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<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong><br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Edition <strong>January</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />

WIN Saints<br />

Memberships<br />

Pages 40-41<br />

Safe Not Sorry<br />

Pages 64-65<br />

Keeping your<br />

home and<br />

family safe<br />

01744 607080<br />

www.best-security.co.uk<br />

10 Things to Do<br />

in <strong>2020</strong><br />

Pages 32-35<br />

Lydiate Loop Walk<br />

Pages 48-50<br />

See our<br />

advertisement<br />

on page 68


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4 <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

My friends and family will laugh at this, but<br />

I’m a big believer in using the New Year<br />

as a natural point to self-improvement.<br />

I’m happy to admit that the oft used ‘New Year, New<br />

You’ mantra, so loved by the print media as a way of<br />

filling up space in <strong>January</strong> issues, wholly resonates<br />

with me.<br />

No-one is perfect, we can all improve one aspect or<br />

another of our lives, so why should we let the hardbitten<br />

pessimists pour cold water on our desire to<br />

better ourselves? So whether your aim this year is<br />

to lose weight and look better, stop smoking, be<br />

kinder to others less fortunate than ourselves, to<br />

get fit or any other resolution you may pursue, I<br />

wish you the best of luck in your endeavours.<br />

If you haven’t yet nailed down any firm<br />

commitments on your to-do list, there is plenty<br />

in this magazine to inspire you. Just focus on one<br />

thing at a time and don’t beat yourself up if you slip.<br />

All the very best wishes for <strong>2020</strong>,<br />

Make her day special<br />

with a gift of flowers!<br />

Valentine’s<br />

Day<br />

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International<br />

Well done Rainford<br />

£3244.94 raised for<br />

Paint Rainford Pink<br />

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Open: Monday - Saturdays, 8.30am - 5.30pm<br />

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Keep in touch with the<br />

<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong> Team!<br />

<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong><br />

Chris Pearce, Publisher<br />

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk<br />

Telephone: 01744 649 722<br />

info@locallife247.co.uk<br />

locallifemagazine247@locallifemedia<br />

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Winstanley Road, Billingeww WN5 7XB<br />

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This month’s highlights<br />

40. Win Saints Memberships<br />

Contents<br />

32. <strong>2020</strong> Checklist<br />

42. The Rockies by Train<br />

14. Recipe<br />

Bacon & Mushroom Risotto.<br />

24. Save Cash this New Year<br />

Money saving tips for <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

46. Puzzle Pages<br />

Try these brainteasers for size.<br />

51. Health Section<br />

Beat Type 2 Diabetes<br />

56. Events2Go<br />

<strong>St</strong>art the new year in style.<br />

58. Motoring<br />

Suzuki Swift Attitude<br />

60. Gardening<br />

Bring your winter garden to life.<br />

48. Jack’s Tracks: Lydiate Loop<br />

64. Safe Not Sorry<br />

Wise up on the Trader Register.<br />

66. Home Services<br />

Find a local trader for you.<br />

52. Realistic Resolutions<br />

64. Safe not Sorry<br />

Want to<br />

promote your<br />

business in<br />

<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong>?<br />

Next issue - February <strong>2020</strong><br />

Advertising deadline - 24th <strong>January</strong><br />

Published - 6th February<br />

01744 649 722<br />

www.locallife247.co.uk


6 News & Features<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> History<br />

Looking to learn more about the history of your<br />

local area this year? Why not join the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong><br />

Historical Society?<br />

Sessions feature historical talks, history walks and<br />

occasional social gatherings. Most meetings take<br />

place at Friends Meeting House on Church <strong>St</strong>reet<br />

one Monday a month. <strong>January</strong>’s meeting runs on<br />

<strong>January</strong> 20th and will feature a talk from Graham<br />

Wallace on the Runcorn Locks Project. It starts at<br />

7:30pm.<br />

For more information, call 01744 23141 or 01744<br />

754962.<br />

Pirate Panto<br />

Rainhill Musical Theatre Company’s <strong>January</strong><br />

production is Pirates: The Panto!<br />

Live at Rainhill Village Hall from Friday, <strong>January</strong> 16<br />

until Sunday, <strong>January</strong> 19, the wicked Bluebeard has<br />

his eye on Cinderella! The play will feature a whole<br />

host of fairytale characters in classic panto style.<br />

Tickets cost £10 or £8 concessions, bookable on<br />

07948 908693 or from rainhillmtc@hotmail.com<br />

Environmental Events<br />

Clinkham Wood & Moss Bank Gala have a series of<br />

events planned for <strong>2020</strong> to help tidy up the local<br />

environment and green spaces.<br />

On Sunday, <strong>January</strong> 19, volunteers can meet to<br />

plant some trees and do some seed bombing,<br />

before heading off rhododendron-bashing and<br />

placing bird feeders on Sunday, February 16.<br />

Later in the year, enjoy an Easter egg and litter<br />

picking competition, go treasure hunting in the<br />

woods, embark on a bat walk and much more.<br />

Events start at 2pm on the green opposite Moss<br />

Bank Mission on Moss Bank Road. All tools and<br />

gloves are provided - just bring yourself!<br />

For more information about the events, email<br />

neilmcmahon350@btinternet.com


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Rainford In Bloom<br />

<strong>Local</strong> gardening group Rainford In Bloom scooped<br />

a prestigious honour in the recent North West In<br />

Bloom Awards.<br />

Rainford In Bloom successfully secured a Gold<br />

Award in the Large Village category - the highest<br />

individual award available.<br />

Neighbours Crank Bloomers were awarded<br />

Outstanding in the Neighbourhood category.<br />

Now Rainford In Bloom are looking to the New Year,<br />

with plenty planned to get <strong>2020</strong> off to a good start.<br />

Throughout 2019 the group planned beautiful<br />

floral displays around Rainford, including the new<br />

border at the Spinney and the ever-changing<br />

Mossborough Bed. They also teamed up with the<br />

Friends of Rainford <strong>St</strong>ation to improve the overall<br />

look of the train station and to transform it into a<br />

more environmentally friendly space.<br />

If you’d like to become a Rainford In Bloom<br />

volunteer, call 01744 884709.<br />

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10<br />

Threads of History<br />

Billinge-born visual artist<br />

<strong>St</strong>ephanie Fry is investigating<br />

the better-kept secrets of the<br />

village in her latest community<br />

art project.<br />

Though <strong>St</strong>ephanie moved to<br />

Caernarfon in North Wales in<br />

her childhood, Billinge remained<br />

close to her heart; this was where<br />

she spent the holidays with her<br />

grandfather, reminiscing about<br />

days gone by. It was perhaps<br />

one of these conversations that<br />

inspired <strong>St</strong>ephanie’s latest venture: specifically, a<br />

passing mention of the old cinema on Main <strong>St</strong>reet.<br />

Affectionately referred to by locals as the ‘Tin Can’,<br />

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cinema building could be heard over whatever film<br />

was playing!<br />

Delving into these secrets inspired <strong>St</strong>ephanie to<br />

search for more around the village – and it didn’t<br />

disappoint. Atop Billinge Hill lies an abandoned<br />

underground bunker harking back to the Cold War.<br />

Constructed in the 1960s, the bunker is 9-feet deep<br />

and was in continuous use for seven years, when<br />

the threat of a nuclear war loomed. A network of<br />

1563 similar sites existed across the UK, operated by<br />

the Royal Observer Corps, and would have aimed to<br />

warn the UK military and civilian authorities of an<br />

impending attack. The Billinge site closed in 1968,<br />

but parts of the surface structure can still be seen<br />

today.<br />

Now <strong>St</strong>ephanie is looking for any more information<br />

and anecdotes about either of the two sites to<br />

assist in her project. If you have direct experience<br />

of working for the ROC, or if you visited Billinge<br />

Cinema in its heyday, she wants to hear from you!<br />

She can be contacted at s.a.fry@hotmail.co.uk<br />

An exhibition of ‘Billinge: Threads of History’ will<br />

take place at Billinge Library from March 12th for<br />

two weeks, comprised of a reconstructed bunker<br />

room, paintings, collages, photographs and an<br />

audio-visual look at the landscape of Billinge Hill<br />

and its Cold War heritage.<br />

photo: Gary Rodgers on Geograph


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12<br />

Football for Everyone<br />

Rainford Rangers FC host regular inclusive football<br />

sessions for any players with a disability - and<br />

they’re looking for new players to get involved.<br />

The sessions were set up as a way for the community<br />

football club to expand its presence in the local area<br />

and to provide a space for people to play sports<br />

who might not otherwise have had the chance<br />

to. Organiser Andrew Castle says it’s important for<br />

the club to be able to support families and their<br />

children with disabilities, and is intending to keep<br />

sessions free for as long as possible.<br />

Rainford Rangers JFC were recognised by the<br />

Liverpool FA in September 2019, receiving a<br />

Football Service Award for Disability Project of the<br />

Year at a prestigious awards ceremony.<br />

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Tuesday - <strong>St</strong>rong by Zumba 7.15 pm at The <strong>St</strong>udio Bilinge<br />

Wednesday - Billinge Chapel End Labour Club - 7pm<br />

Thursday - Legs Bums and Tums 7pm at The <strong>St</strong>udio Billinge<br />

zumba.com<br />

The club also recently launched a women’s team<br />

- the Rainford Rangers Lionesses offer football<br />

sessions on Tuesdays from 6pm-7pm. Each session<br />

costs £3.50 and take place at Rainford High’s<br />

Astroturf pitch. For more info, call Jane on 07557<br />

528106.<br />

For more information on the inclusive football<br />

sessions, visit www.rainfordrangers.com<br />

Tell Us Your <strong>St</strong>ory!<br />

<strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> is always on<br />

the look out for news<br />

stories from the local<br />

communities we serve.<br />

Are you raising money<br />

for charity? Are you a<br />

member of a community<br />

group with something<br />

to shout about? Maybe<br />

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and you could be appearing in the next edition!<br />

Simply call us on 01695 627999 or contact us on<br />

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13<br />

The Dresser<br />

Rainhill Garrick Society’s first play of the new year<br />

will be The Dresser, running from February 13th-<br />

15th at Rainhill Village Hall.<br />

For more information or tickets, call 01744 813429<br />

or email rainhillgarrick@gmail.com<br />

A Genuine Winter<br />

Happy New Year, Happy New You!<br />

Couch to 5K<br />

Sports Development <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> launches a new<br />

Couch to 5K programme on Monday, <strong>January</strong> 13.<br />

Entry to the 10-week course costs £12.50 or £16<br />

including a t-shirt.<br />

Sessions run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays<br />

from 6pm-7pm.<br />

Email gemmaireland@sthelens.gov.uk for details.<br />

Wear colours with confidence.<br />

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reductions in ladies fashion<br />

babywear & accessories<br />

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From my <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> studio, I offer;<br />

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READY<br />

in 40 mins<br />

Serves 4<br />

Bacon & Mushroom<br />

Risotto<br />

Try this for a tasty and simple New Year supper!<br />

Serve with slices of toasted garlic ciabatta.<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 tbsp olive oil<br />

1 onion<br />

8 rashers streaky bacon, chopped<br />

250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced<br />

300g risotto rice<br />

1 litre hot chicken stock<br />

Grated Parmesan<br />

Method<br />

1 Heat the oil in a deep frying pan. Fry the onion and bacon gently<br />

for 5 minutes to soften. Add the mushrooms and cook gently for a<br />

further 5 minutes until they start to release their juices.<br />

2 <strong>St</strong>ir in the rice and cook until it begins to look translucent.<br />

3 Add the stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring well and waiting until most<br />

of the stock is absorbed before adding the next ladleful - it will take<br />

around 20 minutes for all the stock to be absorbed.<br />

4 <strong>St</strong>ir in the Parmesan cheese and remove the pan from the heat. Serve<br />

and garnish with extra Parmesan to taste.<br />

TIP: You can also add finely chopped brown onions and grated garlic for<br />

extra flavour.


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16<br />

Heritage Talks<br />

Two history talks take place at Momo’s cafe on<br />

Westfield <strong>St</strong>reet early this year - but tickets are<br />

selling fast!<br />

The first talk, on Tuesday, <strong>January</strong> 14 at 6pm, aims to<br />

dispel some of the myths surrounding the curious<br />

Crank Caverns. A hotpot supper will be served, and<br />

tickets cost £2.50 from the venue.<br />

The second talk takes place on Tuesday, February 11<br />

at 6pm, and details a brief history of the slave trade<br />

and how the town of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> was connected to<br />

it. Tickets can be purchased from the venue for £3<br />

from <strong>January</strong> 14.<br />

Check out the Momo’s Facebook page for further<br />

information.<br />

Inglenook Closure<br />

Inglenook Farm in Rainford closes its gates for good<br />

this month.<br />

The farm, which has served the local community<br />

for eight years, was comprised of a café and several<br />

shops. It also hosted regular farmers markets and<br />

distilled essential oils.<br />

The shops will remain open until the end of <strong>January</strong>.<br />

Rainford Memories<br />

Rainford Heritage Society’s new book is now<br />

available for purchase.<br />

True <strong>St</strong>ories & Memories of Rainford collects local<br />

anecdotes, perfect for any local history buffs! It<br />

costs £9 and is available to purchase from Ray<br />

Waring on 01744 885547.


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MERCURE ST HELENS<br />

WHAT’S ON GUIDE <strong>2020</strong><br />

JANUARY IS THE<br />

NEW DECEMBER<br />

SATURDAY 25 TH JANUARY<br />

£19.95 PER PERSON<br />

Including a 3-course meal,<br />

DJ & dancing.<br />

VALENTINE’S<br />

DINNER<br />

FRIDAY 14 TH FEBRUARY<br />

£49.00 PER COUPLE<br />

4-course meal served<br />

with a bottle of prosecco.<br />

JERSEY<br />

BOYS LIVE<br />

SATURDAY 15 TH FEBRUARY<br />

£24.95 PER PERSON<br />

Including a 3-course meal<br />

& live entertainment.<br />

MOTHER’S DAY<br />

AFTERNOON TEA<br />

SUNDAY 22 ND MARCH<br />

£15.95 PER ADULT<br />

Served with a glass of<br />

prosecco & free gift for<br />

all mums.<br />

EASTER SUNDAY<br />

CARVERY<br />

SUNDAY 12 TH APRIL<br />

£15.95 ADULT / £9.95 CHILD<br />

Available 12.30pm or 3pm.<br />

Including a 2-course meal.<br />

Easter activities for the children.<br />

Dessert upgrade available on the day.<br />

DIVA PARTY<br />

NIGHT<br />

SATURDAY 25 TH APRIL<br />

£15.95 PER ADULT<br />

Including a 3-course meal<br />

& live entertainment.<br />

REMINISCE<br />

THROUGH THE<br />

DECADES NIGHT<br />

SATURDAY 16 TH MAY<br />

£10.00 PER TICKET<br />

Receive two drinks<br />

vouchers on arrival.<br />

BGT<br />

RATPACKERS<br />

FRIDAY 5 TH JUNE<br />

£24.95 PER PERSON<br />

Including a 3-course meal,<br />

& live entertainment.<br />

FATHER’S DAY<br />

AFTERNOON TEA<br />

SUNDAY 21 ST JUNE<br />

£15.95 PER PERSON<br />

Gentleman’s afternoon tea<br />

& a free gift for all Dads.<br />

Mercure <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> - Linkway West - <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> - Merseyside - WA10 1NG<br />

Telephone: 01744 453 444 - Email: events@sainthelenshotel.com


Competition<br />

Winner<br />

19<br />

Congratulations to the winners of our December<br />

competition to win a luxury festive hamper packed<br />

with goodies!<br />

The competition winner from <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> was Jayne<br />

Egan from Eccleston (pictured).<br />

We hope you enjoyed your hamper!<br />

Don’t forget to see pages 40-41 for your chance to<br />

win two Saints memberships this month!<br />

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20<br />

Celebrating<br />

30 Years<br />

The year was 1990. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister;<br />

Nelson Mandela was in prison and Kieron Cunningham was<br />

still a schoolboy. It was the year that Jean Cutler, a designer at<br />

Beamans in <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>, opened<br />

JC Kitchens in Reginald’s on<br />

Reginald Road in Sutton with<br />

the support of her husband<br />

Allan, an industrial chemist.<br />

Jean & Allan Cutler<br />

And an amazing 30 years later,<br />

JC Kitchens and Bedrooms<br />

is still going strong, it’s still<br />

in the family and it’s still<br />

delighting residents of<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> with excellent<br />

quality kitchens at extremely<br />

reasonable prices.<br />

Now run by Jean and Allan’s<br />

daughter, Jo-Anne and her husband John, JC Kitchens occupies<br />

impressive showrooms on Greenfield Road in <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>, attracting<br />

potential customers from far and wide to view two floors of<br />

inspiring kitchens and bedrooms displays.<br />

Backed by excellent reviews and recommendations, JC Kitchens<br />

& Bedrooms have helped transform some of the finest homes in<br />

the country and it’s no wonder that JC Kitchens & Bedrooms enter<br />

their fourth decade of business with an outstanding reputation for<br />

inspiration, expertise and quality.<br />

If you’re looking for a new kitchen or bedroom in <strong>2020</strong>, do call into<br />

JC Kitchens & Bedrooms on Greenfield Road for a tea, a chat and<br />

a warm welcome.<br />

Expert advice from a friendly family<br />

business, established 30 years ago.<br />

Browse our two-storey showrooms<br />

for inspiration.<br />

What our customers say;<br />

Absolutely brilliant customer service from us<br />

walking through the door to designing and<br />

fitting, love my new kitchen. Amanda Dixon<br />

Absolutely made up with our kitchen, it’s<br />

perfect. Thank you, we have finally got our<br />

dream kitchen. Sarah Preston<br />

Quality kitchen and an awesome service<br />

from Jo-Anne and John. I can’t recommend<br />

them enough. Matthew Hill


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Tel: 01744 24406<br />

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Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 16:30<br />

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The Willowbrook Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling<br />

Scheme is back for <strong>January</strong> <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Last year’s collection in <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> and Knowsley<br />

raised just over £2, 785 for Willowbrook Hospice. So<br />

why not go green, get your tree recycled and help<br />

raise money so that the hospice can continue to<br />

support its patients and their families?<br />

All you need to do to register for your real tree to<br />

be collected is donate a minimum of £5 and call the<br />

Willowbrook Fundraising Team on 01744 453798,<br />

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Save Cash this New Year<br />

I thought I’d get a bit more creative with my moneysaving<br />

tips for <strong>2020</strong>. Here are some things that can<br />

save you cash – and could mean you could claim back<br />

some money too.<br />

Crafty debits: It’s a standard ‘sorting out your<br />

finances’ tip to go through your bank statements<br />

and cancel or question any payments you don’t<br />

recognise. This will certainly help you spot any old<br />

insurance policies or magazine subscriptions you<br />

don’t need. However, in recent years, a new form<br />

of payment – the continuous payment authority<br />

(CPAs) – has taken over and allows retailers<br />

and businesses to dominates our debits. These<br />

payments are harder to spot as they might come off<br />

your credit card as well as from your bank account.<br />

Often, it’s hard to tell where they’ve come from<br />

or what they’re for. The good news is a CPA must<br />

be cancelled as soon as you tell your bank or card<br />

provider to do so. They can also help you identify<br />

where it’s come from – and you can claim back the<br />

money if you’ve not authorised the payments.<br />

has you poised to be signed up to a service that<br />

costs money. So watch out for auto-renewals. Big<br />

companies like Dropbox and Amazon take a crafty<br />

approach to these services, billing you in one hit for<br />

the year ahead. This larger sum might be spotted<br />

by some people, but most of us are more likely to<br />

spot one of the 12 monthly instalments of a regular<br />

payment rather than a yearly fee. Remember, if<br />

you’re not using the service, you can prove you had<br />

no intention of ever wanting it – so ask for your<br />

money back plus interest.<br />

If you’re disputing money that a business has<br />

debited from your account, ask them to prove that<br />

you’ve authorised it. This must be in writing or<br />

in the form of a telephone recording. If they can’t<br />

prove it, they can’t take it!<br />

By James Walker<br />

The price of loyalty: Just before Christmas, the<br />

Competitions and Markets Authority announced<br />

that a huge range of firms across sectors, from<br />

insurance to broadband, had been overcharging<br />

customers who stayed loyal and let policies or<br />

services automatically renew each year. Well now<br />

it’s official – this will be clamped down on.<br />

But what if you’ve been overcharged? If you’ve not<br />

moved provider for a few years, chances are you’ve<br />

been charged more than a new customer. So check<br />

online to see what you’d get if you were, then make<br />

a complaint. The rules aren’t clear about whether<br />

the firm has to give you a refund. But you have<br />

every right to ask for your money back .<br />

Auto-renewals: Whenever I see services advertised<br />

for free, I ask myself “Why do you need my card<br />

details then?” The fact of the matter is, if a firm<br />

has a way to debit cash from you, it probably<br />

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A Carmel College student has been selected for the<br />

England National Colleges hockey team.<br />

17-year-old Kirsten Bottom has been playing<br />

hockey since she was eight years old and has played<br />

for Prescot Hockey Club for five years.<br />

“I have always loved sport for as long as I can<br />

remember; as soon as I picked up a hockey stick I<br />

knew this was something I wanted to continue to<br />

do for as long as possible. I train six times a week<br />

with my “day off” being a game day on a Saturday.<br />

I also take part in training camps down in Cardiff<br />

once a month for the Welsh National Squad. I<br />

have training coming up in Switzerland and the<br />

Netherlands with them too.<br />

“I’m part of the Talented Athlete Scholarship<br />

Scheme (TASS) at Carmel. The staff in the sports<br />

department have helped me massively over the<br />

last 18 months. If it wasn’t for Dan Chapman,<br />

Carmel’s Get Active Co-ordinator, I wouldn’t have<br />

Squad Success<br />

even known about the opportunity to represent<br />

the college without being part of a team,’ Kirsten<br />

continued.<br />

“It’s a genuine dream come true to be selected for<br />

the England squad. I honestly could never have<br />

even imagined getting this far but I’m so glad that<br />

the work I’m putting in is paying off.”<br />

Could you be one of tomorrow’s<br />

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Greenslate’s New Arrivals<br />

Greenslate Farm in Billinge have welcomed three<br />

new arrivals: donkeys Grace, Candy and Freddie!<br />

For more information about Greenslate Farm, visit<br />

www.greenslatefarm.org.uk/<br />

In a project three years in the making, farm<br />

volunteers adopted the three little donkeys just in<br />

time for Christmas from the Donkey Sanctuary in<br />

Manchester.<br />

Grace and her 3-year-old daughter Candy are both<br />

miniature donkeys, while Freddie is a standard.<br />

The donkeys will be an essential part of the farm’s<br />

equine therapy scheme for adults in recovery or with<br />

additional needs. Greenslate also hope to expand<br />

on their therapeutic activities for confidence and<br />

self-esteem building through the equine scheme.<br />

Ironically, the donkeys’ initials also match that of<br />

Greenslate Care Farm’s - GCF!<br />

Greenslate’s plans for the New Year also include the<br />

opening of the new woodwork centre for adults<br />

with additional needs to learn woodworking and<br />

upcycling skills.<br />

Garage and entrance doors<br />

in matching styles<br />

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Winstanley Road, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7XB<br />

t: 01695 633322 w: www.cjmgaragedoors.co.uk


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<strong>St</strong>orytime Sessions<br />

A free 3-week course for parents of pre-school<br />

children will take place at Momo’s cafe this February.<br />

<strong>St</strong>ories For You and Yours, supported by the <strong>St</strong>eve<br />

Morgan Foundation, helps parents find new ways of<br />

telling stories, with tips and ideas for encouraging a<br />

lifelong love of reading for your little ones.<br />

Parents, carers, and families with English as a<br />

second language are all welcome to attend. Along<br />

with the free workshops, you’ll receive free books<br />

to take home.<br />

Sessions take place every Wednesday from February<br />

5th to February 19th, from 10am-12:30pm.<br />

Pop into Momo’s on Westfield <strong>St</strong>reet for more<br />

details.<br />

Volunteer for New Year<br />

Willowbrook Hospice is looking for people to get<br />

cracking on their New Year’s Resolutions and sign<br />

up to volunteer at one of its charity shops.<br />

The hospice has 12 shops across <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> and<br />

Knowsley and constantly needs volunteers to help<br />

out in various roles across the stores.<br />

Whether you’re assisting with furniture removals<br />

and delivery or getting stuck into a retail role, there’s<br />

something to suit everyone’s skillset. Volunteering<br />

is also perfect for people who work part-time, who<br />

are having a career break or who are in retirement.<br />

If you’re interested in volunteering, call Bev on<br />

01744 766929 or email help@willowbrookhospice.<br />

org.uk


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New Year, New Career<br />

Why not train for a brand new career in <strong>2020</strong>? <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Helens</strong> Chamber is encouraging people to make a<br />

fresh start and the first steps into a new job.<br />

A drop-in session for young people considering<br />

an apprenticeship takes place on Monday, <strong>January</strong><br />

13 from 2pm-5pm at the Chamber on Salisbury<br />

<strong>St</strong>reet. The session provides all the information<br />

you need on taking the first step onto the career<br />

ladder, providing advice and resources about<br />

apprenticeships in the area.<br />

‘The Apprenticeships team are looking forward to<br />

helping plenty more people take that all-important<br />

first step into the world of work, and would<br />

encourage anyone considering their options to<br />

come along and find out more.’<br />

For more information about <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Chamber<br />

and its events, call 01744 698800 or visit<br />

www.sthelenschamber.com/startingpoint<br />

Regular events and courses also take place<br />

at Clickworks on Hardshaw <strong>St</strong>reet, providing<br />

everything from IT assistance to CV writing advice.<br />

John Westhead, Director of Training Services at<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Chamber said: ‘We’re proud to have the<br />

highest achievement rates for Apprentices in the<br />

borough, and are equally as proud of the success<br />

many of our young Apprentices have seen in <strong>St</strong>.<br />

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10 things to do<br />

in <strong>2020</strong><br />

With New Year comes the usual wealth of resolutions – most of which inevitably end up broken<br />

when you realise the leftover chocolate from Christmas just won’t eat itself. Sometimes the<br />

best way to stick to those tricky promises is to break the process down into more manageable<br />

chunks: try tackling one of these tasks per month, and you’ll have a productive <strong>2020</strong>!<br />

Go vegan 3<br />

Ditch the meat and dairy for a more eco- and<br />

animal-friendly diet by trying veganism, which not<br />

only introduces you to a new way of understanding<br />

and enjoying food, but has multiple health benefits.<br />

A vegan diet can help lower blood pressure, reduce<br />

the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and halve<br />

your greenhouse gas emissions.<br />

Village Vegan Fairs host regular events at<br />

Rainford Village Hall – to find out more, visit<br />

them on Facebook. You can also check out the<br />

Wigan Vegan Community, which provides a<br />

social space for vegans to share food, ideas and<br />

resources. They meet at Beech Hill Bookcycle for<br />

regular vegan-friendly social events, campaign<br />

against animal cruelty and encourage people to<br />

grow their own produce. For more information,<br />

visit www.wiganvegancommunity.org.uk<br />

Vegan North is a cookbook that compiles delicious<br />

vegan recipes with profiles of some of the tastiest<br />

vegan restaurants in the north of England. We have<br />

a copy to give away free on our Facebook page –<br />

don’t forget to give our page a like to stay updated<br />

on future competitions.<br />

Learn a new skill 3<br />

<strong>Life</strong> has a way of becoming dreary when we’re<br />

confined to the same 9-5 routine. Why not spice<br />

things up a bit by picking up a new hobby or<br />

learning a skill? Pick up a camera for the first time<br />

and get out snapping photos of the local landscape<br />

or wildlife, try a craft class, or learn to code –<br />

whatever you choose, you’ll likely meet new friends<br />

in the process and spark some creativity outside of<br />

the drudgery of daily life.<br />

Joining a club or society is a great way to get<br />

started and meet likeminded people; alternatively,<br />

why not enrol in an adult learning course?<br />

There are some great free courses online too –<br />

www.futurelearn.com is a great place to start.


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Update your CV 3<br />

New job, new you! Feel like you’re stuck in a rut? It<br />

could be time for a career change. It’s important<br />

to keep your CV updated as your current role<br />

responsibilities shift or increase, so you don’t miss<br />

anything out.<br />

Need some advice? Clickworks on Hardshaw<br />

<strong>St</strong>reet offers free digital training and IT<br />

workshops, as well as interview advice and CV<br />

writing assistance. For more info, call 01744<br />

698800.<br />

Join the<br />

National Trust 3<br />

After a winter break for some of its properties, the<br />

National Trust looks forward to reopening its historic<br />

buildings for the spring. With over 300 castles,<br />

mansions and houses scattered across the UK to<br />

discover, becoming a member helps to preserve<br />

and restore these properties for the future. Enjoy a<br />

day out to the nearby Rufford Old Hall, Quarry Bank,<br />

Speke Hall or Gawthorpe Hall to get engaged in<br />

history this year.<br />

Membership costs £72 a year for adults, £36 per<br />

year for 18-25 year olds, or £10 a year for under-<br />

17s. Family and joint memberships are also<br />

available, with lifetime memberships costing<br />

£1,730 per person or £1,295 per senior.<br />

Create a<br />

Garden Getaway3<br />

According to <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> columnist Angie Barker:<br />

‘Your garden is an opportunity to bring you joy.<br />

Whatever challenges it poses, whether it is small,<br />

an awkward shape, north facing, shaded by trees or<br />

over looked, there is always a design solution which<br />

can turn your outdoor space into a relaxing haven.<br />

<strong>Life</strong> is hectic and we all need a space where we can<br />

sit and relax, and whether your dream garden is<br />

a pretty cottage garden or a sleek contemporary<br />

outdoor room, with the right plants and the right<br />

approach in terms of design, you can achieve your<br />

dream garden.<br />

‘Think of your garden as another room in your house<br />

and suddenly you open up the possibilities. Even if<br />

you do not consider yourself a gardener, or you have<br />

limited time for maintenance, solutions are there<br />

for you to create an outdoor space in which you will<br />

want to spend time in and which brings you joy.’


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Get walking 3<br />

There’s so much to see around the Lancashire<br />

countryside and further afield – why not get out there<br />

and experience it? Our regular Jack’s Tracks features<br />

are a great place to get started: you’ll find over 60<br />

free walks on our website at www.locallife247.<br />

co.uk/free-stuff/download-jacks-tracks/<br />

Guided walks with the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Rangers<br />

take place around the most picturesque areas<br />

in the borough – for more information, call<br />

01744 676789 or visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/<br />

environmental-services. The Rangers have<br />

also compiled free trail guides around Billinge,<br />

Bold, Garswood and Rainford, which can be<br />

found online.<br />

Alternatively, why not join the Ramblers? Head to<br />

www.ramblers.org.uk to find your local group.<br />

Join the U3A 3<br />

The University of the Third Age offers retirees and<br />

semi-retirees the opportunity to share and learn<br />

new skills through various groups, meetings and<br />

interesting talks. Whether you’re getting involved<br />

in book groups, sampling a new sport or making<br />

new friends dining out, there’s something for<br />

everyone in the U3A. Examples of U3A groups on<br />

offer include Beginners Languages, Walks, Yoga and<br />

Card Making.<br />

In <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>, there are two U3A groups to<br />

choose from: the central <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> group and<br />

the Ashton-in-Makerfield & District group. For<br />

more information, visit<br />

www.u3asites.org.uk/st-helens/welcome or<br />

www.ashtoninmakerfieldanddistrictu3a.co.uk<br />

images by Ian Bonnell


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Make a will 3<br />

No-one likes to think about death, but<br />

making a will is a great way to get some<br />

peace of mind about the future, and<br />

getting it sorted early leaves you free to<br />

concentrate on happier things!<br />

There are a few ways of writing your will:<br />

you can use a solicitor, a will writing service<br />

or write your will yourself. Get started at www.<br />

moneyadviceservice.org.uk<br />

<strong>St</strong>art upcycling<br />

3<br />

Fed up of the same old tired furniture lying around<br />

your home? Why not try upcycling? The art of<br />

upcycling refers to the process of transforming<br />

used products or furniture into something of value<br />

– people have even turned old oil drums into stylish<br />

chairs, or basketballs into hanging baskets.<br />

Upcycling reduces the need to send items to landfill<br />

and helps reduce your eco-footprint along the way.<br />

Have some old cassette tape boxes? Why not add<br />

a layer of felt or sponge to the bottom and use it<br />

to hold earrings? Old windows can be transformed<br />

into rustic display cabinets, while old mascara<br />

brushes are great at cleaning in nooks and crannies.<br />

For ideas and upcycling help, visit the Re<strong>St</strong>ore<br />

Project on Peckers Hill Road (WA9 3JQ) – they<br />

take pre-loved furniture and upcycle it to sell on,<br />

as well as teaching people DIY skills.<br />

Fundraise<br />

for a charity 3<br />

Whether you’re hosting a bake sale or making a vow<br />

of sponsored silence, there are plenty of fundraising<br />

opportunities out there to help fund vital causes.<br />

Uniting for a common goal is a great way to get<br />

friends and family together too.<br />

National causes like Cancer Research, The<br />

Alzheimer’s Society and the RSPCA always<br />

benefit from your support, but your efforts<br />

will really help local causes like Willowbrook<br />

Hospice or Teardrops Supporting the<br />

Homeless which are supported entirely through<br />

donations.


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42 Travel<br />

A Rocky Road<br />

By Jess Phillips<br />

Towering spruce trees, unmarred stretches of fresh<br />

snow, the perfect reflection of a mountainside in an<br />

unblemished pool of blue - there’s nowhere else it<br />

could be but Canada. Embark on a journey to the<br />

westernmost part of the country to experience the<br />

stunning mountains that comprise the Canadian<br />

Rockies; listen closely enough and you might just<br />

hear the chugging of a train as it passes through the<br />

landscape.<br />

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shopping or picking up gifts<br />

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WORDSEARCH<br />

THEME: Shakespeare<br />

Find the hidden words in the word search grid<br />

Ajax<br />

Alonso<br />

Antony<br />

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Brutus<br />

Caesar<br />

Cleopatra<br />

Cordelia<br />

Demetrius<br />

Edmund<br />

Fabian<br />

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Helena<br />

Henry<br />

Hermione<br />

James<br />

Malcolm<br />

Nerissa<br />

Orlando<br />

Othello<br />

Romeo<br />

Titus<br />

Ursula<br />

Viola<br />

SUDOKU<br />

WIGGLE WORDS<br />

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M T H E<br />

O S A P<br />

R T B L<br />

F T S A<br />

NUMBER BLOCK<br />

The numbers in each row add up to totals to the<br />

right. The numbers in each column add up to the<br />

totals along the bottom.<br />

The diagonal lines also add up<br />

the totals to the right.<br />

7<br />

3 2<br />

8 3<br />

4 7<br />

14 20 27 18<br />

19<br />

19<br />

15<br />

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21<br />

16<br />

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Lydiate Loop<br />

by Chris Pearce<br />

Distance: 5¼ miles Difficulty: Easy<br />

There are a couple of factors we consider when<br />

deciding the location of our Jack’s Tracks walks at<br />

certain times of the year. We picked this particular<br />

walk for our <strong>January</strong> magazines because it’s fairly<br />

easy underfoot – it’s almost wholly-based around<br />

the gravel beds of an old railway line and on canal<br />

towpaths. And with the lack of daylight hours at this<br />

time of year, it’s important that it can be completed<br />

in good time, and so this 5¼ mile Lydiate Loop ticks<br />

all the boxes for a good winter walk which can be<br />

completed in under 2 hours.<br />

Park up on Hall Lane by Our Lady’s Catholic Church<br />

(L31 4HH) and turn left at the main Southport Road<br />

heading towards Maghull. After 200 yards you’ll see<br />

a gate and footpath sign, so cross over the road and<br />

go through the gate.<br />

Follow the clearly defined path round the edge<br />

of the small wood until you reach a field. Turn left<br />

and follow the path around the perimeter of the<br />

field for approximately 1/3 mile until you arrive at a<br />

single-track road (Acres Lane). Turn left and, almost<br />

immediately, you’ll see a concrete track on your<br />

right with a steel gate. Hop over the stile on the left<br />

of the gate.<br />

Follow the track to the left-hand side of a copse until<br />

you reach the Cheshire Lines, then take a left turn<br />

down the path, which used to be an old train line.<br />

The Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway<br />

was used to transport passengers and freight from<br />

the Liverpool area up to the disused Southport Lord<br />

<strong>St</strong>reet station between 1884 and 1952.<br />

550 yards further down the Cheshire Lines path,<br />

you’ll arrive at an opening at the junction with Carr<br />

Lane (this was the actual site of the old Lydiate<br />

Railway <strong>St</strong>ation). Carry on in the same direction for


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Southport Road<br />

For those with the OS Maps<br />

app on your desktop, mobile<br />

or tablet, this walk is named:<br />

JT-Lydiate-Loop<br />

Hall Lane<br />

Jackson’s Bridge<br />

Farm<br />

Acres Lane<br />

Leeds & Liverpool Canal<br />

Gore House<br />

Farm<br />

Lydiate<br />

Bells Lane<br />

Maghull Brook<br />

<strong>St</strong> John Bosco<br />

school<br />

Green Lane<br />

Maghull<br />

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure<br />

that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability<br />

to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


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the towpath in the<br />

same direction as<br />

previously.<br />

Exit the towpath at<br />

Bridge 19 and turn<br />

left, crossing the<br />

canal over Hall Lane<br />

Bridge and follow<br />

Hall Lane in the same<br />

direction, passing through<br />

rural Lydiate for ¾ mile until<br />

you arrive back at Our Lady’s<br />

Church.<br />

approximately<br />

one mile, taking in the views<br />

of Liverpool in the distance, until you arrive at<br />

Maghull Brook. Turn left here and follow the track<br />

past the farm to a dog-leg bend on Green Lane.<br />

Turn left and follow this narrow road for just over<br />

600 yards until you reach <strong>St</strong> John Bosco school. Take<br />

a left down the footpath opposite the school (you<br />

may have to navigate the mud here), and follow the<br />

path in the same direction until you reach Maghull<br />

Brook. Cross the brighe and then take an immediate<br />

right and go around the edge of the field until you<br />

reach Bells Lane.<br />

If you’re looking for a few interesting diversions,<br />

all within striking distance of the walk’s start/finish<br />

point, you can visit the remains of <strong>St</strong> Catherine’s<br />

Chapel (see picture) on Southport Road, or you<br />

can visit Lydiate Hall Farm, where you can visit the<br />

remains of Lydiate Hall and also the farm shop and<br />

cafe.<br />

Turn right and follow the road to the Running Horse<br />

pub and, before the bridge, turn left down the<br />

towpath alongside the canal. Follow the towpath<br />

for almost ¾ mile to Bridge 17a (Lollies Bridge)<br />

where you’ll need to come off the towpath, cross<br />

the bridge and descend to the better maintained<br />

towpath on the other side of the canal – following


Health & Fitness<br />

51<br />

How to beat<br />

type 2 diabetes<br />

When his diabetes doctor suggested he should share<br />

how he put his diabetes into remission, John Spring<br />

went one better, he wrote a humorous book about it.<br />

I’ve now been in remission from type 2 diabetes<br />

(T2D) for eight years, so I guess I must be doing<br />

something right. Being in remission means that T2D<br />

isn’t damaging me anymore. The newly diagnosed<br />

will have been made well aware of the longer-term<br />

havoc it can do to their bodies. Unless, when they<br />

were told, they put their fingers in their ears and<br />

started humming, “La, la, la, I’m not listening”. Which<br />

is exactly what I did for several years.<br />

5% of the UK’s adult population have been diagnosed<br />

with T2D, and another 1.3% don’t know they have<br />

it yet. By the year 2035, 10% of us will be type 2<br />

diabetic. That might make the recently diagnosed<br />

feel a little better, as there is some safety in numbers,<br />

but the NHS isn’t too keen on the prospect.<br />

New patients may not be feeling any immediate<br />

effects of T2D, so it becomes easy to be complacent.<br />

You can liken it to a mild acid flowing around your<br />

body, slowly eating away at your nerves, your<br />

organs and your eyes. It is the end of this slow<br />

production line of diabetic damage that the NHS is<br />

now contending with.<br />

I’d read about rapid weight loss having a high<br />

success rate in putting T2D into remission and<br />

the NHS is now trialling liquid-based diets of 800<br />

calories per day. There’s also bariatric surgery, but<br />

it isn’t infallible as a patient’s bad eating habits can<br />

find ways around it. Likewise, you probably don’t<br />

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especially if they don’t contain alcohol.<br />

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by becoming the master of my own food. I also<br />

learned how to fit exercise into my busy life. These<br />

are the lessons that have kept me in remission.<br />

I started by identifying the heavy hitters in my diet.<br />

I then developed workarounds to drastically reduce<br />

my consumption of those. I also pre-prepared my<br />

own breakfast and lunch, thus avoiding the calorific<br />

temptations lurking in coffee shops and lunchtime<br />

sandwich bars. My home cooked dinners featured<br />

healthier ingredients and I soon realised that there<br />

really is no such thing as a low-calorie takeaway.<br />

I discovered convenient exercise by walking set<br />

routes every day and I built up to being the world’s<br />

most unlikely runner. After four months I had lost<br />

four stone and my blood sugar came down from<br />

60 mmol to 42mmol (48 mmol is the diabetic<br />

threshold). I’d also equipped myself with the<br />

knowledge of how to maintain that weight loss.<br />

The low-calorie liquids or the surgeon’s knife may<br />

well kick T2D into remission, but they’re arduous<br />

procedures to undertake. <strong>St</strong>aying in remission is<br />

also hard work, but that has been made easier for<br />

me by using a new lifestyle to beat this lifestyle<br />

related disease.<br />

‘How I Beat Type 2 Diabetes’ by John Spring is available<br />

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Realistic Resolutions<br />

this New Year<br />

New Year resolutions sound like a great idea; a fresh<br />

year and a fresh start seem to fit together, and even<br />

if we’re determined not to make any, other people<br />

can sometimes inspire us – or shame us – into<br />

making our own.<br />

But if resolutions are such a good idea, why do they<br />

fail so often?<br />

At New Year, festive goodwill and New Year<br />

enthusiasm can give us a rosier view of life, tricking<br />

us into making a multitude of overly ambitious<br />

resolutions.<br />

More Exercise<br />

Your Unrealistic Resolution: I’ll go to Pilates every<br />

week, walk at least two miles every weekend and<br />

do my dance DVD every Tuesday!<br />

You haven’t managed to do any of these things<br />

every week this year - so it’s unlikely you’ll achieve<br />

all of them, every week this year. Be honest about<br />

why you don’t do them. The activities you’ll find the<br />

motivation or time for are those you can fit in most<br />

easily and enjoy the most.<br />

Less Alcohol<br />

Your Unrealistic Resolution: “I’ll give it up entirely!”<br />

“I won’t drink at home/when I’m out/on weekdays/<br />

until Easter!” If you rarely drink, you’ll find sticking<br />

to such drastic resolutions easy. But if you rarely<br />

drink, you’re probably not making alcohol-based<br />

resolutions...<br />

Recent research shows that even low alcohol intake<br />

(well under the recommended limits of 2-3 units<br />

daily and 14 units per week) increases your risk of<br />

many serious conditions, including dementia and<br />

some cancers, so cutting back is well worth doing.<br />

But going teetotal or drastically reducing your<br />

intake may be hard if you’re a regular drinker.<br />

A Better Resolution: Think about when and where<br />

you drink alcohol, and plan to reduce your intake<br />

gradually. Here are a few strategies to try:<br />

• If you usually have 4 drinks on a night out, replace<br />

drink 3 with a large soft drink; it may last you the<br />

rest of the evening, halving your alcohol intake.<br />

A Better Resolution: I’ll do an hour’s<br />

exercise each week.<br />

Perhaps you most enjoy a walk, but<br />

bad weather puts you off? Plan to<br />

walk every weekend, but commit<br />

to doing your exercise DVD instead<br />

if the weather’s awful. Or plan to<br />

fit in the exercise DVD weekly;<br />

anything else is a bonus. While<br />

it’s not the NHS recommended<br />

amount of exercise, it’s some, and<br />

it’s consistent. You can increase it<br />

later.


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• Find other ways to relax if you always have a drink<br />

on your return from work, and try to make it a<br />

Friday-only treat (or reduce your measure). Feeling<br />

you ‘need’ a drink is a warning sign – a first step on a<br />

potentially dangerous path.<br />

• Swap some alcoholic drinks for low alcohol or nonalcoholic<br />

alternatives. They’ve come a long way and<br />

there’s now a large range.<br />

No Smoking<br />

Your Unrealistic Resolution: “I smoke 30 a day, but<br />

I’m giving up forever at midnight, December 31st!”<br />

It’s probably quicker to list conditions not<br />

aggravated or caused by smoking than to list<br />

those that are - and it can be hard to accept you’re<br />

addicted to nicotine. But in reality, when you crave<br />

a cigarette to ‘calm your nerves’ that twitchiness you<br />

feel is a symptom of withdrawal, which can come<br />

on very quickly with nicotine.<br />

This can make smoking a hard habit to kick,<br />

particularly if you’re a moderate or heavy smoker –<br />

and while a few people do succeed in going ‘cold<br />

turkey’, the most reliable and angst-free way is to<br />

reduce your nicotine intake gradually.<br />

A Better Resolution: Pick or combine the cut-back<br />

strategies below to suit you, and if one doesn’t<br />

work, try another.<br />

• Buy nicotine replacement products - experiment<br />

and see what works best for you. Some are<br />

particularly suitable for heavy smokers.<br />

• If you don’t already, make yourself smoke outside.<br />

It takes more effort and prevents toxins from your<br />

cigarette lingering in the air (second-hand smoke)<br />

and settling on surfaces, where they are re-released<br />

(third-hand smoke), so you’ll be improving the<br />

health of housemates and visitors too.<br />

• Swap to e-cigarettes or vaporisers; you’ll be<br />

inhaling nicotine, but not cigarette toxins such as<br />

cyanide and arsenic.<br />

• Smoke to a timed schedule and gradually increase<br />

the time between cigarettes. Even if you smoke 25 a<br />

day and only drop one daily cigarette per fortnight,<br />

you’ll still be a non-smoker in under a year.


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Eat indulgent<br />

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Tuesday, <strong>January</strong> 14, 6pm<br />

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Friday, <strong>January</strong> 17, 7:30pm<br />

Iconic players Phil Thompson, Danny Murphy and<br />

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Tree Planting<br />

Sunday, <strong>January</strong> 19, 2pm<br />

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Tuesday, <strong>January</strong> 21, 7:30pm<br />

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Tuesday, February 11, 6pm-8pm<br />

Learn about the history of the slave trade and how<br />

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Jersey Boys Live<br />

Saturday, February 15, 7:30pm<br />

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Sunday, February 16, 2pm<br />

Get stuck in with placing bird feeders out in nature<br />

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The Spine<br />

Thursday, February 20, 7:30pm-9pm<br />

A new play about goals, brotherhood and the<br />

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league, but racism and toxic masculinity take their<br />

toll. Tickets bookable at the library.<br />

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Friday, February 21, 7:30pm-11:30pm<br />

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58 Motoring<br />

Suzuki Swift Attitude<br />

by Tim Barnes-Clay<br />

Suzuki’s Swift is a good seller for the Japanese<br />

automaker. And now it hopes the latest Swift Attitude<br />

will boost sales even higher.<br />

The special edition model is anticipated to account<br />

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The £14,599 Attitude is centred around the mid-spec<br />

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This has been harvested from the basic SZ-3, driving<br />

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• Engine layout: 1242cc 4-cylinder petrol<br />

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• CO2: 124 g/km<br />

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Bring your winter garden to life with<br />

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The outline of bare<br />

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photo: Magnus Manske<br />

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of year. Here are a few of my favourites, and are all<br />

best planted near a path or doorway where you can<br />

appreciate their sweet perfume:<br />

Sarcococca confusa – a relatively small shrub with<br />

tiny white flowers but what it lacks in size it makes<br />

up for with the most amazing scent. Planted near a<br />

shady front door it will bring a smile to yours – and<br />

your postman’s – face.<br />

Daphnes are brilliant for providing winter flowers<br />

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‘Jacqueline Postill’. The former won’t get much<br />

taller than a metre and is evergreen so apart from<br />

the lovely scent and pretty pink flowers, it is a very<br />

useful shrub in a border. They prefer a sunny spot.<br />

Mahonia x media. These are large shrubs and<br />

can reach 4m in height. ‘Charity’ is gorgeous with<br />

attractive yellow scented flowers that sit beside<br />

leaves which look a little like Holly. Evergreen, it will<br />

bring year round structure to your garden.<br />

Hamamelis x intermedia is a large (up to 4m)<br />

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‘Aurora’ is one of the most fragrant with pretty little<br />

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• HEDGES & SHRUBS MAINTAINED<br />

• WEED SPRAYING OF PATHS & DRIVEWAYS<br />

Garden Machinery & Equipment<br />

Sales, Service & Repair<br />

Garden Tractors & Lawn Mowers<br />

Chainsaws & Hedge Trimmers<br />

Brush Cutters & <strong>St</strong>rimmers<br />

Equipment Servicing & Sharpening<br />

Pick-up & delivery service<br />

Moss View, Nipe Lane, Nr Skelmersdale, WN8 9PY<br />

01695 722999 & 07918 618126/7<br />

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9am-2pm<br />

www.mowermen.co.uk<br />

Professional Lawn Treatment<br />

& Garden Maintenance<br />

~ Est. 2001 ~<br />

01744 893 477 or 07950 651 956<br />

GreenhillsLC@gmail.com<br />

BILLINGE BASED<br />

Over 60 walks<br />

FREE to download at locallife247.co.uk


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JTH Landscaping<br />

All aspects of Landscaping<br />

& Tree work undertaken<br />

Quality work & reliability<br />

at competitive prices<br />

• Landscape design & implementation<br />

• Tree felling, tree pruning<br />

• Japanese knotweed control<br />

• One off garden tidy<br />

• 24 hour emergency tree call out<br />

Call Thomas today for a free quote:<br />

07923 035300 or 01744 895570<br />

email: jthlandscaping@icloud.com<br />

Ashfield Farm, 43, Garswood Road, Billinge<br />

Want to promote your<br />

company in <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong>?<br />

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<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong><br />

GDR Driveways<br />

• Flagging • Block paving<br />

• Indian <strong>St</strong>one<br />

www.gdrdriveways.com<br />

Call Gareth for a FREE quotation<br />

01942 217 113 | 07715 177 754<br />

A<br />

Low Maintenance Garden Makeovers<br />

We’ll design & create your new<br />

low-maintenance garden<br />

Our wide range of artificial grass types<br />

are all guaranteed for 10 years<br />

LANDSCAPE & DRIVEWAY SPECIALISTS<br />

LANDSCAPING<br />

• Block Paving<br />

• Indian <strong>St</strong>one<br />

• Turfing & Artificial Grass<br />

• Driveways & Patios<br />

• Fencing & Decking<br />

• Jet Washing<br />

• Gravelling<br />

TREE SPECIALISTS<br />

• Pruning & Shaping<br />

• Felling & Topping<br />

• <strong>St</strong>ump Grinding<br />

All aspects of tree work<br />

undertaken<br />

NO JOB TOO LARGE OR TOO SMALL<br />

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Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,<br />

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

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

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

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

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

every step of the way and on that you have my word! <strong>St</strong>uart Goulding<br />

Don’t forget, we also offer all of these services daily...<br />

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

Glass, Toughened Glass, Mirrors, Greenhouse Glass, Glazing Service, Misted Units Replaced<br />

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,<br />

Wrightington, WN6 9RS<br />

Dennis Goulding<br />

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)<br />

Telephone: 01257 427 000<br />

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

www.dglwindows.co.uk<br />

A5209<br />

<strong>St</strong>andish<br />

Shevington<br />

B5250<br />

Open:<br />

J27<br />

A49<br />

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers<br />

Wind Turbines<br />

Heat Pumps<br />

LED Lighting<br />

.and general<br />

Energy Savings<br />

and we’ l provide you with a<br />

detailed report showing the<br />

returns available from your<br />

own solar panels<br />

(10% typical return)<br />

Visit our showr om at<br />

Unit 4a,<br />

Cricket <strong>St</strong>r et Busine s Park<br />

o f Miry Lane,<br />

Wigan.<br />

WN6 7TP<br />

or<br />

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk<br />

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk<br />

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Garden Make-Overs<br />

Before<br />

After<br />

•Landscaping<br />

•Driveways<br />

•Decking<br />

•Design<br />

Call for free estimate<br />

Colin 07958 302 166<br />

Brian 07760 160 988<br />

Wilson Brothers<br />

01695 633173<br />

Wilson Brothers<br />

www.wilson-bros.co.uk<br />

WE WON’T BE BEATEN ON QUALITY OR PRICE<br />

• Landscaping<br />

• Driveways & Patios<br />

• Block Paving<br />

• Indian <strong>St</strong>one<br />

Tree Work<br />

• Shaping & Pruning<br />

• Felling & Topping<br />

• Fencing & Decking<br />

• Turfing & Artificial<br />

Grass<br />

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Call Al today for a free quote or advice<br />

OFFICE<br />

01942 396 818<br />

MOBILE<br />

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• Garden Walls • Patios • Fencing<br />

• Driveways • Garden Maintenance<br />

Fully Insured<br />

Call Michael now for a free quote<br />

01695 363859 or 07977 534387<br />

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Design & Print<br />

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and distribution service.<br />

For more information call<br />

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Gel<br />

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Lashes<br />

Spray Tan<br />

Sunbeds<br />

Acrylic & Gel Nails<br />

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Telephone: 07814 619 400<br />

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM<br />

Closed Thursday & Sunday<br />

Mo sy Lea Road<br />

T<br />

Y<br />

R<br />

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FREE<br />

Car Health Check<br />

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• Raised Beds • Artificial Grass<br />

• Lawns Re-Turfed • Driveways & Patios<br />

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• Gardens Designed & Constructed<br />

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Safe<br />

Not Sorry<br />

Anyone who’s ever been cheated by a cowboy<br />

tradesperson knows the impact it can have on your<br />

life and home. Trust doesn’t come easily if you’ve<br />

been duped once, knowing it can happen again.<br />

That’s where <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Council’s Trader Register<br />

comes in. Businesses who sign up to the scheme<br />

agree to abide by a code of conduct set out by<br />

the Trading <strong>St</strong>andards team at <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Council,<br />

ensuring good business practice and compliance<br />

with relevant legislation. Signing up to be part of<br />

the register reassures clients and potential clients<br />

that they can expect reliable, trustworthy service<br />

when they book a job with a selected trader.<br />

The database of tradespeople mainly covers all<br />

aspects of home improvement and repair work,<br />

including building, external property repairs,<br />

gardening, decorating and home security, along<br />

with trades relating to disabled assistance and<br />

adaptations. One resident commented: ‘The Trader<br />

Register is a brilliant platform that allows us to<br />

retrieve information about trusted traders based in<br />

our local area. It is reassuring that all traders have<br />

been through an application process with reference<br />

from previous customers.’<br />

If you’re a consumer looking for someone to carry out<br />

work, simply:<br />

1. Visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/traderregister<br />

2. Enter your postcode and specify the type of<br />

trader you’re looking for<br />

3. Select the right trader for you based on their<br />

profile page, star ratings and reviews.


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A note for tradespeople<br />

Joining the scheme requires you to have a minimum of<br />

£2million Public Liability, £5million Employer Liability<br />

(if applicable) and at least 6 customer contact details<br />

for references, 3 of which must be returned. Proof of<br />

membership to organisations like Gas Safe or NICEIC<br />

must be provided if the business claims to be registered<br />

members.<br />

An annual membership fee of £97.19 (VAT included)<br />

applies, plus an administration fee of £38.58 for traders<br />

new to the scheme.<br />

For more information about <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Council’s Trader<br />

Register, or to sign up, visit<br />

www.sthelens.gov.uk/traderregister<br />

to fill in an online application form<br />

or call 01744 676304.<br />

Here are some trades covered by the Trader Register:<br />

• Builders<br />

• Painter/Decorators<br />

• Plumbers<br />

• Tilers<br />

• Locksmiths<br />

• Tree Surgeons<br />

• Joiners<br />

• Roofers<br />

• Gardeners<br />

• Electricians<br />

• Used car sales<br />

• Central heating services<br />

• Double glazing installation<br />

• Carpet Fitters<br />

• Disabled Aids<br />

• Plasterers<br />

For more information about<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Council’s Trader Register visit<br />

www.sthelens.gov.uk/traderregister


66 Home Services<br />

Home Services<br />

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Broadband broken, computer slow<br />

printer packed up, virus/spyware or<br />

your keyboards gone kaput<br />

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in the comfort of your own home<br />

Call Catherine Now 07540 222787<br />

No Call Out Charges • <strong>Local</strong> Company • PC Experts<br />

Tel: 01744 778381 - 01942 418763 - Mobile - 07540 222787<br />

Want to promote your<br />

company in <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong>?<br />

Call Sally: 01744 649 722<br />

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H. TEBB & SON<br />

French Polishers<br />

& Upholsterers<br />

of Distinction<br />

• Domestic and<br />

commercial work<br />

welcome<br />

• Free Pick Up and<br />

Delivery<br />

• Established in <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Helens</strong> since 1946<br />

• Free estimates<br />

Fires & <strong>St</strong>oves Swept<br />

Certificates Issued<br />

HETAS Approved Sweep<br />

Professional & Reliable<br />

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91 Shaw <strong>St</strong>reet, <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>, WA10 1EN<br />

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Want your business to grow?<br />

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For more information call 01744 649 722<br />

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Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,<br />

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors<br />

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

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

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

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

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

every step of the way and on that you have my word! <strong>St</strong>uart Goulding<br />

Don’t forget, we also offer all of these services daily...<br />

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

Glass, Toughened Glass, Mirrors, Greenhouse Glass, Glazing Service, Misted Units Replaced<br />

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,<br />

Wrightington, WN6 9RS<br />

Dennis Goulding<br />

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)<br />

Telephone: 01257 427 000<br />

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

www.dglwindows.co.uk<br />

A5209<br />

<strong>St</strong>andish<br />

Shevington<br />

B5250<br />

Open:<br />

J27<br />

A49<br />

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers<br />

Wind Turbines<br />

Heat Pumps<br />

LED Lighting<br />

.and general<br />

Energy Savings<br />

and we’ l provide you with a<br />

detailed report showing the<br />

returns available from your<br />

own solar panels<br />

(10% typical return)<br />

Visit our showr om at<br />

Unit 4a,<br />

Cricket <strong>St</strong>r et Busine s Park<br />

o f Miry Lane,<br />

Wigan.<br />

WN6 7TP<br />

or<br />

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk<br />

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk<br />

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<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>’ premier<br />

domestic<br />

cleaning service<br />

Cleaning in the<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> area<br />

for 10+ years<br />

We only use reliable, vetted staff<br />

• £11.95 per hour - minimum 2 hrs<br />

• Same cleaner each visit<br />

• All domestic duties provided<br />

Call or email Joanne 01744 649091<br />

joanne@acleanbreak.co.uk / www.acleanbreak.co.uk<br />

UPVC CLEANING<br />

• Windows, Fascias, Gutters etc.<br />

CONSERVATORIES<br />

• Exterior & Interior (Cleaning)<br />

POWER WASHING<br />

• Driveways & Patios etc.<br />

ROOF CLEANING<br />

• Moss Removal & Bio-Treatment<br />

• Softwashing / Low Pressure<br />

SPECIAL OFFER - 20% OFF<br />

ALL CLEANING PACKAGES<br />

Call Clint for a free no obligation quote.<br />

01744 470 051 or 07834 241 642<br />

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10% OFF<br />

EVERYTHING<br />

until 29th Feb<br />

Happy New Year to all our customers!<br />

T: 01942 409401<br />

M: 07881 816839<br />

• Professional Carpet - Rug - Upholstery Cleaning<br />

• Leather Cleaning & Restoration<br />

• FREE Pre-Inspection Visit & Quotation<br />

helen@carrolls-cleaning.co.uk<br />

Design & Print<br />

Flyers, postcards, brochures<br />

and distribution service.<br />

For more information call<br />

01744 649 722<br />

<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong><br />

Gel<br />

Nails<br />

norma ly £20<br />

now £15<br />

Lashes<br />

Spray Tan<br />

Sunbeds<br />

Acrylic & Gel Nails<br />

Natalies @ <strong>St</strong>udio 84<br />

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG<br />

Telephone: 07814 619 400<br />

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM<br />

Closed Thursday & Sunday<br />

Mo sy Lea Road<br />

T<br />

Y<br />

R<br />

E<br />

S<br />

Solar Thermal<br />

& Solar PV<br />

Book<br />

your FREE<br />

home survey<br />

CAR & VAN SERVICING<br />

..and motorcycles too<br />

FREE<br />

Car Health Check<br />

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Keep me until you need me!<br />

Book your FREE Car Health Check<br />

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REPAIR & WELDING<br />

Saving money is<br />

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Slash your electricity and<br />

water heating bill<br />

Protect your household from<br />

future energy price rises<br />

Reduce your household’s<br />

E<br />

X<br />

H<br />

A<br />

U<br />

S<br />

T<br />

S<br />

impact on the environment<br />

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Providing professional carpet &<br />

upholstery cleaning since 1993<br />

Carpets Upholstery Curtains<br />

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For more information call:<br />

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Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,<br />

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors<br />

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

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

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

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

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

every step of the way and on that you have my word! <strong>St</strong>uart Goulding<br />

Don’t forget, we also offer all of these services daily...<br />

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

Glass, Toughened Glass, Mirrors, Greenhouse Glass, Glazing Service, Misted Units Replaced<br />

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,<br />

Wrightington, WN6 9RS<br />

Dennis Goulding<br />

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)<br />

Telephone: 01257 427 000<br />

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

www.dglwindows.co.uk<br />

A5209<br />

<strong>St</strong>andish<br />

Shevington<br />

B5250<br />

Open:<br />

J27<br />

A49<br />

TwinLakesMotorEngin ers<br />

Wind Turbines<br />

Heat Pumps<br />

LED Lighting<br />

...and general<br />

Energy Savings<br />

and we’ l provide you with a<br />

detailed report showing the<br />

returns available from your<br />

own solar panels<br />

(10% typical return)<br />

Visit our showr om at<br />

Unit 4a,<br />

Cricket <strong>St</strong>reet Business Park<br />

o f Miry Lane,<br />

Wigan.<br />

WN6 7TP<br />

or<br />

Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk<br />

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk<br />

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Keeping your home and family safe<br />

• CCTV – Tailored high-quality CCTV solutions for your home<br />

and/or business<br />

• Alarms - Hard wired & wire-free systems security solutions<br />

• Full installation, repairs & maintenance.<br />

The only <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> company<br />

to reach NSI Gold standard<br />

Call us today for a free, no obligation, security survey.<br />

Established 1984<br />

W.Hurst & Son Ltd<br />

ELECTRIC CONTRACTOR<br />

www.whurstandson.co.uk<br />

• All types of electrical work<br />

• 35+ years experience<br />

• No job too small<br />

• Friendly and reliable<br />

All electrical work<br />

undertaken from full<br />

re-wires to alarms/CCTV.<br />

www.hjselectricalservices.co.uk<br />

For a free quote<br />

& advice call Jeff<br />

01695 622 191<br />

07850 622 191<br />

No job too small.<br />

No call out charge<br />

– guaranteed.<br />

30 years experience.<br />

Call <strong>St</strong>eve on<br />

07809 427 508<br />

Unit D, Moss Park, Dairy Farm Road, Rainford, WA11 7JR<br />

01744 607080<br />

enquiries@best-security.co.uk<br />

www.best-security.co.uk<br />

Rainford Electrical<br />

Electrical Installations & Repairs Est.1975<br />

All aspects of domestic work undertaken<br />

Lights, Sockets, Fuseboards etc<br />

Electric Oven & Shower Repairs<br />

P.A.T. Testing & Inspection<br />

Small jobs a speciality<br />

Call Alan Leigh on<br />

01744 883883 or 07884 496434<br />

Design & Print<br />

Flyers, postcards, brochures<br />

and distribution service.<br />

For more information call<br />

01744 649 722<br />

<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong><br />

Gel<br />

Nails<br />

norma ly £20<br />

now £15<br />

Lashes<br />

Spray Tan<br />

Sunbeds<br />

Acrylic & Gel Nails<br />

Natalies @ <strong>St</strong>udio 84<br />

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG<br />

Telephone: 07814 619 400<br />

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM<br />

Closed Thursday & Sunday<br />

Mossy Lea Road<br />

T<br />

Y<br />

R<br />

E<br />

S<br />

Solar Thermal<br />

& Solar PV<br />

Book<br />

your FREE<br />

home survey<br />

CAR & VAN SERVICING<br />

FREE<br />

Car Health Check<br />

.and motorcycles too<br />

for a l residents of Croston and Bretherton<br />

Book your FREE Car Health Check<br />

Ca l now on<br />

Keep me until you need me!<br />

01772 603923<br />

REPAIR & WELDING<br />

Saving money is<br />

the clear benefit!<br />

Slash your electricity and<br />

water heating bi l<br />

Protect your household from<br />

future energy price rises<br />

Reduce your household’s<br />

impact on the environment<br />

E<br />

X<br />

H<br />

A<br />

U<br />

S<br />

T<br />

S<br />

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0843 224 9555<br />

07595 420237<br />

A.J.Davies Est.1991<br />

Painter & Decorator<br />

Paper Hanging a Speciality<br />

Friendly & Very Reliable Service<br />

Both Domestic & Commercial<br />

Trading for over 26 years<br />

Call Adam on 01744 755 005<br />

e-mail ajdaviesdecorator@hotmail.co.uk


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KEYS LOCKS SAFES<br />

• Repairs & Upgrades<br />

on all locks, including UPVC<br />

• Safes supplied & installed<br />

• Key cutting service<br />

• Emergency call outs welcomed<br />

• All work guaranteed<br />

Call your local lock expert for a free quote<br />

Call us now on<br />

01744 732 256<br />

Established 1970<br />

Visit our showroom: 2, Lingholme Road, <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>, WA10 2NS<br />

GARAGE DOOR<br />

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