Local Life - Chorley - December 2019


Chorley's FREE local lifestyle magazine.


Chorley Edition

December 2019

Santa Experiences

Pages 12-15

Christmas Recipes Special

Pages 34-37

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So Here It Is…

It’s seemed a long time coming, but the big day is

just around the corner. Of course I’m referring to the

general election which in 649 areas in the UK is a

big deal but in Chorley it’s a bit of a non-event. Once

that’s out of the way though, we can stick Noddy

& Co. on loop and get on with enjoying Christmas.

Why is it so difficult for a morally upstanding,

vigorous and dynamic leader, ideally with a bit of

life experience, to rise to the top job in this country?

Did you know that in Bhutan, Dr Lotay Tshering,

one of the most accomplished surgeons in this

Himalayan country only practices on a Saturday, as

he is busy during the week running the country? So

that’s a bit of an extreme example, but you get my

point surely?

We’ll put politics to bed now and get on with

sending you into December with a cracker of a

Christmas issue. Don’t miss the Santa Experience

feature on pages 12-15, the definitive guide to

enhance your children’s/grandchildren’s Christmas,

we’ve got a comprehensive festive Events2Go

guide on pages 44-47, ideas for Christmas presents,

festive recipes and much more.

And to thank you readers for allowing us into your

homes for another year, we’ve been shopping

and pulled together an amazing luxury Christmas

Hamper for one lucky reader! Check out the

hamper competition on pages 32-33 and don’t

forget to enter online by midnight on Monday 16th


And my wish for Christmas?

That whatever the outcome of the election is, that

we all accept it with good grace, embrace the

belated season of goodwill, and resolve not to

mention politics again until the New Year hangover


All the very best,

Chris Pearce, Publisher


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38 Puzzle Pages

44 Events2Go

48 Jack’s Tracks


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6 Local News

40 Health

51 Pets

52 Gardening

54 Motoring

56 Home Services

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News & Features

Candidates Announced

The list of candidates standing for election as

Members of Parliament at the General Election on

December 12 has been announced.

Chorley candidates are:

Independent: Mark Brexit-Smith

Speaker: Sir Lindsay Hoyle

Green: James Melling

South Ribble candidates are:

Lib Dem: Jo Barton

Green: Andy Fewings

Conservative: Katherine Fletcher

Labour: Kim Snape

Community Christmas

St. Laurence’s Church on Union Street is hosting

a free Christmas dinner for anyone who would

appreciate food and company on Christmas Day.

Just head along to the Refectory on the day – a

traditional dinner will be served at 12pm and again

at 1:30pm, and all are welcome.

Homeless Hounds

An appeal has been launched in Lancashire to help

dogs who will be spending the festive season in


Simply fill a shoebox with new or good condition

dog toys, collars, leads, treats or other doggy-related

items to cheer up a pup this Christmas. Operation

Santapaws boxes can then be dropped off at various

donation points across Lancashire, including The

Shed on Fazakerley Street in Chorley.

Craft a Christingle

Spendmore Lane Methodist Church in Coppull will

host a Christingle service on Sunday, December 22.

Sing some well-known carols and hear the story

of Christmas, before taking away your very own


The service runs from 6pm-7pm.

Festival of Firs

St. Peter’s Church on Harpers Lane will host a

Christmas tree festival this month in fundraising

efforts for their stained glass windows.

£100,000 is needed to save the two beautiful

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Nature Trail Nursery, Rivington Park Care Home and

Foster Field Day Care Centre have styled a tree for the


Each of the organisations will be decorating their

own tree to display at the church, where visitors

can browse crafts stalls and enjoy refreshments. The

festival runs from Friday, December 6 until Saturday,

December 9 at the church.

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A Croston Christmas

The Croston village lights will be switched on at

5pm on Sunday, December 1. Villagers and visitors

can meet on the village green for carol singing and

the official switch-on, performed by students from

Trinity & St. Michael’s Junior School.

A week later on Sunday, December 8 the village

Christmas fair will take place in the centre of

Croston from 1pm, featuring plenty of artisan craft

stalls, entertainment from Morris & Folk, Blackpool

Circus students, folk dancers and magicians, there’ll

be something for everyone in the picturesque

village this festive season.

A children’s funfair will also be set up, while St.

Michael’s Church will host music from the Red

Admirals Academy and Croston Singers. Vintage

tractor rides will transport visitors from the Green

to Santa’s Grotto at Croston Sports Club.

Finally, the grand raffle will be drawn at 4:30pm,

before Santa makes his grand exit at 4:45pm. Join

a torchlight procession to Trinity & St. Michael’s

Church at 5pm for a short carol service with

Eccleston Brass Band.

For updates, keep an eye on the Croston Village

Festivities page on Facebook.

Art Exhibition

Tired of the dreary weather outside? Cheer yourself

up with some great art in Chorley this month.

Wildlife artist Colin Brown heads to the Coach House

Art Gallery at Astley Hall, where his black and white

wildlife exhibition will be on display until Sunday,

December 22.

Catch Andrew Marland’s exhibition ‘The Industrial

Tourist’ on the same dates, which examines the

changing industrial landscape of the North of

England through photography.



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Santa Experiences

Manchester’s Ice Village

Knowsley Safari Park


Until December 24

Grotto tickets £7.50 per child

Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG

Get in the festive mood this season with

Manchester’s Ice Village! Not only can the kids go

and meet Santa, but grown-ups can head to the

unmissable Ice Tiki Bar, while families show off their

skills at the ice skating rink. Meet a giant ice dragon

in the Ice Cavern, sit in a regal ice carriage, see if you

can escape a giant ice block

and get a real frozen

experience! There’ll

also be festive

market stalls to

browse and

delicious food

on offer.


Selected dates until December 23

Tickets £7.50 (under-3s go free). Santa’s Grotto

must be booked separately at £7.50 per child.

Prescot, L34 4AN

Get Enchanted at Knowsley Safari Park after

dark! Your path will be lit with magical lights and

illuminated animals as you traverse the foot safari

– plus, enjoy festive food, music and meet Santa at

his grotto!

You’re really in for an enchanting experience

with charming animals, and the chance to make

wonderful memories in time for Christmas.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Until December 21

Tickets £10 per child, £3

per adult (under-1s go free)

Shorrocks Hill, Formby, L37 2EB


On cold, crisp winter nights, you’ll find Santa and

his elves tucked away in the enchanted forest.

Explore the Formby woodlands, discover a

giant candy house, and a mini locomotive

travelling through Santa’s mini village.

Families can try dancing with Dancing

Davina in a purpose-built studio, write

letters to Santa at elf writing school, and

visit Father Christmas himself in his log

cabin. Finally, capture beautiful pictures in

a giant human snow globe!


Tatton Park


Dates until December 22

Grotto tickets £6.50 per child, £7 per adult

(admission to Christmas Mansion £10 per adult,

£7 per child)

Mereheath Drive, Knutsford, WA16 6SG

The fairy godmother is waiting to lead you on an

enchanting journey through magical woodlands to

Tatton Park’s Christmas Mansion. Follow the sweetie

trail through the forest and to the servants’ quarters,

where you’ll enter the Witch’s gingerbread house.

Meander through grand staterooms in the mansion

itself, see Cinderella’s magnificent pumpkin coach

and beautiful Christmas trees bedecked in lights!

Children can meet Santa Claus and make reindeer

food at the farm, and there’ll be festive brass, choral

concerts and delicious seasonal food available, as

well as plenty of opportunities to stock up on stocking

fillers! Pose

for a selfie on

Santa’s sleigh, enjoy

storytellers, face painters and

a traditional live nativity – the magic really does

come alive for the festive season at Tatton.


Farmer Teds

Dunham Massey


Dates until December 23

Tickets £20 per child, £9.75 per adult, £7.50 per


Flatman’s Ln, Ormskirk, L39 7HW

Farmer Ted’s is transformed into a winter

wonderland each December – visitors can stroll

down magical high street Candy Cane Lane to

discover an animated reindeer and donkey show

or enjoy a performance from the resident elf band.

Nearby, the Reindeer Food Factory will help you

make the perfect treat to leave on your lawn for

Santa’s reindeers.

Later, meet Santa in his workshop, write a postcard

with your festive wishes on at Elf School, build a

snowman and post for a picture in the Christmas

carriage! A 4D cinema will show Boris’s Christmas

Adventure, there’ll be real reindeer for you to meet,

and so many photo opportunities along the way.


Until December 30

Tickets £17.50 per adult, £11 per child (under-3s go


Altrincham, WA14 4SJ

Dunham Massey’s winter trail is one of the most

anticipated family attractions of the season. The

grand avenue will be replanted with gigantic

flowers, brought to life with light projections. Head

through vortex tunnels, see reflections made by

fire on water, and watch in awe as lights tumble

from the undergrowth in a spectacular show of


Your walk under the stars will be finished off with

spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate as you

gather around the fire-pit to toast marshmallows.

For the little ones, a traditional funfair with a helter

skelter, Victorian carousel and more awaits; if you’re

lucky, you might even spot Santa and his helpers.

Wayfarers Arcade


Dates until December 24

Tickets £5 per child (£14 x 3, £18 x 4)

Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1NY

Make Christmas truly magical in the traditional

Victorian shopping arcade at Wayfarers, Southport.

Santa will be in residence to hand out gifts to the

children in the stunning setting of the arcade.


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Until December 24

Tickets £8.50 per child, £5.50 per adult

Stretford, Manchester, M17 8AA

The wonderful world of Beatrix Potter comes to

Manchester this Christmas with the immersive

Peter Rabbit Grotto.

Meet Squirrel Nutkin, decorate elf biscuits with Mrs

Tiggy-Winkle, and keep your eyes peeled for the

sneaky Mr Tod in his lair. Actors bring the world of

Beatrix Potter to life as you travel to meet Santa and

receive a special Christmas gift.

plenty of festive

fun going on around

Chorley along the way. Tickets

are currently on a waiting list basis.

Delamere Forest

Hoghton Tower

Chorley’s Santa Express


Until December 15

Grotto tickets £8 per child, £2 per adult

Whitefield Car Park, Oakmere, Frodsham, WA6 8LH

Feel the crunch of winter leaves under your wellies

as you follow the Christmas trails at Delamere Forest!

Whether you’re picking up your real Christmas tree,

enjoying steaming cups of hot chocolate, or visiting

Santa in his woodland grotto, there’s something

for everyone this Christmas. Children will receive a

baby tree to take home and a small gift from Santa.


Dates until December 22

Tickets £10 per child, £5 per adult

Chorley, PR7 1BD

Travel from Market Street to the beautiful setting of

Astley Park on the magical Santa Express train! Santa

himself will be residing in Astley Hall’s Inlaid Room to

hand out presents and listen to Christmas lists, with


Dates until December 22

Tickets £7.50 per child (adults go free)

Preston, PR5 0SH

Marvel at the magic of Christmas in the beautiful

Banqueting Hall of Hoghton Tower. Father Christmas

awaits you by a roaring log fire, and will make sure

he knows exactly what each child would like to

see under the tree on Christmas morning!

Receive a gift from underneath

the beautiful Christmas tree

and take some magical

photographs with

Santa and his elves.

An enchanting

carol service

with Hoghton in

Harmony will take

place with Santa

on December 21st &

22nd, with a Christmas

crafting session in the

Smoking Room.


Small Business


Grassroots campaign Small Business Saturday returns

this month, uniting small businesses across the UK

and encouraging shoppers to support independent

traders in their local area.

On Saturday, December 7, the focus will be on

the successes and achievements of these local

companies. Not only do you help out the local

economy when you shop local, but you help to

create more jobs locally and are often getting

something more original than heading to the

high street. Shopping locally even helps the

environment, with products often locally sourced

and fewer miles travelled to the store for customers


Last year, an estimated £812 million was spent in

small businesses across the UK on Small Business


In Chorley, independent bicycle retailers The Bike

Cabin stocks everything a keen cyclist could ever

need. Along with a range of new bikes from brands

like White Industries, Empire, Swobo and Singular,

the shop stocks refurbished bikes, parts and cycling

accessories to get you on (or off!) the road. Resident

mechanic and owner Ben has spent fifteen years

in the cycling industry, building custom bikes and

repairing broken ones, there’s nary a problem he

hasn’t solved.

Ben decided to get involved in Small Business

Saturday last year, in order to spread the word

about his business. ‘We love initiatives like Small

Business Saturday as they really put us on the map,’

he says. ‘It’s a way to let people know what we do

and to celebrate local businesses like us. We like

to be part of the local community and that’s what

small businesses have always been about.’

Small Business Saturday is a great way for

independent businesses to support each other,

share ideas, and promote one another. ‘Working

together definitely makes us stronger,’ Ben


Over in Market Street, independent opticians Eye

Designs are also members of the Small Business

Saturday scheme. The family-run practice pride

themselves on offering the best quality of eye care

products and the biggest choice of glasses to their

customers, along with the highest level of customer

service they can.

Owners Karen and Paul established the practice

back in 2002, with daughter Sara and sons Stephen

and Anthony also getting involved in the business.

‘Small Business Saturday is a great platform to

showcase what we can offer, and dedicates a day

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network of 50 small independent firms

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New family traditions

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Have a jolly day out at Rufford Old Hall to experience a

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Discouraged by the spectacular sell-outs of

CADOS’s popular pantomime and Chorley Town

Hall’s inaugural production of Jack & the Beanstalk?

No need! There are plenty more pantos happening


St. Ambrose Players present Alice in Wonderland at

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until Saturday, December 7. Follow Alice down the

rabbit hole in true festive fashion this Christmas.

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Pupils praised for detective work

Year 6 pupils from Mawdesley St. Peter’s CofE

School were praised by the Archbishop of York after

their research led to a soldier’s name being added

to the village war memorial.

Gunner Richard Southworth lived at Moss View

Cottage on New Street, Mawdesley, and was

wounded in the First World War. He died shortly

after in 1920 from his injuries, aged 35. As a result,

his name was never added alongside those of

his comrades from Mawdesley on the memorial;

but, thanks to some detective work from

class teacher Heidi Jackson and her pupils,

Southworth’s name is now inscribed with his

fellow soldiers.

efforts, and was cleaned up in time for November’s

Remembrance Day service.

Archbishop of York, The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr.

John Sentamu commented: ‘The Year 6 pupils […]

have done some amazing work. In discovering

more about people such as Gunner Southworth

and in looking at how we can serve others and help

in our own communities, we truly discover and

learn more about ourselves in the process.’

The children then appealed to local Royal British

Legion Poppy Appeal organiser Heide Bamford,

who discussed the issue with Mawdesley

Parish Council. Richard Southworth’s name was

finally added to the memorial thanks to their

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Style your home this Christmas

Our top tips will help you create a warm and welcoming look.

A wreath on the front door

A front-door wreath provides a wonderful festive

welcome. There is an enormous variety of readymade

wreaths to choose from, or make your own,

using leaves, flowers and seed heads from the garden.

An impressive tree

Britain’s most popular Christmas tree is the

Nordmann fir, while the Norway spruce is cheaper

but drops needles unless watered frequently. When

buying a cut tree, sawing half an inch off the trunk

will help it absorb water. Remove unneeded lowdown

or interior branches, and position your tree

away from sunny windows and radiators. Wind with

an even distribution of lights and garlands and add

ornaments, hanging them in the centre of branches

and at the tips to create depth and interest.

Mantelpieces, balustrades and pictures

Drape fir, ivy, holly and lush green foliage along

mantelpieces and the tops of pictures, and

wind among balustrades. Add pine

cones, baubles, strings of LED lights

and battery-operated candles for a

gorgeous display.

Candles everywhere

Nothing says Christmas like

warm, flickering candlelight,

but keep them away from

decorations and extinguish

them before going to bed

or leaving the house. Better

still, use battery-operated

LED candles in the form of

tea lights, pillars or bridge


Piles of presents

Presents look better when

colour-coordinated and criss-

crossed with


and bows.


paper looks

lovely with a

hand crafted

label, or why

not consider

wrapping in fabric

or employing a

reusable box. Finish with

a tiny pine cone, small bauble

or home-made iced biscuit.

Setting the table

Set out a special runner and your best crockery,

perhaps with plates that layer in colour or have gold

edging. Add glassware and cutlery then finish with

greenery, pine cones, candles, baubles and other

small-scale decorations, plus hand-written place


Hang up stockings

Both children and adults can hang stockings, and if

you don’t have a handy mantelpiece try a peg rail,

branch, coat hooks or stocking hooks.

Card arrangements

Christmas cards are a lovely way to decorate

your home. Display them in neat rows on a shelf

or mantelpiece, tucked into mirrors and picture

frames, stapled to ribbons and hung alongside the

staircase (weighted with a bauble or pine cone) or

from rows of string using mini wooden pegs.

Decorative displays

Use illuminated ornaments or a few poinsettias in

pots, some bowls of clove-studded oranges and a

few baubles or fairy lights in a glass bowl or vase for

a sparkly effect.


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music can help improve mental wellbeing, and

inspire memories in people living with dementia.

‘We all have very personal tracks that transport us

back to and give us a strong feeling and flavour of

our earlier life,’ Janet says. ‘When memories and a

sense of who we are, are fading fast, music has the words of a song from their past,’ Janet continues.

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A Winter


by Jess Phillips

Is there anywhere more picturesque than

Lancashire in the winter? From the snow-covered

hills of Rivington to the stretching icy waterways

of Yarrow Valley Park, Chorley in particular is

transformed into a photographer’s dream – one

that local photographer Bernard Noblett was quick

to realise. Now he’s turning that dream into a charity

venture in the form of a calendar to raise money for

Derian House.

White Coppice

A self-professed ‘dabbler’ in photography from

an early age, Bernard has lived in Chorley all his

life, and has spent the last ten years building his

local portfolio. ‘I could spend hours travelling to

more obvious photographic destinations,’ Bernard

admits, ‘but I think that if you just look around you,

you can find countless subjects.’

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Among Bernard’s favourite spots to take pictures

in Chorley are the moors from Brinscall through to

Rivington. ‘There’s a huge amount of variety in the

landscape there,’ he tells me. ‘You can easily switch from

being on very desolate moors to beautiful hamlets like

White Coppice in a matter of minutes.’

Bernard’s calendar will feature twelve scenes from

around Chorley in order to raise money for the local

children’s hospice. The final photos are selected by fans

on social media by number of likes, though Bernard

does always try to squeeze in a picture of some sheep!

And for local photographers just starting out? Bernard

has some advice: ‘Just give it a go. With digital cameras,

if you don’t like what you take just delete it. I find the

best way of learning how to take photos

is by experimenting and seeing what

works for you.’

Bernard’s calendars are available

for purchase until Christmas at the

Derian House shop on Cleveland



Croston Concert

A festive concert with KTB Music will take place at St.

Michael’s & All Angels Church in Croston on Friday,

December 13 at 7pm.

Entry costs £5 including refreshments, with a raffle

also taking place on the night in aid of church funds.

For more information, visit www.KTBmusic.com

Winter Walks

Darker nights and colder weather shouldn’t stop

you from getting out and about this winter. With

two guided walks taking place in Chorley, you’ve no

excuse not to get active!

On Sunday, December 15, head out with the Rangers

on the Duxbury Circular trail from Yarrow Valley to

Duxbury, taking in the beautiful winter colours. Meet

at Treeface Cafe in Yarrow Valley Park at 10am.

Another guided walk takes place on Thursday,

January 2 at 10am, taking in much of Yarrow Valley

Park and Astley Park.

Suitable footwear and warm clothing is

recommended for both walks.

Public Consultation

Chorley Library will host an information event in

January to give residents an opportunity to learn

more about the Local Plan.

Attendees can meet their Local Plan officers, discuss

key issues and site options for your ward, borough

and wider area. It takes place on Saturday, January

25 from 10am-1pm - for more information, call

01257 515555.

Learn the Ukulele

Asked Santa for a ukulele this Christmas? Why not

make use of a beginners’ ukulele workshop with Life

Long Song?

It takes place at Primrose Gardens on Fleet Street on

Saturday, January 11 from 10:30am-12:30pm, and

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A Winter Wonderland

Christmas is out in full force in Chorley, with the real

ice rink returning to the town centre from Saturday,

December 7 until Sunday, January 5. The town will

be transformed into a wintery wonderland - you’ll

find the ice rink on St. Thomas’ Square behind the

Town Hall.

Skating sessions cost £6 with skate hire included,

and plenty of penguin aids will be available for

beginners! For more information about the ice rink,

call 01257 515151.

Santa’s postbox will also be set up in the centre of

Market Walk for little ones to post their letter to

Father Christmas. Listen out for a special greeting as

the post falls into the slot!

Late night shopping will also take place in the town

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Local Life was launched back in 2008, and the

Chorley edition followed soon after in 2013. The

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of any newspaper or magazine in the Chorley area,

and is delivered door to door to over 26,000 homes

on a regular basis.

In addition to our Chorley magazine, we publish

A5-sized magazines each month for the Wigan and

St Helens areas, and we also produce a premium B5-

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Southport and Formby area. In addition to our

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advertise anywhere else than in the pages of Local

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Christmas Recipes

Festive Red Cabbage



Ginger & Orange-

Glazed Baby Carrots


900g baby carrots, washed and scrubbed

50g butter

25g piece ginger, peeled and finely grated

2tbsp clear honey

Zest 1 orange

Salt and pepper


1 Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and

add the carrots. Simmer for five minutes until

slightly tender, then drain.

2 In a wide pan, heat the butter until melting, then

add the carrots, ginger, honey and orange zest.

Cook over a medium heat for 25-30 minutes,

turning them gently every now and then, until

the carrots start to go golden and sticky.

3 Keep turning every now and again until all sides

are browning.

4 Season well before serving.


1tbsp vegetable oil

2 large onions, finely chopped

1 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

150ml red wine

1 red cabbage (about 900g) shredded

2tbsp dark brown soft sugar

2 Bramley apples, peeled and chopped

Salt and pepper




1 Heat the oil in a large, flameproof casserole dish,

add the onions and cook on a medium heat for

eight to 10 minutes, then add the star anise and

cinnamon stick.

2 Pour in the wine and let it simmer until slightly


3 Add the cabbage, sugar and apples, and stir well.

4 Season well, cover and simmer on a low heat for

three hours, stirring every now and again.

5 Once the cabbage is tender, check the seasoning.

6 Serve in a bowl with the star anise and cinnamon

stick on top.

7 Can be made one to two days in advance, or

frozen for up to four months - simply reheat on

the hob before serving.

Triple Nut & Apple Stuffing Balls


2tbsp linseeds

1 red onion, halved

1tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing

200g mixed nuts of your choice (we used a

combination of pecans, hazelnuts and pistachios)

400g can cooked green lentils in water, drained

50g breadcrumbs

Small bunch sage, chopped

1 small apple, grated

Salt and pepper





1 Put the linseeds in a small bowl and mix with

two tablespoons water, then set aside for five

to 10 minutes, until the water thickens to a gluey


2 Meanwhile, place the onion in a food processor and whizz until

finely chopped.

3 Heat the oil in a frying pan, tip in the onion and cook for five minutes, until softened.

4 Tip the nuts into the food processor and whizz until coarsely chopped.

5 Sprinkle three tablespoons of the nuts over a plate and set aside.

6 Add the lentils, breadcrumbs, sage, apple, linseeds (and any liquid in the bowl), onion and plenty of

seasoning to the processor.

7 Pulse to blend the mixture until just combined - don’t chop too finely or the stuffing will lose its nice

nutty texture.

8 Line a baking tray with foil and grease with a little oil.

9 Remove the blade from the processor and oil your hands.

10 Scoop out walnut-sized chunks of stuffing, roll into balls, then roll on the plate of chopped nuts to coat.

11 Place on the prepared baking tray. Can be covered with cling film and chilled for up to two days, or frozen

for two months.

12 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas mark 6.

13 Unwrap (if chilled) and bake for 25-30 minutes until the nuts are a little darker and the balls have firmed

up slightly - they will be softer than traditional stuffing balls, but will firm up after a few minutes cooling.

14 If you’re cooking from frozen, bake for 35-40 minutes.


Salted Maple-Roasted Parsnips


600g parsnips, peeled and


2tbsp vegetable oil

3tbsp maple syrup

3 thyme sprigs, leaves picked

Sea salt


1 Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/Gas mark 7.

2 Put the parsnips in a large roasting tin with the oil, maple

syrup, thyme leaves and some sea salt flakes.

3 Roast for 35-40 minutes until soft and sticky.

4 Scatter over a few more sea salt flakes before serving.

Creamed Sprouts with Chestnuts


900g Brussels sprouts,


2 onions, finely chopped

2tsp vegetable oil

50g butter

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 vegetable stock cube,


250ml double cream

1tsp freshly grated nutmeg,

plus extra to serve

200g vacuum-packed

chestnuts, roughly chopped

Salt and pepper






1 Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the sprouts and cook for

three to four minutes until slightly tender.

2 Drain and rinse under cold water.

3 Meanwhile, very gently fry the onions in the oil and half the butter for

about 10 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and stock cube and cook for two

minutes, stirring, until everything is combined, then remove from the heat.

4 Roughly chop the sprouts by hand or in a food processor, then stir them in

with the onions and the rest of the butter, along with the double cream and


5 Put back on the heat and cook until the cream is bubbling. Season to taste..

6 Toss in the chestnuts and sprinkle over a little extra nutmeg to serve.


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40 Health & Fitness


Food Swaps

After weeks of festive foodie temptations, it’s easy to

start the New Year a few pounds heavier and feeling

far from fit. But the alternative isn’t avoiding treats

altogether: it’s choosing the swaps you can live with.

Start as You Mean to Go On

If you must have a starter, keep it small and light.

SWAP creamy soups or cheese laden dishes for:

• A small prawn cocktail with fresh lettuce and

a little low-fat dressing (if you must add bread,

stick to half a slice of wholemeal).

• A small fresh fruit cocktail.

• A small bowl of cream-free soup.

The Main Event


• Duck or goose for turkey or a lean cut of red meat.

• Butter-basting your turkey for removing the skin

(reducing the calories by nearly a third and fat by

more than half).

• Sausage meat for vegetarian sausage mix in


• Goose fat or lard etc. for a low-fat vegetablebased

oil or spray oil.

• Some of your roast potatoes for crispy jacket

potatoes (not mash: the added milk and butter is

its downfall).

• Roasted vegetables for steamed ones.

Your Just Desserts

113g (a quarter) of a standard Christmas pud usually

has 375-400 calories and 40-50g of sugar, although

they are relatively low in fat. Fancy something

healthier? Try 113g of:

• Morrison’s Very Berry Strudel (287 calories, 18g

sugar, 13g fat)

• Sainsbury’s Mixed Berry Trifle Desert (171

calories, 21g sugar, 7g fat)


• Elmlea double cream (351 calories, 4g sugar, 36g

fat per 100ml) for

• Sainsbury’s low-fat yogurt (62 calories, 7g of

sugar, 1g fat per 100g)

Raise Your Glass – Not Your Blood Pressure

Alcohol is usually high in sugar and calories:

consider swapping 175ml glasses of some alcoholic

drinks for these delicious alternatives.

Bollinger champagne (133 calories) for

• J2O Spritz watermelon (35 calories)

Dry River Pinot Grigio (158 calories) for:

• Welch’s White Grape, Pear and Apple Juice (35


Echo Falls Merlot (125 calories) for:

• Asda Grape, Apple and Raspberry Juice (100


Choose your swaps wisely and you

could save pounds of both kinds.

Merry Christmas!

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Six Tips for a

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1: Reduce your infection risk

Colds and flu are rife at this time of year, and while

being cold cannot give you a cold (only a virus can

do that) it can stress your body and lower your

immunity. Take extra care with hygiene and take

antibacterial hand gel with you when you go out.

2: Keep exercising

Exercise can boost your immune system, release

endorphins that make you feel better and warm

you up, too. Bundle up and stay safe by avoiding

exercising when its icy and wearing bright,

reflective clothes if you’re out in the dark.

If the winter weather does put you off, consider

indoor alternatives: swimming, indoor climbing,

exercise classes, a local gym, a new exercise DVD or

some home gym equipment like an exercise bike.

The NHS has some great free exercise routines.

Check out www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise and

click on ‘fitness guides’ for a range of ten-minute

workouts and exercises, or www.nhs.uk/conditions/

nhs-fitness-studio for online exercise videos.

3: Get enough daylight, fresh air and

vitamin D supplements!

Tempting as it might be, hibernating indoors isn’t

great for your health. Your body uses sunlight to

regulate your body clock and create vitamin D, an

essential vitamin for building strong teeth, muscle

and bone. However, while daylight helps, between

October and early March in the UK there’s not

enough of it for you to make sufficient vitamin D,

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Being too cold puts stress on your body. When the

temperature drops below 8°C, some people are at

increased risk of mental or physical illness, especially

if they’re over 65, disabled, pregnant, have young

children (under school age), have a mental health

condition or have a long-term health condition.

Low temperatures increase vulnerability to heart

attacks, stroke, flu, pneumonia, hypothermia,

falls and injuries, and can worsen mental health

conditions like depression and dementia.

Keep your home heated to at least 18°C and use

hot water bottles, heat packs or electric blankets.

Try a hot bath, have hot drinks and eat for warmth

(hot cereals, soups and stews). Pre-warm clothes

on a radiator or in your airing cupboard, and once

you’re outdoors try to breathe through your nose,

as this warms air before it reaches your lungs. Wear

layers, warm gloves and a hat. If you have Raynaud’s

Disease, use hand dryers for warmth, wear an extra

pair of gloves and socks, and avoid heavy carrier

bags that restrict blood flow to your fingers.

5: Eat healthy comfort food

Comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Stews

and soups are great winter foods, but watch your

fat and salt intake and include plenty of vegetables.

Homemade soups are easily made with a cheap,

simple blender, and cooked fruit with low-fat custard

makes a great winter pudding. The NHS website has

some healthy, warming recipes. Just visit www.nhs.

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Christmas Fayre

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

Fun and fellowship! Enjoy delicious lunches,

meet Father Christmas, browse stalls and see

the Christmas model railway. Entry £1 per adult,

children go free.

United Reformed Church, Hollinshead Street,

Chorley, PR6 7BD

Xmas Tree Festival

Saturday, November 30, 1pm-4pm

See stunning community Christmas trees, plus

enjoy a raffle, tombola, craft stalls and refreshments.

Entry £2.50 per adult, children free.

St. Michael’s Church, Church St, Croston, PR26 9HA

Lancashire Night

Saturday, November 30, 8pm

Sid Calderbank and Mark Dowding present Tackler’s

Tales in celebration of Lancashire Day! With local

songs, humour, poems and traditional food - tickets

£12.50 on 01257 234003.

Bateman Hall, Sagar St, Eccleston, PR7 5TA

Christmas Festival

Saturday, November 30 & Sunday, December 1,


Help raise money for St. Catherine’s Hospice

with a festive fun day – expect live music, stalls, a

fairground and Santa’s Grotto, along with festive

food, crafts and games.

St. Catherine’s Hospice, Lostock Hall, PR5 5XU

Christmas Craft Fayre

Sunday, December 1, 11am-3:30pm

A Lancashire Christmas Craft Fayre heads to

Charnock Richard, with tonnes of craft stalls and a

guest visit from Frozen’s Elsa!

The Laurels at Charnock, Preston Road, Charnock

Richard, PR7 5LE

Brass & Voices

Sunday, December 1, 2pm

Join the Trinity Girls Brass Band and Poulton People’s

Choir for an afternoon of festive music. Tickets £8 or

£7 concessions on 07864 917961 or from tgbb@live.


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Buckshaw Xmas

Sunday, December 1, 3pm-7pm

The Friends of Buckshaw Village welcome Santa to

the village and see the Christmas lights switched on!

Santa heads off on a Christmas village tour from 3pm

ahead of the switch-on at 5pm. There’ll be plenty of

live entertainment and festive refreshments.

Buckshaw Village

Croston Lights Switch-On

Sunday, December 1, 5pm

See the village of Croston illuminated with beautiful

Christmas lights, with music from the Eccleston

Brass Band.

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Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 1, 7pm

Leyland Band along with the Leyland & Penwortham

One Voice Choir, present a night of festive music.

Tickets £10 per adult or £5 per child.

British Commercial Vehicle Museum, King Street,

Leyland, PR25 2LE

Christmas Bingo

Tuesday, December 3, 6pm-8pm

A night of fun for the local community – play some

bingo to win Christmas hampers and prosecco!

St. Mary’s Catholic High School, Royal Avenue,

Leyland, PR25 1BS

Christmas Quiz

Tuesday, December 3, 6:15pm-8pm

Get competitive at the Christmas quiz night, plus

a raffle, mince pies and mulled wine. Entry £5 per


St. George’s Church Hall, St. George’s St, Chorley,


Alice in Wonderland

Tues, Dec 3 – Sat, Dec 7, 7:30pm (2:30pm

matinee on Sat)

St. Ambrose Players present a family pantomime

based on Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. Tickets £7.50

adults, £6.50 concessions or £5.50 per child from

www.stambroseplayers.com or from Grandad Jim’s.

St. Ambrose Hall, Moss Ln, Leyland, PR25 4XA

Festive Afternoon Tea

Thursday, December 5, 2pm-4pm

Join the Friends of Adlington Library for a

Christmas afternoon tea and floral arrangement

demonstration. Tickets £5 from the library.

Adlington Library, Railway Road, Adlington, PR6


Christmas Market

Thursday, December 5, 5pm-8:30pm

Enjoy a community Christmas market with gifts,

crafts, food and games - plus a special guest


Eccleston Primary School, Doctors Ln, Eccleston,


Festive Friday

Friday, December 6, 12pm-3pm

Join the Friends of Astley Hall to see the house

beautifully decked out for Christmas, plus browse

craft stalls and enjoy refreshments. All donations go

towards conservation and restoration.

Astley Hall, Chorley, PR7 1XA

Comedy Night

Friday, December 6, 7:15pm-11pm

Comedy from the hilarious Duncan Oakley, Lindsey

Santoro and Pete Philipson, hosted by Bobby

Murdock. Tickets £15 incl. food from the venue.

The Laurels at Charnock, Preston Road, Charnock

Richard, PR7 5LE

Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday, December 7, 10am-4pm

Browse more than 25 craft and gift stalls, plus meet

Santa in his grotto. Entry £2 per adult or 50p per

child, a £5 grotto charge applies.

British Commercial Vehicle Museum, King Street,

Leyland, PR25 2LE

Christmas Fayre

Saturday, December 7, 10:30am-1:30pm

Browse stalls, meet Father Christmas, enjoy

children’s games, crafts and more! Breakfast will be

served from 10am.

St. George’s Church, St. George’s Street, Chorley,



Magic Voices Choir

Saturday, December 7, 11:30pm-12:30pm

The Magic Voices Choir presents a morning of

festive music, with refreshments from the Friends of

Euxton Library.

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

Christmas Toy Ride

Sunday, December 8, 11am-3pm

Help the children at Derian House by donating toys,

for a sleigh ride from Rivington Barn to the hospice.

Wrapped toys can be taken to the Barn on the day

or dropped off with ride volunteers, and bikers

are welcome to join the procession – fancy dress


Rivington Hall Barn, Rivington Lane, Rivington,


Heskin Xmas Fair

Sunday, December 8, 11am-4pm

Enjoy over 20 stalls and visit Santa in his VW sleigh!

Free entry.

Heskin Hall, Wood Lane, Heskin, PR7 5PA

Croston Christmas Fair

Sunday, December 8, 1pm-5pm

The annual Croston Christmas fair has plenty of

stalls, food and mulled wine! There’ll also be tractor

rides to see Santa, magicians, bands and more.

Croston Village Centre

Festive Brass

Sunday, December 8, 2pm-4:30pm

Leyland Band will get you in the mood for Christmas

with a programme of seasonal favourites. Tickets

£10 in advance from Jan on 01772 813895 or

Malcolm’s Musicland, £5 for under-16s.

Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley, PR7 1DP

Christmas Concert

Friday, December 13, 7:30pm-9:30pm

An evening of festive music with the Coppull

and Standish Brass Band. Tickets £8 including

refreshments on 01257 463407/425330/426252.

Tunley URC, Mossy Lea Rd, Wrightington, WN6 9RW

Worden Festive 5K

Saturday, December 14, 11am

Embark on a festive 5K run or 1 mile family fun run!

5K entry £10, fun run £5. All runners receive a medal

– enter at www.my2.raceresult.com

Worden Park, Worden Lane, Leyland, PR25 1DJ

Christmas Fayre

Sunday, December 15, 11:30am-4:30pm

Raise money for Paws in the Park with a variety of

stalls, food, crafts and activities! Kids can visit Santa

in his grotto (£2.50 per child) and receive a gift.

Chorley Cricket Club, Sandringham Road, Chorley,


Festive Brass

Sunday, December 15, 2pm

Join the Red Admiral Music Academy for a Christmas

concert. Tickets £6 per adult, £4 per child on 07554


Bishop Rawstorne School, Highfield Road, Croston,

PR26 9HH

Mozart Mayhem

Sunday, December 15, 2:30pm

Experience a Mozart mash-up with Preston Opera,

including favourite arias, ensembles and choruses

like The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and more.

Tickets £10 from www.prestonopera.org.uk

St. Laurence’s Church, Union Street, Chorley, PR7



Carols ‘round the Tree

Monday, December 16, 7:30pm-8:30pm

Sing carols around the Christmas tree in the church

garden! There’ll be hot chocolate and mulled wine

on offer – free entry.

Spendmore Lane Methodist Church, Coppull, PR7


Carol Singing

Wednesday, December 18, 7pm

Join Euxton Parish Council to sing some carols

around the Christmas tree with Coppull & Standish

Brass Band, then enjoy mince pies and hot drinks

in the hall afterwards. Festive jumpers encouraged!

Euxton Community Centre, School Ln, Euxton, PR7


Charity Gig

Friday, December 20, 7pm

Raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust with a night

of music from Dumbstruck and the Keepers. Tickets

£3, under-12s free, bookable at the venue or on

01257 275096.

Chorley Cricket Club, Sandringham Rd, PR7 1LG

Polar Express

Saturday, December 21, 9am-12:30pm

Board the Polar Express for fun and games with

Louby Lou as you journey to meet Santa! Watch the

film in the indoor cinema, complete with a meal

and treats. Tickets £15 from the venue.

The Top Lock, Copthurst Lane, Chorley, PR6 8LT

Music Night

Saturday, December 21, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Chorley & District Choral Society present a night of

music with Intrada Brass – tickets £12 on the door,

U16s free. More info on 07867 538319.

Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley, PR7 1DP



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• Large fleets of 6 & 8 seaters

• Large fleet of cars & executive cars

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Christmas Quiz

Friday, December 27, 7pm

Gather round for the annual festive quiz – free entry

including supper and entertainment, and plenty of

prizes. Booking required on 01772 600261.

Croston Sports Club, Westhead Rd, Croston, PR26 9RR

Houghton Weavers Xmas

Friday, December 27, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Enjoy folk favourites and festive tunes from the

legendary Lancashire band. Tickets £13 from

Malcolm’s Musicland, Ebb & Flo Bookshop or


Chorley Little Theatre, Dole Lane, Chorley, PR7 2RL

Jack & the Beanstalk

Sat, Dec 28 – Sat, Jan 4, various times

St. Paul’s Players present their annual family panto

– can Jack outsmart some fearsome giants? Tickets

£10 or £8 concessions on 01204 407784, 07403

287120 or from Adlington Post Office. More info at


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Worsaw Hill

by Chris Pearce

Distance: 3½ miles Difficulty: Easy/Medium

One of the biggest frustrations walkers face is the

erratic quality of the weather forecasts and this trek

up to the Ribble Valley some weeks back was a case in

point. After a favourable forecast the night before the

walk, I packed my hat and sun cream before setting

off at 7am. Sadly, the early morning mist stubbornly

refused to shift, but don’t let the gloomy pictures put

you off tackling this lovely walk.

The walk starts at the Assheton Arms pub (BB7

4BJ) in olde-worlde Downham, where you take the

footpath down the left of the pub until you reach

Croft Cottage. Go through the gate at the side of the

cottage and head uphill. Once you’ve gone though

another gate further on, you’ll drop downhill to

another gate after which you’ll cross Green Lane.

Go through the green metal gate situated opposite

and follow the path to the left-hand side of the field

until you reach a very small enclosure with footpath

sign – go through the enclosure and carry on in

the same direction, through a gate and down an

overgrown track until you reach the railway bridge.

Go under the bridge and carry on in the same

direction until you reach a stone building.

Bear left in front of the stone building, following

the track right through to the next field. Go into the

enclosed pathway on the left-hand side of the field,


For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:



Green Lane



Sawley Road

Green Lane

Chatburn Road


Assheton Arms


Heys Brook

Lower Hall Farm



West Lane Farm

White Croft Wood

Cat Gallows Wood




West Lane





End House

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.


and the path eventually crosses the railway line

and you follow the path through woodland on the

opposite side of the track.

After reaching a gate go in the field beyond, up

the hill and through the log stacks. Once you

reach the road, turn right over the A59 and into

Chatburn. Once you reach the mailbox on the left

turn into Kayley Lane and follow the path all the

way downhill.

When you can see the wooden bridge, take a

90-degree right turn and then, at the end of the

path, hop over the stile set into the stone wall.

Follow this path until you reach the busy A59.

Take care crossing the A59, and when you have

safely crossed, go though the gate and head uphill

through the field.

Pass through the small gate set into a stone wall

and carry on up a steep rocky path. Visibility was

down to around 40 yards at this stage, otherwise I’d

have clambered up the Worsaw Hill for some better

pics, but things being what they were, I stuck to the

path which wound its way between the hill and its

smaller sibling Warren Hill.

After a slow descent, the path works its way round

the back of Worsaw Hill. Worsaw End House comes

into view, but stay on this side of the stone wall and

follow the clearly defined path as it winds its way

though the next four fields, passing by Longlands

Wood en-route.

Once you emerge from the final field and can see

the teashop on the right, take a 90-degree turn

and go though the car park, across Downham Beck

and onto Main Street. Turn left uphill towards your

starting point at Assheton Arms.


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Taking care of your

dog and cat

over winter

It’s beginning to feel pretty nippy out there, and

warmer weather is several long months away. Despite

having a built-in fur coat your pet can suffer in bad

weather too. Read on for some tips on how to keep

them happy...

All dogs should have somewhere warm and dry to

shelter in bad weather. Short-haired or particularly

small dogs may feel the cold more. Consider

investing in a warm jacket for them. Longer-haired

dogs can also benefit from a waterproof coat to keep

them nice and dry. If your dog becomes muddy out

on a walk, it’s best to rinse them off (make sure the

water isn’t too cold!) and towel dry them, then allow

them to dry thoroughly in an indoor environment.

During snowy weather ice balls can form in the fur

between dog’s pads, causing discomfort. Keeping

the hair hear trimmed short can help avoid this.

Remember that salt on pavements and roads can

cause irritation, so be sure to rinse your dog’s feet

thoroughly when the gritters have been in action.

If your dog has particularly sensitive feet, consider

investing in a set of boots to protect them.

toilets outside, consider providing them with a

litter tray inside so that they don’t have to venture

outside if they don’t want to (this will also prevent

unwanted accidents inside!).

Like humans, older pets can struggle with stiffness

in cold weather. Arthritis is a growing problem

amongst pets that are living longer than ever.

Joint supplements specially formulated for pets

are available and may help, but need to be given

long term and are not always sufficient. If you

think your pet is in pain (and remember, they are

not always crying or hopping lame) then speak to

your vet.

Lastly, be aware of winter toxic hazards- antifreeze

in particular is swiftly fatal to cats, and festive

decorations and foods can also pose a threat to the

curious or greedy. If you are concerned your pet

could have eaten something toxic, seek veterinary

advice urgently.

Cats are independent spirits,

and many will still want to go

out even when it’s freezing,

but make sure that they have

access to a warm resting place at

all times. Cold cats can sometimes

be tempted to seek shelter

in dangerous places like

warm car engine bays.

If your cat normally

52 Gardening



Winter is perfect for pruning and cutting back

woody plants, so take advantage of the fact that

deciduous trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers are

now bare of leaves and get stuck in. It is only in

really icy or frosty weather that you need to hold


Remember that for your pruning to really benefit

the plant, you need the right tools.

For a relatively small expanse of hedge or a shrub

that needs roughly reshaping, a good, sharp pair of

well-oiled shears should do the job. When cutting

along a hedge top, a guide line – such as a taut

string – will help you get a neat, level surface. For

larger hedges a powered hedge cutter or hedge

trimmer is preferable, though make sure it is not too

heavy and you can use it safely.

For removal of stems at various heights and of

varying thicknesses it is worth using ‘loppers’. These

are available with various handle lengths (some

even have telescopic handles), so that you can

reach up higher without having to use a ladder or

platform. They are much better at cutting through

relatively thick stems than shears or secateurs and

yet also allow for accurate positioning of the cut.

Wear goggles and ideally protective headgear if

you have to cut back branches above your head.

Everybody with even just a single shrub in their

garden needs a pair of secateurs for pruning of

smaller woody stems, and the better their quality

the better the job you can do. Provided they are

good and sharp, you can make a perfectly clean,

neat and accurate cut. Always cut to an outwardfacing

bud (so that the new growth produced grows

outwards). Secateurs are good for removing dead

and dying stems as well as for formative pruning

(where you are helping to ensure the plant grows

in the direction you want it to), and for pruning to

encourage flowering. If you are pruning out dead

and dying material, bin or burn it in case it carries


A proper pruning saw is necessary for pruning out

or tidying up larger branches on trees and shrubs.

If you choose one with one (or better still two)

parallel lines of teeth you can create a very accurate

and clean cut with relatively little effort. This is the

perfect tool if you have fruit trees to prune. Use

a sawing action for best results, if cutting above

your head, wear goggles to protect your eyes from

falling sawdust and debris. Make the pruning cut a

few millimetres or so away from the main stem from

which the branch you’re removing is joined. A cut

like this will heal over more quickly and the wound

size will be smaller and less prone to fungal rotting.

Before you get carried away, check the best pruning

time for the plants you have in mind. Most hedges

and many shrubs can be cut back now, but for a

good display of flowers make sure that you prune

at the correct time or else you may end up pruning

out the plant’s flowering potential.


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54 Motoring

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

full-width strip. Triggered by ambient light levels,

the auto-illuminating 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.


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.

Key Specs

• Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, twin electric motor

• Transmission: CVT automatic, front-wheel


• Power: 179bhp

• 0-60mph: 8.5 seconds

• Top speed: 110mph

• Economy/CO2: 53.3mpg/97g/km


• Very comfortable seats make for great long

or short drives

• Hybrid powertrain helps keep tax cost and

emissions down

• Peppy drive from a CVT gearbox

• Low CO2 Emissions


• Cramped rear seat and storage space

• Poor towing ability

• Difficult to use on-board tech

• No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto


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 car-like to manoeuvre.

The brake pedal can feel awkward, owing to the

hybrid system trying to balance regenerative

braking to charge the battery with conventional


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.

A highly sensitive mousemat-like controller is used

somewhat erratically to select options on screen.

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

dash offer more conventional controls for climate

and more.

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ACROSS: 3. Red giants, 8. Seer, 9. Stallion, 10. Rattle, 13. Chafe, 14. Besiege, 15. Pus, 16. Species, 17. Aries,

21. Arnica, 22. Taxation, 23. Once, 24. Zeitgeist

DOWN: 1. Ostracise, 2. Meltwater, 4. Easel, 5. Glasses, 6. Axle, 7. Thou, 11. Deficient, 12. Newspaper, 14. Bus,

15. Pensive, 18. Banns, 19. Date, 20. Fast



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Winter reads

Whether you’re buying for someone else, looking for ideas for yourself, or plan to buy a book,

read it and then wrap it up (we won’t tell), there’s plenty to choose from this month.

Banksy You Are an Acceptable

Level of Threat

Gary Shove & Patrick Potter

This is so much more than

just a coffee-table-worthy

photography collection. For a

start, it’s snort-out-loud funny.

It’s been updated for 2019 and now spans Banky’s

career, from the early 90s to 2018. There are

anecdotes, irreverent biographical references and a

few hundred photos to pore over.

The Testaments

Margaret Atwood

The Testaments picks up a few

years after The Handmaid’s Tale

ended. It weaves together the

stories of three women – Daisy,

born in Gilead but raised in

Canada; Agnes Jemima, who’s

desperate to escape the life set out for her by her

step-parents; and the infamous Aunt Lydia. Perfect

for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale (book or TV series).

The Corset

Laura Purcell

Ruth Butterham is on trial for

murdering her mistress. She

confessed to the crime, but is

she guilty or delusional? The

more that wealthy prison visitor

Dorothea Truelove hears of the

beaten and broken Ruth’s tale, the less sure she is of

who the real villain is in the story. Is Ruth the killer,

is there another murderer at large or, as Ruth seems

to believe, is the real culprit something far more

unlikely? Gripping historical crime fiction sure to

appeal to fans of Sarah Waters.

Little Robin Red Vest

Jan Fearnley

This classic picture book is

now 20 years old. It tells the

story of how the robin got

his red vest. (Spoiler: Father

Christmas gave it to him as

a reward for the robin giving away his own woolly

vests.) A great story, beautiful illustrations and a

feel-good message. What more could a young child

want from a book on Christmas morning?

Burn After Writing (Teen Edition)

Rhiannon Shove

A journal with a difference,

Burn after Writing invites teens

to answer a series of questions

to paint a picture of who they

are, from ‘The song that makes

me want to dance’ to ‘If I had

a brainwashing machine, I would use it to’ and

‘Something I do that makes me feel proud of

myself’. Perfect for 11 to 14 year olds.


Jamie Oliver

Buying for a vegetarian? Or

just someone who enjoys

healthy food that tastes

great and doesn’t take hours

to prepare? This book is for

them. There are twists on

new classics, such as Veggie Moussaka and Vegan

Lasagne, and plenty of more inspired dishes,

like Masala Stuffed Peppers, Pulled Mushroom

Sandwich and Crispy Cauliflower Katsu. Some take

a few minutes to make from scratch, while others

are more suitable for chilled-out Sunday brunches.

Jewels May is a wonderful independent jewellers situated with over 70 small rural retail shops at

Heskin Hall Shopping Village. The shop has recently expanded so that Kerry and her team can

offer customers more onsite specialist services, one-to-one consultation, specialist design and

re-modelling advice and manufacturing.

Their jewellery range is extensive from antique and vintage to modern and one-off bespoke

luxury pieces, set with diamonds and precious stones. They also boast an impressive range of

engagement and wedding rings as well as pre-owned luxury watches.

Repairs & Alterations | Rhodium Plating | Cleaning & Polishing

Design & Manufacturing | Engagement & Wedding Ring Specialists

Insurance Valuations | Watch Servicing, Repairs, Refurbishing & Batteries

“Now offering on-site rhodium plating within an hour, Wednesday to Sunday.


Rhodium plating of 2 rings for £50 (normally £60), just quote Local Life 247”

Jewels may, Heskin Hall Shopping Village, Wood Lane, Heskin, PR7 5PA

Tel: 01257 450448 www.jewelsmay.com Etsy: Jewelsmayuk

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