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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
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.
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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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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
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.
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
windows, an integral part of the town’s heritage.
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29 local community groups and businesses including
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.
The event opens from 1pm-4pm on Friday, 10am-
4pm on Saturday and 11am-2pm on Sunday.
All our staff are fully Police and DBS checked
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.
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,
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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Stunning festive decorations set the scene, making this impressive Victorian arcade
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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
also be festive
market stalls to
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Traf ord Cenrte
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.
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
Santa and his elves.
with Hoghton in
Harmony will take
place with Santa
on December 21st &
22nd, with a Christmas
crafting session in the
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
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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New family traditions
made at Rufford Old Hall
Have a jolly day out at Rufford Old Hall to experience a
traditional 1920s Christmas in the house, enjoy free donkey rides
in the gardens and indulge in festive treats in the tea room.
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St. Ambrose Players present Alice in Wonderland at
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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
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
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-
lovely with a
label, or why
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.
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.
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
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Chorley resident and Life Long Song co-founder
Janet Wright has helped bring a national initiative
to the borough: meet Playlist For Life.
The Glasgow-based charity has volunteers from
across the country, and is based on the idea that
music can help improve mental wellbeing, and
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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
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.’
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
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
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.
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
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Asked Santa for a ukulele this Christmas? Why not
make use of a beginners’ ukulele workshop with Life
It takes place at Primrose Gardens on Fleet Street on
Saturday, January 11 from 10:30am-12:30pm, and
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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
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
centre on Thurs, December 12, Thurs, December 19,
Fri, December 20.
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Chorley, St Helens and West Lancs & Coast) will each
win a luxury hamper. Just read the blurb below and
answer the question online.
Local Life was launched back in 2008, and the
Chorley edition followed soon after in 2013. The
magazine enjoys the highest household coverage
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-
sized monthly magazine for the West Lancashire,
Southport and Formby area. In addition to our
magazines, we also design, print and deliver leaflets
alongside our magazines too.
All this is pulled together by a small team of lovely
people (see below) who are based at our offices and
distribution unit at Hewitt Business Park in Billinge,
with assistance from our amazing distribution team.
In 2019 alone, no less than 483 local businesses
and organisations, big and small, advertised
their services and products to our readers.
We know that many of these businesses do not
advertise anywhere else than in the pages of Local
Life, and we are grateful to them for their support.
Without them, we wouldn’t be able to produce your
magazine, so if you value Local Life then do keep
a hold of your copy when you have read it, and
please do make a conscious effort to call Local Life
advertisers should you require their products or
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Festive Red Cabbage
Ginger & Orange-
Glazed Baby Carrots
900g baby carrots, washed and scrubbed
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 vegetable stock cube,
250ml double cream
1tsp freshly grated nutmeg,
plus extra to serve
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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THEME: Christmas Carols
Find the hidden words in the word search grid
CLUE: To begin from
nothing at all
Trace a path through
all the letters to find
the word or phrase
that fits the clue.
A R T F
T S O R
C H M S
T A R C
The numbers in each row add up to totals to the
right. The numbers in each column add up to the
totals along the bottom.
The diagonal lines also add up
the totals to the right.
18 11 15 20
All the puzzle solutions can be found
on page 62 of this magazine
40 Health & Fitness
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
• 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.
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Six Tips for a
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,
even if you regularly spend time outdoors; nor can
you make up the deficit by eating vitamin D-rich
foods like oily fish (e.g. salmon, sardines, herring
and mackerel), red meat, liver, egg yolks and
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with a daily 10mcg vitamin D supplement during
the autumn and winter.
4: Stay warm
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.
uk/live-well/eat-well and click on recipes.
6: Finally, look after your mental health
Stay active, warm and sociable: exercise, time spent
outdoors and the company of others can all help
stave off winter blues. However, if you think you may
have full-blown SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder),
see your GP for help. Don’t suffer in silence.
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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
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
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.
Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley, PR7 1DP
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.
Croston Lights Switch-On
Sunday, December 1, 5pm
See the village of Croston illuminated with beautiful
Christmas lights, with music from the Eccleston
Croston Village Centre
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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, 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!
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
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
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
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Worden Park, Worden Lane, Leyland, PR25 1DJ
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,
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,
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
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
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
Chorley Cricket Club, Sandringham Rd, PR7 1LG
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
Saturday, December 21, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Chorley & District Choral Society present a night of
music with Intrada Brass – tickets £12 on the door,
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Houghton Weavers Xmas
Friday, December 27, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Enjoy folk favourites and festive tunes from the
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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
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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:
Lower Hall Farm
West Lane Farm
White Croft Wood
Cat Gallows Wood
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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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
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at the correct time or else you may end up pruning
out the plant’s flowering potential.
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Lexus’ unique infotainment system can leave users
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number first impossible, and a limited database
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dash offer more conventional controls for climate
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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 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).
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
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)
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.
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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.
SPECIAL READER OFFER
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