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

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

LMS meets LL<br />

Pages 33-36<br />

Vegan Vigils<br />

Pages 12-13<br />

Shakespeare<br />

Up North<br />

Page 24<br />

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

locallife247.co.uk


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

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

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

what was the Common Market (and is now<br />

the EU) for the 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 />

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This month’s highlights<br />

33. Interview with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook<br />

Contents<br />

22. Puzzle Pages<br />

Try these brainteasers for size.<br />

28. Recipe<br />

Thai Green Curry.<br />

38. Events2Go<br />

Fabulous <strong>February</strong> fun.<br />

40. Motoring<br />

The new Corolla comes to life.<br />

42. Gardening<br />

12. Vegan Vigils 24. Shakespeare Up North<br />

Happy new garden to you!<br />

44. Home Services<br />

Find a local trader for you.<br />

30. Caramelised Onion & Goats’ Cheese Pizza<br />

40. Test Drive<br />

42. Happy New Garden<br />

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6 News & Features<br />

Ranger Walks<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Rangers are offering free health walks<br />

throughout <strong>February</strong>, starting with a stride through<br />

Mesnes Park in Newton-le-Willows on Wednesday,<br />

<strong>February</strong> 5.<br />

Other walks taking place this month include one<br />

around Sankey Valley (<strong>February</strong> 11th), one at Siding<br />

Lane (<strong>February</strong> 17th) and another in Bankes Park<br />

(<strong>February</strong> 25th). All walks begin at 1:30pm and last<br />

around 2 hours at a fair pace.<br />

The Rangers also run regular bird walks for anyone<br />

wanting to spot some local wildlife.<br />

For more information, call 01744 677772.<br />

The Dresser<br />

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

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

15th at Rainhill Village Hall.<br />

The play, by Ronard Harwood, draws on the author’s<br />

own experiences as a dresser to Shakespearean<br />

actor Sir Donald Wolfit.<br />

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

or email rainhillgarrick@gmail.com<br />

The Beery Best<br />

Real ale drinkers in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> are encouraged to<br />

come out and vote for their favourite establishments<br />

in the <strong>2020</strong> CAMRA Pub of the Year Award.<br />

Six local pubs made the shortlist: Cowley Vaults,<br />

Cricketers Arms, The News Room, Talbot Alehouse,<br />

The Turks Head and The Skewbridge Alehouse. Each<br />

of the pubs scored highly on WhatPub based on<br />

opinions by visiting CAMRA members.<br />

Scoring is based on the quality of the ale and cider<br />

on offer, the community focus and pub atmosphere,<br />

the service, sympathy with CAMRA and overall<br />

impression of each venue. Votes from members<br />

must be submitted by Wednesday, <strong>February</strong> 19 to<br />

the CAMRA Committee – forms can be downloaded<br />

from www.sthelenscamra.org.uk<br />

Beer lovers can also head to the annual Liverpool<br />

Beer Festival this month; hosted in the Metropolitan<br />

Cathedral, you can expect over 200 real ales and<br />

ciders themed around the War of the Roses. CAMRA<br />

members get £3 worth of beer tokens on entry.<br />

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.<br />

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

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

the look out for news<br />

stories from the local<br />

communities we serve.<br />

Are you raising money<br />

for charity? Are you a<br />

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Safari Sprint<br />

A 10K like no other comes to Knowsley in March<br />

- get your running shoes on for a race around the<br />

safari park.<br />

The route will take in some of the safari park<br />

grounds before looping around Knowsley Hall and<br />

Park.<br />

Entrance to the Safari Drive is available for an extra<br />

£15.<br />

Entry for club runners costs £16, or<br />

£18 for non-club runners, bookable at<br />

www.runningbeefoundation.co.uk<br />

Distance markers are placed<br />

at every 1km, with a water<br />

station at the middle and end<br />

of the run. All finishers receive<br />

a commemorative medal and a<br />

t-shirt.<br />

Meanwhile, spectators can<br />

park at the Safari Park for £5<br />

per car, allowing access to the<br />

Foot Safari including the brand<br />

new Tiger Trail: come nose-tonose<br />

with resident Amur tigers<br />

at the pond viewing spot.<br />

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A local man’s campaign for <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong><br />

Council to install a disability swing in the<br />

borough has paid off.<br />

Swinging Success<br />

Paul Smailes, who lives in Moss Bank,<br />

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due to an extra chromosome and uses a<br />

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at Mill Green School in Parr, but upon<br />

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Instead, Luke was forced to watch ablebodied<br />

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swings as no public wheelchair swings<br />

exist in the borough.<br />

After getting local council leader David Baines on<br />

board, Paul and Luke have successfully negotiated<br />

a new wheelchair swing which will be installed at<br />

Taylor Park. The council are also looking at acquiring<br />

an adapted roundabout for the park.<br />

‘I just want people in wheelchairs to be treated<br />

equally and join in the fun in the parks across <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Helens</strong>,’ Paul says. ‘When they showed me the plans<br />

I just broke down in tears.’<br />

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• Regional valuations centres around the north-west<br />

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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 Wigan resident Sarah<br />

Vidler - member of Wigan’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 Wigan 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


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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 Wigan 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 Wigan 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 />

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

or head to www.thesavemovement.org


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Beat the <strong>St</strong>reets<br />

<strong>Local</strong> homeless charity Teardrops are hosting an<br />

exclusive concert fundraiser this month featuring a<br />

whole host of local artists and bands.<br />

The concert takes place at Ravenhead Social Club,<br />

with bands like Polker, Alleys and Patriots lining<br />

up to take to the stage, along with artists like Kiera<br />

Weathers and Matty Lamb.<br />

Entry cost £5 per adult and £2 per child, and the gig<br />

takes place on Saturday, <strong>February</strong> 8 from 1pm.<br />

Woodland Wonders<br />

Willowbrook Hospice is looking for woodland<br />

crafters to showcase their skills at their Open<br />

Garden event later this year.<br />

Taking place in July, the Willowbrook Open Gardens<br />

are a great chance for the public to take a peek<br />

inside the award-winning grounds of the hospice.<br />

So if you’re skilled in outdoor crafting, get in touch<br />

at nickys@willowbrookhospice.org.uk<br />

Prescot Chiropody Clinic<br />

Kellogg comes to town<br />

Iconic cereal brand Kellogg have confirmed<br />

they’ll occupy a 525,000 square foot warehouse in<br />

Haydock, creating 70 new jobs.<br />

The former Florida Farm site will be home to the<br />

new warehouse, with the company moving in at<br />

the start of April.<br />

Head of Kellogg UK Chris Silcock commented: ‘It’s<br />

great to be able to open a base in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> and<br />

expand into the Liverpool City Region in support of<br />

our broader business’s growth ambition.’<br />

Road Closure<br />

Mill Lane in Rainhill will be closed for 5 days starting<br />

on Monday, <strong>February</strong> 10.<br />

No vehicles will be permitted to drive in either<br />

direction between the junctions at <strong>St</strong>onecross Drive<br />

and Lincoln Way, as tree felling is carried out nearby.<br />

The closure will be in place during working hours,<br />

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Genocide Awareness<br />

A special event to raise awareness of genocides and<br />

other atrocities will take place in March at Whiston<br />

Town Hall.<br />

Hosted by Meet Your Muslim Neighbours, visitors<br />

are invited to remember those who lost their lives<br />

in acts of genocide across the world, including<br />

the Holocaust and mass killings at Srebrenica<br />

and Burma. Attention will also be turned to the<br />

impending and ongoing genocides in China, Assam<br />

and Kashmir.<br />

The day will be filled with talks from guest speakers<br />

from various backgrounds, with accounts of people<br />

who have been directly affected by genocide in<br />

their lifetimes. You can also ask any questions you<br />

might have at dedicated Q&A sessions.<br />

The event takes place on Sunday, March 1 from<br />

12pm-4pm.<br />

For more information, call 07856 039289.<br />

Plans Submitted<br />

Plans were submitted last month to build a new<br />

restaurant on empty land next to Rainhill train<br />

station.<br />

The site has been unused for 18 months, and the<br />

new proposal says it would bring it back ‘to a viable<br />

use’ and ‘contribute towards the regeneration of the<br />

site and its setting’.<br />

Public consultation is open until Friday, <strong>February</strong><br />

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Merseyside Movie<br />

A film made in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> has been selected for the<br />

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Based on the acclaimed theatre production TORCH,<br />

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Celebrating<br />

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Shakespeare up North<br />

Dame Judi Dench backs new Prescot theatre.<br />

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READY<br />

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200g Thai jasmine rice<br />

1 tbsp sunflower oil<br />

1 onion, peeled and<br />

thinly sliced<br />

2 tbsp Thai green curry<br />

paste<br />

1 large red pepper,<br />

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sliced<br />

1 large courgette, sliced<br />

450g chicken breast<br />

fillets, cut into chunks<br />

400ml can coconut milk<br />

1 tbsp soy sauce<br />

1 tbsp fish sauce<br />

Squeeze of lime juice<br />

2 tsp nigella seeds<br />

Method<br />

1 Cook the rice in a large pan of boiling, lightly salted water for about 15<br />

minutes until tender, or follow the packet instructions.<br />

2 Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry<br />

the onion for 5 minutes. <strong>St</strong>ir in the curry paste and cook for 1 minute until<br />

fragrant. <strong>St</strong>ir in the pepper and courgette and fry for a further minute.<br />

3 Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes until no longer pink, stirring all<br />

the time. Pour in the coconut milk and simmer gently for 10 minutes until<br />

the chicken is cooked. <strong>St</strong>ir in the soy and fish sauces and lime juice.<br />

4 Drain the rice and use a small heatproof cup or bowl to make four mounds<br />

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TIP: Add a handful of freshly chopped coriander leaves to the curry at the end<br />

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3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to<br />

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2 large onions, peeled and thinly<br />

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2 tsp brown sugar<br />

2 x 145g packets pizza base mix<br />

2 tsp fresh chopped rosemary<br />

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2 x 100g round goats’ cheeses,<br />

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Method<br />

1 Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the onions. Fry over a<br />

gentle heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add<br />

the sugar and fry for a further 10 minutes until golden brown. Leave<br />

to cool.<br />

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cherry tomatoes and rosemary sprigs. Leave in a warm place for 10<br />

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ground black pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the base is<br />

golden brown.


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READY<br />

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Ingredients<br />

1 tbsp olive oil<br />

1 onion<br />

8 rashers streaky bacon, chopped<br />

250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced<br />

300g risotto rice<br />

1 litre hot chicken stock<br />

Grated Parmesan<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LMS Uncovered<br />

Jess Phillips meets Londoner-turned-Wool Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook at the kick-off<br />

of his testimonial year to get real about rugby, family, and life after Saints.<br />

The prop forward, who began his rugby league<br />

career with Harlequins RL and went on to play<br />

for England, now resides among the ranks of<br />

the Saints elite after 10 years at the club. After a<br />

hectic few years balancing the arrival of twins with<br />

intensive rugby training, McCarthy-Scarsbrook is<br />

understandably looking forward to a testimonial<br />

year filled with celebrations – if not exactly rest and<br />

relaxation.<br />

Louie grew up on the Isle of Dogs in London, and<br />

was in his last year of secondary school in Lewisham<br />

when a supply teacher announced he’d been picked<br />

to attend open trials hosted by London Broncos. ‘All<br />

the thick kids got selected to go down and take<br />

part,’ Louie laughs. ‘But I went down there and as<br />

it happens I<br />

got picked up<br />

by Phil Jones<br />

at Harlequins<br />

who ended up<br />

guiding me<br />

through my<br />

whole career.’<br />

As a kid, Louie’s<br />

dad actually<br />

played rugby<br />

union – but<br />

he himself wouldn’t touch a rugby ball until he<br />

was sixteen. ‘Getting into rugby league was purely<br />

by chance, to be honest. I always wanted to be


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a footballer! I still want to be a footballer! I was<br />

definitely not good enough at football to actually<br />

be a footballer, sadly.’<br />

But, under the wings of seasoned players – and<br />

friends – Danny Orr and Rob Purdham at Harlequins,<br />

McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s rugby career blossomed,<br />

and he accepted a deal at Saints and played his<br />

first match for the team in 2011. After spending<br />

the majority of his life down south where he met<br />

wife Jessica, adjusting to life up north wasn’t all<br />

plain sailing for McCarthy-Scarsbrook. ‘I admit the<br />

accents took a bit of getting used to. I’m no good<br />

with them – of course, I’m used to it now because<br />

all my kids talk with a <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> accent!’<br />

Pronunciation wasn’t the only curveball the town<br />

threw at him.<br />

‘It shocked me how green everything was after<br />

being in the city for most of my life,’ Louie continued.<br />

‘And how many animals there were. And everyone’s<br />

nice to you, too, obviously because I play rugby but<br />

there are plenty of random people willing to come<br />

up to you for a chat as well! I’m like that now; I often<br />

get told off by my brothers-in-law for speaking to<br />

people in the street when we’re out!’<br />

Of course, there were still things he missed about<br />

his home city. ‘It was hard not being close to<br />

my family,’ he admits. ‘I also missed the bustle of<br />

London, because everything’s really quiet here, but<br />

for me family was my thing, the main thing.’<br />

It was that same family support system that truly<br />

propelled McCarthy-Scarsbrook into a professional<br />

rugby career.


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With his wife Jessica behind him – and now with<br />

four kids in tow - Louie knew his dream was really<br />

within reach. ‘Jessica’s always been supportive of<br />

me; she’s been with me the whole time, and was all<br />

up for moving from London with me. She really has<br />

helped me through my whole career – without her,<br />

I doubt I would’ve stuck with rugby. She kept me<br />

sane throughout the whole thing; instead of being<br />

out partying all the time, she let me know if I really<br />

put my mind to a rugby career I could do it.’<br />

And such dedication paid off – with McCarthy-<br />

Scarsbrook playing second-row, Saints sailed to<br />

victory at the 2014 Super League Grand Final<br />

against Wigan Warriors. He was also part of the<br />

squad during last year’s Grand Final against Salford<br />

Red Devils, both at Old Trafford.<br />

‘The highlight of my sporting career was probably<br />

winning the two Grand Finals – that’s the job I<br />

moved up here to do,’ Louie tells me.<br />

‘Which is great for a London lad<br />

who didn’t know rugby<br />

league! My first<br />

Grand Final<br />

in 2011<br />

against Leeds was like a blur. It all just bypassed<br />

me so quickly. The second time in 2014 I knew I had<br />

to take it all in and chill out a bit, and we won. The<br />

noise and the atmosphere were just fantastic, and<br />

the emotion that came with it because it’d been so<br />

long since we won.<br />

‘Last year was the same because we played so well<br />

throughout the year that to come away with the big<br />

one at the end was a class moment.’<br />

The fans’ response to Saints’ win was just as much a<br />

part of that atmosphere, Louie says. ‘Both home and<br />

away the fans are amazing. To go to Old Trafford<br />

with loads of them was just a great way to finish the<br />

season, and being at a stadium where they’re right<br />

on top of you ramped up the atmosphere. Along<br />

with Wembley, it’s definitely one of my favourite<br />

stadiums. <strong>St</strong>. James Park was a class stadium to play<br />

at, too, but I do like going to Wigan for the Derby.’<br />

I wonder if Louie picked up on Saints’ close<br />

rivalry with Wigan straight away: ‘I did know<br />

about the rivalry going into it, yeah. I think as<br />

you play more games you get more into it –<br />

but I think they hate me a lot more than I hate<br />

them!’<br />

To top it all off, Louie’s former Harlequins<br />

teammate and best mate Tony Clubb now plays<br />

prop for Warriors. ‘It’s great ‘cause now I can take<br />

the mick out of him as well, and we have our own<br />

private rivalry.’


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This good-natured ribbing definitely dates back<br />

to Louie’s younger days. A notorious prankster<br />

through and through, he might have grown up a bit<br />

since then, but still fondly remembers clingfilming<br />

a fellow player to the roof of his car and driving<br />

around with him on top, with Clubb in tow. ‘There<br />

have been a couple of good pranks – we’ve taken<br />

the wheels off people’s cars and rolled them into<br />

the gym while we were practicing. I’ve done some<br />

silly stuff in my time, but I’ve grown up a bit now. I’m<br />

sure I do still annoy people though!’<br />

It’s not all fun and games though. On top of juggling<br />

family duties with his sporting career, Louie’s also a<br />

qualified plumber. Frankly, I’m amazed he has any<br />

time to spare.<br />

‘I was doing night school every Tuesday and<br />

Thursday at Warrington Collegiate. It took four<br />

years, but I’ve done it all and got it out of the way,’<br />

he tells me. ‘So that’d probably be my plan after<br />

rugby, but plans change.’<br />

But Louie’s not quite ready to pack in his sporting<br />

career just yet. <strong>2020</strong> has already kicked off in<br />

earnest, with Saints triumphing in their inaugural<br />

game of the year against Louie’s former team,<br />

London Broncos, scoring 36-6. Louie’s testimonial<br />

match raised £2,250 for Hull KR forward Mose<br />

Masoe, who recently suffered a serious spinal injury,<br />

forcing his retirement from rugby.<br />

Coming up next is a Ladies Night in Burtonwood<br />

on Saturday, March 7; tickets cost £20. This will<br />

be followed by a black-tie dinner themed around<br />

‘London Calling’ at the Totally Wicked <strong>St</strong>adium on<br />

Saturday, March 21 – tickets cost £40 including a<br />

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Friday, Feb 7 – Sunday, Feb 9, various times<br />

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Slave Trade Talk<br />

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

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

the people of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> were involved – were they<br />

complicit or oblivious? Tickets £3 from the venue.<br />

Momo’s, Westfield <strong>St</strong>reet, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>, WA10 1QJ<br />

The Dresser<br />

Wednesday, Feb 12 – Friday, Feb 14, 7:30pm<br />

Rainhill Garrick Society present an adaptation of The<br />

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Donald Wolfit. Tickets £7 or £6 concessions on 01744<br />

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Valentine’s <strong>St</strong>and Up<br />

Friday, <strong>February</strong> 14, doors at 7:15pm<br />

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with hilarious comedy<br />

from Neil Fitzmaurice, Celya Ab and Archie Kelly,<br />

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SIDAC Club, Wheatsheaf Ave, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>, WA9 4PJ<br />

Knowsley Comic Con<br />

Saturday, <strong>February</strong> 15, 10am-4pm<br />

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Saturday, <strong>February</strong> 15, 1pm-3pm<br />

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songs, dancing, party games, face painting and<br />

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child then £14 for subsequent children, adults £7.<br />

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The Whirlybird<br />

Monday, <strong>February</strong> 17, 1pm-2pm<br />

Citadel Arts present an uplifting theatre<br />

performance of movement, music, puppetry and<br />

more! Whirlybird can’t get the hang of flying – will<br />

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Afternoon Tea<br />

Monday, <strong>February</strong> 17, 1pm-3pm<br />

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with sandwiches<br />

and cakes to raise money for Willowbrook Hospice.<br />

Tickets £7.50 on 01744 453798 or from the venue.<br />

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Twisted Tales<br />

Wednesday, <strong>February</strong> 19, 10:30am & 2pm<br />

Hear some favourite children’s tales with a terrible<br />

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01744 753201.<br />

Parr Library, Fleet Lane, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>, WA9 1SY<br />

Classical Concert<br />

Thursday, <strong>February</strong> 20, 2pm<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong> Sinfonietta present a concert by Ron and<br />

Rebekah Abramski. Tickets £6 on 01744 600846 or<br />

07914 114635.<br />

URC, Ormskirk <strong>St</strong>reet, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Helens</strong>, WA10 2TD<br />

The Spine<br />

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

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

football academy system – Kyle, Liam and Hakeem<br />

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Genocide Awareness<br />

Sunday, March 1, 12pm-4pm<br />

Come together as a community to remember<br />

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of compassion, with guest speakers, Q&As and<br />

refreshments.<br />

Whiston Town Hall, Old Colliery Road, Whiston,<br />

L35 3QX<br />

Danielle Louise Thomas<br />

Friday, March 6, 7pm-9pm<br />

An evening of music from Danielle Louise<br />

Thomas and Liverpool Cathedral’s Gilbert Scott<br />

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Saturday, March 7, 10am-5pm & Sunday, March 8,<br />

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Spring Running Day<br />

Sunday, March 8, 10am-4pm<br />

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Saturday, March 14, 7:30pm<br />

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40 Motoring<br />

Toyota Corolla<br />

Touring Sports Review<br />

What’s a ‘Touring Sports’? In this case, it’s not a<br />

high-speed gentleman’s car, that’s for sure. It’s just<br />

a posh term for an ‘estate’. And not the net worth<br />

of an individual kind, either. Simply put, the Corolla<br />

Touring Sports is like the Corolla hatchback, but<br />

with a larger load area grafted on. And that’s what<br />

makes it a top family wagon.<br />

The new Corolla – in whichever shape you go for, is<br />

a handsome, chiselled vehicle. Inside and out, the<br />

Japanese motor is every bit a model you’d be happy<br />

to take the kids to school in. You might even make<br />

some other parents green with envy.<br />

You don’t get that badge snobbery thing with<br />

Toyota. You do with the likes of BMW, Audi,<br />

and Mercedes, but this marque seems to make<br />

you acceptable on the road – and in the school<br />

playground. You get nods of approval, rather than<br />

scowls. You’re let out at junctions instead of being<br />

ignored. And you never get the finger from other<br />

drivers in heated traffic situations. The Corolla<br />

Touring Sports makes motoring in Britain almost<br />

pleasant again.<br />

Fast Facts<br />

• Max speed: 112<br />

• 0-62 mph: 8.1 seconds<br />

• Combined mpg: 50.43 – 60.62<br />

• Engine: 1987cc 4-cylinder petrol/electric<br />

hybrid<br />

• Max. power (ps): 180<br />

• CO2: 89 g/km<br />

• Price: £30,345<br />

Inside, there’s room for four people – or five, if you<br />

really want to sit someone in the middle of the<br />

rear bench. My eldest daughter was sandwiched<br />

between two child seats on the way to Alton<br />

Towers. The trip was just under two hours – and<br />

she only started complaining an hour into the trip.<br />

The thought of the entertainment at the end of the<br />

journey was the one thing to keep her from losing<br />

the plot with her siblings. So, think of this as a fourseater<br />

car – and only a five-up machine if you have<br />

a small human being willing to take the short straw.<br />

Luggage-wise, you’ll get a lot into this estate car. It’s<br />

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Of course, if you fold the rear seats, and kick the<br />

kids out, the Corolla turns into the perfect<br />

tip-run workhorse.<br />

Pros’ n’ Cons<br />

• Looks <br />

• Handling <br />

• Efficiency <br />

• On the pricey side to buy


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The Touring Sports is not just a practical set of<br />

wheels, though. The £30,345 flagship ‘Excel’ version<br />

lent to me will hit 62mph from a standing start in<br />

8.1 seconds. That’s reasonably swift. And because<br />

a petrol and electric mix propel it, the car is frugal,<br />

managing between 50-60mpg. Co2 emissions are<br />

low at 89g/km – making this a cheap vehicle to tax.<br />

It’s perfect company car material, too.<br />

A top car in many ways then – apart from one<br />

thing – the price. You may have noticed I slipped<br />

that £30k figure into the last paragraph. It’s a lot of<br />

money. Mind you, this is the top Excel trim – and the<br />

most basic Touring Sports is £22,575. That only has<br />

a 1.2-litre unit, though – with 0-62mph taking 10.8<br />

seconds and mpg around 58. <strong>St</strong>ill, its cargo capacity<br />

is larger than the 2.0-litre version at 596-litres. And<br />

if you have an aversion to Toyota, then the similar<br />

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