Local Life - Wigan - March 2020


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Wigan Edition March 2020

A Brighter Orrell

Page 14

Forgotten Buildings:

Winstanley Hall

Pages 34-36

WIN a Luxury Spa

Day for Two

Pages 70-71

Jack’s Tracks:

Sandstone Trail

Pages 72-75

Local News Motoring Jack’s Tracks Health Events2Go Home Services


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4 Local Life

Like many who have waved off kids into

adulthood, me and the wife have become

accustomed to nipping off for a European

city break. So far though, 2020 has been a flightfree


We saw in the New Year in the Peak District, enjoyed

a minibreak in Ireland recently, and with trips to

the Highlands and to Wales scheduled for summer,

2020 will be the first time we’ve holidayed in all four

home nations in a single year.

With the notable exception of LJLA, I hate airports

with a passion anyway and the thought of flying

in a metal tube with a few hundred other souls

who may or may not be carrying Covid-19 isn’t an

attractive one right now.

And whilst swapping the sun-kissed beaches of

the Med for windswept beaches of mid-Wales, and

forgoing cocktails in the Caribbean for the distilleries

of the Highlands might not be to everyone’s taste,

we’re going to give it our best shot!

Chris Pearce, Publisher


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This month’s highlights

70. Win a Luxury Spa Day for Two


30. Puzzle Pages

Try these brainteasers for size.

40. Home Products

It’s time for a spring clean.

60. Recipes

Pâté and a very berry cheesecake!

62. Health Section

Health service or half service?

67. Events2Go

14. A Bright Future 34. Save Winstanley Hall

Fundraisers to festivals.

70. Competition

Win a luxury spa day for two.

76. Gardening

Time to make a change?

72. Jack’s Tracks: Sandstone Trail

81. Motoring

Cheap car finance options.

84. Home Services

Find a local trader for you.

40. Clean for Spring

52. Scottish Highlands

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Advertising deadline - 11th March

Published - 25th March

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6 News & Features

Orrell Eggcrafters

The local guild of Eggcrafters is hosting an Easter

eggstravaganza in April, and new members are very

welcome to attend.

Orrell Eggcrafters specialise in decorating eggs of all

kinds, and what better time to celebrate such a craft

than Easter? There’ll be Faberge-style eggs for sale at

the event, along with the hosting of a members’ egg

competition, plus a cake stall and light refreshments.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 4 from

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

For more information, call 01942 216552.

Event Fund Launches

A new events fund is open for applications across the

Wigan borough.

Part of the Our Town campaign to celebrate the UK’s

diverse mix of towns and communities, the Our Town

Events Fund asks for bids for celebratory events

which will increase civic pride and promote social

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The project comes as a result of the Big Listening

Project hosted by Wigan Council last year, and will

support small scale events. Organisers must be

able to show what a positive impact their event will

have on the local community, and the deadline for

applications is Monday, March 30.

To apply, visit www.wigan.gov.uk/ourtown

Lent Lunches

Enjoy delicious lunches for Lent with the Orrellbased

St. Luke’s Mothers Union.

Every Thursday from February 27th until April 9th, go

along to St. Luke’s Parish Hall on Lodge Road to enjoy

a bowl of soup with crusty bread and cheese, plus a

hot drink, for £3.50 per person. Lunch is served from

12pm-1:30pm each Thursday.

For more information, call Jane on 07771 703004 or

email janewilkinson70@outlook.com

People for Pensioners

Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link is looking for

volunteers to help support older people in the


The organisation runs various services including a

library book delivery scheme, a shopping service

and a Homesafe programme, ensuring pensioners

return home from hospital safely. The scheme also

helps reduce loneliness and isolation in the local

area, as well as making it easier for those who can’t

leave their homes to access vital public services.

If you can give even one hour per month of your

time, get in touch on 01942 261753.

Bowling Boost

The new crown green bowls season commences in

April at the YMCA Bowling Green in Orrell.

New members are encouraged to come along

and see what the club is all about; afterwards,

membership costs £22 per season.

For more information, head over to the club on

Winstanley Road or call Brian on 01695 622138.



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Food for Life

A brand new intergenerational project is coming to

Wigan to help reduce isolation in the community.

Food for Life Get Togethers are teaming up with Age

UK Wigan Borough to help connect people through

good food. Volunteers of all ages will visit isolated

older people in the community and cook a

meal with them, or bring a freshly cooked

meal to share. Volunteers can also help

older people grow their own produce, and

partner with local schools to help do so.

200,000 older people go over a month without

chatting to a friend or family member – something

the Food for Life scheme wants to help combat.

For more information or to sign up to be a volunteer,

email kpage@soilassociation.org

The project comes thanks to funding

from the National Lottery Community

Fund, and will be essential in encouraging

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Shakespeare Show

Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night combines love,

ambition, betrayal, deceit and cross-dressing in

one hilarious play – and it’s coming to Wigan Little

Theatre. Follow twins Viola and Sebastian, who are

separated by a shipwreck and begin a farce of falling

in love while in disguise.

Performances run from Wednesday, February 26

until Saturday, March 7, every evening at 7:30pm.

Tickets range from £10-£12 and are bookable on

01942 242561 or at www.wiganlittletheatre.co.uk

VE Day

It’s the 75th anniversary of VE Day in May and Wigan

Council are hosting a special two-day VE Day event

in Mesnes Park on 8th and 9th May.

If you have a military vehicle or a classic vehicle from

the period and you’d like to showcase it at the event,

then please contact John Harker MBE at Wigan

Council on 01942 827584 or j.harker@wigan.gov.uk

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Parbold Heritage Week

Parbold Library is holding a special heritage event

from Tuesday, March 10 until Saturday, March 14.

An exhibition of old photographs of Parbold will

be on display in the library throughout the week,

with plenty of other special events lined up. On the

Tuesday, artist in residence Peter Bourne will discuss

Parbold Through the Ages, and Paul Mackenzie will

lead visitors in some historic railway songs. You’ll

also have the opportunity to try your hand at rag


Wednesday 11th will welcome Carole Wareing

from the Wool Boat for some canal-themed crafts,

and visitors can see some local videos from along

the waterway. Then, on Thursday at 1:30pm Martin

Jones presents his talk ‘The Man Who Shod

War Horses’, with coffee and cakes available

at 2pm.

Finally, Friday sees local historian Judith

Dawber lead a Parbold Q&A with a

slideshow at 2pm, before the Newburgh

Morris Dancers display their skills on

Saturday at 10am.

The week promises to be a thorough

exploration into the village’s history – go

along to the library to celebrate all things


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New Band Launched

A new wind band has launched in Up Holland, and

new members are always welcome!

The Up Holland Community Band rehearses every

Thursday at St. Thomas the Martyr Church on Church

Street, beginning at 7:30pm. If you can read music

and play a brass or woodwind instrument to around

Grade 2 standard or above, the band wants you!

For more information, call 07906 234593 or email


A Proper Panto

Trinity Players present Aladdin & His Wonderful

Lamp later this month, in a pantomime penned

by Peter Denyer. Head to old Peking where rags

become riches, true love is tested and it takes more

than three wishes to get a happy ending.

Performances take place from Thursday, March 26

until Saturday, March 28 at 7pm each evening, with

a 2:30pm matinee on the Saturday. The play takes

place at Trinity United Reformed Church on Milton

Grove. Tickets cost £7.50 per adult and £5 per child,

and are bookable from Joyce on 01695 624893.

Golf Taster

Enjoy a free taster day at Wigan Golf Club at Arley

Hall on Sunday, March 8 from 11am-3pm! Whether

you’re a beginner or an experienced golfer, everyone

is welcome to sample 6 holes of the course, try the

indoor golf simulator or practice your putting!

To book your place, call 01257 421360.


Hearing Dogs at Haigh

A special walking event takes

place in aid of hearing dogs in

the borough next month.

The Great British Dog Walk

takes place on Saturday, April

4, and is a great excuse for

people of all ages to get out

and about to explore their local


Come along, bring your fourlegged

friends, and enjoy a

4.5km family route or the longer

8km route to raise money and

awareness for a vital service for

deaf people in Wigan.

Hearing dogs can help change

lives, as Sheila from Ashton-in-Makerfield found

out. ‘My hearing dog Oliver is my ears, alerting

me every day to important sounds that I would

normally miss, like the alarm clock, oven timer

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St Helens Valuation Days

4th Wednesday of Every Month

St Thomas Church, Peter Street, WA10 2EB

9.30 – 12 noon

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Wigan Valuation Days

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and in an emergency, the smoke alarm. Oliver also

provides lots of emotional support, helps me to feel

less isolated and really breaks the ice while out and

about, as his burgundy jacket tells people I have

hearing loss.’

It takes approximately £25,000 to train just one

hearing dog, and walking in the Great British Dog

Walk can help achieve that target. There’ll also be

opportunities to meet a hearing dog, enjoy tea

and cake, and have your pooch compete in agility

courses and a fun dog show.




Entry costs £10 in advance on Eventbrite or

£12 on the gate, with under-16s going free. All

accompanying dogs receive a free bandana with

adult entry.

If you raise more than £50 through sponsorship,

you and your dog will receive a special certificate to

mark the achievement. Registration opens at 10am.

For more information about the event, visit www.


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

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

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A Bright


By Jess Phillips

A new community group has launched in

Orrell to help arrange litter picks, tidy the local

area and generally make Orrell a better place

to live.

A Brighter Better Orrell was first launched as

a Facebook group in January this year, and

now has more than 300 people backing

it online. Established by Orrell residents

Gill Eyre, Julie Ryder and Sarah Lowndes,

members have already banded together to

clean up areas like Orrell Park, Winstanley

Road and more.

‘We wanted to start the group firstly

because Orrell has a lot to celebrate!’ Gill

says. ‘Great work has been done by the

Friends of Orrell Station and Greenslate

Farm, but we were disappointed by the

amount of litter in the local area and wanted to

change that. We’ve had a great response so far,

getting organisations like SKILS CIC involved in the


A Brighter Better Orrell forms the final point in a

triangle of groups operating in the area, the others

being the Orrell Blog, keeping people updated on

local events, and Orrell Neighbourhood Watch,

which helps alert residents to crime in the area. The

action group hopes to get people more engaged

with their environment and encourage them to

help take better care of their surroundings.

‘We’re also installing planters around Orrell for

businesses or families to sponsor and look after,’

Gill tells me. Families can grow their own seeds in

each planter and see them bloom later in the year

to help brighten up the streets, as well as having the

responsibility of something to care for throughout

the seasons. A Brighter Better Orrell also hopes

to give talks to local schools to educate pupils

on the importance of looking out for the local


The group is also working to restore an old

blacksmith’s anvil currently being stored by

Wigan Council to a site at The Grapes in Orrell, to

commemorate the area’s industrial heritage. It

is hoped the monument will be surrounded by

colourful planters.

Orrell resident Richard Graham was impressed

by the work the group has been carrying out,

commenting: ‘[The] community response has

been nothing short of fantastic. Keep up the great

effort everyone and encourage family, friends,

neighbours [and] kids to join in.’

The group is also hosting weekly litter picks every

Sunday at 4pm, as well as occasional Saturdays

from 10am. If you’d like to get involved show up

on the day, get in touch via Facebook or email




People’s Plaques

Blue plaques can be found all across the country

to commemorate geographical locations and

their links to famous people, events or former

buildings. This month’s plaque can be found close

to Cricket Street Business Park, a stone’s throw

away from Robin Park. An ode to Wigan’s sporting

ties, the plaque celebrates Wigan RLFC’s first ever

home game, when they drew 0-0 with Tyldesley at

Prescott Street in the Northern Union.

Wigan made its Cricket Club a temporary home for

the rugby team before they moved into Springfield

Park in 1901 and then to Central Park a year later.

The game took place on September 28th, 1895,

just after the game of Rugby League was officially

created at a meeting in Huddersfield in August

that year. Talks took place at the George Hotel, and

resulted in 22 clubs breaking away from the Rugby


Football Union (RFU) to form the Northern Union,

the first ever semi-professional rugby football game

which formed the foundation for modern-day

Rugby League.

Near this site on 28th September 1895,

Wigan played their first home game

under the rules of Rugby League

(then known as the Northern Union)

Wigan v Tyldesley

22 blue plaques were installed across the country,

at the sites of all the original Northern Union

grounds, to mark the 120th anniversary of the

game’s conception in 2015. Wigan’s plaque was

unveiled by former fullback Kris Radlinksi.


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Cash up for Grabs

Wigan Rotary Club is again looking to donate cash

to local community groups with a ‘Dragons Den’

style event. Following the success of the last few

years, local groups based in postcode areas WN1,

WN3, WN5, WN6 are invited to submit their request.

Following an initial consideration, the groups

selected will be invited to put their case to ‘The

Dragons’ in a three-minute presentation.

Last year’s groups, ranging from Over 60’s groups to

Mother and Toddler groups entered ‘The Den’ and

came away with a donation.

Full details and an application form are

available either by going to the website www.

wiganrotaryclub.org.uk or by ringing 07813 471000.

The closing date for entries is 17th April 2020.

Wigan Rotary Club President Mervyn

Reeves said ‘I am sure there are local groups

in the Wigan area who could really use a

donation of a few hundred pounds to help

them with a project or event they wish to

undertake. Last year twelve groups were

successful, but the Dragons unfortunately

had to decline a number of applications.’

Bids from a few hundred pounds

up to £1,000 can be considered and

Mervyn continued ‘We don’t expect the

presentation to come from a person

trained in public speaking, we want to

hear from members of the group who are

looking for the money.

Looking for funds

for your community group?

Funding for community groups is now

available from Wigan Rotary Club.

Bids of up to £1,000 are welcomed from community groups

based in the WN1, WN3, WN5 & WN6 areas

Closing date: Friday 17th April 2020

For further details and an application form, visit

www.wiganrotaryclub.org.uk or call Phil on 07813 471 000





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Charity Dinner

A special dinner takes place this month at Gathurst

Golf Club in Shevington, to help raise money for a

Parbold mental health organisation.

Stable Lives believes in helping people who have

suffered from trauma or PTSD through equestrian

and land-based activities, offering a safe, calm space

for them to reconnect with society and their family.

Activities can help to boost self-esteem and improve

confidence through working with horses who have

been mentally and physically neglected.

The charity dinner takes place on Saturday, March 21

at 6:30pm, including a delicious 4-course meal, live

entertainment, a raffle and a charity auction.

Tickets cost £30 per person, bookable on 07808

517857 or horrock481@btinternet.com

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news stories from the

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money for charity?

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talent, or have a claim to fame? If so, let us know

and you could be appearing in the next edition!

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If you are a residential Landlord, or indeed a Tenant,

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concerns a new obligation on Landlord’s relating to

electrical installations, and the follow-up that robust

penalties will result from non-compliance with the

new Regulations presently before Parliament.

As it currently stands, Landlords are only obliged to

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Energy Performance Certificate, as well as the

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The Landlord and Tenant Legislation can be a

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must be given one within 28 days;

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


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Post Office


After more than a year, Orrell is set to see its Post

Office service reinstated.

Orrell’s branch closed temporarily in September

2018 due to the resignation of its postmaster,

forcing the community to travel to Billinge or Kitt

Green to access postal services. Now the postmaster

from Burscough Bridge Post Office is helping to

reinstate a local service in Orrell.

The new service will operate out of Living Faith

Church on Church Street, and open every Tuesday

from 9am-12pm and every Thursday from 9:30am-


Michael Winstanley, councillor for the Orrell Ward,

commented: ‘All three Conservative Councillors for

Orrell are delighted at this announcement by the

Post Office that Orrell and Billinge residents will

once again have access to Post Office facilities.

‘We have campaigned for years for our local

residents to have access to these facilities ever since

the Post Office at Orrell Post closed in the early

2000s. It was a blow a couple of years ago when the

Post Office located on St. James Road was closed.

‘i know that this news will be welcomed by many

local residents who struggle to access services

especially online. It will also mean that residents

won’t have to make long trips into Wigan to go

to the Post Office. It is well documented that if

residents have access to these services then they

are all likely to spend money locally as well.’

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Don’t risk a £5,000 fine!

Landlords should already be aware of the legislation

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that all new and renewed private tenancy agreements

must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

rating of E or above, otherwise it would be illegal to

rent the property out (EPC ratings go A to G – A being

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Yet, from 1st April 2020, those rules will be extended

to also cover existing tenancies, meaning that

under the new legislation, properties with an EPC

rating of F or G will be classed as unrentable, and

that any landlord renting out an F or G rated homes

will be liable for a fine of £5,000.

There are still hundreds of Wigan homes such an

F-rating flats and will all be illegal to rent out by

April. Back in 2018, there was a loophole for Wigan

landlords of F & G rated rental homes on new

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property for five years if it cost them money - yet

back in April 2019 this exemption to improve rental

properties was removed – so they too are included

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Therefore, this means that landlords must use

their own cash to cover the cost of upgrading

their property to at least an EPC band E. Now this

requirement to upgrade the property is subject to

a spending cap of £3,500 (including VAT) for each

rental property, as landlords only need to spend

what they need to, to improve their property to EPC

rating E.

In cases where a landlord is unable to improve

their property to EPC rating E within the £3,500

cap, then they still need to spend their hard earned

cash and carry out the most appropriate measures

which can be installed up to the £3,500 cap, and

then register an exemption (with 3 quotes from 3

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relevant improvements have been installed and the

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properties, Victorian and Edwardian terraced

houses and converted flats, presently rated F under

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works and certainly less building work may be

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Forgotten Buildings:

Winstanley Hall

By Jess Phillips

Recent controversies concerning public access to

Haigh Hall have ruled local headlines over the past

year. Has this meant that other historic buildings

across Wigan going unnoticed as time and the

elements come once again to claim them? One such

building is Winstanley Hall; derelict since 2000. With

groups like Save Winstanley Hall, Historic England

and SAVE Britain’s Heritage getting behind the Hall’s

restoration, one question remains: is it too late?

The building’s illustrious history speaks for itself.

The Winstanley family, who had been lords of

the manor since at least the mid-13th century,

constructed the Hall in the mid-1560s. The 80-room

mansion was only occupied by Edmund and Alice

Winstanley for around 30 years, after which London

goldsmith James Bankes purchased the property

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

Made up of a main 3-storey manor house with a

raised front entrance and symmetrical wings, plus

a stable building, the Hall was altered in the 17th

century, then again in the 18th century. During this

remodel, the rear block was raised to match the

full height of the house, the ground floor windows

replaced, and a canted bay added to the left wing.

Later, in 1811, celebrated architect Lewis Wyatt

created a 4-storey tower and carried out alterations

to the front entrance. The iconic Neptune fountain

was finally added to the courtyard in 1830,

commissioned by William Spence, a noted sculptor

from Liverpool.

In 1855, tragedy befell the Hall in the form of a

string of deaths. Estate manager Thomas Shortrede,

who was in charge of the day-to-day running of

Winstanley Hall, had allegedly been having an affair

with a local mason’s wife, Mrs. Atherton. After news

spread about the lovers, Shortrede’s wife was found

drowned in the estate’s well; apparently a suicide.

Further devastation came when Mrs. Atherton

hanged herself, scarred from the scandal. In August

that year, Thomas Shortrede was found dead in the

Hall from a gunshot wound to the head – people

speculated that he might have brought the gun onto

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future for good.

Established in 2009 by Lee Hynes, the

Save Winstanley Hall group has been

campaigning to secure the Hall’s future

for nearly eleven years. Now local

resident Rob Stevenson is leading the


the property to shoot rats and slipped while holding

it; others claimed he felt guilty over the deaths of his

wife and lover and shot himself on purpose.

During World War I, Winstanley Hall served as

accommodation for wounded soldiers under the

banner of the British Red Cross, with the permission

of G.H. Bankes. Soldiers used the Hall and its grounds

for training exercise, with the Royal Engineers and

6th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment staying

over. In World War II it was home to the Women’s

Auxiliary Air Force until a group of squatters moved

in, comprised of around 20 local homeless families

who lost their houses to the bombs.

Winstanley Hall remained in the Bankes family

for nearly 400 years, until Tim Bankes sold it to

Dorbcrest Homes in 2000. Though a planning

application was submitted to turn the Hall into

flats back in 2003, it was quickly withdrawn due to

opposition, and now what was once a proud family

home has sadly become a shadow of its former

self. In 2015 a £170,000 supporting grant allowed

urgent repairs to be made to the stable

building, but progress since has been


‘I grew up in Highfield,’ Rob tells me,

‘so a lot of my childhood was spent

playing in Winstanley Woods, which

were part of the estate. This was really

what inspired me to get involved in the

campaign – I think it would be an absolute travesty

if an area that could be used as a community space

was lost.’

Rob has since been in contact with Dorbcrest

Homes and Wigan Council, with the hopes of

getting information from inspection reports and an

options appraisal for the Hall, so he can evaluate the

most sensible course of action.

‘Ideally, it would be great to set up a Trust to help

repair the Hall. This could mean using some of the

outbuildings for commercial purposes and some

for community spaces – profits would go back into

funding repairs,’ he explains. This could mean Wigan

Council obtaining a compulsory purchase order for

the Hall, with minimum compensation paid to its

owners because of the state of the building and the

extent of necessary repairs.

‘The local community is really missing a family area

– a nice park to go for walks or for kids to play in,

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

also love to see the gardens turned into community

Surrounded by tangled weeds, the

building’s ancient rural charm is still

evident – but the grand exterior hides

a decaying ruin suspended in time.

The Grade-II* listed Hall is a Category

A risk on the Historic England register;

it is at immediate risk of further rapid

deterioration. But there’s one Wigan

group looking to change the Hall’s


restrictions of the site.

allotments for local schools to grow produce.’

Group founder Lee Hynes, meanwhile, would like

to see the Hall transformed into a hotel or highend

restaurant. ‘In reality it’s more likely to become

apartments,’ Lee says, ‘but anything will do as long as

it does not fall down. To me the Hall represents the

grandeur and importance of what Wigan once was.’

Winstanley Councillor Paul Kenny commented:

‘Winstanley Hall is very much a treasure that must

be protected and retained. Its deterioration is a

matter of deep concern for many people.

‘I appreciate that decisions on the future

development of the site are difficult and that any

scheme that comes forward must be financially

viable. I also believe that a future planning application

would prove to be extremely controversial given the

Grade II* listing and may deliver objections from

key stakeholders like Historic England. However,

given the public interest I believe now is the time

for Dorbcrest to set out its vision for the Hall in light

of the options appraisal’.

The Council confirmed to Paul that no

pre-application talks have been held

since the options appraisal report was

received by Dorbcrest.

‘The hall has suffered from severe

dilapidation for over 60 years. We have

spent considerable time and money

on stabilising the courtyard and hall to

limit deterioration and recently a new

options appraisal has been completed

in conjunction with Wigan MBC,

Historic England and the wider land

owner Tim Bankes. Within it a number

of restoration options are tabled. The

heritage deficit for these options still

runs into tens of millions of pounds – we are still

working on viable solutions and investigating our

options further.’

With such an illustrious heritage in the Wigan

borough, Winstanley Hall is undoubtedly an integral

piece of local history, albeit one that has fallen out

of the public eye. It would be a tragedy indeed if the

years continue to go by without intervention – and

a great loss to the surrounding community.

A Change.org petition started by Rob Stevenson

is helping to boost awareness and engagement

with the Hall’s future, which already has more than

1,700 signatures. You can sign it here: www.change.


Thanks go to David Bancroft Photography for

supplying aerial images.

Urban explorers such as Snake Oil UE and Proj3ct

M4yh3m have documented the Hall’s current state

in a series of photographs and blogs; Google if

you’re interested in seeing some up-to-date images

of the interior.

A spokesperson for Dorbcrest Homes

commented: ‘Since 2003 we have

tried various resolution strategies

and submitted schemes for planning

permission to restore Winstanley Hall

to no avail due to the complexities

of the project and the considerable


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A special Family Service takes place on Sunday,

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followed by a raffle and refreshments in the church

hall. Finally, at 6pm on the Sunday, join a special

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Choral Concert

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Haydn, directed by John Powell.

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dreamed of taking part in the voluntary Enliven

Mama scheme since high school, but knew getting

there would require plenty of hard work and


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to be part of something completely life-changing

for the villagers – and for me. I recently learned that

they’re currently using a single pocket dictionary

to teach an entire class English, so the

new library should help!’

but this will definitely be a new challenge.’

Along with the three hikes, Alana has already

hosted a fundraising bake sale at college and a

tombola stall at Wigan Christmas Fair last year.

She’s also hosting a Games Night on Friday, March

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a raffle with plenty of prizes. Tickets cost £5 and

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snacks for sale throughout the evening.

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of Ghana, to a village near Kumasi,

and get involved with establishing a

new library filled with books donated

by Orrell Book-Cycle, who will fill an

entire shipping container to send over.

Winstanley College are also providing

old computers to furnish the new

library. The two-week Enliven Mama

project will take place at the end of


Alana needs to fundraise a total of

£2000 to pay towards the charity work

and her own travel expenses – and to

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peaks along with her dog Ava, helped

along with her parents and friend Ruth.

‘We’re going to be climbing Scafell Pike,

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monthly Farmers’ Market packed with local produce

and delicious food.

Beginning on Saturday, March 8, the market will

take place on the second Sunday of the month from

11am-3pm. Since the closure of the nearby Rainford

Farmers’ Market, Greenslate saw the need for a

permanent event in Orrell, to help support the local

economy and environment.

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Take the

High Road

By Jess Phillips

Rugged mountain ranges, verdant grasslands and

unblemished lochs – the Scottish Highlands have

it all. With hidden castles and mysterious crags

around every corner, the best way to experience the

landscape is to go and explore it for yourself, just

as Birds of a Feather actress Lesley Joseph did on

Holidaying with Jane McDonald and Friends, opting

to tour the beautiful Loch Lomond, Fort William and


There’s no place better to get a feel for the

Highlands’ renowned natural beauty than Loch

Lomond and the surrounding Trossachs National

Park. Whether you’re setting up your tent for a

night in the wilderness or heading off to climb

the numerous Munroes for a better view of the

picturesque surroundings, there’s a huge variety of

activities and sights on offer. Start at Inchcailloch

Summit - a small island located on Loch Lomond

and accessible via boat; its woodland is a fantastic

place for wildlife spotting, while the island itself

offers unmarred views across the loch. If you’re

looking for a bit more of a challenge, try Ben More,

the highest Munro in the area at 1,174 metres tall.

Of course, there’s plenty more to do on the bonnie

banks of Loch Lomond after you’ve worn yourself

out walking. Pay a visit to the Birds of Prey Centre,

try kayaking or treat the kids to an adrenalinefuelled

day at the TreeZone Aerial Adventure course.

Gentle boat trips offer an exclusive view of the loch,

with expert guides on hand to provide insight on

the intricate workings of the waterways. Catch a

cruise from Balloch for spectacular introduction

to the southern section of the loch, or from Luss,

Tarbet or Inveruglas to explore the fjord-inspired

northern shores.


It is the nearby village of Tarbet

which provided a home base for

Lesley Joseph when she took a

Shearings coach break as part of

the Channel 5 show, ‘Holidaying

with Jane McDonald and Friends’.

The quiet hamlet is the ideal

location for traversing the local

landscape: just an hour’s drive

away is the bohemian culture

capital Glasgow; an hour in the

opposite direction you’ll find

Inveraray Castle. Built in the

1700s, the contemporary building

actually replaced the former 15th century castle,

and was inspired by designs from Vanbrugh, the

architect who designed Blenheim Palace. The castle

boasts four turrets with conical roofs in truly Gothic

fashion, which provided the perfect backdrop for a

shoot of Downton Abbey back in 2012. Visitors can

tour the castle’s interior and sweeping grounds,

including the Armoury Hall and China Turret –

so named for its extensive collection of Oriental


For a truly cinematic experience of the Highlands,

travelling by train is your best bet. The West Highland

Line travels from Glasgow to Oban, Fort William or

Mallaig, traversing a daunting landscape of rocky

precipices and untamed countryside. The train to

Mallaig passes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct – used for

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the Oban line skirts past the aptly named Loch Awe.

Single malt fans should disembark at Fort William

to sample locally distilled whisky at the Ben Nevis

Distillery. Established back in 1825, the venue

promises the perfect dram, ranging from single

to vatted malts. The distillery still uses pure water

from the mountain and locally sourced peat in its

processes, leaving the whisky’s quality down to the

fresh Scottish elements.

And Fort William has more than just whisky to offer.

Set in the shade of Scotland’s tallest mountain, the

quaint port town borders the eastern shore of Loch

Linnhe, and is dotted with historic ruins. See the

remains of its namesake 17th century fort and the

Old Inverlochy Castle to discover more about the

town’s heritage. Afterwards, why not take a breather

and soak up the town’s peaceful atmosphere? Fort

William’s waterfront is dotted with cosy B&Bs,

classic pubs and stylish restaurants, making it the

perfect place to wind down for a while.

While you’re there, visit Neptune’s Staircase: an

elaborate series of locks dating back to the early

19th century, with a sculpted path running parallel

for canal enthusiasts and keen walkers alike. It’s

quite breath-taking to stand at the bottom and

look up at the vast staircase, but you’ll also find a

convenient viewing platform on the second floor of

a neighbouring café halfway up for an alternative


Follow in Lesley Joseph’s famous footsteps or pave

your own way through the natural beauty of the

Highlands; whichever you choose, Scotland has

so many secrets to discover beyond the banks of its

many lochs. So ditch the plans to fly away this summer

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56 Legal & Finance


propels forward

After months of discussions, Standish-based financial

planners, Prosper Wealth Management, have secured

significant investment from Independent Wealth

Planners UK (IWP UK) as part of IWP’s national

expansion programme.

The change sees IWP UK take a major financial

stake in the company and plans are now in place

to expand Prosper’s reach across the North West as

IWP’s Lancashire and Manchester Hub.

The Prosper Wealth Management brand remains

and David Barton will continue as CEO along with

his current management team and staff.

David founded the Chartered Financial Planning

firm in 2003, and they now currently manage

funds in excess of £170 million for its 600 clients

in the Wigan and surrounding areas and have fee

income of circa £1.4m.

As those who read the financial press will testify,

Prosper Wealth Management is one of several

independent financial planners who have recently

come together within IWP to access greater

resources and infrastructure support.

IWP UK chief executive David Inglesfield said ‘’the

purchase, the firm’s sixth regional acquisition, was

a good fit for his business. The Prosper team have a

fantastic reputation within their local community and

I have every faith that they will do an excellent job in

growing our presence across the North West region.”

Prosper Wealth Management’s CEO David Barton

said “Prosper will continue to be run by its existing

management team, who, very importantly, will

retain an ownership stake in the business. As many

staff and clients know, I’ve always had a desire to

grow the business significantly and therefore the

funding and extra resource will now enable me to

fulfil these ambitions.”

David adds “Clients will not see any immediate

change in day-to-day dealings however they are

likely to spot new Prosper Wealth offices around the

North West as our expansion gathers momentum.

Whilst it’s exciting times ahead, our existing clients

will continue to enjoy the same high levels of

service however we anticipate developing new and

improved solutions that both our existing and new

clients will be able to access.’’

David Barton Prosper Wealth Mgt CEO

After spending the best part of

20 years within the banking and

investment sector, which concluded

with running an IFA business

owned by the Bank of Ireland,

David launched Prosper IFA in

2003. An associate of the Personal Finance Society

and a Chartered Financial Planner, David holds an

Advanced Diploma is financial planning in addition

to a specialist qualification in Long Term Care advice.

David Inglesfield IWP UK CEO

David has 30 years’ experience in

wealth management, in the UK and

internationally. He has expertise in

strategy development; business

build; and people and commercial

leadership. He has built and led

five wealth management businesses and has spent

much of his career in international markets. David

holds the PFS Diploma and the STEP trust and

estate planning Diploma.

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


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58 Business View

Top TaxTips

by Chris Alcock - CMA Accountancy

For businesses and individuals

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

Tips for Business Owners

Capital Allowances – Prior to your year end,

maximise your capital expenditure and claim 100%

tax relief via the Annual Investment Allowance

Contribute to a Pension – Contributions are

efficient for the company and the directors.

Company contributions attract corporation tax

relief and individuals can claim relief from income

tax and N.I.

Research & Development Grants – Broadly

speaking, your company can claim an additional

130% tax deduction on qualifying R&D costs if it

undertook an R&D project that seeks to achieve an

advance in overall knowledge or capability.

Ensure you claim the Employers Allowance –

Small businesses are eligible to claim up to £3,000

towards their employers N.I., but it needs to be

claimed each tax year.

Maximising your Dividend Allowance – The

introduction of the dividend tax means that you

should carefully plan the timing and levels of

dividends to avoid higher rates of tax.

Tips for Individuals

Married Couples Allowance – You can transfer

£1,250 of your personal allowance to your spouse

or civil partner to lower the higher earner’s tax bill

and you can also backdate the claim if eligible.

Higher Rate Tax Thresholds – Stay under

the higher rate by making additional pension

contributions, making donations to charity or

making tax incentivised investments.

Using your Capital Gains Tax Annual Exemption

– It is possible to transfer assets to your partner at

no gain and therefore ensure that the respective

annual exemptions are fully used.

Tax on Jointly Owned Properties – You can apply

to vary the taxable income for couples, which is

useful if one partners pays a higher tax rate than

the other partner.

Child Benefit Tax – If your earnings exceed the

threshold of £50,000 and you receive Child Benefit

payments then you may have to pay back some or

all of this. There are reliefs available to offset this.

Exempt transfers IHT purposes – Gifting during

lifetime has become increasingly important due

to the IHT rate freeze. IHT exemptions include an

annual transfer of £3,000 and small gifts of up to


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

cloud accounting specialists. If you have any questions regarding your personal or business taxes please

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2020’s Top Tax Tips

For Business Owners

• Capital Allowances

Maximise your capital expenditure

• Maximise Pension Payments

Tax-efficiency for companies and directors

• Research & Development Grants

130% tax deduction, and the scope for

R&D is wider than many think.

• Claim the Employers Allowance

Up to £3k each year, but you must claim it!

• Maximise your Dividend Allowance

Plan the timing and level of dividends to

avoid higher tax rates.

For Individuals

• Married Couples Allowance

Transfer £1,250 of your personal allowance to

your loved one

• Higher Rate Tax Thresholds

Stay under the higher rate – we show you how.

• Capital Gains Tax Annual Exemption

Transfer assets to ensure exemptions are fully


• Tax on Jointly Owned Properties

Vary your partners taxable income to stay

below the higher rate

• Child Benefit Tax

Apply for relief if you’re over the £50,000


• Exempt transfers for IHT purposes

Maximise gifting to avoid Inheritance Tax

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60 Food & Drink

Sally’s Specials

by Marti of The Star Inn

The Star Inn

Chicken Liver


Serves 4


500g fresh chicken livers

8 rashers of bacon

1 onion

½ block of butter

4 cloves of garlic

Sprig of thyme

Sprig of rosemary

Salt & Pepper to season

This is a staple recipe on the Star Inn

menu for the restaurant and is a firm

favourite with our diners!


Start by prepping the chicken livers by trimming and removing any fatty bits and discard them.

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

of bacon roughly chopped.

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

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

Add salt and pepper to taste and blend until smooth.

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

Refrigerate the pate for up to 2 hours and until firm.

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


Sally’s at The Star Inn was launched in 2007 in homage to landlord and chef Marti’s mother

Sally, who passed away in 1996. A great cook herself, it was Sally’s lifelong dream to have a

restaurant in her name, and Marti wanted to honour that promise when he took the reins of

The Star Inn at Roby Mill.

Sally’s Strawberry


Serves 8


Half a pack of ginger nuts

1 punnet of strawberries

250g of mascarpone

250g of soft cheese

100g of butter

100g of icing sugar

200g of caster sugar

Vanilla essence


Get started by crushing the ginger nuts until they resemble a fine crumb.

Grab a pan and melt the butter then add the melted butter to the crushed

ginger nuts.

Place the ginger nut mixture into a greaseproof lined tin and spread the mixture

evenly across the tin. Place in the fridge and leave for 30 minutes.

Now for the filling and the topping! Add the mascarpone, soft cheese, vanilla

and caster sugar to a bowl and whisk together until fully combined.

Slice approximately ¼ of the punnet of strawberries making sure the pieces

aren’t too small.

Add the strawberries to the mascarpone mixture and fold through.

Place the strawberry mixture on top of the ginger nut base and ensure

everything is level. Return the tin to the fridge for a further 30 minutes.

For the coulis add ½ of the remaining strawberries to a blender with the icing

sugar and blitz till smooth.

Add the coulis to the top of the cheesecake after the 30 minutes in the fridge.

Add the remaining strawberries as a garnish, serve and enjoy!

62 Health & Fitness

Health Service or

Half Service?

The 17 Treatments the NHS Will No Longer Provide

By Dr Daisy Mae

From 1st April 2019, the NHS stopped funding a

range of treatments it regards as ineffective, possibly

harmful and poor value for money.

Moles (benign), simple cysts, warts, verrucas and

varicose veins – to name but a few – are all on the

list of treatments no longer covered. Now, however

unsightly, embarrassing or irritating, the NHS is no

longer responsible.

So how did this come about? Which conditions are

on the list?

Inappropriate Treatments

Cash-strapped, and hard-pressed, the NHS is

continually struggling to maintain an excellent

quality of service and to balance the books.

Consequently, NHS management teams are

regularly analysing the numbers and type of

medical procedures, their success and complication

rates. They consider carefully whether these

interventions are beneficial for patients and

whether they offer value for money.

How Does the NHS Decide Which Treatments It

Will or Won’t Fund?

On behalf of the NHS, The National Institute of

Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is a robust body

that reviews all the available medical evidence

about the safety, efficacy and value for money of

NHS treatments and interventions.

By law, if NICE recommends it, the NHS must

provide it. If NICE doesn’t recommend it, the NHS

has no obligation.


What are ‘Inappropriate Interventions’?

Inappropriate interventions are procedures that

NICE has concluded have not been shown to be

effective and may be associated with harm.

For example, surgery to improve snoring carries

risks: bleeding, infection, voice changes and

swallowing problems. The cure rate from surgery

is only 46%. However, similar improvements in

snoring can be achieved by non-surgical health

interventions such as losing weight and stopping


The 17 inappropriate interventions

no longer funded by the NHS

• Snoring surgery (in the absence of sleep


• Dilatation and Curettage (D&C) for heavy

menstrual bleeding – the agreed treatment is

hysteroscopy and biopsy.

• Knee arthroscopy for osteoarthritis – flushing

out the joint is no longer recommended.

• Breast reduction.

• Removal of benign skin conditions.

- Grommets for glue ear in children.

- Tonsillectomy for recurrent tonsillitis.

- Haemorrhoid surgery.

• Hysterectomy for heavy menstrual bleeding –

women should be offered medical treatment

or a progesterone releasing IUS.

• Chalazia removal.

• Arthroscopic shoulder decompression for

shoulder pain.

• Carpal tunnel release.

• Dupuytren’s contracture release.

• Ganglion excision.

• Trigger finger release.

• Varicose vein surgery – endothermal ablation

and sclerotherapy should be tried first.

A Bitter Response

Nobody wants any harm, risk or wasteful spending,

but are we being hoodwinked? What can a parent

now do for a child with glue ear? It’s hard to believe

that those with recurrent tonsillitis will no longer be

offered surgery.

These interventions are only the first phase of

treatments cuts, with a second phase involving a list

of other, more specialised procedures, set to follow.

Doctors themselves are concerned. In a recent

BMA survey, 75% of doctors said they believed that

financial targets were overriding patient care.

The BMA also views this NHS bureaucracy with

disdain, saying “Rather than cut services, the

government’s priority should be to stop the

scandalous waste of billions of taxpayer money on

the damaging NHS market in England, pointless

fragmentation of NHS services and outsourcing

deals that disrupt patient care,” to quote BMA chair

and GP, Dr Chaand Nagpaul.

The Negative Consequences

These conditions may be benign, but they still cause

misery and this negatively affects our well-being,

self-esteem and self-confidence. Other treatments

may be effective, but these can be expensive and

hard to access.

Vulnerable people who can’t speak up for

themselves or engage fully in their own care may

suffer. Some patients may choose not consult the

doctor, and serious diagnoses may be missed.

Lifestyle interventions such as weight loss are

beneficial for numerous medical conditions.

However, weight loss is difficult and takes time. The

Royal College of Physicians has recently declared

obesity a disease, not just a lifestyle factor.

There are long waiting lists for physiotherapy, and

the other suggested treatment options such as

endothermal ablation and sclerotherapy. Will more

funding be allocated for these treatments?

Has the ‘National Half Service’ really got this right?



Top Tips for

Verruca Treatment

By Dr Daisy Mae

Gruesome, miserable, nasty, painful –

common words used when people describe

their verruca. But what is a verruca? Where

do they come from? What should you if you

have one?

A verruca is a wart which is growing on

your foot – officially termed a ‘plantar wart’

– and it’s caused by the Human Papilloma

Virus (HPV).

Surprisingly, it’s estimated that 14% of

the UK population have verrucas, most

commonly in children aged twelve to fourteen


The HPV virus lives happily for long periods on

damp floors, such as those around swimming pools

or communal showers, and is also spread easily if

you share socks or towels with anyone affected.

The virus enters the skin and then travels into the

deeper layers. It causes keratinisation – keratin is

the hard protein in hair, skin and nails – which is

why warts feel hard to the touch.

Although 80% of verrucas regress spontaneously

over two years, they can be persistent and resist

treatment. The virus is adept at escaping detection

by your body’s immune system.


A verruca is a single, slightly raised patch anywhere

on the sole of the foot. The skin may be pale,

yellowy/skin-coloured or have a cobblestoned

appearance, sometimes with some central black


Verrucas are sometimes painful when pressure

is applied, for example when you walk or if you

squeeze them between finger and thumb.

If in doubt, see your doctor. Very rarely, skin cancers

can occur on the feet.

Management without treatment

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

so that you minimise pain and avoid spreading the

virus, both on your own feet and to others (see


If you’re generally healthy and not in pain, it’s worth

doing nothing as most veruccas will disappear


However, note that you should seek medical help if

you have diabetes or a weakened immune system

e.g. HIV infection, chemotherapy, radiotherapy etc.

Active treatments

If you decide that your verucca can’t just be left

to recover by itself, there are forty-one recognised

wart treatments. These either destroy local virusinfected

tissue, kill the virus, stop it reproducing, or

stimulate your body’s immune response.

First Choice Treatment: Salicylic Acid (SA)

SA kills off the outer skin layers, causing them to

peel away. It also helps the immune system detect

the virus.


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How to use SA:

• Use a 17% SA preparation (ask your pharmacist).

• Soak the foot in warm water for five minutes.

• File the dead skin overlying the verruca –

you must remove the heaped-up skin, so the

treatment reaches the living cells underneath.

• Protect the skin around the verruca with Vaseline.

• Apply SA to the verruca. Let it dry.

• Apply a plaster.

• Do this daily for twelve weeks.

• Although there is some doubt on its effectiveness,

consider covering the verruca with duct tape.

Leave this in place for up to six days.

• If you are diabetic, or there’s a poor blood supply

to your feet, do not do this – see your doctor.

Second Choice Treatments

These are not routinely offered on the NHS.

Cryotherapy - A liquid nitrogen spray freezes and

destroys infected skin cells. Clearance rates of

around 65% are reported. It’s sometimes painful,

and there’s also a 30% chance of recurrence.

Other Local Options - Other agents have been used,

such as silver nitrate, Cantharidin, phenol, glycolic

acid, pyruvic acid and trichloroacetic acid (TCA).

Surgical removal - Surgery is not usually advised

because verrucas often recur afterwards.

Microwave Treatment - SWIFT is a new microwave

treatment. It’s quick, relatively painless and research

has shown 76% of patients with stubborn verrucas

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Different forms of laser treatment - Laser therapy

aims to destroy the blood vessels supplying the

verruca, plus the heat causes local tissue damage.

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A Dermatologist’s Guide

Foot Care for Verrucas

Wear comfortable shoes. If walking is painful, you

can buy padded plasters at the pharmacy.

Don’t share socks or shoes with others.

Avoid going barefoot in public places. If you

want to go swimming, cover the affected area

with waterproof plasters or rubber verruca socks.

Do not share emery boards after filing, and

dispose of verruca/foot filings with care.

Do not pick at your warts, or use the same pumice

stone or emery board on healthy skin or nails.

Apply topical treatments regularly for best


Reference: Plantar Warts – British Association of Dermatologists.

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

80% clearance rates have been reported.

Immunotherapy - These treatments stimulate the

antibody response to speed up viral destruction.

• Imiquimod 5% cream (Aldara)

• Topical 5-Flurouracil (5FU)

• Bleomycin injections

Where to Obtain Verruca Treatments

From 1st April 2019, the NHS has listed verrucas as

one of the seventeen treatments it will no longer

provide, so these are the options other than your GP:

• Visit your local Community Pharmacy

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

• Find a Chiropodist: iocp.org.uk

• Private Consultant Dermatologist:


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Leisure 67

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TV Trance Mission

Wednesday, February 26 – Saturday, February

29, 7:30pm

Enjoy an 80s-themed comedy musical presented by

the Willpower Youth Theatre! Tickets £7 per adult or

£6 concessions, bookable on 01942 745082.

St. Michael’s Hall, Shaw Street, Wigan, WN1 2BQ

Cocktail Quiz Night

Friday, February 28, 6:30pm-11:30pm

Enjoy great food, fun cocktails and a challenging

quiz to raise money for Greenslate Farm! Tickets

£13.50 at www.greenslatefarm.org.uk

Greenslate Farm, Tracks Lane, Billinge, WN5 7BG

Haigh Circular Walk

Saturday, February 29, 10am-4pm

A 10-mile walk taking in the scenery of Haigh – with

a pub stop at the end! For info, call 01942 828508.

Aspull Library, Oakfield Crescent, Wigan, WN2 1XJ

Fairy Fun Day

Saturday, February 29, 11am-4pm

Celebrate World Book Day with stories from

the Woodland Fairy and fairy-themed activities

including fairy door making, a treasure trail and free


Grand Arcade, Crompton Street, Wigan, WN1 1BH

Mafia to Minister

Sunday, March 1, 10:30am

Nigael Lewis, an atheist for 35 years, thought the

Mafia could help him reach his goals – then he

found God. Come and hear his amazing testimony;

more details on 01695 623212.

Living Faith Church, Church St, Orrell, WN5 8TG

Vindolanda Talk

Wednesday, March 4, 7pm-9pm

Hear about the recent excavations of the Roman

Fort at Vindolanda with Andrew Birley and the

Wigan Archaeological Society. Tickets £5 on

Eventbrite or on 01257 402342.

Mercure Wigan Oak Hotel, Orchard Street, Wigan,


Wigan Beer Festival

Thurs, March 5 – Sat, March 7, various times

Featuring over 70 real ales, draught foreign beers,

cider and perry, you won’t want to miss this year’s

festival! There’ll be live entertainment, games and

food, plus a gin and prosecco bar! Thursday entry

free, then from £1-£3. CAMRA members go free.

Robin Park Arena, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UH

Crawford Family Talk

Thursday, March 5, 1pm-2pm

Ripton Lindsay gives a talk on the Lindsay family,

exploring the life of Alexander Lindsay, 23rd Earl of

Crawford. Entry £3, bookable on 01942 828128.

Museum of Wigan Life, Library St, Wigan, WN1 1NU


World Day of Prayer

Friday, March 6, 1:30pm

A prayer service organised by the Christian women

of Zimbabwe, followed by refreshments.

Bispham Methodist Church, Crank Road, Billinge,


Ladies Fashion Evening

Friday, March 6, 7pm

Browse jewellery, bags and ladies’ clothes for sale,

plus refreshments. Tickets £5 on 07788 863389.

Winstanley Tennis Club, Hall Lane, Orrell, WN5


Sportsperson’s Dinner

Saturday, March 7, 6:30pm

Meet British athlete Jenny Meadows and Wigan

Warriors’ Sean O’Loughlin in an evening compered

by Winston Higham, plus music from Haze. Tickets

£35 incl. a 3-course meal on 01942 321305.

Highfield Cricket Club, Billinge Rd, Wigan, WN3 6BL

Bike to Burscough

Sunday, March 8, 10am-1:30pm

Enjoy a steady pedal along the canal, from Robin

Park through Crooke Village, Appley Bridge, Parbold

and Burscough. There’ll be a refreshment stop at

Burscough Wharf and then cycle back. For info, call

Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles on 01942 828508.

Robin Park Arena, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UH

Farmer’s Market

Sunday, March 8, 10am-3pm

Shop local produce with Greenslate’s inaugural

Farmer’s Market! Taking place the second Sunday

of every month, you’ll have the chance to help the

environment and source great food. For info, email


Greenslate Farm, Tracks Lane, Billinge, WN5 7BG

Wigan Way Walk

Sunday, March 8, 10:30am-2pm

Enjoy a free 8-mile historical walk to celebrate

International Women’s Day, with plenty of local

interest points. For info, call 01942 828508.

Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Ln, Wigan, WN2 1PE

Ladies Fashion Show

Tuesday, March 10, doors at 6:30pm

Shop your favourite brands at 50% or more off, plus

enjoy a fabulous fashion show! There are plenty

of prizes to be won. Tickets £3 on 07801 700743,

proceeds to the Rugby Memories Dementia Group.

Robin Park Arena, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UH

Alice In Wonderland

Thurs, March 19 - Sat, March 21, 7:30pm

Wigan Little Theatre’s Youth Theatre present the

Lewis Carroll novel adapted for stage! Curiouser

and curiouser! Tickets £10-£12 on 01942 242561.

Wigan Little Theatre, Crompton St, WN1 3SL

Games Night

Friday, March 20, 7:30pm-10pm

Help Winstanley College student Alana Hesketh

raise money for a trip to Ghana with a fun night of

bingo, quizzes and a raffle! Tickets £5 from Marken

Travel on Main Street, Billinge.

Rainford All Saints Parish Church Hall, Church

Road, Rainford, WA11 8HE

Indoor Carboot

Saturday, March 21, 10am-1pm

Grab a bargain or sell your unwanted items!

There’ll be plenty to browse and refreshments on

sale. Tables £10, bookable on 07956 816837 or by

emailing linda.w@talktalk.net

Up Holland Methodist Church, Alma Hill, Up

Holland, WN8 0NR


Man United Legends

Saturday, March 21, 7pm-10pm

Meet Manchester United legends – there’ll be

3-6 in attendance! A live, unscripted interview,

Q&A and live auction, plus the opportunity to

get photographs/autographs. Tickets £35-£90 on

Eventbrite or info@superstarspeakers.co.uk

DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UZ

Run Wigan Festival

Sunday, March 22, 9am-2pm

Raise money for Joining Jack, Macmillan and

Alzheimer’s Society with a huge day of racing!

Entry info and booking available at www.


Wigan Town Centre

Mothers Day Flowers

Tuesday, March 24, 6:30pm-9pm

Treat Mum to a flower workshop and make a

gorgeous hand-tied bouquet with fresh and dried

flowers. Tickets £40 at www.oliveowl.co.uk

Posthouse, Orrell Road, Orrell, WN5 8NB


Thurs, March 26 - Sat, March 28, 7pm (2:30pm

Saturday matinee)

Trinity Players present family panto Aladdin. Tickets

£7.50 per adult, £5 per child on 01695 624893.

Trinity United Reformed Church, Milton Grove,

Wigan, WN1 2PG

Come & Sing

Saturday, March 28, 1:30pm-8:30pm,

Join the Standish Chorale singing Handel’s Messiah

parts 2 and 3! Admission £10 per singer, then £8-£10

per audience member or £2 for students, bookable

on 07989 142686 or dotawalsh@blueyonder.co.uk

Wigan Memorials Talk

Thursday, April 2, 1pm-2pm

David Long presents an illustrated talk on the lost

and existing war memorials across Wigan. Entry £3

including hot drinks, bookable on 01942 828128.

Museum of Wigan Life, Library St, Wigan, WN1 1NU

Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 4, 10am-2pm

New members very welcome at this event by Orrell

Eggcrafters! There’ll be an egg competition and

Faberge eggs for sale, plus cakes and refreshments.

More info on 01942 216552.

St. Luke’s Parish Hall, Lodge Road, Orrell, WN5 7AT

Great British Dog Walk

Saturday, April 4, 10am-4pm

Raise money and awareness for Hearing Dogs on a

4.5km or 8km dog walk! Meet the dogs, enjoy tea

and cake, and have some 4-legged fun! Entry £10

on Eventbrite or 01844 348100, or £12 on the day.

Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Lane, Wigan,


Afternoon Tea

Sunday, April 5, 12:30pm-4pm

Fundraise for More Than Words CIC and enjoy cakes,

sandwiches and hot drinks! There’ll be free bingo

games, plus entertainment, a raffle and tombola.

BYO alcohol. Tickets £10 on 01942 735426.

The Edge, Riveredge, Wigan, WN3 5AB

Digital Maker Station

Thursday, April 9, 11am-4pm

A creative and crafty day of digital curiosities, filled

with free activities to drop in and get involved in.

Billinge Library, Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7HA

St. Wilfrid’s Church, Rectory Ln, Standish, WN6 0JT


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by Chris Pearce

Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Medium/Hard

A head for heights and a sure-footed nature are

necessary for this 7-mile walk which, in parts, follows

part of Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail. The Trail stretches

for 34 miles through Cheshire, it has been voted by

ITV viewers as one Britain’s Favourite Walks, and it’s

easy to see why. On the first half of the walk there are

a couple of flights of steep steps to navigate, which

are set in the sandstone cliffs, and some breath-taking

sheer drops, but you also need to be aware of lots of

protruding tree roots and random sandstone rocks.

Park up at the free car park off Simons Lane (WA6

6HQ) near Frodsham – look for the phone masts.

At the entrance to the car park turn left and follow

Simons Lane downhill until you see a bungalow

(Overhill) and turn left up the shared driveway/


Follow the footpath right up to and over the

driveway to a care home (Heathercliffe), and carry

on down a wooded path downhill. Once you reach

Bellemonte Road, turn right and turn left when you

reach the Bellemonte pub.

Look out for the footpath sign on the right and

follow this down into a wooden area. You’re faced

with a fork almost immediately and you need to

bear left. You’ll pass a Frodsham Hill Wood sign

and straight after a fingerpost; head for Delamere/

Beeston and carry on in that direction on the ridge

of the wooden area, ignoring various turn offs

(including one uphill for the Sandstone Trail).

Tantalising glimpses of the Mersey coastline appear

through the trees as you follow the path, and

uninterrupted view are far and few between at this

time of year. Shortly after passing Alf and Grace’s

bench you’ll arrive at a fingerpost, go down the

wooden stairway and then you’ll come to a fork;

bear left if you want to clamber down some very



For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile

or tablet, this walk is named:









Beacon Hill

Simons Lane





Higher Mickledale




Manley Road


Cliff Farm

Bushells Lane



steep and large steps set in the sandstone cliffs or

carry straight on if you want to go the much safer

route and follow the path down two flights of metal

steps. Either way, you’ll arrive at another fingerpost

and you should follow the sign to Delamere.

A few yards further on you’ll cross a wooden bridge

and come to sign number 596, indicating you

need to climb up the steep cliff steps on the right

(towards Whitchurch). Once you’ll get to the top,

you’ll be by the 10th hole of Frodsham Golf Club.

Follow the path until you come to another bench,

this one dedicated to David Nicholls.

At this point the Sandstone Trail itself weaves uphill,

but instead carry on in the same direction until

the wood opens up somewhat, and look out for a

½ fingerpost sign; take a 90 degree left turn here

and, when you come to a ‘proper tree’ sign, bear left

uphill and when you arrive at the next fork, bear

right staying on somewhat level ground.

Once you arrive at the next fingerpost, take a

90-degree right turn and follow the Sandstone

Trail all the way downhill for over ½ mile until you

reach The Ridgeway Road. Turn left uphill for 150

yards and once you arrive at the Ridgeway Country

Holiday Park, look for the footpath opposite. Climb

up the steps of the footpath, then more steps

downhill and bear left when you reach a brook

follow the path parallel to the brook and cross the

wooden footbridge a little further on.


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Take the path uphill and follow the path round the

edge of the woods, bearing left until you reach

Commonside. Cross over and, after a short climb

up the hill, you’re following a footpath on the edge

of more woodland. You’ll take a newly created

diversion round Austerson Old Hall and arrive at a

single-track road (Yarrangall Green), turn left and

then turn left again when you get to the main

Manley Road. Follow this busy-ish road uphill for

250 yards and then turn right down a track to Claim

Farm. Once you reach the dog-leg bend to the right,

take a 90-degree left turn, go through the gate and

head along the side of field.

Once you’ve crossed a track/gallops, bear right

slightly and follow the overgrown path round the

left-hand side of this field uphill towards a house

in the distance. Once you’ve reached the road,

cross and head up Bushells Lane until you reach a

staggered crossroads; turn left up Waterloo Lane.

At the end of Waterloo Lane, take a right turn. At the

back end of a slight right-hand bend, you’ll need to

take a track on the left and head up towards the

ridge. Once you reach the next crossroads, take a

left and follow the track past a covered reservoir

until you reach Manley Road. Turn right and look for

a gate built into the hedge approximately 250 yards

on the left-hand side.

Take the path which cuts diagonally through a field

until you reach the driveway to Higher Mickledale

Farm. Go straight across the driveway to another

path and follow in same direction all the way to

Simons Lane. Turn left and walk uphill; you’ll see

the car park from where you started the walk on the

right-hand side.

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear

whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure

that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to

any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions

resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.

76 Gardening

“It’s time... time to make

a change”

Award Winner

by Angie Barker

Do you remember that song “It’s Time” from the

early nineties by the Winans? (Hubby doesn’t.

But then he preferred Pat Boone to Elvis so its

hardly surprising). It came to mind the other

day when I was looking at our garden and

wondering whether I should change the shape

of our lawn. It has been a circular shape from

the start of the garden when we moved in

fourteen years ago and having the need to

replace a path running off it, I wondered if it

created an opportunity for a new approach.

It often happens in gardening that what sometimes

appears to be a disaster can actually lead to

something better. A case in point is Monty Don’s

treasured Box hedge falling subject to Box Blight, it

turned out to be a chance for him to turn his borders

into a space for grasses which he now loves.

Take a good look at your garden and assess what

is working well for you and what needs to go. Are

those old Lavender plants that have been there for

years now looking past their best? We think nothing

of updating our décor in the house, painting a room

a new colour for example so we should be more

open to the prospect of making changes in our

outdoor rooms. Just imagine the possibilities if that

overgrown Conifer hedge was removed to make

way for a new planting scheme filled with light and

colour. Imagine the wildlife you could attract into

your garden if you made part of your border into a


A great way to pick up ideas and view your garden

with fresh eyes is to visit other gardens. There are

lots of opportunities in our neck of the woods, from

group openings by local gardeners, to the National

Garden Scheme and RHS gardens and spring is the

perfect time to visit.

Another lyric from the song is “what we need is

a little bit of love” - a lovely sentiment and one

perhaps we should be applying to our gardens (and

Hubby of course).

Angie is a qualified

award-winning garden

designer who will

plan your garden to

your needs from start

to finish, supplying

reputable contractors

and the ideal plants.

Call Angie now for your free consultation!

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7 cars you can finance

for less than a weekly shop

Motoring 81

The average weekly shop is about £60,

so what cars are available for less than £240 per month?

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what a good

deal looks like, especially when it comes to financing

a car. There are so many things to take into account,

such as the mystery of depreciation and the difference

between finance deals.

So, to give some context, we decided to look at

cars that cost less than the average weekly shop,

something most people don’t even give a second

thought to spending. New figures suggest that

the average family spend £60 per week, or £240

per month on food and drink – but what cars are

available with that budget in mind?

Each of these deals is based on a personal contract

hire (PCH) deal, commonly referred to as leasing.

This generally means you pay an initial rental or

deposit plus your monthly fee to essentially rent a

vehicle, and it usually includes servicing. At the end

of the agreement – often between two and four

years – you hand the keys back with no extra to pay,

assuming it’s in good condition and you’ve kept to

the pre-agreed annual mileage limits, of course.

The prices here are just a guide, too – you can

often increase the monthly payment with a smaller

deposit, or pay more upfront to cut the monthly fees.

Volvo S90

£229.55 per month x47

Initial rental: £2,065.95

Additional fees: £360

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a

Total over 48 months: £13,214.80

If you’re looking for a fairly large executive saloon

that looks good and drives great – but don’t want

a predictable BMW or Mercedes-Benz – look no

further. The Volvo S90 has everything you could

look for, from a sophisticated road presence to

excellent on-board technology.

There are also great value leasing deals to be had

– providing you don’t mind keeping your mileage

fairly low. But if you don’t drive too far, just over

£13,000 across four years for a Volvo S90 is good


Offers correct at time of writing

and are subject to change.


Skoda Superb

£212.31 per month x35

Initial rental: £1,910.79

Additional fees: £298.80

Mileage limit: 8,000p/a

Total over 36 months: £9,640.44

If the Volvo is a little too pricey or you can’t quite

keep below that mileage limit, the Skoda Superb

makes a fantastic alternative. It’s well-equipped

and has tonnes of space inside, making it perfectly

practical for most families – and unless you’re really

looking for top-end quality it’s perfectly decent to

be inside . You can save almost £3,000 over the Volvo

over the term of the lease, and have less restrictions

on distance you travel for good measure.

DS 3 Crossback

£134.79 per month x17

Initial rental: £1,213.11

Additional fees: £99

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a

Total over 18 months: £3,603.54

This deal feels like one of the best in this list. The DS

3 Crossback is a new crossover from the premium

French brand, sporting quirky styling and efficient

powertrains. However, it doesn’t quite have the

same brand cache as other premium rivals, so prices

tend to be a touch lower.

You can get a fantastic deal on this model at the

moment, even paying just one month upfront.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

£237.03 per month x23

Initial rental: £1,422.18

Additional fees: £199

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a

Total over 24 months: £7,072.87

One of the prohibitive factors when it comes to

electric vehicle ownership tends to be price, but this

leasing deal proves that you can get a good, practical

EV with a decent range at an affordable price.

The up-front cost isn’t too prohibitive, and at less

than £240 per month it’s reasonably priced. When

you factor in the savings from not having to pay for

petrol or diesel, and it makes a lot of sense.

Honda Civic

£171.45 per month x47

Initial rental: £1,028.70

Additional fees: £360

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a

Total over 48 months: £9,446.85

Not quite ready to take the plunge into full EV

ownership like the Ioniq but want a great-to-drive

small family car nonetheless? The Honda Civic is the

car for you – assuming the styling doesn’t put you

off of course.

This price is for the low-powered 1.0-litre petrol

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dropping some accelerative oomph is one of the

best handling cars in this segment.

Nissan Qashqai

£181.55 per month x47

Initial rental: £1,089.30

Mileage limit: 5,000p/a

Total over 36 months: £9,622.15

Family cars don’t get much more ubiquitous than

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versions coming in below £200.

You’re also saving almost £60 per month compared

with your monthly shop, meaning you can treat

yourself to some wine or sugary snacks instead…

Seat Ibiza

£135.41 per month x47

Initial payment: £1,218.69

Mileage limit: 8,000 p/a

Total cost for 48-month contract: £7,582.96

The supermini market is booming, so it’s no

surprise to see that you can pick up a Seat Ibiza at a

competitive price, as the Spanish firm does its best

to stand out in the market. Its hatchback is popular

for good reason, sporting Volkswagen Group build

quality in a more fun and stylish package.

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quality, the Ibiza is a fantastic bet.


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Alloy Wheel Damage

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Quality repairs with a lifetime guarantee.

Mobile Service – we come to you!

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CJM Garage Doors Ltd, Unit 10, Hewitt Business Park

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t: 01942 738347 w: www.cjmgaragedoors.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

every step of the way and on that you have my word! Stuart Goulding

Don’t forget, we also offer all of these services daily...

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

Glass, Toughened Glass, Mirrors, Greenhouse Glass, Glazing Service, Misted Units Replaced




Dennis Goulding





Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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



and we’ll provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Busine s Park

off Miry Lane,




Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk


• Conservatory repairs

• Locks, handles and hinges

• Replacement glass

• Windows and doors installed

• Replacement conservatory roofs

Call MARK now on

01942 737 381 / 0776 315 1720



Want to transform your


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Acrylic & Gel Nails

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84 Rainford Road, Billinge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM

Closed Thursday & Sunday

JJ Driveways

Imprinted Concrete Specialists

Huge range of colours & patterns

• Resin Driveways • Block Paving

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We can also revive your old drive!

Ask about our sealing service

Call Joe for a free quotation on

01942 621 959 / 07867 697 972


Mo sy Lea Road






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professional oven cleaning

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we’ll restore your oven to near showroom condition!

call Steven today on 07393 818 392


we do




prices start from £45

Wigan’s premier


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Cleaning in the

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• Carpets • Rugs

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For more information call:

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Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors

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

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

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

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

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

every step of the way and on that you have my word! Stuart Goulding

Don’t forget, we also offer all of these services daily...

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

Glass, Toughened Glass, Mirrors, Greenhouse Glass, Glazing Service, Misted Units Replaced




Dennis Goulding





Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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



and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,




Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk


Design & Print

Flyers, postcards, brochures

and distribution service.

For more information call

01695 627 999






• Driveways

- Cleaning & Sealing

• Patios & Decking

• Walls & Brickwork

• Conservatories

- Internal & External

• Gutters, Fascias & Soffits

• Gutter Vacuuming

• Roof Cleaning/Moss Removal

Call Paul today to arrange a free quote

01257 402 113 ~ 07736 396 374




norma ly £20

now £15


Spray Tan


Acrylic & Gel Nails

Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM

Closed Thursday & Sunday

Mo sy Lea Road






Solar Thermal

& Solar PV


your FREE

home survey



Car Health Check

.and motorcycles too

for a l residents of Croston and Bretherton

Keep me until you need me!

Book your FREE Car Health Check

Call now on

01772 603923


Saving money is

the clear benefit!

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water heating bi l

Protect your household from

future energy price rises






Reduce your household’s

impact on the environment

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0843 224 9555

07595 420237





• Windows, Fascias, Gutters etc.


• Exterior & Interior (Cleaning)


• Driveways & Patios etc.


• Moss Removal & Bio-Treatment

• Softwashing / Low Pressure



Call Clint for a free no obligation quote.

01942 470 089 / 07834 241 642


Having a clear out?

We can clear your:

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• Garage or Shed

• Office, Warehouse

or Shop

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your clearance

4 Affordable prices

4 Smart and friendly staff

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The Meadows, Ruskin Drive, St Helens, WA10 6RP

01744 758 349 / 07557 764 940

Email: info@northwestwaste.co.uk




Arley Cabinet Company Ltd

• Kitchens & Bedrooms since 1952 •

We Measure ~ We Make ~ We Fit

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Need a new look

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Skilled interior and exterior work

undertaken at reasonable prices!

Chris Smith - Painter and Decorator

01942 518126

or 07545 065119

Orrell based business

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Exterior & Interior Decorating

Domestic & Commercial work undertaken

Competitive rate

Contact Graham now - free estimate provided

01257 426 234



01942 392398 or 07707 321383


Painting and Decorating

Quality work assured

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Email: ajhdecorators@sky.com

Quality work at a competitive price



Specialise in standard wall coverings, extra wide vinyl and

lincrusta. Free estimates. References available upon request

07714 363 377 / 01942 749 971

Sefton Road, Orrell, WN5 8UP




Professional Painting and Decorating

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Quality bathrooms at reasonable prices

Complete bathroom installations

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Check out our work on www.AGBathrooms.net

• Bathroom Installation, Full Bathrooms & En-Suites

• Plumbing Services • Wall & Floor Tiling • Ceiling Panelling

01942 397173 / 07803 057940

Douglas Drive, Orrell, Wigan


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Please call for a FREE Estimates

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C L Bathrooms

01942 749085

or 07801 295483


Convert your bath to a

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Fully guaranteed

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• Emergency Call outs welcome






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01257 473026

07515 894281




Plumbing and Heating

4 Boiler Servicing & Maintenance

4 All aspects of plumbing and heating work.

4 Gas Safety Inspection reports undertaken.



Call MIKE on

0787 113 1012

Established since 1967


Des Pilling Plastering

Plastering – Skimming – Artexing

Coving & Cornice work also welcomed

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Call Des on 07787 513 235




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07899 752 225


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07818 335 441


• Central Heating Installations

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01942 221221

info@premiergas.com / www.premiergas.com


call out


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Extended warranties available

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• Thermostatic Valves/Radiators Fitted

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01942 504 429

TEL: 01257 421 660

MOB: 07515 505 501


Freephone 0300 3030121

Dave 07769 942218 / Matt 07969 183809

21 Naburn Drive, Orrell, WN5 8SB

Email: info@orrellheating.co.uk



Installation ~ Repairs ~ Service

Central Heating Systems

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Call Andy for a free quote on

01942 564 226

07397 391 935




Call: 01257 424918 or 07821 139826


• All types of electrical work

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10 years experience from £350

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Free quotations

Jon Wright Electrical Ltd

All types of Domestic & Commercial work undertaken

• Inspection & Tests

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W.Hurst & Son Ltd



• All types of electrical work

• 35+ years experience

• No job too small

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• Solar PV

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Call now on: 07983 387448

Email: jonwrightelec@live.co.uk




01942 215 769

07739 709 005

Certificate of excellence winner 2017 & 2018

For a free quote

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01695 622 191

07850 622 191

Whatever your electrical needs,

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Cale Lane, Wigan, WN2 1HF

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01942 836 937 www.ghewigan.co.uk

Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors

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

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

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

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

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

every step of the way and on that you have my word! Stuart Goulding

Don’t forget, we also offer all of these services daily...

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

Glass, Toughened Glass, Mirrors, Greenhouse Glass, Glazing Service, Misted Units Replaced

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

Dennis Goulding

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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









TwinLakesMotorEngin ers

Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,




Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk


Alarm installations, repairs

& upgrades

Domestic and commercial work welcome

Free security assessment provided

TV Aerials Installed

TV Wall Mounting

Telephone Lines

Setup Service

Ring Paul on

01942 514 532

07709 490 095


lock openings

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• Emergency Door Opening

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• All Work Guaranteed

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TV Wall Mounting


Level 5 in Signal Path

& Fault Diagnostics

01942 257804

07966 488585

Call anytime for a quote or email:




& Commercial

work welcomed

30+ years



01942 901103


07932 718 362


Design & Print

Flyers, postcards, brochures

and distribution service.

For more information call

01695 627 999




norma ly £20

now £15


Spray Tan


Acrylic & Gel Nails

Natalies @ Studio 84

84 Rainford Road, Bi linge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM

Closed Thursday & Sunday

Mo sy Lea Road






Solar Thermal

& Solar PV


your FREE

home survey



Car Health Check

.and motorcycles too

for a l residents of Croston and Bretherton

Book your FREE Car Health Check

Ca l now on

Keep me until you need me!

01772 603923


Saving money is

the clear benefit!

Slash your electricity and

water heating bill

Protect your household from

future energy price rises









Reduce your household’s

impact on the environment

Ca l us now

0843 224 9555

07595 420237

Upvc Windows & Doors I Conservatories,

Soffits & Fascias I Composite Doors I Bi-Fold Doors

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

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

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

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

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

every step of the way and on that you have my word! Stuart Goulding

Don’t forget, we also offer all of these services daily...

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

Glass, Toughened Glass, Mirrors, Greenhouse Glass, Glazing Service, Misted Units Replaced




Dennis Goulding





Wind Turbines

Heat Pumps

LED Lighting

.and general

Energy Savings

Unit 16, Ainscough Business Park, Mossy Lea Road,

Wrightington, WN6 9RS

(Drive onto ‘Ainscough Building Supplies’)

Telephone: 01257 427 000

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



and we’ l provide you with a

detailed report showing the

returns available from your

own solar panels

(10% typical return)

Visit our showr om at

Unit 4a,

Cricket Str et Busine s Park

o f Miry Lane,




Email: info@docsolarelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.docsolarelectrical.co.uk





• We come to you!

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84 Rainford Road, Billinge WN5 7PG

Telephone: 07814 619 400

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10AM - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM

Closed Thursday & Sunday

Mossy Lea Road






Solar Thermal

& Solar PV


your FREE

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Car Health Check

.and motorcycles too

for a l residents of Croston and Bretherton

Keep me until you need me!

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Ca l now on

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Saving money is

the clear benefit!

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water heating bi l

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Reduce your household’s









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All aspects of building works - No job too small

Call Peter for a free quotation

Day: 07961 516 677

Eve: 01942 745 428

Cambridge Road, Orrell

Home Improvements

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For all your home improvement needs call David on...

01942 203 804

07851 225 876

DS Joinery


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01257 422317 or 07852 202867


K Stone

Building Services

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work undertaken

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01942 495412 / 07974 496676







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fascia’s, soffits & gutters.

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Tel: 01942 410989

Mob: 07730 351523



Number One for House Maintenance!

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Call Jonathan for a free quotation

TEL: 01257 401 243 / MOB: 0777 602 4045




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07899 752 225









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• Roofline uPVC fascias, soffits & guttering



01695 627 212

MOBILE: 07774 943 706


Established Over 30 Years

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Clean, stylish and guaranteed for 25 years!

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Est. 1985

Roofing & Roofline Specialists

• All aspects of maintenance & repair

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• Guttering and felting services

Call us now for a free estimate

01695 633173

Colin: 07958 302 166

Brian: 07760 160 988


B.A. Berry

Building & Roofing Specialists

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• From a broken tile to a full re roof.

• Flat roofs renewed and repaired.

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DOWN: 2. Mansion, 3. Riot, 4. Cartel, 5. Terminal, 6. Osier, 7. Press, 8. Newel, 13. Lacrosse, 16. Iron Age, 17. Sixty,

18. Pernod, 19. Babel, 21. Tiara, 23. Arms.





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