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J powers down for winter, our diaries and to-do lists

are quickly filling up with all the things planned for the

eight-week run -up to Christmas.

It can be an exhausting time with events coming thick

and fast, particularly for those parents with young

children, who face 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.

It’s a special time of year with much excitement all around,

and should you be looking for something to kick-start the

Christmas cheer, then we’ve a feature on some of the best

Christmas Markets in the North and Midlands on pages

44-47.

For those who don’t want to travel that far though, our

Events2Go guide on pages 52-55 though, carries a

comprehensive listing of the best of the Bonfire Night

and Christmas events on your doorstep.

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This month’s highlights

56. Win tickets to Jack & the Beanstalk

Contents

26. Puzzle Pages

Crossword, Sudoku, Wordsearch etc

40. Books

Curl up with a good read.

42. Christmas Competition

Win tickets to A Christmas Carol.

48. Health Section

Flu Jabs: Fact or Fiction?

8. Southport Lights 16. Wildlife Wonders

52. Events2Go

Fireworks, fayres and fun this month.

62. Motoring

Discover luxury in a Lexus.

64. Garden Services

Adding colour to your garden this

winter.

58. Jack’s Tracks: Rufford & Croston Circular

68. Home Services

Find the best local traders for you.

44. Festive Markets

30. Brighten Up

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Rail Line Closure

November sees a 5-day closure of the Parbold-

Southport 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. A seven-day closure of the

canal towpath beneath the bridge in Burscough will

also begin on Friday, November 15.

Free Yoga Sessions

Fancy trying yoga? You really have nothing to lose with

free sessions taking place at Skelmersdale Library!

Sessions take place every Tuesday from 10:30am-

11:30am, and are a great place to meet new people

and learn a new skill for relaxation and fitness.

For more information or to check sessions are still

going ahead, call Gwen on 07732 163149 or Neil on

07474 615073.

Formby Festivities

Formby Rotary Club are gearing up for a village-wide

programme of traditional Christmas activities.

The club, which recently celebrated its 52nd

anniversary, have arranged the village Christmas lights

switch-on to take place on Sunday, November 24 at

5pm. Father Christmas will be in attendance on his

Carol Wagon to meet local children before Formby is

illuminated in beautiful festive colours. A carol concert

organised by the Rotary Club will also take place at St.

Luke’s Church on December 13th.

The Carol Wagon will travel the streets of Formby in

December, with route information available on the

Rotary Club website.

For more information about Formby Rotary, head to

www.formby.rotary1180.org

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Community Consultation

Hesketh Bank has been shortlisted by West Lancs

Borough Council to receive funding for a new

community centre. The potential funding comes

from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which

has earmarked £100,000 for smaller infrastructure

schemes in the borough.

Chair of Hesketh Bank Community Centre Steve Kirby

said: ‘We are excited to be shortlisted from many

worthy projects across the borough for this funding.

We have worked very hard to get to this point […] if

we do secure this funding it will move us much closer

to our target of having a new community centre by

June 2020.’

The council are now seeking comments from local

residents about the shortlist of three projects, in a

consultation that will run until Friday, November 8.

To give your opinion, visit www.westlancs.citizenspace.

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Southport switch-on

Christmas in Southport looks set to be bigger and

better than ever as global star Peter Andre illuminates

the town for the festive season.

Fresh from his Celebrating 25 Years tour, Peter will

headline an amazing day of entertainment and

formally switch on this year’s brand new Christmas

lights. With a wealth of number one singles and two

number one albums under his belt, his appearance is

sure to thrill an audience of all ages.

Organised by Southport BID, this year’s lights switchon

event takes place on Sunday, November 17 from

1pm at Southport Promenade. You’ll be spoilt for

choice with a celebrity line-up including Wet Wet Wet,

Liberty X singer Kevin Simm, and 80s Liverpool

legend Sonia taking to the stage.

For the little ones, Cbeebies presenter Sid

presents his own one man show, and

Starkidz make an appearance to open

the festivities with special characters

turning up throughout the day! Local

pantomimes will put on excerpts of

their shows until 4pm, when former

Heart Breakfast DJ Joel takes over to

host the afternoon’s entertainment.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to the

festive fairground and check out the

street entertainers too!

Also returning for 2019 is Southport’s 60ft bespoke

Christmas tree, which proved a real talking point

in 2018 for its inaugural year. Featuring a range of

intricate light shows with its many LEDs, the tree

allows visitors to walk inside its conical structure for

breath-taking visuals.

In addition to the day’s festivities, Southport BID will

also launch a festive Nutcracker Trail from Wednesday,

November 20. With ten larger-than-life Nutcrackers

hidden around the town centre, it’s your job to find

them all to be in with a chance of winning an iPad

Mini! It’s a great opportunity to explore Southport

like never before and to spot some hidden gems. A

late night shopping event will complement

the festivities on Tuesday, November

19 with local shops and businesses

extending their opening hours to

allow you to pick up some stocking

stuffers or Christmas gifts.

The 6ft Nutcrackers will be in

place until Thursday, January 2.

For more information about

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Lights of Love

Queenscourt Hospice welcomes visitors to two special

ceremonies this winter for anyone touched by their

care to come together in celebration. Honour the life

of someone special by dedicating a light to them this

festive season.

At each of the events there’ll be carol singing, live

music and a selection of readings, along with the

opportunity to buy Christmas cards and trinkets to

raise money for Queenscourt.

One event takes place on Saturday, November 30 at

Christ the King School in Southport, while the second

takes place at Ormskirk Parish Church on Sunday,

December 1. They both run from 4pm-6pm and are

free to attend – you’ll be greeted with a mince pie and

a hot drink.

Rufford Musicians

Rufford Old Hall is looking for volunteer performers to

light up the hall over the Christmas period.

If you’re a singer or musician looking to showcase your

talent, practice performing in public or just want to get

in the festive spirit, just get in touch at ruffordoldhall@

nationaltrust.org.uk - anyone from solo singers to

community choirs can get involved.

Graffiti Talk

Lee Robert McStein presents a talk on ancient graffiti

this month at The Atkinson. Explore the marks left

on ancient tombs and temples in Egypt, including

historical graffiti from figures such as Julia Babilla,

Thomas Legh and Giovanni Belzoni.

Photogrammetrist Lee will explain the process of

photogrammetry and showcase examples of graffiti

from the rock tombs at El Kab, the Kiosk of Qertassi,

the Karnak Temple and more. Visitors will also have the

chance to handle 3D-printed reproductions of graffiti.

Entry costs £5 for visitors, or free for members of The

Atkinson’s Development Trust. The talk takes place on

Wednesday, November 6 at 7pm.

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Wardrobe Wonderland

Hesketh Bank Christian Centre on Moss Lane invites

you to experience a Christmas like no other with

their Narnian Santa’s Grotto, based on the series of

children’s novels by C.S. Lewis.

Embark on the Narnia trail to meet a special Father

Christmas on Saturday, November 30, December 7

and December 14. ‘Through the Wardrobe’ is open

from 10am-4:30pm on the days, with tours lasting

approximately half an hour, and plenty of refreshments

available.

Tickets cost £5 per adult and £3 per child, including a

gift from Santa. For info, call 01772 816727.

Brilliant Brass

Want to learn to play a brass instrument free of charge?

The Hesketh Bank Silver Band offer expert tuition for

all ages on Thursdays from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Sessions take place in the Band Room on Station Road,

and are designed to get you or your child playing

music to boost abstract reasoning skills and mental

wellbeing.

The band will host a Christmas concert at Tarleton

Bowling Club on Saturday, December 7 at 7:30pm if

you’d like to sample its musical offerings.

For further details, call Ken on 07951 927131 or Jack

on 07895 017122.

Sleeping Beauty

Pleasure Folk bring their Christmas panto to Ormskirk

Civic Hall from December 4th-8th.

Experience the sweeping romantic tale, hilarious

comedy and plenty of heartwarming moments for all

the family.

Performances take place at 7:30pm each evening, with

a 2:30pm matinee on the Saturday and Sunday. Tickets

range from £8-£10 and are available on 01695 580755

or from www.pleasurefolk.co.uk

New Home for OTC

Ormskirk Theatre Company will move into their new

home in December.

The company, which is currently based out of the Toby

Carvery in Ormskirk, have been searching for a more

permanent home since 2015, when they stopped

operating out of Upstairs at Disraeli’s on Church Street

due to renovation work.

Now they’re set to move back to Disraeli’s, under

a brand new name - The Upmarket Theatre - on

Wednesday, December 11. The company will launch

a new season of dramas, comedies, pantomimes,

murder mysteries and more later in the year from their

intimate theatre space

For more information, visit

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Santa Specials

West Lancashire Light Railway will host its Santa

Specials once more in December.

The Hesketh Bank-based railway invites the whole

family to experience heritage steam locomotives and

meet Father Christmas. Children will receive a gift and

adults can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince

pie. There’ll also be a vintage fairground and hot food

on offer.

Santa Specials run on December 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st

and 22nd, and tickets cost £6.50 per adult and £8.50

per child. Advanced booking is recommended at

www.westlancsrailway.org

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local communities we serve.

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Fab Football

Active West Lancs host walking football sessions

every Wednesday from 5pm-7pm at Evermoor Hub

Community Centre in Digmoor, Skelmersdale.

The game is perfect for staying fit and healthy without

the need to run - aimed at over 50s, you’ll have the

chance to meet new people and try something

different.

For more info, call Alan on 07939 660048.

Get Crafty

Keen painters, sketchers and artists of every medium

are welcome at the Maghull and Lydiate Art Group.

On Tuesdays from 9:30am-12pm, the group host

a drop-in, self-help painting session for members,

costing £2 per session. Then, on the first Friday of

the month from 7:15pm-9:15pm, a demonstration

evening takes place with professional guest artists.

Visitors and members alike are welcome at Lydiate

Village Centre for an entry fee of £3.

For more information, call Di on 0151 526 3411 or

Marie on 0151 933 0132.

Raise Your Voice

A new community choir has launched in Skelmersdale

for singers of all abilities. Meet new people and get

singing some fun songs at Tanhouse Community

Centre every Monday from 6pm-8pm.

Sessions cost £2.50 and refreshments are available.

For more information, email lisa.tanhousetogether@

outlook.com or call 01695 720128.

The Gondoliers

Kick back and enjoy some Gilbert and Sullivan from

The Hoghton Players this month, with a full-length

concert version of comic opera The Gondoliers.

Events take place at St. Cuthbert’s Church in Halsall

on Friday, November 8 at 7:30pm and then at Ince

Blundell Hall on Saturday, November 9 at 2pm.

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Wildlife

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by Jess Phillips

A village framed by green belt land, Rainford offers a ‘I was actually pretty rubbish at birdwatching,’ Austin

wealth of beauty spots to appreciate local nature and admits. ‘I needed a better way at identifying the birds I

wildlife. From the picturesque Siding Lane Nature Reserve was seeing, and I knew the best way to do that was to

to local farms and thoroughfares, it’s a photographer’s preserve the images for later research. That’s how I got

paradise: and that’s exactly what amateur birdwatcher into wildlife photography in the first place.’

Austin Thomas realised back in 2007, when he swapped

‘The most important thing for me in my field is

out his binoculars for a camera.

patience,’ he continues. ‘You have to take time to

learn your subject through observation – if you’re

photographing a bird, for instance, keep an eye on

what it does before it takes flight. If you recognise the

signs of it preparing to fly, you’ll be ready to get some

in-flight shots.’

What was once a hobby now takes Austin all over the

world – he spends 3 weeks a year in Africa, where

it’s possible to spot something new around every

corner.

‘I felt I’d mastered birds and mammals,’ Austin tells me,

‘so I wanted to move into underwater photography.

There’s so much beyond the surface of the ocean


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that we hardly know anything about, so I learned to

scuba dive at Delph Watersports Centre near Chorley

and travelled to the Bahamas to take pictures of the

Stingrays, then Barbados for the Sea Turtles.’

The training was no doubt difficult – Austin had to

remain steady and buoyant to ensure the photographs

he took didn’t blur – but it was worth it. ‘Everything’s so

alive down there – there’s so much colour underwater,

and the sheer volume of things to photograph was

amazing,’ he says.

Austin’s next challenge will see him snapping pictures

of Egypt’s underwater life, including the many coral

reefs in the Red Sea, and hopefully some White Tip

Sharks.

Visit Austin’s website for more: http://www.austinthomas.co.uk/


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Christmas of Tales

Ormskirk town centre will

play host to a Christmas of

Tales event this November

– a free family day out

with a festive twist.

Fabulous street stalls

will set up shop around

Ormskirk proffering gifts,

crafts and delicious food,

with plenty of chances

to stock up on Christmas

gifts. For younger ones,

children’s entertainer Mr

Stix will provide plenty

of chuckles, while Magic Story Jars provide a creative

workshop concocting jars of tales to take home. Little

ones can also help colour in a giant festive mural or

head off on a fairy trail

across Ormskirk.

With a fairytale fancy dress

competition, a special

guest appearance at dusk

and a visit from Tozi the

Christmas Flamingo and

the Lantern Company

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Competition

Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our September

competition to win a family ticket to Martin Mere

Wetland Centre! The winner also received a free

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

The competition winner was Lynne Lancaster

from Southport (pictured).

Don’t forget to see pages 56-57 for your chance

to win a family ticket to see Jack & the Beanstalk

at Southport Theatre - we have two to give away!

Did you know we also run social media

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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 Proclamation.

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.

Rail Strikes Axed

The Merseyrail strikes have been called off after rail

union RMT secured a ‘major breakthrough’.

RMT was concerned with Merseyrail’s decision to run

driver-only operated trains, which they say would

compromise the safety of passengers with no guards

onboard. A deal has now been tabled which ensures a

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Santa Sprint

Raise money for Queenscourt Hospice this December

with the 10th annual Santa Sprint!

Every participant receives a Santa suit to sprint, jog or

amble their way along a route from Southport Pier and

around the Marine Lake on December 8.

Registration costs £20 per adult or £10 per under-16

in aid of the hospice, which provides essential care for

people with life-limiting illnesses in the community.

To register call 01704 517420.

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Country Fun

Explore the breath-taking West Lancashire countryside

this winter with the Rangers - there’s plenty going on

in November and December to help you appreciate

the natural beauty around you.

A 6-mile Tarleton Loop walk sets off from Tarleton

Library on Monday, November 4 at 10am, ahead of the

8-mile Lathom Circular walk on Sunday, November 24

at the same time from Ruff Wood.

If you fancy getting crafty in time for Christmas, a

wreath making workshop takes place at Coronation

Park in Ormskirk on Sunday, December 1 from 1pm.

Got time to spare on Monday, December 2? Try the

6-mile Burscough Loop walk from Platts Lane at 10am

before making your voice heard in the carol concert at

Coronation Park at 6pm that night.

For more information about the events calendar,

visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/leisure-recreation or call

01695 622794.

Ormskirk Santa Dash

Head down to Coronation Park in Ormskirk for this

year’s Santa Dash on Sunday, November 24!

The second annual 5K Santa Dash and 1K family fun

run will get your Christmas off to a running start, with

free entertainment throughout the event including

a gingerbread market and refreshment stalls in the

town centre, and a Makers Market at Chapel Gallery.

Don your Santa suit and sprint, jog or walk around the

picturesque town centre this Christmas.

This year’s event raises money for the 37th Ormskirk

Scouts group, along with charities chosen by the

Mayor of West Lancashire.

Entry costs £6 per person for the Santa Dash or

£7.50 per family for the separate family fun run.

Registraton opens at 12pm on the day, with the first

run commencing at 12:45pm.

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Day of the Dead

Southport Pleasureland opens its gates on Saturday,

November 2 to celebrate el Día de los Muertos – the

Mexican Day of the Dead.

Dedicated to celebrating the memory of lost loved

ones, the theme park will be overtaken by an explosion

of colour, music and fantastical costumes.

With stage shows, stilt walkers, fire eaters, live music

and many more surprises, ride prices will be reduced

to £1.50 each to commemorate the festivities. Go all

out with skull-themed makeup or dip into the dressing

up box for weird and wonderful costumes, ahead of a

firework finale to close the festivities.

Gates open at 5pm, and tickets cost £10.80 from www.

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A decorative lamp can come in all

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This is a selection from Woods Furniture.

An on-trend, metallic cagelike

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Adding some

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

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A minimal table lamp from Lene Bjerre

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Metta table lamp, £90, Sweetpea & Willow.

This textural, informal

lantern would add

fashionable interest in

an understated, modern

space.

Antique brass knitted lantern,

large, £48, Rose & Grey.

Lined with a navy cotton

interior, this lampshade uses

nautical imagery from a series

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Shipwreck lighthouse lampshade,

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

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

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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,

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Cranmer table lamp, £369,

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• 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.

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Tinsel Trot

The people of Tarleton are coming together on

Sunday, December 1st for a 5K family fun run.

Tarleton’s Tinsel Trot is raising funds for Prostate

Cancer UK, and will see runners off on a route from

Tarleton Bowling Club and around the village on a

fully marshalled course.

Prizes will be awarded for the best fancy dress, with

medals and Christmas puddings awaiting you at

the finish line. Entry costs £5, and the race begins at

9:30am. To register online, visit evententry.co.uk and

search Tarleton Tinsel Trot.

Surgery’s New Home

Lathom House Surgery is moving to Burscough Health

Centre from Monday, December 9.

All GPs and practice staff will remain the same,

and patient records will be safely transferred over

to the new premises. You’ll still be able to call for

appointments using the same telephone number, and

a free car park is available at the Health Centre, located

150m down the road from Lathom House Surgery.

To contact Burscough Health Centre, call 01704

396060.

Squirrels’ Success

The Formby Squirrels Rotary Club have been successful

in raising nearly £600 for local charities at their latest

events.

A quiz and pizza evening raised £400, while a

scrumptious bacon butty event brought in £180 for

the charities. Regular Butty Bar events take place at

Holy Trinity Formby - the next will run from 9am-12pm

on Saturday, November 9, and is open to all.

The club are holding a wine evening at Formby

Luncheon Club on Rosemary Lane on Saturday,

November 23 at 7pm. Tickets cost £15 - to book,

email rotaryformbysquirrels@gmail.com or

squirrelbramhall@gmail.com

Parkrun Progress

Manor Primary Care GP Practice in Tanhouse has

shown its support for the new Tawd Valley Parkrun,

becoming a parkrun accredited practice.

The weekly 5K route is free to enter, and is held

each Saturday at 9am. Runners can meet outside

Skelmersdale Library where the route begins.

To enter, register on www.parkrun.org.uk and turn up

at 8:45am for a briefing. Prams and dogs on a short

lead are welcome, and there’s no rush to complete the

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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 Artz Centre, who already have a centre in

Skelmersdale, have taken over the library

building with the aim of transforming it into

a versatile community space comprised of a

reading cafe, boardroom and studio space.

Skem’s Artz Centre offers various arts

workshops for young people in the area,

and Up Holland’s aims to do the same -

along with boasting a space for members

of the community to relax with a cuppa

and a good book. Reducing social isolation

is one of the Centre’s key aims, without the

pressure of having to take a book away.

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

service, allowing people to order specific books in.

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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

January

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

Wonders

Si King and Dave Myers

The Hairy Bikers are back with

another cookery book packed

with more than 100 recipes.

Create delicious dishes with

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Win: A Christmas Carol tickets

Chapterhouse Theatre Company bring their festive

production of A Christmas Carol to The Atkinson

in Southport this December - and we have a pair of

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See Ebenezer Scrooge brought to life once again

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Magical

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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.

Grassington

Saturday, November 30 & Sunday, December 1,

then Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December

8, 11am-5pm

www.grassingtondickensian.co.uk/

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.

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Skipton

Sunday, December 1 & Sunday, December 8,

10am-4pm

www.facebook.com/skiptonchristmasmarket

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.

Worcester

Thursday, November 28 – Sunday, December 1

www.worcesterchristmasfayre.co.uk

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.

Birmingham

Thursday, November 7 – Monday, December 23

www.thebfcm.co.uk/

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.

Windermere

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15

www.windermerechristmas.co.uk/

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.


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York

Thursday, November 14 – Sunday, December 22

www.visityork.org/whats-on/christmas

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.


Ulverston

Saturday, November 23 & Sunday, November 24

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www.dickensianfestival.co.uk/

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.

Chester

Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, December 22

www.visitcheshire.com/whats-on/chesterchristmas-market-p223731

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

more.

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.

Beverley

Sunday, December 8, 10am-4pm

www.beverleyfestivalofchristmas.co.uk

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

Christmas!


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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

rapidly.

· 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 a steroid treatment

or has led to hospital admission in the past);

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),

emphysema or bronchitis; chronic heart disease;

chronic kidney disease; chronic liver disease, such

as hepatitis; chronic neurological conditions, such

as Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, multiple

sclerosis (MS), learning disability or cerebral palsy;

diabetes; spleen issues (e.g. sickle cell disease); 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.

· 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.


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The flu vaccine is also recommended for front-line

health and social care workers.

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, and help 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 6 months and

2 years who are eligible for the vaccine will usually

receive the injectable version, while children between

2 and 17 are normally given the nasal spray.

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.

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.

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

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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

surprised.


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Veronica Gibbs Q&A

Friday, November 1, 10:30am-11:30am

RSPCA worker and children’s author

Veronica Gibbs presents her story ‘Tibbs

Meets the Witch of Witchety Woods’.

She’ll read extracts from the book and

host a Q&A, followed by a craft activity.

Free entry, but booking necessary at the

venue.

The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport,

PR8 1DB

Dobbies Fireworks

Friday, November 1, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Indulge in delicious street food and

witness a spectacular fireworks display!

Tickets £9.95 per adult or £6.95 per

child including food, or £5 & £3 without,

bookable on 01704 552920.

Dobbies, Bentham’s Way, Southport,

PR8 4HX

Rugby Club Fireworks

Saturday, November 1, 6pm

A family friendly evening with fireworks,

live music, bouncy castles, a barbecue

and more! Adults £7, U13s £5, U16s £6.

Southport Rugby Club, Waterloo Road,

Southport, PR8 4QW

Ainsdale Fireworks

Friday, November 1, 6:30pm-9pm

A great family fireworks display, plus

music and other activities. Entry £4.

Ainsdale Sports Club, Liverpool Road,

Southport, PR8 3QF

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, WN8 0PY

Meols Fireworks

Saturday, November 2, 5pm-10pm

A charity fireworks display and bonfire in

support of local causes, plus fairground

rides, a hog roast and entertainment.

The fire will be lit at 6:30pm and the

fireworks begin at 8pm – entry £7 per

adult or £3 per under-11, under-5s free.

Meols Hall, Botanic Rd, Southport, PR9 7LZ

Mawdesley Fireworks

Saturday, November 2, 5:30pm-8pm

Get in the bonfire mood with a fireworks

display in Mawdesley. The fire will be lit

at 6pm ahead of the fireworks at 7pm.

Tickets from Mawdesley SPAR £5.50 per

adult or £3 per child, then £6.50 per

adult or £4 per child on the gate.

Mawdesley Millennium Green, Hurst

Green, Mawdesley, L40 2QS

Red Lion Bonfire

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, £3 per child.

Red Lion Hotel, Ash Brow, Newburgh,

WN8 7NF

Anna Fedorova

Saturday, November 2, 7:45pm

Young pianist Anna Fedorova presents

a beautiful night of music from

Rachmaninov, Sciabin and more. Tickets

£18.50 per adult or £5.50 per young

person, bookable on 01257 498452.

Parbold Village Hall, The Green,

Parbold, WN8 7DN

Art Exhibition

Sat, Nov 2 & Sun, Nov 3, 11am-4pm

Join the Churchtown Art Club for an

exhibition and craft fair – there’ll be

original art for sale, plus demonstrations,

a tombola and a raffle. Free entry..

St. Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Sally’s Lane,

Churchtown, PR9 7WA

Vegan Fair

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

Browse delicious vegan food stalls

including vegan cheese, cake and hot

food, plus get loads of information on

veganism and animal rescues. Entry £1,

children free.

Parbold Village Hall, The Green,

Parbold, WN8 7DN

Band Concert

Sunday, November 3, 2pm

An afternoon concert from Tarleton

Ecumenical Walk of Witness and

Hesketh Bank Silver Band. Tickets £6

including afternoon tea, bookable on

01772 814817.

Our Lady’s Church Hall, Hesketh Lane,

Tarleton, PR4 6AS


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Local Authors Evening

Tuesday, November 5, 5:30pm-6:45pm

Join local authors including Carol Fenlon

in the celebration of Skelmersdale

Writers, plus refreshments.

Skelmersdale Library, Southway,

Skelmersdale, WN8 6NL

Hurlston Hall Fireworks

Tuesday, November 5, 5:30pm-10pm

A huge bonfire and jaw-dropping

fireworks display awaits you at Hurlston

Hall, along with delicious food and

drink. Tickets £5 per adult or £3 per child

on Eventbrite or 01704 840400.

Hurlston Hall, Hurlston Lane,

Scarisbrick, L40 8HB

Halsall Fireworks

Tuesday, November 5, 6pm-9pm

Expect hot food, a live DJ, and plenty of

sweets at this bonfire night celebration!

The fire will be lit at 6:30pm ahead of the

display at 7:15pm. Entry £5 per adult or

£1 per child.

Halsall Primary School, New Street,

Halsall, L39 8RR

Gone Cuckoo

Wednesday, November 6, 7pm-9pm

Storyteller Malcolm Green and musician

Joshua Green tells the story of a cuckoo

flying across Europe, and the stories he

collects along the way. Tickets £9 on the

door, teens go free.

Parbold WI Hall, Station Road, Parbold,

WN8 7NU

Gypsy the Musical

Weds, Nov 6 – Sat, Nov 9, 7:30pm

(2:15pm matinee on Sat)

Maghull Musical Theatre Company

presents the story of striptease artist

Gypsy Rose Lee and her mother. Tickets

available on 01695 632372.

Southport Little Theatre, Hoghton

Street, Southport, PR9 0PA

Just Voices Concert

Thursday, November 7, 7:30pm

Ladies a cappella choir Just Voices

present a night of music. Tickets £5

on the door including refreshments,

proceeds to the Birkdale Library &

Community Hub.

St. James Church, Lulworth Road,

Birkdale, PR8 2BQ

Rag Mama Rag

Saturday, November 9, 7:30pm-

10:30pm

A band with an extensive 20s and 30s

blues repertoire will have your feet

tapping! Tickets £8 on 01704 578003.

Edda, Liverpool Avenue, Ainsdale, PR8

3NE

Chances

Fri, Nov 8 & Sat, Nov 9, 7:30pm

The U3A Musical Theatre Group present

a musical for ages 16 and under:

‘Chances’ is a love story of fortune,

betrayal, chance encounters and

heartache. Tickets £8.50 per adult or £5

per child, available on 07912 879822.

Ormskirk Civic Hall, Southport Road,

Ormskirk, L39 1LN

Mawdesley Christmas Fair

Saturday, November 9, 10:30am-3pm

Support North West Blood Bikes and

have plenty of fun with tombolas, lucky

dips, games and much more, plus craft

and gift stalls. Free admission.

Mawdesley Methodist Church, New

Street, Mawdesley, L40 2QP

Road, Rail, Ships & Planes

Tuesday, November 12, 2pm

Local historian John Quirk presents a talk

about the history of local transport. Free,

booking required on 01704 874177.

Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby,

L37 4AN

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

Singing Showcase

Fri, Nov 15, 7:30pm & Sat, Nov 16,

1:30pm & 7:30pm

Singers from Artz Centre perform some

of the biggest musical theatre hits.

Tickets £6.50 from www.ticketsource.

co.uk/artzcentre

Lathom High School, Glenburn Road,

Skelmersdale, WN8 6JN

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 7DN

Autumn Spooktacular

Saturday, November 16, 7:30pm

Ormskirk Music Society present a spinetingling

programme of orchestral music

including Danse Macabre, A Night on

the Bare Mountain, the Mephisto Waltz,

songs from Harry Potter and more.

Tickets £10 per adult or £5 per under-18

from www.ormskirkmusicsociety.org.uk

St. John’s Church, School Lane,

Burscough, L40 4AE

Southport Lights Switch-On

Sunday, November 17, 1pm-5:30pm

Expect a day packed full of family

entertainment, fairground rides, live

music and a spectacular lights show on

the huge Christmas tree – headlined

by Peter Andre! Santa will also make an

appearance with his elves and reindeer.

Southport Promenade, PR9 0DZ


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Assistance Dogs Talk

Tues, Nov 19, 10:30am-11:30am

Deborah Cornwall of Dogs Trust and her

assistance dog Dillon present a talk on

the work of assistance dogs. £1 donation

requested, refreshments available.

Tarleton Library, Gorse Lane, Tarleton,

PR4 6UX

Folk Night

Wednesday, November 20, 6pm

Anglo-German duo Paul Walker and

Karen Pfeiffer present a night of beautiful

harmonies, guitar and stunning vocals.

Tickets £10 from chapelgallery.org.uk

Chapel Gallery, St. Helens Road,

Ormskirk, L39 4QR

Lancashire Night

Thursday, November 21, 7:30pm

Mark Dowding and Sid Calderbank

present Tacklers’ Tales, with music, a

quiz and hotpot supper. Bring your own

drinks. Tickets £10 on 0300 123 6703 or

from the library.

Parbold Library, The Common, Parbold,

WN8 7EA

Charity Tribute Night

Friday, November 22, 8pm

Viva La Coldplay host a night of great

music and raffle prizes in aid of Carla

Lane Animals in Need. Vegan and

vegetarian food will be on offer. Tickets

£10 from the venue.

Maghull Town Hall, Hall Lane, Maghull,

L31 7BB

Big & Little Trains Show

Saturday, November 23, 10am-2:30pm

Chorley & District Model Railway Society

bring Christmas-themed railway layouts

and a visit from a special little engine!

Free entry.

Ormskirk Library, Burscough Street,

Ormskirk, L39 2EN

Being Human Fest

Saturday, November 23, 11am-9:30pm

Celebrate The Atkinson’s new exhibition

and discover what made the Victorians

laugh, with joke-writing workshops,

cartooning, talks and more. Free entry,

tickets for talks bookable on 01704

533333.

The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport,

PR8 1DB

Wine Tasting

Saturday, November 23, 7pm

Join the Formby Squirrels Rotary Club

for a wine tasting event (with plenty of

cheese snacks). Learn more about wine

and enjoy a tipple. Tickets £15 on 07706

017221 or from squirrelbramhall@gmail.

com

Formby Luncheon Club, Rosemary

Lane, Formby, L37 3HA

Santa’s Arrival

Sunday, November 24, 11am-2pm

Meet Santa, Dobbie the reindeer and a

host of elves! There’ll be children’s crafts,

face painters and candyfloss, along with

some Star Wars special guests, donkey

rides and a teacup ride.

Dobbies, Bentham’s Way, Southport,

PR8 4HX

Christmas of Tales

Sunday, November 24, 12pm-6pm

Traditional folklore and tales of

Ormskirk, with festive stalls, food and a

funfair! The lights switch-on will delight

adults and children alike.

Ormskirk Town Centre

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Lights Switch-On

Sunday, November 24, 12pm-6pm

Sunny Bank Farm celebrate Christmas

with over 50,000 lights to raise money

for the Southport Charity Christmas

Parade - see special vehicles and a giant

snow globe, plus meet Santa and enjoy

food and drink.

Sunny Bank Farm, Gravel Lane,

Southport, PR9 8BY

Formby Lights Switch-On

Sunday, November 24, 2pm-7:30pm

Meet Frosty the Snowman, browse

Christmas market stalls, enjoy fairground

rides and live entertainment ahead of

the official lights switch-on! Free entry.

Formby Town Centre

Christmas Shopping Event

Monday, November 25, 5pm-8pm

Local businesses will display a variety

of gifts for Christmas – tables available

to book for £10, with donations to the

school PTFA.

Burscough Bridge Methodist Primary,

Orrell Lane, Burscough, L40 0SG

Flowers for Christmas

Monday, November 25, 7:30pm

Maghull & District Flower Club host

a Christmas demonstration with Sara

Barrow – an entertaining evening with

seasonal refreshments and raffle prizes.

£7 entry fee for non-members.

St. George’s Social Centre, Station

Road, Maghull, L31 3DF

Industry History Talk

Weds, Nov 27, 11:30pm-12:30pm

Local historian Dot Broady-Hawkes

presents an illustrated talk on the

history of industry in West Lancashire,

plus info about local heritage walks.

Free, booking required at the library.

Ormskirk Library, Burscough Street,

Ormskirk, L39 2EN

Charity Ladies Night

Thursday, November 28, 5pm-9pm

An evening of entertainment, beauty

treatments and special offers! Tickets £1

including a glass of bubbly on arrival, all

proceeds to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Dobbies, Bentham’s Way, Southport,

PR8 4HX

And a Nightingale Sang

Thurs, Nov 28 – Sat, Nov 30, 7pm

Douglas Drama Group present CP

Taylor’s play set in WWII, which follows a

family through the heartbreak, nostalgia

and surprising humour of the era. Tickets

£7.50 from DIY Centre Parbold.

Parbold WI, Station Road, Parbold,

WN8 7NU

The Spirit of Christmas

Friday, November 29, 7:30pm

The Occasional Singers present a feast of

seasonal music. Tickets £7.50 including

seasonal refreshments, bookable from

Mary on 01695 575432.

Ormskirk Parish Church, Church Street,

Ormskirk, L39 3RD

Rockin’ at the Fleetwood

Friday, November 29, 7:30pm

Enjoy a pre-festive warm-up with The

Fabulous Fontaines, The Rebels, Shooter

and more in support of Cancer Research

UK. Tickets £10 including a hotpot

supper and festive raffle, from 01704

227968 or 07773 337681.

Fleetwood Hesketh SSC, Fylde Road,

Southport, PR9 9XH

Winter Fair

Sat, Nov 30, 10:30am-12:30pm

Games for all ages, fabulous prizes

and a Chinese auction, along with lots

of refreshments! Free entry, proceeds

from the day go to the British Heart

Foundation.

Southport Christadelphians, Part

Street, Southport, PR8 1HY

Lydiate Christmas Fair

Saturday, November 30, 11am-3pm

Enjoy stalls including homemade crafts,

tombolas, raffles and a Santa’s Grotto.

Musical entertainment will take place

throughout.

Lydiate Village Centre, Lambshear

Lane, Lydiate, L31 2LA

Christmas Fair

Saturday, November 30, 1pm-4pm

A day of festivities with the Royal

British Legion including games and

activities, plenty of stalls and Santa’s

grotto! There’ll be a huge raffle and live

entertainment - free entry.

Byng House, Promenade, Southport,

PR8 1QU

Tarleton Christmas Market

Sunday, December 1, 12:30pm-4pm

Do some Christmas shopping, play

some games and enjoy festive food!

Tarleton Holy Trinity Primary School,

Church Road, Tarleton, PR4 6UP

Carols ‘Round the Tree

Wednesday, December 4, 6:30pm

Join the Red Admiral Band, Sing4Fun

and local schools to sing Christmas

carols around the tree. Dress warmly and

bring a torch! Traditional refreshments

available, more info on 01257 464431.

Parbold Village Hall, The Green,

Parbold, WN8 7DN

Once upon a Pantomime

Thurs, Dec 5 - Sat, Dec 7, 7:30pm (2pm

matinee on Sat)

Mawdesley Amateur Dramatics present

a family pantomime written by Emma

Meen. Tickets £8 per adult or £4 per

child at www.madsociety.co.uk or from

SPAR.

Mawdesley Village Hall, Hurst Green,

Mawdesley, L40 2QT


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Jack and the Beanstalk -

A GIANT of a pantomime at Southport Theatre

This year Southport Theatre is home to the biggest panto of them all with the fabulous Jack

and the Beanstalk starring 5ive’s Ritchie Neville as Jack, and Local Life have two family tickets

to give away.

The Trots are so poor they don’t have a bean to their name, and what is more there is a giant

terrifying the village. Come and see if Jack can defeat the giant, win the heart of the girl he loves

and turn the Trots’ fortunes around.

Once again Southport Theatre will have all the ingredients for a perfect family panto, with star

casting to be announced, a dastardly villain, a hapless comic and a hilarious panto dame, as well

as spectacular sets and costumes, fabulous songs and dances and bags of slapstick fun!

Book your tickets now as Jack and the Beanstalk is a pantomime not to be missed!

To enter the competition to win one of two family tickets to Jack and the Beanstalk at Southport

Theatre this December simply visit our website, www.locallife247.co.uk, click on ‘Free Stuff’ and

then on ‘Competitions’ and then answer the following question;

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winners will be notified within five working days. Entrants must be over 16 years of age.

Only one entry per household. Local Life 247 cannot accept responsibility for entries that do

not reach us. Employees of Local Life 247 Ltd and their families are not eligible to enter this

competition. A family ticket is 1 Adult and 3 Children OR 2 Adults and 1 Child.


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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-to-follow eightmile

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 morning.

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 Lane.

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


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Back Lane

Highfield House

Croston

Sollom

Sewage

Works

Croston

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

A581 Meadow

Lane

Finney Lane

Farm

A59

River Douglas

Rufford

Old Hall

Rufford

Rufford

For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:

JT-RuffordCroston-Circular


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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 onto the road and turn right toward

Croston. Ignore the turning onto the industrial estate

and just before the bridge goes over the railway,

turn right and follow the path running parallel to

the 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 a 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 well-set cobbles).

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


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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.

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.

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear

whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure

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

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to

any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions

resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.

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Lexus Luxury

Lexus’ UX 250 will certainly turn heads, and not from

the noise. Its striking looks and angles make for a

distinctive and arresting aesthetic. Not everyone will

like it, but it’s far more interesting than a BMW or Audi.

The rear lamps connect in a high-tech looking fullwidth

strip. Triggered by ambient light levels, the autoilluminating

front LED lights give the aggressive front

a poised stance, and the huge front grille that wraps

around the front is unlike anything else on the market.

Interior

The front of the UX’s cabin is where Lexus excels. The

space feels generous and welcoming, and material

quality is excellent. As usual, Lexus touts its superior

craftsmanship – called Takumi – and named the topend

trim package after it. Several other trim options

are available, as well as the standard model.

The seats are comfortable, but rear space is limited.

Passenger storage is reasonable, but not superb.

There’s a smallish glovebox and front door bins, along

with a central armrest cubby and a couple of cup

holders. Rear-seat passengers are served with a couple

of map pockets but no door bins.

The Drive

The UX combines precise steering with good body

control and resilient grip to feel quite keen in corners.

It doesn’t wobble the way a tall SUV might, due to its

lower centre of gravity. This combined with a seating

position lower than other SUVs, the UX feels more carlike

to manoeuvre.

The brake pedal can feel awkward, owing to the

hybrid system trying to balance regenerative braking

to charge the battery with conventional deceleration.

Speaking of the hybrid system, it features a new

four-cylinder 176bhp 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid

powertrain with direct-shift continuously variable

transmission (CVT). It is self-charging and benefits

from regenerative braking, so there’s no plug to worry

about. Economy estimates of 68.9-65.7mpg and

emissions of 96-103g/km CO2 (for the 17- and 18-inch

wheel front-wheel drive models) should prove useful

in driving down your carbon footprint.

Infotainment System

Lexus’ unique infotainment system can leave users

wanting. The sat nav, for example, is awkward and

notoriously fiddly. It’s an older postcode-based system,

which makes searching by house or road number first

impossible, and a limited database prevents some

destinations from being entered. There’s no Apple

CarPlay or Android Auto either, despite there being

two USB ports available.


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A highly sensitive mousemat-like controller is used

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Luckily, the UX’s panel of physical buttons below the

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Winter

Hanging Baskets

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot

for hanging baskets – they are

a great way to create your own

miniature gardening space, do

exactly what you want by the way

of colours clashing or subtle, and

once they’ve started to grow away

and establish they’re a perfect

way to make even the gloomiest

back yard look more cheerful,

or the prettiest patio look even

more gorgeous. Making a hanging

basket is not difficult, and within

a few weeks of planting one up

you’ll wish you had made more.

Although traditionally a summer

planting feature, hanging baskets work just as well for

the winter months, so why not create a few seasonal

splashes of colour to keep your spirits up over the

coming months?

Although traditionally a summer

planting feature, baskets work just

as well for the winter months

Plenty of plants make for a good colourful basket, so

start with a visit to your local garden centre or nursery

to see what is available. There are lots of plants you

might use, including winter-flowering pansies (I am

fond of the purple and yellow varieties) and heathers,

Gaultheria with its waxy red berries, dianthus for late

autumn into early winter and assorted miniature

shrubs, including variegated Pieris, Choisya ternata

‘Sundance’ and variegated euonymus that will help

give structure and colour. The shrubs have the

potential to grow to full size eventually but meanwhile

look great in a container for a year or two before being

planted in the garden.

You will also need a liner and I recommend a thicker,

almost felt-like one as this helps to provide plenty

of insulation for when temperatures drop, as well as

keeping the compost and plants in place. In addition

you’ll need a basket (you can always reuse a summer

one, no need to spend more than necessary), and I

suggest a 35cm (14”) diameter one as it can take more

plants and, because it is larger, resists cold better. You’ll

also need some compost.

There is nothing worse than trying to plant up a basket

that keeps rolling about, so stand it in a large flower

pot before you start. Once the liner is firmly in place,

remove the chain at one anchor point or else it will get

in the way as you try to plant. You can reattach it later.

The liner will protrude above the edges of the basket

at this stage but a little rim helps to keep the compost


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in place. Use good quality multi-purpose compost,

firming it gently, and fill the basket about half full.

Mesh baskets are great because you can plant through

the sides with ease. Cut holes in the liner then insert

small plants such as pansies at regular intervals

around the sides of the basket. It usually damages the

plants less if you insert them from the outside inwards

– that way they may suffer a little root damage but the

foliage and any flowers remain undamaged. Nestle the

roots into the compost and make sure that the liner is

back in position after the last plant is in place.

Now add more compost to cover the roots of the

winter-flowering pansies or other side plantings and

firm again gently. Next get the central plant in place

and add three more upright plants such as miniature

shrubs, equally spaced around the edges.

For extra colour, add more winter bedding around

the very outermost edge of the basket. Pinch out

any faded flowers as you go then add more compost,

carefully filling in any gaps before you water it in

thoroughly.

Your hanging basket will soon fill out and become even

more colourful. Give the roots a chance to establish by

standing the basket in a sheltered spot for a week or

two before hanging it in position, just watering it if

necessary. Regular deadheading and removal of faded

flowers plus a feed with a high potash fertiliser after

about a month will keep it looking great, well into the

spring.

By Pippa Greenwood

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you’ll find some great gardening items: lots of great

natural pest controls, stylish cloches, practical and pretty

plant supports, the fantastic SpeedHoe, gardening tools,

planters, raised bed kits, Grower Frames, signed books

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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

A5209

B5250

Open:

Dennis Goulding

J27

Shevington

A49

Standish

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

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

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Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

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Cricket Str et Busine s Park

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

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