Improvements

• Fitted Kitchens & Bedrooms

• Garage & Loft Conversions

• Floors, Doors & Windows

• Garden Gates

For all your home improvement needs call David on...

01942 203 804

07851 225 876

DS Joinery

• Home improvements

• Loft conversions

• Garage conversions & Extensions

• Staircases

• Windows & Doors

• All aspects of home improvements

• One stop for all the trades you require

• Joinery, Building, Kitchens & Bathrooms




Call Jonathan for a free quotation

TEL: 01257 401 243 / MOB: 0777 602 4045


Design & Print

Flyers, postcards, brochures

and distribution service.

For more information call

01695 627 999




norma ly £20

now £15


Spray Tan


Acrylic & Gel Nails

Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

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

Closed Thursday & Sunday

Mo sy Lea Road






Solar Thermal

& Solar PV


your FREE

home survey



Car Health Check

.and motorcycles too

for a l residents of Croston and Bretherton

Keep me until you need me!

Book your FREE Car Health Check

Ca l now on

01772 603923


Saving money is

the clear benefit!

Slash your electricity and

water heating bi l

Protect your household from

future energy price rises

Reduce your household’s









impact on the environment

Call us now

0843 224 9555

07595 420237

01257 422317 or 07852 202867


Want to promote your

company in Local Life?

Call Sally: 01695 627 999



Des Pilling Plastering

Plastering – Skimming – Artexing

Coving & Cornice work also welcomed

Orrell based – Established 1986

Call Des on 07787 513 235




Number One for House Maintenance!








No job too small!

Call Mike Darbyshire on

01942 513 584 / 07917 352 181

Orrell based

K Stone

Building Services

All types of building

work undertaken

25 years experience

• Brickwork

• Pointing

• Garden Walls

• Patios

• Roof Repairs

• Flagging

• Alterations

• Driveways

01942 495412 / 07974 496676



Handy Andy

Building / Joinery

Plastering / Tiling

Plumbing / Roofing

Flatpack Assembly

Call Handy Andy on

01257 369 685

07899 752 225


28 Years Experience

T: 01942 248 537

M: 07749 806 566



• Brickwork,



• Garden Walls,



• Platform

Steps, Paths

& patios


Roofing & Building Services

Your local roofing company

from repairs to re-roofs,

fascia’s, soffits & gutters.

• Flat roof specialists

• Damp proof specialists

• Quality workmanship

• Affordable pricing

• Quick response to all repairs






Tel: 01942 410989

Mob: 07730 351523



Est. 1985

All aspects of roofing & roofline



Rubber Cover

Roofing Specialist

Guaranteed 50 years




Call for free quote

M: 07894 687 384

Roofing & Roofline Specialists

• All aspects of maintenance & repair

• Fascia & soffit installation

• Guttering and felting services

Call us now for a free estimate

01695 633173

Colin: 07958 302 166

Brian: 07760 160 988


Facias, soffits, cladding,

dry verge and gutters - call us now

for all your roofline requirements!

We specialise in seamless aluminium gutters.

Clean, stylish and guaranteed for 25 years!

01942 735 515 / 07917 352 182 / 07917 352 183


B.A. Berry

Building & Roofing Specialists

•All building work undertaken.

• From a broken tile to a full re roof.

• Flat roofs renewed and repaired.

• Extensions, Alterations, Structural repairs

including Lintels.

Your local fully qualified tradesman with

30 years experience

Call us now for a free,

no obligation quote

01695 622 704 / 07968 652 320


First Class Workmanship

• All types of re-roofs

• Strip & re-slate or re-tile

• Built up felt/flat roofs, dormers etc.

• Insurance work undertaken

• Roofline uPVC fascias, soffits & guttering



01695 627 212

MOBILE: 07774 943 706


Established Over 30 Years


Puzzle Solutions


ACROSS: 1. Wafer, 4. Bacon, 10. Chevron, 11. Reins, 12. Trio, 13. Beri-beri, 15. Horror, 16. Jetsam, 19. Resistor,

21. Mast, 23. Trade, 24. Tropics, 25. Beard, 26. Stone.

DOWN: 2. Atelier, 3. Earl, 5. Airliner, 6. Olive, 7. Scotch broth, 8. Kneel, 9. Astigmatism, 14. Monsieur, 17. Sea lion,

18. North, 20. Spade, 22. Moat.



From Rags To Riches



3 8 2 1

1 5 6 4

2 9 5 7

3 1 8 7

9 23 21 19







Keep in touch with the

LocalLife Team!

Want to

promote your

business in



Read all our magazines online at


01695 627 999



Come and visit the largest

showroom in the North West


Quality installations of windows,

doors, fascias, soffits and gutters

First for quality • First for service • First for reliability

No contractors • No salesmen

Just a smile and a honest price from a family run business

NEW Generation


now available


Established since 1999

Call us for a Free Quote

Office Number: 01942 871 777

Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Street, Leigh, WN7 5SE

warmlightwindowsltd.co.uk • info@warmlightwindowsltd.co.uk

Conservatory Roof

Conversion System

Transform your conservatory

into a comfortable living space

Tomorrow’s Home Improvements Today!

Quality ~ Choice ~ Value


Bi-Fold Doors

Thermally-efficient conservatory roofs

expertly fitted by accredited installers



Don’t just lock it,

Rock it!


Manufacturers and installers since 2004

Contact us on 01744 891717 for a no obligation quote

Visit our showroom/factory at; Crows Nest, Ashton Road, Billinge, WN5 7XX (near Windy Arbour crossroads)



More magazines by this user
Similar magazines