24.01.2020 Views

Local Life - Wigan - February 2020

Wigan's FREE local lifestyle magazine.

Wigan's FREE local lifestyle magazine.

SHOW MORE
SHOW LESS

Create successful ePaper yourself

Turn your PDF publications into a flip-book with our unique Google optimized e-Paper software.

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

<strong>Wigan</strong> Edition <strong>February</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />

Vegan Vigils<br />

Pages 16-17<br />

Memories of<br />

Clubbing in <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

Pages 34-37<br />

Jack’s Tracks:<br />

Darwen Moor<br />

Pages 74-77<br />

<strong>Local</strong> News Motoring Jack’s Tracks Health Events2Go Home Services<br />

locallife247.co.uk


2<br />

WINTER<br />

SALE<br />

NOW ON<br />

Come and explore our newly extended Sofa Lounge,<br />

offering real home comfort for every room<br />

SPECIAL OFFERS<br />

3 + 2 SOFA DEAL<br />

ONLY<br />

£799.99<br />

OR<br />

2 SEATER SOFA’S<br />

ONLY<br />

£399.00<br />

Plus, with our SOFAS TO GO policy you can<br />

See it, Like it & take it away today!<br />

www.sleepyhollowbedcentre.co.uk


NEW YEAR NEW LOOK!<br />

Fires - Fireplaces - Stoves - Gas - Electric - Multifuel<br />

All tastes & budgets catered for<br />

3<br />

Finance options available<br />

T&C’s apply, please ask for details<br />

The<br />

ireplace<br />

INC<br />

The Stoveplace <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

Telephone: 01942 583 558<br />

721 Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, <strong>Wigan</strong> WN5 8AQ (FREE parking to the rear)<br />

wiganfiresandfireplaces.co.uk


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

Barring any last-minute legal hiccups, the<br />

month of <strong>February</strong> sees a new era dawn for<br />

the UK, a future that’s firmly outside what<br />

was the Common Market (and is now the EU) for the<br />

first time in 47 years.<br />

It’s a strange feeling isn’t it?<br />

Wherever you stood on the issue, we’re all in this<br />

together, as David Cameron (the architect of the<br />

Brexit referendum) once said. And whilst economic<br />

and business commentators galore pontificate on<br />

the damage (or opportunities) of Brexit, it’s clear that<br />

the final impact of Brexit on the UK, be it positive or<br />

negative, won’t be known for years to come.<br />

How we can each influence the outcome though,<br />

albeit in a small way, is to assess our own buying<br />

habits and try, wherever possible, to buy local.<br />

Whenever it’s food and drink, holidays or any other<br />

goods, it all makes a difference to the local economy<br />

when you opt to buy local.<br />

Plus, you’ll have a positive effect on the environment<br />

– now that’s what I call a win-win!<br />

See you next time<br />

Chris Pearce, Publisher<br />

chrisp@locallife247.co.uk<br />

Keep in touch with the<br />

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

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

Telephone: 01695 627 999<br />

info@locallife247.co.uk<br />

locallifemagazine247@locallifemedia<br />

<strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> 247 Ltd, Unit 8, Hewitt Business Park,<br />

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

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, neither the<br />

publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss<br />

or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause. No part of<br />

this publication may be copied or reproduced without the prior written consent of <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> 247 Ltd.


<strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> 5<br />

This month’s highlights<br />

34. Memories of Clubbing in <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

Contents<br />

10. Beauty<br />

Winter saviours for hair and skin.<br />

24. Books<br />

New Year, new books.<br />

26. Puzzle Pages<br />

Try these brainteasers for size.<br />

28. Planning Ahead<br />

Prepare for the future.<br />

54. Home Interiors<br />

16. Vegan Vigils 46. Tile Style<br />

Back to black.<br />

66. Health Section<br />

Snoring: it’s no laughing matter!<br />

72. Events2Go<br />

Stay busy this <strong>February</strong>!<br />

74. Jack’s Tracks: Darwen Moor<br />

82. Motoring<br />

Install an electric charging point<br />

85. Home Services<br />

Find a local trader for you.<br />

56. Ale & Hearty<br />

62. Financial Tidy Up<br />

Want to<br />

promote your<br />

business in<br />

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

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

Advertising deadline - 12th <strong>February</strong><br />

Published - 26th <strong>February</strong><br />

01695 627 999<br />

www.locallife247.co.uk


6 News & Features<br />

People Power<br />

Residents who think they have what it takes to<br />

become a local councillor are being invited to an<br />

event next month.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Council is opening its doors on Wednesday<br />

5th <strong>February</strong> and Thursday 6th <strong>February</strong> for<br />

two informal sessions for anyone who might be<br />

interested in standing for election at the local<br />

elections in May <strong>2020</strong> or in any other subsequent<br />

election.<br />

The session will give residents the chance to learn<br />

more about the role of a local councillor and the<br />

route to becoming a candidate.<br />

Current councillors and <strong>Wigan</strong> Council staff will be<br />

on hand to talk you through the process of standing<br />

in an election and can tell you what to expect if<br />

you’re successful.<br />

If you’re interested come along to one of the<br />

sessions on Wednesday 5th <strong>February</strong> at 5.30pm<br />

at <strong>Wigan</strong> Town Hall or Thursday 6th <strong>February</strong> at<br />

5.30pm at Compassion in Action building in Leigh.<br />

activities, check out their Facebook page Standish<br />

WI, or call the organisers on 07974 909472.<br />

Craft your Town<br />

A digital imagination workshop for the over<br />

55’s has come to Aspull Library. By using your<br />

own memories and the resources of the <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

Archives, you can help create a piece of handmade<br />

interactive artwork which will go on display in your<br />

local community.<br />

You’ll also be able to pick up some new digital skills<br />

too.<br />

Entitled ‘Craft your Town’ this community project for<br />

the over 55’s has been supported by <strong>Wigan</strong> Council’s<br />

‘The Deal’. The workshop runs every Monday from<br />

20th January to 24th <strong>February</strong> inclusive, from 10.30-<br />

12.30pm at Aspull Library and the cost is £3 per<br />

session.<br />

You can reserve your place by calling Aspull Library<br />

on 01942 831303 or just call in.<br />

For more information contact Democratic Services<br />

on 01942 827121.<br />

First Base<br />

Women looking to get fit and enjoy good company<br />

are being urged to join a new female rounders<br />

group in Standish. The sessions run every Thursday<br />

from 7pm to 8pm at Standish High School sports<br />

hall and cost £3 a session, though the first session is<br />

free for newcomers.<br />

Introducing ICare Meals on Wheels<br />

The group are looking for members aged from 14+<br />

and all abilities. For more information, call Tracey<br />

on 07734 882 899 or search Facebook for Standish<br />

Rounders.<br />

WI want you<br />

Standish Women’s Institute are looking for new<br />

members to join them. The group meets at St<br />

Marie’s Church Hall on Almond Brook Road on the<br />

second Thursday of the month.<br />

For more details about the group and their<br />

Try a complimentary Hot Lunchtime meal<br />

and sweet delivered to your home.<br />

Call 0845 6041125<br />

or to place an order on line visit<br />

www.icarecuisine.co.uk<br />

All our staff are fully Police and DBS checked


7<br />

YOUR<br />

NEW<br />

JOIN<br />

NOW!<br />

STANDISH<br />

LEISURE<br />

CENTRE<br />

FREE PT SESSION - NO JOINING FEE - FREE BODY MOT<br />

REAL PEOPLE | REAL RESULTS<br />

01942 486 486<br />

standishleisurecentre.org


8<br />

Leisure Centre opens<br />

The state-of-the-art Standish<br />

Leisure Centre will officially<br />

open its doors this weekend!<br />

Located on Rectory Lane, the<br />

Centre represents a fantastic<br />

new addition to the village’s<br />

thriving status, helping residents<br />

towards a healthier lifestyle.<br />

Standish Leisure Centre consists<br />

of a 70 station Technogym gym, kitted out with<br />

cardio and strength equipment, and free weights<br />

section. Alongside the gym is a studio facility that<br />

will host instructor led and virtual classes. Outside<br />

the main building, there is a multi-use games area<br />

for tennis, netball and basketball, as well as a 3G<br />

synthetic football pitch (pictured).<br />

Those residents who have already registered as<br />

members will have already been contacted to<br />

arrange group inductions and these will start to<br />

take place from Wednesday 29th<br />

January. Reception will be open<br />

from Thursday 30th January to<br />

enable residents to look around<br />

the facility and the centre is<br />

fully open from Saturday 1st<br />

<strong>February</strong>.<br />

The pitches are now available for<br />

casual bookings and the class<br />

timetable for the Centre will begin from Monday<br />

<strong>February</strong> 3rd ; keep an eye on the Facebook page<br />

‘Standish Leisure Centre’ for full details of the<br />

timetable.<br />

The facility will be open from Monday to Friday<br />

from 6.30am through to 10pm, and at weekends<br />

from 8am to 5pm.<br />

If you’d like further details about facilities at the<br />

centre, call 01942 486486 or pop into the centre<br />

from Thursday 30th January.


Meat Feast<br />

9<br />

A duo of butchers are making a welcome return to local high<br />

streets this spring. The closure of Chadwicks in July last year,<br />

after generations of trading, left a huge hole on the High<br />

Street in Standish, at a time when the population of the<br />

village is booming.<br />

But now specialist local butchers J McRobb, from nearby<br />

Blackrod, have announced plans for a new store on Market<br />

St in Standish. This double fronted outlet was previously the<br />

Autosave car accessory business and the butchers are due to<br />

open in late spring after a refurbishment.<br />

In the meantime, Cook and Foragers have opened a store<br />

at 272B Miles Lane in Appley Bridge (pictured). The award<br />

winning butchers, which specialises in rare breed pork, has<br />

re-located to Appley Bridge from the Courtyard at Haigh Hall.<br />

WIGAN STORE 5 Library St, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1NN<br />

01942 355075<br />

www.fairytaleendings.co.uk<br />

@fairytaleendingsdresses


10<br />

Winter Saviours<br />

When it’s wet, cold and miserable outside, you might be tempted to<br />

hibernate indoors with a cuppa. Indulge that temptation and use the<br />

time to treat your skin and hair to a bit of TLC.<br />

If you’re the wash and go type<br />

who rarely has time to dry their<br />

hair, let alone style it, or you’re<br />

the opposite and have styled<br />

your hair to the max until it’s<br />

little more than a crispy mess,<br />

Bondi Boost’s Hair Growth<br />

could prove very welcome. The<br />

Australian luxury haircare range<br />

has attracted a bit of a cult<br />

following in recent years and<br />

it’s now available at Boots. I’m a<br />

recent convert. I won’t bore you<br />

with the science – it’s enough<br />

to say that the products are<br />

packed with vitamins, minerals,<br />

and amino acids to ‘feed’ your<br />

hair from scalp to tip, leaving it<br />

stronger, sleeker and definitely<br />

swishier. From £19.50 at www.<br />

boots.com.<br />

Skin looking a bit ‘meh’? Winter is<br />

a good time to do<br />

a gentle at-home<br />

acid peel. Murad’s<br />

new Replenishing<br />

Multi-Acid Peel<br />

(£48) is a good<br />

choice as it’s<br />

enriched with<br />

extra ingredients<br />

to help you avoid<br />

irritation and<br />

dryness. Sweep a<br />

little across your face each day<br />

to boost cell renewal by a third<br />

within a week. The end result is<br />

skin that looks fresher, brighter<br />

and healthier. 96% of testers felt<br />

their skin looked smoother after<br />

four weeks and I have to say<br />

that I agree with them. Do wear<br />

sunscreen each day that you’re<br />

doing an at-home peel and for a<br />

few days afterwards, as your skin<br />

might be a bit more sensitive.<br />

See www.murad.co.uk.<br />

When your skin is feeling dry and<br />

lacklustre, it can be tempting<br />

to slather on an extra thick<br />

moisturiser. While that’s fine for<br />

some skin types, others may<br />

prefer an easier to absorb serum.<br />

Alteya Organics’ Rose Jasminium<br />

Illuminating Perfecting Serum<br />

(£39) is lightweight and nongreasy<br />

– skin just drinks it up. It’s<br />

packed with nourishing natural<br />

ingredients, from aloe vera and<br />

jojoba oil to rose flower oil,<br />

jasmine extracts and evening<br />

primrose oil. Together, they work<br />

to hydrate, repair and protect,<br />

and just generally leave skin<br />

feeling more ‘spring-like’. See<br />

www.alteya.co.uk.<br />

If your hands are feeling dry and<br />

sore this winter, the first thing to<br />

do is switch to a gentler soap or<br />

handwash that doesn’t contain<br />

sodium lauryl sulphate. (It dries<br />

my skin to the point where<br />

my hands end up bleeding<br />

when I move them.) Next, try<br />

an intensive hand cream. Don’t<br />

worry about the fragrance or<br />

pretty packaging – go for a<br />

workhorse that’s going to get<br />

the job done. Goldfaden MD’s<br />

Hands to Heart cream is one such<br />

workhorse. It boosts hydration,<br />

fades age spots,<br />

soothes cracked<br />

skin and protects<br />

the skin from<br />

further damage.<br />

Now that’s what<br />

I call a good<br />

all-rounder. It’s<br />

£35 from www.<br />

spaceNK.com.


11<br />

Elegant Occasion Wear<br />

Stylish Casual Wear<br />

Fabulous Accessories<br />

including<br />

Handbags & Shoes<br />

Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm<br />

Closed Wed & Sun<br />

68 High Street, Standish, WN6 OHF T: 01257 425480<br />

www.barbarasofstandish.com<br />

Fight the signs of ageing<br />

and celebrate your skin<br />

Jewels May is a wonderful independent<br />

jewellers. The shop has recently expanded<br />

so as to offer customers more on site<br />

specialist services, one-to-one consultation,<br />

specialist design and re-modelling advice and<br />

manufacturing.<br />

Their jewellery range is extensive from antique<br />

and vintage to modern and one-off bespoke<br />

luxury pieces, set with diamonds and precious<br />

stones. They also boast an impressive range of<br />

engagement and wedding rings as well as preowned<br />

luxury watches.<br />

Repairs & Alterations<br />

Rhodium Plating<br />

Cleaning & Polishing<br />

Design & Manufacturing<br />

Engagement & Wedding Ring Specialists<br />

Insurance Valuations<br />

Watch Servicing, Repairs, Refurbishing<br />

& Batteries<br />

Specialist Centre for Face & Body Firming<br />

S hrinking Violet Inch Loss Treatments<br />

Non-surgical Face Lifting (C.A.C.I)<br />

Experts in Face & Body Sculpting<br />

“Now offering on-site rhodium plating within an hour,<br />

Wednesday to Sunday.<br />

SPECIAL READER OFFER<br />

Rhodium plating of 2 rings for £50 (normally £60),<br />

just quote <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> 247”<br />

Book your free consultation today<br />

Tel: 01257 367309<br />

Email: salon@LeSpaUk.com<br />

www.LeSpaUk.com<br />

267a Chorley Road, Standish WN1 2TX<br />

Heskin Hall Shopping Village,<br />

Wood Lane, Heskin, PR7 5PA<br />

Tel: 01257 450448 Etsy: Jewelsmayuk<br />

www.jewelsmay.com


12<br />

Parkrun<br />

If you’re feeling enthused by your efforts so far in<br />

<strong>2020</strong> to shake off the Christmas excess, perhaps<br />

you would like to step into <strong>February</strong> by joining the<br />

Parkrun revolution?<br />

Parkruns are a great way to burn that energy<br />

without spending a penny. The 5k runs (for ages<br />

15+) take place at many venues and you can either<br />

run, jog or walk around the route.<br />

Everyone can join in and the runs take place at 9am<br />

on Saturday mornings in local parks across the UK.<br />

There are also a number of 2km Junior Parkruns,<br />

which take place at 9am every Sunday, for children<br />

aged 4-14.<br />

It’s something about the sense of accomplishment,<br />

as you complete the course lined with applauding<br />

volunteers and the feel good factor you get from<br />

taking part.<br />

There is no fee, just simply sign up on the website to<br />

receive your barcode, helping you track your exact<br />

time if you want to.<br />

Parkruns happening locally include: Haigh Country<br />

Park, Cuerden Country Park, Pennington Flash<br />

and Tawd Valley (Skelmersdale), whilst the 2km<br />

Junior Parkrun on Saturday starts at Nye Bevan<br />

(Skelmersdale).<br />

For more information, visit www.parkrun.org.uk<br />

Knit & Natter<br />

Just a reminder that the local Knit & Natter group in<br />

Standish meets every Friday between 2-3.30pm in<br />

the reading room at Standish Library. You can bring<br />

your own knitting or craft or join in a group project.<br />

Tea and biscuits are provided by Friends of Standish<br />

Library.<br />

Earn extra<br />

cash!<br />

<strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> require distributors<br />

for the following areas;<br />

Taking the Stress out of Mortgages<br />

Did you know we can help you with the following:<br />

Residential Mortgages, Re-mortgages, First Time Buyers<br />

Help to Buy, Adverse Credit, Right to Buy,<br />

Equity Release/<strong>Life</strong>time Mortgages,<br />

Overseas Mortgages*, Property Portfolio Creation<br />

We also provide advice on making sure that you and<br />

your home are fully protected should life throw anything<br />

unexpected your way.<br />

*this is outsourced to a specialist company<br />

Call us on<br />

01257 441580<br />

or for more information visit<br />

www.armortgagesuk.com<br />

YOUR HOME IS AT RISK IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS<br />

ON YOUR MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER LOAN SECURED ON IT.<br />

Alexander Ross Mortgages is a trading style of WE Financial Services Limited<br />

which is an appointed representative of LJ Financial Planning Limited which<br />

is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.<br />

Standish<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Road, Victoria Crescent area<br />

High St, Preston Rd area<br />

Preston Rd, Kenyon Rd area<br />

Bentham estate<br />

Langham Rd, Woodhurst Dr estate<br />

Shevington Moor<br />

Broadacre, Parkway area<br />

Aspull<br />

Lincoln Dr, Windsor Cres area<br />

Haigh<br />

Interested?<br />

Please email your name, address,<br />

landline number and date of birth to<br />

sallyb@locallife247.co.uk<br />

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


13<br />

Over 25 years of local advice<br />

High Street, Standish<br />

Mortgages, Re-mortgages,<br />

First Time Buyers,<br />

Buy To Let, Equity Release *<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>, Standish<br />

& surrounding areas<br />

Free home visits any time to 8.00pm or visit us in Standish.<br />

*Referred to specialist<br />

01257 424 999<br />

www.mortgage-clinic.co.uk<br />

1st CLASS<br />

TRAVEL<br />

Personal and Business Class Travel<br />

from Arley Chauffeurs<br />

u 24 Hour Service<br />

u Special Occasions<br />

u Long Distance Specialists<br />

u Airport Transfers<br />

u Sporting Events<br />

u Corporate Events<br />

Phone: 07729 994 117<br />

E- Email: david@arley.biz Web: www.arley.biz


14<br />

Aspull Charity Night<br />

Louise Hughes from Whelley is organising a second<br />

charity night in memory of her husband Dave, who<br />

died in 2018. Dave was born with a congenital<br />

heart defect and received a call from the Freeman<br />

Hospital in Newcastle on 22nd <strong>February</strong> 2018 to say<br />

that a donated heart was available for transplant.<br />

Though he came round after the 12 hour operation,<br />

he didn’t make a full recovery due to infections and<br />

other complications.<br />

Last year’s fund raiser, along with a golf tournament<br />

organised by Louise’s father, Tony Sedgwick, raised<br />

£21,000 in Dave’s memory. This year’s charity night<br />

takes place on 22nd <strong>February</strong>, two years to the day<br />

since the transplant, at The Village on the Green in<br />

Aspull and proceeds go to the Freeman Heart and<br />

and Lung Transplant Association.<br />

Tickets for the event cost £30 and the event will<br />

feature singer Stephen Bayliss, food and a raffle. If<br />

you’d like to buy tickets for this charity night, call<br />

Louise on 07507 370128 or Tony on 07785 710889.<br />

St Wilf’s Sale<br />

St Wilfrid’s church in Standish will be holding a Table<br />

Top Sale on Saturday 22 <strong>February</strong> from 10am -2pm.<br />

Tables cost £7 each and if you want to sell goods<br />

at the event then please call 01257 422538 to book<br />

a table. Bacon barms, cakes and hot drinks will be<br />

served at the event.<br />

Other <strong>2020</strong> events coming up at St Wilf’s are the<br />

quiz night on 24th April, the <strong>Wigan</strong> Silver Choir<br />

will perform on 22nd May and on 20th June is the<br />

annual Garden Party, with the Prospect Band.<br />

VE Day<br />

It’s the 75th anniversary of VE Day in May and <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

Council are hosting a special two-day VE Day event<br />

in Mesnes Park on 8th and 9th May . If you have a<br />

military vehicle or a classic vehicle from the period<br />

and you’d like to showcase it at the event, then<br />

please contact John Harker MBE at <strong>Wigan</strong> Council<br />

on 01942 827584, or email j.harker@wigan.gov.uk.<br />

FREE PICKUP & DELIVERY<br />

Beautifully furnished<br />

Stone Cottage<br />

Holiday Let<br />

– sleeps up to 4<br />

Situated near Sedbergh,<br />

in the Yorkshire Dales,<br />

and also within easy<br />

reach of the Lake District<br />

Children & pets welcome<br />

Call 01942 216 058<br />

www.millthropcottage.co.uk


15


16<br />

Vegan Vigils:<br />

Fad or Fantastic<br />

by Jess Phillips<br />

Let’s face it: vegan diets are on the rise. Since the<br />

conception of Veganuary in 2014, vegan restaurants<br />

and businesses have been springing up nationwide,<br />

with more people than ever ditching the meat and<br />

dairy to follow a completely plant-based lifestyle. The<br />

number of vegans in the UK has actually quadrupled<br />

since then, with an estimated 600,000 vegans in<br />

Britain alone.<br />

Some quote health reasons for the radical diet<br />

change; others prize animal welfare above all else.<br />

But it’s the militant approach to veganism which<br />

remains a point of contention for most meateaters<br />

- from outspoken activists appearing on our<br />

morning television to the common trope of the<br />

vegan constantly letting you know about it. After<br />

all, how do you know someone is vegan? They tell<br />

you.<br />

Fad diet or not, animals headed for slaughter<br />

doesn’t exactly make for easy dinnertime<br />

conversation. For some, like <strong>Wigan</strong> resident Sarah<br />

Vidler - member of <strong>Wigan</strong>’s Vegan Community<br />

and animal rights activist - veganism goes beyond<br />

a simple lifestyle change. Sarah, who has been<br />

vegan for four years, regularly attends vegan vigils<br />

organised by <strong>Wigan</strong> Animal Save; on the surface, a<br />

slightly bonkers practice which involves turning up<br />

to slaughterhouses to bid an emotional farewell to<br />

the animals before they’re taken off to be killed. This<br />

is a way to show pigs, cows, sheep and more some<br />

love in their final moments, with activists reaching<br />

through the bars of cattle vans to stroke their heads<br />

and whisper comforting words.<br />

Of course, it all sounds slightly mad. After all, the<br />

animals are still headed off to the same place


17<br />

regardless, so what’s the point? Sarah thinks the<br />

sense of community built by meeting other activists<br />

and being able to share the animals’ stories with the<br />

world, in the hope of turning more people towards<br />

a more sustainable way of living.<br />

‘I attended my first vigil two and a half years ago,’<br />

she tells me. ‘I had no idea what to expect and was<br />

incredibly nervous - was I being extreme, going<br />

to stand outside a slaughterhouse on a drizzly<br />

Saturday morning in November? Were we going to<br />

get arrested?’<br />

It turns out no, as long as protests remained<br />

peaceful, the group was perfectly entitled to<br />

attend, as long as they arranged things beforehand<br />

with the slaughterhouse. And the staff’s reaction?<br />

‘Initially the staff were wary of us and sometimes<br />

mocked us for being there,’ Sarah continues.<br />

‘However, over time they began to see that we<br />

weren’t a threat, and were simply there for the<br />

animals - that we wanted to show that they<br />

mattered. The staff also realised that we weren’t<br />

against them as individuals, just standing up against<br />

an industry we believe is unjust, unnecessary and<br />

contributing to the destruction of our environment.<br />

‘It turned out to be an incredibly moving experience.<br />

I remember breaking down the first time I saw the<br />

slaughter truck pull through the gates to unload<br />

the pigs. That feeling of utter helplessness, not<br />

being able to save them - it was unbearable, yet I<br />

also felt incredibly inspired being surrounded by<br />

like-minded people, who were seeing what I was<br />

seeing and feeling what I was feeling.’<br />

Sarah began attending vigils with Manchester<br />

Animal Save, who have an agreement with Tulip<br />

Meats in Ashton-under-Lyme to stop the vans for a<br />

few minutes to allow attendees to say goodbye. This<br />

evolved into helping to run the local <strong>Wigan</strong> group,<br />

who now have a similar agreement at Blacklidge<br />

Bros on Warrington Road. Sarah also helps to<br />

facilitate local ‘Cube of Truth’ events in <strong>Wigan</strong> town<br />

centre, which aim to highlight the truth behind<br />

what’s on your plate by showing footage of ‘animal<br />

exploitation’. She has plenty of horror stories to tell<br />

about slaughterhouses across the country - most of<br />

which are too graphic to be repeated here.<br />

‘It doesn’t matter what labels we give these animals<br />

in life - whether free-range, organic or pasture-fed<br />

- not a single animal that I’ve witnessed has ever<br />

walked willingly to their death. And why should<br />

they?’ Sarah wonders.<br />

What started off sounding like mob-mentality, treehugging<br />

lunacy actually begins to fathom itself into<br />

something that makes a strange amount of sense.<br />

After all, we wouldn’t want to see the animals we<br />

treasure as pets sent off to slaughter - why should<br />

cattle be any different?<br />

‘To staunch meat eaters I would say come and talk to<br />

us,’ Sarah says. ‘We’re not the scary terrorists depicted<br />

in the media, we are ordinary, hard-working people<br />

just like you who want to build a better world for<br />

everyone. How can that be a bad thing?’<br />

To find out more about upcoming vigils in<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>, visit <strong>Wigan</strong> Animal Save on Facebook<br />

or head to www.thesavemovement.org


18<br />

People’s Plaques<br />

Blue plaques can be found all across the country<br />

to commemorate geographical locations and their<br />

links to famous people, events or former buildings.<br />

Our brand new monthly feature will explore the<br />

various plaques located around <strong>Wigan</strong> to shine a<br />

spotlight on the borough’s heritage - and maybe<br />

inspire you to head<br />

out and take a look<br />

at them yourself.<br />

Unveiled at <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

Town Hall in 2018<br />

was a plaque to<br />

Alderman Thorley<br />

Smith. Born in<br />

Standish in 1873,<br />

Smith played an<br />

instrumental part<br />

in achieving women’s<br />

suffrage,<br />

standing<br />

as a parliamentary<br />

candidate for <strong>Wigan</strong> in<br />

1906. Smith was the first<br />

person in Britain to campaign<br />

for candidacy on a Votes for Women basis.<br />

He also encouraged women around <strong>Wigan</strong> to get<br />

involved, particularly appealing to working class<br />

women, who took to street corners after long days<br />

at the factory to help with Smith’s campaign.<br />

Though he lost to Sir Francis Powell, Smith attracted<br />

2,205 votes and will forever be remembered as a<br />

crucial part of the road to women’s suffrage.<br />

Thorley Smith died in 1940 and is buried in <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

Cemetery.<br />

ALDERMAN<br />

THORLEY SMITH<br />

1873-1940<br />

MONUMENTAL MASON AND<br />

THE FIRST WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE<br />

PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE.<br />

‘He served hisW<br />

generation faithfully’<br />

WIGAN COUNCIL<br />

Heinz Workers<br />

Are you leaving Heinz on redundancy/early retirement?<br />

Do you need guidance on how to safeguard your pay-outs?<br />

We’ve helped many of your colleagues – can we help you?<br />

Prosper Wealth Management handle in excess of £170m on behalf of local clients.<br />

We are <strong>Wigan</strong>’s largest Independent Financial Adviser<br />

And we’re authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority<br />

Call us today for a FREE consultation<br />

01257 423 800<br />

Prosper Wealth Management. Prosper House, 99a High Street, Standish, WN6 0HD<br />

www.prosper-ifa.co.uk


19<br />

OPEN STUDIO<br />

SATURDAY 8TH & SUNDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 10-3PM<br />

Morpheus Glass Love it Gallery Winstanley Road Billinge <strong>Wigan</strong> WN5 7XG


20<br />

Come and join our<br />

community cricket club!<br />

To join a club on the up, get in<br />

touch with Aidan Miners on<br />

07958 745 957<br />

or e-mail the club at<br />

enquiries@standishcc.co.uk<br />

We at Standish Cricket Club are hoping to increase<br />

our membership at an exciting time for the club.<br />

• We run two Saturday teams, competing in the Palace Shield Cricket Competition.<br />

• We aim to establish our 1st team in the Premier Division. Meanwhile, our second team<br />

enjoyed consecutive promotions before a strong showing in Division 3 in 2019.<br />

• Our hard-working committee are looking for more opportunities to work in the heart<br />

of the community.<br />

• Over the past 12 months, we’ve secured new covers and an electronic<br />

scoreboard as we improve facilities for players and visitors alike.<br />

Our bar and tuck shop are open on match days & for a small<br />

contribution you can also help yourself to our famous cricket teas!<br />

Our pre-season training starts on Sunday 2nd <strong>February</strong> at Standish High School.<br />

We’d be delighted to welcome new players to our senior section, or to any of<br />

our junior sections as we run under 9s, under 11s, under 13s and under 15s.<br />

Off the field, three major events we host are:<br />

• Pub 6’s cricket competition<br />

• Sportsman’s Dinner<br />

• Annual community fireworks display<br />

Standish Cricket Club | Green Lane | Standish | WN6 0TX


21<br />

Twelfth Night at WLT<br />

The next production up at <strong>Wigan</strong> Little Theatre is<br />

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Twelfth Night. This<br />

tale of obsession is a classic Shakespeare comedy,<br />

believed to have been originally written for the end<br />

of the Christmas period. Twelfth Night combines<br />

cruelty with comedy and involves his favourite<br />

themes of love, twins, ambition and betrayal.<br />

Versions of the production include the 1996 film<br />

Twelfth Night, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring<br />

Helena Bonham-Carter and Imogen Stubbs.<br />

The play runs from Wednesday 26th <strong>February</strong> to<br />

Saturday March 7th, and tickets are now available<br />

from the theatre’s box office on 01942 242561 or<br />

from www.wiganlittletheatre.co.uk.<br />

UP TO 40% OFF EX-DISPLAY SALE<br />

Sheds<br />

Log Cabins<br />

Workshops<br />

Wendy Houses<br />

Summer Houses<br />

Garden Offices<br />

Free 100% pressure treated<br />

Free erection Free delivery<br />

Up to 48 months low cost finance available<br />

See our show sites at;<br />

Trebaron Garden Centre<br />

Southworth Road, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0BS<br />

Telephone: 01695 589 207<br />

Avant Garden Centre<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Road, Leyland PR25 5XU<br />

Telephone: 01772 432 450<br />

www.solidsheds.com<br />

DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER<br />

New Haigh Park<br />

Work has started at Haigh Woodland Park on a new<br />

activity trail play park for children, and it’s hoped<br />

that the attraction will open in time for <strong>February</strong><br />

half term. The play park will include animal totems,<br />

ramps, balance beams, climbers and monkey bars<br />

and much of the equipment is accessible and<br />

interactive.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Council are funding this new play area, which<br />

will be located behind the main railway platform at<br />

the park, and it’s hoped that the new attraction will<br />

encourage more visitors into this section of Haigh<br />

Woodland Park. For further updates on progress of<br />

the new attraction, please visit the Haigh Woodland<br />

Park page on Facebook.<br />

Tasty Dish<br />

Taste buds were tingling on Wednesday, January 29,<br />

when new Standish eatery, Dish Bar and Restaurant<br />

opened its doors.<br />

Dish is the creation of husband and wife team<br />

Emma and Simon Holling, owners of the already<br />

successful Paddock Coffee House and Restaurant at<br />

Derby House in Wrightington.<br />

The new restaurant is situated on Almond Brook<br />

Road in what used to be the All Ov You Beauty Clinic.<br />

After extensive refurbishment, the new premises<br />

are ready to welcome customers to sample the<br />

Mediterranean-inspired menu<br />

Menus and opening times can be found online at<br />

www.dishrestaurant.co.uk or contact the restaurant<br />

on 01257 410329.<br />

Nifty Fifties<br />

Should you be interested in exercising with a group<br />

of like-minded people, having fun and getting fit,<br />

then the Nifty Fifties Pilates Classes could be right<br />

up your street.<br />

As the name suggests, the classes are designed<br />

for those over 50, and are held at Appley Bridge<br />

Village Hall on Tuesdays from 7pm and at Standish<br />

Methodist Church Hall from Thursday 1pm. For<br />

more details, contact Louise on 07540 420050.


22


ARE<br />

23<br />

winstanley college<br />

Tuesday<br />

4th<br />

<strong>February</strong><br />

WINSTANLEY!<br />

No need to book, just turn up. We look forward to meeting you soon.<br />

Winstanley Road Billinge <strong>Wigan</strong> WN5 7XF • 01695 628610 • www.winstanley.ac.uk


24<br />

Give an old book a chance<br />

Love a browse in a second-hand book shop? Keep an eye out for these books…<br />

His Dark Materials<br />

Phillip Pullman<br />

If you loved the BBC series, delve<br />

into the original books. This trilogy<br />

takes the reader on a journey with<br />

Lyra Belacqua. With her daemon<br />

Pantalaimon by her side, Lyra sets<br />

out on a quest to rescue her best<br />

friend and discover the secret of Dust. Along the<br />

way, she’ll befriend witches, Gyptians, an armoured<br />

bear and a boy from another world, while pitting<br />

her wits against the all-powerful Magisterium.<br />

Heroes and Villains<br />

Angela Carter<br />

In a post-apocalyptic world,<br />

Marianne looks down from<br />

her ivory tower as her brother<br />

is murdered in the streets<br />

below. Years later, she helps the<br />

murderer to hide, runs away with<br />

him to his Barbarian tribe and is forced to become<br />

his bride. Dream-like, disquieting and beautiful,<br />

Heroes and Villains is one of Carter’s lesser-known<br />

books but my personal favourite.<br />

Tales of the City<br />

Armistead Maupin<br />

This series of nine books starts<br />

in the late seventies and centres<br />

around the inhabitants of 28<br />

Barbary Lane, including the naive<br />

but ambitious Mary Ann Singleton,<br />

the matriarchal Anna Madrigal and<br />

the best-friend-you-wish-you-had Michael Tolliver<br />

(AKA Mouse). Maupin is a skilled storyteller and<br />

skilfully weaves together numerous plotlines and<br />

character arcs to create a series you’ll want to binge<br />

read your way through.<br />

The Choice<br />

Edith Eger<br />

Edith Eger was on the brink of<br />

death when she was freed from<br />

Auschwitz. This is her story. It’s<br />

certainly harrowing in parts, but<br />

also uplifting, reaffirming and<br />

full of hope. Edith realised that<br />

burying her past doesn’t make it easier to live with.<br />

Instead, she learnt how to move past her trauma,<br />

build the life she deserves and help thousands of<br />

other survivors to do the same.<br />

The Wee Free Men<br />

Terry Pratchett<br />

Would-be witch Tiffany Aching<br />

sets out to rescue her brother<br />

from the fairies and stop them<br />

from invading her home. She’s<br />

only armed with a frying pan, but<br />

luckily she has help in the form of<br />

the Nac Mac Feegle – they may be tiny, but they’re<br />

fierce, fast and loyal. Technically, this was written as<br />

a children’s book, but don’t let that put you off – it’ll<br />

appeal to fantasy lovers of all ages.<br />

The Clan of the Cave Bear<br />

Jean M. Auel<br />

The first book in the Earth’s<br />

Children series, The Clan of the<br />

Cave Bear centres around Ayla, a<br />

young girl raised by Neanderthals<br />

in prehistoric Europe. Ayla faces<br />

prejudice and suspicion but, with<br />

the help of her adopted mother Iza, is eventually<br />

accepted by most of the clan. A powerful, wellresearched,<br />

epic tale. You don’t even need to wait<br />

for the next instalment to come out as all six are just<br />

waiting for you to find them.


25


26<br />

Puzzle Pages<br />

Sponsored by<br />

CROSSWORD<br />

DOWN<br />

1. Traditional Italian straw-covered wine bottle (6)<br />

2. Elongated cluster of flowers (6)<br />

3. Medium for communication (5)<br />

4. Animated film (7)<br />

5. Person who makes a will (8)<br />

6. Irish political party founded in 1905 (4,4)<br />

12. Once in a ___, very rare occurrence (4,4)<br />

13. Unit of sound in a word (8)<br />

15. Unit of relative loudness (7)<br />

18. Dry gully (6)<br />

19. Humour (6)<br />

20. Growth on the surface of a mucous<br />

membrane (5)<br />

ACROSS<br />

1. Agriculturalist (6)<br />

7. The world of scholars (8)<br />

8. Joan of ___, French heroine (3)<br />

9. Join the military (6)<br />

10. Armoured combat vehicle (4)<br />

11. Rotund, extremely chubby (5)<br />

14. Baby’s soft woollen shoes (7)<br />

16. Formerly the basic unit of money<br />

in the Netherlands (7)<br />

17. Former French unit of currency<br />

equal to 100 centimes (5)<br />

21. Welfare movement that began<br />

in 1844 (inits) (4)<br />

22. Pressure line on a weather<br />

map (6)<br />

23. Lyrical poem (3)<br />

24. Coal mine, its buildings and<br />

equipment (8)<br />

25. Religious residence in a<br />

monastery (6)


27<br />

WORDSEARCH<br />

THEME: Weather<br />

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

Blizzard<br />

Flood<br />

Rain<br />

Breeze<br />

Bright<br />

Changeable<br />

Cloud<br />

Cold<br />

Downpour<br />

Drought<br />

Foggy<br />

Frost<br />

Gale<br />

Hot<br />

Hurricane<br />

Icy<br />

Overcast<br />

Sleet<br />

Snow<br />

Sultry<br />

Sunshine<br />

Tornado<br />

Warm<br />

Whirlwind<br />

SUDOKU<br />

WIGGLE WORDS<br />

CLUE: The underlying<br />

cause<br />

Trace a path through<br />

all the letters to find<br />

the word or phrase<br />

that fits the clue.<br />

B L E M<br />

O R P R<br />

T H E O<br />

F O T O<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 />

2<br />

4 9<br />

3 5<br />

8 5<br />

20 16 18 21<br />

15<br />

18<br />

20<br />

15<br />

22<br />

21<br />

All the puzzle solutions can be found<br />

on page 98 of this magazine


28<br />

Planning Ahead<br />

What image does the word ‘funeral’ conjure up for<br />

you? A fleet of sleek, black limousines, a horse-drawn<br />

carriage and mourners grouped around a marble<br />

headstone? Or do you simply see friends and relatives<br />

gathered together in a woodland spot, scattering<br />

ashes from an urn?<br />

While it’s easy to focus on the emotional and<br />

ceremonial aspects of a funeral, we don’t always<br />

think about the costs. According to the Money<br />

Advice Service, the average price of a funeral,<br />

even without optional items such as flowers and<br />

catering, is around £4,300.<br />

That’s not exactly small change for most people,<br />

and it’s an unfortunate fact that if you don’t make<br />

some kind of financial provision for your funeral,<br />

your children or close relatives may have to foot the<br />

bill when you die. Not only does this put financial<br />

pressure on your nearest and dearest at a difficult<br />

time, it can also mean that the final send-off you<br />

receive doesn’t match up to the one you had<br />

envisaged.<br />

You can leave instructions in your will as to the type<br />

of funeral you would like, but<br />

if there isn’t enough in your<br />

estate to fund your wishes,<br />

those left in charge of the<br />

arrangements are under no<br />

legal obligation to carry them<br />

out, or even arrange a funeral<br />

at all.<br />

a more natural option, but that also costs between<br />

a few hundred to several thousands of pounds,<br />

depending upon location. Cremation is cheaper,<br />

costing from £1,400 without a ceremony and<br />

approximately £3,750 when a funeral is arranged.<br />

If you don’t believe there will be enough money<br />

in your estate to pay for a funeral when you die,<br />

and your relatives can’t afford to chip in, there are<br />

several options open to you.<br />

Sign up to a prepaid funeral plan<br />

With a prepaid plan, you will choose the type of<br />

funeral you want (so long as it’s in the UK) then<br />

pay the funeral director or plan provider either in<br />

a lump sum, or in weekly instalments. The costs will<br />

be frozen at today’s prices from the moment the<br />

plan takes effect, which means the costs won’t be<br />

subject to inflation, but you should be aware that<br />

your plan may not provide everything you want –<br />

for instance, it may not cover the cost of a burial<br />

plot, flowers or catering. It’s advisable to check the<br />

details of your plan carefully before you agree to<br />

buy it.<br />

If you choose a church burial<br />

you could pay anything from<br />

£800 (as a resident of a small,<br />

rural community) to £8,000 if<br />

you are a non-resident asking<br />

to be buried in a city area. Your<br />

relatives will also need to pay<br />

ongoing maintenance fees for<br />

the grave. A woodland burial is


29<br />

Over 50s plans<br />

Although this is a form of insurance, there’s no<br />

requirement for medical underwriting. That means<br />

if you are in poor health at the time of drawing up<br />

the plan it won’t affect the payout, provided you<br />

survive beyond the first two years of the plan’s start<br />

date. On the down side, once you’ve paid the money<br />

in, you won’t get it back and you risk losing all your<br />

money – including any costs towards your funeral –<br />

if you don’t keep up to date with payments.<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Insurance<br />

According to the consumer association Which?, life<br />

insurance could potentially pay out 40% more than<br />

an Over 50s plan. However the lump sum provided<br />

by life insurance can take several weeks to come<br />

through. The Association of British Insurers says<br />

that payments generally take about a month to<br />

arrive after a death, but they can take longer if the<br />

death needs investigation.<br />

Government-funded funeral payments<br />

If the person responsible for arranging your funeral<br />

is receiving certain benefits, they can apply to the<br />

government for a Funeral Expenses Payment. The<br />

money offered will cover things such as cremation<br />

fees or the cost of a particular burial plot, death<br />

certificates and other documents, but it is unlikely<br />

to cover the full cost of a funeral.<br />

Save up with a bank account<br />

You can always set up a separate bank account to<br />

pay for your funeral, paying in gradually to build<br />

up the amount you need. However that’s not risk<br />

free, as there’s a chance you might die before you<br />

have accumulated your target sum. At your death,<br />

the money you’ve saved will be considered part<br />

of your estate, which means it won’t be released<br />

immediately to pay for your funeral costs.<br />

If you’ve been concerned about how you will pay<br />

for your funeral, the five options listed above should<br />

provide some comfort. Fortunately there’s lots more<br />

advice available from organisations such as the<br />

Money Advice Service and Citizens Advice. Finally, it<br />

always helps to discuss your plans with your family<br />

or close friends, as any arrangements made now<br />

could save them a lot of worry in future. There are<br />

Helping you prepare for your families future<br />

YOUR WILL<br />

The most important document you will ever possess<br />

Without a Will, the law, not you, decides who gets your<br />

money and possessions and who will look after your children.<br />

You may lose your family home if you have to go into<br />

care and your family may be subject to an inheritance tax liability.<br />

Contact Alexander Ross Wills & Trusts<br />

email admin@arwt.co.uk<br />

www.arwt.co.uk<br />

Suite 2D, Blackthorn House, Skull House Lane,<br />

Appley Bridge, <strong>Wigan</strong> WN6 9DB<br />

Call now to organise a free home visit<br />

Phone now 01257 444120<br />

Alexander Ross Wills & Trusts on behalf of APS Legal & Associates Ltd<br />

APS Legal & Associates is a Member if the<br />

Institute of Professional Willwriters and complies<br />

with the TSI Approved IPW Code of Practice<br />

Specialists in:<br />

• Family Law • Personal Injury<br />

• Wills & Probate<br />

Call us today to arrange a<br />

free 30 minute consultation<br />

Rachel Jane Taylor<br />

Solicitor & Director<br />

RJT Solicitors<br />

44 High Street,<br />

Standish,<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>,<br />

WN6 0HF<br />

Donna Gamble<br />

Solicitor<br />

01257 228027 / 01942 409154<br />

www.rjtsolicitors.co.uk


30<br />

loads of ways to plan ahead in your financial life<br />

in <strong>2020</strong>. If you’re pre-planning a funeral, why not<br />

tackle these ‘big picture’ jobs while you’re at it?<br />

Check your state pension forecast<br />

Checking how much state pension you might<br />

receive provides a clearer picture of how your<br />

financial situation could look in retirement. It also<br />

allows you to see if there are any gaps in your<br />

National Insurance record.<br />

This is important, as you might be eligible to pay<br />

voluntary NI contributions to fill those gaps and<br />

complete your NI record before you retire. You need<br />

to make full contributions for 35 years to be eligible<br />

for the new state pension, so it’s definitely worth<br />

investigating.<br />

You should factor in the figure from your state<br />

pension forecast with any occupational pensions,<br />

savings or investments you hold. You’ll discover<br />

whether you’re on track for the lifestyle you want,<br />

or if you need to put some more money away prior<br />

to retirement.<br />

Make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)<br />

A Lasting Power of Attorney is an official document<br />

whereby you appoint one or more attorneys to<br />

help you make financial or health-related decisions,<br />

or to make them on your behalf if you lose mental<br />

capacity in the future.<br />

You need to be over the age of 18 to make an LPA,<br />

and have the mental capacity at the time to make<br />

your own decisions. It costs £82 to register an LPA<br />

unless you’re eligible for a reduction or exemption,<br />

and you can make a new one at any time.<br />

Drawing up a Lasting Power of Attorney is often<br />

regarded as unnecessary until later life, but it’s well<br />

Where there’s a Will there’s a way!<br />

We are local and friendly, and specialise in the following<br />

• Inheritance Tax • Lasting Powers Of Attorney • Trusts<br />

• Wills • Probate • Care Fee Advice • Funeral Plans<br />

FREE REVIEW<br />

We are offering a free review of your<br />

Will and existing power of attorney<br />

FREE WILLS<br />

for over 55’s<br />

For further information please give us a call on 01257 463672<br />

We offer office or home visit appointments.<br />

You can find us at:<br />

Northern Diver Building, Appley Lane North, Appley Bridge, WN6 9AE<br />

www.mchalebaker.co.uk


31<br />

worth considering at any time – after all, you never<br />

know what’s around the corner. It’s possible to make<br />

a Lasting Power of Attorney without professional<br />

assistance via the gov.uk website. Citizens Advice<br />

may also be able to help, but if you’re unsure of<br />

your wishes or the process in general it’s advisable<br />

to seek help from a solicitor.<br />

For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/<br />

power-of-attorney<br />

Write a will<br />

Making a will ensures your assets are passed down<br />

according to your wishes when you die, and with<br />

today’s complex family structures it can prevent a<br />

great deal of stress for those left behind.<br />

These assets should be weighed up against any<br />

debts owed, including mortgages, bank overdrafts,<br />

credit card balances and loans.<br />

It’s advisable to seek professional assistance when<br />

making a will, particularly if you have a young<br />

family or your circumstances aren’t straightforward.<br />

You might need to consider who would care for<br />

your children if you weren’t around, for example, or<br />

think about how you’d incorporate children from a<br />

previous marriage into your will.<br />

It’s worth knowing that March is free wills month,<br />

when you might be able to save on legal costs if<br />

you make a will during March. This is usually only<br />

applicable to simple wills, however, where the<br />

instructions are relatively straightforward.<br />

Take out ‘life event’ insurance<br />

Adverse life events such as chronic illness or a<br />

serious accident can derail your plans for the future.<br />

You may not be able to work or function in the way<br />

you used to, for instance, but if you’ve taken out<br />

appropriate insurance it can reduce some of the<br />

financial impact for yourself and your family.<br />

Critical illness and life insurance cover provides<br />

a financial buffer that can help you cope with<br />

unexpected life circumstances, and help your loved<br />

ones adjust to a new situation without the fear of<br />

financial difficulty.<br />

It’s important to find out more about the insurance<br />

policies available and choose the best one for you.


32<br />

Cash up for Grabs<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Rotary Club is again looking to donate cash<br />

to local community groups with a ‘Dragons Den’<br />

style event. Following the success of the last few<br />

years, local groups based in postcode areas WN1,<br />

WN3, WN5, WN6 are invited to submit their request.<br />

Following an initial consideration, the groups<br />

selected will be invited to put their case to ‘The<br />

Dragons’ in a three-minute presentation.<br />

Last year’s groups, ranging from Over 60’s groups to<br />

Mother and Toddler groups entered ‘The Den’ and<br />

came away with a donation.<br />

Full details and an application form are<br />

available either by going to the website www.<br />

wiganrotaryclub.org.uk or by ringing 07813 471000.<br />

The closing date for entries is 17th April <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Rotary Club President Mervyn<br />

Reeves said ‘I am sure there are local groups<br />

in the <strong>Wigan</strong> area who could really use a<br />

donation of a few hundred pounds to help<br />

them with a project or event they wish to<br />

undertake. Last year twelve groups were<br />

successful, but the Dragons unfortunately<br />

had to decline a number of applications.’<br />

Bids from a few hundred pounds<br />

up to £1,000 can be considered and<br />

Mervyn continued ‘We don’t expect the<br />

presentation to come from a person<br />

trained in public speaking, we want to<br />

hear from members of the group who are<br />

looking for the money.<br />

Looking for funds<br />

for your community group?<br />

Funding for community groups is now<br />

available from <strong>Wigan</strong> Rotary Club.<br />

Bids of up to £1,000 are welcomed from community groups<br />

based in the WN1, WN3, WN5 & WN6 areas<br />

Closing date: Friday 17th April <strong>2020</strong><br />

For further details and an application form, visit<br />

www.wiganrotaryclub.org.uk or call Phil on 07813 471 000<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>


33


34<br />

Memories of<br />

Clubbing in <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

By Jess Phillips<br />

Whether you were a Northern Soulie, a casual shuffle dancer or an all-out raver, chances are<br />

you paid a visit to one of <strong>Wigan</strong>’s nightclubs back in the day. We’ve rounded up some of the<br />

best to bring back those hazy memories of booze, DJs and, er, dancing girls in the 70s, 80s<br />

and 90s, back when the drinking age was more a suggestion than a rule.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Pier Nightspot<br />

First opened in the late 70s, <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

Pier Nightspot didn’t fully hit its stride<br />

until the 1990s, attracting around 800<br />

clubbers every weekend. Featuring<br />

bright red pillars and curved leather<br />

couches, the spot was popular with<br />

revellers hankering for a drunken night<br />

out they’d forget by the next morning.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>er Paul Gore remembers the<br />

music at the Pier Nightspot being<br />

briefly paused to premiere the music<br />

videos for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and<br />

Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Two Tribes at midnight.<br />

Visitor numbers unfortunately fell in the early<br />

2000s, and Nightspot closed its doors for good in<br />

2011. It was demolished in 2014 and redeveloped<br />

into a green space.<br />

Pemps<br />

The greatest club in <strong>Wigan</strong>, or the world? Pemps was<br />

more than just a club – it was an institution. With<br />

formidable owner Barbara Calderbank’s discerning<br />

gaze turned to a mob of punters clamouring to<br />

enter, access to the ‘members only’ venue was<br />

highly coveted – and for some, impossible to<br />

acquire. Barbara took her mysterious entry criteria<br />

to the grave.<br />

image by John Metcalfe<br />

Formerly known as Puffers due to the proximity of<br />

the Puffing Billy steam trains occupying the nearby<br />

railway, the club eventually evolved into Pemps,<br />

a haven for Northern Soul lovers, punk rockers<br />

and pop fans alike. Classic playlists included Brass<br />

Construction, Fatback Band and Earth, Wind & Fire –<br />

even a bit of Bowie. The night would usually draw to<br />

a close with the romantic instrumental ‘A Touch of<br />

Velvet, a Sting of Brass’ when the bar closed at 2am.<br />

Pemps was also a notorious haunt for <strong>Wigan</strong> RLFC<br />

players and club owner Maurice Lindsay, who could<br />

often be found holding court by the bar on Sunday<br />

nights after the match.<br />

Pemps eventually closed for good in 2005 and was<br />

later demolished.


35<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Casino<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Casino opened its doors for<br />

the first time in 1973 in the former<br />

Empress Ballroom (affectionately<br />

known as ‘The Emp’) site. The<br />

venue was ruled by DJ duo Russ<br />

Winstanley and Ian Fishwick, who<br />

were known for their notorious<br />

record collection and US imports.<br />

DJs Kev Roberts and Richard<br />

Searling later joined the team.<br />

The club was renowned for its<br />

Northern Soul all-nighters, which<br />

lasted until 8 in the morning.<br />

Nights – or early mornings –<br />

always ended the same way: with<br />

the 3 Before 8. <strong>Wigan</strong> Casino’s<br />

final three songs were Jimmy Radcliffe’s ‘Long After<br />

Tonight is Over’, ‘Time Will Pass You By’ by Tobi<br />

Legend, and ‘I’m on My Way’ by Dean Parrish.<br />

image by Frank Orrell<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Casino closed its doors for the final time in<br />

1981, after 500 successful all-nighters. The last song<br />

image by Neil Butler<br />

ever to be played there was<br />

‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’<br />

by Frank Wilson; a vinyl picked<br />

at random by Russ Winstanley<br />

to break the spell left by the<br />

usual 3 Before 8, which played<br />

three times consecutively at<br />

the end of the event.<br />

The Casino building burned<br />

down a few months after its<br />

closure, and the site is now<br />

home to the Grand Arcade.<br />

The original DJs still host<br />

regular Northern Soul allnighters<br />

for anyone missing<br />

the iconic atmosphere.<br />

Harlem Jonns Reshuffle performing at <strong>Wigan</strong> Casino, image by Frank Orrell


36<br />

image by Frank Orrell<br />

Cassinelli’s &<br />

Henry Afrikas<br />

Popular on the jazz/funk scene,<br />

Cassinelli’s in Standish had a lot<br />

going for it – not in the least Kiss<br />

FM founder George Power’s tenure<br />

as resident DJ.<br />

image by Philip Hill<br />

The venue opened as Cassinelli’s in early 1979, with<br />

DJs Colin Curtis, Billy Wildman and Barry Maleady<br />

stepping up to the decks. It ceased to operate as<br />

Cassinelli’s in the early 1980s before reopening as<br />

Mirage, based out of the Almond Brook Hotel, in the<br />

90s. The building is now Standish’s Britannia Hotel.<br />

Afterwards, stumble across the road to Henry<br />

Afrikas, a fun, tiki-themed bar with plenty going on.<br />

Whether you were cowering from Jason’s Horror<br />

Show with its snakes and coffins or ducking from<br />

the giant hands poking from the ceiling, you were<br />

always in for a good time over at Henry’s.<br />

Maghull resident John Kelly remembers meeting<br />

his wife at Henry Afrikas: ‘I was on stage, having<br />

been called up to assist a 6ft DJ in drag, with a large<br />

snake round my neck, a black box on my head and a<br />

fire-eater setting fire to the box. Just a normal night<br />

out!’<br />

image by Ian Spencer


37<br />

Tiffany’s<br />

Mention a plastic palm tree to any <strong>Wigan</strong>er around<br />

in the 70s and they’ll probably have flashbacks to<br />

Tiffany’s. The club first opened to the public in the<br />

mid-1970s, but underwent a full makeover in the<br />

80s to add UV lighting and modernised features.<br />

Geoff Bom remembers celebrating birthdays at<br />

the club - bringing along 10 people awarded you<br />

a bottle of bubbly; bring 20 and you’d get bubbly<br />

and a cake! Needless to say, Geoff and his mates had<br />

‘birthdays’ most weeks.<br />

The club on Standishgate briefly became known as<br />

WN1, then Maximes, which hosted a full roster of<br />

rock and dance music. It was finally named Cube<br />

Nightclub before closing for good, and the building<br />

was left abandoned.<br />

Blutos<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>’s 3-tiered dance venue spanned genres and<br />

floors alike. With different music played on each<br />

level, you didn’t know whether to head for the<br />

jukebox in the basement or take a gamble on the<br />

higher tiers where live bands would take to the<br />

stage. One stand-out factor was the red telephone<br />

box in the ground floor hallway which housed a<br />

lingerie-clad mannequin – certainly a talking point<br />

if you could remember it the next morning!<br />

The Blutos building backed onto All Saints<br />

churchyard, and the Market Street site is now home<br />

to Lloyds TSB.<br />

Sloopies/Trucks<br />

Initially the Las Vegas, Sloopies opened in the<br />

early 1970s and was situated on the top floor of<br />

the King Street West building, around the corner<br />

from the old Pemps building. A few <strong>Wigan</strong>ers<br />

will remember – but perhaps deny<br />

– seeing the strippers on stage on<br />

boozy worknights.<br />

By the mid-70s you’d find Trucks on<br />

the ground floor; an almost exclusively<br />

punk venue containing a full-sized<br />

flatbed truck to house the resident DJ.<br />

Visitors were free to dance in the bed<br />

of the truck to artists like Iggy Pop and<br />

Eddie & the Hot Rods, with live punk<br />

bands also taking to the stage.<br />

The building later became Angels<br />

nightclub and is now known as<br />

Indiependence <strong>Wigan</strong>, playing the<br />

best of indie music.<br />

image by Ron Hunt<br />

Reminiscing on the most iconic <strong>Wigan</strong> clubs is sure to bring a few drunken memories swimming back; back<br />

to a more innocent time, when venues were packed out by 10pm and closed by 2am! What was once a wealth<br />

of venues scattered across the town, from the Pier area to Standish, has become a congregation of clubs on<br />

King Street. Perhaps the sobering walk along cold <strong>Wigan</strong> streets back then helped to reduce the friction that<br />

seems to be commonplace on today’s King Street?


38<br />

Workplace Injury<br />

If you are unfortunate to have sustained an<br />

injury at work due to the negligence of your<br />

employer or a co-worker, you may be entitled<br />

to claim for damages for your pain and<br />

suffering and any financial losses you have<br />

suffered as a result.<br />

Employers have a duty to their employees<br />

to ensure their safety at work by making the<br />

workplace as safe as possible. They must<br />

also make sure that you have adequate<br />

training, your equipment is safe and provide<br />

appropriate personal protective equipment<br />

where needed. Not only is it compulsory for health<br />

and safety rules to be in place but these rules must<br />

be adhered to by every employer.<br />

Accidents in the workplace vary from slipping or<br />

tripping, injuries caused by falling objects, a fall<br />

from a height, falling down holes, crush injuries,<br />

forklift truck accidents, defective equipment,<br />

injuries caused by heavy lifting, exposure to fumes<br />

or chemicals, repetitive strain injuries, or being the<br />

victim of an assault at work.<br />

Under the reporting of injuries, disease and<br />

dangerous occurrences regulations (RIDDOR) your<br />

employer must report any serious incident to the<br />

Health and Safety Executive (HSE).<br />

Accidents at work can result in either minor injuries<br />

or in a lot of cases, serious injuries which can lead<br />

to you having to take a considerable time off work.<br />

This can invariably lead to distress for you and your<br />

family.<br />

If you are confused as to what to do about making a<br />

claim, contact us at ABH Law Limited. As part of our<br />

instructions, we will assess your claim and guide<br />

you to what is needed to pursue that claim. We will<br />

look to recover what you are properly due. We are<br />

happy to advise you at an initial free interview.<br />

It is important to know that there are strict time<br />

limits in making a claim so it is recommended that<br />

you seek legal advice as soon as possible after your<br />

accident. Even if the company you work for is no<br />

longer trading, it is still possible for you to make a<br />

claim.<br />

So don’t delay, contact ABH Law Limited, Solicitors<br />

who are committed to obtaining the compensation<br />

to which you are entitled. We come with many<br />

years’ experience in this field of law.<br />

ABH Law Limited also pursue other claims which<br />

include:-<br />

• Road traffic accidents.<br />

• Accidents whilst on holiday.<br />

• Slipping and tripping accidents.<br />

• Defective product liability.<br />

• Industrial disease claims including asbestos.<br />

• Criminal injury compensation applications.<br />

We can handle the vast majority of cases on a “no<br />

win-no fee basis” and will explain this with you and<br />

how it works.<br />

Call us today on 019842 246 241<br />

or email kawinstanley@abhlaw.co.uk<br />

Kath Winstanley, Solicitor & STEP Affiliate


39<br />

Our lawyers are familiar with the needs<br />

of the people & businesses in the area and<br />

our full range of services includes:<br />

• Business Law<br />

• Commercial Litigation<br />

• Family Law<br />

• Wills & Probate<br />

• Conveyancing<br />

• Employment Law<br />

• Personal Injury<br />

• Lasting Powers Of Attorney<br />

Our highly experienced team provide reassurance & guidance when it is<br />

needed most. You will find a professional who is ready to listen and advise<br />

on your specific needs – and your case will not be passed to another lawyer<br />

or support staff<br />

When you face complications in your personal life or have business problems,<br />

making the correct choice of legal advisor is crucial<br />

Make the right choice – choose Alker Ball Healds!<br />

To find out how we can help you<br />

Contact us today on:<br />

01942 246 241<br />

www.abhlaw.co.uk<br />

ALKER BALL HEALDS SOLICITORS<br />

A1 SOVEREIGN BUSINESS PARK, KINGS CROFT COURT, WIGAN, WN1 3AP


40<br />

Bee-n there, Done that<br />

One of the recipients from the 2019<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Rotary Dragons Den was the<br />

award-winning Shevington in Bloom<br />

group, who used the grant to improve<br />

the grounds that surround the village’s<br />

three primary schools.<br />

The first stage of the new Bee Friendly<br />

garden at Millbrook Primary School<br />

was completed before Christmas and<br />

the President of <strong>Wigan</strong> Rotary Club<br />

was invited to see the results and also<br />

to congratulate the school on being<br />

awarded Grade 3 in the Royal Horticultural Society’s<br />

North West In Bloom competition, narrowly missing<br />

out on a Grade 4 award.<br />

Rotary President Mervyn Reeves, pictured with<br />

teachers and children at Millbrook, said “It is<br />

wonderful to see the difference a donation of a few<br />

hundred pounds can make when combined with<br />

help from the community and I congratulate the<br />

school on their award. I am now looking forward to<br />

see the results at the other two schools.”<br />

Award Winning Travel Agency celebrates<br />

30 years of Alfa Travel<br />

The <strong>Wigan</strong> branch of Worldchoice<br />

Travel are helping Alfa Travel to<br />

celebrate 30-years of delivering<br />

award-winning holidays, with some<br />

exclusive customer discounts.<br />

The team at Worldchoice have<br />

been Alfa award winners for the<br />

past three years, bagging the<br />

North West sales award, business development<br />

award and most improved high performer award.<br />

So, when it comes to booking an Alfa holiday,<br />

there’s nobody better to ask for advice.<br />

Alfa Travel specialise in UK, Ireland and European<br />

coach and self-drive holidays and can offer great<br />

hotels in great locations. Alfa’s own Leisureplex<br />

Hotels are set in some of the very best iconic seaside<br />

resorts, offering stunning views and fabulous<br />

entertainment. Whether you fancy a tranquil glass<br />

of wine curled up with a good book, a spin around<br />

the dance floor or entertainment<br />

from a cabaret act – the choice is<br />

yours.<br />

You can choose from a variety<br />

of breaks including UK coach<br />

holidays, river cruises, cabaret<br />

evenings and Christmas and New<br />

Year breaks, to name but a few. All<br />

holidays include local coach departures from the<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> area and prices start from £174 per person,<br />

secured with a £50 deposit.<br />

So, whether you’re looking to discover the<br />

treasures of Tuscany, to view Jersey by air or take<br />

trip to the English Riviera; the world is your oyster.<br />

Worldchoice Travel will find the right Alfa holiday<br />

for you and with 100% financial protection and<br />

excellent customer service, you can rest easy on<br />

the holiday of your dreams. Give the team a call on<br />

01942 242121.


41<br />

New Brochure<br />

Out Now!<br />

UK Coach Holidays 2-7 days – numerous Locations throughout<br />

the year. See <strong>2020</strong> UK Coach Holidays brochure for details.<br />

Platinum Collection 3-6 days - Luxury London, Bath & Wells,<br />

Northumbria, Windsor/Kew, Historic Kent, Luxury Edinburgh<br />

European Holidays 4-9 days - Dutch Delicacies, Andorra &<br />

Pyrenees, Paris & Versailles, WW1 Battlefields, Dublin Weekend<br />

River Cruises 5/6 days - Dutch Bulb fields & Rhine Valley cruises<br />

Tribute Nights, Themed Events & Theatre Breaks See Tribute<br />

Night Brochure for details<br />

Call us today for your brochures or visit our website www.hattonstravel.co.uk<br />

19 Barrow Street, St Helens, WA10 1RX • 01744 811 818 (Opt 1) • info@hattonstravel.co.uk<br />

Now available at Hattons Travel, your personal<br />

travel expert for cruises and family holidays.<br />

SAGA Holidays Specialist.<br />

Marcus Edwards<br />

Call me now on<br />

07714 307 008<br />

www.marcusedwards.notjusttravel.com


42<br />

OK<br />

Boomer...<br />

Have Baby Boomers (people born between 1944-<br />

1964) made it more difficult for Millennials to get on<br />

the <strong>Wigan</strong> property ladder?<br />

After all, many Baby Boomers in the UK bought their<br />

own council houses in the 80’s and 90’s, reducing the<br />

number of affordable homes for today’s youngsters.<br />

This has had the effect of driving up the demand (and<br />

the price) for rental homes and has also increased<br />

house prices in <strong>Wigan</strong>, and the rest of the UK.<br />

In 1980, the average <strong>Wigan</strong> household income<br />

was just under £6,000 per annum and the average<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> house price was £13,951. Today, the average<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> household income is £28,903 per annum, yet<br />

the average household value is £166,400.<br />

And the problems don’t just stop there. The UK’s<br />

housing crisis doesn’t just envelop affordability<br />

but also availability. In 1981 there were 5.1 million<br />

council houses, and today there is just 1.6 million.<br />

This is important because social housing plays a<br />

significant role in providing homes for those who<br />

are never going to be able to afford to buy.<br />

So did Boomers have it easier?<br />

Once you examine the statistical detail, it’s apparent<br />

that there are those (including political parties) who<br />

conveniently forget that the number of housing<br />

associations homes (which are also social housing)<br />

has risen from 0.4m homes to 2.6m homes with<br />

that time frame. So, whilst there is a drop in social<br />

housing, it’s a net figure of 2.3m fewer social-rented<br />

houses, instead of the 3.5m in the paragraph above.<br />

Baby Boomers simply did the best they could in the<br />

circumstances- it’s not like they were conspiring in<br />

the food aisles of M&S on how to mess things up for<br />

the next generation.<br />

There are fundamental underlying problems in<br />

British society that means things are difficult for our<br />

younger people, and it’s everyone’s responsibility<br />

to solve those underlying problems - we can’t just<br />

blame the Baby Boomers.<br />

On the one hand the Baby Boomers have<br />

undoubtedly enjoyed a time of economic growth<br />

and house price inflation, but on the other hand<br />

Millennials have enjoyed a prolonged period of low<br />

mortgage rates, and these low monthly mortgage<br />

payments have boosted disposable income.<br />

In my experience, many <strong>Wigan</strong> Baby Boomers<br />

are trying their best to help their own Millennial<br />

children get on the property ladder with deposits<br />

and interest free loans.<br />

Every generation has had its fair share of feast and<br />

famine, so let’s stop labelling people and making<br />

assumptions, and start being more understanding<br />

of each other’s issues.<br />

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

worked within the <strong>Wigan</strong> property market for over 30 years.<br />

Alan Batt<br />

For more of Alan’s tips, guidance and analysis on the <strong>Wigan</strong> property market, check out<br />

www.wiganpropertynews.blogspot.co.uk


43<br />

We bring you the latest trends in<br />

the UK’s housing market, with a<br />

detailed focus on WN6 area.<br />

House prices<br />

Property prices are rising at their strongest<br />

level in a year according to the latest UK House<br />

Price Index. At £235,298 the average price of a<br />

property in November is 2.2% more expensive<br />

than a year ago, the highest rate of annual<br />

growth since November 2018.<br />

Economy<br />

UK inflation unexpectedly fell to its lowest<br />

level in over 3 years in December. According<br />

to the ONS consumer prices rose just 1.3%<br />

in December, the smallest increase since<br />

November 2016. The fall is likely to fuel<br />

expectations that the Bank of England will cut<br />

interest rates.<br />

Transactions<br />

It is estimated that 102,050 sales took place in<br />

November, according to the HMRC, 1.9%<br />

higher than a year ago. This would mark the<br />

first positive year-on-year increase since 2017.<br />

However in recent months sales volumes have<br />

been revised downwards in subsequent data<br />

revisions.data revisions. Sales in September are<br />

now reported to be lower than a year ago.


44<br />

Hamper Winner<br />

Regular readers will remember that our December<br />

issue featured a Christmas Hamper competition,<br />

where one lucky reader was going to win a<br />

Christmas hamper stuffed with luxury seasonal<br />

foodstuffs.<br />

There was a huge response, hundreds of entries<br />

flooded our website in early December but there<br />

could only be one winner and that was Pauline<br />

Dawes from Whitwell Close in Standish. Well done<br />

Pauline, hope you enjoyed your luxury hamper.<br />

Keep an eye open for more <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> competitions<br />

in <strong>2020</strong>. Give our Facebook page <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

Magazines a follow to keep up to date with all our<br />

competitions.<br />

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning<br />

• traditional service, state of the art results •<br />

• Carpets • Rugs • Fabric & Leather Upholstery<br />

The most thorough clean, or its free!<br />

Call today for a free consultation & no obligation quote<br />

5 star rating with<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Trading Standards Good Trader Scheme<br />

Have your carpets cleaned the<br />

only thorough way<br />

Shevington based family business<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Good<br />

Trader Of<br />

The Year<br />

2015


45<br />

Unrivalled choice of Blinds,<br />

Shutters and Curtains<br />

to suit all budgets<br />

Window Blinds<br />

See our new displays in our retail partner Greens Carpets and Flooring<br />

Modern Day & Night blinds<br />

50% off<br />

SALE<br />

Keep your home<br />

warm & cosy<br />

Experts in Smart home/Motorised options<br />

01942 311 342<br />

www.blindsbyharmony.co.uk<br />

Sleek & stylish Perfect Fit blinds<br />

5 YEAR<br />

GUARANTEE


46<br />

Tile Style<br />

Brighten up your walls and floors<br />

with our selection of eye-catching<br />

tiles (and one tile lookalike!)<br />

These interlocking porcelain<br />

tiles in aquatic colours would<br />

look impressive in a bathroom.<br />

Hexagon blue mix tiles, £24.99<br />

per sq.metre, Tile Mountain.<br />

Not actual tiles – but tile-effect<br />

wallpaper! Bring a touch of New<br />

York tin-tile style to your living<br />

space with this embossed iron<br />

tile-effect wallpaper,<br />

£92 per roll, Lime Lace.<br />

Three-dimensional contemporary shapes join<br />

forces with neon in this collection of glow-inthe-dark<br />

tiles, for a truly individual home.<br />

Night Lights Central Decor white with pink, £330<br />

per square metre, The Baked Tile Company.<br />

MAIN IMAGE<br />

Create a bespoke pattern with<br />

these single-colour luxury vinyl<br />

tiles in short-stave format with a<br />

bevelled edge.<br />

Harvey Maria Heritage Colours<br />

Little Bricks, £39.95 per square<br />

metre, Harvey Maria.Swoon.


47<br />

ENHANCE YOUR HOME WITH<br />

BEAUTIFUL NEW TILING<br />

• Textured tiles are all the rage, adding depth and<br />

interest to a scheme. Look out for soft waves,<br />

linear brush strokes, wood-grain effect, rough<br />

stone and even fabric- and plaster-like styles.<br />

With an interesting fish-scale shape,<br />

these porcelain tiles would create a<br />

striking feature wall or statement floor.<br />

Achilles teal mix fish-scale tiles, £39.95<br />

per square metre, Walls and Floors.<br />

No need for boring white floor or wall tiles<br />

when you can have an interesting, on-trend<br />

shape such as these penny mosaic tiles.<br />

Circular white matt mosaic tiles, £2.95 per<br />

sheet (320x300x4mm), Walls and Floors.<br />

• Bold tiles are becoming more and more popular –<br />

expect to see plenty of intense colours in fashionforward<br />

homes this year. Look out for intriguing<br />

shapes, too, such as fish-scale, peacock, ogee,<br />

penny, diamond, kite and hexagon.<br />

• For a fresh, modern look, don’t tile using a<br />

traditional layout, but employ strong vertical<br />

patterns, herringbone or basketweave. This is a<br />

great way to make inexpensive tiles appear ontrend<br />

and expensive.<br />

• Very large-format tiles (even in a small room) can<br />

open up a space. The lack of grout lines allows<br />

the tiles themselves to really sing – and they’re<br />

easier to keep clean, too.<br />

• As an alternative to ceramic, porcelain or stone<br />

tiles, consider luxury vinyl tiles (known in the<br />

trade as LVT), an innovative type of vinyl flooring.<br />

The tiles are waterproof, warm and quiet<br />

underfoot, hard-wearing and durable, and come<br />

in a wide range of patterns and effects.<br />

These hand-made encaustic tiles, from a<br />

range of beautiful geometric designs, are<br />

suitable for both walls and floors.<br />

Salamanca tiles, £110.40 per square<br />

metre, Indigenous.<br />

MAIN IMAGE<br />

With a realistic wood-effect design, these<br />

porcelain tiles feature a parquet-style<br />

format and a naturalistic matt finish for<br />

use on a wall or floor.<br />

Woven Sand wood-effect tiles, £39.95 per<br />

square metre, Walls and Floors.


48<br />

Garage and entrance doors<br />

in matching styles<br />

CJM Garage Doors Ltd, Unit 10, Hewitt Business Park<br />

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

t: 01942 738347 w: www.cjmgaragedoors.co.uk<br />

aqua:<br />

Established 2006<br />

bathroom - kitchen<br />

Aqua (NW) Ltd, 16/18, Market Street, Standish, WN6 0HN T: 01257 425 812<br />

E: info@aquabathrooms.co.uk www.aquabathrooms.co.uk


49<br />

Kitchens ~ Bedrooms ~ Studies<br />

Luxury quality at factory prices<br />

SALE NOW ON - 10% OFF! OFFER ENDS 29TH FEBRUARY <strong>2020</strong><br />

Free 3D Design & Quote Service<br />

Kitchen makeovers a speciality<br />

Visit our factory showroom and save £000’s on your home improvements!<br />

01257 255 831<br />

masterofcabinets@gmail.com<br />

Trade<br />

Customers<br />

welcome<br />

Unit 4, Conway Trading Estate, Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge, WN6 9DW<br />

‘2 minutes from M6 J27’<br />

CabinetMastersNorthWestLtd<br />

www.cabinetmastersnorthwestltd.com<br />

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


50<br />

Residents in the Shevington and Appley Bridge<br />

areas could be about to get access to a more direct<br />

link to Liverpool as plans are afoot for nearby<br />

Skelmersdale to get a Merseyrail station after years<br />

of being cut off from the rail network.<br />

Merseyrail Link?<br />

<strong>Local</strong>s have been campaigning vociferously for<br />

better transport links ever since the original railway<br />

station was controversially closed in 1956 - just<br />

a few years before Skelmersdale was designated<br />

as one of Britain’s ‘New Towns’ in 1961 and the<br />

population subsequently boomed.<br />

Now a newly published rail strategy reveals<br />

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and<br />

Lancashire County Council have carried out work<br />

to assess whether a new spur from the Merseyrail<br />

network could go towards Skelmersdale. The report<br />

says: “The Liverpool City Region has worked with<br />

Lancashire County Council and Network Rail on the<br />

potential extension of the Merseyrail line through<br />

to Skelmersdale.<br />

The report adds: “A new station at Headbolt Lane<br />

(due to open in 2023) to serve the Northwood area<br />

of Kirkby is an integral part of this proposal. The<br />

potential to extend the network further through to<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> will need to be developed separately.”<br />

Unlike other Merseyrail developments, such as<br />

new stations in Kirkby and the Baltic Triangle, the<br />

Skelmersdale link is not confirmed and therefore<br />

has not yet been funded.<br />

Full range of hinge door wardrobes


51<br />

Making Standish Bloom<br />

Standish in Bloom are looking for volunteers to adopt<br />

a grot spot in the village. If you have a free 30 minutes<br />

each week to help look after a small area near where<br />

you live then the group would love to hear from you.<br />

Email standishforum@live.co.uk for details.<br />

Happy Circle<br />

Everyone is welcome at the Happy Circle Club, which<br />

runs every Thursday at the Standish Methodist<br />

Church on High Street from 1-3pm. Activities at the<br />

club include dominoes, carpet bowls, bingo. You’ll<br />

enjoy the cakes and hot drinks are also served.<br />

People suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s<br />

are particularly welcome. For more details please<br />

call 01942 221039.<br />

Green Fingers<br />

Two separate gardening groups in Shevington are<br />

hoping to bring a bit of colour to the lives of green<br />

fingered Shevingtonians in <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Shevington Gardening Club meets at 8pm on the<br />

second Monday of each month at St Anne’s Parish<br />

Centre on Church Lane. Call Andrew on 07710<br />

635075 or visit www.shevingtongc.co.uk for details.<br />

And award-winning Shevington in Bloom, the<br />

group that brings so much colour to the village, are<br />

always looking for volunteers to join their team to<br />

once again transform the village this year. Please call<br />

Sandra on 01257 401997 or shevingtoninbloom@<br />

yahoo.com.<br />

Be as Warm as Worcester<br />

If you’re replacing your boiler, there’s really only one choice<br />

#relyonworcester<br />

2 Years<br />

Interest<br />

Free<br />

Credit<br />

Available<br />

Worcester have been awarded a Which Best Buy?<br />

award for the most reliable boiler brand and most<br />

satisfied customers across the entire gas boiler range<br />

Call us today for a free quote<br />

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

Your <strong>Local</strong> Installer Established 1998<br />

Address: 434 Ormskirk Road, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN5 9DF<br />

Phone: 01942 221 221<br />

Email: info@premiergas.com<br />

Website: premiergas.com


52<br />

Give your<br />

Stairs<br />

some<br />

flair<br />

in<br />

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

Luxury Wool Carpets<br />

From Jorgus<br />

So many reasons to choose<br />

a Wool Carpet from Jorgus:<br />

• natural<br />

• renewable<br />

• easy clean<br />

• natural insulator<br />

• naturally flame retardant<br />

PRICES<br />

FROM ONLY<br />

£9.99<br />

Per Sq yard<br />

Save more when you buy direct!<br />

Call now for a FREE<br />

Home Measure & Estimate on:<br />

Tel: 01257 482636<br />

Opening Times:<br />

Monday, Tuesday,<br />

Wednesday & Friday<br />

8am - 5pm<br />

Late night: Thursday<br />

8am - 8pm<br />

Weekend:<br />

Saturday 10am - 3pm<br />

Sunday 11am - 3pm<br />

Jorgus Carpets, Grimeford Mill, Grimeford Lane, Adlington, PR6 9HL<br />

01257 482 636 | www.jorgus.co.uk


53<br />

ModerniseYourStairs<br />

Bespoke Staircases & Staircase Renovations<br />

Add value to your home by modernising<br />

your stairs in just 2 days!<br />

• Wood, glass or chrome<br />

• Traditional or contemporary styles<br />

• <strong>Local</strong> company, established 1998<br />

Download our brochure from<br />

www.moderniseyourstairs.com<br />

DESIGN SURVEY<br />

FREE WITH NO OBLIGATION Call 01942 246553<br />

Or pop into our <strong>Wigan</strong> showroom<br />

Rear Mill, Wood Street, off Chapel Lane, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN3 4HL<br />

NEXT LEFT AFTER THE RANGE<br />

info@moderniseyourstairs.com


54<br />

Back to Black<br />

www.burbidgekitchenmakers.co.uk<br />

Sophisticated, intense and eye-catching – use black in your<br />

interior to create drama, interest and on-trend style.<br />

Although it goes against convention, when<br />

employed with thoughtfulness and flair the use of<br />

black in an interior can be surprising and successful.<br />

Black is bold, luxurious and versatile, and comes<br />

in many shades, ranging from cool, blueish blacks<br />

to warm, red-blacks. Use paint swatches and then<br />

test the paints out on your walls to determine what<br />

works best for your room.<br />

Although black itself is dark, the room in which it is<br />

used doesn’t have to be. In a small room, such as a<br />

snug, WC or study, black can be used to emphasise<br />

a feeling of cosiness, but in a larger space it can help<br />

improve the sense of proportion and create a feeling<br />

of intimacy. To avoid a sense of gloom, ensure that<br />

any room in which you plan to use significant<br />

amounts of black has both large windows and<br />

plenty of reflective surfaces to provide daytime<br />

illumination, and include a variety of lighting to<br />

create warm, welcoming light at night.<br />

If all-over black is a step too far, accent your room<br />

with black. This could mean covering a wall or<br />

two in black or perhaps painting around the room<br />

below the dado rail, creating a sense of grounding.<br />

Black can work well<br />

for wall-to-wall<br />

bookshelves or as a<br />

run of kitchen cabinets. Or use smaller accessories<br />

in black – picture frames, table lamps or a side table.<br />

Black always needs to be combined with other<br />

colours, and black walls team brilliantly with a<br />

brightly coloured sofa, vivid paintings, a jewel-bright<br />

headboard or a colourful rug. The contrast of a dark<br />

backdrop harmonises wonderfully with intense<br />

colours such as crimson, orange, lime, fuchsia,<br />

yellow, emerald and mustard. The strongest contrast<br />

of all, of course, is black with white. This combination<br />

can be fresh, crisp and contemporary, though pure<br />

black and white may be a little simplistic, and best<br />

tempered with some greys or other colours, and<br />

definitely with a variety of patterns and textures.<br />

Black with neutrals and naturals also works well –<br />

adding timber, stone, hessian, linen, sisal, wicker<br />

and wool, in their natural range of beiges, creams<br />

and greys, is softening and beautiful. As interiors<br />

experts say, even just a touch of black is vital in every<br />

room, enhancing the colours, patterns and shapes<br />

that surround it.<br />

www.sweetpeaandwillow.com


55


56<br />

Ale and Hearty<br />

By Jess Phillips<br />

Looking for the perfect location to host your next<br />

private function? Look no further than Standish<br />

Unity Club; a hidden gem in a bustling village centre.<br />

Located on Cross Street, just across the road from<br />

Standish Library, you’d be forgiven for not knowing<br />

it’s there - but the club’s unsuspecting exterior soon<br />

gives way to a cosy, pub-like atmosphere.<br />

The club itself is made up of three separate areas:<br />

an intimate lounge setting with authentic wooden<br />

beams; a games room complete with full-size<br />

snooker and pool tables; and the main function<br />

room, complete with stage area. This is where<br />

all types of celebrations & events take place & is<br />

available to hire for members of Standish Unity<br />

Club.<br />

When St Wilfrid’s Club closed its doors for the last<br />

time members struggled to find somewhere they<br />

felt as comfortable, so a group of members would<br />

meet in an empty building, bringing their own cans<br />

of beer and making sure to pay into the Club. They<br />

became known as The Canned Beer Team.<br />

It was at these evenings the idea of The Standish<br />

Unity Club was born. They found premises at the<br />

rear of the Standish Centre and began renovating<br />

what was the old Northern Diver warehouse. After<br />

months and many hours of voluntary hard work<br />

from members and friends, the Standish Unity Club<br />

opened its doors to the public in June 2000. You<br />

can spot the final beer can encased in a display unit<br />

along with a poem penned by one of the original<br />

members entitled ‘This Lonely Can’.<br />

This thirst for good beer didn’t stop at the club’s<br />

conception. Standish Unity Club has been crowned<br />

Club of the Year by the <strong>Wigan</strong> branch of CAMRA<br />

nine times since 2010, championing a real taste for<br />

locally brewed ales available on tap.<br />

With such an extensive selection of beers, Standish<br />

Unity Club could form the perfect backdrop for any<br />

private party. Its main function room has a capacity<br />

of 120, and the room itself feels luxurious, home<br />

to rich furnishings, a modern sound system and<br />

comfortable carpets. Non-members are welcome to<br />

enjoy a relaxed drink in the lounge area every night<br />

from 7:30pm - and with an atmosphere built for


57<br />

easy socialising, it’s<br />

easy to see why so<br />

many call the Unity<br />

Club home.<br />

The not-for-profit<br />

club really is an ideal<br />

meeting location<br />

for people of all<br />

ages, and hosts<br />

regular events<br />

in addition to its<br />

private functions.<br />

As well as being<br />

home to the<br />

Standish branch of the Royal British Legion, Ukulele<br />

extravaganza Unity Ukes visits the club every<br />

second Thursday of the month, featuring ukulele<br />

bands, soloists and clubs along with singalong<br />

fun. A £1 entry fee applies to the concerts, which<br />

start at 8pm and run ’til late. Meanwhile, Lankykats<br />

hosts events twice monthly (<strong>February</strong>’s take place<br />

on Thursday 6th and Thursday 20th) welcoming<br />

various Lancashire bands to Standish - and each<br />

event is open to the public.<br />

What’s most apparent at Standish Unity Club is the<br />

real sense of community it elicits from members<br />

and non-members alike. Whether you’re looking to<br />

nurse a quiet drink, to play a round of darts, or to<br />

celebrate an upcoming occasion, where better than<br />

a venue in the very heart of Standish?<br />

Memberships available please enquire at the Club<br />

Standish Unity Club<br />

Cross Street, Standish WN6 0HQ<br />

01257 424007<br />

www.standishunityclub.com<br />

standish.unity@blueyonder.co.uk<br />

Preston Rd<br />

Aldi<br />

@standishunity<br />

Market St<br />

High St<br />

Co-op<br />

The Standish<br />

Unity Club<br />

Cross St<br />

Market Pl<br />

Standish<br />

Library<br />

St. Wilfrids<br />

Church<br />

Church St<br />

Rectory Lane


58<br />

Keeping your family safe<br />

Robust systems, expertly installed<br />

Burglar Alarm systems<br />

Wireless & hard wired<br />

CCTV systems<br />

View your home from your PC,<br />

smart phone or tablet<br />

Access Control systems<br />

Fire Alarms<br />

GHE Responsive Service<br />

Available 24 hours 365 days a year<br />

Suite 1A, Kirkless Industrial Estate<br />

Cale Lane, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN2 1HF<br />

Call us today for a FREE property risk assessment.<br />

01942 836 937 www.ghewigan.co.uk


59


60 Legal & Finance<br />

Ringing the<br />

Changes<br />

Whether Big Ben bongs for Brexit or not - and at the<br />

time we went to press it was still undecided – Britain’s<br />

withdrawal from the EU will happen at 11pm on<br />

Friday 31st January. Although the stock market rallies<br />

of the past month or so is partly due to the new<br />

government’s ability to bring the 3½ year Brexit fiasco<br />

to an end, the only certainty of <strong>2020</strong> is that there will<br />

be more uncertainty.<br />

So it’s very important that investors factor in the<br />

new political climate into their financial planning.<br />

One great way of acting on this is to schedule an<br />

investment health check.<br />

Reviewing and revamping your portfolio now could<br />

make a significant difference to your portfolio<br />

value. Apart from weeding out the poor performing<br />

funds and checking you’re still on track, you might<br />

find your finances could be arranged more taxefficiently.<br />

I was recently talking to a new client who was<br />

having a moan about the amount of paperwork<br />

he was receiving from all his different investments.<br />

At the heart of the problem was that “everything<br />

was all over the place” - for every investment he<br />

was dealing with a different company. He’d lost<br />

complete control of his portfolio and the piles of<br />

paper in his study had continued to grow. No action<br />

was being taken by his previous adviser, potentially<br />

costing him money.<br />

He didn’t have a clue what his valuations were and<br />

didn’t know how well his investments had been<br />

performing. I asked him what his “ideal” would feel<br />

and look like. He replied that he wanted to;<br />

Retake full control of his investments rather<br />

than getting swamped with paperwork and<br />

information.<br />

Have “peace of mind” knowing that an expert was<br />

also keeping an eye on his investments.<br />

Invest in a wide choice of leading companies<br />

without being tied in to a single company/fund.<br />

Just deal with “one firm” for all of his different<br />

investments rather than speaking to many.<br />

It probably does not come as a great surprise to<br />

learn that we have the solution to all these issues<br />

and our Wealth Management Service delivers on<br />

all the points above. Indeed one of our recently<br />

engaged clients described the difference between<br />

the old way of managing investments and using<br />

the Prosper Wealth Management Service as “an<br />

absolute revelation”.<br />

If you would like more information please feel free<br />

to get in touch on 01257 423800. Alternatively<br />

visit our website www.prosper-ifa.co.uk or email<br />

us to request a brochure. The cost of the initial<br />

consultation is met by us and you are under no<br />

obligation to take things further.<br />

If you invest in the stock market the value of your<br />

investments can go down as well as up and you<br />

may not get back the full amount invested.<br />

David Barton APFS Cert CII (MP)<br />

Managing Director &<br />

Chartered Financial Planner<br />

Remember all investments can fall as well as rise in value so investors could get back less than they invest.


61<br />

In these uncertain times,<br />

it’s vital to protect your<br />

family’s financial future.<br />

Prosper Wealth Management are <strong>Wigan</strong>’s<br />

premier investment and pension<br />

specialists.<br />

Established in 2003, we now protect the<br />

interests of more than 600 local clients<br />

with total investments of over £170m .<br />

We were awarded the ‘gold standard’<br />

Chartered Financial Planner status<br />

in 2012, and are still the only <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

company with this prestigious<br />

accreditation.<br />

For trusted and independent investment<br />

and pension planning advice, call us<br />

today for a consultation.<br />

Wealth Preservation<br />

Investment Planning<br />

Retirement Planning<br />

Long-term Care Solutions<br />

The initial consultation is at our expense<br />

and is without obligation.<br />

01257 423 800<br />

Prosper Wealth Management. Prosper House, 99a High Street, Standish, WN6 0HD<br />

www.prosper-ifa.co.uk


62<br />

Spring Clean Your<br />

Finances<br />

All you need is a little time and dedication, so with this in mind, here<br />

are a few ideas for a financial spring clean and a richer <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Spring is the season when we give our homes a good<br />

clean and tidy up, so why not do the same with your<br />

finances? There are many ways to take control of your<br />

financial life, and the majority of them are so easy it’s<br />

worth looking at all the possibilities.<br />

Get organised<br />

Financial decluttering offers a clearer view of your<br />

overall financial situation and valuable insight<br />

into unhealthy spending habits. Begin by finding<br />

all your relevant paperwork such as mortgage<br />

statements, insurance policies, credit agreements<br />

and utility bills, and decide which documents you<br />

need to keep.<br />

Although you should be mindful of retaining tax<br />

paperwork, you may not need to keep all of the<br />

older general documentation. What you do retain<br />

can be safely filed away in a dedicated folder so you<br />

have easy access should you need it.<br />

Reduce outgoings and make paying easier<br />

Not only can you save money by cancelling<br />

subscriptions that you no longer need, sorting<br />

out your paperwork highlights any excessively


63<br />

high payments you’ve been making and allows for<br />

tighter financial control.<br />

You can sign up to receive paperless bills and<br />

bank statements, which reduces the amount of<br />

paperwork in your home and helps to declutter<br />

your physical living space. By signing up to pay your<br />

bills by direct debit, you can also remove much of<br />

the hassle of making regular payments – providers<br />

might even offer you a discount for doing so.<br />

Make a new budget<br />

Whether or not you already operate a budget,<br />

making a new one can instil fresh life into your<br />

finances and allows you to overhaul your spending<br />

if necessary. Make sure to include all important<br />

annual events including birthdays, Christmas and<br />

holidays in the budget, so you arrive at an accurate<br />

plan for monthly expenditure.<br />

By scrutinising your bank statements you can see<br />

where you’ve been overspending during the last<br />

year and adjust accordingly, or lower your outlay<br />

in high-cost areas. This might involve checking<br />

comparison websites, or simply being more careful<br />

with the food shopping.<br />

Plan finances ahead this year<br />

If you’re planning a holiday in <strong>2020</strong> or need to buy<br />

a new car, for example, in conjunction with your<br />

new budget, saving a little each month can help to<br />

achieve your goals without going into debt.<br />

Maybe you could open a new savings account for<br />

each prospective large purchase, or use a traditional<br />

piggy bank at home and watch your savings fund<br />

grow the old-fashioned way.<br />

Track your spending<br />

With so many personal finance apps and tools now<br />

available, you can track your spending wherever<br />

you are. You might prefer to use a spreadsheet, or<br />

simply write down your spending in a notebook.<br />

Whatever you do, keeping track of how much you<br />

spend helps you stick to your budget and deal<br />

confidently with the inevitable financial setbacks<br />

we all experience.<br />

Tackle debt<br />

of serious financial difficulty, and provide new<br />

opportunities to save. You might choose to use the<br />

‘debt snowball’ method of paying off the smallest<br />

debts first, or get stuck right in and pay off the<br />

largest debt. However you decide to approach it,<br />

becoming debt-free is liberating and an important<br />

element of a financial spring clean.<br />

Maximise tax-free savings<br />

With the end of the tax year fast approaching, make<br />

sure you’re taking advantage of your full tax-free<br />

savings allowance. You can currently save up to<br />

£20,000 tax-free in an Individual Savings Account<br />

(ISA), and are allowed to spread this amount<br />

between a cash ISA and an Investment ISA. If you<br />

don’t use your full allowance by 5th April, however,<br />

it will be lost.<br />

Check your pension<br />

Your pension provider should send you a pension<br />

statement once a year, so it’s a good idea to review<br />

how well it’s performing. If you have more than<br />

one pension it may also be worthwhile seeking<br />

professional advice as to whether they should<br />

be combined. If you think you have additional<br />

pensions but can’t quite remember, a facility on the<br />

gov.uk website can help you track them down.<br />

Search for old bank accounts<br />

You may have money in accounts that have been<br />

lying dormant for years, but there is a way to track<br />

them down. As with forgotten pensions, this is very<br />

useful if you can’t remember the bank accounts<br />

you’ve held in the past.<br />

My Lost Account is a website that helps you find old<br />

bank accounts, building society accounts and NS&I<br />

investments, so you can reclaim forgotten money<br />

and close them down. It’s also possible to check for<br />

any Premium Bond prizes that you haven’t claimed<br />

via the National Savings and Investments website.<br />

Overhauling your finances can make a significant<br />

impact on life in general, and helps you to make the<br />

most of your money. So start your spring clean this<br />

month and you’ll be reaping the rewards not only in<br />

<strong>2020</strong>, but for many years to come.<br />

By tackling debt you free yourself from the threat


64 Business View<br />

Xero is our<br />

Hero!<br />

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy<br />

<strong>2020</strong> marks the 10th anniversary of CMA Accountancy<br />

partnering with revolutionary software package XERO.<br />

We recommend XERO to our customers because it<br />

gives you access to real time information, streamlines<br />

the time taken to prepare your bookkeeping and<br />

makes sure you are HMRC compliant for Making Tax<br />

Digital. XERO can be accessed anytime, anywhere and<br />

on any mobile device or PC.<br />

But what we also love about XERO is how it<br />

works with a multitude of 3rd party apps. Here’s<br />

a highlight of some of the best apps that work<br />

with XERO and what value they can bring to your<br />

business.<br />

For efficient debt tracking and cash management,<br />

check out these apps.<br />

• Chaser – Automates invoice chasing<br />

• Fluidly – Manages cashflow<br />

• Satago – Provides credit risk tools<br />

These apps scan invoices and receipts, and reduce<br />

your time on data entry.<br />

• Receipt Bank – Scan bills and receipts via your<br />

mobile phone<br />

• AutoEntry – Scans bank statements and sales<br />

invoices<br />

If you have a retail or online sales outlet these apps<br />

can help you take control<br />

• Shopify – Seamlessly connects your store to<br />

Xero for real time sales information<br />

• Vend – Provides excellent point of sale analysis<br />

These apps are great for trades people to keep<br />

control of job scheduling and billing<br />

• ServiceM8 – Manages and field service business<br />

• Tradify – Complete job management for trades<br />

and contractors<br />

These are just a small selection of apps available.<br />

Let us help you transform the management of your<br />

accounts in <strong>2020</strong>. As well as setting up Xero and<br />

converting your data from another product, we can<br />

advise you on which are the best apps to use and<br />

help you integrate this with Xero.<br />

Special Offer<br />

For a limited period we are offering all<br />

new clients Xero software free of charge<br />

for 6 MONTHS if they sign up for our<br />

services before the end of <strong>February</strong> <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

If you have any questions regarding Xero, Making<br />

Tax Digital, apps or switching to an online<br />

accounting system please do get in touch.<br />

Chris Alcock ACMA - CMA Accountancy<br />

39 Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge,<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>, WN6 9DR<br />

Tel: 01257 255521<br />

Email info@handsonaccounting.co.uk<br />

web www.handsonaccounting.co.uk


65<br />

Making Tax Digital<br />

Do you have a business that’s<br />

VAT-registered and has a<br />

turnover of £85,000+?<br />

Are you aware that the Making<br />

Tax Digital changes are now<br />

LIVE?<br />

Would you like your business<br />

to enjoy the benefits of online<br />

accounting?<br />

Call us today for a free<br />

consultation.<br />

Free software for 6<br />

months when you use<br />

CMA Accountancy.<br />

Call CMA Accountancy today<br />

www.cma-accountancy.com<br />

info@cma-accountancy.com<br />

Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge. 01257 255521


66 Health & Fitness<br />

Snoring:<br />

It’s no laughing matter<br />

Forget ‘unreasonable behaviour’ –<br />

snoring is now recognised to be a top<br />

reason for divorce – along with fishing<br />

and becoming vegetarian! (Daily Express,<br />

January 2018)<br />

A whopping 20 million Brits claim they<br />

are sleep deprived by their partner’s<br />

snoring, reported The Sun in 2017.<br />

Snoring is often thought of as funny,<br />

yet this could not be farther from the<br />

truth. Usually, the partner suffers the<br />

most. Sleeping on the sofa or in the<br />

spare room every night takes its toll, with ruined<br />

relationships and broken marriages.<br />

So what causes snoring? Is it bad for our health?<br />

What can be done about it?<br />

What Causes Snoring?<br />

Snoring is caused by something partially blocking<br />

your airways. The airways include your mouth and<br />

the back of your throat. While you are asleep, and<br />

when you breathe in deeply, this blockage causes<br />

that noisy reverberation we all know so well as a<br />

snore.<br />

What causes blocked airways? The culprits are<br />

our common vices. Smoking causes an excess of<br />

mucus/catarrh, alcohol causes the muscles and<br />

tissues of the palate to over-relax and sag, and<br />

fat, in people who are overweight or obese when<br />

pads of fatty tissue accumulate in these areas and<br />

literally wobble in the breeze!<br />

Allergies also play a part. Common allergens<br />

include house dust mite, animal dander, pollens,<br />

yeasts and moulds. Inhalation of allergens causes<br />

nasal and throat tissues to swell and the production<br />

of body secretions.<br />

Typically, a snorer lies flat on their back and<br />

breathes through their mouth. When you lie on<br />

your back, your tongue falls to the back of your<br />

mouth, partially blocking your airway. In addition,<br />

when you take a breath in through your mouth, a<br />

forceful wall of air hits the roof of your mouth and is<br />

funnelled through your narrowed airway.<br />

Lying on your side and breathing through your<br />

nose make snoring less likely.<br />

Sleep Apnoea<br />

Snoring is only dangerous to health if it causes<br />

‘sleep apnoea’.<br />

In this condition, there is such a severe blockage<br />

to airflow that your brain is temporarily starved of<br />

oxygen. You briefly stop breathing altogether, your<br />

brain recognises this and after a long pause your<br />

breathing starts again.<br />

The strain on your heart and lungs plus the effects of<br />

constantly feeling tired and poor daily performance<br />

can have life-threatening consequences.<br />

75% of people who snore have sleep apnoea.<br />

If you think you could have sleep apnoea, you must<br />

see your doctor.


67<br />

What Can Be Done To Help Snoring?<br />

Making lifestyle changes, however difficult and<br />

unpopular, has to be the mainstay of long-term<br />

treatment. Stopping smoking, moderating or<br />

stopping drinking alcohol and losing weight are<br />

strongly recommended.<br />

To reduce the risk of allergy, regular vacuuming,<br />

damp dusting, and keeping the bedroom pet-free<br />

will all help. Use hypoallergenic bedding.<br />

Keep the bedroom cool – around 15˚C. Stay well<br />

hydrated – drink six to eight glasses of water per<br />

day.<br />

Products for Snorers and Snoring Sufferers<br />

The age-old solution of sewing a cotton reel or a<br />

tennis ball in your pyjama trousers, forcing you to<br />

lie on your side, still has much to commend it.<br />

However, a simple starting point is a pair of foam<br />

rubber earplugs for your partner.<br />

Manufacturers have been very creative with their<br />

anti-snoring products. For example, nasal strips are<br />

available, which are said to hold the airway open.<br />

And who’s heard of a ‘Neti pot’ – a device used to<br />

flush the airways before bedtime with salt water?<br />

Best results are likely with the use of a mandibular<br />

device – a special type of gum shield that holds the<br />

tongue and jaw forward to keep the airway open<br />

while you sleep. Purchase these online, or have<br />

them fitted more accurately by your dentist.<br />

The Antisnoor device is a type of adhesive patch<br />

you wear on your forehead that detects snoring and<br />

then vibrates to prompt you to turn over.<br />

Smart Nora is an anti-snoring pillow that listens out<br />

for snoring and then inflates to encourage you to<br />

change the position of your head.<br />

The Importance of Sleep<br />

Getting enough, good quality sleep is vital. Lack of<br />

sleep increases your risk of strokes, heart attacks,<br />

diabetes and cancer. Over time it also shortens<br />

our lifespan. Adults are recommended to sleep for<br />

seven to nine hours per night.<br />

Snoring it seems, is a serious business!<br />

Always Listening<br />

• Micro-Suction Wax Removal<br />

• FREE Hearing Tests<br />

• Claim your FREE trial of the latest digital<br />

hearing aids – technology that can’t be<br />

bought on the high street<br />

• Hearing Aids & Repairs<br />

Rest assured you are in safe hands in our<br />

family owned, state of the art clinic.<br />

Voted <strong>Wigan</strong>’s audiologist of the year 2019<br />

Call now to make an appointment<br />

01942 215 391<br />

Email - info@wiganhearing.co.uk<br />

8-10 Gathurst Road, Orrell, WN5 8QH


68<br />

Health Service or<br />

Half Service?<br />

The 17 Treatments the NHS Will No Longer Provide<br />

By Dr Daisy Mae<br />

From 1st April 2019, the NHS stopped funding a<br />

range of treatments it regards as ineffective, possibly<br />

harmful and poor value for money.<br />

Moles (benign), simple cysts, warts, verrucas and<br />

varicose veins are all on the list of treatments<br />

no longer covered. Now, however unsightly or<br />

irritating, the NHS is no longer responsible.<br />

So how did this come about? Which conditions are<br />

on the list?<br />

Inappropriate Treatments<br />

Cash-strapped, and hard-pressed, the NHS is<br />

continually struggling to maintain an excellent<br />

quality of service and to balance the books.<br />

Consequently, NHS management teams are<br />

regularly analysing the numbers and type of<br />

medical procedures, their success and complication<br />

rates. They consider carefully whether these<br />

interventions are beneficial for patients and<br />

whether they offer value for money.<br />

How Does the NHS Decide Which Treatments It<br />

Will or Won’t Fund?<br />

On behalf of the NHS, The National Institute of<br />

Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is a robust body<br />

that reviews all the available medical evidence<br />

about the safety, efficacy and value for money of<br />

NHS treatments and interventions.<br />

By law, if NICE recommends it, the NHS must<br />

provide it. If NICE doesn’t recommend it, the NHS<br />

has no obligation.<br />

What are ‘Inappropriate Interventions’?<br />

Inappropriate interventions are procedures that<br />

NICE has concluded have not been shown to be<br />

effective and may be associated with harm.<br />

For example, surgery to improve snoring carries<br />

risks: bleeding, infection, voice changes and<br />

swallowing problems. The cure rate from surgery<br />

is only 46%. However, similar improvements in<br />

snoring can be achieved by non-surgical health<br />

interventions such as losing weight and stopping<br />

smoking.


69<br />

The 17 inappropriate interventions<br />

no longer funded by the NHS<br />

• Snoring surgery (in absence of sleep apnoea).<br />

• Dilatation and Curettage (D&C) for heavy<br />

menstrual bleeding – the agreed treatment is<br />

hysteroscopy and biopsy.<br />

• Knee arthroscopy for osteoarthritis – flushing<br />

out the joint is no longer recommended.<br />

• Breast reduction.<br />

• Removal of benign skin conditions.<br />

- Grommets for glue ear in children.<br />

- Tonsillectomy for recurrent tonsillitis.<br />

- Haemorrhoid surgery.<br />

• Hysterectomy for heavy menstrual bleeding –<br />

women should be offered medical treatment<br />

or a progesterone releasing IUS.<br />

• Chalazia removal.<br />

• Arthroscopic shoulder decompression for<br />

shoulder pain.<br />

• Carpal tunnel release.<br />

• Dupuytren’s contracture release.<br />

• Ganglion excision.<br />

• Trigger finger release.<br />

• Varicose vein surgery – endothermal ablation<br />

and sclerotherapy should be tried first.<br />

A Bitter Response<br />

Nobody wants any harm, risk or wasteful spending,<br />

but are we being hoodwinked? It’s hard to believe<br />

that those with recurrent tonsillitis will no longer be<br />

offered surgery.<br />

These interventions are only the first phase of<br />

treatments cuts, with a second phase involving a list<br />

of other, more specialised procedures, set to follow.<br />

Doctors themselves are concerned. In a recent<br />

BMA survey, 75% of doctors said they believed that<br />

financial targets were overriding patient care.<br />

The BMA also views this NHS bureaucracy with<br />

disdain, saying “Rather than cut services, the<br />

government’s priority should be to stop the<br />

scandalous waste of billions of taxpayer money on<br />

the damaging NHS market in England, pointless<br />

fragmentation of NHS services and outsourcing<br />

deals that disrupt patient care,” to quote BMA chair<br />

and GP, Dr Chaand Nagpaul.<br />

The Negative Consequences<br />

These conditions may be benign, but they still cause<br />

misery and this negatively affects our well-being,<br />

self-esteem and self-confidence. Other treatments<br />

may be effective, but these can be expensive.<br />

Vulnerable people who can’t speak up for<br />

themselves or engage fully in their own care may<br />

suffer. Some patients may choose not consult the<br />

doctor, and serious diagnoses may be missed.<br />

<strong>Life</strong>style interventions such as weight loss are<br />

beneficial for numerous medical conditions.<br />

However, weight loss is difficult and takes time. The<br />

Royal College of Physicians has recently declared<br />

obesity a disease, not just a lifestyle factor.<br />

There are long waiting lists for physiotherapy, and<br />

the other suggested treatment options such as<br />

endothermal ablation and sclerotherapy. Will more<br />

funding be allocated for these treatments?<br />

Has the ‘National Half Service’ really got this right?<br />

www.nhs.england/uk<br />

Foot problems? We can help!<br />

Yescica Livesey<br />

HCPC registered with 10 years<br />

National Health Service experience<br />

• General foot care/advice<br />

• Corns & Callus<br />

• Thick/fungal nails<br />

• Cracked heels<br />

• Verrucae<br />

• Diabetes foot care<br />

• Children’s foot care<br />

• Ingrowing toe nail treatment<br />

• Nail surgery<br />

01942 244 873 | www.footpodwigan.com | 2a Wrightington Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 2AZ<br />

Have you got blocked ears?<br />

If wax is causing hearing<br />

loss or discomfort try our<br />

Micro-suction ear wax<br />

removal<br />

• Free ear wax assessments<br />

• Micro-suction prices: One ear - £40 Both ears - £60<br />

• Foreign body removal - £20<br />

• Evening/weekend appointments available<br />

2a Wrightington Street<br />

Off Bridgeman Terrace<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 2AZ<br />

info@clear-ears.com<br />

01942 466 054 www.clear-ears.com


70<br />

Sally’s Specials<br />

by Marti of The Star Inn<br />

The Star Inn<br />

Peppered<br />

Mackerel Pâté<br />

- Thai style<br />

Serves 4<br />

Ingredients<br />

2 packs (4 fillets) of peppered or smoked mackerel<br />

2 red chillies<br />

1 pack of coriander<br />

4 crushed gloves of garlic<br />

1 halved and shredded lemongrass stalk<br />

1 grated lemon rind<br />

1 squeeze of lime<br />

Small piece of ginger peeled & chopped finely<br />

Half a block of butter<br />

Seasoning<br />

I love this recipe, its quick, easy and has the wow factor! It gives the classic pate a<br />

twist with a sprinkling of Thai flavour<br />

Method<br />

Start by taking the back skin off the fish and discarding of any little bones you can see.<br />

Break up the mackerel into a mixing bowl, again looking out for any little bones.<br />

To an oiled frying pan add the crushed garlic, chopped chillies, coriander, ginger, lemon, lime and thoroughly<br />

mix together cooking lightly for about three minutes to soften and release the flavours. Be careful not to burn<br />

the mixture.<br />

Once cooked, add to the fish and mix together well adding seasoning to taste.<br />

Melt the butter in the microwave until completely soft and melted and fold through the mackerel mix.<br />

Spoon the pate into suitable sized ramekins and chill for 3 hours.<br />

When ready to eat, spread on hot buttered toast and indulge!


71<br />

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

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

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

The Star Inn at Roby Mill.<br />

Sally’s Strawberry<br />

Cheesecake<br />

Serves 8<br />

Ingredients<br />

Half a pack of ginger nuts<br />

1 punnet of strawberries<br />

250g of mascarpone<br />

250g of soft cheese<br />

100g of butter<br />

100g of icing sugar<br />

200g of caster sugar<br />

Vanilla essence<br />

Method<br />

Get started by crushing the ginger nuts until they resemble a fine crumb.<br />

Grab a pan and melt the butter then add the melted butter to the crushed<br />

ginger nuts.<br />

Place the ginger nut mixture into a greaseproof lined tin and spread the mixture<br />

evenly across the tin. Place in the fridge and leave for 30 minutes.<br />

Now for the filling and the topping! Add the mascarpone, soft cheese, vanilla<br />

and caster sugar to a bowl and whisk together until fully combined.<br />

Slice approximately ¼ of the punnet of strawberries making sure the pieces<br />

aren’t too small.<br />

Add the strawberries to the mascarpone mixture and fold through.<br />

Place the strawberry mixture on top of the ginger nut base and ensure<br />

everything is level. Return the tin to the fridge for a further 30 minutes.<br />

For the coulis add ½ of the remaining strawberries to a blender with the icing<br />

sugar and blitz till smooth.<br />

Add the coulis to the top of the cheesecake after the 30 minutes in the fridge.<br />

Add the remaining strawberries as a garnish, serve and enjoy!


72<br />

Upload your event for FREE at<br />

www.locallife247.co.uk/events<br />

Chinese New Year<br />

Saturday, <strong>February</strong> 1, 11am-2pm<br />

A free family extravaganza with music, dancing,<br />

calligraphy, a traditional tea ceremony and<br />

costumes to celebrate the Year of the Rat.<br />

Museum of <strong>Wigan</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, Library Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1<br />

1NU<br />

Boogie Bingo<br />

Saturday, <strong>February</strong> 1, 7pm<br />

Help fund raise for <strong>Wigan</strong> Youth Zone with a night<br />

of boogie bingo. There are plenty of prizes to be<br />

won; tickets £25 including light bites, bookable on<br />

Eventbrite or 01942 774000.<br />

DW Stadium, Loire Drive, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN5 0UZ<br />

‘Ey Oop Campers!<br />

Saturday, <strong>February</strong> 1, doors at 7pm<br />

A lighthearted look at the fun, intrigue and mayhem<br />

of a 1950s holiday camp, performed by U3A Variety<br />

Theatre Group! Tickets £6 per adult or £3 per U16<br />

including refreshments on 01257 473941.<br />

St. James Church Hall, Church Lane, Wrightington,<br />

WN6 9SN<br />

Stories from the Past<br />

Thursday, <strong>February</strong> 6, 4pm-5pm<br />

Stan Aspinall tells three stories of Standish’s past –<br />

each with a twist to make you think. Refreshments<br />

available.<br />

Standish Library, Cross St, Standish, WN6 0HQ<br />

All Write Up North<br />

Saturday, <strong>February</strong> 8, 10am-1:30pm<br />

A free networking and workshop event for aspiring<br />

authors, illustrators, photographers and cover<br />

artists! Lunch and refreshments provided – book<br />

your place on library.transformation@wigan.gov.uk<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Library, Hewlett Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1NH<br />

Open Studio Sale<br />

Saturday & Sunday, <strong>February</strong> 8 & 9, 10am-3pm<br />

For one weekend only, a super sale offering up<br />

to 70% off at specialist glass art studio Morpheus<br />

Glass. The studio is housed within Love It Gallery, as<br />

is the Bag & Bean coffee shop. Don’t miss it!<br />

Love It Gallery, Winstanley Rd, Billinge WN5 7XG<br />

Pike Making<br />

Thursday, <strong>February</strong> 13, 6:30pm-8:30pm<br />

Explore Lancashire’s witching past in this workshop,<br />

making sculptural pikes from wood, twine and<br />

paint. Free, places bookable on Eventbrite.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> STEAM, Marsden St, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1QF<br />

Mental Health Market<br />

Friday, <strong>February</strong> 14, 1-3pm<br />

Come and find out about the fantastic range of<br />

services, groups and support available in your local<br />

area! You’ll find local health, education, activity,<br />

carer, voluntary and charity services and groups. For<br />

more information contact Community Therapies<br />

Hub 01942 772124.<br />

Kingsleigh Centre, King Street, Leigh WN7 4LR


73<br />

Drive-In Cinema<br />

Friday, <strong>February</strong> 14, 8:30pm<br />

See Pretty Woman in the grounds of Haigh<br />

Woodland Park! There’ll also be plenty of music,<br />

food, quizzes, giveaways and more. Tickets £30 per<br />

car at www.boxoffice.wlct.org.<br />

Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, WN2 1PE<br />

Valentine’s Ball<br />

Saturday, <strong>February</strong> 15, 7pm<br />

Enjoy music from Scott Chapman and Olivia Garcia,<br />

along with a gourmet buffet in celebration of<br />

Valentine’s Day. Tickets £25 on 07721 639970.<br />

Highfield Cricket Club, Billinge Road, Highfield,<br />

WN3 6BL<br />

Spinners Mill Ghost Hunt<br />

Saturday, <strong>February</strong> 15, 8:30pm-12:00am<br />

Join Paranormal Places UK on a ghost hunting event at<br />

Leigh Spinners Mill in company with Frank Humphries,<br />

presenter and producer of Paranormal Minds TV as we<br />

step into the ghostly world of Leigh Spinners Mill.<br />

Spinners Mill, Park Lane, Leigh WN7 2LB<br />

Evening with Gazza<br />

Thursday, <strong>February</strong> 20, 7.30pm<br />

Enjoy an evening of conversation and a Q&A with<br />

Paul Gascoigne as he chats about his career and life<br />

on and off the pitch. There’ll also be an auction of<br />

sports memorabilia. Tickets from £35 at the venue<br />

or on 01942 774000.<br />

DW Stadium, Loire Drive, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN5 0UZ<br />

Fundraising Evening<br />

Saturday, <strong>February</strong> 22, 6.30pm-12:00am<br />

Help raise money for Mind with a fun night of<br />

dancing and a delicious meal, plus a raffle and talk<br />

from guest speaker Michael Lawrence. Tickets £25<br />

on 01695 624426.<br />

Holland Hall, Lafford Lane, Upholland WN8 0QX<br />

Wedding Fayre<br />

Sunday, <strong>February</strong> 23, 12-3pm<br />

An afternoon of wedding planning awaits you in the<br />

beautiful venue of Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel, with<br />

around 25 suppliers all waiting to meet you. Free entry<br />

including a branded bag and wedding magazines.<br />

Kilhey Court, Chorley Road, Standish, WN1 2XN<br />

DIY Lampshade Workshop<br />

Thursday, <strong>February</strong> 27, 6:30-8:30pm<br />

Craft your very own lampshade from start to<br />

finish using different fabrics. Tickets £18 including<br />

materials on Eventbrite.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> STEAM, Marsden St, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1QF<br />

Canal History Talk<br />

Wednesday, March 4, 10:00-12:00pm<br />

William Froggatt, NW heritage adviser for the Canal<br />

and River Trust talks about ‘Construction of Leeds &<br />

Liverpool Canal – the <strong>Wigan</strong> section’.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> U3A brings together retired local people<br />

to share their interests and enjoy volunteer-led<br />

activities at a variety of local venues.<br />

The Edge, Riveredge, <strong>Wigan</strong> WN3 5AB<br />

Your perfect day starts with us<br />

Stockists of designer prom gowns including Jora & Mascara<br />

– we also offer school exclusivity lists<br />

New for <strong>2020</strong> - Ladybird Bridal stock in store.<br />

• We have an inhouse seamstress offering a full alteration<br />

service for any occasion<br />

• Bridal dressing, Bridal gown cleaning & boxing also available<br />

For more information please contact Julie on:<br />

01257 424 624<br />

35 Preston Road, Standish, WN6 0JH<br />

www.julesbridalboutique.co.uk


74<br />

Darwen Moor<br />

by Chris Pearce<br />

Distance: 5 miles Difficulty: Medium<br />

To help those of you who are working hard to get<br />

yourself fit for the new decade, we headed out to<br />

Tockholes for a walk that is sure to get anyone’s<br />

cardiovascular system racing. At just over five miles,<br />

this Darwen Moor walk dips into the area around<br />

Higher Roddlesworth Reservoir, levels out at<br />

Earnsdale Reservoir before the climb to Darwen<br />

Moor, and those wonderful views across<br />

Lancashire.<br />

We start at the car park next to<br />

Vaughns Country Café at the foot<br />

of the Moor (BB3 0PA). Please make<br />

sure you use the rear of car park,<br />

which is for the use of walkers, rather<br />

than the front of the car park which is<br />

for the Royal Oak pub next door.<br />

Take the public footpath<br />

opposite the pub and head<br />

down the steps, passing the<br />

ruins on the right, and<br />

carry on<br />

downhill where you’ll see glimpses of Roddlesworth<br />

through the trees. Once you reach the wooden<br />

fence at the bottom, turn right to walk around the<br />

right-hand side of Roddlesworth.<br />

After 300 yards, you’ll approach a fork – take the<br />

lesser-used uphill path to the right. Follow<br />

this through the woods until you reach the<br />

Tockholes Road. Turn left and follow the road<br />

until you reach Fine Peters Farm. Cross<br />

over and go through the gate at the lefthand<br />

side of the farm, following a track.<br />

The track (Dean Lane) starts to climb,<br />

affording super views, and then dips to<br />

a crossroad of paths. Carry straight on<br />

down the cobbled path (Donkey Brow)<br />

and this will eventually bring you out<br />

at Earnsdale Reservoir. Follow the<br />

path round Earnsdale and stay on<br />

the tarmacked road uphill until<br />

you reach Waterhouse (1897).<br />

Carry on in the


75<br />

same direction for 50 yards and then take a right<br />

turn up the concrete road.<br />

Just before the second bend on the concrete road,<br />

there’s a gap in the safety barrier; go through the<br />

gap and follow the well-defined path until you<br />

come to a gate, set in a dry-stone wall. Go through<br />

the gate and follow the path for 150 yards until you<br />

arrive at a wider path. Turn right and go through the<br />

entrance to Darwen Moor. Further up the path you<br />

reach a fork, here you take the main left fork and<br />

climb the hill until you get to the tower.<br />

Tockholes Road<br />

Green Hill<br />

Houghton Farm<br />

Witton Weavers Way<br />

Sunnyhurst<br />

Clough<br />

Sunnyhurst<br />

Tockholes Road<br />

Earnsdale<br />

Reservoir<br />

Higher<br />

Roddlesworth<br />

Reservoir<br />

Tockholes<br />

Number 1<br />

Plantation<br />

Sunnyhurst Hey<br />

Reservoir<br />

Sniddle<br />

Hill Farm<br />

Ryal Fold<br />

Jubilee Tower<br />

Tockholes<br />

Number 2<br />

Plantation<br />

P<br />

Stepback Brook<br />

Higher Wenshead<br />

Darwen<br />

Hill<br />

Tockholes Road<br />

New Barn<br />

Waterfall<br />

Tockholes Road<br />

Duckshaw Clough<br />

Darwen Moor<br />

For those with the OS Maps<br />

app on your desktop, mobile<br />

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

JT-Darwen-Moor<br />

White Hill<br />

Cartridge Hill


76<br />

Go round the tower to the left and you’ll see a path<br />

running away southwards towards the mast; take<br />

this path and when you reach a junction (look for<br />

the bench), turn left for 150 yards until you reach a<br />

marker that indicates the West Pennine Way/Witton<br />

Weavers Way junction; here you take a sharp right<br />

uphill along Witton Weavers Way.<br />

Darwen Tower can get pretty busy with walkers<br />

sometimes, but once you get up onto the top of<br />

Darwen Moor the crowds start to thin out and you<br />

can appreciate the amazing countryside views.<br />

Follow the path for almost a mile until you reach<br />

a gate with a bench just the other side of it. Go<br />

though here and wind your way downhill until you<br />

reach a stone marker by a wooden gate.<br />

Go through the gate and take the path that cuts<br />

a visible green swathe through moorlands. Follow<br />

this somewhat muddy path uphill again and<br />

immediately after you have gone through a second<br />

gate, bear left downhill and follow this muddy path<br />

down to New Barn Farm.<br />

Bear right when you have reached the farm, so<br />

through another gate and follow that path for ¼<br />

mile until you once again reach the Witton Weavers<br />

path. Take a sharp left through a gate and then<br />

follow that path for a further ½ mile downhill until<br />

you return to the car park where you started.


77<br />

A history of<br />

Darwen Tower<br />

Darwen Tower is a Grade II listed structure<br />

which was built in 1897/98 to commemorate<br />

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, but to the<br />

people of Darwen it symbolises something<br />

more fundamental – the right to access to<br />

Darwen Moor. Back in the 1870’s, the Lord<br />

of the Manor, a Reverend called Duckworth<br />

who lived in Somerset, instructed his<br />

gamekeepers to block the ancient rights of<br />

way onto the Moor.<br />

Coal supplier William Ashton took exception<br />

to this move, he had to supply farmers who<br />

lived on the Moor, and when Duckworth’s<br />

gamekeepers blocked his way, he unblocked<br />

it. After a few bloody skirmishes, the issue<br />

went to court and by 1896 the townspeople<br />

had regained the right to use the moorland<br />

footpaths.<br />

Ashton<br />

had died<br />

a couple<br />

of years<br />

earlier, but his three sons led a celebratory<br />

procession up on to the moors to the spot<br />

where the Tower now stands.<br />

The victory coincided with the town’s desire<br />

to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond<br />

jubilee. An anonymous letter to the local<br />

paper suggested a landmark be built on the<br />

Moor to commemorate the Jubilee and also<br />

to celebrate the freeing of the Moors. The<br />

townspeople rallied behind the idea and the<br />

tower was opened in September 1898 by the<br />

Reverend William Duckworth himself.<br />

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every<br />

care has been taken to ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial<br />

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage<br />

caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


78 Gardening<br />

Happy New... Garden<br />

Award Winner<br />

by Angie Barker<br />

I’m sure you will have noticed the number of new build<br />

housing which is springing up around us. Whilst buyers<br />

will be busy furnishing and decorating their new<br />

homes, the outside space poses particular challenges<br />

which you don’t get with an established plot.<br />

The first challenge will be the soil condition. We all<br />

know that for lawns to be manageable and plants to<br />

grow well, there needs to be a reasonable amount<br />

of drainage in the garden and not too much heavy<br />

clay. I can honestly say that out of all the new build<br />

gardens I have designed and planted in my time<br />

(Hubby reminds me there have been many) I have<br />

yet to come across a new build which scores well on<br />

this front. Heavy machinery compacts everything<br />

beneath it and topsoil is likely to be removed when<br />

the site is cleared.<br />

The second challenge will be lack of privacy.<br />

Houses are built quite close together these days<br />

which means new gardens are usually overlooked<br />

by several neighbouring windows. This can cause<br />

another problem which is the amount of shade cast<br />

in the garden, particularly on estates which have<br />

three storey houses.<br />

Finally, and this may sound a little strange, but<br />

knowing where to start when faced with a blank<br />

canvass can be daunting.<br />

Having said all of this, a new build garden is a<br />

wonderful opportunity to create an outdoor haven<br />

which you will enjoy spending time in. Here are<br />

some pointers:<br />

Raised beds<br />

are fantastic for<br />

dealing with<br />

the poor soil<br />

issue and are<br />

much easier<br />

to maintain<br />

than weeding<br />

poor border soil. Make them at least 40cm high for<br />

impact. They can be curved or straight and built of a<br />

material to suit your budget.<br />

Lack of privacy can be addressed by placing<br />

pergolas in the right spot, for example over dining<br />

areas and with the right planting. Bamboos are<br />

fantastic for bringing evergreen privacy, just make<br />

sure you obtain good advice when buying and<br />

avoid the “runners” and there are many plants which<br />

thrive in shade.<br />

If all else fails and you feel you still need some<br />

inspiration, you can always contact your local<br />

garden designer – that’s me!<br />

Angie is a qualified<br />

award-winning garden<br />

designer who will<br />

plan your garden to<br />

your needs from start<br />

to finish, supplying<br />

reputable contractors<br />

and the ideal plants.<br />

Call Angie now for your free consultation!<br />

Angie Barker Dip GD<br />

(Inst GD) BA (Hons)<br />

Garden Design For All Seasons<br />

Tel: 01942 522 405<br />

Mob: 07857 008 383<br />

Award Winner<br />

www.angiebarker.co.uk


79<br />

QUALIFIED & INSURED<br />

TELEPHONE:<br />

01695 623 909<br />

07903 290 878<br />

www.gardenrescue-treeservices.com<br />

BILLINGE BASED<br />

FREE ESTIMATES<br />

Garden need a little<br />

LTC?<br />

• Tree Surgery<br />

• Flagging & Fencing<br />

• Landscaping & Design<br />

• Garden Clearances<br />

• Logs For Sale<br />

Wood chipping & stump grinder services<br />

Call Lloyd today for a free estimate<br />

01942 367170 / 07900 738637<br />

Cricket St, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN6 7TP<br />

www.ltcgroup.co.uk<br />

www.treetechsolutions.co.uk<br />

• All tree work<br />

• Hedge cutting<br />

• Grounds maintenance<br />

• Stump grinding<br />

NO JOB<br />

TOO SMALL<br />

EMERGENCY CALL OUTS WELCOME<br />

Call Wes for a free quote on<br />

07713 121135 / 01695 322153<br />

SMN<br />

Tree and Landscape Management<br />

Tree Felling & Pruning<br />

Site Clearance<br />

Tree Surveys and Reports<br />

Invasive Weed Control<br />

Ground Maintenance<br />

Agricultural & Domestic Fencing<br />

Firewood & Woodchip<br />

Woodland Maintenance<br />

24 Hour Emergency Tree Work<br />

West Lancashire Borough Council approved contractor<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Council approved contractor<br />

Day: 07970 521 692 Eve: 01942 214 121<br />

www.smntrees.co.uk steve@smntrees.co.uk<br />

Want to promote your<br />

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

Call Sally: 01695 627 999<br />

locallife247.co.uk<br />

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

We also sell hardwood seasoned logs<br />

• Tree Dismantling, Felling & Pruning<br />

• Crown Reduction, Thinning & Lifts<br />

• Pollarding<br />

• Removal of dead, dying & diseased trees<br />

• Stump Grinding<br />

• Hedge Trimming & Removal<br />

Call today for your FREE quotation:<br />

01257 435501 07805 325231 www.jjhtreesolutions.co.uk<br />

Over 60 walks<br />

FREE to download at locallife247.co.uk<br />

Qualified Tree Surgeon NCA RFS NPTC<br />

All types of Tree and Hedge Work<br />

Fully Insured<br />

Felling, Reducing, Pruning, Shaping


80<br />

A<br />

LANDSCAPE & DRIVEWAY SPECIALISTS<br />

LANDSCAPING<br />

• Block Paving<br />

• Indian Stone<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 />

• Stump Grinding<br />

All aspects of tree work<br />

undertaken<br />

NO JOB TOO LARGE OR TOO SMALL<br />

Call us today for a free, no obligation, quote;<br />

JOHN: 07879 024 070<br />

OFFICE: 01925 271108<br />

Email: fourseasons.treespecialists@gmail.com<br />

OAP<br />

Discounts<br />

20%<br />

OFF<br />

ALL<br />

WINTER<br />

BOOKINGS<br />

• •<br />

• Gates and railings<br />

• Repairs and restorations<br />

• Ironwork and welding<br />

• Traditional forge work<br />

25 years of expertise<br />

Tel: 01695 721877 Mobile: 07951 764202<br />

The Barn, 286 Ormskirk Road, Upholland<br />

Garden maintenance ~ General tidy ups<br />

Hedge cutting ~ Pressure washing ~ Fencing<br />

Call - 01942 225711 or 07773 296880<br />

GARDEN GATES<br />

£145 fitted<br />

Call Graham<br />

07801 300 842<br />

01257 425 958<br />

www.ashfieldhomeimprovements.co.uk<br />

Award-winning,<br />

local family run<br />

business offers:<br />

Complete Solution to all Garden & Tree Services<br />

Garden maintenance<br />

One-off clearances<br />

Treework<br />

Landscaping<br />

Approved contractor West Lancs BC<br />

Call Iain today for friendly advice and a free quote<br />

Tel: 01695 632773 Mob: 07724 298193<br />

www.hands-onlandscapes.co.uk<br />

Billinge-based<br />

Design with advice<br />

Plants & Planting<br />

(wide range of plants available<br />

with advice and planting service)<br />

Bareroot / Rootball hedges and trees<br />

Supply only or supply and plant<br />

Garden Maintenance<br />

(weeding, mowing, trimming, hedges)<br />

Regular or one off visits<br />

Call now for a friendly, no obligation quote<br />

01257 401193 / 0771 077 2732<br />

www.newleafgardenservices.co.uk


81<br />

KINEY<br />

LANDSCAPES & PAVING<br />

Tel: 07714 596648<br />

www.kineylandscapes.co.uk<br />

info@kineylandscapes.co.uk<br />

Garden Design & Quality Landscaping<br />

Quality work & reliability<br />

at competitive prices<br />

Garden makeovers<br />

with artificial grass<br />

a speciality<br />

Call today for a<br />

Established 1994<br />

FREE quote<br />

01942 510 986 / 07710 405 214<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 />

10 YEAR<br />

GUARANTEE<br />

Call Andy today for more details<br />

01942 387 044 ~ 07941 602 539<br />

Check out our projects on www.turfcouk.co.uk<br />

Garden Make-Overs<br />

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

• Landscaping<br />

• Driveways & Patios<br />

• Block Paving<br />

• Indian Stone<br />

Tree Work<br />

• Shaping & Pruning<br />

• Felling & Topping<br />

• Fencing & Decking<br />

• Turfing & Artificial<br />

Grass<br />

UP TO 25% DISCOUNT<br />

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

OFFICE<br />

01942 396 818<br />

MOBILE<br />

07796 494 463<br />

Before<br />

After<br />

Semmens<br />

Landscapes<br />

Garden Design • Landscaping • Maintenance<br />

Professional & reliable service<br />

For a free quote, call Andy on<br />

07814 133 690<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 />

26, Tracks Lane<br />

Billinge, WN5 7BL


82<br />

Charging Points<br />

How do I get an electric car charging point installed at home?<br />

With the increase in electric car popularity, more<br />

people are going to need to charge at home. But<br />

how do you go about it?<br />

There’s little way to avoid the wave of popularity<br />

that electric cars are experiencing at the moment.<br />

Close to every manufacturer is bringing their own<br />

EV to market, and demand is only going to increase<br />

as both carmakers and government push to get<br />

more people into plug-in cars.<br />

It means that more and more people are going to<br />

need to charge their cars at home – but how do you<br />

do it? Yes, a three-pin plug can be used to charge up<br />

an EV, but it’s slow - a wall box can make the process<br />

a lot quicker. Let’s take a look at how you do it.<br />

Why do I need a wallbox charger?<br />

It may seem that just plugging an electric car into<br />

your home via a three-point plug, but it’s far slower<br />

- as we’ve mentioned - and not quite as safe as a<br />

wallbox, either. A wallbox is capable of delivering a<br />

faster rate of charge and, because they tend to be<br />

weatherproof, they’re far safer overall.<br />

Many have built-in safety features to ensure that<br />

should an error occur, and it won’t overload your<br />

house’s electricity supply, too.<br />

How much is it going to cost me?<br />

Fortunately, there’s a grant to help with the costs<br />

of installing a charging point at home. As such,<br />

it’ll cost from £279 to install a wallbox into your<br />

home, inclusive of the government grant. This<br />

also covers the installation by a qualified fitter, so<br />

there shouldn’t be any additional costs to you after<br />

everything’s plugged in - other than the electricity<br />

itself, of course.<br />

There could be extra costs associated with the


83<br />

installation if you’re trying to get a wallbox placed<br />

in a particularly tricky place, or if more wiring than<br />

usual is required to complete it.<br />

What is the cost to charge my car?<br />

How much you’ll<br />

pay in order to<br />

charge your car<br />

will depend on<br />

the size of the<br />

car’s batteries,<br />

how much<br />

charge you’ve<br />

got left in it and the rate you pay for electricity.<br />

However, as a guide, the typical rate for electricity is<br />

14p per kWh, or 8p per kWh for overnight, economy<br />

charging.<br />

For an average electric car, with a 60kWh battery<br />

and around 200 miles worth of range, it’ll cost<br />

around £8.40 to charge fully. Charge something<br />

larger, like a Tesla Model S, will cost around £14 -<br />

but, remember, that the Tesla offers a much greater<br />

range at around 300 miles.<br />

Where will a wallbox be installed?<br />

When a wallbox is installed, it’ll be placed on an<br />

external wall either on the side of your house, or<br />

on the side of a garage. Connected to the mains<br />

electricity by a secure connection, it’ll be ideally<br />

located close to where you park.<br />

This will only really work for people with off-street<br />

parking though - as you’re not allowed to run cables<br />

across the pavement to a car parked on the street.<br />

How long will installation take?<br />

It should only take around three hours for a wallbox<br />

to be installed at your home, depending on access<br />

and how tricky an area it is to fit.<br />

Where can I buy a wallbox from?<br />

Happily enough, there are plenty of suppliers of<br />

electric car charging points. A quick internet search<br />

should pull up a multitude of providers local to you.<br />

Just a quick note – if you want to take advantage<br />

of the government’s grant, then you may have to<br />

prove ownership of the car and your home in order<br />

to qualify.<br />

How long will it take to charge my<br />

electric car?<br />

Charging time is an area where having a wallbox<br />

really helps out. Having one fitted gives you a<br />

charging rate of between 3.7kW and 7kW, which<br />

equates to around 15-30 miles of charge added per<br />

hour. It’s still not quick - but it’s better than a threepin<br />

charger, which can only deliver 2.3kW of power,<br />

or around eight miles of range per hour.


AIR-CON SERVICING<br />

84<br />

WE NOW OFFER HYBRID SERVICING<br />

O MOT (Cars, Light Commercials & Motorcyles)<br />

O Hybrid Servicing<br />

O Service & Repairs (Petrol & Diesel)<br />

O Air-Con Servicing<br />

O Diagnostics<br />

O Tyres<br />

Car Paintwork Repairs<br />

We’ll fix your;<br />

Paintwork Scratches<br />

Bumper Scuffs<br />

Alloy Wheel Damage<br />

Minor Dents<br />

No VAT<br />

charged!<br />

Quality repairs with a lifetime guarantee.<br />

Mobile Service – we come to you!<br />

For your free estimate, call Dave on<br />

07970 915 504<br />

c/o JW Gaskell Garages,<br />

Dingle Garage, Dingle Road, Up Holland, WN8 0EN<br />

PCP or lease coming<br />

to an end?<br />

Call me now and save £000’s<br />

SCUFFS/SCRATCHES MENDED<br />

MINOR DENTS REPAIRED<br />

ALLOY WHEEL REPAIRS<br />

NO VAT CHARGED<br />

We’ll beat any quote!<br />

Call Chris on<br />

01942 215 111 OR 07969 357 751<br />

www.cosmeticar.co.uk


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! Stuart 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 />

Standish<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 Str et Busine s Park<br />

o f Miry Lane,<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>.<br />

WN6 7TP<br />

or<br />

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

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

Home Services 85<br />

Sponsored by<br />

Arley Cabinet Company Ltd<br />

• Kitchens & Bedrooms since 1952 •<br />

We Measure ~ We Make ~ We Fit<br />

Drop into our showroom or call us<br />

for a free estimate<br />

214a Gidlow Lane, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN6 7BN<br />

01942 246 190<br />

www.arleycabinets.com<br />

Design & Print<br />

Flyers, postcards, brochures<br />

and distribution service.<br />

For more information call<br />

01695 627 999<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 @ Studio 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 />

Des Pilling Plastering<br />

Plastering – Skimming – Artexing<br />

Coving & Cornice work also welcomed<br />

Orrell based – Established 1986<br />

Call Des on 07787 513 235<br />

www.lakelandplastering.co.uk<br />

www.despilling.org.uk<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 />

FREE<br />

Car Health Check<br />

.and motorcycles too<br />

for a l residents of Croston and Bretherton<br />

Keep me until you need me!<br />

Book your FREE Car Health Check<br />

Call now on<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 />

E<br />

X<br />

H<br />

A<br />

U<br />

S<br />

T<br />

S<br />

impact on the environment<br />

Ca l us now<br />

0843 224 9555<br />

07595 420237<br />

STOVES by Andy<br />

Save £££’s on your install<br />

INSTALLATIONS • MAINTENANCE • SERVICING<br />

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

For a free quote and expert advice<br />

call Andy on<br />

01257 369 685<br />

07899 752 225<br />

stovesbyandy@gmail.com<br />

Want to promote your<br />

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

Call Sally: 01695 627 999<br />

locallife247.co.uk


86<br />

Having<br />

computer<br />

problems?<br />

• We come to you!<br />

• Computer repairs and upgrades<br />

• Internet and wireless problems fixed<br />

• Quality new systems built to specification<br />

• Virus removal from £35<br />

• Domestic and commercial work welcomed<br />

Call us now for FREE computer advice.<br />

Call - 01942 863448<br />

www.expertcomputers.co.uk<br />

‘Excellence in Customer Service’ – Winner<br />

No Fix? No Fee!<br />

Aerial & Sky Services<br />

RX-12 Digital TV Aerials<br />

£65 supplied & fitted<br />

Aerial Multi-room System<br />

at £45 per room<br />

TV Wall Mounting<br />

Service<br />

Level 5 in Signal Path<br />

& Fault Diagnostics<br />

01942 257804<br />

07966 488585<br />

Call anytime for a quote or email:<br />

andyaerial@blueyonder.co.uk<br />

Domestic<br />

& Commercial<br />

work welcomed<br />

30+ years<br />

experience<br />

TV Aerials Installed<br />

TV Wall Mounting<br />

Telephone Lines<br />

Setup Service<br />

Ring Paul on<br />

01942 514 532<br />

07709 490 095<br />

www.aerialandskyservices.co.uk<br />

Promote your business<br />

from just £6 a month<br />

HandyContacts only £72+ VAT per annum in advance<br />

Call us today on 01695 627999<br />

www.locallife247.co.uk/handy-contacts/<br />

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


Great Value Bathrooms!<br />

Full Bathrooms & En-Suites<br />

Showers, Trays & Cubicles<br />

Relocation of Bathroom Suites<br />

25 years bathroom experience<br />

Call Chris now for a free quotation<br />

C L Bathrooms<br />

01942 749085<br />

or 07801 295483<br />

www.clbathrooms.co.uk<br />

AGBathrooms.net<br />

Quality bathrooms at reasonable prices<br />

Complete bathroom installations<br />

from design to completion.<br />

For free quotes, call Adrian on 07816 394 292<br />

Check out our work on www.AGBathrooms.net<br />

Convert your bath to a<br />

87<br />

Walk-In Shower<br />

AJC<br />

WALK IN SHOWERS<br />

Typical price<br />

£1800<br />

Fully guaranteed<br />

One day installation<br />

No mess - no fuss<br />

Easy to clean & maintain<br />

Call Anthony on<br />

07919 876 825<br />

Workshop address:<br />

Bulldog Tools Ind. Est.<br />

Darlington Street East<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong><br />

WN1 3BT<br />

We also fit full bathrooms!<br />

• Bathroom Installation, Full Bathrooms & En-Suites<br />

• Plumbing Services • Wall & Floor Tiling • Ceiling Panelling<br />

01942 397173 / 07803 057940<br />

Douglas Drive, Orrell, <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

www.ljplumbingandbathrooms.co.uk<br />

Elite Bathrooms<br />

& Wet Room Installation<br />

• Bathrooms<br />

• Wet Rooms<br />

• Wall & Floor Tiling<br />

Please call for a FREE Estimates<br />

07703 448890 / 01942 208926


88<br />

10% OFF<br />

EVERYTHING<br />

until 29th Feb<br />

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

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning<br />

• traditional service, state of the art results •<br />

Providing professional carpet &<br />

upholstery cleaning since 1993<br />

Carpets Upholstery Curtains<br />

Leather Oriental Rugs Hard Floors<br />

For more information call:<br />

01942 470 081<br />

Visit our website and check out the testimonials.<br />

www.alliancechemdry.co.uk<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Good<br />

Trader Of<br />

The Year<br />

2015<br />

5 star rating with<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Trading<br />

Standards Good<br />

Trader Scheme<br />

• Carpets • Rugs<br />

• Fabric & Leather Upholstery<br />

Call today for a free consultation & no obligation quote<br />

Call - 01257 251221<br />

Mobile - 07908 770808<br />

www.manorhousecleaning.co.uk<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 />

Garage and entrance doors<br />

in matching styles<br />

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

Is your<br />

garage door<br />

broken ?<br />

Call us today for a free estimate<br />

to Repair or Replace it<br />

CJM Garage Doors Ltd, Unit 10, Hewitt Business Park<br />

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

t: 01942 738347 w: www.cjmgaragedoors.co.uk<br />

Fires & Stoves Swept<br />

Certificates Issued<br />

HETAS Approved Sweep<br />

Professional & Reliable<br />

GARAGE DOOR<br />

REPAIRS<br />

ALL GARAGE DOORS REPAIRED :<br />

Springs, Cables, Locks, Rollers etc.<br />

Doors of all ages repaired<br />

01744 894939 / 07891 330214 NO FIX, NO CHARGE!<br />

www.garagedoorandlock.co.uk<br />

Strawberry Cottage, Pimbo Lane, Upholland WN8 9QL


89<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>’s premier<br />

domestic<br />

cleaning service<br />

Cleaning in the<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> area for<br />

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 01942 203442<br />

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

Power<br />

Washing<br />

PB<br />

PROFESSIONAL EXTERNAL CLEANING<br />

• Driveways<br />

- Cleaning & Sealing<br />

• Patios & Decking<br />

• Walls & Brickwork<br />

• Conservatories<br />

- Internal & External<br />

• Gutters, Fascias & Soffits<br />

• Gutter Vacuuming<br />

Call Paul today to arrange a free quote<br />

01257 402 113 ~ 07736 396 374<br />

www.pbpowerwashing.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 />

01942 470 089 / 07834 241 642<br />

www.conservatorycleaningwigan.com<br />

let us clean your oven so you don’t have to!<br />

professional oven cleaning<br />

environmentally friendly<br />

we’ll restore your oven to near showroom condition!<br />

call Steven today on 07393 818 392<br />

www.ovenrescue.co.uk/wigan<br />

we do<br />

oven<br />

repairs<br />

too!<br />

prices start from £45


90<br />

Brand New Bathrooms<br />

Boiler + Central Heating<br />

Installs, Servicing + Repairs<br />

Extended warranties available<br />

24 Hour Call-out<br />

Domestic + Commercial<br />

Freephone 0300 3030121<br />

Dave 07769 942218 / Matt 07969 183809<br />

21 Naburn Drive, Orrell, WN5 8SB<br />

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

www.orrellheating.co.uk<br />

• Central Heating Installations<br />

• Boiler Installations<br />

• Maintenance & Servicing<br />

• Power Flushing<br />

186237<br />

Your one stop shop for central heating<br />

434 Ormskirk Rd, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN5 9DF<br />

01942 221221<br />

info@premiergas.com / www.premiergas.com<br />

FINANCE<br />

OPTIONS<br />

AVAILABLE<br />

506515<br />

A Genuine Family Run Business<br />

With Friendly & Courteous Staff<br />

SPECIALISTS IN CENTRAL<br />

HEATING INSTALLATION, BOILER<br />

REPLACEMENTS AND UPGRADES<br />

Accredited Installer & Service Partner<br />

• Annual Boiler Servicing<br />

• Landlord & Home Owner<br />

Gas Safety Checks<br />

• Mechanical Power Flushing<br />

• Thermostatic Valves/Radiators Fitted<br />

• All-in-One Air Conditioning &<br />

Heating Units for Home & Work<br />

WE REPAIR ALL MAKES<br />

OF BOILERS!<br />

Registration No.<br />

88604<br />

Telephone:<br />

01942 504 429<br />

TEL: 01257 421 660<br />

MOB: 07515 505 501<br />

www.fgwelch.co.uk<br />

Want to promote your<br />

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

Call Sally: 01695 627 999<br />

locallife247.co.uk<br />

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

ALL JOBS<br />

considered<br />

Handy Andy<br />

Building / Joinery<br />

Plastering / Tiling<br />

Plumbing / Roofing<br />

Flatpack Assembly<br />

Call Handy Andy on<br />

01257 369 685<br />

07899 752 225<br />

tradesbyandy@gmail.com<br />

HANDYMAN SERVICES<br />

HOME IMPROVEMENTS & PROPERTY REPAIRS<br />

ALL JOBS CONSIDERED<br />

Fascias/Soffits/Gutters<br />

Painting Inside & Out,<br />

Plumbing, Joinery & Plastering<br />

Gates, Fencing & Flagging<br />

Complete Bathrooms & Kitchens - Fitted & Tiled<br />

Competitive Prices, <strong>Local</strong> & Reliable<br />

Call Martin 07812 810382 or 01942 392118


91<br />

C&<br />

D<br />

Plumbing and Heating<br />

Heating & Bathroom Specialist<br />

Chris Heaton M.I.P.H.E.R.P<br />

07973714222<br />

01695625171<br />

Installation ~ Repairs ~ Service<br />

Central Heating Systems<br />

Boilers & Gas Appliances<br />

General plumbing<br />

Gas Safety Certificates<br />

597379<br />

Call Andy for a free quote on<br />

01942 564 226<br />

07397 391 935<br />

acampbellheatingandgas<br />

Plumbing & Heating Specialist<br />

Complete Bathroom<br />

& Tiling service<br />

No<br />

call out<br />

fee<br />

John Bailey - 01942 495785<br />

or 07721 040620 & 07710 153238<br />

Based in Kenyon Road, <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

4 Boiler Servicing & Maintenance<br />

4 All aspects of plumbing and heating work.<br />

4 Gas Safety Inspection reports undertaken.<br />

FULL BOILER SERVICE<br />

FROM JUST £58<br />

Call MIKE on<br />

0787 113 1012<br />

Established since 1967<br />

WIGAn BASEd<br />

10238<br />

SHOWROOM NOW OPEN at 19 Preston Road, Standish WN6 0HP<br />

All plumbing services<br />

including services & repairs<br />

• Bathrooms/Wet Rooms designed and fitted<br />

• Specialists in Disability<br />

Installations & Conversions<br />

• Emergency Call outs welcome<br />

BOILER<br />

SERVICING<br />

FROM<br />

£60<br />

www.gphwigan.co.uk<br />

No Obligation Quotes – Call Mark on<br />

01257 473026<br />

07515 894281<br />

527090


92<br />

Whatever your electrical needs,<br />

GHE have the answer!<br />

Complete re-wires<br />

New/moving sockets<br />

All lighting needs<br />

Burglar Alarm systems<br />

CCTV systems<br />

Security Light installations<br />

PAT testing & inspections<br />

No Job too Small<br />

Domestic and commercial work welcomed<br />

Suite 1A, Kirkless Industrial Estate<br />

Cale Lane, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN2 1HF<br />

a Installation & Maintenance<br />

a Inspection & Testing<br />

Jon Wright Electrical Ltd<br />

All types of Domestic & Commercial work undertaken<br />

• Inspection & Tests<br />

• Repairs<br />

Tel: 07738 117712<br />

• Solar PV<br />

• Alarms<br />

Call now on: 07983 387448<br />

Email: jonwrightelec@live.co.uk<br />

Certificate of excellence winner 2017 & 2018<br />

All electrical work<br />

undertaken<br />

• Friendly reliable service<br />

• Mains board upgrades<br />

• Extra sockets to full<br />

rewires<br />

Free quotations<br />

Call us today for friendly advice and a free quote.<br />

01942 836 937 www.ghewigan.co.uk<br />

Orrell<br />

based<br />

a CCTV & Alarms<br />

a Nest Pro Installer<br />

A.J.S.<br />

BAILEYS<br />

ELECTRICAL<br />

01942 215 769<br />

07739 709 005<br />

DF<br />

ALARMS<br />

Installations, Upgrades & Repairs New systems<br />

10 years experience from £350<br />

For a friendly & reliable service call Dean on<br />

07506 518 646<br />

DF Alarms 58 Chapel St, Pemberton, <strong>Wigan</strong><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 />

J.Dillon<br />

• All types of electrical work<br />

• 30+ years experience<br />

• Friendly, fast and reliable<br />

• 24 hour call out service<br />

For a free quote<br />

& advice call Jeff<br />

01695 622 191<br />

07850 622 191<br />

Electrical<br />

Services Ltd<br />

Call: 01257 424918 or 07821 139826<br />

www.jdillonelectrical.co.uk


93<br />

Electrical & Security Specialists<br />

All aspects of electrical work plus;<br />

CCTV Installation<br />

Burglar Alarm Installation<br />

Outdoor/Security Lighting<br />

SMART systems Installation<br />

Automated Gates<br />

For a no-obligation quote call<br />

07470 655 925<br />

EMERGENCY<br />

ELECTRICIAN SERVICE<br />

24 HOURS<br />

NO CALL-OUT CHARGE<br />

STANDISH<br />

BASED<br />

Email: E4S_enquiries@outlook.com<br />

Website: www.E4Systems.co.uk<br />

Facebook: StandishElectrician<br />

Alarm installations, repairs<br />

& upgrades<br />

Domestic and commercial work welcome<br />

Free security assessment provided<br />

Want to promote your<br />

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

Call Sally: 01695 627 999<br />

locallife247.co.uk<br />

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

Shevington<br />

Electrical Services Ltd<br />

NAPIT part ‘P’ registered<br />

JIB Approved Technician<br />

36 Years Experience<br />

<strong>Local</strong>. Honest & Reliable<br />

Domestic<br />

Industrial & Commercial<br />

Covering all North West Areas.<br />

Emergency<br />

lock openings<br />

Lock changes<br />

No call-out<br />

charges<br />

24-hour service<br />

60 mins response<br />

Call 07432 741 346<br />

www.uklocksandalarms.co.uk | info@ianwalkerservices.co.uk<br />

Call: 0800 6446100 or 07904 127663<br />

www.shevington-electrical-services.co.uk<br />

CALL PAUL<br />

LOCKSMITHS<br />

ESTABLISHED 2000<br />

• UPVC & WOODEN DOOR SPECIALIST<br />

• Emergency Door Opening<br />

• UPVC Door Lock Repairs<br />

• UPVC Door Lock Changes<br />

• UPVC Door Lock Upgrades<br />

• Wood Door Lock Changes<br />

• All Work Guaranteed<br />

A Registered Insured NCFE Certified Company<br />

Call Paul for a<br />

Fast, Reliable, Professional Service<br />

TELEPHONE<br />

01942 901103<br />

MOBILE<br />

07932 718 362<br />

WWW.CALLPAULLOCKSMITH.CO.UK


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! Stuart 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 />

Standish<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 Street Business Park<br />

o f Miry Lane,<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>.<br />

WN6 7TP<br />

or<br />

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

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

94<br />

Design & Print<br />

Flyers, postcards, brochures<br />

and distribution service.<br />

For more information call<br />

01695 627 999<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 @ Studio 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 />

J&P<br />

MOORCROFT<br />

LTD<br />

Professional Painting and Decorating<br />

• Domestic & Commercial Work<br />

• Interior & Exterior work welcomed<br />

• Old/listed buildings a speciality<br />

Call us today for a free quotation<br />

Home Service available<br />

Choose from 1000s of paint & paper samples<br />

in the comfort of our own home<br />

01942 212096 07831 102 511<br />

www.jpmoorcroft.com<br />

Award Winner<br />

Exterior & Interior Decorating<br />

Domestic & Commercial work undertaken<br />

Competitive rate<br />

Contact Graham now - free estimate provided<br />

01257 426 234<br />

graham@topcoatdecoratingservices.co.uk<br />

www.topcoatdecoratingservices.co.uk<br />

01942 392398 or 07707 321383<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 />

FREE<br />

Car Health Check<br />

.and motorcycles too<br />

for a l residents of Croston and Bretherton<br />

Keep me until you need me!<br />

Book your FREE Car Health Check<br />

Call now on<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 />

E<br />

X<br />

H<br />

A<br />

U<br />

S<br />

T<br />

S<br />

impact on the environment<br />

Ca l us now<br />

0843 224 9555<br />

07595 420237<br />

• All aspects of home improvements<br />

• One stop for all the trades you require<br />

• Joinery, Building, Kitchens & Bathrooms<br />

WE DESIGN AND MANAGE<br />

YOUR PROJECT FROM<br />

START TO FINISH<br />

Call Jonathan for a free quotation<br />

TEL: 01257 401 243 / MOB: 0777 602 4045<br />

SpeakmanpropertyServiceS.com<br />

SG<br />

PAINTING & DECORATING<br />

Specialise in standard wall coverings, extra wide vinyl and<br />

lincrusta. Free estimates. References available upon request<br />

07714 363 377 / 01942 749 971<br />

Sefton Road, Orrell, WN5 8UP<br />

AJH DECORATORS<br />

Painting and Decorating<br />

Quality work assured<br />

Over 30 years experience<br />

Free quotes<br />

Mob: 07784 876 338<br />

Email: ajhdecorators@sky.com<br />

Quality work at a competitive price<br />

Need a new look<br />

for your home?<br />

Skilled interior and exterior work<br />

undertaken at reasonable prices!<br />

Chris Smith - Painter and Decorator<br />

01942 518126<br />

or 07545 065119<br />

Orrell based business


B.A. Berry<br />

Building & Roofing Specialists<br />

•All building work undertaken.<br />

• From a broken tile to a full re roof.<br />

• Flat roofs renewed and repaired.<br />

• Extensions, Alterations, Structural repairs<br />

including Lintels.<br />

Your local fully qualified tradesman with<br />

30 years experience<br />

Call us now for a free,<br />

no obligation quote<br />

01695 622 704 / 07968 652 320<br />

www.baberry.co.uk<br />

• WILSON BROS •<br />

Est. 1985<br />

Roofing & Roofline Specialists<br />

• All aspects of maintenance & repair<br />

• Fascia & soffit installation<br />

• Guttering and felting services<br />

Call us now for a free estimate<br />

01695 633173<br />

Colin: 07958 302 166<br />

Brian: 07760 160 988<br />

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

95<br />

Facias, soffits, cladding,<br />

dry verge and gutters - call us now<br />

for all your roofline requirements!<br />

We specialise in seamless aluminium gutters.<br />

Clean, stylish and guaranteed for 25 years!<br />

01942 735 515 / 07917 352 182 / 07917 352 183<br />

www.orrellroofline.co.uk<br />

All aspects of roofing & roofline<br />

NEW ROOFS REPAIRS<br />

FASCIAS, SOFFITS & GUTTERS<br />

Rubber Cover<br />

Roofing Specialist<br />

Guaranteed 50 years<br />

Dormers<br />

and<br />

Garages<br />

Call for free quote<br />

M: 07894 687 384<br />

First Class Workmanship<br />

• All types of re-roofs<br />

• Strip & re-slate or re-tile<br />

• Built up felt/flat roofs, dormers etc.<br />

• Insurance work undertaken<br />

• Roofline uPVC fascias, soffits & guttering<br />

W.Newman<br />

ROOFING & REPAIRS<br />

01695 627 212<br />

MOBILE: 07774 943 706<br />

52 HALLBRIDGE GARDENS, UP HOLLAND<br />

Established Over 30 Years


96<br />

JJ Driveways<br />

Imprinted Concrete Specialists<br />

Huge range of colours & patterns<br />

• Resin Driveways • Block Paving<br />

• Indian Stone • Flagging<br />

We can also revive your old drive!<br />

Ask about our sealing service<br />

Call Joe for a free quotation on<br />

01942 621 959 / 07867 697 972<br />

www.jjdriveways.co.uk<br />

GDR Driveways<br />

• Flagging • Block paving<br />

• Indian Stone<br />

www.gdrdriveways.com<br />

Call Gareth for a FREE quotation<br />

01942 217 113 | 07715 177 754<br />

K Stone<br />

Building Services<br />

All types of building<br />

work undertaken<br />

25 years experience<br />

• Brickwork<br />

• Pointing<br />

• Garden Walls<br />

• Patios<br />

• Roof Repairs<br />

• Flagging<br />

• Alterations<br />

• Driveways<br />

01942 495412 / 07974 496676<br />

Want to transform your<br />

driveway?<br />

Resin-bound driveways are an attractive,<br />

durable and long-lasting solution.<br />

• High durability<br />

• Attractive appearance<br />

• Low maintenance<br />

Call us for a free no-obligation quote<br />

CD Resin-Bound Driveway Specialists<br />

07704 647 855<br />

PP<br />

Building services<br />

Joinery Specialists<br />

Your Reliable, Friendly, Professional & Honest<br />

Building & Joinery Specialists<br />

• Conservatories & Orangeries<br />

• Extensions<br />

• Refurbishments & Alterations<br />

• Fencing & Decking<br />

• Garage & Loft Conversions<br />

• Kitchens & Fitted Bedrooms<br />

• Doors & Windows<br />

• All aspects of joinery work<br />

“Attention to detail is second to none. Can’t recommend Phil enough” Facebook Review, July 2018


97<br />

• Conservatory repairs<br />

• Locks, handles and hinges<br />

• Replacement glass<br />

• Windows and doors installed<br />

• Replacement conservatory roofs<br />

Call MARK now on<br />

01942 737 381 / 0776 315 1720<br />

conservatoryrepairs@gmail.com<br />

www.fixmyconservatory.com<br />

Extensions & Refurbishments<br />

Kitchens & Bathrooms<br />

Conservatories & Orangeries<br />

Windows & Doors<br />

Roofs & Fascia Boards<br />

Decking & Balustrading<br />

28 Years Experience<br />

All aspects of building works - No job too small<br />

Call Peter for a free quotation<br />

Day: 07961 516 677<br />

Eve: 01942 745 428<br />

Cambridge Road, Orrell<br />

ALPINE LTD<br />

Roofing & Building Services<br />

• Home improvements<br />

• Loft conversions<br />

• Garage conversions & Extensions<br />

• Staircases<br />

• Windows & Doors<br />

01257 422317 or 07852 202867<br />

www.mtjoinery.co.uk<br />

Home Improvements<br />

• Fitted Kitchens & Bedrooms<br />

• Garage & Loft Conversions<br />

• Floors, Doors & Windows<br />

• Garden Gates<br />

For all your home improvement needs call David on...<br />

01942 203 804<br />

07851 225 876<br />

DS Joinery<br />

OAP<br />

DISCOUNTS<br />

SERVING<br />

CHORLEY, WEST<br />

LANCASHIRE &<br />

WIGAN<br />

Your local roofing company<br />

from repairs to re-roofs,<br />

fascia’s, soffits & gutters.<br />

• Flat roof specialists<br />

• Damp proof specialists<br />

• Quality workmanship<br />

• Affordable pricing<br />

• Quick response to all repairs<br />

FULLY INSURED<br />

Tel: 01942 410989<br />

Mob: 07730 351523<br />

www.alpineroofingandbuildingltd.co.uk


98<br />

Puzzle Solutions<br />

CROSSWORD<br />

ACROSS: 1. Farmer, 7. Academia, 8. Arc, 9. Enlist, 10. Tank, 11. Obese, 14. Bootees, 16. Guilder, 17. Franc, 21. YMCA,<br />

22. Isobar, 23. Ode, 24. Colliery, 25. Priory.<br />

DOWN: 1. Fiasco, 2. Raceme, 3. Radio, 4. Cartoon, 5. Testator, 6. Sinn Féin, 12. Blue moon, 13. Syllable, 15. Decibel,<br />

18. Arroyo, 19. Comedy, 20. Polyp.<br />

WORDSEARCH<br />

SUDOKU<br />

WIGGLE<br />

WORDS<br />

Root of the problem<br />

NUMBER<br />

BLOCK<br />

7 2 8 1<br />

4 4 3 9<br />

1 3 5 6<br />

8 7 2 5<br />

20 16 18 21<br />

15<br />

18<br />

20<br />

15<br />

22<br />

21<br />

<strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> is published every month and distributed into the following areas on an alternate monthly basis.<br />

This issue is delivered to 13,025 private homes and businesses in Standish, Shevington, Whitley,<br />

Appley Bridge, Standish Lower Ground, Aspull and Haigh.<br />

The next issue is delivered to 13,299 private homes and businesses in Orrell, Billinge,<br />

Winstanley, Up Holland, Highfield, Marus Bridge, Roby Mill and Pemberton.<br />

You can also pick up a free copy of <strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> at<br />

or<br />

Extra in <strong>Wigan</strong>.<br />

Did you know that we can send you a link to the latest <strong>Local</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> magazine every month?<br />

Visit our website www.locallife247.co.uk to sign up to receive<br />

your monthly online magazine - the sign up section is situated at<br />

the base of the Home page.<br />

Keep in touch with the<br />

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

Want to<br />

promote your<br />

business in<br />

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

locallifemagazine247@locallifemedia<br />

Read all our magazines online at<br />

locallife247.co.uk<br />

01695 627 999<br />

www.locallife247.co.uk


99<br />

Come and visit the largest<br />

showroom in the North West<br />

®<br />

Quality installations of windows,<br />

doors, fascias, soffits and gutters<br />

First for quality • First for service • First for reliability<br />

No contractors • No salesmen<br />

Just a smile and a honest price from a family run business<br />

NEW Generation<br />

Rockdoor<br />

now available<br />

SISTER COMPANY OF FOXWELLS BUILDERS<br />

Established since 1999<br />

Call us for a Free Quote<br />

Office Number: 01942 871 777<br />

Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Street, Leigh, WN7 5SE<br />

warmlightwindowsltd.co.uk • info@warmlightwindowsltd.co.uk<br />

Conservatory Roof<br />

Conversion System<br />

Transform your conservatory<br />

into a comfortable living space


Tomorrow’s Home Improvements Today!<br />

Quality ~ Choice ~ Value<br />

Windows<br />

Bi-Fold Doors<br />

Thermally-efficient conservatory roofs<br />

expertly fitted by accredited installers<br />

©<br />

Orangeries<br />

Don’t just lock it,<br />

Rock it!<br />

Conservatories<br />

Manufacturers and installers since 2004<br />

Contact us on 01744 891717 for a no obligation quote<br />

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

www.orrellwindows.co.uk<br />

28544

Hooray! Your file is uploaded and ready to be published.

Saved successfully!

Ooh no, something went wrong!