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

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

A Brighter Orrell<br />

Page 14<br />

Forgotten Buildings:<br />

Winstanley Hall<br />

Pages 34-36<br />

WIN a Luxury Spa<br />

Day for Two<br />

Pages 70-71<br />

Jack’s Tracks:<br />

Sandstone Trail<br />

Pages 72-75<br />

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

locallife247.co.uk<br />

© David Bancroft Photography


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

Like many who have waved off kids into<br />

adulthood, me and the wife have become<br />

accustomed to nipping off for a European<br />

city break. So far though, <strong>2020</strong> has been a flightfree<br />

year.<br />

We saw in the New Year in the Peak District, enjoyed<br />

a minibreak in Ireland recently, and with trips to<br />

the Highlands and to Wales scheduled for summer,<br />

<strong>2020</strong> will be the first time we’ve holidayed in all four<br />

home nations in a single year.<br />

With the notable exception of LJLA, I hate airports<br />

with a passion anyway and the thought of flying<br />

in a metal tube with a few hundred other souls<br />

who may or may not be carrying Covid-19 isn’t an<br />

attractive one right now.<br />

And whilst swapping the sun-kissed beaches of<br />

the Med for windswept beaches of mid-Wales, and<br />

forgoing cocktails in the Caribbean for the distilleries<br />

of the Highlands might not be to everyone’s taste,<br />

we’re going to give it our best shot!<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 />

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

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

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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 />

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

This month’s highlights<br />

70. Win a Luxury Spa Day for Two<br />

Contents<br />

30. Puzzle Pages<br />

Try these brainteasers for size.<br />

40. Home Products<br />

It’s time for a spring clean.<br />

60. Recipes<br />

Pâté and a very berry cheesecake!<br />

62. Health Section<br />

Health service or half service?<br />

67. Events2Go<br />

14. A Bright Future 34. Save Winstanley Hall<br />

Fundraisers to festivals.<br />

70. Competition<br />

Win a luxury spa day for two.<br />

76. Gardening<br />

Time to make a change?<br />

72. Jack’s Tracks: Sandstone Trail<br />

81. Motoring<br />

Cheap car finance options.<br />

84. Home Services<br />

Find a local trader for you.<br />

40. Clean for Spring<br />

52. Scottish Highlands<br />

Want to<br />

promote your<br />

business in<br />

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

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

Advertising deadline - 11th <strong>March</strong><br />

Published - 25th <strong>March</strong><br />

01695 627 999<br />

www.locallife247.co.uk


6 News & Features<br />

Orrell Eggcrafters<br />

The local guild of Eggcrafters is hosting an Easter<br />

eggstravaganza in April, and new members are very<br />

welcome to attend.<br />

Orrell Eggcrafters specialise in decorating eggs of all<br />

kinds, and what better time to celebrate such a craft<br />

than Easter? There’ll be Faberge-style eggs for sale at<br />

the event, along with the hosting of a members’ egg<br />

competition, plus a cake stall and light refreshments.<br />

The event takes place on Saturday, April 4 from<br />

10am-2pm at St. Luke’s Parish Hall on Lodge Road.<br />

For more information, call 01942 216552.<br />

Event Fund Launches<br />

A new events fund is open for applications across the<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> borough.<br />

Part of the Our Town campaign to celebrate the UK’s<br />

diverse mix of towns and communities, the Our Town<br />

Events Fund asks for bids for celebratory events<br />

which will increase civic pride and promote social<br />

Introducing ICare Meals on Wheels<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<br />

inclusion, all while supporting local businesses.<br />

The project comes as a result of the Big Listening<br />

Project hosted by <strong>Wigan</strong> Council last year, and will<br />

support small scale events. Organisers must be<br />

able to show what a positive impact their event will<br />

have on the local community, and the deadline for<br />

applications is Monday, <strong>March</strong> 30.<br />

To apply, visit www.wigan.gov.uk/ourtown<br />

Lent Lunches<br />

Enjoy delicious lunches for Lent with the Orrellbased<br />

St. Luke’s Mothers Union.<br />

Every Thursday from February 27th until April 9th, go<br />

along to St. Luke’s Parish Hall on Lodge Road to enjoy<br />

a bowl of soup with crusty bread and cheese, plus a<br />

hot drink, for £3.50 per person. Lunch is served from<br />

12pm-1:30pm each Thursday.<br />

For more information, call Jane on 07771 703004 or<br />

email janewilkinson70@outlook.com<br />

People for Pensioners<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> & Leigh Pensioners Link is looking for<br />

volunteers to help support older people in the<br />

community.<br />

The organisation runs various services including a<br />

library book delivery scheme, a shopping service<br />

and a Homesafe programme, ensuring pensioners<br />

return home from hospital safely. The scheme also<br />

helps reduce loneliness and isolation in the local<br />

area, as well as making it easier for those who can’t<br />

leave their homes to access vital public services.<br />

If you can give even one hour per month of your<br />

time, get in touch on 01942 261753.<br />

Bowling Boost<br />

The new crown green bowls season commences in<br />

April at the YMCA Bowling Green in Orrell.<br />

New members are encouraged to come along<br />

and see what the club is all about; afterwards,<br />

membership costs £22 per season.<br />

For more information, head over to the club on<br />

Winstanley Road or call Brian on 01695 622138.


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Food for <strong>Life</strong><br />

A brand new intergenerational project is coming to<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> to help reduce isolation in the community.<br />

Food for <strong>Life</strong> Get Togethers are teaming up with Age<br />

UK <strong>Wigan</strong> Borough to help connect people through<br />

good food. Volunteers of all ages will visit isolated<br />

older people in the community and cook a<br />

meal with them, or bring a freshly cooked<br />

meal to share. Volunteers can also help<br />

older people grow their own produce, and<br />

partner with local schools to help do so.<br />

200,000 older people go over a month without<br />

chatting to a friend or family member – something<br />

the Food for <strong>Life</strong> scheme wants to help combat.<br />

For more information or to sign up to be a volunteer,<br />

email kpage@soilassociation.org<br />

The project comes thanks to funding<br />

from the National Lottery Community<br />

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Shakespeare Show<br />

Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night combines love,<br />

ambition, betrayal, deceit and cross-dressing in<br />

one hilarious play – and it’s coming to <strong>Wigan</strong> Little<br />

Theatre. Follow twins Viola and Sebastian, who are<br />

separated by a shipwreck and begin a farce of falling<br />

in love while in disguise.<br />

Performances run from Wednesday, February 26<br />

until Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 7, every evening at 7:30pm.<br />

Tickets range from £10-£12 and are bookable on<br />

01942 242561 or at www.wiganlittletheatre.co.uk<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.<br />

If you have a military vehicle or a classic vehicle from<br />

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

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

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

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Parbold Heritage Week<br />

Parbold Library is holding a special heritage event<br />

from Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 10 until Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 14.<br />

An exhibition of old photographs of Parbold will<br />

be on display in the library throughout the week,<br />

with plenty of other special events lined up. On the<br />

Tuesday, artist in residence Peter Bourne will discuss<br />

Parbold Through the Ages, and Paul Mackenzie will<br />

lead visitors in some historic railway songs. You’ll<br />

also have the opportunity to try your hand at rag<br />

rugging.<br />

Wednesday 11th will welcome Carole Wareing<br />

from the Wool Boat for some canal-themed crafts,<br />

and visitors can see some local videos from along<br />

the waterway. Then, on Thursday at 1:30pm Martin<br />

Jones presents his talk ‘The Man Who Shod<br />

War Horses’, with coffee and cakes available<br />

at 2pm.<br />

Finally, Friday sees local historian Judith<br />

Dawber lead a Parbold Q&A with a<br />

slideshow at 2pm, before the Newburgh<br />

Morris Dancers display their skills on<br />

Saturday at 10am.<br />

The week promises to be a thorough<br />

exploration into the village’s history – go<br />

along to the library to celebrate all things<br />

Parbold!<br />

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New Band Launched<br />

A new wind band has launched in Up Holland, and<br />

new members are always welcome!<br />

The Up Holland Community Band rehearses every<br />

Thursday at St. Thomas the Martyr Church on Church<br />

Street, beginning at 7:30pm. If you can read music<br />

and play a brass or woodwind instrument to around<br />

Grade 2 standard or above, the band wants you!<br />

For more information, call 07906 234593 or email<br />

uphollandcommunityband@gmail.com<br />

A Proper Panto<br />

Trinity Players present Aladdin & His Wonderful<br />

Lamp later this month, in a pantomime penned<br />

by Peter Denyer. Head to old Peking where rags<br />

become riches, true love is tested and it takes more<br />

than three wishes to get a happy ending.<br />

Performances take place from Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 26<br />

until Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 28 at 7pm each evening, with<br />

a 2:30pm matinee on the Saturday. The play takes<br />

place at Trinity United Reformed Church on Milton<br />

Grove. Tickets cost £7.50 per adult and £5 per child,<br />

and are bookable from Joyce on 01695 624893.<br />

Golf Taster<br />

Enjoy a free taster day at <strong>Wigan</strong> Golf Club at Arley<br />

Hall on Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 8 from 11am-3pm! Whether<br />

you’re a beginner or an experienced golfer, everyone<br />

is welcome to sample 6 holes of the course, try the<br />

indoor golf simulator or practice your putting!<br />

To book your place, call 01257 421360.


12<br />

Hearing Dogs at Haigh<br />

A special walking event takes<br />

place in aid of hearing dogs in<br />

the borough next month.<br />

The Great British Dog Walk<br />

takes place on Saturday, April<br />

4, and is a great excuse for<br />

people of all ages to get out<br />

and about to explore their local<br />

surroundings.<br />

Come along, bring your fourlegged<br />

friends, and enjoy a<br />

4.5km family route or the longer<br />

8km route to raise money and<br />

awareness for a vital service for<br />

deaf people in <strong>Wigan</strong>.<br />

Hearing dogs can help change<br />

lives, as Sheila from Ashton-in-Makerfield found<br />

out. ‘My hearing dog Oliver is my ears, alerting<br />

me every day to important sounds that I would<br />

normally miss, like the alarm clock, oven timer<br />

the auction centre<br />

The leading Auctioneers and Valuers<br />

• Modern saleroom at Manor Park, Runcorn<br />

• RICS and NAVA registered auctioneers and specialist consultants<br />

• Probate and Insurance valuation reports undertaken<br />

• Full house clearance service available<br />

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

St Helens Valuation Days<br />

4th Wednesday of Every Month<br />

St Thomas Church, Peter Street, WA10 2EB<br />

9.30 – 12 noon<br />

Check website for Details<br />

Call 01744 881 477 for more information<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Valuation Days<br />

2nd Tuesday Of Every Month<br />

Purposed <strong>Life</strong> Church, Greenhough Street, WN1 3SU<br />

12 noon – 2.30pm<br />

Check website for Details<br />

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and in an emergency, the smoke alarm. Oliver also<br />

provides lots of emotional support, helps me to feel<br />

less isolated and really breaks the ice while out and<br />

about, as his burgundy jacket tells people I have<br />

hearing loss.’<br />

It takes approximately £25,000 to train just one<br />

hearing dog, and walking in the Great British Dog<br />

Walk can help achieve that target. There’ll also be<br />

opportunities to meet a hearing dog, enjoy tea<br />

and cake, and have your pooch compete in agility<br />

courses and a fun dog show.<br />

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SUNDAY 29TH MARCH <strong>2020</strong> 2PM TO 5pm<br />

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Entry costs £10 in advance on Eventbrite or<br />

£12 on the gate, with under-16s going free. All<br />

accompanying dogs receive a free bandana with<br />

adult entry.<br />

If you raise more than £50 through sponsorship,<br />

you and your dog will receive a special certificate to<br />

mark the achievement. Registration opens at 10am.<br />

For more information about the event, visit www.<br />

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subscription for the first year.<br />

Ladies with a valid golf handicap join as a 7-day member FOR<br />

£750 instead of £950. Offer ends 31 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Male joins as a full 7-day member for £950 and their partner<br />

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offering a wide variety of dishes. The manager will be happy to meet<br />

anyone to discuss their future requirements no matter how far in advance.<br />

Ladies Offers<br />

Come and have a free group lesson with our Golf Professional at 2.30pm<br />

today, then why not join our Get into Golf (GiG) initiative for beginner<br />

lady golfers? Ten lessons for £50 with a special offer to join as a 9 hole<br />

member until April 2021 for just £25 per month. Lessons, both practical and<br />

theoretical, will start on Thursday, 16th April <strong>2020</strong> at 6pm and Saturday,<br />

18th April <strong>2020</strong> at 2pm. As cheap as the gym but more fun. We also have<br />

two time-limited offers for existing lady golfers and families.<br />

Club Features<br />

• Membership currently available for all categories<br />

• Minors between 7-11 years old 1st year membership FREE<br />

• Junior lessons are with a PGA Professional<br />

• Societies welcome<br />

• Extensive social functions for members<br />

• Up to 20 club competitions per month<br />

• No need for members to book tee times for social golf<br />

• Games room with snooker, darts and Sky Sports<br />

• Corporate membership available<br />

• Social membership available


14<br />

A Bright<br />

Future<br />

By Jess Phillips<br />

A new community group has launched in<br />

Orrell to help arrange litter picks, tidy the local<br />

area and generally make Orrell a better place<br />

to live.<br />

A Brighter Better Orrell was first launched as<br />

a Facebook group in January this year, and<br />

now has more than 300 people backing<br />

it online. Established by Orrell residents<br />

Gill Eyre, Julie Ryder and Sarah Lowndes,<br />

members have already banded together to<br />

clean up areas like Orrell Park, Winstanley<br />

Road and more.<br />

‘We wanted to start the group firstly<br />

because Orrell has a lot to celebrate!’ Gill<br />

says. ‘Great work has been done by the<br />

Friends of Orrell Station and Greenslate<br />

Farm, but we were disappointed by the<br />

amount of litter in the local area and wanted to<br />

change that. We’ve had a great response so far,<br />

getting organisations like SKILS CIC involved in the<br />

campaign.’<br />

A Brighter Better Orrell forms the final point in a<br />

triangle of groups operating in the area, the others<br />

being the Orrell Blog, keeping people updated on<br />

local events, and Orrell Neighbourhood Watch,<br />

which helps alert residents to crime in the area. The<br />

action group hopes to get people more engaged<br />

with their environment and encourage them to<br />

help take better care of their surroundings.<br />

‘We’re also installing planters around Orrell for<br />

businesses or families to sponsor and look after,’<br />

Gill tells me. Families can grow their own seeds in<br />

each planter and see them bloom later in the year<br />

to help brighten up the streets, as well as having the<br />

responsibility of something to care for throughout<br />

the seasons. A Brighter Better Orrell also hopes<br />

to give talks to local schools to educate pupils<br />

on the importance of looking out for the local<br />

environment.<br />

The group is also working to restore an old<br />

blacksmith’s anvil currently being stored by<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Council to a site at The Grapes in Orrell, to<br />

commemorate the area’s industrial heritage. It<br />

is hoped the monument will be surrounded by<br />

colourful planters.<br />

Orrell resident Richard Graham was impressed<br />

by the work the group has been carrying out,<br />

commenting: ‘[The] community response has<br />

been nothing short of fantastic. Keep up the great<br />

effort everyone and encourage family, friends,<br />

neighbours [and] kids to join in.’<br />

The group is also hosting weekly litter picks every<br />

Sunday at 4pm, as well as occasional Saturdays<br />

from 10am. If you’d like to get involved show up<br />

on the day, get in touch via Facebook or email<br />

BrighterOrrell@gmail.com


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16<br />

People’s Plaques<br />

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

to commemorate geographical locations and<br />

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

buildings. This month’s plaque can be found close<br />

to Cricket Street Business Park, a stone’s throw<br />

away from Robin Park. An ode to <strong>Wigan</strong>’s sporting<br />

ties, the plaque celebrates <strong>Wigan</strong> RLFC’s first ever<br />

home game, when they drew 0-0 with Tyldesley at<br />

Prescott Street in the Northern Union.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> made its Cricket Club a temporary home for<br />

the rugby team before they moved into Springfield<br />

Park in 1901 and then to Central Park a year later.<br />

The game took place on September 28th, 1895,<br />

just after the game of Rugby League was officially<br />

created at a meeting in Huddersfield in August<br />

that year. Talks took place at the George Hotel, and<br />

resulted in 22 clubs breaking away from the Rugby<br />

CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF RUGBY LEAGUE<br />

Football Union (RFU) to form the Northern Union,<br />

the first ever semi-professional rugby football game<br />

which formed the foundation for modern-day<br />

Rugby League.<br />

Near this site on 28th September 1895,<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> played their first home game<br />

under the rules of Rugby League<br />

(then known as the Northern Union)<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> v Tyldesley<br />

22 blue plaques were installed across the country,<br />

at the sites of all the original Northern Union<br />

grounds, to mark the 120th anniversary of the<br />

game’s conception in 2015. <strong>Wigan</strong>’s plaque was<br />

unveiled by former fullback Kris Radlinksi.


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d i s h<br />

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Fri 4pm - 11pm<br />

Sat 11am - 11pm<br />

Sun 11am - 9pm<br />

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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>


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26<br />

Landlord<br />

& Tenant<br />

If you are a residential Landlord, or indeed a Tenant,<br />

it is important that you are aware of proposed<br />

changes to the law that may impact the regulation<br />

of the tenancy. One of the more interesting changes<br />

concerns a new obligation on Landlord’s relating to<br />

electrical installations, and the follow-up that robust<br />

penalties will result from non-compliance with the<br />

new Regulations presently before Parliament.<br />

As it currently stands, Landlords are only obliged to<br />

keep electrical installations in good working order<br />

and a good state of repair. Under the new regime,<br />

before a tenant even moves in. Similar examples<br />

Landlords will need to:-<br />

are the provision of the Gas Safety Certificate and<br />

a. Carry our electrical inspections ahead of a tenant<br />

Energy Performance Certificate, as well as the<br />

taking occupancy and a report obtained from a<br />

Government’s ‘How to Rent’ booklet (otherwise<br />

qualified professional;<br />

known as Prescribed Information).<br />

b. The report must be provided to the Tenant<br />

The Landlord and Tenant Legislation can be a<br />

before they take occupation;<br />

minefield, and a failure to comply (in any sense) can<br />

c. Any prospective tenant that requests a copy often make recovery of possession an extremely<br />

must be given one within 28 days;<br />

difficult task. By way of example, the failure to<br />

d. Such inspections to be repeated at least every 5 provide an EPC, Gas Safety Certificate, Prescribed<br />

years;<br />

Information or failing to protect a tenant’s deposit,<br />

e. Ensure the electrical safety standards are met.<br />

can prevent a Landlord from adequately serving a<br />

s21 Notice to recover possession and can lead to<br />

The standards referred to are contained within the<br />

further penalties.<br />

18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations published in<br />

January 2019. Most electrical installations installed<br />

It can be a massive assistance later down the line,<br />

prior to that date are unlikely to comply with those<br />

when repossession becomes a consideration, to<br />

Regulations. A failure to comply with the above,<br />

ensure that all of your statutory obligations are<br />

and the Regulations generally, could result in a fine<br />

satisfied prior to commencement of a Tenancy. In<br />

of up to £30,000.00.<br />

that respect, seeking professional assistance at the<br />

outset, or indeed advice throughout a tenancy,<br />

All new tenancies from 1st July <strong>2020</strong> will be subject<br />

is extremely worthwhile. At ABH Law, we have a<br />

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11. Front part of the human leg<br />

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WORDSEARCH<br />

THEME: Cities<br />

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18 14 13 18<br />

20<br />

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23<br />

17<br />

12<br />

10<br />

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on page 98 of this magazine


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Post Office<br />

Opens<br />

After more than a year, Orrell is set to see its Post<br />

Office service reinstated.<br />

Orrell’s branch closed temporarily in September<br />

2018 due to the resignation of its postmaster,<br />

forcing the community to travel to Billinge or Kitt<br />

Green to access postal services. Now the postmaster<br />

from Burscough Bridge Post Office is helping to<br />

reinstate a local service in Orrell.<br />

The new service will operate out of Living Faith<br />

Church on Church Street, and open every Tuesday<br />

from 9am-12pm and every Thursday from 9:30am-<br />

12:30pm.<br />

Michael Winstanley, councillor for the Orrell Ward,<br />

commented: ‘All three Conservative Councillors for<br />

Orrell are delighted at this announcement by the<br />

Post Office that Orrell and Billinge residents will<br />

once again have access to Post Office facilities.<br />

‘We have campaigned for years for our local<br />

residents to have access to these facilities ever since<br />

the Post Office at Orrell Post closed in the early<br />

2000s. It was a blow a couple of years ago when the<br />

Post Office located on St. James Road was closed.<br />

‘i know that this news will be welcomed by many<br />

local residents who struggle to access services<br />

especially online. It will also mean that residents<br />

won’t have to make long trips into <strong>Wigan</strong> to go<br />

to the Post Office. It is well documented that if<br />

residents have access to these services then they<br />

are all likely to spend money locally as well.’<br />

It is also hoped the new Post Office will provide a<br />

source of social interaction to help reduce isolation<br />

in the community, especially as the church is<br />

located on a major bus route.<br />

The new Post Office will officially open on Tuesday,<br />

<strong>March</strong> 3 at 9am.


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Don’t risk a £5,000 fine!<br />

Landlords should already be aware of the legislation<br />

that came into force on the 1st of April 2018, namely<br />

that all new and renewed private tenancy agreements<br />

must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)<br />

rating of E or above, otherwise it would be illegal to<br />

rent the property out (EPC ratings go A to G – A being<br />

the best and G the worst)<br />

Yet, from 1st April <strong>2020</strong>, those rules will be extended<br />

to also cover existing tenancies, meaning that<br />

under the new legislation, properties with an EPC<br />

rating of F or G will be classed as unrentable, and<br />

that any landlord renting out an F or G rated homes<br />

will be liable for a fine of £5,000.<br />

There are still hundreds of <strong>Wigan</strong> homes such an<br />

F-rating flats and will all be illegal to rent out by<br />

April. Back in 2018, there was a loophole for <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

landlords of F & G rated rental homes on new<br />

tenancies, where they did not need to upgrade the<br />

property for five years if it cost them money - yet<br />

back in April 2019 this exemption to improve rental<br />

properties was removed – so they too are included<br />

in these new rules.<br />

Therefore, this means that landlords must use<br />

their own cash to cover the cost of upgrading<br />

their property to at least an EPC band E. Now this<br />

requirement to upgrade the property is subject to<br />

a spending cap of £3,500 (including VAT) for each<br />

rental property, as landlords only need to spend<br />

what they need to, to improve their property to EPC<br />

rating E.<br />

In cases where a landlord is unable to improve<br />

their property to EPC rating E within the £3,500<br />

cap, then they still need to spend their hard earned<br />

cash and carry out the most appropriate measures<br />

which can be installed up to the £3,500 cap, and<br />

then register an exemption (with 3 quotes from 3<br />

contractors) for their property on the basis that all<br />

relevant improvements have been installed and the<br />

property remains below an E.<br />

If you are a self-managing <strong>Wigan</strong> landlord or a<br />

landlord with another <strong>Wigan</strong> agent, then feel free<br />

to call us and chat through any concerns with you<br />

have regard to these new regulations. The last<br />

thing you need is a £5,000 fine on top of the £3,500<br />

improvement bill, and we can help you avoid this.<br />

One final point – Recent research has also<br />

acknowledged that some early EPC’s understated<br />

the thermal efficiency of solid walls and the Dept<br />

for Business, Energy and Business Strategy have<br />

now recalibrated EPC’s to give a truer result.<br />

This probably means that some solid wall<br />

properties, Victorian and Edwardian terraced<br />

houses and converted flats, presently rated F under<br />

an EPC will no longer demand any improvement<br />

works and certainly less building work may be<br />

required in the case of a G rated rental property. It<br />

might be wise for <strong>Wigan</strong> landlords who have had<br />

their rental properties for a while now to get a new<br />

EPC carried out on their property. This is something<br />

else we can help you with.<br />

If you are looking for an agent that is well<br />

established, professional and communicative, then<br />

contact us to find out how we can get the best out<br />

of your investment property.<br />

Email me on alan@alanbatt.co.uk<br />

or call on 01942 233999.<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 />

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Forgotten Buildings:<br />

Winstanley Hall<br />

By Jess Phillips<br />

Recent controversies concerning public access to<br />

Haigh Hall have ruled local headlines over the past<br />

year. Has this meant that other historic buildings<br />

across <strong>Wigan</strong> going unnoticed as time and the<br />

elements come once again to claim them? One such<br />

building is Winstanley Hall; derelict since 2000. With<br />

groups like Save Winstanley Hall, Historic England<br />

and SAVE Britain’s Heritage getting behind the Hall’s<br />

restoration, one question remains: is it too late?<br />

The building’s illustrious history speaks for itself.<br />

The Winstanley family, who had been lords of<br />

the manor since at least the mid-13th century,<br />

constructed the Hall in the mid-1560s. The 80-room<br />

mansion was only occupied by Edmund and Alice<br />

Winstanley for around 30 years, after which London<br />

goldsmith James Bankes purchased the property<br />

for £3,100 (around £900,000 in today’s money).<br />

Made up of a main 3-storey manor house with a<br />

raised front entrance and symmetrical wings, plus<br />

a stable building, the Hall was altered in the 17th<br />

century, then again in the 18th century. During this<br />

remodel, the rear block was raised to match the<br />

full height of the house, the ground floor windows<br />

replaced, and a canted bay added to the left wing.<br />

Later, in 1811, celebrated architect Lewis Wyatt<br />

created a 4-storey tower and carried out alterations<br />

to the front entrance. The iconic Neptune fountain<br />

was finally added to the courtyard in 1830,<br />

commissioned by William Spence, a noted sculptor<br />

from Liverpool.<br />

In 1855, tragedy befell the Hall in the form of a<br />

string of deaths. Estate manager Thomas Shortrede,<br />

who was in charge of the day-to-day running of<br />

Winstanley Hall, had allegedly been having an affair<br />

with a local mason’s wife, Mrs. Atherton. After news<br />

spread about the lovers, Shortrede’s wife was found<br />

drowned in the estate’s well; apparently a suicide.<br />

Further devastation came when Mrs. Atherton<br />

hanged herself, scarred from the scandal. In August<br />

that year, Thomas Shortrede was found dead in the<br />

Hall from a gunshot wound to the head – people<br />

speculated that he might have brought the gun onto<br />

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future for good.<br />

Established in 2009 by Lee Hynes, the<br />

Save Winstanley Hall group has been<br />

campaigning to secure the Hall’s future<br />

for nearly eleven years. Now local<br />

resident Rob Stevenson is leading the<br />

charge.<br />

the property to shoot rats and slipped while holding<br />

it; others claimed he felt guilty over the deaths of his<br />

wife and lover and shot himself on purpose.<br />

During World War I, Winstanley Hall served as<br />

accommodation for wounded soldiers under the<br />

banner of the British Red Cross, with the permission<br />

of G.H. Bankes. Soldiers used the Hall and its grounds<br />

for training exercise, with the Royal Engineers and<br />

6th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment staying<br />

over. In World War II it was home to the Women’s<br />

Auxiliary Air Force until a group of squatters moved<br />

in, comprised of around 20 local homeless families<br />

who lost their houses to the bombs.<br />

Winstanley Hall remained in the Bankes family<br />

for nearly 400 years, until Tim Bankes sold it to<br />

Dorbcrest Homes in 2000. Though a planning<br />

application was submitted to turn the Hall into<br />

flats back in 2003, it was quickly withdrawn due to<br />

opposition, and now what was once a proud family<br />

home has sadly become a shadow of its former<br />

self. In 2015 a £170,000 supporting grant allowed<br />

urgent repairs to be made to the stable<br />

building, but progress since has been<br />

sluggish.<br />

‘I grew up in Highfield,’ Rob tells me,<br />

‘so a lot of my childhood was spent<br />

playing in Winstanley Woods, which<br />

were part of the estate. This was really<br />

what inspired me to get involved in the<br />

campaign – I think it would be an absolute travesty<br />

if an area that could be used as a community space<br />

was lost.’<br />

Rob has since been in contact with Dorbcrest<br />

Homes and <strong>Wigan</strong> Council, with the hopes of<br />

getting information from inspection reports and an<br />

options appraisal for the Hall, so he can evaluate the<br />

most sensible course of action.<br />

‘Ideally, it would be great to set up a Trust to help<br />

repair the Hall. This could mean using some of the<br />

outbuildings for commercial purposes and some<br />

for community spaces – profits would go back into<br />

funding repairs,’ he explains. This could mean <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

Council obtaining a compulsory purchase order for<br />

the Hall, with minimum compensation paid to its<br />

owners because of the state of the building and the<br />

extent of necessary repairs.<br />

‘The local community is really missing a family area<br />

– a nice park to go for walks or for kids to play in,<br />

and the Hall is a great location for that,’ Rob adds. ‘I’d<br />

also love to see the gardens turned into community<br />

Surrounded by tangled weeds, the<br />

building’s ancient rural charm is still<br />

evident – but the grand exterior hides<br />

a decaying ruin suspended in time.<br />

The Grade-II* listed Hall is a Category<br />

A risk on the Historic England register;<br />

it is at immediate risk of further rapid<br />

deterioration. But there’s one <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

group looking to change the Hall’s


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restrictions of the site.<br />

allotments for local schools to grow produce.’<br />

Group founder Lee Hynes, meanwhile, would like<br />

to see the Hall transformed into a hotel or highend<br />

restaurant. ‘In reality it’s more likely to become<br />

apartments,’ Lee says, ‘but anything will do as long as<br />

it does not fall down. To me the Hall represents the<br />

grandeur and importance of what <strong>Wigan</strong> once was.’<br />

Winstanley Councillor Paul Kenny commented:<br />

‘Winstanley Hall is very much a treasure that must<br />

be protected and retained. Its deterioration is a<br />

matter of deep concern for many people.<br />

‘I appreciate that decisions on the future<br />

development of the site are difficult and that any<br />

scheme that comes forward must be financially<br />

viable. I also believe that a future planning application<br />

would prove to be extremely controversial given the<br />

Grade II* listing and may deliver objections from<br />

key stakeholders like Historic England. However,<br />

given the public interest I believe now is the time<br />

for Dorbcrest to set out its vision for the Hall in light<br />

of the options appraisal’.<br />

The Council confirmed to Paul that no<br />

pre-application talks have been held<br />

since the options appraisal report was<br />

received by Dorbcrest.<br />

‘The hall has suffered from severe<br />

dilapidation for over 60 years. We have<br />

spent considerable time and money<br />

on stabilising the courtyard and hall to<br />

limit deterioration and recently a new<br />

options appraisal has been completed<br />

in conjunction with <strong>Wigan</strong> MBC,<br />

Historic England and the wider land<br />

owner Tim Bankes. Within it a number<br />

of restoration options are tabled. The<br />

heritage deficit for these options still<br />

runs into tens of millions of pounds – we are still<br />

working on viable solutions and investigating our<br />

options further.’<br />

With such an illustrious heritage in the <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

borough, Winstanley Hall is undoubtedly an integral<br />

piece of local history, albeit one that has fallen out<br />

of the public eye. It would be a tragedy indeed if the<br />

years continue to go by without intervention – and<br />

a great loss to the surrounding community.<br />

A Change.org petition started by Rob Stevenson<br />

is helping to boost awareness and engagement<br />

with the Hall’s future, which already has more than<br />

1,700 signatures. You can sign it here: www.change.<br />

org/p/wigan-council-save-winstanley-hall<br />

Thanks go to David Bancroft Photography for<br />

supplying aerial images.<br />

Urban explorers such as Snake Oil UE and Proj3ct<br />

M4yh3m have documented the Hall’s current state<br />

in a series of photographs and blogs; Google if<br />

you’re interested in seeing some up-to-date images<br />

of the interior.<br />

A spokesperson for Dorbcrest Homes<br />

commented: ‘Since 2003 we have<br />

tried various resolution strategies<br />

and submitted schemes for planning<br />

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to no avail due to the complexities<br />

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A Winstanley College student from Up Holland is<br />

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‘The trip was actually part of the reason I opted to go<br />

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for the villagers – and for me. I recently learned that<br />

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but this will definitely be a new challenge.’<br />

Along with the three hikes, Alana has already<br />

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the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films – while<br />

the Oban line skirts past the aptly named Loch Awe.<br />

Single malt fans should disembark at Fort William<br />

to sample locally distilled whisky at the Ben Nevis<br />

Distillery. Established back in 1825, the venue<br />

promises the perfect dram, ranging from single<br />

to vatted malts. The distillery still uses pure water<br />

from the mountain and locally sourced peat in its<br />

processes, leaving the whisky’s quality down to the<br />

fresh Scottish elements.<br />

And Fort William has more than just whisky to offer.<br />

Set in the shade of Scotland’s tallest mountain, the<br />

quaint port town borders the eastern shore of Loch<br />

Linnhe, and is dotted with historic ruins. See the<br />

remains of its namesake 17th century fort and the<br />

Old Inverlochy Castle to discover more about the<br />

town’s heritage. Afterwards, why not take a breather<br />

and soak up the town’s peaceful atmosphere? Fort<br />

William’s waterfront is dotted with cosy B&Bs,<br />

classic pubs and stylish restaurants, making it the<br />

perfect place to wind down for a while.<br />

While you’re there, visit Neptune’s Staircase: an<br />

elaborate series of locks dating back to the early<br />

19th century, with a sculpted path running parallel<br />

for canal enthusiasts and keen walkers alike. It’s<br />

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a neighbouring café halfway up for an alternative<br />

viewpoint.<br />

Follow in Lesley Joseph’s famous footsteps or pave<br />

your own way through the natural beauty of the<br />

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so many secrets to discover beyond the banks of its<br />

many lochs. So ditch the plans to fly away this summer<br />

and explore something a little closer to home – you<br />

never know what you might come across.


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56 Legal & Finance<br />

Prosper<br />

propels forward<br />

After months of discussions, Standish-based financial<br />

planners, Prosper Wealth Management, have secured<br />

significant investment from Independent Wealth<br />

Planners UK (IWP UK) as part of IWP’s national<br />

expansion programme.<br />

The change sees IWP UK take a major financial<br />

stake in the company and plans are now in place<br />

to expand Prosper’s reach across the North West as<br />

IWP’s Lancashire and Manchester Hub.<br />

The Prosper Wealth Management brand remains<br />

and David Barton will continue as CEO along with<br />

his current management team and staff.<br />

David founded the Chartered Financial Planning<br />

firm in 2003, and they now currently manage<br />

funds in excess of £170 million for its 600 clients<br />

in the <strong>Wigan</strong> and surrounding areas and have fee<br />

income of circa £1.4m.<br />

As those who read the financial press will testify,<br />

Prosper Wealth Management is one of several<br />

independent financial planners who have recently<br />

come together within IWP to access greater<br />

resources and infrastructure support.<br />

IWP UK chief executive David Inglesfield said ‘’the<br />

purchase, the firm’s sixth regional acquisition, was<br />

a good fit for his business. The Prosper team have a<br />

fantastic reputation within their local community and<br />

I have every faith that they will do an excellent job in<br />

growing our presence across the North West region.”<br />

Prosper Wealth Management’s CEO David Barton<br />

said “Prosper will continue to be run by its existing<br />

management team, who, very importantly, will<br />

retain an ownership stake in the business. As many<br />

staff and clients know, I’ve always had a desire to<br />

grow the business significantly and therefore the<br />

funding and extra resource will now enable me to<br />

fulfil these ambitions.”<br />

David adds “Clients will not see any immediate<br />

change in day-to-day dealings however they are<br />

likely to spot new Prosper Wealth offices around the<br />

North West as our expansion gathers momentum.<br />

Whilst it’s exciting times ahead, our existing clients<br />

will continue to enjoy the same high levels of<br />

service however we anticipate developing new and<br />

improved solutions that both our existing and new<br />

clients will be able to access.’’<br />

David Barton Prosper Wealth Mgt CEO<br />

After spending the best part of<br />

20 years within the banking and<br />

investment sector, which concluded<br />

with running an IFA business<br />

owned by the Bank of Ireland,<br />

David launched Prosper IFA in<br />

2003. An associate of the Personal Finance Society<br />

and a Chartered Financial Planner, David holds an<br />

Advanced Diploma is financial planning in addition<br />

to a specialist qualification in Long Term Care advice.<br />

David Inglesfield IWP UK CEO<br />

David has 30 years’ experience in<br />

wealth management, in the UK and<br />

internationally. He has expertise in<br />

strategy development; business<br />

build; and people and commercial<br />

leadership. He has built and led<br />

five wealth management businesses and has spent<br />

much of his career in international markets. David<br />

holds the PFS Diploma and the STEP trust and<br />

estate planning Diploma.<br />

Remember all investments can fall as well as rise in value so investors could get back less than they invest.


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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 />

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58 Business View<br />

Top TaxTips<br />

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy<br />

For businesses and individuals<br />

There are a variety of tax reliefs available to business owners and individuals. Here are our top tips for <strong>2020</strong><br />

Tips for Business Owners<br />

Capital Allowances – Prior to your year end,<br />

maximise your capital expenditure and claim 100%<br />

tax relief via the Annual Investment Allowance<br />

Contribute to a Pension – Contributions are<br />

efficient for the company and the directors.<br />

Company contributions attract corporation tax<br />

relief and individuals can claim relief from income<br />

tax and N.I.<br />

Research & Development Grants – Broadly<br />

speaking, your company can claim an additional<br />

130% tax deduction on qualifying R&D costs if it<br />

undertook an R&D project that seeks to achieve an<br />

advance in overall knowledge or capability.<br />

Ensure you claim the Employers Allowance –<br />

Small businesses are eligible to claim up to £3,000<br />

towards their employers N.I., but it needs to be<br />

claimed each tax year.<br />

Maximising your Dividend Allowance – The<br />

introduction of the dividend tax means that you<br />

should carefully plan the timing and levels of<br />

dividends to avoid higher rates of tax.<br />

Tips for Individuals<br />

Married Couples Allowance – You can transfer<br />

£1,250 of your personal allowance to your spouse<br />

or civil partner to lower the higher earner’s tax bill<br />

and you can also backdate the claim if eligible.<br />

Higher Rate Tax Thresholds – Stay under<br />

the higher rate by making additional pension<br />

contributions, making donations to charity or<br />

making tax incentivised investments.<br />

Using your Capital Gains Tax Annual Exemption<br />

– It is possible to transfer assets to your partner at<br />

no gain and therefore ensure that the respective<br />

annual exemptions are fully used.<br />

Tax on Jointly Owned Properties – You can apply<br />

to vary the taxable income for couples, which is<br />

useful if one partners pays a higher tax rate than<br />

the other partner.<br />

Child Benefit Tax – If your earnings exceed the<br />

threshold of £50,000 and you receive Child Benefit<br />

payments then you may have to pay back some or<br />

all of this. There are reliefs available to offset this.<br />

Exempt transfers IHT purposes – Gifting during<br />

lifetime has become increasingly important due<br />

to the IHT rate freeze. IHT exemptions include an<br />

annual transfer of £3,000 and small gifts of up to<br />

£250.<br />

As well In addition to providing financial and tax advice to small businesses and individuals, CMA are<br />

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<strong>2020</strong>’s Top Tax Tips<br />

For Business Owners<br />

• Capital Allowances<br />

Maximise your capital expenditure<br />

• Maximise Pension Payments<br />

Tax-efficiency for companies and directors<br />

• Research & Development Grants<br />

130% tax deduction, and the scope for<br />

R&D is wider than many think.<br />

• Claim the Employers Allowance<br />

Up to £3k each year, but you must claim it!<br />

• Maximise your Dividend Allowance<br />

Plan the timing and level of dividends to<br />

avoid higher tax rates.<br />

For Individuals<br />

• Married Couples Allowance<br />

Transfer £1,250 of your personal allowance to<br />

your loved one<br />

• Higher Rate Tax Thresholds<br />

Stay under the higher rate – we show you how.<br />

• Capital Gains Tax Annual Exemption<br />

Transfer assets to ensure exemptions are fully<br />

used<br />

• Tax on Jointly Owned Properties<br />

Vary your partners taxable income to stay<br />

below the higher rate<br />

• Child Benefit Tax<br />

Apply for relief if you’re over the £50,000<br />

threshold<br />

• Exempt transfers for IHT purposes<br />

Maximise gifting to avoid Inheritance Tax<br />

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60 Food & Drink<br />

Sally’s Specials<br />

by Marti of The Star Inn<br />

The Star Inn<br />

Chicken Liver<br />

Pâté<br />

Serves 4<br />

Ingredients<br />

500g fresh chicken livers<br />

8 rashers of bacon<br />

1 onion<br />

½ block of butter<br />

4 cloves of garlic<br />

Sprig of thyme<br />

Sprig of rosemary<br />

Salt & Pepper to season<br />

This is a staple recipe on the Star Inn<br />

menu for the restaurant and is a firm<br />

favourite with our diners!<br />

Method<br />

Start by prepping the chicken livers by trimming and removing any fatty bits and discard them.<br />

In a heated pot add the chopped onion, cloves of garlic and the sprigs of thyme and rosemary and 8 rashers<br />

of bacon roughly chopped.<br />

Cook the ingredients until soft. Add the chicken livers and cook them fully until there is no pink at all.<br />

Add half a block of butter and cook with the liver and onion mix until all the butter has melted.<br />

Add salt and pepper to taste and blend until smooth.<br />

To ensure your pate is velvety soft, pass it through a fine sieve into a bowl and then serve it into ramekins.<br />

Refrigerate the pate for up to 2 hours and until firm.<br />

Serve with hot toast or buttered crackers and a side salad for the finishing touch.


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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!


62 Health & Fitness<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 – to name but a few – are all on the<br />

list of treatments no longer covered. Now, however<br />

unsightly, embarrassing or irritating, the NHS is no<br />

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.


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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.<br />

The 17 inappropriate interventions<br />

no longer funded by the NHS<br />

• Snoring surgery (in the absence of sleep<br />

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? What can a parent<br />

now do for a child with glue ear? 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 and<br />

hard to access.<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


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Top Tips for<br />

Verruca Treatment<br />

By Dr Daisy Mae<br />

Gruesome, miserable, nasty, painful –<br />

common words used when people describe<br />

their verruca. But what is a verruca? Where<br />

do they come from? What should you if you<br />

have one?<br />

A verruca is a wart which is growing on<br />

your foot – officially termed a ‘plantar wart’<br />

– and it’s caused by the Human Papilloma<br />

Virus (HPV).<br />

Surprisingly, it’s estimated that 14% of<br />

the UK population have verrucas, most<br />

commonly in children aged twelve to fourteen<br />

years.<br />

The HPV virus lives happily for long periods on<br />

damp floors, such as those around swimming pools<br />

or communal showers, and is also spread easily if<br />

you share socks or towels with anyone affected.<br />

The virus enters the skin and then travels into the<br />

deeper layers. It causes keratinisation – keratin is<br />

the hard protein in hair, skin and nails – which is<br />

why warts feel hard to the touch.<br />

Although 80% of verrucas regress spontaneously<br />

over two years, they can be persistent and resist<br />

treatment. The virus is adept at escaping detection<br />

by your body’s immune system.<br />

Diagnosis<br />

A verruca is a single, slightly raised patch anywhere<br />

on the sole of the foot. The skin may be pale,<br />

yellowy/skin-coloured or have a cobblestoned<br />

appearance, sometimes with some central black<br />

dots.<br />

Verrucas are sometimes painful when pressure<br />

is applied, for example when you walk or if you<br />

squeeze them between finger and thumb.<br />

If in doubt, see your doctor. Very rarely, skin cancers<br />

can occur on the feet.<br />

Management without treatment<br />

The first step is to take good care of your foot/feet<br />

so that you minimise pain and avoid spreading the<br />

virus, both on your own feet and to others (see<br />

panel).<br />

If you’re generally healthy and not in pain, it’s worth<br />

doing nothing as most veruccas will disappear<br />

spontaneously.<br />

However, note that you should seek medical help if<br />

you have diabetes or a weakened immune system<br />

e.g. HIV infection, chemotherapy, radiotherapy etc.<br />

Active treatments<br />

If you decide that your verucca can’t just be left<br />

to recover by itself, there are forty-one recognised<br />

wart treatments. These either destroy local virusinfected<br />

tissue, kill the virus, stop it reproducing, or<br />

stimulate your body’s immune response.<br />

First Choice Treatment: Salicylic Acid (SA)<br />

SA kills off the outer skin layers, causing them to<br />

peel away. It also helps the immune system detect<br />

the virus.


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How to use SA:<br />

• Use a 17% SA preparation (ask your pharmacist).<br />

• Soak the foot in warm water for five minutes.<br />

• File the dead skin overlying the verruca –<br />

you must remove the heaped-up skin, so the<br />

treatment reaches the living cells underneath.<br />

• Protect the skin around the verruca with Vaseline.<br />

• Apply SA to the verruca. Let it dry.<br />

• Apply a plaster.<br />

• Do this daily for twelve weeks.<br />

• Although there is some doubt on its effectiveness,<br />

consider covering the verruca with duct tape.<br />

Leave this in place for up to six days.<br />

• If you are diabetic, or there’s a poor blood supply<br />

to your feet, do not do this – see your doctor.<br />

Second Choice Treatments<br />

These are not routinely offered on the NHS.<br />

Cryotherapy - A liquid nitrogen spray freezes and<br />

destroys infected skin cells. Clearance rates of<br />

around 65% are reported. It’s sometimes painful,<br />

and there’s also a 30% chance of recurrence.<br />

Other <strong>Local</strong> Options - Other agents have been used,<br />

such as silver nitrate, Cantharidin, phenol, glycolic<br />

acid, pyruvic acid and trichloroacetic acid (TCA).<br />

Surgical removal - Surgery is not usually advised<br />

because verrucas often recur afterwards.<br />

Microwave Treatment - SWIFT is a new microwave<br />

treatment. It’s quick, relatively painless and research<br />

has shown 76% of patients with stubborn verrucas<br />

have clearance of verrucas after three treatments.<br />

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Different forms of laser treatment - Laser therapy<br />

aims to destroy the blood vessels supplying the<br />

verruca, plus the heat causes local tissue damage.<br />

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A Dermatologist’s Guide<br />

Foot Care for Verrucas<br />

Wear comfortable shoes. If walking is painful, you<br />

can buy padded plasters at the pharmacy.<br />

Don’t share socks or shoes with others.<br />

Avoid going barefoot in public places. If you<br />

want to go swimming, cover the affected area<br />

with waterproof plasters or rubber verruca socks.<br />

Do not share emery boards after filing, and<br />

dispose of verruca/foot filings with care.<br />

Do not pick at your warts, or use the same pumice<br />

stone or emery board on healthy skin or nails.<br />

Apply topical treatments regularly for best<br />

results<br />

Reference: Plantar Warts – British Association of Dermatologists.<br />

A downloadable guide is available at tiny.cc/foot-care.<br />

80% clearance rates have been reported.<br />

Immunotherapy - These treatments stimulate the<br />

antibody response to speed up viral destruction.<br />

• Imiquimod 5% cream (Aldara)<br />

• Topical 5-Flurouracil (5FU)<br />

• Bleomycin injections<br />

Where to Obtain Verruca Treatments<br />

From 1st April 2019, the NHS has listed verrucas as<br />

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• Visit your local Community Pharmacy<br />

• Find a Podiatrist: cop.org.uk/find-a-podiatrist<br />

• Find a Chiropodist: iocp.org.uk<br />

• Private Consultant Dermatologist:<br />

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TV Trance Mission<br />

Wednesday, February 26 – Saturday, February<br />

29, 7:30pm<br />

Enjoy an 80s-themed comedy musical presented by<br />

the Willpower Youth Theatre! Tickets £7 per adult or<br />

£6 concessions, bookable on 01942 745082.<br />

St. Michael’s Hall, Shaw Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 2BQ<br />

Cocktail Quiz Night<br />

Friday, February 28, 6:30pm-11:30pm<br />

Enjoy great food, fun cocktails and a challenging<br />

quiz to raise money for Greenslate Farm! Tickets<br />

£13.50 at www.greenslatefarm.org.uk<br />

Greenslate Farm, Tracks Lane, Billinge, WN5 7BG<br />

Haigh Circular Walk<br />

Saturday, February 29, 10am-4pm<br />

A 10-mile walk taking in the scenery of Haigh – with<br />

a pub stop at the end! For info, call 01942 828508.<br />

Aspull Library, Oakfield Crescent, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN2 1XJ<br />

Fairy Fun Day<br />

Saturday, February 29, 11am-4pm<br />

Celebrate World Book Day with stories from<br />

the Woodland Fairy and fairy-themed activities<br />

including fairy door making, a treasure trail and free<br />

face-painting.<br />

Grand Arcade, Crompton Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1BH<br />

Mafia to Minister<br />

Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 1, 10:30am<br />

Nigael Lewis, an atheist for 35 years, thought the<br />

Mafia could help him reach his goals – then he<br />

found God. Come and hear his amazing testimony;<br />

more details on 01695 623212.<br />

Living Faith Church, Church St, Orrell, WN5 8TG<br />

Vindolanda Talk<br />

Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> 4, 7pm-9pm<br />

Hear about the recent excavations of the Roman<br />

Fort at Vindolanda with Andrew Birley and the<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Archaeological Society. Tickets £5 on<br />

Eventbrite or on 01257 402342.<br />

Mercure <strong>Wigan</strong> Oak Hotel, Orchard Street, <strong>Wigan</strong>,<br />

WN1 3SS<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Beer Festival<br />

Thurs, <strong>March</strong> 5 – Sat, <strong>March</strong> 7, various times<br />

Featuring over 70 real ales, draught foreign beers,<br />

cider and perry, you won’t want to miss this year’s<br />

festival! There’ll be live entertainment, games and<br />

food, plus a gin and prosecco bar! Thursday entry<br />

free, then from £1-£3. CAMRA members go free.<br />

Robin Park Arena, Loire Drive, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN5 0UH<br />

Crawford Family Talk<br />

Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 5, 1pm-2pm<br />

Ripton Lindsay gives a talk on the Lindsay family,<br />

exploring the life of Alexander Lindsay, 23rd Earl of<br />

Crawford. Entry £3, bookable on 01942 828128.<br />

Museum of <strong>Wigan</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, Library St, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1NU


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World Day of Prayer<br />

Friday, <strong>March</strong> 6, 1:30pm<br />

A prayer service organised by the Christian women<br />

of Zimbabwe, followed by refreshments.<br />

Bispham Methodist Church, Crank Road, Billinge,<br />

WN5 7DT<br />

Ladies Fashion Evening<br />

Friday, <strong>March</strong> 6, 7pm<br />

Browse jewellery, bags and ladies’ clothes for sale,<br />

plus refreshments. Tickets £5 on 07788 863389.<br />

Winstanley Tennis Club, Hall Lane, Orrell, WN5<br />

7XN<br />

Sportsperson’s Dinner<br />

Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 7, 6:30pm<br />

Meet British athlete Jenny Meadows and <strong>Wigan</strong><br />

Warriors’ Sean O’Loughlin in an evening compered<br />

by Winston Higham, plus music from Haze. Tickets<br />

£35 incl. a 3-course meal on 01942 321305.<br />

Highfield Cricket Club, Billinge Rd, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN3 6BL<br />

Bike to Burscough<br />

Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 8, 10am-1:30pm<br />

Enjoy a steady pedal along the canal, from Robin<br />

Park through Crooke Village, Appley Bridge, Parbold<br />

and Burscough. There’ll be a refreshment stop at<br />

Burscough Wharf and then cycle back. For info, call<br />

Inspiring Healthy <strong>Life</strong>styles on 01942 828508.<br />

Robin Park Arena, Loire Drive, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN5 0UH<br />

Farmer’s Market<br />

Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 8, 10am-3pm<br />

Shop local produce with Greenslate’s inaugural<br />

Farmer’s Market! Taking place the second Sunday<br />

of every month, you’ll have the chance to help the<br />

environment and source great food. For info, email<br />

rhiannon@greenslatefarm.org.uk<br />

Greenslate Farm, Tracks Lane, Billinge, WN5 7BG<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Way Walk<br />

Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 8, 10:30am-2pm<br />

Enjoy a free 8-mile historical walk to celebrate<br />

International Women’s Day, with plenty of local<br />

interest points. For info, call 01942 828508.<br />

Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Ln, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN2 1PE<br />

Ladies Fashion Show<br />

Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 10, doors at 6:30pm<br />

Shop your favourite brands at 50% or more off, plus<br />

enjoy a fabulous fashion show! There are plenty<br />

of prizes to be won. Tickets £3 on 07801 700743,<br />

proceeds to the Rugby Memories Dementia Group.<br />

Robin Park Arena, Loire Drive, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN5 0UH<br />

Alice In Wonderland<br />

Thurs, <strong>March</strong> 19 - Sat, <strong>March</strong> 21, 7:30pm<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Little Theatre’s Youth Theatre present the<br />

Lewis Carroll novel adapted for stage! Curiouser<br />

and curiouser! Tickets £10-£12 on 01942 242561.<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Little Theatre, Crompton St, WN1 3SL<br />

Games Night<br />

Friday, <strong>March</strong> 20, 7:30pm-10pm<br />

Help Winstanley College student Alana Hesketh<br />

raise money for a trip to Ghana with a fun night of<br />

bingo, quizzes and a raffle! Tickets £5 from Marken<br />

Travel on Main Street, Billinge.<br />

Rainford All Saints Parish Church Hall, Church<br />

Road, Rainford, WA11 8HE<br />

Indoor Carboot<br />

Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 21, 10am-1pm<br />

Grab a bargain or sell your unwanted items!<br />

There’ll be plenty to browse and refreshments on<br />

sale. Tables £10, bookable on 07956 816837 or by<br />

emailing linda.w@talktalk.net<br />

Up Holland Methodist Church, Alma Hill, Up<br />

Holland, WN8 0NR


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Man United Legends<br />

Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 21, 7pm-10pm<br />

Meet Manchester United legends – there’ll be<br />

3-6 in attendance! A live, unscripted interview,<br />

Q&A and live auction, plus the opportunity to<br />

get photographs/autographs. Tickets £35-£90 on<br />

Eventbrite or info@superstarspeakers.co.uk<br />

DW Stadium, Loire Drive, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN5 0UZ<br />

Run <strong>Wigan</strong> Festival<br />

Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 22, 9am-2pm<br />

Raise money for Joining Jack, Macmillan and<br />

Alzheimer’s Society with a huge day of racing!<br />

Entry info and booking available at www.<br />

runwiganfestivals.co.uk<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Town Centre<br />

Mothers Day Flowers<br />

Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 24, 6:30pm-9pm<br />

Treat Mum to a flower workshop and make a<br />

gorgeous hand-tied bouquet with fresh and dried<br />

flowers. Tickets £40 at www.oliveowl.co.uk<br />

Posthouse, Orrell Road, Orrell, WN5 8NB<br />

Aladdin<br />

Thurs, <strong>March</strong> 26 - Sat, <strong>March</strong> 28, 7pm (2:30pm<br />

Saturday matinee)<br />

Trinity Players present family panto Aladdin. Tickets<br />

£7.50 per adult, £5 per child on 01695 624893.<br />

Trinity United Reformed Church, Milton Grove,<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 2PG<br />

Come & Sing<br />

Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 28, 1:30pm-8:30pm,<br />

Join the Standish Chorale singing Handel’s Messiah<br />

parts 2 and 3! Admission £10 per singer, then £8-£10<br />

per audience member or £2 for students, bookable<br />

on 07989 142686 or dotawalsh@blueyonder.co.uk<br />

<strong>Wigan</strong> Memorials Talk<br />

Thursday, April 2, 1pm-2pm<br />

David Long presents an illustrated talk on the lost<br />

and existing war memorials across <strong>Wigan</strong>. Entry £3<br />

including hot drinks, bookable on 01942 828128.<br />

Museum of <strong>Wigan</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, Library St, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN1 1NU<br />

Easter Eggstravaganza<br />

Saturday, April 4, 10am-2pm<br />

New members very welcome at this event by Orrell<br />

Eggcrafters! There’ll be an egg competition and<br />

Faberge eggs for sale, plus cakes and refreshments.<br />

More info on 01942 216552.<br />

St. Luke’s Parish Hall, Lodge Road, Orrell, WN5 7AT<br />

Great British Dog Walk<br />

Saturday, April 4, 10am-4pm<br />

Raise money and awareness for Hearing Dogs on a<br />

4.5km or 8km dog walk! Meet the dogs, enjoy tea<br />

and cake, and have some 4-legged fun! Entry £10<br />

on Eventbrite or 01844 348100, or £12 on the day.<br />

Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Lane, <strong>Wigan</strong>,<br />

WN2 1PE<br />

Afternoon Tea<br />

Sunday, April 5, 12:30pm-4pm<br />

Fundraise for More Than Words CIC and enjoy cakes,<br />

sandwiches and hot drinks! There’ll be free bingo<br />

games, plus entertainment, a raffle and tombola.<br />

BYO alcohol. Tickets £10 on 01942 735426.<br />

The Edge, Riveredge, <strong>Wigan</strong>, WN3 5AB<br />

Digital Maker Station<br />

Thursday, April 9, 11am-4pm<br />

A creative and crafty day of digital curiosities, filled<br />

with free activities to drop in and get involved in.<br />

Billinge Library, Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7HA<br />

St. Wilfrid’s Church, Rectory Ln, Standish, WN6 0JT


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Sandstone<br />

Trail<br />

by Chris Pearce<br />

Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Medium/Hard<br />

A head for heights and a sure-footed nature are<br />

necessary for this 7-mile walk which, in parts, follows<br />

part of Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail. The Trail stretches<br />

for 34 miles through Cheshire, it has been voted by<br />

ITV viewers as one Britain’s Favourite Walks, and it’s<br />

easy to see why. On the first half of the walk there are<br />

a couple of flights of steep steps to navigate, which<br />

are set in the sandstone cliffs, and some breath-taking<br />

sheer drops, but you also need to be aware of lots of<br />

protruding tree roots and random sandstone rocks.<br />

Park up at the free car park off Simons Lane (WA6<br />

6HQ) near Frodsham – look for the phone masts.<br />

At the entrance to the car park turn left and follow<br />

Simons Lane downhill until you see a bungalow<br />

(Overhill) and turn left up the shared driveway/<br />

footpath.<br />

Follow the footpath right up to and over the<br />

driveway to a care home (Heathercliffe), and carry<br />

on down a wooded path downhill. Once you reach<br />

Bellemonte Road, turn right and turn left when you<br />

reach the Bellemonte pub.<br />

Look out for the footpath sign on the right and<br />

follow this down into a wooden area. You’re faced<br />

with a fork almost immediately and you need to<br />

bear left. You’ll pass a Frodsham Hill Wood sign<br />

and straight after a fingerpost; head for Delamere/<br />

Beeston and carry on in that direction on the ridge<br />

of the wooden area, ignoring various turn offs<br />

(including one uphill for the Sandstone Trail).<br />

Tantalising glimpses of the Mersey coastline appear<br />

through the trees as you follow the path, and<br />

uninterrupted view are far and few between at this<br />

time of year. Shortly after passing Alf and Grace’s<br />

bench you’ll arrive at a fingerpost, go down the<br />

wooden stairway and then you’ll come to a fork;<br />

bear left if you want to clamber down some very


Lane<br />

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For those with the OS Maps<br />

app on your desktop, mobile<br />

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

JT-Sandstone-Trail<br />

JT-Worsaw-Hill<br />

Netherton<br />

Overton<br />

A56<br />

Overton<br />

Hill<br />

P<br />

Beacon Hill<br />

Simons Lane<br />

Fivecrosses<br />

Woodhouses<br />

Woodhouse<br />

Hill<br />

Higher Mickledale<br />

Farm<br />

Arboretum<br />

Dobers<br />

Manley Road<br />

Newton<br />

Cliff Farm<br />

Bushells Lane<br />

Kingswood


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steep and large steps set in the sandstone cliffs or<br />

carry straight on if you want to go the much safer<br />

route and follow the path down two flights of metal<br />

steps. Either way, you’ll arrive at another fingerpost<br />

and you should follow the sign to Delamere.<br />

A few yards further on you’ll cross a wooden bridge<br />

and come to sign number 596, indicating you<br />

need to climb up the steep cliff steps on the right<br />

(towards Whitchurch). Once you’ll get to the top,<br />

you’ll be by the 10th hole of Frodsham Golf Club.<br />

Follow the path until you come to another bench,<br />

this one dedicated to David Nicholls.<br />

At this point the Sandstone Trail itself weaves uphill,<br />

but instead carry on in the same direction until<br />

the wood opens up somewhat, and look out for a<br />

½ fingerpost sign; take a 90 degree left turn here<br />

and, when you come to a ‘proper tree’ sign, bear left<br />

uphill and when you arrive at the next fork, bear<br />

right staying on somewhat level ground.<br />

Once you arrive at the next fingerpost, take a<br />

90-degree right turn and follow the Sandstone<br />

Trail all the way downhill for over ½ mile until you<br />

reach The Ridgeway Road. Turn left uphill for 150<br />

yards and once you arrive at the Ridgeway Country<br />

Holiday Park, look for the footpath opposite. Climb<br />

up the steps of the footpath, then more steps<br />

downhill and bear left when you reach a brook<br />

follow the path parallel to the brook and cross the<br />

wooden footbridge a little further on.


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Take the path uphill and follow the path round the<br />

edge of the woods, bearing left until you reach<br />

Commonside. Cross over and, after a short climb<br />

up the hill, you’re following a footpath on the edge<br />

of more woodland. You’ll take a newly created<br />

diversion round Austerson Old Hall and arrive at a<br />

single-track road (Yarrangall Green), turn left and<br />

then turn left again when you get to the main<br />

Manley Road. Follow this busy-ish road uphill for<br />

250 yards and then turn right down a track to Claim<br />

Farm. Once you reach the dog-leg bend to the right,<br />

take a 90-degree left turn, go through the gate and<br />

head along the side of field.<br />

Once you’ve crossed a track/gallops, bear right<br />

slightly and follow the overgrown path round the<br />

left-hand side of this field uphill towards a house<br />

in the distance. Once you’ve reached the road,<br />

cross and head up Bushells Lane until you reach a<br />

staggered crossroads; turn left up Waterloo Lane.<br />

At the end of Waterloo Lane, take a right turn. At the<br />

back end of a slight right-hand bend, you’ll need to<br />

take a track on the left and head up towards the<br />

ridge. Once you reach the next crossroads, take a<br />

left and follow the track past a covered reservoir<br />

until you reach Manley Road. Turn right and look for<br />

a gate built into the hedge approximately 250 yards<br />

on the left-hand side.<br />

Take the path which cuts diagonally through a field<br />

until you reach the driveway to Higher Mickledale<br />

Farm. Go straight across the driveway to another<br />

path and follow in same direction all the way to<br />

Simons Lane. Turn left and walk uphill; you’ll see<br />

the car park from where you started the walk on the<br />

right-hand side.<br />

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear<br />

whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure<br />

that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial<br />

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to<br />

any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions<br />

resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


76 Gardening<br />

“It’s time... time to make<br />

a change”<br />

Award Winner<br />

by Angie Barker<br />

Do you remember that song “It’s Time” from the<br />

early nineties by the Winans? (Hubby doesn’t.<br />

But then he preferred Pat Boone to Elvis so its<br />

hardly surprising). It came to mind the other<br />

day when I was looking at our garden and<br />

wondering whether I should change the shape<br />

of our lawn. It has been a circular shape from<br />

the start of the garden when we moved in<br />

fourteen years ago and having the need to<br />

replace a path running off it, I wondered if it<br />

created an opportunity for a new approach.<br />

It often happens in gardening that what sometimes<br />

appears to be a disaster can actually lead to<br />

something better. A case in point is Monty Don’s<br />

treasured Box hedge falling subject to Box Blight, it<br />

turned out to be a chance for him to turn his borders<br />

into a space for grasses which he now loves.<br />

Take a good look at your garden and assess what<br />

is working well for you and what needs to go. Are<br />

those old Lavender plants that have been there for<br />

years now looking past their best? We think nothing<br />

of updating our décor in the house, painting a room<br />

a new colour for example so we should be more<br />

open to the prospect of making changes in our<br />

outdoor rooms. Just imagine the possibilities if that<br />

overgrown Conifer hedge was removed to make<br />

way for a new planting scheme filled with light and<br />

colour. Imagine the wildlife you could attract into<br />

your garden if you made part of your border into a<br />

pond...<br />

A great way to pick up ideas and view your garden<br />

with fresh eyes is to visit other gardens. There are<br />

lots of opportunities in our neck of the woods, from<br />

group openings by local gardeners, to the National<br />

Garden Scheme and RHS gardens and spring is the<br />

perfect time to visit.<br />

Another lyric from the song is “what we need is<br />

a little bit of love” - a lovely sentiment and one<br />

perhaps we should be applying to our gardens (and<br />

Hubby of course).<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 />

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(Inst GD) BA (Hons)<br />

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Mob: 07857 008 383<br />

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All aspects of Landscaping<br />

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Quality work & reliability<br />

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• Landscape design & implementation<br />

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

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7 cars you can finance<br />

for less than a weekly shop<br />

Motoring 81<br />

The average weekly shop is about £60,<br />

so what cars are available for less than £240 per month?<br />

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what a good<br />

deal looks like, especially when it comes to financing<br />

a car. There are so many things to take into account,<br />

such as the mystery of depreciation and the difference<br />

between finance deals.<br />

So, to give some context, we decided to look at<br />

cars that cost less than the average weekly shop,<br />

something most people don’t even give a second<br />

thought to spending. New figures suggest that<br />

the average family spend £60 per week, or £240<br />

per month on food and drink – but what cars are<br />

available with that budget in mind?<br />

Each of these deals is based on a personal contract<br />

hire (PCH) deal, commonly referred to as leasing.<br />

This generally means you pay an initial rental or<br />

deposit plus your monthly fee to essentially rent a<br />

vehicle, and it usually includes servicing. At the end<br />

of the agreement – often between two and four<br />

years – you hand the keys back with no extra to pay,<br />

assuming it’s in good condition and you’ve kept to<br />

the pre-agreed annual mileage limits, of course.<br />

The prices here are just a guide, too – you can<br />

often increase the monthly payment with a smaller<br />

deposit, or pay more upfront to cut the monthly fees.<br />

Volvo S90<br />

£229.55 per month x47<br />

Initial rental: £2,065.95<br />

Additional fees: £360<br />

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a<br />

Total over 48 months: £13,214.80<br />

If you’re looking for a fairly large executive saloon<br />

that looks good and drives great – but don’t want<br />

a predictable BMW or Mercedes-Benz – look no<br />

further. The Volvo S90 has everything you could<br />

look for, from a sophisticated road presence to<br />

excellent on-board technology.<br />

There are also great value leasing deals to be had<br />

– providing you don’t mind keeping your mileage<br />

fairly low. But if you don’t drive too far, just over<br />

£13,000 across four years for a Volvo S90 is good<br />

value.<br />

Offers correct at time of writing<br />

and are subject to change.


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Skoda Superb<br />

£212.31 per month x35<br />

Initial rental: £1,910.79<br />

Additional fees: £298.80<br />

Mileage limit: 8,000p/a<br />

Total over 36 months: £9,640.44<br />

If the Volvo is a little too pricey or you can’t quite<br />

keep below that mileage limit, the Skoda Superb<br />

makes a fantastic alternative. It’s well-equipped<br />

and has tonnes of space inside, making it perfectly<br />

practical for most families – and unless you’re really<br />

looking for top-end quality it’s perfectly decent to<br />

be inside . You can save almost £3,000 over the Volvo<br />

over the term of the lease, and have less restrictions<br />

on distance you travel for good measure.<br />

DS 3 Crossback<br />

£134.79 per month x17<br />

Initial rental: £1,213.11<br />

Additional fees: £99<br />

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a<br />

Total over 18 months: £3,603.54<br />

This deal feels like one of the best in this list. The DS<br />

3 Crossback is a new crossover from the premium<br />

French brand, sporting quirky styling and efficient<br />

powertrains. However, it doesn’t quite have the<br />

same brand cache as other premium rivals, so prices<br />

tend to be a touch lower.<br />

You can get a fantastic deal on this model at the<br />

moment, even paying just one month upfront.<br />

Hyundai Ioniq Electric<br />

£237.03 per month x23<br />

Initial rental: £1,422.18<br />

Additional fees: £199<br />

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a<br />

Total over 24 months: £7,072.87<br />

One of the prohibitive factors when it comes to<br />

electric vehicle ownership tends to be price, but this<br />

leasing deal proves that you can get a good, practical<br />

EV with a decent range at an affordable price.<br />

The up-front cost isn’t too prohibitive, and at less<br />

than £240 per month it’s reasonably priced. When<br />

you factor in the savings from not having to pay for<br />

petrol or diesel, and it makes a lot of sense.<br />

Honda Civic<br />

£171.45 per month x47<br />

Initial rental: £1,028.70<br />

Additional fees: £360<br />

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a<br />

Total over 48 months: £9,446.85<br />

Not quite ready to take the plunge into full EV<br />

ownership like the Ioniq but want a great-to-drive<br />

small family car nonetheless? The Honda Civic is the<br />

car for you – assuming the styling doesn’t put you<br />

off of course.<br />

This price is for the low-powered 1.0-litre petrol<br />

admittedly, but it’s not dangerously slow and<br />

performs well once up to speed. The reward for<br />

dropping some accelerative oomph is one of the<br />

best handling cars in this segment.<br />

Nissan Qashqai<br />

£181.55 per month x47<br />

Initial rental: £1,089.30<br />

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a<br />

Total over 36 months: £9,622.15<br />

Family cars don’t get much more ubiquitous than<br />

the Qashqai. The original crossover from Nissan is<br />

available with some enticing finance deals right<br />

now, with a respectable mileage limit and wellspecified<br />

versions coming in below £200.<br />

You’re also saving almost £60 per month compared<br />

with your monthly shop, meaning you can treat<br />

yourself to some wine or sugary snacks instead…<br />

Seat Ibiza<br />

£135.41 per month x47<br />

Initial payment: £1,218.69<br />

Mileage limit: 8,000 p/a<br />

Total cost for 48-month contract: £7,582.96<br />

The supermini market is booming, so it’s no<br />

surprise to see that you can pick up a Seat Ibiza at a<br />

competitive price, as the Spanish firm does its best<br />

to stand out in the market. Its hatchback is popular<br />

for good reason, sporting Volkswagen Group build<br />

quality in a more fun and stylish package.<br />

If you’re looking for a less predictable rival to<br />

something like a Fiesta without compromising on<br />

quality, the Ibiza is a fantastic bet.


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Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,<br />

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

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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 />

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

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

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

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

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

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

every step of the way and on that you have my word! 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 />

A5209<br />

B5250<br />

Open:<br />

Dennis Goulding<br />

J27<br />

Shevington<br />

A49<br />

Standish<br />

Wind Turbines<br />

Heat Pumps<br />

LED Lighting<br />

.and general<br />

Energy Savings<br />

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

Wrightington, WN6 9RS<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 />

TwinLakesMotorEngineers<br />

and we’ l provide you with a<br />

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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 />

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